Condolences, April 18, 2007

My thoughts and prayers are with all those effected by this horrific tragedy. May you all find the peace and comfort you need. God bless!

April 18, 2007, 3:57pm • Boise, ID • #17548

It is amazing to see the love and support for the Hokie nation.  I live in Lynchburg and yesterday I was out shopping, and was so proud to see that people of all ages...literally from toddlers to adults people proudly wore their maroon and orange.  I saw many people with ribbons and even a craft store making rememberance ribbons. Just think of the far reaching power of the Hokie heart and community. Please know that you are in my mind and heart, and my prayers are with all of you that you find peace.

April 18, 2007, 3:57pm • Lynchburg, VA • #17549

Dear Students

The whispering breezes gently kiss the velvet
greens of spring.
A few lost fluttering snow flakes linger on the
wind.
Crisp evening air beckons the rich blackness of
night.
Below, in the shadow of an aging tree, a small
memorial of candles and flowers reflect on the
day of loss and regret.
Nearby a family and friends embrace: tears still
flowing, hearts still aching, and disbelief still
harboring itself within.
Not far away, a building cries out with anguish
and death.
Gentle hearts, inquisitive minds, and caring
souls will no longer enter its doors.
Heroes, laid to rest before their time.
Questions beckon, but answers remain unknown. Could this have been prevented?
Will the void ever be filled with closure?
Then in the midst of devastation, a sense of
unity appears.
A student reaches out to a stranger.
A teacher reaches out to a group of mourners.
A president reaches out to a community.
A world reaches out to the lost.
A blessing in disguise?
Perhaps.
We know in our hearts time will heal. Smiling
faces will return.
Halls of learning will be rebuilt.
The days ahead will be difficult.
But, we are a strong, loving,and resilent
nation.
We will prevail. 
God has given us the will to do so.

Ronelle Kumjian

April 18, 2007, 3:57pm • Oaks Hills, California • #17550

Before I write anything, I apologize if this seems disjointed.

I don’t know anyone from VT but there’s something in all this that gets to me.  Something around the helplessness and defencelessness of the victims of this heinous crime. And the sheer senselessness of the act. It seems as though you can’t keep anyone safe anymore, no matter how hard you try.

I have a huge amount of respect for the education system and I believe in having a higher level of education.  No matter which way you cut it, those kids were there bettering themselves and are allowing themselves the opportunity to contribute to our world in a positive way. It’s a shame to see all that potential and hope lost due to this act of cowardice.

My heart goes out to all the victims, their families, their friends and the VT population as a whole.  Without the experience to empathize all I can do is sympathize and hope that the healing process can bring some sense of closure and confort to those directly affected by the shooting.  God bless.

April 18, 2007, 3:57pm • Ottawa, ON Canada • #17551

God’s peace to you all. We cry and hurt with you all. Let us share this short poem, we hope it helps.  Dave & Jill Tippett Gibsonburg, OH

There is no Death

I am standing on the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch her, until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, “There, there, she’s gone.” Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “There, she is gone,” there are other eyes and voices ready to take up the glad shout, “There, she comes!”

And that is dying.

April 18, 2007, 3:57pm • Gibsonburg, Ohio • #17552

The Clemson University family mourns for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers here.

Angela Nixon
Clemson University Dept. of News Services
Clemson class of ‘99

April 18, 2007, 3:57pm • Clemson, SC • #17553

my prayers go out to the families of the ones lost. i hope that you are able to look to god to find comfort. for he is always there in the hardest of times.

Danielle

April 18, 2007, 3:57pm • Enid, ok • #17554

We walk through life taking a chance everyday. One never knows what one day, to the next will bring. I am mad now, and saddened sits right next to it. This is a school with alot of unity. If people know the Hokie Nation then they know what I am talking about. When the memorial service in Cassell Stadium took place and near the end when everyone chanted, “Let’s Go Hokies” that’s the VA TECH spirit through and through. This college as a WHOLE will be strong for each other and will recover, even stronger, more vigilate and with a sense of unity even greater than it is now. LET’S GO, HOKIES!

