Condolences, April 18, 2007

"Remember the Virginia Tech Thirty-Two Memories” AKA DINO

April 18, 2007, 7:47pm • Washington DC • #21452

My heartfelt sympathy to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy, and overwhelming sense of loss.

April 18, 2007, 7:47pm • M.Z., New York • #21453

Dearest VT community:
We have stood beside you during the glorius days; we are with you now during sad times to share your grief and be rest assured that we will remain with you during bright days coming very soon.  We remain....Sen family.

April 18, 2007, 7:47pm • Roanoke, VA • #21454

I can think of no words, just thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

April 18, 2007, 7:47pm • california • #21455

My heart grieves for the families and friends of those who lost a child, a friend, a classmate, a brother, a sister, niece, nephew, boyfriend, girlfriend.

I think we sometimes overlook how many lives are affected by the loss of one life.

But I must say that I am disturbed by the families of survivors who characterize themselves as “blessed”. To make such a selfish and dispassionate comment implies that those who died were cursed or singled out by some grand design and that those who escaped were spared by an equally grand design.

That is not the case.  This was a despicable, but random, act of violence by someone who was mentally ill that is inexplicable and defies understanding. 

Those who survived are no more blessed than those who died.

Philip E.

April 18, 2007, 7:47pm • Houston, TX • #21456

Are hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to all the friends and families of the victims. Your loved ones are in our prayers and you have our deepest sympathy.

Joseph Tuccillo
Destinie Rogers

April 18, 2007, 7:47pm • Chandler, AZ • #21457

im sorry about the virginia tech shooting,and for all the people that were in it, ill always remember thoose people in my prayers and and if it were me i would want someone to remember me in their prayers and i hope everyone gets better that is in the hospital.

April 18, 2007, 7:47pm • Burlington, NC • #21458

As we, as Americans, stood united after 9/11, may we stand beside our fellow Americans at this time as you grieve. 
J

April 18, 2007, 7:47pm • Tri-Cities, WA • #21459

As an educator and a student, I can only imagine what everyone is feeling and thinking.  The families, students, and teachers affected in this tragedy are in my thoughts and prayers.

R. Kessl

April 18, 2007, 7:47pm • Berwyn, IL • #21460

I continue to pray for the victims, their families, and all the members of the Virginia Tech community.  It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I express my condolences....

April 18, 2007, 7:47pm • Bloomington, IL • #21461

I pray that each and every family member, friend and loved one, find comfort in God’s eternal and gracious arms.

This time in your life will be difficult, but God can help ease the pain and sorrow.

Gina Jackson

April 18, 2007, 7:47pm • Altadena, CA • #21462

I will be wearing orange and maroon on Friday, your day of mourning.  God Bless all the victims and their families.  And may God Bless the VT Family.  You will never be forgotten.

April 18, 2007, 7:47pm • Santee, CA • #21463

I sit here and try to put my feelings into words.  I just can’t. My deepst sympathy to all of those who have lost so much.

To those high school students who have been accepted to Tech for this fall, don’t let this horrific tragedy affect your Tech decision.  The Hokies are a strong, wonderful family. Bad things (horrible things) happened, but the good will prevail.

A Proud Hokie Parent

April 18, 2007, 7:47pm • Goffstown, New Hampshire • #21464

Our prayers and thoughts are with each and every one of you in your time of sorrow
Joyce and Glenn C

April 18, 2007, 7:47pm • Moberly, Missouri • #21465

Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers as life continues on.  Remember your fellow classmates and instructors by reciting antedotes that made you love them and laugh with them.  Again, my deepest condolences to the families, friends and the Hokies community.

April 18, 2007, 7:47pm • Phoenix, Arizona • #21466

I just want all of the current Hokies, Hokie parents, VT staff and faculty know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and the victim’s families.
Having grown up in Southwest VA(New Castle,VA) and considering most of my family and friends attended Tech, this definately hits very close to home.
God Bless you all and keep you and don’t let the memories and love you have of the victims be forgotten.

Virginian always and forever,
Eric F.

April 18, 2007, 7:48pm • Teaneck, NJ • #21467

Our thoughts & prayers are with all victims, families and friends associated with VT. May all the prayers in the world get you through each day.

