Condolences, April 17, 2007

I used to think that my priceless moments were cut short at Virginia Tech after a little over a year and a half.  Now looking at how short-cut the lives and memories of those students and professors that this young terrorist has cut short makes me realize how special Blacksburg really is. They were denied the finish to their dream of becoming a Hokie Alumni as well as the dreams that they had planned for after school and teaching. These younger classmen had so many memories yet to make, and the upper classmen had so many memories to look forward to, and back on, once being induced into the “real world”.  The students were not the only ones called upon by the Lord that day, several faculty members also paid the ultimate price.  Although they may not be with us any longer the imprint of their influence will never be forgotten among Hokies. May we always remember those who went to graze with the other lost sheep in the Lord’s pastures. And may we embrace the time that we shall accompany them. Remember no matter how long you may have stayed in “The Burg”, Once a Hokie...Always a Hokie....be it in this world or the next.

Sincerely,
Elias Stephens

April 18, 2007, 12:42am • Dover, De • #3669

I live here....this doesnt happen here...I thought. I love Blacksburg/Roanoke. It is home, but it will never be the same. You are all in my prayers. We will come back stronger than ever. We will just keeping praying.....we can do this.

Jennifer Ross

April 18, 2007, 12:42am • Roanoke, Va • #3670

Nothing on this planet will EVER be the same.  Not for the FAMILIES , not for anyone at the school.
To have tomorrows leaders taken away during what should have been their happiest years is beyond tragic. 
PLEASE KNOW that The human sector of the world mourns what YOU must face, and what GRIEF you must live with! 
I offer what must seem like a small token~ prayer, as God has always had my back and I wish to honor his gifts.
Dear God, I ask for a prayer of protection for the families of these beautiful people, that were taken away so violently,
I ask Dear God, Dear JESUS to help each and every person to know that THIS was NOT YOUR plan.  Please Dear God, hold the families together and give them voices to share their grief, GIVE the world patience to help these families, TO FEEL for these families.  Remind US each day HOW PRECIOUS LIFE IS!  Remind us that yes evil exists to knock us down, but THAT YOU dear GOD are stronger, YOU will help US ALL to remember.  HELP US to treat each other with compassion.
Dear Jesus, let there be something learned from this tragedy~
AMEN

debrazgalaxy

April 18, 2007, 12:42am • Hammondsport NY • #3671

I wish to send you all of my respects, condolences and sympathies as well as sincere prayers in hope that they might help you in your grieving and mourning of this terrible event. As a University student myself, I can feel what you are going through, be strong, be brave…
Amelia LeBlanc

April 18, 2007, 12:42am • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada • #3672

My thought’s and prayer’s go out to everyone touched by the this trajedy. God bless…

April 18, 2007, 12:42am • California • #3673

Hi,

My name is Christine and i am a student at Purchase College in New York. I have been plugged to the tv all day watching CNN. I just want Virginia Tech to know that you guys are not alone. Here in this school we pray for all those people who died and thank God for those who did’nt. May God bless the school.

April 18, 2007, 12:42am • purchase, new york • #3674

Oklahomans can honestly say that we understand what you are going through.  Our prayers are with you.  If you find comfort in the following words, please thank the Lord.  The inspiration was from Him:
WHEN YOU LOOK AT ME
In these last few moments
Of your time here with me
I pray that you find comfort
When you look at me

Though to you my eyes are resting
In a slumber, quiet and deep
I can see the face of Jesus
As, for your loss, you weep

Though to you my hands are idle
As they lie upon my breast
I can touch the hands of Jesus
May your saddened soul be blessed

Though to you my voice is silent
And cannot laugh or sigh
I am singing with the angels
Praising God on High.

Though I have gone before you
The time will come when we
Will have our sweet reunion
When, again, YOU LOOK AT ME.

Nancy K. Sullivan
1986

April 18, 2007, 12:42am • Oklahoma City, OK • #3675

I do not know a single person at Virginia Tech, but I am praying for all of you. I pray when I see my college’s flag at half staff, when I read about the victims and their families, when I pray with my husband, and when I pray alone. May you feel God’s love in your time of sorrow, and may you come to know Christ in your suffering.

April 18, 2007, 12:42am • Provo, Utah • #3676

Graduates everywhere mourn the loss and share the suffering of our fellow Hokies.  When your days on that campus are idyllic, as most of ours were, the current situation is unbelievable. We must take time to hurt but then we must pay tribute to the many great souls who have moved on by advancing in our service to mankind as they would want us to do. Our marvelous professors prepared us for life in the real world, but no one can prepare us for the reality we are moving through right now. Let us take God’s extended hand and move one step at a time into the future. Let’s do this together.

