Condolences, April 17, 2007

Seattle Pacific University held a prayer vigil for VT’s staff, students, alumni, etc. last night. Regardless of any religious beliefs you may hold… here at SPU we will continue to pray and lift you up in this tragic time. We love you all, our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are sorry for your losses. But we pray that your community will be strengthened.

April 17, 2007, 11:48pm • Seattle, WA • #2468

I fancied that I heard them say,
“Dear Lord, They will be done,
For all the joy Thy child shall bring,
For the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness,
We’ll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we’ve known,
Forever grateful stay.
But should the angels call for him
Much sooner than we planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes
And try to understand.”
Anonymous

April 17, 2007, 11:49pm • Durham, North Carolina • #2469

I, along with all of the country, were shocked at the terrible shooting that took so many lives at your school. It was such a waste of the human life. I didn’t know any of them but I have prayed for them & their families. Their lives were cut short but they will always be remembered. I hope that some good will come of this tragedy. We live in a world where violence has erupted at every turn. We are no longer safe in our own country. May God look over all of us in the future & may he have his arms opened wide for the those we have lost. I wish all the families my deepest regards. I am so sorry for all they must endure.

April 17, 2007, 11:49pm • Columbia, TN 38401 • #2470

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those lost. It’s just surreal that this happened in Blacksburg, the best town I have every known. I still consider Virginia Tech home and have never felt more comfortable anywhere else. I am so sad and my heart is with everyone at VT. The Hokie Nation will survive.

Brian Robinson
Proud Alumni

April 17, 2007, 11:49pm • Columbia, SC • #2471

With great shock and sadness we wish to send our prayers and heartfelt sympathy to all the friends and families of those who were killed on Monday.
Be strong for their legacy will be that Virginia Tech will go on educating some of the finest young people this nation has to offer.
God Bless you all in your time of sorrow.

Mr. Terry E Baumgardt & family

April 17, 2007, 11:49pm • Indianapolis In • #2472

I am totally speechless and not sure what to say.  It’s hard to believe that a crime, something so senseless could be carried out against all of these innocent people.  My thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of those directly involved as well as the Virginia Tech community.  Cho Seung-Hui, you’re a coward; however you don’t deserve all of this media attention you are getting.  This isn’t about you; it’s about all of those innocent souls who perished on the VT campus.  I would hope the media outlets can turn their attention from this coward who has to take his problems out on all of these innocent people, and instead use their time to focus on the positive things each of those victims did in their lifetimes.

Again, my thoughts, prayers and sympathies go out to all of you.  Today, no matter where you go to school, WE ARE ALL HOKIES.

God Bless.

David P. McLaughlin
University of South Florida

April 17, 2007, 11:49pm • Lakeland, Florida • #2473

Can’t describe the sadness.  Many prayers and thoughts for my fellow Hokies....

April 17, 2007, 11:49pm • Fredericksburg, VA • #2474

May the families and friends of those who tragically lost their lives find comfort in knowing that the entire Virginia Tech community shares in this unimaginable loss.  The healing process is sure to be long and trying but the resilience and strength of the students and faculty is sure to shine through as this great University reestablishes itself as one of the premier all-around institutes of higher education anywhere in the world.

May those who have passed on eternally rest in peace as they pass through the gates of heaven and come to a soulful rest.  We will never forget you.

Jason Chukel

April 17, 2007, 11:49pm • Dale City, VA • #2475

To the VA Tech family - You are not alone in your grief, the whole nation is mourning with you. May the knowledge that you are in the thoughts and prayers of millions bring you some comfort. Regardless of where your college loyalty lies today we are all we are all united in sorrow and share your loss.  May God bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

From deep in the heart of Longhorn country.

Diane

April 17, 2007, 11:49pm • Texas • #2476

I will pray that God’s love will surround all those who died and were hurt in this tragic event, and for those who must go on without loved ones and friends. It is truly a world where senseless events can change the course of lives forever.  Tears flow for all of you tonight. God Bless.  Jan

April 17, 2007, 11:49pm • Topeka, Kansas • #2477

Dear Virginia Tech Family,
There are no words to adequately describe the sadness and grief that I feel… my heart and soul goes out to everyone that lost a friend, family member or sweetheart in this tragedy… Nobody deserves the pain that was caused by this cold heart person!
My prayers and all my love to the victims familys… The world cries with you today.
God Bless everyone!!
Love.

April 17, 2007, 11:49pm • Montevideo, Uruguay (South America) • #2478

My heart goes out to all the families and victims of this horrific tragedy. You are in my prayers and in the prayers of others.

