Condolences, April 18, 2007

The prayers of millions are wih the families and the friends of these students and teachers at Virginia Tech. I live in Oregon and the sorrow that everyone here feels is intense. I can only immagine what it must be like in Virginia. God Bless.

Remember: Whatever happens, you will move past it.

April 18, 2007, 2:42pm • Aloha, Oregon, USA • #16197

A loved one that has finished their life on earth is not dead, there life has just began. They are still with us in spirt. That you must beleive. 

You are all in my prayers...Stay strong

April 18, 2007, 2:42pm • Philadelphia, PA • #16198

I am shocked and so heartbroken at what happend at virgina tech ., my thoughts and prayers go out to each and everyone of you and to the famlies who lost loved ones ., may god bless you and keep you strong in your time of need ., and know that the whole nation is with you !!!!! we love you VT karen form louisiana

April 18, 2007, 2:42pm • louisiana • #16199

Words are not enough to express the sorrow I feel for the friends and family of the lost innocents.  We at Clemson University offer our deepest sympathy to you all at Virginia Tech as we are brothers and sisters in learning. What happened on your campus could have happened on any campus across the nation. That’s why we’re all Hokies today.

Love and Respect,
Matt Parker
Clemson University

April 18, 2007, 2:42pm • Clemson, SC • #16200

My prayers go to the families and friends of the victims. I hope that after such a tragic event that the students, teacher, families and friends can recover from their nightmarish ordeal.

Love,
Briony Spurrier
UK, 15

April 18, 2007, 2:42pm • United Kingdom • #16201

I hope you guys can feel our love and prayers, through your pain and greif, that we shrare with you.  I am so very sorry to you all.

April 18, 2007, 2:42pm • Davenport, Iowa • #16202

Such a tragedy!My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at this very sad time.M.MacIntyre

April 18, 2007, 2:42pm • Nova Scotia,Canada • #16203

As a recent graduate of Auburn University, I can not imagine how horrifying this
whole experience must be for every student, teacher and administrator at
Virginia Tech. As I watched the coverage for hours yesterday I realized events
such as this one could happen on any campus, at any time. My heart goes out to
everyone who lost someone or was hurt in Monday’s terrible tragedy. I can not
imagine the fear and the pain the students must now live with. College is
supposed to be the best time of your life. For the students of Virginia Tech, their memories will forever be tarnished by this massacre. At every football game, campus event and graduation to come, this day will forever be on the minds of students and
alumni. No one knows why these things happen or why they happen where they do.
There maybe “warning signs”, but we can not predict the future and what will
take place. All we can do is learn from these tragic events and do our best to
get through them. We may be rivals on the football field, but the Hokies will
always find an Auburn Tiger friend in their time of need. We are praying for all
the victims and their families.
God Bless Virginia Tech
Jessica Kennedy
Auburn University Alum 06’

April 18, 2007, 2:42pm • Birmingham, AL • #16204

I cannot even begin to imagine the loss and despair you are feeling.  I just want you to know that all of VT is in our thoughts and prayers.  You are an inspiration to us all!!  I do not know why such terrible things have to happen to good people, but you will pull through this.  God bless you all and we wish you peace of mind.

Sincerely with our deepest regrets,

Lindsay Baugh and Evan Cardott

April 18, 2007, 2:42pm • Norman, OK 73071 • #16205

My prayers are with all the families and friends of those who were killed monday in this horrible tragedy. May God’s peace be upon all of you!! I will be praying.

April 18, 2007, 2:43pm • Connecticut • #16206

Our hearts and prayers are with everyone that lost a loved one in this tragic event..Remember to look up to God and he will comfort you.

April 18, 2007, 2:43pm • Prosperity, SC • #16207

Georgia’s prayers are with all that are involved in this tragedy.  Orange and Maroon will be proudly worn this Friday!  God Bless the Hoakies!Angie Greene Castleberry

April 18, 2007, 2:43pm • Cordele, GA USA • #16208

These words cannot begin to express my condolences for the horrible tragedy the friends & family of the Virginia Tech community have endured.  I’m praying for you through this time of sadness & grief. 

