Condolences, April 18, 2007

To the members of the VA Tech family:

Your unity during this desperate time is an inspiration to all of us.  Please know as you grieve that it is not alone.  The sadness permeates us all and we only hope to help provide what solace is available to give.  Words can not accurately describe the heartfelt condolences we send.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
~Monique & David Allshouse

April 18, 2007, 10:36am • Jacksonville, North Carolina • #12246

My deepest sympathies to everybody across the distance. As long as there’s any kind of violence in the world, we’re all victims, the absent and the present ones.

Especially to the VT people, may God/Allah/Buddha (it doesn’t matter the given name, it’s only one) bless your hearts in this terrible moment of mourning, pain and tribulation, and guide us all to peace and comfort in the whole world. We really need it.

Let us pray for solace and healing in the days to come, as well as understanding and wisdom to avoid innocent blood from spilling.

April 18, 2007, 10:36am • Argentina • #12247

I’m Going to Walk With You

I am going to take each step of pain that you have endured,
I am going to hold you near not to feel this pain anymore,

I am going to continuously run like the thoughts in your mind,
So that I can understand each reason why you cry,

I am going to embrace you like a parent to their child,
Don’t worry I am here for you, this is going to take a while,

We are going to walk each step together and never let go,
Together we will stand so that I can help you grow,

Don’t you ever feel you have to take this journey on your own,
As long as we all are united as one you will not be alone.

© ENM

April 18, 2007, 10:36am • Bowie, MD • #12248

my deepest condolences go out to the Virginia Tech family who have lost so much in such awful circumstances. May you all find comfort in each other and the strength to overcome your grief.

Stay strong and God Bless you all

Patricia Jones

April 18, 2007, 10:36am • Wales, United Kingdom • #12249

To all of those affected by the Virginia Tech shooting I express my deepest condolences. I cannot begin to imagine how you are all feeling, I just hope that some way you can get through this tragedy.

The innocents that died on April 16th will be remembered in our hearts forever, far across th world.

May you and you loved ones find peace.

Ashlea Connor (21)

April 18, 2007, 10:36am • Newcastle, England, United Kingdom • #12250

My thoughts, prayers and condolences to all who suffered, their friends, classmates and their families.

I follow Virginia Tech basketball and could never imagine something like this happening on this campus or in this city.

April 18, 2007, 10:36am • Cambridge, MA • #12251

Today I had two conflicting emotions. One of relief that my cousin’s life was spared and one of grief for all whose lives were tragically cut short. At times like these our words will little make a difference, but know that you are not alone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your families. We are all today Hokies and will wear that name proudly on our hearts. We pray that you will eventually find, peace, comfort and solace and eventually joy in life.

April 18, 2007, 10:36am • Brooklyn CT • #12252

We have lost the minds, hearts and souls of aspiring young adults and their mentors ... but by their inspiration they live on ... in the hearts, minds and souls of their families and friends. With deepest sympathy, Ray and Rita Turner

April 18, 2007, 10:36am • Crestwood KY • #12253

You are in my thoughts and prayers!  For twenty-five years I have served as a chaplain and counselor at two major universities (Tulane and Univ of California San Diego), I can’t imagine a more difficult day in the life of students, faculty and staff.  Your courage in the face of such an event is being felt all over this nation.  God bless you as you light the candles of hope in our hearts!
Rev. Robert Wagener
United Methodist Pastor
Trinity United Methodist Church
North Park, San Diego

April 18, 2007, 10:36am • San Diego, California • #12254

From our family to all of yours.......Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!  The world is watching you, as a school, standing strong!  Together...we shall overcome!!!!

Tricia, Dann, Abby & Jackson De Meester

April 18, 2007, 10:36am • Levittown, PA • #12255

We hope that the Virginia Tech community and the world at large can come together by this tragedy and begin to heal. God bless everyone who was directly and indirectly associated with this horrible event. May our thoughts and prayers be with you and your families during this tragic time.

