Student Tributes


These student tributes were provided by the families.

Tributes may be added or removed by contacting us.

Caitlin Hammaren

Skydivers Pay Tribute to Caitlin and All Victims

YouTube – Virginia Tech Skydiving Memorial

Skydiver Magazine Photo – Tributes-Students-Skydiver-Photo-CH-IMG_0002

Newspaper Front Page – Tributes-Students-Newspr-front-CH-IMG_0003

Newspaper Internal Page – Tributes-Students-Newspr-int-CH-IMG_0004

Earth Day 2009 at Minisink Elementary, New York: Each student in Otisville received a tree, purchased by the PTO, in honor of Caitlin Hammaren, the Minisink student lost in the tragedy at Virginia Tech

Dedication of Chorus Room at Minisink Valley High school October 14, 2010

The Caitlin M. Hammaren Memorial Foundation (link gone)

Red maple tree planted in Village Park in the Village of Unionville (link gone)

Caitlin M. Hammaren Memorial Foundation & Arts Institute Fund, through the Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan (link gone)

Emily Jane Hilscher

Tributes-Students-VTV_Hilscher_Student_LoungeYouTube – Tribute to Emily Hilscher

Virginia Tech dedicates Emily Jane Hilscher Student Lounge in Litton-Reaves Hall – Emily Jane Hilscher Student Lounge in Litton-Reaves Hall, a gift by Jacques Klempf of Jacksonville, Florida, the owner of Dixie Egg Company, who established the Emily Jane Hilscher Memorial Classroom Renovation

Emily Hilscher scholarship given to a child each year for a two-week stay at Belle Meade Day Camp in Sperryville, Virginia

Bench and garden built by a Boy Scout for an Eagle Scout project at the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League, where people can meet dogs they are considering adopting

Mural project done at Rappahannock County High School, including two large murals painted in memory of Emily and the 31 others. Virginia Tech has one and the other mural is hung in the high school cafeteria

Memorial garden designed for Emily at Hilscher home In Rappahannock County

Lit sign spelling out “HOPE” on the side of Uncle’s barn in Maine; in the winter, the light bulbs in the “O” are changed to green bulbs like a wreath.

Alphabet book written and illustrated by an artist photographing letters all over Maine, using the E from Uncle’s HOPE sign and dedicating “E” in his book and alphabet note cards to Emily.

“An Evening for Passion” formal five-course sit-down dinner in May of 2008 organized by Mary Arthur, culinary arts teacher at Rappahannock County High School and her students as well as many volunteers and staff, including assistance from Headwaters Foundation.

Daily Press: Family Donates Horse To Memorialize Tech Victim

Front Page of Story

Internal Page of Story

Matthew La Porte

YouTube – Matthew La Porte Tribute

YouTube – Matthew La Porte Video Tribute

Periodical: Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Alumni Magazine: Matthew La Porte Feature Edition

Periodical: Story of a Fighter Pilot: The Story of Cadet Matthew Joseph La Porte
published in “MIG Sweep”, the magazine of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association
by Ed Beakley with John Giduck

Jarrett Lee Lane

YouTube – In Loving Memory of Jarrett Lee Lane

Daniel Patrick O’Neill

Tributes-Students-VTV_Oneil_memorialTree planted outside William O’ Neill’ s office at Connecticut College.

YouTube – Daniel O’ Neil

YouTube – Dan O’ Neil

YouTube – VA Tech Massacre Victim Dan O’ Neil covering “ Cannonball”

YouTube – Dan O’ Neil On a Subway in Paris with Friends

YouTube – Dan O’ Neil- “ For the Taking”

Plaza named for Daniel (B.S. Civil Engineering ’ 06) outside Colton Chapel at Lafayette College (link gone) (link gone)

Juan Ortiz

During the Colegio Nuestra Senora de Belen (where Juan studied) graduation ceremony held every May, a Medal of Honor with Juan’s name and a small prize is given to a student.

Minal Panchal

Sepia Mutiny Blog

Genius at Play Blogspot

New York Times Article

YouTube – A Video of Minal Panchals Orkut Page

Erin Peterson

Michael Pohle, Jr.

YouTube – Mike Pohle-Tribute to a Hero – a VT Memorial

Julia Pryde

Tributes-Students-VTV_Pryde_MemorialJulia Pryde Remembered

In the Wake of Tragedy, A Show of Pryde

From Seek Education, Explore, DiScover: (link gone)

Julia’s Garden: (link gone)

Mary Read

Tributes-Students-VTV_Mary_Read_BenchBench, tree and plaque on the corner of the Annandale High School football field in honor of Mary’ s participation in marching band and played lacrosse on that field

YouTube – Tribute to Mary Karen Read

YouTube – Just Forgive (Inspired by Mary Karen Read)

Bench, landscaped area and plaque in Canterbury Woods park at the corner of Wakefield Chapel Dr and Braddock Rd in Annandale, Virginia – see this photo


Reema Samaha

Tributes-Students-reema-tribute-IMG_2468YouTube – Reema Samaha (A memorial video from Amustela)

YouTube – Reema Samaha Forever in Our Hearts- Virginia Tech

YouTube – Reema Samaha Dance Tribute

YouTube – Reema Samaha (Arabic tribute)

YouTube – Tribute to Reema Samaha

YouTube – To Our Angel Reema Samaha

YouTube – To our Reema

YouTube – R.I.P. Reema Samaha- I Don’ t Forget You

YouTube – R.I.P. Reema Samaha

YouTube – R.I.P. Reema Samaha (6/23/88-4/16/07)

YouTube – R.I.P. Reema Samaha (1st Anniversary)

YouTube – In Memory of Reema Samaha

YouTube – In Loving Memory of Reema Samaha

YouTube – In the Memory of Reema Samaha

YouTube Reema, A Celebration Through Art [this was the link, but don’t think it’s right]

YouTube Reema samaha immortelle-1st Anniversary (link gone)

YouTube Tribute for Reema Samaha (link gone)

YouTube In Memory of Reema Samaha (link gone)

Maxine Turner

Tributes-Students-VTV_Turner_Maple3_2453Tree at Hillcrest Hall by University Honors Community, Virginia Tech

James Madison High School memorial

Memorial stone under a cherry tree at James Madison High School

Memorial tree SARAH WALKER MERCER PARK, Nutley Street, Vienna, done by soccer families