Condolences, April 18, 2007

Our deepest deepest condolences to everyone affected by this horrible tragedy. no words would ever describe how we feel about it. This tragedy has touched so many lives around the world. Please know my family is thinking of all the families who lost loved ones and all affected by this and keeping all of you in our hearts.......

Our thoughts and prayers,
The Fecarotta Family

April 18, 2007, 10:33am • Michigan • #12196

I remember waking up in my dorm room in Slusher Tower on 9/11/2001 my Sophomore year to the horror unfolding on my tv screen.  I remember calling everyone back home in Northern Virginia to see if they were all safe and okay.  Hundreds of miles away from the day’s horrific events, feeling so far removed from the rest of the world, I wanted to be back home, thinking that I could possibly help in some way.  Then I realized how sheltered I felt, I remember being thankful for being in Blacksburg that day, thankful for being at the safest place on earth where terror could never reach me.

And now, back home, hundreds of miles away from my second home, the school that I love, I watch the tragedy unfold on my tv screen, listening to the individual, personal stories of heroism and tragedy.  I feel like I should be there, at the place that once sheltered me, where I feel is the safest place on earth, thinking that I could help the healing efforts someway, somehow.  And it all saddens me deeply.

God bless the Hokies, We are Virginia Tech.

Michelle
VT 2003

April 18, 2007, 10:33am • Bristow, VA • #12197

My prayers and deepest sympathy go out to the familes who lost a loved one in this tragic event. My prayers and sympathy also go out to the entire VT community, students, staff, faculty who have suffered emotionally through this difficult time. I feel you will all rebound; seeing your unity, your closeness, it doesn’t seem like I am viewing a college community, but a close, loving, family, and that closeness and love, along with the prayers and well wishes of the world, will help you heal and get you through this dark moment. May God be with you all.

April 18, 2007, 10:33am • Joliet, IL • #12198

I can’t belive that something this terrible happened in a community like this. It not only affects our community but the whole world. The family and friends of those who were lost or wounded are constiantly in my thoughts and prayers. I am very sorry for your losses and can only pray that the road to recovery is easy though I know that it won’t be. God bless and take care you are in my prayers.
Amanda Sargent

April 18, 2007, 10:33am • Bland, VA • #12199

I have many friends that attended VA Tech.  It is a beautiful, wonderful community.  I would just like everyone in the Hokie community that you are in our hearts, minds, thoughts, and prayers.  The state, country, and world stand by you during this difficult time.  You will be in our thoughts and prayers for a long time to come as you heal. May God bless and keep each and every one of you.

April 18, 2007, 10:33am • Richmond, VA • #12200

I love the spirit in all of you. Do not let the decisiveness of your strength and unity today ever waiver. This is a horrible time of sorrow of pain. Let this moment change you - let it change your direction, your goals, your ambitions. Let this trajedy empower you. Then, change the world with this experience at your side. Always keep your 32 friends in your heart and in your minds. Much love, from a Wahoo.

April 18, 2007, 10:33am • Arlington, VA • #12201

As I sit here and think about what has happened to the Virginia Tech family . My heart and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy . “may god bless and keep each of you with him”.

Yours Truely,

The Keown Family,
James
Elisha
James Jr.(Jake)
Micheal
Trenton
Mayah

April 18, 2007, 10:33am • Cerro Gordo, North Carolina • #12202

My family and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to the families, victims and everyone at Virginia Tech.  We pray for all of you to work through your grief and anger.  God bless all of you and keep the faith. Go Hokies.

April 18, 2007, 10:33am • Genoa City, Wisconsin • #12203

"We are sad today, and we will be sad for quite a while. We are not moving on, we are embracing our mourning.” Nikki Giovanni, Virginia Tech

Know that we are all in mourning with the families and community of Virginia Tech.  As a mother with a college age daughter on a campus in the Northeast I can say with my all my heart that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

America mourns with you and we will all - together - find the strength to go on.

May God give you peace, courage and strength at this time.  Dianne Giovanni, Goldens Bridge, NY,USA

April 18, 2007, 10:33am • Goldens Bridge, New York, USA • #12204

My thoughts go out to all the families, friend of those who have lost a loved one in this devastating tragedy.  Why did this happen to al those innocent people, There are so many questions unanswered.  How could this happen in what should be a safe place for all students. The whole world is in shock again. I don’t know what to say.

Lilian van Dorp - van Teffelen

April 18, 2007, 10:33am • Zoetermeer The Netherlands • #12205

One can’t help but be struck by the profound grace and maturity of these young Va. Tech students in the face of such incomprehensible and senseless tragedy. My 7 year old son is watching you, you have stolen the moment from a crazed person and you have set an example for decades to come, you should be proud!
“we ache with you, we cry with you, someday again we will laugh with you.

