Condolences, April 18, 2007

Dear students, staff, and faculty,

There are no words of mine that can truly console your aching hearts for your loved ones that were affected by this horrible act of violence. What I can say is that, although I don’t know anyone who attends VT, I support you all and I lift you up in my prayers. The Lord can console you, better than anybody else can. May God bless and comfort you all in this time of sorrow.

Laura M.

April 18, 2007, 11:40pm • Albuquerque, New Mexico • #25356

L am very sadden with what happend.May GOD give every student,every teacher,every faimly member the strength so they can heel with their loss.You will always be remember in my prayers.

REHAN & ANILA

April 18, 2007, 11:40pm • Houston,Texas • #25357

My thoughts and prayers to all the friends and family of the loved ones that where lost. Natalie from Mesa Arizona.

April 18, 2007, 11:40pm • Mesa, Arizona • #25358

I’m so sad and scared about all this..I can’t believe it.how can exists people able to kill without reasons?.Daniel PĂ©rez Cuevas was peruvian like me...I will pray for him and all the victims..Peace for everybody guys

April 18, 2007, 11:41pm • marble falls, texas • #25359

From the depth of my heart, my sympathies and prayers go out to the entire Virginia Tech community and those suffering from this tragedy. I truly commend the brave students, faculty, and administration at Tech for their strength during this difficult time. Stay strong… the nation is behind you. ~Jen N.

April 18, 2007, 11:41pm • Flemington, NJ • #25360

My thoughts and prayers remain with the victims, their families and the entire community.  Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

April 18, 2007, 11:41pm • Boomer - New Jersey • #25361

My heart aches for all of the students, parents and friends who were affected by this senseless tragedy.  You are in my thoughts and prayes. You all have very difficult days ahead of you. Hang in there.
Karen Butler

April 18, 2007, 11:41pm • Newport, TN • #25362

My family would like to send our prayers to those who have lost their loved ones in this tragic incident. Our heart goes out to all those who have lost their precious lives and those who are currently recouping from this deadly horrific incident. We as a family feel like we have lost a son, a brother, a sister, a parent and a friend...please accept out heartfelt condolences..god bless virginia tech!!!

April 18, 2007, 11:41pm • Abbotsford,BC,Canada • #25363

Our family would like to express our deepest sympathy and our prayers to all the victims, friends, and family. As a mother who has a son going off to college this fall, I am truly sadnessed by what happened on April 16. We will continually pray for you all and may God give you strength through this most difficult time.

April 18, 2007, 11:41pm • Newark, CA • #25364

May this act only make the Hokie Nation stronger.  We will never forget the dead, and will continue to pray for the families and for the injured.
WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH

April 18, 2007, 11:41pm • Cumberland, MD • #25365

In the summer my Hostmum want to take me to your beautiful college because she studied there. And I’m her Nanny from Germany.God bless for the future.
Sofi Matenaer

April 18, 2007, 11:41pm • Denver,Co USA • #25366

our prayers and condolences
Mr& Mrs David Libby

April 18, 2007, 11:41pm • south glens falls new york • #25367

What can I say?  I am so sorry… I am crying right now… Sending all my love and prayers…

April 18, 2007, 11:41pm • Rapidan, VA, USA • #25368

I attended VT from August of 2003 until December of 2004. While VT was not best place for my college ambitions, I still remember my days as a Hokie fondly and still have many friends affected by this tragedy in Blacksburg. I am truly grateful that the nation has reached out to VT and is praying for the safety and security of all college students. I was very moved by both the poem recited at the convocation, along with the chanting at the candle light vigil on the drill field. “Lets go!” “Hokies!” used to be shouted at football and basketball games as a sign of our unity in support of our athletes. Tuesday night it was a sign of Tech’s spirit and unity in support of those who passed, those who were injured, and those who still grieve for lost loved ones. I just wanted all the Hokies to know that they have a whole nation grieving with them, and a whole nation behind them, lifting them up, and willing to help them heal.

Jessica

April 18, 2007, 11:42pm • GMU - Virginia • #25369

My thoughts and prayers to the Virginia Tech family. May God keep you stong.

H.J. Russell

April 18, 2007, 11:42pm • Pinellas Park, FL • #25370

What a horrible tragedy.  What a wonderful university.  My heart goes out to all of the students, faculty, parents and VIRGINIA TECH community.  We will never forget 4/16/07 and those lives that were lost.
GO HOKIES!!!

April 18, 2007, 11:42pm • San Diego, CA • #25371

This event was so surrealistic. it makes you realize how short life really is. My heart goes out for all who were effected by this immoral event. Its just not right how innocent people have things such as this happen to them everyday. its just not fair, its not what lifes about. I hope nothing but the best for the HOKIES! :)

April 18, 2007, 11:42pm • AL • #25372

As a Mountaineer fan born in Morgantown, West Virginia, a gut reaction to the words “Virginia Tech” make me cringe.  Seeing the events unfold on television, feeling the same helpless feelings that I did on September 11, I realize now how stupid and petty athletic rivalries are. 

I feel as if the final part of the innocent soul of America has been ripped out, where so many lost their lives for no reason.  My heart goes out to you.  May a divine power give you all the strength and willpower to carry on.

