Condolences, April 18, 2007

President Bush should be ashamed that he accepted campaign funds from the NRA ...The group that made it possible for this murderer to go into a Virgina gun store and walk out in less then 15 minutes with the tools to selfishly end the lives of so many promising individuals and cause heartache to their friends and families.  Guns are evil ....period.  In these modern times...we should only be using non-lethal weapons...Guns are barbaric - we would not be in this turmoil had this kid not had access to a semi automatic lethal weapon.  My heart goes out to all these kids and their families....Rich Martin Jr.

April 18, 2007, 10:01am • Fort Myers, FL • #11596

My deepest condolences to the entire VA Tech family of students, faculty, staff and alumni.  The nation will never forget what happened and April 16, 2007 will unfortunately live in infamy.  Please continue your proud Hokie heritage as a testiment to the undying spirit of your fallen commrades and colleagues.

Tom, University of Scranton (PA) 1982

April 18, 2007, 10:01am • Moscow, Pennsylvania • #11597

Our deepest condolences go out to all the victims affected by this horrid event. We are all praying for you. This event has sadden me a lot and just hope such events stop repeating them selves.

We are all here for you and again are praying for you

Ali Moubarak

April 18, 2007, 10:01am • Toledo, OH • #11598

i am so shoked by this tragedy. and i am so sorry..
nothing can express my mood right now..
i just hope it will not happen in any other time in any other states and in any other places in this wolrd ever and ever .
may god bless all..

April 18, 2007, 10:01am • P.R. China • #11599

My heart goes out to the whole VT community. I have many friends & classmates from my highschool who attend VT I can’t believe what has happened. Everyone is in my thoughts & prayers.

April 18, 2007, 10:01am • Franklin, Virginia • #11600

Our thoughts and prayers are with the community of VT. You are the strongest people I have ever seen, to stick together as one threw what the world has now seen as the most tragic shooting in history. I wish all of you a road of love and peace. My heart goes out to all of the families that have lost a loved one, and the families and friends who have all been so strong as they stand and watch what will always be the worst day in their lives. I hope we can help to get all of you threw this terrible time in your lives, as we all wish we were there to hold you and let you know that this is not the end. Your community has proven to be the strongest of all. God will walk with each of you as you work to get the peace that you all so many deserve. just remember, when you cry, we cry, we all cry. I wish all of you Gods love. May you be in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless!

April 18, 2007, 10:01am • Oakland, Maryland • #11601

A REASON ...A SEASON… OR A LIFETIME, AS WE CROSS THIS JOURNEY IN LIFE WE ARE TOUCHED BY ACTIONS OF THOSE AROUND US THAT CHANGE TOMORROW AND YESTERDAY, BUT FOREVER WE MOVE IN THE SPIRIT OF HOW WE EVOLVE.
MAY YOU ALL ENDURE AND CENTER YOURSELVES IN THE SPIRIT OF WHO YOU ARE TOGETHER, YOUR SUN WILL RISE AGAIN.........
ARE HEARTFELT THOUGHTS AND WARMEST WISHES TO ALL THE STANDING AND FALLEN.....SINCERELY DAVID & BRIDGETTE

April 18, 2007, 10:01am • STUDIO CITY,CALIFORNIA • #11602

I would like to share my condolences, thoughts and prayers to everyone at Virginia Tech.

May God Bless each and everyone at Virginia Tech always,
Sandy Harrison

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • Suisun City, California • #11603

Nuestro mas sentido pesame a todos los familiares de las victimas y a los estudiantes de Virginia Tech desde Latinoamerica, que de la tragedia salga algo positivo, el luchar contra el uso indiscriminado de armas y lograr que las escuelas y universidades sean sitios seguros para forjar hombres y mujeres del presente y del futuro y no tomarlo como area de venganzas irracionales.

