Condolences, April 18, 2007

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!

April 18, 2007, 1:09pm • Haymarket VA • #15047

Our deepest condolences to all those that have lost family and friends and for those who have suffered through this unbearable experience. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Leonard Family

April 18, 2007, 1:09pm • Parkland, FL • #15048

My prayers are with you all.  As I sit here at my office in New Jersey I can’t help but think about how life is so short and losses are so unpredictable.  May all thoses effected continue to come together and deal with this terrible ordeal.  I pray that every day your pain gets weaker and your HAPPY memories of those that are no longer with you stay strong.  May all those that are injured recover physically and emotionally.  I pray for ALL during this time, may God bless and keep you safe.

April 18, 2007, 1:09pm • Oakland, NJ • #15049

I would like to say for those who lost friends and family to keep praying for them and keep them forever in your hearts.

Memory Eternal to all who have lost thier lives!

To all the students and staff when you return your classes on Monday “TAKE BACK YOUR SCHOOL!” Don’t let the Marc Lepine(1989), Kimveer Gill(Dawson College 9/13/06) and Cho Seung-Hui(4/16/07) of this world ruin your school’s rich historic past and its victims, ever challenging present which is yours to take back and the future generations to come.

TAKE BACK YOUR SCHOOL!  Go in clapping, cheering and singing.  My children and I will be with you all in prayer and spirit on your first day back!

Kyriaki

April 18, 2007, 1:09pm • Montreal, Quebec Canada • #15050

Just as the Country was there for the Penn State shootings in 1996 I want you to know that we are here for you now.  We can never feel the full magnitude of your pain but know that you are in our prayers and will be there for you WE ARE PENN STATE.  God Bless

Bryon Ruhl
Penn State 2000’

April 18, 2007, 1:09pm • Hamburg, PA • #15051

I would just like to let the students, university staff, faculty, families, and the whole community know that I, as well as the city of Chicago, the country, and dare I say the world, is standing with you through this horrific tragedy. 
I honor those who have paid the dearest price in this tragedy, and hope that their friends and family can find ways to cope and have support to lean on. 
I hope we can all remember as we go about our days in the future, to be grateful for what we have and the people in our lives. 
May those who have passed, Rest In Peace.

April 18, 2007, 1:09pm • Chicago, IL • #15052

To the Virginia Tech students, families and community:

I send my condolences and hope that God will somehow someday lessen your(and our)pain.  Many of the area colleges held vigils for your loss.  We all have you and yours in our thoughts and prayers.
Jeffrey A. Curka
North Carolina State University

April 18, 2007, 1:09pm • Raleigh, NC • #15053

Our hearts go out to all of you.  As a parent of 4 children and getting ready to send one off to college in the fall, as I have watched all of you with the reporters speaking out about what has happened at VT, even though we don’t know you we are so very proud of how you all have handled it. We are praying for each and everyone on your campus. Know that God will never leave you or forsake you.

The Davis Family

April 18, 2007, 1:09pm • North Waterboro, Maine • #15054

I weep with my brothers and sisters, I am a Hokie forever.
Love
Beth (Class of ‘81)

April 18, 2007, 1:09pm • Indiana • #15055

I can’t stop thinking about all of you.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.  As a mother of three I can’t even imagine the pain that you must all be feeling at this time.
God bless all of you.

April 18, 2007, 1:09pm • Vernon, Connecticut • #15056

Our hearts and prayers go out to the extended Virginia Tech family.  May God guide you through this terrible tragecy.

April 18, 2007, 1:10pm • Annapolis, MD • #15057

My prayers and thoughts are with all the families, friends, and the VT community.

I pray that God will give you the strength to make it through this horrible time.

God Bless,

N. Williams

April 18, 2007, 1:10pm • Annapolis, MD • #15058

Our thoughts and prayers are with all in the Hookie family!  May you find peace, joy and love from those who wish to comfort you.  And may you always remember those whose lives were lost with the fondest of memories!

