Condolences, April 18, 2007

As a school nurse and mom I am extremely saddened and horrified that such actions could occur. I am now more aware than ever that life is so fragile, it sickens me that so many lives were taken by a fellow human being.  I am thinking of and praying for each person affected by the horrible events that took place on Monday.  Please do not let anger or hatred consume you.  To truly and completely heal one must be able to forgive.  I am praying that OUR FATHER will be near those that are hurting and that He will help with the healing of the VT students and staff.  C.Brookshire

April 18, 2007, 1:53pm • Calhoun, GA • #15697

For those that have only heard of Virginia Tech for the 1st time, I hope they don’t carry this event as their memory for the great “Hokie Nation”.  For someone like myself, graduated from tech few yrs ago (EE, 2001) seeing Drill Field, and names of hall that reminded me of classes and times I shared with friends, brings back memory of my Greatest-4-yrs-of-our-lives.

But as you have seen and heard from just about all the news interview, everyone can agree that this tight community (current student and alumni) can will rebound and be better than before.  That whole 6-degree of separations just doesn’t exist in Blacksburg; rather, at most 2-3.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you that experienced this event and especially those that lost someone you love.  Know that you will be able to find a Hokie in your neck of the wood wherever you are.

-Rich Leung
GO HOKIE!!!

April 18, 2007, 1:53pm • falls church, va • #15698

To those families and friends of the victims of the tragedy on April 16, 2007 at Virginia Tech, my heart and remorse goes out to them and whomever else was affected by this incident. I still cannot believe how people can do these sorts of things. May God comfort those families and friends and to the victims R.I.P.

April 18, 2007, 1:53pm • Suffolk, Virginia • #15699

I want to express my deepest sympathies for families and friends of those killed or hurt by the tragic events on April 16th.
Teresa C Famá
Sao Paulo -Brazil

April 18, 2007, 1:53pm • #15700

My Husband and I moved to Virginia 2 years ago.  We live down the street from UVA and love the college town feeling, the games, the rivalry, and the spirit.  We, as the rest of the world were in complete shock as the events unfolded at Virgina Tech on Monday.  Our hearts hurt for you and your families.  Coming from the Midwest we fell in love with the beauty of Virginia as well as that “southern hospitality” realizing that someday we wanted to raise our family here.  You have an amazing state and in the midst of tragedy WILL rise above.  Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of those surrounded by the sorrow at Virginia Tech.  Keep strong!
Don & Sharon G.

April 18, 2007, 1:53pm • Charlottesville, VA • #15701

Virginia Tech and those families that lost loved ones, best friends are in our prayers. This was a tragic event, but God will help you heal and move on. We are sorry to hear about this tragety and pray it doesn’t happen again on your campus or anywhere else.
Keith and Misty Patterson

April 18, 2007, 1:53pm • Martinsburg, WV • #15702

I can’t imagine the pain all these families are going through, but I just wanted to let them know that I am praying for them. Also all of America and most of the world has heard about this, and all of the families will practically have the whole world praying for them. Keep holding on because we all know they are in a better place now.... Even though letting go is what hurts the most.

April 18, 2007, 1:53pm • Shattuck, Oklahoma • #15703

Our family’s sincerest heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you now and always.

the Weinbergers

April 18, 2007, 1:53pm • #15704

Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you at this tragic time.We send you lots and lots of hugs.God Bless!
Love the Yamamoto Family

April 18, 2007, 1:53pm • Gresham,Oregon • #15705

Prof. Librescu was a good friend of mine for nearly two decades. I couldn’t believe what I heard when a student mentioned his name during an earlier phone-in interview. I feel deep sorrow not only for loosing my long-time friend, but also all other faculty and students in this tragedy.
Liviu was a true scholar and gentleman. We’ll remember his gentle smile and his research accomplishment for ever. We’ll plan a symposium to honor him in the near future.

