Condolences, April 18, 2007

From the University of Nebraska—

Please know the world mourns with you during these dark days.

Everyone at Virginia Tech is in our prayers and we ask God’s comfort to all of you.

April 18, 2007, 10:18pm • NEBRASKA • #24056

We are shocked and saddened to hear about this tragedy.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost loved ones. 

The Nichols Family

April 18, 2007, 10:18pm • Arlington, VA • #24057

My thoughts are with all the families of VT.  God Bless.

Kristina

April 18, 2007, 10:18pm • Hillsboro, Illinois • #24058

GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES. 

With all my love and prayers to all,
Wanda Cole

TROUBLE IS A STEPPING STONE TO GROWTH

Trouble is something no one can escape,
Everyone has it in some form or shape-
Some people hide it ‘way down deep inside,
Some people bear it with gallant-like pride,
Some people worry and complain of their lot,
Some people covet what they haven’t got,
While others rebel and become bitter and old
With hopes that are dead and hearts that are cold.
But the wise man accepts whatever GOD sends,
Willing to yield like a storm-tossed tree bends,
Knowing that God never makes a mistake,
So whatever He sends they are willing to take-
For trouble is part and parcel of life
And no man can grow without trouble and strife,
And the steep hills ahead and high mountain peaks
Afford man at last the peace that he seeks-
So blest are the people who learn to accept
The trouble men try to escape and reject,
For in OUR ACCEPTANCE we’re given great grace
And courage and faith and the strength to face
The daily troubles that come to us all
So we may learn to stand “straight and tall"-
For the grandeur of life is born of defeat
For in overcoming we make life complete.

April 18, 2007, 10:18pm • Pleasant Hill, Iowa USA :) • #24059

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

God Bless.

-Bethany

April 18, 2007, 10:18pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #24060

My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to your entire university community at this very sad time.  Please know that countless millions of people around the globe keep you in their hearts.  God bless you all, and may he send you abundant graces of strength as you mourn these tragic and senseless casualties.

Catherine

April 18, 2007, 10:18pm • Sacramento, California • #24061

In the novel’s first sentence, the narrator famously declares, “Call me Ishmael.” It is unclear whether this is his actual name or an alias.

The name has come to symbolize orphans, exiles, and social outcasts—in the opening paragraph of Moby-Dick, Ishmael tells the reader that he has turned to the sea out of a feeling of alienation from human society. In the last line of the book Ishmael also refers to himself symbolically as an orphan. Ishmael has a rich literary background (he has previously been a schoolteacher), which he brings to bear on his shipmates and events that occur while at sea.

April 18, 2007, 10:18pm • #24062

My Prayers go out to the families of students and teachers who lost thier lives on April 16th, it is a day that we all will remember. I am deeply saddened and I also pray for the familes of the ones that are currently figthting for their lives in the hospital. Just keep PRAYING.

April 18, 2007, 10:18pm • Bridgetown, Barbados • #24063

This should never have happened. May god forgive the person who kept that university open, after 2 lives were already lost.
And may gods love, and the love from your families give you peace at night and through the hours of your loss, devastation and anger for all those who mourn a son, sister, brother, nephew, niece, cousin, uncle, aunt and daughter and friend.
I cannot imagine how it feels to be scared to go to school, or to lose someone in such a horrific, unjust and terrifying way.
We all are losing something from this, our independance, our choices and our futures little by little, for as long as we allow guns, guns will continue to be shot.
Peace through Jesus and gods love to all those who mourn.

April 18, 2007, 10:19pm • UK • #24064

Stay strong. God is with you all.

April 18, 2007, 10:19pm • Carrollton, Georgia • #24065

They say time heals all wounds. You may not think so right now, And i know how this tragic event has effected so many, But the wounds will heal for all the Victims families and Friends there at VT
Know that there are so many people thinking of each and everyone of you, I work in a Nursing Home and this has been a big impact for the Elderly that reside there.on behalf of them and the Staff. We send our thoughts and Prayers your way.

April 18, 2007, 10:19pm • Glendale Az • #24066

The Hokie family extends beyond students, alumni, faculty and staff. I’m the Dad of a Hokie alum and I feel as though I’ve lost members of my family.  In a way, I guess I have.  The Tech Community, has lost many wonderful and irreplacable people.  My heart goes out to the family and friends of those who were lost.  I’ve never been so proud of the faculty, staff and students of Virginia Tech as I have been over the last few days.  The chant of “Let’s Go Hokies” simultaneously brought a smile and tears.

God bless our Hokie Family
Tom Mullen, Alumni Dad

April 18, 2007, 10:19pm • Brunswick, GA 31525 • #24067

My family back home, and Missouri State University share your pain. Just because we go to different schools does not mean we are not joined together as one. When one college is effected we all are. We are all Hokies today.

God bless the families of VT.

Melissa Scott, MSU

April 18, 2007, 10:19pm • Springfield, MO • #24068

Our family would like to offer our deapest sympathy to the families affected by this horrible event.  We are praying for all of you and will keep you in our hearts and pryers.  God bless all of you at this time.

