Condolences, April 18, 2007

When I heard about the shootings at VTech on Monday April 16th 2007 I was shocked and horrified. How can anyone do this to innocent people. Being a mother myself it made me look at my children alot differently. You never no when they to will be gone so that is why you love them as much as possible today because you don’t no what tomorrow may bring. My prayers and thoughts are with everyone at VTech. God will be with you through this difficult time. May God bless you and be safe.

Audrey Long

April 18, 2007, 3:45pm • Chesapeake Va • #17348

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Virginia Tech faculty,staff,students, and administrators.  Our heartfelt sympathies to the family members who lost loved ones. 

Western Michigan University Staff Members

April 18, 2007, 3:45pm • Kalamazoo, Michigan • #17349

I send my thoughts and prayers to the families and students attending Virgina Tech. My heart goes out to anyone that had to endure such tragedy. I wish you the strength and courage to continue on your path of success . Please do not let this evil ruin the life you worked so hard to achieve. Stand up for those who are not with us anymore and those who need a shoulder to grieve, We are all in this together.
The Guerro Family

April 18, 2007, 3:46pm • New jersey • #17350

When I heard what was happening on Monday, my heart broke. I have a daughter at Appalachian State in Boone N.C. I as many other parents rushed to call their children,........ I just needed to hear her Voice!!! My prayers are with the families, students and staff of V.T.

April 18, 2007, 3:46pm • Tobaccoville, N.C. • #17351

There is no reason for such madness… We are praying for the families of those whose lives were ended in such atrocity.

Dr. Marcio Liboni
University of Florida Alumni

April 18, 2007, 3:46pm • Sao Paulo, SP - BRAZIL • #17352

We all know of the special spirit of pride that all who are in any way associated with VA Tech feel. Our hearts are broken now but we will heal and that pride will grow even stronger as a result of the Hokie outpouring of support and caring for each other.  I have been so impressed with the TV interviews with our students. Through world news coverage now everyone can see why we are so proud to say” We Are The Hokies”.  Maryann Bannwart

April 18, 2007, 3:46pm • Seabrook Island,SC • #17353

My thoughts are with the entire Virginia Tech community at this time of sadness.  Watching the interviews with the students on CNN, I was enormously impressed with their courage, dignity and thoughtfulness.  I wish all of you my heartfelt condolences and hope that time will bring some measure of healing.

April 18, 2007, 3:46pm • Jackson Heights, NY • #17354

I am in a deep numbness and depression as if it happened to us right here also.My prayers are for all the victims and their families in OUR great loss.Such beauty,promise,love and warmth we have all lost.I pray the Lord removes all our sadness.I pray for VA Tech..
Bo

April 18, 2007, 3:46pm • Anchorage,Alaska...USA • #17355

First of all let me say that I’m terribily sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all, and will continue to be. Remember the victims with honour and know there are millions of thoughts with you!

April 18, 2007, 3:46pm • Wolf Point, MT • #17356

There is no reason, no answers, no words that can explain what has happened.  But there is hope that a greater power will give strength, courage, and bring peace to those that are affected.  My prayers go out to all who have died needlessly that they are in a better and safer place and to their family and friends who will need the courage to face each day ahead.

April 18, 2007, 3:46pm • Burlington, Ontario CANADA • #17357

Dark clouds hover
over the landscape.

Rain and thunder
echo in the distance.

Despair has entered
into the realm of possibility.

Although something gnaws at despair
something elusive,
something natural and contradictory.

Hope.
Hope ever gnaws at despair,
it’s its greatest enemy.

Hope brings humans something
that despair tries to take
away.

With hope,
humans can dream,
strive to better themselves,
and love even when things
don’t seem to be going their way.

A ray of light,
a small but visible ray
revealed itself
on the far side of despair’s view.

Striving to do something or
to love someone,
defines the human race,
as a people who
passionately love
even without guarantees
of success.

--Dedicated to the students at VT

Sincerely,
Jason Saumur

April 18, 2007, 3:46pm • Temecula, California • #17358

My prayers are with you, the Virginia Tech families, students, and staff. May the Lord bring you comfort. -Duchess Lawson

April 18, 2007, 3:46pm • ROC City, NY • #17359

Our deepest & heartfelt sympathy to all touched by this tragedy. May faith , hope and love prvail to help heal the sorrow.

Lois & Joe

Akron, Ohio

April 18, 2007, 3:46pm • Akron, Ohio • #17360

I dont know how to begin to express my thoughts with the Hokie Nation.  I am college student at Fullerton Community College in Cailiforina. 

I am also a writer for the FC Hornet, I dont think I have been ever been at loss of words on any issue.  Until now, I am a 20 male and when ever I start listing to the attacks of terror, my eyes swell up with tears of greif and hate for the person that did this to you. 

