Condolences, April 18, 2007

I’m horrified, shocked, and devastated. Your grief is our grief; you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 4:13pm • Washington, DC • #17848

So many mistakes we have breathed in life,
Times the many flowers’ scents have gone unheeded,
Yet shall we not learn as the precious years go by to breathe deeper,
To seperate those tender scents and pass them on,

To enrich our families,
The comming generations,
Our struggling human race. . . .

Mayhaps I am alone,
My fledgling scent lost amidst a sea of many swaying colors,
Yet still I bloom,
As the years grow old,
Yet still I bloom,

To enrich my family’s families,
The growing generations,
Our struggling human race. . . .

So many mistakes they will breathe in life,
Times their many flowers’ scents will go unheeded,
Yet still I bloom,
As my last petals fall,
Yet still I bloom,

To enrich my family’s families,
Their growing generations,
Our struggling human race,

Yet still I bloom. . . .

I am so sincerely sorry for your loss. . . . Nothing can fix that which has been broken. . . .  We’re all Written Mortal. . . But time, children, time will help. . . .

-D.Dacher

April 18, 2007, 4:13pm • Tucson, AZ. • #17849

Dear VT’s faculty, staff, student and your family,

My deepest sorrow goes with you for your lost and they will live forever in our heart. I can’t stop imaging myself in any of your place.

God bless you,

Li

April 18, 2007, 4:14pm • Farifax, VA • #17850

I am so sorry to the families that lost their dreams and futures in their children, as well as the families and friends of the survivors, including the parents of the killer.  As we know, we live in a fallen world where satan lurks to bring evil, and I pray that the Lord will lead each of you to the place of peace, which may take years.  I pray that all of you will get together as a support group for each other, since this helps immensely.  Although I’m not related in anyway, I had to take some medication to aleve my anxiety over this tragic event, so I cannot imagine what all the ones that are closely involved must be going through.  I will continue to pray for all involved, and pray that through this tragedy, they also will turn to God with all of their distresses and questions and the unfairness of such an evil act.  Sally Russell

April 18, 2007, 4:14pm • Lexington, SC • #17851

To the Community at Virigina Tech -

I cannot begin to express how deeply sorry about the tragic events that have befallen your campus and community.

I am not an alumni, nor do I live in Viginia, but after watching the convocation, I can see that you are STRONG and will pull through this.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.  God bless.

April 18, 2007, 4:14pm • Syracuse, NY • #17852

My thoughts are prayers are with everyone who was touched by the recent tragedy.  Know that there are people who care and are thinking of you all during this time.  Be strong!  We will get through it!

Tiffany Cisewski
University of Missouri--Columbia Alumni ‘06

April 18, 2007, 4:14pm • Columbia, Missouri • #17853

May God be with all the families of lost ones, this is yet another tragedy to impact our entire country. to all the students at VT keep your heads up and fight to come out ahead in life.

Elizabeth Molina

April 18, 2007, 4:14pm • Sylmar, CA • #17854

As the parent of four chldren in their late teens and early twenties, the staggering loss at Virginia Tech this week hits close to home.  I express my deep condolences to those who have been hurt so profoundly by this senseless tragedy, especially the families of those who lost their lives, and those who have been injured.

April 18, 2007, 4:14pm • Idaho Falls, Idaho • #17855

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Stacy Fausset
Hastings College

April 18, 2007, 4:14pm • Hastings, Nebraska • #17856

VT Family,
As you remember those who will be greatly missed, please know that people all over the country are thinking about you & praying with you.

We will never understand why..., But we can keep them alive in our hearts.

May God’s Peace Surround you today & each day to follow.

In Him,
T. Johnson
University of South Florida Student

April 18, 2007, 4:14pm • Tampa, FL • #17857

I would like to express my deepest condolences to all the families of the victims, the students of Virginia Tech, and the community involved in the tradegy on April 16th. No words can express the loss you all feel during this time. May you take comfort in knowing you are in the thoughts and prayers of many. God Bless you as you deal with this tragic time.

