Gov. Quinn Marks 6th Anniversary Of NIU Shootings

By: WIFR Newsroom; AP
By: WIFR Newsroom; AP

DEKALB (WIFR) – A day typically filled with love, turns to a day of reflection at Northern Illinois University as students remember the 5 lives lost during a campus shooting six years ago.

Bells were rung at 3:06 p.m., the exact time the first 9-1-1 call was made after a former student opened fire in a lecture hall, killing five and injuring more than a dozen others. The gunman also died. This year, the school is launching a scholarship in the victim’s memory. The “Forward Together, Forward Scholarship” was funded through nearly 1,800 donors.


DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn is remembering the five Northern Illinois University students killed in a shooting six years ago.

Quinn put out a statement on Friday, the anniversary of the shootings. He says it's a day to reflect and that Illinoisans "will never forget the pain and sadness that we all felt when tragedy hit home."

The DeKalb school plans to ring five bells on Friday afternoon at 3:06 p.m. to remember those who were killed on Feb. 14, 2008. A former student opened fire in a lecture hall, killing five and injuring more than a dozen others. The gunman also died.

The governor says we should use the example of the slain students' families and communities to find strength in difficult times.


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