Condolences, April 18, 2007

My thoughts and prayers are with the faculty, students, and families who has last someone in this tragic.  May God be with everyone at Virginia Tech in this time of need.
God Bless!

April 18, 2007, 4:53pm • Central Texas • #18548

There are no words to comfort you, but my thoughts and prayers are with you all.  May the peace of God that passes all understanding be with you during this time.

Myra Conrad

April 18, 2007, 4:53pm • Ashton, WV • #18549

Words cannot express. Life is such a precious gift from god and my eyes and heart tear up just thinking about this. I am so proud of all of you for pulling eachother together and running to the lord in all of this. Keep your faith, hope, and courage. And remember that our number one thing on earth here is to love one another as christ loved us. Nothing goes wasted, and even in this tradgedy, the lord will use it for some good. I know already you all love eachother even more and understand this. It has made you all stronger and closer. My prayers are with and for all of you. remember the lord is with you. He sticks closer than a brother! and all of your tears have been caught and put in a bottle.
In christ and love,
Leah

April 18, 2007, 4:53pm • Burnsville, Minnesota • #18550

To all of the Virginia Tech Faculty, Staff, Students, and Families of the above,

What a tragedy you have all experienced! Please know that Bush was correct when he said that the entire country is with you in your sorrow. I wish there was more than I could do…

But please remember that people like myself are praying for all of you: for healing, for understanding, for peace. God still holds you all in the palm of His hand and He will not abandon you. May you all find the courage and strength to heal and move forward. Lean on the Lord for this strength...His grace is made perfect in our weakness.

Melissa

April 18, 2007, 4:53pm • Menomonee Falls, WI • #18551

I am so sorry that this unthinkable and unspeakable event happened at your school.  You are all angels to me.

YH

April 18, 2007, 4:53pm • Philadelphia, PA • #18552

As a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, I think I can speak for my fellow students and collegues when I express my profound grief and sorrow for those who lost their lives, their friends and families. What happened Monday not only affected the Virginia Tech community and the state of Virginia, but students and others across our country. You are in our hearts and prayers. God bless each and every one of you. -Karrie

April 18, 2007, 4:53pm • Eau Claire, Wisconsin • #18553

My prayers go out to the family and friends of the vicitms and all of my fellow Hokies. Writing this helped me, and I hope reading it might help you.

Hokie Pride in the face of Tragedy

It’s sporting maroon and orange
From your head to your toe.
It’s saying a thought and a prayer,
For those you may not even know.

It’s gathering together
To show your support and that you care.
It’s holding hands with a fellow Hokie,
To show your willingness to be there.

It’s chanting “Lets go Hokies”,
In nothing quieter than a yell.
In order to show Yourself and the World,
That Virginia Tech will prevail!

-Domonique Blackwell

April 18, 2007, 4:54pm • Yortown, VA • #18554

Dear Virginia Tech students,staff and family.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all and
You will forever be in my husband and my hearts.

Ryan and Tanya P.

April 18, 2007, 4:54pm • Fort Kent, Maine • #18555

May God bless you and keep you through this difficult time.  My family and I are praying for every student, family, faculty and staff member. Hokie Nation, You are Virginia Tech!  You will prevail!  From Ole Miss with love...and prayers

April 18, 2007, 4:54pm • Oxford, Mississippi • #18556

From CSUSM TO VT; Cougars to Hokies, We are all one family. We love you and are praying for you.

“Where Is The Love?”

What’s wrong with the world, mama
People livin’ like they ain’t got no mamas
I think the whole world addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that’ll bring you trauma
Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin’
In the USA, the big CIA
The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you’re bound to get irate, yeah
Madness is what you demonstrate
And that’s exactly how anger works and operates
Man, you gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love, y’all, y’all

People killin’, people dyin’
Children hurt and you hear them cryin’
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love
The love, the love

April 18, 2007, 4:54pm • San Marcos, Ca • #18557

You are not alone. Your pain is my pain. For, in the faces of those who perished that fateful morning, I see my friend, my brother, my sister and my child. Mere words will never express the hurt I feel for those living this nightmare. My thoughts, prayers and love are with you during this great time of tragedy.

God Bless.

