Condolences, April 18, 2007

Our condolences, prayers and thoughts are with the families, faculty, and the entire state of Virginia in this time of tragedy. It is an horrfic ordeal for everyone at this time, but God is able to see you through. We will continue to keep you all in our prayers.

From: The people of The Turks & Caicos Islands

April 18, 2007, 1:22pm • Turks & Caicos Islands • #15247

There are few words to express the deep dispare left by such a tragic event.  My heart aches for the current students and for my beloved Va Tech.  For all of those suffering, please take heart that an entire Hokie nation is behind you for support. 

Amy Easterbrook
Class of 2000

April 18, 2007, 1:22pm • Ware Neck, VA • #15248

It is hard to believe this could happen in that area of Virginia. My mother came from Clifton Forge and I spent many of summers at my grandmothers.  I always found it to be a beautiful and quiet place.  We use to take day trip in the Blue Ridge Mountain Range.  I pray that God comforts you at this time.  Look to each other for comfort and solace.

April 18, 2007, 1:23pm • St. Petersburg, Florida • #15249

To the Samaha Family,
We were heart broken to hear of the loss of your daughter in this recent tragedy. Please know that thoughts and prayers are being sent to your family from our Samaha Family in New Hampshire. We are not sure how to reach you directly so hope this makes it your way.
Debra, Peter, Kevin and Stacey Samaha

April 18, 2007, 1:23pm • Concord, New Hampshire • #15250

our family all are praying for all of those families effected. Words arent enough, but we are thinking of all of you and praying, we dont know your names, but Jesus does.

The Fresch Family

April 18, 2007, 1:23pm • lockport,New York • #15251

DEAR VIRGINIA TECH COMMUNITY,
WITH TWO SONS OF OUR OWN IN COLLEGE WE ARE DEEPLY SADDENED BY THE ENORMITY OF THE TRAGEDY YOU ARE ALL EXPERIENCING.  I HAVE SEEN FOR MYSELF WHAT AN INCREDIBLE SCHOOL YOU HAVE.  I HAVE ONE SON AT CAL POLY AND ONE SON IS A FRESHMAN AT HOMBOLDT STATE (CALIF).  YOUR STUDENTS ARE OUTSTANDING!!!!  AFTER WATCHING THE MEDIA COVERAGE I REALLY BELIEVE YOU WILL SEE AN INCREASE IN ENROLLMENT A VT.  I WOULD BE HAPPY TO SEND EITHER OF MY BOYS TO VT.  EVERY STUDENT I HAVE SEEN IS A CREDIT TO YOUR SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY. 
I AM DEEPLY CONCERNED FOR THE WELL BEING OF ALL OF THE VT COMMUNITY.  I WORRY THE MOST FOR THE WELL BEING OF THE STUDENTS DIRECTLY HARMED BY THE TRAGEDY.  WE MUST DO EVERYTHING TO PROTECT ALL CHILDREN.  WHEN WE KNOW BETTER WE CAN DO BETTER.(OPRAH) YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.  LOVE AND SUPPORT,
PEGGY, BILL, MATT&RYAN BIGARANI

April 18, 2007, 1:23pm • SONOMA, CALIF. USA • #15252

May god bless there souls and may they rest in peace,they have been taken to early from us,

April 18, 2007, 1:23pm • Coconut Creek Florida U.S. • #15253

Continued:

My faith and belief in the goodness of mankind would not hold up to such atrocities happening in such a place so dear to me - this kind of thing only happens in far off places - to other people - in the various combat areas around the world on a daily basis - but not in Blacksburg.  That is the most troubling truth of the whole matter for me.  And that is where the Hokie community needs to focus their attention - in helping each other come to terms with the reality and truth of such a brutal act being committed in Blacksburg - especially for the current students, faculty, and staff.  All of the “what if” and “why not” questioning will not ease the pain we all feel.  The Hokie community will find strength in each other to survive this tragedy and build upon it in some manner not possible to be seen today, but will come to light as the pain subsides.  To that end, all I can do from 300 miles away is to try rebuild my faith in humanity through the resilience and recovery of the Hokie community, and donate to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund to honor those lost and support those who survive.

April 18, 2007, 1:23pm • Newport News, VA • #15254

We are a 5th grade class at Immaculate Conception School in Gilbertville, Iowa.  We are hoping and praying for the injured people to recover quickly.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the students and teachers who died and their families.  We are sad for your school community.We begin each day with offering prayers in religion class.  Know that your school community will be uplifted in prayer with the hope of a better day.  May God’s gentle peace and love sustain you in your grief.  Blessings.

April 18, 2007, 1:23pm • Gilbertville, IA • #15255

When tomorrow starts without me
And I’m not there to see
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me.

