Condolences, April 18, 2007

As I read all of these postings from all over the world, it really hits home that tragedies such as these can truly bring a nation together; our world.  If but not only for a moment we could feel this way about one another not just in light of horrific events but always. 

I want to extend my deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones and to those that were affected by this unfortunate turn of events.  I cannot imagine your pain, but know that you are in my heart and prayers always.

Thank you to everyone across the world who took the time out to extend their hearts to our country.

God Speed My Friends
Bless you all…

April 18, 2007, 3:26pm • California/Hollywood, MD • #16998

This is a terribly tragic event, and your community is in my prayers.Now I,too,am a Hokie.

Your sadness and mourning is in my prayers.May God console the living and bring comfort to those who died violent,untimely deaths.

Words are insufficient in the face of such a tragedy.

“Blessed are you that weep now,for you shall laugh."(Luke 6:21)
“Blessed are those who mourn,for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)

April 18, 2007, 3:26pm • Napa,CA • #16999

I pray that God will wrap you in love and a sense of hope and peace during this most horrific of times.  While I’m on the other side of the country, my heart grieves and is with you all.

God speed!

April 18, 2007, 3:26pm • Caliente, CA • #17000

You are HOKIES You are STRONG You are HOKIES You are not WRONG Prayers & Tears We LOVE You ALL

April 18, 2007, 3:26pm • Lexington,S.C. • #17001

We’ll meet again
Don’t know where
Don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.
-Vera Lynn

April 18, 2007, 3:26pm • Pasadena, California • #17002

Mi más sentido pésame a las familias de los muertos y a la familia del asesino, dios tenga piedad de su alma.

My more felt condolence to the families of deads and the family of the assassin, God has mercy of its soul.

Rodrigo Fernández

April 18, 2007, 3:26pm • Vicente Lopez, Buenos Aires, Argentina • #17003

Dear Virginia Tech Family,
Nothing anyone says here can take away your pain.  Please know that you are not alone in your grief.  People all over the world are grieving with you.  Whatever you are feeling is ok.  Let yourselves heal.  I will pray for your peace and the return of hope.
God Bless
The Sparks Family

April 18, 2007, 3:26pm • Nantucket MA • #17004

Although I am a UVA graduate, I am still reeling over this overwhelmingly sad news...words cannot describe how sorrowful I feel for the loss that your University and community has suffered. During my time at UVA I had the pleasure of making many friends who had deep personal connections with Virginia Tech, many of my employers, supervisors, and friends all had family at either UVA or Virginia Tech and I felt like they were a part of my extended family. I am sending my deepest sympathies and condolences and I am praying that we all find the strength to move on, forever holding those loved ones that we lost close to our hearts and in our memories forever.

With deepest sympathies,

Octavia Donnelly
UVA Alum CLAS 2006

April 18, 2007, 3:26pm • Columbus, OH • #17005

I am one of millions throughout this nation and the world who are lifting all of you in prayer, that God will give you the comfort and strength you will need to meet the days, weeks, months and years ahead. The healing will be a long road, but please know that all of you in the Virginia Tech family are part of a larger family who cares a great deal about you. You will get through this. Remember to keep your heart open to accepting the love and care that is coming your way. Hold on tight to each other, and keep the faith.

April 18, 2007, 3:26pm • West Columbia, SC • #17006

May your souls rest in peace.

Always in my heart, Vanessa

April 18, 2007, 3:26pm • North Bergen, NJ • #17007

I’M SO SORRY FOR WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ALL THE FAMILES/FRIENDS THAT HAS LOST SOMEONE SPEACIL TO THEM. I WISH I COULD HUG ALL OF U. IT IS SO BAD THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED. I’M TRULY SORRY. Y DOES THE WORLD HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. IT MAKES ME VERY SAD. GOD BLESS ALL OF U. U ALL R IN MY PRAYERS.

April 18, 2007, 3:26pm • MINNETONKA, MN USA • #17008

I can only say that I’m sorry, sorry for the dead, the wounded, and those who were not struck by a bullet but who will nonetheless carry the scars of this week. I am also terribly sorry for the gunman. I know that he made choices that destroyed other lives, but he also destroyed his own, and I cannot imagine the rage and grief that must have consumed him in those final hours.

If any good can come out of this, perhaps it is that we all need to reach out to the lonely, the unhappy, the disaffected. Perhaps nothing could have changed these events. Perhaps one moment of kindness could have.

