Condolences, April 17, 2007

May you feel our Prayers & Love surrounding you day & night, now & forever. Amongst unbearable tragedy you will find Compassion. You are Heroes.

With Deepest Sympathy,

Elisabeth

April 18, 2007, 12:23am • West Jordan, UT • #3218

The Virginia Tech I graduated from is gone, forever altered.  A new Virginia Tech will rise, stronger and more unified, but never forgetting the excruciating losses of April 16, 2007.  I already can see that the Hokie Spirit has persevered.  My heart is with you all.

April 18, 2007, 12:23am • Chadds Ford, PA • #3219

Dear Virginia Tech,

Our prayers go out to the victims and their families.  Words cannot express the sadness felt by a mourning nation.  Suffolk University in Boston MA wants to you to know you are not alone. Ever…

Marc Exarhopoulos
Suffolk University
Boston MA

April 18, 2007, 12:24am • Boston MA • #3220

Words cannot describe how students, families, friends, hokie fans, and the world felt after this painful loss. Everyone its time to put our differences aside and come together as one, for not only has the the victums and everyone who knew them suffered, we have suffered as a reflection of an ever strong hokie nation. My prayers and thoughts are with all.

Brandon Fitzgerald

April 18, 2007, 12:24am • Bridgewater, Virginia • #3221

While not there physically, I feel present in spirit as I watch the Tech and Blacksburg community grieve this awful loss. My heart goes out to those close to the victims and especially the parents for their indescribable loss.

VT you’re in our prayers for a healing that will make you stronger than what you already were.

PW ‘95

April 18, 2007, 12:24am • Chesapeake, VA • #3222

My heart is aching as is yours....pray pray pray and allow the Lord to guide and comfort you all!!!  Lisa

April 18, 2007, 12:24am • Kelso,Wa. • #3223

Words cannot express the sense of loss and tragic violation that has befallen our beloved Hokie family. To see our beautiful Hokie-stone campus splashed across the television and making the front page of nearly every newspaper in the world for this horrific reason is disturbing and disheartening.

My years at Tech will always occupy a special place in my heart and I treasure the time and experiences I had there… as I treasure each visit back to the campus. My best to the whole family - students, faculty, staff and alumni alike. I thank Pres. Steger for his compassion and calm leadership throughout this crisis.

Jim Talley
Mechanical Engineering Class of 1985

April 18, 2007, 12:24am • Shelburne, Vermont • #3224

May Jesus the Christ, the Lord of mercy and kindness, heal those who are afflicted by this tragedy and may His love generate and abide in every heart that mourns, comforting and embracing those who have been abandoned. And may all the souls of the faithful departed, rest in peace. John 16:33

April 18, 2007, 12:24am • Wynnewood, PA • #3225

My thoughts and prayers go to each and every one who lost a friend, family member and colleague in this senseless and shocking tragedy. There are no words that can ease the pain and sadness.

God Bless each of you as you go through the process of grief and mourning.

Michelle

April 18, 2007, 12:24am • Fountain City, IN • #3226

On Behalf of the people of Sierra Leone we send our prayers and condolences to victims and families at this greiving period.

April 18, 2007, 12:24am • Silver Spring, MD • #3227

I know this is a very difficult time for the VTech family and all those who lost their loved ones and words alone cannot console you.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Thinking of you in these difficult times.
May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.
God gives and takes away for a reason............i am sure they are in a better place.
We are all proud of you for staying strong and coming together as one big family.
With deepest sympathy

N. Badger

April 18, 2007, 12:24am • Ohio, USA • #3228

Though my English is not good.I will pray for all of you.

April 18, 2007, 12:24am • Bao Ding • #3229

mmmm i like UVA in Football but i am a VT fan for life i will pray for you all every night

peace and much love

Sam

April 18, 2007, 12:24am • Amherst co, VA • #3230

I must say that I am shocked at what happened and am very saddened by the event even though I don’t attend the university and I graduated from other Virginia universities.  Having lived in VA my whole life, I am deeply saddened that this had to happen to us.  Let’s be strong and keep going.  I give you all my sympathy and know God will take care of this.

