Condolences, April 18, 2007

Many people have different beliefs and thoughts on what happens when we’re gone. I know that whatever their beliefs everyones hearts are out to those affected by this terrible tragedy.
Remember those who fell, remember so that future incidents can possibly be stopped, remember so that they will live on in you.
For all the freedoms that we have, it seems so weird that something so small can take it all away.
I hope that everyone involved in this finds peace with themselves and forgiveness for the troubled young man who did this.

April 18, 2007, 5:39am • Canada • #7389

I was shocked to learn of the tragedy which took place at your University. Words are not enough to describe and feel the pain and sadness you are all going through at the moment.  I work for the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom and I cannot imagine what will go through our minds if we experience a similar tragedy like yours. Our University is a place where people come together from all over the world and students, academic staff and administrative staff become attached to each other as part of a close-knit family and when tragedy struck,it affects all of us in such a way which raise the question Why Us?

Our thoughts, prayers and condolences goes to the families who have lost their loved ones. 

The media has shown that the whole international community shares your grief and this is the beauty of humanity - it brings people together and nothing else matters.

Time is a great healer and we hope God will guide you all through this difficult and heatbreaking time.

You are all in our prayers.  God Bless you all.

Fatima

April 18, 2007, 5:40am • Southampton, United Kingdom • #7390

MY CONDOLENCES,AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO VIRGINIA TECH,STUDENTS,FACULTY,AND FAMILY OF THE STUDENTS,KILLED,IN THIS TRYING TIME.EVEN THOUGH,I NEVER WENT TO COLLEGE,I CAN UNDERSTAND THE GREAT LOSS,AND PAIN,THAT YOUR ENTIRE CAMPUS,IS GOING THROUGH NOW.WHAT COULD MAKE A PERSON,KILL SO MANY WONDERFUL,AND ASPIRING,STUDENTS,THAT IS JUST TRYING TO GET A DECENT EDUCATION,AND IS TRYING TO MAKE SOMETHING OF THEMSELVES,IN THIS HARD,WORLD,WE’RE LIVING IN TODAY ? AGAIN,MY PRAYERS,GO OUT TO THE STUDENTS,FACULTY,AND TO THE FAMILY OF THOSE STUDENTS,THAT WERE AFFECTED BY THIS UNFORTUNATE TRAGEDY.GOD BLESS YOU ALL,AND GOD SPEED.  CARLTON PARKER.

April 18, 2007, 5:40am • MOUNT VERNON,NEW YORK • #7391

In the wake of a tragedy such as this, you realize that the present moment is all you ever have.  You must live life to the fullest and not let others stop you and your dreams, live in faith and not in fear.  Mourn for those lost and pray for their families because there is no such thing as too much prayer.  Parents, my heart goes out to you and all I can say is that your child died not for makig wrong choices or being in the wrong place, but for the opposite.  Your child was in class that day, not skipping but furthering their education to chage the word and above all, make you proud.  To understand the pain that families are going through I cannot eaven fathom, and for those who lost friends I have been there more times than I ever wanted to be.  Life is tough, it throws you curveballs like this and you feel soooo bad, but then you realize that you mush have ben feeling soooo good to have come down that painfully.

April 18, 2007, 5:40am • Festus, Missouri • #7392

Thinking of you all during this tragic time.
Bec

April 18, 2007, 5:40am • Sydney, NSW, Australia • #7393

Thinking of you all at this very sad time

April 18, 2007, 5:40am • England, UK • #7394

Also, to those of you who took charge by barricading doors and helping others with injuries: you are tomrrows leaders. In a time of chaos and fear you stepped up and lead others when they were searching for direction, you put your life on the line for others without a second thought, and some gave their life for the safety of the students they were teaching.  This is the greatest deed you could have done and you have already faced the biggest challenge you will ever face- starring death in the face and not flinching.  Thank you for helping others when you could have simply helped yourself.  May the students at Virginia Tech feel confidence to return to campus, to go to class, and to live their lives as they were intended.  Do not let this tragedy be a chip in your shoulder but as a fire in your heart to live stronger and as motivation to live your life to the best of your ability. And don’t be afraid to share your thoughts and emotions, for others can’t listen to what they can’t see or hear.  To all students, faculty, and families I express my deepest sympathy, and I mean that from the deepest parts of my heart and soul. God Bless you all, adn God bless those who are no longer with us.

