Condolences, April 18, 2007

I send my condolences to all the families and frinds of the Virgina Tech Community regarding this horrible tragedy we have you in our prayers

April 18, 2007, 1:19pm • c.c. tx • #15197

Our hearts go out to each and everyone who lost a loved one. You are in our thoughts and forever in our prayers.

April 18, 2007, 1:19pm • Tupelo, Ms • #15198

I wanted to come up with my own words to express how deeply I feel for everyone at Virginia Tech right now, but not knowing anyone there I fear that my words would seem hollow.  Instead I share this, one of my favorite poems, and a very touching tribute that may make you smile as you think of a loved one.

Condolence, by Dorothy Parker

“They hurried here, as soon as you had died,
Their faces damp with haste and sympathy,
And pressed my hand in theirs, and smoothed my knee,
And clicked their tongues, and watched me, mournful-eyed.
Gently they told me of that Other Side-
How, even then, you waited there for me,
And what ecstatic meeting ours would be.
Moved by the lovely tale, they broke, and cried.

And when I smiled, they told me I was brave,
And they rejoiced that I was comforted,
And left to tell of all the help they gave.
But I had smiled to think how you, the dead,
So curiously preoccupied and grave,
Would laugh, could you have heard the things they said.”

Know that you all are my thoughts, as well as the thoughts of the world.  Stay strong and peace will come to you one day.

Catherine

April 18, 2007, 1:19pm • Atlanta, Georgia • #15199

My deepest condolence

David

April 18, 2007, 1:19pm • Chennai, India • #15200

To Our Hokie fsmily -
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this darkest of times. May the outpouring of love uplift you and strengthen you. We love you! God Bless!
Shannon - ‘94 and family

April 18, 2007, 1:19pm • Rivhmond, Va • #15201

To all those affected by the tragedy at Virginia Tech, my family and I wish to offer our heartfel prayers and sympthany.  May each of you find peace and understanding in the Shepherd that we serve. There was a poem from Moyock, NC that said it all.  At this time hold fast to the Master’s Hand. Lauretta, Angela, Monte’ & Cheyanne

April 18, 2007, 1:19pm • New York, NY • #15202

I am sooo sorry that this had to happen to anyone anywhere. My thoughts and prayers will be with you through this impossibly tragic time. We must find a way to make schools safer. You will never be forgotten.

April 18, 2007, 1:19pm • Cedar Rapids, Iowa • #15203

I’m a student from the Federal University of São Carlos (Brazil), and i hope that the students family can to surpass this tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 1:20pm • São Carlos - São Paulo - Brazil • #15204

Wishing you strength and comfort in your time of need. Stay strong, and remember, YOU ARE HOKIES.

April 18, 2007, 1:20pm • Atlanta, Georgia • #15205

As a George Mason alum, I wanted to express my solidarity with the VA Tech community.  We all share your grief and just know the Patriots are standing by your side.

April 18, 2007, 1:20pm • Springfield, VA • #15206

PAX VOBISCUM

Sue Farmer
University of Tennessee HSC
Memphis, TN

April 18, 2007, 1:20pm • Memphis, TN • #15207

I am very sorry for the death that was caused by a person who did not realize how fragile and cherished life is. He took so many lives which was just starting out, but no words can be printed to take away the pain and hurt from the families who lost their loved ones in this tragedy. I was told one time that in a situation like this is time is your only friend, but as the days goes by not that the incident will be forgotten but will be a little more bearable. But the most important thing to remember is God is still in control no matter what happens and I know you will wonder why God let this happen to your family? God gave us freewill but He offers His comfort when we need it, but it is up to us to accept it. You see your family member’s life was took, but God gave His only Son. I am praying for you.

April 18, 2007, 1:20pm • GAINESVILLE GEORGIA • #15208

Please accept my condolances for the loss that the University has suffered of both the students and faculty who were killed and of the peace and sense of safety that should accompany campus life.  My thoughts are with the families and friends the victims.

