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CHARDON, Ohio -- Tearful students walking hand in hand headed back to Chardon High School where a shooting left three dead and two wounded earlier this week.

Photos: Students march back to school

Hundreds of students, many of them accompanied by parents or guardians, left the main square in Chardon for the nearly one-mile walk to Chardon High School Thursday morning.

The students started the day gathered around a courthouse square gazebo, many wearing the school colors of red and black, and quietly sang the alma mater.

Students hugged each other and parents as they left the gazebo, which is decorated with a growing memorial of candles, flowers and handwritten messages of support.

As the students walked along North Street toward the school they passed a sea of red ribbons tied to nearly everything in sight.Many onlookersstood on the sidewalk to offer their support with homemade signs andapplause.

Prior to walking inside the building, Chardon Schools Superintendent Joseph Bergant embraced many of them with hugs and words of encouragement.