Gov. McAuliffe attends wreath laying at VT to honor 32 victims of massacre

There was a wreath laying and moment of silence in honor of the 32 victims that lost their lives 10 years ago at Virginia Tech (Photo: Annie Andersen)

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Virginia Tech President Tim Sands started the university's Day of Remembrance with a wreath laying and moment of silence Sunday morning, during the 10th anniversary of the Virginia Tech Massacre.

McAuliffe and Sands, along with President Emeritus Charles Steger laid down 32 wreaths in honor of the victims at the April 16 memorial on the drillfield at Virginia Tech.

While they did that, it was complete and total silence.

“The whole of Virginia remembers the 32 victims that lost their lives during a tragic and senseless act of violence ten years ago today,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, survivors and the entire Virginia Tech community who have shown incredible strength and resilience while facing unimaginable grief. We should reflect on the heartbreaking events that took place and use this moment to come together to ensure an incident of this magnitude never happens again in our Commonwealth.”

The two then paid tribute at the memorial, pausing at each Hokie stone that honors each victim.

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