You know what I would like to see for once in the wake of the massacre at Virginia Tech? Biographies of the victims instead of the perpetrator.
The perpetrator of this atrocity is not worthy of any measure of fame. Suicide was too good for him, although it suited his character because it is a coward's exit. He committed suicide because he couldn't face what he had done. It's best if his body is thrown into some unmarked hole. He was a cancer and should be discarded, not celebrated. Not even for his infamy.
I'd like to know about Ross Abdallah Alameddine, the VA Tech student from Saugus, Massachusetts. I'd like to read more about Christopher Bishop, the German instructor who was the son of author Michael Bishop. I assume they had people in their lives who loved them both very much. I can't even imagine how much they are hurting right now.
I'd like to know about the journey of Daniel Pérez Cueva, the student from Peru who studied International Relations. Did he experience culture shock moving from South America to Virginia? Did he ever live here before? How did he learn English? How did he like the states?
And yes, of course, I'd like to know more about Liviu Librescu, the Holocaust survivor and professor who held the door so his students could escape before he was shot. That one almost brought tears to my eyes. What a horrible fate for someone who had traveled so far. But what a remarkable man.
I'd like it if, for once, these people who led interesting, well-rounded lives were given a measure of recognition instead of having the spotlight shine on some guy whose only accomplishment was buying a gun and shooting down innocent civilians like a depraved thug. I want to hear about the people who rose up and created things and not about the person who senselessly tore them down.
Update: This is exactly what I was looking for - BBC article on the victims.
Update 2: The New York Times outdid themselves with this excellent multimedia presentation. Take a moment to check it out.