Kent State University victims and students remember May 4th, 1970 shooting

KENT, Ohio - A large crowd gathered just after 11 p.m. Saturday behind the Taylor Hall at Kent State University to honor the fallen. The crowd stood near the Victory Bell holding candles in remembrance of May 4th, 1970.

It was 44 years ago that four students were killed after 67 shots were fired in 13 seconds by the National Guard.

The students were pushed over to the parking lot of Prentice Hall as they were protesting the Vietnam War.

Students and volunteers are still standing in the parking lot area where the four students died. The students will stand there for 12 hours honoring the victims in the very spot where they were shot and killed.

Around 7 p.m. Saturday, a forum was held where survivors answered questions and spoke about the day they will never forget.

"To me, May 4th means life, but it also means death and murder," said Dean Kahler, who was shot and will never walk again.

"This is a horrific thing and [the students’] blood was spilled on this campus. It should never be forgotten," he said.

Another survivor, Joe Lewis, wants immunity to be given to the shooters. He said that's how the truth can come out so we know what really happened that day.

"It's a continued quest for the truth," Lewis said. "The memories need to be an example of what went wrong."

Sunday at noon there will be a commemoration of the events that took place that horrible day in Kent State University history.

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