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Thousands Attend Service In Chardon

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CHARDON, Ohio (KDKA) — Several thousand people turned out at a Catholic Church across the street from the Chardon Middle and High School campus.

They gathered for an ecumenical service in response to the cafeteria shooting tragedy that killed three students and wounded two others.

St. Mary’s Church was filled to capacity with more than 1,000 people. Police say another thousand watched outside on a large screen.

“We’ll mourn together. We’ll struggle to understand what happened. The world will be watching us as we heal,” Chardon High School Principal Andy Fetchik said.

“Even though the next several days are going to be very painful for a lot of us, we’ll have three children to bury, you need to remember that our community will help pull us all through this,” Chardon Schools Superintendent Joe Bergant said.

One student died on Monday. Two others died Tuesday at the hospital.

Ohio Governor John Kasich said the community will heal, but it won’t happen overnight.

“It’s very heartbreaking, but we’re a strong community,” Chantel Vargo, a parent, said. “Everybody knows one another and we always come together.”

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