Condolences, April 18, 2007

This has saddened many hearts.
It has torn apart many minds.
This is a tragedy that will never go unacknowledged.
You all are in my prayers, my thoughts, my heart.
I pray that you never forget the tragedy, remember those who lost their lives. Remember, they were young, they were not done… not done living, not done learning, teaching, or loving. Now you, have to live for them. They aren’t GONE, they live on in all the hearts of their friends, loved ones, and even strangers like me.
Please, just for some sort of a healing procedure, pass on a smile, cause it just might help. It will not make all the pain go away, but it will help whether it is just for that moment, that a person can smile.
And please, I know you can’t forget what Cho did, but you can forgive him, in your heart. We all have the power to forgive, just like God forgives us.

Sincerely,
Ashley Vincent

April 18, 2007, 9:00am • Binghamton, NY USA • #10295

I am speechless in such a horror tragedy. May God grant you the strength and faith during the hard time. My heart and my prayers go out for all of you.

Grace C.

April 18, 2007, 9:00am • New York, NY • #10296

Though we have never met and never will, prayers are sent to all of you. May your heart find comfort from those who love you and those who are praying for you. We are extremely saddened for your loss. May God bless each and every one of you.

April 18, 2007, 9:00am • Bristow, VA • #10297

My deepest condolences go out to you and the entire Virginia Tech community.  May God bless you each and every day.

April 18, 2007, 9:00am • Jonesboro, Georgia • #10298

Attn Larry Hincker:

Would you care to review your comments of last August concerning Bradford Wiles?

Perahps it wouldn’t be so “mind-boggling” after all to have a few concealed weapons license holders on campus after all?
Rather than just victims?

April 18, 2007, 9:00am • Denton County, Texas • #10299

Dear VT,

Our hearts break for and with you.  We have not stopped praying for you all, nor will we stop.  May God give you His peace, which passes all understanding, during this very difficult time of mourning.  Please let us know how else we can help. 

Toccoa Falls College

April 18, 2007, 9:00am • Toccoa Falls, GA • #10300

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families who are suffering the lost of a loved one and to everyone at Virginia Tech we are all here for you.

April 18, 2007, 9:00am • Springfield, Mass • #10301

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been affected by this horrible tragedy. On Monday I watched in disbelief what was happening on TV.  My condolences to everyone who lost a family member, friend, classmate, teacher.  May everyone’s prayers help you through this difficult time.

April 18, 2007, 9:00am • Troy, NY • #10302

My heart aches the families that have lost their loved one.  I know the Lord is with all of you. I pray that the Lord blankets you with his comfort and that he gives you strength and courage throughout this ordeal and the coming days of grief.

Louise Worley, Religious Activities Coordinator
York College of Pennsylvania

April 18, 2007, 9:00am • York, PA • #10303

As a Hokie alum it has been a rough couple of days being a few hours away and only being able to follow whats going on through the news.  I spent 4 incredible years in Blacksburg and I have one image of the school in my head and to see it ripped apart by a mad man has been heart breaking.  My heart goes out to all those families who have suffered a loss and to the entire Virginia Tech family.  We, Hokie Nation, are the proudest group I have ever been apart and I know we will survive, overcome, and prevail.

Adam VT ‘03

April 18, 2007, 9:00am • Sterling, VA • #10304

The unspeakable tragedy this week at Virginia Tech has touched us all. We grieve and mourn with you and are inspired by your courage, your strength and your pride and love for your school.
Know that there is a strong and prayerful nation thinking of and supporting you.