April 18, 2007, 1:10pm • Fredericksburg, VA • #15059

May God bless each Family that was touched. As for the students our prayers and thoughts are with each of you. May God keep and bless ALL
The Tackett’s

April 18, 2007, 1:10pm • Virgie, Ky. • #15060

Grief is such an unwelcome guest for all of you who are suffering.  But like joy (that will dawn eventually), grief is a guest that must be entertained, listened to, and with God’s grace, summarily dismissed. I love all you people for your courage and grace in the face of such loss.  The poem that helped me with my grief is by W.H. Auden and it reads:

W. H. Auden

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

April 18, 2007, 1:10pm • Kansas City, MO • #15061

I am a graduate of a rival school, Florida State University.  As of April 16th, I am a Hokie fan indefintely. My thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences go out to each family who lost a loved one and those injured from this inconceivable travesty. As a community, a state, and a country regardless or race or ethnicity - we are all effected by this. God be with all of you through this very difficult time.  VTech changed forever Monday. You as a group will pick yourselves up, dust yourselves off and become the nation’s strongest university, with the nation’s support lifting you there.

April 18, 2007, 1:10pm • Santa Barbara, CA • #15062

The light of life will never shine as bright without these wonderfull Students and Educater’s.True Hero’s everyone.My Prayer’s are with all who were touched by this act of evil.John Counts

April 18, 2007, 1:10pm • Lancaster,Ohio • #15063

My heart goes out to all of you that are
affected by terrible tradgedy occurred
on April 16th.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all....

April 18, 2007, 1:10pm • #15064

I have never been more proud to be apart of the Hokie Family.  The unity and strength of the VT community this week has shown the world what an amazing place Virginia Tech is, something I was so fortunate to experience for myself.  It is a magical place, and only fellow Hokies can truly understand this.  My heart goes out to all of the students and family’s during this dark time.  Let’s Go.....HOKIES.

Erin
Class of 2005

April 18, 2007, 1:10pm • Arlington, VA • #15065

My Heart goes out to each and everyone of you!
I have lost and know how you are feeling in these awful hours!
Just know our family are thinking of you all at the most sadest time in your lives!
We were living in Blacksburg last yr at the time of the other incident on campus and lived very near to VTech!
I am a native Virginian,my husband is orig from India!
Once again our prayers are with you all!!
God Bless You!
The Ramsinghani Family Stafford Va

April 18, 2007, 1:10pm • Stafford,Virginia • #15066

What has happened is so devastating for everyone.  I pray that those poor people who lost their lives will always be remembered and never forgotten.  I’m sure Virginia Tech will strive do do this.
I pray for a better world where people can be happy and go to university free from worries of what has happened here.  My prayers go with the parents and families who have lost their loved ones may we all grieve for them, my heart goes out to them.

Rachel Harwood

April 18, 2007, 1:10pm • London • #15067

My thoughts and prayers are with you all!!I am deepley troubled and saddened by this senseless,horrible,tragedy…
God Bless and keep you all-
Josh Richardson
Nashville,TN

April 18, 2007, 1:10pm • Nashville,TN • #15068

We cannot begin to understand how a person can loose so much hope and disconnect with reality that they become so dark and hopeless.

My family’s prayers are with all of you.

You have every right to steep deep within your grief and you have every right to be angry.

In time you will stand tall again and know that you are in America and there is a bright future for all of you.  God Bless and God Speed.

April 18, 2007, 1:10pm • Curtis Loftis, Jacksonville, Florida • #15069

I send my condolences to all the families and the Virgina Tech Community regarding this horrible tragedy.  It is hard to imagine a young person going around any college campus and shooting people. 

God Bless you all and my prayers are with you.

April 18, 2007, 1:10pm • Rogers, MN • #15070

We send you our love and blessings and pray that you are granted strength and courage in the face of such tragedy. The pain and loss are unimaginable but the community of Virginia Tech and Blackburn seem to have an incredible resiliency and I pray that this will guide you all in the darkness you are facing. We will keep praying for you.

