Condolences, April 18, 2007

When i heard the news, my heart dropped. I felt so bad, and i wanted todo something and anything to help anyone that needed it. Ill be praying for every family and the people that were lost in this horrible tragedy. Nobody deserved this,nobody at all. Everyone that got their lives taken right away will be remembered forever. Each and every one of them will always have a place in my heart.

REST IN PEACE FOREVER AND ALWAYS.
we all love you!

sincerly,
Liz S.

April 18, 2007, 4:56pm • Voorhees,NJ • #18598

To the faculty and students of Virginia Tech,
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you all.
VT class of 81

April 18, 2007, 4:56pm • Suffolk, VA • #18599

I did not attend Va Tech, but my best friend since 6th grade did. I have twice served as the band escort during football games at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville. I have visited your beautiful campus, and am a regular at the establishment where the Hokies alumni association meets in Jacksonville. My point in all of this is that the spirit of Virginia Tech reaches far beyond Blacksburg. The spirit reaches beyond alumni, Virginia residents, football fans, and your families. The entire extended Hokie family feels your grief, and is with you in thought during this painful time. You will prevail.

April 18, 2007, 4:56pm • Jacksonville, Florida, United States • #18600

As a mother of two young adults,I ache so deeply for you and for our children.  Your loss reminds me again,how precious and fleeting it all can be.  We must love harder now, not less.  God bless the parents, the survivors and the children, He is cradling the victims in his arms.  They are safe and free of fear.

The MOST love I can send you,from everyone I speak to here....we are SO very sorry.

Lesley L.

April 18, 2007, 4:56pm • British Columbia, Canada • #18601

On Behalf of the Methodist University Community in Fayetteville, NC, we share out condolences in these taxing times. Be strong in faith and in spirit, but most of all, Hokie Pride!!

Ian McCormick

April 18, 2007, 4:56pm • MU, Fayetteville, NC • #18602

Hello to all,

Mercedes B. Longfellow and a group of Maya Mam Aj’q’ijab* are coming together in prayer for the healing of the tragic events which happened yesterday, Waxiqib K’at (Maya Cholqij Calendar), at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, VA.  We invite you to join in a nine day prayer for the deceased, which begins on April 17th, and ends on April 25th, 2007, and also to forward this invitation to your friends and families.

We pray for the healing of the wounds left in the hearts of those families who lost a daughter, a son, or a loved one.

We pray for the students who are hurting, physically, mentally, or emotionally.

We pray for the spirits of those who have left us.

We pray for all of humanity.  May all of us find in our hearts a kind way to live in harmony with each other.

* An Aj’q’ij’ is an indigenous Maya lineage carrier, identified as a young child by a spiritual elder and given extensive training
to master the profound scientific, humanistic, and spiritual knowledge held by his or her tribe.

April 18, 2007, 4:56pm • Charlottesville, VA / USA • #18603

To The Students And Staff At Virginia Tech:
As the parents of two college students, we are devasted by the senseless act of violence on your campus. We grieve and pray for the families
of the victims and survivors of this horrible tragedy. Made God give your university community the strength to carry on and the wisdom to heal.

God Bless,
The Adatepe Family

April 18, 2007, 4:56pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #18604

I busted out crying when I saw the news as I got home Monday afternoon.  I couldn’t believe that someone with that much hate and low self esteem could possibly hurt so many people.  As a student, I was questioning my school’s safety and what would happen if the same event happen to me.  I wish that the family and friends of the victims meet up with them in heaven without the violence that went on that tragic morning. 

A.Platt

April 18, 2007, 4:56pm • Sugar Grove, Illinois • #18605

Dear Virginia Tech,

Everyone here at the University of San Diego has Virginia Tech on their minds and in their hearts.  In location we are apart, as fellow Universities, we stand together.

Eric Rosenberg
University of San Diego

April 18, 2007, 4:56pm • San Diego, CA • #18606

I have just returned from VA TECH where I shared in the activities with my sophmore daughter and her friends yesterday.  You can not help but be moved when you see how strong the Hokies are while at the same time dealing with such a tragedy.  The students are demonstrating a sense of community that seems to be lost in much of America.  I hope as many have said we can find some good from such evil and learn from the Hokies about how to be a community.  In the word of Winston Churchill “We shall not fail or falter; We shall not weaken or tire”.  Keep that Hokie spirit and be the best you can be at an excellent university.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Stuart Claggett, A proud Hokie Parent

April 18, 2007, 4:56pm • Springfield VA • #18607

Im Praying For All Of The Victims, Their Families, And Everyone Closely Affected By This Tragic Event! God Bless

All My Love

Misti And Xander

April 18, 2007, 4:56pm • Geneseo, Illinois 61254 • #18608

There are so many heros in our country.  All of you students at Virginia Tech witnessed heros.  Just remember those heros that saved so many lives.  The students who went and held the door shut for you, saved your life.  Remember that through your losses.

