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Kent State University marks 51st anniversary of student deaths at antiwar rally

May 4, 2021
Four were killed and nine were wounded on May 4, 1970, when the Ohio National Guard opened fire on students protesting the war in Southeast Asia.

Kent State University is holding virtual events Tuesday on the Kent, Ohio, campus to mark the 51st anniversary of the Ohio National Guard's attack that killed four students and injured nine others during an antiwar protest.

WOIO-TV reports that the university is premiering a video that commemorates the nine students who were hurt when soldiers opened fire in 1970. The video will highlight the new markers installed on the May 4 site on campus, one for each of the wounded students.

The nine markers are in addition to the four markers, installed in 1999, that remember the four students who were killed.

The students were protesting the bombing of Cambodia by the U.S. military that had been ordered by President Richard Nixon.

Students Allison Beth Krause, 19, Jeffrey Glenn Miller, 20, Sandra Lee Scheuer, 20, and William Knox Schroeder, 19, were shot to death.

The nine students wounded on May 4 are Alan Canfora, John Cleary, Thomas Grace, Dean Kahler, Joseph Lewis, Donald Mackenzie, James Russell, Robert Stamps and Douglas Wrentmore.

The commemoration will also remember the life of Canfora, who died in December 2020 at the age of 71. Canfora spent 50 years speaking about the May 4 tragedy; a scholarship has been created in his name to benefit Kent State students.

Kent State will also hold a virtual candlelight vigil on social media. The university encourages people to post a picture of a lit candle, or of themselves holding a lit candle, with the hashtag #KentStateMay4.

In addition to the commemoration and vigil, the university is bringing in speakers, virtually, who will lead discussions on the legacy and impact of the May 4 shootings. Topics range from peaceful techniques to use in response to hateful rhetoric, to the impact that student activism has. 

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