1. Memorial to slain students outside West Ambler Johnston Hall at Virginia Tech
2. Wide of student returning to campus with family member
3. Three students returning to their dormitory
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sara Lichtenstein, freshman mathematics major - Virginia Tech:
"I thought it would be kind of nerve wrecking, probably, but Tech is kind of one of these places where you feel at home at. I think that's the feeling I want to be with, with this school. I think it was nice to come back and be able to see everyone. Cause, that's when the real healing process begins, coming back."
5. Various of students returning to campus
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sara Lichtenstein, freshman mathematics major - Virginia Tech:
"I think that we need to talk about it, to you know, start getting better and getting over it and trying to embrace it, but recover from it. But, I think people will, I think people need to."
7. Two students returning to campus
8. Wide exterior of National Cathedral
9. Congregants going inside cathedral for Evensong
10. Aerial interior of National Cathedral
11. Wide of people bringing candles to the front of the cathedral
12. Wide of candles at centre of cathedral as service is conducted
13. Exterior of First Church of the Nazarene
14. Reverend Richard Bailey leading congregation in prayer
15. Close of woman crying during prayer
16. SOUNDBITE: (English) Reverend Richard Bailey, First Church of Nazarene:
"As I was talking with some of the families this week, the emptiness from a life, a son or a daughter being taken away from this Earth, being taken out of this life before their time, was a sadness that I couldn't explain to you in their eyes."
17. Close-up of woman with head bowed
18. SOUNDBITE: (English) Reverend Richard Bailey, First Church of Nazarene:
"I've just fallen in love with these people. There's one family in particular that I worked with closely, the Harring family, I did a service for them Thursday evening for their daughter Kaitlin. When I walked in with the family when they got the news, and the devastation that they heard, it broke my heart."
19. Close-up of Reverend Richard Bailey hugging a member of the congregation
Still grieving and increasingly wary of the media spotlight, Virginia Tech students returned to their beleaguered campus on Sunday, preparing to make the best of the final fortnight of their semester.
The end of the semester was interrupted by violence last week, when Seung-Hui Cho shot dead 32 students and teachers at the university, before taking his own life.
The scene on campus resembled move-in day in late summer, with parents helping their children carry suitcases into dormitories.
But instead of excitement for the year ahead, there was simply determination to endure and regroup.
Some students have decided to move out of West Ambler Johnston Hall and have elected to live with other students either off campus or in other dormitories.
One freshman math student, Sara Lichtenstein, was friends with the dormitory resident assistant (RA) Ryan Clark, who was among the first victims murdered last Monday (April 16).
Clark was the RA for West Ambler Johnston Hall where Lichtenstein returned to on Sunday.
"I thought it would be kind of nerve wrecking, probably, but Tech is kind of one of these places where you feel at home at. I think that's the feeling I want to be with, with this school. I think it was nice to come back and be able to see everyone. Cause, that's when the real healing process begins, coming back," she said.
She said that everyone at Virginia Tech campus needs to talk about the shooting before they can move on and give themselves some sort of closure.
The last time Sara Lichtenstein stepped foot in her dormitory, the sounds of sirens and gunshots were fresh in her memory.
Last Wednesday, the shell-shocked 19-year-old math major packed her bags and headed home to New Jersey, where she spent the week with her family.
After the mathematics student returned home, Cho was seen delivering his rant over the network news.
Lichtenstein said the thought of not returning to school never crossed her mind, and she will be at her first mathematics class on Monday.
Meanwhile several churches in the US held memorial services on Sunday, for the victims of the shootings.
At the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, during Sunday's Evensong, the focus of the services was on the victims.
During the service, Virginia Tech alumni from the Washington area brought forward candles in memory of the victims.
In southern Virginia, near the Virginia Tech campus, the small community of Christiansburg also offered their prayers and thoughts for the victims of last Monday's shooting.
The Reverend Richard Bailey shared with congregants how difficult it had been to help the families deal with the premature death of a child.
"As I was talking with some of the families this week, the emptiness from a life, a son or a daughter being taken away from this Earth, being taken from this life before their time, was a sadness that I couldn't explain to you in their eyes," he told the congregants.
He recounted the experience of helping one family in particular for whom he had lead a service for their daughter on Thursday.
"When I walked in with the family when they got the news, and the devastation that they heard, it broke my heart," he said.
Funeral services for victims of last Monday's shooting spree will continue into the coming week.
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