Condolences, April 18, 2007

Dear All at Virginia Tech,

There is not much that I can say that could help ease the pain and sorrow right now.  I just want you all to know that I am sending all my love and thoughts to you all at this most dificult time.  I hope that in time the hurt and anger will subside and you will become stronger and enjoy loving memories of lost friends and family.

Wishing you all the love in the world,

Helen

April 18, 2007, 10:27am • York, England • #12096

As a parent of a freshman of another university, I thought what would help me if it was my child who was lost and I came up with this. Anyone, students, anyone who had a kind thought or memory of my child please share. Sometimes it could be something like just remembering your impressions of someone in your class that you didn’t know. I know that my daughter always shares little jokes about so and so who sits near her that is soo cute and friendly etc but she has never gotten to meet them personally.  I am sure the parents would love to hear from anyone and all that remember anything good about their child.  No comment too small would be insignificant.  Ny prayers are for everyone hurting from this. 
Neighbor in Roanoke,VA

April 18, 2007, 10:27am • Roanoke,VA • #12097

There are no “right” words..but, we wanted all those affected by this tragedy to know that you are all in our daily prayers.  Our hearts ache and our tears fall as we grieve with you and as we pray for your healing--physically, emotionally and spiritually.

May God Bless you all, and may you feel His loving arms around you.
Curt & Margaret Dierdorff

April 18, 2007, 10:27am • Gainesville, Virginia • #12098

what can you say when something like this happens?
Not much to say… only anger…
My deepest condolences…

T. Afentras, Athens, Greece

April 18, 2007, 10:27am • Athens, Greece • #12099

My family and I would like you to know that we are holding all the victims and their families in our hearts. May God walk with you all now,as he does always. This should never have happened, but through this tragedy I assume you will all lean on each other and friendships will be strengthened forever. That is the only good that will come of this. We will pray for you always.
God Bless, Scott(36),Christy(37),Ashley(18), Julia(8)and Ryan(6) Karwacki.

April 18, 2007, 10:27am • Somerdale,NJ. • #12100

May the Peace of God which trancends all understanding, guard your hearts and minds in this terrible time.  My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends at this time.  God will see us though this tragedy.  We Americans are strong, resiliant people.  We will survive.

Nadia Wellington

April 18, 2007, 10:28am • Ft. lauderdale, Florida • #12101

My deepest sympathy goes out to all of the victims, their families, the staff and students at Virginia Tech. As an alumni, my 4 years at Tech were the best in my life. Full of happiness and fun. Don’t let this one day mar the experience you have had. Hokies are survivors! You will come together and be stronger for it. My prayers are with you all.

Karin Busse Staub
VT ‘93

April 18, 2007, 10:28am • Rochester, New York • #12102

We in Killeen have lived your shock of sudden loss of friends and loved ones and empathize with the grief you are experiencing. As you begin the long road to healing, we understand the pain you are enduring.
Our prayers are with you all.

Stacy

April 18, 2007, 10:28am • Killeen, Texas • #12103

I LIVED IN VA MY HOLE LIFE NEVER THOGHT THIS WOULD HAPPEN I KEEP THINKING OF ALL THE PEOPLE THAT LOST THEIR LOVE ONES AND IT BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES I AM SO SORRY EVERYONE HAS TO GO THROUGH THIS TERRIBLE TIME I SEND BY CONDOLENCES AND WILL PRAY FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED AND THE ONES THAT WERENT BUT WERE EFFECTED BY THIS HORRIBLE TRADGETY WISH I COULD DO MORE
KIM PROCTOR

April 18, 2007, 10:28am • COLUMBIA SOUTH CAROLINA • #12104

To the victims, their families, and the VA Tech community - my thoughts are with you all. The best four years of my life were spent in Blacksburg and my heart breaks for our beloved Hokie Family.  Specifically to the victims families, may you find the strength to make it through.  We are all here for you. 
Stephanie

April 18, 2007, 10:28am • Arlington, Virginia • #12105

Let’s all offer prayers to those who have passed away so that their souls will rest in peace. May all the families of the victims have more faith and be strong for these trials. Everything has a reason. We just have to move on and make the most of our time

April 18, 2007, 10:28am • NY, USA • #12106

God’s peace be with you all.  My deepest condolences to the families who have lost their precious children..to the students who were injured, to the students, faculity, and administration at VT, I pray that in the wake of this devastating tragedy everyone may be able to, in time, move forward and find closure.
Amy Burzlaff

April 18, 2007, 10:28am • Grapevine, TX • #12107

To All-
My heart & prayers go to all of you...... words just cant express what this has done to the world, please know everyone is here for YOU!
God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 10:28am • Dallas, Texas • #12108

