Illinois university to mark 10-year anniversary of shooting

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Families affected by the 2008 Northern Illinois University shooting that killed five and injured 21 are remembering their loved ones 10 years later.

The Daily Herald reports that students Gayle Dubowski, Catalina Garcia, Daniel Parmenter, Julianna Gehant and Ryanne Mace were killed Feb. 14, 2008 when a gunman entered an ocean sciences class and began shooting.

University spokesman Joe King says since the deaths of the students, more than 1,800 people have donated more than $745,000 to The Forward, Together Forward Scholarship Endowment. The scholarship fund has allowed the university to award $4,000 each to 50 students in the names of the slain students.

This week, survivors, parents, students, first responders, school officials and others are planning to gather in honor of the victims.