Condolences, April 18, 2007

To all those lost in the shooting:  May you find peace in your new dwelling.  No longer will you have to fear or hurt or cry.  My thoughts are with you, your family, and your friends.

To all those injured and those who have suffered a loss:  May your wounds be healed quickly, may your pain not lead to hatred and revenge, and may you live your lives in honor of those who were lost.  May you find comfort in knowing that your loved ones are no longer in any pain and are watching over you.

May you all know you are not forgotten.  Each of you are in my thoughts this week and in weeks to come.  God bless VT.

~Eastern Kentucky University student

April 18, 2007, 1:43pm • Kentucky, USA • #15547

I am a 22 year old university student in Malaysia. Your tragic lost is being felt all over the world.. even in Malaysia, half a world away..

In most of the universities here there are ceremonies to remember those who lost their lives..

Although we are of different cultures and faiths, we share a common thing; humanity.

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

With prayers,
Izad Iskandar

April 18, 2007, 1:43pm • Malaysia • #15548

Although I am not from the Virginia area, I am deeply saddened by all that has happened.  As a student at California State Polytechnic University, this tragedy affects all of us because we do share a common goal as present day students, and future prospects of America.  We are all praying for the victims, their family and friends here with deep and sorrowful sympathy that everyone shares at this moment.

April 18, 2007, 1:43pm • Pomona, California • #15549

I am truly saddened by the ordeal your school has been through. Please know that I am praying for all of you.

Come, ye disconsolate, where’er ye languish…
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel;
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that Heav’n cannot heal.

April 18, 2007, 1:44pm • Paducah, KY • #15550

How can I even begin to share? How have we, as a people, come to where we are? I am out of words. Shock and sadness is something we all share right now. I can only offer my thought to families and friends who were affected by this unfortunate tragedy. We, as a people, are all affected with you. And, I hope, that we all share the strength to go through such difficult times. We are VT.

April 18, 2007, 1:44pm • Folsom, California • #15551

Words cannot express the sadness felt across the miles. God Bless all of you. Your strength is an inspiration.

April 18, 2007, 1:44pm • Conshohocken,PA,USA • #15552

YOU ALL BE STRONG FOR EACH OTHER, & TURN EVERYTHING OVER TO GOD & HE WILL TAKE CARE
OF THE PAIN & SUFFERING
GOD BLESS

April 18, 2007, 1:44pm • ORANGE BEACH ALABAMA USA • #15553

God Bless all VT students, staff, parents, and community members in Blacksburg.  Out thoughts and prayers go out to ya’ll.  Our condolences to all the parents, brothers, sisters, friends and classmates of those that lost their lives.
~Sallie~

April 18, 2007, 1:44pm • Nebraska/alumni of WVU; Marshall U '65; '69 • #15554

sincères condoléances à toutes les familles, aux amis, à toute l’Amérique

April 18, 2007, 1:44pm • Martinique/ French antilles • #15555

Dearest Hokies,

Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to you and your’s at this time of loss.  Today we are truly a “Hokie Nation!”

Our communities are intertwined and connected in many ways.  Our hearts bleed for you at your time of pain.  While we have been ardent rivals over the years, we cherish our rivalry cause it makes each of us better.  In the end, we are ALL Virginians. 

Know that we stand by your side, as friends and fellow students, eagerly awaiting your return to the field of competition. 

Rest easy, we have this watch.

“Hoos for Hokies!”

Dan
UVa ‘08

April 18, 2007, 1:44pm • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA • #15556

i send my condolences out to the families that lost loved ones, and i alsso send my condolences to the families that are lucky to have there childeren home. My heart breaks for thoes who lost there life and the one who were badly injurgred, some may never walk, some may be parallized what ever the case my be. What happed on Monday of April 2007 should have never happened. I send you my prayers and love.

April 18, 2007, 1:44pm • Bridgewater, VA • #15557

Our prayers and thoughts are with the victims,families,friends and the entire “HOKIE"family.
May God bless you with strength and courage to help you through this terrible ordeal.

Ralpy,Liz & Family

April 18, 2007, 1:44pm • Toronto , Canada • #15558

My thoughts and prayers are with your students, faculty, staff, parents, families.  May our Lord bless and keep each of you in the palm of His hand.

