Condolences, April 17, 2007

"Who You’d Be Today”

“Sunny days seem to hurt the most.
I wear the pain like a heavy coat.
I feel you everywhere I go.
I see your smile, I see your face,
I hear you laughin’ in the rain.
I still can’t believe you’re gone.

It ain’t fair: you died too young,
Like the story that had just begun,
But death tore the pages all away.
God knows how I miss you,
All the hell that I’ve been through,
Just knowin’ no-one could take your place.
An’ sometimes I wonder,
Who’d you be today?

Would you see the world? Would you chase your dreams?
Settle down with a family,
I wonder what would you name your babies?
Some days the sky’s so blue,
I feel like I can talk to you,
An’ I know it might sound crazy.

It ain’t fair: you died too young,
Like the story that had just begun,
But death tore the pages all away.......”

The entire world has suffered an unbelievable tragedy; VT forever will be in our hearts!

April 17, 2007, 11:29pm • Scottsdale, AZ • #2118

Sorry does not express my feeling.  Your loses are just unbelieveable.  Nothing I say, feels like it will help.  I wish the best for all the victims families, friends and fellow students.

My best of wishs to you all in this long recovery process.

Don Richards
Age 32

April 17, 2007, 11:29pm • Monroe, Ct. USA • #2119

To the Families, Students, Faculty, Staff, Friends:

Words cannot express the sorrow that I feel for all who have been so tragically impacted by these senseless losses.  The words that come to mind at this moment are ones that are commonly said in Iraq when a loved-one is killed:  “May this be your last sorrow.”

I will also keep the Korean-American community in my thoughts and prayers, as well as the family of the gunman. You are grieving too, and should be lifted up by compassion.

April 17, 2007, 11:29pm • Arlington, VA • #2120

I wanna sent my condolences for all the family and friends of the people who die yesterday. Not only American People is sad but the Whole World is mourning.

Quiero dar mis condolencias especialmente para los padres peruanos del Joven Daniel Perez Cueva que murio. Espero que el Señor Flavio pueda venir aqui y ver a su hijo. Señores de la embajada norteamericana ayudenle por favor.

April 17, 2007, 11:29pm • Portland, ME, US • #2121

I CRIED TODAY

I cried today for the students who lost their lives

I cried today for the families shattered by a senseless act of violence

I cried today for the faculty who will never inspire or motivate another student

I cried today for a community brought to its knees by a horrific series of events

I cried today as recognition from colleges and universities around the world shared our Hokie pain

I cried today in bewilderment as attempts are made to place blame for an unprecedented event

I cried today in support of students who courageously spoke out to the media and supported the Hokie nation

I cried today as students, faculty, staff, friends and visitors rose in support for President Steger

I cried today as the President of the United States visited our beautiful campus for such a somber occasion

I cried today as Nikki Giovanni read her words of encouragement and acceptance of mourning

I cried today as Ms. Giovanni stated that we would continue to invent the future through our blood and tears

I cried today in pride as the Hokie nation stood together and cried out to all, “Let’s Go Hokies”

We are the Hokies; we are Virginia Tech; and we will prevail

- Lanny Dietz

April 17, 2007, 11:29pm • Danville, VA • #2122

Everyone from Oklahoma holds all of you at VT in our prayers. We hope you will feel whole again. God Bless!!

April 17, 2007, 11:29pm • Bixby, Oklahoma • #2123

To all Hokies everywhere i can not express how sorry i am for the tragedy you have all experienced.  Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and all of the families and friends of the victims during this difficult time.  - Danielle

April 17, 2007, 11:29pm • Haymarket, VA • #2124

You are all in my prayers.

April 17, 2007, 11:29pm • Concord, MA • #2125

While we may never really know why this happend, we will all eventually move on.  A tragedy like this is so un-expected, and it has hurt so many people in so many ways.  My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased and with everyone else who has been touched by this in anyway. Everyone across this nation will feel this big blow for sometime, weather or not we knew somebody at VT or not. We must always remember that there is a higher power out there and he has reasons for all that he does, even if it dont make sense. We should all pray that something like this, never happens again

April 17, 2007, 11:29pm • Heather B, Wichita Kansas • #2126

My deepest sympathies go out to all of the innocent victims and their families and all the students at Virginia Tech. One cannot comprehend how such a terrible act can take place. My heart is with each and everyone of you in this difficult time of healing.

