Condolences, April 17, 2007

My heart goes out to all at Virginia Tech and around the country/world who are suffering at this moment. As a parent, I cannot imagine the loss of a child and embrace all who are mourning the loss of their child, parent, spouse, family member or friend. May this tragedy unite all and may we become stronger. May we find a way to live in safety and peace again. RFL

April 17, 2007, 11:20pm • Coral Springs, FL • #1968

Hokie students and staff...if there ever was a shining light at this moment of grief, it is the students of VTU.  Their courage, their ability to come together, their vision for a better world, their tears, their hearts, their minds...will be remembered always.  Your pain is our pain.  We are with you.  From a buckeye on the west coast.

April 17, 2007, 11:20pm • Portland, Oregon • #1969

Such shocking news travels quickly around the world and we watched in disbelief as the story was relayed across our television. May you find strength from your loved ones, your friends and your community to get through such unfamiliar, awful times. May you remember the victims’ smiling faces forever in your hearts. May you always speak of them with happiness in your hearts. May you never waste time or energy questioning why as we will never know the anwswer. Our prayers and thoughts are will all of you. Megan Kennedy

April 17, 2007, 11:20pm • Burleigh Heads, Queensland Australia • #1970

My thoughts and prayers are with the Virginia Tech community.  May God be with you and give you comfort during this horrific event. 

Stay strong and the entire world is praying for you.

Remember you are Hokies!!

Esther Fisher

April 17, 2007, 11:20pm • New York, NY • #1971

Though I don’t know anyone at Virginia Tech, I share in all the pain and grief of this tragedy as the details unfold.  I read through the testimonials that people have written about the victims, and my heart goes out to all their family and friends.  The students and the faculty—they were vibrant, hopeful, inspiring, and taken away too soon.  My deepest condolences to the entire VT community...my thoughts are with you all.

KC

April 17, 2007, 11:20pm • Washington, DC • #1972

My sincere condolences go out to all the victim’s families..it is a really sad day for everyone and student community in special...we know what it can be loose your beloved ones..they were someone’s friends,relatives and what not...from whole indian community in states, i pray that may The Almighty give strength to family members to bear this pain & sorrow…

April 17, 2007, 11:20pm • Philadelphia,PA,USA • #1973

As a 1977 graduate of Virginia Tech, I reacted with shock to the first reports of two dead.  Words cannot convey the horror I feel while coming to grips with the magnitude of this tragedy.  Blacksburg and Virginia Tech, where I felt so safe and so at home all those years ago, will never be quite the same.  The innocence is gone.  My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims and also with the university itself.  God bless.

April 17, 2007, 11:20pm • Chester, VA • #1974

"To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.” My heart and prays go out to the family and friends during the lost of their love ones. 

Denise Williams

April 17, 2007, 11:20pm • Forestville, Maryland • #1975

Virginia Tech Family,
It wasn’t until early afternoon yesterday when I turned on the radio and heard of the tragedy at Virginia Tech.  It changed everything on my mind and cut deep within my soul.  We’ve had too many of these times and now in a place of senenity nestled in the western Virginia mountains.

We feel sadness, confusion, disbelief, grief - eyes welling up in tears as we fall to our knees in prayer.

Let us pray:
God in your mercy and love for creation console those who mourn.  A community and a nation have been violently confronted with evil.  Fill the shattered lives with hope and comfort knowing that all those killed now share fully in all your
promises.  We give thanks for all who responded to the tragedy - officials and students and faculty, give them continued strength.  In our search for answers draw all our communities closer to you and one another.  Everything we have comes from you, may we continue to seek your gracious mercy and forgiveness.

Grant us these things and all that you know we need.  Amen.

Rev. David J. Smith
Abundant Grace Lutheran Church

April 17, 2007, 11:20pm • Greenwood, Indiana • #1976

Dear Friends,
May the peace of God which excels all thought bring you comfort at this difficult time. I beleive that the gift God gives us is life and what we do with the life he gives, is our gift back to him and to those around us. I will not forget the gifts who were lost on April 16.

Peace, Love and Blessings to you all.

