Condolences, April 18, 2007

As a parent of a college student I can only imagine what the VT parents are going through.  My thoughts and prayers are with the VT faculty, students and families.  God Bless you all.  Judy

April 18, 2007, 8:15pm • E. Wakefield, NH • #22003

My thoughts and prayers are with you! Stay strong Hokie Nation.

April 18, 2007, 8:15pm • Woodbridge, VA • #22004

Prayers and thoughts go out to all the families who have lost loved ones, I’ll be hugging my kids that much stronger tonight.  God Bless.

The Smith Family

April 18, 2007, 8:15pm • Groton, MA • #22005

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of sorrow and grief.  We pray for the friends and family that lost a loved one.  May you rise above all the anger and embrace each other. After all you are Virginia Tech YOU ARE THE HOKIES!!

All our Prayers
Mike and Diana Lewis and family

April 18, 2007, 8:15pm • Lawrenceville, PA • #22006

Sorry about what happened. The events that occured at your university changed all of North America. Every kid in the classrooms here in winnipeg were discussing the shooting. Prayers go out to the victims. and FUCK CHO!

April 18, 2007, 8:15pm • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada • #22007

In our hearts, our prayers, our thoughts...you are there.
Deepest sympathy....to all the victims, and families and friends of the victims.

April 18, 2007, 8:16pm • West Warren, MA USA • #22008

Students, Alumni, Professors and all of the Hokie Nation - do not walk in fear for the cowards who share the air we breathe - we are stronger, more powerful....we are Hokies.  God bless—Sandy/alumni 1983

April 18, 2007, 8:16pm • Casselberry, FL • #22009

I cannot begin to decribe the deepest sorrow that I feel for the students, faculty, alumni, and the community that surrounds Virginia Tech.
Even though we are so far away we feel your pain as if it was our own.  May you find the courage and strength to endure what is happened now and proceed into the future. Your strength has inspired and touched all who has heard about this horrific event.  May God bless you all in this time of need. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Elizabeth

April 18, 2007, 8:16pm • Maryville, Missouri • #22010

All of us know that mere words cannot replace that whole in your hearts left by the loss of your friends and loved ones. But the only thing we can do if offer our sincere sondolences and prayers for all of you. during this time of terrible loss, we all feel like we are a part of the VT Nation, taking part in your mourning and grief of the young lives that were stolen from you and the world.
We hope that this tragedy will forever make VT a stronger Community.
At this time, We are all part of the HOAKIE NATION!
May you have peace and calm in this time of grief.

April 18, 2007, 8:16pm • St. Augustine, FL • #22011

During this time we all will go thru so many emotions, and anger is one of them. But the person we should be angry at is dead. We should not take our anger out on the university, the law enforcement or each other. Things happen that sometimes are out of our control, no mater how prepared we are, things happen.  In time’s like these our strength has to be in God and each other. May God bless and comfort everyone that this has effected.

April 18, 2007, 8:16pm • Independence, Virginia • #22012

My prayers and sympathy go out to all of the families of this horrific, useless, violent slaying of these innocent people.  I have a grand daughter who will be entering the academic world soon and I am concerned even now about her.
I am sure together you will get thru this and it has to be a take a day at a time.  Parents should never outlive their children so I can not imagine what these people are enduring.  I am so so sorry.
Bonnie

April 18, 2007, 8:16pm • Westland, Michigan, Wayne County • #22013

My words will be of no comfort so although I do share the same thoughts as everyone else who has signed, I offer myself as an ear to vent to and a friend to talk to if its needed. I thankfully have no experience with anything like this but theres not much more I can do.
LGWR79@hotmail.com.
I wish you all the very best that can come from a tragic event like this.

April 18, 2007, 8:16pm • Leduc, Alberta Canada • #22014

A senseless annihilation of brilliant, young minds;
The agonizing tears of the mothers, the fathers, the sisters, the brothers left behind.

A peaceful community shattered by man’s inhumanity to man;
Dons the breastplate of honoring their neighbors the best they can.

A Holocaust survivor for whom Kaddish will be said;
While other religions offer prayers for the dead.

Waves upon waves of candle lights in the dark;
Wrestle with the unmarked path so difficult and stark.

