Condolences, April 18, 2007

Jesus wept !

April 18, 2007, 5:47pm • Reed City Michigan • #19549

To the Virginia Tech Family:

May you continue to be united in the strength and solidarity that is part of your Univeristy community.

Your brothers and sisters from:
The George Washington University
Wahington, DC

April 18, 2007, 5:47pm • Washington, DC • #19550

To all VT,

I live in Texas and was deeply saddened by the events of that horrible day.  Nikki Giovanni’s convocation speech was so powerful!  Please know that everyone of you in our thoughts and prayers....THE TEXAS LONGHORNS stand behind you!!

JS

April 18, 2007, 5:47pm • TEXAS • #19551

It’s hard to find words that haven’t been said, but I just had to say again how much the entire world is behind you all in this hard time. I pray that everyone affected finds peace and that you continue to band together and stay strong! May God bless you and help you to heal.

April 18, 2007, 5:47pm • Gardner, KS • #19552

May you all find the strength within yourselves to get through this difficult time.  The thoughts and prayers of the entire nation are with you.  God Bless You.

April 18, 2007, 5:47pm • Long Island, New York • #19553

Dear Faculty and Students of Virginia Tech,
History is often defined by terrible tragedies like this. For those of us not directly involved, it is a time to think and pray...We can be vulnerable at times, but watching all of you come together over these past couple days is truly amazing. Stay strong. God be with you.
Christie Kaiser
Sacramento, CA

April 18, 2007, 5:47pm • Sacramento, Ca • #19554

I dint know anyone that goes to V tech and I dont know any of the people that were injured or killed. I just feel a strong need to share my condolences to everyone at Vtech. I feel as a nation we are all affected by this tragedy. You will ALL be in my prayers and thoughts and Ive bought a V Tech car flag to fly and show my support. Hugs to you all!

April 18, 2007, 5:47pm • Melbourne Florida • #19555

I love Virginia Tech and the Hokies.  We will get through this horrible time together, as a hokie nation.  Every one of us has been touched by those lossed, and for me especially, I grieve for Caitlin, a wonderful person and my Kappa sister.  My heart goes out to all the victims and their families, and I assure you all, that WE WILL NEVER FORGET....Lots of Love

“Friends are quiet angels, who lift you to your feet, when your wings have trouble remembering how to fly...” I <3 VT

Sarah Floyd VT ‘09

April 18, 2007, 5:47pm • Montclair, VA • #19556

As I viewed the pictures and read the information about the victims at VA Tech. An Irish saying came to mind, and I am sorry if it is not totally correct.  “Do not cry or mourn for me, but think of me often and smile and remember how much I loved you” God Bless you all and may God hold you all in the hollow of his hand.

April 18, 2007, 5:47pm • Guilford, Connecticut • #19557

My family and I would like to express our sincere sympathy to the friends and families of the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre. There is nothing that we can say to make you feel better, but please know our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you.
Sherry, Ken and Chris Smith

April 18, 2007, 5:48pm • Ogdensburg, NJ • #19558

To everyone at Va Tech, We are deeply sorry for what has happened to the University. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We will keep you in our hearts thought out this hard time. You are all very strong dunring this time. I have cried many times when I pray at night for you all at the school. I am sorry that you have lost so many people that we very close to you.
You are all in our hearts. God Bless Everyone.
The Rumans Family

April 18, 2007, 5:48pm • Richmond, VA • #19559

How can you comfort a parents ache for their child? How do you comfort a parents grief for their child? I wish I knew the answer. Though my girls are grown, i do have grandchildren that will soon be entering college.

My condolences to everyone in the VT community. Please know that your strength and courage will carry you through these difficult days.

The Heckman Family

April 18, 2007, 5:48pm • PA. • #19560

Dear Families of these tragedy,

I’m really sorry for what happened and I’d like to share my condolences with all of you.

There is a proverb on the bible Chapter 12 line 25 that says: “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.”.

Don’t let the angry fill your heart and let’s pray for the souls of the students and to the killer soul to rest in peace.

April 18, 2007, 5:48pm • São Paulo, SP - Brasil • #19561

I’ve been praying.

All 32 victims and their families will be in my prayers—by name. 

