Condolences, April 18, 2007

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this tragic and sad time. It is a shame to think that in a university intended for learning and growth that such a terrible event can take place. All of us here at Loma Linda University, California are thinking of you all. Stay strong and keep up your school spirit!!!
Debra

April 18, 2007, 2:22am • Loma Linda, California • #5532

I cannot express the sorrow and disbelief that I feel at this time for the victims’ families, for the friends, for the entire community of Virginia Tech.  You are in my prayers and in my thoughts.

April 18, 2007, 2:23am • Roanoke, Virginia • #5534

A soft and velvet angel
Tucked into slumber deep
Tiptoes through heavens window
Without a single peep

Shining in a teardrop
Straight into God’s safe hands
A sweet and precious angel
Now follows Gods commands

Twirl ‘round my tiny angel
Give strength to those who weep
Your gentle little flutter
Their hearts, your love, will keep

Amongst the stars you’ll flicker
Bearing memories so clear
Blessing those who love you
Unfailingly stay near.

Sweet twinkle in the sunlight
Sweet sparkle o’er the moon
God’s tiny velvet angel
Forever ours, forever his, too soon.

Rest soft our tiny angel
Peace to you our prayer
Our precious golden gift from God
Treasured safely everywhere.

B. Palmer

April 18, 2007, 2:23am • Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada • #5535

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in the Virginia Tech community.

April 18, 2007, 2:23am • Healdsburg, California • #5536

Family, Students, Staff and Friends,

Our hearts are saddened at the loss of some of this nations finest. There are never words to express the feelings at the passing of those we love. So many lives taken in such a senseless way leaves us with a greif for each of you that is numbing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you today that the Lord may give you comfort and see you through these times. We grieve for you as do so many across this nation. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts. We ask the Lord to provide you with the strength to heal. Our deepest love goes out to each of you.
Tiffany Maas

April 18, 2007, 2:23am • Ball Ground, GA • #5537

I am an American living in Mainland China.  I feel great heartache at whats happened to those young people killed yesterday.  I feel sorry for the students who are trying to deal with this today.  I also sincerely hope that every there appreciates that race and nationality of Mr. Cho had nothing whatsoever to do with this or his motivation.  Please comfort the other Asian students who are, I am sure, feeling quite insecure and perhaps even afraid of repraisals.  Koreans are a very peaceful people.  This was just an act by a man with a history of severe mental problems.

April 18, 2007, 2:23am • Shenzhen, China • #5538

I spent half my adult life at Virginia Tech – and in that time the only thing that the students had to fear was that the faculty would push them to go beyond their reach; the only thing the faculty feared was that they would not challenge their students enough… and the only thing that I feared was the day that I would have to leave the peaceful academic environment – the innocence that the mountains provided.

Today, I am half a world away – and it is a decade since I “moved on”. But neither time nor distance can serve to alleviate the pain of this day. For today, I lost my innocence all over again…

TO THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF THOSE WHO LOSRT THEIR LIVES AND TO ALL THE CURRENT STUDENTS, STAFF AND FACULTY OF VIRGINIA TECH:
The rest of us can write volumes, but these will be mere drops when compared to the volume of tears that you shed. And our words may only provide infinitesimal consolation. So I will leave you with just one thought: Half a world away and a decade removed, I mourn your loss, as if it were my own. I may not have touched the lives of your loved ones – but they surely have touched mine.

Tapan Rai,
Alumnus and Former Math Instructor

April 18, 2007, 2:23am • Perth, Australia • #5540

My thoughts and prayers to all the families.  Go Hokies!!!

April 18, 2007, 2:23am • Staunton, Va • #5541

I want to send my love, thoughts, and prayers to all involved in the VA Tech tragedy.  This event has touched all of our lives across the country.  In honor of all the victims, I am giving my family extra love tonight!

April 18, 2007, 2:23am • St. Helen's, Oregon • #5542

Best wishes to all of you.
Hope you get through this ordeal relatively unscathed.
Boozy

April 18, 2007, 2:23am • UK • #5543

There are no words to describe my shock and anger at what can only be described as a henious and disgusting crime. My absolute deepest condolences to all those affected and to the families of the victims of this horrible tragedy.