Maggie Scheuing

April 18, 2007, 4:54pm • Baltimore, Maryland • #18558

Dear students and staff,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I am a mother of two boys, even though they are still young, I can only imagine what is going on in the hearts of mothers and fathers of the loss of their loved ones. I am a college student for CTU Online, and we send our deepest condonseleces to you and the familys. We keep you in our prayers.
God Bless and remember that our friends and loved ones are in a better place now and they are smiling down on us, and they want us to be happy for them and for us to remember them for what they did and who they were, not for what they aren’t
Sincerely,
Jeana Clark
Student at CTU Online

April 18, 2007, 4:54pm • Kodak, Tennessee • #18559

I sit and solemnly watch the television as the local news stations make this coverage…

I grieve, cry and pray for each and every one of the victims, their families, and the surrounding communities.  This could have easily been my university and the thought of that really hits home.  I pray for you all and send all of you my condolences.

God Bless,
Ronnie Odom

April 18, 2007, 4:54pm • St. Louis MO • #18560

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There
will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

I wanna pray for those who were gonna shine in the future, to shine in the heaven.

Joanna
from Syria

April 18, 2007, 4:54pm • Tucson,AZ • #18561

This is an unbelievable tragedy. There are no words to comfort those that have lost their loved ones at the whim of a madman…

I have never been more ashamed to be part of the human race that can take the life of people so promising, let alone anyone period, simply because they are having a bad day. There was NO excuse for his actions. NONE.

I hope this means something to the ppl that need to hear it. We are not all monsters like the frightened and horrible individual that did this. We are not all blatant consumers, we are not all devoured by hatred and blinded by insanity.

There are still people out there that recognize what it means to share the planet with fellow human beings…

if i could apologize for what happened and take away the pain that this man has caused.. and give you all your loved ones back… i would…

trust that they know you love them.. trust that they are no longer in any pain.. trust that their souls will find rest.

trust that the murderer will find justice in the after life.. crimes like these are inescapable… even in death..

April 18, 2007, 4:54pm • Salt Lake City UT • #18562

To the faculty and students of Virginia Tech.

For whatever reason God has a purpose for what just happened, remember that “He” loves you and that “He” is there in your time of need either through your family and or friends.  My sincerest condolences to the victim’s family my prayers are with you.

D.Karnolt

April 18, 2007, 4:54pm • Powhatan, VA. • #18563

There are “32 NEW STARS” in the sky for the loved ones whose lives were tragicaly lost on April 16th.
There spirit will on throughout eternity.
With deepest sympathy.
F A Levey

April 18, 2007, 4:54pm • New York,NY • #18564

I grew up in that beautiful town of Blackburg, VA. Flew my first kite on the Drill Field, threw my first football with my dad on the campus.. later attended the University and graduated in 2001. My hurt hearts for so many reasons.. I found strength this morning in the quote from a Chicago Tribune piece I read… it was as follows:
“Colleges, like people, weather all kinds of crises. They survive-and thrive-because they’re built on the aspirations of the many, not the deadly delusions of the few.”

WE ARE...VIRGINIA TECH!

April 18, 2007, 4:54pm • Charlotte, NC • #18565

I cant help but be so thankful that he didnt do worse! But I wish everone effected by this horendous tragidy the most peaceful healing, I know that this is so challanging but remeber when you’re sitting there thinking of those that we have lost just be thankful that you have the opportunity to be physically sitting there…

April 18, 2007, 4:54pm • Lake Mary, Fl • #18566

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all affected by this senseless, tragic and cowardly act.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, colleagues, staff and emergency personnel who have been impacted by this horrible event.  God has been graced with a beautiful new group of angels.

The Rodgers Family

April 18, 2007, 4:54pm • Lindenhurst, IL • #18567

May God Bless you all and you all will be in our prayers

Dan Macarelli

April 18, 2007, 4:54pm • Wilkes-Barre, Pa. • #18568

I wanted to send my prayers to all of the students,faculty, and families of Virginia Tech. My cousin is an alumni of the college and I know that this could have happen at any time it could have happened when she attended and I could be on the side of heartbreak and greiving. So please my heart goes out to everyone who has lost a love one.

April 18, 2007, 4:54pm • Alanna Jordan, Alexandria, Virgina • #18569

Dearest People of Virgina and Students and Faculty of Virgina Tech: My heart, soul and being grieve with you. On this day we lost so many of the “Brightest, Gifted and Talented amongst us. I cannot reason why or of what the sacrifice was for or of. Goodness must be stronger then the evil or death we have witnessed. Thus the goodness in us must overcome this and come out as the goodness to forgive, grieve and make the State of Virgina and Virgina Tech stonger more intellectual. I love you in your hurting and am with you forever as you fellow citizen in grief.
Dante Lee Montoya

April 18, 2007, 4:54pm • Richland, Washington, USA • #18570

My heart goes out to everyone affected by this tragety.

