Condolences, April 18, 2007

I am a freshman at Virginia Tech.  I left the campus to come and be with my family.  I did not leave because of fear.  I left to comfort my family in friends who are concerned.  I will never leave Virginia Tech it has become a part of me.  All students, faculty, and alumni truly bleed maroon and orange.  I am available to all my friends for support and my thoughts are constantly of the tragic events that occurred this past Monday.  My prayers are with the victims and their families.  Virginia Tech not just our school it is OUR HOME.

April 18, 2007, 6:25pm • Colonial Heights, Va • #20051

I cannot express the pain I feel for you. I will be praying for friends and family of the victims of this sick, and horrible tragedy. Just remember that God is with you and think positive. I know everyone has lost a loved one sometime in there life, but not like this. It is a horrible way to leave this world, but remember, that someday you will be with your loved ones again. God Bless and Go Hokies. ~ Mary C.

April 18, 2007, 6:25pm • Powder Springs, GA • #20052

My thoughts, my prayers, and my sympathies are with the entire VT community. 
Please know we mourn your loss with you and we are praying for you.
That you may you feel the peace that passes all understanding, comfort in your time of pain, healing in your time of need and the blessing of Gods grace helping you to meet each new day with renewed hope for tomorrow.

April 18, 2007, 6:25pm • Grand Prairie,TX • #20053

I am broken-hearted over this horrendous crime and the misery it has caused at MY college.  May God bless you all in these most trying of times.
Keep the faith.

TC class of ‘75

April 18, 2007, 6:25pm • Greenville, VA • #20054

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, survivors, families, friends, and entire VT community during this time.  My heart aches for you.  Blacksburg is a wonderful place and I know that it will remain that way with time and healing.  May God be with you all during this time. 

~ C.Frear, VT Alum

April 18, 2007, 6:25pm • Midlothian, VA • #20055

And God Wept

The planes came,
And took away our innocence.
The towers tumbled down,
As children’s blocks to the ground.
And God wept.

People came,
All colors, races and religions.
To help, to save, to mourn, to give.
They came together as one.
And God hoped.

A few survivors,
So many lost and so much pain.
Our lives changed forever.
Down, but not defeated.
And God watched.

A nation reborn,
New strength, goodness and courage.
We will go on, we have learned.
United we stand.
And God smiles.

April 18, 2007, 6:26pm • Richland, Washington, USA • #20056

My heart aches for the families and those who were killed for unknown reasons. May you find comfort in your God and know that my family as well as numerous people around the world are holding you close in prayer. My heart is very saddened by these events. May God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 6:26pm • Rolla, Missouri • #20057

Virginia Tech Faculty and Students:
I’m sorry for the loss and the pain that has been caused. 
God Bless and we will always continue to pray

UC

April 18, 2007, 6:26pm • Utica • #20058

In a time when we believe that perhaps we have no more real heroes in our lives, we learn of the professor who held the door and gave his life so that his students could escape.  May we always remember his courage and know that his ultimate gift as a teacher was his belief that our students must come first. My deepest condolences go out to the families of the students and teachers who died on April 16.  My prayers are with you.

Gretchen Portwood

April 18, 2007, 6:26pm • Georgetown, Kentucky • #20059

My first thoughts were “What if it had happened on my boy’s campus”. I cannot begin to imagine what you are going through but I DO know campus culture and know that no one there remains untouched or undamaged by what has happened.  My thoughts and prayers have and are with you.  May each of you find calm waters, warm sunshine and safe harbor in this storm of pain. 

Liz Duffey

April 18, 2007, 6:26pm • Raytown, MO, USA • #20060

Dear Virginia Tech Family,

My heart goes out to you all. As a graduate of Tech in 1985, I know how special Blacksburg is. I am very proud of how the families, students, faculty and administration have conducted themselves in the wake of this tragedy and the media attention. It would be easy to blame and point fingers. Virginia Tech influences people to be open and caring and I am sure this will never change no matter what challenges come our way. It is in these times that we appreciate how wonderful it is to be a Hokie.
I send my deepest love and sympathy,
Cheri Amarna (former Cheryl Rodgers)

April 18, 2007, 6:26pm • Ashby, Massachusetts • #20061

Words can’t express the feeling I have right now. You are all in my prayers! God Bless! Stevie

April 18, 2007, 6:26pm • Radford Va • #20062

Our hearts are filled with sorrow.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Biagis

April 18, 2007, 6:26pm • Napa, CA USA • #20063

My heart hurts for those who were lost and affected by this tragedy. so many of us take the lives that we have for granted, and dont realize how quickly things can change.
While my thoughts are with those suffering such a great loss, I am also reminded of all the good memories that my grandfather, a former Virginia Tech student, would tell me about his college days and how wonderful it was to be a hokie. I know that he is still very proud to call himself a hokie, and wouldent have it any other way.
Peace and love to all.

