Condolences, April 18, 2007

Our prayers are with you all, for each person is grieving in their own special way.  Be strong my friends.  The Lord, Nation, & World are hugging you all during this difficult time.

April 18, 2007, 3:43pm • Woodbrige, VA • #17298

I am an alumni of the Pamplin Business School; MBA 1997-99(Fin). I was horrified to watch the tragedy unfold at Virginia Tech. This unspeakable act has robbed something from all of us student, teachers and alumni ; But this shared oneness of Hokies is a great strength. At this hour of tragedy I would like to pass on my heartfelt condolences through you to the Virginia Tech Community. The family and friends of the bereaved are in our prayers & thoughts.

Naagesh Padmanaban
MBA (1997-99)

April 18, 2007, 3:43pm • Salt Lake City, UT • #17299

My prayers and thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends, and the VT Community. 

As a Virginia Tech Alumni I know that Virginia Tech is a great institution and one of the most beautiful campus across the country.  I spent the happiest days of my life in the beautiful town of Blacksburg.  I am certain that we will recover and come back even stronger with the HOKIE PRIDE!!

My condolences to the families and to those stayed behind.  May the victims rest in peace

I am very proud to be a HOKIE!!

Sinan
B.S. 2001
MBA 2006

April 18, 2007, 3:43pm • Falls Church, VA • #17300

I can’t even imagine your shock and horror and what a sense of loss that you are feeling at this time.  To the families of these victims I can imagine this would be the most terrible thing you could possibly face and know that our prayers are certainly with you and will be in the months to come. God Bless All of you!

April 18, 2007, 3:43pm • Kentucky • #17301

My families prayers go out to all involved with this tragedy and our hearts are heavy and we will never forget this day and never forget the inocent lives that were taken so soon

God Bless you all

April 18, 2007, 3:43pm • Shipman Va • #17302

the entire world is in shock over the news about what happened on the 16th.  we all are with you

April 18, 2007, 3:43pm • palma de mallorca, spain • #17303

To all that are involved in the VT shootings, our deepest thoughts are with you. We feel for you, and what your going through. Those that aren’t in America can only imagine how difficult this must be for you. Our love and sympathy goes out to you all.

in this you will not stand alone
your minds are carrying all the times
that you and your loved ones have sewn

condolences from faraway
we pray in our hearts,
and we will think about you each and everyday

grieve as you will, its only right
soon we will all meet again
but until we catch sight
..its goodnight <3

Whitney Hamer, 18, UK

April 18, 2007, 3:43pm • West Sussex, England, United kingdom • #17304

We the family in the 757 area give deepest sympathy to the college and the family and friends that comes to this sad situation. I work with a couple of VT alumni.

April 18, 2007, 3:43pm • yorktown,Va • #17305

Students, Family, Faculty, and Staff of Virginia Tech-

As well as everyone accross the world, I am sorry for what has happened to your humble community. It is a shame that it happened to such young, talented people.

Here at Franklin Parish High School, we are praying for the hurt and the unhurt, the family and the faculty & staff. No one is in this alone.

Keep God. Keep Faith.

American Loves You.

Shane Scott
Franklin Parish High School
Winnsboro, Louisiana

April 18, 2007, 3:43pm • Winnsboro, LA, 71295 • #17306

I am extremely shocked in this tragic event. I wish the students and faculty my best to the healing process. In the midst of life there is death but in the midst of death there is life.

April 18, 2007, 3:43pm • Maumee,OH • #17307

We wish to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families, students, faculty and staff at Virginia Tech as well as the entire town. Please try to take comfort in knowing you are in our thoughts and prayers. It may not seem so now, but you will make it through this.

April 18, 2007, 3:43pm • Williams Family, Six Nations, Ontario. • #17308

Oh God, I wish there was something I could do to make your pain go away. It’s painful for those of us here in VA, even for those of us that don’t know someone who was directly affected. Just know that everyone feels for you, and we would do whatever we could if there was any way whatsoever to rid you all of some of your pain. You’re in my thoughts, and I hope your hearts all begin to heal at the earliest possible time. Again, I’m so terribly sorry for everything. Just know you’re loved!

