Condolences, April 17, 2007

I live in a small town in Illinois, and even though we are half a country away we still sympathize. I cried as soon as I heard, because I too lost a friend this year. I know that it will hurt for a long time, the death of my friend still hurts my heart, but the country will heal. Time will go on. And soon enough you will be reunited with your loved ones. Until then, know that people are thinking and praying for all over the country and world.

Kaely Sawyer

April 17, 2007, 10:48pm • Pontiac, IL • #1417

When I got the news, I was shocked and felt deep sorry for victims ans students in VT.
I want express my condolence to the victims and their family.
May God will keep you and guide you, VT

April 17, 2007, 10:48pm • paul, south korea • #1418

I returned college today, after 7 years. I was happy until I heard about this. We all college students, although from diferent countries, go to our campus for the same reason, we want to learn and become better so we can make a better world. And now many won’t have that chance: it’s the world who has lost some of the best people but those who stay here, must live on and be even better to honour them.

My prayers are with you, guys.

N.V.M

April 17, 2007, 10:48pm • Lima, Peru • #1419

My thoughts and condolences are with you all. It’s truly a terrible tragedy and I hope it never happens again anywhere at any time. 

Bless you all.
Sara.

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Sydney, NSW, Australia • #1420

My heart goes out to all of Virginia Tech students and their families who were affected by the shooting.
May God let the victims rest in peace and have mercy on this world so no further such tragedy will occur on university campuses around the world.

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Sydney, Australia • #1421

I just wanna say how sorry i am for the friends and family that were hurt in the past few days. Down in Hampton Roads we are flying our flags and wearing our shirts to support the Tech students and their families. God bless you all for as long as you need it! I support you guys all the way!
God Bless, Sara Anderson, 15yrs. Va. Beach, VA

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Va. Beach Va US • #1422

I just wanted to let all the families and the students at Virgina Tech that my family will keep you guys in our thoughts and in our prayers.  Be strong and God will take you through this tragedy and make you guys stronger.  I didn’t know anyone up there but I cried right along with you all.

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Vicksburg, MS • #1423

mis condolencias por las muertes ocurridas ayer en VT y mis plegarias al Dios todopoderoso para que tenga en su gloria a las victimas de este horrible suceso.

Dios los bendiga
Francisco J.Mendez
Guaynabo,PR
estudiante de la Universidad del Sagrado Corazon

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Guaynabo,Puerto Rico • #1424

our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of virginia tech

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Boston,MA • #1425

I’m a 22-year-old college student from New Jersey.  All of you VT students are my peers, and regardless of where we came from or where we go to school now, we’re in the same position, and we share many of the same experiences.  Our school communities are a home away from home, a place where we come to learn, grow, have fun, and become the people we want to be.  We never expect it to be devastated the way yours was, but we’re reminded that it could have been any of us.  This one act of violence does not define you.  The students I’ve seen in the ongoing media coverage are amazing representatives of your school.  The brave acts of those who were killed or wounded are astonishing.  I was so proud that students my own age and even younger handled this with such grace, dignity, and courage.  I’m proud to be one of your peers.  Please know that just because we are not all VT students does not mean that we don’t love and support you.  The whole country is behind you.  We’re all here for you, Virginia Tech.  We pray for you to have the strength to heal.

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Amanda - NJ • #1426

"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it bacame a butterfyly.
-anonymous
Even God is crying!

Barb Guild
Petrolia, ON
Canada

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Petrolia, ON Canada • #1427

Vtech Community

My deepest condolences to the victims and their families, students, faculty and the community.  You will forever be in my prayers.

As a parent with a teenager entering college, I already have my fears.  Never in one’s imagination would you think something this senseless can happen in a college community.  It’s a shame that individuals enhancing their knowledge for a better future and to be productive individuals in our society have been cheated of a life.

May we, as a nation, learn and try to prevent this from ever happening again.

I’m from NYC and know what devastation is.  Just as the world reached out to us, we reach out to you.

May God bless you all.

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Staten Island, NY • #1428

I wish you all the best as you mourn, greive and try to go on with your lives. This is a tragedy that will never be forgotten and you all will always be in everyones hearts and prayers. Remember, every dark cloud has a silver lining!!

