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Sent: Monday, April 16,2007'1:18 PM

To: Orvczarski, Mark

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Mark, Larry is in our oifice and asked thatl contact you via e-mail and let you know that calls trom

directed to the Dean of Students Otfice at 231-3787. Please use thjs inio on ihe announcement that goes out.

parents should be

Dontut Sonzenbaclt

Administraiive Staff Assistant Office of Vice Presldeni fcr Student Afiairs

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Good moming-

We're here this morning to provide "u.'ou with the latest information invoiving yesterdaJr's

honibie tragedy'. capt. Flinchum and Srate Police Col. Steve Flaheny will provide vou

with the latest information on the

investigation.

.A,s we work u,ith law enforcement

agencies who continue to notify faniiy members of the deceased. I ask that you keep in

your healts the famihes of the vicrims of rhis terrible event.

I have some additional informarion rerarding how the vireinia Tech community wili

move fortard and begin recovery in the coming hours and days.

First of all, Virginia Tech will cancel all classes for the remainder of the u cek to allow

students the time they need to giieve and seek assistance as needed. The university will

re-open administrative operations beeinning tomorrou,, Wednesday, April 18

understanding that some faculty and staff may u'ish to taiie add'irional time off this week

to grieve the loss of fellow colleagues and friends. we ask individual emplovees to

communicate with their supervisors of their schedules for the balance of the week.

We will close Norris Hall for the remaindcr of the semester. Staff are currenrlv workins

to arange alternative location for ciassrooms and faculty offices.

Counseling and other resources are available for students. faculty, and staff. Studenis

mal receive counseling at Mccomi$ Hall and counselors will be available for extended hours. Empioyees ma)'receive needed support bl,goine to the Brush \{ountain Rogm in

Squires Student Cenrer throushout the dar.

As you know, the university will bs holding a con\rocarjon ceremon), at 2 p.m. at Cassell

coliseum. This will be rhe first time rhe \Iirginia Tech communitv will come rogether

since the tra-sedy to sh are our collective sorrow. Ar that time, presjclent George Bush,

First Ladl Laur:i Bush, Gor,. Timothy Kaine. Mrs. Kaine members of our Board of

Visitors. members of the cierey, our students. and poer Njkki Gjovanni u.iil share

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Sent:

Monday, April 16, 2007 9:26 AM

To:

Multiple recipienis

S u bject:

Shooting cn campus.

.I. snoo: ing

::rcide::: occurred a:

Lhe scene and are investi-oa:i-nq.

lies! Amber Johnston earL j.er :h : s mornl.nq.

Tne universi:]2 cominu::i:y :s urgeci .-o be cau:ious anC are asked tc cont.ac:

Poiice ii

Virginia

-vou observe any:hing susp:cious or wi:h informati.on on the case.

Tech Folice ai 231-541t

Police are on

Vi::ginia Tech

Contact

Stay altuned ::

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Vie wj.lL post as soon as we have more inf o::maii-on.

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on canDus. Stay in bu:ldinEs un:il

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Unirel@vt.edu Monday, April 16,2007 10:17 AM Multiole recipients AII Ciasses Canceled. Siay where you are

lr:rgini.a

Tech has canceled al.l classes. Those on

campus are asked to remain where there

campus are asked not F.o

are, iock :he:-y doors and sEa-v away from windows. Persons off

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From:

Unirel@vt.eCu

Sent:

Monday, Aprii 15, 2007 10:53 AM

To:

Multiole recioients

Subject:

Second Shooiing Reported; Police have one gunman in custody

,n adCi:ion to an earlier

shcoting

today in West Ambler .Ichns;on, thet:e has been a

jms

in Norris Hail-.

mu1:rpie shooEing with mul:ip1e vic--

Police a:1C EMS are on ihe scene.

PoLi-ce have one shocter in cuslody

and

cont:nue Eo search for a second shooter.

as part of routine po1:ce crccedu:e :hey

i-11 people in un:vers:cy bu:ldings are required Eo stal' tnside un:.: - : u:ther notice.

