Funeral for Russell King Jr., Final Chardon Victim

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CHARDON, Ohio --  Raindrops fell on a heartbroken Chardon community Thursday as its people stood strong at the funeral for 17-year-old Russell King, Jr.

"He was always super nice.  I sat across from him on the bus.  He always made me laugh a lot," said Alexis Morrison, a friend.

"He was so funny.  Had math class with him and it's really different without him," said Kacey Eichele, a friend.

King is the third and final victim of the Chardon shootings to be buried.

It's a tragedy that has shook the school and community to the core.

"Just gotta keep it together and be strong for everybody else.  Be there to support him and his family," said Nick Wassel, a student.

King is remembered as a good kid and an outdoorsman who loved his family and friends.

"He has a big heart.  He cares about everyone," added Eichele.

And while a cloud of this unthinkable tragedy still lingers over Chardon, students and the community will weather the storm together.

"All the posters, all the cards that everyone made is really helpful," said Morrison.

"We are all just a big family.  And we are coming together and I think that's awesome.  We are just taking it step by step," added Wassel.

Russell will be buried in a private family ceremony.

Friends of his at calling hours on Wednesday night told Fox 8 News that King was a happy and active teen.

King was killed along with Demetrius Hewlin and Danny Parmertor after a gunman opened fire in the cafeteria of Chardon High School on the morning of Monday, Feb. 27.

Authorities said fellow Chardon High student T.J. Lane is the confessed gunman.

Lane is in juvenile detention facing murder and assault charges in connection with the shootings.

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