A note to everyone who lost a family member/friend in this invasion of our campus, my heart felt condolences are going out to you as I pray that each day that passes you will be less saddened by your loss and you gain more strength to remember all the loving times you had with your family member, and when you do remember the good times, a big smile out of nowhere appears on your face and carries you throughout your day and the rest of your life.

Be Strong, VPI

April 18, 2007, 3:57pm • Richmond, VA (USA) • #17555

I work at the University of San Diego and as a university employee and a mother I share your pain and I am so sorry that this happened.

April 18, 2007, 3:58pm • San Diego CA • #17556

Our sympathy to the Hokie Family.Our son is at VT, following a long family tradition of Hokies.We were sad to hear of the threat to Pres. Steger.Too much bad has fallen upon VT and we must know that now isn’t the time to blame.NOW,is for healing.My son,posted these words as an away message,"“What if?” These two little words have cost people billions, ended careers and toppled governments.Yet they’ve never given us a solution.This is because mankind hasn’t found a way to change the past.We must find a way to grow as a school, a community, a country and especially as a species.So as we grieve for friends, colleagues and loved ones, we must not ask “What if?” but “How will we grow?””
Let’s all use “What can.”What CAN I do to help?What CAN I do to insure this never happens again? All we do is learn from the past.VT is about students preparing for the future,learning skills for a successful future.We need to focus on that and allow students to return to the process of learning.Our prayers go to the families who had to pay the greatest price.May they find comfort,the strength to endure the pain and the wisdom to know their loved ones’ death won’t be in vain.Hokie Spirit can withstand this and will make only good come from it!

April 18, 2007, 3:58pm • Olathe, KS • #17557

Words will never be enough to numb the pain that has consumed so many in recent days. Shock and dismay will linger in our hearts forever.

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire VA Tech community and the families of those involved in this terrible tragedy.

Crystal V.
VCU Alum

April 18, 2007, 3:58pm • Remington, VA • #17558

Dear Fellow Hokies, My heart is heavy as I write this condolence to all those who have so needlessly lost their lives, and their loved ones and friends who must bear the pain of this tragedy.  Please know that you will never be alone in your grief.  My prayers and thoughts, as well as thousands of others, will be with you now and always. Those professors and students who lost their lives, as well as those lucky enough to be spared, will always be close to my heart.  May you rest in peace, and heal in peace - may God be with you forever.  Leslie Pater Hoban
Class of 1980.

April 18, 2007, 3:58pm • Great Falls, Virginia • #17559

My deepest sympathy to the faculty, students, family and friends of Virginia Tech.  Your tears are being felt throughout the world, but so is the strength and pride that your school is showing at this moment of great sorrow.

D. Richards

April 18, 2007, 3:58pm • Seven Fields PA USA • #17560

To all the students, teaching staff and families at Virginia Tech

We in Australia and I are deeply shocked by this weeks events at your university. I can not begin to imagine the pain you all must be going through at present. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to all the familes who have suffered as a result of these tragic events.

Yours sincerly

Boyd Shugg
Adelaide South Austrailia
Austrailia

boydshugg@bigpond.com

April 18, 2007, 3:58pm • Adelaide South Austrailia Austrailia • #17561

My thoughts and prayers are with all the students and faculty at Virginia Tech. We grieve together across the nation and around the world for your terrible loss.

Northestern Univerity Senior
Douglas G. Luker

April 18, 2007, 3:58pm • Boston, MA • #17562

I fell a huge pain in my heart. I pray for all the people who was killed in Virginia. Regards from Spain. A lot of people here is sad.You possess our breath.

April 18, 2007, 3:58pm • Ponferrada/España • #17563

when I found out what happened I was shocked beyond belief. How could this happen to so many people who for them was just another day. I send my prayers for them and their family and friends.

April 18, 2007, 3:58pm • lake elsinore, CA • #17564

To the families of those lost:
Please allow me to express my condolences. I know words are not enough to help alleviate the pain brought on by this tragedy but I hope comfort may be found in the thoughts and prayers of the millions across America who look to help you through this dark and trying time.

