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    Va. Tech: List of Victims Remembered

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    (CBS/AP) The following is a list of confirmed victims in Monday's shooting spree on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., during which 32 people were killed before the shooter took his own life. Names were confirmed by CBS. Police have identified the shooter as Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old senior and English major at the school.

    Ross Alameddine, 20, of Saugus, Mass., according to his mother, Lynnette Alameddine. Friends described the sophomore majoring in English, business information technology and French as "an intelligent, funny, easy-going guy."

    Jamie Bishop, an instructor in Foreign Languages and Literatures (German).

    Ryan Clark, 22, a student from Martinez, Ga., was a fifth-year student working toward a triple-degree in psychology, biology and English and carried a 4.0 grade-point average. He was a member of the Marching Virginians band. He was a resident assistant at Ambler Johnson Hall, the dorm where the first shootings took place.

    Prof. Kevin Granata, age unknown, researched muscle and reflex response and robotics. Ishwar K. Puri, head of the engineering science and mechanics department, called Granata one of the top five biomechanics researchers in the country working on movement dynamics in cerebral palsy.

    Caitlin Hammaren, 19, of Westtown, N.Y., a sophomore majoring in international studies and French, according to Minisink Valley, N.Y., school officials who spoke with Hammaren's family.

    Emily Jane Hilscher, a 19-year-old freshman from Woodville and an animal and poultry sciences major, was known in rural Rappahannock County as an animal lover. County Administrator John McCarthy, a family friend, said she worked at a veterinarian's office "and cared about them her whole life."

    Jarrett Lane, senior, of Narrows, Va., a civil engineering major, liked Christian Alternative music, "The Simpsons" and "ESPN Sportscenter."

    Matt La Porte, a freshman, of Dumont, N.J., was majoring in political science and leadership, and aspired to an Air Force commission

    Henry Lee, freshman, of Roanoke, Va., a computer engineering and French major, enjoyed racquetball, engineering and Frisbee. "I'm just your typical short Asian (Chinese) guy," he wrote.

    Prof. Liviu Librescu, 76, an Israeli born in Romania, was known internationally for his research in aeronautical engineering.

    Prof. G.V. Loganathan, 51, an Indian-born civil and environmental engineering professor, had been a professor at Virginia Tech since 1982. "For us it was like an electric shock. We've totally collapsed today," his brother G.V. Palanivel said from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. "Our parents are elderly and have broken down completely."

    Juan Ortiz, a 26-year-old graduate student in civil engineering from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, according to his wife, Liselle Vega Cortes.

    Mary Karen Read was born in South Korea into an Air Force family and lived in Texas and California before settling in Annandale, Va. Her aunt, Karen Kuppinger in Rochester, N.Y., said her 19-year-old niece had struggled adjusting to Tech's sprawling campus, but had recently begun making friends and looking into a sorority. "I think she wanted to try to spread her wings," she said.

    Reema Samaha, freshman, of Centreville, Va., liked dancing and was a fan of ballet and belly dancing.

    Leslie Sherman, sophomore, a history and international studies major.

    Maxine Turner, a senior from Vienna, Va., was a chemical engineering major. Among her interests were Tae Kwon Do, Shakespeare and Red Hot Chili Peppers, and she was a member of Alpha Omega Epsilon.

    CBS News and the Associated Press

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