With constant prayers,
David Bittick

April 18, 2007, 5:40am • Festus, Missouri • #7395

Heartfelt remorse from a JMU Duke to all VT Hokies.

April 18, 2007, 5:40am • Harrisonburg, VA • #7396

shall god save your soul. shall

condolences.

GUN=BLOOD… it’s alwasy the same question…

April 18, 2007, 5:41am • italy • #7397

I would like to express my sincere condolences to the Virginia Tech family. Many of my children’s friends attended this great institution known for its superb academics and friendly student body.

May the healing begin.

Love,

Marlis McKay

April 18, 2007, 5:41am • Burke, VA • #7398

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RICHARD MUNYUA GACHOMBA

April 18, 2007, 5:41am • Abano Terme, ITALY • #7399

Dear Virginia Tech Students

I feel so sad for the loss of so many innocent people in your campus.Please accept my sincere condolences.I feel great sympathy for the victims and for everyone who is affected by this tragedy.I may be thousands miles away from you,but my mind is there.I know it is difficult but you have to be strong so as to overcome the loss of so many important people.Remember,time will heal the pain.

April 18, 2007, 5:41am • Athens,Greece • #7400

To the Families and Friends and all who have been effected by this horrible act, you are in our prayers many thousands of miles away.  My husband and I gave our little girls extra long hugs as we put them to bed tonight.  Our thoughts are with you all....it is too much to comprehend....
Anna

April 18, 2007, 5:41am • Auckland, New Zealand • #7401

My thoughts and prayers are for the victims, friends and Family at this most tragic time. May God Bless everyone who has shed a tear or felt the pain that someone would do this to their loved ones.

Robert L. Van Mierlo Jr.

April 18, 2007, 5:41am • St. Louis, MO • #7402

Our thoughts are with all the students, teachers, parents and families of everyone effected by this tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 5:42am • Adelaide, SA, Australia • #7403

To All The Dear Students, Facility and Staff,
My PRAYERS are with all of you. I have a daughter that goes to St. Ambrose in Davenport Iowa, and I am always in fear of something like this happening there. This was a terriable tragedy and I just want you to know I will be lighting a candle for you. You know that God will always be there for you. In My Prayers Always
Emma

April 18, 2007, 5:42am • DePue, Il • #7404

My name is Denny McGee, and I am a full time college student at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg Kansas. Although I did not know anyone at Virginia Tech, as a fellow student who is living on campus, this senseless and shocking tragedy has hit me close to home. I did not see the carnage, thank God, but I still feel the desire to connect with the victims and their families and let them know my heart goes out to everyone involved. To everone in Blacksburg, and on campus, may God bless you with the all the love, peace and comfort you need to endure this horrible, sad time. Please know there are folks out there who care, love, and grieve with you. May you find the inner strength to carry on. You are in my prayers. Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who have trespassed against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen. May God be with you all.

April 18, 2007, 5:42am • Pittsburg, KS USA • #7405

We are very sorry to hear the tragedy.  When we watched the news from TV in Taiwan, it’s very hard to believe that kind of things might happen in the world.  We pray for the victims and wish they are going to a better world with no killing and no pain.  Also, people in Virginia Tech please be brave.  Wish God may comfort your sorrow and your lost.  God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 5:42am • Taoyuan City, Taiwan • #7406

Der 16.04.07 is ein Tag der welt weiten Trauer der schmerz über verlorene menschen wird niemals heilen das Football Jugendteam der Elmshorn Fighting Pirates ist in tiefer trauer über diesen tag alle gedanken sind bei euch

Das Team Der Elmshorn Fighting Pirates

April 18, 2007, 5:42am • elmshorn in Schleswig Holstein Germany • #7407

Thoughts and prayers are with all family members, members of the community and people world wide.  Please now that people around the world are thinking of you.

April 18, 2007, 5:42am • New Zealand • #7408

We really are a family and have shown the world that.  My heart is broken for the family and friends of those who died and I pray daily for you all.

Eileen Dwyer Gaddy ‘79

April 18, 2007, 5:42am • Sugar Grove, North Carolina • #7409

I want to extend my condolences and grief to everyone at VT, the families and friends. With horror I watched CNN these past days and cannot comprehense what all of you are going through. Please know that across the Atlantic, people are also praying for you and thinking of you all! Like your teacher Nikkie said yesterday, YOU WILL PREVAIL! Good luck.

