Condolences, April 17, 2007

May the victims rest in peace.  God bless the families and friends of the mourning.  Know that the entire nation bows their heads collectively in prayer for the entire VA Tech family.

April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • San Antonio, TX (UTSA) • #2368

Since our own tragedy only a year ago, here on the TCNJ campus, I feel that many of us can relate to the effects that an event of this magnitude can have on us, not only as individuals but also as a community. I won’t pretend to imagine what it is like to loose so many people at one time, but I do know how tragedy affects people. My most heart felt emotions go out to those people who are now surviving through the aftermath. Soon the shock will wear off, and the reality will set in. The media will cease to be an outlet for emotion, and will quickly become a nuisance while everyone attempts to heal in their own way. This process, many of us know all too well. This experience however is very unique, but it will be shared by many people, all across the nation. Sometimes there are no correct words; no cliché’s to fit the situation. No visit from a famous person or a seminar on coping will ease the pain. Sometimes all we have is each other. A hand, a hug, a prayer… sometimes that is all we have. My heart to yours… ~Kevin

April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • The College of New Jersey - Ewing, NJ • #2369

Our prayers are with the shooting victims and their families of Virgina Tech.

In honor of the victims the rock band WILLET, from Westminster, MD has launched www.prayforvatech.com as well as www.myspace.com/prayforvatech in memory of the victims of the VA Tech shootings on April 16th, 2007. WILLET is made up of brothers Jeremy, Justin, and Jordan Willet. (www.willetonline.com)

- WILLET

April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • Westminster, MD • #2370

What a tragic couple of days this has been.  Know that everyone around the world is thinking about you and hopefully praying.  We will never know why things like this happen and don’t try to make sense of it.  Just know that God is still in control and will one day reign again and we will never have these fears, pains, and sorrows again.  Pray, Believe, and keep a strong faith.  May God put his loving arms around you all.

April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • Birmingham, Alabama • #2371

Our Prayers and good thoughts are with you all.

April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • Chicago, Illinois • #2372

My brother is an alumni of VT, so I know the VT campus, people, and Hokie spirit well.  My deepest sympathies to the families and friends of lost loved ones.  I know that the community of Blacksburg will pull together during this difficult time.  God Bless.

April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • Dallas, TX • #2373

For years I have called myself a Hokie, even though I have never sat in a class at Virginia Tech. During Saturday games I wondered, what is this force that drives me to cheer? It is the spirit and the love that each student who has ever attended this great American Institute. I have always adorn the burgandy and orange on game day as I am true Hokie fan, but today I feel as if a part of my family has passed and I must wear the colors out of respect to those who gave their lives. I have a daughter and every since the day she was born I have been saving for her to attend Virginia Tech. To the current and pass students I want to say that this troubled young man did not succeed! I want, now more than ever, for my daughter to attend this school because I know that this is a loving community and the action of one can never out the fire, spirit, and love of millions. And to the famlies and friends of those who lost their lives yesterday, my heart goes out to you and remember they will always be Hokies! No one can take that away from you are those students and teachers!  LETS GO HOKIES!!!!!  thank you for being strong for us.
JoVon Trader

April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • Virginia Beach Virginia • #2374

I can’t begin to explain the sorrow I feel for the community of Virginia Tech. I am a college student and I go to class every day assured that I will return home. This tragedy has woken me up to the fleeting nature of life. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that has endured this tragedy or lost a loved one as a result. May the Lord of heaven and earth bless you and keep you. May His peace which transcends all understanding guard your hearts and minds. May those who lost their lives that tragic day find peace in the arms of Jesus. Please know that people across the nation are thinking of you and are mourning with you. God bless you always but particularly in this time of mourning.

-Paige, FSU

April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • Tallahasse, FL • #2375

For those suffering, draw near to the Lord and he will draw near to you. The world lost some potential great leaders on April 16 but Heaven gained some sweet Angels. God Bless all and pray that His will be done in each life affected by this tragedy.

