Family, Friends Remember Life of Demetrius Hewlin

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Hundreds of loved ones, friends, and fellow classmates showed up Monday afternoon to pay their respects to the family of 16 year old Demetrius Hewlin at Burr Funeral Home in Chardon.

"I just told them, because of this, our families are now bonded together, and together, we will all get through this," said Ron Parmertor, uncle of victim, Danny Parmertor.

Hewlin died last Tuesday, after being shot by a gunman who opened fire at Chardon High School.

Three students were killed, two others wounded.

"We just offered our support and our condolences as they did for us at Danny's Funeral.  It's somber," added Bonnie Parmertor.

Demetrius was a junior at Chardon High School. His family says he loved music, working out, and computers.

"He was just one of those kids who we'd split into lifting groups and you'd want him in your group because he was just funny.  He was always making fun of you for maybe not being as strong or fast as him.  Good guy to be around," said Dan Stch, friend.

Demetrius was affectionately known as "D" by his friends.

"He was just a great funny guy.  Everyone joked around and said ,"Hey D!  What's Up!"  Just a nice guy, really funny," added Marty Keppler, friend.

It's been one week since the shooting at Chardon High School.

And while classes have resumed back to normal, for many people, things will never be the same.

"It's really weird.  At some point, it is going to settle in and hit me.  Maybe being in that cafeteria.  Or maybe going back into the weight room and go to lift with someone and realize it's not D," added Stch.

Thursday, Demetrius' family would have celebrated his 17th birthday.

Instead, they are left to remember a life too quickly taken away.

"You're in shock.  Three of your good friends are gone in a blink of an eye.  You'd never think they would go like this.  No one should ever go like this.  A tragedy like this," said Tyler Lillash, friend.

Demetrius Hewlin's funeral is Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chardon.

He will be buried immediately following the funeral at All Souls Cemetery.

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