Condolences, April 18, 2007

I thank the loss of my memory
Of those days when I had not a friend
I am thankful to the memory
Of those great moments when we are together

I thank the loss of my memory
Of those seconds prior to your reasonableness
I am thankful to the memory
Of the great dimple when you smile

I thank the loss of my memory
Prior to the reduction of your anger
I am thankful to the memory
Of those great sharing moments of your success

I thank the loss of my memory
For the reasons of our arguments
I am thankful to the greatest
Moments of my life with you.

April 18, 2007, 5:05pm • MD • #18798

Dear Ones,
Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you in this time of a evil and senseless tragedy. Please know that my heart aches for all of you… as I too have lost a sister and a nephew to murder one year ago. Please allow God to comfort you in this time of deep sorrow.
I am so sorry for your loss and know that you will never forget your love ones.
The Johnson Family~

April 18, 2007, 5:05pm • Roseville , California • #18799

As a Hokie alum and a Hokie parent I want to first express my condolences to the people who lost their child, parent, brother or sister or friend. I think and pray for you constantly. To all the students I am so proud of the way you have come together and presented yourselves. Honestly I can not be prouder. Please take care of yourselves and seek whatever help you need. To the faculty, staff, law and rescue agencies thank you for your response to not only this incident but all the teaching, nuturing and protection you have provided in the past and will in the future. To all alumni and friends lets do our part by supporting these people and demonstrating the Ut Prosim principle that Tech was founded on. Yes my heart is aching but I will move forward because others need me.

Jim McCarthy
BSME ‘80

April 18, 2007, 5:05pm • Charlotte NC • #18800

We woke up to see this horror unfold, my heart was and still deeply troubled and then I prayed.  My prayers are for all of you that have are a part of virginia tech that you will come through this and see the light at the end of this horrifying tunnel.  Lost is not easy to take by know that there are people all round the world praying and thinking of you all.  To the families of those who have lost someone, Arohanui (means love forever more)

April 18, 2007, 5:05pm • Auckland, New Zealand • #18801

Our deepest condolences to all the families and friends who lost dear ones in this tragic incident. Our prayers are always with you. 
God Bless you all.

Mike Parente

April 18, 2007, 5:05pm • Toronto, Canada • #18802

As a recent Virginia Tech graduate, I can say that this horrible tragedy hit very close to home for me.  I wish all Hokies around the world the best as we deal with this tragic event.  For all the family and friends of the survivors, you have my deepest sympathies and I am so sorry that you were robbed of a loved one so early in their lives. 

Kristin

April 18, 2007, 5:05pm • #18803

may god bless the families with their loss,give them strength, hope and courage. i will be praying for them.

caroline adriaansz

April 18, 2007, 5:06pm • monroe, louisiana • #18804

Words can not describe the feelings when news broke from Sky news that lots students have been shot dead.Awful trauma that these innocent souls went through, may god bless them all now that they are with the almighty...We share your feeling Virginia Tech students stand strong the world feels for you.

Cosmos South Africa

April 18, 2007, 5:06pm • South Africa • #18805

The horror of Monday is countered by the magnificient strength and resolve of the Virginia Tech community.  I feel tremendous pride for you--and our country--when I observe your unity and dignity.  I support you and am humbled by your strength.

Richard Bernhard

April 18, 2007, 5:06pm • Camden, Maine • #18806

God be with you.  All the victims are so beautiful and so full of life.  I would trade my 53 years for any one of them.  I am so sorry.  I cannot fathom the obsurdity of this man. why was is there no real background check on gun purchases in Virginia?  regardless, nuts like this could have purchased a weapon anywhere , or made one. I own a gun and I have no regrets having purchased one for self defense in the CA Sierra Nevada foothills.  What is wrong with our society that people need to do these kinds of things?  it is not the gun, it is the warped mind our world has created.  the have and the haves nots.  why so much emphasis on who we are vs/what we have?

April 18, 2007, 5:06pm • squaw valley ,CA • #18807

Like many others around the world, my family and I were extraordinarily moved by Professor Librescu’s life story, culminating in his heroic action which saved the lives of many of his students.  We would like to suggest that a scholarship fund be created in his memory for the support of promising but economically disadvantaged Virginia Tech engineering students. I would personally be honored to contribute, and though I am sure that others are already thinking along the same lines, if there is anything I can do to assist in the creation of such a fund, please contact me. 

