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Community rallying to support family of Fremont man after his death

Photos posted to Twitter with the hashtag: LiveForCory Photos posted to Twitter with the hashtag: LiveForCory
FREMONT, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The body of Fremont man Cory Barron is back in his home town, according to his family members on Twitter.

Social media played a huge part in spreading the word of Barron's disappearance last Friday, and now to keep his memory alive.

On Wednesday, former classmates of Barron's at Fremont Ross High School and other friends have been expressing their grief online. The hashtag "LiveForCory" has been used dozens of times since his body was found in a landfill near Cleveland on Tuesday.

People have been sharing pictures of Barron, as well as information about fundraisers and vigils planned in his honor.

Cleveland Indians and Browns players have also took to Twitter to express their condolences for Barron's family. Jason Aldean, the country music star whose concern Barron was attending when he went missing, says he's praying for the family.

Friends say social media has helped connect everyone during this difficult time.

"It was just about helping bring someone home to where he belonged, and now it's just about standing for what he was for and coming together and supporting the family, being there for them when they need it most, just being positive in a world that can sometimes be so negative," said Jill Ivy, a friend of the family.

The community gathered Monday night for an impromptu vigil at Fremont Ross High School for Barron. Another vigil is being organized for Thursday night at 8:30, also at the school.

A friend of Barron's organized a fundraiser in an attempt to give back to the Barron family, who people say are very giving and supported the athletic program at the high school. On Monday, July 28, a portion of all sales at Little Caesar's Pizza on West State Street will be donated to the Barron family. The fundraiser will run from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friends of the Barron family say Cory's parents plan to donate the money to an organization that would have been close to Cory's heart.

Ivy says she hopes the community will continue to stand behind the family.

"I really hope they show up and just show support for the whole Barron family," she said. "Everyone that's involved, everyone that lost a great friend or a family member."

Another friend, Kent Weaver, is making wristbands in Fremont Ross colors purple and white that say "#LiveForCory" to raise money. He says he'll never forget his easy-going, likable friend.

"Just how fun and caring he was," Weaver said. "He got along with everybody and made a lasting impression on everybody."

Weaver says anyone wanting to buy a wristband can find and contact him on Facebook.

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