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Mother of Ohio school shooting victim Demetrius Hewlin says she forgives suspected gunman TJ Lane

Seventeen-year-old TJ Lane is led from Juvenile Court by sheriff's deputies in Chardon, Ohio, Feb. 28, 2012, after his arraignment in the shooting deaths of three students. AP Photo

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(CBS/AP) CHARDON, Ohio - The mother of Ohio school shooting victim Demetrius Hewlin says she forgives alleged gunman TJ Lane for fatally shooting her son.

Pictures: 3 killed, 2 injured in Ohio high school shooting
Pictures: Ohio high school shooting victims

Prosecutors have until Thursday to bring charges against Lane, who's suspected of going on a shooting rampage at Chardon High School that killed three students and injured two others.

When asked what she would say to the suspected shooter, Demetrius' mother Phyllis Fergueson told ABC News yesterday, "I forgive him because, a lot of times, they don't know what they're doing. That's all I'd say."

"I taught Demetrius not to live in the past, to live in today and forgiveness is divine. You have to forgive everything. God's grace is new each and every day," she said. "Until you've walked in another person's shoes, you don't know what made him come to this point."

A prosecutor has said Lane, who is in custody, will probably be charged with three counts of aggravated murder and other offenses. Prosecutors are expected to ask that he be tried as an adult.

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