Chardon students create T-shirt in memory of victims, draw interest from other states

CHARDON, Ohio - Chardon High School students have collaborated to create a T-shirt to help raise money for the families of the victims of Monday's deadly shooting -- and it has even drawn interest outside Ohio.

Senior Brady Lawrence said people from different states and all over are interested in the shirt.

"We are trying to put them online," Lawrence said.

Lawrence, along with fellow Chardon seniors Evan Erasmus, Kelsey Crowley and Gabby O'Donnell worked with Etched In Time, which also made Chardon decals, to design and print the T-shirts in memory of victims.

The students took orders for the shirts, which cost $15, at the vigil at St. Mary's Church Tuesday night and have already sold 500.

"People were really generous. I was so surprised," Lawrence said.

All proceeds will go to victims' families through the Chardon Angels of Hope Memorial Fund.

He said the shirts, which say ‘Forever in Our Hearts' with Chardon inside a heart and the date of the shooting, should be printed by Saturday.

Students will be taking orders again Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Xpressions Hair and Nail Salon.

Lawrence and the students got the idea after they had raised money for breast cancer research by making a ‘Chardon Crazies for a Cure' shirt.

For Lawrence, making the shirts was a way to help cope.

"This helps a lot. There are so many people that care," he said.

Students will return to school at Chardon Friday.

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