DELPHI, Ind. -- Flags were flown at half-staff on Friday in honor of two teens who were murdered earlier in the week and the community is rallying around the families of those two girls.
George Mendel owns Hometown Shirts and Graphix. The store has created a special T-shirt design, with the help of family, to honor Abby and Libby.
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All proceeds from the shirts will be given to the families of the two girls.
The shirts read “Fly High Sweet Angels” and have the girl's names printed on the front. On the back is the phrase “Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.”
The first order will be placed on Tuesday and Mendel said they will continue placing more orders for the shirts as necessary.
They can also be ordered on the Hometown Shirts and Graphix website.
Mendel said it’s hard for any community to deal with such a tragedy, but especially such a small town as Delphi.
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“You walk a block, and you know two or three people you see,” said Mendel.
He said the trails where the girls went missing are a staple to the community – a community that until earlier this week everyone felt safe in.
“Everybody walks those trails; they go from here to there. You see kids walking the streets all the time, and it’s kinda tough. It’s going to change, it’s going to change things I think,” said Mendel.
For now, Mendel says he will do what he can to help the family by selling t-shirts and showing his support.
“You let law enforcement do their job, and our job is to do whatever we can to help people move on with this , and that’s the best way to do it,” said Mendel.
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