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1st of 3 funerals held after Ohio school shooting

Hundreds line streets, 1,000 at funeral for Daniel Parmertor.

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A crowd stands along the road in front of Church of St. Mary before Danny Parmertor's funeral today in Chardon, Ohio. Parmertor died Monday during a school shooting that killed 3 and injured 2 more. TJ Lane faces murder charges in the incident. (Jeff Swensen/AFP/Getty Images)

Friends and family said goodbye to Daniel Parmertor today in the first of three funerals expected in the aftermath of a school shooting in Chardon, Ohio.

Hundreds of mourners lined the streets as the funeral procession passed on its way to All Souls Cemetary, The Plain Dealer reported.

“I cannot begin to wonder what is going through your minds right now,” Rev. Timothy Kalista said during the funeral at Church of St. Mary. “We should not be here. We should not be having a mass for a high school student . . . who has a zest for life.”

Parmertor, 16, was one of three teens killed Monday when gunfire erupted inside the cafeteria of Chardon High School. Funerals for Demetrius Hewlin, 16, and Russell King Jr., 17, are next week, The Associated Press reported.

TJ Lane, 17, faces charges of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

Those who knew Parmertor called him caring and compassionate, The Plain Dealer said.

“I don't want to wait 50 or 60 years to see you,” his older brother, Dominic, said. “My life will never be the same. I am going to miss you for every second of the rest of my life.”

ABC News said one of the victims – Russell King Jr. – dated Lane’s ex-girlfriend.

“She saw something she liked in him (Lane) that others didn't see,” the students told ABC.

Friends of the girl said she started seeing King frequently in recent weeks.

ABC’s report contradicts stories from Lane’s family and authorities, who said the shooting was random.

Two other students were hurt in the shooting. Joy Rickers, 18, is now home while Nick Walczak, 17, remains in hospital.

 

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