Condolences, April 18, 2007

All of us at IPFW Athletics send our deepest sympathies and prayers.  May His Strength sustain you at this most difficult of times.  We will continue our prayers for you!
Mark A. Pope
Director of Athletics
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

April 18, 2007, 5:16pm • Fort Wayne, Indiana • #18999

I believe God is crying with each you, and all of us, and trying to comfort us in this horrible time of Loss.

I know we are given the freedom of choice. Unfortunately, we all too often become tragic victims of the VIOLENT choices of others.

THAT DOES NOT PRECLUDE, HOWEVER, OUR CHOICES FOR LIVING VIBRANT, JOYFUL, CARING, GIVING AND LOVE-FILLED LIVES.

It is obvious that your “LOVED ONES” whose lives were cut short by this heinous violence, “LIVED SUCH LIVES.”

We are all learning of the REMARKABLE, VIBRANT, FULFILLING AND GIVING LIVES OF EACH PERSONS THAT WE LOST.

I, AND SO MANY PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD, HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY BOTH THEIR LIVES AND SACRIFICE.

BECAUSE OF “YOUR” LOVE, SUPPORT & ENCOURAGEMENT .... WE HAVE ALL BEEN BLEST TO BE TOUCHED GETTING TO KNOW OF THE AWESOME PEOPLE & LIVES “LIVED” BY YOUR LOVED ONES.

Reach out for the hugs, love, comfort and assistance you may will need through the healing process.

May your Virginia Tech Family stay close and stay strong.

GO HOKIES!!

April 18, 2007, 5:16pm • A Farm Gal from Kansas, USA • #19000

My heart goes out to all the students, families, and faculty whose lives were forever changed on April 16 2007.It is so hard to wrap your mind around such tragedy. May God bless you all today and the days ahead.
R. Odum

April 18, 2007, 5:16pm • Bluff City Tn • #19001

I wish to express my deepest sympathies and condolences to the immediate families of the victims of this tragedy and to the VT family, my and my family’s thoughts and prayers are with you all.

April 18, 2007, 5:16pm • Stone Mountain, Georgia • #19002

My heart goes out to all those affected by this event. May GOD BlESS YOU ALL. Please remember in your prayers the family of Cho Seung Hui. No parent want’s their child to commit such horrors. May God have mercy on his troubled soul. Hopefully we can learn from this event so as to prevent such tradgies from ever rehappening.
Catherine A.

April 18, 2007, 5:16pm • Mandeville, La. • #19003

This is one of the most tragic events I have ever had to deal with. This is my first year at Virginia Tech, and I love this school deeply. It makes me sad, shocked, and angry that this had to happen and the loss of such wonderful people, including a friend, is painful. I pray for the families and friends of those lost and I thank everyone, not just in this state or even country, from around the world that has expressed their sympathy and extended their prayers to us.
Hokies forever :-)

April 18, 2007, 5:16pm • Blacksburg, VA • #19004

I want to send my heart out to the entire Virginia Tech community. I keep you in my prayers every day. Just remember that the Lord is always with you, and He is always there to pick us up when we fall. I feel your pain and may God bless each and every one of you.

Peace and Love,
A Friend

April 18, 2007, 5:16pm • Indianapolis, IN • #19005

Dear Hokies,

I express my deepest condolences and grief, to the families of victims and students of Virginia Tech. You are in my thought’s and prayer’s. God bless each and everyone of you. I love all of you.

Michael Lombardo

April 18, 2007, 5:16pm • Nashville, TN • #19006

My prayers and thoughts are with all the families, friends, and victims of the horrific happenings on April 16.  My prayers are also with the entire Virginia Tech campus, for you and the nation behind you to stick together and prevail as a community.  May God be your rock and your faith get you through this hard time.