April 18, 2007, 9:00am • Oswego, NY • #10305

As a student from China who will receive his graduate study in US, I was shocked by this tragic event deeply… I’m blessing and I’m praying…

April 18, 2007, 9:00am • Suzhou, Jiangsu, P.R.China • #10306

WED APRIL 18,2007 TO ALL STUDENTS AND FACULTY MEMBERS-DO NOT ALLOW ONE PERSON’S ANGER TO DIMINISH IN ANY WAY ALL THE GOOD THINGS YOUR SCHOOL AND YOUR VT FAMILY HAVE AND WILL ACCOMPLISH.I AM A PARENT,A COLLEGE GRAD,AND AN AMERICAN.I AM ALSO A NEW YORKER.WITH THE HELP OF THE ENTIRE COUNTRY,WE GOT THROUGH THE ORDEAL OF 9/11.WITH THE HELP OF ALL AMERICANS,YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS.GOD BLESS.PLEASE TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER.YOU ARE VIRGINIA TECH!GO HOKIES!

April 18, 2007, 9:00am • STATEN ISLAND,NY,NY • #10307

I just want to say that my thoughts and prayers are with all of the families and friends of the victims.  I have sat here for the last two days trying to grasp what has happened.  My heart has been broken for the people who were taken from us prematurely.  My heart is broken for the families who have to try to figure out a way to continue on without their loved one. I can’t imagine what everyone is going through here and what the VT family is going through.  Please know you will have my continued thoughts and prayers.  May God be with you all. 

Jennifer

April 18, 2007, 9:00am • Verona, VA • #10308

Having seen my sister graduate from VTech just last year, I am shocked at the turn of events that have transpired before our very eyes. And to think one of my own friends could have been hurt is unimaginable. To those who cannot have thier loved ones back, may God comfort you in all the ways and provide you grace.To those who have lost their lives, may you truly rest in peace. God Bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 9:00am • Alexandria,Virginia • #10309

To all my friends at Tech, I love you and am so happy that you all are ok! I’m thinking of you and all of the families that lost a loved one. Tech will survive, Hokies,Hokies,Hokies…
Perrin

April 18, 2007, 9:00am • Virginia Beach • #10310

Try as we may, no words can ever describe the profound sorrow we feel for the Virginia Tech family and community, and especially for the families and friends who are experiencing the death of a cherised loved one. We have lifted you up in prayer and will continue to keep the VT family in our thoughts and prayers in the weeks and months ahead.

April 18, 2007, 9:00am • Steelton, PA • #10311

Dear Virginia Tech Students, Staff, and Community,

Words can’t begin to describe the sorrow that your are feeling at this moment. Sometimes things happen for no reason and they can never be explained. Please know that your entire communnity will be in my families thoughts and prayers for several days that follow. Once again I am very sorry for your loss and I hope that you all will be able to assist each other in this difficult time.

Sincerly,

Brandi Estes
Union County, Kentucky

April 18, 2007, 9:00am • Sturgis, Kentucky • #10312

I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from around the world for the great little town of Blacksburg, VA.  Most of my family are Hokies, including my sister, who is a senior there right now.  All my thoughts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the families and friends of the victims and for the entire student body and staff of VT.  Let’s Go Hokies!
With Love,
A Hokie-at-Heart

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Charlottesville, VA • #10313

My thougths and the thoughts of everyone here in Japan are with those at VT. 
God Bless VT
Mike Staffa

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Osaka, Japan • #10314

I feel very sorry for all of you , this kind of thing it´’s something that we’l never understand
here in Brazil we’re praying for everyone envolved on this , and be strong.
God bless you
Andressa

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • brazil • #10315

From the bottom of our broken hearts my faimly would like to say:
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast,
it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
Sherry Tatro and family

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Belmont,NH • #10316

When something like this happens, everyone would like to be quick to place the blame on someone. In this case, it is so much better for us to focus on those of you who have lost loved ones. To the outsiders, the victims may just be students at VT, but to you, they were your children, your husband, your mother, your wife, brothers and sisters. To all of you and your families, I am keeping you in my prayers. If nothing else, this should just show everyone how unpredictable life is and make us realize how precious everyone around us is.

