Condolences, April 17, 2007

All over America, and the world we need to learn from what happened on Monday.  We need to learn to connect, care and love each other everyday.  May God comfort you everyday and may we all lover each other all of our days.

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • Ventura, California • #3068

My thoughts and prayers go out to all you will all be in our hearts and prayers

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • fontana ca • #3069

Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you.  I am so sorry this happened.  Be strong.  We are praying for you.

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • Orleans, Ontario Canada • #3070

As a teacher of college students, in a place where a gunner has trampled human history, I feel from a distance the unspeakable trauma you are living now. This could have happened to any of us. Each “college student” is a real person, with a real life, whose loss to the world is inestimable. The professors who died, died trying to spare the young ones in their charge. I hope I could be as courageous under those unimaginable circumstances. I know my students would have done all they could to save their peers, just as the Virginia Tech students did what they could to save theirs. Such heroism stands as a brilliant light in this midst of this terrible darkness. I wish we could do more than to send you our deepest condolences. It may be that we shall learn from your experience and put life-saving measures in place. I wish we could put all your lost ones back in their places tonight, back in their dorm rooms, their bedrooms, their study halls. Back where their only worries were upcoming finals and which party to go to next Saturday. You will never be far from our thoughts.

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • Nancy Daley, The University of Texas at Austin • #3071

MAY GOD BLESS ALL THE FAMILIES WHO LOST THEIR LOVED ONES IN THIS TRAGEDY.  WE ARE PRAYING FOR THEM.  WE SEND A GIG HUG TO THOSE PARENTS WHO LOST THEIR CHILDREN. MAY GOD GIVE THEM THE CONFORT AND THE STRENGTH THEY NEED.
GOD BLESS VIRGINIA TECH.

SINCERELY,

THE BEC FAMILY

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • CHICAGO, IL • #3072

Sincere Condolences to all the families & friends who have lost loved ones and also to the injured.

Prayers are being made for you guys.

-Shenoy

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • Bangalore, India • #3073

My thoughts and prayers go out to virginia tech.  I was shocked to find out what had happened.  I was sad and concerned.  I may not be from virginia but here in wisconsin this moved alot of people that i know even here with what happened on Monday.  But for all of you survivors of this tragic situation and for those loved ones that we may have lost.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, your friends, and families.

Zach, Kaukauna WI

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • Kaukauna, WI. USA • #3074

TO OUR DEAR FRIENDS OF VT WE LIFT YOU UP TO GOD AND MY YOU FIND THE PEACE YOU NEED TO GET THOUGHT THIS ALL OUR LOVE MARCUS,MELISSA WATSON

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • WALKER LOUISIANA • #3075

My thoughts and Prayers are with all of you at VT. Stay strong.

Erin Shepard

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • Orr's Island, Maine • #3076

A Hokie’s Heart Never Really Leaves Blacksburg. WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH.

Cassandra McLauchlin
CLASS OF 2003

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • Virginia Beach, Virginia • #3077

I just wanted to extend my condolences to the families of those who lost there life’s. to this tragedy.
My prayers and thoughts go out to all the students who witness this tragedy. Just know that GOD is always with you! and that no matter what GOD loves you and so do I.

GOD BLESS
Pilar Posada

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • Fullerton, California • #3078

My condolences to everyone at Virginia Tech. You all are in my thoughts.

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • Antigo, WI • #3079

I want to offer my prayers and condolences to the Virginia Tech community. 

Mandi Netzband

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • Rome, NY • #3080

Dear Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, even though I am hundreds of miles away from you, my heart is with you during this incredibly difficult and painful time.  The only way I can ever make sense of this kind of tragedy is by trusting in a God who gives us strength, who comforts us, and ultimately heals us.  Please know that I will join with thousands of others and pray for comfort and strength for the family and friends of these victims - all of whom have been taken much too early.  -Eric Litynski

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • Oakbrook Terrace (Chicago), IL • #3081

I would like to share my deepest condolences to all the family members who lost a loved one.  My prayers are for all of you and may you find peace in your heart when the time is right.

Sincerely,
Teena Gawler

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • Lansing KS • #3082

Why, why, why? I usad to feel Americans, especially the educated, are very vocal. Why did this happen now? Why did I not see this as a vision and alert people? I’m feeling very sad. It’s a terrible thing by any standards. The victims look to me like the leaders of tomorrow and it was certainly not their time to die, even the 76 year old to me had a lot more to offer humanity. On behalf of my family from Nigeria, we convey deep condolences to victims, survivors, families and the entire American people.

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria • #3083

i’m so sorry :(

we all love you.

kaywood hopkins

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • Seattle, WA USA • #3084

My heart is filled with such sadness for all who were affected by this tragic event. As the mother of two college students, knowing that this could happen where my children attend college, I cannot begin to imagine the unsurmountable grief that the families are feeling at this moment. Watching this brought me to tears and such an overwhelming sense of empathy for them. Know that you are all in our prayers and that each of us who is a parent will be calling our own children to let them know again how much we love our child and how proud we are them. God bless everyone at Virgina Tech and their families.

