Condolences, April 18, 2007

I hope the president of the university close it for the rest of the years...I hope the blessed people restablish good.

April 18, 2007, 6:57pm • Canada • #20552

LIFE IS A ROAD WITH UNPREDICTABLE FORKS AND UNEXPECTED TOMORROWS.  TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM, YOU CAN’T LET YOURSELF BE DESTROYED BY A DEFEAT OR A TRAGEDY OR TO LET OTHERS SET THE LIMITS ON YOUR OWN PERSONAL ABILITY TO ACHIEVE AND TO OVERCOME. 

I along with the entire nation, have been watching, in utmost horror, the intense tragedies that have unfolded at Virginia Tech on Monday.  It is overwhelming and engulfing.  It is on every television channel, every radio broadcast, every outlet for public consumption.  And while I do not know anyone from Virginia Tech personally, I cannot stop crying.  I cannot eat.  I am having horrible dreams.  I am so outraged that this kind of thing can happen and can only pray it will never happen again. 

To the families, teachers, friends, faculty, students and everyone personally affected by this tragedy, you are in my prayers, my thoughts, my heart.  May you find peace during this time and come out the other end of this stronger as a result. 

I’m so sorry that this has happened to ANY of you.

April 18, 2007, 6:57pm • Deborah Daigle - Lebanon, New Hampshire - USA • #20553

To everyone affected by this tragedy my thoughts and prayers go out to you.

You will be in my thoughts and prayers for a long time to come.

April 18, 2007, 6:57pm • Boyne Cit, Michigan • #20554

hi my name is Crystal Chavarin a freshman student in The University of Texas Pan American.
I was heartbroken when I heard of this tragic act. May God Bless everyone affected and I will keep family members, staff, and your campus in my prayers. May you find the strength in God

April 18, 2007, 6:57pm • Mercedes, Texas • #20555

I am so sorry for the loss of all those innocent lives.I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.  LuAnn DeMartino

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • Palm Bay, FL. • #20556

Stay Strong!

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • Vancouver, BC, Canada • #20557

To all students, families,and faculty of Virginia Tech,
I can only imagine the pain everyone is going through and know it will take time to heal.  Our family will keep everyone in our thoughts and prayers.  God Bless and know we are all grieving with you.
Kathy

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • Bay City, MI • #20558

i am so mad at what people do in todays society and for all the families that have lost their loved ones i feel your pain cuz i too have lost a loved one once.

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • glendale,az,maricopa • #20559

To the families, staff and students of
Virginia Tech
It’s hard to know the pain and sorrow you must be going through.
To the families of the victims: you are in all our hearts and prays.
To the students: you all inspire us.  You were ther for eacher through the pain,and the sorrow and your helping each other to heal.
Virginia Tech must be a great school to have so many cauragious students there.

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • Shirley, NY • #20560

From the University of Massachusetts, we offer our deepest sympathy.

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterwards.
-- Paul Richter.

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • Lowell, Massachusetts • #20561

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been hurt by this tragedy.  I am a college student myself and I can only imagine how hard this must me for everyone involved. I just wanted to share a poem by that I read at my grandfather’s memorial service, it also helped me feel a tiny bit better when one of my best friends died in high school…I hope it can do the same for someone else.

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
-Mary Elizabeth Frye

My heart is with you all,
Amy Mandel

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • Connecticut • #20562

I have been greatly effected by this event.  My thought and prayers are with you at this terrible time of grief.  It is such a great loss to everyone.

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • Dickson, Tennessee • #20563

I am sorry to hear all of this is happening.

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • Burke, VA • #20564

May God be with all of you that are suffering broken hearts.  Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

The Chapmans

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • Memphis, TN • #20565

Altho we are far away you are still close in my thoughts, my heart and in my prayers. 

Sending you my blessings AJ

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • Saskatoon, SK Canada • #20566

may your light continue to shine
on those left behind

may the world find peace
after grief beyond all belief

may your hearts heal in time,
god bless you, yours and mine

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • Tampa, Florida • #20567

We can not comprehend this, nor will ever forget it. Our deepest thoughts, prayers and sympathy are will the family, friends and students of Virginia Tech. Everyone in the counrty is with you in thought in prayers.

