Condolences, April 17, 2007

To the students and faculty of Virginia Tech.  May God be with you during this deeply tragic time.  Please don’t let the actions of one individual generate hatred and bigotry.  Instead let this be a time of healing and rememberance.

April 17, 2007, 7:48pm • Apex, North Carolina • #155

My prayers and thoughts are with the entire community in your time of need.

April 17, 2007, 7:49pm • New Jersey • #156

We lost our son to violence this past January, so I feel particularly heartsick over this event.  It is incomprehensible.  My husband & I will keep all of you at VT in our prayers.  We do know that those who have passed are now in a better place.  But, selfishlessly, we wish they were still here with us now.  God bless.

April 17, 2007, 7:49pm • Olathe, Kansas • #157

We extend our profound condolences to the VT family.  You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

The Carpenter Family
Orlando, Florida

April 17, 2007, 7:50pm • Orlando, Florida • #158

Our family is praying for all of you. God bless you and your families.
My 10 year old daughter wrote this poem, dedicated to all the victims:

“The Dead”
The dead should be respected
That is why I wrote this poem
We sometimes want to laugh at
What this person did
But don’t
They’re dead
It’s over
Don’t fret
It’s fine
Most of them are alive
In our hearts
And our minds
Respect the dead
And all the others.
By Hannah N.

April 17, 2007, 7:51pm • Austin, Texas • #159

Just wanted to say how sorry I am to all of those suffering from a loss of a loved one yesterday. My prayers are with you all.
Katherine

April 17, 2007, 7:51pm • Canada • #160

As I thank god for knowing how my child is and knowing where he is brings joy to my life.  But on April 16,2007 not knowing about the other children that was harmed and could have been harmed my heart pours out to you all. I hope and pray that one simple gesture of kindness can go a long way during the emtional stress that the families of the victim and the virginia tech families are going through.  I will pray for you all and I want to say I love you all.

April 17, 2007, 7:51pm • Danville va • #161

Raleigh, NC sends their prayers

April 17, 2007, 7:51pm • Raleigh, NC • #162

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected.  I’m so sorry for your grief, and wish you lots of love and strength to help you get through this tragedy.

Jennifer Chang

April 17, 2007, 7:51pm • Plainville, MA, USA • #163

My heart goes out to all of the families, students & faculty who have been affected in so many ways by yesterdays tragedy. Loss is never easy. Having lost a family member in the war in Iraq I know all too well about the pain you must feel. I have heard things being said about the gunmans race, lets not let the act of one person depict all. To quote Ghandi"Be the good we want to see in the world” God Bless all of you I will pray each night for all of you

April 17, 2007, 7:51pm • Iowa • #164

As an Ole Miss Rebel, I want to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to the friends, family, student body and alumni of Virginia Tech. May you stay strong and lean on each other during this tragic time of mourning. I can only hope that you emerge from this senseless act stronger than before. You are a great University and a great people. God Bless

-Brandon Cook

April 17, 2007, 7:52pm • Fort Worth, Texas • #165

As the mother of a 20 year old daughter, I can only imagine what the parent’s of the victims have went through and will continue to go through for the rest of their lives.  I am so sorry that this had to happen to all of you.  May you find peace in God’s healing grace and know that He will help you overcome and understand this tragedy in time.

Ellen & Mallory Brantley

April 17, 2007, 7:52pm • Mahomet, Illinois • #166

My heart goes out to all the victims, the families and friends of the victims.  May the loving Father heal the wounds we can see and the wounds we will never be able to see.  I am so sorry for you all. 
Your friends in Canada,
Jen O.

April 17, 2007, 7:52pm • Canada • #167

I only knew Brian Bluhm online, but that little connection I did have with him was a great one.  Brian was a fellow member on Motownsports.com, a Detroit Tigers discussion board, and I just loved seeing his passion for the baseball team he loved. 

I know I will miss his presence and his insight to the sport of baseball, as will many others.

April 17, 2007, 7:52pm • Grand Rapids, Michigan • #168

I enjoyed the convocation today and comforting words from faculty, staff and President Bush.  Thanks for doing something that honors our loved ones that was meaningful and appropriate.

I thought the comments from the woman who rallied the crowd into “Let’s go Hokies” was inappropriate, offensive and inconsiderate.

