Condolences, April 18, 2007

Please know that all Virginian’s and the nation are praying for you and your families. May some good come from this tragedy and may people understand that violence is never an answer. I pray for a safe and peaceful year for all the students and staff and hope the healing will start soon. This is a senseless tragedy and the world prays for all of you.

April 18, 2007, 9:29am • Hampton Virginia • #10945

To my dearest Jen, her fellow students and their families,
As parents we pray that we are always able to shield our children from tragedy, pain and sorrow.  Sometimes we are able to succeed, many times we are not.  This is one of those times where we could not shield you and we can only pray that we have armed you with the strength to reach out your hand for help when you need it and extend your hand to help another in need.

We love you, pray for you and shed tears with you.

Phanessa and Joshua Holt

April 18, 2007, 9:29am • Boynton Beach, FL • #10946

I am writing to you all from Montevideo, Uruguay in South America. I and every one here are shocked and furious about what happened. I have a cousin that goes to your university in the same building that the shooting happened and he was lucky enough not to be there at that moment for which I am grateful. However, I can´t even begin to imagin what you all are going through and I pray that with time and love from everybody around you, you will be able to get over this and smile again. You owe it to all those that were killed because I am sure they would like to be remembered with a smile. I feel for you all and embrace you from here. It is hard to think this is the world were you are groing up. Be strong and God bless you.

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • Montevideo, Uruguay • #10947

May I share my God,my comforter,with you no matter your beliefs!  The students, faculty and staff of Virginia Tech are in my thoughts and prayers.

Karissa Weir

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • Shelby, NC • #10948

i also am born and birth of Mr.logathan so hungry to insident ,so plz dont happen in future to parya god ....

regards
sathis

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • gobichettipalayam,tamilnadu, • #10949

My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who were so tragically taken on 04/16/07.  May you stay strong and may God grant you peace.

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • Middletown, NY • #10950

I come from a small town in central Pa. 10 years ago a plane crashed taking 21 residents from our town of 5,000, most of those were high school students. You are all in my prayers. I have family that went to Tech and hold a special place in my heart for all Hokies. You are not alone in your pain or your mourning. After this we are all Hokies! God Bless You All

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • Montoursville,Pa • #10951

Words can never express the deep sorrow that we all share. Just know that people all over the world are keeping you in their thoughts and prayers.
Sarah
Delta State University

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • Cleveland, MS • #10952

There are no words that can describe what a person feels when a tradgey like this occurs. The family and friends of each victim are in my thoughts and prayers. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will see each of you through this. continue to pray and have faith. GOD BLESS each one of you!!!!!

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • Cynthiana, KY USA • #10953

As a resident of Virginia all my life, what has occurred has hit very close to home.  I can say in the midst of this terrible tragedy, every single person at your college has exhibited the highest quality of humanity and grace.  Peace be with all of you and your families.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • Deborah Collett, Virginia Beach, Virginia • #10955

The Young people of this community are so very strong.  our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone touched by this terrible tragedy. The strength in the young people there is extrordinary.  god Bless
The Holmes Family

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • DuQuoin, IL • #10956

I have a seven year old son and pray that he will never have to go through something like this. I will pray for the students who pass away and for the families that have to deal with such a great lost.

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • Virginia USA • #10957

I know God has wrapped his loving arms around each and everyone of you. The 32 souls that are with God now are in a happy place, hope that helps you, I will pray always for you and the loved one’s lost, there family’s. I wish i could do something to ease the pain but that is part of healing and i hope it goes fast for you. You have shown how mighty and great your Campus is and your students it’s and inspiration to all of us.
God Bless

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • Cincinnati Oh • #10958

The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want.
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; He leadeth me
The quiet waters by.

My soul He doth restore again;
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
Even for His own Name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,
Yet will I fear no ill;
For Thou art with me; and Thy rod
And staff my comfort still.

My table Thou hast furnishèd
In presence of my foes;
My head Thou dost with oil anoint,
And my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me;
And in God’s house forevermore
My dwelling place shall be.

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April 18, 2007, 9:30am • NEW JERSEY • #10959

On behalf of myself, my family and my fellow alumni, as well as the faculty, students and staff of Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge and the LSU System, I send the most sincere and profound sympathies and wishes for courage and healing to all in the Virginia Tech family. I may be a Tiger by degree, but in this sad week we are all Hokies. - Matt G. Leger

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • Atlanta, GA, USA • #10960

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

-Peter

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • Washington, DC • #10961

As an alumni of VT, I was very heart broken to hear what had happened on the grounds that I walked every day for 5 years of my life.  Please be stong hokies and know that God will bring you through this.  My prayers are with the victims and their families and everyone else effected by this tragedy.  You will NEVER be forgotten! 