April 18, 2007, 1:20pm • Toronto, Ontario,Canada • #15209

Such senseless acts of violence should never occur in our world today.  This stands as a testiment that something is wrong in our world when a person is able to to enter a building and massacre over 30 individuals.  Furthermore, when that individual was involved with an incident only hours previous to this immense tragedy, and is able to enter another building in the same institution, that should never have open after the first incident, and perform such violent acts. However heinous these acts may have been, we need to focus on the memories of the victims and their families and ensure that these events are unable to be repeated again.  My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tradegy, I am truly sympathetic.

April 18, 2007, 1:20pm • Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada • #15210

We hope and pray that all of these heartfelt thoughts and prayers will help in some small way to ease the pain and suffering of the grieving families and friends of those lost in this terrible senseless tragedy. May God hold them close to Him.
-your friends in Massachusetts

April 18, 2007, 1:20pm • worcester, ma. • #15211

I am a resident of Christiansburg and a student at Radford University, and it tears me apart to see a community such as the one we share with Blacksburg hit with something this tragic. To know that I am the same age as many of those lost in the tragedy, and that I have friends at Virginia Tech who are grieving over friends that they have lost...it’s unbelievable. But I feel that if we stick together, we can help one another. Ultimately, our community will rise to become stronger than it ever has been before.

My prayers go out to not only the victims and their families, but also to the campus administration and the police, who have had an extremely difficult task this week. God bless you all. I know the efforts it takes to work through all of this to make it better, and I want you to know that you are all greatly appreciated.

God bless.

April 18, 2007, 1:20pm • Christiansburg, VA • #15212

To the entire Hokie family:

God Bless you and the Virginia Tech community. You have my undying sympathy and my world, as well as many others, stopped spinning that Monday morning. Your tragedy has touched us all, and has certainly been felt here on the campus of Nichols College. This is a time of coming together and finding the faith within yourselves to move on another day and always carry with you the memory of those 32 innocent lives we lost that morning. All of you have the support of the our entire nation and are in our prayers each and every night. Here’s to brighter days ahead.

Go Hokies

April 18, 2007, 1:20pm • Dudley, MA • #15213

My heart goes out to the entire Blacksburg community and everyone connected with Virginia Tech.  I am a “Hokie wannabe” and also a “Hokie Aunt.” My niece is a graduate of VT and the minute I set foot on campus, surrounded by the mountains and the beautiful buildings made of Hokie stone, I knew she was in the right place.  She was a member of the equestrian team and I often drove up to see her compete at Tech and at the surrounding universities.  I remember telling her that I would take a leave of absence from my job, move up to Blacksburg and get a place with her to work on my Master’s Degree.  Sadly it never happened...maybe I’ll come up and get my Doctorate. I still would love to be a Hokie.  Your pride and loyalty to VT is an inspiration to us all.
Sincerely, Ellen

April 18, 2007, 1:20pm • Norfolk, VA • #15214

It saddens me to know that as a people we still haven’t advanced far enough to surpass animal instincts & violent urges to the degree where we feel it necassary to steal lives of those that we are by no means entitled to. We must not distance ourselves from this dreadful event because due to the seemingly randomness of the victims, it could quite easily have been any of us viewing this site, or our loved ones. It is in regards to this horrible event, that we must choose to embrace our living days as if they were our last, as if there were a 100% chance of meeting our demise within the the first stumble of our next step, and to KNOW that this also applies to those we love the most. Peace & Blessings

April 18, 2007, 1:20pm • Newark, NJ USA • #15215

My thoughts are with everyone who has been touched by this tragedy.
Elaine Undergraduate Student, Edinburgh University, Scotland

April 18, 2007, 1:20pm • Lasswade, Midlothian, Scotland • #15216

I started at VT but graduated elsewhere but I have ALWAYS considered myself to be a Hokie!  I too am shocked and hurt by the events that unfolded on that day!  My prayers and condolences go out to each and everyone of you affected by this tragedy. I know that you all will stay strong, BECAUSE you are HOKIES!  God bless you all! Olivia

April 18, 2007, 1:20pm • Virginia • #15217

I, MARY OF CALIFORNIA WISH TO EXPRESS MY SADNESS TO YOUR FELLOW STUDENTS THAT WERE KILLED, AND PROFESSORS KILLED AT YOUR CAMPUS.  IT HAS FOREVER CHANGED SO MANY PEOPLES LIVES. I WANT VIRGINIA TECH TO KNOW PEOPLE FAR AWAY ARE THINKING OF THEM.