April 18, 2007, 5:42am • Hilversum, The Netherlands • #7410

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Virginia Tech family.

April 18, 2007, 5:43am • Iran • #7411

Sometimes you have to wonder if there’s a
purpose for all things good and bad
when at times you feel life is just to much of
a battle and everything just fells so sad
when the felling of confusion sets in from all
that is around
we often question if HE’S there or why he cant be found
sometimes it may feel like no one cares as you lie
awake tonight
for there seems to be so many endless tears and a feeling no one will ever win this fight
if only everyone could understand the feelings
deep inside
there are many empty spaces there that will be so hard to hide
Jesus, if your listening i know you will help them through
if ever they need a hand Dear Lord
they need one now from you…

If i could hug everyone of you on that campus i would stand there for hours and do it...but this is the best i can do (((((HUGS)))))....
I asked GOD to send every ANGEL he could spare to
Virginia Tech to care for you and watch over you...and he said NO he couldent do that....i aked him “Why”...HE said...ANGELS DO NOT WATCH OVER ANGELS…

April 18, 2007, 5:43am • DELIA CREECH NEW BERN, NORTH CAROLINA • #7412

Words cannot describe the grief that we as a humanity and a united world are feeling for those who lost their friends, their children, their families. around the world, muslim, jew, christain or boudhist: Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the students at Virginia Tech and all those who consider themselves Hokies
Boubaker HLAIMI. student

April 18, 2007, 5:43am • University of Nantes FRANCE • #7413

May God bless and comfort the family and friends of those who have “crossed over”. My heart and prayers are with you.
may God Bless u all

Family E:Akakpo
eve_akak@hotmail.com

April 18, 2007, 5:44am • Berlin/Germany • #7414

I’m KOREAN officer…
I’m don’t speak english

All my life I have sorry heart...sorry.

I want to give my deepest condolences.

April 18, 2007, 5:44am • Seoul / KOREA • #7415

I want to share my deepest sympathy with all those at Virginia Tech and in the Blacksburg community who have had to endure this tragedy.  I recently attended UCLA as an undergrad and Emory Law in Georgia, and simply cannot fathom what it would have been like to experience such terror on campus as a student.  I am sure I am only one of millions of individuals who never attended VT nor personally know a single student there, yet now grieve with you and are saddened by your loss.  Best wishes over the coming days, and rest in peace to those who have passed.

April 18, 2007, 5:44am • Jason in Los Angeles, California USA • #7416

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Virginia Tech family.

April 18, 2007, 5:44am • Iran • #7417

I am very sorry to hear the news,hope my wishes can comfort the hearts that were injured in this case,God bless you.VT
weiqiang,China

April 18, 2007, 5:44am • China • #7418

This anthem serves as honoring those that they fell in this horrible massacre:

Cuando la pena nos alcanza
por el hermano perdido,
cuando el adiós dolorido
busca en la fe su esperanza.
En tu palabra confiamos
con la certeza de que Tú
ya le has devuelto a la vida,
ya le has llevado a la luz.

José Pajarón Lacave

April 18, 2007, 5:45am • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain • #7419

All of you deserve the utmost praise in managing to live on through such a tragic situation. I pray that all of you will live on and strive further through the anguish and the hurt, and remember the dead with fondness and love.

My prayers are with you all.

M H M , Sydney Australia.

April 18, 2007, 5:45am • Sydney, NSW Australia • #7420

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Know that many thoughts and prayers are with the families, students and faculty at VT.  May the peace of God be with you all.

April 18, 2007, 5:45am • Clemson, South Carolina • #7421

We cannot begin to appreciate your pain, but know that we in similar communities,albeit much smaller campus, have you all in our thoughts and prayers. You students are an inspiration in your Dignity and Humility. Please take care of each other.

April 18, 2007, 5:45am • Whitehaven, Cumbria England • #7422

I cant even find the words to express the pain I feel for the Virginia Tech community.  Just know that God is there and lean on him.  Also pray for the shooters family as they are victims in this as well.  God Bless
Dawn Croteau

April 18, 2007, 5:45am • Guthrie, oklahoma • #7423

We Mourn with you Virginia Tech! Your Morning of Joy has come sorrow went last night.

Stay Blessed!

