Condolences, April 17, 2007

I want to join the tens of thousands reaching out to the families of those killed and wounded and to the University community.  My deepest sympathies to the families of those who lost their lives on Monday.  I know that you find yourselves struggling to face the most horrible of realities and dealing with a loss that no parent or loved one ever wants to face.  To the families of those who are gone and the students who remain, I encourage you to lean on one another, talk about your pain, and remember those who are gone.  On Sunday April 15th, my family marked the one year anniversary of the death of our 16 year old son.  I would never have believed that I could have been more sad than I was on that date, but, I was sadly wrong.  On Monday, as I watched the tragic events unfold in Blacksburg, I realized that by the end of that horrible day dozens of families would be receiving the news that their beloved child, sibling, spouse, or parent was gone and my sadness was multiplied by a factor of 32.  I know that our fine University, will remember those who died,care for those who mourn, and will survive this horrible event.

April 17, 2007, 11:06pm • Bluff City, TN • #1718

We all stand up in support of the people lost yesterday. You will be remembered forever. Dartmouth College sends its deepest condolences to the students, faculty, and all those associated with Virginia Tech. We know you will continue on through the strength and resolve of all that surround you.

Dave

April 17, 2007, 11:06pm • Hanover, NH • #1719

God bless the Virginia Tech community, especially the family and friends of the victims. 
All of you will be in our prayers,
even though we just can’t imagine the unfathomable tragedy that has hit you, and us all. 

Hana G

April 17, 2007, 11:06pm • Calgary, Alberta, Canada • #1720

Words can’t express how sorry Iam that this has happened again, just with the anniversary of Columbine coming up. Im a college student, and I know that just b/c I don’t go to a BIG college, the fear is still there. I hope every day you the students, and family and friends of the victims, grow stronger and stronger everyday! Forgive, BUT Never Forget!!!!!!! GO HOKIES!!!!!!!

~*Renee Trout*~

April 17, 2007, 11:06pm • Marion, Ohio • #1721

I have always heard people ask VT fans what a “hokie” exactly was.  With these unfortunate events, America along with the entire world now know what a Hokie is; a proud, strong, and resiliant person.  May God bless all those affected.

April 17, 2007, 11:06pm • #1722

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

—Robert Frost
To all that are touched by this tragedy, we are all praying for you. Stay Gold.

April 17, 2007, 11:06pm • Murfreesboro, Tennessee • #1723

I have never been to Virginia or even heard of your school before this tragedy but still I feel that I have just lost a close friend.  I am so saddened by the loss of such younge and promising lives.  My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims and to all the students who have suffered through this terror that words could not possibly describe.  You will all be in my prayers.
Patsy Brewer

April 17, 2007, 11:06pm • Cleveland, AR • #1724

i am filled with sorrow about what happend even though im young i’m very sad and ashamed of what has happend. I’m 13 and i wish every one there will have a good night and hope that this wont ever happen again.

every one here will feel your sorrow.

thank the every day people who became heros that day. i wish you all a happier life,

Hope

April 17, 2007, 11:06pm • Ohio • #1725

Hokies,

Your unity and courage are truly an inspiration to me. Thank you for that.

Scott
University of Maryland ‘06

April 17, 2007, 11:06pm • Baltimore, MD • #1726

I am devastated by this tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty, staff, and families during this sad time.

Becky

April 17, 2007, 11:06pm • Illinois • #1727

How could such a tragedy happen? I don’t think anyone will ever understand. I can’t even imagine what the students, faculty, and their families are going through. I am so sorry.Just know you have the love and prayers of your whole nation.

Erica

April 17, 2007, 11:06pm • Martinsburg, WV • #1728

To all the parents and siblings, who have suffered a loss, I as a mother of (4), two college students at MSU. My tears go non-stop as I watch and feel such pain and compassion for you all. I can’t come up with the words to express how sorry I am for all of you.
You are in our every thought and our prayers.  I pray that God will give you all strength to make it through this devastating time.

God Bless, All our Love,
Jamie and Angie Harrod

April 17, 2007, 11:06pm • Springfield, MO • #1729

We all share your grief during this time of terrible tragedy.  We feel an overwhelming sadness.  Know that many hold your community in our thoughts and prayers.

Anne Nevin

April 17, 2007, 11:06pm • McDonough, GA • #1730

Don’t dwell on the evil of the day.  Share the memories of the friends, loved-ones and colleagues who were taken from you.  The memories you share are what make you all stronger and help you struggle through the sorrow.

Love and Prayers to you all!

April 17, 2007, 11:07pm • Rockville, Indiana • #1731

I pray everyday for my children.  Today as I talked with the Lord, I told him that we were okay, but there were hundreds of students, friends, and families at Virginia Tech that needed his help.  Be assured, he is with you in your sorrow and will continue to help you through your grief.  You will be in my prayers for a very long time.

A Mother

April 17, 2007, 11:07pm • Winchester, Va • #1732

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families.  We are so sorry for all the senseless mass murders. May GOD be with you…
The Rickmanns

April 17, 2007, 11:07pm • Petersburg, IL • #1733

Dear Virginia Tech,

I am deeply hurting for all of you. You have been constantly in my thoughts since this happened yesterday. Don’t lose heart. Carry on!

