Condolences, April 17, 2007

On behalf of my family and myself we would like to convey our condolences to the families of those who were lost and to the student body and facilty of Virginia Tech. We were horrified when we heard about the school shooting. We immediatley prayed for all of you.We may be thousands of miles apart from you but all of our prayers and thoughts are with you all. We as Western Canadians want you all to know we will not stop praying for each and everyone of you. May God surround you with his peace and comfort. We do not know why these things happen only God does, he does not create people so they can kill each other but to LOVE each other. Love each other no matter what.

April 17, 2007, 10:17pm • Calgary Canada • #1167

I pray for the families of the victims of this tragedy.  I pray for healing of the wounded bodies and minds.  God does not give us more than we can handle.  May the peace, love and Grace of our Lord bring you peace.  - David Barnes, VT Class of 1985

April 17, 2007, 10:17pm • Wilmington, NC • #1168

We are all Hokies today as we grieve with you. May God Bless you and keep you very close. My prayers are with you all.

Tom Norman 1976, 1979
Auburn University

April 17, 2007, 10:17pm • Alabama • #1169

I pray to all the students of Virginia Tech and my heart and soul go out to all the victims and their families as well as the community. May we all prosper in a peaceful and loving enviornment. God bless the students of Virginia Tech.

Your friend from the Ohio State University, Mohamed Farah

April 17, 2007, 10:17pm • Columbus, Ohio • #1170

PLEASE KNOW YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS HERE IN TEXAS. THERE ARE NO WORDS TO SAY AT THIS VERY RAW TIME IN YOUR LIVES. FOCUS ON YOUR FUTURE
AND LET GOD HEAL YOUR HURT. DON’T ALLOW SATAN TO WIN IN THIS HORRIBLE ORDEAL.

HURTING WITH U IN TEXAS

April 17, 2007, 10:17pm • LONGVIEW,TEXAS • #1171

First off my prayers and deepest sympathy go out to the victims, families of the victims, friends, etc. I cannot possibly understand what all of you must be feeling at this point, but I feel as though any words of comfort may help. This is just uncomprehensible to me that such an act could occur, this is a time for mourning and healing. Again I pray for all those affected by this horrible tragedy.

April 17, 2007, 10:17pm • Clinton Township, Michigan • #1172

My condolences to all the parents, students and staff at Virginia Tech. Most of the world is grieving and crying with you all. I have a candle lit in memory of all the people that we have lost in this tragedy. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. It’s a shame that such an unfortunate tragedy took place. This isn’t a time to place blame or think of what could have been done differently this is a time to let people grieve. I’m deeply sorry for your losses.

Michelle B.

April 17, 2007, 10:17pm • Toronto, Canada • #1173

I live in Roanoke, VA. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families of Virginia Tech. You never know when your last day is....At this time we all need to trust that God is on our side. He loves all of us. Give your pain to Him and he will help everyone through this.

April 17, 2007, 10:17pm • Roanoke, Virginia • #1174

To the Parents, Families, and Friends:

I do not know how long it will take for you to grieve; perhaps, a lifetime.  There is no sense to such loss of life in a blink of an eye.  May God Bless those who suffer so much now. 

We here in our small town wish those the healing of such a terrible, senseless, loss.

Sincerely,

Cecee

April 17, 2007, 10:17pm • New Smyrna Beach, FL • #1175

My prayers and thoughts are continously with my fellow members of Hokie Nation who are suffering so intensely. I will continue to pray for healing of those who have lost friends and loved ones on Monday, and for quick healing of the wounded, both physical and emotional.

GO HOKIES!!!

Keith Dickinson
CSES ‘96
AAEC ‘01

April 17, 2007, 10:18pm • Kennett Square, PA • #1176

Please accept my deepest sympathy for the tragic events that were displayed on your campus. No one could have ever imagined that what seemed liked an ordinary day could turn out so horrific! Although you all face a tough road ahead, keep sending your prayers to God and he will hear them! The entire nation is praying for you as well, and although you’ll never forget what has happened, with the Lords help, you will be able to move on!

April 17, 2007, 10:18pm • Parkersburg, WV • #1177

I attend FAU and today was a solemn day on campus. I am so very sorry for your losses. I cannot extend my condolences enough, my heart, prayers, and thoughts are with you always. I wish I could do more. My hugs and kisses go out to all, be strong! As strong as anyone could possible be in this situation.

God Bless You All
Love,
Lena

April 17, 2007, 10:18pm • Boca Raton, Florida • #1178

I am truly sorry for everybody’s loss it wasn’t right what he did, just a few weeks ago i had an assignment to research about Virginia Tech it was such a nice little town you wouldn’t think that something like that would happen.i wish this would of never happened to anyone.They said he wrote plays and that they were violent.  Cassidy Madrigal

April 17, 2007, 10:18pm • Whittier,California • #1179

To Our Hokie Families,

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. It is impossible for me to imagine what some of you are going through right now. I can only express my love and prayers for you all.

