Condolences, April 17, 2007

Dear All United Hokies,

I’m so sorry for everyone’s loss. It’s a diffcult time for everyone. Everyone will be able to get through this. Everyone is strong. Stay strong, cry, vent, do whatever to get rid of the whole in your hearts. Thoughts and prayers are with yall from Disney world and the Wolynski family. Stay strong and stay brave.

Sincerely,
Jessica

April 17, 2007, 8:11pm • Orlando, Florida USA • #258

Our prayers of tears go up before the throne of
GOD for all the staff,all of the students and all
of the families at VA TECH

Because of Christ
Bro, Ron

April 17, 2007, 8:11pm • Kotzebue, Alaska • #259

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the families and friends of those so tragically affected by this horrible event!

April 17, 2007, 8:11pm • Newbury Park, CA • #260

I am deeply saddened by the tragedy that has taken place on your campus.  As a former WVU Mountaineer, we were at odds on the ballfield, but today we are united in spirit.  My sincerest prayers and thoughts are with you all.  Today, we are all Hokies!!!!!!

April 17, 2007, 8:11pm • Hickory, North Carolina • #261

I was shocked beyond description.
I want to share deep condolences to bereaved family members and wish quick recovery of injured people.

April 17, 2007, 8:12pm • Korea • #262

Rising above my feelings of sadness, anger and fear are my profound feelings of admiration for the affected individuals who have reacted to the tragedy with such bravery.

My deepest condolences.
Marilyn

April 17, 2007, 8:15pm • Singapore • #263

I am a professor at a small college in Michigan.  I adore my students and I can not imagine losing them as you have lost yours.  Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Catherine

April 17, 2007, 8:15pm • Alma, MI • #265

\\ AS A MEMBER OF THE RUTGERS UNIVERSITY IN NJ I SHARE YOUR SADNESS AND PRAY FOR YOU ALL, THE STUDENT BODY, THE STAFF AND FACULTY OF VA. TECH IN THIS HOUR AND HOPE THAT YOU WILL ALL BE HEALED’’

FORREST S. CLARK B24VET@AOL.COM

April 17, 2007, 8:15pm • KISSIMMEE. FLORIDA • #264

It is with great sadness and deepest sympathies that I send this out to all the families, friends, students, teachers, faculty, community, etc. It is so hard to understand the why and how of the recent events that you have had to experience. We may never know the answers. You will be in our thoughts during your time of anguish and sadness. Your great courage will get you through and will be the support that you can give to each other. I know that this experience is life-altering for all of you and I believe that you will come through this stronger and more unified than ever before. Please know that the world, as we sit and watch in disbelief and sadness is standing behind you and holding you up in your time of grief.

April 17, 2007, 8:17pm • Lebanon, Mo. • #266

God is with all of you, and he loves all of you. Im praying for all of you right now, and i know that God is with all of you right now.......and please pray to God i know that he will help all of you....

IN MEMORY OF ALL THE VICTIMS

April 17, 2007, 8:17pm • Tularosa,New Mexico • #267

Today I read the headlines and once again am reminded of the sadness that has been a part of humanity since the beginning of time.  Education, advancement of the human species, seems impossible!
We allow ourselves for a moment, or maybe a day, to despair… to find no comfort in our children, in our jobs, in the life that we have made for ourselves and them.
One gunman has taken that from us. 
But tomorrow we will wake, as we did on the morning of September 12th, shaken but committed to the road we have chosen.
We are Americans… trying to figure out what went wrong, sharing our sadness, expressing our anger, and in the end forgiving those that trespass against us.  I hope.

April 17, 2007, 8:17pm • Summit, NJ USA • #268

FROM THE GREAT STATE OF LOUISIANA AND THE GREAT CITY OF NEW ORLEANS, WE SEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIES AND PRAYERS.  IN THE NOT SO DISTANT PAST WE ENDURED A GREAT TRAGEDY WITH KATRINA.  WE HAD THE GREAT PRIVILEDGE OF ENCOUNTERING VT STUDENTS WHO CAME TO VOLUNTEER OVER THE PAST YEAR TO HELP US REBUILD AND RENEW OUR WONDERFUL CITY AND STATE.  YOU CAN KNOW THEY ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST IN BRIGHT MINDS AND OPEN HEARTS FOR HELPING IN TIME OF NEED.  WE TOOK GREAT PRIDE IN KNOWING SOMEONE IN VIRGINIA LOVES US AND KNOW THAT ALL IN LOUISIANA LOVES YOU AND UPHOLD YOU IN YOUR TIME OF NEED.  I AM AN AVID LSU FAN BUT WILL BE WEARING ORANGE AND MAROON ON FRIDAY TO HONOR AND SUPPORT YOUR GREAT INSTITUTUION. WE ARE ALL HOKIES TODAY!

