The Latest: Kaine praises resilience of Va. Tech community

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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 3:31 PM

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the 10-year anniversary of the deadly shooting at Virginia Tech that killed 32 people (all times local):

3 p.m.

Former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine says the day that 32 people were killed at a mass shooting at Virginia Tech remains the worst day of his life.

Kaine delivered his remarks at a service to honor the victims of the shooting ten years ago today.

Kaine said April 16, 2007 remains "the worst day of my life." He had been governor for a year and a half when the shooting occurred.

Kaine praised the bravery of those who helped students that day, and the Virginia Tech community for its strength and resilience, ten years later.

Kaine said, "I'm proud of this community, of the resilience of this community."

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1:45 p.m.

A small group has gathered at Virginia Tech to honor the 32 victims of a mass shooting on the school's campus ten years ago today.

The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/2pqps3w ) that Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his daughter Dori McAuliffe, along with the school's former and current presidents, laid a wreath near the campus Sunday to memorialize the day.

The group then walked around the memorial, a semi-circle with 32 polished stones, each engraved with the name of one of the victims. They stopped at each stone.

Later this afternoon, former Gov. Tim Kaine will deliver a speech at the memorial. A candlelight vigil is planned for later Sunday.

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Ten years after a mentally ill student fatally shot 32 people at Virginia Tech, survivors and families of the slain are returning to campus to honor the lives that were lost that day.

Virginia Tech is holding a series of events Sunday to mark the anniversary of the deadly campus shooting on April 16, 2007.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine are among the 10,000 to 20,000 people expected at the Blacksburg campus for the solemn occasion.

Sunday's events include a wreath-laying ceremony at 9:43 a.m., when Seung-Hui Cho's rampage in Norris Hall began. It will be followed by a commemoration event featuring remarks from Kaine and a reading of the names and biographies of the 32 slain students and faculty members.