RICHMOND, VA (WWBT)- As the country mourns the tragedy in Boston, the Commonwealth came together Tuesday to honor the victims and survivors of the Virginia Tech massacre. It's been six years since a gunman shot and killed 32 people on campus before killing himself.
There was a universal theme of sadness at the Capitol's bell tower Tuesday morning during a solemn reflection mixed with prayers for peace as the nation and our state try to make sense of these senseless tragedies.
The sound of each bell - a symbol of lives lost six years ago.
"It brought tears to my eyes. I was thinking at that time there was mayhem, chaos and massacre at Virginia Tech. Our children and professors were being killed at those very times the bells were being rung," said Joseph Samaha of the Virginia Tech Family Foundations.
Families of victims and survivors joined supporters at the bell tower, vowing to never forget something everyone wishes would've never happened.