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Virginia Tech alumni to observe 11th anniversary of mass shooting

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Ashley Roth was a student at Virginia Tech (VT) when the unimaginable happened on April 16, 2007.

To this day, she wears her VT pride close to her heart.

"Orange and maroon," she says. "We all bleed it, right?"

Roth, who earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees along with her dietitian certification between 2008 and 2012, watched how students and alumni overcame the initial shock of the day.

On that morning, there was gunfire followed by lockdowns. In the end, 32 people were confirmed dead.

"Our phones stopped working for a while after that, just with all the chaos," Roth remembers. "And so it was just a really scary day, you know. Really sad."

Her popular German professor, Jamie Bishop, was among the victims.

"He had a really great positive energy. Really excited  for life, and I think we should carry that with us every day." 

Roth and countless other current and former students do.

"The Hokie Nation, that event does not really define us," Roth says. "We all are closer than ever as a result of what happened."

The Richmond chapter of the VT Alumni Association is holding two blood drives to give life in honor of those taken during the mass shooting.

The first is being held on Monday, April 16 from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Virginia Tech Richmond Center, 2810 N. Parham Road, Suite 300 in Henrico County. Follow this link for more information and to make an appointment. Use group code 7755 to make an appointment with Virginia Blood Services.

The second is on Tuesday, April 24 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at RiverFront Plaza Atrium, 951 E. Byrd Street in Richmond. Follow this link for more information and to make an appointment with the American Red Cross.

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