Remember 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

Timothy Walsh

April 17, 2007, 11:07pm • Philadelphia PA • #1734

These words can’t begin to express my sadness for all of you at VT. So many wonderful people, who had so much to give us all, now gone. I am also sad for all of us beyond your campus because our society and the security we all had, like I enjoyed growing up in a small New England town 4 decades ago, seems so vulernerable now. It is time America really took care of itself for a while. If we don’t, I don’t think we’ll ever be the same, and that’s a legacy we shouldn’t pass to our children. My prayers to you all!

Bill Dolloff

April 17, 2007, 11:07pm • Derry NH • #1735

I feel that at a time like this, we should not play the blame game or point fingers. This is a time to come together, hope, pray, cherish, remember, and love those around us. We all need to be strong and work through this together. It just really saddens me to see that many of these students were on their way to enter the real world. Some were just starting college and others were teachers. It hits home because I am a college student. It is disturbing to realize that this kind of incident can happen almost anywhere and at any time. Just be there for others, talk, listen, comfort, love…we all need support at times. May those associated with this tragedy find hope. Rest in Peace to the victims. The whole world is praying with the Virginia Tech community.

April 17, 2007, 11:07pm • Dallas, TX • #1736

desde venezuela mis mas sentidas condolencias ante esta terrible masacre para los familiares un abrazo de dios

April 17, 2007, 11:07pm • cabimas venezuela zulia • #1737

Deepest condolences and prayers to all the families of the victims, and the community of Virginia Tech.

-Aida, Texas A&M University

April 17, 2007, 11:07pm • El Paso/College Station, TX • #1738

It is a shock to see such huge losses happened in such tragedy. It is also a tragedy when people try to talk about Asian people, far more than Koreans, we will always be reminded of the day full of sorrows and pains. NO more hatred, and to look into each and every’s soul,we may find the heaven in thee.

Chen Ye

April 17, 2007, 11:07pm • China • #1739

I can’t imagine the shock and grief that the campus community is experiencing at this time.  Please know that the nation- and likely most of the world- is sharing in your pain.  The ones lost and the ones who witnessed these acts are all our brothers and sisters.  May God grant you peace.

April 17, 2007, 11:07pm • Champaign, IL • #1740

I ask the God of peace bring you comfort as you all mourn...the nation mourns with you. I pray that Almighty God’s perfect love drive out all fear. I hope you all know how much you are loved.

April 17, 2007, 11:07pm • USA • #1741

I am a Senior at Edinboro University in PA. So this senseless tragedy hits close to home for me. I pray for all the students of Virginia Tech, those who were injure, those who perished, their families and their friends. My heart goes out to you.

April 17, 2007, 11:07pm • Hadley, PA. U.S.A. • #1742

words cannot express the sadness that i feel. my prayers are with you.

April 17, 2007, 11:07pm • chicago, il • #1743

We are so very sorry for your loss but its heavens gain. GOD BLESS and KEEP your families, friends and students at VT. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of sorrow and tradegy.

TAMMY VAUGHAN

April 17, 2007, 11:07pm • RIPLEY, TENNESSEE • #1744

To all of those affected by the dramatic tragedy that took place, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I believe that the horrible acts done by this gunman have been judged by a much higher power. It gives me comfort in knowing that his actions have been dealt with and he is now suffering an agonizing eternity. Remember that God is in control. To all of you who had friends and love ones who lost their lives, be comforted in knowing that your friends and loved ones are special. Let their light shine on through you. Allow this experience to minister to others.
Once again, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Remember Phillipians 4:13....I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

In Christ!
Amy

April 17, 2007, 11:07pm • Robertsdale, Alabama • #1745

To All VA Tech Students, Faculty, and Families
Please except my heartfelt condolences and prayers.  My brother in law was a fireman who died at the World Trade Center.  I know the emotions you are all feeling right now.  Words can’t describe the shock and sadness. What helped us was the closeness of everyone who helped my sister and our family get through that terrible time.  You will never forget your loved ones but you will find a way to continue with your lives and dreams Love, Arlene

April 17, 2007, 11:07pm • Floral Park, New York • #1746

This sucks.  It’s hard enough to deal with the stresses of being in college---exams, being away from home and family, balancing work and a social life---but to have the added worry of never feeling safe again is a terrible burden.  I’m so sorry that the students have had to endure such trauma, and I am sad thinking of all of those families who have lost children, sisters, brothers, mothers, and fathers in this attack.

April 17, 2007, 11:07pm • Cincinnati, OH • #1747

32 new angels in the heaven, but pain and sadness in the earth. My condolence.

Sincerely,

André Luis Nakamura

April 17, 2007, 11:08pm • São Paulo/Brazil • #1748

The events that occured yesterday were devastating.  Nobody has the right to take the lives of the innocent.  May God Bless all of you at Virginia Tech and the the families of the victims.

