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Tribute to those lost at Va Tech.

  1. Apr 17, 2007 #1


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    Remembering Virginia Tech's Shooting Victims

    Ross Alameddine
    Sophomore, English Major
    Age: 20

    Christopher James Bishop
    German Instructor
    Age: 35

    Brian Bluhm
    Graduate student working toward a master's degree in water resources

    Ryan Clark
    Senior, Biology, English and Psychology Major
    Age: 22

    Daniel Perez Cueva
    Student, International Relations Major
    Age: 21

    Kevin Granata
    Professor, Engineering Science and Mechanics
    Age: 45 - professor of engineering science and mechanics. He had served in the military and later conducted orthopedic research in hospitals before coming to Virginia Tech. He and his students researched muscle and reflex response and robotics. Ishwar Puri, head of the school's engineering science and mechanics department, says Granata was one of the top five biomechanics researchers in the country, and was working on movement dynamics in cerebral palsy.

    Matthew Gwaltney
    Gwaltney, 24, of Chester, Va., Graduate student in civil and environmental engineering.

    Rachael Elizabeth Hill
    Hill, 18, Freshman

    Caitlin Hammaren
    Sophomore, International Studies and French Major
    Age: 19

    Emily Hilscher
    Freshman, Animal and Poultry Sciences Major
    Age: 19

    Jarrett Lane
    Age: 22

    Matthew LaPorte
    Freshman, University Studies Major
    Age: 20

    Henry Lee
    Freshman, Computer Engineering Major
    Age: 20

    Liviu Librescu
    Professor of Engineering
    Age: 76 - Students say Librescu tried to keep the gunman from entering the room so that others could jump out of the windows to save themselves.

    Born and educated in Romania, Librescu was internationally known for his research in aeronautical engineering. He was a Holocaust survivor; Monday was Holocaust Remembrance Day. Engineering department head Ishwar Puri said Librescu, who was born in a communist country, had a "great thirst for freedom."

    G. V. Loganathan
    Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Age: 51 - professor of civil and environmental engineering. He was born in southern India and had been a professor at Virginia Tech since 1982. He taught courses in hydraulics, hydrology and water resources engineering and was a core adviser for undergraduates in the department. His students described him as one of their favorites, and he received several awards for excellence in teaching. On a Virginia Tech Web site, one colleague, Dr. William Knocke, described Loganathan as "truly one of the most outstanding classroom educators within the College of Engineering."

    Partahi Lumbantoruan
    Lumbantoruan, 34, Civil engineering doctoral student from Indonesia.

    Lauren McCain
    McCain, 20, of Hampton, Va., International studies major.

    Daniel O'Neil
    O'Neil, 22, Engineering graduate student from Lincoln, R.I.

    Juan Ortiz
    Ortiz, 26, Graduate student studying civil engineering, was from Puerto Rico.

    Minal Panchal
    Panchal, 26, Graduate student from India who wanted to become an architect.

    Erin Nichole Peterson
    Freshman, International Studies Major

    Michael Pohle Jr.
    Pohle, 23, biology major

    Julia Pryde
    Pryde, 23, was a graduate student from Middletown, N.J.

    Mary Karen Read
    Read, 19

    Waleed Mohamed Shaalan
    Shaalan, originally from Egypt, Doctoral student in civil engineering.

    Reema Samaha
    Age: 18

    Leslie Sherman
    Sophomore, History and International Relations Major

    Maxine Turner
    Senior, Chemical Engineering Major
    Turner was from Vienna, Va.

    Nicole White
    White, 20, was a junior majoring in international studies.

    Accomplished professors and instructors, and students just starting their academic or professional careers. I grieve for these people and their families and friends. :frown:

    It difficult to write with tears in one's eyes. :cry:

    Let us not forget them. :frown:
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  4. Apr 17, 2007 #3
    My professor knew Liviu Librescu. He mentioned him in class today. He did work in Dynamics and theory of plates/shells.

    My lab partner also knew one of the girls that was killed. She went to his church.

    ....I didnt know any of them though.

    The guy was also a holocaust survivor.

    That kid was a real stupid POS.
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  5. Apr 17, 2007 #4
    I think the professor that you mentioned Cyrus gave his life for the safety of his students. He blocked the door with his own body and told the students to jump out the windows. Wow.
  6. Apr 17, 2007 #5


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    It's a terrible loss and so senseless.
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    I'm a Virginia Tech alum, and remember it as one of the most beautiful, relaxing, and inspiring places I've ever lived. Many other students agreed with me -- its community was the most highly spirited group of people I've ever been honored to call myself a part. It might sound trite to many people, but I really, truly love Virginia Tech, and it so deeply saddens me to see this kind of disgusting atrocity occur there.

