The 2007 Virginia Tech Shooting Victims: 32 Lives Lost in the Massacre

Thirty-two people lost their lives in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting. Seventeen were wounded by gunfire that day, and six more were hurt in attempts to escape the massacre. Countless others lost a family member or friend in the tragic mass school shooting. This article is a tribute to the victims who were senselessly killed that day by Seung-Hui Cho.

On the morning of April 16, 2007, Virginia Tech senior Seung-Hui Cho committed one of America’s most infamous and deadliest mass school shootings. By 10 a.m. that day, he had taken 32 lives and injured 17 people. Read on if you’d like to know a little more about the victims to put this massive loss into perspective.

Related: 17 Facts about Seung-Hui Cho, the Virginia Tech Shooter

Virginia Tech Massacre: What Happened

That morning, 23-year-old Seung-Hui Cho arrived at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. He was a senior at the school, majoring in English.

However, this was not a normal day on campus. This time, he was armed with two semiautomatic pistols.

At around 7:15 a.m., Cho entered the West Ambler Johnston Hall dormitory and walked into room 4040, where 19-year-old freshman Emily Hilscher lived. She was the first to be shot.

When Ryan Clark, a resident assistant, came out of his room to see what was going on, Cho killed him.

Cho went back to his own dorm room, allegedly to reload, change his clothes, and leave a note. He also took the time to mail a package to NBC News, containing a manifesto and a plethora of photos and videos.

Two hours after the first shooting, Cho went to Norris Hall, an engineering building on the Virginia Tech campus. There, he locked the building’s doors by chaining them from the inside. He began to open fire, killing 30 more people, injuring 17 with gunfire, and causing six more to be wounded as they desperately attempted to escape out the building windows. The shooting spree spanned nine minutes.

At 9:51 a.m., not long after police entered the building, they discovered Cho dead, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his head.

The Victims of the Virginia Tech Shooting

Virginia Tech Vigil

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West Ambler Johnston Hall (dorm)

Ryan Clark, 22, Martinez, Georgia

Ryan Clark


Senior, English and Biology
Resident Assistant on campus

Emily Jane Hilscher, 19, Woodville, Virginia

Emily Jane Hilscher


Freshman, Animal and Poultry Sciences, Equine Science

Norris Hall (classrooms)

Ross Alameddine, 20, Saugus, Massachusetts

Ross Alameddine


Sophomore, English

Dr. Christopher Bishop, 35, Pine Mountain, Georgia

Christopher Bishop


Instructor, Foreign Languages and Literatures (German)

Brian Bluhm, 25, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Brian Bluhm


Graduate Student, Civil Engineering

Austin Cloyd, 18, Blacksburg, Virginia

Austin Cloyd


Freshman, International Studies and French

Jocelyn Couture-Nowak, 49, born in Montreal, Canada

Jocelyn Couture-Nowak


Instructor, French

Daniel Alejandro Perez Cueva, 21, Woodbridge, Virginia

Daniel Alejandro Perez Cueva


Junior, International Studies

Dr. Kevin Granata, 46, Toledo, Ohio

Dr. Kevin Granata


Professor, Engineering Science & Mechanics

Matt Gwaltney, 24, Chesterfield, Virginia

Matt Gwaltney


Graduate Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Caitlin Hammaren, 19, Westtown, New York

Caitlin Hammaren


Sophomore, International Studies and French

Jeremy Herbstritt, 27, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania

Jeremy Herbstritt


Graduate student, Civil Engineering

Rachael Hill, 18, Richmond, Virginia

Rachael Hill


Freshman, Biology

Jarrett Lane, 22, Narrows, Virginia

Jarrett Lane


Senior, Civil Engineering

Matt La Porte, 20, Dumont, New Jersey

Matt La Porte


Political Science and French

Henry Lee, 20, Roanoke, Virginia

Henry Lee


Freshman, Computer Engineering

Dr. Liviu Librescu, 75, from Romania

Dr. Liviu Librescu


Professor, Engineering Science and Mechanics

Dr. G V Loganathan, 51, born in Chennai, India

Dr. G V Loganathan


Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Partahi Mamora Halomoan Lumbantoruan, 34, Indonesia

Partahi Mamora Halomoan Lumbantoruan


Doctoral student in civil engineering

Lauren McCain, 20, Hampton, Virginia

Lauren McCain


International Studies

Daniel O’Neil, 22, Lafayette, Rhode Island

Daniel O'Neil


Grad student in civil engineering

Juan Ramon Ortiz-Ortiz, 26, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Daniel O'Neil


Grad student in civil engineering

Minal Panchal, 26, Mumbai, India

Minal Panchal


Grad student in Architecture

Erin Peterson, 18, Centreville, Virginia

Erin Peterson


Died in a French class

Michael Pohle, 23, Flemington, New Jersey 

Michael Pohle


Senior, Biological Sciences

Julia Pryde, 23, Middletown, New Jersey

Julia Pryde


Biological Systems Engineering

Mary Karen Read, 19, Annandale, Virginia

Julia Pryde


Freshman, Interdisciplinary Studies and Elementary Education

Reema Joseph Samaha, 18, Centreville, Virginia

Reema Joseph Samaha


Freshman, Urban Planning and International Relations

Waleed Mohammed Shaalan, 32, Zagazig, Egypt

Waleed Mohammed Shaalan


Doctoral student in civil engineering

Leslie G. Sherman, 20, Springfield, Virginia

Leslie G. Sherman


Sophomore, History and International Studies

Maxine Turner, 22, Vienna, Virginia

Maxine Turner


Senior, Chemical Engineering

Nicole Regina White, 20, Smithfield, Virginia

Nicole Regina White


Junior, International Studies and German