CHARDON, Ohio - Attorneys for United Way of Greater Cleveland, United Way Services of Geauga County and plaintiff Todd McKenney, announced Friday they have reached a settlement in the Chardon Healing Fund lawsuit.
Earlier this year, the families of the three teens killed in the Chardon High School shooting last year sued the United Way.
According to court documents, the families requested money from the Chardon Healing Fund, which is maintained by the United Way, but those requests were denied.
According to a news release, the settlement provides additional payment to each of the families to be made by the fund. All parties agreed the settlement provides a resolution and avoids the trauma further litigation would cause to the victims' families, the survivors and the Chardon community. As part of the settlement, specific details of the settlement will remain private and the parties involved will not further comment on the litigation.
The fund will be used to address ongoing physical and emotional needs of others in the Chardon community who were impacted by the shooting.
On Feb. 27, 2012, TJ Lane opened fire in Chardon High School's cafeteria, killing Daniel Parmertor, 16; Demetrius Hewlin, 17, and Russell King Jr., 17. Lane pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Less than 24 hours after the shooting, the Chardon Healing Fund was created to benefit the victims' families. On the day the fund was announced, Chardon Local Schools Superintendent Joe Bergant said 100 percent of the money raised would go to helping those directly affected by the tragedy.