Condolences, April 17, 2007

what happened is a national tragedy. i will continue to pray for the victims and their families. may you all find comfort and peace through this most difficult time.

love in christ

April 18, 2007, 12:56am • alabama • #4019

To all those who have lost loved ones on that unfortunate day and for all the students and faculty at Virginia Tech, our thoughts and prayers go out to you all, today and forever. May God Bless!!!

April 18, 2007, 12:56am • Waldorf, MD • #4020

I would like to extend my deepest condolences and sympathies to the friends and families of the deceased, the students and staff at Virginia Tech and the people of Blacksburg, Virginia (as well as those in the international community) in the wake of this horrifying and incomprehensible tragedy. 

I would also like to commend the Virginia Tech family for coming together on campus so soon after this horrific event; it was truly inspiring.  I hope you can draw strength from each other and begin the healing process while still remembering and honouring those who are no longer with you.

With deepest sympathies,
Alexandra Smith
University of Windsor

April 18, 2007, 12:57am • Canada • #4021

I resfectfully express my condolence to all the victims’ families and American people, and pray for the repose of all the victims.
God bless you always.

April 18, 2007, 12:57am • New York,NY • #4022

I understand the heart on a depresed killer. I pity those who have been killed bless them to heaven.

Cho was not depressed because of his illness, but because that of his desire to kill. It is reflected in his plays.

Cho, if you can read this in hell, remember to control your heart.

April 18, 2007, 12:57am • Cupertino, CA • #4023

I am absolutly horrified by this events and my prayers and condolences go to all the injured and fallen student and their families on this horrible times that won’t be soon forgotten.
May they rest in peace…

Claudia Zayas.

April 18, 2007, 12:57am • Logan, Utah • #4024

Both my Father and Father-in-law attended Virginia Tech. I always had an interest in the University and now more than ever. I share with you the anguish and sorrow you must endure, but remember that God will never give us more than we can handle. I pray for all of you and your loved ones.

April 18, 2007, 12:57am • Orwigsburg, PA • #4025

To all who were affected by yesterday’s senseless tragedy my deepest sympathies for your loss....I hope that our heavenly father will wrap you in his loving arms and guide you through this most difficult of times....My heart and prayers go out to you all....

Luci Kilpatrick

April 18, 2007, 12:57am • Kennewick, WA USA • #4026

I have been far removed from Va. Tech for many years now both in time and in spirit.  I’ve never felt a close bond with Va. Tech even though it is my alma mater.  So it was surprising to me how I have been so rivited during the past two days watching television as events have unfolded.  My first reaction was that of being personally violated.  How dare this happen to my school.  Then the floodbank of memories surfaced regarding all the wonderful people i encountered at Tech.

To watch the Memorial Convocation and Vigil today and witness the great Hokie spirit by the students is an inspirational lesson for the world.  I have never been so proud to be a graduate of Va. Tech.

My heart bleeds for the victims and their families.

Edward Dey IAED Class of ‘77

April 18, 2007, 12:57am • albuquerque, new mexico usa • #4027

I am truely sadened by the events that plaqued Virginia Tech. I send my thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathanies to the entire Virgina Tech Community. Not only has this event impacted the lives of all at Virginia Tech, it has forever impacted other student bodies all over the world. Everyone at Virginia Tech will forever be in my hearts. Although this event was extremely tragic, I am positive that this school will have the strength to pull through and continue being a exceptional institution.

Rebecca Semeia
University of Mary Washington

April 18, 2007, 12:57am • Fredericksburg, Virginia • #4028

I LOVE YALL UP THERE, STAY STRONG AND UNITED, GOD BLESS!

April 18, 2007, 12:57am • whiteville, nc • #4029

My thought and prayers are with you all. As a college student and greek life member I cannot beging to imagine the pain of those affected. Know that I am praying for you all and a special prayer for my Kappa Delta sisters. You will get through this and be a stronger community for it!

April 18, 2007, 12:57am • Fort Collins, CO • #4030

To the Virgina Tech staff, families and friends you have my deepest heart felt sympathy. Please know you are in everyone’s thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 12:57am • Galveston Texas • #4031

my condolences to all of the families who suffered from the shooting. God bless you and my prayers will always be with you

April 18, 2007, 12:57am • hawaii • #4032

God Bless the Virginia Tech family.
All of the victims and their loved ones will be in my prayers.
Everyone is a Hokie: on this campus, in this commmunity, in this town, in this state, in this country, on this earth.

