Condolences, April 17, 2007

To the families of the lost students, Administration, students, and alumni, I extend my sincere, and heartfelt sympathy. May God’s Love serve to console and heal you in a very special way as you walk through a very difficult time.

I’m proud of you and for you, for the love and support you share with each other.  What a marvelous example you exhibit for us all during this tragic loss.

We will continue to think of you and pray for all of you.

Sincerely,
Randy McSwain
NC State

April 17, 2007, 9:11pm • Albemarle, NC • #561

I saw Reema in westfield’s production of ‘Arsonic and old lace’ in which she had a lead part. She blew me away, she was absolutly wonderful i can only hope that i could someday be as good of an actress as she was in that performance. She really inspired me to go for my dream of acting. When i heard of the tragedy and that Reema was one of the vitims it didn’t register, i coulndn’t imagen her or anyone in that type of situation, i could only picture her on that stage in ‘Arsonic and Old Lace’ i could only remember how beatiful, funny and inspiring she was. She was truly a great person and she will always be remembered. My condolences go out to her family and the families of other vitims; you’re in my prayers.

April 17, 2007, 9:11pm • #562

My heart and prayers go out to the students and their families.  God bless.
Christine Ondocin

April 17, 2007, 9:11pm • Cranbury, NJ • #563

To all those who have lost loved ones on that unfortunate day and for all students at Virginia Tech my prayers for hope and peace go out for you all. May God wrap his arms around the campus and protect everyone of you.
Madeline

April 17, 2007, 9:11pm • Austin, Texas • #564

Note: I do not know if this went through or not, so I am sending this again. I apologize for the repeated posting.

My heartfelt sorrow and prayers for the families who have lost loved ones, as well as for the community as well.

I can not imagine what any of you are going through, and realize that my words will do little to assuage your grief.

However, I do want you to know that you are in my prayers, and may God be with the victims of this horrific tragedy.

~Darnell

April 17, 2007, 9:11pm • Greenville, SC • #565

Each ones of a dream gone is humanity dream dead.
Like my dream dead.

My family sent our condolences to all family.

God Bless all.

Carlos A. Pereira and family

April 17, 2007, 9:11pm • Sao Paulo / BRAZIL • #566

Im really sorry to hear about this Tragic event. It just makes you realize that noone is promised tomorrow. My heart goes out to all the victims and their families. This is a day that will go down in history and you all will never be forgotten…

April 17, 2007, 9:11pm • Meridian, MS USA • #567

My prayers and thoughts are with all of the Va Tech students, teachers, staff, and parents.  May God give you strength and courage to move forward while remembering those who lost their lives.

Jackie Thomas

April 17, 2007, 9:11pm • Burke, VA • #568

i just want to tell you all that every single one of the Virginia Tech students and their families are in my prayers i am very sadened by this tragic event. I am a big hokies fan and i wish to one day come to that college. I have prayed every time i got the chance for the lost ones and their families. but i have also prayed for the ones at the college that have to live with through this knowing that it could have been them. and no matter what anybody says god will always watch over you if you need someone to talk to and you cant open up to a counselor or a friend then open your heart up to god he will always be there you all and the families. May god be with all of you and the families of the lost ones. Meghann Reynolds

April 17, 2007, 9:11pm • Abingdon Virginia • #569

Unbelievable!  My heart goes out to the parents, all the loved ones and students and faculty of VT.

Students who saw the events (particularly in the moment)—PLEASE note that PTSD returns for YEARS if untreated. Good psychiatrist is necessary; one helped me get past a childhood trauma.  But it was years before I knew that the insomnia and re-living the scene that I suffered is a PTSD symptom. PLEASE seek help when you first start loosing sleep.  It can spiral down and when it does, it is very hard to “self-diagnose” since the overwhelming feeling is that you are just plain very very tired… Please read about PTSD and symptoms (beyond this little thing that I know from personal experience) and watch out for symptoms.  Important to know that spring comes after fall; life is quite resillient.

School—You have done well creating new memories. Please keep it up.  No sad mementos please. Help the students return to the building to seek something positive; their return to the building will be traumatic. A humble suggestion. Please name the building after the two professors who lost their lives, and each hallway or classroom after those who lost lives or barricaded doors. 

