Condolences, April 18, 2007

This tragedy has made a lasting impression on my family’s hearts.  The sadness and grief will never be forgotten, but neither will the spirit of Virginia Tech. We send our condolences and are comforted through your Hokie spirit.
Best Wishes,
The Archibald Family

April 18, 2007, 12:56pm • Portland, OR USA • #14797

I am having a very difficult time trying to wrap my brain around what has happened to the Virginia Tech community. It is hard comprehending such a terrible act of violence. Although we are seperated by miles we are united in our sorrow and the loss you must all feel. My prayers are with all of you and many hugs to help you all through this terrible tragedy.

Sincerely,

Vicky Torell Anderson

April 18, 2007, 12:56pm • Lincoln, Nebraska • #14798

I am so sorry to hear about what happened.  I was shocked. I am so saddened by this.  This could have happened at Wake Forest University… I no longer take my security for granted.  We are with you, Wake is with you… The Demon Deacons are now all Hokies… God bless you and be with you…

April 18, 2007, 12:56pm • Winston-Salem, NC • #14799

As I sat and watched the news unfold Of the Horrible events at Va Tech, My Heart Broke, Tears filled my eyes, and in an that moment I said a Prayer for ALL who would have pain this day. I Offer these Words and My Deepest Heart Felt Thoughts and Prayers Be with all who are effected This and everyday....

There will come a day
when your tears of sorrow
will softly flow into tears of remembrance…
and your heart will begin to heal itself…
and grieving will be interrupted by episodes of joy…
and you will hear the whisper of hope.
There will come a day
when you will welcome the tears of remembrance…
as a sunshower of the soul…
a turning of the tide…
a promise of peace.
There will come a day when you will…
risk loving…
go on believing…
and treasure the tears of remembering.

From My Heart To Yours!

April 18, 2007, 12:56pm • Norfolk, Virginia • #14800

I would like to express my deepest condolences to those who lost their lives, friends, and family members. It’s an extremely terrible tragedy, one in which no one should have to go through. And nothing anyone can say will make this better or easier, but just remember one thing: If you talk about those who lost their lives, and hold them close in your heart, they will continue to live on. My heart goes out to the whole Virgina Tech Community, and I’m deeply sorry for your loss.

Raquel Evangelisti
Sophmore at Temple University

April 18, 2007, 12:56pm • Philadelphia, PA • #14801

My sincere condolences and prayers go out to all the families of the victims. To the survivors who are also victims, may the God be with you always.
Karen Eggleston-Carter

April 18, 2007, 12:56pm • Martinsville,Virginia • #14802

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone at Vinginia Tech. GO HOKIES!!!!

Ron and Cathy Luckenbaugh

April 18, 2007, 12:56pm • Seven Valleys, Pa. U.S.A. • #14803

Dear Virginia Tech Family,
My heart goes out to each and every one of you.  As a mother I can only imagine what you parents are going through and Lord only knows what you students are going through but know that God is there and he will get you through. In the midst of all the tears and pain there is hope and it will get better with time. Lean on each other and keep your faith in God and know that the rest of us are praying for you. May God Bless You all. Tonya A.

April 18, 2007, 12:56pm • Toxey, Al • #14804

I taught one of the victims (Emily Hilscher) in elementary school and I keep seeing her sweet face and happy disposition. As an alumnus, I can’t comprehend this happening at my school. I think that the shooters dorm room should be locked up and never used again, the same for the classrooms, a memorial erected for the victims, and each given an honorary degree.God help us all.
C.Nowakoski ‘81

April 18, 2007, 12:56pm • Madison,VA • #14805

My thoughts are prayers are with all of the victims families.  This is just a horrible situation.  God has a plan for all of us.  The victims don’t have to worry because they are with god now and everything is going to be alright. Rest in peace fellow students, rest in peace.

