Memorial Benefit for Chisholm Shooting Victims and Families

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2010 Updated Mar 20, 2010 at 6:42 PM CDT

It's been two weeks since a fatal shooting at a Chisholm Bar and Grill left one man dead and two others injured and tonight, the community is still in shock.

Friends and family gathered at that same bar today to hold a benefit in honor of the families affected by the tragedy.

Elayne Crecelius was there and has that story.

With the tragic shooting at Jim's Sports Club Bar and Grill in Chisholm two weeks behind them, the community tries to move forward.

Today was a big step in that process as the same bar and grill as the shooting took place hosted a memorial benefit in honor of the victims and their families.

Live entertainment, a raffle, and a sign up sheet for a future blood drive were all part of the day–long benefit.

Star Boriin helped organize the benefit memorial. She says the response from the surrounding community has made the entire benefit possible.

"It's wonderful. It was a tragic, terrible incident and it really shows everyone can be strong and pull together and make things work, and now it's about healing."

Star says that while the support from the Chisholm community has been immense, the donations for today's benefit have come from all over the northland.

"Oh gosh endless...t–shirts, sweatshirts, fire pits, food donations, gift certificates, posters...it's been wonderful."

Larry Elj was one of the three victims involved with the tragic shooting.

He says having the community come together like this, and do it so quickly, shows just how much support there is out there, especially in this kind of situation.

"I think as you come in you start to see the support of the community and the surrounding areas, not even just Chisholm, but all over the place – it's good to see that people are pulling together. You know this is a safe place; this is a good place to live and with everybody involved its just good to see that people are supportive and when you do need support...they're there and you don't have to go through this alone...it's good to see."

In Chisholm, Elayne Crecelius, the Northland's NewsCenter.