Condolences, April 18, 2007

It is really a sad day not only for the students of Virginia Tech, but also for students community for the entire world. I pay respect and condolence for those who have faced the ugly incident. I represent for the Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, North Campus, for the condolence. May the souls of the deceased be rest in peace…

April 18, 2007, 4:45pm • Delhi, India • #18398

As an alumni, it does my heart proud to see the strength and grace shown by the Tech student body, faculty and staff.  Our world has been forever changed, but we will endure and become stonger.  May God bless each and all.

April 18, 2007, 4:45pm • virginia beach, va • #18399

I have two college-aged daughters and can not imagine the pain that is being felt by the parents, families, and friends of the victims of this senseless act. My thoughts are with them, and will be for quite some time.

April 18, 2007, 4:45pm • Hamilton, NJ • #18400

I would like to send from my Pitt family our
heartfelt condolences to the Virginia Tech
students, faculty and community.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Heiry Family

April 18, 2007, 4:45pm • Jefferson Hills, Pa • #18401

VA Tech Staff, Students, Family & Community,
I am heartbroken over this tragic event that has occured to your loved ones.  I know that words will not heal your pain or bring your loved ones back, however please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.  May these words bring you some type of peace or comfort to help you through this tought time and the future to come.

Their Journey’s Just Begun

Don’t think of them as gone away
their journey’s just begun,
life holds so many cacets
this earth is only one.

Just think of them as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.

Think how they must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.

And think of them as living
in the hearts of those they touched…
for nothing loved is ever lost
and they were loved so much.

God Will Take Care Of You Because With Him By Your Side You Are Never Alone!!

April Jewell

April 18, 2007, 4:45pm • Statesville, NC • #18402

To the Virginia Tech Families,
As a mother, my heart aches for your losses.  I can only imagine your pain and hope that with prayers and love it will ease a little each day.

Kim White

April 18, 2007, 4:45pm • Elizabeth City, NC • #18403

Words cannot describe the saddness I feel when I see the images and reports on the TV.  My heart goes out to every parent of a murdered child and for those who’s children have been injured.  God is soverign and this is not a surprise to Him.  There is great evil in this world, but there is an even more powerful force and that’s God and His goodness!  We must during these situation draw closer to God, for only He call heal the horrible wounds that have been sensely inflicted on Virginia Tech.  I am confident that we as a people will draw lessons from this situation and in fact bring us to an understanding of the value of human life and the value of our faith in God.  My church will be praying for you all this Sunday.  God Bless all of you...please know this country and world aches for your loss.
P. Parkin

April 18, 2007, 4:45pm • Ridgecrest, Ca • #18404

Unbelivable thing happened.

April 18, 2007, 4:45pm • schaumburg, IL • #18405

Words, even kind words and thoughts seem so small at a time like this.  To the entire VT family (students, faculty, staff, parents, families, etc...) all of our hearts have been broken and are in mourning with you resulting from Monday’s tragedy.  So many of the headlines we hear these days really are the result of people in extreme pain.  My prayers are for comfort, strength, and most of all healing from the pain this and similar incidents inflict, but also for those in such tremendous pain who feel acts such as these are their only option to cope or have it end. Remember to talk, share, cry, grieve, laugh, reminisce, and reflect with each other.  Being connected is so important to your health, development and well being overall, so be strong and know that the world grieves with you. Remember that weepeing may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning......as hard and penetrating as your pain is today ........someday....this too shall pass.

April 18, 2007, 4:45pm • PC Diggs, Gambrills, MD • #18406

Our thoughts and prayers are with ALL of you during this extremely difficult time!!  As parents of a Senior son this year who is about to venture out to college away from home - we just can’t fathom how truly devastating this must be for the families of all who lives were taken.  May God’s comfort and strength be with all of you and know that as a nation - we are holding you all up now and ALWAYS!!  God Bless!!  The McCall Family

April 18, 2007, 4:46pm • Richmond, VA • #18407

May God give you strength and comfort through this terrible time of sorrow.  Know that you are all prayed for.  Be strong, encourage, show love and support for each other because you never know what tomorrow may bring.

