Fairborn, Ohio (AP) -- The beating death of a Kent State University student has brought hundreds of people together in two different parts of Ohio.
Friends grieving over the loss of Christopher Kernich gathered Monday night for a benefit in his hometown of Fairborn, just outside Dayton.
Those who knew him remembered Kernich as big-hearted and giving.
Money was collected in buckets for the family's funeral and medical expenses.
Twenty-three-year-old Kernich died Saturday, nearly a week after police say he and other Kent State students were assaulted by three men.
Two arrests have been made.
About 300 students and faculty members demanded better security at a Monday night meeting on Kent State's northeast Ohio campus.
University police say they're increasing patrols.
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