Condolences, April 18, 2007

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone so devasted by this tragedy.

AND IF I GO,

WHILE YOU’RE STILL HERE....

KNOW THAT I LIVE ON,

VIBRATING TO A DIFFERENT MEASURE

BEHIND A VEIL YOU CANNOT SEE THROUGH.

YOU WILL NOT SEE ME,

SO YOU MUST HAVE FAITH.

I WAIT FOR THE TIME WHEN WE CAN SOAR TOGETHER AGAIN

BOTH AWARE OF EACH OTHER.

UNTIL THEN, LIVE YOUR LIFE TO ITS FULLEST AND WHEN YOU NEED ME,

JUST WHISPER MY NAME IN YOUR HEART

...I WILL BE THERE.

Jm…

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • Jacksonville, Fl • #17098

Your tragedy has united thousands of Universities-we all share in your sadness.  Our thoughts and prayers from Binghamton University.

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • Binghamton, New York • #17099

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and the survivors of this tragic event.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Rhoades

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • Horn Lake, MS • #17100

May God be with all of the families of the innocent people who lost their lives. My heart goes out to you all.

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • Easley, SC • #17101

I am a student at the University of Minnesota, and I would like to express my sorrow for everything that has happened.  The entire Virginia Tech organization especially the victims and there families are in my prayers, as well as everyone here at the U of M.  As student from the University of Maryland put it best when he/she stated:

Today, we are all Hokies

Truly, we are.  The whole country is behind each and every one of you, as well as the rest of the world.  May god bless all of you, as the healing process begins.

-Undergradute at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • Minnesota • #17102

My heart and prayers goes out to every single person affected by this terrible tradegy.  God is with you and so is everyone that is touched by this.  It is only through this that we can come together and give love and comfort during this horrible time.  May God bless each and everyone of you.

April 18, 2007, 3:31pm • Virginia Beach, VA • #17103

My thoughts and prayers are with the Virginia Tech community.  My God be with the families of the lost love ones and with the families of ones recovering.  My God Bless You!!!

April 18, 2007, 3:32pm • Concord, Virginia • #17104

My years at university were some of the greatest of my life and I made friends that will last a lifetime.  It saddens me greatly that the students at VT will have to add this tragedy to their university memories.  Hopefully these prayers and well wishes from around the world will help to lessen the pain. 
With Sympathy,
Tiff

April 18, 2007, 3:32pm • St. Louis, Missouri • #17105

Our heart, thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been affected by this tragedy. May your hearts heal and your friendships grow stronger. 

Our Condolences from the Lalonde family in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I can’t comprehend just how sad you must feel
For the loss of someone you love.
This sorrowful time must still feel unreal
And you’re looking for strength from above.

I hope, from my heart, that your pain will decrease,
That your spirit will gain strength again,
And I pray that your faith will create inner peace
And that God will send blessings--Amen.

Till then, if you need me to lighten your load,
I’m waiting to come to your aid.
Just call on me, and I’ll walk down that road,
Until the dark times start to fade.

By Karl Fuchs

April 18, 2007, 3:32pm • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada • #17106

I’m originally from Southwestern VA and I currently live in Richmond.  Every time I drive home I always look forward to seeing Lane Stadium from Rt. 460 and I’ll never forget being a senior on my Varsity Football cheerleading squad cheering at an Alumni game (Pitt, 1994).  I’ve been a Hokies fan all my life.  I am so sorry for this tragedy that has befallen the campus, the town and most importantly, the student body, faculty and staff of Virginia Tech.  I wish I could put my arms around you all.

