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Arvada remembers and mourns shooting victims during community events on Thursday evening

Olde Town Arvada Memorial
Posted at 10:43 PM, Jul 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-02 07:14:26-04

ARVADA, Colo. — Several businesses opened their doors for special fundraisers on Thursday night to help raise money for the families of victims killed in the deadly shooting in Olde Town Arvada in June.

During the weekly "Thursday Nite Bites" event in Arvada, the restaurants debuted their own fundraisers to support families.

The Bluegrass Lounge unveiled its "Support the Blue" cocktail with proceeds going to the Fallen Heroes Fund. Next door, the Gold Line Grab N Go restaurant held a donation event selling "Arvada Strong" merchandise to raise money for the families of Arvada Officer Gordon Beesley and civilian Johnny Hurley, who both died in the shooting last week.

"I think the whole community is shaken," said Josh Schwartz, owner of the Bluegrass Lounge. "I think the best way for all of us to come together and heal is by making these victims' families as much money as possible."

Hundreds attended the different events centered around the Arvada Town Square for the unique Thursday Nite Bites as a way to heal and mourn.

"You can't live in fear these days," said Emery Fellows, who attended the event. "We just have to move forward and get together as a group and be stronger."