Condolences, April 18, 2007

Dear Virigina Tech family,

I am deeply saddened by the massacre at your school and the innocent lives lost.  I hope that you know a nation mourns with you.  These victims were killed by hatred and a culture of violence in our society.  If any good can come from this tragedy, the U.S. must come to terms with the fact that there are too many guns easily available and the glorification and glamorization of violence.  Once we as a society teach tolerance and peaceful resolution of disputes, the senseless killings will be avoided. I pray that you and your families will find peace and solace through this difficult time.  God bless you and your families.

April 18, 2007, 1:47pm • Bronx, NY • #15597

i am very sorry for all you have lost.

April 18, 2007, 1:47pm • schenectady NY • #15598

I would like to express my condolences to the entire VT “Hokie” community, faculty, staff, students, victim’s, families, and survivors.
Oklahoma grieves with you, as a college student myself I cannot begin to fathom the sorrow that you are experiencing. Please know that the nation is feeling great disbelief and sorrow as well. We stand behind you. “Today, we ar all Hokies!”

April 18, 2007, 1:47pm • OKC, Oklahoma • #15599

I have never been more proud to be a part of anything in my life. Hokies are a family, a lifestyle, and a pride. God bless the families. Stay strong. Go Hokies.

April 18, 2007, 1:47pm • Ashland, Va • #15600

Such a senseless tragedy! We shouldn’t allow our hearts to be filled with hate but should ask God for strength and understanding.  Our prayers are with the victim’s families and friends.

Mellon family

April 18, 2007, 1:47pm • Montreal, Quebec, Canada • #15601

My thoughts are with all the families of the victims, and the students suffering devistation. Hang in there, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You wont forget but you will overcome the pain.

Nicole

April 18, 2007, 1:47pm • Las Vegas, NV • #15602

We are all deeply shocked and saddened by the shootings at Virginia Tech. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this tragic time of great sadness and loss. Take care.

Yohan Ferreira

April 18, 2007, 1:47pm • Kelaniya, Sri Lanka • #15603

Love, Light and blessings to all the victims, their families and the Virginia Tech Community for the highest good of all concerned. God be with you.

April 18, 2007, 1:47pm • Sherman Oaks, CA • #15604

Virginia Tech was my home for 4 years, and I cherish those years.  I am truly heartsick for students and professors there now, and for the families and friends of the victims. While I live far away now, my heart is right there in Blacksburg with all of you. I am sending my most heartfelt sympathies, and wishes for healing and strength to the Tech community. 
Kelley Schoger ‘97

April 18, 2007, 1:48pm • British Virgin Islands • #15605

To all of you Hokies out there new and old.
I just wanted to say to everyone around you that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. This horrid event was something that will be engrained in my mind for the rest of my years, our generation has lived through some terrible things but this certainly is a top event in my mind and heart. I know the Hokies are tough and can make it through anything!
The VT staff and student body will be in my thoughts and prayers always.
Hollie Soutter

April 18, 2007, 1:48pm • Madison, Virginia USA • #15606

When the news first broke about this horrifying event, my first thoughts went straight to my friends attending VTech.  No one ever thinks that something like this could happen, or have such an impact on our lives.  This tragic day hit close to home for me because I, along with many others, lost a friend that morning.  I know I speak for all of my school when I say, Longwood University is deeply and truely sorry for what happened, and when Friday comes we will all be Hokies and show our support for Virginia Tech.  Be safe VTech, I know you will all pull through this in the end, and you will all be alright again.  Love you all.
Lancer Love to Hokie Love.
“I wont look back to regret yesterday...Were not handed tomorrow so i’ll live for today” -3 doors down

April 18, 2007, 1:48pm • Farmville, VA • #15607

For the families & the VT community, are thoughts & prayers are with you - you’re in our hearts forever! We love you!

