Condolences, April 17, 2007

Dear Hokies,
As I sat at my desk today grading papers and preparing lessons I couldn’t help but think about all of you, staff, faculty, and students.  It’s dificult to find the right words in moments like these, what I can tell you is that the spirit of community is what will get you through. 

As you prepare to refocus your lives, remember that in the end it is your education that will empower you to succeed in all aspects of your life.  I tell my students that you learn many things in college aside from the direct teachings of your professors.  You learn to network and build relationships, to manage your time and find systems that work for you, but above all you find what a strong person you become along the way.

It is without doubt that some of the strongest individuals will claim to be Hokies.

May the Lord be with you always… continue your studies in honor of those who can’t any longer.

April 17, 2007, 11:34pm • Los Angeles, CA • #2218

My deepest sympathies to the victims families, friends, students, and faculty. As an alumni of Virginia Tech it is hard to express how I feel. I am so proud of the school that I attended and brag about it all the time. I know that out where there is darkness there is light and from adversity is an opportunity for greatness. I know that this will make the Virginia Tech community even stronger. My thoughts and prayers are with us all.

G. Steven South Class of 98’

April 17, 2007, 11:34pm • New York, New York • #2219

Virginia Tech will move past this. My best wishes to all you all. You are all in our prayers.

April 17, 2007, 11:34pm • Glendale Heights, IL • #2220

Too all the Students, faculty and staff at Virginia Tech, I am profoundly saddened by your loss of your wonderful young students, friends and professors.  You all are in our prayers nationwide.  We will not forget, either, we will never forget.  To the parents of these wonderful young people, I grieve with you as I am a Mother of two wonderful young women.  They are graduates of Centre College in Kentucky.  Centre is having a memorial service for you tonight.  Please do not feel as if you are alone in your grief.  The entire Nation grieves. The Commonweath of Kentucky grieves.  You are not alone, we are all with you in prayer.  You are our young citizens also and we are less for your loss.  I am most impressed with the quality of your students there and the grace and dignity they possess.  Your faculty is also simply wonderful.  I pray for your President.  You are a great school now and will become even greater.  You are strong. Our Nation is strong.  Your generation is strong, I know that, I have witnessed that.  Just know that we are all with you in our hearts.  There are no words, simply a way to let you know how very much we care.  God Bless you all.

April 17, 2007, 11:34pm • Frankfort, KY • #2221

Another moron with a gun-another tragedy. Although we are far away we extend our prayers and thoughts to the families of those murdered whilst simply going about their lives
Greg Duff, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

April 17, 2007, 11:34pm • Australia • #2222

My heart is breaking for each of you who have lost your loved ones~ for the loss of a spouse, a friend or a child.  I have 2 children.  I will teach my children about your children, your friends and family.  I want so much to do something to help each one of you.  So, I am praying and I am watching the coverage.  I feel like if I listen to the stories about what great people your loved ones were, maybe it can be a way to honor them.  I can send out my heart to mourn with you.  For the parents who have lost their babies, I cry for you.  And I will keep praying. I don’t know what else to say.  I am so, so sorry for your loss. 

Barbara S

April 17, 2007, 11:34pm • N.Charleston SC • #2223

Our Hearts go out to all those affected by this senseless tragedy.  I would like to convey my sympathy to the students and teachers who lost their lives over this.  Though it seems impossible, may we find comfort in the Lord and not take one day for granted…

Peace & Love,
Casey Mae & Michael

April 17, 2007, 11:34pm • Chattanooga, TN • #2224

May God bless everyone of the VT family.

Auburn University
College of Agriculture

April 17, 2007, 11:34pm • Auburn, AL • #2225

My wife and I have a 4 year old daughter and a 12 week old daughter we can only imagine what the parents must be going through. Our Prayers and thoughts go out to each of these families, god bless you all throught this incredible horrofic time. Glory be to the father, to the son, and the holy spirit, Amen.

April 17, 2007, 11:34pm • fort wayne,indiana • #2226

I have no words that can express how I feel today. This tragedy has touched EVERYONE.
And we ask...Why?
There is no answer...that makes sense...for this was a senseless act. And yet as a community, a country...we try to make sense...we come together, not as young or old, black or white, man or woman....we come together as people...good people...and maybe in coming together ...we can make sense.
My prayers are with all the families of those that lost loved ones...may they know that WE CARE.