April 18, 2007, 3:58pm • MA • #17565

These Condolences are coming form San Juan College in Farmington, NM. We here at Student Activities are saddend at the tragic event that happened Monday April 16, 2007. We send our prays to the families that lost loved ones that day and to the families that are having to deal with such a trying time. May God be with each and everyone of you and may your prayers be heard and carried on the wings of angels to heaven above. Always remember that faith is the strongest way to get through a tragic situation.

Sincerly,
San Juan College (Student Activities)

April 18, 2007, 3:58pm • Farminton, NM • #17566

My heart goes out to the families and friends of the loved ones that were lost.  I was shocked at what had happened and saddened too.  I have heard alot about VT and I know everyone will recover.  Be strong and keep your head up.  I can’t imagined what it was like but when I heard about what had happened i felt so much pain.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all those families of the victims.

April 18, 2007, 3:58pm • Mississippi • #17567

My americian cousin and his fiance is attending VT. My prayers and thoughts are with the students and families at Virginia Tech. My condolences to the families that lost their loved ones. I hope in one day we will have answers to all the questions, and find some peace inside us.

// Fia, Student at Mid Sweden University

April 18, 2007, 3:58pm • Sundsvall, Sweden • #17568

O-Father , God it is with sadness that we are in this state of mind for those that have been hurt or the loss of life . It is human to feel anger and out rage at this time O God , But we should also learn to forgive as well , Even for those that are sick and in the wrong frame of mind to do such a thing . O Father be with us and with those that suffered a loss ,be with this country , And , God help us deal with this and we know that is what our loved one’s and school mates would want us to do .A-man

April 18, 2007, 3:58pm • Vallejo,Ca • #17569

Mein Beileid gilt allen Familien die ein geliebtes Mitglied durch so einen Blödsinn verloren habe.

It hurts so much!

Andrea

April 18, 2007, 3:58pm • Berlin, Germany • #17570

Sadness for those killed and the killer Cho.

I admire Professor Roy for her compassion and her trying to help Cho, only if she had more time with him, he might be helped.

I can’t agree with N Giovanni, she might be a good poet and scholar but she is not a good teacher or eaducator, for what she said about Cho and how she reacted to Cho, if she had been as compassionate as Ms Roy and tried to help a depressed and troubled young man, instead of threaten to quit and fee she was being bullied and called him “mean”, speaking not like a teacher but some trash, she forgets what it means to be a teacher, she should just go back to write her poems and nice speach, not not be in the teaching field.

April 18, 2007, 3:58pm • Fairfax VA • #17571

My heart and prayer are with all the ones who lost a love one...god bless you, and remember that the ones we love never leave us....

Maria and Jeseph Valentin
Rock Hill, South Carolina

April 18, 2007, 3:58pm • Rock Hill, South Carolina • #17572

Reading all the comments made me realize this tragedy not only affected us in America but our friends in other countries such as Ireland and Germany.  We weep as one world for the sickness of one that affects so many.  Our thoughts are with you all.

April 18, 2007, 3:58pm • Hopkinton, RI • #17573

We at Columbus A.F.B Mississippi send our condolences, our hearts are heavy for all of the ones that have been taken from you. The world well be emptier place wtihout them. May you always remember there smiles and joy that they brought to you. Draw strenght from the Lord above that well comfort you at this time.  Also may the Lord left you all up in spirit to help you heal and move on. (Also forgive as he also forgave us). 


U.S Air Force Family Miss

April 18, 2007, 3:58pm • Columbus A.F.B. Mississippi • #17574

Let the love of God comfort you during this difficult time.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.
-Colossians 3:15

Loving God, only your love can withstand the hate-filled rage we are feeling. Remove all that inhibits the flow of your love in us this day. Let the ongoing rebuilding of lives, this and this college reflect your steadfast work in our lives. Amen.

Sarah Whitmer

April 18, 2007, 3:59pm • Oak Island, NC • #17575

Tradegy can’t begin to describe the events of April 16, 2007. My tears mourn your loss as it is truly a loss for us all.

May God be with you through these tough times.

Kevin H.

April 18, 2007, 3:59pm • Battle Creek, Michigan - USA • #17576

I am extremely appalled by what has happened and I would like to share my condolences with the families whose children were victims of the horrific day.
I hope nothing ever happens like this.
Virginia should not allow children to possess weapons and should change the law, which would prevent such crimes against humanity.

