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Virginia Tech Shootings: Four Years Later

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(BLACKSBURG, Va.) -- The families and friends of those gunned down in the Virginia Tech shootings are commemorating the victims’ lives on this fourth anniversary of the deadliest mass shooting in the nation’s history.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell declared it “Virginia Tech Remembrance Day” in the commonwealth, ordering flags be flown at half mast throughout the day to honor the 32 people killed on April 16, 2007, by a student shooter whose bloody rampage finally ended that morning when he turned the gun on himself.

In a proclamation issued by the governor’s office, McDonnell called the shooting “a tragedy of immense magnitude and senselessness,” and said that the victims’ lives “were hastily taken,” on that day, “leaving absences that will never be filled and a profound sense of sorrow in the lives of those impacted.”

The school planned to commemorate the occasion with a 5K run and a candlelight vigil. Other events were scheduled throughout the state, including in the capital of Richmond.

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