Condolences, April 18, 2007

May you find PEACE!!

Jase, Jan, Mo

April 18, 2007, 3:48pm • Valley Cottage, New York • #17398

We are all saddened by the losses at Virginia Tech. Each and every one of you are in our prayers. Stay strong and may Gob bless you and your families.

With love,
Austin Peay State University Pom Squad

April 18, 2007, 3:48pm • Clarksville, TN USA! • #17399

We in Northern Virginia are shocked and heartsick over the April 16 slayings. The Virginia Tech community is in our thoughts and prayers for healing and peace.

April 18, 2007, 3:48pm • McLean, VA • #17400

I would like to express my deepest sympathies for those affected by the tragedy that struck VA Tech. The bravery of many of the victims has touched my heart and changed my life. Two of my close family members and many of my friends attend VA Tech and it has changed my life to know that I could of lost them. I just pray that the victims’ families know that many people are praying for them and that their losses will not be forgotton.

Let us not forget
“Today we are all Hokies”

April 18, 2007, 3:48pm • Lyncburg, Va • #17401

it makes me sooooooo sad, how a “kid” can carry out such a horrible act. and one question lingers in my mind what are we as parents, society and teaches doing wrong? we must be doing something wrong for our kids to be doing stuff like this.
you are in our prayes, we are praying to God to give you the streght you need to make it through this. UM (univesty of Miami-*U*) is praying for you all.

God Bless!!!

April 18, 2007, 3:49pm • Miami, Fl • #17402

My prayers and condolences are with the Virginia
Tech family,friends,community. Words are difficult at times like this. However be of good courage and belive. GOD will provide the strength to continue. He is our refuge and our strength a very present help in time of need.I pray that the peace of GOD which passes all human understanding be with you now.

Robin Swepson

April 18, 2007, 3:49pm • Woodbridge, Virginia / Prince William County • #17403

My thoughts and prayers are with the families at this time in your lives. Keep your head up high and God be with you

God Bless

April 18, 2007, 3:49pm • Ellicott City, MD • #17404

dear vt,
I pray for you and i give my condolences with great thought...Today in school we had a workshop were we would meet and say things “if you really knew me” the point was to prevent.But i think you must be going through something more and i feel so bad because not one person at that university should have such a horrible tragedy happen<3and i know you know that i haven’t had anything happen but i really do care and give great thought and feeling to try and make you guys feel better<3
<333
megan wallace

April 18, 2007, 3:49pm • oceanside, newyork • #17405

I am deeply sorry for this tragedy and my heart reaches out to your community. You are all in my prayers. I wanted to add that it’s hopeful and honestly beautiful to see that admist all the pain your community is going through, you have all seemed to unite and reach out to one another.

And the multitude of believers had but one heart and one soul. Acts 4:32

April 18, 2007, 3:49pm • San Diego, CA • #17406

My deepest condolences to each and every family member who lost love ones. I also wish that the folks that were wounded recover quickly. VTU is a great school (I have several friends that went there)I think now is a time for reflection, not a time for casting blame. My prayers are with you....GOD BLESS......FCR

April 18, 2007, 3:49pm • Tampa, Florida • #17407

With a deep sense of grief the Pastor, deacons and congregation of First Baptist Church of Sudbury, Massachusetts extend to you our deepest sympathy and most sincere prayers in this time of sorrow. We have and will continue to pray for the families of those impacted by this tragedy. May God bless you as you minister to one another.

Yours in Christian ministry,
Daniel L. Stammann, Pastor
First Baptist Church
Sudbury, MA

April 18, 2007, 3:49pm • Sudbury, MA • #17408

There are no adequate words to express the pain that the VTech community is suffering.  I hope you will all find comfort in the amazing outpouring of support from other states as well as other countries.  Tomorrow the state of Oklahoma will once again mourn the loss of our citizens on the 12-year anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing.  The pain never goes away but it does get easier with time.  We will remember all of you in our thoughts and prayers as we remember those we lost.

April 18, 2007, 3:49pm • Oklahoma • #17409

Please accept my condolences to all the families who lost loved ones. Everyone is hoping for you, and thinking about your loss. I hope things get much better for all of you and that you have great memories to remember the people whom you lost by.

Simon Spitalny

April 18, 2007, 3:49pm • Brooklyn, NY • #17410

I live in sicily and followed this horrible tragedy on the fox news. May God bless all the victims and give strength and courage to their families.Your in our thougths and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 3:49pm • Agrigento,Sicily • #17411

We want to express our deepest sympathy to all involved in this horrible shooting.  You are experiencing more sadness, grief, anger and hurt than anyone can imagine.  Do you remember how the Amish forgave the man who took their teacher, friend, sister and child. In time God will help you to be able to forgive as well.  Remember, he has family too and they are hurting as well. 