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Chesnee, South Carolina • #10317

I´m in shock. I can´t even understand how things like this can happen and how people can be so evil. I can´t even imagine the horrible feeling of being in one of those classrooms or to find out your beloved ones have been killed. All of you who lives and goes to virginia tech and to the families affected..our love goes out to you!Words can´t describe this..All over the world people are in shock that things like this happen..We pray for you

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Finland/Europe • #10318

My heart, prayers and wishes go out to all that have been affected by this. God Bless All, God Speed.

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Dallas (Garland), Texas • #10319

My sincerest condolences to the families of all the victims.  My heart goes out to you and is deeply saddened by what happens.  May God grant you the grace to face each day that lies ahead.
Liz Lovelace

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Sumneytown, PA • #10320

I am a college student also and when i saw what happened,i was so sad how can someone really do this,what was he thinking.My prays go out the family because i know how they are feeling depress.

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Florida • #10321

There are not enough words in the vocabulary to express the sadness we feel in our hearts. To all the students, faculty, staff, students and members of the VT and the Blacksburg community I shed every tear with you and my heart aches as yours do. But as Ms. Giovanni said “We will prevail”. We may never know why, but we do know that GOD has a reason for everything. Peace be with you all and GOD BLESS.

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Nashville, TN • #10322

May the Lord bless you in this darkest hour.  At a time such as this, no words can express my feelings.  We may not understand why sad things happen, may it somehow help you to know how much we care.
Lets Go Hokies!!

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Atlanta, Georgia • #10323

May we all remember those who were killed in this horrible and tragic way. And, may we remember that there is justice, and that there is an almighty God who will prevail; to give peace and understanding. May we give forgiveness when forgiveness can be given. And, may we look to a friend or family member and say “Hey, I am sorry and I love you!” Because, no matter what life is too short to be angry and to hold grudges. Let’s live life without anger. Let’s be loving, and we will all get along better, longer, and easier. If you believe in this pass this on too all that you care about; even to the ones who sent it to you. God Bless you all!
GO HOKIES!!!

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Crozet ,Virginia • #10324

My heart breaks with yours, though we will likely never meet.  My heart breaks for all those innocent and bright lives lost, those injured and for their families—for each and every one of you.

I stopped my studies over the past couple of days because, though we will never meet, I felt the need to be present to you.  We are sisters, brothers all and I am moved to say, I love each and every one of you.

Peace to you,

Lynda

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada • #10325

Peace to all.
The VT family is in our prayers---asking for His grace and comfort to be clear for all those grieving and coping with this tragedy.

Psalm 46:1 ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.’

Psalm 116:15 “precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his saints.”

in Christ’s love,
the Pearson family

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Geneseo, IL • #10326

It’s hard to find meaning in such absurdity; yet, I still believe that there’s a special place for all of you in God’s realm.  My heart goes out to all that you left behind.

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Pottstown, Pa. • #10327

My family would like to express our heartfelt sympathy for all effected by this tragedy. May God’s love comfort you and His support carry you. Our prayers are with you. God Bless.
The Green Family

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • West Haven, CT • #10328

Our thoughts are with you all,

Below is a poem I came across perhaps it will be of some meaning during this terrible time.

Darragh, Dublin, Ireland

You can shed tears that they are gone

Or you can smile because they have lived

You can close your eyes and pray that they will come back

Or you can open your eyes and see all that they have left

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see them

Or you can be full of the love that you shared

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday

Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday

You can remember them and only that they are gone

Or you can cherish their memory and let it live on

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back

Or you can do what they would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

written 1981

David Harkins 1959 -

Silloth, Cumbria, UK

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Dublin, Ireland • #10329

May God Bless you in your sorrow,but keep in mind and heart he is with you through these sorrows and our family is praying for each and everyone of you. May God greatly bless each and every parent through this terrible time. God Bless and keep you.

