For many the pictures and video of Cho Seung Hui broadcast around the world were too soon, and too painful.
"I made the decision not to watch it because I knew it was just some psycho rambling on about how his life is terrible and stuff," says student Nathan Knotts.
Many media outlets have now decided to stop showing the disturbing materials sent by Cho to NBC.
"We were not going to be ignorant of what people were saying. We completely appreciated their concerns," says NBC News President Steve Capus.
For this community it is now about healing.
As the Virginia Tech band gathered outside the hospital window of survivors Thursday evening everyone seemed to feel a little better.
"I hope it gave them some since that we're still here, we're here and we're going too stand together," said Virginia Tech band member Stephen Shelburne.
Virginia's governor has declared Friday a day of mourning and at noon bells here and around the country will toll in unison as a tribute to the victims.