Alexander Scott
VT Arch Student

April 18, 2007, 12:57am • Blacksburg, VA • #4033

It is with profound saddness and heartache that I write these words of condolence.  There are no words that can be uttered that will alleviate the pain of the events of 16 April 2007.  My wife and I spent four wonderful years in Blacksburg while I completed my doctoral studies in Agricultural Economics from Sept 1980 through July 1984.  Our oldest daughter was born in the local hospital and spent the first year of her life in Blacksburg.  We have nothing but the fondest of memories of our time at Tech, and have always felt strongly connected with the community regardless of the passage of time.  We consider ourselves always members of the Hokie Nation, of the Va Tech family.  As such, we feel the same pain as so many others that such a travesty could occur at our school.  Yet with faith in the spirit of Va Tech, we are confident that from this crisis will come opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and administration to shine, to become inspirational examples to all peoples everywhere.

April 18, 2007, 12:57am • State College, Pennsylvania • #4034

Viva!!!Voçês tiveram o que mereceram...odeio vocês americanos desgraçados, voçês poluem o mundo. Parabéns Cho Seung-Hui é extraordinary, mas voçê não poderia ter se suícidado. Deveria matar mais americanos os “vermes do mundo” e ter fugido para a coréia…

April 18, 2007, 12:57am • Garça, São Paulo, Brasil • #4035

This tragedy has broken the hearts of people everywhere.  Prayers of love, peace and restoration are lifted up on your behalf.

April 18, 2007, 12:57am • Dallas, Texas • #4036

Words cannot possibly begin to express to you the sorrow that the nation is feeling right now for the loss and impact of such a tragedy at Virgina Tech.  You are not alone in your grieving; the country as a whole is behind you in your mourning and trying to get through the day one hour at a time.  There is no sense to be made of this tragedy!  Millions of people have the Hokie family in thier thoughts and prayers tonight.

April 18, 2007, 12:57am • Port Orchard, Washington • #4037

Dear all VT victims, students & faculty & staff, and your friends and families,

Please know that all of you are being prayed for by our family and our community. Words cannot express the sorrow we feel for you. May God bless all of you and continue to help you through this horrible time period.

Andrea

April 18, 2007, 12:57am • Moreno Valley, California • #4038

With each new dawn
May your healing continue.
May you find a place
Where answers don’t matter.
But faith, love, family and friends do.
May you again find your dreams
And the strength to achieve them.
And know, that there is an abundance of prayers
For all of you affected by this tragedy.
You are in our thoughts and hearts.

God Bless
C.Carbonatto

April 18, 2007, 12:57am • Seattle, WA • #4039

Our hearts go out to all of the victims and families involved in this unbelievable tragedy. May you find the strength and hope to move on and may you never know anymore sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

April 18, 2007, 12:58am • West Sacramento, Ca • #4040

I want to express my deepest and sincerest thoughts for the victims, friends, and families impacted by this terrible event.  It’s something we will always remember, something that will make us stronger, but not something that will define who we are.  “We are Virginia Tech.”

Once a Hokie, always a Hokie.

Nick D.
Class of 2000

April 18, 2007, 12:58am • Raleigh, NC • #4041

College students everywhere are feeling Virginia Tech’s sadness and shock today. My hope is that knowledge and education will triumph, and the university system be united and strengthened as a result of this horrible event.

Everyone look out for one another. May God bless those lost, hurt, or in any way impacted. We should all say a prayer that this horrible incident never strike another campus.

College must continue to be a sacred place of discovery and growth.

God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 12:58am • Chicago, Illinois • #4042

Our prayers and love go out to all the families that lost someone due to this outrageous, horrid crime. You all need to stick together, pray together, and be there for anyone that needs your help. Put your faith in God for strength and guidance. He will ease the pain. God Bless you all.

Mr and Mrs Mark Marozzi and Family

April 18, 2007, 12:58am • Clarksburg, WV • #4043

April 16, 1985 is when I came into this world.  It makes me so sad to know that on this day something so shockingly tragic could happen.  Now, my special day will be remembered as a day filled with violence in a similar community that is mirrored to my own, The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  It makes me more aware of the fact that it can happen to anyone.  With that being said, I only hope that April 16 becomes a day that is filled instead with memories of those lost as well as great pride in the men and women who put themselves into harms way to save the lives of others.

