40 Years: KSU Remembers Historic Shootings

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KENT (WOIO) - Alumni and students at Kent State University in the city of Kent, Ohio gathered at midnight for a prayer vigil on the 40th anniversary of the KSU massacre.

On May 4th, 1970 the Ohio National Guard  fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.

Students were protesting against the American invasion of Cambodia, which President Richard Nixon announced in a television address on April 30th. Other students who were shot had been walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance.

Killed (and approximate distance from the National Guard):

  • Jeffrey Glenn Miller; 20, 265 ft (81 m) shot through the mouth - killed instantly
  • Allison B. Krause; 19, 343 ft (105 m) fatal left chest wound - died later that day
  • William Knox Schroeder; 19, 382 ft (116 m) fatal chest wound - died almost an hour later in hospital while waiting for surgery
  • Sandra Lee Scheuer; 20, 390 ft (120 m) fatal neck wound - died a few minutes later from loss of blood

Wounded (and approximate distance from the National Guard):

  • Joseph Lewis Jr. 71 ft (22 m); hit twice in the right abdomen and left lower leg
  • John R. Cleary 110 ft (34 m); upper left chest wound
  • Thomas Mark Grace 225 ft (69 m); struck in left ankle
  • Alan Michael Canfora 225 ft (69 m); hit in his right wrist
  • Dean R. Kahler 300 ft (91 m); back wound fracturing the vertebrae - permanently paralyzed from the chest down
  • Douglas Alan Wrentmore 329 ft (100 m); hit in his right knee
  • James Dennis Russell 375 ft (114 m); hit in his right thigh from a bullet and in the right forehead by birdshot - both wounds minor (died 2007)
  • Robert Follis Stamps 495 ft (151 m); hit in his right buttock (died June 11, 2008)
  • Donald Scott MacKenzie 750 ft (230 m); neck wound

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