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Apr. 16., 2007 | 11:47 am

I woke up this morning in Kate's bed to the sound of not one, but two alarms waking us up for classes and whatnot. I remember telling Kate the night before that I was going to come onto campus with her at 9am so that I could go to the library to get some work done. The alarm blares and I realize I have absolutely no motivation to leave the bed. Kate tells me it's ok, she keeps telling me that she'll be back in an hour anyways, so it will be ok if she came back and saw my lying right where she left me. I agree with a firm roll over and immediately go back to sleep.

I wake up again to the blare of my own alarm telling me that it's time to get up for my own class. I hit the snooze button, and simply lie there. I overhear a lot of commotion in the main room, Kali and Steph are awake and talking about something. Kali then enters the kitchen and calls someone which I overhear, and heard the magical words that class is canceled for today. Lying in bed, this is the greatest news I could have ever heard, I get out of bed, put on clothes real quick and come out, and greet the roomates. They simply point to the tv where I find out that there has been yet another shooting on campus. First in AJ which is where Kate lived for two years, and then in Norris hall. I try calling kate but she isnt answering her phone. I am assuming she is in Mcbride because I have had a few german classes in that building but im not sure. We check her schedule to find out that she in fact had her german class in Norris Hall. Now I'm freaked out, and franticly try to call her, but she isn't picking up.

fast foward a couple minutes, i get a call from montgomery hostpital. A very kind nurse, wanted to give me a message from Katelyn Carney. I obviously oblige and ask what the message is. She says, ok, the message is "I've got red on me" Of course I instantly think, what a hilarious thing to say in a situation like this, but at the same time, I'm now MORE worried than i was before, and ask the nurse if she is able to patch me through to kate.

Right as she picks up the phone she tells me "I got red on me" I laugh, and immediately try to find out if shes hurt or what to expect, and she lets me know that shes fine, stable, good, not hurt...only slightly.

The story goes that she was in class and they heard a banging, her teacher opened the door to find out what was going on, and after not seeing anything, closed the door. Not more than two seconds later, a gunman entered her room, to which the class responded by getting underneath the desks and basicly hiding as well as possible from this guy. He then shot at the class somewhere between 8 to 12 times and then left. Kate was hit in the hand by a stray bullet, after speaking with her on the phone while she was/is at the hospital,I found out that she still has a peice of a bullet lodged into her hand, and has fractions on her index and pinkey finger. She is about to go into surgery to get that cleaned up and will be there for the next three days. Again she was not specific on exactly what transpired there, but it must have been very stressful for her. She said that the gunman, who looked asian, left and She and another classmate barricated the door while others attended to the wounded and injured. The gunman came back and tried to get in, but because of the barracade couldnt and proceeded to shoot at the door at hip level, while kate was and the other classmates were at ground level.

He wondered off after that, I dont know what happened to him after that, except the police say he's dead. Anyways, the class was then escorted by police to the drillfield where they got into cop cars and then abulances, which is how kate is now at montgomery hostpital. She is truley my hero for not only going through such an experience but also by being able to take action and make sure that this gunman was unable to return to the classroom.

the police now say that 22 are dead. I remember kate crying on the phone saying that she didnt think the teacher Herr Bishop made it out of the whole thing. I'm not sure on that one either.

Because of whats transpiring, my phone cannot connect to the network, its constantly busy. For everyone who has been calling me wondering whats going on, im sorry, ill try to get back to everyone as soon as possible.

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Caitlin

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from: guremegami
date: Apr. 16., 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry I bothered you with a call, I was just so worried when I heard about Kate...I hope her hand will be okay, but more importantly, I hope she can recover from the trauma. Dustin and I are going to try to see her at the hospital when they'll let us.

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THIS COULD'VE BEEN STOPPED

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 17., 2007 08:09 am (UTC)
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Anyone with a concealed-carry handgun could've stopped this massacre. But no, Virginia Tech administrators had to forbid students from carrying weapons on campus!

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from CBC

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 16., 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
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Hello,

Sorry to hear about this. CBC Newsworld is doing live interviews with people who are affected by the shooting. Can you please drop me a line at falice_chin@cbc.ca when you have a moment? THANKS

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Re: from CBC

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 17., 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
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You've got to be kidding me.

