Remembering the 1970 Kent State shootings 47 years later

KENT, Ohio-- Today, we remember the 4 students who were killed at Kent State University 47 years ago.

The school remembered the lives lost during a commemoration at the Kent State Student Center Ballroom this afternoon.

On May 4, 1970, Guardsmen attempted to disperse an anti-war demonstrations. They used tear gas, which some protesters threw back at the soldiers. Eventually, the National Guard opened fire. There were 67 shots in 13 seconds, killing four and wounding nine others.

The shooting happened after days of protests on campus about the U.S. expanding the Vietnam War into Cambodia. The city of Kent was declared a state of emergency and the governor sent the Ohio National Guard to the campus.