Condolences, April 18, 2007

Dear Faculity and Staff of VT

My heart hurts for the devastation that has occurred on your campus.  My thought and prayers are not for those whose have gone to their eternal home but for those who are left behind who can no longer reach out and show affection for their loved ones.  Please know that as a nation we will get through this.

God Bless Us All

April 18, 2007, 4:27pm • Greensboro NC • #18098

To everyone who has been touched by this tragic shock, my heart and prayers are with you all.. May god be with you and help you through your time of need. God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 4:27pm • KB in Palatka, Florida • #18099

To all my friends at VT.  I spent 5 years in Blacksburg in Middle and High School in the late 70s.  I sold drinks at Tech football games.  I have remained a fan and my memories and love for Blacksburg and the University are well known by my friends, collegues and family.  I have always felt that I am part of the Tech family.  I grieve with you and pray for you all.  May God comfort you and ge with you during this time and forever.  WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH...WE ARE THE HOKIES!!

God Bless you,

Rob Hennessee
SMOKIN HOKIES BBQ TEAM

April 18, 2007, 4:27pm • Birmingham, AL USA • #18100

It is difficult to find words to express the sadness we share with the VA Tech administration, faculty, students, and the families of those who died in the campus massacre on Monday.  Our hearts are filled with love and sympathy for all of you.
Janice and Sonny Martin ‘56
Stuart Martin ‘91
Pattie and Blaine Martin

April 18, 2007, 4:27pm • Lynchburg, VA • #18101

Dear Virginia Tech Staff and Students,
Our hearts and prayers go out to each and everyone of you. You are all in our thoughts…
~The Nick Wright Family
Modesto, CA

April 18, 2007, 4:27pm • Modesto, CA • #18102

Horatio G Spafford wrote a wonderful hymn in 1873 titled “It is well with my soul”.  He overcame such grief and tragedy by turning to God and knowing that it is his plan.  Thoughts and prayers are with you at this very tragic time.  My son is a Junior in high school and very much dreams of attending Virginia Tech.  After seeing all of the news coverage and the community of this college, I can only hope and pray that this will happen.  We have been so touched by the exposure of your campus and community. It would be a honor to be a student and member of this great university.  May God be with you all during these troubled days.

April 18, 2007, 4:27pm • Fredericksburg, VA • #18103

I just want to let all of you know just how sorry I am for the tragic loss your university and the families/friends of the victims have suffered.  My heart was and still is breaking over it.  Please know that you all are in my heart and prayers.  God Bless

M.D.

April 18, 2007, 4:27pm • Illinois • #18104

It is with a heavy heart that I observe that when one person shows us the worst of human nature, so many others show us the best.  This week, Virginia Tech has shown us the best.

As a Highty-Tighty Alumnus, it is very moving to see and hear the HTs and Corps continue on through the grief.

As a Hokie, it is fantastic to see the support of everyone in Blacksburg and around the world.

Gregory R. Milas
Class of 1998

April 18, 2007, 4:27pm • Alexandria, VA • #18105

To all at Virginia Tech, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Be proud of the strength you have all shown these past days. We pray your strong sense of community never leaves you and that others will learn from your spirit.

Johnnie and Rosemary Stone

April 18, 2007, 4:27pm • Punta Gorda,FL • #18106

I wanted to let you know that me and my family are praying for all of you.

May God’s grace fill you during these dark hours with hope and peace.

Virginia Tech ; that it will become a great reminder of true togetherness.

April 18, 2007, 4:27pm • Pleasant Garden,NC • #18107

To cradle a killer

How when you look down on that new shinning face
Would you think that a killer could be their fate
Your growing loving child, sweet and happy for a while
Years pass and time changes but still love remains.

