IRVING, Texas - Students returned to class at North Lake College in Irving Monday for the first time since a murder-suicide on campus.
Friends created a memorial on campus for 20-year-old Janeera Gonzalez. She was just a few weeks shy of getting her associates degree.
Gonzalez’ family believes 21-year-old Adrian Torres was stalking her He gunned her down Wednesday in a common study area and then turned the gun on himself.
The college was shut down for two days after the shooting. Monday is the first day back for thousands of students who now must focus on final exams. They’ll have support from counselors and therapy dogs.
“Our greatest hope is that students have had some time to process and talk to people who can give them comfort and reassurance. They’ve been talking to the faculty via email so we’re hoping they can come and focus on their exams and seek comfort and conversation with our counselors if they would like to here in the library today,” said Dr. Christa Slejko, the North Lake College president.
Gonzalez will be remembered at 7 p.m. Monday with a vigil at Irving High School, where she graduated two years ago. North Lake College is also planning a vigil for Gonzalez Thursday night.