Condolences, April 18, 2007

to all who have been hurt by this terrible ordeal i know we’ve never met but please accept my deeepest heartfelt sympathy.i will be praying for each and everyone of you god bless you all.....  the walters family

April 18, 2007, 9:36am • Mifflintown PA • #11096

To the Virginia Tech Community,

I don’t know any of you personally, but I work in a college, have a family and live in a university town. I am so very sorry for this tragedy. And I am so sad and confused. It is very scary when a society cannot protect its children. All of you are in my prayers. The entire world mourns with you.

Mica DeAngelis

April 18, 2007, 9:36am • Burlington, VT • #11097

Im a WVU fan by heart but today my heart and prayers are with the victems families and the students.
WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU

Howard Bryant

April 18, 2007, 9:36am • MT. Hope,WV fayette • #11098

To the families, relatives, and friends of all those affected by the tragedy at Virginia Tech:

I offer my deepest condolences to you all during this time of mourning. I pray constantly for all of your hearts to be strengthened.

I share with you the following quote and excerpt from a prayer in hopes that they will give some comfort to your hearts.

“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” -Rabindranath Tagore

“...O God, carry us in the ships of Thy deliverance, give us to enjoy the pleasure of whispered prayer to Thee, make us drink at the pools of Thy love, let us taste the sweetness of Thy affection and nearness, allow us to struggle in Thee, preoccupy us with obeying Thee, and purify our intentions in devoting works to Thee, for we exist through Thee and belong to Thee, and we have no one to mediate with Thee but Thee!” -Imam Zain al-Abideen (AS)

April 18, 2007, 9:36am • Great Falls, Virginia • #11099

I just want to add my single voice to the multitude of voices around the world sending you love, prayers & solidarity through this unimaginably painful & challenging time. There are really no words, yet on the internet all we have are words. I think everyone around the world would love to hug you all & tell you that, no matter how senseless & awful this was, good is still present in this world & with you. Right now the grief is overwhelming but eventually, taking your grief & turning it into a force for spreading love in this world is the best response to such senseless violence. We can’t let this act of violence turn our hearts to stone like the killer’s heart tragically was somewhere along the way. Instead, we must somehow find the inner strength to be the most loving, respectful, reverent human beings we can, & to spread those things in this world which is so desperately hungry for them. “Let there be peace on earth, & let it begin with me”. The only prevention for violence growing in people’s hearts is to raise our children in an atmosphere of love, respect & reverence for themselves, others & life itself. So let’s go forth & be as loving as we can, as that is how we triumph over violence.

April 18, 2007, 9:36am • St. Petersburg, Florida • #11100

I wish to express my sympathy, and prayers of healing for all the victims families.  I pray for the students continued support of one another.

God Bless You!

jl

April 18, 2007, 9:36am • Newark, DE 19713 • #11101

My deepest condolences to all the families and friends affect by this horrible tragedy. May God give you the courage you will need. My family and I are praying for you and for the victims of this tragedy. May God be with all of you. God bless you.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

My deepest condolences,

Claudia Palomo, from Montreal, Quebec xxx

April 18, 2007, 9:36am • Montreal, Quebec, Canada • #11102

To the families who have lost loved ones in this shocking tragedy,

I am writing from New York City where we have also experienced unexpected and horrific loss.  The shock and the violence is the unbearable part, but during this time there is also tremendous good.  People come together in love and overcome their differences. 

Your child or family member will be remembered forever.  The entire country is mourning with you.  Know that the prayers and thoughts of so many will lift your loved one straight to heaven.

May God bless and comfort you.

Margaret Powers

April 18, 2007, 9:36am • New York, New York • #11103

The University of Central Florida mourns the loss of the students and professors at VT.  May God bless you and give you the strength to carry on. 

Amanda F, UCF student

April 18, 2007, 9:36am • Orlando, FL • #11104

May the courage, perseverance and reverence that is the Hokie Community hold you together through the months to come.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.  This has touched an astonishing number of people outside your community; know that you are not alone in your grief and may that strengthen you through this rocky time.  Losing someone so dear does not get easier with time, it only gets easier to let them go.  They will never be far from your heart and with you as God, by your side step by step ‘til the day’s end.  We pray WITH you.

The Adams Family (Sam-29, Tishia-29, Logan-1)

April 18, 2007, 9:36am • Kingsport, TN • #11105

I can’t believe that happened.I found out from my mom when i was on my way to work.  I’m only a high school student and i know this can happen anywhere and any time. I have a sister in college and i had to call and tell her how much i love her and that i pray for her every night.  And my prayers and the best wishes go out to VT for being the strong university they are.

