Condolences, April 18, 2007

Dear Virginia Tech Students and Fac.

I would like to take this time to let you know that my prayers are with each and everyone of you. My heart aches for everyone and I just wish there was more I could do for everyone. But, prayers are all I have. I can’t even begin to imagine what anyone is going through but you all have my prayers and if there is anything I can do....please please let me know.

Marlea

April 18, 2007, 6:33pm • MD • #20151

Dear all Virginia Tech students/staff/families:

My heart goes out to all of you. This was a horrific tragedy but as strong people (which i know you are)...we will get through this together. Ive never seen this many people come together and share their condolences. You guys are in my prayers and I will also pray for the families of the deceased. Take this as an inspiration and I know I have. Life is way too short so live it the fullest and love hard.
My Heart And Prayers are with you all.

MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND LOVE,

Taylor Ashley Vaughn…

REMEMBER 4-16-07.

April 18, 2007, 6:33pm • LaPlace,Louisiana • #20152

Reading all these condolensces from literally all over the world...it makes me well with pride at the GOOD there is in the world!  Please try to focus of the good.  Know that people everywhere are praying with and for you all.  May God Bless you and speed the physical and emotional healing.

April 18, 2007, 6:33pm • Nova Scotia Canada • #20153

My prayers are with you.  May God bless you and
give you confort at this time of tragedy.
I am hurting along with you.  Through faith
in God we will get through
John Vick
VT class of 1972

April 18, 2007, 6:33pm • Valdota, Ga. • #20154

While I can not possibly understand what everyone there is feeling - both students & family - my heart hurts for you all.

The interviews that I have seen with surviving students & professors give me hope.  What an amazing & upstanding group of people you all are!!  While one person did this horrible damage to your school, and to all the human race, not only the survivors give us hope, but the incredible stories of heroics that took place - both by students and teachers during those terrifying moments. 

I am so proud of everyone at Virginia Tech - and wish to extend my deepest, and most heartfelt sympathies to those who have lost friends, family, and professors they cared about, as well as to the families who lost loved ones.  You all have a right to hold your heads high, you behaved & continue to behave with class, dignity and honour in a most un-honourable, undignified and completely classless situation!

May you continue to succeed, and have hope, and do all you can to honour the fallen.

GO HOKIES!

April 18, 2007, 6:33pm • Canada • #20155

I was so upset by what happened at your school but I want you to know that the whole world cares. That all Canadian University students see themselves in you and wish they could offer a shoulder to cry on. God Bless you all your campus is still yours it does not belong to the violence hold your head up and you will get through this!

April 18, 2007, 6:33pm • toronto, canada • #20156

As a Mother of three sons,I wish I could wrap my arms around all of you and tell you that everything is going to be alright. Remember how much you are loved by the world.
Peace be with you all,
Kathryn

April 18, 2007, 6:33pm • Abbeville, South Carolina • #20157

Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected by this senseless tragedy.  We are deeply saddened by this horrific incident.  We met at Virginia Tech and consider Blacksburg home.  WE ARE HOKIES!!  We will rise above this and be stronger as a result.  God Bless all those working on this case and everyone associated with Virginia Tech!  We will move forward but we will never forget!

God Bless The Hokies!!

Brian Vaughan
Erica Pinter Vaughan
Class of 1999

April 18, 2007, 6:33pm • Staunton, VA • #20158

I want to express my condolences to the staff and students of Virginia Tech. I pray God gives you the peace that you all richly deserve.  I will be praying for you all.  Love in christ, Tammy Ridder Cincinnati Ohio

April 18, 2007, 6:33pm • Cincinnati, Ohio, USA • #20159

To the students, faculty, friends and families of Virginia Tech...countless of us are thinking of you and praying the most heartfelt of prayers for the healing of your minds, bodies and souls...God bless each and every one of you.

April 18, 2007, 6:33pm • Hermitage PA • #20160

Words cannot express the sorrow
Hearts cannot fathom the pain

From the strength you have shown us, I know you will rebuild your community and become even stronger

Know that my prayers have been added to the multitudes of those touched by these events

Nicole, NC

April 18, 2007, 6:33pm • Nashville, NC • #20161

I’m really truely sorry, and hope things get easier for you all. May God be with you and your families! You all are being thought of and prayed for all throughout the world! God Bless u all!

