Condolences, April 18, 2007

I feel bad for everyone involved. I also have a prayer for You because where Everyone gathers God gathers too..
My prayers and condolences and thoughts go out to all involved. We all have to come together on this as a whole and May all involved find the answers they need, and the ways to make it better, and that all involved will beable to fill in the answers, emptiness, and hurt this has caused them.

April 18, 2007, 1:06pm • Seminole, Florida • #14997

Thoughts, prayers, and best wishes to all effected and involved in this tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 1:06pm • Virginia • #14998

My bigger dream was,or better is,coming to study in America,I don’t care where...and even it will be only a dream,yesterday I was feeling like I was there with you...like I was a Virginia Tech student whom friends’ innocent life was shooted away because non-existent reasons...I was feeling the pain like I was there with you guys!!And I’m there with you...I’m there with you to chase away this pain in our heart...I love America and I love to dream being there,being on a campus with you, even if there is an ocean beetween us...and even if al this mess...this won’t change what i’m feeling...the only thing that I want you to know is that i’m praying for you guys and I’m praying for the innocents who lost their life...I’m there…

With all my heart…
Chiara

April 18, 2007, 1:06pm • Inverigo,Lombardia,Italy • #14999

May God bless the entire Virginia Tech family and community. We pray for the students, faculty, administrators and the family and friends of everyone touched by the VT tragedy. May God hear your prayers and hold you in his heart through the coming days. May he embrace those who lost their lives and welcome them into his kingdom with open arms. May he guide those left behind to find peace in this world until they may one day hold their loved ones again in his kingdom.
We send you all the love in our hearts.

God Bless you Virginia Tech…


Sincerely,
Your neighboring Mountaineers
Chris, Debbie, Kim, Cody, Dakota, and Jackson

April 18, 2007, 1:06pm • Charleston, WV • #15000

Dear friends,
May God keep a loveing hand on all of you that were involved in this horibble tragedy.
My family and I along with our church family want to express our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy for the pain that you are all going through. It’s hard to find the right words, at a time like this. We are praying for you every day. If any of you live in or are close to the Fries area, I just want to let you know that the doors to Grace Baptist church are open to you anytime.

Sincerely,
The Norman family

April 18, 2007, 1:06pm • Fries, Virginia • #15001

My family and I would like to send you all, families and friends our deepest and sincere sympathy.  May God give you all strenght and comfort in these tragic moments.
As a peruvian living in America, my heart and prayers also goes to Daniel Perez’ family in Lima, Peru.  “Que Dios les de fuerza en estos momentos de dolor, que la paz de El los llene y siempre recuerden al muchacho sonriente que conocieron. Mis oraciones estan con todos y cada uno de ustedes”
Your are in our thoughts and prayers. Keep the Faith in our God!

April 18, 2007, 1:06pm • Dallas, Texas • #15002

IN PRAYERFUL SOLIDARITY WITH VIRGINIA TECH

The entire Bethlehem University community extends its prayerful support to the entire Virginia Tech community in the United States.  In an effort to cope with the horrific tragedy that occurred on Monday, April 16, at Virginia Tech all at Bethlehem University in the Holy Land join in offering prayers for the victims, their families and the entire Virginia Tech academic community.

The massacre at Virginia Tech is an unthinkable act.  Yet with our faith in God, we know that Virginia Tech will get through this senseless tragedy.  Let us be determined that violence has no place in any educational institution in any land.

Brother Daniel Casey, FSC
Vice Chancellor
Bethlehem University
www.bethlehem.edu

April 18, 2007, 1:06pm • Bethlehem, Palestine • #15003

OUR DEPPEST SYMPATHY TO YOU ALL FROM THE UK OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO YOU ALL AT THIS TIME OF GREAT LOSS BUT MAY GOD GRANT YOU THE STRENGHT TO GO ON AND REBUILD YOUR LIVES AND DO YOUR LOVE ONES PROUD

