Today marks eight years since the Virginia Tech massacre

Students, friends and family hold candles up during a candle light vigil marking the second anniversary of the April 16, 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech on the campus of the school in Blacksburg, Va., Thursday, April 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WAVY) – Today marks eight years since a Virginia Tech student shot and killed 32 people on campus before taking his own life.

The Virginia Tech massacre is the deadliest school shooting in American history.

The local chapter of Virginia Tech’s Alumni Association has scheduled a 30 minute memorial service for 6 p.m. at the Virginia Tech Graduate Center on Diamond Spring Road in Virginia Beach. “April 16 is a day that is burned into the memory of every member of the Hokie Nation,” said Chapter President Chris Jennings. “But, out of that tragic day eight years ago, an impassioned legacy of service to our community was born. This year, we will gather to honor our fallen brothers and sisters and remember our responsibility to live our school motto, ‘Ut Prosim’ meaning ‘That I may Serve’.”

Senator Tim Kaine will commemorate the tragedy on the Senate floor Thursday. This February, Sen. Kaine co-sponsored the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, a bill that bans the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition and are designed for shooting en masse.

“It’s clear from the tragedies at Virginia Tech, Newtown, and far too many other horrific shootings in our nation’s history that we must take action to protect our communities,” said Senator Kaine. “I’m proud to co-sponsor this commonsense legislation to improve public safety and help prevent future tragedies.”

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