Cadets marching Wednesday from the Virginia Tech campus to Westview
Cemetery in Blacksburg, Va., for the burial of Matthew La Porte.
Va. Tech cadets help bury La PorteThursday, April 26, 2007
By KATHLEEN CARROLL
A whistle silenced the 700 cadets. Their backs snapped upright. Hundreds of black boots clicked in unison.
They stared straight ahead, expressionless.
The leaders of each company sounded out their reports. All here. All accounted for. All except one.
“March, cadets! March for our fallen brother!”
Row by row, the cadets pivoted to their right and marched away from the upper quad at Virginia Tech University and toward Westview Cemetery in Blacksburg, Va. There, they buried their brother, 20-year-old Matthew La Porte of Dumont, with full military honors, nine days after a gunman killed him and 31 others. More…