GOD BLESS YOU ALL

FROM THE PEOPLE OF THE UK

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • UK • #15004

My deepest condolence to the Virginia Tech University Community, entire family of the affected victims and the UNIted Stateof America. This moves everyone I could not comprehend the situation and I had headache instantly as I watch the news. As a mother it is a great loss for anyone. I can not imagin what the parent will feel question to ask Why? with no definite answer.  I wish GOD Almighty will give the family the strenght, courage and understanding to believe it’s God’s design, which we all have no control over. May God give us the courage to be closer to him not in time of trouble but always. I am Griefed as you are.
Fausat Omolola Alaka
UIC

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • Chicago, Illinois USA • #15005

Just to let you know, that half way round the world, this atrocious action is being felt with the deepest disgust and contempt for the perpetrator, and sympathy and heartfelt grief for the victims.
My thoughts and prayers from England are with you, and the families of those affected. I can’t begin to imagine your pain - but keep strong.

Let it be known the victims will live on through you, and your school.

We will never forget.

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • England • #15006

Hokies,

Please continue to be strong, and know that our entire country stands behind you.

Chris & Amy Langan

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • Austin, TX • #15007

When faced with at tragedy like that at Virginia Tech, it is natural for questions to arise.
Among them may be, “is there a God and where was He during this time of evil?” We almost
universally regard this incident as evil. If there is transcendent evil, there must also be
transcendent good, whichis found in God and His Word. We can know His compassion and mercy as we observe Jesus Christ as He dealt with humans on Earth. We can also see His sovereignty and control of His universe, in that we see that nothing that transpires is without purpose and without the possibility of producing good in His providence. Where was God? He was pointing to the horrible death of His own Son for the sins of the world and pleading with those like Mr. Cho to find answers to his problems in Christ, rather than following his dark path. God is committed to the free moral agency of His creatures - thus the advent of evil. But He has overcome death and evil, and invites us to follow His will to overcome them also in Christ. This is where we find comfort and sense in this seemingly senseless taking of innocent lives.
We need at times like this to draw near to the Lord, willing to accept His will and find
comfort in His mercy, compassion and love.

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • St. Petersburg, FL U.S.A. • #15008

The April 16 is unbelieviable. My english is not good enough, to say what I think and feel. My heart is with the families of the victims. You have to go on. Be strong.

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • Berlin • #15009

We at USC are shocked and pained by the terrible events at Virginia Tech University.  The killing and wounding of students and professors - the attack on a sister institution - affects us, as well as colleagues at other colleges and universities, in a special way.

Whatever sense of dwelling on an oasis of rationality and order we have carried into the 21st century has been severely compromised by the sound of screams and tears.

For several years now, the Office of Religious Life has sponsored an Interfaith Memorial Service honoring those of the Trojan Family who have passed.  We have decided to expand that service to include a special memorial to those who died at Virginia Tech, and prayers from us for their academic community.

President Steven B. Sample will offer a tribute to those whose lives were lost, and will lead us in reflection and in solidarity with Virginia Tech.

The Interfaith Memorial Service will take place on Thursday, April 19. The names of those who have died will be listed in the program and read aloud during the service.

May USC, our loved ones and all of us, our country and all countries, be protected and spared further violence.  And may we be strengthened in creating
a more peaceful world.

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • Los Angeles, CA • #15010

As someone who lives in a very close proximity of your school, and working with people whose children have attended Virginia Tech I want to share my deepest condolences to the families and friends who have lost loved ones in what can only be described as a horrific and senseless act. The students, faculty, administration and families will be in my prayers. Words can only do so much to help to cauterize the wounds inflicted, but it is my sincerest hope that I may have helped to provide some comfort in this time of tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • #15011

We are parents of a recent graduate of Virginia Tech and the Corps of Cadets, now proudly serving in the United States Submarine Force.  Tech changed his life and will forever be a part of him and of us. We grieve with you.  You are an amazing family.  Jill and Bill Thorne

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • Ledyard, Connecticut • #15012

I want to express my deepest sympathies for families and friends of those lost or hurt by the tragic events on April 16th, 2007 as well as to the students of VA Tech.  Being a HOKIE myself, I have felt your pain.

