Condolences, April 17, 2007

My heart is heavy today for the events that happened yesterday at Tech. My thoughts are with the students and families of those affected. I hope that the strong community and pride of the school will define it, not this terrible moment in its history.

April 17, 2007, 9:14pm • Reston, Virginia • #611

I cannot fathom why such a tragedy took place, taking the lives of individuals who were only trying to develop themselves. I cannot fully express my deep sorrow and concern for the families and friends of those whose lives were senselessly taken away. Please know in your in hearts that people around the world embrace you and are praying for you. So much love goes out to you and I sincerely hope that the world’s love can bring you some comfort despite the enormous hurt you are going through. Your child, your friend, your teacher, your loved one will always be loved and missed.

-Annie Hofilena

April 17, 2007, 9:14pm • Philippines • #612

Words cannot express the deep sadness I feel.  My prayers are with you and may God guide you thru this time and into the future. 

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” ~Kenji Miyazawa

April 17, 2007, 9:14pm • Kearney, Nebraska • #613

my son is a eurotech (german and engineering) major at our state university (uconn)...as such i feel a special closeness to those who lost loved ones at vt...and grieve with you.
i join with the global community in partitioning a loving G-d to bring peace and understanding to the virginia tech family.

April 17, 2007, 9:15pm • southington, connecticut • #614

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved with this tragic event, family and friends of the victims, the students and faculty, everyone who will forever live with these memories...no one will ever know the pain you feel, but the world sees the amazing hope and resiliance you show by banding together so strong, as one...we will forever remember 4/16/2007

April 17, 2007, 9:15pm • Las Vegas, NV • #615

To the students, staff and their families of Virginia Tech:
May God bring you comfort during this time and always.  You will remain in our thoughts and prayers.
The Chonko Family

April 17, 2007, 9:15pm • Swanton, OH USA • #616

From the parents of 2 girls at 2 different universities in Indiana - Our prayers go out to the families of all the victims of this horrific event. We can only imagine what you are going through. I just got off the phone with our girls to see how they are dealing with this event. It was good to hear there voices and to just tell them one more time - That we love them and to be safe.

April 17, 2007, 9:15pm • Crown Point, Indiana • #617

As a mother of a sophomore at Appalachian State, I can’t tell you how much my heart hurts for the families that have lost a child. I have been glued to the televison for the past two days. There are no words that can take away the pain, however I just wanted to let you know that you are all in my prayers.
Joan L.

April 17, 2007, 9:15pm • Apex, NC • #618

I just wanted to tell everyone at VT how profoundly saddened I am over the senseless deaths at your university. I, too, am a student and all of this has hit home just how fragile we all are. God bless you and your families.

Martha Fogleman

April 17, 2007, 9:15pm • Burlington, North Carolina • #619

I am truly sadden by the loss at this University. I also have a daughter who is a freshman at the University North Carolina Charlotte and it is truly frightening to think this could happen at any University in America. I cannot even imagine how the families of the students and staff are feeling at this time. My prayers are with the entire VT family. May God truly comfort each and everyone affected by this tragedy. God Bless

April 17, 2007, 9:15pm • Havelock, North Carolina • #620

The tragic events of yesterday are beyond comprehension. Why would anyone do this? I cannot even begin to comprehend the depths of the victims families grief and the grief of all who knew those people whose lives were so suddenly and tragically snuffed out. These were our brightest and our best. These victims were our future. There are no words to express the total sadness I feel for those killed, their families, their friends, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, the state of Virginia, for our country and myself. We all are affected by this random act. One person has forever altered all of our lives. I am so very sorry.

April 17, 2007, 9:15pm • Pasco, Washington • #621

Our family’s hearts go out to the families that lost a loved one, and to the rest of the Virginia Tech community - those in Blacksburg and those across the face of the globe - all of whom were affected so directly by this tragedy .
We are Hokies
We are Family
Mike
Class of ‘78

April 17, 2007, 9:16pm • Allison Park, PA • #622

I graduated from Virginia Tech in 1999, and although I’ve only had the opportunity to visit three or four times since I graduated, I will always consider VPI and Blacksburg to be home.
I know many alumni feel the same way. 

Every graduate of every university feels that their school is special, but we Hokies know that this is especially true for the University in Blacksburg.

I don’t personally know anybody who was injured or killed on Monday, but that doesn’t make it hurt any less.

All the best to Hokies everywhere.

