Hundreds gather on the anniversary of the school shooting.
(Chardon) - One year after the tragic school shooting that claimed the lives of Danny Parmertor, Russell King and Demetrius Hewlin, Chardon residents gathered on the square on a cold, rainy night to remember the victims, and give hope to one another that the community will continue to heal.
Lining the square were maple trees with buckets collecting sap for maple syrup, tied with red ribbons to remember the shooting victims.
Over 200 people attended Wednesday night's candlelight vigil, many of them wearing red, symbolic of the motto that came from the tragedy "One Heartbeat".
Several members of the crowd were high school students or parents of high school students.
Speakers included Dean Carlo with Crave 631 Ministries who brought an International Peace Light to pass around the audience, symbolizing both Chardon's resilience and comaraderie.
Carlo also reference Matthew 5:14 "You are the light of the world, a city on a hill cannot be hidden", and spoke of Chardon being that city on the hill.
Village of Chardon's Fire Chief Larry Gasper also spoke about the resilience he saw in the people of Chardon this past year, how they were able to come together and heal. Mayor Phil King spoke about the victims how they will always be remembered.
At the end of the vigil a statement was read from the victim's families. In the statement the families thanked everyone for all their love and support, and asked that everyone light a candle every year for each victim's birthday; Demetrius on March 8th, Russell on August 12th, and Danny on September 9th.
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