Condolences, April 18, 2007

My deepest Condolences from Austria. I hope such a horrible masaker will never happen again. I hope that you American will intensify your arm laws. God bless you all.
Klemens

April 18, 2007, 10:17am • Austria • #11896

To all the families and friends of the VA Tech students.  Our deepest condolences to you and your families.  It is such a tragedy when someone is taken away from you.  As time goes by, with everyones support you will heal, but still feel the emptiness inside.  When i get like that about my cousin, I listen to Kenny Chesney..."Who you’d be today”.  Our hearts and prayers are with you.

April 18, 2007, 10:17am • Sayre, Pa United States • #11897

I am here to express my deepest condolences to those who lost friends, family and have been injured by this tragic event. This world sometimes rears its ugly head and shows us the reality of emotion and how it can be a factor in the lives of many. I hope through this tragedy we learn to not fear those who do such things, but to embrace them and ask the great being in the sky to forgive them for what they have done, and give their soul mercy even though they had shown none.
In the future, i hope we can learn to see the signs of this type of thing and stop it before it happens. I implore all people who think someone is emotionally distraught to take it very seriously and give them the attention they deserve to avoid such a tragedy again. This can be avoided if we open our hearts to those we beleive have been deprived and help them live a life of fulfillment and happiness instead of anything else.
Lastly no one but the shooter is to blame for this. I hope the focus on this tragedy leads to more solutions, not finger pointing. To the staff of VT and those who fought against this to save thier lives and the lives of others, you are hero’s in my mind.
Action in the face of tragedy is the true spirit of heroism.

April 18, 2007, 10:17am • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada • #11898

I came home from a beautiful day at school. No homework, perfect weather, evertything was perfect. I put on the TV and heard from this news. My perfect day was horrible. A Maniak who kills everyone for a ridicilous reason.
I could not emaging that this realley was happened. Is this not enough after Colombine???

The Netherlands and I want to extend our deepest condolences for the loss of each and every soul.

May God be with you all, during this time and after it!!

April 18, 2007, 10:17am • The Netherlands • #11899

Indeed we are all Hokies right now...although there is nothing that will entirely ease your grief as a campus and as a community, please find some solace in the love and prayers of all those who have posted supportive messages here.  My family, friends and I add our prayers and support as well.  As the grieving process continues, may peace settle on your campus, in your homes, and in your hearts.  Blessings on all who mourn this tragedy. 

With hope,

Erica Snipes

April 18, 2007, 10:17am • Glen Burnie, Maryland • #11900

Please know our family and the Gator Nation are thinking of you. We share in this grief and sorrow and we stand as one as we kneel with heavy hearts.  May God bless the families of the victims, the friends, the community and this great University.

The Dean Family

April 18, 2007, 10:17am • Gainesvlle, FL • #11901

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims, their families, the student and faculty and all Hokie alumni during this time of grief and tragedy. It hurts my spirit to witness events like this and the only thought I have is ‘Why?’I hope that the Virginia Tech community, the victims and their families and the nation can begin to heal from this tragedy and to focus on better days to come. I am so very sorry this happened.

April 18, 2007, 10:17am • Lindsey, Longhorn Fan, Dallas, TX • #11902

Why people invent the gun? To use it to kill our fellowman? Wish God could forgive us!
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims!

April 18, 2007, 10:17am • Shanghai, China • #11903

Je prie pour que des écoles soient des endroits pleins de paix, puisque la paix est indispensable pour l’éducation. Que voulez-vous faire à l’école qu’approfondir des connaissances, ça veut dire étudier? Viktor

April 18, 2007, 10:17am • Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic • #11904

Just want to send my condolences to all the staff, students and families.  My prayers and thoughts are with you.  As a parent of a college student I can only imagine the shock and the grief.  May God be with you all.
Ruth

April 18, 2007, 10:17am • Vestaburg, Michigan • #11905

My prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this time. May the God of all consolations bring peace to you and to your families.

Tony

April 18, 2007, 10:18am • Forked RIver, NJ • #11906

..I’ll pray for you…

Gloria

April 18, 2007, 10:18am • Como, Italy • #11907

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Stay strong.