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Streamwood IL • #11106

Time cannot erase what has been done.
Time can allow us to heal and move forward.
May God bless you all and give you the strength needed to continue on the road of life.

Shalom,

Shimon

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Palmyra,Pa USA • #11107

I cry...for those lost and for those who remain.  May God Bless you all.  I will keep VT and all touched by this tragedy in my thoughts and prayers.

Marsha Bowe
Boise, ID

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Boise, Idaho • #11108

We pray for the fast recovery of the injured victims.
We pray for the the strength, hope, and peace for families and friends of the victims.
We pray for the souls of the victims of the tragedy, may they all rest in peace in the hands of God.
We pray for the Virginia Tech. that you’ll find the peace and courage.
I truly pray for world peace and unity.

in deepest sympathy from the Philippines,
Nell Oliva and Family.

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Marilao, Bulacan, Philippines • #11109

Deepest Condolences to the students, staff of VT and the affected families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Deepak

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Bangalore, India • #11110

One can never express the sad feelings the families of each victim is experiencing.  This is an aweful situation.  The time has come in our country to control violence. 

The 1st ammendment must be abolished.  It is dated and unnecessary in this day in age.  Gun control has failed again.  NRA will blame people and not the gun.  This is true but society has proved it cannot control people and this leaves no alternatives but to control guns.  Control guns by making it illegal to purchase. Period.

In the wake of this horrible event, we need to honor the victims by getting the guns off the street.  We cannot let this opportunity pass.  Nothing short of abolishing the 1st ammendment rights will honor the children and adults who perished as a result of these outdated laws.  How many more victims will it take before we do the right thing?  One victim is one too many.

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Arlington Heights, IL • #11111

Words cannot express the extreme sorrow and senselessness of this tragedy, but please know that in the midst of it all, God is there and will give you peace that passes all understanding.  Lean on Him, trust Him, and let Him comfort you.  The thoughts and prayers of my family are with all affected by this tragedy.

The Green Family

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Oakhurst, NJ • #11112

My husband and I would like to send our deepest sympathies to faculty, staff, friends, and families who have lost someone close to them in this horrible tragedy.  There was no need for this senseless tragedy and many innocent lives were lost.  As teachers, we can only hope and pray for the safety of all students no matter the grade level.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you in this difficult time.  May God Bless all of you (friends, family, faculty, and staff). 

Ray, Aileen, and Isabella Rodriguez

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Laredo, Texas USA • #11113

MAY GOD BE WITH EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU.

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • DALTON,GA • #11114

My condolences to all those struck by this tragedy. As a Norwegian student, planning to study in Virginia, I mourn with you. It must be difficult to find meaning in all of this but you should know that people around the world are thinking of you.

My Respects

Sveinung Hauge

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Norway • #11115

Our deepest condolences to all those affected by this terrible tragedy.  Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Irvine, California • #11116

My thoughts and prayers goes out to everyone at VT. To the families of all who were killed and injured we will pray for you, And May God be with you and help you with this.

Irene

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Waco, Texas • #11117

To those who are concerned,
This was a horrible tragedy that took place. I am also saddened by the losses of life by the senseless violence of someone. Let us not ask why, but instead connect together and be thankful for everyday we have together. I am praying for you all. God bless.

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Baltimore, MD • #11118

I just wanted to say that I am still VERY shocked and saddened by what happened. Even though I don’t live in VA, I was quite shocked at what had happened. I just...was (and STILL am) in utter shock and disbelief.

On my local news channel, there’s an anchor who is a VT alumnus. I can only imagine the difficulty she has had, and is STILL having with this complete and utter tragedy (and will for quite some time..).

Also, I didn’t know that NC had about 200 students who attend there..

My heart and prayers go out to EVERYONE--everyone at VT, the emergency responders, etc.---everyone involved in this senseless tragedy.

I’m still in disbelief, and am “numb”..the invocation was such a poignant and beautiful act, and I was just..well, I was moved by it. I was especially moved (maybe “surprised” is a better word..) by Ms. Giovanni’s speech, and her “enthusiasm” to boost the morale of everyone there. I’m glad she did that though, and then to have the resounding “Hokie chant” that filled the Coliseum.

Again, my deepest sympathies to each and EVERY one of you.

Much love and hugs to y’all from the Tarheel state <HUGS>.