April 18, 2007, 1:20pm • MADERA, CALIFORNIA • #15218

We, the teachers and students of Mathis Elementary School, are greatly saddened by the events that took place April 16 at Virginia Tech.  Our hearts are heavy and we feel the loss so deeply.  We are at a loss for words and mourn with you during this difficult time.
Mathis Elementary School
Hayti, Missouri

April 18, 2007, 1:21pm • Hayti, MO USA • #15219

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the students and parents and faculty. I am from a small town in Okoboji, Iowa. and I am shocked by what has happened in your community.Please know that this has effected the whole country,if not the whole world. KK.

April 18, 2007, 1:21pm • Okoboji, Iowa • #15220

My heart and prayers are with all at Virginia Tech. To all of the families and friends of the victims and all who have been impacted by this horrible tragedy peace and prayers.  The rest of the world is crying with you and standing behind you.

This is a horrible tragedy but the Hokie Nation has shown strength through this difficult time.  Good bless.

April 18, 2007, 1:21pm • UMUC Student, Maryland • #15221

I would like to share my most sincere and deepest condolences to the Virginia Tech community, families of the victims, and to everyone who has been affected by this tragedy.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
May God offer the strength and support needed to rise once more.

April 18, 2007, 1:21pm • stockton, ca., usa • #15222

Even though I have never attended school at VA Tech, I feel I have ties to the school.  I have cousins at Tech and many friends who have graduated from there and so I feel I do have a connection to the school.  I have the whole department at work wearing maroon and orange on Friday in honor of the VA Tech Hokies.  We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
S.A.

April 18, 2007, 1:21pm • Richmond, VA • #15223

I am deeply sorry with the incident that happed on April 16,07, and pray to almighty God to rset thier souls in his enternal kingdom

Bmm/South Sudan

April 18, 2007, 1:21pm • South Sudanese Canadian • #15224

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, and may time be your healer with the help of love ones around you.  The Bailey Family.

April 18, 2007, 1:21pm • Tumbi Umbi, NSW, Australia • #15225

Our prayers are with all of you at Virginia Tech and the surrounding community.  May God bless all of you, and may his love and strength help you in the days of ahead.
Marsha Browne

April 18, 2007, 1:21pm • Chesterton, Indiana • #15226

As a stranger in this Country, I don’t understand, how cops couldn’t do better job? Hundreds cops and SVAT tim and even students couldn’t stoop only one person who wasn’t professional soldier or trained to kill?  He killed 33 people in front of higgle trained Home land security professionals?  And what could happened if there wasn’t only one shutter, if he didn’t kill him self, or he was enemy solder trend to kill. I think, a lat of mistake are made here and a lat of question must be answered. My Condolences, Ibrahim Pelesic

April 18, 2007, 1:21pm • Utica, NY, America • #15227

Dear Friends at VA TECH

As Virginian who experienced first hand the tragedy of 9/11 ...I work a block away from the former WTC and arrived at work as the second plane hit the south tower...I know what it is like to wake up one day and have your whole life unexpectedly and totally ripped apart. My tears and prayers are with each and every one of you the victims, their families, the students, faculty and staff at VA Tech. The best thing I can share from my experience is find people, friends, clergy...anyone who will listen… to share your grief and feelings with… and do this repetively in the coming weeks and months. It is only by processing the deep gutwrenching emotions that are tied to this terrible event that God’s true healing can begin. Hear’s a prayer for all the broken hearts in Blacksburg!

RW

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we may say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 3:5, 6

April 18, 2007, 1:21pm • New York, NY • #15228

Virginia Tech

The human language is inadequate or not complete to describe what you are going through. Only the heart can speak and our hearts are broken.

