update: 4.24 – here’s the guest column i had a chance to write for the seattle post intelligencer.
update 4.18 – posted a follow up entry to this initial entry – ‘making sense of the senseless…’
update 4.17 [8.13am] – my wife woke me up early this morning to reveal that the killer’s identity had been revealed – a 23 year old korean-american virginia tech senior student. she was shocked when i said, “i already know…is his name seung cho?”
early last night, i was chatting with a va tech alum about her days in blacksburg, viginia. in my conversation, i asked her, “do you know someone named ‘seung or sung cho’ in virginia?” why? last night, i couldn’t believe the incredible number of people that were searching the following things to get to my blog: virginia tech shoot cho, cho virginia tech myspace, cho virginia tech, virginia shooter cho, cho seung virginia tech, and on and on. nearly 100 searches were made with some element of his name and made my way via the blog [because of this post and because of my surname: CHO].
i have many things on my mind and heart. most importantly, i am grieving for those who lives have been taken by this senseless and evil act. what tragedy. i am also wrestling with my response – as a pastor, as a believer of jesus, and as a korean-american man. someone emailed me last night thinking that i was being insensitive by highlighting the killer’s likely ethnic identity. it was and is not my intent to be insensitive. in these moments, we need to focus on the victims, the students, the blacksburg community, and all those that are involved – this includes the seung hui cho’s family as well.
but in the weeks ahead, the backlash of the killer’s asian heritage may come more to the forefront. minhee and i are both deeply saddened. we are also worried for our children and the aftermath of this tragedy. for now, we join the nation – in praying and grieving.. we pray for the parents, siblings, and friends of those who have passed. our prayers are with you.
original post 4.16 | There really isn’t much to say. Actually, much to say but not sure what or how to say. What an incredibly tragic and devastating event today in Blacksburg, Virginia. Not only was this the worst shooting on a ‘school campus’ but the worst shooting incident in the history of the country. When I got on the internet this morning, I read that one student was killed in Virginia Tech and as the day progressed, news simply got worse and worse…
Can you imagine receiving the following email announcements in your inbox as a student?
A gunman is loose on campus. Stay in buildings until further notice. Stay away from all windows
A shooting incident occurred at West Amber Johnston earlier this morning. Police are on the scene and are investigating.
The university community is urged to be cautious and are asked to contact Virginia Tech Police if you observe anything suspicious or with information on the case. Contact Virginia Tech Police at 231-6411
Stay attuned to the http://www.vt.edu. We will post as soon as we have more information.
What is most important: we need to be in prayer for all involved – especially the families and loved ones of those who have passed. This is a national tragedy. Like many, I am deeply saddened…