I had this whole post prepared wherein I lamented about the fact that I was NOT Laura Lippman, and instead, the creator of crazy Jenny T. Partridge. I just finished No Good Deeds by Lippman, and her sheer talent left me feeling morose and largely untalented, and desirous of eating large amounts of ice cream and fried foods, because it was already OBVIOUS that I was going to die fat, unknown and un-bestselling. I wish I could write like that. Might as well just give up.
And then a South Korean student at Virginia Tech started shooting, and when he was done, all the records had been broken–the kind we don’t like to break. And I was left thinking, as always….”Why?” What would make a person break apart inside, and fill the void with anger and rage, and sheer evil? Why? Time to stop feeling sorry for myself and look outside to the loss and grief that so many are feeling.
The gunman who killed 30 people at Virginia Tech’s Norris Hall before turning the gun on himself was student Cho Seung-Hui, university police Chief Wendell Flinchum said Tuesday.
University officials said they were still trying to determine if Cho was responsible for an earlier shooting at a dormitory that left two dead.
However, Flinchum said ballistics tests show that one of the two guns recovered at Norris Hall was used at Norris and at the dorm. (Watch police disclose new information about the shooter Video)
Cho, a 23-year-old South Korean and resident alien, lived at the university’s Harper Hall, Flinchum said. He was an English major, the chief said.
Cho was a loner and authorities are having a hard time finding information about him, said Harry Hincker, associate vice president for university relations.
Here we are left with a lot of “whys” and few clues.
We know that he was:
*A resident alien
*An English major
*In his early twenties
*Simmering with rage and anger
And that’s about it, at this point.
Again, I have to ask, WHY?
It will be a long time before we know the real answer, and then, possible never. With the Trolley Square shootings, here in Utah this February, we had a similar gunman. Young, male, from a foreign country. Little known about him. Loner. And inside, he, too, was broken….
What makes them shoot? Why? Just days ago, according to the Anderson Cooper blog, this was the top news on the VT Campus.
* The men’s basketball team had a stellar season, (a complete rarity) making it to the second round of March Madness
* The missing Hokie Bird statues throughout campus (artwork in the style of the party animals or pandas in D.C. or the cows in Chicago) which were apparently taken as a prank by students from another university
* “Girls Gone Wild” was scheduled to be in town this week to tape a segment, and there was a growing movement organizing a boycott. University officials were doing everything they could to discourage any student’s participation.
Now, the talk is the largest campus shooting–or massacre–in history. How do you heal from that?