Condolences, April 18, 2007

My family and me live a long way from Virginia, and Virginia Tech, but our Hearts , thoughts and Prayers are with you all, We are from Southern Missouri, but right now we feel like we are close to you in Spirit, how sad we are, I don’t have the words to tell you how I feel, except I feel Numb and sad, But your in our Prayers, May God be with you All, Joe T Collins, West Plains Mo

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • West Plains Mo • #11346

I know there are no words to describe or comfort your pain. But, please know that we are mourning with you!  Our hearts go out to all those who lost someone in this horrific senseless tragedy. You are not alone!!! Our prayer and thoughts are with all of you.

From thousands miles away,

Calibed Montijo

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • Puerto Rico • #11347

The entire TU9 Network and its Members are severely shocked by the tragic incident that has just occured at Virginia Tech.

We all here are deeply affected by this senseless, very tragic loss of innocent lives.

Today our thoughts and prayers are with Virginia Tech, its staff and its students.

Our feelings belong to the victims and we share the grief of their families.

Professor Dr. Horst Hippler

President of TU9 German Institutes of Technology
President of Universität Karlsruhe (TH)

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • Berlin, Germany • #11348

Grief and mourning are natural parts of life or so we are told.  The thing no one shares is that both are indescribable, highly personal and so much more than mere emotional responses.  No one can tell you how to grieve or mourn.  No one has yet to write the how-to guide.  Grief and mourning are what they are...painful.  And in the words of a friend, it hurts until it stops.  God bless you all!—Robin Caldwell

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • Cleveland, OH • #11349

We the Life Skills Class would like to send cards of encouragement along with something to pick up the spirits of those who were involved in the events on yesterday.  Please forward a address to us to send these items and pass out to those who were involved.  Again our prayers and thought go out to you and the familes of those who lost their lives. 
Ms. Hannon
Ms. Robertson
Ms. Smith
John Harris High School, Harrisburg, PA

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • Harrisburg, PA • #11350

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

a Buffalo State College alum

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • Buffalo, NY • #11351

May everyone who is now gone R.I.P, and God be with all the family thru this most awful time.I hope the best for u all .this has really made me open my eyes to life and how u can take it for granted god bless you all and all of the family and students, people who were injured, just everybody involved period. i’ll keep all of you in my prayers and thoughts thank you Donna

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • Hartsville, SC • #11352

DIOS bendiga a toda la comunidad de la Universidad de Virginia, estoy conmocionado por estos tragicos sucesos, debemos aprender que solo con amor hacia tu familia, hacia los demas pero sobre todo a uno mismo podremos evitar eventos como este, desafortunadamente le toco a 33 distintas familias sufrir este dolor y seguro estoy de que reforzaran mas que nunca lo que comento… Reciba toda la comunidad de la Universidad mi apoyo y solidaridad, a las familias de las victimas les envio mi cariño y la certeza de que estan en mis oraciones… Un abrazo desde Mexico

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • Mexico • #11353

From the Lafayette College family to the Virginia Tech family,

All of us at Lafayette share in expressing our deepest sympathies to the people of Virginia Tech and Blacksburg. With the greatest sense of loss and sadness, our thoughts will be with you all in the coming days and weeks. Our sadness is especially difficult because of the loss of Dan O’Neil in this senseless tragedy. Dan was a 2006 graduate of Lafayette and a dear and integral member of our community. The sympathy of all members of our College family is with this young man’s family in this tragic hour. Some things simply cannot be made sense of, and in the face of such things we must just acknowledge how fragile human life is and how important our being part of a larger community is to us all. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead

Daniel H. Weiss

President

Lafayette College

Easton, PA

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • Easton, Pennsylvania USA • #11354

This morning i awoke with the usual awkwardness.  Pulling away the covers, i am exposed to the cool morning air and the sound of birds singing in unison declaring the moment a celebration of peace and grace.  Not an exuberant expression of self, but a simple gift to life, a gift to the day and i am but an inocent bystander, an awkward recipient of natures gifts.
It occurs to me that this just as easily could have been a bullet.  i call home before my shift.
A five year old say’s “I love you Daddy.” and my heart heals.

May you somehow find peace and grace within your heart and know that you are loved.