God Bless,
Nick Turpchinoff

April 18, 2007, 5:48pm • Fort Wayne, IN • #19562

I am a Hokie. My wife is a Hokie. My brothers-in-law and my sisters-in-law are Hokies. Many of my friends are Hokies. Tech is such a large part of our lives even though I graduated almost ten years ago. I fell in love and met my wife at Virginia Tech! My family has been devastated by this. We are in shock and we have cried. We don’t know how to express our sorrow, but we hope that all Hokies can work through this and Virginia Tech can be remembered for the opportunities, friendship, open exchange of ideas, character building, and warm summers tubing on the New River.

LET’S GO HOKIES!!!
Dan Dunhem

April 18, 2007, 5:48pm • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania • #19563

I work at a high school in the UK. I have to admit I did not hear of this very quickly but after an assembly today where I was asked to show your website to half of the school, I had to pick up the trail. What I found out was a horrible story that you are all too familiar with. I would like to share my condolences with all involved and hope that you - as an entire university community - can pull together and move forward. My best wishes are with you all.

April 18, 2007, 5:48pm • Worthing, UK • #19564

My deepest sympathies go out to all the VT family as well as all the mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, aunts and uncles and brothers and sisters.  I’ve cried, I’ve prayed, and I will continue to pray for all of you and hope you will heal soon.  Keep the faith, and may God strengthen all of you.

Dottye Hurst

April 18, 2007, 5:48pm • Tampa, Fl. • #19565

Dear Families of the Victiums and their Friends,
I do not know anyone personally, but I feel obligated to send my regrets to you.  I am sorry for all that has happend to you and I will keep all of you in my prayer as you go through these difficult times.  Together we can get through this.  I have learned that no matter what every prayer helps someone.  God Bless You All
LOVE,
Katie Gordon

April 18, 2007, 5:48pm • ILLINOIS • #19566

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the families, relatives and friends of the shooter’s victims, as well as to the entire Va.Tech community. My heart aches for the heartache and profound sadness felt by anyone connected to the victims.

Many tears have been shed around the entire nation this week as we all share your grief.  I can only hope there is SOME comfort for you all in knowing there are millions of people out here who care about you and have you all in our hearts and prayers.

Please pass on my sympathy and heartache also to the shooter’s family. Surely they feel pain and grief also.

Prayers, Karen McKee

April 18, 2007, 5:48pm • Tucson, Arizona • #19567

I really don’t know what to say in a situation like this one...But I felt the need of express my solidarity and concern with the victimes’ families and friends. I know that the pain you’re feeling is difficult to sustain...but I also know that when we remember the best smile and moments of those we lost, we fell more hopeful and close to them...Please, try to do that...I’m too far away from you, but close enough to send you a big big hug!!Courage…

April 18, 2007, 5:48pm • Lisbon, Portugal • #19568

We would like to send our most sincere condolences and prayers to each and every person effected by this tragedy.  Words can not describe the sadness that this has brought to our nation. 

“The Ford Family”

April 18, 2007, 5:48pm • Bel Air, Maryland • #19569

To the Families who have lost their precious husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, children and to all the students and staff at Virginia Tech, we share your grief and extend our heartfelt sympathy to all.

You are in our prayers.

The Manalio Family

April 18, 2007, 5:48pm • Bristol, CT • #19570

This event makes one think of how precious life is and it shoud not be taken for granted.My condolences and prayers go out to the families who are suffering and mourning after the occurence of this tragic event.

Kendra Morrison
SUNY Potsdam undergradate ‘09

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • Albany, NY • #19571

To the students, staff, and faculty of Virginia Tech University,

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost a loved one in the April 16th tragedy. We pray that God blesses each and everyone of you and gives you the strength to unite as a University. As fellow students across the country we all feel your loss. We support you and want you all to know that we stand beside you. You are the Hokies.....

God Bless.

Texas State University
San Marcos, Texas

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • San Marcos, Texas • #19572

It is with deep sympathy and a torn heart, that I send my heartfelt tears to each and everyone of you. To the Families who lost loved ones, and to those of you, who in angony suffered with much fear during these times when evil took over your school. My prayers will continue for you, and my words will reach out, so our government will put things into place, where this may never happen again.

Blaming the University is not the answer, for even if everyone was notified...the shooter would have still been amoung you, and even if a lock down had taken place before this situation...He still would had been locked down with the other students, since He was one...so, lets focus on healing and focus on changing Laws…

I am truly sorry.

