Condolences, April 17, 2007

There is nothing anyone can say to make things better, the whole world is shocked by this tragedy and it will take a while for everyone to move on. I am a college student from Texas and everybody around me is shocked by what happened and would love to help in any way possible.

Our prayers and condolences go to those families who lost their loved ones in such a horrible crime against this nation and the human being. My deepest sorrow go to all of those souls who’s hearts are crushed by this tragedy. May God be with all of those who have been affected by this tragedy and through him may every single one of you find inner peace and the strength needed to move on.

God Bless You All!!!!!

-Mario M. Gallardo
West Texas A&M University
Canyon Texas

April 17, 2007, 10:27pm • Canyon, Texas • #1267

Sending all the indivisuals and the families our prayers and condolences.May our Lord Jesus Christ heal all wounded,scard,and the depaired in his holy name.May his hand remain in,upon and through all of yours hearts and your situation everlasting.May we all knell in order to stand.
Prayfully yours,
Mark

April 17, 2007, 10:27pm • Corpus Christi,Texas • #1268

My words cannot express the sadness in my heart.  The tradegy you have experienced is beyond comprehension.  May you have memories and strength to carry you through this so difficult time.  I only wish I could do something to take some of the burden of sorrow off your shoulders.

The Gannon Family

April 17, 2007, 10:27pm • Homewood, Illinois • #1269

It is very sad to hear the lost of many people who died. I show support to those who have lost many friends and family and know that god will help u throw the storm. Im a 17 year old girl who knows how it feels 2 lose someone. So all i ask is that u stay strong.....GOD BLESS

MARLEEN A
NY

April 17, 2007, 10:27pm • BRONX, NY US • #1270

Hokie Nation,

The words cannot describe the sorrow my family and I feel for you, it is a feeling not felt since 9-11.  You are young and strong and will use this moment of tragedy to make this a better world.  You are a catalyst for change, stand up proud of who you represent.  Make those who lost their lives look down and smile because your doing something positive in their honor.

Virginia is where I am from and the way you have represented the Commonwealth gives me tears of pride.  Do not ever regret being in VaTech, there is a reason you are part of this, the weaker would not use this for the better, you are there to be family forever bonded.

God Bless the Hokie Nation

April 17, 2007, 10:27pm • Palm Harbor, FL • #1271

Know that our prayers and sympathy goes out to all involved at VT.  Know that this happened for a senseless reason, but we will band together to change this.  May god bless you all.

JM-Ferris State University

April 17, 2007, 10:27pm • Grand Rapids, Michigan • #1272

What has happened is a horrible tragedy. I’m saddened to think that this has happened on one of our great campuses. My heart is broken to think these young people’s lives have been ended so tragically. The memories of those lost will never be forgotten and those who have been touched by them will always remember. My heart goes out to their friends and families.

Adam H.

April 17, 2007, 10:28pm • Reno, Nevada • #1273

My heart grieves for the families, friends, and colleagues of the victims of this unimaginable tragedy.  I listen to the witness accounts of this horrible massacre, and I find myself in tears.  I wonder how something like this could have happened.  I wonder why these lives were taken.  I wonder how their families will ever cope with such an immeasurable loss. 

To those who did witness this event:  My thoughts and prayers are with you as you struggle to move forward in your lives with such vivid memories of terror.  Thank you for your courage and your willingness to share your stories with the rest of the world. 

I offer my sincerest condolences to those whose families, friendships, and futures are affected by the loss of these innocent victims.  I pray God’s peace and healing for each of you.

I am amazed by the strength of the Virginia Tech family.  God bless you all in this incredibly difficult time.

April 17, 2007, 10:28pm • Tyler, TX, USA • #1274

My thoughts and prayers are with the families that were affected by this senseless act.
May God keep you close and help you through your time of need.

