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.
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
West Ambler Johnston Hall (dorm)
Ryan Clark, 22, Martinez, Georgia
Senior, English and Biology
Resident Assistant on campus
Emily Jane Hilscher, 19, Woodville, Virginia
Freshman, Animal and Poultry Sciences, Equine Science
Norris Hall (classrooms)
Ross Alameddine, 20, Saugus, Massachusetts
Dr. Christopher Bishop, 35, Pine Mountain, Georgia
Instructor, Foreign Languages and Literatures (German)
Brian Bluhm, 25, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Graduate Student, Civil Engineering
Austin Cloyd, 18, Blacksburg, Virginia
Freshman, International Studies and French
Jocelyn Couture-Nowak, 49, born in Montreal, Canada
Daniel Alejandro Perez Cueva, 21, Woodbridge, Virginia
Junior, International Studies
Dr. Kevin Granata, 46, Toledo, Ohio
Professor, Engineering Science & Mechanics
Matt Gwaltney, 24, Chesterfield, Virginia
Graduate Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Caitlin Hammaren, 19, Westtown, New York
Sophomore, International Studies and French
Jeremy Herbstritt, 27, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
Graduate student, Civil Engineering
Rachael Hill, 18, Richmond, Virginia