God bless.

David

April 17, 2007, 10:18pm • Christiansburg, VA • #1180

As a Va Tech fan in Mississippi, I want to express my sympathy.  My uncle and several counsins attended Va Tech and I have visited it several times.  Time will heal the wounds but we will never forget what happened.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hokie Nation.

April 17, 2007, 10:18pm • Clinton, MS USA • #1181

I attend The Ohio State University and all of our thoughts and prayers are with everyone today and many days to come.  We are all very sorry for your loses.  Today we are ALL Hokies!

April 17, 2007, 10:18pm • Columbus, Ohio, U.S. • #1182

Your family has just grown.  So many affected though many not known. So many Prayers from all over the world for you, while we all wonder how this can be true.

I am so sadden for all. Words may not help the pain you are feeling now but if just one person finds comfort by something said then thats one less feeling of pain or hurt for one. My heart goes out to all.............

April 17, 2007, 10:18pm • Bellefonte/Milesburg, Pa • #1183

From Tallahassee,Florida-Our thoughts and prayers are with you.  Sincerest condolences,
Elizabeth Ellrich, Florida State, 1982

April 17, 2007, 10:18pm • Tallahassee, FL • #1184

It’s so difficult to imagine something horrible could happen. Something as routine as walking across a beautiful campus on a bright April morning. Sitting in class - some students taking copious amounts of notes, others just waiting for class to be over so they can be with their friends.

Then a tragedy on such an unimaginable scale happens in the blink of an eye. Friends are lost, part of a family is gone.

I want to express my deepest condolences for the Virginia Tech family… the survivors, the victims, the families and friends… everyone. May God bless every one of you and may He always shine His light upon you.

April 17, 2007, 10:18pm • Henderson, TN • #1185

I hope that VT reviews its actions in respect to the shootings, in an effort to keep such an event from ever occurring again. As far as I am concerned, just ONE of those student’s life lost at VT, is worth more than all of the gold at Fort Knox. While I am not suggesting that colleges should adopt a security system reminiscent of Fort Knox, I do believe that we can do better.

Martin

April 17, 2007, 10:18pm • Broward Community College, FL • #1186

As a parent of 2 university students, I was shocked and heartbroken over the loss of so many special people, students and staff, and wish to send condolences to all who are affected by this tragedy. Stay strong, our prayers are with you.
J andresen
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

April 17, 2007, 10:18pm • Toronto,Ontario, Canada • #1187

My thoughts and prayers go out to the familys and friends classmates to those that were lost or injured on Monday April 16 2007. We will never forget any of you.

April 17, 2007, 10:18pm • New Lexington, Oh/USA • #1188

This is a loss that Virgina Tech will never forget. All of the victims are with God and may God will be with you all in the days to come.
Today we are all HOKIES!

April 17, 2007, 10:19pm • Broookings SD • #1189

To the wonderful family of Virginia Tech,
I have been glued to my television with you in your grief.  I am saddened at what you have been through, and still are going through.  You are some very impressive men and women who handled yourselves with dignity and pride when faced with such adversity!
Please know that you are all in my and my family’s prayers!  Remember the poem by Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”?  That is what your school spirit brings to mind for me.  “.. two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” Your student body is making ALL the DIFFERENCE in shaping this country!  Keep up the fantastic spririt you have.
God Bless you all!
Julie

April 17, 2007, 10:19pm • Weymouth, MA • #1190

To you the Staff and Students of VT I offer my dearest Condolences.

My name is Jose Louis Torres of Carteret NJ and I have a son matthew that will soon be attenting college. I would hope that when he leaves my home and the home of his mother that he will be protected by those who befriend him much like you young ppl that mourn for your friends and classmates today.

I pray that the pain that you all feel will make you stronger and keep you on guard to see the things that may cause ppl to do what Cho did and try to prevent it.

Again I am so sorry for your suffering at a time in life when you should be learning and teaching the young ppl of this country how to be proud Men and Woman of the future.

God Bless you all at VT and may your Pain and suffering soon be heald your hearts once again be strong and bring the Spirit of VT Back Stronger than Before.

Jose Louis Torres , Poet & Author

April 17, 2007, 10:19pm • Carteret New Jersey • #1191

After reading the news, I cried. I am deeply troubled by this tragic campus shootings. Is there anything more valuable than life? They are vanished… I am sorry.

Qiang Wang (Lehigh University)

April 17, 2007, 10:19pm • Bethlehem, PA • #1192

May God bless those and comfort those who are mourning during this terrible time over the tragic loss of so many people. While I am deeply sadened by this senseless act, I am very much encouraged by scene of the “Hokie Nation” coming together to help each other get through this tragedy.
Praying for all the Hokies!

