Condolences, April 18, 2007

I was an Area Coordinator at Special Purpose Housing and then took on the Summitt Community.  I am so sadden that this happened.  My heart aches for VT and Blacksburg.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers.  Even thought I did not attend classes at VT but worked there I am a Hokey at heart. 

Mary Dee Boemker
1990 - 1995

April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • Frankfort, KY 40601 • #16898

I like to write so just something I came up with in memory of what had taken place.  I give my sympathy to each and every family member, friend, and anyone affected by this terrible tragedy.

“A day to remember, yet a day to mourn.
Memories and hearts of friends and families, torn.
An unfortunate event has touched us all.
But keep your pride up, hold your heads up tall.

Remember those lost, don’t ever forget.
Tears stroll down faces, leaving rosy cheeks wet.
We must stick together, and show that we’re noble.
For this has affected us all, the United States, global.

A sacred place in our hearts, our loved ones we will hold.
Eyes brighter than the sun, a smile worth more than gold.
Virginia Tech is where their spirit will always be.
And they will always be remembered as that VT Hokie.”

April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • New Jersey, USA • #16899

To all the families, friends and students;
Me and my family are so sorry for your loss. To let you know that you are in our prayers. I know in my heart that they are in a better place, they are safe, happy and are watching over their families, friends and all who are thinking of them. I have a 21 year old daughter who goes to the local community college, she is our only child. I can only imagine what you are feeling, what you are going through at this time. Your grief I know must be unbearable at times. Please know that this country and others are praying for you, your family, friends, students and the ones that have been taken in this tragedy. Our love goes out to you, even thou we have never met. God Bless you all!

April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • Gastonia, NC of the United States of America • #16900

Thank you, Virginia Tech for giving my friend a place to feel at home.  The Universty of Georgia Alumni keeps your alumni and students in our hearts.  Peace be with your campus

Katie Bourke

April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • Scottsdale, AZ • #16901

I’m an simple guy from romania and i’m realy sad because of this tragedy ,caused by an sick man.The words i am writting are not so important,but i hope that you will all ,,keep walking in life” without any other tragic moment like this.  I am sorry, but my english is not that good ...  I will improve it in time !

Yours,Lucian

April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • Romania/Miercurea Ciuc • #16902

you are in the hearts and prayers of the Crescent City, New Orleans Louisiana. Our entire city knows how you feel, and we send our strength and prayers.  God Bless,
andrea
new orleans, louisiana

April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • New Orleans, Louisiana • #16903

I live in England, its really shocking that something would happen like this. The whole of England is deeply shocked by this.

God Bless the victim and their family and friends

April 18, 2007, 3:21pm • England • #16904

We give our deepest condolences to the students, family, and friends of Virgina Tech. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

-Texas Tech Students

April 18, 2007, 3:21pm • Lubbock, TX • #16905

From our hearts to yours, from our family to yours, from our community to yours, we are one nation and during this time of sorrow and grief, we are with you!  God Bless you all.

Annie Hunt & Family

April 18, 2007, 3:21pm • Grayson, Georgia • #16906

My heart breaks to hear about the horrible tragedy at Virginia Tech on April 16th. I pray that God will bless each and every one of you. Stay strong, hold your head up high and know that God is on your side!!!

GOD BLESS!!!!

Samantha

April 18, 2007, 3:21pm • Waller Tx • #16907

I cant even begin to imagine the pain and sorrow the familes and close friends of these poor victims.  But you are not alone, you are in our thoughts and prayers.  Goodbless you all through this herrific time.  Stay strong!

The Southards.

April 18, 2007, 3:21pm • Tucson Arizona • #16908

There are no words to truly express the feelings of horror and disgust over this senseless loss of so many lives.  May God be with the victims’ loved ones to help them through this very difficult time.

April 18, 2007, 3:21pm • Daytona Beach, Florida • #16909

I was a student at VT for only one year, 1988-1989, but I quickly grew to love the campus and Blacksburg.  My days living in Miles Hall were some of the most important times in my life, and I remember them fondly.  Virginia Tech always has been a special place, and will continue to be.

My sincerest condolences to everyone involved.

Brent Bollmeier

April 18, 2007, 3:21pm • Marissa, IL • #16910

I am deeply saddened by this great tradgedy. I pray for everyone to make there way down the road to recovery of some sense of normallcy. I would like to share a poem I wrote for all of those who have passed.

I watched you from a distance,
I saw the way you lived your life;
I saw the depths of your heart,
I watched your mild and meek persistence.

I heard your patience, your joy and understanding,
I listened to your stories of yesterday and today;
I heard your sweet laughter over silly little things,
I listened to your soul and it told of the love you had to give.

