Condolences, April 18, 2007

To the community of Virginia Tech, know that the nation mourns with you. Everyday will get better, but let us all remember to love and SHOW that love to all in our lives, as we may never know when it might be cut short. Too many lives were cut short on April 16th, and they will be forever in our hearts.
Tina

April 18, 2007, 4:35pm • Newtown, Pennsylvania , USA • #18248

My prayers are with everyone who survived as well as the families of those who did not survive this terrible tragedy. RIP to all the beautiful lives that have been lost. May god bless you all!

April 18, 2007, 4:35pm • Bergenfield, NJ USA • #18249

There are times and events in our lives that mark us,past the bone, past the marrow, and into our very souls. this week, the family of Virginia Tech was hit harder and more brutally than they had any right to expect.
You reacted with class, with love, with compassion to each other, and with true heroism. This student who delivered such a venomous blow to you, misled by his own madness and rage, HE DID NOT DEFINE YOU.
You defined yourself when you fought to barricade him from your beloved freinds, your students, your new extended family. You defined yourself when you comforted the grieving, and that job continues.You gave your blood and lives , and it mattered.
There will always be those who chose to rend others, seeking oblivion,fearing love and the dutiesof life.they rend, and dissapear, unworthy of memory, a sorrow to remember.
the hard work, the best work, is the act of living, living with meaning, compassion, and love. That, you will do. you have good people, warriors, heroes, healers, and teachers among you.You will rise again, if not today, then someday.We will welcome you when we do.

We love you very much.You will get through this.

YOU ARE VIRGINIA TECH. YOU WILL ENDURE.

April 18, 2007, 4:35pm • Riverside, California • #18250

To all Virginia Tech Students and Faculties,

I share my sympathies and condolences for all of you who are affected by this tragic event. My prayers go out to the victims’ families and friends, hoping that God would continue to comfort and heal your hearts in this moment of grief.

Sincerely,

Micah M.
Pearl City, HI

April 18, 2007, 4:35pm • Hawaii • #18251

As a former Hokie, I am completely devastated and heartbroken over the tragedy that befell my one-time home.  Although I’ve been out of school for 4 years, I still feel a deep attachment to not only the university, but to the entire community.  It has been a great source of pride to watch the students, faculty and staff come together to rise above this horror.  As the world watches, Virginia Tech has shown what it truly means to be a Hokie.

Jamie ‘03

April 18, 2007, 4:35pm • Arlington, VA • #18252

My deepest sympathy to all the families and students at VT. You will be in my paryers. Keep holding on, keep your faith high and pray. Better days are to come.

With love,
Melissa E. Rodriguez

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

April 18, 2007, 4:35pm • Houston, Texas • #18253

To all of those who lost loved ones we feel your pain.  I am from wisconsin and we all went through some highschool shootings at weston and we know what you are all going through we just pray and hope this will never happen again and that we are very sorry our hopes and prayers go out to everyone.

April 18, 2007, 4:35pm • Wisconsin • #18254

God Bless you all during this tragic time. We all feel such pain that you have to go through this horrible tragedy. I hope that you all can gain strength and move on from this and are able to laugh and smile again soon.

April 18, 2007, 4:35pm • Boston, MA • #18255

students and faculty:
although I do not go to virginia tech my heart goes out to you. Hearing this tragic story and reviewing all of the brave acts of heroism brought me to tears. Every one at Virginia Tech is certainly in my thoughts and prayers.
GO HOKIES!

- Harmony

April 18, 2007, 4:35pm • norfolk, virgina • #18256

To everyone on your campus and in your town, I have no idea how it must feel to bear your loss.  I can only imagine how I would feel if it was my daughters. Please stay strong for each other, stay together and do not let this horrible thing turn you away from the path you were taking as the future for yourselves your familes and your country. Be proud you are loved

Just a Dad

April 18, 2007, 4:36pm • Edinburgh, Scotland, UK • #18257

Words cannot express the feelings that the rest of the nation has on this tragic event. There are so many that are somehow touched by what has happened. Always remember that God is with you and help is always close at hand. For those who are survivors, may you succeed in life… our prayers are forever with you.

- University of Northern Iowa Alumni

April 18, 2007, 4:36pm • Arlington Heights, Illinois • #18258

My thoughts and prayers are with the students and families touched by this tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 4:36pm • Indianaapolis, Indiana • #18259

to all at virginia tech
our hearts and toughts go wiv you in your time off despair and sorrow god bless each and every one off you…
Barry holt and family

April 18, 2007, 4:36pm • derbyshire/england • #18260

I know what its like to lose multiple students. I’m from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. We loss several of studens. Different situation. But I can understand the loss and grief that the University and Community, Students, Family and Friends are dealing with.

