Condolences, April 18, 2007

I cannot express what I felt when I heard the terrible news. My thoughts and love go to the students and their families. I pray that you’ll find the strengh to go on in such a hard time.

Love,
June (18)

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Germany • #17048

I am so sorry for the pain all those affected must be experiencing.  My son is a student at San Francisco State University and my niece is due to graduate next month from Old Dominion.  You just never think something like this could happen to you or yours...but unfortunately it can.  My prayers are with you all…

A. Barber, Los Angeles, California

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Los Angeles, California • #17049

Although it’s been some 15 years since I visited your beautiful college...I feel as though I am right there with you.  I bow my head in sadness at the events of the past few days.  I hurt with you today.  Having attended college, just up the road at Liberty University, I feel as though you are a sister school, and I take your pain to heart.  When you hurt - we hurt!  For all those so closely affected by this tragedy, I hold you up in prayer and ask God to wrap his loving arms of comfort around you - especially in the times when you think you can take no more.  I’ve slept little in the past few days and used that time to intercede for you when you thought you could do no more.  May you soon begin the road to recovery.  A Liberty Flame by degree - A Hokie by choice.

~Cheryl

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Northville, Michigan • #17050

Once again the flags of our nation are flying low in sorrow over a needless tragedy.  We as a country are grieving over this tremendous loss.

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Cromwell, Minnesota • #17051

Always remember that the person next to you could use a kind word. Kind words everyday, caring actions and unity. These are the things we need to offer eachother regardless of this senceless tradgedy. When someone looks like they need help, HELP THEM. People need to see the good in every person. When the people of the world learn to unite as one entity massacures like this won’t be the norm.

I feel sadness in my heart for the families who lost their children. (Even the shooters family!) When I look at my 2 year old; my heart breaks at the thought of putting all my love and soul in to raising her and then possibly losing her in such an unspeakable manner.

All my hope and prayers for everyone who has been touched by this tradgedy.
Summer Sky

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Placerville Ca. United States • #17052

To everyone who has lost a loved one in this unbelievable tragedy

I would like to express my condolences to those who have lost their loved ones in the tragedy on Monday the 16th of April. G-d is with you. Keep strong and let the happy memories of the lost once keep you stronger. My condolences!!! This tragedy has not only affected the people of Virginia but also the whole entire world. We should keep together. I am sorry for all of your lose…

V.A.

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • New York City • #17053

Our thoughts and prayers of our family are with the entire Virginia Tech community.  All our Love The Thornton Family & Drew

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Waukegan, Illinois 60087 • #17054

My prayers to all families who lost their loved ones. May God bless their souls

Ghasan Atiga

frequent visitor to VT online tutorials

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Tripoli- Libya • #17055

What an awful thing to happen. I cannot even began to imagine the pain you are feeling.  Our prayers are with students, staff, and families of all affected by this tragedy. 

Pierce family

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • St. Joseph, MO • #17056

I am so shocked by the tragedy that occured on your campus.  My heart goes out to all the students and their families and I want you to know you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Samantha Meek

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Athens, Ga • #17057

My condolences to the families of all the victims.
Having lost my own brother, at the age of 23, in a sudden violent manner, I understand the pain, anger and frustration of such a senseless end to so many promising futures.
So while I pray for the strength, comfort and healing, of all the victims’ families, I also pray they will find forgiveness and compassion for this young man, so troubled to commit this inconceivable act, and his family, who not only mourns their son, but ‘his horrible legacy’. It is only in forgiveness that we can eventually find peace.

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Warrington, PA • #17058

Sadly,
“April showers [tears] bring May flowers [rememberance].”

Condolences from Hilo, Hawai’i
Roger B. Sheetz

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Hilo, HI, USA • #17059

There are no words and there cannot be any understanding for what has happened.  My hope is that the students and victim’s families will be able to find forgiveness in their hearts in an effort to move forward with lives that will never be the same.  We will never forget.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.  ~ Member of the Boston University community.

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Boston, MA • #17060

It is with deepest symparhy that I share these words of love and encouragement. Although no words can express the sadness in my heart I pray that you find peace. To the families,injured,friends and community as a whole know that there are many people praying for your strength. May God bless you in this time of tradgedy and may the healing process be filled with beautiful memories of your lost loved ones.

Loetta Fultz-Stevens

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Chicago, IL • #17061

This tragic event has brought us to realization once again of the vulnerability of our country and it’s people. My sincere and deepest sympathy go out to all the families, students, faculty and friends. May you find peace and comfort in knowing that others are praying for you and may God be your constant source and rock.

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Phenix, VA • #17062

The deepest, darkest tragedies provide hope for a better future.  In this dark hour we wish that the Hokie community will find the strength to show the nation that, not only will Virginia Tech weather the storm, it will recover quickly and strongly. 

