Victims

32 students or faculty were killed at or as a result of the April 16, 2007 events at Virginia Tech. This list is not only for informational purposes but as a memorial as well.

  • Ross A. Alameddine – Sophomore student declared major in English and minoring in French and business.
  • Christopher James Bishop – 35 year old professor teaching introductory German.
  • Brian R. Bluhm – Teacher’s assistant and working towards a master’s degree.
  • Ryan Christopher Clark – Had earned a bachelor of science with a triple major in psychology, biology, and English all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Worked as a resident advisor in West Ambler Johnston Hall and an advisor in the Imaginarium programming recourse center and worked at West End Market.
  • Austin Michelle Cloyd – Pursuing a double major in international studies and French and was a member of the Honors Program.
  • Jocelyne Couture-Nowak – Professor teaching Intermediate French.
  • Kevin P. Granata – Professor in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM). Established the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory with colleagues.
  • Matthew Gregory Gwaltney – Graduated student from Virginia Tech participating in the civil engineering undergraduate honor society; Tau Beta Pi, engineering honor society; National Society of Collegiate Scholars; Phi Eta Sigma; Golden Key International Honor Society; and Phi Kappa Phi at Virginia Tech.
  • Caitlin Millar Hammaren – Sophomore double majoring in international studies and French with a minor in leadership and social change. Event chair for sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma and resident advisor in the Residential Leadership Community, later inducted into the National Residence Hall Honorary.
  • Jeremy Michael Herbstritt – Masters program student for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Teaching assistant for the Fluid Mechanics for Civil and Environmental Engineers class.
  • Rachael Elizabeth Hill – Freshman student intending to obtain a Ph.D. in biochemistry, specializing in nanotechnology.
  • Emily Jame Hilscher – Freshman majoring in animal and poultry science. Member of the Virginia Tech equestrian team as well as Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association.
  • Jarrett Lee Lane – Senior majoring in civil engineering. Post-graduation plans were to continue education for a masters program at the University of Florida in the Coastal Engineering Graduate Program.
  • Matthew Joseph La Porte – Sophomore declared as a political science major. Member of the corps of cadets, played tenor drum for the Regimental Bank, and joined the Air Force Special Operation Preparation Team.
  • Henry J. Lee (Henh Ly) – Freshman majoring in computer engineering. Member of the French and Betas club, as well as dean’s list student.
  • Liviu Librescu – Professor in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM). Expert educator and respected colleague in the field of aeronautical engineering.
  • G.V. Loganathan – Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Publishing more than 150 peer-reviewed papers in major water resources journals.
  • Partahi Mamora Halomoan Lumbantoruan – Ph.D student in civil engineering. Had previously earned both bachelors and masters in civil engineering from Parahyangan Catholic University.
  • Lauren Ashley McCain – Freshman majoring in international studies. Active in Campus Crusade for Christ, New Life Christian Fellowship, and Bridges International Ministries.
  • Daniel Patrick O’Neil – Masters student in environmental engineering and worked as a teaching assistant in civil and environmental engineering.
  • Juan Ramon Ortiz-Ortiz – Through a long process they were getting their masters degree in water resources and environmental engineering as well as researching and being a teacher’s assistant.
  • Minal Hiralal Panchal – Masters program of science program in architecture in the university’s School of Architecture and Design.
  • Daniel Alejandro Perez Cueva – Junior majoring in international studies. Hoping to bring people together and make the world a peaceful place to live in his career.
  • Erin Nicole Peterson – Freshman majoring in international studies. Co-president of EMPOWER, an organization dedicated to building self-esteem and confidence in young minority girls.
  • Michael Steven Pohle, Jr. – Senior majoring in biology. Played on the university’s club lacrosse team for two years.
  • Julia Kathleen Pryde – Masters student in biological systems engineering. Certified wildland firefighter conducting a restoration project with the Nature Conservancy of New Jersey in the Pine Barrens of South Jersey.
  • Mary Karen Read – Freshman majoring in interdisciplinary studies. Considering a career in elementary education. Member of the concert band playing the clarinet.
  • Reema Joseph Samaha – Intended to major in French and international studies. Member of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. Member of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble and the Cedars of Lebanon Club.
  • Waleed Mohamed Shaman – Doctoral student in civil engineering. Essential member of the Blacksburg Muslim community.
  • Leslie Geraldine Sherman – Junior majoring in history and international relations. Member of the Virginia Tech Honors Program and student supervisors in the West End Market. Hoping to pursue a career in the U.S. Department of State post-graduation.
  • Maxine Shelly Turner – Senior graduating with a degree in chemical engineering. Founding member of a chapter of Alpha Omega Epsilon, professional sorority for female engineers, and held office as community outreach chair and professional life chair.
  • Nicole Regina White – Junior majoring in international studies with a minor in political science. Active volunteer for both the local animal shelter and the battered women’s shelter.

If you wish to find more information on the victims you can look into their memories on the provided website.

https://wset.com/news/weremembervt/remembering-32-victims-of-virginia-tech-massacre

Image Credit: ABC 13 News

It feels important to include the victims who died on April 16, 2007 in the Virginia Tech shooting because while the conversation tends to direct towards the perpetrator to understand their background it can feel like the victims are forgotten or lost overtime. I wanted to keep their names and images alive within this website since these people are who inspired me to learn more about this tragic event. Many of those who lost their lives on that sad day were students like me trying to get their education and felt like they would be safe on their campus that they choose. Unfortunately, they were not and they are not here to continue their journey which makes me appreciate the opportunity that I have every single day that much more.

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