April 18, 2007, 1:44pm • Baytown, TX • #15559

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone effected by this tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 1:44pm • Williamsburg, Virginia • #15560

To the families, friends & facility of Virginia Tech,

I am so sorry……my condolences to all of you.  My heart and prayers go to the students & facility that have been taken from you.

Even though thousands of miles separate us, you are all in our prayers here in Nova Scotia.

April 18, 2007, 1:44pm • Dartmouth, NS Canada • #15561

Our support and prayers to all relatives and friends of victims. Marcela M. Irigoyen and family

April 18, 2007, 1:44pm • Mar del Plata • #15562

Your courage during this tragic event is an inspiration to us all and continues to make us proud to say we are Hokies.  Our condolences to all in this time of pain.  ‘85 Alum

April 18, 2007, 1:44pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #15563

Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this time of tragedy. In this very difficult time, know that your loss is shared by the entire nation.  God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 1:44pm • Torrington, CT • #15564

We can’t imagine what all of you must be going through...our hearts ache for such a senseless and unbelieveable act.
May God watch over each and eveyone of you, as our Nation mourns for your loss.
Our deepest Condolences to all the families who lost loved ones.

The Cervantes’ Family
Whittier, California

April 18, 2007, 1:45pm • Whittier, CA USA • #15565

To all Students, Staff and Families and Friends, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, from all over the World.  Of my own 3 children, I have two daughters your ages 20 and almost 22 (one is a University of Westminster, (London) Student herself), and I am a part time University of Sussex Student here in England.  We will light candles this side of the Atlantic and carry on thinking of you all.  Good luck for the future (when you can think, again of a future), and make the most of it.  Think and speak often of your friends and of the happier memories and may you all draw strength from each other. Our thoughts are with you. Mary Funnell & Family xx

April 18, 2007, 1:45pm • Brighton, East Sussex, England, Europe. • #15566

This poem was printed in my older brother’s high school year book (in 1980) when a classmate was killed in a car accident. A friend of mine and her family used it in the memorial service when her brother died. It has brought comfort to me many times when I miss loved ones who have passed.  I hope that those hurting by this tragedy find comfort in it as well.
When I Must Leave You
~ Helen Steiner Rice ~
When I must leave you
For a little while,
Please do not grieve
And shed wild tears
And hug your sorrow
To you through the years.
But start out bravely
With a gallant smile,
And for my sake
And in my name,
Live on and do
All the things the same.
Feed not your loneliness
On empty days,
But fill each waking hour
In useful ways.
Reach out your hand in comfort and cheer,
And I, in turn, will comfort you
And hold you near.
And never, never
Be afraid to die,
For I am waiting for you
In the sky.

April 18, 2007, 1:45pm • Trussville Alabama • #15567

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

April 18, 2007, 1:45pm • Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisian • #15568

No one human word can make the pain go away. But as a group we can all hold hands and look to the Lord for comfort. Please know that we are all holding your hands through this tragic event.

April 18, 2007, 1:45pm • Lake Kiowa, Texas • #15569

I wish to send condolences out to the Families, Friends and students who have lost a loved one.

Thinking of you at this sad time.

Kelly

April 18, 2007, 1:45pm • United Kingdom • #15570

I will never understand what terrible evil must possess a person to commit such heinous crimes as these. I cannot even comprehend the unspeakable grief the families and college community are feeling right now. A person can’t help but be deeply saddened by this terrible event, even without a direct connection to your community. My thoughts and prayers, and those of my family, are with you all in this time of sorrow.  May God Bless You and Hold You in the Palm of His Hand, Christine Bourseau

April 18, 2007, 1:45pm • Hoffman Estates, IL • #15571

From the moment I heard about this horrific tragedy I have been in a saddened state. My heart goes out to all of the family and friends that have been affected by this awful event. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!!!

Jess

April 18, 2007, 1:45pm • Beverly, Mass • #15572

Thousands and thousands and thousancs of hearts lie broken across our country...and mine is one of them.

Judy Bowns
Theatre Arts and Dance Resource Teacher
Fairfax County Public Schools

April 18, 2007, 1:45pm • Virginia • #15573

As an alumna of the University of Iowa, I would like to share my profoundest sympathies to the entire VT community and to the families of all those who were affected by this horrible tragedy. Our community was affected by a much smaller yet similar tragedy in 1991. It was devastating for the entire community, as I am sure you all know!

The whole world is watching VT as you go through this horrible ordeal with amazing courage, grace and strength. You are all a source of inspiration for people everywhere.

