Condolences, April 18, 2007

I am 37years old Korean citizen who spent my college years in New York and I was greatly shocked and surprised to hear the tragic news
We have no word to express our sympathy but to express our sincere condolence to the victims and their families.
We Koreans join me in expressing heartfelt sympathy to families in their bereavement

May all of the victims rest in peace.  God Bless all of them and their families and fellow American citizens as well.
I truly believe that the shooter has reserved his seat in hell and God will punish him.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all…

K.H Kim/ Seoul, Korea

April 18, 2007, 10:27pm • #24206

i am very sorry about this very tragic event, my thoughts and prayers go to everybody that suffered a lose once again im very sorry

April 18, 2007, 10:27pm • Chesterton, Indiana • #24207

Truly i felt that day as sad as i did on 9/11, and still in shock. Praying for those families and friends victims of this tragedy. God Bless All of You Virginia Tech Family. Que Dios los bendiga.

April 18, 2007, 10:28pm • Washington, DC • #24208

There are so many words of comfort that I would like to offer, but I find myself speechless as I reflect on this horrific occurrence. 

When life has been lost so senselessly, it seems that the ability to heal becomes thwarted.

The world is with you now - let the love that surrounds you from around the globe, help you to heal from this terrible tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 10:28pm • Ontario, Canada • #24209

Hi,

I am a junior at the University of Texas in Arlington. As a student I am shocked and can only imagine what everyone must be going through. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with each soul affected by this tragedy. BE STRONG God bless!

Brandy

April 18, 2007, 10:28pm • Bedford, Texas • #24210

Nuestras condolencias para todos los fam de los estudiantes en especial para los fam,de Ramon Ortiz nuestro compatriota boricua.Rogando a dios para q les de fortaleza en estos momentos de dolor. fam Valentin Vega 18 de abril de 2007

April 18, 2007, 10:28pm • Newark ,New Jersey • #24211

May god bless and keep you all! I am an Iowa Hawkeye, but today I am a Hokie! We love you all! God bless!

The Thompson family.

April 18, 2007, 10:28pm • Davenport, Iowa. • #24212

Such a terrible tragedy....we can not comprehend or even begin to understand how or why this can happen to innocent, bright, young people....our thoughts are with you.

the graham family.

April 18, 2007, 10:28pm • Wellington, New Zealand • #24213

Dear Virginia Tech Community,

I am deeply saddened by the tragic events of 16 April 07.  I graduated this past summer.  I wasn’t there during the incident, but I share the community’s pain and sorrow--as I sit glued to the TV, internet, and radio for the latest developments.  Our strength is in our community and I was proud by the student interviews and candlelight vigil I saw on TV.  I will never forget these events, but we will overcome them together, over time.  I emphatically support the university and think the media is trying to use the benefit of hindsight to create an angle for a story.  The police cordoned off what they thought was appropriate based on the facts as they understood them at the time.  Should we close down the entire campus anytime there is an issue?  While shutting down the campus may have saved lives, what if more people were killed on the drill field, in the dorms, or the dining facilities as 26,000 people tried to figure out what to do--it could have even been worse!  It’s tragic, but people were going to die one way or another the other day as a result of his delusions.  He seemed willing to kill at any cost and was committed to die for selfish reasons---it’s hard to stop that. Go Hokies!!  Marc

April 18, 2007, 10:28pm • Portsmouth, RI • #24214

I know the pain of losing a child, the times you will weep when no one’s looking, the awful pain in your heart that just doesn’t stop because as a mother part of you feels like your buried with your child. Remember, your child’s life was one to celebrate for all the good times and funny times they made you laugh.  Thank God they were with you for as long as you could have them...for the love you shared with them and the beauty only they could have brought into your life....you will be in our prayers to give you strength to go forward and your child will forever live in your heart each and every day.  My tears and your heartaches are forever in my heart.  I hurt with you as does a whole nation of USA people ...we do care..we send our love...May God give you peace.

Love from a mother who knows the pain of losing a son when he was only 20 years old…

May we all learn to love one another each and every day....

April 18, 2007, 10:28pm • MINNESOTA MOM • #24215

I wanted to take a moment to express how sorry we are to hear about this terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers and with everyone in VA.  It’s so sad about what has happen to everyone and the families and friends who lost loved ones - we send our deepest condolences.

