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A group from the Harford County Young Marines make their way into the Mountain Christian Church in Joppa Monday to pay their respects to Harford County Sheriff's Office Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey, a Marine Corps veteran who also worked with the Young Marines.
A group from the Harford County Young Marines make their way into the Mountain Christian Church in Joppa Monday to pay their respects to Harford County Sheriff's Office Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey, a Marine Corps veteran who also worked with the Young Marines. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun)

Students around Harford County are using multiple ways to cope not only with the murder of two Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies in Abingdon last week, but also with how it's affecting adults around them.

The students are doing things from wearing blue to support police to writing cards or, in some cases, just focusing on their day-to-day lives.

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"We try not to talk about it a lot, because some people get emotional about it," 13-year-old Olivia Harris, of Bel Air, said Sunday.

Across Harford County and beyond, people, businesses and organizations have stepped forward to offer financial support for the families of the two Sheriff's Office senior deputies who were murdered last week.

Olivia, a seventh grader at Southampton Middle School in Bel Air, was hanging out with her friends at Harford Mall Sunday. The group included students from Southampton and C. Milton Wright High School also in Bel Air.

"If I did have a friend that was close to one of the sheriff's [deputies], I would try to comfort them, try to get their mind off of it," she said.

Olivia has, though, talked about last Wednesday's shooting with her father. She said he works for the Harford County Department of Public Works and would be in some of the same circles as Sheriff's Office deputies.

She said her uncle is a former employee of the Sheriff's Office, as well.

"We definitely keep them in our prayers and keep the families in our prayers," Olivia said.

She and her friends remember hearing about the deaths of Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Senior Deputy Mark Logsdon the day after they lost their lives, shot by suspect David Evans. Evans died in an exchange of gunfire with Senior Deputy Logsdon and his fellow officers at the Park View apartment complex near the Boulevard at Box Hill shopping center.

Deputies had cornered Evans after he fled from the nearby Panera Bread restaurant, where he shot Senior Deputy Dailey.

"We had a moment of silence," for the two deputies Lauren Ramos, 15, of Bel Air, said.

The C. Milton Wright freshman said after the incident, "everybody was talking about it, saying it was sad; people were posting on Instagram."

Morgan Kistler, an eighth grader at Southampton, said her teachers were "saying how it was upsetting and how the deputies at our school were probably upset about it," referring to the Sheriff's Office school resource officers assigned to her school.

Olivia said she and her classmates made cards in their art class for the Sheriff's Office.

"I know some of my friends' parents, they definitely have been sad about it," she said.

Not far from the site of Wednesday's fatal shootings of two Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies, the American flag on Bill Knoedler's front yard has been lowered to half-staff. "It's just a shame," Knoedler, who has lived on Woodsdale Road in Abingdon since 1963, said Friday afternoon. "This guy was bad. It's a sad, sad day."

John McLain, 15, of Bel Air, said he has eaten at the Abingdon Panera Bread. He said he still feels "protected," living in Harford County, but knows tragedies can happen.

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"Anything can happen," the Southampton eighth grader said. "You can die at any moment."

"Live life to the fullest," he replied when asked how he handles that fact.

School administrators at North Harford High School and Harford Technical High School encouraged students to show their support for law enforcement.

In a message posted on Twitter, Harford Tech principal Charles Hagan urged the school community to raise money and awareness to support people grieving the loss of the deputies.

"Hawks, wear blue tomorrow (2/12) to honor the two fallen deputies from HCSO," according to a message on the North Harford Hawks Twitter feed last Thursday. "Let's show our support!"

Harford County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Canavan posted a message on the HCPS Facebook page.

"Our hearts are heavy from the tragedy Harford County has suffered, and our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of the courageous police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our community," she said.

"North Harford High School and Harford Technical High School have made their efforts to show their support of the Harford County Sheriff's Department," HCPS Manager of Communications Jillian Lader said via email Friday.

On a rainy morning, with overnight on streets and sidewalks melting, Panera Bread in Abingdon's Boulevard at Box Hill reopened its doors to customers Tuesday for the first time since a Harford County Sheriff's Office senior deputy was fatally shot inside the restaurant on Feb. 10 and a second was fatally shot nearby a short time later.

"We ask for your understanding as each school community decides how best to express their grief and show their gratitude for the sacrifices made by the Harford County Sheriff's Department deputies, and understand that each school may not wish to make that information public."

Lader also said school counselors and additional staff would be made available if needed for students or staff.

The John Carroll School community "will be keeping them in our prayers," school spokesperson Joe Schuberth wrote in an email Saturday.

He noted the school planned to create a banner, "signed by our community," to show support for the Sheriff's Office.

Aegis staff member Bryna Zumer contributed to this article.

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