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Vermont stays Harwood Strong

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

"We were like really good friends...so...," said Mercedes Fontes, Northfield student.

They say everyone knows everyone in a small state, making tragedy all the more saddening for Vermont.

Flowers, signs and stickers now drape the mile marker on Interstate 89 where Eli Brookens, Mary Harris, Janie Chase-Cozzie, Liam Hale and Cyrus Zschau were killed.

Their Harwood community pulled off a touching tribute and the rest of the state followed suit.

Friends are making tribute videos. The Warren Store reminded its customers of Mary Harris' advice and Mad River Glen wrote "Live like Mary, Love like Mary."

The love and support even reached Foxborough. New England Patriots defensive end Chris Long supported Harwood Strong.

"I've got your back...definitely thinking of you and I know you'll rally together to get through this," said Long.

All five students enjoyed sports with so many tributes at games everywhere. BFA St. Albans and Rutland football teams released balloons in the air. Far Post and Capital soccer teams honored them with a moment of silence.

Enosburg and Essex High Schools paid tribute as well.

Cross country runners locked arms thinking of lost friends and how they never are far from their minds and hearts.

When Mary Harris and all were laid to rest, a friend put words to what so many are feeling. She wrote, "October 9th was the saddest day and most painful day most of us have ever experienced. Although I told her lots of times that I loved her, I would give anything to turn back time and tell her that I love her one last time."

On Friday at 7:30 p.m., many musicians in the Mad River Valley will put on a benefit concert at Harwood. The proceeds will go toward the Celebration of Life that the Harwood junior class is planning for all five students.

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