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • Des Moines, IA • #11355

To all the VT family.  You are being lifted up in prayer from so many people around the world.  We feel your pain and sadness that these wonderful people had their lives taken from them.  We are all Hokies today!  Sara from UNC

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • North Carolina • #11356

My heartfelt condolences to those that lost a loved one, friend, or teacher. As I look upon the beautiful faces posted on the website they all look so familiar even though I am miles away - I feel a connection and can only imagine the grief and senseless loss of their hopes and dreams. I wish you peace. 

With compassion,
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor Parent
Julie Hudson

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • White Lake, Michigan • #11357

To all who were affected by this senseless tragedy:
Myself along with my family would like to express our deepest sympathies for those who lost their lives and for their families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.We hope that your faith and support from those around you will give you some comfort and strength. Also those that are recovering from their wounds, may your recovery be quick and may your emotional healing begin. So many people around the world share in your pain and sorrow.
Sincerely,
The Reed Family

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • Bellingham, Massachusetts • #11358

My prayers go out to the victims souls, family, friends and the entire world regarding this tragic event...may the Lord God bless us and help us all...OUR FATHER, WHO ARE IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME, THEY KINGDOM COME, THEY WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.  GIVE US THIS DAY, OUR DAILY BREAD, AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESSPASSES, AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESSPASS AGAINST US, AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL...AMEN!

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • GiGi from Pennsylvania • #11359

Our parish has offered a Requiem Mass for the victims, and we will continue to pray for all who are affected by the tragedy at Virginia Tech.  Before the tragedy we had only about 40 percent Hokies in the congregation; now, as another has aptly said, we are all Hokies.

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • St Stephen's Episcopal, Forest VA • #11360

I want to share my condolences with everyone affected by the events of April 16, 2007.  I sit and read about the events I begin to cry, my heart aches as I think about what has happened and what is going to happen. You are in my thoughts, my peace be with you.The cream will rise to the top and your true greatness will shine through.

Jimmie C.

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • Omaha, Ne • #11361

We can not imagine your grief. We are without words to help take your pain away. We lost our Jr High School Principle and a Red Lion, Pennsylvania Jr. High School student 4 years ago.  Our son witnessed the shooting. The pain of not being able to protect our children is overwhelming.  We can however say that the brave students of Virginia Tech will pull together.  The strong souls of our children will help one another to survive this.  Our children are strong and will make it through.  God bless each and every sacred life at VT.  We are here but we are also there with you.

The Crumling Family

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • Red Lion, Pennsylvania • #11362

You’re all in our thoughts and prayers. We are saddened and devastated at the loss of lives at VT. Here’s a poem Author unknown:

At the rising of the sun and at its going down,
We remember them.

At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.

At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring,
We remember them.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer,
We remember them.

At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn,
We remember them.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength,
We remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart,
We remember them.

When we have joys we yearn to share,
We remember them.

When we have decisions that are difficult to make,
We remember them

When we have achievements that are based on theirs,
We remember them.

As long as we live, they too shall live,
for they are a part of us, as we remember them.

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • Omaha, Nebraska • #11363

Dear Hokies:

In the midst of this horrible tragedy, your strength has shown through.  Today we are all Hokies, and proud to be so.

May God bless and comfort you.  May God bless us all.

Richard C. Gremillion
LSU ‘78
Tulane ‘91

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • The Woodlands, TX, USA • #11364

My mother and I, want to express our deepest condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy. I wish God, give everyone the confort and peace they need to move foward.

Thinking and praying of all of you.

Lisbel

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic • #11365

With all my heart I express my deep feelings
for all the people involved in this event,
I´m with all of you.

Roxana Gónzalez Fernández.
ornelas_emilio@yahoo.com

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • México, City, México • #11366

Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time. There are no words to explain how our hearts ache for your pain. Keep your faith in God and he will see you through this.
Deleon Family

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • Waco, TX • #11367

Our Prayers are with you.
Gene and Jackie

April 18, 2007, 9:49am • peoria, Il • #11368

First, I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you at VT. I am saddened by what has happened. As a mother I know that we start from birth protecting and watching over our children, trying to help them carry the heavy burdens of life. I watched and listened to the students at VT tell their stories of that day, and I could not help but to have a since of pride. The courage, bravery, and heart you have is amazing. I hope that you will continue to embrass each other, be there for one another in the months to come. Again I am proud of the students and faculty at VT.God Bless each and every one of you.You are the example of America’s youth.

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • Kingston, TN • #11369

Sincere wishes, love, hope, and support to those associated with this tragedy. Being in college myself and seeing how some of those who died weren’t able to fulfill their dreams brings tears to my eyes. This is not a time to play the blame game, it is a time to grow together and being there for one another. Love the ones around you because you never know when it may be too late.
The whole state of Texas and the nation mourns the losses of the victims and sends love to family and friends.