Lieutenant Paul Fischer, U.S. Navy, Class of ‘99

April 17, 2007, 9:16pm • Newport, RI • #623

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone. The shock, disbelief, and sadness has reached everyone’s heart.

Laura Larrabee

April 17, 2007, 9:16pm • St. Louis, Missouri • #624

I would like to express the deepest sorrow for the tragedy that befell VT yesterday. I feel for the families and victims and can’t possibly conceive of the horror they have faced. My thought and prayers will be with all of you and I hope healing and comfort can begin soon. Also, may we never forget this tragedy and learn from it. Hopefully there will never be a story in the future like this.

April 17, 2007, 9:16pm • Richmond, VA • #625

Defenatly wrong. Should not have happened!

The Holocaust survivor should’ve been awarded The Presidential Medal Of Freedom for giving his life to save those people!

April 17, 2007, 9:16pm • Lombard, IL, USA • #626

Virginia Tech,,
You will forever sit in our prayers
Your family is torn
Your loss great
The nation now mourns
And waits to see
What will your next step be?
Will you speak for those lost?
Will you remember April 16, 2007?
Will you respect your neighbor a little more?
Or will you forget and move on?
The world’s eyes are now upon you,
Their hearts out with you,
So Virginia Tech,
What is now to come?

The world is with you, Make the loss mean something, So that the families of the deceased know that there was something gained by their loss.
My heart goes out to the families and the university. Your strength now is being watched and the nation is here for you to lean on.
~Rachel

April 17, 2007, 9:16pm • Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States • #627

I could not believe the news on the horrible tragedy of the messacre on VirginiaTech.
I express the condolense to the families of the victims and would like to share my sense of bereavement, from the bottom of my soul.
Additionally I hope this would not effect badly on the friendship and partnership between two nations, US and Korea.

April 17, 2007, 9:16pm • Daejeon, Korea • #628

Never as proud to be a Hokie.  No matter how far away we are, the family is still strong.  Let’s Go Hokies!

April 17, 2007, 9:16pm • Atlanta, GA • #629

My heart goes out the the VT community on the tragic loss of precious students and faculty members. May we all remember those lost by the way they made people happy during their lives.  This is a terrible tragedy and you should know that many of us without a personal connection to VT care and pray that you will get through this.

David Fox
Lt.Col., USAF (Ret)

April 17, 2007, 9:16pm • Arnold, Maryland • #630

Our hearts goes out to all family, friends, and students at Virginia Tech whoses lives will be forever affected by this terrible tragedy. We pray that you all will find peace, comfort, and understanding through Our Lord Jesus Christ who will strenghten you in time of trouble.

God Bless you All,
The Reinhardt Family
“Colonel, Roberta, Lauren, & Brittany”

April 17, 2007, 9:16pm • Charleston, South Carolina/USA • #631

My thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculity and families of Virgina Tech.  Trust in Jesus and he will get you through this tragic time.
“I can do all things through Jesus Christ, who gives me strength”

April 17, 2007, 9:17pm • Altoona, PA • #632

I want to express my profound sorrow for everyone at Virginia Tech. I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone, and that you are in my daily thoughts and prayers. There are now 32 Hokie angels in heaven watching over Virginia Tech.

April 17, 2007, 9:17pm • Hatboro PA • #633

We will always remember our fellow Hokies who lost their lives in this tragic event.

April 17, 2007, 9:17pm • East Hartford, CT • #634

I grew up in Blacksburg and have spent most of my adult life trying to get back here.  Of all the places around the world that I have lived, none compares to here.  God bless us all.  We have all been changed.

Jamie Neal

April 17, 2007, 9:17pm • Floyd, Virginia • #636

I am deeply saddened and horrifed by the events of yeasterday as well as everyone. Being a college student myself it makes this tragity hit home even more and the reality that it can happen to anyone, anywhere at anytime. my family and i send our deepest condolences and prayers to all the families,friends and the entire community of Virginia Tech.

Heather Smith and Family

April 17, 2007, 9:17pm • Waldorf, Maryland • #637

As a fellow student, my thoughts are with you all as students, parents, professors, and faculty.

April 17, 2007, 9:17pm • Tallahassee, FL • #638

Though miles separate us, my thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones.  May you rest in the comfort that your loved one is at peace.  God bless you, and may God bless Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff.- Karyl M.