Kim Dietiker

April 18, 2007, 4:14pm • Gainesville, GA • #17858

We’re class of 82 alumni and Hokie parents now too. We went down for the convocation and vigil yesterday, to be there, to see our daughter. The most amazing thing at the end of that final convocation speech was the spontaneous outbreak of the “Let’s go HOKIES” cheer that erupted and continued for about 5 minutes. This was Hokie spirit and how we as Hokies can pay a tribute to the victims and encourage one another to have faith that we can get through this. It was amazing. The candlelight vigil which beautiful. A sea of lights on the drillfield.  At the end, the crowd spontaneously began singing Amazing Grace, saying The Lord’s Prayer, singing the National Anthem, and finally, we were once again Cheering Let’s Go HOKIES, followed by the singing of the fight song, and every Hokie cheer we know. It felt like such a beautiful tribute to our fallen Hokies, and such an encouragement to ourselves that this will not be allowed to destroy the Hokie Nation. I know God is there comforting us.  We are so proud to be Hokies…
May God comfort the families and all those grieving over this horrible tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 4:14pm • Sterling Va Class of 1982 • #17859

My heart breaks for you over this horrific tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers are for you. I lift up the families & friends of the victims and the students, faculty, and surrounding communities

The Williams Family

April 18, 2007, 4:14pm • #17860

A tragedy that has affected everyone around the world. Please know all of the Virginia Tech family is in our prayers and thoughts. As a University of California, Berkeley Alumni and understanding the large campus environment and classes, one can’t help sympathize with the victims and the shock related with the series of events.

April 18, 2007, 4:14pm • Fremont, California • #17861

Words cannot express how deeply sorry we are for all the pain and suffering that has come to all of those at Virginia Tech and their families. With prayer and love,and the indelible spirit of each and everyone at Virginia Tech, Hokie Nation will get through this difficult time.

Parent of a Virginia Tech senior

April 18, 2007, 4:14pm • Merrimack, NH • #17862

My prayers are with you all. I am a graduate student studying school-age counseling, so your tragedy hit me very hard. Please remember that even when things are terrible God is there for you.

April 18, 2007, 4:14pm • Wheeling, WV • #17863

As a VT Alum I am a brother to anyone who has walked across the drillfield on a cold winter morning.  When students finally start streaming back to class, no matter what the weather, it is going to be a long, cold walk.  Just know that the hearts of everyone who has ever made that trip are with you.  Through terrible times you have proven how tremedous the VT spirit is.  I have never been more proud to be a Hokie.

Craig Peregoy

April 18, 2007, 4:14pm • Hoboken, NJ • #17864

I grieve for the faculty and students that had their life taken in this tragedy.  May GOD embrace all the victime and their families.  The world is praying for all of Va Tech.  May peace find its way back into the hearts of all.

April 18, 2007, 4:14pm • Valdosta, Georgia • #17865

My deepest sympathy goes out to all families that have been effected by this tragic event. As a college student at the the University of Pittsburgh, it really made me stop and ask myself if everyone in my life knows how much i truly love and cherish them… this could have so easily been my school or any other and i believe that’s something we have all been reminded.
I especially pray for the wounded, Stay Strong and use your voice for change… everything happens for a reason.

God Bless,
AMS

April 18, 2007, 4:15pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #17866

Dear Virginia Tech family and community,

My heart and prayers go out to all of you.  These events are very surreal and have effected everyone.  We are all here to stand behind you, to echo your pain and suffering, but also to hold you up in this time of need.  I am inspired by your perseverance to see the community as a whole stand together in support and love.  Being here in the middle of the US, it is hard to reach out completely to you, but I lend my hand and support.  In my mind, and in my hope, you will see the world come together on Friday to show their support with the “Hokie Hope.” From a Mule to a Hokie, my condolences and prays stay with you. 

Melanie

April 18, 2007, 4:15pm • Warrensburg, Missouri • #17867

I think about you all every day....

April 18, 2007, 4:15pm • Atlanta, GA • #17868

I would like to take this time to send my deepest condolences to the faculty, staff, and students of Virginia Tech. What happened on Monday morning was horrific and terrible, but I know that the VT community is strong and will persevere through the tragedy.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God bless.

April 18, 2007, 4:15pm • Mobile, Alabama • #17869

I’ve read nonstop about what has occured in your heart and homes through out the last couple of days.  My heart aches for you.  Every so often, I catch myself dropping a tear at what has happened.  I am sorry that your friends and family were taken from you in such a tragic incident. 

There’s nothing that can make any of this understandable.  I’m not going to try.  I am just as speechless as you all are at how something like this can happen.

You’re in my thoughts on a constant basis and I hope that you don’t remember the tragedy in all of this, but rather the remarkable lives of those who were taken from this world prematurely affected your life.  Laugh in their memory, cry in the sadness, but live like they lived.  Every moment cherished!

May all the prayers and thoughts be with you.

