Nicole White

Nicole White

Hometown: Smithfield, Va.

Age: 20

Class: Junior

Major: International Studies, German

Profile: Nicole R. White was capable of being serious one moment, silly the next.

"You see things, and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?' " reads a quote the 20-year-old junior posted with her Facebook profile. Below it, she added a quote from the quirky comedy "Napoleon Dynamite," which she listed as her favorite movie.

She was a member of the Beta Club at Smithfield High School, and she worked as a lifeguard.

She was close to her family, from her mother back home in Smithfield in eastern Virginia to cousins at various colleges. Multiple cousins posted messages on her Facebook wall Monday morning, begging her to call to confirm that she was safe. By the next morning, cousin Erinn Field posted the bad news: White had been killed in her German class, which she was taking as part of her double major in German and international studies.

Relatives and close friends could not be reached for comment yesterday, but their messages filled her virtual wall alongside pictures of her long red hair and wide smile.

"Nicole was an amazing friend. She was quirky and spontaneous. She never did quite what anyone expected," Melissa Parden wrote.

In her profile, White professed her love for music including Bob Marley, Janis Joplin and Outkast, as well her love of one book -- "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

-- Megan Greenwell, The Washington Post
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