Condolences, April 18, 2007

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.  We pray that with God’s help and the support of each other, you will be able to put this tragedy behind you and move forward.

Sincerely,

Tina and Bob

April 18, 2007, 12:44pm • Camarillo, CA • #14596

I was really shocked when I heard the news about the shooting, I couldn’t believe it.
I’m ashamed to be an human when I know there are people who actually do such things like the shooting.

I’m from Holland, and also here we mourn for all the people who have lost someone at April 16. I want to wish enough strength for those who need it…
God bless

Greet.

April 18, 2007, 12:44pm • Holland / The Netherlands • #14598

My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Virginia Tech community and the families of those who have been lost and are injured. As I watched the convocation yesterday and heard everyone cheering Let’s Go Hokies, tears welled in my eyes. The strength of your community is amazing and inspiring. I have no doubt that you will prevail. Just know that people around the world are thinking about you, praying for you and joining in your sorrow.

April 18, 2007, 12:44pm • Hamilton, NJ • #14599

Please accept our condolences on the recent tragedy of April 16th, 2007. Everyone of you are in our hearts, minds and prayers.

As Buddha once stated: “A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity”. You too shall overcome this horrible tragedy!

May God Bless all of you and comfort you in your times of sorrow. Know that the whole world is with you and supporting all of you!

M.Kline, RN, BSN

April 18, 2007, 12:44pm • Girard, Kansas • #14600

As the mother of two college students my thoughts and prayers are with you all, but especially those parents who waited by the phone to hear from their children. My heart breaks for those who received the call no parent should ever have to receive.  May you find comfort in the love and support of those throughout the country who care so deeply for you.
Lori

April 18, 2007, 12:44pm • Yakima, WA • #14601

Remembering VA Tech
©4/17/07 by Andrea L. Hines

Today there is such sadness— so much goes through my head when I think about the headlines and all those people – dead.

I think of just how quickly many lives can change
because of one brief moment, things will never be the same. 

Families now need comfort, some will live in fear, some will not quite understand how You could still be near.

We’ve just been reminded of Your Son’s death on the cross, and now we’re grieving over what appears to be such senseless loss.

It’s at this time we have to know that You still have a plan. We must still put our trust in You and hold on to your hand.

Show us how to live in love.  Show us how to care. Let us not fall into depression, anger, or despair. 

Teach us how to live Your Word, Father let us pray that we won’t face more tragedies like we did yesterday.

If nothing else is clear, one thing I know for sure is true.  If we don’t have God in our lives we’ll never make it through.

April 18, 2007, 12:45pm • Raleigh, NC • #14602

How do you start to say your feelings on this subject? I pray for all the victims and their families. Your school has given the world an example of how to be strong under adversity. Thank you.

Rory Cowan

April 18, 2007, 12:45pm • Wibaux, MT • #14603

My family and I would like to express our deepest condonlences to the Virginia Tech family.  Our prayers are with you doing this time of tragedy. God Bless.

The Harris Family

April 18, 2007, 12:45pm • Washington ,DC • #14604

Please know that the nation and world grieves with you.  The shock and horror of this will not fade.

This senseless violence will continue until we finally accept early intervention mental health screenings in middle and high schools are necessary. 

The Nittany Lions bow our heads and weep with you.
Amy

April 18, 2007, 12:45pm • Johnstown, PA • #14605

To say that I am saddened by your loss is an understatement.  However, for those who lost family and friends, I know that my words may mean little at this point.  But they are all I have - all I can give.  This is a tragedy of unspeakable measure, and there is no excuse for the evil and hatred that was displayed.  I want to apologize on behalf of the mass media who have been so quick to indict, instead of to mourn.  My prayers are with you all as I ask that the grace and peace of God may abound in these dark hours.

Stephen P.
North Greenville University

April 18, 2007, 12:45pm • South Carolina • #14606

God Knows by Reatha Crow

You have my deepest sympathy,
but it really doesn’t help.
Your grief goes beyond
what words can express.

There’s nothing anyone can say,
and nothing we can do
to heal your broken heart
or take away your pain.

Let God take you in His arms
and cover you with His love.
He knows the depth of your grief
and only He can give you peace.
He knows it will take time
for your heart to heal, and
your loved one has a place
that no one else can fill.

If there’s any comfort let it be in this,
your loved one is with Jesus,
in a home that’s filled with bliss.
There are no tears in Heaven,
no more heartache and no pain,
only love and happiness
for all eternity.

We must go on living and
do the best we can,
then when Jesus calls our name
we will be with them again.