May God pick up the pieces of our hearts and place them in His Loving Care.

The Drury Family

My son will be a freshman ROTC United States Marine Corps at Virginia Tech coming this fall 2007.

April 18, 2007, 1:21pm • Jeffersonto, VA • #15229

I am an international student at UMKC, Kansas City, Missouri.  It is very hard to find right words to express the sorrow and sadness I feel about what happened.  I am praying every day that families and friends of victims find a way to forgive.  I know that something like this cannot be forgotten. 
I always wanted to come to the USA to go to school.  My dream came true over 5 years ago.  The education here is incredible, and so are people.  I met some of my best friends here.  I cannot imagine what familes and friends od VT students are going through.
God Bless you all

April 18, 2007, 1:21pm • Kansas City, Missouri/ Croatia • #15230

Here as well, we share your pain. Friends, family and everyone related to those that were lost in this tragedy, you are not alone.

The world shares the pain..

April 18, 2007, 1:21pm • Rotterdam, The Netherlands • #15231

To the students and faculty of Virginia Tech,

Upon hearing of the April 16th shooting at your university, I was, needless to say, shocked. I believe this tragedy is one that knows no boundaries: it has affected not only those in our nation, but others worldwide. It is an historical event, one that will no doubt be spoken of in contemplative tones, and one that will no doubt also spur emotional and perhaps heated discussion.

Indeed, anger seems to be a natural response, perhaps accompanied with outrage and shock. There seems to be no silver lining to this cloud. And yet, it is through this painful tragedy that we must try to see the one thing that seems out of reach: hope. Hope that life will go on, and that history will not repeat itself. Hope that the families and loved ones of the victims, and indeed everyone at Virginia Tech as well as anyone related to this incident, will be able to heal and move on with life.

In light of this I offer, for what it is worth, my condolences, prayers, and wishes for everyone touched by this tragedy - especially those at Virginia Tech. May you find peace and hope in these dark times.

With the utmost sincerity,
Craig

April 18, 2007, 1:22pm • Cloverdale, CA • #15232

There are no words to describe this horrible event!! Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you. I hope that the spirit of Virginia Tech will prevail, and I know your tears and heartache will remind you to love harder and live stronger! This is not the end, but a test of your strength and character. God Bless all of you in your time of mourning.

Amy Williams
Sam Houston State University

April 18, 2007, 1:22pm • Montgomery Texas • #15233

My heart and prayers go out to all the victims and families of this senseless and tragic act of violence. 

There can be no reason or explanation as to why their promising lives were taken so soon but know that all over this country, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

To all the friends and family of these victims, take comfort in knowing that however brief these victims were in your lives, you were in the prescence of an angel.

April 18, 2007, 1:22pm • Leicester, MA • #15234

My heart can not express the sadness and grief that I feel about the tragedy that has happened on your campus.  I am a college student in California.  We as college students must pull together and hold everyone on your campus in our hearts and offer up prayers of healing in the aftermath of this tragedy.  May God bless you and hold you in his loving arms, and may you know that you are not alone as you walk through the pain, loss and grief. 

Sincerely,
Monica Lucero-Harlan

April 18, 2007, 1:22pm • Santa Rosa, CA • #15235

I was shocked, saddened, and horrified by the events of April 16, 2007.  The stories and images seem to be derived from a nightmare yet there they were on the front of every website, every television.  My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to those students, faculty, staff,and families dealing so courageously with the tragedy.

Virginia Tech is a school of strong, caring, reslient, and loving people.  You have all proved this to the world, instilling pride in fellow Hokies, fellow Virginians, and fellow Americans.  I am proud to say that I am a part of YOUR school and watch amazed at your continued courage, bravery, and love in such difficult times.  Thank you all.

Adam
VT Alumni 2003

April 18, 2007, 1:22pm • Raleigh, NC • #15236

My heart is heavy, and my tears are free flowing for all the friends, families, and neighbors of my beloved Alma Mater. Blacksburg was a home to me for 5 years and is still close to my heart. I have watched with pride at the reaction of the entire community at our loss. The support I have received warms my heart as I know that the whole world grieves with us.
May we find ourselves stronger as we heal from this devastating loss.

