Condolences, April 18, 2007

I just want to send you the best of wishes and to stay strong in the face of adversity.  This is not something that can be forgotten and hopefully we can come together to stop violence in its tracks. 

My thoughts are with you.

April 18, 2007, 5:10pm • Toronto, Canada • #18898

I have been praying for you since the moment I heard the shocking news on Monday.  May God wrap you in His warm embrace and bless you with His strength, peace, comfort, and love.  We as Americans are all now Hokies and will continue to love and support you through your mourning and healing process.  God Bless you all.

Casey Cockrell
The University of Southern Mississippi

April 18, 2007, 5:10pm • Mississippi • #18899

To everyone at Virginia Tech:

As the parent of (nearly) college-age daughters, I grieve for those who were killed, offer my condolences to everyone now coping with loss and sorrow.

As a September 11 survivor, I understand that some losses stay with a person, always, and that some horrors are never forgotten.

May you find stregnth and peace.

Eleanor Lang

April 18, 2007, 5:10pm • New York City • #18900

Forever in our thoughts
Forever on our minds
Forever in our memories
Forever in our hearts

May the love of your family give you the strength to get through the horror and pain, and courage and hope to follow your dreams.

April 18, 2007, 5:10pm • Murrieta. Ca • #18901

My prayers are for all the families affected by this terrible tragedy

April 18, 2007, 5:10pm • Chevy Chase, MD • #18902

To the innocent victims, victim’s families & students of Virginia Tech:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you strength during this difficult time and hold you in his arms. Please remember that the world is praying for you and you are not alone. God Bless You!

Caceres Family
South Houston, Texas

April 18, 2007, 5:10pm • USA • #18903

please know that west chester students especially the Brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha will always remember those killed/ effected by this tragic event. VT is in not only our prayers but everyone at WCU.

April 18, 2007, 5:10pm • West Chester, PA • #18904

May God be with the family members of victims…

April 18, 2007, 5:11pm • CA, USA • #18905

May God Bless all of the victims and their families. I think it is great how VT is still standing strong...God will help each and every one of you through this. I have you in my thoughts and prayers and wear the colors of VT ribbons in all of your honor!
God Bless

Northern Michigan University student

April 18, 2007, 5:11pm • Marquette, MI • #18906

My family and I were shocked and deeply saddened by this act of brutal and senseless violence ... we are thinking of all of you in your time of loss and grief

April 18, 2007, 5:11pm • Ontario, Canada • #18907

Dear faculty and Students of Virginia Tech,
I’m an student in Canada, and I’ve been watching the news and I am so sorry for the loss of the students in Virginia Tech, I send all my condolences to all the family and friends of the victims of this horrible act.
I hope God gives you courage and strength to get through this difficult time

April 18, 2007, 5:11pm • Canada • #18908

I will allways remember the date and honor those who died from this diaster. May the wounded heal and to the Virginia Tech students, may you continue to study and try to put this behind you.

Noah Raymond
South Bend, Indianna

April 18, 2007, 5:11pm • South Bend, Indianna • #18909

My thoughts and prayers go to all the members of the VT community everywhere.  May other tragedies like this be averted.  All these killings were so senseless.  Tears blur my eyes but not my feelings.  These were all precious lives.

April 18, 2007, 5:11pm • Kittery, Maine • #18910

To VT Students, faculty, staff and fellow Delta Zeta sisters,

As a Grand Valley State University student and a member of the Xi Psi chapter of Delta Zeta, I want to express our support to all of you. Please know that you and your families are in all of our prayers as we miss those you’ve lost and bless your loved ones. Please do your best to stay strong as you depend on friends, family, and even strangers during this tragic time.

Sincerely,
Caitlin

April 18, 2007, 5:11pm • Grand Rapids, Mi • #18911

My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims of this senseless tragedy.

Mark Madison

April 18, 2007, 5:11pm • Richmond, VA • #18912

To the Faculty and Students of Virginia Tech: My thoughts and prayers go out to each of you and to your families. A terrible, horrific tragedy. Please know millions of people share your pain and are saddened by this.

April 18, 2007, 5:11pm • Petaluma CA • #18913

May God be with all the family and friends needing support. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the Virginia Tech students and facility, family, and friends in the community.

“Today we are all Hokies”

“Our blood runs orange for Virginia Tech”
4.16.07

When tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name,
And took me by the hand;

The angel said my place was ready,
In heaven far above,
And that I’d have to leave behind,
All those I dearly love.