Michelle Lee
Melbourne, Australia

April 17, 2007, 11:29pm • Melbourne, Australia • #2127

I am truly sorry for all the events that have occured at the Virginia Tech Campus, and I will continue to be at discomfort until the healing begins. As Morrie Schwartz (an ALS victim) “Let this be a reminder to all of us that the distance between life and death may not be as great as you think, and to live life as it is the only one you have to live.” I serve jn the CT National Guard and I have written “VT” in my boots to remember the freedom that was stolen, and what I must battle for.

PFC Darrel J. Young, CTARNG

April 17, 2007, 11:29pm • Norwich, CT • #2128

I am from the other side of the globe but at this moment I do wish to stay in communion with all brothers and sisters in VTeah.  May God deliver us from the grief we are now in and may God accept all those innocent souls and heal those who lost their beloved family members, friends and colleages in this tragedy.  The world shares and mourns.

Simon

April 17, 2007, 11:29pm • Hong Kong, China • #2129

To the students, faculty and families my deepest and most sincere condolences in this very sad and horrific tragedy. May you all find peace and the ability to remain strong in this a very sad day. My family and I will pray for all of you once again my heart goes out to all of you sincerely Chad Banks

April 17, 2007, 11:29pm • Albion, Ne • #2130

I would like to express my deepest sympathies to everyone affected by this recent horrible tragedy at Virginia Tech.

I can’t even begin to imagine what was witnessed yesterday.

As a Professor of Social Psychology, I am very much cognizant of what may have precipitated this massacre, but at the same time, as a human, I am having a difficult time understanding what could bring a person to commit such horrifying and inhumane acts.

I would also like to remind people that the deeply troubled young man who committed these cowardly acts acted as an individual person, not as a “race” or any other category we may be tempted to assign him to. Remember that one of the victims, a very brave man, was a holocaust survivor - please honour his memory and consider the repercussions that prejudice and discrimination hold before making snap judgments.

Please know that my thoughts and the thoughts of all of my students are with all of you at this trying time. The world has lost 32 wonderful people.

Violence and hate are not the answer.

Dr. Heather Fritzley

Sheridan Collegiate Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

April 17, 2007, 11:29pm • Ontario, Canada • #2131

From Hamilton, Ontario CANADA I would like to extend my deepest condolences to all of the victims of yesterday’s events, as well as their family and friends. I find it so hard to comprehend how a human could do this to other humans. My heart goes out to you all. Tears fill my eyes when I see the news because no one deserved to have this happen to them. You are all in my prayers right now and for a long time to come.

April 17, 2007, 11:29pm • Hamilton Canada • #2132

MY PRAYERS AND CODOLENCES GO OUT TO THE 32 STUDENTS AND THERE FAMILYS OF THIS SENLESS ACT OF ONE PERSON. MY GOD BLESS YOU ALL. VT FOREVER! LOVE & PEACE NOREEN

April 17, 2007, 11:30pm • ROANOKE,VA. U.S.A • #2133

As the mother of two college students at other universities, I am saddened beyond words at the loss of your faculty members and students.  This tragic loss of life makes no sense, but I have to believe that God will somehow bring good out of this.  I am touched by the solidarity of the student body and believe that at times like this the only thing that gets anyone through it is the compassion of others.  Hold eachother up and be strong.  May the God of all comfort show you his compassion now more than you have ever experienced it.
Louisiana mom

April 17, 2007, 11:30pm • Monroe, Louisiana • #2134

I want to pay special tribute to courageous and good Israeli professor Liviu Librescu, who gave his life that students might live and escape.  May the loving sacrifice of his life be long remembered in a world where Israelis are despised by those who imagine them to be categorically oppressors.

As a Holocaust survivor and refugee from Communist Roumania, Professor knew his share oppression and hatred.  Now he lives immersed in love.

Truly, he sactified God’s Name in his death, and glorified the Land of his ancestors.

May his soul be bound up in the bonds of life eternal.

April 17, 2007, 11:30pm • Los Angeles, CA, USA • #2135

I AM IN HOUSTON,TEXAS, AND AS SOON AS I HEARD ABOUT THE NEWS, MY HEART DROPPED. IT WAS EXTREMELY DISTURBING TO KNOW THAT A PERSON COULD TAKE ANOTHER PERSONS LIFE, WITH NO REGRETS. GOD PUT US ALL HERE FOR A REASON, AND WE MUST ALL LEARN FROM EACH OTHER’S MISTAKES. LET THIS BE A LESSON TO US ALL. THE FALLEN STUDENTS ARE CONSIDERED SOLDIERS. THEY HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES FOR US, TO MAKE THIS WOLD A BETTER PLACE.

