Condolences, April 17, 2007

Dear Hokie Family and Community,
My family is truly saddened by the horriffic events that took place on April 16, 2007. We pray that God gives you the courage and strength you need to overcome this atrocious massacre.  Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with those mourning there losses.

April 17, 2007, 10:09pm • Huntington, WV USA • #1066

Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty and employees of Virginia Tech University. I can not imagine the grief and pain you are going through. My prayers are with all of you at this time of devastation.  May God and His Angels watch over you and comfort you and help reduce your burden of pain.

April 17, 2007, 10:09pm • Lexington, KY • #1067

My prayers go out to the victims and families effected by the events of April 16th. Stay strong and God Bless you all.

Jay

April 17, 2007, 10:09pm • Fair Lawn, New Jersey • #1068

My college memories at Tennessee Tech are the most cherished of my lifetime. No - not the parties, and not the beer and the pizza - My friends, and my teachers - the staff at the university… we all were family. Graduation in 1995..I felt like I hardly knew a stranger. I *miss* those feelings, and am thankful every single day for that experience.

Today, all of you have shown the entire world your strength, your character and the quality of education that’s going on at Virginia Tech. I can’t imagine what all of you are going through. This moment will define who you are. I pray that in some small way all of you are able to find the strength to move forward, and discover a way that this miserable event will help you become better parents, better friends and better citizens.

I don’t feel worthy to wear your logos or your colors. I will never forget this event. We all will never forget this event.

On behalf of the alumni of Tennessee Tech - I wish all of you the very best, and want you to know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of millions.

God Bless.
Andy Corum
B.M. Music Ed. 1995
Tennessee Technological University

April 17, 2007, 10:10pm • Dickson, Tennessee • #1069

FIRST OF ALL I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS ALL OF MY CONDOLENCES TO ALL THOSE WHO LOST SOMEONE IN THAT HORRIBLE DAY OF APRIL 16, 2007 A DAY THAT WILL STAY IN EVERYONE’S HEARTH’S. HOPEFULLY THEIR DEATH’S WEREN’T IN VEIN AND THAT THIS BRINGS AWARENESS IN OUR NATION!!AND TO EVERYONE IN VIRGINIA TECH THEY WILL MOVE ON FROM THIS AND KEEP THEM IN THEIR HEARTHS!!!!!

~ELZA

April 17, 2007, 10:10pm • Los Angeles ,Ca • #1070

My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you. Eventhough we have never met, we are ALL Brothers and Sisters. May God’s will give you Strength, Comfort, and Healing~Now and for the days to come.

MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU
MAY GOD’S LIGHT SHINE UPON YOU AND KEEP YOU SAFE

Renee K.

April 17, 2007, 10:10pm • Saginaw, MI • #1071

Canadians support and grieve with you.  I’m truly sorry.

April 17, 2007, 10:10pm • Toronto, Ontario, Canada • #1072

To the Virginia Tech Community, especially those personally touched by the mindless tragedy earlier this week I want to express my sincere condolences.  You’re all in my thoughts and those of the entire nation. 

Frank Roethel

April 17, 2007, 10:10pm • Stony Brook University, NY • #1073

Words cannot express the intense shock and sadness I feel today. I am a Virginia native, have dozens of friends who are Virginia Tech alumni, and have spent a lot of time on the Hokie campus myself. I am currently living in New Zealand and even from this distance, I share in your pain and heartbreak and extend my deepest wishes that each of you will find peace in your heart soon. My prayers are with you all. - EAB

April 17, 2007, 10:10pm • Strasburg, Virginia and Wellington, New Zealand • #1074

My deepest sympathies go out to the families of the victims and to the whole VT community.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by this tragedy.  GOD BLESS!

