Condolences, April 18, 2007

I am a Chinese graduate student’s mother, my daughter is a Hokies, so I am a Hokies’s mother. Blessing on you, VT. Blessing on you, Hokies! Let’s go Hokies! Let’s go Hokies’s mother!

April 18, 2007, 2:34am • P.R.China • #5684

May God be with you all at this difficult and trying time.  My heart goes out to you all.  God Bless you all are in my prayers.
And I’m so sorry ...

April 18, 2007, 2:34am • Korea • #5685

To all affected by this senseless tragedy:

Although 2000 miles separate us, your losses are felt across the miles. We all look up into the same night sky and we share a bond even though many of us have never met.

We love you and are thinking of you during this time of sadness.

Im not a “Hokie” normally, but today I was.

E. Dunn
Freshman, University of Montana

April 18, 2007, 2:34am • Missoula, Montana • #5686

To the Faculty,and Student Body of Virginia,Tech:
May God bless you and give you the strength to get through this tragic event.I feel all of America has become Hokies in spirit with you. Please know you are in our prayers.
John R. Ely
El Paso,Texas

April 18, 2007, 2:34am • El Paso,Texas • #5687

I have never walked the grounds or sat in the classrooms that you call home. No one I know personally is enrolled there. I know only of the spirit and character produced by those of you who are making VT a part of your legacy. My heart aches for all of you in this tragic point in history. I will fly your colors proudly and respectfully for all who were lost and also for all who remain and must somehow find the strength to move on. I am encouraged that such an unspeakable situation has left so many with folded hands. When there seems no other explanation or refuge we somehow always begin the journey of recovery with prayer. It is something embedded deep within our makeup and in this time of pain and anguish, maybe turning to Him is the one certainty we all have. I wish there were something, anything, that I could do to help anyone of you right now, but prayer and hope is all I have to give. Try to allow the time you have had with those friends who are gone, be the blessing which moves you to greater things. It will honor them, and also yourself, and most of all, the God who created us.  Richard

April 18, 2007, 2:34am • Blaine, Washington • #5688

The tragedy, I’ve just heard about, too horrible to be true.
All the families and friends in VT, may the love and the peace surround you.
God bless you.

Ziteng Wang

April 18, 2007, 2:34am • Lanzhou Gansu China • #5689

I offer my sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this tragic event. It is truly unfair that such a horrific thing should happen to anyone. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Denise Mendez

April 18, 2007, 2:34am • Berkeley, CA • #5690

Your tragedy certainly rings loud in University settings all over.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I hope the press will, while reporting the story, will also step aside shortly and let the healing begin.

Cathy

April 18, 2007, 2:34am • Troy, Alabama • #5691

In stiller Trauer und Gedenken an die Opfer

Thomas Baudson
Universit├Ąt Bonn

April 18, 2007, 2:34am • Bonn, Germany • #5692

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the innocent lives that were so suddenly taken, and to their family and friends, we offer our condolences.  What they lived for and believed in, will always be remembered!
Keith, Lea, & Brett

April 18, 2007, 2:34am • Ofallon, Mo 63368 • #5693

It is a shocking event when someone takes an innocent life, much more so as the event on April 16, 2007. There are so many feelings to sort through not only for the families of the victims and the students of Virginia Tech but also the country in whole. There are people all over the country that have no affiliation with your college that are saddened and praying for you. Do not let this event defeat you. As on Sept 11th we must band together as a country, be vigilant and be determined that we will all do everything in our power to never let this type of tragedy happen again at any school in any town.
God bless you all.
Bill Anton

April 18, 2007, 2:34am • Longview,TX • #5694

You destroyed yourself,
by not seeking help

You destroyed your family,
their name forever shamed

You destroyed innocent lives,
because you were unhappy with your own

You destroyed a campus,
who will never feel safe again

You destroyed America,
with yet another tragedy to face

You destroyed a whole world,
your shots heard everywhere

What you didn’t destroy
was our FAITH, our HOPE, and our LOVE
to pick up the pieces
to bond, to unite, and to start brand new
and face this horrible disaster TOGETHER

I hope and pray that people will forgive you, and that they find peace in knowing that God will deal with you accordingly

Prayers to the family and friends and the faculty and students at VTech and anyone else affected by the events of that day 4-16-07
May they all Rest In Peace

Corissa J

April 18, 2007, 2:34am • Ohio USA • #5695

My thoughts, prayers from myself my family & my Country Are with you all at this terible time!

