Condolences, April 18, 2007

We will never understand how or why this tragedy occurred.  The loss - the grief - the pain - is all too much for us to comprehend. 

In the Old Testament, one of God’s names is Jehovah Jireh—our provider—and He always lives up to His name. He stands ready to provide abundant grace so that we can bear up until He has finished His work in the trial (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). He gives us a peace that passes understanding as we trust and rely on Him with a grateful heart (Philippians 4:6-7). He gives wisdom to see our tough times from His point of view (James 1:5). He gives us the assurance that He will stick it out with us and not leave or forsake us, so that we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6).

Our troubles and trials have not escaped the notice of the One who comes alongside to help when it seems like the load is too much to bear.

The One who knows your load limit promises to limit your load!

God bless each dear one who is suffering during this time.

The Frankenfields

April 18, 2007, 1:12pm • Lynchburg, Virginia • #15097

Another nightmare...last year there was a shooting in a school near our place ( Emsdetten/Germany). Now again with the Virginia Tech shooting there is the question why this must have happened? What did we, the community and the people around the gunmen, do wrong? Is it our fault? Who gives answers? While praying together and sharing your thoughts and mourning you will hopefully find peace in your hearts!

Our hearts are with you! We pray for you!

Andy(29), Eva(28), Max(2) and Tim(8 weeks)

April 18, 2007, 1:12pm • Rheine/Germany • #15098

As a parent myself of young children i cannot imagine the pain and sorrow of the parents of the young adults killed in this terrible tragedy.  Also to all the friends our thoughts are with you.
Finucanes Ireland

April 18, 2007, 1:12pm • Co Wexford Ireland • #15099

I’ve been thinking about and praying for you all this week.  As a college teacher, I realize how this impacts all aspects of the university.  Please know that people across the country are with you.  I’m so sorry.

April 18, 2007, 1:12pm • Park Hills, Missouri • #15100

My prayers are with the victims’ families.  I pray that you are surrounded by love at this moment.

April 18, 2007, 1:13pm • Las Vegas, NV • #15101

My deepest condolences to all the families and friends who lost your dear ones in this tragic incident.
My prayers are always with you. May god not let this happen again.
God Bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 1:13pm • NSR, Va, USA • #15102

Dear Brothers&Sisters of Va. Tech,
Words cannot express our deep sorrow and grief for the victims, their families, and all who are suffering from this tragic event.I am an alumni from Kent State University, and although the circumstances were different, the result of the loss of precious lives, the students who are wounded both physically and psychologically, and the violation of the security of your “home”, your campus, and your emmotional well-being, will only heal over time. The memory of what had happened will never go away, nor should it be forgotten. We (the entire country, and world) are grieving with you.In the months and years to follow it is important to commemerate these 32 bright lights, in order to cope and to heal. With Love & prayers, Mrs.Debbie Hedeen & family

April 18, 2007, 1:13pm • New Kensington, Pa., USA • #15103

I´m so shoked of this what happend and we all think of you and the families who lost someone. It´s a hard time, but we´ll stay together!

April 18, 2007, 1:13pm • Germany • #15104

My heart literally aches for everyone at Virginia Tech. Reading the short biographies of each of the students and instructors amplifies the senselessness of this tragedy. So much precious talent, promise and creativity brought to a end. The idea of surviving the Nazi death camps only to have your life ended in violence and mayhem is simply unfathomable and to much.

April 18, 2007, 1:13pm • Raleigh NC • #15105

To All Virginia Tech faculty, students & family members belonging to the shooting victims:

I’ve prayed, I’ve cried and I have shared my thoughts and concerns with all my friends and family.  It saddens my heart to know that such remarkable, caring, loving, friendly, intelligent people have to experience this type of trauma.  You were all amazing and demonstrated your love for life and education.  I am 35 years old and a native of Tampa, Florida.  I resided in Norfolk, Virginia for 2 years at the age of 22-24.  I have raised my daughter of 15 alone.  I know all to well and have first hand experience of the behavior of a sociopath.  My daughter’s father is serving 3 life sentences in prison.  He was mean, hateful and thrived on the pain and suffering of others while showing no emotion.  I am amazed that she has not followed in his foot steps since his entire family seems to display this type of behavior.  With a lot of love and support you will all survive this horrific time in your life.  I will continue to pray for you all and you will all remain in my thoughts. GOD BLESS YOU ALL

April 18, 2007, 1:13pm • Tampa, Florida • #15106

sorry for the people who lost their kids and i hope u the best

god bless you

April 18, 2007, 1:13pm • clinton iowa • #15107

I’m a french student from Paris. I know i can’t do a lot of thing but i want to know french people think about all of this and I hope a trategy like this one never happens again.
My thoughts go out to the victims and to those who lost loved ones.

