Condolences, April 17, 2007

My condolences and thoughts go out to the victims families, what a tradgety!  The talk show in Vancouver called Night Line BC broadcasted your website and encouraged British Columbians to share their feelings and prayers to the students. Sincerley, Stan Kelly

April 18, 2007, 12:03am • Victoria, British Columbia, Canada • #2768

My thoughts and prayers are to the Virginia Tech community, faculty, its students, and the families affected by this tragedy. As news was reported of the events taking place in Blacksburg, my heart sank further and I just wanted the day to come to an end. There will be a long healing process to endure, but in the 48 hours that has transpired, I can see the VT spirit has remained strong. My spirit is with you Virginia Tech!

Jocelyn Hanly
Virginia Tech Staff
George Mason University Grad Student

April 18, 2007, 12:03am • Prince William County, VA • #2769

To the Faculty, Friends, and Families of those affected by this horrific tragedy… May God comfort you in this time of mourning. My heart goes out to all of the victims and the lives that have been forever changed by this senseless violence. I pray that this nation will rise above and take action to keep our students and people safe.

God Bless,
Jamie

April 18, 2007, 12:03am • Michigan • #2770

My sincere condolences to the families and friends of the slained; my sincere condolences to the entire Virginia Tech student body, instructors, and staff.  The entire country shares your loss, we grieve with you and pray for healing as you struggle towards closure. 

Thelma Schoen

April 18, 2007, 12:03am • South Pasadena, CA • #2771

All my prayers are going out to those affected, to the school, and the entire area. Hokies forever!

-Tim

April 18, 2007, 12:03am • Staunton, VA • #2772

I cannot begin to imagine the pain and sorrow you all are experiencing. My thoughts and prayers are with Virginia Tech in the wake of this tragedy.

Jon

April 18, 2007, 12:03am • Danville, CA • #2773

My deepest thoughts are with your personal and professional families!  Keep your heads up and spirits high!!!

April 18, 2007, 12:03am • San Diego, California • #2774

My sympathy goes out to all of the victims families and students of VT. I can not even begin to express my feelings right now. Like the rest of the country, I am numb and shocked at what this person did to your community. My prayers are with you at this time. - Jennifer (UMASS BOSTON)

April 18, 2007, 12:03am • BOSTON, MASS • #2775

You are in our thoughts up here in Connecticut where the weather was appropriately gloomy today.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims families, those who were injured, the VTech community and above all, the students.  I admire your courage and your resolve in the face of tragedy, and to see all of you in your VTech gear at the convocation this afternoon was a heartening sight.

- Maya B

April 18, 2007, 12:03am • Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT • #2776

We extend our sincere condolences and sympathies to the families and friends of the victims of the horrific and senseless massacre and loss. May you all be spared further sorrow.
Sincerely,
Ellen & Simon Gulden
Markham (Unionville), Ontario

April 18, 2007, 12:03am • Markham (Unionville), Ontario, Canada • #2777

IT SI SOO SAD! its hardf to put words together!  all i can say may god be with their parents!

April 18, 2007, 12:04am • kansas • #2778

As a Muslim, I believe that when one dies for the sake of knowledge, like those precious souls of Virginia tech, they become heroes, martyrs, true symbols of peace, beauty and harmony in this world and the next. This is a day that unites us all, people of all faiths, all nationalities, for we are all of one flesh, one blood and of one kind. God bless the brave souls of Virginia tech, they were true heroes, true martyrs, true symbols of peace, beauty and harmony, and although they aren’t here among us, they are definitely kept alive through our love and through our prayers. Rest in peace my brothers and sisters, my friends and brethren. May God bless your souls.

Haitham El-Sayed

April 18, 2007, 12:04am • Cairo, Egypt • #2779

Our thoughts and prayers to all Hokies. May God bring you strenght and peace today and all days.

April 18, 2007, 12:04am • Forest, Va. • #2780

our heartfelt prayers are with you.  this situation has offected the world and certainly
laurinburg, n.c.  i believe it is important to
realize that these innocent victims are with the
SAVIOUR.  they have been restored. and i believe
there is a virginia tech university in heaven.
they are much better off.  JESUS gives us hope.
once we have drank a cup of HIS hope, we will never thirst again for hope.  this refers to john
4, the lady at the well.  i call her the 1st evangelist. we wish hope for all of you. 

marvin walters 100 kelly dr.  laurinburg, n.c.
28352 please write if you have questions.