April 18, 2007, 6:26pm • Charlotte NC • #20064

In your time of sorrow there are few words that can soften the intensity, but know that there are those out in the West, at Boise State & Northwest Nazarene University who are thinking of you and praying for you today. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. May the Comfort of Christ be with you in this season of sorrow.

Pastor Ben Turner
Boise Five Mile Church of the Nazarene

April 18, 2007, 6:26pm • Boies, Idaho • #20065

Nobody can replace those whose lives have been lost. Yet, the one who took their lives cannot ever destroy that which they were, at heart. Nobody can take away our memories or the love that we have for those who are no longer with us.

In the words of Christian singer Steve Taylor:
“You made a memory - the memory will multiply.
You may kill the body, but the spirit - it will never die.”

There is still true love and light and beauty and goodness in this world, no matter how much darkness there is. My prayer is that you will still see that, even through your tears.

A broken heart is better than a hardened one, despite the grief that it can cost. The greatest honor that we can give someone who we have lost is to live - truly live - our lives with passion and purpose and continue to love them.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

In His grace,

Margaret Ann Schaaf

April 18, 2007, 6:26pm • Salem-Keizer, Oregon • #20066

Our prayers go out to all the families which lost loved ones in the tragic events that occured that horrible day.  May you find peace within your hearts for the young man that took the lives of your loved ones.  I could not being to express the level of sympathy that I have for everyone involved.  To the students be strong and know that the peace of the father is with you....may I wish you all god speed....and peace within your hearts....
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April 18, 2007, 6:26pm • Greenville, N.C., East Carolina University • #20067

My thoughts and prayers go out to anyone involved in this awful tragedy and as many others will have already said we all hope it never happens again on this scale or any other scale...being an Englishman born and bred i have no words to express what i feel in this time of needing....the only thing i can say is this.....Friends are always there no matter where they are from...be it in the same state,country or even in another country you will always find a friend that is willing to help you in anyway possible to get through the heartache and pain always remember that and hold it in your thoughts and know for all time a friend is always here.

Darren Hayes Nottingham

April 18, 2007, 6:26pm • United Kingdom • #20068

You are in our prayers and we are thinking of the families and friends of all.

Bruce & Anne Platt

April 18, 2007, 6:26pm • Pine Grove, CA • #20069

My deepest condolences to all the the victims of the tragedy at VT. Everyone is in my prayers during this sad, tragic and unfortunate time…God Bless everyone!

Life is short,
Love truly,
Laugh uncontrollably,
& never regret anything that made you smile.

April 18, 2007, 6:26pm • Maryland, USA • #20070

I have a cousin who goes to Tech, along with a few high school friends, one of whom is among the injured.  I cannot begin to express to you my sympathies, and while I am more than thankful that my cousin made it through this safely, I send prayers to not only my friend but to everyone who has lost someone or is suffering from what happened.  I cannot imagine how you are feeling now.

God Bless

April 18, 2007, 6:26pm • New Jersey • #20071

I just wanted to let all you out there at Virginia Tech know that all of Iowa’s thoughts and prayers are with you guys. I know this is such a hard time right now but we will all grow and become stronger from the events that took place on that tragic day of April 16th 2007 and even though each of those 32 people are out of our lives they are in a much better place and are looking down upon us now. -Colton Davis

April 18, 2007, 6:27pm • Des Moines, IA • #20072

My deepest heart felt sympathy to everyone who suffered in anyway on April 16th.
Please know, millions of people around the world, share your pain and you are in our hearts, on our minds and in our prayers.
The citizens of the United States suffer with you, in their own way. Your loss has touched our hearts and lives.
No one died in vain! The lessons from their death, will help others not to suffer the same tradegy.
May God Bless You!
Connie Kelley

April 18, 2007, 6:27pm • WV, USA • #20073

JMU alumni are praying for you.