Lets go Hokies!!!!!
Taiesha (class of 2003)

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • Alexandria, VA • #10962

Dear loved ones,

I am truely sorry for all who have lost loved ones. The thought that someone would do that is unthinkable and unbareable. The love ones lost will never be forgotten. This will go down in history as we stay in prayer for what has happend.
for the brave one who help in this healing prosses god bless you all.

Steven
Cole

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • pulaski, va • #10963

My heart breaks for the Virginia Tech community. The students, faculty, staff, families, alums, and friends of the university will come together and be even stronger as we support each other during this tragic time. As an alum and the sister of a current student, I am deeply touched by the strength and courage of the community. We will prevail...Let’s go Hokies.

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • Baltimore, MD • #10964

Our hearts and prayers are with the entire Virginia Tech family. The students and professors lives may have been cut short but they will live forever in all of our hearts. The entire country is hurting yet again but we will move on...We are strong and in God We Trust.
Anthony and Ceil Paone

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • Bensalem, Pennsylvania • #10965

I’m Jordan Viars, from Grundy, VA!! I am deeply saddened by the deaths of all the students, faculty, and staff of Virginia Tech. Around 5 years ago my community suffered the same blow as the Blacksburg Community, there was a man, who was about to be kicked out of ASL because of his grades. Well, he went on a shooting rampage, killed 3 people, and badly injured 3 other women. It was a bad blow to the community. However, we all pulled together and some how came thru in the long run. My thoughts and prayers go out to all who are suffering from these killings

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • grundy, VA • #10966

As one from a city that has expierenced the terror and horror of such and event..
I offer this prayer for you today:
May God grant you comfort for today.
Peace in the midst of the storm.
And strength for tommorrow.
May he richly bless and keep all of you in his loving arms.

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • Oklahoma City Oklahoma • #10967

I would like to express my deepest condolences to all.  I can’t even begin to imagine your pain. Know that the Lord is with each and everyone of you in your time of need.  Also know that it is always during the times of great distress that the Lord carries you in his arms. 

Please join in with me to say these prayers for all those who have been affected.

Gayatri Mantra
OM BHUR BHUVAH SUVAHA
TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM
BHARGO DEVASYA DHEEMAHI
DHIYO YO NAH PRACHODAYAT

Its meaning is that “May the Almighty God illuminate our intellect to lead us along the righteous path”.

Oh God! Thou art the Giver of Life,
Remover of pain and sorrow,
The Bestower of happiness,
Oh! Creator of the Universe,
May we receive thy supreme sin-destroying light,
May Thou guide our intellect in the right direction.

Our Father, who art in Heaven; hallowed by Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen

R. Maraj

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • Toronto, Canada • #10968

My deepest and most sincere sympathies go out to all the familes and friends of Virginia Tech during this tragic time. Much love and may God be with you all.
~LeAnn

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • Knoxville, TN • #10969

My family and friends are really sorry for the pain. All of you are remembered in our prayers. You have to be strong to face life. God be with you all and give you the strength…
The Gaddam family and friends

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • Birmingham, AL • #10970

Kami po dito sa Pilipinas ay nakikiramay sa dahos na inyong tinatahak sa ngayong panahon. Aming ipinapanalangin na sana mapawi ang inyong mga luha, kahit na parang malabo ang pag-asang ang kapayapaan ay tuluyang matamo.

We, in the Philippines, express our deepest condolence in the tribulations you now face. We constantly pray that your tears finally waver, despite the uncertainty of achieving ultimate peace.

Cheryl Insong

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • Davao City, Philippines • #10971

I, like so many millions, was shocked beyond belief at the incidents on 4/16/2007.  I’m a proud alumnus of Virginia Tech, Class of ‘74, and yesterday I began flipping through my senior yearbook, thinking how innocent it all seemed.  My prayers go out to the families, friends, and associates of those who were killed or injured.  My sincere hope is that the campus and its students, faculty, staff will find time to heal and return VT to a happy place.  I know this will take a long time, and it will have bittersweet memories, but we’re all with you!

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • Monroe, Virginia • #10972

To all virginia tech students, my deepest condolencese to you and your school I do not live near virginia but I have heard of the tragedy at your school and I am so deeply sorry for your losses I will keep you in thought and prayers to maybe help you with your mourning.
Beth

April 18, 2007, 9:30am • Washington Pennsylvannia • #10973

To All The Stedents at Va. Tech.
Our prayers and thouths are with you.
We feel for the grieving parents that lost there children to a uncalled act like this. We feel for you and they will never be forgotten. My son Attends Va. Tech Robert Lewis and I thank God that he is still with us. And I grieve and feel sadden for the ones that are not. This will take a long time for all to heal and will never be forgotten. As for the great students that were taken to soon will never be forgotten but truly missed.

