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one of my best friends (updated)

I just got off the phone, and I can't stop crying. One of my best friends, Jamie Bishop, has died.

Janet told me about the shootings at Virginia Tech after I got out of the shower this morning, and after frantically searching through the online news outlets and blogs, it still wasn't clear if he was okay. It appeared to be his classroom that was hit by the gunman, but there was still a possibility he was just wounded.

I called his home phone several times, getting busy signals until I finally got through. A friend of Jamie's in Blacksburg answered and asked a few questions to make sure I wasn't from the media, and then confirmed the sad news.

Steffi has some friends there to console her, and Mike and Jeri Bishop are driving up right now from Georgia.

I can't believe this has happened.

If you have a moment today, please send good thoughts toward Steffi and Jamie's family.

Update: My tribute to Jamie is here.

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benpeek
Apr. 17th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
ah, man. my total sympathies.
gregvaneekhout
Apr. 17th, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry, Jason.
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silk_noir
Apr. 17th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
Oh, honey. I'm so sorry.
jlundberg
Apr. 19th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
Thanks.
samhenderson
Apr. 17th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
Oh God. I'm so sorry.
jlundberg
Apr. 19th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
Thanks, Sam.
groundbyground
Apr. 17th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)
I'm so very sorry.
jlundberg
Apr. 19th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
Thanks, David.
cyperus_papyrus
Apr. 17th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
I'm so, so sorry. What a terrible, senseless thing to happen.
jlundberg
Apr. 19th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
Thanks.
leahbobet
Apr. 17th, 2007 03:53 am (UTC)
Oh man, I'm so sorry. Condolences to you guys and his family, and let me know if there's anything that can be done from way over here.
jlundberg
Apr. 19th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
Thanks, Leah.
elenuial
Apr. 17th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
I'm originally from the area, and am still frantically trying to hear back from all my high school friends. I'm sorry to hear your loss; I hope you don't take it as an offense if I say I hope I don't have to endure the same process...
jlundberg
Apr. 19th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
Thanks, Adam. I hope your friends are okay.
nick_kaufmann
Apr. 17th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry. My deepest condolences.
jlundberg
Apr. 19th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
Thanks, Nick.
asakiyume
Apr. 17th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
So, so sorry. My heart goes out to you and everyone else who has suffered from this...
jlundberg
Apr. 19th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
Thanks, Asakiyume.
carnwrite
Apr. 17th, 2007 04:08 am (UTC)
I was hoping it wasn't true. I'm sorry, Jason :(
jlundberg
Apr. 19th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
Thanks, Andrew. I was hoping for that too.
ciunas_alainn
Apr. 17th, 2007 04:08 am (UTC)
How incredibly sad. My deepest sympathies. *good thoughts going out now...*
jlundberg
Apr. 19th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
Thanks, Amy.
vonandmoggy
Apr. 17th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
I'm so very sorry...Von and I are thinking of you and all the friends and family affected by this unbelievable tragedy. I don't even know what to say...but just know that people are thinking of you.

Moggy (and Von)
jlundberg
Apr. 19th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
Thanks, Moggy and Von.
sovay
Apr. 17th, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)
They have all my condolences, and you, too.
jlundberg
Apr. 19th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
Thanks, Sonya.
jennreese
Apr. 17th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
Hugs, Jason. :-(
jlundberg
Apr. 19th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jenn. Hugs are very therapeutic right now.
nihilistic_kid
Apr. 17th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear. What a horrific tragedy.
jlundberg
Apr. 19th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
Thanks, Nick.
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