Elizabeth

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • Panama, Panama • #11604

I feel bad for the students, victims, and their families. Even though I’m not in college yet and I have two more years, it’s still sad. I know how you all feel about the situation. It’s like loosing someone I’m really close to. I just understand why someone would do that. I wish there was something I could do, but I can’t and if I could I’m sure it would be something to help you all to get over your trouble with the whole situtaion. I feel for you all, becuase you all lost people that didn’t do anything and people who were great friends and role models. For the people who got injured, it’s wrong becuase none of you didn’t do anything to get hurt or the people who died.

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • americus. GA • #11605

my deepest sympathy and condolences go out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy. my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • Norwich, CT • #11606

Words can not even begin to explain the sorrow that you all are feeling. My heart goes out to each and every person at VT. Stay strong.
-Kelsie

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • Glen Burnie, Maryland • #11607

As a Mom, I am saddened beyond words and emotions, as a teacher I am inspired and challenged.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all.
Charlotte Ellington

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • Flintstone, Georgia • #11608

As proud members of the hokie nation, our family sends our deepest condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one.  We also pray for healing for everyone who has been affected by this horrible event. 

-Dawn Eberhardt (BS’89)
-Tom Eberhardt (MS’88, PhD’92)

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • Alexandria, Louisiana • #11609

My family would like to extend our deepest condolences for your tragic loss. My god be with each one of you on your long road to healing. My prays will be with you throught out this terrible time.
Dave & Linda Huggett & Family.

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • Williamsburg, Va • #11610

I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families and friends who lost loved ones that day. So many lost friends, teachers, colleagues, we are so panicked and hurt that words cannot express this excruciating pain. We are paralyzed, but we will move forward.

I hope we can remember these people not as victims, not as statistics, not as mere numbers in a horrific tragedy. They must be remembered as people: as best friends, brothers and sisters, daughters and sons, lovers, roommates, classmates, Virginia and US citizens, students with hopes and dreams and aspirations to become something great. Do not remember their terror or pain; they are not numbers, they are not nameless losses. Remember them as glorious and intelligent students with the world ahead of them. Remember the sound of their laughter, their words of comfort or of joy. Remember how ecstatic they were to get into Tech. Remeber movie nights, remember dates, remember dinners and parties and tests, remember that they were human beings who touched the lives of all around them.

Today we are all Hokies; and we are strong, and we will recover and remember.

~Karen Thompson

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • Radford, Virginia • #11611

To everyone affected by this tragic and unjustified event we are so very sorry.  Our hearts and prayers go out to you all.  We think of you all everyday and pray for a better tomorrow and that God will give you the strength to go on and that everyday gets a little better for you.  Be strong and always remember that you have a lot of people behind you and always there to support you no matter what.  From here on out we are “Hokies”.  Love and Sympathy - Art & Valerie Wickberg - East Stroudsburg, PA

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • East Stroudsburg, PA - U.S.A. • #11612

I am utterly, terribly devastated by the news of the shooting at Virginia Tech.  I am an American, now residing in Gwangju, South Korea and have been trying to keep up with news.

I cannot express just how sorry I am to hear of this.  It is a horrific tragedy that is incalculable in its dimensions. 

My hearts go out to all those touched by this tragedy.  Your sorrow is shared by the whole world.  I also wish to reach out to all Korean-Americans and Koreans residing in America.  I am deeply, profoundly honoured to live in your country and am proud to call it home.  You have enriched America in many ways and will continue to do so, I am sure.

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • Gwangju, South Korea • #11613

We are united with you all in prayer. Please know you are not alone.

God bless,
G Fontanilla

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • Pembroke Pines, Florida • #11614

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April 18, 2007, 10:02am • #11615

May God give you the wisdom to overcome this unspeakable act and to grow stronger and reach for all your dreams. My prayers go out to you all.
Sharon

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • Ontario, Canada • #11616

My family would like to send our deepest condolences to your community during this sad time. Everyone is in our thoughts and prayers. Stay strong and always stick together.

