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WTF is up at Va Tech?

22 Dead, 28 injured injured. I just saw the video. This is horrible. I went to Va Tech and my brother got both his BA and MA there. We both lived in the dorms. Seeing the academic buildings with armed police out front was eerie.



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Apr. 16th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
WTF indeed! I read the article on CNN, but all they talk about is what happened. I guess we won't find out why until tomorrow at the earliest.
Apr. 17th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC)
Like so many otehr things when the shooter kills themselves, I'm not sure we will ever know now the why of things. So very sad.

Apr. 16th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
I know!
I just saw a report on ABC that said 29 dead!

I am speechless!

I bet it is really weird for you to see that too!

Apr. 17th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
Yeah. My girlfriend at the time lived in the dorm where the first two were killed so I know that place well. It was pretty well secure 25 years ago and must be even more so now so it will be interesting to hear how the shooter was able to get in there with a gun or guns and then back out again without being stopped. 25 years ago, you could only get as far as the lobby without someone buzzing you through doors and such. It's coed by floor and you could only go to the floor of another gender with an escort.

Apr. 16th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
No, 32 or 33 dead (including gunman) and 22 wounded!

Supposedly done with a .22 and/or 9mm.
Apr. 17th, 2007 04:47 am (UTC)
That was earlier in the day. Just after the first reports. Such a tragedy. But I do understand why they wouldn't alert the whole university when they thought it was isolated to one dorm. That place really is like a small city. Very spread out. It was not an easy campus to get around in if you were late for a class.

Apr. 17th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)

damn scary day - and I just found out about it 15 minutes ago

Apr. 17th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
I just feel so much for the parents and families that they were not able to contact and who found out on the news or from the net. How horrible that would be.


Apr. 17th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
A sad day in America. What has this country come to? It's bad, you can't send you kids to school anymore without the of crap like this.
:-(~ Mirror
Apr. 17th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
Re: Sad
It's not so much what it has come to though. We just have so much more access to hear about it now. I was in Seattle last year when that guy killed all those kids at that party. Happened 4 blocks away from where I was staying. I heard the emergency vehicles going to the house. But I'll bet, people in other countries knew the particulars before I did. When I was at Va Tech in 84, there were weapons arrests. A cadet (they have an ROTC program) hung himself in his dorm room and a girl tried to OD then took a dive off the top of the stadium. But that was almost 25 years ago. No internet. No cell phones. No instant access so you didn't hear about things so quickly.

I'm always one for wanting to know why things happen. I can understand 2 people in the dorm. A fight with a girlfriend and an RA getting involved and both of them getting killed. Stupid, but at least you have a reason. I have no idea why you would then go to an academic building and start shooting random people. And the worst part is, just like the thing in Seattle last year, we probably will never know the reason.

Apr. 18th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
Re: Sad
I'm enrolled at the Northern Virginia extension of VT, and even though I have a big project and paper due this coming Monday, I just can't seem to concentrate on it, so I might as well post here...

You are right, my brother. Sadly, this is not new. This is truly the dark side of human nature. One of the worst civilian tragedies in American history occurred in Bath, Michigan when a madman killed his wife and 44 others, mostly elementary school children, by blowing up the elementary school with dynamite. He waited for the emergency responders and blew up a second, shrapnel-filled bomb killing several of the rescuers, as well as himself. He never got the chance to detonate the third bomb he had planted. All this occurred in 1927.

Of course, this does not diminish the tragedy at VT on Monday. If I prayed, I would pray for the families of the dead and injured. I don't, but my thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the families of those directly affected by this heinous act. There is nothing that we can do to bring your loved ones back, but we all feel some of the pain that you are suffering.

There is of course, no way to prevent a determined madman from doing something like this. We all try to second-guess and would-a, could-a, should-a the situation, but the cold fact is that no one could have prevented this madman from slaughtering all those innocents. Not the police, nor the school administration, nor the faculty, nor the the other students.

What we CAN do is be a little kinder to each other. Love our friends and family a little more. Hug your significant other or your kids a little tighter. Be kind to strangers, and do not do kind things for reward, but pay kind acts forward. We can fight the insanity and monstrosity with sanity and love.

If all the sane people can do these things, just a little bit, the world will be a better place.

Safe journeys to you and all your cohorts here and elsewhere.

- Eric the Viking
Apr. 18th, 2007 05:30 am (UTC)
Re: Sad
Kinda weird too that the guy was from Centerville. He could have grown up with us if he'd been older. Think of all the quiet and unassuming kids we knew growing up who would have had the potential to do something like this. Each time something like this happens, I think of Henry Figueroa and all the shit he had to endure even while we knew him. Of how he must have seen the world.

Love you man.

Apr. 17th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
I watched the news and it was just horrible ;_;
Apr. 17th, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
I just finished watching Nightline and had to finally turn it off. Nothing new to learn tonight. I feel so bad for the ones who lost their lives and their families. College is supposed to be a time of beginings, not endings.

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