Virginia Tech police and administrators struggled to explain late Monday why the campus was not locked down after a deadly shooting earlier in the day, and why students were in classrooms two hours later when a lone gunman entered a campus building and slaughtered 30 people, before turning a gun on himself.
The man responsible for murdering 32 people — the worst mass-murder shooting in American history — who carried no ID, remained unidentified late Monday, police said.
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My heart wilts from grief as I consider the dreadful news today from Virginia. Since early this morning, as I worked at other chores, I have followed the story, and my uppermost thought has been for the families of the victims. As of this hour, the names of the victims have not been released, and as I understand it, even the relatives may not yet know of the death and/or injuries of their loved ones.
Immediately on hearing the story this morning, precious words of scripture sprang to mind. I print them here for your reflection and for your comfort. For we sorrow all–across America, across the world.
1The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
2When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
3Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
4One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
5For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.