CHARDON, Ohio --
Red and black ribbons and balloons adorn the town of Chardon as they prepare to bury Demetrius Hewlin, 16, one of three boys killed last Monday after the Chardon High School shooting.
Hundreds turned out for Hewlin's visitation service at Burr Funeral Home on South St. Monday afternoon.
Hewlin, also known as "D," liked to work out and lift weights
"Maybe this afternoon when I walk into that weight room for the first time since this happened, it will definitely settle in when I go over there to lift with someone else, and it's not D," said Hewlin's friend Dan.
Hewlin was killed in the shooting along with classmates Danny Parmertor, 16, and Russell King, Jr., 17, after police said a another student started shooting other students at random in the school cafeteria just after 7:30 a.m. last Monday.
T.J. Lane, 16, has been charged with three counts of murder in the boys' deaths.
The family of Parmertor was at the visitation service for Hewlin, and spoke with his family.
"I just told them that because of this, our families are now bonded together, and together we will all get through this with the support of our family, our friends, the community and everybody else nationwide," said Danny's uncle, Ron Parmertor.
Vickie McElroy, said she is a 1983 Chardon High School graduate, and traveled from Tennessee to say goodbye to the boys she never knew, and support the families she never met.
"I just hope that they know the whole world is praying for them, and watching Chardon," McElroy said.
In Chardon Square, the makeshift memorial at the gazebo continues to grow with flowers, candles, notes and prayers.
Monday a more lasting memorial appeared: three tall black ribbons and one red one.
An unidentified man putting the ribbons up told Fox 8 News the three black ones are for each one of the boys killed, and the red one symbolizes Chardon recovering.
"Every time I drive past the high school. Every time I drive past this square, there's going to be this memory. Just like everybody in the community will always have the memory of last Monday," said Beth Rossetti of Mentor, as she stood in front of the memorials.
Hewlin's funeral is Tuesday at St. Mary's of Chardon at 10 a.m.