God Bless,

Hannah Schulz
Washington & Jefferson College ‘08

April 18, 2007, 5:16pm • Washington, PA • #19007

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the entire VT community, especially to the victims and their families.  You will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Seth, Justine & Sophia Lengel

April 18, 2007, 5:16pm • Harrisburg, PA • #19008

as a school, as a university, as a state and as a country we must begin to heal from the tragic events that took place and shattered countless lives. let us begin to celebrate 32 young men and women who were taken before their time. let us celebrate them and G-d help us to forgive and forget to hate their killer. Al of my heart and my prayers go out to the students, faculty, family and friends surrounding the virginia tech comunity. As the years grow longer may we be better able to understand why such tragedies can happen and may we be proactive in preventing them. LOVE, LIGHT AND HOPE, nicole silverman and the silverman family in staten island, brooklyn, manhattan and long island, NY. <3

April 18, 2007, 5:16pm • NY,NY US • #19009

Dear Students, Family, Faculty & Staff,

We are with you!!  We may not be there, but you are in our hearts and our thoughts!!  Our hearts and our love outpours for you.  Please know that you are not alone in this.  The country is with you!!

The Fort Family
Stuart, Dawn, Alex & Brandon
Indianapolis, Indiana

April 18, 2007, 5:16pm • Indianapolis, Indiana • #19010

I want to say that my prayers go out to all the friends and family and I pray that God may give you the strength and that you recieve consolation in all your hearts.  I am so sorry for all your losses.

Sincerely, Jasmine Nieves

April 18, 2007, 5:16pm • Henryville, PA • #19011

may god bless all the families and peers of the ones who lost their precious lives on April 16, 2007. May those rest with god and the one who were injured heal with full strength.

God Bless from the Wine family.

April 18, 2007, 5:17pm • Wilmington, NC • #19012

What happened on April 16, 2007 affected college campuses across the world. I speak for myself and my university when I express my deepest condolences to the families, friends and all those affected by this tragedy.

Cody Julian
Undergraduate ‘09 - Schreiner University - Kerrville, Texas

April 18, 2007, 5:17pm • Kerrville, TX/USA • #19013

May all of you at VT feel God’s arms around you during these painful days, and may you take time for a few deep breaths to take in some of His “Peace that passes all understanding.”
As a Christian, I feel forgiveness for the shooter, since I’m sure he did not want this mental illness, nor did he deserve it, nor could he control it all by himself. “There but for the Grace of God, go I.”
As a teacher, I wonder what I would do if my classroom and students were attacked so viciously. The whole world is impressed by the heros, both students and teachers, at VT this week.
May God Bless you All.
AP

April 18, 2007, 5:17pm • Phoenix, AZ • #19014

I AM SORRY FOR WHAT I HEARD AND THE TRAGEDY THAT HAD HAPPEN!!I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT GOD IS WITH YOU AND HOPE THAT HE HEARS ALL OF YOUR PRAYERS!!!AND MAY I BLESS YOU ALL OF YOU GUYS WITH MY HEART
!!!!!LOVE ALL OF YOU GUYS AND HOPE EVERYTHING COMES OUT FINE....

April 18, 2007, 5:17pm • LOS ANGELES,CA • #19015

There are no words to describe the saddness that the whole country feels in this time of sorrow and loss.  Our hearts ache for all of those who are so closely touched by this tragedy.  The community of Salt Lake City is still healing after the shooting at Trolly Square Mall in February of this year. As a nation we can all heal together. Bess you all and pray for peace.

SG Salt Lake City, Utah

April 18, 2007, 5:17pm • Salt Lake City Utah • #19016

My entire family has been in mourning over this. We feel like we lost 32 members of an extended family and, as parents, we can’t imagine the horrible losses that are being suffered.

If he hadn’t decided to go to pilot school instead, my oldest son would now be a junior at Virginia Tech. And it is where my youngest is determined to go. Each knows that campus like the back of their hand.

I first visited the Virginia Tech campus in 1965 at 5 years old. Though I never was fortunate enough to have attended Virginia Tech, I have always faithfully followed its athletic teams and its academic successes equally. I have worked with many Virginia Tech students and graduates and found them all to be proud members of what has become a vast Hokie Nation.

I hope the entire Virginia Tech community can now begin the road to recovery.

