Lifebanc Responds to Demetrius Hewlin’s Family

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Lifebanc, the largest organ, eye and tissue recovery agency in northeast Ohio, released a statement responding to the Hewlin family’s decision to donate. Demetrius Hewlin is the third Chardon High School student to lose his life in Monday’s deadly shooting.

Lifebanc Chief Executive Officer Gordon Bowen issued the following statement:

“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. We feel privileged to honor the wishes of both Demetrius Hewlin and his family to give the Gift of Life during this most tragic time.”

According to Lifebanc organ donation can save up to eight lives, and tissue donation can enhance up to 50.

Demetrius Hewlin and classmate Russell King Jr., 17, passed away from injuries sustained in the shooting Tuesday morning. Monday, classmate Daniel Parmertor, 16, passed away. One student remains hospitalized and another, Joy Rickers, 18, was released from Hillcrest Hospital Wednesday.

Fox 8 News sources identify the alleged shooter as Thomas “TJ” Lane, a student at Lake Academy.