Condolences, April 18, 2007

i’m sorry we would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of all the special and dear love ones that were lost on monday. as parent of a young child i can only imagine your pain. my son and i have kept you all in our thoughts and prayers.
god bless and keep you
wendy and john (5)

April 18, 2007, 5:58pm • pittsburgh, pa • #19750

My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you. Now and through the months and years to come. It is something none of us will ever forget but with time, love and God’s hope we will continue to live and honor those that have been lost.

Much prayers and love,
Tonya Kimble

April 18, 2007, 5:58pm • Walker, Louisiana • #19751

My prayers go out to all of the families that have been devastated by this unfortunate incident. “Remember during this time of pain and hurt - God does have a reason and a plan for all things, just look to Him for comfort"--Godbless

April 18, 2007, 5:58pm • California • #19752

My sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives on April 16 at VTech - my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time
...............................Sherryl Lendrum

April 18, 2007, 5:59pm • Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia • #19753

Our thoughts and prayers go to the entire VT family at this time of such deep sorrow, sincere condoleances to all there at VT and to Professor Librescu’s family: Sincere condoleante si D-zeu sa il odihneasca in pace.

With deep sadness,
Teodorescu Fam.

April 18, 2007, 5:59pm • Westlake Village, California • #19754

I’ve been thinking of a quote: “I cried because I had no shoes, then I met a man who had no feet”.  I am humbled, with my petty aches, pains, problems, and complaints, in view of your heartbreaking losses, and the terrible aftermath. But, as you can see, it seems the entire human race is uniting to offer their sympathy for you all.  I only hope that peace, someday, comes to you, to replace the feelings of loss, horror, bitterness and pain, and someday you will find comfort there.  Carla K

April 18, 2007, 5:59pm • Blue Island, Illinois • #19755

As a Virginian, I am deeply saddened by the tragic events on Monday.  I pray that in time the faculty, staff, and students are able to move forward.  God Bless the victims and their families and please know that the Hoos and the country grieves with you.

UVA’ 98

April 18, 2007, 5:59pm • Lawton, OK • #19756

To the Hokie Nation,

I left Blacksburg and VT two years ago to pursue a job opportunity, but my heart has stayed tied through friends and former colleagues.  I wanted so badly to be there with you yesterday and even now, but all I can do is offer support from afar.  I have never been so proud to be associated with Virginia Tech as these past few days watching everyone’s light shine amidst the darkness. 

Never let that light extinguish, for as Nikki Giovanni said so well in the Convocation Ceremony, “We are better than we think we are and not yet what we hope to be...we WILL prevail.  We ARE Hokies.”

I’m so proud of the Hokie Nation.

April 18, 2007, 5:59pm • Woodbridge, VA United States • #19757

I have seen the news since Monday and I see that all the students have been very close to each other. I give my condolences to all family members and friends of the lost ones. As a student of UTPA I feel the sadness as if I were in Virginia Tech. I hope everyone to take this opportunity for all the students to unite and help the people that need someone to talk to.

Ofelia Torres

April 18, 2007, 5:59pm • Pharr, Texas • #19758

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff. 

Words alone can not express our sorrow at the tragedy that has befallen your campus, and your lives.
This senseless tragedy has left all in the community of man in shock. 

Our prayer for each of you, is that in this time of great tragedy, you will turn to each other, your families, & friends, for comfort and strength.

Remember that you are not alone. We are all in the family of man, and each of us, no matter who we are, or where we come from continue to think of you, and pray for you & your family’s.

May GOD bless you always,

Sincerely
The Hull Family

April 18, 2007, 5:59pm • Petersburgh, NY. • #19759

To the faculty. staff, students, and VT community,

I can not begin to express my sorrow for your horrible tragedy. I hold you all in my prayers and I hope that from all of this chaos you are able to be strong. I have cried for all of the pain that you have gone thru, and I have smiled for all the spirit that you have shown to the world. Lots of love and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 6:00pm • Melissa Smith- Blue Bell, PA • #19760

The senseless and tragic events of April 16th have brought sadness and a great sense of loss not only to Virginaia Tech but indeed to people all over the world.  What really impressed me about the students, faculty and staff of VT was the way they conducted themselves in the immediate afternath and especially during the commencement ceremony and candle light service. The people of Virginia Tech have class and every one of them demonstated that class. My condolences and my praise that you know how to conduct yoursleves with class.