University of Nebraska HuskerPride NationWide

April 18, 2007, 10:33am • Vienna VA • #12206

Para todos que fazem a Comunidade Virginia Tech,

Estamos profundamente consternados com o ocorrido nesta Universidade. Queremos Eu e minha familia nos solidarizar com os seus sentimentos de tristeza e perda nesse momento. Que Deus os abencoe e possa aliviar a dor de cada um de voces.

Abraco do Brazil…

Silvia Natch
Natal - RN BR

April 18, 2007, 10:33am • Natal, RN / Brazil • #12207

I am an American expat in Taiwan.  My last US address was in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC.

My deepest sympathy and condolences to all in the Virginia Tech community.  It is an indescribable tragedy—not only for those who lost their lives—but for the survivors too.  Their lives have been unimaginably altered.  May they all be strong.

The other tragedy that results from this is how President Bush and Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia fail to see the need for strong gun control laws like those passed in Australia as a result of the 1996 Port Arthur (Tasmania) school shootings.  While we once had a need for guns during the Revolutionary War—that was a long time ago ... and it is time we grow from that.  The President’s and Governor’s responses are unfathomable and outrageous.  They both lack courage.

Again, my deepest condolences.
David

April 18, 2007, 10:33am • Hsinchu Taiwan • #12208

April 16, 2007 is a day that none of us will soon forget because the actions of one man shook the foundation of our society.  The Lear family would like to express our most sincere condolences to the victims, their families and the entire community of Blacksburg, VA.  God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 10:33am • Jaret- Middletown, Maryland • #12209

My deepest condolences to all effected by this tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless!

April 18, 2007, 10:33am • Philadelphia, PA • #12210

As a high-school student, I am deeply saddened and horrified by the horrible tragedy that took place at Virginia Tech.  Upon hearing the news, I was shocked.  You never think that this would ever happen in a school.  It is with great sadness that, at an institution that inspires and encourages dreams, so many were destroyed that fateful day.  However, seeing the unity and comraderie of the students and faculty makes me proud as a fellow American that we can overcome these obstacles and tragedies.  In the face of darkness, Virginia Tech holds a beacon of light that I am sure will continue to grow stronger with courage, hope, and healing.  You will not be forgotten but in fact remembered; you are brave and strong, Virginia Tech.  God bless everyone and keep that strength in your hearts.  The world is praying for you.

Rosie

April 18, 2007, 10:33am • Massachusetts • #12211

I am sorry for your pain.  I hope you find solace in each other at this time.  My thoughts are with you all.

April 18, 2007, 10:34am • Canada • #12212

In John 11:25 Jesus promises “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.”

I extend my heart-felt sympathy and prayers to all family, friends, staff and the community at Virginia Tech affected by this tragedy.

I cannot pretend to know your grief for the loss of your loved ones.  I do admire you for your courage, faith and hope.  Please know that our state, our country and indeed our world, wrap our collective arms around you and pray that God provides you with peace and comfort.  Please honor those you have lost by living your life the way they have lived their lives.  Make a difference for the better.  See their smile in a sunset. Remember their dreams in an ocean wave, and remember that we care.  Don’t ever forget, but please embrace forgiving.

You are in my prayers.

Ken Bryant, UVA class of 1988

April 18, 2007, 10:34am • Waynesboro, VA • #12213

As an alumnus, I am profoundly shocked and deeply saddened that such a tragedy could strike our peaceful “home”.  To the students and faculty, remember the bonds of Hokie unity that bind you.  Cling to and support one another.  Have hope that the spirit of family and community that is Virginia Tech will strengthen you and help to heal you.  My thoughts and prayers are will all of you.

Hokie Hope

Milton Shomo
VT 1985

April 18, 2007, 10:34am • Manassas, VA • #12214

Our prayers go out to all the VT family.  We pray that God will provide continued comfort and understanding in the days and months ahead.
Tim, Michelle, & Zeb Walker
University of Alabama Alum.

April 18, 2007, 10:34am • Boaz, AL, USA • #12215

I’m here half-round of the Earth far away from you but I still hear your souls praying to all your pitiful dears. For me, you are all my friends, my brothers and sisters of the world family. We all know that it is time we say goodbye to them and we also know that they will soon come back to us as their new mission begin on Earth. Let’s fight for the right and peace on Earth by our true love and goodness. Let’s be encourage and confident. We all have strength and it’s our mission to save the world, to creat a peaceful planet… Hope you all get my words.

HieuBT (From VietNam)

April 18, 2007, 10:34am • Hanoi, Vietnam • #12216

This prayer of St. Francis goes out to all those who lost loved ones. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time of need.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life

April 18, 2007, 10:34am • Addison, TX • #12217

Dear all:

May the Lord bring peace for everyone in Virginia, families, students, employees and each of everyone of you, we´ll keep praying for all of you and for the stop of violence around the world. God bless you.