Sincerely,

Benjamin D. Okun
Vice President
Investment Consulting
Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group

Phone: (415) 371-3067
Fax:  (415) 371-3079

April 18, 2007, 5:06pm • San Francisco, CA • #18808

My daughter and I share out deepest condolences to all the families and friends who’s lost a loved one in this tragic event.  God bless all of you.  Words cannot express the way we feel.
Virginia Tech students and faculty, you are loved all the way from California. We feel your spirits.

Go Hokies..Stay Strong,

J Medina & B Medina

April 18, 2007, 5:06pm • Modesto, California • #18809

As the mother of a college sophomore, I was horrified by the events as they unfolded on April 16th.  Please know that my family’s thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. 

God bless all of you,
The Brake Family

April 18, 2007, 5:06pm • Surprise, Arizona • #18810

I send my deepest sympathy to all of the family & friendz taken by this tragedy… I wish everybody the best of luck after this tragedy… Recover safely & remember the best of times!!

Adella

April 18, 2007, 5:06pm • Alta, IA • #18811

I am saddened and my prayers go out to all who have been affected in some way by this tragic event. Even though I have no ties to VT I have cried every time I see something on the news about this event. We are all different but we are brothers and sisters. Good Luck and God bless.

April 18, 2007, 5:06pm • Columbia SC • #18812

I cannot imagine the overwhelming sadness and grief you must all be suffering.  My heart and my prayers go out to each and everyone.  May our Lord Jesus Christ wrap his loving arms around you and keep you close during this sad time of trying to make sense of all that has happened.  God Bless Each and Everyone of you.

C.Harvey
April 18, 2007

April 18, 2007, 5:06pm • Beaufort, SC/USA • #18813

Our deepest sympathies to all in this tragic event.  We are, and will, pray for you.  America cries with you.  May God hold us in his heart while we stand in darkness.

The Bergin Family

April 18, 2007, 5:06pm • California • #18814

It with the utmost sadness that I pray for all of you at this time.  I too am a parent of college students.  I hope you gain strength from your faith and take comfort in the knowledge that we all share your pain and wish we could make it a little less.

Hattie Ragone

April 18, 2007, 5:06pm • Staten Island, New York • #18815

My thoughts and prayers are with the students, staff, and families of VT.  My prayers also are extended the gunman’s family.  They too lost a child and like the rest of the world may never know why he chose to do what he did.

May God Bless you and hold you close in your time of grieving.

Lois Fontenot

April 18, 2007, 5:06pm • The Colony TX • #18816

Dear Hokies,
The University of Florida mourns with you… all our love, thoughts, and prayers are with you. May God Bless you and take care of you in such a time of tragedy. We can only hope that peace will fill your hearts and minds. Take care, Hokies.

April 18, 2007, 5:06pm • Gainesville, FL • #18817

I am so sorry for all of you who have lost ones and been through this terrible experiance.Know that all of America and the world is here for you. Are thoughts and prayers are with you

<3

god bless virginia tech always and forever.

April 18, 2007, 5:06pm • Sammamish, Washington • #18818

Dear VT Faculty, Staff and Students:
We are thinking of you during this difficult time.  Our healing and positive thoughts are sent to all of you.
With Peace and Light,
Ivor Weiner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Special Education
The Michael D. Eisner College of Education
California State University, Northridge
Northridge, California

April 18, 2007, 5:06pm • Northridge, CA • #18819

We can’t express enough how sorry we are for your loss.
We just want you to know that
our prayers are with you at this
sad and difficult time.

Perez Family

April 18, 2007, 5:06pm • Port Saint Lucie, FL • #18820

I give you my greatest sympathy to everyone at Virginia Tech!! I cant even imagine going through what everyone has their. Just try to stay strong and everything will be ok in the end. I give you my best!!!

April 18, 2007, 5:06pm • Marquette, Michigan • #18821

To all VT students, faculty, alum, families, Virginians and all my fellow Americans in general,

I am heartbroken over this horrible tragedy and think of you constantly. As a current student at a MA university, it pains me on an even deeper level, as it could have just as easily been my school.

You have all my prayers to help you through this intolerable time. Stay strong-- you’re not alone.

D. Connell

April 18, 2007, 5:07pm • Westford, MA • #18822

What has happened at Virginia Tech is incomprehensible.  My heart breaks for all who have been affected by this horrible tragedy.  As a parent with a college student attending a large university, (or any parent for that matter), I can’t even imagine what horror those courageous faculty members and young men and women endured during those minutes of terror at the hands of Mr. Cho.  Words cannot express the sympathy felt by so many.