No one I know had direct links to anyone killed or injured in the shootings, but that doesn’t offer much consolation as everyone connected to the Virginia Tech community feels they were directly violated.

Our prayers and thoughts are with Hokies everywhere.

Dave Congrove and family

April 18, 2007, 5:17pm • Rocklegde, FL • #19017

Quisiera ofrecer mis condolencias a todas las victinas de este terrible acto de violencia, que la paz este con todos ellos y en especial a sus familiares, en mis oraciones estan presentes para que encuentren la paz en sus corazones.
Desde muy lejos estoy escribiendo, pero me es muy cercano lo sucedido porque en mi Universidad existen estudiantes de intercambio de vuestra universidad los cuales estan muy afectados por lo sucedido.

Macarena- Chile- Universidad Católica

April 18, 2007, 5:17pm • Santiago, Chile • #19018

May our world learn from this tragety and prosper in the names of all those slain. May God keep a watchful eye over their souls, and may all Heaven’s newest angel’s keep reminding us of peace on earth.
With deepest sympathy. The Koch family

April 18, 2007, 5:17pm • Evansville, Indiana • #19019

I am so sorry for the losses many family and friends of the victims experienced. I am so proud of how the rest of the college community came together to share their sorrow, and honor those who have died and been wounded. I think all of us share this with you. As a parent of a college student who called me right away, I was horrified and scared, as she was. We still all think of colleges and schools as safe havens for our children. On the other hand, I am a mental health nurse, who can share the frustrations of being able to identify violent people and then stuck in a system that can’t do anything about that. So, I do share the frustration that I know many of the professors at the college felt with this very sick individual. I feel sorry also for this sick young man that couldn’t be helped and his parents that may have tried and failed. For the sake of all of us, and for the mentally ill, we need to fix this system.  Again, stay strong, don’t hate, love often, pray alot, and resume your studies. The country is waiting for all of you young and talented people to contribute this country. You are wiser than many of us will ever know.

April 18, 2007, 5:17pm • Turnersville, NJ USA • #19020

I want to express my sincere condolences to all those that are affected by this tragedy. May you find comfort and stength as time goes on.

April 18, 2007, 5:17pm • Nova Scotia, Canada • #19021

As a fellow Hokie (class of ‘86), I still cannot believe this has happened at Virginia Tech, of all places.  My heart goes out to all the victims, their families, and everyone else affected by this tragedy.  I cannot begin to imagine what the parents of these young students are going through. 

I’m also extremely saddened that my alma mater has been changed forever by one person’s selfish and senseless act of violence.  The university and Blacksburg will never be the same again.  Virginia Tech will be forever known for this tragic incident, much like Columbine High School is forever branded from the incident there eight years ago. 

The Hokie Nation will never fully recover from this tragedy.  The healing process will never be complete.  But one thing has become evident in the last couple of days - Hokie Pride is still strong!  I’m confident that the VT community will move forward. 

I am thankful for the outpouring of support from everyone around the world.  And my thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families at this terrible time. 

Richard Freeman
B.A. Communication, 1986

April 18, 2007, 5:17pm • Roanoke, VA • #19022

My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to ALL at Virginia Tech!  I have prayed for all who survived and all who has made their journey to heaven.  With all the prayers and love that is going out to everyone there you will make it through this.  Just know that you are NOT alone in this.  The united Nation and God is with you EVERY step of the way!  United we stand....don’t ever forget!  You are very strong and courageous, and I’m very sorry this happened to you!

April 18, 2007, 5:17pm • Huntsville, Texas • #19023

Although I am miles away from this tragedy this saddens me.I have all that were involved in my thoughts and prayers.A tragic event like this will never be forgotten and those lost will always be remembered.

April 18, 2007, 5:17pm • Stillwater,OK • #19024

I am a Hokie and from the great state of Va.  As a Hokie you will be courageous and somehow get past this horrific event.  May God Bless each and everyone of you.

