Site of NIU Shootings To Reopen Tuesday

Building hasn't been used since 2008 attack

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    Police patrol outside Cole Hall following a shooting on the Northern Illinois University campus February 14, 2008 in. Five people are reported dead including the gunman. Another 17 were wounded. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    For the first time since a 2008 shooting that killed five students, classes will resume Tuesday in the Northern Illinois University building where the incident happened.

    Cole Hall has undergone an extensive, $6-million renovation since the the Feb. 14, 2008, attack.

    The red-bricked building hasn't been used since a gunman opened fire on a geology class, four years ago, killing five and sending others running for their lives out its front doors.

    The reopening of the hall at the heart of the 25,000-student campus is expected to be a low-key affair. A spokesman for the DeKalb school, Paul Palian, says no special ceremonies are planned.

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    But he adds the reopening is another marker that NIU has come to terms with the tragedy, and he says it "embodies the NIU spirit" and the university's commitment to always move forward.

    The gunman, Steven Kazmierczak, committed suicide following the Feb. 14, 2008, shootings.