My heart swells with the greif for the Hokie nation, I agree with Nikki Giovanni that we are all Hokies, even though I am a Hornet right now like many other Americans I consdier myself to be a Hokie and I am proud to stand by you in your time of need.

I am also proud of your school and its reslante sprite.

May God Bless Virginia Tech and all the Hokie Nation

April 18, 2007, 3:46pm • Brea, Cailfoirna • #17361

As a Virginia Tech alum, I have been deeply saddened by the events of 4.16.07.  VT is a family institution for me.  All of my uncles attended VT and of course I followed in the those footsteps.  I remember the times on campus with such fondness: hanging out in the dorm (I lived on the 4th floor of West AJ), the downtown scene, missing Stat class every Friday cause I’d always get sucked into an ultimate frisbee game on my way across the drillfield, football games and potluck, camping out for the tickets....the memories go on and on.

My heart breaks for the families who have lost loved ones, for the students who have lost classmates, and for a University that has lost its innocence.  I remember the traniquility and security I felt being on campus and in Blacksburg.  I will continue to pray that the families, students, faculty and alum...all members of the HOKIES’ family...will once again find that peace in the place we all love.

HOKIE PRIDE.  HOKIE SPIRIT.  HOKIE LOVE.

Jenn
Class of 1998

April 18, 2007, 3:46pm • Arlington, VA • #17362

The Lord is your Shepherd
That’s Relationship!

You shall not want
That’s Supply!

He makes you to lie down in green pastures
That’s Rest!

He leads you beside the still waters
That’s Refreshment!

He restores your soul
That’s Healing!

He leads you in the paths of righteousness
That’s Guidance!

For His name sake
That’s Purpose!

Though you walked through the valley of the shadow of death
That’s Testing!

Fear no evil For God with you
That’s Faithfulness!

His rod and His staff they comfort you

That’s Hope!

April 18, 2007, 3:47pm • Valley Cottage, New York • #17363

I send my deepest sympathy to all afflicked in the horrible tragic event this week.  My prayers and thoughts are with you as you try to continue onward.  May the Lord be of comfort to you.  Sincerely, Linda McKay

April 18, 2007, 3:47pm • Salt Lake City, Utah • #17364

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone at Virginia Tech. May God Bless everyone.

April 18, 2007, 3:47pm • Wichita, Ks. • #17365

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family and friends of the victims for this terrible tragedy.  I only hope that Hokie family can heal to make Blacksburg once again the greatest places on earth.  Hokie Hi.  Nick

April 18, 2007, 3:47pm • Birmingham, Al • #17366

Words can not express the sadness that I feel for the families affected by this tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers are with them and the community that is Virginia Tech. 

Lynn Tognocchi

April 18, 2007, 3:47pm • Perry Hall, MD • #17367

All the Hokies of Virginia have become a light of hope and determination in the midst of pain and suffering for the whole world to see.  The true human spirit is living at Virginia Tech.  You are in my prayers!  God speed loved ones.  The time of happiness will come again.

God Bless,
Casey

April 18, 2007, 3:47pm • Crete, Illinois • #17368

A Poem of Remembrance, April 16th 2007
Chris Sizemore, Estero, FL

April 16th our hearts were broken,
Friends and family separated, no words spoken.
At Virginia Tech life changed forever,
Our blood ran orange and maroon together.

We watched in horror, the deed unfold,
Heroes rose to protect, the numbers tolled.
As good people fell one by one,
They held the doors, beneath a madman’s gun.

A lunatic and coward, his name not worth mention,
Lives of friends and family in permanent suspension.
The stories and scenes embraced as we descry,
We feel for the Hokies, the world did cry.

It must be said that as you heal, time will go by, your hearts will feel,
A warm embrace by those who saw Hokie pride by one and all.
Continue to “Invent the Future through blood, tears and sadness”.
A scholarly voice breaks through the utter madness.

Remember April 16th, that cold windy weather,
Our blood ran orange and maroon together.

April 18, 2007, 3:47pm • Sizemore Family - Estero, FL • #17369

The Electronics department at Sears in Shawnee OK, express our deepest Condolences to all the family and friends of Virgina Tech.

You all will be in our prayers and thoughts! And may you find peace in prayer. And we know that God will carry you through these tough times!

April 18, 2007, 3:47pm • shawnee, ok • #17370

To all the family’s that have been forever broken...You are in my family’s prayers. Our hearts break with you as we know the kind of pain you must now face over the terrible death of your children. May the Lord give you Peace for Today and Hope for Tomorrow. The Outlaw’s Family of BJOUTLAWII

April 18, 2007, 3:47pm • Goldthwaite,Tx. USA • #17371

I am a graduate of the University of Alabama and live in Jacksonville Florida, but I was born and raised in Virginia. The news of the shooting shook me as if I were there. I send my prayer to the victims, students and to the community. Today we are all Hokies! Keep your heads up Tech! We love you!

