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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Remembering the Victims of Virginia Tech

Remembering the Victims of Virginia Tech
So many lives lost, so many dreams shattered with a senseless act. Its a tragedy beyond comprehension. I tried to imagine what would have happened if this occurred at my University and frankly, its just too sad. In honor and respect for the victims and their families, I will not be posting for the remainder of the week.

Ross Abdallah Alameddine, 20
Christopher Jamie Bishop, 35
Brian Roy Bluhm, 25
Ryan Christopher Clark, 22
Austin Michelle Cloyd, 18
Jocelyne Couture-Nowak
Daniel Perez Cueva, 21
Kevin Granata, 45
Matthew Gregory Gwaltney, 19
Caitlin Millar Hammaren, 19
Jeremy Herbstritt, 27
Rachael Elizabeth Hill, 18
Emily Jane Hilscher, 19
Jarrett Lee Lane, 22
Matthew Joseph La Porte, 20
Henry J. Lee, 18
Liviu Librescu, 76
G.V. Loganathan, 51
Partahi Mamora Halomoan Lombantoruan, 34
Lauren Ashley McCain, 20
Daniel Patrick O'Neil, 22
Juan Ramon Ortiz, 26
Minal Hiralal Panchal 18
Erin Nichole Peterson, 18
Michael Steven Pohle Jr., 23
Julia Kathleen Pryde, 23
Mary Karen Read, 19
Reema Joseph Samaha, 18
Waleed Mohammed Shaalan, 32
Leslie Geraldine Sherman, 20
Maxine Shelly Turner, 22
Nicole Regina White, 20


Blogger isabella said...

Nice tribute.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 5:16:00 AM HST  
Blogger ICE_Molly said...

Indeed, it is a tragedy beyond comprehension... yet, despite the spiraling of these kinds of tragedies, the debate to bear firearms forges on. Does having a gun promote a peaceful society?

In the words of Theodore Roosevelt,

"Death is always and under all circumstances a tragedy, for if it is not, then it means that life itself has become."

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 6:07:00 AM HST  
Blogger Jilly said...

A beautiful tribute, Kala. Thankyou for this post.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 8:24:00 AM HST  
Blogger Kate said...

Thank you!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 9:08:00 AM HST  
Blogger Dsole said...

that's a lot of young people.
I do respect your decission, Kala.
And I feel really sorry because sometimes this world is just a shame. Don't let them bring you down.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 2:07:00 PM HST  
Blogger Monica said...

Beautiful tribute. Too sad a tragedy to put into words how astonished we all are.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 5:38:00 PM HST  
Anonymous kris said...

may peace be with them..

just viewed the nbc's clip this morning, very disturbing

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 9:00:00 PM HST  
Blogger Kuanyin said...

Kala, this is so beautiful! I love the circle of light at the bottom...this is the special touch which I appreciate.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 10:05:00 PM HST  
Blogger Sally said...

I can't even bring myself to imagine how all those parents are feeling. I held my little boy a little bit closer.

Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 3:51:00 AM HST  
Blogger Pierre said...

So dreadful... Great tribute!

Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 10:24:00 PM HST  
Blogger Jing said...

bad news...
hope there people are getting peaceful....

shanghai daily photo

Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 11:50:00 PM HST  
Blogger ~tanty~ said...

What has happened was terrible. My deepest condolences for them. May they all rest in peace.
Nice tribute Kala.

Friday, April 20, 2007 at 12:53:00 AM HST  
Blogger photowannabe said...

Thank you for the tribute.

Friday, April 20, 2007 at 6:08:00 AM HST  
Blogger Felicia said...

Your tribute is awesome. Thanks for posting this.

Friday, April 20, 2007 at 1:04:00 PM HST  
Blogger Sally said...

Who will post the photos of the 200 people who died in an idiotic war in Iraq the very same day?

I can't agree that this crime was senseless. it makes perfct sense to me. A mentally ill young man with ludicrously easy access to guns took out his rage at the world on innocent people. Nothing incopmprehensible about that.

What is incomprehensible to me is that he lived in a First World Country which has the best medical, including mental health facilities in the world, and yet he was not treated, and that with a recoed of mental illness he could walk into a gun store and for a few hundred bucks buy his weapons of choice. On second thoughts, not even that is incomprehensible. I understand why that all happens, I'm just angry that it does.

Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 12:21:00 AM HST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice tribute.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 3:20:00 AM HST  
Blogger Kala said...

A response to Sally - The events that took place on the VT campus touched me deeply as well as the many other college students who have friends and relatives attending VT.

Whether you're living in a "first world country" or anywhere else, even with the best of medical access, anyone with a desire to kill will find a way to do. It would be ignorant to think we can avoid bad things from happening simply by providing proper medical care. Some people who have been treated for mental illness in the past still do harm to themselves and/or others. I still think the act was senseless regardless of the reasons for it.

My interest in posting this was to pay tribute to the 32 beautiful people and not to trivialize it by clouding that with politics and war in Iraq or elsewhere.

My views on the Iraq war is probably very similar to yours. The government of Australia, Britain and others have supported the U.S. war in Iraq and still do. For those who have deep convictions against their government's support should voice their concerns through more effective means than this post.

There are many other blogs more apt for addressing the issues of Iraq in a more formal fashion since their problems run deeper into the cultural, political and historical aspects of the country.

This post is completely dedicated to 32 beautiful people, many of whom would probably also share the same feelings as you on the lost lives in Iraq. Unfortunately, they are no longer here to express those feelings.

It amazed me how you are able to justify a killers actions to two things (1) "first world country" (United States) failure to providing him proper mental treatment and (2) the ease with which he was able to purchase a gun in the "first world country."

From your point of view, a killers actions are comprehensible to that level of simplicity?


Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 11:21:00 PM HST  
Blogger Jazzy said...

my heart goes to all victims families.
couldn't agree more Kala.

Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 4:04:00 AM HST  
Blogger angela said...

A moving tribute to those who died.
My thoughts go out to their families.

Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 9:42:00 AM HST  
Blogger Fabrizio ikol22 said...

kala, I agree with the tribute and my thought go to those families so deeply touched, but if I were American, one sec later, I quickly would ask to my brainless President WHEN will come the day that free sell of weapons will be strictly prohibitted.

Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 12:36:00 PM HST  
Blogger Chris & Deb said...

a beautiful tribute to this tragic event. sadly, as days become years, the only name anyone will remember is that of the killer.
May the families of the victims, and the family of the shooter somehow find peace.

Monday, April 23, 2007 at 3:21:00 AM HST  
Blogger lv2scpbk said...

This young guy was from our area. His name was Jeremy Herbstritt. He's from Bellefonte, PA.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 12:26:00 PM HST  

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