Heidi Lynn Childs and David Lee Metzler are the Virginia Tech Students murdered and found in the Jefferson National Forest. Said to be close friends, Childs and Metzler were found shot to death Thursday at a popular forest campground, known as Cadwell Fields, about 15 minutes from the VA Tech campus. New video added. See update below
Heidi Childs of Forest, Virginia was 18 years old and David Metzler of Lynchburg was 19. FoxNews reports that Mr. Metzler was found inside a car and Miss Childs was found somewhere outside the car. It is believed the couple were murdered on Wednesday night, August 26th.
Heidi was a sophomore and a biochemistry major. David was a sophomore industrial and systems engineering major.
No suspects or persons-of-interest have been identified.
In 2007, Virginia Tech was the scene of the deadliest school shootings in history. Known as the Virginia Tech Massacre, the shooter was a VA Tech student. Thirty two died, and many were wounded when Seung-Hui Cho opened fire on the student body. The murders of Virginia Tech students, Childs and Metzler, has set the University on edge and reaching out to students, many of whom were students at the time of the 2007 Massacre.
Friends of Heidi and her family will have an opportunity to offer condolences from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, August 30th at Tharp Funeral Home in Lynchburg, VA. Heidi’s funeral will be Monday, August 31st at 3 p.m. at Heritage Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Heidi’s home church. Internment will follow at Virginia Memorial Park in Bedford County.
Friends of David and his family will have an opportunity to offer condolences from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, August 30th at Heritage Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA. David’s funeral will be Monday, August 31st at 1 p.m. at Heritage Baptist Church. Internment will follow at Virginia Memorial Park in Bedford County after Heidi’s service.
This report says that Heidi and David were in a “relationship,” and attended Heritage Baptist church “for a long time, and were members of Campus Crusade for Christ.” God bless these two young people. It seems it isn’t safe to leave your house anymore.
Heidi and David both worked at Mountain Frost Creamery in Lynchburg.
Heidi’s father is reportedly a Virginia State Trooper.
The news reminds us that the Virginia Tech Massacre and the deaths of David and Heidi are not the only macabre incidents at the school. Remember the January 2009 murder of Xin Yang, 22. She was enjoying a cup of coffee in a VA Tech campus cafe when a man who listed her as an emergency contact, walked in and beheaded her with a kitchen knife?
Quotes from friends at David’s funeral:
“He was just full of joy and full of life,” David Logan said.
“He was real,” Morgan Paulette said.
The crowd laughed when student ministries pastor at Heritage Baptist, Kent Gregory, said, “I will miss his dignified ways and his monstrous belching.”
“David I love you man. I really do… I can’t wait to see you again,” Logan said.
Matt Durran, Metzler’s brother-in-law, said, “He was rapidly becoming more of a peer to me who I had great respect and admiration for.”
Family says he was a genuinine person. “He was more than a good son, good brother. He loves his 3 sisters…he would do anything for his sisters,” Metzler’s father said.
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