Condolences, April 18, 2007

We lost a young family member due to a horrible, violent murder 7 months ago.  One thing that I have learned is that God is the only one who can give you the strength to carry this burden.  I don’t know how we would have made it through these past months without His comfort and peace, and all the loving people He has put in our lives.  Please, try to focus on the loving people in your lives, and not on this terrible act. Love those around you and do not take them for granted, you don’t know how long they will be with you.  I pray for all of the family, friends, and fellow students, that you can turn to Him. I also pray for the family of the young man who committed this act - I cannot imagine their pain knowing that their son has caused so much grief to so many people all over the world.

God bless you all, He will give you hope!

April 18, 2007, 12:25pm • Carson City, NV • #14247

I am a 1987 alumni of Virginia Tech.  I am in shock over this tragedy and offer my thoughts and prayers to the Hokie Nation.  I cannot begin to imagine the feelings of sorrow that students, faculty, and family members are experiencing.  All we can do is press on, hold life dear, and give thanks for our blessings.  Go Hokies!

John Friedman

April 18, 2007, 12:25pm • Ashland, Virginia • #14248

Sincerest Condolences.
Isabel Fernandes

April 18, 2007, 12:25pm • Figueira da Foz, Portugal • #14249

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of these tragic victims.  We live in a insane world and days like yesterday hopefully remind each of us of how precious each day of life is and how special our time is when spent with our loved ones. 
God bless the families and fiends.
God Bless all of us in America!!!

Patti

April 18, 2007, 12:25pm • Outer Banks, NC • #14250

We the people of the greatest Country in the world, again stand together, this time to support the families, students and staff of Virginia Tech. With heavy hearts our prayers have saturated Heaven’s Homeland, petitioning the Lord Jesus Christ to minister grace, peace and healing to each and every person affected by this tragic event. The Bible states in Isaiah 41:10 “ Fear thou not, for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am God: I will strenghten thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness”.
There is a story about a young man who went to visit family in France. He told them he wanted to see the Alps before his stay was ended. So one day they took him to a near by hill top and told him to look towards the south and he would see the Alps. As he looked southward he said “ I don’t see the Alps, all I see is fog and clouds.” One of the young lads that was with him said “ your not looking high enough”. The visiting lad then turn and looked upward and sure enough there above the fog and the clouds he saw the peaks of the ALps rising above. May we look above clouds of this tragic event and catch a glimpse of our Lord reaching down to help.

God Bless,
R V Topping

April 18, 2007, 12:25pm • Oceana, WV • #14251

I do not know any you, but I am praying for you. As a mother and a teacher, I can imagine the pain you are feeling, but I know it is nothing compared to what you really feel. Know that thousands of people are praying for you.
Jeanne

April 18, 2007, 12:25pm • Sylvester, Ga USA • #14252

I pray that you find some peace in your mourning. I know things must seem dark now and it maybe sometime before you find light, but I hope you find comfort and light from the support of your campus and the rest of the world

Lord be with you

Faith

April 18, 2007, 12:25pm • Milwaukee, WI • #14253

God Bless to everyone in the Virginia Tech family. I am so sorry this happened.

April 18, 2007, 12:26pm • Media, PA • #14254

I was shocked and dismayed to hear of this tragedy.  I am a mother and wife.  I cannot even begin to imagine what you, your families, friends and the families of the victims are going through.  My family and I will be praying for you all.  Our deepest condolances to all those who lost friends and family and a speedy recovery for those who were injured.

April 18, 2007, 12:26pm • Slidell, LA USA • #14255

As a Virginia Tech alum and daughter and wife to Virginia Tech alums, I am in shock and sadness over what has happened.  My prayers and condolences go out to the students, faculty, and family members who are currently at the university.  I know that although I was not there, the immense sadness and dispair I feel is because of the love and respect I have for my alma mater!!  Go Hokies!!  May Orange and Maroon fly forever!!

April 18, 2007, 12:26pm • Jill, Class of 2001, Virginia • #14256

My husband and I are true Hokies… license plates, IM names, a family room done in maroon and orange… we encourage anyone and everyone we know to go to VT (and it worked with our nephew (’05) who lives and breathes it with us). We watch the grief from Northern Virginia but feel it as if we were there with you all… standing on the Drill Field holding our own candle. Our heartfelt condolences, prayers for peace and understanding, and love are with all Hokies everywhere… but especially in Blacksburg, a place that we called home.

May the spirit of unity that lives within the hearts of Hokies everywhere (and those honorary Hokies that have stepped up and said, “Today, we are all Hokies") guide you all, and the rest of us, through this. Let the blinding, brilliant light of Virginia Tech lift you and give you peace.

The Elgart (Suddarth) Family (’91 & 95)

We are Virginia Tech!