April 18, 2007, 1:54pm • H.S. Tzou, Univ of Kentucky • #15706

The spirit of my prayers are with God as he cares for all who are suffering from this horrible tragedy.  This could have happened anywhere, I am so sorry it happened to Virginia Tech.
I felt these words portray what I see in Virgina Tech -
Noble souls, through dust and heat, rise from disaster and defeat the stronger.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Casey Jutras

April 18, 2007, 1:54pm • Euless, TX • #15707

As new members of the VT Family, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Students, Faculty, Staff and all of their families.  We are confident that the VT Family will continue to support one another through this most difficult time and rise above this tragic event.  VT will only prove how STRONG they are as a community.  We are so very proud and happy that our Son will be a “Hokie” in the Fall of 2007.

Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Proud Hokie Parents in South Florida

April 18, 2007, 1:54pm • Boynton Beach, FL, USA • #15708

As is the rest of the country, I am deeply saddened by the events which have taken place this week.  Please accept my deepest condolences, and know that your are in our thoughts. 
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Whenever evil befalls us, we ought to ask ourselves, after the first suffering, how we can turn it into good. So shall we take occasion, from one bitter root, to raise perhaps many flowers.

Leigh Hunt (1784 - 1859)

April 18, 2007, 1:54pm • Baltimore, Maryland • #15709

I am a Florida Gator, but today we are ALL Virginia Tech Hokies!!!

Please know that each of you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.

May God bless and comfort you in this time of tragedy,

Rickey Callahan

April 18, 2007, 1:54pm • Bonifay, Florida • #15710

It is still so hard to believe that something this tragic happened this close to home. My thoughts and prayers are with you all....be strong and the pain will subside with time.

[God says], do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
- Isaiah 41:10

April 18, 2007, 1:54pm • South Hill, Virginia • #15711

We are here for you as members of the Northern Virginia Hokie Community for anything that you may need from us.  God bless all the victims and their families.

Todd M. Eastman

April 18, 2007, 1:54pm • Burke, VA • #15712

God gives strength.Remember him in the long days ahead,My heart goes out to all of you.K. Thigpen .

April 18, 2007, 1:54pm • Milledgeville,Ga. • #15713

I am shocked by the news happened at Virginia Tech. I will pray for them and hope everyone will recover from this tragedy.

May God bless them!

Ting Wang

April 18, 2007, 1:54pm • Chongqing, China • #15714

The whole world is sharing your pain and sorrow.
I had a family tragedy on January 16, 2007. I now have one son deceased and another that will have to face trial. Any parent that has lost a child knows about the terrible loss and pain but somehow we will all heal!  All of us will only be here for a short time and we have to keep our eyes on the big picture at the end!
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

April 18, 2007, 1:54pm • North Carolina • #15715

Thoughts and Prayers being sent from Toronto, Ontario to all

April 18, 2007, 1:54pm • Toronto, Ontario, Canada • #15716

Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole community along with family and friends. 

God Bless you all

April 18, 2007, 1:54pm • NTC-AMC Fishersville,Va • #15717

To all directly affected, our payers are with you. As a 1986 grad of VT, I can say, Blacksburg and VT are one of god’s greatest spots. VT will recover and hopefully regain much of what it was before Monday.  But to find explanations for this will be impossible.  As one Indian Newspaper accurately states our society is filled with too much violence.  Here is the quote from CNN’s website:  ““Classrooms, armed forces, occupied territories, cyberspace, cinema and human fantasy all become interlocking and intersecting spaces in which to kill is simply to kill.”

April 18, 2007, 1:55pm • Advance, NC • #15718

Love and prayers go out to your whole community at this time, my son is in his high school marching band, so the photos of the young man in the VT marching band uniform just struck me so profoundly.  Then looking at the names and photos of the others cut down so mercilessly brought tears to my eyes.  May peace and healing come to you all in the days and months to come!!

April 18, 2007, 1:55pm • Ramona, CA • #15719

I just wanted to share and express my deepest and profound sorrow for the tragic loss of lives. My thoughts are with the family, friends and the Virginia Tech community.  Everyone is thinking of you during this difficult time.

April 18, 2007, 1:55pm • Boston, MA • #15720

My heart goes out to the Community of VT and the families that have lost their love ones. May God provide them with the serenity to accept what they cannot change, and may god help them feel peace withing their hearts. I will have you in my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 1:55pm • Boston, MA • #15721

Please know that the VA Tech community is the thoughts of the entire nation.  The victims will not be forgotten and I wish you all the best moving forward.
Condolences from Missouri.