I send the entire Blacksburg community and the VT campus my profoundest sympathies and my prayers are with each and everyone of you.

God bless you all!

Susan K. Beal

April 18, 2007, 1:45pm • Temple, Texas • #15574

To all of the Students, Facilty Members, Parents and Community;
Our heart goes out to all of you at this terrible time in your lives. There are no words to describe the way we feel about this tragedy. We have cried with you and for you.  Our prayers and thoughts are with you now and always.  God is now with your loved ones so please remember this as it should be some comfort.  We are very proud of the strength you have all shown. Bless you all and remember that the whole world is praying for you.
May peace be with you,
Brian and Lisa Conrad

April 18, 2007, 1:45pm • Kankakee, Illinois • #15575

To all the students and family of the victims, I would like to express my sincerest condolences.

I really share your sorrow. The cousin of my best friend have been killed at “Polytechnique” in 1989, I know very well how hard it is to go trough such a grief.

Be strong, be united.

Julie-Catherine Côté

April 18, 2007, 1:45pm • Montréal, Canada • #15576

I would like to express my condolences to the students, staff, and families of everyone involved in the horrific tragedy. My prayers are with you always.

April 18, 2007, 1:45pm • Louisburg, NC • #15577

I don’t have the words to describe what I feel. I was in New York City on 9/11. That was a day that changed all our lives. April 16th was another day that changed all our lives. Even if we were far away on that day and knew little about Viginia Tech.

I’m older, 50 now, and it seems like yesterday that I walked around my college campus with the ussual uncertainties of life and the future. But we never imagined anything like this could happen to us.

All of you students have shown the country, and the world, that you can overcome any adversity and move forward.

To the family and friends of the victims, words are only a small comfort and sometimes may seem meaningless. But know that the entire nation grieves with you. As I sit comfortably in front of my TV watching this unfold with the media struggling to fill air-time and attempt to nail that exclusive, and armchair quarterbacks looking to point fingers at everyone except the shooter, I am thinking about what it must be like as you wait to see your loved one one last time and make the necessary arrangements and figure out how you will move past these days. Know that there are many that wish they could help, even if in some small way.

Joe..

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April 18, 2007, 1:45pm • Newburgh, NY USA • #15578

I pray to God for those victims’ families and friends, and send my deepest condolence.

I was a freshman, and I was running to my 8:30 class thru the Drillfield in frigid cold winter every morning in late ‘97.
Only the hokies know what it is like to “enter” that “field” on a December morning.

Although I only stayed as a hokie for just 1 year, I am always a hokie and I will always be.
I know all of you hokies are grieving about this tragedy. But I know we all share that “hokie” spirit, and we can encourage our young brhthers and sisters in Virginia Tech to get back onto normal colleage life that they supposed to enjoy.

I know you guys and girls are strong.

God Bless all of you

April 18, 2007, 1:46pm • A hokie in Bangkok, Thailand • #15579

We are greiving with you and will help you overcome. You are in our constant thoughts and prayers.

Thacker Family

April 18, 2007, 1:46pm • Bumpass, Virginia UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! • #15580

I extend my heartfelt and tremendous condolences to the bereave families. I pray that God will grant them strength and courage in this time of sorry.

April 18, 2007, 1:46pm • Frank Darkannah, Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, N • #15581

Words can never express our sincere concern for you, your friends, and your family members… Even though we are not there to share a physical hug, please know that our prayers will reach across the miles. Here in Tampa, we are thinking about you all and praying for your strength and healing.

“Weeping May Endure for a Night, But JOY will come in the morning.”

***Take time to cry and reflect on the beautiful memories for they will be missed but NEVER forgotten***

In Him,
Tosha Johnson
Undergraduate Student - University of South Florida
ajohns28@mail.usf.edu

April 18, 2007, 1:46pm • Tampa, Florida • #15582

Wow.  What can I say… This is such an unfortunate event that took place in a great, peaceful town.  I traveled there this past fall for the first time for the VT vs. Clemson game, and my buddy and I were blown away at how friendly and welcoming the VT people were.  It’s amazing how a regular Monday morning can become tragic in the blink of an eye due to one lost individual.  My thoughts and prayers will remain with your community for a long, long time. 

With my deepest sympathy,
-T.H.

