To the campus community: Our university community was shocked by a brutal murder Wednesday night at the Graduate Life Center.

The suspect is in custody and the nature of the incident points to an isolated, very personal tragedy. Our hearts go out to the victim and her family. An act of violence like this one brings back memories of the April 16 tragedy and I have no doubt that many of us feel especially distraught.

Once again we are challenged as a community to offer support to one another as we process this recent event. Once again we will rise to the occasion.

We encourage students to take full advantage of counseling services at the Cook Counseling Center (231-6557) and we are providing onsite counseling to faculty, staff, and students at the Graduate Life Center in Room B. The Dean of Students Office can also provide assistance to students (231-3787).

The campus will remain open and classes will be held on the regular schedule. We will keep you informed about services or other memorials after we have a chance to learn of the family s plans and wishes. At times like this we are reminded how important friends and family are during a tragedy. We will continue to do everything we can to support the Virginia Tech family.

President Charles W. Steger

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