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    >> to start with bad news but moments ago the medical examiner in ohio released the name of the second victim, 17-year-old russell king , jr. he died of his gunshot wounds last night.

    >> the suspect identified as 17-year-old t.j. lane was not a student at chardon high school . he attended a nearby school. lane walked into the cafeteria and appeared to target a specific group of students. we'll talk to two young men who were there and who knew the victims as well as one of the alleged shooter's classmates. we begin with savannah guthrie who has the latest on the story. good morning.

    >> reporter: good morning, ann. the pain and shock is written all over the faces of the people you meet here. this is a town whose heart is broken. there are a lot of conflicting reports about the alleged gunman here. was he bullied, upset over a romantic break-up? some say he was a nice kid from a nice family. others say he was obviously troubled, but nothing explains what happened yesterday. i once was lost

    >> reporter: at a candlelight vigil for the victims, hugs, tears and shock. what did you think when you heard someone had a gun?

    >> at our school? that's unreal. it's unreal.

    >> reporter: senior mike wargo had just walked away after greeting his friends in the school cafeteria when he heard a loud noise.

    >> i started freaking out. i got a text message from my friend saying my best friend got shot. and i heard more gunshots.

    >> reporter: the shots rang out just as the school day was starting at chardon high school .

    >> attention chardon rescue, we have an active shooter at the high school .

    >> i heard a bunch of shots fired.

    >> reporter: witnesses say thomas, t.j., lane from a nearby vocational school began firing at students.

    >> he had no emotion on his face. he was just shooting.

    >> reporter: nate said his ear was grazed by a bullet.

    >> it sounded like a firecracker almost. i looked back, saw him shoot which hit one of my other friends that was at the table with us. as i was turning around, he hit me.

    >> reporter: five students were shot before police say lane was chased out of the building by a football coach, frank hall . minutes later lane surrendered. terrified parents rushed to the nearby middle school where students were evacuated to tearful reunions.

    >> it's really hard because you can't do anything. you're in a helpless situation.

    >> reporter: the wounded were air lifted to two local hospitals. daniel parmertor, russell king . parmertor died from his injuries. in a statement his family said we are shocked by this senseless tragedy. danny was a bright young boy who had a bright future ahead of him. the shooter lived with his grandparents after his parents divorced. he took a bus every day to the vocational school from chardon high.

    >> by all accounts t.j. is a fairly quiet and good kid. pretty much sticks to himself but has some friends and has never been in trouble.

    >> reporter: for this small community outside cleveland it's almost too much to bear. how are you coping?

    >> i'm not. it's a nightmare waiting to wake up from. not going to happen. i hope nobody ever has to experience this. i feel this way. i can't imagine what the parents feel like now.

    >> reporter: i would imagine it went through your mind how close you came.

    >> i wish i was there. i would rather take the bullet. they had the biggest hearts. they would do anything for anybody. everybody misses everybody.

    >> reporter: t.j. lane is expected to be arraigned in juvenile court this afternoon. he reportedly is in solitary confinement this morning. in late december he wrote a posting on facebook. it's a long rambling letter that's hard to understand. he speaks in the third person and appears to refer to himself saying, quote, his only company to confide in was the vermin in the street. he longed for only one thing, the world to bow at his feet. he ended that posting with, die, all of you. there will be grief counselors on site. ann?

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updated 2/28/2012 1:12:20 PM ET 2012-02-28T18:12:20

Students at Ohio's Chardon High School are remembering 17-year-old Russell King Jr., who has been declared brain dead, and 16-year-old Daniel Parmertor, who was killed in a school shooting Monday.

Later on Tuesday, another student, junior Demetrius Hewlin, who was initially left in critical condition, also died from injuries sustained in the Monday shooting.

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TJ Lane, who attended a nearby vocational school, allegedly opened fire Monday morning in the cafeteria of Chardon High. Two other students — senior Joy Rickers, 18, and junior Nick Walczak, 17 — were wounded. Another student, Nate Mueller, had his right ear grazed by a bullet during the attack.

Prosecutor: Gunman at school fired randomly

Chardon student Ian Sanborn, who was sitting at the tables where the shooting occurred, appeared on TODAY Tuesday with fellow student Travis Carver, who rushed to the aid of injured students. Sanborn, who has known King since kindergarten, told TODAY’s Ann Curry about his friend.

“(King) was never out to harm anybody,’’ Sanborn said. “He was always real nice. He would always ask everybody if they needed help with anything. He would always take the shirt off his back to help anyone out, and it’s just tragic that something like this had to happen to him."
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Alleged Ohio high school shooter TJ Lane, in a photo taken from Facebook.

Senior Mike Wargo had just walked away from the lunchroom table when he heard what sounded like a firecracker. He received a text message telling him one of his best friends had been shot.

“It’s just a nightmare I’m waiting to wake up from and it’s not going to happen,’’ he told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie in an emotional interview. “I hope nobody ever has to experience this. I feel this way, (so) I can’t even imagine what the parents feel.

“I wish I was there. I’d rather take the bullet for one of those five. They had the biggest hearts. I know they would be saying the same exact thing about anyone else. They would do anything for anybody. Everybody misses them.’’

