Condolences, April 18, 2007

Our family is so sorry to learn of the tragedy that unfolded at Virginia Teck.  Our sincere sympathy goes out to the students, faculty and the families of those lost!  We, too, have shed tears, trying to understand how someone could do such a terrible thing to innocent people. My wife is a Librarian at St. Lawrence College, here in my hometown and I know it could happen here too.....I pray it doesn’t!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Ron Pottinger

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • Brockville, Ontario, Canada • #11546

My family would like to give you our condolences on the sadness and grief that has touched your community and our hearts go out to all of the friends and family and staff members of the tragedy. May god be with every single one of you to guide you and lead you through these troubling times. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

Edie,Deb,Payton,Ocean

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • Albany,County New York • #11547

To the families, friends, students, faculty and alumni of the victims of this terrible tragedy I express to you my deepest condolences. I have you all in my prayers. God Bless You All.

Fale Family

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • Bolton, Ontario, Canada • #11548

There are no words that I nor anyone else can offer that will take away the pain that the Hokie community must be experiencing.  Although I can’t begin to imagine what you all must be feeling, my thoughts and love are with each and every one of you.

Cristina Murray-Krezan
UVa ‘06

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • Rockville, Maryland • #11549

To anyone who reads this.............

I know that in the very deepest part of your heart right now what i’m saying won’t take the pain away or make time rewind and record over what has just happened. But please remember this, it does get better. The hurt won’t go away, but it will get better and you will be able to move on. I know it doesn’t seem that way right now, but one day you will see it. Please don’t give up and take care.

Heidi

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • Meadow Grove, NE • #11550

Why?

I hope something can be gained from this tragic loss of young lives and prevent another tragedy from happening in the future.

It would be too painful to watch another event like this from afar.

Deepest condolences

Dean

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • United Kingdom • #11551

To all of the students, families and friends of VT:
May God be with you at this terrible, horrific time.  There is nothing that one can say to take away your pain.  Just know that your school, your state, your country and the world is thinking of you, praying for you.  Your loved ones will live forever in your heart and in your memories. 
Hold close those that you love--a little tighter, and a little longer.
The Eichler Family

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • Camdenton, MO • #11552

I love you, Virginia Tech.  I love you.

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • New Athens, IL • #11553

although unable to fully comprehend the events of that day, my heart is heavy with sorrow for those innocent men and women who lost their lives.  my thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends as well as with every member of the VT community. always remember…

with love and prayers from New Jersey

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • New Jersey • #11554

As a Virginia Tech alumnus my heart is breaking for this tragic occurrence at the school I so recently called home.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the unfortunate victims whose lives were pointlessly lost, those victims who suffer from physical and emotion wounds, their families, their friends, every student on that campus, every member of the faculty and staff, and every Hokie across the nation and world.

Though I was not there with you when it happened, you are still a part of my family.  I know I speak for many alumni by saying that we will always be there for you if ever you need us.  May God be with you as you begin to pick up the pieces and recover from this horrible loss. 

Kelley Brown
Class of 2003

Hokies United!

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • Huntersville, NC • #11555

My family and I want to extend our deepest condolences for the loss of each and every soul that has been soo horribly affected by this unthinkable tragedy. I want you to know that you are all in our prayers and we will continue to pray for each and every family member and friend that has been affected. Those who are injuried or know ones that are injuried stay strong.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone

Tosha Schucker
Hampton VA

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • Hampton, VA • #11556

Riverside halton college want to express their deepest sympathy over the tragic event which took place. Our thoughts are with the students and family members of those caught up in the event.

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • Runcorn, England • #11557

May the Lord bless you and keep you during this time of sorrow.

Margaret Richardson

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • Springfield, MA • #11558

There are not enough words to express how truly sad I am about this tragedy.  I am a nurse and I have seen how families are devasted when their loved ones die (especially when a child is involved).  I pray for each and everyone of you every day. 

Tina C.

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • Madison Heights, Virginia • #11559

I was so saddened to hear about this utter tragedy my thoughts are with the friends and family of all students and staff involved.

Paul White

Chester, UK.

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • Chester, UK • #11560

I offer my deepest sympathy and prayers for all the people who were killed in this gruesome and barbaric act of mad terror. And also pray that their families can find peace and cope with the loss although the vacuumn can never be filled.

Peace.