Use this tragedy to show the world the power and unity that makes Virginia Tech such a wonderful, spirited place.  Demonstrate to all that you can powerfully forgive Cho.  Who knows what mental illness he may have suffered. 

Comfort all of the families who lost loved ones, including his. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the university reached out to his parents to aide them?  They did nothing wrong. 

Comfort each other and appreciate each other more than ever.  Encourage whatever change is needed to make the world safer for you and your future.  Appreciate your wonderful faculty and staff as never before.  Love your families even more.

Demonstrate to the world what it means to be “Hokie Proud”.

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • Virginia Beach, VA, USA • #17063

stay strong, God is with us during our hardest times. Believe in him, and his hand will help us through.

April 18, 2007, 3:29pm • mechanicsville. Virginia • #17064

At the rising of the sun and at its going down,
We remember them.

At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.

At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring,
We remember them.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer,
We remember them.

At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn,
We remember them.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength,
We remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart,
We remember them.

When we have joys we yearn to share,
We remember them.

When we have decisions that are difficult to make,
We remember them

When we have achievements that are based on theirs,
We remember them.

As long as we live, they too shall live,
for they are a part of us, as we remember them

April 18, 2007, 3:30pm • London • #17065

Dear Hokie Nation,
As a VT alum and member of the nearby community, I too am shocked, horrified and saddened by recent events and grieve along with each of you at the loss of such wonderful students, educators, family members and friends. Two of my siblings are also VT alum and I know I can speak for them in saying they grieve as well as Virginia Tech is much more than a university to our family.
This morning when I woke, my daughters, ages 6 and 9, had placed a handmade card by my bedside. Knowing how upset I have been for the Hokie Family and Hokie Nation, they wanted to reach out in their own way to me. I wanted to share their thought with you…
“Above all God is the most powerful. He respects us all.”
As we honor the memories of our fallen Hokies, let us find peace in the grace of God and one another and remember the family of the accused as well.  I am immensely proud of our students at Virginia Tech and our community.  They have conducted themselves with dignity and pride and represent the true Hokie spirit. You will all continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Laura Plott Daniels ‘92

April 18, 2007, 3:30pm • Christiansburg, VA • #17066

EVERYONE is in our THOUGHTS , and PRAYERS.May GOD be w/ all of you during this time.
KELLI LANDRITH, SOUTH CAROLINA

April 18, 2007, 3:30pm • FOUNTAIN INN, SOUTH CAROLINA • #17067

This has really saddened the entire world! You all will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you will overcome this and hold all of those precious memories of those who passed away close to your heart.

April 18, 2007, 3:30pm • Clinton, NC • #17068

my thougts and prayers are with you-all at this
time,I can’t imangine going through something
so horrible.You-all are strong and there will
be better days ahead,but for now,love each other
and cry.(it helps).
Love to you-all,
Irene Jameson

April 18, 2007, 3:30pm • Harrisburg,Penna-- Dauphin co • #17069

My family and I live in Wales in the UK and we wish to send you all our heartfelt sorrow at this sad time for you all.
Our hearts and warmest wishes go out to everyone of you and we would like you to know that you are all in our everyday thoughts.
If any of you would like to contact us just to talk or express your feelings then we’d love to hear from you.
John and Elaine Carroll

please contact-
purelywelsh1@aol.com

April 18, 2007, 3:30pm • Wales, uk • #17070

As a neighbor to your south (UNC Chapel Hill) I wanted to express my condolenses and prayers to everyone in the VT family and community.  This senseless act has affected people all over this world, and it raises so many questions as this could have happened anywhere.  Please know that UNC and NC State have held vigils this week and are deeply affected by this tragedy - we will never forget this.

UNC Alum 2003
NC State MBA 2005

April 18, 2007, 3:30pm • Chapel Hill, NC, USA • #17071

May I extend my Sorrow and condolences all who lost loved ones, sons, daughters, mothers fathers, ncles , Friends and to the Perpetrators family this was a day that none of us will forget as we watched this unfold across the country n disbelief and horror and shock! my prayers are with you all

G Brito

April 18, 2007, 3:30pm • Oakville, Ontario • #17072

As a parent of two college students, I was horrified to learn of the tragic events at Virginia Tech.  I am so impressed by the strength, bravery and sense of community at Virginia Tech. Your school is clearly a very special place. It is heartbreaking to read about the young people that were lost as well as about their talented and courageous professors. My family will continue to think about them and hope for a better future for their families and everyone at Virginia Tech.

