Condolences, April 17, 2007

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at Virginia Tech as you all go through this difficult time. I don’t understand why God allows things like this to happen, but I guess there are some things that we aren’t meant to figure out. I am a college student and will be graduating in 3 weeks. The thoughts of everyone of these students who will not get that chance, will be with me throughout the entire day. Even though I did not know them, I will never forget them.

God Bless,
Ashley W.
Ivy Tech ‘07

April 17, 2007, 10:39pm • Marion, Indiana • #1317

May God’s healing graces find your hearts and heal your wounds.  My deepest condolences and prayers go out to the victims, to the families, and to the friends of this senseless act.  Open your hearts to God and be not fearful or vengeful but rejoice in his glory.  The world mourns with you and will heal with you.

Joshua Fansler

April 17, 2007, 10:39pm • Pennsylvania • #1318

My heart goes out to the entire Virginia Tech community.  I am an alum of Virginia Tech and know how hard this must be affecting everyone since it is a very close community.  Everyone is in my prayers.

Lauren Thomas

April 17, 2007, 10:39pm • Richmond, Virginia • #1319

The educational community throughout the world feels your pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Professor Jenepher Lennox Terrion
University of Ottawa

April 17, 2007, 10:39pm • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada • #1320

And the LORD said “My Child, when you only saw one set of footprints, that is when I carried you”.

To the families and friends that lost loved ones, I pray that the LORD will give you the comfort of cherished memories, strength and courage to get through this difficult tragedy.

To Virginia Tech and student body, I pray that the LORD will give you strength, courage and determination to not let this senseless act of violence break your hearts, souls or spirts. But to move on strong in remembrance of those who are no longer able to....

April 17, 2007, 10:39pm • Beaumont, Texas • #1321

Virginia Tech is a wonderful place please remember this, remember your Hokie pride as we go thru this time of hardship.  Words can’t express our deep sorrow for those that have lost loved ones and friends.  Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and that VT prevail stronger from all of this. God Bless. WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH!!!  Brittany and Chris Kroboth, VTCC ‘05

April 17, 2007, 10:39pm • Boston, VA • #1322

Even though we were not there and do not know any of the victims personally, we have cried with you and grieved with you all. 

Now is not a time to judge ‘what if’ or ‘could have’ or ‘should have’.  Now is a time to mourn the loss of young lives.  Now is a time to mourn the loss of valued colleagues and great educators.

There will be a time to ask all of the questions that need to be asked, should be asked.  Those questions must be asked knowing that some answers will never come.  The world will never know ‘why’. 

There is a media and political drive to place fault and blame for these events.  The blame lies with the killer.  The blame is not with the President of this University.  He has lost colleagues and students with whose care he was charged.  The weight of that is evident on his face and he is especially in our thoughts and prayers We should all remember that hindsight is the only ‘perfect vision’.

God bless you all.  May the God who loves you all overshadow Virginia Tech with His love and comfort in the days, weeks, and years to come.

April 17, 2007, 10:40pm • Greenwood, SC • #1323

I heard about the courage and the selflessness. I still don’t know what to say. There are no words and I wish there was no call for them. I will pray for you and I pledge to love stronger, wider and deeper to honor your memories of those we’ve lost.

April 17, 2007, 10:40pm • Germantown, MD • #1324

You are all in our prayers here at Indiana University. Stay strong Hokies!

Tim

April 17, 2007, 10:40pm • Bloomington, IN • #1325

"We WILL prevail! We ARE Va Tech!” Once a Hokie always a Hokie…

Lord knows that our prayers go
out to all of you especially those who have been directly touched by this horricble tragedy.

Nikki Giovanni’s words and President Bush’s words are all so true…

May the good Lord bring healing and strength to all of you!

We love you!

Rossana (Florez) LeBlanc ‘83

April 17, 2007, 10:40pm • Houston, Texas • #1326

I would like to offer you my heartfelt sympathy on this day of great sorrow.  I share a common bond with you - we are members of the same collegiate athletic conference (I am an alumna of Wake Forest University). Sadly, I lost a sister to an act of gun violence in a public place in 1995.

