Cleveland | Stan Donaldson - The Plain Dealer
He rode a ferry boat to the Statue of Liberty. He’s walked on Alcatraz Island. He picked up a wild iguana in Cancun, Mexico, when he was 9.
He took those journeys with his father, Tim Hewlin, who hopes people will remember Demetrius as a smiling, curious and ambitious kid. Hewlin.
Killed last week in the Chardon school shootings, was buried Tuesday in a village cemetery. He would have turned 17 Thursday.
Hewlin, 51, a retired Navy veteran who works for the Department of Defense in Washington, D.C., said in an interview Monday that he lived with Demetrius and his mom, Phyllis Ferguson, in Washington until Demetrius was around 8 years old. The parents later divorced.
Demetrius spent summers with his dad until he became a teen, and during those visits, Hewlin said, he tried to expose his son to other cultures, exotic locations and fun. He said for several years he had a timeshare near Orlando, Fla., where he spent time with Demetrius. He also took his son to New York, San Francisco and Chicago.