Condolences, April 18, 2007

To all of the students, staff and families of Virginia Tech, I cannot begin to express the sorrow I hold for all of you in my hearts.  As a parent I cannot being to imagine the pain that those parents who have lost a child are feeling at this time of unfathomable sorrow, and to you all I send my prayers and hope for God’s comfort and peace.  I also send my prayers and condolences to the families and friends of the wonderful teachers who also lost their lives this week.  They were passing on their knowledge to young minds in the hope of making this world a better place, and from what I have seen about many of the wonderful students who attend VT, both victims and survivors, those great teachers were very successful in this endeavor.

It is said that God will never give us more than we are equipped to handle.  I truly believe this holds true, even now at this darkest hour in your lives.  May you know the peace and comfort of God, and feel the prayers and the love of the millions of people around the world who are mourning your losses along with you.  I am a St. Francis College Terrier, C’80, and I send my love and prayers to the Virginia Tech Hokies - God bless you and keep you always.

April 18, 2007, 11:48pm • Damascus, Maryland • #25456

It seems easy at times, to separate yourself from tragedies like this. After all, it didn’t happen to you or anyone you knew, right? Well, I keep replaying the picture slide show of “the victims” and I am RAW with disbelief, disgust and sadness, as each face flashes by. These “victims” were mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, teachers and friends. Each had a life that touched others in someway that can never be replaced. We need to be conscious of this, especially as the “Top news story” focuses on the “killer” or “largest shooting in US history,” rather than the individual significance of those lives lost.
I send my deepest sympathies to all whose lives were forever changed by this unimaginable event.

A.L.V

April 18, 2007, 11:48pm • Madison, NJ • #25457

As with everyone else, I wish there was more I could do to help ease your pain and give you comfort, to aid in the healing. We all share your pain; we all need healing and comfort for this deep sorrow. You have millions upon millions of friends, brothers and sisters thinking of you and wishing you the warmest thoughts. We cry for and with you.

When Virginia Tech comes to Nebraska to play football in 2008, all Hokies will be welcomed to Lincoln and our state with wide open arms.

Sincere Blessings,

Robert W. Jordan

April 18, 2007, 11:48pm • Omaha, Nebraska • #25458

DESDE PUERTO RICO NO SE MUCHO INGLES POR ESO ESCRIBO ESPAÑOL. DIOS LES ACOMPÑE HOY MAÑANA Y SIEPRE, DOLOR Y CORAJE E IMPOTENCIA ANTES ESTOS SUCESOS DE LA VIDA ES LO QUE SIENTO EN ESTA SEMANA, DIOS EN SU MOMENTO TOMARA LA VARA EN SUS MANOS Y HARA DE ESTE MUNDO UNO DISTINTO AL QUE VIVIMOS. SOLO ME RESTA POR DECIRLES QUE DE TODO CORAZON LES ACOMPAÑO EN SUS SENTIMIENTOS AUSTEDES LA FACULTAD Y DEMAS FAMILIARES DE ESOS JOVENES QUE VEN SUS SUEÑOS FRUSTRADOS Y TRONCADOS POR ALGUEN SIN ESCRUPULOS SIN CORAZON SIN FE SIN VIDA Y LOA MAS IMPORTANTE SIN DIOS TODO PODEROSO. SUERTE Y MUCHA FUERZA Y CORAJE PARA SALIR Y SEGUIR HACIA ADELANTE. DIOS LES BENDIGA HOY MAÑANA Y SIEPRE.

SINCERAMENTE,
CHRISTOPHER SOTO

April 18, 2007, 11:49pm • MOROVIS, PUERTO RICO • #25459

I am so far away and not related directly, however my heart is full of pain for what you have encountered.  A mother of 3, whom I may send off to college in future years, I can not begin to fathum your loss.  God Bless and Love to you.

Tedra.

April 18, 2007, 11:49pm • Livonia, Michigan • #25460

My deepest condolences and prayers go out to the community of Blacksburg and all people affiliated with Virginia Tech University.
I feel the pain of those who lost their loved ones from this tragedy.
My hearts and prayers are with all of you during this time of mourning and grief.

May God love and keep you all always.

