Virginia Tech student's mom prays for CT victims

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Posted at 10:02 PM, Dec 15, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-15 22:02:00-05

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida woman whose son was injured in the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech says the deaths of 26 children and adults at a Connecticut school are heartbreaking.

Suzanne Grimes of The Villages says news reports about Friday's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School made her relive the five hours she spent on April 16, 2007, trying to find out if her son was alive. A gunman killed 33 people that day at Virginia Tech University, including himself.

Grimes' son Kevin Sterne was in class when the shooting started. Grimes says he suffered nerve damage and still has a bullet lodged in his leg.

Grimes says "it's unreal that it's happening again" in Newtown, Conn. Grimes tells WFTV in Orlando ( ) that she's praying for the victims' families.