Virginia Tech Gathers For Memorial Service At 2 PM


“President George W. Bush and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine will lead tributes to the victims of yesterday’s shooting at Virginia Tech’s memorial service today. Bush, joined by his wife Laura, will appear on campus ‘as representatives of the entire nation,’ White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said at a briefing this morning. … The event, to take place at the Blacksburg, Va, university’s Cassell Coliseum, will begin at 2 p.m. with a musical prelude by the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadet’s band, the Highty Tighties.”

UPDATE: Many media organizations have turned to the blogs and social networking sites for news on what happened. But other news organizations, such as ABC, NBC, and the Times of London, have started pages on Facebook soliciting interviews from students in hope of scoring “the big ‘get'” — an interivew with someone who “knew Cho Seung-Hui”:


UPDATE II: Right-wing reaction to the shootings: The National Review’s John Derbyshire asks, “[W]hy didn’t anyone rush the guy? It’s not like this was Rambo, hosing the place down with automatic weapons. He had two handguns for goodness’ sake–one of them reportedly a .22.” Right-wing pundit Debbie Schlussel speculated that Cho Seung-Hui, “who had been identified at that point only as a man of Asian descent, might be a ‘Paki’ Muslim and part of ‘a coordinated terrorist attack.'”

UPDATE III: “An English professor recommended that gunman Cho Seung-Hui receive counseling after the Virginia Tech student submitted a violent one-act play that featured scenes of murder and pedophilia as part of a creative-writing class, according to The Smoking Gun, a website that features original documents and reporting.”