Condolences, April 18, 2007

TO ALL OF THE STUDENT AND FACULITY AND PARENTS FROM VIRGINIA TECH, MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS GO OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES FROM THIS HORRIFFIC TRADEGY.  I CANNOT EVEN IMAGINE WHAT YOU MUST BE GOING THROUGH AT THIS TIME, BUT PLEASE KNOW THAT THERE ARE ALOT OF PEOPLE WHO DO NOT EVEN KNOW YOU, THAT ARE PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES AT THIS TIME.  MAY GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU AND THAT HE MAY GIVE YOU THE PEACE AND STRENGTH TO GO ON.  LOVE, PATRICIA, ASHLEY AND HEATHER

April 18, 2007, 11:52pm • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA • #25506

Sincere condolences at this terrible time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you.

April 18, 2007, 11:52pm • New York • #25507

Lets go…

The pain is unbearable, but the Hokie Nation will prevail. We will do it together in the hands of the Lord. I love Tech, I love you all, and I love Blacksburg. Still can’t wait for my next three years here.

... HOKIES!

April 18, 2007, 11:52pm • Raleigh, NC • #25508

MAY GOD BE WITH THROUGHT YOUR TIME OF PAIN!JUST LOOK TO THE HILLS WHICH COMETH YOUR HEALTH.MY PRAYS ARE WITH YOU ALL.

April 18, 2007, 11:52pm • DEERFIELD FL • #25509

Although you all feel weakened and burdened by this tradegy in the immediate moment, there is an impending strength that is clear to be seen in you all, even now, in the wake of this sudden event. To see all of you stand together evokes strong human emotion on many levels and reminds us all of what is truly important. Even after such a terrible thing has happened, it is truly a miracle to see so much love and compassion for each other come out of it. May all of God’s blessings be rushed to you, and his love emitted through you.

VIVA LA HOKIES!!!!!

April 18, 2007, 11:52pm • Tulsa, OK • #25510

My condolences to all those personally affected by this tragedy. You will forever be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

Best wishes,
Jason

April 18, 2007, 11:52pm • San Diego, CA • #25511

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in your time of great sorrow.  I am a college student at Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis, in Indiana.  I don’t pretend to know what you are going through, but just to let you know that I am praying for all of you.  Especially the victims families and friends.  You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.  I pray that all of you will find comfort in God, and the people around you.
-Mica (MicaE1999@comcast.net)

April 18, 2007, 11:53pm • Indianapolis, IN • #25512

You will get thru this....your pain will subside..stay strong
For certain is death for the born
And certain is birth for the dead;
Therefore over the inevitable
Thou shouldst not grieve.
Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2
(250 BC - 250 AD)
-SNR

April 18, 2007, 11:53pm • Pembroke Pines, FLORIDA • #25513

Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone involved.
Missy and Stan and Family

April 18, 2007, 11:53pm • clarksburg, wv • #25514

I cannot find the words to ease the pain.  I can only say be strong.  Keep talking, don’t isolate and remember you are NOT alone.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you always!

April 18, 2007, 11:53pm • Thousand Oaks, CA • #25515

well i’m from mexico..and i’m very sad for this notice, i love this university ,I hope to the victims recover soon, that she hurts too much to them, because many lost some friend,a child, sister or brother some relative or to a professor very beloved, but remembers that the continuous life and that they took care of them from where they esten. my condolences of a very friend of Mexico,
greetings to all.. LOVE..Melissa

pd.I’m not very good writing in English but I try the best thing than I could.

April 18, 2007, 11:53pm • Mazatlan, Sinaloa Mexico • #25516

Know that you are not alone. Speaking for the University of Denver we all feel your pain and share in your grief.

April 18, 2007, 11:53pm • Denver, CO • #25517

Virgina Tech Students, Faculty, Staff, Family, and Friends:

My deepest condolences go out to all of you.  Although I can not say I have expereienced the pain you’ve gone through, I can only imagine what it feels like. I’m praying for all of you and those that have been taken from this world. 

We must remember those that have been taken and honor them by living tomorrow to the fullest.

May God Be With You!

April 18, 2007, 11:53pm • Allendale, Michigan • #25518

May God provide the courage and give the strength to endure the pain and suffering for the families of victims of this terrible tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers will be with you.
The Smith family

April 18, 2007, 11:53pm • Massena, New York • #25519

To all families/friends involved...my thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you. May God lay his hand upon you and comfort you during this horrible tragedy in your lives.

