NIU marks 15 years since 2008 mass shooting: How DeKalb moved ‘Forward, together forward’

Survivors, first responders reflect on tragedy that left 5 dead, dozens others injured, and how DeKalb has evolved since

Kevin Stromberg is a 2008 graduate of Northern Illinois University and a survivor of the Feb. 14, 2008 shooting at Cole Hall. He currently works for Counseling Works as a clinical counseling director.
Page one of the Daily Chronicle Feb. 15, 2008.

When first response is part of the job

Shaw Local 2008 file photo – Paramedics, including DeKalb firefighter/paramedic Patrick Eriksen (right) rush a victim to a waiting ambulance following a shooting rampage that left six people, including the gunman, dead, and injured dozens more at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008.

DeKalb moves ‘Forward, Together Forward’

Former Northern Star Advisor Jim Killam in the Star office at the Peters Campus Life Building Monday, Feb. 13, 2023, at Northern Illinois University. Killam was the advisor at the student newspaper in 2008 when the shootings occurred at NIU.
Shaw Local Feb. 14, 2008 file photo – Students visit crosses erected at the top of a hill within eyesight of Cole Hall, the location of Thursday’s shooting rampage on the DeKalb campus of Northern Illinois University.

Where we stand today