Condolences, April 17, 2007

I would like to express my deepest sorrows to all of the victims families.This was by far a senseless act.May your spirits endure. Look pass this act and remember the loved once you lost for they will allways be a part of you .
Anthony Gido
Phoenix,Arizona

April 17, 2007, 8:30pm • Phoenix,Arizona • #309

I would like to share my condolences with the families, students, advisors, and administrators of the Virginia Tech community.  My prayers and thoughts are with you all during this difficult and trying time.

I would also like to state that I think President Steger and his staff have done a great job in handling this situation on campus.

The Hokie Nation is a strong community and will eventually get through this.  Go Hokies and God Bless Virginia Tech.

Shane Thomas
Class of 2002

April 17, 2007, 8:30pm • Ashburn, Virginia • #310

I came to VT in October with my Son. We were there for the Open House. I was stuck by the sheer beauty of the campass and the students and staff were some of the kindest people I had met in a long time.

I and my family will be praying for all of you. Please know there are many people thinking of you in this difficult time.

The Brennan Family

April 17, 2007, 8:30pm • East Brunswick, New Jersey • #311

My wife and I are heart sick for the students, families, staff and community.  You all are in our thoughts and prayers. 

It has been impressive to see the familial spirit of VTech and the surrounding community, and we just would like to say that your family reaches far beyond the borders of the Common State.

God Bless you all and the souls of your family and friends!

April 17, 2007, 8:30pm • Claxton Georgia • #312

I wish to express my sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in such tragic and terrifying circumstances in Virginia Tech. I am a high-school teacher in the Republic of Ireland and in my school today we have prayed for all of the Virginia Tech. community, students, families, faculty, staff and especially the bereaved.We pray for peace in our homes, our schools, our communities and our countries. To echo the words of your President we hope that our schools, univerities, colleges etc. can be places of security and sanctuary where we all learn to respect and be tolerant towards all peoples.
God grant you the courage and grace to face the time ahead with fortitude and dignity.
Brendan O’ Brien, St. Anne’s Community College, Killaloe, County Clare, Republic of Ireland.

April 17, 2007, 8:30pm • Ireland. • #313

My prayers go out to the entire Virginia Tech community that needs love, support and healing. Liviu Librescu embodied the spirit of putting others first before oneself, for he gave up his life because he wanted his students to live to carry on his legacy as well as the Virginia Tech legacy.

April 17, 2007, 8:31pm • Hewitt, Texas • #314

My name Anita Oneal, Iam from Chicago Il. I would like all the Victims, Parents and Staff know how deeply sadden I am by this tradedy. A special note to all the parents who lost a child on monday I know what you are going through, I had three children and now “I have two I lost my oldest son Jason, he was shot and killed in 2004. I really did not think I could go on livivng. But with family,friends and
God Iam still here. My prayers are with you all.

April 17, 2007, 8:31pm • chicago, Il • #315

I’m a student at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. I wish to express mine, my family’s, and some of my classmates’ deepest condolences for your losses. In one of my classes, we had a moment of silence to support you. Please know that I and my family are praying for you all. May God comfort and bless all of you as you grieve this horrific loss.
Cynthia Canter

April 17, 2007, 8:31pm • Bristol,TN USA • #316

To All The Families, Students & Faculty,
My family and I would like to send you are deepest condolences. From the moment it went across the news each and everyone of you were in our thoughts and prayers. We cannot imagine the pain, nor the grief you feel for the loss of your loved one in such a senseless act of violence. We can offer our hearts, words of kindness, and our strength to help guide you through this time of need. We will keep you in our prayers.

God Bless,
The Sanchez Family

April 17, 2007, 8:31pm • Ft Knox Kentucky • #317

To the families of those who lost loved ones on this tragic day, i feel for you. My heart goes out to you and my constant prayers aren’t enough. I couldn’t imagine being in your place, i haven’t been able to stop thinking about those students who were frightened, those parents who were so worried and the administration is was in such shock. I’m sorry the media has attacked the administration, it’s not right. I’m sorry for the losses and i hope this never happens again. I love each and every one of you.