A1l en::'ances t.o camDus are closed.

From:

Unirel@vt.ecu

Sent:

Monday, April 16, 2007 12:16PM

To:

Multiple recipients

Subject:

Counseling support available

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available :-n :j't e Bo-rflnan Rcom in t'he Merriman Center

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employees who seek assistance following iodai,.: events.

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Unirel@vt.edu Monday, April 16, 2307 10:00 pM Multiple recipients Planned Facuity / Siaff Evacuation

Facu-:l' ani

Ehe-: ofiice

sca::_ -ocaieC on

ihe Burruss Hali side of :ile

and g: rome inr:nedia:al.;.

?acu-:ir and s:aif l-ocateC on :he

asked :o -eave their ofjices anC gro hoine at 12:3C

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Unirel@\,i.edu

Monday, April i6, 2007

Multiple

jJniversity

reciplents

clcseci today;

,ery'2rz:[-/z'ta

10:00 PM

classes canceied Tuesday

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Tech has cf osed todalr

be an acli::ional

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On Tuesoa1,, ipril

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be car:ceied. ?he uii-vers i E.y will

The:e wiil

open f or adnLin:- s5rat:ve ope::a*-ions.

noon.

:::::';arsi:y s-,a:ernent pf.esen:ed today a

All

a p1a::red evacuaE.lc:l . A phased closi::g will

sEldenr-s, faculiy,

anc sta::

police

are :equ:.:-ed :o s;.ay whe:-e :hey are u::::l

be:n

efiec:

secure :he campus.

coda-,.; fu:ihe:

po- . cc execu. ,

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be forchconing as sJ :: as

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si:e io:- pare-:rs -,r oa:l'c--

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Unirel@vt.edu

Sent:

Monday, ADril 16, 2007 12:42 PM

to:

Multipie recioients

Subject:

Statemeni by Presrdent Charles W. Steger

Shoo:ing a: \'irg::.ia

Tech / S:acemen: by pr-esidenL

Charles W. S-Leger

The university

was st:uck today wit.h a t.ragedy of

campus. fn each case, :here were

our camDus.

famj.lies of

monumen:al" oropor-,-ions. There were

fatalj.ries.

:hro shooiings on

The unlversicy is shccl:ed

my

cieepes:, sinceres:

studenis

and hor-riiied that th:s wouid befail

ani mosc profcund svmca:hies to -

?here are 23 ccnfirmed dea:hs.

he

I hant :o e>:ce::i

Ehese vic',ims which include

i^le currently are t:l !h= process of no-- j i-r'ing fanilies

Pclice

of

',,:c:ims. The Virginia Tech

crirne scenes aie be!.ng

ice.

./ie coniinue io work to

j.n to covey my

are be!-ng assrsted bv numer-ous o:her jurisdjctions.

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lmpacted by t.his :ragedy. I cannot beg

senseLessness of

own oersonal

sense of ioss over :his

unir-er:si',-y wj.l]

iientified

in Ambler

cominuni-t.v and iamilres.

such an inccrnorehens rb le aeci- heinous act the

cenie:s have been

Counseling Center to work 'rJjrh our campus

immecia:ely sei up counseiing cen:ers. so jar

iohnson and the

Cool.:

liere are some o: che fac:s we know:

At about 7:15 a.m. :his

ccnce::l:ng

mcrning a 911 call

came to the

University police DeDartment

an e-!fen: in wes: Amber

,tohns:on Ha1l. There we:'e

nu-L:ipJ"e shoo.-ing victims

-cecrvec

have

whjle :-n ;he :rocess of i:rves:ioa:::lg,

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abou: two hcurs lace:- :he unive-si- v yF.t-F

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T:re pol:ce immeciiacely resoor:ded. Viccins

area in rhe -eoion :.1 ra^

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been :ranspo:'ieC

io various hospi:als in the jmmediace

emergency i::ea:roeni

lie 'n'ill prcceed to contaet :he !am.r"1ies of victime as identities

are available.

