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Like many people in the West Springfield community, I truly loved Leslie. It was my absolute pleasure and honor to have taught her in my Applied History class her senior year at West Springfield High School. In her short 20 years her life…

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The students left and the media arrived. they were everywhere. Any piece of grass or slab of concrete was fair game.

From around the globe the support for Virginia Tech was amazing

What started as a simple VT leaning by a tree became a major focal point of reflection. President Bush signed this VT and a shelter was placed around the VT and other memorabilia. Taken Saturday 21 April.

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As a form of relief to help with the pain of this tragedy this file was created to remember those who were lost.

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Cadet Matthew LaPorte was laid to rest in Blacksburg. The Corps of Cadets marched to the cemetery to pay their respects.

21 April- Angela Tincher, pitcher of the #23 ranked Virginia Tech softball team warms up to reenter the first softball game played after the tragic events of 16 April. Several softball games were too be played in Bristol, VA as part of the Stateline…


Blacksburg Mayor Ron Rordam being interviewed on April 18,2007, two days after the Virginia Tech Tragedy.


There is a loss for words when one ponders on the "Virginia Tech Massacre." We cannot possibly understand why things like this happen. We cannot understand why anyone would ever want to hurt another person, let alone take a life. There…

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Penn St held their Spring Game and sold thousands of Orange and Maroon t-shirts to include a student section of 800 t-shirts that spelled out the VT logo. Some stores reported 2000 shirts selling out in 30 minutes. A record crowd of 81,000 were on…

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This is the marquee sign at West Springfield High School in Springfield, Virginia. Photograph taken on April 27, 2007 by Ronald Maggiano.

Sign in front of Burruss Hall reading 'VT Stay Strong Media Stay Away.' By around this time I was sensing that this sentiment was shared by growing numbers of this community. Photo taken April 19, 2007.

Here I am only going to share the events of my day on April 16, 2007. It feels better tell the story, it's seems more real, more raw, but that also means that it's something that I can accept as tangible and can move on from.


It was a tragic day for everyone the day of the shootings on Virginia Tech. I remember coming home and being told that something was going on at Tech. I got worried because I knew so many people who were going there. I had been the campus a number of…

I never really thought of myself as a Hokie. I came to VT to learn engineering and science. I have never been to a game nor participated in any student activities. I have always thought of myself as a student here to learn, not a Hokie. Tragedy…

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I stopped watching all media on TV after Tuesday's convocation. I have not see the majority of the video played on NBC, but several of my VT alum friends told me about how disturbing it was. Personally, I think it would be too painful to…


This picture was taken on the morning of Tuesday, April 17, 2007. UVA students had re-painted Beta Bridge on Rugby Road with maroon paint with the phrase "Hoos for Hokies" in white letters


mourning doves wooed us at dusk.
warm weather early this year,
our pear trees and dogwoods
had blossomed too soon. jonquils
bristled in auspicious clusters.
even the stateliest…

At about 15 PM SLT/PST 16 April 2007 a group of Second Life residents started working on a memorial space for the VT-tragedy. People from all over the world helped out. This shapshot shows the InfoIsland memorial at 18 PM PST 16 April 2007 and the…

This is the back of the academic buildings after the press conference. I counted well over 20 ambulances on the walk back to the radio station.
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