April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • Southlake, Texas • #2376

I want to convey my heartfelt sorrow at the events that took place yesterday on your campus. I live in northern virginia and pass by your campus frequently on the way to visit my daughter in Charlotte NC. It is so very sad for all of the students, families, and friends in the Blacksburg community and my thoughts and prayers will be with you now and for a long time to come. As a parent of two kids who went away to college I cannot even imagine the terror of not knowing if your child is ok and not being able to get in touch with them. God Bless all of you. Stay strong and know that there are a lot of people who care for you and will be here to support you on the long road to recovery. We love you all. God Bless

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • Haymarket , Virginia • #2377

As a South Korean student studying in the United States, I feel deep regret and sympathy for the loss of 33 brothers and sisters that were killed by the student gunman at Virginia Tech. Regret, Because such a senseless killing seems so unnecessary and avoidable. Sympathy, because of the pain and suffering that is occurring in the senseless killing’s aftermath, for families and friends it is devastating right now.

I hope Fellow South Koreans are able to express the disappointment and hurt they too feel inside themselves. My hope and prayer is that compassion and outreach of love from South Korea be shared here in the U.S

Sung-ju Kim
Ph.D at IUSSW

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • Indianapolis, IN, • #2378

My heart ached to know about this tragic news. My deep condolences, thoughts, and prayers go to all those that lost friends or family members. I personally did not know anyone at this University but as a college student I can only imagine what it feels to have what is suppose to be the best time of your life be turned upside down. I wish recovery for the injured and give my deepest thoughts and prayers for those others that are dealing with the tragedy. I am not religious but believing in a higher power can bring peace and comfort to ones soul. Keep strong.

Angie Diaz
Lehman College

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • New York, NY • #2379

My thoughts are with you guys at virginia tech. This is so horrible that words can’t even describe it. My heart definitely goes out to you guys..

Jennifer Duguay

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • Amherst NS Canada • #2380

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the students and friends and families and the facility of VA Tech.  Justice will be served to the guy who did such an injustice.  He is on his way to HELL right now.  No one can get into Heaven doing the Devils work.  Our Father in Heaven will bring each and everyone of your through this tragedy.  God Bless Each And Everyone One Of You.

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • Christiansburg, VA • #2381

DEAR VIRGINIA TECH STUDENTS AND STAFF,

OUR CONDOLENCES FROM OUR HOME IN BELLEVILLE NEW JERSEY.WE WILL PRAY FOR THE YOUNG LIVES THAT WERE LOST AND THOSE WHO SURVIVED TO CONTINUE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THIS WORLD.
GISELLE

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • BELLEVILLE NJ • #2382

You all our in our prayers & thoughts....

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • Lenoir City, TN. USA • #2383

I would like to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to all the victims and especially to their family and friends.
I can’t possibly feel the pain they way you felt
but I will always put you in my prayers.
lionel

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • SINGAPORE • #2384

The first time I visited Blacksburg I remember thinking what a beautiful place it was, that it was truly “God’s Country”. This week has been so very sad for all of us but we feel pride in looking at the many sweet faces of the VT students that we see in the media. You have shown that you are a loving, caring community. Please continue to hold tight to one another. You are in the thoughts and prayers of the nation. I am so very sorry. Look to the hills Hokies and be strong.

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • Manassas, Va. • #2385

My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to everyone who was affected by this tradegy.  May time heal all wounds whether they are superficial or not.
Gloria

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • San Antonio, TX • #2386

I am shocked and saddened by this senseless tragedy and the loss of life.  As a graduate of wonderful VT, I want you to know that we are all grieving with you; you are in our thoughts and prayers.  I would like to send my deepest sympathies to the families of the victims, as well as the entire VT family.  May God bless and keep you.

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • Charlotte NC • #2387

I’m sorry and I hope that God gives you the strength.... comfort… and peace during this very difficult time… and you are in my prayers.....

-Maria Nunez

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • Hollister, California • #2388

Words can console, arms can give warmth and time can eventually ease the severe pain.

May God blanket all students, faculty, family and friends with love and help them all learn to survive such a horrendous tragedy.

We will all remember April 16, 2007 and keep the Hoakie family in our prayers.