Gene
Class of ‘02

April 18, 2007, 2:23am • New York, NY • #5544

As the mother of two college students, and the wife of an educator it makes my heart so heavy with saddness for the loss you have all suffered.
This tragedy has touched so many. The whole nation mourns and prays for you all.

April 18, 2007, 2:23am • Raymond, WA • #5545

my thoughts and prayers are with you all that lost loved ones and may you know as a fire fighter you are al speacil to me my prayers are with you all from cindy upshaw

April 18, 2007, 2:23am • rimrock arizona • #5546

MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THOSE WHO WILL NO LONGER BE WITH US.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS THE 32 VICTIMS WHO ARE ALREADY BY HIS SIDE.

ALDO FERNANDEZ

April 18, 2007, 2:23am • MIAMI, FLORIDA • #5547

There are no words to express the overwelming sorrow and pain I feel at this tragic loss of life. My thoughts and prayers are with the VT community. May you find strength and peace.

You are Virginia Tech! You are the Hokies!

Barb Madson
Radford University Alumni

April 18, 2007, 2:23am • Mission Viejo, CA • #5548

Dear families, students, and teachers,
It has been heartbreaking to watch this tragic event unfold on tv, but it must have be horrific to be there. This is, indeed, a very sad day for all. We share in your sadness and grief in Canada.
This day will forever effect us.

April 18, 2007, 2:23am • British Columbia, Canada • #5549

Va Tech,

My prayers are with you during this time of great sadness.  This loss of innocence for such a wonderful place will be overcome by the enduring spirit of the Hokies.  As an alumni I will always cherish my days there and the opportunities it created in my life.  I pray the same holds true for all of the students at VA Tech.  We will always remember and honor those who lost their lives. My prayers are with you…

Louise
Class of ‘82

April 18, 2007, 2:23am • San Diego, CA • #5550

I am praying for everyone who has been touched by this tragedy.  This is a horrible situation and I will remember this the rest of my life and hold it very close to my heart.  Please know that everything happens for a reason, and God had a plan for the victims of this tragedy… there are all angels now in Heaven.  The entire West Virginia University community is thinking and praying for your school.  Know that you can call on us for anything.  We are holding a candle light vigil Wednesday night.  God bless and you are in my prayers. —Amanda DiPasquale

April 18, 2007, 2:23am • Morgantown, WV • #5551

Our deepest condolences to all the families of those who lost their lives in such a senseless act. God bless you all.
The Fredericksons

Castellon, Spain

April 18, 2007, 2:23am • Castellon, Spain • #5552

I am deeply sad

I believe that VT will heal his wounds.

May Those who died rest in peace.

Mehmet Unal, Istanbul, Turkey

April 18, 2007, 2:23am • Mehmet Unal, Ýstanbul, Turkey • #5553

Nothing can ever soothe this grief. We pray for those who died on Monday, and for all who survived.
Students and teachers of Nizhyn State University

April 18, 2007, 2:23am • Ukraine • #5554

Dear students, family and friends. Our thoughts are with you. We are very sorry for your loss. But remember; You ARE Virginia Tech!

April 18, 2007, 2:24am • The Netherlands • #5555

I can not even imagine what you are going through right now....

Please know that the students of Sacred Heart University are praying for all of you....

i am so sorry

April 18, 2007, 2:24am • Fairfield, Ct • #5556

As a wife and mother of two young boys, I cannot express the sorrow I feel for all the parents who have lost their child and to the spouses who have lost the love of their life. Please know that even though we are miles away, the people who have died, those who were injured and the whole Virginia Tech community are in our prayers. I wish all of you the best and to continue living for those you have lost. They would not want in any other way. God Bless All Of You!

April 18, 2007, 2:24am • Seattle, Washintgon • #5557

You are in my prayers!
My condolences

Jeg ber for dere!
Jeg kondolerer

-Stian, 20

April 18, 2007, 2:24am • Oslo, Norway • #5558

My deapest thoughts & prayers go out to the family, friends and victims of this tragic event.

R.I.P

April 18, 2007, 2:24am • United Kingdom • #5559

I am VT Alumni, and coincidentally attended my first class at Norris Hall. To know that something ghastly like this happened in a peaceful community like Blacksburg is really shocking & depressing.
Virginia Tech is a world community, so this is not a tragedy for American alone.
Our prayers & love are with you all.