Keri Hyldahl & Family

April 18, 2007, 1:48pm • Arlington, WA • #15608

When the sun points out in the morning
All spirits are ready to action
remember good things to do by thinking
Not always keeping in mind abomination

Seek for peace for everybody
don’t lose confidence
May God be with all lying bodies
Pray for mercy from God’s guidance

Rest in peace all my friends
Be in peace all Virginia Tech
Let’s make a peace like grounds
Rest in peace together with Wake Tech

Yours,
J K
in Wake Tech Community College

April 18, 2007, 1:48pm • Raleigh,NC • #15609

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at Virginia Tech.  Know that God will help to heal the tremendous hurting everyone is feeling.  It’s very difficult to comprehend something like this happening anywhere, let alone here in the U.S...Thinking and praying for you all..

April 18, 2007, 1:48pm • Elberfton, Georgia • #15610

My prayers and condolescences to all of the Hokie family from a SIU Saluki friend in Carbondale.
M. Crothers

April 18, 2007, 1:48pm • Carbondale, Illinois • #15611

My heart aches for the victims and their families. My prayers and thoughts for the students/staff at Virginia Tech.

Sincerely,

C. Uzarraga
Student
NEIU

April 18, 2007, 1:48pm • Chicago, IL • #15612

FOCUS

In the quietness of the night,
God transcends a Spiritual Sight,
My eyelids so softly meet,
I then vision myself at his feet.
Father I want to do your will,
but the Battle seems all up hill.

Continue to have faith in me,
I will surely set you free.
“I AM THAT I AM” keep in your heart,
Worldly ways will never tear us apart.
Confusion and pain are not my way,
Keep my word and daily pray.
This hill, I promise you, will surely go away.

April 18, 2007, 1:48pm • Baltimore, Maryland • #15613

I am deeply saddend by what happend at V.Tech. My heart breaks for those who lost loved ones. You all are always in my prayers.

Stacy O., Graduate Student, University of Central Oklahoma

April 18, 2007, 1:48pm • Edmond, OK • #15614

Throughout this tragedy of proportions I can hardly fathom, Virginia Tech is showing the entire world how to handle such horror with grace, strength and dignity.  Thank you for showing the rest of us how to see this through, and the opportunity to show our heartfelt support for all of you in this time of sorrow.  Go Hokies!!

April 18, 2007, 1:48pm • New Carrollton, MD • #15615

I feel really bad for your loss and the pain you all feel.

A horrible act at the hands of a coward.

Prayers to you all.

Semper Fidelis!

Arthur Cruz
UT-San Antonio

April 18, 2007, 1:48pm • Spring, TX • #15616

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and the VT community.  May they rest in peace.

Wanda, Sherry & Jamie

April 18, 2007, 1:48pm • Coral Springs, Florida • #15617

My heart goes out to you in this time of tragedy.  Know that you are not mourning alone, you are not crying alone, and you are not hurting alone- we are all there with you in spirit.  My thoughts and prayers are with those of you who have lost friends and family and for those who are anxiously waiting alongside your loved ones in the hospital.  To the entire VT community, your strength is remarkable.  I’m sure those who have passed on are proud of the way you are memorializing and remembering them.  I know that I am extremely proud of you.

Weeping may endure for a night, but JOY cometh in the morning. 

Be strong, God is sustaining and carrying us through this storm.  God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 1:48pm • Sicklerville, NJ • #15618

Salve. Mi chiamo Francesco, ho 17 anni e sono di Roma.

Voglio esprimere la mia solidarietà e vicinanza per la tragedia che ha colpito il vostro college, e a tutti gli studenti, dire di continuare a credere in voi, nelle vostre ambizioni, nei vostri sogni…

Siete Grandi!

Grazie

Francesco Orefice

April 18, 2007, 1:48pm • Roma, Italia • #15619

As a mother it is so hard to imagine the pain these parents are going thru. I myself feel sad, angry, and have alot of what if’s. I pray for all of the families who have lost a loved one and for the students who have to return to Norris Hall next year.
Hugs sent from Indiana,
The Hunsicker family

April 18, 2007, 1:48pm • Plainfield, Indiana • #15620

To each and everyone of you @ VT and in the community, you all are in my thoughts and prayers! My sincere condolences to the victims, families of the victims, families of the students/faculty that are recovering, and to all of the students and faculty/staff of Virginia Tech and it’s community. May God bless each and everyone of you!

