At the time of the dormitory shootings, Col. W. Steven Flaherty, the superintendent of the Virginia State Police, said, "There was certainly no evidence or no reason to think that there was anyone else at that particular point in time." (NY Times)
Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine ordered an independent review Tuesday of Virginia Tech's handling of Monday's massacre after 24 hours of criticism that the university waited too long to inform students and faculty of a potential danger.
Kaine's announcement came in response to a request from the school's president and board of visitors that the governor take the lead in finding a group of credible, experienced outside examiners.
He said the investigation would cover actions taken Monday and questions about whether university officials were warned earlier that the shooter was troubled.
The Washington Nationals paid tribute to Virginia Tech when they took the field Tuesday by wearing Virginia Tech baseball hats in a game against the Atlanta Braves. The Nats donned the hats when the team ran onto the field during the top of the second inning. Many players wore maroon hats with a white VT trimmed in orange, although some players, coaches and staff wore different Virginia Tech hats. (Collegiate Times)
Former Hokie quarterback Michael Vick is helping launch an effort to help victims of Monday's shooting at Virginia Tech. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback's foundation is making a $10,000 donation to a newly established United Way fund. (Roanoke Times)
Kymn Davidson-Hamley, executive director of the United Way of Montgomery, Radford & Floyd, said the money will provide assistance for funeral expenses, transportation for victims' relatives and mental health services, among other costs. (Roanoke Times)
More vigils for the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre will take place at colleges across the country in the coming days. There have been many already, including 300 people who turned out at Miami University in Ohio to place candles around a reflecting pool. (AP)
32 Deceased, 31 of Whom Have Been Identified in Media Reports
Professor Jocelyne Couture-Nowak. Originally from Montreal. She was one of 32 people killed by a gunman at Virginia Tech in Monday's tragedy, state police have confirmed. Nowak taught French in Virginia Tech's department of foreign languages. (CBC News)
Professor Liviu Librescu. Confirmed by his wife, Marlon. Librescu taught at Virginia Tech for 22 years and had been married for 42 years.
The class schedule indicates Librescu was teaching Solid Mechanics in room 204 in Norris Hall. This is his Web site: http://www.esm.vt.edu/php/person.php?id=10023
Professor Jamie Bishop. (full name Christopher James Bishop.) He was teaching German at the time of the shooting. Bishop wore his hair long, rode his bike to campus and worked alongside his wife in the foreign languages department at Virginia Tech. Colleagues confirmed that Bishop, 35, was among the 33, including the shooter, killed during the rampage. (Roanoke Times)