April 18, 2007, 2:24am • Shyam, India • #5560

I pray so that [is] altogether strengthened in God, so its for our know to be carefully to other people

ADRIANUS AMHEKA
Politeknik Negeri Kupang
State Polytechnic of Kupang
NTT INDONESIA

April 18, 2007, 2:24am • Kupang, Nusa Tenggara Timur, INDONESIA • #5561

Yesterday was a sad, bad day for so many. The thought of it is overwhelming and I want to share my own grief and extend my sympathies to all who who have lost a special person in their life. As a world community we must find a way to work together to heal the violence that seems to infect so many souls.

April 18, 2007, 2:24am • Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada • #5562

My heart goes out to all of you.  I cannot tell you how your loss has touched my heart and my soul.  I am sending you all, especially all the parents who have lost their children, my prayers.  May we begin to end all senseless violence, wherever it is, including war, genocide and hate.  With love, a fellow american and mother.

April 18, 2007, 2:24am • Burlingame, CA • #5563

Mi familia y yo deseamos expresar nuestras mas sinceras y profundas condolencias a todos los familiares de los acaecidos este terrible 16 de Abril,

My family and i want to give our deply condolences those who had lost somebody this horrible Aprl 16th.

April 18, 2007, 2:24am • C. Ortega Mexico D.F. • #5564

We are so saddend for all of you. Our thoughts go with you. My you alway be protected and know the world shares your sorrow.
Martin-Towers Family

April 18, 2007, 2:24am • British Columbia, Canada • #5565

My deepest condolences and prayers for all the victims and their friends and families, who were affected by this tragedy.

-Ankur Shah

April 18, 2007, 2:24am • Bloomington, IN • #5566

May Allah bless your campus with the strength to overcome this tragic event. You have the blessings of your friends here in California and all around the world. To all the families struck with the loss of their loved ones, celebrate your loved ones’ years with you instead of thinking of future years lost.

April 18, 2007, 2:24am • Sacramento, California • #5567

Virginia Tech, you all remain incredible inspirations to me as your survive, as you persevere, and as you keep faith in what heals you… I’ll always be praying for you, your families, your lost loved ones, and those who also need healing. I love you more than words can say. I will continue to pray for you and carry you in my heart.

April 18, 2007, 2:24am • Kirkland, WA • #5568

I send my deepest condolences to ALL lives lost in this tragedy. I cannot understand what could have posseses Cho to do such a terrible thing, yet I still pray for his family and his soul as well as the other 32 precious lives lost. It is a sad ending to his sad story. My prayers go out to you all. Stay strong, the rest is in God’s hands now.

April 18, 2007, 2:24am • Tampa, FL • #5569

I am from NewZealand , and would like to say how sorry I am after hearing about what happened , my prayers are with everyone at virginia tech.
God bless.

--
Divya Anthraper

April 18, 2007, 2:24am • New Zealand • #5570

Letting go and surrendering to the grieving experience, with the help of others, will bring comfort and solace.
What can we do to take care of ourselves ? 
Talk.
You deserve to express yourself at this difficult time, even though others may discourage or even reprimand you for having a strong emotional reaction. Talk about your loved one to others or to God (and encourage them to do so, too).
Write.
Start or continue writing in a journal or diary. You may want to compose a letter to the deceased person to describe how you feel and ‘say’ things you never got to say. Be as honest as possible about how you feel.
Create.
You may want to create a special collage or other artistically-inspired memento about your loved one, like a scrapbook or plan a memorial.
Remember
Let this be an opportunity to reflect on the good times. Looking back, what do you appreciate about the contributions of your loved one? What are the moments together that you cherish the most? Do things to honor and remember your loved one: if they loved flowers, plant a garden in their honor or help others plant gardens; support the causes and organizations that were important to your loved one.

April 18, 2007, 2:24am • Caring and Concerned Citizen, Portland Oregon • #5571

I believe the university did what they had to do.  As I understand a teacher even knew something was wrong with this man, did his parents not notice, or were they too busy trying to live the American dream with their business that they did not realize their son was troubled?  That’s what bothers me with this country, that parents have become so passive, that they do not notice their children anymore.

