Condolences, April 18, 2007

Death is nothing at all

Death is nothing at all,
I have only slipped away
into the next room.
I am I,
and you are you;
whatever we were to each other,
that, we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name,
speak to me in the easy way
which you always used,
put no difference in your tone,
wear no forced air
of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we shared together.
Let my name ever be
the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect,
without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all
that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you,
for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just around the corner.
All is well.

Henry Scott Holland
1847 -1918

April 18, 2007, 4:00pm • Boston, MA • #17598

I wish to send my thoughts and prayers to the familys of those killed and injured in this nightmare.  My god be with you all.

April 18, 2007, 4:00pm • Philadelphia, Pa • #17599

I was devastated when I heard the news.We lost 3 family members and a next door neighbor on 9/11.It’s going to be a tough ride.I cried when I saw the Memorial Service yesterday.It brought me back to that day.My prayers are with ALL of the students and the families who lost their loved ones.It didn’t just shock a college.It shocked the entire nation.Bless you all.

Jeri & Jerry

April 18, 2007, 4:00pm • Belleville, NJ • #17600

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at VA TECH after this terrible tragedy. God Bless, LM

April 18, 2007, 4:00pm • Milwaukee,WI • #17601

May God keep you all strong..keep their memories alive and strive to fulfill your dreams in their name. Do not let this horrific event define who these amazing people were. God Bless

At the rising of the sun and at its going down,
We remember them.

At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.

At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring,
We remember them.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer,
We remember them.

At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn,
We remember them.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength,
We remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart,
We remember them.

When we have joys we yearn to share,
We remember them.

When we have decisions that are difficult to make,
We remember them

When we have achievements that are based on theirs,
We remember them.

As long as we live, they too shall live,
for they are a part of us, as we remember them.

Kay Craig

April 18, 2007, 4:00pm • Lansdale, PA • #17602

Wow, as a Tech alum, as stunned and saddened as I was by the events on Monday, I am equally astonished and encouraged by the outpouring of sympathy for our “Hokie Nation”.

It truly warms my heart to know that others outside of Virginia Tech are keeping the school in their thoughts and prayers.

The people of Virginia Tech are some of the kindest, most loving, sincere and genuine people I have ever met.  I love my alma mater because of the people I encountered while attending school there and those alumni I have met since leaving.

When I heard about the tragedy Monday all I could do was sob.  My heart goes out especially to those Hokies directly affected by this senseless act, but also to the entire Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Radford communities.

Thank you all for caring about us.  It seems like the whole world is now a “Hokie Nation”.

CRS, VT 1984

April 18, 2007, 4:01pm • Takoma Park MD • #17603

Heavenly Father – I pray that you would draw near every person touched by this horrific tragedy at Virginia Tech.  I know that we don’t always understand why such things happen, but I know that you promise to walk before us and beside us as we go through mourning the loss of our loved ones. I pray specifically for the families who have lost a loved one – my hope is that each one would find comfort in the knowledge and wisdom of knowing you as their Lord and Savior.

Your word says “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you…” John 14:27

My deepest sympathies and condolences to whole VT community – please know that you are in the prayers and thoughts of many.

God Bless You All!!

The Kerns Family

April 18, 2007, 4:01pm • Frostburg, MD • #17604

I wanted to express my deepest sympathies to the faculty, staff, students, families and friends of everyone involved in this horrific tragedy.

My thoughts and prayers go out to each of you!!

April 18, 2007, 4:01pm • Bloomington, IN • #17605

My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time for all of america and the world - but especially Virgina Tech. Just remember that you are not alone, we all pray for you and we greive your losses.

April 18, 2007, 4:01pm • Cincinnati, Ohio • #17606

I want to send my deepest thoughts and meditations to all the people affected by this tragedy, and their families, friends, and communities. From my own experience, death exacts its hardest blows for the living.

Peace upon Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, and our entire world.

April 18, 2007, 4:01pm • Raleigh, North Carolina, United States • #17607

Virginia Tech University was the site of a tragic crime that resulted in the loss of many innocent lives within its community.  In the aftermath, our hearts and minds turn to all those impacted by this awful turn of events, and our extended ASU family conveys its deepest sympathies to everyone affected.  We share in the grief of our colleagues and fellow students at VTU, their families and their friends, and offer our thoughts and prayers for their collective healing.