D. Truesdell

April 18, 2007, 5:07pm • Chelsea, MI • #18823

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone.

Kurt Hampton

April 18, 2007, 5:07pm • New Orleans, LA • #18824

I am very sad and I extend my condolences and prayers to grief families. No parent deserves this.

May God give you strength, hope and courage.

Vipin Arora

April 18, 2007, 5:07pm • San Francisco, CA • #18825

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire VT Community

The Jolly Family

April 18, 2007, 5:07pm • Boonville, IN USA • #18826

Virginia Tech,
I can’t imagine the grief and pain you are experiencing. No one should ever have to go through such a terrible experience. My thoughts and prayers will be with you everyday as you heal through this process.

Trina

April 18, 2007, 5:07pm • Edinboro, PA United States of America • #18827

I am an administrative assistant at a university in Canada and my heart goes out to all of the Virginia Tech family.  Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers...God Bless You All!!

April 18, 2007, 5:07pm • Canada • #18828

I work for the Penn State Engineering Science and Mechanics Department, which I understand is in VPI’s Norris Hall. Several of our faculty members taught or attended classes in that building.

Ten years ago at Penn State, a sniper hid in some bushes on the lawn of our student union building. She shot three people, killing one, Melanie Spalla. I walked right past her on my way to class, 30 seconds before the shooting. While I can still close my eyes and hear those gunshots, time has healed, and my life has moved forward in ways much better than I had imagined back then.

Please know that there are many who sympathize in your sorrow, and that your future will bring a strength you may not have felt before.

May your lives be blessed, and Godspede.

Sincerely,

William Ames

Penn State University Class of ‘99
Engineering Science and Mechanics staff

April 18, 2007, 5:07pm • University Park, PA • #18829

Praying with all the nation for comfort and solice to this tradegy. I have three daughters in college and one of them attends Radford a small wonderful community of graciousness and peace only minutes from Va Tech. My daughters have several friends at Tech and all we could do was pray for all the grief stricken students, families and staff at Virgina Tech. We were in Radford when we heard the news and all my husband and I could think about was holding our daughters close to us. Our whole family has been touched by this tradegy. Our children went to high school with several students attending Tech and we were all so stricken with fear trying to contact those fellow Madisonians desperatly calling to find out information about their friends. By the holy Grace of God all their friends are ok. Thank the Lord and his mercy. All the words cannot express the sympathy we feel for the Tech community and their families. For we all know that God has a plan for all our lives and he will be the comforter to all who have perished in this horrible act of violence. May God bless you all as you endure the pain of your loss.

April 18, 2007, 5:07pm • Madison, Virginia -USA • #18830

The same spirit that makes Lane Stadium the loudest and most formidable place to compete in the ACC is the same spirit that will draw Hokies all over the world together and pull the entire Hokie family through this tragedy. God Bless everyone affected by this terrible event. Lets Go Hokies!! -MWC

April 18, 2007, 5:07pm • Bedford, VA • #18831

You are all in my prayers tonight.  My condolences go out to everyone affected by this.

April 18, 2007, 5:07pm • Boston, MA • #18832

From all of us here in Front Royal, VA, we would like to share our condolences to the Virginia Tech community. We are praying for you all. God Bless. - Cara McBroom

April 18, 2007, 5:07pm • Front Royal Virginia • #18833

My deepest condolences to all the families and friends who lost your dear ones in this tragic incident.  God Bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 5:07pm • Modesto, CA • #18834

My paper, my pencils, my keychains, my glue,
They’re nowhere to be found, nowhere, it’s true,
But it does not matter much
That, now, I don’t have any work to do.

The sigh for the loss of rainy days overcast
Along the lake after the shingly overpass
Does not matter much
That, now, the time does not go so fast.

The whispering gasp for the loss of sight
For lush daybreak after the night,
Does not matter much
That, now, to see, I need no light.

The weeping for the loss of wedding rings,
Fitted and dusty, those were angel wings,
Does not matter much
That, now, I need not the shape of things.

And the loss of my home, beneath the sky,
That sits near a river where the salmon swim by,
Does not matter much
That, now, home is here, where I now lie.

And the wailing for the loss of my city,
Where the lions sleep as they may,
Does not matter much,
We all end up the remains of the day.

But the tragedy of the loss of you, my child,
For the only one I’ve wept for,
The only one I adore,
Has mattered, but not much anymore,
Because you know I’ll wait for you
On God’s golden shore.