A nation stunned by the loss of thirty-two;
Strives for a spiritual connection be they Hindu, Moslem, Catholic or Jew.

For fallen comrades are they to us all;
Who had dreams and aspirations ever so tall.

May the eternal light shine upon them;
May their memories ever be blessed; and,
May they be granted eternal rest.  Amen.

John W. Herr

April 18, 2007, 8:16pm • Puyallup, WA U. S. A. • #22015

I got my BS in Electrical Engineering in 1992. I’m very proud of my University, the faculty, the staff and all of the students that have studied, are studying and will study at Virginia Tech. I will continue to feel this way for always. I just wish I was there right now, so I can share this terrible moment with my fellow Hokies. God Bless You All.

April 18, 2007, 8:16pm • Panama City, Panama, Panama • #22016

To all students and faculty of Virginia Tech. We are all devistated by you loss and mourn with you. We know what it is like to see one of our own go. But know that they are now in a better place and smiling down upon us all now. We support you now as so many of you have supported us through out the past. May your hearts be healed and you minds be at ease. God Bless us all.

Chris, U.S Army

April 18, 2007, 8:16pm • Ft. Hood, Texas • #22017

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.  Keep your faith and be strong in this time of sorrow.
M & S

April 18, 2007, 8:16pm • Chicago, IL • #22018

I am so sorry for your losses.  My prayers are with all the families, friends and faculty of VT.  God bless you all, in Jesus name.
Marlene and Darell Click

April 18, 2007, 8:16pm • Newhall, WV • #22019

Fortunately, mankind has been gifted with free will.  We can all make choices- even if those choices lead to tragedy, like the events on the VT campus.  But we survivors can make a choice too… We can choose hope over despair, faith over fear, and we can choose to reach out and aid those we see are troubled.  This is a wonderful opportunity to prove the good of humankind uniting to help those the bad of humankind has damaged.

My sincere condolences to the friends and family of everyone who has passed on this week… I too have had the loss of loved ones, and I understand.  I hope in time you find peace.

April 18, 2007, 8:16pm • Highland, CA • #22020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your’s at this time. It is best to remember the good times and not dwell on the “what if’s”. Losing someone special is the worst pain to ever feel, but feel blessed that you had the opportunity to know them, feel them and be with them - even if for a short time.
Now they are watching over you.. your forever Guardian Angel..

April 18, 2007, 8:16pm • Sherburne Family, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada • #22021

I am so sorry for your losses. I can’t even imagine what you are going through. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I could take all of your pain away. What has happened to you is a tragedy but your strength through this difficult time is an inspiration to all. Hang in there. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and it will shine through. Take Care and God Bless.

Hanna Kaufman

April 18, 2007, 8:16pm • Monticello, MN • #22022

Our hearts are broken, but our thoughts and prayers are with you, the Va Tech survivors. This unimaginable tradgedy has taken it’s toll on all of you, but know you are not alone. We are all with you and we stand by you. We are here for you to lean on and our wishes for strength and healing are being sent your way.

Mitchell Perlow and family

April 18, 2007, 8:16pm • Buffalo Grove, Illinois • #22023

I temporarily surrender my citizenship in the (UGA) Bulldog Nation in complete agreement with the statement made at the UNC/Chapel Hill student-lead candle light service… “For now, we are all Hokies”.  God Bless you all!  K. Bearden

April 18, 2007, 8:17pm • Gainesville, GA USA • #22024

I just wanted to say that I am terribly sorry for what happened, and that even though I don’t know anyone at Virginia Tech, I have truly been effected by this. I am an 18 year old college student and I just can’t imange being there, I would have been terified,I can’t stop thinking about it I could’t fall asleep,I woke up constenly, I though about it all day today, I wish I could help all of you out so much! If you want to contact me you can look me up on myspace, my profile is private though, I would love to talk to as many people as possible and just help as much as I can!! Again I am so so sorry this happened. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers, and I only wish the best for all of you! Danielle McColman

April 18, 2007, 8:17pm • Fort Gratiot, Michigan • #22025

I am so so sorry at what happened.  Many of our future leaders were taken from us by a mentally ill person that needed help I guess.

