Ross Alameddine, 20, was a student from Saugus, Massachusetts. The
sophomore English major was shot during French class, a family friend told The Associated Press. A Facebook page created in Alameddine's memory
called him "an intelligent, funny, easygoing guy who will be greatly missed."
Christopher James Bishop, 35, taught German at Virginia Tech and helped oversee an exchange program with a German university. Bishop decided which
German-language students at Virginia Tech could attend the Darmstadt University of Technology to improve their German. "He would teach them German in
Blacksburg, and he would decide which students were able to study" abroad, Darmstadt spokesman Lars Rosumek told the AP. The school set up a book of
condolences for students, staff and faculty to sign, along with information about the Virginia shootings. "Of course many persons knew him personally
and are deeply, deeply shocked about his death," Rosumek said. Bishop earned bachelor's and master's degrees in German and was a Fulbright scholar
at Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany. According to his Web site, Bishop spent four years living in Germany, where he "spent most of his
time learning the language, teaching English, drinking large quantities of wheat beer, and wooing a certain fraulein." The "fraulein" was Bishop's
wife, Stephanie Hofer, who also teaches in Virginia Tech's German program.
Ryan Clark, 22, was known as "Stack" to his friends in the
Marching Virginians college band. The Virginia Tech senior came from Martinez in Georgia and was a "true example of 'The Spirit Of Tech',"
according to a message posted on the band's Web site. He majored in biology and English, and carried a 4.0 grade-point average, according to the
coroner in Columbia County, Georgia. Clark was a resident assistant at West Ambler Johnston Hall, the dormitory where he and another person were shot
dead at 7:15 a.m. Monday. He had been planning to pursue a doctorate in psychology with a focus in cognitive neuroscience, according to the Marching
Virginians Web site
Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, a French instructor at Virginia Tech, was
instrumental in the creation of the first French school in a town in Nova Scotia. She lived there in the 1990s with her husband, Jerzy Nowak, the head
of the horticulture department at Virginia Tech. Richard Landry, a spokesman with the francophone school board in Truro, Nova Scotia, told the AP that
Couture-Nowak was one of three mothers who pushed for the founding of the Ecole acadienne de Truro in 1997. "It was very important for her daughters
to be taught in French," Rejean Sirois -- who worked with her in establishing the school -- told the AP. A student who identified herself as DeAnne
Leigh Pelchat described her gratitude to Couture-Nowak on a Web site. "I will forever remember you and what you have done for me and the others that
benefit from what you did in the little town of Truro," Pelchat wrote in French. "You'll always have a place in my heart."
Caitlin Hammaren, 19, of Westtown, New York, was a sophomore majoring
in international studies and French, according to officials at her former school district. "She was just one of the most outstanding young
individuals that I've had the privilege of working with in my 31 years as an educator," John P. Latini, principal of Minisink Valley High School,
told the AP. Hammaren graduated from the high school in 2005. "Caitlin was a leader among our students." Minisink Valley students and teachers
shared their grief Tuesday at a counseling center set up in the school, Latini said.
Kevin Granata, age unknown, was one of the top five biomechanics
researchers in the country and was working on movement dynamics in cerebral palsy, the head of the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department at
Virginia Tech said in an e-mail to the AP. He served in the military and conducted orthopedic research in hospitals before coming to Virginia Tech,
the AP said. Granata's academic career included stints at Johns Hopkins University, Ohio State University, the University of Virginia and Wake Forest
University. "With so many research projects and graduate students, he still found time to spend with his family, and he coached his children in many
sports and extracurricular activities," engineering professor Demetri P. Telionis told the AP.
Jeremy Herbstritt loved to chat so much, high school classmates
voted him "Most Talkative." "Talkie, talkie, talkie, everybody likes to talk," read the description in the 1998 graduate's Bellefonte High School
yearbook. Below was a picture of Herbstritt, with a sly grin, talking on a pay phone. Herbstritt, 27, had two undergraduate degrees from Penn State,
one in biochemistry and molecular biology from 2003, and another in civil engineering from 2006. He grew up on a small farm just outside the central
Pennsylvania borough of Bellefonte, where his father, Michael, raised steer and sheep. He wanted to be a civil engineer, and he talked of getting into
environmental work after school. "He liked to work on machinery, take a lot of stuff apart and fix it," the victim's grandfather Thomas Herbstritt,
77, of St. Marys told the AP. "He was a studious kid."
Emily Jane Hilscher, 19, a freshman majoring in animal and poultry sciences, was known around her hometown as an animal lover. "She worked at a
veterinarian's office and cared about them her whole life," Rappahannock County Administrator John W. McCarthy, a family friend, told the AP.
Hilscher, of Woodville, Virginia, was a freshman majoring in animal and poultry sciences. She lived on the same dorm floor as victim Ryan Clark,
McCarthy said. A friend, Will Nachless, also 19, said Hilscher "was always very friendly. Before I even knew her, I thought she was very outgoing,
friendly and helpful, and she was great in chemistry."
Matthew La Porte, 20, of Dumont, New Jersey, was studying political
science and French at Virginia Tech. He was also a member of the Corps of Cadets, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets band, the Highty-Tighties and the
U.S. Air Force ROTC, according to his MySpace page.
Jarrett Lane, 22, was a senior civil engineering student who was
valedictorian of his high school class in tiny Narrows, Virginia, just 30 miles from Virginia Tech. His high school put up a memorial to Lane that
included pictures, musical instruments and his athletic jerseys. Lane played the trombone, ran track, and played football and basketball at Narrows
High School. "We're just kind of binding together as a family," principal Robert Stump told the AP. Lane's brother-in-law Daniel Farrell called
Lane fun-loving and "full of spirit." "He had a caring heart and was a friend to everyone he met," Farrell said. "We are leaning on God's grace
in these trying hours."
Liviu Librescu, 76, was a Holocaust survivor who, his son said,
will be remembered as a hero. He "blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee," Joe Librescu told the AP. "Students started
opening windows and jumping out." The elder Librescu, a professor at Virginia Tech, was recognized internationally for his research in aeronautical
engineering, the head of the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department at Virginia Tech told the AP. He was born and received his advanced degrees
G. V. Loganathan, 51, was a professor of civil and environmental
engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. Since coming to Virginia Tech in 1982, he earned the Outstanding Faculty Award, the
Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Civil Engineering Education, according to his biography
on the Virginia Tech Web site. Loganathan, of Tamil Nadu, India, lived with his wife and children on Virginia Tech's campus, according to the Times
Daniel Perez Cueva, 21, of Peru, was killed while in a French class, his
mother, Betty Cueva, told the AP. Perez Cueva was a student of international relations, an interest driven by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He spoke
four languages, loved soccer and swimming, and was a member of the Honor Society, his friends said. "I'll miss his smile and his laughter," friend
Donald Smith told CNN. "We're missing a friend, a very good friend."
Erin Peterson, 18, died while she was in her French class, said her dad, Grafton Peterson. The last time he spoke to her was during a visit at school
on Sunday, he said. A fan of "old-school" TV shows like "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Sanford and Son," Peterson described herself on what appears
to be her MySpace profile as a "jeans and a t-shirt girl." Friends left anguished messages on her profile as news of the shootings first spread. The
messages now recall fond memories of graduation and prom night. "You have no idea how much my heart aches knowing I'll never see you again," one
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