Dr. Don Rothenberg

April 17, 2007, 11:34pm • Marblehead,MA • #2227

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

You will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

The Ballard Family

April 17, 2007, 11:35pm • Elmendorf AFB, Alaska • #2228

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, 11:35pm • Roanoke Rapids NC Usa • #2229

prey for all the losses is being done in my house so all those people that experienced a loss,.... im here for you <3

god bless all the people that died! <3 <3 <3

April 17, 2007, 11:35pm • Naperville, Illinois, United States of America • #2230

To my extended family at Va Tech, I am saddened and wish I could be there to help. The only recourse I have at this time is to beseech the throne of our Creator and ask Him to be merciful to the bereaved and draw them to Himself.

Mac
IAED 83’

April 17, 2007, 11:35pm • Marysville, California • #2231

We have watched with great concern, as the horrific events unfolded on the campus of Virginia Tech. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Viginia Tech family as you recover from this tragic event. May the Lord bless and keep each and every one of you.

Allen Hill and Dorothy Campbell

April 17, 2007, 11:35pm • Vicksburg, Mississippi • #2232

Its sad day for all of us. My condolences to the families of the victims. I wish and pray that this would be the last terrible incident . I hope no one would ever do such senseless act.

kiran gogi

April 17, 2007, 11:35pm • normal, illinois, usa • #2233

To the students, faculty, and staff whom stayed behind to assist your wounded friends, students, and the countless others unknown to you, you are true heroes. To place your safety in jeopardy to assist others in a time of mass casualty, confusion, chaos, and panic is an impeccable trait. You should feel proud and courageous.

To the families of the deceased: No words can express the sorrow that sweeps throughout the U.S. and countries world-wide. Your losses are immeasurable and paramount. We may not have known the victims personally; however, our hearts go out to them and you. From the smallest town to the largest city, there are countless individuals praying that your loved ones may rest in peace. We can only pray that your grieving process is filled with hope. God Bless. 

Robert H.

April 17, 2007, 11:35pm • Niagara Falls, NY • #2234

I just wanted to tell all my peers that our thoughts and prayers are with you all the way from San Francisco State. I hope that recovery is fast, but that your memory of this incident and the lives taken with it stay with you. Your spirit for your school and your peers has spoken to the nation, and we are very proud of you for coping with this tragic event with such dignity. My prayers are with you.

- Sunny Porter

April 17, 2007, 11:35pm • San Francisco, CA • #2235

My prayers are with the students and teachers at VT. God will not give my more then you can handle, seek him for comfort he will wash your fears away.  I pray for the shooter’s family too. 
C. Hatchett

April 17, 2007, 11:35pm • Houston, Tx • #2236

I cannot comprehend the anguish parents and families must be suffering. No speech, no image or newscast can make this as real for our family as it is for those most touched by the tragedy brought down onto so many innocent and remarkable lives; both young and old.

I have a Our Lady of Grace medallion on my key chain, and prayer on the back reads:

Oh Dear Mary, mother of God,
In this time of confusion & chaos,
give me the strength & faith to go through life,
one day at a time…

Beyond the confusion & chaos there is peace to be found with family, friends and a nation mourning your loss.

God bless America, and Virginia Tech (and Texas)

The Unger Family

April 17, 2007, 11:35pm • Houston, Texas • #2237

Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with all the students, families, faculty, and emergency personnel.  God Bless you all!!

April 17, 2007, 11:35pm • Christiansburg, Virginia • #2238

My never ending thoughts and prayers are with you in this tragic time. Know that you all are close to everyone’s heart. Please reach out to one another and the families who have lost loved ones. God bless you and keep you close.
With Great Love and Sorrow,
Joy Dowell

April 17, 2007, 11:35pm • Chilhowie, Va • #2239

From Oshawa Canada… I offer my family’s sincere
condolences to your school and in peticular to the families and friends of the victims of this
tragedy. By now it may be cliche.. but to reiterate.. schools are be a place of altruism
and high purpose.. they are the future… and I as an “agnostic” can only offer my profound hope that your school can rise above and continue onwards in the most wonderful of human pursuits..
sincerly David Moore

April 17, 2007, 11:35pm • Caanada • #2240

As a fellow college student, though not from Virginia Tech, I feel greatly for the losses at Virginia Tech. The students and professors that were lost on April 16, 2007 were not people of today. They were rather the people of tomorrow. Yesterday, the future community became wounded. I give my deepest sympathies for the lost, those closest to them, and the injured. Stay strong. You are all witnesses of this event and through your eyes we may change the future so these incidents cannot happen again.

