Blacksburg Medical Examiner Not Giving Families Access

We’ve just been sent a few emails coming from one of the families of the victims in the Blacksburg Tragedy, apparently the medical examiner is refusing families access to the bodies of their children pending a full confirmation of the identities of the victims:

John Doe (name changed to protect the innocent) has been calling asking, begging, for someone here to try to help him. The medical examiner at VT is holding onto all of the bodies pending final ID. They won’t let him see his boy

I can’t imagine the trauma that these families have been through and now having travelled from all over and not be allowed to mourn your loss in a very personal manner… it’s horrific. Worse still is the image that it’s been so difficult to identify your loved ones. This incident is truly an atrocity.

1 Comment so far

  1. MBFan#2 (unregistered) on April 18th, 2007 @ 6:03 pm

    Well, I think it makes sense for the authorities to be thorough when making an ID of the victim. You don’t want the same mistaken identity situation that happened when two blond-haired friends were in an accident in the midwest, one died and the other lived. The horrendous shock that must have been when the families found out the switch.

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