Virginia Tech Massacre: Victims Remembered

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Ryan Clark
Ryan Clark (right)

Clark, a 22-year-old senior from Martinez, Ga., was known as “Stack” on campus.

He was “an amiable senior memorable for his ready smile and thoughtful ways,” according to the student paper.

Clark was studying biology and English and had hoped to pursue a doctorate in psychology, with a focus on cognitive neuroscience. He was well-liked and a member of the university’s marching band, and carried a 4.0 grade-point average.

Courtney Dalton, who met Clark two years ago when they worked together at a campus restaurant, described him as helpful and a good listener.

“When I was upset about something, he would come over and ask, ‘Are you O.K.,'” she said. “If you ever needed to talk about your problems, he’d listen.”


Mary Read
Mary Karen Read (right)

Friends remembered Read, a 19-year-old freshman from Annandale, Va., for her smile and her caring nature. Read was fan of marching band and French.

“She was really caring, never had bad intentions for anybody, she put everybody else before herself,” friends told FOX News on Tuesday.

Video: Friends Remember Mary Read

Read was born in South Korea into an Air Force family and lived in Texas and California before settling in the northern Virginia suburb of Annandale.

She considered a handful of colleges, including nearby George Mason University, before choosing Virginia Tech. It was a popular destination among her Annandale High School classmates, according to her aunt, Karen Kuppinger.

She had yet to declare a major.

“I think she wanted to try to spread her wings,” said Kuppinger, of Rochester, N.Y.

Kuppinger said her niece had struggled adjusting to Tech’s sprawling 2,600-acre campus. But she had recently begun making friends and looking into joining a sorority.


Christopher J. Bishop
Christopher J. Bishop

Bishop, 35, wore his hair long, rode his bike to campus and worked alongside his wife in the foreign languages department at Virginia Tech, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was known for his gentle manner and generosity toward students.

“I don’t think he was the type of person who had an enemy,” Troy Paddock, a close friend whose wife also teaches in the German program, told the Times. “He was a very friendly person. He was a nice and helpful person.”

The Georgia native was an avid hiker, movie and Atlanta Braves fan, and was said to be very popular with students.

“He was very outgoing, a very personable individual,” Richard Shryock, the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, told the Times. “He was someone who took teaching very seriously and was a good colleague to be with.”

Emily Hilscher
Emily Hilscher (left)

Friends posting messages of tribute on Facebook Monday night remembered Hilscher, a 19-year-old freshman from Woodville, Va., as a vibrant girl with an engaging personality.

“Emily was a kind and wonderful person who al ways put a smile on my face,” wrote Jessica Gould.

Hilscher studied Animal and Poultry Sciences and Equine Science.

According to several friends and neighbors of the family, her boyfriend, with whom she had attended high school and who is also a Virginia Tech student, had dropped her off for class before the rampage.

Liviu Librescu
Liviu Librescu

Librescu, 76, a Holocaust survivor and an Israeli lecturer in engineering science and mechanics, was born in Romania and was known internationally for his research in aeronautical engineering. He had taught at Virginia Tech for 20 years.

“His research has enabled better aircraft, superior composite materials and more robust aerospace structures,” said Ishwar K. Puri, the head of the engineering science and mechanics department.

Video: Click here to hear more about Librescu’s heroic efforts

Librescu’s son, Joe, said his father’s students sent e-mails detailing how the professor saved their lives by guarding the doorway of his classroom from the approaching gunman before he was fatally shot.

“My father blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee,” Joe Librescu said Tuesday in a telephone interview from his home outside of Tel Aviv, Israel. “Students started opening windows and jumping out.


Kevin Granata

Engineering science and mechanics professor Granata and his students researched muscle and reflex response and robotics.

Granata served in the military and later conducted orthopedic research in hospitals before coming to Virginia Tech. The head of the school’s engineering science and mechanics department called Granata one of the top five biomechanics researchers in the country working on movement dynamics in cerebral palsy.

Engineering professor Demetri P. Telionis said Granata was successful and kind.

“With so many research projects and graduate students, he still found time to spend with his family, and he coached his children in many sports and extracurricular activities,” Telionis said. “He was a wonderful family man. We will all miss him dearly.”

Maxine Turner
Maxine Turner (right)

Vienna, Va., Senior, Chemical Engineering

Henry Lee

Born Henh Ly, the Roanoke, Va., freshman in Computer Engineering was ecstatic to earn his U.S. citizenship last year, more than 13 years after his family came from China by way of Vietnam.

Matt La Porte
Matt La Porte
Dumont, N.J., Freshman, University Studies

La Porte, a freshman from Dumont, N.J., was majoring in university studies. He had been an Air Force cadet at Virginia Tech, according to his former platoon leader, David Wheeler.

