ATHENS, Ohio (April 16, 2007) -- President Roderick J. McDavis extends his heartfelt condolences to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., today following the shooting deaths of 33 people on campus.
"The tragedy that has gripped the campus of Virginia Tech has resonated throughout our communities as we all try to grasp this incomprehensible act. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the Virginia Tech community," McDavis said.
According to campus reports late in the day, 32 people and the gunman died and fifteen other people were injured in the two shooting incidents two hours apart -- one in a residence hall and the other in a classroom. Later reports from other news outlets put the injury toll higher.
The Virginia Tech Police Department has identified Cho Seung-Hui, 23, as the shooter in those incidents. He was a senior English major at the university. A South Korean native, he was a resident alien living in Virginia.
The Ohio University Dean of Students office is hosting a candlelight vigil Wednesday, April 18, at 9 p.m. on the College Green. Also, the university community is encouraged to wear the colors of Virginia Tech, Maroon and Burnt Orange, tomorrow as a way to show support for the students and others involved in the tragedy.
For official reports from the Virginia Tech campus, updated regularly, go to http://126.96.36.199/.
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