BU Holds Vigil For Virginia Tech Shooting Victims

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 19, 2007 at 12:50 AM EDT

The victims of the deadliest campus shootings in U.S. History are remembered at Binghamton University...during a candlelight vigil inside the Old Student Union.

"I was horrified. Because I think that obviously this is a terrible tragedy and there's nothing you can really think but sadness. It gives you chills to think someone took so many lives without really thinking about their lives," says junior Becky Habib.

Words of sympathy, and encouragement, were written on this banner, which will be sent to Virginia Tech.

Students also took time to help each other heal from the shock of it all.

"It's been hard to deal with something like that, knowing how many students are really in pain across the country," says freshman Katie Snyder.

"It really makes you think. I was walking around campus and I just looked at one of the buildings and I was like what if it happened here? It's so close to home, it kinda hits hard," says sophomore Laura Strauss.

Other students say a tragedy like this is tough to deal with because it involved people their age.

And happened so close to graduation.

"I feel like so many students at Virginia Tech were close to being done. It's kind of a rough time. It makes our graduating year feel like something different now," says senior Elizabeth Tuttle.

Students and organizers say this candlelight vigil is their way of letting the students who are mourning at Virginia Tech know they are not alone.

They are in the thoughts and prayers of college students all over the country.

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