April 18, 2007, 1:55pm • Kansas City, Missouri • #15722

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay strong Hokies, your sorrow, compassion and pride are an inspiration to us all.

The Brown Family

April 18, 2007, 1:55pm • Washington. D.C. and Lynchburg, Va. • #15723

With the most sincere condolences the Hilliard’s Family prays for all at Virginia Tech home of the “Hokies”! We pray for your comfort, understanding, and much, much more for with time heals all wounds. And with “God” all things are possible. I say this quote often until it is like second nature,” I can do all things through “Christ” whom strengthens me”!
To all of the Virginia Techs Families, may Christ give you the strength to do all things!
Sincerely with much love,
The Hilliard’s

April 18, 2007, 1:55pm • Danielson,Connecticut • #15724

As parents of a Lehigh University freshman, we send our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the stricken at Virginia Tech.  Every family of a college student feels extra aware and sensitive to your pain.  We know that words cannot take it away. Rest assured that prayers are being said in all corners of the country and world.
We wish you peace and love during this most difficult time.

Michael and Betty Rich

April 18, 2007, 1:55pm • Arlington, MA • #15725

So sorry, God gave me this poem for all of the grieving hearts, please be comforted.

Safe in the arms of Jesus, never to feel the pain,
of bullets violently maiming, as one wounded soul
aimlessly guns down another, leaving families and heaven
alike, crying tears like rain.
Did’nt know my life would be cut short, just took it as destiny that I’d graduate ,
grow old and experience much over my lifetime,
yet my earthly journey was’nt promised a tomorrow, as the bible clearly states.
As my spirit was leaving my body to take my upward flight,
thoughts of love for you my loved ones filled my very being,
how I wished you could see me now as the room grew so very bright.
How thankful to know my prayer was heard by Him who gave His only Son,
as I felt Jesus embrace, I can’t describe His awesome face,
He whispered in my ear and wiped away one last tear,
“so glad you called on Me child, I was waiting very near,
let’s go into the party now, your time on earth is done”.  copyright JoAnne M. Gonzales

April 18, 2007, 1:55pm • Grand Haven, Michigan • #15726

I am praying for everyone. My sister works at VT. I am a Miami, Ohio student. I share your pain. I am so sorry for the families that lost loved ones. I am praying for you.  Shara

April 18, 2007, 1:55pm • College Corner, Ohio USA • #15727

To all the students and families of Virginia Tech,
I can not express the sadness I feel for your loss. Please know the prayers of so many people are with all of you during this time.  It is so obvious that your school has a strong sense of community and pride, pull on that strength to help you heal and continue on. As a member of the greek community, my thoughts and prayers go out to the chapters on campus as well.  Take this time to show the country the good and positive you have to offer.
God Bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 1:55pm • Boston, MA • #15728

I am a Hokie and from the great state of Va.  My thoughts and prayers go out to each and everyone of you.  As being a Hokie you are strong and courageous and will get past this.  God Bless all of you.

April 18, 2007, 1:55pm • Los Angeles, Ca • #15729

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Virginia Tech families.  May God’s Spirit uphold you and may the Hokie spirit help you endure.  Post family

April 18, 2007, 1:55pm • Michigan • #15730

I am deeply saddened by the senseless tragedy that has taken place at your university.
All of my prayers and thoughts of peace go out to all of the students, those that were lost and their immediate families who were affected.

Terry Reynolds

April 18, 2007, 1:55pm • Springfield MA • #15731

I am very sorry to hear about this tradgey. I have everyone in my hearts and paryers especially those of the families and friends that have lost their children and fello class mates in this tradgey. No one deserved this. He took the lifes of beautiful and smart students who had a future. Again i will keep you all in my prayers and i am very sorry

April 18, 2007, 1:55pm • Williamsport, Pa17701 • #15732

Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, their families and the Staff. May you find some kind of peace in knowing people care and are grieving with you and for you.

Our heartfelt sympathies, The Smith Family

April 18, 2007, 1:55pm • Lancaster, Pa. • #15733

Our college community here at Coastal Carolina University in SC are grieving for everyone involved there at this terrible time.  We held a memorial outside our bell tower yesterday in remembrance of that horrible day.  God bless you all!

