Virginia Tech tragedy
A day of prayers, condolences
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published April 18, 2007
At a somber convocation Tuesday at Virginia Tech, President Bush told students and teachers that the nation was praying for them and that "there's a power in these prayers."
Before flying to the tragedy-stricken university in southwestern Virginia, Bush ordered flags flown at half-staff and issued a written proclamation in honor of those killed and wounded.
"It's impossible to make sense of such violence and suffering," he said at the memorial service.
The service was subdued, but ended with a spontaneous school chant of "Let's go, Hokies!"
Bush met with a wounded student and 50 relatives of victims. Bush and his wife, Laura, also stopped in the middle of campus where students have set up a memorial of candles and flowers.
"On this terrible day of mourning, it's hard to imagine a time will come when life at Virginia Tech will return to normal, but such a day will come," Bush said.
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