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Oh No! More Fatal Shootings at Virginia Tech

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Oh No! More Fatal Shootings at Virginia Tech

Post by SonjaMarie » Thu December 8th, 2011, 9:35 pm

4 years after 32 people were murdered at VT, 2 more were shot there today, possible one being the shooter, who killed a campus police officer. What is it about that school the draws the nut cases?!

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/virginia-tech/

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Post by LoveHistory » Thu December 8th, 2011, 11:51 pm

I saw that and was incredibly sad. I don't think it's the school itself. Maybe being within a certain radius around DC has something to do with it though.

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Post by DianeL » Fri December 9th, 2011, 1:51 am

I heard about it within half an hour of the second murder, and damn near didn't make it through the rest of the day. There is *nobody* around here who doesn't have blood tied to Tech. My parents' first home was on campus; my brother born while they lived there. My dad's orange and maroon graduation stole is upstairs right now; I've had it since his death, and any of this would break his heart.

The massacre was unspeakable. I still remember the Queen of England meeting the families, here in Richmond. It is manifest here EVERY day - ribbon magnets on cars. People have hardly forgotten.

When my coworker told me, I almost broke down in tears. When my boss (not local, but he was in town today) mentioned it casually, I had a hard time responding to him without my voice cracking. I have prayed ... all afternoon.

This is worse than simply appalling. It goes below an emotional, social waterline and cracks something fundamental.


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Blacksburg is really nowhere near DC. Today's crimes began with a murder in the parking lot at the University Colosseum, and escalated when, during a routine traffic stop just afterward, the murderer then shot the campus police officer who pulled him over.

Thirty two people died less than five years ago. Too many of those people were *kids*. None of those people, nor their families, could ever have imagined this tragedy.

This happened on campus, involving a campus police officer - in all probability, a man who himself would have been mobilized to the massacre of April 16. That's all it has to have to do with this. It is devastating.


I don't mean to sound pedantic nor nasty. But this has nothing to do with Washington, DC.
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Post by princess garnet » Fri December 9th, 2011, 2:18 am

I saw this as a leading news banner on the "Washington Post" website earlier today. Horrible! :(

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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri December 9th, 2011, 2:56 am

Hugs Diane.

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Post by DianeL » Fri December 9th, 2011, 7:42 pm

Thank you so much, SonjaM.

It sounds, now, as if the order of events has been reversed, and the "body" found which yesterday appeared to have been the "first" murder has turned out to be the murderer himself, having committed suicide. Motive still seems to be murky.

Even with the reduction in danger and fear the absence of this madman may bring, Tech is a wounded and a haunted home. Some of the students who were there the first time are still there - and what this past day has meant to them, I cannot imagine ... but do pray will pass.

I apologize if I was graceless yesterday. This is more than just a news story for so many here.
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