Condolences, April 17, 2007

The events of April 16th will undoubtedly change the Virginia Tech community forever; and so will they change the way in which all educational institutions across America and beyond will think about the protection and care of their students, staff, and faculty.  As your fellow students, colleagues, and friends, our thoughts, prayers, and hearts are with all of those affected by this inexplicable tragedy today and always. 

Grant Walters
Office of Residence Life
Miami University

April 17, 2007, 10:21pm • Oxford, OH • #1217

While I am not a member of the Hokie Nation, I mourn for all of you as if I was one of you. Having lived in Virginia as a child I grew up with a dad who has always loved VT football, so I know how proud a “Nation” you are. It is this pride, this spirit, this love of school, family, friends and self that will help you through this horrible time and bring you out the other side a much stronger, more united Hokie Nation. Today, tomorrow and for a long time to come I will claim maroon and orange my school colors as a way to honor those who have been taken from this world, and those left behind to deal with all of it.

Virginia Tech, the students, the staff, the faculty, the families and the friends are being kept in the hearts of so many. I am proud to add my name to that list who will keep you all close by in this time of sadness and healing.

God bless all of you.

April 17, 2007, 10:21pm • Heather, Marietta, GA • #1218

My thoughts and condolences go out to all of those who lost someone close to them in this tragedy. I cant imagine the pain that you are all going through. I pray that all the students and faculty at Virginia Tech can raise their heads once again and be able to move on and continue representing the great school that is Virginia Tech. Although it will take time you must all know that you have an entire country behind you. May God bless each and every one of you and may we never forget those who are no longer with us.

ALba Montiel
California State University Dominguez Hills

April 17, 2007, 10:21pm • Long Beach, CA • #1219

May God be with you throughout this tragedy.  I am a student at a Community College here in Virginia.  Everyone has been touched by this horrifying event that took place at Virginia Tech. May all prayers be with the familes and friends of those who have lost there loved ones.

April 17, 2007, 10:22pm • Montross, Virginia • #1220

I am so sorry about this tragedy. I offer my deepest condolences to the victims families and everyone at VT. I wish there was something I could do for y’all to make it easier! Y’all will be in my thoughts.

-Samira Arabnia

April 17, 2007, 10:22pm • Athens, Georgia • #1221

I attended Virginia Tech and although I have not visited the campus for 20 years, the news of this tragedy hit me hard. I pray that God delivers strength to the victim’s families,to the survivors, and to the entire Virginia Tech community.

April 17, 2007, 10:22pm • Rochester, NY • #1222

I would just like everyone at Virginia Tech to know that I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.  The tragedy that has unfolded on your campus is truly horrific and I hope you know that the rest of the nation--and the world, for that matter--are behind you.

To those students and teachers who took it upon themselves to protect others--you are truly heroes.  You may not understand that now, you may think that you just did what was both necessary and natural, but through your quick actions you truly saved lives.

I am so sorry for all of the friends and family members of those who have passed.  May God bless and keep you all.

Everyone here at Catholic University is thinking about you and praying for you.

-Erin

April 17, 2007, 10:22pm • Catholic University, Washington, DC • #1223

My heart goes out to all the families and students of the shooting. I pray for yall and know that they are in a better place.
Angel Diaz
SLU

April 17, 2007, 10:22pm • Springfeild,Louisiana • #1224

I just want to let everyone on the Virginia Tech campus know that myself, and my family are praying for every student, faculty, staff member, and family affected by this horrific event. Within the past few years I visited VT with my relatives for my cousin’s graduation. Virginia Tech is a beautiful place with many smiling faces, and helping hands. Everyone affected needs to know that they are backed by a supporting nation and it’s deepest condolences. It will take a very long time to heal from this tragedy, however with God’s love and support, we can all pull through this together.

God Bless You All,

-A caring PA family

April 17, 2007, 10:22pm • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania • #1225

I am deeply saddened by this tragic event at Virginia Tech University. My thoughts and prayers are with Virginia Tech students and their families.

J.R.B. Neto

April 17, 2007, 10:22pm • Mesa, AZ • #1226

Hokies or Hoos no matter, for your loss is our loss.  You are our brothers, sisters, friends and family.  Hang in there and be strong.  We here at UVA are with you.
Karl

April 17, 2007, 10:22pm • Charlottesville, VA • #1227

My condolences to every single family at Va Tech!!

Jose

April 17, 2007, 10:22pm • Rome, Ga • #1228

To the VT community, family and friends,

Please know that you are not alone for the world as well as our family mourns for you. Our deepest heartfelt sympathy to all of you.  May God bless you and give you strength at this time of great loss and grief. 

