Condolences, April 18, 2007

As the parent of a freshman at Central Michigan University, I can’t imagine the horror and fear experienced by the students’ parents.  It appears there is yet another item to add to the long list of “parent’s worst nightmares”.  Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of all students parents, as we try to come to terms with the unfortunate reality that this possibility exists for each of us.  How do you prepare your child for such horror? What words of advice to you give?  What a frightening world we live in.

Mary Herman

April 18, 2007, 12:20pm • Negaunee, Michigan • #14147

Dear ...............
Just a small note to share our heart and love with everyone at this sad time .....During this time please keep the faith know that God’s love will pull you through .......Please lean upon your family and your friends for love and self help ......everyone is in our heart’s in our prayers ...........We are the proud parents of one of your own Nathan Boggs ........

With all the love in our hearts and all of our prayers..........

Mr Ernie and Sherry Boggs

April 18, 2007, 12:20pm • Winchester Virginia • #14148

My thoughts and prayers are with those in their time of need. I pray that those who have lost a loved one will find the strength and hope to continue to live life. Please remember to stay strong and hug your loved ones because you never know what the future holds. May god be with you.

April 18, 2007, 12:20pm • Arizona, United States • #14149

Prayer for VT Victims and Families

Almighty and merciful Lord, we your humble servants beseech you to look with mercy and forgiveness on Cho for the terrible thing he has done is cutting down so many of your children in the Spring time of their life.  Grant your infinite comfort upon all the families of the victims and help them heal from their loss.
Inspire and lead us to find ways to end the senseless need for violence that has infected this earth and guide us onto the path of peace for all your children of the world.  Amen
Rev. Robert Johnnene OFA
Mission Saints Sergius and Bacchus
A Franciscans of the Annunciation Ministry
www.missionstsergius.org
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EverlastingLoveOfChristMinistry

April 18, 2007, 12:20pm • Holliston, Massachusetts • #14150

God is with all of you.  May prayers are with all the families of this brilliant, awesome and great students and educators that loose their life.  Have faith in Him and tomorrow will be better. 
Dios los bendiga.  Refugiense en El y tendran fortaleza.

April 18, 2007, 12:20pm • Hormigueros, PR / Springfield OR • #14151

Living in Blacksburg and being at VA Tech are some of the best memories my family and I have.  It is truly a special place filled with people that are caring, strong and giving.  We grieve with you and pray daily for all Hokies and their families. 

Lou and Gwen Rifici
Alumni

April 18, 2007, 12:20pm • Cleveland, OH USA • #14152

I want to share my heartfelt sympathy with all of the families that have lost loved ones, no one deserves to die this way.  I would also like to say how proud I am of how well the students of Virginia Tech have stood strong and remain to support one another.  You all are in my thoughts and prayers. 

CE

April 18, 2007, 12:20pm • Culpeper, VA • #14153

Most blessed prayers and thoughts are with the student body, faculty, staff, at Virginia Tech; and all others who were affected by this terrible tradegy.

Lauren Ryan
Office of Insitutional Advanvcement
Felician College, NJ

“It is in pardoning that we are pardoned”.
-St. Francis of Assisi

April 18, 2007, 12:20pm • Lodi & Rutherford, NJ • #14154

"With Hope”, a song by Stephen Curtis Chapman, best expresses my heart for all of you. You are in my prayers!

With Hope

This is not at all how
We thought it was supposed to be
We had so many plans for you
We had so many dreams
And now you’ve gone away
And left us with the memories of your smile
And nothing we can say
And nothing we can do
Can take away the pain
The pain of losing you, but ...

We can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
‘Cause we know our goodbye is not the end, oh no
And we can grieve with hope
‘Cause we believe with hope
(There’s a place by God’s grace)
There’s a place where we’ll see your face again
We’ll see your face again

And never have I known
Anything so hard to understand
And never have I questioned more
The wisdom of God’s plan
But through the cloud of tears
I see the Father’s smile and say well done
And I imagine you
Where you wanted most to be
Seeing all your dreams come true
‘Cause now you’re home
And now you’re free, and ...

