Memorial service held for SIU student killed in shooting

Published: Aug. 24, 2021 at 2:03 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2021 at 11:17 PM CDT
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CARBONDALE, Ill. (KFVS) - A memorial service was held for a Southern Illinois University Carbondale freshman killed in a shooting.

The service started just after 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 25 in the Student Center Ballrooms on the SIU campus.

Hundreds gathered Wednesday evening to honor Jackson.

The Service lasted over an hour. It featured guest speakers, singers and pastors from Carbondale and Marion.

Southern Illinois University Chancellor Austin A. Lane says this has been a difficult week for the university and the entire community.

“It’s been a tough week, not only for the family, but for the campus community and so having an event like this today hopefully brings some healing to the grieving that’s there and we got some good words from a lot of leaders in the community and helps us really try and move forward,” said Austin Lane, SIU Chancellor.

Chancellor Lane also wants to reiterate to parents that the University is continuing to work on keeping students safe at all times.

The University is also putting out a new scholarship in honor of Jackson that will be awarded to a Chicagoland Student attending SIU.

SIU is also asking those who are able to donate to help cover the cost of Jackson’s Funeral. That link can be found here.

A memorial service for Keeshanna Jackson, a Southern Illinois University Carbondale freshman who died Sunday, will be...

Posted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Keeshanna Jackson, 18, died on Sunday, August 22 in a shooting at a party that injured three others.

According to police on Monday, they believe there were multiple active shooters.

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