Condolences, April 18, 2007

My heart is still heavy and I can not express how sad I feel.  I went to Texas A&M and I had the opportunity to visit Blackburg and had the priveldge to walk your campus, go to a football game, rub shoulders with Hokies and breathe Hokie air.  Texas A&M and Virginia Tech have so many similarities- we bleed maroon, we have a strong Corp of Cadets, and we love life.  When Texas A&M had the bonfire tragedy, I remember reading some condolences from Hokies and how you could feel in their heart how sad they were to hear about what happened in College Station that day.  We have a bond - we love our God, we love our Country and we love our University. Today and I think I speak for alot of people, we are all HOKIES.  I wear my Virginia Tech T-shirt with pride as I have seen so many Hokies do today on TV this past week.  May God Bless You!

Gig Em’ Hokies!!

Gregg Blanchard

April 18, 2007, 12:22pm • Houston, TX • #14197

Having graduated from RU and lived in Blacksburg I know first hand how close the VA Tech and Blacksburg communities are - such closeness can never be broken, it will only get stronger. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but it will get stronger.

All of those who lost their lives, the families who lost loved ones, and all who are suffering - you are in my thoughts and prayers. 

Stay strong VA TECH, stay strong.  And know that “We are Virginia Tech”

God Bless…

Kate L

April 18, 2007, 12:22pm • Atlanta, GA • #14198

Everyone is woven together in the fabric of our campuses, our nation and of our planet…

We are focusing all of our good energies and we pray that this deep, deep tear in our fabric may be repaired and that our fabric will become stronger as a result.

Rich, sherry, RJ -Hastings, NY

April 18, 2007, 12:22pm • #14199

I am truly saddened by this whole situation, my prayers are with everyone @ V.tech and there families....this was truly a sad day for everyone around the world....I just hope in time, and with prayer that the families will somehow find peace knowing that the ones we lost are now in better place....God Bless each and everyone of you.

Donna

April 18, 2007, 12:22pm • St.Thomas, Virgin Island • #14200

Je m’associe à votre peine.
Nul ne peut imaginer votre douleur,mais sachez que cette vie n’est qu’ephemère et q’un l’on rendra compte a Allah.
Que Dieu vous assiste dans cette épreuve,si dure.
Je prie pour le repos de leurs ames.
Que Dieu nous preserve de la haine,des armes,et de tous les maux qui gangrène la terre.

mariam from sénégal,west africa

April 18, 2007, 12:22pm • dakar,sénégal west africa • #14201

I’m sure I speak for everybody here in the UK when I say we are all thinking about you and praying for you all.

Our love and thoughts are with you.

April 18, 2007, 12:22pm • Beccles, Suffolk, UK • #14202

I pray that we will be able to use this massacre as ammunition to ban guns ensuring all students and law abiding citizens are forever defenseless.

God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 12:22pm • virginia • #14203

My family would like to offer up our prayers and sympathy to those families, friends and students at VT that lost loved ones. It’s unimaginable what you all are going thru right now. I hope its comforting to know that all across our great country along with the caring people across the world, we have come together to share in your sorrow and offer up our thoughts & prayers to those who are suffering during this time of loss. God Bless Each and Everyone of you and the ones you lost! To those that are injured...I wish you a speedy recovery, both in mind, body and soul!

The Sears Family

April 18, 2007, 12:23pm • Boise, Idaho UNINTED States of America • #14204

I am deeply saddened by this and I hope all the families are well during this time of grief. It’s so hard to believe that someone would do something like this. I know God is watching over the familes and that the deaths of these children will not go unsaid.

Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,

He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.

Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD

forever.

MORE LAWS MAKING GUNS ILLEGAL!!!!!!!!!!

April 18, 2007, 12:23pm • Connecticut, USA • #14205

I Live in Utah and i am so saddened over this tragedy my heart goes out to everyone affected by this, what a tragic loss of innocent life you are in my thoughts and prayers

April 18, 2007, 12:23pm • Lehi, Utah • #14206

I would like to say my heart is with the virginia tech students, i hope one day we can found peace in ours hearts and resignation. My prayers is with the family of the victims.

April 18, 2007, 12:23pm • Mexico • #14207

dear virginia tech when i heard bout this terrible tragedy it made me real upset and realize that life is way to short and any day u can die. i wish there was something i can do.the guy that did this is a real jerk every kid and teacher that died loved that school and the community and did not deserve to die i am going to keep the school in my prayers.brandon jonathan whipple.