April 18, 2007, 3:59pm • Mumbai, India • #17577

To all of the students at Virginia Tech. I wish all of the families and students the best. I know that it’s hard. Being a student here in Tennessee I do not know what I would do. I will keep the students, families, and lost ones in my prayers! God Bless!

April 18, 2007, 3:59pm • Clarksville/Austin Peay State University/TN. • #17578

My heart goes out to everyone at Virginia Tech. The students and faculty not in Norris Hall & the AJ dormitory are equally effected as the students & faculty who were in Norris Hall & the AJ dormitory on Mon. April 16th.
I can not begin to understand the pain, fear, anger, and confusion all must feel right now at VT. As a college student myself, I can easily see how something like this could have happened where I attend.
Out of such a horrific event, I hope that the mistakes made early on in the shooting spree can be learned from. Sadly, mistakes like Monday have to be made for any changes to be made. A mass shooting to this extent should never have happened in the first place, but it did. Let’s not have a repeat, ever.
My prayers are with everyone in Blacksburg, VA. Try to remember God does not create evil. He cries as we do when evil events occur; such as what happened the other day. The merciful God that he is takes evil things and turns them into good. I don’t doubt the least that something good will come of this terrible, terrible, tragedy. The sun will shine again, that’s a promise God always keeps.

April 18, 2007, 3:59pm • TLC Jacksonville, FL • #17579

As a mother, sister, daughter and friend I cannot imagine the pain all the families are going thru. I want you all to know that we pray for you in this tragic time and wish to give you our love and support. We are really one big family even on opposites sides of the globe. What affects one affects all.

Forsyth Family

April 18, 2007, 3:59pm • Vancouver Canada / Newcastle Australia • #17580

To Virginia Tech Students and Faculty
My condolences go out to everyone in the Virginia Tech community and to the families of those lost. This is a true tragedy and may the memories of those lost live on forever. God bless all of you and we are all praying for you.
Brett

April 18, 2007, 3:59pm • Melville, New York • #17581

my thoughts go out to all the people affected by this shooting. such a shame, such a waste.

e.s.c

April 18, 2007, 3:59pm • england • #17582

We are deeply sad and shocked to hear this horrifying incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you all the courage and strength to move on. God bless you all.

Deepika & Family

April 18, 2007, 3:59pm • Ashburn, Virginia • #17583

a truly tragic event for the hokie nation i would like to take this time to express the saddness in my heart for the entire university,victims and their families god bless and stay together.

April 18, 2007, 3:59pm • cleveland ohio united states • #17584

Please know that you are showered in prayer.

Please as a nation lets be kinder to one another.Hold a door open for the person behind you , at the grocery store let the person behind you who only has one item go ahead , or when on the highway let someone merge in . So do a kind act today in memory of those who lost their lives yesterday.

April 18, 2007, 3:59pm • illinois • #17585

I pray that God touches the hearts of every family affected by this monumental tragedy at Virginia Tech. I pray that God embrace the deceased which are now God’s angles. I pray that God lift them far away into heaven where the streets are paved with gold and precious gems. I pray that God touch the injured victims at the point of their need so that perfect healing and restoration will manifest. I pray for the current students, faculty, administration & staff, and the entire Blacksburg community. My deepest condolence and sympathy extend outward and I pray that the Virginia Tech community will triumph and forever reign their Hokie Pride.

April 18, 2007, 3:59pm • Fellow UVA Alumni--Richmond, Virginia • #17586

We walk through life taking a chance everyday. One never knows what one day, to the next will bring. I am mad now, and saddened sits right next to it. This is a school with alot of unity. If people know the Hokie Nation then they know what I am talking about. When the memorial service in Cassell Stadium took place and near the end when everyone chanted, “Let’s Go Hokies” that’s the VA TECH spirit through and through. This college as a WHOLE will be strong for each other and will recover, even stronger, more vigilate and with a sense of unity even greater than it is now. LET’S GO, HOKIES!

A note to everyone who lost a family member/friend in this invasion of our campus, my heart felt condolences are going out to you as I pray that each day that passes you will be less saddened by your loss and you gain more strength to remember all the loving times you had with your family member, and when you do remember the good times, a big smile out of nowhere appears on your face and carries you throughout your day and the rest of your life.