The Saracen Family

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • New mexico • #20568

Dearest VT Students, Staff, Families and Friends,
My Prayers and thoughts are with you all.  I am so enriched and renewed by the your strength and love that has been expressed and in your nature during this very difficult time. Your losses are great, I hope however that you find some peace in knowing that the entire nation, albiet, the world, now feels they too are (and proud to be)part of the Hokie Nation! 
We are here for you. We are Virgina Tech!
Love,
Jennifer Jane Reed

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • Irvine, California, USA • #20569

To Gilles, Franki, Ralph, Dake

i am really glad you guys are safe. Up until monday i really did not realize how precious life is.  I am now going through each day telling all my friends and family how much i love them and how much they mean to me.  To all the families that lost or have people that are hurt.  You are in my prayers and my thoughts and from all of us at UVA we would like to say God Bless you.  We will do our best to support you and know that these students may be gone but they will never be forgotten.

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • Charlottesville, VA • #20570

wow.
i live so far away
yet it affects me as if i was there.
at school we spent a whole class
talking about the tragedy
and who could be blamed
for creating such evil people
the news?
movies?
video games?
music?
no, i think that none of those things
could influence such a horrid act.
it was just an evil mind,
like stalin,
or hitler.

i wish to tell
all of the
family,
friends,
teachers,
students,
and every other person
that is affected by this
that there is no need to point
or blame others
for the evil
of one man.

even if guns were
banned,
this would have happened.

i send my heart out to families of the victims.

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • Canada • #20571

Our prayers are with all of the students, families, and faculty of VT.  Your tragedy has touched our hearts more than you know.  Each life is precious to us.  May you find strength as a community, knowing that others so far away are praying for you.

Bob and Cheryl Mitchell

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • Neptune City, NJ • #20572

I’m so sorry for your loss. You’re in my prayers.

Stacy Metcalf

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • Stratford, Texas • #20573

Dear all Virginia Tech students,

I would like to share my condolence with all of you regarding the tragic shooting.
All Koreans are mourning now and I am sure that you will have all Korean people’s support.
Please do not take this as Korean nationality issue. God rest them in peace.

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • Seoul, Korea • #20574

To the President, Faculty, Students and Parents at
Virginia Tech...Please, know of our deepest sympathy to all of you in this great tragedy.  The entire faith community in Birmingham, Alabama is lifting you up in our prayers.  This coming Sunday, April 22nd each of the churches in our area have been asked to observe a time of prayer in their worship services for all of you.  We stand with you as your fellow citizens and pray God’s presence, peace , and power upon you.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Mike D. McLemore
Executive Director
Birmingham Baptist Association
750 Montclair Rd.
Birmingham, Al. 35213 205-599-3245

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • Birmingham, Alabama • #20575

to all students & staf at virginia tech my thoughts and prayers go out to all iam very soory that happend to if there any thing that i can do pleasr e-mail me at jman2424@sbcglobal.net

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • wolcott,ct • #20576

My family and I are thinking of you during this difficult time.  We hope that one day, this pain that you must be feeling will subside and in its place, you will find peace in the memory of your loved ones.

Michele, Ulysses, and Jasmine Hill-Davis

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • New York, NY • #20577

To The VT family and Blacksburg Community may God give you and the entire nation the power and the love to get through this terrible ordeal. This too will test our faith in God and each other.We as a nation are strong people and have had our share of destruction, hate and disasters thrown upon us and God has sustained us and he will again with this most hateful thing that was done out of hatered for life and others. May God Bless you , Keep you safe,and remember no matter what God is Good and God is Love. I love each and everyone of you. Be Strong and remember this too will pass. Take one day at a time.

Elaine J

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • Muscle Shoals, Alabama • #20578

My thoughts and prayers are with all the people at Virginia Tech, their families and the community.