April 17, 2007, 11:08pm • Bakersfield, California • #1749

To everyone from Virginia Tech closely affected by this horrible tragedy, for all others touched by it from the United States and around the world, may it help you to know that in times of need like this, there are so many people thinking about you, praying for you and sending our love. For all the times we feel seperated it is tragedies like this that remind us what a small world it really is. Love from Canada

April 17, 2007, 11:08pm • Winnipeg, Canada • #1750

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone at Virginia Tech. May the Lord help you move on from this tragedy. My prayers to everyone.

Melissa

April 17, 2007, 11:08pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #1751

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family and friends affected by this horrible tragedy. Words just cannot begin to express my sympathy for you all. God Bless each and every one of you.

April 17, 2007, 11:08pm • PA • #1752

words are of little worth in times like these.  however, know this that we are all mourning this tragedy. i personally extend to all those affected by monday’s trajic events condolences on behalf of my family.  may you all have peace and heal in spirit.

sincerely,
brooks family

April 17, 2007, 11:08pm • greenville, SC • #1753

I have always been a Hokie at heart..my father was an alumnus and I have relatives and friends who went or are going to Virginia Tech. My heart is heavy with sorrow for those who died, were injured, their families and the entire Tech family. But I also have great hope that eventually you will all find some measure of peace even though you, and we, will never ever forget. You are all in our thoughts, prayers, and hearts. Today, we and people all over the country and even the world are “Hokies at heart”. The Preston family

April 17, 2007, 11:08pm • Abingdon, VA, USA • #1754

I don’t know anyone at VA Tech, but I feel so badly for the entire community there. I’m sure great people with so much promise were taken by a senseless act of hate. I don’t believe in God, but as a human being, I feel it’s my responsibility to know that I and the rest of a feeling nation are grieving for you

-Forever Remembering

April 17, 2007, 11:08pm • St. Charles, Missouri • #1755

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families that have been deeply affected by this immense tragedy. I can’t even begin to imagine the deep sense of loss that you all feel. I want you to know that even though we weren’t there we feel the horrible insufferable pain of this tragic event. We pray for your families at this time of great sorrow. May God look over your families and bless you all the days of your lives. You will be in our prayers and thoughts. God Bless you all.

April 17, 2007, 11:08pm • Washington, North Carolina • #1756

As a BC Graduate, I mourn the tragic loss of so many fine Virginia Tech student and professors.

Watching on TV, I am struck by one emotion and that is that the Hokie Spirit is Alive & Lives on!  I was thrilled to see so many students wearing their VT sweatshirts and caps.

I am driving to Nashville on 7/7/07 and will stop by your campus to pray for Virginia Tech.

God Bless all you Hokies!

John Riordan

April 17, 2007, 11:08pm • Nashua, New Hamshire • #1757

To Those who we lost. I say we because know one will ever know how these young minds may have had an effect on our world.

May our words of kindness blow gently by your ear so you will know we will always miss you and wish that you were here.

“I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming.  I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”

Now is the time to mourne but the time will come when you can look back and smile and remember the good times.

Ira

April 17, 2007, 11:08pm • Hamilton, Ontario, Canada • #1758

To the Grieving Students and Families,

I am thinking of you and praying for you daily. Keep up your strength. I mourn with you.

Yours in Christ,

Prof. Shirley Y. Foy, RN

April 17, 2007, 11:08pm • Queens, New York • #1759

There are angels holding the victims of this tragedy in their arms. My heart, hopes, and love go out to the community in Blacksburg, VA.

“Just as despair can come to one another only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.”

-Elie Wiesel

Go Hokies.

- RIT Student ‘06

April 17, 2007, 11:08pm • Silicon Valley, CA • #1760

May God bless each and every individual connected to this horrific tragedy.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire VT community.

April 17, 2007, 11:08pm • Pennsylvania • #1761

All over the country we are praying for you.  Missouri Tigers are praying for you, that you heal and that you grieve with peace.  We are thinking of you and looking for ways to make this a positive experience.  God bless you, please help each other and take care of each other.  The world grieves with you.

April 17, 2007, 11:08pm • St. Louis • #1762

May god be with the students and parents through this terrible time.  God bless to everyone.

April 17, 2007, 11:08pm • Winchester, Ohio • #1763

I am so sad for what has happened to the VA Tech families. May you all find peace in your hearts and know all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 17, 2007, 11:08pm • Charleston, South Carolina • #1764

To all at VT,

My heart goes out to all, I cannot even begin to imagine the pain you all are experiencing. I pray for you and your families...this day will never be forgotten...nor will the people involved. Be strong, God bless…

Diana

April 17, 2007, 11:09pm • Los Angeles, CA • #1765

We have been watching all of the tv interviews, etc. of the students at Virginia Tech.  This is an incredibly special group of students.  Everyone of them has been polite, well spoken, intelligent and caring about their fellow community members.  Virginia Tech is truly a special place which did not deserve such an act of evil.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Virginia Tech community.  The Milley family

April 17, 2007, 11:09pm • Winchester, MA • #1766

I send my condolensces out to the families of the deceased, may all the victims and the shooter rest in peace. I pray that the world will forgive the shooter for his grave mistake. I will be praying for the families especially, as they deal through this hard time. God Bless.

April 17, 2007, 11:09pm • St. Louis, MO • #1767