Monday, April 16, 2007

Virginia Tech Tragedy

The news is reporting a major shooting incident on the campus of Virginia Tech. VA Tech is the Alma Mater of daughter #2. The news is reporting 21 students plus the gunmen dead and another 21 wounded. The shootings occurred in a dorm and an Engineering building. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims. Blacksburg is such a typical pretty small college town. I've visited there dozens of times. Its hard to believe that this is happening there. They're now saying its the largest shooting on a college campus now eclipsing the shooting at the University of Texas and the clock tower shootings there.

2:30PM Update. They are now reporting 31 are dead. Its a sad day for the Hokie nation.

Tuesday Update: The final count was 33 dead. The total is almost inconceivable. VA Tech is one of the most beautiful campuses I've ever had the pleasure to visit. It was always a treat to roll down I-81 to visit Daughter #2 and the Black Demon and the now Son In Law. Its so strange watching the pictures and the chaos and all how familiar the settings. This is not what VA Tech is all about. Blacksburg was recently ranked as one of the top 10 places to retire to in the nation. Its that kind of town, that kind of place. I know Tech will recover, but I also know it will never quite be the same.

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