April 18, 2007, 11:49pm • tustin.ca.usa • #25461

You are all in my thoughts and prayers.  In times like these, the only thing to do is look to God for guidance, love, and support.  I am a student at JMU, but I am proudly wearing VT colors this week and am now also a Hokie at heart.  On behalf of JMU, we love you Virginia Tech!

April 18, 2007, 11:49pm • Harrisonburg, VA • #25462

Over the past several days my heart has been, and continues to carry an unbelievable weight of sorrow. I have wrecked my brain over and over, trying to figure out how something like this could happen. In the midst of my sorrow, I am reminded that God is too wise to make a mistake, and too just to do wrong. Therefore, I will continue to pray: that we may find the light, during this dark time.

God Bless VTECH!

April 18, 2007, 11:49pm • Florida • #25463

God bless you all, and know that God will keep you in His care no matter what happens.  You will always have the strength to face it and the love of many to endure it.

April 18, 2007, 11:49pm • Lake Charles, Louisiana • #25464

Why? I ask myself.I cant believe this horrible event .I am very saddened and have prayed and asked the good Lord for strength for everyone immediately affected.Evil is all over this world .I dont want to be part of this evil world .We have a choice to make every day to be part of the few good people left or be part of
the Satanic side that has entangled so many people.

April 18, 2007, 11:49pm • pasadena tx • #25465

God Bless everyone at Virginia Tech.  RIP to those lost in this terrible tragedy, my thoughts are with you.

April 18, 2007, 11:49pm • Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada • #25466

la verdad lo siento mucho pero le pido a dios les de fuerzas para seguir adelante y el es el unico k sabe por k pasan las cosas dios les bendiga a todos y sean fuertes por favor amen… soy javier

April 18, 2007, 11:49pm • van nuys l.a. ca. • #25467

I pray to god every night for the lives of those lost and those who now suffer for the loss of those lives.  I believe that Virginia Tech. will rise above this tragedy and my thoughts are with each and every individual who suffered on Monday April 16th.  God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 11:49pm • Manteca, CA • #25468

Dear Virginia Tech and Staff:

It is so sad that we have people with so much hate living around us. What has this world come to..Im so sorry for your lost. Keep them alive in your heart and be strong. May the lord be with you all.

sara.nyc

April 18, 2007, 11:49pm • new york ny • #25469

I am so heartbroken over what happened at Virginia Tech on Monday.  I can’t stop thinking about you all.  Please know that all nations are praying for you.  I pray that you will find a peace and comfort in God.  We just don’t understand what’s going on in this world at all.

April 18, 2007, 11:49pm • Tucson, AZ USA • #25470

To all at Virginia Tech-

My condolences goes out to everyone at Virgina Tech. Let your light continue to shine and your love continue to bless. We must all come together, respect eachother, love eachother, and care for eachother. We are all connected and it is important that we acknowledge eachother with our kind words and smiling faces every chance we get.

C. D. Rhinehart

April 18, 2007, 11:49pm • Chicago, IL • #25471

Our deepest sympathies to the students and
families of Virginia Tech and their loss.
Our prayers are with all of you at this time.
Take comfort in knowing that all their lives
were special, full of purpose and unique.
Remember how they lived not how they died.

May God Bless you all

Wilmer and Julia Boothe

April 18, 2007, 11:50pm • Richmond, Calif /USA • #25472

This tragedy has touched inidividuals far and wide. Still, we will never know the depths of your suffering. To all of the students, families, faculty, and administration of Virginia Tech, we pray for you. Stay strong, united, and faithful. Love conquers.

April 18, 2007, 11:50pm • Austin, TX • #25473

I Love you all, My heart and prayers go out to all of you. I know that you have survived a great tragedy, keep your heads up and strive toward the future, and always remember that God love’s you!
Stacy

April 18, 2007, 11:50pm • North Little Rock, Arkansas • #25474

Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of all VT students and the city of Blacksburg VA.

May God grant you with the serenity needed to tolerate this enormous pain.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!

R & D

April 18, 2007, 11:50pm • Pembroke Pines, FL • #25475

For all the people who died and all of their families my condolences, im a college student and its hard to understand something like that. My prayers will be with you guys. God Bless You.
Jorge Ferrer, Miami, FL

April 18, 2007, 11:50pm • Miami, Florida • #25476

From Girl Scout Troop 1613, Tucson, Arizona
Juniors ages 10-13

We are very sad about the losses of life and the brutal wounds afflicted both physically and emotionally on the faculty, students, family and friends.

