Condolences, April 18, 2007

Perhaps, the word sobriety may take on a whole new meaning on college campuses from now on, as the next hazily-drunken stupor felt may not be resulting from alcohol, but rather from the intoxicating combination of fractured homes, lost loved ones and shattered dreams.

Go Hokies!

Anthony A. Choman
Florida Atlatnic University

April 18, 2007, 10:47pm • Boca Raton, Florida • #24556

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to all effected by this deep dark tragedy. I only wish this could have been prevented. I ask what could’ve been done to stop this. Our country needs to re-examine our approach to ones with mental disabilities. Though it is not the time to finger point; it is time to heal and prevent re-occurance. I hope the families and friends effected can eventually begin to live agian. I will pray for all of you. Remeber, “God is even here”.

April 18, 2007, 10:47pm • Clarksville Va • #24557

God Bless all of you.  Strength will come from each other to heal from this tragedy.  Living in a small community that was recently highlighted for a suicide in the HS, When the spotlight goes away, remeber to seek out help if you need to talk.

lada

April 18, 2007, 10:47pm • Wyndmoor, PA • #24558

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless each and every one of you. Please know we all share your grief.

April 18, 2007, 10:47pm • South Windsor, CT • #24559

Our thoughts & prayers are with each and every one of you! Stay strong!

April 18, 2007, 10:47pm • Dubuque, Iowa • #24560

Hokieland,

I just want to let you all know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers for the past 3 days and I will continue to pray for everyone who was affected by this awful tragedy.  I have a cousin at VT and I thank the good Lord that he was not harmed, but it makes me realize how thankful we all should be for everyday we have on this earth.  I think I represent all of my classmates at N.C. State when I say God Bless you all and continue to hang in there. 

Grayson

April 18, 2007, 10:47pm • Raleigh, NC • #24561

I am a Baptist pastor, and want to express my deepest sympathies to all affected by this tragedy.  My thoughts are especially with the victim’s families.  I hope the entire campus knows America is praying for you! May God grant you peace during this difficult time.

April 18, 2007, 10:47pm • Florence, KY • #24562

To the families who lost their loved ones and the Virginia Tech Family - You will forever be in our hearts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 10:47pm • Chehalis, WA • #24563

May the joy these angels brought your life be your reason to smile. May you always carry the love they gave you in your heart. May you find the strength to believe God will take care of them now. These angels should be what we talk about~what we remember~and who we will never forget.

In my thoughts, prayers and heart...you all remain.

God Bless,
Tina Dushaj

April 18, 2007, 10:47pm • Michigan • #24564

My prayers go out to all of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Virginia Tech.  May all of the families and friends who lost loved ones find peace and comfort in support from others across the globe.  We will never forget the beautiful people lost.
My heart and prayers go out to all of you.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • Wilmington, DE • #24565

To All in the Virgina Tech Family,

May your hearts be filled with grace, peace, love, courage and strength as all around the world hold you in our hearts and prayers.

Your strength and determination to overcome is an inspiration to us all.

Be Well

Donald Doak

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • West Newbury, MA • #24566

we would like to share our condolences to the families and loved ones effected by this tragic event.This will never be forgotten and we will always remember the lives that were selfishly taken.Our prayers go out to you all effected.Bevin and Dena Lock

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • Dallas TX / Rotorua New Zealand • #24567

To all those effected by the tradegy at VT.
Our thoughts and preyars are with you.  Be strong.  As hard as it may seem right now, we will all rise above this and prevail.

Alumni 2001

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • Chicago, IL • #24568

I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the Virginia Tech University family, friends and loved ones who were touched by this tragedy. I have a 21 yr old son away at college and can not imagine your sorrow, but pray that God can touch your hearts to ease all the pain.

The Brown Family

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • san antonio, tx • #24569

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.  God listens to our prayers - I am praying for strength & love to be showered down on you.  May God Bless each and everyone of you.

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #24570

My thoughts and prayers are with the Virginia Tech community, family, friends and victims of the horrible tragedy.
Sincere condolences and love,
Kaylee Mae

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • Santa Cruz, California • #24571

To the families of the slain professors and students, the students and faculty of Virginia Tech, and community of Blacksburg, VA.  My husband and I along with our two daughters lived in Virginia for 13 years until the Fall of 1979 and still hold Virginia close to our hearts.

My husband and I were at choir practice at First Baptist Church, Richardson, TX tonight and wanted you to know you are on our prayer list.

We are practicing for a ‘Prayer Musical’ by Gary Rhodes to be sung on May 6 and as we sang this particular prayer (song) the thought struck me that it is altogether profound and appropriate for you for whatever faith you are to deal with what you are each going through.

