Hokies unite to begin healing process

Campus venues in Blacksburg, normally reserved for the excitement and innocence of intercollegiate athletics, were transformed into places for healing and grieving Tuesday.

Updated: April 18, 2007, 2:07 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- When Virginia Tech student Brandi Baumeier saw thousands of people lined up on the sidewalks surrounding Cassell Coliseum and Lane Stadium on Tuesday morning, the scene immediately reminded her of a much more joyous event.

"I looked out the window and it looked like a football game -- the colors and the mass exodus," said Baumeier, a junior from Newport News, Va., "but then you realize there are 32 people who aren't walking down to the football game."

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