And may we meet in the BCS Championship one day.

April 18, 2007, 11:42pm • Morgantown, West Virginia • #25373

Tomorrow afternoon I and many fellow Cornellians will attend a gathering in remembrance of the victims of the tragedy at Virginia Tech. Your community extends well beyond the beautiful Virginia hills tying with our own and throughout the world. When I last walked the hallowed halls of Norris years ago, such horror was unimaginable. I am so deeply sorry for the senseless loss of life and shattered lives. My thoughts are with you in your time of great sorrow and grief.
Chuck

April 18, 2007, 11:42pm • Ithaca, NY • #25374

My heart (from the cornfields of DeKalb) reaches out to you guys at VT. May the hopes and graces of my prayers help heal the wounds suffered from this week.

April 18, 2007, 11:42pm • DeKalb, Illinois • #25375

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Clarke College Counseling Center

April 18, 2007, 11:42pm • Dubuque, IA USA • #25376

Even after leaving Blacksburg after graduating, Hokie Pride remains strong! Most of my best memories were at Virginia Tech and I feel heart broken for the students, faculty and families that will have these terrible memories because of one person. We will overcome this. We will move forward and “best memories” will be made again. I hope these events and media debates do not sway students from returning to Tech. I feel in the future the campus and community will be even stronger than before.

April 18, 2007, 11:42pm • Arlington, VA • #25377

I’m so sorry for all those who died in Virginia Tech. It’s incredible to think that even today, when we (all human beings) are supposed to be civilized, things like this can happen. I cannot imagine those families, the pain, the grief, the days to come. And all those who survived, and yet cannot understand. Why? When is this going to stop? I send my condolences to all those, the families of the ones who died, and the ones who are here. There are not words to describe such a tragedy. Hopefully, we can dream that this will never never happen again.

April 18, 2007, 11:42pm • Mendoza, Argentina • #25378

There are so many of us in university communities throughout the country who are mourning with you. We feel your pain. We offer our support and hope you have the strength, courage, and the perseverence to move forward during this difficult time.

April 18, 2007, 11:42pm • New York, NY • #25379

My deepest sympathy for the students and the family members who were the victims of this terrible act. I would like to commend everybody on their support and would request everyone be considerate to Virginia Tech for all they are doing. I want to express my concern with the media going overboard and not caring for the emotions of everyone just for the sake of sensationalism. God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 11:42pm • #25380

May the victims peace!
Hope such tragedy will never happen again.
God bless VT!

April 18, 2007, 11:42pm • Chengdu, P.R.C, 610000 • #25381

With Deepest Sympathy…
May you have the strength and wisdom to prevail in this time of uncertainty. You may not be able to change the past but you can create a future that will learn from this horrific trajedy and possibly impact the safety for all students across this great country. We share your fear and disbelief and pray for the healing of your hearts and souls.

HOKIES, YOU’RE OUR HEROS!

April 18, 2007, 11:42pm • Battle Creek, Michigan • #25382

me and my family were just shocked when we heard the news.how someone could take the lives of so many people without a thought is beyond us.may god bless and comfort you in this time of trajedy.our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
brandt family

April 18, 2007, 11:42pm • elko,nevada • #25383

My heart breaks for all of the Virginia Tech family. By watching the news, it is apparent there is a great deal of fellowship, love, and strength on your campus. My prayers go to all of the students and families. God Bless all of you.

April 18, 2007, 11:43pm • Tupelo, Mississippi • #25384

Hi my name is Lisa Reece I’m from Fort Payne, Al and I come to visit Roanoke often and I would like to let all the virginia tech students and staff know that they are in my prayers and I think about the students and that school everyday. Good Luck with your finals in the next few weeks, God will get you through everything.I will continue to wear my VT shirt to support you guys.

April 18, 2007, 11:43pm • Fort Payne, AL • #25385

Sadly I can say that i understand the shock you all are going through. I lost my father in a plane crash about 6 months ago now, and i know the greif and feelings going through many of the family. However, the way this happend to you all was undeserved. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
- Brittny

April 18, 2007, 11:43pm • Tulsa, OK • #25386

Our prayers and thoughts are with you all in Virginia.

April 18, 2007, 11:43pm • Tucson, Az USA • #25387

MY HEART AND SOUL GOES OUT TO ALL OF YOU THAT HAS SUFFERED A LOST. EVEN THOSE WHO MADE IT OUT SAFE I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU ALL CONTINOUSLY!! KEEP YOUR HEADS HELD HIGH SO YOU ALL CAN COMFORT EACH OTHER AT THIS SAD, SAD TIME OF TROUBLE FOR THE “VT” COMMUNITY.

SGT. CHAPLAIN MARVIN SAUNDERS
US ARMY RESERVE’s
CHAPLAIN’s UNIT

April 18, 2007, 11:43pm • PHILADELPHIA, PA • #25388

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone associated with this unfortunate and horrid event.  Stay strong and help one another out.

