Condolences, April 17, 2007

The Hokies are in constantly in my thoughts and prayers through your time of need today and always.  Stay Strong!

April 17, 2007, 11:52pm • Bethlehem, PA • #2518

Forever in our prayers. May the victims rest in peace. Forever with us. Forever unforgotten.

April 17, 2007, 11:52pm • Tokyo, Japan • #2519

To The Hokie Family,

I have no connection to the Virginia Tech community other than my similar college experience.  I am a Texas Aggie, class of ‘99 and ‘06.  We are the Maroon and White, you are the Maroon and Orange.  We have a history of strong traditions and or service to our country, as do you.  Our Aggie family suffered the loss of 12 of our own in the Bonfire collapse of November 1998, as you now suffer the loss of 32 members of your family.  While I will not pretend to think that the two events are similar, I do know that both events hurt our respective college families a lot.  Time will relieve the hurt.  The memories will remain, and it is my hope that the good efforts of those of you who carry on from this point will yield much more good than the harm that was done.

Gig ‘em Hokies
Scott W.

April 17, 2007, 11:52pm • Houston, TX • #2520

God watch over all the families and friends of those affected by the tragedy at Virginia Tech.

April 17, 2007, 11:52pm • Herndon VA Planet Earth • #2521

There are no words to convey how horribly saddened I am about what has happened at Virginia Tech.  My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to each and everyone affected. No words can take away the shock and pain of this tragedy, but know that people all over the country, such as myself, and all over the world are thinking of you constantly and crying with you as well. May God be with you all!!!!!!!!

Debbie from Florida

April 17, 2007, 11:52pm • Deltona, Florida • #2522

I am deeply saddened by the unnecessary loss of life which occurred on the campus on Monday, April 16th.  As a registered nurse in New Orleans, I witnessed another unnecessary loss on August 29th, 2005.  However, that event was one of nature.  The loss on Monday was tragic of another “nature”.  I want to express my sincere condolences for those parents, students, and family members who have lost loved ones.  Life is precious.  From what I saw on the NBC Nightly News this evening (4/17/07) your Va Tech “family” has the right idea.  Stick together, hold each other and support each other.  The country is with you and praying for all of your FAMILY.  With sincere condolences and prayer, Karin Monvoisin RN, New Orleans, La.

PS Thanks SO much to those Va Tech students who came to help us after Katrina.  God bless to the two students who came to help us and lost their lives in the tragedy.  God be with you all.

April 17, 2007, 11:52pm • Metairie, La • #2523

Although many years removed from my days at Tech I feel more connected now than ever. Tears keep flowing over the loss of lives, the impact on families and loved ones, the pain and suffering of the injured and the pain and suffering of the Tech community. My sincere sympathy and condolences to all of us as we grieve as a united Tech and nation. Students in my home town at the University of Mary Washington last night held a vigil and used kool aide to turn their fountain orange in rememberance. I am certain similar scenes were played out throughout the world. For the students, this will define your stay at Tech the rest of your lives but donlt let it define your lives. I hope that you, as well as the university rise up from this tragedy and even better people and a stronger community while never forgetting those that lost all.

John
Class of 1971

April 17, 2007, 11:52pm • Fredericksburg, VA • #2524

April 16th is my daughters birthday but I found it very difficult to celebrate her life when you are suffering such a tragic loss. It is sad but true that you will all find a way grow stronger from from the events of April 16, 2007. Godspeed.

Scot S.

April 17, 2007, 11:52pm • Longview, Washington • #2525

Someone once told me that the person that angers you will conquer you. Do not let this evil break your spirit. Our thoughts, prays, and condolences go out to all affected by this tragic event. 

Gods Speed,
Steven & April McAdams
Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for, declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give HOPE and a future.”

April 17, 2007, 11:52pm • China Spring, Tx • #2526

My heart has been heavy today.
I have been to Blacksburg while on tour years ago.  In my travels, I have played LOTS of college campuses, big and small, and I can tell you that all of the residents in Blacksburg are nursing broken hearts and are in a state of shock.  So not only should we pray for the students, faculty, friends and family but for the residents of Blacksburg as well.
In hearing about the shooting, I was brought back to the shooting at Heritage HS in Conyers where I reside.  I was both a student at Heritage and eventually a staff member there for 10 years.  I remember how I felt as a alumnus, a former staff member, and a citizen.  I imagine that the emotions I felt then are, while similar in scope but pale in comparison, exactly what VT alumni, students, parents, staff, and friends are feeling.  I think about my college years at Ga State how this could have happened there EASILY.  Very sobering.
My prayers and thoughts are with the people of Blacksburg, the students, faculty, staff, friends, alumni and families of Virginia Tech.  While your pain cannot be eased simply by my words please know that a drummer in Conyers, GA grieves with you.