April 18, 2007, 5:07pm • MD • #18835

VT,
We share your tears and pray that God will comfort your hearts.  We grieve with your campus, friends and family. 

Cleveland State student

April 18, 2007, 5:07pm • Cleveland, Ohio • #18836

My thoughts are with those who lost loved ones in this horrible event. My prayers are with you all.
God Bless America
Kristen Bishop

April 18, 2007, 5:07pm • Chastworth,Ga • #18837

Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to each and every one of you suffering right now. May God give you all strength and hope.
With all of our love,
An American Family

April 18, 2007, 5:07pm • Manhasset, NY • #18838

I knew how tragic this event was. But I didn’t know it how it would effect me. Every picture, video footage I saw, or anything I heard about it brought me to tears. I recently lost my mother and the idea of young students losing their lives and not being able to live their lives and not being able to tell their family’s that they love them. It saddens me to no end. My thoughts go out to all of the families who are affected by what happened. I still can’t stop thinking about what has happened and how many innocent people have lost their lives. It scares me because it could have been you or I. It scares me that it is possible for everyone to go about their days the same way every day but one day you don’t come home. It scares me....

April 18, 2007, 5:07pm • Toronto, Ontario, Canada • #18839

Dear Virginia university students,
i’m sorry about this tragedy and we just have to pray for the victims souls to rest in peace, and pray to God that such accidents never be repeated.

April 18, 2007, 5:08pm • montreal,Canada. Palestine • #18840

As our family hear the news, we watch the reports, and we read the accounts of what happened at VT, our hearts ache for the irreversible trauma, and senseless loss that took place on April 16th, 2007. This day will be etched painfully and forever in the hearts of billions, as well as ours. We are lifting prayer for each of those affected by this tragedy. We will never forget, and we shouldn’t, but God can help heal your hearts. Know that a nation and other countries are grieving along with you. We also send our special thoughts and prayers to our fellow Canadian, Jerzy Nowak and his family on the loss of Jocelyne. We also give thanks to God for the 32 amazing people and their individual contributions they made to this world. There are so many big and little things that they did, that made everyones lives richer. When the pain subsides a little, maybe someone could put together a memorial book, with contributions from family and friends, of all the wonderful things they did. I think it could be something to be treasured and help toward the healing process.

May God bless each of you and surround you with love and comfort.

The Schadler & Sekulich families - James & Shari, Chantell, Kiley & Jenn

April 18, 2007, 5:08pm • Seaforth, Ontario CANADA • #18841

Thoughts and prayers go out to all the friends and families who were hurt by this tragic act of violence.

Best Wishes,

Chris Hassan
Univeristy of Massachusetts
Class of 2007

April 18, 2007, 5:08pm • Amherst, MA • #18842

Our thoughts and prayers are will all the families
of the students and faculity that were lost.  We are also praying for healing and peace for the students, faculity and community. We hope you find strength in your faith and that all your memoires of them will help to carry you through this horrible time. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.  Wish we were close enough
to come and comfort you.

Dillard & Gigi

April 18, 2007, 5:08pm • DeSoto, IL • #18843

I cannot imagine the pain and anguish that has filled your hearts these past days, Virginia Tech.  I offer condolence to you all, and hope that you can turn outward toward one another, and hold each other up in this trying time.  May the Lord bring peace to you as you work through this tragedy.  We are all praying for you.

-A Fellow Student

April 18, 2007, 5:08pm • Utah State University • #18844

To the Virginia Tech Family

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very tragic and sad time.  Keep the faith strong, for yours and your loved ones sake.

May God Bless you all.

Anaru Tipuna

April 18, 2007, 5:08pm • New Zealand • #18845

I would like to send my condolences to all the staff, students and families who have suffered this tragic loss, I grieve for you all, but wish you all well.

Graham Shambrook

April 18, 2007, 5:08pm • London, United Kingdom • #18846

I find all of this (once again) so difficult to understand. How one sick mind can create such horrific pain and sorrow spread so widely. Young men and women, doing what they were supposed to do,taken away so violently, so quickly. May all of you embrace your family, friends, and(above all)your God for comfort. As an employee at a high school and as a human being (no matter where we live)I can only imagine the pain you must be feeling. All of my prayers and compassion go out to you now and in the future. We all stand beside you. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND COMFORT YOU ALL! We DO share your pain. Mary

April 18, 2007, 5:08pm • San Diego, Ca • #18847