Sarah

April 18, 2007, 2:34am • Nsw Austraila • #5696

I’m sorry to all the parents,families,friends&classmates for your loss.  My prayers are with you during this sad time. 

Anita

April 18, 2007, 2:34am • canada • #5697

Aggies for Hokies.  You are family, one of our own.  Our love and prayers will be with you forever. 

Gig’em Tech.

April 18, 2007, 2:35am • College Station, TX • #5698

Hi this is for all the students and families im prayers go out to all the families and students

I am Daniel Ellis Hurst

April 18, 2007, 2:35am • San Jose,Califorinia • #5699

Hokies all around the world offer their thoughts and prayers to the VT family. 
S. Hensley, VT 94/99

April 18, 2007, 2:35am • Taipei, Taiwan, ROC • #5700

To all of my buddies at Virginia Tech my heart is very heavy and I am thinking of you. My nephew Brent is an alumi and my Neice Lindsey graduates this year. You have both told me about the Hokie nation and what that means. I now get it. God bless you both and to all of the students and faculty at Va Tech. We love you all!
To the familes and freinds of those lost: May God be with you and my deepest sympathy.

April 18, 2007, 2:35am • Buford, Georgia • #5701

I was so shocked to hear what happened and I cannot express my sorrow to you all enough. If you need ANYTHING at all, let me know. You’re not alone. Just be strong. You’re in my prayers.

Sarah J.

email:
sjurgels@uno.edu

April 18, 2007, 2:35am • New Orleans, Louisiana • #5702

To the Hokie Community,
I send you my prayers and much love! My deepest sympathy to the victims family’s, friends, the staff, and anyone else included in this tragedy!
I have shed tears for two day’s. Several friends of mine attend classes there, one of which was on the other side of Norris Hall, and several friends are staff members. Please remember there are people all around you to lean on when needed! Keep your faith and spirit going strong and Hokie pride will get all effected through this and build a stronger, closer community!

GO HOKIES!!  You make us proud!!

One Hokie to all other Hokies,
Leigh M. Wright

April 18, 2007, 2:35am • Radford, Va • #5703

To Virginia Tech Students,

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you who have suffered from this terrible tragedy.Always remember that God is always present,and will guide you at the most difficult times. All students from all religion should pray for strength, hope and for having survived this incident. Comfort and help each other to overcome this horrible tragedy.

DIANA

April 18, 2007, 2:35am • Malaysia • #5704

My prayers are with the family and friends of all the victims as well as everyone at Vrginia Tech.
May GOD BLESS keep ,and comfort you all.
Darlene S.

April 18, 2007, 2:35am • Roanoke Rapids NC • #5705

I want to share my sorrow with the Virginia Tech community.  My condolences to the families who lost loved ones yesterday.  I am truly sadden and upset that innocent lives where taken. For those who where killed - you will forever be in my thoughts,prayers, and in my heart. I wish there was something I can do to help, all I can think of is I hope that one day those family members will be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.  God Bless

Ramiro Cuellar

April 18, 2007, 2:35am • Sacramento, California • #5706

I just read about this tragedy in the papers only this morning. It’s just in all our papers today. This is too cruel. My heart goes to all the victims. Be strong Virginia Tech!

April 18, 2007, 2:35am • Singapore • #5707

May God bless you and help you heal during this time of great sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Anthony Russell

April 18, 2007, 2:35am • South Boston, VA • #5708

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven
Will it be the same
If I saw you in heaven
I must be strong, and carry on
Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven

Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven
I’ll find my way, through night and day
Cause I know I just can’t stay
Here in heaven

Time can bring you down
Time can bend your knee
Time can break your heart
Have you begging please
Begging please

Beyond the door
There’s peace I’m sure.
And I know there’ll be no more…
Tears in heaven

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven
Will it be the same
If I saw you in heaven
I must be strong, and carry on
Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven

Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven

--- God Bless! ---
JK

April 18, 2007, 2:36am • Madison, Mississippi • #5709

I am not sure if my one small voice will be heard, but I would like to think we can offer
our sincerest condolences on behalf of my family, for the tragic day yesterday and for the painful journey of grief you are about to embark upon.  Rest assured, the Nation mourns with you and personally I feel your pain as I have recently lost my rock, my love, my mother.

