DETROIT (AP) - A graduate student and former Michigan resident who was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers was among those killed in the Virginia Tech massacre, the team announced.
Brian Bluhm, 25, also spent time in Louisville, Ky., where he graduated from duPont Manual High School in 2000, school officials there said.
Jefferson County (Ky.) Public Schools spokeswoman Lauren Roberts said that Manual Principal Beverly Keepers recalled Bluhm as a
National Honor Society member and "very smart."
"He was a little quiet ... but just a really nice young man," Roberts told The Courier-Journal in Louisville.
The announcement of Bluhm's death was made before the team's game Tuesday night at Comerica Park against the Kansas City Royals, which Detroit went on to win 7-6. A moment of silence also was observed for victims of Monday's massacre.
Bluhm grew up in the Detroit suburb of Troy and moved when he was about 7, the Detroit Free Press reported. He was to graduate in two weeks with a master's degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech, The Detroit News reported.
After high school, his family moved to Virginia, and he considered Blacksburg his home, his former roommate, Michael Marshall of Richmond, Va., told the Louisville newspaper.
"He was very smart," Marshall said. "He was finishing writing his thesis. He had a job lined up in Baltimore."
Bluhm was a regular on online message boards discussing the Tigers. He also was among the top friends on Tigers centerfielder Curtis Granderson's page on online networking Web site MySpace.com.
"I had yet to meet him, but through the world of MySpace, you kind of get close to who he is," said Granderson, who made Bluhm the No. 1 friend on his MySpace page on Tuesday.
One fan in the stands for Tuesday night's game had a poster that read: "RIP" in Bluhm's memory.
Monday's campus rampage consisted of two attacks, more than two hours apart - first at a dormitory, where two people were killed, then inside a classroom building, where 31 people, including the gunman, died.
Bluhm was a thoughtful and prolific writer who was a member of the Motownsports.com Web site, The News reported. He had posted almost 35,000 times over the past five years - many talking about the team's games.
"The online community is hard for people to understand," Alan Chichester, 26, from Swartz Creek, told the newspaper. "But when it came to the Tigers, there was no one more passionate or more intelligent about the Tigers, and no greater guy, than Brian."
"When you're hanging on every pitch and every at-bat for multiple summers, you do grow close to these people."
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