Condolences, April 17, 2007

Dear VT Students, Family and Friends,

May God bless you in the time of tragedy and sorrow, and may you soon find the strength to carry on.  Please know that thoughts and prayers are pouring out to you not only from the U.S., but from all over the world. 

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 12:01am • The Reinert Family, Republic of Singapore • #2718

To The Virginia Tech Family

I pray that all that are affected by this unbelievable event will come out stronger. This country is feeling their sorrow, God works in strange ways and he just wants more angels with him. What is the saddest for me is that these young people were just begining life. I pray for all that are affected.

God Bless

Ed Spalding

April 18, 2007, 12:01am • #2719

All the world are crying now!
but you have to stand up again!

I do not have more words to describe…
I can just pray…
Marcus

April 18, 2007, 12:01am • brasilia - DF / BRASIL • #2720

MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL THE VICTIMS FAMILIES, THE STUDENTS INVOLVED THAT SURVIVED AND THE FACULTY.  THIS WAS A HORRIBLE SENSELESS TRAGEDY THAT COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED.  ALL THE SIGNS WERE THERE AND NO ONE LISTENED TO THE ENGLISH TEACHER WHO NEW THERE WAS SOMETHING WRONG.  GOD BLESS EVERYBODY AT VIRGINIA TECH.  MAY ALL THE VICTIMS REST IN PEACE AND MAY YOU ALL STICK TOGETHER, BE STRONG AND IN YOU WILL HEAL AND YOU WILL NEVER FORGET.  MAY YOU ALL LIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLIST.  MAY GOD REST ALL THEIR SOULS.  LIFE WILL GO ON AND ALWAYS REMEMBER ONCE YOU ARE A HOKIE YOU ALWAYS WILL BE.
CATHY

April 18, 2007, 12:01am • BROOKSVILLE, FLORIDA USA • #2721

As a parent first and a teacher, as well, my heart aches for the families of those of those earnest young men and women who are lost to us. You are all in my prayers. There is no answer, but there is faith, and I hope it helps to carry each of you through the coming days.

April 18, 2007, 12:01am • North Weymouth, MA • #2722

It will take us all a long time to come to grips with what has happened.  I still can’t belive it is real.  My family is praying for you and our prayers are with the families of all of the victims.  May you find some peace in the days to come.  We are so sorry for your devistating loss.

April 18, 2007, 12:01am • Whitefish, Montana • #2723

I am feeling very sorry for all involved in the April 16th tragedy. May all the students and staff that have passed rest in peace.

dipankaj

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • india • #2724

Our thoughts and prayers goes out to the students, staff, faculty, and families of the victims at Virginia Tech.  As an alumnus of Virginia Tech, I know what the beauty and splendor of Virginia Tech can offer.  Don’t let this senseless tragedy drain your spirits or harden your souls.  We can turn adversity into advantage, and rise above this to make Virginia Tech and yourselves even greater and stronger than before.  Remember that people around the state, nation, and world are with you.

Best wishes on your futures,
Mars - Class of ‘88
Go Hokies!

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Houston, TX • #2725

There are few words that can adequately express such sorrow, anger, and despair at a time like this. I know I join my classmates and colleagues at Penn State University in sending our deepest condolences and our most heartfelt thoughts and prayers. To all those that have been affected by this tragedy, know that the nation and the world stands behind you.

To quote the late Dr. King: The dawn will come. Disappointment, sorrow, and despair are born at midnight, but morning follows. “Weeping may endure for a night,” says the Psalmist, “but joy cometh in the morning.”

May the Lord bless and keep each of you. May the Lord’s face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. And may the Lord’s divine countenance be lifted up upon each of you, granting you the comfort and peace that only our Holy Father can provide in a time such as this.

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • University Park, Pennsylvania • #2726

It was a wordless incident. Feeling very sorry for 32 inocent students and those who lost loved ones. I pray for all of people at Virginia Tech from Japan.

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Tokyo, Japan • #2727

Our prayers and thoughts are with everyone affected by this sensless tragedy.  Unfortunately we live in an unpredictable world.  May peace come to all involved.

The Hamilton Family

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Kirkland, Washington • #2728

Shock --> Horror --> Disbelief --> Sadness.

Anger --> Prayer --> Healing --> Hope

Dear HokieNation, tears will slowly give way to JOY

Keep the faith!
Jeff & Diana Johnson ‘87 & ‘86

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Akron, OH • #2729

though words can only fail us in expressing the depth of sadness, horror, sorrow that we all feel in the face of such events, they must be said. you are all in the thoughts and prayers of this community and across the nation.

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • rockford, illinois • #2730

I wish you healing… My prayers are with each and every one of you.

