Condolences, April 18, 2007

To all affected by the tragedy,
I watched the Convocation on television last night and I was deeply moved by the behaviour of everyone involved. All the speakers were good but Professor Nikki Giovanni was superb. She displayed the best of humanity when in your deepest time of trouble she referred to innocents who die everywhere, everyday, whilst not in any way diluting the level of sheer despair you must all feel. Professor Giovanni roused the excellently behaved students to a profoundly moving, and very badly needed, chant of ‘let’s go Hokies’. It showed people at their most indomitable and was a credit to you all.

I know no words of mine will diminish the sense of loss, the brutal finality that is the death of a loved one but I can say from experience that time does make things a little easier. I fear not for those affected because the resilience of those affected, as displayed at the convocation yesterday, convinced me that a strong, loving and deeply compassionate communtiy exists in Virginia. This community will pull you through.

I shall close by saying simply: “Let’s go Hokies’.

With sincerest condolences,
Kevin O’Connor

April 18, 2007, 8:07am • Dublin, Ireland. • #9145

My thoughts and prayers go out to my fellow HOKIES.  We will always remember our HOKIE family members that have been lost in this tragedy.  HOKIE NATION will never forget.  Greg Wilkerson

April 18, 2007, 8:07am • Chesapeake, Va • #9146

My godfather, Dr. Harry Love, was a professor for many years and my father, Dr. Monty Chappell, received his masters and PhD from VT.  My heart is broken that a place I love so much could be voilated in such a way.  My prayers are with you!!!!
Amy Chappell Hamlin

April 18, 2007, 8:07am • Lexington, KY • #9147

My heart goes out to all at Virginia Tech along with the friends and families of all affected.  My prayers are with each one.

April 18, 2007, 8:07am • Lutz, Florida • #9148

My name is Godfrey Vincent, a Ph.D History student from Morgan State University. This morning I extended my deepest condolences to the Administration, the students and their families. In your hour of tradegy I bring to remembrance the words of Jesus,"The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy but I have come to give life and give it more abundantly.” Don’t let this tradegy steal your hope,joy and love for each other.
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Put your trust in Jesus and he will bring peace to the VT campus

April 18, 2007, 8:07am • Baltimore, MD -Originally from Brooklyn, New York • #9149

My heart goes out to the families that have loss… I pray that God is with you during your time of need.

Blessings be onto you and yours… The Browns

PLEASE KEEP THIS SCRIPTURE IN MIND:

Corinthians 1:3-11

The God of All Comfort

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfortr prayers go out to ALL the families

April 18, 2007, 8:07am • Newport News, VA • #9150

To all who lost loved ones, I pray that the Almighty God will heal your hearts and comfort you like no-one else can.

To friends and the world at large, God is STIL on the throne!

April 18, 2007, 8:07am • Hackensack, New Jersey, USA. • #9151

Hokies everywhere today are grieving and praying for the lives lost on campus and the lives left behind - you are not alone.  This is the unimaginable.  As I watched the convocation live yesterday I have never been more proud to be a Hokie - good will prevail!

April 18, 2007, 8:07am • Jennifer Maynard, Class of '99 • #9152

To all,
My heart and prayers go out to the Hokie Nation. We are one of a kind and will go forward with the help from each other.

David Waters

April 18, 2007, 8:07am • marshall, va. • #9153

Maybe the words of the late poet Khalil Gibran can shed some light on this awful and horrible tragedy.

“Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”

But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.“‘

- Khalil Gibran.

Hopefully, better days will come for families and friends. I am very sorry for your loss and hope you find the strength to carry on. And may the victims rest in peace.

Kamran Ghodsi

April 18, 2007, 8:07am • Sweden • #9154

Dear Virginia Tech,
We are one with you in spirit and in grieving.  We lament with you the loss of life.  We deplore with you the violence that has robbed the campus of its peace.  We pray with you and for you in this tragic and sorrowful time.  May the consolation and power of the Holy Spirit strengthen and sustain you, begin the careful process of healing, and bring about, for every one, the restoration of peace.

Fr Tom Farrell and the staff, student leaders, and parishioners of the Catholic Newman Center at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

April 18, 2007, 8:07am • Lexington, KY • #9155

As a fellow hokie I offer my deepest heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with each one of you affected by this tragedy. I watch the news and can see my days there so clearly in my head that it breaks my heart to think something like this could happen. But when I watch the news I am also filled with a new pride of being a Hokie, I see current students rise up and stand strong with one another. I see how strong the hokie family truly is and why I am proud to be a part of it. Those students are a true definition of hope and faith. You will overcome this and show the world that Virginia Tech is more than a place where a tragedy occurred. One thing I have always loved about being a hokie is the amazing school pride. The bond that we all share is something no one else can really understand. This Friday, Hokie Hope Day, I will wear my orange and maroon clothes proudly. I will wear them in honor of those lost and of those left behind to grieve.
Remember WE ARE Virginia Tech, WE ARE THE HOKIES. and we will prevail.