Wes & Diana

April 18, 2007, 10:34am • Merida, Yucatan, Mexico • #12218

We are in your prayers and your thoughts in Virginia Tech Students and Staffs. We will pray for you everyday..

~Jeanne, Kassie and Will Patterson~

April 18, 2007, 10:34am • Shelby, NC • #12219

As I sit here, another day goes by - and I can’t stop thinking of all of you who have witnessed this tragedy. My heart and prayer is all I can offer to you. I pray that you will find the strength to overcome this pain and emptiness. I pray for all the families and students who lost a loved one and who have cried endless tears for someone who is not coming home tonight. They are now in their special place - where no harm can be done to them. I pray for you until your strength is restored. From my heart to yours.  The Cavada Family.

April 18, 2007, 10:34am • Corpus Christi, Texas • #12220

My heartfelt and heart-broken condolences are sent to you in your grieving the loss of so many on your campus. What will come of this? I hope and pray that we as a nation learn from this that when a person is clearly off mentally, that we get them help before they harm others. I am so impressed by the depth of courage in your faculty; the professor that blocked the door, the English prof that did push for intervention on this young man’s part. My prayers are with all of you during this terrible time. May the love of Christ comfort you.

April 18, 2007, 10:34am • Cedar Rapids, IA • #12221

I would like to express my condolences, and the condolences and sympathies from all at Xavier University in Ohio. We pray for your families, for the students, and those around the world who were affected by this heinous tragedy. Those who were killed, injured, and those who must now grieve are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and your families as you deal with this tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 10:34am • Cincinnati, Ohio • #12222

Our condolences to each member of the Virginia Tech community affected by this horrible tragedy.  We cannot imagine your pain, but want you to know that we are praying to God for help with the healing process for all of you.

May your deep spiritual convictions comfort you at this sad time.

We are all “Hokies” in our hearts at this time.  Friends and families will see us through this and we will never forget.  We will be wearing orange and maroon on Friday to show our support.

Willson & Linda Riggins
Clemson tiger fans
Greenville, SC

April 18, 2007, 10:34am • #12223

We would like to extend my deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones and a speedy and full recovery to those who have been injured.  During this sad time please remember to hang on to your family and friends and most especially your faith. All of you are constantly in our thoughts and prayers.  May the Good Lord keep you all in the palm of His hand and may the angels comfort you in your sorrow.
Kathy and Rich

April 18, 2007, 10:34am • Clarks Summit, PA • #12224

I am deeply saddened by this tragic and horrific event. My thoughts and prayers are with all students who were in any way affected by this unspeakable crime.

The Canney’s

April 18, 2007, 10:34am • Braintree, MA • #12225

Dear Virginia Tech stuents, staff, Familys, etc.
At our school everyone is sorry for your loss. We think that the gunman had no right to go and shot students and stuff.We hope this never happens again. We hope your school recovers.I feel sad for everyone.We are truly sorry.
Maya Alcala
4th grade
Cora Kelly

April 18, 2007, 10:34am • Alexandria, Virginia • #12226

My family and I would like to offer our deepest condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and we know that God will be with you as all of you seek healing, peace, and love at this time in your lives. 
Jennifer Worley

April 18, 2007, 10:34am • Hopewell, VA • #12227

All of us up here at UVa are thinking of you. We may be sports rivals, but we are always friends first. Our hearts are broken.

Hoos for Hokies.

Michael Conroy
UVA class ‘07

April 18, 2007, 10:34am • Charlottesville, VA • #12228

To the Virginia Tech Family:
How difficult this tragic news is to comprehend.  We are all filled with sorrow and joined together to mourn for innocent lives lost.  God Bless the souls of those taken from us.  God Bless their families.  God Bless those who witnessed the tragedy unfold and give them strength to rise above and prevail.  Our prayers, our tears, our grief will unite us as in past days of senseless violence.  Your lives now are forever changed.  Keep your faith! 
We, as Americans, must look to the laws of our country to prevent the next school massacre.  Our gun culture must change!
Peace and Love to all those at VT
~ Anna

April 18, 2007, 10:35am • Elmont, Long Island, New York • #12229

My deepest condolences and prayers go out to Mr.Loganathan, a native of Gobichettipalayam in Erode district of Tamil Nadu,India who was an alumnus of the IIT, Kanpur and Minal Panchal, a student from India.Mr.Loganathan was taking classes in the civil and environmental engineering department at the time of the shooting.
R.vaidyanathasamy,V.Uma & V.Aravinth
Neyveli,
India

April 18, 2007, 10:35am • Neyveli, Tamil Nadu, India • #12230

Não sou aluno desta universidade e tão pouco americano, sou brasileiro mas fiquei muito comovido com esta tragédia, sinto muito por esta tragédia e peço a Deus que proteja a vida de todos vocês e conforte os corações das famílias que perderam os seus entes queridos.
God bless you!

