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Thousands remember Va. Tech shooting on 10th anniversary

Flowers lie at the memorial for the students who were killed 10 years ago. (Source: WDBJ via CNN) Flowers lie at the memorial for the students who were killed 10 years ago. (Source: WDBJ via CNN)

BLACKSBURG, VA (WDBJ/CNN) - Blacksburg, VA, was flooded with people this weekend, coming from far and wide, to pay respects to the victims of the 2007 shooting.

This time of year is always tough at Virginia Tech, but balancing festival and graduation season with solemn memories is especially difficult this time.

"Being on campus this weekend, it's definitely different," Virginia Tech senior Pat Finn said. "It's not your typical spring weekend with nice weather and everyone has these activities they want to do."

There are subtle reminders around town showing why that is. Reminders of the tenth anniversary of the April 16, 2007, shooting - a day many consider their worst - are all around.

On the drill field, Hokies young and old wandered with a purpose but a slow pace.

Visiting the memorial, a stone for each victim, was a sobering experience for some parents of current students.

"How awful it must have been, and now that I have a child here and putting myself in the shoes of the parents back then, what would it be like to be getting that call?" David Kohl said.

Inside the student center, a collection of artifacts have attracted visitors leading up to this. A selection of flags, banners and signs from the 90,000 people that poured in from around the globe are on display.

"There's so many genuine people out there that care about Virginia Tech and they know this could have happened anywhere," Finn said.

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