Donnie Nieves Jr.

April 17, 2007, 11:35pm • Ashburn, VA • #2241

My deepest sympathy to all of you who are suffering from this horrific tragedy.  I watched the horror unfold on the news with tears of sorrow.  I am the mother of a college son attending UC Irvine in California.  Wishing I could hug all the students as I would my own son, words cannot express my grief.  I ask that God shine his perpetual light of hope and peace on all Virginia Tech’s community.  My prayers go with you - Susan Minnihan

April 17, 2007, 11:35pm • La Verne, California, USA • #2242

To the students, faculty and community of Virginia Tech:  My sympathies on the loss of your classmates and instructors.  Please know that the world shares your pain and we are praying for you.  It is heartbreaking to think about the innocent lives lost during this senseless tragedy.  You should be proud of the way you have handled yourselves with dignity and class during such a difficult time.  Please lean on each other for support so that you may begin to heal.  I will continue to pray for you and your families.  Best wishes to the Virginia Tech community,
Leslie Kaplan

April 17, 2007, 11:35pm • Plainfield, Indiana • #2243

I am an alumni of VT and I know that all Hokies are family.  Family can overcome all obstacles.  Hokies be strong.

April 17, 2007, 11:35pm • Virginia Beach, VA • #2244

To The Virginia Tech Family:
You all consist of Faculty, Students, and Administration, but first and foremost, you are a Virginia Tech FAMILY...and a family always sticks together and helps us through hard times. Words can’t express the grief you are going through at this time.  We are from Virginia, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.  Just remember God will get you all through this and will comfort you with his love. God Bless each and every one of you.

David, Kayti, & Matthew Patton

April 17, 2007, 11:35pm • Fort Bliss, Texas, USA • #2245

I am deeply saden at this tragic event, my thoughts and deepest sympathy go out to every individual who lost someone yest. May you turn to the lord for strength and guidance and God Bless You.

April 17, 2007, 11:35pm • SAN ANTONIO TEXAS • #2246

I give you all my prayers those who have fallen
lay in the arms of the Lorf
God Bless
Tony Altoona Pa

April 17, 2007, 11:35pm • Altoona Pa • #2247

My Families thoughts and prayers are with all of the Virginia Tech Family.  Words cannot express the sadness that my family feels for all of you that have been involved.  Please know that my family as well as many thoughout this great country of ours our praying for you all.  May God Be With You At This Time! 

Barry, Sue , Logan and Jordan Wolf

April 17, 2007, 11:36pm • Carlisle, Pa USA • #2248

I don’t understand the lost of lives taken by a coward. May peace follow the family and friends.

Mike Talley

April 17, 2007, 11:36pm • Colorado Springs, CO • #2249

My heart goes out to all the people that heard the gun shots and felt the pain and those for felt helpless and scared. May the angels look over everyone and help us find answers to understand why.Hug one another love one another and be there for each other. Let us always remember the ones who died and the friends and familys who are suffering who lost their love ones. May God stand by us everyday and give us courage to cope with such a horrible tragedy. 

Penny Huffman

April 17, 2007, 11:36pm • Winchester Va, USA • #2250

To Everyone at VT and to all the families...my thoughts are with all of you and we all send our condolences.

April 17, 2007, 11:36pm • Alberta,Canada • #2251

My prayers go out to all the students, faculty, and families touched by this tragedy.  Know that many prayers are being said that God will grant you peace and comfort and give you strength to carry on.

April 17, 2007, 11:36pm • Homer Glen, Illinois • #2252

Our deepest sympathies and condolences for your losses.

I’ve always believed healing begins with forgiving.  If you are able to forgive those who have harmed you, you prevent them from victimizing you again.  You will always live with the knowledge of what happened on that day, but you don’t have to live forever with the pain and anger.  Once you realize that forgiving doesn’t involve forgetting, opening your hearts and forgiving becomes easier.  It may be impossible to make sense of this tragedy, but you have to find a place where you can start healing.  When the clouds part, you’ll know when you’re ready. 

