Virginia Tech Student Clings to Life

Sean McQuade was shot in the face at Norris Hall on the Virginia Tech campus on Monday.

Sean, a star high school athlete from New Jersey, is in a coma.
He has a bullet lodged in his head close to his ear.

Sean McQuade’s family has been in Blacksburg to be with their son since they heard the terrible news on Monday that he had been shot.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:

Sean McQuade stands 6-foot-3 and was a reliable varsity basketball and baseball player at Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill. He earned varsity letters in both sports during each of his four high school years.

McQuade, shot in the face during the Virginia Tech massacre Monday, remained in critical condition last night at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, in Roanoke, Va., according to hospital spokesman Eric Earnhart.

He underwent surgery Monday night.

His mother, Jody McQuade, learned of her son’s injury while at work at a real estate office on Mullica Hill’s Main Street, according to a source close to the family.

Another person who works in the real estate office has a son at Virginia Tech, and that student phoned the office about 10 a.m. Monday.

Jody McQuade became anxious, wondering why her son had not called.

Once she learned her son had been shot in the worst mass shooting in American history, family members – including grandparents and Sean McQuade’s sister – drove to Virginia.

Sean is at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Please remember Sean McQuade in your thoughts and prayers today.

UPDATE: (Thursday AM) Sean is improving. His condition was upgraded to serious yesterday.

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