April 18, 2007, 6:00pm • Columbus, Ohio • #19761

My heart is overflowing with sorrow and great sadness....

Time will help heal those of us left behind....but the memories of this tragedy are burned in our minds forever.

Speak often of those who died so they will continue to live on inside us the remainder of our days…

Randy Manner

April 18, 2007, 6:00pm • Alexandria, VA • #19762

i pray for all the people who were hurt, died, and the familys of the loved ones lost. this has hurt many people this person has hurt many people and in my oppinon should be killed the same way he killesd them. i hope the parents of there lost ones i trying to get on with there lives but its a shame how you send your child to collage to get there educastion then you get a crazy person like this to go on a rampage and kill people who didnt do anything to them. i just pary that the loved ones who have lost some one can try and get back on there feet, the people who witnessed it, and the school to try and get things back in order. hopefuly this will never happen again cause this is a tragity that no one will ever forget and i jsut know now that they are ina better place with god but they will be missed dearly. so R.I.P the ones who were killed by this crazy student on 4/16/07. i will never forget this day.

April 18, 2007, 6:00pm • Norfolk, Virginia • #19763

I live in Tampa,fl..have no conection to your university other than being a human being..I cried by myself for the first time at anything in my life listening to everyones feelings and the emotional assembley “we are Virginia Tech".."Let’s go Hokies”....Time may not explain what happened but with the support everyone is giving each other, time will heal some wounds..Wish you the best.
Damian

April 18, 2007, 6:00pm • Tampa,fl • #19764

To the Families, Friends, Faculty, Students, Staff, and Administration of Virginia Tech,

I know that words alone cannot take away the pain that loosing a loved one brings.  Words also cannot bring understanding of why?  I also know that this event has changed lives permanently.  Loosing a loved one or having a loved one injured in a manner such as this is horrid, to say the least.  I don’t know that these events will ever be understood. 

I do know that everyone at Tech has shown strength and courage in the past several days.  I also know that Tech will rise from the ashes of that day like a pheonix.  Tech and her students, faculty, staff, administration, friends, and parents will survive because each of you is resiliant.  Rely upon one another.  Stand together.  Hold each other.  Grieve together.  Survive together.  Even as graduation approaches, do not loose connections with others who shared this event with you.  You will need each other in the coming months.  Stay strong.

Brightest of Blessings,
Michele Carpenter

April 18, 2007, 6:00pm • Check, Virginia • #19765

Students and friends of Virginia Tech University, times like these are very tough.  I witnessed the awful tragedy of the collapsed Bonfire here at Texas A&M University in November of 1999 when we lost 12 students and had well over 20 others seriously injured.  I was scant minutes away from being in the Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, TX in the early ‘90s when a crazed man drove his truck through a wall and methodically killed over 20 innocent patrons.  But for the grace of God, I would have likely been killed that day.  We don’t understand times like this.  It has been my experience that good things come from the bad.  While everything seems so dark over the Va Tech campus right now, there will be sunshine again.  You will emerge as a Pheonix from the ashes, and you will again be able to smile.  But, for now, Texas Aggies all over the World feel your pain.  We often say that Va Tech is the one university who most closely aligns with our history and core values.  We will not abandon you in your dark hours.  God bless each of you.  May God’s blessings shine upon you and may you know you have friends at Texas A&M.  LTC Mike Caudle ‘69, US Army (Ret), Office of the Commandant, TAMU

April 18, 2007, 6:00pm • College Station, TX • #19766

I send my codolences to the families and friends of those who were lost in this tragedy. We must not focus on hating the person who did this. Instead, we must focus that energy on supporting and giving strenght to the families that have suffered a loss, to those who are injured, and to the students who have been deeply affected by Monday’s events. May God bless you all.

-Nancy from Northern Arizona University

April 18, 2007, 6:00pm • Somerton, AZ • #19767

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at Virginia Tech. As a native Virginian who lives in Florida now, the Hokies will prival. May God be with you all.

April 18, 2007, 6:00pm • Pembroke Pines, Fl. • #19768

My parents were both Tech grads; my Dad ‘48 Industrial Engineer and my Mother, ‘48 Chemistry. From their graduation, until their deaths, they were loyal hokies through and through. They contributed to the alumni association every year from 1948 until 2004.(my Dad’s death, he was predeceased by my Mom in 2002) Their loyality to their alma mater never waivered. My Dad watched Tech play basketball right up until his last breaths. I have seen this same devotion to Tech in friends of mine that are also Alumn’s.
This strong committment to the University will see it through this tragedy. VPI will come out stronger. The loyality it has garnered over the years has already been demonstated by the cooperation, cohesiveness and lack of panic demonstated by all the students, staff and support personnel in Blacksburg.
Hail to Virginia Tech. God and Country are with you and yours.

