Condolences, April 18, 2007

I would first like to state that my prayers and thoughts are with the victims’ families and friends. It is very sad that it takes a terrible tragedy like this to realize how sacred life is. I wish all the university the best in its future endeavors to move on after this tragedy. May God Bless each and everyone of you at Virginia Tech. I am so sorry for all the pain and suffering that everyone is experiencing and hopefully this will unite the entire university together as one grieving family.

All the best,
Kelsey

April 18, 2007, 10:30pm • Andover, New Jersey • #24256

I share your sorrow and pain - my thoughts and prayers are with you. I will be proudly supporting “Hokie Hope” this Friday by wearing my Maroon and Orange!

Stay strong, Brian

April 18, 2007, 10:30pm • Clifton, VA (Fellow Hoke, class of '90) • #24257

Psalm 10:17 “Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will listen to their cries and comfort them.” My prayers are with everyone from your school. You will always be remembered not because of this tragedy but because of your unity and school pride. I pray for strength and peace for all of you. Forgiveness and love is key in this world. Please let these two things shine, theres enough hate and anger that has already been displayed by this young mans actions. Continue to unite and stand strong showing love and forgiveness to all.

With much love,
Stephanie Clement

April 18, 2007, 10:30pm • Chula Vista, California • #24258

I would like to send my deepest sympathies to Virginia Tech, the families and students are in my heart.  Both my brother and cousin graduated from VT and have heard nothing but wonderful things about your campus.  I visited the campus a few years ago and was overwhelmed to see how beautiful it was.  There is not a room in my house which does not hold something in regards of VT.  On behalf of California University Of Pennsylvania I send my prayers and condolences to Virginia Tech in this troubled time.

- Andrew Herwig

April 18, 2007, 10:30pm • California, Pennsylvania • #24259

I do not know anyone at VT but I care about you all so deeply.  My heart breaks for the pain you have suffered.  Be strong and turn to God for help.  Ask him to provide you whatever you need to begin the healing process.  May all the angels in heaven gather over your campus and send you peace.  God be with you ~

April 18, 2007, 10:30pm • Livermore, California • #24260

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed
he was walking along the beach with the LORD.

Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene he noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand: one belonging
to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.

He noticed that many times along the path of
his life there was only one set of footprints.

He also noticed that it happened at the very
lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he
questioned the LORD about it:

“LORD, you said that once I decided to follow
you, you’d walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life,
there is only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why when
I needed you most you would leave me.”

The LORD replied:

“My son, my precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you.”

written by Mary Stevenson

God Bless,
Jessica Benward and Jeffery Brown
students at Pittsburgh Job Corps

April 18, 2007, 10:30pm • Pittsburgh,PA • #24261

Dear Virginia Tech Students

I speak to you as a Graduate of only 11 months.  Last may I had my comencement and now I am in mourning.  I know none of the victims yet it feels like the campus itself was shot, and bloos pouring from our mighty drill field.  Virginia Tech needs to remain a peaceful place for students, and even in leiu of these events, life should return much as it was on the days prior to this incident.  We are hokies, We love our college, and for someone to come into our house and do what this man did, is unacceptable.  Even as an alumni I am uttering the words surreal, as I hear it many times from all of you.  This may be life changing for all fo you there on campus, and for many hokies to come, but we must not let the Hokie Spirit Bend, or Break.  LET"S GO HOKIES, GOD BLESS VT, and most of all
HOKIE HOKIE HOKIE HI, I love my alma mater with all my heart, and I know you on campus do too.  Keep the Faith. 

With Love,
Kyle Seiler

April 18, 2007, 10:30pm • Cream Ridge, NJ • #24262

I have visited your campus during football games and it is a beautiful campus.I remember the buildings being so distinct.  It is a shame the horror that has occured on your campus, no one should ever have to endure such tramatic events.  Thoughts and Prayers are with all the families, friends and staff affected.

April 18, 2007, 10:30pm • Huntington, WV • #24263

Our thoughts and prayers are with the community of Virginia Tech.  God bless you all.

The Janns

April 18, 2007, 10:30pm • Tucker, Georgia • #24264

My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you. God Bless

Cassie

April 18, 2007, 10:30pm • Myrtle Beach, SC • #24265

I pray for all of those who lost thier lives at VT on Monday, may God grant enternal rest unto them.  I also pray for all thier friends and families during this difficult time.

April 18, 2007, 10:30pm • Thurmont, Maryland • #24266

How you have come together is an inspiration
Your sadness, as much as can be, is shared
Hokies once only my competitor, now our brothers and sisters…
One Mountaineer to the Hokie Family; My family honors yours
We offer our prayers, energy and hope to pull you through. 
Today we all say; Go Hokies, Go Hokies, Go Hokies

April 18, 2007, 10:30pm • Philadelphia, PA • #24267

A Day of Sadness for All

April 16, 2007, the day had begun
Pretty blue skies and lots of sun.