April 17, 2007, 7:52pm • Atlanta, Geogia • #169

Lamento profundamente lo sucedido en la universidad. Lo lamento tanto por los jovenes muertos como por aquel que lo causó. El dolor de todos es respetable y solo nos queda pensar que, por designios desconocidos para nosotros, sus jovenes vidas tenian que terminar asi.
La vida sigue, pero para aquellos que perdieron a alguien, el dolor los acompañara siempre y para ellos van mis saludos, abrazos y plegarias. Que el Señor les de fuerza y valor para seguir adelante. La fe no necesita nombre, es solo eso, fe. Y ella siempre nos ayuda.
Natasha Zlatar

April 17, 2007, 7:52pm • Santiago de Chile • #170

We live in a small town in Central California.
We are very saddened by the events at VT.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Stay strong.

April 17, 2007, 7:52pm • Visalia, California • #171

I am so sorry for wat has happened and i keep u in my prayers.
-Carlo

April 17, 2007, 7:52pm • Miami • #172

An Alum Duke Dog of James Madison University would like to extend condolences to all of the familys and friends of Virginia Tech that have been affected by this tragedy.

April 17, 2007, 7:52pm • Winchester, Virginia • #173

My sincerest apologies, thoughts & prayers to the Virginia Tech community and to the families of those slain.  No one should have to suffer like this.  I am deeply & personally sorry.

April 17, 2007, 7:52pm • Largo, FL • #174

Our deepest condolences.  Our prayers go out to you.

April 17, 2007, 7:52pm • NJ • #175

Dear V.Tech Students & Family:

I can’t begin to understand and know the totally shock of this whole situation must be like.  I live in Kansas very far from where the carnage took place.  I want you all to know I feel a hurting in my heart for all of you.We pray for your safety while you go back to school next week and pray forGod to start the healing process like only god can do!

With my families deepest sympathies

The Jason Logsdon Family
Basehor, KANSAS

April 17, 2007, 7:52pm • Basehor, KANSAS • #176

May God be with each of you during this difficult time.  Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you.

Betty Keith VT 1998
Billy Keith NCSU 1983

April 17, 2007, 7:53pm • Wendell, North Carolina • #177

We all ask why, we all have so many unanswered questions that may never be answered.  I am so very, very sorry for everyone that was present at the time of this tradgity.  My heart fell the moment I heard it.  My deepest of condolences to the families whom have lost their loved ones, to the students and staff who witnessed this and to everyone else in America.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all from Canada. We have lost precious lives and innocence today and we will never forget!

April 17, 2007, 7:53pm • Priddis, Alberta Canada • #178

To the families and friends of the university of Virginia Tech.  from my family to yours. Our hearts and prayers are with all of you during this time of mourning and grief. May god bless all of you and help you all through this.

April 17, 2007, 7:53pm • Redwood City, California • #179

I am very saddened by the recent events at Virginia Tech and wanted to convey my condolences to the families of the vicitims as well as to all who had to endure this horrendous act of violence. My thoughts and prayers go to each and every one of you. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

Vanessa Horace

April 17, 2007, 7:53pm • Fairbanks, Alaska • #180

May your light always shine brightly, we all feel your loss as well as your warmth. Alex

April 17, 2007, 7:53pm • Antioch, CA • #181

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Each one of our lives touches someone else and everyone has a positive influence in what we contribute in our lives. The love we share goes on forever. May God Bless You and Your Families to find healing in your life.

April 17, 2007, 7:53pm • Port Richey, Florida • #182

My condolences to friends and family of victims! This horror never should happen again!

Alex Chobanyan
Research Assistant, MSU

April 17, 2007, 7:53pm • Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI • #183

You re in our thoughts - my neice is a former pupil and I visited the campus a couple of years ago - it is hard to comprehend why such things happen and hope your community will heal and move on.  It is a beautiful place and that must triumph over the ugliness and evil that visited you.  Chrissy Rosenthal

April 17, 2007, 7:53pm • England • #184

God bless all of you!!! I have sat glued to my tv for 2 days and can do nothing but cry with the rest of you. I am a single parent of a college bound daughter and i cant imagine life without her. I lost her little sister in 1997 and she is my world. How can it be allowed that such beautiful souls can be taken by one so souless. Your pain must be so great. My heart and my prayers go out to all of you. The world will never forget its lost children and its heros in this saddest of days. Jesus weeps. God Keep you.

April 17, 2007, 7:53pm • Erwin, Tennessee • #185

I have four children. My two daughters have graduated from college and my youngest son, who served in Iraq with the Pennsylvania National Guard, is attending Bloomsburg University. He said the students on the campus he has talked with express their sympathy to the families of the deceased. My oldest son, who also served in Iraq, is career Army and he too expresses his deepest sympathy. My wife and I also would like to express our deepest sympathy. Out thoughts and prayers are with you. Paul and Ann Boyer

April 17, 2007, 7:54pm • Northumberland, PA 17857 • #186

All the victims and families involved in this tragedy are in my thoughts and prayers.  I cannot believe that something like this happened in Blacksburg!! It’s crazy!!  Austin Cloyd, Emily Hilscher and all the other people who lost their lives will truely be missed!!

