Condolences, April 18, 2007

I am a single mother who dreams of the day that I can send my son off to college. As I sit here watching and reading so much about the victims, I think of their parents who must have been so proud on that day. Nothing could have predicted what has happened to your amazing children, I send you my prayers and feel so much pain for you and hope I never have to experience what you are now. May God and all his strenth be in your hearts and help you through your loss. Also to the teachers families. We all know how special teachers are and these teachers seem to exceed in this quality in their attempts to save these children, I know that God will watch out for all of them and you. God bless… Sandra Heacock

April 18, 2007, 6:43pm • Austin, Texas • #20302

Le vent ne souffle pas toujours du même côté !!

..il faut toujours garder espoir

April 18, 2007, 6:43pm • Montreal, Quebec • #20303

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
God Bless
Helene Selwood Ahern

April 18, 2007, 6:43pm • Biddeford Pool, Maine • #20304

I pray for all the families involved in this senseless act, I also feel the pain of Cho’s family that they too have to grieve the loss of a loved one, May you all continue to gain strength and support from those that love you and care for your sorrows.  GOD BLESS YOU VIRGINIA TECH COMMUNITY.

A friend to you all.

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • Zanesville, Ohio • #20305

We are all with you out there…
God bless you all. Everybody is sad about what happened, it is terrible to loose life that way.. this is just..heavy

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • sherbrooke, Qc,CA • #20306

I just want to let everyone know at Virginia Tech that they are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart goes out to each and every one of them! God Bless!

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • Minnesota • #20307

Our condolences to staff,students faculty and the families who have lost there loved one’s

I was shocked to have heard what has happened although we dont get that kind of happenings here in New Zealand it has still affected and shocked everyone in NZ. My Alofa and Aroha to every1 of you in Virginia.
Kia Kaha means in Maori Be Strong

Regards
V. Stuart and the Staff at the Tokoroa Drycleaners

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • Tokoroa New Zealand • #20308

Through determination and perseverance, not only will the Hokie nation see the light through this dark American tragedy, but so will a nation that stands along side you. God bless everyone.

Josh

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • Lafayette, Louisiana • #20309

Dear Hokie Nation,
Through these toughest of times the hearts of West Virginians are with you. God bless all of those affected by this horrible tragedy. Keep strong Hokies!

Nathan S

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • West Virginia University • #20310

A day has passed since I tried to post my condolences and I am so glad to see the thousands of others who have been able to do so.  Forgive me for posting again if my previous comments got through.  Know that there are literally millions of people out there who are not just watching but also caring.
We are given only a short time on this earth to do God’s will.  Some choose to do His will with gladness and love; others choose another path.  The Lord comforts those who are with Him in spirit.  May those you have lost be held in His everlasting arms, and those who grieve and suffer in the wake of this tragedy be comforted by His grace and mercy.  Prayers through Christ our Lord.

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • Cleveland, Ohio • #20311

My deepest condolences to the VA Tech student body and faculty.  And to the victims and their families, I am so broken hearted for your loss.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Laura

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • Darien, IL, USA • #20312

The youth of First Presbyterian Church of Kingsport, TN express our sorrow for the terrible tragedy at VT. We couldn’t believe what we were hearing and seeing on the news. Shock hit then sorrow for people we didn’t even know.  Some of the youth were very confused of what was going on and know plenty of people that go to VT.
We are only a few hours away and people in this area know some of the victims. Know that we are praying and thinking of the families and friends of the victims and of the person responsible. Words cannot heal the wounds, but knowing you have someone thinking of you a state away will hopefully help with the pain.

With hope, strength for you, and prayer,

The youth group at First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, TN.

Leanna, Ashley, Maggie, Robby, Thomas, Albert, Katie- Beth, Carrie, Shannon, George, Will, Emily, Kelli, Jacqueline, Brooks, Lucy, Molly, Russ, Aidan, and Lauren.

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength- Philippians 4:13

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • Kingsport, Tennessee • #20313

My thoughts,prayers,and condolences go out to all the victims families,friends,and the entire university following this tragedy, I pray you will find comfort and strength in the days that are ahead

Hope Taylor

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • Mauldin,SC • #20314

Our thoughts ad prayers are with the families who lost those dear to them, and those who are recovering in hospital.  For those that witnessed such a horrific event, remember that time will heal.

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • Strathroy, Ontario Canada • #20315

So sorry to hear about the nightmares.May God bless,rest in peaces

Benson,
Melbourne

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • Australia • #20316

Dear all,

Our hearts and souls from all of us here in Denver, Colorado are with you this week. We know exactly how you feel.

