Condolences, April 18, 2007

My prayers go out continually for the family, friends and colleagues of those who lost their lives, or were injured on Monday. As a current Ph.D. student living several hours from Blacksburg, I have often felt disconnected from campus, though I have come to love being a student here. I now feel more deeply connected to Tech as I experience and watch the reaction of the VT commmunity throughout the country. Though saddened, I have never been so proud to be a Hokie as I am today.
Phil

April 18, 2007, 8:41am • Lynchburg, Virginia • #9895

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in Blacksburg.  Hang in there, fellow Hokies.

Matt (VT class of ‘02) & Lisa (VT class of ‘03)

April 18, 2007, 8:41am • New Market, Maryland • #9896

I would like to offer my deepest condolences to all of you have been struck by the terrible loss of loved ones and friends. I wish you all the best in overcoming this tragedy.

X. Bremer
Amsterdam
The Netherlands

April 18, 2007, 8:41am • Amsterdam, The Netherlands • #9897

My thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies go out to the families, friends, classmates, and colleagues of the victims of the tragedy at Virginia Tech yesterday.  Their lives will be changed forever.  Please know that
your fellow Virginians and people around the USA and the world are thinking of you all and
are keeping you in our hearts and on our minds as you face the days and months ahead. 

May the Lord be with you as you begin the healing process and may the memories of your loved ones and your friends that you have lost bring you comfort now and be in your hearts forever.  America will be behind you and will continue
to keep you in their prayers.  If we could wrap my arms around each of you and take away your pain, we would.

Please know that we care and that while we may not know you personally, we do offer our love and our concern for you all.
May the Lord keep you and love you in your time of need and always.  God bless.

Leanne

April 18, 2007, 8:41am • Midlothian, VA • #9898

Mes plus sincères condoléances pour les familles des victimes de cette terrible tragédie.
Serge Schoonbroodt

April 18, 2007, 8:41am • Warsage, Belgium • #9899

All of us in the academic world and at Florida Atlantic University and Florida State University send to the students and faculty of Virgina Tech our thoughts, our prayers, and our deep sorrow for what has happened at your beautiful University.  Our thoughts are especially with the families of those that lost their lives during this tragic event.  May their lights shine bright upon us from heaven, and may their families remember them for what they are-our heros.  And may God bless all of you.

Ron Premuroso

April 18, 2007, 8:41am • West Palm Beach, Florida • #9900

May God be with all of you.  We are so sorry for your sorrows.  We pray that you all will heal and eventually feel peace in your hearts from this tragedy.

Travis Breedlove
Jennifer Breedlove
Emma Breedlove
Landon Breedlove

April 18, 2007, 8:41am • Madison, Georgia • #9901

Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies are with the Virginia Tech community and their families. May God give you the strength to get through this senseless, horrible, and unimaginable tragedy. Though no words can ease your pain, may you find some comfort in knowing that the world shares in your grief. God bless each and everyone of you.
Sincerely,
The McCain Family

April 18, 2007, 8:41am • Goodlettsville, TN • #9902

My heart breaks for your loss. As I right this I hold back tears.  Always remember, your loved ones will never be forgotten.  My prayers to all of you.

Christine Koganovsky

April 18, 2007, 8:41am • Pembroke Pines, Florida • #9903

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to everyone affected by the Virginia Tech Tradegy. My prayer is that God comforts the heart and replace fear with peace and forgiving love. Through God all things are possible. We will overcome this!

April 18, 2007, 8:41am • Farmington Hills, MI • #9904

My prayers go out to all those who have lost friends and family members in this horrific event. May God be with you in your time of healing. 
Lisa Antis

April 18, 2007, 8:41am • Prince George, Virginia • #9905

There are no words to express the sadness and hurt we all are feeling right now. My thoughts
and prayers go out to all of the people of VA.
Tech.  May God Bless you all and get you through
this nightmare.

A.DeLella

April 18, 2007, 8:41am • Miami, FL • #9906

As a former resident of Blacksburg, my heart goes out to you for all that you are forced to deal with as a result of this senselessness.  Don’t forget there are strong arms around you, and hold on to your faith.

Eliot Baggs

April 18, 2007, 8:41am • Springfield, OH • #9907

À des lieux de votre souffrance, je partage la douleur de vos proches, votre colère et votre impuissance face à l’adversité, à l’innocence offensée. Que la lumière accompagne ceux qui croient en elle, que la sérénité guide les autres. Sincères condoléances. Adèle xxx

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • France • #9908

To all people at Virginia Tech,
Our thoughts are with you, here at the other side of the ocean too. To say that we understand would be a lie, for no one’s ever been through a tragedy like this before. May you find peace, and strength to overcome that horrible day.