Rochelle Tolliver
University of West Alabama

April 17, 2007, 11:49pm • Livingston Alabama US • #2479

I am so sorry to all at VT.  Along with the parents and other family members who have lost someone so dear to them.  It is so hard to try and make any sense as to what has happened.  I just can not begin to think why this young man thought he needed to do something so horrible.  I think indeed he, was a very troubled and deeply sick person.  My heart goes out to everyone at the school that had to witness all of this.  May God make you all stronger and give you the strength and peace to push forward.  My heart is heavy tonight....I will pray for all of you in the days to come.  You will never be forgotten!

Cynthia McAden

April 17, 2007, 11:49pm • Sophia, NC • #2480

DIOS CON SU INFINITO AMOR, ACOGERA A SUS HIJOS AMADOS QUE PARTIERON A SU LADO DE FORMA INESPERADA Y DARA CONSUELO A LOS QUE LOS VIERON PARTIR,MI MUY SENTIDO PESAME A LAS FAMILIAS DE ESTOS JOVENES,DESDE LIMA, PERU . ANITA C DE VALCARCEL.

April 17, 2007, 11:49pm • LIMA, PERU. SOUTH AMERICA • #2481

My most sincere condolences for your devestating losses.  I will not remember this tragedy as an “event”, I will always remember it by each individual lost, and individual loss.  I will also remember, with a clarity I can not define, the feeling you students gave the rest of the world with your courage, pride, faith and most of all strength.  What you showed me, and anyone else watching, are things I hope every day that I have instilled in my young boys.  Love and Respect.  Please know you remain in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathryn

April 17, 2007, 11:49pm • Sherman Oaks, California • #2482

We, all Mongolian graduates of Virginia Tech, feel unspeakable sorrow and sadness for what happened at our school. It is always with the sense of pride that we remember our years at Virginia Tech – the wonderful learning and living experience that paved the way to our career achievements. We express our thoughts and condolences to our professors, students, friends and those who lost their loved ones. Virginia Tech and Blacksburg were and will always be a special place for us and our families. 

Ashidmaa Dashnyam
Sodnompil Baljinnyam
Enhee Garam-Ochir
Sergelen Dambadarjaa
Enkhbold Tsend
Saruul Gungaadorj
Bolormaa Luvsandorj

April 17, 2007, 11:49pm • Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia • #2483

In the darkness of tragedy there is always the light of the human spirit and of hope that shines through.  Yesterday, on Holocost Memorial Day, Holocost survivor and Professor Liviu Librescu gave his life to save the lives of others. 

I never knew Professor Librescu.  I only heard of his sacrifice through media reports.  I want to use this forum to encourage President Bush to award Professor Librescu the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM for the way he lived his life and for the manner in which he gave his life in service to those entrusted to him and to our world.

The world is praying for the entire Virginia Tech family.  Together, we all share in this time of sorrow, healing, and the hope that comes with tomorrow.  God Bless, comfort, and strengthen all that mourn....

April 17, 2007, 11:49pm • Chuck - Olney, MD USA • #2484

Our thoughts, our hearts, our souls will never be the same again.  Days will pass, months and even years will pass, but nothing will ever change the fact that we lost so many beautiful and talented human beings to such senseless violence.  Those of us who continue to live and breathe yet another day must honor them, not by anger and bitterness, but with understanding and above all, love.  We are their legacy now.  This is their epitaph. 

EGD

April 17, 2007, 11:49pm • Hamilton, Virginia • #2485

Words can’t describe this incredible loss we had yesterday. This has been something that has shocked the entire world and I join all the family and friends to offer my condolences and say that I’m deeply overwhelmed over this tragedy and deeply hope the the affected families & friends may continue to live their lives warmed-hearted with the light of compassion.
May God bless you all and grant you the serenity, courage, and re-instill your faith to move on and remember all these wonderful people who touched millions of lives.
God bless
James Coleman

April 17, 2007, 11:49pm • San Pedro Sula, Honduras. C.A • #2486

I offer my sincere sympathy to the entire Va Tech family. Such a senseless tragedy that has forever changed the lives of so many people...those who lost their lives, those who lost their loved ones or friends, those who have lost their sense of security and innocence. As a parent of 2 small children it brings me great sadness to know that this is the world we live in and our children will grow up and have to eventually make their way in this world.
Hold each other close and God closer...lay your grief upon his hands...he will bring you each through this. May the Lord bless and keep each of you. You are in our every thought and prayers.
With deep sympathy,
Melissa Atkins

April 17, 2007, 11:50pm • Luray VA • #2487

To all at VA. Tech, the thoughts and prayers of the students at UNC-Charlotte are with you all. Your bravery and perserverence inspire us all to love more every day. We honor all of your fallen friends.

April 17, 2007, 11:50pm • Midland, North Carolina • #2488

What an awful thing that has happened in your lives. My thoughts and prayers are with every one of you.