I am a badger by birth, a titan for life
but as Russell Denney so brilliantly put, today I am a Hokie.

-Becky

April 18, 2007, 12:58am • Oshkosh, Wisconsin • #4044

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the students and faculty members at Virginia Tech. Eventhough I was not directly affected by this tragic event I am still very saddend and my heart goes out to all of you in Virgina. I pray that God helps all of you as the year winds down and hope you find comfort in him. All the students and faculty will be in my prayers!

God Bless you all!
Jackie

April 18, 2007, 12:58am • Aurora ,Colorado • #4045

From someone who has spent a good deal of his childhood in Blacksburg, on and around your campus, may I offer my sincerest condolences and prayers to the students, faculty, families, and community of Virginia Tech. 
-Charles Pedian

April 18, 2007, 12:58am • Oceanside, New York • #4046

Through LOVE there can be healing. Through LOVE there WILL be healing.

April 18, 2007, 12:58am • Charlottesville, VA • #4047

May the lord comfort you all in this grievous time.
Our prayers are with you.

Roman M.

April 18, 2007, 12:58am • Bruckneudorf, Austria, EUROPE • #4048

Remember that this is not the end but the begining for the ones that has left this earth, God will welcome his childern home with open arms and love that will never leave them. I pray for each and everyone of you and the loss of your family and friends. I pray that God will put a blessing on all of you and make you a stronger person that maybe someday you will be the one to figure out how to stop this from happening again and to make this a better places for all of us to live in.

April 18, 2007, 12:58am • Owensboro, Kentucky • #4049

I am from Chesapeake, VA.  I have always admired Virginia Tech as the amazing Institutuion that it is.  Now I am proud to say that I admire Virginia Tech for banding together and getting through this together.  As a college student at Chowan University in North Carolina, I am proud to say that I am a Hokie today.  My thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty, staff, administration, and families.
Chowan University is keeping Virginia Tech in our thoughts and prayers as you rise from this tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 12:58am • Murfreesboro, North Carolina • #4050

My condolences go out to the victims families. It is unfortunate that one individual felt so hurt and angered that he felt the only option was to destroy. It takes 500 days to build a stadium but only 3 seconds to destroy it.

Canada feels your pain…

April 18, 2007, 12:58am • Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada • #4051

My heart mourns for all of the victims.  I pray that God delivers strength to their families,to the survivors, and to Virginia Tech.

Sandra

April 18, 2007, 12:58am • Chandler, Arizona • #4052

My heart goes out to all of you who lost someone you knew or loved..I cannot even imagine the emotions you are going through. Heaven will be waiting when you rejoin your loved ones lost one day and you will again be reunited. May God Bless you all..You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Anne M

April 18, 2007, 12:58am • Versailles, OH • #4053

We can’t begin to understand the pain your feeling. Our hearts and prayers are with all of you. This community sends you all best wishes.

Andy Pudvah

April 18, 2007, 12:59am • Lake Stevens, WA • #4054

You are all angels up in heaven now.
You did not deserve this and my condolences goes the families and friends. It’s hard just to witness this tragedy on tv so I cannot imagine how difficult this is for all the families and friends of the departed. Stay Strong! God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 12:59am • Vancouver BC Canada • #4055

My son’s and I want to express how sad we are for all the students who lost their lives or were injured and those that are safe...and to the faculty and staff of Virginia Tech and to the families and friends of those killed...Our family is not a stranger to violence...I lost my husband on 9-11-01, and know how difficult this will be for all of you...You will feel anger, sadness, pain that you have never felt before,confusion and many other feelings...Go with them this is the only way to heal… you will never be the same person you were, this event will change you forever...but you will become a stronger individual with a caring heart for humanity...You will never forget them and you will get through this - I can promise that - it will just take time...know that we feel your pain, your sadness, we will pray God brings you peace…

Sincerly,

Liz, Gregory and Andrew Gardner
(Family of William Gardner, Lynbrook, NY-Cantor Fitzgerald-103rd Floor)

April 18, 2007, 12:59am • Lynbrook, NY • #4056

All of Central Michigan University is praying for you all and keeping you in our thoughts. If there is anything we can do here please let us know. God Bless!

