At least three from NJ among dead at Virginia Tech

? At least three students from New Jersey were among those killed and another was seriously injured in the Virginia Tech shooting rampage. The victims have been identified as Matthew La Porte, of Dumont,

News 12 Staff

Apr 18, 2007, 3:31 PM

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At least three from NJ among dead at Virginia Tech
? At least three students from New Jersey were among those killed and another was seriously injured in the Virginia Tech shooting rampage.
The victims have been identified as Matthew La Porte, of Dumont, Julia Kathleen Pryde, of Middletown and Michael Pohle, of Flemington. The AP reports Clearview High School grad Sean McQuade is in critical condition at Carlion Roanoke Memorial Hospital after being shot in the face.
Pryde was a 2001 graduate of Middletown North High School, where she was on the swim team. She was earning her master?s degree at Virginia Tech. The AP reports she had traveled to Ecuador last summer to research water quality issues. She had planned to return for follow-up work.
La Porte was a 2005 graduate of the Carson Long Military Institute in New Bloomfield, Pa. According to a written statement from Carson Long, La Porte started at the institute as a seventh-grader in 1999. He served four years on the drum and bugle corps culminating with his selection as drum major his senior year.
La Porte was also a four-year letter winner in the glee club, a four-year member of the senior ensemble, held leadership positions in his dorm and was a two-year member of the student government.
?The faculty, staff and corps of cadets of Carson Long Military Institute are deeply saddened by the passing of 2005 graduate Matthew La Porte,? the school said in the statement. ?Matthew was an exemplary student at Carson Long whose love of music and fellow cadets were an inspiration to all on campus.?
Police have identified the Virginia Tech shooter as 23-year-old South Korean student Cho Seung-Hui. The gunman was a permanent U.S. resident and an English major at the university. Police have not offered any clue about his motive. School representatives characterized Seung-Hui as a ?loner.?
Seung-Hui killed 32 people before fatally shooting himself. The Virginia Tech rampage is the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.
Click here for additional CNN coverage of the VA Tech tragedyClick here for President Bush's comments on the day of the VA Tech shootings
Related information: Release from Carson Long Military Institute Photo of Matthew La PortePhoto of Julia Kathleen Pryde


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