April 17, 2007, 8:31pm • Valdosta, Ga. USA • #318

There’s is not much I can say but God Bless you all, may your loved ones rest in a far better place than the world we live in.  My prayers and heart go out to the families and friends of those lost and to those you lived through such a awful ordeal.  Again, God Bless You All.

April 17, 2007, 8:31pm • Lucasville, OH • #319

As a resident of NYC who will never forget the support of a shocked nation on 9/11/01, it is unfortunately now my turn to send condolences to the VT community. Please know that my thoughts and sympathies are with you in this time of great sadness and adversity.

April 17, 2007, 8:31pm • Bronx, New York • #320

To all the Parents, Brothers, Sisters I am so sorry for your loss, may God have your loved ones in his glory. No words can stop your pain but remeber how your loved ones would want you to remeber them, with a smile on your face knowing that they lived a wonderful life yes short put wonderful, they would want you to keep your heads up and continue your lives. Again my heart goes out to all.

Fuquay Family

April 17, 2007, 8:32pm • Winston-Salem, NC • #321

I just would like to express my sincere sorrow at what has happened.  I didn’t personally know anyone attending, but, I believe this has touched many people regardless.  I pray for those who have lost their lives and hope that their families can find peace.  I also pray for the survivors of this extreme tradegy.  Not only those who were injured, but, everyone affected by this.  You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

April 17, 2007, 8:32pm • Port Charlotte, Florida • #322

I AM FROM NORTH CAROLINA, A CHRISTIAN A DISABLED VETERAN AND I JUST WANT TO SAY HOW SORRY I AM THAT THIS HAPPEN TO YOU POOR FOLKS, ALL OF YOU I PRAYED FOR YOU AS SOON AS I HEARD THE NEWS AND I HAVE CONTINUED TO PRAY FOR YOU WITH MANY TEARS.

THE LORD BLESS THE FAMILIES WITH SOME KIND OF PEACE AND THE KIDS SO THEY CAN GO ON AND CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATIONS.
I PRAY FOR THE STAFF AND ALL THAT HAVE HAD TO ENDURE THIS EVENT OF SUCH TRADEGY.

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST WILL SOME DAY HEAL ALL WOUNDS HE PROMISES, I PRAY THAT HE DOES FOR YOU ALL STARTING NOW.

DWIGHT SHOTWELL

April 17, 2007, 8:32pm • DURHAM, NC • #323

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this terrible time. May you draw strength and support from each other.

April 17, 2007, 8:32pm • Cardinal, Ontario, Canada. • #324

I’m from Canada, and I want to say that these events have truly touched my heart. To all the victims of Virginia Tech, their families, neighbours and friends, and all the citiznes of the United States, I would like to say that our hearts are with you as well, a salute to you and the courage of the families involved.

I have composed the following poem for you:

The day dawns a beautiful hue, only to bring about the tragic news.

A false sun to herald a doomful morn, it trumpets upon a doomful horn.

In the afternoon the hammer falls, it shuts out all the fearful calls.

But upon this day we shant forget, how with sorrow courage met.

For your tearful calls have alas been met, with tearful salutes and deepest regret.

Though the rain may fall and along with it tears, the clouds but hide a beautiful fear.

The fear is that for our revered kin, and what would happen should we lose more brethren.

But sunny skies will come again, representing our love for our fallen kin.

So as you read this let your voices sing, for we will bear your sorrow to the final ring.

God Bless America, we’re here for you :)

April 17, 2007, 8:32pm • Canada • #325

We want you all to know that you all are in our prayers and we are thinking of you all.
Greg and Melissa Hendricks
and Family

April 17, 2007, 8:32pm • Massena N Y • #326

We think about you in this unbelievable tragedy.

Only by staying together and pulling together you can overwin this dark hour.

It reminds us that the people and our fellow men are the most important thing in our lives. That is something you can show the whole world.

April 17, 2007, 8:32pm • Ste-Foy, Quebec, Canada • #327

As so many around the world pray for the victims and their families, I would like people to also pray for the family of the shooter. There is no “sensibility” in this “senseless” act and they are most assuridly grieving well beyond understanding. May God help us all!