Brad

April 17, 2007, 10:28pm • Neenah, Wisconsin • #1275

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at Virginia Tech.  This day will never be forgotten.  Through tradegies such as this, there are things that will be done to prevent occurrences such as this in the future or to alert those that may be in harm’s way.  Do not be surprised if a “416” alert enters into our lexicon as a means of informing students at universities, high schools, etc. of impending danger.  Let us hope we never have another day like this April 16th.

God Bless,

Brian

April 17, 2007, 10:28pm • Dallas, Texas • #1276

To all of the parents that lost a love one at VT may God be with you. God will help u though this sad time.

April 17, 2007, 10:28pm • Gate City , Virginia • #1277

May God bless you in this tragic time. I hope that you, the members of the Virginia Tech Community can find some peace and tranquility amidst your pain and suffering. I will pray for your healing.

...Into every life a little rain must fall and losing one you love is like a storm, but storms are passing....

April 17, 2007, 10:28pm • Wooster, Ohio • #1278

Dear Students from Virginia Tech.  I am so very sorry for your loss this week.  Words cannot express the horror that took place on your campus.  Please know that you are in our prayers.  Our church has a few alumni from VT, so you are very close to our hearts.  May the Lord bless you and strengthen you...we are so saddened and so very sorry.

Psalm 3:3-8 But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.  To the Lord I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill.  I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.  I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side.
Arist, O Lord!  Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.

From the Lord comes deliverance.  May your blessing be on your people. 

God Bless you all…
Mrs. S. Swift

April 17, 2007, 10:28pm • Bronx, New York • #1279

I am a parent of a college age child, I can only imagine the profound grief that the families, friends and students of VA Tech are feeling.  My heart aches for each and everyone who is effected by this tragedy. As parents and mentors we need to come together and support our youth during the long road to recovery.  God Bless those who have suffered loss, and those who are struggling to recover.  Va Tech lives on!!!!!  Go Hokies!!!!

April 17, 2007, 10:29pm • Richmond, VA • #1280

To the students and faculity,

I am so sorry for the horrific trauma you are all experiencing at this time.  Please know you are in the thoughts and prayers of those of us in Oklahoma.  I know it will take years for the pain, anger and sadness to subside but please keep a smile on your face and hope in your heart.  We are all here for you and share your heartache. 

Lynne Kline

April 17, 2007, 10:29pm • Catoosa, Oklahoma (formaly Virginia Beach, VA) • #1281

With deepest sympathy my heart goes out to the families of the victims, students and staff who have been through a great ordeal. May the warm memories of your loved one soothe you in this difficult time and help you be at peace. My prayers are with you.
Rohaifa Alafrangy, M.A.
Arabic Instructor
Foreign Languages
Northern Virginia Community College

April 17, 2007, 10:29pm • Alexandria, VA • #1282

My family would like to send our condolences to the entire VT community.We are so deeply sadden by yesterday’s events. Are thoughts, and prayers go out to all the families.

April 17, 2007, 10:29pm • Coppell,Texas • #1283

I have never been so proud to be a hokie as I am everytime I turn on the tv and am reminded how unified my hokie family is everywhere I go right now.  My heart weighs heavily that I look on the tv and see my favorite place, described on tv as a scene of a massacre, the worst massacre.  I am lifted and my tears are wisked away when I remember that our loved ones are in a better place, our heros came through yesterday, and we are going to get through this together, WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH. 

Love and condolescences to us all,
Monica

April 17, 2007, 10:29pm • Centreville, VA • #1284

My heart is heavy today. My thoughts and prayers are with every student, faculty member, staff and their families of the VT family. 
~~Jennifer~~

April 17, 2007, 10:29pm • Jennifer, Columbus OH • #1285

To the VT community ~

Please find comfort in knowing that strangers with hearts of compassion and sympathy are lifting each and every individual suffering from every aspect of this tragedy to our loving God for peace and comfort.