April 18, 2007, 12:04am • laurinburg, n c • #2781

WE shall continue, move forward, endure, survive

WE are Virginia Tech

WE are Hokies

I wish to give my condolences to all of the family and friends of those who were so brutally taken from us yesterday. I shall remain in my dorm this week to show my support for my Hokie community here on campus, and I offer my shoulder to any who need support. I pray that those who remain here and those that went to their beloved friends and families in this time of hurt have safe travels and peaceful days in the weeks to come. I believe that together we can get through this!
With love and condolences to all of those who have been affected by this tragedy
Kyle C. Class of ‘10

April 18, 2007, 12:04am • Blacksburg, Virginia • #2782

I was amazed to witness tonight how your university came together and created a wonderful moment of peace and an outpouring of love and support in the midst of a horrible tragedy.  It’s quite obvious to the rest of the world how special The Hokies are.  I sincerely wish that all of you will be able to heal and continue to pursue your own dreams, which were what brought you to Virginia Tech and not to let this event change the course of the bright futures all of you have ahead, and hopefully, to carry those feelings of love and concern for each other into the rest of your lives. Your actions are an example for all of us.  The United States is now Hokie Country!

April 18, 2007, 12:04am • Austin, Texas • #2783

May God put the killer in the hell for his brutal action and put the victims in His glory Kingdom and give them a peaceful rest

Vincent Handara

April 18, 2007, 12:04am • madison, WI, from Indonesia • #2784

It is hard to believe that such a horrific tragedy could take place in Blacksburg.  The outpouring of support that the Virginia Tech community has received from people around the world is amazing.  My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims, as well as the students whose lives are forever cahnged.  My heart aches for all those affected, but I am also filled with a tremendous sense of pride.  I have never been prouder to call myself a Hokie!

Teresa Dinkins

April 18, 2007, 12:04am • Holly Springs, NC • #2785

Tech, my paradise, I hope you are still my paradise;

It gave me my identity; it gave me my life. 

And the innocence of the ones killed; where else could you find, the hopefuls, the optimistic, the ideologues, the ones who would make society better, but in a classroom at 9 AM in the morning?  And in one stroke, the pessimism, the darkness, the negativity of one individual successfully destroys it.  does it?  Hope that optimism is elastic.

To the parents who must have come to drop off their children at the doorstep of Tech, with such hopes, optimism, and a feeling of entrustment, that gradual release of a child’s hand, hoping she will not falter, and walk on her own; a father’s joy.  All is gone.  But let the hope of others become your hope; it was not your daughter, but my daughter, it was not your son, but my son.

R (someone who worked in Norris Hall many years back)

April 18, 2007, 12:04am • DE • #2786

I pray for the families and friends of the victims of this senseless tragedy.

And I pray for the family of the gunman for they will seek answers to questions I know will never be answered.

April 18, 2007, 12:04am • Washington, DC • #2787

Dear Virginia Tech Students, faculty, staff and,family,
My sincere condolences to all of you, especially the families who have lost their loved ones.My heart goes out to all of you.May God bless you and be with you.
Muscat, Oman

April 18, 2007, 12:04am • Oman • #2788

I would like to share a poem I came across,

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep,
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain,
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
Of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft star that shines at night,
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.

Your friend will live on in your heart,
No one can take that away from you,
Memories will always live with you.

A friend from Burke, VA

April 18, 2007, 12:04am • Burke, VA • #2789

Dear VT,
I’ve been speechless for the past day and a half, I cannot begin to imagine what you are going through.  I would like to express my deepest, most sincere, condolances to everyone who was affected by this tradgedy.  This is not just a VT thing, this affects every student on every campus throughout the world.  I have never been to Blacksburg but from what I’ve heard, it was a close knitted, peaceful campus.  This tradgedy will force all universities and colleges to reevaluate their practices, what once was a safehaven for people to voluntarily further their knowledge has become a cause of concern for most people.  It’s horrible that 32 people had to be taken from us so soon, but rest assured that their lives have not been lost in vain.  The country will not soon heal from these wounds that were cut into us, we will not forget, we will remember.  Once again, I cannot fathom what you are going through but rest assured, you will be in my thoughts for the rest of my life.

