Condolences, April 18, 2007

To the President, Staff, Families, & Children:
As a mother of a son in tech school - this tragedy hits my heart in more ways than one. My heart goes out to the parents of those that lost their son/daughter, to the brother/sister that lost their sibling, to the Staff for the horror of experiencing this terrible act, and the President for the numerous losses.  I pray for each and every one of you.  May God be with you.
Lisa

April 18, 2007, 11:36pm • Iowa • #25306

I pray for everyone effected by the terrible loss of your friends and family.

April 18, 2007, 11:36pm • Lake Charles, LA • #25307

There is no making sense of this tragedy that has befallen our Hokie Stone.  Please know that the prayers of Hokie graduates near and far are with each one of you today who walk the drillfield, seek comfort next to the peacefulness of the Duck Pond and gather together in friendship, love and Hokie pride.

We have lost 32 beautiful lives, a loss that we will likely grieve for many years to come.  My love and prayers go to each family that is mourning the loss of a loved one from this tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 11:36pm • Vienna, Va • #25308

As a student of Georgia Southern University, I would like to send our condolences. Ya’ll will be in our thoughts and prayers for years to come. and remembered as brave souls whose lives and dreams were cut short. May your families be blessed and your memories carried on.

April 18, 2007, 11:36pm • Statesboro, GA • #25309

To all students, families,and faculty of Virginia Tech - Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find strength from family, friends, and prayer to pull you through such a horrible tragedy.

The Rojas Family

April 18, 2007, 11:36pm • Houston, Texas • #25310

My son was a student in VT and is serving Army Service now . He shares the deepest pain with VT families. God bless you all!

April 18, 2007, 11:36pm • Seoul, Korea • #25311

HOKIES - We play together, we pray together, we stay together.

Tracy McElroy
Director, Information Technology
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

April 18, 2007, 11:37pm • Blacksburg, VA • #25312

Words cannot begin to express the sorrow I feel at this senseless tragedy.  My prayers are with the families of the victims, the friends they left behind and the campus that will miss their presence.  May God’s grace be with you and give you strength.  Kathy D.

April 18, 2007, 11:37pm • Brambleton, VA • #25313

With sincere sympathy to the families and fellow students at VT.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all

April 18, 2007, 11:37pm • Dixon,IL USA • #25314

No more Violence.
Heal the pain with Love

Rest in peace

April 18, 2007, 11:37pm • west, UT • #25315

Sometimes allowing yourself to cry is the scariest thing you`ll ever do. And the bravest. It takes a lot of courage to face the facts, stare loss in the face, bare your heart, and let it bleed. But it is the only way to cleanse your wounds and prepare them for healing. God will take care of the rest.
My condolences God Bless each of you

April 18, 2007, 11:37pm • Bonne Terre Mo • #25316

Please know that there are millions thinking of you and praying for you, each in his or her own way. You WILL get through this - a little different but a lot stronger. May God bless you all!

April 18, 2007, 11:37pm • Grovetown, Georgia • #25317

I am so saddened by what has taken place at Virginia Tech. My heart is grieved and I am continually praying for all of you and your families. Be encouraged and know that your best abd brightest days are ahead of you. I love you all.

April 18, 2007, 11:37pm • Atlanta, GA • #25318

I send this to all, i feel so horrible about this incident and the deaths of so many innocent people I have 4 children and a husband and can’t even imagine how all of you must feel.  I pray for all and hope everyone can cope and move on and recover from such a horrible ordeal.  There is so much love and support and you are all on the minds of so many.  God Bless!!!  J White

April 18, 2007, 11:37pm • Baltimore, MD • #25319

I’m really sorry for all this happened. May god bless u all.
Sunny

April 18, 2007, 11:37pm • New Delhi, India • #25320

i cry for you all.  bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 11:38pm • oklahoma city oklahoma • #25321

to all students,staff and the virginia tech community, My Heart is aching for each and every one that has lost a loved one or dear friend!! I cannot imagine what you all are going through at this time!! How can someone take another life just appauls me so!! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!!  Have faith in GOD and he will see you all through this terrible terrible tragedy!! Marsha Cook and family!!

April 18, 2007, 11:38pm • Centralia, Illinois USA. • #25322

Dear Virginia Tech Faculty and Students.

My heart is heavy for you all for what has happened at your school. As the parent of two college aged girls, I find this violence hard to understand.

You are not alone. This nation grieves with you. I, a college mom, grieve with you all.  Please to President Bush and lawmakers in our country, the time for change is now. Let’s start taking campus violence seriously.