Alex Zamora
Classified Staff
Arizona State University

April 18, 2007, 4:01pm • Tempe, Arizona • #17608

As the sister of a Hokie, I have had the privilege of visiting Tech many times. It was like entering another world - the beautiful Hokie Stone, the spirit of the ROTC kids, the football games led by Coach Beemer, & the outstanding engineering education my brother got...My heart is broken into a million pieces over the shootings. My sincere condolences go out to the friends & families of those outstanding individuals who lost their lives in such a vulgar & senseless way.  As we learn more about them, their accomplishments, & their promise, the grief and pain of their loss becomes even more unbearable. I hope we can also remember what a special place Tech really is and be thankful for many lives the school has influenced in a positive way. I can’t imagine what the victim’s families are enduring right now but only hope that they will find some comfort & peace in everyone’s prayers. By learning about those who lost their lives and their interests & accomplishments, we can do our best to honor their memory.  Also in our thoughts is the school itself – I know that like a phoenix of hope and inspiration Virginia Tech will rise from the ashes of this unspeakable tragedy. -V.S.

April 18, 2007, 4:01pm • New York, NY • #17609

Thinking of you and praying for you during this difficult time.

April 18, 2007, 4:01pm • Glen Allen, Virginia • #17610

So sorry to hear about all the people that lost their lives… Just remember that every one of you all are in our prayers!

May God Bless!

April 18, 2007, 4:01pm • Richlands, Virginia • #17611

To everyone at Virginia Tech and all the families and friends:
I pray for God’s peace and comfort to surround you during this time of tragedy. May His love and grace cover you during your time of need. Remember that God is all sufficient and He always provides exactly what you need at a moment’s notice. May you be blessed!

April 18, 2007, 4:01pm • Dallas, TX • #17612

To All Those At Virginia Tech University,
I know I speak for all my fellow Lakers, we mourn your loss and will continue to pray for you all!

The Lakers At Grand Valley State University

April 18, 2007, 4:01pm • Allendale, Michigan • #17613

To the families of the victims of this senseless act of violence, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

April 18, 2007, 4:01pm • Wichita, Kansas • #17614

I know that no matter what, our “sorry’s” can not replace what the Virginia Tech family has lost. But we as America can stand together and help reassure that Virginia Tech’s beauty will rise again. 

HER JOURNEY’S JUST BEGUN
-by Ellen Brenneman

Don’t think of her as gone away -
her journey’s just begun,
life holds so many facets -
this earth is only one.

Just think of her as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.

Think how she must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.

And think of her as living
In the hearts of those she touched
For nothing loved is ever lost -
And she was loved so much.
R. Westbury

April 18, 2007, 4:01pm • Conyers, Ga • #17615

I didn’t know anyone there, but everytime I hear about it I feel like I did. My prayers go out to all those who passed and to those who lost someone.

April 18, 2007, 4:01pm • Sayreville, New Jersey • #17616

Please accept my sincere and deepest condolences to all students and faculty at Virginia Tech, their families & friends! May God give you each strength to bear the pain of this horrific tragedy!

April 18, 2007, 4:02pm • Tacoma, WA • #17617

I am an Elementary Art teacher in Ohio. My job is to look after my little ones. I am sickened at the thought of someone violating that trust that students have in their teachers. I am so sorry for the loss of these students at VA Tech. God be with you, each and every one as you begin to heal.

Ms. Lynne

April 18, 2007, 4:02pm • Columbus, Ohio • #17618

i pray.....

through our sorrows and joys we will never forget whose lives have been taken. i pray for all the families andfriends, who lost loved ones. i also pray that there wilL some day there will be peace.

April 18, 2007, 4:02pm • saint paul, minnesota • #17619

Both my husband and I grew up in Blacksburg, went to Va Tech and are Hokie Football fans. As I heard of the tragedy, I felt ill and checked in with our parents, who thank God, were okay. Two days later, as I read the words on this site, I feel tears streaming down my face and cannot express how sad I feel for all those hurt by this tragedy. As the mother of 2 small children, I pray for those parents who lost their children.  We are praying for all the victims and survivors and wish you comfort in this terrible time.
God bless you,
Barbara, John, Nash and Erin Costain

April 18, 2007, 4:02pm • Richmond, Va USA • #17620

My Wife and I want to wish everyone, working or learning at the university, their families - parents - childeren - friends and relatives all the strenght needed to cope with this tragedy. We hardly can imagin the pain and horror you all had to suffer, but we think of you in our prayers and hope that together you will find a way to go on with your lives.