April 18, 2007, 5:17pm • Los Angeles, Ca • #19025

Dear Va Tech Administration, Faculty, Students,Families & Friends:

I am so deeply saddened by the tragedy that has happened to the wonderful “Hokie Nation”.  I live in Jacksonville,Fl, and have had the priviledge and joy of experiencing what “Hokie Power” really is during many football games.  I am so touched by the integrity, courage and compassion expressed by so many students, faculty, and families.  VA Tech may be proud that the world truly knows how magnificent you are.  I pray that you find the love and support you all need during this difficult time and will one day emerge strengthened and encouraged from this tunnel of sadness. You are all in my heart and prayers…

A. Turner

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • Jacksonville, FL • #19026

Lets not have this tradgedy divide us but unite us all together. Depression is a dark place and only we as americans can change for future reference. Hannah Sawvel

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • clarksville, iowa • #19027

We are thinking of you and sharing your grief in Ohio.

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • Hamilton OH • #19028

I’m sorry.  I don’t know what you are going through.  I don’t know what God’s plan is in this, but just remember that He will never leave you, nor forsake you, even though it may feel like it.  Trust in Jesus.  He loves you.  Cling to Him.  Again, I’m sorry you have to go through this.  I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.  I love you all, may God keep you in His care. -Melissa

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • Hiawatha, Kansas • #19029

I’m portuguese, from Lisbon, and I just wanted to share the sadness and sorry for what happened in VT. There’s no words to describe the horror, the shock, the tragedy that happened in a place that should be to learn, to grow. Just wanted to honor and remember all the victims of this horrible tragedy.

Sincerely,
Nuno Figueiredo

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • Portugal • #19030

All of YOU make me proud to be called a Hokie.  UT PROSIM...that we may serve.

We’ll be wearing Chicago Maroon and Burnt Orange on Friday...to be with you.  UNITED FOREVER!!!

“Out of chaos...comes HOPE.”

ESM graduate 1994

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • Indianapolis, Indiana • #19031

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, and Family Members,

My heart is so full of sadness for what your university students have suffered.  You always think you have seen the worst thing imaginable each day on the news, but there is always something much worse.  As a mother, grandmother, and manager of a graduate program, I can’t even imagine what each of you are going through.  Please know that me and millions of other people around the world mourn with you and feel the pain of your loss.  You are each in my thoughts and prayers as you move through this difficult time.  Be strong.

Very sincerely,
Nicole Jardin

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • Houston, Texas, USA • #19032

Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.  May God grant you the peace and healing that will help your community to recover.  And may God grant the victims, and their families, a special blessing of comfort during this difficult time.  God bless.

B. Hull

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • Columbus, OH • #19033

May you continue to shine brightly for all those who were taken away from your VT Hokie Family.
Our prayers are with you and the whole Hokie Nation at this time.
Irish Blessings
Mothers and Fathers hold their children’s hands for just a little while…
And their hearts forever.

May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities, and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered, and protected.
May your soul calm, console and renew you.
Peace & Much Love
Therese & Chris McGrath
Pensacola Florida

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • Pensacola, Florida USA • #19034

Dear Faculty & Students,

I am as much shocked as you all are at this moment.I convey my deep regards to those families,who have lost their kids,fellow friends who have lost their best buddies. I hope students who are graduating this academic year and moving forward,please devote your achievements,accomplishments to each of these innocent students who had lost their lives on this sorrowful day.

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • #19035

Estimados estudiantes, soy una persona más que ha sido tocada con esta tragedia… Gracias a Dios, nadie que conozca estuvo en ella, pero mi decision de escribirles es porque tambien soy estudiante universitaria y ni en mi ciudad(Guayaquil) ni en mi país (Ecuador) ha sucedido algo semejante y no sabría que hacer en una situación así.
Les expreso mis más sinceras condolencias y deseo de todo corazón que Dios guarde a todos sus compañeros.

Michelle Criollo Alvarado

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • Guayaquil-Ecuador • #19036

This is truly a horrible thing, to happen to all. I give my condolences to all who were injured, and who sadly died. May God help you in your time of need. Remember the good times and get through this tragedy with friends and family.

God Bless Virginia Tech.

