Va. Tech student remembered on campus

Church bells across the nation tolled at noon Friday as part of a national day of mourning in honor of the 32 students fatally gunned down at Virginia Tech.

All across Virginia Tech there were signs the campus has been scarred by an unthinkable tragedy. On Monday, Virginia Tech senior Cho Seung-Hui went on a shooting spree, methodically killing 32 people before taking his own life.

The tragedy touched Hudson Valley as one of the victims was 19-year-old Caitlin Hammaren, of Westtown. Hammaren graduated Minisink Valley High School in 2005 as an honor student.

Students at Virginia Tech wrote down their thoughts on a message board for the victims. Nearby, the ground was laid with flowers and photos for Hammaren. Her friends reflected on the life that could have been.

Francis Gemini says she will most remember Hammaren?s strength. Everyone grieving her untimely death is praying that her strength will somehow live on through them during this most difficult time.

Hammaren and the other victims will be awarded diplomas from the college posthumously in May.Related Information Pace Univ. keeps VA Tech students in their prayers Colleges beef up security in wake of VA Tech massacre

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."