Withdrawn moody you feel the strain must just be this teenage phase
You wait and know someday it will pass growing and changing doesn’t last
How could they call how could they say my child killed someone today
Shock and fear deep in your chest this was not my child I know best

To hear the words they cant be true a mistake you’ve made I don’t believe you
Feeling lost and getting cold could this be what I didn’t know
Waiting for change a little to long I have lost this child I could have stopped
What did I do what can I say. All I have is this apology
I am sorry for you I’m sorry for me I’m sorry for all this tragedy

Written By: Katherine Counts Jones April 17, 2007
All rights reserved
Cannot be copied

April 18, 2007, 4:28pm • Olive Hill Kentucky • #18108

I do not believe any Hokie will ever forget this day.  So sad and tragic.  I did not attend Virginia Tech; however, my family and I have season tickets to the football games.  I personally have loved attending the campus games for the last five years, and look forward to many more.  It is amazing watching the coverage on the campus how many faces look so familiar.  My heart is with you Blacksburg and always will be!

Amy Adkins

April 18, 2007, 4:28pm • Tazewell, VA • #18109

Dear all at Virgina Tech -

There simply are no words. Some things in life seem unfortunately, unexplainable. I believe this is one of them. May God be with all of you during this difficult time. You are in all our thoughts and prayers. God bless and stay strong.

- Michele

April 18, 2007, 4:28pm • Tacoma, WA Pacific Lutheran University • #18110

Our Hearts and Prayers go to all the families that lost a child or family member in this horrific and senseless act, Virginia Tech will gain strength it will just take some time. Have faith in God, he will help you through this...remember he died for the whole world. God BLess you all.

Rhonda & Eddie Spruill

April 18, 2007, 4:28pm • Norfolk,VA • #18111

To the Virginia Tech Family

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of great tragedy and sorrow; more importantly, know that God is with you and He will comfort you all and your families.

Sincerely,

Avis Wilcox
Stetson University College of Law
Tampa Campus

April 18, 2007, 4:28pm • Tampa, Florida • #18112

My heart is broken for all HOKIES. I’ve cried reading your stories. It’s too much to fathom. God Bless all of you, students, faculty, staff & alums. We are mourning with you.

April 18, 2007, 4:28pm • Molly, Saint Paul, Minnesota • #18113

This is a current student at UT Tyler in Tyler Texas. The main topic of the UT’s daily paper since the 16th of April has been the news on all the mourning,hurt and anger. UT Tyler wants to send it’s condolences thoughts, and prayers to each and every VT student and family member. We are sorry the devil has struck again, but with all of the love we all have for you all, he won’t!

April 18, 2007, 4:28pm • Tyler, Texas, USA • #18114

I feel so bad for the friends and families that had to enduer this tragedy.  I am feel so bad.  I can’t believe something like this would ever happen at Virgina Tech.  I remember learning about my school’s massacre froma fellow room mate.  I wasn’t alive for it, but I still felt bad.  The Kent State Massacre was also a very black day for the university, but this makes my schools incident look so minor.  I extend my sympathy to students, families, faculity and anyone connected to the recent event and I will keep all of you in my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 4:28pm • Aurora, OH United States of America • #18115

To all the students, faculty, and staff at Virginia Tech my thoughts and prayers are with you all.  All of us at Clarion University of Pennsylvania are deeply saddened and heart broken from the tragic events that happened on April 16th. May the Lord give you comfort and strength through these hard times.  Forget any and all college affiliations today, for today, we are all Hokies.

God Bless,

Derek DeWolf
Clarion University of Pennsylvania 07’

April 18, 2007, 4:28pm • Clarion, PA • #18116

So much promise.  So much lost.  You are in my prayers.  May God be your strength.

