Condolences, April 18, 2007

We pray for the families who lost loved ones, including the family of Cho.  May you feel God’s presence during your time of grief.  We also pray for healing for those who were injured, physically and mentally through this tragedy.  God has shown the strength of his people with an outpouting of love and support for the Virgina Tech community. God bless and keep you!

With love,
Mark and Mary Ellen Wirkus and family
Chattanooga, TN

April 18, 2007, 1:37pm • Chattanooga, TN • #15447

I’m so sad by what happed at the university.  Life of a student should be to have fun with his friends, family and others.  They shouldn’t have to think of something like that.  It’s not fair for them.  I hope that everyone who study there will have all the support that they need.  It’s not normal that young people have this kind of mind, and no body should have to leave with that.
I do want to pay my respect to all the family that have been touch by this stragedy and i will pray that they have no more horror like this happen in their life.

April 18, 2007, 1:37pm • Montreal, Quebec, Canada • #15448

Having been a teacher in the Sehnandoah Valley in Virginia for six years, I was very sad and shocked by the event. I cried when I watched the televised convocation. There are no words I can share that match the tears. My deepest prayer is that the Man of Sorrows, Jesus Christ, will be near.

April 18, 2007, 1:37pm • San Diego, CA • #15449

.. The first thing that came to my mind was , Please God, give the famiies strength to cope and let our nation remember to forgive… I continue to pray with you and To let you Know that you are not alone… I now know who Virginia Tech is… Loving students, Strong families and Great Friends.  GO HOKIES!!!

April 18, 2007, 1:37pm • Houston, Texas • #15450

i cannot believe the hurt and pain that all of us feel around the world for the virginia tech victims and families. i recently spent a weekend in december with the hokies in atlanta for the chick-fil-a bowl. everyone was so much fun, and inviting, and the school spirit was unlike anything that i had ever seen.
hearing about the shooting hits home so hard for so many of us, because we attend classes at our universities, it makes us all wonder why virginia tech? but god has a plan for everything. whether there is an obvious reason, or not.
i work for washington mutual and today we found out that a fellow employee, in the next town over, had an even stronger connection to the shooting. her brother was killed on monday. we have set up two accounts that are to support the surviving students and the families of both the victims and surviving.
blacksburg, virginia is in my prayers. the victims are in my prayers. the families, students, faculty, alumni… you are all in my prayers.
may the lord’s peace be with you all.
“gooo hokies!”

April 18, 2007, 1:37pm • merritt island, fl • #15451

Dear virginia tech students and families
I live in France and i’m vietnamese i’m very sad.  I was very shocked that tragedy was happenned on the campus.
My sincerest and deepest condolences for all of you
God bless all of you
Please continue to be strong

thuy

April 18, 2007, 1:37pm • France • #15452

As recent graduates of Virginia Tech my wife and I would like to express our deepest condolences on what has transpired on our wonderful campus. Things like these come as complete shocks but more so when it is a place that hold such a warm place in our hearts.  A place that binds us together as members of the Virginia Tech family. We find it hard to explain to our coworkers and friends that by going to Virginia Tech you become a member of that family and I would wager that this sense of family is perhaps stronger at Virginia Tech than any other university in this country. So when something like this happens, it’s not just happening to some place you went to school but to members of your family. It’s happening to your hometown because that is what Virginia Tech is to all of us Hokies no matter where we may have come from.

Our best wishes and prayer to those who haven fallen and all of those who now must go on. Just always remember you are not alone…once a Hokie…always a Hokie.

Ut Prosim

Ben Loveday (Class of 2003)
Laura Loveday (Class of 2004)

April 18, 2007, 1:37pm • Culpeper, VA • #15453

I am deeply saddened by the sorrow you are experiences, but God is good and faithful and He will bring you through this. I am praying for you.
Martha Baker from Fort Worth, Tx.

April 18, 2007, 1:37pm • Fort Worth, Tx. • #15454

I am so sorry to hear of the events on 16th april. my thoughts are with everyone affected by the work of such an evil human being. may you all find comfort in one another.

April 18, 2007, 1:37pm • england • #15455

As the mom of a sophmore in high school who will one day watch her son leave for college to pursue his dreams, I send my prayers and sympathy to the entire Virginia Tech family. I have been overwhelemed watching students, faculty and parents speaking of the loved ones they lost in this senseless act, curious where they got the strenght to speak out. As my son begins the process of researching colleges, this mom would be proud to be the mother of a Hokie! God bless all of you and know that our family is praying for you.

Maryellen

April 18, 2007, 1:37pm • Ballston Spa, New York • #15456

Thoughts and prayers are with one and all.
We’re All Hokies.