April 18, 2007, 12:23pm • wellington florida united states • #14208

Me and my family are praying for the families and friends of all those who were victims in this tragedy. We know that you will get through this in time, you are nice and friendly people who come a great and caring country. Our thoughts are with everyone in at the campus.

Colin Vano

April 18, 2007, 12:23pm • United Kingdom • #14209

As a graduate of Radford University in the early nineties, Blacksburg was my second home. Virginia Tech is currently the school my cousin attends, and her dorm is the one where the shooting occurred. She thankfully survived, but this unspeakable act of violence senselessly took the lives of so many others. My heart goes out to you all. Deepest sympathies.

Kathy W.

April 18, 2007, 12:23pm • Richmond, Virginia • #14210

I thought this was appropriate.
My deepest condolences.

Letter to Mom
by Joy Curnutt

Mom, please don’t feel guilty
It was just my time to go.
I see you are still feeling sad,
And the tears just seem to flow.

We all come to earth for our lifetime,
And for some it’s not many years
I don’t want you to keep crying
You are shedding so many tears.

I haven’t really left you
Even though it may seem so.
I have just gone to my heavenly home,
And I’m closer to you than you know.

Just believe that when you say my name
I’m standing next to you,
I know you long to see me,
But there’s nothing I can do.

But I’ll still send you messages
And hope you understand,
That when your time comes to “cross over,”
I’ll be there to take your hand.

April 18, 2007, 12:23pm • Northern Virginia • #14211

I am 84 graduate of Virginia Tech. It has always had a special place in my heart. I am deeply saddened by this tragedy. I pray for the victims families and friends. I also pray for students, faculty, and alumni. This is shocking, but with God’s help we can overcome anything.

Dave White

April 18, 2007, 12:23pm • Columbia, Md • #14212

My heart goes out to everyone there. It is truly heartbreaking to see a college that has probably set many a record scholastically… be labeled as the school with such a tragic record of death. My hope for you all is that you WIN in the end when the grieving is over. Dont let the media or the man who killed cause your legacy or your schools legacy to be for the worst death toll in a schools shooting...let us stands strong and stand up together as a Nation a make it a day where we stood together and said what we did on 9/11. Nothing will stop us, no one will dictate our futures for us but us. Stand united and put your grief into campaining for better protection, better awareness and communication. From the ashes rise up high like the Phoenix!!! you are in my prayers! Sue

April 18, 2007, 12:23pm • buffalo ny • #14213

My deepest sympathies to all those who were affected by the tragedy at Virginia Tech. As someone who has spent a number of years on a university campus, I can imagine the shock one must feel when a place they considered safe becomes the setting of such a tragic event. I sincerely hope that through reading the posts on this site, you all someday learn to have faith once again and to feel hope for the future. Unfortunately it takes circumstances such as these to see that we are all blessed by having the support of friends, family, and even strangers from across the world.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this trying time,

A. Mitchell

April 18, 2007, 12:23pm • Ontario, Canada • #14214

I can make no sense of this horrible tragedy.I do not know anyone at Virginia Tech.but this kind of shock and sadness brings people together.You are in the thoughts and prayers of many.
May God give you strength,patience,and peace.

April 18, 2007, 12:23pm • Durham, NC USA • #14215

Our hearts and our prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the victims in this tragedy.

As an aside it would certainly be nice if the media would stop looking for someone to blame other than the shooter.

Ed Collier, Class of ‘70
Tampa, FL

April 18, 2007, 12:23pm • Tampa, FL • #14216

Our heartfelt prayers and sympathy are with everyone as you try to understand and cope with this horrific tragedy.

We realize it is hard to understand and you are asking why? Only God knows why and we are not to ask why me, but why not me? Just know that the whole world is praying for you and asking the same question.

God is here for you and even though we may never know the answers. We can take solace in the fact that all of those who died are resting in the arms of their Heavenly Father and He is telling them “Well done my good and faithful servant.” I will confort your family the rest of their lives.

May God Bless you all and we will continue to pray for healing.

April 18, 2007, 12:23pm • Texas • #14217

As a teacher myself, my heart aches for the Virginia Tech community: faculty, students and parents. We are all stunned, shocked and horrified by what has occured, and are keeping you in our prayers. The school where I teach (Orange Park High in Florida) will be supporting the Hokies by wearing Hokie colors this Friday. Mourn and honor your dead, support and love each other in grief, and in time rise up again and be stronger, Hokie nation.
Vicky Loehr

April 18, 2007, 12:24pm • Orange Park, Florida • #14218

Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will not we fear,
though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled,though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.

God Bless you all Virginia Tech family.