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Media Inquiry

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 16., 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
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This account sounds horrific - I'm so sorry for you and your friends. I'm with NPR and if you feel comfortable speaking to the media please email me at mmiller at npr (dot) org. We are trying to get the full story out to our audience.
Thank you,
Melissa

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Re: Media Inquiry

from: drinkblackwine
date: Apr. 17., 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
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everyone should have posted like this, if asking for information. thanks, Melissa.

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rachel

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from: on_silent_wings
date: Apr. 16., 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
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i saw this post on the news.

i hope that kate pulls through just fine - though i know neither of you.

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Mouse

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from: mousekinn
date: Apr. 16., 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
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My thoughts are with you and Kate, and all of your collegiate family there.

*makes rollyeyes at the media*

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artistic_rebel

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from: artistic_rebel
date: Apr. 16., 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
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I don't even know what to say. I got a call on my cell, and never expected this. I hope your Kate is well, and I wish this incident had never happened. I'm really scared of getting another call...that a friend or family member lost someone in today's shooting. My prayers go out to all the families.

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kovarik_dude

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from: kovarik_dude
date: Apr. 16., 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
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This post was posted to fark forums and a few other places. I don't know a thing about you or your friend, but you have the deepest heartfelt sympathy I could possibly send your way. Good luck to you both.

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When it is darkest, men see the stars.

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from: witchofthedogs
date: Apr. 16., 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry to hear about your experience this morning...Many thoughts go out to you and everyone down there.

You don't know me, but I thought you deserved a heads-up: You're going to be innundated with a lot of people wanting to talk to you and hear from you (your entry was linked over at Fark.com).

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alia

Re: Ghouls!

from: basking_lizard
date: Apr. 16., 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
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Ditto, I also got here from FARK, and I'm really glad to hear that you both are OK and that your gf wasn't badly hurt. I can't imagine how awful it would be to have that happen at my uni.

(oh and also, Kate is awesome for saying 'I've got red on me'. Heh.)

[reposting cause I deleted by accident... meant to delete the other one, which is now gone. shouldn't be wanky on someone else's journal like that. Sorry.]

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Boston Herald

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 16., 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
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Hi, I hope that you and Kate are doing okay. I would love to chat with you about this horrific event. I understand that phones are not working well but maybe you can shoot me an email. I was wondering if blogging, MySpace, Facebook and Friendster are the best way to communicate while the phones are tangled.

Stay safe and I hope Kate recovers quickly.

Take care,
Kerry Purcell
kapurcell@heraldinteractive.com
617-619-6407

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Re: Boston Herald

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 17., 2007 07:08 am (UTC)
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"shoot me an email" Nice choice of words, moron.

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(kein Betreff)

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 16., 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
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HI there
seen this post briefly on the news and thought I would reseach it further. I am glad your friend is okay and I wish her a speedy recovery. Our prayers are with everyone impacted from this horrific tragedy....I am in Newfoundland, Canada and offer my deepest sympathies.....good luck with everything

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MTV News/VT

from: avitrano
date: Apr. 16., 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
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Hi--I work for MTV News and we're sending two crews down to VT. They'll be interviewing students and other people affected by the tragedy. We'd be grateful if you or any of your friends would share your stories with our audience. Please contact me at alyssa.vitrano@mtvstaff.com if you'd be willing to talk to us. You guys are all in our thoughts.

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I specialize in the subversive

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from: ohhoe
date: Apr. 16., 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Hi, your journal was also posted in a link from digg.


Just wanted to let you know. :/


I really don't know what else to say except it's kind of disgusting how news people are jumping down your throat.

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Oh how the media whores circle like vultures

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 16., 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
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Good God, people, is it all just about getting that exclusive? You people are freaking vampires. leave these people alone and let them grieve in peace. You make me sick.

Paul and Kate: My prayers and thoughts are with you and all those affected by this senseless tragedy.

Scott

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from: anonymous
date: Apr. 16., 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
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My heart goes out to all impacted by this horrific tragedy! I pray for those in the hospital still fighting for their lives and for the friends and family of those who have lost their live in such a terrible way! May God Bless each every one of you!!!
Debbie
California

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i agree

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 17., 2007 06:22 am (UTC)
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please take heart from a person in australia i think you need time to get over this and could take long but please remember we in australia are thinking of you all

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Lessons learned the wrong way.....

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 16., 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
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I am a college student in Wv, I am so terribly sorry to hear what has happened to you and your school,we go to school to learn but some lesson's we aren't prepared for.I will keep you all in my prayers and hope that someday the grief that has you now will release you.The hardest part is yet to come,,, realization of facts will be the hardest to overcome,find a trusted person to talk to and make sure you call your parents.

