Community bands together in wake of UCC shooting

Paramount Printing is selling shirts that read "Pray for UCC"

Michael Garwood places flowers at a makeshift memorial near the road that leads to Umpqua Community College, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore. Armed with multiple weapons, Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, walked into a classroom at the college Thursday and opened fire, killing several and wounding others. (AP Photo/John Locher)

ROSEBURG, Ore. (KOIN) — In the wake of a shooting that killed 9 people and injured several others, members of the Roseburg community have come together to support each other as news of the tragedy sinks in.

“It hit us hard here in the community,” Jadyn Whittington told KOIN 6 News.

You can’t go far in Roseburg without passing a sign showing support for those affected by the deadly shooting.

A sign reading “our prayers go out for all family” is displayed in front of Del Rey Cafe where Whittington works.

A group of 3 Roseburg women spent their Friday night making ribbons. (KOIN)
A group of 3 Roseburg women spent their Friday night making ribbons. (KOIN)

A group of 3 local women spent their Friday night making black ribbons to represent sorrow, and red ones to symbolize love.

“It’s nice to do something for the community,” Mary Dawson said. “Everyone is doing their part. We have little kids doing lemonade stands and everyone just wants to do what they can.”

The women hope people who take the ribbons make a donation for victim funds.

“This is something we can do that is simple and will raise a few dollars,” Dawson said.

The Simonis family runs Paramount Printing in Roseburg. They decided to start printing T-shirts with the message “Pray for UCC”.

“A buddy of mine tagged me on Twitter, said that people were wanting shirts,” Josh Simonis, a UCC student, said. “I talked to my dad and we were going to do shirts… my Twitter just blew up.”

If you’re interested in ordering one of the shirts, click here.

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