NAU community gathers for unity walk, ceremonyPosted: Updated:
The NAU community joined together Tuesday for a public gathering and procession, aimed at uniting the campus after last week’s deadly shooting.
The gathering began at 3:30 p.m. in the South Quad. The march then made its way to Old Main in the historic North Quad for a brief program beginning at 4:15 p.m.
The entire campus paused for the event. Faculty was asked to release students from class so they could attend.
Participants were asked to wear NAU attire or navy blue in support of the Lumberjack family.
Friday’s shooting left one student dead and three others wounded. The suspected shooter, Steven Jones, 18, a freshman at NAU, remains in jail on a $2 million cash-only bond.
“I am deeply moved by the outpouring of support we have received from our students and their families, our faculty and staff, our alumni, the Arizona Board of Regents, our community, fellow colleagues at colleges and universities around the country, and from the many others who have reached out to us during this difficult time,” NAU President Rita Cheng in a letter to the campus.
“Over the last few days, I have also drawn strength from the resiliency of our students,” she said. “You have demonstrated your fortitude and compassion during a time of great sorrow—as evidenced in the Friday night vigil hosted by fraternity and sorority life. Your message was one of solidarity, reminding us all to be united and remain NAU strong.”
Two of the victims of Friday morning's campus shooting are still in the hospital.
One of them is showing signs of improvement. Kyle Zientek was shot twice in the back. He walked for the first time over the weekend since the shooting.
Nicholas Piring is also still in the hospital.
Nick Prato was released Friday after undergoing surgery for his injuries.
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