Mamie Snook

April 18, 2007, 4:28pm • Portsmouth, Ohio • #18117

WHEN I HEARD ABOUT THIS TRAGEDY I COULDN’T BELIEVE THIS HAD HAPPENED. I WANT TO LET ALL THE FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND FACULTY KNOW THAT YOU ARE IN MY HEART. I’M HOPING YOU ALL THE BEST OF LUCK IN RECOVERING OVER THE LOSS THAT HAS OCCURRED. I BEEN WATCHING THE NEWS SINCE IT HAPPENED JUST TO KEEP UP ON THE INFORMATION SHARED. I KNOW THAT IT MAY TAKE AWHILE TO RECOVER BUT I’M GOING TO KEEP EVERYONE IN MY HEART AND PRAYERS. WELL GOOD LUCK ON RECOVERING EVERYONE AND I HOPE ALL IS WELL VERY SOON.
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE,
ADREAN REESE

April 18, 2007, 4:28pm • MIDDLEPORT, OHIO / USA • #18118

From the other side of the world I send all the parents, friends and victims my condoleances.
In Belgium we call this: “meaningless violence”.
But when will we learn that there is no such thing as “meaningfull violence”?

This a tragedy for all of us as we know the school as a safe haven. I’m really sorry that this kind of massacre occured!!!

May God look after the poor souls

Kasztanovics Tamara
Baasrode
Belgium

April 18, 2007, 4:28pm • Baasrode, Belgium • #18119

I want to share my condolences to the students and families at VT. As a graduate of the University of Mississippi and a wife of a fellow student. I would like for everyone thats been affected by this horrific incident to know that me and my family are praying for you dearly. Hopefully anyone affected by this will come out of being a better person. May God give you hope and strength to get through this terrible time in your lives.

Praying for VT:
The Spradlin’s
eb_spradlin@yahoo
University of Mississippi

April 18, 2007, 4:28pm • Tupelo, Ms • #18120

I´m from Sweden.

I woud like to express my deepest condolences to your community. It´s a horrible tragedy!!

Today I heard about the professor who sacrificed him self for his pupils.
God bless his sould. He´s a tru hero! God bless all 32 wictims in VT.

Cecilia Gambré
storatokan@hotmail.com

April 18, 2007, 4:28pm • Arboga, Sweden • #18121

PLEASE KNOW OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL FROM THOSE OF US IN AKRON, OHIO. IT IS IN THE DARKEST SKIES THAT STARS ARE BEST SEEN...IN THE DARKERST MOMENTS WE ARE ALL CAPABLE OF REVEALING THE GREATEST LIGHT!!

April 18, 2007, 4:28pm • AKRON, OHIO • #18122

Words cannot overcome the pain of your loss.
May God give you the strength to move on in the aftermath of such horror.
Our small community is praying for you.

April 18, 2007, 4:28pm • Cannon Falls, Minnesota • #18123

My sincerest condolences Virginia Tech. Your sorrow and suffering is felt throughout the world. The hearts of people from every country, regardless, are aching with you.

April 18, 2007, 4:28pm • Amman, Jordan • #18124

Students, teachers, friends, and families at Virginia Tech. Our deepest condolences go out to you all at this time.

Ours prayers and thoughts will be with through this mourning period, as you deal with the loss of loved ones.

Even though we do not know you, we are still your brother and sister in our hearts.

God Bless
Rodney & Gail Parrish

April 18, 2007, 4:28pm • Roseville, MI • #18125

Dear Hokies,

As an alumni I am heartbroken about these events. I am still shocked about why someone can do something like this to our beautiful school. I have everyone in my thoughts and prayers and I grieve with as a Hokie. Stay strong since no one can the Hokie spirit and pride away.

Hida Benero Class of 2004

April 18, 2007, 4:29pm • Centreville, VA (San Juan, Puerto Rico) • #18126

Words can never describe the pain and emotional distress that one feels (especially at moments as these).
I have been praying for all of you and send you a hug of comfort all the way from NJ.