April 18, 2007, 12:45pm • Mexico NY • #14607

I express my deepest sympathy to all of you at Virginia Tech and your families.  I hope that you can heal from this and know that God is with you always.  God Bless you all. 

You are all in my families prayers..............

April 18, 2007, 12:45pm • Pennsylvania • #14608

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!  I’m hoping that posting on this VT Memorial Website will allow me to specifically reach out to Ryan Clark’s family, as he is survived by his twin brother, Bryan.  I saw an interview on Tuesday morning on “Good Morning America”.

I want to share with Bryan and his family that the “Twinless Twins Support Group” exists, and we would like to reach out to the Clark family as they experience a twin loss due to this horrific tragedy.

Marci, twin to Michaelene
Regional Director
Twinless Twins Support Group, International
www.twinlesstwins.org

April 18, 2007, 12:45pm • IL • #14609

My heart, today, is broken.
I have one wish, and that would be that I were more like Jesus, so that I could have the arm span to take each and everyone of you and wrap my arms around you, to let you know that I know your pain, and that in “My Fathers House” there is no pain.
God Bless each and everyone of you in this time of sorrow.

April 18, 2007, 12:45pm • York PA • #14610

Suddenly we are all Hokies, and proud of it.

My thoughts and prayers are with the VT family as are those of everyone here at Lindsey Wilson College.

May you all heal quickly and find peace within yourselves.

A former student of mine has this favorite quote: “If He leads you to it, He will lead you through it.” Count on it. God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 12:45pm • Columbia, KY • #14611

My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives on Monday, to everyone at Virginia Tech, and the surrounding community. I hope that, in time, the pain and hurt will lessen and you will be left with many good memories of them and the knowledge that they are all in a much better place.

Monica Perry

April 18, 2007, 12:45pm • Covington, Kentucky • #14612

May angels lead you in....to the victims family and friends, be strong and trust in the Lord. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

April 18, 2007, 12:45pm • Boone, NC • #14613

The Frye Family would like the VT family to know that you are in are thoughts and in are prayers. GO HOKIES!!!!!

April 18, 2007, 12:45pm • Kearneysville WV • #14614

May God Grace the students of Virginia Tech with ease of suffering, comfort and forgiveness. My dear wishes and prayers are with each student, especially those still hospitalized.

April 18, 2007, 12:45pm • Tanner, Alabama U.S.A • #14615

Dear Students and Educators of Virginia Tech,
My heart is full of sorrow for the horrific events you all had to senselessly endure. I have prayed and will continue to pray for a healing to come to all of you one day. Your strentgh has been an inspiration to the world. Please know that there are many hearts and spirits with you, holding you in our hearts.
With love and connection,
Patricia

April 18, 2007, 12:45pm • Randolph, MA • #14616

My deepest condolences and sympathies go out to the families and friends of the victims.  To have their lives snuffed out in a manner such as this is just unthinkable.

May God comfort all those affected by this profound tragedy.  Our nation and the world mourn with the Hokies.

April 18, 2007, 12:46pm • Birmingham, Alabama • #14617

VT Students (Josh):

It will be some tough days around campus with your extended VT family. We don’t understand how or why something so terrible could happen. It’s surreal. But we all need to help each other get through the shock, anger, and moving forward with our dreams. Especially for the memory and spirit of those that won’t be able to reach their full potential due to this senseless act.

Love is an ongoing pursuit of sharing self with others. Opportunities lost to share are gone as time moves forward. Alas, we always start each day fresh to share our love/life with others. Keep sharing your life with your community of family, friends, business associates, and daily contacts. That’s what makes our rather short time on this planet worth living.

Your VT family needs you and you need them at this time of reflection. Always remember the good times as you commune with them. We’re also here for you and you for us. That’s what make family strong forever.

Get and give a hug to friends. Help were you can as you always do. Call home when you can and imagine for an instant that a friends warm embrace is from home.

With love always,

Mom & Dad

April 18, 2007, 12:46pm • Hernando Beach, Florida • #14618

Throughout campuses and homes across the world, we understand your pain. Though, we can never be able to fully feel what you feel, our hearts, thought and prayers go out to to each and everyone of the persons on that campus, the victims family, and that of the gunman. Whereas others may find peace after the storm, his family has a long road of them. It’s not only hard to lose a child, but sometimes its even harder as a parent to figure out what went wrong. The world is grieving with you and again I send my thoughts and prayers to all.

P.S. My daughter lost a friend in a car accident last year and she took comfort in the saying, “God calls the best home first.” Take care and stay strong.