April 18, 2007, 1:48pm • #15621

May the good Lord strengthen each of us during this horrible tragedy.  My prayers are with the faculty, students, friends and family of the deceased. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

April 18, 2007, 1:48pm • Chicago, Illinois • #15622

we are french people who have thoughts about the victims and their families

April 18, 2007, 1:49pm • Lyon, France • #15623

We are all very shocked by this act of violence beyond words…

May this be a point of healing, understanding and unity for your concerned families and your community…

As well as serve as a reminder of society’s many flaws that need changing.

In the end, let us not forget the victims of this event and in keeping their memories alive, let us change this world!!!

Suzanne Delorme

April 18, 2007, 1:49pm • Verdun, Quebec, Canada • #15624

To All of you at Virginia Tech:

The British people have learned with horror the events which have taken place at your university. We are praying for all of you, your families, friends and loved ones. We in England will never forget you and pray that the memories of your friends and family members lost in this tragedy will ease the pain. May God Bless you, the students, faculty members, law enforcement and medical personnel and the people of Virginia.

April 18, 2007, 1:49pm • Windsor, England • #15625

To all Hokies,
I just want to express my deepest condolences to all the students and staff that were effected by the senceless acts of Monday. I have been brought up the VTech way, I call it, through 4-H and being a native to Virginia. This event really hit close to home from me and I’m sure it hit even closer to all of ya’ll down there. I just want you to know that EVERYONE is in my thoughts and prayers through this time of struggle and all of Madison County is taking this hard. So to all the Hokies from all over the world, you just remember that we are praying for you and hope for the best.
God Bless all and Lets Go Hokies!
-Jessica Davis
MadCo Virginia

April 18, 2007, 1:49pm • Madison, Virginia • #15626

I speak for my entire college community when I offer my condolences for this unspeakable tragedy.
The bond between friends in a residence and classroom setting is so strong that I can not begin to imagine your loss.
Be strong, stay together. We all wish that we could take some of the pain off your shoulders.
Maybe things like this wouldn’t happen if we’d all just realize that we’re never alone…
Peace, Love and Hope
Hilary C.

April 18, 2007, 1:49pm • St. Clair College Windsor, Ontario Canada • #15627

I said a prayer today for all at Virginia Tech grieving and asking the anguished questions about life, death and the meaning of human activities here on earth.  May God show you in abundance, great comfort and the will and hope to move forward in triumph and strength.  May you find faith where before there was none.
I graduated from a technical school here in Canada last year and it hits close to home.  Prayers and thoughts are with you dear folks at Virginia Tech.
GOD BLESS THE USA.  We love you.

Esther Venketeswaran

April 18, 2007, 1:49pm • Beamsville, Ontario Canada • #15628

My sister attends Virginia Tech...my wife attended Virginia Tech...I learned to embrace lifes ups and downs during my time at Virginia Tech.

Hokies and non-Hokies alike share sorrow and hope surrounding this terrible tragedy.  We must all work to pick each other up over the coming weeks.  I look forward to seeing most of you in May.

-Sean Berry (ISE, class of 2003)

April 18, 2007, 1:49pm • Ashburn, VA • #15629

My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone at vt,and every one who passed:family and freinds.
MAY GOD BE WITH ALL OF YOU.

April 18, 2007, 1:49pm • BALTIMORE,MARYLAND • #15630

My condolence to all who are suffering in this moment of great tradgedy. May god help you heal quickly and overcome the sorrow days that follow.
God Bless

Saint Peter’s College Jersey City New Jersey

April 18, 2007, 1:49pm • Pembroke Pines, FLorida • #15631

My heartfelt deepest condolences to the family and friends of the innocent students who lost their lives to a meaningless violent incident.