"As I was with Moses, So I’ll be with thee. Have I not commanded thee, Be strong and of good courage. Be not afriad, Be thee neither thou dismayed. For the Lord thy God is with thee, wither so ever thou goesest” Joshua 1. 5-9
To the family and friends of the victums and survivors, Know that the Lord our God IS with you. Our deepest sorrow and heart felt prayers go out to you.
Paul

April 18, 2007, 10:28am • Oklahoma City, Ok • #12109

My condolences to all the families and friends who are going through this tragedy.  My prayers are for everyone.  May GOD be with you all.

the Requeno family

April 18, 2007, 10:28am • Falls Church, VA • #12110

I am sadden by this tragic event and I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the entire Virginia Tech and Blacksburg community.  “When darkness falls upon us there is always a light to be found if we seek it.  Many close friendships will become that light as a result of this tragedy.”

GLR

April 18, 2007, 10:28am • Greensboro, NC • #12111

As a former employee of the Department of Environmental and Urban Studies (in the early 1970s) I have felt a real connection to your loss.  We are praying for everyone involved including the emergency personnel.  The senseless acts of one person have changed the lives of countless others and yet life must go on.  Be brave and turn to God for the strength you will need to continue.  Acknowledge your feelings whatever they are and get help if they are overwhelming you.  Be there for each other at all times.  Remember to love and forgive.  We will never forget this day.  But we will also remember the bravery and heroism of the many others.  May God send his grace and mercy down to each and every one of you.

Ginni Wooster Gass

April 18, 2007, 10:29am • Deerfield Beach, FLorida • #12112

Daily stresses of work and home life pale in comparison to what the Virginia Tech family is going through.  Watching the media coverage has been heart-wrenching.  I watched the Convocation and am utterly amazed by how composed and well spoken members of the Virginia Tech family have been during this tragedy.  I hope that if I ever have to experience something like this, I too can handle it with the strength and grace you have all shown.  My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you as you continue down the road to healing.  As you mourn, you will heal.  Remember that it is important to celebrate the many days of each of the lives of the lost, versus concentrating on the one day of their death.

My deepest sympathies,

Elaine

April 18, 2007, 10:29am • Milton, DE, USA • #12113

My wife and I are sending our oldest off to college this fall. I cannot begin to fathom the pain of the families and friends of those so tragically and needlessly taken, in a place deemed safe, in a place where the start of a young person’s professional life is meant to start, and be a haven of learning. I remember Charles Whitman, so long ago, and the anguish he brought to Austin, with his sickness and heinous acts. Time does heal all wounds, through your love for each other. It makes no sense, serves no purpose, what has happened. It is hard to move forward...but rely on each other...and you can.

Grieve, feel, love. Hardest of all....try to forgive. Relish in the memories of the life those lost held so dear, lived so well. Let us all embrace life every day, every moment, with every person on this earth. Let love overcome hate, prejudice, and malice. Love can conquer all, if we let it into our hearts.

dp and family, Austin

April 18, 2007, 10:29am • Austin, TX • #12114

My condolences goes out to the familys and friends who lost there loved ones. We will be praying for all of you. God Bless.

Melissa & Chris

April 18, 2007, 10:29am • Lemoyne, Pennsylvania • #12115

As former Blacksburg Residence, we are saddened by the news of this tragic event.  We send our condolences to all the families and students effected by this horrible day. 
A special prayer goes out to the Granata family, a family I hold close to my heart as they struggle to accept the death of their husband and father. 
We will hold you close in our thoughts.
The DeMatteo Family

April 18, 2007, 10:29am • Longmont, Colorado • #12116

Our family expresses sincere condolences and our heartfelt prayers for those who have lost their most precious children and loved ones as a result of this horrific shooting.  We, also, send the same condolences and prayers to the family of Cho as the loss of a child is an awful thing.

Our family is invested in Virginia Tech and the community.  Our sons both live in Blacksburg and one is the coach of the Hokies Rugby Club and one plays on the team.  He has been accepted to V Tech for the fall and we will not divert from that in light of this situation.

Virginia Tech and Blacksburg is a wonderful combination of education and community and it will thrive beyond this tragedy and prosper.

With our heartfelt condolences,
John and Kim Conrad

April 18, 2007, 10:29am • Bangkok, Thailand • #12117

our prayers to all the families who lost their loved ones in this terrible tragedy. May God give them the strength bear this tremendous burden.

Those gone shall ever be remebered.

Virendra, Veena Bhatia

April 18, 2007, 10:29am • Allentown, Pa. • #12118

To all:

I want to pass along my deepest condolences to all affected by this tragedy.  Please know that you have support coming from all over and that, as hard as it is, you will get through this.  Courage, strength, family, friends, hope, and faith will all play a vital role in recovering from this. 

You cannot be truthful if you are not courageous.
You cannot be loving if you are not courageous.
You cannot be trusting if you are not courageous.
You cannot enter into reality if you are not courageous.
Hence courage comes first… and everything else follows.”