I know the shock and anger and horror at finding out that tragedy has befallen someone you care about.  The pain is immense, and in the first few days and weeks and months it seems like it will consume you.  I urge you to take care of yourselves, your friends, and your family.  Draw close to those you love.  Look out for those who seem to be floundering.  Get help if you need it.

I also want to tell you that although I would have doubted it in 1995, you *will* find a way to go on and be happy and find joy in your lives again.  Your lives will be forever different, but time and faith and comfort help you manage the pain and grief.  My prayers for the Virginia Tech family and its friends and alumni is that you will find peace and healing too.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  God bless you all.

Betsy Chapman ‘92 WFU

April 17, 2007, 10:40pm • winston-salem, nc • #1327

My thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this tragedy.

Scott

April 17, 2007, 10:40pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #1328

Every valley
Every bitter chill
Made me ready to climb back up the hill
And find that . . . 

You are sunrise
You are blue skies
How would I know the morning
If I knew not midnight?

God’s Peace and Love to all lives who are affected by the tragedy. 

-Paul

April 17, 2007, 10:40pm • Berlin, NJ • #1329

As a mother of two daughters in college and 1 one her way to college I want to express my deepest sympathy to the families and friends of this horrible tragedy...May you find peace in God and may God comfort you always for your loss...I cant imagine how you feel but my prayers and thoughts are with you....

God Bless all the families related to this massacre

Michele Bush

April 17, 2007, 10:40pm • Vidor, Texas • #1330

I cant even imagine right now what all you students, family and staff are going through right now w/ this tragic ordeal. Virginia Tech you are in my thoughts and in my prayers. Just keep your heads up and stay strong!

Christina A.

April 17, 2007, 10:40pm • Nashua, NH • #1331

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims and their family members.  To the staff and students of Virginia Tech, hold on and comfort each other and know that the world is praying with you.

Ron & Terry Mueller

April 17, 2007, 10:40pm • Fort Mitchell, Alabama • #1332

From Clemson faithful to Virginia Tech. We send our thoughts and continued prayers. This was a horrific and tragic event that no human should ever endure. Prayers for peace and solitude. We are all with you in this time of need.

Brian and Sherl Drawdy

April 17, 2007, 10:41pm • winston-Salem,NC • #1333

You are all in our prayers. Stay Strong.

-University of Maryland

April 17, 2007, 10:41pm • Rockville, MD • #1334

On behalf of Penn State Dickinson School of Law, our deepest sympathy goes out to those who lost someone in this unbelievable tragedy.

To all VA Tech students, faculty, staff, and families, you are not grieving alone...the world is grieving with you.

April 17, 2007, 10:41pm • Carlisle, PA • #1335

I have never visited Virginia Tech - never even set foot in the Commonwealth of Virginia. And I’m not quite sure what a Hokie is. But I will be wearing Orange and Maroon this Friday. I may not be an alumn, but I stand with you.

April 17, 2007, 10:41pm • Sacramento, California • #1336

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

R.D.Watts and Family
Mohawk College

April 17, 2007, 10:41pm • Hamilton, Ontario, Canada • #1337

With a heavy heart I offer my thoughts, prayers, and condolences to all those affected by the recent tragedy. 

Today we are all Hokies.

Beth - University of Tennessee c/o 2005

April 17, 2007, 10:42pm • Columbia, TN • #1338

Those of us at Florida State University are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. I admire your strength and courage to defend when needed and continue when times are tough. During our candlelight vigil tomorrow night we will be praying for you, now and in the future.

My thoughts and prayers go out especially to the Zeta Mu chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Being a Kappa myself, I am deeply saddened that one of my sisters has been unfortunately killed in this event. The Epsilon Zeta chapter (at FSU) is remembering you tomorrow night!

God Bless all Hokies!

April 17, 2007, 10:42pm • Tallahassee, Florida (Florida State University) • #1339

Dear Virginia Tech Community,

We, at Philadelphia Biblical University, watched in horror and disbelief at what happened on your campus.  You are in are prayers and we are with you all.

