Condolences, April 18, 2007

As an alumni who has continued to remain in the Blacksburg community I am still shaken about this sinceless horror.  The foundation that we have come to look back on fondly has been shaken, but not broken.  My prayers go out the the families of those murdered.  My hopes go out to those injured.  My firm belief goes out to the entire Hokie nation that we will overcome and learn from this trajedy so the Hokies that follow will remember, but not relive.

April 18, 2007, 10:38pm • Blacksburg, Virginia • #24406

Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. May GOD be with each and every one of you. Such a tradegy that has affected this whole nation. I am truly sorry for your lost. God Bless You again.

The Lopez/Salas Family

April 18, 2007, 10:38pm • Waxahachie, Texas • #24407

Our prayers go out to each and every person affected by this horrible tradgedy.  We send our deepest condolences to each and every one of you.  We pray that God will wrap each of you in His arms and comfort you.  God Bless…

Whitehead Family

April 18, 2007, 10:38pm • Big Spring, Texas • #24408

I would like to send my thoughts and prayers to all of those that have been affected by this horrific event.  You are all in my prayers and forever will be.  I’m am extremely sorry for your losses and may God Bless you all.  You will grow stronger and together move on.  God be with you.

GOD BLESS!!!

April 18, 2007, 10:38pm • Chicago, Illinois • #24409

I’m sooo sorry this had to happen to all of you. I can’t even imagine the hurt and pain you are going through but im praying for everyone involved. I know i wasn’t there but i feel like i was, i feel like my heart was torn too. I know you all are going through so much and i hope you start to go back to as normal of a life as you can. I pray for everyone there. God bless.

Whitney

April 18, 2007, 10:38pm • kettering, ohio • #24410

So sorry this had to happen to such innocent people im am praying for everybody at VT and the victims families as well

April 18, 2007, 10:39pm • Virginia • #24411

My best friend and I are college students in Knoxville TN. We cried as we watched the news. Those that passed have a purpose. They would want something positive to come of this. This has united all of us. We carry the Hokie spirit, and continue to pray for everyone effected.

April 18, 2007, 10:39pm • Knoxville, Tennessee • #24412

I can’t even begin to imagine the pain and loss you all are feeling at this time. Know that me and my Texas State University family send our deepest condolences to your Virginia Tech family and everyone else effected in this tragedy. May you all find the strength to go on. God Bless.

Allison D.

April 18, 2007, 10:39pm • San Marcos, Texas • #24413

In the face of this unfathomable tragedy, I cannot comprehend the depth of the pain being experienced by the families and friends of those who were lost.  I do know, however, that I feel a profound and crushing sadness, as does the rest of the Hokie Nation and indeed the world.  To the survivors- when you were attacked, we were attacked.  To the students- when your home was assaulted, our home was assaulted.  To the families and friends of the dead- your loss is our loss.  Please eventually take solace in the knowledge that it would be a deep mistake to view these events as meaningless.  In the past three days, millions are reminded that there are still heros in the world- that love and what unites us is stronger than hate and what divides us.  You have a family hundreds of thousands strong, and we mourn with you.  You have lost those dear to you, but they will not be forgotten and their memories will be honored for untold years to come.  The Hokie Nation is strong and we will heal together.  God bless you all and God bless VT.

Justin

Class of 2004

April 18, 2007, 10:39pm • Rockville, MD • #24414

Dear Ones,
Words cannot express adequately how much we ache for each and every one of you at Virginia Tech and all the folks that are connected with you and your families in Blacksburg and all around the world.  We are praying that our God through His precious Son Jesus will comfort you all in His everlasting arms and that he will uphold you through this valley of grief that you must pass through.  We also are praying that God will reveal His Love and that good will come from this very tragic situation.  Romans 8:28
With much love and deepest sympathy,
Pastor Hal Babcock and the congregation of Nashwaak Village Baptist Church
New Brunswick Canada

April 18, 2007, 10:39pm • Nashwaak Village, New Brunswick, Canada • #24415

My heart and prayers go out to all of you. We are all praying for you and grieving for your loss. May God bless all of you. LET’S GO HOKIES!

Cindy David, age 21, from The University of Michigan

April 18, 2007, 10:39pm • #24416

TO The staff,students,and family’s of those who lost loved ones on April,16,07 may god bless each of you at this time of sorrow.our prayers and thoughts are with each of you students and your family.stay storng and go forward for you will learn so much from this horriable tragadey.from the home of mike and vivian burnette.