AMBER D. CAMPBELL

P.S.
R.I.P.

April 17, 2007, 11:30pm • HOUSTON,TEXAS • #2136

Words cannot express how shocked I am by this terrible tradegy. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims, students, professors and the entire community.  Everyone will be in my thoughts and prayers.

With deepest sympathy,
Heather Johnson

April 17, 2007, 11:30pm • Whitesboro, NY • #2137

To all the families, friends and staff effected by this tragedy.
I know how hard it is to deal with something happening so fast to someone you are so close too.  It hurts and there is no amount of sorries that can change anything.  It has been almost 2 years since my cousin was taken away from my family, because of stupid senseless unforgivable act someone had committed.  I also had a friend that was murdered over a girl a year ago.  Justice and peace will never be sought for my lost loved ones.  There is a song that I listen to that helps me through those heartbreaking moments.  It is called “who you’d be today”, by kenny chesney and “what hurts the most”, by rascal flatts.  I always say this too, “ if tears could build a stairway, and memories build a lane, I would walk right up to heaven to bring you home again”.  God Bless all of you and we are all praying for you.

April 17, 2007, 11:30pm • sayre, pa • #2138

I live across the border and feel so sad. Love fills my heart for all the parents and loved ones left behind.

April 17, 2007, 11:30pm • toronto, Canada • #2139

Be strong...be strong enough to grieve.  I am sorry for what has happened to all of you. If you find any comfort in the words of a stranger, then find comfort in my words. It was my 31st birthday yesterday, but it was marred by this terrible tragedy. I watched the news all day and I’m so saddened. My prayers are with you. Try to find healing for your heart and your spirit. God Bless all of you. I’m so sorry…

Joyce

April 17, 2007, 11:30pm • Cincinnati, OH • #2140

It’s truly unbelievable that this has happened. I’ve known Rachael Hill almost all my life and still can’t wrap my thoughts around the simple fact that she is gone. Her character and morality was a beacon to us all. She was a rare breed among women that is never seen in today’s society. My condolences go out to her parents and my prayers are with those who never got to be touched by her example.

Love always,
Tim Griffin

April 17, 2007, 11:30pm • Chesterfield, VA • #2141

So much of what I have today was provided through the education, knowledge, and friends that I was lucky enough to gain during my time at VT.  I love that school.  It’s so disturbing to imagine the fear that the students and faculty experienced.  My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the students, faculty, and families affected by this incomprehensible disaster.  I look forward to doing all I can to resurrecting the spirits of fellow alumni and the VT student body next fall in Lane. 
It’s great to be a Hokie!

-Michael 02’

April 17, 2007, 11:30pm • DC • #2142

As I made my way to Lane Stadium today to attend the convocation, I realized that this was the first time that I was walking with a sadness, rather than with triumph.  But I know that Tech will once again TRIUMPH.  Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but some day in the future we will all know how it feels to be happy again.

April 17, 2007, 11:30pm • Chesapeake, VA • #2143

Foremost, I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the victims, faculty, staff and students at Virginia Tech.  As I was watching the reports unfold, the news hit close to home because I was reminded of another tragedy that occurred several years ago.

During a terrible Bonfire accident at Texas A&M, I was once and forever united with my fellow Aggies not only to mourn for the victims and sympathize with their families, but to be there for one another to get through that difficult time.  Although the brutality of this tragedy does not compare to the Bonfire accident, I am amazed at how quickly we can put aside our insignificant differences and be unified during a tragedy no matter how diverse we are.

It is hard to fathom that one student can cause so much chaos and sorrow, but the events of April 16, 2007 will forever remain with the students of Virginia Tech.  Similar to the Aggie spirit, I have no doubt that the Hokie spirit is strong, and the Fighting Gobblers will triumph the aftermath of this tragedy that lies ahead of them.  My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this unimaginable tragedy.

April 17, 2007, 11:30pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #2144

Many prayers on the way. May everyone find the peace they need during this difficult time.

Gene Gabrielli

April 17, 2007, 11:30pm • Columbia,SC • #2145

It breaks my heart that someone who dedicates his/her life to do what he/she believes in, suddenly faces this tragedy. It breaks my heart that parents raise their kids with all the hope in the world and in a fraction of a second all their dreams get shattered for the entire eternity. I don’t think there’s ever any explanation for this ruthless act. And I don’t care how troubled this killer was in his life. There’s just no excuse and no explanation. He’s on his way to hell and that’s the least he deserves.

