VA Tech Massacre- A Hero Rises

I know that the title sounds overly dramatic, but what Professor Liviu Librescu did is admirable.

JERUSALEM: A 76-year-old lecturer shot to death trying to save his students from the Virginia Tech assailant was a Holocaust survivor who later escaped to Israel from Communist Romania, his son said Tuesday.

Relatives said Liviu Librescu, an internationally respected aeronautics engineer and a lecturer at the school for 20 years, saved the lives of several students by barricading his classroom door before he was gunned down in Monday’s massacre, which coincided with Israel’s Holocaust remembrance day.

Librescu’ students sent e-mails recounting the last moments of their teacher’s life to his wife, Marlena, his son, Joe, told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

“My father blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee,” Joe Librescu said in a telephone interview from his home outside of Tel Aviv. “Students started opening windows and jumping out.”

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  1. Jack's Shack April 18, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    I suppose that if you are going to be murdered better to die a hero than just die.

  2. Stephen April 18, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    Quite a story. Imagine … survived the Holocaust, survived communist Romania, then got caught in this shooting. Talk about trouble following you wherever you go. But he died committing a righteous, brave deed.

  3. Jack's Shack April 18, 2007 at 5:58 am

    It is a terrible, senseless tragedy.

  4. The Misanthrope April 18, 2007 at 2:52 am

    My mom told me about this driving home. This is all so very, very sad. Once again there is hubbud about gun control, but NRA will never consider it. It is so senseless. I could only listen to a few minutes of NPR tonight. It truly makes me tear up.

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