Condolences, April 18, 2007

I have sat here for the last 10 minutes thinking of what to write, only to realize that nothing I say can make the pain experienced by those closely connected to the events of April 16th go away.  Just know that people all over the world have you in our thoughts and prayers, not just today, but in the days to come as you try to cope with what has happened.

April 18, 2007, 12:52pm • Canada • #14747

My thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of shock and grief.

April 18, 2007, 12:52pm • Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada • #14748

Saying I’m sorry just isn’t enough for the loss that you have experienced. I am a teacher and a mother and I have watched my greatest nightmare become a reality at Virginia Tech. We give our children wings and watch as they fly into their future but nothing we do can ever prepare them for such a tragedy. My heart aches for the families that lost a son or daughter, sister or brother. I pray that the students find laughter again on campus. And I pray for the staff as you counsel and teach each day.  I hope that you feel the love and peace of everyone around the world as well as the peace of God in the coming days.
T. Land

April 18, 2007, 12:52pm • Orange Park, FL /U.S. • #14749

Our college years spent mocking them
Those Hokies were inferior to us Cavaliers
Now we are all one
United by the essence spilled from innocents.
Hokie blood becomes ours
The affront is ours
The grief is shared.

The Tech families are in our thoughts and prayers.
Kevin and Nancy Patterson, UVA

April 18, 2007, 12:52pm • Chatham, MA • #14750

I wish to offer my sympathies and prayers for the victims, their families, those who have been hurt - physically, emotionally and every other way possible. It is a deep tragedy, one that affects all of us. I am an American now living in Canada and have been deeply touched by this horrendous event. Having a daughter who graduated from University and who has been involved in the First Response Team at the University, has brought the reality of what the students of Virginia Tech has experienced to full light. I ache for you all and pray that the Lord’s peace,love and hope will be with you as you walk through this ordeal and try to regain your lives back. The spirit shown yesterday at the memorial service, bringing oneness among you, shall prevail. May we all pray that peace overcomes all the violence and hatred, both here and abroad. Bless you all!!

April 18, 2007, 12:52pm • Hastings, Ontario Canada • #14751

I am just a couple of hours up the road and the HOKIE spirit is here in my city of Harrisonburg. We share in your pain and we are praying for VT. My thoughts and prayers have been with the families of those that were murdered and injured. We have two injured from here and thankfully they are improving. Just know that you are not alone in this!
Linda and Chelsea

April 18, 2007, 12:52pm • Harrisonburg, Virginia • #14752

To the students, staff, family, friends and community of all those connected to V Tech- my greatest condolences I send to you all the way from Hong Kong.  I wish you all he swiftest recovery and steadfast resiliance in your time of sorrow.  Stay strong Hokies!  The citizens of the world are here for you- just hold out your arms for we shall embrace you.

April 18, 2007, 12:52pm • Hong Kong • #14753

As I sat with my family and later my co-workers sharing the sadness that occured on the morning of April 16,2007 I can only say how strongly I felt for the family members who now have to face the future without their loved ones who were lost on this terrible day. The one thing that I do think about, that brings comfort is that God takes His special angels early so that He can use them elsewhere in a better place.  I hope & pray that those who read my thoughts, ponder on them and hold the hope that their loved ones who were lost made such a difference in the short amount of time they were here with us.  May God bless those who died and bless the families with their sweet memories.
Jennie Calsmer

April 18, 2007, 12:52pm • Jupiter, Florida • #14754

Dear Virginia Tech Family,

My Deepest Condolences to those affected by this senseless tragedy. I never heard of your school before but I would like everyone at Virginia Tech to know that though I am not a member of Hokie Nation,but i felt the pain that Virginia tech family is going through now .My heart goes out for all those who I will be Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers ,Its not Just me the whole nation is behind you and is praying for you and this feeling may not heal the pain you are going through , but can help you get thru this tough time with faith in God.

God be with U at all times.

