Howard University

Virginia Tech gun massacre

On Friday, April 20, at precisely 12 p.m. noon, around the country, many Americans will observe a moment of silence for the victims, families, and those affected by the gun massacre earlier this week at Virginia Tech.

The tragedy at Virginia Tech was the single worst shooting massacre in American history — leaving 33 people dead, including the shooter, and dozens wounded. The moment of silence for the Virginia Tech victims will take place on the same day of the Columbine, Colorado, massacre anniversary that killed 14 students and a teacher, as well the two shooters.

Right now, as the pain and horror of this tragedy is still fresh, we hope you find time to reflect on our shared purpose and our shared responsibility to each other, to find compassion for those who are suffering, and to commit ourselves to work to end injustice and all forms of violence.