Condolences, April 18, 2007

My prayers go out to all of the victims, families, and everyone at virginia tech. you are all in my heart. I was deeply shocked and sadddened by the events that took place. god bless.

April 18, 2007, 3:05pm • Bristow, Virginia • #16597

As a HOKIE family we are overwhelmed with sadness regarding this tragic event in Blacksburg.  We join with all HOKIES in sharing our prayers,our grief, and our hope and promise of a stronger tomorrow.  Our prayers are with the victims families and friends, and with the VT community.  Be strong and lean on one another, trust in God for peace and healing. “WE ARE VA TECH...”
Forever HOKIES,Bruce (1981 EE)and Donna Hamilton (Pittsburgh, PA)
Mark Hamilton (2003 History/Corp-NROTC)(stationed in Norfolk, VA)
Sarah Hamilton (University of Houston-Clear Lake)

April 18, 2007, 3:05pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #16598

As a college professor in south Louisiana, I can only imagine the heartache you are experiencing at Tech. Just as so many people from other parts of the country pulled together for us during Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, please know that the folks in south Louisiana are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 3:05pm • Baton Rouge, LA • #16599

God Bless Everyone at Virginia Tech! My heart and prayers go out to everyone affected, all the students, friends, family, teachers, and faculty. Thank you to the president of VT and the emergency services who replied to this tradgedy so well. My prayers are with you not just today but every day!

April 18, 2007, 3:05pm • Salem, VA • #16600

Our thoughts and prayers here at Surry Community College are with Hokies everywhere.
Dr. Wally Pritchard, Instctor of Psychology

April 18, 2007, 3:05pm • Dobson, NC • #16601

please know that although i don’t know anyone at va. tech. i am heartbroken for all of you i am praying for everyone as are so many people. god will carry you through this terrible time please accept his strength and support...god bless you all...m.cummings

April 18, 2007, 3:05pm • exeter,nh • #16602

From all of us here at the Family Medicine Centre at St.Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto, Ontario (Canada)wishing you all strength, and faith during this absoulte difficult time.  My condolences to all the students, staff, families and anyone affected by this tradgey.  Sincerly Rada

April 18, 2007, 3:05pm • Toronto, Ontario Canada • #16603

Mere words cannot express my feelings or thoughts at this time of sadness.  I knew no one who attended VT or any acquaintances thereof but, my heart truly goes out to the students, their families and faculty.  This is a tumultuous time in our lives, war surrounding us, sanctions vs factions; blood shed unnecessarily should not be tolerated.  We cannot microscopically dissect everyone however, steps can be, ought to be, hopefully already in the process of, should be taken to prevent future violence, such as this.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Yvonne J.

April 18, 2007, 3:05pm • Dumont, NJ 07628 • #16604

As a Hokie alum (’74), former member of the faculty (1984-2000), and one-time resident of Blacksburg, please know that our family’s thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims’ families, friends, classmates, colleagues and the entire Hokie family.  God Bless all of us!  I have never been so proud of my alma mater than I have been in the past 48 hours for the grace, strength, spirit, and love shown by the university community in this tragic time.

Mark Schaefermeyer

April 18, 2007, 3:05pm • Mechanicsville, VA • #16605

Please know that our prayers are with each of you!

-The Amerson Family

April 18, 2007, 3:05pm • St. Louis, MO • #16606

To the VT Family
I want to express my deepest sympathy for the families and friends of those lost or hurt by the tragic event as well as to all the students of VA Tech.

April 18, 2007, 3:05pm • Norwalk, CT • #16607

I just wanted to express how sorry I am that such an unexpected tradegy happened to VT as a whole. I can’t begin to imagine the sorrow all those who knew the lost students are feeling. Life will be forever changed because of this incident and I know atleast I will always remember where I was when I heard the news. I pray that everyone involved will beable to cope and grow from this experience. God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 3:06pm • Knoxville, TN USA • #16608

You all are in our thoughts and prayers.Perry County State’s Attorneys Office.