Sincerely,

Rebecca and family

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • Modesto, CA • #3085

May God bless everyone of you.  Remember God loves you and he will comfort you.  I am praying for everyone of you.  God Bless and Go Hokies!!!

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • Georgia • #3086

God Bless. Today we are all Hokies. - UCF

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • DeBary, FL • #3087

Dear Virginia Tech family,

My heart is broken with news about this tragedy. Watching the news tonight and seeing the faces of all the victims, brings me to tears. May they rest with God.  The world has you in their thoughts & prayers.

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • Chicago, IL USA • #3088

We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief.

We send you thoughts of comfort.

As students of Cape Fear Community College...today, We are Hokies.

Marco & Alma Lorete

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • Wilmington, NC • #3089

As a mom of a college freshman, living away on a campus, I cannot imagine the horror and grief experienced by families and friends who lost someone at V Tech. Hold on to your loved ones, lean on them for comfort and support. Honor the memory of your loved ones...they are surely looking out for you even though they may not be with you here.

April 18, 2007, 12:17am • Carmel, New York • #3090

During this time of grief, it is important for all of us to come together. These past couple of days have shaken us all, but the bonding and unity developed through this experience will last forever. We will continuously pray for you. Keep strong.

Love,
JB

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Michigan • #3091

My thoughts and prayers are with you all, everyone is a hokie with you

Ryan Graves

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Spokane, Washington • #3092

My heart breaks for the families of the victims, those wounded and their fellow peers mourning this sensless devistation. No words can offer the kind of comfort that is undoubtedly needed at this time, but please know that with every fiber of my being, I hold each of you in my heart and pray that in time you’ll find the peace that has been so unjustly taken from you. I am moved by the strong sense of community you have already formed and hope that you will all continue to cling to each other for strength and support. Even as the media coverage fades, know that you will remain in my heart and that as you shed your tears, the rest of the country cries with you.

Laura Knox

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love.” --Washington Irving

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Atlanta, Georgia • #3093

Friends, families, loved ones and all others whose lives so tragically this day...know that the eyes of a nation cry with you, today and in the days to come.  There is just nothing else to say.  Although I don’t know you, I mourn with you.

A California Mom

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Temecula, CA • #3094

To the VA Tech Community,

My deepest sympathy goes out to you in light of this unfathomable tragedy.  I am sure I speak for the world when I say that we feel your pain.  It is evident that although now you mourn, you are finding the strength to mourn and move on together.  I will pray for all of you.

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Mount Airy, Maryland • #3095

Dear Virginia Tech.,

I am so sorry. 

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I feel like it happened at my school. I’m also a techie, but at MIT.  My heart hurts for you. 

You have friends here praying and fasting for you.

Taylor Roan
MIT ‘07

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Cambridge, MA • #3096

God bless those who were caught out there that horrid day . . help those that were injured heal and give those who died peace. . Amen.

My heart goes out to everyone at VT. This event has left many of us heartbroken.

-Holly Foster

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Washington, DC • #3097

To all of you and everyones families and friends,my thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Hold your heads high and with pride and believe that things will get easier and better in time. All who have fallen will forever be in our thoughts and hearts forever. God bless you all.
Shannon Matthews

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Puyallup,Washington USA • #3098

Years ago the late Peter Jennings made a series about the U. S. Constitution called “The Blessings of Liberty”.  The segment on gun control presented both sides claiming that the “blessings of liberty” spring from their position on guns.  It seems pretty clear that the price we sometimes pay for all this freedom, all this liberty is that we make it easy for some tortured soul to take so many lives.  Our freedom requires that we trust each other and when that trust is broken, it is a tragedy beyond belief.  In some way, these 33 souls were given in the name of freedom.

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Moreno Valley, California • #3099

May God Bless each and everyone of you to keep you safe. May he also wipe the tears away that you are shedding. May he lift you up from this disaster and make you stonger.Know that all things happen for a reason though we may not know why.GODS PEACE!!! VT is in my thoughts and prayers. We will forever have a piece of Hokie in us all.........  Emily

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Lynchburg, Va The US of A • #3100

In times like these, we must look to the lord. We must look to the lord for love and comfort. God has a reason for everything, even though somtimes we just dont understand them. We learn to cherish our friends, families and loved ones, because tommorow is not promised. My love goes out to all of the victims,there families, and the whole VT community, you we are not alone, we stand together.-my condolences- Charles

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Blacksburg, Virginia • #3101

As a 21 yrs old college student, I can’t express but the deepest sorrow for what the Virginia Tech community experienced on 4/16/07.  We are praying for all who lost their lives that day in a tragic and unjustified death.  We are praying for the families who woke up to the paralyzing news of such separation and loss.  We are praying for all the students, professors, employees and affected individuals who had to experience a nightmare in the waking hours of the day.  You are in our hearts, and with you we grieve. 
Basma

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Egypt • #3102

For my Hometown of Roanoke and our VT family...I cry for the loss of our small town innocence and I pray for the Mountains that surround you all to become symbols of strength and enduring spirit. I hope that we learn from this tragedy and work more dillegently for a better future, because we been robbed of 32 bright tomorrows.-Kim and SGT Jayson Anderson, US ARMY, stationed at Fort Snelling, MN.

