Condolences, April 17, 2007

To all who have been affected by this most tragic event-my deepest sympathy and prayers are with you. Though I did not know anyone killed on campus that day, a bit of my faith died along with those whose lives were so tragically cut short. Stay strong and remember support and love are all around you everywhere!!!!!

April 17, 2007, 10:07pm • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania • #1016

May you find comfort in your time of mourning.

April 17, 2007, 10:07pm • Baltimore, MD • #1017

I pray that the lord has his hands on every person affected by this horrible tragedy and that he brings us light through all of this darkness.  My condolences goes out to every parent who has lost their son or daughter.  God Be with you All.

April 17, 2007, 10:07pm • East Lansing, Michigan • #1018

Stay strong! We are all rooting for you!

April 17, 2007, 10:07pm • Toronto, Ontario, Canada • #1019

I am appalled and deeply saddened by what has happened to your community. There are no words to express how sorry I am about what has happened. Know that we are all praying for you - students, families, professors, school administrators--all of you. God Bless You!!  ~Lori Payne~

“Stand in the rain,
stand your ground,
stand up when it’s all crashing down,
you stand through the pain,
you won’t drown,
and one day what’s lost can be found,
you stand in the rain.” {Superchic[K]}

April 17, 2007, 10:07pm • Allen, TX • #1020

Our prayers are with all of you at the University and with the families that have suffered such a horific loss.  We are standing beside all of you as we had gone through the same loss ourselves here in Colorado with Columbine.  May god be with you and help you heal and know all of you are being thought of in our prayers.

April 17, 2007, 10:07pm • Windsor, Colorado • #1021

I know that you can’t wrap your mind around what happened, but know that I am praying for you every time I think of you all.

May God bless and keep you in His care.

Sincerely,
Sandra Bailey

April 17, 2007, 10:07pm • Tyler, Texas • #1022

Even though there is a border that separates us....We want you to know that our prayers and thoughts are with the parents,the families, students and faculty...our deepest sympathies....
May God help you in the days ahead and grant you peace....  I am writing this from Canada and a mother of two who children are alumni from US Universities....

April 17, 2007, 10:07pm • Windsor, Ontario, Canada • #1023

I am at a loss for words as are many others.  I want to wrap my arms around those who have lost loved ones and their friends and let them know how much we all care and hold them until they want to be let go. My faith tells me that they are all in heaven now and their families/friends all have Guardian Angels forever more.  God Bless You All.  Ellen Castleman Barrington,IL.

‘Fly’ by Celine Dion

Fly, fly little wing
Fly beyond imagining
The softest cloud, the whitest dove
Upon the wind of heaven’s love
Past the planets and the stars
Leave this lonely world of ours
Escape the sorrow and the pain
And fly again

Fly, fly precious one
Your endless journey has begun
Take your gentle happiness
Far too beautiful for this
Cross over to the other shore
There is peace forevermore
But hold this mem’ry bittersweet
Until we meet

Fly, fly do not fear
Don’t waste a breath, don’t shed a tear
Your heart is pure, your soul is free
Be on your way, don’t wait for me
Above the universe you’ll climb
On beyond the hands of time
The moon will rise, the sun will set
But I won’t forget

Fly, fly little wing
Fly where only angels sing
Fly away, the time is right
Go now, find the light

April 17, 2007, 10:07pm • Barrington, IL • #1025

You are all in our thoughts and prayers.  Remember with terrible tragedies come strength.  Strength in friends and family.  Tell those you love what they mean to you everyday.

April 17, 2007, 10:07pm • Wauwatosa, WI • #1024

I graduated from Virginia Tech in Mechanical Engineering in 2003.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who have been affected.  Stand strong, your alumni are behind you.  May God be with you.

Nick Dingus

April 17, 2007, 10:07pm • Nickelsville, VA • #1026

I would like to express my sincere sympathy to the eniire Va Tech family for the tragic events of Tuesday. Please know that you have all been in my prayers. For those that are people of faith Iurge you to hang on to that faith. it is in what seems to be the darkest hours that the love of God can be the strongest.

April 17, 2007, 10:07pm • Davian Benito Tampa Florida • #1027

We are so sorry,our heart break for each and every one of your famlies.You will always be in our prayers.We hugged our kids extra hard today.I feel for each of you,(We too have children away at college so far away from home).We pray for you to heal from your heart out.May God Bless you all!
Tatton-Jergans Family

April 17, 2007, 10:07pm • Ypsilanti,Michigan • #1028

There are no words anyone can say that can make any of this better. There is no amount of money anyone can give that could remedy this situation. Know that this tragedy has truly touched a nation, likely the world, and that you do not cry alone tonight. 

