Remembering Ohio Students
By: Legacy Staff
6 years ago
Russell King Jr., 17, liked fishing for bass and listening to such rock bands as Sublime and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, according to a news obituary published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The newspaper reported that Danny Parmertor, 16, was more interested in snowboarding at a local ski resort and playing video games, while Demetrius C. Hewlin, 16, spent much of his free time working out at the Chardon High School gym.
The three Chardon High juniors, who were described by friends, family and teachers as polite and good-hearted, died as the result of a shooting rampage by a fellow student that started in the school’s cafeteria Monday, Feb. 27.
The news of the deaths saddened the nation, and thousands have signed the individual Guest Books for the students, as well as a Guest Book in tribute to all three, to express their shock and offer their condolences:
To the families of Danny, Russ and Demetrius, our hearts, prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this senseless tragic week as they will be for the weeks and months ahead. There are not sufficient words to express our deepest sympathy in the loss of these fine young boys. I hope it gives you some comfort to see the hundreds of thousands of people who are mourning with you.
Five weeks ago, we lost our son Ryan from a violent act. When I heard the news, my heart went out to the parents, families and friends of Daniel, Russell and Demetrius and all of your community. My heart cries for you and with you and I pray for you all to find your way through this immense heartache. The only thing I truly know through my own heartache is that grief shared is lessened. Love and support one another. Help each other through this. Do not isolate yourself. Reach out and ask for help when your emotions overwhelm you.
Students at Mary Queen of Peace in Cleveland are wearing red and black for their "friends" in Chardon today. Wishing you peace and strength.
It will be the little things that you will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter. And although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of these little things that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles back again. May God be with you and the Chardon community.
Visit the Ohio School Shooting Victims online guest book to leave condolences and comments.
This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer. She was the director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers before she passed away in 2015.