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                                              Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund
 April 16, 2007, will be remembered as one of the darkest days in the history of the Virginia Tech community and the world beyond. To remember and honor the victims of those tragic events, the university has established the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund to aid in the healing process.The fund will be used to cover expenses including but not limited to: Assistance to victims and their families Grief counseling Memorials Communication expenses Comfort expenses In the wake of this tragedy, we are confident that Hokie Spirit will only grow stronger and more resilient. We thank you for your continued support
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                                                   Matthew Gwaltney
     
    Matthew Gwaltney, 24, was on the brink of finishing his graduate degree and was planning to return to his hometown for a new job and to be near his parents.  He was a master's student in civil and environmental engineering and was attending Virginia Tech on a fellowship, his father, Greg Gwaltney, told the AP on Wednesday from his home in Chester, near Richmond, Virginia.  "Matt came home Thursday night. He had an interview in Richmond Friday morning, and we got to have dinner with him," Linda Gwaltney, his stepmother, told the AP. "He went back to school Friday after his interview."  It was the last time they saw their only child.  Gwaltney had been the school newspaper's sports editor and named "Best guy to take home to your parents," his high school principal, Robert Stansberry, told the AP.  At Virginia Tech, where he also earned his undergraduate degree, his favorite place was Cassell Coliseum, his parents said.  "He went to every women's and men's basketball game, and went to every football game," Linda Gwaltney said. "If there was a football game, we knew he wasn't coming home that weekend."