April 17, 2007, 10:42pm • Langhorne, PA • #1340

God’s speed to all.

THE BROKEN CHAIN
We little knew that morning, that God
was going to call your name,
in life we loved you dearly
in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
you did not go alone;
for part of us went with you,
the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories,
your love is still our guide,
and though we cannot see you,
you are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same,
but as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.
- author unknown -

April 17, 2007, 10:42pm • Sterling Hts., MI • #1341

I would like to express my deepest sorrow on this tragedy in Viginia Tech. Last week, I just contacted with some professors in Department of Nutrition. I hope that no one was wounded or murdered. Those victims and their next-of-kins, as well as the whole Viginia Tech community God Bless !

April 17, 2007, 10:42pm • Shanghai, China • #1342

As a fellow student of higher education, I would like to offer my prayers to those that have lost a loved one to this tragic event.  I also hope that this tragedy will not cause or stir up any prejudice, but only bring communities and people together to strive for peace and love.  Son Nguyen

April 17, 2007, 10:42pm • Arlington, TX • #1343

I want you to know that this school family is in my thoughts and prayers today and in the comming months. I know how close people can get when you continue you education with on a daily basis with these people . They will be Dearly missed by one and all! I remember where i was to when i heard the new and being a soft hearted person I begun to cry . How wonderful That God Makes a heart feel for people whom you never will know . I also understand theres going to be a lot of questions you may want to have answered just leave it in God’s hands He has his own time for the answers and he will calm ever sea! If anyone just needs a friend who will just listen and won’t make them feel crazy… i’m here please email me at : krysta_2000@hotmail.com I promise i will respond!

April 17, 2007, 10:42pm • Badger, Newfoundland, Canada • #1344

To Everyone Who Has Been Affected By This Tragedy:

I wish there were words that existed in any language that would make you feel better- but I know there aren’t. But know this: souls are weeping and hearts are breaking all over the world for you and everyone else who lost a loved one. And though it does not feel like it right now, you will emerge from this stronger; stronger as people, stronger as students and stronger as a community.  I wish I could offer you more support than just words, but that’s all I have. Stay strong.

April 17, 2007, 10:42pm • Aberdeen, WA • #1345

just wanted to let you all know that your in my prayers and thought’s.and wanted to give you my condolences to you and your famileys.and all the friends and famileys you have lost.my heart goes out to all of you.

kathy

April 17, 2007, 10:42pm • picton ontario canada • #1346

I am very sorry to hear about your loss..  Alot of places we don’t even think that it will happen.. I am sorry that it happened at your place of learning..  My thoughts and prayers go out for the families, friends, and students who are grieving at this tragic time.  Remember, evil can ruin your life’s, but the good and kindness of your hearts can destroy evil.  May God be with you all through this horrific time.

April 17, 2007, 10:42pm • illinois • #1347

I am deeply saddened by the horrible and enormous loss suffered by your campus community. I know Virginia Tech and the surrounding area will come together and provide healing, strength, and leadership for all in this exceedingly difficult time of loss, anger, and confusion for the students and the families.

All connected to VT are in the thoughts and prayers of millions upon millions of caring people worldwide. I am thinking of you all and am hoping that uplifting and positive times are not far away for Virginia Tech.

April 17, 2007, 10:42pm • Pensacola, Florida, USA • #1348

I go to Virginia Commonwealth University, and I just have to say, we are all sending our thoughts and prayers to everyone there at Tech. Please know that you’ve got a great community, state, and country. Hold strong VT.

Chris B.

April 17, 2007, 10:42pm • Chester, Virginia • #1349

To all of you at Va Tech my heart is with you all. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as well as all the students at Finger Lakes Community College. God bless you all and remember you are in ALL of the country and the worlds thoughts.

Thomas Moschiano Communications major, Finger Lakes Community College

April 17, 2007, 10:42pm • Canandaigua NY • #1350

My thoughts and prayers are with the parents and the students and the teachers.It’s a sad day in America.Jim Bundy

April 17, 2007, 10:43pm • Durango,Colorado USA • #1351

Words can not express the sorry I feel for the victims, students, staff and community at Virginia Tech.  When I graduated in 1976 it was a sad day to know that I would leave such a special place.  My thoughts, wishes and especially my prayers are with you all.  May God bless you all and “keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus”.

