Va. Tech students raise funds for slain officer’s family (how you can help)

As the Virginia Tech community mourns the loss of slain police officer Deriek Crouse, students have come together to raise funds for his wife, son and four stepsons the Roanoke Times reports. Crouse, 39, was shot and killed Thursday during a routine traffic stop, an incident that invoked memories of the 2007 shooting that left 32 dead, the Associated Press reports. As the slain officer and Iraq War veteran was remembered Monday as a “loving husband, father and public servant,” students continued to encourage community members to donate money to help the Crouse family.

“It just broke my heart knowing that these kids wouldn’t have their father around for the holidays,” Bethany Darnley, 22, a human development major from Pittsburgh, told the Roanoke Times.

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Virginia Tech security put to the test in gun scare

A Virginia Tech gun scare raised international interest in minutes Thursday as the campus was alerted and secured, police went on a search and a sketch of a suspect was produced, the Roanoke Times reports. But as the day wore on and media inquiries came from stateside and abroad, no evidence was turned up of a safety threat–a situation that started about 9 a.m. That’s when three teenage girls reported that they’d seen a man possibly carrying a gun near Dietrick Dining Hall, university officials said. The girls were on campus as part of Higher Achievement, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that sponsors academic programs for at-risk middle school students…

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