April 18, 2007, 3:30pm • Connecticut • #17073

To the friends and family, students at Virginia Tech…

I was so sorry to hear about this. I live in Virginia not too far from VT, and I never would have thought something like this would happen so close. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God is in control, and through all of this pain and suffering, good will come out of it. For some reason it had to happen, and we cant see it now, but one day we will. Keep your heads high, this is Hokie nation, and the pride and school spirit of this great school will come together to comfort one another through this horrible event. May this bring every student, every person at VT closer together. God is with you, always...remember that!

April 18, 2007, 3:30pm • Danville, VA • #17074

I’m from Colombia. What happened is horrible. I’m really sorry for your lost. This kind of things should not happend and I pray God to help you go trough this! You are not alone, the entired world is with you!
Laura F.

April 18, 2007, 3:30pm • Bogotá, Colombia • #17075

I am very sorry for the innocent people who lost their life in Virginia Tech.
Whatever I say here cannot bring the innocent people back, but I just want to tell the families, “I am here with you.”
God Bless…

Yukuan Gong

April 18, 2007, 3:30pm • Rockville, Maryland • #17076

I wish to express my shock, disgust, and sorrow at the events that unfolded on April 16 at Virginia Tech.
I wish to offer my deepest condolences to the friends and families of the victims, and would like them to know that they will most certainly be in our thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 3:30pm • College Park, Maryland • #17077

what a horrible tragedy, may the victims rest in peace

April 18, 2007, 3:30pm • Queens, NY • #17078

My family is from Sacramento, Ca. The news reports are filled with the tragic new that has befallen the students at Virginia Tech. I have seen the saddness on the faces of my neighbors and and friends. VT and the student body and faculty, and community are in our hearts and prayers. Sincerely, The Hamilton’s,Lyssa, Michael, Dustin and Patrick.

April 18, 2007, 3:30pm • Sacramento, California • #17079

I went to a VT football game once with some alumni friends of mine and I was struck by the fervor with which the fans embraced the team and at how tight the VT community was/is. May that same spirit of school pride and unity provide comfort to you now.

Nobody deserves to have something like this happen, and all the members of the VT community are in my thoughts and prayers.

Let’s Go Hokies!

April 18, 2007, 3:30pm • Arlington, VA • #17080

A prayer for this great nation,

Father, right now we acknowledge You & we acknowledge Your presence & Your
sovereignty.  Father we lift up Virginia Tech & the people affected by the
evil that has taken place on the campus.  We pray that Your Spirit be with
them.  We pray that Your loving arms be wrapped around them & comfort them
in this tragic time.  We pray for families, neighbors, & friends.  We pray
for staff, professors, & administrators.  God, we pray for people.  We
pray for humanity.  We pray that this event will not cause people to turn
from You but it will cause a nation to run to You like they have never run
before.  We pray for increased faith.  We pray for spiritual growth.  We
pray for Christian fellowship & salvation of souls.  We pray that your
hand will move mightily over Blacksburg, VA & over this nation.  Touch
souls right now & comfort broken hearts.  Forgive us for our sins
Father.  In Your Son Jesus Christ name we pray.  Amen.

April 18, 2007, 3:30pm • Raleigh, nc • #17081

It seems impossible to me that just two weeks ago, my family and I were driving down I-81 near Blacksburg.  My husband wanted to get off the interstate so we could visit your beautiful campus, but a traffic jam made it impossible for us to do so.  I fell in love with Virginia all over again, and expressed several times to my husband that moving to the Blacksburg area would be fine with me.  Now here you are, and this terrible tragedy has affected your wonderful community.  Know that we here even in Georgia have shed many tears over your loss, and will continue to lift you up in our prayers.  I probably echo a statement that is resounding all through this great country..."We all are Hokies!” now.  Be blessed.  Gina Atlanta Georgia

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • Altanta, Georgia • #17082

I grew up in Blacksburg and now find myself living in the Seattle, Washington area. As my parents still live in and work in Blacksburg, my ties run deep. I would like to say the media if not personal attention in the Seattle area has been phenomenal. I am amazed and encouraged how much this tragedy has dominated front page newspapers here, as well as the local news networks, seemingly on an ongoing basis. Meanwhile, it is striking how many parents of Tech students, Tech alum, and folks somehow connected to Blacksburg actually reside here; how even in Seattle there are Hokie hangouts and places to gather at such a time as this. Therefore, please know the entire country if not world is watching and feeling what you are going through—as Americans, we are all going through this tragedy. To borrow from the stirring words of John F. Kennedy, “Ich bin ein Berliner,” we are all citizens of the All-American town of Blacksburg. No one will ever forget.

