Condolences, April 18, 2007

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 tragically lost their lives.  May God continue to pour our His peace, mercy, grace and love upon you.  God bless you Always and in All Ways.

April 18, 2007, 4:03pm • North Haledon, NJ • #17648

I wanted to share my deepest sympathy, prayers, and support with the VT community.  As an alumnus of neighboring Radford University I can say that I have many wonderful memories of VT and its proud students and faculty.  An event like this will never diminish the character of VT and its community.  And as every college and university across this nation mourns with you, they all carry HOKIE pride.  God Bless.
-B. Roof, a proud VT neighbor!

April 18, 2007, 4:03pm • Fairfax, VA • #17649

Words can obviously not express the immense sorrow and confusion felt by all of us when we heard about what transpired on your campus on April 16th.

On behalf of Residence Services and the Resident Advisor program at Mount Royal College (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the victims families and all students, faculty and staff at Virginia Tech.

April 18, 2007, 4:03pm • Calgary, Alberta, Canada • #17650

God Bless all who were killed and injured.May you find comfort someday.

April 18, 2007, 4:03pm • Vernon NJ • #17651

I am so sorry to here what happened at the school. It makes me think if I should go back to school or not.  My prays are out to everone there and everwhere.  Love Heather K

April 18, 2007, 4:03pm • st.charles ,MO USA • #17652

Dear Staff, Faculty & Students:

I cried as did all Americans I think.  The act is so reprehensible and tragic.  The only solace I can find is in prayer for all of you.  Please try to find peace in Jesus Christ. 

Time will ease some of the pain - but it will never be forgotten.  May God bless you all.

Susan Pankratz

April 18, 2007, 4:03pm • De Pere, WI USA • #17653

To the VT students, families, friends and faculty,
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May you all have the strength to pull together and get
through this difficult time.

With deepest sympathy,
The Klinzmann Family

April 18, 2007, 4:03pm • Laporte Colorado • #17654

May God bless each and everyone of you. Our prayers go out for you, may God lift the heavy hearts so many hold. You will be in our thoughts and prayers

April 18, 2007, 4:03pm • Monroe County West Virigina • #17655

We cannot understand why these terrible tragedies happen. Whenever anything of this magnitude does happen, it sparks talk about so many things that might have prevented it. There is time for that. But, for now, I pray for all the victims, those healing physically, as well as those who were taken from us. I pray for the families of all. I pray for us, as a whole..humanity..who must somehow make it through this life, unscathed, and hope that we will all be touched by love, compassion and understanding. I applaud the resilience of the students who offered up their cheer of the “Hokies” for their brethren. I applaud the administration that showed that the “other” victims are in good hands. These victims, though not physically touched, are surely scarred, mentally and emotionally and need time and understanding and love to heal. I found it very touching and telling that one student said that many of the students opted to stay at the school, rather than go home, this “is our home”. God bless you all, you are surely in many hearts and prayers as you continue your journey through life. May this journey carry much more light in it for you, than has been there in the past few days. Be strong and allow others to help you through this.

April 18, 2007, 4:03pm • Coventry, RI • #17656

My deepest condolences to all those who have been affected by this horrific tragedy. God Bless all the families and victims. My prayers are with you.

April 18, 2007, 4:03pm • Paris, France • #17657

VT Students,
Thank you for reminding me what a special place Tech is.  I loved it once, I loVe iT still.
Heather (’88 Alum)

April 18, 2007, 4:04pm • Manhasset, New York • #17658

Dear Virginia Tech Community and Alumni,

I am deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred on your campus Monday morning. This disaster hit home to me. All the other recent school shootings and terror threats have been in younger age groups. Being the same age and a recent graduate myself, it opened my eyes and probably shocked me as much as it did you. I feel like this act of terror wasn’t just to your campus, it was an act of terror against every campus community in our nation. I believe that all the other students across the country feel as if they share in your loss as well. I quote one of the groups in Facebook, “Forget any and all college affiliations today. For today, we are all Hokies.” We are all here for you and are praying for you and your families and loved ones. We share in your Hokie Hope.