I watched you touch the hearts of everyone around you,
I saw the sparkle in your eyes and flash of love’s light;
I saw your goodness and your true faith in God up above,
I watched someone I want to be like.

I heard your childlike innocence,
And I listened…
I watched your years of knowledge,
And I heard…
Your touch on my own heart,
And I felt…

I heard a song for you today…
Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
Ye, who are weary, come home.

Hoping and praying for all of you,
Mara Howard

April 18, 2007, 3:21pm • Lynn, Indiana • #16911

President Seger -

May the memories, the insight, the feelings so collectively expressed in the form of the huge embrace given you through the standing ovation, with support and love from all those in attendance at the memorial yesterday (not to mention those of the media audience), serve to uphold you as you continue to work through these most deeply challenging days, the most demanding of your entire career.

God speed to you good man. Know you are upheld within the spirits of all affected.

Be well
Cynthia Poppe

April 18, 2007, 3:21pm • Corvallis, Oregon • #16912

From Our family here in Washington State to yours in Virginia. Our hearts, thoughts, condolensces and prayers be with your and your families and friends in your time of need through this tragic event. May God lift you up and bring you comfort through the hard times, may he show you love and support and bring you some sort of answer for the thoughtlessness and emptiness pain this event has cause. May you always know that God is but an earnest prayer away and he is here to listen and comfort you in your time of need. This was such a senseless event.

May you feel comfort in your time of need and some solace as well. My heart goes out to all of you.

Truly,

Michelle Durham
Student at University of Phoenix- Washington Campus-Renton.

April 18, 2007, 3:21pm • Seattle, WA • #16913

Even though this has been a very traumatic time for Virginia Tech I have never seen a professional school come together as this. Virginia Tech needs to be recognized as a school that is standing up for it’s students, faculty, family and friends. We are the United States and Virginia Tech has definitely shown that this school is United.

April 18, 2007, 3:21pm • Overland Park, KS • #16914

We are so sorry for the great loss of all of the victims of this tragedy.  You the friends and family are in our thoughts and prayers.  God bless.  And again, we are so sorry for your loss.

-Erica Martinez & Family

April 18, 2007, 3:21pm • San Antonio, TX • #16915

My heart goes to all the students and people who are tied with this terrible event.  Remember, you are not alone.  The Nation is pulling together to keep you strong and lift you in prayer.

My heart goes to all of you.

V. Rinald University of Arkansas at Little Rock

April 18, 2007, 3:21pm • Little Rock, AR • #16916

To the administration, faculty, families and friends of the victims of this senseless tragedy:
You are in our thoughts and prayers. This tragedy has rocked the region, the nation and the world. It has left us all feeling helpless. All I feel I can do is pray and hold all of you and the 32 in my heart. God Bless you all and Go Hokies !!!!!!!!!! VT lover.
Terry

April 18, 2007, 3:21pm • Lake Charles, LA • #16917

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of this horrific tragedy. Please know your pain is felt around the world. God Bless you all.
Elaine R.

April 18, 2007, 3:21pm • Alberta, Canada • #16918

May God be with all of you in your time of sorrow.  The whole country is saddened by this senselessness.

April 18, 2007, 3:21pm • Ketchum, Oklahoma • #16919

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone at Virginia Tech and those families that lost a loved one.  Just know that we are here for you!
May God watch over Virginia Tech and the families.

April 18, 2007, 3:21pm • San Dimas, CA • #16920

This has devastated a lot of people not only in america but all over the world. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends, and most importantly the victims that had this terrible tragedy strike them. May God be with you all!!
Love and prayers,
Kaleb and Toni Blair

April 18, 2007, 3:21pm • Lucasville, Ohio • #16921

I initially encountered the Hokies during the Sugar Bowl in 2005 when Auburn University played Virginia Tech. Even then, I was able to recognize how special and kind the people of Virginia Tech are. The horrible and tragic event that occured on your campus on Monday breaks the hearts of everyone here at Auburn University. God bless all of you. You are in our prayers.

April 18, 2007, 3:22pm • Auburn, Alabama • #16922

Like most of the nation, I have been glued to the coverage of the events as much as possible since Monday. Through the choked back tears, grief, anger, and anguish one resounding theme is coming through; the Hokie Nation lives and will be even stonger. United as never before by events too horrific to contemplate, I am so proud of my University. God bless you, and know that we are all shedding tears with you.

Gary, ‘80

April 18, 2007, 3:22pm • Richlands, VA • #16923

As the mother of two children I can not begin to imagine what these families are going through but my heart and prayers go out to you and your families.  As the mother of a Va. Tech graduate, by thoughts and prayers are with the school and administration as they too have to deal with this tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 3:22pm • Zuni, Va. • #16924

i am 83 years old and just attended a junior college. i cried while watching all the news about this terrible tradegy. May God protect and helpall of you. I feel such pain thinking about it. Never did I ever dream that these events are happening in our schools.  My memories of school are my joy now.  Bettie Jane Koslow

April 18, 2007, 3:22pm • Bridgeton,MO USA • #16925

No words can express the sympathy and grief we feel during this tragic time. It is a reminder of the pain our nation has suffered many times before-the events that shaped our country and became a part of history.