April 18, 2007, 12:56pm • Hastings, Nebraska • #14806

you are in our prayers here in North Carolina

April 18, 2007, 12:56pm • #14807

As an alumni of the ACC university, I feel that VT is also a member of our broad family.  My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to your entire student body and faculty, as well as the families and responders that were so horribly affected by the rampage at your campus.  As a retired 30-yr. educator, I feel deep compassion for what you are experiencing and hope that time will ease the burden of your intense pain.  Jane, Swannanoa, NC

April 18, 2007, 12:56pm • Swannanoa, NC • #14808

I am so over come with grief. I cannot emagine what you all are going through. I know the pain of losing a loved one, I lost my father about 20 years ago. The pain will ease but you never forget them. My father was born and raised in Blacksburg, so although I never had the privledge of going to Va Tech, I visited the campus everytime I went to see my Grandmother. I heard a poem today that I would like to share and hope that it brings some comfort.
When you plant a rose garden you watch it grow and water it and take care of it. You wait until the rose is at it’s perfect bloom, not open too much but just right and beautiful before you pick them. Well on this day April 16,2007 God has just picked the most perfect bouquet.
My prayers are with all of you! Lets Go Hokies!
Tracy
Chesterfield

April 18, 2007, 12:57pm • Chesterfield, VA • #14809

I as a college student myself am saddened by this horrendous tragedy and keeping you guys in our thoughts and prayers.  I write on behalf of all of us at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois.  My hope is that all of us will come together as one community and that our world would be a better place.

Brandon Hembrough
Junior, Illinois College
Jacksonville, Illinois

April 18, 2007, 12:57pm • Jacksonville, IL • #14810

I just wanted to say that my prayers and heart are with all the students and the friends and families of the victims.  May God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 12:57pm • Spokane, WA • #14811

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims’ family and friends.  Also I pray the Virginia Tech’s faculty and students will continue to find comfort in each other and their loved ones at this time. I know you will never forget the tragic event that occurred on Monday, but I hope time will ease your pain a little bit.

Although I graduated from Texas A&M University and usually say, “Go Aggies!” Now I will say, “Go Hokies! Keep the spirit alive!”

Susan

April 18, 2007, 12:57pm • Wasington,Texas • #14812

Our deepest condolences go out to the victims, relatives, and friends of all that were affected by the horrific tragedy that occurred on April 16, 2007.  Additionally, I am taking the liberty of sending condolences from all of us living here on this great planet. For the events that occurred not only created grieve to you, but has also created grieve to all mankind by depriving us of your love ones combined talents, knowledge, and skills that would have made our world a better more productive and a safer place to live. May God grant you peace, comfort, and strength. Our prayers are with you.

Sincerely,

David V. Cardenas
Diana N. Cardenas
David G. Cardenas
Kevin W. Cardenas
Jennifer M. Cardenas

April 18, 2007, 12:57pm • San Antonio, Texas • #14813

My family would like to share our heartfelt condolences to the victims and families of this horrific event.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.  God bless all of you.

April 18, 2007, 12:57pm • Cranbrook, BC, Canada • #14814

My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.  This horrific incident is something that we all need to step back, and remember that we are all students together in this crisis, and we all need to embrace and take care of each other, and make sure that in the wake of this horrible incident that we make sure that we take care of those that are around us near and far that are dealing with this loss.  I myself am an MSU Alumni, and I know that living at and attending any college or university, you feel a connection with your “family” at the university, if one of you has a loss, we all suffer that loss.  Please be good to one another, and try not to blame “types” of people, love and cherish each other, and be that friend to anyone that may need it.  God Bless all of you, we are all supporting you, and sending you strength from near and far.

April 18, 2007, 12:57pm • East Lansing, MI USA • #14815

It’s so hard to believe that brillant minds left our earth to go to heaven so soon.  I just pray that when they meet up together that may be they can get with GOD and see if they can think of a way to make things better on earth because apparently, the living just don’t get it right sometimes.
I am so sorry for what happened and my heart aches for all.