“The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came upon me; I was overcome by trouble and sorrow.  Then I called on the name of the Lord; O Lord, save me!” (Psalm 116:3-4)

May each and every one of you feel the embracing love through the Holy Spirit of those lifting you in prayer at this dismal, dark time in history.  Godspeed in your healing.  ~
(In memory and support of New England State victims, Ross Alameddine, Saugus, MA & Daniel O’Neil, Lincoln, RI)

April 17, 2007, 10:30pm • Ipswich, MA • #1286

No one can even begin to express what we are all feeling over this tragedy. I found out about what was going on shortly after it all started from my son who is a senior at UMass. It just so happened his campus had the day off and one of the kids happened to hear about it and news spread quickly through their campus. Being college students themselves they felt the pain that VT was going through. Many of them called home to check in with their parents, and my son even called his sister who is at ESU. Being a college student, and being a parent of two, we feel as if we have an unspoken bond with all the families at VT. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and our prayers. We grieve for you along with the rest of the world. And we hope and pray that somehow you manage to get through the difficult days and months you have ahead of you. Your loss has touched us all please know that we all feel your pain. There is a whole world praying for you and our prayers will continue, please lean on that when things get to where you feel you can’t handle them. Feel the touch of the world upon your shoulders, for our tears are streaming right along side yours.

April 17, 2007, 10:30pm • Pennsylvania • #1287

May God bless you in this tragic time. I hope that you, the members of the Virginia Tech Community can find some peace and tranquility amidst your pain and suffering. I will pray for your healing.

...Into every life a little rain must fall and losing one you love is like a storm, but storms are passing....

-Michael W. Smith

April 17, 2007, 10:30pm • Wooster, Ohio • #1288

I am deeply saddened by the unbelievable horriffic events that occured on April 16 and Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and the families affected by these events.

May God bless you all!

Patrick

April 17, 2007, 10:30pm • Monessen, Pennsylvania • #1289

My heart aches for the friends and families of the victims, for the witnesses, and everyone involved. I’m sorry for your losses.

I’m sorry for the loss to the world of all the talent, potential, idealism, and creativity of the young students. A piece of our hope for the future has been taken.

I’m also sorry for the loss to the world of all the knowledge brought by the professors, who will no longer be able to share it with students or with the world through their research. I’m also particularly saddened that the world has lost one more holocaust survivor. There are so few left.

May their memories be a blessing to all that knew and loved them. Treasure their memories and cause them to live on in you.

April 17, 2007, 10:30pm • alexandria, va • #1290

Words cannot describe what each of you must feel right now. Shock, pain, grief are just a few words that come to mind. My deepest sympathy is going out to all the students, teachers, families, and to those that died in this tragedy. Nothing will ever explain why this happened--these events will never make sense. May you have enough strength to get through these difficult times. Right now, we all need to do our part to prevent such tragedies in the future, by teaching kids to resist violent behavior, by showing compassion to each other, and by maintaining humanity in the face of adversity. In time, you will heal, although you will never forget. We also will never forget. With thoughs and prayers. Oksana

April 17, 2007, 10:31pm • Washington, DC • #1291

To the families of the victims: I am deeply sorry for your loss. So many people should not suffer because of one man.

To the victims: No one deserves to die like this. You were given no choice. You were all so brave, and I hope you did not suffer too much in those last moments. I love every one of you, and am so deeply sorry you could not be here today. I send out my heart to you, and I pray that you are safe in heaven and know that we are all here for you, thinking of you, and we will never forget you.

To everyone: The majority of us did not know the victims, nor their families. Yet so many of us feel the need to share our condolences for such acts of horror. All we can do is stay strong and know that we are all here for each other. We are here for the families, and we will never forget those who died so tragically. They deserve the world’s blessings. They have our condolences. Right now they are showered with more love than we can imagine. They deserve it forever. They will never be forgotten, but will stay forever in all of our hearts until we meet them in heaven.

My prayers are for everyone, and for the safety of the world. Too many tragic losses are products of hatred. I pray for love.

