Families of Chardon shooting victims fight for funds
Victims of Chardon shooting. Left to right (Daniel Parmertor, Demetrius Hewlin, Russell King)
CHARDON, OH (WOIO) -
Attorneys for the families of the Chardon shooting argued in court on Friday, June 7, that they should receive more money from the fund that was set up to help them recover from that fatal school shooting.
After the shooting in February of 2012 the Chardon Healing Fund was established in which the United Way would distribute the money as it saw fit.
$925,000 was raised but less than $150,000 went to the families who felt neglected.
The chair of the Healing Fund addressed those concerns under oath.
"How do I feel about the fact the parents felt humiliated? It makes me feel sad that they feel that way."
The Parmertor, Hewlin and King families brought the suit.
One of the shooting victims' mother spoke of her on-going need for assistance, "I lost a lot. I am not living. I am just existing."
The United Way claims the families were not the only beneficiaries and that most of the money went to pay for trauma support and mental health counseling for the overall community.
The plaintiffs' attorney says the money should be distributed more fairly. "We are not saying the community is not entitled to money, we are just saying the way the victims were treated needs to be re-looked at."