Be Strong, VPI

Marchie Hufnell-Norman

April 18, 2007, 3:59pm • Richmond, VA (USA) • #17587

I’m so, so sorry. All of Virginia Tech will be in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you strength and peace.

April 18, 2007, 3:59pm • New York, NY • #17588

I am sorry for your loss and having to go through this horrible experience.  I do not know the right words to express how sorry I am.  My families thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Kathy

April 18, 2007, 3:59pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #17589

Written by a 5th grade White Oaks ES student in Virginia to express his thoughts…

“GO HOKIES!”
By Daniel Medina

As the evening wind blows.

And my heart begins to slow its rhythmic beat.

I suddenly feel a sense of peace in my mind.

After a tragic event that has infected my self consciousness.

For I pray for all who have died in the Virginia Tech massacre.

For I am a victim of this event but it did not affect my body
…but my soul

And as I gain no sleep and think of it more

…I burst into tears and drop to the floor.

So what I am trying to say is.

I hope all the families and friends of those who died

…Stay close to the fact that it will all be ok.

April 18, 2007, 4:00pm • Burke, Virginia • #17590

"I’ll lend you for a little time, a child of mine” He said,
For you to love while he lives, and mourn when he is dead.
It may be six or seven years, or twenty-two, or three,
but will you, ‘til I call him back, take care of him for Me?

He’ll bring his charms to gladden you, and shall his stay be brief,
you’ll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return,
but there are lessons taught down there I want that child to learn.

I’ve looked the wide world over in my search for teachers true,
and from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labor vain,
nor hate me when I come to call, to bring him back again?”

I fancied that I heard them say… “Dear Lord, Thy will be done,
For all the joy Thy child will bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him while we may,
and for the happiness we’ve known, will ever grateful stay.

But shall the angels call for him much sooner than we planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.”

April 18, 2007, 4:00pm • Greenville, SC • #17591

To the families of the victims, deceased or injured, and to the entire Virginia Tech family affected by such a tragedy...Remember the strength through the Lord during this trial.  There is pain being felt throughout our nation but we stand together in prayer. 
My condolences to those who lost family and to those who are injured, physically and emotionally, do not give up on the Lord, you will get through this terrible period.  God bless us all.

Longhorn by heart, but Hokie in Spirit

April 18, 2007, 4:00pm • Edinburg, Texas USA • #17592

My family and I are sadden to hear about the senseless tragedy that occurred on the Virginia Tech Campus. 

May God heal, comfort, love and keep everyone at Virginia Tech, all the families of the loved ones lossed, those injured and everyone touched by this very sad tragedy. Please accept from my whole family and I our sincere and heart felt condolences.  You are all in our thoughts and prayers.  God Bless Always!

Sincerely,

Sarah & Family

April 18, 2007, 4:00pm • Alabama • #17593

Prayers from the covington’s in rockingham to all the families so hurt by such a tragedy.  we cannot comprehend how you all must be feeling but you all are in our thoughts!!

April 18, 2007, 4:00pm • rockingham, n.c. • #17594

My prayers to all of the families and friends who lost someone special in their hearts.

God Bless!

April 18, 2007, 4:00pm • Bucks County, PA • #17595

To all VT students. I am a VT alumni, class of 2004. Our class motto was “The journey is the reward.” The journey is the time, effort, growth, sacrifice, emotions, and friendships that you experience while at VT. At the end you have earned the right to be part of something incredible, Hokie Nation.

Every person I come across with a VT shirt or hat automatically gets a “Go Hokies!” shout from me and is no longer a stranger. This is why we are all a family and why Virginia Tech is “Home.”

Finish and embrace your Journey at Virginia Tech. Despite this recent trajedy, It will be the greatest time of your life. I guarantee it.

Matt Ilteris
Class of 2004

Alena Ilteris
Class of 2005

April 18, 2007, 4:00pm • Boston, MA USA • #17596

GOD BLESS VIRGINIA TECH

TODOS SOMOS HOKIES!
(WE ARE ALL HOKIES!)

April 18, 2007, 4:00pm • EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN • #17597