Father of Chardon shooting victim found dead

CHARDON -- Authorities say the father of one of the victims in the Chardon High School shooting was found dead early Thursday morning – on the same day marking two years since the school tragedy.

The Geauga County Coroner confirms that Russell King Sr. was found dead in the family home around 5:15 a.m.

There appear to be no signs of foul play, but the cause of death is being investigated by the coroner.

Two years earlier on this same date, Russell King Jr. was one of three students fatally shot at Chardon High School.

Chardon city officials have released the following statement:

The City of Chardon is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Russell King, Sr. The thoughts and prayers of the entire community are with the family at this difficult time. Our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy. The community and school continue with the healing process and continue supporting one another. The three lives lost on 2/27/12 live on in our hearts and minds.


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