Only history books and letters share the pain and sorrow many before us have gone through during tragic events, wars, natural disasters and attacks on our freedom. Now we have radio, television, cell phones, computers and the vast wave of technology that brings us the information as the event unfolds.

We must look at this information and choose for ourselves what is most important during a time like this. In my opinion, it is our faith and inner strength that will lead us to carry on and know in our heart what needs to be done to offer help and guidance.

We cannot dwell on blame and “what if.” It will not change “what is.” It only deepens the sorrow, shatters the heart, and damages our soul. We must look in ourselves and believe that God is our only judge. My prayer is for the families, the Blacksburg community, the friends of the victims, and most of all, the people that bring us the information. Look around and see how the nation is reaching out to show its support and love. The rest is left to Him.

April 18, 2007, 3:22pm • Palmyra,VA • #16926

My heart goes out to you and your loved ones during this extremely difficult time. As a native Virginian and alumni of sister school JMU, I have many fond memories of Tech, with this tragedy near to my heart.

I am proud of the unity and strength Hokies are demonstrating (as they always do).  The world is sharing in your grief and pain and we support you as we all begin the road to healing.

With much love,

Patricia Delk

April 18, 2007, 3:22pm • Baltimore-Washington Metro Area • #16927

My heart goes out to you all at Virginia Tech. I hope that you know that God will always be there for you all in your time of suffering and pain. Nobody knows why this act had to happen but just know that you have God and a great support from your nation. GOD BLESS..

April 18, 2007, 3:22pm • Albany, Georgia • #16928

The whole country is horrified and hurting over this.  May God bless and keep you guys. 

Be Strong,
Brandy Carter

April 18, 2007, 3:22pm • Atlanta, Georgia • #16929

My thoughts, prayers and hopes are with you all and the families. This was a tagic day indeed and one we will will never forget.

“Rest assured that “Hokie Hope” and “Hokie Pride” are symbols of the fact that the spirit of an entire nation, a Hokie Nation, stands by your side to support you through this time of need.”
~ Frank Neeley ‘96

That was very well spoken and so true.

~Sara

April 18, 2007, 3:22pm • Maryland • #16930

To the Virginia Tech and the Blacksburg community...my heart goes out to you all and you will remain in my prayers.  Coast to coast, we are all with you.  I also found this prayer...it somewhat helps in an event of death and darkness.  God bless VT

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

Ryan S. Villanueva

April 18, 2007, 3:22pm • Huntington, Indiana • #16931

From the EDGE Club, the Christian Student Fellowship of Western Brown High School. You are in our prayers and our love goes out to each of you at Virginia Tech. May God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 3:22pm • Mt. Orab, Ohio, USA • #16932

My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends, to everyone affected by the unbelievable happenings at Virginia Tech.

Cat,
Norway.

April 18, 2007, 3:22pm • Norway • #16933

My thoughts and my prayers are with all of you at VT and all the families who lost a loved one in this horrific tragedy! I lost my son at age 15 just a year ago and feel for you having to deal with this! Know you are not alone in your sorrow!

When I left this world without you
I know it made you blue.
Your tears fell so freely,
I watched; I know this is true.

While you were weeping
Days after I passed away-
While all was silent within me,
I saw you kneel to pray.

From this wonderful place called heaven
Where all my pain is gone,
I send a gentle breeze to whisper,
“My loved ones, please go on”

The peace that I have found here
Goes far beyond compare
No rain, no clouds, no suffering-
Just LOVE from everywhere.

You need not be troubled
Just stay close to GOD in prayer
Someday we’ll be reunited
My love, HIS love surrounds you always,
EVERYWHERE!

April 18, 2007, 3:22pm • Bowling Green, KY • #16934

your in our thoughts and prayers.  the student body shows just how tight the university is as you are all there for each other.  continue to be storng and you will find comfort .  to the faculty I don’t think a lock down would have helped as the one responsible was in the dorms/ classrooms however I do commend you for doing the best you can underthe stress circumstancesyou had to deal with Please keep the student safe as you have done in the past and try to help themget on as the time goes by. Pennsylvania is here with you all God Bless

April 18, 2007, 3:22pm • pennsylvania • #16935

I am so sorry for what happened and I hope that you can find away through this. My thoghts and prayers are with you all survivors and families. May they all rest in peace. Laura (England)

April 18, 2007, 3:22pm • Ipswich (England) • #16936

I am praying for those left at VT that day as well as for their families. I had some good friends who went to school there, and I have many fond memories of that beautiful campus. Sorry for you loss.

