Condolences, April 18, 2007

My family and I want you....the students, faculty, friends and family members of those lost,to know that we truly send our deepest condolences to you.  Our hearts break for you and pray that you somehow fine peace.  I cannot even fathom what you are going through. 

As a native Virginian, I am proud of Va Tech and how you all have handled this unimaginable event.  Stay strong, we are all there with you.  We will all be wearing maroon and orange Friday in memory and respect for the students lost.  We will wear those colors with pride.  And not just our family will do this...but there is widespread talk of this all in the DC area.  Its all for you....

April 18, 2007, 11:32pm • Springfield, Virginia • #25256

From a Tennessee Tech alum...I want you to know that you are in the hearts, minds and prayers of this campus and city.  I am angry at the loss of such talented people of all ages.  I am confused by such an evil presence.  I’m inspired by the words of Nikki Giovanni and will stand with you, as a partner in this sorrow.  On Friday, I will mourn with you and wear your school colors in this land of TTU purple and gold.  To all associated with your great university...may God bless you and keep you.  Becky

April 18, 2007, 11:32pm • Cookeville, TN USA • #25257

May God bless each and every one of you at Virginia Tech, and to the families who lost loved ones my thoughts and prayers go out to you.  “Today we are all Hokies”, GOD BLESS!  Tessa

April 18, 2007, 11:32pm • Georgia • #25258

My father graduated from VT in 1950 and both of my brothers are VT graduates as well, so we truly love the school.  I am deeply saddened by the horrendous events of Monday morning. April 16 would have been my dad’s 82nd birthday and had he been alive, he would have been devastated by this. My love and prayers go out to all the wonderful students and faculty - I pray for their healing.  I am so sorry this happened.

April 18, 2007, 11:32pm • Chesapeake, VA • #25259

God bless the entire VT family.

April 18, 2007, 11:32pm • Memphis, TN • #25260

To all that are hurting,

My heart bleeds for your loss and my eyes weep over this tragedy. As we mourn those whose lives who were senselessly taken let us remember the wonderful lives they led.

You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,
Melissa P.

April 18, 2007, 11:32pm • Atascadero, California • #25261

I am deeply touched by this disaster.....WHY? is the most frequent question that continuously go throught my mind, I would like to give my conolences and sympathy to all the friends and familys of all victoms.....god bless.

April 18, 2007, 11:32pm • Newfoundland, Canada • #25262

VT:
My Family is praying for your family.  My kids are sending special prayers to heaven just for you.  April 16,2007 will never be forgotten.  Peace and Blessings to you all.

April 18, 2007, 11:32pm • Washington, DC USA Ktrena • #25263

To Our VT family,

May God heal our pain. We love you all!

Go Hokies!!!

Joe & Chris

April 18, 2007, 11:33pm • #25264

We might not understand why this happen, but God has a purpose for everything that happens in this world, He is in control...my condolences are with you...God bless you!

April 18, 2007, 11:33pm • Mexico • #25265

Lets all stick together.  I’m praying for the entire Hokie nation.  Charles DiRico Class of 2004

April 18, 2007, 11:33pm • Cullowhee, NC • #25266

It seems violence causes not only destruction, but sorrow and mourn.

Andrew

April 18, 2007, 11:33pm • Shawnee, KS • #25267

How do you say anything that might help?  I mourn not only for all the deaths, but for all the potential that is gone, from the professors sharing their knowledge to all the hopes and dreams of the students.  I have 2 children in college and can’t even begin to imagine what you are going through.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all.  I may not know any of you, but we are all “family” and your loved ones will not be forgotten. 
Carol

April 18, 2007, 11:33pm • Racine, WI • #25268

At the time of my writing, there are 261 pages of condolences, words of prayer and faith for a most deserving ‘nation’… the Hokie Nation!  I am certain this number will seem miniscule in a very short time for there is an entire world of people praying for you all!  Though I could never begin to express my sorrow for your tragedy, know that you all (the friends, family and loved ones of the victims, the students, administration and faculty of VT and the Blacksburg community) are in my heart and my prayers.  You have amazed the entire world with your strength and loyalty and no doubt, have made God’s newest Angels proud!  Stand tall for your school, for your fellow students, for your fallen brothers and sisters and for YOURSELF - May God grant you peace and consolation.  Robin Cocklin and Family