April 18, 2007, 12:57pm • Port St. Lucie • #14816

for i follow NCAA Sports, i know Virginia Tech is a great university and i was really shocked when i saw this tragedy on TV. it’s surprising & horrifying how human being can destroy in a glimpse.
i pray for all the victims, the wounded and their family & friends. sorrow might stay for ever… may God help them find the strength to fight anger and hatred and finally find peace again.
Clara

April 18, 2007, 12:57pm • Nancy, France • #14817

hey everyone i am from californa. when i heard of this tragic event i thought to myself that everyone was alright. then when i heard the number of deaths going up 25,30,33 i felt sad inside. this is one of the worst tragic events since the 1966 Texas massacre where 31 were killed and 15 wounded. my prayers are with the grieving families and Virginia Tech University. go hokies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 18, 2007, 12:57pm • Riverside • #14818

My heart goes out to the family and friends of the students and faculty that were killed in the shootings on Monday. May God continue to comfort you in the horrible time. God is your strength and your refuge. He is your strength in your time of need, just lean on him. May God bless each family member.

April 18, 2007, 12:57pm • Duncan, SC • #14819

A procession without halt,

Apparent at times and hid at times,
Rising the rising grounds, in relief
against the clear sky,
lost in the hollows, stretched
interminably over the plains

No eye that ever saw the starting,
no eye that ever shall need
wait for the ending.

Where any one goes, however ahead,
the rest only coming, however far behind

-Walt Whitman

April 18, 2007, 12:57pm • anytown, USA • #14820

..my deepest empathy to the victims, families, VT faculty & peers, and the like during this time of mourning. My prayers are with you all. To the families...be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might for healing. Even in the midst of any amount of pain and suffering you may be experiencing now, I pray that God’s grace and mercy abound around you.
Lastly, to the President of VT...Do not be discouraged or downtrodden with the media’s ability to throw out points of interest statements or questions concerning your reaction to this unforeseen tragedy. Generally speaking, during any unfortunate event in our lifetime, people often have a quick tendency to want to point the blame at someone other than the truly responsible one. No matter what would or could have been done, it would not have been enough. Even if there were not a second incidence of shooting, then what? Would you have been responsible for the contemplated thoughts and carried-out actions of the killer? No. It was/is an institution of higher learning...not a breeding ground for a potential killer. Right now, at this very moment, most or all of our college campuses are wide-open and unsecure to anything anyone may have the desire to do (God forbid!).

April 18, 2007, 12:57pm • Columbia, SC • #14821

To the parents, friends, and family of the victims of this tragedy~

My deepest condolences to each and every one of you.  I lost my sister last year, and know that the pain you are feeling can not be healed by any amount of kind words. My prayer is that you will find some peace in the support of your community and the rest of the country.  God Bless you all.

Sarah Duits

April 18, 2007, 12:57pm • Grand Rapids, MI • #14822

I am a student at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada. To hear of your tragedy pains me in the deepest way. I can only offer you my sincere sympathy, and I continue to pray for the families and friends of those lost. I hope your campus life can eventually move on, but know that nobody will forget what happened this Monday.

-Caleb Thorne
NL, Canada

April 18, 2007, 12:57pm • Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada • #14823

There is nothing myself or anyone can say that will make this go away or bring back the lives of those who were lost. America mourns for you all and I pray to God that he gives you all the strength to go on and overcome this.

For the families and friends, I am sorry for your losses.

God has a plan for everyone and mourning is the first step to a brighter tomorrow. Live your lives to the fullest becauase tomorrow is never promised. Tell your family and friends you love them everyday...."Life is but a dream”

With deepest sympathy,
Jessica (22)

April 18, 2007, 12:57pm • Ft. Lauderdale, FL • #14824

i share all the grief and despair of the families and friends on this incoprhensable moment, and i pray may GOD help you all while you are going throuhg this darkend part of your life.
berry, BI Shooll of Management

April 18, 2007, 12:58pm • Oslo, Norway., • #14825

I have always been close to VT all my life. Living in Pulaski most of my life this area has allways seemed safe, being so close to Blacksburg, I have been there time after time and never felt that I was in harms way. It still seems so unbeleivable that this could happen in our area, myself and my family are Deeply saddened and are praying for everyone. VT will be back full force, it may take a while but we can’t let one person take away everything we had. Blacksburg has never been a place to be afraid of and it still should not be just because of one bad seed. I myself will continue to visit Blacksburg as I allways have, it is a good place, with good people and shall continue to be. God bless all..... we will forever keep those lost in our heart!

