Remembering the 5 lost in the NIU shooting 10 years later

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DEKALB, Ill. (WIFR) -- As the 10 year anniversary of the NIU shooting approaches, the university is hosting multiple different reflection activities to allow people to reflect on this tragic event.

Community members participated in a 2.14-mile reflection walk to honor the five NIU students who were killed on February 14, 2008. The course winded through the NIU Recreation Center. It provided opportunities for reflection along the route, giving people who weren't at the school at the time of the shooting and opportunity to learn more about the students lost and the history of what happened. People could also write some remarks if they felt the need to.

"This is very personal for people in terms of their reflection and their response to the passing of ten years and we wanted to provide lots of different opportunities, so that as people looked at an event schedule they could find something that resonated with them and they felt comfortable participating in," said Kelly Wesener Michael, the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at NIU.

First-responders who helped the victims were recognized during a men's/women's basketball game Saturday afternoon. The university hosted "Forward, Together: A Concert in Tribute" on Saturday as well.

On anniversary Wednesday, there will be a laying of memorial wreaths and tolling of bells at 3:06 p.m when the shooting occurred.