All we can do is find the outcasts in our community, and say hello to them.  Its a stark reminder of our need to be civil to one another, and to help those who sometimes can’t help themselves.

April 17, 2007, 10:07pm • Ocean City, MD • #1029

My heart goes out to Virginia Tech.  Be strong.

April 17, 2007, 10:07pm • Columbus, OH • #1030

I just want to give my heartfelt, and sincere words to the students, faculty and all the families who have been through a most horrific situation.  Young lives have been changed.  I cried and prayed for everyone....  These young lives will never be the same, but I hope and pray that the healing for ALL comes in YOUR TIME, not anyone else’s.  The question is WHY?  There might never be an answer, but we as a people must come together and trust and love one another.  Life is too short and very precious.  Learn My Children… Learn to LOVE and in time FORGIVE.  Stay together Virginia Hokies ---- Stay together…

AMEN

Renee Berry

April 17, 2007, 10:07pm • Doraville, Georgia - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA • #1031

"We will prevail.  We WILL prevail.  We will PREVAIL!  We ARE Virginia Tech!”

What a beautiful finish to today’s ceremony and what fitting words for Hokies everywhere.  Yesterday’s events are incomprehensible, angering, tragic and senseless.  Know that you are in the prayers of people all around the world.

I graduated from Tech in ‘93, and while it has been some time since last I visited, Tech is still very much home and Hokies are family.

I pray for God’s comfort for all at the University, and the families involved.  I am so very sorry you have had to endure this.

A Massachusetts Hokie

April 17, 2007, 10:07pm • Millis, MA • #1032

Our island’s hearts and prayers are with all of those who were affected by this tragedy.

April 17, 2007, 10:07pm • Key West, Florida • #1033

Renewing our knowledge of and faith in GOD through Holy scripture can strengthen us as a nation and as people.  “ REMEMBER THAT GOD IS OUR ONLY SURE TRUST “ - Marry Washington , George Washington’s Mother.  //// in this very sad day we all share our sorrows with all the students & people of v.tech

April 17, 2007, 10:07pm • ny.ny • #1034

Im 12 years old and I live in Delaware. I am sorry for what has happened. Its scary to think of what collages will be like in 10 years when it is time for me to pick one. I will keep you all in my prayers… Kaitlyn. Central Middle School.

April 17, 2007, 10:08pm • Dover, DE • #1035

Virinia Tech family and friends:  You are not alone in this tragedy and great loss.  Millions of people in this great nation are praying for you.  There will be many days of mourning your loss and years of healing ahead.  Please know that you are loved by many, and time is a healer. I have been inspired by the courage of the surviving students who have been interviewed today; to tell their story of what they experienced.  My heart hurts with all of the parents who have lost a child in this tragedy.  Mike Griffey and family

April 17, 2007, 10:08pm • Texas • #1036

God Bless Virginia Tech.  My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected.  America mourns with you. 
Chris P.

April 17, 2007, 10:08pm • Red Hill, PA USA • #1037

Senseless, mournful, sad.

Thoughts, prayers go out to all.

We are all Hokies.

April 17, 2007, 10:08pm • Tampa, Florida, USA • #1038

There are no words to express the aching sadness.
Heaven help us.

April 17, 2007, 10:08pm • Staten Island, New York • #1039

My heart is torn and I am extremely saddened. May God and His Angels comfort you in your time of grief. My prayers will be with all of you.

April 17, 2007, 10:08pm • Seoul, Korea • #1040

I am sorry - that this is the world you inhabit. I wish we had done better - you do not deserve to learn life’s sorrows so soon.

My family will keep all of you in our prayers and wish that soon peace and time will heal the hurt that you are feeling now. Go on.. be brave remember and live your life in the light. This may have happened to you but it does not have to define you. Live well and be well.

For your tears - there are our tears as well.

April 17, 2007, 10:08pm • Stony Brook University, NY USA • #1041

As I sit in front of the computer and listen to the news of this most tragic event, my heart bleeds for the victims, their families and for those who must spend the rest of their lives mourning and asking the question WHY?

Our entire family grieves for you and please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, not just today but always.