Ram Danda

April 18, 2007, 12:53pm • Guntur, Andhra Pradesh , India • #14755

My family and I want to share our condolences with those affected by the senseless violence in Virginia.  These words are from the movie Bobby and I find them comforting and so share them here.  Loss and grief are like waves. They have cycles in which we get knocked down, get up and get knocked down again.  Eventually we make it to the shore.  Roni and Jimmy

NEVER GONNA BREAK MY FAITH

My Lord
Won’t you help them to understand
that when someone takes the life of an innocent man
Well they never really Won because all they’ve really done
is set the Soul Free where it’s supposed to be

For those we lose before their time
I pray their souls will find the light
I know that the day will surely come
When his will, His will, will be done

April 18, 2007, 12:53pm • Albuquerque NM USA • #14756

My heart goes out to all family members and friends of those lost or injured.
My VT flag flys proudly on my front porch in their honor.
Let’s go HOKIES...WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH!!!!

April 18, 2007, 12:53pm • Stuart, Florida • #14757

I share my prayers and condolences to all that were involed. Good wishes and luck to you all in the future.

April 18, 2007, 12:53pm • Huntington Beach, CA • #14758

I wish to offer our condolsences. We have two daughters in college and I could never imagine how I would feel. We are praying for the families everyday. God Bless!

The Noss’
Louie, Tammy, Brittanie, Laura and Marci

April 18, 2007, 12:53pm • Blairsville Pa • #14759

I’m originally from Virginia, and always look forward to seeing anything about my home.  I am sorry that it was for this purpose this time-- I have many friends who went to Virginia Tech.  Just know our prayers and condolences are with all of you. 

Nadia, Mike & Family

April 18, 2007, 12:53pm • Las Cruces, NM • #14760

I want to wish the survivors, family, loved ones and friends of the victims my heartfelt condolences.

In memorium

Thirty-two lives taken
They deeply touched the lives around them
Their spirits are still close by those they loved,
Free from pain…
Offering comfort and strength.
They are still there
Close your eyes and sense their love.
Look for little signs:
Their favorite song on the radio,
A lost item now found,
A hand on your shoulder,
Seeing them in dreams.
They will always be there
showing they care.

Healing and peace,
Carolyn T

April 18, 2007, 12:53pm • Erie, PA • #14761

I have been thinking all night about this tragedy. The more I think, the more my heart breaks. I go to college too, it could have been me or anyone I know...I love. I can understand what all of you are going through & I don’t have any words to express my sorrow.

Eventhough I know none of you out there,...all you Virginia Tech students, your familes, faculties and all your loved ones are in my prayers...Be strong...Keep your Hopes alive..There will sure be a better tomorrow…
May God Be With Each one of You ..through all Walks of Life…

With love & prayers
Jincy & Rincy

April 18, 2007, 12:53pm • Michigan • #14762

Dear All,

My deepest condolences for this horrible tragedy. I can not begin to imagine what you are all going through, but I know that people who have seen what has happend have you in their prayers. You are in my prayers and in my thoughts.

Melissa

April 18, 2007, 12:53pm • Laredo, Texas • #14763

My deepest sympathies to all of you in your time of sadness and trouble.  Your school is wounded but not slain.  You will lie down and bleed a little but will rise to fight another day.  We are praying for you daily.

April 18, 2007, 12:53pm • Knoxville, Tennessee • #14764

Too often we hear of tragedies happening such as this in the world. In the UK I know we we horrified to hear of this event. As a parent I know I cannot imagine the horror all the victims families must be going through which means anything I say will have little effect. But I would like to say - my heart is with them, and my blessings on everyone who was touched by this terrible day.
rachel mayatt

April 18, 2007, 12:53pm • UK • #14765

To the family and friends of Virginia Tech~

You have my deepest condolences and have been in my prayers since Monday, and will continue to be in my prayers.

May the Comforter be with you during this time of deep sorrow and for those still healing.

Deanna

April 18, 2007, 12:53pm • Birmingham, Alabama • #14766

In Oklahoma, we are no strangers to violence. (our anniversary is April 19). Our thoughts are with you all.