I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
The way you did today
While thinking of the many things
We didn’t get to say.

I know how much you love me
As much as I love you
And each time that you think of me
I know you’ll miss me too.

But when tomorrow starts without me
Please try to understand
That an angel came and called my name
And took me by the hand.

And said my place was ready
In heaven far above
And that I’d have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.

But when I walked through heaven’s gates
I felt so much at home
When God looked down and smiled at me
From His great golden throne.

He said “This is eternity
And all I’ve promised you
For life on earth is past
But here it starts anew.”

“I promise no tomorrow
For today will always last
And since each day’s the same way
There’s no longing for the past.”

So 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.

We pray for you all

April 18, 2007, 1:23pm • Richmond, Va • #15256

At this moment, in this hour, all of our hearts are filled with sadness, grief, and questions.  Why did this happen?  That’s the question we want so desperately to answer, but none will come.  In the end, it doesn’t matter why, but that it has happened and none of us will ever be the same.  To all those who lost loved ones-I’m at a loss for words.  I can’t begin to imagine what you are going through.  I can only pray that God and time will help you deal with the pain and anguish.  Our nation may not be united on every opinion all the time, but as of now we are ALL united as Hokies!  God bless each and every one of y’all in the days ahead.  The stories of courage and heroes that have come from this tragedy reminds us all that one person doing one small thing for another really DOES make a difference.  Be brave, stand strong, and know everyone in Texas loves y’all!! God bless!

April 18, 2007, 1:23pm • Misty--Longview, Texas • #15257

Our prayers are with you all.  From personal experience we know the strength and comfort you will find in each other.  God bless you all.

Texas A&M Aggie Mom

April 18, 2007, 1:23pm • Copeville, Texas • #15258

I want to reiterate the prayers that are being prayed for the families of the students and staff who were taken away, as well as for the students, faculty, and staff of VT who have to press on.

We pray for God to help you remember the lives and loves of each student and staff member, and be thankful for the special time that you had to share with them.  They will live forever in your hearts and ours.  We also pray for God’s peace in your hearts and lives, and strength for the coming days and week.

Remember that when you can’t carry on, we will carry you.

Jennifer LC
“Casting the whole of your cares, all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all, on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” I Peter 5:7 (Amp)

April 18, 2007, 1:23pm • Cleveland, Tennessee • #15259

To the innocent victims, their families, their loved ones, and all others affected by this horrific and senseless tragedy, I would like to offer my sincerest condolenses.

We will try and make sense out of the senseless, it is our nature.  But, there will never be an adequate answer to the “why”.  Maybe instead, we need to focus on the “what”, as in “what now”?

I hope all of you are able to find the strength you need to move forward and continue on and try and realize your dreams.

April 18, 2007, 1:23pm • Warwick, NY • #15260

I am very sad at what has happened. This is the second time that society has made me cry. We go to school to become something in life and think we are safe. Now this.... i am truly sorry. my heart and prayers go out to all. you will be in my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 1:23pm • Tracy - pittsburg ca 94565 • #15261

What a horrendous ordeal this has put on the world. With the rampage that has happened, it just shows that we are not safe anywhere we go. I am a college student and this has affected the college world wherever it may be. My heart is with you as you all cope with the loss of loved ones, friends, students and professors. God Bless you…

April 18, 2007, 1:23pm • Shoemakersville, Pa Hasenauer family • #15262

In moments like these, when you look for reason or cause of such a tragic and shattering event, it is but the love and warmth of your families and friends that you need to keep going. And you have a lot of friends all around the world who share your grief and sorrow. My deepest condolences go to the victims’ families and to the entire Virginia Tech family. May God give you the strength to get through such horrible times.  Also my heart felted sympathy to Professor Liviu Librescu’s family and friends .His generosity in action and protective love for his students will be forever in our memories.
God bless you all.

Liviu Florin State (33) , Romania

April 18, 2007, 1:24pm • Galati , Romania • #15263

May all the victims and their families, find love and comfort from GOD Our Heavenly Father. Remember to pray, GOD hears you, he feels your broken hearts. May he surround you with his loving Angels and bring you peace. Your loved ones are with GOD now, and will never suffer again. Sending you all love and prayers from Wisconsin.  God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 1:24pm • Wisconsin • #15264

I know there’s nothing that i can say to make any of this pain and sorrow you feel dissappear but i will say that GOD is with you and he won’t lead you astray so don’t let this incident make you question, why not me? Always remember everything happens for a reason, be strong, keep hope, don’t loose faith.
our deepest condolences,
The Hocker Family

April 18, 2007, 1:24pm • united states • #15265

My condolences for all the people affected by this; my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Being a college student in Connecticut and so far away from Virginia Tech I still feel very sadden and I hope the whole Virgina Tech family knows that you are in everyone’s thoughts and prayers. I once read a quote that has helped me through some tuff times and I hope that maybe it will help someone “We don’t need a lighter burden just boarder shoulders.” Virginia Tech you have my shoulders to make yours boarder.

