I left Blacksburg close to three years ago after attending Virginia Tech for both undergraduate and graduate school. I never thought that my sleepy alma mater tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains could be the site of such a horrific tragedy. My friends from VT have all expressed a desire to be in Blacksburg right now to take part in the grieving. We also agree that for now it is the place of the current students and faculty to deal with the loss within the local community. Since I couldn't be at the candlelight vigil tonight, this is my small display of solidarity.
I'm thankful that my remaining friends in Blacksburg are safe. My thoughts go out to the current residents of Blacksburg and everyone that is involved personally in this senseless tragedy.