April 18, 2007, 12:53pm • Oklahoma • #14767

To those of Virginia Tech.:
Although Virginia Tech. seems so far away; it takes one a terrible event to unite us all. I’m writing my condolences as I feel, like many others, it may help else the pain and allows those in pain that they are not alone. I am currently working in the education field and becuase of this;I, along with many others in my field feel that schools should be a safe and caring environments. All of the shootings, bomb threats and senseless deaths are uncomprehendable and are a parent’s worst fear. When tragic events such as those that have just passed occur; it’s hard to carry on with our daily routines and believe that everything will be okay. Each and everyone of us is searching for reasons as to why these events occur; and no matter what excuse we come up with there is no excuse that is befitting in a situation like this. We all hope that as time passes, the pain of this event will lessen.
“Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.”
Written by a student in the Special Needs Educational Assistant Program

April 18, 2007, 12:54pm • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada • #14768

Hello this is mark cordell from Danville,Va and im so sad that i just had to express my condolences to the university and i hope that everything will get better in the future and i hope that the people that perished will go to a better place and i want to express my sincere greaf and support to the parents of the students that did not make it and i think that i speek for Danville and my family that i will not speek ill of Va-Tech again i like the Va caves but we are hokies today.love,hugs,and with Sincere,sadness mark cordell.

April 18, 2007, 12:54pm • Danville,Va • #14769

I express my deepest condolences.There are no words that can express how I feel for you all. I am deeply saddened by this event. I have been praying for your community, and I know you will pull through this together. Remember, God is ALWAYS there to comfort you. We will never understand this tragedy, but you all will pull through this. It will make you stronger people in the end. I send all my love and prayers from the Univ. of North Texas Health Science Center, to Virginia Tech.

Lynnetta Bonsu

April 18, 2007, 12:54pm • Arlington, Texas • #14770

Listen to the song “ I’ll praise you in this Storm” by Casting Crowns. The Lord Jesus Christ knows your pain.  He will help you, just call on his name and pray.  I am so sorry for your loss.

April 18, 2007, 12:54pm • Ayden, North Carolina • #14771

I just want to say that I have much love for anyone who has suffered from this tragedy and that there will be joy in the end .I share my condolences and I have much sympathy.Stay Strong .

April 18, 2007, 12:54pm • Ohio • #14772

To all Virginia Tech Students, Faculty, Community and Families

I didn’t go to your school, but I have visited the campus during a football game. Everyone was so friendly and I am so disturbed and saddened that something like this happened for no reason. It is something that I know people will never understand, but I know that everyone who has heard about this tradgedy cares so much. We never know when our lives are going to end, but just knowing that people do care hopefully can comfort in some way. To all the families,staff, students, and the community our prayers are with you.

April 18, 2007, 12:54pm • Alicia - West Virginia • #14773

Although I went to the University of Pittsburgh, I was down at VT often to visit friends. It is such a wonderful school. My heart goes out to the entire VT University, their friends and their families as well. Even though some of us are from different universities, in these trying times, we are all Hokies now.

Godspeed.

MD

April 18, 2007, 12:54pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #14774

I cannot imagine the horror you all face today and in the days, weeks, months and years to follow.  For a short while, all of America and beyond are also Hokies.  We stand with you and pray for you.  May God look over you all.  Do not allow anyone to let this terrible event define who you are. 

I read somewhere recently that Hell is just a step away and you must choose to not step in to it. 

Peace!

April 18, 2007, 12:54pm • Villa Rica, Georgia • #14775

I would like to offer my condolences and know that my prayers, and thoughts are with all of you in this tragic time of sorrow.

Officer Matthew Turner
Bridgewater State College Police Department

April 18, 2007, 12:54pm • Bridgewater, Ma • #14776

There are no strangers, only friends we haven’t met.

Our hearts go out to the many people affected by this tragedy at Virginia Tech.  I’m sure our Heavenly Father is also weeping because of this great sadness.

The people here in the Salt Lake Valley are just starting to heal from the shootings at Trolley Square Mall and we would like to encourage you that time does make it more tolerable. 

Sadness like this can not divide us, it will only pull us together and make us stronger.

