Condolences, April 18, 2007

It is a terrible thing that happened and I pray for healing for everyone connected.

There isn’t anything anyone can do to change the past, what’s done is done… all one can do is think about the prevention of terrible things such as this.

You school voted against legally concealed weapon carry on campus. If some of your professors or students had been armed the death count might have been a lot less. So sad.

April 18, 2007, 6:25am • Virginia Beach, VA • #7743

I am a university student in Auckland, New Zealand.

I was very shocked to here of yet another university/school tragedy in America.

Mondays events shocked the world.  I feel more needs to be done to protect these innocent and valuable lives of your nation.

I feel more need to be done with the US gun laws as too many precious lives are now lost.  Guns should be banned.

My thoughts are with the unversity students, staff and families.

April 18, 2007, 6:25am • New Zealand • #7744

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was effected by this terrible ordeal.

I carry you in my heart.

April 18, 2007, 6:25am • Melbourne, Australia • #7745

Our hearts and prayers go out to all the victims, their families, and all students and faculty.
May their religous belief’s bring them peace
and understanding.

April 18, 2007, 6:25am • Chatham, NJ • #7746

While nothing I can say could even begin to undo the terrible tragedy, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with not only the victims and their loved ones, but also those that were left unscathed. While this will remain in the hearts and minds of people forever, we shall also heal from it one day. Peace to all.
Kevin Kraus

April 18, 2007, 6:26am • Arnold, Missouri • #7747

We are some Austian students in Salzburg and we just want to tell all of you, that our thoughts are with you and tonight we are going to pray together for all the victims, the families and friends and the witnesses.

Don’t forget: God is watching us!

In solidarity,

3D-IK-Sbg

April 18, 2007, 6:26am • Salzburg, Austria • #7748

Man will never fully comprehend the evil and madness in the world just as man will never fully comprehend the love, mercy and grace that surrounds him. I know each family affected will find a way to let the lost soul shine bright to the coming generations. My prayers are with you.

April 18, 2007, 6:26am • Littleton, NC • #7749

Word cannot express how everyone across the globe feels. All I can say is that my heart goes out to everyone at Virginia Tech who has lost a loved one and to your respective families.

I sincerely hope your families are able to come to terms with this.

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R.I.P 04/16/07 Angels
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A brief candle; both ends burning
An endless mile; a bus wheel turning
A friend to share the lonesome times
A handshake and a sip of wine
So say it loud and let it ring
We are all a part of everything
The future, present and the past
Fly on proud bird

written en route to the funeral for his friend, Ronnie Van Zant of the band, Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Gautam Chhabra

April 18, 2007, 6:26am • Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom • #7750

My thoughts and prayers are with all in this very difficult time. Universities are places that should be filled with hope, turn back to that hope.

- Brieanne Barton

April 18, 2007, 6:26am • London, UK • #7751

Our hearts and prayers are with the students, teachers, families, and friends of the Virginia Tech family and community.  May God lay a healing hand on your aching hearts.  Lean on Him, for He is there for all of you.  May God Bless and keep you all. 

Deanna Woolard

April 18, 2007, 6:26am • Jonestown, PA • #7752

Thoughts and prayers for the peace and comfort promised from Heaven to all the victims, their families and the entire Hokie Nation.  Though my heart breaks, I have never been more proud to be a Hokie!!  God Bless Virginia Tech!

Dru, VT ‘87

April 18, 2007, 6:26am • Pawleys Island, SC • #7753

Our Taughts and Prayers are with you all at this terrible time.

Justice will provail!!!!
Chin up and show the world exactlty how strong you are.

April 18, 2007, 6:26am • Ireland • #7754

Excerpt from “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)”

Melanie

Lay down lay down lay it all down
Let your white birds smile
At the ones who stand and frown
Lay down lay down lay it all down
Let your white birds smile
At the ones who stand and frown

We were so close there was no room
We bled inside each other’s wounds
We all had caught the same disease
And we all sang the songs of peace

So raise candles high ‘cause if you don’t
We could stay black against the night
Oh raise them higher again
And if you do we could stay dry against the rain

Some came to sing, some came to pray
Some came to keep the dark away
So raise candles high ‘cause if you don’t
We could stay black against the sky
Oh oh raise them higher again
And if you do we could stay dry against the rain

Lay down lay down lay it all down
Let your white birds smile
At the ones who stand and frown
Lay down lay down lay it all down
Let your white birds smile
At the ones who stand and frown.....