Casasola Family, Vista Hermosa, Guatemala 18.04.07

April 18, 2007, 12:24pm • Guatemala City, Guatemala • #14219

To the Students, Administration and Staff of VT:
I hurt for you in this time of so much sorrow and grief. No one deserved this horrible event. But I want you to know how very proud I am of all of you, particularly the students, for your courage and determination in holding up under these incredibly trying circumstances. You have shown the world how strong and dedicated you and the VT community are! God Bless you, your families, friends and all the Hokie family, past, present and future!!!!!
Most sincerely,
Carol W.

April 18, 2007, 12:24pm • Williamsburg, VA • #14220

Theodore Roethke

ELEGY FOR JANE
My Student, Thrown by a Horse

I remember the neckcurls, limp and damp as tendrils;
And her quick look, a sidelong pickerel smile;
And how, once started into talk, the light syllables leaped for her,
And she balanced in the delight of her thought,
A wren, happy, tail into the wind,
Her song trembling the twigs and small branches.
The shade sang with her;
The leaves, their whispers turned to kissing;
And the mold sang in the bleached valleys under the rose.

Oh, when she was sad, she cast herself down into such a pure depth,
Even a father could not find her:
Scraping her cheek against straw;
Stirring the clearest water.

My sparrow, you are not here,
Waiting like a fern, making a spiny shadow.
The sides of wet stones cannot console me,
Nor the moss, wound with the last light.

If only I could nudge you from this sleep,
My maimed darling, my skittery pigeon.
Over this damp grave I speak the words of my love:
I, with no rights in this matter,
Neither father nor lover.

April 18, 2007, 12:24pm • Clemmons, North Carolina • #14221

Peace be with you from Bozeman, MT

April 18, 2007, 12:24pm • Bozeman, Montana • #14222

Our hearts and thoughts are all with the families of the victims and those injured. May you all stay strong in this time of need. God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 12:24pm • Singapore • #14223

My family and I would like to express our deepest condolences. This was a horrible tragedy. Too many ANGELS were taken away too soon. It’s so difficult to understand why this is happening only GOD has that answer. We hope you can find comfort in our thoughts and prayers. We know that only time will heal this horrible pain.

Our prayers will be with you.
Jose, Silvia, Francesca, and Briana

April 18, 2007, 12:24pm • S. Plainfield, NJ • #14224

Words truly don’t seem adequate, but I wanted to somehow express how deeply horrified and saddened I, along with people all over the world, am at this tragedy. My heart goes out to all of the Virginia Tech community, and especially those students who were at Norris Hall at the time of the shooting. I pray for you to find comfort from your friends, family or professionals if neccessary. To the families of the victims, I want to let you know that, although the media seems overly fixated on the details of the killer, your loved ones are not forgotten. I have been deeply moved by their faces, names, and lives. Many prayers to you all from here in Michigan.

April 18, 2007, 12:24pm • Livonia, Michigan • #14225

As an Alumni, I am pained by this tragic event. I express sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the families and friends of victims. I hold you all dearly in my heart and wrap you up with prayers. I pray that God will comfort you and grant you peace through this terribly difficult time. WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH!

Love,
Abi Class of ‘05

April 18, 2007, 12:24pm • Charlotte, NC USA • #14226

My heart goes out to the families and friends of all those we lost. Take comfort in the memories, they will always be in your hearts. We are praying for you.

Laura,

April 18, 2007, 12:24pm • Marion, IL • #14227

As a nation we are mourning your loss.  May you feel God’s embrace during this very difficult time.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.

DLC

April 18, 2007, 12:24pm • Fairfax Station, Virginia • #14228

Psalms 23:1 - 6 1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

April 18, 2007, 12:24pm • South Eastern Pa., U.S. A. • #14229

When I was in a tragic situation, the best advice I received was to, “grieve in your own way to heal in your own time.”
Time can be weeks, months, and years.  Please do not be “hard” on yourselves for your feelings.
FEELINGS are not right or wrong, they just are.  Let them surface, let them spew forth.  This is the only way to begin the healing process.
My heart is heavy for all of you.  Nothing is “normal” and it will never be again what you once knew as “normal”.  You must do what makes you feel safe.  Go to where you can get those precious hugs.
God Bless each of you!
Lisa

April 18, 2007, 12:24pm • Lafayette IN..............home of Purdue Universit • #14230

As a colloege student once myslef I wish to share my codolences with all the families in sthis time of sorrow.  May god bless you all and keep you in his heart.

