Five and a half years ago Virgina Tech dealt with the deadliest school shooting in history when 32 lives were taken. Just over two weeks ago 26 victims were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn.
“It’s just one of those things that we’ve been through what those people up in Sandy Hook are going through,” Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said according to the Orlando Sentinel. “We prevailed in Blacksburg. I think if anything, it brought us closer and more determined, and the same thing is going to happen there. The way the community is coming together. It’s a terrible thing to happen.”
To honor the lives lost due to these tragedies Virginia Tech will wear a special ribbon on their helmets for the Russell Athletic Bowl. The game will take place on Friday against Rutgers. In the middle of the ribbon is the number 58, the total number of victims between the two incidents.
The ribbon worn on game day will be slightly smaller.