One year later, FBI closes investigation into OSU attack

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) –Tuesday marked one year since a man drove his car into a crowd of people and began stabbing bystanders with a large knife, on the campus of The Ohio State University.

According to authorities, Abdul Razak Ali Artan was inspired by ISIS, before carrying out the attack.

Artan, who injured 13 people, was shot and killed by OSU Police Officer Alan Horujko.

To remember that day, dozens gathered for the #Buckeyestrong: Moment of Reflection, in the Ohio Union.

Amongst those in attendance was Professor William Clark, who was injured in the attack.

“My sense of it is it’s a thing that happened, and there are other things that happened during the course of my life,” Clark said. “It’s one of those things that happened during the course of my life. It’s one of those things that just sort of fits into the general sort of jigsaw puzzle of life.”

OSU President Michael Drake also attended the event.

“This event last year was something that we fortunately, but regrettably, had to prepare for,” he said. “We thought that something like this could happen because we’ve seen it at other places.”

Drake told NBC4’s Dan Pearlman that the university continues to assist those who were injured.

“We’ve been in contact with them, throughout the year periodically, to make sure things are going OK,” he said. “They know that they’re loved, cared for and that we honor the awful injuries that they had, but we’re there to support them.”

According to the FBI, the evidence from the investigation indicates Abdul Razak Ali Artan acted alone and was not directed by a terrorist organization.

The FBI went on to say that while he 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.”

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