Today was the one year anniversary of the shootings at Northern Illinois University which took the lives of 6 students, including the gunman. So far in my three months of being a photographer here in DeKalb, I have been on NIU’s campus numerous times. It is possibly the strongest focal point of the city’s community.
I was not here last year for the actual shootings. Instead, I get to cover the tail end of one year’s worth of asking “why?”
Canon 5D Mark 2 with 70-200mm f2.8, 50 ISO, f2.8 at 1/640 of a sec
I was assigned the last third of the day which included events such as the laying of the memorial wreaths, and the candle light vigil.
At the beginning of my day, a huge line of mourners processed past the planned memorial site outside of Cole Hall, the building where the shootings occurred.
Canon 5D Mark 2 with 24mm f1.4, 50 ISO, f1.4 at 1/3200 of a sec
From right, the president of NIU and the chairwoman of the board of trustees lead the procession of the memorial wreaths.
Canon 5D Mark 2 with 70-200mm f2.8, 125 ISO, f2.8 at 1/2500 of a sec
The parents of one of the victims walk past the 5 crosses during the procession of the wreaths.
Canon 5D Mark 2 with 70-200mm f2.8, 125 ISO, f2.8 at 1/2000 of a sec
The president of NIU takes some personal time with the memorial site.
Canon 5D Mark 2 with 70-200mm f2.8, 125 ISO, f2.8 at 1/1000 of a sec
Governor Pat Quinn walks past the memorial site after laying down a wreath.
Canon 5D Mark 2 with 70-200mm f2.8, 125 ISO, f2.8 at 1/1600 of a sec
Pastor Diane Dardon held a small prayer vigil at the Lutheran Campus Ministry Center. The cross behind her was set on fire by unknown assailants last year. Dardon started controversy when she put up 6 crosses on the center’s lawn (1 extra cross in remembrance of the shooter), instead of the typical five crosses for the five victims.
Canon 5D Mark 2 with 70-200mm f2.8, 2500 ISO, f2.8 at 1/80 of a sec
The candle light vigil is where the 5D Mark 2s began to shine.
Canon 5D Mark 2 with 24mm f1.4, 1600 ISO, f1.4 at 1/60 of a sec
Canon 5D Mark 2 with 70-200mm f2.8, 5000 ISO, f2.8 at 1/80 of a sec
Roses were stuffed into the door handles to Cole Hall, the location of last year’s shootings.
Canon 5D Mark 2 with 24mm f1.4, 50 ISO, f1.4 at 1/400 of a sec