We must believe that God will create beauty from these ashes.  He mourns with you.  He cries with you.  He is with you in your sadness.  He is with you.

Take care.  I will be thinking of you daily & lifting your community up in prayer.

Tom
Penn State, 93

April 18, 2007, 2:43pm • Pennsylvania • #16209

Our prayers are with you and all of your families through this hard time. Your greatest gifts are God and each other. Don’t forget either of them.
Jamie & Craig

April 18, 2007, 2:43pm • Freehold, NJ • #16210

When I heard the news, I found myself shivering in my seat, and tears welled in my eyes. Having recently graduated from college, I understand the intimacy of a college community, and the impact that such an event can spark. Please take heart and be strong. The whole nation, in fact the whole world, is with you during every step of the healing process.

April 18, 2007, 2:43pm • Philadelphia, PA • #16211

There are no words to say how we all grieve with you and for you. We all hold are loved ones closer with knowledge that they too can be taken in a heart beat by some one unknown and unseen. Please know that our prayers are with you all and we too are profoundly changed from this day forward. God Bless and God Speed.

April 18, 2007, 2:43pm • West Warwick, RI • #16212

My heart breaks for all the victims and their families.  That space in time when you don’t know is all too familar for my daughter and myself.  On 9/11, Tracey was a sophomore at JMU and I work for the Army in Washington, D.C.  Communication was, at best, intermittent.  I will never forget the feeling of peace after I was finally able to successfully send an e-mail to tell her that I was alright and remind her which file drawer houses all of my official documents.  Saying good-bye was just too big so I focused on business.  I now know something all these years later that I didn’t know then - she got the real meaning of my message and, had I not been given that chance, she would have known.  Let us all take one lesson from this - if we never have that chance, it’s ok.  To all of the grieving parents who didn’t get that chance, you know.  May God bless and keep your children.  M

April 18, 2007, 2:43pm • Alexandria, VA • #16213

I want to express my condolences to all those of Virginia Tech.
I want that they know that this news even vey sad to me. being very far from the campus.
Im so sorry…

April 18, 2007, 2:43pm • Bogota, Colombia • #16214

I was in utter shock, horror, and disbelief upon hearing what happened at Virginia Tech. My heart, tears, and prayers go out to the families, faculty, friends, and students in and around the university. Please know that the nation is in mourning with and for you. May God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 2:43pm • Albany, GA • #16215

The situation is unacceptable. I can’t imagine the pain of the victims’ families and all the Virginia Tech comunity. I know it’s not much, but i’d like to send my condolences to the families and friends of the victims.

April 18, 2007, 2:43pm • Bogotá, Colombia • #16216

Thoughts, prayers and strength to all the families of victims.  Remember that under every dark cloud is a silver lining.  Stay strong and God Bless.

To the Hokie Nation, Let’s Go Hok-ies!!!  We will survive.  We will overcome VT’s darkest hour and turn this into a positive.  We are Virginia Tech!!!

April 18, 2007, 2:43pm • Blacksburg, VA • #16217

As the parent of two Hokie graduates, I send my love and prayers to an outstanding community at Virginia Tech. May God Bless you all and keep the Hokie spirit alive. You are a tremendous testament to grace and dignity.
Love,
VTMOM

April 18, 2007, 2:44pm • Port Saint Lucie, Florida • #16218

bless all the families whose lost their members.

April 18, 2007, 2:44pm • Raliegh/nc/usa • #16219

What can I say? I am completely at a loss for words when I think of the horrific events that unfolded on Monday. I, like many others, have been experiencing many different emotions. I can find some comfort in knowing the victims are now in the hands of God. May God continue to watch over them, their families, and all who were effected by April 16th. All the victims will be missed, are loved, and have touched millions of peoples lives in ways they may never know.