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • Flint, Michigan • #11617

Proverbs 3:5-8 (from The Message)
Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
give him the first and the best.

Our prayers are with all that grieve.
from The WBFJ Family Friendly Morning Show
Darren, Tami and Verne

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • Winston-Salem, North Carolina • #11618

my deepest regret to all students at va tech and to everyone- the victims, the families, and just everyone who had to endure such a great loss, my prayers are forever with you
cam s.

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • lyons, Georgia • #11619

To all of the VT nation, my whole family expresses their deepest sympathy.  I live only 40 minutes from your campus and teach in a Virginia school near there.  I feel deeply sadened by your losses.  You have great people at VT and you will come out of this stronger people.  It will take time and alot of tears, but you will perservere.  Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • Princeton, WV • #11620

You are all in my prayers, from the victims, to the survivors, and all their families. It is unbelievable how tragedy can happen to such good people, in such a place. I pray and hope that this nevers happens again. May the Lord be with you all.

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • Hialeah, FL, USA • #11621

RIP Dr. G.V. Loganathan

A great professor.

I had him for some basic civil engineering courses, as well as hydrology and water resources.

A mild mannered and kind Indian with a gentle voice. Thin in stature with round glasses. Had that “sweet” Indian accent.  Listening to him lecture on the properties of water was a pleasure.  Learning from him was a once in a lifetime thrill.

Dr Loganathan always had time for the students.

I had many after class meetings with him.

He was active in the extracurricular activities in the department.

We always exchanged cordials in the hall whenever our paths crossed.

He was one of the best professors I have ever met.

I’m so sorry for his family.

I am so sorry for all of the familys.

Right now the pain is deep but we will survive.

Go Hokies!

,Bill “Root” Rumley

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • Alexandria, VA • #11622

To Virginia Tech,

My entire family would like to let the students, faculty, and families know that you all are in our prayers and hearts. We are so sorry for your pain and loss at V Tech. There is nothing that we can say to really help except may god be with all of you and all the families in this severe time of need. You are very brave people to go through this horrible tragedy.

The Coffey Family

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • Independence, Mo • #11623

Our sincere sympathy & condolences to all of students, staff, and families who tragically lost loved ones. May God walk beside you all, and give you the strength to see you through your grief.
We sat in our living room, watching the remembrance ceremonies on Tuesday, and wept openly! With God’s help, your community spirit for each other, and the support of the world behind each and everyone of you, we all will get through this tragic event. God bless you all!

Dennis & Cheryl Villebrun

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • Appleton, Wisconsin • #11624

My husband & I would like to express our condolences for the families and friends of each person who lost their life Monday. I believe we are all affected by this terrible tragedy. Our hearts and Prayers go out to EVERYONE! 

Matthew & Niki Hobson

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • Chesapeake, Virginia • #11625

Fellow Hokies,

Our hearts go out to all of you at this tragic time.  We have been praying for you since the events began unfolding and will continue to do so in the days and weeks ahead.  We look forward to embracing you this fall as the Hokies take the field in Lane Stadium.  That first rendition of Enter Sandman will be electrifying. 

Until then,

John and Sherry Rodgers and family

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • Ashburn, VA • #11626

I am a student at NYU. I just want you to know that our campus is thinking about you during this hard time and sending our prayers your way. I am so sorry for the horrible event that unfolded on Monday at your campus. I am thinking about all of you at Virgina Tech. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Camy

April 18, 2007, 10:02am • New York, New York • #11627

VT Students, Staff, and Administration, and Blacksburg Community,

As you embrace your grief and suffering, please feel our embrace of hope and strength.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Rev. Dr. Bradley Sidle

April 18, 2007, 10:03am • Minneapolis, MN • #11628

Nos toma con gran dolor y preocupacion el evento tragico en su Universidad. A los padres del joven puertorriqueno va nuestro abrazo en nombre de nuestro pueblo y comunidades universitarias.Que la paz del Senor les fortalesca y de su consuelo a esta familia.
Con gran amor
Luis Emilio Rivera

April 18, 2007, 10:03am • San Juan , Puerto Rico • #11629

In this time of great tragedy I hope that all effected—Hokies, our nation, and our world—can find peace that will appease the suffering.  I offer an excerpt from one of the Vedas.

