A Statement from John Brownlee on the VA Tech Tragedy
April 16: A Day of Remembrance
Two years ago today, while serving as United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, I received a call about the shootings at Virginia Tech.
I immediately went to Blacksburg from Roanoke, where members of my office and I took part in the immediate investigation of the killings.
We spent the rest of the 16th on campus, and worked well into the morning of the 17th.
Words still are difficult to come by to express the horror, the senselessness, and ultimately the sadness of seeing so many bright young people robbed of their futures. The images of that day are burned into my memory. It was a day I will never forget. It was a day no Virginian should ever forget.
I encourage you to take the time today to visit Tech's memorial website.
If you believe in the power of prayer as I do, I also hope you will find a few minutes today to pause and pray for all those affected by this tragedy.