PORT CLINTON, Ohio — The public gathered on Saturday for a memorial and luncheon to honor Harley Dilly, the 14-year-old boy who was tragically found dead after going missing in December.
It was a very solemn atmosphere as hundreds of people from the community came together to remember Harley and lend a helping hand, a hug or words of support for the Dilly family.
"I didn't know the family, but I came out to support and show that the community actually cared," said Dexter Havens of Port Clinton.
Despite the tragic ending to the story, people ultimately hope that Harley's memory can continue to do good.
"Harley's going to be the boy that brought the community together," said Michelle Gessner.
And Christine Lundy, another Port Clinton neighbor agreed.
"I was born and raised here and I never had anything like that, never knew this town could come together like the way it did, but it was wonderful."
There were also big pink bows on display outside the funeral home that the public was invited to take with them as they leave as a way of remembering Harley.
Harley's Project 236, a 501c3 non-profit organization being formed to raise money for a scholarship in Harley's name, organized the luncheon.
The organization raised $4,725 from sales of sweatshirts t-shirts and donations at the luncheon. More was raised online.
For anyone who donated by check, the group says because they are still setting up their 501c3 status, the checks may not clear for up to 4 to 6 weeks.
You can also make a donation to the scholarship fund at paypal.me/heartsforharley
Candlelight vigil happening Sunday morning
If you missed the memorial on Saturday but still want to get together with others to remember Harley, on Sunday there will be a candlelight vigil.
The vigil will start at 11 a.m. and will take place at the Port Clinton Police Department at 1860 E. Perry St. in Port Clinton.
The vigil was originally scheduled to take place at the corner of Fifth and Fulton Streets.