Friday, April 20, 2007

Virginia Tech Killing Hits Close to Home

So much for six degrees of separation...

From: Nicolich, Johnmauro A
Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2007 7:00 PM
To: Nick Brunetti
Subject:

I used to play handball with this kid and now he is dead because of some crazy lunatic. You believe that shit?!

Carson Long Military Institute / AP Matthew La Porte -----------------

Matthew La Porte, age unknown, from Dumont, N.J., a sophomore majoring in university studies. He had been an Air Force cadet at Virginia Tech, according to his former platoon leader, David Wheeler.

La Porte credited the Carson Long Military Institute in New Bloomfield, Pa., with turning his life around during his years there from 1999 to 2005. "I know that Carson Long was my second chance," he said during a graduation speech, printed in the school yearbook.

"Matthew was an exemplary student at Carson Long whose love of music and fellow cadets were an inspiration to all on campus," Carson Long said in a statement.

La Porte graduated third in his class and was also drum major for the school's drum and bugle corps during his senior year.

"Matthew was one of those elite cadets who went above and beyond the call of duty during his tenure as a cadet in Air Force ROTC at Virginia Tech," an anonymous poster wrote to MSNBC.com. "His memory too, will remain in my heart forever.

My cousin attended Carson Long Military Institute with Matthew La Porte.

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