POSTED: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 4:15pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 4:19pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Chardon, Ohio is mourning the loss of three teens shot and killed Monday.
Students went back to the school for the first time since the shooting Thursday, returning to reflect and start the healing process together.
The school superintendent greeted students with hugs.
Parents and the community showed support as teens walked into the school.
"It's kind of mixed emotions. It's sad, but its great to have everyone here," said student Alyse Bryan.
A tough day for students coping with the loss of their friends, Daniel Parmertor, Russell King, and Demetrius Hewlin.
Family members of the victims spent the morning remembering their loved ones.
"He was going to change the world, he was an amazing individual," said Domenick Parmertor, Daniel's brother.
Authorities say the accused shooter, 17-year-old T.J. Lane, was waiting to catch a bus to his vocational school when he opened fire on students in the cafeteria.
Now, as students try to make sense of the violent act, they are also learning how to lean on each other.
"To feel all the love that there is here, makes you realize that this past week no one is a stranger,that everyone is part of the same family," said student Derek Tressler.