Condolences, April 17, 2007

Virginia Tech,
Love and prayers from the University of Delaware!  As a graduate student from a school where we lost a student to violence in 2005, it is hard for me to comprehend the immense pain inflicted upon your hearts.  I share in your heartache and will keep you in my prayers.  Our campus, like many others across the country, had a vigil tonight.  Your tight-knit campus community is a reminder to all of us that we must celebrate life, since sometimes all we have is the present.  Life is so fragile and so precious.  God bless Virginia Tech.
With deepest sympathy,
Michelle

April 18, 2007, 12:52am • Newark, DE • #3919

Thank you for creating this wonderful website for those of us on the outside to share our disbelief and pain with you for this horrible, senseless tragedy. Words are inadequate. This has touched the lives of everyone around the world as we share our tears with you and kiss our children good night. May good come from evil and hope from tragedy. May God be with your school and community.

April 18, 2007, 12:52am • Troy, Ohio • #3920

May God bless you all with tremendous strength and grace to deal with this horrilbe tradgedy.Your loss is our loss,we will never forget 4-16-07,These 3 remain...Faith,Hope and Love...Ellen Atl Ga

April 18, 2007, 12:52am • mableton ga usa • #3921

I just wanted to express heartfelt sympathy at the tragedy that unfolded on Virginia Tech’s campus and may God keep everyone here in his care...the deceased are now at peace with God, and I know this community will come together and rise above this tragedy, as it is already starting to appear...we all stand together, this affects all of us.

Chiara

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Los Angeles, CA • #3922

I am a 47yr old single black female with 2 grown daugthers in college. I was at work when I heard this horrifying news.  I thought I was hearing something that was being updated from prior news so I thought, I’ll hear it later on but I just wasn’t giving all my attention to all the details.  Then later in the day a co worker came to me and asked if I heard about “The Shooting” at the college. Then I realized that what I was hearing eariler that morning on my desk radio. I felt a sense of panic. My heart raced. My lips turned down and my eyes teared. I thought OH MY GOD!!!!! This is what I was hearing eariler.  My heart broke because I thought all those lives gone in the blink of an eye. My heart broke for their mothers, fathers and family members.  As a mother of 2 grown girls who I love so deeply, and although I know this could have been any of us, I can not imagine this happening to my family yet I can imagine it because we live in a nation where weapons, violence and death are so easily obtained and accepted. This should not be in the richest country in the world!!!

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Philadelphia, PA • #3923

I am from Canada, but my sincere feelings about this horrific event is representive of all Canadians who feel your pain and share your grief at this time. You are our greatest friends and when you hurt, we hurt. Let us all pray for the day that this will never happen again. Canadians have the greatest respect for America and it’s instutions like Virginia Tech.
With all my heart- Bob Wilson,Winnipeg Manitoba,Canada

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Canada • #3924

In grief, our hearts become intertwined with strangers, and through our tears, those strangers become our friends. To all those who lost parts of their hearts this week, you are the priorities of my prayers. I wish I could hug all those who hurt. Only God can mend our broken hearts, and He will.

Bonnie Iversen

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Pasadena, California • #3925

My thoughts and prayers are with the students, parents, and faculty of the university.  I was an 18-year-old who had just finished her freshman year at UT Austin when I spent the 96 minutes hiding behind a building in 100 degree weather with total strangers.  I do not think of it every day nor do I ever forget it.  I can play the entire incident back in my mind as if it were a video. You will overcome, but you will always remember the people and the day.  God Bless !!

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Houston, TX • #3926

Our thoughts and prayers to all those who are affected by this horrifying and senseless event. 

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” - Rom. 8:28 (NIV)

Love to all,
MSOE InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Milwaukee, Wisconsin • #3927

My heart is shrunken by the tragdey; however I know my heart will swell with forgiveness and will become happy once again as you will too.

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Smyrna, Tennessee • #3928

Really shocked and sorry to hear about this tragedy. My condolences lie with all the students and their families.

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Reston, Virginia • #3929

I am literally crying right now. I am deeply saddened by the loss of potential. I pray that God gets the glory in all of this, and I pray that the love of Jesus Christ would touch your hearts during this extraordinary time. And I pray that you would find comfort in the Holy Spirit.

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Rochester • #3930

This is a sad day in american history. These violent acts are wrong and have taken away part of the future of americans with these unnecessary deaths. It was reported on CNN earlier tonight in the interviews with Cho-Seung Hui’s former roomates, that Cho was suspicious over the last year. Why was he not monitored and identified as a potential trouble source? Why did Cho’s former roomates not report him to the Virginia Tech police? There were warning signs here and in this day and age these can’t be ignored or passed over.