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • Chevy Chase, Maryland • #2389

Hokies, Please know that Shippensburg University students are thinking of you and your families. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we are deeply sorry for your tragic experience.

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • Shippensburg, PA • #2390

God speed VT.

Dave

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • Mt Top. Pa. • #2391

Words cannot describe the sorrow I feel for what all of you are going through right now.  You are certainly in my, and most of the country’s prayers as you go through such tragedy and loss.  This day, and Virginia Tech will forever live in my heart.

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • Louisville, KY • #2392

I AM SO SORRY FOR THIS.
~DORA

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • TAIWAN • #2393

My thoughts and prayers are with all those touched by this horrible tragedy.

Christine M.

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • Lander, Wyoming • #2394

My heart goes out to all the victims, their friends and their families. May they rest in peace and may their love ones find love and understanding in a time of such sorrow, and I hope that realize the amount of support that they have from people all over the world.
-Jacalyn Fenske

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • Calgary, Canada • #2395

As a older experienced man, I have seen many tragedies in my life. The death of John Kennedy,
Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy, the 4 students
at Ohio State University who died protesting the
Vietnam war, and again we are given this void to explain away to feel the pain and live on.

We can blame the lack of Gun Control, weak law
weak lawmakers, but somehow this man would have found a way to end the lives of so many beautiful
young and promising men and women.  I was lucky
enough to become a pharmacist, achieve a college
education and live in peace.  I can only pray
that you and your university will find peace and
comfort knowing that America cares and that is a
start for now.

May they rest in Peace and see God’s grace.

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • Kansas City, Missouri USA • #2396

Permítanme expresar mi pesar tras este suceso tan trágico no solo para la comunidad universitaria y familiares de las victimas si no también para el mundo entero. Pero les digo no están solos, Dios les dará la fuerza para superar esta difícil situación, no es fácil pero en memoria de las victimas debemos sobreponernos y seguir adelante demostrando que el mal no trufara porque Dios siempre esta con nosotros. Los Salvadoreños les manifestamos nuestro sentir y le pedimos a Dios que les de fuerzas y consuelo

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • Osicala.Morzán/El Salvador • #2397

To all those directly and indirectly affected by this unfortunate event, may God who creates grant you the fortitude to bear your loss. You are in my prayers.
Chichi

April 17, 2007, 11:43pm • Columbus . Ohio • #2398

I have a son attending Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.  I pray for all the families who have lost their beloved children, spouses and friends, to someday find some peace in knowing that, for today, we are all Hokies.  God Bless you all.

Susan

April 17, 2007, 11:44pm • Manhattan, Kansas • #2399

Our deepest condolences to all that have been effected by this horrific tragedy.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.  God bless.

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

--Prayer of St. Francis

Roberson Family

April 17, 2007, 11:44pm • Arizona, USA • #2400

I am so very sorry for yesterday’s tragedy, and the loss of so many lives on your campus.  Both my son-in-law, and my niece graduated from VA Tech. My daughter attended VA Tech for a year, and the school has always been a very special place to our families.  I grieve for you and with you.  I watched the memorial service today with awe and admiration for how well organized it was, and the respectful attendance of the students. I wore my VA Tech hat all day, just as something I could do to honor the VA Tech community. Each VA Tech student that was interviewed on CNN and other televison channels was very well spoken, polite, and made me so proud.  These studens represented VA Tech in a most impressive and positive way.  VA Tech showed the world the diversity and quality of it’s student body, it’s president, and it’s faculty and staff.  You are awesome!  I pray for you, and love you, and share your grief.
Go Hokies!
Terry Nackley

April 17, 2007, 11:44pm • Louisville, KY • #2401

To the grieving family and friends, keep your head up and smile to the skies because all of the victims wouldn’t want you to suffer through all of this. Please help and love one another. Hokies are the most wonderful individuals in the world.

I give you my prayers.
Joseph

April 17, 2007, 11:44pm • Mason City, IA • #2402

There are not enough words to express or explain the tragic loss of lives that occurred. I only hope that your friends, family and loved ones will help bring you some comfort while your hearts heal. Know that the nation mourns with you. My deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers are with you.