David
UNC-Greensboro

April 18, 2007, 12:04am • Greensboro, NC • #2790

MY MOST AND SINCERE CONDOLENCES FOR ALL THOSE FAMILIES AFFECTED BY THIS TRAGEDY. MY FAMILY AND
I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOUR SAFETY. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU DURING THIS TRAGIC TIME.
SINCERELY
PERCY & ASELA RILEY
BABIES, PAOLA & DAISY RILEY

April 18, 2007, 12:04am • CUDAHY, CA. U.S.A. • #2791

To All:

There are no words.  You are all in my prayers.  Stay together and nothing can ever pull you apart.  God Bless.

-Chris T. (FAM)

April 18, 2007, 12:05am • Galloway, NJ • #2792

Dear Students, Faculty, and Family members of the VT community,

May God Almighty be with all of you in this time of grief. Sorry for the loss in your family.

Thanks,
Bikram, NJ

April 18, 2007, 12:05am • Edison, NJ • #2793

I do not knoe how to express my feelings exactly in English. I was shocked and saddened. Let me pray for love and peace in China......

April 18, 2007, 12:05am • China • #2794

To all at Virginia Tech, My heart goes out to all of you on your campus. So many of us cannot begin to feel your sorrow but want you to know that our hearts and prayers are with you. The wonderful poet, Ms Giovanni, was such a feeling of inspiration to me as I hope she was to all of you. Love, Diane Hoffmann

April 18, 2007, 12:05am • Port Jefferson Sta., NY 11776 • #2795

I am from WV and when in High School we would go to concerts at VT.  I am heart broken for what has happened.  I am also so proud of the proud and stoic images that are on TV!  I am so sorry and pray for you all.

Lynne from Vero Beach, FL

April 18, 2007, 12:05am • Vero Beach, FL • #2796

The students of Virginia Tech,

My thoughts and prayers are with you all in the current tragedys. Though I personally am not involved my heart still goes out to all of you. May my prayers walk with you everyday in your hearts. God be with you all.

-Rebecca O.

April 18, 2007, 12:05am • Arlington, Texas USA • #2797

God Bless all who have been touched by this unfortunate tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers are with you always and forever…

Griff Conti
University of Delaware 2007

April 18, 2007, 12:05am • Norwalk, CT • #2798

From all of us here in the Chicago area, we send our condolences to all of the parents, siblings, extended families, and close friends of those injured or killed on April 16, 2007. 32 people tragically and suddenly lost their lives because of an absolutely inhumane and sick act of violence. This truly should make all of us appreciate life for what it is. Again, God bless all of those who lost their lives. 4/16/07- Never Forget.

April 18, 2007, 12:05am • Glencoe, Illinois • #2799

You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
The McCoy Family.

April 18, 2007, 12:05am • Davy,West Virginia • #2800

To all the students,staff and especially the families and friends of the victims, I want to express our deep sorrow and horror at Monday’s events.

Our prayers are with you all at this time, and may you find the strength to go forward and you find joy in your memories.

May God be with you all

Francine, Doug, Mollie, Jack & Tommy
Melbourne, Australia

April 18, 2007, 12:05am • Melbourne, Victoria, Australia • #2801

Dear Virginia Tech:

During this period of unspeakable grief please know from the four corners of our sorrowred nation prayers are said for the Virginia Tech Family.

May your youthful and unstoppable spirits return with vigor. We stand with you with our sincere encouragments. We stand behind you when you understandably falter. For on this day we are all Hokies.

Most Sincerely
Paul FX Lowery
Criminal Justice Department
University of Phoenix

April 18, 2007, 12:05am • Petaluma, CA • #2802

I was just at Virginia Tech two weeks ago to take an Engineering and Wood Science Class. It is so crazy that this mess happened to you all. Everyone was so nice while myself and my partner (vt alumni) were there. I know that your pain will last forever and the events that changed your lives will be forever remembered around the world. I wish you all the best in the future and in rebuilding yourselves and your community. Stay strong and be there for one another. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

With Love and Compassion,

Harley Barker

April 18, 2007, 12:05am • Gloucester, VA • #2803

Our hearts and prayers are with the family,friends,students and faculty.  I am truly sadden by this… You are all in my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 12:05am • Navajo Nation, Low Mountain, AZ • #2804

This is terrible, I am so sorry and sad to hear of the pain this event has caused so many families. I am from North VA South WV and something like this is always tragic.