Lea Ackerman

April 18, 2007, 10:18am • Delray Beach, FL USA • #11908

I am a third grade teacher in A small rural community in New York State. Please know that all my friends, colleagues and students want you to know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. You are all brave in spirit . You should be proud of your school and the way you are conducting yourselves during this tragic time.Hold on to each other and embrace each day.Fondly, Rosalita Coons

April 18, 2007, 10:18am • Schoharie New York • #11909

In a time like this words are hard to put together to express the way we feel, but I can let you all know that we have you all in our prayers.

Caesare Jones and Sharde Frank

April 18, 2007, 10:18am • Raleigh, NC • #11910

I am really close to all of you in this moment full of sadness. I wish to add a prayer to all the students and teachers fallen in this tragedy and all my sincere condolences to the parents and relatives.
Marina Parmigiani

April 18, 2007, 10:18am • Genoa, Italy • #11911

My prayers and thoughts go with you all as you go through this painful time.  The love and unity you have shown has been an inspiration to the country.  May God keep Virginia Tech in His loving arms and ease your pain.  To the families of the fallen, I pray for you.  You will forever be in our hearts and our prayers as you mourn the loss of your children.  With love, respect and sadness I pray.

April 18, 2007, 10:18am • Smithton, IL • #11912

MY FAMILIES THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR LOVE ONES,THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME.  THERE IS NOTHING I CAN DO OR SAY, TO EASE OR TAKE YOUR PAIN AWAY.  I CAN ONLY PRAY AND ASK GOD TO MAKE A WAY, FOR YOUR GRIEF AND PAIN TO GO AWAY.  SO THAT YOU AND YOUR LOVE ONES MAY MOVE PAST THIS ONE DAY.  S.SOILEAU OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU

April 18, 2007, 10:18am • EUNICE,LA • #11913

OUR THOUGHT AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE STUDENT, STAFF, FAMILY AND DEAR FRIENDS. MAY GOD BLESS AND COMFORT YOU IN THIS TIME OF DEEP MOURNING. I PRAY THAT GOD WILL TOUCH EACH AND EVERY LIFE WITH THE WARMEST OF COMFORT.

April 18, 2007, 10:18am • RICHLANDS, VA • #11914

I was involved with the challenge of the September 11th outcome in NYC. While my heart goes out to the VT community and those involved, I find myself wanting to get involved with the outcome of this tragedy. I believe that a memorial of some kind should be erected on site to remind future students how precious life is, and the heroes that this situation brought out, such as Dr. Librescu. I would like to donate any and all engineering services from my company in this effort. Please email scortese@birdsall.com for contact info.

-Scott Cortese, PE
MSCE 2001

April 18, 2007, 10:18am • Eatontown, NJ • #11915

my thoughts are with all the family members and friends of the victims.

S Smith

April 18, 2007, 10:19am • Nottingham, England • #11916

I would like to send my deepest sympathy to the family’s of those injured and killed.  We can all take comfort in the they are now with God. That they are up in heaven and now will always be your Guardian Angels.

CJ

April 18, 2007, 10:19am • Syracuse, New York • #11917

As a senior college student at Bloomsburg University, I cannot begin to imagine if similar events occurred on our campus. This is something that could have happened anywhere at anytime and I’m sorry you have to go through this. I just want you all to know that you have immense support from schools all over. Our school had a “moment of silence” yesterday with ringing bells in memory of all those involved in this tragedy. VA Tech will not be remembered as the school with a tragedy, but instead as a community of strong and proud people who are unbreakable. God be with you always and forever and we’ll never stop praying for you and your families.

April 18, 2007, 10:19am • Bloomsburg, PA • #11918

My Clemson family and I would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to our brothers and sisters at VA TECH. We sincerely hope that peace will return and that all wounds will soon begin the healing process.

Allen Cox

May GOD bless those in need.

April 18, 2007, 10:19am • Piedmont, SC • #11919

The brothers of Delta Upsilon would like to extend our condolences to the entire Virginia Tech community.  We can not fathom the pain and suffering that your campus is dealing with in regards to this horrible tragedy.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families now and forever will be. 