April 18, 2007, 12:26pm • Fairfax, VA - USA • #14257

When I heard about what happened on April 16, even I had to admit that I was in shock.

It was sad to hear that 33 students and faculty (along with the gunman himself) were killed in the worst massacre in US history.

My condolences certainly go out to families who lost loved ones on April 16.

I am a Hokie and I am proud.

Leonard Weirich

April 18, 2007, 12:26pm • Silver Spring, Maryland • #14258

To the Students, Faculty, Staff and family of the victims, words can’t describe the sadness and pain that you all & the nation are feeling at this time.  My heart goes out to all of you and my Prayer is that God will stregthen and comfort you during your time of mourning.

Adrien S.  Atlanta, GA

April 18, 2007, 12:26pm • ATLANTA, GA • #14259

Throughout the entire world people are coming together sending an amazing spiritual uplift. Giving emotional prayers and condolences to everyone affected.Our spirits are so saddened by this tragedy..leaving us thinking,deeply.But the Virginia Tech students and alumni lift our spirits with their courage and passion for learning.Your all in our thoughts and prayers.
Love
Dana Baker

April 18, 2007, 12:26pm • ForbesRoad, Pa USA • #14260

Dear Virginia Tech,
I am a graduate student at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.  I just wanted to let you all know that your Canadian campus brothers and sisters are mourning deeply with you and praying for you.  Our campus flags are flying at half-mast today, as they should be.  You are on our minds and in our hearts and we will always remember you and those who fell so tragically in your midst.
Wishing you peace and healing.

April 18, 2007, 12:26pm • Waterloo, Ontario, Canada • #14261

Our deepest and most sincere sympathies go out to all the victims, their families and friends. We in El Paso, as the rest of world, are praying for everyone that was impacted by this tradegy. May the Lord give you the strength to go on.

Irma and son Chris

April 18, 2007, 12:26pm • El Paso TX • #14262

The world is so deeply saddened by the cowardly and senseless acts of one evil man on the campus of Virginia Tech.  I, like the rest of the world have watched in sorrow.  My prayers and thoughts are with all of you.  I know at this time, mere words are inadequate, but I am so truly sorry for everyone’s loss.

Jan Gallagher

April 18, 2007, 12:26pm • Dallas, Texas • #14263

My thoughts are with the families of the victims of this senseless tragedy. May your hearts heal in time and your loved ones be remembered always.

April 18, 2007, 12:26pm • Greensboro, North Carolina • #14264

It is a sad moment when you hear about things like this.  I have no personal ties to any of the students or faculty but my heart goes out to everyone that has suffered in this loss and I will continue to keep all in my prayers.

Tracey Lukasiewicz

April 18, 2007, 12:26pm • Williamstown, NJ • #14265

To the entire Virginia Tech community my thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I just can’t believe this is happening all over again. I wish there was some way to ease your pain and anguish but I don’t know how except to give you my blessings. All I can say is I hope our nation has learned from this horrible tragedy and demand stricter laws do to gun control, and other aspects that are devouring our youth in today’s society. I know that it will take time to recover from this travisty but I feel in due time things will get better for you all. You are all are in my prayers and may God ease your pain and suffering! Sincery Stephanie

April 18, 2007, 12:26pm • Louisville Ky. • #14266

Para todos aquellos que directa o indirectamente han sufrido esta terrible tragedia solo quiero decir que nuestras oraciones estan con ustedes; y aunque nada podra aplacar el dolor en sus almas sepan que Dios esta con ustedes en todo momento. Escribo esto en espanol por que se que tambien hubo victimas hispanas como yo y a sus familiares un abrazo muy especial. Dios los bendiga.

April 18, 2007, 12:26pm • Mexico • #14267

Dear All,

I was shocked and horrified when I heard the news on the television on Tuesday It literally sent chills up my spine… As my own daughter approaches her time to head off to college I cannot imagine what it would feel like to receive the call that the parents and family received on that day. We may never understand what goes through the minds of killers.. My family and myself are praying for all of those affected by this terrible act of violence. There will be healing but it will take a long time........

April 18, 2007, 12:26pm • Saint Augustine, Fl. • #14268

Hokies, Parents, and Families,
I will continue to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.  As a Hokie family member, I am always amazed at what a strong bond this school fosters.  That strong bond is what will bring you all closer together and see you through this horrible tragedy. 
Wishing you HIS peace and comfort.
Kris

April 18, 2007, 12:26pm • Bristow, VA • #14269

To all affected by this unimaginable tragedy,
May it comfort you to know that thoughts and prayers of millions of people from here and around the world are with you now and will continue to be with you for a long time to come.  What a great community of people who have come together and supported each other.  That is truly an example of the American spirit.  What great courage and strength those close to this tragedy are displaying.  We are all there for you.  You will prevail.