April 18, 2007, 11:53pm • Florence, AL • #25520

Everyone at VT is a victim reguardless of wheather or not they were injured or died.  God be with all of you now and forever.  God keep you under his wings as you continue your education during this time of sorrow.  No man or woman deserves to have this done to them.  However we now know that this young man was sick and needed help.  It is such a shame that so many lives were lost because this young man didn’t want the help he was offered.  Continue to pray for your friends and their families as they will be for you.

April 18, 2007, 11:53pm • Hampton, Va • #25521

Dear Virginia Tech community,

President Bush was correct in telling you yesterday that there are people all over the world thinking about you and asking God to give you comfort. I hope you can sense the love and support as we weep with you and remember you in our prayers. You are not alone.

As you recover from the shock and begin healing, may God give you…

Beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair
(from the song “Beauty for Ashes” by Crystal Lewis)

With love from the Murphy family

April 18, 2007, 11:53pm • Nashville, Tennessee • #25522

Sitting in my Chemistry class today, I kept looking around me and then looking towards the door. I spent close to the whole time thinking of how it would feel to have someone burst in and start shooting. The terror and shock the victims must have felt is unimaginable.

I would like to send my condolences to those that escaped this tragedy with their life and for the families left behind of those who didn’t. May you find the strength to overcome your sorrow.

Kim Robbins

April 18, 2007, 11:53pm • Cincinnati, Ohio • #25523

VT was such a beautiful campus, from the first time i saw it on collegeboard. The beauty in the world makes me question how someone can have such a vivid hate for the world, and human life itself. Its just so unfair how people do good deeds, and suffer from selfish moves such as this. I think this event shows how Envy and Hatred can lead to violence. I am truly sorry for those who were effected, and i hope that life will progress back to normal, and that you gain power within eachother to rebuild the hokie pride.

April 18, 2007, 11:53pm • #25524

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.. May God bless VT and keep yall strong.. You have our support.. stay strong

April 18, 2007, 11:53pm • University of Texas @ Arlington • #25525

My prayers and thoughts are with all the families and friends of those who lost their lives during this senseless tragedy, and for contined emotional and physical healing of students and faculty injured Monday morning.
Patricia Brammer

April 18, 2007, 11:53pm • Edgewood,MD 21040 • #25526

Students, Faculty, Professors, Families, Friends--Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for your loss--the way the whole nation feels.  I watch the tragedy on TV and wonder how anyone could allow himself to commit such a heinous act.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, you have all of our support.

On behalf of the University of Miami, we share in your pain.  The orange and green supports the orange and maroon!!

--A UM law student.

April 18, 2007, 11:53pm • Miami, FL • #25527

May god give all of you the strength to deal with this horrible tragedy, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless !

Robert Wood

April 18, 2007, 11:53pm • Berkeley,IL • #25528

May God wrap his arms around you all and give you comfort and strength as your lives go on. My heart hurts for you. NOW THAT THE GOLDEN SUN IS SETTING ON THE PATH THEY NO MORE TROD THEIR NAMES IN GOLD ARE WRITTEN IN THE AUTOGRAPH OF GOD.  God Bless You.  Frankie

April 18, 2007, 11:53pm • Oklahoma City Oklahoma • #25529

We thank you so much for providing a way for us to share with you our thoughts and prayers for all of you at Virginia Tech and all your families and friends.  Hopefully the knowledge that those of us across the country DO grieve with you, DO care deeply, and need to have a way to share that with you.  We are so devastated for you.  We hope that knowing that so many care about you will help in the days ahead.  May God watch over all those of you who have lost loved ones.  May God help to heal all of your hearts.
Most sincerely,
Jerry and Bill Hoffman
Westerville, OH

April 18, 2007, 11:53pm • Westerville, OH • #25530

we’d like to offer our prayers to the familys,students & teaching staff.you are all in our thoughts & hearts during this awful time.
Cheryl & Tony Charabin & Family

April 18, 2007, 11:54pm • clyde, Alberta Canada • #25531

This tragic day will always be remembered, For the innocent who lost their lives or who were affected by this incident. My prayers and thoughts are with everyone affected.

April 18, 2007, 11:54pm • Camarillo, Ca. • #25532

To VA Tech faculty, staff, students, family & friends:
I am deeply saddened by the tragedy that took place April 16. I’m a 20-year-old college student, and while I live far away, my heart breaks for everyone injured and the innocent lives taken. I’ve heard stories of courage and stories of loss. While I did not know the victims (nor anyone else at VA Tech), by hearing and reading their stories, I FEEL like I’ve come to know them in these last few days. What an amazing group of young people your college has. Please know that all of y’all are in (and will continue to be) in my thoughts and prayers every day. May God comfort and heal you as only He can. May He give you strength in the coming days and calm your fears when school resumes. I pray that you all feel a sense of healing and peace and understand that the nation mourns with you. May God Bless each and every one of you. Stay strong--we’re all behind you 100%.

