KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Wednesday marked the 7th anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting when a student shot and killed 33 people, including himself. One Kansas City woman, Alexis Bozzo, who was a student at Virginia Tech at the time was shocked to see her university on the news.
"I woke up that morning to my dad looking at the TV screen and it said, ‘Tragedy at Virginia Tech’ and I thought there is no way, not my college," she said
That day, Bozzo was at home visiting her parents in New Jersey but her boyfriend Jeremy, a grad student in civil engineering was in the same building where the gunman opened fire. Alexis’ best friend broke the news to her.
“She told me, ‘I don’t know how to tell you this, but Jeremey is on the list of the deceased,’” she said, “Both of our families loved each other, we loved each other and then you wake up one morning and he’s not there.”
Now, Bozzo holds on tight to her dog Annabelle-a present for her parents to help her cope with the pain. It’s a pain she started to feel again after hearing about the shootings at the Jewish Community Center.
"That was really shocking to me on Sunday seeing that on the news. It just brought back a lot of memories and old wounds. Something needs to be done to make sure that people are safe, that they're able to go to their community center or university and not have to worry about someone walking in and taking away lives," she said.