Lori Haas knows exactly what so many in Washington D.C. are going through.
Her daughter, Emily, was shot at Virginia Tech in 2007.
Emily survived, but 32 others did not.
Haas is thinking about them and the families of those who were hurt or killed during Monday's shooting rampage.
"We're keeping them in our prayers and it's an awful place to be," she says. "They will be mourning their dead they are out right now dealing with the medical examiner, dealing with the hospital, dealing with possibly the morgue."
Haas was in Washington when she heard the news of the Navy Yard shooting. It brought back memories of that April day six years ago when she learned her daughter had been shot in Norris Hall.
"The reaction to these things is well orchestrated and just phenomenal by law enforcement but we've got to do a better job in keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals."
And that's what Haas has been working to do since that day in Blacksburg and Monday's shooting as she thinks about those who are grieving.
"These are people whose loved ones went to work this morning and are not coming home," she says. "Everybody deserves to live free from gun violence no matter where they work or play or pray."
Haas has become an advocate for gun control. On Tuesday, she'll head back up to Washington to meet with lawmakers to discuss the issue.
Her daughter has never spoken publicly about the incident at Virgina Tech, but Haas says she's graduated from college and is enjoying her full time job.
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