April 17, 2007, 8:17pm • MADISONVILLE, LOUISIANA • #269

~UNTITLED~

Because I cannot think
of any one word
to describe the horrors
of what was watched
and heard,

my poem is Untitled;
my anger is unbridled,
and I am left to wonder
“Why?”

Why were some wounded,
and others left to die?

Promising young lives
have been snuffed out
and the survivors are left
to wander aimlessly about

in pain, and fear
and those who seem
so stoic now,
will later on,
begin to dream
and I wonder how
they will face the dawn.

Theirs will be
a delayed reaction -
better, I think, to
have shaken and cried
and taken action,
right away ~
than to be stoic and
let the screams carry
over into another day....

One foot in front of the other
one day, the father cries,
next day, the mother ~
one day a sister leans
on a brother
next day, it’s his turn

Not even the dark of
night will be able to diminish
the pictures
of the student’s gun
with its flash and burn.

Send the children
off to school
Teach them all the Golden Rule,
but sadly, we must teach them, too,
to be aware:
For there is danger lurking
everywhere.

Blessings from Christina Sharik “ArmyMom”
In Memory of those lost or wounded in the Virginia Tech Massacre, 4/16/07
4/17/07

April 17, 2007, 8:17pm • Ironton, OH, USA • #270

Our deepest sympathies are extended to all of the families who have lost a child or sibling, and to those waiting for word of the improvement in the conditions of those who were wounded during this tragic expression of one person’s self-loathing.
Our prayers are with you, and we find it especially fitting that one who saw the horrors society can commit as a child in a concentration camp could grow to be such a wonderful contributor to the world, to your students; and in a final act, sacrificing himself so vibrant young people could take his place in the world of scholarship and love and replace him with their efforts to build a better world in his honor.
The Rubin Family

April 17, 2007, 8:18pm • Philadelphia PA • #271

My heart goes out to you all!! I can not begin to express the sorrow I feel over your loss… I have a daughter in college and can’t imagine your anguish...Just remember that you are in college for a purpose...Believe that you will over come this...Go on with your dreams...and go out into the world and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! Do not let this overtake you...Take eachother’s hands and hold on to tomorrow!! LOVE to you all...Linda Cuevas

April 17, 2007, 8:19pm • Springfield, Massachusetts • #272

To all the brave and endeared at Virginia Tech:

We wish to express our sympathy and at the terrible tragedy that has befallen your beloved campus. Our prayers go out to all of you and to those that have lost their lives all too soon; however, may you all be reminded that many special angels have now found their place in heaven.

Although an act so senseless, may you and the many families of those lost find comfort in knowing that our nation has once again come together in unity to offer you all love and support at this most difficult time.  Our hope is that comfort, peace, and solace can be found in this love to help each of you to find the strength to go on with each day.

May love and comfort travel with you all.  Our prayers are with you and God bless you all.

“The Gyory Family”

April 17, 2007, 8:19pm • Slatington, Pennsylvania • #273

I cannot begin to express my feelings on hearing the appalling news of the 16th April shootings.

Please allow me to offer my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved, and indeed, to anyone affected by this terrible event.

You are all in my thoughts.

B. Campbell

April 17, 2007, 8:19pm • Edinburgh, Scotland. • #274

My name is Andrew from Cumberland RI and although I personally do not know anyone of the victims from the shooting.  But feel for all who lost someone on April 16th.  A close friend of mine Chelsey from North Kingstown RI was close friends with 2 of the victims and i not knowing the pain she feels am trying my best to support her through this time of loss.  My heart goes out to all of you and please if you are in pain do not think you are alone talk to someone its not easy for either of you but it can help.  If you are someone trying to support a person experiancing this pain all you can do is be there and keep close to the loved ones of the victims.  Once again my condolences and sorrow for your loss.  My heart it is with you all.

April 17, 2007, 8:19pm • Cumberland RI USA • #275

I am a student at Bowie State University and my heart goes out to each and eveer one of the victims, their families and loved ones.  It’s such a tragedy that such talented and wonderful spirited people had to go through such a cowardly act.  I hope the people in the world take this and turn the pain into something positive.  It’s time for the world to stop the hatred.  I don’t know anybody there at VT but I feel like I’m part of the family.  This should have never happend but I believe GOD has a plan for us and he never makes a mistake.  HE called his ANGELS home.  BE BLESSED FAMILY, I am with you in prayer.