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • Daytona Beach, Fl. • #20579

I am a teacher of young children and I cannot phathom the terrible fear that was felt by those in the classroom.  Let us celebrate the lives of the victims and not give one more second to the life of Cho.

Vicki DuBois

April 18, 2007, 6:58pm • Phoenix, AZ • #20580

It is such a tragedy that things like this happen! I’m sorry to all those who has family, friends or anyone you knew involved in this. I mourn for the loss of all the lives.

April 18, 2007, 6:59pm • Cedar Rapids, IA • #20581

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.
BILL AND JUDY

April 18, 2007, 6:59pm • COLORADO • #20582

VT students, family, friends and faculty - Your strength is an inspiration to us all.  As I sit in my office writing this I begin to shed a tear over what has happened and then realize that your resolve into the future is what brings the tear to my eyes, not what has happened to VT in the past. Some words I live my life by that may help whom ever reads this.... DON"T EVER GIVE UP!

April 18, 2007, 6:59pm • Newport Beach, CA - Jon T • #20583

My words are not enough to express my deepest anguish over what happened on your campus. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and if there was more I could do from out here in California, I would.

God’s grace and peace be with you all,

Cori Ashley

April 18, 2007, 6:59pm • Sacramento, CA • #20584

Many years ago when I was a student at the University of Maryland, I spent a week on your campus visiting a boyfriend.  I was struck by the beauty of the campus and the talent of your faculty (I had a chance to sit in on some classes- I was deeply impressed).
Then on Monday, I heard the news and was deeply saddened.  Words cannot express my shock. As a mother who will send a child to college in a few years, I can feel the pain keenly.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Virginia Tech family-- you are a fine university. Your students, faculty and staff have reacted with honor and courage.
Although I bleed Terrapin red- today I too am a Hokie.
God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 6:59pm • York, Pennsylvania • #20585

I am very sorry for all your losses. May god help you through your troubled times.

April 18, 2007, 6:59pm • parkersburg west virginia • #20586

HOKIES Pride well provale over this horrific tragedy.I felt my heart ripped out to see all those young bright minds pass.You"ll be in my family thoughts and prays. No words could ever desribe what happen.The Howard Family

April 18, 2007, 6:59pm • Richmond,Va • #20587

Dear Students and Teachers at Virginia Tech:

I was deeply saddened at learning what horrible trauma all of you have been through.  I am not sure I will ever understand, why some people have such a high disregard for human life.  I hope you will all find strength in each other, and remember that love is all around you.  I hope you know there are people thinking of you, even if we have never met face to face.  Please take care.

Patti

April 18, 2007, 6:59pm • Lansing, Michigan • #20588

My heart goes out to everyone effected by this tragedy. It is awful to see this happening to innocent people. I am very sorry for your losses and wish you all the best. God Bless!

*Amanda

April 18, 2007, 6:59pm • San Diego, CA 92128 • #20589

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of this tragic event. We hope and pray that this occurance can lead to a greater good by teaching us to deal with troubled indiviuduals. Hug your kids. God Bless.

M. and K.

April 18, 2007, 6:59pm • Kingston, Ontario, Canada • #20590

A horrid thing to happen. My thoughts go out to all the families who lost their loved ones. I am a College teacher myself. This has made me think about my situation and I think it’s important that teacher’s and College administration staff must help students more.

I think of all those who have suffered over this terrible occurance.

April 18, 2007, 6:59pm • Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic • #20591

My deepest and most sincere condolences to all those affected by the tragedy at Virginia Tech. I didn’t know anyone there but I am so sad about this and am at a complete loss for why and how it could have happened...I hope you will find comfort in your loved ones, family, friends, and community and know that the world is grieving with you and those who lost their lives will never be forgotten. This is a very difficult time but I hope that over time, you will be able to heal while at the same time preserving the memories of those who passed away...I wish I could say more and help relieve some of the pain, I am so sorry for your loss! I will keep the victims and their friends and family in my thoughts, I promise- remember that you are loved, you will heal, and we will never forget!