Bram, Eindhoven University of Technology

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Eindhoven, The Netherlands • #9909

There is no explanation on how much my heart aches for all of you. I don’t know anyone who is a student there but in my heart, I feel like I do. I can’t keep from crying each time I think of this.  I have a daughter who will be in college in a couple of years from now.  I worry about things, like this horrible tragedy that you all have gone through, all the time.  Don’t lose your faith and that will help you all through this time of pain and deep sadness. Be there for one another and hold on. All of you will be in my prayers.  You all have my deepest sympathy.
Jane Shelton and family

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Hillsboro, Mo. • #9910

My deepest sympathies to the faculty and students of Virginia Tech.
K. Wheelock

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Groveton, NH • #9911

I am saddened by the recent events in your community. My heart goes out to each and every one of you. I hope it offers some comfort that the rest of the world is joined with you in your grief and our thoughts go out to you.
God bless you all.

Carol

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Doncaster, England • #9912

Togetherness.
Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I, and you are you. Whatever we were to each other that we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way you always used. Put no difference into your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we shared together. Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me. Let my name be the household name it always was. Let it be spoken without the shadow of a ghost in it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. What is death but a negligible accident. Why should I be out of your mind because I am out of your sight. All is well, nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before.

With my sincere sympathy to the families and friends of all the victims of this terrible tragedy...You are all in my prayers. Maria Heather

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Dublin Ireland • #9913

My family and I are from Pennsylvania, I was born in Virginia, and I love the whole state!! My deepest sympathy to all the young adults and their families. Be Strong, you will prevail. Our prayers are with you. We cry with you. We love you!!
Diane Spitler,

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Wernersville, Pennsylvania • #9914

You the fallen are in our thoughts and prayers,
You who are left to carry the burden of pain are in our hearts.

Graham Lachlan

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Scotland, Great Britain • #9915

My deep condolences to the family of my friend:

PARTAHI MAMORA HALOMOAN LUMBANTORUAN (MORA), 34,
INDONESIAN STUDENT,
CIVIL ENGINEERING PHD CANDIDATE.

We are sad, but we know, (as Mora’s believes also in Jesus) you are in Father House now… I pray for all his families in Indonesia, May God give strength and peace to Mr. Toham Lumbantoruan and Mrs. Sugiarti Lumbantoruan, and two brother of Mora in Indonesia.

May God granted to all Virginia Tech Victims and families the peace and strength.

Victoria Sidjabat

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • SIlver Spring, Maryland, USA • #9916

I pray for all the victims, and for their families with so much pain in my heart.We light a candle for their spirit.God Bless You all!
Magdolna

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Fülöp,Hungary • #9917

My thoughts are with the VT community at this time. I had the privilege of studying there for one year in the 1990’s. I never imagined that anything like this could happen on such a beautiful campus.

Paul Ford

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Berkeley, California • #9918

As an alumni, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the families who lost loved ones and to the families who are dealing with injured family members.  We are praying for you and mourn with you.  May God grant comfort and healing to all of us.

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Halifax, Virginia USA • #9919

Our family would like to send our condolences to all of those involved with the horrible tragedy that took place April 16.  We continue to keep all of the students and their families in our prayers. May God Bless all of you and help you through this sad time.

Kelly, Jeff, Matt, and William Irivn
Egg Harbor Twp, NJ

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • #9920

I’m deeply saddened by what happened to all those that died. I just cant understand why someone would do this. I would like to send each of the families cards. If there is any way to get the families addresses could someone let me know. My prayers are with everyone of you at Virginia Tech, and every loved one that lost a loved one. GOD BLESS.

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Fallon, Nevada • #9921

My sincerest condolences go out to every Hokie - Family, Faculty, Students, Friends, and Alumni. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

D. Melo

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Harrison, NJ • #9922

As a native Virginian and living only four hours from the campus, I am shocked at the terrible tragedy and today, I know I am not only a sad Virginian, but also a proud Hokie, just like everyone across the United States. My condolences go out to all the members of the staff, faculty, and students who went through this horrible experience and lost loved ones.

-- Ashley Marie Gerenser

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Woodbridge, Virginia • #9923

God bless the families, friends, students and alum of VT. We are all affected, and will hold the memories of those lost forever.

Today we are all Hokies.

With love and sympathy,
Diane M. Donahue

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Carlisle, PA • #9924

My heart pours out to the families that lost their loves ones!

May god bless you all!

Eline

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • IJmuiden, The Netherlands • #9925

I admire the strength and resolve that all of you have shown in this tragic time.  I want to assure you that you are not alone: As the parent of a college student, I and millions of others share your shock, your grief and your sense of loss. I don’t attempt to explain or condone the actions of an obviously sick and twisted young man; but his family too is grieving, and I wish for all of you and for them the healing that will come with time and God’s grace.  You all are in my thoughts and prayers today and in the days and months to come.

Rick Mende

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Lewisville, NC • #9926

I SORRY BECAUSE THERE WAS MANY PEOPLE INOCET AND VERY GOOD, MALY HAVE BEEN CHANGED FOREVER, I ASK ME WHY IS THERE SO MAUCH VIOLENCE AND HATE IN THE WORLD?

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • COLOMBIA • #9927

Our thoughts and prayers our with the families, students and faculty.

