Mass. to observe statewide day of mourning for Va. Tech victims

April 19, 2007
BOSTON –Gov. Deval Patrick declared Friday as a statewide day of mourning for the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings, coordinating with a similar observance in Virginia.

The dead included a student from Massachusetts.

Patrick called for a moment of silence at noon, and asked that bells in churches and public institutions be tolled. He said Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine asked fellow governors to join the initiative.
Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui shot 32 people to death and committed suicide Monday in the deadliest one-man shooting rampage in modern U.S. history. Among those killed was Ross Alameddine, 20, of Saugus, a Virginia Tech sophomore.
“No one wants to get the call that families of the Virginia Tech victims got this week,” Patrick said in a statement accompanying his declaration on Thursday. “What happened on that campus was an unspeakable tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with all those touched by it.”


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