Segun

April 18, 2007, 5:45am • Lagos - Nigeria • #7424

My prayers and condolences to all people that is suffering with this incomprehensible tragedy. Specially to the parents and family, teachers and VT stuff.

Fernando Saravia

April 18, 2007, 5:45am • Uppsala, Sweden • #7425

May the dead heal in heaven
may the living find faith to live on life
may the wounded recover in near future
my deepest condolences

Karin S. Ivertsen

April 18, 2007, 5:45am • Utrecht, The Netherlands • #7426

Virginia Tech staff and students gave me a warm welcome to the campus a few years ago, when I visited the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Services for Students with Disabilities.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all there on campus and in particular with the bereaved families. You are a strong community and will be made even stronger by this tragedy.

Anne Tynan

April 18, 2007, 5:46am • London, England • #7427

This is a very sad time in the history of Virginia Tech. An extremely sad time in the lives of the families, of the students whose flame was so senselessly put out today.  By the time we learn the whole truth of the matter, it will never be a reason that we could possibly understand let alone accept.

We don’t know what drives people to perpetrate such heinous actions upon others; only God knows.  And when it is all said and done...God Almighty is all we have to get us through the tough times this life throws at us.

To the families, I only have this to offer; you are in my prayers, to help you get through all the difficult days to come. That God will bring peace to the deep sorrow in your hearts, and for the journey ahead. 

To the students, faculty, and all others who escaped this day with their very lives.  Do not allow your fear to defeat you, causing you to shrink away from life; don’t leave the place where your future is anchored.

Continue…

April 18, 2007, 5:46am • Kansas City, Missouri • #7428

To all the people lost…

“ Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth. As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may he consecrated in truth.”

John 17:17-19 RSV

April 18, 2007, 5:46am • La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland ( Europe ) • #7429

You are in our prayers.

Joe and Joanna

April 18, 2007, 5:46am • Glendale, CA • #7430

You are all in my thoughts.

April 18, 2007, 5:47am • São Paulo, Brazil • #7431

I´m not real fluent in english but i want to say some words…

I feel deep sorrow for all those familys who lost their loved ones and are left behind without the chance to say godbye to them. No words can say what they must feel now and in what way their lives have changed at the moment they got the bad news.

I hope for all that there will be more than a discussion about weapon owning now. Or, as bad as it sounds, there will be more Columbines and Blackburgs in the future…

My deepest regret

Daniel Baumann

April 18, 2007, 5:47am • Halle (Saale), Sachsen Anhalt, Germany • #7432

Continue to pursue your dreams, and ambitions, not allowing this one lone individual whom did not value life; not even his own, to victimize any of you twice.  As this is what your fallen commrades would want each of you, to do in their memory.  Keep their joy for life…carry on their hopes, and dreams they left behind; honor them. By becoming all the great things they were all striving to be. It is your courage to perservere in the face of evil, that you will find hope and your rest in Christ Jesus.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.
EPHESIANS 6:13

The Biggers Family

April 18, 2007, 5:47am • #7433

Dear Hokies,

I’ve spent just one semester at VT back in 1996/97.
It was really a great time on a wonderful city hosted by very warming and generous people.
I’ll never forget Blacksburg and VT.
My prayers and deepest thoughts are with the families affected by this terrible tragedy.

Life will go on, VT forever
Diogo

April 18, 2007, 5:47am • Porto, Portugal • #7434

I would just like to offer my condolences in this time of need. I knew Ryan Clark. He was a great guy and an awesome personality to go with it. He will be greatly missed and so will the other students. God Bless!

Keara Horton
‘08

April 18, 2007, 5:47am • Chesterfield Va • #7435

sorry to hear about your gerat loss hpoe u will find strenth to overcome this evil dont let the sun go down hail hokies

April 18, 2007, 5:47am • scotland • #7436

My prayers and thoughts go out to all the family of the victums, students and staff of the Virgina Tech.

G. Zagers

April 18, 2007, 5:47am • Lisse, The Netherlands • #7437

I’am with you in this tragedy.
How someone can kill so many students, and why...all the reasons he mentionned are not rightful.
So many questions but no answers, he is dead know and 32 innocents too.
I pray for all the 32 angels, and for all the wounded students.
Liberty hasn’t got any price, except to live.

April 18, 2007, 5:47am • Biarritz, France • #7438