Condolences, April 18, 2007

You are in all of our prayers and we can only begin to start the healing process one day at a time.  God Bless the Virginia Tech community.

April 18, 2007, 9:43pm • Gainesville, Florida • #23505

I am a long way from Virginia but the sad news has been all over the media here too. I have been looking at the coverage and most recently been watching students talking about those who did not make it. I would just like to say that all of them will be sadly missed, not only by those who knew and loved them but alos in the future - these innocent victims could have had a profound effect on the world of the future and now, sadly, will not. May they rest in peace and to those of you who made it through - remember how precious and short life can be - now is the time to turn to each other and make a difference, not just today but everyday.

April 18, 2007, 9:43pm • Sydney, Australia • #23506

May God bless everyone who was shot.And may God help you in your disstress.Stay strong and be patient.Surley God will help you in this distress for he is the loved one.I was really shocked and somhow angry and felt sad for the people.And I was angry too for he killed 32 people and then killed himself.What did they do to him?

April 18, 2007, 9:43pm • N.Y. America • #23507

Bless you!!

April 18, 2007, 9:43pm • china • #23508

My prayers go out to all who have been touched by this tragedy and especially to those who knew and loved Dr. G.V. Loganathan.

I was taught by Dr. Loganathan and did some work for him during one of my summers at Virginia Tech.  He is one of the people I looked up to as a model for developing a better version of myself.  He was not only a brilliant man, but also an incredibly wise and gentle one.  Dr. Loganathan was more than an innocent victim, he was a tireless researcher who gave so much to everyone around him and pulled along so many students into higher experiences and opportunities. 

Paul Bartholomew

April 18, 2007, 9:43pm • Audubon, NJ • #23509

In 1990 my sister entered Virginia Tech and our entire family became Hokies. I have been a Hokie since I was five years old. I send my love and support for every single Hokie around the world. I may be a Captain, but I was a Hokie first, and always will be. I know that you will endure, because you are Hokies and you will work together to move past this incredible tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 9:43pm • Newport News and Fairfax, Virginia • #23510

There are no words to express what the nation is feeling right now. I cried when I heard the news. The Loss of these precious ones is tremendous and our prayers go out to the families.  Just know that you all are loved and cared for deeply.  With sincere sympathy to all of the Virginia Tech students, staff and their families. 

God Bless you all
Nancy Beasley Virginia Beach

April 18, 2007, 9:43pm • Virginia Beach, Virginia • #23511

Bless all
Hope such things will never happen again!

April 18, 2007, 9:43pm • China, People's Republic • #23512

Innocent victims
Futures lost
To a senseless act
Of hate and violence

I have deep sorrow
And I feel pain
I do not understand
How a person can do such things

I feel your loss
And offer my prayers
I wish that you find peace
In the coming years

There is still hope
Hope for the future
Angels in heaven
Hokies forever

Candace Oschmann
University of South Florida

April 18, 2007, 9:43pm • Tampa, Fl • #23513

Even though I transferred from Virginia Tech to UVA after my first year, I still consider myself a Hokie at heart.  When the two teams meet up in sports, I find myself instinctively cheering for my Hokies and defending Tech to every UVA student who dares to criticize such a fine school.  My heart breaks when I think about the terrible events at Tech this past Monday, and I find myself unbelievably angry that someone could do this to my friends and first college family.  My sincere condolences to those who lost friends and family on Monday, and my prayers for those who are continuing to recover from their physical and emotional wounds. 

Meagan

P.S. Special love and support to Kevin!

April 18, 2007, 9:43pm • Falls Church, VA • #23514

To every one at Virginia Tech and every one else affected by what has happened I offer my deepest condolences for your losses.  I hope one day your pain is not so great.  The Gator Nation held a candle light vigil tonight on campus.  I hope these next words will be of comfort to all of you.

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 diamond glints on snow

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.  I am the gentle autumn’s 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.

Hanna

April 18, 2007, 9:43pm • Gainesville, FL • #23515

Unfortunately, every day is April 16th or September 11in this world.
My deepest sympathy for families and friends of all innocent people who are brutally murdered on daily bases. We don’t hear about them all. But one is enough to make us sick.

