Condolences, April 18, 2007

I really don’t know what to say. But, I feel it my Heart is weeping, I have tears in my eyes and just want to say God Only knows. Pray to him, talk to each other, weep, mourn don’t put blame on others, Love each other Lift each other. And rememer the innocent souls that were taken there at Peace, maybe not the way we wanted, but when is death really what any of us want.. Again , I repeat as said yesterday you are Virginia Tech.. May God Lift you and Bless you Today and Forever..

Tony and Denise Milliken

April 18, 2007, 12:36pm • Bridgman, Mi.. U.S.A. • #14447

My heart goes out to all of you. I wish there was something, anything I could do to make this hurt a little less. Stay strong; you all will be able to get through this. I send nothing but love hugs and best wishes to all of you.

April 18, 2007, 12:36pm • Phoenix, AZ • #14448

I am writing to share my most heartfelt condolences to the Virginia Tech community. As an alumni of East Carolina University, the two schools have had a long-standing relationship through the athletic venues.

I remember visiting your campus many years ago and remember today the beauty of the area, and the spirit shown by the fans and students that fall afternoon. May that spirit live on in all of you,and may you gain some comfort in knowing that the Lord Jesus Christ has provided a much better place for your loved ones through his loving power.
John Ellis

April 18, 2007, 12:36pm • Carrboro, NC • #14449

As a native Virginian who is so far away from home right now, my heart goes out to the Tech community. May your strength and the strength of those around you see you through this horrible time. You are Virginia Tech, and we are here for you.

April 18, 2007, 12:36pm • Massachusetts • #14450

I never heard of the school before Monday. But what happened on April 16, 2007 at Virginia Tech is a tragedy to all human kind. I have no words to express my deepest sorrow; I only pray that my God gives you the strength and the hope that the names will never be forgotten. A tragedy in the sanctuary of education is the most unimaginable nightmare. I hope we will learn from this tragedy the root cause of the problem and how such a thing could have been prevented. I truly hope as 9/11 changed many things, this tragedy will change many things and open our eyes to see what is sometimes obvious. 
Knowing we can not change the past, my prayers are with you to give you the strength to move on caring the burden on your shoulder.  The sadness and the emptiness will never go away, but as my recent experience of losing my father, as human we learn to live with it. With all my love and prayers May God Bless You. May this tragedy unite not only the Virginia Tech community but the World community.
Abby

April 18, 2007, 12:36pm • New Jersey, USA • #14451

In times like this we wonder why, what, how come.  But, all I know to do is to pray for your pain and sorrow, your lost and saddness.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.  There is no excuse for what happen.  We can speculate and point fingers but that won’t change what has happen.  So in your pain and questioning we want to thank God that you are still here and able to have a memory of your friend, teacher, classmate, roommate or stranger walking pass in the hall way.  You are Hokies and I believe you will turn this tragedy into something strong!

May God give you strength to go from here. 

Jo

April 18, 2007, 12:36pm • North College Hill, OH • #14452

Our Nation is wounded by such brutal, senseless, unimaginable hate and evil. This is a sad reminder of our need and inability (so far) to address the very real issues surrounding depression and its effects. 

THIS IS A PAINFUL WAKE-UP CALL TO US ALL!

While some will use this event to cast blame on others, we should remind ourselves that such events give us two options: learn or forget.

WE MUST LEARN!

Sure, there were signs that were ignored.  Medical professionals or teachers are not to blame.  I am certain somewhere, someone ignored the opportunity to really “connect” with Cho Seung-Hui.  He felt isolated, alone and lost - as many others, in many countries, still feel today.

WE MUST BE STRONG!

Please open up to someone.  Tell someone how they can help you deal with pain, rejection and feelings of inadequacy.  Hate is a virus spreading through our society. From brutal killers, to remorseless terrorists - hate lives among us.

In memory of all affected by this tragedy, I wrote a poem.  This poem hopefully will bring us all a little bit closer and start to heal our many wounds.

“WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH - AND OUR SPIRIT IS STRONG”
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By: Drew Goldsmith
Drew.Goldsmith@gmail.com

April 18, 2007, 12:36pm • Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, France (Silver Spring, MD • #14453

i’m thinking of all the students and teachers who died and their families. even from the netherlands we are thinking of you!

love, karlijn

April 18, 2007, 12:36pm • amsterdam, netherlands • #14454

Soy de Colombia y tengo amigos en esa universidad. Mis mas sinceras condolencias para los familiares y amigos de los estudiantes fallecidos. Esto es algo que enluta el corazon de todo el mundo. Esperemos que no vuelvan a suceder estas cosas.

DIANA QUINTERO JIMENEZ
Barranquilla - Colombia
Telefono 3602741 Celular 3116730600

April 18, 2007, 12:36pm • COLOMBIA • #14455

To the Virginia Tech Family:

I am an Auburn University employee/ alum, and I just wanted the Virginia Tech family to know that our entire community is truly saddened. I pray that you can take some comfort in knowing that the entire Auburn family is praying for you. Your fortitude during these times has shown all of us the power of a loving community. We may be the Auburn Tigers tomorrow, but for now we are all Hokies! May God’s grace bring you peace.

April 18, 2007, 12:36pm • Auburn University, AL • #14456

My family and I would like to send our deepest condolences to the families of the ones who died in such a tragic way. We know what it is like to lose a child but cannot even imagine what the parents of these victims are going through. 
Even though we did not know any of the victims, it is still so sad for the rest of the country. We are all praying for you and feel your pain. Our hearts go out to each and every family member, student of Virginia tech, faculty member who lost a friend and to the survivors as well. Please know that the country (and the world)is praying for you all. You are not alone in your grief and saddness.
May God bless you all in your time of mourning,
The Tola’s
New Ringgold, PA

April 18, 2007, 12:36pm • New Ringgold, PA, USA • #14457

Dear Friends, Dear Colleagues,

I express my heartfelt condolences to the Families, near- and loved-ones for the tragedy, which leaves us all stunned in schock. The sentiments and comforting words of the Honorable Persons at the Convocation Ceremony express the grief of the world. We all endavour to pray and hope for courage and faith to face and overcome this tragedy. The august Institution and the determinition of the American people, especially in time of crisis will surely be a source for the healing process to commence and previal.
My deepest respects.
Dr. Trivan Pal
Physicist
Versoix
Switzerland

April 18, 2007, 12:36pm • Switzerland • #14458

The sadness was felt around the world in every heart that heard the news.  We pray that your hearts are mended back stronger than ever.  Don’t focus on the “What If” rather the “I Can”!!  You all will make a difference.  God Bless you as your paths continue to cross and as you create new roads ahead. 

In His Service,
Pastor Howard and Mrs. Stacy McILvain

April 18, 2007, 12:36pm • Phoenix, Arizona • #14459

Please accept my deepest sympathy and know that I grieve with you.  I cannot even begin to imagine the pain you are experiencing.  Try to draw on each other’s strength.  May God bless all of you.

Love - Karen Anick

April 18, 2007, 12:36pm • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania • #14460

my heart felt condolences to all those who have suffered and lossed a loved one tru this evil acted.may god give youse all the strength and love youse need to help youse tru these dark and painful days,and know the world stands by ur side
in ur darkest hours.

Merciful Father, hear our prayer and console us. As we renew our faith in your Son,
whom you raised from the dead, strengthen our hope that all of our departed brothers and sisters
will share in his resurrection,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

tommy [Dublin]

April 18, 2007, 12:36pm • ireland • #14461

I am a High School teacher in Kentucky and I just wanted to know that all of the students, families and professors are in my families prayers.  Nothing I can say can ease the burden of grief that has been placed upon you, however, please know that the whole world is watching and praying for you all.

April 18, 2007, 12:36pm • Florence, Kentucky • #14462

We are praying for the families of the Virginia Tech students, faculty and staff who lost their precious loved ones and those who survived.

May God provide the tools you need for healing and peace and may Angels encamp themselves about you. You are ever in our thoughts.

God bless…
The Vernon Family

April 18, 2007, 12:36pm • Charleston, WV • #14463

Like many others my heart is breaking over this senseless tragedy. I want to offer my most heartfelt condolences for the victims and families. My prayers go out to everyone affected by this. I am praying that god grants each person victim, family, friends and staff the courage to pull through the forthcoming days ahead.