April 18, 2007, 10:39pm • lawrenceville Georgia USA • #24417

I am keeping all of you in my prayers. This was such a horrible day for you all. Know that God is keeping all of you in His hands. I pray for peace in your lives. Know that there are so many people praying for you, so many thinking of you and your families and friends. We will definitely be wearing Orange and Maroon for you on Friday 4/20.

Karen

April 18, 2007, 10:39pm • Waterford, Pennsylvania • #24418

Please know we share your horrible loss and lift you in prayer.

Conaway Family(Texas)

April 18, 2007, 10:39pm • Texas • #24419

V-Tech

Remember and celebrate those lives who were taken too early. Their stories and spirits should be the focus. Your community is strong and couragous. Please know that the whole world mourns and prays with you. You are the light in this tragedy. You represent the young generation and I am proud!!! God Bless. My family and community parays for you and your loss.

Denise McKee
H.S. Teacher

April 18, 2007, 10:39pm • Kingsport, TN • #24420

Why you Americans can get a gun so easily? It’s the time to think about this question!!

April 18, 2007, 10:39pm • Nanjing, Jiangsu, China • #24421

To the VTech faculty,students,community and parents:

One never realizes how precious the life of another one is until something trageic happens.  I offer my deepest coldonces to the families and loved ones who lost their lives on this tragic and horrible day. Those who lost their lives will never be forgotten. For those who will have this day forever implanted in their memory....remember what professor Givoanni said YOU ARE THE HOOKIES!!!

God bless you all..may god be with for you are in my thougths and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 10:39pm • Petersburg, VA • #24422

I am so sad to hear what happen.  May God Bless each and everyone involved and affected by this tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers are with all the families. 
Lorena Ramirez
and Ramirez Family
Barge-Lincoln Elementary

April 18, 2007, 10:39pm • Yakima, Washington US • #24423

Although I never attended VT, please know my thoughts and prayers are with all the victims, their families, and everyone at VT!

April 18, 2007, 10:39pm • Plainview, NY • #24424

My heart goes out to the family and friends of all the people that passed away sadly on Monday and to all the students at Virginia Tech. When I heard what happened, I just couldnt believe it. I started to cry because I just couldnt believe something like that would happen. I just want you all at Virgnia Tech to know that you all our in my thoughts and my prays. Like President Bush said,"People who’ve you never met you are praying for you. That is true. Ive never met any of you, but I am praying for all of you at Virginia Tech.

-Samantha

April 18, 2007, 10:39pm • Novato, California • #24425

It is so sad that this happened. I seriously believe that VT will be able to make it through this challenge even stronger. Thank you so much for letting us be part of your university, if even for a day.

Go Hokies :]

April 18, 2007, 10:39pm • Charlotte, North Carolina • #24426

May the Lord bless and keep each of you in this most desperate time of need. May the Lord shine his countenance upon you that you may know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many at this time. Know that as each of you go through this, that each of you are never far from the hearts of the nation who mourn with you. May you someday find peace and understanding but know that you will never be forgotten.

April 18, 2007, 10:39pm • Nashville, Tennessee • #24427

This Mountaineer alum is proudly standing as a Hokie today!  My thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with the victims, their families, and the entire Virginia Tech Community.  We are Virginia Tech…

Godspeed!

John Mainella

April 18, 2007, 10:39pm • Fishers, Indiana • #24428

I would like to express my deepest sympathy for the unimaginable grief that all of you must feel. I pray that the day will soon come when it hurts a little less and you can begin to find comfort and hope from those around you. Those whose lives were taken will not be forgotten.
God bless each and every one of you.

April 18, 2007, 10:40pm • Madison, WI • #24429

My husband is a 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech who lived in the Ambler-Johnston dormitory for two years.  The university is a very special place for us.  It is where we met, where we had our first date, and where we spend many of our weekends each fall, cheering on the Hokie football team.  Though I am not a VT graduate myself, I have been a Hokie in my heart for years, and will remain so.

We were both deeply saddened to hear the news of this devastating tragedy.  Our prayers and thoughts are with the survivors, and with all of those who lost their loved ones.

Let’s continue to show the world how great our university is, and demonstrate Hokie Respect.  We will never forget.

We pray that God will forever bless Virginia Tech and all of those who love it.