April 17, 2007, 10:19pm • Pinnacle NC • #1193

My heart goes out to all of the victims and their families.  I cannot imagine what everybody is going through. This was such an unfortunate and tragic event. I will continue to keep everyone in my thoughts and prayers.

God Bless,
Rebecca

April 17, 2007, 10:19pm • Atlanta, Georgia • #1194

My heart has a prayer for each involved in this unbelievable loss.  Whether friend, fellow student, pupil, dorm mate, sister, brother, child...Please know that our nation is united in prayer for all who are coping with this horror.  May God reach his healing hand to each of you, and may you find the comfort of His love.  Your loved ones will live forever, in the hearts of those who loved them.  God Bless....I grieve for you.

April 17, 2007, 10:19pm • Four Oaks, NC • #1195

Dr. Librescu was the lecturer for my dynamics course when I was a mechanical engineering undergraduate student.  I will always remember one particular day in his class.  I got back a test I had taken a few days earlier.  The grade at the top was an A, the very first A I got in an engineering course.  I was proud, but not nearly as proud as I am now, knowing that I spent four months with a Holocaust survivor who gave his life protecting his students.  Dr. Librescu embodied Ut Prosim.

As the father of a young child with another on the way, I cannot begin to imagine the grief of losing a child.  My prayers are with the families of all the students affected by this horrific act.  May God give each of you comfort during this difficult time.

Thank you to Dr. Steger for his personal strength and his steady manner during this crisis.

My sincere hope is that these events will only serve to strengthen every member of the Virginia Tech community in Blacksburg and around the world.

Never forget.

WE ARE...VIRGINIA TECH

VT ME ‘99

April 17, 2007, 10:19pm • Kernersville, NC • #1196

I can’t believe what’s happened just a few hours away.  It has been hard to function on a normal level with elementary school children all day, knowing the sorrow that so many families are feeling right now.  Everyone I’ve talked to here is praying for the victims’ families.

I hope that the students, faculty and staff of Virginia Tech will find peace during this sorrowful time. 

I read an article in the Winchester Star today by a VCU alumni whose father graduated from Tech and he stated that when people say “Virginia Tech” they will forever be defining this day, like “Sept. 11th” or “Columbine”.  I hope this is wrong.  I hope no one let’s this horrifying incident define this awesome institution.

April 17, 2007, 10:19pm • Winchester, VA • #1197

I did not know anyone at VT.  I am a Father of 3, Grandfather of 7, Great-Grandfather of 1 and I cannot fathom the grief of the family and friends of those involved.  However, our children went to college and we live in a college town.  When watching the gathering today, I wept for all the students involved, their families and their friends and the community of Va Tech.  I cannot remember having done that before for strangers - but thise children and teachers were not true strangers - I felt that I knew them all.
God Bless you all, and Virgina Tech, and the USA.

April 17, 2007, 10:19pm • Salisbury, Maryland • #1198

My wife and I send our deepest sympathy and thoughts to all of VT: students, faculty, and the entire community of Blackburg.  We feel empathy for all of the affected families. 
Sincerely,
Dorel and Chris Kynaston

April 17, 2007, 10:19pm • Woodland Hills, Utah • #1199

I’ll never forget this day, the day our nation was hit once again.  To all the friends, workers, family members, of the ones who died, that my prayers will be with them.  And that God would take care them like they deserve and to give us strength to move on but not forget. 
once again we have been hurt but once again will rise, and from this somehow we will learn our mistakes,

R.I.P TO THOSE WHO DIED ( DANIEL A.K.A SIRENITA) ULL ALWAYS BE IN MA HEART AND MEMORY GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL BROTHER

Sebastian Rodriguez
Woodbridge VA

April 17, 2007, 10:20pm • Woodbridge • #1200

The nation mourns with you all.  We do not understand all that you have been through, and we never will. As a new mother I grieve with you all.  Let’s not blame the administration and realize that on such an open campus things were done as they see fit.  I attended Auburn University (about the same size) and I do not see how such a large campus could easily be shut down.  Let’s not say calls could have been made.  Over 25,000 would have been difficult.  Let us remember the faculty as well as the students lost.  Let’s also remember those who survived and pray for their peace.

Love you, CSD

April 17, 2007, 10:20pm • Mobile, Alabama • #1201

I am so saddened by this tragedy.  I lived in West AJ 19 years ago as a Hokie myself.  I cannot imagine how anyone could commit such a horrific crime.  I pray for God to help heal our wounds.  Blacksburg is a warm, loving community.  God bless this town and its people as it heals and recovers.