Amber Tuttle

April 17, 2007, 11:44pm • Virginia Beach, VA • #2403

If I should go tomorrow
It would never be goodbye,
For I have left my heart with you,
So don’t you ever cry.
The love that’s deep within me,
Shall reach you from the stars,
You’ll feel it from the heavens,
And it will heal the scars.

-Anonymous

April 17, 2007, 11:44pm • Raleigh, NC • #2404

"Health, happiness and success depend upon the fighting spirit of each person.
The big thing is not what happens to us in life -but what we do about what happens to us.” -George Allen

May faith, hope, and love be with the VT community and around the nation.  My prayers are with you all for strength and comfort.

April 17, 2007, 11:44pm • Virginia • #2405

MY HEART FELT CONDOLENCES GOES OUT TO THE MOTHER AND FATHER WHO LOST A SON OR DAUGHTER, TO THE SISTERS AND BROTHERS WHO LOST A SIBLING, TO THE WIFE WHO LOST HER HUSBAND, THE CHILDREN THAT LOST A FATHER, AND THE MANY WHO LOST A FRIEND OR FRIENDS, AND TO THE SURVIVORS WITH TIME IT WILL GET EASIER.MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL.
WITH LOVE CINDY HALE

April 17, 2007, 11:44pm • ATHENS ,ALABAMA • #2406

To the students, faculty, and families at VT,
Georgia Tech is mourning with you and praying for you.

Philip Estrada
2nd Year Mechanical Engineering

April 17, 2007, 11:44pm • Atlanta, GA • #2407

This tragedy is difficult to comprehend. I feel such sadness for the innocent lives that were taken. The Virginia Tech community is in my thoughts and prayers.

April 17, 2007, 11:44pm • nyc, usa • #2408

I send my greatest condolences to those effected by this needless tragedy.  I am praying for you and your families.

Ron DeMoss

April 17, 2007, 11:44pm • Battle Creek, Michigan • #2409

It is a very very sad incident, my heart goes out to the family of victims, and all the students, faculty and staff at Virginia Tech University.

April 17, 2007, 11:44pm • East Lansing, Michigan State University • #2410

I would like to send my deepest condolences to the VT community. The world is saddened by this senseless tragedy.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless Virginia Tech!

April 17, 2007, 11:44pm • Bramwell, WV • #2411

As we watch the tragedy at Virginia Tech unfold on the news, I am saddened for the families of those lost and wounded.  I also feel a great sadness for the shooter’s family as they must be in much pain as well.  May God be with each one of you and may He give you strength to endure the days ahead.  God Bless!

Susan

April 17, 2007, 11:44pm • Raymondville, Texas • #2412

Texas sends our heartfelt prayers as you grieve for your lost classmates, friends and campus staff.  The only thing we can do now is pray for the families and friends of all the people lost in such a horrific manner.  May God bless and watch over you all. 

We pray also for the family of Cho Seung-Hui, who must now deal with the aftermath of his horrible actions.

Kim Watts

April 17, 2007, 11:44pm • Fort Worth, TX • #2413

My heart goes out to all those who are affected. Hundreds of miles away, with moist eyes, I pray for you all ... may God heal your wounds soon enough.

Nezamuddin
Univ of Maryland

April 17, 2007, 11:44pm • College Park, MD • #2414

My heart goes out to the bereaved families.  Please know that the nation is with you during this sad tragedy. More importantly, know that God understands and feels your deepest sorrow and sadness.  I am praying that He will grant you much peace and strength even in the midst of this horrific time.

April 17, 2007, 11:44pm • San Diego, California • #2415

There are no words that can take away the pain you all must be feeling, but I wanted to send my deepest & most sincere condolences. Very simply, very truly, I am so sorry for this senseless tragedy.

Bless you, and may you find peace.
-Jenny B.

April 17, 2007, 11:44pm • Worcester, MA • #2416

My thoughts and prayers are with those who were lost and for those who are grieving, hurting and scared. I hope you are able to find peace.

April 17, 2007, 11:44pm • Glen Allen, VA • #2417