God Bless
The Barker Family

April 17, 2007, 10:08pm • Newbury Park, California • #1042

My sympathies to those affected in Monday’s shocking and utterly senseless and cowardly act. To those who have fallen and the survivors, the families of all the victims and to the Virginia Tech students and faculty, and the great State of Virginia and to the community of Blacksburg, Virginia God Bless..You are in my prayers. The people of Canada will never forget.

Al, an Acadia University Alumnis Wolfville, Nova Scotia Canada Class of ‘93

April 17, 2007, 10:08pm • Dalhousie, New Brunswick, Canada • #1043

My brothers and sisters,
Much to the shock of the world something really unwanted has happened in the VT University campus. As a fellow Indian i deeply condole and pray for the family of GV Loganathan who is from my state of TAMILNADU,INDIA. I express my deepest feelings to all Members of VT. I feel that all of you can stand united to raise to the occasion and remember under these circumstances you have to share your feelings among yourself.

April 17, 2007, 10:08pm • RAMACHANDRA MURTHY K G, CHENNAI, TAMILNADU, INDIA • #1044

My heart goes out to all the victims of this tragic event, and their families.  I offer my sincerest condolences, and with time healing will come, though the victims will never be forgotten.

Much peace and love,
Robert Roy

April 17, 2007, 10:08pm • Ringwood, NJ USA • #1045

We in Australia heard the news as we were waking up on Tuesday. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone - family and friends of the victims; staff, students and everyone else connected to V-Tech. This is a shocking tragedy and I hope that you all have someone to turn to for support.

April 17, 2007, 10:08pm • Adelaide, Australia • #1046

My deepest condolences go out to the families and the entire community of Virginia Tech.  I cannot even to begin to understand the sorrow that you are all feeling right now.  As a parent myself, I cannot imagine the loss of one of my daughters.  I have been glued to the tv since this horrible tragedy took place.  May God bless each and every one of you and know that all Americans are with you at this diffcult time with our thoughts and prayers.  God Bless You.

April 17, 2007, 10:08pm • Lafayette, Louisiana • #1047

I’m an alumni from Virginia Tech living in the Northern VA area.  My heart goes out to all the students and their families who had to endure this unthinkable experience.  However, in the midst of tragedy I have to express how proud I am not only of the heroism and courage displayed by those directly involved but also the composure displayed by multiple students and faculty that have been forced to the front of media attention.  Our student body has especially displayed such class even when the media did not - that I’m truly proud to be a Hokie.  Virginia Tech even in tragedy has shown as a collegiate institution that we will not be defined by the actions of one - but by the actions of the many - students, faculty, alumni and the rest of the nation who are committed to helping the university heal from this unspeakable event.

Jenn ‘02

April 17, 2007, 10:08pm • Fairfax, VA • #1048

to all the families,
i pray that your grief may be filled with the love of god
i know that here in scramento, especially in my high school (st.francis catholic high school for women) , we are all keeping you in our prayers

April 17, 2007, 10:08pm • Sacramento ,CA • #1049

I send my prayers to everyone in the VT community as well as their families and friends. This event effects many people around the country and the world. There are towns everywhere who have lost someone, or know someone who was injured because of a senseless act. I pray that God is with everyone through this difficult time and that in Him they find guidance and strength. To those who are injured, I wish you all a speedy recovery. To those who lost someone, I’m sorry that your loved one’s story had to end so soon. I know that they had big plans for themselves, they were attending a great university to better themselves & the world.
Jackie G.
Oswego State ‘09

April 17, 2007, 10:08pm • Palermo, NY • #1050

What happened is incomprehensible but it’s because of the entire VT community and Hokie Family that we will overcome this devastating tragedy.  Blacksburg (and Tech) was my home for 5 years and I truly feel a sense of loss and despair for the Virginia Tech community.  Being a Hokie is what brings us all together, and being a Hokie is what will help us all rebuild and get past this tragic event.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
-Lindsey Suhre

April 17, 2007, 10:08pm • Richmond, VA • #1051

I am shocked by this news.
God bless them in the paradise.

April 17, 2007, 10:08pm • China • #1052

Me along with the rest of the country are so saddened by this tragedy. All I can do is pray for the injured victims and all the familys and freinds who have lost so much. Now is the time to reach out each other and share our love, and offer each other support, and realize how fragile life is. Im truly sorry, and I know America and Va Tech will rise from this and become stronger than we’ve ever been.
GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU

April 17, 2007, 10:09pm • Blanchard Oklahoma • #1053

Please know our prayers are with you and this should not of happen to anyone. Life is to short as it is. God always takes the special ones first that are needed to help him first.

