Condolences, April 18, 2007

this indeed is a very sad incident....know that the nation is giving you their shoulder to cry on and that we all are praying for everyone at VT. keep your heads held high and remember the lifes of those who were once alive. they have acheived so much..let their lifes live on! :)

April 18, 2007, 5:29pm • Mankato, MN • #19249

Psalms 23

The Lord is my shepard,I shall not want.He makes me to lie down in green pastures,He leads me beside still waters,He restores my soul.He leads me in the path of righteousness for His name’s sake.Ya thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil,for you are with me ;Your rod and Your staff comfort me.You prepare a table before me in the presence on my enemies.You anoint my head with oil;my cup overflows.Surley goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

April 18, 2007, 5:29pm • Grand Prairie , Texas • #19250

My sincere condolences.......And this is what rightwing commentators are saying about your kids.

National Review’s John Derbyshire opened the door yesterday, and others appear anxious to walk through it. I can’t say I’m completely surprised, though I thought conservatives might wait more than 48 hours before putting their callousness on display.

As we talked about yesterday, Derbyshire got the blame-the-victim ball rolling, questioning why victims of the Virginia Tech massacre didn’t do more to attack the well-armed madman. “[W]hy didn’t anyone rush the guy?” Derbyshire asked. “It’s not like this was Rambo, hosing the place down with automatic weapons… At the very least, count the shots and jump him reloading or changing hands. Better yet, just jump him.”

Since then, high-profile conservative writers at high-profile outlets have been anxious to follow Derbyshire’s lead. Nathaniel Blake at Human Events Online argued that students at Virginia Tech should feel “heartily ashamed” for what he sees as their cowardice.

“College classrooms have scads of young men who are at their physical peak, and none of them seems to have done anything beyond ducking, running, and holding doors shut,” Blake said.

April 18, 2007, 5:30pm • Elkhart, Indiana • #19251

This is truly a tradegy. My prayers go out to the university and to all that were affected by this tragic event. God will never leave you, nor forsake you!! God Bless!

April 18, 2007, 5:30pm • Emporia, Kansas • #19252

To the mothers, father, siblings, friends and other releatives:
I am so very sorry for your loss and sadness.

I wish I had the power to make this pain easier to bear through the next days, weeks and years as you live on to love them forever.

I’ll look to the sky and smile at the newest Angels in heaven.

April 18, 2007, 5:30pm • San Jose, California • #19253

I just wanted to extend my condolences on behalf of Navarro College in Coriscana, Texas where I work.  We have put an official condolence message on our website at www.navarrocollege.edu.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all who were tragically lost this past Monday.

May God Bless You All,

Wendy C. Spradley, Licensed Master Social Worker
Career and Technical Advisor/Disability Services
Navarro College

April 18, 2007, 5:30pm • Waxahachie, Texas • #19254

Dear Fellow Hokies,

I’m a freshman at VT and I already could feel within less than a year how close a community we all are.  The event that struck our campus on Monday morning is beyond the imaginable.  From my Slusher Tower window, the scenes I saw infront of Norris hall will be imprinted in my mind forever.  This horrible incident will only make us even stronger. The love all of us Hokies have for each other will heal our pain and help us deal with this tragedy.  I realize how fortunate I am to be a part of this Virginia Tech community that I have grown to love so much.  We are not in this alone, we have each other as well as support from all over the world.  Though our lives are forever changed, our hokie spirit will never die.  God bless all us Hokies!

Love,
L. Hetrick

April 18, 2007, 5:30pm • Herndon, Virginia • #19255

How horrible it was to see the horrific activity that took place at this very well known university. I just want to share my condolences with each and every one of you and let you know that all of you arein my hearts . How scared you all must ahve been i feel the pain for those who wer lost but i feel the happinessf or those who survived. Your in my heart and my prayers GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

Rachel Sampson

April 18, 2007, 5:30pm • Winchester ,Virginia • #19256

My heart goes out to all families who have suffered the loss of loved ones in this horrific tragedy.  I keep asking myself why or how did I get so lucky?  My son survived and was not injured. At least not pyhsically injured. The healing will take a long time and may not ever be realized by some.

April 18, 2007, 5:30pm • Williamsburg VA • #19257

I have since moved from B’burg but Tech and its wonderfull community are always in my thoughts.  There is no doubt in my mind that if any university could come together and support each other in a time like this it is Tech.  The students, families, and everyone involved are in my prayers. God bless VA Tech.