La Porte credited the Carson Long Military Institute in New Bloomfield, Penn., with turning his life around during his years there from 1999 to 2005. “I know that Carson Long was my second chance,” he said during a graduation speech, printed in the school yearbook.

“Matthew was an exemplary student at Carson Long whose love of music and fellow cadets were an inspiration to all on campus,” Carson Long said in a statement.

La Porte graduated third in his class and was also drum major for the school’s drum and bugle corps during his senior year.

G.V. Loganathan
Professor, 51, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Loganathan, 51, was born in the southern Indian city of Chennai and had been a civil and environmental engineering professor at Virginia Tech since 1982.

Loganathan won several awards for excellence in teaching, had served on the faculty senate and was an adviser to about 75 undergraduate students.

“We all feel like we have had an electric shock. We do not know what to do,” his brother G.V. Palanivel told the NDTV news channel from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. “He has been a driving force for all of us, the guiding force.”

He is survived by his wife, Usha, and two daughters, Uma — an engineering student at The University of Virginia — and another daughter who is a student at Blacksburg Middle School

Juan Ortiz

Graduate Student, Civil Engineering
Jarrett Lane
Narrows, Va., Senior, Civil Engineering

Jarrett Lane, from Narrows, Va., was a senior civil engineering student who was valedictorian of his high school class in tiny Narrows, Va., just 30 miles from Virginia Tech. His high school put up a memorial to Lane that included pictures, musical instruments and his athletic jerseys. Lane, 22, played the trombone, ran track, and played football and basketball at Narrows High School. “We’re just kind of binding together as a family,” Principal Robert Stump said.

Lane’s brother-in-law Daniel Farrell called Lane fun-loving and “full of spirit.”

“He had a caring heart and was a friend to everyone he met,” Farrell said. “We are leaning on God’s grace in these trying hours.”

In a posting on, Jessica Green wrote that “the small but very close community of Narrows, VA lost a dear friend and an amazing guy. Jarrett Lane was a very humble and down-to-earth guy and there couldn’t have been any sweeter person to have a conversation with. Our small town is feeling the effects of this heinous crime that took place just 20 minutes away.”

Leslie Sherman

Sophomore, History and International Studies


Caitlin Hammaren
Caitlin Hammaren
Sophomore, International Studies and French

Hammaren, 19, of Westtown, N.Y., was a sophomore majoring in international studies and French, according to officials at her former school district.

“She was just one of the most outstanding young individuals that I’ve had the privilege of working with in my 31 years as an educator,” said John P. Latini, principal of Minisink Valley High School, where she graduated in 2005. “Caitlin was a leader among our students.”

Minisink Valley students and teachers shared their grief Tuesday at a counseling center set up in the school, Latini said.

Ross Abdallah Alameddine

Alameddine, 20, of Saugus, Mass., was a sophomore who had just declared English as his major.

Friends created a memorial page on that described Alameddine as “an intelligent, funny, easygoing guy.”

“You’re such an amazing kid, Ross,” wrote Zach Allen, who along with Alameddine attended Austin Preparatory School in Reading, Mass. “You always made me smile, and you always knew the right thing to do or say to cheer anyone up.”

Alameddine was killed in the classroom building, according to Robert Palumbo, a family friend who answered the phone at the Alameddine residence Tuesday.

Alameddine’s mother, Lynnette Alameddine said she was outraged by how victims’ relatives were notified of the shooting.

“It happened in the morning and I did not hear (about her son’s death) until a quarter to 11 at night,” she said. “That was outrageous. Two kids died, and then they shoot a whole bunch of them, including my son.”


Reema Samaha
Reema Samaha
Centreville, Va., Freshman

Samaha, a freshman from Centreville, Va., was described as fun and energetic.

“She was in theater. She was just real upbeat. Always had a lot of energy. Always a great person to be around. She’d always make you laugh,” said friend Matthew Dockins, 19, a freshman civil engineering major.

He said he and Samaha were among about 50 graduates from Centreville High School that came to Virginia Tech, and she was a popular student.

“Everybody knew who she was,” Dockins said.


Daniel O’Neil

O’Neil, a graduate student in environmental engineering from Lincoln, R.I., graduated in 2002 from Lincoln High School and last year received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., before heading to Virginia, according to The Providence Journal.

A Lafayette publication said that while there, O’Neil was vice president of the Arts Society. His high school yearbook noted he was on the cross country and outdoor track teams, the drama club and the National Honor Society, according to the Providence Journal.

A high school friend, Steve Craveiro, said O’Neil played guitar and wrote his own songs. Craveiro described O’Neil as smart, responsible and a hard worker.

He said O’Neil was destined to be extremely successful.


Daniel Perez Cueva
Daniel Perez Cueva

Cueva, 21, was a native of Peru studying international relations

Austin Cloyd

Cloyd, 18, an international studies major from Blacksburg, Va., was so inspired by an Appalachian service project that helped rehabilitate homes that she and her mother started a similar program in their Illinois town, her former pastor said.