April 18, 2007, 12:42am • Dunbar, WV. • #3677

Keep hold of the light when darkness seems all around...there is always hope for peace, and know that you are loved and cared for very deeply. Please take comfort in the knowledge that you are all in our prayers, all over this world, and always. God bless and keep you all.

Graduate student
University of Pennsylvania

April 18, 2007, 12:42am • Philadelphia, PA • #3678

I do not know how to express my feelings after such a tragic event.  It hurts me so much that one person cowardly person feels the need to do such harful things to so many innocent people.  Our friends and family that have suffered so much these past few days will never be forgotten.  I hope that others do not ever have to endure the pain and suffering as the familys of the victoms are going through now.

Hokies Stay Strong

April 18, 2007, 12:42am • Roanoke, Virginia • #3679

My heart is with you. I am praying for your souls to be there with God.
I hope the Lord will provide confort to the families.

And everyone should remember the name of Liviu Librescu. You must be really proud of having people like him.

deeply yours
Mariano Arribillaga

April 18, 2007, 12:42am • Villa Gesell, Buenos Aires Argentina • #3680

May God bless the victims and their families and the entire Hokie Nation in this time of need.

You will never be forgotten.

WE ARE....HOKIES!

Tony S.

April 18, 2007, 12:42am • Raleigh, NC • #3681

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of the students.. I feel bad for the family and friends who just lost there love one, I cry for the family.

April 18, 2007, 12:42am • Oregon • #3682

I know my thoughts are shared by millions who are deeply saddened by this incomprehensible tradegy.  I am so sorry for the victims, families, and friends.  The poise of the University community is overwhelming.Your years at university should be among the greatest of your life.The lives lost will always count, and you will ensure that through your strength and love.  The country mourns with you.

April 18, 2007, 12:42am • San Anselmo, California • #3683

To The victims, may you now be in a place of peace. To their families,friends and fellow students, I am so sorry for your profound loss.
I am the Mother of 4. My oldest daughter will attend East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina this fall. I find it hard to comprehend it as a possible place of violence.
My thoughts are with Virginia Tech family and all of it’s members.
Cynthia Cannon

April 18, 2007, 12:42am • Hubert, North Carolina • #3684

I would like to send my heart felt condolences to each and everyone, students, teachers, parents, to your city for you have all been effected by this horrible senseless act, one way or another!!! I would like you to know that as your neighbour from Canada I will pray for all of you and that you can someday, somehow find peace and come to terms with this senseless act of violence. May God be with each and everyone of you and may he hold your hands and hearts in this trying time. Sincerely Loretta Kelly

April 18, 2007, 12:42am • Kitchener, Ontario, Canada • #3685

To all of the VT students, employees, family and faculty I am deeply saddened by the tragedy that happened yesterday on your campus.  I believe we as a nation share in your grief.  We are all connected by the spirit of god and this incident affects all of us.  I pray for all of the victims and their families, your campus, and for all of the students.  I hope that you will allow yourselves to feel the pain and the grief and take the time that you need to heal.  I can’t imagine the fear that you must have felt while all this happened yesterday.

I am so proud of the students at VT! You came together as a community and as a community you will heal. My prayers are with you all!

God bless you!

April 18, 2007, 12:42am • Wayne, Michigan • #3686

I don’t know what to say...It was so brutal...my hearty condolence to the family of the victims..hope and pray that this kind of incident will never ever happen again in the future anywhere in the world…

April 18, 2007, 12:42am • Muncie, IN • #3687

The unfortunate victims are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart is heavy as I extend my heartfelt condolences to, their bereft families and everyone affected by the heinous act that unfortunately catapulted our glorious campus into the global spotlight. As the world shares your grief the grace and dignity of the Virginia Tech ladies and gentlemen and its enlightened administrative leadership shines through the darkness. It will not be the horrible act that defines us, but rather our enduring reverence for those we lost and for our remarkable recuperative powers. We are Hokies!

Kathleen Cruise
Bachelor of Architecture, 1970—an admiring classmate of Charles Steger

April 18, 2007, 12:42am • San Francisco, CA • #3688

Dear students and faculty of Virginia Tech,
I am shocked and profoundly sorry for what has happened at your campus. The United States, and the world, expresses their care and support to help in these dark hours. Remeber that there were heroes that day who sacrificed themselves to save countless innocents and that those who have moved on from this world want you to continue to live your lives with optimism and joy.

You are in all of our prayers.

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • Overland Park, KS • #3689

My heart goes out to you and the family members of the victims of Viginia Tech. May the comfort of Holy Spirit give you peace at this tragic time. I’m praying for you all!
May God bless you.