April 18, 2007, 1:46pm • Flo, SC • #15583

"Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night (day), and give your angels charge over those who sleep.  Tend the sick, Lord Christ, give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake.  Amen.” (The Book of Common Prayer p. 134)

April 18, 2007, 1:46pm • Muncie IN • #15584

To all the Hokies! I am very sorry for what you have gone through and will continue to go through. My family and myself are grieving with you all. Even though those who have gone before us, those WILL NOT be forgotten. They still live in all your hearts and minds. As they and you will ours. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you all. God is watching and caring for those who died that terrible day as well as you all. I LOVE VIRGINIA TECH!!!!!!

Natasha L. Bullins
E-Mail- natashadarrenb03@earthlink.net

April 18, 2007, 1:46pm • Laurel Fork, VIrginia Carroll County • #15585

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at VT. Having worked down the road at JMU for over 20 years, we know how each person is suffering: faculty, students, staff and you will not be forgotten.
We praise your President, the school police and all others who did make the decisions early that dreadful morning...never imagining that the results would be so tragic.
May God bless you...each and every one.
The Yarber’s

April 18, 2007, 1:46pm • Linden, TN • #15586

You will prevail

you are Virginia Tech

Mark Shields

April 18, 2007, 1:46pm • #15587

MY PRAYERS GOES OUT TO YOU ALL THAT LOST A LOVE ONE...MAY GOD BE WITH YOU!!

April 18, 2007, 1:46pm • BRIDGEPORT, CT HELEN • #15588

Words can’t express how much I feel for your loss. The Hokie Community is a strong one, and there’s no doubt in my mind that your strength will overcome this terrible tragedy. God bless all of you down there, my heart and prayers go out to you.

Karen P

April 18, 2007, 1:46pm • New York, NY • #15589

I am a Proud Hokie of years past and I know what its like to be a Hokie.I also know me or no one else would have ever imagined this could happen in Blacksburg at our Wonderful University but it did and the Hokie spirit and family will pull together and you will see what a Hokie is made of. But just the same lets all support them with our thoughts and prayers.
Paul Duncan

April 18, 2007, 1:46pm • Virginia Beach,Virginia. • #15590

I just wanted to let you all know that, even though we might only imagine how desperate you might feel, we share your pain. As a human being, but I think mostly as a student I feel this tragedy as mine. We are the future, we are the ones about to take on our shoulders our society and we must always remember that we can change things if we want, but violence is not the right answer.
I will think of you every day, you and all the students of the world will be my class mates
Emanuela

April 18, 2007, 1:46pm • Milano, Italy • #15591

my condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the shooting. Sending all at VT my prayers

April 18, 2007, 1:47pm • waukee iowa • #15592

As an English instructor at a community college in North Carolina, I was deeply saddened and shocked by the events of April 16th. My heart goes out to all those who suffered loss of loved ones or friends. Like Nikkie Giovanni so approprately reminded everyone, “Go Hokies!” Godspeed,
Bryan Carter

April 18, 2007, 1:47pm • Rocky Mount, NC 27804 • #15593

Dear Lord,

We pray today for the families of those students and faculty members taken too soon in the Virginia Tech Massacre. 
We do not ask that their hearts be healed just yet, as they must bear some of this in order to eventually heal. 
But, please dear Lord, hold them tight enough
so that this horrible burden somehow seems lightened to them. And then, in time, heal them of this wound that right now seems like it will never heal.
For those souls whose lives were ended at the hand of another, we pray that your merciful hand will welcome them into your kingdom.
For those injured in the attack, both physically and emotionally, we pray your grace will comfort them.
And, yes, Lord, you tell us to pray for the one who caused all this--- the one who hurt so badly that all reason left him. We ask for your comfort upon his family at this time as well.
We pray for peace in our community,
in our country,
in our world.

Amen

April 18, 2007, 1:47pm • Cincinnati, Ohio • #15594

Our deepest condolences for all Virgina Tech. students,faculty,friends and family...You guys are in our thoughts and prayers...May God Bless You…

April 18, 2007, 1:47pm • Bronx, NY • #15595

This morning I prayed for you, us and everyone involved. I have a VT memorial ribbon on my desk and as coworkers ask if I knew someone involved my response is “No”. However that doesn’t mean I wasn’t affected by this tragedy. God Bless all and let us strive for peace among neighbors.

Katie Dugan

April 18, 2007, 1:47pm • Bensalem, PA • #15596