CHARDON, Ohio –
There were tears from a heartbroken community in Chardon Saturday as thousands lined the streets to say goodbye to one of their own: 16-year-old Danny Parmertor.
“I can’t believe this happened in the first place. But I’m glad that we are all here,” cried Sarah Smith, of Chardon.
People stood and formed a human chain of support outside the funeral for the teen, the first victim of the Chardon shootings.
“This represents Chardon. Chardon is here for the family, and we’re all standing here for the family,” said Jessica Smith, of Chardon.
“What goes through my mind is having to be out here for the senseless violence in the world,” added William Noe, of Madison.
“Look around. We’re all here for Chardon. We’re all the same heart, bleed the same blood. We’re all together,” added Smith.
Together, people stood for Danny’s funeral, which was held inside St. Mary Catholic Church.
Together, people stood for the painful procession through downtown Chardon.
And that chain of community support remained linked with love for the Parmertor family, as Danny’s casket was lowered to his final resting place at All Souls Cemetery.
“This just really shows just how strong Chardon really is,” said resident Todd Hopkins.
And while the family grieves, so does Chardon.
One town, one heartbeat.
A heart that will one day mend.
A heart that keeps beating.