Your in Our Prayers
Joyce and Mark Lewis

April 18, 2007, 9:31am • Newport news, Va • #10974

Brothers, sisters, parents, roommates, fellow students, friends, faculty and loved ones of all who have been touched directly and indirectly by this unfathomable tragedy, the world truly mourns with you all. We are all so very sorry and share your grief. Please God, open your arms for comfort, strength and healing for all. Amen.

Nancy

April 18, 2007, 9:31am • Minneapolis, MN • #10975

I WATCHED AS THIS TRAGEDY UNFOLDED, & I AM ALMOST AT
A LOSS AT WHAT TO SAY… WHAT CAN YOU SAY? TO ALL OF
THOSE WHO LOST A LOVED ONE ON MONDAY, MY DEEPEST
CONDOLENCES. MAY THEY REST IN PEACE.
MAY THE STUDENTS OF VT CONTINUE ON WITH THE SAME
GRACE & STRENGTH THAT I HAVE WITNESSED THE PAST FEW
DAYS.

DENISE,

April 18, 2007, 9:31am • NEW YORK, NY • #10976

A tribute to Virginia Tech

April 16th, a day shared by the entire earth
A day to be remembered, for all of our sorrows and hurt

A day when Virginia Tech felt their lives crumble
A day the rest of the World felt their hearts tremble

The day souls of Hoakies transcended from one life to another
From the vessels that protected them, propagated by their mothers

These vessels of their bodies has kept their souls entombed
Ever since that blessed day, they left their mothers’ wombs

Priceless gifts from their mothers, their fathers and theirs
Inherited by mankind, like ancient artifacts from heirs

Yet the vessels of their bodies, which protected their souls and thoughts
Were never owned by mankind, nor could they ever be bought

They were gifts from Thy Makers, or whatever beliefs one might worship
A brothering to us all, through many sacred kinships

For the life that they breathe was an incarnation of their souls
Faced by a tragic event that has altered their roles

Yet this untimely role change has brought the World together,
May we always remember the victims and forever cherish each other.

17th April 2007
Theodore A Smith Jr.
University of Florida, M.Arch 1996
Riviera Beach, Florida

April 18, 2007, 9:31am • Riviera Beach, Florida USA • #10977

Mi Sheberach avoteinu
mekor habrakha l’imoteinu
May the Source of strength
Who blessed the ones before us
Help us find the courage
To make our lives a blessing,
And let us say: Amen.

Mi Sheberach imoteinu
mekor habrakha l’avoteinu
Bless those in need of healing with refuah shleima:
The renewal of body,
The renewal of spirit,
And let us say: Amen

All of Atlanta’s Jewish communities thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 18, 2007, 9:31am • Atlanta, GA • #10978

ITS HARD TO WATCH THE NEWS WITHOUT CRYING,I DONT EVEN NO THESE PRECIOUS PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES.BUT I FEEL THE PAIN FOR ALL OF THEM.,MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE LOST SO MUCH,WE ARE ALL PRAYING FOR EVERYONE AT VT,YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS=========DOROTHY FROM NORTH BRADDOCK,PA.

April 18, 2007, 9:31am • BRADDOCK,-PA • #10979

My heart goes out to all the victims, famaly and friends. My condolences to everyone.

Nicole.

April 18, 2007, 9:31am • Arnhem, Netherlands • #10980

To All, as parents of a son and daughter who attended VT, our hearts are heavy.  As parents who lost our son who was a Hokie, we pray for all, especially the parents who lost their sons and daughters in this tragedy.  You will be in our thoughts and prayers, Carl & Barbara Kunkle

April 18, 2007, 9:31am • Woodbridge, VA • #10981

Dear Virginia Tech Hokies,

Please accept our sincere condolences to the family and friends of those lost in this senseless tragedy. Our love and thoughts are with you.  You all are in our prayers and our thoughts.
GodBless
GK

April 18, 2007, 9:31am • Houston, TX • #10982

My heart goes out to all the families and people, who have lost loved ones in this tragic event, and to all of us who are mourning with them.
I pray that God will give us the strength we need at this time and may His peace fill our hearts and minds.

God bless us all.

