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Friends say Rappahannock freshman killed in Tech shootings

Date published: 4/16/2007


Friends and neighbors of a freshman from Rappahan nock County say she was one of the victims of yesterday's slayings at Virginia Tech.

Police did not immediately identify any of the victims, but several people close to Emily Hilscher, 18, of Woodville said she was killed in the Norris Hall shootings.

Friends posting messages of tribute on the Internet site "Facebook" last night re membered her as a vibrant girl with an engaging person ality.

"Emily was a kind and wonderful person who al ways put a smile on my face," wrote Jessica Gould.

Culpeper County resident Mary Alphin, a Virginia Tech graduate, started a prayer chain yesterday afternoon to both remember Emily and as a means to begin the healing at her alma mater.

Hilscher was a 2006 grad uate of Rappahannock Coun ty High. She was the daugh ter of Eric and Elizabeth Hilscher.

According to several friends and neighbors of the family, her boyfriend, with whom she had attended high school and who is also a Virginia Tech student, had dropped her off for class before the rampage.

Donnie Johnston: djohnston@freelancestar.com