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Tiana Carruthers honored at WMU Juneteenth Celebration

Posted at 3:32 PM, Jun 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-19 22:53:57-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Shooting rampage survivor Tiana Carruthers was honored at an event on the campus of Western Michigan University on Sunday afternoon.

Carruthers was honored during the university's 17th annual Juneteenth Celebration. Juneteenth is the oldest African American celebration and is meant to be a major recognition of freedom, similar to other independence holidays.

The event began at 4 p.m. at the Dalton Center Recital Hall on Western's main campus.

Carruthers was one of eight people shot during a Feb. 20 rampage in Kalamazoo where police say gunman Jason Dalton shot at random, killing five people.

She has been credited with shielding children from gunfire when she was the first to be shot during the rampage.