Hilscher was a freshman from Woodville, VA. The Richmond Times-Dispatch said she came to Virginia Tech from rural Rappahannock County, was majoring in animal and poultry sciences and lived next door to Ryan Clark on the fourth floor of West Ambler Johnston Hall in rooms 4040 and 4042. Hilscher was known around her hometown as an animal lover. "She worked at a veterinarian's office and cared about them her whole life," said Rappahannock County Administrator John W. McCarthy, a family friend.
A friend, Will Nachless, also 19, said Hilscher "was always very friendly. Before I even knew her, I thought she was very outgoing, friendly and helpful, and she was great in chemistry."
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