Three-and-a-half weeks after a crazed gunman killed 32 innocent people at Virgina Tech, we are walking around the campus as the university gets ready for commencement.
Proud parents stroll alongside their graduating children on a day where they all deserve to laugh and have fun. But understandably, there is a solemn feeling on campus. Instead of the normal string of frivolities during a graduation weekend, most families are subdued and paying respect at the various memorials around campus.
One such family is the Walsh family of Binghamton, New York. Theresa Walsh is getting her bachelors degree in math and her family is proud. There are also oh, so grateful.
That's because Theresa had a gun pointed at her by Seung-Hui Cho. She was in class in Norris Hall when she heard gunshots. She told me she then went into the hallway. Seconds later, Cho came out of a classroom and saw her. She says he raised his gun and fired at her from about four feet away.
Cho missed, and Theresa ran back into the classroom and warned everybody. Students held the door and Cho fired through the door twice. He then left Theresa's class alone, she says.
Nobody in that class was hurt. Theresa told me her frightening story on Virginia Tech's drillfield as her parents watched and winced. They know how lucky they are that their daughter is graduating tonight.
-- By Gary Tuchman, CNN Correspondent