I have had the honor to walk your beautiful campus in 1998 and was impressed with your student body and the pristine grounds there. 

Please visit a website I recently stumbled across (literally) while I was looking for tablet samples for my Mother’s memorial tablet.  The website is www.virtualmemorials.com.

VM offers a place where loved ones can be remembered, all things may be posted and created within each individual’s website to ensure that their legacy will live on and that their lives will be honored and not forgotten.

It provides everyone with a secure place to grieve, to share with others and to know that they are not alone in their pain and sorrow.

May God bless you all,
H. Christi Hausmann

http://www.myspace.com/skiandbeachheidi

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April 18, 2007, 2:36am • Porter Ranch, CA USA • #5710

Our prayers are with you; the victims as well as students and families. I am sorry for all of your losses. Never again.

April 18, 2007, 2:36am • Seattle, WA • #5711

I mourn with you on this terrible occasion.  Have courage and hope.  My prayers are with you all.

Susan Sider
St. Catharines, Ontario Canada

April 18, 2007, 2:36am • St. Catharines, Ontario Canada • #5712

My husband was listening to NPR(National Public Radio) on his way home from work.  There was a church group that was on campus to help the students in any way they could.  They wanted a “home cooked meal”.
The church, of course accomodated their wishes.  Some of them even spent the night in the church.  It was home, comfort, and support that they needed. Their parents, in absentee. 
When my husband was telling me this, he burst into tears. 
We have a son at Appalachian State University. It could have been him.  We are deeply saddened by the loss of these wonderful people that could have made huge impacts on society if given a chance.
All the families of those who have lost a child and the entire Virginia Tech family are in our hearts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 2:36am • Willow Spring NC • #5713

Our deepest condolences to the victims of VT. May God bless them. Their place are in heaven.  Our prayers are with the family of victims and may God give them strength.

April 18, 2007, 2:36am • Brisbane, Australia • #5714

To the students & staff of Virginia Tech

May the thoughts and prayers of many around the world comfort you as you mourn the tragic loss of your friends and colleagues.

Janelle Hartwig
University of Southern Queensland

April 18, 2007, 2:36am • Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia • #5715

Prayer for Virginia Tech

May the grace of God
Be with us all.
And, the courage
To persevere.

In the midst of
The horror, that
We must bear witness
To; around us.

Close to home
And,
Around the world.

There is nothing
Left to do,
But hope for;
A new tomorrow.

Jennifer Pimentel
4/17/07

April 18, 2007, 2:36am • Annandale, VA • #5716

Though we were there before you
we are with you now in spirit
for “We are Virginia Tech”
GHG
Jeni ‘92

April 18, 2007, 2:36am • Sylva North Carolina • #5717

Please accept my prayers and condolences. I wish all at Virginia Tech peace and hope during this sad time.

Majella Albion

April 18, 2007, 2:36am • Toowoomba, Qld, Australia • #5718

Matthew 5:4-10
Those who mourn are fortunate! For they shall be comforted. The meek and and lowly are fortunate! For the whole wide world belongs to them. Happy are those who long to be just and good, for they shall be completely satisfied. Happy are the kind and merciful, for they shall be shown mercy. Happy are those whose hearts are pure, for they shall see God. Happy are those who strive for peace-they shall be called the sons of God. Happy are those who are persecuted because they are good, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

Matthew 22:37-40
Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.” this is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself. All the other commandments and all the demands of the phophets stem from these two laws and are fulfilled if you obey them. Keep only these and you will find that you are obeying all the others.”

To all those whose lives have been forever altered by the events of April 16th, 2007, I pray that the outstretched arms of a loving and merciful God comforts and strengthens you at this time and in the days ahead.

April 18, 2007, 2:36am • Baldwin, Long Island, N.Y. • #5719

MY PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL WHOM LOST THEIR LIVES IN SUCH TRAGEDY AND WITH THEIR FAMILIES.  MAY THEIR LIVES NEVER BE FORGOTTEN AND THEIR HARD WORK AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS BE PRAISED.