April 17, 2007, 8:19pm • Upper Marlboro, MD • #276

I felt as if I needed to do something as I sit here in the quite atmosphere in my home. With the TV and news taking up my every attentive minute I mourn with tears for the families and friends of the victims. You are the ones that are left here to hurt and wonder why this could have happened in a place that should safe and wonderful for young adults to spread their wings and fly. We will never understand why God says we are only here for the time he has given us and why things like this happen. I could never imagine the hurt that is going on in the cummunity right now and around the world. I only know how I feel as a bystander after the fact. You all are in mine and my families hearts and prayers and I hope that there comes a time that you all will be able to find closure, until then remember even though it would be so much better for all the victims to be here with you, they are in a better place and feel no pain.

April 17, 2007, 8:21pm • Taylors, SC • #277

Please allow me to extend my condolences to those who are grieving over this tragic loss. Hokies will persevere!

Semper Fi

April 17, 2007, 8:21pm • Norfolk, VA • #278

My family and myself extend our condolences to the families of the victims who’s lives were taken,and to the university,students and staff that had to experience such a horrific and tragic occurance. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
sincerley, Guerrero Family (USC & LBSU Alumni)

April 17, 2007, 8:22pm • Norwalk, CA • #279

to all that has lost a love one on the 16th , you are in our hearts, thoughts and prayer.

April 17, 2007, 8:22pm • South Boston Va • #280

Our hearts go out to the families of our fellow Hokies stricken by this tradegy. Words cannot explain our sorrow nor can we fathom your loss. You are in the thoughts and prayers of the entire Hokie Nation.

Chuck Broderick - Class of 1980
Janet Broderick - Class of 1981

April 17, 2007, 8:22pm • Salisbury, MD. USA • #281

i give my condolences to the families who lost someone they were close to or loved.

Im very sorry Amanda

April 17, 2007, 8:23pm • lewistown pa • #282

When I first heard about the shootings, I was shocked and deeply saddened.  My sincere condelences to the Virginia Tech community and the victims families.  Your are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you!

April 17, 2007, 8:23pm • Northampton, PA • #283

god bless all of you and hope there are bright days ahead

April 17, 2007, 8:23pm • cambridge ontario canada • #284

I am a father of 3 beautiful girls and I just can’t bear the thought of losing anyone of them. So I can’t begin to imagine what the parents of the victims are going through right now. My thought and prayer are with them.

April 17, 2007, 8:24pm • sylmar, california • #285

Just send out my thoughts, prayers and condolences to all the victim’s families, friends and loved ones and to all the survivors and heroes.

2Co 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Frank White

April 17, 2007, 8:24pm • Cincinnati, OH, USA • #286

My thought are with the entire Virginia Tech community at this time.—Denise

April 17, 2007, 8:24pm • Elmira, NY • #287

My heart bleeds for your campus. It is so true that bad things happen to good people.  Wisconsin holds you in our hearts. God Bless

April 17, 2007, 8:25pm • Milwaukee, WI • #288

All my thoughts and prayers are with all students, faculty, and their families in this time of tragedy.  The great strength of the Hokie Nation will allow healing and recovery, but this horrible day will always be in our memory.

April 17, 2007, 8:25pm • Olney, MD • #289

We live in NY State and don’t know anyone at VT but we feel as if we’ve lost a part of our own family.  Godspeed to the victims and may their families find some sort of peace in time.

April 17, 2007, 8:25pm • Ballston Lake, NY • #290

I am out of the country taking my final exams, and yet, the news of this tragedy has reached beyond borders and into the hearts of many worldwide. My heart breaks for those no longer with us and for everyone who must continue to live with little else but the precious memories we each hold in our hearts and minds. Find strength and comfort in each other. I hope and pray for everyone that you will someday find peace and comfort. I wish you all well and the very best that life can offer.

April 17, 2007, 8:26pm • St. Kitts • #291

April 17th, 2007

As a fellow human being, it is impossible to not feel touched by the horror of it all, I can’t even imagine the pain and sorrow of losing a child, or any loved one this way. My heartfelt condolences to all of you, and may God keep you strong and safe.  Please know that you can lean on us, for we are united thru prayers and the strength of the faith.

Cristina and Jasmine Veron
Glendale, California

April 17, 2007, 8:26pm • Glendale, California • #292

As the cousin of a Fallen Texas A&M Aggie (Chad Powell, 18 November, 1999) my heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the Victims.

My God watch over each and every one of you during this difficult time.

April 17, 2007, 8:26pm • North Richland Hills, TX • #293

My deepest sympathy goes out to all of the Hokie Nation, and families and friends of the victims of this horrific tragedy.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone during this difficult time. 

