Two Virginia Tech students were found dead at a popular hangout spot for students. 19-year-old David Lee Metzler and 18-year-old Heidi Lynn Childs were found at a campground in Jefferson National Forest. Both students were fatally shot. The Associated Press reports that Metzler’s body was found inside a car in the parking area of the Caldwell Fields campground and Childs was found outside the car. The police have not identified any suspects as of yet.
Virginia Tech President Charles Stegler sent out an email to students offering solace and counseling for mourners. He writes, “Trauma like this is deeply painful to us all. Once again, this community is visited by senseless violence and tragedy upon aspiring young minds from our campus.”
In 2007 a student gunman went on a shooting rampage, killing 32 students and himself. In another case of violence that seems to have been tightly sealed, a doctoral student beheaded another student in a campus café this past January. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Virginia Tech.