Condolences, April 18, 2007

I am so sorry for the tragedy that has fallen upon this great University. My heart goes out to all of the families, students, and faculty who have lost someone dear and witnessed this horrible event. When a tragedy like this happens it is important for us to grieve for those lost but at the same time to stay strong and learn something about the events that happend in order to never have to witness something so terrible again. Lets get together in our communities and pray for these wonderful people lost, lets also pray that our country will get better.
-Aara

April 18, 2007, 5:52pm • Philadelphia • #19649

My heart is so deeply sadden by this horrific tragedy that you are experiencing.

I am praying for you.

C. Chambers

April 18, 2007, 5:52pm • Bartlettt, TN • #19650

To the Virginia Tech Community,

I just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss.  I am horrified by what you have faced and are facing.  Though I may never really know any of you, you are in my prayers, and I’m sure the prayers of thousands almost around the clock right now.  May God give you strength, healing, and continual hope.

Kimberly Scott

April 18, 2007, 5:52pm • Warren, MI • #19652

You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers.  As a senior at JMU it saddens me to know that the school, “just up the road,” where my brother attends college had to experience this horrific event.  I can only hope for the best for all of you.

Rachel

April 18, 2007, 5:52pm • Harrisonburg, VA. • #19653

To all of the family, friends, and faculty at Virginia Tech, my heart goes out to you during this time of pain and grief.  May you find solice, comfort and healing in God.  I pray for you all. 
Robin, Pittsburgh PA

April 18, 2007, 5:52pm • Pittsburgh, Pa • #19654

We feel your pain and sadness here in Pittsburgh and in Jesus name we all will pray....15025

April 18, 2007, 5:53pm • Pitsburgh • #19655

To all those who lost there lifes and famies who are going through greif from loosing there loved ones. They are all in gods hands now, safe and sound. Also to Dima i know how you are feeling now, i am sorry for the loss of your cousin, that goes for all of you people who lost your loved ones

~HM

April 18, 2007, 5:53pm • Canada • #19656

so sorry for all of youre loss’s
may god bless all the family victims

April 18, 2007, 5:53pm • augusta georgia • #19657

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

“Silently one by one, in the infinite
meadows of heaven

Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots
of the angels.”

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

April 18, 2007, 5:53pm • Chicago, IL • #19658

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. God bless all who were involved in this horrific tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 5:53pm • Mount Clare, West Virginia • #19659

Please know that this Hokie and so many others everywhere share your profound sadness and anguish and mourn this tragic and senseless loss of life with you. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Todd Crouse
Class of 1987

April 18, 2007, 5:53pm • Raleigh, NC • #19660

Virginia Tech Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your courage, unity, and spirit are an ispiration for all Americans and the World at large. As has been said before, we are all hokies.

Sincerely,
Troy Rathbun

April 18, 2007, 5:53pm • Escanaba, Michigan • #19661

I pray you find strength.  We are with you.

April 18, 2007, 5:53pm • Richmond, VA • #19662

Dear Faculty and Students of Virginia Tech,
I’m so sorry for your loss of students and faculty. It really shocked me when I found out what was really happending and that my prayers are with you and your familys! We will recover from this but it will be hard to!

GO HOKIES!

Take Care
God Bless!
Summer Buchanan

April 18, 2007, 5:53pm • Moneta, Virginia • #19663

I have listen this story in canada , and i’m so sorry for the 32 persons who died in virgina tech .. i say my condonlences to all of family’s ..

April 18, 2007, 5:53pm • Repentigny,Quebec,Canada • #19664

Nuestras mas profundas y sinceras condolencias para todas las familias que en estos momentos viven la terrible y dolorosa pena de haber perdido a sus queridos hijos, hijas y amigos en el incomprensible tiroteo en la Universidad de Virginia.  Que Dios los acompane siempre y los guie en este camino tan extraordinariamente doloroso deseandoles encuentren consuelo y pronta resignacion.

April 18, 2007, 5:53pm • Tampico, Tamaulipas MEXICO • #19665

To all Hokie brothers and sisters, My husband and I are Va. Tech alumni from the 1980’s.  It holds wonderful memories for us.  I am a teacher and my husband is an engineer.  My husband spent many hours in Norris Hall.  My nephew is now an engineering student at Tech.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hokies, college students everywhere, and the families affected by this horrid tragedy.
There are people world-wide thinking about you and praying for you!