But when i walked through Heaven’s gates,
I felt so much at home,
For God looked down, smiled at me,
and told me “Welcome Home.”

So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I’m right there in your heart.

God Bless!
Jamie

April 18, 2007, 5:11pm • Hendersonville, TN • #18914

I cannot believe the talent and enthusiasm of those that are no longer with us.

All thoughts and prayers are with the parents, children, wives, husbands, spouses and families of those lost to this tragic event.

There are no words to say, but we give our hearts and prayers to each and everyone involved, including the remaining students, faculty and staff at VT.

Keep your head’s up, KEEP STRIVING FORWARD, don’t let the actions of one individual take away your goals and dreams in life.  You are all still here, make your friends and teachers and loved ones lost PROUD.  Move along...full speed ahead.

K. Matta-New Jersey.

April 18, 2007, 5:11pm • Harrison, New Jersey • #18915

I have been so impressed with all the VT students who have been interviewed this week.  They have all shown such maturity and composure in this difficult time.  I will not remember the shooter but I will remember the grace shown by your students.  All my love and prayers to all Hokies Trudy Goodman, VT Mom

April 18, 2007, 5:11pm • Sandston, Va. • #18916

My heart is breaking for the students lost.
Why does this happen? – look at the cost
of lives ended before they bloomed
into the educated men and women, whom
would someday lead our nation, treat the infirm,
cure disease, and teach others to learn
that violence is not the way—
Virginia Tech smiles are being missed today.

April 18, 2007, 5:11pm • San Diego, CA • #18917

Dear Students, Faculty and Friends:

We join in mourning your tragic losses and wish you healing in the months and years ahead.

At this time, those of us who have learned of the events from afar are inspired by the examples of heroism and bravery that continue to emerge. Livia Librescu, a survivor of the Nazi holocaust and of Romanian oppression, among other heroes of the VT campus, serves as a light and inspiration. In spite of all that he endured in his lifetime, he risked, and ultimately gave, his life to protect his students from death.

May his soul, along with the souls of all who were so tragically lost, serve as a blessing for all.

Rabbi Arnold D. Samlan

April 18, 2007, 5:11pm • West Hempstead, NY • #18918

My niece Megan was there that terrible day and was spared. I thank God for that but at the same time my soul aches for those who didn’t survive, those injured and the families, friends and staff of all involved. May your pain grow lighter each day. God will see you through.

Wanda Brown

April 18, 2007, 5:11pm • Lynchburg, VA • #18919

Dear VT families, I wish to send my condolences and prayers from my family. It was a very tragic thing and there are no words for it. I pray that each and everyone may find peace and hope in there hearts! We are praying for you and we have made ribbons to keep the memory. We are so very deeply sorry and will continue to prayand think about everyone. From our hearts. Lisa and Ken Heim. RIP.

April 18, 2007, 5:11pm • Philadelphia, PA • #18920

God Knows

You have our deepest sympathy,
but it really doesn’t help.
Your grief goes beyond
what words can express.

There’s nothing anyone can say,
and nothing we can do
to heal your broken heart
or take away your pain.

Let God take you in His arms
and cover you with His love.
He knows the depth of your grief
and only He can give you peace.
He knows it will take time
for your hearts to heal, and
your loved one has a place
that no one else can fill.

There are no tears in Heaven,
no more heartache and no pain,
only love and happiness
for all eternity.

We must go on living and
do the best we can,
then when Jesus calls our name
we will be with them again.

April 18, 2007, 5:11pm • Brigdetown, Barbados • #18921

Dear Students and Faculty OF VT,

I live in NYC and have never been to Virginia or VT...but tears fill my eyes and heart for you all.  You are all in my prayers.  GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND GIVE YOU STRENGTH.

Sincerely,
Meena Somwaru

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • Briarwood, New York City • #18922

Dear Faculty,students,parents, siblings and friends,

From the bottom of my heart and soul! I say to you” you are not alone”. Can you imagine how many of us are grieving with you and praying for you?

When I heard a reporter say “ some of the victims cell phones were going off as they were being carried away” I fell to my knees and wept as though these kids were mine. Yes, we love each other more than we think!!

Be encouraged and know that God will be there for you.