Krystal

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • Canada • #19037

My family and I were deeply saddened to hear of your tragic loss at Virginia Tech.  As an educator, a mother, and former Virginian, my heart goes out to all of the students, faculty, and families affected by this unthinkable tragedy.  May good rise out of this sorrow and may our nation and the nations of the world learn lessons from this about the importance of human decency and the fragility of human life.  My prayers for your healing are with you now and in the days ahead. 
K. Cromwell

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • Massachusetts • #19038

From: David & Lisa - with two children!! So Very Very Sad for you!! May God Bless you & your families with strengh!!

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • P/T Student in USA & Canada • #19039

I am so sorry for all of your losses. I seen the documentary on television on April 17th, 2007 and I was in fear for everyone of you. I could not imagine what you all had gone through. I just want you all to know that you are in my thoughts and in my prayers. I have a 15 year old daughter and I know how alot of you must feel. I had tears flowing when I heard about this. I am deeply saddened along with you. I pray that God will give us all strenghth to heal and make the world a better place than what is has become. Please know you are not alone in this and it will take the strength and courage of us all, to be able to get through and overcome this tragedy. May God Bless you all and keep you safe from this day forward. Amen.

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • Leavenworth, Indiana/ Crawford County • #19040

Dear Students and Faculty,

There are no words that I can find to describe the feelings that I share with you in this most horrific time.  Just remember that you, as a student body are a family, be there for eachother and guide eachother through this tradgedy.  There is no sense in what has happened. Through the mourning and grieving be there for eachother, and know that we are all here for you, myself, and probably the entire country.

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • Massapequa Park, New York • #19041

To all Hokies and their families:

What could we say that would help? What could we do that would help?  Miles away, yet right near you in spirit...we send messages of comfort, respect and sorrow. 

Kansas Jayhawk, Shocker and Pioneer Family

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • Kansas • #19042

We just want to express our sympathy to all who have been touched by such a tragedy, this is the worst thing that could have happened to anyone...all the innocent lives taken, by somone who had no idea who they were, nor did he even know who he was....I hope you all find strength in the LORD & Savior Jesus Christ, remember that he forgives all, and I hope that VT will be forgiving as well, I know it will be tough to get past this, but we must remember that life goes on....and the HOKIES will prevail. God bless all of you.....and GodSpeed to a recovery.

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • Cogan Station, Pa • #19043

My heart and prayers go out to all of you.  I used to live in Virginia and can’t imagine how anyone could commit such a heinous act with such wonderful people.  I am so sorry for the loss everyone has endured.

Kimberly

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • Manchester, NH • #19044

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone effected by this tragedy. Although I didn’t know any of the students tragically taken at Virginia Tech, I can’t imagine the pain that everyone on the campus is going through. I send my love and pray for strength for you all.

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • Portland, Maine • #19045

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you now....With Love, and Sadness..Scott and Anna

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • Cleveland TN • #19046

Dear Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff and families,

I am terribly saddened by this tragedy and so very sorry for the losses you’ve endured. Please know that other families and communities are thinking of you and mourning with you.  I wish you strength and peace.

Sincerely,

S. Williams

April 18, 2007, 5:18pm • Baton Rouge, LA • #19047

I would love to share my condolences to the entire campus of VT who had witnessed such a crime. I’m a fellow college student at Kean University in Union, New Jersey who lives in Maryland right outside Washington DC. With recent events no one had no idea of what was coming and innocence lives were lost. I am very sad for those who got caught in one’s crossfire of violence, but yet very relieved of those who saw the crossfire and made it out alive. There isn’t any college student from all over the global who now can’t say “they will lock their doors.” It had to take great violence to make everyone aware of the security that is on universities and colleges’ campuses. It’s ashamed that so many lost their lives to one student’s problem. I hope everyone at VT takes good care of rebuilding the VT campus and help each other out. It will be hard, but remember this “it is us, the college students that the world must depend on and we must stay united together to face the violence which comes our way!” God bless to everyone at VT, you all are in are prayers, “we will never forget of such violence that happen that April 16, 2007!”

April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • Union, NJ, USA • #19048