Ohio Community Processing Together after Shooting

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The community of Chardon, Ohio is still trying to recover from Monday's multiple shooting at the local high school that left three students dead.

Teachers returned Wednesday to Chardon High School. Classes are scheduled to resume Thursday. Parents of all students are being encouraged to accompany their teenagers back to school.

Hundreds gathered for a vigil Tuesday at St. Mary's Church, which was sponsored by several churches.

Candles were lit to remember the victims of the attack that has touched an entire state. The weather was cold, but mourner Bill Sherod didn't mind.

"Warmth comes from a lot of places," Sherod said.

"From one end of Ohio to another, today, tomorrow and the days to come, we all live in Chardon in a sort of way," Ohio Gov. John Kasich said.

Seventeen-year-old T.J. Lane, the accused shooter, appeared in court Tuesday. Witnesses said he opened fire with a.22 caliber handgun in the school cafeteria.

Demetrius Hewling, Russell King , Jr. and Daniel Parmertor died in the attack.

"T.J., you know you do have a right to counsel and you're represented by Mr. Franzotti in this matter, is that correct?" Presiding Judge Timothy Grendell asked Lane.

"Yes, sir," Lane replied.

Prosecutors say Lane came from a troubled family and that he chose his victims at random.

"This is not about bullying. This is not about drugs," Geauga County Prosecutor Dave Joyce said.

"We have shots fired, multiple gun shots. I saw him take out two, and then he was gone," said a voice on the recording of the 9-1-1 telephone call.

As the shock of Monday's shooting begins to fade, students, parents and teachers are left to process the meaning of three lives snuffed out and another life likely to be spent behind bars.

"Let's mourn together, and I hope sincerely that we all pray together. Let us together begin the process of healing our school family and school community," Chardon Schools Superintendent Joseph Bergant said.

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