Condolences, April 18, 2007

My heart goes out to all those affected. I have felt more of a connection with this tragedies than those in the past because, being a college student myself I realize, this could have happened to me, to any of us…

April 18, 2007, 2:19am • Toledo, OH • #5482

Dear Virginia Tech Family,

This weeks events once again remind us how the
war on terror and evil can hit home. As a father
of four with our youngest in college I can feel the pain of the victims families. Viewing the images of students, faculty and the campus anyone
can see why you are so proud of Virginia Tech. The accomplishments of those we lost will always remain in our hearts. Our prayers go out to all involved and also to everyone both home and abroad who vow to keep freedom alive.

Stan N.

April 18, 2007, 2:19am • Pennsylvania • #5483

You all are in my prayers may God hold you close . Betty Griffin

April 18, 2007, 2:19am • long beach ca • #5484

Hi this prayers is for all the students and families and teachers

April 18, 2007, 2:19am • San Jose,Califorinia • #5485

Dear students,
I also want to share my condolences with you, even if I don`t know how hard this must be for those who lost someone.
Greetings from Europe,

Michael

April 18, 2007, 2:19am • Kranj, Slovenia EU • #5486

My thoughts Prayers and Condolences to all the victims’ families,friends and loved ones! I hope everything gets better for you guys. Be strong! You don’t know how many people you have next to you!!!!! We are all praying for you and for all the students on VT !!!!!

LOVE YOU ALL TONS!!!
Michelle M. Cobb

April 18, 2007, 2:20am • San Juan; Puerto Rico • #5487

What a horrible day for humanity, my deepest condolences are given to the families of the victims May you find strength and courage in this time of need. I am too a university student with my life ahead of me I could not image the pain and anger of these parents. I would not wish these tragic events on anyone.

Kurt

April 18, 2007, 2:20am • Winnipeg Manitoba Canada • #5488

To the students, faculty, and families of VT. My prayers and condolences go out to you. Here’s a poem that I hope can encourage someone.

Life After Tragedy

What a coward act no heart in tact. In
the blink of an eye, with no time to react.
Senseless killings in the class blood
spilling, frantic crying wondering will I
survive?

Hopes and dreams lost, one caught in
deep thought, emotions run wild, in the
confusion of those in pain. A place of
higher education no longer a safe haven.
Can there be a defined explanation into
the mind of one filled with hatred?

In the mist of the aftermath, in time the
somber mood will pass. We must remain
vigilant for those loss will live on in the
legacy you will provide for them. Keep
you’re spirits high despite this tragic
time.

Take and grow from this experience and
know that it is a process. The strength
to mourn is where we begin...just words
of encouragement, you’re not alone my
friends.

Clay Williams

April 18, 2007, 2:20am • Queens, NY • #5489

Hearing of the news, all Koreans including Korean-Americans who have the closer and warmer feeling of the U.S. than any other countries were very shocked.  All friends in my work in Seoul as our President Rho said are deep in an agony of sorrow beyond description. I, as a citizen in Seoul and a lover of the U.S. on behalf of Koreans, am grieving and expressing my sorrow to all Americans over the death.

Let me add a few more words. Beyond discussing the gun control in America, I think education is the most important thing. Education for the whole man is needed than acquiring the simple knowledge. Ethology of human characters is the most important, I think. We Koreans believing in Confucianism for over two-thousand years set much value on the moral education. Morality may be the first of the teachings of Confucius and can be a means of settling the problems in modern times.

Almost all Koreans who can’t express in English and doesn’t know the home page to write a e-mail must have said we also want to join like all Americans in mourning the lives lost as a result of the school shooting yesterday, I am definitely sure.

April 18, 2007, 2:20am • Seoul, S. KOREA • #5490

VT, words are not enough at times like these and I cannot imagine what you are going through… perhaps all I will feel is a mere projection of your unspeakable pain muffled by distance. Perhaps all I will see of your tears will be the droplets, long whisked away from their sources, gently condensing on a window or a flower in my backyard. Perhaps the recent images of terror which grip me will eventually be eclipsed by memories of your beautiful campus, which even in trajedy, ever evokes the strength, serenity and energy of higher learning. Perhaps I will choose to remember you in that light.

I only hope:
that your sorrow will begin to fade in time; that we will all remember kindness and goodwill and a spirit of service (which your motto declares) are far more impactful than violence; and that all of us will come to realize: Regardless of personal faith or experiences, regardless of the longevity or brevity of life, regardless of the circumstances in which we find ourselves…

Life is a gift.
May we all be better stewards of it.

Love to you and your families.

April 18, 2007, 2:20am • Newark, DE • #5491

I just want to send all my love to the families and friends. Words are not enough, but you all are in our thoughts.

