Condolences, April 18, 2007

May God be with you all in this tragic time.  You are in the thoughts and prayers of my family.

Nathan
University of Louisville

April 18, 2007, 5:32pm • Bardstown, Kentucky • #19299

This Tar Heel will be wearing orange and maroon on Friday. We are now all part of Hokie Nation.

April 18, 2007, 5:32pm • Los Angeles, CA • #19300

Dear Virginia Tech students, faculty and family,
I have two children in college one here in Illinois and one in Virginia. I worry every day for their well being and their futures.
Please do go on and finish your school year the way it was intended with good final grades. For if you let this tragedy steal your future from you it will be even more of a tragedy. Feel comforted that you have each other and the World is behind you 200%.
Take care and God Bless.
Mrs. L.

April 18, 2007, 5:32pm • Chicago, IL • #19301

To the Virginia Tech Family,

I pray that God will comfort you all in your time of need. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Maria J.

April 18, 2007, 5:32pm • Metairie, LA • #19302

We are sad and shocked to watch what had just happened at our beloved Tech. Words cannot explain our feelings. Unimaginable has befallen on our Virginia Tech family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
With the hope or better times,

Kutsal Dogan’97
Bahar Basim’97

April 18, 2007, 5:32pm • Dallas, TX • #19303

God bless the VT family and friends

from a proud father of 2 children in college in Texas

April 18, 2007, 5:32pm • Flower Mound, Texas • #19304

I am still trying to wrap my brain around what has happened to the Virginia Tech community. This senseless act of violence has left myself and our nation feeling very sad and helpless. I am extending my deep condolences to all of the Virginia Tech community and send many hugs in hopes of some comfort to you all.

You are in my prayers,

Vicky Torell Anderson

April 18, 2007, 5:32pm • Lincoln, Nebraska • #19305

I will be praying for all the victim’s, their families, and all the students of VTech.  I am sorry that this happened, but know that it will get better.  Always, rely on God for strength.  He will help you and keep you going!!

Kristina

April 18, 2007, 5:32pm • Kings Mountain, NC USA • #19306

Hope
by Darrell J. Banks

To the students, parents and faculty of VT.

In the midst of chaos, God lives.
In pain, our failure to forgive, God loves us.
Time moves on, days change, challenges unfold,
but the dead live among us within our minds, our dreams,our hope.

Years move into centuries, life creates newborns,
stone monuments are erected, people walk by.
Who can explain why the stars really move, is it gravity, or the birth of a universe.

If I challenge myself, will I forgive myself when fate changes a plan, a thought. Death is real, but so is life, but to understand life
one must forgive evil and rejoin with love for God is love, even in the midst of evil.

April 18, 2007, 5:33pm • Oak Park MI USA • #19307

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and all of the students. Be strong.

Bri
Northwestern Class ‘08

April 18, 2007, 5:33pm • Evanston, IL • #19308

Psalm 23
A psalm of David.
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,

3 he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death, [a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
forever.

MAY GOD WATCH OVER US ALL IN THIS TIME WHERE HIS STRENGTH IS NEEDED MOST.

Lorraine Jetland-Slagle

April 18, 2007, 5:33pm • Vacaville, CA USA • #19309

May God bring you peace, as the world prays for your comfort to come.

April 18, 2007, 5:33pm • Truckee, CA • #19310

To all of you at Virgnia Tech,

I know that I am miles away from where you guys are, but I just want to let you all know that I, as well as everyone here at the University of New Mexico, are grieving with you.

Today, we are all Hokies.

My deepest condolences,
Sarah McConnell

April 18, 2007, 5:33pm • Albuquerque, NM • #19311

My deepest thoughts and sympathies to all those involved in this tragedy. I cant even imagine what everyone involved is going through. As a mother of college/universities students myself my heart goes out to all of you.

April 18,2007 Darlene Hatter

April 18, 2007, 5:33pm • Welland, Ontario Canada • #19312

My husband and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to all those who lives were forever changed on Monday.  We pray for all the victims, their families, and their friends.  May God bless them and give them the courage and strength to carry on their loved one’s legacy.

Our most deepest and heartfelt condolonces,

The Sweeney’s of Bensalem, PA

April 18, 2007, 5:33pm • Bensalem PA 19020 • #19313

To the Virginia Tech Community-

I am deeply saddened by the events that took place this past Monday, April 16th, 2007.

The victims families, as well as everyone that has been effected by this tragedy are in my thoughts and prayers.

May God be with each of you.

