Students worry over memories as NIU classes resume

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Classes resume today at Northern Illinois University after the shooting deaths of five students. And one senior says it's not fear but memories that are the problem.

In the words of Senior Kristen Bortolotti "It's not necessarily that we're scared that there's going to be someone with a gun. It's the memories of what we saw."

Last night, more than 12,000 people gathered for a memorial on campus to remember the victims of the February 14th shootings. Former NIU graduate student Steve Kazmierczak (kaz-MUR'-chek) opened fire on campus killing five students and wounding 17 before committing suicide.

In honor of the slain students, five bouquets of red and white flowers were placed on the stage at the memorial. Outside the arena, school officials posted a large banner reading, "Forward, together forward."

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