April 18, 2007, 12:24am • Alexandria, VA • #3231

To all that lost a loved one, please know that god will be with you throughout this sad, horrific, difficult time. God has a plan for all who enter his gates. These loved ones become our angels, our sunshine, our stars, our whispering wind. They will always remain close at heart. Please do cherish the memories, their smiles, their laughter, their love - no one can ever take any of that away. May peace be with you and also with them. Thoughts and prayers are with you from all around our world.
No words can make you feel better at this time but please do remember this- Think of them as a blooming flower, a bird flying high in the sky or maybe a butterfly. Look up at the stars and know that they are shining down on you giving you strength to help you get through this most difficult unexplainable time.
Keep your chin high as that is what god would want you to do.
You will forever remain in our thoughts & prayers. You will get through this with love,support and alot of prayers! Gods home is a safe haven and a great afterlife.
God Bless to all that have been stricken by this!!!
Hokies stick together forever!!

April 18, 2007, 12:24am • John, Bobbie & lil John Franklinville NJ • #3232

You are in the thoughts and prayers of millions, May God be with you.

April 18, 2007, 12:24am • Defiance, OH • #3233

I have always been a proud Hokie. But I have never been prouder than right now. We have come together. Let us never be apart.

Dave Banick
Washington, DC
Class of ‘82

April 18, 2007, 12:24am • Washington, DC • #3234

My heart is with VT, even when I’m so far, here in Maracaibo/Venezuela...Virginia Tech is like my university, I have a lot of friends there...and I pray that one day soon we can shine in maroon and gold again!...God bless you and you guys are in my prayers, in God we trust!...a big hug for you!

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • Maracaibo / Venezuela • #3235

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, teachers, students and friends. We are so sorry that such a tragic event has happened. They will never be forgotten and will never suffer again.

The Manson Family

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • Cincinnati , Ohio • #3236

My Prayers go out to each and everyone of you in this time of sadness. From what I have seen you are all very corageous and caring! May it be known that you are receiving prayer and well wishes from around the world and maybe you can take some comfort in knowing that the world is behind you in your time of need. I as well as the rest of Canada will continue to Pray for Virgina Tech.

Megan Kosman- Maniroba Canada

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • St Adophe, Manitoba/ Canada • #3237

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost loved ones. God bless you all.

Sincerely,

The Dominguez Family

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • Tucson, AZ USA • #3238

I started out trying to write a poem to you. I can’t find the words. I am praying from afar for your hearts to somehow be comforted. I watch the bravery of your spirits as you share your grief, and I find myself with tears streaming down my face. Your strength, faith, community, and family are awe inspiring. I know that my words must seem hollow to you now, but this country can and should learn from your living example. I will never understand why this happens. I just want to express my love to every one of you, and I want to let you know that others across this country are thinking of you.

All my love,
Janet Sturgis

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • Newcastle, WY • #3239

I’m currently waiting to hear from VT about whether I have been accepted as a transfer student.  People have been asking me if I still want to attend Tech, and I answer with an emphatic yes!  There is no doubt in my mind.  I am a Hokie at heart, and this event has only strengthened my ties to the Virginia Tech community.  I only wish that I was there right now, to be with and support my friends as they come to terms with everything.

I’m so thankful that none of my friends or family were lost in this tragedy.  My heart goes out to all those who grieve.

Please know that all of us at JMU are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA • #3240

I show my deepest sympathy and sorrow to the victims and resentment to the murder.

Be strong and god save all of us.

Zhang

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • Miford, CT • #3241

MIS MAS SINCERAS CONDOLENCIAS A TODAS AQUELLAS PERSONAS QUE PERDIERON UN HIJO, UN AMIGO, UN FAMILIAR EN ESTA TERRIBLE TRAGEDIA.  ESTAMOS ORANDO POR ELLOS PARA QUE DIOS LES CONCEDA LA FORTALEZA NECESARIA PARA SALIR ADELANTE. A TODA LA COMUNIDAD DE VIRGINIA TECH LE EXPRESO MI MAS SINCERA SOLIDARIDAD, DIOS LOS BENDIGA SIEMPRE!!!