Jayasimhan Kadambi

April 18, 2007, 1:49pm • Marshall, MN, USA • #15632

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 appropriately reminded everyone, “Go Hokies!” Godspeed,
Bryan Carter

April 18, 2007, 1:49pm • Rocky Mount, NC 27804 • #15633

its far away but yet so close
my wife and i are so shocked and sad about the things that happen over and over again
when is it enough?
our thoughts go out to all the victims and family of april 16th
we hope that we all can find the strenght to get trough these days

April 18, 2007, 1:49pm • ijsselstein, the Netherlands • #15634

I attended Virginia Tech from 1973-1976, and the thing that I remember most about VT is the family environment. As I listen to today’s students at VT on the news, they are expressing that same feeling. With God’s help, the Hokie Nation, and all the prayers that are going up, you’ll get through this. I am hurt by this tragedy as much as anyone else. We must look to God and depend on Him to get us through this. 

In Christ, Leon B.

April 18, 2007, 1:49pm • Ruckersville, Va. • #15635

I can not but imagine the emmotional grief and pains those who lost loved ones,family friends or relatives are passing through at this point in time.May the almighty God give every member of Virginia Tech the fortitude and divine grace to bear this sudden and irreparable loss.
May God Almghty be with us all Amen.

April 18, 2007, 1:49pm • Ota,Ogun state,Nigeria. • #15636

My deepest condolences to the entire Virgina Tech community and especially to the families who lost loved ones on that tragic day.  You will be in our hearts and prayers for a long time to come.

Angie Vasquez
NMSU-Las Cruces

April 18, 2007, 1:49pm • Las Cruces, NM USA • #15637

My condolences to the families that lost their loved ones. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. God will help to ease the pain.

Samira W.
April 18, Dominican Republic

April 18, 2007, 1:49pm • Dominican Republic • #15638

The days to come will be very long and hard to get through, but with the strength and love that the Virginia Tech community share may each day of passing become easier as you hold on to the memories of the loved ones you have lost in this horrible tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 1:50pm • Burtonsville, MD • #15639

The HOKIES will prevail…

- Virginia Tech alum 06’

April 18, 2007, 1:50pm • Ramsey, NJ • #15640

My thoughts, prayers, and love go out to all affected by this tragedy.  May God give you strength and peace this day and always.

Anne Lane Witt, UVA ‘97

April 18, 2007, 1:50pm • Richmond, VA • #15641

To all of you at virginia Tech,i,m sorry for the lost of your fellow classmates,friends and family.I do not know what to say other then you all are in my thoughts and prayers as you go though the griving process.You all will always be in my heart in prays.may god bless each and everyone of you.

April 18, 2007, 1:50pm • pottstown pa • #15642

To the family and friends of those who died. No one can image the pain that you are going thru. To lose someone so young and vibrant is a shame but to lose them in violence it breaks our hearts. My family wishes you our condolences we have lost our 28 year old son to HCM (heart attack)this last year but it doesn’t compare to your loss at any means. Just remember God closes some doors to open others.  He must have needed some special angels. They are in a better place. We will be with them again.

April 18, 2007, 1:50pm • Seymour, IN USA • #15643

My profound sympathies extend to the victims and their loved ones. 

Myself and all the other alumni I have spoken with have been crushed by this devastating event and have a huge desire to be there right now, both physically at VT, and emotionally for the rest of the VT community.

Stay strong!

Tim Rankin
VT Class of 89

April 18, 2007, 1:50pm • Sterling, Virginia • #15644

We are deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic loss of so many bright young lives. Our Pastor did Engineering at VT and we were in Virginia last year, so although you are far away, you are close to our hearts.

May you find comfort in God, our Saviour.

love and prayers, Mark, Jacqui, Lauren, Natalie and Callum Wallace.

April 18, 2007, 1:50pm • Portsmouth. England. • #15645

Words seem inadequate at this moment, but time does heal all wounds.  The bible teaches there is a time and a season for all things and we must remember that the joy of the Lord IS our strength.  The families, friends, faculty, staff at Virginia Tech, and the entire community are in my prayers for strength and healing.  AND we must not forget to lift up Cho’s family in prayer for they are also going through the same grief and agony.

April 18, 2007, 1:50pm • Benton, Louisiana • #15646