April 18, 2007, 6:00pm • Greensboro, N.C. • #19769

My heart goes out to everyone.  Losing a person you love or even passed casually is a horrible experience, but to have these lives taken in such a tragic way is even worse.  I know from experience.  Several people I loved were murdered in a very similar way, only it was by a family member.  I can only tell you time will heal the pain and you will now have a new sense of normal.  It is so hard to get past the tragic way inwhich these wonderful hopeful people went to heaven; PLEASE, as time goes on---remember them for the wonderful people and lives they lived.  Think of their smiles and their laughs, not the horror. I know it is hard at this time.  Make them live through each of you.  Cherish the time they were here with us and give thanks that you were one of the lucky ones to have known those wonderful people.  God Bless each and everyone of you.  My prayers are with all you of you.  We are truly a Nation in mourning.

April 18, 2007, 6:00pm • Iowa • #19770

Dearest Viginia Tech Family,
My family’s thoughts and prayers cannot reach you fast enough...Be strong, cherrish one another and know that many people are holding you up in this time of undescribable sorrow.  We will continue to keep you in our daily thoughts and endless prayers…
cheers to all,
Jayson, Keli and Logan
Canadian and Oklahoman

April 18, 2007, 6:00pm • Canada & Tulsa, Oklahoma • #19771

To the VA Tech Family,

Our thoughts and prayer are with you. “We are pride to be a Hokie”

Shareeka & Eric
SPC Alum 2006

April 18, 2007, 6:01pm • Orange, VA • #19772

Hokie Pride.... Some at rival colleges used to state that the idea was rediculous… now we all see that it is resilient and real… VT will always be in my thoughts and in my heart now… I have friends who lost people VERY close to them… A fiance and a close family friend… this tragic turn of events has wrentched my heart in ways that i have never before felt… i feel for all those involved and all those indirectly involved… Please continue to be strong.... Your strength in this time of adversity has given the whole nation reason to be strong… While we will feel pain now, remember that at some point, in the future the pain will fade and lead to a much tighter knit and closer college family… Once again.. my prayers and my hopes come to you… As i sit here watching the news, and the pictures of the shooter… i can only think of the people in that room.... i am soo sorry that ANYONE had to go through that....

Much love and prayer,

Edward Lee
Richmond, VA

April 18, 2007, 6:01pm • Richmond VA • #19773

Father of all mercy and God of comfort, you love us eternally and transform our shadows of death to beams of life.  Contemplate our affliction; be our refuge and comfort, so that our sorrow and pain may be converted to the light and peace of your presence.  Upon death, your Son has destroyed death; upon His resurrection, He restored life.  At that time you will wipe away all tears.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

May all those who left shine a beam of light to their loved ones left behind.

April 18, 2007, 6:01pm • New Caney, Texas • #19774

My heart breaks for everyone at Virginia Tech, therefore, I pray for you all.  Just know that God has seen this horrible tragedy and wants to comfort and guide you through this. All you need to do is ask Him. 

“I will comfort you there as a child is comforted by its mother.” Isaiah 66:13

April 18, 2007, 6:01pm • Ontario, California • #19775

I am a graduate of the University of Virginia and I received an e-mail today of a picture of Beta Bridge in Charlottesville which is painted almost every weekend for various occasions.  Today it was painted in support of Tech--"Hoos for Hokies"--in maroon and orange.  This whole tragedy breaks my heart and I just want all the students and faculty to know that we all are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. 
RS

April 18, 2007, 6:03pm • New York, NY • #19776

hi my names brittany and im a junior in highschool and i just want to let all the students know that i understand what your going through my dad was shot to death when i was 8. i know that right now you feel like you have nothing to live for because for some of you, your future was with the people we lost on monday, but you will make it through i promise. even though my dad and your friends were taken away in such a horrible way just know that they were remembered for what they did and who they were and that one day we will be together again. they’re watching over you guys every second of the day and even though we cant see them or feel them they are there.i know that you guys will make it through! my prayers and heart are with you.

April 18, 2007, 6:03pm • texas • #19777

Hang in there, Hokies! You’ve got what it takes, always have and by God, always will. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved. Now’s the time for the rest of us to exemplify UT PROSIM!!

