10 years later: Charlotte Hokies remember mass shooting

Ten years ago, 32 people were killed by a gunman. On the anniversary of the school's darkest day, a light was shown.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- "Go Hokies," the crowd chants.

They're alumni who are overflowing with pride.

But these Virginia Tech alums didn’t go to Marshall Park to root for their favorite football team. Instead, it was a time of reflection.

Ten years ago, 32 people were killed by a gunman. On the anniversary of the school's darkest day, a light was shown.

The first candlelight vigil by the Virginia Tech Charlotte Alumni Chapter.

Candles burned as names were read & tears were shed.

Ann Nealy still has the voicemail from her son who was on the Virginia Tech campus the day of the shooting.

"His dorm was not too far from the classroom building where the massacre occurred,” Nealy says. “So we knew he was in the thick of it and it was just a relief to know that he was ok."

At the time, it was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. It changed the way schools operate under emergencies.

An amendment to the 1990 Clery Act requires colleges and universities to collect and report campus crime stats. The amendment also developed a warning system that includes email, text alerts, sirens and phone calls.

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