Michelle Finn

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • Oxnard, California • #3690

May GOD be with you in this terrible time.

Our campus is praying for you.
We pray for the students who lost friends.
We pray for the parents who lost children.
We pray for families who lost loved ones
We pray for the family of the shooter.
We pray for the faculty and staff of VT.
We pray for all those affected by this incident.
We pray for courage and hope in troubled times.
We pray for guidance.
We pray.

Praying for you all,

Kam, Harpreet, Balwinder, Surinder, Kiran, Ruppy, and Bhavi from here in Canada

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • Mission, BC, Canada • #3691

Please accept my heartfelt sorrow for your community on this very difficult day and will soon to be days ahead.  I have you all in my mind and in my prayers.  I am so sorry this happened to a place where learning and discovery is at the center of its purpose rather than sorrow, fear and sadness.  I wish your community strength through support.  I will wear orange and red in support on Friday.  I expect the rest of the nation will follow.  I am so sorry.
Holly Lichtman
Highland Park, IL

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • Highland Park, IL • #3692

Please accept my sincere condolences.

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • Seoul • #3693

To all of Virginia Tech Students and Staff:

Words cannot express how you saddend the world is right now dealing with your loss and my family and I would just like you all to know that you are forever in our prayers and thoughts as you all go through this rough time. Only God knows why what has happened did occur but just remember that JOY COMES IN THE MORNING TIME. Be strong and you will get throught this together with everyone by your side. Keep your heads up and you guys are truly blessed
LOVE AND PEACE
The Charlemagnes

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • Miami Gardens, Florida • #3694

I can’t even begin to comprehend what you all are going through. I can only hope that in the following months, you can heal and we’ll always remember those who died, were injured, or lost a loved one. My prayers are with you. <3 Jennifer

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • Newton Falls, Ohio • #3695

Another tragedy has made us feel all sad and blue.
As my heart goes out to each and every one of you.
For each and every day, I sit down and pray.
Because of what happened on 9/ 11
Where there too our loved ones went to heaven.
If there is any thing i can do or say,
To help make you feel better today.
I am here to stay.

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • Everett, Mass. U.S.A • #3696

In the wake of this horrific tragedy, I send you all my thoughts and prayers.  As a sophomore at Texas A&M University during the Bonfire collapse in November of 1999, I know well the feelings of grief, of anger, of loss that you in the Virginia Tech community are experiencing.  I pray for the friends and families of all of those who have been crushed by these terrible circumstances, to recieve blessings from God, whomever they preceive Him to be, and to know that the whole of America is crying with them.

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • Alpine, Texas • #3697

We would like to express our deepest condolences to all the victims of April 16, 2007 tragedy. May God be with you.

Nuclear Reactor Research & Study Group (KSR2N)
Engineering Physics Department
Gadjah Mada University
Yogyakarta, INDONESIA

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • INDONESIA • #3698

I didnt know anybody that went to Virgina tech but i feel sorry for everybody that lost a friend of family members, it was very shocking to me as it was to you to. Im sorry and my prayers go out to everybody.

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • Greensburg,Pa,USA • #3699

My heartfelt condolences to all those affected by the tragedy. This tragedy truly reverberates throughout the world. It is remarkable that the misled actions of one anonymous person can affect all those around them. My prayers to you all. God bless.

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • Manila, Philippines • #3700

Know that your friends at The Universiy of Alabama are holding you in our thoughts and prayers.

My sincere sympathies.

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • Tuscaloosa, Alabama • #3701

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the students and parents of students that were killed.
Such a sad moment for all in this wonderful country we call America.
As a parent my heart aches for all the parents and students who have lost sons and daughters and fellow students.
We feel your pain!
Jan Hilton Head, S.C.

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • Bluffton, SC • #3702

I am in school right now, and to hear news like that frightens me. I pray for the families of the victims and I pray that you may find peace. I pray that find strength and courage through your toughest times.

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • Univ. of MD Eastern Shore Princess Anne, MD • #3703

My prayers are with all of those affected by this terrible event. I’m a college student in Chicago and while I hear of the violence that goes on in the city, I could never imagine this happening on our campus. I pray for the guidance of your school, as well as our nation. I pray that something will be done to put an end to school shootings. But most of all, I pray that your hearts be healed and that you all have someone to lean on. May God be with you all.

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • Chicago, IL • #3704

My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to all the friends and family members of the VT shooting victims. The angels we’ve lost yesterday joined god. We will never understand why, nor will we ever forget what has happened. We have to accept that those individuals are in a better place.