April 17, 2007, 10:10pm • Fort Madison, IA • #1075

Me and my friends from Quebec city, We’d like to send to the familly of the victim and to the person who as been wounded all of you our energy and love. Together we’re strong, so tonight we are 60 person in St-Raymond Quebec,Canada who pray for all of you. Bye!  Renald Samson

April 17, 2007, 10:10pm • St-Raymond,Quebec,Canada • #1076

My heart and soul goes out to all of the students at Virgina Tech.  Watching the reports while on campus here at Sacramento State, I sat in awe.  A feeling of hopelessness settled over me. You wish you could do something, but all you can do is pray that all of this turns out okay.  Not enough words can be said to the students, faculty, victims, their families, etc. that have been affected by this horrific tragedy.  My thoughts and condolences....

<3 Erica
Sacramento State Senior

April 17, 2007, 10:10pm • Sacramento, CA • #1077

As High School Student in Virginia who has known people and know people who go to VT i am in deep shock how some one could do this to such a hospitible school. through out virginia we support those who have lost loved ones and will support them continiously.

April 17, 2007, 10:10pm • Herndon VA USA • #1078

My heart goes out to all the family, friends and students touched by this terrible tragedy.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.

“To You, O Lord, we humbly entrust these children, so precious in Your sight. Take them into Your arms and welcome them into paradise, where there will be no sorrow, no weeping nor pain, but the fullness of peace and joy with Your Son and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.”

April 17, 2007, 10:11pm • Toronto, Ontario, CANADA • #1079

I am terribly sorry for the tragedy and would like to express my wholehearted condolence to the families who lost their beloved with other Korean students in US!! I am stunned and shocked at the tragedy. I pray for all hurt by this tragedy!!

GiBaeg

April 17, 2007, 10:11pm • Denton, TX • #1080

I was a student at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, when four students were killed by Ohio National Guardsmen...two were war protestors, and two were just students on their way to class.  I know the times, the politics, and the circumstances were different then, but no single event had a more profound influence on my life.  Kent State closed that day, and did not re-open for six weeks.  Professors created ways to complete course work via mail, phone, or off campus meetings.  I suggest VTech officials consider doing the same.  In my most humble opinion, next Monday is far too early to ask your students to get back to a “normal” routine.  There will be nothing normal about their lives for weeks, months, or years.  Give your students, give your university, time to grieve.  My heart goes out to the VTech community.  I have cried with you this week...cried for the present, and cried for the past.  But trust me, the sun will shine again on your beautiful campus.

April 17, 2007, 10:11pm • North Canton, Ohio • #1081

I was in shock when I heard the news and just to think that this could have happended at my university gives me the chills. I can’t say I know how you feel because I don’t; I wasn’t there, I didn’t see the tragic event. I can say, though, that my prayers are with each and every victim and I ask God to give these families hope and instead of looking for someone to blame to look for support. We will always remember April 16, 2007 and the victims.

April 17, 2007, 10:11pm • Fort Worth, TX • #1082

To the student body of Virginia Tech: you displayed a tremendous amount of bravery these past two days. You are amazing kids. All our positive thoughts and energy are sent your way. You aren’t alone during this difficult time in your life. God Bless You.

April 17, 2007, 10:11pm • Damascus, Maryland • #1083

I am shocked and saddened at the tragic events at Virginia Tech.  However, as a graduate of Tech in 1983, I have been uplifted by the wonderful unity and strength shown by everyone in the Blacksburg community.  I have never been more proud to be a Hokie.  God Bless the families, students, and friends involved and to all who have provided such inspirational messages from around the world.
Scott H.

April 17, 2007, 10:11pm • Richmond, VA • #1084

As South Korean, and as a student of Pennsylvania’s public high school, I feel deeply sorry about this tragedy.

I express my condolences to the family, friends, teachers, and students who lost their loved ones.

God bless you and keep you,
Blessings<><

April 17, 2007, 10:11pm • Ardmore, PA, U.S.A • #1085

We express our condolense to the families of the victims from the bottom of our soul.
God bless you all!

April 17, 2007, 10:11pm • Montreal, Ouebec, Canada • #1086

I would like to say to all the students, teachers, and administrators of Virginia Tech, and parents of these persons, that I’m extremely sorry for your losses and the trauma you’ve all been through. You’re all in my prayers.

April 17, 2007, 10:11pm • Anonymous • #1087

To everyone effected by this tragedy,
my heart goes out to you
Those lost, may the lord light your path and guide you with his love and arms
It hurts to know that while I was asleep
other where in pain

My thoughts, prayers, and tears go out to those who have lost someone they loved or knew to this.

