Campus shootings shock local grads | AspenTimes.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Campus shootings shock local grads

ASPEN Virginia Tech graduates John Curnow and Christine Bechtel were at a loss for words as they watched Monday’s horrific story develop out of Blacksburg, Va.Images of SWAT teams and body bags marred the picture of the safe campus they knew – Curnow graduated in 1987, Bechtel in May. “I’m just in shock,” said Bechtel, who moved to the Roaring Fork Valley last year to take a job with Schmueser Gordon Meyer, an engineering and surveying firm in Glenwood Springs. “It’s a really nice place, in the rural southwest area of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It has a lot of school pride.”Bechtel went to Virginia Tech because of its engineering program, and had attended classes in Norris Hall, the same building where a gunman opened fire on the second part of his rampage. As of Monday evening, 33 people were confirmed dead, including the gunman, who reportedly committed suicide.Curnow, general manager of the Sky Hotel in Aspen, also took classes at Norris Hall and once lived in the dorm next to West Ambler Johnston, the coed dormitory where the gunman began his rampage.”It’s just tragic,” Curnow said. “It was a great place to go to school. I just don’t know what to say. It’s a tragic day.”Curnow said he has “fond memories” of his time at Virginia Tech.”It’s just surreal to see your former university this way,” he said. “It wasn’t a violent campus. It was just a really gorgeous, serene place to go to school.”Rick Carroll’s e-mail address is at rcarroll@aspentimes.com


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User