April 18, 2007, 6:59pm • San Diego, CA • #20592

I just want to send my condolences to the entire Virgina Tech family.  I am praying for your strength and comfort during this difficult time. It may seem dark right now but the sun will shine again.

Sincerely,
Iris L. Price

April 18, 2007, 6:59pm • Springfield, MA • #20593

Dear Students and Faculty,
I am a junior nursing student at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  I wish to offer my condolences for your recent tragedy.  I can speak for many of my fellow nursing students, you all are in our thoughts and our prayers as you try to cope with this.  I know you have finals approaching, study and do the best you can, don’t let him rob you of all you’ve worked for this semester.  My thoughts are also with his family.  They must be devastated.  Just know that you are not alone, students at many schools are in shock.
susan

April 18, 2007, 6:59pm • Fayetteville, Arkansas • #20594

I would like to let the students of Virginia Tech know that we are all praying for you and your families at this trying time. As a student at Lamar University, I can only imagine what you all may be going through. Just know that God will see you through this ordeal. May God keep and bless you all!

April 18, 2007, 6:59pm • Texas • #20595

My heart goes out to all Hokies all over the world.  This event has rocked everyone who is and has ever been associated with Va. Tech.  Know that as a nation we are grieving with you and that we are praying for you and for those who were lost.  In honor of the victims I pledge to show my Hokie pride by sporting the maroon and orange.

April 18, 2007, 6:59pm • Leland, North Carolina • #20596

WHEN TOMORROW STARTS WITHOUT ME

When tomorrow starts without me, and i’m not here to see, if the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me. I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today, while thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say. I know how much you love me, as much as i love you, and each time you think of me, i know you’ll miss me too. But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand, an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand and said my place was ready in heaven far above, and that i’d have to leave behind all those i dearly love.  But as i turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye, for all my life i’d always thought i didn’t want to die. If i could relive yesterday, i thought for just a while, i’d say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile.  But then i fully realized that this could never be, for emptiness and memories would take the place of me. So when tomorrow statrs without me, don’t think we’re far apart, for every time you think of me, I’m right here in your heart.

April 18, 2007, 7:00pm • Commerce, Michigan • #20597

Thinking of all involved.
Our thoughts are with you all.
R.I.P

From Nina, Paul & Mason xx

April 18, 2007, 7:00pm • Essex, united kingdom • #20598

According to the Buddhist way of thinking, death, far from being a subject
to be shunned and avoided, is the key that unlocks the seeming mystery of
life. It is by understanding death that we understand life; for death is
part of the process of life in the larger sense. In another sense, life and
death are two ends of the same process and if you understand one end of the
process, you also understand the other end. Hence, by understanding the
purpose of death we also understand the purpose of life. It is the
contemplation of death, the intensive thought that it will some day come
upon us, that softens the hardest of hearts, binds one to another with cords
of love and compassion, and destroys the barriers of caste, creed and race
among the peoples of this earth all of whom are subject to the common
destiny of death

My heart goes out to all the families. I just graduated 3 months ago & this could have happend at any institution. I have VT on my myspace account & have spread the news…

“We have therefore good reason to believe (1) that suicide is not an ascetic act leading to spiritual progress and to nirvaa.na, and (2) that no saint or arhat-- a spiritually perfect being-- will kill himself.”

April 18, 2007, 7:00pm • Annandale, Virgina Fairfax County USA • #20599

TO ALL THE FAMILIES AND STUDENTS,
MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU. FROM HERE IN CALIFORNIA MY FAMILY AND I SEND OUR PRAYERS AND LOVE OUT TO YOU. HOPING FOR THE BEST THROUGH THIS HARD TIME.

MONIQUE, RICHARD, AND TROY

April 18, 2007, 7:00pm • ONTARIO, CA *USA* • #20600

I am very sorry to hear about the losses at VT. I attend Adrian College in Adrian, MI and find it hard to believe that there are people out there that would commit such acts against other people. I feel for all of the VT people and their families out there.

With Love and Respect,
Christopher
ATO

April 18, 2007, 7:00pm • Newport, Michigan, United States • #20601