Condolences, April 18, 2007

Why is it, that the good & the young are taken from us so tragically, perhaps, it is because they will be taken to a better place, they will always be with us thou, as our guardian angels.  Look to the night sky and you will see new stars tonight, for they are looking down on us from the heavens.  It tears my heart to see such senseless waste of life. Just remember they will always be with us, and never forget them.  i am so sorry for our loss.

Laura In AZ.

April 18, 2007, 1:15pm • Phoenix, AZ. • #15147

My thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by this terrible event.  May God bless you.

Sara Bertelsen

April 18, 2007, 1:16pm • Rock Island, IL • #15148

My heart hurts with sadness with what has happened to these young people. Stay strong! God can get you through it. We are all praying for you.

April 18, 2007, 1:16pm • Cartersville, GA • #15149

As a mother of 2 college students, I cannot explain how deep my feelings go for the victims, their families, the students of VT, the faculty and staff.  We will never know why this senseless act happened, only God knows.  I will be praying for all of you and asking God to comfort each and everyone of you.

April 18, 2007, 1:16pm • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania • #15150

I want to offer my deepest condolenses and sympathies to the families and friends who lost someone during this tragic event and also the ones who were wonded, stay strong and get well.

I have a great love for the VA Tech Hokies even though I am a JMU graduate, but my brother is a Hokie and my 8 year son wants to be one.  He loves this school and the Hokies.  He has his Hokie blanket, football and trash can in him room and looks forward to going there in the future.

Please stay stong Tech, you are great students who clearly are more then just students, you are a family and community and will help each other through this tragic event.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Go Hokies!!!!  We all love you!!!

April 18, 2007, 1:16pm • Tracy - Alexandria, VA • #15151

I am a Gaucho (UCSB), a Lion (Loyola Univ), and a Bruin (UCLA).  But this week I am a Hokie too. 
Magnified and sanctified be the great Name.  Amen.

April 18, 2007, 1:16pm • Manhattan Beach, CA • #15152

Hi my name is Edward Im from New Orleans, Louisiana.
When I heard about the shooting it made me upset. Its just sad we have to live in a world like this where we have to worry about stuff like this. I just hope everything gets back to some what normal. I know it will never be normal. I was affected by Katrina and I lost 2 friends and it never gets back to normal. You just have to remember the people that passed. I pray that everything goes ok for everyone
affected

God Bless

April 18, 2007, 1:16pm • Meraux, Louisiana • #15153

To The family of Virginia Tech.
We wish to share with you our deepest sympathy at this tragic time.  You will remain in our hearts, our prayers and our love.
A Gaelic Blessing
“Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the gentle night to you.
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you.
Deep peace of Chrsit, of Christ the light of the world to you.
Deep peace of Christ to you.”
The Shields Family,

April 18, 2007, 1:16pm • Ancaster, Ontario, Canada • #15154

WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS THE SADNESS OF MONDAY’S EVENTS.THE ONE’S WHO LOST THERE LIVES ARE IN MY PRAYERS AN TO ALL THE STUDENTS AT V.T. PUSH ON AN BE STRONG BECAUSE THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS BEHIND
GARY FROM P.A.

April 18, 2007, 1:16pm • JONESTOWN,PENNSYLVANIA • #15155

We are with you, and we are praying for all of you. Please be strong and we are here to support you.
Erblin and Albana

April 18, 2007, 1:16pm • Toronto, Ontario • #15156

Dear Student Body and Community,

No words can describe the pain you must be feeling at this moment; our hearts are heavy as well as we pray for healing on your campus and in your community. 

Gardner Family

April 18, 2007, 1:16pm • Bozeman, MT • #15157

To everyone who has lost someone they love, long before it was their time, you feel like the days you had were not enough when you said goodbye; to all of the people with burdens and pains, keeping you back from your life, you feel like their’s nothing and there is noone who can make it right.... There is HOPE for the helpless, REST for the WEARY, and LOVE for the BROKENHEART, their is GRACE and FORGIVENESS, MERCY and HEALING, HE’LL MEET YOU WHEREVER YOU ARE- CRY OUT TO JESUS-
GOD IS WITH YOU! (Psalms 46 v 1)"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.(Matthew 11 verse 28) “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Sending Prayers- Ragan Sartin and Family.......ALL OUR LOVE TO V TECH