Love,
The English Family
Amber, Brian, Morgan and Hayden

April 18, 2007, 10:19pm • Golden, Colorado • #24069

Students, Professors, Friends & Family,

My deepest sympathy and my family and I have you all in our prayers…

April 18, 2007, 10:19pm • Jersey City, NJ USA • #24070

At times like this, we can’t help remembering how fragile life is. May the Virginia Tech Family find strength in the love of family and in the warm embraces of friends. May you find comfort in knowing God has taken your angels home. You will meet again.

Lisa

April 18, 2007, 10:19pm • Littleton, CO • #24071

My heart goes out to each and every one of you at Virginia Tech and family members of those who loss friends and loved ones during this tragedy. You’re in my thoughts and prayers and may God be with you during these difficult times.

Lisa

April 18, 2007, 10:19pm • Fitzgerald, Geogia • #24072

I am so sorry to hear about your tradegy. It not only affects your campus, city, or state, it affects all of us. We are all deeply saddened by the hurt that has been brought to you. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

Megan

April 18, 2007, 10:19pm • Woodbury, MN • #24073

On behalf of my family, I want to extend our deepest sympathies to all of you in this time of terrible loss.  Hold fast to God, and keep the faith.  You are all thought of often, and remain in the prayers of many.  No matter where we’re from or where our loyalties lie, we are all Hokies today.  God bless you all with peace in your hearts and loving memories of the precious lives that were so senselessly taken.  D.W.

April 18, 2007, 10:19pm • Great Falls, SC • #24074

April 16, 2007, was my birthday.  I am now 75 years old.  From now on, as long as I continue to be lucky enough to have more birthdays, Virginia Tech will be on my mind, as the 16th of April rolls around each year.  And I swear...VT will be held much closer to my heart than any simple birthday.  JP Krzenski

April 18, 2007, 10:19pm • Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA • #24075

My heart goes out to all of those who were affected by this tagedy. Just remember that this day will never be forgotten and all those who died will never leave our thoughts

April 18, 2007, 10:19pm • Gibsonia, PA • #24076

As the mother of a nineteen year old son living away at college, I can’t help but think..."There but for the grace of God go I”. I am so devastated by the tragic events that have transpired at your school, that I feel I have cried non-stop for days. My heart is breaking thinking of the grief you must experiencing. There are no words any of us can say that will ease the pain of your enormous and extremely tragic loss. From the outpouring here on this site, you have to know how much you are being thought of and prayed for. I am just so so terribly sorry.

P. Weber

April 18, 2007, 10:19pm • Plano, TX • #24077

I’m so sorry to everyone about this tragedy.
I was very shocked when I read a newspaper yesterday morning… May God bless VT students and the families of victims…

April 18, 2007, 10:19pm • Seoul, South Korea • #24078

My husband, a VMI Keydet and I, a 1993 graduate of VT, sent our prayers along with our three small children with you every night as we grieve with you.  May God bless you and keep you all the days of your lives.  The Jordan Family

April 18, 2007, 10:19pm • Richmond, Virginia • #24079

Dear Tech,

I would like to send my deapest sorrows to everyone. I can’t imagine the horror you all feel. My Sister is a VCOM student and lived in the Blacksburg area for years. I myself had many H.S. Friends whom attend Tech. The campus is a familiar place for me and I only hope we call can pull together and show the pride of VA. May we all pray for you all.

Susan E

April 18, 2007, 10:19pm • Born in Lynchburg, Virginia • #24080

OUR FAMILY IS PRAYING FOR THE ENTIRE VIRGINIA TECH FAMILY. AS WE CAN NOT EVEN BEGIN TO IMAGINE YOUR PAIN AND SORROW. YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHT’S. THE PURVIS’S

April 18, 2007, 10:19pm • PANAMA CITY FLORIDA • #24081

Dear Hokies:
While not one person has the words to lessen the heartache of your loss, the whole world has the compassion to share in your sorrow.  I have seen the strength of your VT school spirit… now we are all with you in spirit.

SES

April 18, 2007, 10:19pm • Ellicott City, Maryland • #24082

I, along with so many others across the nation, was deeply saddened at the events that took place on your beautiful campus Monday morning. I know that the Virginia Tech community will come together and rise above this evil act. Surround yourself with family, friends, classmates, and loved ones. Please know that each and every one of you are in my thoughts and prayers. My sympathy goes out to the families and loved ones who lost their lives on that horrible day. God Bless.

Laura C.

April 18, 2007, 10:19pm • Syracuse, NY • #24083

The Wingate family of Hopewell Junction, New York would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of all the victims.  We also send all our love and prayers to you all including the entire Virginia Tech student body, faculty and community. May God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • Hopewell Junction, New York • #24084

I very sad to hear about this tragic event. My prayers go out the victims and their familes. Also my prayers go out the faculty, staff, and students of Virginia Tech. YOU SHALL OVER COME!!!!!

