I was sickened the last couple of days to hear the developments of the shooting story which occurred on the Virginia Tech campus. For full coverage of the story and the latest developments via Yahoo News, click here.
No sane person could ever begin to understand why something like this happened. I think it is terrible to even consider laying blame on anyone besides the shooter. I feel confident that the university officials and law enforcement acted as best they could with the given information.
I truly hope there is no animosity toward other South Koreans living in the States or of Americans toward South Korea.
I hope each of us can say a prayer for those affected by this terrible event. Pray for the families who lost loved ones. Pray for the healing of those injured. Pray for guidance of school and political leaders as they work to prevent things like this from happening again. And pray for forgiveness for the shooter (though that is the toughest prayer).
We are sad today, and we will be sad for quite a while. We are not moving on. We are embracing our mourning. We are Virginia Tech ...
-- Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor, poet, activist