The Akers Family

April 18, 2007, 12:36pm • Virginia • #14464

Words do not come easily at a time like this. Know that all of you are & will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

With heavy hearts,
The Kydd Family

April 18, 2007, 12:36pm • Ashburn, Virginia • #14465

We send our love, strength and hope that this tragedy will not define you.  You are all strong and will get stronger with our help.  Take some time to mourn and be angry and then move on.... take the step into tomorrow where hope lives.  Hugs, hugs and more hugs!

April 18, 2007, 12:36pm • San Francisco, CA • #14466

As I browse through the pages of comments here I am touched by the outpouring of sympathy from around the world to the students and families affected by Monday’s tragedy. We are all truly one on this planet and we grieve as one with you today.
Mike

April 18, 2007, 12:36pm • Orange County California • #14467

Our Condolences , thoughts and prayers are with everyone at Virginia Tech. Truth strength comes with community.

Sincerely,

The Fitzpatricks

April 18, 2007, 12:37pm • Des Moines, Iowa • #14468

VTech,

There are no words to express. I just want to say I hope all of you will continue to have the school spirit as we have all seen you do and just work on getting through everyday. Our prayers and our thoughts are with all of the VTech students,faculty and the families of the victims.

God Bless You all!!!  Christy

April 18, 2007, 12:37pm • Baytown,Texas • #14469

From Logan County 9-1-1 in West Virginia.  You are in our thoughts and prayers. We can not imagine what you are going through. We remember when your campus police dispatchers visited our
9-1-1 center for a class. The ongoing joke was the rivalry between West Virginia and Virginia Tech in football. If there is anything we can do, please don’t hesitate to call.  May God Be with All of You.  Marilyn Crosby, Logan County, WV 9-1-1 Director
9-1-1

April 18, 2007, 12:37pm • Logan, WV • #14470

I am sorry to hear about your loss and it’s a tagic thing that somone could take so many lives. I give all the families my condolences and pray that they will stay strong and know that they are not alone in their suffering.

April 18, 2007, 12:37pm • United States of America • #14471

Dear Virginia Tech Community:
I am an alum of VT and a survivor of a school shooting at my own undergraduate institution, and you have my deepest sympathy.  I know you will draw strength from each other and get through this horrible event as strong as ever.  Please know that your community extends well beyond the walls of the university, and many, many people are thinking of you, hoping for you, praying for you, and want to be there for you.  Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss of friends, faculty, and colleagues.

April 18, 2007, 12:37pm • Fairbanks, Alaska • #14472

As an AUburn University Alum, I could only imagine what I would feel if this were to happen at Auburn.  The massive loss of wonderful minds has forever changed the future.  I have a brother, who is seriously ill, and the only thing that one can do is to make each day a better day than the next.  My heart goes out to all Hockies! and just want to let you know that Auburn University, Auburn Alumni, have you in our prayers.  War Eagle!!! - GO HOCKIES!

April 18, 2007, 12:37pm • Huntsville, AL • #14473

My heart aches for the lives that have been so unnecessarily taken by this tragic event.  I can’t imagine why this took place.  I look to god to comfort and hold these poor families in his hands, to guide them safely through the grieving process.

I pray for the family of the deeply disturbed young man behind all of this and hope that they are not harmed due to their sons’ action.  I can’t begin to think what they must feel right now as well. 

God bless our new angels and the families they’ve left behind.  One day you will meet again and that day will be filled with love, laughter, smiles and joy!

For now please just remember that there are things that happen in this world that we cannot understand, we cannot control and that is what makes us all human.

My deepest, condolences to everyone at VT, to families of lost loved ones, and everyone that’s being affected by this horrific and senseless tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 12:37pm • Virginia • #14474

We must be mindful of the value and significance of every life and I pray God would give you the peace that passes all human understanding at this time. I hope this tradegy is another eye opener for our nation and that it leads repentance and revival for America. We need to reach out and love our neighbors, and pray for these families, even the killers family, too.\
God be with you all,
Stephanie J.