My prayers are with you.

Shane

April 18, 2007, 12:05am • Columbus, OH • #2805

This was written by Susan Polis Schutz and it expresses some of the feelings in my heart...“This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.” May God be with you to comfort your hearts and minds.  Jill Andersen, Salt Lake City, UT

April 18, 2007, 12:05am • Salt Lake City, UT • #2806

We are so sorry we want you to know that our prayers go out to each one of you. ((((hug)))

God bless!

The Russell Family

April 18, 2007, 12:05am • Irving,Tx • #2807

To everyone touched by this horrible tradegy. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Remember the good times with your friends and family members, they are what matters the most. God be with you.

April 18, 2007, 12:06am • Iowa, USA • #2808

Remember

Remember to thank God for each and every breath
To seek and to cherish every minute that we have left
Remember to praise God for knowing loving hearts
The ones that hold us together when we would fall apart
Remember to appreciate every day that you’ve invested
Discover the things that matter then seek never to forget it
Remember as you heal that a brighter day is around the corner
Sure to replace the chaos of your present with a welcome normal
Remember to encourage yourself in the grief for the ones lost
Lean on family and friends to navigate a recovery course
Remember good people; strive to dwell on kind deeds and words
Beware that questions will fill the mind more than we deserve
Remember those who left too soon, they are honored by our life
Evil brings a spell of darkness but love keeps on the light

Andra

April 18, 2007, 12:06am • Navarre, Florida • #2809

I am not a Hokie, but I am a college student.  Virginia Tech students are exemplifying unity and strength that is being admired on college campuses across the nation.  Speaking as a student of the University of Maryland we are behind you all and express our deepest condolences. 

Graham

April 18, 2007, 12:06am • College Park, Maryland • #2810

This is a very unfortunate event and it is easy to start placing blame, but no one asked for this to happen.  Just try to remember to focus on the love and not the hate.  There is way too much hate in the world and we really need to spread love. I pray for the VT community and families. We will rise above this.

April 18, 2007, 12:06am • Boone, NC USA • #2811

Words cannot describe the grief that you as a community will be going through I am sure… My deepest condolences and prayers go out to all of the students at Virginia Tech, there families and all those who consider themselves Hokies.
Please know that God will be with you throughout this tragic time and you have the support of your nation behind you and the world communities’ prayers too I am sure. being British Teacher I was very shocked and Sad to hear and watch what had happened there in VT and hope that it never happens again anywhere, as I am sure many people throughout the world are thinking the same. Once again My Condolences to all effected by this mindless act.

Kamron Ahmed

April 18, 2007, 12:06am • Manchester England UK • #2812

As a parent and a student, my heart goes out to the families, students and all those affected at Virginia Tech.  We are praying for you and can only hope that goodness and strength will prevail.  God bless.

April 18, 2007, 12:06am • Tuscola, Texas • #2813

I send my deepest sorrow and sympathy to the VT family/ies. I cannot imagine the pain everyone is suffering.Just know that people around the world are praying for you in your hour of grief.

I am from a lifetime “Dookie” family, but at this time, we have all come together to unite as Hokies!

God bless you!
Mary L. Blalock

April 18, 2007, 12:06am • Dunn, NC • #2814

My thoughts and my prayers are with the students, teachers, and the families of VA Tech. we all need to remember that God is are true comforter, especially during this time we need to put our faith into God and know that he will always be there for us during hard times just like this.also the prayers of Faulkner University are with everyone that has been affected by this tragic event. 
In Christian love,
carrie

April 18, 2007, 12:06am • mobile, alabama • #2815

Prof. Granata was a graduate of St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo, Ohio. From our family of Knights, we pray for the Hokie family, the Granata family, the people of Virginia, and all who have been touched by this tragic event.

“My God, help us. Our boat is so small, and your sea is so big”

--The St. Francis de Sales High School Knights

April 18, 2007, 12:06am • Toledo, Ohio, United States • #2816

Virginia Tech Students, Faculty, Friends, and Family,
I first want to off my condolences to you. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I understand that this is a terrible thing that has happened to your community and our country. Be strong, draw near to the Lord. He is there for you. Lean on family and friends. You will get through this and something good will come from it. God bless all of you.
Sara

April 18, 2007, 12:06am • Seattle, Washington • #2817