12 years later: Remembering the 32 lives lost at Virginia Tech in 2007


Tuesday at midnight, a ceremonial candle was lit by representatives of the Virginia Tech student body and the names of the 32 Hokies lost on April 16, 2007, were read. 

12 years have passed since 32 students and faculty members lost their lives when a gunman opened fire on the Virginia Tech campus.

To show respect and remember the victims and families of the Virginia Tech shooting, Governor Ralph Northam has ordered flags fly at half-staff on Tuesday. 

Flags will be lowered at sunrise and remain there until sunset.

Support has come in from various places. Remembrance runs have occurred throughout Virginia and even as far as San Diego, CA. Many of them were 3.2 miles long to symbolize the 32 lives lost. Blood drives are being held in multiple places around the United States.

Even after the flags return to full staff on Wednesday and the candle has been blown out, the community will never forget the tragedy and healing will still continue.

Virginia Tech strives to remember and reflect on the 32 lives lost; to live for 32.

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