Alan Canfora, KSU May 4 Survivor, Dead At 71

(Kent) - Alan Canfora, one of the most outspoken Kent State University students shot and wounded on May 4, 1970, has died. Canfora was 71.

Canfora's death was first reported by his sister, Roseann "Chic" Canfora, on her Facebook page. The Akron Beacon Journal says Canfora died after a short illness, one not related to COVID-19.

Alan Canfora was taking part in anti-war protests on the Kent campus when the Ohio National Guard was brought in to stop any violence. He was one of the students who smashed windows of the ROTC building, throwing flares and Molotov cocktails into the building. Canfora was seen that day waving a large black flag, photographed by fellow student John Filo, whose photographs won him the Pulitzer Prize. When troops fired their guns at students, Canfora was wounded in the wrist.

Afterward, Canfora went on to become an outspoken expert on what happened that day on the Kent State campus, eventually becoming head of the non-profit Kent May 4 Center.

(Photo from Alan Canfora's Facebook page)

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