April 17, 2007, 8:33pm • El Dorado, Ca. U.S.A. • #328

I would like to send my condolences to those affected by this tragic event. May God extend his hand and give all of you the strength to guide you at this most painful of times.

Garfield Quan
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

April 17, 2007, 8:33pm • Calgary, Alberta, Canada • #329

I am a mother of two children and can only imagine the pain a parent must feel losing a child.  I was glued to the tv all day and sat my children down to watch the events unfold.

I was in utter shock and disbelief until my 9 year old asked, “Mom, what would you do if someone came to my school & shot me?” Tears flooded my eyes.  I don’t want to think about it. I can’t think about it.

Today, listening to “Let’s go Hokies Let’s GO” being chanted, I knew there is hope in what now seems like an endless tunnel.

It’s the students, faculty & alumni at Virginia Tech that gives me hope that one day there will be answers and solutions to prevent any possible tragedies like you’ve endured.

Our hearts, thoughts & prayers are with each and everyone of you.

As you think of your fallen students, friends, children, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers; please remember “this is not goodbye”.

April 17, 2007, 8:33pm • Rosamond CA • #330

I am not sure what to say, but felt like I should say something. I am truly sorry for the horrific incident that occurred there yesterday. I am across the country and feel the effects so I can only imagine how you all are feeling being involved and/or so close. Please know that there are good people in this world that are keeping you in their thoughts and prayers. It is so unfortunate that someone felt so bad that he had to take the lives of others and affect many more. I have never really understood suicide and even more confusing is the idea of suicide AND taking the lives of others at the same time. We might never understand that. Again, I am thinking about all of you and I wish all of you the best in your coming trials of dealing with what has happened. Take care and the good people in the world will be there to help!

April 17, 2007, 8:35pm • Boise, Idaho • #331

My family would like to extend our condolences and our prayers to the families of those who died and those who where injured.  We also would like to extend our prayers to the whole college campus of students, faculty and staff.  May God be with you all in your time of need.

April 17, 2007, 8:35pm • Powell, Wy • #332

TO ALL INVOLVED: MY DAUGHTER & I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE OUR CONDOLENCES AND ASSURE YOU THAT YOU ARE ALL IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS!!!!! MAY PEACE BE WITH YOU....  GARY & MIRANDA MENHINICK

April 17, 2007, 8:35pm • EAST MEREDITH, NEW YORK • #333

My name is Wendy Martin and I live in Southern West Virginia and have traveled to Blacksburg on many occasions.  My mother and I are both artists and have always loved the shops and atmosphere in and around this community.  I just wanted to say that each of you is in our hearts and prayers.  We are deeply sorry for your loss and grief after this terrible tragedy.  May god bless you and keep you in this time of need.

April 17, 2007, 8:35pm • Hinton, West Virginia • #334

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the victims of this tragedy. The entire nation was alerted to this massacre. I live in California and this has affect our community. Our prayers go out to all of you.
Sandy

April 17, 2007, 8:36pm • Maywood, Ca. • #335

We are still in a state of shock and disbelief as we watch the coverage of this tragic piece of history.  We grieve for all of those who lost a loved one yesterday, and for the whole Virginia Tech community.  Our son is a senior at VT and we rejoice in the fact that he is safe and sound tonight in Blacksburg.  God bless us every one~~

Roger & Susan

April 17, 2007, 8:37pm • Roanoke, VA • #337

We join in the prayers around the world for strength, comfort, and the peace that surpasses all understanding in Blacksburg during this time.

April 17, 2007, 8:37pm • Hampton Roads, VA • #338

Your tragedy is being remembered with prayers and sympathy all over the world.  Remember to be strong during the storm of publicity that is enveloping your school right now. 

This tragedy could have happened anyplace: it was just that, a tragedy, unfortunate, random, and undeserved, and there is nothing anyone at VTU did that “deserved” it.  And don’t let anyone discourage you by second-guessing how this could have been stopped or prevented: no one else has walked in your shoes these past few days, and no one has the right to criticize. 

