Virginia Rappers Talk Virginia Tech Tragedy


Apr. 16, Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia became the location for what has

become the deadliest shooting spree in U.S. History. Cho

Seung-Hui , a 23-year-old English major armed with a 9-millimeter handgun and

22-caliber handgun, shot two students at West Ambler Johnston Hall, a dormitory

on Virginia Tech’s Campus. A

little over two hours later, Seung-Hui went on to kill 30 more people, including

students and professors in four different classrooms in Norris Hall, an academic

building, before taking his own life.A

number of politicians and celebrities have already spoken out and given their

condolences on this tragedy.

Now, various members of Virginia’s Hip-Hop community are opening up about the

Virginia Tech killings. For

Virginia rappers Pusha T, Fam-Lay, and Skillz the tragedy strikes close to home.


feel that the shooting at Virginia Tech was a terrible tragedy…definitely a

shock and totally unexpected,” The Clipse’s Pusha T told

“Random acts of violence can happen anywhere. We must come together as a

community to be strong for students and families whose lives were lost.”


Virginia’s Fam-Lay and Richmond, Virginia’s Skillz also expressed their

thoughts on the situation. "Everyone

in Virginia is feeling the effects of the shooting right now,” said Fam-Lay.

“Seeing a story like this on the news is one thing, but when it happens so

close to home, it really has an impact on everybody in the area. We would never

wish these things on anyone, and our prayers go out to the all families who lost

a child that day." Today

(Apr. 18), Virginia police revealed that Seung-Hui mailed a package containing

photographs, writings, and videos to NBC’s headquarters in New York possibly

on the day of the tragedy and even more bizarre, the packages may have been mailed

by Seung-Hui in between the two shooting’s. "This

may be a very new, critical component of this investigation," said Col. Steve

Flaherty, superintendent of Virginia State Police. "We’re in the process

right now of attempting to analyze and evaluate its worth." "It

just goes to show you that you never know what’s going on in someone else’s

mind," Skillz told "Its a crazy world we living and its

getting crazier every day. Last week some one calling a team ‘nappy headed hoes’

was the talk of the world and look at how much can change in a week." The

first funeral was held today for Liviu Librescu, Virginia Tech professor and Holocaust


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