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Virginia Capitol Bell Sounds 32 Times To Honor Tech Victims

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bell on Virginia’s Capitol Square sounded 32 times at 9:43 a.m. to mark the fifth anniversary of the mass shootings at Virginia Tech.

There was no formal memorial Monday at the Capitol Bell Tower in Richmond as the bell tolled at the moment five years ago when a gunman began the deadliest chapter of his rampage on Tech’s Blacksburg campus, killing 30 at Norris Hall and himself.

A young woman wearing a “Hokies United” T-shirt stood underneath a tree on the Capitol grounds. She told a photographer she had been a student on the Tech campus when the killings occurred on April 16, 2007. She left the bell ringing in tears.

Gov. Bob McDonnell is scheduled to address a candlelight vigil on the Tech campus Monday night.

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