Jessica Doering

April 17, 2007, 10:11pm • Stafford, VA, USA • #1088

Virginia Tech:
I express my deepest condolences to your campus and students as well as to the families of the victims.  You will be in my families thoughts and prayers forever.

April 17, 2007, 10:11pm • Sherwood, AR USA • #1089

As an educator and a coach for the past 30 years I am filled with grief over the senseless, mad act of violence against your VT community of staff & students.  My sincere deep sympathy.  You are in my thoughts and prayers and hope that healing will gradually come to all of you.

April 17, 2007, 10:12pm • East Stroudsburg, PA • #1090

Our entire family want’s to express our deep sadness. Our prays and thoughts are with the familys impacted, and with all of the students and the Virginia Tech staff.

April 17, 2007, 10:12pm • Revere, Mass • #1091

Words will never be able to take away the pain and sorrow of all of the parents, students, family, friends and faculty.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Be strong, keep your head up, the nation is with you!

Jennette Fisher

April 17, 2007, 10:12pm • Waterman, Illinois • #1092

Words cannot express the sorrow and sadness I feel from this tragic event. May God bless and give strength and comfort to all.

Tommy

April 17, 2007, 10:12pm • Ware, MA • #1093

I’m very sorry, I can’t express my sorrow for what happened at your school, my prayers are with you, May God bless you. Be strong.
Sincerely,
Professor C. Rivera,
Cd. Acuna Tech.

Siento mucho lo que paso, mis oraciones estan con ustedes, Dios les bendiga y cuide, sigan unidos, sigan fuertes.

Un abrazo desde el Tecnologico de Acuna.

April 17, 2007, 10:12pm • Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico • #1094

"I’m Free”
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free,
I’m following that path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard him call
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To Laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
ah, yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I’ve savored much.
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me
God wanted me now;
He set me free....

This poem has always touched my heart and it has gotten me through some tough times. For all of you who lost a child, a friend, boyfriend/girlfriend, co-worker, classmate...my deepest sympathy...my thoughts and prayers go out to you all.  Every student and faculty member is a hero in my eyes...may god bless you all

Millicent-whitehurst@earthlink.net

April 17, 2007, 10:12pm • Elizabeth City, NC • #1095

I know too well the shock and dismay of a university-wide tragedy.  The Aggie family hasn’t forgotten those we lost in the 1999 Bonfire collapse, nor shall the Hokie family forget those you lost on April 16th.  As you mourn, pray, remember, and memorialize, know that the the Aggie family is here for you. - Travis Rollins ‘01

April 17, 2007, 10:12pm • Bryan, Texas • #1096

My thoughts and prayers are with all the families and friends of those who lost their lives, as well as all the students and faculty. Being a college student at Virginia Intermont College myself this really hits home. I have been to the VT campus before and absolutely loved the school. I still love the school. Again I am deeply saddened by this tragedy and will be praying for eveyone involved.

April 17, 2007, 10:12pm • Bristol, Virginia • #1097

Words cannot express my sympathies for the whole VT community and abroad who are affected by this tragedy. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

April 17, 2007, 10:12pm • Augusta, KY • #1098

We have seen the courage on the faces of those who lost loved ones; suffered injuries, brave heros who tried to help and those who will help the healing.

On behalf of our nation, we are humbled and honored by you, who are the best of all of us and the best of America.

April 17, 2007, 10:12pm • Corvallis, Montana • #1099

God Bless you all in Virginia. The entire country and world mourns for the lives that we lost. You will all be in my prayers.
Today I am a Hokie!
GOD BLESS!!

April 17, 2007, 10:12pm • Atlanta, Ga. • #1100

In a time such as this, it may be difficult to see beyond the sadness and grief that surround you.

Please know that the world is looking at you with great pride and with deep sympathy. You will rise in the face of this tragedy and we all will be behind you.