April 17, 2007, 11:50pm • St. Joseph, Missouri, USA • #2489

Hi to all our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Stay strong
May GOD Bless You all
Harold & Nancy McIe

April 17, 2007, 11:50pm • Chesnee South Carolina • #2490

I am trully sorry about this tragedy. I´m a catolic and my prayers are for you on these hard days.

April 17, 2007, 11:50pm • Mexico city, Mexico • #2491

On assignment by professors, my time became a time of self reflection, a time of extreme awareness and observation.I was standing on a ridge in Blacksburg my senses hightened, my reflection all surreal, I began to see the sunset dip below the thrusting jolt of jagged earth, the breathtaking Blue Ridge.The sun grew into a fire-like orange blazing into my eye, heart, and soul.As I stood solemn, still, and silent I could hear the heartbeat of the earth, of the place.The soil as old as time crackled between my feet, the tall wheatgrass tickled my forearm, the earth was speaking, the place had spoken.I looked to the sky and the blaze of the fading sunlight lit the atmosphere to a sparkle and gradient of red, orange, purple, and deep blue This was Virginia as old as time, this is Virginia Tech, the place I have stood, the place of birth, a birth of hope, knowledge, and peace.A tear grazes my cheekbone dashing to the sterile plastic of my laptop, a thousand tears, one morning, one mourning.As I leave the earth lightly, I speak softly, I hear the pulse of God, He is close by, He whispers “I know your heart, I feel your weeping”
In solemn retrospection of the place I call home, and in deep love and prayers…
Derek M. Hudson, MArch 2003

April 17, 2007, 11:50pm • Morgantown, West Virginia / USA • #2492

Dear Virginia Tech community-

We are deeply saddened as a nation by the recent tragedy on the Virigina Tech campus.  Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone.  In remembrance of the students and professors lives that were tragically taken Monday, April 16, 2007, the Blue Lightning Volleyball Club of Gainesville will be wearing Hokie colored ribbons and the Virginia Tech logo (VT) for the remainder of the club season.  Love and prayers.

Dixie Moseley
Blue Lightning Volleyball of Gainesville, Florida

April 17, 2007, 11:50pm • Gainesville, Florida • #2493

May I say on behalf of The University of Alabama Crimson Tide students, falculty, alumni, and fans, our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family of Virginia Tech!

Go Hokies and Roll Tide!

God Bless!

Barry Oliver
Hayesville, NC

April 17, 2007, 11:50pm • Hayesville, Nc • #2494

Dear Virginia Tech Students, Professors and other members of Staff,

My heart felt condolence to all of you. It is so hard to believe that something like this can happen on a university campus.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you cope with this terrible tragedy. Be strong and courageous, support each other (there is nothing like camaraderie) and have faith in God during this difficult time. All of you will always be in my family and my prayers.

A fellow student at UC Berkeley,
S. Singh

April 17, 2007, 11:50pm • Fremont, CA, USA • #2495

Today, we are all Hokies.

JMU Alumni-Maha

April 17, 2007, 11:50pm • Springfield, VA • #2496

My heartfelt condolences goes to the families of victims, students, faculty and the whole community of Virginia Tech. May the good Lord give you strength and comfort as you go through such a difficult time of loss.

J. Gwatipedza

April 17, 2007, 11:50pm • Laramie, Wyoming • #2497

To all vt will have you in my prayers always there is a GOD and belive me God will take care of that murderer my condolences goes out to you all time will heal i will have you all in my prayers

April 17, 2007, 11:50pm • Florida • #2498

My thoughts and prayers are with the students, families, friends and the whole Virginia Tech community. We are behind you we support you and God Bless

tasha

April 17, 2007, 11:50pm • The University of Alabama • #2499

Eyes open you may not see me,
Eyes closed I will be there.
Hand at your side you may not feel me,
Hand on your heart I will be there.
I am the sky, the earth, the air,
I am everywhere.

The ones that have passed are now in a beautiful place. I pray good things for the good people involved in what happened.

April 17, 2007, 11:50pm • Sterling Heights, Michigan • #2500

God Bless Virginia Tech.  I pray He will watch over you and comfort you amid your heartache and horror. To the families of the victims, may you feel God’s loving embrace as He wraps His arms around you. My love and prayers are with all of the VT family.

