Investigators seeking link between Cho Seung Hui and his first victims…

Investigators are examining the computer and cell phone of the woman believed to have been the first victim of the Virginia Tech massacre, as well as an eBay account the gunman may have used.Police are trying to determine whether there was any link between Emily Hilscher, 19, and the shooter, Cho Seung Hui, according to a search warrant.


Emily Hilscher and Ryan Christopher Clark were both killed in West Ambler Johnston dormitory, apparently Cho’s first stop before heading to Norris Hall, where he killed 30 people and himself.


In late 2005, two female students at Virginia Tech complained to police that Cho had been harassing them, although neither pursued charges against him.

Investigators are also seeking records related to an e-mail and eBay account that may have been used by Cho, a source close to the investigation said.

The account being checked was used last month to buy magazine clips that would fit one of the handguns used by Cho in his shooting rampage. While eBay prohibits the sale of ammunition in its online auctions, certain gun accessories — including the magazines that hold bullets — are allowed.

A CNN check of eBay transaction records online showed that the account that investigators are examining “Blazers5505” was used in numerous transactions over the past several months.

Those included the March 22 purchase of two empty, 10-round magazines for a Walther P22 handgun from a company in Rigby, Idaho, that sells hunting and shooting supplies.

Authorities have said one of the two handguns used by Cho was a Walther P22 pistol. The owner of JND Pawn shop in Blacksburg, across the street from Virginia Tech, has said Cho picked up such a gun from his shop on February 9 after ordering it online a week earlier from an out-of-state dealer.

Investigators have said Cho’s other pistol was a 9mm Glock pistol he bought along with 50 rounds of ammunition from Roanoke Firearms for $571 last month.

CNN has not been able to confirm that Blazers5505 was Cho’s account, but eBay profile information — also now taken offline — showed the user being in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Investigators cited the Blazers5505 account and a Blazers5505 Hotmail e-mail account in their affidavit, the source said.

The eBay transaction information also showed that Blazers5505 made an eBay purchase from a hunting supplies store on March 23.

The user also sold several items in recent months, eBay listings showed. Blazers5505 sold several books, CDs and a Texas Instruments calculator — a T1-83 loaded with games.

Additionally, the user sold 2006 Peach Bowl tickets for $182.50. The football game in Atlanta, Georgia, was a matchup between Virginia Tech and the University of Georgia.

Police have also filed warrants looking for records from Cho’s cell phone, The Associated Press reported.

“Seung-Hui Cho is known to have communicated by cellular telephone and may have communicated with others concerning his plans to carry out attacks,” the affidavit said, according to the AP.

Fund honors engineering victims

Witnesses said Cho, a 23-year-old English major from Centreville, Virginia, was calm and quiet as he methodically slaughtered fellow students and professors, who were found in four classrooms and a stairwell at Norris Hall.

The building is closed for the rest of the school year while the investigation continues.

A special fund was set up Saturday in honor of civil and environmental engineering students killed at Norris Hall. Eight students in the department were killed, along with three engineering professors.

“In these dark times we must positively move forward in ways that will honor the memory and the lives of our colleagues,” said William Knocke, head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, in a written statement.

The fund will provide scholarships and fellowships for students, and create special programs, learning opportunities and outreach efforts within the civil engineering profession, Knocke said.

“In doing so we will focus not only on technical issues but also the qualities that uphold and uplift the positive human spirit that so characterized those whom we have lost.” (Read more about the fundexternal link)

Cho’s family apologized Friday for the devastation he caused in the shooting rampage.

“He has made the world weep. We are living a nightmare,” his sister, Sun-Kyung Cho, said in a written statement issued on behalf of her family in their first public comments about the shooting. (Read more about the family’s statement)

Tech president: ‘Take care of one another’

Funerals for several victims were held on Saturday, including services for Clark in Martinez, Georgia, and fellow student Jarrett Lane in Narrows, Virginia. (Watch a community mourning — and starting to move on Video)

A contingent of Virginia Tech marching band members played and sang haunting melodies at Clark’s funeral.

Many spoke of the sense of humor and generosity displayed by Clark, 22, who was a a band officer and resident adviser in West Ambler Johnston dormitory.

“His smile was his trademark wherever he went,” one speaker told the crowd in the gym of Lakeside High School, from which Clark graduated.

Meanwhile, classes at Virginia Tech are scheduled to resume on Monday, and school President Charles Steger on Saturday urged students and faculty to “take care of one another.”

In an e-mail to faculty, staff and students, he praised their ability to pull together following the killings.

“We have demonstrated that we are not going to allow the tragic events of this last week to divide or define us,” he wrote.

Students were given the option of withdrawing or taking their current grades without finishing the term. Those interviewed have overwhelmingly said they plan to return to class at Virginia Tech.

“I just want to get back to normal and forget about Cho and just get back to the normality of going to school, finishing work and just living as a Hokie,” said Karan Grewal, who shared a dorm with Cho for nine months prior to the shootings.

“We all need a sense of normalcy, of routine back,” said student Tricia Sangalang. “This our first step to moving forward.” (Watch shaken students say why they’re returning Video)

In a sign of life slowly moving toward the routine, the first athletic event since the massacre was held Friday evening on campus, when Virginia Tech and the University of Miami took the field for a baseball game.

I look at Ryan and Emily and think how could he have continued his life after he took theirs…Life at its cruelest and harshest momments is still precious.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

~ by thebabyboomerqueen on April 26, 2007.

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