Condolences, April 18, 2007

My prayers are out to all the families and friends of the victims in this tragic story. I am so sorry about what happened.

From the Gates of Repentance
Author Unknown

At the rising of the sun and at its going down,
We remember them.

God Bless!

Susan
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.

At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring,
We remember them.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer,
We remember them.

At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn,
We remember them.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength,
We remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart,
We remember them.

When we have joys we yearn to share,
We remember them.

When we have decisions that are difficult to make,
We remember them

When we have achievements that are based on theirs,
We remember them.

As long as we live, they too shall live,
for they are a part of us, as we remember them.

April 18, 2007, 12:38pm • New Jersey • #14497

May God be with and bless every student, faculty, staff, and family members of VA Tech.  You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you all.

S.Wingo

April 18, 2007, 12:38pm • Blacksburg, VA • #14498

Even though I have no connection with Virginia Tech, my heartfelt sympathies go out to all in light of this senseless tragedy.  I can’t begin to imagine what you are going through, but you are in my thoughts and prayers.

---Barbara R

April 18, 2007, 12:39pm • Kalamazoo, Michigan • #14499

I cannot begin to explain how saddened I am to hear and continue to hear of all the horrific details that are being reported in respect for the tragedy.  It is something that I never believed would ever happen on a university campus here within this country.  I send my love, thoughts and prayers for those at Virginia Tech and those for the family and friends who are grieving the lost of a loved one.  I know, that here at my university, we are all still in shock that someone could be that sick and depressed that he would take the innocent lives of his classmates and then himself.  Once again, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Allyson S.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

April 18, 2007, 12:39pm • Lincoln, NE • #14500

My heart and tears goes out to all the students,teachers and family that had to go threw this horrible time. As a parent I can only imagine the suffering all these parents that have lost their child are going threw right now. My prayers will be always with you.

April 18, 2007, 12:39pm • N.Y -Queens, Flushing • #14501

I am deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy.  People all over share your heart-wrenching sorrow.  Know that you are not alone.  Many of us here in Michigan are praying for you all and are learning about the wonderful loved ones you have lost. Carol

April 18, 2007, 12:39pm • detroit, mi • #14502

The victims and their families are in my thoughts and prayers.I watched the memorial on TV and was moved by the community spirit during this sad time.As a student myself in Ireland,I would encourage you to support each other each and every day.May the Souls of the Faithful Departed through the Mercy of God, Rest in Peace.
In these dark days, remember that good over comes evil and trust in a loving God, a Father of Mercy.God Bless.
Robert, Galway,Ireland

April 18, 2007, 12:39pm • Ireland • #14503

As an alumni, seeing all of the news coverage where I spent 4 great years really heightens the reality of what happened, and makes it personal.  Our prayers are with you.

April 18, 2007, 12:39pm • Norfolk, VA • #14504

Im from the netherlands i have no words fore this !!!! i pray i wish the best fore the families that have lost one of there love ones

Pierre verkennis

April 18, 2007, 12:39pm • Rotterdam-Zuid holland-Netherlands • #14505

I GIVE THE FAMILY AND THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA TECH,MY CONDOLENCES.I CANNOT BEING HOW YOU ARE FEELING BUT I NO IAM WITH YOU ALL THE WAY.JUST KEEP FAITH IN GOD AND HE WILL GET YOU THROUGH THIS.GOD BE WITH YOU AND MY PRAYERS.

April 18, 2007, 12:39pm • CINCINNATI OHIO • #14506

My tears are for your pain; and my hope is that each of you is comforted by the prayers that are being said on your behalf to our Higher Powers, be it Jesus or Allah or another.  May you feel peace as time permits.

Vickie & Clyde Messinger

April 18, 2007, 12:39pm • Croswell, Michigan • #14507

Peace around the World and at Virgina Tech University. :)My prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.