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Seagrove, NC USA • #11119

My heart really goes out to all the Virginia Tech Students and all of the victims familys, each night i pray for all of you that, God comforts all of you and surrounds your school with His presence!
God Bless you all!
Siobhan B Kennedy

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Orlando, Florida • #11120

I am extremely at a loss and don’t know how I can express my deepest condolence and prayers to victims families and students there. You are my prayers these days. As a Korean, I would like to give my much sorry to all of you concerned. All the Koreans were shocked and feel sorry for the tragedy. - Pyo, Myung Hwan

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Seoul, Korea • #11121

In this difficult time of tragedy and sorrow I just want to say how deeply grieved I am at your loss. However, this is not just your loss but ours. We all can relate to the devistation and pain that your campus and community are experiencing. My wife and I continue to ask our Heavenly Father to comfort and heal you with His loving Holy Spirit. Peace be to each of you and your families.
Edward and Monica Thomas

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Tallahassee, Florida • #11122

Un mensaje de condolencias en estos momentos difíciles para todos los miembros de la Comunidad del Virginia Tech,y para la familia de Daniel Pérez Cueva,la solidaridad de todos los peruanos.

Julián Angeles R.

18/04/2007

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Lima,Perú • #11123

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you, with all of the Virginia Tech community. May God be with each of you and help you in this terrible time of trial. May his blessings fill you with a healing spirit to help with your pain of loss.

Our family have been Hokies through 4 generations. And our 12 year old daughter plans on attending Vet School at VT. She wrote this prayer Monday evening before her bedtime and we’d like to share it with you.

“Lord, you know what happened today. And I want you to watch over all who are injured, who have died, and who are suffering from loss. Lord, those college students who are with you, please let them know how much we love & miss them. Lord we lift those who are suffering from loss and we pray that they recover quickly from their loss. Amen.

Steve, Naomi and Allison Pace

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Ashland, VA • #11124

To everyone at Virginia Tech - my heart goes out to you all as you begin the long journey of trying to accept what has happened.  I will think of you always.

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Belfast, N. Ireland • #11125

We are saddened by this terriable event and our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have suffered and who have lost loved one’s. We hope that all of you will move forward in time and keep the spirits alive of those you hold dear.

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada • #11126

My friends and I all send our prayers and wishes out to you. I can only imagine what you are going through, please know that you are alone in this. It is a shame that it takes tragedy to bring people together, but our nation is at it’s best with it’s back against the wall. We know that you will never forget, and neither will we.

May God bless you all, and remember that stregnth is not a measure of power but a testimonial of endurance.

Jonathan C. Hagins and friends.

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Tallahassee, Florida • #11127

My family and I send our condolences to all those touched by this tragedy.  As a former soldier and now government employee supporting our freedoms and way of life, I always find it a such a shame that those who enjoy the freedoms made by coming to our country then decide to ruin the lives of others. 

God bless.

The Persley family

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Germany (DOD) • #11128

Our hearts are breaking for you, but we’re trying to concentrate on the heroism shown by so many of the students and professors at VT.  The administration, professors and students are exhibiting tremendous grace at this time.  We are mourning the loss of our daughter who died only six months ago, so we certainly understand what the families are experiencing.  Our greatest strength comes from our Father in Heaven.

April 18, 2007, 9:37am • Clarkesville, GA • #11129

At this time, the world is mourning with you.  Our hearts are aching with you.  It feels as if these feelings will never leave.  Over time, they will.  We will never forget, but we will get stronger-YOU WILL GET STRONGER, after all YOU ARE VIRGINIA TECH!  Prayers are with you from Kansas.

April 18, 2007, 9:38am • Hays, KS • #11130

No existen palabras con las que se puedan describir los sentimeintos que se sienten ante una situacion como esta.
Dios guarde a todas las victimas de la masacre y aliente a los estudiantes, padres y profesores de Virginia Tech.
Animo Hokies!!! Ustedes son fuertes. Hagan sentir a sus companeros queridos y recordados con un dia a dia de esperanza, donde la idea de que esto no va a suceder jamas.
Noble pueblo norteamericano. Cuba esta con ustedes.

April 18, 2007, 9:38am • Cuba • #11131

I just want to say, That is a shame what has happen,at the university of Virginia Tech.
I feel bad,for those families who have lost their love ones.I also, think that this tragedy doesn’t make any sense what so ever.
And I don’t understand why situations like this happen in the U.S. I do agree, that the school or colleges, is a place to learn and study. Not a place to bring sorrow and violence. God bless the victims and their families.