V. Hansen

April 17, 2007, 11:20pm • Nashville, TN • #1977

I would like to share my genuine heartfelt condolences to all the family’s and students at Virginia Tech,and my sincere sympathies to anyone that has been touched by this tragedy,Incomprehensible that a person could do this to great children,just trying to make a good life for themselves, I didn’t have family there, but I am a mother of a son,and I just wanted you to know you are in my prayers,and I hope God will give you the strenght and guidance, and most of all some comfort while your grieving,know that the whole country is praying for you,and your loss.There are no words that will take your pain away,just the love in my prayers for you all. Sincerely, Cynthia Belovin

April 17, 2007, 11:20pm • Great River, N.Y. • #1978

Our prayers and condolences are with each & every member of the faculty & student body as well as the family members of those whose lives were taken to soon. We hope that you will all be able to find healing in the near future. May the Lord give each of you strength as you go through this time.

The Tilburt Family

April 17, 2007, 11:20pm • Grand Rapids, MI • #1979

I am a Longhorn alumni here in Austin, TX.  My thoughts and prayers go to each one of the Hokie family members.  You all are loved, thought of, and prayed for during this time.  Keep talking, keep hugging each other, keep praying and you all will get through this.

May God ease your pain and may you be stronger than ever.

Debi Sigrest

April 17, 2007, 11:20pm • Austin, TX USA • #1980

Deepest sympathies to the Virginia Tech family.  We all try to make sense of the senseless but the best we can do is band together not as a University but as a family would and become stronger by honoring those that have fallen.  One day it may be a Virginia Tech alum that discovers a way to prevent these things from ever happening again.  May you all forever more live in peace Hokies.

April 17, 2007, 11:20pm • Huntsville, AL • #1981

These are days of tremendous sadness for our university.  My prayers and deepest thoughts are with the families and friends of those who lost their lives.  May God bring comfort and healing to Virginia Tech.

April 17, 2007, 11:21pm • Falls Church, VA (Class of 1991) • #1982

May god be there with all those who have been deceased, may god bless everyone related to VT and everyone in the community.

The professor who sacrificed in order to barricade the door shall be remembered forever.  All those students escaped due to his sacrifice must move on with life positively to honor the professor.

April 17, 2007, 11:21pm • Canada • #1983

You are all in our hearts and in our prayers!!!!
GO HOKIES!!!!

April 17, 2007, 11:21pm • Scott---Jenks, Oklahoma • #1984

My heart is heavy for the Hokie family, friends and love ones. I have shed many tears for your loss...I pray that you all heal and remember that love and faith will conquer hate and discontent…

TJ
WVU 1999

April 17, 2007, 11:21pm • Leonardtown, Maryland • #1985

I am very sorry for the losses of both faculty & students at Va Tech. There are no words to adequately express the deep sorrow and loss of talented students and college teachers. NO one can ever replace them.
I wish I could remove your grief but I cannot. So I can only give you all condolences besides my support, love and prayers and may God guide you.

Sincerely,
Cherry Petzinger

April 17, 2007, 11:21pm • chesterfield, va. • #1986

My prayers and thoughts go out to ALL of you…
Stay strong!!!!I am soooo upset that all of you young people have to go through something so real
at such a young age. This is something that happens in another country, not the United States. God be with you all at this horrific time in your young lives ........ LOVE U ALL

April 17, 2007, 11:21pm • Sterling Heights, MI • #1987

I pray that our Lord will heal wounds and provide comfort to the Virginia Tech community and family. Grief results only when love is present, and it is obvious that the victims are deeply loved.

Rachel
A Clemson Tiger to the Virginia Tech Hokies

April 17, 2007, 11:21pm • Clemson, SC • #1988

The selfless heroism of Liviu Librescu shows that there is a light in the darkness that shines for the victims of Virgina Tech. May he serve as an example to others.

Wilfredo KaamiƱo

April 17, 2007, 11:21pm • Philippines • #1989

Those of us that were blessed to spend part of our lives in Blacksburg know that Virginia Tech is much more than a school - it is a part of our identity. 

We mourn those that were lost and will never forget. To the VT community - please tell us what you need and what we can do.

We are Hokies forever. Ut Prosim.

Steven Schneider
Class ‘98

April 17, 2007, 11:21pm • Santa Monica, CA • #1990

In Bangkok yesterday, I heard the news of the tragic event yesterday morning. Nobody would expect this to happen on campus, or anywhere else. I am very sorry about such tragic event. So as other VT alum here. Please relay my deep condolences to the victims families, friends and colleagues.

The event was shocking and scary but we will try our bests to prevent such event to recur in the future.