J. Perez

April 18, 2007, 12:39pm • Mission, Texas • #14508

My heart and my prayers go out to the students, faculty and families impacted by the tragedy that terrorized the Virginia Tech campus on April 16th. I pray for your peace of mind, and your gift of forgiveness of those who may have erred in security decisions at the time.  I pray that you will be able to gracefully move forward in your lives, after a time of mourning. 
My heartfelt condolences are so little to give right now.  But please know that the country is supporting you and you are in our thoughts.  I offer my services in anyway to assist you in your time of need. Be strong and lift up your head in pride for your achievements and for your college.
God bless you and keep you strong.
With love,
Lorraine Blancke

April 18, 2007, 12:39pm • Colonial Beach, Virginia • #14509

So im in class, in battle creek michigan, sad...seeing everybody on the news, almost every channel crying, and talking about how they lost there loved ones. I know threw out the past cuple days everybody has said this but just kno that our thoughts an prayers are with everybody and there familes, keep your head up, tho it may not have been there time to pass, just keep your head up, and god bless

kassie prince

April 18, 2007, 12:39pm • Battle Creek Michigan • #14510

I am deeply sorry for the pain that all of you are going through. I will continue to pray for all of you. My heart and prayers be with you all. God Bless!!!

April 18, 2007, 12:39pm • Benson, Arizona, United States • #14511

I have just graduated from the University of North Caroina at Wilmington.  I understand the strength and pride of a college community and family.  Our school experience some tragedies a couple of years ago.  I understand pain, grief, and anger.  However, I can not even begin, nor do I want, to fathom the pain and grief the families and VT community are feeling.  I give my deepest sympathies and prayers to every one of you.  I do not only want to offer sympathies though, but also words of encouragement.  The Bible says, 1"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me. 2In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. John 14:1-2” The courage, pride, and strength I have seen present in the students and families as I have followed this event have been a testament to not only myself, but to the world.  Stay strong, keep each other close, But most importantly keep your faith and trust in God. I know the lost loved ones of this tragedy have gone Home to a better place.  So grieve and be sad, but also rejoice and be happy.  Again, you are ALL in my prayers. You are (WE are) Virginia Tech.
God Bless, and good luck.
Jon Purvis

April 18, 2007, 12:39pm • Wilmington, NC USA • #14512

As a former Va resident I heard the news of the shooting with a rising sense of panic.  When will the senseless violence cease?  Parents should never have to bury their children.  My heart goes out to all the parents, families, friends and loved ones who are impacted by this senseless tragedy.  As I feel a bizarre sense of relief in reading the victim list and not seeing any friends of my son, I also feel oddly guilty that I have escaped unscathed when so many will read the list and their hearts will cry out with the overwhelming grief of a recognized name or a familiar face.  God bless you all.  Today we are all Hokies.
Mary Willis Heape, formerly of Bluefield, VA

April 18, 2007, 12:39pm • Jacksonville, IL • #14513

In light of the recent tragic events at VT, we would like to offer our condolences and compliment everyone for their dignity and support they have shown throughout this tragic ordeal for their fellow students, those injured and above all, the deceased. You have shown what a great university should be.  Your are in our thoughts and prayers.  Shirley and Sue

April 18, 2007, 12:39pm • Tallahassee, Fl • #14514

To all those that have been affected by this horrible event,
You are all in our hearts and our prayers. There are no words that I can say that will take the pain away, I just pray that time will ease your pain. Their spirits will always be with us. May God be with all of you. We will never Forget!!
I also want those injured know that we pray for full recoveries for all of you. You are all very strong!!! Love for the entire Virginia Tech community.
p.s. I heard that Friday will be Hokie Hope Day I will be wearing my VT colors We will help keep the Hokies Strong Together

The Gills

April 18, 2007, 12:39pm • Front Royal , Virginia • #14515

To all the V-Tech Students, Staff and parents of the victim I am sooo Sorry. I seat here in Indiana watching the TV about this horrible tragedy, cry and wonder why our childern cannot be safe at school. I dont have any kids yet but more more I wonder if I should send my kids to school because you cannot trust anyone anymore. very sad. I send my deepest thoughts and prayers with you. Everything will be ok, just let God know you care!. and he will do his best to provide! Once again I am sorry!

