Aurora, IL Shooting Hits Home For NIU


On the day after Northern Illinois University remembered five students who were gunned down on its campus eleven years ago, another senseless act of violence struck the community.

According to a release by NIU President, Lisa Freeman, one of the victims of Friday’s shooting at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, IL was a current NIU student and another was a 2014 graduate.

Following is the text of Dr. Freeman’s message:

Trevor Wehner

“It is with deep sadness that I write today to share that NIU student Trevor Wehner and alumnus Clay Parks were killed yesterday afternoon in the workplace shooting at Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, IL. Trevor was from Sheridan, IL, and expected to graduate in May with a degree in Human Resource Management. Friday was his first day as an intern at Henry Pratt. Clay was a 2014 graduate of the College of Business and worked as a human resources manager.

“Loss like this is devastating and senseless. I ask our university community to please keep the Wehner and Parks families, friends and communities in your hearts and offer them caring thoughts.

Clayton Parks with his wife and son

“It’s important that we also support one another during this time of grief and sadness. Please know that there are a variety of resources available to you. Students seeking support can contact Counseling and Consultation Services 24-hours a day at (815) 753-1206.

“Our Division of Students Affairs staff is also available to provide assistance and support services. For faculty and staff, NIU offers support though our Employee Assistance Program.

“NIU will provide an update with memorial information once available. Please do not hesitate to reach out for support or assistance if you need it.”

Together Forward,

Dr. Lisa Freeman


  1. My deepest most heartfelt condolences to his family and friends who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with all who have been affected by this awful tragity during this difficult time. My heart goes out to all the families who lost a love one in this senseless act of violence.

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