Satawee Pusara, the class of Spring 1996

April 17, 2007, 11:21pm • Bangkok, Thailand • #1991

To all the families affected by this terrible tragedy, “May a healing touch be placed on your wounded hearts and wipe away all your tears.”
God is with you all VT and you all are in my prayers.

God Bless You Always

Selma Antoine

April 17, 2007, 11:21pm • Elmont, New York • #1992

To the Virginia Tech Family

My greatest sympathy in this difficult time.  As I watched the memorial service today, I felt the spirit of your school and we are all Hokies today.

April 17, 2007, 11:21pm • Katy, TX • #1993

As the Virginia Tech family deals with the tragic loss and grief of a senseless crime that victimized innocent lives and traumatized a respectable educational community, no response can convey my sympathies or concern deeply enough. Because of the unpredictable violence of one person, thirty two precious lives were blatantly stolen.

May the families and friends, collegues and classmates of all victims be spared any further sorrow.  Please accept my most sincere condolences.

Steve Merling

April 17, 2007, 11:21pm • Montreal, Quebec, Canada • #1994

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims, their families and fiends.

April 17, 2007, 11:21pm • Pulaski, VA • #1995

Our prayers and thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims of this tragedy. God Bless America.

Republic of Guatemala

April 17, 2007, 11:21pm • Guatemala City, Guatemala • #1996

May our Lord carry you through this difficult time.  Please know that your nation mourns with you and will continue to lift you up in prayer.  Our sincere condolences.

S. Lopez

April 17, 2007, 11:22pm • San Antonio, TX • #1997

I KNOW WORDS CAN NOT EXPRESS THE SORROW IN ALL THAT YOU AND YOUR SCHOOL HAS BEEN THROUGH,JUST HAVE FAITH THAT THE WINGS OF THE ANGELS ARE WRAPTHED AROUNDS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU AND MANY TEARS HAVE BEEN SHED FROM ALL OF YOU TO YOU.
KEEP THE FAIRTH...HOKIES!!

April 17, 2007, 11:22pm • HEPHZIBAH,GEORGIA • #1998

To all students and faculty of Virginia Tech--
Please accept my deepest condolences at this time of great sadness. I want to share this poem with all of you--source unknown.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there.
I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the autumn rain.
When you awake in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of birds circling in flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there.
I do not sleep.

May you find the courage to get through this difficult time. God bless and keep you all safe.

Donna Delmonico

April 17, 2007, 11:22pm • Danvers, Massachusetts • #1999

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims families, friends, and the entire VT community who have been affected by this tragedy. I pray that your hearts are able to mend, even though there will always be a piece missing. But, most of all I pray that you will be able to smile when the tears pass away.

“Be still, and know that I am God...” although you may feel alone and broken, know that God is working in this tragedy.

GOD BLESS YOU VIRGINIA TECH!!!

April 17, 2007, 11:22pm • Clarion,PA • #2000

As VT graduates, we share in this saddening loss and have all of our fellow hokies and families in our thoughts and prayers! Go Hokies!

Christine Krasa & James Keenan - Class 2004

April 17, 2007, 11:22pm • Westfield, NJ • #2001

If there was anyway to say how sorry and sad we are for your losses I would say it, but in reality I know there is no way to put it into words. This is a letter from a bunch of students in Iowa and we have heard about your tragedy and our own govenor was an alumnist and is especially saddened.

April 17, 2007, 11:22pm • Sergeant Bluff, Iowa • #2002

I am a student at UMSL and I want you all to know you are in my thoughts. I can only imagine the pain that you all are feeling. My prayers are with you. I beg god to give you the strengnth to find peace within and understand your loved ones did not die in vain. Your pain is felt across this country and you are supported. It is logical for people to want to point out the wrongs but your school handled things no differently than what any other university would have done. There is no way to predict such a tragedy. That monster does not represent your school and you will overcome!

April 17, 2007, 11:22pm • saint Louis. Missouri • #2003

Our family shares in the nation’s grief and prayers for the Virginia Tech community and the families of the victims.  Your loss is so profound and while there is nothing to assuage the tragedy of this moment, please know that our hearts, our love and our support are with each and every one of you.

