Condolences, April 18, 2007

My family’s thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families who have experienced a loss during this very traumatic event. I truly am a Hokie fan and will continue to pray for the strength to get you all through this touch time. God Bless you all!

April 18, 2007, 10:09pm • Greenville, NC • #23906

I remember Columbine, and Taber, when I was in high school....and feeling personally invaded by the idea that a place dedicated to education could be so compromised by the acts of a few individuals.
And now I’m in University, and I feel as vulnerable and unsafe as I did as a teenager roaming the halls of high school.
Let’s take this tragedy and use it to our advantage, as we should have done so many years ago. Let’s watch out for each other, let’s take heed of the warning signals these troubled people exhibit. Let’s make sure it doesn’t happen again…

Please know that my heart and thoughts are with everyone who lost someone they loved, and know that you’re not alone.
Your country mourns for you.
My country mourns for you.
The whole world mourns.

April 18, 2007, 10:09pm • Edmonton. University of Alberta student; J.K. Ca • #23907

To all of the hokies:
My heart aches for your loss. The world has become a better place watching you all come together to mourn the loss of your friends and loved ones.  You have spread some hokie spirit all over the world by showing how strong you are.

April 18, 2007, 10:09pm • Harrisonburg, VA • #23908

Dear VT students, faculties, and families, we pray for you and share with you the metta sutra:

May everyone be happy and safe, and may their hearts be filled with joy.

May all living beings live in security and peace—beings who are frail or strong, tall or short, big or small, visible or not visible, near or far away, already born, or yet to be born.

May all of them dwell in perfect tranquillity.

Let no one do harm to anyone. Let no one put the life of anyone in danger. Let no one, out of anger or ill will, wish anyone any harm.

Just as a mother loves and protects her only child at the risk of her own life, let us cultivate boundless love to offer to all beings in the entire cosmos.

Let our boundless love pervade the whole universe, above, below and across.

Our love will know no obstacles, our heart will be absolutely free from hatred and enmity.

Whether standing or walking, sitting or lying, as long as we are awake, let us maintain this mindfulness of love in our heart.

April 18, 2007, 10:09pm • Houston, Tx • #23909

I am deeply sorry for the events that occured on monday. I know there are no words to say that will make things better. Just know this because of the bravery of your fellow classmates and teachers the rest of us have learned, because of how strong of a community you have become due to this we have come to see the good in everyone. Although i dont know any of you, just know you are always in my heart and i will always think of you.

April 18, 2007, 10:09pm • (The Stelzer family) New Hartford, NY • #23910

ME AND MY FAMILY ARE SO SAD TOO HEAR WHAT HAPPEND TOO THOSE STUDENTS AND THERE FAMILY WE GIVE OUR HEARTS OUT TOO ALL OF THEM.

LOVE THEM ALL!!!!

April 18, 2007, 10:09pm • ORLANDO,FLORIDA • #23911

I would to say to all the students that attend VT that my thoughts are with you and although I can’t say I share your pain because I can’t imagine what you’ve experienced I can say my thoughs are with you and the victims families.
“...to those who are brave and strong during a cricis,those are the true heros, and the ones that will grow to be stronger poeple.”

-Katie

April 18, 2007, 10:09pm • Gilbert, Arizona • #23912

God Beless Virginia Tech
May all the victims rest in the peace .

April 18, 2007, 10:09pm • Toronto, ON /CANADA • #23913

There have been several prayer vigils held in LaGrange and Pine Mountain, Georgia for all that were taken so tragically at VT.  Our love, prayers, and thoughts are with EACH and EVERYONE who is suffering with broken hearts!  God is with you and lives within your hearts!  We pray that you will find peace and comfort in God’s grace!

The Cadenhead’s & Lele & P.A.

April 18, 2007, 10:09pm • LaGrange, Georgia • #23914

My sister graduated from Virginia Tech in 2004.  I was always impressed with the university and the student body.  I’m wearing my Hokie tee-shirt today with pride.  You are all in my thoughts, most particularly the families of the people lost on that tragic day.

April 18, 2007, 10:09pm • CA • #23915

Our thoughts and prayer are with the families and the victims, as well as their friends and classmates.  Be strong, keep your faith and remember that you are our future.
Never forget you are loved.

Conklins & Vanardales

April 18, 2007, 10:09pm • Omaha, NE • #23916

My thoughts and prayers are with you all, the victims and their families. 