No matter what your religious beliefs are, Psalm 46 tells us “God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will not we fear,
though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;”

A good hymn to sing or look at too is Luther’s
“A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” It offers comfort to us when evil is knocking at our doors.

Hang onto that passage or hymn text and keep it in your hearts while you heal from this horrific event.

Be strong, and be there for each other, and let a stranger or someone know you care about them by giving them a hug or just listening to them. Just a simple act of kindness goes a long way and makes a difference when you are feeling terrible.

You will get through this with time, and talking about it everyday until it stops hurting.

You are not alone in your sorrow, shock, and fear. We are all with you. Blessings to all of you at VT.

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • Denver, Colorado • #20317

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at Virginia Tech, the victims, and victim’s families.  It is a very sad time and a great tragedy. 

My hope is that all those affected by these events can heal in time.  Stay close to those you love and know that the support is pouring in.

May God bless you all. . .

Robin

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • Toledo, OH • #20318

I was online performing college searches for my son who will be graduating from high school in June, when the breaking news came across the t.v. about the massacre at Virginia Tech. We were just in Roanoke, Va. this past Sunday visiting a sick family member at one of the local hospitals.  I cannot begin to explain the feeling that came over me, my hand immediately went to my heart, and tears came to my eyes as I watched this horrific news unfold in front of me. What is going on in this world today? Our children are getting killed trying to defend our country and trying to get an education.....my heart goes out to ALL of the families that were struck by this tragedy, and I wish there was some way I could take all the hurt away. GOD is good! And although we might not always agree with some of the choices that HE makes, we have to believe that for those 32 lives that were lost, GOD has a plan to use them in a good way in heaven.  My family will continue to pray for you all as you try to move forward in your lives.
Tanya Robinson and family

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • Dewitt, Virginia • #20319

To the Staff, Faculty and Students at Virginia Tech,

I just wanted to pass on my condolences to those of you who have lost someone close to you in this awful tragedy. I hope you can stay strong and know that you are supported by people all across the globe who watched and read the event unfold on Monday. From a member of the Residence Life Staff at the University of Guelph, my thoughts are with you and i hope that you can all stay strong in these tough times.

Joanna Hancock
Residence Assistant, University of Guelph

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • Guelph, Canada • #20320

I just wanted to say how sorry I am this happened. I can’t imagine what these students went through. My heart goes out to everybody at that school and their families. May they see light at the end of the tunnel, and God Bless them.

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • Berlin, Maryland • #20321

As an alum of a neighboring university, I would like to offer my condolences to the Virginia Tech community.  I cannot imagine such a horrible event taking place and offer you all my prayers.

-Caroline

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • Falls Church, VA • #20322

I am so sorry for the innocent victims’ lives which were so wrongly taken. And for the pain their family and friends has to endure. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • Pasadena, CA • #20323

i can’t express how sorry we all are for your loss, this has effected everyone. Even here in england, everyone is grieving for the loss. sleep tight angels. abigail

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • north, england • #20324

My thoughts and prays are with everyone who was affected by this horrible tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • Chicago, IL • #20325

I am a parent of a college student and can’t imagine being one of the parents of any of the victims.  My heart goes out to all the families that God may send the healing process to them immediately.  I lost my 22 year old daughter two years ago and would not ever want any parent to experience this pain and sorrow.  May God bless and keep all the families and friends affected by this horrible tradgedy.
Teresa from Oklahoma

April 18, 2007, 6:44pm • McAlester, Oklahoma • #20326

You all are in my thought and prayers!  I am deeply saddened by this horrific tragedy.  I just want you to know that we are all thinking about you and your families!  I will continue to pray for all of you! 
Amy Evans

April 18, 2007, 6:45pm • Church Hill, Maryland • #20327

My prayers goes to the ones who lost their loved ones. God Bless You

April 18, 2007, 6:45pm • Bad Salzuflen Germany • #20328

Words can’t express how sorry I am for all the innocent and young lives that were taken. My prayers go out to each and every one of the victims and their families. May God be with each and every one of you and embrace you all in his arms. May God bless and comfort you all in your time of loss. Shirley Scarbrough. tonytigerfan@bellsouth.net.

April 18, 2007, 6:45pm • Jackson, TN • #20329

Dear Virginia Tech Faculty and Student Body

Our deeepest condolences to you and family in this time of pain. You are in our thoughts and prayers. As a daughter, sister, aunt and mother,
I pray for you and your families.

