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« on: August 27, 2009, 07:19:51 PM »

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BLACKSBURG, Va. — Two Virginia Tech University students were found slain Thursday at a Jefferson National Forest campground that is a popular hangout for students, authorities said.

The latest killings are hitting a campus still reeling from the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history and the beheading of a student earlier this year.

The bodies of David Lee Metzler, 19, of Lynchburg and Heidi Lynn Childs, 18, of Forest were found by a passerby, Montgomery County Sheriff Lt. Brian Wright said. Both appear to have been shot, he said. Wright said Metzler's body was found inside a car in the parking area of the Caldwell Fields campground and Childs was found outside the car. The campground is about 15 miles from Virginia Tech's campus in Blacksburg.

A suspect has not been identified and autopsies were being conducted in Roanoke.

Metzler was a sophomore industrial and systems engineering major and Childs, a sophomore biochemistry major.

In an e-mail to students and staff, Virginia Tech President Charles Steger again was counseling his campus community. Two years ago, a student gunman killed 32 others and himself. In January, a doctoral student beheaded a fellow student in a campus cafe.

"Trauma like this is deeply painful to us all," Steger wrote. "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?"

Steger said the university would post information about memorial services on its Web site.

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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2009, 09:18:29 PM »

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office has identified two homicide victims found this morning as Virginia Tech students who lived near Lynchburg.

The victims are David Lee Metzler, 19, and Heidi Lynn Childs, 18, both of Lynchburg. The two lived off-campus, according to law enforcement officials.

According to the Tech Web site, Metzler is an industrial and systems engineering major, and Childs was studying biochemistry.

The bodies of the young adults were found this morning in the Jefferson National Forest in Montgomery County, the sheriff's office said.

Sheriff Tommy Whitt said it is being considered a double homicide. Whitt said both victims appear to have been shot but he wouldn't say how many times or where on their bodies. "It's brutal. It's ugly," he said.

The man’s body was found inside a car and the woman’s body outside the car, Whitt said. He said the bodies would be taken to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke for autopsies.

The bodies were found in the day use area of Caldwell Fields, a campground on Craig Creek Road, by a bicyclist or a hiker about 8 a.m., Whitt said. He said he believes the killings took place between last night and this morning.

A suspect has not been identified and no weapons were found at the scene, Whitt said. Investigators have been on scene all day attempting to gather evidence.

Whitt said deputies have checked the car's registration and were checking to see if it may have been registered at Virginia Tech. Caldwell Fields, which is only a mile or two from the Craig County line, is a popular hangout spot for Tech students, an official with the U.S. Forest Service said.

Deputies' cellphones don't have a signal in the area, and Whitt said Sprint offered to bring them cellphones that would have service.
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2009, 03:38:45 PM »

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The funeral services for two Virginia Tech sophomores who apparently were shot to death last week in the Caldwell Fields section of the Jefferson National Forest are scheduled for today in Lynchburg.

As of Sunday evening, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office still was seeking leads for the shooting, which they believe occurred either Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

Services for David Lee Metzler, 19, of Lynchburg and Heidi Lynn Childs, 18, of Forest will be held at Heritage Baptist Church, which both students attended.

Metzler's service will be at 1 p.m., while Childs' will be at 3 p.m. Each service will be streamed live on Heritage Baptist Church's Web site at www.hbclynchburg.com.

In lieu of flowers, the families request that contributions be made to Campus Crusade for Christ. Metzler and Childs were actively involved in this organization's Virginia Tech chapter.

-- Jenny Kincaid Boone



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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2010, 10:42:00 AM »

Police arrest suspect in Blue Ridge Parkway shootings, may be connected to unsolved murders April 9, 10:27 PM

On Wednesday afternoon, police surrounded a home in Stuarts Draft, Va., and took Ralph Leon Jackson, 56, into custody. The arrest came as a result of a Crime Stoppers tip received that morning.

In a news conference following the arrest, Augusta County Sheriff Randy Fisher said: “There is no doubt that we have in custody the person responsible for the April 5 shooting. He is being interviewed right now as we speak and he has made incriminating statements.”

On Monday, Tim Davis, 27 and Christina S. Floyd, 18, were shot at a popular scenic view on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Afton, Va. The two were watching the sunset at Rock Point Overlook, when Jackson allegedly pulled up behind them and opened fire with a shotgun from his car.

Davis, a disc jockey in Charlottesville, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, was actually propelled down the hill from the force of the shotgun blast. Rescuers later found him nearly 200 feet from where he had been sitting.

Though shot, Floyd, apparently confronted the shooter, and reportedly shouted: “‘Why are you doing this?’”

Sheriff Fisher said Jackson replied: “Because I’m crazy.”

Both victims were shot in the upper back, head, and neck. While Floyd is listed in fair condition and recovering from her wounds, Davis is still listed in critical condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Neither Davis, nor Floyd know Jackson.

Sheriff Fisher told reporters: “There’s no rhyme or reason. But the public can breathe somewhat easier.”

Jackson has been charged with attempted capital murder.

The FBI is reportedly investigating Jackson for any involvement he may have with the August 2009 unsolved murder of two Virginia Tech students Montgomery County.

On the morning of August 27, 2009, the bodies of students David Lee Metzler, 19, and Heidi Lynn Childs, 18, at the Caldwell Fields Campground, located off of US 460. The pair were shot to death.

Metzler’s body was found inside his 1992 Toyota, while Childs’ was found outside.
The campsite is a popular destination for Virginia Tech students.

Montgomery County Sheriff Tommy Whitt described the double-murder as “a random act of brutal violence.”

Both Metzler and Childs were sophomores. Childs’ father is a Virginia State Trooper.
http://www.examiner.com/x-5919-Norfolk-Crime-Examiner~y2010m4d9-Police-arrest-suspect-in-Blue-Ridge-Parkway-shootings-may-be-connected-to-unsolved-murders
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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2010, 12:06:19 PM »

      Evil, not crazy imo.  Pure evil.   
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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2012, 01:20:29 PM »

Parkway shooter sentenced

 By Lisa Provence | lisa@readthehook.com
 Published online 4:55pm Thursday Jun 9th, 2011
and in print issue #1024 dated Thursday Jun 16th, 2011

Ralph Leon Jackson

The man who fired upon two strangers and terrorized the Blue Ridge Parkway in April 2010 was sentenced June 9 in federal court in Harrisonburg.
 
Ralph Leon Jackson, 57, previously had pleaded guilty to one count of murder in the slaying of Tim Davis, a DJ at WNRN, one count of assaulting Christina Floyd with intent to murder, and two weapons charges for using a 20-gauge shotgun to blast the couple as they were taking in the sunset at Rock Point Overlook on April 5, 2010.
 
Jackson already had agreed to a life sentence for the murder charge. To be served consecutively with that, he picked up 35 years on the weapons charges and 240 months for assaulting Floyd.
 
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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2012, 01:25:32 PM »

How many like this are walking among us?  WOW
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2013, 01:25:16 PM »

http://www.nbc12.com/story/23275420/reward-increased-for-leads-in-unsolved-murder-of-va-tech-students
Reward increased for leads in unsolved murder of two VA Tech students
Posted: Aug 28, 2013 6:28 AM CST Updated: Aug 28, 2013 6:28 AM CST

BLACKSBURG, VA (WWBT) -

The reward for leads in the unsolved murders of two Virginia Tech student is about to go up.
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