Condolences, April 18, 2007

To the family, friends, faculty and staff of VT, please know that the world is grieving with you.  Although we can’t feel the pain that you feel directly it was definitely a sad day for everyone.  All I wanted to do was go and pick my daughter up from school and hug her as tight as I could.  I know that God is looking out for each and everyone of you and that your loved ones are now resting in a place where no harm will ever come to them again.

April 18, 2007, 12:17pm • waterloo, IA USA • #14097

My deepest condolences to all of you.  I am from New York and know what it’s like to face such a tragedy.  Many of you may have feelings of anger, you may feel cheated, and you may even have had your faith shaken.  This killer may have robbed you of the physical presence of your loved ones that you lost, but the mind and heart are two very powerful things.  The one thing this man was not able to rob you of, was the love and the memories that you will always have. In the past two and a half years, I myself have lost my grandfather, my father, my brother, and my brother-in-law.  Needless to say, my faith was shaken to it’s core.  A song by the Casting Krowns, called “Praise you in the Storm”, really helped me deal with my loss and regaining my faith.  It may help some of you. 
We all have different religious beliefs, but I do believe that all the people that were taken from you on that dreadful day, ARE IN A BETTER PLACE.  THEY ARE IN GOD’S HANDS, WHERE THERE IS NO PAIN OR SUFFERING.
The people of New York got thru 9/11, you too shall get thru this. 
My heart and prayers go out to you all.

April 18, 2007, 12:17pm • Staten Island, NY • #14098

We wish VT only the best to come, sorry for all of your losses.We are here in NJ with heavy hearts. God Bless…

Scott, Erica, Ryan Davis

April 18, 2007, 12:17pm • Cliffwood Beach , NJ • #14099

To all VT Staff, Students and Families:

It is so hard to express in words how these tragic events have effected everyone.  Know the nation and especially the entire state of Virginia grieve with you.  Many prayers have been said for the victims, their families and for everyone touched by this tragidy.

May you find comfort in your memories of your loved ones and knowing they will always carry on in your hearts.  May you also, find comfort in God’s arms as he helps you through.
The Dougherty Family

April 18, 2007, 12:17pm • Richmond, VA • #14100

My heart goes out to all who lost someone wonderful in this tragedy.

Signed,

Thinking of you in Chicago

April 18, 2007, 12:17pm • Chicago, Illinois • #14101

VT-
Never forget this day, for it will teach you that each day is sacred, and to always show your love for one another. There is a whole world praying for you, and we will never forget. I am so sorry this has happened to you all. You are in my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 12:17pm • Jordan Pool- Muskogee, OK • #14102

My five year old slept with her VT hat last night. She said that way she could pray for all of you in her dreams. She wants to be a Hokie when she grows up. Seeing how all of you have conducted yourselves in the face of such tragedy, I would be even more honored now. Virginia Tech...virtuous & triumphant.

April 18, 2007, 12:17pm • Lynchburg, Virginia • #14103

My family and I are praying for all of the victim’s families as well as the students, faculty, and employees of Virginia Tech. Please never give up hope. Our hearts are with you all.

April 18, 2007, 12:17pm • Stacey, New Jersey • #14104

God Bless all of us.  May we find strength to overcome the perils suffered at Virginia Tech so
that we can cherish and live each day to the fullest.

April 18, 2007, 12:17pm • Ashburn, VA • #14105

Dear Virginia Tech Family,
God recieved 32 new angels on April 16, 2007. They will be looking down on you for the rest of your lives.

The world has you all in their prayers,

Ali
Boalsburg, PA

April 18, 2007, 12:17pm • Boalsburg, PA • #14106

My deep sorrow at the loss of two colleagues in Foreign Languages and so many students who were seeking understanding in the World through the study of languages and culture. Those of us devoted to global understanding through teaching are specially hurt by these events. A warm Puerto Rican embrace, Dr.Luzma Umpierre-Poet

April 18, 2007, 12:17pm • Lewiston,Maine • #14107

I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSSES OF YOUR FRIENDS AT THIS TIME IN YOUR YOUNG LIVES. I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO LOSE SOMEONE THAT YOU LOVE. I HAVE LOST MANY OVER THE YEARS;BUT THREE WITHIN LESS THAN A MONTH. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU. I KNOW THAT IT WILL TAKE A WHILE TO GET OVER THIS. I KNOW THAT YOU ARE ALL STRONG,YOUNG PEOPLE. LIKE I SAID ALL OF MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND THE FAMILIES THAT LOST LOVE ONES.

