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NIU to hold memorial service 12 years after deadly campus shooting

DEKALB, Ill. (WREX) — Northern Illinois University is set to honor the five victims who were killed when a gunman opened fire in a classroom on Valentine’s Day in 2008.

The shooting happened inside of Cole Hall at 3:06 p.m. Five people were killed and dozens were injured.

Daniel Parmenter, Ryanne E. Mace, Julianna Gehant, Catalina Garcia and Gayle Dubowski lost their lives during the shooting.

The gunman was Stephen Kazmierczak, a former NIU student. Kazmierczak took his own life before police officers arrived.

The memorial service will include bells outside of Cole Hall ringing at 3:06 p.m., the time of the shooting. There will be a total of 5 bells, one for each victim.

Andrew Carrigan

Andy Carrigan is the Assignment Editor at WREX. He joined the 13 WREX team as a photographer in 2016 after graduating from Northern Illinois University. He also produced ’13 News Today’ from 2017-2018.

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