2007 News Story

Saudi leadership condoles President Bush on Virginia Tech massacre

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz have each cabled President George W. Bush to offer their condolences on the April 16 shooting at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Thirty-three people were killed and more than 20 wounded when a gunman opened fire at the Blacksburg, Virginia campus. It is the deadliest shooting in modern US history.

King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan both expressed profound sorrow at the tragic event and offered condolences on behalf of the Saudi people to President Bush, the families of the victims and to the American people. They also wished a speedy recovery to those who were wounded in the massacre.

On April 17, Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel Al-Jubeir extended his deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims. In addition, Cultural Attaché Dr. Mazyed Almazyed attended the April 17 convocation in memory of the victims in Blacksburg and expressed condolences to the Virginia Tech community.

No Saudi students were injured in the Virginia Tech shooting. Through the Cultural Mission, the Embassy directly contacted each student as well as the Saudi Student Club and the international students’ office at Virginia Tech to confirm that all of the Saudi students enrolled at the university were safe.