Condolences, April 18, 2007

My deepest sympathy and prayers to everyone who has been affected by this horrendous act. You are in all our thoughts, and I hope those who’s lives were tragically taken are at peace in a world without the evil that we have here.

God Bless You All.

Daniel M.

April 18, 2007, 9:43am • Liverpool, England • #11246

May God Bless each and every victim of this horrible tradgedy and their families.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire community of VT as well.  We also 2 children in college and as parents our hearts ache for all affected by this unspeakable tradgedy.

Bo & Rebecca Oliveira

April 18, 2007, 9:43am • Warren, Rhode Island • #11247

MY HEART AND PRAYERS GOES TO THE ALL THE STUDENTS THEIR FAMILIES OF VT.THE VICTIMS ALL IN OUR THOUGHTS TOO.
FROM THE ARAWOLE FAMILY
MAPLEWOOD NJ.

April 18, 2007, 9:43am • MAPLEWOOD NJ • #11248

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in VA.  May God Bless You All.

Angie

April 18, 2007, 9:43am • Louisville, KY • #11249

To All at VT,

May God bless each of you in this terrible time.  May He shower you with strength, comfort, and wisdom during this difficult tragedy.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Tim Carper, Associate Minister
Oak Grove Church of Christ

April 18, 2007, 9:43am • Grayson, Kentucky • #11250

I would like to express my great sympathy and compassions for all those effected by the tragic event that occured at Virginia Tech University on April 16th, 2007. Death of only one is enough to cause grief, let alone the deaths of 32 people. It is disastrous that such an event could occur in such a wondeful community. I share understanding with those effected because, while I am fortunate and blessed enough to not have losed a loved one, I did experience paranoia at the thought of several friends of mine perhaps being there.

Just remember that at this time of sadness and grief, God is stil with you, and send your pain to Him can help tremendously. It may seem that he’s playing a cruel twist on your emotions by letting so many die for seemingly no reason, but God has His reasons, and good will come out of this seemingly bleak situation.

God Bless,

Lindsey Miller

April 18, 2007, 9:43am • Lusby, MD United States • #11251

It has been over thirty years since I walked the grounds of VT as a student. I have always been proud of my school and have always felt a sense of home over those many years. The proudest moment, however, came yesterday when the VT family strength, composure, and solidarity was showcased to the world during the convocation ceremonies. We pray for healing and peace for all affected by this monumental national tragedy.

Let’s Go Hokies!

GT ‘75

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • Vienna, Virginia • #11252

I live half a globe away in India but my heart bleeds at the tragic events in Virginia tech.  Comforting words do not bring back the lost lives but being aware that millions of people across the world share the pain will hopefully heal the grief in due course.

The community in Virginia tech is brave, caring & humanitarian & it is this quality which will take the life in viginia tech forward.

Suresh

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • Cochin, India • #11253

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who were/are affected by this horrible, tragic train of events. I just graduated from college 2 years ago and to think, that could happen any time @ any school..........2 years ago, that could have been us. Thank God for the time that you shared with those individuals who have passed on, for they are in a much better place now and their purpose here was served. Now it is their time to watch over those who loved and cared for them so much over the short period of time that they embraced you guys with their beautiful presence. May you find strength in their spiritual presence and in your families & friends. May God Bless Your Families & May He Ease Your Hearts & Pain. Praying for all of you. Lots of Love Your Way

Staff @ Sam Weathers Law Office

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • Raleigh, North Carolina/ Wake County • #11254

To my Virginia Tech family and its families -

For many years, my blood has run burnt orange and Chicago maroon.  The experience of my years at Tech shaped the student affairs professional that I am today.  On Monday, my tears ran orange and maroon.  The experience of your current students, faculty, staff, and administrators will shape me as a professional once more.  The students of Carolina join me in thoughts and prayers for all of you.

Go Hokies!  “We are Virginia Tech!”

Jonathan E. Curtis
BA-LASC, ‘79
MA-Ed, ‘81

Associated Director for Student Activities and Student Organizations
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • Chapel Hill, North Carolina • #11255

I just wanted to say how sorry I am for all of you who have suffered this terrible loss and hope that the knowledge that you are all in the thoughts and prayers of others may be of some small comfort.
I was reminded of this poem that I took comfort from when someone I lost someone I loved.