The Koelzer family

April 17, 2007, 10:22pm • Virginia Beach, VA. • #1229

May you find peace in this tragic and uncertain time.

April 17, 2007, 10:22pm • Pflugerville, Tx • #1230

I pray that all of the students and families faced with this difficult loss will not allow fear to imprison them or dishearten them.  Remember that no present hour ever endures; nothing in the universe stands still. I pray that your moment of struggle will pass and you will get through this tough time with faith in God.
He will always comfort you in your sorrow and give you the courage to walk through your pain.
My heart is with you.

Valerie

April 17, 2007, 10:22pm • Venice, Florida • #1231

My families prayers are with each and everyone at Virginia Tech…

April 17, 2007, 10:22pm • Tampa, FL • #1232

May all of the victims rest in peace.  God Bless all of them and their families and the entire VT community.  Also, may the injured continue to improve and be able to move on after such a horrible experience.  Sincerely, Becky

April 17, 2007, 10:22pm • Lafayette, LA • #1233

Simple words cannot express the sorrow and sadness I feel from the unbelievable events that took place at Virginia Tech yesterday.  My heart goes out to the friends and families of the victims.  You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.  Know that an entire country feels your sorrow and that we’re all behind you during these trying times.

Brandi Day

April 17, 2007, 10:23pm • Houston, Texas • #1234

He estado siguiendo las noticias desde que empezo este tragico incidente , me siento muy mal por las familias de las victimas y cuando pienso en ello me pongo en sus lugares ... de verdad se que duele muchisimo .

April 17, 2007, 10:23pm • Republica dominicana • #1235

Fellow Hokies...my deepest condolences to those affected by this tragedy.  Bless all of you who continue to represent the quintessence of what VT stands for...UT PROSIM

-Chas. Phiefer ‘95

April 17, 2007, 10:23pm • Delmar, MD • #1236

Virginia Tech:
You are in our thoughts and prayers.  May God bless you and help you grow stronger each and everyday. 
Tristan H.
Kathy H.

April 17, 2007, 10:23pm • Williamstown, PA U.S.A • #1237

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Virginia Tech family but especially with the families and friends of those killed and injured. After watching the convocation and the vigil tonight, it is evident that the Hokie spirit will survive this tragedy. I am extremely proud to be a graduate of Virginia Tech.

Andy Simantel ‘75

April 17, 2007, 10:23pm • Baltimore, Md. • #1238

Our campus is praying for you.
We pray for the students who lost friends.
We pray for the parents who lost children.
We pray for families who lost loved ones
We pray for the family of the shooter.
We pray for the faculty and staff of VT.
We pray for all those affected by this incident.
We pray for courage and hope in troubled times.
We pray for guidance.
We pray.

April 17, 2007, 10:23pm • Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI • #1239

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.
Donald

April 17, 2007, 10:23pm • Salisbury, Maryland • #1240

From the nursing staff at John H stoger Hospital of Cook county,we will like to send our heart felt condolences. To the precious lives lost and those spared,as well as their families.For God wouldn’t put more on you then you can bear.For what the devil meant for bad,God meant for good.So continue on and remember those lost and never forget them.Take one good thing from each victim and allow it to harvest.May god be with you,keep you and always protect you!!!!!

April 17, 2007, 10:23pm • Chicago,Illinois • #1241

This is a terrible tragedy not only for the VT community but for the country and the world. Tragic because so many young, promising lives as well as the lives of people passing on their knowledge to this young generation are ended in such a senseless, barbaric way. Now all that can be done is to move forward, never forgetting the ones lost and dedicating ourselves to a brighter future in remembrance of those who are lost to us and to those who survived but will be scarred for life.

April 17, 2007, 10:23pm • Catonsville, Maryland • #1242

The ones lost on April 16,2007 were more than the 32 people who died at Virginia Tech in a classroom they were sons daughters teachers moms dads and friends to all those left to grieve what this horrible man did to all those on campus, i am more than sorry for your lost and i will join in praying with the nation as at least for a little while were all hookies, i join many others in saying i am deeply sorry for your loss

April 17, 2007, 10:23pm • North Carolina • #1243

I hope that VT reviews its actions in respect to the shootings, in an effort to keep such an event from occuring ever 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. My heart goes out to those who lost their lives and their families…

Martin

April 17, 2007, 10:23pm • Broward Community College, FL • #1244

To all the students, teachers, and families of the victims of Virginia Tech please know that the nation is praying for you. As a college student I can’t imagine going through this. Please remember though there are still people in the hospital and families of victims who need the Virgina Tech community to be strong for them. Know the nation is praying and pass that on to everyone you can to hopefully help them in this time of sorrow.

