Candlelight Vigil Honors Va. Tech - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Candlelight Vigil Honors Va. Tech

April 19, 2007

Reported by: Britney Glaser

The tragedy at Virginia Tech this week has the nation looking for answers.  Some folks are finding answers by showing support for the families of the victims.

Tonight, dozens of people came out to the campus of McNeese State University to pay their respects to those lives forever changed by the events at Virginia Tech. 

Ashley Berken with the Student Government Association at McNeese says, "It would be beneficial any time a person that wants to come out and show their respect and their remembrance for the people that were affected."

Even though this campus is hundreds of miles from Blacksburg, Virginia, the residents from the community coming out say that there's still an emotional connection - even miles apart.  Father Alan Trouille with the Catholic Student Center at McNeese says, "Though we're on the campus here at McNeese State University (a lot of distances between our campuses) we truly do share a lot in common, one of which is the fact that when one hurts, we all hurt."

With that commonality, a community-wide candlelight service was held as a show of support, one light at a time.  Jan Bicanic is a McNeese student from Croatia who has been deeply touched by this week's tragedy.  "I have two friends at Virginia Tech and it's a big tragedy over there, and they're very good friends of mine.  Now, I really realize that this can happen to every one of us."

While this has hit especially close to home for college students, parents also say it has been a tough week.  Veronica Harris of Lake Charles says, "If anything, if we can support the parents and the community of Virginia Tech, I think we just need to be here and I felt just very compelled to be here."

Although this candlelight service only lasted thirty minutes, lives will be forever impacted.

Across the state tomorrow, Governor Kathleen Blanco has declared it as a "Day of Mourning" for the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy. Blanco is asking churches to toll their bells at 11:00 a.m. and has asked residents to observe a moment of silence at that time as well.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • BREAKING

    Congressman: Bayou Bridge Pipeline approved

    Congressman: Bayou Bridge Pipeline approved

    Friday, December 15 2017 10:43 PM EST2017-12-16 03:43:58 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Army Corps of Engineers plans to issue the necessary permits for the Bayou Bridge pipeline, according to a news release from the office of Congressman Clay Higgins. The news release said Colonel Michael Clancy, of the Army Corps of Engineers, announced Thursday that the New Orleans District has concluded its environmental assessment and will issue necessary permits to Bayou Bridge Pipeline, LLC. Higgins office says the pipeline is a $750 million investment that is estimated...

    More >>

    The Army Corps of Engineers plans to issue the necessary permits for the Bayou Bridge pipeline, according to a news release from the office of Congressman Clay Higgins. The news release said Colonel Michael Clancy, of the Army Corps of Engineers, announced Thursday that the New Orleans District has concluded its environmental assessment and will issue necessary permits to Bayou Bridge Pipeline, LLC. Higgins office says the pipeline is a $750 million investment that is estimated...

    More >>
  • Daigle attorneys seek trial delay and different parish for change of venue

    Daigle attorneys seek trial delay and different parish for change of venue

    Friday, December 15 2017 8:40 PM EST2017-12-16 01:40:13 GMT

    Defense attorneys for Kevin Daigle were in state court on Friday asking for his trial to be delayed again and that the judge choose a different place to pick a jury. Daigle also was in court. He's accused of first-degree murder of State Trooper Steven Vincent in 2015.

    More >>

    Defense attorneys for Kevin Daigle were in state court on Friday asking for his trial to be delayed again and that the judge choose a different place to pick a jury. Daigle also was in court. He's accused of first-degree murder of State Trooper Steven Vincent in 2015.

    More >>
  • Tips for combating viruses during the winter

    Tips for combating viruses during the winter

    Friday, December 15 2017 7:53 PM EST2017-12-16 00:53:58 GMT

    If many of your co-workers weren't in the office recently, it's no coincidence. Many of us in Southwest Louisiana have fallen victim to a number of viruses floating around. 

    More >>

    If many of your co-workers weren't in the office recently, it's no coincidence. Many of us in Southwest Louisiana have fallen victim to a number of viruses floating around. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly