Va. Tech Marks Grim Anniversary

Students, faculty still struggle with last year's killings
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 10:16 AM CDT
Students and mourners watch a candle lighting ceremony at the memorial for the 32 shooting victims on the campus of Virginia Tech at the school in Blacksburg, Va., Wednesday, April 16, 2008.    (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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(Newser) – A year after the tragic shootings in which 33 people died, members of the Virginia Tech community are still doing their best to heal, reports the Washington Post. "We have struggled to equilibrium," says a writing instructor at the university, "But no matter how strong we are, how wise we are, it hurts."

The memorial services that the university has been holding to mark the event have been bringing back painful memories for some. "You feel emotions you thought you'd gotten rid of or that were embedded in your heart," says one student who came to lay flowers at memorial stones for her two friends who were killed last year. (Read more Virginia Tech shootings stories.)