College Students Perish in Horrific Fire

The blaze started shortly before Christmas break 1992.

CARBONDALE — Kimiko Ajikoa was a 25-year-old senior marketing major at Southern Illinois University, originally from Osaka, Japan.

An aunt and uncle of Ajikoa’s had previously attended the university and helped ease her transition from Japan to Carbondale.

During college breaks, she traveled to places such as Colorado and Niagara Falls.