Monday, April 16, 2007

There aren't words...

And if there are, I'm not sure I care to look for them right now.

The numbers keep rising in the Virginia Tech shootings. Right now the toll is 33 dead and 20+ injured.

What provokes this kind of behavior? I read an article that said the gunman, now deceased, was looking for his girlfriend...but this early in the game, that could be hearsay.

I just don't understand it. I just don't.

More Links:

"Everyone started panicking and jumping out of the windows..."

A student's account.

Cell phone clip of shooting

Injured student describes shooting.


Michael said...

I keep trying (and failing) to wrap my head around make sense of it all.

And I realize that there is nothing about this that will ever make sense....

Sarah Ashlee said...

I have a feeling that the more we find out about the whole situation...the less it will make sense. I just can't (don't want to) imagine what kind of place the killer was in.

EDub said...
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EDub said...

One act of heroism amid the horror, as reported by the Jerusalem Post:

Professor Liviu Librescu, 76, threw himself in front of the shooter when the [murderer] attempted to enter his classroom. The Israeli mechanics and engineering lecturer was shot to death, "but all the students lived--because of him," Virginia Tech student Asael Arad--also an Israeli--told Army Radio.

Several of Librescu's other students sent e-mails to his wife, Marlena, telling of how he had blocked the gunman's way and saved their lives, said Librescu's son, Joe.

"My father blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee," Joe Librescu said in a telephone interview from his home outside of Tel Aviv. "Students started opening windows and jumping out."

Librescu was a Holocaust survivor who escaped communist Romania for Israel in 1978 and moved to Virginia in 1986. By coincidence, he was murdered on Holocaust Remembrance Day.