Condolences, April 18, 2007

Dear Virginia Tech Community,

You are in our thoughts and prayers, we all share in your tears.  May the memory of those lost be eternal.

Matthew Eber

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Tulsa, OK USA • #18148

This tremendous loss of those innocent will never be forgotten and will be written in golden letters for their courage, for their ignorance and above all their lives !.

This tragic incident have left a sorrow and pain the in hearts of all loved ones and Virginia Tech community, a place where life was so calm and pleasant untill Monday when it was distrurbed with this shocking cause.

Every day brings new thing to life, but it seems that last Monday nature turned the back on VT community. At this very time, courage, motivation and love needed to be blended and kept so that those who died in this event will never ever be forgotten !

God Bless Hokie community at Virginia Tech.
And God bless America.

With warm heartfelt wishes,

Dr. Hyder Ali Khoja,
Department of Horticulture.
Virginia Tech and State University.

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Blacksburg, Virginia, USA • #18149

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all

Purnells

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Ireland • #18150

Our hearts are breaking for our beloved Hokie community.  Even though we’re not on campus physically, we’re there with you in spirit.  Tech is so much more then this shooting, and we will prevail…

Love and strength,
Danielle Weidenhamer Quarles (class of 2001) and Brian Quarles (class of 2002)

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Washington, DC • #18151

The world weeps with you, VA Tech.  I pray that you all find a measure of comfort and peace amidst the sorrow.

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Jackson, MS • #18152

We are all praying for those affected by this terrible tragedy.  Our hearts go out to the families,students, and faculty.  GOD BLESS YOU!  MIAMI DADE COLLEGE

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Miami, Floridaword • #18153

It is with great sadness that I join this page.  Our Wonderful Savior Jesus Christ will guide each and every one of us through this terrible time.  If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it.

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Hebron, NE • #18154

My heart is heavy with this tragedy. I have been in tears for the last few days. How can one understand such a tragedy? I am praying and lifting Virginia Tech up in my thoughts and prayers. -Ann Marie S.

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Nashville, TN • #18155

Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.  God Bless.

Sue - class of 1996

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Orange, CT • #18156

Dear students and faculty of vt.  your loss is not only personal but universal. a senseless act affects me deeply, and i feel heartache and sympathy for everyone there. sincerely Bob Myers rancho cucamonga california.  rnm733@yahoo.com

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • rancho cucamonga, ca. • #18157

Having a daughter in college here in Indiana, I could not imagine her going thru what you kids have gone thru. As a parent, it is as hard on us to see you go thru it. Our hearts go out to you, and you are in our prayers. The shooters parents are also in our prayers as they had nothing to do with this and I am sure the hurt and feeling of responsibility is weighing heavily upon them. I would love to purchase a VT t-shirt with all the victims names on them if you decide to make them for a memorial and as a fund raiser for the school.

Bakers

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Warsaw, IN • #18158

Words cannot explain nor heal the amount of pain that this country, the state of Virginia, the university, staff, students and families is going through. It is horrifying and indeed another unfortuante tragedy that has occurred in our country. As a graduate student, as an educator, and as a professional individual who believes that education and the institutions that educate our today and tomorrow is the safe haven for all, it deeply saddens me that this tragic event has occured. We cannot turn back to yesterday; but we can turn away from that which brings violence and tragedy. Our voice is the tool. The young and old...let us speak out and enagage in what is goin on. Lets speak out on what is right. Violence has to stop.

My heart goes out to all of the families, friends, staff, and students who have lost someone. Everywhere I turn I see the images of those in pain and it hurts. I cannot imagine the pain, but I would like to say that this country is right by your side. Be strong.

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Philadelphia, Pa • #18159

We all share your pain and we wish you all the best in your time of healing. Keep hope in knowing that all tragedy is met with better days. I will pray for all of you who were lost or lost a friend or loved one. Virginia Tech and it’s students will always be loved by the whole country. God Bless and we are all here for you!

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Greer, SC • #18160

There are no words to express how horrible we all feel over this senseless act. May the good Lord above help to heal you, and sincere prayers to all that were affected by this. Our whole nation mourns for, and with you.

J & G Howard

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • CT. • #18161

It is times like these when we can’t help but wonder why. Hokie family, remember that God has a plan for your lives and this is just the beginning of an awesome revival. My prayers go out to everyone of the Hokie family and all those effected by this horrific tragedy. May God Bless you in all that you do and put His healing hand over your community to find hope and courage in this time of great sorrow.

