Suburban vigils planned for Parkland victims
Two candlelight vigils are planned for Sunday in the suburbs in the aftermath of the deaths of 17 people in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
At 4 p.m. Sunday, a vigil will be held at the Metra station, 5001 Main St., Downers Grove to remember the Parkland victims as well as Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer, who was shot to death Tuesday at the Thompson Center in Chicago's Loop, and the five victims of a mass shooting at Northern Illinois University 10 years ago this week. It is sponsored by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Those Who March. Candles will be provided.
At 7 p.m. Sunday, another vigil will be held at Wheaton Warrenville South High School, 1993 Tiger Trail, Wheaton. It is organized by NIU survivor Lauren Carr of Carol Stream and the Chicago Church of Christ. Speakers will include Carr and Joe Dubowski, whose daughter Gayle, a 20-year-old anthropology major, was killed at NIU. He later went to school there, earning a master's degree and becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in grief counseling.
News of the Parkland shootings arrived just as a memorial service was about to begin Wednesday in DeKalb for the NIU anniversary.