Good Bless VT.

April 18, 2007, 1:13pm • Paris, France • #15108

Im so sorry for your loss, your Teachers,Friends loves one was taking before there it was there time. my prayers are with you all. Like times like these make us stronger and closer. There not so much we can do. But for your lost ones of Virginia Tech. you all can do something you can make them so proud by my finishing school and having a blessed life to the full. They know how short life can be. Take time to morn soon you will be able to heal. my heart goes out to you all.

April 18, 2007, 1:13pm • Pa • #15109

I can not begin to express the sorrow that is in the hearts of Oklahoma for you all this week. You are in our thoughts and prayers. When two or more gather God is there. Love Oklahoma

April 18, 2007, 1:13pm • Sapulpa, Oklahoma • #15110

To the Virginia Tech Family,
We are so sorry for your loss and we grieve with you.  May you find comfort and strenght from our Lord and Savior.  God Bless, David, Denise and Dustin Wallace

April 18, 2007, 1:13pm • Martinsville Virginia • #15111

I pray that God will comfort you and hold you close to His heart now and always until you all get to see one another again in eternity.

Rick Peck

April 18, 2007, 1:13pm • Ashtabula, OH • #15112

My family and i extend our condelences. our thoughts and prayers are always with every one who is victimised and their families those have been effected by this horrible incident.

God be with you to ease the pain.

Syam,Ratna and Bhavya

April 18, 2007, 1:13pm • Cary, NC, USA • #15113

My prayers and thoughts are with the students and families at Virginia Tech.  I have some friends whose grandchildren attend VT.  By the grace of God, they are fine.  My condolences to the families that lost their loved ones.

UC

April 18, 2007, 1:13pm • Bel Air, MD • #15114

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!

George Mizusawa
VT Alum

April 18, 2007, 1:13pm • Margate, FL USA • #15115

Please remember the family of the individual that took so many lives on Monday at Virginia Tech. Pray for them. Remember as a community, we need to forgive. As a graduate of Virginia Tech, I would like for the world to remember us as a caring and forgiving university not a community that thrives on revenge or hatred.

April 18, 2007, 1:14pm • Elm City, NC • #15116

My prayers, thoughts, and support go out to all the families whose lives were altered on April 16th.

The surreal events of that day have echoed through the entire world and I am saddened by those events, but amazed and proud, to see the outpouring of support from fellow students, the community, Alumni Association, State of Virginia, and the entire nation. 

We should especially thank the University of Virginia and other leading institutions for the overwhelming support provided for the students, staff, and families of those affected.

Rest assured that “Hokie Hope” and “Hokie Pride” are symbols of the fact that the spirit of an entire nation, a Hokie Nation, stands by your side to support you through this time of need.

God Bless.

Frank Neeley ‘96

April 18, 2007, 1:14pm • San Diego, CA • #15117

My heart breaks for you over this horrific tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers are for you. I lift up the families & friends of the victims and the students, faculty, and surrounding communities

April 18, 2007, 1:14pm • Clemson, SC • #15118

We are deeply shocked and saddened by what happened at Virgina Tech.  Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

-Graduate Student, Kean University, Union, NJ

When tomorrow starts without me,
Don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I’m right here, in your heart.

April 18, 2007, 1:14pm • Union, NJ • #15119

I work in a call center and talk to people all over the world.You wouldn’t believe the pain and sorrow I here in there voices. This tragedy has effected the entire world. please don’t feel like your alone in this. We are all praying for you.

Take care...... Horsley Family

April 18, 2007, 1:14pm • Mitchell, South Dakota • #15120

Our heartfelt sympathies to the VT Family.  Our thoughts and our prayers are with all of you.

I want to share a poem that has given my family and I strength during the loss of a loved one.  I hope this will help during the healing process.

I’M FREE
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found that place at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared a laugh, a kiss;
Ah yes, these things, I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seems all to brief;
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.
Author:  Linda Jo Jackson

The Zep Family

April 18, 2007, 1:14pm • Valley Park, Missouri • #15121

Dear VT Community - When I heard the news of the events at VT, I burst into tears.  I could not believe something so horrible could happen to the innocent on a college campus.  I am the mother of 3 college students and I immediately called my children to tell them that I loved them.  I want you all to know that people everywhere are thinking about you and all of the VT families. We are all part of your community now and we are praying for you.