April 18, 2007, 4:56pm • Pennsylvania • #18609

Hello Students, Faculty, Staff, Relatives and Friends of Virginia Tech,
I can’t even begin to pretend to understand what you are going through so I won’t. However, I believe God hasn’t abandoned Va Tech and this will only make the school stronger. We are praying for and with you yesterday, today and always.

Ese Uwadia,
UVa ‘07

April 18, 2007, 4:56pm • Charlottesville, Va, USA • #18610

Events define who you are, and good or bad, come away smarter.  Always remember who you, where you came from, and once things are back in perspective, use it to improve yourself and others.  420.

April 18, 2007, 4:56pm • Hoboken, New Jersey • #18611

As a Korean American, my heart goes out to the families of the victims, especially as I watch how the American community has reacted to this tragedy.
As a Christian, I can only pray for the families, and offer the following verse in hope of comforting those who mourn:

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
-Psalm 34:18

April 18, 2007, 4:56pm • Fullerton, CA • #18612

Our thoughts and prayers for God’s comfort are with all of you.  I think as of April 16, in the United States, We are all Hokies!  We are with you!

April 18, 2007, 4:57pm • Hamilton, OH • #18613

Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
~Matthew 5:4

Our heart is filled with incredible sadness.  Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this unimaginable time.

Tricia & Tom Rodriguez

April 18, 2007, 4:57pm • Naples, Florida • #18614

Hokie Pride, Hokie Strong, Hokie Nation

Love and Regards,
John E. Webb II

April 18, 2007, 4:57pm • Boones Mill, VA • #18615

To all at VT, my families thoughts, and prayers are with you during this very dificult time.  I have a daughter that also attends college, and the thought of losing her is unimaginable.  No one can even begin to imagine the pain that this has brought to so many.  May you all have strength, hope, and love.

Kathleen

April 18, 2007, 4:57pm • North Aurora IL • #18616

To the Virginia Tech family:

There are NO words--NO WORDS--to express accurately the emotions that I and so many others are feeling at this incomprehensible moment in time. Please accept my loving condolescences of sympathy and profound grief.  I knew no one on the campus and yet I cry and pray for the victims (your beloved ones), families and friends, and those of the entire VA Tech community. Because there is no understanding this, I ask our Creator to provide you a measure of comfort in knowing that you are cared about, loved, and not forgotten. We grieve with you and pray for your healing (in time). 

Karen D. Valentine

April 18, 2007, 4:57pm • Frederick, Maryland • #18617

Our deepest sympathy to those touched by this senseless act. We are praying for you.

April 18, 2007, 4:57pm • Massachusetts • #18618

Our St. Mary Catholic Secondary School staff and students in Hamilton, ON., Canada join you in prayer and respectful silence during your darkest hours. In solidarity, our national flag is flying at half mast.

Don Hall

April 18, 2007, 4:57pm • Hamilton ON Canada • #18619

To all the students, alumni, faculty, staff, and family of Virginia Tech,

My heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with all of you as you confront this tragic event.  Although I am a member of William and Mary’s Tribe, I say this week, with so many others, “We are all Hokies.”

God bless you and strengthen you.

Kathy Henry

April 18, 2007, 4:57pm • Alexandria, VA • #18620

All of us at Penn State are deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy that occurred at Virginia Tech. Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Blacksburg, and we stand ready to help in any way that we can.

We like to think of college campuses as being refuges from the violence that can plague society, but Monday’s events are a reminder that no one place is immune. On this very sad day, we send our sympathy and condolences to those affected by this senseless tragedy.

-- Graham B. Spanier
President, Penn State University

April 18, 2007, 4:57pm • State College, PA • #18621

To Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff and the residents of the State of Virginia:

My family lives in Kentucky, I have two sons who attend the University of Kentucky, and I work at the Kentucky Clinic.  All of us hurt and grieve with you and please know that in Kentucky, “Today we are all Hokies.”