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Crystal K. Jamestown NY • #1429

It is difficult to fully express our sincere and deep sympathy to the faculty, families and students of Virginia Tech at this time of extreme sorrow, however please know that far and near your cries are heard and your tears are felt.  You all are in our prayers today, tomorrow and in the future as you try to heal wounds both physical and spiritual.
With sincere condolences,
Gene and Yvonne Jazwinski

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #1430

I am a mother of a university student in Illinois. When I heard about the shooting my heart dropped. I felt the pain and sadness for the many parents who had lost their son or daughter because of ONE young adult who made the evil decision to take the lives of thirty-two people. 

My condolences go out to each of the parents who lost their child.  My prayers and thoughts will be with each parent for a long time.  I pray that serenity will settle in each of the parent’s hearts soon.

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Wheaton, Illinois • #1431

Today we are all Hokies - The entire United States is the Hokie Nation.

From this tragedy, Virginia Tech will be stronger, better, smarter and better prepared.

Our hearts go out to the students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and particularly the parents of the victims.

The Wolfpack Nation

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • NC State - Raleigh, NC • #1432

I cannot express how sorry I am to hear of this. I have to had a some people murdered very close to me. The pain slowly goes away but I do PROMISE their memory remains. Although they left you in body do rest assure every has guardian angels and they just became yours!! Caitlin

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Canyon,TX • #1433

We offer our deepest condolences to the entire Tech community.  We have said many prayers for you over the past two days and will continue to offer those prayers in the coming weeks and months.

The Davies Family
Class of ‘98 and ‘00

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Richmond, VA • #1434

God be with you all, as he is with the souls of the departed. May they all soar free, like the wings of a beautiful butterfly in spring. Forever cherished, and never forgotten.......
Let the lessons be learned....... so all can live in peace.  God Bless.
M Bunney

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Spearfish, SD • #1435

Dear Family, Students, Faculty, Staff, and all of the VT Community,

First off, I express my deepest condolonces for your loss. This is definetaly a very tragic event and I still can not begin to describe words to express what I am feeling, and thinking, and to possibly offer comfort and support.

I am a Junior in college at Arizona State University and it really opened my eyes that anything like this can happen anywhere. News has been all over my campus as well interviewing students and one student made a good example. Reach out to people that look sad, or upset or depressed. Even just a simple smile to acknowledge their existence can mean the whole world to them.

Someone earlier did say, god has a complex plan then we can comprehend. Believe your loved ones are in a safe and better place. They are well protected and well taken care of. You will see them again soon.

I wish the best of luck to you all. You will be able to come back as an amazing community and will flourish even more! God bless you all and I hope all of you move on in peace.

Brent Hunter
Junior, Arizona State University

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Chandler, Arizona • #1436

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you who lost your friends and loved ones and to all the students and faculty who got away God bless you all we all are thinking about you and praying for all of you may God be with all of you at this hard time

Amanda

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Reese, Michigan • #1437

Prayer For Bereaved Friends

In thy wisdom, whose ways are past finding out, Thou has appointed our dear ones unto tears.  Thou hast called them into sorrow’s Gesthemane, where great loneliness and anguish wring their hearts.  Grant, Father, that they may meet Jesus there.  This is all that we can pray.  Our blundering lips cannot comfort them and our blind eyes cannot discern the purpose of Thy providence.  But, O Father of love, draw these sorrowing ones close to Thyself in the person of the sympathetic Saviour.  Through their tears may they see Jesus.  There is no comfort but in Thee, O God Triune; may all who weep find Thee.  Be Thou companionship for their perplexity, strength for their weakness and courage for their new life of bereavement.  Show them that all Thy plans for Thy children include two worlds.  Reveal unto them the tenderness and humaneness of Thy sympathy; comfort them as those whom a mother comforts.  This we ask in the name of the Saviour Who sorrowed and wept.  Amen.

Rev. William T. Ellis, LL.D.,
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
From God’s Minute, 1916.

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Chapel Hill, NC • #1438

Virginia Tech family, Northwestern State University College of Nursing extends our condolences, thoughts and prayers.

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Shreveport, Louisiana • #1439

Our prayers are with each family that lost a love one or had someone wounded.  I had a daughter that went to Tech and a granddaughter who is there now. It is so hard to believe that this has happened in Blacksburg.  Our love goes out to all.

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Salem VA 24153 • #1440

Thank you to those whose lives were sacrificed to remind the rest of us of the importance of communication, of love, of relationships, of humanity, of family, of respect, of personal interaction, of cultural appreciation versus cultural toleration. Thank you for giving up your lives to contribute to the betterment of all.

Rest in Peace.

