The outpouring of grief from around the world was swift and overwhelming. As news of the tragedy spread rapidly online, people began sending their condolences to Blacksburg in the form of teddy bears, cards, homemade objects, and any other expressions meant to give comfort to those affected by the shooting. The university was inundated with an unprecedented amount of material.
Tamara Kennelly, University Archivist at Virginia Tech, led the initiative to catalog and preserve the objects received.
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- Interview with Tamara Kennelly