Ohio School Shooting: Parents of Slain Student Forgive Suspected Shooter TJ Lane


"Danny was a great kid, stayed out of trouble, played on the computer," Parmertor said, choking up. "It's just a senseless tragedy and it's a shame that somebody has to do something like this to prove a point."

Parmertor's parents Bob and Dina Parmertor told NBC's Today this morning that their son had been very excited about picking up his paycheck from his first job. Now, they're considering burying the check with their son.

Parmertor's visitation and funeral service will be held this weekend.

Russell King Jr., 17, was pronounced brain dead at 12:42 a.m. on Tuesday at Ohio's MetroHealth Medical Center, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office. At 4:49 a.m., police were informed that King had "passed."

"He loved hunting, fishing, he had a great career coming up," King's uncle Charles Jaite told ABCNews.com. "He was a really, really great nephew."

Jaite said his ambitious nephew was a student at Chardon High School and also studying in a green program at Auburn Career Center where he was learning about wind power and solar energy.

His family released an emotional statement and said King's organs would be donated, as per his own wishes.

"We ask that Russell be remembered for who he was, a strong boy with a big heart. He will be missed by many," the family wrote. "He was so full of life and we are honoring his wishes to help others by donating his organs."

Memorial pages on Facebook have been set up for each student and the pages have more than 42,000 supporters between the trio and messages of condolence have been posted from all over the world.

The school superintendent announced on Tuesday that a Chardon Healing Fund has been started and that all money donated will be used to help those that have been impacted. A total of $150,000 has already been donated to the fund.

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 15816648.
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...