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Local artists pay tribute
to victims of massacre

Ruby Pearl, a 58-year-old painter from Brookline, chose a candid snapshot to guide her portrait of Rachael Elizabeth Hill, an 18-year-old freshman killed in the spring in the Virginia Tech shootings. Pearl's portrait of Hill was one of 32 portraits on display in the backyard of a Newton home in a poignant tribute to the victims of the massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in the country's history. (Boston Globe, 8/27/07)

Virginia Tech to offer $7.5m
to massacre victims, families

Virginia Tech will offer the families of the 32 students and faculty members slain by Seung-Hui Cho a one-time payment of up to $180,000 from a fund used to solicit private donations in the weeks following the April 16 massacre, the administrator of the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund announced yesterday. (Boston Globe, 8/16/07)

Campus police renew
call to carry arms

Campus police at several Boston-area colleges are renewing calls to be allowed to carry arms in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings. (Boston Globe, 4/28/07)

Police response timeline
at Virginia Tech examined

The bloodbath lasted nine minutes -- enough time for Seung-Hui Cho to unleash 170 rounds from his two pistols, or about one shot every three seconds. (Boston Globe, 4/26/07)
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Classes resume at Virginia Tech

A group of Virginia Tech students carried 33 white flags representing the victims of the deadliest shooting rampage in US history and the gunman responsible, as classes resumed a week after the massacre. (Boston Globe, 4/24/07)
 Colleges seek text-message alert system
 JOHN SILBER: Impossible to shield all tragedy

Grieving students return to campus

Still grieving and increasingly wary of the media spotlight, Virginia Tech students returned to their campus yesterday, preparing to salvage the final weeks of a semester eclipsed by violence. (Boston Globe, 4/23/07)
 Congress hesitant on legislation
 JAMES CARROLL: The two types of violence

Killer may have bought on eBay

An eBay account that investigators believe may have belonged to the Virginia Tech killer was used to buy two ammunition clips for the type of gun used in the rampage, according to the auction site. (Boston Globe, 4/22/07)
 JACOBY: A time for tears, not politics

At colleges, bells sound a shared grief

Hundreds crowded Northeastern University's Centennial Common as the sound of church bells tolling from across the city echoed in the distance. It was noon, and the campus, like campuses across the nation yesterday, grew silent. (Boston Globe, 4/21/07)

Schools examine old, new warning options

Massachusetts public colleges, like their private and public counterparts around the nation, are mulling trying automated text messages, 1950s-style air raid sirens, and a variety of other techniques to warn students and faculty of campuswide emergencies. (Boston Globe, 4/20/07)

NBC airs video sent by shooter

Between his two attacks, the gunman responsible for the Virginia Tech shooting spree mailed menacing photos and disturbing video footage of himself to NBC News in New York. (Boston Globe, 4/19/07)
 Decision to air video brings controversy
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School says its options were few

After a turbulent four-month period in 2005, Seung-Hui Cho, never again appeared on the radar screen of Virginia Tech counselors or administrators -- despite continued faculty complaints about Cho's behavior -- until Monday, when the 23-year-old student killed 32 people and then himself. (Boston Globe, 4/19/07)

Gunman identified in rampage

Virginia Tech campus police and FBI agents confirmed the identity of the young man who was responsible -- an English major whose dark writings led one professor to refer him for psychological counseling. (Boston Globe, 4/18/07)
 NEW YORK TIMES: Delay is linked to bad lead

'The worst thing I've ever seen'

As students and faculty struggled to understand why one of the worst mass shootings in US history took place on their campus, police, FBI agents and authorities at Virginia Polytechnic Institute last night focused on the identity and motives of a young man who apparently opened fire inside a dormitory and several classrooms, killing 32 people before committing suicide. (Boston Globe, 4/17/07)