By this invocation of peace may peace bring peace!
With this peace the dreadful I now appease,
with this peace the cruel I now appease,
with this peace all evil I now appease,
so that peace may prevail, happiness prevail!
May everything for us be peaceful!
- Atharva Veda

Namaste,
Chuck Clifton
VT 1996

April 18, 2007, 10:03am • Durham, NC USA • #11630

God has not promised us a life without pain but He has promised us that when we look to Him for strength, He will not leave us uncomforted...There is always hope as long as we have breath…

I pray that each of you who has lost a loved one will not lose hope, nor lose your passion for life, for I’m sure your loved ones would want you to continue to strive, continue to live and be fruitful in your endeavors! I know this is not an easy time, but as God has done for me when I’ve lost loved ones, He will do for you as you grieve the loss of your loved ones.

I also pray for those who are recovering from injuries they received that day. I pray they will soon return to their families and friends healthy!

May God strengthen each of you,
Christy Jackson

April 18, 2007, 10:03am • Jacksonville, Florida • #11631

The actions of this troubled young man are his and only his.  This is not a time to take away more of our liberties in the US but to place the responsibility on his cowardice act.  Yes he was a coward for not getting help.  He was a coward for killing other human beings.

We cannot police the entire country to find the other handful of cowards out there that may harm us.  We can take away their guns if we change our insane laws that enable them.

My heart is full of sadness for the victums and their family and friends.

April 18, 2007, 10:03am • Arlington, VA • #11632

I pray that God comfort all that are affected by this sad event. My heart aches for parents, students that are left behind, friends, sibblings, family members, everyone. We have to look to the hills from which cometh our help. I am so sadden by this event. I will continue to pray for peace in all of our mines.
Lillie Jones
Retired Military

April 18, 2007, 10:03am • Fairmont, N.C. • #11633

Dear All,
Our family reaches out to all of you in this time of pain and anguish. Our deepest sympathy to those families who lost loved ones.  Embrase the knowledge that we mourn and support all of you during this time.

Cheryl K. from Trabuco Canyon, CA
Barbara C. from Scottsdale, AZ

April 18, 2007, 10:03am • Trabuco Canyon, CA • #11634

A black Morning

A black morning
A morning of confusion and grief.
A morning none shall ever forget.
Where death arouse
Evil became victorious
Where emptiness overflowed with darkness and anger
Anger caused by a deep and ugly hatred.
A hatred that rejected everyone
Where everyone was killed
BUT
Through this dark killing came a light.
A light that brought a perfect hope.
Hope that gave comfort to the mourning.
The morning that a college, a nation, a family.

Who were attacked, invaded, and violated by a man, a man possessed by demons.
Demons who were on a mission to destruction.
Destruction that died and brought life
A life
No
The life of a family who came together who overcame a horrific tragedy
A tragedy of death
Death of children
Death of friends and family
Death of students and teachers
Death of a stranger unknown
An unknown who saved a life.
A life that showed us a strength
A strength that nothing can overcome
Not even demons.
Demons that came one black morning
A morning of confusion and grief.
A morning none shall ever forget.

MJ
In memory of the students and teachers who lost their lives @ Virginia Tech

“ Do not be overcome by evil, BUT overcome evil with good. Romans 12:12

April 18, 2007, 10:03am • Fredericksburg, Va. • #11635

I have been an alumni of Virginia Tech for under a year now and I cannot express the pain that we are all feeling, even without physically being on campus.  I am always in Blacksburg in my heart and it hurts us as alumni as well.  Stay stron Hokies and we all will get through this!

