Condolences, April 18, 2007

I am absolutely shocked and saddened by what has happened. I am not a religious man but a very spiritual one and I deeply morn all the innocent lives that are lost and have been affected by this senseless, horrible act. From my experience from fighting in Iraq you have to move on and celebrate the lives of the slain and not be hardened to love and life.  We all need to come together as human beings and comfort the families, students and people affected by this act and support them through this unimaginable loss that they are feeling.

April 18, 2007, 8:43am • Jim McBride, Frederick MD • #9945

My deepest Condolences to the victim families and friends.Emre

April 18, 2007, 8:43am • Istanbul,Turkey • #9946

iam sorry about what happen on monday and i will pary for your school

April 18, 2007, 8:43am • germantown maryland • #9947

To the Virginia Tech Community,and especially to the victim’s next-of-kin, families and friends:

Such a terrible drama could happen everywhere, as the last decades have shown, even here in Québec. It did happen at Virginia Tech, and in a sense, all your institution is a victim. With those who were killed and wounded senselessly, all your community became a victim of violence.

My deepest sympathy and condolences go to all the members of your community, with very special thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families and friends. I sincerely hope that those who have been wounded will recover fully.

Best of Regards,

April 18, 2007, 8:43am • Michel Héroux, Laval University, Québec City, Ca • #9948

Dear Friends and Family,
I work at West-End Market, which most of you know its right across from West AJ Hall, Where the first shooting accured! I was so scared! IT was horriable! I’m so sorry for all the loved ones that last their child, brother, sister, friends, or family. I give you all my prayers, And wish you well.

Samantha Morgan

April 18, 2007, 8:43am • Richcreek, VA **A HOKIE** • #9949

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 are still
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 always enjoyed together
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was
Let it be spoken without effort
Without the ghost of a shadow in it
Life means all that it ever meant
It is the same as it ever was
There is absolute unbroken continuity
What is death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind
Because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you for an interval
Somewhere very near
Just around the corner

All is well.

Nothing is past; nothing is lost
One brief moment and all will be as it was before
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

Canon Henry Scott-Holland, 1847-1918, Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral

April 18, 2007, 8:43am • England • #9950

Across the country, Around the world… We are all Hokies.

JLC

April 18, 2007, 8:43am • Chehalis, WA • #9951

My prayers go out to all the families and friends that are suffering from this tragic lose. Remember them, cherish the moments you may have had with those brave individuals.... you will see them again one day im sure of it!!!!

Sandy Arroyo

April 18, 2007, 8:43am • North Bergen, New Jersey, US • #9952

I would like to offer my deepest sympathy, empathy and sincere condolences to everyone affected by this terrible event. It is in times like these that people across the world need to stand together against the senselessness that is violence. My heart goes out especially to the families and friends of those hurt or dead. Though I’m from half a world away, I hope no one will mind these parting words… “Hokies forever.”

Marion Deconynck

April 18, 2007, 8:43am • Ghent, Flanders, Belgium • #9953

I work on a campus in Ohio, my heart breaks and my prayers go out to all those touched by this tragedy.  No one deserves this hurt but know that prayers are lifted on your behalf.  We will never know or understand the reasons for this kind of thing.  God bless you all, students, faculty and staff at VTech.

April 18, 2007, 8:43am • Akron, Ohio • #9954

My Heart and Prayers go out to all families that have lost a loving soul in there lives. Unite and Stride as we all take a moment to bless those who have fallen victims to this awful act. May God Bless you all with Love and Care-

April 18, 2007, 8:43am • Cadillac, MI • #9955

What a complete robbery to our nation. This is an unspeakable crime. I feel for those family members and friends of the fallen victims, for you are are victims as well. My heart bleeds for you and my prayers and thoughts are with you.
Our nation is also victimized. We have lost so much promise in what could have been through the bright minds of those who were taken from us. We are all truely saddened.

April 18, 2007, 8:43am • Wellsville, Ohio USA • #9956

my deepest and sincere prayers to those who lost friends and family during this tragic incident. may God almighty give ya’ll the strength to bear dis loss..

April 18, 2007, 8:43am • Mississauga, ON Canada • #9957

Unser herzlichstes Beileid an alle Familien und Freunde, die ihre Liebsten durch dieses abscheuliche Verbrechen verloren haben!
Unsere Herzen und Gebete sind bei euch!