Shekera

April 18, 2007, 12:46pm • Birmingham, Alabama • #14619

To all students, faculty and staff, parents of students that have passed:

My thoughts and condolences are with you all.

As one of the alumni of George Mason University, I would like to think all Virginia state school students and alumni are ALL Hokies.  We feel your pain and sorrow.  (As seen in the political cartoon.)

Meegan Sweeney, BA Communication, Class of 1999

April 18, 2007, 12:46pm • Branford,Connecticut • #14620

Rest in Peace to all those who have lost their lives..

April 18, 2007, 12:46pm • Canada • #14621

Dear Virginia Tech Hokies,

Our prayers are with you all and with the families who lost their loved ones.
-Hanagan-

April 18,19.45

April 18, 2007, 12:46pm • İstanbul/TURKEY • #14622

I am so sorry for the pain you are all going through. I hope fond memories of the people lost will carry you though the hard times.

Unlike disease or a natural disaster, Violence doesn’t have to happen and it is preventable. I live in PA near the Amish House Shooting. Gun threats have been made at our local school and others. Violence just perpetuates itself, so isn’t time to say enough is enough. As a response to this horrific event I suggest a campaign of “RAMDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS” Just one act a day, a week, a month. One at a time lets change the norm, lets change the world.
~ Holly Gage

http://www.WhenPeaceTalks.com

April 18, 2007, 12:46pm • PA • #14623

I would like to send my condolences to all the parents and families who lost a love one. I attend a Univerisy and I can imagine the feeling of all the many students and their families. I feel a great grief and saddness for all that has happend to VT Univeristy. Even though I am not present I would like for everyone there to know that I will pray for all the students that suffer this inncident and for their parents.
God Bless you all.

Liz Estrada

April 18, 2007, 12:46pm • Alpine, Tx • #14624

Our prayers go out to each and everyone of you! Just know that we are here to support you in any way possible. Keep your faith alive. We will prosper again, soon.

Michelle L.

April 18, 2007, 12:46pm • New Orleans, Louisiana • #14625

Virginia Tech is very near and dear to our family.  My dad was a cadet and the drum major for the band and graduated from VT in 1949, my older brother attended VT before his death of lukemia.  Our 10 year old daughter wants to go to Tech when she is older.  Please know that VT is in our thoughts and prayers.  We know this is a terrible tragedy but the Hookies will huddle together and make it through this.  To the 32 families that lost loved ones you will continue to be in our prayers daily and you grieve and sort through this horrible time in your life.  May God Bless Virginia Tech!

Paula Beamer Taylor

April 18, 2007, 12:46pm • Virginia Beach, VA • #14626

My daughter is graduating from Florida State University next week and my heart aches for the students, parents and families affected by the tragedy at VT.  It is enormously, profoundly sad that promising futures have been so cruelly and needlessly ended due to one madman’s rampage.  I believe that all of the victims are at peace and with God now and, hopefully, that thought is also comforting to the families.  May God Bless You All.
Please accept our deepest condolences and prayers.

Lee Weeks, Suzanne Ives, Christine & Samantha Clark

April 18, 2007, 12:46pm • Palm Beach Gardens, FL • #14627

Should our hearts ever feel?
They are tested and tried
for faith then to guide them
to go deeper inside

Where the tears ever flow
through our sadness and pain
Where our hearts still embrace
all of those who were slain

Our tears flow to a place
where God alone sees
Whom we offer our sorrow
as we fall on our knees

As He carries our burden
and allows us to grieve
so our hearts say goodbye
trying hard to believe

that the sun ever rises
when the darkness is past
that the Spring ever follows
every Winter at last

that this season of sadness
will too come to an end
that goodbyes only mean
they will live now within

every heart that now mourns
and will not fade away
to be ever remembered
those who left us that day

who were called to the Lap
of Eternity’s Sea
to a Shelter of Love
Endless Mercy to be

When tomorrow we’ll walk
through these classrooms again
let us bow down our heads
and remember our friends…

Christine Wilson

April 18, 2007, 12:46pm • Springfield, VA • #14628

My families hearts are with you all at this sad and tragic time for all the ones you loved so much and lost in such a terrible way.We will continue to pray for each and everyone of you,and light a candle for your loved ones,to light up the darkness that was brought upon them.God bless you all…

Margaret William & Kylie

April 18, 2007, 12:46pm • north lanarkshire Scotland.. • #14629

words cannot express the shock and sorrow me and my husband feel. we would like to send our deepest sympathy at this time and know that each and everyone of you are in our thoughts and prayers

April 18, 2007, 12:46pm • Sheffield Pa. • #14630

I live in Oregon but I feel a profound loss for all. I can not say I feel what you feel,I am not you. I can only say that I have felt the grief of my childs death. I pray for Gods peace and strength to enter all your homes and community. Please know many are praying for you at this time. “for whenever two or more of you are gathered in my name I am there also.”