Sudha

April 17, 2007, 9:11pm • Manlius NY • #570

I am a mother of a college student in Massachusetts and my heart is very heavy for all those families and friends of the victims.I can’t begin to feel your pain, I only know how I feel about my own children and how devestating it would be to lose one in such a violent and senseless act. 
I hold my family closer today and everyday after what has happened to you and yours.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all

April 17, 2007, 9:11pm • Lancaster, Massachusetts • #571

I am a student of Liberty University, and I just wanted to say that I am speaking for the entire campus of Liberty when I say we are praying for you all. It is easy in this time to become so overwhelmed, distraught, and saddened that you can feel lonely. You aren’t alone. There are prayers from Christians all around the world praying for Virginia Tech. To those affected by this tragesty, I pray that God will send someone to bring you through this rough time. We believe that the most powerful thing we can do as a Christian is to pray. We are using our strongest step of faith to comfort the entire Virginia Tech. We love you.

April 17, 2007, 9:11pm • Lynchburg, VA • #572

To all of the students and staff of Virginia Tech,
My 17 year old daughter, Kendall (17) and I wanted to express our porfound saddness at the loss of staff and students on Monday.  Please know that you are not alone.  We are praying for you.
May God give you strength and comfort in this time of loss…
Debra and Kendall Crader

April 17, 2007, 9:11pm • Carol Stream, Illinois • #573

My thoughts and prayers to the family of those who were lost on Monday. You will always be in the hearts of Hokies everywhere.

April 17, 2007, 9:12pm • Richmond, Virginia • #574

We are heartbroken over the tragic events at VT.  Please know that we are praying for everyone who has suffered in this horrific crime.

April 17, 2007, 9:12pm • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (formerly from Richmond, V • #575

Today I am grieving with the Virginia Tech commuity. As a High School Educator and parent of two college students, the drama of these events touches my personal, professional and spiritual soul. The Tech community will be in my prayerful thoughts for a long time.

May the stark reality of this tragedy, not deter our mutual love a learning, idealism and hope that are the fabric of our society. PAX

Richard Hahn

April 17, 2007, 9:12pm • Forest Lake, MN USA • #576

My family’s prayers go to all the families that have lost members of their families. Also for the families of have member who were injured on Monday. They are not alone and there will be all ways somone to help them through this most sadden time

April 17, 2007, 9:12pm • Willowick • #577

Dear Virginia Tech community,

My thoughts and prayers are with you.  I feel sadness and unbelievable despair that such a tragedy can happen in our world.  Please remain strong.

A La Jolla Country Day Teacher.

April 17, 2007, 9:12pm • San Diego, California • #578

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you face the days ahead.  My daughter is an alumni of VT, and I have seen her and her fellow alumi display a school spirit that lasts beyond the years they have spent on the campus as students.  I believe that all of you share in that resilance.  I believe that you all will grow strong together and rise above the pain and saddness you feel.  I will wear your colors to show my support.  God bless all the families, students and faculty at Virginia Tech.
Pat Murgo

April 17, 2007, 9:12pm • Stafford, VA • #579

I am a college student and I attended class today at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana with my fellow students. Everyone in my class including my teacher are thinking of everyone during this time. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families, and students of VT. God Bless everyone and remember you are not alone. Eveyone across America and the world are thinking of you.

Sincerely,
Amber

April 17, 2007, 9:12pm • Gonzales, LA • #580

VIRGINIA TECH! Be Strong. Study with Strength. Live Strong.

Having studied at Penn State, having taught students at Penn State, having been a very loyal Nittany Lion all these years, this week I’m converted guys. You’ve converted me with your strength and tenacity that shows you’re great! GO HOAKIES!

Here’s one for you from a great poet - READ IT AND FEEL IT! All the Best to everyone for the future of this GREAT school - families of the victims, students, friends, family, staff and faculty of V-Tech, and the Blacksburg community…
From the Bottom of My Heart...Raj
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WHERE THE MIND IS WITHOUT FEAR - by Rabindranath Tagore
WHERE the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
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April 17, 2007, 9:12pm • Atlanta, GA • #581

Only God know and understand why this had to happen to these innocent dear lives.May He comfort and strengthen the affected families.My prayer is that the peace of God which transcends human understanding guard their hearts and minds at this moment of great loss. AMEN

April 17, 2007, 9:12pm • BALTIMORE,MARYLAND • #582

i know that it will be hardest time for you guys, and we will be with you.

April 17, 2007, 9:12pm • winona MN • #583

My deepest sympathies and prayers to the families of the victims.

Hicham
Class of 97

April 17, 2007, 9:12pm • Boston, MA • #584

As the parent of a high school senior who will be going away to college in Fall 2007 my thoughts and prayers are with the students and faculty of Va Tech as well as the families and friends of those taken so suddenly and senselessly.  To all Hokies, keep reaching for the stars, you deserve them!

John, Sheri, Sammi and Randi

April 17, 2007, 9:12pm • Hampton, VA, USA • #585

Tenderly may time heal your sorrow and softly may peace replace your heartache.