April 18, 2007, 12:59am • Mount Pleasant, Mi • #4057

To the victims’ families, to the injured, to the gunman’s parents, and to all who are affected by this shocking tragedy, you are in our prayers. We ask a loving God to comfort you and give you the strength to heal. This was not God’s will. By honoring the memory of the lost and celebrating the victory of the survivors, may this bring you some form of hope.

April 18, 2007, 12:59am • Acworth, GA • #4058

It’s hard to believe what happened when you aren’t directly effected.  I would like to give my condolences and to just say how heavy this tragedy fell on my heart.  I mourn those lost, those innocent lives.  My hopes, my thoughts, and my prayers are with all of you at Virginia Tech.

April 18, 2007, 12:59am • Albertson, NY, USA • #4059

To all victims of silence!

Picking up the pieces, the future still has a long way to go!

April 18, 2007, 12:59am • Southeast University, Nanjing, China • #4060

Forever in our prayers.

Matt schlund
Great Falls high 08

April 18, 2007, 12:59am • Great Falls Montana • #4061

I am deeply saddened by what has taken place in your corner of the world.  The senseless loss of life is hard to imagine.  While I only have news accounts for my information I am most taken by the 76 year old professor that lost his life while trying to help his students live another day or the students that held the door closed with chairs and tables while the gunman shot thru the door.

You have true hero’s in your midst. Cherish them while remembering those that are but a memory for soon we will all be but a memory.

My prayers and thoughts are with you in this most trying of times.

April 18, 2007, 12:59am • Newberg, Oregon USA • #4062

I express my condolence to the families of victims on this tragedy and strongly condemn such type of frenzy acts.

I am from India but 16th night (indian time) was horrible for me when I heard this breaking news as my younger brother is a student of this univeristy. I immediately called him but there was no response and then I started sinking. I felt the worst. I became normal only when I got call from him. So, I can really feel the emotions of the families of victim. I dont know how to express it but I pray to the almighty for making them so strong to bear this loss.

Paying tributes to the deceased.

April 18, 2007, 12:59am • Pune, Maharastra, India • #4063

My most sincere condolence to all the people who lost a love one.  I know that God it’s going to give you all the strength to overcome this tragedy and become stronger families and a stronger VT Community. !GO VT!

April 18, 2007, 12:59am • Puerto Rico • #4064

My family is UofW husky fans, but my family and the nation is all on your side right now. Stay strong our thoughts prayers and hearts are with all of you.

Amber Moore

Mount Vernon, WA

April 18, 2007, 12:59am • Mount Vernon, WA • #4065

My sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at Virginia Tech, especially the friends and families of all those who were lost yesterday.  When I attended Virginia Tech to watch my Terrapins play football in 2004, you treated me with respect and dignity even though you beat the hell out of us.  I appreciate your sportsmanship and give your university the utmost respect.

God Bless,
Craig

April 18, 2007, 12:59am • Corpus Christi, TX • #4066

My thoughts and condolences go out to anyone affected by this terrble tragedy. We will remember and honor those who perished. Today we are all Hokies.

Kait Barnes

April 18, 2007, 12:59am • Athens, Ohio • #4067

To the VTech family, my dearest colleagues, peers, brothers and sisters,

It is with eyes filled with tears that I write this. It is with a broken heart that I have to share this. It is with a mourning spirit that I declare my sympathy. It is with a hurtful soul that I hereby declare, my prayers are for you.

“May the mercy of thee Lord embrace their souls
May their sins be washed away with water, snow, and soothing ice
May forgiveness be their guiding light to their designated davenports
May Heaven open its gates to receive their innocent beings

May the strength of thee Lord be shared with their families
May they lament not, may they despair not
May their hearts be filled with hope
May they forgive and forget

May the power of thee Lord be shared with their friends
May patience be their confidant and their friend
May they have their spirits repaired and rejoiced
May their burden of separation never be born by them once more

For Lord, they have suffered and may they never suffer again”

Ahmed Bakhash
Alumni, Vanderbilt University

April 18, 2007, 12:59am • Khobar, Saudi Arabia • #4068