Demetrius Hewlin’s Mother Willing to Forgive Son’s Killer

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CHARDON, Ohio --

Despite all her pain and suffering, Demetrius Hewlin’s mother says she is prepared to forgive her son’s killer.

“You have to forgive because if you don't forgive you hold that in your heart, it’s still in your memory of your child. You got that hatred in your heart,” said Phyllis Ferguson.

Ferguson said her 16-year-old son loved listening to music, lifting weights and playing video games.

“Demetrius liked to play football. He ran track one year, he played with the lion's club. He was a computer nerd and he like his video games. Demetrius was a health nut, his body was his temple. Demetrius worked out 5 or 6 days a week,” said Ferguson. “Most of all I’m going to miss his hugs and kisses. This is one thing we all should do for our children, every day. No matter if they are ornery, whatever they going through. You grab your child, even if they mad at you, they'll get over it, life goes on.”

On the day of the shooting, Ferguson said she dropped her son off at school and then went to mass. While she was at church, she received a phone call from her daughter. A short time later, the priest announced there was a shooting at the high school.

Ferguson said, “I stayed there for the blessing and then I left. I went over to the school. They did what they needed to do for all of us. They did the best they could with what they did. I went to the building. One young lady pulled me aside and took me to the back room, then the lady from the FBI took it from there and she took me to Metro.”

Ferguson is now asking the community to keep her son’s memory alive. “On March the 8th, which will be Demetrius’ birthday next Thursday, I appreciate if everybody will light a candle for him, he would be 17 years old.”

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