Remembering The Victims


April 20, 2007

On the campus of Virginia Tech and across the nation Friday, a moment of silence is planned to remember the 32 people killed Monday.

In Blacksburg and other places, students, alumni and supporters are wearing school colors.

"I think it is just a great way to remember everybody and to show our Hokie spirit," said Allison Richards, a Virginia Tech student.

As for the criminal investigation, police say they are pretty much finished on campus. They continue to study Cho Seung-Hui's manifesto, a disturbing collection of photos, writings and videos that sent shock waves across this campus.

Cho wrote rambling tirades against rich kids, snobs and people who had wronged him, but there is little or nothing that answers why he massacred 32 people.

Students and faculty are preparing for classes to resume on Monday. University officials say they plan to be flexible, giving students several options on how to finish the semester.

"We are going to do what is best for the students. If a student doesn't want to take a final, he or she doesn't have to do so," said Richard Shryock, a foreign languages and literature professor at Virginia Tech .

And in a show of forgiveness for the shooter, a 33rd rock was added at one makeshift memorial. As one person said, Cho was a student too.


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