April 18, 2007, 12:26pm • Portland, ME • #14270

So sad.

I myself am no stranger to loss as for the last few months I’ve lost several people I was very close to. My deepest condolences go to the family and friends of the victims.

April 18, 2007, 12:26pm • Thomaston, CT • #14271

This is truly a terrible tragedy.  The whole Nation offers condolences and prayers to those who have lost love ones.  Hopefully, something positive can come out of this, I think we are seeing something already, people caring and supporting one another and coming together as one united in grief. God Bless…

April 18, 2007, 12:26pm • Miamisburg, Ohio • #14272

To All Students and Faculty at Virginia Tech,

We send our deepest sympathies to all the families and friends that have lost a loved one.

May God Bless you and bring you comfort.

As the Irish poem says.
May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, and until we meet again may
God hold you in the palm of his hand.

The Hueber Family

April 18, 2007, 12:26pm • Philadelphia, PA • #14273

Rest in peace all the people that died in the massacre.

Best wishes for all the people involved.

Ban the weapons, and give the people a better emotional education to try to prevent all this once and for all.

Many people with promising lifes and dreams, now unfulfilled, died there, let it not happen again.

April 18, 2007, 12:27pm • Albacete, Spain • #14274

To all,
As a Mother of two college students I can only begin to understand the grief. I promise to keep my prayers strong for all involved. I will make sure to say “I love use” & give hugs more frequently to my grown children.

with loving thoughts,
The Braffords

April 18, 2007, 12:27pm • Cincinnati, Ohio • #14275

Our family would like to extend our prayers to the families and friends who have lost some one during this horrible tragedy.  I can’t even to begin to feel what the families and the University are going through during this time.  I just pray that you may find that strength to carry you on.  I was so proud to see how the University came together as a family and expressed their pride and strength - God Bless…

The Nabors Family
Texas A&M - Aggies

April 18, 2007, 12:27pm • League City, Texas • #14276

I just wanted to share my love for all the students and the families who have students at VA Tech.  My baby sister is currently a student on your campus and I couldn’t begin to describe the feelings of waiting to hear from her, just as I’m certain I couldn’t begin to understand what she and the other students and the families are going through in dealing with the loss of their loved ones.  We love you and pray for healing.

April 18, 2007, 12:27pm • Ruston, LA • #14277

Dear Virginia Tech friends and families
As a South Korean student studying in the United States, I feel deep regret and sympathy for the loss of 33 brothers and sisters that were killed by the student gunman at Virginia Tech. Regret, Because such a senseless killing seems so unnecessary and avoidable. Sympathy, because of the pain and suffering that is occurring in the senseless killing’s aftermath, for families and friends it is devastating right now.

I hope Fellow South Koreans are able to express the disappointment and hurt they too feel inside themselves. My hope and prayer is that compassion and outreach of love from South Korea be shared here in the U.S

Sung-Ju Kim from IUSSW

April 18, 2007, 12:27pm • Indianapolis, IN, • #14278

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good Romans 12:21
JESUS SAVES

April 18, 2007, 12:27pm • Galax, Va • #14279

As a college who has been through a horrible tragedy itself, years ago, students of the University of Texas extend their condolences and prayers to you and yours. The showing of love outpoured to you alread proves that you are not alone. Just lean on that support, but more importantly on God’s love and support and you will all come through this. Gone, but not forgotten, forever. God bless, and Hook ‘Em Hokies.

Ashley
Austin, Texas

April 18, 2007, 12:27pm • Austin, Texas, USA • #14280

As a parent of college students, an educator and a resident of Virginia, I weep with those who have lost their loved ones in this terrible tragedy. Know that I and many others are praying for the families and friends of those who have been taken from us. We must all seek God’s comfort and grace at a time of such inexplicable violent and great sorrow.

Sylvia R.

April 18, 2007, 12:27pm • Oak Hill, Virginia • #14281

My heart goes out to the staff, students, and parents.  May you find comfort in God and through this difficult time know that others care and are praying for you. During this difficult time know “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. He is always there when you need him.

Shauna

April 18, 2007, 12:27pm • Wise, North Carolina • #14282

Ever since the moment I first learned of the terrible tragedy on Monday, you all have been constantly in my thoughts and prayers.  An experience such as this is truly unimaginable, this kind of grief impossible to understand.  But know that those who have been lost, and those who have lost precious friends, family and loved ones will not be forgotten: you are constantly in our thoughts.  God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 12:27pm • Holt, Michigan • #14283

My husband, a VT Alumni, and I are very much saddened by this horrible act of violence to the students, faculty, and families of our beloved Virginia Tech. We pray for those that have lost a loved one, family or friend, and for all affected by this horrific event.

