(NEW YORK) — Virginia Tech will honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting when they take on Rutgers at the Russell Athletic Bowl on Friday in Orlando.
Virginia Tech was the site of the deadliest school shooting in history when a gunman killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in Blacksburg on April 16, 2007. The Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, was the second-deadliest school shooting in the United States.
“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 Monday, 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.”
“We’ve got to prevail,” Beamer said. “We can’t let one person define Blacksburg or Virginia Tech, and we can’t let [one] person define [Newtown].”
The team will wear a orange-and-green ribbon with the word “Prevail” and the number 58 for the total number of victims.
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Emanuella Grinberg, CNN