April 18, 2007, 1:14pm • Saint Louis, Missouri USA • #15122

My family and I would like to express our sympathy to all at Virginia Tech! You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless each and every one of you in your time of sorrow.
The Crawn Family

April 18, 2007, 1:14pm • Sussex, NJ • #15123

Our deepest & heartful condolences to all those affected. We can feel the pain of those who lost their friends, family members and colleagues.

May God bless the departed souls and the brave who laid their lives to protect their fellow members.

Vinay and friends-
UMass Lowell

April 18, 2007, 1:14pm • Lowell, MA • #15124

I am a university student here in New Jersey.  We cannot express our sorrow to the friends, family, faculty and staff of VT.  Please know that we are mouring for you all around the country!  Stay strong and continue to move forward.  Your strength is a model for the rest of us!

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • Toms River, NJ • #15125

I wanted to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy.  I wish the families love and peace while they endure a lifetime of healing.  The world mourns with you.  As an alumnus of the University of Tennessee’s veterinary school, I had the priviledge of coming to VT for a student symposium in 2000.  It was a wonderful time in my life--I wanted to transfer schools!  I have friends who are alumni.  I have seen what a strong and wonderful family the VT community is.  The whole world will see this now and your strength and fortitude will carry you through.  I have seen what wonderful people and minds this University produces and am devastated when I think of those that were in that process and it was cut short and that this world will miss.  May their legacy live on and strengthen us all-their deaths will not be in vain.  My family and I hold you in our thoughts and prayers and this Tennessee volunteer loves the Hokies! Dena Hartley Lock

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • Dallas, TX • #15126

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!!!  Robert & Madison Sparshott

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • Ellijay,Georgia • #15127

Dear Virginia Tech,

Our prayers and thoughts are with you all, “May
God Bless You All” in this hour of sadness. You all must gather the strength that will bless and keep you strong.That blessing is that we must go forward as I know that you will.

God Bless,The Ogden Family

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • York, PA . USA • #15128

I will keep you in my prayers as you mourn, and start healing.
Don’t lose focus on your dreams and stay close to those who love you through this rough time
Tony Roof

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • Fairbanks, Alaska • #15129

What a horrible tragedy by an insane maniac. I am glad he is dead because if there is a chance he would have been allowed to live through the justice system that takes forever, it would have been very hard to see his ugly sick face in the news and know that he is out living and breathing while innocent lives were taken, and that cannot be reversed. What a dark tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • San Jose, CA, USA • #15130

As a life long Virginia resident and Alumni of VCU I wish to convey that you are in my thoughts and prayers. People ask me why I love Virginia and this is one of the resons. In our moments of tragedy no matter what school we went to, or what our background we always come togather.  This week I truly believe we are all Hokies

Yvette

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • Richmond, Virginia • #15131

It was really very hard to hear about this incident.I regret on behalf of my country in this tragic moment.
May all their souls rest in peace in heaven!!And may god give strength to their family members to overcome the grief!!
GOD BLESS!!
Isha Karki
Nepal.

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • kathmandu,nepal • #15132

Oregon sends its deepest sympathy.  We are with you.  Stay strong, be mighty, and always remember....you are the Hokies!!  NO ONE can take that away from you!

Amy Dier

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • Hillsboro, Oregon • #15133

To the Virginia Tech Family,

I send you all of my prayers. I know that threw God you will all get trought this. It is going to be a long and tough road but if you keep the faith it will all work out. May you all be strong.

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • pelzer,South Carolina • #15134

Hi my name is Jim. I am 20 yrs old and i live in Illinois. I would like to offer you my deepest sympathy, prayers, and tears for what has happened over there. I’ve been up for the past 2 days watching whats been going on and i can’t help but cry as i see lifeless bodies being carried out. I forgot about my whole monday night and went straight to church prayed and i wasn’t the only one… On behalf of the ministrys of http://www.chapel.org/ Me and others here at, The Edge, The Zone, and TORCH (and probably many others) Offer to you our most sincere condolences and prayers.  *WE MOURN WITH YOU*

Since my friend probably won’t get a chance to leave his comment becuase of the wait he will type in this comment

hey guys, my name is donnie, and i would like to say i am prayin for you all! i just cant not understand why our world is falling to pieces… but one thing i do is that i am crying with the family, and friends who has lost somone one monday! if any of you would like to let stuff off your chest to a complete stranger, wright me on facebook my e-mail address is jesus19freak87@aol.com i am here to do what i can to help! God Bless You All!
Jimmy S. Donnie N.