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • Alpharetta,GA • #11561

Words cannot express the feeling of loss we (I) have felt over the past few days.  Although we will never forget April 16th, 2007, I pray that time will heal the wounds of the families directly involved in the tragedy and all of Hokie Nation.  As an alumni of Virginia Tech, I have been deeply saddened but at the same time, immensely proud of the response by Tech’s administration, students, faculty, staff, and the emergency responders to this tragic event.  If you never experience the bad times, the good times just aren’t as meaningful.  We WILL have good times to come in the future.  God Bless

Thomas Davis
ISE Class of 2001

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • North Carolina • #11562

I’m sorry to hear that

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • Kuala Lumpur.Malaysia • #11563

Dear All,

My deepest sympathy goes out to each and every one of you touched by this horrible tradegy.  May god bless and keep you in the days ahead. 

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 sunlight 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.

Author Unknown

Rest in Peace.....Forever

Jolene Witkin

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • New York, New York • #11564

While I was a student at VT, I knew that I was immersed in a close-knit community, but it was only after leaving that I truly understood how unique is the bond that Hokies share.  Since Monday, I have spoken with many of the friends (extended family) that I met at VT.  We all just wanted to contact each other and reaffirm that connection.  To be a Hokie isn’t just a fan or an alumnus or any other simple label.  It is a spirit.  It is an identity.  It is to be a thread in a beautifully woven (and durable!) fabric.  That fabric is often a banner that we wave proudly in celebration.  It can be a sail to move us ahead to other places.  It sometimes serves as a parachute or a safety net when we have taken great leaps.  Right now, I pray that it is a blanket that keeps us safely, warmly huddled together during this time of healing.  A Hokie Nation is behind you in prayer and enduring support. 
-Cara, Class of ‘00

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • Harrisonburg, VA • #11565

As a fellow student at Virginia Tech, my heart is filled with sorrow and unending grief at what has happened here.  We pride ourselves on being a safe, united campus—a Hokie Nation—and now that world has crumbled down.  I am proud that despite this senseless act and unending media coverage, the Hokie Nation is rising from the ashes like a phoenix.  We will prevail.

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • Blacksburg, VA • #11566

May God Bless each of you as you walk your path toward recovery.  Your spirit has been encouraging for all who view your campus during these troubled days. You give grace and hope to all who see.  You take the power away from those who injure and hold it with your hope.  Thank you.  A mother .

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • Alexandria, Virginia • #11567

May God bless your entire community as you mourn the loss of loved ones and colleagues.  May He give you the strength you need to move forward.  With deepest sympathy I send my prayers to you.
Claire Segarra
Bartlett, Tennessee

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • Bartlett, Tennessee • #11568

APOSTLE KENNETH B WHITE& PROPHETESS IDA V. WHITE AND THE NEW COVENANT FELLOWSHIP LOVE MINISTRY AND ALL THE MEMBERS OF OUR CONGREGATION OF GREENPOND, SC RWOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW THAT WE SHARE IN YOUR LOSS ANDOUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.  ROMANS 8:28-29 SAYS “WE KNOW THAT GOD CAUSES EVERYTHING TO WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THOSE WHO LOVE GOD AND ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE FOR THEM.  FOR GOD KNEW HIS PEOPLE IN ADVANCE, AND HE CHOSE THEM TO BECOME LIKE HIS SON”.  JUST REMEMBER YOUR LOVE ONES DID NOT DIE IN VAIN.

LOVE IN CHRIST

MINISTER CHRISS JOHNSON
NEW COVENANT LOVE MINISTRY
P.O. BOX 402

April 18, 2007, 9:59am • GREENPOND SC 29446 USA • #11569

The shock waves of the tragedy that took place have flowed to all parts of our earth and our hearts.  Our condolences and prayers go to the families, friends and classmates who lost these Dear Ones from your lives. 

C. Jordan

April 18, 2007, 10:00am • Shanghai, China • #11570

No matter what alma mater we may individually call home, this week we are all Hokies in some small way. May God bless and keep you.

T. J. Smith

April 18, 2007, 10:00am • Atlanta, Georgia • #11571

I learned of this tragedy on Monday the 16th while leaving my grandmothers funeral in route to her burial in southwest Virginia. My cousin and I attended that beautiful campus not too long ago. As I carried her casket I felt my heart heavier than before as I grieved for both her and VT. Please accept my thoughts and prayers, as small as they may seem.  May God bless you all!

April 18, 2007, 10:00am • Oakwood, VA • #11572

TO EVERYONE AT VIRGINIA TECH UNIVERSITY AND FAMILIES. I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD ARE PRAYING FOR YOU ALL. ME AND MY FAMILY SEND OUR CONDOLENCES, THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO YOU. I GET SO TEARY EYED EACH TIME I SEE THE PAIN AND SUFFERING EACH OF YOU ARE GOING THROUGH. GOD BLESS YOU , AND BE STRONG. GOD IS TAKING CARE OF THE VICTIMS, AND THE SURVIVERS.