April 18, 2007, 6:33pm • Marion, IL USA • #20162

God bless all of victims and comfort their families and friend. I pray with my deepest sympathy.
Sarah Lee

April 18, 2007, 6:33pm • Burbank, CA • #20163

I hope you all continue to pray to God for direction during this horrible time.  My thoughts and prayers are with you daily.  We have a good friend who is a Senior Engineering student there, but wasn’t on campus at the time.  This has hit home to a lot of people, so please don’t feel you are alone, you have a whole nation behind you.

God bless you all…

April 18, 2007, 6:33pm • Charlotte, NC • #20164

May God cast his blessings and understanding and strength on the family and friends of all that were impacted in this horrid event. We are in out 60s and retired with two sons and 5 grandchildren. We honestly don’t know what to say! Be vigilant and watch each other’s back. This is a wonderful country with some not so wonderful people.

God Bless All of You,
Command Sergeant Major Gerald M (Jerry)& Gail Jones
US Army Retired

April 18, 2007, 6:33pm • Coral Springs, Florida SA • #20165

We are Virginia Tech, We are strong.  God bless us.

Huanyu Yue

April 18, 2007, 6:33pm • Blacksburg, VA • #20166

Condolences from Edward Bosher, Elton + Susan + family. How horrible a tradgedy to fall on so many innocent people. God be with you in your time of need.

April 18, 2007, 6:34pm • Hamilton ont . Canada. • #20167

It’s too bad that this happened and I can’t stress how much I feel sorry for all the losses people have had due to this tragedy, I hope everyone lost may rest in peace knowing that there is a lot of people who care about them and who will continue to remember them as the great people they knew them as.

April 18, 2007, 6:34pm • san diego,CA • #20168

My heart aches for everyone at Virginia Tech. I pray that God gives you the strength to survive this terrible ordeal. I pray for everyone who has been affected by this tradegy, those who have lost loved ones. I also pray for the shooters’ family. This is absolutely devasting. The sun will shine after the rain…

God Bless
Kira

April 18, 2007, 6:34pm • Mout Holly, NJ • #20169

You are all in our thoughts and prayers
Richard,Donna and Shannon Hughes

April 18, 2007, 6:34pm • Crosslanes, West Virginia • #20170

Virginia Tech,
All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. This situation is absolutely horrible and wanted to let you know that you are in the thoughts of everyone. As a college student, I can’t imagine what you are going through, you are all so strong.
Allison

April 18, 2007, 6:34pm • Chicago • #20171

I cried so hard years ago when my wife left me....Even harder on September 11, 2001…

With all that agony, I’ve wept even more so over the last two days for the poor souls who died in, or escaped from those classrooms...their families...their friends. 

God Bless Them All...God help us.

God Bless Virginia Tech.

April 18, 2007, 6:34pm • Kapolei, HI • #20172

I’m sure I speak on behalf of all Pitt staff and say that our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Virginia Tech students, staff, and faculty in this time of sorrow.  What a tragic event to happen at such a fine institution - I’m sure you will bounce back in true Hokie tradition!

- Michele Aldrich
University of Pittsburgh staff member

April 18, 2007, 6:34pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #20173

Dear Students and Faculty,

I have you all in my prayers. The nation grieves with you all during this time. I will continue to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You all.

Patricia Roggy

April 18, 2007, 6:34pm • Ingleside, Texas • #20174

Dear Virgina Tech Students, Staff, and Families
May God be with you and your family as you try to get through this rough time. May God me with the Virgina Tech Administration and help get the school back to normal.

April 18, 2007, 6:34pm • Cedar Rapids, Iowa • #20175

I am a Canadian University student, and I want to offer my support to the students and faculty of Virginia Tech, as well as their friends and families.  You are all in my thoughts.

April 18, 2007, 6:34pm • Canada • #20176

Faculty, Students of Virginia Tech and parents and family of fallen students and Professors:
We here in OK are so sorry for your loss.  It is Unbelievable what has happened.  Please remember that the nation is rallying around you.  You have so much support from around this country and around the world.  Know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers. 

