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Virginia Tech Shootings

Thousands of Virginia Tech students, staff and family hold a vigil at the university’s parade grounds a day after a gunman killed 32 and himself and injured more than two dozen. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Virginia Tech sophomore Bryan Glack is comforted with a kiss by fellow student Caroline Harrison as junior Pete Hughes views a convocation ceremony featuring President George W. Bush on a big screen at Lane Stadium on campus. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
A Virginia state trooper ducks under crime-scene tape surrounding Norris Hall, the scene of the massacre at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. Witnesses said Seung-hui Cho said nothing and appeared to be looking for no one in particular as he shot 30 people in the building. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Callaway Cass comforts his wife, Kiera, at 32 stones placed in a half-circle as a makeshift memorial on the Virginia Tech Drill. (Francine Orr / LAT)
A rose is framed by sentiments from students at a memorial on the drill field. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Student Marilyn Worley is comforted by classmates Jon Ziegenmeyer and Maggie Headley after a ceremony honoring the slain and injured. Students passed out orange ribbons to be worn as a show of resolve. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Thousands of students and cadets attended the candle light vigil on the drill field on the campus. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Participants at a vigil hold their candles high as darkness fell on the Drill Field. As two cadet buglers played taps, a voice over the loudspeaker said, “This is love.” (Francine Orr / LAT)
Students, many wearing the school colors of orange and maroon, take part in a ceremony at Lane Stadium. At one point, the mourners rose to their feet and burst into their sports rallying cheer - “Let’s go Hokies! Let’s go Hokies!” (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Mona Samaha left, with her daughter Randa and son Omar, are overcome with emotion as they talk about Reema Samaha, who was killed during the shooting rampage. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
From left, Hoduck Kim, Taewon Kim, and Sunny Park pray together at a memorial on the campus. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Cadet Jim McCartin writes his thoughts for Matthew J. La Porte, a fellow cadet who was killed. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Student Karan Grewal, who was Cho Seung-Hui’s suite mate, is interviewed for the MSNBC Chris Mathews show on campus. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
From left, Peter Dorrell, 17, Megan Rosser, 17, Amanda Shomo, 20, and Hannah Dorrell, 19, pray near the stones across the street from the Burruss Hall. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Grafton Peterson hugs a neighbor in his Centreville, Va., home. He said that as soon as he heard about the shootings at Virginia Tech , he knew his daughter Nicole was dead. She would have called. She called her parents every day since going away to school, especially when she thought they might be anxious. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Celeste Peterson, right, whose daughter, Erin Nicole Peterson, 18, was killed in the Virginia Tech massacre last week, is comforted by niece Tracy Littlejohn. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Erin Nicole Peterson’s coffin is placed inside a hearse as Rev. Dr. Eugene Johnson Pastor, right, looks on after funeral services Mount Olive Baptist Church April in Centreville, Virginia . Erin Peterson graduated from Westfield High School, the same school where Seung-Hui Cho, the gunman who killed 32 people at Virginia Tech , also graduated. (Francine Orr / LAT)