M. Parks

April 17, 2007, 11:22pm • Palos Verdes Estates, California • #2004

Sending you our love and we share in your sorrow.  May you remember all those you and we lost, with happiness and gladness for having been able to share your lifes with them if for only a short time.  Remember them in good times and keep them in your hearts!  Nancy

April 17, 2007, 11:22pm • Des Plaines, IL • #2005

How could this happen? I offer my condolences and prayers to the families and firends of all whose lives were tragically ended by a mad,lone man.  Behzad Kazerani

April 17, 2007, 11:22pm • Houston, Texas • #2006

We Are Praying For You All
May God Give You Comfort Peace & Understanding
Trust God and He will Give You Strength,
Prayers Always,
Pastor Shelton

April 17, 2007, 11:22pm • Tennesse /USA • #2007

Dear Virginia Tech Students, Staff and Families,

Words cannot express the deep sorrow that we feel for you and yours. Here in Wisconsin your sadness is felt, and know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many. We cannot imagine the feelings that you feel at this time, but hope that in time you will be able to move on, although in a different way than you could have ever imagined that you would. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Hokies!

Matt, Brenda, and Casey Noll

April 17, 2007, 11:22pm • Wisconsin • #2008

My family send our prayers out to allthe families of loved ones that were killed or injured.  We are thinking about you.

The Besaw’s

April 17, 2007, 11:22pm • Jacksonville, AR • #2009

Virginia Tech Students, Staff, Administration, and Families of Virginia Tech stuedents and staff who lost their loved ones and families of the ones injured, my family and I can feel the pain you must be going through. Watching you on television and listening to your stories makes one feel your pain. Know that you are not alone in this. We are all praying for God’s continuous Grace, Peace, Patience, Understanding, Love and Comfort to get you through this time of trials. Hang in their and keep your head to the Lord. He will get you through all of this in time. We will never forget this day. My boys pray for you everyday at schoold (St. John The Evangelist Catholic School). My yougest son collects college football hats. It’s was suprising to him that the last hat he purchased was the Virginia Tech hat, he is wearing it now in memory of those lost and injured.

God’s Grace & Peace,
The Thomas Family (Brian, Monique, Julian, and Jordan)

April 17, 2007, 11:22pm • Atlanta, Georgia / Clayton County • #2010

Our hearts are breaking for you after this horrific tragedy. We pray for all the victims, their families, friends, and for the entire Virginia Tech community. We are inspired by your spirit, strength, compassion, and love for eachother. You are all truly amazing.

God bless you all.

Sincerely,
The Arndt Family

April 17, 2007, 11:22pm • Tioga, PA • #2011

To all students/staff at V. Tech:

I am horribly sadden by the tragic event that happened at your university. Please except my dearest, most sincere, and heart-breaking condolences.

God bless you all in this terrible moment of your life. I hope you all, dearest fellow knowledge seekers, can find peace and harmony.I am with you.

Again-- God bless you all.

Betty M
Kean University Alumna 2005
Union, New Jersey
and current grad student at Rutgers University
Newark, New Jersey campus

April 17, 2007, 11:22pm • Linden, NJ • #2012

Words cannot express how sorry I am for all of you at this time. My heart goes out to all the friends and families affected by this senseless act of violence.  Remember that God has a plan for everyone and while they were on Earth these people made a positive impact on many peoples lives.  I will continue to pray for you during your time of grieving and as you begin your healing process. May God bless you as you begin your journey to recovery.

Whitney

April 17, 2007, 11:22pm • Warner Robins, Georgia • #2013

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at Virginia Tech during this time of grief.  May God be with all of you.

April 17, 2007, 11:22pm • St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN • #2014

Our hearts ache for those who have lost their loved ones in this senseless tragedy.  Our prayers go out to the entire Virginia Tech community.  We pray that within your grief you find the strength to somehow carry on the legacy of those students and faculty whose lives were cut so terribly short.  May God Bless you all. 

Peace & Blessings,
Hollis Family

April 17, 2007, 11:22pm • Tucson, AZ, USA • #2015

My thoughts and prayers are with you, and you’re all in my heart.

As difficult as it has to be to believe right now, you *will* feel better. Just stay strong and take care of each other.

April 17, 2007, 11:22pm • New York, NY • #2016

My thoughts and prayers are extended to all Virginia Tech Families, Students, Teachers, Friends and the entire Community. My heart breaks and tears flow as I watch and read about this troubled time.  May God give everyone strength to overcome the sorrow.  I’m so sorry for our Nation’s Babies!  Our Babies are everything to us and we all must take time to reflect about the lost of God’s gift to mankind--with the birth and joy we share with our babies.  May these rest in peace!  Sincerely, Renee Murphy

April 17, 2007, 11:22pm • Silver Spring, Maryland • #2017