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • Issaquah, Washington • #17083

I am really sorry to heat that. I can’t imagine how victims and victim’s famliy are feeling at this moment. I will always pray for everyone who is related with this tragedy.
God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • Seoul, South Korea • #17084

I am lifting up the VT community in prayer.  May God be with you all and give you comfort at this time.  Thank you for this Web site as a place to express condolences.

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • Indian Head Park, Illinois US • #17085

I will pray for the students at Virginia Tech. I am going to college in 3 years so it is kind of scary to think that I could have gone through that same thing. But know the kids who lost their lives are now in a place where the never can be hurt again.

My love to those who died,
Kynmbahl Valencia

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • Texas • #17086

I am a Florida State Seminole and could not believe what I heard Monday morning.  We had just finished playing a baseball series with VT this weekend.  I was stunned and saddened.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.  This is a tough time for all!

Adrienne Bowen

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • Tallahassee, Florida • #17087

My prayers and thoughts are with the students and families at Virginia Tech. I was beside myself when, I heard about it, It makes you think about your life and that the little things don’t matter as much, when you heard something like this.

Guzman Family
My God Bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • Cleveland, Ohio • #17088

I entered Va Tech as a freshman from a very small school years ago.  I never once felt overwhelmed, overlooked, or out of place.  In fact, I never felt more at home.  An infection sent me to the school medical center overnight my first week there.  Everyone was so kind.  I was, always have been, and always will be proud to call myself a Hookie. Those gone will be truly missed, but never forgotten.
Diane Alter

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • Rumson, NJ • #17089

There are no words that can truly express the horrificness of this event. There are no answers that can ever replace those lives or explain what happened. There is no answer to the question of why. The families of all the Va students are in our prayers. May God give you comfort and healing that can only come from Him. I pray that we will not use this as a battle to place blame or put responsibility on anyone other than a very sick, and depressed individual.

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • Annapolis, MD • #17090

My heart goes out to all the students and faculty at Va. tech. The way you all have handled yourselves through this horrible ordeal gives me hope for the future. Doug Keister

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • Hayes, Virginia • #17091

To all at Virginia Tech

As one who has experienced a similar event Dunblane,Scotland) my deepest sympathy to all.

You are in our thoughts and prayers,especially those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

To all those injured we hope you have a speedy recovery.

As time goes by it becomes easier to remember and talk about it,but you will never forget.

Remember the good times,the happy times

From a Brit in London,U.K.

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • London,U.K. • #17092

TO THE FAMILY N FRIENDS OF THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIFES IN THIS SENSELESS ACT MY THOUGHTS N PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL…

TO THOSE HEROS WHO LOST THEIR LIFES TO SAVE OTHERS GOD BLESS.....

TO THOSE WHO HAVE SURVIVED.... KEEP YOU HEAD UP HIGH AND LIVE YOU LIFE FOR THOSE WHO ARE NO LONGER AMONGST YOU....

IN THE ARMS OF ANGELS AND AT PEACE WE WILL REMEMBER THOSE WHO ARE NOW GONE IN BODY BUT NEVER IN SPIRIT

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • SYDNEY,AUSTRALIA • #17093

We were in shock when we heard the news of such a brutal massacre, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims families, and may all of you find the peace that you need to get by everyday, and know that your loved ones are in a better place even though we want them here.  May God Bless all of you.

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • Kailua, Hawaii • #17094

Just wanted to let eveyone know that you ALL are in my prayers everyday adn I can only imagine what you all are going through.  God brought you to it , and he will bring you through it!!!

Cindy

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • Hooks, TX • #17095

My thoughts, prayers, and support go out to all the friends and falmilies of the innocent lives lost, and wounded at Virginia Tech. on Monday April 16, 2007. Words can not express the sorrows, and hurt so many people feel at this time, they are in shock, and disbelief that something like this happened again. So many people are hurt and effected by this event.

“In God We Trust”...God had a plan for each and every one of those lives that were taken, they are with him now, in a better place. Celebrate their lives, and their accomplishments, comfort those around you, and remember...time is the only thing that will heal your pain. Nothing will every replace those 32 innocent people who lost their lives. You do not have to forget, but remember to forgive, look back on all the memories you shared, and remember your loved one is in Heaven, looking down, and watching over you. They will always be in your heart, all you have to do is remember!

Keep your heads up, and express your feelings. Again my thoughts, prayers, and support goes out to all of you at your time of need.

Danielle Dickinson

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • Charlotte, MI • #17096

Although I do not know anyone from the victims, I’m sad and shocked - I you ask: “Why does God permits those things?” you can’t find a good answer.
As a Christ i will pray for the victims, their families and their friends.

May God bless you all

sincerely

Andreas Bernstein
e-Mail: ambresarre@web.de

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • Neunkirchen, Germany • #17097