Sarah Bowles B’05

April 18, 2007, 6:03pm • Tucson AZ • #19778

All thoughts and prayers I can muster to the families and friends of all those affected by these senseless acts.

To those members of the Virginia Tech family that are currently enrolled...please come back.  If you can, come back to the place we all love.  Come back to downtown and share a beer with your friends.  Come back to the Drillfield and fill it up with the active students we all remember instead of the grieving faces of the past few days.  Come back to Lane and Cassell and fill them up with noise and joy.  And when you come back, we who have gone before you can come back to the tranquil and joyous place we all love and fill campus up with smiling faces.  Then, and perhaps only then, will the dark and sinister reach of the senseless acts of 04-16-07 begin to lose their affect on those closest to the tragedy, the students.

Hope to see you all in Blacksburg soon.  I hope and trust that the spirit of those no longer with us will always be remembered at Virginia Tech.

Will Smith, Class of ‘02

April 18, 2007, 6:04pm • Raleigh, NC • #19779

Dear Virginia Tech Family,
As a graduate and member of the Tech family, I am saddened and heartsick at the events of recent days. The pain and sorrow of my fellow classmates from more than 10 years ago is palpable much less the horror and sadness for those still walking the halls of campus.  There is nothing but time and prayer that will help mend this tragic event….

But, I must say from my current residence in northern California, that I have never been more proud to be a Hokie than I am now. There is no shame or remorse that any should feel other than to be a member of a species of people capable of such devastating and senseless acts as this.

But to be a Hokie, however, I am proud. The students, faculty and staff that I have seen interviewed are articulate, thoughtful and courageous. 

…that I may serve….

Carolyn Ward, Associate Professor, Humboldt State University

April 18, 2007, 6:04pm • Arcata, CA • #19780

To all those affected by this tragedy I offer my deepest sympathy and condolences. Though I don’t know any of you personally and we are far apart in distance, know that you are in my thoughts. As a fellow college student I can understand how scary this is. It could easily have happened at any campus and to any one of us. My heart aches for those who lost loved ones, friends, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers...Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for you. No one should have to go through something like this.

“Never Forget, Never Again...” It is my hope that we never forget what happened that day and that it never happens again. I wear a bracelt of Virginia Tech colors and black for mourning so that it may serve as a memorial and reminder for those injured and lost on 4.16.07.

In Sympathy,
Carlye Gilliam
Ball State University

April 18, 2007, 6:05pm • Muncie, Indiana • #19781

It was a sudden parting too bitter to forget
Those who loved you dearly are the ones who cannot forget
We often think of you and think of how you died
To think we cannot say goodbye before you closed your eyes
Your life was one of kindly deeds and helping hand for others’ needs
Sincere and true in heart and mind, beautiful memories are left behind
Our family chain is broken, nothing seems the same
But as God calls us one by one the links will join again
Two tired eyes are sleeping, two willing hands are still
The one who worked so hard for us is resting at God’s will.
Thomas J Carroll, Ireland.

April 18, 2007, 6:06pm • Ireland • #19782

I am deeply sorry for all those affected by this tragedy, my thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

April 18, 2007, 6:07pm • Canada • #19783

Our Prayers & Sorrow are with all of the students, parents and administration.
The Daniels Family

April 18, 2007, 6:07pm • Sarasota, Fl • #19784

WE’VE BEEN SHOCKED AND HORRIFIED BY THE TRAGEDY THAT OCCURED ON VIRGINIA TECH CAMPUS ...

WE ALSO HOPE THINGS WILL BE DONE TO MAKE THIS NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN IN THE FUTURE ...

WE ARE PRAYING GOD TO HELP YOU GUYS BEING STRONG ...

ON BEHALF OF
STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD,

DAN NDOMBE
UNIVERSITE DE KINSHASA,
DR CONGO.

April 18, 2007, 6:07pm • KINSHASA, DR CONGO. • #19785

Dear Students and Faculty at Virginia Tech,

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims friends and families. May God bless you all throughout your recovery.