The title: Be Still, My Soul

Be still my sould, the Lord is on thy side; bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.  Leave to they God to order and provide. In every change He faithful will remain.  Be still my soul!  thy best, thy dearest Friend--- through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

May God hold you in his bosom until you weep no more.  We will be thinking of you and praying for you.

Ray and Joan Cummings

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • Richardson, TX • #24572

May the Holy Spirit fill you and comfort you in this time of deep sorrow.

Amanda Graves
student, McKendree College

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • Lebanon, IL • #24573

im very sorry for the families and people who were deeply affected by this tradgedy and lost amazing young adults and teachers. my condolences go out to you and your families and may god be with all of you.
-caitlin

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • tracy • #24574

I am American student studying abroad in China, and my family just now informed me of the tragedy at your school.  I am so very sorry for the students’ families, friends and the staff at Virginia Tech.  I live with three Korean students in my international dorm, and they extend their deepest sympathies as well.  Please know that people from all over the world have you in their prayers.

Shara

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • Shenzhen, China • #24575

I pray that you will take to heart the many people who are praying for all of you. I pray that such would encourage you and perhaps bring a smile to your faces to know that so many care. God bless you and keep you in His hands. “He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds” Psalm 147:3.

Alicia

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • Temecula, California • #24576

I don’t want to talk about the evil that made this all happen. This is for the brave students who went through this and are helping each other get by each day.  This is for the honorable teachers who lent their hearts, soul, and even, sadly, their life to help protect and guide their students through this. The good that comes out of this evil is what counts.  My positive thoughts and well-wishes are with you Virginia Tech.

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • Newport Beach, CA • #24577

The Manning family would like to also offer our condolences to the families and loved ones who are grieving.

As a school teacher and college graduate myself, I grieve with you.  I share your tears, and hope that my prayers reach your heart and ease your pain. 

God Bless,

Kris Manning 8th Grade Science Teacher, A&M Grad

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • Pasadena, TX • #24578

May the Lord keep you in his prayers as I will for the coming days. No one can take away the pain you are feeling but know that we will pray for you.

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • Pennsylvania • #24579

May god bless all those innocent

Amadou gagny lah

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • california 15419 • #24580

Dear Virginia Tech Family,

There is no earthly sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Be encouraged, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Abdul EL-Amin, M. Min.,
GCU Graduate Student
Education Leadership

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • Lauderdale Lakes, Florida USA • #24581

To Virginia Tech,

I am so sorry for the loss of loved ones during this tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Palvih Bhana
University of South Florida

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • Tampa, FL • #24582

To the families and students who lost loved ones,
I cannot express my sorrow upon hearing of this harrowing event on your campus. I have two brothers who attend virginia tech and were on campus during the shooting but by God’s grace were kept in His hands out of harm’s way. I struggle with thoughts of why He spared my family and friends but did not spare others. I thank God every day for all I’ve been given. I do not deserve it.
May God bless and keep you,
Emily

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA • #24583

We are praying for you all.  I pray that God will give you comfort and peace.

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • Missouri • #24584

I am shocked and horrified like the rest of the world on this terrible tragedy that happened.
My prayers and condolences to the students families and to all the bereaved.

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • USA • #24585

VT Family - I cannot believe this has happened again or that these tragedies can continue to happen in our society, and yet the shock still seems so raw each time you hear that something this awful did indeed happen.

Zach Petkewicz - I saw your interview on Today.  You are a brave soul - take care of yourself to heal & keep moving forward.

To all the victims - you are in my prayers.  We are less without you today.

Keep moving forward VT. 

~Lisa

April 18, 2007, 10:48pm • Iowa • #24586

Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, their friends and their families, and all who feel loss and sorrow in this time of tragedy and grief.

Michelle & JC

April 18, 2007, 10:49pm • Las Vegas, NV • #24587

Both of my children are attending college and we just want to tell you all that you are in our thoughts and prayers!!!!! Go Hokies! If there is anything we can do, we will check the website often for ideas.
Darcie,

April 18, 2007, 10:49pm • Longbranch, WA • #24588

I would like to take this time to offer my condolences to the friends and families of the loved ones who were lost.  Also, to all that were involved in this horrific event.  God Bless all of you.
Jenny S

April 18, 2007, 10:49pm • Roanoke, VA • #24589

May God bless all of you…

April 18, 2007, 10:49pm • OK • #24590

I have been watching you all the last 60 hours with a very heavy heart and have been praying for you and the great institution that is Virginia Tech at every moment. I know that my words are dwarfed by the sheer magnitude of your grief, but that sadness and confusion is both yours and ours, the nation’s, and the world’s. My school is far different in just about every aspect from Virginia Tech, and I am in awe and admiration of the strength and unity you have shown throughout this painful week, and the collective spirit that you have summoned to help yourselves and all who are now reaching out to you deal with this calamity. You have inspired us all as human beings in this time of sorrow. Even in the wake of the losses you have undoubtedly suffered more directly than anyone else, you must stay strong, keep the faith you have shown the world that you have in Virginia Tech, and you will prevail.