Some students on campus had early classes
They were our special young lads and lasses.

When all of a sudden shots were heard from a room
Not knowing these kids, their life was doomed.

All were in shock and most were in danger
Who was this young man, he was no stranger.

He carried not one, but two handguns
And this was done by someone’s son.

Our young ones lives were taken you see
God counted them all and there were 33.

He will use them as Angels to guide and to love
And all we will need is to trust him above.

One young man, they say was an Eagle Scout
His training he learned, it sure did count.

Our hearts are bleeding these last few days
For tears keep coming and will never go away.

All of this now has left a huge scar
But always remember you have friends from afar.

You may not know us, but you have all touched our hearts
Our words, our love, and our prayers will have a part.

May God bless you and keep you strong inside
We will always and forever stand by your side.

Written by: Sharon Burnsworth
Mill Run, Pa
April 18, 2007

April 18, 2007, 10:31pm • Mill Run PA. • #24268

All I can say...is that I realize, now more than ever, that life is short, and nothing is certain in this world, and we need to take notice. Notice of ourselves, notice of our lives, and notice of the people in our lives. We may brush someone or something off, thinking “it doesn’t matter.” But, everything matters, and everyone matters, and we need to be present, present in each situation of every moment of our lives. And live it. Live every bit of it. And love it. Love every second of it, knowing the worst of it may be the best, or even our last. My heart goes out to all those lost, and all those who were close to them. This is a moment that will not soon be forgotten. And I will certainly hold it in my heart.

April 18, 2007, 10:31pm • Tampa, FL • #24269

Our heartfelt condolences in this terrible tragedy that has affected the family, friends and faculty of Virginia Tech.

The McKinnon Family

April 18, 2007, 10:31pm • Niagara Falls Canada • #24270

This is an amazingly beautiful poem, it was sent to me from a close friend.  I hope it touches the hearts and souls of those in pain.  May God grant you His peace that passes all understanding. Jeff & Robin Barlow & Family

If I Should Go

If I should go before my time
My spirit leave my body behind
I am alive, I do not die
abiding with my Lord Most high

If I should go and leave you here
You will weep but do not fear
I will be well, I will be whole
for I gave Jesus my soul

If I should go, remember me
Our days of sun and childhood dreams
The time we had to love and give
now just beyond the stars I live.

If I should go, violence take my life and breath
Make my eyes to close in death
Honor my life with peace when you remember me
I will remain in your heart and forever a HOKIE !

Remember me,
If I should go.

Poet Sherri Stansell Bailey

Sherri S. Bailey April 2007

April 18, 2007, 10:31pm • Verona, Virginia • #24271

Prayers for the staff, students, family and friends..

God Bless you all…

April 18, 2007, 10:31pm • New Jersey • #24272

God Bless Virginia Tech and all those who lost a loved one on that tragic day.  You will forever be in the prayers of this nation.  As Professor Giovanni said, you are Virginia Tech and you WILL prevail.

April 18, 2007, 10:31pm • New Orleans, Louisiana • #24273

It is very sad the so many innocent people full of hope, dreams and great potential have been taken from us prematurely.  My thoughts and prayers are with those families in this very difficult time. Your loved ones will not be forgotten.  May the God of peace who surpasses all understanding be with you at this time and during the many terrible days ahead and may he hold you in the palm of His hand.

April 18, 2007, 10:31pm • Baldwin, NY • #24274

My deepest condolences to the families of the victims whom lost loved ones on this horrific day.  I can not image the depth of your grief.  May you find some comfort in knowing we share your grief and pain as we all come to terms with this senseless tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 10:31pm • Bloomington, Illinois • #24275

Words can not describe my feelings about Your loss.
Be strong and don’t give up. There is always hope we will have a more peaceful world shared with everyone.

Enika

April 18, 2007, 10:31pm • Montreal, Quebec, Canada • #24276

This Tarheel cries Hokie tears with you.  May God Bless and comfort all.

April 18, 2007, 10:31pm • Albemarle, NC • #24277

Wow my life was crushed when i herd this tragic news.This is one of the most horrible thing in my entire life.Dont give up friends ,family and students at Virginia Tech.God is good the sun will shine on the Hokies nation once again.God bless everyone that was affected by this tragic event.Virginia Tech will always be in my thoughts and prayers.To all the students and teachers that died.There now in a better place.One day we will join them in the kingdom of heaven.

God bless the Hokies nation

April 18, 2007, 10:31pm • Ashland kentucky • #24278

I was deeply saddened about the events that occurred on April 16, 2007. This act is done by people who do not care about others and who think they know better than others. Such people are hard to get in touch with.
I would encourage you all to read the King James Version of the Bible. It is a great book to read. God will be with you in times of trouble and whenever you need peace.
When I came to America, I was brought close to the bible and I used it in my life. God changed my life and I have peace in my heart. I will never give up my relationship with God.