A11 classes

are cancell-ed anC lhe

university

is clcsed for

ghe remainder f o:-

be cancel-led on

The u:iivel:s:tir

wiJ-l oDe:i ioincr:ow ac g a.m- but classes wrll

The police a:e curf'en:1y stagrng t.he release of people frcm campus buiidlngs

t'he Eoday.

Families wlslring to r-eunj.t.e

iii:'ginia

Cassell

the

t.he sEudents are suggesled

q36p,rni rr' r'^

comlrurrlLv to come

^^sa

ro meet at ihe

Tech. l^Ie are making plans for a

Coliseum for the

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ccnvocaEion tomo:-row (Tuesda-v) at noon

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From:

Unirel@vt.edu

S€nt:

Monday, April 16, 2AA7 q.31 pM

To:

Muliiple recipients

Subject:

Carnpus Update on W Shootinqs

Virginra Tech remains closed on

are severelv restricteC to campus as ihe i::i-es::ga:!on

l"londay, April

essen:iai personnel

cc:::irues.

!6, 20a7. Vehicular entrances to camDus

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oeCt:I: :v

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remainS

On

CcunseJ-ing assi.stance for students

liaLl uni jl

Counsel

j-ng fcr

(aLhLe; ic

compJ.ex,l .

inr'ircc

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in avaiLable at !v'esi Ambler Johns:on and

these ser:-r,j.ces.

avai:ab-e ac:he Bowmar: Room in ihe

9 p.n. t.onighi. sauden:s are encouraged to utir:ze

faculty a:rC staff

is

Scucierc rna_r aiso

6 v

Mccomas

Mer:rinan Center

be :ogether at the Old Doninion tsallr.ocm ai

The universit-v vr:. J. !- also

close on Tlesday, April

f or v,ro:k. Ciasses wilL be canceled.

1?

EssentiaL personal are to

A. public gaEbering will

change fron: :re orj.gi;:ally

be held Tuesdalz, April

1? at casser_ coriseum at

scj:eiuied 10 a.m. ga:hering) .

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S:uCents, facul:i',

and staff

who may have any information

ltat j

are encouraged to

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wesE ATbe !: Johns:on ilalt

)eDar:men! !o make s!atements, or ca1L 54O-23i_TIpp

and Not:ris

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go to :he Blacksburq police

, or 2 31- 5411

Parents with concerns are asked E.o call the Dean of students office

irciiviciuals ::r;ured in the two shoo'.ings have been taken :c area hcspitaIs.

at. 540-231-3787

Evans, Susan

From:

Gilbert Adams [gcadams@gwu.edu]

Sent:

Friday, August 03,2007 6:11 AM

To:

Hagen, Nancy

Cc:

debbiel@vt.edu; Murray, Margie; Evans, Susan

Subject:

"Rapper's Violent Lyrics Draw Protests"

Dear Ms Hagen:

When I read the article,

Somashekhar, published j.n the Washington PoEt today, I was troubled.

university officials

struck me that some

"Concert Lineup Angers Some Va. Tech Families" by Sandhya

And r,/hen I

saw that

said "they have received an overwhelmingly positive response", it

thlngs are not beet resolved on t.he basis of simple popularity.

should have the discernment and the moral fiber

to make and to

,\Tlniversi tw offieials"

i-mplement iralue j ud.gments when necessary. The concerns expressed by

Alicia

FarreLl, as quoted j-n Ehe article,

shouLd be respected;

vincent .T. Bove and

moreover, I doubt that

someone primarily occupied with markeling matters is not tshe person in

to make

such decisions.

the best position

The pro's and con's of rapper lyrics

not appropriale in connection with the even! presently in planning.

may be a valid topic

for debate, but such a debate is

please pass on my views Eo President Steger, who apparently does not care to receive e-

mai1s.