April 18, 2007, 4:46pm • Tampa, FL • #18408

Dear Virginia Tech faculty & students, I am at a loss for words. I have watched and read about the shootings. Sorry seems too simple. All the carnage and waste needs a more weighted voice. A heaviness in one’s heart does not show. Please know that pray is an active word. I pray for all of you. Each of you is special in your own way. Please know you are here for a reason. Know that you are never alone. Reach out to whatever gives you a sense of peace. It can be religion, a sunset, rainbow or anything else that moves the spiritual in you. Take care of yourselves. Rest. Eat. Scream. Run. Vent aloud to each other your parents,etc. You ARE NEEDED HERE on this planet. You are our future. God bless and keep you. Gail Rose

April 18, 2007, 4:46pm • East Falmouth, MA United States • #18409

Before we get caught up in the politics and blame game, let’s not use these people for an agenda or a symbol; let’s see these people as real people, whether they could have been our sister, brother, or self. My greatest condolences and sorrow goes out to each of family, friend, and acquaintance who was able to see the glowing spirit of each of these people.

April 18, 2007, 4:46pm • Scranton, PA • #18410

Dear Hokies!
I am filled with great sadness over this terrible tragedy and loss of life. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Allow yourself the time to grieve, remember the good times, and love of those who were lost. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Peace be with you!
Sue
Towson State

April 18, 2007, 4:46pm • Maryland, USA • #18411

My heart and soul goes out to the students. You must have strength and faith in whatever you believe in. The country is praying for you. Stay strong.

K.Murphy

April 18, 2007, 4:46pm • New Jersey • #18412

Dear faculty and Students of Virginia Tech,

We are deeply shocked and saddened by what happened at Virgina Tech.  Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Gabriele Tchurz and Bärbel Weiss from Hamburg

April 18, 2007, 4:46pm • Hamburg/germany • #18413

The world is still in shock over this tragedy. My heart and prayers go out to all the families that lost their loved ones. To the young lives that will never fulfill their dreams. May God bless each and everyone of you. To the students of Viginia Tech our love is with you at this terrible time. May God also give you peace.
Barbara Rosenberry

April 18, 2007, 4:46pm • Herndon, VA • #18414

We are hear just right next door.  Please reach out to us if you need help.  We have some rebuilding to do for our community, I beg you, turn to us and we can rebuild this great place.

Michael Hudson
Town Resident

April 18, 2007, 4:46pm • Blacksburg, Virginia • #18415

To the Students and Faculty of Va Tech,

You are all in my prayers and thoughts.

Connie

April 18, 2007, 4:46pm • Birmingham Alabama • #18416

Like so many of the tragedys our country has endured in recent years, we cannot allow this to bring us to our knees. The best thing we can do to honor the victims is to continue on and find strength and to come out at the other end of this better and wiser.

Dave

April 18, 2007, 4:46pm • Mission Viejo Ca. • #18417

Today you hurt and hate… but the community, the state, the country and the world are all praying that your healing begins soon and continues as long as needed.  May you find strength in knowing that our hearts are with you and we stand ready to lift you up, console, listen, talk, care, love...as needed, and as much as needed.

April 18, 2007, 4:46pm • Stafford, VA • #18418

My condolences to families, friends and staff of Virginia Tech. You are all in my thougths and prayers.
Agata

April 18, 2007, 4:46pm • Vancouver, BC/Canada • #18419

Dear Faculty & Students of Viginia Tech,
I am deepely sry for all of you enduring all this pain & suffering during this time. I feel for you all & I am sympathetic towards you all… I’m sry for all of your loss, formt he bottom of my heart!

