Condolences, April 17, 2007

En este dia tan penoso para la comunidad de Virginia, quiero unirme con mis plegarias a todos los familiares, compañeros y amigos de las victimas e informarles que el mundo entero esta de luto.

Ruego a Dios que estos lamentables hechos de violencia, nos ayuden a luchar por un mundo de paz.

Desde el otro extremo del mundo,

Juan Ignacio Conde.

( juani_conde@hotmail.com )

April 17, 2007, 7:17pm • Buenos Aires, Argentina • #105

As a college teacher, I cannot imagine what the students, faculty, and administrators are going through. As a mother, I can only begin to imagine what the parents are going through. If love and prayers and support could un-do what has occurred, the nation would heal this for you. As it is, please know that my prayers and heart, and those of many others, are with you all. Today, we are all Hokies. May God bless and comfort you. Melanie Thomas/TRCC

April 17, 2007, 7:19pm • Poplar Bluff, MO • #106

im as far removed as anoyone could be from this incident, but as i watch you all at vt stand strong and united i know your fellow classmates and professors who now watch you from above are thankful for your strength and compassion that will be shown to thier friends, family and fellow hookies!!
be proud, and know america is watching and sending you their support.

April 17, 2007, 7:23pm • san diego , ca • #107

My heart breaks for you.

My first college football game… Was a HOKIE game.  I lived in Blacksburg for several years and fell in love with the city, and Virginia Tech. I lived only 2 blocks from campus, My husband was an Alumni, and worked for VT.  I spent many days on campus attending events, guest lectures, and walking my dogs at the Duck Pond. I am now a student at Texas A&M University, and often tell my fellow students… “I might be an Aggie now, but I was a HOKIE first"… Now I grieve with you.  The AGGIES are grieving with you.

April 17, 2007, 7:23pm • College Station, Texas • #108

To the VTech Family,
I have no words to express how I feel for the staff and students of VTech. All I know is that gos has accepted the victims of this tragedy into heaven and is protecting the rest. I will say a prayer for all of you wish you the best in your healing process. I weep for you but you will continue. You WILL go forward!
With love
Doug

April 17, 2007, 7:24pm • Omaha, Nebraska • #109

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

April 17, 2007, 7:24pm • Drexel Hill, PA • #110

May God bless and comfort the family and friends of those who have “crossed over”. My heart and prayers are with you.

Sheila R. Riddle

April 17, 2007, 7:25pm • Logan, WV (USA) • #111

The recent events which have taken place at Virginia Tech are a reminder of the vulnerability of Life, one can only pray for the victims and hope that the world becomes a more pleasant and peaceful place to live. The news has sent shocks waves throughout the academic community worldwide. I am currently a student at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in the UK, and can sincerely say that the incidents have caused visible distress to the students here. May God give the families of the Victims the strength to go one with their lives, and May God us the power to resolve our issues through dialogue and not through the barrel of a gun.
O Lord protect the souls of the ones you have taken, forgive their sins, and let them sit with you in gardens of heaven, bring harmony to this world and forgive the sins of mankind, because you are ever Gracious, and Merciful. 

Sincerely

Yusuf Malik

April 17, 2007, 7:25pm • Aberystwyth, United Kingdom • #112

May you find the inner peace and strength to carry on.  Embrace the power of prayer to see you through this horrific time in your lives.  Don’t concede to the cowards of this world.  Let this make you a stronger and more determined individual to recieve your degree.  Higher education will open the door to endless opportunities for you.  As a survivor of Hurrican Katrina, I promise you too will survive.  Love, Nicole who is heartbroken here in N.O.L.A for you.

April 17, 2007, 7:26pm • New Orleans, Louisiana, United States • #113

I watch in horror at the events that have unfolded within your community and wish to express my sympathy to you all

God promised life after death please therefore hold this promise close to your heart as although your loved ones are no longer with you, they are being hled safe in the arms of our Lord where no more harm can come to them.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

God Bless

Eddie Romeo

April 17, 2007, 7:26pm • Glasgow, Scotland • #114

My name is Matthew and I live in St. Augustine Florida.  I know that I cannot do anything to change what has happened but I want you to know that I wept for you and your loss today, that I care and I am praying for you.