April 18, 2007, 1:16pm • Springfield, Missouri • #15158

as a mother of 2 college grads we are taking this tradgedy very personel my son has always been a dire hard Hokie fan and my daughter was an RA as a a jr. and a resident director as a senior so we have extreme sympathies for you all. we are from martins ferry ohio which is directly across the river from wheeling w va of which ther is a student attending VT presently. both my children were friends with ben taylor who played ball there ten yrs. ago. i think that you all are doing everything extremely well adn are showing the country what a fine school you have. we are all survivors of something. i am positive that Jesus was attending you candlelight service. may God bless you all the wilsons

April 18, 2007, 1:16pm • martins ferry ohio • #15159

You are all in my thoughts and prayers - each harmed or killed individual, all of your families, and the entire Virgina Tech community.  I am so sorry and I hope for healing and recovery in all possible ways.  The rest of the world and I hold you in our hearts.

April 18, 2007, 1:16pm • Philadelphia, PA • #15160

To all of Virginia Tech Students, Staff, Family, and Friends of loved ones lost or injured… my deepest condolences. 

“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength."-Oprah

“Love knows no limit to it’s endurance, no end to it’s trust, no fading of it’s hope; it can outlast anything.  Love still stands when all else has fallen.” -Corinthians 13:7-8

*Caitlin

April 18, 2007, 1:16pm • Boston, MA • #15161

Our deepest sympathies go out to all the families who have lost loved ones, particularly the parents of the slain students.  May this cause us, as parents, to become keenly aware of how quickly our time with our children flees...may we hug them tighter, may we laugh with them more, may we teach them to love, and above all, teach them to trust in the ONLY sure thing in this world, Jesus.  Our prayers are with you all.

April 18, 2007, 1:16pm • Claremont, North Carolina • #15162

I really don’t know where to start. I know that nothing anyone has said will ease the pain that you are dealing with. I do know that God will walk beside you during the time it takes to heal. Please know that you are in many people’s prayers, including mine!

Amber Thompson

April 18, 2007, 1:16pm • LaVergne, TN USA • #15163

MY WISH IS FOR EACH FAMILY TO HEAL AND FIND PEACE AS QUICK AS POSSIBLE IN THIS TRAGEDY.  LIFE IS UNCERTAIN THESE DAYS AND THAT IS WHY YOU NEED TO THROW YOUR ANXIETY ON GOD AND HE WILL SUSTAIN YOU.  IT IS NOT GODS FAULT THIS HAPPENED. HE WILL CORRECT THINGS FOR EVERY HUMAN BEING VERY SOON BUT UNTIL THEN HE CAN GIVE YOU STRENTH TO GET THROUGH THIS TERRIBLE TIME.  JUST ASK AND YOU WILL RECEIVE HIS STRENGTH.  ALL ONE CAN DO IS SEND LOVE, PRAYERS AND WORDS OF STRENGTH TO FAMILIES AFFECTED BY THIS.  I AM SO SORRY FOR EACH OF YOUR LOSS.

April 18, 2007, 1:16pm • MANSFIELD, OHIO USA • #15164

America’s heart is broken for you, Virginia Tech.  We all grieve and stumble through these days, bewildered.  Those who lost their lives are at peace now, but everyone else must find the courage to deal with this tragedy and piece their lives back together.  With the whole country praying for and with you, I believe that you all will.  Deepest love and sympathy, Andrew

April 18, 2007, 1:16pm • Ocean Grove, NJ • #15165

Can’t say enough words but shock and anger that someone would take lifes of so many people.  I guess I would never understand the mind of a mentally disturbed person. But I would like to send my condolences to the families who were affected by this tragedy. May God be with each and everyone of you and please stay safe and take advantage of all the programs that will help you during this grieving process.

April 18, 2007, 1:17pm • Glen Allen Virginia/United States • #15166

Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every person in Blacksburg, VT and the families of the deceased and of the ones recovering in your local hospitals.  This senseless tragedy has left the nation and world wondering what has gone so horribly wrong that lives were taken in this manner.  We pray that everyone finds the strength to mourn and to get through this horrific event.  We will continue to pray for everyone involved.  Michelle and Chelsea