Anthony Plante

April 18, 2007, 10:09pm • West Columbia, South Carolina • #23917

We are praying for all who are involved in this horrid act.  It is great to see how the community and country has come together throughout this ordeal.  We won’t forget this tragedy!  May the memories of those who parrished live on through their friends and family. 

In Christ,

Matt Shaw

April 18, 2007, 10:09pm • Wilmington, NC • #23918

Dear Students, Friends, and Family Members: I know not one of you, you all are just faces to me, but my heart is saddened and painful to look into eyes of sorrow and full of tears. Alot of eyes are empty, I see fear and uncertainity. Let us remember as we go through one tragic event after another in this lifetime, whether it be a friend, family member, or a person you see on TV, this is the day the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Let not you heart be saddened, but be ready in your hearts, when that day comes, whether we are 18 or 47, to meet our Lord and Savior. The world is full of evil and wickedness, we can’t escape, but we can be ready by putting on our armor of God. My heart hurts for all you young adults. I have a daughter age 20. She is the light of my life. I saw my daugther in each eye. Please if nothing else, examine your heart and life and live for Jesus every day from this day forward. If evil goes in, Evil will come out. May God Bless and keep you all.
A friend who cares,
Jamie A. Tate
Jonesborough, Tennessee

April 18, 2007, 10:09pm • Jonesborough, Tennessee, USA • #23919

Thoughts and prayers to everyone hurt by this tragedy… especially those who have now experienced the worst loss of all… the loss of their child.

April 18, 2007, 10:10pm • Savannah, Ga • #23920

I attend Arkansas State University in Beebe, Arkansas. I just got back to my dorm from a candle light vigil and wanted to let you all know that we are thinking of you and praying for the families and loved ones that have lost someone dear to them this week.
God Bless,
Alinna

April 18, 2007, 10:10pm • Beebe, Arkansas • #23921

My family and I are saddened and shocked that this happened.  All of you are in our thoughts. 

The Maddox Family

April 18, 2007, 10:10pm • Bakersfield, CA • #23922

a single tear or maybe a few
people gathering old and new
sorrow comes like fallen rain
a link was torn from our once strong chain
how to continue how to go on
no fall ball and never a strike
we all must be strong for this ones for
all the victims at virginia tech and their families

April 18, 2007, 10:10pm • scarnton pa • #23923

Iowa Mennonite High School sends its deepest condolences to the Virginia Tech campus.  We’re all thinking of you.

April 18, 2007, 10:10pm • Kalona, Iowa • #23924

May God give u all the strength to continue on. Our prayers are with all of you...I know its hard to loose people close to u...but just remember them by all the Good times u have shared...GOD BLESS U ALL..(DIOS LOS BENDIGA)

April 18, 2007, 10:10pm • RODRIGUEZ,,PUERTO RICO • #23925

Words cannot begin to express my sympathy for the VT community.  I have faith that there will be healing when I view the fine students,
Faculty and staff on TV.  May God be with you as you go through the painful process of healing.  Nancy, retired Professor

April 18, 2007, 10:10pm • Clarksburg, WV • #23926

My heart is with V. Tech
Forget any and all college affiliations today. For Today we are all Hokies!
God bless you all keep strong!

Malena Romo

April 18, 2007, 10:10pm • York, PA • #23927

I am very sorry for what happend at Virginia Tech.
No one saw it coming. But we must remeber that this world is filled with cruel, heartless people. Sometimes we can not recognize their intentions, or their insanity. Therefore, we must not blame ourselves.
This was a very tragic incident.
I pray for the families whom lost cousins, nieces, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, and friends. I tell these families and poeple:

They are in a much better place.
A place where evil cannot harm or rest among them. The Lord has put his hand upon them, and is teaching them how to fly in Heaven above. There, they shall be angels.

Also, each victim is a hero; recognize that.

Here’s some quotes:

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow” - Anon

“Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.” - Jonathan Larson

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seamed with scars; martyrs have puton their coronation robes glittering with fire, and through their tears have the sorrowful first seen the gates of Heaven.” -Edwin Hubbell Chapin

“A hero is no bravier than any other man, but he is bravier five minutes longer.”

“Everyone is a hero in their life.”

-britni

April 18, 2007, 10:10pm • Huntsville, AL • #23928

Our thoughts and prayers are will the fallen and injured students, professors, and their loved ones.  We also pray for the world-wide VT Community, every member of which has been greatly affected by this senseless tragedy.  With each other’s mutual support, Hokie Pride Will Prevail!!

