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Virginia Tech to install 32 new stone memorials

The Nation

June 08, 2007|From the Associated Press

ROANOKE, VA. — Virginia Tech will replace temporary memorials on the campus lawn with 32 engraved stones for those killed by a student gunman, officials announced Thursday.

The temporary stone memorials were placed in a semicircle near the administration building by student group Hokies United after Seung-hui Cho fatally shot 27 students, five faculty members and himself April 16.

The stones, each marked now with only a piece of paper bearing a victim's name, will be offered to the families of victims, President Charles Steger said.

The new stones will be an intermediate memorial while officials look for a permanent site elsewhere on the Blacksburg campus, Steger said.

The new markers will be embedded in crushed gravel and surrounded by a paved walking path with landscaping.

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