April 18, 2007, 12:39pm • Madison, Indiana • #14516

I am so sorry for the lost that each and every one of the students and facility has suffered this day. May you each find comfort in Christ and may God free your heart from sorrow and in its place leave precious memories of the times before April 16th.

April 18, 2007, 12:39pm • Old Fort, North Carolina, The United States of Ame • #14517

Strength and empathy for everyone

I don’t know what would it feel like to lose a group of friends and classmates. I can only imagen what kind of a pain people are going through. I just lighted up a candel to respect the victims. It is so unfair that someone else can end up your life. Those who survived the violenced act are going to watch this life with new eyes and thoughts. I know this cause I have been in Thailand when the tsunami killed hundreds and thousands of people and it only depend on the luck we had. Life is inestimable, but don’t let your fear to lead your hand. I know that these tragedys are very different and can’t be comperred. I hope that people understand what I wrote down..

Emilia, age 17.

April 18, 2007, 12:39pm • Finland • #14518

From our Hokie family to yours, our deepest condolences and sympathies.  Our prayers are with you.  Our two year old declared yesterday, “I am a Hokie!”, and she is! Right now, we’re all Hokies. . . past, present & future.

April 18, 2007, 12:39pm • Abingdon, Virginia • #14519

Being Huge Virginia Tech fans in the state of Arizona is almost unheard of. Although my husband and I have never attended your school we have visited the campus and love the Hokie spirit that you all prevail each and every day. People ask me what is a hokie? I say just go to VT campus and you’ll know. It’s a spirit that will carry on through this tragic day, it’s the spirit of the Hokie that will get you through.Embrace one anonther and remember your friends.My prayers go out to all of the freinds and family. I will hang my VT flag outside of my home in AZ in rememberence of those who lost there life. May god bless all of you.

April 18, 2007, 12:40pm • Avondale, AZ • #14520

Words cannot possibly convey the horror and sadness I felt hearing about the loss of life on Monday.  I pray that all will find a way to remember those who died and not let their deaths be a deterrant to living and learning.

April 18, 2007, 12:40pm • Duluth, Georgia • #14521

I may not be from virgina and not from the same continent but I still want to send my deepest deepest condolences to the parents, faculty and the students at Virgina tech.
Our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected.

Love Camilla

April 18, 2007, 12:40pm • norway • #14522

Dear Virginia Tech Students, Faculty and Victims:

My heart grieves for the terrible tragedy and loss you are experiencing. I do not understand what purpose this event serves except to remind us that life can be very short and that we should remember to tell the people who mean the most to us how much we love them.  I hope this phrase is meaningful to you as it was to me with the death of a dear friend.  “ The present pain will not last forever. The present distress has a limit.  The toughness of life is not the end of the story, only an incident along the way.”

April 18, 2007, 12:40pm • Shreveport, La. • #14523

Words cannot alone express how sorry I am to hear this news. Please accept my most sincere condolences on the loss of all innocent people.
My heart aches for them and the rest of their families and my prayers are with you all.

Yibeltal

April 18, 2007, 12:40pm • LA, CA USA • #14524

The Frye family would like to let all of the students and staff to know that you are in are prayers. It is a tremdous loss your school has suffered. Some how you will rise above and do what you know best and that is to be the best HOKIES you know how to be.

April 18, 2007, 12:40pm • Kearneysville WV • #14525

My family would like to express it deepest condolences in this horrible time.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

April 18, 2007, 12:40pm • Chesterfield, VA • #14526

To the familes, students, and staff at Virginia Tech: Our prayers go out to you at this terrible time. This terrible tragedy has affected everyone all over the entire United States and just know that we are thinking of each and every one of you and yet we will never forget this tragedy hopefully everyone can learn to cope with it. Again our prayers go out to you.