April 18, 2007, 1:22pm • Fredericksburg, Virginia • #15237

I attended Va Tech from 1984 to 1987.  The greatest regret of my life is not returning to graduate from VPI.  In the many years since I left Blacksburg, I have travelled throughout the world, seen various scenes of the human condition, and even survived a war.  But nothing I have seen in the past was as devastating as the images from this week’s tragedy.  For me personally, fighting a war on foreign soil, seeing the devastation and lives lost, does not begin to compare with seeing the brutal scenes from Blacksburg .  This was not in another country - nor another state - this was in Blacksburg - the place that holds so many great memories for me.  Could that drill field shown on TV as a complete scene of chaos really be the same place we hated to walk across in winter quarter because of the freezing wind but loved in the springtime to just lounge in the green grass or to throw around a frisbee?  Might I have walked down the same hallways years ago in West AJ or Norris Hall where these tragedies occurred?  It has been said numerous times by others and I must agree wholeheartedly - the whole situation is still so surreal - nothing like this could really occur at Tech.  Not at my Va Tech.

April 18, 2007, 1:22pm • Newport News, VA • #15238

My thoughts & prayers are with all of you.  May God help you find comfort, understanding, and the strength to overcome this terrible tragedy. 

God bless,
Carrie
University of Georgia

April 18, 2007, 1:22pm • Athens, GA. • #15239

An ex-pat forum of native English speakers (US, England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, India, etc.) in Munich, Germany has been following this atrocity closely and discussing its causes and consequences. Your futures will never be the same. Work hard on yourselves, keep the memories of your friends alive, make your new and unexpected futures a better one for everyone you will ever meet.
Sara

April 18, 2007, 1:22pm • Munich, Germany • #15240

Dear Hookie community,
during this time of tragedy my heart and prayers are with each and every one effected especially the families of the victims.  Keep your eyes on the Lord and know that he will not put on you more than you can handle.  you are not alone in this tragedy the world is pouring their sympathy out for your community and My family and I will continue to lift you up in prayer. words cannot express the heartfelt sorrow i feel for your campus and community. keep Jesus in your hearts.
GOD BLESS ALL.
YOUR SISTER IN CHRIST
Jessica Lynch and family

GOD IS LOVE

April 18, 2007, 1:22pm • NORTH CAROLINA • #15241

To All the Families Who Have Lost Their Loved Ones,

I am a parent of a college freshman. I cannot even begin to know the pain and grief you are going through. I am praying that you will feel the presence of God through the support you receive from friends, families and people all over the world. I pray that you are comforted by God’s love and pray for God’s peace to be with all of you. Our time here on earth is short compared to the time we will spend in eternity. There you will be reunited with your loved ones who have passed. May you rest in God’s comfort and these thoughts.

Love & prayers,
The Elmiger Family

April 18, 2007, 1:22pm • Glenville, PA • #15242

You all in our thoughts and prayers and to let you know that you are not in this alone. God will get you guys through this. The whole nation mourns with you all.

April 18, 2007, 1:22pm • Winston Salem, NC • #15243

I pray to God that he will hold all of you tightly during this horrible time.  Words are inadequate, but please know that there are so very many people praying for you, and will continue to do so.

April 18, 2007, 1:22pm • Susan from Georgia • #15244

I am a teacher at a high school in California.  I have a heavy heart because of the events that took place on your campus.  Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and advise you all to remember the victims and survivors of this tragedy and try to not focus on who did it.  God Bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 1:22pm • Sonia Melendez, Montclair, CA, USA • #15245

I am very sorry to hear what has happened what has happened to the university. My deepest prayers and condolences go out for everyone of Virginia Tech. I am a student at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach and i couldnt even imagine what i would do in that situation.

Vincent

April 18, 2007, 1:22pm • Virginia Beach, Virginia • #15246