Virginia Tech shooting still haunts VSP head 10 years later

Steven Flaherty with Virginia State Police said the Virginia Tech Massacre still haunts him 10 years later (Photo: WRIC)

RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- Even nearly 10 years later, the head of the Virginia State Police can't forget what they saw inside Virginia Tech's Norris Hall.

"Short of being in combat, I don't know that anybody had been in such a scene," said Colonel Steven Flaherty to WRIC in Richmond.

State Police had 323 employees on scene in Blacksburg the first day on April 16, 2007.

That swelled to 450 by the next.

Colonel Steven Flaherty and spokesperson Corrinne Geller became the face of the tragedy and the investigation during regular news conferences broadcast around the globe.

"That room was overwhelming when you looked at the dozens and dozens and dozens of reporters and cameras, there was too much work to be done to even think about it at that time," Flaherty said.

He said the most emotional moment for him in the days and hours after the shootings was when the names of the dead were first read aloud.

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