April 18, 2007, 2:20am • Cadiz, Spain • #5492

As a 9/11 rescue worker I have seen more than my share of tragic loss. To those who are suffering this loss know you are not alone. Maybe this poem I wrote will bring you some comfort.....

Yet one more time a senseless loss
More innocent lives away we toss
What lessons we learn to quickly forget
Our terrible pain is it over yet

This time tragedy’s stuck at Virginia Tech
A Hero RA dies a girl he tries to protect
The holocaust survivor lays down his life
Many a student he saved from the madman’s strife

Fast thinking students rush to bar the door
The gunman deterred here will die no more
Others jump from the windows to safety they fall
Why here why now what’s the meaning of it all

There seem to be no answers I’m afraid to say
Just another tragic event in our nation today
As time heals the loss of those who are gone
Remember your friends are not alone......

As many heroes before them they’re now standing with
Their warm smiles inside us a guiding light they give
Honor their thoughts in your words now feeling choky
They’ll never be gone just forever a Hokie.................

Larry Holloway
Volunteer 9/11
Rescue Worker

April 18, 2007, 2:20am • Jackson NJ • #5493

As an alumni of Tech, I have no words for the pain and untimely demise of all the innocent students and professors. Its very depressing to see that Virginia Tech is going to go down in history for all the wrong reasons. I hope the immediate family and friends of the victims, and the VT community has the strength to endure and face this tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 2:20am • India. • #5494

As an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan through the 41 years of my life, I am NOW a permanant Hokie fan. My Hawkeye Family, as I know the entire Nation has embraced the HEART of “Let’s GO HOKIE’S”. God Bless The entire “Family” of Virginia Tech University. We are with you FOREVER!

April 18, 2007, 2:20am • Waterloo, Iowa, usa • #5495

My deepest condolences and prayers for those who were victim of this tragic event. Words can’t express the pain and sorrow I carry in my heart for you all. To the families of those who lost their lives; it is understandable that the pain you carry within yourself is very intense. Words can’t be enough but be confident that your loved onces are heroes of this nation and every single student on the face of this earth.

April 18, 2007, 2:20am • Sacramento, CA, USA • #5496

It’s unbelievable… our thoughts and condolences are with you and your families. May you all find peace in this tragic time. Our hearts are with you.

April 18, 2007, 2:20am • Zug, Switzerland, Europe • #5497

My family’s thoughts and prayers are with everyone in this tragic circumstance.  Being a mother of a college student my heart grieves for the parents, grandparents, friends and families.  Heaven holds more angels now to watch over us all. Unfortunately, only God understands this tragic event.  Love to all.

April 18, 2007, 2:20am • King, NC • #5498

i would like to say the families, students and faculty are in my prayers, nothing can take the place of every life that was taken we aswell as the families suffered for what was taken awaythis should have never happened and once again it is a wake up call for whats important in life, the least little small thing isnt important, only life, god bless you all attending va tech and god bless the ones who have enter heaven safely.

April 18, 2007, 2:20am • roanoke , va • #5499

On behalf of the Indiana University family, I would like to offer you our greatest sympathy and support.  Everybody at IU is thinking and praying for your entire community. This tragedy is unspeakable and I hope you all find comfort and peace in knowing that the entire nation (and world) is deeply saddened and affected by this event.

Mark

April 18, 2007, 2:20am • Bloomington, Indiana • #5500

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families and friends of loved ones whose lives were cut short or involved in this terrible tragedy. Know that all of us at George Mason are thinking about you. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

April 18, 2007, 2:20am • Fairfax, VA • #5501

My late father, who died six months ago of cancer, was a proud alumnus of VPI. My earliest memories are of our time in Blacksburg as he completed his Ph.D. at the School of Engineering. Thus the news felt personal. I am so very, very sorry. My deepest condolences on this horrible tragedy.

As the news unfolds, I find so much to admire in the university that gave my father his start in America. Before today it would never have occurred to me to make a contribution to the school my father attended, but this tragedy made me think of how much my father owed to VPI, and how much the college affected his life, and therefore mine. I will be sending a check to the memorial scholarship fund.

Leila Abu-Saba, daughter of Elias G. Abu-Saba, Ph.D. Engineering, VPI 1967

April 18, 2007, 2:20am • Oakland, California, USA • #5502

Dear Virginia Tech Families, Students, and Faculty

Words can not describe how truly sorry I am that you are going through this...but know that you are not alone.  I attend Syracuse University...and on our campus you are all we are able to think about at this time. I pray for you all to stay strong which I know you will...you have shown this country how wonderful college students truly are.  My prayers and thoughts are of you...god bless all of you for you truly are amazing....