April 18, 2007, 1:24pm • Eastern CT State University, Willimantic, CT • #15266

Wish you all the well.  Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis wishes you well and ask you visit us at our Message Board http://www.collegeboardz.com/forums

We will be discussing future changes in policies on campus safety.

Farewell.

April 18, 2007, 1:24pm • Indianapolis, Indiana • #15267

Dear Hokie Family:
First giving honor to God, our Father, I thank Him for allowing me to stand in the gap for you, for us - for all of His children.  Please know that you are not alone, He is with you, we are all with you.  We are praying for you, and with you.  It is my prayer that you will find comfort in Isaiah 57:1-2 and Ephesians 1:1-23.
May God continue to richly bless you abundantly.
My prayers will continue to be with you.
Love:
L.Nick
MT.Gilead FGIM

April 18, 2007, 1:24pm • Richmond, VA • #15268

As a recent Old Dominion University Graduate my deepest thoughts and prayers go out to all the students, faculty, and family affected by this tragedy.  This could of happened to any of us at anytime and what we need to realize is that life is short and we need to appreciate the time that we do have we each other.  I know we all are asking why and no one can answer it. I only the God can give you strength to get through these trying times.

~Amanda

April 18, 2007, 1:24pm • Suffolk, VA • #15269

I think I stand for the rest of the University of Virginia when I convey my deepest condolences to you, Virginia Tech, and to the families of the victims. Please know that your thoughts are with everyone in Charlottesville, the UVA community and beyond.

Neil Guha
University of Virginia ‘06

April 18, 2007, 1:24pm • New York, NY • #15270

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone’s family and every one who attend VT...with love!!!

Dental Office Staff

April 18, 2007, 1:24pm • Canada • #15271

Please know that so very many people feel connected to you in these darkest days. God is watching over you and He will guide you through this. My sincerest thoughts and prayers, Mary

April 18, 2007, 1:24pm • North Tonawanda, NY • #15272

As a class of 1954 alum, I am very proud of the way school officials have presented themselves to the World,especially at the 4-17 convocation. Please know that our sorrow, prayers amd best wishes go out to the famlies and friends of the victims. As one of the Hokie Nation, “ LET’S-GO-HOKIES “

April 18, 2007, 1:25pm • Carrollton, Virginia • #15273

May you hold the people that were lost in your hearts until you can hold them in your arms.

April 18, 2007, 1:25pm • Ludlow, KY • #15274

Hearts Courageous

Here comes the storm as you stand to face the wind
Taking you somewhere that you have never been-
Off in the distance that mountain seems hard to climb
It’s not so hard taking one step at a time.

Oh hearts courageous beat on
Your time with us is not yet done
What can I do to ease the pain?
Show you that rainbows come from the rain.

Tomorrow brings another day
And the strength to find your way,
What would we do if you were gone?
Hearts Courageous … Beat on.

No one can blame you for asking questions why
Or losing it all as you hang your head to cry
Just remember before you blame the heavenly host
Those whose courage is strongest seem to get challenged the most.

Hearts Courageous Beat On…

April 18, 2007, 1:25pm • Ga. • #15275

All my deepest sympathy to every injured and fatally wounded human being.  This terrible tragic loss of life, only brings back memories of another sad day NY’s 9/11. They are all in heaven today.  Marilynn Pagan

April 18, 2007, 1:25pm • NYC ,NY • #15276

I’m a 17 year old student and this is so shocking.My deepest sympathy for both students and authorities from the VT. God bless you all and the ones that are not there anymore but will always be in your minds and hearts.

April 18, 2007, 1:25pm • Argentina • #15277

My heart goes out to those affected by the horrific events on April 16th, 2007. I’ve grown up as an avid University of Missouri Tigers fan. But an event like this unites us all. No matter who we root for or where our allegiances lie, we all wear maroon and orange on our sleeves. On that terrible day, we were all Hokies.

May God bless and comfort those who are in pain.

Brittany Berk

April 18, 2007, 1:25pm • Columbia, MO, USA • #15278

To the VT faculty, students, families and friends who lost loved ones; I want to express my deepest sympathy to all of you.  The entire world has felt your pain and so many prayers have been prayed for the VT community.  May you find peace and strength through God over the next weeks, months and year. WE WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THIS SENSELESS TRAGEDY>

If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it.

Beverly $ Krista B.