April 18, 2007, 11:33pm • Gilbert, South Carolina USA • #25269

To everyone in the Hokie Community and especially the students, staff and families of the victims-
GOD BLESS YOU ALL
May you find strength and comfort to get you through this difficult time

April 18, 2007, 11:33pm • Virginia Beach, VA • #25270

I had the opprotunity to visit Va Tech when I was looking at colleges. It was and still is a beautiful campus with friendly and wonderful people. Although I chose to go to school in my home state of Delaware, I still feel a connection to Va Tech because I have had friends who have attended there and a few friends who are currently enrolled there. My thoughts and prayers are with the students, staff, and community of Virginia Tech. GO HOKIES!!!

April 18, 2007, 11:33pm • Newark, Delaware • #25271

How could an individual that is so deeply troubled purchase 2 guns.  Innocent, promising lives were lost due to an inability to protect us from those who are a danger to themselves or others. There is blood on many hands.  Rest in peace as you cross the rainbow bridge into heaven. May we all learn from this.

April 18, 2007, 11:33pm • Punta Gorda, Fl. • #25272

May to love of God give you and your families comfort during this troubled time in your lives.

April 18, 2007, 11:33pm • North Carolina • #25273

Our hearts break for you.  Focus on the good memories of these that were lost.  Find solace in your family and friends.  Remember that no matter what happens, you are loved and supported by many you don’t know and will never meet.  Many students may consider not finishing their degrees, but please don’t quit.  These lost would not want you to quit.  Graduate in their honor.

Darren, Karmen, and Nathan Andrews

April 18, 2007, 11:33pm • Perkins, OK / USA • #25274

dear god watch and protect over all of the families involved in this horrible tragedy not in just this situation but keep us all safe and from harms way. virginia tech our hearts and preyers are with you.  love to all.  amen

April 18, 2007, 11:33pm • oklahoma city oklahoma • #25275

From a Buckeye to the Hokies: My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time and as you move forward. God Bless!

April 18, 2007, 11:34pm • Columbus, OH • #25276

My thoughts and prayers are with the Virginia Tech community and the families of those lost in this senseless tragedy. 

Patrick G. Bryant

April 18, 2007, 11:34pm • Gulfport, FL • #25277

I do not attend Virginia Tech nor do I know anyone that goes to school there. Since Monday night I have been feeling distraught and at a loss of words about everything I have heard from others and seen on the news. Last night I was unable to rest my head on my pillow and fall asleep. For everyone who has lost a friend or family member, may god bless you. This will pass, but I want everyone to know you are all heros and you are all in our hearts. This has effected our entire country. I feel pain even though I don’t know any of you. May you find strength and unity again. Tragety can only bring people closer together when they feel there is nothing left elsewhere. I say my prayers for you.

-Samantha R.

April 18, 2007, 11:34pm • Westchester, New York / United States • #25278

my prayers goes out to the familys that lost their loved one and to the surviors,god rest the souls of the students that lost their lives.

April 18, 2007, 11:34pm • Edmonton,Alberta,Canada • #25279

It is a time to pray and listen and see so that we learn more how all of us work in the order of life. I hope all touched by this terible ordeal will be better as time allows

April 18, 2007, 11:34pm • warren, mi • #25280

Your pain has become ours. You are not alone in your grief, for we are asking in prayer for a healing of all your hurt and a recovery that will strengthen your faith. May God touch each with His presence and love.
Pastor Chuck Trent

April 18, 2007, 11:34pm • N. Tazewell, Va. • #25281

To the Virginia Tech Community and to everybody.