April 18, 2007, 5:53pm • Fairhope Alabama • #19666

My heart goes out to each and every one of you.

Colin Barnett

April 18, 2007, 5:53pm • Virginia Beach, VA • #19667

We saw what happened
We, too, are in shock
We are crying
We are hurt
Your pain is ours . . .
But --
In the coming weeks,
You must move on
You must live
You must complete those things you started
for we are counting on you
You must thrive
for the world is watching
Your success is ours
and we see ourselves in you
Take our strength, Take our energy,
Take our courage
Make them your own
Repair your broken spirit
for You are loved, You are ours,
You are us . . .
We are humanity.

-- JS

April 18, 2007, 5:53pm • Oklahoma • #19668

I will be brief and just say that we all, by force of circumstance, are now a part of the Hokie nation.  This unspeakable and befuddling act of casual violence will not break us.

Chris Scalia
Hokie

April 18, 2007, 5:53pm • Philadelphia, PA • #19669

To all of those that have lost family and friends, words cannot express what you all must be going through.  We would hope there is some peace in knowing that your loved ones have gone to heaven and are in a much better place than you and I.  Within the last 3 weeks I lost my father and you miss that individual every day and want to pick up the phone to call and say hello. There thoughts and memories will be with you even though they are absent.  Time will heal all wounds, but know that it takes time. Tell those that you love how much you appreciate and care for them because they can be taken away from you in a blink of an eye.  Just as those were taken from you just that fast.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.  May God comfort and keep you in his loving arms.

Sincerely,

Paul & Cathy Henry

April 18, 2007, 5:53pm • Dawsonville, GA • #19670

Dear Sweet Hokies, I have a son at Indiana University and another at University of Southern Indiana. Tears keep falling in my lap as I watch the unfolding of your pain.  My 17 year old Katelyn died in a car crash last year....... Here are words that have comforted us...... we share them with you.....
“Until we meet again, may HE forever hold you in the palm of His Hand”. 
We will meet them again dear families,
Love, the Becks

April 18, 2007, 5:53pm • Evansville, IN • #19671

My heart aches for the entire VT family.  My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you.  To the students of VT, don’t let this tragedy define who you are.  You must carry on.  Your fallen friends would want you too!  Don’t let this individual affect your life anymore than he did on April 16.  Continue with your plans, hopes and dreams for the future.  You were all on the right track before this incident - DON’T LET THIS CHANGE WHO YOU ARE!  Education is one of the most important things you can have.  Stand strong.  Use this to fuel your motivation.  All of you will set examples in the coming days, months and years for the next generations.  I will pray for all of you.

April 18, 2007, 5:53pm • Middlesboro, Kentucky • #19672

To all those who have lost loved ones, friends and who has been affected by this senseless tragedy, Metro East Illinois have you in their thoughts and prayers. May you find strength and comfort in your fellow man and begin healing.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
People say they’re sorry,
And they mean it from the heart,
But to understand your heartache,
They couldn’t even start,
To have a loss like you have had,
Is too much to understand,
We see it and we feel for you,
But it’s only secondhand,
You’re the ones who are suffering,
And we’re the ones who care,
But if there’s anything we can do,
Call us, we’ll be there.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

April 18, 2007, 5:53pm • Belleville, IL • #19673

My prayers are with the entire Va Tech family, especially the students and faculity who are experiencing this first hand and the families and friends of the victims. 

After watching how the students have reacted in the national eye I am more proud than ever to be a Hokie.

Steve Irby ‘78

April 18, 2007, 5:53pm • Powder Springs, GA • #19674

Siento tristeza en mi corazón por la gran atrosidad hacia jóvenes y profesores, a las familias y amigos vaya todo mi amor y condolencias , sé que en estos momentoas no hay consuelo pero tambien sé que solo Dios nos permite tener paz esa paz que anhelamos en estos momentos y las que nos conducirá al perdón...es dificil lo sé y por eso repudio este lamentable episodio, solo pediré a Dios que los ayude a poder continuar en esta vida y sentir que no están solos.
Sinceramente
Lorena Fuentes Olguín

April 18, 2007, 5:53pm • Viña del Mar, Chile • #19675

My heart breaks for your community, your families and for the victims--such a senseless act.  You are in the thoughts and prayers of the whole world; please know that we all love you, and pray for God’s consolation and healing for you.