Like the rest of the nation, my thoughts and prayers are with your campus, its students, its faculty, and all those connected with VT.

Iowa graduate student

April 18, 2007, 3:26pm • Des Moines, Iowa • #17009

Words Cannot express the pain and sorrow we feel for all of you just know that we are all praying for the students,families,staff etc god bless you all you are a strong community and have much support around the world we all share your pain

sheila
West Portsmouth Ohio

April 18, 2007, 3:26pm • west portsmouth ohio • #17010

As parents of an MIT student, it scared us to hear of what happened at Virginia Tech. We called our son in Cambridge, Mass just to say hello and tell him we loved him and hoped he was safe.  We discussed what was going on, he said everyone was just in shock about this horrible event.  After reading some of the posts on this Memorial Website and posts on other websites, the whole world is pouring out their condolences to the families and friends of those killed in this terrible, tragic, senseless act of violence.
-The Gattis family, Jupiter, FL

April 18, 2007, 3:27pm • Jupiter, FL • #17011

As a graduate from Radford University (’95), it was shocking to hear about this tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all during this time of sorrow! 

With deepest sympathy - Scott Iverson

April 18, 2007, 3:27pm • San Diego, CA • #17012

My thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives and the entire Virginia Tech community (Administration, students, faculty, alumni, employees).

April 18, 2007, 3:27pm • Maryland • #17013

I want to extend my condolences to all of the family and friends of the victims of this horrible event.I know nothing that is said will make this tragedy better just know that you are all in my prayers and my families prayers. God bless.

April 18, 2007, 3:27pm • West Jordan, Utah • #17014

VT, MAY GOD HELP ALL AND HELP IN THE HEALING PROCESS, ALL OF US HERE IN GEORGIA ARE PRAYING FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS THERE.  THE ANSLEY FAMILY

April 18, 2007, 3:27pm • NEWNAN, GEORGIA • #17015

Hello,
I am a Mom from Pennsylvania and I have a 22 year old daughter who is a senior at UCONN.  I would like to send all of my love and prayers to everyone at Virginia Tech.  I can not even imagine what loss you are all feeling.  This incident has effected all of us around the world.  The first instinct for me after hearing the news was to call my daughter and tell her how much I loved her.  My heart goes out to all of those who will not be able to pick up their phones and call their loved ones.

Keep your heads up and Keep Your Hokie Pride Strong
All my Love & Prayers
C. Urish from Grassflat, PA.

April 18, 2007, 3:27pm • Grassflat, PA 16839 • #17016

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. No one should have to deal with such a useless loss of a son, a daughter, a friend, a sister or a brother.

April 18, 2007, 3:27pm • Marblehead, MA • #17017

I’m profoundly shocked and saddened by this tragedy.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims, survivors, families, and friends in your grief. May God bless you. May you soon find comfort and healing.

April 18, 2007, 3:27pm • Hayden, Idaho, USA • #17018

Upon hearing of the events of 4-16-07, I immediately began thinking about my experience at Virginia Tech and how incredibly different my memories would have been had something as horrific as this happened during my years there.  But then I started thinking about the Virginia Tech community and how one insane person’s actions cannot diminish the comradery and spirit that embodies the student body at Virginia Tech and the surrounding community.  Virginia Tech was not the reason for the events that happened yesterday and I truly believe that the student body, Hokie nation, the surrounding community, the nation, and the world will come to realize, more than they already do, that Virginia Tech Hokies are strong willed individuals with tremendously high values and the selfish, senseless act of one individual can’t and won’t diminish the legacy of the hundreds of thousands of graduates and future graduates that Virginia Tech and the surrounding community have taught and nurtured over the years to become dynamic, powerful, and compassionate leaders all around the world.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected

April 18, 2007, 3:27pm • Arlington, VA • #17019

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the students, families, faculty and administration at Virginia Tech.  Through all of the sadness, your pride and courage gives us strength.

April 18, 2007, 3:27pm • Houston, TX • #17020

I give my condolences to the families of the slain, my prayers for the injured, and my thoughts to all those affected by this tragedy. May this never happen again.