UMUC Student,
Tammie

April 17, 2007, 8:26pm • Frederick, MD • #294

thoughts and prayers are in everyones hearts.

April 17, 2007, 8:26pm • nc • #295

I would just like to say how very sorry i am to the tragic events of the last few days.My thoughts are with you. Natasha Petri(Scotland U.K)

April 17, 2007, 8:27pm • Scotland U.K • #296

The Virginia Tech Community is in my thoughts and prayers.

GJO New York University

April 17, 2007, 8:27pm • New York NY • #297

I am so touched by your togetherness, calm in the face of unpseakable tragedy, and love for each other.  My children are younger, but we are thinking about colleges.  VT will be on our wish list.  Love to the Hokie Nation.

Scott Dougherty

April 17, 2007, 8:27pm • Baltimore, MD • #298

I sit here in PA, hundreds of miles from where you are, but my heart breaks for all of you.  I grew up in a college town (Champaign, IL home of Univ. of Illinois, who ironically played V Tech last month in the NCAA mens basketball tourny), and I know of the feeling of community that you all must feel.  Please know that you are not alone.  People all over our great nation are praying for your students, faculty, family members and your V Tech community. For now and in the days, weeks, months, and years to come, may you find courage, strength, and comfort from family, friends, God, and through the kindess of strangers like myself and millions of others who keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers. God bless each and every one of you.

April 17, 2007, 8:27pm • Easton, PA • #299

During this difficult time, we offer our prayers that you will find healing and peace.

April 17, 2007, 8:27pm • Hamilton Square, NJ • #300

I cannot even believe that this has happened.  Shock, disbelief, horror, sadness, anger… Please know that the nation grieves with you and that we are carrying you in our hearts and minds.

April 17, 2007, 8:27pm • Silver Spring, MD • #301

May God be with those lost and may peace be spread to those who remain. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

April 17, 2007, 8:27pm • Hurricane, WV • #302

I want to express my sincerest sympathy to all families, staff, students, etc. Our prayers are with you all.

Dan and Crystal Hesketh

April 17, 2007, 8:27pm • Lewistown , Pa • #304

It is with the most humbled sense of sadness and feeling of loss that I send my condolences to VT parents, students, faculty and administrators over the carnage that your campus experienced yesterday.  As a faculty member at a state operated campus in NYS, I could not help but personalize my horror at the images witnessed from a distance.  This senseless loss of life, promise, and innocence will serve as a tragic backdrop for all college campuses to review and perhaps revise the manner in which they try to provide safety, notification and protection to their college communities in potentially deadly circumstances.  Although no amount of redress will ever balance a horrific loss such as the one with which you are dealing, we can attempt to refine our vigilance and safeguards to ensure the maximum amount of reasonable security to deter those who view a college campus as a vulnerable venue for crime and violence, and dedicate these renewed efforts to those who lost their lives yesterday. God bless those who died, those who lived and those who courageously saved others. We are all one academy today and I grieve with you.

Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction Department
SUNY at Oswego

April 17, 2007, 8:27pm • Oswego New York • #305

I am *so* deeply touched by this tragedy.  It reminded me of a much milder experience in my Harvard days when there was a rape and a beating on campus and many of us were worried about security at night, me included as I am an especially short guy and less able to defend myself, and since at the time I was walking about at night often alone.  I remember that several people offered to accompany me on my nighttime jaunts, and I imagine that there will be a lot of that kind of kindness going on at VT.  College campuses make bonds of deep commitment and love, certainly true of Harvard and now I know plainly true of VT.  My heart and prayers are with you all, and will be long past the time the news outlets have moved on to other subjects.

I recommend giving even a token amount to the Memorial Fund.  I just gave $5, even though right now I’m fairly poor and can barely afford that.  Every little bit helps, and I instinctually trust VT to use the money well.

May the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds through all of this.  My prayers are with you.  If I may do anything further for you, please let me know.  My name is David Kunz and my email address is ihy@earthlink.net, and I live in Seattle now.

April 17, 2007, 8:27pm • Seattle, Washington • #306

Dear Sirs,

In behalf of all the members of Students’ Scientific Society of Community Psychology I would like to express our sincere condolences. It was a great shock to hear of the tragic campus shootings of April 16, 2007. We would like to assure you of our deepest sympathy in the tragic loss.

With kindest regards,

Adam Banach

The chairperson of the Students’ Scientific Society of Community Psychology from the Institute of Psychology at the University of Opole, Poland.

April 17, 2007, 8:27pm • The Students' Scientific Society of Community Psyc • #307

.... may He hold them in the palm of His hand.

.... may He comfort you all.

Amen

April 17, 2007, 8:30pm • Conneaut Ohio • #308