May God Bless each and everyone at VT!  And I must say what a wonderful President you have at your university and the sr. administration is impacable at how they handled the situation.  I don’t see how it could have been handled any better.
GO HOKIES!!!!!!

April 18, 2007, 8:17pm • Hanover, PA USA • #22026

To all of you at Virgina Tech, students, facility, and parents.  Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you all.  You are not alone, for we all are here for you.  Do not forget for those that were taken from you and never truly gone. 

With love and prayer,
M, M and O

April 18, 2007, 8:17pm • Connecticut • #22027

I am of Brazil, I adore U.S.A. and the American people, I am very shocked with what it happened, I want to reveal my immense one to weigh for the loss of these precious lives. How the death of them has not been in goes! How they are overcome you provide severe so that this if does not repeat never more!

God protects to all

Sergio Rodrigues
Srodrisilva@uol.com.br

April 18, 2007, 8:17pm • São Paulo, Brazil • #22028

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the Virginia Tech community especially the families that lost loved ones.  We pray a speedy recovery for the ones that are still injured.
As the speaker said so eloquently, “you will prevail, you are . . . Virginia Tech.”

April 18, 2007, 8:17pm • Amarillo, TX • #22029

As Hokie Natives, (we now live in SC)we want you all to know that we share in your sorrow, your grief, but also in the belief that you will all make it through these trying times.  We love you and continue to pray for you all.

April 18, 2007, 8:17pm • Ladson, SC • #22030

So far away but affected deeply by this tradgedy.  My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad period in history.

April 18, 2007, 8:17pm • Alison, Sydney, Australia • #22031

I send my condolences to all those who were injured and to those who lost family members, by this horrible tragedy.
I pray that you may find your healing in the one who heals all things, Christ Jesus.
I also pray for those who were injured that they fully recovered from this.

April 18, 2007, 8:17pm • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada • #22032

Almighty God,
from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed,
kindle in the hearts of all men the true love of peace,and guide with Your pure and peaceable wisdom
those who make decisions for the nations of the earth;that in tranquility Your kingdom may go forward,till the earth be filled with the knowledge of Your love;through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Live in peace…
God bless all of you, and we hope that we will never experience something like this. My prayers to all those that lost somebody loved and may all of you be protected from evil.
My soul is crying for Liviu Librescu, another man of genius stopped to shine.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL

April 18, 2007, 8:17pm • Bucharest, ROMANIA • #22033

This tragedy was a horrible day in history, it is one that will not be forgotten. There is no excuse that can justify the actions of this troubled individual, but there is good that can be the result of such tragedies.  What is good is the renewed sense of love, closeness, empathy and community among Virginia Tech students, faculty and the nation at large.  It is important to maintain this sense of spirit and allow this to serve as a reminder to let the people in your life know how much you care about them and lend a helping hand because you will never know who you will see tomorrow.  My condolences to everyone whose life was affected by this tragic incident. - Daniel S.

April 18, 2007, 8:17pm • Chicago, Illinois • #22034

To everyone affiliated with Virginia Tech, the Blacksburg community and especially the families of those so tragically lost, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Comfort and sympathy to you all. 
VKL

April 18, 2007, 8:17pm • Dallas, TX • #22035

According to Chinese proverb, “Don’t curse the darkness--light a candle.”

May you find strength not only from the candles you hold, but the candles held by a nation that mourns with you.  May you find peace from the prayers and thoughts provided to support you.  May we all recognize the value of civility, appreciate its worth, and contribute to its existence. Godspeed Hokies as you proceed on this journey of reclamation.

Mary Murphy
Director of Campus Life
Arizona Western College

April 18, 2007, 8:17pm • Yuma, AZ • #22036

My family and I are keeing all the victims and their family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.
Tricia M

April 18, 2007, 8:18pm • Naperville, IL • #22037

Our hearts reach out to all those who lost loved ones on Monday. You are all in our prayers.