~a 2004 grad
Go Hokies!

April 18, 2007, 8:07am • Florida • #9156

The victims and their families and friends are in our thoughts and our prayers at this sad time. May God bless you and give you peace.

Peter & Maureen Hughes,

April 18, 2007, 8:07am • Chorley, Lancs, UK • #9157

THEN, THERE WILL BE NO HOPE!

If we don’t change the way we do
And learn to do what we don’t
If we can’t each, honor ourselves
It’s a sad fact that others won’t
And there will be no hope!

If life isn’t treated sacredly
And we won’t care for one another
If we can’t hold out a helping hand
To help each Sister and Brother
Then where will we find hope?

If we can’t let our greed and hate
Be overcome with how we love
Then, it’s not enough to say you pray
To some god somewhere above
Though, you may feel that may bring hope.

If we let our World numb our hearts
And our minds and sensitivity
If we think life is some movie script
Beamed out to us on some TV
And think it’s all not real, we hope!

If we don’t quit our pretending
That everything will be alright
That it couldn’t happen to us
We will find, someday, it might
No matter how much, we may hope.

Though, there are some bad apples
Our young people are the best
We must all help their learning
So, they can pass this life’s test
For, they are our only hope!

We are all our Brother’s keeper
And all other people’s, too
If we won’t stop doing what we don’t
There will be nothing left to do
And then, there will be no hope.

Del “Abe” Jones
4.17.2007

April 18, 2007, 8:07am • White Bluff, TN • #9158

In this tragedy, precious lives were lost. My prayer is that hope, spirit and strength are preserved in those that carry on. Evil has touched your lives but good will triumph. God bless all of you. B. Klubnik

April 18, 2007, 8:07am • Pottsville, Tx • #9159

Our prayers and thoughts are there with you.
we are so very sorry for your pain.
Julie & Gary Tyler & family

April 18, 2007, 8:07am • UK • #9160

We are horrified and shocked by events at tech Monday, April 16, 2007.  4-16 will never be forgotten.  The thoughts and prayers of Kecoughtan High School are with all at Tech, as well as families and friends of the victims.  Gone but not forgotten.

The international support here has given me hope.  God has an uncanny ability to derive the most silvery linings from the darkest of dark clouds.

Love,
Andrew Elgert

April 18, 2007, 8:07am • Hampton, Virginia, USA • #9161

I am from Argentina and here we are shocked about this tragedy. I am so sorry to hear about what happened. My heart goes out to all those involved in this terrible tragedy.

Rest in peace.

April 18, 2007, 8:07am • Buenos Aires, Argentina • #9162

I just wanted to let you all know that all of us down here at UNC Wilmington in North Carolina are thinking about you during your tragedy. We had a candlelight vigil last night with about 350 students. It was breathtaking. Best of luck as you all pull through this. You’ll be fine… and we are right behind you.

With Love,
Philip Gilsdorf

April 18, 2007, 8:07am • Wilmington, North Carolina • #9163

I extend my wishes for comfort and consolation during this terrible time.  May the memories of those that were killed be forever in your hearts.

Karen Weingarten

April 18, 2007, 8:07am • New Rochelle, NY • #9164

I am very sorry for what happened.  Be strong.

April 18, 2007, 8:07am • Noblesville, IN • #9165

Dear Virginia Tech family,

My heart aches for everyone, especially for those who lost their lives and for their families.  I am not sure I can really find the words to express how I feel or whether I can truly express how much my heart goes out to my fellow Hokies.  Although I did not personally know those who lost their lives, I feel as if I have lost part of my family.  I do not know if time will heal the pain of this tremendous loss to the Virginia Tech community and the world, but I do know that the Hokie family will lean on each other for support in this time of loss.  May God be with you all…

Amy B. Guardado-Conrad, Proud Hokie
Class of ‘97

April 18, 2007, 8:08am • Adairsville, Georgia • #9166

My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims that so tragically lost their life.  May you find peace in your heart.  GOD Bless.

April 18, 2007, 8:08am • Albany, GA-USA • #9167

PART I:

I am a student a Ohio State University currently studying abroad in Spain. I grew up in Virginia but I’ve also lived in Korea and VAtech was a school a applied to. It really doesn’t matter to me when the full list of victims is released; whether I knew any of the 32 people or not, I feel strongly and deeply hurt for what has happened. It’s not just sad to realize one of them could’ve been me, but also to know that so many people lives have been taken away from them as such an early age in a place that encourages successful futures.

April 18, 2007, 8:08am • hampton, VA and Madrid, Spain • #9168

Though I am sure no words can describe what the students at this school are going through right now and how heartbreaking this is, please know that you are in everyones thoughts and prayers. Turn to God in this time of great sadness and he will directs your paths.

