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'Virginian-Pilot' Devotes Entire Front Page to List of College Dead

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'Virginian-Pilot' Devotes Entire Front Page to List of College Dead

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The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk devoted its entire front page Wednesday to a memorial-style list of those killed in the Virginia Tech shooting this week, with no stories or other images on the white-background page. The Page One design offered the paper's name over a multi-colored ribbon, set in the university's colors, and the lower case headline, "in memory of..."

Below that, the paper listed 31 of the 32 fatal victims in the deadly shooting, noting that the last person remained unidentified. Each listing included a short description or personal comment about the deceased, such as "was a star basketball player at Westfield High School in Chantilly" or "from Vienna, a senior majoring in chemical engineering, started a sorority to help women in her field."

At the end of the list, the paper stated simply, "... killed in Blacksburg, Va., April 16, 2007."

"We were talking most of yesterday about making today's paper about the victims," Managing Editor Maria Carrillo said about the approach. "To do what we could to the front page to give it a special look. We thought it accomplished what we wanted to accomplish, focusing on the people who were lost. …

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