Remembering an egyptian Hero

In case you didn't know, there was an egyptian Victim amongst the V-Tech shootings: 32 year old Waleen Shaalan, who got killed while trying to stop the crazy fucker gunman and save the life of another student. He is survived by his wife and 1 year old baby.

May God bless you Waleed, for being who youa re and for doing what you did. You are a true egyptian Hero!

35 Comments on Remembering an egyptian Hero

  1. leo
    April 23, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    The more I think about it, the more it makes me angry.

    If only one other student were to have a gun. How many live could be saved.

  2. RW
    April 23, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    In 1966 when a student with a brain tumor took a high tower and started shooting it was students who engaged him that kept the carnage from being worse.

    Sadly, all these lives were lost because of a demented guy who was literally a ticking time bomb.

  3. Nomad
    April 23, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    condoleances to the family

  4. Enrique Camarena (you favorite meshica)
    April 23, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    Sorry, but Waleen Shaalan is not an Egyptian hero, but a universal hero for the ages. He proved, as so many before him that you don´t need a couple of .45’s at your hip and an AK in your shoulder to be a hero and fight violence. Right to keep and bear arms? Nonsense! My deepest condolences and prayers to his family. (Of course he also proved that egyptians and islamics are NOT intrinsecally violent)

  5. woodie4827
    April 23, 2007 at 4:36 pm

    What a handsome couple! My condolences and prayers are with the family.

  6. Valerie
    April 23, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    A hero, and a great loss to his family and all the rest of us. God bless his family.

  7. tommy
    April 23, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    Cute couple. I heard about Waleen actions and, of course, given his name, assumed he was an Arab. I didn’t know he was an Egyptian. Yes, a true hero.

  8. Babs
    April 23, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    Thank you Mr. Shaalan for helping to stop the carnage… My sympathies to your widow and your children. The fact that you were Egyptian somehow makes it even worse for me as an American.
    What a sad state of events.
    How did this guy get a few guns? We have to look carefully at this as a society. I don’t have any answers about crazy people gone wild but, we really have to think about this long and hard.
    The U.S. holds very dear the 2nd amendment. I am not sure, given our constitution, that we can stop this kind of carnage. Until someone tells me that the purchase of the guns and ammo by Cho was illegal, I don’t really know what we can do to stop crazy people from acting out their fantasies (which have escalated to a great degree with the internet).
    After all, we can all dial up beheadings and all other manner of carnage on the internet today. The fact that this lone sicko actually played out so much of what is currently available to view… Well, I am not sure what to say.

  9. andy
    April 23, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    my deepest sympathy are with the family of the deceased! – but what about the more than 50 innocent civilians who got killed the same day in Irak? Nobody cares anymore – nobody remembers them the way we do the innocently killed at v-tech – we should not be surprised that such an insane carnage happened in the USA – a country who’s majority of people still think the more guns the safer we are! what a perverted, stupid way of thinking! a country where more than then times more people get killed every year by firearms than in any other industrialised country on this earth!

  10. belisariusx
    April 23, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    What a waste of a good life. It is nice to see a Muslim in the news who was trying to stop the murderer instead of being the murderer. G-d bless this man and his family.

  11. Eric
    April 23, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    Actually, his gun purchases were illegal. If the state had bothered to inform the Feds that he was recieving mental health treatment, the background check would have shown it. The LAW said the Feds should have been told. The STATE said, not in our budget. Waleen was a brave man.

  12. Hannah
    April 23, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    Alev ha shalem.

    I was wondering when stories would come out about the people who pro-actively tried to stop this shmuck. I can’t imagine how he passed any psychological tests to get out of the institution!

  13. John Cunningham
    April 23, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    Been a rough week here in the States and Egypt and, I’m sure they feel awful, South Korea. Babs, we can’t blame (shoot) all the messengers we have now a days. Technology is such that crazies could walk a nuclear bomb into a population center. We have to be able to tell people that they’re crazy without worrying about hurting someone’s feelings. There are evil, crazy people on the planet.

  14. Anna
    April 23, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    Or that nut in Iran could send a nuclear bomb over here (USA) any second.
    We think they are evil, crazy people, they think we are evil and George Bush is Satan..I saw the most disturbing images in the movie “Obsession of a radical Islam” or something like that
    About being a hero..Mr.Shaalan could have been sitting with his back to the door and not done anything-still a hero. All 32 victims and injured are heros.
    what a lovely couple.

