Va Tech marks 4th anniversary

Students and alumni pause to reflect on massacre with good deeds

BLACKSBURG, VA (UPI) | April 16, 2011


Virginia Tech students and alumni across the United States marked the campus massacre's fourth anniversary Saturday with community service.

Kristina Anderson, who was shot in the back and foot, is staging a 5K Run/Walk in Seattle, where she now lives.

She set up the Koshka Foundation to promote school safety and non-violence.

She told USA Today the event will help alumni and Seattle residents "commemorate the lives lost in a powerful and peaceful way. My biggest fear is people forgetting about the shooting."

In southern Virginia, the Patrick Henry County alumni chapter will collect 32 pints of blood, one for each victim, chapter secretary Kay Dunkley told USA Today.

"Even though the tragedy happened on campus, it's been a tragedy to all of us as alumni," she said.

Student body President Bo Hart said, "I made my decision to come to Virginia Tech because of the way the students and school responded to the shooting, how the Hokie community came together."

He said students have put in nearly 25,000 hours of volunteer service this school year.

Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and wounded many others before committing suicide on April 16, 2007.

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