SUSIE.

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • CHICAGO, IL • #3242

My heart breaks at the grief stricken students and others there.  Having a son age 20 and having just lost a nephew, age 19 to a senseless act of a drunk driver, I am recently acquainted with the many questions and emotions which overwhelm such young and innocent lives.  The candles, the tears, the hugs all so gravely familiar from our recent family loss.  A hug goes a long way, a listening ear goes even further.  Parents, adults, please be there for these young ones, listen with your hearts and reach out to share your love and be honest in acknowledging that there simply are some things which we can never understand or explain! Embrace life and honor those who have gone on with a full and good life.  If we harbor unforgiveness or anger it will only destroy ourselves and we have sadly witnessed the fruit of anger withheld.  It is such a time as this that we reach down inside and discover what we are really made of and yes, in the words of those at UNC Chapel Hill, ‘Today, we are all Hokies’.  Love to you all, one moment at a time the healing begins!
Kathryn Golden Morris

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • Greensboro NC • #3243

Dear Virginia Tech Family,

I am an alumni of VCU, however many of my friends went to VT and how many hours did I spend in the engineering building working on math projects with together when I was up there. I was stunned and saddened to hear about a place with so many great memories for me turned into a hell for so many others. My heart goes out to everyone there. I truly hope great memories come back soon to the VT family!

Stacy

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • Phoenix, AZ • #3244

May God Bless the families, friends, and relatives of those who passed away. Let them find light at the end of this long dark tunnel. And most importantly May God help restore the spirits of these individuals completely and make way for new, and happy beginins. amen.

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • Conroe, TX, USA • #3245

Hokie has been a word associated with poking fun or lacking refinement.  More than the tragedy, the students and staff of Virginia Tech have redefined the word to be a mark of honor and integrity, of compassion and community.  As a Virginia, I am proud of how you all have bound together and showed the world the best of Virginia. 

My prayers are with you all as you continue to bear the burden of this tragedy, but please know that millions stand with you.  God bless you all.

Rev. Clay Boyd

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • Colonial Heights, VA • #3246

My thoughts and prayers go to the staff, friends and family at VA Tech. i hope that the future will bring you peace and knowledge on how to prevent a tragity like this from happening in the future

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • ontario, canada • #3247

My prayers to all.  This was a disturbing morning to wake up to while watching the news.  I was really quite upset and in my heart of hearts I know you will all rise above all this.  You will endure and though you will remember this tragedy, you will be comforted by God’s abiding love.  Take care of eachother and be with one another.  No one is alone in this darkest of hours.

Jenifer
I am a parent of a teen who herself will be
going off to college

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • Boynton Beach, FLoirda • #3248

Please know that I am mourning with you, and my heart aches knowing what your community is going through as a result of this senseless act of violence. I am praying for you all.

Mina

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • New York, NY • #3249

My prayers and i am amazed at how strong your school has been may god bless Virginia tech

Alfonso Aviles

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • Downey , ca • #3250

I’m from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I’ve been following the news quite closely.

I would like to extend my deepest condolence to all students, management of V.Tech and parents of victims.

No one deserve to be treated this violently. Hang in there…

Regards,
Doreen Lim.

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA. • #3251

Dear Colleagues , family, victims of VA Tech
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
May all of the victims rest in peace
God Bless You

students and ex students of Moscow Tech Aviation University

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • Moscow,Russia • #3252

AS AN OUTSIDER, I DON’T HAVE THE WORDS TO EXPRESS MY FEELINGS ,MY THOUGHTS,MY PRAYERS AND MY CONDOLENCE I HAVE FOR EVERYONE,STAFF,STUDENTS,AND FAMILIES THAT LOST SOMEONE IN THIS TRAGIC INCIDENT.
I JUST WANT TO SAY, THAT WE(CUTIE)FAMILY FROM MIAMI ARE ALL WITH YOU.
STAY STRONG !!!