April 18, 2007, 12:40pm • Mill Spring, North Carolina ,United States of Amer • #14527

Expressing heartfelt sympathy for
the grief you’re going though
During your time of sadness
My heart goes out to you

You are in our thoughts and prayers…

England, uk

April 18, 2007, 12:40pm • England, uk • #14528

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!
An EMT in Louisville,
Erin Grimes

April 18, 2007, 12:40pm • Louisville, KY • #14529

As I sat at my home in PA on Monday and watched the news of this horrific event unfold, my heart broke for the students of Virginia Tech and the families of each of those involved.  As a student at Penn State in the 90’s, I was present on campus while a campus shooting occured.  While the magnitude of this event is so great, I recall the pain of that day. 
Know that my family and I have all of you in our constant prayers and thoughts.
Have strength!

April 18, 2007, 12:40pm • Allentown, PA • #14530

MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THE VICTIMS. GOD BLESS YOU ALL… I HOPE IN A SMALL WAY THIS POEM WILL BRING COMFORT.
Don’t weep for me my dear ones,
I’ve not gone very far
Gently, angels all around me
Took me by the hand
And led me to a garden
In a beautiful golden land
Everywhere was shining
Lovely to behold
I felt a peace I’ve never known
Wrapped in their arms as they took me home
I wish to thank you, everyone
For all your love and care
Just knowing you were with me
And the happy times we shared
I will never leave you ever
I will be in the softest sigh
In the gentle summer breezes
And the clouds in a morning sky
Yes, I will be with you forever
As long as there is love
Then one day we’ll be together
In God’s home above.

April 18, 2007, 12:40pm • LOUISVILLE KY • #14531

I am so sad about the tragic shooting. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the victims and all students at your college. I am a teacher at a school in Germany and can hardly imagine how you must all feel.

Gott schuetze euch - God bless you

All meine Liebe - All my love

B. Ladwig

April 18, 2007, 12:40pm • Germany • #14532

Dear Virginia Tech Students, Faculty members, Parents, Friends and Counselors,
third83

There is no distance between you and us wherever we are in the world. There is no distance just Love.

We hold you in our hearts, lift you in our prayers and carry you in our thoughts.

God bless you during these difficult times.

Nadia

April 18, 2007, 12:40pm • Ontario, Canada • #14533

Our deepest sympathies to the families of victims and to the community of VT.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.  We will never forget the precious lives that were lost and will do our best to honor their momories. 

May God bless you and keep you,
Wayne, Eileen & Catherine

April 18, 2007, 12:40pm • Chicago • #14534

I am thousands of miles away, but in spirit I am there with all of you. My heart goes out to all of you, friends, families, faculty, even strangers. I hope that in all this madness you can all find peace and hope in each other. My sincerest condolences go out to each and every one of you.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

April 18, 2007, 12:40pm • Lawrence, MA • #14535

Please accept my heartfelt condolences in this time of senseless tragedy. 

You are not alone in your grief. The world grieves with you, as we are all brothers and sisters.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of sorrow.

~Ember

April 18, 2007, 12:40pm • Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA • #14536

I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims. My thoughts are for them right now as for the entire Hokie community around the globe. I share your pain and sorrow.

Go Hokies

Hugo Rousset
Paris, France

April 18, 2007, 12:40pm • Paris, France • #14537

To all of the victims , their families, the students, and the faculty of virgina tech, our heart felt prayers and condolences are with all of you at this time. Please know that everyone around the world felt this tradgedy and will never ever forget.  My god lift you up in his arms and give u the strength to carry on.