Best Wishes and God Bless,

E. Boyer
Millersville University, PA ‘06

April 18, 2007, 4:04pm • Lancaster, PA • #17659

Thoughts and prayers are with the victims...such a horrible thing to happen...people around the world are praying for you. You will overcome this..never have i seen such horror and evil on my television set..I could only imagine the pain for the families who have lost their loved ones..knowing that even i feel pain for those who are suffering right now..you will overcome this pain..

April 18, 2007, 4:04pm • Florida • #17660

My prayers are sent out to those who lost friends and/or family in this tragic episode of violence.

April 18, 2007, 4:04pm • New Castle, DE • #17661

you all are in my prayers

April 18, 2007, 4:04pm • houston,tx • #17662

My prayers go out to the families and the friends of those precious lives lost in the April 16th shootings!!  I lived in Blacksburg several years ago and remember the beautiful campus of Virginia Tech..  I mostly remember the friendly and “full of life” students I dealt with those years I lived there..  A disaster of this magnitude is just so unimaginable in such a wonderful college town!!  Good Luck in your futures, life will go on!!

April 18, 2007, 4:04pm • San Francisco, California Gary M Reed • #17663

There are NO words to ease the pain. Just know your tears are not alone.

Try to be strong…

The Lewin Family

April 18, 2007, 4:04pm • East Stroudsburg, PA USA • #17664

I work for a Christian store chain - please know that all our company employees and our families are praying for you all - that God heal the horrific visions many of you are left with, that God wrap his loving arms around you and help show you just why you were spared, and that God provide His peace to your heart during this time of grief and sorrow.

Linda

April 18, 2007, 4:04pm • USA • #17665

Both my Brother and Sister-in-law are VT Grads from the late 60s and although I have no affiliation with your school other than that, my total heart goes out to each and every person who is in any small way connected by this awful tradegy.  My mind continues to return to the voice of the young man speaking of the lost life of his Professor who held the door with his body while he asked his students to run away.  “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” - John 15:13 My thoughts and prayers are with the VT Community and the Nation.

April 18, 2007, 4:04pm • Alexandria, VA (Fairfax County) • #17666

My heart goes out to all of you. The shock of this horrible violence , the grievous loss of loved ones.. I am a Hokie Mom, and I wish so much that I could just hug all of you!
So many people have expressed their concern for you, and their admiration of what an outstanding community you are.
Be strong kids, but know that’s it’s OK if you’re not. We love you and we will hold you in our hearts and prayers as long as you need us.

April 18, 2007, 4:04pm • Lauren in Granby CT • #17667

God bless ya’ll at this great time of need and to the famillies of those involved

April 18, 2007, 4:04pm • Lagos/ Nigeria • #17668

Just wanted to say to the Virginia Tech community: you should be extremely proud of your students, faculty and staff for conducting themselves so honorably during such a horrible time. As a Michigan State University alumni, I may be a “Spartan” but am 100% with you “Hokies” in spirit. To the families of the victims, I have been moved by each and every one of their faces and lives, and hope you know they will not be forgotten. Many blessings and prayers to all of you.
Laurel W.

April 18, 2007, 4:04pm • Livonia, Michigan • #17669

To All Hokies-

My deepest sorrow for you all for what you have been going through. As a Liberty University graduate, this really hits home as this happened in my adopted home state. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Susan Tyree

April 18, 2007, 4:04pm • Winter Park, Florida • #17670

I am so deeply sorry for the sad news about the shootings on April 16th.  I lost my only child many years ago and can in a way feel what the parents must be going through.  My prayers are sent wholeheartedly for the survivors and the families left behind who are grieving.  Words will never be adequate at times like these but I am praying for all to stay strong and know that God will help them in this.

Cindy Davidson, Newcastle upon Tyne

April 18, 2007, 4:04pm • N.East, England • #17671

I’m really shocked and saddened. Condolences to all affected by this tragic incident, particularly those who lost loved ones. My thoughts are with the Virginia Tech community during their days of mourning. May all the victims rest in peace…

Omid, NTU, Singapore.

April 18, 2007, 4:04pm • Singapore • #17672

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at Virginia Tech. I am deeply saddened by your losses. Stay strong and united and help each other through your plight. It will be the love found within each of you and that love expressed to others that will sustain you and keep you as you heal from this ordeal. Remember YOU ARE HOKIES.