Today we are not Blue Devils, Seminoles, Yellow Jackets, Demon Deacons, Terps, Tar Heels, Wolfpacks, Tigers, Hurricanes, Eagles, or Cavaliers. Today, we are all wearing your colors from the inside and cheering with you as you rise and stand strong with tears in your eyes. Today we are all a family. We are all Hokies!

Best wishes to you all!
Patrick
Florida State University Class of 2001

April 17, 2007, 10:12pm • Atlanta, GA • #1101

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this terrible, terrible time. I know, based on the reputation of your university, you will come through this with honor and class.

April 17, 2007, 10:12pm • Austin, Texas • #1102

My condolences to all the families, and friends of the students at V-Tech.  May God Bless you, and never lose faith in Him…

April 17, 2007, 10:12pm • South Orange, NJ • #1103

As a former student, who cannot be there in person, I offer my condolences to those who have lost a loved one.  Remember Hokies, even though there are those who cannot be there in person, we are still here for you....Reach out if you need to.

April 17, 2007, 10:12pm • Gainesville, Virginia • #1104

I pray for all of those involved in this tragedy.

April 17, 2007, 10:12pm • Stephens City, VA • #1105

You’ll rise from these ashes and become a stronger and more vibrant community than ever. God will always pull you through. Your families mourn, your community and nation mourns and now the rest of the world mourns with you. Prayers and condolences are with you.

April 17, 2007, 10:12pm • Peterborough, Ontario, Canada • #1106

To all of the students, staff, families and friends who have been affected by this horrific
event, I am truly sorry for your loss. I can’t even begin to imagine how any of you must feel.I sat at the TV stunned as my eyes filled in tears
for the pain everyone must be feeling. I have no relationship with anyone at Virginia Tech...but
I am a mother, a friend, a sister, an Aunt and it is in each of these roles that I know your hurt must be unbearable. I just thought you
should know that my thoughts are with all of you.

Renee

April 17, 2007, 10:12pm • shelby Township Michigan • #1107

Words will not make the pain or loss disappear.  But my hope is that the millions of prayers will bring some sense of peace and comfort during such a difficult time.  We love each and every student, friend and family member of the students of VT.  Our prayers will not stop and may you feel the love and support of this great country.

April 17, 2007, 10:13pm • Nashville, TN • #1108

I am so incredibly sad for you all at Virgina Tech, and my heart goes out to all the family members who lost a love one. Please know that the world is with you all in thought and prayer. Your loved ones will never be forgotten. Your bravery as students and facilty will be an example to us all for years to come. God bless you all.

Helen Harper,

April 17, 2007, 10:13pm • Villa Park, California • #1109

May God be with you all at this difficult and trying time.  My heart goes out to you all.  God Bless you all are in my prayers.

April 17, 2007, 10:13pm • Sheboygan, Wisconsin USA • #1110

My condolences and deepest sympathies go out to the VT community.

Johnny

April 17, 2007, 10:13pm • Little Rock, AR • #1111

We are so sad by the horrible events at Virginia Tech.  Please know that everyone is in our thoughts and prayers.  May God watch over you during this healing process. God Bless you always.

April 17, 2007, 10:13pm • Jillian and Dennis, Cincinnati Ohio • #1112

My Heart goes out to all the students,families and faculty of VA. Tech.  I am so sorry this has happened. I will keep all of you in my prayers.  I hope as time heals you will have the strength and faith to move on with life.  GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!

April 17, 2007, 10:13pm • Parkville, Maryland • #1113

I know a few that have gone or are currently attending Virginia Tech, and I do not want to imagine what the family and friends of the victims are going through. This is an unforgiving act of a person. This is the kind of act you see in a movie, but not in Blacksburg or any city in this beautiful country. Nobody should have to go through what the family, friends, students, and faculty have gone through. My prayers and condolences go out to everyone affected by this enormous tragedy.

April 17, 2007, 10:13pm • Virginia Beach, Virginia • #1114

God Bless you all,My son Tyler and I wish all the familes that have lost there love ones our sincere condolences.
I hope to god the gun laws down there change like here in canada.
John Reid Oshawa Ont Canada

April 17, 2007, 10:13pm • Canada • #1115