CHARDON, Ohio – Friends, loved ones, teachers and hundreds of others stood in line for hours to say a few consoling words to the family of 17-year-old Russell King, Jr., one of three boys killed in the Chardon High School shooting.
"It's hard to see, you know, at 17, going to one of your good friends' funerals. It's difficult," said Tom Jackson.
Friends waiting in line at the visitation said King was a happy and active teen.
"He was a good friend. He liked the outdoors a lot. I brought a fishing lure for him that he gave me," said Zach Carroll.
"Russell was always a friendly character. His personality was always upbeat," Jackson said.
Peter Caplan said he is one of King's former middle school teachers.
"He was a great kid and to think that he had such a huge impact on everybody and that really says a lot about him," Caplan said.
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.
Police said fellow Chardon High School student T.J. Lane is the accused gunman.
"These deaths, I think all three need to be remembered in a better light than just another high school shooting. Russell was a very, very, good, good person," Jackson said.
Lane is in juvenile detention facing murder and assault charges in connection with the shooting.
King's funeral takes place on Thursday at the church of St. Mary in Chardon at 10 a.m.
It is open to the public.