In Spanish, becouse it´s esaier for me, from mexico:

En medio de la conmocion que una notica asi puede causar y con el corazon en la mano, reciban mis abrazos sinceros y oremos por que Dios nos guarde del mal.

BEPM

April 18, 2007, 11:34pm • Mexico • #25282

From the Huskers in Nebraska to the Hokies at Virginia Tech hang on to your parents, family, friends, boyfriends, girlfriends. You sound like a strong close group of great people and everyone is thinking about everyone one of you and praying for everyone of you. God bless all of you!

April 18, 2007, 11:34pm • Grand Island, Nebraska • #25283

Living in southwest VA, VT is a large part of our culture.  We know many people that attend and that have graduated from VT and this hits home for us.  Everyone that was effected by this tradegy will be in our thougths and prayers… God Bless and remember we are thinking of everyone....

Brandon and Kristi Dickenson

April 18, 2007, 11:34pm • Wise VA • #25284

My deepest condolences and prayers go out to all of the individuals affected by this terrible tragedy. Through times like this when we don’t know why just remember they are all watching us from above now in eternal peace and harmony.

Temnit Donnelly

April 18, 2007, 11:34pm • Albany, NY • #25285

My thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty, staff, administrators and their families. I hope and pray that God will continue to show his incredible grace and mercy through this terrible tragedy. May you find peace during these difficult times.

Wendy

April 18, 2007, 11:34pm • Redlands, CA • #25286

In regards to the horrible events that took place on Monday, my heart and many others’ in and around my area go out to any and everyone who was effected by this tragedy. There are no words to express the grief and sorrow we all feel for you. Even though it may be difficult, keep looking ahead as God is watching over and protecting those faculty and students who lost their lives and their familys who are grieving now. No one ever deserves to experience what they are now and I hope and pray nothing like this will happen again.

But as well, we all know where the horrible person who commited these sinful acts is now.

May you all be blessed as we will keep you and those lives lost in our hearts and prayers!!!

April 18, 2007, 11:34pm • Lindsey - Birmingham, AL • #25287

My deepest condolences go to all those in the Virginia Tech community affected by this unspeakable tragedy.  From the students at the University of Kentucky to our neighbors in Virginia, we are all keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, and offer our support in these trying times.  While we cannot possibly understand what you are going through, we pray that God will help you through this.  Remember that God takes only the best, so while it seems these lives were stolen from you, we know that they are in heaven tonight, and you will one day see them again.  It is surreal how strong you have all been thus far, from interviews on the television to candlelight vigils, the Blacksburg community has shown this nation and this world what a truly special place it is, and we should all be so blessed to be as strong in our faith as your campus is.  I truly believe what your poet said on Tuesday, you will overcome this and rise again, and with that, I say rest in peace to those lost, and God bless to those who remain to carry on their memories.

April 18, 2007, 11:34pm • Lexington, KY • #25288

i’m sorry for the heartbreak you are had to suffer through this ordeal stay strong and keep ur heads up remember our hearts are with you always take care
god bless

April 18, 2007, 11:35pm • summerville,sc • #25289

With deep and heartfelt sorrow for all the victims of the horrific tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 11:35pm • Philadelphia, PA • #25290

My heart goes out to the entire Hokie community.  I’ve gained a new hero as a future educator: Liviu Librescu, an educator who did everything he could for his students and kept them safe.

Erin Foote
Student
Winthrop University

April 18, 2007, 11:35pm • Rock Hill, SC • #25291

My thoughts and prayers are will all of you at this time.  May you go forward with strength and love and may the memory of those that you have lost be a blessing.

Sharon F.

April 18, 2007, 11:35pm • Bloomfield Hills, Michigan • #25292

The entire world is touced by this tragedy. Please know that you are in all our prayers and hopes for piece. Your spirit to perservere gives us all an inner strength, and your ability to do so is even more inspiring. Our hearts go out to those families who have lost loved ones. Their memories and accomplishments will live on in spirit through future generations.

May God Bless all of you and keep you safe. Continue to wear your school colours with pride, and live your lives with freedom. God Bless America.

