Condolences, April 18, 2007

Thank you Hokies for your examples of courage and grace. May the Lord strengthen you all.  “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”
Romans 5:3-5

April 18, 2007, 2:16am • Stockton, CA • #5432

Quite shaken and enraged at the news of this senseless tragedy I express my deepest condolences to the friends and families of the victims of Virgina Tech tragedy. May the souls of all victims rest in peace and may god be with them.

April 18, 2007, 2:16am • Detroit, Michigan • #5433

May their souls rest in peace.

J. Badillo

April 18, 2007, 2:16am • Manila, Philippines • #5434

My heart bleeds for Virginia Tech community at this time of sorrow and confusion. I was very saddened that my beloved Virginia Tech would be hit by such a shocker, and that so many innocent students were killed. I am very proud of how the Hokie Nation responded to this crisis, and I’m grateful for the support of the entire country. This is a tragedy that could have and should have been prevented if it wasn’t for the huge mistakes of the authorities in charge. They should have informed everyone immediately to stay indoors and lock their rooms until it was safe to come out, instead of waiting for two full hours to announce a warning. That is what this tragedy is all about. The failure of the President of Virginia Tech to comprehend what was going on, as well as failure of imagination by the top level of law enforcement in the area. These people have blood on their hands and should be held accountable for these errors! GOD BLESS VIRGINIA TECH AND THE ENTIRE HOKIE NATION!!!

Igor Prokhorov

April 18, 2007, 2:16am • Richmond, Virginia • #5435

As a mother of a college Senior, my heart and soul is heavy in this tragic time, but I find hope in the heroism and maturity displayed by the students, faculty and the broader Virginia Tech community.  The untimely Angels of April 16th have enriched and blessed the world with their gifts.  I pray that their families and friends find comfort and peace in the days, months and years to come.  I too am a Hoakie in spirt.  Saadia King

April 18, 2007, 2:16am • Livermore, CA • #5436

We may not always understand why certain things happen in life. We can only pray and trust in God.

My heart and thoughts go out to the family members and friends of those lives lost at Virginia Tech. I know everyone throughout most of the country including myself will keep those family members and friends of those innocent lives that were taken will be in our prayers. Keep hope alive by staying strong in Faith. You are not alone because we all share the loss. God bless and don’t lose faith.

-your brother in Christ,
Eric

April 18, 2007, 2:16am • Glendale, CA • #5437

To the people affected by the shootings at VT, i on behalf of my family and my country, wish you the purest of memories of the people lost. Try not to be angry, but remember those moments with the victims that made you smile.

This is not a time to debate gun control, or accuse the police of lack of action or whatever. Now is the time to hug your mate and tell them him/her you love them.

Brad

April 18, 2007, 2:16am • Brisbane, Queensland, Australia • #5438

Very sad what has happened at Virginia Tech. Nevertheless, the world can
now see how resilient and united the university community is.
Our thoughts are with you,

Peter & Leandra
Former Tech Grad Student

April 18, 2007, 2:16am • Baden, Switzerland • #5439

"I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.”
-Leo Buscaglia

...Be strong, Virginia Tech! You are in our thoughts and prayers…

April 18, 2007, 2:16am • Hesperia, California • #5440

to be a HOKIE is not a name but a description,of a strong and willing person with patience adn the hope and will of a fighter. that is what the definition of that word shall mean to me for as long as i live. the strengh and will to fight for the spirit of all beautiful spirits,that shall grace the earth for as long were alive my deepest condolences to the strongest school in the WORLD.
GO HOKIES

April 18, 2007, 2:16am • slo,ca • #5441

No Comment, that is horrible. Lets pray the Lord for
our friends who is in the grace of the Holly Spirit for now and ever to ever. Amen

April 18, 2007, 2:17am • Lome - TOGO • #5442

You ARE the Hokies and you WILL prevail.  There are strangers all over the world praying for you and mourning with you.  Take strength in that knowledge and know that you WILL overcome the despair that is encompassing you right now.  When your hearts are heavy, remember the words of the wonderful and passionate Nikki Giovanni and remember “LET’S GO HOKIES!” Take pride in the fact that as a world looked on… your spirit moved us to tears.  We are proud of you and 4-16 will forever remain in our hearts.  Stay strong, Virginia Tech.  You have a whole nation behind you.

April 18, 2007, 2:17am • San Dimas, California • #5443

As one person speaking on behalf of the community of Woodside California we wish to express our deepest sympathies to all of you.  We are so very very sorry.  Maurice Werdegar

April 18, 2007, 2:17am • Woodside California • #5444

My prayers are with the victims and their families.

