Today marks the anniversary of the deaths of 32 students and faculty members at Virginia Tech. I still grieve with the families and friends of those killed. I also grieve with the shooter’s family, who lost a child as well that day.
I am grateful that The CEO made it home that day (the building where he teaches is the closest academic building to the dorm where the first shootings occurred). I am grateful for the efforts of local law enforcement and emergency responders, and those of medical workers. I am grateful for the outpouring of support that came from all over the world.
Today we pause and remember the bright stars we lost. If you go visit the Virginia Tech memorial website, on the right sidebar you will see the names of those killed. Clicking on a name will open a brief bio, each one a picture of a vibrant, unique person whose loss diminishes the human community. If you have time, I highly recommend your investigating Dr. Liviu Librescu, a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp, who at the age of 76 held the classroom door closed against gunfire, in order to give his students the opportunity to escape through the second story window. I am in awe of that sacrificial love in action.
Photo is Hokies Thank the World, by Michael Kiernan, from the vt.edu site.