The the Minor family

April 18, 2007, 12:41pm • orlando Florida • #14538

My Family is sends its condolescences to the lost families and all the Virginia Tech School.  Remember the lost and they will always be there with Virginia Tech in Spirit.

April 18, 2007, 12:41pm • Timberlake, North Carolina • #14539

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April 18, 2007, 12:41pm • Beijing,China • #14540

To everyone who has lost a friend,parent,child or even a class mate. May you find some kind of peace within your hearts to help you through this most horrible of acts. Please remember the laughs and enjoy the time you had together. I feel a great amount of grief for each and every person who has to deal with this. Many prayers and love are with you all.
Christine
Buffalo,NY

April 18, 2007, 12:41pm • Buffalo,NY • #14541

To All Virginia Tech Students, Teachers, and Familes.

I attend High School at Randolph-Henry and when i heard about the shooting my heart stopped.  A few of my friends attend Virginia Tech and i wasn’t sure what to make of what had happened. My heart broke for the families and friends of the people who wern’t as fortunate.  Going to college everyone thinks the only thing you have to worry about is grades and graduating, nobody ever thinks you are going to have to worry about this.  Being a Senior in High School i’m scared, I know this fall I will be starting college and i’m honestly afraid what may happen.  My heart goes out to the families and friends of those who lost loved ones..no person understands why this happened or what motivated him to do such a thing.I have suffered loss, none this great but i have and i know that no words can heal the hurt you are experiencing.You are all in my Prayers.  May god look out for each and every one of you. God Bless!

¢¾ Debra Marie Ostrander ¢¾
Randolph-Henry Senior

April 18, 2007, 12:41pm • Charlotte County, VA • #14542

There is a time to mourn
and a time to rejoice…
Rejoice in the lives of the ones you lost.  Keep there memories alive.  Evident by this website, through their death, they are bringing the World together...without prejuides, without limitations, no political correctness, no bitterness, no boundaries....by their death they have brought love and compassion.  They have made this world seem a little smaller.  They have made us ONE community with ONE heart..if only for a little while..

May God grant you the ability to forgive..
it will set you free......
M

April 18, 2007, 12:41pm • Kansas • #14543

I was a grad student in Engg in the early 90’s at Virgina Tech.  I have such warm memories of Blacksburg and Tech… an idyllic town, welcoming student & faculty, great times at The Cellar ("Blacksburg’s original underground tavern") on N Main.  Hundreds of miles away from a big city of any size, Blacksburg was a small university town that embraced students from all corners of the world.  Coming from India for graduate study, I rarely felt out of place, and actually had fun tutoring some of the Hokie football players in math!!  Norris Hall was where most of my classes were held, and I still remember Dr. Librescu’s office and his inimitable accent (Peace be with him… Dr. Librescu blocked the door to the gunman, so that his students could escape… he was killed in the process), as well as Dr. Henneke’s (then Head of Engg Science and Mechanics) warm and encouraging words.

I am deeply saddened for the families of the victims, I cannot imagine what you are going through.  Please know that the thoughts and prayers of thousands and thousands of Hokies are with you.  As for the university itself, it will always remember these young people and will continue to “Invent the Future” in their memory.

A grieving Hokie

April 18, 2007, 12:41pm • San Jose, California • #14544

To The Va. Tech Community/Families/Friends:
I wish I could do more, I feel so helpless as I write this to you.However,please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all; as we all face this unreal event.

Judy

April 18, 2007, 12:41pm • Charlottesville,Va. • #14545

To the families of those lost and the entire VT community:

My prayers go out to you all.  Losing someone you love is never easy or even understandable.  Your pain is unimaginable to me, but please never lose that genuine sense of unity you all have conveyed to all of America and even the world.  God WILL once again restore your joy, and the sorrow will not last forever.  Carry on the memories of those who were lost on that fateful day, but also carry your heads high. 

I will continue to lift all of you up in prayer.  Be blessed.

April 18, 2007, 12:41pm • North Carolina • #14546