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h^a-a

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TIMELTNE:

Hincker, Larry

[hincker@exchange.vt.edu]

Monday, April 16, 2007 7:05 PM hincker@vt.edu

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inside a

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a female,

dormitory roorn within the Ha1l. The

students within the hall were

residence hall

inmediately

in their

secured by VT PD and

notj_fied

and asked to rernain

roorns for their

safeiv- VT pD

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*mmediat.ely secured +-he room

.i

and iden:ifying

potential

for evi.dence coll-ection

witnesses. In the

an isoLated incident,

Blacksburg

and began guestioning

dorm residents investigation,

it

preiiminary stages of the

ciornestic in nature.

Police Department

was believed the dearns wexe

were aiso on scene

assisting VT pD with

establishing a safety perimeter

around +-he residence halI and

securing Washinq-,-on Stree-,.

7:30 AM - :nvestigators were ::--oming up on ieacs :cnce:ning a person of inte=est in

re.lalion !o the doul:Le

following up on various Leads.

homicide. Investigatois from vT PD

and Blacksburg pD were acrrvely

8:25 AM - Virginia

executive vice presicient,

situatlon at the

homicicie

Tech Leadership

Team, which includes the unj-versity president,

and provost, assembLed to begin assessing the developing

and determinina a meen< nf -o-.ifvino

Y

strr.lents

!Luse'!r

fesj-dence hall

.rf the

vr

9:00 AM - Leadershj-p Team was briefed on the situation

Latest cievel-ooments

by YT pD Chiei

:esicien:e ha_i.

W.R. Fl-eci:um on the

ir, :he ongoing t:rvestigati-on a*. rhe

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to.

The Virginia

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report any suspicious activiry

Tech Emergency/weather line

nessage was made Tech Website.

recordings

were also transmltted and a broadcast tel-ephone

re.l-ease was draf'-ed and posted on the Virginia

to campus phones. p. Dress

-945 - No:ice in leadership command center via our po1J-ce rep of a shoo-"ing in Norrrs.

officers

shotguns.

on the scene in mi.nutes. Doors chained shut,

Officers breached the doors n,lth

There was no engagement. !'v'hen of f icers on the scene the shootj.ng had stopped.

WVi€iniaTedl

Statement by Charles Steger, President

430PM

The Office of University Relations

314 Bunuss Hall (0229)

Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

540t231-5396 FAX: 5a0i 231-1985

E-mail: unirel@vtedu

utu,r,,'.'i.e!!,t

With me today is the Secretary of Public Safety ficr the Commonwealtr of Virginia, John Marshall and the Superintendent of Virginia State Police, Steve Flaherty. Also present if the Mayor of Blacksburg, Ron

Rordhan the chief of Blacksburg PD, Kim Crannis; the chief of Virginia Tech Potice, Wendell Flinchum.

I want to repeat my honor, disbelief, and profound sonow at the events of today. People from around the world have expressed their shock and sonow and endless sadness that has transpired today. I am at a

loss for words'to explain or understand the camage that visited our campus.

I know no other way to speak about this than to tell you what we know.

It is now conirmed that we have 31 deaths from Nonis Hall, including the gunman. 15 other victims are being treated at local hospitals in the Roanoke and New River Valleys. There are two confirmed deaths

from the shooting in Ambler Johnston Dormitory in addition to the 31 in Nonis.

We have not confirmed his identity of the gunman because he canied no identification on his person. We

are in the process of attempting identification.

Nonis Hall is a tragic and sorrowful crime scene. We are in theprocess of ideniifying viclims and in the

process of notifying next of kin. This may Eke a while. We will not release any names until we are posiiive of this notification. We anticipate being able !o release a list sometime tomorrow.

We are asking students to contact their parents to let them know their status.

Our investigation continues inio whether there is a connection between the first and second incidents.

We know that parents will want to embrace their child.ren. We are not suggesting that you come to campus. However, if parents feel that they must come to campus, we are locaiing counselors at The lnn and Skelton Conference Center.

