Condolences, April 18, 2007

I will like to extend condolences to Virginia Tech and to all the families and friends who are broken hearted at this time.  May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace in every way. 2 Thess. 3:16

M. R. Lopez

April 18, 2007, 9:13am • Trinidad & Tobago • #10595

As a senior at Virginia Tech, I have spent the best four years of my life in Blacksburg. My heart goes out to the families of my fellow classmates who were struck down in this horrific tragedy. At this time of shock and sadness, the Hokie Nation needs to unite together and show the world what a wonderful university we are. I am proud to be a Hokie and always will be. Everyone affected by this tragedy is in my thoughts and prayers and my deepest condolences go to the families of the students who have passed away.

April 18, 2007, 9:13am • Blacksburg, VA • #10596

My Fellow Hokies,

I am writing this on behalf of the Hokies in the Coastal Carolina Chapter of the VT Alumni Association.  We are so proud of you!  You all have shown so much bravery, strength, pride, and spirit.  You all have been so well spoken and honorable.  You have not only shown the world what it means to be a Hokie, you have even made other Hokies, like ourselves, even prouder to be a Hokie.

Many in our chapter gathered last night and prayed for you all.  We prayed that you keep your bravery, strength, pride, and spirit.  We prayed that you keep Hokie Spirit alive in our beloved town of Blacksburg.  We love you all very much.  You are our sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters.  We cried just as hard, if not harder, when we heard you were harmed.  Take care of each other, and know that when you need someone to lean on, there are Hokies all over the nation that are here to hold you up.

In closing…
LET’S GO........HOKIES!!!

April 18, 2007, 9:13am • Coastal Carolina (Southeast North Carolina) • #10597

My prayers and thoughts are with everyone at Virginia Tech. May God give peace to the families of the lost loved ones.

Ray

April 18, 2007, 9:13am • Castleton, Va. • #10598

i am horrified at these events, yet it awakens all to realize that we cannot stay sheltered to tradegy anymore, since the rest of the world has experienced it.

my heart goes out for all the VA hokies and the 33 victims.
-Gallaudet U

April 18, 2007, 9:13am • Washington, DC, America • #10599

sad sad day in our society ,this is something like you see on tv that could never happen to us.this is not suppose to happen in our country.our hearts go out to the families may GOD bless you all and our prayers are with each and everyone of you .

April 18, 2007, 9:13am • new london, ohio • #10600

From France,

I want to send all my deepest condolences for all families which have been strike in this horrible disaster.

Courage for all students and teacher and technical staff in Virginia Tech for newt weeks that will be difficult !

Nicolas

April 18, 2007, 9:13am • north west of France • #10601

As a Hokie alumni, I have been extremely saddened by the events that took place April 16th.  My heart goes out to all the individuals, families, friends and loved ones of those affected by this horrible act.  I have so many wonderful memories of my years spent in Blacksburg and I know that through the strength of the entire Virginia Tech community we will overcome this tradgedy. 
Kathleen, Class of 2000

April 18, 2007, 9:13am • Philadelphia, PA • #10602

My heart goes out to all those involved in this terrible tragedy.  Take you’re time to heal. You will need it.

Love, Marielle

April 18, 2007, 9:13am • Netherlands • #10603

Bonjour to all. Its been nothing but beautiful days here in Paris but I know I can’t say the same for alot of places/countries around the world right now. And now Virginia included. I guess words can’t take away the sorrow and pain. I went through that when I lost my dad. I didn’t even get to see or talk to him before he left. So I understand how difficult it is. I can’t do much. My deepest condolences are just about the only things that I can give and hope that with it, things will be easier for everyone to bear. I hope that everyone will get through this difficult time and remember that one day, it will stop raining and the sun will shine once again. Au revoir.

Amicalement,

Hafiz

April 18, 2007, 9:13am • Paris, France. • #10604

Deepest sympathies to the Family of Virginia Tech for your loss. My heart cries with you. 

I know you will prevail, for the Spirit of the “HOKIES” cannot be crushed. 

Sheila

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • Moncks Corner, SC • #10605

The only words that can comfort in times like these are from our Lord and Savior,"I will never leave you nor forsake you”. May the Lord wrap you in his mighty arms and comfort your souls. Our prayers are that he will lift you up and carry you all through this sorrow till you can see the other side.
Kathy Gaddy

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • Lexington,sc • #10606

May the Lord comfort the Librescu family among all mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Dr. Henry Rascoff

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • Stamford, CT • #10607

My thought and prays are with you all. God is with you all.  And so is my family.  May God bless and keep you strong.........