VA Tech is a excellent university and Blacksburg is a beautiful place and I’m sure we all will recover.  I am extremely proud of how this difficult situation was handled by the students of VA Tech both during and after the tragedy.  I believe this gives the nation and world a view of what is means to be a “HOKIE”.

I AM A HOKIE and proud to be part of the Hokie Family!

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • Margate, FL USA • #15013

To all the lives so tragically effected by these thoughtless events- Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you. Regardless of sex, age, ethnicity, the nation mourns deeply for the loss of these people. Knowing that my pregnant sister and brother-in-law were on campus and very close to events gives me horrifying chills. Knowing that they are now safe and unharmed physically I still worry about the mental toll this will have on all involved. We pray as we watch the news and cry.Know this- there will be a rainbow that will come out on those dreary days. Knowing from personal experiences of tradgedies in my life, God will ease the pain and reunite those loved ones some day. In my prayers. GO HOKIES!!!!!!

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • Harrisonburg, VA • #15014

My heart breaks for each and everyone at Virginia Tech.  I will be praying that God will send His peace and comfort to the family friends, students and faculty members. I will be wearing maroon and orange in memory of all lives lost.

God be With you during this difficult time.

Kevin Gardner

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • Miami, Oklahoma • #15015

As a VA Tech Alumni, may heart is saddend and goes out to those who have lost loved ones in this senseless act.  I offer prayers for the victims and their families, that God may welcome the departed into his Kingdom and grant comfort for those left to grieve.  I can also offer my commitment to the school that was my home for four years and always will have a place in my heart, that I will live our motto daily, “That I may serve”, as an example of spirit of VA Tech. GO HOKIES!

Kevin Askin

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • Haymarket VA • #15016

My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this trying time.  As a VT alum, and a life-long Hokie, I can’t begin to express my own sense of loss due to this senseless tragedy.  Once a part of the VT family, always a part of the VT family.  We will grieve together, cry together, and ultimately heal together.  You are all in our hearts, now and forever.  Lean on each other, and use the resources available to you through the college.

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • Houston, TX • #15017

People plan for their future with their family and friends.  They plan to go to school, college, graduate and have a family.

Nobody could ever plan for the tragedy that occurred this past Monday.  But know that you have the support of friends, family and the entire nation to meet each day.  To plan a new future.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.
KC

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • Cary, NC • #15018

To you Dear and Couragous Students of VT

As I have set and watched the horrible and tragic thing that have become of your campus, I sit in disbelief that anyone would be so mean as to do such a thing as this...but I am encouraged by all of the bravery that have been shown through every VT family member, from the students, staff, faculty and many others, that they have spoken with and cried with on the tv screen. I am convinced that you all are a strong family, with a strong sense of pride and humbleness...stay strong and know that a nation stands along side you in your greif, your pain, your anger, and your healing that will come with time.

God Bless you all and may Heaven forever shine upon you.

S.Dill
South Carolina

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • South Carolina • #15019

My thoughts are with the families of the victims of this sensless act of violence. May your hearts heal in time and your loved ones be remembered always.

Karen

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • Greensboro, North Carolina • #15020

Dear all…
From Miami, Florida, we express our condolences to all VT families and students.  We have you all in our prayers!
God bless you all and give you the strength
needed in these painful moments.
Maribel Barcala-Gutierrez

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • Miami, Florida, United States of America • #15021

Dear Hokies,

Tech has been such a huge part of my life over the last 10 years...football games, friends, working with the Ed department… I did not graduate from Tech, but I have experienced something that I never felt from my almamater, and that is the love for the school, the strength and spirit that makes someone a Hokie - Thank you!

Ever since Monday morning, I no longer look at the Hokie Bird as just a mascot. I see him as a phoenix that WILL rise from these horrid ashes, leading a group of fine young men and women. You will be seen around the world as strong, vigilant, and triumphant!
God Bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • Williamstown, Vermont • #15022

Fellow Students -

In this time of great sadness, let us remember why it is we are attend our respective post secondary institution: to learn. Let us learn from this tragedy and as we heal, work towards ways to prevent such terrible actions from ever occurring again. The hearts and minds of all Canadians are with you in your hours of need.

