April 23, 2007
Exactly one week after the shooting massacre, bells tolled and 32 white balloons soared toward the heavens to pay tribute to the victims, and to signal the world that the Tech community was moving on.
"I'm not really scared. I think it is pretty much over," said Justin Marshall, a Virginia Tech student.
While classes are back in session, it will be some time before the university returns to normal. Many students are still shaken and are dealing with this tragedy in different ways. For seniors, graduation will be bittersweet.
"You've been here for four years, and don't want to leave school on that note. I know it is sad, but I don't want to leave this way," said Jose Fuentes, a Virginia Tech senior.
For returning students, security was very tight and teachers were expected to ease everyone back to work. Final exams will be optional.
Early Monday morning, there was music followed by a moment of silence near the dormitory where the first shots were fired. Thirty-three prayer flags were held, one for each victim and the shooter, Seung-Hui Cho.
Police now say Cho fired more than 100 shots before taking his own life. His autopsy showed nothing that indicated any psychological problems.
On campus, students are hoping Monday's events will wrap up extensive media coverage and give this community some time to heal in private.