April 17, 2007, 9:17pm • Blackwood, New Jersey • #639

My family would like to offer our sincere condolences to everyone at Virginia Tech.  We especially want the families to know that we have been praying continuously for them and hope it will help to know we feel some of their pain.  I have two children in college in NC and this could have easily have happened here.  I don’t understand why something this horrific would happen, but I know we have to trust in God to get us through this terrible ordeal.  Just know we love you for your bravery and strength and your loved one would not want you to be in so much pain.  Each day is a blessing and we should remember the time shared with those who are gone.  God Bless You All!
Elissa Leonard

April 17, 2007, 9:18pm • Wilson, NC • #640

Your school and entire community will be in our thoughts and prayers.

April 17, 2007, 9:18pm • Auburn University • #642

Dear Hokies,

I am so proud of the way all of you are coming together in light of this terrible tragedy.  My thoughts are with you and will be for a long time to come.

To the families of the victims - all my love and support.  You did not deserve this, your loved one’s did not deserve this.  I pray you will not allow this to destroy you.  Please have faith and stay strong.

Please start celebrating the lives of those lost right away - they will be so honored to see that.  In time God will shower you with peace and contentment for your faith, I can promise that.  Stay strong - you are loved by million’s of people you don’t even know.

Blessings,
Philip Warbasse

April 17, 2007, 9:18pm • Santa Monica, California • #643

The nation joins you in your sorrow and pain.  Please know that you have the support and prayers of so many from so many places around the country.  May God bless you abundantly in the coming days.

Karen

April 17, 2007, 9:18pm • Marlton, NJ • #644

I am saddened about the shootings that has happen at the Virginia Tech campus. My dad was an alumni there and lived there for a few years in Blacksburg. I have become to love this college through my dad and probably always will be my favorite college. I myself and my family will have the victims, and the victim’s families and friends in our prayers.

From a fellow Hokie,
Bobby Wheeler

April 17, 2007, 9:18pm • Boerne, Texas • #645

My heart goes out to all of the students, families, friends, faculty, and staff at Virginia Tech. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, and I truly hope that throughout your mourning, you will not only mourn the death, but celebrate the life of those lost during the tragedy. I could never imagine the pain you must all be feeling. I hope that despite your pain, you will maintain the Hokie spirit and never let the good memories fade…

April 17, 2007, 9:18pm • Fairfax, VA • #646

I wish I could swoop up everyone’s heartache. Please please know that every person I know prays for all the families,friends, and students attending Virginia Tech.

April 17, 2007, 9:18pm • Plano,Tx • #647

I’m sorry to hear about the tragedy on your campus.  Just remember, that Americans have always pulled together after a tragedy.  From the American Revolution to the present.  Yes! You are VT Hokies. I and all of America is with you! My prayers will be with you all.  Dorothy J. Lopez

April 17, 2007, 9:19pm • Jacksonville, NC • #648

I wish to share my most heartfelt condolences and prayers to families that lost loved ones, and to the whole Virginia Tech community.  Nothing can help explain why these things happen; all we can do is try to pray for those people who committed this and other horrible acts.  I pray that God would comfort in only the way that He can.  I will hug may family a little tighter tonight.  I will not forget this incident or VT. May God Bless, Comfort and keep you.  Psalm 30:5 Weeping may endure for a night, but joy will come in the morining.  Hold on to God and each other.

Sincerely,

Rev. G. Mustin

April 17, 2007, 9:19pm • Kansas City, Mo • #649

Our thoughts are with the families and friends of all those who so senselessly died.  Virginia Tech is a very special place to me and my wife.  We met there, we were married there, and it is one of our favorite places in the world.  We have been so proud of the students who have shown the best of Tech, during the worst of tragedies.  And we hope that the world remembers the school for all of the great things it has to offer, and not for the tragedy that occurred.  But that does not mean we will forget those victims of that day.  My wife and I are so proud to be Hokies, and we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

April 17, 2007, 9:19pm • Newburyport, Massachusetts • #650

My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims, their families and friends throughout this terrible tragedy. I spent 4 years at Virginia Tech and never did I feel so safe or proud as when I was there and it saddens me to see anything negative associated with such a wonderful place. In these last two days I’ve talked to many other Hokies about what’s been happening and we all agree that we are in this together whether we know someone directly affected or not. We are all United behind Virginia Tech to get through this as one. God Bless VT and all the Hokies.