Thinking of the VT Community,
Erica Feher

April 17, 2007, 9:12pm • Chgo, IL • #586

Our family wanted to let you know we care. There are many hearts that ache for you at this time of so much loss. And though no one can take away your sorrow, may the support and loving concern of others help give you the strength you need from day to day.

In Our Prayers,

Kim, Brad, Blake, and Kadi-Ann Gettys

April 17, 2007, 9:12pm • Ninety-Six, South Carolina • #587

It is truly a shock to sit at home and watch everything that is going on at tech on my tv.  these are pictures of my home, my school.  as a 2002 vt alumnus it truly sad and heartwrenching to know that someone could do such a horrible thing to such wonderful people.  as a hokie, i am proud to see how our campus has pulled together during such a terrible tradegy.  i have never been more proud and more honored to be hokie.  my thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences go out to all the victims, all the families and to those who didn’t survive.  May GOD bless each and every person affected by this horrible tradedy.

April 17, 2007, 9:12pm • gretna, VA • #588

I know no one at Virginia Tech but my heart still aches.
Purdue University is located right across the river from me and what has happened at your great school makes me even more aware of how beutiful life is. To the victims families and the whole school I send my deepest sympathy.
God Bless You All.

Linda Tracy

April 17, 2007, 9:12pm • Lafayette, Indiana USA • #589

A truly tragic loss… what an unimaginable event. We grieve for all those that have lost friends and family.

Deepest condolences to the entire University campus.

April 17, 2007, 9:12pm • Melbourne, Australia • #590

As a teacher many miles away in Indiana, I am horrified and saddened by the tragic loss of so much promise.  Yet, I am touched by the unique spirit of compassion and understanding that so many of the students and staff are expressing.  Please know that educators and students alike throughout the country and indeed the world are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers hoping that somehow we can all make sense of this unbelievable tragedy. May God be with all of us at this painful time in our history. Marcia Gorelick, Lake Central High School, St. John, Indiana

April 17, 2007, 9:12pm • St. John Indiana • #591

God Bless the Hokie Nation. A sorrowful farewell to Dr. Lognanthan who taught me in 1986 & 1987. He always had a genuine interest in teaching.
- Robert Hanson, Class of 1987

April 17, 2007, 9:12pm • Garner, NC • #592

I just wanted to tell the friends and the family of the victims that my condolence goes out to them. Keep your head up and show them that you are strong .Ya’ll know that they wouldnt want to see you as a weak person. Show them that yall will always rememeber them and always love them.

Jessica Amaya

April 17, 2007, 9:13pm • Houston Texas • #593

I am a 21-year-old student in CA. I want to express how sorry I am and how saddened I am by the tragic and senseless deaths of each and every one of the victims. I have all of the families, friends, victims, and community members in my deepest prayers. It should have never have happened and it’s so overwhelming to think of all the people affected by this and the lives lost. My sincerest condolences.

April 17, 2007, 9:13pm • Turlock, California • #594

As a fellow Hokie, my heartfelt condolences to all the victims. I will pray for you. Everyone stay strong, use your resources to get through this, but most of all, don’t let others bring down this great university by pointing a finger at our family. Stand behind your President and Police Chief. No one could have prevented this except for the disturbed individual who committed these acts.

Unified Hokie Nation

April 17, 2007, 9:13pm • Woodbridge, VA • #595

I had the utmost privilege of working with Liviu Librescu; in fact, I was supposed to be in that very class 4/16. While there was a great deal that I did not know about him (for example, I didn’t know he was a Holocaust survivor), it does not surprise me at all that he sacrificed his life to save his students.

He was a kind, dedicated, generous instructor and an even kinder man. And brilliant: http://www.esm.vt.edu/php/person.php?id=10023

In a perverse sort of way, I’m sorry that I WASN’T there. I know how crazy that sounds--I’m almost positive there is nothing I could’ve done to help him nor would he have allowed it--but I like to imagine that I could’ve helped him somehow. Wish I could be even 1/10th the hero that Liviu Librescu was.

I’m honored and blessed that I knew him. Goodbye, Professor...Michael

April 17, 2007, 9:13pm • Radford • #596

Love and prayers to all of you. Rely on the Lord right now; only He can see you through. The world mourns for you all and the loss of your friends and loved ones. I am so sorry.
S. Johnson,
teacher from South Carolina

April 17, 2007, 9:13pm • Lynchburg, South Carolina, USA • #597

We would like to send our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims of yesterday’s horrific event.  Words cannot express the sadness that fills our hearts for each and every one of you, as well as your entire community.  We pray for all of the victims, the school, family and friends.  Please know that we send all of our love to you, and wish that there was something, anything we could do to help you through this.