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Lenoir, North Carolina • #10330

TEARS FILL MY EYES
MY HEART IS HEAVY
I NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO SAY GOOD-BYE

I PRAY TO GOD
WHO IS THE KEEPER OF ALL
THAT COMFORT IS FOUND

PRAY THAT GOD
HEALS YOU
PROTECTS YOU

LOVING PRAYRS AND THOUGHTS

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • MERRIVALE, SOUTH AFRICA • #10331

Dear VT Community,

After visiting many of my friends at VT during my college days, I learned that it is truly a campus full of good-hearted people filled with Hokie spirit.  May God Bless every single person in the community and bring you through this horrific tragedy.  May every family find comfort in the Lord and be able to go on in memory of their lost loved one.  May all my friends at VT continue being a Hokie Nation.

God Bless,

-JP from VA

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Virginia • #10332

To all who have lost a loved one and or someone they knew, myself along with my family are deeply sorry for your loss and can only pray for you all and keep you in our thoughts as you go through this horrific time in your lives. Again we are so deeply saddend and sorry for your loss.

The Lovett Family

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • East Liverpool Ohio • #10333

Like everybody else, I don’t understand any of this.  There are no words adequate enough to express the feelings we all feel for you… first for the families of the students taken so tragically, and then for the rest of the students, faculty and everyone who has been affected by this terrible loss.  All I can offer is my my prayers and heartfelt love to each of you.  May God keep you in his tender care as you strive to put your lives back together again. My you feel loved and supported within your community.

Love, Jenny

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Erie, Pennsylvania • #10334

I live in Knoxville,TN and when I heard the news about the shooting I knew it was going to be a bad day for thousands of students and their families. All of the students and their families are in my prayers. We will get through this together. It will be hard but we will prevail.

Keri

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Knoxville,TN • #10335

god bless the victims and theire family’s
i cannot amagin the pain you are going through,
i am deeeply sorry
ashlyn(L)

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • sania,ontario,canada • #10336

"Suffer the children to come unto me”, says the Lord. May God enlighten their souls. Dearest friends, today America is a Hokie nation.  Go VaTech!  Bill.

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Troy, NY • #10337

To all students, faculty, and staff please know that you are in my prayers daily. A special note to those parents who lost their beloved children, may a loving God comfort and carry you through to that glorious day when we shall all be reunited.
Harold Lemley.

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Macon, Georgia • #10338

I am so sorry that this horrible tragedy happened to you.  Please know that I am praying for your healing to begin and that your faith in God will grow throughout this process.  This is a time when you will question God and ask why?  He will not answer “why?” but He is there to comfort you through your pain. 
In His Name
Bonnie

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Iowa • #10339

My thoughts and prayers are with all the families and friends of the victims of this awful incidence.  My brother is a VA Tech alum and I have a very special love for this school even though I did not attend.  My 8 year old son LOVES VA Tech and has his Tech blanket, football and trash can in his room.  He hopes to attend the school in the future.

The Hokies are strong and will bounce back from this, the spirit of the school is resilient and it is good to see this spirit and closeness during this tragic time.

Hang in there Hokies, you all are wonderful.  I am so sorry for all the families who are suffering now, I will keep praying for you.

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Alexandria, VA • #10340

I am truly saddened by the events that occured at Virginia Tech, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Belleville, Michigan • #10341

As I watch the news, my heart breaks. I can not believe something like this was even allowed to happen,especially after he was referred to services for those eerie writings.
To the families affected by those who lost their lives so tragically,please know you are being thought of.
I am so so sorry for your loss,

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • ~Western Massachusetts~ • #10342

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. - Winston Churchill

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone at Virginia Tech during this trying time.  Stay strong!  Stay proud!  You are not alone!

Larry Anderson and family
Class of 1992

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Columbus, OH • #10343

My heart is with you. I will always hold VT in my heart. I’m a Oklahoma State fan but I will be routing for you when your not playing my Cowboys. We know that life is not always fair but rest asured that we will all grow and become a better person from this.

April 18, 2007, 9:01am • Choctaw, Oklahoma • #10344