The Cloyds were active members of the First United Methodist Church in Champaign, Ill., before moving to Blacksburg in 2005, the Rev. Terry Harter said. The family moved when Cloyd’s father, C. Bryan Cloyd, took a job in the accounting department at Virginia Tech, Harter said.

Harter, whose church held a prayer service for the family Tuesday night, described Cloyd as a “very delightful, intelligent, warm young lady” and an athlete who played basketball and volleyball in high school. But it was the mission trips to Appalachia that showed just how caring and faithful she was, he said.

“It made an important impact on her life, that’s the kind of person she was,” he said.

Brian Bluhm

Bluhm, 25, was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers, who announced his death before Tuesday’s game against Kansas City.

“He went to a game last weekend and saw them win, and I’m glad he did,” said Bluhm’s close friend, Michael Marshall of Richmond, Va.

The master’s student in water resources received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering at Virginia Tech and was getting ready to defend his thesis. He already had accepted a job in Baltimore, Marshall said.

Bluhm moved from Iowa to Detroit to Louisville, Ky., before coming to Virginia. His parents moved to Winchester while he was in school, so Blacksburg became his real home, Marshall said.

Bluhm also loved the Hokies, and a close group of friends often traveled to away football games. But Marshall said it was his faith and work with the Baptist Collegiate Ministries that his friend loved most.

“Brian was a Christian, and first and foremost that’s what he would want to be remembered as,” he said.

Lauren McCain

On her MySpace page, McCain listed “the love of my life” as Jesus Christ.

Her family said the 20-year-old international studies major became a Christian some time ago.

“Her life since that time has been filled with His love that continued to overflow to touch everyone who knew her,” the family said in a statement.

Her uncle, Jeff Elliott, told The Oklahoman newspaper that she was an avid reader, was learning German and had almost mastered Latin. She was home-schooled, he said, and had worked at a department store for about a year to save money for college.

Michael Pohle

Pohle, 23, of Flemington, N.J., was expected to graduate in a few weeks with a degree in biological sciences, said Craig Blanton, Hunterdon Central’s vice principal during the 2002 school year, when Pohle graduated.

“He had a bunch of job interviews and was all set to start his post-college life,” Blanton told The Star-Ledger of Newark.

At the high school, Pohle played on the football and lacrosse teams.

One of his old lacrosse coaches, Bob Shroeder, described him as “a good kid who did everything that good kids do.”

“He tried to please,” Shroeder told the newspaper. “He was just a great kid.”

Rachel Elizabeth Hill

Hill, 18, was a freshman studying biology at Virginia Tech after graduating from Grove Avenue Christian School in Henrico County.

Hill, an only child, was popular and funny, had a penchant for shoes and was competitive on the volleyball court.

“Rachael was a very bright, articulate, intelligent, beautiful, confident, poised young woman. She had a tremendous future in front of her,” said Clay Fogler, administrator for the Grove Avenue school. “Obviously, the Lord had other plans for her.”

Her father, Guy Hill, said the family was too distraught to talk about Hill on Tuesday, but relatives were planning to have memorial events later in the week. “We just need some time here,” he said tearfully.

Minal Panchal

Panchal, 26, wanted to be an architect like her father, who died four years ago.

She was very keen to go to the United States for postgraduate studies and thrilled when she gained admission last year, said Chetna Parekh, a friend who lives in the bustling middle-class Mumbai neighborhood of Borivali, India, where Panchal lived before coming to Virginia Tech. “She was a brilliant student and very hardworking. She was focussed on getting her degree and doing well.”

Panchal was worried about her mother, Hansa, living alone and wanted her to come to the U.S., neighbor Jayshree Ajmane said. Hansa left earlier this month for New Jersey, where her sister and brother-in-law live.

Ajmane called Panchal a bright, polite girl who would help the neighborhood children with their schoolwork.

Erin Peterson

Student from Centreville, Va., who graduated in 2006 from Westfield High School in Chantilly, Va., three years after gunman Cho Seung-Hui graduated from the same school. It wasn’t clear if the two knew each other.


Jocelyne Couture-Nowak

Couture-Nowak was a French instructor and former Montreal resident originally from Truro, Nova Scotia.

She taught at Virginia Tech for eight years, along with her husband, Jerzy Nowak, a horticulture professor and the head of the horticulture department at Virginia Tech.

Couture-Nowak was passionate about trying to spread the French language, according to The New York times. Bernie MacDonald, an administrator at Nova Scotia Agricultural College where Couture-Nowak taught French, said she was “vibrant, enthusiastic and dynamic,” the Times reported.

She helped establish the first French school in the town of Truro in 1997, according to the Times.

Couture-Nowak leaves behind a grown daughter named Francine and a second daughter in her mid-teens named Sylvie, friend Claire Russell told the Times.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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