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Tears flow as Virginia Tech remembers shooting victims

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech is pausing to remember the victims of last year's massacre that left 32 victims dead.

A sea of people wearing orange and maroon flowed onto the school's main lawn, some clutching single roses, on the first anniversary of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Virginia Tech President Charles Steger told the crowd, "We remain deeply and profoundly saddened by the events of that tragic day."

Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine ordered state flags flown at half-staff, as well as a statewide moment of silence at noon followed by the tolling of bells. A candlelight vigil is set for the evening.

Smaller, reflective gatherings are taking place during the day. One group of students plans to lie down in protest of Virginia's gun laws.

No public memorials are planned for Seung-Hui Cho, the student gunman who took his own life.

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