April 18, 2007, 11:35pm • Kingston, Ontario, CANADA • #25293

We are so sorry this happened.  Stay strong, and be supportive.  Our prayers are with you. 

Crystal and Sam

April 18, 2007, 11:35pm • Colorado Springs, CO • #25294

No words can express the sorrow and sympathy I feel for the friends and loved ones of those lost.  Too many who were too good, too early in their lives.  God bless. 
Dr. E. Jennings
Univ. of Tulsa

Ascension

And if I go,
While you’re still here…
Know that I live on,
Vibrating to a different measure –
Behind a thin veil you cannot see through. 
You will not see me,
So you must have faith.
I wait for the time when we can soar together again,
Both aware of each other.
Until then, live your life to its fullest.
And when you need me,
Just whisper my name in your heart,
… I will be there.
-Colleen C. Hitchcock.

April 18, 2007, 11:35pm • Tulsa, OK • #25295

To all of the VT community, their friends, their families, and their loved ones-

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

April 18, 2007, 11:35pm • Mauston, WI • #25296

Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy on your devastating loss. We can’t imagine the heartbreak you are all enduring from this terrible and senseless tragedy.
For those who were injured, our thoughts and prayers are with you too as you recover and we know it will be a long time before you are able to return to some semblance of whatever they call “normal.” Though I am sure normal is no longer an option.
God Bless you all!!!!!
B&J Poole

April 18, 2007, 11:35pm • Tracy, CA • #25297

I just want to offer my condolences to all the people who lost friends, family, and loved ones in this tragedy. My prayers go out to all of you who have been personally toched by this. I know how hard this must be and I empathize with all of you who are facing this tragedy head on. God is with you all if you are religious or not this is a time where we all need spirituality to heal. The pain will always be there but I hope all the good memories will overcome the pain.

April 18, 2007, 11:35pm • Downey, California • #25298

I am a Clinical Assistant Professor at a University in Missouri.  My heart cries for your loss of faculty and students.  I pray for your healing of heart, soul, and spirit.
Kathy Lee

April 18, 2007, 11:35pm • St. Louis, MO USA • #25299

I am a senior at Virginia Tech, and this has been the greatest four years of my life. It is sad to say that my senior year has been unforgettable for all the wrong reasons. But like Nikki Giovanni said in her moving poem to the University community and the world, WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH AND WE WILL PREVAIL!  GO HOKIES! My heart really goes out to all of my fellow students, faculty, and especially the victims and their families. I am extremely sorry for your lose, and the Hokies that were unfortunate and lost their lives for the goodness of this University you will truly be missed everyday and never forgotten. Always a Hokie Forever!

April 18, 2007, 11:35pm • Blacksburg, VA • #25300

Although separated by many years and many miles, the tragedy takes me instantly back to campus.  It is strange to see on the national news the locations I know so well.  I hope the outpouring of support on this website, as well as in many other forums, brings some small measure of comfort to students on campus.  Please know that you’re not alone, and that you are in the thoughts in prayers of many.

Don Blair, ‘82

April 18, 2007, 11:36pm • Wellesley, MA • #25301

My hear goes out to the students, families and others associated with Virginia Tech. I and the whole Nation prays for you all, not just today, but every day.

May God Bless You All.

With love and respect,

Patrick

April 18, 2007, 11:36pm • Saugus, MA • #25302

My thoughts and prayers are with each and every person that has had to go through this tragedy.  Stay strong and God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 11:36pm • Cordell, OK • #25303

We share in your tragedy and great loss.  Because you are Virginia Tech, you will come through this and be better and stronger.

April 18, 2007, 11:36pm • jonesboro,ar • #25304

My deepest condolences go to the victims families and friends.  Watching the events on tv, i felt anger and sorrow because no one deserves to die this way.  The victims will be in my prayers and may they rest in peace.

Salam forever

April 18, 2007, 11:36pm • Dubai, United Arab Emirates • #25305