We have this hope as an anchor
‘Cause we believe that everything
God promised us is true, so ...

So we can cry with hope
And say goodbye with hope

We wait with hope
And we ache with hope
We hold on with hope
We let go with hope

April 18, 2007, 12:20pm • Los Angeles, CA • #14155

It was Cold.
It was early.
The rays of light emerged.
The Dark cloud came in.
The dancer stopped dancing.
The Drummer stopped beating.
The poet stopped laughing.
The darkness turned to crimson.
These points of light will never shine here again.
But from a distant place they will shine to illuminate the darkness left behind.

April 18, 2007, 12:20pm • washington DC USA • #14156

A Time Like This

I looked to my creator and said WHY THIS
I looked to my creator with clenched bare fists
I looked to my creator and said PLEASE END THIS
I looked to my creator and that’s when he said, patience my child…I will never leave you in times like this.
Do not mourn, a day is lost lives are gone, for when they were taken I grabbed them and brought them home.

Inspired by the lost loved ones at Virginia Tech, and to those who still find peace in the midst of this madness.
~Brittany Gordon, Future Hokie

April 18, 2007, 12:20pm • Wilmington, North Carolina • #14157

TO OUR FELLOW HOKIES

ALTHOUGH WE HAVE NOT HAD THE LOSS OF AN IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND, WE HAVE LOST MANY MEMBERS OF OUR HOKIE FAMILY.  THE ENTIRE HOKIE NATION HAS BEEN IN OUR EVERY THOUGHT AND OUR PRAYERS. THE HOKIES WILL PREVAIL OVER THIS DARK TRAGEDY. OUR MOST HEARTFELT SYMPATHIES TO THE FAMILES OF OUR FALLEN HOKIES.

CAROL ANN AND DICKIE HOLWAY ‘79

April 18, 2007, 12:20pm • VIRGINIA BEACH,VA • #14158

To The Virginia Tech Community:

May God’s Grace bring you strength in your time of grief.

Thoughts and Prayers from the Houston, TX region,
Jill Eisnaugle

Forever in Peace

Thirty-three souls left this world, gone astray
As sorrow weighed heavily on skies of gray,
While we stop to remember, we must question why
Lives so sweet and tender had to say goodbye.

While no sense can be made, in the wake of such grief
We know in due time, we will find some relief,
In knowing these angels, though taken too soon
Are resting in Heaven, with the sun and moon.

Each angel had been a true blessing on earth
A being so precious and so full of worth,
A child of God, sent stateside to roam
Until utter madness led their spirits Home.

Thirty-three souls left this world, gone astray
And sorrow weighs heavily, still on this day,
In memories, their legacies shall never cease
God be with the Hokies, forever in peace.
© 2007 – Jill Eisnaugle’s Poetry Collection

April 18, 2007, 12:20pm • Texas City, TX • #14159

God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.

Amen.

April 18, 2007, 12:20pm • Alexandria, VA • #14160

All the love, affection, and friendship in the world could not prevented--and did not prevent--this specific horror from taking place. This is part of the cruelty of the world that makes no sense to anyone, except to those who take pleasure in that cruelty.

Please take good care of yourselves and each other, as this is beyond what anyone could deal with without tremendous support. We’re all so sorry...so sorry.

April 18, 2007, 12:20pm • Samantha, Boston, MA • #14161

To all of you who try to make sense of a senseless act.  I have a niece that goes to Virginia Tech and the sinking fear I felt wondering if she was ok was undescribeable.  I am so grateful for her safety yet so saddened by the shear magnitude of grief that you all & we as a nation go through.  God trully wept Monday morning as this young man acted so selfishly.  Pls know that there are MANY in West Texas that are praying for healing, peace & safety for all of you in Blacksburg and all other colleges & schools across the country.

April 18, 2007, 12:20pm • Abilene, TX • #14162

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.  God Bless!

