Condolences, April 17, 2007

The Virginia Tech family is in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you know that the nation feels your loss and is proud of your strength...Leslie

April 17, 2007, 9:08pm • Manassas, Va • #511

I watched date line tonight and saw the stories on the lives of those lost and felt such sadness.  My heart goes out to their friends and family.  Please know that the spirits of those students are with all of us in the days ahead and beyond.  Let us not forget.
Kathy Spencer

April 17, 2007, 9:08pm • New London, CT • #512

HOKIE FAMILY:

MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU IN THIS TIME OF PAIN AND HEALING.  YOU ARE ALL IN OUR CONTINUED THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.

BURTON FAMILY

April 17, 2007, 9:08pm • WOODBRIGE, VA • #513

Our prayers go out to the Virginia Tech community. There aren’t words that can take away the pain of what has happened but have faith that in time these wounds will heal, even just a little bit.

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Boston, MA, USA • #514

My thoughts and prayers go to all the family members and students of VT. God Bless.

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Colmar, PA • #515

Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for the families of victims and for the VT community.  As I mourn, I also feel tremendous pride for those who have been witness to such a horific event and show courage in the face of it.  My thoughts and prayers are for all of us as we struggle to accept our loss.

Katherine Scott Moore Class of 1980

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Baltimore, Maryland • #516

our prays are with each and every one of the hokie staff and the students we love you

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Telford, Tennessee U.S.A. • #517

May God Bless students, faculty and the families of all deceased students. The entire country feels your pain. Peace be with you!

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Pennsylvania • #518

Today I watched the ceremony at convocation from my home here in Toronto, Canada and the one thing that stood out to me the most was the school spirit. After Nikki Giovanni’s closing remarks when the building erupted into “Let’s Go Hokies”, I felt a chill. I don’t think I’ve ever really seen anything inspirational like that happen anywhere except for Hollywood. It was very intense. I spoke with a friend of mine who attends Tech this evening and he made it clear that Virginia Tech is a school with immense pride and a strong community that will pull through.

What the students at VT are demonstrating is humanity at its very best, and I sincerely commend them for the manner in which they have conducted themselves. This issue is being watched truly all over the world, and I am living proof. I hope the students and staff know that America and the International community is thinking of them.

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Toronto, Canada • #519

In your time of sorrow.
Don’t forget to pray.
May God Bless!

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Kansas City , MIssouri ,United States • #520

so sad!! Life is so precious and sometimes taken for granted.. My heart and prayers goes out to all families, friends and students. Life will go on. Take one day at a time. God will prevail if permitted. Believe in God and one self.

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Youngstown, Ohio United States • #521

I am from Illinois and even though I don’t personally know any of the victims, I found myself crying and feeling a sense of loss.  All the young victims had promising futures, while the established ones had so much to offer them and others. I pray for them, their family and friends.

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Glen Ellyn, Illinois • #522

I feel nothing but great sympathy for the families of the innocent victims at Virginia Tech. It’s hard to comprehend such senseless acts of violence. To all the students, family, and staff at Virginia Tech; be strong.

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Alberta, Canada • #523

It was with a heavy heart that I heard the news of the shootings on campus.  As the mother of a VT graduate and a current VT grad student myself, I felt the crushing blow that has shaken the campus.  My thoughts and prayers are with the entire VT community.

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Greensboro, NC • #524

Please know that all of America stands behind you during this horrible tragedy.  Every victim’s family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers.  God bless all of you.

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Ravenna, Ohio • #525

I watched from my living room as your tragedy unfolded.  Since then I have held a very heavy heart for all of you.  I have been constantly tuned in to CNN to hear the latest developments.  My prayers go out to you all, and with God’s will and strength, each and every one of you will begin to heal and become stronger beings.  Im sure we will never understand why, but we as a united country we will overcome this.  We were all Hokies for a day.

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Asheville, NC • #526

Like many people around the world I was shocked and upset about the tragic shooting that took so many lives.
I wish to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims, families, students and staff.
My prays are with those who have suffered and pray for a speedy recovery for those who are in hospital
Kindest Regards
Bernie Sprouster

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Sydney NSW Australia • #527

God bless to all the victims, their friends and families.
Mike Ewald ‘79

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Woodstown, NJ • #528

We are praying for you all, the families and friends of the victims, as well as the entire community. May God bless you all as your healing begins.

Larry and Charlotte Harvey

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Norman, Oklahoma • #529

As an aunt to a recent VT graduate and current VT freshman, Jenny and Bryan Wolk, a mother to a NJ college graduate and a current NJ college senior, and a current NJ college student myself, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the entire VT community.  No one should ever have to experience this weeks tragedies.  May Gold bless you all.

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Old Bridge, NJ • #530

Prayers for the families and friends of all of the victims. 

