Second Copley-Fairlawn High School student identified

COPLEY TOWNSHIP, Ohio - The second Copley-Fairlawn High School student killed in Sunday's shooting rampage has now been identified.

Amelia Shambaugh, 16, was shot and killed during the incident, her mother confirmed to NewsChannel5 Tuesday.

Shambaugh was heading into her sophomore year at Copley, and was in the area because she spent the night with fellow Copley student Autumn Johnson, who was also shot and killed.

Her parents said Amelia had a great smile, loved animals and nature. Her father, Tony, said Amelia wanted to be a dog trainer/groomer and work for a veterinarian.

The Shambaugh family said they'll ask for donations to be made to the Humane Society of Greater Akron in lieu of flowers because of Amelia's love for animals.

Amelia's best friend, Abbey Ruggles, said Amelia was "a ray of sunshine."

"She was beautiful. We just laughed. She just made me laugh. She made me feel better. She encouraged me to be a better person. She changed my life," Ruggles said.

Shambaugh was one of seven people killed in the shooting spree that started just before 11 a.m. Sunday at a house in the 2300 block of Goodenough Ave. In all, police said there were four different crime scenes where 51-year-old gunman Michael Hance shot eight people, killing seven of them. Police shot and killed Hance after he fired at officers.

Shambaugh was the only victim not identified during Monday's press conference held by Copley Township police officials because some of her family had not yet been notified. A Facebook page has been set up in her honor.

In addition to the high school students, Autumn's father, Bryan Johnson, 44, along with her grandparents Russell Johnson, 67, and Gudrun Johnson, 64, were also shot and killed by Hance.

Police said the Johnsons' and Hance were neighbors. Hance lived in a home on Goodenough Avenue only for about eight or nine months with his girlfriend of more than two decades, Rebecca Dieter. They took over the Copley home after Rebecca's parents died.

Craig Dieter, 51, and his son, Scott Dieter, 11 , were in town from Kentucky to visit Rebecca Dieter, 49, and attend a family reunion. Both were murdered. Meanwhile, Rebecca is in the ICU at a local hospital after being shot multiple times by Hance.

Amelia Shambaugh's family has set up a memorial fund at First Merit Bank (any branch). It's called the Amelia Shambaugh Memorial Fund.

Donations can also be made at any First Merit Bank towards the Johnson Family Benevolent Fund.

We will continue to update this story as new details come in. Keep checking for more information.

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