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2     WHEREAS, The people of the State of Illinois were shocked
3 to learn of the tragic incident at Northern Illinois University
4 in Cole Hall on February 14, 2008; and
5     WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate were deeply
6 saddened to learn of the five students who were tragically
7 slain on the campus of NIU that day: Gayle Dubowski of Carol
8 Stream, Catalina Garcia of Cicero, Julianna Gehant of Mendota,
9 Ryanne Mace of Carpentersville, and Daniel Parmenter of
10 Westchester; and
11     WHEREAS, Our concern reaches further to the 18 students who
12 were also injured victims of this tragedy; and we wish speedy
13 recovery to those still hospitalized or recovering from their
14 wounds, both physical and emotional, and commend those who are
15 assisting in that recovery; and
16     WHEREAS, Our hearts go out to entire Northern Illinois
17 University community as they grapple with the impact of this
18 attack and join together to address the needs of the students
19 and go forward as a university community; and
20     WHEREAS, We applaud the first responders for their swift
21 action in an attempt to end the attack and prevent any further



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1 tragedy; and
2     WHEREAS, We commend the medical emergency personnel for
3 their decisive and heroic actions in assisting the victims;
4 therefore, be it
6 ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along with
7 the entire State of Illinois, for the Northern Illinois
8 University community; as we reflect on this unfathomable
9 incident, we recognize that recovery and healing will be a
10 school and community endeavor and that this is a time during
11 which the entire State should come together to mend; and be it
12 further
13     RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
14 presented to the President of Northern Illinois University and
15 to the families of Gayle Dubowski, Catalina Garcia, Julianna
16 Gehant, Ryanne Mace, and Daniel Parmenter as an expression of
17 our heartfelt sympathy.