SIU Graduate Student Andy McFadyen-Ketchum was among the speakers at the vigil. He talked about the years he spent as a Virginia Tech as an undergrad and how he feels the shooting will affect current and future college students. "I think it'll always be something we'll always remember and I think people will think it's a great privilege to be here and they'll live life to its fullest," said McFadyen-Ketchum.
SIU student Paul Alexander watched the vigil with tears in his eyes. He came to the event specifically to honor his friend, 19-year-old Caitlin Hammaren. Hammaren was among the people killed Monday at Virginia Tech. "I knew her from when we were this tall," said Paul Alexander, an SIU student from Westtown, New York. "She did not deserve it; she was the best person you'd ever meet. She never wronged anyone."