A week later and Virginia Tech is still a national story. Lots of press — some good, lots exploitive — but Neely Tucker of The Washington Post nails the story of what life and the future holds for Blacksburg:

Big cities, big places, they don’t worry like this. Shooting sprees, mass death — they don’t become linked in the national consciousness to their moment of suffering.

Small towns, little-known places, they often do. It’s not fair, but it’s still the way it is.

Columbine, Waco, Oklahoma City, even Pearl Harbor.

Tragedy tends to stick. John Rowan, proprietor, Rendezvous Tattoos, Main Street, Blacksburg, America:

"This is the last place in the world where you’d expect something like this to happen, and here we set a record for it, the worst shooting in the country."

You want to know surreal? The University of Miami baseball team came to play a series against Virginia Tech on campus this weekend.

It was the first regular campus event since 32 students were shot to death by a fellow classmate.

The Hurricanes were planning to bring an extra cop to Blacksburg so they’d feel safe.

Read the above sentence again.

This is a joke, right? A town of 40,000, more than half of them college students, a rural pocket of off-the-interstate America, a town with zero murders in the previous year, a place where the crime report for the year reads 22 burglaries, seven sex offenses, six weapons violations, 194 liquor law violations — and Miami thinks this place is rough?