A statement written on behalf of 13 of the families of Virginia Tech victims discussed feeling ostracized from the government-chartered panel that is investigating the April massacre and concern about how the memorial fund is being used. Panel chairman W. Gerard Massengill made the obvious point that while the families are important to the panel, it is pertinent that panel members be objective and not stricken with emotion. Also, the family members could shed light on the result of the massacre but could not help explain why and how it was able to happen, which is the purpose of the panel. On the other hand, their concern about the Hokie Spirit Fund is justified. The fund, now about $7 million, has been raised using the names and images of the 32 victims.The families should be consulted on how funds honoring their slain loved ones are to be used.
Posted by Andie Clum
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