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Chardon students return as funerals start for 3 slain

1 high school student still in serious condition


Mourners line up outside Monreal Funeral Home in Eastlake, Ohio, to pay respects to Daniel Parmertor, 16.

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CHARDON, Ohio -- Students mourning the deaths of three teens in a shooting at an Ohio high school returned to class Friday, a day after charges were filed in juvenile court against the 17-year-old suspect.

Police were on hand as students arrived at the 1,100-student Chardon High School, about 30 miles east of Cleveland, which resumed classes following Monday morning's shooting.

Some students and parents stood outside applauding as students walked inside.

Charges filed Thursday in juvenile court accuse T.J. Lane of killing three students and wounding two others in the shooting.

He's charged with three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder, and one count of felonious assault.

Young Lane, who attends an alternative school for students who haven't done well in traditional schools, admitted taking a 22-caliber pistol and a knife to Chardon High and firing 10 shots at students sitting at a cafeteria table, Prosecutor David Joyce said. No motive has been determined, though the prosecutor appeared to rule out bullying or drug-dealing.

Mr. Joyce has said that victims were selected randomly and called young Lane someone "who's not well."

Children convicted of juvenile crimes in Ohio are typically behind bars only until they turn 21 in the most serious cases. But Mr. Joyce has said he plans to charge young Lane as an adult, meaning he could face life in prison without parole if convicted of similar adult charges.

Minors are not eligible for the death penalty in Ohio.

Friday marked the start of services for the slain students with visitation in Eastlake for Daniel Parmertor, 16. His funeral is Saturday.

"It's just horrible to think that you send your kid off to school and then you don't see him again," said Lou Keim, a relative attending young Parmertor's wake.

Visitation is Monday in Chardon for Demetrius Hewlin, 16, and his funeral is Tuesday. Visitation for Russell King, Jr., 17, is Wednesday, with a funeral Thursday in Chardon.

One student who was hurt remains in serious condition and another was released from the hospital.

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