Condolences, April 18, 2007

I would like to give my condolences to all the victims and their families in this time of tragedy at V Tech. Always remember you are in our prayers and that God is watching over all of you. From this tragedy,im sure we all have learned that life is short and we should cherish those around us. God Bless you all

April 18, 2007, 2:53pm • Undergraduate Student, Howard University Washingto • #16397

My family and I want to let everyone at VT know that they are in our thoughts and prayers and we will never forget the ones who lost their lives and the ones that stood up and helped save lives of the classmates and teachers.

The Waters Family

April 18, 2007, 2:54pm • Trenton, OH • #16398

I pray for all the families and friends that lost loved ones on April 16. You are with me in my heart everyday.

April 18, 2007, 2:54pm • Cherry Hill, New Jersey • #16399

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims as well as all VT students and staff.
I am employed at a community college in Ohio and I cannot imagine going through something like this..
Stay strong....

Kellie Goodwin

April 18, 2007, 2:54pm • Fairborn, OH • #16400

No words can convey our country’s sadness for you at this difficult time.  We lift up Virginia Tech, the families, friends and faculty in prayer.  May you feel comfort knowing that the nation, and the world, are with you.

April 18, 2007, 2:54pm • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina • #16401

I love all of you even though I don’t know you. Is there anything you need?
- Karriane

April 18, 2007, 2:54pm • Yountstown, ohio • #16402

Our family is very sadden by the tragedy that has taken place on your campus. We will keep you in our thoughts and our prayers.  Today we feel that we are all Hokies......

With Sincere Sympathy,

The McCarthy Family

April 18, 2007, 2:54pm • Avon CT • #16403

We pray that God will take care of ALL of the families and friends affected by this terrible tragedy.  Our prayers go out to you. 

With great sorrow,
The Adams’

April 18, 2007, 2:54pm • Huntsville, AL • #16404

Our prayers, thoughts, and support reach out to all the friends and families whose lives were greatly affected by the tragedy on April 16th. 

Remember that:
For each thorn, there’s a rosebud…
for each twilight — a dawn…
for each trial — the strength to carry on,
For each stormcloud — a rainbow…
for each shadow — the sun…
for each parting — sweet memories
when sorrow is done.

April 18, 2007, 2:54pm • Bayport, NY • #16405

I, along w/ my teammates would like to express our sorrow for what has happened to VA Tech. We hope that you can somehow find purpose and strength after this tragedy. Know that we are all praying for you!
Keep that Hokie spirit!

~J
East Coast based US Navy SEAL Team
HOOYAH!

April 18, 2007, 2:54pm • Little Creek, VA • #16406

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Please know that God will give us all the strength to get throught this and through HIM we will prevail! Keep faith, Keep glory and Keep strong. Know that it is OK to cry! it is OK to be mad! It is OK to feel whatever it is you are feeling! From our Family to all of yours
The Tanks Family

April 18, 2007, 2:54pm • Scottsville, Va • #16407

My heart has been broken after hearing of the attacks that occured in a place that I considered a second home.  Even through this saddened news I have never been so proud to be a Hokie.  The students, families and the entire community has shown the world who Hokies are: Brave, strong, dynamic, and wonderful people who give their whole hearts to each other and the world.  My prayers go out to the entire Hokie Nation.  I know if any community can prevail it is ours. 
We Are Virginia Tech.

-Lauren
VT Alumni 2002

April 18, 2007, 2:54pm • #16408

I send my deepest condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy, I commend those who gave their lives to help others, I commend those who were fast to act in putting up tables and desks to protect themselves and others.  I pray for fast healing although I know it won’t be a speedy recovery.  I hope and pray that one day we can figure out how to help people like Cho so that things like this don’t happen anymore.  We are becoming to immune to gun violence it is sad.  I again pray for you all and my heart one hundred and 10 percent goes out to you all.  My heart is heavy and full of love and sorrow for you all.

Lynn Klumb

April 18, 2007, 2:54pm • Beaver Dams, NY • #16409

The whole world is in this together, and I am extremely sorry for what have happened.

