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A crowd gathers around a plaque memorializing student Steven R. Agee II, who was shot and killed November 2011 off-campus. Agee was honored during a Monday ceremony. Chaz Thrailkill, 21, accepted a 30-year murder plea agreement in Agee’s death on April 1.

Slain student Agee honored as mentor

By Betsy Mathew | April 15, 2014

The life of student Steven R. Agee II was commemorated by a plaque and conference room, named in his honor, in a dedication ceremony Monday.On Nov. 23, 2011, Agee, 22, was shot and killed at an off-campus party about a mile north of campus. On April 1,...

NIU students, family and friends of Steven Agee gather in November 2012 for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Agee. Agee, a student at NIU, died in an off-campus shooting on Nov. 23, 2011.

Agee remembered as student, brother, friend

By Keisha Howerth | April 8, 2014

NIU will pay tribute to former student Steven Agee at the Student Choice Awards by presenting an award in his name Monday.The Student Choice Awards acknowledge outstanding students and faculty.Steven Agee II, 22, of south suburban Park Forest, was shot...

DeKalb sees increase in violent crimes

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | May 2, 2012

Once every 1.5 days, a violent crime is committed in DeKalb, according to the DeKalb Police Department 2011 Annual Report. Between 2007 and 2011, violent crimes increased from 191 to 234 instances per year. “It’s no surprise to us that the rate of...

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Quick: Stereotypes add to culture of fear

By Linze Griebenow | March 28, 2012

Racial stereotyping has reached a boiling point, and NIU is putting the issue on the front burner, said Austin Quick, Student Association Senate Speaker. “One of the things we’ve been reading a lot about and seeing in the news is this whole bullying...

Visitation for Agee to be held

December 1, 2011

A visitation will be held for NIU student Steven Agee II from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Leak & Sons Funeral Home in Country Club Hills. His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church in Glenwood.Agee, 22, was fatally shot in the...

Thrailkill’s attorney files for bond reduction

By Dave Gong | November 28, 2011

The attorney for the man charged with the murder of NIU student Steven Agee II, 22, filed a motion for bond reduction at a hearing Monday. Kenneth Johnson, attorney for Chaz Thrailkill, 19, of Markham, also filed a motion for discovery, as well as a motion...

Student perceptions of campus safety will impact NIU

By Editorial Board | November 27, 2011

At about 3:10 a.m. Wednesday, students received an NIU text alert warning of an off-campus, fatal shooting that occurred an hour earlier. Students were advised to avoid unnecessary travel because the shooter was still at large.Sep. 28, the last time NIU...