Condolences, April 18, 2007

April 17, 2007

Yesterday the world was in tears
For the darkness that filled the sky.
There isn’t one who can comprehend
Any reason why.
A lonely, lost and darkened soul
Rose up and mapped a plan
April 16, 2007; took 32 lives in his hands.
Without feeling, without regard
For the precious gift of life.
He took his
And he robbed theirs
Those left behind are in deep dispair.
Like the river flows, so do tears and pain
Through the hearts of every man.
Clinging to a grain of hope
That peace will rest again.
The past cannot change
The present is filled with grief,
But not for long.
In hope we will live
The future will bring peace,
Together, we’ll all stand strong.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have lost someone close to them and to all those who are still fighting for their lives. Now is a time for rememberance and mouring, but I pray that you will be strong...you will find peace again.

Tiara

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • #24106

I would to send my condolence to family members and friends of the young adults who lives were cut short in this terrible event. I will not forget 4/16/07. Monday will hopefull will remember as a day that Virgiana Tech and the whole came together as one to show the light of the American spirt and not as the black day that it was. God Bless All Ya’LL

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • Kaleva, Michigan • #24107

To all the Hokie family and close friends. Though myself and my Mother are East Carolina University Alums, we all feel your pain and horror at the tragic events that have unfolded at your school. May God Bless and keep you and comfort you in this time of loss. You have our deepest sympathies on your tragic loss.

The Smith family

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • #24108

We extend our condolences to all the families and friends of the innocent victims. 
We are also praying for those who were injured...believing for your complete healing.
May God’s grace and peace rest upon you during this time and always.
Shalom
Ana & Jeff Gutterman

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • Melissa,Texas • #24109

Dear VT family:

Today all of us in Austin and the University of Texas family stand with you during this terrible time.  We will be forever linked by this unconscionable tragedy. Yet as was true in Austin several decades ago, the human spirit will overcome some senseless act of a madman.
Time will help to heal your terrible wounds, and only the fond memories of those who are no longer with us will prevail.  As I walk by the University of Texas tower today, I see only a thriving institution composed of gifted young students and world-class teachers and administrators, all making a difference in the world.  The spirit of the university lives on through the memories of the victims from so long ago.  Such will be the legacy of VT. 

Although burnt orange is in our blood, we will forever be Hokies in our hearts.

May God’s peace be with all of you.

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • Austin, Texas • #24110

My own daughter is nearly 15 years old. I have found myself crying several times during the past few days, and I know it is because I am imagining what it would be like for me if I lost her to such an unnecessary tragedy as what you all have suffered. I am so sorry for your pain; I wish there was something I could do to lessen it. My prayers are with the loved ones of the victims and the entire VT community.

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • Walkertown, NC • #24111

In memory of Emily Keyes, shot and killed at Platte Canyon High School, commit random acts of kindness to counteract this random act of violence.

With deepest condolences.

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • Bailey, Colorado • #24112

I won’t pretend like I know what everyone Virginia Tech is feeling right now. But I do know that your fellow Americans and others from around the world will not abandon you. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ths tragedy makes me realize just how precious life can be, and we often take it for granted. There aren’t any words to describe the sorrow I have felt in my heart for the students, teachers, and friends lost that terrible day. I’m really sorry that Virginia Tech suffered these losses. Thirty-something people may not seem like a big number in a large campus, but in your family of friends, that number is thirty-something too much.

HUGS AND LOVE FROM MINNESOOOOOTA!!!!

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • Mineapolis, MN • #24113

Our thoughts go to all the people who were victims of this tragedy. You will be greatly missed. May your families and friends find peace and remember how important each day is. Lean on each other and remember the victims with happiness and joy for that is how they would want you to remember them.Our hearts and prayers are with you. God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • Eugene, Oregon • #24114

My sincerest prayers and condolences go out to all the victims, their families, the first responders, and the Virginia Tech family of students and administration.  I am still shocked at the senselessness of this act and trying to understand its purpose.  However, out of all the evil, it is wonderful and amazing to see the dignified and awesome response by Hokie Nation and from people across the world.  Perhaps out of this tragedy, we have all been brought closer together by God’s hand and will lead to better safety and compassion towards our fellow mankind.  God bless you all!  Ut Prosim! 
MAJ Robert E. Pettit, III

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • Camp Ramadi, Iraq • #24115

My thoughts and prayers are with you during your tremendous time of need.  May God bless all of the students, families, and friends of those who were effected by this terrible act.  I can not imagine the pain you are going through, but I hope and pray you can find peace, love, and hope in God.  From the MSU Spartans to the Hookies - We love you guys and will continue to pray for you.