April 18, 2007, 4:54pm • Minneapolis, Minnesota • #18571

My condolences to the school and the people who lost love ones. My high school and I are putting togather a fundraiser to contribute to your memorial fund which will start up on monday. I realize is hard for you guys. but just know that everybody around the world is here for you and willing to help

April 18, 2007, 4:54pm • Green Bay, WI, USA • #18572

My heart aches for the families who have loss their children in such a senseless act. My son is a Vt alumni. I pray for your strength during this diffcult time.  My God bless you.

B. Phillips

April 18, 2007, 4:54pm • Tinton Falls, NJ • #18573

My sincere condolences to all staff, students and others involved. I especially would like to express my deepest compassion for the ones Mr. Liviu Librescu leaves behind. May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless you all and be of comfort to you.

Bauke de Boer

April 18, 2007, 4:55pm • Middelburg, The Netherlands • #18574

I have lost a friend in the shooting sadly I understand the pain everyone is going through. I hope things go well for everyone that attends school there, the victims will never be forgotten, especially my friend who attended college there. I feel so bad, and I am truly sorry.

Amanda

April 18, 2007, 4:55pm • Maryland • #18575

My heart and prayers go out to all the victims and there families. This is a horrible tragedy and all the victims will not be forgotten. God be with you all and comfort you through your pain.

April 18, 2007, 4:55pm • West Paterson. NJ 07424 • #18576

My family and I send our most sincere and heartfelt love and support to every member of the VT Family! As a professional in higher education, I value the lives of every student sent to our University to pursue their dreams through continued education. We share in your sadness and will stand in the gaps as you grieve and come to term with your immense losses.  God does love you and He will provide comfort to you.  We will keep you in our prayers and hearts!

T. Spicer & Family

April 18, 2007, 4:55pm • Raleigh, NC • #18577

The whole staff is greatly grieved by this recent tragedy. These senseless acts have no place in this world. We pray for the Virginia Tech family and for all those effected by this. Jeremiah 33:3 - “Call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you know not.”

Sincerely,

Schmidt Corporation

April 18, 2007, 4:55pm • Wellington, Ohio • #18578

Virgina Tech my condolences are with you. We all as a country can pull threw. May God give you the courage and strength.my school in Florida (south creek are praying for you also)

AK

April 18, 2007, 4:55pm • Orlando, Florida • #18579

To Va. Tech. students, families, and staff...I can not imagine what you all have gone through over the last 3 days. I don’t think anyone really can..However I do want you to know how deeply I hurt for all of you, and hope that you can recover fully when it is all said and done! This should have never happened! I bought a Va. Tech. Jersey yesterday to join all of you on Friday in your memorial… I may not be there to hug you all like I want too, but I will be hugging you all in my heart wearing your colors! I will continue to pray for each and everyone effected by this senseless tragedy for months to come.

Pamela Fling
Atlanta, Ga

April 18, 2007, 4:55pm • Atlanta, Ga • #18580

Naturally, my thoughts and prayers are with the families of those lost as well as the entire VT family.

I am a senior at Western Illinois University and events like these really hit close to home.  Please know that VT has the support of our university - in fact, we have changed our school newspaper’s colors to maroon and orange for the time being.

I hope everyone finds peace and is able to create some good out of this seemingly senseless act.

God bless you all.

Ted Slager

April 18, 2007, 4:55pm • Macomb, IL • #18581

We little knew that morning that
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly.
In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you.
You did not go alone,
for part of us went with you
the day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories.
Your love is still our guide.
And though we cannot see you,
you are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken
and nothing seems the same,
but as God calls us one by one,
the Chain will link again.

April 18, 2007, 4:55pm • winston salem north carolina • #18582

Our thoughts and prayers are with those that have been affected by this awful tragedy.  We pray for all the families that have lost loved ones and those injured during this senseless act.

J&K Lucas

April 18, 2007, 4:55pm • Clemmons NC • #18583

Dear Students and Teachers,
My heart can not convey the pain you all must be going through. Just know my prayers and thoughts are with each and everyone of you. May God grant you peace and understanding. I join the nation and the world in saying that you are in our prayers and hearts.

May the peace of God be with you.
Amanda Murty

April 18, 2007, 4:55pm • Lone Tree,Ia • #18584

Early Monday Morning

Early Monday morning

lives were taken from this place.

Their last moments filled

with courage and of grace.

They proudly lived and

touched the lives of few,

now are forever placed

within the nation’s view.

Maybe they were never

meant to stay here long.

Maybe, just maybe

they aren’t forever gone.