Peace and blessings,
George Sandler(gesdrum@Hotmail.com)

April 17, 2007, 11:52pm • Conyers, GA • #2527

I cannot predict what the future holds for me,
I can only hope it is filled with happiness.

I can’t decipher the total significance of my past.
I only understand that the pain is hardest to forget.

I can’t live in what lies ahead,
but I know I can direct myself and help cut a clearer path.

I know I can’t undo what was,
but I know I can learn and grow from the pain.

Marci Rene’ Charest

I have never been at such a loss for words at a time when I have wanted to say so much. 

Heros are the people
who do what has to be done,
when it needs to be done,
regardless of the consequences.

Everyone a part of the Virginia Tech community is a hero.

April 17, 2007, 11:52pm • Lansing, Michigan • #2528

I am very far away from where this all took place.  This story, however, has touched my heart.  I still go to school - things like this make me think twice about my school and all schools - how safe are we?  I hate to talk badly about someone, but the individual who commited these horrible acts is truely a bad person.  I hope all the families out there who were hit the hardest by this act of revenge, or whatever it was, have a peaceful night sleep.  You’ve earned it.  I am so so so sorry to all of you.  May God bless each and every one of you.

Seems like public school shootings are becoming a new trend that needs to be stopped!

April 17, 2007, 11:52pm • El Paso, Texas • #2529

My constant thoughts and deepest sympathy goes out to all of the victims, families,friends, faculty, staff and each and every person affected by the tragedy that took place on your campus yesterday.  I pray that each person affected will be granted comfort, strength, and courage in this time of unimaginable sorrow.  Please know that you are in the hearts and minds of millions of people, including us here in Raleigh, NC, and that we stand by you in this time of grief.  I pray that your hearts will be healed and that your memories cause you to smile....if only for a minute.  God bless you all!

April 17, 2007, 11:52pm • Raleigh, NC • #2530

Love from Kansas State University.

April 17, 2007, 11:52pm • Manhattan, Kansas • #2531

To my fellow Hokies,

I am both saddened by the events of April 16th and inspired by the images I am seeing of the shared sense of community in Blacksburg.

I have never been more sad or more proud to be a Hokie.

I offer my sincere condolences and wish you all the best in the weeks and months ahead.

Ray (Class of 86)

April 17, 2007, 11:52pm • Middletown, NJ • #2532

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all victums involved with this horriable act.  If there is anything that we the students of the University of South Carolina can do to assist in anyway or the need to talk we are and will be here for ALL students, faculty/staff, parents, etc. involved.  We will continue to keep you (VT) in our thoughts and prayers.

April 17, 2007, 11:53pm • Columbia,SC, USA • #2533

My deepest condolences to the families of the bereaved. Let’s gather ourselves as one Hokie family and help in the healing process.

Navjeet Chabbewal
Virginia Tech. Alumni 1994

April 17, 2007, 11:53pm • Ashburn, Virginia • #2534

We forgot about Colombine, we forgot about 9/11. We can not forget another national tragedy like this. Live every day to its fullest loving and caring those around you.

Forgive- but dont forget.

April 17, 2007, 11:53pm • Ohio State University Alum • #2535

In Loving Memory of You ©

Quietly I’m remembering you
in the silence of my heart.
Each thought of you, a treasure
while we are now apart.

At times I’m filled with longing;
Your face I’d love to see,
To feel your warmth, to hear your voice,
to have you here with me.

But God has a plan; He created you
and numbered all your days.
May he hold you in His loving arms
and surround me with His grace.

With the hope of reunion in Heaven one day,
I entrust you in His care.
Cherished memories of you live on in my heart.
Your life is a gift we share.

April 17, 2007, 11:53pm • Montclair,Va KJPH • #2536

I cannot express in words the sorrow I feel for those affected by this tragedy; the action of Cho was inexplicable and twisted, and I truly believe that by taking his own life rather than face the aftermath of his own carnage, he proved his cowardice.