Michelle Pfromm

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • Sterling Heights, MI • #24116

My prayers are with all of you. God is still on the throne WLM

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • North Carolina • #24117

I am a Florida Gator.
I am married to a Florida State Seminole.

Today we can positively say that we are Hokies. We are family. We are Hokies and we stand tall, side by side with you. As long as you need us, we will be here.

God Bless the Hokie Nation.

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • Jacksonville, FL • #24118

I am at a loss.  I graduated from Tech in 1994.  I still believe that the campus is home for so many of us alumni.  Prayers, sorrow, and love.
Awake
7:00a.m., April 16th, 2007
The alarm wakes me to see
the beautiful sight of the sun
Little did I know that these were my last
last moments upon the Earth
Death came, in the form of a
madman and bullits
My hopes, my life undone
9:15a.m., April 16th, 2007
I rushed to class, late as always
sitting in my seat, breathless,
As I hear screams, shots
32 dead - lives sacrificed for
madness
Survivors, heroes, victims
The cumulative affect is beyond
sadness
Out of the ashes
will rise OUR colors - Maroon and Orange -
TECH WILL NOT DIE - Jen J.

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • Chester, VA • #24119

On 9/11...(and the weeks that followed)...everybody was flying American flags.. racial issues seemed to be subdued...we united as a nation...we became “one”..  it was a national event with international “world leaders” offering condolences....
The events of 4/16, although a tragedy, will make at least one community stronger, and that community is Virginia Tech..After reading the posts from “regular people” from all over the world, not just a “leader” speaking for his/her nation, i have realized that there is still lots of human compassion in the world, and that gives me hope.. in this time of great loss, it should be consoling to the VT community that the whole world mourns for you and that the VT community is the epitomy of “family, friends and love"… VT is an inspiration to the the world..
Words cannot express the loss that we as a family feel for the lives lost on 4/16....Hokies,Stay strong, have compassion for the person walking next to you,.. to the people you love, tell them everyday,
and remember, the world is on your side.. and you are making Virginia a place that i am proud to call home.
Our thoughts are with all that are affected by this horrible tragedy...GO HOKIES !!!!!

ThE Frazier Family

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • Virginia Beach Va • #24120

first i would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the virginia tech family. to the students and staff there are no words deep enough to heal your lost. to the families and friends of those who lives ended that day pain is in your hearts and i pray that one day it will get easier. i lost my grandfather on 2-18-07. it’s still hard for me. i hope you find comfort in this poem we read at his funeral.

I’M FREE

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free;
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and I left it all.

I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work, or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that place at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy--
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss--
Ah, yes, these things I, too, will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow;
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full; I savored much--
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me--
God wanted me now; He set me free.

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • Lauren R. East Chicago, Indiana, USA • #24121

My wife and I would like to extend our condolences to all that was involved in this tragic incident. We will pray for all of you and hope that in this horrible incident some good can come out of it.

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • Port Huron, Michigan • #24122

My hearts and prayers are with all of you.  God be with all the families as they go through this sorrowful time. The Noble Family

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • Glendale, Ca • #24123

My deepest sympathy to those that lost their lives and to their families and friends who were affected by this tragedy.  Being a college student myself, it has struck me harder than under normal circumstances.  Here at the California State Polytechnic campus, we are holding a vigil tonight to remember and to grieve for those tragic lives lost.  Our prayers are with you and we will always remember.

Tom Lu

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • Chino Hills, California • #24124

May God bless each and every one of you as you struggle to make sense of this senseless act.We are praying for you and we grieve with you.

You are Virginia Tech!

Bill & Nan H.

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • Lancaster, PA • #24125

Thoughts and prayers are with you all.  I am so sorry to each family and community for the loved ones you lost.