CUTIE FAMILY
MIAMI,FL

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • MIAMI,FL • #3253

My Condolences to the families and friends of the victims. We are Hokies and we will get thru this together.

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • Atlanta, GA • #3254

Your pain crosses borders, as do our prayers and condolences. You will never be forgotten. Now, our campuses are united in sympathy.

All our Love from Brock University, ON, Canada

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • St.Catharines, Ontario, Canada • #3255

Rest in Peace for the victim
may your souls rest beside Him

For the families and friends, please be strong
this is life

And for Cho, may He and the victims’ families and friends forgive you

Regards,

Ellen

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • University of Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia • #3256

I have always lived in California, I have never been to your campus, but at this moment, we are all Hokies.

Tim Warren

April 18, 2007, 12:25am • San Diego, CA • #3257

My condolences to the families of the victims.  I am from another country in another continent but the horror of this event effects me deeply.

April 18, 2007, 12:26am • Malaysia • #3258

Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.  Your strength and pride has shown beautifully which gives us all the courage to go on and pray something like this will never happen again.  Continue to stay strong and together...and know that millions of people have their arms around you and are holding each and every one of you.

Chuck & Jane

April 18, 2007, 12:26am • Woodbury, NJ • #3259

My prayers and thoughts are with the whole Virginia Tech community, and especially with those who lost family and friends.  “It’s always darkest before the dawn.”

Brian Gallagher
VT Class of 2006

April 18, 2007, 12:26am • San Diego, but Blacksburg VA in spirit -- now and • #3260

peace and love.....

April 18, 2007, 12:26am • Shanghai • #3261

I am so deeply saddened by the loss that you all have suffered and will say a prayer tonight for you.

My heart goes to the families and friends who were affected by yesterday’s events.

Caring deeply from Canada
Kristina Wright

April 18, 2007, 12:26am • Victoria BC Canada • #3262

May God bless all of the souls of the people who were victims of these horrible shootings.

-MJB

April 18, 2007, 12:26am • Trenton, NJ • #3263

I was so sad and hurt to hear that this happened yesterday. My condolences are with all who have been affected by this horrible tragedy. Being a college student right now and returning to my campus to go to classes on wednesday I am filled with a little aprehension. I know that we are not truely safe anywhere but I had always felt safe and secure at all of the colleges that I have attended, but this will not be true anymore. This could indeed happen anywhere, and so I just ask that we all become more aware of our environments, keep your eyes open. And please if some one you know is acting suspiciously try to find help or contact someone who can help that person. We always find out after these horrible times that the suspects had given the people around them many signals and signs that they were not well, that they needed help. Some people who knew the gunman said that they were not suprised. Hopefully we can prevent more of these attacks in the future.

Jamie Berkowitz
San Francisco State University
Graduate 2004
Sacramento State University
Current Student

April 18, 2007, 12:26am • Cameron Park, CA • #3264

Dear Virginia Tech Students and Faculty,

Here in South Bend, Indiana, you are very much in our thoughts. There are vigils being held at Notre Dame, St. Mary’s, and IUSB (where I am a student). There is so much concern and so much grief. We are so sorry that this happened to you.

You are now America’s children; America’s students; America’s campus.  You are in our thoughts and in our hearts.  Our arms are wrapped around you.

You Are VIRGINIA TECH!!!!!!

Audrey

April 18, 2007, 12:26am • South Bend, Indiana • #3265

I heard about this tragedy all the way in Japan, so people around the world have Virginia Tech. in their thoughts and prayers- Everyone in the Virgina Tech. community are certainly in mine.

-Aubrey

April 18, 2007, 12:26am • New Hampshire • #3266

Mi nombre es Aurora Vallejos y desde Los Angeles Calefornia me duele mucho lo sucedido y para todas las familias que pedieron a ese ser amado que dios les de fuerza en su corazon y desde mi ciudad natal que es Mexico tambien les mandan sus condolencias porque la violencia no distingue razas solo me uno al dolor de esos padres que dios los vendiga Familia Vallejos

April 18, 2007, 12:26am • Reseda California • #3267