One of Joshua's friends sent the following e-mail message to the president of the Oakton band boosters yesterday. It speaks for itself:
I am writing to tell you all and the band community about some Hokies I know about in order to further the information in your E-mails today. I'm currently in Roanoke with a group of friends staying at a friend’s house for the evening; (name deleted) is with me and he is doing well. On top of that I know that (3 names deleted) all made it through this morning's events physically unscathed.
Emotionally, however, is a different story. Personally, I am a wreck. While I am currently less upset than I was earlier today, I'm still shocked, stunned, and very very very sad. The sadness is the emotion that currently holds me the tightest. To think that each one of the thirty three people that died today were just like me, were just like (name deleted), just like (name deleted), just like any student that has passed through the Oakton band program, is positively bone chilling. Please, please let the Oakton band community know the pain that Blacksburg and Virginia Tech and former Oakton students are feeling tonight and will be feeling for some time. Please, please keep the victims and the families in your prayers.
Furthermore, please try to keep the list of alumni who are safe updated. It's great to hear that people are safe and sound after such a terrible day.