April 18, 2007, 5:54pm • Crystal Lake, IL USA • #19676

I know what it is like to loose a fellow classmate, I and my classmates at Tennessee Wesleyan College suffered the loss of a dear friend last year after a tragic accident. So, all our hearts go out to the faculty,staff, and students at Virginia Tech.  May the love of God and His son Jesus Christ be with you all during these trying times.

-God Bless You All
Jason Hitt, Senior, Tennessee Wesleyan College

April 18, 2007, 5:54pm • Athens, TN/United States of America • #19677

My thoughts and my prayers are not only with the fallen but with the friends, family, and staff who are still here. 

My friends, family, and I have all of you in our prayers. God bless you all.

In Solidarity

E Zuniga

April 18, 2007, 5:54pm • University of Texas Pan American-Edinburg Texas • #19678

LET US SING

Raise your head,
cry not for me.

Smile as you remember
the faces no longer seen.

Honor their lives,
hold them on high.

This was not your fault,
please no longer cry.

Strong together we are,
bring us closer it does.

From this let us share
with the world our love.

-JCR

April 18, 2007, 5:54pm • Chicago, IL • #19679

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

April 18, 2007, 5:54pm • Charleston, WV • #19680

To all those at VA Tech,

I am deeply sorry for the loss of your classmates, professors, and most importantly… your friends.  Just know that the country and the world are with you in your grieving.  God Bless You.

April 18, 2007, 5:54pm • Washington State • #19681

To everyone even remotely affected by ‘the massacre”,
I am a freshman at FIU-South in Miami and all the way down here your pain is being felt. Our school is holding vigils in the honor of the decesed and the students are in shock. Us as a college community are all affected because we live and work in the same environment where this happened and it could have very well been us instead of them. It brought me to tears to see the profiles of the victims especially those who were freshmen, they really didn’t have the chance to enjoy college or even to ‘find themselves’ as we here happens so often. My most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the lost, I am so hurt by it and I was not directly affected. I can’t even begin to imagine your pain.
God is watching
-G.N
“FIU is with you!”

April 18, 2007, 5:54pm • Miami, Fl • #19682

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this trying time. I pray that you allow the God of love, mercy and comfort to draw near and help you during the coming days. We share your sorrow and grief and will continually pray for all of you. God bless you all.

The Simmers family

April 18, 2007, 5:54pm • Central PA • #19683

It is with great sadness that we heard of the horrific tragedy that has befallen Virginia Tech.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire Virginia Tech family.  May your mourning be fulfilled and your spirits lifted by remembering those whose lives you were fortunate to share in.  May you go forth in strength and resolve to live each day fully.

God bless you all, Mark Paulsen & Family

April 18, 2007, 5:54pm • Roseville, CA • #19684

I am shocked and horrified by this event that has taken place on such a peaceful campus. I give my thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families.

April 18, 2007, 5:54pm • Arlington, VA • #19685

We cant explain how we feel in words, they are emotions that are their and we dont know how to express them. I am a student of Ctu Online and I want to give my email address to all who want to chat or need someone to talk to. Here in Tennessee we are deeply sorry for your loss. I am truly sorry for the gunman’s family for their loss as well. At least we know that the are safe. My aunt wrote a poem about True Freedom when she was in Prision, but it applies to everyone in this day and age.
God Be With Us all.
Sincerely and God Bless
Jeana Clark(24), David(38, Joshua(4), James(7m)
JeanaClark@yahoo.com

April 18, 2007, 5:54pm • Kodak, Tennessee • #19686

Things happen that we never can fully understand why… troubled people make it hard for us to know if we will have a good day or a bad day. For the victims and family members of VTech, know that we are all grieving with you...Prayers and thoughts are with your families and with the loved ones that have passed...God be with you all and help in passing this tragedy....