Rich

April 18, 2007, 3:47pm • Jacksonville Florida • #17372

God bless you Virginia Tech, and be with you in your time of sorrow.  We are all praying for you.

Peter Wilcox-Pisz
John C. Cole

April 18, 2007, 3:47pm • Maricopa, Arizona • #17373

I am a native of Spotsylvania, VA living in Tucson, AZ now.  When I heard of the horrible senseless act on Monday I was in shock and still am.  I did not go to VA Tech but had friends who did and have friends whose children have or are attending there now. I have always been a Hokies fan. All I can say is my thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone in the VA Tech community.  Although I did not attend VA Tech but being from VA I feel I am part of your community.  My heart grieves with you and for you.  May God bless each of you with His love, grace, and peace.

“Trust HIS Heart”
By Eddie Carswell and Babbie Mason

All things work for our good though sometimes we can’t see how they could.
Struggles that break our hearts in two sometimes blind us to the truth.
Our Father knows what’s best for us.
His ways are not our own; So when your pathway grows dim and you just can’t see Him, remember:  you’re never alone.
God is too wise to be mistaken, God is too good to be unkind;
So when you don’t understand, when you don’t see His plan, when you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.

God Bless you all and give you peace.

Elizabeth Trent

Go Hokies! Go!

April 18, 2007, 3:47pm • Tucson, AZ • #17374

I’m a junior at Kent State and I send my thoughts and prayers to the families and students of Virginia Tech.

April 18, 2007, 3:47pm • Kent State University • #17375

I’ve been sitting here trying to think of something to say, as many have expressed their sorrow and offered condolensces, and I can only match that. 

My own thoughts, are not only sorrow at what has happened, but as well, I have been trying to understand how someone can act in this manner, with absolute malice towards everyone.  It is mind boggling that anyone can harm so many in such a thoughtless way.

I offer my sympathies for the victims and their families.  As well, I have to say that I have lost a portion of my faith in the human race as a whole.

April 18, 2007, 3:47pm • Windham County, CT • #17376

Dear Ones, My husband & I are so proud to be residing on this planet at the same time as the current VT community! Glued to our tv for two days, we’ve shared every moment of this with you. VT will rise again - I knew that when Ms. Giovanni inspired your cheering at the convocation! This is a cliche, but remember, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Think how the ones who perished would not want you to be taken down by this! Life will never be the same, it will be different, but NO LESS than it was meant to be for you!  All our love goes out to you. The Browns

April 18, 2007, 3:47pm • Ocean City, Maryland • #17377

My heart aches for all the beautiful lost life, all the beautiful life unable to be lived.  God bless their souls. God bless all the families and friends and school faculty who are left to mourn.

April 18, 2007, 3:47pm • Fort Worth, TX • #17378

We are so saddened by the recent tragedy at your
university.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who were affected, their families, and to the university as a whole, as you go through the healing process and strive to move on.  As your students and faculty are interviewed in the media, your sense of strength and support for each other are a real inspiration to the rest of the country.  We are all pulling for you.
Richard & Vickie Whittington

April 18, 2007, 3:47pm • Auburn, California • #17379

I am from the UK and would just like to send everyone who either knew someone who died or who was injured the strengh and courage to come through this horrific tragedy. My thoughts are with everyone there

April 18, 2007, 3:47pm • uk • #17380

words are never enough but are hearts are with you all at this time may god be with you all

April 18, 2007, 3:47pm • runcorn england • #17381

My thoughts go out to the students and faculty who experienced this tragedy.
As a student many years ago ,I yearn for the old days to come back when students go to a school to learn with out the pressures of today.

I hope this will never occur again and the schools take security measures to avoid this again

paul

April 18, 2007, 3:48pm • los angeles • #17382

We are deeply sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers.

Penn State Grads

April 18, 2007, 3:48pm • Oaklyn, NJ USA • #17383

To the Families and Friends and all Virginia Tech,
Please know you are in the hearts and minds of many today and in the long hard days ahead. Tragedy never comes with a warning. We all have to remember to hold each other up and when we think we can’t stand any longer, stand anyway. We just want you to know that we are standing in that gap with you. Our prayers and thoughts go out for the loved ones who lost a child, sibling, spouse or dear friend. You don’t have to be strong alone, because there is strength in numbers. Lean on someone that is there for you, one day you may be able to return the favor.
There are no words to offer on such a act of selfishness carried out by one individual. Perhaps this websit would be helpful to someone.
I wish I could do or say more. God bless all of you and may His Loving arms enfold you and comfort you at this time. He gave his Son, who also was punished unjustly and killed(an innocent) and He above all others knows your pain of losing a family member.
Sincerely, Sharon in Texas
http://listen.family.org/daily/A000000390.cfm

April 18, 2007, 3:48pm • Lufkin, TX USA • #17384

To the brave students, faculty, and families~

May I extend my deepest heartfelt sympathy to all of you during this difficult time. Many prayers have been sent to you. It is very difficult to make sense of things at a time such as this. Please remember that you are not alone. May God help you heal durng this tragic time. Please give yourselves time to heal. May God also bless with hope, courage and strength. Those lost will not be forgotten. 

