Cole Hall

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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. 


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Northern Illinois University President John Peters stayed in his position at the school longer than he had planned so he could reach this day: the fifth anniversary of the shooting in Cole Hall, where five students were killed and 21 others were injured. 

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It was five years ago today that five Northern Illinois University students were murdered in a crowded classroom. 


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An open house and a rededication ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 12, marked the formal reopening of Cole Hall on the Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. The building was closed after a gunman killed five others and himself nearly four years ago in a lecture room.