April 18, 2007, 6:27am • Bill, PSU • #7755

everybody in my family is sharing or condolences with the students and teacers affected bythe shooter

April 18, 2007, 6:27am • arnold, maryland • #7756

Yere in our thoughts and prayers. We’re think of ye

April 18, 2007, 6:27am • Ireland • #7757

WE ARE VERY SORRY WITH THIS TRAGIC EVENT.THE WHOLE COMMUNITY OF ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY STANDS BY YOU AND WE HOPE GOD GIVE YOU THE PATIENCE TO GET OVER THIS NIGHTMARE.THEO,KOSTAS,DIMI

April 18, 2007, 6:27am • THESSALONIKI,HELLAS,ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY • #7758

Each and every one of you are in our hearts and prayers.  May good bless you and give you strength in your time of pain and sorrow.  GO THE HOKIES!

April 18, 2007, 6:27am • sydney australia • #7759

My condolences go out to everyone affected by this horrible event. Another sign that the USA should really do something about it’s weapon law.

April 18, 2007, 6:27am • Netherlands • #7760

There is a posting at 9:15pm on 4/17 that refers to “slant-eyed gookface” that should be removed for obvious reasons.

April 18, 2007, 6:27am • #7761

I wish all victims, family, friends and students strenght for the future.

April 18, 2007, 6:27am • Groningen, The Netherlands • #7762

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. The Arrow Family

April 18, 2007, 6:27am • Surrey, England • #7763

There are no words to take away the pain and sadness you feel. However, there are millions of people who are praying for all of you. Time does heal all pain but we will never forget those who lost their life. 

May God Bless you today, tomorrow and always.

Steve and Cindy

April 18, 2007, 6:27am • Mineral, VA • #7764

It was horrible what he did!!!
My deepest sympathy to all the families victims, sorry for your lost loved one.

My prayer to all of you,
Linda F.A

April 18, 2007, 6:28am • Jakarta - Indonesia • #7765

My thoughts are with all of you.  Stay strong and you will get through this horrible tragedy.  How many more “Columbines” must this country endure?

April 18, 2007, 6:28am • Bangor, Maine • #7766

There are no words to express how sad & shocked I am.  Please know I have been praying for all the victims & their families & for all of the students & faculty of Virginia Tech.
I will be remembering everyone in my daily prayers & at Mass. 
I wish I had some words of comfort to offer.  All I can send are prayers & tears.
May God bless you & support you during this time of deep mourning.  May He shelter you & may all of you really know how much your tragedy has touched the rest of this country.  We share your heartbreak.  Your courage is admired.
God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 6:28am • Buffalo, NY • #7767

I know there are very few words that will bring comfort to you at this harrowing time.
My thoughts are with you all, students teachers and your families.
with all my love

kelly

April 18, 2007, 6:28am • hampshire, ENGLANG • #7768

Dear Virginia Tech Family,

The thoughts and prayers of my wife and I, as well as many of our family, coworkers and friends in the Washington, DC Metro area are with all of you, especially those who lost their loved ones.  Please know that our prayers are for comfort, strength, peace, and unity.  VT family, you are dear to our hearts!  God bless.

Brandon and Odori Pendleton, Class of 2004

April 18, 2007, 6:28am • Woodbridge, VA, USA • #7769

God bless you Hokies.  This Tar Heel has you in my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 6:28am • Greenville, NC • #7770

Fellow Hokies,
As Nikki Giovanni aptly said “ We Are Virginia Tech.” Let us all come together in this darkest hour of our Hokie Nation. Stand by the families who lost their loved ones and stand by each and every Hokie in OUR Families darkest hour. We may be doiwn but we are not out. We may be sad but we are not disheartened. We will overcome our pain, we will show the world why We are THE HOKIES.
Lets all support the families and lets also not forget the University and Police officials who have put in the hard work over the last few Days. Go Hokies!!!!!
Forever A Hokie,
Mayur.