Judy

April 18, 2007, 12:54pm • West Jordan, Utah, USA • #14777

Words cannot express our heartfelt sorrow for those who have suffered as a result of this tragedy.  Know that our tears are for you and your loved ones, and our hearts are with you in this time of intense pain and shock.  Our prayers are for the Virginia Tech Family as we grieve the loss of those no longer with us, and are reminded of what’s really important in this fragile life of ours.  Peace to you, as God gives you comfort and the wisdom to move forward through this ordeal, over time, and to use this painful tragedy as an unwelcomed catalyst to become even better people than before.  Already the world has seen what a caring, gracious and supportive community that exists in Blacksburg, in Virginia, and beyond.

Prayers also go out for the medical staff, law enforcement, press, government officials, faculty, staff and school administration, and others who continue to work long hours in the aftermath of this tragedy.

Sincerely,
James Kincaid

April 18, 2007, 12:54pm • Richmond, Virginia • #14778

To all the families, I am so very sorry.  I know the almost unbearable pain of losing a child, my son was murdered (victim of a car jacking) 5 years ago.  My prayers are with you and I hope that you may some day find the peace you need. 

To the family of Professor Librescu, he survived the Holocaust and I heard he also survived cancer.  He survived these events, so that he could be there to save the lives of his students.  G-d must have a special place waiting for him.  I know the pain you are feeling, but please find comfort in knowing he was part of G-d’s plan.  I know G-d didn’t cause the attack to happen, but I think that since He gave us the ability to choose right from wrong, that He also has to allow the bad things to happen.

April 18, 2007, 12:54pm • Saint Louis, MO • #14779

Dear all,

I have studied for many, many years, and it never occured to me that something like this could ever happen. I’m just so shocked this could have happened. Please accept my condolences to all families of the victims of April 16th. May Allah bless us all.

Mohammed Firqin Bin Arrif Robroek,
Malacca, Malaysia.

April 18, 2007, 12:54pm • Malacca, Malaysia • #14780

All out thoughts and prayers are with you, it was such a horrible waist of life.  We should never let this happen again. All our sympathies.

The Rochford family.

April 18, 2007, 12:54pm • Liverpool. England • #14781

To all of the Virginal Tech students, faculty, staff and families affected by this terrible event.  I work at a University in a quiet small suburban area just like Blacksburg and realize that this could have just as easily have happened to us.  I have children that are the same age as the students that this happened to and realize that this could have just as easily have happened to them.  Even though it didn’t happen to “us” and even though it didn’t happen to “them” I just have to say that as a parent and as a fellow human being, that this has affected me just as profoundly as if my child had been a student at Virginia Tech.

I hope that God heals each and every one of you inside and out with speed.

Blessings to all,

JB

April 18, 2007, 12:55pm • Asheville, NC • #14782

My Dears:

I want to say something to ease your hurt and pain, but what magic word would take it all away, there is none.  So, I’m afraid my dears that you must walk thru this with courage and determination.  I am reminded of a phrase in a song by Regina Belle that so expresses my thoughts of you , your families, and friends:  “I’d like to change the world I brought you to, but there isn’t much more that I can do, but I would if I could.”

Sandra Lee

April 18, 2007, 12:55pm • Washington, DC • #14783

To all students and faculty members:
I was very saddened by the events on April 16,2007.  While watching coverage on Monday all I could do is cry and think “That all of you have more courage and strength then our community would(in a situation like that).  I am sorry that this had to happen to you all.  Just remember that you have the support of the whole world and nation behind you.

M. Carter

April 18, 2007, 12:55pm • Asheville, North Carolina • #14784

I would like to send my deepest condolences to family and friends of the shooting victims. I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers go out to you in this time of sorrow. This event has shocked everyone around the world. Since I am a mother of a 15 month old son, these events have left me worried about his future,worried about what his life will be like. But now after this horrific tragedy I guess we just take one day at a time. God Bless and my prayers will always be with you.
Loni N.

April 18, 2007, 12:55pm • Hatfield,P.A. USA • #14785

Our prayers are with VT and the families!

