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In wake of Marathon bombings, Ayer duo seeks to unite state

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AYER – Ayer High School alumni Isaiah Connor and Antonio Banchs of Ayer sense that people statewide are feeling the pain not only for Boston, but for all the victims hurt and killed in Monday’s bombing attacks on the 117th Boston Marathon.

On Tuesday, the two created a t-shirt design, printed by Antonio’s father’s Ayer business – J&S Business Products – to help drive the point home.

On the front of the shirt are the words “United We Stand.” The sentiment sits above an outline of the state of Massachusetts.

On the back of the shirt are the words “Pray for Boston.”

Shirts, sized from small to 2XL, are selling for $20 each. They can be purchased from Isaiah Connor by calling his number – (978) 505-3025. At this point, the duo does not have a storefront or location to sell the shirts.

The two say that all profits will be split between the American Red Cross and the local relief fund established by the family of Brittany Loring, an Ayer native and student at Boston College who was injured in the attack.

“Everyone is saying ‘Boston’s in trouble,” said Connor. “In my head, it was, ‘No, Boston is the capital city, but the state needs to rally around Boston.”

Ultimately, Connor hopes that he can rally a standing committee of Ayer citizens ready to pitch in whenever crisis strikes, and to build a stronger sense of community.

Follow Mary Arata at twitter.com/maryearata.

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