Condolences, April 18, 2007

My most deeply profound sentiments of remorse and consolation are extended to everyone directly affected by this tragedy, and to all those fair members of the campus of Western Virginia Technological Institute; but, especially to, the families and loved ones of those who have been injured or killed.  I have no trouble whatsoever praying for you, but I neither have a bit of trouble, praying for the young man (who sounds himself troubled, and whose actions, however,seemingly motivated by extremes of emotional imbalance, but whose troubles of mind could have been potentially discerned (as they seem to have been by a professor who took the rather extraordinary measure of calling the police about him becuase of his writings).  It is a catastropic and somber event, and I, in closing, offer a prayer from the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopalian Protestant Church (of which I am a member)....

60.  For Protection (page 832)

Assist us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and prayers, and dispose the way of thy servants towards the attainment of everlasting salvation; that, among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be defended by thy gracious and readly help; through Jesus Christ or Lord.  Amen.

April 18, 2007, 1:13am • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA • #4381

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • Juneau, Alaska • #4382

May angels lead you in.

God Bless, stay strong, God will be there to help you carry on.

You will remain forever in my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • Silver Spring, MD • #4383

I feel your sense of loss and wonder why such special people are no longer with us. 
I spent the day crying and wish I could comfort each of you.  May G-d bless...love, Brenda

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • Chicago, IL • #4384

Words are just not enough to express my sadness for your tragic loss and great sorrow. I hope that you find strength from one another and are able to live your lives to the fullest, honouring those who have had their bright lives taken from them.

Peace be with you, you are in my thoughts.
Simone

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • Victoria, Australia • #4385

My heart goes out to everyone at Virginia Tech and to all the families and friends who have been affected by this incident.  I have a college student myself and we both have been deeply sadden by this event.  Be strong and remember those friends you lost well be watching over you forever.

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • Atlanta, Ga. • #4386

Words can not describe the sorrow I feel in my heart for your community and all the lives affected by this tragic and senseless act. I want to let you know that you are in my heart and in my prayers. I want to share with you a bible verse that gets me through hard times and hopefully will help you too.
But when I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Psalm 56:3

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • Amanda Ft Mitchell Alabama • #4387

To Virgina Tech, note that my prayers and many others are there with you. This is a horrific event that one can only wish could be erased from our memories, especially to those that it directly touched. Words can not describe this event to truely express the tradgedy. I’m sorry.You are all in our thoughts.

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • San Rafael, CA (Dominican University of California • #4388

Prayers to the families of the victims.  Prayers to the campus community. 

Like the Marshall movie...like Columbine....stand strong! 

YOU ARE VIRGINIA TECH!!

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • Phoenix, AZ • #4389

My dear Hokie family,
Please know that each of you are in our prayers. None of us can comprehend the senseless acts that occurred in our beloved Blacksburg. Love one another, get support to help you on the darker days, and know that the nation and the whole world share in your pain.
Jenn ‘00 CALS

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • LA, CA • #4390

I feel so sorry when I heard about the tragedy. I know how it feels losing our beloved. May God bless all the injured students, professors, victims’ families and also rest of Virginia Tech.

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • Taiwan • #4391

Holp everyone will be fine…
Deeply mourn from my heart,expecially the Israeli professor,let us make a salution to him,have a nice journey in Heaven,God bless all be fine…

cincerly cory

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • Taiyuan Shanxi China • #4392

This is to express sorrow and sympathy to the families of students who were killed and wounded yesterday.  Also, as an expression of support for the president of the University and the staff, we know that you did your very best with an incredibly tragic and challenging situation.

All of us in higher education, across the nation, share your grief, and support your efforts to rebuild your campus community.

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • #4393

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the friends and families of those who lost their lives on April 16, 2007.  The Hokie nation will always be there for you.

Derek Dean
VT ‘04

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • Max Meadows, VA • #4394

In this time of deep sorrow..i am praying that God gives you the strength for each day , the hope to move forward , and the forgiveness in your heart to stand above this senselessness. May you find comfort in the hugs of people who truly care and joy in knowing that our loved ones are only a step away in a world without pain or tragedy awaiting the day when we shall all be united again,Until then may God grant you the peace that surpasses all earthly understanding.

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • Schuylkill Haven, Pa. USA • #4395

To all who are suffering, we wish you to know grace and mercy. To all who are angry we ask God to grant you peace. We can not begin to understand your pain and sorrow but we do mourn with you at the loss of such wonderful and beautiful lives. For as long as you need them, our prayers, thoughts and love will be with you.
The Howard Hooker Family
Howard and Ruby, Bill, Bob and Lynn, Rebecca, Ruthie,Sonjia, Josh, Harlee, Theresa, Kathryn Hooker, Lee Ann and Jerry Kersey,Justine Kersey,Kylie, Brad and Britton, Aaron LeBlanc,Leslie and Aaron Moore, Jarrod Ham, Jennifer Harris, Scott and Julie Tonroy, Zack, Carrie and Drea Tonroy
As our family thinks of the families who will no longer be whole, we will pray for you all and be mindful of our blessings as we do.
God’s GRACE be with you all.