April 18, 2007, 1:17pm • Raleigh, NC • #15167

The classroom is a place of knowledge and enlightenment where many students gather with the common goal of expanding their intelect. When we go to class everyday we seldom, if ever, think that our lives may be abruptly taken from us by someone seeking violence as a method of problem solving. Unfortunately, on April 16, we have witnessed one such display of horror. The lives of 32 innocent, good people were cut short by the rage of one troubled young man. The man responsible for this attrocity ended his life just as he had lived it: as a coward! He did not have the courage to face life and its problems as we all do, but as it seems he wanted to avoid them. Life is a gift to us from God, and as all gifts, life must be appreciated and respected. This man had no respect nor apreciation for his life, and in the process of his intended departure, he took 32 innocent brave souls with him. The victims are in our thoughts, prayers and hearts, but we must not dwell on how they died, we must celebrate how they lived. It is their life that we will remember and miss about them, not their death. Farewell to my fallen fellow students, brothers, and sisters. God bless their souls, and their families.

April 18, 2007, 1:17pm • Nick S. (MSU East Lansing, MI) • #15168

I am so sorry for the all the lost and the pain every one is dealing with. You all will be in my prays as I know you are in every bodys prays. God will help you thru this,and it takes time. My God bless each and everyone of you.

Mr & Mrs Robert,Diana Williams

April 18, 2007, 1:17pm • Indianapolis, Indiana. USA • #15169

I just wanted to say I am so sorry that this tragedy happened. Sometimes we don’t understand why some things happen, but just stand tall and hold your head up high because you have a lot of people supporting and praying for you and your families. When you think that your strength is almost gone, look to God and let his love and mercy strengthen you once again. God Bless. Love and Prayers from Louisiana, Sharon

April 18, 2007, 1:17pm • Louisiana • #15170

TO ALL OF YOU AT VIRGINIA TECH, I SEND OUR PRAYERS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. I CAN NOT SEEM TO FIND THE RIGHT WORDS TO HELP IN YOUR PAIN, BUT GOD IS LOOKING DOWN AND GIVING HIS BLESSINGS. FOR THE FAMILIES I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR GREAT LOSS AND THE SADNESS YOU MUST BE FEELING. PLEASE KNOW THAT THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE SENDING THEIR PRAYERS YOUR WAY. GOD BLESS.

CYNDI & TIM KELLNER

April 18, 2007, 1:17pm • HOUSTON, TX • #15171

Words can not express what we as a nation feel for your school. Even during our every day activites sense monday , something just doesn’t seem right.

I sit and wonder what would any number of the students and faculty killed on Monday being doing today. But I take head in knowing that those who have gone before us will not die in vein, for your school has shown strong spirit to move thru this horrific time. So Virginia Tech we as America stand with you and clap our hands together for you are honoring those who died in such a beautiful way that only the highest of kings should hope for such an honor !!!!!

You all our in our thoughts and prayers and remember smile although your heart is breaking. That is what those who have passed would have wanted you to do !!!

God bless

April 18, 2007, 1:17pm • River Falls, Wisconsin Juli Matzke • #15172

I have been watching the events as they unroll in your beautiful college. I am so saddened by your tragic lose. I can’t even pretend to know what you guys are feeling. But do know....your entire town is in our thoughts and prayers. God will comfort you in your time of need and sorrow. Life will go on, ...just like the love you have for your friends who were taken from you by such a tragic event. Again, you are in our hearts in the eastern mountains of Kentucky...will continue to pray for you daily.
Lisa Allen

April 18, 2007, 1:17pm • Prestonsburg, Ky • #15173

As someone who sat transfized in Pennsylvania to the horror that befell the VT community, I send my heartfelt condolences to the Hokie Nation, victim’s families, the town of Blacksburg.  I was hopeful when Nikki Giovanni spoke at the convocation on Tuesday and in my heart I know that VT WILL Prevail!!

May the Creator be with all of you as you begin the long, hard road to healing.  May it help all of you to know that you are not alone, and that the entire nation and world lift their hearts and prayers to you at this sad time.

April 18, 2007, 1:17pm • Lansdale, PA • #15174

I was so sorry to hear of your senseless loss. My thoughts and prayers have been with the students and faculty. Please know that you will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.. 
With Love,
Dawn R Hooper

April 18, 2007, 1:17pm • Union, SC • #15175

My deepest condolences to all those lost in this tragic incident.