God Bless,
Kristina

April 18, 2007, 5:33pm • Ashburn, VA • #19314

dear faculty students and families!!!i would like to send my thoughts and prayers to all the staff families and students!!!!my thoughts arer with all of you!!!thank you
ROBBIE FOSTER

April 18, 2007, 5:33pm • SAG HARBOR NY • #19315

I am so sorry that somthing like this had to happen again i don’t know why no one listen to the teacher that tryed to tell them that this kid needed help you shounld always take something like that seriouse ,now look what happen so many insent people lost there lives and got hurt because no one listened. my thought and prayers are with all of you an my deepeset condolences I wish there was something else i counld do for all of you . stay strong and never forget what has happen and if you ever see someone that you thing needs help please tell someone and make them listen.

April 18, 2007, 5:33pm • syracuse,ny • #19316

My hart aches for you. My prayers are for you to find peace. A.Simpson

April 18, 2007, 5:34pm • Canada • #19317

Dear Virginia Tech students, faculties and staffs
I write on behalf of Nepali Student’s Association, WSU, Pullman to express our profound shock and deep sympathy at the horrific mass murder and horrible misfortune in Virginia Tech. We are being completely shocked by the news of heinous crime.
We strongly hope that you, your families and other members will be able to gain strength to move forward from the terrifying situation you are facing now. We very heartily would like to assure you that I and the members of our association extending their heartfelt sympathy for the tragic loss and suffering which has resulted to the families of victim and prey for the peaceful rest of the lost soul. Please accept our deepest sympathy and solidarity. No one can imagine such barbaric cold blood murdering in the class at school. We sincerely share your grief and sorrow and do wish your strength and fortitude.
President
Nepali Students’ Association
Washington State University
Pullman

April 18, 2007, 5:34pm • Pullman,WA • #19318

Dear Hokie Family,

We have never been “official” Hokies, but we have many, many friends who are.  Having lived in Salem, VA briefly, we know something of the camaraderie and kinship that Hokies have, as well as the Hokie pride that is innate in that area of Virginia.  You are all in our deepest thoughts and prayers.  Know that we grieve with you and that our loving God is grieving as well.  May you all find solace and hope in the presence of family, friends, and may you know that our Lord is with you.

The Rowley Family

April 18, 2007, 5:34pm • Richmond, VA • #19319

In 1961 my husband was a student in the Engineering Department at Tech.  Blacksburg was our home for 4 years. 

It is hard to comprehend what has happened there.  The campus was always such a beautiful and safe place to be. 

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of the students, facility and family members.

April 18, 2007, 5:34pm • Waynesboro, Virginia • #19320

Students, Teachers, Staff

Monday we have been struck by tragedy, we are mourning our fellow students, our professors, each and every bullet have struck to us. But, we are the Hokie Nation, yesterday we show the spirit of the Hokie Nation. From the bottom of the heart of the Hokie Nation, we are Virginia Tech!!, we are the Hokies!!, WE WILL PREVAIL!!
Yesterday entire America was the Hokie Nation!!
German Montalvo

April 18, 2007, 5:34pm • Blacksburg, VA • #19321

As I have watched the news of the shootings my heart has been heavy with sorrow and grief for your university. I know that many including me are shedding tears with you and send forth our prayers. I would also like to send you the lyrics to an old gosple song that has given me comfort in my own trials.

Be Strong And Take Courage

chorus
Be strong and take courage
Do not fear or be dismayed
For the Lord will go before you
And His life will show the way
Be strong and take courage
Do not fear or be dismayed
For the one who lives within you
Will be strong in you today.

Why don’t you give him all of your fears
Why don’t you let Him wipe all of your tears
He knows He’s been through pain before
And He knows all that you’ve been looking for
(Repeat chorus)

Nothing can take you out of His hand
Nothing can face you that you can’t command
I know that you will always be
In His love in His power
You will be free.

April 18, 2007, 5:34pm • Little Rock AR • #19322

Hey, i might live very far away but i am praying and thinking of everyone at virgina tech and there familys!

April 18, 2007, 5:34pm • Natchez, Mississippi USA • #19323

I just want to let ya’ll know that my thoughts and prayers are with everyone.  Although these are hard times, we will get through this time of difficulty.  God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 5:34pm • Dallas, Tx • #19324

"It’s hard to say why they had to go so soon, so young.  But when people reach their utmost state of perfection on earth, they are to do the work of angels.”

In a time when there are no words to describe this tragedy, please know that everyone, (in Virgina, in the US, and the better part of the world) are thinking, and praying for those we have lost. 