April 18, 2007, 10:35am • Campos, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil • #12231

Dear Virginia Tech,
Today we are not Terps, we are just part of the human family, and grieve with you.  Your loss is profound.  Your Convocation was beautiful in all respects, and we hope that you will remember all the comforting and inspiring words that were offered.  You will get through this tragedy with the love, prayers and support of family, friends, and people you don’t even know...but especially with the blessings of God.  Our love to you all.  The Lyon Family, Olney, MD

April 18, 2007, 10:35am • Olney, MD • #12232

To all the Virginia Student and Staff,

My Deepest Sympathy go out to all of you and to families that lost their loved ones.  This was horrible tragedy that should have not ever happen.
I do not know anyone from Vtech, but I have been watching the news everyday and I’m just saden by all of this. But you are all in my prayers.

Ida Rea

April 18, 2007, 10:35am • Fort Worth, Texas • #12233

I’m sorry to hear about this incident. Please give my condolences to those victim’s family and friends.

April 18, 2007, 10:35am • Canada • #12234

Our hearts and prayers are with you at this time. God is always with us in our time of need. Let us pray for those that are no longer with us today. The innocently departed.

Prayers sent your way.

Ahmads

April 18, 2007, 10:35am • Oregon • #12235

we are from drumright oklahoma we are a health careers class and we would like tot send you our condolences everyone one of you is in our prayers we hope hope you all heal from this horrible accident

April 18, 2007, 10:35am • drumright ok usa • #12236

My heart cries for you, but my spirit also hopes for you.

April 18, 2007, 10:35am • Tyler, Texas • #12237

To all who are in pain because of the horrible event that took place at VT know that you are not alone!! We keep you in our prayers and stay strong in knowing that those victims that did not make it are in a better place now. May God bless you all and be with you in your time of need!

God Bless All,
Jessica H.

April 18, 2007, 10:35am • Richmond, VA • #12238

Father, in the name of Jesus, I ask you to comfort and hold these friends and families in your arms.  Only you Lord, can wipe away these deep founded tears.. and heal their spirits.  Keep them ever so close to your side Lord… under your wings of love.  Watch over them, and bring them a profound sense of your presence and peace in the midst of this terrible storm. 

Our love and prayers to all…
Gayle Shull

April 18, 2007, 10:35am • Chester, VA • #12239

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

We love you all and we’re with you.

Rod S.

April 18, 2007, 10:35am • Los Angeles, CA • #12240

Reciban los familiares de las victimas de Virginia Tech. Mis mas sentidos pésames por tan terrible perdida, quiera Dios que encuentren consuelo por las irreparables perdidas de sus seres queridos.

Antonio

April 18, 2007, 10:35am • LLeida/ Spain • #12241

First and foremost may God be with you during this unbelievable tragedy.  No words or expression of condolences can even begin to soothe your pain and anger.  I pray for the souls of the departed and for peace of mind during this tragedy.

-TLD St. Louis, MO

April 18, 2007, 10:35am • St. Louis, MO • #12242

I lived in Blacksburg for the first 5 years of my marriage and taught in the public schools there. My husband, Fred Stoll, got his PhD at VT and his office was in Norris. right next to the classrooms in which this atrocity happened. He knew one of the professors who was killed as a teacher and a colleague. I was, therefore, personally shocked and deeply upset by the happenings at VT.

I’ve always marvelled at the warm relationship between Blacksburg and the University. It was one of “family.” I have wonderful memories of my years spent there. I know the whole town and many surrounding towns are in mourning.

My heartfelt prayers go out to the families involved, the VT students, the faculty and staff of VT and the whole town of Blacksburg.

Colleen Finegan

April 18, 2007, 10:35am • West Chester, Ohio, USA • #12243

To the Virginia Tech Family-
Kansas City prays for you and sends hope and strength your way during this very trying time.

April 18, 2007, 10:35am • Olathe, KS (suburb of Kansas City) • #12244

Dearest Hokies,

I am devastated as we all are - but I am also tremendously proud to be a Hokie.  I am especially proud of the VT Rescue Squad who performed with the utmost professionalism and bravery on a horrible, horrible day.  Please give a hug to any on the VT Rescue Squad that you know.

I would also like to express my gratitude and support to President Steger, Va Tech Police, and the Blacksburg Police Department.  You have performed admirably in the worst of conditions.  As a parent of a current student (as well as being a Hokie myself), I am totally confident that everyone has done the best they possibly could. 

Thinking of Psalm 23 as I think of you all.

We are Va Tech!
Love,
Becky, VT Class of ‘79

April 18, 2007, 10:35am • Glen Allen, Va. • #12245