We invite you to share condolences for Ryanne Mace, 19, of Carpentersville, Illinois, who was killed in the Northern Illinois University shooting in DeKalb, Illinois, on February 14, 2008.
Just before Valentine's Day, Ryanne Mace posted a note for her friends on her MySpace page: "Happy Valentine's Day Everybody! ... Saying you love someone is not enough, it's how you treat them that shows your true feelings."
The 19-year-old sophomore from Carpentersville was studying psychology at the university.
Her mother, Mary Kay Mace, said she and her husband named their only child Ryanne, and pronounced it like the boy's name Ryan, because "we thought we were having a boy."
"She was beautiful and brilliant and caring," Mace said of her daughter. "She wanted to start a career helping people. She was in psychology to become a counselor. She was our only child, the light of our lives."
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