    My heart goes out to everyone there who lost a loved one, friend, or teacher today. I hope that the university community will find a way to regroup, rejoin, and let this event enter the history books with due reverence, but without losing the sense of belonging and purpose provided by this incredible institution.

    Moderator note: I intend on deleting any posts in this thread about gun laws or politics in general. If you must debate some aspect of the massacre, please find another place to do it.

    - Warren
  9. Apr 18, 2007 #8
    A engineer, a guitarist, a survivor, a dancer, a teacher, a best friend, a animal lover. These people were so many things, some of great importance, some of humane importance, but all very important. The world is a little less brighter these past few days.
    For those who remain, there tasks, to rekindle fires, to fill the gaps and to ease the fear, will be monumental. Gods speed to all this has effected.
  10. Apr 18, 2007 #9
    i didn't see any of them,but i feel sad for them
  11. Apr 18, 2007 #10
    This was such a terribly tragedy, so many senseless deaths.
  12. Apr 18, 2007 #11
    A senseless tragedy that ended so many lives, far too early. Sincerest condolences to everyone touched by this incident.
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    Such a tragic loss. So many people gone...

    This song came on as I was reading this thread. It seems quite relevant. It always has a strong effect on me, especially at times like this.
    Pearl Jam- Jeremy

    "...you kill yourself and you make a big old sacrifice and try to get your revenge. ... it does nothing...nothing changes. The world goes on and you're gone. The best revenge is to live on and prove yourself. Be stronger than those people. And then you can come back."
    Eddie Vedder on 'Jeremy'

    I wonder if hearing this would have made a difference...
  14. Apr 18, 2007 #13

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    Our hearts go out to all who lost friends or family members and of course to the victims of this senseless tragedy. But I am also moved by the heroism and composure of those involved. As often happens, tragedy can bring out the best in people. As much as the insane actions of a madman deeply saddens us, the heroes of Va. Tech have made us all proud.
  15. Apr 19, 2007 #14
    A couple people were left out from the original list...

    I actually knew one of the girls who was shot and killed. Didn't know her too well, but we went to the same middle school and high school, rode the bus together in middle school, and I think I had a class with her in high school, talked to her maybe a couple of times. I just remember she was a really nice person, quiet, but the kind of person who seemed like she was going to end up doing something really great in life, who would become a real success.

    It sickens me to think that this happened to her, as well as the rest of these completely innocent young people. I hope they are all now at peace.
  16. Apr 19, 2007 #15
    Are you sure it was a she or a he ?
    What would you advise her to continue if she was ending great stuff ?
  17. Apr 19, 2007 #16
    just keep the memory,so that she will still live in our mind peaceful.
  18. Apr 19, 2007 #17
    i'm really glad to see a thread cast in this direction, and almost started one twice tosay. But it was skewed towards the clinical, seemed inappropriate, and in no way embraced the shock and mourning. I just want to thank Astronuk for breaking the ice in such a mindful way.
  19. Apr 19, 2007 #18
    Ross Alameddine uncle is my classical electrodynamics teacher here in my university, his grandmother died 2 days before the shooting, they say tragedies come in packages, I can only wonder how my teacher feels for losing his mother and nephew in a matter of days..
  20. Apr 19, 2007 #19


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    Thanks Astronuc for starting this thread. It is sad and tragic. It's going to take a long time for the families of those lost to heal from this, and my thoughts go out to them in their time of need. We're not all that far from VA Tech...close enough that we have students here likely to have friends and former high school classmates who attend(ed) VA Tech, and faculty colleagues/collaborators there, so the university has made counseling available for any of our faculty or students who are in need of it too.

    It was a little sad for me reading through the list and seeing the few names that stood out because they didn't have any comment from friends or family about the person.

    As one of the pastor's of one student said, and I think it really applies to all involved, the greatest loss in a tragedy involving so many young people is the loss of the potential they had to bring great things to the world. I especially look at the description of that one student who had a triple major (and not in easy or closely related subjects either) and only a short time from graduation, and think he could have done great things with that much motivation and intelligence...someone who stood out from that list as an exceptional student.

    My condolences to all who have been affected by these losses.
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