Ashley W.

April 17, 2007, 10:23pm • Springdale, Ar • #1245

Dear Virgina Tech family:

Mere words cannot express the sadness & grief we all are feeling as a result of this senseless tragedy. Take comfort in knowing your loved ones are in a better place-and that their pain and suffering are no more. We will pray that the Lord who is in complete control of everything will grant you peace, hope, and strength during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!

Sincerely,

Northgate Baptist Church Youth Department
Northgate Naptist Church
633 Summit Drive
Greenville, SC 29609

Pastor: Dr. Barry Jimmerson

Ph. 864-242-3805

April 17, 2007, 10:24pm • Greenville, SC • #1246

The thoughts and prayers of people around the nation are all with the friends, family, students, and victims of yesterdays events. Words can not describe how sorry i am for all the loss. What happend yesterday not only affected the university, friends, and family. But affected a whole Nation, and possibly even the world. May god be with you all through this difficult time.

April 17, 2007, 10:24pm • Belle Vernon, PA • #1247

Today it finally hit me what has actually happened. There are faces and names for those who are no longer with us.  Beautiful souls who have been called to a better place.

I was not there and I do not know anyone who was killed or injured, but this is very personal for me because Virginia Tech was my home away from home for four years.  Now as a mother of two I cannot imagine what students, family, and friends are going through. As I sit here on my bed tonight I cry.  I cry for those families whose children aren’t coming home.  I cry for those who are hurt, physically and emotionally.  I cry for our family, our “Hokie” family and pray that God will heal our broken hearts. 

Shannan

April 17, 2007, 10:24pm • Millboro, Virginia • #1248

I believe in Va Tech 100 percent.North Carolina Welcomes anyone.All thoughts and all my prayers are with the students and family members.North Carolina will stand beside Va Tech.

April 17, 2007, 10:24pm • Grantsboro,NC,U.S. • #1249

I am shocked that someone would be so sick to shoot innocent people. I was very shocked to hear this news announced at my school. Then I thought of all 32 people that the gunman killed. I am greatfull my friends from my county survived the tragedy. My prayers and thoughts are with all of the family members that lost their loved ones and the students who lost their dear friends and thier professors. May God bless everyone and my thoughts and prayers are with the family members loved ones and the students of Virginia Tech University. I know VT is a very kind place and I would hope that this type of massacre would not happen again.

April 17, 2007, 10:24pm • Highland County Virginia • #1250

I have felt the kind of grief you are having to experience today. Someone you love and care about is here one day, and gone the next. By a maniac with a gun, or a drunk driver. One never knows how long we have here on earth. Be good to one another! Love one another! Comfort and Pray with one another! It will get harder before it gets better. But it does get better!! God bless all of you!

Cindy Ochoa

April 17, 2007, 10:24pm • Apple Valley, CA • #1251

I am so sorry this happend to your campus, students, faculty, friends, and families.  It’s an absolute travesty! My thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this insane act.

Stay strong

I may be in California, but I am praying for all of you!

Steve S.

April 17, 2007, 10:24pm • Menlo Park, CA • #1252

I would just like to let the Virginia Tec students and staff know that they are in our thought and prayers in this very difficult time. Something like this happened at the University of Iowa 16 years ago. Though we may not always think about that fateful day it is still a part of our lives that we will never forget. What happend yesterday will change everyones life but we must not forget to go on with our life and show that we can not be brought down.

April 17, 2007, 10:24pm • Iowa City, Iowa • #1253

I spoke to a woman today who was wearing a VT Grandma sweatshirt at my gym. Her grandson was in the building, but was not harmed. Everyone on the campus of Piedmont College is sending thoughts and prayers your way. We will convene tomorrow at the president’s house for a prayer service. All we can do is pray for your college community and send all of our love and support your way. May God watch over you in this time of unspeakable sadness.

April 17, 2007, 10:24pm • Demorest, GA • #1254

I come from a very small, tght nit comuity. one of the students lost, Caitlin Hammaern, was one of my best friends. she taught me alot and touched so many lives.
For everyone else, who suffered losses, my prayers and thoughts are with you. I will carry yours around with me as a beacon of hope in these terible times.
A word of advice. Keep thoses that are loved, clse to you. we all will need them over the next few weeks.
Love to all,
Anna M.

April 17, 2007, 10:24pm • SlateHill, Ny USA • #1255

MAY GOD COMFORT ALL THAT HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY THIS TERRIBLE TRAGEDY. I HAVE A 23 YEAR OLD THAT HAS GONE TO COLLEGE.I CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE PAIN THE FAMILES ARE ENDURING AT THIS TIME. IT MAKES ME CHILL TO THING THIS IS SOMETHING THAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED HERE. IT IS THE SADDEST THING IN THE WORLD TO KNOW ARE CHILDREN ARE NOT SAFE IN A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT. OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL THE STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND FACULTY.