My deepest regrets,
KM

April 18, 2007, 4:36pm • College Station, TX • #18261

Hokies,

You’ve shown yourselves to be a true testament of faith, hope and courage.  I have no doubt about the future of our great country with future leaders such as yourself.  Your poise in the face of such tragedy has shown to be remarkable.  This unholy situation can be turned around just by continuing to remember the friends and teachers you’ve lost. Honor their memories by becoming the best human being you can be and making each day, from this day forward your finest!  I hear people say that kids these days have it too easy and aren’t of the same moral fiber that we were.  I’m here to tell you that they are WRONG!  The senseless act of one sorrowful individual can only be allowed to bring us to our knees… in prayer. You will continue to be in our prayers.
Tom & Sherry Elias

April 18, 2007, 4:36pm • Allentown, PA • #18262

At this time I would like to extend my prayers and condolences to the victims of this horrific event that has shaken the foundation of Virginia Tech. I will keep them and everyone involved in my prayers and thoughts. God be with you all.

Eric Harvey

April 18, 2007, 4:36pm • Wallaceburg Ontario Canada • #18263

Dear Parents, Faculty, Students and all who are so grieving about this terrible shooting at your wonderful university.  My heart hurts for all of you and for all of us in this senseless loss of life.  What a shame that we have so much of this of the United States.  I don’t have the answer, but we MUST have some kind of better gun control.  May you know that the entire country grieves with you.

April 18, 2007, 4:36pm • Greenville, SC • #18264

Students, Faculty and Parents of injured and deceased:

As a grandmother of a recent graduate, I mourn your losses and pray that God (or your personal higher power) protects you and gives you peace.

Laura Pieroschek - Grandmother of Stephanie L. Wright, Graduate 2006

April 18, 2007, 4:36pm • Pittsville, MD USA • #18265

Dear Hokies,

I don’t think there is a single university campus in our nation that this event affected. We see it what happened to you as such a surprise and a shock. What is stopping something like that from happening on my campus?

Questions arise in the midst of this tragedy: Where is God? If He does exist why would he let this happen? The risk of not being politically correct is great but here it is: There is a God and he desires every person to know him in an intimate way; however, how can someone have a close intimate relationship with His creator if there is no free will? How is it a relationship if we are in a completely controlled state of obedience.

So, therefore we have the opportunity to sin and the opportunity to reject God. “But God, how can you let something like this happen?” What if we were in God’s place? Would we cut down on the lives that school shooters were allowed to take. Even if God prevented the death of one person then there would be no freedom of choice.

Hokies… friends, you don’t have to be look like Cho to be lacking hope. There’s a reason behind 4/16… maybe it is to provoke self-examination: of your world? your life? your purpose?

Yours in Christ,

-Eric
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

April 18, 2007, 4:36pm • San Luis Obispo, CA • #18266

Tears filled my eyes as I heard the news today.. May God comfort and hold you and may you find peace to know that each of these victims are in the arms of angels

Spend all your time waiting for that second chance For the break that will make it ok
There’s always some reason to feel not good enough And it’s hard at the end of the day
I need some distraction oh beautiful release
Memories seep from my veins They may be empty and weightless and maybe I’ll find some peace tonight

In the arms of an Angel fly away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie You’re in the arms of an Angel; may you find some comfort here

April 18, 2007, 4:36pm • Phoenix, AZ • #18267

i share your grieve from half way around the world in Egypt. But i want to know why the egyption student killed in this massacre (Victim #32) was never mentioned.

April 18, 2007, 4:36pm • cairo, Egypt • #18268

May the angel wings be ever present during this time of pain.  May you know all of your fellow Americans are praying for you today, tomorrow and the many days ahead.  Just know you are not alone. Just look around and you will know many people are here for you no matter where you go.

April 18, 2007, 4:36pm • St. Johns, MI , USA • #18269

Dear faculties of Virginnia tech and families
At this sad time
I would like to convey my sorrow for all who were lost in the terrible events that have taken place.My prayers and thoughts are with you all
Allison Docherty

April 18, 2007, 4:36pm • KIlbirnie.Ayrshire.Scotland • #18270

To All VT Hokies & Families,

I do not know anyone who attends or any persons in link to VT University, but for those reading, people whom you do not know care and pray for the well being of every family member, student, and everyone involved with the Hokie family. I extend the upmost amount of sympathy and condolences to the Hokie family right now, and I know I speak for all of New Mexico when I say everyone in Blacksburg especially the students and medical staff, You are all heroes to us and there are more people behind you all than you know!

