VA. Tech Begins day of Mourning a Year After Mass Shooting

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Blacksburg, Va. (AP) A sea of people wearing orange and maroon flowed onto Virginia Tech's main campus lawn and listened as the names of the victims of worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history were read.

They gathered Wednesday on the same field where a white candle lit at the stroke of midnight began a day of mourning for the 32 people killed on the Blacksburg campus a year earlier. The university president also spoke to the crowd.

Governor Timothy Kaine ordered state flags flown at half-staff, and a moment of silence at noon was to be followed by the tolling of bells.

Some small, reflective gatherings were to take place during the day, with a candlelight vigil scheduled for Wednesday evening.

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