April 18, 2007, 2:36am • CALIFORNIA • #5720

My family and I offer our deepest condolences to the community of Virginia Tech.  We send our love and prayers to all those affected by this horrific tragedy.  Much love and Aloha.

April 18, 2007, 2:36am • Honolulu, Hawaii • #5721

LET’S STOP TEARING, LOOKING FOR REAL ANSWERS TO
OUR DEADED FRIENDS.

April 18, 2007, 2:36am • CHINA • #5722

my thoughts and prayers go to all those who died, injured, and those who mourn the loss of their loved ones. this is a very big tragedy that has happened and i hope that his is the last. i hope everyone learned something from what happened, and will use this knowledge to make a difference, and spread peace in all communities, especially in schools.

April 18, 2007, 2:36am • Palmdale, Ca • #5723

I am so sorry for ure loss and offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the people that have passed on all to soon. for the ones who are Injured I hope you make a full recovery and get better soon. My prayers are with you all
Claudia Weckwert

April 18, 2007, 2:36am • Vancouver BC Canada • #5724

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Hokie community at this difficult time.

Dori Pendleton
Class of 2005

April 18, 2007, 2:37am • Chapel Hill, NC • #5725

WISHING GOD HEALS U ALL…

April 18, 2007, 2:37am • MEXICO DK • #5726

Godspeed to all of you. Gerson Castro, San Jose, CA

April 18, 2007, 2:37am • San Jose, CA • #5727

may god help heal the suffering and help you morn the loss of life you have had at the hands of a twisted mad man. my deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of the deceased.everyone is thinking of you. BE STRONG! steven rowley ,england

April 18, 2007, 2:37am • ENGLAND • #5728

We here in Oklahoma send you our love, our prayers as you begin the long process of dealing with your grief, your anger and healing. You will never forget, none of use will, but you take it one step at a time and you do move on.  We in Oklahoma know that this can happen for you as we experienced when the Murrah Building was bombed several years ago, and know that in time healing will come to each in their own way.

There is a very meaningful poem that was used at the death of the Queen Mother in England and these words seem so profound now, may they offer you comfort and hope:

We can shed tears that they are gone or we can smile because they have lived.  We can close our eyes and pray that they will come back or we can open our eyes and see all they have left. Our hearts can be empty because we can’t see them or we can be full of the love we shared. We can turn our backs on tomorrow and live yesterday or we can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. We can remember them and only that they have gone or we can cherish their memories and let it live on. We can cry and close our minds, be empty and turn our backs or we can do what they would want: smile, open our eyes, love and go on.

God bless you all.
Mike Henrichs

April 18, 2007, 2:37am • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma • #5729

My prayers are with the families of the children lost, one never knows what the future holds. May you be able to go on knowing that a nation mourns with you.

April 18, 2007, 2:37am • Chilhowie, va • #5730

I mourn with you, I greive with you, I pray with you.

Lynne

April 18, 2007, 2:37am • California • #5731

It is with a heavy heart that I write this condolence.  Along with 4 other 911 dispatchers, I sat in a call center on the Virginia Tech campus and spoke with many family, friends and even acquaintances of students, facilty and staff.  The calls ranged from listening to callers pray for the university and the souls lost here to wondering if they needed to turn in their homework.  When we arrived at 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, we had no affiliation with Virginia Tech.  We leave here Hokies!

Julie McKercher - James City Co. 911
Daniela Fugimoto - James City Co. 911
Carla Goetz - York Co. 911
Mandy Adams - York Co. 911
Linda Goodridge - Stafford Co. 911

April 18, 2007, 2:37am • York, Stafford and James City, Virginia • #5732

Like many all over America today I have been in front of my TV all day watching events unfold at VT.  The thing that so impressed me were the students interviewed on TV.  You all seem like such nice kids so compassionate, so bright beautiful intelligent young ladies and gentlemen.

My heart goes out to you all for the terrible losses you have suffered.  Don’t let one act of madness destroy your spirit, you are all wonderful kids and will all get through this.  God bless you all.

Kathy Carpenter

April 18, 2007, 2:37am • Stafford Springs, Ct • #5733