Love you all, Ms.Dorothy

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • Southfield, Michigan • #18923

As a Va. Tech alumnus, I share in the unbelievible shock, dismay, and grief at the loss of so many of the Hokie family.  God bless.

Russell J Smith
Computer Science ‘81

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • Charles Town, WV • #18924

Dear all VT students and staff,
I cannot believe this has happened at your school. I don’t know anybody there but I just wanted to say that I am so sorry for all the losses and you all are in my prayers. Be safe and live life to the fullest.

Victoria Parsons

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • Raleigh, NC • #18925

our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time involved in this tragedy.from all the wilburn family.

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • england • #18926

My thoughts and prayers are with the VT staff, students, family and friends at this difficult time.  All of our hearts have been sadden.  When one hurts, we all hurt.  But thru it all God will comfort us and give us peace in time.  May God Bless and Comfort all.
Tonja

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • Bellevue, Ne • #18927

Dear Virginia Tech community, students and staff,
I am deeply sorry to hear of all of your losses. I’m a Ferris State University student and am actually originally from Virginia with friends that go there. Thankfully they are ok. It is so weird when it hits so close to home, even though I now live in Michigan. My deepest condolences are sent to you, and just no that Ferris State University feels your pain.
Best Wishes,
Susan Steinke

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • Big Rapids, Michigan • #18928

Dear, students, teachers, staff and members of the community of Virginia Tech,
In the name of the students at University of Alberta, Campus Saint-Jean, i would like to offer our sincere condolences to the event of monday. All of ours positives toughts and prayers are going toward you. These tragic events , unfortunatly, are affecting all the universities community around the world closely and mostly when we are neighbours. So, with this humble message, i hope we will be able to releive some of your pain, as we are going to share some of it.

Take care,

M. Trepanier, University of Alberta

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada • #18929

I’ve tried to treat the tragedy unfolding on your campus as a “teachable moment” in my own, university-level classroom.  My hope is that students of mine who are tempted to complain of being tired, “stressed” or over-burdened with end-of-the-semester responsibilities will first pause to consider those slain Virginia Tech students who had their very lives stolen from them and their professors, who so obviously practiced the teacher’s art of self-giving to the end. 

Michael E. DeSanctis, Ph.D.
Professor of Fine Arts/University Ombudsman
Gannon University

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • Erie, PA 16541 • #18930

My Fellow Hokies,

All my thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you.  May God Bless you all and give you all the strength to heal from this tragedy.  Comfort one another and stick together - we are all here for you.

God bless,
Bobby Bump ‘03

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • Burke, VA • #18931

I went to summer camp at VT every year when I was a kid.  Even though I don’t know anyone on campus now, it still feels much too close to home.  I am a Virginia resident, and some of the victims - even the gunman - were from towns near me.  I honestly can’t believe this - I really can’t.  I want it to not be true.  I love Blacksburg and I love VT.  We are all Hokies today.

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • Vienna, VA • #18932

It is with a deeply darkened heart that I send my prayers out to the victims, friends and family of this tragedy.  I hope that the healing process come switfly and that a spirit of forgiveness and peace overflows from everyone’s hearts to embrace the Tech community.

K Massey

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • San Francisco, CA • #18933

i still cant believe this happened
my thoughts and prayers are with everyone that lost a loved one in this tragedy.

i never would of thought something like this would happen here.

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • roanoke va • #18934

Farewell


As we travel Life’s weary journey,
And plod through the gathering years,
With our burdens of care and sorrow,
O’er a pathway bedewed with tears.
If, perchance, for a fleeting moment
Our hearts should with rapture swell,
We have added but one more sorrow,
When we bid the glad time “Farewell”.

I have watched the bright dawn awaking,
And noted each changing light,
As the sun, in its morning splendour,
Dispelled the dark gloom of night.
I have welcomed its bright rays stealing
Over hill-top, and wood, and dell;
Yet, my joy was alloyed with sorrow,
As I bade the bright stars “Farewell”.

When we welcome the summer sunshine,
Farewell to the flowers of Spring.
Adieu to the fruits of Autumn,
When we welcome the frosty king.
Good-bye to the joys of childhood,
When vigorous youth appears;
Then - a season of strife and turmoil,
And - farewell to the vanished years.