A special thank you to the brave men and women involved in helping to save lives; the firefighters, police,EMT’s, Dr’s and nurses.God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 3:48pm • Gilbert, AZ • #17385

I am a Va Tech grad (1988) and words cannot express my sadness over what has happened at my beloved alma mater.  I know that the Hokie Nation has all of it’s thoughts and prayers turned toward Blacksburg no matter where we are.  Please accept my heartfealt condolences for the victims and their families on this terrible tragedy.

I have nothing but fond memories of my time at Tech and nothing could ever tarnish that.  I am confident that the students, the faculty, the alumni, and the entire Hokie Family will bond together to make something good come from these extremely trying times.  God Bless and GO HOKIES!

Tom Kelly

April 18, 2007, 3:48pm • Severn, MD USA • #17386

On behalf of the United Freedom Riders here in Albany, Oregon, would like to send our condolences and prayers to all the families and friends who lost a loved one.  Every day I here of people in our area of the world doing the same. No matter who these people believe to be their higher power, they pray for you all.

From us, God Bless You and Yours!

April 18, 2007, 3:48pm • Albany, Oregon • #17387

Prayers for all the families of the VA Tech students who were killed or injured in this horrible massacre.
Go Hokies!!!

April 18, 2007, 3:48pm • Reston, VA 20194 • #17388

As I think about the tradegy that occurred on Monday at VT, I think not only about the lost of loved ones, but as hard as it may be, as a Christian, we must pray for all including the enemy. Psa;ms 116, verse 3 says, the snares of death encompassed me, the pangs of the devil laid hold on me, I suffered distress and anguish, Then I called on the name of the Lord, I pray, save my life.  I love the Lord because he heard my cry.  Remember the lord is your strength and he will deliver you from evil. Yet, we must pray for our enemies family because our God is forgiving.  A tradegy occurred, but joy cometh in the morning for those who believe in him.  Any scripture in Psalms and Proverbs will comfort while you are going through this trial and tribulation. I pray for peace, I pray for Healing, I pray for you.

April 18, 2007, 3:48pm • Richmond, a youth pastor • #17389

You have all shown amazing strength in such a difficult time. Each one of you has been through something incredibly scary and it will bond each of you like no other event.

God Bless You all.

Tina Page

April 18, 2007, 3:48pm • Spotsylvania, VA • #17390

Peace be with you all.

April 18, 2007, 3:48pm • Southwick, MA • #17391

To the faculty, students, families and friends of Virginia Tech ... please accept our prayers and deepest condolences.  I am a mother and grandmother who has watched and shared in your sorrow.  We hope that God will send you comfort and bless you in the days ahead.  Please know that the nation holds you in their hearts.  God bless! Hugs and prayers from our little town of Westmont, Illinois.  Mrs. Donna Dunovsky

April 18, 2007, 3:48pm • Westmont, Illinois 60559 • #17392

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the students, staff, and families.

April 18, 2007, 3:48pm • Ashland, NE • #17393

i just wanna send out my thoughts and prayers and condolases to all of those my hokie family and to all of the family that lose a memeber this week . to all of my fellow hokie nation!!
my preyers are with all of u!and rip to all those that was lost!!u will always be in our thoughts and will deeply be missed and never be forgottin!!lets go hokies!!

with luv to all my hokies roger a life long hokie fan from the time i could rememner here in elliston virginia

April 18, 2007, 3:48pm • elliston, virginia • #17394

Our Hearts and Thoughts are with all of you in the Virginia Tech community. We only hope that the young bright minds that are left behind will heal and bond together so that the memories of your classmates will not be forgotten.

God Bless
The Cardillo Family

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face… You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

April 18, 2007, 3:48pm • Toronto, ON Canada • #17395

My sympathies and condolences go out to all of those that were affected by what happened on Monday.  I spent six great years at Tech before moving on to graduate school in Colorado.  Everyone I knew through Virginia Tech has called each other to express their sadness and has checked up on everyone they know still in Blacksburg.  I’m so incredibly sad about what happened, but I’m proud to be a Hokie.
-Scott Purcell

April 18, 2007, 3:48pm • Fort Collins, CO • #17396

No person or group in the world can be prepared for such a tragedy… so thoughtless and cruel. Condolences to the student body, staff, and faculty of Virginia Tech and to the family and friends of the victims.

Regards,
TFR

April 18, 2007, 3:48pm • Pasadena, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada • #17397