Holly Modzel

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • Morrisdale PA Clearfield • #10608

my deepest condolences to everyone.

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • Geleen, Netherlands • #10609

Even though as alumni, we may have graduated and moved on, our hearts have never left Virginia Tech or Blacksburg.

My heart mourns with the community, and aches for all involved.

-K
VT 2004

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • Fairfax, VA • #10610

My heart breaks for the families, students and faculty that have been affected by this senseless tragedy.  As a parent who has lost a child of my own and a parent of a current college student I certainly understand the feelings of both loss and concern.  Difficult times like this are so much bigger than we are and I know the Lord’s goodness and grace will truly prevail. May God’s peace and strength fall upon all of you as you try to make sense of this horrible event and Please know that this entire country has you in our hearts and prayers and wish that there was more we could do to help. In Christ’s Love, Andy, Sandy, Anna and Drew Hudman

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • Prattville, Alabama • #10611

O Mundo está de luto por está atrocidade!
Nós brasileiros juntamos as mãos em oração para a paz, conforto e traquilidade dessas vítimas e seus familiares

PAZ !!!!!!

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • São José dos Campos / Brasil • #10612

I believe students of all ages should be able to attend their classes without fear.  I believe those of us in the workforce should be able to go to work everyday without fear. I pray that one day this will be the case.  My heart aches for everyone who has been affected by this tragedy and my prayers are with all of you. Go Hokies!

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • Louisville, KY USA • #10613

Our family send to you my son’s VT Family and your wonderful community our most deep and heartfelt sympathy in the loss of so many innocent.

The relief we feel knowing our son is fine physically does help us, but the heartache and sorrow we feel as parents can not be put into words.

Please know we keep all in our hearts and prayers.

God Bless!

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • Bridgewater, N.J. 08807 • #10614

As hard as this world is at times, we would hope that since 9/11, things would change. In some ways they have. We have become stronger in handling and overcoming the unforeseen. And we would hope that for our children and our children’s children that this world we live in will become a better place, that the things we do NOW to protect them today will only make it better for tomorrow.  But it’s hard to see what is going on in the head of someone who needs help.  Please I’m begging anyone who reads this TALK TO FRIENDS, FAMILY and ANYONE who is willing to BE THERE for you - if you feel like you are falling someone WILL CATCH YOU, just REACH OUT.  Our tomorrow is about our children, and we need to protect them every way possible. I also want to say that I feel sorrow for Seong-tae Cho, He’s the father of Seung-Hui Cho, whom is being shamed in his country for his child’s actions. We only try to raise our children to become someone that we and their peers and themselves are proud of. To become someone everyone will love, and someone to make our tomorrows a better place for us all. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of those in pain. May GOD look over you all, and keep you all safe. Our deepest condolences.

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • Staten Island, N.Y USA • #10615

Dear Virginia Tech Students, Families, & Faculty,

I can’t even begin to imagine the extent of your sorrow and pain. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Terese

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania • #10616

My husband attended Tech for 11 years and three degrees. The whole time I was at Radford attending college and then teaching in Montgomery County. Blacksburg was and still is a wonderful small town and to think of this happening there is unimaginable. I know Hokies will rally around each other and bring a lot of positive things out of this unspeakable event.  It has been inspiring how the university and the students have handled this with dignity and grace. Even at this time of sorrow it seems appropriate “GO HOKIES”

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • Yorktown,VA • #10617

My thoughts & prayers go out to Virginia Tech Students and Staff,

I am overwhelmed with sadness and grief for the victim’s families, staff, loved ones and alumni of the tragic event.  May God provide you all strength through this trying time.

I know words can not replace what you all have lost but hope you do find strength in this words that others bring forth to you. 

Through my position here in New York, I have some ties to the Engineering community at Virginia Tech.  I know Virginia Tech is a strong community and will find strength amongst yourselves to survive this horrifying tragedy.

May God Be With You All!

Kim Franklin

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • Castleton, New York, USA • #10618

There are no words to express the sorrow that my husband and I feel over this tragedy. Although we knew no one personally we are Hokies and feel a kin to all involved.  Our prayers are with each and every family.