I hope you all will do the same and form a great relationship with the Lord, attend a great Christian church and follow the real truth of the scriptures for years to come.

Sharon Philip

April 18, 2007, 10:31pm • Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA • #24279

All of us across the country share in your loss and bond with you in love and strength!

April 18, 2007, 10:31pm • Olathe, KS • #24280

I cannot express to all involved in this tragedy how much I grieve for their losses. I also grieve for the people that survived. I hope that they do not punish themselves for surviving as happens so often in cases like this. I have seen many of you during interviews on TV either falling apart or nearly falling apart. My advice to you is to go ahead and fall apart. You will somehow manage to pull yourselves back together until the next time you fall apart. Just take heart in the fact that those times will begin to space themselves further and further apart. It is what you need to do at this time. Everyone is in my thoughts and my heart. None of you, the ones that lost their lives or the ones that survived, will ever NOT be in my thoughts.
Donna M. Wilson and Family

April 18, 2007, 10:31pm • Strongsville, Ohio • #24281

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you deal with this terrible situation. I hope that you can feel the warmth of God’s love and support as you move past this tragedy. God Bless All of You!

Ashley Fisher

April 18, 2007, 10:31pm • Seattle, WA • #24282

There is no way to make sense of this. From Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, our hearts and minds are with you all. May you find what you need to deal with this tragedy, heal in your own times and live on.
“Perserverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things that cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little” - Plutarch

April 18, 2007, 10:31pm • Jamestown, NC • #24283

I am so deeply shocked by this shooting! All fellow students in my institute are talking about this tragedy. My prayers and thoughts go out to all the innocent victims and their parents!

April 18, 2007, 10:31pm • Fuzhou, China • #24284

May God heal the hearts of the survivors.

April 18, 2007, 10:31pm • Milwaukee, W • #24285

I visited Blacksburg briefly while driving from Tennessee to New York a few summers ago.  I drove through Virginia Tech’s campus on my way through, and I was struck by how gorgeous it is.  I remember thinking how similar it looked to my college campus, located 700 miles northeast in Massachusetts.  As I watch coverage of this senseless tragedy and try to comprehend it, it hits home because it forces us to realize that it could happen on ANY large college campus.  It’s truly a wake-up call for a young person like me.

Even though I did not personally know any of the victims, I am grieving with you over the loss of so many lives.  I assure you that I will always think of Virginia Tech as a beautiful, prestigious institution of learning, and I know that your community will be stronger now, in spite of the unbelievable pain you’re currently experiencing.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.  May G-d bless you all, and may each victim rest in peace.

April 18, 2007, 10:32pm • New York, NY, United States • #24286

God bless everyone effected by this tragedy.  My prayers are with you all

April 18, 2007, 10:32pm • Manchester UK • #24287

VA TECH your in our prayers. <3

April 18, 2007, 10:32pm • moyock, north carolina • #24288

I am a proud HOKIE alumni, and the tragic events that occured in an area where I called home for 4 years brings utter saddness to my heart.  I long for us all to heal, for us all to mourn together, and to grieve as a community--a community that spans the globe.  Blacksburg is an amazing town and nothing will EVER change that, God bless everyone!
Hokie Hokie Hokie HI Tech Tech VPI

--Kim

April 18, 2007, 10:32pm • Alexandria, VA • #24289

All of Corpus Christi Catholic School grieves for your loss and is praying that the peace of our Creator will cover all those who have had such a devastating loss in their lives.

April 18, 2007, 10:32pm • Colorado Springs • #24290

My heart and my prayers go to everyone who is affected by this tragic incident; And my deepest condolences to the families and love ones who has lost someone.

God Bless All.

Again, I strongly urge and hope your authories, government and leaders would seriously look into tightening your gun laws.

HW
Cheers

April 18, 2007, 10:32pm • Singapore • #24291

And even though I’m walkin’ through
The valley of the shadow
I will hold tight to the hand of Him
Whose love will comfort me
And when all hope is gone
And I’ve been wounded in the battle
He is all the strength that I will
Ever need
And He will carry me

~He Will Carry Me by Mark Schultz~

You are all in my thoughts and prayers daily.  Stay strong and know that we are all behind you in this time of need.  God Bless.

Brittany
Student
Clemson University

April 18, 2007, 10:32pm • Clemson, South Carolina • #24292

Dear Students, Staff, Families, and Friends,

My deepest sympathies to all of you who have lost a loved one.

Not a day has passed that I haven’t shed a tear during a news cast as the details of Monday’s tragic events unfold. We will never understand how a soul can become so lost or desperate, and driven to such senseless actions.