God Bless,
Ashley- Trinity Christian College.

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Palos Heights, IL • #18162

Our deepest and heatfelt condolences to all those affected by this tragedy. We can feel the pain of those who lost their friends, family members and colleagues.

May God bless the departed souls and the brave who laid their lives to save their fellow members. We pray God to give y’all strength and be with you in pain.

Vinay and friends
UMass Lowell

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Lowell, MA • #18163

Dear Virginia Tech Community: I share in your grief and have prayed for the parents and relatives of the ones whose lives were taken. I pray that the pain many in your community and across our great country will be eased in time. Our loving, heavenly Father will never fail us. His mercy endures forever. God bless you and keep you.

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Glendale Heights, Illinois, USA • #18164

Sadness overcomes my heart and tears well in the corners of my eyes. I am truly sorry for your loss. Continue to stay strong and know that God has his comforting arms around you. You remain in my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Atlanta, GA • #18165

Hokie, Hokie, Hokie High!!!
Prayers and thoughts.... Always....
Kristen E.

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Cloverdale, Va • #18166

I just want to send my support to everyone at VT. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain that students and families are going through, but I hope that the community and even the nation as a whole can begin to heal and regain the trust in humankind once again.

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • San Diego, CA • #18167

First of all it is amazing how people come together in our nation as a whole to support tragedies such as this. I would just like to say during these hard times when no one really knows what to say that your pain is felt across the nation and will always be remembered. I attend Clemson University in SC and I know here on campus we are continuously supporting you guys, I can walk to class and see students wearing your colors and ribbons and it is just a blessing to witness and be apart of this support. Tonight we are have a candlelight Ceremony on campus in remembrance of VT and all the victims. You will always be in our thoughts and prayers.

- Clemson Student

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Clemson, SC • #18168

As a student at Concord University in Athens, WV, the Virginia Tech tragedy hits home on many levels.  Being only an hour away from VT, I have family, friends, and professors who are connected to VT.  I give my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those whose lives were lost in this tragedy.  I pray for the full recovery of all those injured, and I pray for the continued healing of the students, faculty, staff and everyone in the university and its surrounding community.  May God bless you all.

Greg Dempsey

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Athens, WV • #18169

As a VMI cadet from 1959 to 1962, Virginia Tech was our greatest rival (we actually beat you twice) and I participated in some of the pranks that accompanied our Thanksgiving game each year. It took a while for my natural competitiveness to mellow into respect for your school, primarily as a result of knowing many of your alumni and students. Today, I know all of my fellow Keydets are grief-stricken at what has occurred, and our hearts are with the victims, their families and friends, and everyone who is a part of your university. God be with you all.

Robert R. Evans
Virginia Military Institute 1962

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Hanover, Virginia • #18170

To VT and all concerned worldwide:

Tho there are many words of condolence on these pages and elsewhere, there are no words to describe the collective, worldwide pain felt after such senseless, horrible, selfish, and psychotic acts against all mankind that were perpetrated on the 16th of April 2007.
I am sure I speak for the Swedish nation when I express my heart felt sorrow for the pain of all who love and knew the innocent victims of these crimes against humanity.

Greg

April 18, 2007, 4:30pm • Sweden • #18171

We would like to express our condolences and to extend to you our prayers and thoughts in your time of tragedy.

Vestavia Hills, Alabama

April 18, 2007, 4:31pm • Vestavia Hills, Alabama -Jefferson County • #18172

The Tragedy of what happened on Monday April 16th 2007, will never be forgotten.  As a fellow college student and American I extend to your campus my condolences.  My thoughts and prayers are on your side.  The Hokies are strong!!

Kind regards
Amog Garadi
Purdue University

April 18, 2007, 4:31pm • West Lafayette, Indiana USA • #18173

On behalf of the University of British Columbia, of Vancouver, and of Canada I would like to express my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolence to all the people affected by this horrible tragedy. I wish with all my heart that I could be there right now, grieving along with the rest as a student, irrespective of where we are from. I can imagine that many students feel that they could maybe have prevented this horror if they had done something more, and as a fellow student myself, I feel that they should realize that they did more than what many others would have done, by reporting his actions to the administration, and the administration in turn did what they felt was best at the time. Sometimes hindsight makes guilt gnaw away at our soul, but I believe that in this case the student should feel proud, and believe that they did all they could to deal with a truly disturbed individual. The world would truly be a better place if everyone had the heart and soul of the students of VT. To all those affected by this tragedy I can only say that your strength lies in your unity, and know that we here in Canada share your pain, and have you in our thoughts at all times, willing you to get through these tough times.

