CLEVELAND – The U.S. Justice Department, citing insurmountable legal and evidentiary barriers, wont reopen its investigation into the deadly 1970 shootings by Ohio National Guardsmen during a Vietnam War protest at Kent State University.
Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez discussed the obstacles in a letter to Alan Canfora, a wounded student who requested the new investigation.
Four Kent State students died, and nine were hurt in the shootings, which contributed to the change in the publics attitude toward the war.
Canfora, who now directs the Kent May 4 Center, said the governments decision is disappointing but not surprising.
The events of that chaotic day in Kent, Ohio, are still not fully understood, and interest in the case was reignited recently because of a recently enhanced audio recording.
A 2010 analysis of the recording concluded that someone may have ordered National Guard troops to prepare to fire on students during the campus protest. But Perez wrote to Canfora that a government review was inconclusive in determining whether the recording provided such evidence.
Parents of missing student still hope
The parents of an Indiana University student missing since June say they want to keep up attention about her disappearance even though they realize shes likely dead.
Lauren Spierers parents have returned to Bloomington from their Greenburgh, N.Y., in the final weeks of IUs spring semester. The Journal News of Westchester, N.Y., reports that Charlene Spierer had tears well up in her eyes as she said in an interview that she no longer believes her daughter is alive.
Robert Spierer says theyre trying to be realistic that their daughter would have contacted them if she could.
He says it is frustrating to continue facing the same unanswered questions since 20-year-old Lauren disappeared early June 3 after a night of partying with friends in downtown Bloomington.