April 18, 2007, 5:30pm • Arlington, VA • #19258

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

My prayers are with everyone

May God Bless you and keep you close to our hearts and in our prayers…

Take one day at a time

Love always

Stephanie

April 18, 2007, 5:30pm • Birmingham • #19259

Our hearts Break for the families that have lost loved ones. May God bless each and everyone of you and keep you close in his loving arms. And may he also bless all of the VT students through this difficult and sad time.

Lee and Karen Gordon, Everett Wa.

April 18, 2007, 5:30pm • Everett, WA • #19260

NOT TO BE PUT ON THE Memorial Website - PLEASE - THIS IS A CORRECTION ONLY - THANKS

ON MY NOTE OF CONDOLENCE, PLEASE CHANGE THE “32” TO “33”. I am so sorry I didn’t realize it sooner but I wasn’t aware it had changed. My heart breaks even more. God Bless and thank you for making the change.

S. Schadler

April 18, 2007, 5:30pm • Seaforth, Ontario CANADA • #19261

As parents our thoughts go out to all effected

Sad that kids and young adults can’t at least go to school in Safety

Neil And Maureen

April 18, 2007, 5:30pm • Fort Sask, Alberta, Canada • #19262

My deepest sorrow and sympathy to the family lost ones. Thoughts and love go to my dearest Virginia Tech and Blacksburg community.
May you all find peace.

RS

April 18, 2007, 5:30pm • Vancouver, BC - Canada • #19263

I am a virginia tech fan and friend.ONCE A HOKIE ALWAYSA HOKIE!!!!!!!!!!!!When u hurt i hurt and this is a time when we all hurt together but do know my families hearts and prayers go out to the loved ones who are left behind to try and find a way to deal with this tragadey.you all are in my thoughts and prayers.GOD BLESS EACH ONE OF YOU!!

April 18, 2007, 5:30pm • VINTON ,VIRGINIA • #19264

VaTech is an amazing place with a remarkable family/comunity; teachers, students, Blackburg natives and alumi.  I grieve for all this family is going through.  I am also amazed and proud at how stong, helpful and caring this family is being during this difficult time.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 5:30pm • Rochester, NY • #19265

my thoughts and prayers go out to all those lost or injured in the tradegy at Virginia Tech. god bless

April 18, 2007, 5:30pm • massachusettes • #19266

Dear family of the Virginia Tech:
In this hard moments of sadness and mourning, all our hearts and thoughts are with you.
We pray for all the victims of this tragic episode and for all their families and friends. May they find the strength and courage to move on this days.
All our condolences, from Spain.

April 18, 2007, 5:30pm • Valencia, Spain • #19267

To All:

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.  The pain will never go away, but it will get easier with time.  I can say that I know how you feel, because I was at Columbine on April 20th, 1999.  Don’t give up on God, just hear his voice.  May the Lord keep you safe.  I will pray for you all. I am so sorry that this had to happen. My love is with you all.

Natalie

April 18, 2007, 5:30pm • Littleton, Colorado • #19268

Me and my family feel a lot the tragic incident very force for all of the school.
e that God is with you at this moment…
Pedro Paulo

April 18, 2007, 5:30pm • Campos,Rio de Janeiro,Brazil • #19269

I am deeply saddened by this event and send my sympathy to all the families, friends, faculty and staff.
I hope that all the pain would vanish and be replaced with peace for you all.

Sincerely,
Kevin Tingler
MSE graduate 2001

April 18, 2007, 5:30pm • Bartlesville, OK • #19270

My family experienced great tragedy when our 3 young grandsons were killed in a fire.  At times like this it brings me back to the memories of that time. 
I am very sad for those who lost their lives and for the pain that families and loved ones are experiencing right now.  These are times when the smile of a friend are so important. 
A friend may not know what to say to someone who has lost a loved one, but a friend’s smile is familiar territory in unfamiliar world.

In our experience we learned the sun once again shines brightly, cherished memories sustain us and time heals our pain. The gentle rain drops have become tears from a loving God who knows our pain and reminds us that the spirit within never dies.

April 18, 2007, 5:30pm • Kingman, Arizona • #19271

Wanted to say something but can’t find the words.Thinking of you all in your loss.Lost my own child and can feel your pain..No-one knows why the good go first but that never makes sense..All my love,Maria, Plymouth.U.K.