Alysha Akbar
JMU ‘04

April 18, 2007, 5:34pm • Great Falls, VA • #19325

I pray that everyone who has been touched by this heavy and sad time will find calm in their hearts through family, friends and God.
For the Police, security, faculty and staff; I hope that all will heal well in your hearts.
For the injuried Students and staff; I will continue to pray for your recovery.
And for the families who have lost a child; I have cried for your loss. Please be strong.

April 18, 2007, 5:34pm • Valdosta, Georgia • #19326

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Va Tech families at this time. It’s at times like this that we should stop and realize just how valueable our life is and be thankful for life. Take care

April 18, 2007, 5:34pm • Va Beach, Va • #19327

The school should be very proud of their students for the way they are portraying themselves and the school in front of the media.  They are well spoken and composed in what must be the worse day of their lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families.

The McKissick’s

April 18, 2007, 5:34pm • Johnstown, PA • #19328

I can’t imagine the pain the famlies and loved ones are feeling at this moment. I Just want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and That God will see you through this.

Tina and Niall Keenan

April 18, 2007, 5:34pm • Dublin, Ireland • #19329

To Whom This May Concern:

I am very sorry about the events that took place on Monday. I grieve with the family, friends, and staff at V- Tech. I am in pain and sorrow at this time and I am praying for each and every one of you. To God Be The Glory.

Dawan O. Wallace
Ferris State University Alumnus

April 18, 2007, 5:34pm • Lathrup Village, Michigan • #19330

The promise and the futures that were so shamelessly and brutally ripped away on Monday cannot and will not ever be forgotten.  Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers, Aunt and Uncles, Neices an Nephews who will have to press on in a world where their loved ones were taken from them in the cruelest possible way.  I found it truly inspiring to see your student body in their colors chanting Let’s Go Hokies at the top of their lungs. I implore you all cry if you haven’t let your emotions out, seek out those who love you and draw strength from them. Lean on us and we promise we will not let you down.  You have all been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.  I encourage anybody reading this who has no affiliation to Virginia Tech to see if you can’t find a few extra dollars lying around and order yourself a VT Tshirt, Hat, or sweatshirt as I have.  The members of this community need our support and strength now more than ever.  I will never forget the image of a sea of maroon and orange clad students with tears streaming down their face chanting Let’s Go Hokies.  Your courage is inspiration to us all.  May God bless you all and keep you safe! 
LET’S GO HOKIES!
Josh

April 18, 2007, 5:34pm • Chicago, IL • #19331

To the Tech Family:

I was on your campus only once years ago. For a lacross game between Tech and Radford were my son was a student/player.  He had friends at Tech and after the game the students gave us a tour of the campus.  We enjoyed the tour of your beautiful campus.  It sadden us the this tragedy has caused you so much grief.  Are prayers are with the entire Tech family.

April 18, 2007, 5:34pm • Syracuse, NY • #19332

As a college student of Germanna College myself and children that have attended college I cannot even begin to feel the pain that everyone is suffering.  I have a neighbor whose daughter was at VA Tech taking class that fateful day and I cannot express the grief that they and their daughter is going through.  Thankfully she was not harmed physically but will have deep scars mentally.  My heart and prayers go out to all the family, students, staff and community of VA Tech.  God Bless All

April 18, 2007, 5:34pm • Fredericksburg, VA • #19333

As I read the quote of one of the fathers, “My baby didn’t make it” it broke my heart. How can a parent bear such a loss? What can be said or done now for those that have lost someone so precious and irreplaceable?

Their is one person who understands the pain of loosing His only child to death. He is God in heaven, creator of heaven and earth. He watched while people killed His innocent Son, just as He saw the innocent murdered on April 16th. He is well acquainted with this type of pain, because He also went through it. He is the only one that can touch us in the place of such unbearable pain. I know many are turning to Him in this time of grief, I pray He will be found by all those who grieve. Although their is great evil in this world, the Lord once said to be of good cheer, because He has overcome the world. He also overcame death. The Lord is greater than the evil. May our hope be in Him.

April 18, 2007, 5:34pm • Eden Prairie • #19334

Siento mucho lo ocurrido, mucho animo a todas las familias destrozadas, amigos y estudiantes de Virginia Tech, un abrazo muy fuerte desde España a nuestros amigos de USA

April 18, 2007, 5:34pm • MADRID/ESPAÑA • #19335

They say god only takes the best first but why in such a horrific way.
I never knew any of the victims but i feel for their family and friends.
God bless and Peace x x

April 18, 2007, 5:34pm • Jersey Channel Islands, United Kingdom • #19336

As a survivor of the attacks that took place on 9/11/01 - my heart and prayers go out to all the victims, families of the victims and everyone else involved.  We can not understand why these things happen?  Where is God in a time like this?  HE is with you all… and the victims of the shootings are in a much better place - so much better - we can’t even imagine.  I am sorry for your pain - I pray for the shooter.  I saw some pictures of the victims on TV and each and everyone of these beautiful people look beautiful and so happy - they obviously lived life to the fullest.  May God be with you all at this confusing time.  My prayers and thoughts are with you continually.