In the meanwhile, reach out to friends and family and support each other while you mourn this day.

From your long-time rivals, and friends, in Charlottesville… See you in the Fall ‘08.

Peace.

April 17, 2007, 11:36pm • Charlottesville, VA • #2253

Today, we are all Hokies…

May God bless us all…

a UVA Alum

April 17, 2007, 11:36pm • Richmond, VA • #2254

Dear Hokies,
As a father and a husband I cannot imagine the horror you and your families have gone through. I pray that noone ever goes through what you have. May you have the peace in knowing that God is with you all every step of the way. Let the healing begin and let the rest of us in this great country help you in your time of need.May God bless you all.
Jim Sain
Ferris State University
Class of 2000

April 17, 2007, 11:36pm • Wakefield, Michigan • #2255

In every new Angel we have been given, may they help you cope, manage, and find strength to get through each day.

April 17, 2007, 11:36pm • Vancouver Canada • #2256

I cannot even begin to fathom the pain the families and friends are going through right now.  I just want to let Virginia Tech faculty and students know that The University of Central Oklahoma is praying for all whose lives were effected by this tragic event.

-Heather

April 17, 2007, 11:36pm • Edmond, OK • #2257

I feel really sad and I don’t think I will get over the tragedy anytime soon. My support and condolences to the victims’ families.
Minal Panchal’s family should know that entire India is with them in the mourning.
Let Virginia Tech hokies spirit be alive.

April 17, 2007, 11:36pm • Richmond, Virginia, India • #2258

Dear families, students,

You are all in my prayers and heart. Heaven has welcomed 32 very brave people. May you find peace in your hearts. The tough stuff only makes you stronger.

April 17, 2007, 11:36pm • nj • #2259

My deepest an utmost sympathy goes out to all the VT staff and students.  And my condolences to the familys and everyone in mourning of all the victims. I cant imagine havin to go through something like this.  We are praying for each and everyone of you in OHIO.. We love you and God Bless
-Amanda

April 17, 2007, 11:36pm • Delphos, OH • #2260

Im very sorry for what happened to u guys and all the pepole that are no longer withs u are in my prayers and im so sorry for what happend.from:jared. im in elematry school

April 17, 2007, 11:36pm • washington • #2261

I wish to leave my condolences for those who have been affected by this horrible tragedy. My neighbour has relatives in Blacksburg and she is sitting on edge, waiting anxiously for news. The whole world is thinking of you all, and praying that the person who did this will go to hell.
Caitlin

April 17, 2007, 11:37pm • Australia • #2262

Remember to always have the Hokie Spirit in your heart!  Always think of VT fans as Family!  And Blacksburg will always be our Home, no matter how far we travel.

Our love for Virginia Tech will never die!

Deborah Ford - class of 98

April 17, 2007, 11:37pm • Portland, OR • #2263

april 16 2007 was and will forever be a tragic day for all of us in virginia, and all over the world. i pray to GOD for all the victims and their family and friends. i pray that no one forgets APRIL 16, 2007. Please remember all of the victims. @}~`~~`~~

REFUERZO FAMILY

April 17, 2007, 11:37pm • virginia beach • #2264

I don’t know anyone there, I wasn’t even familiar with your school. I learned about it on the news. I can’t express my sadness. The only thing I can do, as small as it is. Express my heart felt condolences, for the loss of your friends, sisters, brothers, family. Even those not related by blood become family.

God bless and hold those we have lost.

Clint Scott

April 17, 2007, 11:37pm • houston, texas • #2265

My condolences to the families of the victims and the whole Hokie Nation. 
Either Christian or not, comfort and understanding can be found the to the ultimate question...WHY?
My thoughts for the sake of healing:
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?. Yet, God loves us-it what we humans were MADE for...and love requires free will.
The world isn’t waiting for a new definition of Christianity, It’s waiting for a new demonstration of it…
I hope this helps some of you begin the road to healing through understanding.

April 17, 2007, 11:37pm • Savannah GA ---Alum '06 • #2266

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone at VT, and to their families & friends in this time of grief. May God be with you all in theis difficult time.

April 17, 2007, 11:37pm • Amy Chicago, IL • #2267