April 18, 2007, 2:54pm • China • #16410

To the Students, Parents, Friends and Families of those grossly affected by the events on April 16th, We are all with you in mind and spirit. One people on a mission to help you get through this tough time. Life will always return to a balanced place, and you will go on. Humans are the most enduring species on Earth for a reason; We will survive. I now send the light of peace from my soul to yours.
Love, Light and Peace,
J. Scott Richardson

April 18, 2007, 2:54pm • Jarrettsville, MD USA • #16411

Our payers and thoughts are with the Virgina Tech
University and the many Families this tragic event has touch. God Bless

M. Wickersham -Dallas, TX
The Tiptons -Dallas, Tx
The Blundell’s - Germany

April 18, 2007, 2:54pm • Dallas, Tx and Germany • #16412

As we look back over the last 3 days, it is hard to imagine the magnitude of the grief and pain felt at Virgina Tech. We sense that no words can adequately describe your feeling of loss. Please find whatever comfort you can in knowing that our hearts ache with yours. Your tears are our tears. No matter where people were, no matter what school they have attended, no matter what team is “their” team - on Monday, the entire nation became a “Hokie”.

April 18, 2007, 2:54pm • Thomaston Georgia • #16413

Peace to those who share in great sorrow, you are all in our prayers.

Paul and Susan Reed

April 18, 2007, 2:54pm • Hebron, IL • #16414

Just wanted to share that our thoughts and prayers are with U.

The U

April 18, 2007, 2:54pm • MIami, FL • #16415

Im a Rutgers University student, and my friends and I are so hurt by the events at your school on the 16th. We’re thinking about you and our prayers are with you. We are inspired by your strength during this time. I cannot imagine what you all are going through and I am so sorry that all of your lives were affected by this senseless act.

April 18, 2007, 2:54pm • New Brunswick, NJ • #16416

I cannot think you’re not alive somewhere.
I think of you just as I did before.
No sudden gust of wind has closed the door
Or made your presence vanish in thin air.
I write you this because I know you’re there;
That even after death there must be more.
So does faith one’s inner sun restore
After bitter darkness few can bear.
My mind and heart have not yet lost a friend
Even though my senses are bereft,
For you remain the witness of my soul.
No mere accident our love can end
So long as I have will and memory left,
And you lie silent on some unknown shoal.

R.I.P TO ALL and GOD BLESS YOUR INOCENT SOULS X X X

April 18, 2007, 2:54pm • ENGLAND • #16417

I AM DEEPLY SORRY ABOUT THIS TRAGEDY AT VIRGINIA TECH.MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF ALL THE BEREAVED.MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALL AT THIS TIME,AND GIVE YOU ALL THE STRENGTH YOU NEED TO GO ON.MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL.

TERRY LYN

April 18, 2007, 2:55pm • JAMAICA • #16418

My prayers go out to Virginia Tech University and the families of the students who lost their lives or were wounded on April 16, 2007.  May God be with you in these very troubling times.

April 18, 2007, 2:55pm • Columbus, OH • #16419

As a person who experienced the senseless violence of 9/11 and asked the questions everyone is asking:  WHY? Why not me? I say to you that there are no answers now nor may there ever be. The best thing you can do is go on and honor the fallen by giving and living your lives to the fullest.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been touched by this tragedy.

Barbara

April 18, 2007, 2:55pm • New York • #16420

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families. I couldn’t believe it when I saw the news. Please accept my condolences.

April 18, 2007, 2:55pm • Reno, Nevada USA • #16421

This tragedy has affected everyone around the world.  Although I am from Pennsylvania, I feel deeply saddened by the events on Monday and feel as if I was one of the students at VT.  I have prayed every night and will continue to pray for all VT students and their families. We must not dwell in the tragic events but remember those happier moments that were spent in the past. Indeed we feel anger, indeed we feel as if someone should have done something to prevent it, but remember the Lord’s prayer “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”. It is almost impossible to forgive anyone for what happened but in order to move on for the next months,years, we must realize that it was not anyone’s fault and one day we will be reunited with those lost loved ones in heaven. Remember you are not alone in this, we are all here for you.
David Alvarez
Blue Bell, PA

April 18, 2007, 2:55pm • Blue Bell, Pennsylvania • #16422

My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you. I am very sad to hear what happened to . Keep your hopes up, stick together. Praying for each and everyone of you at Virginia Tech.

Prayers are with all of you
Amy and Kevin

April 18, 2007, 2:55pm • Cumberland, Md • #16423

You are all in my thoughts and prayers ~
I just wanted to commend each and every student there...Your composure, your maturity beyond your years and your coming together to help each other during this horrible time overwhelms me.
My daughter will be a senior in high school next year and has wanted to go to VA Tech since she was 8.  She has worn VA Tech hoodies the last two days to show her own Hokie pride.  I have to say, watching all of the fine young men and women this week on the news makes me realize how very proud I would feel if my daughter is lucky enough to be accepted there and to have each and every one of you as her friends!
I will keep you all in my prayers.
God Bless you all ~
Tammy

April 18, 2007, 2:55pm • Lake Ridge, VA • #16424

I would like to express my deepest sympathies and condolences to the friends and families of the victims of this tragic event. As a college student myself I cannot imagine the shock and disbelief that the students experienced as they went along a normal class day on that horrible morning. All of the families and friends of those victims and the Virginia Tech community are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 2:55pm • Greenville, NC • #16425

My heart and prayers goes out to the
students, famile, staff, faculty members.