God Bless Your Hearts,
Nick
Albuquerque, New Mexico

April 18, 2007, 4:36pm • Albuquerque, New Mexico • #18271

All of you--students, faculty, staff, parents and relatives--are in my thoughts and prayers.  Many times over the last couple years I’ve asked ACC fans and alumni--what is a Hokie?  Now I know--as does the world: it’s courage, faith, conviction, strength, perseverance, hope.

J. Bulla

April 18, 2007, 4:36pm • Ventura, CA • #18272

Dear Students, parents, and faculty,

Our hearts go out to all the Virginia Tech family.  Please know that our prayers are with you during this difficult time. 

Travis and Beth Wells
Texas Tech University

April 18, 2007, 4:36pm • Lubbock, Texas • #18273

My thoughts and prayers are with each and every student, family, alumni/alummna, faculty and staff member that has been affected by this tragedy.  I have the faith that each and everyone of you will be able to rise above this, learn grow and never forget what happened on April 16, 2007.  May you find the courage, the strength and the ability to carry on with your lives.

Lindsey W. Keller
Texas State Alum 2006

April 18, 2007, 4:36pm • Dallas, Tx • #18274

I cannot imagine the reality of something of this magnitude. My wife has a grandmother in Roanoke and I would have to say this comes to a shock as someone who has been to that area before. I keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers and may god give you strength to pull through these trying times.

April 18, 2007, 4:37pm • Naples, FL • #18275

We will ALL come together and prosper.  God works in mysterious ways.  God bless you all.

kp

April 18, 2007, 4:37pm • Chicago, Illinois • #18276

I would like to say that I am so sorry for this enormous loss.  I send my condolences to the entire school and families of the victims. May God bless you all.
R.Johnson

April 18, 2007, 4:37pm • Cleveland, Ohio • #18277

If the sun stops shining,
There will always be a silver lining.

If the flowers stop growing,
Does the river stop flowing?

Hard times come, and hard times go,
And people have now come to know

Your have gone through a hard time.
You should not be a mime.

Express your feelings, feel better.

Nairuti
Age 11
Chicks & Cliques Member
Farmwell Station Middle School

April 18, 2007, 4:37pm • Ashburn, VA • #18278

My condolences, thoughts, and prayers goes out to all the family, friends, and love ones that were affected by this event.  I hope and pray that these individuals are at a better place than on this earth… a place where there is no violence, guns, malice, bitterness, or anger...only peace and tranqulity.

We (Hokies) are stong in numbers and we will overcome this setback together!

Hokie, Hokie High, VPI...GO TECH!!!

Dr. William K. Wong
Class of 1994

April 18, 2007, 4:37pm • McLean, VA USA • #18279

From the bottom of our hearts, We share in your pain. We are so sorry! My wife & I are praying for the victims, the VT community, the students, faculty, Proffessor Librescu “A HERO”, police, 1st responders & The families of all. We are never going to forget.
May God Bless Us All. Bernie & Carla

April 18, 2007, 4:37pm • Waterbury, CT. U.S.A. • #18280

My family would like everyone involved in this tragedy to know our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God Bless and keep you all.

April 18, 2007, 4:37pm • Battle Creek, Michigan • #18281

In this difficult times, there is always a good one reason in our hearts to go on.... All our thoughts and best wishes are with you Virginia Tech.

Fabian Corrales

April 18, 2007, 4:37pm • Bogota, Colombia • #18282

To the Victims, Parents and families:  Where to start.  God bless you and yours.  Please know, as a mother, I’m sure I speak for countless others.  As you weep, we’ve wept with you.  As you pray, we’re praying with you.  This senseless event has brought to light, yet again, the enormous gift of a childs existance.  I can’t begin to imagine your pain and loss.  I pray fervently that God will touch you in such a way that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that your children are with Him, just as you will be with them again.  As the victims of
9-11, Columbine, the children of the Amish school, sons and daughters lost to war, ALL those lost in such horrific acts; I will not forget your children, and will continue to pray for you. May God’s healing speed the recovery, physically, mentally and spiritually. 

The Schneider Family

April 18, 2007, 4:37pm • Northern California • #18283

We are praying for everyone’s families who have lost their loved ones. Hold in there and believe that God is with you right now.

The McBride Family

April 18, 2007, 4:37pm • St. Louis, MO USA • #18284

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all down in Miami at Florida International University.  God Bless!

Jennifer DeLuca

April 18, 2007, 4:37pm • Miami, FL • #18285

This is a time of sadness and grief for all Americans.  I mourn for those who were lost in this tragedy, but I admire the strength and hope that the Virginia Tech community has displayed in the immediate aftermath.  Your strength is a microcosm of the strength of the human spirit, even in the darkest of hours, and I pray that the hope you possess may never be extinguished.

S.O.