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Middleboro, MA • #1441

My thoughts are prayers go out to everyone at Tech and especially the families and friends of all the victims.  As an alumni of Radford University and having a sister who is a freshman at VA Tech there is a special place in my heart for you all! May you all find peace and hope in this time of darkness.  God Bless!

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Wilmington, NC • #1442

"Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup,
They slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe
Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind,
Possessing and caressing me.
Jai guru deva om
Nothing’s gonna change my world,
Nothing’s gonna change my world.”
--Lennon/McCartney

special prayers go out to the family of Liviu Librescu… his story means a lot… truly.

Mizzou loves the Hokies!

LOVE,
Laura Rogas

April 17, 2007, 10:49pm • Columbia, Missouri • #1443

Perhaps the only good that will come of this tragedy is that the world will now know what a wonderful University, institution, community and family Virginia Tech is!  It is with great confidence and pride that we’ll send our daughter to Virginia Tech next year!  Go Hokies!

April 17, 2007, 10:50pm • Haymarket, Virginia • #1444

My heart is very heavy and filled with sorrow beyond explanation. Some very beautiful people are no longer with us and are standing at the gates of heaven. When God decides it is our time he opens his arms and welcomes us into his kingdom. The people that have fallen in this tragic act and the thoughts of their families will be in my prayers and the prayers of my entire family.
God bless them all!!!!

April 17, 2007, 10:50pm • Vista, California • #1445

I know how hard all this is and I admire your school spirit! Stay strong and stay safe! All of us are thinking about you guys!

April 17, 2007, 10:50pm • Rider University, Lawrenceville NJ • #1446

Two of my collagues have a son currently at VT; a good friend has family on staff at VT and friends currently enrolled.  I pray for them, and for all of you.  Know that there is literally an entire country, an entire world, with its arms around you, enveloping you all in love.  Know that we thinking of you every day.  May you find peace in the madness, and joy in your memories of those you loved.

April 17, 2007, 10:50pm • Franklinton, NC • #1447

Students and Faculty of Virginia Tech.
My family thoughts and prayers are with you.  We mourn with you, with the tragic loss of friends & fellow staff. Remain strong and continue to comfort each other.
Rev Guy W Opie

April 17, 2007, 10:50pm • Red Bank, NJ • #1448

This is of small comfort, but after 36 hours of being numb by shock--I was oddly comforted by the unintentional hearing of the song “You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up)” by Josh Groban. It is worth a listen. Lastly--watching the Professor giving her speech at the end of the service was one of the most moving things I saw all day. Don’t hide your grief, don’t be too strong, stick together and always..Go Hokies!

April 17, 2007, 10:50pm • Washington DC • #1449

I can’t really know what you are all going thru but I’ve asked the Lord to put his hands on all of your hearts for strength to guide you & protect you all. May Jesus give you all the opportunity to reflect on the lives your living now thru struggles or calmness to be thankful to have every minute of life from now on. May the families of those souls no longer here with us look to God because with him all is possible. I will continue to pray for the facilty, students & all of Virginia to lift up from this huge tragedy and overcome the rocky road ahead. We are brothers & sisters in Christ, may he bless you all & know that he is always with you…

God Bless,
Nancy Del Valle

April 17, 2007, 10:50pm • Jersey City, New Jersey • #1450

With deepest sympathy from the bottom of my heart and soul. I cannot imagine the pain and I am not attempting to. I don’t think I can take it. My heart is so heavy and my tears has not been dried completely. Why are these lives, these wonderful people, these beautiful faces were taken away so sudden? I am so sorry for your lost. Our condolences from our families in the USA and Thailand to your families. You will be in our prayers.

April 17, 2007, 10:50pm • Phetchabun, Thailand • #1451

To our Hokie family, all students, families, friends, and alumni you are all in my thoughts and prayers. We are forever Hokies, forever family. We stand together always, and face this tragedy head on never forgetting those who we’ve lost. My prayers & love. Kristen VT alumni ‘05

April 17, 2007, 10:50pm • Richmond VA • #1452

This tragedy has hit close to home for me for I grew up in Blacksburg and don’t know if my old childhood friends who attend VT are ok...I also have a family full of VT alumni so this is a very sad time for us for Blacksburg is the only place I have considered home...The whole VT community and families of the victims are in my families prayers!