Stephanie

April 18, 2007, 3:32pm • Richmond, VA • #17107

WE HAVE A SON-IN-LAW WORKING ON HIS PHD AT VT. OUR HEARTS ARE FILLED WITH SORROW FOR ALL OF THE STAFF, STUDENTS, AND FAMILIES CONNECTED WITH THIS VT TRAVISTY. WE MUST ALWAYS REMEMBER TO TELL OUR LOVED ONES HOW WE FEEL ON A DAILY BASIS.
THE HEALING PROCESS BEGINS WITH BEING ABLE TO FORGIVE. TERRY AND SANDY SCHWARZ

April 18, 2007, 3:32pm • PALMETTO, FLORIDA • #17108

My heart breaks for all the victims and their families and for all the students and facilty members that wentthrough this horrible tragedy.  My neice is a VT student and I am so proud of the way she and all the VT family has held together and comfort each other.  May God give comfort to all the VT family. 
With great love and sympathy
The Jacksons

April 18, 2007, 3:32pm • Newport News, Va • #17109

My prayers to everyone. My brother was lucky enought to survive the recent shooting at Dawson College in Canada.

You are real heroes, do not give up!

Carole, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

April 18, 2007, 3:32pm • canada • #17110

I am a secretary in a small Courthouse in Northeast Missouri.  Although I personally don’t know anyone from Virginia Tech, I just wanted you to know that this tragedy has touched everyone.  My heart aches for the students, friends, and families.  May God be with you all and may he give you comfort and strength in this time of sorrow.

God Bless You-Regina

April 18, 2007, 3:32pm • Monticello MO • #17111

As a recent VT alumni, my thoughts over the last two days have rarely strayed from this terrible event. My family and I offer our prayers to the families and friends of the victims and we will alway remember the 32 innocent lives so violently taken away on that tragic day.

April 18, 2007, 3:32pm • Baltimore , Maryland • #17112

I am a student at The Ohio State University and I just wanted to tell the students of Virginia Tech, as well as their families and friends, that we are praying for you all. We have been having prayer services on the Oval and we are ALL proud Hokies. I hope you all know that that you are NOT alone. I hope that you can look to the support of your friends worldwide. God bless.

April 18, 2007, 3:32pm • Columbus, Ohio • #17113

Words cannot express our deepest sympathy for the students, parents, staff and alumni of VT. Our prayers are with you, know that you are not alone in this, God is with you…

Eastview Baptist Youth

April 18, 2007, 3:32pm • Rock Hill, SC • #17114

I wanted to let all of the Virginia Tech family know that I will keep everyone in my thoughts and prayers! God be with you and keep you strong at one of the weakest times of your lives. I go to Winston Salem State University and this situation has sure opened my eyes to beware of all of my surroundings. We can not always control what is happening around us that’s why we all have to stick together!
With Love to everyone in their darkest hour!
ALG

April 18, 2007, 3:32pm • Pinnacle, NC • #17115

All my sorrows and condolenses are with you all at this sad time. I will pray for the victims. I will hope that the families and friends of this tragedy heal and emerge from this abyss with only happy memories of their loved ones lost. They are in the hands of God. Godspeed. Peace!

April 18, 2007, 3:32pm • North Arlington, NJ USA • #17116

VT students, professors, parents, and community-

My deepest sympathies go out to you in light of this recent tragic event. I’ve only visited your campus once and I know how the tragedy has touched me and can’t even begin to imagine how those closest to it are feeling.

I am an elementary school teacher and this event has raised questions from our students and teachers about how safe we are everyday. Some of our staff have children that attend VT. Our students are wearing VT shirts and they too are touched by this senseless act. I’m also a graduate student and understand how dedicated one is to their university. Our college president has sent out numerous e-mails for the students to keep the VT community in our thoughts, we had a moment of silence, and vigil to honor those whose lives were senselessly taken.

Please know that God will give you comfort in your time of need. My small town elementary school stands with you as you gracefully endure this trial and James Madison University feels a kinship with you as we watch your bravery. You are unceasingly in our thoughts and prayers. We shed tears with you during this time of grief. VT you are inspiring!

