List Of Virginia Tech Shooting Victims

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Blacksburg, VA -- The following is a list of confirmed victims in Monday's shooting spree on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, during which 32 people were killed before the shooter took his own life. Names were confirmed by CBS. Police have identified the shooter as Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old senior and English major at the school. Ross Alameddine, 20, of Saugus, MA, according to his mother, Lynnette Alameddine. Friends described the sophomore majoring in English, business information technology and French as "an intelligent, funny, easy-going guy." His mother told WBZ Radio she's very upset with Virginia Tech officials because she spent an agonizing day Monday trying to get information about her son, and was not informed until 10:45 pm when a chaplain from the school called her to tell her that her son had been killed. Jamie Bishop,35, taught German at Virginia Tech and helped oversee an exchange program with a German university. According to his Web site, Bishop, a Fulbright scholar at Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, spent four years living in Germany, where he "spent most of his time learning the language, teaching English, drinking large quantities of wheat beer, and wooing a certain fraulein" — the "fraulein" being Bishop's wife, Stephanie Hofer, who also teaches in Virginia Tech's German program. He was an academic technology liason at UNC Chapel Hill from 2000 to 2005. To see Jamie Bishop's profile from WXIA-TV, Atlanta, click here. Brian Bluhm, 25, a master's student in water resources, received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering at Tech and was getting ready to defend his thesis. He already had accepted a job in Baltimore. Bluhm grew up in Detroit and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan; his death was announced before Tuesday's game against Kansas City, which Detroit went on to win 7-6. "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. Marshall said it was his faith and work with the Baptist Collegiate Ministries that his friend would foremost want to be remembered by. Ryan Clark, 22, a student from Martinez, GA, was a fifth-year student working toward a triple-degree in psychology, biology and English and carried a 4.0 grade-point average. He was a member of the Marching Virginians band. He was a resident assistant at Ambler Johnson Hall, the dorm where the first shootings took place. "He was just one of the greatest people you could possibly know," friend Gregory Walton said. "He was always smiling, always laughing. I don't think I ever saw him mad in the five years I knew him." To see Ryan Clark's profile from WXIA-TV, Atlanta, click here. Clark's Brother Remembers Austin Cloyd, 18, a freshman, was an international studies major. She moved to Blacksburg for her senior year in high school; her father is C. Bryan Cloyd, a professor of accounting and information systems at Virginia Tech. She was so inspired by an Appalachian service project that helped rehab homes that she and her mother started a similar program in their Illinois town, her former pastor said. The Rev. Terry Harter of First United Methodist Church in Champaign, Ill., 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. Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, a French instructor at Virginia Tech, was instrumental in the push to create the first French school in Truro, Nova Scotia, where she lived in the 1990s with her husband, Jerzy Nowak. He is the head of the horticulture department at Virginia Tech. Peruvian student Daniel Perez Cueva, a 21-year-old international relations major, was killed while in his French class, said his mother, Betty Cueva. Prof. Kevin Granata, 46, researched muscle and reflex response and robotics. Ishwar K. Puri, head of the engineering science and mechanics department, called Granata one of the top five biomechanics researchers in the country working on movement dynamics in cerebral palsy. A fellow professor Demetri Telionis, described Granata as a family man. "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. "We will all miss him dearly." Caitlin Hammaren, 19, of Westtown, NY, a sophomore majoring in international studies and French, according to Minisink Valley, NY, school officials who spoke with Hammaren's family. "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, from which she graduated in 2005. "Caitlin was a leader among our students." Jeremy Herbstritt, 27, was a graduate student in civil engineering from Bellefonte, Pa. He did his undergraduate work in civil engineering, biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State. "He loves to talk. He's a very talkative guy. You know, you can just hold a conversation with him any time of day," his friend Ken Stanton said on CBS News' The Early Show. Rachael Elizabeth Hill 18, was a graduate of Grove Avenue Christian School in Henrico County and was a freshman at Virginia Tech. Her father, Guy Hill of Glen Allen, Va., said his daughter was studying biology at the university. Emily Jane Hilscher, a 19-year-old freshman from Woodville and an animal and poultry sciences major, was known in rural Rappahannock County as an animal lover. County Administrator John McCarthy, a family friend, said she worked at a veterinarian's office "and cared about them