April 18, 2007, 3:43pm • Charlottesville, VA • #17309

Our family esperienced what you have been involved in we are from the our beloved Bus Driver and my sons Cub scout leader which we still miss to this day.I have been watching the coverage on television and Ihave been wearing orange to feel like you have our families sympathy because Iam mother 4 . Our families deepest sympathies.
Take care and you are in ourhearts and prayers,
The Will Westerman Family

April 18, 2007, 3:43pm • Stewart, TN. • #17310

In all our minds we keep on asking, why?  May God give you all strength, may you look towards Him in this time of grieving.  This is such a tragedy for you all and no one should go through something like this, especially a college campus.  You are all in my prayers and I send my prayers to the victims families.

~Eric Tillis, Eastern Illinois University

April 18, 2007, 3:43pm • Charleston, IL • #17311

As I walked to one of my classes yesterday, I passed the engineering building on our campus and saw a girl walking the opposite direction wearing a Virginia Tech sweatshirt; my heart went out to all who have been affected by this tragedy. Then, this morning as I walked to my car after meeting with one of my teachers, I walked by the flag on campus which stands at half-mast in honor of those whose lives were taken, and again, I was touched by the thoughtfulness all around me for all who are hurt and mourning at this time.

You are not alone in this time of pain and recovery. I know that my thoughts and prayers are with you as are the prayers of so many others where I live and go to school. May God bless you with healing in hearts and comfort to your souls. I pray that all who are suffering at this time will receive that healing and comfort.

Again, my heart goes out to you. I’m sorry for your loss and pain.

Jake Price
Civil Engineering Major
Brigham Young University

April 18, 2007, 3:43pm • Orem, UT • #17312

My thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty, friends, families, and all of the emergency workers who were affected by this unbelievable tragedy.
I grieve with all of you at this difficult time.

April 18, 2007, 3:44pm • Virginia Beach, VA. • #17313

We have been and will continue to pray for all of you.
God Bless!

April 18, 2007, 3:44pm • Spring, Texas USA • #17314

I DONT KNOW WHAT TO SAY THAT HAS NOT BEEN SAID BY EVERYONE ELSE.I CANT EVEN BEGIN TO KNOW HOW THE FAMILIES OF THE STUDENTS WILL EVER GET OVER THIS TRADGEDY.THEY WERE ALL SOMEONES SON,DAUGHTER,BROTHER,SISTER,MOM,DAD OR DEAR FRIEND. WE CAN ONLY HOPE THEY FIND SOME COMFORT KNOWING THAT THE WHOLE WORLD IS THINKING OF THEM AND THEIRS AT THIS VERY SAD TIME.
YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS.
JANINE AND FAMILY FROM SHEFFIELD(ENGLAND)

April 18, 2007, 3:44pm • SHEFFIELD,ENGLAND • #17315

My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to you all right now.  The world is hurting with each of you and this will be remembered always.
Love to all,
LaShawn Swadener

April 18, 2007, 3:44pm • Lubbock, Texas • #17316

Luckily for me, my friend was safe in his apartment unaware of what was going on around him.  There are no words to describe how sorry I am for all of your losses.  I remember visiting my friend at least twice a year for the past few years, and how beautiful the campus is, and how nice and friendly the people are.  Keep your heads held high, things will be okay… My prayers are with you all!

April 18, 2007, 3:44pm • Marlton, NJ • #17317

It is with great sorrow that I share my sincerest condolences with the entire Virginia Tech family.

Please know that the entire country shares your pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Theresa Fragale and family

April 18, 2007, 3:44pm • Lincroft, New Jersey • #17318

Words are not enough to explain the grief.
Sometimes its just easier to say it simply;
This completely sucks.
May all the families and friends of those lost find peace through these coming weeks, months, years.  Know that our whole state, and country hurt along with them.  Wouldn’t be surprised to see marron and orange painted throughout our lands, in memory of those tragically fallen.