April 17, 2007, 10:31pm • Menlo Park, California • #1292

I have two sophomore sons at Auburn University. I remember how excited my sons were when they received their acceptance letters. It was an exciting time for our family. All I can think about when I hear the stories and see the pictures of that terrible day is the excitement those students and families felt when they received their acceptance letters from VT. I can not imagine this kind of devastation. It could have been at any University.
You are in my prayers.

April 17, 2007, 10:31pm • Florida • #1293

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. GO V TECH

Your friend from the Ohio State University, Mohamed Farah

April 17, 2007, 10:32pm • columbus, OHIO • #1294

Though I was many miles away from your beautiful campus on April 16, 2007 when word of the profound tragedy reached me, I felt so profoundly sad and distraught.I cry at the thought of the loss of so many beautiful people. I know that there are many hero’s among you, the living and the dead. You must carry on, you must stay strong and as you grow and heal and move on you must take this tragedy and the memories of your friends and turn it into works of love. God loves you all, allow Him into your hearts to heal you.

Peace be with all of you.

With hope, love and compassion,
Roxanna Green

April 17, 2007, 10:32pm • London, Ontario, Canada • #1295

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you that have lost a loved one and I wish you all the best as you try and cope and heal from this tragedy.  As an alumni, I can’t believe this place that some of my happiest memories come from, experienced such terror.  To the students, I wish you carefree times again.  You are all in our hearts and prayers.

April 17, 2007, 10:32pm • Richmond, VA • #1296

I like to tell all of you that one way or another have been hurt, by this terrible tragedy. That my prayers are with all of you.

PRAY
When you feel like you’re alone and all hope is lost.

Bend your knee and pray.
You’re never alone when you pray.

MEMORIES

Take all of you’re memories of the one you lost. Cover them with love and forgivenes. Lock them away in heart.  Keep them alive with your faith.

Reach for those memories when you are lonely.
This wonderful memories taht you save today. With love, forgivenes and faith will be with you till you part.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL

C. Torres

April 17, 2007, 10:32pm • Tampa, FL • #1297

Dear Virginia Tech students, faculty, and community:

I’m an american student currently studying medicine in the Caribbean and even though i do not have access to television here on the island, I was still informed about the devastating news.

I’ve been so deeply sadden by these news that i felt compelled to express my condolences and share in your sorrow, as well as that of my fellow peers here in Grenada. 

You are all in my constant thoughts and prayers and I hope that those of you who were immediately affected are able to find love and comfort among your loved ones as you mourn through this very difficult time.

Thinking of you all,

Carolina
University of Miami’ 05
SGU School of Medicine

April 17, 2007, 10:33pm • Grenada, West Indies • #1298

As a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia & as a mom of 5 children ... my thought’s are with ALL the HOKIES everywhere . I ask that the Lord comfort each & every one ... as only he can .

God Bless ,
D. Fenwick

April 17, 2007, 10:34pm • Chesapeake , Virginia • #1299

To The Families and Faculty of Virginia Tech.

I share in your sorrow and pray for God’s Grace, Love and Strength for you to be very real during this great tragedy and always.

Priscilla Hudson-Carey,

April 17, 2007, 10:34pm • Nassau, The Bahamas • #1300

It’s on the news, in the papers, we hear it on the radio.
The losses suffered by Virginia Tech are the face of our nation yesterday, today, and for the next small breath of time.
Though we were all affected in different ways, in the end this touched us all.
Whether we lost a family member, a friend, or just heard the story,
Somewhere inside, we all seem to be feeling a little bit emptier,
Our eyes seem to tear up just a little bit easier.
We might not understand what one another are feeling right now,
But we all understand just a little bit better, how vulnerable and dependant we truly are on one another.

April 17, 2007, 10:34pm • Tempe, AZ • #1301

I would like to send my deepest and most sincere sympathy to the families, students, and faculty of Virginia Tech who now suffer over the great tragedy that befell us early Monday morning. My prayers rest with everyone who was killed in this terrible loss and those who are left to carry this painful memory. The Hokie spirit is and will stay strong now and forever for those who truly believe it. ~God Bless Virginia Tech~ GO HOKIES!