April 18, 2007, 4:15pm • Norwood, MA • #17870

The Brooks & District Chamber of Commerce wish to extend its heart felt condolences for this tragic and senseless event. Being a stones through from the Taber High school shootings some 5 years ago, we sympathize with your loss and pray that time will heal and no one is forgotten. The world has crossed the threshold and has over turned the order of the soul. Our thoughts are with you.

April 18, 2007, 4:15pm • Brooks Alberta Canada • #17871

My husband and I were both raised in the suburbs of Northern VA and recently left the Fredericksburg area.  Every friday we would deliver equipment to the Blue Ridge Mountain area towns.  It was a trip I always looked forward to, those are some of the most beautiful mountains in our nation. 
The shadow that was cast upon such beauty by an act of violence must have been a horrendous impact on the surrounding communities.  Our heart hurts so deeply, tears come easily for the futures that were lost due to the ignorance of one lost soul.  We can’t imagine how you will all get through this time of grief.  Please keep your faith in each other strong and be there for each other as you have all been doing these past days.  While watching the convocation, I was once again filled with pride. It was an honor to be a a part during this process of healing.  The student body pride came right through the tv and wham you could touch it.  Thank you for showing such dignity and wisdom during such a tough time, the country will draw from your strenghth as we attempt to heal the hurt caused be this foolish act of violence.

Mahalo Nui Loa, and our prayers everyday

Doug and Cheryl Good

April 18, 2007, 4:15pm • Grand Junction CO USA • #17872

Dear VT students, faculty and staff~

On behalf of South Dakota State University, I would like to offer our condolences.  It is incomprehensible that this has happened.  I have no idea how to wrap my mind around this, and applaud the act of unity from all “Hokies” that have been witnessed on news channels.  Stay strong and know that you have a nation behind you who will help with healing.

Sincerely,

Nadine Mullen

April 18, 2007, 4:15pm • South Dakota • #17873

To Virginia Tech:

Never lose hope. God is great, and he has blessed those alive and has called those who died back home. You are in my prayers, though I do not know how much condolence that may be, but I think that with enough of us praying for you, you will know that you are not alone in this tragedy.

We are grieving along with you Virginia Tech. Be strong when the darkness tries to take your heart. Hold strong.

God Bless you all,
Alan Sells
University of South Alabama

April 18, 2007, 4:15pm • Mobile, Alabama • #17874

Dear Hokies all:

My family and I want to express our sorrow at the tragic happenings at Virginia Tech.  My wife is a native Virginian, so perhaps it hits us a little harder. The tragic events once again remind us how fragile life is and how sacred it is as well.  Here at UC Davis the flagpole at our Memorial Union is at half staff.  You are all in our prayers.

Chris and Betsy Taloff

April 18, 2007, 4:15pm • Davis, Ca. • #17875

Dear faculty and students,

The amount of pain you must be going through is unbearable.  Just remember that you have the world backing you up and we are here for you.  I am so sorry for all of you but still outraged that something like this could have happened.  I will continue to pray for all of you.

Much love,
Andrew Hoffmann

April 18, 2007, 4:15pm • Kennesaw State Univtersity student • #17876

My heart breaks for all of you and I’ve cried and cried for you.  My children are in their twenties and I hurt for you.  I’ve been praying for all of you and I will continue to pray.  You will always be in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

God Bless you

April 18, 2007, 4:15pm • Colorado Springs, Colorado USA • #17877

To all affected by these tragic events-
I just wanted to share with you all how deeply sorry I am for you and that I am praying for you. I don’t personally know anyone at VT, but I have friends who know people on your campus and I have sorority sisters who were injured. I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers, and will continue to think and pray for you daily. Keep your Hokie pride strong and alive!
Amy S.
Student, North Carolina State University

April 18, 2007, 4:15pm • Raleigh, NC • #17878

Je vous écris en français car mon anglais ne me permet pas de vous exprimer toutes mes condoléances. Un geste comme celui-ci ne s’explique pas, la folie humaine ne se comprends pas.Je vous souhaite de trouver réconfort et soutien auprès de vos proches afin que l’horreur véçu s’estompe graduellement....Nous pensons à vous très fort et prions pour vous…

April 18, 2007, 4:15pm • Québec, Canada • #17879

This is such a tragic loss of young bright individuals and their mentors. Please know our thoughts a prayers are with you all. God bless you, and know you are not alone!

The Nethercott Family

April 18, 2007, 4:15pm • Tracy, California • #17880

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April 18, 2007, 4:16pm • Seoul, Korea • #17881

Heartfelt Condolenses to the families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 18, 2007, 4:16pm • Annapolis Md USA • #17882

Dear Students and families of VT,
My heart aches. I have 3 children in college. I cannot begin to imagine your pain. I have cried many tears, but mostly prayed many prayers for you.
My deepest condolences.