Sincerely,
Amanda Stavrakis
University of South Carolina 08’

April 18, 2007, 6:07pm • Columbia, South Carolina • #19786

A sad “Hello” to all of you from Chile, South America. I teach at at Molina Adventist High School. Today, before starting our lessons, teachers and students prayed for all the families and friends that are facing this hour of darkness. We trust in God so we are sure our Loving Lord is already giving strength to them and also Cho Seung-Hui’s family. They’re all victims of those strange and evil powers that are attacking the children of God. Every human life is so valuable for Jesus that I’m sure the Lord is also crying.
Our sincere love and prayers
Claudio Urrutia
English Teacher
Molina Adventist High School
Chile

April 18, 2007, 6:07pm • MOLINA,, CHILE • #19788

My heart is full of pain for all of you at Virginia Tech. I will continuously keep you all in my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 6:08pm • Asheboro, NC • #19789

May God be with you all, you are in our prayers. This terrible loss of innocent life has affected us all, even us on the other side of the world.

Martin

April 18, 2007, 6:08pm • Gasgow, Scotland, UK • #19790

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the Virginia Tech community.  Although I am a JMU grad I have friends, family and co-workers who are Hokies, and as many have said - today we are all Hokies.  Tech is an incredible school and will remain so.  God Bless the Hokies.

April 18, 2007, 6:08pm • Leesburg, VA • #19791

My family and I send our condolences to the families and friends of the victims. It is truly a tragedy what has happened. Please keep your head up high and strive to stick together and get through this as one!

Yours truly,
Jessica & Family

April 18, 2007, 6:08pm • Camden, NJ • #19792

We want to express our deepest condolences to the victims´ families and to everyone at VT.
Rosa and Miguel Palma

April 18, 2007, 6:08pm • Cadiz. Spain. • #19793

To Virginia Tech Students and Staff,
My deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers go out to all of you and your entire college community.I live in La Crosse, Wi and know first hand how wounds such as this can cause such anguish. We also have a close knit college community here as well and all of us here grieve with you and pray that as each day passes, you may find hope and strength in the people around you and also in your prayers and thoughts.If I may quote Sara Mc Lachlan “ In the arms of the angel, may you find some comfort here. “ Love, peace and hope from Wisconsin.

April 18, 2007, 6:08pm • La Crosse, Wi • #19794

Dear faculty and Students of Virginia Tech,

I send my condolences to the families of the victims. I have no words but R.I.P .

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April 18, 2007, 6:08pm • Toronto, Ontario CANADA • #19795

Just wanted to stop by and let you guys know you’re all in my prayers and I’m thinking about all of you. The whole country is on yawl’s side and we’re pulling for the good ole HoKiEs! ;)

God Bless all of you!

-Courtney

April 18, 2007, 6:08pm • Simpsonville, SC • #19796

To the Virginia Tech Family,

My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to all of you.  No one should have to go through the horrors that you faced on Monday.  Your students and faculty do the fallen proud by showing their spirit to come back from this tragedy.

Courtenay Nerbonne

April 18, 2007, 6:08pm • Dothan, AL • #19797

Bon courage a toutes les familles éprouvés et ami(es)

Mes prières vont pour les victimes.

Je sais qu’une ex Montréalaise, proff de Français a perdu la vie aussi, je suis doublement peiné,,,(

Sophie Lévesque

April 18, 2007, 6:08pm • Montréal, Canada • #19798

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
You have suffered a horrendous tragedy.  Our prayers and thoughts go out to you all.  Our prayers include the Cho family.  Lets us not forget the example of the Amish in the terrible experience they suffered.  Let us not rush to hate. Let us find the peace that can only come from forgiving.

April 18, 2007, 6:08pm • Smithfield, VA • #19799

Dear Virginia Tech Students, Teachers, Faculty and Parents,
I have sat in front of my television over the past three days, filled with shock and sadness. 
I understand the grief you feel in a small way, as my best friend was murdered on campus at my college some years ago. I can’t tell you how amazed I was to see both students and family members alike being so full of grace and love by sharing with us, strangers about their friend, or beloved family member.  We have become your family! You are not alone.  My family and I stand with you! We are praying for you! We will continue to pray for as long as one of you is in need.  Remember, keep your amazing community spirit.  Don’t return evil with evil, but overcome it with goodness.  Find those small ways to help each other a little extra each day: a hug, a smile, an arm around the shoulder, a concerned question, a card, a flower.  By doing this you all will chase away this darkness that has fallen on your campus.  Your light has shown bright, even during these dark few days.  You make me proud to be an American and a parent!  God bless you all!

Andrew and Sandra Watson, daughters Brittany & Natalia

April 18, 2007, 6:08pm • Vero Beach, Indian River County, Florida • #19800