April 18, 2007, 12:21pm • Cleveland, Ohio • #14163

Our most sincere condolences go out to everyone that has been touched by this senseless tragedy. Words cannot express how sorry we are.
Dr. Michael & Janine Botty

April 18, 2007, 12:21pm • Fulton, NY • #14164

I am so shocked by everything that has happened to your school in the last 48 hours. I cant even imagine what you must be feeling.

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.  I realy mean that, I am not just one of those people that say that to be supportive.  I truly believe in the power of prayer.

I know that there is a God and that He has a reason for everything that happened at Virginia Tech on Monday.

God Bless you ALL

Mary~

April 18, 2007, 12:21pm • Shinglehouse, Pa • #14165

Atlanta Georgia:

I cannot express the profound sadness my family
and I feel for the students, faculty, staff as well, family members of their love ones lost to this tragic event.

Everywhere you turn here in the city, thousands are praying for a healing at Virginia Tech. My
family and our academic community stands with you
in this difficult time. May God continue to keep and bless you all.

Vincent Thorpe
Georgia Institute of Technology

April 18, 2007, 12:21pm • Atlanta, GA • #14166

had to endure these past few days. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

On 9/11 I was in my office on the 59th floor of WTC 2 and while no one who has not experienced what you all have had to endure can imagine, I can understand to a certain extent.

It is not easy being a survivor sometimes. While it seems an unlikely possibility, time does heal. You will never forget but hopefully you will find yourself thinking about this less and less and living your own lives and futures more and more. 

Give yourself time to work through this and just try to do the best you can while you do. From what I have seen so far, you all have so much to be proud of…

God bless you all….

PSW

April 18, 2007, 12:21pm • Gulfport Mississippi • #14167

A tradgedy. A senseless, shocking tradgedy.

The only passage that I could think of when I heard about the tradgedy you have suffered comes from a poem by W H Auden:

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

My thoughts are with you

Andy - London, England

April 18, 2007, 12:21pm • London, England • #14168

Dear loved Hokies,

My heart is touched with your grief, and I pray that our loving heavenly Father will touch you with the healing that only He can bring.  I am normally a proud Jayhawker from Kansas, but today I have placed the VT on my website, along with the black ribbon as I mourn with you.  Today, I am respectfully a Hokie.
God bless you all.
Harold

April 18, 2007, 12:21pm • Hutchinson, Kansas • #14169

I was at work and I was listening to all of this on the radio. I don’t really know what you are going through but we have had threats like this at our school, and I can tell how scared you guys are and how much pain you are facing. But you will get through this and everything will be back to normal not better but a litle bit normal. My sincere appologies to everyone and I hope everything is EXCELLENT down the road
(L)

April 18, 2007, 12:21pm • Fort Frances Ontario • #14170

I am a Hokie - I will always be a Hokie...it is in my blood and part of my heart, mind, and soul. As Hokies we are all bound by our unique spirit-and we are all part of one family. The victims and their families are in my constant prayers, as are all members of the Hokie family.

We will rise above this tragedy, but first we must mourn, and I am mourning with you.

May God Bless you and keep you..

Love to you all,
Carol
class of ‘80

April 18, 2007, 12:21pm • Aldie, VA • #14171

My family and I are truly sad and pray for all the families and friends of the many people who died in this terrible tragedy. We pray with time God will help you with your grief and we keep you in all our prayers.

April 18, 2007, 12:21pm • Redlands, California • #14172

I can’t fall asleep last night when I heard this horrible news. I truly believe that each people who loves life will remember them forever.

April 18, 2007, 12:21pm • China • #14173

I still cant get my head round how anyone could do such a terrible thing.

Stay strong VT and be sure to tell your friends that you love them.