Gerry Mabel

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Scottsdale, Az • #2731

NOW IS THE TIME...YOUNG PEOPLE OF UNIVERITIES AND COLLEGES, ARE OUR FUTURE LEADERS,CAN WE SEE A FUTURE WHERE GUNS ARE SO EASILY OBTAINED BY UNSTABLE PEOPLE,,HOW ABOUT GUNS PEROID!!
NOW IS THE TIME,HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE IN AMERICA? FOR US TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE SECOND AMENDMENT,THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS,DOES NOT FIT OUR CULTURE AS IT IS TODAY--THE FUTURE--IT IS 2007--CAN YOU REALLY SEE A 3007 WITH FREE WHEELING GUN SALES,IN THIS COUNTRY? IN THIS WORLD?  MY BLESSING TO YOU ALL AT V.T. .THE ONLY GOOD THAT CAN COME OF THIS IS A LESSON THAT NOW IS THE TIME,TAKE THE GUNS AWAY!!

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • BEAVER FALLS,PA. USA. • #2732

My thoughts and prayers go out to those who had their lives taken for no reason, and for their family and friends. May God shine his light on all of you and guide the lost students to heaven.

Angela DiNuzzo
Student: Fresno City College

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Fresno California • #2733

My thoughts and prayers go out to all off students,personal and their familes at Virgina Tech. Yesterday when I heard the news I thought of my nephew who attends K-State thinking this could have happened there. I then felt anger and sadness for what happened hundereds of miles away.
Bless you all.
Lori

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Clay Center, Ks • #2734

The Ohio State University has Virginia Tech in it’s thoughts and prayers...stay strong guys…

Zac Branstool

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Columbus, Ohio • #2735

May your strength give us strength
May your faith give us faith
May your hope give us hope
May your love give us love ~ Bruce Springsteen ~

The only words that keep coming to mind for each and every one of you at VT.

I’m absolutely astonished and inspired by the courage and strength of your students and faculty during this horrendous time.

God Bless each and every one of you.

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Massachusetts • #2736

As a recent college graduate and asian student from another university, it is sad that Virginia Tech suffered tremendously thorugh this horrible tragedy. College is a place to have fun, make friends, and to explore new opprotunities in a safe enviroment. It should never be a place where fear and danger can take place. My prayers and my heart are with you as you grieve on this unforseen tragedy.

Peter Sathapornwongkul (Boston University CAS ‘06)

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Chestnut Ridge, NY USA • #2737

To everyone affected, You are in my thoughts and prayers.  I cannot begin to know how you feel.  I only know how I feel which is totally devistated.  I have a HS Sr who will be going to Radford in the fall.  It scares me to death to think of something like this happening.  I would never have thought it would hit so close to home.  I pray that God will give you peace and comfort during this time as only He can do.  Please remember that you have friends, and a whole nation who is Praying for you during this difficult time.  Reach out and use the resources available to help you get thru this time and remember God is our refuge and strength during diffiult times and this is the worst.

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Fredericksburg, VA USA • #2738

On behalf of the organization which I represent, we wish to express our deepest condolences to all the victims and their families and all those afflicted by this tragedy. Our hearts and our prayers go out to each and everyone.

It is a tragic event which will live in infamy throughout global history. The loss of innocent life and those left to grieve will long not be forgotten.

We also hope that the tragic events of April 16, 2007 will help our nations around the globe to learn from this tragedy and enact better policies and practices on the possession and use of weapons by civilians.

In honoring the memory of those who have fallen, we hope that we can all better arm ourselves with the knowledge of how we each can play a role to avoid similar tragedies.

May God have mercy on us all.

With every best wish,

Roch Longueépée

Founder & CEO, RESTORING DIGNITY
http://restoringdignity.org

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada • #2739

We here are all so sorry for your losses. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers. Those that are gone will never be forgotten, and are angels on your shoulders. We love you. God Bless You.

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Casper, WY USA • #2740

My daughter graduated from James Madison University, my son is a student at the University of Miami, but today and for many days to come, my allegiance is with Virginia Tech University.  In the wake of this horror, you have represented yourselves with grace and dignity.  Your families can be proud.
I weep with you as we mourn this tragedy and share the overwhelming sadness felt by the friends and families who lost loved ones. 

Barbara Hill

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Baltimore Maryland • #2741

It is hard to find the words that I want to say.  I have been glued to the t.v. since the events started to unfold yesterday.  I didn’t personally know anyone at VT, but my heart is aching as though I did.  Anyone can only imagine what people are going through and it brings me to tears.  I am mad at the gunman and wonder why he just didn’t take his own life and spare all of the promising youth and wise professors.  On another note, as mad as I am.....I do feel equally as sorry for the gunman’s family.  One could only imagine your son/daughter committing such acts of violence and then hearing all of the understandably nasty comments about he/she.  I just hope the best for the victims of this trajedy as well as family, friends and anyone else involved. LOVE AND PRAYERS TO ALL!!!

