COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Hundreds of students, faculty and staff gathered at St. John Arena on campus at The Ohio State University Tuesday night, still trying to process everything that happened during Monday's attack.
The event was organized to offer support and provide updates to Buckeye Nation on counseling availability as well as safety and security measures.
During the 45-minute ceremony, OSU President Michael Drake addressed the crowd.
He admitted, “Our spirit was tested,” but said OSU would move forward with unity and strength.
President Drake and several other campus leaders also thanked the brave first responders who helped rescue and treat the 11 victims, who are thankfully all recovering.
Both those in attendance, and several speakers, promised that the suspected terror attack would not change them or campus.
“The Ohio State University is a place for all people and all backgrounds and all beliefs,” said Gerald Basalla, an undergraduate student body president.
The ceremony ended with the OSU Marching Band playing Carmen Ohio.
As a show of solidarity everyone stood with them and began waving lighted cellphones high into the air, saying OSU remains now and always #Buckeye Strong.