Thousands of students have gathered in a sports field at Virginia Tech University to hold a vigil for the victims of the shootings in which 32 were murdered.
For many the emotion was too much – as friends, colleagues, teachers and fellow students were remembered.
The lone gunman responsible has been identified as 23-year old Cho Seung-Hui of South Korean origin who had lived in the US since boyhood.
It is reported that he left a letter attacking what he called “rich kids” and “student debauchery”.
Some of those who escaped have described their ordeal:
“When he came back we had already heard gunshots at that point but we didn’t think it was real and then he came in and started shooting,” said one student.
“I could see people jumping in front of me. A couple of people broke ankles and legs, so I aimed for a bush and I hit a bush first and then the ground, so I ended up OK”.
At least 14 people are still in hospital although they are said to be in a stable condition.