I want you to know that you are in our prayers.

God Bless,

Cathy & Kevin Klump
Email-kcklump@gmail.com

April 18, 2007, 3:49pm • Toccoa, GA • #17412

The tragic events of April 16, 2007 will forever be instilled in our hearts and our minds. Through the course of time wounds will heal, but we will never forget those who fell victim to this horrible event. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that is a part of the Hokie Nation. GO HOKIES!!!!
Blake

April 18, 2007, 3:49pm • Salem, VA • #17413

to everyone effect by this tragic event.

my father is an alumni and my sister is a current student at Virginia Tech.  my thoughts are with the familys and victims of this tragic event.  i to know what it is like to lose a loved one, my brother Adam Joseph Fargo was killed 7/22/06 in bagdad, iraq finding for the freedoms that we have.  keep you loved ones in your heart and they will be there forever.  lets not lay blaim for this event, this is one senceless act prefomed by on mentally unstable human.  we can all look back now and say that this could have been prevented but reality is there is know way anyone could have predicted or pervented the events that took place.  everyone remember that just because someone is different, quiet, or just not like you does not mean that they are not human.  we should all embrass each other, love one another, and treat everyone as you would want to be treat.  we are one, we are united, we are the United States of America and we to feel your loss.

in my thoughts,
jason fargo

April 18, 2007, 3:50pm • Atlanta, Ga, United States of America • #17414

As a graduate/fellow HOKIE and as a nation, we will unite and lift you up in prayer.  May you find peace and strength in those who surround you with love and hope.  Our tears are shed with you, our pain is shared with you and our hugs go out to you. You will never be forgotten.

Cindy Coureas

April 18, 2007, 3:50pm • Virginia Beach, VA • #17415

In Memory of those lives lost on April 16th 2007
cont.

A memorial should be built,
this very day and moment!
It should be large a gorgeous,
and requires immediate deployment.

It won’t take an act of congress,
no new laws to pass,
no formal plan of action,
we’ll need no concrete or glass.

This memorial should be erected,
in each and every thought and deed,
we should treat all with love and kindness,
for both happy souls and those in need.

So next time you meet a stranger,
who really seems to need a friend,
don’t turn your back to ignore them,
don’t be fake or pretend.

Instead stretch out your hand to them,
try long and hard and true,
help them find some light in thier dark,
for the change needed lies in me and you.
(cont. from previous submission)
-Ashley King

April 18, 2007, 3:50pm • Warner Robins, Ga. • #17416

my thoughts are with the families that have lost loved ones.

April 18, 2007, 3:50pm • new york • #17417

My heart goes out to all families affected by this horrible tragedy.  Thoughts and prayers with you as you grieve and heal.

Brian W.
VT 99’

April 18, 2007, 3:50pm • Richmond,VA • #17418

I am utterly shocked that someone had the mind to senselessly kill other people in cold blood, without feeling, without remorse. Growing up in Virginia I always wanted to be Hokie at Virginia Tech. Not this way. Not how it happened. We are all Hokies after this. Maroon to Orange. Our prayers are with y’all back in Virginia.

April 18, 2007, 3:50pm • Fort Worth, Texas • #17419

Both my husband and I are graduates of Tech.  We take the deepest pride in being Hokies and know that in times of tragedy Hokies pull together and always come out on top. 

We are sending all the love in the world to the victims families and to you students that lived through this.  Our prayers and hearts are with you all--

Shawn and Lindsay Minard
Class of 04’

April 18, 2007, 3:50pm • Arlington, VA • #17420

I hope every family can fight throught tragity.  I cant believe that some idiot would kill over 30 people. If you ask me that is discusting.

April 18, 2007, 3:50pm • buffalo, new york • #17421

On behalf of Explorations Academy, in New York City,the Bronx, We pray that everything will be ok eventhough we are High School students if any one feels that they need to talk we can send each other emails to let our feelings go.If anything you can email me at ppt6e5@yahoo.com and my name is kimberly and I am a sophomore at this school. We are all praying for all of the students and staff members.

April 18, 2007, 3:50pm • Bronx, New York • #17422

”..when all is said and done
and suddenly I have left this world..
by one’s hand, by Storm or this body unkind,
remember that I loved you...and if I was given
the choice I would have stayed just to be with
you....
But, all is said and done...so you’ll have to
remember that I loved you…
I LOVED YOU!!!
Sweet YOU....
please always remember this,
that the love will never die.........”