April 18, 2007, 10:40pm • Ashburn, VA • #24430

May God be with all the victims’ families throught this difficult time they have to go through. Not only with the families but the entire Virginia Tech Community. No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with everyone affected as you begin to grieve. Virginia Tech will never be the same. My prayers are with you. May God bless and keep you.

-Matthew

April 18, 2007, 10:40pm • Roanoke, Va • #24431

My Deepest Sympathy for all the families and everyone that attended this University.Our hearts and prayers go out to each and every one of you.God Bless all the Famlies,may God be with you.

April 18, 2007, 10:40pm • South Gate,CA • #24432

Would that 100,000 messages of love bring back just one of these souls, then I would write 3 million times myself. This anguish is felt by so many.

What lessons can be learned here…

Hug your children and bolster them up, everyday. My heart aches with those parents, family and friends who lost loved one. Please accept my deepest sympathy and find strength in those around you.

Gregory Lull

April 18, 2007, 10:40pm • Portland, Maine • #24433

You’re in my prayers.

Jimena

April 18, 2007, 10:40pm • Mexico City • #24434

I love you Erin Peterson. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You are going to be missed by many...I can’t stop thinking about you and how we just partied together the other day, how i just saw you at the gym and you introduced me to your gateway kids, how we were at cori’s party together…
All these memories that keep coming to my head make me miss you more and more. But I know that you are in a better place now. You are truley an Angel. I love you so much!! I’m just sad that I did not get to say goodbye…

Love You

April 18, 2007, 10:40pm • Blacksburg, Va • #24435

Family and friends of the individuals who lost their lives that fateful day may find solace in the fact that those killed will not be remembered for the way they died, but for how they lived their lives to the fullest.

The unnamed victim of this senseless act is Virginia Tech’s innocence, which through time and healing will one day be regained.

Mike Hannigan VPI&SU BArch ‘94

April 18, 2007, 10:40pm • Philadelphia, PA • #24436

My heart goes out to all of you. God bless all the families.

April 18, 2007, 10:40pm • Chicago, Illinois • #24437

I am a student at the University of Memphis, where we held a moment of silence for you. This could truely happen at any school and so I want to send my deepest sympathy to the families, friends, students, and employees at the school. I know it effects all of you just how it has me. I hope America moves together to help you morn. God bless everyone!! My Deepest Love~

April 18, 2007, 10:40pm • Tara Memphis, TN • #24438

My heart is heavy. My prayers are with you all. Today I am a Hokie.

April 18, 2007, 10:40pm • Roanoke, VA • #24439

I will continue to pray for all Hokies old and new, especially for those who have lost their lives and those who lost loved ones.  May the Lord bless you and your families today and always.  maria, class of ‘91

April 18, 2007, 10:40pm • Burke, VA • #24440

Our hearts and prayers are with you all at Virginia Tech. It is a shocking incident that has truly affected us here in Australia. God bless you all we are praying for you!!!!
Paige and Cam

April 18, 2007, 10:40pm • Ballarat, Australia • #24441

To all those lost , their families, friends, and Virginia Tech,

We are so sorry for your loss, and our prayers are with you. I(Greg)often say we’re only on loan from the good Lord...he just wanted them back. Have faith knowing they are all at peace. Our hearts are so full of sorrow, but this too shall pass. Please always remember you are loved, and we will never forget.

Greg and Tammy

April 18, 2007, 10:40pm • Atlanta, Georgia • #24442

My heart goes out to all the family of the victims in this tragedy.  There is no way to really answer the question as to “WHY” this would happen, but as Americans we come together when a situation like this happens and we love each other without prejiduce.  It is my hope that each and every student understands this country is behind them, and in some way is able to recover from this.  May God touch each and every heart that has been a part of this terrible tragedy.  Without faith, a heart cannot heal.

“In every situation take the shield of faith and with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one” Ephesians 6:16 HCSB

April 18, 2007, 10:40pm • Corbin, KY. • #24443

Never Let Go

The halls now silent
Candles light the way
Prayers of the many
Struggling for what to say

Strangers unite
Hands joined as one
Comfortless tears
From all that was done

Yet within these walls
We will find laughter again
Despite our fears
With the strength of our tears

We are one
Even when others see us apart
It is here we come together
Oh yes, we are one

Once a Hokie
A Hokie we will always be
There is nothing stronger
Than our Hokie family

Never let their memory fade
Let their beauty shine on
Embrace success – continue to grow
And never – ever let go

G. Barry Hamann©
April 18, 2007

Though I am not a Hokie graduate I am so touched by your strength. These above humble words were written for you. May God’s peace and blessings embrace all of you. George

April 18, 2007, 10:40pm • Poquoson, Virginia, United States of America • #24444

My thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty and families of Virginia Tech. No words can be said to make this horrible time feel any better.  Stay close together and take each day one at a time. Time will heal.  God Bless You All.

