Senators pass resolution offering condolences


Virginia Senators John Warner (R) and Jim Webb (D) announced Monday that their resolution offering their condolences and expressing their sorrow over the tragedy at Virginia Tech University was unanimously adopted by the Senate.  

Cho Seung-hui, a South Korean resident alien and student at Virginia Tech, was identified Tuesday by ABC news as the gunmen in the two rampages at Virginia Tech University Monday in which he killed of 31 students and faculty before taking his own life. He also wounded approximately 30 others. 

The Warner-Webb resolution offer[ed] its heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families, and to students, faculty, administration and staff and their families who have been deeply affected by the tragic events that occurred today at Virginia Tech. It also calls for a national awareness and commitment to preventing such tragedies from occurring in the future and lauds Virginia Tech as an exemplary institution of teaching, learning, and research. 

All Americans join the citizens of Virginia in grieving over the tragic loss of life at Virginia Tech, Warner said. We mourn the young students and faculty whose lives of promise have been cut short, and those who have been injured, by this incomprehensible act of violence.

I want to express my profound sympathies to the entire Virginia Tech community for the tragic shooting that occurred on the campus earlier this morning, Webb added. My heart goes out to the parents and families of the victims of this senseless act. 

Warner also took a moment to praise Virginia Tech. 

Virginians are proud of this historic university, and how it has served our state and nation for nearly a century-and-a-half as an exemplary institution of higher learning.  That tradition will carry on, he said. 

Moran calls tragedy a dark day
Alexandria Congressman Jim Moran (D) said the Virginia Tech massacre is a dark day for the Commonwealth and our nation on Monday and expressed his sorrow over the tragedy. 

I am sickened by the unspeakable tragedy that befell Virginia Tech earlier today. I offer my deepest condolences to the families of those who died, he said. I offer my wishes for a speedy recovery to those who have been injured. My heartfelt sympathy extends to the entire Virginia Tech community.