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BLACKSBURG, Va. – Ten years after he nearly died in a mass shooting at Virginia Tech, Kevin Sterne grapples with the knowledge that one day he must tell his son about the horror he worked so hard to put behind him.
Sterne was hit twice in the April 16, 2007, shooting rampage by a mentally ill student that left 32 people dead.
Over the years, other students wounded at Tech have graduated and moved away, many becoming vocal advocates for gun control and campus safety.
But Sterne has chosen to stay out of the spotlight, remain at Tech and try to continue his life the way he imagined it would be before it was upended.
He's the only one of the injured students still at Tech, where he works at two school labs.