April 18, 2007, 10:03am • Springfield, VA • #11636

Our prayers and thoughts are with you and yours during this time of sorrow May our Lord and Savior hold you in his palm and send his healing light to you and yours May you come to peace with this horrible tradegy one day

The Brown Family
David,Suzanne and Kristina

April 18, 2007, 10:03am • Strongsville Ohio • #11637

Life is a Cosmic Dance!
Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers are with Virginia Tech family. We are deeply saddened and are wondering why the guns are so easily available to citizens. 
We are sharing a Sanskrit prayer of peace with your permission.
“Om sahanaa vavatu sahanau bhunaktu sahaveeryam karavaavahai.
tejaswinaa vadheetamastu maa vid vishaa vahai om shaanthih, shaanthih, shaanthihi”

May he protect all, may he nurture all, may we all perform together the most heroic and divine actions; may our learning be prosperous to all; may we never quarrel on the different beliefs we may have; may we shine together, may we live in harmony: may there be peace for all and for ever.
.......
Suresh, Malathi, & Lakshmi Iyengar

April 18, 2007, 10:03am • Sherman Oaks, California, USA • #11638

I would like to express my deep condolences to the Virginia Tech community, the parents, family members, friends and significant others for your painful loss.

May God grant you peace.

Luz J. Martinez-Miranda
Rockville, MD
and University of Maryland, College Park, MD

April 18, 2007, 10:03am • Rockville, MD • #11639

My family and I feel your pain.  My heart bleeds for each and every one of the students that were killed and injured. May God enbrace each and every student at Virinia Tech and help you through this hard time. We will keep you all in our prayers and all the families that have lost loved ones. You are loved and will not be forgotten.  Penny Raver and Family

April 18, 2007, 10:03am • Indian Land, South Carolina, Lancaster County • #11640

Faith, Love, and Hope Hokies!  Always, Mickey

April 18, 2007, 10:03am • Houston, Texas • #11641

As a 1996 graduate of Radford and an employee of Virginia Tech shortly there after for a few years; Blacksburg, the University, and the surrounding area have always been considered my home away from home. My heart goes out to each and everyone involved and touched by this tragic day. I hope in time after much healing, Virginia Tech can once again return to the place we all came to love.

Today we are all Hokies.

Love,
Eric & Betsy Dietsch

April 18, 2007, 10:03am • Atlanta, GA • #11642

This feels like 9/11 all over again due the nature of the incident. I feel just as sick as i did that day. I cannot begin to imagine the agony and pain that you are suffering but iam thinking about you more than i have ever thought about anything in my whole life. x
Darren Axford

April 18, 2007, 10:03am • Manchester, England • #11643

To all of you: I would like to share my deepest symphathy to the families, students, and community for this horrible tragedy. Words alone cannot express how I feel about loosing some students and faculties in your university. I teach in a college in North Dakota, although we are up in the Turtle Mountains, the ripple effect of this tragedy has been felt all over the world. On behalf of my family in Venezuela and myself, I would like to be available for any support from here, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. One thing I cannot comprehend why someone does things like this, but one thing I am sure of is that we have a forgiving God who forgives and forgets, let’s embrace ourselves in love and harmony and remmeber those fallen individuals with the same love and respect they deserve, they forever will be in our hearts and minds. Time will never erase what has happened here,so never let the light of their love and their lives be extinguished, keep them in your thoughts, prayers and hearts. And please do not forget their families, they too need our support love and encouragement.
With love Tibi Marin, North Dakota/Venezuela

April 18, 2007, 10:03am • Rolette, North Dakota and Venezuela • #11644

I am deeply saddened; deeply hurt, enormously outraged and indescribably sorry for the horrendous loss that families and your university has suffered in this senseless tragedy. Please believe that this total stranger who will never feel the depth of your pain and loss is, nevertheless, shedding tears.  May your God bring you continuing strength and comfort.

Lilian

April 18, 2007, 10:03am • Dameron, Maryland • #11645