Go Hokies!  Stay Strong, Stand Proud!

JD

April 18, 2007, 3:44pm • Bristow, VA USA • #17319

I work for a small University in Kansas and watch in sheer horror as these events unfolded.

I have included all of the victims and their families in my prayers.

Trust in God in this time of healing.

April 18, 2007, 3:44pm • Baldwin City, KS • #17320

There are tears in my eyes as I try to see through them to type this.  I spent a weekend on Virginia Tech’s campus rooting for an opposing football team, and now my heart roots for Virginia Tech and all the wonderful people I met there.

Mike Bowles

April 18, 2007, 3:44pm • San Diego, California • #17321

I am deeply saddened by the events that took place on Monday.  As a teacher, I find myself questioning the safety of the students as well as the emotional support we can provide them.  I find myself wanting to include tolerance and coping skills in my circulum.  At the present moment I am teaching my yearly unit on the Holocaust, its causes, and its survivors.  My of my students were very upset to find out that of the few remaining survivors, a loving teacher, Liviu Librescu gave his life to save his students.  Many said that his deed was a heartfelt sacrifice on a the day set aside in history to honor him.  I will continue to honor him every year in my lesson, may he always be remember for his great love of teaching and his students. 
Because of the shooting, we had a chance to extend our lesson and discuss hatred and tolerance.  Children need to know that they are loved and that there is always someone there for them.  We can’t prevent every evil deed from happening, but we can show that our love is strong enough to forgive when it does.  I aspire to be as great a person as Liviu Librescu.  Let those that he saved honor his life by becoming the people he thought they could be.

April 18, 2007, 3:44pm • Sylacauga, Alabama, USA • #17322

You are not alone - all of us, everyone of us, has been touched by this tradgedy and we are with you. The pain you feel is so dark and it must seem like it will not end. There are no words, no actions, no expression that can fully show how sad we all are for the losses you have experienced - we are sad for all of the fear and anger this has caused, for how this affects you now and in the future, and for how impossible it must seem to go on with your lives. Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many people that do not know you, but care about you just the same.

April 18, 2007, 3:44pm • Lawrence, Kansas, USA • #17323

You will find strength somehow.  I will be praying for you.

April 18, 2007, 3:44pm • New Orleans, LA • #17324

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims and their families, the students of Virginia Tech, and the faculty and staff.

Lee, Charlotte, Kenny, & Holly Knowles
Class of 1974
Class of 1998

April 18, 2007, 3:44pm • Ft. Lauderdale, FL • #17325

My prayers are with all of you in this time of grief remember God is with you .. The Lord also grieves with you it not His desire for these things to happen He Loves all of you and seek His comfort and peace that surpasses all understanding.We also grieve with you, you are not alone.

We love you all Rodarte Family in Austin Texas

April 18, 2007, 3:44pm • Austin, Tx • #17326

There are no words that could possibly be said...from a city that dealt with Columbine, my family and I wanted to at least share with you our sympathy and let you all know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and pray that you all may find, again one day, peace. 

God bless all of you!

The Harris Family
Denver, Colorado

April 18, 2007, 3:44pm • Denver, Colorado • #17327

I want to let you know that all people here in France are full of sorry for what happened, we wish you all the best for the future and our prays goes to you and the family who lost so many young persons.