Patty

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • Virginia Beach Virginia • #19573

My heart is deeply saddened for the entire Hokie family!  Ya’ll are in my thoughts and prayers daily.  My prayer is that God will be close to each one of the victims’ families and bring them comfort during this very difficult time.  All of the students at VT have made me very proud to call myself a Virginian.  God bless you all!

A Hokie fan for life!!!

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • Suffolk, Virginia • #19574

Our deepest sympathies go out to all who have been touched by this nightmare.  Please know that the thoughts and prayers of people all over this country and world are with you all now, including ours.  We have never had the privilege of visiting your campus, but your love and support for each other speak volumes to those of us who grieve with you in your loss.  The sense of pride and community shines through all of the darkness of the past few days, and we are positive that the world will continue to see these things in all of you throughout the days, weeks, and months ahead.  We pray that a sense of peace and hope will fill your hearts and the “Hokie Nation” will emerge stronger than ever.

With deepest condolences,
Kathy & Chad McLeish

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • Bridgeport, OH, USA • #19575

To all of the family, friends, and students affected in Monday’s horrible tragedy, I am so very sorry for everything that you have went through in the last few days.  I myself am a college student and never imagined that anything like this could ever happen on a college campus.  All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. 

Brittani Taylor
BGSU

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • Bowling Green, OH • #19576

Please know that everyone in the country is praying for the families and friends of the staff and students who were lost on your campus.  I am from Wisconsin and have been a Badger all of my life but the despair that I feel for everyone involved makes me wish I was a Hokie and had that closeness that you all share.  May God bless and carry you through these hard times.

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • Baraboo, WI • #19577

As a parent of a college student I know that when we think about our children we picture them happy, working hard and enjoying the college experience.  When I first heard about this horrible tragedy my heart dropped to my feet.  This could happen anywhere, at anytime. To the VT families who have lost a precious child, may God in his mercy provide you with some comfort and sustain you.  To all of us who are fortunate enogh to have our children alive, hold them and love them.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • Coopersburg, PA USA • #19578

Dear Students, Teachers, And Staff At VT:

I write to express my sorrow at the horrible lost of lives on your college campus. As a graduate of a local community college the violent event on the grounds of VT could have happened also on the grounds of Manchester Community College. My prayers and words of loving support to each of yous and your families.

God Bless Yous And Peace,
Anne Marie Volowski

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • East Hartford, CT • #19579

God be with you all during this time!
AT

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • Asheville NC • #19580

There are no words to describe what happened, and what everyone is going thru, but here is a reaction~ Rev. Joseph Hoodin therevjoe@yahoo.com

Hokie poem

Eyes and ears
Wide open
Your soul remains
Aghast
You search for
Information
In hope of finding
Clarity
But how can this
Make sense
A classroom becomes
A makeshift morgue
Calm and reason
Collapse
We will never
Have the answer
Why
Merely speculation
And theory
All we know
Is we can’t know
The explanation
For this
Tragedy

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • Covington, KY • #19581

My prayers are with you all! The whole nation is mourning with VT.. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.

Erika Q.

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • El Monte, California • #19582

In the name of my family I would like to send our
deepest sympathy to all of you
Our harts are broken and full of sorrow,for the loss of all the wonderfull young people and staff
We are praying for you and your families
You will always be in our thoughts
God beless you all

Sandy McGuire

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • San Jose California • #19583

Life is hard during times such as these and words can’t express the heart ache that we are feeling for the victims, their families, and the campus family. May you find comfort knowing that many are praying and thinking about all during this time. Lean on the Lord to give you strength and courage to hold your head up as you continue on. May we learn from this tragic moment.

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • Tatum, Texas • #19584

We are deeply saddened by what happened on Monday. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers always. As a college student myself, it could have been my own campus. Stay strong and never forget!
~Bethany Link~

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • Baltimore, Maryland • #19585

How sad, how terrible to think that our children should live in a violent and harsh world. I am deeply sorry for what happened to you and I hope you are able to recover from this tragic event. I know is not easy to forgive but you should so you can go on and smile at life again. Your smiles are the biggest tribute you can give to those who didn´t make it and your memories of them. I pray for you all and hope this never happens again.

I. Montevideo, Uruguay, South America

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • Montevideo, Uruguay • #19586

Words can never adequately express the shock and sorrow we feel.  Our hearts are breaking for the victims, families, friends and students at Virginia Tech.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. 