Hokie Parents Al and Lynne

April 18, 2007, 10:10pm • Severna Park, Md • #23929

Our deepest condolences to the students, faculty, staff and families of Virginia Tech. Our hearts are with you.

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all

– Emily Dickenson

The Gray Family

April 18, 2007, 10:10pm • Chapel Hill, NC • #23930

I would like to let the good folks of Virginia know that we are here for you and are praying for your healing and comfort in this sorrowful time.God Bless you all and i pray that your family members are In The Arms of Angels.
Larry and Charlotte Wedhorn and Family

April 18, 2007, 10:10pm • Salt Springs Florida • #23931

My deepest condolences don’t seem to be nearly enough. For the hundreds - nay thousands - of lives that were scarred by this, I can only say, “I’m sorry for your loss.”

VT has joined a sad fraternity. It is not a membership they have sought, yet regrettably they have become members. I hope those touched by this can find the means to heal.

To paraphrase David Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash, “Thirty-two! Why? How many more!”

Eric

April 18, 2007, 10:10pm • Toms River, NJ • #23932

VT has always had a special place in our hearts. My husband and I have fond memories of our VT college days.  We pray all of these students / faculty and staff will be able to carry the good memories with them....May God heal all of your wounds. Our thoughts and prayers are with our Hokie friends and family.
God Bless You! 
The Williams Family

April 18, 2007, 10:11pm • Blairsville, GA • #23933

My deepest condolences to all that have endured this tragedy at Virginia Tech. You will prevail because you are HOKIES!!  Remember your memories and God Bless.

Denise

April 18, 2007, 10:11pm • Sacramento, California • #23934

To all who have suffered sadly with such a loss,

i want to give my sincere condolences to all the family, friends, student and facilty of virginia tech. i can not imagine to express the sadness and loss that you must be going through.
a tragic thing happened which was no ones fault. i want to acknoledge the bravery from the thousands of student in the uni. and to those who have lived through and survived this horrible occurance.
my thought are with all of you all the way from Australia.

may the lives that were taken at virginia tech R.I.P and their souls live on forever in our hearts.

Hannah xxx

April 18, 2007, 10:11pm • Australia • #23935

I am so sorry for what happened at your campus.  My prayers and deepest condolences are with you.  Good luck in the process of healing.  My thoughts are with you!

April 18, 2007, 10:11pm • West Jordan, Utah • #23936

My heart goes out to all the families and friends of the victims and to everyone affected by this tragedy.  I hope that you find comfort, and know that you’re in everyone’s thoughts and prayers.

“We survived.  We will prevail.  We have hope to carry on.”

Marianne

April 18, 2007, 10:11pm • Littleton, CO • #23937

We would like to take this time to express our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to all those who were affected by this horrid tragedy.  We pray that God will give the students, faculty, staff and families all the strength needed to get through these troubled times.  May God continue to smoother you all with his love and blessings.

God Bless
The Walker Family

April 18, 2007, 10:11pm • Snellville, Georgia • #23938

I cannot express how saddened and deeply shocked I am.  My love, comfort and thoughts are with you.

April 18, 2007, 10:11pm • London, England, United Kingdom • #23939

Although I am far away in Pennsylvania, I ache for all of those involved.  My heart and prayers go out to each and every one of you affected by the horrors of Monday.  May the love of God and family and friends provide some guidance as you move through this tragic time.

Susan B

April 18, 2007, 10:11pm • Lancaster, PA • #23940

I wish desperately that I could be with you, my fellow Hokies, on VT’s campus--a place we love and hold so close to our hearts.  Although I cannot physically be there, the entire Hokie family is in my every thought and prayer.  What doesn’t bring us down will only force us to unite and become stronger.  We are not a student body of 26,000, nor are we alumni spread across the globe, together we are united as a Hokie.  Forever Hokies, Forever United, Forever Proud.

April 18, 2007, 10:11pm • Arlington, VA • #23941

Our hearts are with all that have lost love ones and all that had to experience such a tragety. My prayers are with every single one of you. May God be with you.

The Peterson Family.

April 18, 2007, 10:11pm • Michigan • #23942

People from all over the world share your sorrow. May you all find peace in faith and comfor in the support of many. Despite the appearances a loving God is near. The people of Puerto Rico are with you.

April 18, 2007, 10:11pm • San Juan, Puerto Rico • #23943

The events of this past week will not soon be forgotten.  Know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of people across the nation who are also shocked and heartbroken by these terrible events.  Today in our chapel service we had a prayer in which we had individuals stand to represent the lives that were loss from your community.  My hope is that in the midst of all this tragedy and confusion you will somehow be able to find peace.