You all be for ever in my heart and mind.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL

love Rosalie van puyvelde

April 18, 2007, 2:55pm • almere, the netherlands • #16426

In this time of tragedy, my family and I would like to express our deepest condolences and heartfelt sorrow for all victims’ family, and friends.  We have lived through and are still enduring the tragedy of hurricane Katrina, and though we could never imagine what you are going through, stay strong and unify to get through this horrible time.  We are joining in wearing Virginia Tech apparel in support of you.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.....from a devout LSU fan...."GO HOKIES, GO HOKIES, GO HOKIES!!!!”

J. Restivo (33), M. Restivo(33), J. Restivo (3), N. Restivo (3)

April 18, 2007, 2:55pm • New Orleans, Louisiana • #16427

my thoughts and prayers are with u VT!! may God have His hand of comfort on you.

April 18, 2007, 2:55pm • burke Virginia • #16428

To all who were affected during monday’s historic tragedy, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Stay strong, and God Bless!

Sarah Dillon

April 18, 2007, 2:55pm • San Marcos, TX • #16429

I pray for you all.
I’m near you all.
Alice

April 18, 2007, 2:55pm • Milano, Italy • #16430

I am an aspirant to the graduate program in CS for Fall 07.
Just wish we could all revert back in time ...
Just pray that the departed rest in peace in the other side.

Virginia Tech , may the almight shower HIS choicest of blessings upon you all to brave these hard times !

April 18, 2007, 2:55pm • Bangalore, Karnataka, India • #16431

I send my condolences to all the friends and family of those who were lost and to the greater Hokie community.  The world is a small place and your loss touches all of us, near and far.  We lost collegues and friends, just as you lost daughters, sons, friends, and students.  My sympathies also extend to Cho’s family, who must feel the greatest depths of sorrow and pain at this time. -Tamara Pease

April 18, 2007, 2:56pm • Corpus Christi, TX • #16432

I pray for all the victims,relatives and students

April 18, 2007, 2:56pm • Berlin germany • #16433

May God place His loving arms around you and comfort you at this time and give you some peace in the near future. 

The Plan of the Master Weaver

Our lives are but fine weavings that God and we prepare, each life becomes a fabric planned and fashioned in His care.  We may not always see just how the weavings intertwine, but we must trust the Master’s hand and follow His design, for He can view the pattern upon the upper side, while we must look from underneath and trust in Him to guide.  sometimes a strand of sorrow is added to His plan, and though it’s difficult for us, we still must understand that it’s He who fills the shuttle, it’s He sho knows what’s best, so we must weave in patience and leave to Him the rest....Not till the loom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly Shall God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why--The dark threads are as needed in the Weaver’s skillful hand as the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned.  Anon.

Mr. & Mrs. William Tetrick

April 18, 2007, 2:56pm • Tulsa, Ok. • #16434

Hello,

Im dumbfouned hearing all the news about the incident this week. I want to share my condolances to all family and friends of the victims and of course to all the students, teachers and people the work at VT with this tragic story! This was a tragic day in the history of the United States of America! Let us all pray that this will never happen again!

Kind Regards,

A.R.B Prins
17 years of age/The Netherlands

April 18, 2007, 2:56pm • South Holland - The Netherlands • #16435

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the Virginia Tech community.  I work on a campus and can’t help but think about this tragedy every moment since it happened.

Melanie Sander

April 18, 2007, 2:56pm • Corvallis, OR • #16436

May those who are mourning, mourn with hope and faith.  I also pray for those students who lost their lives that their souIs maybe at peace.

Love
Constance

April 18, 2007, 2:56pm • Harare , Zimbabwe • #16437

It’s a stunning downturn for our society when children are killing other children. May God bless you and watch over you today and in the coming time of mourning and healing.

Today, I am a Hokie, my wife is a Hokie, our children are Hokies....We are all Hokies and we stand beside you.