April 18, 2007, 3:06pm • Illinois • #16609

We have friends who goes to Va Tech and then transferred to another university. We ask that everybody stop what they’re doing and and honor those who died and we also ask they share their thoughts and give sincere feeling and hearts that goes to the people of loved ones and friends as well. Please join us as we stand and honor those victims. To show support we wear the symbol of VA Tech And Hokies and we ask those who do not go to VA Tech or still in High School to do the same.
The Students of Ocean Lakes High School
“We Leave the old with a burst of song flight or dance, to recall the right and forgive the wrong to dare go forth with a purpose true to the unknown task of the day that’s new”

April 18, 2007, 3:06pm • Virginia Beach, Virginia • #16610

Dear Virginia Tech Family,
I am so very sorry and so very sad because of the events that occurred on your campus. Your students will never be forgotten. You all will never be forgotten. You will always be in my family prayers. I cry with you and for you. It is a sad day in America. Everyone feels your pain. God be with you all always. VT will rise up and all of America will be glad. God bless each and every one of you.
Most Sincerely,
Dr. Charles D. Pilon
Northern Arizona University ‘59
University of Notre Dame ‘66

April 18, 2007, 3:06pm • Phoenix, AZ • #16611

VT Community -

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. I pray our heavenly father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have stood so tall together during such a terrible ordeal.

Inspired by Abraham Lincoln but true for you - Your community and country are proud of you.

April 18, 2007, 3:06pm • Los Angeles, CA • #16612

I thought I got up today to go to class… I thought I got up today to turn in my essay… Oh! But I got today just to see your smiling face and again I forgot to call my parents on yesterday to tell them I am ok… But I got up today just to say THE END!

From the Lord to Lucky Wilson

April 18, 2007, 3:06pm • Desoto, Texas • #16613

I am an alum who lived on the 4th floor of West AJ and worked as an RA on the 5th floor.  I love Virginia Tech and I love Blacksburg.  While living and studying there, I never imagined anything like this, and as a mother now, I can’t imagine losing a child.  My heart goes out to everyone as you move forward.  May the Hokie spirit stay strong.  Take good care of each other.

Jennifer George

April 18, 2007, 3:06pm • Brunswick, Georgia • #16614

My heart and prayers go out to the people at Virginia Tech, their families, friends and students. 

I will keep you in my prayers

Susanne, Lund University

April 18, 2007, 3:06pm • Sweden • #16615

Words can not express the sadness and grief.  Life is so very precious.  You are the future, move forward with each other.  Thoughts and prayers to all VT friends and families.

April 18, 2007, 3:06pm • McHenry, IL USA • #16616

God bless.  Let us all use this time to focus as much as possible on learning, improving ourselves, and pursuing our passions.  Holding onto anger will only deter us. 

Remember that life is precious. 

Finally, thank you to the heroes of that day including the students who thankfully made it out alive and the brave security and medical personnel.  Mark

April 18, 2007, 3:06pm • Atlanta, GA • #16617

To all the VT Students, Faculty Members and Staff,

I am an international graduate student at the University of Cincinnati, and I like to send you my condolences to all of you. My thoughts are with you, the survivors of this tragedy, and the families of the victims.

Even people from my home country (Iran) are mourning with you.

Stay Strong
Farman Moayed

April 18, 2007, 3:06pm • Cincinnati, OH • #16618

To the students, family, and faculty at Virginia Tech.
My heart felt condolences go to all of you.Please know everyone of yall are in my thoughts and prayer. I pray that god may give you peace at this horriable time in your life.
Amber