Lauren, 15

April 17, 2007, 10:34pm • Roanoke, Virginia • #1302

From Colombia,
Our prayers are with all of you and with the relatives of the persons who died. Just think that your parents are with God now and someday all of us will be together again and for ever. It could be easy for me to tell you this, but when a parent die we must act exactly in the way that this person want, so they will be proud of us.

April 17, 2007, 10:35pm • Colombia, Bogotá • #1303

May God gather all those who remain here on earth to his bosom and provide comfort and strength through this trying time. Family, freinds, and VT students you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Try to remember the good times and cherish those memories for I know that these remarkable people have left enough good, happy memories that there is no room to remember the horrible tragidy that was bestowed on them April 16, 2007

April 17, 2007, 10:35pm • Adamsville, TN • #1304

My heart is heavy with great sadness for the parents and families of all those whose lives were lost or wounded.  Such as senseless act of terrorism that affected so many innocent lives.  My prayers and thoughts will be with the Virginia Tech community and families.

~Leslie Sanford and family

April 17, 2007, 10:37pm • Fredericksburg, VA • #1305

Dear students, faculty and families of Virginia Tech ~
Know that your country, my country and the world are standing beside you ~ by having you in our thoughts and prayers ~ with open arms, wanting to console and help all of you during this terrible time of grief. 
Thank you too ~ VT staff ~ for offering this web page for the world to use. Our great planet feels much smaller now. 
God Bless all of you ~

April 17, 2007, 10:37pm • TM/ Vancouver Island/British Columbia / Canada • #1306

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you.

April 17, 2007, 10:37pm • Fairview, Tennessee • #1307

My thoughts and prayers are with the VT community now and always. Please know you are not alone in your grief and that you have the love and support of everyone who hears of recent events.

April 17, 2007, 10:37pm • Erin, Philadelphia, PA • #1308

We share our deepest condolences to the families and frieds of the victims of this unbelievable tragedy. Stay strong, our prayers are with you.

April 17, 2007, 10:37pm • Calgary, Canada (U of C alumni) • #1309

May God be with you ALL during these trying times.....Brian Schrolucke

April 17, 2007, 10:38pm • Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio • #1310

I may not be a believer of God, but now more than ever I hope there is some sort of heaven out there. That all the victims of this disaster are resting easy, full of smiles and laughter.

Although they have been taken from this world, most of them far too early, it is my hope that they find comfort and love in the embrace of their ancestors whilst those who’ve they left find a shoulder to cry on and a hand squeezed in reassurance.

Whatever faith I have goes out to all those affected be it classmates, acquaintances, friends, family. I can only begin to imagine the weight on your hearts. Just never forget that no one is truly gone from this world. Their memory lives on yet.

-::Jackie

April 17, 2007, 10:38pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #1311

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you, James 4:8

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted, Matthew 5:4

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done for you. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus, Phillippians 4:6-7

Amen and Amen

Our deepest regrets and sympathy to family,friends,faculty.

April 17, 2007, 10:38pm • K Blevins, Tulsa, OK • #1312

God bless to the families of the victims.
Dios bendiga a las familias de las victimas.

April 17, 2007, 10:38pm • Hollywood, FL • #1313

I just want to say I am praying for comfort and peace to the victims and their families and friends. I am so sorry to hear that our world is not a safe place when our children cannot get an education without the threat of violence. Just know our Heavenly Father is taking care of your loved ones and welcomes them with open arms. May the love and caring of our Heavenly Father bring you peace at this time.

April 17, 2007, 10:38pm • Pflugerville Texas • #1314

Words cannot alone express how sorry I am to hear this news. Rest in peace for all the victims.

April 17, 2007, 10:39pm • Virginia Beach, VA • #1315

My thoughts and prayers are with all involved in this tragedy. Across the campus, the town, the police and emt’s to friends and family of all affected. May God bring all of you comfort in your time of sorrow.

April 17, 2007, 10:39pm • Tulsa, Ok • #1316