April 18, 2007, 2:56pm • Tim - Woodland Hills, CA • #16438

Id like to give my condolences to all the families who lost loved ones and the community in Blacksburg. I was on vacation in Dallas, Texas when i first heard the news about this tragedy. I was just shocked and couldnt believe what happened, as a Canadian ive seen tragedys like this in my own country as well and get shocked as i never believe it will happen here...and when it does its just a shock and really makes you think of whats importand in life. God Bless everyone in Virginia.

April 18, 2007, 2:56pm • Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada • #16439

My family and I extend our prayers to the victims and their families at Virginia Tech. It saddens our hearts that parents lost their loving children in this terrible tragedy. Being a parent, I cannot imagine the pain and sorrow the parents are enduring. Remember, God is with you and you are not alone. “God is Love”. May God comfort the students in the hospitals, the world is praying for you and God is with you. The students and professors that risked their lives to protect your fellow students, the world will never forget you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.

Michael S. Rutherford, MBA
West Virginia University Graduate
United States Navy Veteran

April 18, 2007, 2:56pm • Cincinnati, Ohio • #16440

My heartfelt condolences and prayers goes to the students, professors, and family of those hurt and injured during this trying time.  I wil pray for strength and healing of physical and mental wounds of all the indidviduals and and family involved, including the family of the young man who took so many lives before taking his own.  May God carry you in his hands as he brings his angels forward to help from above. 

Sincerely
Tammi Barrick just a mom

April 18, 2007, 2:56pm • Tucson Arizona USA • #16441

I don’t know of any words to express the sorrow and disbelief of Monday’s tragedy… but as an almuni I do know that the Hokies are strong enough to rise up from this devistation. 

The Virginia Tech community is an amazing one and I have never been more proud to be a Hokie!!  Keep praying.

Lindsey—2005

April 18, 2007, 2:56pm • Fort Worth, Texas • #16442

To Hokies everywhere,

You are a strong testimony to the power of unity.  I have always admired the Hokies as an inspiringly spirited, gifted and caring group.  Your response to this tragedy has been just what I expected, classy, unified and inspiring. 

The world we live in remains a page on which each of us can leave a mark.  Some choose evil and terror as their mark, leaving little doubt with the rest of us that there is a better way.  Overcoming hatred with love, terror with security and fear with courage requires an understanding that God hurts with you.  He is beside every one of you today, those who have lost friends, siblings and children.  To those who are hurting, He says ‘come and let me hold you.’ To those who are afraid, He says ‘take courage, I am with you.’ To those who are angry, He says ‘vengeance is mine to repay.’

As I mourn with you, I pray that God will offer you His peace.  I will take the liberty to speak for my fellow Wahoos in saying that we treasure your presence in the Commonwealth.  Thank you for being a beacon of courage, of strength and of the spirit of community.  Be strong and courageous, for God is with you. 

With love for all of you,
John Kheir, UVA Alumn (’98, ‘02)

April 18, 2007, 2:56pm • Boston, Massachusetts • #16443

May God hold you all in the palm of His hand. My thoughts, prayers, and best wishes are with the victims’ families, students, faculty, and staff of Virginia Tech.

April 18, 2007, 2:56pm • Greenville, S.C. • #16444

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Virginia Tech community. May God bring you strength in this difficult time.

Jill Eisnaugle

Forever in Peace
By: Jill Eisnaugle

Thirty-two souls left this world, gone astray
As sorrow weighed heavily on skies of gray,
While we stop to remember, we must question why
Lives so sweet and tender had to say goodbye.

While no sense can be made, in the wake of such grief
We know in due time, we will find some relief,
In knowing these angels, though taken too soon
Are resting in Heaven, with the sun and moon.

Each angel had been a true blessing on earth
A being so precious and so full of worth,
A child of God, sent stateside to roam
Until utter madness led their spirits Home.

Thirty-three souls left this world, gone astray
And sorrow weighs heavily, still on this day,
In memories, their legacies shall never cease
God be with the Hokies, forever in peace.
© 2007 – Jill Eisnaugle’s Poetry Collection

April 18, 2007, 2:56pm • Texas City, TX • #16445

This was such a shock, it affected me deeply. I can but imagine what it was like for those directly involved. In the many hard days ahead, I hope there is some solace knowing how - everywhere - you all are in our thoughts.
I’ve never been to Blacksburg, but it sounds very special to me. The way VT and the community has responded can serve as a model for all of us. For this week I think it’s safe to say, We are all Hokies!
Larry Gage, The College of New Jersey

April 18, 2007, 2:56pm • Ewing, NJ • #16446