Leslie Sherman, a 20-year-old honor student, was killed in French class at Virginia Tech. Her parents, Tony Sherman and Holly Adams, say they want people to know just how proud they are of their daughter. "We were blessed for 20 years. We also recognize that there are too many people that waste their lives," Holly says. "She managed to pack more into her 20 years than most people do in a lifetime, so we want to celebrate her achievements as much as possible."
Tony says Leslie, who planned to study in Moscow in the summer of 2007, also ran the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2006. "She had been working on that for a year, and it was a goal. She was very goal-oriented, and you knew for a fact when she said she was going to accomplish a goal you could consider it done," Tony says.
As she ran the marathon, Leslie saw posters cheering runners on to beat Oprah's time of 4:29:30. "She ran it in 4:02 and some-odd seconds," Tony says. "When she was done, she told us that one of her goals was she was goaded by the sign to beat Oprah. And she did! … She was so very proud of her achievement, and we certainly were as well."