Alleged gunman appears in juvenile court

POSTED: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 11:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 11:04am

For the first time since the attack, the alleged gunman, under heavy security, appeared in juvenile court.

"It's just hard to fathom that he would do such a thing and yesterday I was trying to deal with that I was sitting on a bus with a boy who had the intent to kill people," said Jonathan Sylak, a Chardon High School student.

Most every morning, TJ Lane and dozens of students waited in the Chardon High cafeteria for that bus ride to a vocational or alternative campus.

But yesterday was anything but normal.

Five students were gunned down.

Three students, Daniel Parmertor, Russell King, and Demetrius Hewlin, were fatally wounded.

Two others wounded suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Prosecutors yesterday in court said the gunman shot his victims at random.

"This was the effect of one lone gunman. He stated in court he chose them at random. This is not about bullying," said prosecutor Dave Joyce.

To honor the fallen and support the injured, hundreds of red ribbons have been wrapped around almost everything in the small town.

But most in Chardon still can't tie together how or why it happened.

All of the schools in Chardon are closed.

A team of grief counselors will be in place as classes resume on Friday, to help work through the emotions that are sure to surface for so many.

"We have to come together as a community and I think even if I'm not ready to go into the facility itself I need to be with my friends and I need to be with the community and we need to help each other," said Sylak.

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