Shooting tragedy at Northern Illinois University

Feb 15, 2008

The School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign would like to express its deepest sympathies to victims’ families and to the entire Northern Illinois University community in the wake of Thursday’s tragic shootings on the DeKalb campus.

Steven Kazmierczak, who has been identified as the person responsible for the shootings, was a student in the master’s program in the U. of I. School of Social Work.

For the social work community, the situation has been especially difficult to comprehend, as the person responsible for this tragedy was one of our own.

As we provide support to our students, faculty/staff, and community, we remain mindful that such serious actions are not always predictable or understood. We intend to work together with everyone involved to bring to an end to personal pain and senseless violence.

Sincerely,

The UIUC School of Social Work
Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni

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