Love,
Brent & Angelique

April 18, 2007, 10:28pm • Aurora, IL • #24216

Although I dont know anyone there I wish I could be there to personaly express how sorry I am for your losses. The couragous people who are now gone will never be forgotten. I pray for all of you in this tragic time and will continue to pray that god will someday show all to love rather than hate! Live not in fear but trust that God will be with our children and protect them from harm.
Pendergast Family

April 18, 2007, 10:28pm • Walkerton, Ontario • #24217

Although it’s been close to 20 years since I graduated from Virginia Tech, my mother called me as soon as the news of this horrible tragedy broke and said, “I know you aren’t there anymore, but I just had to make sure you are ok.” For all of the mothers and fathers whose child was lost, I weep for you and with you.  For the present students at Virginia Tech, I am so very proud of you and the manner in which you have shown our Hokie pride to the world.  May God be with us all and hold each of you in His hands.

Shelly Dumont Weeks, HT’90

April 18, 2007, 10:28pm • Pearisburg, VA USA • #24218

My thoughts and prayers are with the students, families and community of VT. God bless you all.

*Tiffany*

April 18, 2007, 10:28pm • Lewisburg, West Virginia • #24219

My thoughts and prayers are with all the Virginia Tech students/staff affected by these terrible events. Stay strong, and god bless.

April 18, 2007, 10:28pm • Sturgeon County, Alberta • #24220

May God grant your community and families peace and comfort in this horrible time.  May God, who knows what it is like to see his child die, comfort you with His grace and peace now and in all of the difficult days to come. The country grieves with you and prays for you constantly.

When there are no appropriate words to say...know that you are loved.

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • WV • #24221

To all students and parents and faculty
I would like to say my heart goes out to all of you: students, faculty and parents and family. I am in Missouri and yet feel so close to feel the pain,stress and heartache that each one of you are feeling. May you find the healing that you need in order to carry on with your life as students and continue to succeed in your life and educatiion.Healing takes time and take day by day. Be strong and use each other as a support system to stay positive and overcome this horrific experience that should not have happened. God Bless All.

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • st joseph, missouri • #24222

Stay Strong… you’ve got the support and prayers of more than you will ever know.

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Michigan • #24223

I would like to offer my deepest sympathies to all of the familes and friends who lost a loved one on April 16th.  Also, my heart goes out to the VT students, faculty, the Blacksburg community and the entire State of Virginia.  I am so sad that such senseless violence has taken place on your beautiful campus, and I wish you all peace.  I will never forget you nor will I forget this tragedy and I pray that this violence will never happen again.  And to all of you precious people that lost your lives...I know you are in a better place, looking down on us and watching over us.  May you rest in peace and have an eternal happiness and joy in heaven...one day we will see you all again.

God Bless,

Ross Johnston

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Baytown, TX • #24224

My prayers and my heart go out to all the families and students. May GOD Bless everyone who is affected by the tragedy.

Patricia

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Chicago , Illinois • #24225

Dear Students at VT,
Accept my heartfelf condolence. May the good Lord comfort all the berieved and the sorrow-hearted. This will be the last time violence will be heard in your land. Isa 60:18
18 says, “Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.”
KJV. God bless you all.
Gbenga Oladokun (Nigeria)

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Lagos, Nigeria • #24226

God Bless You All and Keep all of you in His care.  We are so sorry for your loss.  Love is stronger than hate.  May you all find comfort in knowing that you have the support of so many people across the nation that are praying for you and your loved ones.  Our deepest and sincere sympathy.

The Crater Family

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Martinsburg, West Virginia • #24227

Calm me, O Lord, as You stilled the storm.
Still me, O Lord, keep me from harm.
Let all the tumult within me cease.
Enfold me, Lord, in Your peace.

We all need to take care of each other.  Keep praying.  God’s peace.

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • United States • #24228

To all students,faculty and families:

Stay strong!
May God bless you all!

Maggie

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Shanghai, China • #24229

I mourn with you, as your reflected Hokie family and closeness showed in every image seen on TV touched so many hearts.  The bright eyes and spirit of those who died will never be forgotten.  Hokie Spirit is now understood by the masses.  Bless all of you, as you strengthen our country with your Virginia Tech education.