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

All my love to you.
From Ellie

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • London, England • #11256

To all Virginia Tech students and teachers. My prayers are with you all and hope that you take this time to remember the ones gone and the ones that are still here. Make the most of the days that you are here by, taking a little extra time with your love ones and remembering that life is going to go on. But how it goes on is up to you. Don’t let hate into your heart, because it doesn’t go away easy. Let the love you feel for your fallen friends take hates place.
Lots of love and prayers.. Jennifer Weitzel

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • Pekin, IL • #11257

We are are so saddened by the tragic news of Monday.  It is so sad to hear of such a senseless act.  We pray for all the dear families that lost loved ones.  We pray that God would wrap His loving arms around you all and give you comfort and peace at this time.

God Bless,
The Moore Family

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • Merriville, Indiana • #11258

My family would like to give you our deepest condolence, and tell you that we are with you, we feel so sad for what happened in you community.

But, please don’t let your heart get full of rage, keep in your heart full of those beautiful moments that you spent with your friends and don’t forget that God is good all the time.

God bless you.

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • Barranquilla - Colombia • #11259

VATICAN CITY, APR 18, 2007 (VIS) - Given below is the text of a telegram sent yesterday afternoon by Cardinal Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B., in the Pope’s name, to Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo of Richmond, U.S.A., for the killing of 32 people in a shooting incident at a technical institute in Virginia, U.S.A.

“Deeply saddened by news of the shooting at Virginia Tech, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has asked me to convey the assurance of his heartfelt prayers for the victims, their families and for the entire school community. In the aftermath of this senseless tragedy he asks God our Father to console all those who mourn and to grant them that spiritual strength which triumphs over violence by the power of forgiveness, hope and reconciling love.”
TGR/MASSACRE:VIRGINIA/DILORENZO VIS 070418 (140)

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • Vatican City • #11260

It is with a sad and heavy heart we write you.  Our deepest sympathies to all the faculty, students and families of Virginia Tech.  As an educator I can hardly comprehend how difficult this time is for you.  Keep your heads high and your heart full of love and compassion.

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • Dayton, OH • #11261

To all the students and parents @VT i would like to send my deepest thoughts and prayers to you. Ikow as one we can are better than none. Prayes to you on this day of sorrow be strong and GOD speed. Eric from Moorefield Wv.

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • Moorefild Wv U.S.A • #11262

WE ARE VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.  OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES.  MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AT THIS TIME OF SORROW.

THE LOZANO FAMILY
FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA • #11263

To the Virginia Tech Family:

I am a Auburn University employee/alum and just wanted the Virginia Tech family to know that our entire community is truly saddened. I pray that you can take some comfort in knowing that the entire Auburn family is praying for you. Your fortitude during these times has shown all of us the power of a loving community. We may be the Auburn Tigers tomorrow, but for now we are all Hokies! May God’s grace bring you peace.

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • Auburn University, AL • #11264

Please know that the thoughts and prayers of people around the world are with you during this very tragic and sad time.  May you all feel the love and support of your “extended Hokie family.” God Bless you and give you strength.  Barbara and Murray Bauer and family

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • New City, New York • #11265

"Farewell and death
are only different descriptions
for a new beginning and life.

All that you are leaving behind
you will find again - in different shape and form”

Elize

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • The Netherlands, Europe • #11266

God Bless you all from all of us mourning with you across the world.
K
Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.
In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.
Amen.

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland • #11267

Dear Virginia Tech Family,
My heart is torn by the sorrow we are experiencing now, by the attack on qur safe and beautiful campus, by the loss of and injury to so many incredible people. As an alumn, I know we will heal in time and that Viriginia Tech and its worldwide family will be stronger and closer due to this tradgedy. To the police, campus authorities, EMTs, physicians and hospitals in the area, I express appreciation and gradititude for doing everything possible to respond to this staggering event. My thoughts and sincerest prayers are with you all continually.
Nan
Virinia Tech ‘73

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • Franklin, TN • #11268

Our prayers are with you all.  May God bring comfort to you in this time.  All our love.  The Smith’s

