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Virginia Tech Campus, Nation Observe Day of Mourning

Members of the Virginia Tech community in Blacksburg, Va., observed a day of mourning in remembrance of the 32 victims of Monday's shootings, while other vigils were held nationwide.

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  • TOM BEARDEN, NewsHour Correspondent:

    Church bells rang at noon today in Washington's National Cathedral. It was a scene repeated in dozens of cities and towns across America on this national day of mourning for the victims of Monday's deadly shooting at Virginia Tech.

    The remembrances extended to today's Atlantic Coast Conference track and field championships at the University of Maryland. Many athletes, coaches, and fans from the 12 participating schools, including Virginia Tech, wore ribbons with the Hokies' school colors of orange and maroon as a sign of support.

    Still, Maryland's Toni Aluko, who placed first in the women's high jump, wished she could do more.

    TONI ALUKO, Student, University of Maryland: I saw the athletes and, honestly, it was really hard. I didn't know what to say. You don't know how each athlete is affected and how they're handling it. But I laid in bed last night, and I was just saying, you know, I should have just gone up to them and said, "You know, ladies, we really are thinking about you, and our condolence is with you, and you guys are in our hearts and in our prayers."