April 18, 2007, 3:06pm • Cleveland,TN/US • #16619

To everyone at VT my heart is going out to you all. All the families who is sharing in this tragedy & hte staff along with the friends you all are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart was sick when I heard all of this. I was in total shock to think that someone could be so hurtful to others. I’m praying for each and every one there for strength to carry on. I’m praying for everyone as the healing process is starting. I don’t have a child in college yet but we are BIG HOKIE FANS WE LOVE YOU GUYS & praying for safety on each and everyone of you that attends there.
I can’t even to begin to imagine the pain that your going through I wasn’t there but just by hearing and seeing evrything on the tv I’ve cried with you guys and cried for you all. My sympathy is with evryone’s families that have suffered the lost of a child or children. Please find the comfort and strength through Jesus our Savior as only He can help us through these terrible times.
VT HOKIES will come back from this stronger hten ever. I have faith in you and for you.
May God bless you all during this time of sorrow, healing times & forever.
We love you all & praying for you as well.
HOKIES ARE STILL #1.
God Bless You All.

Tammy Albright

April 18, 2007, 3:06pm • TomsBrook, Va • #16620

Though a Richmond VA native, I now live with my family in Cameroon, Central Africa.  We are praying, believing and trusting with you in the midst of this unfathomable horror.  We pray for His peace and comfort for all the families of victims and of the shooter during these tough times.  Though oceans apart, our tears fall with yours.  Much love and support...the Naines

April 18, 2007, 3:06pm • Yaounde, CAMEROON • #16621

Always know that you are never alone in this time and anyone in the world will provide you with comfort and support, even if it’s just a shoulder to cry on.

April 18, 2007, 3:06pm • Kansas City, MO • #16622

I’m sure words can’t begin to heal your hearts in this difficult time, but the world is reaching out to your students, faculty, victims, and friends and family of those taken by this unbelieveable tragedy. May God be with you all and let you get through this time with as much comfort and love as possible. I can’t believe how close to home this has struck, and how this is being felt across the entire nation and world. Our prayers are with you.

The Harris Family

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Eden, North Carolina • #16623

I’am so sorry for your loss. You and your school
are in my prayers. I wish you all the best in your recovery. May God bless you always! Go Hokies.

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Lubbock Texas • #16624

It is a sad week for Hokies all over the world.  Know that our hearts are still in Blacksburg with the entire community. 
My heart breaks to think and see the community at such a sad place, but I know all Hokies will come to place of peace in the future to come.  Time will heal, but until then know we all stand together. Virginia Tech is a special place… has always been, and will always be!

I am also very PROUD of the the student body.  You are handling yourselves with respect and dignity, and are an outstanding representation of all Hokies.  Stand together and remember you are not alone, that Hokies all over the world stand with you. 

Alum - VT Class of 1999

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Oak Harbor, Washington • #16625

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Virginia Tech community. Although we are shocked and deeply saddened by the events of April 16th, we are proud to say that our son, Evan, will be an incoming Freshman at VT for the 2007-2008 school year.
With Love, Carol and Jeffrey Klein...and Evan Klein (future Hokie)

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Charlotte, North Carolina • #16626

My heart goes out to the friends and families of all that were touched by this horrible event.  As a college student myself I can only imagine the fear and hopelessness that these students must have felt. What a shame it is that this happened and that so many innocent, wonderful people were lost.  VA Tech, you are all in my prayers and thoughts as you try and recover from the terrible event.
God Bless VA Tech, hold your heads up and remember that God loves you all.
L Green, Wilmington, OH

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Wilmington, Ohio • #16627

Our entire family sends their prayers to all at Virgina Tech.  To do this to innocent kids is truly unimaginable and senseless.  Only God knows the reason for it all.

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Doylestown, PA • #16628

dear, virginia tech university… just wanted to give my deepist sarrow and condonice to the vitims and famley members. my hearts go out to you all.  kris,

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • modesto,california • #16629

as a freshman at uop i would have never to that day would have assumed that someone could possible do any harm to anyone. i am giving my deepest prayers to the friends and families at virginia tech. MAY GOD BE WITH ALL.

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • ZEPHYRHILLS, FLORIDA • #16630

Know that God is with you at this time.  Our hearts and prayers go out to all that has been touched by this tragic nightmare. They have become God’s angels. They are safe now, Take time to grieve, remember and smile. Their memorys will be with you forever. Healing takes time, God Bless you All.