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • Roanoke, Va. • #10619

Words seem empty at a time such as this.  It is in our groanings that God hears us with clearest voice.  He is listening to the hundreds of thousands of lives affected by the ripples of the loss of the future that ended with Monday’s tragedy.  We too, are praying for all.  Our biggest prayer now, is that as all of the Virginia Tech extended family share their grief, the ties that make VTech a family, will grow between the created and Creator, as well as between the created.  Life is not about making sense of what happens, but doing right with what happens...God Bless...The Amman Family

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • Sioux City, IA • #10620

I would like to send all of the families and friends my prays on what had happen at Virginia Tech. I did not know anyone, but I hope everyone stays strong and remembers the good times with the victims. They all seemed like great people. I am deeply sorry for everyone’s lost.

Alycia C.

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • Philadelphia, PA • #10621

I am really sorry that so many student had to go thorugh that it so sad what the world is comming to .I could not imagine the pain and hurt everyone must be dealing with. again I am so sorry .and I will be thinking about you all while you go through so much and so many tears.

from karrie Jones

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • charleston wv • #10622

With tearful prayers we are standing with you all during this time. We’re so sorry this happened.

God bless ~ Erich, Sara, Elizabeth, Aaron & Jonathan Dipert

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • Centerton, Arkansas • #10623

To the families of those who lost their lives - I am well aware of what it is like to lose a child. My daughter who was a senior in college was killed in a motor vehicle accident within the last year. I am asking Almighty God to hold you in His hands at this time! Our love to all of you.

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • Michigan • #10624

My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to the families, students, faculty, and Blacksburg community who lost loved ones in this aweful situation.  God bless all of you in this time of immense trouble and grief.  I am a college student at USM in Maine and I still can’t believe something like this would take place at any college.  I am filled with great sorrow.  RIP

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • Auburn, Maine, USA • #10625

I can not stop thinking of the parents of the students killed on Monday.  I have two college aged children whom are away from home and I pray for them every day.....for their safety for their soundness........ You parents are in my heart and will stay there for many, many years to come.  As I look at my own, I will think of yours and pray for your peace.

April 18, 2007, 9:14am • Edina, Minnesota • #10626

You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. As I see the pictures of the innocent victims who’s lives were senselessly taken I can not help but to feel your pain. Just know that the pain will diminish with time but the memories of your loved ones will be in your hearts, minds and souls forever. My deepest sympathies to the family, friends and anyone impacted from this horrible tragedy!

Linda McBride

April 18, 2007, 9:15am • Albany, New York • #10627

I am so sorry for the loss of all in this senless crime.My heart goes out to the families and fellow students that are left greiving.With my own daughter in University I can only hope that she will never expieriance what you all have been through.In fact I gave her an extra tight hug yesterday.I truley feel in my heart that yes this is the worst mass killings lets not keep on reminding every one of that. Instead lets remind people of the loss of the individuals for they all were seperate people with seperate identities.
It sickens me that this has happened and now maybe it is time to get the guns away from those who have them and dont know what to do with them!

April 18, 2007, 9:15am • Ontario Canda • #10628

Hola, soy nicaragüense y toda mi familia estamos consternados por los acontencimiento en la universidad; desde el fondo de nuestro corazones nuestro mas sentido pésame por las familias dolientes y que el señor fartalezca sus espíritus en estos momentos difíciles.

Que Dios los bendiga.

Carlos Ortiz

April 18, 2007, 9:15am • Nueva Guinea, Nicaragua • #10629

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May you find strength in this time of despair.

Greg Cocco
Penn State University
Faculty & Alumni

April 18, 2007, 9:15am • Pittsburgh, Pa. USA • #10630

For the parents and families/friends of the students

May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, and until you meet your loved ones again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

S Morrison

April 18, 2007, 9:15am • Boston MA. • #10631

so hard to believe what happened...may you ever get okay with it one day.
we will take you in our prayers,nobody of you will ever be forgotten!!!

we think of you!!

Niemand hat je gesagt das dieses Leben hier einfach wird,versuche nie aufzuhören an das zu glauben was du träumst!!!

God bless you!

April 18, 2007, 9:15am • Cologne,Germany • #10632

Our heart and prayers are with all students, staff, and families who have suffered in this horrible tragedy.

VA Tech community has shown enormous strenght and hope and has set an example for the world in healing by love and peace, we thank you all for showing us how atrong the human spirit can be...we pray for you.

Love,
Abigail Wiedmeier, Jessica Corbin, and Jill Obando

April 18, 2007, 9:15am • Chantilly, VA USA • #10633

Students & Familys of the ones who were lost I know words can not express your grief. I just wanted to let you know we are with you in our hearts and prayers at this time of tragity. Bless you and my god give you some peace in know your children are with him.
From East Tennessee Donna Carver & Family ...

