It was April 2007. David Cariens Jr. was sitting in the family room of his home, having just had surgery, when the news that a single gunman had shot and killed 32 people and wounded at least 17 others at Virginia Tech came onto his television.
The tragedy hit close to home. Cariens had lost his daughter-in-law, Angela Dales, on Jan. 16, 2002 in the shooting at the Appalachian School of Law. The tragedy had prompted Cariens to write “A
Question of Accountability: The Murder of Angela Dales,” which was in the hands of his publisher when the reported events of the Virginia Tech massacre first shook the nation.
“Within 24 hours, I could tell from the news broadcasts the stark parallels between the two shootings,” said Cariens.
As a retired CIA officer who currently teaches intelligence analysis and writing in the U.S. and abroad, as well as a victims’ rights advocate, Cariens’ efforts to help the victims’ families through sharing his research brought him closer to those affected by the shooting. From there, the Northumberland County resident took the lead in writing a book on the tragedy from the victims’ point of view.
Cariens’ upcoming publication, “Virginia Tech: Make Sure It Doesn’t Get Out” seeks to expose the alleged abdication of leadership and authority by law enforcement personnel, school officials and politicians in connection with the Virginia Tech shooting. In addition, the title aims to raise public awareness of what occurred before, during, and after the shooting, in an effort to support the victims’ families’ efforts to bring changes in state and federal…
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