Virginia Tech Families Offer Help to Families in Newtown

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

One group who knows what the people of Newtown, Connecticut are going through is those from Virginia Tech.

The shootings on that campus still stand as the deadliest school shooting in American history,

Members of the Virginia Tech Family Outreach Foundation are families touched by the Virginia Tech massacre.

They know what the people in Newtown are going through and now they want to help them recover.

For Lolly Miller who lives in Harrisonburg, the Virginia Tech massacre is not easy to forget.

The school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut triggers some of those photographic memories from Virginia Tech.

"There was terror on people's eyes and on their faces and then of course you saw the police intervention," she said.

Her daughter Heidi was shot three times on campus in 2007.

She survived but then had deeper wounds.

"We just recognize that they're in a state of confusion and depending on their family and friends to help them through this tragic situation," Miller said.

For Miller exercise and family support helped her heal.

"You have to find your own measure of recovery. You have to recognize where you are and who you need to help you through it," she said.

Other families that lived the same tragedy reached out to her on Friday.

Beth Hilscher from the Virginia Tech Victims Family Outreach Foundation said events like this trigger old memories.

"Everytime something like this happens you can only imagine all the alarms go off in our heads," Hilscher said.

That's why she said they check on each other for support.

"We talk to each other about this and provide support for each other that sorta goes without saying," Hilscher said.

But now they are also offering a helping hand to those families grieving in Newtown.

"It's our mission to reach out to families that are suffering similar tragedies because we have now five years of experience in trying to recover," Hilscher said.

She said they have already offered their support to families in Newtown.

According to Hilscher, they are just waiting to hear from them to see if they need them.

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