April 18, 2007, 9:38am • Hyannis,MA • #11132

May God be with all of you in this time of pain and suffering.  May He give you all the strength you need.  God bless you.
~Laura

April 18, 2007, 9:38am • Trenton, IL • #11133

My husband is a graduate of Virginia Tech, and I am a Hokie by marriage. Virginia Tech is as important to me as it is to my husband.

Although we did not know any of the students killed, we feel a profound sense of loss because they were all part of our Hokie family. There is a hole in our lives. The horror of Monday’s rampage will remain with us always. Our hearts and prayers are with everyone at Tech - faculty, staff, students and parents.

While we know that healing will take a very long time, we know that the Hokie spirit will go on, as was evident at the convocation.

Because of my husband’s illness we can’t be there to mourn with and comfort fellow Hokies, but we are there in spirit.

God be with us all as we struggle to heal.

Carolyn and Gary Griffith

April 18, 2007, 9:38am • Kingstowne, VA • #11134

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of the families of the victims.  We lost our beautiful daughter 5 weeks ago so we know the pain that you are feeling.  May God comfort you in your time of grief.

The Myers Family

April 18, 2007, 9:38am • St. Augustine, Florida • #11135

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and the students.  Our daughter’s dream has been to attend Virginia Tech in two years.  And now more then ever she hopes that dream comes true.  She has proudly worn her VT attire to her high school in Chesapeake. We know we have two years to go but we as a family already feel that Hokie pride.  Take care.
Melissa and Family

April 18, 2007, 9:38am • Chesapeake, VA • #11136

Dear All

May god be with you all in your time of need..My heart hurts for you and I pray that you all can get the peace back that you had before this bad thing happen in your young lives..The young mens and wemans that lose their lives are with god now..And for the young man that cause this bad thing lets not have hate in our hearts for him but pray for him to as well...Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me....God bless you all and my he help you in your healing ...I love you Guys be strong!!!!!!!!!!!

April 18, 2007, 9:38am • Cincinnati Ohio • #11137

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families affected by this tragedy.  As a family about to send off our high school senior to Va Tech, we commend the college for the actions they took during this ordeal and the continued support they are providing to the community.

April 18, 2007, 9:38am • Berwyn, PA • #11138

The folks in Tiger Country at Clemson University have you all in thoughts and prayers. While no explanation can ease the pain, perhaps the love of an entire country can aid in some healing.
Teresa Cutlip Hopkins

April 18, 2007, 9:38am • Pendleton, SC • #11139

A most terrible and horrific event of enormous proportion seen throughout the world. I have not words to express my great sadness.
A Baynton

April 18, 2007, 9:38am • UK • #11140

You are all in my familys prayers. My daughter was to go to to va tech that same day on a field trip to get a view of the campus. The trip was cancelled. She could have been a part of this shooting incident. I always put things in Gods hands, that he may protect my family and children at all times. Everyone whos life ended on this tragic day is with peace in Gods arms. Again my prayers and thoughts are with all of the familys and friends. Luksic family Baltimore, Md

April 18, 2007, 9:38am • Baltimore, Maryland • #11141

May St. Peter open wide the gates of heaven, and allow these children to enter. Take their battered and broken bodies; give them seats of honor on the softest clouds, permit them to don the most beautiful of wings, and fulfill their every longing.

The lives of your children were just beginning, and the opportunity to continue on their wonderful journey was taken from them in the most violent of ways. Allow them to look down upon those suffering from their loss, and impart upon them a sense of peace.

A life lived well is never wasted, and may their final reward be richly blessed.

April 18, 2007, 9:38am • Massachusetts • #11142

I go to school at Ohio State University and being a college student myself I truly am hurting for everyone, My heart and prayers and thoughts go out to everyone at Virginia Tech.

April 18, 2007, 9:38am • Newark, OH • #11143

I go to Lee University in Cleveland TN
My thoughts and prayers go out to VT and all the victims and the Students.
I cant even imagine the pain you all are going through. My University are with you all in prayer and support.
Because today,We are all Hokies.
Much Love and prayers

Matt Womble

April 18, 2007, 9:38am • Cleveland TN • #11144

I would like to express my sadness and heartfelt prayers for all of the Virginia Tech community. I am impressed with the grace and courage that all of you have shown in this tragic situation. I am from a town in southern New Jersey that currently has four Hokies. My next door neighbor will be graduating this May and I will proudly wear my Virginia Tech sweatshirt on Friday to honor all of you.

Your President has done an extrodinary job of handling this situation and I commend him for his leadership.

You are all in my prayers.

Mrs. Corbett

April 18, 2007, 9:38am • Pittsgrove, NJ • #11145