Sherri, Eric, Maren, Peter, and Brendan

April 18, 2007, 1:10pm • Markham, Ontario, Canada • #15071

I´m so shoked about this what happend. You have to know that we all think of you and the families who lost someone. Its a hard time, but we stay together…

April 18, 2007, 1:10pm • Germany • #15072

To the college/community and all involved....sincere thoughts and prayers to you. I have a grandson in Emporia here in Kansas and I cannot imagine the shock/grief you are going through. We think when we have our child in college (grandchild also) we have only the good times ahead.......death is so hard to face ...especially that of a child......we as parents are suppose to go first. Have comfort in knowing they are with the Lord.....and He has prepared for us a better place than earth. I pray the grief and loss feeling with get easier with each passing day......alot of prayers are going UP for you and yours.............Mary J

April 18, 2007, 1:10pm • Kansas CIty, Kansas • #15073

Our thoughts and prayes are you with all. May God Bless you and your families.

Brian and Pam Sells
Republid Missouri

April 18, 2007, 1:10pm • Republic,Missouri • #15074

when tragedy strikes like this, it leaves gashing wounds and bruises. It is quite unfortunate. I condole with the Virginia tech education family and the families of the victims.
May the victims’ souls be reposed in peace.
Akibu Hassan.

April 18, 2007, 1:11pm • Athens, Ohio, US • #15075

My love, my peace, my sleep, my shoulder, my prayers are all available for your tears, your mourning, your grief…

My deepest condolences.

April 18, 2007, 1:11pm • Waterloo, ON Canada • #15076

My prayers go out to all at Virginia Tech and the community. May God bless and guide you all through this time of need.

Rachel Baker

April 18, 2007, 1:11pm • Princeton, West Virginia • #15077

We were so saddened by the senseless deaths of Tech students and professors on Monday. This Yankee Hokie is praying, and crying, for you.

Karen
VT Class of 1994

April 18, 2007, 1:11pm • Massachusetts • #15078

VT Hokies-
We’re praying that God will give you the strength to stand tall in this trying time. That He will hold you in his loving arms and embrace you all. Find comfort in Him and your loved ones.
May God bless you all

April 18, 2007, 1:11pm • #15079

Fellow Hokies,
We are so proud of you. You represent VT so positively. You have been brave and courageous through your pain and tears. Your pain is felt far and wide by alumni and “Hokies in Spirit”. We love you and offer constant prayers on your behalf.
“Be strong and of good courage, for the Lord, your God is with you always” Joshua 1:7
Love, Shelly, Doug, Caleb and Hanna Goodman
VT 93, 94 and 05

April 18, 2007, 1:11pm • Hanover VA • #15080

I am a student at Indiana University East, a branch of Indiana University.  I would just like to say that my prayers are with your University and the family and friends of the victoms.  I can not say I know what you are going throught so just know that there are a lot of people here praying for you.

April 18, 2007, 1:11pm • Liberty, IN • #15081

I don’t know your pain, I can’t say that I know how u feel, but i want all the survivors and the family, friends, and classmates of the victims to know that even though I do not know you, I will keep you in my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 1:11pm • Greenfield, Tennessee • #15082

Dear Students Parents:

I know your pain today. My 18 year old son died in an accident two years ago. These are some things you are going through and things that you have yet to experience:

-the feelings when you first learned something horrible has happened
-trying to call your child on the cell phone and leaving a message begging them to pick up or return your call - they never do
-waiting for answers
-all the phone calls
-funeral plans
-the next morning when IT hits you- Your child is gone - life will never be the same.
-packing up personal belongings
-robotically moving one
-the quientness when everyone has gone back to their lives
-realizing that the latest pictures arethe last ones
-the heartaches
-worrying your child will be forgotten - they won’t

I wish I could say it becomes easier - it won’t. The pain won’t go away. I wish it could. I wish this had never happened. It has. You’ll never be the same. You WILL live on. Be strong. Know others are here knowing your pain and grieving with you. Keep your child’s memory positive. Don’t let the tragic end define the greatness of their lives. You ARE loved and in all of our thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,
Ms. Kim Black
Email: kimberbl@comcast.net

April 18, 2007, 1:12pm • Mount Pleasant, SC • #15083

Our hearts ache for all affected by this tragedy, you are in out thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

The Matty Family

April 18, 2007, 1:12pm • Auburn NY • #15084

My family feel for you in this time and are praying foor you all and yours and may the Lord bless and help easy your suffering.

from Canada

April 18, 2007, 1:12pm • Canada • #15085

My deepest thoughts and prayers for the souls of the departed—May God speed you to His Kingdom, welcome you with open arms, and shelter you from pain.