Elizabeth

April 18, 2007, 6:27pm • Herndon, VA • #20074

No words can take away such pain, but may it find you comfort to know we all care about you as our own family. My heart aches for the students, faculty, and familys who have had such beautiful people taken to soon from them, but know they will be here with you forever more, there smiles will light your days. and know this world has there arms open wide.
With Love and Sympathy,
Robertson

April 18, 2007, 6:27pm • Merrimack New HAmpsre • #20075

My prayers and thoughts are with the students, faculty and families at Virginia Tech.  May God bless you.

Kelly Brown

April 18, 2007, 6:27pm • Boise, ID • #20076

May God bless all the victims,thier families,and thier friends during this time of loss and mourning.We will be praying for all of you.

April 18, 2007, 6:27pm • Logansport LA. • #20077

God Bless the victims and families of this tragedy. You are in my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 6:27pm • Spokane, Wa • #20078

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.

- Isaac Asimov

April 18, 2007, 6:27pm • #20079

And Now… we are ALL HOKIES!
All colleges feel your pain...we mourn with you and rejoice in peace that their lives ended quickly. May God comfort those who survived and bless the souls of those who didn’t. The truth of the matter is that this tragedy was random and unexpected. Let us not pass blame but instead be thankful for our lives and the lives of thos past.
I now walk with pride as a Hokie

April 18, 2007, 6:27pm • Montclair, NJ • #20080

Dear Students from Virginia Tech:

My prayers are with all of you, your families, your faculty, and the families of all of the victims.  God bless you in these moments of sorrow.

Respectfully,

Rev Martin Garcia
Graduate Student
University of Southern California

April 18, 2007, 6:27pm • Los Angeles, California • #20081

My family and I have been praying for you all.  It is all so inconceivable.  Please know that millions of people are with you in spirit. 
Gail Warren

April 18, 2007, 6:27pm • Powell, OH • #20082

My passion for the school I love so much was made even more apparent to me when I first heard the news on Monday.  To know that I walked the Halls of AJ in my bathrobe, strode the paths of the drillfield without a care, and walked in and out of buildings covered in hokie stone attending classes - and that these very places were the site of such tragedy and devestation never imagineds has burdened my heart and weighed heavy on my mind.  My prayers are with the families and friends of the lives lost on Monday.  ~Cindy Stephenson Bowman ‘93

April 18, 2007, 6:27pm • Fuquay Varina, NC • #20083

What can I say about this tragedy? Just know that I, as well as millions are praying for you all. God Bless. You will make it through this.

William Andrews

April 18, 2007, 6:27pm • Roanoke, VA. • #20084

I am truly sorry about this tragedy. I know how it feels to lose someone close, especially one that had a big future ahead of him. Just stay close to God and pray for endurance. He is the only one who knows why this tragic event happend. You are in my prayers.

God Bless,
Emmanuel Gomez

April 18, 2007, 6:28pm • Austin, Texas • #20085

To All Virginia Tech Students and Staff

In the aftermath of this tragic event I want to thank each and everyone of you for your great courage and spirit. My prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims. Keep the faith.

Frank White Class of 86
Tracy Bond Class of 86
Jared White
Brandon White

April 18, 2007, 6:28pm • Arlington , Va • #20086

Our prayers are with everyone at VA Tech.  We want to express our sincere sorrow at this horrific occurence.  We will continue to keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

Phil and Martha Withrow

April 18, 2007, 6:28pm • Laurel, MS • #20087

My thoughts are with you, seem so insignificant compared to the horror that has taken place within your University. When I first heard what had happend and saw the first news clips I felt sick, hearing the gun shots and thinking of what the poor kids and staff were going through. I have a little girl myself and if anything happend to her I dont know how I would go on. As for the parents and families of the victims I can not imagine how they will cope, today, tomorrow or for a lifetime. I do not have any religious beliefs, but I hope that each and everyone involved may be able to get through this terriable time and with help from family and professionals and may be able to live a some what normal life. I know it is something they will never forget but I hope they find some inner peace in the future.

April 18, 2007, 6:28pm • SCOTLAND, UK • #20088

Please know that the rest of the world shares your grief and pain. Here in Australia, it opens up the still healing wounds of the Port Arthur massacre. After this tragic event, our Prime Minister introduced tough gun laws. It is now extremely difficult for anybody to obtain a gun. It is a contentious issue, but the less guns in society, the better. I strongly believe these laws have made Australia safer.
Peace, Love and Harmony to all of you during this difficult time.