April 18, 2007, 1:37pm • Williamsport, PA • #15457

Our Prayers are with you all. I was born in Nova Scotia ,not to far from Truro. I live in Tenn. now .I personaly do not know anyone that died.God Bless you ! GO HOKIES ! Amber

April 18, 2007, 1:37pm • Tennessee • #15458

I am deeply saddened by the events that took place this week on your campus. Your loss is great and is undeniably felt by many hearts around this nation and this world. To the families and friends who lost their loved ones, and to the students and faculty alike, my heart, and my prayers go out to you. May peace find its way to your hearts and may God be with you always.

From my Family to yours,
Katherine W. Mays

April 18, 2007, 1:37pm • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina • #15459

I dont know any one at VT, but ever since I have heard about the tragedy I can not stop thinking about it.  My heart breaks for all of you and your familes and missing loved ones I wish there was something I could do to help but all I can do is let you know you are in my heart and prayers!! And to let you know that HOKIE PRIDE will shine on and you will all be rememberd for the AMAZING and TALENTED people that you were
GOD BLESS YOU ALL
BE STONG FOR EACHOTHER!
LOVE
~*AMBER*~

April 18, 2007, 1:38pm • KANSAS CITY MO. • #15460

May God bless you and guide you in your time of sorrow, grief, anger, and confusion.  Though this cruel day will never be erased from your memories, the pain will subside.  You will probably never understand the sudden loss of life and innocence that occured at the hands of such a disturbed individual, but there is a plan bigger than any of us can see.  My hearts and prayers go out to the parents, family, and the VT community.  Be strong for each other during this horrible time.

-Lauren, East Carolina University

April 18, 2007, 1:38pm • Greenville, North Carolina • #15461

My heart and prayers go out to the victims
and their families. It still feels
unreal as the events are still unfolding. It is
my sincere hope that many years later when we look
back this tragedy we will find ourselves stronger and that the victims did not dye in vain.

Peace in heaven.

Yi Li, Harvard

April 18, 2007, 1:38pm • Boston, MA • #15462

I have no connection nor do I know anyone at VT. But I felt it important to let the families and friends know that there are millions of people from within our country and from around the world, who feel the shock and sorrow of your horrific pain.
I can only offer my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to touch your hearts with the hope of healing.

Sincerely,
Terri Robinson

April 18, 2007, 1:38pm • Longmont, Colorado • #15463

Dear Hokies,
Aquinas Institute is a Catholic High School in Rochester, NY. We are holding you in our hearts and prayers.
Love from
“The Li’l Irish”
Mary A. Bills, Campus Minister

April 18, 2007, 1:38pm • Rochester NY • #15464

We are Praying for all of you and my hope is that God will give you Peace and Healing through this horrible act.  We love all of you and the country and world mourns with you.

Jesus said, “ Here on Earth you will have many trials and sorrows.  But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 NLT

April 18, 2007, 1:38pm • Flowood, Mississippi • #15465

I attend Hollins University in Virginia, we are about 45 minutes away from VT.  Your tragedy is truly felt on out campus.  We had signs up around campus: “Today we are all Hokies.” Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, with the families of the victims and the families of the gunman.  Time will not heal your wounds but it will ease the pain.  Our love is with you.

April 18, 2007, 1:38pm • Roanoke, Virginia • #15466

I am sorry for all your pain that you have gone though in the past days. My heart goes out to all the familys and friends who have lost someone close. I pry you family and friends who have lost loved ones.
Mrs. Butler

April 18, 2007, 1:38pm • Iowa • #15467

Go Hokies!!!Every pray is for you now…
This is a thought by my family...I’ve already send my thought...but I don’t think that one thought more will ruin something...Even if I don’t know you all you will be always in my heart
Giussani’s family

April 18, 2007, 1:38pm • Italy • #15468

we’re with you VT… peace and love.
the hokie nation shall rise again. Go HOKIES!

Marion

April 18, 2007, 1:38pm • toronto, canada • #15469

This was sent to me by Christian site. I pray for strength and comfort for the families and friends of Virgina Tech School.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God...And our hop for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4,7

April 18, 2007, 1:38pm • Sherry and David Baker Lancaster, Ky • #15470

My deepest sympathy to everyone at VT and all of their family and friends.  How horrible.  May God give VT the strength and courage to carry on the great name of VT.

April 18, 2007, 1:38pm • Olney, Maryland • #15471

As a parent of a college student who will begin his teaching career this year, my heart aches for the parents and family members who are suffering through this unspeakable tragedy. Schools need to be a safe haven for learning and I worry that those days are over.

You are lifted in prayer and I know that your loss is our society’s loss.  Good kids doing good things at college, innocently attending class and doing the right thing.  Only God knows the reasons for all of this.  You are in my heart and I pray for your healing.  This is truly a reminder that each day is a gift from God.