April 18, 2007, 12:47pm • Eugene,Oregon • #14631

This is truly a beautiful site.  To just see people around the WORLD posting here… The world certainly IS praying for you, VTech.

Anyway, my heart goes out to all of the VTech community in the days after such a tragic loss.  I know it must seem like it will be impossible to move on, but time will slowly heal the pain and give you all strength.  You are Virginia Tech.

Although I, too, am shaken by this (for I know someone who attends VTech), I know that I will be all right, just as my friend is.  I pray for you, VTech...I cry for you...I mourn with you.

Remain strong, for there will always be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Adria Marchese

P.S. - The College of Saint Elizabeth (where I am now) also prays for you.  ^_^

April 18, 2007, 12:47pm • Morristown, NJ • #14632

United Forming has been fortunate to work in the past at Lane Stadium and now at the new medical sciences building near Norris Hall.  We offer sincere condolences and support to the entire Virgina Tech community as you move forward with the mission of preparing young people for the future.  May God Speed.

The Employees of United Forming Inc.

April 18, 2007, 12:47pm • Raleigh, NC • #14633

I am praying for you all.

Annie Danielson

April 18, 2007, 12:47pm • Casselberry Fl • #14634

"you must be strong, my brothers and sisters! you must be strong with the strength that faith gives” John Paul ll june 10 1979

remember John Paul the Great forgave the young man who shot him...please do not let anger and grief rule your soul..

I will pray for you all

wendy

April 18, 2007, 12:47pm • canandaigua, NY • #14635

The horrific and senseless tradegy of 4/16/07 is truly felt around the world.  Heartfelt prayers go to the students, professors, the entire campus - the families of all during this time of healing.  The spirit of the “Hokie” will live forever in our hearts......
Our Love and Prayers will always be with you and of you....BE STRONG

The Webster Family

April 18, 2007, 12:47pm • Laguna Niguel, CA • #14636

my thoughts are with all.

April 18, 2007, 12:47pm • edinburgh/scotland • #14637

My heart and prayers go out to everyone who lost there lives…

Live for today..
Live for those who cant..

They were all so brave in everyway.

-Aubrey L.

April 18, 2007, 12:47pm • Florida • #14638

To all that was effected by this horrible, horrible act of violence...My family would like you all to know that u are all in our hearts and prayers....And may god bless all of you.

Amber 26, Brandon 23, Aunni 3, Kylen 4mo.

April 18, 2007, 12:47pm • Rock Island, Illinois • #14639

How does one express their feelings at a time like this that adequately explains the shock and horror we all feel?  Our thoughts and prayers are with you as a planet.  This isn’t just our country that cares for you but human beings from around the world.  May God bless you and keep you safe in these crazy times.

Barnes Family

April 18, 2007, 12:47pm • Louisville, KY • #14640

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

April 18, 2007, 12:47pm • melrose, ma • #14641

I would like to express my deepest condolences to your community. It´s a horrible tragedy!!

Today I heard on the television that one of your professors sacrificed his life for the students.
God bless his soul. He´s a tru hero!

God bless al 32 wictims in VT!

Cecilia Gambré

April 18, 2007, 12:47pm • Arboga, Swedn • #14642

My family and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to all of the families who lost their loved ones and who had children injured and to all of the students and faculty at VT.  Our hearts and prayers go out to you.
The Cotterman Family

April 18, 2007, 12:47pm • Seminole, Oklahoma • #14643

Our thoughts are with you all. May you be able to find peace and begin to heal.

~the Kostantins

April 18, 2007, 12:47pm • Massachusetts • #14644

I justed wanted to send my deepest sympathy to the friends and family of those who were lost. My thoughts and prayers will be with you in this time of tragedy.
Renee

April 18, 2007, 12:47pm • South Bend, IN • #14645

My prayers are with you. My prayers are with the family and friends of those who died and are injured.
May the Good Lord be with you. May you feel His arms holding you close. May you feel His Love and Peace. May He comfort you during your time of grief. May the Lord give you hope and lighten your hearts so that memories of those gone will, one day, be happy.
May God have mercy on their Souls and be a comfort aways.
Lou McLean

April 18, 2007, 12:48pm • Miami, FL • #14646