GOD BLESS
T. LaTonya Lucas and Family

April 18, 2007, 6:45pm • Boise, Idaho USA • #20330

I am deeply saddened by the events of April 16th 2007.
And, although I do not know anyone involved in this tragedy, you have all been in my every thought.

I want to share a quote written by an anonymous Holocaust survivor.

I believe in the Sun, even when it’s not shining.
I believe in Love, even when I cannot feel it.
I believe in God, even when I cannot see Him.

May you find peace in God’s love.
Charity Meyer

April 18, 2007, 6:45pm • Dallas, Texas • #20331

In the year 2003 when I lost my mother, my daughter was only 20 at the time when she wrote this poem for my family and I would like to share it with all of you at this time of sadness.
“NEVER FORGOTTEN”
SO MANY YEARS
YOU BRIGHTENED OUR LIVES
ONLY YOUR LOVE
COULD WE DERIVE
A LOVED ONE LOST
BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN

NOW YOU’VE GONE ON
TO A PLACE OF PEACE
IN OUR LIVES
YOU’VE LEFT A PRMANENT CREASE
A LOVED ONE LOST
BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN

WE’LL SEE YOU AGAIN
WHEN WE JOIN YOU ABOVE
OUR SOULS WILL FLY TOGETHER
LIKE THE WINGS OF A DOVE
A LOVED ONE LOST
BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN BY TONYA PARSONS

My thoughts and prayers are with the families, students, and staff of Virginia Tech.  May God bless you with peace of mind at this time.

Sincerely, Jacquie Parsons Olympia, Washington

April 18, 2007, 6:45pm • Olympia, Washington • #20332

To all at Virginia Tech:

Years ago, I lost a friend when a drugged up kid plowed his car through a crowded street off the campus of UC Santa Barbara. A few college students died, and it was a sad day for us. Nothing compares to the tragedy and shock the entire nation must be feeling right now. It is so saddening to hear that these kids will never get an opportunity to fulfill their dreams, and the professors will not be given an opportunity to do what they do best..educate.

My heart goes out to all who have lost love ones in this sickening tragedy. You are in my prayers.

-neeraj-

April 18, 2007, 6:45pm • Pasadena, CA USA • #20333

im so sorry that this happened we talk about this at school every day and i feel so bad inside that this could happen but it did so we just need to get over and its very tragic that this happened this way but stuff happends

April 18, 2007, 6:45pm • st catharines, ontairo • #20334

My prays are with you all on this sad occasion.  Please know that you are in the prayers of my co-workers and church members.

April 18, 2007, 6:45pm • Houston, TX • #20335

I don’t know where to start. I am in such shock and my heart breaks for everyone affected. It does not matter that I didn’t know Virginia Tech before this; it does matter that I do not know anyone personally affected by this tradegy; it does not change the pain, tears, confusion and heartache I feel. The students, faculty, family and friends of Virginia Tech are in my prayers. I find myself looking on the web to learn about the victims, the real people just like me, whose lives have been cut short. Who were they? What were their goals? What were their dreams? Did they have siblings? Did they have children? I guess it is a way for me to have some closure for the deaths of people I do not know yet feel so connected to as an American. God Bless us all and keep us in His loving arms as we navigate through time of grief. Dana Herin

April 18, 2007, 6:45pm • Poetry, Texas, USA • #20336

Dear VIRGINIA TECH Staff, Students and parents,
My family and I wish to extend our deepest condolences and heartfelt sorrow to you and yours
in your time of mourning.  I have awakened everyday hoping that this is not real and to no avail.  It has not gone away and I wish I could make it do just that. We shall keep you in any and all our thoughts and prayers and I only hope this can help you in your time of mourning.  Once again, you have our deepest condolences.

Sincerely Yours
The Ebanks Family
Bud, Monica, Langsten,
Doug Valdez, and
Blayten Richards

April 18, 2007, 6:45pm • Oak Harbor, Washington • #20337

Dear All,

My prayers are with you. Be strong and know that you are not suffering the tragedy alone. People around the world are sharing your grief. Time will heal. God bless all those who were directly affected by this tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 6:45pm • Chicago, IL DePaul University • #20338

TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE TRAGIC EVENTS ON MONDAY ---

MY FAMILY AND I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO LET YOU ALL KNOW THAT YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.  WE MAY NOT KNOW EACH OTHER, BUT YOU ARE DEFINATELY IN OUR HEARTS.