April 17, 2007, 9:19pm • Fairfax, VA • #651

My thoughts, prayers, and sympathy goes out to all those affected by this recent tragedy. I am very moved by the sense of community and determination demonstrated by the students and faculty on the national news - you all are representing well what it means to be a Hokie.

Zach Burlingame
CpE ‘05

April 17, 2007, 9:19pm • Gainesville, VA • #652

There are no words to express the sorrow that I feel for the families of those innocent young peole who were so mercilessly gunned downed.  There are no words to console those students of Virginia Tech--the future of our world,--who are wondering what kind of world we live in.

We MUST continue, and prove that these lost lives have a meaning, even though it is so unclear now.  We must PERSEVERE and hope in our deepest being that good will prevail over the evil in the world!  Those beautiful young faces showing such great courage is an example to all of us.

April 17, 2007, 9:19pm • Portland, Oregon USA • #653

I’m deeply saddened by Monday’s tragedy. As a member of the VT family, I share in the pain and sorrow of the present students and faculty.  My deepest sympathy to the victims and their families.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Luisa Sam
Class of ‘74

April 17, 2007, 9:19pm • Fairport, NY • #654

I am a Gator.  I left college ten years ago, but I don’t feel my heart, as well as my age, ever left there.  No college, no student should ever have to endure what you are going through.  It shouldn’t be happening.  But it is.  Today, I am VT.  I grief for you, and with you.  I pray you, and your families.  Today, we are all VT.  So all of you whom are personally connected to the university, if you are going about your day, and it just gets to be too much, reach out.  The person beside you, whether you know them or not, we will be for you.  We understand. In our hearts, we are VT, too.

April 17, 2007, 9:19pm • Jacksonville, FL • #655

I am deeply saddened by the tradgedy that occured at Virginia Tech on April 16th, 2007, that day will always live in infamy. I pray for all the families and friends that lost somebody on that tradgic day. May the Lord comfort you and bring you hope. On that day we were all Hokies. Let us never forget the ones that died on April 16th, nobody has the right to take away a human life, it is far too precious too be just taken away like that. I want to do more than just create videos and post comments and condolences, to see the photographs and videos compels me to want to do something more, such human suffering brings a deep sadness to all who are suffering and anger toward the one that did this horrrible deed. No matter who you are at Virginia Tech, I give this message to comfort you as best as I possibly can. God bless every single one of you, and God bless Virginia Tech

April 17, 2007, 9:19pm • Sugar Land, TX • #656

My heart goes out to everyone at Virgina Tech who’s been affected by this terrible tradegy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. - DMZ

April 17, 2007, 9:19pm • New York, NY • #657

To the families and friends of those killed or injured yesterday and to the whole Virginia Tech community:  You are in our thoughts and prayers.  We are so sorry for your tragic losses.  We wish you comfort, peace, and healing as you go forward.  Keep the memory of those you have lost alive in your hearts.  You are a very special community.
God’s Peace,
The Marks Family

April 17, 2007, 9:19pm • Walnut Creek, California • #658

As a Hokie alumni and friend of the university, our heartfelt condolences go out to the whole Virginia Tech community, and especially to the families of the victims.  As part of the Virginia Tech family we cannot express our grief and sorry as to the events of April 16.  You are all in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to be so.  God Bless.
Donna Gaines Smith
Carol Lee Mcguire Bishop

April 17, 2007, 9:19pm • Covington, VA • #659

I just wanted to let the Students, Faculty, and all the Hokie family know that my prayers are with you as you heal and cope with this tragedy. This is definitely a difficult time for those of you who have lost friends, teachers, and parents who have lost children in this terrible act of violence. I want you to cherish the good memories of those that you have lost, because that is what will help you heal. “We are Virginia Tech.”
Ron

April 17, 2007, 9:20pm • Niagara Falls, New York • #660

As an alum of this wonderful university, I am deeply saddened by yesterday’s tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Hokie Nation, especially the victims and their families. I am confident that our university will survive and once again thrive. May God Bless all the Hokies everywhere!!!

Tonya Oskarson

April 17, 2007, 9:20pm • Gainesville, Georgia • #661

I want all the family members and friends of the GREAT Hokies that we lost in the tragedy to know our prayers and thoughts go out to you. Also to the students that survived that horrible day we also send our prayers and thoughts out to you. You have to go on and think about all of your awesome friends and professors that you have lost.

Jennifer

April 17, 2007, 9:20pm • HIllsville, VA • #662