God bless you,

Matthew

April 17, 2007, 7:26pm • St. Augustine, Florida • #115

I can’t express how hurt I am for VT and the victims families. We are all Hokies today!! May God Bless the families that have been hurt by this horrible shooting!!! My college and I are praying for YOU!!!!!!!!

April 17, 2007, 7:26pm • Athens, GA • #116

I can’t express the sorrow me and my family feel for the Virginia Tech community. We have been and will continue to pray for the families who have been touched by this senseless tragedy. Just know that our GOD has strong shoulders to hold you during this time, lean on him. God bless you all. 
Misti Coburn & Family

April 17, 2007, 7:26pm • Blum, Texas • #117

Pain and sorrow, grief and disbelief, the lives of students and faculty forever ceased.  He took lives for no reason, leaving those behind scarred and shaken behond belief.  My heart is broken and feels your pain.  An innocent young adult sent off to learn the ways of the world, only to learn a hard lesson, that no one is promised tomorrow.  Remember love is stronger than hate, so remember those who died, and don’t forget every day is a gift and smile and say, I will make a difference if not for myself but for these exceptional young adults who didn’t have a chance to see today. God Bless you all, and I pray these young people and adult teachers didn’t die in vain. 

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims of these horrific tragedy.

April 17, 2007, 7:27pm • Milwaukee WI • #118

My heart and sincerest prayers go out to those affected by this horrific incident.
Hear the prayers of the world for you on a day as sad as today.

April 17, 2007, 7:27pm • Maryland • #119

I want to share my condolences to everyone at Virginia Tech.

I was an internet aquaintance of Brian Bluhm, at a sports site. He was easily the mose notable, kind, and all areound great posters on the site. We all miss him dearly, and share our condolences to him, and his family.

April 17, 2007, 7:27pm • Kalamazoo, Michigan • #120

MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH EVERYONE THERE,,, I AM SO SORRY.. I DID NOT KNOW ANYONE THERE BUT BEING A PARENT OF KIDS IN COLLEGE IT DID REALLY TAKE A TOLL ON ME. I CANNOT STOP WATCHING THE NEWS. GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE ONE OF YOU.

April 17, 2007, 7:27pm • EAST ORANGE, NJ • #121

May God be with you all

April 17, 2007, 7:27pm • Cambridge, Maryland • #122

I just want to express my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of everyone involved in this tragedy.  It was heartbreaking to hear of so many innocent young people with such promising futures being taken in such a way.  Please stick together and be there for one another through this.  Just when you think your faith in mankind is broken, people have a way of coming together to help one another.  I’m trying to keep this in mind, too!  You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

April 17, 2007, 7:27pm • Riverview, Florida • #123

The members of the Western Carolina University Piedmont/Triad Alumni Club give their most sincere condolences to the Virginia Tech family in the wake of the terrible events that unfolded on 4/16/07. 

“Today, we are all Hokies”

April 17, 2007, 7:27pm • Winston-Salem, N.C. • #124

My prayers go out to all at Virginia Tech. I have a daughter at MSU in Michigan. Upon hearing the news, I called her to tell her how much I love her.Now, I love all of you just as much.
Peace, William Buda

April 17, 2007, 7:27pm • Michigan • #125

I’ve been glued to the tv watching every moment of VT’s tragedy unfold. Today I cried as I watched the governor of this great state and president of the United Stated delivered moving, spiritual, and uplifting messages to the world.  In the coming days, weeks, months, years, I want you to know that I will hold the VT family in my thoughts and prayers. 

Grace and Peace,
Rhonda H.

April 17, 2007, 7:28pm • Wytheville, VA • #126

From a tech school (RIT) to another, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult hour. We shall never forget those wonderful and intelligent people and we shall also do all we can humanly do to help.