May God be with you,
Bob and Karen

April 18, 2007, 12:27pm • Phoenix, Maryland • #14284

As a resident of Southwest Virginia my entire life and a resident of Christiansburg for the last five years, I attended another university in Va. However, we are all Hokies at heart here. Blacksburg and Christiansburg are Virginia Tech with so many students we meet and know through daily life, many of whom I hold as dear friends.  We, as a community, and I as an individual feel the pain and sorrow of the students and families.  They are our family as well and we feel a love for them. We will always hold those who died close to our hearts and minds. We pray for the peace and comforting of their families and loved ones. E King

April 18, 2007, 12:27pm • Christiansburg, Va • #14285

to all of the students, faculty, and staff...at virginia tech...my heart is heavy for you all, my thoughts and prayers are with you....may you feel healing in your hearts and minds,as time goes by and by with love....m.h.from mi.

April 18, 2007, 12:27pm • portage,mi. • #14286

VT students, faculty, and families, we grieve with you and for you. God bless and keep you all,

Daspit Elementary Faculty, Ken Brantley, principal

April 18, 2007, 12:27pm • New Iberia, LA • #14287

From Razorback Nation
We too are praying for you and your school, classmates, & state. May god give you His grace during this trying time. Look to Him for your guidance.
God is in control!
John Sanderson

April 18, 2007, 12:27pm • Searcy,Arkansas, USA • #14288

Hi!  I’ve been following the news about what happened to all of you at Virginia Tech.  I am very shocked at the severity of this crime, the 32 people that lost their lives and the 2 dozen plus that were injured in this horrible incident.  My prayers, condolences, and sympathy goes out to all of the families, friends, and colleagues that have lost the people they love so much; my prayers go out to the 2 dozen plus injured people in that they will have a speedy and healthy recovery from their injuries.  The hardest part of the recovery and healing is the emotional and psychological trauma that this has left with all of you. The memorial service was a great start in that healing process, especially when you did your Hokie cheer at the end.  Please put your trust in God to help and guide you in this process. This healing will take awhile, so just take it one day at a time.  Believe me when I say that this will get a little easier as time goes on, but I know that no one will ever forget what happened at VT on April 16, 2007.  Always remember that day, just like we are continuing to remember 9/11/2001 after 5 years.  God bless all of you as you continue your healing!
Love in the Lord,
Chari Mercier :)
St. Petersburg, FL

April 18, 2007, 12:28pm • St. Petersburg, Florida • #14289

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you that have been affected by this senseless tragedy.  No one should ever have to go through what all of you are.  We will keep you in our hearts as you try to begin the healing...God’s peace to you all.  The Peterson Family

April 18, 2007, 12:28pm • McFarland, Wisconsin • #14290

Virginia Tech Hokies,

The great fear and sadness you are experiencing came not from your mistakes, what might have happened if, or any other guilt on anyone’s part, person/school/organization, you have experienced one man’s horrifying evil, no matter what ifs are imagined, you could not have prevented it - it came from within him.  My prayers are with you to have a measure of peace and hope as you cope with the reality of evil in our society.

April 18, 2007, 12:28pm • Mountain Grove, MO • #14291

I work at the Grad School at the University of Kentucky and, as I walked into work today, I found myself scanning the area for anything unusual.  When I realized what I was doing, I felt extreme sadness and frustration that our nation has come to this. 

May God bless and keep all those at Virginia Tech and bring peace to family and friends.  Here at UK, we stand with you in this time of sorrow.

April 18, 2007, 12:28pm • Lexington, Kentucky • #14292

As Hokie Fans, we want to express our deepest condolences to the families of all the victims of this horrific tragedy.  You are all in our thoughts and prayers.  Please know that all over the world, people are grieving along with you and praying for the return of peace.  God be with you all and know that the Hokie Nation is surrounded by love!

April 18, 2007, 12:28pm • Charlotte, NC • #14293

My thoughts to all the families and friends of those young braves saddly missed.

They’re gone, but not forgotten.

May they rest in peace.

Fred

Belgium

April 18, 2007, 12:28pm • Belgium • #14294

For some reason known only to Him, God chose these people, this time and this place. We can take solice in the fact that they are with Him and all the beauty and glory that surround Him. God bless them and all of you that were close to them. We are with you in spirit and the belief the next realm is one of perfect beauty and bliss. This comes to you with sincerest sympathy.

Michael and Linda Byrne & family

April 18, 2007, 12:28pm • Levittown, Pa. USA • #14295

May God welcome all these poor souls into Heaven with His open arms. Having 5 children of our own, who have had the honor to graduate from different colleges I can only say “I’m sorry for your child and their lost lives” May they all rest in peace and bring peace to your family. They are no Guardian Angels and you will feel them near you at all times.

Gerry and Francine Gore, Kutztown, PA

April 18, 2007, 12:28pm • Kutztown, PA / Berks County • #14296