Dear Virginia Tech community,

Last week, our extended family in Blacksburg faced an unimaginable tragedy with the loss of two young students from Blacksburg High School. This heartbreaking event has touched many within our community, particularly as so many of us have deep ties to Montgomery County Public Schools.

In moments like these, words can seem inadequate. Yet it is crucial that we extend our unwavering support to each other. As a community that has faced its own profound losses, we at Virginia Tech understand the depth of sorrow and the importance of unity in the face of such tragedies.

Blacksburg High School has been a pillar of strength and support for Virginia Tech over the years. Now we stand with them, offering our support, compassion, and resources. To our faculty, staff, and students who have been affected by these events, we want you to know that you are not alone. Virginia Tech is more than an institution; we are a family, and in times of sorrow, families come together.

Although the immediate aftermath of the tragedy has passed, the impacts may linger. Recognizing this, Virginia Tech remains committed to providing ongoing support to our faculty, staff, and students. Counseling, support groups, and community resources are available to you. We encourage anyone in need of a space to talk, reflect, or find solace to use these services.

Let's be a beacon of hope and compassion, just as Blacksburg High School has been for us. Together, we will navigate this difficult time, leaning on the strength and resilience that defines our community.

With heartfelt sympathy,

S. Mark Sikes,
Dean of Students

Bryan Garey,
Vice President for Human Resources

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