I am moved by your loyalty to each other and I will keep you all in my prayers as you heal and like your charismatic and wonderful poet with her strong and vibrant smile indicated, you will not be undone by this. You will go on and be the great university that you are.

And as you do that, you continue in my prayers, and the prayers of this country. You are not alone Virginia Tech Faculty and Students. Once you were surrounded by this horrible violence. The healing strength that this nation surrounds you with now has that other emotion outdone.

Thank you for teaching us by your example, to hope, and to begin to heal. I admire you all. 

This country’s got you in a big bear hug. LOTS of prayers.

Lillian N.
a mom of two college students

April 18, 2007, 11:38pm • Noblesville, IN • #25323

To the students & teachers at Virginia Tech and
their families:
May you find comfort in knowing that others share your grief.  Turning to God will help you with the pain and lost you feel.  May God be with you and Bless you.

April 18, 2007, 11:38pm • Senatobia, MS • #25324

My name is Nick Eccleston. IM 14 and from Chantilly VA ,I wrote this poem in the memory to all who died.

Title: The Hokie Spirit Will Ride On

Why did this happen we’ll never know,
A great travesty now leaves us low.
No one saw it coming
But when it struck it hurt us so.
Many died upon this day,
When a gunman came in and took their lives away.
Others were injured that same awful day,
But live to fight another day.
Virginia Tech is where all of this happened,
Students, Teachers, Parents are all wonder why this had to happen.
A few days have passed and it’s now starting to sink in,
All the wonderful people they’ll never see again.
Yes, this mourning is still going on today,
But everyone is looking to a brighter day.
Keep praying for all those who died on that horrible day, and with everyone’s support the Hokie Spirit will
Ride on day after day.

In Loving Memory to all who Died on April 16, 2007. May you all live in peace with God.

April 18, 2007, 11:38pm • Chantilly, Virginia • #25325

I would like to say i am sorry to everyone there.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the WHOLE COMMUNITY.  As social work student i am deeply sadden by this event and Wish i could come out there and help out.  Even if i could just come out there to let anyone talk to me and just let it all, be there for an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on.  This event has just felt like a knife in my heart.  Its amazing i don’t know anyone who goes there but it has effected me deeply.  Time will heal, maybe not to day , maybe not tomorrow, maybe not in a year, but one day it will heal we will always remeber thhat awful day.  But we must always remeber The lord is always with us, and with our supports systems and the care we have from around the world will help this healing process.Celebrate their lives and mourn for their losses.Gob Bless you all from deep deep down in my heart. You are all in our thoughts and prayers and remeber to keep your chin up. We are all here to help and support you in this time of need.  God bless!  Love Megan

April 18, 2007, 11:38pm • Fairview Park, Ohio • #25326

All of my thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this horrible act of violence. Words cannot express the sorrow that I feel. Not a minute has gone by that I haven’t thought about all of the lives that were taken away that sad day. I hope everyone will come together from this and stay strong.

With deepest love and sympathy
Stephanie Bouchard

April 18, 2007, 11:38pm • Fitchburg MA • #25327

This is so sad! and so shocking!

It sounds like all the students acted very bravely throughout that horrific ordeal!

My heart, thoughts and condolences go to all the families of the victims, and to all the students of the campus, during this very sad time!

April 18, 2007, 11:39pm • Canberra, ACT, Australia • #25328

Mi mas sentido pésame a los familiares de los estudiantes y los profesores que lamentablemente perdieron la vida.
A Dios pido por el descanso de estos seres inocentes y pido también fortaleza para todos quienes siguen en la Universidad. Bendiciones.

April 18, 2007, 11:39pm • Caracas, Venezuela • #25329

To the Virginia Tech Community our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Beaumont Family

April 18, 2007, 11:39pm • New Zealand • #25330

OJALA ENTIENDAN ESPAÑOL : 
SOLO ESCRIBO ESTO PARA DECIRLES
K DIOS ES PODEROSO Y EL LES DARA FUERZAS
PARA PODER SEGUIR ADELANTE AVECES LA VIDA
ES CRUEL PERO YO LE PIDO A DIOS LES
BENDIGA Y TENGAN TIEMPO PARA MEDITAR
POR EL FAMILIAR K SE PERDIO

DIOS LES BENDIGA Y SEAN FUERTES POR FAVOR

CREANME K YO LO SIENTO TAMBIEN Y ESTOY
CON USTEDES EN ESTOS MOMENTOS

SOLO SEPAN K JESUS ES LA VIDA ETERNA AMEN........  MY NAME IS JAVIER

April 18, 2007, 11:39pm • VAN NUYS L.A. CA. • #25331

Desde mi pais Colombia, les doy mi mas sentido pesame a todos los familiares y amigos de los jovenes asesinados, Dios los bendiga y los consuele por su perdida....