Siddharth

April 18, 2007, 4:31pm • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada • #18174

i wish to express my condolences and sympathies to all those affected by this tragedy. you are all in my thoughts. sincerely yours. chris merriman

April 18, 2007, 4:31pm • vinton,virfinia • #18175

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the people who were killed at the University ~ and also to the friends and teaching staff there.  I hope you find peace soon.

Blessed be

starry xx

April 18, 2007, 4:31pm • United Kingdom • #18176

The lives lost in this tragedy will always be remembered. My heart goes out to those who were more closely affected and to the Virginia Tech family. In times like this, know that there are multitudes supporting you in heart and mind through prayer.

In prayer,
Bertha Gutierrez

April 18, 2007, 4:31pm • #18177

I just want to share my prayers with everyone who lost a friend and loved one i to hve kids in college and what the families must be experiencing right now i wish all of you our love and condolences in this trying time
god bless
jeannie fleming

April 18, 2007, 4:31pm • winterville ga. 30683 • #18178

Psalm 71: 20-21
Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once again.

I am the proud sister of a Virginia Tech student, Aimee Kanode, and also have many friends that have graduated from there. My heart aches for all of those lost to this tragedy but also for those who have to deal with the after effects. Hang on to the lord, lean on your friends, family, and community. God bless you all.

Cindy Kanode
Hokie Sibling

April 18, 2007, 4:31pm • Martinsville, VA • #18179

At this time in all of our lives we step back and ask ourselves.. why? Why did this happen to such a beautiful area and wonderful people.  Eventhough none of us will ever have a answer to this question… I know that the Hokie Nation has the strength to recover eventually.  With having loved ones on campus yesterday I cannot stop thinking about what if?  I thank God that they were safe and not hurt. At this point it does not matter if you knew the victims personally or not… they are all family in our hearts.  I grew up in Southwest Virginia and spent a lot of time at VT ...Blacksburg is such a great area and I want to express to the world of how wonderful this college is and how many great opportunities it has given to a lot of my family, friends, and myself.  Presently being a representative of VT by working for the 4-H Extension Office… I have always felt safe and welcomed on VT’s campus. This makes it even harder to accept that this has happened to these innocent people. My love and prayers go out for all the families and friends of the victims and all who have been affected by this event. May God give you the peace that you need.  -Christina L. Hall Dedicated member of the Hokie Nation

April 18, 2007, 4:31pm • Hillsville, VA / Charlotte, NC • #18180

God Bless all of the victims and the students and their families. I hope that the students will continue their educations and be able to one day look past this and remember the better times instead of the worse. The entire nation is thinking about you and praying for you all right now.

God Bless!

April 18, 2007, 4:31pm • Moon Township, Pennsylvania • #18181

too many tears
too many dreams ended
too many guns
V-Tech, at 26,000 strong you could help end the madness of guns and violence in America.
Turn this tragedy and the memory of its victims
into something worth living and fighting for…
A safer, saner America.
peace
DF
NYC

April 18, 2007, 4:31pm • NY NY • #18182

My prayers are with all the families of the students that were killed. May God have mercy on all their souls, and be there for the families.

r.rossi

April 18, 2007, 4:31pm • floral park ny • #18183

My thoughts and prayers are with each and every person that was affected by this tragedy.  My brother-in-law was a professor at Va Tech last year before going to Guam with the Navy.  I thank God he wasn’t there during the tragic events.

There aren’t words that can be said to take away the pain or memories of this event...I can only pray that those affected will, somehow, be able to get through this.

MCW

April 18, 2007, 4:31pm • Rocky Mount, NC • #18184

I would like to send out my condolences for the tragedy that struck on Monday. I do not personally know what ya’ll are going through but I wish all of you the best and I know that ya’ll will get through it as long as you stick together. God bless all of you.

April 18, 2007, 4:31pm • Dothan, AL • #18185

This is a sad day, however God will give each and everyone of us the strength to heal.  May God bless each and everyone of the families, friends, faculty and students effected by this. I am proud to say I am a graduate of Virginia Tech and with time we will all heal from this. Keep Praying.