Blessings to you all for peace,

The Leedy Family
(Steve, Charlotte, Matt and Troye)

April 18, 2007, 4:57pm • Lexington, KY • #18622

Dear Faculty & Students ov Virginia Tech

Our prayers are with you in your grief and sorrow.
Do not give up hope.

God bless You!
Emmanuel Rego & Family

April 18, 2007, 4:57pm • Fresno, Ca • #18623

From Spain we pray with you for your people. Desde España, reciban nuestro cariño y afecto. Nuestro dolor con todos los amigos y familias de los fallecidos y heridos.
Esto no se puede repetir. Depende de ustedes que asi sea.
Descansen en paz.

April 18, 2007, 4:57pm • spain • #18624

As a Korean American, my heart goes out to the families of the victims, especially as I watch how the American community has reacted to this tragedy.
As a Christian, I can only pray for the families, and offer the following verse in hope of comforting those who mourn:

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
-Psalm 34:18

Joon Chang

April 18, 2007, 4:57pm • Fullerton, CA • #18625

There’s times in life where you don’t know what needs to be said, or how you can say it...and this is one of those times.  I think what each one of us would give to every student, faculty, staff, and alum of VT...if we could...is a hug and a promise that as days go by, we’ll all heal with you, but we’ll never forget.  You’ll be in my prayers every day.

April 18, 2007, 4:57pm • Gainesville, FL • #18626

i extend my condelences.
i share your sorrow from Turkey,Istanbul.
every death is an early death,but this was so early and sudden for these students.
every violence around earth hurts me as a human.
May God give strength to victims families.

April 18, 2007, 4:57pm • Turkey • #18627

My deepest condolences to all the families and friends who lost your dear ones in this inconceivable incident. Please know that people across the world are with you.
I hope that all will draw the right conclusions. Please, be attentive to individuals isolating themselves from society.

M. Hilser

April 18, 2007, 4:57pm • Germany • #18628

I just want to express my profound sorrow and my family’s prayers are with you.

April 18, 2007, 4:57pm • Clayton, NJ • #18629

Im so sorry for your great loss and offer you up in prayer that the Lord above will grant you peace in your heart, I know nothing will ever repleace those who where lost on Monday but only the hope that thier memory will be in our hearts forever. God Bless You..

A. Limon

April 18, 2007, 4:57pm • Costa Mesa, CA • #18630

I am deeply saddened that this has happened once again.  Hearing the news, i thought back on the Columbine shooting, which i will never forget.  That was my first year in high school and it terrified me that something could occur like that.  But now, i’m off to college and realize it’s not just something that can happen in high school.  I pray for those lost, their families, and for fellow students.  I also pray that this will stop; education should never be feared.

Lord be with All,
A.Moen

April 18, 2007, 4:57pm • Milwaukee, WI • #18631

God created you, He watches over you,
He guides you though your life,
He never ever abandons you,
He is with you always during your life’s strife,

Your hunches, your dreams, your thoughts in your mind
That come to you “ out of the blue”,
Your intuition, some impulses, are God speaking
And giving His guidance with His love to you.

Your coincidences too are God guiding you,
He helps you in life all the time,
You just need to make yourself aware of this,
God guides you always, and He is the Divine.

All the familys that have lost someone or have a injury member in the family you are in our prayers.  This has been very sad on us all.  I did not go to tech, but you guys are being thought of.  My God be you & my those we lost rest in peace in Heaven.  Keep the faith, hold your heads up high & remember we all have a space in Heaven & we will see our loved one’s again.  If you are faithful to our God the your time for peace & happiness will again come, “its your time”.

My the souls of the lost rest in Heaven & the family’s & the injured heal and grow twice as strong as before.

God bless you all.
The Givens Family, Afton Va

April 18, 2007, 4:58pm • Afton, Va • #18632

VT family,
My thoughts and prayers are with all of those who were lost and all of those whose lives were forever changed on April 16.

Meg

April 18, 2007, 4:58pm • Seattle, WA • #18633

I send my heartfelt condolences to all that have been touched by this tragedy.  May you find moments of peace.

April 18, 2007, 4:58pm • south pasadena, CA • #18634

As a Virginian born and raised, I suffer with you.  My heart is with Va Tech, the families, and communities affected.  Rest assured your stories and lives will not be forgotten.  You all make me proud to call Virginia my home.