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Beckley, WV • #2742

Canadian teachers and students across the country share your pain.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Emo, Ontario, Canada • #2743

please append the last msg send from Atlanta, Georgia starting with “Virginia Tech Student, ... I don’t believe ...”

With my name

Sarah Curet

really sorry about this.

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Atlanta, Georgia • #2744

All though I am a world away in Canada, My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of those that passed away. It is a sad day for all and I wish nothing but happiness to rise out from underneath the pain you all feel.

~Kate Poplett~
st.Albert, Canada.

P.S Here is a hug for all of you in pain and grief. Just remember that those that are gone will leave an impact on not only their friends and family, but to those they do not even know.

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • St.Albert, Alberta, Canada • #2745

The lives that were taking unwillingly will never be forgotten, and we will never stop morning. We may move on physically, but this has hurt just more than the people that were witness’ it has also hurt all the people that know/have known/ have seen/ and are seeing it now on television. NO ONE will ever know the grief you feel, but you have so many supporters

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Greensboro, NC • #2746

Hello All at Virginia Tech,

I was shocked when I heard the news. It is sad and very frightening the way young people behave nowadays. My heart goes out to all the victims. I am writing a few lines for the innocent souls.

Cheerful day it was,
But Alas! Norris Hall didn’t kno—its fate,
What lay ahead!
The Air is filled with gunshots,
Cries fill the air,
In pain and agony,
Gun in his hand,
The young killer - rampaging and ranting,
Cruised Norris Hall…

What have I done,
Me who was gunned down,
What have I done wrong,
Wails echo Norris Hall,
What have I done wrong?
My dad, my mum where are you all,
Where are you my God?
Thoughts echoing in my mind,
I succumb to the killing spree…
I can hear the gates of heaven opening…
Let my soul be with my Creator…

Anguish, anger spearing all over,
My heart goes out to you,
To all at Norris Hall…
May your souls rest in peace…
My prayers bid you adieu…

- Linu Conil (linu@inapp.com)

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Trivandrum, Kerala, India • #2747

April 16th, a day will be, and should be rememberd forever, by the VT people, by the US people, and by the people from the whole world, for the victims in the misfortunate event.

Word cannot express my sorrow. Though these people are all unknown to me, I know that they are all beautiful lives like us; I know that they are all sons and daughters of the parents and fathers and mothers of the children like us; I know that they donot deserve this…

May them peace in heaven.

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Beijing, China • #2748

rest in peace to all the students and teachers!!! Even though im not a hokie, today, and everyday for me i will be a hokie. Go HOKIES

Tommy brown

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • St Paul, Minnesota/ United states • #2749

I’m a native of Vienna, Virginia, who went to school down the road from VT at Radford University (Class of ‘83), but I’ve always considered myself an honorary Hokie, if there is such a thing. Maybe it’s because of all the great times I’ve had at Tech, at Lane and Cassell and assorted other places on campus and around town. Or maybe it’s because my two brothers, a nephew and assorted other relatives and friends who are VT grads find it impossible to mask their deep affection for the school, and that’s rubbed off on me over the years. Whatever the reason, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Virginia Tech and for Blacksburg, which made the horror of April 16 even more difficult for me to process. But I can only imagine what those who were there when it unfolded are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Hokie Nation, and in particular the friends and family of those who perished and were injured. God bless them all, God bless Virginia Tech and God bless the Blacksburg community at large.
Brian Cook

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Greensboro, NC • #2750

Unbelievable, unthinkable, unforgettable.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of tragedy. 

~ Gina Chavez & family

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Socorro, NM USA • #2751

To all those that are grieving over a loss I know that GOD is with you all and I pray that HE gives each and everyone of you peace, love, and hope for the future. GOD has a plan for all of us, I have to believe this as I know that GOD is coming back again to make everything right. I will be having multiple prayers for each and everyone of you. GOD bless you all and keep you in his peace.
L.Turner

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Walla Walla WA • #2752

my deepest thoughts are with you..so very sorry for all your losses.....paul

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Hull England • #2753

We were shocked and saddened to hear what happened on campus. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who have been affected by this tragedy. Although I do not know anyone at VT, as a fan I feel close to you all and pray for each of you during this difficult time. Always look for the positive in all things and move forward. God bless you. Go Hokies!
The Roberts family

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Jefferson, GA • #2754

My eleven year old daughter was crying today because her best friend’s parents and my brother had attended VT. She had asked for a VT t-shirt last year because she said VT is the college she was going to attend --her and her best friend Heather.  My daughter wants you to know that she is sad for all of the students and their families.  She is thinking of you and is going to put you in her prayers. As she cried she said, “You can’t stop me Mom.  I am still going to Virginia Tech when I get older--both Heather and I.”
God Bless and be with you now and in the days, months, and years ahead until the day my daughter will hopefully be on your campus.