CJB

April 18, 2007, 10:40pm • Pennville, NJ • #24445

I send my prayers out to all of the families and friends who lost their loved ones. This is a day that will never be forgotten. God Bless the Virginia Tech community

April 18, 2007, 10:40pm • Hillsdale, New Jersey • #24446

My heartfelt sympathy to all for this tragic event.God bless you all!!

Elias K.

April 18, 2007, 10:40pm • Montreal,Quebec,Canada • #24447

Hi, I’m just a Mom sharing your grief.  I will hug my kids extra special tonight.  God Bless each and every one of you.

Tricia
Laguna Hills, CA

April 18, 2007, 10:40pm • #24448

To all who lost friends and loved ones my heart goes out to you at this time of mourning. I served in Iraq and have lost friends to this type of action. Now is the time to be strong for each other. Remember your friends share your stories about them let the world know who they are. This is the greatest gift you can give yourselves and their famalies. May god bless you and comfort you in your time of need.

SPC. Kelly and Barbara Orton
U.S. Army & CTU students

April 18, 2007, 10:40pm • San Antonio Texas USA • #24449

Nikki Giovanni said it best in her poem at the end of the convocation yesterday.

Through our blood and tears
Through all this sadness
We are the Hokies
We will prevail
We will prevail
We will prevail
We are Virginia Tech

I must say the last time I’ve seen this school pull together like this was 9/11/2001. On that fateful day in September, Tech united to support those members of our community who were affected, and those in other communities that were devastated. On Monday, our community needed support, and the rest of the world came to our aid.

The first steps on the path to recovery came after the above words were spoken on Tuesday afternoon. At that time, when Cassell Coliseum and Lane Stadium erupted with cheers of “Let’s Go Hokies”. Granted this road will not be short, the lights of the road ahead have been lit. “We are Virginia Tech, We will prevail.”

To those that experienced great loss on Monday, the entire Hokie Nation is with you, and is there to support you. Everyone affected is in our thoughts and prayers.

VT Alumnus
Class of 2005

April 18, 2007, 10:41pm • Herndon, Virginia • #24450

I know that words cannot express the sorrow that myself and my husband felt when we saw everthing on the tv.just wanted you all to know that our thoughts and prayers are with each and everone of you at this hard time.
dave and Denise Peterson

April 18, 2007, 10:41pm • Sheffield,Pa. • #24451

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, staff and everyone affected in this tragic event! Keep God first and He will take care of all things

April 18, 2007, 10:41pm • Greenville, NC • #24452

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Losing any of my friends or classmates would be absolutely devastating. The courage that all of the students at Virginia Tech have displayed over the past 48 hours speaks volumes as to the character of Virginia Tech students. I look at each of you as a hero and hope that you will soon feel ease knowing your fellow students are in good hands. I will keep all of you in my prayers. God bless you!

April 18, 2007, 10:41pm • Augusta, Georgia USA • #24453

Nuestras condolencias a V-Tech y su gente, desde Hermosillo, Mexico

TCA Group

April 18, 2007, 10:41pm • Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico • #24454

This tragedy has touched everyone in the World and especially everyone associated with Virginia Tech-even after having graduated from VT 4 years ago this has affected me deeply. With such a strong sense of community, Virginia Tech students, staff, family and alumni will come out of this tragedy as stronger than before. While at Virginia Tech, students learn what it’s like to be part of such a large family and community.  While our lives will never be the same, we will learn to live with what has happened and all be thankful that we have the privilege of being Hokies.  I feel very strongly in saying that every Hokie has felt pain within the past couple of days whether or not directly related to a victim, after all we are Hokies, we are a family.  I received a text message on my cell phone yesterday from fellow Hokie Alumni which sums up the Virginia Tech family, “As hokies, we played 2gether and stayed 2gether...now let’s pray 4 our fellow hokies who lost their lives 2day.”

Brittany Voigt ‘03
Communication Studies

April 18, 2007, 10:41pm • Columbus, OH • #24455