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Hokie Hope

By Michelle Malkin  •  April 20, 2007 12:00 PM


Today has been designated “Hokie Hope” day in honor of the VTech victims.

Bells are ringing at noon across the country to remember. Americans are wearing orange and maroon to show solidarity with the VTech campus.

Here’s a running list of memorial services for the students and professors killed on Monday.
PJM Tel Aviv editor Allison Kaplan Sommer reports from the funeral service for Professor Liviu Librescu.

A plea from Peter Read, father of one of the VTech massacre’s victims, Mary Read, to stop broadcasting the VTech killer’s videos, manifesto, and photos:

“I want to issue a direct personal plea, to all the major media,” he told The Associated Press. “For the love of God and our children, stop broadcasting those images and those words. Choose to focus on life and the love and the light that our children brought into the world and not on the darkness and the madness and the death.”

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_ Ross Abdallah Alameddine, 20, of Saugus, Mass., according to his mother, Lynnette Alameddine.

_ Christopher James Bishop, 35, according to Darmstadt University of Technology in Germany, where he helped run an exchange program.

_ Brian Bluhm, 25, a civil engineering graduate student, according to an announcement by the Detroit Tigers and friends. He had previously lived in Iowa, Detroit and Louisville, Ky.

_ Ryan Clark, 22, of Martinez, Ga., biology and English major, according to Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins.

_ Austin Cloyd, an international studies major from Blacksburg, Va., according to Terry Harter, senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Champaign, Ill., where Cloyd and her family lived before moving to Blacksburg.

_ Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, a French instructor, according to her husband, Jerzy Nowak, the head of the horticulture department at Virginia Tech.

_ Daniel Perez Cueva, 21, killed in his French class, according to his mother, Betty Cueva, of Peru.

_ Kevin Granata, age unknown, engineering science and mechanics professor, according to Ishwar K. Puri, the head of the engineering science and mechanics department.

_ Matthew G. Gwaltney, 24, of Chester, Va., a graduate student in civil and environmental engineering, according to his father and stepmother, Greg and Linda Gwaltney.

_ Caitlin Hammaren, 19, of Westtown, N.Y., a sophomore majoring in international studies and French, according to Minisink Valley, N.Y., school officials who spoke with Hammaren’s family.

_ Jeremy Herbstritt, 27, of Bellefonte, Pa., according to Penn State University, his alma mater and his father’s employer.

_ Rachael Hill, 18, of Glen Allen, Va., according to her father, Guy Hill.

_ Emily Jane Hilscher, a 19-year-old freshman from Woodville, according to Rappahannock County Administrator John W. McCarthy, a family friend.

_ Jarrett L. Lane, 22, of Narrows, Va., according to Riffe’s Funeral Service Inc. in Narrows, Va.

_ Matthew J. La Porte, 20, a sophomore from Dumont, N.J., according to Dumont Police Chief Brian Venezio.

_ Henry J. Lee, also known as Henh Ly, 20, a first-year student majoring in computer engineering from Roanoke, Va., according to Oakey’s Funeral Service in Roanoke.

_ Liviu Librescu, 76, engineering science and mathematics lecturer, according to Puri.

_ G.V. Loganathan, 51, civil and environmental engineering professor, according to his brother G.V. Palanivel.

_ Partahi Lombantoruan, 34, of Indonesia, civil engineering doctoral student, according to Kristiarto Legowo, a spokesman for the foreign ministry.

_ Lauren McCain, 20, of Hampton, Va., international studies major, according to a statement from the family.

_ Daniel O’Neil, 22, of Rhode Island, according to close friend Steve Craveiro and according to Eric Cardenas of Connecticut College, where O’Neil’s father, Bill, is director of major gifts.

_ Juan Ramon Ortiz, a 26-year-old graduate student in engineering from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, according to his wife, Liselle Vega Cortes.

_ Minal Panchal, 26, a first-year building-science student from Mumbai, India, according to foreign ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna.

_ Erin Peterson, 18, of Chantilly, Va., an international studies major, according to her father, Grafton Peterson.

_ Michael Pohle, 23, of Flemington, N.J., according to officials at his high school, Hunterdon Central High.

_ Julia Pryde, age unknown, a graduate student from Middletown, N.J., according to Virginia Tech professor Saied Mostaghimi, chairman of the biological systems and engineering department.

_ Mary Karen Read, 19, of Annandale, Va. according to her aunt, Karen Kuppinger, of Rochester, N.Y.

_ Reema J. Samaha, 18, a freshman from Centreville, Va., according to her family.

_ Waleed Mohammed Shaalan, of Zagazig, Egypt, a doctoral student in civil engineering, according to the university.

_ Leslie Sherman, a sophomore history and international studies student from Springfield, Va., according to her grandmother Gerry Adams.

_ Maxine Turner, 22, a senior majoring in chemical engineering from Vienna, Va., according to her father, Paul Turner.

_ Nicole White, 20, a junior majoring in international studies from Smithfield, Va., according to a family statement released by the Suffolk, Va., Police Department.


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