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • Las Cruces, New Mexico USA • #24085

My condolences and deepest sympathy are with you all in your time of loss. May you endure these days of great sadness and grief and draw strength from God who gives us peace and understanding.

Anita

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • McHenry, Maryland • #24086

We are so very sorry for your loss.  Please accept our most sincere condolences and prayers. At times like this, no one can find words of comfort.  Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. May God be with you all!

The Maminakis Family

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • Shrewsbury, MA • #24087

The thoughts amd prayers of the entire Clemson University student body and the rest of the local community are with you.  May God bless you and be with you through this troubling time.

We’re Tigers on the football field, but Hokies in our hearts.

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • Clemson, SC • #24088

Our hearts are with the families of those who lost their beloved one. May God bless you and comfort you.

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • Abingdon, Va • #24089

My heart goes out to the Virginia Tech Family. May you all find peace together in your time of sorrow

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • Central Islip, NY • #24090

God bless you all and give you strength.  We offer our deepest sympathy to all whose lives are touched by this tragedy. 

Alice and Randy Payne

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • Poquoson, Virginia • #24091

LETTER FROM HEAVEN

To my dearest family, some things I’d like to say…
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I’m writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there’s no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I’m out of sight.
Remember that I’m with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, “I welcome you.”

It’s good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they’ll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you’re part of my plan.
There’s so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • #24092

May God bless all you Hokies!  Thoughts and prayers come to you from every part of the country.  From a family that knows the loss of a child may God give you comfort and peace during this very tragic time!

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • Sacramento, CA • #24093

MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL! STAY STRONG!  MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL OF YOU!

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • SPRINGFIELD, MASS • #24094

My thoughts and prayers go out to entire Virginia Tech community.  I can’t even begin to fathom what you are going through.  My heart is broken by this unnecessary series of events.  May god bless you all especially the families who lost a loved one.

Melanie

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • San Jose, California • #24095

my thought and prayers are with the families of the victems of this tradegy and the whole va tech family.

Tim

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • gloucester, virginia • #24096

To all the people affected by this terrible tragedy, you are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart goes out to the families, friends, teachers and students effected by this horrible act. Even though I am very far away we have all been touched, all around the world. Take care and may god be with you.

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada • #24097

During this time of great sorrow, may each and every affected family find comfort in the memories of their loved ones and the knowledge that God has prepared a much better place for them. 

The Frierson Family

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • Richmond, VA • #24098

All of my prayers and thoughts go out to all of the victims and family members. I am so very sorry for your losses. *tears*

Mia Schrader

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • Port Huron, Michigan • #24099

I am so very sorry…

It’s incredibly tragically and beautifully uplifting that so many people, of so many different backgrounds, of so many walks of life, of so many different religions, actually lived and died together.  I wish you could take some comfort in the fact that out of such tragedy, grows such hope for a beautiful and peaceful world where we can all live together, as your loved ones did. 

Again, I am so very sorry.

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • Cambridge, Ohio • #24100

TILLING OF THE MIND

When I think of things that used to be I get lost within my head.  Somehow my thoughts remember times of peace and love and wed.

Now hate and turmoil fill the news uneasiness all around.  For what was once peace on earth is now a battleground.

Guns toted today by kids and adults are carried to show who’s boss.  When once they were used to kill game for food and fight wars whether won or lost

So where do we go or what do we do from this time till the end.  Live each day as if it were your last and keep in touch with god, my friend.

By:  Philinda Scott

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • Cleveland, Ohio USA • #24101

I am sending my care, my hugs, and my hope to the families and friends of the vitims of this horrific event as well to everyone that is connected to Virginia Tech.

You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • Marietta, Ohio • #24102

Wisdom 3:1-9 But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them.  In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died, and their departure was thought to be a disaster, and their going from us to be their destruction; but they are at peace.  For though in the sight of others they perished, their hope is full of immortality. Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good, because God tested them and found them worthy of himself; like gold in the furnace he tried them, and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them.  In the time of their visitation they will shine forth, and will run like sparks through the stubble.  They will govern nations and rule over peoples, and the Lord will reign over them forever.  Those who trust in him will understand truth, and the faithful will abide with him in love, because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones, and he watches over his elect.

May God give you all peace. You are in our prayers.

Roberto Martinez

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • Washington, DC • #24103

May everything good come to all of you from now and forever.

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • Fairfax Va • #24104

At the rising of the sun and at its going down,
We remember them.

At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.

At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring,
We remember them.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer,
We remember them.

At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn,
We remember them.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength,
We remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart,
We remember them.

When we have joys we yearn to share,
We remember them.

When we have decisions that are difficult to make,
We remember them

When we have achievements that are based on theirs,
We remember them.

As long as we live, they too shall live,
for they are a part of us, as we remember them.

Seattle, Washington mourns with you. Whether a Husky or a Hokie, we share your loss and sorrow in this terrible, terrible tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 10:20pm • Seattle, WA • #24105