April 18, 2007, 4:16pm • Harrison AR USA • #17883

My name is Nicole Smith.  I am a student at Utah State University.  My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at Virginia Tech.

April 18, 2007, 4:16pm • Roosevelt, Utah • #17884

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."-Anonymous

May God bless the victims and may he heal their families and the entire township of Blacksburg.

Candace Meares

April 18, 2007, 4:16pm • San Angelo, Texas • #17885

Dear Virginia Tech Family:

I am the Assistant Director of Residential at the University of New Haven in CT.  The Residential Life team sends our thoughts, prayers and hopes to you. May you grow closer and stronger as a community and remember that from tragedy can come growth and renewal. Your bravery, spirit and will amaze us!

April 18, 2007, 4:16pm • West Haven, CT • #17886

I cannot express in enough depth my extreme sorrow and sympathy for the loss of your school community and the families of the victims.  As a community, I am grieving your loss along with you - you are in my prayers each night and thoughts during the day. In the face of tragedy, I hope that God can provide you all with comfort and peace in this difficult time.

April 18, 2007, 4:16pm • Voorhees, New Jersey • #17887

As the mother of a young child who will one day go out into the world and attend a college, my heart goes out to those who have lost their son, daughter, husband, wife, friend or relative.  Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 4:16pm • Irvine, California • #17888

To all the Virginia Tech Community,

Prayers for you all--keep looking towards the Light and how you all can impact the future for the better--in spite, or because of this nightmare.  “This too shall Pass”

God’s Blessings, Maria McDaniel

April 18, 2007, 4:16pm • Cleveland, Ohio • #17889

To the entire Virginia Tech Community -

My thoughts and prayers are with you through this tough time. As you mourn the loss of your fellow Hokies, remember the strength you posses and use eachother in moments of weakness. No words can take away your pain, but I hope this message board helps the healing process.
The entire country is in mourning with you, so don’t ever feel as though you’re alone.

Hokie Pride will rise above!

Jodi Tatro

April 18, 2007, 4:16pm • South Portland Maine • #17890

It is not the candle that makes us wonder,and pushes us forward into the future of our lives.
It is not the candle that gives us pause and Awe at the things we can and must create and invent and become.
It is not the candle that fills our hearts with the desires of future while it wrestles with the past,and fills our eyes with tears of pride,and pain in a single moment.It is not the candle that warms our nights and causes us to look ahead to brighter days,and goals accomplished.
No,It is not the candle,that keeps us going in times of trouble and strife,It is the memory of the flame

God Bless and keep you all

April 18, 2007, 4:16pm • PAH Chesapeake,Virginia • #17891

Dear Faculty and Students,

My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of need. Be Strong.

April 18, 2007, 4:16pm • east windsor, nj • #17892

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Please know, you are not alone. The nation mourns with you.  The sun will shine again.

K. Aguilera

April 18, 2007, 4:16pm • San Diego, California USA • #17893

My condolences to the family, friends, and faculty.  Just know that through the pain & sorrow, God has your back and so does the rest of the US.

Kemp-Hawkins Family

April 18, 2007, 4:16pm • Toledo, Ohio • #17894

WE WANT TO SEND OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND COMMUNITY THAT HAVE LOST SO MANY..BUT NOW THEY ARE IN HEAVEN AND WITH GOD...WE ARE PRAYING FOR EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU ...GOD BLESS EVERYONE AND TAKE CARE
BARBARA & ASHLEY

April 18, 2007, 4:16pm • PORT SAINT LUCIE,FLORIDA • #17895

Just like all us, I’m still in Shock and I stll can’t believe it happened. I grieve for you and and I will pray for all of you for who have lost their friends, or Family Member, On behalf of my family, I give my condolences to Virginia Tech.

April 18, 2007, 4:16pm • Miramar Fl, United States • #17896

I pray God gives you peace and hope.  When the shock wears off in the coming days and weeks, you will need strength and support.  Surround yourselves with people who will listen to you talk about the person you have lost.  You don’t ever want to forget.  I know.  My 23 yr. old son died tragically and suddenly 22 months ago.  A day has not gone by that I have not thought about Patrick.  I miss him terribly!!!  It helps to talk about him to others and to share my memories.

God bless you and take care of you.
Paula Bell

April 18, 2007, 4:16pm • Greenfield, Ma. • #17897