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President Peters issues statement on incident

April 6, 2011

NIU President John G. Peters issued the following statement regarding the Tuesday, April 5, shooting incident in DeKalb.

Approximately 1:07 a.m. today NIU President John Peters was notified that a shooting had occurred off campus in the Hillcrest and Aspen Court area in the northwest section of the City of DeKalb.

Subsequent to this, the university learned from DeKalb police that the victim was NIU student Devon Butler, 19 years of age, from Pembroke Pines, Florida and a member of the NIU football team. NIU Athletic Director Jeff Compher, Head Coach Dave Doeren and Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Brian Hemphill were immediately notified, and Coach Doeren went to the hospital to support Devon and his family.

President Peters, on behalf of the faculty, staff and students at Northern Illinois University, extends the NIU community’s thoughts and prayers to Devon and the Butler family. 

“I commend the DeKalb Police Department for their quick response to this incident and the swift apprehension of suspects. A special thanks to the DeKalb Fire Department, the NIU Department of Public Safety and other first responders for their efforts as well. This morning I spoke with DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen, and I pledged NIU’s continued support for improving the safety in an area of DeKalb that has become a problem within our community,” Peters reiterated.

“After receiving notification from the DeKalb Police Department of the apprehension of suspects and the filing of subsequent charges, I am confident that there remains no immediate danger for the NIU campus or surrounding community,” stated Peters.

Therefore, the university has removed the advisory posted early this morning.