Monday, April 16, 2007

Virginia Tech slayings

I've been watching the news all day today with the tradedy that has unfolded at Virginia Tech. Below is directly from the VA Tech website.

Campus remains closed; convocation Tuesday at Cassell

04/16/2007, Updated 4:45 p.m.

Two shootings on campus today have left 33 dead. Thirty-one, including the gunman, died at Norris Hall; two died at West Ambler Johnston Hall. Fifteen other victims from Norris are being treated at area hospitals.

Counseling assistance for students is available at West Ambler Johnston and McComas halls until 9 p.m. tonight. Students are encouraged to utilize these services.

Counseling for faculty and staff is available in the Bowman Room on the fourth floor of Jamerson Athletic Center, accessible from Jamerson or the Merryman Athletic Facility.

The university will remain closed Tuesday. Essential personnel are to report for work. Classes are canceled.

A public gathering will be held Tuesday at Cassell Coliseum at 2 p.m.

All students are urged to contact their parents as soon as possible to let them know individuals are safe.

Students, faculty, and staff who have any information related to the incidents are encouraged to go to the Blacksburg Police Department to make statements, or call 540-231-TIPP (8477), or 231-6411.

Get more details and a statement by President Steger >

I can't begin to imagine the horror they faced with a madman aiming gun(s) at them. I pray that those that survived will be able to go on with their lives and live "normal" lives. I pray also for the families and friends of the deceased that they be able to find peace, that God help them through this most difficult time.

Here is coverage from our NBC affiliate in Richmond
Please pray for these students, faculty, friends and family.

here's what bloggers in the area have to say:

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