Edith

April 18, 2007, 4:29pm • New Jersey • #18127

Dear Faculty and Students,
My heart is so heavy with the tragedy that has occurred. This could have happened at any of our universities. My daughter will be graduating from college in a matter of weeks and I can not imagine what the families and friends of the victims are going through, but also the family and friends of Cho.. I pray for all of you and know there are many people who feel helpless but are offering prayers up for all of you.
God Bless you and give you the strength you need to get by each day
Marguerite
Michigan

April 18, 2007, 4:29pm • Westland , MI • #18128

April 16, 2007, was a day of sadness and deep sorrow for all in our nation, especially for those who are associated with Virginia Tech.  I had the great pleasure of attending Virginia Tech in the early 80’s.  So it was with great pleasure that my oldest son decided to attend VT last fall.

I am truly devastated that national coverage of Virginia Tech is related to such a horrible tragedy.  I will keep the families and friends of those injured or killed in my prayers and thank God that I was one of the lucky parents.

Knowing the strong ties that make up the Hokie Nation, I am confident that Virginia Tech and the surrounding community will come together and help one another recover from the tragic events that unfolded on this day.  May we all be “HOKIES” today and lend our love and support to those who are suffering. 

May God Bless you and your family,

Becky Waltz

April 18, 2007, 4:29pm • Newport News, VA • #18129

TO EVERYONE at VT,
We send all our love out to those who were lost and those who were hurt. We are all in shock as this still goes on. Bless All Of You!
Thank You
Brittany and Susie

April 18, 2007, 4:29pm • Florida, USA • #18130

The students from the University of Arkansas at Monticello are praying for you.  We are proud of your response to this crises.  We are humbled by your courage and amazed at your bravery.  May God hold you close and give you peace.

April 18, 2007, 4:29pm • Monticello, AR • #18131

I am truly sorry for your suffering.  I am praying for the souls that departed on Monday and for the people affected by this horrific tragedy.  I also ask others to continue to pray for the souls of the departed.  May God bless each and every one of you and the Blessed Virgen Mary protect and keep you safe. I am Roman Catholic and just celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday on the 15th, and because God is so good and merciful, I asked Him to take all of the departed souls to heaven.  People all over the world are keeping you in your thoughts and prayers.  If you feel totally forsaken or hurt, try praying the Rosary, you don’t have to be Catholic to pray.  Peace be with you all.

April 18, 2007, 4:29pm • Independence, Missouri - studying in Veracruz, Mex • #18132

I would like to share my condolences with the entire Virginia Tech Community. My heart breaks for the families, friends and loved ones that suffered this terrible loss.  There is evil in this world which we are not able to control.  I hope you will be able to find a way to keep and share the memories of the good and innocent people that lost their lives on Monday.

As a graduate student at a large university, this tragedy hits home for me as I realize that this could have happened at any one of our nation’s universities.  I hope you all can find a way to take comfort in knowing that I, and so many others are praying for you.
God Bless you,
Jennifer Noseworthy
University of New Hampshire

April 18, 2007, 4:29pm • Durham, NH • #18133

My son is an alumni of Tech, a 2003 graduate. During his time at Tech my family enjoyed a close association with the university and it holds a special place in our hearts. I was deeply saddend by the tragedy that struck the university. Tech is a very special place and our prayers go out to the entire VT community and hold everyone in our prayers. This is a great university and it will recover. God bless the families of those who have fallen.

Steve Tabeling

April 18, 2007, 4:29pm • Abingdon, Maryland • #18134

The death of the young students is heart-breaking. And I couldn’t help notice the irony of Liviu Librescu’s story… a Holocaust survivor losing his life on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. But he’s not a victim this time, but rather a hero who tried to save others.

April 18, 2007, 4:29pm • Hartford, CT • #18135

I want to share my deepest condolences with the family and friends of those lost and the Virginia Tech community.  Your tragic loss has touched all of us across America and we are praying for you as you grieve.

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love.
- Washington Irving

April 18, 2007, 4:29pm • Council Bluffs, IA • #18136

Faces; so, so many unknown faces; each from unknown places.

