Chardon: Dealing with pain and a new reality

10:42 PM, Mar 3, 2012   |    comments
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CHARDON -- Just twelve hours after Daniel Parmertor was laid to rest, Geauga County residents continue to cope with the pain and memories of a tragic shooting that has changed the lives of many.

Leadership Geauga held its 17th annual Emerald Ball, an event that's usually used to recognize those in the community -- a time for fun and celebration.

But this year, that same event was used as a time for commemoration and remembrance of the lives that were lost in Monday's shooting. The ball included prayers and memorial displays.

Sheriff Dan McClelland says the city and its families are trying to get back to normal.

"It may not be the old normal, but our children would want us to get there," he added.

Multiple events of remembrance also took place in the Chardon Square.

Chardon Angels of Hope held a prayer and candlelight vigil.

Hundreds of alumni were at the event to show support to current students. They signed a message board that will be displayed later in the high school and also recorded video messages to be shared with the students.

These were just a few things Chardon residents were doing to help deal with what is now a new reality.

The reality is that the healing process has just begun for residents. And there's still a long way to go as funerals for two other victims, Demetrius Hewlin and Russell King Jr., are planned for the upcoming week.


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