--The sisters of the Sigma chapter of Sigma Alpha Omega, Christian Sorority

April 18, 2007, 8:18pm • Alma, MI • #22038

I would like to express my simpathy to those victims and families. We as a country are deeply sadden by this event. May god be with us all, throught this tradegy. I will keep everyone in my prayers, have faith and hope for we shall move forward.
-Jenniel Moodie

April 18, 2007, 8:18pm • West Palm Beach, Florida • #22039

Apr. 16, my birthday.
After my students sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to me, after we shared candy, the campus shooting happened on the other side of the world.
Why? God, why?
After crying and praying, I then understand God wanted to remind me - some people are suffering and we should always think of others and love them as we love ourselves.

God bless all of you in Virginia and all of us in the world.

Cindy Hsueh - a teacher from Taiwan

April 18, 2007, 8:18pm • Taichung, Taiwan • #22040

No one will ever forget those 33 people who lost their lives.

May God be with the families and the friends of the victims as well as the entire VT community.

April 18, 2007, 8:18pm • Florida • #22041

to the students, teachers and parents .i am so sorry about your loss.such a horrible thing should not have happened.our thoughts and deepest condolences are with you.may god bless you..  the watt family.miramichi.nb canada

April 18, 2007, 8:18pm • miramichi nb canada • #22042

The entire country mourns with you. Thoughts and prayers.

J.T., Franklin, MA

April 18, 2007, 8:18pm • Franklin, MA • #22043

To all in the Virginia Tech community, especially the loved ones of those no longer with them, we offer our prayers at this very difficult time and the hope that this tragic event will bring greater unity to the diversity that characterizes the modern world.

Ed and Ruby Williams

April 18, 2007, 8:18pm • St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada • #22044

Sorry for the loss and the tragedy that has occurred. SO Lets Pray
Lord please give us strength and guide us through this tragedy. Help us learn how to treat everyone the same and make this place your world and not ours. Be with the ones that have loss someone and that has been hurt by this lord we need you to show us the way if it is your will lord in Jesus name Amen. Denise

April 18, 2007, 8:18pm • Kennett Missouri • #22045

I cannot put into words how deeply sorry I am for the loss the VT family has experienced.  Years ago the University of Florida experienced a similar tragedy with the loss of 5 young people at the hands of a monstrous killer.  At that time we wondered if Gainesville would ever be safe or if we could ever heal.  Even after 17 years the lost are still in our thoughts and their families are in our prayers.  Although you can never forget the tragedy you can move forward.  We feel your pain and mourn along side each and every one of you as we have been there.  Stay strong and take support from one another and know that the Gator Nation is praying for the Hokie Nation. 

Go Hokies…Go Gators!

April 18, 2007, 8:18pm • Gainesville, FL • #22046

In God’s words and His love, we can find the comfort and strength we need to see us through our sorrow.

May God be with you all!!!

BHailu

April 18, 2007, 8:18pm • Alexandria, VA • #22047

Our hearts break for you
Our thoughts are for all of you
Our country mourns
The loss of innocent lives
We take comfort in knowing
That the memories of each individual now in Heaven
Will be represented by the incredibly strong, impressive men and women who are proud to call themselves
Hokies

Hokies...forever a word of honor.

God Bless You, your families and your futures as you carry upon your shoulders the lives of angels...chanting in their chosen place of peace “We are Hokies”

April 18, 2007, 8:18pm • Orangeburg, New York • #22048

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.  It’s great to see the Hokie nation coming together to support one another.

“When I am afraid,
I will trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
What can mortal man do to me? “
-Song by Michael Bouchard

We will all get through this together because we are Hokies.

Nick and Amy T

April 18, 2007, 8:18pm • Fredericksburg, VA • #22049

what can i say?i hope you guys are feeling better.it must be terrible having that trauma of April 16,2007.my family and i feel terribly sad.it must be so hard to have lost beloved friends and teachers.just remember one thing god is always with you!so give him thanks for watching over you and not letting you die in thet terrible tragedy.may god bless you!!!!!and keep strong!

April 18, 2007, 8:18pm • california • #22050

Words cannot express how sorry i am about this horrible tragedy. Everyone effected by this is in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless

Nichole

April 18, 2007, 8:19pm • Covington Va • #22051

Professor Nikki Giovanni I belive said it all.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and may God give us all the strength to love, live and persevere.

We all feel your pain…

April 18, 2007, 8:19pm • Fall River,Ma • #22052