April 18, 2007, 1:17pm • Bangalore, INDIA • #15176

As a staff person at Auburn University, I was stunned and saddened by the tragic events Monday at VT. My thoughts, prayers, condolences, and best wishes go out to the victims and their families, survivors, faculty, staff, students, law and medical personnel alike. May time dry your tears and heal your sorrows. Take comfort in each other, your families, friends, clergy, and ALL of us in post-secondary education who are there for you in spirit. Lisa Swanzy

April 18, 2007, 1:17pm • Auburn University, Alabama • #15177

I am praying for each and everyone of the people effected by this tragedy! Just know that you have an entire country backing you 150%!! We love you!

TODAY WE ALL ARE HOKIES!!!!

April 18, 2007, 1:17pm • Charlotte, NC, USA • #15178

Our hearts are very troubled by what took place at VT on Monday. Please know there are people in Stuarts Draft, VA praying for each of you. Those that are left to carry on and those families that lost very precious souls. Hold on to God’s promises. Thank him everyday for the things that he allows us to keep.

April 18, 2007, 1:18pm • Stuarts Draft, Virginia • #15179

My condolences to the families and friends who lost some one due to this shooting on April 16th.
There are no words I can say that would make the pain in your hearts go away. I can only offer you my prayers and my support. If there is anything I can do for any of you, please contact me either at
wcmprisonoutreach@Yahoo.com or by US mail at
Reverend Pastor David J. Dostiglio
World Christianship Prison & Outreach Ministries
238 Stagg Street
Stratford, Connecticut 06615

April 18, 2007, 1:18pm • Stratford , Connecticut USA • #15180

My heart goes out to entire VA Tech community.  I just want all of you to know that the entire country is grieving along side with you.  It is impossible for any of us to make sense of this senseless act.  All we can do it open our hearts and pledge to spread peace and love to those around us each and every day.  At this time, we are all Hokies and we stand behind each and every one of you.  In time we will heal, but we will never forget those we have lost.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

April 18, 2007, 1:18pm • Arlington, VA • #15181

I am former undergrad and grad student of Virginia Tech. The six wonderful years I spent at Tech were some of the best of my life. I am who I am today because of my time at VT. I hurt as though I was still there. I cannot fathom the hurt and pain that all who were directly involved on Monday are feeling. My deepest prayers are being shared daily. My daughter of age 4 is praying for you all and already deeply loves VT.

This is a horrible event. There is no way around that fact. I feel that God is acting through all of you in terms of how you have handled everything. Given the victims, this has been a truly global event.

Our school motto - “That I may serve” is being reflected daily by all of you and I truly believe that God is walking with us and you are serving the world in your example of handling a tragic moment in our Virginia Tech history.

I am humbled and so proud of all the students and faculty who have been on tv and in the papers. You have been articulate, caring and respectful. You have made all alumni so proud to say We Are Virginia Tech.

May God bless you and keep you. Forever in our hearts.

Kelley and Abbey Lynch

April 18, 2007, 1:18pm • Midlothian, VA • #15182

The Hokie Nation Stood

On a cold April morning
A shock went through the campus
Two of their number were gone
The Hokie Nation woke up
Hours later, as the leaders tried
To make sense of what was happening
Word came of more tragedy
The Hokie Nation came to its feet
Throughout the day and into the night
They stood with each other for support
They stood by around the world waiting for news
The Hokie Nation stood together
The next day
They were standing in the Cassel and in the Lane
They were standing with candles on the Drill Field
The Hokie Nation was standing firm
They stood to remember those who were no longer among them
They stood to console to those who suffered
They stood to show the world
The Hokie Nation will always stand
Decades from now
The April morning will be a few lines in a history book
The pain of the memorials will have faded
The Hokie Nation will still be standing

SKS - VT‘78

April 18, 2007, 1:18pm • Danville, Virginia • #15183

I wish to express my family’s deepest condolences to all of the family and friends of those who were lost so quickly and tragically.  There are truly no words but only the deep emotion I feel for them.  My husband and I each of 2 children and my youngest, 18, is graduating and going on to Baylor in the fall.  It is hard for me not be be terrified for her, our other children and all of the children in our country that any similar tragedy should ever befall them.  But, trust and faith must win the day and we all, at whatever pace, must move forward. 

God bless all of you at Virginia Tech in these dark days.

April 18, 2007, 1:18pm • Bandera, Texas • #15184

As a parent of a college student in another Virginia school Bluefield College in Bluefield, VA I cant begin to imagine the grief the parents, siblings, friends, and classmates are feeling. I will offer prayers that you will all get through this terrible thing and the memories of those loved and lost will continue to bring blessings to your lives for the rest of your days here on Earth. God Bless you all!
Debbie Shutts parent of Miranda, Senior at BC

April 18, 2007, 1:18pm • Red House, WV USA • #15185

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this horrible tragedy.  I can’t even imagine the grief you are going through. Your loved ones are safe in the arms of Jesus.