  15. Patrick
    April 23, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    I was so saddened by the VT tragedy. 32 people with so much potential, vitality, and so much to live for have their lives so senselessly taken away from them. The stories of Ryan Clark and Waleed particularly got to me. My sympathies are with all the families, and my deepest condolences to Waleed’s parents, his wife, and his one-year old son. He died a true hero, and I think he should have gotten more attention for his actions. He is a tribute to Egyptian morality. This was a tragedy in the deepest sense of the world. I’m sure he is, along with the other victims, kicking it with God as we speak. May he blessed with a state of fulfillment.

    Leo, A person with another gun would not have solved the problem. It would have just made the possibility of a second shooter a lot easier. If someone else wanted a gun for protection, they could have gotten it. Clearly nobody saw it as necessary. Moreover, if guns are made easier to get it, psychopaths and criminals like Cho Seung Ho would have a much easier time committing their unspeakable acts. The only solution to this problem is an assault weapons ban and very strict regulations on owning all types of guns. Obviously all gunowners should be registered and nobody with a history of mental illness should even be able to have a hunting rifle.

  16. yochanan
    April 23, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    even if you were legally allowed to carry a gun the campus prevented it. I don’t support un trained people being able to carry guns but there were some very train people who were not allowed to carry as well

    one prof. also died a hero a 77 year old holocoust survivor gave his life in slowing down the murder so his students could escape.

  17. Eva, Canada
    April 24, 2007 at 3:27 am

    There were more heros in this tragedy, Liviu Librescu and Nikki Giovanni. Professor Librescu ( Jewish holocaust survivor) barred the door to his classroom with his own body and bought with his life enough time for some of his students to escape. Professor Giovanni was the one teacher who had the murderer in her class who would not tolerate his threatening behaviour and kicked him out – and had to threaten to resign to do it.

    Hail to the heroes, all of them. As for the victims, may they rest in peace. However, calling victims heroes as someone here did, means stripping heroism of its value.

  18. Stevie
    April 24, 2007 at 5:54 am

    We should see more of THIS, sandboy.

    Prove your people aren’t worthy of nuclear annhilation.

    Come to think of it… How do we know this guy wasn’t collaborating with the killer? It wouldn’t be a stretch.

  19. tommy
    April 24, 2007 at 6:37 am


    Really? I didn’t hear about Nikki Giovanni attempting to stop the attacker. Unless she did something I missed, I don’t think she is a hero in any sense and certainly not in the sense of Librescu and Shaalan.

  20. Eva, Canada
    April 24, 2007 at 6:55 am


    Ms. Giovanni at least put her job on the line unlike the mental health specialists who allowed the madman to run loose. If there is not a lesson in that, let me know.

  21. Nelson
    April 24, 2007 at 7:10 am

    My condolences to his wife and the rest of his family. It’s a tragic loss, God bless his soul.

  22. Adam B.
    April 24, 2007 at 7:13 am

    Very off topic, but a warm congratulations to the french for a near record-high turnout at the first round of elections – good to see that people still take democracy seriously! 🙂

  23. Zvi
    April 24, 2007 at 8:44 am

    Waleen was a hero. My deepest sympathy to his wife and child.

    Thanks for sharing this information, SM.

  24. CK Tan, Singapore
    April 24, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    My prayers and thoughts r with Waleen’s wife n baby. May both be proud that their husband n father, respectively, is a brave man who did the greatest act ever : giving up his life so that another being may live.

  25. Patrick
    April 25, 2007 at 2:27 am

    Stevie (20), your allegation that this hero and father and husband who was so senselessly murdered during the shootings conspired with the killer is absolutely repulsive and offensive in every sense of the word.

  26. AntiWahhabi
    April 26, 2007 at 5:35 am

    Stevie you’re one load your mother should have swallowed.

  27. i luv egypt
    May 28, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    The terrorist Islamist caused the shooting..

  28. Kathy Green
    August 17, 2007 at 9:00 am

    Stevie (20)

    No one has to prove they shouldn’t be annilated. Not to any civilized person/society. I agree with (28), except I think the tast would be so bitter…you would have been spit out! No lose.

  29. Shereef
    February 1, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    God bless Waleed….we egyptians consider him a true hero…a true man who left his country to acquire higher scientific degrees,but lost his life in seconds..
    leaving a wife and a one-year-old baby….God bless you ,Waleed….and my deepest sympathy with his family

  30. Olivea
    June 23, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Professor Giovanni was the one teacher who had the murderer in her class who would not tolerate his threatening behaviour and kicked him out – and had to threaten to resign to do it.


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