April 18, 2007, 9:15am • Elizabethton ,Tennessee • #10634

We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the VT community.  May God give you strength at this time.  The best memorial you can give your friends is to remember them with love not anger.  May God be with you.
Rebecca & Imogene Adkins

April 18, 2007, 9:15am • Bristol, Va • #10635

Our family is deeply saddened by this horrible act of violence.  As parents of a JMU student we can’t imagine the feelings of sorrow and disbelief that anyone having a loved one attending VT must feel.  Our hearts go out to the entire community and for all the ones directly affected by these shootings. We are HOKIES at heart always and are proud to wear Maroon & Orange. The Kidd Family, Larry,Darlene,Chelsea, & Alyssa

April 18, 2007, 9:15am • Forest, VA • #10636

Again, it is difficult to understand what we have been told thousands of times: “Everything has a reason”.

I am deeply concerned and sad, trying to keep on hoping for the best world that togheter we can make!

My respect, condolences and prayes go to those who lost their lives in Virginia Tech the day of the tragedy, to their families, friends and relatives.

My best.

Pablo Adriano
Buenos Aires, Argentina
pabloadriano@uolsinectis.com.ar

April 18, 2007, 9:15am • Buenos Aires, Argentina • #10637

Words cannot express the deep sorrow this entire nation feels for VT.  Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you as you go through this extremely difficult time.  Our VT flag flies now for many reasons - in pride for our Hokies and in sorrow for those Hokies lost on that terrible day.

April 18, 2007, 9:15am • Virginia • #10638

je vous presente a tous mes sinceres condoleances pour ce passage tres difficile . il ne faut pas q’un tel evenement puisse se reproduire un jour. bon courage a vous .

franck .

April 18, 2007, 9:15am • troyes , FRANCE • #10639

As an alumni who spent some of the best years of my life in Blacksburg, I am in total devastation.  I am not sure how many of you have access to Facebook, but the group April 16, 2007-A Moment of Silence has hundreds of pictures sent in by other schools of our two logos bound together, with the words “Today, we are all Hokies.” It is touching to know that in a time of such deep sorrow, we have the support of so many other colleges throughout the nation.  And I know this won’t make us lose our spirit, but rather, it will bring the entire Hokie family closer together.  I am willing to stake my life on the fact that on opening day next fall, there will be more Hokies in those stands than any year before. 

My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy.  We lost an amazing friend, and the only saving grace is knowing that Ryan Clark died a hero, trying to save a fellow Hokie in West AJ. 

Go HOKIES!

April 18, 2007, 9:15am • Alexandria, VA • #10640

I am saddened and shocked at this terrible event that took place on Monday. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims, who are suffering right now and will be in the days ahead. I have included an excerpt of lyrics from an Eric Clapton song called ‘Broken Hearted’, as we all know very many of us are at this dark time.

“Lord, how will you get through this night
With your dreams departed?
And who alone will comfort you?
Only the broken hearted.

So you’ve gone beyond your means,
Every wound is open,
Your best laid plans are out of reach,
And all your fears unspoken. “

Char Lewis
Luke martin

April 18, 2007, 9:15am • Brantford, Ontario, Canada • #10641

Dear Virginia Tech Community,
I would like to offer you my most sincerest sympathy,empathy and prayers.  I was one of the victims held hostage at the Peter B. Lewis Building/Weatherhead School of Management on May 9, 2003.  This event has brought back many emotions pertaining to our fateful day those few years ago.  I will attest to the fact that although the memory, pain and fear does not completely evade your mind or your heart, it does ease with time.  This is a tragic event that you will carry with you for the rest of your life.  Be aware of that, take control of it, and be strong.  Share your emotions, your anger, your pain, your saddness...don’t harbor it inside. It is all part of the healing process.  Take your time, be gentle on yourself and those around you.  When you are ready, be free to share your experiences, concerns and questions.  Heal.  Keep your faith, dear friends.  Keep your strength.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Rosalyn Foster
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio

April 18, 2007, 9:15am • Cleveland, Ohio • #10642

mi unisco al vostro dolore. Carletto

April 18, 2007, 9:15am • italy • #10643

There are no words to express our deepest condolences for the tragic events that occurred at Virginia Tech.  Our prayers are with you all.  To all the victims, their families, the students, the faculty and one in all the whole community.  You will be in our daily prayers from this day forward.  My God Bless you all during this difficult time. 
Trish Lee & Family

April 18, 2007, 9:15am • Lindenhurst, New York - USA • #10644