April 18, 2007, 2:17am • Charlottetown, Canada • #5445

My thoughts and prayers to the entire community. I am a graduate student in Oklahoma at NWOSU and I can’t imagine.....no other words to say except so very sorry, it is a tragedy forever
Desiree’ G

April 18, 2007, 2:17am • Blackwell Oklahoma • #5446

My thoughts and prayers are with you guys. I pray that God blesses and strengthens each of you who are mourning the loss of a friend or family member. The psalmist says: The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. - Just remember not to blame God through all of this. He is the Giver of life and lover of our souls. Seek Him out, please, and find comfort and rest in His wings.

April 18, 2007, 2:17am • Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada. • #5447

deepest sympathy from Austria/EU

April 18, 2007, 2:17am • Vienna, AUSTRIA • #5448

God bless you all as you walk every day through this tragedy. Beleive that you are thought of and prayed for by anyone and everyone in the world that has a heart.
God is with you always.

Karen C.

April 18, 2007, 2:17am • Alberta, CANADA. • #5449

Our condolences and prayers for you and your families from my family and friends. I really feel your pain as mine. Best wishes. Javier

April 18, 2007, 2:17am • Madrid, Spain • #5450

A Time Like This

I looked to my creator and said WHY THIS
I looked to my creator with clenched bare fists
I looked to my creator and said PLEASE END THIS
I looked to my creator and that’s when he said, patience my child…I will never leave you in times like this.
Do not mourn, a day is lost lives are gone, for when they were taken I grabbed them and brought them home.

Inspired by the lost loved ones at Virginia Tech, and to those who still find peace in the midst of this madness.
~Brittany Gordon

April 18, 2007, 2:17am • Wilmington, North Carolina • #5451

We are living in such a world Ohhhh…
Although I have no any relation to this VT I am in upset to hear about.
Please God help them and take them to you because what could they do. They were helpless.
Being a good friend to everybody is marvolous.

April 18, 2007, 2:17am • Colombo , Sri lanka • #5452

Dear Students,faculty,and all who were affected,
My deppest condolences go out to all of you. It was so unfortunate that, that selfish basterd had to take his anger out such innocent people. Your in my thoughts and prayers. If you guys need someone to talk to don’t EVER hesitate to contact me at dravetilldawn@aol.com Please i would love to hear from you.

April 18, 2007, 2:17am • Yorba Linda CA • #5453

I was shocked to hear what happened. My condolences to those who lost a family member, a friend, a classmate, an acquaintance… it’s hard to understand why it happened but I hope time will heal the wounds. Keep the faith burning!

- Michael Hain

April 18, 2007, 2:17am • Quezon City, Philippines • #5454

As a soon to be graduate it breaks my heart to have to say goodbye to my friend Ryan before we were supposed to part ways.  He never failed to bring a smile to my face and I can’t recall one instance where he wasn’t wearing one himself.  I can only imagine how his and other families are feeling right now and my love goes out to all of them.

Katie

April 18, 2007, 2:17am • Blacksburg, VA • #5455

To all those at virgina tech.
My prayers and those of my college go out to you. it is most unfortunate that this had to happen to you but if any group can work through this you can.

April 18, 2007, 2:17am • Purchase, Ny • #5456

I am sure that there is no 1 word to describe the emotion that the students, faculty, and family have experienced. I feel there isn’t even a way for me to express how much I feel your pain. VA Tech will forever and alwyas be in me and my families prayers. GOD will never put more on you than you can bear. You WILL get thru this and please find it in your heart to forgive, but never forget.

GO HOOKIES!!!!!
The Miller, Western and Caldwell Family..

April 18, 2007, 2:17am • CALUMET TOWNSHIP, INDIANA (GARY) • #5457

It’s really hard find words for this situation...I’m estuding in a university in my comtry and i can’t If will happens something like that...my sincere condolences for parents and comunity of VT.

La fortaleza y aguante se nos miden en momentos duros como estos....