April 17, 2007, 7:32pm • Rochester, NY • #127

What can I say about something like this? Other than how deeply sorry I feel for the families who had bright hopes for their loved ones who headed off to college to achieve their dreams only to have them shattered by a senseless act of violence and rage.

To the victims R.I.P. I never knew any of you but know that each one of your parents had to be proud.

May God love and keep you all always.

April 17, 2007, 7:32pm • Pasadena, California USA • #128

Psalm 34:18
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit

Psalm 46: 1-2
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea

I’m going to miss you Davie!
I am praying 4 everyone! May God be with you!

April 17, 2007, 7:32pm • Glen Allen, VA • #129

I can’t fathom the pain, the unforseen horror that the students and staff at VT are feeling.  I had to write because as a mom of a freshman at college; this devastated me.  Know that prayers and heartfelt sorrow are felt around the world.  You will indeed rebound, this will make you all stronger. My prayers are with you and your families.

Donna DiFabio

April 17, 2007, 7:32pm • Billerica, MA • #130

to all the families,friends,neighbors and students you are all in my prayers and God is listening. Sincerest and deepest sympathies to all involved. truly shocking and never understood.
rest in peace to all who went ahead.
DLJ.
“Somewhere in the empty space thats left, there are memories and love waiting to make it o.k again”.

April 17, 2007, 7:32pm • Greenville, SC. • #131

My heart is broken for your loss. It is a tragic time for all of us, even for those who are not with you, those who only watch you in television and those who only read about you in the news. I just find it strange how these things were put together, and how I feel like a piece of my heart has been captivated by people from a totally different country. But despite this I want you to know that my prayers go out to you and my deepest condolences goes to the families of the souls departed. It is unfair when people die when their dreams are still dreams.

April 17, 2007, 7:32pm • Davao City, Philippines • #132

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families, students, staff and Blacksburg community all the way from New Zealand. We share your shock and grief over this terrible tragedy.

We are also very saddened to hear reports that many of about 200 Korean students are fast leaving campus for fear of ‘retaliation’. We hope that in time they would be warmly invited to return and resume their studies. The gunman was just a very disturbed person who could have been of ANY race.

Claudia

April 17, 2007, 7:33pm • Wellington, New Zealand • #133

My Prayers And Thoughts Go Out To Everyone From VT

April 17, 2007, 7:33pm • Rochester,NY • #134

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Virginia Tech family.

Kristi

April 17, 2007, 7:33pm • Near Kansas City, MO USA • #135

To all of those that have been taken from us. We will never forget you, and even those we may not know or ever got the chance to meet. As a student body and a world wide community, everyone should stop and take the time to know the people around us. We never know we someone or somthing is going to give or just snap. I hope the familys of all that are now in mourning, and of those who are rcovering, may someday find the peace through friends and family to move on but not forget.

April 17, 2007, 7:34pm • Mechanicsville, Virginia • #136

My deepest condolences to all the victims. The immensity of this horrific incidence brought me to a halt and deep empathy for all the victims. I pray for healing across all those who suffered directly or otherwise.

God bless you.

April 17, 2007, 7:35pm • Philippines • #137

Hello to everyone involved in the terrible tragedy that has befallen the students and staff of this great university,watching the events unfold on tv it was harrowing and heartbreaking and im sure the whole world was saddened by the events of yesterday,im just an ordinary run of the mill guy in Ireland and it has touched me deep down,i would like to pass on my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims and the injured,God Bless you all,Paul Hartill

April 17, 2007, 7:35pm • Ballylinan,County Laois, Ireland • #138

Its with great saddness and with the deepest sympathy I send this message in the wake of such tragedy. I wish love and healing upon all affected by this horrific series of events.
Andrew Johnson

April 17, 2007, 7:35pm • Vancouover, British Columbia, Canada • #139

my name is gary, i live in london, its a horrible thing that has happened to you all !, i am speachless but wanted to send you all good wishes & a speedy healing to every one that has suffered this terrible & dark day.
you are all in our hearts in the uk.
god bless x

April 17, 2007, 7:35pm • westminster, london, uk • #140

I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wounded in this tragedy.  I hope that you all can grieve and say farewell to your loved ones in peace, knowing that the world shares your pain with you.