April 18, 2007, 11:54pm • Macon, GA • #25533

As a college student that is miles away from Virginia tech, this shocking event has hit close to home.

As a student teacher with a class full of her own students, I learn what putting the safety of students first.

As a person, I hurt for the families, speechless at a time that creates anger, and hopefully that some good can come from this.

Hokies, we’ll all be thinking about you.

April 18, 2007, 11:54pm • Charlotte, NC • #25534

My deepest symapthy and prayers go to the students, teachers, administrators, family, friends, and loved ones. May God help you get through this tragedy. Each of you are in the nations prayers.

April 18, 2007, 11:54pm • Sacramento, CA • #25535

Having gone to school at Radford, I frequented the Virginia Tech campus and know it very well, particularly Amber Johnston. My brother is a Hokie Alum, my cousin is a Hokie Alum, and I have many friends who are Hokie Alum. Each have been affected by what has happened, even after many years being away from the campus, going back for the occasional football game. My brother remains associated with his fraternity (after being out of school for nearly 20 years) as well as is actively involved with his local Va Tech Alumni Association in Austin. They are Hokies through and through, and although I’m a Highlander, I’m a Hokie by association.

Undoubtedly the strength and pride of Virginia Tech Alum is not only a reflection of the foundation of the Institute, but an undying source of strength for all current faculty, staff, students, and their families in this time of tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with each and every proud Virginia Tech Hokie. Stay strong, stay proud, together you will rise above this. Go Hokies.

April 18, 2007, 11:54pm • Melbourne, Fl • #25536

I cannot stop thinking about all of the grief and sadness that everyone is feeling and how I wish I could comfort you all in some way. I speak for not only myself but my family too...we are all shocked and deeply saddened by this horrible shooting by someone who should have got help to help him deal with his distrubed feelings. My prayers are for all of you. God Bless

Linda and Family

April 18, 2007, 11:54pm • Hampton Bays, New York • #25537

From a Terp: We are all Hokies today. May God be with all of you who were affected by this unimaginable tragedy.

Jeffrey

April 18, 2007, 11:54pm • College Park, MD • #25538

I live a couple miles from the Amish School at Nickle Mines, PA, where just a few months ago another such tragedy occurred.  As a counselor to children I tried to help families to trust, hope and love again...and today it’s still very hard.  But there is a new school close by and those that remain recently celebrated a new day as they joined one another in the classroom again.  These families have found the strength they needed to continue in the Lord.  As such I share this blessing with the families, friends, staff and fellow students of VT and in the Blacksburg community… “The Lord bless you, and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” God’s Speed.

April 18, 2007, 11:54pm • Lancaster County, Pennsylvania • #25539

Our prayers go to you and your families at this time of despair. You have touched a nation, and we are all in mourning.

Dave and Melissa Reopelle

April 18, 2007, 11:54pm • Spanaway, WA 98387 • #25540

Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and in the thoughts and prayers of all the students, faculty, and staff at Clemson University. When things like this happen, we can’t make any sense out of it.  I pray that when things quiet down and you return to your routines, you will lean on each other and grow stronger from this horrible tragedy.  God bless each and every one of you! 

~KH, CU ‘07

April 18, 2007, 11:54pm • Clemson, SC • #25541

To all people affected by the tragedy at Virginia Tech-
My heart is embracing you with love and strength as we all try to make sense of the senseless. Be patient, persevere, and know within your being that renewed purpose will emerge and remembered joys will nurture you in the days ahead. I hold you in sacred space for healing in all ways.

Rev. Alfie

April 18, 2007, 11:54pm • Texas • #25542

May God bring hope and healing to the survivors of those lost and also to those who were injured.

You are all in our prayers.