April 18, 2007, 2:17am • Envigado / Colombia • #5458

得悉慘劇發生,我等香港學友不勝震驚及悲痛。在此表示無限哀痛,并祝愿受影響的人們平安健康,早日走出陰霾。

April 18, 2007, 2:17am • Hong Kong • #5459

I have applied the department of civil engineering this year.Virginia Tech is my dream school.However, I was shocked by the news...I will go to US this year...I hope I can do something for the univeristy and students there…

April 18, 2007, 2:17am • China • #5460

Words cannot express the shock and horror my family and I are feeling. My son in law and his family have very close ties to Veriginia Tech as his dad taught there and he was raised in Blacksburg. My heart goes out to the mothers and fathers who lost their precious children. Watching the horror unfold I cannot imagine what pain and loss you must be feeling Please know I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayer.
Deborah Mason

April 18, 2007, 2:18am • Woodbury, Mn USA • #5461

I have been avidly watching and researching all information that has been released on this situation and I am still in shock. This is not only a national tragedy, it is worldwide. The effects of this event should not be forgotten and as a citizen of this great country, you should all expect change. If not a change in your own campus security or gun control, then change in the way you live your own life. This could have been anywhere or anyone. Those people you have known to be an outcast or alone, talk to them. It not only could change their life, but potentially the world. Take care of each other and stick together. God bless you all.

My prayers are with the students, faculty, staff, family, and friends of those at Virginia Tech. Your courage and hope inspires a nation.

Kimi D.

April 18, 2007, 2:18am • Akron, OH / Mt. Pleasant, SC • #5462

My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone involved in this horrible tragedy. Look to God for comfort and strength and remember that even when we do not understand “WHY?” He does and his plan although often not the one we would have chosen for ourselves is the right one. There is a reason that we as humans do not posses the intellegence to understand and in time the pain will heal and the hurt will subside but God said he would never leave us nor forsake us. You are all in my prayers and thoughts. May God bless you and keep you.

April 18, 2007, 2:18am • Church Hill Tennessee • #5463

Give our families’ prayer to all the innocent people. I do believe that there is a heaven that good people can rest and enjoy. By the way, the report said that there are 33 people dead, I doubt that: we should NOT consider the gunman is a human. He is a devil!

April 18, 2007, 2:18am • P.R.China • #5464

To all who have been affected by this tradgedy, my thoughts go out to you all, keep praying and talking and remembering the lost.

Michelle Brady
New Zealand.

April 18, 2007, 2:18am • New Zealand • #5465

To the Virginia Tech community---May God carry you in His loving arms as you all strive to recover from this horrific tragedy.  I know the losses are tremendous, but gather strength from the company of your families and friends and know that the Nation grieves with you.  Virginia Tech is a great institution and it’s reputation can never be tarnished by the actions of a madman.

April 18, 2007, 2:18am • Germantown, Maryland • #5466

Our deepest condolences to those affected by this tragedy.

Unsere Gedanken sind bei Euch.

Heike & Rudi Svecak

April 18, 2007, 2:18am • Babenhausen, Germany • #5467

Now, everything I can do is to pray for them and pray for their family again and again. I really want to give my deep condolence. My heart is beating because deep sorrow. Yesterday I couldn’t stop crying all day. I am so sorry because I am Korean. I don’t know what to say and how to comfort USA. I just pary for them and I pray for USA. God bless them forever.

April 18, 2007, 2:18am • S.Korea • #5468

To all the families and friends:
Well, what can I say that no one else has already said. I am a widow with three children, one who is going to be going to college next year. When I seen these horrible, and senseless acts take place on the news, I had an empty, and sick feeling in my stomach. It reminded me of when i lost my husband a few years ago. Losing him was the worst day of my life, but I couldn’t imagine losing one of my children. My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. When my husband died I remember everyone saying “God only puts on your plate what you can handle” at the time I hated people telling me this. I was very angry at God for my husbands death. Just remember he has a plan for everything, you may not see it now, but you will. Stay strong, and may god bring each of you the peace you need at this time. Angie Montgomery

April 18, 2007, 2:18am • Cumberland,Md • #5469

I know from personal experience that being victim to an act of violence changes you forever. Trying to get inside the mind of those willing to commit such acts is futile. They think differently, and as compassionate as we may try to be as humans, understanding their behavior and thought process escapes us.

There are no answers. There is no real justice. But if society can learn to recognize the signs of sociopatholigic and mental illness and find a means of address, perhaps more lives would be saved, more tragedies prevented.

All who are affected in any manner by this horrific tragedy, including the poor parents of the young man who executed this act, may you all mourn with grace and heal with beauty. Peace, namaste to all.
Nam Myo Ho Renge Kyo
Nam Myo Ho Renge Kyo
Nam Myo Ho Renge Kyo

jo

April 18, 2007, 2:18am • clarkston michigan, US • #5470

My Heart Goes Out To You Virginia Tech.
my cousin, goes to you’re college, and thankfully
she was not on campus.
but anyway, my thoughts and prayers are with
all of whom were affected by this horrible tragedy.
friends and families who have lost someone on April 16, 2007, you have my heart.