April 18, 2007, 4:46pm • Crofton, MD • #18420

My heart is filled with sadness for all those who lost their lives and were wounded in this unspeakable tragedy. May God grant serenity and peace of mind to all those affected. To hear the stories of courage and bravery by that wonderful Professor and students who risked teir lives to save others, makes me proud to be an American, and very proud of your University. I will be forever a Hokie at heart. God bless.

April 18, 2007, 4:46pm • Chandler, Az • #18421

Dear Students, Faculty, Family, and Friends,

While I know there are no words that can take away the pain and sorrow of the tragedy that took place on Monday, my heart goes out to each and every one of you.  I do not know any of you personally and I don’t pretend to know the kind of pain you are going through, but I wish I could be there just to give you each a hug, provide a shoulder to cry on, and offer my support.  You are ALL in my thoughts and prayers. The world shares your heartache as we mourn with you. I admire your courage and strength.  Great heroism was displayed on the Campus of Virgina Tech by those who were wounded and those who innocently lost their lives.  Continue to stand tall and proud. I know the pain might not ever go away, but I hope that as time goes on it will ease and the coming days ahead will slowly become brighter.

With Sympathy,
Liz S.

April 18, 2007, 4:46pm • Huntington Beach, CA • #18422

I just wanted to say my prayers and thoughts are with you all.

April 18, 2007, 4:47pm • Nashville, TN • #18423

When I read all the things that each victim was doing and aspiring to be, it just broke my heart even more.  To lose a life is a horrible thing but to lose a very promising life at its prime with so much potential; wondering what these students could have been to this world, is really beyond what words can say.  When I see a smile like Ryan’s and Reema’s and all the others, I just feel like we have been cheated so much of great leaders of tomorrow. 
I am very consoled to understand that because they lived their lives to the fullest with no fear; they fulfilled their purposes here already.
God is a master plan. 
Now let’s mourn but not without hope…
Now let’s cry but not without consolation…
Now let’s grieve but not without looking up to heaven whence cometh our help…
Now let’s take time to recover but not without giving to the needy…
Now let’s take time to heal but not without inspiring the fainthearted…
Now let’s take time to reflect on our own lives but not without telling the world about the savior Jesus….
Because it is in giving to others that we receive back…
Because it is in giving hope to others that we receive hope.

Condolences to all the families and the whole school body of Virginia Tech.

Mable Ngalande

April 18, 2007, 4:47pm • Cedar Hill, TX • #18424

Virginia Tech,

From New York to Virginia, may god bless and watch over you during this horrible tragedy.  May he bring peace to your campus, and to your hearts.  I wish you all the best of luck, and to continue to be strong in all that you do.

Glen -Fredonia State University, NY

April 18, 2007, 4:47pm • New York • #18425

To all staff and students, victims and families; I am so very saddened about these events.  I wish I could give all of you a hug, and let you cry on my shoulders.  You all have been through so much, especially victims and their families.  May God heal you all.

April 18, 2007, 4:47pm • Belleville Illinois • #18426

Personally, I didn’t know anybody involved in this horrendous tragedy. I myself am not American, but I’ve witnessed this unfortunate event on the news many times.

My heart and soul truly goes out to the innocent victims who were robbed of their lives that day, as well as their family and friends who are dealing with this awful heartbreak. I can’t begin to imagine what you are all going through, but my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

To each victim, may you all RIP.
To each survivor, stay strong.
I admire you all.
x

April 18, 2007, 4:47pm • England. • #18427

May God’s Love surrond all of you at this time of need. My prayers go out to you. May peace follow.

Fran Bowerman

April 18, 2007, 4:47pm • Victorville CA • #18428

Footprints in the Sand

One night a man had a dream.  He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord.  Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two ses of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord.  When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand.  He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints.  He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.  This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it.  “Lord, You said that once I decided to follow you, You’d walk with me all the way.  But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints.  I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.” The Lord replied, “My son, My precious child, I love you and I would never leave you.  During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I Carried You.”