Osho, 1931-1990

Best wishes to all,

Jessica Forsyth

April 18, 2007, 10:29am • Memphis, TN • #12119

I want to express my deepest condolences to the Virginia Tech community. My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. May God be with you.
Kim, J.P. and Ben

April 18, 2007, 10:29am • Winchester, VA • #12120

Hi my name is Jay From Harvard University in Massachusetts a graduate student.  We are all shocked over what happened on April 16 TH 2007
Word’s fail me at a time like this.  To know that one person is responsibly for this horrible nightmare is unbelievable.  We attend school to
learn get an education and pursue our dreams.  My heart goes out to all the student’s and faculty members who lost there life.  I ask our heavenly
father for his love and guidance, and for the spirit and belief that you all will emerge from this experience stronger, wiser, and full of love and hope
that better times are to come.  Prayers are answered and miracles do happen.  I learned to not take anything for granted not my life, my family,
my safety, my health, my friends, or even enemies.  You have to live life every day knowing how precious God’s gifts are. I also believe that you have to
live your life without fear and anger. Every day is a blessing. 

Best Regards,
Jay!

April 18, 2007, 10:29am • Massachusetts USA • #12121

Dear VT, I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to all those affected by this horrific tragedy. May the memories of your loved ones stay with you and give you peace. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!! God Bless You All!!

April 18, 2007, 10:29am • Jamestown, New York • #12122

"Hokie-Okie-Okie”

Blemishing the backdrop of the Blue Ridge…
Taking the truth of life from precious kids…
And those adults that stood as martyrs;
in one instance, revisited…

Vigils from Virginia to Vermont....
Across the same Blue Ridges,
up the Shenandoah, raping serenity…
questioning what’s heavenly....

and now tears remain…
memories stained,
dreams slain…
all along still screaming HOKIE!!

My heart goes out to the Hokies of Virginia Tech; their families and friends.
Peace
© 2007 Real Peoples

April 18, 2007, 10:29am • Alexandria, VA • #12123

I’m shocked :(

It’s impossible to imagine your pain!
Im writting these words to express my sadness and give my condolences to all members of VT and all victims families!

God bless you

April 18, 2007, 10:29am • Braga, Portugal • #12124

My heart goes out to the VA Tech community, the families, and the friends of all those who lost their lives on Monday.  Life must go on although the healing will be a slow and sometimes painful process.  Do not take life for granted…..Tell those close to you what they mean to you on a daily basis since you never know what the future holds.  Jim Garrett (Engineering Class of ‘79)

April 18, 2007, 10:29am • Pickerington, OH • #12125

We would like to let you know that we are praying for all of you that have been affected by this tragic event. Our family will keep your in our thoughts in the days, weeks, months and even years ahead. There is a long road of healing that you are now embarking on, but we hope that you know there are people all across this nation that are supporting you in many ways. GOD BLESS YOU ALL, TODAY and EVERYDAY HEREAFTER.
Big Hugs,
John, Christine, Austin, Colton & Kaitlyn Lindley

April 18, 2007, 10:29am • ST. CLAIR, MO • #12126

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who have lost loved ones and those injured. I am praying for God’s peace to surround you.

April 18, 2007, 10:29am • Lancaster,SC • #12127

estimados hermanos universitarios, maestros y familiares de las victimas , es tiempo de hacer un alto en esta carrera frenetica y darnos cuenta de que esta sucediendo en el planeta no es posible segar la vida de tantas personas inocentes y provocar un gran dolor en sus familias desde aca desde veracruz mexico les enviamos todo nuestro cariño y toda nuestra solidaridad a las personas que han sufrido en carne propia el dolor de haber perdido a un hijo, a un compañero ,,,a un alumno , a un hermano ,que dios los bendiga y sane su dolor

April 18, 2007, 10:29am • xalapa, veracruz , mexico • #12128

My wife and I know that nothing can replace the loved ones lost on April 16, 2007, however, we hope and pray, that the school and families are able to eventually get past this extremely tragic event, and continue with their lives to conquer all the opportunities life gives them.

Love,
Tom & Dayna

April 18, 2007, 10:29am • Virginia Beach, Virginia • #12129

Seeing the VT logo associated with this event is so surreal. God Bless all the families and friends affected by this tragedy.  We will never forget!

Go Hokies!

Andy Burkhardt
VT ‘01

April 18, 2007, 10:29am • Arlington, VA • #12130

My deepest sympathy to the entire Virginia Tech family and the family and friends of those who lost loved ones.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Sincerly,

Gary Taylor
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

April 18, 2007, 10:29am • #12131

From Würzburg, Germany, I send to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy my deepest condolences. I’m thinking with all my heart of all of you.

Ruth Stedtfeld.

