CHARDON, Ohio-- One year since the Chardon community changed forever. One year since the lives of three teenagers were lost. One year of healing and trying to move forward.
On Feb. 27, 2012, a gunman opened fire inside Chardon High School, killing Demetrius Hewlin, 16, Danny Parmertor, 16, and Russell King, Jr., 17.
Three other students were injured.
And, in the past year, the Chardon community has grown stronger, not allowing the tragedy to tear them apart.
On this Wednesday, the one-year mark, Chardon students, staff and community members have an entire day planned of both remembrance and service.
"We've got plans for a very eventful day," said Chardon Principal Andy Fetchik. "We're going to be making blankets for Project Linus. Students will be making leashes for many of the service dogs that have come into the building. There's letter writing, journaling, some art projects the students will be able to do."
Principal Fetchik also said students are excited to make burritos at lunch, provided by Qdoba Mexican Grill.
"It should be a fun day that makes them feel a little lighter knowing the loss of their three classmates."
Students and staff walked to Chardon Square for a day of remembrance and renewal just after noon.
Here is a list of other events planned for this evening:
6:30 p.m. Candlelight vigil on Chardon Square
7:00 p.m. Memorial concert at Park Auditorium
7:30 p.m. Release of lanterns at high school