Condolences, April 18, 2007

This whole tragedy is completely incomprehensible. ALL of Virginia is showing such great strength. All of America stands behind you. No matter race, religion, or sex...we are all Hokies. My upmost respect goes out to all the VT students and faculty. And my deepest and most sincere condolences go to the family, friends and acquantinces of those lost. May all the victims rest in peace and know they are sorely missed. I send all my love to Virginia.

-AK.

April 18, 2007, 8:49pm • Indianapolis, IN • #22603

I am a student in the UK and I can only imagine the pain that this has caused, it hurts so much, even all these miles away.

I ask my brothers and sisters to be strong, the sun will shine again, just as it is shining in heaven.

The pray to god this never happens again.

Zoe

April 18, 2007, 8:49pm • UK • #22604

I was at Columbine High when the 1999 shootings occured. I empathize with all of you and your great loss.  You are in my heart and prayers.

God bless you.
Angela

April 18, 2007, 8:49pm • Littleton, Co • #22605

As a proud Wahoo, I’ve long responded to those who said they attended Tech or had family members there, “I’m sorry.” For the first time in my life, I really mean it.  May the healing that clearly began at the Tuesday convocation continue and reach to all corners of the Hokie community.

John Valliere

April 18, 2007, 8:49pm • Montclair, VA • #22606

Thoughts and prayers are with the families of the people lost during this horrible tragedy, as well as the others at the school.

April 18, 2007, 8:49pm • Niagara Univeristy, NY • #22607

My heart goes out to all the families affected by this tragedy. May Heavenly Father bless you and help you in your time of need.

Jo-anne

April 18, 2007, 8:50pm • Melbourne, Australia • #22608

My heart goes out to all those involved in the tragedy at Virginia Tech. Especially to those that lost loved one, friends and also to the administration.

God Bless the Hokie Nation.
Tim, Cindy & LeAnn Marshall

April 18, 2007, 8:50pm • Staunton, Va • #22609

When I graduated from high school in 2001, I almost became a Hokie. Monday, April 16th, I DID become a Hokie! My thoughts and prayers are with students, families, and fellow fans of this great university.

April 18, 2007, 8:50pm • Lynchburg, VA • #22610

There are no words to express the deep sense of sorrow in such a time of overwhelmingly senseless loss. God be with all the loved ones of the victims- the entire nation is grieving with you. You are in our prayers.

“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart.” Isaiah 40:11

April 18, 2007, 8:50pm • Madison Heights, Virginia • #22611

Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to all of the victims, families, students, and friends of Virginia Tech. 

Heather and Erik

Footprints in the Sand
by Mary Stevenson

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was
walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the
sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life. This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, You said that once I decided to follow you, You’d walk with me all
the way. But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.” The Lord replied, “My son, My precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I Carried You.”

April 18, 2007, 8:50pm • Cincinnati, Ohio, USA • #22612

I’m a mom of a kid and South Korean.
My heart is crying for sorrow.I can just say this, I am really sorry, sorry, sorry....

April 18, 2007, 8:50pm • South Korea • #22613

To the Hokie community:
People say time heals all wounds. This is true of physical wounds. The love around you all will help the emotional wounds. Wounds leave scars that serve as a reminder. These emotional and physical scars will ensure that no one forget. I know there is no amount of words that can ever make things right but just maybe they will help ease the pain you all feel. I hope you all know that you are not alone. The entire world is sending you their thoughts and prayers. Live each day to it’s fullest and tell everyone around you how much they mean to you today because we don’t know what the next day may hold for us. I hope that this tragedy does not affect anyone’s decision to go to Tech because it is a wonderful school and I plan to join you all in the fall of ‘08 at the vet school. God bless you all and may this tragedy bring you all closer together.
Cynthia Dodd

April 18, 2007, 8:50pm • Fredericksburg, VA • #22614

For those of the Jewish faith, I join you in the morners kuddish in spirit.  May G_d give you the stregenth needed at this very horrific time. My family feels for you and pray that you find the stregenth inside to carry on.

April 18, 2007, 8:50pm • Sewell, NJ • #22615

Oh what sorrow…

May The Great Master, who owns, knows and controls all, grant each of you the precious, priceless gift of UNDERSTANDING & PEACE.

I write to the campus community from across half of our nation’s continent, I join the countless millions of fellow Americans who share your broken hearts; we all sadly yet proudly proclaim: ‘I AM A HOKEY’.

April 18, 2007, 8:50pm • A & J S -- North Little Rock, Arkansas • #22616

My heart and sympathy goes out to all affected by the Virgina Tech incident. My god bless all of you in this time of sorrow.

Chris

April 18, 2007, 8:50pm • Rochester, NY • #22617

i am crying as i write this, my heart and soul goes out to you all. god bless dave bailey

April 18, 2007, 8:50pm • dave bailey england • #22618

I’m so sorry for your loss.

Lizet Tarazona

April 18, 2007, 8:50pm • Lima,Lima, Peru • #22619

my sympothy goes out to all the lives lost in the tragic event that accured on monday. know that my family and i will be praying for the families who lost loved ones. god bless...be strong ..

