We are Virginia Tech. We will prevail.

VT    On Monday, 16 April, 2007, a gunman massacred 32 people on the Blacksburg campus of Virginia Tech; many were in class at that time. My deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences go to the families of all the victims and the entire Virgina Tech community.

Visit the Virginia Tech site here and record your condolences here.

Reports from The Chronicle of Higher Education:

“Shortly after 8 o’clock Tuesday night, 10,000 students, faculty members, and local residents packed the Drillfield, a large grassy area in the center of the campus, for a candlelight vigil.

Near the makeshift stage sat a dozen wooden pyramids, waiting for mourners to write messages on them with pens and markers. One student wrote: “It will only make us think harder … play longer … run faster … live stronger.”

Adeel Khan, the student-body president, said, “With the entire country watching, the Virginia Tech community looks not to dwell but to heal.” As he spoke, the crowd, in unison, raised their candles overhead.

Zenobia Hikes, vice president for student affairs, urged students to “take care of yourselves, look out for each other.”

After the few speeches concluded, the crowd grew silent. Candles were again raised in the air. The only sound heard was the clicking of camera shutters. And then, for nearly 10 minutes, silence. ”  more …

“A large poster with the words “We are with VT” sits flanked by red and yellow roses at the main office of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering here. The department lost one of its professors, seven graduate students, and an undergraduate student in the massacre on Monday inside Norris Hall.

Those eight students — plus another who was not a civil-engineering major — and a professor, G.V. Loganathan, were killed in Norris 206, the classroom where Mr. Loganathan was teaching Advanced Hydrology. Five other students in the classroom survived, although some were injured, said William R. Knocke, chairman of the department.

Two other engineering professors in the department of engineering science and mechanics were also killed.

Mr. Knocke said his department planned to stop teaching Mr. Loganathan’s graduate course in which the nine students died. ” more …

Profiles of the slain

Some of those identified so far:

Ross Abdallah Alameddine
Hometown: Saugus, Massachusetts
Sophomore, University Studies
Student since fall 2005

Minal Hiralal Panchal (also here)
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Master’s student, Architecture
Student since fall 2006

Waleed Mohamed Shaalan
Hometown: Blacksburg, Virginia (originally from Egypt)
Ph.D. student, Civil Engineering
Student since fall 2006  

G.V. Loganathan  (also here)

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Prof. Loganathan’s faculty webpage

Partahi Mamora Halomoan Lumbantoruan
Hometown: Blacksburg, Virginia (originally from Indonesia)
Ph.D. student, Civil Engineering
Student since fall 2003

Reema Joseph Samaha
Hometown: Centreville, Virginia
Freshman, University Studies
Student since fall 2006

(Versions of Panchal’s and Loganathan’s profiles are posted on Sepia Mutiny as well).

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