Virginia Tech Alumni Visit Campus

By: Michael Gorsegner Email
By: Michael Gorsegner Email

April 18, 2007

Thousands attended an alumni vigil to remember the victims of Monday's shooting.

"I wanted to come down and be here," said Virginia Tech alumnus Bob Dietrich. He made a pilgrimage to his Alma Mater tonight to pay tribute to the lives lost in the shooting. Dietrich met his wife in college and said it pains him to have this as their lifelong memory.

"I hate that these poor kids are going to have this now. When I had my four years here, it was great. I didn't have any terrible memories, and they will."

Thousands paid tribute by lighting candles, signing cards and simply embracing one another. Memorials spread all across Virginia Tech's drill field, just yards away from where people lost their lives in Norris Hall.

"After that, I look at Virginia Tech as not the school that I once thought it was," said Nate Calhoun.

After hearing the news of the shootings, Jaymie Smoles led a group from Calvary Baptist Church in Charlottesville down to the Tech campus. He said his group is simply listening to people and lending a shoulder to cry on.

"These people gotta get it out. Just the emotional trauma, it's just scary."

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