April 18, 2007, 5:31pm • England • #19272

I am a Alum of Florida State University. Your display of courage and community is one that will forever be remebered. My heart is with each of you. I am proud to have Virgina Tech as an ACC member. From myself and all Seminoles, “ Go Hokies”

April 18, 2007, 5:31pm • louisville, Kentucky • #19273

With my deepest concern,

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Virginia Tech Community, and the rest of the country. There is no loss that hurts more than the loss of innocence. Let us continue to turn to each other for support, and move forward together, never forgetting how we got here, and who was lost along the way.
Jesse Price

April 18, 2007, 5:31pm • Kananaskis, AB, Canada • #19274

Our love and prayers go out to all of the Virginia Tech community, students and administration.  We are sorry for your tremendous loss.

-The Behrens Family

April 18, 2007, 5:31pm • Alexandria,VA • #19275

I just want to say to all the families and friends of the students who were injured and lost there live while trying to better their lives that my heart goes out to you all. There are no words to explain how hurt you are but my family and I would like to le you know u are in our thoghts and prayers and we hope that u keep hope in life and get through this tragedy some how.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!
MARCUS ALBERSON

April 18, 2007, 5:31pm • WICHITA,,KS • #19276

AS YOU WERE ALL NEW YORKERS AFTER 9-11, WE ARE ALL HOKIES TODAY!  MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU, MAY HE SHINE HIS FACE UPON YOU, MAY HE BE GRACIOUS UNTO YOU, AND MAY HE GIVE YOU PEACE.

April 18, 2007, 5:31pm • BKLYN, NY, USA • #19277

My thoughts and prayers go out to the students, families and faculity in their time of sorrow. I graduated from St. Paul Tech in Minnesota in May of 2006 and can’t imagine the horror and sadness you are feeling. Take care and be strong. Continue with your education and remember God is there for you to lean on. God bless you all and may he watch over you in this time of sorrow.

April 18, 2007, 5:31pm • Saint Paul, Minnesota • #19278

Your sadness touches us here in Texas. My wife, daughter and son in law were there when it happened. Our prayers cry out to Almighty God to send comfort to the family and friends of the Hokey Nation. After the Convocation and hearing the Hokey Chant brought tears to my eyes. Tears for those that are gone but will never be forgotten. We continue to hold you up in our thoughts and prayers. Craig Forney

April 18, 2007, 5:31pm • Cedar Park, Texas • #19279

For those who were lost..."the Lamb in the center of the throne shall be their shepherd, and shall guide them to springs of the water of life; and God shall wipe every tear from their eyes” Rev.7:17

April 18, 2007, 5:31pm • Ladera Ranch, CA • #19280

Our thoughts, prayers and spirit are with the VT community during this terrible time.  As a mother and a member of the wider higher education community, I share your pain over this tragic event but know that, as with any tragedy, you will come out stronger and with more determination.

April 18, 2007, 5:31pm • Rockville, MD • #19281

My condolences go out to all those affected by the terrible tragedy at Virginia Tech on April 16th.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.  May God be your guiding light.

M.L. Devall

April 18, 2007, 5:31pm • Raleigh-Durham, NC (USA) • #19282

To the Facult and Student Body,

We extend our deepest sympathy and sincere sorrow for your loss. Our prayers are with you doing this time of grief.

Sincerely,

Freddie L. Hall, Jr., Chaplain, USA (Ret)
Thomas Council

April 18, 2007, 5:31pm • Fayetteville, NC • #19283

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.  As graduates of Virginia Tech, we are full pride of how you are handling this tragic event.  We are HOKIES, we will heal and become stronger!

VT 1996

April 18, 2007, 5:31pm • South Riding, VA • #19284

VT:  My condolences go out to the college community; you are to be commended on what you did to help the situation and what you are doing presently to heal. I believe peace will be restored to your wonderful academic home. May you all embrace one another as you as for solace!  Your loss is felt as the entire world feels your pain. As the tears well-up inside of me, and fall for you, I hope these small words of kindness do offer some glimmer of hope. You must try for strength for the future. I feel you will—regardless if you think there may be none—hopefully you will get through each day with light, and be okay. Grieve knowing that you will seek comfort.  Billy Joel sang, “Only the good die young,” your children are good, will always be with you, and never forgotten.  Let’s believe all are saints in heaven whom watch over you for all the days of your life!

April 18, 2007, 5:31pm • New York • #19285

Dear Students,Parents,Teachers and Lost Loved Ones,
Longing For One More Day When we lose someone we love it seems that time stands still. What moves through us is a silence… a quiet sadness… A longing for one more day… one more word… one more touch… We may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget. We will see you again some day, in a heavenly place where there is no parting. A place where there are no words that mean good-bye.