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • Dallas, TX • #11370

As a fellow Hokie - Class of ‘93, I want to VT community know I’m thinking about and praying for you all.  It is hard to hear and see the national coverage on TV as I once walked those now infamous halls and campus almost daily.  I think I speak for all alumni when I say that Tech was our “home” for several years.  I pray that God, family and friends, and time will help ease the pain that the entire campus is going through.

Jill Glesner

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • Waynesboro, VA • #11371

Dear All At VT,

My Name is Heather, and I just wanted to let all of you know that me and my family are thinking of you and praying for all of you.With a sad heart I send this to you.May God be with all of you!

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • Pittsburgh,PA • #11372

Dear Hokies,
Theres nothing to say to make things better, but my prayers go out to all of you. May god be with you.

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • staunton, va • #11373

As a VA Tech alumni, I am stunned and saddened by this horrible tragedy.  My heart goes out to the familes and friends of the victims.  I have many wonderful memories of VA Tech, including meeting, falling in love with, and getting engaged to my husband.  I will NOT let those beautiful memories be obliterated by this terrible event.  We ARE Hokies and we will survive this.  Blacksburg and Virgina Tech were, are, and will always be a special and wonderful place.

-Amy, class of 95

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • St. Louis, MO • #11374

To all the families and friends of those who were lost tragically in this senseless horror: The thoughts and prayers of myself and my family are with you all. We are deeply sorry for your losses. I know there are no words that would be adequate, just know that you are never far from our hearts and prayers.
Ann Marie, Amanda, & Jessica

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • Erie, PA /USA • #11375

Dear friends and family of Virgina Tech,

I am deeply saddend about the events that had unfolded on monday morning. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families of deceased.

As a nation and country we will continue to heal and support one another, so that we may understand and try to learn from what had happend.

Life is so precious, so cherish evey moment that you have each and every day and make sure that you tell people that you care and love them because you never know what will happen.

Kelli Glynn

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • Barnesville Minnesota • #11376

I dont go to school at VT but I am truly sorry for the really bad thing that happend that day of april the 16th.  I have been following it on the TV.  And I am praying that God helps all that is effected to give them the light and the path to find there way though this hard time.
Melissa Copple

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • Amarillo, Texas • #11377

As a college freshman here in Virginia Beach, most of my graduating class is attending Virginia Tech.  Thankfully none of them were hurt, but my heart aches with pain for the families and friends of the victims.  A lot of close friends and many of my family members have attended that wonderful school and it is a school of strong dedication, one known for it’s wonderful charisma.  Every time I visit, students and faculty are there to offer a bright smile and a charming hello.  But for something horrible to happen to innocent people, the same Hokies who made each stay as wonderful as can be, is a tragic loss and heartbreak.  But please remember: “Love is stronger than death even though it can’t stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can’t separate people from love. It can’t take away our memories either. In the end, love is stronger than death.”

May God Bless You.  With love and prayers from Virginia Beach, VA, Marjorie R.

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • Virginia Beach, VA • #11378

my thoughts are with you all

Elaine

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • N.Wales UK • #11379

May God bless. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow.

Bonnie,Earl,Erin,Zach,Katie Sartell Mn

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • Sartell Mn • #11380

Our prayers are with all of you.
~Winger Family

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • Iowa/USA • #11381

To all the friends and families that have been affected my heart goes out to you. I cannot start to feel the way you do. I hope that you will be able to find a way to cope. Love is sent out to all. May God be with you and hope that the future can be brighter in the days to come.

Kari Beth Davis
CCHS SR 07 student

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • Cherry Valley AR • #11382

Shocked. That’s the word that goes around in Holland.
We cannot immagine how one twisted person can do things like this. There aren’t words enough to express No words to comfort anyone in this tragedy.

We think about you all.

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • Marknesse, Holland. • #11383

Just want to let the people down there at Virginia
tech that we are all thinking about you and have you in our prayers up here in Vermont.We hope you all the best in the future.
Steve and Sabrina Fortin and Family
St. Johnsbury Vt

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • St. Johnsbury Vt • #11384

Dear VT Family,
Having four children with our youngest in college
I can see familiar faces in those lost. They easily could have been friends of our children or those who have instructed them along the way.
You are not alone in your pain. It is shared by many around the world. Our prayers are with all the families.