THE COMING DAYS AND MONTHS WILL BE HARD FOR YOU, BUT WITH TIME YOU WILL FIND A PLACE IN YOUR HEART AND MIND TO REMEMBER THOSE THAT LOST THEIR LIVES WHILE MOVING FORWARD WITH YOUR OWN LIVES.  AS HARD AS IT WILL BE, YOU MUST LOOK TO THE FUTURE, FOR IT IS ALL THAT WE HAVE.

TRUST IN THE LORD.

WITH ALL OF OUR LOVE AND SYMPATHY ---

THE LEE FAMILY—JOHN, JENNIFER, KELSEY, KENNEDY

April 18, 2007, 6:45pm • YORK, SOUTH CAROLINA • #20339

Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers go out to the Virginia Tech family and all those affected by this tragic event. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 18, 2007, 6:45pm • Community Partners Charter High School, Holly Spri • #20340

Dear families and friends of the innocent victims of the Virginia Tech Massacre...my deepest condolences and prayers go to you and your families. I’m from Kurdistan, Iraq and have experienced many similiar tragic events all throughout my life and I understand the pain that you are going through to lose a child you’ve raised from the start, a best friend, a granddaughter, or a sister/brother....God bless...everything happens for a reason…

xxooxo¢¾Mina S. Meman
aheartsmind@yahoo.com

April 18, 2007, 6:45pm • Portland, OR USA • #20341

I have no affiliation with Virginia Tech, but feel sadden by what took place on Monday. It is during times like these that we realize how precious our time together really is. My sympathies to all the families, staff, and most importantly, the students. I hope all the words we offer will provide comfort in one way or another.

April 18, 2007, 6:46pm • Miami, Florida • #20342

Faculty and Students,

Although I am very far away, Kingman Az, I feel
as though I am there with you.. I am a parent myself of two boys and cannot imagine the pain and
loss that you must feel.. Although anger was my immediate emotion that has now given way to grief and sorrow, I pray for you all everyday and wish you all Godspeed..

April 18, 2007, 6:46pm • Kingman, Arizona • #20343

I weep for the beautiful lives lost...I ache inside knowing their smiles, hopes, dreams, and aspirations was put to a halt by a fateful tragedy. 

Eternal rest to these souls.  We will always pray for you.

April 18, 2007, 6:46pm • Southgate, Mi • #20344

Dear All Mothers, Fathers, Brothers, Sisters and Friends of anyone killed/hurt in the shootings,
I am terribly sorry about the loss of your loved one.  Just remember that they are now in a better place.  They no longer feel pain.  Losing someone you love can be unberable, but just remember that you are not alone.  You have people all around the world thinking of you… I know I am.

You are in my prayers,
God Bless,
Abby

April 18, 2007, 6:46pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #20345

My thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty, families and the victims of this tragic event. I am impressed with the strength and the heart that the VA Tech community has displayed to the world. I hope to someday send my children to your amazing University! Stay Strong Hokies and know that we are with you in spirit!

April 18, 2007, 6:46pm • Falls Church VA • #20346

Mis mas sinceras condolencias y pronta resignacion , es mi deseo para tola la comunidad estudiantil de la Universidad Politecnica de Virginia.

Atte, Di Carlo Quiroz
Instituto Politecnico Nacional-Centro de Biotecnologia Genomica

April 18, 2007, 6:46pm • Reynosa, Tamaulipas Mexico • #20347

As humans with souls and kindered spirits we grieve the losses of so many. The lives touched profound, beyond borders, boundries and ethnic backgrounds. To say that I understand would be a lie, but to say that I am here in soul and spirit and prayer is the truth.

Nous sommes avec vous au Quebec, Canada.

Kimberley Boudreau

April 18, 2007, 6:46pm • Quebec, Canada • #20348

It is incredible how things can change in one minute. I don’t have the words to express what I feel, but I only can say that all the families are in my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 6:46pm • Cali, Colombia, South America. • #20349

Dear Families and Friends of those lost at Virginia Tech,

No one may understand the intensity of the emptiness and pain you are feeling inside. But remember that you are continuously in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. This tragedy will never be forgotten. And remember God will never forget the attrocities that this horrible person commited.

April 18, 2007, 6:46pm • Dana Point CA • #20350

We at the University of Florida (Gator Nation)share your sorrow,your tears,your shock,your pain. Please know that we hold you all in our hearts and our prayers. We will not forget you. You have shown the USA and the entire world how strong you are.We are all “Hoakies”.
Paula Thomas

April 18, 2007, 6:46pm • Gainesville,Florida • #20351