All of our girls value education and look forward to college one day.  The students and faculty ‘Hokie’ family is a model of committment, sharing and hope these girls will carry with them through Junior High and High School.

April 18, 2007, 11:50pm • Tucson, Arizona USA • #25477

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of sorrow...may God bless each of you...stay strong HOKIES!

Love,
The Kiser Family

April 18, 2007, 11:50pm • Mesquite, TX • #25478

May God bless the souls of the terrible tragedy of those whose lives were taken at Virgina Tech on April 16, 2007. May God give strength to the family and friends of those affected by this unfortunate event. We mourn and grieve with you and our hearts go out to you with love and compassion.

April 18, 2007, 11:50pm • Dearborn, MI • #25479

Deeply sorry for the painful loss in this shocking tragic act. For those precious lives, this is not only the loss of VirginiaTech, but also the whole world. Best wishes for you all.

J.L.

April 18, 2007, 11:50pm • April 18, 2007, 11:47pm • Guelph, ON Canada • #25480

Our thoughts & prayers go to you all Virginia Tech, this event has no doubt effected a Nation. I can only hope that the students find the strength to continue on in their stuides.
I really can’t fid the words to express my sorrow at this event, we are sorry for not only for the loss of friends & collueges, but a sense of trust & security that nobody should have to lose.

God Bless

April 18, 2007, 11:50pm • Lake Forest, California • #25481

My thoughts and prayers are with the Hokies. We may be states away, but we all share your hurt. You’re never alone. God bless.

April 18, 2007, 11:50pm • Pella, IA • #25482

Dear Virginia Tech Students and Teachers,

My thoughts and prayers are with the families that have been affected by this tragic event. Your strength is inspiring us all. This goes to show that life is precious, and to live and love every second of it.

May God bless you!
Hokie Nation!!!
Love,
Amy Gartman

April 18, 2007, 11:51pm • Morgan Hill, California • #25483

Green of spring
expecting what
life brings
with a deep breath
of sun
eyes wide open
life is good
yet now denied
reality defied
left only with
one another
each a father
and mother
to the other
hold on tightly
and listen
to the weeping carillon.

April 18, 2007, 11:51pm • BG Coon Rapids, Minn hinhan33@msn.com • #25484

All of us Spartans are praying for you.  You are forever in our hearts and minds.
Go Green, Go Hokies!

-Rachel
Michigan State University

April 18, 2007, 11:51pm • East Lansing, MI • #25485

My sons and I wish to eatend out sincere condolences for all of the university staff,students,family members and friends. We will continue to pray for you and share a moment of silence on a regular basis for all of you. May God comfort you and bless you all at this horribly tragic time.
Blessings to you all.
Michele and the boys

April 18, 2007, 11:51pm • Torrington, CT • #25486

It was the saddest news to start a week and will be remembered forever. Our deep thoughts are with the victims, their family, the University staff & its students...............

Josh & Mami Wexler

April 18, 2007, 11:51pm • Memphis, TN • #25487

what unimaginable pain...know there is freedom to grieve...to not understand...to hurt...to have to close you eyes cause its too much to see...but with time may you eventually be able to invite God into this place of pain to heal.

Marie, Florida Tech alum

April 18, 2007, 11:51pm • Portland, OR • #25488

You are ALL in my thoughts and Prayers. This has been a very sad time. I know we do not know one another but you are all a child of God and my heart hurts with you. God will be with you and He will bring good from this. We will never forget you and you are loved by billions.

May you let God hold you at this time.
The Browner Family

April 18, 2007, 11:51pm • Robertsdale, Alabama • #25489

The thoughts and prayers of our family are with the entire VT community.

All our Love,
The Stiles Family

April 18, 2007, 11:51pm • Larksville Pa • #25490

We are very sad for all the young lives that were taken on this dreadful day. Our prayers go out to all the families, friends and staff.