Sanborn and Carver described a chilling scene in the cafeteria. Lane, who usually took the bus from Chardon to his nearby alternative school, can be seen on a school surveillance video seemingly targeting a specific table. Report: Suspect in Ohio shooting from violent family

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Ian Sanborn, left, and Travis Carver came on TODAY Tuesday to describe the chilling scene inside the cafeteria where classmate TJ Lane allegedly opened fire Monday.

“I saw him pull out the gun and I yelled ‘Duck!’ and I was the only one who ducked under my table,’’ Sanborn said. “All my friends just kind of stood around there. I remember him firing him off all of his shots and then standing up and seeing my friends just laying on the ground.

“I didn’t know what to do. I was in panic mode, so I just ran outside and I talked to an operator on 911, (and) tried to get as much help as I could.’’

Witnesses said Lane was emotionless as he emptied a round of bullets. He was chased outside by assistant football coach and teacher Frank Hall before surrendering to police.

“It was straight determination,’’ Carver said of Lane. “He just had that look on his face. It’s hard to describe. It just sticks with you.’’ Slideshow: Deadly school shooting in Ohio (on this page)

Carver, who has trained with the fire department, is being hailed as a hero for tending to wounded students before emergency medical professionals arrived.

“After the first shot, it was probably a couple seconds, it just seemed quiet,’’ Carver said. “I’m sure it was just what was going on in my head, but it gave me a second to think. It was the fight or flight response. I took a second, I saw one girl running towards me, and I decided I should run with her.’’

The grieving community and Lane’s family are searching for answers to what may have motivated the shootings. In December, he ended a long and rambling Facebook post, written in the third person, with “Die all of you.’’

His father, Thomas Lane Jr., had been arrested several times for abusing the mothers of his children, according to a report by The Cleveland Plain-Dealer. TJ Lane lived with his grandmother. One of his classmates at the vocational school, Hayley Kovacik, spoke with Ann Curry Tuesday.

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“He would never really talk about his family,’’ Kovacik said. “He was just honestly really quiet, but you could always tell he had a very sad look in his eyes all the time. He usually just kept to himself. I’m just really shocked that it was TJ.’’

“By all accounts TJ was a very quiet and good kid,’’ Lane family attorney Bob Farniacci told NBC News. “Pretty much sticks to his himself, but does have some friends and has never been in trouble.’’

Lane is expected to be arraigned in juvenile court on Tuesday and is reportedly in solitary confinement.

“We are shocked by this senseless tragedy,’’ Parmertor's parents said in a statement. A candlelight vigil was held Monday night for the victims.

Sanborn described his coping strategy. “I think everybody in the community needs to not talk about it so much and kind of let it just die down,’’ he said. “As far as just letting it fall apart, you need to just let it go, and everyone needs to accept the fact that life threw this at us, and we just have to deal with it. We have to make the best of it.’’

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  1. Students walk to a memorial remembering the victims of the Chardon High school shootings before returning to school for the first time since the shootings in Chardon, Ohio on Thursday, Mar. 1. Three students were killed and two others wounded by suspect TJ Lane in Monday's shooting rampage at the Ohio high school. (Shannon Stapleton / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Students and parents walk from a memorial remembering the victims of the Chardon High school shootings, as they return to school for the first time since the shootings in Chardon, Ohio Mar. 1. (Shannon Stapleton / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Students and parents gather at a memorial remembering the victims of the Chardon High school shootings before returning to school for the first time since the shootings in Chardon, Ohio on Mar. 1. (Shannon Stapleton / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Maria Cochran and Andressa Green of Chardon place flowers on the sign outside Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio on Tuesday, Feb. 28. (Jeff Swensen / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A group of students and parents pray for victims of a school shooting on the square in Chardon, Ohio on Feb. 28. A gunman opened fire inside the Chardon High School cafeteria at the start of the school day Monday. Two of the victims have died and wounding three remain hospitalized. (Mark Duncan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Alleged gunman TJ Lane is escorted out of the Geauga County Courthouse Annex and into a car by Sheriff deputies after his court appearance on Thuesday, Feb. 28. (Aaron Josefczyk / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Student places a bouquet of roses at the base of the Chardon High School sign on Tuesday, Febr. 28. (Aaron Josefczyk / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Alissa Sully, 17, hugs a friend before a prayer service for victims of a school shooting at Chardon Assembly of God in Chardon, Ohio, on Monday, Feb. 27. (Mark Duncan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. FBI and local police investigators search for evidence in a rural area of Chardon Township, Ohio, on Monday, Feb. 27. (Mark Duncan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Students leave Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, following the shooting on Monday, Feb. 27. (WKYC via NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Officers leave Chardon High School on Feb. 27 after a gunman opened fire inside the high school's cafeteria at the start of the school day. (Mark Duncan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. This image from video shows the alleged gunman being arrested in Chardon, Ohio, on Feb. 27. (WKYC via NBC News) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Chardon middle school student Daniel Kimball is consoled by his older sister, Samantha Kimball, after she picked him up from school following a shooting at Chardon High School on Feb. 27. (David Maxwell / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. A State Police helicopter leaves the scene following a shooting at Chardon High School on Feb. 27. (David Maxwell / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Students leave with parents from Maple Elementary School after a shooting at Chardon High School on Feb. 27. (Tony Dejak / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Parents wait for news at at Chardon High School on Feb. 27 after the shooting. (John Horton / The Plain Dealer) Back to slideshow navigation
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