April 17, 2007, 9:13pm • Greenville, Maine • #598

My prayers are with all fellow Hokies and their families that have suffered so greatly. I am so proud to see the Hokie spirit alive and so strong during such a trying time. You have proven that your spirit will not be broken by one person’s senseless act. Let the world see that Va Tech’s strength cannot be overcome. Let’s Go Hokies!

D. Keith Hagy ‘87

April 17, 2007, 9:13pm • Chattanooga, TN • #599

To all the families that have lost a loved one…
I hope that you can find something deep inside you to help you get through this. I can’t imagine the pain you must feel but please know that there are so many of us out here that will never know you or your loved one that is lost - but are praying for you, thinking of you, & hoping that something good must come of this. 
I am so very saddened by this event…

April 17, 2007, 9:14pm • Rochester, New York • #600

I come from a small community in Eastern Canada.  I have never had to suffer the loss that the people of Virginia Tech have had to face on April 16, 2007.  I will not pretend to know the extent of the grief that you all will feel in the moments, hours, days, months, and years following this tragedy.  I, as with the rest of the World, however, do grieve with you and for you.  We reach out from our hearts to embrace you in your time of need.  Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with you all.

April 17, 2007, 9:14pm • Gardiner Mines, Nova Scotia, Canada • #601

Our prayers are with all of you.

April 17, 2007, 9:14pm • The United States • #602

I have never even been to Virginia but as a student at a university I feel connected to the students at VT. I am so sorry that this tragedy had to take place yesterday. Hopes and dreams were shattered by one mans senseless acts. I am sending my condolences on behalf of everyone here at Michigan State University because we all know that this could have easily been us. You are all in our prayers. You can overcome this. LETS GO HOKIES

April 17, 2007, 9:14pm • East Lansing, Michigan • #603

My heart, prayers & thoughts are with you .... the students, staff, their friends, families and all affected by this sad, sad tragedy.

Stay strong, help each other and know that there are many, many people in countless towns, cities and countries who are with you.

I bow my head for a moment of silence to honour you.

God Bless !

Shirl Brett, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

April 17, 2007, 9:14pm • Toronto, Ontario, Canada • #604

I would like to share my sympathy to every parent, sister, brother and friend who has lost a part of themselves in this unfortunate incident.  I hope that you all find peace and comfort in a higher power, during this most difficult time of your lives. May you remember your love ones as they where, for what they did, the moments in which they brought laughter, joy and happiness into your lives and the lessons which they left behind.  Try not to dwell on how they left you, but focus on how they enriched your life for the time that they where here with you.

April 17, 2007, 9:14pm • Miami, Fla • #605

My prayers and thoughts are with all of you that were affected by this horrible event. May goid be with you.
A Mountaineer

April 17, 2007, 9:14pm • Pa • #606

Virginia Tech students and their families are in the thoughts and Prayers of my family. Our deepest sympathies are extended to everyone at this tragic time.  I cannot open my arms to console some one that is grieving or hurt so I will open my heart and pray for all those in need.  May God be everyone and I hope the power of Prayer will lift your hearts.

PG

April 17, 2007, 9:14pm • Brunswick, Georgia;Glynn County • #607

I just wanted the school to know that I am 13 years old and I have been getting my school together to pray for you all. I, myself, have been praying for the safety of my cousin of which I have not yet heard from yet. I love her and she knows who she is because her Uncle Donn says that he loves her too and so does her aunt Rita.  We love you all and we hope that we all can come together during this tough time to support each other and encourage each other that everything will one day be alright even though we will never forget this day. EVER!!!!
I love you all and I will continute to pray,
Heather G.

April 17, 2007, 9:14pm • Babson Park, FL, USA • #608

I don’t know what to say.... i can’t say i know how you feel cause i don’t! i can say i’am sorry for this uncomprehendable act and that i am deeply sad by this but some how it just doesn’t seem like enough!! however it seem that is all i can do!! even though i do not know anyone from the campus i just felt i had to send a little note and hope that the sadness that i am sure the students feel (since i am a strange and yet i feel sad) will someday ease and that although this is a terrible event something positive eventually shines through the sorrow!! my thoughts are with you all!!

April 17, 2007, 9:14pm • nova scotia, canada • #609

As a WVU fan I’ve always viewed Va Tech as a rival in football and basketball.  Today I that is set aside as I mourn for the fallen and their families.  I’m so sorry this has happened.  God be with you all.

April 17, 2007, 9:14pm • Clarksburg, WV • #610