April 17, 2007, 10:09pm • Keller, Texas • #1054

To All Students, Parents and Faculty of VT

Our hearts are with you. We share in your sorrow. We grieve with you. Our nation stands before you crying out. What a senseless act. We can not take away your pain, we can only hope by letting you know we are here maybe we can help ease the pain. We pray you find comfort and peace. The fallen will be remembered and never forgotten.

God Bless you all.

April 17, 2007, 10:09pm • milw,wi • #1055

Virginia Tech people,
May God bless you and comfort you.
May he take you in his arms and hold you.
May His grace and kindness be yours in ever increasing abundance.

April 17, 2007, 10:09pm • Cedar Rapids, Iowa USA • #1056

God makes no mistakes.  It’s hard to fathom this.  We will never no why God allows things like this to happen.  God spared a professor many years ago from the atrocities of the Holocaust, knowing that one day he would put himself in front of a bullet for his kids.  My heart aches so bad for all those affected.  I didn’t know any of the victims and my heart aches to the point it actually hurts.  I can only imagine the pain that those immediately affected feel.  May God bless you

April 17, 2007, 10:09pm • Lansing, MI USA • #1057

We’ve had so much media coverage of the terrible tragedy here in the UK, its hard to not feel for the friends and family of those affected.

What it must be like to suffer the loss of a friend or relative in such a way I have no idea, but you should know that people all over the world are thinking of you right now.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Chris

April 17, 2007, 10:09pm • Essex, UK • #1058

Forward you march
Life demands it.
Heart and soul will heal
Life allows it.
Remember fondly your lost friends
Their lives deserve it.

Peace to you all at VT, my sincerest consolences.
Frank Piccolo

April 17, 2007, 10:09pm • Canada • #1059

To all the wonderful and spirited students and staff at VT you remain in our hearts and prayers .
Peter Murphy , Toronto Canada and formerly of Atlanta ,Georgia
a father and friend of many VT students

April 17, 2007, 10:09pm • Atlanta, Georgia USA and Toronto Canada • #1060

It is surreal to see the backdrop of a university that I attended as the scene for such a horrible tragedy.  My heart goes out to everyone effected by this horrible tragedy.  To all Virginia Tech students, rely on each other for support and understanding because no one else knows how it feels to be in your shoes right.  Everyone is thinking about you and concerned about your welfare.  Stay strong.
Sarah Moody class of ‘99

April 17, 2007, 10:09pm • Vienna, Virginia • #1061

Ohio’s and the nation’s hearts are with you!

Life is too short
to dwell on my sorrows,
to harbour my grudges
in bitter tomorrows.

Life is too short
to dwell on my pain,
to play and re-play
some vengeful refrain.

Life is too sweet
to waste precious minutes
in nursing resentment,
self-righteousness in it.

Then, let me not dwell
on life’s sorrow and sadness,
O Lord, let me think
of life’s blessings, with gladness!

April 17, 2007, 10:09pm • The Buckeyes • #1062

Just a song of encouragement from a Christian Group named Casting Crowns, a beautiful song to remind us to keep our eyes focused on God, and remember, these students are in a better place:

Praise You in the Storm

I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
And stepped in and saved the day
Once again, I say Amen, and it is still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear you whisper through the rain
I?m with you
As your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I?ll Praise you in this storm
And I will lift my hands
You are who you are
No matter where I am
And every tear I?ve cried
You hold in your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will Praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry
You raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can?t find you

I lift my eyes into the hills
Where does my help come from
My help comes from the Lord
The maker of heaven and earth

April 17, 2007, 10:09pm • Acworth, GA • #1063

Virgina Tech Hokies -
We are very sad and are mourning your losses.
This is an unbelievable tragedy.
Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
God is with you all and will give you strength to get through this difficult time.

April 17, 2007, 10:09pm • South Dakota State University Brookings, SD • #1064

Although I do not know anyone from Virginia Tech, I am SO sorry for those who lost their lives in this tragedy Wednesday, as well as those who lost family and friends. Those at Virginia Tech, both still thankfully here and those not, will NEVER be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
--Zak G.

April 17, 2007, 10:09pm • Fredericktown, Ohio • #1065