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Virginia Tech Takes Time to Grieve

April 17, 2007

One day after the tragic massacre at Virginia Tech, students and faculty are trying to cope with the horrific series of events that took place in Blacksburg.

Tuesday evening, thousands of people attended a candlelight vigil at Virginia Tech.

Everyone had a different reason for attending the vigil. Freshman Bryant Ferguson said he didn't know anyone who was killed, but he has friends who did. "I went to the vigil in support of her and any of the other people who had to get out of here already."

Many students on campus are now trying to achieve normalcy. "I'm just trying to do what I normally do, which is just do homework, walk around, talk to friends and family," said freshman Julie DeSalva.

For others at tonight's vigil, reality is still too much to cope with.

"All of this is kinda surreal, seeing all these reporters, all these things happening. It's starting to hit me, I guess now, but it's still not quite there," said Sara Lilly.

Andrew Knopp said, "A lot to take in, I wasn't personally close to anyone involved in it, but still it has its effect and yesterday, actually did break down and cry a little bit, just because the whole weight of it sunk in."

Those in attendance were encouraged to rely on each other for strength.

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