DEKALB, Ill. (WIFR) -- It has been ten years since the shooting at Northern Illinois University and today the school hosted one of its several events to honor the students whose lives were taken on that day.
NIU held a community appreciation reception earlier today at the Holmes Student Center. The reception included an exhibit featuring many artifacts related to the shooting that have been collected over the past ten years. School administrators say 2.14 isn't just a number, it's part of the school's history.
"Passing of ten years is significant for us and for the greater community. We wanted to take a moment to reflect on the strength and the resiliency of our community, that's important to us. And we know that the resiliency piece has become a part of fabric of, not only our university, but also the community as a whole," said Kelly Wesener Michael, the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at NIU.
The reception was followed by a candlelight vigil. Five torches representing the five students lit up the auditorium where members of the community gathered to commemorate the tragic event. School administrators, students, alumni and emergency res ponders all came to pay their respects. The crowd of people included members from Virginia Tech and Columbine schools, both who suffered through similar events.
Tomorrow morning at ten the university will host a reflection walk at the NIU Recreation Center for the community to reflect along the route.