April 18, 2007, 12:17pm • WARREN,OHIOSERVICE5 • #14108

As a Hokie Alumni, I am equally at a loss for an appropriate word to express the shock & horror & loss I feel. Blacksburg was, and will remain, one of the best places I have ever lived - years’ worth of happy memories. All current & former students affected by this, my prayers are with you. However, the family of the gunman is also in my prayers. On behalf of the Hokie family, I sent them a sympathy card expressing that they, too, have lost a Hokie, and that we are just as available to them as to the families of the victims. One of our mottos is “Invent the future”. Now is our chance, alongside ALL of the families affected, to invent a future of compassion, hope & love.

May God bless & keep us all.

April 18, 2007, 12:17pm • Falls Church, VA • #14109

I want to convey my heartfelt prayers and condolences to the students and to the families who lost their loved ones. I can not begin to tell you the emotions I feel at this senseless horrific act that was commited to our young people and some of the staff.  May God comfort all and give you peace.  Go Hokie’s

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • Margate, Florida • #14110

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives on Monday; and to the entire Hokie community.  As an alumus of Virginia Tech, this event has caused deep sorrow and pain.  Virginia Tech and Blacksburg WILL bounce back to become the vibrant community it has always been.  We also give thanks to the police and emergency responders who risked their lives to pull others to safety.

God Bless You All!!

David
VT 1993

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • Orlando, FL • #14111

EVERY ONE IN THE UK ARE SHOCKED AT WHAT HAS HAPPEND AND OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU ALL AT THIS SAD TIME ,IT DIDNT HAVE TO HAPPEN,WHEN WILL PEOPLE LISTEN TO WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY,
DONNA PETTITT
UK

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • UK • #14112

My deepest condolences! im so shocked! i wish you all the energy you need to cope whats happened… my prays go out to all of the familys and friends.

sorry for my english!

God Bless you All
Lyvia,
Switzerland

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • Switzerland • #14113

Our university flags fly at half-mast in memory of all those affected.  You are in our thoughts and prayers…

M.
Student, St. Francis Xavier University

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada • #14114

Someone In This World

“Here I am, on the other side of the land
Wish that I could be there to hold your hand
And I don’t know, how to say just how I feel
But I know my thoughts and prayers for you are real.

I wish you peace, I wish you hope
I pray for love, and friends to help you cope
And as you grieve, and do what you must do
Know there’s someone in this world who grieves with you.

I know its hard, and we never know just why,
You didn’t get the chance to say goodbye
But keep your trust, and your faith in God above
You’ll meet again, and you’ll never lose that love

So tell your friends, they’re praying down in Texas
And way out west, the California way
Though its hard now, we have this precious promise
That soon, there’ll be a brighter day!

There will be peace, there will be hope
So share God’s love with all the friends who help you cope.
And as you grieve, and do what you must do
Know there’s someone in this world who grieves,
Someone in this world believes
Someone in this world who grieves with you.”

God bless you Virginia Tech.
Tony Bolivar
Minister of Music
Fremont Community Church

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • Fremont, CA • #14115

Dear all late friends:

Please accept my most sincere condolences to you, to your families and to all students in VT. Although we are aparted by Pacific, I could deeply feeling your pury spirit around me..... We are the world, hope you enjoy peace and happiness in paradise.

Heal the world.

LEE Dodoo

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • People's Republic of China • #14116

To the Virginia Tech Family and Nation, My most heartfelt condolences to you all. In your time of mourning and tragedy there is not one phrase, scripture, or gesture that I can think of that would ease the pain and sufforing you are going through. All I can do is Pray with you and keep you all in my heart and pray that our Lord has the comforting hand that will over time help you get through the tough time you have been subject to. We as Christians have the word of God to rest on in our time of mourning and his mercy and love will bring us through anything we are faced with in this Earthly life. Just remember that when this life is finished and we are called to that place God has prepared for us we will not have to worry about events such as this one. Again my thoughts and Prayers go out to the Virginia Tech Family and Nation in your time of tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • Birmingham Alabama • #14117

I would like to make my condolences to all families and friends of the students and the teachers killed...I hope that you will find peace and serenity very soon for all this horrible brutality...Sincerily, Chiara from Italy

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • Milan, Italy • #14118

My family(Salinas & Martinez) would like to express our deepest condolences to all relatives that lost their love ones in this horrible tragedy. We are tremendously shock of what happened. May God continue to ease the pain and bring peace to this Earth. God Bless you Virginia Tech.