Brittney

April 18, 2007, 8:08am • Starke, Florida • #9169

To everyone at Virginia Tech

Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time, and to all the families that have lost loved ones to such a mindless act

All our love
Nicky, Andy, Sarah and Sam

April 18, 2007, 8:08am • West Midlands, United Kingdom • #9170

As an Australian I was deeply wounded at reading in disbelief the horrible news eventuating at Virginia Tech.  I want to express my sincere sorrow and hope that the affected families, the students and staff find strength and remember their love in their time of mourning.  My thoughts are with you.  May time lessen your pain.

Z.D. Very affected

April 18, 2007, 8:08am • Melbourne, Australia • #9171

My more sincere condolences to all they Virginia Tech community, specially to the families and friends of those victims, who suffered this horrific tragedy.

Leonardo van Beek

April 18, 2007, 8:08am • Santiago de Chile, South America • #9172

Dear family and friends,
I’m truly sorry for all the pain this has caused and I know some day it will fade. I have lost many family members and it hurts more than words can describe but it does get better. This was a bad thing to happen to all of us but this world has been through alot and we are strong enough to survive and keep going.
I know all those kids and teachers were loved and will be missed by everyone and just reading their stories broke my heart. They all tried so hard to keep everyone safe and some lost their own life for that reason. Everyone should be proud of these brave souls. Jesus will take great care of them and we will all be together again someday soon.

April 18, 2007, 8:08am • Wayne,WV • #9173

Our thoughts and prayers are with all Virginia Tech students and faculty members. May God be with you all and may you all heal now. 
God Bless

April 18, 2007, 8:08am • Farmington, NY • #9174

i think it is horrible what happened at april 16
i think at the poor parents

April 18, 2007, 8:08am • austria • #9175

Les mots ne sont pas suffisant pour décrire le doleur, mais si pour dire que nous sommes avec vous. (The words are not to say the dolor but they can exprime that we are with you)

April 18, 2007, 8:08am • Grenoble, France • #9176

Hokie Nation,

Please know that the thoughts and prayers of this nation are keeping you close to our hearts.

You have handled yourselves in a extremely courageous manner and shown to the world why Virginia Tech is such a special place.

God Bless you all,

The Gleason Family

April 18, 2007, 8:08am • Sterling, Va • #9177

MAY HEART AND SORROW GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY, FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES OF THESE VICTIMS. THIS IS A VERY SAD INCIDENT THAT HAS HAPPENED AND WILL LEAVE A DENT IN THIS SOCIETY. MAY GOD HELP EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU THROUGH THIS TIME OF GRIEF.
MAY GOD GRANT YOU THE SERENITY TO OVERCOME THE THINGS THAT YOU CANNOT CHANGE. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HAS TOUCH MYSELF AND MY CO-WORKERS DEEPLY AS A LADY WHO WORKS WITH ME ,HER SON ATTENS VT. WE ARE GRATEFUL THAT HE MADE IT THROUGH THIS HORRIBLE INCIDENT. MAY GOD PLEASE.

APRIL- MOTHER OF 1

April 18, 2007, 8:08am • SOUTH HILL VIRGINIA/ MECKLENBURG COUNTY • #9178

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone at VT.

April 18, 2007, 8:08am • Waynesboro, PA • #9179

thanks to the NRA for your compassion and your respect. Protect by the gun die by the gun

April 18, 2007, 8:08am • #9180

My uncle worked at Virginia Tech until he passed away last year and at that time, the Tech family was so supportive and strong during our time of need.  I know this tragedy will forever impact Tech but I know the school will overcome.  My thoughts are prayers are with you all and I pray for you all to have comfort and peace in your lives.  God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 8:08am • York New Salem, PA • #9181

Having heard this awful news, my heart broke for everyone who was involved in this tragic incident. You couldn’t have seen this coming, but you CAN get through this. As long as you stay togehter and stay strong, in the very distant future, the scars will heal. I can’t imagine how everybody must be feeling, but you should know that Wales is looking over each and every one of you with greatest sympathy.

Love to you all

Emilee Garland xxx

April 18, 2007, 8:08am • North Wales, UK • #9182

PART II:
Some people would compare this to 9/11… but I don’t. This was something all in itself. Surely, we as american citizens won’t go looking down upon the Asian race after this incident life we have with Arabs. 

But whether the murder was black, white, asian, arab, whatever...and whatever his actual motivation was for doing this, we must start to think of others as we want to be thought of. I mean to say, directed to all and everyone… innocent and guilty… we must always keep into considerating how we treat others. We are only human, no one is perfect. But at the same time, something as big as this college massacre could’ve been prevented by a simple gesture of kindness.

