What Happens to Sites of Violence

(AP) -- Whether students should return to the Northern Illinois University's Cole Hall, where a gunman killed five students and wounded 18 others before turning the gun on himself is a question that continues to divide the campus. A look at what eventually was done at other sites of violence:

--The Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention and an interactive learning area were established at the site where a student gunned down 32 people and killed himself at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007.

--Bulldozers tore down an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., 10 days after five girls were killed in a 2006 shooting.

--Red Lake High School in northern Minnesota reopened three weeks after a 16-year-old student shot and killed five schoolmates, a teacher and an unarmed guard before killing himself in 2005.

--Columbine High School, where two students killed 12 classmates and a teacher in 1999, razed and rebuilt the library where most of the deaths took place.

--A memorial site was built two years after a student shot and killed two classmates and injured 25 others at a Springfield, Ore., high school in 1998.

--A granite fountain memorial was dedicated two years after six people died and more than 1,000 were injured in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

--Two buildings remain where a graduate student gunned down three physics professors, a physics researcher and an administrator at the University of Iowa, before killing himself, in 1991. A memorial walkway and rooms were later dedicated for the victims.

--The Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, where a gunman killed 23 customers and himself in 1991, shut down nine years after the massacre.

--A memorial and fountain were built near a suburban Oklahoma City post office where a disgruntled letter carrier killed 14 people, then committed suicide in 1986.

--A San Ysidro, Calif. McDonald's restaurant was razed and replaced with a community college and memorial after a gunman killed 21 people and injured 19 others in 1984.

--A tree-lined memorial and plaque was erected two years after a janitor at California State University, Fullerton killed seven people and wounded two others in the library basement with a .22-caliber rifle in 1976.

--Memorial plaques were dedicated at a dormitory parking lot where four Kent State University students were killed by National Guard troops in 1970.

--The Memphis hotel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968 was converted into the National Civil Rights Museum.

--The University of Texas at Austin's clock tower observation deck reopened two years after a gunman killed 16 and wounded 31 in 1966 until a series of suicides shut it down again in 1974. The deck reopened in 1999 for guided tours.

--The book depository in Dallas where Lee Harvey Oswald was when he assassinated John F. Kennedy in 1963 was converted into a museum honoring the president.


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