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havent seen ya since hs, but.....

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 16., 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
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dang Paul I have no idea what to say. I hope Katelyn gets out of surgery and heals quickly we're all pulling for her at JMU. I have no clue what it would be like to go through that and I'm praying for you guys as she goes under.
-JS

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Sorry Bout that Paul

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 16., 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
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alright alright, I know everyone's mad at the media right now, and probably me for giving my station (CBS6 Richmond) Paul's contact info, but being that people around the country are trying to find out what's happening to their friends and family...just like all of you are...journalists need all the help they can get to find out what's going on so they can tell them.

Paul, I apologize, but I figured since Amy (Kate's older sister who graduated broadcast journalism at VCU last year and worked for CBS6 for those of you who don't know) anyway, figured Kate or Amy wouldn't mind answering questions if contacted, and I didn't have Amy's info.

Glad to hear Kate will be okay... I've been thinking about her and sending good wishes all day! Love you guys!!!
-JessI

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Ghouls!

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 16., 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
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I cannot believe how quickly the media has already descended on you! Too bad you and the other bloggers are, as usual, doing their jobs for them.

Please keep posting, and don't let the media swarm get to you. Tell your friend Kate and everyone else down there that a lot of people are thinking about you. Stay strong.

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alia

Re: Ghouls!

from: basking_lizard
date: Apr. 16., 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
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I'm not saying icantread01 should talk to the media or not - that's his decision entirely - nor am I defending the media people in this thread, but it's hard for reporters to report a story if they can't find people to interview.

You can't say 'go bloggers, way to report the story so fast' and at the same time 'damn media, trying to report the story so fast!'. Blogging has made it much easier for media to find people who were involved in major events, and they're going to try and contact them that way.

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Juuhachi43

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 16., 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry to hear what happened, I got the news coming back from class and immediately IMd all you guys at Tech. My thoughts go out to you both and best wishes for a quick recovery.

-80's hair chick (ya might remember me from last year)

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Ratboy

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from: erebusrat
date: Apr. 16., 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
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Where the hell are people finding the link to your LJ.....odd.....

Give Kate a hug for me, and tell her to stop trying to catch bullets; she's not Superman. Hope to see you both soon.

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Caitlin

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from: guremegami
date: Apr. 16., 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Apparently it's been posted on fark and digg and earlier today I saw it on a news channel (Fox I think?). I don't know how they got to it initially, maybe an lj search or something.

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from: sp0nge
date: Apr. 16., 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
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Paul, I'm reading this from a link found in another blog.
Big hugs to Kate and you and hoping hope will be well starting form now.

Cheers from Italy

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from: sin_agua
date: Apr. 16., 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
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Our family's thoughts are with you and everyone affected by this.

And yes, the "got red on you" comment cracked me up, despite the seriousness of the situation. Good on her for maintaining her sense of humor under unbelievable stress.

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abc news

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 16., 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
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please call me, im an abc news producer
desiree.adib@abc.com
or 212 456 7682
thanks.

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Re: abc news

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 17., 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
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The way you assign tragic events a news story theme (I think it was "Tragedy at Virginia Tech" or "Massacre at Virginia Tech" as if it were the title of a fictional movie is very obnoxious. It seems to equate a real-life tragic event with an entertaining movie. Driving home last night, the ABC announcer on my car radio repeated that theme several times. It turned my stomach each time I heard it and I couldn't handle turning on a television the rest of the night.


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from: anonymous
date: Apr. 16., 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
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I found your blog through a link in an article in the Los Angeles Times. God bless and keep both you and Kate.

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Me

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from: gaychristian
date: Apr. 16., 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
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I am watching the news now...I have not read your Livejournal but found it through The Washington Post. I want you to know that VA students, teachers, facility and family members are in my thoughts and prayers. I attend graduate school at Loyola Unversity. School (and everywhere) should be a safe place for all...Love and peace to you all during this most difficult time.

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Bless you all

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 16., 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
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I'm posting from Iraq and want to wish you all the speediest recovery both physically and emotionally. You're friend was very brave, and never let her forget that she helped saved many live today. I hope that in mourning the lost, the nation will recognize those who kept it from being much, much worst.

SGT C. Troutman
Baghdad

PS: I can't believe the media response to your post. It is abysmal.

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