April 18, 2007, 6:28am • Arlington, VA • #7771

God bless the entire VT community!
I stand by you, the VT!

April 18, 2007, 6:28am • Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, CHINA • #7772

Slippery Slope.
(Black day in Blacksburg.)
Little I knew, as I shut my door
Set in search of knowledge, with hope,
Sun splashing flakes of snow-powder
Little I knew life’s a slippery slope!
How can one imagine, what’s in store,
The day is fresh, sun is bright,
Smelling spring, I kiss a tulip,
Not knowing life’s a slippery slope!
Then “IT” hits me like a hurricane,
That cuts life at its core,
Like a lumberjack with no rope,
As if to prove life’s a slippery slope!
I have lost my innocence and my pride,
I pray for these souls’ heavenly ride,
My friends, let’s not let them down,
As “Hokies”, let’s ski the “Slippery Slope”
Gorli Harish

April 18, 2007, 6:28am • Charleston.wv. • #7773

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. May God give them the strength to endure and stand tall.

You are not alone - we all grieve with you.

HSB

April 18, 2007, 6:28am • Bangalore, India • #7774

Many are praying for you… I am one of them.

Many weep with you… I am one of them.

Many are perplexed… I am one of them.

Many long to carry your grief with you… I am one of them.

Many crave the end to seemingly senseless events… I am one of them.

Many wish they could wake up to find this was all just a terrible nightmare… I am one of them.

Few know what it feels like to experience the death of a son or daughter in the face of hellish injustice…

God is one of them.

David Guion - one24worship.com

April 18, 2007, 6:28am • San Antonio, Texas • #7775

Dear Va Tech,

My name is Tay Kang Wei, a student in Malaysia who aspires to be an aeronautical engineer. I was looking forward to transfer my credits to the States by the end of this year when I stumbled upon this saddening news.

Actually, I’ve been considering to transfer to Va Tech since it offers aeronautical engineering. In fact, I am a loyal fan of Mr. Liviu. I’ve heard of his wonderful works and I hope to be under his tutelage some day. But it all came to an end when the news of the massacre was released.

I was shocked and disappointed by this inhumane act. How could this guy do such a thing to 32 innocent people? Furthermore, I’ve lost my chance to meet Mr. Liviu.

Although this event happened in one of my favourite universities, nevertheless nothing can dampen my spirit to transfer to Va Tech! I will still be in favour of Va Tech no matter what people say!

To the friends and families of Va Tech, I, on behalf of Nilai International University College and the rest of shocked Malaysians, would like to contribute our healtfelt condolences to the victims and their relatives. May the victims rest in peace and God bless Va Tech. Thank you.

Tay Kang Wei,
Nilai International University College,
Malaysia.

April 18, 2007, 6:29am • Putra Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia • #7776

God was ready 2 expand his family that is y u lost ur friends, family, schoolmates etc., so please remember that they r n a better place now with no more pain or sorrow, keep ur head up cause they r watchin over u 2 make sure everyone they left behind is alright

April 18, 2007, 6:29am • Baltimore, Maryland • #7777

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on the snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die….

April 18, 2007, 6:29am • Dublin , Ireland • #7778

Blessings and gentle healing in the wake of this tragedy. Friends, families, victums are all in my prayers.
~Catherine
Professor @ Cambridge College

April 18, 2007, 6:29am • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA • #7779

To the students, faculty, and family at VT,

I am truly sorry for your loss. It is a terrible thing that so many good lives were lost. You will be in my prayers, as well as in the prayers of many around the nation and the world. A wise man once told me that death is the beginning of a new adventure. My condolences to all who mourn today such a loss that I cannot fathom.

April 18, 2007, 6:29am • Riverside, OH • #7780

"When walking through the ‘valley of shadows,’ remember, a shadow is cast by a light.” -H. K. Barclay

Forever in my prayers…

Géraldine Martens

April 18, 2007, 6:29am • Belgium, Liège • #7781

My heart and prayers go out to all involved in this tragic, sensless killing.

