Born: Elk Grove Village
During Steve Kazmierczak's time at NIU many said he was a good student with no criminal background. "Actually, there were no red flags," said NIU Police Chief Don Grady. "He was an outstanding student. He was an awarded student. He was someone who was revered by the staff and faculty here, and students alike."
Kazmierczak did have a history of mental health issues that started in the 1990's. The Associated Press reports that Kazmierczak spent time in psychiatric treatment centers and a special high school for students with mental illness issues.
Three weeks before the NIU attack, Kazmierczak reportedly stopped taking some of his medication, including Prozac. "Those close to him describe his behavior the last couple of weeks as erratic," said Chief Grady a few weeks after the attack.
The autopsy on Kazmierczak found he had trace amounts of an antidepressant, cold medicine and nicotine in his bloodstream. He died from a "contact-range" bullet wound to the mouth.
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