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Glen Allen, Virginia • #2755

I am truly saddened by the events of yesterday on the greatest campus in the United States, Virginia Tech.  I am an alumnus from there and I would like to extend my condolences and prayers and hope to all of the students and faculty and families who were affected by this senseless, tragic and stupid tragedy.  You are in my thoughts and prayers now and I hope that everyone can make it thru this.

Godspeed,

Kit Callhana
VT Graduate, May 1992

April 18, 2007, 12:02am • Herndon, VA • #2756

My very heartfelt sympathy goes out to all affected by this tragic and senseless incident. Be assured that your nation mourns with you.
My kids’ high school practiced their lockdown drill not once--but twice today. It is somewhat disheartening to know that this kind of rehearsal is a necessity these days. But maybe we all can learn from this tragedy…

Hug your kids today. Tell your mom that you love her. Do a good deed and help your fellow human. Don’t just dream about a better world; do something about it.

In the heart of community is unity and truly this community is showing just that. The school spirit that the student body has shown us is profoundly moving to me. We all would like to be honorary Hokies today. :-)

God Bless the VT Community and may the lost souls rest in peace.

~Kristine~

April 18, 2007, 12:03am • Fort Wayne, IN • #2757

It is with a heavy heart that I watch the news and learn more of what happened to you all yesterday.  Sending light and love to you.

April 18, 2007, 12:03am • Hamilton, Ontario Canada • #2758

My prayers go out to everyone affected by recent events on campus. Last week someone mentioned to me that when things in their life get hard they reach out and help someone else. I hope that at this difficult time we can all look for opportunities to help, comfort, get to know someone in need. Hopefully from all this grief something good will result.

April 18, 2007, 12:03am • Stamford, CT • #2759

I think this is the first time the Wahoos have ever prayed for the Hokies!  I hope that, despite yesterday’s sorrow, somehow you can find comfort and hope in the goodness of humanity as we all rally behind you to offer our sincere love and heartfelt support.  Hang in there, Virginia Tech.  We’re all Hokies right now.

April 18, 2007, 12:03am • Charlottesville, VA • #2760

My thaughts and prayers are with each and every family member and friend of those lost yesterday. What is this world coming to where you cant even go to school without the fear of never making it back home?

VT forever in my heart!
RIP

April 18, 2007, 12:03am • China Grove, NC • #2761

To the bereaved:

On behalf of the University of Alabama-Huntsville, I’d like to extend our deepest condolences for this heinous, senseless, and utterly devastating occurrence. No words I can muster will even scrape the surface of what needs to be said, but for what it’s worth: hang in there. The whole world is behind you. For today, we’re all Hokies…

Justin Roller
19 years
The University of Alabama-Huntsville

April 18, 2007, 12:03am • Huntsville, AL • #2762

Para los familiares de las victimas de este lamentable incidente, mis mas sinceras condolencias.
Para toda la comunidad de Virginia Tech, mi solidaridad.
Para las victimas, paz y vida eterna.

April 18, 2007, 12:03am • Monterrey, Mexico. • #2763

Please do not post… strickly a comment
How is the bottom quote appropiate? He does not deserve any nice words but this guy had a family who was not aware of his problems.. for the sake of his parents take this post down. what he did was unspeakable but there is no need for a post like this to have been approved without being edited… just a thought

My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to all directly affected by this senseless tragedy. I am one who believes in a heaven and a hell and I truly believe that Cho Seung-Hui is on his way to hell right now. Go Hokies!

Timothy Thompson

April 18, 2007, 12:03am • Canada • #2764

My words will not comfort, just know that my thoughts are incense to God for the souls we lost and those that must go on. Love…

April 18, 2007, 12:03am • Bronx, New York • #2765

We are strong…
We will survive…
The hard part, going back to campus, but we will. The Hokie Spirit lives in our hearts
My prayers to the families of all the victims
C Swindell,
Commuter VT Student
Doctorate Student

April 18, 2007, 12:03am • Smith Mountain Lake, Moneta VA • #2766

I am heartbroken as there are no words to describe this massacre. I hope that the community be able to join together in this time of hardship and seek a sense of peace and find the time to heal. I pray for all those that have been traumatized to seek calm, I pray for all of the victims, their families and friends to be strong in such a difficult time. I pray that incidents like these never happen, ever again. I pray for peace.

April 18, 2007, 12:03am • Arizona, ASU • #2767