Yesterday was a completely shocking day to say the least. I went to work in the art office, considered going to the library to do some research for my art history class, and decided to go home early because Nate had the day off from work. Soon after I got home from class, Nate's dad called asking if we were alright.
There had been a shooting on campus, and 6 people were killed and 12 injured.
We were and are still in a state of shock.
We are both safe, and are really thankful no one we know was hurt or killed. But at the same time we are both grappling with how this could have happened.
It was so surreal to see our campus on the news all evening. It just didn't seem like it actually happened.
We live right near the hospital, and could hear the helicopters transporting people out of the hospital. It was all very chilling.
This is just beginning to set in, and with the reality of this comes the healing process. I have faith that we can bounce back, and I have to say that as a NIU student, I feel proud of the way the school handled the situation.
I'm sure we'll learn more and more as time goes on, but for now, lets keep those directly involved with this terrible shooting in our thoughts and prayers.
(Image from the Associated Press)