Steve
London, England

April 18, 2007, 12:21pm • #14174

I can not stop thinking of the beautiful faces of the students and teachers that were lost.  Our little community here lost one student recently to illness and we are devistated.  I can not imagine the depth of sadness you are experiencing.  May God be with you all in this trying time.
Sincere condolences,
Marianne, Mike, Mike, Becky and Paul

April 18, 2007, 12:21pm • Sag Harbor NY USA • #14175

I heard about this unbelieveable tragedy second hand, and as a university student myself, I am thoroughly scared that this could happen here.  I hope everyone, who is grieving for a loved one or friend killed, finds the support and love they need.  Loss is never easy, and tragic loss is even more confusing.  Why did this have to happen?  Could it have been prevented?  These are questions I know I would be asking myself and the school if this happened on my campus.  My prayers and love go out to all in the community and those effected abroad.

Jennifer

April 18, 2007, 12:21pm • Albany, NY, USA • #14176

Current Hokie Students/Staff
As a Hokie Alumini, I have felt a wide range of emotions this week- deep sorrow, anger, the same thing most of you are feeling. As I watched the end of Tuesdays ceremony things changed. While I still feel those same emotions, they have taken a backseat to something else. When you guys started chanting “Lets Go Hokies” that showed the country and the world that this trajedy will not be what this school is known for!But rather the support, character, and resiliency of what it means to be a Hokie!! Thank You Hokies- God Bless

April 18, 2007, 12:21pm • Luray, VA • #14177

I graduated from Virginia Tech in 1975.  I last visited the campus in February 2006. Today I feel as if I am on the campus sharing the hurt and pain you all feel. While I did not know any of the victims, I feel a very real sense of personal loss.

In the mist of this tragedy, I have been very impressed by the students, faculty, and staff at Virginia Tech. You have displayed a great spirit and dignity despite this tragedy. We will never forget.

The Virginia Tech family – my Virginia Tech family – has suffered an unconscionable loss. I grieve for those who died, mourn with those they leave behind, and pray for the wounded that they will recover.

William Bell, VT Class of ‘75

April 18, 2007, 12:21pm • Dover, DE • #14178

Dear Virginia Tech Hokies,

Our hearts go out to each and every one of you! I pray for the healing of your minds and hearts as you go through this horrible tragedy. We suffer in silence with you and even though we live across the country we are Hokies at heart!

Love to all and God Bless!

John and Inge O’Brien

April 18, 2007, 12:21pm • San Diego California • #14179

I just want to reach a helping hand out to your college and let you know that the world is grieving with you right now. It is going to be a hard road ahead of you to recovery, but always know that there are many helping hands along the way. God bless you and your school, the families, friends, and classmates. Never give up hope of finding happiness.

April 18, 2007, 12:21pm • North Dakota • #14180

i am so sorry for the loss of yours love one. may precoius memories fill your heart and ease your pain.  god bless all!!

ceidiz malave

April 18, 2007, 12:21pm • syracuse ny • #14181

There are no words that can change what happened Monday at Va Tech.  My thoughts and prayers go out to each and every person that has been effected by this horrible event, in Blacksburg, and the rest of the world.  To the people that were there, know that you have a special place in the hearts of billions for the loss that you have now endured. 
May you be in the favor of what ever God you see. 

With a saddened heart
Benjamin

April 18, 2007, 12:21pm • San Francisco, CA • #14182

Your campus now has 33 angels looking over all of you! I pray for you during this hard time!

April 18, 2007, 12:21pm • Louisiana • #14183

My deepest condolences to all the victims of the tragedy at VT. Everyone is in my prayers during this tragic and unfortunate time.

Life is short,
Forgive quickly,
Kiss slowly,
Love truly,
Laugh uncontrollably,
And Never regret anything that made you smile.

Jessica M.

April 18, 2007, 12:22pm • Columbia, MD USA • #14184

I wish to send my deepest condolences to all the Families that have been affected by this Horrendous tragedy that occured the other day.  I did not attend Virginia Tech but my brother was part of the Virginia Tech ROTC Cadets and now is a Major in the USAF.  Myself I am also in the USAF.  We are all part of a big family called Virginia Tech and we will get thru this Tragedy.  Once again I wish to say how sorry I feel and hurt I am what one person can do. 

