REMEMBERING THE VICTIMS OF VIRGINIA TECH
Representatives from Clark College joined a crowd of nearly 150 people at Vancouver’s Esther Short Park on April 20 to honor the men and women killed by a gunman at Virginia Tech.
|Clark College student Heather Peterson delivered a moving rendition of “Amazing Grace.”||Clark College Vice President of Instruction Rassoul Dastmozd and Interim President Robert Knight were among those who gathered at Esther Short Park to honor those who died at Virginia Tech.|
Clark College Interim President Bob Knight, Vice President of Instruction Rassoul Dastmozd, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing Barbara Kerr, and Counseling Services Professor Judy VanPatten were among those on hand.
The vigil was organized by Heidi Yewman (seen in the photo on the right), a Virginia Tech alum who is also a graduate of Colorado’s Columbine High School.
Bob Alvis, president of the Portland chapter of Virginia Tech alumni, thanked those gathered, many of whom were wearing Virginia Tech’s colors of maroon and orange, for their thoughts and prayers.
Clark College student Heather Peterson delivered a moving vocal rendition of “Amazing Grace.” Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard spoke about the slain students, saying, “There’s just no way of knowing what the contributions would have been of these young people, or where they would have gone.”
After trumpeter Laura Erskine of the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics played taps, the vigil concluded with the Rev. Jim Stender of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Orchards ringing a bell 32 times – once to honor each member of the Virginia Tech community who was killed on April 16.
Guests were invited to write comments on a heavy roll of yellow paper that will be sent on to Virginia Tech. The messages talked about hopes, dreams, prayers and healing.
One person wrote simply: “Today, we are all Hokies.”
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