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • Lake Villa, Illinois U.S.A.! • #15135

To the Virginia Tech Families:
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May the sweet, sweet spirit of our holy father bring comfort to each of you.
Sincerely,
Dr. Octavia D. Madison
Alumni and Former Professor

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • Centreville, Virginia • #15136

We can only imagine what pain you a re feeling during this unbielievable sad time.  We can only give you our heartfelt sympathy and prayers.  I know as a parent of 4 sons...that friendships are so important and when you lose a friend its very difficult to accept. but remamber:
To My Friend

Of all the people in my life,

From beginning to the end.

You’ve Been a special blessing,

My dear friend and faithful friend.

You’ve filled my life with laughter,

Shared sorrows, joys and tears.

You’ve stood by me & held my hand,

Walked with me through the years.

When I needed someone to listen,

I knew you would always be there.

When I weathered the storms of life,

You were always the one who cared.

So in the circle we call life,

From beginning to the end.

I was blessed to have you beside me,

My dear and faithful friend.

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • O'Fallon, MO • #15137

Our deepest condolences and sympathy to Virginia Tech University.

Staff and students at Cotman University

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • Panama City, Panama • #15138

we are so sorry with the terrible act that was occured the last april 16 in Virginia, USA. We express condolences and prayers to all the families from many parts around the world that are living this very sad situation. God will give support to the families, friends,teachers,and personal of the university.
Also that make a sense of how much the country and the world have to change that culture of inhumanity and war , we need PEACE in the world!!
Rest in peace all the innocents victims!
Condolences from Costa Rica.

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • San Jose, Costa Rica • #15139

No words, nor tears can erase the present pain. There is no excuse and we will never find the reason for this occurance. Just know that in time, wounds and worries will be healed and you will smile again. My prayers are with all of you.
Peace, Light, Love, and Blessings

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • W. Briscoe Atlanta, GA • #15140

My mother & I would tosend our condolences to the entire Virginia Tech Family. We feel so hurt that people can do something so hurtful to their fellow man.We know you will get through this painful time & will come out a stronger coummunity in the process. God Bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • Hamilton, Ontario Canada • #15141

To all in the Virginia Tech community, I dedicate this poem:

The Day of Wind and Sorrow

On a day of wind and sorrow
Sorrow took the center stage
when a tortured soul among you
could no longer hide his rage.
Many lives were taken on that day
when winter would not leave.
Many souls have taken wing and left
the rest to mourn and grieve.
You have come to days of sorrow
but this much we surely know:
that the flower of love has triumphed
over winter’s bitter snow.
So rise up, you weary mourners,
and lay down your heavy load.
Rise up, you new-made angels,
you will meet on heaven’s road.
For we all were born to sorrow
but this much we surely know:
that the flower of hope will bloom again
beyond the wind and snow.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Nancy Sheridan

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • Lexington, Virginia • #15142

When you’re standing at the crossroads that you cannot comprehend
Just remember that death is not the end
And all your dreams have vanished and you don’t know what’s up the bend
Just remember that death is not the end

When the storm clouds gather ‘round you, and heavy rains descend
Just remember that death is not the end
And there’s no one there to comfort you, with a helpin’ hand to lend
Just remember that death is not the end

Oh, the tree of life is growing
Where the spirit never dies
And the bright light of salvation shines
In dark and empty skies

~Bob Dylan (1988)

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • Newark, NJ USA • #15143

May the love and kind words from everyone give you comfort and help you through the pain.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

John, Sussi, Jonathan, Jeremy and Julie

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • Wichita, Kansas USA • #15144

Time is the healer but it may take along time for
the effects of Monday’s tragedy to wane.

It is like a large and then disppearing wave...memories will wane but never truly be forgotten.

Our thoughts with those killed and injured and also all those affected by the events of Monday, that one day, they will control their grief and eventually get on effectively with their own lives, as we are sure, their loved ones would have wished.

mrmjhockin@aol.com

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • Co.Durham England • #15145

You came into this world
A few privileged knew you
Now you are gone.
But you are not alone
I am there, your fellow Hokies are there, the world is there
And we all noticed that you left.

My deepest condolences,
Denise Sullivan
Ottawa, Ontario

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • Ottawa, Ontario • #15146