Wednesday april 18, Andre and Petra Michielsen

April 18, 2007, 4:02pm • Meijel, Netherlands • #17621

Our hearts go out to you today for the tragedy that happened on Monday.  We pray that you may find peace and comfort in knowing the we are all behind you. 

Psalm 23:4

4 Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

God Bless.

Ed, Casta, and Reagan (11 months) Mordecai
Military Famiy that are keeping VT in our hearts and minds always.  (We are Oklahoma (OU) fans and consider them #1, but today, you are our #1.)

April 18, 2007, 4:02pm • Okmulgee, Ok • #17622

Our Applied Research in Management class of John Brown University, Advance Program, Little Rock, extends its condolences to the families of the victims, as well as the entire Virginia Tech community. We have prayed for God’s comfort during this time of loss.
Dr. Karmen Williams
Adjunct professor

April 18, 2007, 4:02pm • Little Rock • #17623

You are a proud example of strength and heroism in the face of senseless violence. Be strong for each other and know that this family along with so many others throughout the world shares your sorrow.

April 18, 2007, 4:02pm • Montclair, Virginia • #17624

My heart is breaking for all of you and your pain and suffering. I pray that you will all find some peace in your hearts someday. GOD bless each and every one of you!

April 18, 2007, 4:02pm • Atlanta, GA • #17625

No one knows the sorrow in your hearts and the thoughts that run through your minds better than God. I pray that you can find comfort in Him.
-Ellen

April 18, 2007, 4:02pm • San Francisco, CA • #17626

I’m sorry for everything that you guys are going through. I am a senior in high school and will be going to college next year. Wishing the staff and students the best at Virginia Tech. The country is mourning with you.

-Mara, age 17

April 18, 2007, 4:02pm • New York • #17627

I’ve cried asking why did this happened to God’s children, I don’t know. All I know is that they are gone and the parents and family members who lost loved ones that day are hurting. I will think about that day for a long while, I will pray for the parents and relatives hoping that one day they will find peace, being a parent I know it will be a long time. May God bless the Virginia Tech Family.

April 18, 2007, 4:02pm • Wilmington, Delaware • #17628

I may no longer be at VT in body, but I am in spirit.  I pray for the students, faculty, and their families everyday.
You Are NOT Alone

April 18, 2007, 4:02pm • Charlotte, NC • #17629

My hear goes out to everyone who lost there life or who is suffering from there loss. I can feel your pain and only wish I could take it away. I’ll say a prayer for you today and always. May you all find peace in your hearts. God Bless You All

April 18, 2007, 4:02pm • Lansing, Michigan • #17630

My heart goes out to the families and friends who lost a loved one on Monday the 16th.  I will continue to pray for those who were injured, and for the VT community.  I am thinking of you all.  My God bless each and every one of you!

Maureen Wills

April 18, 2007, 4:02pm • Burke, Virginia • #17631

No word goes to be enough to demonstrate pain and suffering for which the Pupils, Professors, all the familiar workers and of vitimas pass at this moment. I leave here my more sincere sympathies for the recent events.

April 18, 2007, 4:02pm • Curitiba, Brazil • #17632

As I sit here and write this tears are streaming down my face. There is no name to describe the pain that sick boy has caused all of us even if we never knew the victims.
My heart goes out to all but more to the parents have we all wonder why when you lose a child there is no name to describe the pains? When a child loses his parents hes an orphan, when you lose your husband you are a widow
what are we when we lose a child? May god grant
him forgiveness and to all strengh.

April 18, 2007, 4:02pm • New york ny USa • #17633

My Thoughts and Prayers go out to you ALL!!! I hope you all will be able to overcome this tradgey and grow stronger as a community and as a person..."What does not kill us only makes us Stronger” You have the love and support of the nation!!! God Bless You All!!!

April 18, 2007, 4:02pm • Rutgers University Camden Mt. Holly New Jersey • #17634

I want to express my deepest sympathies for the people of Virginia Tech. I can not imagine what you all must be going through. It saddens me to see all the pain this has caused to the entire world. Much love to you, Virginia Tech.

Rob Vadas

April 18, 2007, 4:02pm • St. Petersburg, FL • #17635

My prayers and thoughts go out to all the victims’ families, the poor sick kid who did this horrible thing, and all the current students at Tech.  Be strong and take care.  The world is watching; make Virginia proud. 