April 18, 2007, 11:39pm • Bogota, Colombia • #25332

I am so sorry for what happened, my words and tears are empty, i know. but i offer them nonetheless. i also go to school in virginia, this hit too close to home. VA Tech is in my thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 11:39pm • Lynchburg Virginia • #25333

Dear Virginia Tech Students, Faculty & Staff,

There are no words… no words to express the deep sympathy I feel for all of you. Please know that many thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. My hope is that the wonderful memories you have of those you’ve lost are a comfort to you now. And when the days, weeks, months and years go by, they, and you, will not be forgotten.

Shelly

April 18, 2007, 11:39pm • Green Bay, Wisconsin • #25334

All student families and alumni of VT across the nation should proudly fly their Virginia Tech flags in their yard on Friday a day of mourning for our victims. God Bless you as you heal. You have the country behind you.

April 18, 2007, 11:39pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #25335

Please know that the world mourns with each of you.  We have never been exposed to such a special group of individuals - those of you we have come to know and love since Monday.  How proud you must be of each other and of your community!  While we have lifted you up in our prayers, you have lifted us up with your courage and humanity.  Our hearts ache for you, but you will prevail.  Goodness and decency will prevail.  God bless each and every one of you.  Love and hugs, the Rains Family

April 18, 2007, 11:39pm • Black Mountain NC • #25336

My friends, family, and I all send our prayers out the families and friends of the victims of this terrible incident, but we send our love and prayers out to everyone who was hurt.

April 18, 2007, 11:39pm • Union City, MI • #25337

My condolences to all those who lost love ones at Va Tech!

Yesterday all of you were here,
today you are not.
Yesterday we saw your faces,
today they are gone.
Yesterday we heard your voices,
today they are silent.
Yesterday your words touched our minds;
today they leave an indelible imprint in our hearts and souls.
Yesterday we were proud to call you our friends and our mentors;
today we are better people because of it.
Yesterday we blossomed in the bask of your benevolent spirits;
today, even death cannot diminish your invaluable loving vitalities.
Yesterday I was disheartened by the news of your untimely deaths,
today I believe that time bows to all of you, as a gallantry to your everlasting graciousness.
Yesterday we laughed together and today we cry;
tomorrow all of you will be gone, but none of you will ever be forgotten.
Today and always let our love for all of you shine like a beacon of hope to guide us through our difficult journey of mourning.

Sincerely,

Miss Monica Florez

April 18, 2007, 11:39pm • Fairfax, Va • #25338

Our family is praying for all of the friends and family of those affected by this terrible tragedy. May God’s unchangeable love reach all of you who reach to Him. He is our comforter.

Rev. Lee Wilson

April 18, 2007, 11:39pm • Phoenix, AZ • #25339

To All Virginia Tech Staff and Students and Family Members:

My prayers go out for you. I pray to God he will give each and every one of you the strength to go through next few days. Remember God will be your strength in the time of need. Just lean on Him.

Love & Prayers to All

Donna Anderson
danderson4352@my.gcu.edu

April 18, 2007, 11:39pm • Mount Vernon, Kentucky • #25340

My wife and I, who is also on deployment with the military would like to convey our deepest sympathies to our Virginia Tech family still at home and around the world.  The news strikes us deeply, we are so saddened to have lost so many of our fellow Hokies.  We want all to know that our prayers, condolences and thoughts are with all Hokies in this time of sadness.

Eric and Amanda Beltz

April 18, 2007, 11:39pm • Northern Ramadi, Iraq and Sigonella, Sicily • #25341

Im a Hokie living in Texas. My heart is sad for all the pain the families of the slain and the students, faculty and alumni are suffering. I was a charter member of the Virgina Tech Rescue Squad and 3rd Captain in 1972-73 and am proud to see 34 years later that the squad did a heroic job that terrible day treating the wounded and saving lives. I was also a member of the Corps of Cadets and was equally proud of how they quickly signed up to stand guard on the memorial at the War Memorial Chapel. The conduct of the students and staff at VT is truly inspiring. My tears are with yours.
UT PROSIM!  Steve Dawson-Austin, Texas C-73
TxMnyMngr@sbcglobal.net

April 18, 2007, 11:39pm • Austin, Texas • #25342

Bless you all!  Everyone here at Michigan State University is praying for you and you all are always in our thoughts.  Today, we Spartans are Hokies at heart!  We’ll never forget!

