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KENT, Ohio — It’s been 45 years since a deadly confrontation between the National Guard and students on the Kent State University campus.

The May 4, 1970 events left four students dead — Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer, and William Schroeder — after National Guard troops opened fire on Vietnam War protestors.

Nine other people were hurt.

Today, Kent will hold its annual commemoration of the shooting.

The events are being planned by the May 4 Task Force.

“May 4th is an event which carries with it not only tragedy and pain but also an undeniable legacy of persistence, struggles for justice and student activism,” said Ashley Manning, Kent State junior English major and president of the May 4 Task Force. “This is a legacy which we have worked to keep alive all these years by planning the annual commemorations and which, this year, is reflected in our program theme ‘The Persistence of Memory.’

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