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Two VT students found murdered

MONTGOMERY COUNTY – Police are investigating the shooting deaths of two Virginia Tech students whose bodies were found early Thursday.
According to Brian Wright of Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, a passerby found the bodies just after 8 a.m. in the Caldwell Field area off Craig’s Creek Road in Jefferson National Forest. The victims were identified as 19-year-old David Lee Metzler of Lynchburg and 18-year-old Heidi Lynn Childs of Bedford County.
Both students lived off campus, according to Wright.
Upon arrival at the scene, Wright said deputies found Metzler’s body inside a car and Childs’ body lying outside the car. Both victims were dead when authorities arrived. The investigation revealed both had been shot.
Police are calling the case a double homicide.
Wright said no suspects have been identified at this time.
As a result of the murders, Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger issued a statement to the “University Community” Thursday.
“It is with great sorrow that I write to you about an off-campus tragedy involving Virginia Tech students,” Steger’s statement began.
He goes on to say that authorities have confirmed two Virginia Tech students were victims of a homicide “sometime last night” and that their bodies were found in the Caldwell Field area in northern Montgomery County. He describes Caldwell Field as a “popular day use area” that is “about 12-15 miles from campus.”
According to Steger, Metzler was a sophomore in industrial and systems engineering and Childs was a sophomore in biochemistry.
Steger urges anyone who may have information about the case to contact police at 540-382-2951.
“Trauma like this is deeply painful to us all,” Steger continues. “Once again, this community is visited by senseless violence and tragedy upon aspiring young minds from our campus. I know that many of you likely have complex feelings about now. How can this happen in this area, at this time, to this community? I urge you to counsel your colleagues and fellow students and to seek help if at all necessary.”
He urged both individuals and groups in need of counseling to contact Cook Counseling Center.
“We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and will assist in any way possible. No amount of words can counteract their grief, but know that the university administration and everyone within this community intensely feels this pain,” he concluded.

Two VT students found murdered

MONTGOMERY COUNTY – Police are investigating the shooting deaths of two Virginia Tech students whose bodies were found early Thursday.
According to Brian Wright of Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, a passerby found the bodies just after 8 a.m. in the Caldwell Field area off Craig’s Creek Road in Jefferson National Forest. The victims were identified as 19-year-old David Lee Metzler of Lynchburg and 18-year-old Heidi Lynn Childs of Bedford County.
Both students lived off campus, according to Wright.
Upon arrival at the scene, Wright said deputies found Metzler’s body inside a car and Childs’ body lying outside the car. Both victims were dead when authorities arrived. The investigation revealed both had been shot.
Police are calling the case a double homicide.
Wright said no suspects have been identified at this time.
As a result of the murders, Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger issued a statement to the “University Community” Thursday.
“It is with great sorrow that I write to you about an off-campus tragedy involving Virginia Tech students,” Steger’s statement began.
He goes on to say that authorities have confirmed two Virginia Tech students were victims of a homicide “sometime last night” and that their bodies were found in the Caldwell Field area in northern Montgomery County. He describes Caldwell Field as a “popular day use area” that is “about 12-15 miles from campus.”
According to Steger, Metzler was a sophomore in industrial and systems engineering and Childs was a sophomore in biochemistry.
Steger urges anyone who may have information about the case to contact police at 540-382-2951.
“Trauma like this is deeply painful to us all,” Steger continues. “Once again, this community is visited by senseless violence and tragedy upon aspiring young minds from our campus. I know that many of you likely have complex feelings about now. How can this happen in this area, at this time, to this community? I urge you to counsel your colleagues and fellow students and to seek help if at all necessary.”
He urged both individuals and groups in need of counseling to contact Cook Counseling Center.
“We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and will assist in any way possible. No amount of words can counteract their grief, but know that the university administration and everyone within this community intensely feels this pain,” he concluded.