Hundreds of people have attended memorial events to mark the second anniversary of shootings that left five students dead at Northern Illinois University.
Two years ago on Feb. 14, a gunman entered a geology lecture and opened fire at the DeKalb school. He killed five students and wounded more than a dozen others before fatally shooting himself.
Five white crosses were placed on campus and were surrounded by stuffed animals and flowers.
The university's president, John Peters, asked attendees to send thoughts and prayers to the University of Alabama in Huntsville where a shooting left three dead.
At memorial services after the shootings the school adopted the saying "Forward, Together Forward."