Victim; Kent State University Shootings; May 4, 1970

23 Apr 1951 1
Cleveland, OH 2
04 May 1970 3
Kent, Ohio 3

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Allison Beth Krause 2
Full Name:
Allison B. Krause 1
23 Apr 1951 1
Cleveland, OH 2
Female 1
04 May 1970 1
Kent, Ohio 1
Cause: Gunshot Wound/Chest 1
Burial Place: Parkway Jewish Center Cemetery; Wilkins TWP (Allegheny),Pa. 3
Student 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1

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Victim of the Kent State University shooting. She was a student protestor who was shot and killed during the anti-Vietnam War protest demonstrations. During the mid-1960s to early 1970s, the United States was engaged in the Vietnam War, a conflict that had split the country into two factions: those that opposed the war and those that supported it. By 1968, the country was so badly divided that President Lyndon Johnson (Democrat) decided not to seek a second term, and Republican Richard M. Nixon won the Presidential election with a campaign promise to end the war. Nixon's plan was to slowly disengage the American military from Vietnam, while increasing South Vietnam's participation, but most antiwar factions wanted immediate US withdrawal from Vietnam. On April 30, 1970, President Nixon announced that he sent the US military into Cambodia to destroy enemy military supply centers, which the anti-war protesters saw as an expansion of the war. The invasion aroused a storm of nation-wide protests, especially on college campuses. On Kent State University, protest demonstrations were called for May 1 and May 4. On the evening of May 1, protestors set fires and threw rocks and bottles at police cars, and attempted to set fire to the ROTC Building on the campus. The next day, May 2, Kent city mayor Leroy Satrom declared a State of Emergency, and asked Ohio Governor James A. Rhodes to send the Ohio National Guard to help maintain order. Governor Rhodes sent the Guard onto the campus to put an end to the demonstrations. When the Guard arrived on campus the evening of May 2, over 1,000 protestors greeted the National Guardsmen with rocks and a large demonstration. The ROTC Building was on fire, and when the city firemen attempted to put out the fire, they were pelted with rocks. In Kent city, stores were vandalized and looted. About noon on May 4, following a demonstration on campus, as both sides were withdrawing, the National Guard suddenly fired about 65 rounds of ammunition at the demonstrators, killing 4 students and wounding 9, in what appeared to be a spontaneous massed weapons firing. Killed were students Allison Krause, Jeff Miller, Sandy Scheuer, and William Schroeder. Ironically, two of the four killed were not demonstrators, but were on their way to class and got caught in the barrage of shooting. Earlier, Krause and her boyfriend, Barry Levine, had protested the Cambodia Incursion and Levine later admitted they had been cursing the Guardsmen and throwing rocks at them. The killings spurred more demonstrations on college campuses across the US. In October 1970, a state Grand Jury exonerated the Guardsmen of any wrongdoing. Two years later, in October 1972, the parents of the slain and wounded students filed suit in US District Court, demanding a federal Grand Jury, which was finally started in December 1973. Eight National Guardsmen were eventually tried in 1974, but the charges were dropped when it was ruled that prosecutors failed to prove their case. In January 1979, the parents of the slain and wounded students settled out of court for $675,000 and a "letter of regret" from Ohio officials.

Allison Beth Krause (April 23, 1951 – May 4, 1970) was an honor student at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, when she was shot and killed by the Ohio Army National Guard in the Kent State shootings, while protesting against the invasion of Cambodia and the presence of the National Guard on the Kent State campus. The Guardsmen opened fire on a group of unarmed students, killing four of them, at an average distance of about 345 ft (106 m). Krause was shot in the left side of her body at about 330 ft (105 m) fatally wounding her.[1] A subsequent autopsy found that a single rifle bullet entered and exited her upper left arm, and entered her left lateral chest fragmenting on impact causing massive internal injuries. She died from her injuries later that same day.

Altogether, sixty-seven shots were fired by the Guardsmen in 13 seconds.[2] The other students killed in the shootings were Jeffrey Glenn MillerSandra Lee Scheuer and William Knox Schroeder. In addition, nine other students were wounded in the gunfire.

Just days before Allison Krause was killed, she said "flowers are better than bullets".[3]

The shootings led to protests and a national student strike, causing hundreds of campuses to close because of both violent and non-violent demonstrations. The Kent State campus remained closed for six weeks. Five days after the shootings, 100,000 people demonstrated in Washington, D.C. against the war.

Krause was an alumna of John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. There is a courtyard memorial dedicated to her there. Her father, Arthur S. Krause, became an outspoken advocate for the press for truth and justice about what occurred that day and fought it in the courts for nearly 10 years following the death of his daughter. In the end, the family of Allison Krause received a 'Statement of Regret' and $15,000 for the loss of Allison.[citation needed]

In 2010, Allison's sister Laurel Krause co-founded the Kent State Truth Tribunal 'KSTT' with Emily Kunstler. The tribunal was organized to uncover, record and preserve the testimonies of witnesses, participants and meaningfully involved individuals of the Kent State shootings of 1970. Showing his support, Michael Moore livecast every KSTT testimonial at his website. In all, three tribunals were held in 2010: May 1, 2, 3 & 4 in Kent Ohio at the 40th anniversary of the shootings with a west coast tribunal in San Francisco in August and an east coast tribunal in New York City in October 2010.

The Evening Standard, 5 May 1970, Tue

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