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Ceremony marks Tech shooting anniversary

Tuesday - 4/16/2013, 12:00pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- About 70 people gathered in Richmond for a ceremony marking the sixth anniversary of the mass shooting at Virginia Tech.

Joe Samaha's daughter Reema was one of the 32 people killed. He said Tuesday that the long-term solutions to campus violence include better mental health treatment and helping troubled kids. Samaha is president of the Virginia Tech Family Outreach Foundation, which was formed after the 2007 shooting rampage to promote campus safety.

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling also addressed the crowd at the state Capitol, and a bell tolled once for each of the Virginia Tech victims.

After the ceremony, state Secretary of Public Safety Marla Decker declined to say whether Monday's Boston Marathon bombings prompted any security changes at Virginia Tech for its community picnic and other shooting anniversary activities.


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