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NIU to mark 10th anniversary of deadly campus shooting

February 15, 2018

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2009 file photo, Five crosses stand outside Northern Illinois University's Cole Hall marking the one year anniversary of a shooting in the NIU lecture hall that left five students dead in DeKalb, Ill. NIU will mark the tenth anniversary of the shooting with a memorial service Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Bells will toll and wreaths will be placed at a memorial at 3:06 p.m. at the school's DeKalb campus. School officials say the university community will observe a moment of reflection. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered at a memorial garden at Northern Illinois University to mark the tenth anniversary of a shooting that left five students dead.

The garden in DeKalb features memorial stones for victims Gayle Dubowski, Catalina Garcia, Julianna Gehant, Ryanne Mace and Daniel Parmenter. Seventeen others were injured in the gunfire on Feb. 14, 2008 before the shooter took his own life.

The victims’ families and friends walked to the garden Wednesday, as the crowd stood silently watching. Those who led the group paused at each memorial stone before reaching their relative’s name. They then laid the wreaths.

NIU head football coach Rod Carey stood with his assistant coach, Melvin Rice, before the ceremony began. Carey said he attended the remembrance to honor the five and their families. He added that he respected how the NIU community came together then and continues to do so 10 years later.

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