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Corning , New York • #9928

From those of us alumni who feel helpless, saddened, and shocked by what transpired that cold Monday morning, our prayers are with you all.  Ut Prosim - That I May Serve

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Wise, VA • #9929

To all the students, professors, families and staff of Virginia Tech my most sincere condolences. I do not have words that will relieve the pain but my prayers will not end. The coming together of the community has shown the world the excellence that reigns in the institution. The pain, sorrow for all those who remain after the tragedy can only make us stronger. Today I feel prouder than ever to say I am a Hokie! God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Mayaguez, Puerto Rico • #9930

Virginia Tech,
May God be with everyone during this tough time. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the fallen loved ones. Love one another and hold each other up for support through these times.  God bless you all, my heart and prayers are with you!
Shannon Spicer

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Virginia Beach, VA • #9931

My prayers and thoughts are with you.  May God Bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • East Haddam, CT • #9932

I find myself reaching for the words that will soothe the pain that Virginia Tech students, alumni, faculty and staff, friends and families feel right now. Unfortuantely, there are no words. To all the families and friends of the students and faculty that were injured or killed in the tragedy on April 16, 2007, we want you to know that you are not alone. You are part of a hokie family that shares your grief and will do whatever we can to help you through this ordeal. Our thoughts and prayers are with ALL HOKIES in this time of sorrow and healing. GOD BLESS THE VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES!
HOKIE PRIDE and LOVE,
The Clary Family

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Alexandria, VA • #9933

We mourn with you, those who have sufferred in this shocking, senseless event! We pray and offer this hymn verse to comfort.

“Fear not, I am with thee;
oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee,
and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous…
omnipotent hand.’

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Potomac Falls, VA • #9934

A terrible loss...my prayers go to the families and others. God bless

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Centreville, VA • #9935

I wanted to share my condolences with the entire student body as well as the families that have lost their loved ones. I lost my oldest son Tommy, on June 22, 2005, due to a motorcycle accident. Please know that you need to hold on to the memories of your loved ones. Speak their names often and don’t be afraid to smile when you speak their names. You will all have a long road ahead of you. I was told that the first day you open your eyes and don’t think of Tommy, you have started to heal. I don’t know that that day will ever come. Please be strong and know that your loved ones are always with you. ALWAYS!!!

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Enola, PA • #9936

God bless you all of those people he killed are watching over you you guys and girls are in my prayers

April 18, 2007, 8:42am • Atlanta • #9937

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Hokie family and to the relatives and friends of the murdered and injured.
The Hokie spirit is wonderful.
Sincerely,
Ruth & Bob Kramer

April 18, 2007, 8:43am • Callao, VA 22435 • #9938

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, the students and faculty at this sad time. God bless each and every one.
The McCleary Family

April 18, 2007, 8:43am • Kearny, New Jersey • #9939

What words are there? None really! From a mom who knows what it is like to lose a child, my heart goes out to you. To the kids that graduated Madison County High School, I’m glad you all are OK, I’m so sad for you and your friends. I have prayed for you everyday, all day since this horrific inicident happened. I feel like a Hookie Mom because I love you all so much!

April 18, 2007, 8:43am • Madison, Va • #9940

Eine Tragödie, unfassbar.

April 18, 2007, 8:43am • Austria • #9941

Dearest Virgina Tech,
It is difficult to understand the valley when we walk through it.  It would have been difficult for Joesph to see that God was going to save thousands through him when he was in the pit in the Old Testament.  How could we know or comprehend the suffering that you now endure? Yet we can be certain of this: Jesus has not forgotten you and loves you, and though the reason for this is now hidden from us, the beauty that will come will make this time like a mist that is here and then gone.  Words are not enough.  Forgiveness is the key to healing. Our hearts and prayers are with you all.
God bless,
Stephen Steel
The Ohio State University

April 18, 2007, 8:43am • Columbus, Ohio • #9942

ON THE 24 OF THIS MONTH I WILL BE 65, I THOUGHT I SAW AND HEARD EVERY POSSIBLE THING BY NOW THAT COULD UPSET ME ENOUGH TO BRING TEARS TO MY EYES. DEAR GOD, HOW WRONG I WAS. TO ALL THE FAMILIES I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW YOU FEEL AND NO WORDS I OR ANYONE ELSE SAYS WILL STOP THE PAIN YOU FEEL, ONLY TIME WILL MAKE THIS HAPPEN. THIS IS A WORLD WIDE TRAGEDY, WE AS HUMAN BEINGS, REGARDLESS OF WHAT COUNTRY WE ARE FROM, MUST DO WHATEVER IS HUMANLY POSSIBLE TO SEE THAT THIS NEVER, AND I MEAN NEVER, HAPPENS AGAIN.  OUR FURTURE, AND THE FURTURE OF OUR COUNTRIES DEPENDS ON THE YOUTH OF THE WORLD, LETS NOT LET THEM DOWN. WE WILL NEVER KNOW NOW WHAT THEY MIGHT HAVE ACCOMPLISHED TO BETTER THIS WORLD, AND THIS IN MY OPINION IS ALSO A TRAGEDY.

April 18, 2007, 8:43am • TAMPA, FLORIDA • #9943

My heart breaks for the VaTech students, faculty and families affected by this tragedy. May God grant you peace and comfort now and in the days to come. My prayers are with you.

JANJ

April 18, 2007, 8:43am • Lexington Park, MD • #9944