With love
Nathalie

April 18, 2007, 3:44pm • Strasbourg East France • #17328

Words really cant describe that shock & horror of this event. The thoughts and prayers of my family go out to the families, friends and fellow students of those lives tragically ended. Stay strong Hokies…

Jeremy Favero

April 18, 2007, 3:45pm • Mesa, AZ • #17329

I am a graduate of Marshall University. My husband, West Virginia University. My son, University of Kentucky. My daughter, Lancaster Bible College. It does not matter that we are not part of the VT family. We share your loss and keep you in our prayers. My neighbor, who is an alumnus of VT, is proudly displaying his VT flag today, and we are proud of your courage and strength during this great time of sadness and disbelief. “. . . yea, in the shadow of Thy wings will I make my refuge until this calamity be overpast.” Ps. 57:1B. God bless you all.—Debbie

April 18, 2007, 3:45pm • South Charleston, WV • #17330

I am a May ‘06 graduate and still visit campus every couple weeks.  This hardship has been shocking and draining, yet I have never felt more like a Hokie these past few days.  I did not know any victims personally, but I grieve as if they were family.  This tragedy has truly stabbed at the heart of the Virginia Tech community, but it is this heart we share that can never be broken.

April 18, 2007, 3:45pm • Charlottesville, VA • #17331

So sad and sorry about what happened to the VT community.

But remember, they were heroes, people who held doors closed, helped injured, responded.  That you can take pride in.  Even in difficult times, especially in difficult times, we can love and help one another.

Take care of yourselves and others

April 18, 2007, 3:45pm • Arlington, VA • #17332

God Bless all the students and faculty as well as their families and friends at Virginia Tech.

My heart goes out to all of you.

Dawn Hesse

April 18, 2007, 3:45pm • Erie, Colorado • #17333

Here in Michigan, we recently had a fatal shooting in the workplace (Troy).  Now, VT has its own heartbreak.  Please accept my sincerest condolences and heartfelt thoughts of peace and simplicity.  As a mother, I cannot begin to imagine the debilitating emotions that might take over after this kind of shock - please remember to take of yourselves too:-)

I send thoughts of hope, love, and forgiveness to all families affected by the events of April 16, 2007.

Kris

April 18, 2007, 3:45pm • Rochester Hills, MI • #17334

YOU HAVE FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN ARIZONA THAT EXTEND THIER PRAYERS AND SARROW TO YOU ALL AND APPLAUD YOUR COURAGE TO STAND STRONG AND PROUD.  SOMEONE LIKE THE “CREATURE” THAT CARRIED OUT THIS HORRIBLE ACT SHOULD NOT AND WILL NOT HAVE ABILITY TO KILL THE SPIRIT THAT LIES WITHIN EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!  MAY GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU MOVE FORWARD IN YOUR RECOVERY PROCESS; AND MAY EACH OF THE VICTIMS LIVE IN ETERNAL PEACE FOREVER.  WE PRAY AND CARE FOR YOU ALL!

April 18, 2007, 3:45pm • PHOENIX, ARIZONA • #17335

We are so sorry to hear of such an awful tragedy that has affected you all, please don’t let this senseless act ruin your future careers !

April 18, 2007, 3:45pm • Ajax, Ontario, Canada • #17336

Nobody will ever understand why such a terrible tragedy like this has happened and why such beautiful and gifted people have been taken.  Our city was devastated by the Dunblane tradedy in 1996 and you still think of what they would have become and what difference would they have made to the world.  I have 2 children and now hold them a little tighter at night, our thoughts and sincere condolonces are with family and friends at this sad time.
Victoria, Jason, Jamie and Emma

April 18, 2007, 3:45pm • Stirling, Scotland • #17337

Our family has everyone in our prayers for all of you that are going through this terrible tradgedy.I wish I could help take away the pain and heartache.Trying to understand this is very difficult,I just want to send my love and hope and faith to all of you.The Burris ,Kephart,Cutshall family

April 18, 2007, 3:45pm • bakersfield ,Ca ,U.S.A • #17338

I am still in complete shock due to the recent events that have taken place at VT.  My prayers go out to all the students, faculty, and families that have been affected by this tragedy.  May God bless each and every one of you!