Lindsey Koons (Schlader) Class of 2002 - Animal and Poultry Science

April 18, 2007, 2:44pm • Martinsburg, West Virginia • #16220

My thoughts and prayers go out to each and every victim, student, parent, faculty member and alumni during this heart wrenching time.  Never did I imagine that our shool would ever be subject this type of situation.  We will make it through this because we are The Hokies!
With Love and Respect,
Kathy Fields Young

April 18, 2007, 2:44pm • Jacksonville, Florida • #16221

God Bless the Hokies!

Chip Bryan
Appalachian State University

April 18, 2007, 2:44pm • Boone, NC • #16222

My thoughts and prayers are with all of those effected by this tragedy. Know that you are not alone in this and everyone’s heart aches along with yours. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. Remember to lean on each other through out this ordeal. No one can get everyone through this better than everyone who is also going through it with you. May God bless you and keep you all in his grace.

April 18, 2007, 2:44pm • Orrville, Ohio • #16223

from the heart of Jerusalem , from the mourning hearts of the family of Hadassah College to the crying family of Virgina Polytechnic Institute.
we pray together for a better tomorrow.

April 18, 2007, 2:44pm • Israel • #16224

Our thoughts & prayers will be with everyone involved. 

The Ott Family

April 18, 2007, 2:44pm • Watervliet, MI • #16225

Of course like everyone else my heart goes out the the families and the friends of those directly affected by this tragedy. My daughter lives on campus and I know this has affected students everywhere. Vigils are being held across America.There are no words to express the shock and sadness this horrid event has caused.

April 18, 2007, 2:44pm • South Pittsburg, TN • #16226

As a college student I am Deeply touchd by what happened. Go on and be proud,you are the Hookies…

April 18, 2007, 2:44pm • Carbon Cliff, IL • #16227

To the students, staff and community of Virginia Tech please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of the world.
Barbara & Lezahlee

April 18, 2007, 2:44pm • Monterey, CA • #16228

I work at Concordia University in Montreal.  Three times there has been violence and bloodshed at different Montreal colleges, with several deaths.  Although it did not affect our department personally, the sense of tragedy and loss was very overwhelming.  My heart goes out to you.  This sadness, although never forgotten, will pass.  May this make you stronger than you were before.

Linda Bowes

April 18, 2007, 2:45pm • Montreal, Quebec, Canada • #16229

Something is written when someone is apart
what can I write when you all are in my heart.

May God bless your soul and give strength to your family.

With love
Shweta Misra , V.T. Alumni IT dept.

April 18, 2007, 2:45pm • herndon,VA • #16230

Know all over the world, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.  Continue to support and be strong for each other.  Your school pride and love showed on television and was inspiring to everyone.

April 18, 2007, 2:45pm • Ann, West Islip, NY • #16231

God Bless VirginaTech.  As a College Student and a believer in higher education I was saddened to hear of this news. I pray and give my sincere condolences to all who were involved, the victim’s families and friends, the school, the community. This is a tragic event and will not be forgotten. Keep the Faith!
Love, and God Bless
S. Howell

April 18, 2007, 2:45pm • SLC, UT USA • #16232

I pray for strength, kindness, and compassion for the family of the shooter.  I also, pray that the students at Virginia Tech continue to have the support and compassion that they so desperately need.  God Bless you all. You are in my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 2:45pm • Tuscaloosa, AL - -- U of A • #16233

I walked into school Yesterday moring and the Choir was in the hall singing for VT. Everyone was ringing bells for the 32 angels who needed to get thier wings. it was truly moving.

April 18, 2007, 2:45pm • Aloha, Oregon, USA • #16234

I didn’t know anyone at Virginia Tech but I express my deep condolences to the families of those lost.  We think of school as a safe place for our children and I weep for the future students who will not have the same feeling of security we have had until now.  My thoughts and prayers are with the families of all the victims.  May God be with you in your hour of sorrow.

April 18, 2007, 2:45pm • Van Buren, Arkansas • #16235

I just want to say my heart and prayers go out to all of you that were involved in this awful tragedy and everyone at VT. For the victims and the survivors of this awful tragedy and their families. This is truly shocking and awful. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless you all.