Respectfully,
M.M. Grim-Baker

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Baltimore, Maryland USA • #16631

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the VA Tech family. Let’s not forget the family of the person responsible. They need our prayers, too. May all of you find the peace of our Savior and be comforted by His eternal love.

God Bless You.

The Pawlowski Family

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Collingswood, NJ • #16632

I want you to know that I will be praying for everyone and that ya’ll are not alone. May God be with you at this time of need.

-Heather Tournear
Univeristy of Central Oklahoma

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Midwest City, Oklahoma • #16633

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you! The strenghth you have shown the past 48 hrs. has been remarkable and inspirational to us all. GOD bless you & Virginia Tech.

W.Hammond

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Midlothian, VA • #16634

I am shocked and deeply sorry for what happened to you. My thoughts are with you.

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Lubomira from Bulgaria • #16635

God bless those who have passed and those who now mourn.  Share love and stay strong, fellow Hokies.  Keep making this world a better place.  We will all be together again.

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Boulder, Colorado • #16636

Condolences to all of the victim’s families
and a speedy recovery for those wounded.
Also condolences to the shooter’s family. I cannot imagine what they must be going through.

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Waterloo, Iowa • #16637

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your grief. We, also live in a small University town and can not conceive of your sorrow. Know that the entire world is grieving with you. The loss you have suffered is unimaginable. Stay positive and succeed so that this tragedy does not grow.

The Lamrock Family

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada • #16638

My thoughts and prayers are with the whole entire family of Virginia Tech.

George Vasquez Jr.
Woodland Community College

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Woodland, CA 95695 • #16639

My thoughts and prays are with you all at this time.

Claire Washington

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Glasgow, Scottland UK • #16640

The events of 4/16/07 will reverberate through the years.One disturbed and angry person lashed out at his fellow students as individuals as well as the University as a whole.It was, as Gov. Tim Kaine called it, “the darkest day in the history of Virginia Tech.”And yet even on that first day, despite the best attempts to snuff it out, the flame within the heroic students in the rooms where this horrid massacre occurred still flickered as they rose to defend their fallen classmates.  As the day went on and into the second day, the students came together, banking the fires to keep them alive until in the still of the evening candlelight vigil on the drillfield Tuesday night, the Hokie Nation let the world know that the spirit inside each of us fortunate enough to have been associated with this great university can never be quenched.  Though the next weeks and months will be difficult,I am confident that the strength we find in each others arms will enable us to move forward toward new heights and dreams.While each of us is an important star in the sky,together we are the great galaxy evident on the drill-field last night.We stand proudly as the crowd did with the simple words that say it best-We Are Hokies!

Kevin Stapleford
1988

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Richmond, VA • #16641

I am praying for all involved in all ways. I’lm praying for understanding and healing. My heart goes out to all of you. My God be with you.

Layton Family

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Okmulgee, Oklahoma • #16642

I am so sorry to hear about the terrible incident at your school.  All of our thoughts and love are with all the students and teachers there.  You are in our thought and I am sorry for your lossses.

Love and Concern,
Violet

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Seattle, WA • #16643

we want to express our sadness over this terrible event. I know theirs no words to make you feel better but count on god and the world we are here for you. From Mexico Monterrey we are with you.God bless you. The Olivares Family

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Monterrey NL Mexico • #16644

Who can even try to understand the senselessness of it all?  Our hearts are overwhelmed with sadness and our prayers and thoughts are with those victims, families and friends who are going through this very difficult time, and to all the students and faculty in the Tech Community....

The Sanford Family

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Spotsylvania, VA • #16645

Like so many others that have posted, I was shocked to the core when the news of this event began surfacing.  I can only offer my meager condolences to the families and friends that have lost their loved ones.  It may not seem like much, but hopefully the mountain of prayers that are piling up will help you in the sad days to come.

April 18, 2007, 3:07pm • Paducah, KY • #16646