Maureen K.

April 18, 2007, 4:02pm • Virginia Beach, VA • #17636

Dear Virginia Tech,
I send my prayers with you, all of you, as you go through this very tough time. Any American tragedy is horrible, but when it occurs on your college campus, it becomes worse. I hope that all of you stay strong through this very tough time. To those of you that lost friends in this horrible tragedy: I hope you guys remain strong and learn to hopefully move on. My condolences are all that I can give, but I hope they are enough along with the thousands you’ve recieved to help you through such a tragic day in America, specifically in Virginia Tech. I hope your school becomes strong and remains strong. Your prayers are with me and may god bless all of you. Although I am a Saint Joseph’s University Hawk now, I will always be a Hokie from now on. And I’m sure everyone else will be a Hokie. You will all be in my heart. God bless you.

April 18, 2007, 4:03pm • Philadelphia, PA • #17637

I have relatives who are VT grads.  All of us are shocked and we morn for those who lost their lives, their families, and those students who survived.
Be strong try to stay in school at VT and help make it memorable for the great institution it is and not because of this terrible crime.

With love and prayers to all,

Laura Myers and family,
Winston-Salem, NC

April 18, 2007, 4:03pm • #17638

Dear Faculty, Students, and their Families, My heartfelt condolences go out to all of you. I am praying that you all find the peace and healing you need in your life through this difficult time. Just know that it will not come easily, but it will come. You all will never be forgotten and be in my prayers forever.
To the victims, you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN and I will forever pray for you as will the world. You did not die in vain. God Bless each of you and your families and friends.
From one TECH to another WE LOVE YOU!
-SM

April 18, 2007, 4:03pm • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas • #17639

"One night a man had a dream. He dreamed
he was walking along the beach with the LORD.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene he noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand: one belonging
to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of
his life there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the very
lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he
questioned the LORD about it:

“LORD, you said that once I decided to follow
you, you’d walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life,
there is only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why when
I needed you most you would leave me.”

The LORD replied:
“My son, my precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you."”

I hope this gives people strength.

April 18, 2007, 4:03pm • Lauren, Somerville, NJ • #17640

Dear everyone that what affetectd by what happened at VT,
i have been watching the news non-stop and no one could ever understand the pain and heartache your going through right now, but always remember that you are all in everyones prayers. life will get easier as time goes along. but just remember to stay strong for the familes that lost their loved ones that horraible day. it wount be easy but you will be able to move on and remember those people for the good they did and the heros they were. Everyones praying for you guys.

April 18, 2007, 4:03pm • Red Lion, PA • #17641

Just know you are not alone in this time of great sorrow. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Remember you will find great strength in these hours and will be able to go on.  cjb

April 18, 2007, 4:03pm • Boone, IA • #17642

Psalm 34:18
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

We grieve with you, and pray for you.

The Hecomovich Family

April 18, 2007, 4:03pm • Long Lake, MN 55356 • #17643

Our prayers are with the families of all the victims, Virginia Tech, and our leaders. 

I guess you could say this is an eye opener for all of us.  When we see or recognize someone may be having some mental issues, we need to respond immediately.  Perhaps, this may not have happened if it had been taken care of.  My hope is that the shooter will now rest in peace.  God save his sole.

The Tunstall Family

April 18, 2007, 4:03pm • Calcium, NY • #17644

My biggest wish is that one day our children can walk into their schools and feel safe again. The only thing that we should have to worry about is whether or not we did okay on our finals, etc. We shouldn’t have to worry whether or not the students walking amongst us have an arsenal of weapons with them. It is happening with way to much frequency. If you are having troubles in life, please get help before you get too involved and hurt innocent people. Our schools should be just that “a school” it should never be used as a morgue. MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU AT VIRGINIA TECH.....GO HOKIES!!!

April 18, 2007, 4:03pm • Portland, Or • #17645

It is a tragedy what occured only a few days ago. I am a student at Globe College in MN right now and I can only imagine what people went through. It hurts my heart to think about it. But, the actions of one man can never override the actions of those who survive to go on helping others, loving, and sharing experience. My wife and I are praying for you all, and want you to know that God is there for you, your country is there for you, and we are also.

Ron and Stefanie Currier

April 18, 2007, 4:03pm • White Bear Lake, MN, USA • #17646

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.  God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 4:03pm • Elsa, Texas • #17647