Even though school officials implored them not to, parents are pouring onto the Virginia Tech campus, doing everything possible to be here with their kids. Every flight from Dallas/Fort Worth airport late Monday was sold out and every hotel room within miles of the campus is booked.
And the students appear to need them. They may officially be adults, but there are times when even college students need mom or dad. An endless stream of tears and hugs is testament to that.
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As officials, students and families struggle to come to terms with the tragedy at Virginia Tech, a team of MSNBC.com reporters and editors and NBC News producers and correspondents is on the scene.