God bless you all!!!
Danny, Dana & Ewan

April 18, 2007, 8:44am • from Switzerland • #9958

With Our Deepest Sympathy to those who have lost loved ones, their friends and to the student body.
Those that have left you are stars shining brightly above looking down upon you and helping you in their memories, their smiling faces, their love and the spirit that is Virginia Tech.
We have never met you and maybe some day in passing we might; we just want you all to know that we carry a heavy heart and we pray that in some small way we are helping through our message to you.
Love to you all and may an inner peace comfort and carry you all through this terrible tragedy may hope guide you through this new day and those to follow
Fondly,
Donna & Chris

April 18, 2007, 8:44am • New Jersey • #9959

i hope yal get better!i hope all of you all can recover!!!i no im still and always will be aa HOKIE!!!!!!but my prayers are with family and friends and always will be!!!
-VT fan!
-hopes to go there when i get older!
-Franklin, Virginia
23851 write me some time ill write back i promise!!!
my address!
Billy Birdsong
Robinhood Road
23851 Franklin, VA

-Billy Birdsong

April 18, 2007, 8:44am • Franklin Virginia ((southampton county)) • #9960

I’m shocked. Rest in Peace.
God blesses and gives comfort to the families.

April 18, 2007, 8:44am • Teresina - Piauí - Brasil • #9961

I will say a prayer for you -alc5

April 18, 2007, 8:44am • sophia north carolina • #9962

Although I did not graduate from Tech, I consider myself a Hokie.  Blacksburg has been my second home for the past 14 years after my parents, along with my brother and his family, made it their home.  In fact, in this tragic time, and around the world, we are all Hokies, providing whatever support and comfort we can to a community that means so much to so many people.  As one who experienced first hand the Pentagon attack of 9/11, I can empathize with the emotions being experienced.  You WILL prevail.  You WILL be stronger.  And to the families of those senselessly killed and injured, my family and I offer our deepest sympathies.  You will always be in our thoughts.  Hokies Forever!! Lt Col Robert Linares, USAF

April 18, 2007, 8:44am • West Springfield, VA • #9963

I am left speechless as NO WORDS can express my sincere sorrow for the families of the lost students. Our prayers as well as our deepest sympathy are given to you and yours.
Have faith, strength & courage.
May God Bless you all.
With Love,
The Graham’s
George,Brenda,Michelle & Stephanie.

April 18, 2007, 8:44am • Titusville, Florida & Conyers, Georgia • #9964

THIS TRAGEDY IS HEARTBREAKING.

But the University and the nation must learn the most important aspect of this tragedy.  That is, there was a student who was becoming more and more psychotic, to the point of mass murder.  The challenge then is how does a university, presumably with experts in the psychiatric field, learn to deal with this deadly psychosis, and therefore correctly identify a victim of that disease, to the point of mass murder, and institutionalize that student, or staff member, when identified.  That is the basic problem in this catastrophic University tragedy.

There must be a way, particularly in a University, to correctly identify deadly psychotic signs within the University population and act appropriately to keep the general population safe.  This tragic psychotic young man shows signs of dangerous deadly psychotic behavior potential.  But tragically not enough action was taken.

MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL INVOLVED.

Sincerely,
Mary Trainor

April 18, 2007, 8:44am • New York, NY • #9965

I didn’t know any of these students, but as a member of the academic community, my heart goes out to the Virginia Tech family. I am saddened that students in their prime were tragically taken from this earth. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

April 18, 2007, 8:44am • Columbus, Ohio • #9966

Our prayers are with the families of the victims and the VT community. We know that the good people of VT and Blacksburg will overcome this tragedy and come back stronger. Hokies all over the world share your sorrow and are praying for you.

April 18, 2007, 8:44am • cambridge, MA • #9967

What an impressive show of courage, spirit, and determination you are all showing...may it remain strong and carry you through the days ahead.

April 18, 2007, 8:44am • Cape May Court House, NJ • #9968

After 15 years i am praying to the god today. this is the most tragic incident which moved me.

i shall pray to god to support all those who lost their loved one’s.

April 18, 2007, 8:44am • pavan, UK • #9969

My family would like to express our condolences for all the VA Tech. students, faculty, and their families.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.  We would also like to compliment all of the students on their amazing poise and character shown throughout the last few days.  May God bless all of you!