April 18, 2007, 12:37pm • New Haven, MI USA • #14475

Thoughts and feelings will once again be tested, and once again Hokie Nation will pull together and get through this.  Im praying for all that has lost someone to the horror that has been brought into the Virginia Tech Campus.  We will all get through this and pull together and be a stronger Hokie Nation than ever before. We are need to keep are heads up.

Anthony

April 18, 2007, 12:37pm • Blacksburg, VA • #14476

Throughout the last couple of days, I have spent all my time in shock and disbelief.  I cannot help to be angry, fustrated and unbelievebly remorseful.  I cannot help but think and wish I could go back in time on monday morning, on my way to calc class, and give every one the warning a head of time.  That would stop this horrible nightmare.  However, the only thing that can be done now is to accept what has happened and pray and hope that the people lost are in a better place, and that they will always be close and loved in the hearts of the virginia tech community and nothing can take that away.  Alex, Tech ‘06

April 18, 2007, 12:37pm • Virginia Tech • #14477

Our thoughts and prayers go to the victims and their families and friends affected by this terrible tragedy.  We mourn with you and we pray for you.

-The Nurses at The Medical Center of Lewisville
Lewisville, Texas

April 18, 2007, 12:37pm • Lewisville, Texas • #14478

My husband and I both graduated from Radford, and Tech has never been far from our hearts.  Never has this been true more than this week.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all whom the Hokie spirit has touched. 

The Arnemann family and a future Hokie class of 2027!

April 18, 2007, 12:37pm • Denver, CO • #14479

I would like offer my condolences to the families of the victims of those who were killed or wounded. May God bless you and give you strength all the days of your lives. My heart breaks when I think of all the pain,sorrow that all the families are going though right now.

once again take care you are in my prayers

sincerly Roberto Rivera

April 18, 2007, 12:37pm • Daly City ,California, US • #14480

There are no words that can be said for the tragedy that you all are going through. Just know that the whole country feels your pain with you and that we are mourning with you. I will say a prayer for all of your souls.
Laurie

April 18, 2007, 12:37pm • Philadelphia , Pa • #14481

Our hearts and prayers are with the students, families, and staff of Virginia Tech. There are no words to express the sorrow we all feel for you right now and if I could send a hug I would because I think that is the only thing you can do in situations like this. May you all find some peace in spite of all the tragedy. God Bless - Jon and Melissa Baggette

April 18, 2007, 12:38pm • Bealeton, VA • #14482

I am so incredibly sorry to each and every one of you for what you are going through. I want every student and staff of Virginia Tech to know that you are loved. My heart breaks for all of you and I wish I could take away your pain. I’ve watched the news and cried with you. Don’t let this horrible tragedy ruin your life forever. Take your power back, hold each other close and rise above this tragedy. May God’s loving arms carry you through this painful time.

Kevin,DayLynn McDonald & Family

April 18, 2007, 12:38pm • Huron, South Dakota • #14483

My deepest sympathy for the tragedies that have befallen everyone their.  As a parent I can imagine the loss you must feel and my prayers go out to everyone that lost a loved one.  May God give you the strength to carry on under such diffuclt times.  You will continue to be in my prayers and thoughts

April 18, 2007, 12:38pm • winterville.Georgia • #14484

my name is Patricia Thompson.My family and I join in mourning your loss.We pray that the immediate family,relatives,victims and friends of those who suffered some loss in such henious act,will look to Jesus for strength and comfort at this time.May God sends to your heart in this winter of sadness a springtime awakening of new hope and gladness.By Helen Rice. Virgin Tech. I implore you to be a Catalyst for change in our Schools re:Reclaiming Prayer in Schools on a daily basis. Prayer changes hearts and intentions. I will continue to offer prayers and supplications for you. Tell the world don’t wait for tragedy to come together in Prayer, do it every day. God bless and keep you.
from Pat.I love you guys.

April 18, 2007, 12:38pm • LAUDERHILL,FLORIDA,USA • #14485

I have 2 children. 20 and 18. I just wanted to tell you all that this world is a cruel cruel place. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your classmates that were caught up in this as well as your families and the families of your classmates. Take heart that you have not been lost and the folks in this great United States grieve with you.