April 18, 2007, 5:34pm • Los Angeles, California • #19337

We are all so saddened by this unspeakable tragedy.  Our thoughts and prayers go out the entire VT community.

God Bless.
The Vogels

April 18, 2007, 5:35pm • Antioch, IL • #19338

My prayers go out to all of you afflicted by this tragedy. May God give you His peace. Try to be strong and of comfort to each other in this time of pain. The whole nation supports you.

God Bless you all!

April 18, 2007, 5:35pm • Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio • #19339

Dear faculty, students, alumni:

As a graduate from a fellow ACC school, I want to say that anyone who remembers college life remembers it as the happiest years of their life.  It breaks my heart that this tragedy will live with you all forever.  My heart and prayers go out to the families of all who died.

And to Ryan Clark’s family and fellow band members, I cried when I saw his band picture since, I too, was in my college marching band.  Although he was at VT, it is like loosing one of our own band family.  I am just glad heaven has another talented musician.

Susan
Florida State University

April 18, 2007, 5:35pm • Panama City, FL • #19340

To all those affected by the Virginia Tech Shootings,
I pray for all of you and keep you all in my heart.  The people who were lost on Monday I believe are now in heaven as angels, serving to protect all college students.  Nothing can be said or done to make this horrid event better or less awful.  But I want you all to know that this memory will always remain in my heart.  The shooter’s intentions will not win out - for we will survive and go on.  He will not conquer but will be forgotten while the memory of those who were killed will live forever.

April 18, 2007, 5:35pm • Wichita KS • #19341

To the Virginia Tech faculty, students, families, and your friends:
We are so deeply sorry for the tragedy that took place on your campus this past week, and for the lose of those precious lives that resulted.
We hope these words of Charles Dickens will bring some comfort to you:
“When death strikes down the innocent and young, for every fragile form from which he lets the panting spirit free, a hundred virtues rise, in shapes of mercy, charity, and love, to walk the world, and bless it.”
Our hearts and prayers are with you, Lynn & Larry Tornek

April 18, 2007, 5:35pm • Coconut Grove, FL • #19342

facebook has brought students and alumni from ohio state university, including myself, together to remember the victims of the april 16th tragedy.  the buckeye nation is with everyone from virginia tech.  osu will wear orange and maroon on friday april 20 to express our solidarity to all the hokies out there.
my thoughts and prayer are with you all...may you be comforted by the love and grace of Almighty God from this day forward....

phil williams, ohio state university

April 18, 2007, 5:35pm • Columbus, Ohio • #19343

So, truly sorry for the unthinkable loss everyone has suffered.
Please know people all over the world are thinking of you.

April 18, 2007, 5:35pm • Chatham, Ontario, Canada • #19344

I’m from Vancouver Canada. Please know that all of us in Vancouver are praying for you and your families. Please know that we are all effected by this tragic event and all of the victims will never be forgotten. God Bless you all and your strength is giving all of us hope to get through troubled times like this.

May Peace Be With You

Alexander Dias

April 18, 2007, 5:35pm • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada • #19345

As I have watched the Columbine and Platte Canyon High School shootings here in Colorado, and now Virginia Tech, it makes me realize just how precious life is.  Hug your heart, take time to heal, show love and support to others, and as Emily Keys said (the high school girl shot and killed in Colorado) “do random acts of kindness to others”.  We are with you in prayer.

Steve

April 18, 2007, 5:35pm • Denver, Colorado • #19346

I would just like to share a few of my favorite quotes with all of V.Tech, these words have shed light in some of my darkest moments so I would like to give them to you in hope that someone might find comfort as well. V.Tech you are all in the prayers of every scholastic member at East Carolina University.

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

“Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like its heaven on earth.”

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul.
And sings the tune
Without the words,
and never stops at all.
Emily Dickinson

God bless!

April 18, 2007, 5:35pm • Greenville, North Carolina • #19347

The famlies and victims are in my thoughts and prayers. Please know that you are not alone. The whole nation is parying for you.

Andy N.

April 18, 2007, 5:35pm • Pheonix, Ariz. • #19348