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04.20.07

VT Day of Mourning - People in the Panhandle Reflect

It is a day of mourning in Virginia for the victims of the worst shooting rampage in U.S. history.

And right here in the panhandle people are showing their support.

Four days later it's still shocking still unbelievably heartbreaking.

For those who are grieving...

For those who are now gone.

The panhandle is with them.

Bells toll at a downtown church...

For the 32 precious lives lost.

A sea of orange and maroon at Virginia Tech...

Stretching to West Texas A&M.

"It just shows a lot of solidarity as from college campus to another," says Marc Ceja.

Students offering support... to their own.

The tragedy hits home for freshman Nate Hayes...

He's lived in Virginia.

Walked the very campus where the massacre occurred...

He has friends who felt the horror.

"They had to lay on the ground for three and a half hours as it was going on they heard police, they heard gunshots they heard screaming ... that kind of terror I cant imagine so today is just important because we're just trying to support them even if we don't know what they're going through," he says.

Professor Jim Kemmerling can't agree more.

"This means so much to me that this being passed a sincere feeling to those poor students and faculty members," he says.

One heroic moment... stands out in his mind.

The teacher... Holocaust survivor... who will always be remembered for reportedly blocking his classroom door from the gunman.

He lost his life saving others.

"I would only hope I would have the courage to do something like that," says Kemmerling. 

Marking this day of mourning...

Hundreds of miles away...

Heartfelt messages resonate to Virginia Tech as the healing there begins.

"We're just here no matter what you need we're here for support we're behind you even if its not to give you answers its just to give you support," says Hayes. 

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