April 18, 2007, 1:38pm • Rockford, IL • #15472

My whole heart grieves for the families and friends of the Hokies who tragically lost their lives at the school we love on April 16. I pray that God provides you the comfort that only He can.  We are thinking of you every second.

There is a magic at Virginia Tech that you cannot feel anywhere else in this world. It is unexplainable. Even in my devastation, I have never been more proud to be a Hokie than I am now. For all the people around the world that have wondered “what is a Hokie?”, you now know.

I am so proud of all of the current students who have so gracefully and bravely stood strong through this terrible time. You represent everything that every college student should strive to be.  Thank you for your strength. Your alumni are all behind you.

We will never forget our fellow Hokies who are no longer with us.  We have lost people who are very, very important- and family. We will do everything and anything to make sure the world will never forget each and every one of them.  Hokies everywhere will continue to live in a way that respects their memory and represents the wonderful place that is Virginia Tech.

Ali
Class of 2005

April 18, 2007, 1:38pm • Richmond, Virginia • #15473

As a single parent who lost her only child at age 21 i can feel the enormous pain of the parents of these young men and women killed.
Losing a child is the ultimate tragedy.
My heart goes out to them all who mourn.

April 18, 2007, 1:39pm • Arlington, MA • #15474

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you who were affected by this tragedy. No words can describe the pain you are going through, but hopefully knowing that the entire country is praying for you can give you some peace.

I’ve never gone to Virginia Tech, yet I’m a Hokie at heart now. God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 1:39pm • Huntington, WV • #15475

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, students and faculty of VA Tech at this most difficult time.  May God keep all of you safe in His arms and give you the strength to get throught the difficult days ahead.

April 18, 2007, 1:39pm • Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada • #15476

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. My brother was recently guned down for no reason at all and I know the pain you are having right now, the questions, the search for answers and the wish that you could do something different. They are all safe now, from this world of evil doers and from all the problems in this world. My heart reaches out to you all. God loves you.
Alexander

April 18, 2007, 1:39pm • LA, CA • #15477

Many years ago I had the opportunity to visit Virginia Tech for a weeklong conference. It was a wonderful experience and the sense of community was overwhelming.

My thoughts and prayers go out the victims and their families and although it will take much time I know that the community will come together and beginning healing.

April 18, 2007, 1:39pm • Marston Mills, MA • #15478

I am not a student of Virginia Tech and am not affiliated with the university.  However, this tragedy has affected not only the Virginia Tech community, but people such as myself in America and abroad.  My heart and condolences go out to all the families and friends affected by this senseless event and the Virginia Tech community.  To all those who lost their lives in this tragedy, may you Rest in Peace.  God Bless you all.

Michael D

April 18, 2007, 1:39pm • Dallas, TX • #15479

To the students, faculty, and family of Virginia Tech I am deeply sorry you have experienced such a tragedy, no one deserved to go through the horrific events of yesterday; but God knew that only Virginia Tech could handle such a loss. Virginia Tech has tremendous school pride and this event will only bring the Virginia Tech family closer. Strive to work hard, and work together. BE PROUD TO BE A HOKIE. This country is mourning with you, we love you, and we are praying for you every second. HOKIES HOKIES HOKIES HOKIES!

April 18, 2007, 1:39pm • Herndon, VA. U.S.A. • #15480

The entire VT family and community are in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you and yours during this trying time. May you find the comfort you need to make it through. God Bless each and everyone of you!
Love & Prayers to all!

April 18, 2007, 1:39pm • Edwardsville, Illinois • #15481

What a shocking tragedy.  As part of the greater connection of university students around the world, and what an incredible connection thatis, I send my heartfelt condolences.  And as a mother of a small child, I can only hope that we, those who are on the journey of further study and contemplation, can affect change in the lives of our own children.  I don’t think things need to get any worse before they can get better.  When will we say enough is enough?
Hasn’t there been enough pain and violation of trust?
J Sumerta and family
student-University of Waterloo

April 18, 2007, 1:39pm • Waterloo, Canada • #15482

It was with shock and horror that we watched the events of April 16, 2007 unfold at Virginia Tech.  Our prayers and deepest sympathy go out to the families and friends who have lost loved ones and to a school who has suffered such a devastating blow.  Be patient with and love each other.  Our prayer is that, in time, you will rise and overcome and not be left in this ugly shadow.

April 18, 2007, 1:39pm • British Columbia, Canada • #15483

may god give everyone the strengh during this very hard.sorry for you loss.god bless everyone.