April 18, 2007, 10:29am • Würzburg, Germany • #12132

I pray for all at Va Tech - graduates, current students and futurte students. As an alumni myself, I am in shock and disbelief. At a time like this we need to take care of each other! Please remeber that this to shall pass.

With my love, always

Katie
VT 2002

April 18, 2007, 10:30am • Charlottesville, VA • #12133

Ryan “Stack” Clark
Mood: Anger, hurt, sadness:

Ryan I miss you so much, I can’t imagine not having you around anymore… I’ve known you for 15 years, but it doesn’t seem like enough… We went to your mother’s house last night, and it was so hard to deal with all this grief… All your friends and family here in Georgia, we love you so much… I know you are in a better place, please smile down on us… I’ll keep you in my prayers…
I was looking at our old yearbooks, and pictures and I can not imagine that you are gone… You did not deserve this, none of y’all did…
R.I.P. my dear friend…
God bless you,
Nat

Today a great loss has hit a great family… My friend Ryan was one of the many murdered at Virginia Tec. He was such an amazing person, and he will surely be missed… I’ve known Ryan and his twin brother Bryan since fourth grade, and this is a great sorrow for us all...Only God knows why,He took Ryan so early… I wish we had answers, but only God knows why it happens… I really hope Ryan is in a better place… Please keep his family in your prayers…
God bless all the families affected…
~Natalie Marie Soto
Martinez, Georgia

April 18, 2007, 10:30am • Martinez, Georgia • #12134

I am a Virginian at heart living a continent away.  I share your grief and marvel at the magnificent way your community has come together in your time of sadness. 

Go Hokies!

James Boyd
Carmichael, Ca
W&L U 1968

April 18, 2007, 10:30am • Carmichael, CA • #12135

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families, as well as all of the Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni.  God bless you!

Latrice White and family

April 18, 2007, 10:30am • Dallas, TX • #12136

My heartfelt condolences go out to all those in the Blacksburg Community as we here in the Charlottesville Community extend a caring hand to provide comfort for our brothers and sisters at Virginia Tech. Tragedies like this make games and rivalries seem beyond trivial and I hope that not only our two schools, but our entire nation can come together as one and stand up against the type of senseless violence that occured on April 16th. May god bless you all and know that as you mourn, every hoo in hooville mourns with you.

Randy Pearson
University of Virginia, Class of 2009

April 18, 2007, 10:30am • Charlottesville, VA • #12137

NO BORDERS HERE - Just wanted to let you all know that your ‘neighbors’ in Canada have been keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers and are encouraged and impressed by the school and community spirit that is so evident in the coverage we have seen.  As President Bush said, for those who were unable to escape, it was a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and nothing anyone could have done could change that - keep your Hoxie going and cry when you need to cry, but also smile knowing that the world at large is praying and supporting you all as you endure this tragedy.  Kelly B. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

April 18, 2007, 10:30am • Canada • #12138

It is indeed a sad, sad time for VT, and everyone. However, as a proud VT alum, I know that Hokies around the world are uniting to help. If any University can rise above this horrific tragedy, it is Virginia Tech. With the help of the VT community and the world community, VT grads, students, faculty and staff, will continue to “invent the future” using the knowledge and life skills gained there. And the future will only be better and brighter for our combined efforts.

From a mournful, yet hopeful Hokie

April 18, 2007, 10:30am • Milwaukee, WI • #12139

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the familes who have their lost loved ones as well as the brave souls that are recovering from their injuries.  I also truly feel a great deal of sympathy for all of you who, even though may have not been injured, will have a lifelong memory of witnessing others losing their lives right before your eyes.  It may be a very difficult road, but please get the help and support that you may need during this difficult time to help you deal with your emotions.

Lisa

April 18, 2007, 10:30am • Pittsburgh, PA • #12140

I would like to express my deepest condolences, GOD BLESS YOU

April 18, 2007, 10:30am • hamilton, on,Ccanada • #12141

Dear Students in Virginia Tech:

My deepest deepest condolences to students, faculty, and family members of those at VT. 

Meiri, Akie, Kenki Takamoto
student at University of California, Los Angeles

April 18, 2007, 10:30am • USA • #12142

To VT Students, Faculty, Family and Friends,

To all those involved, both directly and indirectly, please find peace in the Lord. He will be the one to get you through. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers and hope for a speedy recovery for those who are still in hospitals. For those who lost love ones, please know that they are now with the Lord and in a far better place.

April 18, 2007, 10:30am • Mohnton, PA • #12143

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, we cannot know your pain but share in it.  May God be with you all.

Walter & Katrena Hook
Cameron Crunkleton
Hunter Crunkleton

April 18, 2007, 10:30am • Cleveland, Georgia • #12144

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone at this time. May God be with you all. God Bless. tx_yankee64 in Texas

April 18, 2007, 10:30am • Seguin Texas • #12145