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Eagan, MN • #3103

My deepest condolences

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Tucumán, Argentina • #3104

TODAY WE MOURN...and carry the dark clouds of pain from our brothers and sisters with us in all we do.
TOMORROW WE LIVE...and carry that pain out of the darkness, into the light, and celebrate life and strength in the names of our fallen and all of us who hurt. 
NEVER GIVE UP - NEVER GIVE IN - NEVER GIVE OUT. Virginia Tech is only buildings and land.  It is our spirit and our hearts that make it a COMMUNITY and a HOME.  May God’s light of life and peace cast blessings upon us all until the end of time.  Stay strong…

Talley Griffith
Stuart, Virginia

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Stuart, VA • #3105

From the University of California, Berkeley, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Those who lost their lives on 4/16/2007 will always be in the hearts of America and will always be remembered.

Alex

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Berkeley, California • #3106

My thoughts and prayers go to every student, professor and family that has been touched by this event.  The strength of each and every God will guide all people through this trying time.  Keep your faith and keep the spirit.  Good will prevail!

Mark

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Sylvania, Ohio • #3107

God bless VT

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Nanjing, P.R. China • #3108

My heart goes out for the families of the bereaved and the entire student and staff body at Virginia Tech. It is my prayer that the God of all comfort will hold you close to Him, and fill your hearts with peace that is beyond understanding.
Paul S. Sabila

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Storrs, Connecticut, Kenyan Student • #3109

Iam a student at Middle Tennessee State and I want to just want to send my thoughts and prayers to the people at Virginia Tech. The hurt will never go away but I just wanted to send my love to the family, friends, teachers, staff and to everyone affected in this tragedy.
God Bless
Love
Andy Nelson

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Lewisburg, TN. United States • #3110

I find it incredibly heartbreaking what has happened at VT. I just want to give my condolences the families and friends of the victims. Please believe that they are in a better place watching over you. Talk to them and pray to them; they are listening. God bless all of you.

Sarah

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Whitestone, New York • #3111

Though we’ve always been rivals, the Hoos are proud to have the same orange as the Hokies run through our veins.  Forever in our hearts, we support you.

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Charlottesville, VA • #3112

My prayer go out to you all at Virginia Tech as I was inspired to write this poem:

Safe in the arms of Jesus, never to feel the pain,
of bullets violently maiming, as one wounded soul
aimlessly guns down another, leaving families and heaven
alike, crying tears like rain.
Did’nt know my life would be cut short, just took it as destiny that I’d graduate ,
grow old and experience much over my lifetime,
yet my earthly journey was’nt promised a tomorrow, as the bible clearly states.
As my spirit was leaving my body to take my upward flight,
thoughts of love for you my loved ones filled my very being,
how I wished you could see me now as the room grew so very bright.
How thankful to know my prayer was heard by Him who gave His only Son,
as I felt Jesus embrace, I can’t describe His awesome face,
He whispered in my ear and wiped away one last tear,
“so glad you called on Me child, I was waiting very near,
let’s go into the party now, your time on earth is done”. 
copyright JoAnne M. Gonzales

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Grand Haven, Michigan • #3113

I’m mourning as you are. I’m feeling what you’re feeling deep down in heart. My feelings and prayers always be with you as the spirit and thoughts of our 32 friends living within us.

Sam - UofU

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Salt Lake City • #3114

We love you guys. Stay strong! I am so proud to see everyone’s valor even at a time of complete sorrow. 
We are here for you.HOKIES FOREVER.

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Atlanta, GA • #3115

Dear Hokies,

I want to help. 

Unfortunately, I am too far to offer a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on.  I have no money to send.  In fact, I have no direct connection with Virginia Tech whatsoever.

But this changes nothing.  My desire to help is left unaltered by my lack of means.  Therefore, I must find some way to offer myself to the Virginia Tech community. 

This present burden is too great, and concentrated on too few.  I know it seems a feeble gesture in the midst of such tragedy, but I offer to help shoulder the burden, to share in the grief

I hope that there is even one person who reads this and knows that I am helping to shoulder the load.

It is through this tragedy that I see my own inadequacies as a friend, as a husband, and as a follower of Jesus Christ.  So, let me try to help.  Allow me to shoulder some part of the load with you.  It is all I can give.

May God be with each and every one of you. 

My heart is bleading for you.

Brandon

April 18, 2007, 12:18am • Bloomington, Indiana • #3116

At this hour of utmost sorrow ,my deep condolences goes out to all of you.May god make you strong to bear this.I am so sorry for your loss.I cannot even imagine what might be going on in the hearts of parents who have lost there children, I just hope that somehow they get all the strength they need to bear this tragedy.
- Dipi

April 18, 2007, 12:19am • Minneapolis,MN • #3117