April 18, 2007, 12:24pm • Redlands, Caliifornia • #14231

Many years ago the University of Central Florida football team hosted your Virginia Tech Hokies. I shall always remember the wonderful students that we met during the tailgating, not to mention that crazy hokie noisemaker. Please accept my most sincere condolences to everyone at your university and most especially to those who lost loved ones. We at UCF stand beside you during your grief and support you during your recovery.
God Bless You All!
Tracy B - UCF Student Union

April 18, 2007, 12:24pm • Orlando, Florida • #14232

To all of those effected by this senseless tragedy, A sooner warning or email I dont think would have chaged or altered the outcome of such a horrific act of violence. But at east we can find comfort in knowing that each of the innocent victims are home and are at peace with GOD where THEY ARE SAFE. Peace and God be with everyone in this very difficult time. I have shared many tears with you. I hope that everyone that reads this will take a few extra moments with their children, their spouse, their mother or father and hug them and tell them you love them because you never know when GOD will call them home.

April 18, 2007, 12:24pm • Nashville, Tn USA • #14233

i am a student a west henderson high school i just want to say i am very sorry about the life that was take. i have be praying for all the families.well good lucky to you all.....

April 18, 2007, 12:24pm • hendersonville • #14234

Sending our prayers from UCLA to Virginia Tech.

Los Angeles feels your loss.

April 18, 2007, 12:24pm • University of California, Los Angeles • #14235

God be with you in your grief and through the healing process. Take comfort that many millions around the world are praying for you all!

April 18, 2007, 12:24pm • Hollywood, Florida • #14236

I pray for you all, for a memory of yesterday and a bless for tomorrow. These days my schoolmates on the BBS are caring about the safety and feelings of you all. Personally, I cannot imagine how I can act to this kind of massacre if it happens around.

I want to show my sincere respect for the old professor who tried to block the gunman at the door, in order to protect his students as possibly as he can. Humanity shines brightness in emergencies.

It seems that we can notice the price of lives only when lives are gone. The right way to mourn is to live, for the dead and for ourselves, a meaningful life.

Bless all!

Kuang Da

April 18, 2007, 12:25pm • Beijing, China • #14237

Across the states in Louisville, KY this tragedy has hit all of our hearts. All the VA Tech students, staff, and family members are in my thoughts and prayers. It’s times like this that we as people should stick together and lift eachother up. Stand tall and remember to deal with your emotions and grieve. For all the souls that were lost on Monday, they are in a much better place it just seems all to soon. To those trying to recover from injurys,life is precious, lean on those that love you and always remember to never give up. My condolences and prayers go out to you all! May God bless you and keep you, may his light shine upon you. God Bless you all!

From an EMT in Louisville

April 18, 2007, 12:25pm • Louisville, KY • #14238

It is with a sad and heavy heart that I offer you my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire VTech community.

Julie

April 18, 2007, 12:25pm • Kalamazoo, MI • #14239

My deepest sympathies and condolences to Virginia Tech University and to the loved ones of the victims - you people are in my heart and thoughts. May you somehow get the strength to live through this horrible time of mourning. As a believing person I only can say: God bless you people and be with you.

I’d also like to say sorry for some newspaper articles from my home country that in my opinion very rather rude, kind of arrogant and didn’t do justice to this incredible tragedy. My apologies, America - there are many, many Europeans who mourn, feel and cry with you.

Friedemann Rothfuchs - Bremen, Germany

April 18, 2007, 12:25pm • Bremen, Germany • #14240

mis mas sinceras condolencias, que pena mas grande que estamos haciendo mal como sociedad.

un gran abrazo a las familias en estos dolorosos momentos.

April 18, 2007, 12:25pm • chile • #14241

God Bless those that lay sleeping now

x

April 18, 2007, 12:25pm • Birmingham - England • #14242

I’m so proud to be a graduate of such a fine University! In a moment of such sadness and tragedy, the sight of the student body, faculty, and community pulling together to pray and show support for our fallen VT family members and their families was incredible. THIS is what our school is about and what it will be remembered for. Go Hokies!

April 18, 2007, 12:25pm • Nick Mayer Class of '95 Charlotte, NC • #14243

You have my deepest sympathies!

April 18, 2007, 12:25pm • Louisville, Kentucky / USA • #14244

To all who have been touched by this horrible tragedy, please know that our thoughts, our prayers and our hearts are with you. There are no words to express the depth of our sorrow.

May you somehow find a little comfort knowing that so many people care.

John & Michelle LaRose
York, Pennsylvania

April 18, 2007, 12:25pm • York, Pa. • #14245

My heart goes out to all the families of the victims and friends.

April 18, 2007, 12:25pm • Wallington, New Jersey • #14246