Karen

April 18, 2007

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Gainesville, VA • #24230

Even as a new college student, I can’t begin to comprehend the magnitude of what happened at Virginia Tech on Monday, and how all involved have been affected. I can only hang my head and offer my deepest sympathies to the victims and their families. Never before has a national tragedy emotionally impacted me in the way that V-Tech has - I now have to seriously ask myself, ‘can this happen on my campus?’. I’m so sorry.

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Kettering, Ohio • #24231

I would like to share all Americans sadness on this horrible day. God Bless all the families who lost their lovers…

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Seoul, South Korea • #24232

My family and I are so sorry for your loss. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to all. Stay strong.

PJK

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Methuen, Ma. • #24233

How unbelievably sad we feel for all of you experiencing this tragedy.  We can’t seem to come away from the news reports and we are in total disbelief.  Hopefully someday if there’s peace to be found, may it come to each and every one of you.  Please know that you’re in our thoughts and prayers.  With loving thoughts.

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Winchester, MA • #24234

May you be comforted during this time of profound sadness.Know well that you are in our hearts and prayers.God bless you and keep you.

The Hayes Family

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Columbus, Ohio • #24235

As a fellow university student, I cannot imagine what a difficult time it must be for the campus. I hope you can all lean on each other for support and grow closer.  My prayers are with the families and the students.

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Washington, D.C. • #24236

Being from Southwest Virginia and a student at the University of Virginia, I’ve always had a connection with Virginia Tech. It saddens me to see such a tragedy anywhere--especially one so close to home. My deepest and truest condolences go out to the families of the victims and the entire Virginia Tech community. May God help all of you to see the light at the end of the tunnel that I know is waiting for you.

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Richlands, VA • #24237

VA Tech is my school, and even though it’s been 30 years since I attended, I feel as if I’ve lost members of my own family.

The Thirty-two

None could have foreseen on that cold Virginia morn’,

That, in an instant of time, tragedy would be born.

Each had their plans, the usual Monday routine;

Each with places to go and people to be seen.

Not one of them knew, and certainly none suspected

That dark plans existed, were already perfected.

Thirty-two young people, each looking ahead,

Enjoying college life without worry or dread.

What events conspired to bring each one to that place?

Was it Providential planning or simply random fate?

Would things have changed, been different in the end,

If even one of the Thirty-two tarried longer with a friend?

If even one had altered the normal Monday scheme,

Would events have been different? One can only dream.

We ask questions for which answers won’t be found,

But that’s part of our grieving, dealing with things profound.

We want to understand; to learn the reasons behind it all.

Could anything have been done, this tragedy to forestall?

A sense of injustice prevails, hits us squarely in the face;

As the tragedy of the Thirty-two remains a burning disgrace.

2007, Roger Belton

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Longview, WA • #24238

God Bless you all. I hope all of your families find the healing and support you need. We will never forget.

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Vancouver, WA • #24239

My hear goes out to all of u ... I cannot even begin to imagine what u guys are going thru.. It’s a pity that this world had to loose such amazing people

Love: Shivanna & Shazard

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Queens, NY • #24240

It is 2 days gone now.....I live in PA and tonight I am crying.  The shock is starting to ware off and the reality of what took place, is settling in.  There are no words, there are no things, no thoughts or actions one or many can say or do to move us all beyond this horror.  We must all....survive it.  Today I have trouble breathing because of you, today I have trouble smiling because of you, today I can not dry my face, because of you........today I can not forget you......BECAUSE OF YOU.  You were someones child, someones friend, someones loved one, someones...someone.  God is greater than any Evil.  My prayer for you is that those who are lost, do not know of what happened to them, that they are in a place of pure and absolute joy.  That they feel no loss, have no fear and know only pure love.

In my prayers you all are and will stay.

Jennifer in PA

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Lors Valley, PA • #24241

"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”
-Eskimo Proverb

I pray that you all find strength to prevail in this horrible tragic time.  Bright young minds and inspiring instructors were lost on the VT campus but they will never be forgotten, for they are now in a better place.  May God embrace you all.

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Wilmington, NC • #24242

Students, Professors, Parents, Friends,

As a father of two boys who will go off to college soon, and friend to countless parents of Virginia Tech students, I weep for your loss and pray for your spirits. My sons and I know dozens of students at Virginia Tech, and we have been praying for the safety of each one.