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • #24126

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire VT family and especially to the families that have lost loved ones.  Unfortunately it is tragedies like this that make us realize how fragile life is.  Don’t let the HOKIE pride die!

Skip Coles
VT Class of 2003

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • Madison, Wisconsin • #24127

As a college student I was sickened at the thought of something like this happening to a campus. College is to be a time full of life experiences where people come together to help grow as individuals. It is so sad to think that one person has changed the lives of so many in such a horrible way. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers and maybe something good will come of this tragedy someday so this never happens again.

God Bless
Jen

April 18, 2007, 10:21pm • Latrobe, Pa • #24128

I am so deeply sorry for your loss, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I pray that God will grant strength to each and everyone of you.

April 18, 2007, 10:22pm • Kingston, Tennessee • #24129

We pray for your children and friends, and know that they are with their Creator in Heaven.

Matthew and Ashley Small

April 18, 2007, 10:22pm • Charlotte, NC • #24130

My thoughts and prayers go out to each and every one of you affected by the horrific tradgedy. As a life long WVU family member I could not think of such a tradgedy occuring on our campus. Please just remember that the world is behind you and remember that “YOU ARE HOKIES”

Mike I.

April 18, 2007, 10:22pm • MacArthur, WV • #24131

Our hearts and prayers are with you all, we would like to offer our deepest condolences to all students, families, loved ones. This tragic day will be remembered and you will presevere. Have faith in the lord and may God bless each and everyone of you.

April 18, 2007, 10:22pm • Shelbyville, KY • #24132

I am a NYC Public School teacher.  I am so saddened by this tragedy.  My heart hurts for everyone who was touched by this.  May God Bless you and watch over you.  I am going to have my students create something for some students in order to lift their spirits.  My sincere condolences.  Joan Palmentiere

April 18, 2007, 10:22pm • College Point, NY • #24133

My thoughts and prayers go out to those who suffered, the parents of those who suffered and the Virgina Tech community as a whole. As an alumni of another Virginia school, I will support the “Orange and Maroon Day” and keep up my efforts, as a resident assistant, of providing support and care to residents I know who are in distress.

April 18, 2007, 10:22pm • New York, New York • #24134

My heart goes out to all who were involved - victims, their families, friends, loved ones… I am so, so sorry that this happened to you.  I cannot imagine how you feel.  You all are in my thoughts and prayers; not a single one of these wonderful individuals will ever be forgotten.

It is heartening to see the support pouring out from all corners of the world, and how the Virginia Tech nation is rallying to overcome this tragedy.  I hope you all continue to draw from this strength.

God be with you all,

Catherine

April 18, 2007, 10:22pm • Raleigh, NC • #24135

To the community of Virginia Tech
My prayers and heart go out to the college community and families. I have the feeling that the Hokies are afraid this has hurt their school reputation.  Please know. we realize that this is just a sick individual that unfortunately went to VT, it had nothing to do with VT.  All I know is that the strength, compassion and spirit come through from all the students and Professors and show this to be an outstanding institution and if I had children going to college - I would burst with pride if they went to Virginia Tech! Your an amazing community with professors that would give their lives for their students and RA’s that would give there lives for their classmates. This shows that VT attracts and mold outstanding individuals that I will be proud to leave the future in your hands.
Know you shine brightly in front of the world!  We love you and grieve for you and what you are going through.
And to the roommates of Cho from last year - you did the best you could - you showed patience and compassion for a very sick, self centered individual.

Sincerely and Love,
Mary O’Hara

April 18, 2007, 10:22pm • Raleigh, NC • #24136

My heart mourns for the unexplainable loss you all feel...please know your Hokie spirit is here in NJ ...my sister & brother in law are alumni and my 4 children and I were your colors proudly in support of you.
God Be With You All!

Tracey & Michael Spagnuolo
Adam, Kamryn, Ava ,Brenna

April 18, 2007, 10:22pm • Whippany, NJ • #24137

To the community of Hokie Ville, may you find comfort and peace knowing you have many thoughts and prayers your way to help you deal with this tragedy. You are all in our prayers, and lives…
stacey,crystal and jackie

April 18, 2007, 10:22pm • waynesboro,va • #24138

God Bless The Hokies and Virginia Tech.
Raphael
MS, Industrial Engg. & Operations Research, 1987

April 18, 2007, 10:22pm • California, USA • #24139

My wife and I just attended the University of Florida vigil for Virginia Tech.  There were Hokies and Gators gathered together.  We felt a real since of community in our home away from Blacksburg.  Everyone was signing cards and poster boards of sympathy.  I want all of Virginia Tech to know that hearts all over are with them.  With deepest sympathy and love to the families and friends.  In this darkness, there is certainly light.