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • Millers Tavern, Virginia • #11269

Virginia Tech is not just a school, it’s a family!  Our thoughts and prayers are with ALL of you through this horrific tragedy.  It will never be forgotten.  If any school can rise above this and come out greater, it’s VT.  Stay strong, and know the whole world is behind you praying for your peace and comfort.
Staci and Zan Leach

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • New Smyrna Beach, FL • #11270

Please accept my deepest condolences and sorrow for this unbelieveable, horrible tragedy.  I cannot imagine how the families, friends and college co-workers can cope.  So very, very sorry.
Thinking and praying for all of you.
Linda Costa - TC, MI.

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • Traverse City, Michigan • #11271

May God give you all the comfort and strength to carry on. Our prayers are with all of the family, friends and students at Virginia Tech. Though we will never know why this happened, God is still in control.

Keith

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • Oklahoma • #11272

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,

Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,

Silence the pianos and with muffled drum

Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead

Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,

Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,

Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,

My working week and my Sunday rest,

My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;

I thought that love would last for ever; I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;

Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;

Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood,

For nothing now can ever come to any good

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • FRAMINGHAM,MA,USA • #11273

I am a staff member at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. I work in the Teacher Education Department and as such, am in constant contact with our student body. We are shocked and offer our sincere sympathies. I pray for all members of the Virginia Tech family.
Today we all are Hokies. We are here for you in spirit and in prayer. God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • Big Rapids, Michigan • #11274

Dear all,

May the God of All Comfort be with you in this time & may we find confort in him. God Bless

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • The Hammonds, MA • #11275

My deepest condolences, I send to all of you at Virginia Tech. Each and every family member, friend, student, faculty, etc.. impacted by this tragedy will be in my prayers. I pray that each and everyone of you can see Gods grace even in this dark time. Seeing how you have all pulled together has been truly inspiring. May God bless you all!

Michelle

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • Cape Cod, Massachusetts • #11276

Dear Virginia Tech
I am so sorry about the loss of innoncent lives and loved ones. May God bless you in this time of sorrow and may you remember that we as a community will get through this one step at a time with faith hope and trust in our lord.

April 18, 2007, 9:44am • Blairs, Virginia • #11277

MAY THE WARM MEMORIES OF YOUR LOVED ONES SOOTHE YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME AND HELP YOU BE AT PEACE. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS YOU ALL! LEA & ALEA PATTERSON

April 18, 2007, 9:45am • NORFOLK, VA • #11278

As everyone else, I am deeply saddened by recent events. I am also uplifted by the togetherness and overall school spirit that shines like a beacon through this dark time. Move forward, learn, and never forget. May God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 9:45am • Ronny Owen, Hope, Arkansas • #11279

Please accept my deepest sympathy & condolences to all the grieved families at VT. The senseless violence has shattered our minds, but should not shatter our human values. In God we trust & in him we abide with everything that is within, hence let us pray for all those departed souls to rest in peace. We will miss them.

Regards,
Shaji Daniel

April 18, 2007, 9:45am • Birmingham, London • #11280

no words can ever discribe what you are goin though but i can say that i have some idea! Our close family friend was one that was taken too soon and will always be remembered. keep holding on for those who were taken from us and live your lives to the fullest for those who cannot.
all my love and prayer will be with you all

April 18, 2007, 9:45am • ottawa,ontario canada • #11281

You are in my thoughts and prayers…
Deep condolence.

Kasia

April 18, 2007, 9:45am • Warsaw, Poland • #11282

I was asked by my friends, relatives and even my acquaintances if I was well. Initially I was eager to inform them of my safe being but as the news sunk in I feel a sense of guilt to say that I am okay. I want to cry out and say that my friends are not. Please take the time to think of all the sons, daughters, fathers, brothers and sisters lost in the incident. Please pray for comforting those grieving and promise ourselves that we will all rise to be deeper human beings full of compassion and courage

Nihar Topkar
For Hokies

April 18, 2007, 9:45am • Virginia Tech • #11283

Blessed are those who mourn; for they shall be comforted.
—Matthew 5:4

I believe this to be true.  I know that your great strength will see you through this dark time. 