April 18, 2007, 3:27pm • Fulton • #17021

To the Virginia Tech Family - Please know you are in our hearts and prayers.  May God put his arms around you so you may heal and have peace.  Watching the media coverage, I have been so impressed with your courage, your devotion to each other, and your spirit.  In the face of horrific tragedy, you have shown love and not hate, dignity, and what is good about America.  Take care of yourselves and each other.  May God Bless you all.  An Okie

April 18, 2007, 3:27pm • Enid, OK • #17022

may all of you rest in peace ,what a sad state of affairs,may your god be with you at this tragic time,from liam .

April 18, 2007, 3:27pm • watford england. • #17023

Peace and blessings as you mourn and recover from this horrific event. 

Fear thou not; for I {am} with thee: be not dismayed; for I {am} thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  Isaiah 41:10

April 18, 2007, 3:27pm • Lake Forest, IL: PL • #17024

I hope you know that the whole world is praying for peace and hope and healing for the Virginia Tech family.  We wonder why these tragedies happen, but remember that God is Love and He has said that He will never leave us or forsake us.  I am praying for all of you.

April 18, 2007, 3:27pm • Manhattan, Kansas • #17025

What can be said?

Christen

April 18, 2007, 3:27pm • Tulsa, Ok • #17026

04/18/2007

As a member of the nursing class at the University of Central Missouri, our thoughts and prayers are with you. As you go through this most difficult time, may you find strength in one another and courage to continue with your plans for the future.

As you continue to deal with this situation don’t be afraid to voice your feelings and lean on one another or those professionals among you.

We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Respectfully,

University of Central Missouri
Department of Nursing
Nursing Students and Faculty 2007

April 18, 2007, 3:28pm • Warrensburg, Missouri • #17027

We wish to share our deepest thoughts and sympathy to those effected by the recent tradegy that occured at your campus. Please know that our prayers are with you. Our deepest condolences From Governors State University in University Park, Illinois

April 18, 2007, 3:28pm • University Park , IL • #17028

As friends of many VA Tech graduates we are praying for you.  Students, staff, family and friends; you are all loved.  Try to remember your loved ones for the life that they lived and the joy that they brought you.  God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 3:28pm • Fairfax, Virginia • #17029

When I found out what happened. I couldn’t believe what had happened. Things like this are not suppossed to happen in our nation. My prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims. Keep your head held high and remember that they are watching over us.

Amy

April 18, 2007, 3:28pm • Toms River, NJ • #17030

To the Students, Staff and entire Virginia Tech Community, our thoughts and prayers are with every single one you.
May God bless you all, the victims and their Families.

April 18, 2007, 3:28pm • West Deptford, New Jersey • #17031

I am so sad to see what true evil is on this earth. But I am proud to see all my fellow americans join together in this awful tradgity. God bless everyone, especially those who are personally affected. You are in my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 3:28pm • mechanicsville, Va • #17032

I have a nephew at Oklahoma State University and had just visited him on Wednesday.  I was horrified when I heard of the shootings on Monday, knowing how much he enjoys his life at OSU and how secure he feels there. I look back on my college days and think of it as the best time of my life.  I know for the students at Virginia Tech it is for them also.  That transition time in life between high school and real life.  A time when, even though there are grades to worry about, one can relish in the afternoon football game or the pep rally and think about the date for Saturday night.  A time in life before the responsibilities of marriage, children, career, and bills set in.  It is so sad that this time has been stolen from these students.  My heart and prayers go out to the students and faculty at Virginia Tech and to the parents, siblings, grandparents, and extended families of each student and to the families of the professors that were murdered.  As Emily Dickinson wrote:
Hope is the thing with feathers; That perches in the soul; And sings the tune without the words; And never stops at all.
May hope fill all of your hearts and in time your hearts can sing again.
God bless you.  Kaye Baldridge

April 18, 2007, 3:28pm • Pryor, Oklahoma • #17033

My very sincere heartfelt condolences go out to all involved. as far as placing blame anywhere i can’t. I am not a judge or jury.. the one thing i can do is pray. so many lives have been changed now families and friends will lives are suffering. Life will go on but the suffering will go on.  I will pray the lord gives us all the strength to weather this storm hopefuly it will make us stronger. i will say GOD BLESS TO EVERYONE god is onla prayer away
don harris

April 18, 2007, 3:28pm • tomah wi 54660 usa • #17034

Our heartfelt sympathies for all the people affected by this incident. Time is the only healer.

vikram

April 18, 2007, 3:28pm • lawrenceville, NJ • #17035

I am deeply saddened by the campus shootings. Although I don’t know anyone that goes to VT, i am still sad. It was like a big wake up call to every school in America. My thoughts, my heart and especially my prayers are with the victims, their families and the ones that have passed on. no one deserves this, no one deserves to be so sad, no one no matter who you are..you don’t deserve it. but remember no matter how sad you maybe, your loved ones will always be in your heart. they will always be with you, not in presence but in spirit.

much love to everyone. and im praying for everyone.
Jennifer H.