April 17, 2007, 11:53pm • Houston, Texas • #2537

To the students, faculty and staff, families and loved ones of those who so tragically died or were hurt in the events of 4/16/2007, I express my heartfelt sorrow at your loss. I know that words cannot solely ease the pain but I pray that you find peace in the knowledge that so many share at least a small portion of your sorrow.
As a graduate of Virginia Tech, I like to express the extreme pride that I feel for the students, faculty, staff and the rest of the Hokie Nation. Throughout this tragedy, you continue to reflect the values that make me proud to be a Hokie.
God Bless You All. Let us endeavor to never forget but always move forward to a better tomorrow.

April 17, 2007, 11:53pm • Paul Saunders '88 Chester, Va. • #2538

I’m so sorry about what happend on April 16. I deeply share the sorrow that Virginia Tech community suffers. Virginia Tech’s students, faculty and staff, and their families are in my heart and thoughts, as they are coping with this tragedy.
Mustafa
University of Texas at Austin

April 17, 2007, 11:53pm • Austin-TX • #2539

My thoughts and prayers go out to all at Virginia Tech. May GOD’S everlasting love comfort them in this time of sorrow. GOD Bless everyone connected to this tradgedy including the countless law enforcement officials and emergency medical personnel.

April 17, 2007, 11:53pm • Roxboro, NC • #2540

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej_f8eNte2E

April 17, 2007, 11:53pm • #2541

I want to say something to all the wounded and their families.  I know how often the wounded get forgotten. They survived after all, they were ‘lucky’, they should be grateful to be alive, and they are asked to tell their stories to fill in the gaps of what happened.  But the wounded’s pain IS that they live.  They have injuries, they have pain, sometimes for many decades of life ahead.  And I feel for you.  I just want you to know that there are many of us that are thinking of you, hoping you can feel safe again someday, that you can trust your surroundings and your place in the world again someday.  It is hard we know. But we are thinking of you and your wounds, both the ones that will heal in your body, and the ones that won’t heal so quickly.

Marty Coleman

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • Glenpool, Oklahoma, USA • #2542

I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW, YOU ALL ARE BEING THOUGHT OF, AT THIS TERRIBLE TIME.  OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL. TAKE CARE AND BE THERE FOR EACH OTHER.  (((HUGS)))) TO YOU ALL!  @-->>-->>

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • Altoona, Pa/U.S.A • #2543

As a graduate of Hokie Nation, my deepest sympathies go out to all the students and families affected by Monday’s terrible events.  I am praying for you.  God bless you and our beloved Hokie Nation.

Dave Green, Class of ‘94

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • Herndon, Virginia • #2544

to all the student, faculty, and all the victims of the virginia tach.

i sincerely sympathize to all the victims of ur school, it was really a horrible experience in ur part. physically, mentally and spiritually. i will pray for all of u and may the grace of God be always with you

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • manila. philippines • #2545

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.  This is such a terrible tragedy and I can not even imagine the pain and sorrow that you are going through. I feel for each and every one of you and I just pray that you will lean on one another and support one another and just take it day by day.  God bless you all.
LeWauna Truitt

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • Alabama • #2546

To the students, faculty, administrators, law enforcement, family members who have been affected by the tragedy and enormous loss that you have suffored, my family and I prey fro you now and will countiue to remember you in the many days to come. God bless each of you as you try to come to make some sort of since of this sinceless act. God be with you. Debbie McFann, Donna Leasure, and Rebecca Hankinson

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • Roseville, Ohio USA • #2547

I was a student at Columbine’s rival high school in 1999 when that tragedy occured.  Also, I knew two students who were shot at Columbine, luckily not killed though.  I know very well how those in the VA Tech community feel and are quite possibly going to feel.  It is not fun.  I am now a pastoral counseling student at Denver Seminary and I want very much to help in the VA Tech community as much as I can.  I understand that you are all getting a great outpouring of support; thus, at the least, I just want to let those in your community simply know and understand that others understand and care what they are feeling and going through. :)

Travis Snyder

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • Littleton, Colorado • #2548

may everyone live in peace forever…
god bless you forever!

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • #2549

I’m so sorry. I sit here at my laptop and cry for you all...all of you have lost a friend, a fellow student, a fellow human being...I embrace you all and wish I could be with you now. Please accept my heart from Seattle, you are with me every moment.

Peace, Hope and Love. <333 Nancy, Wa.

