State flags at half-staff for Virginia Tech shooting anniversary

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- It was a somber day in the Commonwealth as people paused to mark 12 years since the shooting at Virginia Tech, which was the worst mass shooting at a school in the country at the time.

Governor Ralph Northam ordered all state flags flown at half staff for the day.

The sheer number of people killed shocked the world on April 16, 2007.

Thirty-two people died in that horrific on-campus shooting, 27 Virginia Tech students and five teachers were killed.

The gunman, 23-year-old Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho, ended the shooting spree when he turned the gun on himself.

Each year, communities across Virginia hold blood drives and other events to honor the fallen students and teachers.

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