‘folake Ajiboye

April 18, 2007, 9:31am • Nigeria • #10983

We cannot even imagine the pain, the suffering, the sorrow that the families & friends of this horrific tragedy are experiencing. Although, we do not know the victims personally, as Hokies, our hearts ache.  Our prayers are for all whose lives will be forever affected by this tragedy, & hope that we find strength & courage to honor these victims every day with examples of peace, love, & hope.  Dolores & Bob Nickerson, Chesapeake, VA; Class of 1983 (Dolores)

April 18, 2007, 9:31am • Chespeake, VA • #10984

my condolences to all victom

Ravi

April 18, 2007, 9:31am • canada • #10985

shock and horror. Words can not describe how we all feel around the world and in Scandinavia as well. Sadness and sorrow.
Thinking of all the family members, who lost a relative at the school.

Marianne

April 18, 2007, 9:31am • Århus, Denmark • #10986

As a former Hokie family - I was an employee, my husband a student - I was devastated by the tragedy that unfolded.  We loved our time at Virginia Tech. We feel a profound sense of loss and offer our heartfelt condolences to all of you. Remain strong; hold each other’s hands, and you will get through this horrific tragedy.  God Bless.

Pat S.

April 18, 2007, 9:31am • Mt. Laurel, NJ • #10987

My family and I want to sent our condolences to all the families that this tragedy affected. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. They say that time heals and I believe that.  Annmarie, Jim,Nicole

April 18, 2007, 9:31am • Waverly, N.Y. • #10988

I believe the beautiful young students now are staying in the heaven.
However you also will live forever in our mind unless we forget your passion and hopes.
And the V Tech Students, You are reallly great because you can overcome this tragedy and difficulties.
And then We Korean students also will remember forever your strong and good will to be a forever V Tech supporter.

April 18, 2007, 9:31am • Suji Korea, Eun Sae Kim & ES Kim • #10989

Never Forget Virginia Tech

Hearts are broken
Tonight we cry
How could this happen
Why oh why?
Students and staff
With lives wiped away
Unknown answers -
As we mourn and pray
Stunned by a madman
Lives torn in two
Happened so fast
There wasn’t a clue
Two lives taken
No warning at all
Two hours later
More than thirty did fall
Bullets rambling
No matter the age
Downed by a lost soul
Acting out his rage.
With God beside us
Tonight we cry
So many loved ones
Having to die –
Don’t know the reason
As we felt the affect
We will never forget
Lives lost at Virginia Tech.

©Sylvia Allison
4/18/07

As through life we are blessed with loved ones and friends -
Through unknown reasons tragically it ends.
God be with each and everyone of you as you grieve and mourn these lives lost. Hold on to the promise you will meet again.
God Bless
The Allison family

April 18, 2007, 9:32am • Burlington, North Carolina • #10990

I do not know you - but God does.
Please accept him while he helps you through this time!

April 18, 2007, 9:32am • Prescott, WI • #10991

God bless our Hokie family.  What is meant to divide WILL strenghten!  Please focus on healing and grieving at this time, knowing that the entire state, country and the world are praying for you. Go Hokies

Bobby, Cynthia, Cory-3, and Benjamin-1 Hale

April 18, 2007, 9:32am • Cedar Bluff, VA USA • #10992

As a Va Tech alum (1975), I can’t stop crying.  It is incomprehensible to me, as a parent of a college age student, that there are parents dealing with the loss of their child - members of the Hokie Nation.  Never would I have imagined this type of tragedy happening at Tech - the most wonderful school / campus / community in the world. 

My heart is full with sadness and my prayers will continue for those suffering from this event.

God Bless you all.
Sharon Katreeb Strubbe
1975

April 18, 2007, 9:32am • Cincinnati, Ohio • #10993

I would like to send my condolences to all of the family and friends of the innocent soles who lost their lives so tragically on April 16, 2007. I cannot even begin to imagine your pain and dispair during this most difficult time.  Please know that my family has all of you in our thoughts and prayers and may you somehow find peace in knowing that the world is praying for you. 
The Giffin family, Fall River, Nova Scotia, Canada

April 18, 2007, 9:32am • Fall River, Nova Scotia, Canada • #10994

I am a school teacher and an ordained minister. This morning, watching the news here in Canada I recognized in a face of a grown woman, a child I used to baby-sit. Her friend was one of your French professors and was shot. They started a French School in Truro, Nova Scotia together. Seeing Heather’s face talking about her friend brought it all here and made me cry. I am waiting for funding from our Federal Government, Department of Justice to advance a program to help youth stay out of trouble with gangs, guns and drugs. I lit a candle and prayed for all of us this morning. What a horrible thing for all of you to go through. Rev. David Chisling, Newcastle, Ontario, Canada

April 18, 2007, 9:32am • Newcastle, Ontario, Canada • #10995