April 18, 2007, 8:44am • Queensbury, NY • #9970

This tragedy has shocked not just America but the whole world.  I am British but, like so many in these islands, I have American relatives.  I have visited your beautiful state though not your town.  There is clearly a great spirit on your campus which will prevail - no matter how dark life seems at the moment. You are in my thoughts - and the thoughts of millions - at this terrible time.
Tom Scott

April 18, 2007, 8:44am • Ramsgate, Kent, England, United Kingdom. • #9971

Words cannot express the sorrow and sadness that you are feeling at this moment. You are all in our hearts. As each day passes, we hope your sorrow and sadness turns in to joy and hope for the future.
The Ryans

April 18, 2007, 8:44am • Naples,NY • #9972

I wanted to tellyou that I have you all in prayer. I to have a daughter that is gone to college far from home and I know that it could happen anywhere and I am thankful to be able to email her this morning and tell her how much I love her. I pray for peace for all of you and that your faimly at VT get back to some sort of normal whatever that may be. My thoughts are with you daily and hourly for the healing to start.
Billie JO

April 18, 2007, 8:44am • Fairview, MT • #9973

With heavy hearts we feel your pain my heart and prayers go out to all the families who lost a loved one and to all those who lost a friend.  You all are in my thoughts and prayers. 
God Bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 8:44am • Laredo TX United States of America • #9974

God made YOU special, and he loves you very much.  He sent Jesus, his son, to bring YOU good news.

John 11:25 tells us Jesus said, “...I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.”

April 18, 2007, 8:44am • Blacksburg, VA • #9975

We mourn with the families and the Hokie community and pray that God will give you the strength to make it through this horrific nightmare.
Living in Lancaster County, PA, we experienced the West Nickle Mines shootings first hand about 6 months ago. The healing here has happened with a new school appropriately named “New Hope School” opening at the beginning of April.  We pray that Virginia Tech can also, eventually, become a “New Hope School”.

Jamie (class of ‘81), Steve and Dylan Shane

April 18, 2007, 8:44am • Willow Street, PA • #9976

My heartfelt sympathy to all the families that lost their daugthers and sons, sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers. I honestly never expected that would happen so soon again. I feel sorry for all the innocent poeple that had to die for nothing, only the anger of one person.

When I once lost my beloved friend, her brother wrote me:

“Believe in God, he will take the sadness from us.”

May God Bless you all..

April 18, 2007, 8:45am • M-V, Germany • #9977

As a Hokie alum, first let me say thank you to Prof. Giovanni for her words of hope and inspiration...it was the first time since the tragedy that I felt a ray of light!  Our family’s hopes and prayers are with everyone in our Hokie Family.  We are proud Hokies, we hope to come home to Blacksburg one day, and we weep and pray with everyone at VT. 

Jeff Trollinger, Forestry and Wildlife ‘87
Will Langley, Philosophy & Religion ‘82

April 18, 2007, 8:45am • Gum Spring, VA • #9978

My dear fellow students and staff,
Our prayers are with all of you. May God give you the strength and love to carry on the memories of all who have been called in His Name. Our little city of Blairsville, Georgia will be praying for all of you. We will never forget!
Love,
Mary K Davis

April 18, 2007, 8:45am • Blairsville, Georgia • #9979

Everyone at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth is mourning with you in Blacksburg. I pray that you will stay strong in the face of adversity. This is a time for you to persevere in the face of terror, we will never forget the dead. We are all Hokies, now and forever.

April 18, 2007, 8:45am • North Dartmouth, MA • #9980

God,

We lift before you the faculty, staff and students at Virginia Tech right now, Dear God.  Evil has come in one’s heart and that evil was acted out upon your innocent children.  We ask that Your loving arms will wrap them in Your comfort and Your love in this moment of tragedy.  It is difficult to see how, in times like these, that ‘all things work together for good..’ but we are certain that they do with those who are found in You.

Lord, help families, friends, neighbors, and all concerned know that all things are in Your Hands.  We pray for all humanity and plead that this event does not turn us away from Your Perfect Love and Guidance.  Draw us near to You and to each other in these troubled times.  Lift up our countenance before You, O God.  Increase our strength.  Increase our faith.  Increase our spiritual growth.  Help us to nurture our salvation.  Draw us near to You in these troubled days.  We pray that your hand will move mightily over Blacksburg, VA and over this nation. 

Forgive us for our selfishness and shortcomings, O God. 

In the name of Jesus the Christ I pray.  Amen.

Yvonne Singleton, Faculty & Staff of Voorhees College

April 18, 2007, 8:45am • Denmark, South Carolina • #9981

I thought you might appreciate knowing that my students & I (their professor) at Ferris State University Grand Rapids want to express our condolences to the students and their families. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. My God comfort you during this tragic event in your lives.

April 18, 2007, 8:45am • Grand Rapids, MI • #9982

I myself was reading the article and I am feeling so sorry for all the Family Members who have lost thei beloved ones. As there was a Slogan circelling around the country many years ago in a Presidential Campaingn for catching Votes “ PEOPLE DIE GUNS DON`T DIE. Yet this traumatic incident has come true. Words are not enough to express my grieves about this happening. Still I am full of tears.

