Prof Liviu Librescu’s heoric act:
According to media accounts quoting students, Mr. Librescu and the class heard shooting in a nearby room. The students said their professor blocked the door to prevent the gunman from entering while some students took cover underneath desks and others leaped out from windows. (Source: New York Times)
The professor saved all the students in that classroom because he blocked the door. He was a holocaust survivor and a Jewish Israeli citizen.
Waleed Shaalan’s heroic act:
He was gunned down on Monday while he was studying in Norris Hall, but witnesses say he died a hero.
According to Randy Dymond, a civil engineering professor at Virginia Tech, Mr. Shaalan was in a classroom with another student when the gunman entered and opened fire.
Mr. Shaalan was badly wounded and lay beside the other student, who was not shot but played dead, as the gunman returned two times searching for signs of life. Just as the gunman noticed the student, Mr. Shaalan made a move to distract him, at which point he was shot a second time and died. The student believed that Mr. Shaalan purposefully distracted the shooter to save him, Mr. Dymond said. (Source: New York Times)
Waleed was a father of 1-year-old son and a husband for three years. He was a Muslim from Egypt.
Okay MR, whatâ€™s your point?
Both of these human beings sacrificed their own lives to save others who they probably didnâ€™t even know that well. Waleed sacrificed his life for a non-Muslim. He was just studying when the shooter came in. The professor saved his entire class from the shooter. He didnâ€™t think twice about doing it.
One Jew and one Muslim: both martyrs.
[A martyr is a person who is put to death or endures suffering because of a belief, principle or cause. Please see this comment for more clarification.]
â€œFrom God we came and unto Him we shall return.â€ (Qurâ€™an)
May God give patience to the families and friends of all 33 deceased. May God bless them all.