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Community is Elkhart Strong after Martin's shooting


As more details emerge about the Martin's Super Market shooting, more people are offering their love and support.

Friday afternoon Allegra Print Owner, Chet Nunan said, "Incredibly shocked, you see it on the news often enough and it's always somewhere else and that it's local that it's happened it gets into your safe zone."

Two days after the tragic shooting at Martin's Super Market the shock hasn't worn off, and the community's support has only grown stronger with each passing minute.

"When something like that happens in the community everyone feels like they wish there was something they could do," said Nunan.

Nunan's company is doing what they can by offering something free of charge for Saturday's vigil.  Friday afternoon they were finishing up large posters with the victims pictures and the words "in loving memory."  During the vigil people will be able to sign the posters and then the victims families will get to keep them.

Nunan said it's the least they can do.  "Our condolences to the family, it's a terrible thing and there's nothing we can do to change it and we're just sorry."

And he's not alone.  Wallace Henderson is one of the organizers of Saturday's vigil.  Friday afternoon he said, "This community will come together in the event of a tragedy to support one another."

Henderson said Saturday Mito Corporation and Wings Etc will provide a meal for Martin's Employees.

For the Vigil, several other Martin's stores around the area are donating carnations, Lilly's Party Shop donated 200 candles and an anonymous donor donated 200 more.  Matzke Florist also donated flowers and a wreath for the store.

Reschcor donated $1000, $500 going to the families of each victim.

Even those who can't donate in a big way are showing their support.  The memorial outside Martin's has grown.  And on Twitter people are using the hashtag "#ElkhartStrong" to offer their condolences and support.

Henderson said given the town's name it all makes perfect sense.  "Elkhart is strong and will always remain strong.  I'm not sure if you know much about animals but the heard of an Elk is considered very strong."

The vigil will be Saturday night at 8 p.m. in the Martin's parking lot.

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