'Concentrate on Hoping'

Over at Achenblog, Joel Achenbach has posted an e-mail from reader Phillip Murillas, a freshman at Virginia Tech:

"But right now, all I can do is wait and hope. Right now, I'm waiting to hear on the safety of two dorm mates who were in Norris when the incident took place. They are unaccounted for. But all my energy is devoted to functioning on the assumption that they are alive and well.

"What I want is for the Northern Virginia and DC Metropolitan community to also concentrate on hoping. Hoping for the safety of all students, including those from the area. Hoping for the physical and emotional recovery of victims and their families. And hoping that this university will not let itself be forever crippled or tarnished by this nightmare."

Read Murillas's full text on Achenblog.

By Liz |  April 16, 2007; 6:00 PM ET
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