The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God.

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Houston, TX • #531

I would like to express my condolences to all of you at Virginia Tech.

My prayers are with all the families that have lost a love one.

“Lord, You invite all who are burdened to come to you. Allow Your healing Hand to heal us. Touch our souls with Your compassion for others; touch our hearts with Your courage and infinite Love for all; touch our minds with Your Wisdom, and may our mouths always proclaim Your praise. Teach us to reach out to You in all our needs, and help us to lead others to You by our example.
Most loving Heart of Jesus, bring us health in body and spirit that We may serve You with all our strength. Touch gently these lives which you have created, now and forever.
Amen.”

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Rosa Mary Fernandez, Caracas VENEZUELA • #532

as a professor and parent of four children, I cry for your loss and prey for your recovery jeff egan

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • east northport ny usa • #533

My heart and soul are heavy tonight, I wish I could find the words to express the deep grief I feel. Know that many, many people are with you all and we won’t forget any of you!

Sincerely,
Tammy L Parker

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Williamsburg, VA • #534

We have had similar tragedies in Canada.  Its hard to speak for an entire country, but my deepest sympathies to all.

Don Chinell & family

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Red Deer, Alberta, Canada • #535

Our deepest condolences to friends and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

The Smith Family

April 17, 2007, 9:09pm • Smithfield, NC • #536

My thoughts and prayers go out to the school, staff, students, friends and family of the incident victims of this awful tragedy. May God grant you all peace.
James Shaw

April 17, 2007, 9:10pm • Waterloo, New York • #537

To Everyone at Virginia Tech...Students, parents of students, faculty and staff...I give you my deepest condolences and prayers for your losses on April 16. I attend Eckerd College and our campus is holding our own Memorial Service. These are my regards

April 17, 2007, 9:10pm • Saint Petersburg, Florida U.S.A • #538

My deepest sympathy to all those affected directly and indirectly from this horrible tragedy. I pray that God will give you all peace and strength to get through this. Trust in God and know that He loves us all and will guide us through. We here in SC love you all and will always remember the courage that you all showed and take heed that the American spirit still lives on.God Bless

April 17, 2007, 9:10pm • Piedmont, Sc • #539

As a gradute of Texas A&M Texas State Fire Academy, and a proud Aggie, I wish to express the sorrow that sincere condolences of all Aggie grads, as well as on behalf of the firefighters, both volunteer and professional, across America…

Speaking as an Aggie who knew people injured and killed in the Bonfire collapse of 1999, Let me say that I understand what you must be going through. Me and my family are praying for all those who lost loved ones.....

I know that VT will come back, it will be a long hard road, but you will stand tall once again....

On behalf of all grads from Texas A&M University.......

GIG ‘EM HOKIES!

April 17, 2007, 9:10pm • Sayre, Pa. • #540

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.  I will not say that I can truly understand how you are feeling, because I have not had your experiences and was not there.  My heart does break for all of you and can empathize with you.  I wish I could wrap my arms around all of you to attempt to provide some type of comfort - I know that is not a great deal of help and as a mother that seems to always be the first instinct to want to wrap our arms around our children - I send out wrapped arms of comfort to all of you.  Be together, talk together, cry together - share your stories to keep the sunshine alive of your loved ones.  Our love and prayers are with you all!

April 17, 2007, 9:10pm • JB&KB, Richmond, VA • #541

May God bless all of you at Virginia Tech and help you heal. I am so sorry for your losses. You are all in my prayers. I hope you each and everyone of you affected find peace. My heart breaks for all of you and I hope life brings you closure and all of you continue on the right path to a happy and successful life. Brandy Brannum

April 17, 2007, 9:10pm • Moore, Oklahoma • #542

Despite the profound tragedy that has befallen our Virginia Tech community, I have never been more proud to be a Hokie.  I have always felt a kinship with all Hokies past and present.  Once we step onto the campus we are forever changed by the beauty and deep personal growth inspired by all that is Virginia Tech.

Watching the young men and women closest to harm speak with strength and class shows the entire world why we are proud to call ourselves Hokies.  The university administration and Virginia Tech Police have exhibited professionalism and courage while facing the media.  As a community, we will always speak the truth and stand up for each other and that in which we believe.

The loss of life is sad and incomprehensible.  Although the young lives ended too soon and the instructors had much left to teach, we are all grateful for their gifts to each of us, our community, and the entire world.  The world is truly a better place because they were here, and we are better people for having known them.

Mark Houston Ricketts
Civil Engineering
Class of 1984

April 17, 2007, 9:10pm • Virginia Beach, VA • #543

Praying for you all at VT! Go Hookies!