L.S.
An Air Force Wife from OK

April 18, 2007, 6:34pm • Tinker AFB, OK • #20177

Dear Faculty and Students at Virginia Tech,
As a very recent alumna (Spring 2006) of Virginia Tech, I am shocked that anything of this magnitude of crime could ever happen in the quiet and darling country town that I called my home for 4 years, through undergraduate and graduate school. No words could truly express all of the feelings of grief and sorrow that all of us Hokies are feeling at this moment. In the words of our professor and reknowned poet Nikki Giovanni, “We are strong enough to know when to cry and sad enough to know we must laugh again.” These words ring true to us today, as we know that the path to recovery and normalcy will be a long one, but we know that we have friends, family, and fellow Hokies there to hold our hands along the way.
As a native resident of northern Virginia and a teacher at Centreville High School, it has also been a challenge conveying the grief that I feel with my students, especially upon learning that some of them were well-acquainted with some of the victims at Virginia Tech. You will never be forgotten.

Once a Hokie, always a Hokie.
My heart is in Blacksburg.

Love,
~Lindsey Hurst
Spanish, Political Science, and International Studies Major
2006

April 18, 2007, 6:34pm • Centreville, Virginia • #20178

Please know that you are all thought about often, our prayers and thoughts are with each and every one of you.  God Bless

April 18, 2007, 6:34pm • Oak Ridge, TN • #20179

My deepest condolences to the families, students and friends whom lost their dear ones on this tragic day.  My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Maria

April 18, 2007, 6:35pm • Philadelphia, PA • #20180

Sending my most profound thoughts and hopes for healing and wellness....  I’m from the other side of the country, but I hurt for you, with you over your loss.  I so deeply wish I could offer words of wisdom or a healing hug...but I know, that at this moment, it won’t help a lot.  As a person who has gone through a tragic loss of some size (10 funerals in 2 days), I am here to say that this will pass. You will never forget, never be the same, but you all are experiencing the love and support of the world.  Embrace it, this is a rare opportunity.  Someday, you will look back and feel blessed to have known those that were lost and honored to have been part of a strong community built on love and support.  I now feel fond of that experience and it is a part of my everyday life now...and I’m a better person for it.  You will survive and you will rise above this, I promise.

April 18, 2007, 6:35pm • Bellingham, WA • #20181

hey i am very sorry about the people that died. We will pray for all of you! I’ll keep you and others in my prayers… i wish you all luck in the future! Your in my prayers…
St. Marks School

April 18, 2007, 6:35pm • Watertown WI • #20182

I am orginally form Va and when i heard the news I rushed to the phone to contact all my friends to make sure they were ok.  I just hope that now schools (open campuses) will take into accout the dangers that campus do face.  I am not suggesting to put up a berlin wall around campus, but i am hopeing that staff will look closer at the sign of troubled students and follow up on their progress.  Parents send their kids to school thinking they will be safe, and now schools need to make the extra effort to ensure that they will be.

April 18, 2007, 6:35pm • Greeneville,TN • #20183

I just send out all of my parayers to all the families that lost someone in this shooting. Im so sorry and just wish there was something that i could say or do...but ya’ll will be remembered in my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 6:35pm • Rockwood, MI • #20184

Dear all the people who feel sad and sorry.

i’m korean so i’m not good at english.

so i don’t know what to say.

but i absolutley sad and sincerely sorry all guys.

it is really shocking for us ever have been.

i prey all vitim and their families and friends.

sorry and sorry.

i can’t do anything....

just prey for all guys.  god bless.

April 18, 2007, 6:35pm • Seoul, Korea • #20185

I don’t have clever words or even soothing ones. I’m not even convinced the right words exist. I know, however, that if a tragedy happened at any campus where I worked, I would want to hear others give what words of comfort they could.

The entire Virginia Tech community is in my thoughts and prayers for strength and hope during these trying times.

Eileen H. Kramer

April 18, 2007, 6:35pm • Decatur, GA • #20186

Dear Virginia Tech Hokies,
I am so very very very sorry about this devastating tragedy. I am a junior high school student at Eastern and I am watching the news and reading the paper to get more information.
God Bless you
Sinceraly,
James Romberger
SO SORRY

April 18, 2007, 6:35pm • York PA • #20187

It’s devastating to hear and see such a horrific tragedy like this happen.  American’s then see how life is so special in living and breathing.  My heart goes out to the family, freinds, students, and faculty at your University. I feel the sorrow you guys feel and have to live through; and the bad part of it is that when a year and years go by we will remember what we were doing when it all happened that moment.