GO HOKIES and God bless,
B. Good

April 18, 2007, 3:32pm • Elkton, VA • #17117

For Nikki: A tribute to Virginia Tech

32 last breaths left this world breathless…

I slipped on my house shoes,

Poured me a bowl of cereal

And turned on CNN for breakfast

I tried adjusting the color,

But my screen was painted red

32 dead

Casualties climbing

It was selfish, but I thought of Nikki

Selected Poems of, Love Poems, Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea,

That I all have in My House

All blew open as a deathly wind

Snatched my breath away like I was an asthmatic

I flipped the channels, looking for Nikki

For Nikki to shed some light, to give some meaning

For Nikki to breathe life back into me

For Nikki to breathe…

I remembered the moment she inspired me,

“Balances”

And I wondered if this monster tried to balance his grade average

If he’d only read it

If he’d only read her

He would have been cured, his demons chased away

32 lives saved

How can we now balance 32 lives lost?

Nikki?

-Derrick Benson

April 18, 2007, 3:32pm • Youngstown, OH • #17118

Blacksburg and VT have been an important part of my life for over 15 years. I was deeply saddened by the violence that stuck the campus. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the VT family and especially the family and friends of the victims. Tech is a very special place. Be strong. I am proud to be a Hokie.

Matthew Blackwood, Phd (2003)

April 18, 2007, 3:32pm • Charleston, WV • #17119

what can you really say?

these people did not deserve to die.
a normal day turns horrifying

i can only imagine what the hokies are going through

keep your heads up
tech will move on

LETS GO HOKIES!

April 18, 2007, 3:32pm • Poquoson,Virginia • #17120

To all of you students, faculty and families of VT: My deepest condolences go out to each of you during this very difficult time.  Please know that you are not alone and that you will get through these hard times.  Stay strong and support one another, keep the faith.  God Bless.  AJ

April 18, 2007, 3:32pm • Pa • #17121

A senseless tragedy shocks the world, a senseless tragedy in our back yards devastates us all. Our prayers and concerns are with the families and everyone closely affected by this ordeal. May you find peace within to deal with such heartbreaking grief. Columbine made me doubt the safety of my children at school and now Virginia Tech’s tragedy fills me with doubt again as a middle aged college student. May you be strong and persever and know that the country feels your pain.

April 18, 2007, 3:33pm • Weslaco, Texas • #17122

As a member of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A & M, I wanted to wish my
most sincere prayers for yall during this hard time. I feel that as part of a
similar organization I have a tie through our military life styles. I speak
for myself and my buddies in saying that you will have quite a few prayers
coming to you from A & M.

I know I am just one man and am over a thousand miles away, but if there is
anything I can do to help I would be more than willing.

April 18, 2007, 3:33pm • College Station, TX • #17123

I wish to send my heartfelt Condolences to the Families, Friends and Students who have lost a loved one.

Thinking of you at this sad time.

April 18, 2007, 3:33pm • UK, England • #17124

MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE DECEASED AND THE LIVING FOR ALL OF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM THIS HORRIFIC TRAGEDY...BUT ESPECIALLY THE FAMILIES WHO LOST LOVE ONES...I AM A MOTHER OF TWO SONS AND CAN’T BEGIN TO IMAGINE HOW IT IS TO LOSE A CHILD...MY OLDEST IS A MARINE WHO JUST GOT BACK FROM IRAQ AFTER SERVING 8 MONTHS THERE..I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SEE HIM AGAIN..BUT I THANK GOD EVERYDAY THAT I DID...MY HEART IS IN PAIN FOR YOUR LOST...AND I PRAY THAT GOD WILL GIVE YOU THE STRENGTH TO CARRY ON AND TO CELEBRATE THEIR LIFE.....