Glenn

April 18, 2007, 4:04pm • Western NY • #17673

To All at Virginia Tech, we all feel your pain. As a huge Hokies fan, I was saddened by all the pain on campus. Mine and my family’s hearts go out to all. Hope you all stick together and heal. Good luck to all, and try to find the good in people through all the pain.

Barry Rosenberg and Family

April 18, 2007, 4:04pm • Phila, Pa • #17674

My family and I are very sorry for the losses of the unlucky family and friends who have been gravely affected by this tragedy.

I wish the families and friends of those killed or hurt and all those on campus all the courage that they need. I also wish to those who tragically died or were hurt on the campus all the peace that they deserve.

- M.J

April 18, 2007, 4:04pm • England • #17675

I UNDERSTAND YOUR FEELINGS YOU GUYS HAVE. I AM REALY SORRY OF WHAT HAPEN.DONT WORRY I KNOW IT IS HARD FOR YOU GUYS BUT YOU WONT GET OVER IT BUT YOU WILL UNDERSTAND TO SUPPORT IT.

April 18, 2007, 4:04pm • PANORAMA CA • #17676

To all my friends back in Viriginia and those that attended or are attending VT, stay strong. “The great thing about tomorrow is that it is not today.” My prayers go out to all of you.

Justin Miller
Grad student USF

April 18, 2007, 4:04pm • Huntington Beach, CA • #17677

I am so saddened by the horrific tragedy that occured, and express my very deepest sympathy. May you all find hope and strength in one another. Know that everyone around the nation, no matter how close or far, has you in their prayers and is standing right there with you. You’re loved ones are in heaven watching over you, and the spirit of them and your VT pride will always be there!
- Marissa Haines
Millersville University

April 18, 2007, 4:05pm • Millersville, PA • #17678

My sister-in-law went to Virginia Tech and to think she might have still been there and could have been in those classrooms or dorms makes it hit home more than ever. I am so sorry for all your losses and please feel the love that has been sent around the world to all of you!!!

Infinite XXX’s and OOO’s
Clementine De Long

April 18, 2007, 4:05pm • CO U.S.A. • #17679

My heart goes out to you.  I can relate to the pain you’re feeling.  Shortly before my graduation from VMI, we lost five cadets to tragic circumstances, four of whom were killed in a wreck just 5 days before the end of the year.  Among them was one of the best friends I’ve ever had.  While the pain of such loss never fully goes away, I hope that the good memories of those whom you’ve lost eventually will push aside the grief you feel right now.

Although VMI and Virginia Tech have had tremendous rivalries over the years, I’m sure that all VMI alumni set those aside at this time, and we will keep the entire Virginia Tech community in our thoughts and prayers.

Mike Parish
VMI Class of 1977

April 18, 2007, 4:05pm • Lincoln, Nebraska • #17680

My heart goes out to all the families, this truely is the type of situation that no parent should ever have to bear.

God Bless all those lost and the families who try to carry on.

Deb

April 18, 2007, 4:05pm • Warwick, Rhode Island • #17681

VA TECH,
may God guide you all and comfort you during this difficult times. iam a former VA TECH student currently resisiding in Nairobi Kenya. just wanted to let you know that Kenya grieves with you as well. pray and stick together as a family. may God bless you all.

paula.

April 18, 2007, 4:05pm • Nairobi, Kenya • #17682

My prayers and concerns have been with each one at VT.  As a current college student, I can’t even imagine what each of you has been facing the last couple of days.Just know that we are all in this together and will heal!

Be glad for all God is planning for you.  Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful. 
Romans 12:12

April 18, 2007, 4:05pm • Greenville, NC • #17683

When I was in college, we had a shooting right outside of our music building where one of our beloved professors ended up dying.  The shooter shot himself, but lived.  This tragedy brings up so many memories of that time.
My heart goes out to all the students at Virginia Tech and just know there are others out there who have gone through a tragedy like what you are going through.  One person or many, they are still missed by those they touched.
- DMS

April 18, 2007, 4:05pm • Parkland, Washington • #17684

I am praying for the victims of this tragedy. i know that it is greatly needed...this horrible tragedy will not be forgotten. This has affected me directly (I have a cousin who is a professer.) I will continue to pray for the students at the school and the families of the victims. To my cousin Carrie, I love you so much and i hope all is well.

