By: Kali Nicole
It's not just support that many people showed Charlie Rogers, it was money too.
Many knew her, most did not. Still, hundreds, then thousands of people across the city, state and then country took a stand to end hate and support Charlie Rogers.
They did it through candlelight vigils, church services and even the unconventional tattoo. When news spread to Hartland Tattoo of a hate crime here in Lincoln, the artists immediately got to work.
Discounted, no-hate tattoos and $10 of every tattoo they did went in fund. More than $500, all for Rogers. "I'm not even worried about the loss of money or the $75 versus $40 tattoo thing. It wasn't what it was about. It was just some way to spark a little love for this individual," said Adam Hart with Hartland Tattoo.
It's why Shelby Chism go her first tattoo ever, something she wanted to carry meaning. "I was mad about it because why would you lie about something so horrible, but I thought about it and became more okay with it because I didn't just get it just for this girl. I got it for all hate crimes around," said Chism.
It's the attitude several LGBT organizations say they want the rest of the community to have. In a statement they say, "it is important not to focus on the actions of any single individual. As residents of Lincoln, we must continue to bring our community together to declare that violence and hate are not the values of our city."
For that, Hartland Tattoo says they'll still be glad to ink up anyone else willing to wear the message. "We don't want this incident to take away from the 'no hate' message and this message of love that all of this sparked," said Hart.
Again, those funds raised by Hartland Tattoo did not actually get to Rogers because they say investigators wanted to okay everything first.