Virginia Tech Shooting

Posted on Tuesday 17 April 2007

“If I knew that today would be the last time I’d see you, I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the keeper of your soul. If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door, I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more. If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice, I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again. If I knew this is the last time I see you, I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already.”

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I don’t know what to say about the events that transpired yesterday in Virginia. It is tragic that so many people lost their lives for no real reason at all. The toll stands at 32, but could possibly climb higher, with at least 17 wounded still in the hospital. I have to wonder what triggered such events to take place. Why did Cho Seung-Hui, a Korean national, go on this rampage.

I sympathize and empathize with the families of Cho’s victims, as I too know what it is like to lose someone important to me, to a senseless and random death. Almost 20 years ago, my identical twin was killed by a drunken driver. There was no reason for his death either. I will keep the families of the Cho’s victims in my prayers and thoughts, and hope that their road to recovery isn’t as long or painful as mine was.


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