Hokies gather to remember the 32 who lost their lives

Hokies gather to remember the 32 who lost their lives
Members of the Virginia Tech community ran 3.2 miles for the 32 people killed nearly 11 years ago. (Source: Virginia Tech)

BLACKSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Monday, April 16, 2018, marked the 11th anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting where 32 Hokies lost their lives.

The school held a wreath-laying ceremony and a moment of silence at 9:43 a.m., which was when campus police received a call about shots fired at Norris Hall back in 2007.

At midnight on April 16, the student body lit a ceremonial candle inside Burruss Auditorium and read the names of the 32 people who lost their lives. The ceremony was scheduled to be held outside of Burruss Hall, but the location was changed due to the inclement weather on Sunday night.

On Saturday, Hokies descended upon the Virginia Tech campus to run 3.2 miles, in honor of the 32 students and staff members who lost their lives nearly 11 years ago.

The "Run in Remembrance" is an annual event that came about after the Virginia Tech shooting where "the community has the option to run or walk through the campus together," the Collegiate Times said.

April 16, 2007, marked the deadliest shooting on a college campus, and it was the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history until 49 people were killed at a Florida nightclub until 2016.

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