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • Seattle, Washington • #2550

To all the Virgina Tech students and staff you are all in my prayers and god bless.

with love from my heart John Kontogiannis

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • Chambersburg, PA United States • #2551

To our brothers and sisters at VT,

Today we are all Hokies.  There are not words meaningful enough to convey the deep sorrow and grief at the loss of so many wonderful people. I hope somehow the thoughts and prayers of so many people around the world will bring some comfort to everyone involved.

I pray that time, support, and love will make this hurt more bearable and that each passing day will be a little brighter.

Jennifer

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • Raleigh, NC • #2552

My family and I offer our sincerest prayers and condolences to the families of the victims, the survivors and the VT community. I have never been to Virginia Tech, but as a former Georgia Tech civil engineering student I admire the unity and support I have seen among the students interviewed on CNN. I will not say that I understand what you are going through but I have experienced the death of a child, my 6 month old son in 2001. I will say however, from my own experience, the sun will shine through the clouds someday and with God’s help and a whole lot of prayer you will heal from this horrible wound.

Our love and prayers,
Brett, April & The Triplets (Dakota, Luke & Liam)
thetabors@alltel.net

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • Rock Spring, Georgia • #2553

i pray for all you at vt be strong. you will get through this. stick togetherohio

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • ohio • #2554

Dear Virginia Tech…

We grieve with thee....
You are many… you are strong.
Now many more join with you, holding you in prayer and in thought.  Prayers that transcend denomination and religion...now you are stronger.  I pray that God Himself will hold all of you, the living as well as those who are gone. 

This a is sorrow greater than words....

Ms. D. Daugherty

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • Lareo, Texas USA • #2555

It’s hard to think of the best thing to say to the Virginia Tech students, teachers,community, family & friends of the fallen victims. My heart goes out to you. I pray for your souls to be comforted somehow.  I know living in a college community (BSU)that you become part of that college even if your not in college. Just know that someone in Boise is praying for you all and for what’s going on in this world.
Peace be with you all.
Amber Brennan

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • Boise, Idaho • #2556

As a sister of a Hokie Alum and a fellow Virginian, my heart and prayers go out to the students and families. I have wonderful memories of Va Tech and life in Virginia and all I can do now is cry for the lose and suffering that has touched all of you. There are no words that can express my sorrow for your lose or the pain that you must feel.  Just know the world mourns with you and prays for you. Peace to all of you.

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • Delta, Colorado • #2557

Keep the faith.  Take care of each other.

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • #2558

The thoughts and prayers from all students at Christopher Newport University are with the Virginia Tech community.

Stay strong Hokies.

Katie Dungan

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • Newport News, VA • #2559

I just learned of the horrifying events that unfolded on the campus of Virginia Tech.  I am so much more sorry than mere words can convey at this senseless loss of innocent lives.  I may not be a Hokie, or even a Virginian, but as a fellow human being I wish to give my empathy to everyone, whether directly or indirectly affected by this atrocity.  Sincerest best wishes for your recovery from East Central Illinois…

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • Danville, Illinois • #2560

I was deeply saddened by what took place at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007. My prayers go out to all those who were affected whether it be family or friends or teachers of the victims. If VT is like any other college/university, I know that they will get through this although it may take time.

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada • #2561

After hearing the news about what happen at the campus I was in tear. this shouldn’t have been happen my pryer going out to everyone who has been affected by this and my condolneces go to the family

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • Alexandria Virginia • #2562

My thoughts and prayers are with you all, may the universe be kind to your hearts and souls as you all recover from this tragedy…

Jessica

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • Jeffersonville, Indiana • #2563

Virginia Tech you are not alone in you grief.  An entire nation/country shares in your sorrow.  My family and I personally send our condolences to all the victims of this senseless tragedy. 

Keep strong, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

God Bless,
Gomez Family

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • Riverside, CA • #2564

I would like to express my deepest sympathys to all the victims, their families,students and faculty of Virginia Tech. You will all be in our hearts and prayers.

April 17, 2007, 11:54pm • Luray,Virginia • #2565

my thoughts and prayers are with all the students and the familys and friends of the victims .
tears in my eyes as i write this ,,

diane findlay

mother ,wife and graduate of leeds university uk

April 17, 2007, 11:55pm • northants , united kingdom • #2566

To the Virginia Tech Family,

I still can’t come to terms with this senseless act. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Aloha Ke Akua
(God Is Love)

R. K. Dorwelo

April 17, 2007, 11:55pm • Waianae, Hawaii • #2567