Victims Of NIU Massacre Remembered 4 Years Later
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DEKALB, Ill. (CBS) — On this day four years ago, a gunman opened fire on a geology class at Cole Hall at Northern Illinois University, leaving five people dead before turning the gun on himself.
A memorial service for the victims of the 2008 NIU massacre will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Cole Hall has reopened after being shuttered ever since the shooting. It has been converted into an anthropology museum, and also features new high-tech classrooms and a computer lab.
The building went through a $6 million renovation.
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On Feb. 14, 2008, the geology lecture was in progress when Kazmierczak set a guitar case on the floor, pulled out a gun, and began shooting.
Five people were killed in the incident – Catalina Garcia, 20; Julianna Gehant, 32; Ryanne Mace, 19; Daniel Parmenter, 20; and Gaybe Dubowski, 20. A total of 21 others were injured.
He had attended NIU previously, but at the time was doing graduate work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He had purchased the firearms he used in the shooting legally in Champaign.
Following the shooting, then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich proposed that Cole Hall be demolished, but the idea was later rejected.