An outdoor vigil will be held at North Lake College at the outdoor memorial (north side of the library, lower level) on Thursday, May 11, at 3 p.m.
In case of inclement weather, the vigil will be moved indoors to the upper level of the library.
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North Lake College Students, Employees Return to Campus
Students and employees at North Lake College will return to their classes and offices on Mon., May 8, as the college reopens after the tragic murder-suicide which occurred on campus last Wed., May 3.
In order to respect the feelings of the North Lake College family, members of the news media who want to request interviews from returning students and employees are asked to go to either of these two locations: the original news media staging area near the college's Walnut Hill entrance; or to the memorial/tribute area near the library. Adequate parking is available at both locations.
North Lake College and Dallas County Community College District staff will be on site to assist. Additional DCCCD police officers also will be on campus to assist at North Lake as students and employees return.
If you have questions on Monday, contact Ann Hatch with DCCCD by cell or text at 940-595-5552 (or by email at email@example.com) or Gina Federer with North Lake College by cell at 972-795-7398.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as the North Lake College family returns on Monday.
All North Lake College campuses will be closed until Monday, May 8. Students or employees who need to retrieve personal belongings from buildings on the main campus should go to the central campus library on Friday, May 5, between 9 and 11 a.m. so that they can be escorted by college police.
Classes and exams will proceed as scheduled Monday through Thursday of next week. For finals scheduled for this Friday and Saturday, students should contact their instructors for information.
The Irving Police Department has released the names of both individuals who died on the North Lake College campus today: the victim was Janeera Nickol Gonzalez and the shooter was identified as Adrian Victor Torres.
According to North Lake College records, Gonzalez was a current student who began attending North Lake in 2015. Torres was a former student.
North Lake College, part of the Dallas County Community College District, went on lockdown at 11:43 a.m. on Wednesday, May 3. Students and employees received emergency notification at that time by text, email or telephone.
The Irving Police Department arrived on campus to assist North Lake College Police in a building-by-building search following reports of shots fired on campus. As each building was searched and secured, law enforcement officers instructed students and employees to leave the building and exit the campus.
The Irving Police Department has reported two deaths on campus, stating that a murder-suicide may have occurred. No information about the persons who died is available at this time.
Dr. Christa Slejko, president of North Lake College, said, "This is an emotional time for the North Lake family. We're heartbroken that such a tragedy has occurred on campus. We will address any needs for counseling on campus as soon as we re-open."
She added, "North Lake students and employees followed lockdown procedures, and we are relieved that no one else was injured. We also offer our thanks to officers from the Irving Police Department, who partnered with North Lake College Police, to protect students and staff on campus."
Dr. Joe May, DCCCD's chancellor, said, "On behalf of the Dallas County Community College District, I want to express our grief and sadness about the shooting tragedy that occurred at North Lake College today. We will work with the Irving Police Department on this investigation, and we thank them for their assistance. Now we must move forward as a community to console each other and to help one another during this difficult time."
All North Lake College campuses will be closed until Monday, May 8; all classes are canceled.
Students or employees who need to retrieve personal belongings from buildings on the main campus should go to the central campus library tomorrow (Thursday), May 4, between 9 and 11 a.m. so that they can be escorted by college police.
(Note: Dr. Christa Slejko shared this statement with area news media today at approximately 2:30 p.m., along with Lauretta Hill, DCCCD's commissioner of public safety and security.)
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