When I see how innocent kids are smashed under concretes of a building in Oklahoma, how students are beaten up and thrown out of the windows in Tehran University, how thirsty children in school are killed by lines of explosives hanging over their heads in a Moscow middle school, how innocents people are being blown up in Baghdad’s streets and markets, how students and teachers are being slaughtered in the hall ways and classrooms of Virginia Tech, and how a holocaust survivor dose not survive in his classroom, I feel that there is not much to be proud of being a human.

April 18, 2007, 9:43pm • Sacramento, California USA • #23516

To the folks at Virginia Tech and throughout the University community:

Those of us thoughout the United States and world who have watched this tragedy unfold on the nightly news cannot help but be impressed with the dignity and humanity of those students, faculty and staff who have come forward to speak on behalf of the community.  The students at Virginia Tech truly represent the best amongst us.  Our thoughts and concerns are with you.  We will continue to think of you.
Robert, Cameron, Amanda, Ethan, Jennifer and Scott

April 18, 2007, 9:43pm • Renton, Washington, USA • #23517

Dear Virgina Tech,
Although i am only 15 it has effected me with your loss also, I may not go to VT but i know people that go to College and its Difficult that it may could of been them or me in my highschool. i pray for you deeply and think of how God works in us. You guys keep it Strong and people all over are praying I also pray for the victim who made this tragic Massecre come alive that someday he will come to know Jesus Christ and someday will be forgiving God bless VT and may each tear that comes down each of your faces be for the remberance of the Wonderful Gratleful students that this Tragic Event has occured too…

In Christ Nichole of Kansas

April 18, 2007, 9:43pm • Hutchinson Kansas • #23518

I am a social worker and I work with students who are struggling with emotional issues.  My heart goes out to all of the victims and I pray for all the families and friends who have been touched by this tragedy!  It is very important that our society continues to address the issue of mental illness and recognizing the warning signs.  It is hard to decipher what makes one person go on a rampage and another suffer internally.  This is a scary moment in time for educators and brings back memories about Columbine.  I pray that this situation will open society’s eyes and all managed care to address one of the most important health issues----mental illness!

May all of the victims rest in peace and may their families and friends find some support from others.

Marianne Costales-Roman, LCSW

April 18, 2007, 9:44pm • Carol Stream, IL • #23519

I am so proud of all of you students and the support you have shown each other- stay strong and lean on each other and know you all are in our prayers. I stand in awe of your strength and courage you have shown now and for the upcoming days ahead. 
Cry when you feel like it.
Reach out when you need to.
And always know, we care.

April 18, 2007, 9:44pm • Abingdon, Virginia • #23520

Sincere Condolences
To all of the people affected by the horrifying killings at Virginia Tech, please know that my family and I are praying for your loved ones lost and you who have been left behind.

From The Sherlock Family

In Australia

April 18, 2007, 9:44pm • Australia • #23521

As a mother of two college daughters I have been thinking of you, crying with you and praying for you.  I am so sorry that all of us that are thinking of you cannot be there with you to wrap you in our warmth, security and love. What outstanding people those students and professors were and what wonderful examples of the life within Virginia Tech.  May God bless you and yours.
With love,
Marge

April 18, 2007, 9:44pm • Centerville, Ohio • #23522

I just want to send some heart felt condolences i have been praying for you all and know that the Lord is with you and will help the school get through this tradegy. No matter how often things like this seem to occur, its still mind boggling everytime i hear of such senseless violence and cant understand why someone would do sucj a thing

Nicole

April 18, 2007, 9:44pm • Philadelphia, PA • #23523

As a proud Hokie mom and aunt, my heart is filled with sadness at the loss that Va Tech has endured. However, as I talk with my family members, listen to my friends and witness the Hokie Nation’s response, my spirit is filled with hope.
With deep mourning and heartfelt prayer,
Maggie Kyger,
James Madison University

April 18, 2007, 9:44pm • Harrisonburg, VA • #23524

My sister in law attended VT.  As a nurse and a mother it makes me sad to think of what these poor students and families are going through.  My heart goes out to all you!  Education is a teasure and you will all get through this!  I am also a student at Slippery Rock University in PA and I pray no one else will ever have to go through this again.  God bless you all and your families.  The lord will see you all through this!

April 18, 2007, 9:44pm • Butler,PA • #23525

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those whose lives were taken in this tragedy.
To the staff and students of Virginia Tech - may you find the courage and strength in the coming days and months to rebuild your shattered community.