Sincerely,

The Gomez Family

April 18, 2007, 11:51pm • San Mateo, CA • #25491

My Heart and soul goes to everyone is the trady and makes me shed tears when I found out the news because it’s inncoent people and who has a sick mind like Cho’s to go around shooting college kids. Im so sorry to all VT Hokies out there and God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 11:51pm • washington united states • #25492

It’s hard to find the words to express the depth of sadness I feel due to the recent events.  It’s unfathomably harder for you to go through what you are all experiencing at this moment.  Some of you were in the classroom, some on campus and some were at home or work while your loved ones were put in harm’s way. 

You will make it through this, with the love of your friends, family and those of us around the country and the world who care.

You are in my thoughts.

Crystal

April 18, 2007, 11:51pm • Valley Village, CA • #25493

Re-open mental health facilities. No more medication - lock down is needed. All the victims are in heaven now, its OK. You will see your loved ones in due time.

April 18, 2007, 11:51pm • New York, NY • #25494

May God bless you and all your families...Try to be strong..We will be praying for you...May all the innocent lives that were lost..Rest in Peace..

April 18, 2007, 11:51pm • Antioch, California • #25495

Thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.  I will continue to pray as all affected by this tradgedy mourn and begin the recovery process.  May God Bless you all now and always!

April 18, 2007, 11:51pm • Bloomington-Normal, IL • #25496

My heart goes out to all of you. Rest well to those who’s lives were ended so abruptly. My deepest condolences to the families that were left behind, stay strong! May God steal your pain away.

A.Sorbo

April 18, 2007, 11:51pm • Le Mars, IA • #25497

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families and everyone who is involved in this horrific tragedy. This world needs to come together and help one another during these times of need.

I send my deepest heartfelt sympathy to all!!

VTECK...Stay strong and stay together!

April 18, 2007, 11:51pm • Columbus, Ohio • #25498

Dear Virgina Tech. parents and students,

I am a united states salior from the USS Ronald Reagan… as of right now we are out at sea and we have been watching the news every chance we get to keep updated on what is going on there and the updates… My shop is very sorry for everything that ya’ll have been through and we hope that ya’ll are able handle this the best way possible and are able to get back to ur studies… Best of wishes to all.

April 18, 2007, 11:51pm • United States • #25499

Deeply sorrowed over this trajedy. I came accross this website. www.vatechfallen.com. there is a nice tribute animation there.

April 18, 2007, 11:51pm • Brick, NJ • #25500

For the parents, and siblings of the students and faculty that were lost that terrible tragic day. I wish to send my deepest condolences.
I’m shocked and deeply bewildered to think this could happen to innocent people going about there daily routine. I can’t stop watching the news since Monday, staying home from work and crying as this is all unfolding day by day.  Please know that you are not alone, we all here with you even though we are miles away. As a parent, it feels like it happend to me, and my heart breaks with every picture they show and tell about each person. I can’t even imagine how it is for you. They were wonderful, beautiful people who will never be forgotten.
God bless,

April 18, 2007, 11:51pm • Auburn, Maine • #25501

my condolences to the loved ones of the victims. they did not deserve it. i come from the philippines but news have reached us and it is very saddening. that cho guy must be crazy. but still, it’s sad that no one was able to protect the innocent victims. my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 11:52pm • manila, philippines • #25502

The Sparks Family sends our condolence to the VT College.  You all and the victims family shall be in our thoughts.  I feel some sadness about the tragedy.  At times like this we should share our thoughts and prayers.  Della and the Sparks Family

April 18, 2007, 11:52pm • North Tazewell, VA • #25503

My prayers are with the entire Va. Tech family. May God bless you all. For anyone who needs a friend or a supportive ear, please contact me at lwt5203@seark.net. I cannot comprehend what you are living through but as a college student myself, I feel like I’ve lost family members.

April 18, 2007, 11:52pm • Monticello, Ar USA • #25504

My name is Christopher Richardson. I am from Warren, Ohio. My deepest sympathies go out to the families who lost loved ones during mondays tragic event. God will see you through this storm. Please keep the faith and don’t ever doubt his ability to heal. I am with all of you in spirit.

To the students of V Tech. Please be strong and allow yourselves to grieve. Continue to strive towards your dreams and goals.

April 18, 2007, 11:52pm • Warren, Ohio • #25505