April 18, 2007, 10:11pm • Azusa, CA, USA • #23944

Words cannot express the pain and hurt I feel for each and everyone of the families and friends suffering through this horrible time. May God bless each and everyone of you and the victims of this tragedy. They are all now beautiful angels watching over you, they are your sun shining on you and the wind blowing on your face...May God bless each and everyone of them.
The Patterson’s

April 18, 2007, 10:12pm • North Carolina, USA • #23945

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims and with all those touched by this tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 10:12pm • Hampton, Virginia • #23946

My thoughts and prayers are will all of you during this difficult time.

David Simpson, ‘84

April 18, 2007, 10:12pm • Laurel, Maryland • #23947

Virginia Tech and Blacksburg,
You are in our family’s hearts and prayers constantly!  We spent a year getting to know the people of Blacksburg and Virginia Tech when we worked with your horse vaulting team “Mt. Tabor” a few years ago.  We were so impressed with your community and VT. The school was beautiful and you always made us feel welcome like we were part of your family because you shared your Hokie Pride with us. We are praying that your community can find peace again and please know that the whole country is feeling your pain with you. May God give you comfort.

Sincerely,
Beth and Stacey(UD student),
Part of the “Small Wonder Vaulting Team”

April 18, 2007, 10:12pm • Georgetown, DE • #23948

Our hearts are heavy, your in our thoughts and in our prayers, God Bless all of you who are here to talk about it, and those families who lost their precious loved ones. And bless the strong people of your town who are their to support all who witnessed this terrible tragedy.  The Corbacio Family

April 18, 2007, 10:12pm • Syracuse, New York • #23949

I would like to tell all of you at Virginia Tech that I was deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred on Monday morning. I myself am a college student and would like to reach out to all of you and let you know you are all in my prayers, not only mine, but our entire campus has been praying for you. I watched the convocation on television and was deeply moved by the unity everyone showed. I pray that these tough times will pass and that all of you would be drawn closer to God in the wake of this tragedy.
As I walked on campus today there were a few people wearing the VT colors, me being one of them...people were inquiring about it and many more have expressed interest in sporting the colors in the days to come!
You are all in our prayers...take care and God bless you all!! We love you and support you!!

April 18, 2007, 10:12pm • Abilene, TX • #23950

my heart can not express the feelings all of the victims familys pain, and hope they all will remember them in the ways they know best and never forget what one mans desition did to so many families

we are hokies
ne V er forge T
god bless

April 18, 2007, 10:12pm • purcellville, Virginia • #23951

Know that there are those of us here in West Michigan who are praying for you and for the spirits of the students who lost their lives in this tragic event.  Life is short enough as it is, but when our young people are taken from us in the prime of their lives in a place of learning and somewhere that you feel safe......that is what makes this event so troubling.  May whatever form of the DIVINE you worship bring you comfort in this time of loss.  Candles are lit for all of you this night.  My heartfelt blessings upon you all.

Lowell Godfrey

April 18, 2007, 10:12pm • Michigan • #23952

im sorry to all the familes that lost their love ones but now they are in a better place.

Gislle

April 18, 2007, 10:12pm • Astoria, New York • #23953

To the Virginia Tech Family--

My heart grieves with you this today, and I join you in your prayers for those who were lost, and most especially for those who mourn the tragic losses in their families.

You are in my thoughts and prayers. 

With deepest condolences,

Bob

April 18, 2007, 10:12pm • Herndon, VA USA • #23954

"Today we are all Hokies”,

To the precious heroes who have fallen: we lift up your names, lives and spirits in praise.  You are now angels; safe, free, happy and deeply celebrated, for all of eternity.  We, on this side of Heaven, thank you for the innocent lives you have lived, and vow to celebrate your spirits in good nature. 

To the families & friends of the angels: this world sends nothing but prayers your way.  You may feel as if your pain will never end, in dealing with your precious loss, but know that your hurt and sorrow is the nation’s hurt and sorrow as well.  Our prayers will be sent unto you everlastingly. 

To the VTech community: YOU ARE HOKIES! And, “Hokies” now carry a new and profound definition.  Hokies are- strong, courageous, loving, close-knit, intelligent, giving, supportive, powerful, prideful, caring, and above all ToGeTheR.  YOU ARE HOKIES! And, Hokies will rise, they will rise, they will rise!! God Bless you all. 

(to be cont’d..)

April 18, 2007, 10:12pm • Springfield, Massachusetts • #23955