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • Texas and Oklahoma • #4396

I am not a member of Virgina Tech, nor a member of the immediate community.  I am, however, a college student.  I can’t even imagine what you all are going through.  I want to let all of you who are affected by this tragedy..especially those who fell victim, their families, and friends...that my prayers are with you as you face what is ahead.  Take this time to tell those you love how you feel, and be strong.  God Bless!

Jennifer

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • Tennessee • #4397

It is indeed a sad day for the people of Virginia Tech, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the United States and the rest of the world. May all those that are affected by this great tragedy find peace, hope and love in abundance. And may they eventually move on from this terrible incident.

Our prayers and thoughts go out to the victims and their families.

God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • Singapore • #4398

Having known so many Hokies, I cannot even imagine what the family at V-Tech are going through. I went to George Mason, and a friend of mine went to Maryland, however we are united in grief of what happened. Tech will pull through, and everybody just has to stick together and remember the lives and the spirit that makes Tech a special place. My thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost their loved ones. God bless to all of you who have suffred.
Much love.

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • Alexandria, VA • #4399

Though I am many miles away from Virginia Tech, I feel the pain being a parent myself.. My condolences to the greiving parents and let me just say HE will pay for his sins in the upper world.. God Bless..

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • Ken Singh, India • #4400

Hokies...we will never forget you. This tragedy will always be remembered. You are in the hearts of the entire world Virginia Tech.

-West Chester University student

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • West Chester, PA • #4401

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends, students and staff of all on the Virginia Tech campus.  I pray that God would grant you all the comfort that will be needed in the days, weeks, and months to come.

God Bless!

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • Grand Rapids, MI • #4402

Our deepest sympathies to all the imediate families, the friends, and the entire Va Tech family, including he alumni. Our hearts have been deeply saddened at the tragic loss you have suffered. We grieve with you in loss of your dear loved ones. We are so proud of the strength everyone at the college has shown over the past two days and pray that community will continue to seek strength from each other in tough days ahead of you. You are in the prayers of millions across this nation!

April 18, 2007, 1:14am • Dale City, VA • #4403

May God be with all of you at the university and in your community. I sincerely hope the thoughts prayers from around the country may offer some comfort and hope to you now and in the future. Please know we will continue to pray for your healing and strength.

April 18, 2007, 1:15am • Pineville, Louisiana • #4404

We are so sad that many people died due to this horrible event. We can’t image that how their families and friends suffer these heartache days. Do wish such things would never happen again!

Cherry Chen & Nailin Zhang from Beijing, China

April 18, 2007

April 18, 2007, 1:15am • Beijing, China • #4405

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all--the students, faculty, administration, parents, families and friends of all the victims as well as the police and emergency medical personnel.
We are so sorry for the tragedy that struck the Virginia Tech campus and for the bright and promising lives that were taken so suddenly.  We admire the heroism of the faculty who died trying to protect their students. 
We pray for physical healing for the wounded, spiritual and emotional healing for those in need and eternal peace for the fallen. 
We pray that you will be able to find consolation by celebrating the lives of those who died and carrying that memory in your hearts forever. 
We wish you enough hugs, tears and memories to comfort you through this difficult time in your lives and enough hope so that in this time of darkness you are able to realize you are not alone, there will be light.  God bless you.
Nelson, Barb and Anne

April 18, 2007, 1:15am • Syracuse, NY • #4406

Its crazy to feel so close and connected with people you have never even met. The vitims in this tragedy have touch my heart, and i dont even know their names..My heart goes out to all of the families and victims. I know that we can heal, but we will never be the same.

April 18, 2007, 1:15am • Arizona • #4407

My heart, condolences and my prayers go out to the students, faculty and families of Virginia Tech. This is not the last of you all. This was an unfortunate tragedy, but you are all going to stand tough and remain strong. Keep praying.

April 18, 2007, 1:15am • Detroit, Michigan • #4408

We will never forget...We will always remember...Our fellow Hokies will be missed.  Stay strong Hokies and lean on each other.

Pat Briant
Class ‘06

April 18, 2007, 1:15am • Woodbridge, Virginia • #4409

My prayers and condolences go the families of the victims and to the entire Virginia Tech community, and I continue to pray for justice and forgiveness.
Ana A.

April 18, 2007, 1:15am • Philippines • #4410

As an educator and parent I was touched and have had a heavy heart for all those involved in this tragedy.  I truly hope that the symbols of closeness and community that are being displayed by the news media help in the grieving process.  My wish is that all of the students, faculty, staff, family members and surrounding community feel the love and support of people around the country.  My prayers are with you all.

April 18, 2007, 1:15am • Scottsdale, Arizona • #4411

I would like like to pay my respects to the families who have lost loved ones.  I feel terrible for your losses and I hope that you are able to find the strength to carry on when you are ready. 

And to Mr. Liviu Librescu,
you are an honorable man.

April 18, 2007, 1:15am • Irvine, CA • #4412

Our thoughts go out to the families of the victims of these horrific tragedy, to the whole VA Tech community.