April 18, 2007, 6:29am • South Africa • #7782

To the students of Va. Tech:

In time we will heal.

In time, our grief will find its rightful place in our hearts, never to go away completely.

In time, our pain and shock over the tragic deaths will turn to fond and loving remembrances of the lives lived by the friends and colleagues we miss so. We will remember less lives cut short and carry with us the memories of lives well-lived.

In time, may these memories inspire you to lead extraordinary lives and to achieve more than you dreamed possible. There could be no greater legacy for those lost. 

From this day on, the words “Virginia Tech” mean something more to every American and to everyone touched by this tradgedy. 

God bless you and your families.

April 18, 2007, 6:29am • Rome, Italy • #7783

Forever in our thoughts-no life should ever be taken away so cruelly....Rest in peace the angels of Virginia Tech xxxx

April 18, 2007, 6:29am • Scotland • #7784

my thoughts and prayers are with you all. may God give you strength throughout the coming days. may God give you comfort in the days to come!
God Bless!!!

April 18, 2007, 6:29am • Jackson, Ga • #7785

My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to all the familys and friends that have lost those close to them.

April 18, 2007, 6:29am • Akron, Ohio • #7786

Dear Virginia Tech Community,

The whole world is shocked and stunned after this tragic event. May God bless you all, and provide you with enough strength to cope up with the loss of precious lives.

Gagandeep Chambal
McMaster University

April 18, 2007, 6:29am • Hamilton, ON, Canada • #7787

Dear Virginia Tech Students,

My heart goes out to all of you that are affected by this terrible tragedy.My thoughts and prayers are with you all,Always remember that God is always present,and will be with you all during your difficult time.Be strong, be there for eachother, and draw near to God as he gives you comfort.God Bless all of you, for you will always be in my prayers.

Regards,

Yanuar Hendarto, M.Sc
University os Indonesia
God Bless You Always,
Emily

April 18, 2007, 6:29am • Depok, Indonesia • #7788

I was so saddened to hear of what has happened on your campus. My thoughts are with you today. In my classes today we will have a moment of silence in honor and memory of those who died, and then my students and I will talk about what has happened. I do not feel like I can hold normal classes today, thinking of the students and professors and what they went through. I think of the parents, too, because I am a parent who also lost a child in a meaningless accident. I know there is nothing that can make it better right now, but I also know that the support and love of friends and kind strangers were what helped me get through a time like that. I am so sorry for everyone, and you are in my thoughts.

Sincerely,

Professor Jim Goetsch
Eckerd College

April 18, 2007, 6:29am • Saint Petersburg, Florida • #7789

We are all shocked regarding the tragic of Virginia Tech. Our condolences from France and Lebanon to the families of victims. Our condolences to the families of two lebanese victims Rim Smeha and Rose Alam Eldine. It is so sad to see the end of 32 young lifes. I am one of 20 millions Lebanes in the world and I am sure that an univeristy like Virgian Tech will still a fumous name in the domain of technology in the world in spite of all difficuls.

April 18, 2007, 6:29am • Ali Alaeldine, Angers, France (Lebanese root) • #7790

To all students, staff, victims, and family my thoughts and feelings are with you. I pray for you all and hope you all just remember to be and stay strong. I know you all are going through a very very hard time and i just want you all to know i am with you guys!! R.I.P to all the victims. You will be FOREVER loved..&..Never forgotten.....-Mandy Barre’

April 18, 2007, 6:29am • Gramercy, Louisiana ( USA ) • #7791

As an 1990 Alumni of Tech, my family and I are deeply saddened and dismayed by the tragic events of Monday.  I think the Tech police and local authorities did a great job and they should be commended and thanked instead of critisized!  We can all be Monday morning quarterbacks but we were not there and not in their shoes. Hokies will always survive and be the best and strongest family anywhere.
Raymond Powell and family

April 18, 2007, 6:30am • Chesterfield, VA • #7792