Two Weymouth, Massachusetts eateries expressed their gratitude for the community’s involvement in supporting one another during a time of grief and announced the staggering amount that was raised during a dark time.
"You donated $18,761.00," the Everyday Cafe proudly says on its outdoor sign.
The cafe raised funds for the memorial funds of Sgt. Michael Chesna and Vera Adams, who were both killed July 15 after a gunman opened fire on them.
In a Facebook post, the café thanks the community for "bringing a little bit of light into a dark and awful tragedy." Initially, they sought to raise $1,000 for the grieving families and surpassed their goal.
"This would not have been possible without the support of the entire staff at The Everyday Café (donating their time and tips to the cause)," the Facebook post said. The eatery also thanked Dennis Brooks, who hosted auctions online to combine the funds he raised with the cafe.
Barrel House Z created a special amber lager called Stand With Weymouth in wake of the tragedy. Funds earned with the limited-time drink and donations were given to Chesna’s and Adams' family.
"Because of your generosity, we are able to contribute just over $2,500 to funds for our two fallen neighbors," the brewery said in a Facebook post.
Chesna responded to a call of an erratic driver and crashed car when he saw 20-year-old Emanuel Lopes allegedly vandalize a home. Lopes is accused of throwing a large rock at Chesna’s head and shooting the slain sergeant with his own firearm. He then allegedly shot Vera, who was in the sunroom of her home when the tragedy occurred.