Stan

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • Nanticoke, Pa. • #11385

we have an 18year old son who is a student in england how could we ever begin to imagine our lives without him and indeed our younger daughter, how tragic this is for all parents and the close family they say everything is done for a reason but WHY only god knows? our love and support are with you always xx
dawn-trevor-chrissy-sophie xxxx

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • sunderland north east of england • #11386

"We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we do not know why things happen as they do, but we do not give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.”

II Corinthians 4: 8-9

Trey Gardner
Clemson University Alumni

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • Kershaw, SC • #11387

MY DEEPEST AND HEARTFELT SYMPATHY TO EACH AND
EVERYONE AT THE UNIVERSITY, THEIR FAMILIES, AND
THE COMMUNITY.
I AND MY FAMILY ARE PRAYING FOR ALL OF YOU -
FOR STRENGTH AND HOPE AND LOVE FROM GOD.
MAY HIS LIGHT BRING YOU THROUGH THIS TIME OF
DARKNESS.
WE ARE WITH YOU IN HIS SPIRIT AND HIS LOVE.
THE GREIFENDORF FAMILY

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • NEWPORT RHODE ISLAND, USA • #11388

To all of our colleagues and friends at Virginia Tech, we extend our deepest condolences.  Our seven years of working at VT made us feel like we were part of that family.  While initially we may feel diminished by the loss, we will draw strength from each other and in doing so will become stronger. 

Keith and Brenda Kutz
Iowa State University

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • Ames, IA • #11389

Please accept my condolences for all of the losses in this terrible act of violence.  My thoughts and prayers are with friends and families of the victims during this difficult time.

May God comfort each and every one of you and wrap you in his loving arms as you grieve and move forward with your lives.

Ruth

April 18, 2007, 9:50am • Overland Park, KS • #11390

I am deeply sorry for those inocent people who died for not reason. I have a question that I will like to ask? When the teachers or students noticed that he had odd-behavior why they did not wear of them. One of his teacher told to the public that he was disturbant and trouble maker. Why they did not take action from the begining if he acted that way. He could have expelled from school. He is the reason to destroy student and teachers life. The school should have more security for the future because we are scared to send our children to go to school. They needed to abonded the gun in the amendmant. People are using the gun for protection and kill many people. That is the devil way to depend on the gun. Gun is the meaning of devil. Why we are leading by the devil? We need faith in our life. In other country they are not allowed gun in anywhere expect if they are police or military. Now days we have to scare one another. If somebody gets really upset to use, she or he will pull the gun to kill us. That is funny!!! Now is past for the future we need to be more alert for the students and teacher to be saved in school. We need to be more cautious and alert what is going on around us.

April 18, 2007, 9:51am • Silver Spring, MD • #11391

VT Hokies,
I’m sure you are still in shock of this horrific tragedy. Hopefully one day soon you will begin to heal and start to put the pieces of your life back together. No words can take away your pain, but please know that you have not only a community in Blacksburg weaping with you, but a nation and an entire world. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain you are going through. May you find peace in the Lord above because while we don’t know why this happened, He promises us a brighter tomorrow if we lean on Him. May you find comfort in Him because it is more comfort than any words a human can speak. And may you someday forgive the one that ripped your loved ones away from you. You are ALL in our prayers and thoughts. We weap and mourn with you and will proudly wear the Maroon and Orange on Friday.

Korey and Amy Eppinette

April 18, 2007, 9:51am • Lancaster County, PA • #11392

Dear All,
My deepest condolences to all affected
May GOD be with all departed souls and GOD be there with those who have to gather it all and go on with HIS blessings.
GOD ALWAYS BESTOW HIS BLESSINGS ON ALL
Deepest sympathies and LOVE WILL ALWAYS PREVAIL BY ALMIGTY’BLESSINGS
Rajiv Taneja

April 18, 2007, 9:51am • Youngstown OH • #11393

From the wife of a VT alumni and a family of Hokie fans I extend my condolences and uplift our prayers to all of you involved in such a traumatic event. It is so hard to understand why something like this had to happen. Please stay strong and know you have support all around you.
GO HOKIES!

Trish

April 18, 2007, 9:51am • Bristol, VA • #11394

Words are sometimes meaningless - all I can say is that my heart, my thoughts, and my love is with you.

Such senseless loss, such bright stars now twinkling in heaven.

Always in my thoughts and prayers.

James and Kell

April 18, 2007, 9:51am • London UK • #11395