There are sad people on this planet who do horrible things out of selfish feelings and darkness. We have to remind ourselfs that evil never prevails.

Sincerly,
Claudia G

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • McLean,VA / Scottsdale, AZ (ASU STUDENT) • #3705

Our thoughts and prayers go to all the families and students and faculty that are affected by this horrible tragedy. Know that you are in the everyones thoughts and will remain so. Heaven is accepting some wonderful people while we are so sad for that please know that you will be joined again someday.

God Bless Everyone, The Stewart Family

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • Lebanon, Oregon • #3706

I would like to offer friendship to fellow Hokies - past and present.  This tragedy has affected me greatly.  It feels as if my family has been taken away.  I will forever, proudly, be a Hokie.  The Hokie spirit though severely dampened today, continues to flow through me.

I would like to offer sorrow and condolences to the family and friends of our fallen Hokie brethren.  My heart is heavy and I am only a distant “relative” of these fine people.  I cannot imagine the pain you are experiencing.

I would like to provide strength to my Hokie family, even as I seek strength myself.  I feel violated.  I ache.  I feel a piece of my heart and soul has been ripped from me.  I no longer feel whole.  Recovering from this devastating tragedy will take time.  When my Pop recently passed away, a friend told me at Pop’s funeral “Only time will heal the pain”.  I believe that is the only thing that will help recover now as well. 

Be strong my Hokie family.  Embrace each other.  Help each other.  And seek help as well.  This is not a time to be proud.  Crying is not a weakness.  Help each other and help yourselves.

Lets go, Hokies…

Zoran Mladenovic
‘88 Computer Science
Golden, CO

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • Golden, CO • #3707

I would like to say how sorry i am to hear of this tragedy. words alone cannot express the pain one feels in the wake of something like this. the pain will never go away completley, it will only become easier to bear. remember those who lost their lives that day as they were, and go forward with your plans, they would have wanted, insisted that you move forward. be happy that you were able to share what time you could with them. and even though we are angry with the man who caused this tragedy, we must pray for him as well, at this point we only see the “bad” side of him, we have not looked beyond what he wanted us to see, which may hold the true reasons for commiting this horrible act. my prayers go out to all affected. take care, as best you can, and good bless all of you!

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • bloomington mn • #3708

What are we going to do now? This will happen again. It may not be one this grand scale, but can you say that this will not happen again in the foreseeable future. What are we going to do about it? At the school I attend, University of Wisconsin River Falls, there is no counseling. Academic counseling is done by work-study students! There is no one to go to if I have a problem in personal things. What if someone is threatening on my campus? It makes me very uncomfortable. Things MUST change. Joy

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • River Falls Wisconsin • #3709

My heart goes out to VT students, faculty and the entire community. These are the times when we need to rely on he who is stronger than us. He is our creator who loves you so much. May he give you comfort and peace.

April 18, 2007, 12:43am • Orangevale, CA • #3710

our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one who was affected by this tragedy,god bless

cindy patricia patrick anthony nick reese

April 18, 2007, 12:44am • new castle pa • #3711

My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of all those who lost their lives in the tragedy. Let God almighty give the strength and courage to all those in this difficult situation.

April 18, 2007, 12:44am • Stillwater, OK, USA • #3712

We would like to share our condolences with everyone directly or indirectly involved in this horrific tragedy. Even though we are not there we share this pain with you.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you find peace through this awful time.

Eddie & Julie Cruz

April 18, 2007, 12:44am • Gainesville , Fl • #3713

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family’s and friends of those who have suffered such a tragic loss.  May there be peace on earth.  From the Rai family.

April 18, 2007, 12:44am • British Columbia, Canada • #3714

There are no words. God Bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 12:44am • Morrow, Georgia • #3715

to those who lost a loved one or a friend or classmate,student you are in my thoughts and prayers...its gonna take a long time to get over this but the country is here for u in your time of loss…

April 18, 2007, 12:44am • Cumberland,RI • #3716

To the entire VT family
Many tears have fallen for all the students, staff & families at VT. They were very courageous individuals & will forever be remembered from all around the world. Try to focus on all of the good days that you all shared with your loved ones & not this tragic day. Our family is keeping all of you in our thoughts & prayers.
Mr. & Mrs. Sean Littlejohn
&
Kristin Nation

April 18, 2007, 12:44am • Mount Washington Kentucky • #3717

My prayers and thoughts are with you. I’m sorry Virginia Tech. I could only imagine if such a tragedy occured on my campus. Lean on God....  We as a country are mourning your tragedy and hurt.

April 18, 2007, 12:44am • Ft. Worth, TX • #3718