With Love and Aloha,
John
NCSU ‘04

April 18, 2007, 4:58pm • Kapolei, HI • #18635

me and my husband are deeply sorry and extend our sympathies to all the families who have lost loved ones. our prayers are with them mr and mrs brad and diana nosworthy hollywood florida

April 18, 2007, 4:58pm • hollywood florida • #18636

I am a songwriter at MTSU, and also a Virginia native. I felt compelled to share with you a song I wrote about the events on Monday, and what we can do in the future.

Havent we all seen to much
To turn the other cheek
Cant we see what weve become
Has it all become so bleak

33 can come and go
All were once but now they fade
But while we watch and move so slow
We lose the fight on grand parade

But Ive grown tired of standing still
On this rock that we call home
Cant we see were losing hope
And we cant make it on our own

So heres to you all who remain
And everyone who stays the same
Can we join in one for all
And try to change before we fall

What is this that we call peace
Now lost to a cliche
Some can lie bleeding on the earth
While we turn and walk away

Can all these tears be shed in vain
Be but spots upon the ground
Does all this loss not strike a vein
Such that all should hear its sound

So heres to you all who remain
And everyone who stays the same
Can we join in one for all
And try to change before we fall

33 can come and go
But I refuse to stay so numb
So thirty more can pass away
I’ll be damned if I succumb

My best wishes go out to you all
-Josh Hughes

April 18, 2007, 4:58pm • Murfreesboro, TN • #18637

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

April 18, 2007, 4:58pm • Brooklyn NY • #18638

Words cannot even begin to express my sorrow for the family and friends of the victims of this horrible tragedy, nor can I begin to even understand how one person can be so hateful towards others.  Know that each and every one of you is in our prayers. Find comfort in knowing that you will one day see them again in Heaven, and that they are watching over all of us.  God bless each and every friend and family member.  Know that millions around the world are grieving for you loss.

Monica Heston-Wood
University of Houston ‘05

April 18, 2007, 4:58pm • Clear Lake (Houston), Texas • #18639

To the town of Blacksburg, the students, professors and families of those lost at the University, i’d like to extend my condolences to all those who lost someone they knew on that awful day. It must have been a terribly frightening experience replaced now by an astounding sense of heartbreak. I’d like you all to know that everyone ive spoken to has said the same,,,,, pray for those still here.

I hope that one day you will be able to look at pictures and momentos of your loved ones and be able to smile rather than cry and i also hope that the remaining students can find it in their character to go on to do wonderful things in testament to those that were lost.

Bless you all
J HAYDEN

April 18, 2007, 4:58pm • London,, England • #18640

Many tears to come . . .
as the Spring comes soon and all the flowers blossom in their beauty and grace it will be impossible to look at them without remembering all the flowers which have fallen . . .
and many tears will come . . .
May mercy and comfort find all of you
T. Bessemer

April 18, 2007, 4:58pm • Houston, USA • #18641

To all who are suffering in anyway from this indescribable event,
I can not begin to understand what you have all gone through I just wish to offer my best you are a strong group of people. I have watched the news, seen the tears in your eyes, and cried along with you for all the pain you have to go through and all the hurt. I offer my condolences to anyone who has lost a family member, friend, or teacher. My prayers are with you all.  I wish you the best never give up hope
Amber Ferguson

April 18, 2007, 4:58pm • Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada • #18642

Dear faculty and Students of Virginia Tech,
I am soo sorry about the terrible tragity you face. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we will never EVER forget the ones we lost. Hokies stay stron we love you!

April 18, 2007, 4:58pm • Charlottesville Virginia • #18643

So immensely sad. My thoughts are with all those whose lives are lost, and with their families and friends and dear ones whose lives are devastated. May God give you the strenght and the courage to continue.
MS

April 18, 2007, 4:58pm • Katwijk, Netherlands • #18644

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those who lost their lives on this tragic day. May you be comforted and find peace and courage to go on. May the Lord have mercy on their souls that they may rest in His peace.
Agatha TM
UT Arlington

April 18, 2007, 4:58pm • Plano, TX • #18645

Dear Virginia Tech Staff and Students,
I am just high school student in West Virginia, but I feel like your tragedy has touch the lives of millions. I can only send my prayers for you. Our FCA and youth group is praying for all of you. May God give you peace and grace in this time of grief and sorrow.

May you find God’s plan in this,
Shawn Jordan
High School Student
West Virginia

April 18, 2007, 4:58pm • Barboursville, West Virginia • #18646

God bless everyone at Virgina Tech, ones lost is everyones loss. In our hearts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 4:58pm • Chesapeake , Maryland • #18647