April 17, 2007, 7:35pm • Leeds, UK • #141

My deepest sympathy and prayers go out the families and friends of the victims of this tragic event. Good will win out over Evil in the end…

April 17, 2007, 7:36pm • Shrewsbury NJ • #142

My thought and prayers are with you the students, facility, and parents in your time of grieving and sorrow. Take comfort that those whose lives were lost are now with GOD, and are in a better place. Remember to support those around you, and they will support you in your time of need. Again I am sorry that this happened to you, but remember this this will only make you stronger.
Sincerly,
Brian Johnson

April 17, 2007, 7:36pm • Tampa, Florida • #143

I am a student at UNC-Charlotte. I just wanted to say that my thoughts and prayers are with yall and that there are many all over the nation that are thinking of you. I’ve made ribbons of your school colors to support you. From the people that I know that go there....I can tell you now, that you will make it through this and rise again stronger than ever! GO VT!

April 17, 2007, 7:37pm • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA • #144

Dearest Hokies,
You all are in my thoughts and prayers.  Your strength and bravery has touched the entire nation.  God bless.
love, Hansen

April 17, 2007, 7:37pm • Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. • #145

My heart goes out to VT, the victims and their families. God Speed.

April 17, 2007, 7:38pm • Bangor, PA • #146

Praying!!!!!!!!!  The Lord is with each and everyone of you as you do through one of the darkness times in your life.  I promise each and everyone of you that I will continue to pray and ask the Lord to pour His grace on VA Tech and it Community.  I was touch by the way the students and staff of VA Tech responded to this event yesterday and currently.  It is a “Christ” attuide that you all have shown the entire country and world. Hang in there “Children of God”! He will never leave you no matter how dark the days may get.. South Carolina is praying for you all.

April 17, 2007, 7:38pm • Mauldin, South Carolina, USA • #147

There is a story read at most US Navy retirements called ‘The Watch’. It’s a moving piece and basically lets the retiring member know that they have left the care and responsibility for the days ahead in capable hands. I’m sure that I speak for many here in Charlottesville, VA that at this mournful time that our hearts are deeply sadened as are so many around the world; Take your time Hokie Nation, mourn your loss, heal. Be encouraged, for this too shall pass. And until you’re ready....We have the watch.

April 17, 2007, 7:38pm • Charlottesville, VA USA • #148

My thoughts and prayers
Amanda
Seton Hall University

April 17, 2007, 7:45pm • New Jersey • #149

I cannot begin to express the great shock that I felt on hearing the news of the 16th April shootings.

Please allow me to offer my heartfelt condolences to the families of the bereaved, and indeed, to anyone affected by this terrible event.

You are all in my thoughts.

B. Campbell

April 17, 2007, 7:45pm • Edinburgh, Scotland • #150

My deepest sympathy and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this tragedy, their families and friends.  Please know that the love and support of the rest of the nation is with all of you as you begin the process of healing and coming to terms with this profound loss.

April 17, 2007, 7:45pm • Kentwood, Michigan • #151

Share your loss and send you my deepest sympathy… Pray for the victims and their families of Massacre at VA Tech.

April 17, 2007, 7:45pm • Dix Hills, NY, USA • #152

my heart and soul and prayers are with all the familys and friends of the victims of this senseless act i grew up in Blacksburg and my heart is deeply sadding by all this
GO HOKIES

April 17, 2007, 7:46pm • Goldbond Va • #153

To All The Students, Staff, Friends, but most importantly...the Families of those lost on April 16th...I’d like to extend my deepest sympathy for your loss and the trauma you are now experiencing.  While we don’t and may not ever understand why this tragedy happened, my prayers are with you all and my hope that God will comfort you in this time of need as you hopefully seek His guidance and the peace only He can provide.

Blessings to all of you!
Anita Loree

April 17, 2007, 7:47pm • Chino, California • #154