Mom of three in Wisconsin, USA

April 18, 2007, 1:18pm • Ashland, WI • #15186

My heart and prayers go out to everyone affected by this.  I feel for the families and friends of loved ones.  God Bless the ones that passed on. I was watching CNN the other day and I went to bed crying because I feel so much for everyone affected by this horrible and tragic time.  Please know that the world prays with you and for you, we are a nation that depends on each other for strength make it through these rough times and I wish I could be there to help try and heal some of the pain.-Summer and Sean Randles

April 18, 2007, 1:18pm • Lake Oswego, OR USA • #15187

I would like to express my sincere condolences to to the family and friends of those who were killed, injured and effected by this horrible tragedy.  I have not been able to think of much else since the shootings took place.  My prayers and thoughts are with all of you.  God Bless and keep you in his arms. I pray he brings you peace in only the way the Lord can. May time heal your pain, sadness and loss.

Janet Tompkins

April 18, 2007, 1:19pm • St. Louis, Missouri • #15188

I feel such sadness for the victims and their families.

Yet each day I feel hope and inspiration, every time I see one of the students from Virginia Teach speak on the news.

The young people that I see on the news are remarkable.  They are articulate, sincere and intelligent.  Often times the students from Virginia Tech are more professional than the members of the media that interview them.

Through the strength and the leadership of these fine young students, we are all able to see that there is a better future.

Greg Allen
High School Teacher of 32 years, retired

April 18, 2007, 1:19pm • Mentor, Ohio • #15189

Soy de Guatemala.

Un pueblo que sabe de lagrimas, que conoce que es perder a un familiar por culpa de las balas, las balas que buscan el interes de un individuo que cortan la libertad de una persona, de una familia, de una comunidad. Un pueblo de 36 años de Guerra Interna de pueblos totalmente desaparecidos

Pero entre mas se conoce, entre mas se vive menos se sabe uno que decir y lo unico que da es decir adelante, que el momento sirva como base de la formacion de un mundo nuevo. Dios los Bendiga y que tus cargas, que tu dolor el lo quiere llevar.

I´m from Guatemala.

A town that knows of tears, that it knows that is to lose to a relative because of the bullets, the bullets that look for the interest of an individual which they cut the freedom of a person, a family, a community. A town of 36 years war military Internal of towns totally disappeared. But between but it is known, between but it is lived less knows one that to say and the only thing that it gives ahead that is to say, that the moment serves as it bases of the formation of a new world. God Bendiga and that your loads, that your pain wants it to take.

April 18, 2007, 1:19pm • Guatemala • #15190

As a person from a different country ,seeing what i saw on the news the other day i was quite upset to learn that a person could just walk into a classroom and kill so many innocent people.My condolences go to the families and friends of all those needlessley killed in such a violent way.Nothing will be able to heal your pain but may those that write there letters on here ease it in some way. From Paul Johnson in the uk

April 18, 2007, 1:19pm • united kingdom • #15191

God bless to all students around the world that are victims of no sense violence
Felix Tello

April 18, 2007, 1:19pm • Lima, Perú • #15192

The hearts and minds of the students of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (Newfoundland, Canada) are with you all in this time of shock and bereavement.

God Bless,

Kirk Wiseman
General Manager,
Grenfell College Student Union

April 18, 2007, 1:19pm • Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada • #15193

As a staff member of Texas State University in San Marcos, I have everyone at Virginia Tech and their families in my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 1:19pm • San Marcos, TX • #15194

I have never been so proud to be a Hokie like I am right now.  As an alumni at VT, I am proud that we are always growth strong and stand together through tough time.  My heart go out to all the families, and praying for you.

April 18, 2007, 1:19pm • San Diego, California • #15195

I felt truely compelled to send my condolences to all those who are grieving from this tragedy.  I have 3 small children and the greatest joy I get is when I drop them off at school in the morning and they walk off with huge smiles and the taste of freedom.  As a parent it is unimaginable to think that such an environment could turn so evil.  My thoughts and prayers are with all those suffering. Bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 1:19pm • Woodbridge, Ontario, CANADA • #15196