My sympathy and prayers are extended to each and every person who suffered the loss of family member, colleague or friend as a result of the April 16 2006 malicious murderous attack by someone who was so bereft of a moral-ethical conscience.

Faced with the passing of someone we love, our hearts cry out in the passion of loneliness and are not comforted with easy answers. However; does not love link us with our friends though they be on the other side of the earth? 

To each of you I would like to express my deepest sympathy for the loss you now suddenly and terribly grieve.

I pray in hope that at some point in the future that each of you will find the healing you seek with the aid and comfort of those dear and wonderful memories that will always be yours to cherish. 

I also pray that each of you will find strength within the companionship of those dear and close friends and family members who share your loss with you.

Those we love may pass beyond the reach of hands, but not outside the heart. All of you will be in my thoughts my heart and prayers for a long, long time.

Rachel Wolff

April 18, 2007, 4:29pm • Oregon, USA • #18137

Dear students of hookie land,
As a coulmbine surrivor I feel for you and your losses. I send you strength
My thoughts and prayers are with you

Z Riss

April 18, 2007, 4:29pm • Littleton, CO, USA • #18138

When the Rockhurst University family and I heard about the tragity that your University had exsperienced we were shocked and saddened.  Rockhurst University family and I Michael Davis, a sophmore at the University, would like to send our condolences out to you.  Though we are not connected physically we are spiritually and all of our thoughts and prayers go out to your community. 

GOD BLESS!!!

April 18, 2007, 4:29pm • Kansas City, Missouri • #18139

May god be with u in your time of need.  I pray for the victim family and the VA Tech community.  My god smile and keep blessing Va Tech.

S. Oliver
South Caroline State University

April 18, 2007, 4:29pm • Orangeburg, South Carolina • #18140

To the entire Virginia Tech family I personally pray that together we all can help you get through this horrible tragedy,
Love,
Chasity and Cherish Gibson

April 18, 2007, 4:29pm • Vacherie,Louisiana • #18141

My heart goes out to the students and families of those affected by this horrible tragedy. My prayers are with you all.
Brandy Leitner

April 18, 2007, 4:29pm • Louisville, KY • #18142

God bless all of you…

April 18, 2007, 4:29pm • Czech Republic • #18143

I enrolled at Virginia Tech 15 years ago, but only stayed a semester.  In some ways, I regreted ever leaving.  I have always maintained a fondness for my time there and for the University and the Blacksburg community. 

It is those four months that allow me to be so confident that Virginia Tech and all Hokies will bounce back stronger than ever.  The community has suffered a tremendous loss, and the pain will not soon go away, but the pride and determination and will displayed by so many on Monday will ultimately prevail.

I may not be a Tech alum, but I am very proud to say today that I am a HOKIE. 

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Jon

April 18, 2007, 4:29pm • Brookline, MA • #18144

We grieve for all of you - if there is any place or some one that we can send donation’s to - please let us know… We want to help in any way we can - from McMaster to George Brown - we can help…

Feeling for your loss in Ontario…

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Hamilton, Ontario, Canada • #18145

I am deeply saddened that this type of horror has taken away so many beautiful lives and left the rest of us forever changed.  They will never be forgotten.  Please know we are all in this together, for when you weep remember the many shoulders all over the planet ready to be of support.  You are never alone.

“In one of the stars I shall be living,
In one of them I shall be laughing,
And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night.”

-The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Peace.
Ren Matney

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Las Vegas, Nevada • #18146

Dear Faculty and Students of Virginia Tech,
My name is Floyd Minter.  I’m a student of Monroe Community College.  I wanna send my condolences to ya’ll and let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.  I was in the lunchroom at my college when I saw everything take place on TV.  I just wanna let you know that everyone, students and faculty of both Monroe Community College and Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (SUNY) would like to send our prayers to you and yours.  April 16th 2007 will be the sadest day in american history and I will never forget the senseless carnage that took place on that day.

Again, My condolences.

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Rochester, NY • #18147