April 18, 2007, 4:47pm • St. Louis, Missouri • #18429

We Buddhists around the world, who beleive in the sanctity of all life and that all live has value, share your prayers...it is my hope that we all come to understand, and work openly to bring solutions to those suffering from mental illness, so that we will never again have to undergo such heartbreak.It is not one culture or ethnicity that illness ever represents, but the demons in man that reqire solution and medicine without severe side-effects, if that was indeed a cause.My prayers are with you-it is my fervent prayer that from great evilcomes great good…

April 18, 2007, 4:47pm • chicago.IL • #18430

Words simply cannot express how this tragedy has made me feel. The young adults who’s lives were taken from them well before their time were all such beautiful and talented people. My love and prayers go out to all of the victims, their families, and their friends.

As a graduate of Virginia Tech (Class of ‘97), Blacksburg, Virginia Tech, and all the students, faculty, and administrators hold a very special place in my heart. I wish that I could visit right now and give everyone there a big hug.

Over the past two days, the students, faculty, and administrators, including those who were victims in this tragedy, have made me so proud to be a HOKIE. You should all know that you have consistently amazed me while staring directly into the face of a terrible adversity. If there’s one thing that perhaps we can take from all this, it’s that we should all strive to be more like all of you. We should live life to the fullest, help others, and always care about those around us.

My wife and I’s love, prayers, and thoughts go out to all of you.

Sincerely,
Jeff Clayton (’97) and Jenny Clayton (VT Class of ‘97)
Ut Prosim

April 18, 2007, 4:47pm • Sterling, VA • #18431

Dear VT Community,

I just wanted to express my deepest sympathy for all of those affected by this horrific tragedy.  There are no words to take away the pain you all feel but I just wanted to let you all know that we are all thinking of you and you are all in our prayers.  They say time heals all pain but give yourself as much time as you need to grieve, you have experienced enough pain and sorrow to last thousands of lifetimes.

God bless and watch over you with his love,

The Dennie’s

April 18, 2007, 4:47pm • Defiance, Ohio • #18432

To all faculty and students of Virginia Tech University,
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this unbelievable week of sorrow and pain.  We may never know why this happened to you or even at all, but know that the Lord is still in control and He knows why.  Never loose faith in His wisdom and knowledge as He will also give you the grace and comfort that will get you through this difficult time.  Remember Romans 8:28 says “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and He will guide you through. 

May God bless all of you now and forever. 
Matt Quin

April 18, 2007, 4:47pm • Plattsmouth, Ne • #18433

Life is eternal, and love is immortal,
and death is only a horizon;
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight…

A

April 18, 2007, 4:47pm • #18434

My husband and I are Virginia natives (Norfolk, Virginia Beach) and we are saddened by what has happebned in our home state.  We both have friends that lived closer to or went to VT and have recently graduated. Our hearts are with everyone at VT as well as the families that have lost loved ones! We wish everyone the best at this time of need

The Schilmoellers

April 18, 2007, 4:47pm • Native of VA but now in FL • #18435

To the Students at Virginia Tech,

My heart goes out to each and everyone of you, being a parent of a West Virginia University Student, I also feel the fear, please be patient with god, and may he give each and every one of you faith, love and the understanding of things, I know this is hard but Faith will prevail,

April 18, 2007, 4:47pm • Pittsburgh PA • #18436

Im so sorry for the lost of VT students and professors. I just want to let you know my high school senior class is sending our condolences for those students.

April 18, 2007, 4:47pm • Philadelphia,PA • #18437

Behind the tears, there is strength! I deeply pray for all the victims and their families during this time of mourning. God bless!

April 18, 2007, 4:47pm • Sonoma, California • #18438

As a academic person in a different country,
I am really upset about this unbelievable tragic event occuring in a university area. We knows that the universities are peace area. My deepest condolences to all the families and all Virginia Tech University personel.