Chris

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Ithaca, NY • #3931

My thoughts and prayer are with everyone affected by this tragedy. Lets allow forgiveness, love and compassion to surround us all.

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada • #3932

We lived in Blacksburg for 20 years and still think of it as our home even though we have lived in Colorado for many years.  Although we are terribly saddened to see and read of this horrible tragedy we have been overwhelmed with the quality of the Virginia Tech students.  The well spoken, polite and obviously intelligent students that have been displayed all across the TV networks brings great credit to the University, their parents and themselves. We are very proud of you and through your strength you give us all hope.
God Bless You All.
Len & Carolyn Lumar

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Fort Collins, Colorado • #3933

My boyfriend just graduated from V-Tech last year. It’s too beautiful place for such a tragedy. My deepest sympathy to the students, faculty and family and friends of those that were affected by this act directly. My prayers and love are with all.

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Bethlehem, Pa • #3934

I’m really sad, this just brake my heart. I wish all the STRENGTH and BLESSINGS to ALL the Families of the victims and ALL the families of the students of the VA Tech. Here, in my island we are crying the death of one Puertorrican, and the death of all those young and innocents victims. I’ve seen a lot of them on myspace and my heart is broken, I’m sad, I’m depressed.
I’m praying, God will help all the families.

GOD BLESS US, GOD BLESS THEM… GOD BLESS AMERICA

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Puerto Rico • #3935

Everyone who died yesterday was somebody’s baby, or spouse, or parent, or best friend. How can people do these things to each other? I understand anger, I understand pain. But this?

My deepest sympathy and compassion to all of the friends and families of those who died. I do not know you, but you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sorrel B. McCarthy

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Lewisville, TX • #3936

Our prayers,thoughts,tears,pain,sympathy,empathy,anger,disbelief,shock,questions,answers,love,God, are with you all,all the time. Samuel C.

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Chicago • #3937

My prayers and condolences to all the victims and the family in this tragedy. I’m a parent also. I couldn’t imagine how it feel.

I’m so sorry for your loss. :(

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines • #3938

embrace the ones you love. This horrible tragedy has left so many people heart broken, confused and angry. My thoughts and prayers and with each and every person who has been touched by this. God bless, be strong and know that millions of people are thinking and praying for you.

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Woodbury, Minnesota • #3939

None of us can ever truly understand what you are going through, but please know the country feels a great sense of loss.  The victims will not be forgotten.

Dana Hackley

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Pittsburgh, PA • #3940

Dear Virginia Tech,
I am from India and do not anybody at VT. But, I was in great sorrow when I heard about the campus shootings. I pray for all the victims who lost their lives on the tragic day of April 16, 2007, their family members, their friends, kith and kin. I pray that such disaster never occur in any of our lives and for all those who are out there waiting and hoping for a beautiful and prosperous life before them. These are the times when our faith in God is tested. Lets have trust in the Almighty and pray that he bestow upon us, all the strength that is required to face such circumstances and raise again to face a life filled with new hope and joy…

May Peace be with us always…
Kaushik Gobburi

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Hyderabad, India • #3941

Prayers and condolences from Ohio.  We are saddened to hear of this tragedy.  Words can not describe the pain you all are going through right now.  There is a better place for all those that lost their lives in vein.  We pray that your campus, town, state can heal.  It took one man to destroy, but will need an army to rebuild.  God bless all, we are praying for you, a speedy sense of security back.
Godspeed, The Couryard by Marriott/ Newark Ohio.

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Newark, Ohio • #3942

I am the mother of two college age young adults—one who attends Iowa State University and the other who attends University of Nebraska at Omaha.  There are no words for the despair all Americans and citizens of the world feel for the loss the Virginia Tech families, students and staff have endured.  Parents everywhere can identify with the pain the victims’ families are suffering.  We are praying for all of you.  We will never forget!

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Iowa and Nebraska, USA • #3943

I want to extend my deepest condolences to all of you, students, teachers and families. My thoughts and prayers are with you and for the ANGELS and HEROES that you have.