April 18, 2007, 3:33pm • SPRINGFIELD, MO • #17125

This tragedy is beyond words, but know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jon

April 18, 2007, 3:33pm • Yonkers, NY • #17126

We are shocked and saddened at what happened at Virginia Tech. 7 months, 3 days ago, a girl was killed and 22 students injured at Dawson College, here in Montreal. The students are still trying to overcome what happened. The first week upon returning to school after our tragedy, there were many psychologists on hand and the students were encouraged to talk about their fears and emotions in class. A mime was also hired to walk around the campus all day to give hugs to anyone who felt they needed one. All this helped a great deal. We would like to extend our sympathies to all those who lost a loved one and we pray that the injured have a full and speedy recovery. We also extend our condolences to the family of the gunman for they must also be in shock and are mourning the loss of their disturbed son. We hope that they will not be hated or ostracized for what their son did. We would also like to commend Prof. Nikki Giovanni for her morale boosting speech. TO ALL THE STUDENTS: Take back your school and your lives. In time you will all heal, but never forget. Don’t let this tragedy prevent you from achieving your dreams and ambitions. You are all in our prayers. - Carolyn Chagnon and family.

April 18, 2007, 3:33pm • Montreal, Canada • #17127

my condolences goes out to all the families and friends at VT.

Richard Melton

April 18, 2007, 3:33pm • Stevensville, MD • #17128

A heart of gold stopped beating,
two shining eyes at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove
He only takes the best.

I’m very sorry for your loss, and you’re all in my prayers.

Natalie G.

April 18, 2007, 3:33pm • Blue Ridge, South Carolina • #17129

Our family in the San Francisco, California area extend our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to all Virginia Tech students and their families, faculty/staff members and their families and especially to the relatives and friends of the deceased.  All injured are in our healing prayers.  Our family will be wearing your designated colors this Friday honoring your school.  K,M,L&K

April 18, 2007, 3:33pm • Fremont, CA • #17130

Im a JMU student and I just wanted to let you know that we are in this together. From the good grace of god we will heal and grow stronger as a community. God bless. Go Hokies!

April 18, 2007, 3:33pm • Harrisonburg, VA • #17131

My condolences go out to all familes and friends who lost innocent loved ones in this tragedy.I am a student also, and to hear something like this devastates me. Virginia Tech is a great school and although it has lost some of its members we will continue to praise it and the lives that were taken on that day. May they all Rest In Peace!!!!!

With Sympathy,
Sheena K.

April 18, 2007, 3:33pm • Danville, Va. • #17132

My heart goes out to all the families of loved ones gone but never forgotten. I will pray for all of you to be strong and to be able to go on untill you are with them again. It is so hard to understand how anyone could do something as terrible as that to another person. God Bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 3:33pm • Lanesville, Indiana • #17133

As a fellow collegiate student, I wish to convey my deepest sympathies to all of those affected.  To the families of those lost, be strong and celebrate the lives of your loved ones.  And to the VT community, know that the entire nation is with you in thoughts and prayers.

From the student body of The Canisius College of Buffalo, NY

April 18, 2007, 3:33pm • Buffalo, NY • #17134

no words to say...I’m so sorry for everybody who lost their friends & family, this should have never happend!!!
To all the victoms, rest in peace.
with love

April 18, 2007, 3:33pm • Linda, Nijmegen, The Netherlands • #17135

Being a proud daughter of Virginia, born and raised in Essex County, I share in your grief.  I pray that the Lord our God will wrap you in his strong arms, protect, comfort, and keep you during this time and may He watch over you during the days to come.  The road may seem long and difficult, but we must remember that He is in control and will not give us more than we can bear.  Stay strong and believe that the sun will shine in the morning and the memories that you hold in your heart on the lives that were led before this tradgey will live on strong and forever in our hearts.  Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, take it to the LOrd in PRAYER.

My family will continue to pray you all of you,

Jo Ann Myers-Robinson

April 18, 2007, 3:33pm • Philadelphia, PA • #17136

As close as I’ve gotten to Virgina Tech is this web page and College Sports. I would be a dream come true to attend your institution. There is a high since of pride when it comes to being a Hokie knowing your direct apart of the orange affect. This is what makes this tragedy so hard however the comradely of the Virgina Tech family is one that can stand in the face of sorrow and triumph once again. Virgina Tech students past and present has help this Nation remain free and aloud the pursuit to better one self. This alone I thank you. I hope for all of those that attend Virgina Tech and are planing on attending remand steadfast in their pursuit of higher learning. The healing proses will be long and hard however the Commonwealth, The Empire State and I’m am willing to help in any way passable. March on Hokies, may the orange never fade.