“What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~Ralph Waldo Emmerson

Harrison Stevens
University Student
British Columbia Canada

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada • #15023

I would just like to say that I am so sorry for the loss you have suffered and for all the familys that have lost someone my thoughts and prayers are with you God bless you all

Cathy

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • Owen Sound Ontario Canada • #15024

I have been beyond words since this terrible tragedy occurred.  My prayers go out to the victims and their families and to the entire Hokie Nation.  The best way to express my grief is with poetry, so I have written a poem.

The tears will not stop, they continue to fall.
A mad man has taken this town from us all.
Blacksburg will never quite be the same.
The Hokie Nation is suffering unbearable pain.
The innocent were taken on that fateful day.
Now all we can do is weep and pray.
But, Hokies are strong, we will start to heal.
We will unite and show the world our courage is real.
We will not let evil win this fight.
We will show the world what happens when Hokies Unite.

Love to the entire Hokie Nation,
Traci McCoy
Class of ‘92

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • Blacksburg, VA • #15025

I am truly sorry for everyones loss and pain.  This is such a tradgey, and I want you all to know that everyone is behind you.  I may attend Shepherd University and be a Ram but as said before we are all Hokies now.

April 18, 2007, 1:07pm • Shepherdstown, WV • #15026

Such sadness, and to make matters worse, the remembrance had to be marred by the hypocritical presence of George Bush, who has the blood of innoncents by the thousands on his hands.

His presence only served as a reminder of just how little value those currently in power hold human life, and how the mindset he exemplifies sets such a horrible example for the rest of the world.

Is it any wonder that we have such mindless violence when our government advocates it and glorifies it on a daily basis?

My sympathies to the families of these innoncents.

Terry

April 18, 2007, 1:08pm • St. Louis, MO • #15027

From CHILE...I give you all my condolences to the Virgina Tech´s community and the families of the victimies.
God is with you.

Sebastian Arevalo and friends.

April 18, 2007, 1:08pm • Santiago, Chile. • #15028

I am so sorry for the lose of these precious people. God has a plan though we don’t always understand. My prayers go out to all the families and friends. My God Bless each and everyone of you. May the victumes rest in peace.

April 18, 2007, 1:08pm • York • #15029

I was so shocked and saddened by the events on your campus – and in your lives!  My prayers continue for all who were affected by the incomprehensible tragedy the occurred on Monday.  I pray that GOD will touch you, that HIS love and peace will fill you, and that the loving grace of GOD and JESUS will bring some solace to all of you who were touched by the tragedy, in any way. 

To those who lost a loved one, I send my deepest and most sincere sympathy.  I know that I can never understand your loss—but I want you to know that I grieve with you.  I pray for you. I shed tears with you.  My heart is broken for you. No one deserves to suffer the way you are.  I hope that GOD sends you respite in the days and weeks ahead, and that HE continues to comfort you all the days of your lives. 

GOD Bless and protect each of you. 

The Marshall Family

April 18, 2007, 1:08pm • Ohio • #15030

Sitting here on the other side of the country, I feel as though my heart has just been crushed. I didnt know anyone who went to VT, but I know no one deserved what happened to them. It fills me with a very deep sadness that such a thing happened in a place that was to be a safe learning enviroment. As it has been said though, I wish to give my condolences to the families who lost loved ones in this incident, be proud of the people they were and celebrate their life, and I celebrate each and every one of those lost, not because I knew them, but because they deserve to be remembered and have their lives celebrated. My prayers go out to all of you, and I will continue to say a silent prayer each day, and make a vow to live my life to best extent I can to honor those who lost their lives. God Bless

April 18, 2007, 1:08pm • Wyoming • #15031

It is with much sorrow that I find myself sending my condolences for your horrific loss.  As an educator, I understand the threat of this happening anywhere, I just hate that it happens. 

