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This is a note from Scott Banks, VT alum, who took the pictures in the post below...
I made the trip to Virginia Tech yesterday (Sunday) at the suggestion of my wife. She knows how much I love the University and felt that I should be there. She was right. It was a bit like visiting a good friend that lost a family member. I wanted to be there to support them. I also needed to be there so I could deal with the loss myself.
Just as we arrived we saw two other friends from Raleigh and you could see she had been crying. Her two sons, both at Virginia Tech now, were with them. As we had not seen all the memorials he described them by saying “It’s like attending church multiple times”. I think this says it all.
Unlike a week ago the sky was bright blue and the weather was perfect. Across the drill field were tents and areas with flowers, notes, candles and other items placed in memory to those who lost their lives in this tragedy. Every tree was tied with a black ribbon with an orange and maroon bow. Although there were quite a few people on the field it was so quiet all you heard was the birds chirping. I don’t think I can describe the feeling, but you knew God was present.
We did not talk much about the tragedy, but more about our days at Virginia Tech. And although this was 25 years ago the memories are still strong. I think that’s the best way to handle things like this, remembering the good times.
In front of Burris Hall were engraved stones with the names of every person who died, even Cho. Most had messages of remembrance, flowers and pictures. Cho’s place had flowers and a note to his family expressing sympathy. If students can do this then I think perhaps there is hope.
Not only has the Tech community come together but so has the nation. Universities from across America have sent boards with thousands of signatures. Grade schools had made cards. I saw one note from preschoolers who could just barely sign their name. Everyone has been touched and everyone wants to help.
I have been asked two questions recently; the first friend asked if all the campus is beautiful as what we saw on television. It is and more so. The second asked if they should send their son to Tech. The answer is yes and if ever I have the chance I would love for my daughters to go to Tech. It’s a special place drawn closer by tragedy.
The one picture with note to Brian telling him “to have fun walking with Jesus” brought me to tears. The line below, “Can’t wait to see you again”, brought me promise.
God be with us all, especially the families of those who died.
Scott Banks lives in Charlotte and is a Virginia Tech alum. He went back Sunday. It's something he can't talk about right now, but he sent these pictures to help us "see all the love and support that is Virginia Tech." (you can click them to enlarge)
There's a ring of engraved stones with each students' name. Scott says "all are decorated with notes." Yes, there's one for Cho, too, "with flowers and a note to his family expressing sympathy. If students can do this then I think perhaps there is hope." --
"1 day will not define us -- 1 event will not destroy us" --
She died Friday. Doctors discovered her cancer after she got pregnant; Conner is now two months old and is fine. Her WBTV memorial page is HERE. Ten days ago, she wrote this:
I woke this morning to a peace I have not felt since my cancer diagnosis four months ago. God has been tugging at my heart all morning long, and I can't go another hour without sharing what I read in my devotional last night...
I'm learning to do what Peter did not do at that particular moment in the Bible...my negativity is now in full remission...
It is amazing how it took a cancer diagnosis to make me appreciate the good in others, to appreciate the people in my life, and to appreciate myself. It is all apart of God's will. Although it may not make sense to you, but it does to me: in many ways...God has used this cancer to restore in me what sin in my past life took away.
The definitive story -- up to now. Long. Horrible. Don't read it unless you're willing to feel their pain --
Violand thought he heard the gunman reload three times. He could not hold back odd thoughts: "I wonder what a gun wound feels like. I hope it doesn't hurt. I wonder if I'll die slow or fast." He made eye contact with a girl, also still alive. They stared at each other until the gunman left...
The investigators interviewed Grewal and the four other roommates. No, they had not seen guns around the suite, but Cho was a strange guy. Wouldn't talk. Played the same songs over and over on his laptop. Didn't like to turn the light off in his room. Had a bike that he rode around campus late at night. Would not go out with them, except one rare time when they got him drinking at a party and he said he had an imaginary girlfriend who called him Spanky. Never saw him with a girl, though, or any friends whatsoever...Once he was sent to counseling and said he might as well kill himself. He started shaving his head down to a fuzz cut. Wore contact lenses. Used something for his acne. Was working out at the campus gym. Had been getting up really early recently...