Sincerely,
Margie & Gregg Boksa
Family & Friends

April 18, 2007, 12:58pm • Bluefield, V.A. • #14826

Please accept our deepest heartfelt condolences on this terrible tragedy. 
We sympathize with the students, faculty, and surrounding community as they grieve at the senseless loss of innocent lives. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of them.

May you find solace from knowing that we are with you.

With Sympathy,

The Ahmad Family
Sugar Land, Texas

April 18, 2007, 12:58pm • Sugar Land, Texas • #14827

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this terrbile time. I wish I could do more to help.

Nickole Evans
WWU Student

April 18, 2007, 12:58pm • Bellingham,WA • #14828

My family and I send our deepest apologies to the students affected by this tragic situation.  We will keep you in our prayers.
The Clarke Family

April 18, 2007, 12:58pm • Williamstown, NJ • #14829

Using the words of the Tech Triumph to say what we feel deep in our hearts, “Techmen, we’re Techmen, with spirit true and faithful, Backing up our team with hopes undying...”

Our team is not an athletic one in this case - it is the Hokie Nation as a whole, but our hopes are indeed undying. 

Prayers to all who are affected both in Blacksburg and all across our world.

the Bartlett family

April 18, 2007, 12:58pm • Centreville, Virginia • #14830

We Give Our Deepest Sympathy and Condolences. We Pray for all of the VT Students and Staff along with their Families. We will all miss those that were lost in this tragic event. They are in a better, higher place now. We will see them again. Hold on to your memories and faith, they will bring you through this hard time. There is a song that I have listened to many times after my Father passed away in June of 2006. I think this song will help alot of you. It is called “The Soft Goodbye” by Celtic Women. I hope you all listen to it at least one time, it is so fitting and beautiful. God Bless You All! Go Hokies!

With Deepest Sympathy ~ Eric and Theresa Huntsman

April 18, 2007, 12:58pm • Colorado Springs, CO / USA • #14831

I am so sorry for all the loss in this terrible tradgedy. I hope that God will give you strength to endure all this pain and move on.
Heather
University of Southern Mississippi

April 18, 2007, 12:58pm • Hattiesburg Ms. • #14832

This is horrible and a shocking tradedy. But for the parents, family and ones that knew and loved the victims and the gunman it is most horrible.

My prayer is for each one of you. My prayer is for the Mother of the gunman; for the burden she must bear and for the Father who may wonder what it is he could have done.

My prayer is for each of these, that the Heavenly Father will hold you close and comfort you.  That He will give you direction and strength now and for the days, weeks and even years to come.

You will never be the same again and with this change I pray that you grow stronger. That you will embrace those you have the opportunity to hold while you still can. Our days are not promised so lets love while we can love and nurture while we can nurture.

May the God of peace, hope and love comfort you in all these ways and keep you under His loving wings in Jesus name. Amen

Dana C., Spring, Texas

April 18, 2007, 12:58pm • Spring, Texas • #14833

I am praying for every single one of you, students, family, faculty and the community as a whole. I can only imagine what you must be feeling right now, and being a sister of one a VT student( who is by G-d’s mercy alive)I am realyy feeling you pain. Let G-d give you the serenity and courage to overcome your grief.

Gelila.