April 18, 2007, 8:51pm • va • #22620

I am Virginia born and bred.  My heart goes out to all the students and parents.  God Bless you all.  Just remember, we are all praying for you!

April 18, 2007, 8:51pm • Nashville, Tennessee • #22621

I can’t begin to state the entire impact this horrible event has had on myself and my family,I did not attend Va. Tech but I have been a Hokie since my father took me to my first football game back in 1972 when I was just a freshman in highschool my prayers go out to the victims and their families, May God take you in his arms and hold you.  We will rise from this terrible time and carry on, but there will be many sad days ahead. Hold your head high...WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH!  The Barker Family, Chilhowie Va.

April 18, 2007, 8:51pm • Chilhowie Virginia • #22622

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of mourning. As a parent of a college student, I am especially sorrowful for the parents whose children were killed or injured. As a teacher, my heart goes out to the faculty and administration of your college. Many people are praying for you. You have all shown such strength, maturity, and unity throughout this whole ordeal. You are awesome young adults and make us proud of your generation.

April 18, 2007, 8:51pm • Greeneville, Tennessee • #22623

I’m so sorry for your loss.
Lizet Tarazona

April 18, 2007, 8:51pm • Lima,Lima, Peru • #22624

Thoughts and prayers to all the victims and their families. God bless each and every one of you during this time.

April 18, 2007, 8:51pm • Forest City, NC USA • #22625

Each and every person affected by this tragedy deserves our respect, thoughts and prayers.  We pray that we will all look at our own lives in the wake of this event and recognize all that we have to be grateful for. Although it is difficult, please remember that hatred is a prison and we should all learn to forgive.  We have shed tears, said prayers and send you all many warm thoughts and trust that God will hold you in his loving hands.
A & J

April 18, 2007, 8:51pm • Newfoundland, Canada • #22626

Our prayers are with you - you are being carried now.

S,M, and C

April 18, 2007, 8:51pm • Lancaster, SC • #22627

Mi mas sincero pesame a todos los familiares de las personas afectadas en este tremendo acontecimiento.........

Y les recuerdo que Dios nuestro Señor tambien nos enseño a perdonar.....

April 18, 2007, 8:51pm • Piedras Negras Coahuila, Mexico • #22628

May we all live out the dreams of becoming all we can be in memory of those whose lives were lost, just as they had hoped to do. They will always be in our prayers and in our hearts.

April 18, 2007, 8:52pm • New York • #22629

sory,sory,sory,sory heart----I like Ameracan…
the deceased happiness in the other world

April 18, 2007, 8:52pm • south korea • #22630

Although I did not know any of yur loved ones, I am moved to read about them and saddened for your loss.  I have no words to take away your pain, but please know there are so many people praying and thinking of these wonderful souls and of the families left behind.

April 18, 2007, 8:52pm • Indianapolis, IN • #22631

If I Had Only Known

If I had only known
It was our last walk in the rain
I’d keep you out for hours in the storm
I would hold your hand
Like a lifeline to my heart
Underneath the thunder we’d be warm
If I had only known
It was our last walk in the rain

If I had only known
I’d never hear your voice again
I’d memorize each thing you ever said
And on those lonely nights
I could think of them once more
Keep your words alive inside my head
If I had only known
I’d never hear your voice again

You were the treasure in my hand
You were the one who always stood beside me
So unaware I foolishly believed
That you would always be there
But then there came a day
And I turned my head and you slipped away

If I had only known
It was my last night by your side
I’d pray a miracle would stop the dawn
And when you’d smile at me
I would look into your eyes
And make sure you knew my love
For you goes on and on
If I had only known

Lyrics by: Reba McIntyre

For the victims of the Virginia Tech
Tragedy………………God Bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 8:52pm • Livermore California • #22632

This are others angels in the sky...please God be with the family of all the victims.

Marielba Arias Santiago

April 18, 2007, 8:52pm • Bayamon, Puerto Rico • #22633

The prayers and thoughts of my family are with all of the families and friends of the victims.  I can not imagine the fear that was experienced or the pain felt by victims as well as loved ones.  Please remember God is with you now and forever and will help you get through this trying time.

April 18, 2007, 8:52pm • Silver Spring, MD. USA • #22634

My thoughts & prayers go out to the families.I am so terribly sorry for your losses.I was so shocked to what happened to these poor innocent people.I’m hoping our schools will be safe of this..May God Be With You All..Take Care.

Danielle

April 18, 2007, 8:52pm • Zanesville,Ohio • #22635

It is easy to see that Virginia Tech and that the students are indeed a Virginia Tech family.
What a tragedy that those students were killed needlessly. Our prayers and prayers from all over the world are with the students, parents and faculty. Hopefully we will have laws which will help prevent future incidents like this throughout our communities.  GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

April 18, 2007, 8:52pm • Allyn, Wa • #22636

What can someone really say at a time like this? How can someone who has lost a child or a brother or a sister or a friend be comforted? The entire nation—the whole world, in fact—has seen Hokie spirit in the stories of those who lost their lives and in the community that mourns them. Hope lies in the realization that even though we have lost 32 wonderful people who can never be replaced, thousands of bright and talented young people remain to carry on their memory and to make not just Virginia Tech, but our entire state and nation proud. God bless you all.

