Mike has already written on this subject from an angle far more intimate than I possibly could, with tremendous eloquence. But I decided to contribute what I could to those seeking information - specifically, access points to as much official information as possible. I hope it is useful - look for updates throughout the next few days here at HS.
Virginia Tech Campus Alert
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Bristol Herald Courier
Collegiate Times (Virginia Tech's student newspaper - right now CollegiateMedia.com is providing their coverage - once the articles are given permanent sites, we'll re-link - ultimately, this will probably be the site of first concern)
The Roanoke Times (Probably the best, most up-to-day coverage of the events in Blacksburg from the professional press corps is available here; both local and AP reports)
- "At least 33 killed in shootings at Virginia Tech"
- "Steger: Virginia Tech is 'Shocked and Indeed Horrified'"
- "Eyewitness reports from the Virginia Tech shootings"
- "Virginia Tech shooting: Statement of Gov. Tim Kaine"
- "Gunman, 30 Others Killed in Va. Shooting"
- "Information for Parents of Virginia Tech Students"
- "Virginia Tech Death Toll Now at 31"
- "Memorial Services and Events Related to VT Shootings"
- "Virginia Tech Injuries Reported by Hospitals"
- "Instructions for Virginia Tech Students & Faculty"
- "Hospital: 17 Being Treated for Gunshot Wounds"
- "Senator Webb Comments on School Shootings at Virginia Tech"
- "31 People Now Confirmed Dead at Virginia Tech - Shooter Described as Young, Asian Male"
- "31 Dead: VT Deadliest Campus Shooting in US History"
- "Photos from Virginia Tech"
- "Tech Sets Up Meeting Places and Counselors"
- "Tragedy That We Consider of Monumental Proportions"
- "Gunman kills 30 at US University"
- "Virginia Shootings: Eyewitness Accounts"
- "In Pictures: Virginia Shootings"
- "Gunman killed after deadly Virginia Tech rampage"
- "Students describe panic and confusion after shooting"
- "Campus police tactics stem from Columbine tragedy"
- "Gunman Kills 30 on Virginia Tech Campus"
- "Virginia's Governor Heads Home After Shootings"
- "White House Statement on Va. Tech Shootings"
- "Virginia Tech President Issues Statement"
More Will Come Later - if you have found particularly good new stories, blog entries, press releases, photographs, anything to help us help the Appalachian people and their friends comprehend and come to grips with today's events, please let us know - you can comment or e-mail us, your choice. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, Hokies.
UPDATES: One more . . . if you're looking for someone or know the status of someone that was in Norris Hall at the time, check here. It's a blog / message board for those seeking information.
. . . and a couple of message boards, normally based on VT athletics, that are full of first hand accounts from students and faculty. TechSideLine Lounge and T.S.L. Political Board
. . . To add to the list of resources, there is a Wikipedia page collecting facts and links: Virginia Tech Shootings . . . It should, at the least, serve as a unified source for the myriad facts coalescing on the internet.
. . . The Town of Blacksburg has released several statements/stories in its "e-News" site:
- "Governor Kaine Declares State of Emergency To Coordinate Response to Shootings at Virginia Tech"
- "Meetings and Events Cancelled for Tuesday"
- "Shooting on Virginia Tech Campus"