ORANGE UNITED....Syracuse University

April 18, 2007, 2:21am • Syracuse University....Syracuse NY....UNITED STATE • #5503

Id like to send my condolences to all those who lost a friend or loved one. Its a very hard time. I pray Gods blessings on all of u and may his face shine upon all of you at this time of sorrow. To all the students and teachers that lost there lives you will all be missed greatly. I pray peace upon all. God bless this nation. Karen Buttemer ...If any needs to talk feel free to email me pinkangel71@hotmail.com..I am an ordained minister.

April 18, 2007, 2:21am • Canyon country california • #5504

When the innocent lives of people are taken, as a nation.... we mourn.

As a former student of MWSC,something like this happening on our campus was never thought about. My. how the times have changed.

My heart was swollen with pride as Professor Giovanni spoke then the chorus of “ LET’S GO HOKIES” broke out!!

My thoughts and prayers go out to the faculity, students,and families as well as the community. We are all now members of your ever-growing Hokie Nation!!! God’s speed to all of you.

M. Ware

April 18, 2007, 2:21am • Doraville, Georgia • #5505

May the Lord be with you all at this difficult time. All my love and thoughts are with all who are affected by this tradgedy.

God Bless…

Alex Godinet

April 18, 2007, 2:21am • New Zealand • #5506

Hi,
This tragic event has surely left hard feelings and have kept our minds in a state of big trauma and horrible tragedy. We have strong sympathy for all those who were effected from it, and we feel very sorry for their families.
Such events clearly indicate the direction, our world is moving to....that is...disaster...We should do everything possible to stop such mishaps and should pray for the future security and improvement of the World.
We pray for all those souls to rest in eternal peace...amen.
and may Allah sheds His blessings upon them...amen.

April 18, 2007, 2:21am • Karachi, Pakistan • #5507

God is with you RIGHT NOW, right there next to you to comfort and love you.  He is so faithful and will get us through anything.  Though He is shedding tears of pain at the unbelievable loss of so many of His children, He is our warrior, constantly fighting for us.  Praise Him for His abundant love and provision during our times of need…

My prayers are with you Virginia Tech, and all of the family members and friends so tragically affected by this… Lord, bless them and our entire country with the gift of true healing that can only come from you…

With constant love and prayers,
In Christ Jesus,

Michelle Gilmore
USC Alum

April 18, 2007, 2:21am • Los Angeles, CA • #5508

I just wanted to say I am thinking of everyone and there families on these sad days, may all who passed RIP and love to each and everyone of you ...... HUGSS *I dont think anyone can say anything to heal the pain right now but know the whole world is here for you all ...

April 18, 2007, 2:21am • Kitimat , British Columbia, Canada • #5509

My most sincere and heartfelt condolences to each and everyone effected by this tragedy.  It is my hope that love, peace and healing will be with you all and that value can come from this terrible loss.

A. Lewis

April 18, 2007, 2:21am • Los Angeles, CA • #5510

I would like send my condolences to all the families, students of loved ones. My heart goes out to each and every one at VTECH.May god bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 2:21am • schenectady newyork • #5511

For those who lives were torn for the loss of their friends, family, and others.  Are hearts are with you as well as are prayers.  Though you may never forget what happened, there will always be comfort from are lord and savior.  Go Hokies!

Travis H.

April 18, 2007, 2:21am • Ozark, Missouri • #5512

Nobody can really express the pain someone feels when disasterous things like this happens. All we can do is ask God for comfort and pray that every day gets a little easier. Its okay to mourn but Dont let these students and faculty members deaths be in veighn. Rememember and hold onto all the good times you shared with them because those are the things you want to think about Dont think about their pain and suffering because they are in a much better place than this world now. They are in a place where this can never even be thought of. My condolensces go out to every one who has lost some one in this tragic event. Remember God will never put more on you than you can bear...You will get through this just trust in God.

-God is love .

Candice Clease

April 18, 2007, 2:21am • Los Angeles, CA • #5513

im at a loss for words. all i can say to the students at virginia tech is to keep holding on. may you find comfort with your loved ones and peace within your hearts. best wishes from lowell high.

- michelle l.

April 18, 2007, 2:21am • San Francisco, California • #5514

I just wanted to say that my heart goes goes out to all the families and friends of those who lost their lives Monday morning. I currently live in Los Angeles CA but grew up in Fairfax VA. I had some good times at VA Tech visiting friends that attended. I am deeply saddened and disgusted over the events of April the 16th. To know that such a horrific and senseless act of violence enveloped such a beautiful place leaves me sick inside… May all those lost (with one exception) forever rest in peace.

April 18, 2007, 2:21am • Hollywood, CA • #5515

What can I say? we are in a world which day after day we see people do evil things. I honestly think the END is near! but for now I would like to send my deepest condolences to all the families which have lost there loved ONCE!!!