As you can imagine, security, investigation, operational, and counseling resources are very taxed at the

moment. However, we are getting assistance from the state police, the FBl, ATF, local jurisdiciions, and the Red Cross. And we understand the desire, indeed the compelling need to get iniormation on the part of family, students, and loved ones, but unfortunately this is all the information we have at the time.

We are posting information to our website as we leam it. Our communications systems are taxed also and we are also posting information, www.vsp.virginia.gov.

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We have new information to release concerning the

ongoing investigation into Mondayts fatal shootings. State, local and federal investigators worked

through the night collecting, processing and analyrzing evidence from within Norris l{all, And, I would like to take a minute to reeognize the

outstanding professionalism and effolts put forth by my

officers since that initial 911 call came into our

dispatch center Monday morning.

I also want to commend the response and

dedication of those officers and investigators with

Blacksburg Police, Montgomery County Sheriffs Office,

State Police, FBI and ATF

Based on their hard work, we have been able to

confirm the identity of the gunman at Norris Halh Gho

Soong-liwe.

Fle is a 23-year-old Korean here in the U.S. as a

resident alien.

Cho was enrolled as an undergraduate student in

hls senior year as an English maior at Virginia Tech.

Cho was in the l,t.S. as a resident alien with a

residence established in centerville, va

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on eampus in l{arper Hall, A 9-rnilimeter handgun and Z?-caliber handgun

were recovered from Norris l{all.

Ballistic tests on the evidenee seized from the Norris Hall and the West Arnbler Johnston Residence

Hall scenes were conducted at the U,S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobaeco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Iab in

ilftaryland.

Lab results confirmed that one of the two weapons

seized in Norris Hall was used in both shootings.

All of the deceased have been transported to the

Medical Examinels office in Roanoke for examination

and identification.

The names of the 32 deceased stsrdents and

faeulty will be released once all victims are positively

identified and nexf of kin notified

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Doctor Fierro,

the chief Medical Examiner of virginia wilr go into more detail on that in a minute.

I also want to fotlow up on the discussion from

yesterday about the Eperson of interestt frorn the finst

shooting at the residence hal!.

That individual was an acquaintance of the female

victim killed at West Ambler Johnston Hall.

He was stopped in his vehiele off campus and

detained for questioning.

As officers were inteliewing himn the shootings at Norris Hall were reported.

We are stillJooking to hirn for information as the

investigation continues.

We atso have no information at this time to relate

the on-campus bontb threats made in the last two

weeks to either of yesterdayts events.

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we're here this moming to provide you with the ratest information invoiving yesterday,s

horribie tragedy. capt. Frinchum and stare porice cor. steve Flaherty will provide you

with the latest inforrnation on the investigation. As we work with law enforcemenr

agencies who continue to notify family members of the deceased, I ask that you keep in

your hearts the families of the victims of this terrible event.

r have some additional infonnation regard.ing how the virginia Tech community will

move forward and begin recovery in the coming hours and days.

First of all, Virginia Tech will cancel all classes for the remainder of the week to allow

students the time they need to grieve and seek assistance as needed. The universitv will

re-open administrative operations beginning tomorrorv, wednesday, AP,il 1g

understanding that some faculty and staff may wish to take additional time off this week

to grieve the ioss of fellow colleagues and friends. we ask individuar emproyees to

communicate with their supervisors of their scheduies for the balance of the week.

We will ciose Norris Haii for the remainder of the semester. Staff are currentiy worlcing to arrange altemative location for classrooms and facultv offices.

counseling and other resources are available for students, faculty, and staff. students

may receive counseling at McComas Hal] and counselors will be available for extended hours. Employees may receive needed support by going to the Brush Mountain Room in

Squires Student Center throughout the day.

As you knovr', the university wili be holding a convocation ceremony at2p.m. at cassell

coliseum. This will be the first time the virginia Tech community will come together since the tagedy to share our collective sorrow. At that time, president Georse Bush-

First Lady Laura Bush, Gov. Timothy Kaine, Mrs. Kaine members of our Board of

!'is*ors, members of the clergy, our srudents, and poet Nikki Giovanni will share

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