A Day of Tears at Tech
A Year After 'All of Our Lives Changed,' Mourners Find Unity
By Nick Miroff
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, April 17, 2008; B01
BLACKSBURG, Va., April 16 -- With renewed displays of campus unity and many smaller, private moments of painful tribute, Virginia Tech marked the anniversary of its darkest day Wednesday with events honoring the 32 students and faculty members gunned down in a dormitory and classrooms a year ago.
Samaha, Read and other relatives of victims joined several dozen students in the afternoon who lay down on the edge of the Drillfield in an event organized by the Alexandria-based group Protest Easy Guns. More than 70 "lie-in" events were scheduled across the country, including at the state capitol in Richmond and on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. The group supports tighter background checks for gun purchases, especially at gun shows.
"We need to stop the gun violence in our country," Bobbie Ansell said at the event in Richmond. Her niece, Emily Haas of Richmond, was shot twice in the attack but survived.
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According to the morning Richmond paper the whole thing amounted to about 100 people. IIRC, the Drillfield is roughly 12 acres. Or maybe it's 23. Oh well, it's been a few years, I graduated in '72.
April 17, 2008, 01:42 PM
I would have lied down with them. Of course, I would have been in a sheep costume.
That would have been the funniest thing EVER!
Not that I find any joy out of the killings at VT, of course.
April 17, 2008, 01:57 PM
I'm thinking that may be disrespectful to call the dead sheep. Who knows what their opinions were on concealed carry? I'd be happier standing there with a sign saying "Here lie disarmed victims"
April 17, 2008, 02:12 PM
Protest Easy Candles! Candles aren't safe in the hands of untrained people. How many people have died in candle-related fires? We need to get these candles off the streets immediately! Demand candle microstamping! Eliminate the campus vigil loophole! Ban high-capacity assault candelabras and birthday cakes!
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