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Remembering Virginia Tech Massacre Victims

Monday shootings at the Virginia Tech spread shock waves across the country as 32 lives were lost. Vanished in a blink of an eye. Young, too young to be gone already. Students of all races, ages and gender, shapes and sizes, professors who gave their lives trying to protect them. Making sense out of death is difficult, but this? How do you make sense out of senseless? After the shock, came the grief…The nation is united in grief and it is almost palpable. People are reaching out across states, from one end of the country to the next, united in their loss and sadness.

Loved ones, family members, colleagues, classmates, friends have been lost in tragedy that has brought this country to stand still, gasping for air, unable to breathe. The souls lost in this tragedy are remembered in such ways, that a term eulogy has gotten a whole new meaning and in this case the eulogy is endless. Candle vigils are being held across the nation, commemorative services are being organized, all in an attempt to commemorate the lives that were ended too soon. Fellow students are leaving their messages on a memorial site created at the campus of Virginia Tech, while still trying to process the vast magnitude of this tragedy. Internet has given a whole new outlet for people affected by this tragedy to give tribute to the lives lost and to celebrate them as well.

There are countless messages and prayers on Internet forums, blogs, victim's Myspace profiles, families, friends and loved ones, sometimes even strangers, commemorating the human beings gone forever with texts as simple as "I love you" to "I will remember your smile". I love you, such simple three words, but also the most beautiful and profound eulogy. All wanting to express the sheer grief, sadness and loss, for the whole world to see, remembering the lives and the spirits that were taken so abruptly. They are gone, but they will live on in the hearts and minds of the people they have touched, their spirits shining into the eternity.


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