Sharon Tully-Kimbel Library CCU

April 18, 2007, 1:55pm • Conway, South Carolina • #15734

As a parent of children this age I can not fully understand the pain and sorrow of the parents who have lost someone so young.  My deepest sympathies and thoughts are with you in this time.  To the parents, siblings and friends you loved ones will live on in your heart and minds.  Remember them often.

April 18, 2007, 1:56pm • PA • #15735

GOD BLESS ALL OF THOSE WHO WERE AFFECTED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY BY THE ACTIONS THAT TOOK PLACE ON APRIL 16.  LIVES HAVE BEEN TURNED UPSIDE DOWN, BUT WITH THE LOVE AND SUPPORT OF FAMILY, FRIENDS AND STRANGERS EVERYONE WILL GET THROUGH THESE TERRIBLE TIMES.

April 18, 2007, 1:56pm • COATESVILLE, PA • #15736

My heart and prayers go out to Virginia Tech and the city of Blacksburg, Virginia as everyone there and across the country deals with this major tragedy and blow to America’s faith.

April 18, 2007, 1:56pm • Atlanta, GA • #15737

God Bless all you kids and teachers lost on that tragic day.
My condolences lie with your families and friends-nothing anyone can say can ever begin to heal their pain.

Sleep well angels

April 18, 2007, 1:56pm • United Kingdom • #15738

our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Donna Fowler

April 18, 2007, 1:56pm • webster county mississippi • #15739

Dear all VT students, staff, families, etc.
I want you all to know that along with all the outreach received from around the world, Norwestern College in St. Paul, MN is praying and figuring out how to support our colligiate peers. Next Monday we will be wearing the Hoakie colors, along with hundreds of colleges around the country. Having a handful of friends there at VT, my aching heart desires to be there so help comfort the community. Know that the lives lost are not forgotten and their personalities shine brightly through! We know they are all dear to many hearts and missed deeply.

Continuing to pray and hope for VT. We truely are all Hoakies today.

Shannon Peters

April 18, 2007, 1:56pm • St. Paul, MN • #15740

I WANTED TO SHARE MY CONDOLENCES FOR THE MANY PEOPLE WHO DIED ON THAT MONDAY! IT FELT AS IF I WAS THERE WHEN I WATCHED THE NEWS! IMAGINE THE TEARS THEY SHED AND THE FEAR THEY FELT! TO THE FAMILYS...I AM SINCERLY PRAYING FOR ALL OF U...I AM A FUTURE V TECH STUDENT...SEE U SOON V TECH!!!

April 18, 2007, 1:56pm • HAMDEN,CT • #15741

As a former Resident Assistant and current graduate student, I can only imagine the pain and suffering everyone at VT will have to overcome. Most of all, I feel for the resident assistants and residents on campus who have lost a valuable family member and a part of their team.

My thoughts and prayers are with all the familiy members, friends and loved ones who have suffered from the fateful day which reminded us all how precious life truly is.

Katerina (24), Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

April 18, 2007, 1:56pm • London, England • #15742

I am deeply shocked and Saddened by the event that has occured at Virginia Tech and has left so many people with the loss of famiy, family and staff members.
My thoughts and paryers go out to the students and family of these students and staff that loss their lives on April 16, 2007. We will be parying and thinking of these students and staff of this event and the familys and friends that have lost loved ones, not today, not tomorrow but always
~Student at Suny Potsdam!!

April 18, 2007, 1:56pm • Malone, NY • #15743

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. They are not gone, they are in a different place. They are in us. They are in everything. May God comfort you in this time of tragedy. Joanne

April 18, 2007, 1:56pm • Newport Beach, California • #15744

My senior English class and I are keeping you in our hearts, our thoughts, our prayers.  We want you to know that while we may be miles and miles away, we are with you.

We send our love--
Brandon Hebert
Teacher
Scotlandville Magnet High

April 18, 2007, 1:56pm • Baton Rouge, LA • #15745

My family and I are deeply saddened by the tragic events of 4/16 and want you to know that we stand with you.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love-
The Kelly Family

April 18, 2007, 1:56pm • Baltimore MD • #15746