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Kelsey says that Caitlin's death has put things in perspective for her and her friends. "You have to live life every day like it was your last, and you know, most people don't do that because the chances of something like this happening are rare," she says. "But it's safe to say that Caitlin did that. She was 100 percent positive every single day. Up and ready to go and just happy all the time."

After such a terrible tragedy, do the girls still feel like they want to stay on campus? "Of course," Kelsey says. "Hokie pride is the best thing going right now. And Virginia Tech has done an amazing job with everything and they've handled the situation to their best ability, and I don't think it could have happened any better."

Rochelle agrees. "Nobody could have done anything. If it didn't happen on Monday, it would have happened another day. Cutting classes that afternoon, it might have delayed him but I don't think that it would have changed anything, and blaming somebody isn't going to help it," Rochelle says. "It's what happened and we're going to get through it together. We're Hokies. Everybody's Hokies."
FROM: An Oprah Special Report:  Lisa Ling at Virginia Tech
Published on January 01, 2006


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