-Cassie Bishop

April 18, 2007, 3:45pm • Duffield, VA • #17339

Im only a student, im 18 and have only begun college. HOwever it struck me hard when I herd of the Tragedy VT had to bare. It is hard to imagine the pain of all those who knew and loved the people who died. Their are no words to express that sort or pain, its unimaginable. I wanted to take this time to offer my condolences to the families of all those who have passed.I cannot imagine how it must be like to wake up one day and see the people you love gone. I will keep you all in my prayers.May your hearts soon heel but never forget.

Sincerly
-Yuliana C. Torres

April 18, 2007, 3:45pm • San Antonio, Tx • #17340

Hokie Family,
We have all been hurt tremendously by this tragedy.  We all have so many questions, and for most we will never have the answers.  Please know that the Alumni are praying for all of you, and wrapping our arms around you guys.  Together we will get through this.  The Hokie Nation is a strong nation, and through supporting each other we will survive, and strive to make our world a better place.  Stay strong and lean on each other.
Alli, Class of 91

April 18, 2007, 3:45pm • Roanoke, Virginia • #17341

As a member of the hokie family and former graduate student, I would like you (my fellow hokie family members) to know my prayers and regards are with you at this time of need. Those of us who are in other parts of the country stand with you.

May God give you the strength you need to go on, though you may not forget.

My regards to you all, Florah.

April 18, 2007, 3:45pm • Chicago, Illinois • #17342

The patient Access staff at Saint Mary’s Healthcare Southwest Campus in Byron Center Michigan would like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of those who’s lives were lost. We are also thinking of those who were injured, and all others affected by this terrible tragedy. We have all joined together and started a fund to add to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund. You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength during this difficult time.
Sincerly,
The Saint Mary’s Southwest Patient Access staff

April 18, 2007, 3:45pm • Byron Center, MI 49315 • #17343

Very possibly, one may well not find the proper words to convey the sadness and horror that we all shared last monday, but I want you all to know that the least that I can do at this moment is pray and pray and pray, being sure that you are NOT alone and that you will proceed well with your future plans.

Will Thomaz de Aquino

April 18, 2007, 3:45pm • Oroville, California • #17344

We are still in shock with this tragic event. Our prayers are with all of the families who are hurting as well as the hurt themselves.  No one will probably every be answer the “why” question but one thing for sure will always be know...the world will never be the same with those we lost.  Please tell your loved ones that you love them often! It
matters in the end!

Vivian and Rick Schneider

April 18, 2007, 3:45pm • Greensboro, NC • #17345

My daughter and I were stationed abroad for many years.  She picked VT to go to university on return to the U.S. because of its campus and the heart of its people.  I am saddened that the students and faculty have to go through this sadness but I know that they will surmount this burden and become stronger.  They are in my thoughts, always.
Angie Buco

April 18, 2007, 3:45pm • Sterling, VA • #17346

C’est de Montréal cet apres-midi que j’offre avec grand regrès mes condoléances aux familles, amis, confrères et consoeurs des gens qui vivent ce tel drame de près ou de loin.
Nous l’avons véçu avec Dawson il n’y a pas longtemps, sans perdre autant de gens mais nous pouvons imaginez ce que vous ressentez, le mal que vous avez, la rage peut-être aussi.
Si vous en ressentez le besoin parler en. C’est le meilleur a faire.
Je vous souhaite une belle vie, car vous la mérité grandement. Continuez d’étudier et de travailler en l’honneur de vos amis c’est ce qu’ils veulent le plus j’en suis certaine même s’ils ne sont plus la pour vous le dire!

It is with great sympathy and regret that I want to tell, to the family, friends and relatives how much I understand the pain and sorrow you are going throught. We have lived a similar situation in Dawson college, some months ago, on a smaller squale, but in the same circonstance therefor we know the anger, pain and perhaps the rage that abide you. Dont keeps this inside you, talk about it, let it out, it will helps.
We are with you, will all your heart. Be strony and remember they are somewhere and are looking at us.
I’m verry sorry I’m not very good in English…
Love us!

April 18, 2007, 3:45pm • Montréal, (Qc) Canada • #17347