Parents pouring in

Posted: Tuesday, April 17 at 11:55 am ET

Even though school officials implored them not to, parents are pouring onto the Virginia Tech campus, doing everything possible to be here with their kids. Every flight from Dallas/Fort Worth airport late Monday was sold out and every hotel room within miles of the campus is booked.

And the students appear to need them. They may officially be adults, but there are times when even college students need mom or dad. An endless stream of tears and hugs is testament to that.

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An unnerving flyover

Posted: Tuesday, April 17 at 11:47 am ET

An Air Force fighter jet made several low-flying passes over the campus about 11:30 a.m., creating an awful din while tracing figure eights while flying as low as 1,000 feet.

The flyover, apparently a precursor to President Bush’s arrival, is the sort of thing guaranteed to unnerve people already rocked to their core by Monday’s tragedy.

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'Nobody knows him'

Posted: Tuesday, April 17 at 11:36 am ET

After Virginia Tech officials identified Cho Seung-Hui, 23, as the gunman who killed 32 others on Monday, reporters rushed to Harper Hall, the dormitory where he lived.

But the first students they found said they didn’t know Cho and don’t know anybody who did.

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A limo landing

Posted: Tuesday, April 17 at 09:45 am ET

Commuters getting coffee at a Dunkin Donuts near the Roanoke airport craned their necks to see what that terrible racket was.

The source of the roar was an Air Force C-130 cargo plane carrying presidential limousines for President Bush's visit to Virginia Tech. The president is expected to speak at the 2 p.m. convocation on campus.

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Campus murders rare; not so crime

Posted: Tuesday, April 17 at 09:25 am ET

Murder on U.S. college campuses is rare – with about 15 a year on average – but that doesn’t mean they are immune to crime.

Virginia Tech, which has approximately 26,000 students, is no exception, as demonstrated by statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education.

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