Elkhart Strong shirt sales yield money for Martin's shooting victims' families

    The grassroots community effort sold 310 shirts emblazoned with the "Elkhart Strong" slogan.

    Posted on Feb. 6, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

    The desire to express community pride and encourage kindness in the wake of horrible violence has generated cash for families of the Martin's Super Market shooting victims.

    Miriam Cooper, owner of Skinner the Printer, said she was delivering a check for $2,170 to Martin's on Thursday, Feb. 6. The money results from the store's sale of 310 Elkhart Strong T-shirts following the Jan. 15 shooting deaths of Krystle Dikes, 20 and Rachelle Godfread, 44. Martin's has agreed to divide the money evenly and deposit it into trust accounts set up for the victims' families.

    The shirts stemmed from an Elkhart Strong Facebook page launched by Mike Bailey, who lives near the Cobblestone Plaza Martin's store where the shootings occurred. The shirt asks people to commit two random acts of kindness to honor Dikes and Godfread. The page had collected 9,108 likes as of Thursday.

    Cooper said the business will keep making the shirts as long as people are ordering them.


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