Channel 3 Exclusive: Parmertor parents remember son Danny

7:09 PM, Feb 27, 2013   |    comments
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It's been one year since Dina and Bob Parmertor's 16-year-old son, Danny, was shot and killed at Chardon High School.

However, for the Parmertors, the memory is as fresh as ever.

"We relive that day everyday," says Bob.

"When you say a year," says Dina. "I know that's the timeframe, [but it] doesn't feel that way for me."

The Parmertors say they have found comfort in reaching out to the families of Russell King and Demetrius Hewlin, both killed in the Chardon shooting.

"Just sometimes to call and say, 'How's your day going?'," says Dina. "We've gotten together, all of us, just talked and you find things that maybe you were thinking was only in your mind, at least I have found, same thing. They put it in the same wording. Nobody can really understand."

Last summer, the Parmertors also began going to Cornerstone of Hope, a center in Independence that helps people grieve the loss of a loved one.

"Everybody does it different and [has a] different journey, and that's something we learned. And that's OK, that everyone can feel it a different way."

For now, the journey continues, day by day, memory by memory.

"I think the closure part, they'll never be closure for us, ever. The journey, without Danny, we know we have to go through life without him. It's very difficult. But we know we have to do it. We have to, have to continue living, but closure, we'll never have it," says Bob.

"I will never close the door on my son," adds Dina.

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