April 18, 2007, 2:24am • north carolina • #5572

I dont know anyone who went to the school, but my heart is there with all of those who are suffering from this horrible tragedy.

Sincerely,
Jon Andrianos, age 16

April 18, 2007, 2:24am • Downey, Ca, USA • #5573

Hi,

We sitting in India are horrified by the senseless carnage of a deviant madman. May the departed rest in peace and May God grant their families and friends solace.

Go Hokies .

Ajay Ohri

April 18, 2007, 2:24am • Delhi,India • #5574

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those families and friends that lost loved ones, such a devasting shock.

April 18, 2007, 2:25am • London , England • #5575

VA Tech will be in my prayers and thoughts.  We must look at this as a learning experience, but may we hope to never learn this type of lesson in this way ever again. 
-Billy Gehling
NC State University Student

April 18, 2007, 2:25am • Raleigh, NC • #5576

My sincerest condolences, and my thoughts and prayers go to those who are mourning. I am praying for those who died.

I hope something like this will never happen again. It is very upsetting.

April 18, 2007, 2:25am • Palmdale, California • #5577

My husband and I are so very, very sad, and sorry that this tragedy has fallen on your school.  Our hearts are with the friends and families of the fallen.  It was senseless, and so unfair.  God bless you and your school.  Roxanne and Lee Anson

April 18, 2007, 2:25am • New Florence, PA • #5578

My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with those who lost loved ones yesterday. I would like to add the some of the lyrics to a song called “Never Alone” . Parents have lost children, students have lost friends, and some have lost spouses...this song says what I think your loved ones would want you to know.

May the angels protect you
Trouble neglect you
And heaven accept you when its time to go home
May you always have plenty
The glass never empty
Know in your belly
You¹re never alone

May your tears come from laughing
You find friends worth having
As every year passes
They mean more than gold
May you win and stay humble
Smile more than grumble
And know when you stumble
You¹re never alone

Never alone
I¹ll be in every beat of your heart
When you face the unknown
Wherever you fly
This isn¹t goodbye
My love will follow you stay with you
Baby you¹re never alone

God Bless You All,
Melissa Bonnett

April 18, 2007, 2:25am • Eatonton,Georgia • #5579

The world looks at you and recites for every single one him these gigantic and awful events with had to consider.It will need a whole time, until you again the strength which will own hope and the courage to go back in your halls,to teach there learn and to laugh.Even if you can never forget it what has happened,I hope,you have sometime the strength to forgive what has happened!Also I would like to pronounce my condolences of the family of the culprit. Also they have lost during this day a beloved person and son.Think not in which what he has done in 16.4,but in which what he before this awful day have done and have experienced you with him! Take from you the time to the grief and also to be furious.Cries and keeps mutually in the arms. Their strength,her courage and her joy of living You would have to win back these three qualities for you,it will need time, but she cures not only wounds,but also gives new forces!Addiction after a culprit,because alone,cannot carry this load not.unites you, your forces and is quiet together in grief and recognition and gets up again.Continues not where to her have stopped,but start anew.I think of you and wish you that her ALL ONE creates it and survives.

April 18, 2007, 2:25am • Münster, Germany • #5580

To all the staff and students at VT I send my fanilies condolences and tell you that I know your kids are in a better placxe and that as time goes by the grief will lessen and you,ll only have good memories of the times you and your kids spent together God Bless everyone involved Gwen B.C. Canada

April 18, 2007, 2:25am • Canada • #5581

Dear All fellow hokies,

We cannot let this tragedy undermine our hokie spirit. We cannot let this tragedy overtake our hopes and ambitions. We cannot lose hope in acting for our future. I know all feel despair now. I feel despair. The families feel despair. The friends of victims feel despair. But we cannot let this take us down.

We have to stand together. As a stronger, unified group. As hokie nation. And show to all that the virginia tech people will prevail. Better than never before… And succeed in our aspirations.--For the ones who died. In memory of those who suffered.

April 18, 2007, 2:25am • Thailand, Taiwan, Blacksburg • #5582

As a fellow college student at the University of Missouri, my prayers go out to the families of those who passed away, the student body of Virginia Tech and the campus community.  May God comfort you during this time of profound heartache.

The entire country, and the world, stand with you.

April 18, 2007, 2:25am • Columbia, Missouri • #5583