CHARDON, OH (WOIO) - Plans are in the works to honor three students who died in the 2012 Chardon High School shooting.
"This is actually our student parking lot and there will be a trail from there to the park," said Katie Kalis, president of Student Council at Chardon High School.
Now a senior, Kalis was a freshman when Daniel Parmertor, Russell King Jr. and Demetrius Hewlin were shot and killed inside the school. Her class wanted to leave a lasting memorial to honor everyone who was affected.
"We don't forget about it. It's not pushed into the back of our minds and everyone has a place to go and reflect and enjoy themselves," said Kalis.
The $300,000 cost to build Chardon Living Memorial Park will come through community fundraisers.
All three victims will be represented in the living memorial. Each one will have their own personal section of the park.
When it's done, Chardon will enjoy a new playground, fitness area, walking trail, and more.
"The three boys' parents have been to the committee meetings and we know they all approve. And having three components to it and have it a living memorial there, where they can go to it any time, would really mean a lot to them and it's not just a statue to stare at," said Frankie Pinckard, vice president of Chardon High's Student Council.
So far, $50,000 has been raised to build the park.