I think such tender,

captured souls,

embrace a nation

and make it whole.

We are reminded,

and again we weep.

You’ll be remembered -

Your promises, we’ll keep.

So strong, the student and

the teachers’ mind -

We bask in the glow

you leave behind.

We’ve heard your stories

we’ve seen your smiles.

Your lives, though short,

were all worth while.

I’m only left with

such regret.

Oh, I wish that

we had met.

I feel you’ve

gently left this place,

in a little better

state of grace.

And for this,

the life and love you leave behind,

may all the rest of us

strive to be so kind.

- Kirsten DeVono

In memory of those lives lost

April 18, 2007, 4:55pm • clarksburg, wv • #18585

I lived in Blacksburg for a short time a few years ago and greatly love the place and people. Now, as a university student at a distant campus, again my heart is with you. My heart goes out to the students, faculty and staff at Virginia Tech and families of the victims of this terrible experience. May God bless you with support in this hour of need.

April 18, 2007, 4:55pm • Cedar City, UT • #18586

I would like to present my condolences to the family and friends of the victims. In death we are all equal even if we are from different countries or different religions.

April 18, 2007, 4:55pm • Oporto, Portugal • #18587

To the students, faculty, staff, and the entire Virginia Tech community. I have been through several losses of those close to me in my life between the time I was 4 until I was a Senior in High School. You are in my thoughts and prayers always in hopes that you will be able to persevere through this difficult time of sorrow.  As a member of the Roman Catholic faith, I looked to the Bible for some words of wisdom in a situation like this. These words are here to assure you that your loved ones are in the greatest place of all the Kingdom of Heaven. “And Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.’” (Luke 23:43)

Know that myself and the entire Ohio University community share your pain and are here for you in your time of sorrow.

Sincerely,

Mr.Adam Michael Groenke (Ohio University Class of 2009, Purcell Marian Catholic High School Class of 2005)

April 18, 2007, 4:55pm • Athens, Ohio • #18588

God bless Professor Liviu Librescu for his courage in saving his students by blocking the classroom door so his students could flee to safety.  My heart broke and I continue to weep as I read of his selflessness in giving his life to save his students.  A brave soul who not only survived the Holocaust and spent a career bettering the lives of many but who put himself last so others could live.  I pray his place in heaven is soft and warm and embraces him wholly.

Cathy S.

April 18, 2007, 4:55pm • Houston, TX • #18589

May the comfort & love of God be with all of you during this very sad time. We will continue to pray for the families and communities that have been touched by this tragedy.

God Bless all of you.

April 18, 2007, 4:55pm • Romeo, MI • #18590

To the Virgina Tech Community,

My heart goes out to you as you begin to heal from such a tragedy.  I read the updates every day and I feel I could never do enough to help ease of the pain.  It is sad to know that school cannot be a safe haven of learning and friendship.

As students from Columbine, we know what you are going through and how you must feel.  We would like you to remember that time will help you to move on, but you must never forget.

My husband and I send our most heartfealt sympathy and prayers. 

The Rencehausen Family

April 18, 2007, 4:55pm • Downey, CA • #18591

I feel for your loss.  I am a student at University of Georgia and we will forever remember those who have left this world prematurely.  This tragedy has made me realize that I should be aware at all times and that people are looking out for me and wishing that I am safe.  May the world learn from this day.

-Elizabeth Denny

April 18, 2007, 4:55pm • Athens, Georgia • #18592

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by this tragedy. Those who were lost will not be forgotten, they will live on in memory. Please learn from them and live how they would want you to.

Long live the Hokies.

April 18, 2007, 4:56pm • Cedarburg, Wisconsin • #18593

My deepest condolences goes out to the entire University, family and friends of the victims of the most horrific massacre in the nation.  My family’s thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has lost a brother, sister, friend, girlfriend, boyfriend, son, daughter, mother, father, grandfathter, grandmother or anyone else who I may have missed!  I hope that you find peace and may god be with you at this most hardest time in your life.

April 18, 2007, 4:56pm • Grove City, Ohio • #18594

My deepest sympathy to the families of the slain students and teachers. May they rest in peace.

Marica Simonovska

April 18, 2007, 4:56pm • Sydney, Australia • #18595

This event upset me, and for the teachers and students our prayers are with you.

April 18, 2007, 4:56pm • Allen, Texas • #18596

It is a true tragedy and it’s hard to make an understanding of.  The school can conquer this.  I hope for the best.

Saman Berenji

April 18, 2007, 4:56pm • Fairfax, VA • #18597