Weekend Events Bring More Support for Chardon

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CHESTERLAND, Ohio -- One of the students wounded in the Chardon High School shootings was on the minds of a lot of people Sunday who turned out to show their support.

A fundraiser for Nick Walczak was hosted by X-Cel Athletics, where some of his cousins work. For $5, anyone could take part in tumbling and stunt clinics; the staff of the facility donated their time for free.

The goal was to raise $10,000, and according to Nick's relatives, the event was a complete success.

"The turnout's been unbelievable. It's one of those things, you just don't know what's going to happen, and there's been so many kids walking up wanting to get involved, a lot of families are involved here, the community's been incredible just getting involved," said Nick's cousin, Missy Kinkopf.

Days after the shootings, Nick's mom said doctors were cautiously optimistic that he would walk again, despite being shot multiple times.

Meanwhile, another event to honor the Chardon shooting victims appeared to bring the close-knit community even closer together.

An artist, who has done work around the world, but lives in Geauga County, has added a visual reminder of what the community stands for, and how it remembers the three students who were killed.

A "Tribute Tree" is wrapped in Chardon's team colors of red and black, which is only where the symbolism begins.

"I'm kind of wrapping a tree, and I see the people here kind of wrapping their arms around each other and the community. And so, we're wrapping this tree in their colors," said Carol Hummel.

Hummel and her daughters and their friends donated the yard and labor, and Hambden Grange donated the lift to make the Tribute Tree a reality.

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