April 17, 2007, 10:25pm • WALTON, WEST VIRGINIA UNITED STATES • #1256

Our hearts are with all of you at this great time of sorrow.We pray that you gather strength from one another and live life to the fullest.

April 17, 2007, 10:25pm • Porter,Maine • #1257

To all of the students at VT our condolences are with you. Our God has a plan more complex than we can comprehend. Our prayers are with you as you begin the healing process. It is said best in the lyrics of Bill Withers… if there is a load you must carry that you cannot bear, I’m right up the road and I’ll share your load if you just call me.
Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you always.

April 17, 2007, 10:25pm • Virginia Beach, Virginia • #1258

Words cannot describe the grief that we as a nation are feeling for those who lost their lives and their families. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the students at Virginia Tech and all those who consider themselves Hokies.

As a senior in High School, I am proud to say that I have recently made my decision to attend Virginia Tech in the Fall of 2007. This University is and has always been a profoundly special place and nothing will ever change that. 

Please know that God will be with you throughout this tragic time and you have the support of your nation behind you.

April 17, 2007, 10:26pm • Fredericksburg, Virginia • #1259

Dear friends, family, victims of VA Tech,

My heart goes out to you and everyone involved in the April 16th tragedy. It is such a shame that such a thing like this occured. May all the students and staff that have passed rest in peace. All of Canada is thinking about you, you will always be in our thoughts and prayers. Heaven gained 32 amazing angels yesterday, they are in a better place now, even though none of them were ready to go.
To the families of VA tech, It must be hard to go through such a thing to learn that your son or daughter has been killed. I have a hard enough time coping, but all the families have it a lot worse getting a dreaded phone call that they of wished they would never of received. Unfortunately we can not turn back time we just have to try and hold our heads up high, look into the future and keep our spirits up in this time of crisis. We have to build on this. We will get stronger, as a nation we have to come together. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone, God bless, take care.

Peace and love,
Christine Ciura
18 years old from Ontario Canada.

April 17, 2007, 10:26pm • Sarnia, Ontario, Canada • #1260

It’s always hard and very painful to experience something like this; words can not describe it, my condolences, thoughts, and prayers goes to the families and friends who lost their loved ones. It can happen so quickly, life as we know it can change in the blink of an eye, and it’s really true, does that departed that day, certainly were not expecting this, it was just another normal day, in another regular University, unfortunately for them and for us, that didn’t happen. Universities and schools should be a safe place, and I’m sure that many of them are, till the day someone decides to judge himself and others, it’s not fair, no one was the right to take someone else’s life, but we humans have something called free will, and some of us use it the wrong way, it’s really sad. It is a tragedy of major proportions but still life goes one, but for many, life will go on, remembering those who departed before their time; they are probably in a much better place now. Rest in peace, you guys will be remembered…Family and friends, be strong, and keep the flame alive, that way those that left will always be part of your hearts.

Ruben Correia

April 17, 2007, 10:26pm • Ponta Delgada/S.Miguel, Azores • #1261

Hokies Unite!  My thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by the events of 4.16.07.  As an alum of VT from 2004, I share in the loss with all on the VT campus.  We are proud of bonding the community has done.  We are thinking and praying for you.  Lets Go Hokies!

April 17, 2007, 10:26pm • Wilmington, NC • #1262

Dear Virginia Tech Students,
My heart goes out to all of you that are affected by this terrible tradgedy.My thoughts and prayers are with you all,Always remember that God is always present,and will be with you all during your difficult time.Be strong, be there for eachother, and draw near to God as he gives you comfort.God Bless all of you, for you will always be in my prayers.

God Bless You Always,
Emily

April 17, 2007, 10:26pm • USA • #1263

Forever in our prayers.  Forever Hokies.

- Erik
Class 00’

April 17, 2007, 10:26pm • Stafford, VA • #1264

I am sad that this unfortunate and untimely incident happened to the Virginia Tech community. My support, prayers, and condolences to the students, the faculty,the families, and the alumni be with you. May the Lord guide, keep, and protect the community of Virginia Tech.

April 17, 2007, 10:26pm • Kansas City, KS • #1265

My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to all directly affected by this senseless tragedy. I am one who believes in a heaven and a hell and I truly believe that Cho Seung-Hui is on his way to hell right now. Go Hokies!

Timothy Thompson

April 17, 2007, 10:26pm • Norfolk, Virginia • #1266