LORD, AS WE MOURN THE SUDDEN DEATH OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS, COMFORT US WITH THE GREAT POWER OF YOUR LOVE AND STRENGTHEN US IN OUR FAITH THAT THEY ARE WITH YOU FOR EVER. WE ASK THIS THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD. AMEN.
ALL POWERFULL FATHER, GOD OF MERCY, LOOK KINDLY ON THOSE WHO SUFFER DUE TO THIS TRAGEDY. EASY THEIR BURDEN AND MAKE THEIR FAITH STRONG, THAT THEY MAY ALWAYS HAVE CONFIDENCE AND TRUST IN YOUR FATHERLY CARE. FATHER OF MERCY, YOU ALWAYS ANSWER YOUR PEOPLE IN THEIR SUFFERING. WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS AND ASK YOU TO FREE US FROM EVIL, THAT WE MAY SERVE YOU IN HAPPINESS ALL OUR DAYS. WE ASK THIS TRHOUGH CHRIST OUR LORD, AMEN.

God bless you!
Delia Cesar

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Nicaragua • #3944

All my prayers and thoughts go out to the victims of this heinous and unspeakable tragedy. Rivalries mean nothing now, “for today we are all hokies.” As a Tarheel and a Raider, from me and my fellow classmates at Wright State I send my love and share my sympathy with all who have been affected.

-Rachel Horowitz

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Fairborn, OH • #3945

To the students who spoke on television, I would like to say that you all had very positive things to say even though you endured such a tragedy.  Keep the Hokie spirit.  The prayers of my family are with you.

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Williamsburg,VA • #3946

You will all remain in our thoughts and prayers, keep your Hokie pride strong and stay united as a family.
God will guide you through, never loose your faith, Believe in the better of mankind and comfort each other in this trying time.  The Lord will give you the strength you need. Hold each other up and if you need help NEVER be afraid to ask for it, there are many, many, many willing and able people here in the valley area that will always be willing to give you support even if it’s a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, or a hand to hold.  JUST ASK!!!!!!

May God bless you all.

Bill, Angela, Brent
Salem, VA

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • Salem, Virginia • #3947

Peace to you all. May the great arms of mother earth encircle you and hold you through this time. Many of you are so young and you do not deserve this.

The world has suffered a great loss of so many promising lives. To those who put themselves in harm’s way to help and protect others, you are the noblest of beings. May many blessings be bestowed on yourselves and your families. I stand in awe of your courage.

To those who through luck, industry, or divine intervention, defied the odds, you are precious reminders of the powerful life force that is in all of us. Thank you for giving me hope and teaching me that there is always something that can be done.

I take hope and comfort knowing you are the leaders of tomorrow. May this tragedy not be in vain. May we go forth with a new vision for the future.

April 18, 2007, 12:53am • California • #3948

My heart and my prayers go out to the family and friends of the victims. Those lost will forever be on our minds and remembered for the outstanding individuals that they were. May they find peace in heaven.
God Bless,
Bianca

April 18, 2007, 12:54am • Laurel, Maryland • #3949

We are so sorry to hear about the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech. We would like to send our condolences to you all. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.  Kind Regards Pat and Aaron

April 18, 2007, 12:54am • Tasmania • #3950

My prayers and condolences go out to everyone at Virginia Tech.  My uncle is a professor at Tech and everyone in my family has attended Tech so this horrific tragedy hit very close to home.  I know words alone cannot heal the pain everyone is feeling but I just want everyone in Blacksburg to know you are all in our hearts, no matter how far away we may be. God Bless everyone at Virginia Tech and everyone in Blacksburg. Go Hokies!

Christina Cortes

April 18, 2007, 12:54am • Annandale, VA • #3951

I want offer my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those lost their lives and I hope in some small way it helps to ease their pain.

Wendy DeLesline

April 18, 2007, 12:54am • Chesapeake, VA • #3952

we felt very sad when we hear about that happen in virginia. my all family very very sorrow for about that. we will pray and wish that would never happen again. may god will give u guide and keep safe.

April 18, 2007, 12:54am • vancouver,canada • #3953

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims and their families.

Ashka Parikh

April 18, 2007, 12:54am • Houston. TX • #3954

There is no words that I can express to take away the pain and loss of this senseless tragedy. The only thing I can say at this moment is my thoughts and prayers are with all Hokies! May God be with you and lift you all above this tragedy!
Lisa Hubbard

April 18, 2007, 12:54am • Denver, NC • #3955

Reciban en nombre del pueblo venezolano y en especial del pueblo merideño nuestro mas sentido pésame, Dios es grande...ramorland@hotmail.com

April 18, 2007, 12:54am • Mérida, Venezuela • #3956

Kami di INDONESIA turut berduka-cita. Semoga tak ada lagi kekerasan atas manusia di muka Bumi ini. Kepada keluarga Sdr Partahi Mamora Halomoan Lumbantoruan dan keluarga korban di Virginia Tech lainnya, semoga diberikan ketabahan.

