Virginia Tech... again.

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    Virginia Tech... again.

    Now, bear in mind that the first report is never accurate, but...

    Looks like there may have been some sort of incident at Virginia Tech tonight (21 Jan). The university website (Virginia Tech | Invent the Future) seems to indicate a possible murder. That's all I know. Anyone else have any knowledge of what's happening?
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    I don't see a thing on the front page. Where would this be found?
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    Yes, direct link please.
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    From The Roanoke Times:

    Slaying reported at Virginia Tech
    By Tonia Moxley


    Matt Gentry | The Roanoke Times
    Virginia Tech police say a person has been killed in the Graduate Life Center on campus.
    Virginia Tech police say one person was killed this evening in the Graduate Life Center on campus. A suspect is in custody, according to a text alert sent to the campus community at 7:44 p.m.

    A news conference was scheduled for 9 p.m.

    The Graduate Life Center at the intersection of Otey Street and College Avenue opened for the 2005-06 school year in the former Donaldson Brown hotel as Tech's first-ever graduate student housing area. It houses more than 100 students.

    Sophomores Lina Garada and Melissa Lawall said they were in the gym when a friend told them what happened. About a half hour later they received a text alert that confirmed the news.

    "I still don't understand how it happened," Lawall said.

    Garada, a Richmond native, said she's used to hearing news of violent acts that in her home city, but wouldn't expect it in Blacksburg. She said it's unfortunate for such an incident to occur on students' second day back to class after winter break.

    Graduate student James Allen received multiple text alerts about the incident while he was in Squires Student Center.

    "Hate to say it, but unfortunately we've gotten used to this kind of thing after April 16, but it is sad though," Allen said.

    On April 16, 2007, student Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 students and faculty before turning a gun on himself.

    Allen said all he can do now is trust that the school and universitiy police have the situation under control, since the alert said that police had a suspect in custody.

    Student Ken Stanton said he had exchanged text messages with a friend who is in law enforcement who was a first responder to the scene, but he declined to identify the friend.

    "I asked him, basically, if they knew for sure that the suspect was in custody," Stanton said. "He wrote back and told me it was a stabbing and that they strongly suspected they have the person they're looking for."

    The victim is believed to be female, he said.

    Stanton said he received a text alert about 20 minutes after he'd become aware of the incident.

    Although he said he was in class at the time of the incident, Stanton said "the VT alert didn't go out until after I got home."

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    "I still don't understand how it happened," Lawall said.

    "Hate to say it, but unfortunately we've gotten used to this kind of thing after April 16, but it is sad though," Allen said.

    Allen said all he can do now is trust that the school and universitiy police have the situation under control,


    Compounding the sadness is the reactions of the students.

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    Heres the story off the schools website.

    Suspect in custody following murder at Graduate Life Center

    By Larry Hincker

    BLACKSBURG, Va., January 21, 2009 -- On Wednesday, Jan 21, at 7:06 p.m., Virginia Tech Police received a 911 call reporting that a female was being assaulted in the cafe at the Graduate Life Center at Donaldson-Brown (the Au Bon Pain restaurant located on the first floor).

    Upon arrival at 7:10 p.m., officers encountered the suspect at the crime scene. He was immediately taken into custody.

    The suspect is an Asian male graduate student.

    The victim is an Asian female graduate student.

    The murder weapon, a knife, was left at the scene and retrieved by police.

    Virginia Tech Police are currently interviewing witnesses. Preliminary indication is that the victim and the suspect knew each other.

    If you have any information related to this case, please contact the Virginia Tech Police at 540-231-6411.

    As additional information is available, it will be posted to the Virginia Tech homepage.
    I'm sure there will be an outcry on assault knives. Maybe what needs to be done is close the knife show loop hole, so things like this don't happen in the future! Maybe we can get a 1 knife a month law passed with a 3 day waiting period so the person has time to cool off.

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    Archer51, the assault took place in a cafe. The obvious answer is to have specially trained and vetted "culinary cutter-uppers", who will be the only individuals allowed to wield knives in restaurants. But with the tight economic times, don't be surprised if it takes a long time to receive assistance.

    On a more somber note, the reactions of the students are depressing. Nothing about protecting oneself. Just the usual "How could that happen? / Hopefully the authorities will protect us."
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    Quote Originally Posted by lacrosse50 View Post
    Archer51, the assault took place in a cafe. The obvious answer is to have specially trained and vetted "culinary cutter-uppers", who will be the only individuals allowed to wield knives in restaurants. But with the tight economic times, don't be surprised if it takes a long time to receive assistance.

    On a more somber note, the reactions of the students are depressing. Nothing about protecting oneself. Just the usual "How could that happen? / Hopefully the authorities will protect us."
    The authorities took away the ability for them to protect themselves. Now they are forced to look for help from them.
    Its another example of those in power making themselves more necessary than they should be.

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    Think asians will be underrepresented at VT next year?
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    mlr1m, I totally agree. I would just expect at least one comment about "if we were allowed to carry items that we could defend ourselves with...". And as far as the gov making themselves more necessary, I fear the current economic issues will only make it easier for those "in charge".
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    BLACKSBURG, Virginia Virginia Tech Police say a female graduate student from China who was stabbed to death on campus was decapitated.

    Police on Thursday identified the victim of the Wednesday night killing as 22-year-old Xin Yang, who had arrived on the Blacksburg campus from Beijing on Jan. 8 to begin her studies in accounting.

    Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum said at a news conference that the victim and her accused attacker, 25-year-old Haiyang Zhu, knew each other but there is no motive for the slaying.

    It was the first killing since a deadly mass shooting in 2007.
    (there wouldn't be any if students were allowed to protect themselves)

    An electronic alert system revamped after the massacre warned students to stay in place while police investigated the incident around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday about half an hour after the suspect was taken into custody. Students were cleared to resume normal activity about an hour later.

    Yang was stabbed to death at a cafe in the Graduate Life Center. Zhu was charged with first-degree murder and was being held without bond.

    It was unclear early Thursday morning where he was being held or whether he had an attorney.

    Campus police were called to the scene around 7:06 p.m., and Zhu was taken into custody minutes later, the school said. Responding officers found him and a knife they believe was used at the scene.

    Students who live in the building were allowed to come and go, but others were asked to stay away from the area. The hall would reopen later Thursday morning, the school said.

    Virginia Tech added text messages and other ways of warning students of possible danger to its system of e-mail alerts after Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people before turning the gun on himself in April 2007.

    The revamped alert system was first used last November when an exploded cartridge from a nail gun produced sounds similar to gunfire near a dormitory. During that scare, police searched a residence hall before determining the sounds came from the tool.


    There has to be a lot more to this story than is being written........
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    That VT message system needs some serious work. It only takes a minute to write and send a message. Why did it take them so long?

    "Violent incident happened at 7:06 pm near such and such dorm. Campus is locked down, lock all doors"

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    Quote Originally Posted by flagflyfish View Post
    BLACKSBURG, Virginia — Virginia Tech Police say a female graduate student from China who was stabbed to death on campus was decapitated.
    I just read that update today. Horrible. IIRC, she had been in the country less than 2 weeks.

    Her slayer is the reason we need the death penalty. And if the murderer has psychological problems, either put him to death anyway or lock him away permanently because he certainly is a threat to others. I'm tired of these guys serving just a few years and then being let loose on society again.

    Are there no lasting repercussions for violence upon others any more?

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    According to WTVR, CBS Channel 6 in Richmond, the victim was decapitated with a kitchen knife.

    CBS 6 - WTVR, Richmond Va - UPDATE: VA Tech Victim Decapitated

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