April 17, 2007, 10:20pm • Louisville,KY • #1202

This is a worldwide tragedy, and the world grieves with you. Allow yourselves to grieve, so you can begin to heal. I have found that it takes the very worst event to bring out the very best in yourself and the people around you. Take heart, and continue to have strength.

Pamela, JMU alum, 1998

April 17, 2007, 10:20pm • Silver Spring, MD • #1203

I am so sadden by your loss but so proud of your intelligence, compassion and the honor you VT students have for each other.  We in America are all Hookies!
In prayer,
Eileen
Neenah, Wisconsin

April 17, 2007, 10:20pm • Neenah, Wisconsin • #1204

As a former High School teacher in Maryland, some of my students went to VA. Tech. and returned to share their utmost positive experience in this beautiful countryside campus in Blackburg. As a Canadian living in Montréal and still as a High School faculty member, I wish to offer to all the grieving families of those 32 lives lost my deepest sympathy and the assurance of my prayers.

May this mourning and healing periods that will ensue strenghten your bonds and know I am with you!

Claude Gravel

April 17, 2007, 10:20pm • Montréal, Québec, Canada • #1205

I pray to all the students of Virginia Tech and my heart and soul go out to all the victims and their families as well as the community. May we all prosper in a peaceful and loving enviornment. God bless the students of Virginia Tech. LONG LIVE V TECH!!!!!!!!!!!

Your friend from the Ohio State University, Mohamed Farah

April 17, 2007, 10:20pm • columbus, ohio • #1206

I’m so very sorry that you have had to endure this terrible tragedy on your campus. My heart is breaking for the loss that VT has endured. You are all in my thoughts.

April 17, 2007, 10:20pm • Athens, GA • #1207

My wife and I have heavy hearts for each of you that went through this tragic experience. We are praying for you all, especailly since we are University students as well. It has literally broken our hearts.
-David & Steph

April 17, 2007, 10:20pm • Greenville, SC • #1208

The families, friends and Virginia Tech community of loved ones lost are in our thoughts and prayers following these senseless acts.  We pray for peace and love everywhere on this precious earth.

Connors Family

April 17, 2007, 10:20pm • Ridge, NY • #1209

IT SO HARD TO LOOSE THOSE WHO ARE REALLY CLOSE TO YOU,..LOOSING GREAT FRINDS AND LOVED ONES..MY FULL SINCERE AND CONDOLENCES GOES OUT TO ALL THE FAMILY OF THE VICTIMS..NOT ONLY WILL YOU MISS THEM BUT WE WILL ALSO MISS THEM..EVEN THOUGH AS STRANGERS..WE KNOW THAT VALUABLE LIFES ARE LOST FOREVER..AND THAT IS WHAT HURTS THE MOST..INNOCENT LIFES TAKEN AWAY..BUT WE PRAY THAT THE LORD ALMIGHTY SHALL COMFORT YOU ALL IN THIS TIMES OF PAIN AND SORROW..AND TO ALL VIRGINIA TECH STUDENTS..MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL..BE STRONG AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK..

April 17, 2007, 10:20pm • SUVA...FIJI • #1210

My prayers are with the families and friends of the victims.  May God’s blessings be on this community.

April 17, 2007, 10:20pm • Tuscumbia, Alabama • #1211

YOU ARE ALL IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. MAY THE LORD BE A SHOULDER TO LEAN ON AS YOU TRY TO MAKE SENSE OF THIS SENSELESS ACT. MAY YOUR MEMORIES OF EACH OTHER BE A COMFORT AND A REMINDER OF HOW PRECIOUS LIFE IS.
THE MITCHELL FAMILY

April 17, 2007, 10:21pm • GREENVILLE SOUTH CAROLINA • #1212

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

GiBaeg

April 17, 2007, 10:21pm • Denton, TX • #1213

Hope against the night:

Just as the darkness began to settle,
Just as the shadows began to creep,
The firefly said to the man… believe! Believe in me…
Because though I am not your sun, moon or your radiant star,
I am the brightest part of your heart…
And into me you will see a thousand suns shining,
Into me your warmth restored…

Because though I may not shine as far and bright,
But I will see you through the night…

Alok Trivedi
aatrivedi@rediffmail.com

April 17, 2007, 10:21pm • Edinburgh, Scotland • #1214

My thoughts are with all of you and will continue to be throughout this tragedy.  Love and Prayers from my family to yours.

April 17, 2007, 10:21pm • Louisville, KY • #1215

Words cannot heal the pain of losing someone so dear! May God give everyone involved with this tragic event, family and friends of the victims, the students and faculty, everyone who will forever live with these memories the strength to overcome the pain.
May the warm memories of your dear one sooth you in this difficult time and help you be at peace. My prayers are with you.
With deepest sympathy from the bottom of my heart and soul.

April 17, 2007, 10:21pm • Richmond, Virginia • #1216