-Annah Herring

April 18, 2007, 4:05pm • Picayune, Mississippi • #17685

My prayers are with all of the family and friends of the victims.  I wish there was something I could do or say to help.  Stay strong and hang in there.  The pain will get better in time.

Peace and Love,
Melissa Dries

April 18, 2007, 4:05pm • Rochester, New York • #17686

To All the Virginia Tech Family:

Although it has been 33 years since I graduated from our University, the news of the tragedy hit me as if I had just graduated.  My heart felt condolences are with all members of the Hokie Nation.  Words simply cannot express my sadness.  However, Virginia ech is a great community, where ever we are, and we shall be strengthened by this.

There is no answering the question, “Why?”, but use this experience to drive you to live up to our motto.

UT PROSIM

H. Vaughan Harper ‘74

April 18, 2007, 4:05pm • Raleigh, NC • #17687

Dear VT Faculty, Students and family members,

My thought and my prayers are with you in this deep time of sorrow. For all that have lost either a sister, brother, lover, a child, or a friend my heart goes out to you.

This all happened so quickly and was totally senseless. May you come through this with all the love and support you all need.

I will continue to think about you all and my prayers are with you always.

Take Care and God Bless each and everyone of you.

Bonnie DiCostanzo

April 18, 2007, 4:06pm • Raritan, NJ • #17688

We send our condolences to the families of the innocent victims of this horrific massacre.Our prayers go to Liviu Librescu, a hero. His acts will never be forgotten.
May his soul rest in peace!

April 18, 2007, 4:06pm • Badolian Family, Lincoln ,California • #17689

Please accept my extension of sympathy and hope in life’s capacity for healing and renewal to the Virginia Tech University students, faculty, administration and most especially to all the spouses, parents, brothers, sisters, children and friends of those who lost their lives on April 16, 2007.  May the Nation’s concern for each and every one of you, help support you now and in the future.  God bless you all.
Jane Munson

April 18, 2007, 4:06pm • San Diego, CA • #17690

It was heartbreaking to wake up that morning and see the news. It has hit my school community and our hearts are with the families, students and victim’s families. I know some great people who have gone to VT and I even have some of my own family who is planning on going there. From Sam Houston State University our prayers are with you all! God Bless!

April 18, 2007, 4:06pm • Huntsville, TX • #17691

The Sadness and the sorrow is easily found in the faces around the globe. Here in Mexico we pray for the soon recover of the students, teachers, and victim’s relatives. The world is with you right now.

April 18, 2007, 4:06pm • OBX - MZT, MEXICO • #17692

To those of you in the Virginia Tech-Blacksburg community:
You cannot imagine how this tragic event has affected us all. We may not know you, but our hearts ache, too, because of the senseless violence that plagues this world. 
Please know that our warmest thoughts and wishes are with you.  We, too, will remember those who were lost.

April 18, 2007, 4:06pm • Virginia Beach, VA • #17693

Our prayers and thoughts are with the students, families, and faculty of Va Tech.

Jerry and Theresa Brooks
Campbell University Alumni

April 18, 2007, 4:06pm • Raleigh, North Carolina • #17694

My heart pumps Maroon and Orange, and now my tears are Maroon and Orange, my brain cannot hold the thought of this tradegy. My heart goes out to all of you.

With much love.

April 18, 2007, 4:06pm • Richmond, Virginia • #17695

We send our sincerest condolences to the parents and loved ones of those killed or wounded on Monday.  Although our son, a senior at VT, was not injured, we are all grieving.
Our youngest daughter recently got the word that she had been accepted to VT for the Fall 2007 semester.  Knowing VT as we do, she will still be attending this excellent school.
God bless all of you and keep you healthy and safe.
- Gerry and Dot White

April 18, 2007, 4:06pm • Hagerstown, MD, USA • #17696

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Please accept our deepest condolences, and hopes that you find the strength in yourselves and others to move on.

You will not be forgotten.

April 18, 2007, 4:06pm • Libertyville IL USA • #17697