Clarkson University - Delta Upsilon

April 18, 2007, 10:19am • Potsdam, NY • #11920

With the deepest sympathy. Your in our thoughts and prayers all of you!
May God Bless

The Miller’s

April 18, 2007, 10:19am • Dublin,IN • #11921

I can’t imagine what anyone is going through. Support one another and push forward. Stay strong and know that millions are mourning with you.

April 18, 2007, 10:19am • Alexandria Va • #11922

my deepest deepest condolences to everyone affected by this horrible tragedy. no words would ever describe what and how you are all feeling,
I am thinking about the victims and familys during this difficult time and sending my heartfelt sympathy to you all, my prayers are with all of you.

April 18, 2007, 10:19am • DELIGHT ARK • #11923

Dear VT family, All over the world, we are not only shocked and grieved by the tragic events of April 16, but heartened by your strength, the love you share with each other, and the grace with which you have faced this tragedy. 

If the terrible truth of the day is “We are all just human,” then that is also the bond that unites us and makes us grateful for each day.

April 18, 2007, 10:19am • A Mom in Warsaw, Poland • #11924

My heart is crying for all the students and teachers who lost there lifes. There lifes are taking away for no reasen. I think of there families and there friends and burn a candle every evening for them.
Rest in peace and we will not forget you.

Marina, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

April 18, 2007, 10:19am • Amsterdam, The Netherlands • #11925

Words cannot express how broken hearted South Texas feels for your/America’s loss.  YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  Know that the Hoakies now have an extended family in the Rio Grande Valley and dare I say in all of Texas who grieve alongside you, albeit in spirit and in prayer.  God Bless and comfort all of you in this time of deep sorrow.  With love from the Rio Grande Valley (South Texas).  Esmeralda Lozano & Family

April 18, 2007, 10:19am • La Feria, Texas • #11926

As alumni of Virginia Tech - our hearts break for our wonderful alma mater - the victims, the students and all connected to Virginia Tech throughout the world. 

We love Virginia Tech and know that hope and faith will prevail.  I can speak for the alumni around the state, country and world when I say - we are Virginia Tech and we will recover.

GO HOKIES!!!

Matt and Margarite Zettervall

April 18, 2007, 10:19am • Ashburn, VA • #11927

Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.  This tragedy has affected our whole country, and we are all in mourning with you.

April 18, 2007, 10:19am • Madison, WI • #11928

Dear students,
while sorrow continues to plague the spirit of VT, I send my blessing to each and everyone of you and ask you not to give up in believing in love and peace

April 18, 2007, 10:19am • Ontario, Canada • #11929

Words can not turn back the hands of time and bring back those loved ones who were lost.  Please accept our condolences and know that my family and friends here in TX will keep you in our thoughts.

April 18, 2007, 10:19am • Austin, TX/USA • #11930

To All VT families and students:

I don’t know anyone that attends your school, but my heart has gone out to all of you and Virginia.  I cannot imagine what pain you are feeling right now.  Please talk to the people you love and start the healing process, not only for yourselves but for the victims as well.