K. Lacks

April 18, 2007, 4:31pm • Dallas, TX • #18186

hello. i am not a student of virginia tech but i have seen the news. i would like to express my deepest feelings for those who wave lost someone in this horrific accident and i hope that you all will be able to get through this.

deepest feelings,
Kyle Anderson
dunedin,Fl

April 18, 2007, 4:31pm • dunedin • #18187

may God Bless us all, My thoughts and prayer’s are with everyone.huggs, love Debbie

April 18, 2007, 4:31pm • Hummelstown, Pennsylvaina • #18188

Dear Faculty, Students, and Parents,
As a parent of a U.S. Army soldier and a future college student (freshman in the fall)I feel your pain, grieve and fear. My family and friends here in N.C. as well as back home in Fla. wish to express our heartfelt sorrow for you all. I have never personally been to your campus but have heard wonderful things about it even before the senseless tragedy on Monday. It fills all of us (that are on the outside looking in from our t.v. sets)with sorrow but at the same time pride that you have all stuck together and have been strong. As a Nation, that is what makes us stong...Standing Together as one.You have all shown that you are the true Americans and more importantly you are all Hokies.
We are all praying for you and your families.  ...Bless you all..
Christina Dukes
Albemarle, NC

April 18, 2007, 4:31pm • Albemarle, NC USA • #18189

I would like to share my condolences, thoughts and prayes with the families and friends who have lost a loved one in the tragedy that happen at Virgina Tech… When i heard the news of what happen i was shocked and distured of what had happen… the thought of someone taking another ones life without any reason.. just sickens me. I hope when he turned the gun on himself he asked him to forgive him. But my the lord be with the grieving families and friends he will give you strength to go on everyday…

April 18, 2007, 4:31pm • Washington DC • #18190

Be strong. Things happen for a reason. When uncontrollable events like this happen, it out of your control. There are many people in this world who have to suffer for others, but int he end, God will be by your side waiting for you. You never go wrong with death, because in the end, that is your final destination. God bless and remember,your strength makes everyone else stronger. You are in my prayers and i hope you continue to live your life fully. God needed more angels and this was the time for it. God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 4:31pm • Greenville, NC • #18191

Dear faculty and Students of Virginia Tech,

As a mother who has recently lost two adult children my heart breaks knowing the pain and the misery everyone of the students, faculty and parents are facing in the road they must now travel.

I just retired in June, 2006 from a college campus. We were also at times afraid of such a tragedy. I know they are now going to rethink their security issues.

My heart and my prayers (and my tears) are with all of you as you try to begin again.

Hugs and prayers,
Jane Eisele

April 18, 2007, 4:32pm • Kelso, Washington - USA • #18192

We all over the USA wants to take time and say that we are so sorry for your loss to the families and friends and classmates. This is very sad what happen just always remember that those who have died will always be in your hearts. And we will always keep them in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless

T.Atkins

April 18, 2007, 4:32pm • Elkview, WV • #18193

Words will never fully describe our shock and despair as a nation when we learned of the tragedy that happened there.  All we “honorary Hokies” can do is pray for continued peace and strength for you wonderful people as time passes.  We are so proud of you for your togetherness and dignity.  We are proud of you for your show of support for the University president and other officials at the convocation.  We are proud of you for showing your nation and the world that “class” is not just a word for session of learning...it’s also a great description of a Hokie.  M. Drummond

April 18, 2007, 4:32pm • Bryant, AR • #18194

To all the VT community.......

I hope knowing that this nation is greiving with you and that we hold each and everyone affected by the awful event in our thoughts and prayer can bring just alittle comfort to help you thru each day...Though our loved ones are gone they will ALWAYS be in our hearts and in our prayers.

Lynne,Trevor,Elizabeth,Tyler

April 18, 2007, 4:32pm • Vancouver,Washington • #18195

My deepest condolences. My prayers are always with the family and friends of the victims. Let’s pray for their souls so they may find peace. My thoughts are always with you! God Bless!

Always,
Karen Selorio Alejo

April 18, 2007, 4:32pm • San Leandro, CA • #18196

As college students, we were all there at VA Tech on Monday, and we are all there now.  It was us in that building, it’s us in those photos, and it’s us mourning right there with you. You are in our thoughts and prayers and the pain in your hearts is felt by all.

UNC-Wilmington

April 18, 2007, 4:32pm • Wilmington, North Carolina • #18197