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

God Bless You All, Hokies!

The Hintz Family

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • Ellicottville, NY • #19587

I grew up in Roanoke and have visited Tech many times for different events and to see friends. Although I attended Clemson, I always had a sense of pride when it came to Tech because it was my home University. I feel for the Tech community and those that lost friends and loved ones. I was touched by the end of the convocation on Tuesday and believe that your community will be stronger and closer because of this tragic event. After reading about the victims, I am so sadened that their bright futures were cut short. My prayers are for all of you.

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • Anderson, South Carolina • #19588

Virginia Tech Staff and Students:

My heart is truly heavy and all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • Abingdon, MD • #19589

I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE TRAGGIC NEWS AT VT.I JUST FEEL SOMEONE SHUOLD HAVE DONE SOMETHING ABOUT THIS YOUNG MAN A LONG TIME AGO AND GOT HIM HELP,ESPECIALLY WHEN HE WAS SHOWING ALL THE SIGNS OF BEING SICK.MY PRAYERS ARE WITH EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS VIRGINIA TECH AND THEIR FAMILIES THAT LOST LOVED ONES.EVERYONE LOVES YOU ALL!GOD BLESS ALL THE STUDENTS AND HELP THEM FIND THE STRENGTH TO CARRY ON.

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • CHURCHVILLE,VA 24421 • #19590

Dear Lord, we pray that You will give strength to the families of the students that lost their earthly lives. And also to the students and school staff that got injured, physically or mentally. We are short of words, dear Lord. Please, show us how to accept those things we cannot change.

Dear Lord, give comfort to their souls and all the support they need to get through these difficult times.

It gives comfort to know that You, dear God, are waiting There with open arms for the ones we love.

Amen.

Ewan VM

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • Belgium • #19591

I am deeply sorry for your loss.
My heartfelt condolences.

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • Lisboa, Portugal • #19592

The world is watching, a community is praying. We’re so sorry.  I have sons in college; K-State and KU, here in the state of Kansas.  I admint, I worry often. As parents our protective sense and love never leaves us; but once our children have left home, our hope, trust and prayer is a good education, their well-being and safety. Be strong, take care of yourselves, and one another.  We’re here, we’re praying, we’ll get through this.

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • Manhattan, Kansas • #19593

I’m so shoked by this tragedy that i don’t even know what to write!
I just want to send my deepest sympathy to all of the people out there, who lost their loved ones and i will pray for God to receive all of them with open arms into his world and may all the Angels be with them. I feel your pain because i know how it is to loose a loved one. Ones again, my prayers and thoughts are with you and the rest of your family.

Have faith and be strong!

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • New Bedford, MA • #19594

For many years I was a community therapist, working with the most troubled of young people. I saw some of the worst effects these youth had on themselves, families, friends, and society. How blessed I feel to have been witness to the maturity, strength, wisdom, and courage of the students at Va. Tech in the wake of this massacre at their beloved university. What an example of grace you have been.
Carol Leahy

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • No. Olmsted, Oh. • #19595

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the student and professor victims.

The consolation goes to all who suffer in the wake of this, yet another American tragedy.

The gunman is dead and is known only as disturbed, a gunman and left behind only questions, answers and remorse at his sorrowful life. 

May the ones who mourn be comforted that the young and others who passed away on Monday, April 16, 2007 will be remembered as much, much more.

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • Carlisle, PA • #19596

The world has lost many great minds through the actions of one tormented soul.  His actions and the sorrow he left behind has not only effected the students, staff, families and community of VT, but that of the world.  Yet, from this horrific tragedy comes the amazing human spirit through acts of heroism, compassion and survival.

May the grace of God comfort all those who have suffered and been touched by the events that unfolded on the VT campus April 16th. May God be with each of you now and always.

April 18, 2007, 5:49pm • Newnan, Georgia, USA • #19597

I am an alumni of ODU, but I don’t think it matters where you are from.  We are all feeling profound sadness over the horrible tragedy you have endured.  The loss to family and friends is deep and personal, but the loss to the future of our world is to great to measure.  May God comfort and strengthen you in the weeks and months ahead. Today--we are all Hokies as we share your burden.
B. Rasmussen

April 18, 2007, 5:50pm • Chesapeake, VA • #19598