April 18, 2007, 7:48pm • Cork, Ireland • #21468

To all who were lost but never forgotten. You are loved and truely missed. You are an angle

April 18, 2007, 7:48pm • Salisbury Md. • #21469

Grief does not dissolve in an hour, a day, a week, or even in years. The grief, and the pain, will always be with you, but I offer my sincerest hopes and prayers that it may lessen with the passage of time, not through the fading of memory, but through the advent of happier times. May you find the strength to carry on in each other.God Bless,
Jess Bettencourt

April 18, 2007, 7:48pm • #21470

i have no clue wut
you all r going through
but the University of South Carolina
and Summit Parkway Middle School in Columbia, SC
are behind you
we will pray 4 u and keep u ALL
in our prayers
Today.....We are all Hokies!

April 18, 2007, 7:48pm • Columbia, SC usa • #21471

As parents of a VT alumni we are deeply saddened by the senseless loss of life and injury to the students and faculty of VT. We offer our deepest sympathies to all and especially to the families and friends of the lost ones.

April 18, 2007, 7:48pm • Ridgefield, Connecticut • #21472

Our congregation prayed for the VT community Tuesday at worship and rededicated ourselves to reach out to college students and youth.

We will be reading the names of the victims in worship Sunday during service and praying for all those touched by this tragedy, along with the Presbyterian disaster workers and other aid workers among you.

May God hold you close.

April 18, 2007, 7:48pm • Goodyear Heights Presbyterian Church, Akron, Ohio • #21473

My thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones from this terrible act of violence.  God bless.

April 18, 2007, 7:48pm • Pittsfield, MA • #21474

My thoughts and prayers are with the whole Virginia Tech community.

April 18, 2007, 7:48pm • middletown, ct • #21475

Everyone at VT are in my prayers and thoughts. I have a great pride in seeing how the college,students,family, and friends have pulled together in such an unsettling time. i am a student myself and have been wondering how i would react in a situation like this. This truly breaks my heart to see the pain that everyone as to go through because of a selfish BOY! i feel like i have lost someone even though i know noone and live states away. i can not feel the pain and sorrow that you do but please know there are thousands and thousands of individuals from indiana who love each and everyone of you and will be praying and thinking of you

~Jessica Sargent~
Indiana University South Bend

April 18, 2007, 7:48pm • elkhart, indiana • #21476

Right now, no matter what college you may be at, or if you even went to college, We are all Hokies. My thoughts and prayers are with each and every person affected.

April 18, 2007, 7:48pm • Vernon, Texas • #21477

Hey Kids,
I am so deeply sorry for your terrible, tragic loss and for the dark memories you may have to carry through your lives. I have been watching you on T.V. the past few days, and to be honest you give me new hope for the future. The one lone person does not cause me to despair for our county’s future, however your love and concern for each other and the amazing pride you show in your school gives me a tremendous feeling of gratitude to your wonderful parents and teachers. They have done a spectacular job, molding a community of young men and women, who will make us all proud someday when you take over the lamp of leadership. Please remember God, your faith and the people out here in the country that are all behind you. But most of all remember your friends who have now gone on before us all to a happier place. You must now take their place in the leadership role and fill the gap that their death has left in the fabric of our country. Go forward now as best you can and may God be with you all always!!
Love and Prayers from
Kevin in Rockland MA.
(The father of three sons all your age)

April 18, 2007, 7:48pm • Rockland, Massachusetts • #21478

DEAR VIRGINIA TECH STUDENTS,STAFF,AND YOUR FAMILIES.
I HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE NEWS COVERAGE OF THE TRAGIC EVENTS OF APRIL 16,2007.IT TRULY SADDENS ME AND BREAKS MY HEART TO LOOK AT SUCH SENCELESS ACTS OF VIOLENCE,TO SEE SUCH VIRBRANT YOUNG LIFES CUT TO SHORT,AND TO SEE LIFES OF PROFESSORS WHO TAUGHT,HELPED,AND LISTENED CUT SO SHORT.AND IT NOT ONLY SADDENS ME,BUT IT SADDENS THE NATION,THE WORLD.WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU ALL ARE GOING THROUGH,THE SADDNESS,THE HURT,THE ANGER,THE WANTING TO KNOW WHY?HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?WE AS A NATION,EVEN AS A WORLD CANNOT COMPREHEND THE FULL EXTENT OF YOUR PAIN,YOUR SORROW,YOUR GREAT LOSS.BUT REMEMBER THAT WE ALL FEEL YOUR PAIN,SORROW,AND LOSS.I KNOW THAT WE ALL PRAY FOR YOU AND OFFER OUR CONDOLENCES DURING THIS TRAGIC TIME IN YOUR LIFES.I AM SO VERY SORRY FOR WHAT HAPPEND AND IT SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED AT ALL.MAY GOD AND ALL OF OUR PRAYERS HELP YOU THROUGH THIS TERRIBLE,TERRIBLE TIME.GOD SPEED.....

