Virginia marks 9th anniversary of Tech shooting

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 18, 2007 file photo, customers look at an image of Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui broadcast on NBC Nightly News in a local restaurant in Blacksburg, Va. Cho mailed a package to NBC that contained photos of him brandishing guns and video of him delivering an angry, profanity laced tirade. While mass killing incidents seize public attention, there's far less focus on the serious, systemic problems besetting America's mental health system, says Jeffrey Swanson, a professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is marking the ninth anniversary of the shooting at Virginia Tech.

The Richmond Times Dispatch reports ( ) that the victims of the 2007 shooting were honored Saturday during a small gathering in Richmond. Capitol Police Officer Mathias Varga pulled the rope of the Capitol Square Bell Tower 32 times for each of the victims.

Greg Gwaltney’s son Matt was among those killed when a student went on the shooting rampage at the Blacksburg school. Gwaltney says “it doesn’t get any easier.” He says Christmas is extremely difficult and when the birds sing in the Spring, “it’s like just after it happened.”

Virginia Tech alumni in Richmond also organized a blood drive Friday to commemorate the victims by helping others.

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