Warm regards,
Salinas & Martinez Family

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • Bristow, VA • #14119

There are no words that can ease the pain of what each and everyone of you are going through..
Know that in your hearts are the memories of happy times, and that God will get each and everyone through these dark times.
My deepest condolences, and God bless you all

barbara walch

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • indian oarchard, massachusetts • #14120

Like everyone reading this, I am shocked, horrified, and deeply saddened by the events that transpired at your campus on Monday. I was a sophomore in high school in Littleton, CO when we heard that our neighboring school, Columbine, had suffered a similar tragedy. That pain was something our community hoped this world would never experience again, and unfortunately that hasn’t been the case. As a graduate of the University of Colorado, another proud, big university, I know this frightening scenario could have been played out anywhere, and I hope the Virginia Tech community knows how deeply the rest of us feel for you and are praying for you. It’s not fair, it’s not right, it’s unbelievably tragic. I hope and pray that one day soon you will feel joy in your lives again, and know your loved ones are safe and with God. It does not make this any easier, but I hope you know that everywhere people are embracing you and praying that you nor anyone else will ever feel such hurt again.

My heart is full of love and prayers for each and every person touched even remotely by this tragedy. May we all feel deep compassion, and do our best to make every school a sanctuary of safety and learning.

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • Littleton, CO/Boulder, CO/Alexandria, VA • #14121

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you through this difficult time
janelle

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • massachusetts • #14122

Hello !

Dear, my deepest deepest condolences to everyone affected by this horrible tragedy...God Bless Ya !!! Respect - Opole - Poland !!!

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • Opole, Poland • #14123

We want to express our deepest sympathy to all on the VA Tech campus and surrounding community.  We also hope that God will comfort those families who lost loved ones in this horrific tragedy.  Our thoughts and prayers will be with all of you for a long time.  As parents of a Hokie senior, we greatly admire the cohesiveness of the students in this time of pain and sorrow.  You have demonstrated your sense of family and support for one another.  Lone live the Hokie Nation.  Helen and Rick Horner

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • Yorktown, VA • #14124

To the entire Virginia Tech Family (students and faculty), I am deeply saddened about the incident that happened on the campus this past Monday.  My condolences go out to all of you.  I am a student at Beulah Heights Bible College in Atlanta, Georgia and we are a small campus and my first thoughts were when this happened was what if this had happened on our little campus.  I became very saddened again.  May God console all of your hearts.  AA

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • Covington, GA • #14125

My family and i live in Toronto, Canada and we we utterly shocked at the news of the shootings at Virginia Tech.  We would like to offer our deepest condolences to all those who lost a family memeber.  As my 8 year old sone said to me while we watched the news that night, he said “All they did did was go to school, why did someone have to kill them they did nothing wrong”.  As a family we went to the church that evening and lit a cnadle in memory of all the victims at Virginia Tech.  God Bless

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • Toronto, Canada • #14126

I am proud to have gotten my BS 78 and MS 78 from Va Tech and attended most of my classes in Norris Hall.  I am proud of and love my University and it will always be in my blood.  I am proud of the students that have represented all the Va Tech family, they have captured the spirit of who we are as the Va Tech family, the Hokie Nation.  I have heard so many people say that they are sad that Va Tech will go down in history and be remembered for this event.  But, as I have heard the students and seen the clips of services, I have to think that Va Tech will be remembered more for how exceptional it is as a community and family and how they have pulled each other up and will shine as an example to the world of how you should respond to tragedy.  I can not begin to express the feeling of loss I have for all that lost so much.  The students and professors were a part of my family too.  I will continue to pray everyday for everyone in our family.

Dan

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • Knoxville, TN • #14127

To Everyone at Virginia Tech:

My thoughts and prayers are with you always. I trust that you all will allow yourselves as much healing time as you need in order to recover from this horrible event.  Time will help, family will help, friends will help, and the positive energy of millions of people across the Earth will help. Go in Peace.

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • Raleigh, NC, USA • #14128

To the family and friends of the vt shooting. Im realy upset to watch and hear about the event. Im glad that Korean bastard is dead!!!!! That asshole did things that shouldnt have happen. he should of been dead way before that occurred. he will always be known as the KOREAN BASTARD. my greif will be here for the students and the familys. 4-16-07

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • wellington, florida • #14129

I cried last night, I prayed last night, I talked to my husband about the sadness I felt for the victims, families, and friends that endured this most dreadful event.  I looked at my son sleeping and felt blessed to have him.  I know not one of the victims, families, or friends personally, but I know this...God wants us to be as one as he is one...so that when one of us grieves, we all grieve.  I am grieving for all of the VT family and those around the world that are grieving with you.  Peace and Love

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • Upper Marlboro, MD/United States of America • #14130

I would like to tell you how my heart breaks for your university family,community,and state. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope you will find peace in knowing that God will see you through. God bless and remember that you are loved.

vicki B.