Josh

April 18, 2007, 11:43pm • PA • #25389

I am an alumni of Virginia Tech and to say I am devastated is an understatement.  Words cannot express the sorry my wife and I have been feeling these past few days.  Despite the feelings of sorrow, it is impossible to ignore the hope that has been exuded by students, and alumni, faculty, staff, and millions of people across the world.  It is comforting to know that so many people care and have reached out in a spirit of support and comfort to Virginia Tech.  It is clear that the spirit of Virginia Tech lives on.

I would like to give a special thanks to the University of Virginia, who has put a healthy rivalry aside and started the Hoos for Hokies campaign which donated 30,000 candles for our vigil on the drill field. Your support has truly meant a lot to us, and we thank you.

For those whose light was extinguished much too early in the academic building that most Hokies have had class in at one time or another:

May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm on your face, The rain fall softly on your fields; And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Chris Crook
Proud Member of the class of 2003

April 18, 2007, 11:43pm • Richmond, Virginia • #25390

I’ve cried along with you.  My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.  I only wish I could do more.

-Ryan

April 18, 2007, 11:43pm • Newnan, GA • #25391

Hokies, I am shocked and saddened for our loss.  Wanted to let you know that you are in the hearts of the Alumni and Nation.

Hokie Pride!
Laura,VT Graduate School 91-95

April 18, 2007, 11:43pm • Alexandria,VA • #25392

No one is able to comprehend such a senseless tragedy as what happened Monday morning. Yet every student, parent, staff, and citizen of VT and the Blacksburg area have shown to be gracious people with great compassion for one another. I am sure that the 32 dear souls we lost were just as magnificent. While they each have left us too soon; the ‘Son’ will shine even brighter with these beautiful friends looking out for us. God bless their families, and peers who were injured, during this very difficult time, and through the tough days and years of healing which lie before them. alb

April 18, 2007, 11:43pm • Nokesville, VA • #25393

my heart and prayers go out to everyone who was effected by this tragic event.32 gone but will never be forgotten...Hokie pride!

April 18, 2007, 11:43pm • maryland • #25394

I would like to share my condolences with the family, friends, students and the victims of Virginia Tech. May god bless you and help guide you thru this difficult time. Take care of yourselves and eachother!

April 18, 2007, 11:43pm • El Paso , Texas • #25395

I am a secondary school student from Vancouver,Canada. Even though i am not in VTech, I really feel sad about the times without a friend, a teacher, or a brother…
The professor part was very disturbing…
that 76-year-old professor gave his own life blocking the door...God bless.

Angel

April 18, 2007, 11:43pm • Vancouver,BC,Canada • #25396

My condolence goes out to the victims, their families, and students of the VT community.  God heals all wounds and in time you too will heal. 
Kelly

April 18, 2007, 11:43pm • Southfield, MI • #25397

Thoughts and Prayers to you all @VT-Parents, students, staff, administration, emt personnel, police force, families, friends, community, and the entire nation.  May you all reflect the good memories with your loved ones and remember that people all over the world are with you at this time of your loss.  F Palmer

April 18, 2007, 11:43pm • Lexa, Arkansas • #25398

I can’t believe that in today’s world with all the hightech security measures in place such a terrible event can occur.  I hope that in your healing process of all of you that survived your adminsitration can learn and try to prevent future occurences.  Our most sincerest thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow and just know that you did your best in trying to help him but you cannot help persons who do not want to be helped.  It’s a sad reality but having said that noone should take blame for his actions.  Just try to learn from the experience and unfortunately it takes great tragedy in our world for us to learn to be prepared for these things.

D.
Edmonton AB Canada

April 18, 2007, 11:43pm • Edmonton , Alberta Canada • #25399

Please know,though we are far away in miles, you are close at heart.  We grieve for your loss and pray for comfort for all the friends and families affected by this tragedy.  The loss of your loved ones is devastating.  We hope it helps to know others are praying for your strength and peace in the aftermath of this terrible event.

April 18, 2007, 11:43pm • Canada • #25400

I pray that you may take some comfort in the precious memories of your loved ones.  My deepest, deepest sympathy.  God bless you.

April 18, 2007, 11:43pm • Pennsylvania • #25401

From a few states south, I would like to send my love and prayers to every Hokie, young and old. I cannot imagine what campus is like, but I know your pride and strength will only grow. As a bulldog, I never thought I would say this, but GO HOKIES!

April 18, 2007, 11:44pm • Athens, GA, UGA • #25402

Que la luz y la compasion del Todopoderoso los ilumine a todos en este momento de tan dificil tragedia. Dale Senor el descanso eterno a las almas caidas.

April 18, 2007, 11:44pm • San Juan, Puerto Rico • #25403

our prayers and thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims. may god bless each and every one af you. pennie and jason

April 18, 2007, 11:44pm • waxahachie, texas • #25404

Hi
I have been watching the news since I heard about the incident. I just pray for all the students that were lost in this fatal tragedy. Tommorrow we will be having at UTPA a ceremony in memory of all the students that were lost. I will pray for the parents and the students if Virginia Tech. May God bless all of you and help you cope will this fatal incident.

Ofelia Torres
Student of UTPA
April 18, 2007, 10:42 pm 20591

April 18, 2007, 11:44pm • Pharr, TX, • #25405