April 18, 2007, 3:28pm • Riverside,New Jersey • #17036

I am Georgetown Alum and wish to send my sympathies and admiration to all of our Hokie friends.  Though these events are unprecedented, I intend to watch how the Hokies will show the country -and the world- a shining example of leadership, character and community despite the horror and tragedy you face. 

“To discover and to teach are distinct functions; they are also distinct gifts, and are not commonly found united in the same person.”
- John Henry Newman (The Idea of a University)

“Character development is the great, if not the sole, aim of education.”
-O’Shea

“The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.”
-Robert Maynard Hutchins

April 18, 2007, 3:28pm • Fairfax, VA • #17037

Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys.

Ciera Washington & Keshia Reese

April 18, 2007, 3:28pm • Bristol, Va • #17038

To Virginia Tech Campus & all those affected,
We have you in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to wish for you a peaceful journey to recover from this tragedy.  May God Bless each and every one of you in this time of need.

Jesse, Tara & Tristyn

April 18, 2007, 3:28pm • Lloydminster, AB Canada • #17039

My name is Tracy and I was at VT last semester on an exchange… eventhough I was only there for 4 months, Blacksburg felt like home to me and I loved every day of it. I got to meet many wonderful people of which many are still there and I was so scared when I heard the news on the radio… I really don’t know what to say… it just doesn’t make sense…

My thoughts are with you nonstop and I want to express my deepest sympathy with those of you who lost a friend, family member or colleague. And I want you to know that even though I did not lose anybody who was close to me, I am hurting badly deep down inside…

One time a Hokie, always a Hokie - stay strong everybody! So often I just don’t understand the cruelty of this world…

All my thoughts are with you,

Tracy

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Oxford, United Kingdom • #17040

My deepest condolences for all those at Va Tech and to their families. Words cannot express the feelings that everyone must be going through....stay strong and keep your faith in the Lord! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Jessica Lucht

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Nokesville, Va • #17041

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.
For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.
Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good.—Matthew 7:21

“May God Bless everyone”

Cynthia Palmerin

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Houston, TX USA • #17042

All family, friends, and students are in our prayers here in Colorado.  We have about 1,500 VT Alumni here, and we will support you any way we can. 

Just last night, I wore my VT colors to our softball game, bumping into other fellow alumni whom I’ve never met.  Some would say we are strangers, but we know we are brethren.

May your recovering process be swift.

-All Colorado Hokies

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Boulder-Denver, CO • #17043

It’s truly a sad day when we, as parents, must fear for our children getting an education.  Gone are the days of simple fire drills—now our children must go through “lock-down” drills and procedures.  We no longer just tell our children “don’t talk to strangers”, but feel compelled to tell them to “take cover and play dead”!

My heart goes out to all of Virginia Tech—the students, teachers, community and especially the parents who lost their children in this heinous crime.  We lost so many bright, future leaders in this senseless, selfish tragedy.  I pray that in time your hearts will heal.

God Bless.

cac

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Marvin, NC • #17044

I would like to say that God comforts all. Just put your trust in him, and he will give you the strength, and love you need to start taking steps to heal. I will pray for each of you. This is a awfull tradgey, we have been hurt by this. Take care and hang to the support of your family and friends.

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Tyler, TX • #17045

We sorrow with you during this time and our prayers are with you continually.  But we sorrow not as ones who have no hope because we know that death is just a temporary rest before the journey home when our Heavenly Father shall appear and we will be reunited with our loved ones never to be separated again.

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Hendersonville, TN • #17046

To the entire Virginia Tech family,
I am so sorry for everything that you all are going through. I can not even begin to imagine the pain you all are feeling right now. My heart goes out to everyone involved and I am praying for all of you. Be strong and God Bless!

Megan
-College student; University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Johnstown, PA • #17047