Relatives and survivors of victims will gather together Thursday to mark the 12th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, three days after the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history.
A nation shocked and reeling from the tragedy of the Virginia Tech killings, the nation's worst school tragedy, mourns the worst act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history.
168 people were killed and hundreds more were injured on April 19th, 1995 at the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Participants will observe 168 seconds of silence, followed by family members reading the names of their lost loved ones.
Organizers said attention also will focus on the deaths of 32 people at Virginia Tech on Monday during a rampage by a man who then killed himself.
The bombing in Oklahoma City was a twisted attempt to avenge the deaths of about 80 people in the government siege at the Branch Davidian compound, led by David Koresh, in Waco, Texas, exactly two years earlier in 1993, officials have concluded.