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New questions for a 40-year-old mystery

Who fired four shots prior to the shooting? Was there an order to fire? Will a congressional inquiry resolve 40 years of uncertainty? Taylor Rogers Daily Kent Stater


our decades have passed since Guardsmen killed students in the Prentice Hall parking lot. The reason they fired has never been revealed, clouded by conflicting accounts and the haze of all those years. But the results of an audio analysis released Friday have already inspired some to seek answers, even prompting a congressional inquiry. Shots were apparently fired prior to the Guard’s shooting, and claims of an order to fire seem more substantiated than ever. After 40 years, there’s new evidence and the chance of closure for the victims and witnesses of the May 4 shooting.

Congressional Inquiry U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich has requested the FBI turn over information involving an altercation and four mysterious gunshots. They were discharged 70 seconds before the Ohio National Guard opened fire on student protes-

tors, The Plain Dealer reported. The congressional inquiry is a result of a new study released by forensic audio expert Stuart Allen. Allen, president of a forensic evidence analysis firm in Plainfield, N.J., examined a tape recorded by a Kent State student from his dorm window overlooking the protests. The Plain Dealer


reported his findings in an article Friday. “This story about new evidence makes it mandatory that we gather information and ask questions,” Kucinich told The Plain Dealer.

The four shots are from a .38-caliber revolver, Allen said. It remains unknown who fired those four shots and why. What is known, however, is that former Kent State student Terry Norman carried a .38-cali-

There’s been no evidence and no eyewitnesses that even saw him (Norman) shoot.

ber pistol amid the crowd on May 4. Norman was taking pictures for the FBI, and he claimed the gun was for protection against angry student protestors. See MAY 4, Page 4

aLAN cANFORA one of the nine wounded may 4, 1970

KENTWIRED.COM Check out KentWired. com to hear the controversial audio recording of the moments before the Ohio National Guard fired on May 4, 1970.

30 Seconds to Mars rocks fans at the M.A.C. Center

Belfiore, Hubbard crowned Homecoming king and queen

Katie Moore Daily Kent Stater Fifty students joined Thirty Seconds to Mars on stage at their concert for their hit song “Kings and Queens” in the M.A.C. Center Friday. Michelle Witek, sophomore exploratory major, was one of the lucky ones who joined Jared Leto and his bandmates to rock out the last song of the fun-filled night. “I was on my friend’s shoulders,” Witek said, “and he shined his flashlight on me and I went running.” Many of the fans who graced the stage with the band were snapping photos and jumping with their hands in the air while Leto belted out his award-winning lyrics. “I almost got to touch him,” Witek said. “It was awesome!”

Frontman Jared Leto, drummer Shannon Leto and lead guitarist Tomo Milicevic had been awake all morning shooting video for a short film for their song “Hurricane.” Leto told the fans that he didn’t feel well and sounded like a “sick cow,” but that didn’t stop the band from showing up for the 1,921 people that attended. Leto let the crowd make song requests and sing the words to give his voice and bandmates a break. Alexander Tucker, Undergraduate Student Government and Rathskeller programmer, was one of the first to show up Friday morning to oversee final preparations for the show. People were already there waiting to get in at that time. See CONCERT, Page 4

Kristen O’Brien

Daily Kent Stater


Lead singer of American rock band 30 Seconds to Mars Jared Leto performs in the M.A.C. Center Friday.

Blue and gold surrounded the stands as the 2010 Homecoming court anxiously waited in the south end zone of Dix Stadium. The 12 candidates on court stood proudly as they anticipated hearing their names called. While hopeful court members longed to step forward and accept the title, only two students were granted that honor. From among these individuals, Jessica Hubbard and Carl Belfiore were honored. “I was kind of in shock when I heard my name; at first I just stood there because I thought, ‘Did they really just call my name?’” Hubbard said. “It was a crazy moment. You just never expect it to happen to you.”


The newly crowned Homecoming king, Carl Belifore (far left), and queen, Jessica Hubbard (far right), stand with last year’s homecoming King, Benjamin Spott, and queen, Brittni Cortright, following the halftime ceremony. The k i ng had sim ilar thoughts. “It was a surreal, nervous feeling,” Belfiore said. “I never

would have thought I would ever be doing this.” See HOMECOMING, Page 4

See complete coverage of this weekend’s Homecoming events, including the Bowman Cup 5k Race and photo galleries of the football game and parade, on

Daily Kent Stater | October 11, 2010

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