FBI: Ohio State attacker acted alone and was not directed by a terror group
Ohio State University students and staff members remembered the one year mark since the attack on campus. Thirteen people were hurt when a student drove his car into a crowd and slashed people with a knife.
It's a day many students remember distinctly where they were.
"I remember I got up for biology class. It was right about 10 o'clock I think," said third-year student Troy Naggy.
Most students didn't realize the one year mark was Tuesday. They've moved on. A few hundred people went to a "moment of reflection" at the Ohio Union Tuesday afternoon.
The morning of November 28, 2016, Abdul Artan drove a car into a crowd of students, then began attacking people with a large knife.Thirteen people were hurt in the attack.
"There are good times and bad times and it's how we handle bad times that separate our community from others," said Student Body President Andrew Jackson during the ceremony.
The ceremony was a moment to heal for some students.
"It hurt all of us like it hurt a member of my own family member was hurt by it," said student Christian Cook about the attack. "It's not like something you thought about or dwelled in so the year mark went by really fast for me."
The ceremony only lasted about 15 minutes. It ended after the crowd joined together in the tradition of singing "Carmen Ohio".
Several people at the ceremony said they wanted to take their memories of that day and make their community stronger.
"Being alert is one huge thing but looking out for each other is definitely a bigger effect," Cook said.
There were counselors available across the campus right after the attack. University officials said there were still counselors available for anyone still coping.
Many students say they're more alert now than they used to be, but they don't live in fear after the attack.
"You just kind of start thinking about stuff, just staying alert, making sure everyone is safe and making sure you're taking care of people around you," third year student Troy Nagy said.
The Cincinnati Division of the FBI released the following statement regarding the attack on the Ohio State University campus:
“We thank all of our partners involved, including the Ohio State University Police Division, Columbus Division of Police, Columbus Division of Fire, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, for their efforts in the response and investigation of this horrific attack. We continue to work with the victims who were impacted and have recently updated them on the status of the investigation, which includes the following:
- The substantive federal investigation has concluded.
- The evidence from the extensive investigation indicates the perpetrator acted alone and was not directed by a terrorist organization.
- The perpetrator appears to have been influenced by extremist ideology, including Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) propaganda.
- With the substantive conclusion of the investigation, the Cincinnati Division of the FBI does not anticipate releasing any further updates.”