Death toll rises to 3 in Ohio high school shooting

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None - CHARDON, Ohio -- Authorities said a third student wounded in a shooting at an Ohio high school has died.

Hospital officials said Demetrius Hewlin, 16,  died on Tuesday.

Hewlin's family released a statement saying, "We are very saddened by the loss of our son and others in our Chardon community.    Demetrius was a happy young man who loved life and his family and friends.  We will miss him very much but we are proud that he will be able to help others through organ donation.  We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time."

Another student also wounded in the shooting was declared brain dead, the second reported fatality.

Hugh Shannon, administrator at the Medical Examiner's Office, said officials received the word early Tuesday about Russell King Jr., 17.  Shannon said the office is continuing to investigate the manner and cause of death.

Overnight, Channel 11 News learned about possible warning signs posted online by T.J. Lane, the teen accused in the shooting at Chardon High School early Monday morning.

Police said Lane opened fire about 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria, where students gathered for breakfast before the school day began.

Officials at MetroHealth identified the first student who died as Daniel Parmertor, 16.

Parmertor's family released a statement saying, "We are shocked by this senseless tragedy.   Danny was a bright young boy who had a bright future ahead of him.  The family is torn by this loss.  We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time. “

Two other injured students remain in hospital. Heather Phillips of the Cleveland Clinic said one of the injured students is in serious condition and the other in stable condition at the clinic's Hillcrest Hospital in suburban Mayfield Heights.

Phillips said Tuesday morning the hospital is not releasing the students' names at the request of their families.

Police said Lane posted content on his Facebook profile prior to the shooting.

“Wriggle and writhe.  Feel smaller beneath my might.  Seizure in the pestilence that is my scythe," Lane wrote, police said.

The post ended with, “Die, all of you."

In light of the shooting, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala is urging parents and children to take online threats seriously.

"There was a time years ago when threatening language from a young person was looked upon as harmless and even looked upon as a joke.  Sadly, those times seem to be in the distant past and the events in Ohio yesterday are another stark and tragic illustration of threats being carried out and innocent lives being forever changed," Zappala said.

 In statement released Tuesday Zappala went on to say, "As District Attorney, and more importantly as a parent, I am calling on all of our young people to treat very seriously any threatening language or photos posted on Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else.  If you come across such language or photos, immediately take that information to an adult, whether that would be a parent, teacher or member of law enforcement. Reporting such information is not only the responsible thing to do, it could end up saving lives."

Police said Lane attended nearby Lake Academy, a school for at-risk students. Officials said Lane was at Chardon High School waiting for a bus to pick him up.

The Geauga County sheriff said Lane turned himself in to bystanders about a mile away from the school in Chardon Township.

Police said a teacher chased the student gunman from the building.

Students said they barricaded themselves in classrooms as the school was placed on lockdown.

Students gathered Monday night for a candlelight vigil outside the high school. Another candlelight service will be held Tuesday at a church across the street.