Lauren McCain

Lauren McCain

Hometown: Hampton, Va.

Age: 20

Class: Freshman

Major: International Studies, German

Profile: Freshman Lauren McCain claimed two heroes on her MySpace page: Jesus Christ and her brother, Joel.

She loved all music ("except country!") and liked sci-fi movies ("if it has to do with some alternate-reality or post-apocalyptic world, that's great.")

She was an international studies and German major, according to friend and study-mate Matt Croushorn, a fellow member of Campus Crusade for Christ. Croushorn was taking macroeconomics with McCain this semester. He thinks McCain was in her German class at the time of the shootings.

"She was a really nice person. She was smart," he said. "She was fun to talk to."

Croushorn said McCain was the only one of his friends whom he couldn't reach by yesterday morning. When he tried to call her once more, her mother answered.

McCain's mom told him that she still hadn't found her daughter, whose body was not identified until later in the day, he said.

"I just didn't know what to say," Croushorn said.

-- Amy Gardner, The Washington Post

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