Friday, April 27, 2007
And there's also the loyalty to the 'Hokie Nation.'
After a student organization placed the stone memorials in a semicircle last week on the main campus lawn, senior Katelynn L. Johnson added a 33rd stone for Cho. Johnson said she told almost no one about the stone because she feared a backlash.
She came forward after someone took it away, because she was outraged by the brief removal of the rock. She says she accepts all 'fellow students, faculty and alumni as Hokies' no matter what problems they have.
'I believe his life had value no matter what he did,' she said. 'We lost 33 people.'"
Thursday, April 26, 2007
That could change after last week’s shootings at Virginia Tech. The U.S. House is considering a bill that would encourage states to share mental-health records with the federal government by giving them more than $1 billion in grants to help cover the costs."
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
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Tuesday, April 24, 2007
'It's only been a week, but it seems so long ago,' said Marc Hamel, 43, a political science student. 'Getting back into class is really going to help.'
As the crowd broke up, people started to chant, 'Let's Go Hokies' several times.
A moment of silence was also observed at about 7:15 a.m., near the dormitory where Cho's first victims, Ryan Clark and Emily Hilscher, were killed."
Sunday, April 22, 2007
'Looking Back . . . We Should Have Done Something':
"'Question Mark' was getting to be an aggravation.
The whole thing with the imaginary girlfriend, Jelly, the supermodel he'd say he was making out with in his locked room. The weird faceless picture he posted on Facebook that was supposed to be him.
In a written statement released late Friday, Sun-Kyung Cho, the gunman's sister, says her family is heartbroken over the tragedy, and apologized to the families of her brother's victims. She says the family never knew he was capable of such actions, which she described as 'unspeakable.'"
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Va. Tech stunned by images of gunman: "Between his first and second bursts of gunfire, Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui mailed a package to NBC that containing photos of him brandishing guns and video of him delivering an angry, profanity laced tirade."
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Professors and classmates were alarmed by his class writings — pages filled with twisted, violence-drenched writing."
Today The Washington Post clears that up. It discloses that on February 9, he 'walked into a pawnshop on Main Street in Blacksburg, directly across the street from the Virginia Tech campus, and picked up one of the guns he would use in his deadly rampage Monday: a Walther .22-caliber pistol, a relatively inexpensive firearm most commonly used for target shooting or plinking cans...."
'He was a very intimidating student to my other students,' poetry professor Nikki Giovanni said. As a result of his disturbing presence and his graphic writing,she actually wrote to the chairman of the English Department, Lucinda Roy, asking that he be removed from her class, which he was.
'I was willing to resign before I was going to continue with him,' Ms. Giovanni told CNN."
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Students fought back tears, walked quietly around the sprawling campus and greeted one another with hugs. Their classes canceled for the week, many packed their things to head for the security of home.
They checked Facebook, the social-networking Web site, where they searched for news of who was safe and who was missing. They entered their names on group lists such as 'I'm OK at VT.'
Emotions were raw among the 10,000 who gathered in the basketball arena for a nationally televised midday memorial service. An overflow crowd packed the football stadium. 'Today, the world shares our sorrow,' said Zenobia Hikes, the vice president of student affairs."
Romanian-born Liviu Librescu, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen, moved two decades ago to the United States where he taught in the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University."
Cho Seung-Hui was a senior and English major who came to the United States as a resident alien, school and police officials said. Korean last names are listed first.
Cho listed a Centreville, Va., address as his U.S. address and lived in Harper Hall, an on-campus dormitory near the site of Monday's first shooting. Police would not confirm whether Cho was also the shooter in the first incident that killed two people, but they said ballistics testing showed one of the guns was used in both shootings.
They said Cho carried a 9mm handgun and a 22-caliber handgun at the time."
As police begin to unravel how 32 people were killed in the massacre at Virginia Tech University on Monday, the authorities were facing tough questions over why they waited more than two hours to inform staff and students of the first murders."
This is outrageous! Two hours to notify students that a gunman (maybe two gunmen) had been shooting other students on campus? The time between the first shootings and the second shootings was two freakin' hours! And with no suspect in custody during that time!
'It appears that the second shooter was a resident in our dormitory ... it appears he was an on-campus resident,' the president of Virginia Tech University Charles Steger said in an interview on ABC television in the US.
Asked if he meant that there were two people involved in the killings, he said: 'That's what we're trying to confirm ... The possibility exists.'"
The president of Virginia Tech, Charles Steger, called the shooting a tragedy 'of monumental proportions.' He did not understate.
In fact, this incident is the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history. Heretofore, the deadliest such event was the 1966 shootings when Charles Whitman climbed to the 28th-floor observation deck of a clock tower at the University of Texas and opened fire. Whitman killed 16 people before he was shot by police."
Monday, April 16, 2007
I feel bad for the families. I have a daughter in college right now myself. I can't imagine what the families must be going through right now.
The first crackle of gunfire shattered the Monday morning calm. It was 7:15 a.m. on the campus of Virginia Tech and an epic killing spree had just begun.
Snow was swirling on the windy April day and classes had not yet started when a murderous rampage that would shake the nation started in a coed dormitory, West Ambler Johnston, home to 895 students.
The first reports of trouble were tragic, but small in scope, no hint of the massacre about to unfold in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia: One person was dead, another injured.
The official word to students apparently did not come right away.
In a mass e-mail, Virginia Tech officials announced a shooting had occurred at the dorm, police were on the scene and urged anyone in the university community to ``be cautious'' and contact police if they saw anything suspicious or had information on the case.
The e-mail was signed off at 9:26 a.m.