Thank you,

Ralph J G.

April 18, 2007, 12:38pm • Philadelphia, Pa • #14486

As a staff memeber and student at a university, I am filled with sadness and anger.
I feel sadness because I can not even imagine what pain and sorrow you feel as a campus community, I can only imagine how something like that would affect our community.
I feel anger because so many lives that were worth so much more than words were lost in such a tragedy and I can not help to think that someone could have helped the individual who committed this act, but he could not find it in himself to ask for help, instead he made others suffer with him.

I want you to know that the students, parents, faculty and staff are in my prayers and I pray that you can find comfort in all those who are feeling sorrow for you, but also feel happiness to know that those you lost will not be forgotten.

On behalf of our university, we are all thinking of you and praying for you to get through this tragedy.

God Bless & keep you safe.

Marcos Harders
Avila University

April 18, 2007, 12:38pm • Kansas City, Missouri, USA • #14487

I am so sorry for all of your losses. Tragities like this break my heart. I just pray that you all can find the strength to make it through the next few days, months, and years after this. You all have my sympathy. I will keep you in my prayers.
God Bless You All,
Megan Swisher

April 18, 2007, 12:38pm • Sunfield MI • #14488

My condolences to all those at VT & their families at such a tragic loss/waste of life.
Words just cant adequately express at this time.
Only wish I could have been there to stop the
madman or go down trying.Gods grace be upon all.

April 18, 2007, 12:38pm • Florida • #14489

Virginia Tech Family,
I would like to express my deepest condelences. At times like these there are no words that can take away the pain and suffering caused by such a tragedy.  The best support system is family and friends coming together to lift you up during your bad times.  This is the time when you need the whole nation embracing you with their support. Virginia Tech, you are in my prayers.
Sandra Z. (UF Nation)

April 18, 2007, 12:38pm • San Juan, PR • #14490

I would like to take this time to express my most sincerest and deepest condolences to the students, faculty, staff, and the entire Virginia Tech community during this horrific time as all of us collectively together mourn the loss of our friends, family, and relatives.

It’s a shame and a pity when he felt that he (the gunman) could only solve his problems through the use of guns and violence. My heart aches and goes out to all of you; I only hope that you will find comfort in my message; and rest assured that Jesus Christ, will see all of us through this stormy time in our lives as well as the violence that is in our midst.

My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you always.  I only wish that I could give all of you a BIG hug and somehow turn the clock back 24 hours, apprehend the perputrator, put him behind bars, and prevent this tragedy from ever happening. 

Take Care and May God Bless All of You.  :)

Blessings,
Annette Gollon

April 18, 2007, 12:38pm • Portsmouth, Virginia • #14491

May God be with the families and friends of the victims of this tragedy. 

Brian Branch

April 18, 2007, 12:38pm • Polkville, NC • #14492

My family and I would like to express our deepest condolences to everyone affected by this horrible tragedy.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 18, 2007, 12:38pm • LeRoy, NY • #14493

I now live in Atlanta, Ga. Virginia was my home for many years. I walked on the Hokie campus many times. The pride and feeling of family extended to everyone. My heart, my love, my prayers, and my thoughts go out to my home state, the Hokie families here and abroad. GO HOKIES! Your light will shine always!
Teena

April 18, 2007, 12:38pm • Atlanta, Ga USA • #14494

To the innocent that were lost,
I send a prayer to God,
praying that you will be happier in heaven
than any of us will ever be here on earth.

Sending much love and heartfelt sympathy to the families and friends as well. Our prayers are always with you; remember you are never alone, and that love transcends all boundaries...even of heaven and earth.

<3

tasha

April 18, 2007, 12:38pm • canada • #14495

As a recent graduate, I am saddened that Virginia Tech and all Hokies around the world will never be the same after this tragedy, but I am at the same time convinced that it will only become a better, stronger, and more loving extended community in the future.  My prayers go out to those who lost a loved one.  May God give you peace and hope.

Maegan
VT Class of ‘06

April 18, 2007, 12:38pm • Roanoke, Virginia • #14496