Tiffani Price
Freshman, Virginia Tech

April 17, 2007, 7:54pm • Blacksburg, Virginia • #187

I can’t believe something like this could happen to us. It’s unbelievable.
I’m only 14 and its hurt home really hard since my close family friend goes there but thankfuly he’s safe.

It’s really hard to wake up and turn on the news and to see all this talk about this shooting that happened in Virginia. And especially since I live so close to Virginia Tech.

I don’t think I have ever been effected this much by a school shooting. I’ve cried so many times and it weighs my heart heavy to know that there are families and friends out there that have lost someone so important to them and that they’ll never see them again.

It truely is a terrible, terrible tragidy. My heart goes out to all the families and friends who have lost someone. I pray that they’ll find a way to get through this incident and that we all will find a way to get through this.

April 17, 2007, 7:54pm • Woodbridge, Virginia. • #188

My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire VT community now just today but also in the days to come as you deal with this tragedy. May God be with you all!!

April 17, 2007, 7:54pm • Texas, USA • #189

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims, families, students and all those affected.

April 17, 2007, 7:54pm • Lincoln, DE • #190

The Goddess watch over you all during this terrible time.  I am twenty years from my last class at Tech, but it hurts as bad as if I was there just yesterday.

Clay Sales
Class of ‘84 & ‘87

April 17, 2007, 7:54pm • Seattle< WA • #191

My name is Brandi and I live in Hinesville Ga.  I just want to say that I am very sorry for this terrible event that has taken place.  My prayers are with you all!  Just remember that not only is the world thinking of you, God is also.

April 17, 2007, 7:54pm • Hinesville, ga • #192

In those moments, words are often useless.  We share your sorrow and our thoughts are with you.

Jean-Maurice Pinel

April 17, 2007, 7:54pm • Baie-Comeau Québec Canada • #193

I share in your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.  God Bless you all!

April 17, 2007, 7:54pm • Philadelphia, PA • #194

I am deeply sorry for the tragedy...it has hit so close to home, I have been to so many football games and my father is an alumni.  It is just something you think happens somewhere else and this is just proof that it can happen anywhere!!  The next thoughts are how do you stop it???

April 17, 2007, 7:55pm • Marion,VA • #195

I’m so sad for what appened in your University. Please believe in the whole supports of all the french people. God bless you and all the people who are tuch by this horrible day.

Claire,

April 17, 2007, 7:55pm • Antony, France • #196

My thoughts and prayers are with your entire community.  My God comfort and keep you in this time of tragedy.  Much love from the Ohio State University and the entire Buckeye Nation.

April 17, 2007, 7:55pm • Columbus, Ohio • #197

Be Strong Virginia Tech !
I pray that the Lord Jesus Christ give you strength to cope and heal. May you find rest and peace in the precious name of Jesus Christ.
To the Victims- Rest in Peace !
To the famillies- Look to the Hills from where comes your help, Your help will come from the Lord. Don’t give up, live so you can be their voices !!!

April 17, 2007, 7:55pm • Baltimore, MD • #198

I am so sorry for all the great people whose lost their life yesterday.
No one really knows why bad things happen to good people. This is one of those bad things.
My prayers are with you and I pray each of you will find God’s great peace.
God bless you all
Jim Reamy
UR 76

April 17, 2007, 7:55pm • callao, Va. USA • #199

Words cannot express my sympathy for the families of those who lost their lives.  The world lost so much talent!! No one can accurately convey the sadness of this tragedy, but I just want everyone touched by this pain, especially the families and friends who will forever miss their loved ones, that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 17, 2007, 7:55pm • Birmingham, AL • #200

I am so sorry for your loss. I know nothing I can say or write will ease your sadness. I just wanted to say that I am incredibly saddened by these events and will pray for you and your lost loved ones.

April 17, 2007, 7:55pm • Fort Collins, CO • #201

I just want to express my profound sadness for the families, victims, students and the Virginia Tech family.  I work at the University of Michigan and can only imagine what you must be going through.  You are in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers.  May God hold you in his loving arms.

April 17, 2007, 7:56pm • Jackson, Michigan • #202

I want to express my deepest condolences to all the victims, parents, friends, and family.  May you be able to move forward with peace in your hearts.  My prayers go out to you. 
Joanne

April 17, 2007, 7:56pm • Florence, NJ • #204

I would like to express my sincere condolences to all the students and staff that have lost their lives in yesterday’s campus shootings.

April 17, 2007, 7:56pm • Buffalo, NY, USA • #205