Ps: I don’t know nothing about VT but from today on we are all a family!!  God Bless Hokies

KG

April 18, 2007, 2:21am • San Jose, CA • #5516

pray for the dead
bless for the living
tomorrow is another day

April 18, 2007, 2:21am • Chongqing China • #5517

This should’ve never happened…

You are in our prayers and forever in our memories.

GOD BLESS.

Nadia
(University of Ottawa/ Carleton University)

April 18, 2007, 2:21am • Ottawa, ON, Canada • #5518

Hoping you quickly find some personal comfort and relief for your grieving heart and tormented mind.

From my experience, grieve freely, care for the wounded, reject hatred, do not fear and slowly, over about five years, you will have learned to master the pain, dreams and losses.

The first year is the hardest because the repeating cycle of special dates and events will bring back too fresh memories of how life once was.

You will never get over it or forget it, but you eventually will be able to cope with it and function without distraction.

Later, think of others that you can help such as wounded soldiers and their families.

April 18, 2007, 2:21am • Houston, Texas • #5519

Our Spirits are bruised, but not broken; Our Image is tarnished, but not permanently stained;Our Body is diminished , but not eradicated; Our eyes are weeping, but looking to the Future; Our Hokie Stones are rattled, but hold firm; We grieve, but not as those who have no Hope. Our leaders search for answers, and will find them. We are strong, WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH! We live UT PROSIUM..."that we may serve!

May it always be so.

Phyllis M.S.Ed.  ‘82

April 18, 2007, 2:22am • Blacksburg Virginia • #5520

My heart goes out to all at this terrible and senseless tragedy.  Today we all are Hokies! 

May the love of Christ bring comfort to your souls.

April 18, 2007, 2:22am • Nashville, Tennessee • #5521

Stand tall thoughts and prayer to you all. As a Virginia native I’ll forever keep Virginia in my heart. God Bless

April 18, 2007, 2:22am • Olympia, Washington • #5522

May God Bless VT. Congrats to Nikki Giovanni and the student body for the most inspiring poem and cheers today. Go Hokies!

April 18, 2007, 2:22am • Vancouver, WA • #5523

To the students,family, and friends of VT
My heart goes out to you all. Just know that every heart in the world is going out to you. I am praying for everyone at VT to be blessed after having to go through this horrible tragedy.

God Bless You!

April 18, 2007, 2:22am • tucson,az usa • #5524

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With profoundest sympathy and condolences.

April 18, 2007, 2:22am • Seoul / Republic Of Korea • #5525

I was very upset when I heard of the shootings. I cried for all the young and old who lost their lives some were just starting. Also all of their loved ones, how they must be saddened by this. I can’t even imagine. I will pray for each and everyone at the school and their loved ones.

April 18, 2007, 2:22am • Reno, NV • #5526

There is no way for us to know the pain and grief that you are going through.  There will never be answers that will make such a tragic event understandable.  In times like these, only God can help with the slow process of healing. Please know that our constant prayers are with you all.

April 18, 2007, 2:22am • Oldham County, Kentucky • #5527

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all from across the seas in England.  Your friends are not gone they are watching and protecting you from above.

April 18, 2007, 2:22am • England • #5528

To The Entire VT Community:

May God bring you healing in your hour of need. May He bring you comfort in knowing they stand in his radiant light. May the Lord Bless each one of you and those who share your loss and pain. No amount of words will convey to you all, what the world has felt but trust in this: You share this loss with not only one but with many and those lost will not be forgotten because of this. May God Bless us All.

Colin Lewis

April 18, 2007, 2:22am • BELLEFONTAINE, OH 43311 • #5529

I am a Jordanian professor teaching at the University of Jordan and was troubled and horrified to hear the news of the massacre at VT. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the families of the victims and VT at large. No student in any academic institution should feel scared going to school, rather they should be prepared to open up their minds and hearts to life and learning.

Dr. Ali Khalaf Al-matar
Chemical Engineering Department
University of Jordan
Amman 11942 Jordan
e-mail: banihaniali@yahoo.com

April 18, 2007, 2:22am • Amman. Jordan • #5530

I watched, saw the sadness and grief, and watched some more. This horrible tragedy is one I will never forget… even more memorable than all the others in the past twenty years +.

My heart goes out to those young and incident people, I’m not a student or parent, but my wife is a school teacher here in Southern California, and if I feared that anything was putting her into jeopardy like a gun shooter firing at classrooms and students in their classes or dorm I would surely think twice of letting her go to work!

My condolences and sympathy to all those affected.

April 18, 2007, 2:22am • La Mirada, CA. USA • #5531