Patrick

April 18, 2007, 9:44pm • Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada • #23526

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone. My class will be graduating soon and we will not forget this tragedy.
Our Lady of Holy Cross College

April 18, 2007, 9:44pm • New Orleans • #23527

hi, im conner,im 12,i live in tennessee.

im a huge tennessee fan but now im a huge VT fan
not just for sports but for everything at the university. i even made a sign at school that said
“ God bless Virginia Tech “

Im praying the the university and i hope this time of mourning will pass.

GOD BLESS VT!!!!!  I LOVE VT!!!!!!!!!!

April 18, 2007, 9:44pm • Knoxville,TN • #23528

To All,
I am very very sorry for what has happen and everyone is in my prays. I am thinking of everyone and want everyone to know that they are being thought of in my school as well.
Love and Peace in God!!
Jordan Slone

April 18, 2007, 9:44pm • Topmost , Kentucky • #23529

Everyone in South Texas is thinking of you in your time of need and let the poor souls who perished rest in peace.

John H.

April 18, 2007, 9:44pm • Raymondville, Texas • #23530

It is so sad that a tradgedy like this would occur to people of such inocence with a great future ahead of them. My heart goes out to all family and friends of the victims, I know that nothing will ever change this heart breaking moment, but just to let them know that even halfway across the world we are all thinking of them xox

April 18, 2007, 9:44pm • O'Leah, Upper Hutt, New Zeland • #23531

you are in our thoughts and prayers and May God be with you all thru this time of grief....we cry with you! jml and jon from Mesa, az

April 18, 2007, 9:45pm • mesa, az • #23532

Our hearts ache for the loved ones you’ve lost and we pray you’ll receive peace, comfort and strength during this difficult time.

May God bless you in your efforts to cope with the sadness and loss you’ve experienced and may He give you strength as you press forward with you lives.

Halbrook Family

April 18, 2007, 9:45pm • Pleasant Grove, Utah • #23533

May all the families and friends of the unfortunate victims of April 16th’s tragic events take solace in the knowledge that many people around the world are thinking of you at this extremely sad time.

You may not feel the comfort now but hopefully at some time in the future.

Kindest Regards:  Marg Baker

April 18, 2007, 9:45pm • Bendigo: Victoria: Australia • #23534

Dear VA Tech University Faculty, Students and Administration Staff,

It is with deep regret and sadness that I too express my deepest sympathy to those whose lives were cut down at such a time when they were on their way to reaching their potentials, dreams and goals.  I only hope that through this tradegy that something good will come out of it all.  One thing that I would like to see is that each one of the families who have lost a loved one would have a designated representative of their families to come up and receive and accept their dipolmas out of respect for all of the accomplishments that they were trying to achieve.  That would somehow begin the healing process from within each and everyone of those students who lost their lives.
It was a very tradgic event to have unfolded before my eyes as an American.  I feel for all of the grieving relatives and also that staff and the University as a whole.  You all are certainly in my thoughts and in my prayers. 

Sincerely,

Miss Patricia T. Smith “Pat”
Berkeley, CA

April 18, 2007, 9:45pm • Berkeley, CA 94702-1444 • #23535

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the friend and families effected by this horrible tragedy.  Be strong.

April 18, 2007, 9:45pm • Traverse City, Michigan • #23536

My thoughts and prayers go out the the whole Va Tech community, thier families and friends.  May God be the sorce of your comfort during this time.  The way that you have have come together to support each other shows the spirit of Va Tech!

--Becky

April 18, 2007, 9:45pm • Harrisonburg, Va • #23537

Thoughts and prayers are with you.  As a native Virginian, I felt drawn into your grief.  Cincinnati grieves with you. Grace and Peace in the coming days

April 18, 2007, 9:45pm • Cincinnati,OH • #23538

I am so sorry for your losses. Your strength is an inspiration. Seeing all that you have gone through this week, and how you still stay strong as a school. You are in my prayers.

-Melissa

April 18, 2007, 9:45pm • Albany, NY • #23539

we all mourn with you, but remember, just like the candles you lit on campus, you are our brightest flames for the future, although you may flicker as wind has been knocked from you, please do not allow your flames to blow out; instead, carry the torch of those who are no longer able to do it themselves and egnite the world!