April 18, 2007, 11:39pm • East Lansing, Michigan • #25343

God bless you all.  May you all find peace and strength in supporting eachother. 
My family sends our prayers and condolences to each and everyone of you.

Monique Wilson

April 18, 2007, 11:39pm • Traralgon, Victoria, AUSTRALIA • #25344

My condolences to the family’s and friend’s of this tragic event.  My god be with you all.

April 18, 2007, 11:39pm • Port Richey, Fla. USA • #25345

As people we all strive to better our soiety. When we see those who seem to only see them self and not the better of others we have this can of act. This is a sad time Let us look at those we have lost and strive for what they would like to have seen done in their lives.

prayers and thoughts

April 18, 2007, 11:40pm • Edmonton AB Canada • #25346

As a woman who was lucky enough to marry a Hokie- 8years total at VT- undergr. and Vet school- I know what being a Hokie means.  It is not just his alma-mater, it is in his soul.  On his days off- it has always been tech shirts, the flag of VT flies over our yard in Minnesota- his watch has the VT symbol on the face- Most people go to college and get a degree, make some new friends, and set off on a career- when you go to Tech- you get all that, but you get a new family 25,000 strong- and family does not forget-

April 18, 2007, 11:40pm • St Paul, Minnesota • #25347

What do say to a group of students who feel like their world has been turn up side down. I say we are here with you and are praying for you. My family is in so much shock. My 14 year daughter wants to do something for you all. I am so sorry for the parents and friends that have lost love ones and friends. Time will hear the heart. We are playing for you in Kilkenny, NC. Keep you head up. It will get better in time. May God be with each and every one of you at Va Tech.

April 18, 2007, 11:40pm • Kilkenny, NC • #25348

Tonight at 9 p.m. the Ohio University community held a candlelight vigil on our college green in remembrance of the victims and those affected by this horrible tragedy. You are not alone as universities across the country take part in remembering the victims. We continue to keep you in our prayers

~The Ohio University Community
Athens,OH

April 18, 2007, 11:40pm • Athens,OH • #25349

I hope the Virginia Tech Family Stays Strong!

Tony “IowaHeel” Geinzer

April 18, 2007, 11:40pm • Cedar Rapids,IA, USA • #25350

I’m heartbroken by this tragedy. As a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I feel only a small fraction of the hurt and sadness that is in Blacksburg, VA. I am praying with you and thinking of you as you recover.

April 18, 2007, 11:40pm • Omaha, Nebraska • #25351

I know that most of us can never understand what all of you went through.  As someone who went to college and works in the schools, I realize that your school did the very best that it could do.  We can all second guess ourselves but that won’t change what happened.  Stand strong and stand together and you will get through this.  You will always have those people who lost their lives...you have them in your memories and heart, and they won’t be forgotten!  If there was ever a time that you needed someone, we are all here for you. 

Many of us can’t imagine what would drive someone to do something so horrific and to ruin his own family’s lives.  In my mind only 32 people were killed that day.  It was 32 people and a suicide.  To include him in the count with those other great people is horrible, especially since he was the cause for this destruction. 

We are all praying for all of you and we won’t forget.  You will forever be in our hearts!

April 18, 2007, 11:40pm • Summerville, South Carolina USA • #25352

As a public school teacher who has taught alternative and junior high students, I feel deeply sad for the pain and loss that this event has caused the Virginia Tech community.

Please know that so many people have you in their thoughts this very moment.  I hope that through the pain a powerful bond can be formed that will help students, faculty, and families to become even more strongly connected.

Take care of yourselves and each other.

April 18, 2007, 11:40pm • Sterling Heights, Michigan • #25353

All of our Staff and listeners would like to send our condolences, out to the entire VT University. Our hearts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. Special Prayers go out to the families of the victims.
Kimberly Graham Owner/DJ-Baby of BGL Radio
www.bglradio.net

April 18, 2007, 11:40pm • Cleveland Ohio • #25354

Australians are thinking of those who were directly affected by this tragedy - please accept our condolences and well wishes.

April 18, 2007, 11:40pm • Perth, Australia • #25355