Brad and Cynthia Southern

April 18, 2007, 11:54pm • Den ver, CO • #25543

Please know that Everyone is thinking of you, it is a reminder of how fragile life can be. I am a student at Purude University North Central(Branch of Purude University)Please know that all of us at my campus holds VT tech in our hearts. Be strong

April 18, 2007, 11:54pm • IN • #25544

To Whom it may concern:
I would first like to offer my greatest sympathies to those effected by the recent events and to all those connected to the school. In January there was a similar but no where as drastic situation at my own school and I know the feeling in the pit of stomach like everything you had come to hold as sacred has been ripped away and the world seems cold and unforgiving. But it gets better, every day you start to cry a little less, you smile a little more, and you learn a little something else. The scar it has left on the school will never disappear entirely, but the strength of the school will continually deepen. Overall, I would like to offer the support of my community to that of Virginia Tech. You are in out prayers and thoughts.

April 18, 2007, 11:54pm • Lincoln-Sudbury, MA • #25545

no one ever really dies, they’re just at another place chillin’, probably doing what they love best, with their favorite drink at hand, while their favorite song is playing in the background. some people call it heaven. those who left before their time more than likely are right there. they’re in heaven i’d like to think. even the tortured soul who felt he had to kill, he’s there too, he’s been forgiven i think. his comrades forgave him and he’s with the crew, also just relaxin’ and enjoying heaven. in heaven, i picture it as a perpetual study lounge complete with wi-fi, the most comfortable chairs, people are harmoniously having intelligent conversations, some are writing poetry, some are painting, some taking naps. like a sort of higher education heaven. i think all 33 souls who left this existence prematurely are right there. all i have to say is; see you when i get there.

April 18, 2007, 11:54pm • Merced, Ca • #25546

My heart goes out the all the family who lost a loved one in this tragic event.  It also goes out to the whole Virginia Tech community.  No words can express the saddness I feel.  I was in tears all day from the time I heard about the shooting.  God Bless

April 18, 2007, 11:55pm • Covina, CA • #25547

The communication class and the finance class at Saint Leo University want to express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the victims of the tragic shootings on campus. From our family at SLU to yours at VT, our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Richard Conrath and graduate students at SLU

April 18, 2007, 11:55pm • Saint Leo, FL • #25548

My children and I are wondering if there is a way through you that we can order the yellow and maroon ribbons for all of us and our friends and families to wear to show our support for you all. We already bought sweatshirts for the family and we will wear them with pride and sadness for all of you to show our support.
With thoughts and
prayers,
Michele,Jonathan,Jason,Jared
my3son_andme@yahoo.com

April 18, 2007, 11:55pm • torrington,CT • #25549

To All those family,friends, and Hokies;

I am praying for your hearts to heal, and never
forget your loved ones will allways be with your
own spirit.  By keeping in peace you relase the
souls which are in a better place.  Please know
that all of America is praying for you.

God Bless, your friend in Florida....

April 18, 2007, 11:55pm • Sarasota, Florida USA • #25550

I would like to express my condolences to all those at Virginia Tech. Remember to stay strong by sticking together during this hard time. Life will go on, it just takes a while for the heart to heal. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 11:55pm • Kerrville, TX • #25551

To all of the Family, Friends, Students, & Faculty Members of Virginia Tech:
I would like to express my heartfelt prayers & condolences to each of you.  At times such as this, it becomes imperative to not only remember, but also focus on & meditate on the Lord’s words / promises: “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths” (Proverbs 3: 5-6) and in John 10:10 Jesus says: “The thief does not come except to steal, kill, & destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” God Bless each of you!

April 18, 2007, 11:55pm • Morristown, NJ • #25552

To the faculty and students in the CEE department,

I want to express my heartfelt condolences for your loss of wonderful faculty and students in your department.  My heart was ripped out when I saw the news and when I heard that folks in the CEE department were affected--I’m praying for all of the faculty, students, and their families and that you will remain strong in your faith and that everyone will heal from this tragic event. 

Mary Dean Coleman
2004 Graduate, PhD HNFE

April 18, 2007, 11:55pm • Boone, NC • #25553

I pray for strength for the victims, their families and the faculty and staff at VA Tech. This tragedy will never be forgotten, but the pain will lessen as time goes on. I am sorry for everyone’s lost. Be strong and have faith that you will overcome this.

April Lewis
Benedict College

April 18, 2007, 11:55pm • Columbia, SC • #25554

My heart goes out to every victim, student, faculty member, staff member and family member that is effected b this horrific tragedy.  I am so thankful that my nephew, a VT freshman, is okay but I’m so sorry for all those that lost loved ones.  The entire VT community is in my thoughts and prayers.  I am a Kansas Jayhawk but as a native Virginian, I will forever be a HOKIE!!! We are Virginia Tech!
-Jen

April 18, 2007, 11:55pm • Lynchburg, VA • #25555