I am sighing a farewell message,
As I sit in the gathering gloom.
Farewell to all earthly sorrows,
Then - rest, in the silent tomb.
Farewell to the trees, and flowers,
To mountain, and stream, and dell,
Farewell to the glorious sunlight,
To the moon and stars, “Farewell”

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • MD • #18935

As a mother of a college aged student, I can’t even fathom the sorrow that you must feel.  God bless the VA Tech community in this time of great grief & pain.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Haley Family

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • Waldorf, Maryland • #18936

Our thoughts and prayers are with all who have been affected by this unspeakable and horrific tragedy. May God comfort and protect all who mourn - all who witnessed and experienced the sadness and the fear of this terrible event.  May God’s love touch your hearts and give you hope where there seems to be no hope and bring His Light into the darkness. We lift you all up in prayer.

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • London, UK • #18937

God bless the Hokies. What a wonderful university. We are so thankful you have been part of our lives. Our love and condolences to all those feeling pain and suffering from this tragedy. Goodness and light will prevail. The family of a 2006 graduate

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • West Chester, PA • #18938

words will never express what i am feeling for you all right now....Know one thing you all will come from this stronger then ever....i have been watching the news and have heard that you all don’t want Virgina Tech to be remebered as the “Massacre Campus” and rest assure your campus will never be remembered as that ever… you will always be remebered as the school that through all their pain and sorrow stood strong and never let the Hookie pride die.....you all will forever be in my families thoughts and prayers...always remember that the nation if PROUD of how you, THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA TECH, STOOD STRONG....

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • El Paso Texas • #18939

My heart goes out to all that lost a loved one at the horrific events on April 16th.  God bless you and God bless America

Richard xxxx

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • London, United Kingdom • #18940

Dear Students and Faculty,
My heart is so full. I am so sorry that this has happened. I pray that peace and love will rise above hate. The Va. Tech family will forever be in my thoughts,and prayers. I hope that once the shock the hurt and the anger subsides, that love peace and healing can enter.

Tiffany Holland
Beaufort,SC

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • Beaufort, South Carolina • #18941

I can’t begin to express the sorrow of what has happen. As a Virginia resident and a mother myself I can’t tell how saddened I am. For the many people who were affected by this incident you are in my thoughts and prayers. May god give you the strength and courage.

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • Richmond, Va • #18942

As a former resident of Salem, VA, I share the tears and sorrow of everyone all over the world in the sad events that took place at Virginia Tech.  Please know that we are thinking of you and send our blessings and our prayers to everyone. 

SAS

April 18, 2007, 5:12pm • Wayne, New Jersey • #18943

I feel so much sympathy for all of the students, faculty and victims of this senseless crime.  I pray for strength for all of the families invovled in this horrible ordeal.  As a 23 year old Mother I could not imagine being in that situation at my age and I could definately not imagine if my son was one of the students.  Its just so hard to fathum why individuals get to that point and have to take innocent lives just to prove to all of the world how miserable THEY were in life, they dont realize that the people they kill are not miserable and still want to live but they just dont care.  My prayers are with all of the victims families and friends.  May god bless all of you and give you strength.

April 18, 2007, 5:13pm • Irving, Tx • #18944

Dear VT Students And Faculty,

I am sure that You are in pain for what happened a few days ago,I know that you are a strong college and you will pull though.

Sincrelly,
Joaquin Degado

April 18, 2007, 5:13pm • Albuquerque,New Mexico,United States • #18945

To the Virginia Tech family - I have trouble finding the words to express the pain and sorrow I feel for each and every one of you. 
3,000 miles away from you, this tragedy seems like a nightmare I can’t wake up from.  As a mother and as a human being I grieve with you in this time of loss and share in your questions, confusion and anguish. Your courage and strength are immeasurable and will lift us all up as individuals as well as a country.  I wish you all peace and love.

Rosaria L. Welles

April 18, 2007, 5:13pm • Sacramento, CA • #18946

Dear Students and Faculty of Virginia Tech,

Words cannot express how greatly I feel your loss and pain, though I sit here on the opposite coast. I have not experienced any tragedy as great as the one you all have suffered through, but still I mourn the loss of all your esteemed colleagues as though the incident had happened to me in my university. As a fellow student, I offer my condolences for your many losses and pray that you will have the strength to continue despite being witness to this most horrible of events. I hold all of you in my prayers and thoughts, especially those that are now wounded, physically or otherwise, and pray for your healing from this tragedy.

Respectfully,

Sana Rizvi

April 18, 2007, 5:13pm • Los Angeles, California • #18947