April 17, 2007, 11:30pm • Toronto, Ontario • #2146

To all students at VT and families affected by this tradgic event, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. God is with you all. God Bless You.

Joanie Cooper

April 17, 2007, 11:30pm • Monroe, Louisiana • #2147

I am so sorry to hear about this horrific tragedy. Although it didn’t affect me personally, all the victims and their families are in my thoughts and prayers. We can’t change what happened, but just remember that God has a plan for everything and they’re all in a better place now. Be strong and you will get through this.

April 17, 2007, 11:30pm • Pevely, MO, USA • #2148

My prayers go out to the Hokie Community.  Please find comfort in God and knowing that your friends, family, co-workers are with Him now and they are not suffering. My husband works at William and Mary and I fear every day for him and everyone there, for one of the high jackers of 911 worked their for a period of time.  This can and will happen anywhere.  Just be vigilant of your surroundings.  My prayers and thoughts go out to the students and their families and the facutly and staff.  May God give you peace and take away your pain and sorrow.

AW

April 17, 2007, 11:30pm • Williamsburg, Virginia USA • #2149

To the grieving parents,
Our deepest condolences reach out to all the families that had to deal with this horrific tragedy. May GOD bless you and be with you through this ordeal. We send our prayers in the name of the father, the son, in jesus name, the Smith/Bernett family pray. Amen. We will always keep you in our prayers through this crisis.

To all the ones I knew and did not know at VA TECH.....stay strong and keep ya heads up. GO HOKIES! We will always wear your colors in rememberance of this day. ~4/16/07~

JMHS ‘05 -Bernett

April 17, 2007, 11:30pm • Greensboro, North Carolina • #2150

I want to share the greif with the familys of the victims at VT. Especially Caitlin Hammaern who was from my town.

Heather

April 17, 2007, 11:30pm • Slate Hill, Ny USA • #2151

Virginia Tech faculty, staff, students, families, and friends,

Words cannot convey the sorrow I feel for the loss that has occurred as a result of Monday’s events. 

I am a police officer and a Criminology student at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO and understand how one feels when dealing with a tragic event.

Please be comforted by knowing people all over the world are praying for each and everyone affected by this heartbreaking incidence.  Do not blame God, He did not cause this, but He will be with you every step of your way.

Do not be afraid to reach out.  An event such as these is one reason we have families. 

May God comfort all affected as we attempt to pick up the pieces,

Josh Long
Springfield, MO

April 17, 2007, 11:30pm • Springfield, Missouri • #2152

To the Hokie Nation,

If this thing happened anywhere in the world, I would be saddened.  My finest thoughts are likely to be of no effect.  There is pain, there and here, and there is sorrow, there and here.  We will never know the loss of talent, and genius, that the world has seen on this most awful of days, and there may be no words of sufficient condolence for the families and friends, and for the Institute.  All I can say is that we, all people of hope, will continue fighting for the good, and, in that spirit, never let the darkness consume the light.

From a Member of the Bama Nation
Roll Tide!  Go Hokies!

April 17, 2007, 11:30pm • Huntsville, Alabama • #2153

Dear Virginia Tech Students,
I am deeply sorry for the event that has occurred. Please know that God will always be with you and I will continue to pray for the students and faculty members. May God Bless all of you and always keep you safe.

Samuel Gomez,Sr.

April 17, 2007, 11:31pm • New York, New York • #2154

My husband and I both are VT alumni (’99 and ‘01).  We have many fond memories of VT and our hearts are heavy over such a tragedy.  You are in our thoughts and prayers constantly.  May you draw closer to God so you may know the peace that transcends all understanding.

With much love,
Steven and Nikki White

April 17, 2007, 11:31pm • Sasebo, Japan • #2155

I am a mother of three young adults one boy thirty six, and two daughters thirty four and twenty two who is away at college in Kingston Ontario Canada.  I can’t imagine how the parents, grandparents, families and friends must feel and how hard it must be for the students to go back to school.  No matter how much they love their school it must be terrifying to return to their “normal lives” such as they are.  I am sure they will never be the same.  My hero here is the Professor who died saving his students.  This wonderful man survived the holocaust then to be killed in this way is inhumane.  My heart aches for you all and you are in my prayers.  I can’t imagine how you must all be feeling and will continue to pray for you all.  I called my daughter as soon as I saw this on the news just to see if she was allright.  I know she is thousands of miles away but it seems like we are all together in this it is so atrocious.  It could have happened to any of us and I am so sorry it happened to you.  I have spent a lot of time over the years in the States and have never been treated with anything but loving kindness and wish there was something I could do to help you all.  My prayers are with you all.