April 17, 2007, 9:10pm • La Grange, Illinois • #544

Everyone at Virginia Tech is in my thoughts and prayers.  I pray that all of the students, families, faculty and those who were injured may find the strength in God to help you to heal and keep faith in him to see you through this.  My very sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims in this tragedy.  May God bless and keep you all.

God Bless
Michaelle Maletta

April 17, 2007, 9:10pm • Clairton, PA • #545

I am in Texas and wanted to reaffirm President Bushs’ words on the nation is in support of you all and our prayers from my family are to each and every student,staff and administrator during this time of heaviness. I too have a son in college and my heart shattered at the thought if this had happened at his school. ‘My God please share your kindness, hope and merciful hand, be on each and evey heart burdened by this great disaster at V-Tech.’ Please be comforted in His great power to heal and be patient. He always responds in His way and time. May God bless and keep you all. Our Love, The Goetz Family.

April 17, 2007, 9:10pm • Lumbeton, Texas • #546

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you,
and you families. It’s hard to lose someone
that’s so dear to you . Keep strong and embrace
each other. Hold all of your memories dear and close to your hearts.
Ms. Renate Frailey
SUNY Oneonta

April 17, 2007, 9:10pm • Oneonta, NY • #547

Dear VT Family,

As an alumna of Virginia Tech, I am so saddened by the loss of those we all embrace as part of the VT family. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.  VT will overcome this--I have faith that although we will never forget, we will get stronger from this.

April 17, 2007, 9:10pm • Norfolk, VA • #548

My heart goes out to all Hokies, the entire community, and the nation at large. Once again, innocence is lost. I share in your shock and profound grief, and will do so for years to come.

April 17, 2007, 9:10pm • Stallings, NC • #549

As the daughter of an alum from V-tech, myself as well as my family feel deeply attached to this incident. We send our condolences to all the familes, and pray everday for you. Today we held our senior mass at our school to say goodbuy to the senior classmates, and as a junior I looked around at all of the faces and saw the despair that thhis incidet has brought upon us. Our school also sends their condolences. May God continue to bless you all
Katie Ohene- 17
Las Vegas, Nv

April 17, 2007, 9:10pm • Las Vegas, Nevada • #550

My thoughts and prayers are with the VT community during this terrible time. May god be with you today and everyday. God Bless The Miller Family

April 17, 2007, 9:10pm • Chesterfield Virginia • #551

I was shocked to hear this news from Malaysia.It was a tragic.I feel so sad and regret on what happened.We,Malaysians will pray to all the victims.We understand on how their family and love ones feeling...we feel so sorry for this tragic campus shooting..we cannot imagine the situation while it happens..so sad..

April 17, 2007, 9:10pm • Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia • #552

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I know these words won’t make it better, but perhaps the number of people that are thinking and praying for you will offer some comfort.

April 17, 2007, 9:10pm • Atlanta, Georgia • #553

I would like to extend my condolences to staff, students and those families who have lost loved ones in the shootings.

I wish those who have been injured a speedy recovery.

I pray you all feel God’s love and comfort at this extremely difficult time.

Amy B

April 17, 2007, 9:10pm • Victoria, Australia • #554

My thoughts and most heartfelt prayers go to the students lost on April 16, their families and the entire Virginia Tech community.  What enormous sadness has been visited on this wonderful university.  While yesterday’s events break my heart, at the same time I have never been more proud to be a Hokie.
Sharon Healey Velzy
‘83

April 17, 2007, 9:10pm • Burlington, NJ • #555

My family and I would like to send our thoughts and prayers to those who have suffered through this tragic event. As former residents of Roanoke, we are pleased to see the support the school is receiving from local communities. I wish the best to the students and faculty and hope for a successful recovery in the days to come.

April 17, 2007, 9:10pm • Fort Myers, FL • #556

May God bless the entire Virginia Tech Community, and bring love and comfort into your hearts.  And look unto God and eachother for answers and peace.

God Bless,
Pennsylvania State University Student.

April 17, 2007, 9:10pm • State College, Pennsylvania. • #557

I am terribly sorry for your loss.  It takes courage to move on to living life again after tragedies like this one.  I am inspired by the courage and determination I saw at the vigils.  Bless you all.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 17, 2007, 9:11pm • Ames, IA • #558

As a Marketing 1988 graduate, today more than any other day, I am most proud to be a Hokie.  The world is watching you as you unite as a community with pride, dignity and compassion.  My extreme heart felt sympathy for all the families, friends and victims.  Words can not express the sorrow I feel.  We are Virginia Tech indeed. 

Gisella Macchiavello Parker

April 17, 2007, 9:11pm • Ashburn, VA USA • #559

Sometimes I say to my self, it is probably just a nightmare. Yet I wake up and it is still there. All my condolences and sorrow for the victims parents during the awful moments they are experiencing.

Naim

April 17, 2007, 9:11pm • Blacksburg, VA • #560