As it did for the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the New York Times has a profile page for each of the 32 shooting death victims from Monday’s tragedy at Virginia Tech. I’ve tried to limit my media exposure on this because it becomes too much after a while. Especially when there is no news to report, only speculation and rebroadcasts of press conferences and the gunman’s manifesto.
What struck me as I read a few of the profiles is the death of potential good: a band player who volunteered in food drives and worked as a student resident advisor; a Holocaust survivor who blocked the door to prevent the gunman from entering a room; a 35-year-old German instructor who died and is survived by his wife who also teaches in the department.
Words can be so inadequate at times like this.