Russ “VTCC”

April 17, 2007, 10:43pm • Roseville, CA • #1352

My condolences go out to the entire Virginia Tech University community, family and friends of those who are gone but will never be forgotten. The entire country sympathizes with everyone from VT as it is really hard to get over such tragic situation. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been affected by this. I hope for those who are injured go through a fast recovery and for those who are no longer with us may you rest in peace.

-Brenda M. (CSULA)

April 17, 2007, 10:43pm • Los Angeles, California • #1353

To the Students and Faculty of Virginia Tech,
Please know that we are praying for you all in the face of this great tragedy.  God Bless and keep all of you in His care.

April 17, 2007, 10:43pm • Nashville, North Carolina • #1354

To the Hokie Nation,
A wise man once said “When you feel like laughing,laugh. When you feel like crying,cry.” Know the world crys with you now. You will move on but you will never forget. Nor as we will never forget as well. For those you left behind on April 16, become stronger and become better for they are watching you and counting on you from above. Prayers,courage and God bless.

April 17, 2007, 10:43pm • Altavista, Virginia • #1355

J’offre mes sympathies à tous les gens qui ont perdu un proche, un ami, un frère, un fille, un père , une mère…
Je tiens à souligner le merveilleux travail de Jocelyne Couture-Nowak qui faisait vivre la langue française dans ce milieu anglophone. Bien que je ne la connaisse pas personnellement, mes sympathies à sa famille.
R.I.P
Mélissa

April 17, 2007, 10:43pm • Montréal, Quebec, Canada • #1356

I remember the Va Tech sense of community and spirit so well; when I watch the news it’s hard to match the beauty of Blacksburg and its Hokies with the senseless tragedy you have suffered. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Jeff King IEOR ‘84

April 17, 2007, 10:43pm • Port Orange, Florida • #1357

My prayers go to the families, students, and staff of VT. There are no words to make something like this go away or even make it better. Always know that God is always watching over us. In my prayers always and forever…

Sonya Evans

April 17, 2007, 10:43pm • Birmingham, Alabama • #1358

In our hearts April 16, 2007, will be remembered as the day loved ones, friends, and colleagues were taken from our lives in a way we will never forget.  May the families have some peace knowing they do not mourn alone.

April 17, 2007, 10:43pm • Pat E. Dunnellon, FL USA • #1359

All I can do is offer my hearfelt prayers and love to each of you!  I have sat and cried with you and for you and my heart aches for your losses.  Please know that the U.S. and the world are lifting you up in thought and prayer!

Psalm 46: 1-3
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. 

Betsy Bailey Barnes

April 17, 2007, 10:43pm • Jackson, TN, United States of America • #1360

Never Forgotten, always in our hearts.

Cam

April 17, 2007, 10:43pm • Aurora, Ontario Canada • #1361

To all those involved,
We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and all those affected by this week’s tragedy. You are in our hearts and our thoughts in wake of this senseless act of violence and hate. We hope you recieve the support you all need in these coming weeks.
-The Maples Unity Group
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

April 17, 2007, 10:43pm • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada • #1362

My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to those directly and indirectly effected by this tragedy.  Be encouraged and know that GOD “knows all, sees all and has all!” Peace be with you and your families.

Philandra Mack Epps

April 17, 2007, 10:43pm • Frisco, Texas • #1363

My thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to all the friends and family of those 32 Hookie’s that have passed in an unexpected way. I hope that everything will return to normal and that something like this will not happen again.

April 17, 2007, 10:44pm • Purdue, West Lafayette, Indiana • #1364

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL.
SHARON/EDDIE CALL AND FAMILY

April 17, 2007, 10:44pm • MARION, VIRGINIA USA • #1365

Our campus is also praying with 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.

Grace and peace be with you.

April 17, 2007, 10:44pm • Hope College - Holland, MI • #1366