Chardon High School shooting victim: Russell King Jr.

Seventeen-year-old Russell King Jr. was the second victim to succumb to his injuries from the Chardon shooting.

The junior at Chardon High School also attended classes at Auburn Career Center, where he studied wind and solar power. King was waiting for a bus to the career center when he was shot while sitting in the high school cafeteria on Feb. 27, 2012.

King was well liked by his classmates and was described as easy-going. He loved the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, camping and going to tractor pulls.

"If someone was having a bad day, he'd come up and try to make you laugh. He was just always joking around with everyone," said Kelly Lynch, who had known King since elementary school.

"He was always helping out different families if they needed different help, you know, like putting carpet down, or making hay or something in the summer. He was always there, if you needed him," neighbor Kati Ostrosky said.

King worked at Amberwood Kennels, where he took care of dogs and helped out on the property. He also worked at Pinnacle Woods.

King's organs were donated through MetroHealth Medical Center and Lifebanc.

"The shooting at Chardon High School is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families as well as the entire community of Chardon," said Gordon Bowen, Lifebanc Chief Executive Officer. "We feel privileged to honor the wishes of Demetrius Hewlin, Russell King and their families to give the Gift of Life during this most tragic time."

"We ask that Russell be remembered for who he was, a strong boy with a big heart. He will be missed by many," King's family said in a statement following his death.

King was born in Claridon Township and was a lifelong resident of Chardon.

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