CHARDON, Ohio — An assistant football coach credited with chasing a teenage gunman from an Ohio school said Thursday he wanted families of the three students killed to know that he comforted the teens as they lay dying.
"I want you to know I was with them. I prayed with them. I wiped their tears and I know God was with them," an emotional Frank Hall said at a news conference shortly after the 17-year-old suspect was charged.
Hall, who has been credited by students, faculty and police with chasing the gunman from the school building and perhaps saving more people, brushed aside the accolades.
"I only wish I could have done more. I'm not a hero. Just a football coach and a study hall teacher," said Hall, who paused to compose himself at one point and read from notes as he spoke.
The emergency responders at the scene were the real heroes, he said.
T.J. Lane was charged in juvenile court Thursday with killing three students and wounding two others, the first step in proceedings that could see him charged as an adult and facing the possibility of life without parole if convicted.
No motive has been determined in the shootings Monday at Chardon High School, about 30 miles east of Cleveland. Prosecutor David Joyce has said that victims were selected at random and that Lane is someone "who's not well."