NIU marks 10th anniversary of deadly campus shooting

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Northern Illinois University marked the tenth anniversary of a shooting that left five students dead with a memorial service. (WLS)

Northern Illinois University marked the tenth anniversary of a shooting that left five students dead with a memorial service.

Bells tolled at 3:06 p.m., marking the time when shots were fired inside Cole Hall 10 years ago.
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Wednesday marks ten years since the campus shooting at Northern Illinois University.


Five students were killed: Gayle Dubowski, Catalina Garcia, Julianna Gehant, Ryanne Mace and Daniel Parmenter. The guman took his own life.

Family members of the victims consoled each other as they spent time at a memorial dedicated to their loved ones. It faces the building where the shooting took place.

Harold Ng was in the lecture hall and was injured when shrapnel grazed the back of his head.

"Each year it gets a little bit easier but at the same time, it's still hard because it's a tragedy," Ng said.

He and other survivors returned to the campus on this anniversary to pass out valentines day candy as a gesture of kindness.

"NIU, the school was here for us so we should be here for the school," said Ng.

Memorial events started over the weekend. An exhibit in the student center shows how the community came together in the aftermath of the shooting.

Jeanne Meyer, who was an officer at the time and now works for student affairs, says the goal is to educate new students who might not knw about what happened.

"We wanted to bring them into the NIU family and let them know that the students we lost that day and the students who were directly impacted are a big part of the Husky family," said Meyer.

Since the time of the shooting, nearly $750,000 have been donated to scholarships named after the slain students.

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