BLACKSBURG, Va. -

On Wednesday Virginia Tech students, staff, alumni, and members of the community paused to mark the seventh anniversary of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

Wednesday morning, students and staff paused to remember the victims of the shooting.

32 students and faculty were killed on April 16th, 2007 when a student gunman opened fire in two buildings on the Blacksburg campus. The shooter killed himself after the rampage.

Governor Terry McAuliffe attended the Virginia Tech day of remembrance on campus. He tells us it's important for the state and country to reflect on what happened. "It's important that we remember the folks who lost their lives. I think it's important also that we send a signal that we need to be vigilant to making sure we're keeping our communities safe and we're doing the right things that we need to do to make sure our families are safe," he said.

Ceremonies were held in Richmond and Blacksburg.