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • Mississippi State Alumni • #14131

We can begin to heal through unity and must understand peace. I understand your pain, and I hope you all begin to heal. Many stand behind you.

April 18, 2007, 12:18pm • Kalamazoo, MI • #14132

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult and tragic time. May you find the strength to go on through God’s grace and the knowledge that thousands keep you in thought and prayer. Sincerely, Sue Van Wyk, nursing student, York College of PA. class of May 2008.

April 18, 2007, 12:19pm • York, Pa • #14133

I want to offer my condolences to the family and friends of the victims.  I am praying for you all.  I graduated from Radford University and I have made many friends from Southwest VA.  I hope that it continues to remain a warm and peaceful place.

Kim Sidorick

April 18, 2007, 12:19pm • Germantown Maryland • #14134

You do not grieve alone, the world shares your sorrow. My prayers and thoughts and love are with you all.
Mary,

April 18, 2007, 12:19pm • England • #14135

There are no words to express the pain that your community is going through but know that there are so many of us praying for all of you. I believe that with prayers and support your university will make it through this experience stronger!
You all are in my prayers!

April 18, 2007, 12:19pm • Youngstown, Ohio • #14136

To all the victim’s families, those who have lost a loved one.

Just wanted to show my support to those families that had lost so much in such a short period.

We in Denmark were shocked (forgive me my small mistakes) to hear this tragedy, and grieve as if we had lost our brothers and sisters.

Have courage, one day life will smile back to you.

Yours sincerely

Ana

April 18, 2007, 12:19pm • Copenhagen, Denmark • #14137

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the families and friends of those lost. And for all of Virginia Tech, we are standing with you. I am so sorry for your deep loss, but I hope and pray that you can find peace and strength to overcome.

I am so touched to hear the stories of heroic efforts to save each other on that day, their stories should give us all hope that although evil and pain exist in this world so do love and selflessness.

God bless you

April 18, 2007, 12:19pm • Stanford CA • #14138

Ours prayers and thoughts are with you all May God Bless. God loves you and so do we.

La Kenya(28) Leo(28) Justin(5) Jaden(4) Leila(1)

April 18, 2007, 12:19pm • Perris, Ca • #14139

nous sommes si tristes et révoltés par ce drame !
nous patageons depuis la France votre peine.
famille Tetelbom

April 18, 2007, 12:19pm • marseille, france • #14140

May the Spirit of Lord comfort each and every students and their families who mourns at this critical moment.
Though i don’t know much of Virgina i was moved in spirit of the violent incidence that have taken place. Wherever we go in the world its the Love that bind us together. I know how hard it is to separate from a close friend. The same feeling will be there for each and everyone of You.
May the spirit of Lord comfort you and Guide you.Jesus said come unto me all who are heavy laden and I will give you rest. May Jesus Christ who is the comforter give you comfort and peace to each and everyone of you

April 18, 2007, 12:19pm • India • #14141

We are very grieved at the shocking shoot incident that took place in the Virginia Tech Campus. Our condolences with grieved families and all at Virginia Tech. Our prayers are with you.

April 18, 2007, 12:19pm • Mumbai,India • #14142

Dear Virginia Tech students, faculty, and your families,

We are keeping you all in our thoughts and in our prayers during this terrible time. There is no explanation that can make it all go away, nothing anyone can do or say to lessen the pain you must be in right now. The days will get better and the pain will fade, and we will never forget. God bless you all…

The Nee family

April 18, 2007, 12:19pm • New Jersey • #14143

I am so sorry for the loss your entire college community is forced to endure.  I am a college student in Massachusetts and I truly am shocked and disappointed.  This event seems so surreal, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

-Stefanie Kiluk
Worcester State College

April 18, 2007, 12:19pm • Worcester, MA • #14144

My thought and prayers are with your Students and Faculty, and all involved in the horrific tragedy.  As a former college student, who never thought this type of thing could happen on a college campus, I hope we can all come together to try to make sense of it all.  Peace and prayers are with those effected.

David

April 18, 2007, 12:19pm • Addison, Illinois • #14145

May the God of hope wrap all of those at VT in his comforting arms as you endure the pain and loss imposed upon you. Keep your Hokie spirit and will to survive this ordeal. Use it in a postive life-affirming way in rememberance of those whose opportunity was take away from them too soon. Peace at home. Peace in the world.

carolyn b
High Point Univ. (Class of 88)

April 18, 2007, 12:19pm • winston-salem, NC • #14146