April 18, 2007, 3:22pm • Surfside, SC • #16937

You are all in our prayers. Stay Strong!!!

Fran and Tom Woods

April 18, 2007, 3:22pm • Wilkes-Barre, Pa • #16938

My family would like to send our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of the victims, friends and the students of Virginia Tech at this time of sorrow. Please know that you are not alone and we are all saying prayers for you all to get thru this tragedy.

Moran Family, NY

April 18, 2007, 3:22pm • #16939

I send my deepest condolences from Washington, DC. It breaks my heart to hear this tragedy over and over again. My god be with all of you and your families. This has effected the entire world. We feel your pain and mourn with you. GOD BLESS.............

Franchesca

April 18, 2007, 3:22pm • Washington, DC • #16940

What a heartbreaking tragedy of mass proportions! Its a shame that we are not safe anymore and cant even feel good when our children go to school. The sadness will always be here for all of us as it is still in Columbine and so on and so on and so on.....The families will live forever with this pain and only G-D can give them strength.

April 18, 2007, 3:22pm • houston texas • #16941

To all the students, faculty and families of Virginia Tech;

On behalf of venezuelan people I wanted to express our deepest condolences and send our prayers to you.
There are no words to express the sadness taking over our hearts.
May God bless and guide you all through this time of need.

Vanessa V.M.

April 18, 2007, 3:23pm • Venezuela • #16942

MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL THE FAMILY, FRIENDS AND CLASSMATES OF THE VICTIMS AND THE INJURED IN THIS TRADGY AT VIRGINIA TECH. IT IS A SHAME THAT EACH ONE OF THESE VICTIMS LIVES WAS TAKEN FROM THEM IN THIS MANNER WHEN EACH AND EVERYONE OF THEM HAD SUCH A BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD OF THEM. I PRAY THAT GOD WILL COMFORT EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU AND KNOW THAT YOU WILL BE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.

A FRIEND FROM
UNC

April 18, 2007, 3:23pm • UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA-CH • #16943

I was shocked to hear of this tragic event happening in such a peaceful beautiful area.  My family’s thoughts and prayers are with all students, faculty, and alumni at this difficult time.  Remember when God closes a door he opens a window. God Bless You All!

April 18, 2007, 3:23pm • PA • #16944

Virginia Tech, family and friends, you are all in my heart and my prayers. I can not imagine how you feel right, but know, that you have thousands of people praying for you. May you always…

Live life as if you’ll die tomorrow.
Say it like you’ll never get the chance again.
Dream it, no matter what people think.
See the beauty in the little things.
Smile like the day will never end.
Laugh until your stomach hurts.
Cry until your face turns purple.
Forgive.
Never regret ... but always remember.
If you love them, say it, as often as possible.
Hug like you mean it.
Be thankful for the things you have.
Be kind as if it were your profession.

Find your inspirations, for they’re life’s hidden treasures.
Breath like it’s your last breath.
Live by only your heart.
Hold onto hope and never lose it.
Hold onto faith, and always believe in it.
Make your own path in life, let fate and destiny be your guide.
I hope you remember these words.

Mallory Welch

April 18, 2007, 3:23pm • Nokesville, Virginia • #16945

To all hurt at VT. No one has the answer to why thins happened. No one has the words to say to make it feel better. No one can do anything to make everything to go away. The only thing that could make it slightly better is to rely on the one who gives life and takes life away. Through all this you all will grow stronger together as one Campus, as one body of students, as the ONE’S who survived. We never understand the reasons why things happen. We tend to get mad. Never give keep going head strong and just remember the good times that happen and think of a way to make a difference in this nation, because as we see A LOT of change needs to happed.
David Corteville

April 18, 2007, 3:23pm • Toccoa Falls College Georgia, UNITED STATES • #16946

My name is Gregory Gochtovtt.  I am a player of the Middle Eastern doumbek in Pennsylvania and I was forwarded a message from a member of one of my newsgroups, Christian Bellydancers, that one of your friends was a bellydancer.  I am sure I speak on behalf of all the members of the Christian Bellydancers group when I say that I am truly sorry for what happened to your friend.  She, as well as all the students and faculty who were killed two days ago, will be in my prayers.  I will create a webpage in memory of Reena on my webpage, www.drumforpeace.org so that all may remember her, as well as the link to the Hokie Spirit Virginia Tech Memorial Fund, /2007/memorial_fund.php. I will also post the interview link with her father, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18161367/ .  I pray that all of you will be comforted by God in this time of need.  God bless you all.  Please feel free to forward this message to Reena’s father and family, and God bless them as well.

April 18, 2007, 3:23pm • West Chester, PA • #16947