Amber

April 18, 2007, 2:45pm • Albany New York • #16236

Vivo en Venezuela y no paro de llorar junto a ustedes por semejante desgracia.
Mis mas sentidas condolencias.
Veronica.

April 18, 2007, 2:45pm • Valencia Venezuela • #16237

I cant even comprehend my emotions and how I have been feeling over the last three days. Every time I think about the slain students and their families I cry. I will continue to keep all of them and the entire Viginia Tech family in my prayers.

Eboni
University of Maryland: College Park ‘09’

April 18, 2007, 2:45pm • Oxon Hill, Maryland • #16238

My heart hurts for the victims, their families, especially the parents of victims, and all the students, faculty and staff at VT.You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Stay together,stay strong!
Toni D’Andrea

April 18, 2007, 2:45pm • Brooklyn, New York • #16239

When the dam of security springs a mere leak,
When the wall of serenity crashes.
When the smoke of uncertaintaty finally clears,
Only questions remain in the ashes.
Some will find solace in the arms of a friend,
While others in solitude weep.
Some will embrace the sanctuary of a crowd,
Pleading to the heavens 33 souls now to keep.
And no words of a play or a letter left behind,
Ever seem ample to bring sense to the violence.
The inquiries of stunned loved ones left standing aside,
Are answered only by deafening silence.
Maybe it is only the job of those fortunate living,
To stand strong with the torch held in hand.
To be the beacons of those who departed too soon,
And ignore the tempting lure to understand.
They will show other disturbed who may later decide,
To bring their own justice to innocent souls.
That those left standing whether stranger or friend,
Will forever be the ones in control.
When Virginia’s beautiful land is cleansed of the blood,
And the mountains are enshrouded by years.
The strong ones emerge like a Phoenix from the ashes,
Long after the vulnerable smoke finally clears.
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April 18, 2007, 2:45pm • Bloomsburg, PA • #16240

The members and friends of Benn’s United Methodist Church in Smithfield, Virginia join the Virginia Tech community in mourning the loss of its friends and loved ones and we continue to lift up all of you in prayer. 

The Rev. Mark Burgess

April 18, 2007, 2:45pm • Smithfield, Virginia • #16241

As with all alumni, my thoughts are with all of you grieving down on campus.  VT was home to all of us at one point in time, so the shock has hit us very hard.  I cannot even imagine the sadness all of you must feel who must mourn the loss of close friends and faculty as well as deal with losing the sense of security felt at Tech. 

Stay strong.  My thoughts and prayers are with you constantly. 

Elizabeth Flanders Class of ‘96

April 18, 2007, 2:45pm • Ridgefield, CT • #16242

There are no words that could ever take the pain and sadness away from what everyone at va tech who were affected by this are feeling, but please know that all of you are in my prayers, and that the 32 people who lost their lives that day are in heaven and looking down on you, and would want to you to find a way to carry on. my heart goes out to all of you as does my thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 2:45pm • Pittsburgh, Pa • #16243

We are very sadden by this tragedy!  Virginia Tech, you are in the thoughts and prayers of people all over the country.  God Bless you!
Amy Hopkins
Wright State University

April 18, 2007, 2:45pm • Dayton, OH - USA • #16244

I have visited Virginia Tech many times and it is an absolutely beautiful campus. Please rise up and keep your spirits high. Don’t let this tragedy make you bitter. Honor those whose lives were lost, it sounds like they were remarkable individuals.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

D. McDade

April 18, 2007, 2:45pm • Gloucester, VA • #16245

My Family and I pray for all of you.  My older child’s God-Mother attended Virginia Tech and Graduated in teh early 90’s.  Virginia Tech was the school that she chose to attend and was a major part of her life and my family’s as well.  I can only say at this time that we will pray for you and hope that you are all in our prayers.

Dorothy

April 18, 2007, 2:45pm • Annapolis, Maryland • #16246