I feel a connection to VT through a family member who was a former student, co-workers’ children who were or are students, and a family friend who is a current student. I am no stranger to the Hokie spirit.

Your strength and resolve to honor those who were taken from you will sustain you now, and always as you cleanse the memories of this tragic event from your campus. Cling to, and take comfort in the heartwarming memories of those you carry in your hearts.

Have faith that your family member, your friends, and your colleagues have been rewarded with their place in Heaven.  They have no earthly struggles to face. Rather, they will enjoy eternal peace as angels who will watch over you.

I will be wearing my VT sweatshirt proudly, in support, on Friday. 

God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 10:32pm • #24293

I can’t even imagine what all of you are going through! We send our hearts, love and prayers to each and every one of you!! God Bless, have hope and be strong!

Chanda Willard & Mike Jolliff

April 18, 2007, 10:32pm • Fairmont, WV • #24294

Dear families and facultys of VT,

Our hearts and prayers are with all the student’s families and the facultys of VT that effected by the tragedy. May God be with each families and guides you through the difficult time ahead.

May God Bless you and Yours families!!

Saengchanh

April 18, 2007, 10:32pm • Khammouane, Laos • #24295

This is such a horrible tradegy. I have no words but be strong. Please know that the thoughts and prayers of millions of people are with you. Many of these people gave their lives to save others and you all should be proud to know someone that was that good of a person.

April 18, 2007, 10:32pm • Cape Cod, MA, USA • #24296

Out hearts go out ot each and everyone affected by this tragedy.  To all the families of the victims and all the wonded please know that our prayers are with each and everyone of you. God Bless You All!

Russell, Melissa Dylan

April 18, 2007, 10:32pm • Richlands Va. • #24297

My prayers are with the entire Virginia Tech community as you all go through this tragedy.  May God bless you all. 

Ebony

April 18, 2007, 10:32pm • Greensboro, NC • #24298

As a student at UCF, a tragedy like this hits home even from 3000 miles away. I can’t even begin imagine the pain and anguish the families of the victims feel;all I know is that I broke down when I heard about it on Monday and am still coping with it.I’m truly and deeply sorry for this horrific tragedy. May God keep you and watch over all of those who have suffered most because of this terrible event.

Carmen Birriel

April 18, 2007, 10:32pm • Orlando,FL • #24299

This is an unthinkable tragedy, and I pray that God light your life in this time of darkness, and to know that they are with our heavenly Father now in eternity, where they will never feel pain or sorrow, can hopefully comfort you, until you are reunited again. May God Bless you all.

The Ybarra Family

I’m Free
(Anonymous)

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

I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace 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
Oh 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 hearts and peace to thee
God wanted me now; He set me free.

April 18, 2007, 10:32pm • Cary, North Carolina • #24300

My heart goes out to everyone at Virginia Tech and to all the families who were directly affected by this horrific tragedy. My thoughts are with you.

Mirella

April 18, 2007, 10:32pm • Toronto, Ontario, Canada • #24301

Adequate words just fail me at this time, but I wanted you to know that a great many people are praying for you all.  As a New Yorker, it wasn’t all that long ago that we drew strength during a tragedy from the world, and now we hope you can feel the hope, love, and warmth of the world wrapping it’s collective arms around you. God bless you all.

The Morgado Family

April 18, 2007, 10:32pm • Woodhaven, New York • #24302

Life is not only precious but it is to be guarded.  It holds the most value in this world. Nothing else matters as much.  Remember these individuals for the lives they led. May God bless them and give them everlasting rest.

from Andy
student of Bloomsburg Univ. of Pennsylvania

April 18, 2007, 10:32pm • Bloomsburg,PA • #24303

Words cannot describe the sorrow inside.  32 souls.  32 people full of promise who were working to make the world a better place.  The selfish acts of just one person can send ripples through the world, touching those both near and far.  It’s limitless.

We are all connected, some way, some how.  Gunfire in a classroom rings loudly, still, in my home 3500 miles away from the scene.  Our mind’s eye transcends physics.  The resonation will be heard in the mind long after the ear hears nothing.

Prayers for those who lost their lives and prayers for the wounded.  Prayers for the families, friends.  Prayers for a better world for us all.  Prayers to carry on the dreams of those whose lives were taken.

I’m so, so sorry.  I cry with you.  I hope with you.  I pray with you.

April 18, 2007, 10:32pm • Seattle, WA 98115 • #24304

Our hearts and prayers go out to all those who have been touched by this terrible tragedy. My family and I cannot imagine the pain and suffering you are enduring. Words seem so insufficeint at this time. Please know though you feel that you are quite alone in your sorrow, you are surrounded by love and prayers from many you do not know, and may never know. We are so sorry for your losses. God Bless
Ann Marie Yezzi-Shareef, MS, LPC
Amanda and Jessica

April 18, 2007, 10:32pm • Erie, PA USA • #24305