For the families and friends of those lost on Monday, you have my deepest sympathies, you will be in my heart and in my prayers—May God soften your pain, dry your tears, and help you regain your life.

God Bless

April 18, 2007, 1:12pm • Canada • #15086

Maybe God be with all those will never bee seen and those on the their way to recovery....

April 18, 2007, 1:12pm • Chicago , IL / South Sudan. • #15087

My deepest sympathies to all of you. My heart breaks at the loss for all of you mothers, fathers, children, family and friends who have lost a dear love one to such a senseless act of violence. Those people that died are heavy on my heart and I will continue to pray that God’s love washes over the people who lost loved ones.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

S.Lagarde

April 18, 2007, 1:12pm • Brooklyn Park, MN • #15088

I JUST HOPE THAT THIS HORRIABLE THING THAT HAS HAPPENED DOES NOT STOP ALL OF THE BEAUTIFUL YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN FORM RETURNING BACK TO SCHOOL AND DOING WHAT THEY SET OUT TO DO FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.

BUT KNOW THAT PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD IS SHARING IN YOU PAIN AS WE CRY AND TRY TO UNDERSTAN WHY SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENED.

MAY GOD BE WITH ALL OF YOU.

SINCERELY,
ANGELA SMITH
FROM PITTSBURGH, PA

April 18, 2007, 1:12pm • PITTSBURGH, PA USA • #15089

My heart truely goes out to All of you at Virginia Tech!  To the families and students there, I am praying for you. I am a 24 year old college student and a mother as well to a 5 year old son. My heart absolutely broke watching the terrible events unfold on t.v. It really warmed my heart though yesterday to see the VT students pull together and be there for each other. Instead of focusing on the murderer (who does NOT deserve any attention), please stay strong and be there for each other as you have so far. You’ll get through this together! I’ll continue praying for each and everyone of you. God Bless Virginia Tech!!! -Heidi Smith

April 18, 2007, 1:12pm • Rayland, Ohio • #15090

To all the students, faculty and families of Virginia Tech;

We wanted to write to share our deepest condolences and send our prayers to you.  The tragedy that has ensued is both needless and inexplicable.  We can’t begin to tell you all how deeply sorry we are for what has happened--this loss is simply irreparable. Please take care and know that we are all thinking of you.

Sincerest regards from myself and co-workers here at Northeast Health Services,
Elyce Peterson

April 18, 2007, 1:12pm • Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA • #15091

To All Families and Students of VT
How shocking it was to hear of such a thing happening on a campus. we never think (but am sure we will now) that when we send our children off to higher education or for that matter school of any kind, that there is a chance of something like this happening.. May God be with each and everyone of you and all are in our prayers & thoughts.
Shelton & Sharon Madden & Family

April 18, 2007, 1:12pm • Brewton, Alabama. USA • #15092

As a parent of a collge student (GaTech) my thoughts and prayers are with all of Va Techs families. I do not think words can discribe my feelings at this time. My ideas about what our children face as they venture from our home has been forever changed.

April 18, 2007, 1:12pm • Gastonia,NC • #15093

my family and i would like to how sorry we are and will keep everyone in our pray’s may god be with you (curt39)(sharron36)(bridgette17)(justin14)

April 18, 2007, 1:12pm • booone nc • #15094

Im so sorry to hear about this. my thoughts and prays are with you all at this time.

April 18, 2007, 1:12pm • Chelan washington usa • #15095

I can’t imagine the pain the famlies and loved ones are feeling at this moment. Just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and That God will see you through this.

My Condolences,
G.Todd

April 18, 2007, 1:12pm • Batesville, Mississippi • #15096