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Chardon shooting victim’s father died from OD on anniversary

CHARDON, Ohio – A coroner in Ohio says the father of a boy killed in a 2012 school shooting died of an accidental heroin overdose on the second anniversary of his son’s death.

The Geauga County coroner confirmed Friday that 48-year-old Russell King Sr. died from the combined effects of heroin and alcohol. A family member found King dead at his home on Feb. 27.

King’s 17-year-old son, Russell King Jr., was one of three students killed in the February 2012 shooting at Chardon High School east of Cleveland. Three other students were wounded in the shooting inside the school’s cafeteria.

Nineteen-year-old T.J. Lane pleaded guilty to the shooting rampage and is serving three life sentences.

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