SSgt Thomas A. Bowman
Luke AFB, AZ

April 18, 2007, 12:22pm • Luke AFB, AZ • #14185

As a journalism student at the University of North Texas, I was truly saddened at such tragedy that happened at your school.  Many wonder what could have been done to prevent the young man from carrying out such perverse violence.  I feel that this question should no longer be asked or debated.  Some things are just unexplainable, and no one should blame themselves for the wrongdoing others commit. My prayers, along with many of my fellow acquaintances and classmates, go out to all of the victims, students, family and faculty of Virginia Tech. May we all become stronger and unite as a collegiate community across the United States.  --Alex Warren

April 18, 2007, 12:22pm • Denton, Texas • #14186

My heart goes out to all that were and is effected by the tragedy that has affected our Nation. My Heart goes out to the families and to those that lost friends.
My Prayers are with you all.
May God Bless You all.
Mrs. Graf

April 18, 2007, 12:22pm • Tyler, Texas • #14187

To Family and Friends:

My heart goes out to all of you and my thoughts and prayers are with you.  It is extemely hard to deal with loosing a loved one, especially like this.

Please know that you have many people thinking of you.

April 18, 2007, 12:22pm • Amy in Columbia, SC • #14188

This is coming from a Mom whose son just graduated from college in 2006.  While he was there we were concerned and prayed for his safety.  He has since graduated and this horrible event as you continue to seek your education for a future ahead, is heartbreaking.  Our sympathies to those that have lost a friend or family member.  Our prayers go out to those that remain for the healing that will need to and eventually will take place but will most certainly take time.  May God Bless each of you now and in the days to come.  Mom Y

April 18, 2007, 12:22pm • Gordonville, PA USA • #14189

I can’t even begin to understand the pain that you all are experiencing at this moment. I know that God will give you all strength to make it through this difficult time. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Go Hokies!!!!

April 18, 2007, 12:22pm • Wheeling, WV • #14190

May God give you peace during this time. God cries with you over this horrible tragedy!
Give yourself time to grieve and then live the rest of your life as a gift. The way to overcome these types of tragedy is to turn them into a greater good by having compassion for all.
Br. Solanus Mary MIM

April 18, 2007, 12:22pm • Johnstown PA • #14191

My thoughts are with all of you. I’m so sorry.

April 18, 2007, 12:22pm • Westfield, MA • #14192

On behalf of my myself and my entire family, I would like to express my deepest sympathy for the horrific events you had to endure.  From so far away we feel helpless to aid you, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers every day and always.  May those whose lives were taken so prematurely find eternal peace in the arms of our Lord, and may those left behind find the strength to forgive and persevere. God Bless you all.

The Pham Family
Olympia, WA

April 18, 2007, 12:22pm • Lacey, WA • #14193

I am truly saddened by the tradgey that has occurred.  My heart goes out to each and everyone of you during this very difficult time.  Everyone is in my thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 12:22pm • Syosset, NY - USA • #14194

my condolences to all students of virginia tech and families of the victims. i’m really sorry what happened

stephie

April 18, 2007, 12:22pm • Bad Windsheim, Germany • #14195

This May will mark the third year since my graudation of college.  I always think back and say those are easily the greatest days of my life.  For the past three days I have been at work, in my cubicle (man I wish I was still in college) watching all of CNN’s coverage. Over these days I have experienced many harsh feelings toward one man, but I have also been moved by the spirit the students of Virgina Tech have shown, despite this tragedy.  I had goosebumps as the students chanted “Lets Go Hokies” during the convocation.  I urge all of you to try your best moving forward, and don’t let one horrible man stop you from living the greatest days of your lives.  Right now I consider myselft a fan of the Hokies, and I do not want to see one man beat us, “Lets Go Hokies!”

April 18, 2007, 12:22pm • CT • #14196