Lia
Montclair State University
alumn 06’

April 18, 2007, 5:54pm • Union, NJ • #19687

What has happened has effected me, as well as everyone across the state, country, and world. Being so close to Tech it has really hit our area hard. I wish that the recovery of the injured is quick and painless, and that the memory of those killed lives on forever. I hope that we can remember that the one who took so many lives has a family as well, and that they are not responsible. I hope that we can forgive, because just like us, his family are just people. I hope that we can remember all that has happened, and never forget those that we lost.

- A loving friend

April 18, 2007, 5:54pm • Richmond, VA • #19688

WHY IS IT THAT WE ONLY HEAR ABOUT THE GOODNESS AND EXCELLENCE OF ‘ORDINARY’PEOPLE AFTER THEY HAVE DIED?

I am a native New Yorker, and was living there on 9/11/01.  A good friend of mine decided to go to the lovely little park there in the afternoon of 9/11...had she decided to go in the morning....!

I now live in Colorado, where the Colombine massacre happened. My nephew lives in DC… I think it’s doubly tragic that all these wonderful ‘ordinary’ people died without their talents being widely known, (and celebrated)..years before their deaths.

“Celebrities” are always celebrated.  But I think it’s time we “ordinary” people celebrated each other’s talents and good traits, too.  EVERYONE is important, EVERYONE is Human!

My overwhelming sadness at the loss of talent, kindness, joy and laughter of the victims of the “Virginia Tech Massacre” may never leave me.
My condolences to all those who knew them personally.

April 18, 2007, 5:54pm • Denver, CO, USA • #19689

I am heart-smashed to hear of such a thing to happen. Please please hold youre chins up and be strong. Please pray for the victims and the familys and for the family of the boy who done it.

April 18, 2007, 5:54pm • Ireland • #19690

No words can adequatly describe how saddened I am at your Campus’s loss. Just know that you all are constant in my thoughts and prayers. I had the priviledge of visiting V Tech while doing college search for my children. What a special place you have there so beautiful.

With Peace,
M Hovan

April 18, 2007, 5:54pm • Frisco, Texas • #19691

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at Virginia Tech along with their friends and families. Stay strong and keep holding on!

-Bradley Swihart

April 18, 2007, 5:54pm • Virginia Beach, VA • #19692

My prayers and thoughts are with the entire hokie family, especially with the families and friends directly affected by these horrible events.

Hokies everywhere will never forgot this tragedy, but we will respond, recover and emerge stronger and better than ever before, because we are Hokies. We Are Virginia Tech.

Amanda &
Jason Clarke - Class of ‘96

April 18, 2007, 5:54pm • Yorktown, VA • #19693

All Is Well

Death is nothing at all,
I have only slipped into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by my old familiar name,
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used
Put no difference in your tone,
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household world that it always was,
Let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It it the same as it ever was, there is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near,
Just around the corner.
All is well.
Henry Scott Holland
1847-1918
Canon of St Paul ‘s Cathedral

Praying for you and yours…
-Rebekah Warner

April 18, 2007, 5:55pm • Dallas, TX • #19694

I want to express my deepest sympathies for families and friends of those lost or hurt by the tragic event that happened at VT.
I pray and hope that such a tragedy will never happen again…

Take care

Ela

April 18, 2007, 5:55pm • Paris, FRANCE • #19695

You all are in our thoughts and prayers.  May God comfort you during this difficult time.

April 18, 2007, 5:55pm • Williamstown, WV • #19696

The whole world is weeping.  May comfort and peace find you and hold you tightly during this time of unimaginable pain and sorrow.

April 18, 2007, 5:55pm • Centreville, Virginia USA • #19697

I was absolutely shocked and saddened by recent events at Virginia Tech. I wanted to express my deepest sorrow and give my condolences to all those effected. I can’t even imagine what the families, community, students and staff must be going through. You are in the world’s prayers and thoughts.

- Kristin Head, University of California, San Diego

April 18, 2007, 5:55pm • San Diego, CA • #19698

Dear Students and Faculty of Virginia Tech.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of you including the families of those lost and hurt.  Time will heal your pain. 

Kelly
Class of 2005
Bridgewater State College

April 18, 2007, 5:55pm • East Taunton, Massachusetts • #19699