(a poem from those now gone to the one’s they
left behind)

All my thoughts and prayers,
Michelle Hansen
Lake City, Florida

April 18, 2007, 3:50pm • Lake City, Florida • #17423

My name is Olga and I am from Ukraine. This is a sad time for everyone in the world. And I am so sorry for your loss.
You are in the thoughts and prayers of the ukrainian people.

April 18, 2007, 3:50pm • Kiev, Ukraine • #17424

My wife and I are both Hokies living in Denver.  Our hearts ache for you and we offer up our prayers.  We are so proud of the way that the Hokie Nation is coming together to help with the healing.  Hang in there and God Bless!

Jeff and Kay Allen ‘88

April 18, 2007, 3:50pm • Denver, CO • #17425

May God Bless all of you that was touched by this horrific event.  Our deepest sympathies goes out to the families, friends, and faculty of VA Tech.  In God we trust..this too shall pass..

April 18, 2007, 3:50pm • ArRo, Upper Marlboro MD • #17426

You are in my ever present thoughts and prayers. My deepest condolences for the enormous loss of amazing lives you have sustained. 

I am astonished by the grace, poise, spirit and deep resolve of the students, faculty, families and friends of Virginia Tech. I know of no one who is not praying, hoping, wishing for your healing. Godspeed on that journey.

April 18, 2007, 3:50pm • Nashville, Tennessee • #17427

It is so hard to understand this tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers are with the families and the students.  In a time like this, I truly think that you realize that life is a precious gift, one that is not to be taken for granted.  I know God has a plan for every event that happens(good and bad) and although we don’t understand what it is, we still must trust.  I know that I will now hold my children a little closer, tell my husband that I love him a little more and be more patient with the world around me.  This horrible event has taught me that and I hope that others find meaning out of such a senseless act as well. 

WE WILL NEVER FORGET!

The Rubles

April 18, 2007, 3:50pm • Fincastle, VA • #17428

My heart goes out to all of those who lost a loved one on this terrible day. I have been following the whole thing and it is a tragic thing I couldn’t imagine, but they all rest with our heavenly father now and look down on all. Again my heart goes out to all of you. Keep your head up. Your hokie spirit shines through the dark lights that have been shed due to this tragedy and you will prevail. Your in my thoughts and in my prayers.

Hokie Pride!

My deepest love and condolences,
Tiffany

April 18, 2007, 3:50pm • Portland, Oregon • #17429

I would like to write to you all and say this never happended. But as we all know it did but as each day goes by it seems to get harder to deal with instead of getting easier. I didn’t lose a loved one and yet it has been very difficult for me and my family. My entire family including myself have offered our prayers to all who were adversely and forever affected by this senseless act of violence as well as pray this never happens again. As Mrs. Giovanni said yesterday “We are Virginia Tech” and now the nation becomes Hokies. Toby Godbey (31) Tammy Reynolds (32) and our son Anthony Hiley Godbey (4)

April 18, 2007, 3:50pm • Christiansburg, Va • #17430

We share your sorrow

Sparsholt College

April 18, 2007, 3:51pm • Winchester UK • #17431

I just wanted all of the family members and friends of the victims know how truly sorry I am for what they have been going through. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this tragic time. I could not attend last night’s vigil, but I did light my own candle to honor and pray for those in need.

April 18, 2007, 3:51pm • Megan - Fredericksburg VA • #17432

Me and my family want to express our deepest love and respect for all of you who are grieving. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you and comfort you. We cry with you and pray you are all able to heal.

Roberts Family
Texas

April 18, 2007, 3:51pm • Jefferson, Texas USA • #17433

My heart goes out to all of you at VT. I am a native Virginian and I grieve with you. Be strong and seek the comfort of your families and friends and know that there are people out here that care about you and we wish you all well. Thank you to all of the law enforcement and EMT people for your efforts on such a tragic day in VT history. God bless you all. Danny Mason

April 18, 2007, 3:51pm • Hampton,Va • #17434

We can not begin to express our sympathy for the victim’s families...there are no words to comfort a parent who loses a child.  We have been through this first hand and are praying that someday your pain eases.  A poem for you:

Remember Me

To the living, I am gone
To the sorrowful, I will never return
To the angry, I was cheated
But, to the happy, I am at peace
And to the faithful, I have never left
I can not speak, but I can listen
I can not be seen, but I can be heard
So as you stand upon the shore
Gazing at the beautiful sea, remember me
As you look in awe at a mighty forest
And its grand majesty, remember me
Remember me in your hearts,
In your thoughts, and the memories of the
Times we loved, the times we cried, the times we laughed
For if you always think of me, I will
Have never gone.