April 17, 2007, 11:51pm • Midlothian, VA • #2501

Proud to be a Hokie alumnus and praying for the families of those lost and injured.  God Bless Virginia Tech.
Katie Rawlings

April 17, 2007, 11:51pm • Charlottesville, VA • #2502

You all are in my prayers those who fallen
Lay in the arms of the Lord

April 17, 2007, 11:51pm • Altoona Pa • #2503

Virginia Tech Family,
We express our grief, mourn with you, and want to let you know that we care.
God Bless,
The Lyman Family

April 17, 2007, 11:51pm • Murfreesboro, Tennessee • #2504

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL WHO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THIS TRAGEDY. IN 2004, I WAS ABLE TO VISIT YOUR CAMPUS TO ATTEND A FOOTBALL GAME AND WAS IN AWE OF HOW AWESOME IT WAS AND HOW WELL MYSELF AND MY FRIENDS WERE TREATED BY YOUR FANS AND SUPPORTERS. THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH I RESIDE ALSO HAS SEEN GREAT LOSS , ALTHOUGH UNDER COMPLETELY DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES. WE LOST OUR ENTIRE FOOTBALL TEAM AND MOST OF OUR BOOSTERS AND WE ROSE FROM THAT TRAGEDY TO BEING ABLE TO COMPETE AT YOUR STADIUM. THE ONLY REASON I MENTION THIS IS TO HOPEFULLY INSPIRE YOUR COMMUNITY TO RISE FROM THIS GREAT TRAGEDY AND BECOME EVEN MORE STRONGER THAN BEFORE.I PLAN TO RETURN TO YOUR CAMPUS SOMEDAY BECAUSE I ALMOST FELT AT HOME THERE. GOD BLESS YOU. THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA IS KEEPING YOU IN OUR PRAYERS!

April 17, 2007, 11:51pm • HUNTINGTON,WV • #2505

My thoughts and prayers go out to each and every member of the Virginia Tech family. Today, and for several days to come, we all all Hokies at heart, as the VT family has an entire nation to lean on for comfort. My heart goes out to each of you.
Kimberly Morris

April 17, 2007, 11:51pm • Auburn University, AL • #2506

Let God be a source of peace during this rough time on your campus.  My prayers are for all the victims, families and residents of the Virginia community.  Peace be with you.

J. Mendez

April 17, 2007, 11:51pm • El Paso, TX • #2507

Familly, friends, students and teachers,

I’m french, living in Montreal, and I don’t really how to express the feeling I had when I saw this tragedy. All I knew, and stil knowing, is the pain and sorrows I have when I think about what happened in VT, I don’t even have words to express my thoughts, I’m so sad when I think about all of you.
All my thoughts are with you

Jonh the Baptiste
Paris and Montréal

April 17, 2007, 11:51pm • Montréal, Canada • #2508

why usa?....not like this....no more.

April 17, 2007, 11:51pm • miami dl • #2509

As a current freshman, I can not even begin to imagine the heartbreak and sadness that everyone at VT and in the VT community must be feeling right now. But I would like you to know that my prayers are with you and I will do anything I can in the upcoming days to support and assist those at VT.

April 17, 2007, 11:51pm • Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA • #2510

I have had the honor of sending one of my sons to football camp at Virginia Tech and visited the campus many times during that week. Even though we are far away, we feel a strong connection to the Hokie Nation and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.  Nothing can change the admiration and respect that we have for Virginia Tech and we are very proud to be associated with such a strong institution.  May God’s love and peace find you all! Go Hokies!

April 17, 2007, 11:51pm • Cowart Family/Cartersville, Georgia • #2511

I remember my times at Tech from 1980 -1983. Even though I live in Seattle, I was born and raised in Virginia and I am a Virginian first and an American second. God bless VT, Virginia and America.

Keith
Seattle

April 17, 2007, 11:51pm • #2512

Peace to all of those who have suffered. Nothing can bring back your loved ones, but keep in your hearts their memory.  I am so sorry for your loss.  It is so very, very sad.

April 17, 2007, 11:51pm • Roslyn, NY • #2513

Know that you are thought of and cared about. Know that you will come out of this stronger.Know that you are always surrounded by a loving God that will gladly allow you to fall in His arms.

April 17, 2007, 11:51pm • Portland, Oregon • #2514

My thoughts and prayers are for all those who lost their lives, those wounded, all their families, and the entire Virginia Tech Community.  I always believed College campuses to be a safe haven for our children and their Instructors.  I pray to God we never have to go through this again.  We have lost what is most precious to us, our children.  God bless.

MaryJane Fernandez

April 17, 2007, 11:52pm • Skokie, Illinois • #2515

I just finished looking at the pictures of the victims. It broke my heart to see the faces of somebody’s father,brother, sister, mother, bestfriend, and so on. I can’t stop crying when I see the coverage of this tragedy. I would like to send my condolences to the families, and friends of the victims.

April 17, 2007, 11:52pm • Richmond, VA • #2516

I am a high school student from California who will be heading off to college next year.  When I really stop to think about what happened, I start to cry. I think about the people who died to save others, and they are all so strong and brave.  I feel for everyone involved in this horrible incident, and everyone who is in any way related to VA Tech.  This day will go down in history and terrifying and devastating, and hopefully we will all be able to learn from it.  May we all move up from here.
Good luck, best wishes, and all my love.

April 17, 2007, 11:52pm • Oakland, CA • #2517