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Chardon school shootings, the Day After: Mourning in virtual and personal space

During and following the intensely painful community tragedy and intimately poignant vigils on Monday, the Chardon community kept pouring out its heart on social media sites.

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  1. Starting late Monday night and into Tuesday, the tweets and Facebook updates were tilting away from information or rumors about the shootings themselves and toward healing or at least grappling with the reality of the day after two teenagers had been gunned down, another remained in critical condition and three others were OK, but  had been shot.
  2. The wearing of red around town increased as the word got around on twitter, facebook, by email, by text and by signs in store windows.


  3. Red ribbons all over town in #chardon after school shooting; Melody and little Mara Rhinehart
    Red ribbons all over town in #chardon after school shooting; Melody and little Mara Rhinehart
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  7. When news came out around 1 p.m. that a third victim -- Demetrius Hewlin -- had just died at Metrohealth Hospital, Twitter temporarily slowed to a crawl as the anguish redoubled.

  8. The social media response to suspected shooter TJ Lane ranged from vitriolic anger to compassion for his family.

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  11. This photo of T.J. Lane Jr., published by WEWS TV in Cleveland was re-tweeted literally hundreds of times within 10 minutes after it posted.
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