-Marybeth Barrett.

April 18, 2007, 2:18am • Bennington Vermont • #5471

I cannot imagine the pain and grief of those whom are affected by this tragic event. My only regret is that I can not find better word to express my sadness than simple word “sorry.” But I want to say that I’m very very sorry that something so horrific and terrible has happened. God knows what kind of demon this young man could possibly have possessed to do something like this. As a student who happened to be of same national origin as the killer, I also want to say in behalf of many other fellow Korean students that we want to express our deepest condolences and sympathy to all victims’ family and friends. May all of the victims rest in peace and May God provides comfort and strength to everyone whom is affected by this tragedy.
With my best wish,
Harrison

April 18, 2007, 2:18am • Cerritos, California • #5472

i’m so sick…

April 18, 2007, 2:19am • germany • #5473

Dear Virgina Tech Community,

The terrible loss of this tragedy cannot be put into expression. The unfortunate event has affected everyone in the nation, especially here in California. Everything can just change by one turn of events and can do so much to friends and family.

Their smiles that were given everyday to everyone has been brought to them with heaven. God’s presence will keep them safe and to every victim’s family. God loves their smiles and their love and knew each had courage, bravery, and hope to take upon the path to heaven. May God give grace upon them and their friends and family.

Each family must feel the pain to lose someone. I’ve recently lost my grandfather and everything just hurts inside. Like each of those who’ve headed their way to heaven, I bet each and everyone in their family had their time to bond with them. Their loving memories you’ve shared and given will always be with you and with the one you’ve loved. As they head to God, they will be taking their memories with them from which they’ve spent with you and know that you’ll be in their hearts and that they’ll be in your hearts.

Stay strong.

Each and every one will be in my condolences, thoughts, and prayers.

- Adrian

April 18, 2007, 2:19am • California, U.S. • #5474

My prayers are with the families and friends of the victims.  May God’s blessings be with all of you in this time of sorrow.

April 18, 2007, 2:19am • Phoenix Az • #5475

My sincerest condolences to all.
Eva D.

April 18, 2007, 2:19am • Kirchberg, Luxembourg, Europe • #5476

In the recent tragedy that has occurred at Virginia Tech, I have started a prayer list for the victims and there families. 33 lives have been taken while another 28 students have been injured. So please sign the list in support of the victims, their families and every student, teacher, staff worker and even the city of Blacksburg.

I will start the list and I will pray , please do the same
Also please repost for others to sign. Thank you

1. John Trammel
2. Jonathan Rabeau
3. Brittany House
4. Chris Becker
5. Rachel Becker
6. Tamika
7. Stephanie B.
8. Nia Ashley
9. coco smith
10.zenia jackson
11.Timanita
12.ashley
13.Jeremy
14.Shakey..
15.TEA
16.Aaron Martin
17.Tarrin Dahl
18.Travis Patsell
19.Michelle Royal
20.Letitia Ray
21.Veronica Berry
22.Shane Oliver
23.Mary Dale
24.Anthony H.
25.Amber F.
26.Michael Adam F.
27.Felicia Painter
28.Shawn Painter
29.Thomas Seabolt
30.Courtney Dawson
31.Emily Bell
32.Brandon ( BJ ) Atkins
33.Randy Harper
34.Lena Rutherford
35.Billie Rutherford
36.Ruth Sheffler
37.Pearl Sheffler

April 18, 2007, 2:19am • Charleston West Virgina • #5477

God, please!, Bless America, our Proud Nation for Ever!!! Psalm 23.
UNITED WE STAND ALWAYS!

April 18, 2007, 2:19am • Bayamon, PR • #5478

R.I.P. 04/16/07
On this day, many lives was taken without reason.
Many dear friends we shall never see again.
The massacre at Virginia Tech took many lives,
and many hearts that went with them.

From one who lost someone this day…
R.I.P.

April 18, 2007, 2:19am • Chesapeake, VA • #5479

Our thoughts are with you. God bless you Hokies.

April 18, 2007, 2:19am • Fredericksburg, VA • #5480

My heart is so heavy after reading about all of the victims and the lives that they have touched. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, the students, staff, and alumni of VT.

April 18, 2007, 2:19am • Clifton, NJ • #5481