Please know that my family and I are praying for your community, your student body, your faculty and staff, the investigators, doctors, nurses, counselors, and especially those families who have been touched by this tragedy.  May God be with you all.

April 18, 2007, 1:08pm • Carrollton, MS • #15032

To the Virginia Tech Community,

You have our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.  There is nothing to hard that God cannot handle. Please continue to pray for each other.  Continue to keep the faith.

April 18, 2007, 1:08pm • #15033

Today I weep with you for the tragic losses that occurred with ‘our babies, our children, our future.’ We stand in prayer with the families, the university, the nation, for the comfort that can only come from God and the healings to come.  May you feel the overwhelming love of this country as we grieve together and heal together as the light brilliantly breaks forth from such deep darkness.

April 18, 2007, 1:08pm • Rancho Cucamonga, CA USA • #15034

I wish to extend my deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the VA Tech shooting victims.  May you find peace and comfort through God during this diffcult and trying time. You in our prayers!!!!  My heart goes to you!!!

May God Bless you during this diffcult time!!!

The Wallace Family

April 18, 2007, 1:08pm • Fayetteviile, NY USA • #15035

My prayers are with all you and the nation as we try to understand the loss that you all have endured.  May we all look to God for guidance and forgiveness.

April 18, 2007, 1:08pm • Nashville, NC • #15036

Dear Hokies Present at Tech and Everywhere around the world:

My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. I pray for all those families and friends that were directly impacted by the events on April 16th.

Matthew Gwaltney will always be remembered for the wonderful individual he was.

I pray for everyone.

E. Zabora
VT Class 2006

April 18, 2007, 1:08pm • Baltimore, Maryland • #15037

Though we are 1200 miles away, our thoughts and prayers are with each of you and your families.

April 18, 2007, 1:08pm • Omaha, Nebraska • #15038

I may not have known anyone that was hurt or killed in this terrible tradegy but yet thousands of Miles away, I still shed tears for you and your families. You are in my thoughts, you did not deserve any of this, but you will now have eternal happiness whereever you are. x Laura Lee. Love from Ireland

April 18, 2007, 1:08pm • Ireland • #15039

may god give all of you strenght and bless you thru this difficult time. my family and i have each one of you in our prayers . keep strong united we will not be defected. bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 1:08pm • bronx, new york • #15040

No amount of words can take away your pain and suffering, but know that we care about you.  I know a little of your suffering as my son was murdered at the age of 22.
Out God will see you through this valley.  Trust in Him.  You have my prayers and love.
God Blessings on each and everyone of you and may he bring you comfort.
Love
Genevieve

April 18, 2007, 1:08pm • Haymarket, VA • #15041

God Bless you all, you are all in my thoughts!
Sue

April 18, 2007, 1:08pm • Ottawa, ON Canada • #15042

Words can’t express the sadness we feel for your VT community.  Students become special to those of us who work with them even if we don’t know their names.  Our prayers and thoughts are with everyone, including the family of the sad soul that caused this suffering. 

God Bless and Keep you all!

April 18, 2007, 1:08pm • Cedar Falls, IA • #15043

I just want to send my love and prayers to all the victims, students, staff, faculty and the Virginia community. My family and I are here in South Carolina pulling for your healing. May God Bless you all. Prayer changes things!!

Starr Dotson

April 18, 2007, 1:08pm • Greenwood, SC • #15044

Back in the early 80’s I was lucky enough to spend time at Va. Tech while visiting a buddy of mine who coached lacrosse at Radford College. What I’ll always remember, aside from your beautiful and pristine campus, was how friendly and vibrant your student body was. For the last few days I have watched and listened to stories of heroism and grief. If there is a silver lining in all of this, it is the comfort in knowing that our country is in good hands. The students at Virginia Tech have shown us all that they, like all students in all the universities and colleges in our great country are the future leaders of America. God bless you all, the living and those who have passed.

JGeorge

April 18, 2007, 1:09pm • Rockaway Twp., NJ • #15045

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this troubling time.
Student of Murray State University

April 18, 2007, 1:09pm • murray, ky • #15046