T. WALKER & FAMILY

April 18, 2007, 10:00am • OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA • #11573

God Bless you all and your families as you trudge through these days.  Your fortitude is a great example to all of how we should all react in difficult situations.

Special Blessing to your President whose suffering must be immense.

Mary Schank
Boston, MA

April 18, 2007, 10:00am • Boston, MAsquare13 • #11574

My heart is saddened for all of the families and friends that have been affected by this terrible massacre of human life, precious lives that had so much to give to our world. May our loving God and everyone in this world strengthen you and give you peace.with heartfelt sympathy, Pat and Edward Hatfield

April 18, 2007, 10:00am • Franklin , Virginia • #11575

My heart breaks to see our children hurt! To all those that are in need of support right now, I want to extend my arms and my heart and tell you how much I love you all.  Bless all who have lost their lives from this heartache the students, Professors, friends, family, sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles,…

Shadya Ballug
WVWC’96’ Alumni
Massachusetts Resident

April 18, 2007, 10:00am • Camnridge, Ma. USA • #11576

Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to You All.

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.Thy will be done
in earth, as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our debts,as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,for ever. Amen

The Nation Mourns

Mike,Alfia,Vinny,Matt,and Richie

April 18, 2007, 10:00am • Stormville, NY • #11577

My thoughts are with the many families of VT students that were affected by Monday’s tragic events.  My heart goes out to the parents.  I myself am a parent of two boys (10 & 6), I can’t imagine the pain they are going through.  The old saying is that “time heals all wounds”.  Hopefully in time you will be at peace over this awful tragedy.
Rebecca L.

April 18, 2007, 10:00am • Chambersburg, PA • #11578

Wow,what a horrible event. I pray that the good lord will have a new bunch of angels to help him now. All I can say is that my family and I are deeply saddened by what has happened to you fine folks. May God bless all of you.And may God deal with this evil that has been brought upon you.I have college aged kids. I`ll look at things differntly now. I pray that the lord will walk with you all on this very hard journey...Michael,and Stella Mayhew,Alpena,Michigan.

April 18, 2007, 10:00am • Alpena,Michigan,USA • #11579

We send our deepest condolences to the families of those who died in this tragedy!We pray for them, those injured and the entire Virginia Tech family!May you find some comfort in knowing we will always honor your loved one!  Hokie Spirit is contagious, today we are all Hokies! God’s Blessings, G.D. and Family

April 18, 2007, 10:00am • New Jersey • #11580

I am a student at New Mexico State University but I was born in Virginia and raised in Delaware, I can only imagine the pain and suffering that you are all going through. I pray each moment to wake up and for it to be a dream, this much pain should not befall anyone no matter what in their lives could have happened before them. Those who were lost are in heaven helping the sun to rise and set each day. They will never leave your hearts or minds and will always be loved and cherished. Do not remember them as the victims of this tragedy, but as the loving, kind hearted people you lived with. They will always be your sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers mothers, teachers, and peers. I am praying for you all, and will each day.
Kate Moore

April 18, 2007, 10:00am • Las Cruces New Mexico originally Ellendale Delawar • #11581

There is no true understanding of times such as these.....My heart breaks for you and I offer prayers of hope and strength and peace to you and the entire VT community.  I mourn with you as a college gradute and as a mother who can only imagine the fear of their child’s well being and safety while away from home.  You have shown America your true colors and we are proud of your stength.  May our Lord comfort you all now and forever. Kimberly McCormack & Family

April 18, 2007, 10:00am • Middletown NJ • #11582

Our hearts go out to the families, friends and staff members that were affected by this horrible tragedy. You are all in our thoughts and prayers, we cannot began to imagine the pain and emptiness you all feel. Remember in times like this you are not alone God is only a prayer away and he is walking with all of you. Our deepest condolences… Wenard and Amy Jones & Family

April 18, 2007, 10:00am • Reidsville, NC • #11583

Thousands mourning flags are sent ...

Today our hearts are sunk in sorrow and despair
with this tragedic news; only sending deep condolences and hoping rapid recovery of all the lost and hurt.

a mother from KOREA

April 18, 2007, 10:00am • Opo, KOREA • #11584

so needless - I’m so concerned, inarticulate with rage. God bless you all!

Markus Gettinger

April 18, 2007, 10:00am • Berlin, Germany • #11585

I send my deepest condolences to all of Hokie nation past and present.  Obviously I am most concerned for those students and faculty presently there.  I cannot begin to understand the scar that will be left behind for those that were impacted first hand.  My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families in time of pain, disbelief, and loss.  I want to say that being a VT Alum and on the outside looking in that there is a great deal of support for you all.  Hokie nation is one of the tightest knit families I have ever experienced.  It has always been an extention of hometown community to college community and vise versa.  There is extreme passion and pride in our school.  I know and trust that only positive things will come of this tragedy.  This is truely a rippled effect that has touched not only Hokie nation and our families, but an entire world.