Rick

April 18, 2007, 8:52pm • Chesapeake, Virginia • #22637

From a mom of a college student in MD. My family and I send our thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the tragic event at Va. Tech.
Although you may not see them,
you are always in their sight.

They bring the gift of love and guidance,
it is called the “Angel Light”.

You know they always hear you,
to them your voice is dear.

With the comfort that they bring to you,
You need not ever fear.

So here’s a place for (For all those lost)to come,
to do with angels what must be done!

To make our world whole and bright
and share with all, the (Angel Light)

May the lord be with each and everyone of you.

The Stock’s Family

April 18, 2007, 8:52pm • Brunswick, MD • #22638

I just wanted to say that it is a horrible thing that happened and my kids and I are keeping the students and family and friends of the victims in our prayer and thoughts..may god bless each and everyone of you

April 18, 2007, 8:52pm • Chilhowee, Missour • #22639

OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS I HAVE SEEN GREAT HONOR, BRAVERY, AND DIGNITY FROM BOTH VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF THIS ATROCITY. MY PRAYERS AND BEST WISHES FOR YOU ALL.  YOUR STRENGTH AND BELIEF IN EACH OTHER WILL CARRY YOU THROUGH.  MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALL

April 18, 2007, 8:52pm • DANVILLE, KY • #22640

Please know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry that you have to deal with something like this.
Love-n-Prayers -
A mom in Ohio

April 18, 2007, 8:52pm • ohio • #22641

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims, their families and their larger family at VT. May you draw upon your faith and upon one another for strength. You are in the prayers of the nation and the world!

MJ

April 18, 2007, 8:52pm • Nashville, TN • #22642

Such a tragedy to lose so many talented people in the prime of their lives.  The entire VT community has my sincere condolences.  You will prevail.

April 18, 2007, 8:52pm • Austin, Texas • #22643

I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.  Just remember that your fellow students are now in heaven and they are always with you all.  Please keep in mind that you will see them again.  Life does not last forever but the spirit is everlasting. 
God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 8:52pm • Bowie, Maryland • #22644

How can this happen? Why would someone do such a thing? These questions run through my head and I’m sure yours even more so. I am a college student in Connecticut and in all my classes we’ve been talking about this tragedy. Please know that our thoughts are with you. Hopefully some of these questions will be answered and with the answers will come some kind of peace.
Take care all.

Rebecca

April 18, 2007, 8:52pm • Connecticut • #22645

My heart goes out to everyone effected by this tragedy. It is awful to see this happening to innocent people .My Prays go out to all affected.

God Bless !

S.Rossi

April 18, 2007, 8:52pm • Cranston, RI • #22646

There are no words that can be sad. To all the parent of the fallen. I know how you feel and the lose of a child is so very hard. 3 years ago I lost my daughter. Many people will say I know what you are going thru or I can imagine. They cant. The lose of a child will be the hardest thing in life. But know that the pain will one day lessen. Will it go away? I will be honest. It will never go away. Dont be affraid to let the world know who your child was nor allow us to forget them. As they ALL ARE HEROS!!! My prayers are with all of you at VA. Tech!  Lynn and Sami

April 18, 2007, 8:53pm • Ft Worth, Texas • #22647

May God’s devine light and intervention be a comfort at this painful time. In rememberance of the rested in our prayers today for their soul to rest in peace.

Shoked and beyond words even to finish reading the news. We wish Parents, relatives, friends, their communities, Virginia Tech students, staff, the immediate areas, university campus people across any where to have strength at this trying time.

May God be with all of you and protect the parted and the living.

From our family,

With sincere thoughts and regards

G.Haile

April 18, 2007, 8:53pm • Silver Spring, MD • #22648

As a parent, I cannot begin to know the pain of a child’s loss - no matter the age of the child. I shed tears for those lost, and more for those left behind.

The world is hugging you and so am I!  We are all Hokies now!

Melodee

April 18, 2007, 8:53pm • Canoga Park, CA, USA • #22649

Continue to pray and have faith, the Lord will see you through. My prayers are with you.

April 18, 2007, 8:53pm • Moultrie, Georgia • #22650

Dear Family, Frinds, Teachers, and any other one whom is going throught this tradgic experience, may you find comfort and know that God all mighty is with you. I did not know anyone personally that went or worked at the College, but I still sorrow and cry with you. Please find this letter comforting and know that everything is going to be alright. You WILL make it through. I promise. You can have my word. You can have God’s word.

God Bless you and please if you have any need please contact godblessvirginiatech@hotmail.com

~Kenna

April 18, 2007, 8:53pm • Forest Lake, MN • #22651

Please Please know that the hearts and prayers of a sadden nation are with you all
the Elliott family

April 18, 2007, 8:53pm • Pine Mountain,Georgia • #22652