COPLEY TWP.: Friends have placed two posters on the front wall of Copley High School with pictures of Autumn Johnson and Amelia Shambaugh for fellow students to sign and share their feelings.
The girls, each 16 years old, were among the seven people that police say Michael E. Hance killed in a shooting spree Sunday.
A sign in front of Copley High reads: “Forever Remembered, Thank you for your thoughts and support.” The nine trees on the front lawn of the school campus are tied with red, blue and purple ribbons.
The red (fire/EMS) and blue (police) represent the safety forces, and the purple is for the victims. They were made by the organization Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth, made up of students in the Copley-Fairlawn school district.
Funeral services for Amelia will be 11 a.m. Friday at Grace Church Bath Campus, 754 Ghent Road. The family will receive friends at the church from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
There will be a private memorial service for Autumn, her father, Bryan Johnson, 44; and her grandparents Russell Johnson, 67, and Gudrun Johnson, 64; on Thursday.
Donations may be made to the Johnson Family Memorial Fund at any FirstMerit Bank and to the Amelia Shambaugh Memorial Fund at any FirstMerit branch.
Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Friday in Kentucky for two other victims: Craig Dieter, 51, and his son, Scott, 11. They will be held at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Lakeside Park. There will be no visitation.
In other developments Tuesday:
• Copley police say they have 20 to 30 more interviews to conduct in their investigation. They have postponed some interviews to allow relatives time to make funeral arrangements.
Police are trying to learn more about Hance’s background. They have located two family members, but one had to be hospitalized after learning about the shootings.
• Summit County Medical Examiner Lisa J. Kohler said details from the victims’ autopsies, which are used to determine the cause and manner of death, had not been dictated by the agency’s pathologists for their official reports as of Tuesday afternoon.
She said several pathologists were involved in performing the autopsies.
Once the individual reports are completed, expected sometime this week, Kohler indicated she would be prepared to answer questions about the case.
Police also are awaiting results from the medical examiner’s office to determine whether drugs or alcohol played a role in Hance’s actions.
• The Copley Township Police Department on Tuesday officially identified the officer involved in the shooting of Hance as Officer Ben Campbell and said an investigation of his actions would be conducted.
Campbell has been on the force since 2000.
A civilian also present when Campbell encountered Hance, Keith Lavery, has served as a police officer for two area law enforcement agencies: Copley Township and the University of Akron.
Lavery was a detective in a controversial drug case involving a UA student, Charles Plinton, who was acquitted by a jury and, distraught over the ordeal, committed suicide. Lavery later joined Copley’s police department but resigned after a couple of years.
• A prayer vigil geared toward students will be held from 7 to 8 tonight at Fairlawn Lutheran Church and school, 3415 W. Market St.
Beacon Journal staff writer Ed Meyer contributed to this report. Marilyn Miller can be reached at 330-996-3098 or firstname.lastname@example.org.