April 18, 2007, 9:45pm • Minneapolis, MN • #23540

R.I.P

go hokies

April 18, 2007, 9:45pm • pittsburgh • #23541

I can only imagine what you could be feeling. I will be praying for all of you at Virginia Tech and those of you who have lost someone in the shootings. I will never forget.

Kishea P.
North Carolina State University

April 18, 2007, 9:45pm • Raleigh • #23542

To the Great HOKIE Nation:

Please know that those of us around the world are sending our heartfelt sympathy, thoughts, and prayers.  I pray that you’ll find the strength to overcome this.

Wishing you peace, hope, and love; always.

Your friends in Memphis, Tennessee

April 18, 2007, 9:45pm • Memphis, Tennessee • #23543

What happened on April 16, 2007? We have seen the pictures and heard the stories that are available to date. But as rational people we really cannot imagine or have any concept on what happened that caused the initiation of this horrible tragedy. We as graduates and students of civil engineering have the desire to help other members of society. So for us, this is all the more difficult to understand. We do not understand why the hundreds of people, family, friends, and students lives were upset this week and why they will continue to be upset for weeks and years to come. We will overcome, we will pull together, we will try to understand the needs of all those we work and associate with because this is what we have been taught by our mentors and professors at Va Tech.
Yes, we have been surrounded by caring professors and students at Va Tech and we as alumnus and students will not let this kind of insane tragedy change our love for Blacksburg, our love for Va Tech, or our love for each other.

April 18, 2007, 9:45pm • Callao, VA • #23544

My prayers are with everyone touched by this tragedy.
Jenn

April 18, 2007, 9:45pm • Dallas, Texas • #23545

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Stay strong.

April 18, 2007, 9:45pm • Oshkosh, WI • #23546

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people at Virginia Tech, their families and the community.
Oriental Logistics (Vietnam) Co., Ltd

April 18, 2007, 9:45pm • Hochiminh City, Vietnam • #23547

Millions of tears are shed for you all -
Our family will pray for you.
Iafelice

April 18, 2007, 9:46pm • Stockholm, NJ USA • #23548

There is no words that can express our sorry for Those whos lives were so unfairly taken, we offer our prayers and deepest thoughts for all. God will take care of all..

Jeff, Beverly & Tiffany Lang

April 18, 2007, 9:46pm • Ravenswood, WV • #23549

The Virginia Tech community, its friends and family, are in my thoughts and prayers.  May peace be with you soon.

April 18, 2007, 9:46pm • New York • #23550

I am deeply sorry for this horrible tragedy. May all the victims rest in peace, and my heart goes out to all of their family members and friends. God Bless and you are all in my prayers <3
- Megan

April 18, 2007, 9:46pm • Hauppauge, NY • #23551

I have never been so proud of my country watching these young adults, who have gone through so much in the past few days. I cannot fathom what it took for some of them to be in the company of such a madman who God only knows what went through his mind. so many bright teachers and students who will not be able to share their lives with ours now. Such a loss.

The only bright star I can see is that millions of people on t.v and newspapers have seen the worst and the best of this college and maybe there is some unknown reason why this happened, but God has placed these students and teachers above us now and has made them special angels to watch over us and guide us.
Never have I seen such a wide standing of students , who represented your college. I was shocked to see such dignity which I thought we lost amongst the older generation and ours.
You have taught well professors.
THE STANDING OVATION FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE AND THE PRESDIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WAS REMARKABLE. We have so many who oppose our nataion and Government right now.
Do not loose sight of what you were taught and do not let this one person ruin your life and what you want to become.

c. Burke

April 18, 2007, 9:46pm • Pa. • #23552

May God be with all of you that has lost loved ones and friends. No act of hatred overcomes love and the hokie community has lots of love. One is in hell know and 32 is in heaven so keep the Faith. I am from Ireland but am also a student here in US and to hear today from my mother in Ireland she said everyone is praying in Ireland for all of you. God Bless. Finbarr O Grady

April 18, 2007, 9:46pm • Titusville Florida • #23553

I’m deeply saddened and shocked by Monday’s events and have shed numerous tears for all affected by this unthinkable tradegy.  I can’t begin to imagine the heartbreak experienced by those whose loved ones were taken from them in this despicable act.  I hope you are able to take some small comfort in the fact that people all over the world have opened their hearts to you.  My prayers are with you all.

April 18, 2007, 9:46pm • Lewisburg, PA • #23554