April 18, 2007, 12:58pm • Montreal Canada • #14834

My family and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to all of the victims, their families and the entire Virginia Tech community.  I am a graduate of the University of Louisville and have many fond memories of college life.  I cannot begin to imagine what it would have been like to experience such a tragedy on my campus.  Seeing photographs of so many fine young students and the faculty members who lost their lives senselessly has been heart wrenching these past few days.  Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,

James Zehnder

April 18, 2007, 12:58pm • Tipp City, OH • #14835

I just want to add my condolences to this list.  4/16/07 will never be forgotten and the victims did not die in vain.  Their memory and their legacies will live on forever and be an inspiration to all those who read about them.  My family will keep the families of all the victims in our prayers and hope that God grants them comfort through this horrible time.

Dr. Christine

April 18, 2007, 12:58pm • St. Louis, MO USA • #14836

I know the pain that you are feeling.  My brother was a Dean Student when he was shot and murdered.  I have fought for many years to get through this.  You will never ‘get past it’ but you will learn to cope.  I wold like to offer as a sibling/friend of a murder victim, if anyone needs or wants to talk, I am here.  Whenever that time might come.  For me it was years.  For others its right away.  But know that someone is here willing to listen.  PTAngel94@yahoo.com

April 18, 2007, 12:58pm • Cobleskill New York • #14837

On behalf of Haraya @ ST Johns University Queens Campus, we continue to keep Virginia Tech and the loved ones of those lost in our prayers.

April 18, 2007, 12:58pm • Queens, New York • #14838

I’m so sorry to hear about this tragity.  My heart goes out to all who lost a loved one.  Although it’s hard to believe now, just keep in mind that it will get better in time and you will eventually get through this together.

April 18, 2007, 12:58pm • Hanover, PA • #14839

Our family wishes to express our deepest sympathy...you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
In Christ,
The Fletcher Family
Liverpool, NY

April 18, 2007, 12:58pm • Liverpool, NY • #14840

As I watched in horror and through tears at the news coverage of this heartbreaking tragedy, it occurred to me that not only could I relate as a parent of young adults but we must all find a way to relate to and connect with the pain and loss of the devastated families and community of Va.Tech as members of the same human family (as you see from these messages from around the world) or we have learned nothing from this tragedy. We are all spiritually connected with one another and must seek positive ways to respond to this tragedy through comforting those who have lost loved ones and by celebrating the lives of those heroes and innocent victims who have left us so suddenly. Please let us NOT respond with hate or vengeance, which is never the answer to any problem and which only perpetuates these kinds of tragedies. My prayers and hopes for peace and comfort to all of us - especially to those whose lives have been personally devastated by this horrific event. God Bless and keep you and comfort you!
Sincerely, JoAnne F.

April 18, 2007, 12:58pm • Phila., PA, USA • #14841

My thoughts and prayers are with the families and students affect by the gut wrenching act of violence that came to your campus on April 16th. As a parent of two girls, I can only imagine what you are going though at this time.

April 18, 2007, 12:58pm • Sidney Center, NY • #14842

I cannot express how terrible I feel for the families who lost their daughter, son, husband, wife, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, or grandparent.  Although I do not know anyone personally affected by this tragedy, I am thinking of you.  I pray for the families and students of Virginia Tech.  God bless.
Bethany

April 18, 2007, 12:59pm • Collinsville, IL • #14843

My heart just goes out to the families and friends of all the victims of the terrible tragedy.  We raise our children with love and care, striving to educate and prepare them to go out into the world and stay safe.  But no one could prepare them for something as horrific as this. May God’s love and grace be with all who were touched on the very sad day.

SBG

April 18, 2007, 12:59pm • Salem, Va • #14844

I am deeply sad and angered at the events that have shaken Virginia Tech. My most profound thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, faculty, staff, and administraion hurt and eternally affected by this disaster. As we seek a way to heal and move on let us never forget our strength and love towards each other but most importantly remember those who lost their innocent lives on April 16, 2007.

April 18, 2007, 12:59pm • Alexnadria, VA • #14845

I am so sorry for everything that happened.  Your grief if felt here in Hampton Roads area.  We are praying for you and for you families, May God truely comfort you and give you peace

April 18, 2007, 12:59pm • Chesapeake, VA • #14846