Heather

April 17, 2007, 11:31pm • Gananoque, Ontario Canada • #2156

As Rudy Guiliani said on 9/11 on the number of deaths “more than we can bear”. For every person on the VA Tech campus,I have cried a hundred tears. My chest will not stop heaving from the sorrow I feel for you. If I could, I would wrap my arms around every single one of you so that you would know that you are not alone. People do care and people want to help. Perhaps if we all put our hearts together and our hands extended, another senseless tradegy like this will never happen again. We can only pray.

Sandy S.

April 17, 2007, 11:31pm • Mt. Washington, KY • #2157

Our thoughts, condolences and prayers are with the families of the victims, survivors of this horrible crime and the VT community. We pray that Norris Hall will be demolished as soon as possible and that President Bush will support this effort by providing the funding.

April 17, 2007, 11:31pm • Morrilton, Arkansas • #2158

Mere words cannot express the sadness & grief we all are feeling as a result of this senseless tragedy. Take comfort in knowing your loved ones are in a better place-and that their pain and suffering are no more. We will pray that the Lord who is in complete control of everything will grant you peace, hope, and strength during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!

Sincerely,

Richie Lynch

April 17, 2007, 11:31pm • Roanoke Rapids NC Usa • #2159

Dear Virginia Tech Students, Friends, and Family:
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you tonight.  I cannot begin to imagine how you feel and can only say that I am so very sorry for your loss.  Your poise and community spirit in the face of this tragedy is a true inspiration.

Amanda B.

April 17, 2007, 11:31pm • Rochester, MN • #2160

My prayers and condolences to the families of victims, and the rest of the Hokie Nation.

My thoughts for the sake of healing and understanding:
God loves this world and he loves us. So why does he let this happen-to the skeptics its good that you ask [b/c asking why proves the inherent knowledge of right and wrong [given to us by God-without Him evil as a catagory doesn’t exist]-and also that you assume there is some power that could change it. AND IT COULD: God could absolutlely banish evil from the world in an instant, and make us all love Him. However, that love is no longer genuine, not when we are stripped of our free will. Free will is what lets us choose and unfourtunately far to many choose evil. Evil is made by man towards man, it was not God that brought evil to us. AND it is not God to whom we should ask WHY?. But to ourselves. Yet, God loves us-it what we humans were MADE for...and love requires free will.
Its the same when children starve every day- God provided the foundation [1/10th of the world’s land area could feed every human -even by U.S. standard of consumption.]
‘The world isn’t waiting for a new definition of Christianity, It’s waiting for a new demonstration of it...’
God Bless

April 17, 2007, 11:31pm • FROM:Savannah GA and a Former HOKIE • #2161

To all the students at Virginia Tech, we mourn with you all at this time.  Schools across the country want to pay the greatest of respects to the tragedy.  Forever in our prayers, and the fore front of our minds.  Bind together we love you. God Bless.
Carmen Ballard- Columbia University

April 17, 2007, 11:31pm • New York, NY • #2162

Virginia Tech we are forever supportive. All of us Hokies shed tears for this tragedy. Our thoughts are prayers are with the families and friends of this great university.
---Sue Rosoff ‘02

April 17, 2007, 11:31pm • Sykesville, MD • #2163

From one college student to many others,you are in my thoughts and prayers, as well as those of everyone on my campus. Although we cannot imagine what you are going through, we prayer that the powers that be will give you strength on the long journey to healing that lay ahead of you. Our campus will be proudly wearing your colors this Friday.

April 17, 2007, 11:31pm • Iowa • #2164

My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire VA Tech family.  I hope that you find comfort in each other.  You have all shown so much strength and resolve.  The nation not only mourning with you, but is very proud of your representation.

May God be with you during this difficult time.

April 17, 2007, 11:31pm • Buford, GA • #2165

We may be miles away, we may not know each other, but we have a common bond...we are grieving the loss of 33 lives that were cut far too short on April 16th, 2007.  Nobody knew what that day would bring, I’m praying that God’s love sees us all through this.  My prayers are with all ...families, faculty, friends, roommates, classmates, friends, the town, the state, the country, the world! 

None of us are alone in this grief, we stand united together, and together we will overcome this! 

God Bless VT! 
Amanda Richards

April 17, 2007, 11:32pm • Orillia, Ontario Canada • #2166

All my prayers and love...we love you and you’re in Pittsburgh’s heart..

-Scott
University of Pittsburgh

April 17, 2007, 11:32pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #2167