The tragedy reminds me of a song named I Don’t Like Mondays, another gun shoot several years ago in San Diego. The lesson today is how to die, but our hearts are full of sadness and sorrow though we know no one in VT. You are not strangers, you are not alone.

God bless you all.

M&Y from China

April 18, 2007, 1:15am • China • #4413

Dear Virgina Tech Students, Staff, and Family Members of the Victims,
My prayers go out to you all. I hope that you guys will get through this, its going to take time and its going to hurt. Just dont remember the times that you had with the people you lost because those are the memories to cherish. My heart goes out to each and every one of you that have been effected. God Bless you all. Remain strong and you will get through this.

April 18, 2007, 1:15am • Dover, Delaware • #4414

My condolences to all the families,friends and schoolmates of the 32 lives that was wasted caused by the gruesome rage of an individual.i hope god gives you the strength to get thru this very challenging part of your lives and may he grant u with the peace that you guys deserve.you are in my prayers

Jed Batacan

April 18, 2007, 1:15am • Edmonton,Alberta,Canada • #4415

Our Prayers and thoughts go out to the families and loved ones of the victims.

April 18, 2007, 1:15am • Campbell, Ca -The Olsen's • #4416

A heidious crime has been committed, and in a blink of an eye, i’ve lost some close friends.
The pain will forever go one, and this is a defining moment for me, it will forever be in my heart...that on April 16th, 2007, the Hokies’ Bird wing has been broken.
Forever Hokies

April 18, 2007, 1:15am • Roanoke,Virginia • #4417

Assalamu Alaikum.

April 18, 2007, 1:15am • Falls Church, VA • #4418

Sometimes in the face of tragedy we find things within ourselves that we never knew were there. Everything, and I do mean everything, happens for a reason. While that reason may not be apparently clear at the moment, may each and every one of you find that silver lining at some point in your lives. It may not be today, tommorow, this month, this year or this decade - but keep your head up - while keeping in mind the memory of those who are loved and lost, and not forgetting not only what they left behind, but what they are taking with them. For they are headed to a much better place.

April 18, 2007, 1:15am • Kenner, La • #4419

My prayers are with the families and friends of the fallen at Virginia Tech. I have a son in college, and I can only imagine the pain that the parents of these wonderful children are feeling. These young men and women will never graduate, travel, marry, have children and watch them grow. I know that there are new angels in heaven, and their wearing VT colors. With deepest sympathy, Ivy McCreedy

April 18, 2007, 1:15am • Robbinsville, New Jersey • #4420

I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to your administration, staff, students, friends, alumni, and families. As a student of law and a graduate of a university, I can not imagine the grief and pain everyone has endured at the deepest levels and my heart goes out to everyone. Again, I would like to offer my deepest condolences as I know the pure rhetoric can never fill the void.

With The Deepest Sympathy,

VCB

April 18, 2007, 1:15am • Clarion, Pennsylvania • #4421

May you find a new strength and depth of character in the wake of such suffering and anguish.  For the member of our Penn State family and for all those who were lost in this tragedy, as well as for everyone whose lives have been suddenly filled with terrible sorrow, I offer my condolences, my prayers, and my hope for a brighter tomorrow on the other side of this dark night.  To the entire Virginia Tech community: I wish you peace in this challenging time.
-Chris Buchignani

April 18, 2007, 1:15am • State College, PA • #4422

My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Virginia Tech community. May God bless, comfort, and keep you in His love during this tragic time.

~Chris~

April 18, 2007, 1:15am • Parma, OH • #4423

Hello my name is Heather, I wanted to say how sorry I am for what you are going through, I my self have gone throught the same thing I was a sophmore at Santana High School when Andy Williams opened fire killing two and wounding many more. The only addvice I can offer is time will help. It has been many years since it happened but rest assure the hurt will pass you will never forget but one day you will sleep. Another thing I can say is seek help and talk about it if you dont it will do more damage to your lives. Good luck and you are in my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 1:16am • Santee, CA • #4424

Individually, we all hurt. Together we hurt as Hokies. We are Virginia Tech.

Nick B

April 18, 2007, 1:16am • Blacksburg • #4425

From Canada, our hearts go out to you all

April 18, 2007, 1:16am • Alberta, Canada • #4426

Pray for all victims and injured.
God bless hokies.

Luke Li

April 18, 2007, 1:16am • Pekking China • #4427

God Bless VT at this time of great sorrow.  My prayers are with you.

Jim Thomason

April 18, 2007, 1:16am • Roanoke, Virginia • #4428

STUDENTS

At this sad time when there is little anyone can do, May you know that many understanding thoughts are with you

IN MEMORY OF
STEVEN THOMAS STALTER
APRIL 2,1968 TO JANUARY 22,2007

April 18, 2007, 1:16am • Cheyenne, Wyoming • #4429

My thoughts are with you all. I cannot imagine the pain and loss you are feeling. May you find comfort in each other and in the thoughts and prayers of all of us who are mourning with you.

Maggie Beattie
University of Oregon

April 18, 2007, 1:16am • Eugene, Oregon • #4430