Centre County Native Among Those Killed at Va. Tech

BELLEFONTE – A Bellefonte Area High School graduate was one of those killed in the mass shooting Monday at Virginia Tech, according to to reports in the Centre Daily Times.

Jeremy Herbstritt, 27, is also a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University.

Information in the CDT came from Paul Ruskin, spokesman for Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant. Herbstritt’s father is employed by the office and informed his supervisor of the death.

Herbstritt’s father, mother and sister were in Boston Monday as his sister was set to run the Boston marathon.

Penn State President Graham B. Spanier has not commented on the death of the Penn State graduate, but he issued a statement on the tragedy Monday.

“All of us at Penn State are deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy that occurred today at Virginia Tech. Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Blacksburg, and we stand ready to help in any way that we can,” he said. “We like to think of college campuses as being refuges from the violence that can plague society, but today’s events are a reminder that no one place is immune. On this very sad day, we send our sympathy and condolences to those affected by this senseless tragedy.”

Thirty-two people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Virginia Tech Monday. Virginia Tech police have identified Cho Seung-Hui, 23, as the gunman in the incident.

Cho was enrolled as an undergraduate student in his senior year as an English major at Virginia Tech. Cho, a South Korean native, was in the U.S. as a resident alien with a residence established in Centerville, Va. Cho was living on campus in Harper Residence Hall.

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