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Today marks the seventh anniversay of the deadly mass shootings at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA Tech) in Blacksburg, Virginia. Virginia’s colleges and universities have investigated hundreds of students, employees, and others over the past several years to make sure history does not repeat itself.
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On April 16, 2007, student gunman Seung Hui Cho shot to death 32 people, wounded 25 others and himself. It was the deadliest massacre in modern American history. Colleges and universities developed threat assessment teams in the 1990’s but they were not widely adopted until after the deadly shooting at Virginia Tech.
Cho, a senior English major had previously been diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder. Cho shot his first victim at West Ambler Johnston Hall at 7:15am.
Governor Terry McAuliffe will hold a remembrance ceremony at 9:30 a.m. by the Bell Tower on Capitol Square honoring the victims of Virginia Tech tragedy.
Brief remarks will be delivered by Chief of Staff Paul Regan and Secretaryof Education Anne Holton. The bell will be rung following the reading of the names of each victim by Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran.
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