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Published: 2/19/2008 12:09 AM | Updated: 2/19/2008 6:54 AM

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The latest on several of the wounded from last week's NIU shooting:

Lauren Debrauwere, Lake Barrington: Still in serious condition Monday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Samantha Dehner, 20, Carol Stream: Released from Kishwaukee Hospital on Monday, she had surgery Friday for injuries to her right arm and right thigh. It's unclear whether she will regain full use of her arm. At a press conference Monday, Dehner was supposed to give a statement, but left the news event early. "As you can see ... she's pretty shook up," her father, Robert Dehner said.

J.D. Donohue, 19, Rolling Meadows: Recovering at home after being shot in the neck, back and head. It's tough to fall asleep at night, he said Monday, since his injuries prevent him from sleeping on his back. The shooting "is pretty much all I can think about," he said. "I am trying to face it and not be scared."

Donohue will talk with counselors later this week and will attend Sunday's memorial service in DeKalb.

"I feel like I should be there and want to be there -- it is important for everyone to pull together now," he said.

The teen says he intends to go back to class next week, although he knows it's easier saying this now from the safety of his home.

"At this point, I want to go back to class," he said. "Once I get there that could be a different story."

Ryne Erickson, Des Plaines: Is believed to be on the mend at his family's home, according to Maine West High School Principal Audrey Haugan. Erickson graduated from Maine West in 2006 and pitched for the Warriors baseball team. The shotgun spray hit him in the back of the head and shoulders but did not penetrate his skull, Haugan said. While Erickson has not undergone surgery, it might be necessary in the future.

Brian Karpes, 27, Rolling Meadows: Has been upgraded to fair condition at St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford. Was up and walking around his hospital room on Friday after surgery to remove five bullets from his chest on Thursday, according to Hoffman Estates Mayor William McLeod, whose daughter and Karpes formerly were married. Karpes is a geology teaching aide and graduate student at NIU who graduated from Fremd High School in 1998 and Indiana State University 2007.

Patrick Korellis, 22, Lindhenhurst: Released from the hospital Friday and is back home. According to his Facebook page, he is doing OK and grateful for all his friends' support. He is planning to attend the memorial service at NIU on Sunday. Korellis was shot in the back of his neck, near the base of his skull and in his arm.

Jeff Malina, Glenview: Is progressing toward a full recovery at his family's home, Glenbrook South High School Principal Brian Wegley said. Malina graduated from Glenbrook South in 2005 and is a junior at Northern Illinois University. He reportedly was shot in the neck. Wegley said Malina's family has asked for privacy during his recovery.

Harold Ng, 21, Mundelein: Is healing at home after being shot in the back of the head. "I'm feeling better, but it's hard to know that I survived and others lost their lives," he said Monday. Not returning to campus was never a consideration, he said, and he hopes to get back to DeKalb for Sunday's memorial service. "As I survivor I can help make the school stronger," said Ng. "We're united as one body and one school."

Joseph Peterson, 26, DeKalb: A doctoral student and Thursday's class instructor, Peterson was shot in the arm and was released from the hospital earlier. He is at home and says he's not up for talking to the media.

Unnum Rahman, 19, Plainfield: According to her aunt, Muneeza Arjmand, Unnum was released from University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital on Sunday and does not need surgery for her injured eye after all. Her aunt added the doctors are waiting for the swelling to go down and the bullet fragment to fall out on its own. Doctors now believe she'll keep her sight.

"She's very anxious to get back to school. She's been getting dozens of calls and cards. Her Facebook is just filled with well-wishers," Arjmand said.

Arjmand said the family feels very fortunate that Rahman is recovering and her parents want to give it about a week before she talks publicly about her ordeal. Rahman plans to return to NIU after she's recuperated, Arjmand said.

Maria Ruiz Santana, 19, Elgin: Remained in serious condition Monday at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. The hospital spokesman said Santana and her family have indicated they do not want to talk publicly.

Jeremy Walker, 20, Caledonia: The history major is recuperating at home. "I've briefly spoken with quite a few people," he said Monday. He hasn't been back to campus but hopes to go this week.

"I'm interested in getting back and talking with other people who where there," he said. He wants to make it to some of the memorial services going on and said his parents are a little worried about him going back to school but understand why he would want to.

Walker was on the right side of the room, about halfway back in that middle section. "When I realized what was going on, I ducked down," he said. "I got hit by some shotgun pellets in the back of the head. That was about the time I decided to run. Me and my friend, we pretty much just ran."

Walker was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital and released later Thursday night.

"I'm feeling pretty good," he said. "I feel my wounds, but they're really not that bad."

Sherman Yau, 20, Naperville: Remained in fair condition Monday at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove with a gunshot wound in the left shoulder and damage to his right lung. He and his family don't want to talk.

-- Reported by staff writers Sara Faiwell, Eric Peterson, Nadia Malik and Kim Pohl.