You will be strong and endure, and may we all learn from your strength in this time, as you heal and begin to go on. 

God bless.

April 17, 2007, 8:37pm • Bayonet Point, Florida • #339

I am praying that God binds every wound and heals every injured body and broken heart caused by this evil act, in Jesus’ name. And I pray the Holy Spirit saturates every person who suffered from this deed with his loving presence, ministering peace and love to every hurting human soul.

April 17, 2007, 8:38pm • Clifton Forge, Va. • #340

My deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims of this horrible tragedy.

Faye Sizemore

April 17, 2007, 8:38pm • Liberty,South Carolina • #341

As a lifetime learner and member of the Michigan Tech campus community in Houghton, MI I would like to express my since sorrow during this incredibly difficult time.  Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.  Know that God is the creater and will be by your side during the healing process.  God Bless! :)

April 17, 2007, 8:38pm • Houghton, MI • #342

I am Rayna Castaldini and I wanted to commend the whole community of Virginia Tech for finding the strength to support each other and stand by the University in this time of sorrow. I cannot begin to imagine how any of you feel and I do hope that you all will continue to find the strength to support each other, as was said in the convocation, that is what stands out the most. I also wanted to reiterate that it is so true that people that do not know you are praying for you and keeping you in their thoughts, I am one of them. Even though time may pass we will never forget those who are no longer with and we will always remember the courage they showed on April 16.

April 17, 2007, 8:38pm • Holbrook, Massachusetts USA • #343

I’m an alumnus of Oklahoma State University and I want everyone there to know that we in Oklahoma are praying and loving you. I remember in 1995 during the Oklahoma City Bombing that Virginia was one of the first states to come and help. We love you and God loves you.

April 17, 2007, 8:39pm • Roosevelt Oklahoma USA • #344

It is with great sadness and deepest sympathies that I send this out to all the victims; families, friends, students, faculty, community, etc. It is so hard to understand the “why” and “how” of the great loss you have suffered as a result of recent events. We may never know the answers… You will be in our thoughts during your time of sadness and anguish. Your great courage will get you through and be the strength that you can lend each other. I know that this experience is life-altering for all of you and I believe you will come through this stronger and more unified than ever before. Please know that the world, as we sit and watch in stunned disbelief and sadness is standing behind you and holding you up in your time of grief.

April 17, 2007, 8:39pm • Lebanon, Mo. • #345

May the lord be with you all during this terrible tragedy. May those who have lost loved ones find the peace & courage to heal, and continue on.
My thoughts & prayers are with you all.
God Bless,
Rachel

April 17, 2007, 8:40pm • Sterling, VA • #346

I wish to share my sinserest condolences to all of the family and friends of those who were so wrongly taken from the world yesterday. Although, I did not know them personally, just as the rest of the world I feel a great loss that something so tragic could happen for such a useless reason. Please know as you mourn and begin to heal thousands of people around the world have you in their prayers. Iknow this may be little comfort now but just know that your loved ones are in God’s hands whrere they are safe and loved more then we can ever know. I hope this can bring some small grain of peace for you in the coming months.

April 17, 2007, 8:40pm • Brookneal Virginia • #347

To all Hokies. Family and Staff

“You’ll Never Walk Alone”

When you walk through a storm.
hold your head up high…
And don’t be afraid, of the dark…
At the end of the storm,
is a golden sky,
and the sweet silver song of a lark…
Walk on through the rain,
Tho’ your dreams,
be tossed and blown…
Walk on,
walk on with hope in your heart…
And you’ll never walk alone…
You’ll never walk alone.

Words by Oscar Hammerstein II

April 17, 2007, 8:40pm • Butler, Pennsylvania • #348

I am deeply saddenned by this unimaginable tragedy. I pray for every family and all the students of VT that have been touched by this evil act. God will comfort you all. Lean on each other & pray for one another.

April 17, 2007, 8:42pm • Stoughton, MA USA • #349

May the love of family and friends comfort you through this sorrowful time.  Hold onto God’s embrace and allow yourselves to be enveloped with his love. 

