Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Sources: Virginia Tech gunman left note

I haven't really covered this story here. It's a very senseless crime that happened on the campus of Virginia Tech. Was there a rhyme or reason for it? I can't answer that but the only one who could has at least left a note. This news is from the Tribune...
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The suspected gunman in the Virginia Tech shooting rampage, Cho Seung-Hui, was a troubled 23-year-old senior from South Korea who investigators believe left an invective-filled note in his dorm room, sources say.

The note included a rambling list of grievances, according to sources. They said Cho also died with the words "Ismail Ax" in red ink on one of his arms.

Cho had shown recent signs of violent, aberrant behavior, according to an investigative source, including setting a fire in a dorm room and allegedly stalking some women.

A note believed to have been written by Cho was found in his dorm room that railed against "rich kids," "debauchery" and "deceitful charlatans" on campus.

Cho was an English major whose creative writing was so disturbing that he was referred to the school's counseling service, the Associated Press reported.

Professor Carolyn Rude, chairwoman of the university's English department, said she did not personally know the gunman. But she said she spoke with Lucinda Roy, the department's director of creative writing, who had Cho in one of her classes and described him as "troubled."

"There was some concern about him," Rude said. "Sometimes, in creative writing, people reveal things and you never know if it's creative or if they're describing things, if they're imagining things or just how real it might be. But we're all alert to not ignore things like this."

She said Cho was referred to the counseling service, but she said she did not know when, or what the outcome was.

A professor talked about this today. A smile or a very nice gesture could have gone a long way with this man. Who knows.

1 comment:

a.k.a. Zooomabooma said...

In general, one cannot understand the mental illness within someone's head that allows them to commit such a crime. Evil is evil and even that can't be understood very easily. But when you get someone as mentally ill as this dude was, no normal person is expected to be able to understand the processes in that person's mind that can make him go blow away 32 people, not just shooting them once dead, but putting 2 or 3 shots into many of them.

P.S... where's the text of that letter if it indeed does exist?

Post a Comment

Comments are now moderated because one random commenter chose to get comment happy. What doesn't get published is up to my discretion. Of course moderating policy is subject to change. Thanks!