I only wish that such a incidence would never ever happen in the next future.

To all the Victims and as a Condolensce for all the Families I say: 

REQUIESCAT IN PACEM: MAY THE REST IN PEACE.
HERR LASSE SIE IM FRIEDEN RUHN

Werner Jud

Urdorf Switzerland

April 18, 2007, 8:45am • Urdor/Zurich/ Switzerland • #9983

Wir sind alle sehr gestürzt über das was hier passiert ist . Unser tiefes Mitgefühl gilt all den Unschuldigen die hier sterben mussten und nätürlich Ihren Familien und Angehörigen .

Fam.Schwarz

April 18, 2007, 8:45am • Deutschland • #9984

April 18th 2007

I wish to offer my condolences , on the terrible tragedy which took place on Mon 16th. I can not begin to imagine what you must be feeling, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this terrible time. May god give you strenght, forever in our thoughts and prayers.

Yours with sincerest sympathy

Susan Butterfield

April 18, 2007, 8:45am • Limerick, Rep. Of Ireland • #9985

I have cried and mourned with all of you and although I am at a loss for words, I want ALL of you--friends, families, faculty members, neighbors--to know that my most heartfelt and deepest sympathies are being sent your way.  I hope and pray that y’all somehow find the strength, direction, peace, answers and healing you need to help you recover from this tragedy.  Please take care of yourself and each other--there is no greater treasure than friends and friendship.  My flag is at half-staff in memory of your fallen comrades and my prayers are with each of you.  Stay strong and may God bless you and hold you in the palm of His hand.

April 18, 2007, 8:45am • Danville, Georgia • #9986

Prayers, love, courage as we move forward.  We cannot know what lies ahead, but only what lies behind.  Let us look ahead with bright eyes.  Seeking solace, seeking healing, seeking hope.
From the family of Caleb Trowbridge
Freshman

April 18, 2007, 8:45am • Williamsburg VA • #9987

Know that the world mourns with you.

April 18, 2007, 8:45am • Atlanta, Georgia • #9988

While my only exposure to your tragedy is through media outlets, the heartache consuming your hearts and minds communicates a strong and loving campus community. May you continue to rely on eachother and grow stronger as time progresses. while you have suffered a loss that no one should endure, hold your heads high in knowing that in this time of trial you are showing the world the meaning of “community”. My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you.

April 18, 2007, 8:45am • Ferris State University - Big Rapids, Michigan • #9989

Dear Virginia Tech and community:

My heart goes out to all of you, especially to all who have suffered the loss of a loved one. To those who witnessed this horrific crime, I am so sorry what you will carry in your mind and heart forever. As the mother of two college students of my own, I cannot even begin to imagine the waves of saddness that will come. There is no answer to why my child, my brother, my sister, my friend, my teacher, my father, my husband.

To the family of the professor who survived the Holocaust only to be taken by this crisis; my heart goes out to you and your great loss. We have now lost one more voice that shared with the youth of Virginia Tech that which we never want to repeat in history.

God bless all of you, you are in our prayers, our thoughts, and our hearts. So many of us cannot embrace, but may our thoughts engulf you with the warmth of our thoughts we sent to you so many miles away. I too have shed tears for you and yours.

With deepest regards,

Rebecca H and family

April 18, 2007, 8:45am • Modesto, CA • #9990

my heart felt sympathy goes out to all the family and friends of the fallen students and teachers of this horrid senseless arocity.
you are all in my prayers GOD BLESS

April 18, 2007, 8:45am • LIVERPOOL ENGLAND UK • #9991

My heart and prayers go out to the victims and their families of this horrific tragedy. My God walk with each of you in your time of need and embrace you.

April 18, 2007, 8:45am • pomaria, sc usa • #9992

My family and I would like to express our deepest condolences to the families of those students and teachers who lost their lives on this dreadful day.  Words can not express the sadness that I feel in my heart for all of those who died and were injured.  For those courageous students I commend you.  The story which has affected me the most is that of Professor Lebrescu who survived the Holocaust to then give his life up so that he students could climb to safety.  My heart goes out to all of you at Virginia Tech.

Leslie Johnson-Pena and Family

April 18, 2007, 8:45am • Philadelphia, PA • #9993

My heart and tears to all of you at Virginia Tech.  May all of you find strength from your new friends that you will never meet through out the entire country.

All of our thoughts and prayers…

Anna, Jason and Tyler

April 18, 2007, 8:45am • Antioch IL • #9994