Our hopes and prayers are with you all.

April 17, 2007, 8:43pm • Tombstone, AZ • #350

ANYBODY HERE SEEN MY OLD FRIENDS FROM VIRGINIA TECH? CAN YOU TELL ME WHERE THEY’VE GONE? I THOUGHT I SAW THEM WALKING UP OVER THE HILL, WITH ABRAHAM AND MARTIN AND JOHN. 

I OFFER ALL OF YOU MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND A PRAYER THAT GOD HASTEN THESE ANGELS TO HIS SIDE.

April 17, 2007, 8:43pm • F. MCKENNA OF ROCHESTER, NY • #351

All of our prayers go out to the students, families and staff at Virginia Tech. Please hold each other close and know that the world is attempting to share in your personal sorrows.

A Notre Dame alumnus.

April 17, 2007, 8:44pm • Columbus, Georgia • #352

Our prayers are with all of you, and just know in time the healing will begin.

April 17, 2007, 8:44pm • North Las Vegas, NV • #353

Nous sommes très affectés par les événements survenus à l’Université Virginia Tech. Cette tragédie nous rappelle à nous québécois des événements tragiques survenus dans nos institutions scolaires: Dawson, Ecole Polytechnique et Université Concordia.  Nous prions avec vous pour que nous ayons un monde sans arme qui respecte les valeurs humaines et la vie.
Jean L.

April 17, 2007, 8:45pm • Québec, Canada • #354

We as Canadians and neighbors to the north of you share in your Country’s grief and pain.  To the citizens of this precious community in Virginia and to the students, professors and leadership at Virginia Tech, we grieve with you.  Please find comfort in our thoughts and prayers for each and every single one of you, as our hearts cry out for and with you.

Be strong, take courage and take care of each other.  Always know that each of you will continue to be in our thoughts, as you start this healing process.

Lena Gomez

April 17, 2007, 8:45pm • Mississauga, Ontario - Canada • #355

There have been so many words of sympathy and sorrow said for the Virginia Tech community, and I have nothing more to offer that can better convey the deep sense of loss and devastation that has befallen your school, your community, your country. For so many young lives to have ended so suddenly and so incomprehensibly cuts the deepest of emotional wounds and leaves the deepest of scars. To those who have lost loved ones, I know that the words of your countrymen can only go so far and that nothing seems to ease such an unbearable burden. But I hope that the knowledge that so many people the world over are holding you and yours in their hearts and silently weeping alongside you will someday bring comfort. To those who survived the most unimaginable violence and perhaps have the heaviest cross to bear, may whatever God you believe in give you the strength to heal and to find your way home. I hope that you never feel alone in this unpredictable world, and that you never lose sight of the love of those around you. To the rest of us who wait in mourning where ever we may be, may we always strive to make this world a better place, and may we never fail to show those we love just how much they mean to us.  Godspeed, Hokies.

April 17, 2007, 8:45pm • Orlando, Florida • #356

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone at this time.

-Your Friends in Staunton

April 17, 2007, 8:47pm • Staunton, Virginia • #357

Today I cried. Just sat and cried. I felt an emptiness in my heart that was firmiliar. I had the same feeling on 9/11, the same feeling when Columbine happened, and when I saw the images of Hurracane Katrina. It is a helplessness. It is humanity in it’s most beautiful and simple form. We will never understand these senseless tradgedies. Why good people have their lives ripped away with reckless abandon by other human beings. But there is a silver lining amidst all the anguish, anger, despair, and sadness. Nothing, NOTHING, can ever take away the spirit of humanity. My thoughts, prayers, and heart are with the families, students, faculty, and community on this first day, this first step towards healing. God bless and keep all of you close in this time of mourning.

April 17, 2007, 8:47pm • Palatine, IL United States of America • #358

Thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims, families, students, staff and the entire nation in morning.  May you find the strength to get through this horrible tragedy.

April 17, 2007, 8:47pm • Tarrytown, New York • #359