NIU shootings

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Photographer Andres Gonzalez wanted to create a book about how communities process trauma after mass shootings at schools. He has spent the past five years documenting the aftermath of mass shootings in American schools.

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It was ten years ago this Wednesday that five students were shot and killed in a Northern Illinois University classroom. Retired NIU President John Peters returned to the school this weekend to take part in a number of observances.

Peters was the public face of NIU in the difficult days after the shooting. Behind the scenes, he took on the role of comforter-in-chief for the families of the five who were murdered. He says this weekend gave him the opportunity to reconnect with the families, the students who were injured, and the community.

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It’s been a decade since five Northern Illinois University students were killed by a gunman in a lecture hall in Cole Hall. Several upcoming events will commemorate the tenth anniversary of the shooting.

Every year on Feb. 14, the bell in the tower on the DeKalb NIU campus tolls five times at 3:06 p.m. to honor the lives lost on that day in 2008. People gather around the “Forward, Together Forward” memorial outside Cole Hall as wreaths are laid to pay their respects for the victims, their families or those who were injured in the shooting.

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Northern Illinois University paused Friday to remember five students who were killed in a classroom six years ago.