April 18, 2007, 4:37pm • Atlanta, GA • #18286

We all cry for you.  We pray for you. I have no connection to Virgina Tech. My connection to you is Love, Pain and Hope.  God Bless you.

April 18, 2007, 4:37pm • Poughkeepsie, NY • #18287

I just want to let all the Virginia Tech students, families and friends know that although we cannot feel the magnitude of your pain, we share in your grief. I am a Senior at Ball State University and all of the students here have been deeply impacted not only by this horrible tragedy, but by the pride and spirit that your school has shown the world. As college students this has stunned my friends and I, because no one ever thought that this could happen and no one knows WHY this happened. Our lecture halls, our paths to class and our homes are supposed to be safe places for learning, building relationships and expanding our horizons. Every college across the country, and around the world feels as though that could have been us. So know that you all are not alone, because every college in America is rallying behind you and praying for you.

“Whatever college colors you may bleed; today, we are all Hokies.”

You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

-Kelly Shockley

April 18, 2007, 4:38pm • Muncie, Indiana / Ball State University • #18288

My very deepest condolences on the loss of your fellow students and professors. The magnitude of this horror will reverberate throughout all our lives for months and years to come. Know that we share your grief and sorrow and are holding you close in our hearts and minds. You are all the recipients of the biggest cyber group hug that can be imagined.

April 18, 2007, 4:38pm • Torrington, Wyoming • #18289

I am shocked beyond words. When I sw this story unfold I got tears in my eyes. You can be in a war, or a victim of gang violence, or some other terrible accident, but no one expects to die while sitting in a classroom. My heart breaks every time I see the sad faces and the mourning parents. And I try to imagine what it was like in that classroom but I can’t. As writer H.P.Lovecraft used to see, “indescribable horror.” The students we lost who may have had promising careers is a tragedy. There’s nothing we can do about it now. But the rest of you, stand up and be brave, study hard and go on with the work they started. You are a fantstic bunch of kids abd my heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all.

April 18, 2007, 4:38pm • Carlsbad, New Mexico • #18290

Our most hearfelt sympathies go out to the Virgina Tech family and the Blacksburg Community. I’ve shared your tears and your pain and your anguish. I will also share your triumph and share your victory as you will overcome this devastating tradegy. God Bless You, Todd Farrell

April 18, 2007, 4:38pm • Omaha, Nebraska • #18291

Dear Members at V.Tech,
To start things off correctly, my name is Shamal D. Hackle and i am a sophmore in boarding school right now. I was a companion to a couple of the members at your facility so i am grieving right along being that apart of me has also left without saying goodbye. Anyway i just wanted to let everyone know that we cannot let this keep us down as the victims of the tragedy would not want us to just stop here.....
Sincerly,
Shamal D Hackle

April 18, 2007, 4:38pm • New York, NY • #18292

From a far away Place.
I’m really sorry about what happened.
I’m 19 years old, and I can’t understand how this kind of things happen. All that innocent people… for sure they didn’t deserve that kind of End. It’s very sad, our Actual World it’s a very sad place…
I’m not just sorry about the ones that died, I’m sorry about Cho Seung-Hui and his Family.
Our blind Society NEED to react. This CAN’T happen again, we need to react, we need to do something FAST.
I’m very shocked, I just think that all those Innocent ones are now resting in Peace.
Please, let’s do something… we don’t need one more Cho Seung-Hui.

My Deepest Sympathies and all my Prayers for you.
All my love for those Hokies and the ones that are still here, with us.
Be brave, I know you can recover, you must… for the memory of them.

Kat.

April 18, 2007, 4:38pm • Santiago, Chile. • #18293

Administration, Staff and Students of Virginia Tech.  I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives during this tragic event. I pray that God will give you strength and power in your time of need.  May God bless each and every one of you.

Chief S.Buckland, Glen Lyn PD

April 18, 2007, 4:38pm • Glen Lyn, VA • #18294

You all are in my prayers. I pray for peace, strength, and love within each of you right now and I am so proud to be a fellow Hokie!  VT students came together in such a powerful, loving way in the last week that is rarely seen anymore.

Beth Streater, VT class of ‘99

April 18, 2007, 4:38pm • Williamsburg, VA • #18295

As a student at Arizona State University, I want to let you know everyone on campus is thinking of you and praying for you. This week we were not Sundevils, but together we are Virginia Tech Hokies.

I’m so sorry.

April 18, 2007, 4:38pm • Tempe, Arizona • #18296

I am so sorry to hear about this. My condolences to the friends and families of the victims.

In this time of sorrow, turn your eyes upon Jesus. He will give you the peace and rest.

-Diana Wong

April 18, 2007, 4:38pm • Toronto, Ontario, Canada • #18297