Remembering the Thurston High shooting, 20 years later

A 15-year-old shot and killed students Ben Walker and Mikael Nickolauson and wounded 26 others May 21, 1998, at Thurston High School, after killing his parents the day before. Memorials on campus pay tribute to those killed and injured - and call for a more peaceful future. (SBG)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Monday is the 20th anniversary of the shooting at Thurston High School, and a memorial has sprung up on campus.

Two students were killed, and 25 others were injured in 1998 when a 15-year-old student opened fire on his classmates the day after killing his parents.

Now flowers mark the school fence in honor of those who lost their lives in the shooting.

Flowers were also laid out on the permanent memorial at the school.

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The shooter entered a guilty plea and is now serving a 111-year prison sentence.

In the wake of the anniversary of the shooting, students and staff from Centennial Elementary recited a peace pledge that was first created a few days after the Thurston High School shooting by three fifth grade students.

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