her whole life." Emily Jane Hilscher, a 19-year-old freshman from Woodville and an animal and poultry sciences major, was known in rural Rappahannock County as an animal lover. County Administrator John McCarthy, a family friend, said she worked at a veterinarian's office "and cared about them her whole life." Jarrett Lane, senior, of Narrows, VA, a civil engineering major, liked Christian Alternative music, "The Simpsons" and "ESPN Sportscenter." Matt La Porte, a sophomore, of Dumont, NJ, was a 2005 graduate of the Carson Long Military Institute in Perry County, Pa. He was majoring in political science and leadership, and aspired to an Air Force commission. La Porte Family Pastor A Portrait of Grief Henry Lee, freshman, of Roanoke, VA, a computer engineering and French major, enjoyed racquetball, engineering and Frisbee. "I'm just your typical short Asian (Chinese) guy," he wrote. Prof. Liviu Librescu, 76, an Israeli born in Romania, was known internationally for his research in aeronautical engineering. He was a Holocaust survivor who barricaded his classroom door and told his students to jump out the window. "With the gunman set to enter his class, this brave professor blocked the door with his body while his students fled to safety," said President Bush Wednesday. He taught at Virginia Tech for 20 years. Librescu will be buried in Israel. Wife Describes Her Husband A Son Remembers His Father Prof. G.V. Loganathan, 51, an Indian-born civil and environmental engineering professor, had been a professor at Virginia Tech since 1982. "For us it was like an electric shock. We've totally collapsed today," his brother G.V. Palanivel said from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. "Our parents are elderly and have broken down completely." Partahi Lumbantoruan of Indonesia, a 34-year-old graduate student, had been studying civil engineering at Virginia Tech for three years. His goal was to become a teacher in the US. His family sold off property and cars to pay his tuition, said his father, Tohom Lumbantoruan, a 66-year-old retired army officer. "We tried everything to completely finance his studies in the United States," he said. "We only wanted him to succeed in his studies, but ... he met a tragic fate." His stepmother, Sugiyarti, says he had called almost daily to talk to the family; in their last conversation, he had asked for the latest news on Indonesian politics. She wept as she asked why people can bring guns to campus. Lauren McCain, 20, was originally from Oklahoma but most recently lived in the Hampton, Va., area. Home-schooled, she had worked at a department store for about a year to save money for college. The freshman, who was an avowed Christian, planned to major in international studies. Her uncle, Jeff Elliott, speaking to The Oklahoman newspaper, described her as an avid reader who was learning German and had almost mastered Latin. Daniel O'Neil, 22, a graduate student in engineering from Lincoln, RI, was a teaching assistant. O'Neil played guitar and wrote his own songs, which he posted on a Web site, A high school friend, Steve Craveiro, said O'Neil wrote was in the folk and acoustic vein. "He would never talk himself up as a musician," Craveiro said. "He had a personal relationship with his music." Katlyn Duquenoy, 22, who lives across the street from the O'Neil family and graduated in the same high school class, described him as extremely intelligent. "He probably would have gone really far in life and been successful," she said. Juan Ortiz, a 26-year-old graduate student in civil engineering from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, according to his wife, Liselle Vega Cortes. Minal Panchal, a 26-year-old graduate student in building sciences, was a native of India. Erin Peterson, 18, from Centreville, Va., was a member of Phi Sigma Pi — Alpha Rho chapter. She was planning to major in international relations. She attended the same high school as the gunman. Michael Pohle, 23, of Flemington, NJ, was a senior in a five-year program, majoring in biological sciences. Julia Pryde, 23, a biological systems engineering graduate student from Middletown, NJ, was known for being an exceptional student as well as for her sweet demeanor. A professor says Pryde had traveled to Ecuador last summer to research water quality issues. She had planned to return for follow-up work. Mary Karen Read was born in South Korea into an Air Force family and lived in Texas and California before settling in Annandale, Va. Her aunt, Karen Kuppinger in Rochester, NY, said her 19-year-old niece had struggled adjusting to Tech's sprawling campus, but had recently begun making friends and looking into a sorority. "I think she wanted to try to spread her wings," she said. Reema Samaha, a freshman, of Centreville, Va., liked dancing and was a fan of ballet and belly dancing, as well as a member of the school's Contemporary Dance Ensemble. She also attended the same high school as the gunman. Samaha's Father Speaks Recent Video Of Samaha Leslie Sherman, sophomore, a history and international studies major. Maxine Turner, a senior from Vienna, VA, was a chemical engineering major. Among her interests were Tae Kwon Do, Shakespeare and Red Hot Chili Peppers, and she was a member of Alpha Omega Epsilon. Nicole White, 20, a international studies major from Hampton Roads, Va., was a junior.

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