Hundreds Attend Virginia Tech Candlelight Vigil


Hundreds Attend Virginia Tech Candlelight Vigil
Freshmen Taylor Berg and Julia Hill during the candlelight vigil for the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting.
Students write messages of support.
Students pray following the candlelight vigil in the Rose Garden.

As news continued to unfold about the horrific shootings at Virginia Tech, hundreds of members of the campus community gathered April 18 to pay homage to the lives lost and to the people left to heal in the aftermath.

Mostly students gathered in the Rose Garden for the candlelight vigil, which was organized by several groups on campus.

Cards and posters were available for people to write messages of support for the community at Virginia Tech.

Vice President of Student Affairs Doug Freer spoke briefly about the random nature of the killings on April 16 and shared some details about the 32 victims.

Sunny Lee, interim director of the Office of Student Life and Cultural Centers, and Reyes Luna, coordinator for Residential Education & Leadership, each spoke about services available to students who may need counseling or other help. Cal Poly Pomona police Lt. Daniel Ponder and Diane Sands, coordinator of the Stop Violence Office, spoke about safety on campus.

Several students also shared brief comments about their personal responses to the killings.

Campus community members who were unable to attend the vigil, but wish to send a card of support to Virginia Tech may complete a message card at the following locations on campus:

  • University Housing Services, Building 59                     
  • Rec Sports Office, Bronco Student Center, Building 35                     
  • Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers, Building 26                     
  • Career Center, Building 97