V. Nuñez

April 18, 2007, 6:35pm • Los Angeles, California • #20188

to the victims, friends and family of the tragedy of Virginia Tech.
As a student of Dawson College, i understand your fear, your feeling of loss and despair. Please have hope,
and all i can say is that with time it will be better.
My heart goes out to everyone, and i have pity the foolish perpetrator.There is no reason why we have to resort to this kind of violence.  It is so wrong and i believe in stricter gun control, and the same way Dawson College reacted after our school shooting, i know virginia tech students will help each other out.
Dont be afraid to seek help.
Sunny days will come, and i pray for everyone involved in this tragedy. Please don’t despair.

A Dawson College Student

April 18, 2007, 6:35pm • mtl, qc, canada • #20189

My prayers are with everyone at V. Tech. and there families.

Jamie Saenz

April 18, 2007, 6:35pm • San Antonio, TX • #20190

Fellow Hokies,
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, only by coming together can we keep this tragedy from tearing us apart. Let’s go Hokies!!! Stay strong and know that the whole nation and the whole world is there standing beside you.

Brian Gato

April 18, 2007, 6:35pm • Ft. Lauderdale, FL • #20191

God bless Virginia Tech and the entire Hokie Nation.  We are strong, proud and will persevere during this tragic time!

April 18, 2007, 6:35pm • Haymarket, VA • #20192

My heart goes out to all whose hearts were shattered or torn by the horrific events that took place this passed monday. I cannot even begin to imagine how all of you must feel. I am so sorry for all your losses; and my prayers are with you.

And To all those young lives that have been lost.. sleep sweet in the heavens; for it is you that we shall call upon for our hardest decisions and our most meaningful hours here on Earth.. you are now the reason that we will forever; look to the sky.

<3Danielle Cormier.

April 18, 2007, 6:35pm • N. Brookfield, Massachusettes, US. • #20193

To all those at VA Tech and family and friends you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 6:36pm • Allendale, NJ • #20194

I thank God that my son is safe and home with me this week.  My heart aches tremendously for the families who lost a loved one.  I can’t imagine your grief.  May you each have an angel by your side through this difficult time.

To all of the students:  You are an example of strength and hope for the rest of the world.  May your hearts heal as you unite and may God be with you always!

Proud to be a Hokie mom!
Debbie T.

April 18, 2007, 6:36pm • Centreville, VA • #20195

Most people will not be able to bear the emotional trauma until days, weeks, or months pass; as our bodies try to react normally to abnormal distress we remember.

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy. It will pass whatever it is. Don’t worry, be happy.” - Bobby Mcpherrin

April 18, 2007, 6:36pm • Richmond VA • #20196

Good Afternoon,
As the Regional Coordinator of Region One of STARFLEET-The International Star Trek Fan Association,I would like to share my profound sorrow and condolences in regards to the Tragedy of 16th of April,2007 on the Campus of Virginia Tech in which so many lost their lives and many were wounded.
All at Virginia Tech are in the Prayers and Thoughts of our Regional Membership,and We will be honoring all of the Victims and their Families at our Regional Summit April 20th-23rd in Richmond ,Virginia with a Moment of Silence.
May God Bless all at Virginia Tech and their Families. If WE can be of any help or assistance,please do not hesitate to contact us via email at:OperationEagle@Comcast.Net
Chaplain Bill Herrmann,Regional Coordinator
STARFLEET Region One
99008 Berrywood Drive, Ladson,SC 29456 USA

April 18, 2007, 6:36pm • Ladson,South Carolina 29456 USA • #20197

My thoughts and Prayers are with you all..

April 18, 2007, 6:36pm • Prince Edward Island, Canada • #20198

While you’re praying, think about petitioning your Congressman to ban handguns and strictly control possession and sale of all firearms.

How many people could this individual have taken out if all he had were a baseball bat?

David Brown

April 18, 2007, 6:36pm • Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada • #20199

dear Faculty, staff, and Students,

I am very horrified at the increase of violence in our schools. I go to a public middle school in Williamsburg. Today we had a lock-down. A week ago, another middle school in our district received two bomb threats. A gun was seized from a local High school student two weeks ago. The violence in schools has got to stop. We may not understand things like this, but they always happen for a reason. Their is a God out there who cares and its not always him that causes these things.

God Bless,
Kiana C.

April 18, 2007, 6:36pm • Williamsburg, Virginia • #20200