A.Duru

April 18, 2007, 4:47pm • Ankara-TURKEY • #18439

Footprints in the Sand

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed
he was walking along the beach with the LORD.

Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene he noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand: one belonging
to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.

He noticed that many times along the path of
his life there was only one set of footprints.

He also noticed that it happened at the very
lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he
questioned the LORD about it:

“LORD, you said that once I decided to follow
you, you’d walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life,
there is only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why when
I needed you most you would leave me.”

The LORD replied:

“My son, my precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you.”

God Bless You All!

April 18, 2007, 4:47pm • Orange City Florida • #18440

Hey Virginia Tech,

Even though I come from some place far away from you. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn your deep losses. God said:

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” - Matt 5:4

And I will be wearing orange along with many others to show our support for you guys throughout this week.

Conrad Ma

April 18, 2007, 4:47pm • Winnipeg,Manitoba, Canada • #18441

At this time last year I was a Financial Aid Counselor at Virginia Tech,I absolutely loved my job and my students and truly loved to meet with the student’s everyday they made my job completely worthwhile. Some made me laugh while others made me cry (the good kind) I truly miss my job there and miss “my” students.When you put your heart into something it becomes part of you!

As I sit here today even though I have moved to another university I cry and pray for everyone at Virginia Tech. I have watched the news for the last three days in complete disbelief as to what has happened. VT is a wonderful place with wonderful people and it hurts deeply to see the tragedy that has happened there.I too frantically called checking on friends,students,former co-workers that had touched my life while there at Virginia Tech.

I have a beautiful daughter that is 9 years old, and as I kissed her while she slept Monday night I cried and prayed uncontrollably because I could not even imagine what the parents of these children are going through right now and in the future.

God will give you strength to get through this as long as you put faith in him and pray for his strength,I pray for you everyday. 

Rachel & Davia Robinson
Appalachian State

April 18, 2007, 4:47pm • Boone, NC • #18442

I pray that students, faculty and families in your community will continue to be strong and are able to heal from all the prayers sent to you.  May you feel God’s peace during this very difficult time.  Your courage and grace as a community is an inspiration.

April 18, 2007, 4:48pm • New York • #18443

My heart cries for each and everyone of you that had to witness such a horrific act. May the goodness of life once again be with you.

God Bless You.

T. Schmieder

April 18, 2007, 4:48pm • Toledo,Ohio • #18444

I cannot say that I know what each of you students,faculty members, employees, parents and other family members are going through at this moment, but what I can say with tears in my eyes as I am writng this to you now, is my heart is heavy for all of you and my heartfelt thoughts, and prayers are with all of you. The best thing that I can say to each of you is the LORD is with each and every one of you and HE knows how much each of you are hurting and HE will be with you as HE has always been. Love eachother and be with eachother. Don’t let this horrible incident destroy that.You are Hokies and you are stronger
than you think.

With Sincere Sympathy,

Linda and Ernie Goumenis

April 18, 2007, 4:48pm • Chesapeake, Virginia • #18445

Dear all at Virginia Tech,
may this woeful unfortunate event never happen again. I live in england and im in 6th grade (Yr 7) but even in being far, me and some friends can feel the sad impact this must have towards the university.
With all my sorrow,

x Yasmin x

April 18, 2007, 4:48pm • England • #18446

Dear Virginia Tech

I am a Mum with 3 Teenage Daughters who are just about ready to embark on Higher Education. 

I have watched in disbelief, and utter sadness at the terible loss you have suffered in your community. I am deeply saddened by the horrific loss of the students killed at your college. Why oh Why - did this tragedy happen.  My hearfelt sympathy goes out to all the victims, mums,dads,families and friends.Condolences also to all the Students at Virginia Tech who are trying to cope with this terible atrocity in their lives, at such a young age.
Take Care
Lynn (Scotland)

April 18, 2007, 4:48pm • UK • #18447