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Virginia Tech Sets Up Memorial Fund

Donations to Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund will help those affected by Monday's rampage.

Virginia Tech has set up a memorial fund to help cover costs associated with Monday's campus shooting.

The Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund will cover grief counseling, memorials, communication costs, comfort expenses, incidental needs, and other costs, according to the university. Donors can give online. About one-third of the victims in the deadly rampage that left 33 people dead had studied or taught science and engineering at Virginia Tech.

"April 16, 2007, will be remembered as one of the darkest days in the history of the Virginia Tech community and the world beyond," university representatives said through a statement posted on the Hokie Spirit Web site. "We are confident that Hokie Spirit will only grow stronger and more resilient."

It was unclear how much donors had given by Wednesday afternoon. University phone lines were busy and officials could not be reached.

The university has also set up a memorial Web site where supporters and friends can share their thoughts and support. By Wednesday afternoon, the site had grown to 52 pages, with messages of condolence pouring in from around the world.

The campus also declared Friday a day of "Hokie Hope." The school is encouraging people to wear orange and maroon, the school colors, to show support. Fliers explaining the event invite everyone around the country to participate in a show of support for the victims' families and the campus community.

The alumni association posted a list of memorial ceremonies around the country.

The Internal Revenue Service also granted an extension on tax filing for those who were directly affected.

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