Jane Birkett, Logan Village, QLD, Australia

April 18, 2007, 6:28pm • Logan Village, QLD, Australia • #20089

I really don’t know what to say, nothing i will say will make anyone feel any better about this awful tragedy but i need to let everyone at Virginia Tech and friends and families of the victims know that i am thinking and praying for them all.
I can only guess how you must all be feeling and being a mother myself it makes me feel sick to the stomach that so many lives have been taken because of the actions of one man.

April 18, 2007, 6:28pm • Bristol England • #20090

To the Students, Faculty and Staff of Virginia Tech,

I want to provide you with my deepest condolences as to the tragedy that occurred Monday on your University campus.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. 

Debra Dotson
1978 Radford University graduate

April 18, 2007, 6:28pm • Las Vegas, NV • #20091

To everyone that this terrible event has touched, the country aches with you,we are all shedding tears with you, they are our sons and daughters too.In this angony we must believe that the almighty is in charge now.

God Bless

Ian Harty

April 18, 2007, 6:28pm • Norwell ,Massachusetts • #20092

I wish to express my condolences with all your faculty and staff and parents of those who lost their lives so tragicaly.
I am a Grandmother of 3 college students, and it raises concern for their safety and welfare,,
This is such a sad thing for our country ,for such violence .
My prayers are with all concerend . 
GOD BLESS YOU ALL

April 18, 2007, 6:28pm • Leol,Pennsylvania,U.S.A. • #20093

As the world continues, so does our pain. Life has been taken but it too shall be come again. I hope the victims families can take comfort knowing their loved ones are resting in a better place.

My thoughts and prayers are with the survivors of this horror. Let us all do something to help those still alive so please pray for their recovery and give what you can to the victims fund.

Sean Kreps
VT Alum 1999

April 18, 2007, 6:28pm • Port Saint Lucie, FL • #20094

As many others have said each and every one of you at VT will be in my heart and prayers.

I know what it is like to lose someone very close to you and have mourning going all through out you school...Last year at the end of May there was a car crash that killed 2 of my friends in the high school. Also 2 1/2 weeks before there was a student who had commited suicide. A lot of us were having a hard time coming to school but we had to because of are final exams.

This comes from me and many of my friends when i say thank god that the teacher Liviu Librescu was hold the door shut because one of my teachers first cousin was in his class room. His bravery lend to many students being able to live.

Im not sure about any other state but every since this happened on Monday High Schools and Middle Schools in Michigan have been getting threats and some have even mentioned Virigna Tech and i cant even think of a reason that someone would even mention you guys.

Once again you are in my heart and prayers

14 year old
New Haven, Michigan Student
-Katie Wellbaum

April 18, 2007, 6:28pm • Michigan • #20095

My sincere condolences go out to the families of the victims in this once again senseless and vicious act, I ask that everyone turn to god for healing during this difficult time. There is no easy botton to push for a tragedy such as this, no words can express how i personally feel about this horrifying situation, in the blink of an eye life changes like a switch was shut off, based on one persons idiotic, daranged actions so many people have to suffer. This is true terriozism in the comforts of our own backyard.

My prayers are with everyone and their families! Stay strong in this time of need and age of snapped and just turn it over to our god and savior.

April 18, 2007, 6:29pm • Chicago, Illinois • #20096

You are in my thought and Prayers, God Bless you
All

April 18, 2007, 6:29pm • Minnesota • #20097

I want to express my deepest sympathies for families and friends of those lost or hurt by the tragic events on April 16th, 2007 as well as to the students of VA Tech.
My prayers and thoughts are with the students and families at Virginia Tech.
My thoughts go out to the victims and to those who lost loved ones
Even I am oversea, this news has shocked me.
I am proud to be a HOKIE; my thoughts are with you all.

Raul Saucedo Alderete, MSc
VT Alumni, Class of 91, from Rep. of Panama

April 18, 2007, 6:29pm • Panama, Republic of Panama • #20098

To all the VT Families including all staff,

Boston Ma, mourns your loss with ya. You are in our hearts.

May God bless.....
Representing the City of Boston, MA
Latarsha

April 18, 2007, 6:29pm • boston,ma us • #20099

Please accept our heartfelt & most sincere condolences.  One cannot even begin to make sense of such a tragedy.  The world is grieving with you.  Please know that we are all praying for you.  May you find hope, peace, comfort, & strength during these most difficult days.

Novella Family

April 18, 2007, 6:29pm • Lancaster, PA • #20100