For Immediate Release - April 19, 2007

Governor Patrick Recognizes Day of Mourning to Remember Victims of Virginia Tech Shootings

Governor Patrick Recognizes Day of Mourning to Remember Victims of Virginia Tech Shootings

BOSTON- Thursday, April 19, 2007-In a show of solidarity with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Governor Deval Patrick has declared Friday, April 20, 2007, a Day of Mourning for the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings.

"No one ever wants to get the call that the families of the Virginia Tech victims got this week," Governor Patrick said. "What happened on that campus was an unspeakable tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with all those touched by it."

Governor Patrick today asked that all Massachusetts residents observe a one-minute moment of silence in memory of the victims at 12:00 pm. Where appropriate, the Governor requests that in churches and public institutions, bells be tolled during this time of observance.

Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine declared Friday a statewide Day of Mourning in Virginia and sent a letter to other governors asking them to join the effort.

"As this tragedy impacts not just Virginia, I encourage you to consider standing with Virginia," Governor Kaine wrote in an April 18 letter to other governors. "It is clear that difficult days lie ahead as we all embrace the grieving process that is sure to come. Again, I thank you for your thoughts and prayers and ask that you keep Virginia Tech in your hearts and minds as we all work together to overcome this horrific tragedy."