Ian Steelman
Class of 1999

April 18, 2007, 10:00am • Clearwater, FL • #11586

My sincere condolences to all victims and parents.
May god bless you and enlighten your hearts with sunshine again.

Dr. Michael MacLachlan

April 18, 2007, 10:00am • Erkrath, Germany • #11587

I would like to express my feelings right now, but i have no words to do such thing. I have no words to describe this tragic morning of april 16th, i can only express my condolences to the many families, friends and community.

God bless you all.

Fernanda Guimaraes - Brazil

April 18, 2007, 10:00am • Brazil • #11588

My Most Sincere and Profound Condolences on the senseless loss of such wonderful people.  I have read the Bios of the Victims, and one cannot but be extremely impressed with what special and loved individuals these were.  May their Families and loved ones find comfort and peace in knowing the HOKIE NATION holds them in a special place in our hearts, our prayers, and our thoughts.  As a Hokie Graduate and Parent of a current student I sincerely wish all the best to those touched by this tradgedy.

GOD BLESS!

Joe Lancaster
Forestry - 1981

April 18, 2007, 10:01am • Lewisburg, WV • #11589

A a VT alumna, I have shed tears over this horrible tragedy with the rest of the Hokie Nation.  Our hearts break together.  I am deeply saddened that this ugly thing will forever be associated with such a beautiful institution.  However, I could not be more proud of how the administration, faculty, and students have carried themselves this week.  You have represented the university well, and I know that your grace and dignity in the midst of tragedy has inspired and will continue to inspire the nation and the world.  The entire university family is in my prayers, and I encourage you all to look to the Lord for comfort & peace in this difficult time.  He is the light in the darkness.

God Bless,
Nikki Hay Morrison
& family

April 18, 2007, 10:01am • Kingsport, TN • #11590

This is a horrible and sad reminder that there is evil in this world.  Please accept our sincerest and most heartfelt sorrow for all you have experienced and lost.  We join many in praying that the Lord would be your comfort in this time for He is the Mighty Comforter and give of grace.

April 18, 2007, 10:01am • Fairfax, VA • #11591

Our hearts are deeply saddened by the tragedy at VT.  May you find comfort in knowing that God knows all, He sees all, and He knows what’s best for us.  Continue to lean on the Lord and each other for your strength, as I will continue to pray for you!  God Bless You ALL!!!

April 18, 2007, 10:01am • Richmond, VA • #11592

I am so sadden to hear of what has happened at Virginia Tech.  I had the privledge to spend two summers on campus when I was in high school,which was about ten years ago and feel in love with the campus and the school.  I was never able to attend there, but it has always been a dream of mine.  I work for a small college about two hours from Tech and this horriable senseless act as really hit home.It is very hard to deal with.  My thoughts and prayers are with all the families of those who have lost their loved ones and also with the falcuty and students there on campus.  Don’t let your spirits get down, try to hold your heads up high and keep the HOKIE SPIRIT stronger than ever.  God Bless!!

Jessica

April 18, 2007, 10:01am • Bristol, VA • #11593

At this time it is so clear that we are all connected to each other. I am so saddened. This tragedy is felt by so many people you do not know, and will never know. In honour of all the potential in the hearts and minds of these beautiful young people, I pray that we come together and know why we are really here.  – How can this happen?  It is only a hurting person, that feels so alone that could do this. We can be the change we desire for the world, to share our love in friendship, acceptance, and inclusion, to lift each other up. When enough of us do it we can change the way society works, that bulling (a utopianism for the emotional destruction of another) stops. We can stand tall in the name of those we have lost, and gently intervene when someone is being put down or ridiculed. We can start to stop it now if we desire, man has done deeds far more difficult than this. We can nurture empathy in ourselves and others.
- We all so desperately need to be valued.

April 18, 2007, 10:01am • NorthSydney,Nova Scotia,Canada • #11594

We are deeply sorry for this horrific thing that has happened. We’ll keep praying for all of you that God will see you all through this. My family
and I are so very sorry, this should never have
happened. Although it’s extremely difficult right
now, keep asking God for strength and keep the faith, it does help. We are here for you all and
will continue to pray for you that God will help
heal all of you. You’re in our hearts and we’re
here to lean on, we’re here to share your pain so
that it may make it easier on all of you.
The Laukevicz Family

April 18, 2007, 10:01am • New Milford, CT • #11595