April 18, 2007, 10:22pm • Gainesville, FL • #24140

My family and I would like let all the families, who have lost a loved one in this horrible tragedy, know that you will always be in our prayers. May the Lord bless you and strengthen you in your time of need. Put all of your trust and faith in the man above, for he will not leave you to hurt alone.It may seem as if there is only one set of footprints, but when you believe in him, always know that there are two.

April 18, 2007, 10:23pm • Quincy, FL • #24141

We never think it could happen to us. But then comes the day you never imagined would come. The only thing you can do is weep and and cry and hope that mabey your heart will grow stronger and more prepared for the following disappointments of life. I, as well as many others, offer deep regards to you families that are weeping and mourning.

~Sallie~

April 18, 2007, 10:23pm • Birmingham, AL • #24142

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families that has lost a loved one, do to this tradegic event.  May God be with each and everyone of you.

The Moore Family

April 18, 2007, 10:23pm • Missouri • #24143

VA TECH my heart and prayers go out to each and every one of you.  God Bless all the Famlies, may God be with you.
Bill

April 18, 2007, 10:23pm • VA Beach, VA and CA • #24144

MAY JEHOVAH GOD GIVE EACH AND EVERYONE THAT WAS AFFECTED, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, STRENGTH, TO SURVIVE THESE DIFFICULT TIMES. ALL THE WAY FROM MIAMI FLORIDA, I SEND MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO ALL FAMILES AND FRIENDS OF THE LOST ONES.

PRAYER AND UNITY IS WHAT WILL KEEP US ALL GOING..

DOMINIQUE. F

April 18, 2007, 10:23pm • MIAMI, FLORIDA • #24145

My family is so sorry for all of you that are dealing with this horrible event. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless you and stay strong.

April 18, 2007, 10:23pm • Mundelein, Illinois • #24146

Our deepest condolonces go out to the families who have suffered a loss of a friend or a loved one. Our hearts and prayers are with you. God Bless.

Andreina, Nestor & Julian

April 18, 2007, 10:23pm • Sterling,VA • #24147

What happened at Virginia tech was a truly tragic event. I am praying for all of the victims, and their families and friends. May they rest in peace. God bless.

Brandon Jones

April 18, 2007, 10:23pm • West Point, NY • #24148

So many people across the world are thinking of you all and praying for you. God Bless!

kelly

April 18, 2007, 10:23pm • sanford,n.c. • #24149

I am so hurt by this shooting. I have a daughter and a son in college and I am so grieving for the loved ones left behind. Please understand that I know some of the grief as I also lost a loved one in 2002. God bless and keep you in your sad time of loss. Again, I am so sorry!

April 18, 2007, 10:23pm • Plummer ID • #24150

I am so saddened by this tragedy and the loss of all these truly wonderful victims. My heart goes out to the families and friends. Peace.

April 18, 2007, 10:23pm • Schaumburg, IL • #24151

five years in college for me. one of which was during 9/11. then a tour in baghdad. and now news of the heartache at virginia tech. my heart and my prayers to the hokies. and the world.

s.

April 18, 2007, 10:23pm • west point, NY • #24152

I would like to take this time to share how truly sorry I am to the families and loved ones of those who lost thier lives. I know the phrase “God only takes the good at a younge age” may mean absolutly nothing to you at this time. But i strongly feel that that is very true. I am praying every night will for many nights to come. May God Bless you all and be with you always in your time of need.

Brittany H

April 18, 2007, 10:23pm • Stratford, CT • #24153

Students at the Washington University School of Law are praying for the entire Virginia Tech community.  We pray that God Bless the families and friends of those lost and that they are able to survive this tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 10:23pm • University City, Missouri • #24154

My heart breaks for all of the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives on this terrible day. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless all of you.

April 18, 2007, 10:23pm • Astoria, NY • #24155