My brother and entire family were there the day of the shootings. My brother goes to college there he was a freshman. My parents and sister were down there visiting him at the time as well. My boyfriend (T at the time) saw something on tv about a shooting at Virginia Tech and called me to ask if that was where my brother was. I called my mom to see if she heard anything. She hadn't because they were staying at a hotel. She continued to call my brother who didn't answer. He had a class in the building where the shooting took place that day. He never went to class.
Craziest day ever.
My brother slept through the shootings and they were in lockdown in their dorms. They were very close to where the shootings were going on on campus. He had to stay in his room for most of the day. My parents joined him finally at the ceremony the next day or so. I wish I had been there to go with them.
and here we are. many years later.