April 18, 2007, 1:39pm • california • #15484

My thoughts and prayers are with all Virginia Tech students, family members, and friends.  I am a student at Northern Virginia Community College in Woodbridge, Virginia.

I am extremely saddened by Monday’s events.  The Virginia Tech family will continue and be even stronger in the future.

Go Hokies!!!

April 18, 2007, 1:39pm • Woodbridge, Virginia • #15485

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at Virginia Tech.

April 18, 2007, 1:40pm • Magnolia, DE • #15486

My family would like to send our condolences.  Are hearts and prayers are with you.  Be strong.
The Walker Family

April 18, 2007, 1:40pm • Thomaston, CT • #15487

We would like to express our deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this tragedy.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hokie Family.

Ron and Erin Gulch

April 18, 2007, 1:40pm • East Grand Rapids, Michigan • #15488

I feel very sorry for what your are suffering in this moments, belive me when I say thay it is a pain that has arrived us all over the world, you´re always going to be in our prayers and thoughts

Abreu´s Family

April 18, 2007, 1:40pm • Caracas-Venezuela 01:39 p.m. 04/18/06 • #15489

My deepest and most sincere sympathy goes out to the entire VT family.  My heart is very heavy for all of you.  As I see all the faces and profiles of the deceased, it just brings me to tears.  Such beautiful people lost to a senseless act of violence.

I hope and pray that as the days go by you will begin to find more peace and comfort, and know that God will take care of each person lost and welcome them to heaven.

God Bless you all - Michelle (fellow Virginian)

April 18, 2007, 1:40pm • Renton, WA • #15490

To all Virginia Tech Students Faculty and Staff Family Members belonging to the students,
My name is Lorraine and I live in Panama City FL. and I am very sorry about the accident. I have prayed and prayed for yall every night when i go to sleep. It hurts me everytime I think about the lovin caring and intelegent people that had to loose their life over some idot. I am very sorry and yall will always be in my heart and prayers. With Lots Of Love
LORRAINE HILL

April 18, 2007, 1:40pm • PANAMA CITY FL. • #15491

Dear Virginia Tech Family,

May God give you peace during this time of mourning.  I pray that the horrors of Monday be eased by the memories of joyful moments shared with one another before the tragedy hit.

I pray that God gives comfort to each and every one of you as you face the days ahead.

I admire how your community has handled this.  I know that the media and others have questioned how your administration and police handled this, but as I listened to the news, I could only admire the pure love that these people obviously have for every member of your community, and I pray that they find peace in the days ahead.

As you move forward in life, know that you do so with the love, prayers and admiration of millions.  The courage shown by those involved astounds me.  The courage and strength of the survivors, whether in those rooms with the gunman, or picking up pieces afterwards astounds me. You are all heros.

Sky

April 18, 2007, 1:40pm • Lubbock, TX • #15492

There is something special about the college experience.  It is timeless, and even though I went to a different college, 3000 miles away, two decades ago, I feel the sense of shock and loss.  Please know that you are not alone; many people like me are lifting all of you up in our prayers, and are with you in spirit.  We care about all of you.  Your school spirit and perseverence will help carry you through this.  We are all Hokies with you this week.

Respectfully;
Michael C. Carlson
Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma WA)
Class of 1983

April 18, 2007, 1:40pm • Sacramento, CA • #15493

I don’t think there is anything that anyone could do or say that would ease the pain of these tragic events. I can only imagine the unbearable pain that the family and friends of these victims feel. Just know that the whole world is praying for you now and try and take comfort in that. May God be with you all.
Carmen

April 18, 2007, 1:40pm • Barnesville, MN • #15494

Deepest good wishes to all who suffered by this horrible tragedy. America must seek a way to stop this intermittant slaughter of its students considering this type of event is almost unique to the USA ...

April 18, 2007, 1:40pm • Ireland • #15495

Over Mountains Over Trees Over Oceans Over Seas I’ll be there

In a whisper on the wind On the smile of a new friend Just think of me And I’ll be there

Don’t be afraid, oh my love I’ll be watching you from above And I’d give all the world tonight, To be with you Because I’m on your side, And I still care I may have died, But I’ve gone nowhere

Just think of me, And I’ll be there

On the edge of a waking dream Over Rivers Over Streams Through Wind and Rain I’ll be there

Across the wide and open sky Thousands of miles I’d fly To be with you I’ll be there

Don’t be afraid, oh my love I’ll be watching you from above And I’d give all the world tonight, To be with you Because I’m on your side, And I still care I may have died, But I’ve gone nowhere

Just think of me, And I’ll be there

In the breath of a wind that sighs Oh, there’s no need to cry

Just think of me, And I’ll be there

April 18, 2007, 1:40pm • Winchester, Va • #15496