As a graduate of the University of Virginia, I have enjoyed a good-natured rivalry with my friends at Tech. After Monday, I simply think of them as my friends, not my VT friends.

My sons and I pray for the injured, that their wounds will heal. We pray for the survivors, that they may stand in living testament to the good men and women of Virginia. We pray for the parents, and urge them to tell your their and daughters how much you love them, each and every day. We pray for the dead, that thier spirits will lift up and inspire the living. And we pray for families who have lost loved ones, that they find peace in the knowledge that they are not alone in their grief.

May God bless all the good men and women of Virginia Tech.

Ed, Ed Michael & Jimmy Bohnslav

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • The North End, Virginia Beach, Virginia • #24243

I have no idea what to say except I’m so sorry.

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Houston, TX • #24244

Dear Students, staff, families and friends of Virginia Tech

I live on the otherside of the world but feel this has happened in my heart too. I am so sorry for your loss and so saddened by the crazyness of such an event. There are no words left, just sadness and loss. But as humans we have the amazing gift of healing, and also of never forgetting. I wish you all the courage and strength you need in order to do so. Continue looking forward to tomorrow and life in general.

Very sincerely, Emily from Banda Aceh, Indonesia

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Indonesia • #24245

Ken & Christy Vaughn along with Magic Valley Bible Church are praying for each and everyone and may God Bless you and place his hand on your hearts.

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Twin Falls, Idaho • #24246

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the students and their families.  God Bless!

Tracy

April 18, 2007, 10:29pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #24247

Dear Students and Teachers: As I keep up with this through the News. I cannot even tell you how this effects others in different states. I will keep all of you in my prayers and my thoughts. I think this is the worst tragedy yet. Stay Strong and be there for one another.
To the Families: May God be with all of you and give you the strenght to recover.
GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU! I am just so sorry.

April 18, 2007, 10:30pm • Bedford, Kentucky • #24248

This is not the end for all of us, this is just the beginning of a big challenge God gave us. Though I may be on the other side of the country, i share the pain that’s in the hearts of all of you. My thoughts, my prayers will never leave your sides. From now, I can say that i am a HOKIE..We all are HOKIES. May all their souls REST IN PEACE and may God Bless us all

April 18, 2007, 10:30pm • north hills, california • #24249

Your family in northern Virginia stands with you and supports you.
Lesley

April 18, 2007, 10:30pm • VT Graduate Student- National Capital Region • #24250

Virginia Tech,
We have been so impressed with the elequint,
spirit, dedication, and drive of your students
and faculty who have been on TV news since the
National Tradgedy.  What talented students, and
dedicated faculty were lost by the inhumane act-
ions of such a looooser!  Our prayers and thoughts R with each and every one of U and your wonderful famililies.  Carry on Hoakies Carry on
in the fine style as a dedication to the spirit of those who were lost.."God’s Speed”!!
Tom and Sheryl Sullivan

April 18, 2007, 10:30pm • Pickerel Lake, MN USA • #24251

Our hearts ache for each and everyone of you.  MAY GOD BLESS YOU TODAY, TOMORROW, AND ALWAYS.

Love to you all,
The Lofthouse and Gonsoulin Families

April 18, 2007, 10:30pm • Corpus Christi, TX • #24252

I’m so sorry for your loss.

I wrote a song for the grieving families.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w716zDtjj8

April 18, 2007, 10:30pm • U.K • #24253

Extending my deepest heartfelt sympathy to the student body and the families who lost children, friends, etc.  Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers, as your campus tries to heal.  Just take one day and one step at a time as you try to get back to normal.  Draw close to and be ever grateful for loved ones you can confide in.  Remember that you will honor your lost classmates, professors/colleagues by striving forward in your academic schedules.  God’s grace to all of you.

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:27

April 18, 2007, 10:30pm • Fort Smith, Arkansas • #24254

Words cannot express my sadness for the loss of the students and teachers of Virginia Tech.
My heart aches for the families and all friends. I hope their lives will live on and be a positive light and something good will come from this tragedy.
To the family that also lost a son. God will lift you up in your grief and your sorrow.
I hope people will pay attention to mental illness and that maybe some can find it in their hearts to forgive. In time?

Carmen S.

April 18, 2007, 10:30pm • Hendersonville,NC • #24255