Thoughts and Prayers
Jibreel K. Riley

April 18, 2007, 3:33pm • Buffalo, NY • #17137

I am a Mechanical Engineering Student at California State Univeristy, Sacramento and my heart sank when I found out that the Engineering buildings were the targets and 2 of the fallen were engineering professors.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers.  There is light at the end of this horrible tunnel and the Lord will guild you through this valley.  Have faith!

Go HOKIES & GOD BELSS all of you!

April 18, 2007, 3:33pm • Sacramento, California • #17138

There are no words to express how sad we feel for all of you at Virginia Tech. Although we do not know anyone personally affected by this tragedy, we share the pain of this tragedy.
To the staff, families, and friends directly affected by this, please know you have people all over the world praying for you and we share in your pain.
We will pray for healing to begin and your hearts to be healed. Trust in the Lord and he will heal your broken hearts.
May God Bless All Of You.
In Love & Hope,
The Ruckman Family

April 18, 2007, 3:34pm • North Las Vegas, Nevada • #17139

I am deeply sadden by your tragic events. I am shocked that something like this has happened. I am a WVU Mountaineer Alumnus, but today we are all Hokies. Remember that you aren’t alone. We are all thinking of you and praying for you to heal. As Americans, we need to stop this hatred and live in peace.

With love and sympathy,
Karen G
WVU Alum

April 18, 2007, 3:34pm • Summersville, WV • #17140

Our hearts break for the Virginia Tech family during this tragedy!  However, the Hokies are UNITED & you are STRONG.  May God bless you and strengthen you throughout this ordeal.
Clemson University ‘80

April 18, 2007, 3:34pm • Anderson, South Carolina • #17141

My heart aches for all of those in the Virginia Tech family - the victims, their families, their friends, and the whole Hokie community. The thoughts and prayers of the world are with you.

Marlene (Kuhtmann) Clapp
MUA class of 1998
VT employee 1998-2001

April 18, 2007, 3:34pm • Harwich, MA • #17142

To the victims, families and friends of this unimaginable, terrible tragedy, my heart, as does the hearts of many, many, many people from around the world, goes out to you.  My thoughts and prayers goes out to the entire Hokie community.

Good Bless

Stephanie

April 18, 2007, 3:34pm • Toronto, Canada • #17143

My heart breaks for all of the VA Tech community.  Please know that many are praying for you as you deal with the enormous sense of loss and grief.  May Jesus put His arms around you and my prayer is from II Corinthians 1:3 (Paraphased) May the God of all comfort,through Jesus Christ our Lord, comfort you as you comfort each other.
Praying for you and may God Bless You.

Betty Sevachko, Charlottesville, VA

April 18, 2007, 3:34pm • Charlottesvilee, VA USA • #17144

Our sincerest condolences and prayers for all at Virginia Tech.  It’s hard to understand why life could be so cruel, but our faith in God must be our strength in this very difficult time.  Remember He is always there to strengthen and comfort you.

The Muoio Family

April 18, 2007, 3:34pm • Lebanon, New Jersey • #17145

My thoughts and prayers are with the the victims of the shootings and their families. I want to extend my support to all of them and to the students, the faculty and the staff of Virginia Tech. In such a time of shock, fear and sadness it is difficult to focus on the positve. But everything that I have seen from the students at VT through news coverage of this event is evidence that we as a nation do have a wonderful, compassionate, spirited and hopeful generation of young adults who are coming into thier own. I am in awe of these young adults at VT.

April 18, 2007, 3:34pm • Austin Texas • #17146

May the soul of the victims of the shootings rest in peace. May lord provide strength to all the survivors of the massacre and family of the victims. May god help them to overcome this grief even though I understand that their loss is incompensiable..

April 18, 2007, 3:34pm • Dallas,TX • #17147