April 18, 2007, 12:55pm • PA, USA • #14786

May all the families and friends of the campus victims know that even though we are miles away, our thoughts are with you. The hurt and pain is definately felt by all of us.

April 18, 2007, 12:55pm • Port Colborne Ontario Canada • #14787

May God Bless all of you and your families and friends in this time of sorrow and need. I attended Radford University and have many fond memories of VA Tech - attending football games, visiting friends at the campus, etc.

Why this had to happen may never be known. But stick together, be strong, and know that the entire world is praying with you at this moment.

Stay strong HOKIES!

April 18, 2007, 12:55pm • NJ • #14788

My coworkers and I have been following this tragedy since day one. Our hearts and prayers go out to you staff, students, families, and everyone rocked by this senselessness. We have decided to follow suit and wear orange and maroon ribbons on Friday in rememberance of your tragedy.
Rebecca

April 18, 2007, 12:55pm • Houston, TX • #14789

Hello I’m Philowe from Georgia and have been touched by this terrible event. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. They are all heroes in God’s eyes. They will not be forgotten.

Love,

Philowe

April 18, 2007, 12:55pm • Covington, Georgia, USA • #14790

Each day we wake to see the sun flowing down from the sky onto a campus ground that was peaceful and loving only a few days ago we cry. We see the world for what it was and hope that we can see it for more than what it is. Our brothers and sister are fallen and they will always be remembered. Brave souls saved many more lives that could have been lost and we should remember those that acted for others in sacrificing their lives with proud glory. I see the world through the eyes of a child, I see the world through the eyes of an adult, I see the world through the eyes of hatred, I see the world thought the eyes of forgiveness. Pain fills my heart and the heart of a nation and world that have to endure the truth that we have lost 32 caring and loving individuals. Our hearts dropped the moment that the truth was known and it will never fully recover. This day will always be remembered just as 9/11, Dec 7th, and every other date of infamy are. We stand together today as we did yesterday and as we will tomorrow. We stand in remembrance of those that have fallen in a tragedy with no reason. We stand as one and even though we may not all be Hokies today we are.

John

April 18, 2007, 12:55pm • Orlando, Fl • #14791

Dear Virginia Tech Students and Staff: As i hear the terrible accident that has happened upon you and many others, i am deeply saddened and shocked by it all. Always remember to have faith. It will be a long road to recovery but you will always have your loved ones,friends and family to lean on. Each one of you will be in my heart and prayers. May the Lord surround you all with his love and comfort. God Bless you all!!  C.A.

April 18, 2007, 12:55pm • Harrisburg, PA. USA • #14792

The tragedy that everyone in your school and community has suffered is so horrific that words can’t at all begin to describe it. I know in our community that emotions surrounding your losses are running very high. Thoughts and prayers are certainly with all of those so hurt by this tragedy.

Sharon J.

April 18, 2007, 12:55pm • Kersey, CO • #14793

Dear Hokies

My family and I send our deepest condolences to everyone. We can’t imagine what you are going through now, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Be strong and remember we are all in this together so if you need to lean on us please do.

Sandra Harris
VT 1988

April 18, 2007, 12:55pm • afton,virginia • #14794

My thoughts and prayers are with each and every person affected by this tragedy.  I hold you up before my Lord and pray for your comfort and help.

)( VT parent

April 18, 2007, 12:55pm • Corona, AZ • #14795

The world shares in your grief and all of our prayers are with you. And I hope all of you know you do have the support of your country. A thought I had last night to hopefully prevent this from happening again, was each and every building at all universities should have gun sensors in all buildings main entrances doorways, that go off with an alarm for that building if anyone enters with a weapon or a gun. This is something every school and university should have in place so this tragedy can be avoided in the future. Again nothing can bring back to us what was lost in precious lives and our hearts go out to all of you that was hit by this tragedy. I hope though it can be prevented in the future. God bless All of you and our prayers go out to you all. Sincerely Arlette Nelson

April 18, 2007, 12:55pm • Las Vegas, NV • #14796