Those lost will never be forgotten. They were remarkable people, and you must rebuild your lives in their memory, and continue your studies and careers with the spirit they left behind. God bless you.

April 18, 2007, 10:49pm • Princeton, NJ • #24591

I’m from New Mexico, and I’ve been praying since Monday. My thoughts and prayers are with you all dealing with this tragedy. God bless to the people that lost their lives that day. Lift up your hearts, and your spirits.

Shane Vigil

April 18, 2007, 10:49pm • Portales, New Mexico • #24592

My God be with all the families and friends of those at VT. I pray that the healing can begin for all of you. God bless you all.

Mechell

April 18, 2007, 10:49pm • Fayetteville NC • #24593

I am still proud to be a Hokie. Everyone at Tech is apart of one family.

April 18, 2007, 10:49pm • Bayville, NJ - 2007 • #24594

Words seem inadequate in trying to express the depth of pain and sorrow we share with you during these times.  Blacksburg was my home for 5 years, and I share in the violation you must endure.  I weep with you, I grieve with you.  Take courage, though, you families who have lost, you administrators seeking to serve, and fellow alumni and friends in our collective sorrow, for

“weeping lasts for a moment,
but joy comes in the morning!”

God bless you.

Jonathan Judy ‘92

April 18, 2007, 10:49pm • Newport News, VA • #24595

Those of us in the Edmond, OK community grieve with you.

April 18, 2007, 10:49pm • Edmond, OK • #24596

To all Hokies-
Your loss has been felt across the nation. Because of this tragedy, we all count ourselves as Hokies and we are praying for you continuously.

“And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly.  Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed.  They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better.  For they existed.”
-An excerpt from Maya Angelou’s “When Great Trees Fall.”

April 18, 2007, 10:49pm • Boone, NC • #24597

May God strengthen those affected by this horrible tragedy and may the VT community become the conduit of God’s love and healing peace, reaching out to those families and their friends in need.

Out of the sadness and tears, may VT rise above, to lead all of the universities in this country in cutting edge ways to better protect and support it’s students and staff, so that those killed did not die in vain.

I have a special place in my heart for Virginia Tech—both of my children graduated with bachelor’s degrees in the past 6 years from VT.

April 18, 2007, 10:49pm • Charlottesville, VA • #24598

May God be with each and every one of you. My prayers go out to all the families and friends. God Bless

Henry Family

April 18, 2007, 10:49pm • Kansas City, Mo • #24599

To those who lost their loved ones on monday I extend my sincerest condolences.May there never be a day when somthing as tragic as this happens.
Whatever you do do not let go of the Hokie spirit.
Go Hokies!

April 18, 2007, 10:50pm • virginia • #24600

I spent 2 years as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech and always remember the wonderful friends I made there.  I am so sorry for your loss and pray for all the families who are mourning the loss of a loved one.  My heart goes out to you.

April 18, 2007, 10:50pm • Santa Ana, CA • #24601

May God bless and keep all of those who lost a loved one on this tragic day in our history. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. To the students and faculty of VT, you have shown this great nation what true spirit means. May God bless you and keep you as you begin the next chapter. Let’s go Hokies!

L Lewis

April 18, 2007, 10:50pm • Virginia • #24602

My condolences go out to the families and loved ones of the victims of Monday’s tragic event, as well as the current students, faculty and alumni touched by the tragedy. Although I am currently in New York, I am an alumni of another VA school, JMU, an Asian-American and a native Northern Virginian so this event hits close to home. My memories of Virginia Tech include friendly and talented students always willing to help out each other and the local community, spirited football games that could have passed for the Superbowl and a small-town community in which you felt safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to the VT students, faculty, families and community. The VT community is a strong one and although it has forever changed, my hope is that VT will always be remembered for its resilent, talented students and academic excellence.

April 18, 2007, 10:50pm • New York, NY • #24603

God Is Good All The Time, And All The Time God Is Good!!!  Although none of us will ever understand the WHY we must trust that God makes no mistakes and look to him for comfort and understanding.  Continue to stay strong and united, you are all in my prayers.  God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 10:50pm • Roanoke, VA • #24604

I am so sorry for what happened at your campus. It was so sad to see all the hurt that your families are going through. I will keep you in my prayers and hope that God’s strength and love will ease the pain. 
-Christina

April 18, 2007, 10:50pm • Corpus Christi, Texas • #24605