A bond holding them together: NIU community mourns graduate, student killed in Aurora
Trevor Wehner was so excited to begin his internship at Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora that he told his Northern Illinois University professor, Terry Bishop, about it Thursday, one day before he was slain in a shooting at the plant.
It was Wehner's first day on the job under the leadership of the plant's human resources manager and 2014 NIU graduate Clayton Parks, 32, of Elgin, who was also killed in the Feb. 15 shooting when an employee who was being terminated opened fire in the termination meeting.
More than 300 mourners packed into the Regency Room in the Holmes Student Center at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb to lift up the NIU community amid the loss of two of their own during a remembrance vigil.
Parks' wife, Abby, held their baby son, Axel, in her lap throughout the vigil. She sat next to a number of Parks' family members. Wehner's family was not there.
"Going forward, I want you all to feel the bond that is not only holding us together but [Wehner's] hometown community together," said NIU student Kelli Tyler, who eulogized her classmate, and spoke of his funeral held Wednesday.