April 18, 2007, 7:48pm • GOLDSBORO,NC • #21479

To all Virginia Tech Families, Friends and Community, May God be with you ALL in this time of deep sadness. Keep your head up and know that there are many people out there, including us, that are praying for you ALL!! We send our condolences!!
With our deepest sympathy,
Alicia & Chris

April 18, 2007, 7:48pm • Sarasota, Florida • #21480

On behalf of the Band Directors within District V of the VBODA, we offer our prayers and our condolences to the Music Department and the entire Virginia Tech community. God be with you.
-Doug & Sheba Lane

April 18, 2007, 7:48pm • Staunton, VA • #21481

To all the families and friends who lost a loved one. Take time to mourn then remember each one with a smile and all the good times you shared! All of you are in our prayers.

April 18, 2007, 7:48pm • R.M. Two Rivers, Wi. • #21482

Virginia Tech students,family,faculty and friends, There are no words to express the hurt I feel for each of you. I pray that God will ease the pain you are feeling today and in time memories will replace the hurt, anger and sadness.
To the parents of the students: I cannot begin to imagine your loss. I am the mother of a recent Clemson grad and can’t begin to imagine if this had happened while he was in school. My prayers go out to each of you.

To the students: I’m so sorry for what you have had to endure over the past few days. You should be enjoying your college life not mourning the loss of friends, teachers, etc. Please stay strong and don’t let this control your lives. I spoke with a Va Tech student today and the look in his eyes said it all. I love my Clemson student body even as my son is no longer a student and this week I am extending that love to the Va Tech student body. Watching you on TV or seeing you in newspaper articles has broken my heart. I love you all.

Stand strong Hokies...time will help heal,you won’t forget but you will heal.
My heart bleeds Clemson orange but now there will be a bit of that orange that belongs to the hokies. God bless you all, Rikki Lewis

April 18, 2007, 7:48pm • Winston-Salem, N.C • #21483

To all of the students and faculty of Virginia Tech,

As a “Hokie parent” and former student at Tech, words cannot convey the heartache I feel over this horrible tragedy.  On April 16, the media wondered if Tech would receive fewer applications after this event. I don’t think so. The students and faculty have presented to the world the true spirit of the “Hokie Nation”.  The love you feel for your school and each other is very apparent.  Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?

Kathy Thomas

April 18, 2007, 7:48pm • Reston, Virginia • #21484

Mere words cannot express how I Feel today.Only feelings of great sadness wells up from deep inside.

Having spent several years of my early childhood in Virginia I feel a connection to the students of VT. and to their families.

I wish all the best that life has to offer to the survivors along with my sincerest and deepest sorrow to the loved ones of those lost on that sad day.

May God be with you all and take those precious new angles under his wing and be with them always.

God bless everyone.

Rev. T. Lewis Johnston

April 18, 2007, 7:48pm • Jackson, MS USA • #21485

I have 5 children, after 911 we learned to live a differant way.. dont sweat the small stuff, i tell them now. Now,after this, innocent children taken from our world, hopefully we now learn to love differntly, passionately. We must love everyone! My prayers are with all of you.

Christina

April 18, 2007, 7:48pm • Weaver, Alabama • #21486

To all who suffer,

These are some amazing kids, I’m so proud of all of them.  Please don’t give up, God will use this tragedy to reveal his goodness in this messed up world!

So sorry for your loss.

God Bless Virginia Tech!!!!