April 18, 2007, 1:25pm • Spartanburg, S.C. • #15279

While our circumstances are vastly different, we understand your loss and share in your pain during this tragic time at your University.  Please know that you are in our hearts, minds and prayers as you learn to put one foot in front of the other and move forward into a changed but bright future.  Marshall University Alumni Everywhere

April 18, 2007, 1:25pm • Kenova, WV • #15280

This utter tragedy has rocked the Nation!  My thoughts and prayers go out to those families and friends affected by this tremendous loss!  You are not alone as we all grieve for the loss of these precious lives!!!

April 18, 2007, 1:25pm • League City, TX • #15281

- “THEY WERE AT WRONG PLACE AT WRONG TIME” president Bush set speaking about 33 people dead at Virginia Tech.

- How “COLLEGE” can be a “WRONG PLACE” and “STUDYING” at “ WRONG TIME”?
It is just shameless cowering of failure of this administration to make americens safe in there homes. Innocent people are paying price for that.
Do something. America.
Just changing politic, the leaders, and way of interacting with rest of the World after WWII, made Germany the most prestigious country at World today.
Wake up America. “COLLEGE” newer was “WRONG PLACE” and “ STUDY “ NEWER WAS “ at “WRONG TIME” (except in middle age) , but “OUR KNOWLEDGE” can be late, and price what 33 fallen heros at Virginia Tech payed, is to high. But, like all heros, they tried and they succeeded, living this world with powerful message : Coexistence and Peace at Earth.

April 18, 2007, 1:25pm • Utica, NY, America • #15282

I am so sorry.  As the mother of three students in various colleges in Pennsylvania I cannot tell you how much this has struck home.  May God be with you.

April 18, 2007, 1:26pm • Harrisburg PA • #15283

I would say to all that are involved in the tragic events of Monday that God is with you and all you have to do is look to Him for support and comfort. Keep in mind that God is always in control and nothing happens in our lives that He has not planned and has His reasons in doing so. We as humans don’t always understand them but there is a reason in His ultimate plan for this world. There is always a good for every bad and if you can remember that it will make it a little easier to get through these times. Prayer and dependence on God is the only answer.

April 18, 2007, 1:26pm • Drakes Branch, Virginia • #15284

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims families. And with all the students and faculty at VT.

April 18, 2007, 1:26pm • Lampasas, Texas • #15285

I cannot imagine what you all are going through right now. Just know that God can get you through anything and that you are definitely not alone. You have a whole country and a whole world behind you. I will continue praying for you and will be in my thoughts. “ I can do all things through God who strengthens me”

April 18, 2007, 1:26pm • Baton Rouge, LA • #15286

We would like to share our deepest condolences to everyone affected by this horrible tragedy.  We will always keep you in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers.  God Bless You All.

Love Always & Forever
Ponce Family

April 18, 2007, 1:26pm • Hart, Michigan • #15287

My family and I want to let you know that our hearts go out to all of you.  You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 1:26pm • Elizabeth, NJ • #15288

God bless and comfort the parents and families of the students who were lost in the senseless violence at VT.  May you be conforted by the support of parents and families of college students throughout the country who are grieving along with you and praying for you.  May you gain strength from the love and support of people that you do not know who hold you in their hearts.

Parent of College Students

April 18, 2007, 1:26pm • Missouri USA • #15289

I want to express my deepest condolences to the entire Virginia Tech family and the families and friends of the victims. I am a student myself at Georgia Southern University and i was affected when i heard because this kind of thing (sadly to say) could happen anywhere. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Sincerely,
Tekeilla Beeks

April 18, 2007, 1:26pm • Statesboro, Ga. • #15290

Al the innocent souls whose lives were taken April 16, 2007, have become angels to watch over us. They are in God’s hands now, and there couldn’t be a better place than that.
My prayers go out to the injured, deceased, and all friends and family. God Bless Us.

April 18, 2007, 1:26pm • McDonough, Georgia • #15291

Let not your heart be troubled
ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so,I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myslef; that where I am, there ye may be also.

John 14:1-3

April 18, 2007, 1:26pm • New London, North Carolina, USA • #15292

I think W.H. Auden said it best, regarding this terrible loss to all:

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 They Are Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

They were 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.

Deepest regards to all,
Valerie Dean

April 18, 2007, 1:26pm • New York New York • #15293

All of the people in this country who had a friend, relative, teacher, or classmate who was injured on Monday, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

I truly believe that God has a plan for everyone.  I pray that the innocent souls taken from us on Monday are safe in His hands and free from pain eternally.

God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 1:26pm • Columbus, Ohio • #15294

Our deepest and 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 save the fellow members.

Vinay and friends
UMass Lowell

April 18, 2007, 1:26pm • Lowell, MA • #15295

As a fellow student at Georgia State University, I cannot imagine the pain you must feel. My condolences to the entire Virgina Tech community.

April 18, 2007, 1:26pm • Atlanta, GA • #15296