My prayers go out to everyone at VT.. I do not know anyone there who has lost a loved one but I have felt every tear along with you all ..May God Bless you and watch over you daily.

Lori Eley
Smithville,Tennessee.

April 18, 2007, 5:31pm • Smithville, Tennessee U.S.A. • #19286

This has come as a shock to not only the University but to the nation, anything like this that happens is a shock.  My family have prayed for those involved in all of this.  Especially for the families of those who were the victims in this incident.  This can only make the University and our Nation stronger.  You have mine and my families support...God Bless to ALL.

April 18, 2007, 5:31pm • Lewiston, Idaho • #19287

I am from England and i just want to say i am shocked by what has happened, i am keeping everybody in my thoughts and prayers, it shouldn’t have happened. just want you all to know the world is grieving with you all.

Emma
Berwick
England

April 18, 2007, 5:31pm • England • #19288

So many precious lives ended in a random act of senseless barbarism and the burden of “why” presses down on us, causing us to clutch frantically for anything that would mark this tragedy with some kind of meaning.  But there is no reason these treasured, unique, and irreplaceable people are no longer with us, there is no meaning in their deaths, and in that almost inconceivable fact lies the greatest tragedy of all.  My family’s thoughts and prayers are with the souls of the victims and with those left behind.

April 18, 2007, 5:31pm • Saginaw, Michigan, USA • #19289

My heart is breaking for you all.  And I am overwhelemd by the bravery of many of the victims and survivors and particularly so the actions of the heroic Prof. Librescu. What an amazing man. God bless and keep safe. Best Wishes Katrina Anwyll

April 18, 2007, 5:32pm • East Sussex, UK. • #19290

I wrote a message this morning but I don’t see it posted so I am writing again to say how my heart hurts for everyone there at Tech.

My daughter goes to Chapel Hill and as their Chancellor said in the letter on their website - “Today we are all Hokies”. I may be a Tarheel because of my daughter but today I am a Hokie!

The one things that I didn’t include this morning was something that was given to me when my daughter’s twin sister died. It is a stone that is engraved that says:

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane
I’d walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again

From the Tarheels to the Hokies - we love you!
God Bless
Joyce

April 18, 2007, 5:32pm • Stevensville, Maryland • #19291

Words can not express how we feel about this terrible event. Just know that our prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow.

Susan,John,& Lisa Coffin

April 18, 2007, 5:32pm • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada • #19292

Hokie Brethren,
As a Hokie, my emotions have moved from unbelief, to shock, to anger, to sadness, to thoughtfulness, and finally to hope.  No words can minimize the loss that has ben experienced by family, friends, Hokies and Americans through this horrific event. 
There is however great hope in the loving arms of the only one that has died and overcome death for the sins of the world, Jesus Christ.  I pray, as we all continue to work through this tragedy that our hearts and minds would turn to the One that has encouraged us to cast ALL our cares on Him.
May the God of hope wrap his loving arms around all the hurting of April 16 at Virginia Tech.  Ephesians 2:8-9 John 3:16

Randy Clark
Ag Ed 1977

April 18, 2007, 5:32pm • Bentonville, Virginia • #19293

All my prayers are with the victims’ families.
May the victims’ souls rest in peace.

April 18, 2007, 5:32pm • burkina faso • #19294

This prayer carries me through it all:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

--Reinhold Niebuhr

You are all in our thoughts and prayers.......

The Beauchemin’s

April 18, 2007, 5:32pm • Goffstown, NH • #19295

Our thoughts are prayers are with all of you.

April 18, 2007, 5:32pm • Fairbanks, Alaska • #19296

To those at Virginia Tech that have lost a loved one, my heart is so sad.  Immediately upon hearing the horrific news, I said a prayer that God would surround with love and courage those that have died, those that have been shot, and those that are having to endure such terrible grief.

April 18, 2007, 5:32pm • Rockville, MD • #19297

To the Virginia Tech Community,

We would like to deeply extend our heart felt sympathy to you all, our hearts are heavy with this tragedy.  Each and everyone of you are in our prayers daily.  May God Bless you, stay spiritually strong, for your faith will help to pull you through.

Kathy Robinson and the Foster Family

April 18, 2007, 5:32pm • Greenwich, CT • #19298