Heather Craig
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ‘08

April 18, 2007, 9:45am • New York • #11284

I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of those affected by such a tradegy.  No words can describe how we are all feeling.  You are in my thoughts and prayers. 
Time heals all wounds.

April 18, 2007, 9:45am • Charleston, West Virginia • #11285

Virginia Tech will never be the same
Not during class or even a game

Of course we will all wonder why
we will all hold hands, hug, and cry

We need to be their for each other
just as if we were sister and brothers

God has a plan for each of you
So we need to pray.... thats all we can do

My thoughts and prayers go out to each and every family that has been effected by this tragedy.

Katie

April 18, 2007, 9:45am • Saginaw Mi • #11286

To the families and friends of the slain and injured; the Virginia Tech president, administrators, faculty, staff, students and community:

My hopes, thoughts and prayers are with you.

May you be guided and sustained by the unseen, but ever-present hand and presence of Almighty God.  May He grant you strength, wisdom, peace, the gift of forgiveness and hope as you move forward.

Carol

April 18, 2007, 9:45am • Lithonia, GA • #11287

my prayers and thoughts go out to all that are involved with this horrible crisis.piece be with you.god bless.  JIM READING,PA.

April 18, 2007, 9:45am • READING. PA. • #11288

My deepest condolences to all related to the campus of Virginia Tech and to the community of Blacksburg. To all the family and friends of the those affected my heartfelt sympathies for such a great loss. As the information about those sacrificed at this time shows, this is a great and painful loss. Although I live in Jamaica, I was a Fulbright Scholar in education at the nearby East Tennesse State University in Johnson City, Tennessee for a number of years and have come to love the Tennesse, North Carolina, Virginia area for the friendliness of its people and the beauty of the region. I too grieve with you and hope that the process of healing will help us all to understand why tragedies like these happen and how we can turn such experiences into something positive. This, I think would be a fitting tribute to the ones we have lost.

Dr. Desiree Bernard
Lecturer, University of Technology, Jamaica

April 18, 2007, 9:45am • Jamaica • #11289

My Deepest Condolences to the families,
This is a poem that help me a lot when I lost my brother on Sept.11th.
The Broken Chain
We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name, In life we love you dearly, in death we do the same, It broke our hearts to loose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home, you left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, You are always at our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, But as God call us one by one, The Chain Will Link Again.

April 18, 2007, 9:45am • Forest Hills, New york • #11290

Our thoughts go out to the victims and relatives. I wish you all the strength in the world.

Marcel

April 18, 2007, 9:45am • Holland • #11291

This is so unbelievaable-Our thought and prayers are with you Virginia Tech!  I just want to say that the President of your great school, the school and local police, everyone who received and dealt with that first 911 call-and then the second.  We commend you-I can’t even imagine what it must have been like.  You are all so strong and you made the decisions you made with the information you had.  Now we know-but who could ever have imagine what happened later.  There is no protocol or manual for this.  These great leaders could not have predicted the future and is so easy for the media and others to want to blame them.  The only person to blame for this is the shooter and he cowardly took his own life.  He is a coward and everyone at Virginia Tech who dealt with this is a HERO.  Blame Cho, he did this.

April 18, 2007, 9:46am • Texas • #11292

Dear Ones,
Our thoughts are with you at this time.  Please know we are grieving with you over this senseless and tragic killing and wounding of so many.  We are hoping with you too that this will never happen again to our best and brightest.

The Stewart’s

April 18, 2007, 9:46am • California • #11293

To our dear Hokie Family - Students, Faculty Members - Admin Staff - Your Families!

Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you during these very difficult and horrible times. But like what Prof. Giovanni had said, “WE ARE HOKIES” we will rise from all of these - eventually.

We share with your grief and sorrow.

Zoom and Amy Bakari
Formerly from Radford, VA

April 18, 2007, 9:46am • Kingman, AZ • #11294

We are all with you in your time of grief and are affected along with you.  There are no words other then, Sorry, which seems so inadequate for what you are going through.  So in the absence of the right words all we can say is sorry for your tremendous loss.

Colleen and Dan

April 18, 2007, 9:46am • Michigan • #11295