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April 17, 2007

Statement from President Martin Jischke on Virginia Tech tragedy

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The tragedy on the Virginia Tech campus left our entire nation in a state of mourning for those who died on Monday (April 16) and for their loved ones. At Purdue, we have learned that two members of our university family were among the victims of the terrible violence that occurred in Virginia.

G. Vasudevan Loganathan, a 1982 engineering graduate, and Kevin P. Granata, a 1986 science graduate, were among those who died. On behalf of Purdue, I offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of these young men and to the loved ones of all those whose lives were cut short by this incomprehensible event.

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Those of us who spend our lives in higher education are fortunate to be surrounded by gifted young people with ambitious dreams for building a better world. When tragedy strikes, we are reminded that we are more than a group of busy individuals. We are a community of people who need one another.

Today, in our shared sadness, I hope that all members of the Purdue family will reflect on the preciousness of life and offer support to one another. Most of us eventually will recover and move on from this disastrous event, but today our hearts are broken for those whose lives are lost or forever changed. We should never forget that our friends and family are wonderful gifts to be cherished.

Martin C. Jischke

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