The Geauga County Coroner has released the cause of death of Russell King Sr, the father of one of the Chardon High School shooting victims.

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CHARDON -- The Geauga County Coroner has released the cause of death of Russell King Sr, the father of one of the Chardon High School shooting victims.

Dr. Robert Coleman said the cause was "accidental, caused by acute intoxication by the combined effects of heroin and ethanol."

It was back on Feb. 27, the second anniversary of the Chardon High School shootings, that officials said the father of one of the victims in the Chardon High School shooting was found dead early that morning.

Coleman said King Sr. was found dead in the family home around 5:15 a.m. that morning.

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

On Feb. 27, Chardon city officials 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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