NIU Remembers Trevor Wehner And Clayton Parks

Feb 21, 2019

A candlelight vigil was held at Northern Illinois University Thursday to honor the victims of the Aurora workplace shooting last Friday. Friends, family and faculty gathered to share their memories of the victims. Associate professor in the college of business Terry Bishop taught both of them and says it is important to remind people that you love them.

Credit Andrew Heiserman

“I would urge you all to make sure that you always say that you love the people that you love, you can never say that too much. It is sad that we are saying goodbye to Clay and Trevor, we will never forget.”

The death of the students had a big impact on both the community and the college. President Lisa Freeman also spoke at the vigil about the victims and the impact they had on the university and the people there.

“For NIU, Trevor and Clay’s legacies will be about the lasting contributions to the lives of many and how they personified what it means to be a Huskie.”

The shooting occurred at the Henry Pratt manufacturing company and resulted in the deaths of 5 people: Josh Pinkard of Oswego, Russell Beyer of Yorkville, Vicente Juarez of Oswego and Trevor Wehner and Clayton Parks. Among the many who showed up for the vigil were U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.