Letter from President Steger on community assistance

BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 28, 2009 – As our university community continues to grieve the losses of David Lee Metzler and Heidi Lynn Childs, we are reminded of the students, faculty, friends and colleagues whose lives we cherish and will always remember.

Editor's note: Information on arrangements is available online.

At times like these, it is helpful to remember the value of friendship and community. We encourage university community members to support each other and to seek assistance as needed. Resources are available for support, consultation, and counseling.

Campus Resources


Dean of Students office, 201 W. Roanoke St, (540) 231-3787, corner of Roanoke Street and Draper Road, beside downtown 7-11.

Cook Counseling Center, McComas Hall, (540) 231-6557

For the weekend:


Dean of Students Office, 201 W. Roanoke Street, (540) 231-3787, vtparent@vt.edu

Faculty and Staff:

Support services are available through Human Resources, (540) 231-9331, www.hr.vt.edu, www.hokiewellness.hr.vt.edu/emotionalCounselingResources.php

Additional resources include:

Beginning a new tradition, a wreath has been placed in front of the Chapel on the Drillfield in memory of the loss of David and Heidi. As soon as we have information from the families concerning memorial services, we will make it available to the university community.

As you know, this tragic event took place in the Jefferson National Forest area in a remote part of Montgomery County. The Montgomery County Sheriff's office continues its investigation and search for suspect(s). We urge the university community to be vigilant, be aware of your surroundings, and report any suspicious activity to the Sheriff (540-382-2951), to the Virginia Tech Police (540-231-6411), or to your local police.

We are a strong community and, as we have before, I urge you to care for each other and seek help and support whenever necessary.

Charles W. Steger