April 18, 2007, 7:49pm • Leesburg, VA • #21487

How can words convey the sorrow I feel for family and friends who lost their loved ones?
In only so few words can help in the healing… May God be with you and your families.
Javier

April 18, 2007, 7:49pm • San Francisco, CA • #21488

Any tragedy, especially of this magnitude, is very sad. What makes it particularly heart wrenching is reading about some of the victims and realizing what gifted and talented and caring people they were. My prayers go out to all the families of the victims and may those killed rest in peace.

April 18, 2007, 7:49pm • Las Vegas, NV • #21489

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the students,parents, and staffs…

May you find peace with God’s love…

April 18, 2007, 7:49pm • Long Island, New York • #21490

You are in my prayers.  God bless Virginia Tech!

April 18, 2007, 7:49pm • Amarillo, TX • #21491

We are so sorry for all the families of the lost and injured, you are in our prayers. How can one even imagine such evil to such young people beginning their lives, may the Lord help you to heal from this serious tragedy. Bless you all Bill and Ronda

April 18, 2007, 7:49pm • Bedford, Indiana • #21492

I am so impressed by your students, the survivors, and their spirit, their intelligence, their faith and their love for the lost, and for the university.
I have prayed for all of you since I heard the news and will continue to pray for your fortitude, your strength, and for God’s grace as you get through this.
Things will never “return to normal”!  I pray that you will grow from this, but that you will never forget.  I pray that many of you will help create an environment for the future, where love will reign.
God bless you,
Liliana Nealon

April 18, 2007, 7:49pm • Greenport, NY • #21493

There are no words to describe how sorry I am for all of your loses. May god be with you in this time of heartache. You will all be in my heart and in my prayers. Stay strong.

Jenn

April 18, 2007, 7:49pm • Deerfield Beach, FLORIDA • #21494

To all VT family,friends,& staff,
We send our prayers to help you heal in this time of tragedy. We will remember all who lost their lives on April 16. Go Hokies!!!
Jeff Melissa Ian Bethany & Emma

April 18, 2007, 7:49pm • Norfolk, Virginia • #21495

I am very sorry i am still in high school but that doesn’t change how i feel I don’t see how a single man could do something like that when i heard it i just was thinking about it all day, not just that day but still....i don’t see how you guys do it i am praying for you....-Kaycee-

April 18, 2007, 7:49pm • Mineville, New York • #21496

Hello my name is Kate and I am a 7th grader. we were talkin about Virginia Tech in my S.S class an evrey ting that has happened. I am praying for all the familys with loved one there who died and that are injured evrey night. I hope all the the familys are ok it will get better evrey day!!!!  :]

April 18, 2007, 7:49pm • OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS • #21497

Peace of God be with you.

April 18, 2007, 7:49pm • Limerick, Maine • #21498

My sister is an adult 40 something year old student at Virginia Tech. These, in the wake of the horror in the great town of Blacksburg where we grew up, are her thoughts.

Leah’s 4/17/07 Prayer:

Now I lay me down to sleep

With a heavy heart – I breathe a sigh

And faintly I begin to hear the chant

Of “Hokie – Hokie – Hi”.

The day has been a long one

A river of tears I’ve shed

So I think my mind is imagining this

As I lay there in my bed.

But even louder grows this chant

And stronger grows the song.

I close my eyes still thinking

What I’m hearing must be wrong.

Then a beautiful sight appears to me,

A vision filled with light.

A host of heavenly angels sings

This familiar chant tonight.

They’re strong and whole and smiling wide.

They hold each others hands.

The heaviness in my heart grows light

As in God’s presence I see them stand.

Now I lay me down to sleep

Thank you Father for the souls you keep.

I know they’re in your loving care

And pray someday I’ll join them there.

April 18, 2007, 7:49pm • Woodstock, GA, USA • #21499

My most heartfelt and sincere condolences to everyone at the Virginia Tech Family.  Living in Denver, CO, I am very aware of the senselessness of this tragedy.  My prayers go out to the families who lost a loved one.

Patricia Baughman

April 18, 2007, 7:49pm • Aurora, CO • #21500

I dont understand how anyone could or would do this? None of those people deserved to die. It’s not fair. I just dont understand! This has been horrible. Those innocent teachers and students did NOTHING to deserve this! I will continue to pray for all the victims and especially their friends, family and fellow students. May God bless them all.

Kelly Cauthen

April 18, 2007, 7:49pm • Lancaster, South Carolina • #21501