CHARDON, Ohio - The court battle over the Chardon Healing Fund is far from over, but Thursday brought a partial victory for the victims' families.
On Feb. 27, 2012, TJ Lane opened fire in Chardon High School's cafeteria, killing Daniel Parmertor, Demetrius Hewlin and Russell King Jr. In the days that followed, a fund was established to help those directly affected by the shooting.
A Geauga County judge ordered $50,000 of the Chardon Healing Fund to be set aside for the families of the victims until the trial in August. Another $25,000 will go towards community needs and $25,000 more for mental health services.
In May, the families of Parmertor, Hewlin and King filed a suit against the Chardon Healing Fund and United Way of Greater Cleveland.
"A total $952,000 has been donated to the Trust and the total amount received by all of the Plaintiffs is less than $150,000. In other words, only about 15% of the Trust has been collectively distributed to Plaintiffs," the lawsuit said.
During Thursday's hearing, the court appointed retired 11th District Court of Appeals Judge Donald Ford to mediate the case.