Faculty, staff and students from Virginia Tech have been extremely supportive of NIU in the wake of its own shooting tragedy on February 14 when Steven Kazmierczak killed five students in a lecture hall before he killed himself.
More than 1,000 VT students participated in a candlelight vigil of their own on Feb. 18 to show support for NIU.
"We really wanted to do something for Virginia Tech because they have done so much for us. They have truly helped in our recovery," said Brittany Brzezinski, a senior from Libertyville, who is helping to organize the event.
Northern Illinois University press release contributed to this report. For more information visit niu.edu.