Virginia Tech commemorates 14th anniversary of mass shooting; flags lowered

Virginia Tech commemorates 14th anniversary of mass shooting; flags lowered
Virginia Tech Memorial (Source: WDBJ7)

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - Virginia Tech is remembering 32 people, students and faculty, killed April 16, 2007, through its virtual Run in Remembrance, including an offer to buy a commemorative t-shirt.

Through Sunday, April 18, anyone can take part in the walk/run, following COVID-related health guidelines.

The university altered this year’s events to promote social distancing but continued many traditions.

The Ceremonial Candle still burned for 24 hours, and flowers and wreaths were placed at the memorial and every individual memorial stone.

The shootings took place in West Ambler Johnston Hall and Norris Hall. A student used pistols to kill 32 people and wound 17 more. The gunman then shot himself to death.

Virginia Tech President Tim Sands and his wife took a moment of silence at each stone.           

Former football coach Frank Beamer also took time out to reflect, reminding the community to never forget.

”I’m always reminded of Professor Cloyd, who lost his daughter Austin that day, saying make sure every day you make good memories because in the end memories may be the only thing you have left.”

Get more information about remembering the victims and the memorial events by clicking here.

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