God Bless,
The Roth’s

April 18, 2007, 3:51pm • Hawthorne, NJ • #17435

My the peaceful love of God be with each and every one of you during this sad time. From Wendy Gilmour

April 18, 2007, 3:51pm • England • #17436

Do not grieve sorrowfully for the young lives’ lost. Grieve in joy knowing that sons and daughters became heroes that day and will forever be remembered by an entire nation. We all support and love you. God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 3:51pm • Cleveland, Ohio • #17437

Prayers to the Virginia Tech.Family

April 18, 2007, 3:51pm • schenectady, New York • #17438

Fellow Hokies,

Many of my fondest memories are of being a VT student and resident of Blacksburg. I earned an education, made many friends, transitioned from childhood to adulthood, met my future wife, fell in love, and began the rest of my life there.  VT made me who I am today.  VT will survive and prevail, and you will also.

Ut Prosim ("That I may serve")

Mike Jones
Arts & Sciences, Class of 1984

April 18, 2007, 3:51pm • Richmond, VA • #17439

To the Staff in the Division of Student Affairs at VT:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you help mend the broken hearts of thousands of students.  I have witnessed your dedication to your life calling and I have every confidence that your passion for student growth will hold you up in these difficult times.

I wish for energy and patience, for peace, for comfort, for solidarity among colleagues.  You are often considered the heartbeat of campus.  Now you are mending the hearts of your students and I know you will prevail. 

With sympathy, pride and hope.

Drew S
College of William and Mary

April 18, 2007, 3:51pm • Williamsburg, VA, USA • #17440

I was a Sophomore at Thurston High School and as you know on May 20 1998 Kip Kikel who I normally set across the lunch table from, came to school and did this very same act of violence against my campus.  I know many people cannot directly relate to these horrific events, and will never understand the full effect when its your friends, teachers and loved ones!

But all students of Virginia Tech know that I can relate and my deepest sympathys and prayers are daily.  You will never forget this day but I promise you there is hope and if you lean on each other and trust in your strong love you will make it!

God spared me from the cafeteria that morning and I was late to school and in the parking lot but the precussion and impact of that day will forever haunt me and I can never forget how a deranged 15 year old came into my high school and savagly attacked my student body!

Just know that in Norris Hall or AJ Hall or not it doesn’t matter I know that all of you are hurting but take heart and trust in our Mighty Lord God and you will once again see bright sunny days at VT!!!  Go Hoakies!!!

April 18, 2007, 3:51pm • Vancouver, WA • #17441

I am a single mother of two children,and I cant even imagine what all of the families are going through. I want to send my deepest sympathy to the families and parents of those who have passed away.

This was a heart breaking tragedy heard around the world.

God bless the familys

The Luther Family

April 18, 2007, 3:51pm • Madison Ct • #17442

My heart was saddened to hear of this horrible incident. My prayers are with each and every one of you. May God keep and protect everyone. To the parents,familes,and friends of those that were killed, I am sorry to hear of your loss, please know that your precious loved ones will never be forgotton or replaced,and always keep the memories they left you alive in your hearts. My condolences to each and everyone of you, may God bring comfort to you when you feel like there is no peace in your lives. To the injured victims and their families, may God make you strong to overcome anything that may come your way. God Bless All.

April 18, 2007, 3:51pm • Lubbock Texas • #17443

Words cannot express the anguish we are sharing with you and yet we cannot imagine how much harder this is for those directly affected by this profound and senseless loss.  Please know that you are held in our thoughts and allow our collective love and strength to comfort and support you throught the days ahead.

April 18, 2007, 3:51pm • Chicago, IL USA • #17444

Words cannot nearly express the pain and sorrow I feel over the loss of these innocent and precious lives as well as the fear that this has caused everyone at VT and beyond.  My thoughts and prayers are with all the family, friends and loved ones of those who lost their lives.  May God continue to pour out His peace, mercy, grace and love upon you. I pray for His healing touch upon all who have been affected by this horrific tragedy. May God Bless You Always and in All Ways!

April 18, 2007, 3:52pm • North Haledon, NJ • #17445

Although I do not attend Virginia Tech, I felt like I had to write in.  As a graduate student at a local university, this tragedy really hit home for a lot of us. 

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.  May God give you the strength and courage you will need to pick up and carry on.  Know that South Texas, as well as the entire nation, is holding you up in prayer.

April 18, 2007, 3:52pm • McAllen, TX • #17446

My heart goes out to all at Virginia Tech and to their families and friends. You are all in my thoughts, Andrew

April 18, 2007, 3:52pm • West Sussex, UK • #17447