Heartfelt Support Transcends Community After Tragic Attack in Ponte Vedra Beach

The community of Ponte Vedra Beach in St. Johns County is rallying around Madison Schemitz, who was stabbed along with her mother outside of a local restaurant. Schemitz’s friends have created keychains with the phrase “Madison Strong” to show their support, and they have already sold over 170. Additionally, two GoFundMe pages have collectively raised over $100,000 for Schemitz’s family. The suspect in the stabbing is Spencer Pearson, who was recently in a relationship with Schemitz and had been harassing her since April. Pearson has been charged with two counts of attempted murder. One of the witnesses to the attack, Kennedy Armstrong, who helped save Schemitz and her mother, has also received support from the community. Armstrong’s family owns a local restaurant, and an employee there has created a GoFundMe page for him which was topped by a $5,000 donation from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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