Iwan Apriansyah - TRIBUN KALTIM

April 18, 2007, 12:54am • Balikpapan, Borneo, INDONESIA • #3957

To all who are suffering, who have been touched by this tragedy, who are mourning and grieving, who are questioning God, who are still in shock....know that God will see you through this.  Lean on one another and pray for the strength to go on.  He will help you through this and will bring you a new day.

Me ke aloha…

April 18, 2007, 12:54am • Castroville, California • #3958

Virginia Tech our prayers are with you and your families during this profoundly sad and tragic incident. My hearts go out to your community and we pray that the healing process will bring some solice and understanding through the many days to come.

Andrew Harper

April 18, 2007, 12:54am • Toronto, Ontario, Canada • #3959

Bless VT!
Bless all students!

April 18, 2007, 12:54am • Harbin, China • #3960

I’ve been a JMU Duke and an HU Pirate, but I’ll tell you now, I’m bleeding orange and maroon yearning for Tech. We’re praying for you all. If anything, please remember that you’ve got the prayers of millions across the country and world (seriously, I saw comments from Vietnam minutes ago on another site) woven together and lifting all of you up.

In His mercy and love, Angelica C.

April 18, 2007, 12:54am • Virginia Beach, VA • #3961

Dear the memebers of the VT community,
My prayers are with you and may all of you be blessed.  We are all in support of you.  Remain strong and remember that you are loved. All those beautiful people who lost their lives are now safe, even though they were called early.  Stay strong, All my thoughts and prayers shall remain with you.
<3

April 18, 2007, 12:54am • VA • #3962

As a college student it is frightening that this could have happened on my campus, in my dorm, in my class. It could have just as easily have been my friends or professors. My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones in this tragedy. It is hard to be comforted when their lives were taken so senselessly, but the students and families will be in my prayers. God bless,

Heather

April 18, 2007, 12:54am • Ellensburg, WA • #3963

As a student entering university in the near future, I think of university as a place where we begin our life, not a place where we end it. This this tragic event took the lives of many innocent souls and left their loved ones in sorrow. May god bless their loved ones and their souls rest in peace. They will always be remembered.
-Pardeep Sandhu

April 18, 2007, 12:54am • Surrey, Canada • #3964

Hello. My prayers to those who lost a loved one in the shooting, my condolences to the families involved, and all I can say, this tragedy could’ve been avoided.  The gunman, unfortunately, died, but, we are all human beings, gifted with some talent.  We are not perfect, and some times we believe we are “infallible”. Disgracefully, a citizen of Puerto Rico, died in the tragedy, while, others, visiting the campus, came home saved.  One thing is sure, security must be reinforced, nationwide, in every university or college campus. Second thing, must have sirens active, or monitors ready everytime. You never know! The first moment, the shooting struck the Amber Johnstong, I knew, it was a student in VT.  Who else remembers the entire campus, if wasn’t the student itself?  God bless you and, KEEP EYES VERY WIDE OPEN, IN ALL DIRECTIONS!

April 18, 2007, 12:54am • San Juan, Puerto Rico • #3965

As an Alabama fan, the only thing I knew about vt was that you brought micheal vick out of nowhere and beat us so bad.  I wish that was all I knew now.  You are in my prayers and i believe that everyone will be a VT fan in some way now.  You must go on.  You cannot let this one selfish man make you bitter.  So get mad, be sad, and mourn for your fallen and then prove to them and the world that VT will stand strong as a family should.

april

April 18, 2007, 12:54am • pensacola, fl • #3966

My husband graduated from VTech in ‘84 and our prayers and thoughts are with all those who lost loved ones as a result of Monday’s event. Also the entire student body and faculty, and community at large as you mourn and grieve with mixed emotions of sorrow, disbelief and outrage.

May you truly experience the healing power of God’s presence among you at this time as he pours down his love and mercy and touches your brokeness in profound ways. May He lead you all to forgiveness, unity and hope even in the midst of your extreme pain.

April 18, 2007, 12:54am • New York, NY, USA • #3967

My prayers go out to everyone who has been affected by all this. It really does hit close to home. Everyone even miles away has been affected by this horrible tragedy. My prayers go out to those families and friends who lost a loved one.

- Jessica

April 18, 2007, 12:54am • Houston, TX • #3968