God Bless from all of us at Appalachian State U.
~Kim Madison~

April 17, 2007, 10:50pm • Boone, NC • #1453

MY heart thaughts and everything else goes to the tragedy on april 16 2007 at virginia tech university my you all rest in peace and may the person whom shot you all rott in hell for the rest of eternity sincerley

steven idtensohn

April 17, 2007, 10:50pm • long island New york • #1454

My thoughts and prayers are with you all -especially the parents.  As an adult college student and mother, we look forward to the day our children complete that long awaited milestone - graduating from college.  As this semester ends, I am reminded of the upcoming finals and summer vacations. May you all find peace with God and let the Lord carry your yoke.

In Him,
Barbara

April 17, 2007, 10:50pm • Arlington, Texas • #1455

I would just like to say that right now we are all hokies. And that our thoughts and prayers are with you right now, and with all the families who lost a loved one. Just remember that they are with you, in spirit, in soul, in mind, and forever in your hearts. We are all HOKIES!!!!
God Bless YOU All,
Henry Phillips

April 17, 2007, 10:50pm • Pittsburg,KS • #1456

Dear Virginia Tech

I am posting thousands of Miles away from India. A place called Coimbatore near to the native place of Prof Loganathan.

I want to share the noble and passionate gesture of Professor. He very recently donated voluntarily books (about 150) to a college near here. He loved students wherever they were.

He is from a very simple and God Fearing family. My condolences go the immediate family as well as his brothers who are terribly shattered by this irreparable loss.

Prof R S Kumar
hodcse@bitsathy.ac.in

April 17, 2007, 10:50pm • Coimbatore, TamilNadu ,India • #1457

We feel it too!
VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

April 17, 2007, 10:51pm • #1458

Anyone who attended or graduated from Va. Tech is deeply hurt by Monday’s attack.  For all the students remaining at the University, I have never been more proud to be a Hokie.  Your support of each other and our school is a tribute to all who attended and who sadly lost their lives.  God bless you all.
-Mandy
class of ‘97

April 17, 2007, 10:51pm • Naples, FL • #1459

to all the victims, we miss you dearly. my first day on campus yesterday i say your faces and i heard your screams. i saw the people around you running away in fear .from the first second of the shootings, i prayed for you. i will continue to pray for you and i will spread the word of this tragedy to prevent this horrific act. i love you all, rest in peace.

to the families of the victims, i grieve for you. i hope you all learn to work together to get on with your lives and you allow God to help you heal from this tragedy.

and to the students of virginia tech, i send my whole heart to you. this past year my school lost a loved one too, and i can’t even imagine losing more than one loved one, the pain must be irreconcilable. at our school we used a motto, ONE SCHOOL ONE HEARTBEAT. i want to pass this onto you so you can stick together to form and ever lasting friendship.

TODAY WE ARE ALL HOKIES.

Marianna Driscoll

April 17, 2007, 10:51pm • Cataumet, MA • #1460

I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that all of you will be able to heal and move past this terrible event. I am ashamed at how people have second-guessed the actions taken by your law enforcement people. It is so easy to see a connection among events after the fact where there was not one at the time the event unfolded.

April 17, 2007, 10:51pm • Ottawa, Ontario Canada • #1461

Nos unimos a la pena que sufren nuestros compañeros y sus familiares por tan lamentable perdida. Dios los Bendiga

Clase 2007
Universidad Politécnica de Pueto Rico

April 17, 2007, 10:51pm • San Juan, PR • #1462

No words can express the grief, loss, profound sadness and outrage I feel as a result of this horrible madness perpetrated on a loving community by the personification of pure evil. My sympathy and prayers go to all the families and friends who lost their loved ones.

I just can’t write more, it’s just too sad....

Jim Leon

April 17, 2007, 10:51pm • Rockville, Maryland • #1463

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I pray that the Virginia Tech Family finds comfort, and hope. My God bless you all and your families. Today we are all hokies.

Katy

April 17, 2007, 10:51pm • Miami Florida • #1464

We are so very sorry for loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless all the students and families at V-tech.
Sareeka. G

April 17, 2007, 10:51pm • UMiami '04, New York, NY • #1465

Dear Virginia Tech Family,

We look into your faces and our tears run hot.  We wrap our arms around you and we tremble. There are no words that will easily remove your pain, but there is a nation helping you to shoulder it. We pray that this tragedy will bring us closer as a nation. There is no way on earth to understand the hatred that brought this horrible incident to your midst.  We just know that if we put ourselves in God’s Hands we will get through this.  Love will prevail. You are in our hearts and our prayers.

Karen D

April 17, 2007, 10:51pm • Omaha, NE • #1466