Something to think about

Love and Shared Feelings overseas

April 18, 2007, 8:08am • Hampton, VA and Madrid, Spain • #9183

I would like to share my Condolences to all students of virgina tech, being from montreal where only last summer a similar situaiton hit us as well , i would like to let you known that Montreal students feel youre pain and we are all sending our love and paryers ,,, be strong guys ,,,with love
tony from montreal , canada

April 18, 2007, 8:08am • montrea, , quebec canada • #9184

We are so very sad and our hearts are wounded.  Be assured you have our prayers and we are thinking of you at Virginia Tech.  This act, so very senseless, hurting so many.  I would encourage all to seek counseling from parents, clergy and competant counselors as you work through all this.  Please know that a nation is praying for you.

April 18, 2007, 8:08am • Birmingham, ALabama, USA • #9185

Being from Ireland I do not understand how such a huge tragedy can happen especially when the young man was known to be a threat. However, I am praying for you all in this time of extreme grief, I feel for you all and know that although your loved ones were taken far too early from you that they are with God and at peace. I pray and hope that people like this are dealt with in the future before anything like this can ever happen anywhere again.

April 18, 2007, 8:08am • Dublin, Ireland • #9186

I am not Even from the School actually i am an 18 year old girl from st, augustine florida i feel for each and everyone of the familys that had a memeber of theres involved in the tragety and even the ones that didnt because i know that this tragety had to be one of the hardest things to go through and get past my prayers are with all of you and i have been mourning the loss of my best friend a year and 4 months ago and i will tell you it does not get easier but everyday it will get into your head that your loved one will be in a better place whether you think it or not and whether you believe in it or not they are watching down on you right now...They love you and will be with you even if you cant touch them talk to them it helps me i talk to my friend out loud everyday and i will tell you i can feel him with me every step i take he watches over me as yours will be doing to you. My name is Katie Latona and my prayers are with you....

April 18, 2007, 8:09am • St. Augustine Florida • #9187

Dear students,faculity,administration, employees and alumni,

I am writing to express my most sincere condolences to the terrible tragedy that has happened at your institute of higher learning. My prayers have been lifted for the unversity and the ones killed and injured. The Bible, in Revelations, talks about “signs of the times” and that such things will happen before the Lord comes again.

Many will ask the question: Why? God doesn’t cause bad things to happen, yet is there to lend comfort, support and love for those in need.

My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with all those affected by this terrible tragedy.

Sincerely,
Mark A. Sanderson
349 Loghaven Lane
Hamilton, Al 35570
masmusic@sonet.net

April 18, 2007, 8:09am • Hamilton, Al • #9188

Bonjour,

Je suis française vivant en France et je suis énormément touchée par la tragédie qui blesse actuellement l’Amérique et le Monde entier.
Je présente mes sincères condoléances aux familles et aux proches des victimes de ce drame. Il n’y a pas de mot pour décrire cette horreur et encore moins de mot pour apporter un peu de réconfort. Courage.

Saadia
mahora.146@caramail.com

April 18, 2007, 8:09am • France • #9189

My heart and prayers goes out to the families and friends of the students who were killed and hospitalized in this tragedy. 

My prayers are also for the family of the young man who somehow lost his way and caused all this hurt and pain.  His family will be living with this the rest of their lives.

For the students of Virginia Tech, take care of each other.  If you feel that someone may be in need of help, don’t hesitate to tell someone who can get them assistance.  Be observant and don’t take your surroundings for granted.

To the state of Virginia.  Make it tougher for young people to buy weapons.  Younger than 25, have a parent co-sign.  Local checks are not enough (especially if you are from another state).  pb

April 18, 2007, 8:09am • Augusta, Georgia • #9190

I am so sorry to hear about what happened,I just want you to know that you are not alone!

April 18, 2007, 8:09am • chengdu,china • #9191

I offer the deepest, most sincere condolences.  Those lost in this horrifying tragedy will forever be held in our hearts, and those hurt will continue to be prayed for.  I wish all the comfort and strength in the world to the victims’ family members and friends.  Together, we will get through this.  We are Virginia Tech!

April 18, 2007, 8:09am • Red Bank, NJ • #9192

YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS...GOD WILL SEE EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU THROUGH THIS...MAY GOD BLESS EVERYONE OF YOU…

Please accept our deepest condolence

April 18, 2007, 8:09am • kimhea /korea • #9193

To the great students and faculty at VT...my wife and I would like to forward to y’all there at VT our deepest condolences. 
I’m a Canadian police officer, and watched in horror as the events unfolded.  We were brought to tears so many times.
Please know that your staff and students did you proud!  God Bless the VT Police, VT President, and other agencies that assisted.  They all did a GREAT job!  GOD BLESS VT & AMERICA!!!
Dri & Geo Linton.

April 18, 2007, 8:09am • Sarnia, Ontario CANADA • #9194