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April 16, 2013

Virginia Tech April 16 memorial

Six years ago today, a gunman opened fire on students and faculty at Virginia Tech so my heart always aches on April 16.  In past years I’ve written about where I was and how I felt on that awful day but today I want to spotlight Colin Goddard, a young man who was in one of the classrooms that was attacked.  Out of 17 students in that class, only 7 survived.  Shot four times, Goddard was the only person in the building to call 911 during the attacks.  Since his graduation, he has volunteered with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.  He has gone undercover to gun shows all across the country to show just how easy it is to purchase a gun with no ID and no background check.  The Film Living For 32 tells his story.

Lest we forget, the 32 who lost their lives that day are:

28 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2013 4:16 am

    Thank you for sharing and honoring their memories. Such sadness.

  2. sandynawrot permalink
    April 16, 2013 5:53 am

    I agree, I appreciate that you bring this to our attention each year. We should never forget, and forever honor the fallen.

  3. April 16, 2013 5:56 am

    All of the Virginia Tech family are in my thoughts.

  4. April 16, 2013 6:35 am

    Very important to remember. Nice post Kathy.

    (and the violence against us continues; our hearts go out to those hurt and killed in Boston yesterday.)

  5. April 16, 2013 7:11 am

    Yes, as Diane says, when is all this violence going to end?

  6. Beth F permalink
    April 16, 2013 9:05 am

    Just too much crazy out there.

  7. April 16, 2013 9:12 am

    This is a beautiful tribute, Kathy…thank you!

  8. April 16, 2013 9:41 am

    You are so right that we should never forget. I loved your post – what a great tribute. Thank you!

  9. Beth Hoffman permalink
    April 16, 2013 10:04 am

    Lovely tribute, Kathy.

  10. April 16, 2013 10:25 am

    Senseless loss of young lives, just as yesterday an 8-year-old died in the bombing in Boston. My only thought is why?

  11. April 16, 2013 10:57 am

    Keeping the Virginia Tech families in my thoughts. Lovely tribute.

  12. Literary Feline permalink
    April 16, 2013 12:00 pm

    Thank you for this, Kathy. It’s horrible what happened. I am thinking of all those impacted by the Virginia Tech shooting as well as all the other school shootings.

  13. April 16, 2013 12:40 pm

    Thank you for the reminder, the lovely tribute and the information about Colin Goddard. My heart is broken that such tragedies can occur, as another one did yesterday at the Boston Marathon. I am still a firm believer that there are so many more good people in our world than bad but even one single evil person can cause such devastation. My thoughts and prayers are with all the people touched by these events.

  14. zibilee permalink
    April 16, 2013 1:08 pm

    I think Colin is so brave, and the fact that he continues to go on to educate and try to stop things like this from happening again is the best gift that he can give to honor those who didn’t make it that day. Thanks for sharing this. We all need to remember this, every year.

  15. April 16, 2013 1:20 pm

    Thank you for posting this lovely tribute, Kathy.

  16. bookingmama permalink
    April 16, 2013 3:07 pm

    So much sadness. The only thing I can say about these horrific events is that we are surrounded by heroes.

  17. redladysreadingroom permalink
    April 16, 2013 6:42 pm

    I can’t believe it’s been 6 years already. It’s wonderful that you post a tribute every year. We cannot forget these senseless acts of violence and the people who lost their lives. It’s sad with the events in Boston occurring yesterday.

  18. April 16, 2013 9:00 pm

    I was living in Virginia then. I won’t forget. Thanks for your post and the trailer of the Colin Goddard film, it’s powerful. What a horrific day it was.

  19. April 16, 2013 9:03 pm

    Nice tribute Kathy. My daughter’s friends were on campus that day and thankfully, both were find physically, but have suffered on and off since.

  20. April 16, 2013 11:07 pm

    Such sadness in all of the tragedies. Thank you for reminding us every year. I applaud Colin Goddard and his taking on guns head on. It’s such an important debate.

  21. April 17, 2013 12:20 am

    you are—very special. Thanks for helping us not to forget.

  22. April 17, 2013 1:55 am

    Six years… thanks for the tribute Kathy. It is good to remember.

  23. therelentlessreader permalink
    April 17, 2013 8:12 am

    I can’t believe how long it’s been :( Lovely tribute, thank you

  24. April 17, 2013 6:18 pm

    Thanks for such a beautiful tribute every year.

  25. April 17, 2013 6:33 pm

    We do remember.

  26. April 18, 2013 8:38 am

    Such a sad day. With the news of the Senate’s failure to pass gun legislation from yesterday, the movie you highlighted is so relevant.

  27. April 22, 2013 4:28 pm

    I can’t believe it’s been 6 years! Thanks for the reminder and for sharing the trailer to Living For 32, which I’ve never heard of, but plan to watch.

  28. April 22, 2013 8:32 pm

    I’m glad you do this every year so this isn’t forgotten or pushed aside (sadly) by all the other school shootings that happen.

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