God Bless,
Beth Vetter

April 18, 2007, 10:19am • Minnesota • #11931

Our prayers and thoughts are with you all during this time of reflection and sorrow.  As we watch the brave and strong Hokies push through this tragedy, we pray for you.  We cry for you.  My family believes that God will hold each and everyone of you up.  He will bring you through this to help you find peace.
~~~ Love the Warnken and Buttarazzi families

April 18, 2007, 10:19am • Houston, Texas, USA • #11932

My deepest sympathy and condolences to the entire campus of Virginia Tech, including it’s staff, students, faculty, and especially to the families of those who have lost a very special person in their life.  My prayers are with you, and know that even half way around the country, you are being thought of and prayed for. 

Eric F. Bertram-University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

April 18, 2007, 10:19am • Stevens Point, WI • #11933

To family, friends, students, faculty and staff...I cannot say I know how you feel, but only know that each and everyone one of you are in my thoughts and prayers.  Know that God will bring you through the tough times ahead.  Please keep him first.  May God bless you all!!!!!

Michelle Templeton
The University of Southern Mississippi

April 18, 2007, 10:19am • Hattiesburg, Mississippi • #11934

Hi Friends,

We wish to extend to all concerned our deep felt sympathy. We cannot begin to understand the pain you must all be feeling. Our prayers go out to the souls of those departed, their loved ones, friends and all those affected by these terrible events.

God Bless you all,

Anne & Jim Popps UK

April 18, 2007, 10:19am • Halifax, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom • #11935

To all the families who have lost so much, you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you in these next few days and always. It is such a tragic loss when a parent loses a son or daughter. We will never forget.

The Schulte family
John, Shannon, Alex, Kelly, and Jack

April 18, 2007, 10:20am • Willoughby Ohio • #11936

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those lost in Monday’s tragedy.  May God sustain you in this time of grief.

April 18, 2007, 10:20am • Bedford, VA • #11937

VT is filled with so many brilliant people and I give you and your families my sympathy.

I wrote this poem after going through grief and not being able to sleep.  Maybe it will help someone here who is grieving.

“Ghosts of my soul”

Ghosts of my soul
Haunt me tonight
Getting louder in the later hours
Faces come by
With grins and words of wisdom
Seeking to give me peace

Time doesn’t stop in the wake of the night
The moon is not my friend
There was something I forgot to tell you
I would have stopped you that day if I could
But another day wasn’t ours

Night moments scream on
I somehow have to breathe
And pray that the gracious sun will rise

KK
3/23/05
Kathleen Kleinbeck
kack1@optonline.net

April 18, 2007, 10:20am • Bound Brook, NJ • #11938

To all those who have been touched by this tragedy my heart goes out to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Our collective prayerful response will do so much to bring comfort, hope, peace and calm to all persons who have been affected.

April 18, 2007, 10:20am • Aldie, Virginia • #11939

Everyone in Georgia are praying for everyone envolved in this awful tragedy. As a mother of four children, i want to hold my children a little closer, and thank God that they are safe and that i still have them. I feel the deepest pain for all the parents that lost their children. I hope that with God’s help they can make it through this horrible time. I know nothing you could say to them could really help. But i would just like them to know that they are in our hearts and prayers, and that we really feel for them in the deepest way. I would do anything to be able to give them their children back. But all i can do is pray for them. God Bless everyone that has been affected and all the people that helped out.

April 18, 2007, 10:20am • Chatsworth, Georgia • #11940

It’s a tragedy what happened on that Monday morning. I have several friends that attend VT. My prayers go out to all the friends and families that was affected by this horrible event.

much love,
Amanda Sharp

April 18, 2007, 10:20am • Hubert, NC • #11941

Words seem totally inadequate.  We cannot begin to understand just what you are all going through.  We hold you in our hearts and prayers.  May God bless and keep you all. 
Dawn and Sammy Holden

April 18, 2007, 10:20am • England • #11942

its unbelievable what would bring some one to do such a horrible thing to so many people. my deepest symapthies are out to all of the families and friends of the victims of tragedy. god is in your hearts.
K. Stoffel

April 18, 2007, 10:20am • Slinger, WI • #11943

Virginia Tech

Such a sunny day not a cloud in the sky
Why did these 32 people have to die?
Amidst all the carnage and a blood-bathed classroom
They look up to the skies, stand tall, and search for a way through.
With questions unanswered the people are confused
and they are looking for guidance on what to do.
I know I wasn’t there to go through it all
But seeing those faces on T.V. just seemed to make me fall.
The police running around trying to get in
To stop the madness, to stop the unwanted sin.
The teacher tried to stop it by blocking the door,
but instead, he ended up dying on the classroom floor.
I shall not go on for I do not know what all the people went through
But here is my advice for all of you
“Keep your heads up looking to the skies
For He is always there to help you through tough times.”
I’ll keep your friends in my heart and in my prayers
And know that they’ve all gone to where the land is so green and fair.

William Baker Jr

PS: I wrote this off of watching interviews and conferences on television. My prayers go out to the families and their lost loved ones and friends.

April 18, 2007, 10:20am • Hubert, NC USA • #11944

I would like to express my condolences to the families and friends of the ones who were lost and injured.  my prayers go out to all the students and faculty as well.  May God Bless you all

April 18, 2007, 10:20am • Troutville , Virginia • #11945