April 18, 2007, 10:36am • Wyoming • #12256

our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. We share your pain no words could console the families, friends staff and pupils at this time

April 18, 2007, 10:36am • Ireland • #12257

My condolences to all those are involved in this tragic, terrible event. I’m shocked
I’m just at a loss of words…

Thuur
Student Chemical Engineering
Tech University Eindhoven
The Netherlands

April 18, 2007, 10:36am • The Netherlands • #12258

WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS HOW SORRY I AM FOR WHAT HAPPENED ON THIS TRAGIC DAY. THE ONLY THING I CAN TELL EACH PERSON WHO IS SUFFERING IS TURN TO GOD. HE IS THE ONE WHO CAN HELP YOU THROUGH THIS TIME. HE TOOK THOSE STRIPS ON HIS BACK FOR OUR HEALING. AND HE CAN HEAL EACH ONE WHO IS SUFFERING IF THEY WOULD JUST TURN TO HIM.AGAIN, MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THE STUDENTS, FACULTY, FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS AND INJURED, AND ALSO WITH THE FAMILY OF THIS KILLER. GOD BLESS!

April 18, 2007, 10:36am • VANSANT, VA • #12259

All of our thoughts and prayers are with all the students, family, teachers and loved ones as you heal through this very hard time. Know that you are not alone and we as a nation are with you all. May God bless you and keep you in his arms.

April 18, 2007, 10:37am • Dayton, Ohio USA • #12260

We would like to express our thoughts and prayers to all family members, staff and students at VA. Tech.  The LifeSaver’s at Trico High School have started a prayer circle for all.  LifeSaver’s is a peer-support, suicide and crisis-prevention program developed to train young adults to be caring listeners in their interqaction with their peers.  It involves a team approach to helping young adults cope.  If you need anyone to talk to or vent to please do so at pbrock@trico176.org

April 18, 2007, 10:37am • Campbell Hill, IL • #12261

Your terrror has affected so many of us.  I live in a small college town much like yours.  Clemson University is the center of our town.  I can’t even begin to imagine what you all are going through.  Please know that the Clemson University family has you in our thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 10:37am • Clemson, SC • #12262

No words can express my feelings for this tragic event.  My thoughts and prayers are with everyone during this hard time.  God Bless

April 18, 2007, 10:37am • Hays, KS • #12263

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, 10:37am • #12264

May you find strength in each other and peace during this tragic time. The Hokie spirit will prevail! God bless.

April 18, 2007, 10:37am • Richmond, VA • #12265

Esprimo la mia vicinanza a tutte le famiglie e alla comunità americana che per mezzo di quella maledetta pistola, hanno perso degli angeli che rincorrevano il proprio futuro.

Sul mio corpo adesso percepisco molti brividi che mi attraversano e spaccano il cuore per queste 32 anime straziate all’improvviso, intelligenze troncate, persone che volevano vivere, quelle persone innocenti che non sapevano che vivevano con un assassino. Un assassino che non si è fermato al primo angelo, è stato un assassino ingordo, che ne ha voluti mangiare così tanti, UCCIDENDOLI!!

Adesso il mio pensiero è per quegli angeli e quelle famiglie ferite per sempre, quei ragazzi che ad uno ad uno, messi in fila dall’omicida, hanno aspettato il turno della propria MORTE.

May God Bless all of you that is suffering...Giuseppe Porpora

April 18, 2007, 10:37am • milano, italia • #12266

ADC Press Release:
ADC Horrified by Shootings at Virginia Tech, Mourns Lives Lost

Washington DC | April 17, 2007 | The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) expresses its shock and sadness as a result of the tragedy at Virginia Tech University.

Incidents such as this have no place in our society and especially in academic institutions designed to provide safe places for learning. ADC mourns the lives lost in Monday’s attack and extends its condolences to the families and the hundreds of others affected by this massacre within the worldwide Virginia Tech community.

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American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee | www.adc.org
1732 Wisconsin Ave., NW | Washington, DC | 20007
Tel: 202-244-2990 | Fax: 202-244-7968 | E-mail: media@adc.org

April 18, 2007, 10:37am • Washington, DC • #12267

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends that this tragedy has affected. There is no one that can fathom the depth of pain and sorrow that you are feeling right now. Please accept my deepest sympathy. May this scripture bring you comfort:

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness O’ Lord.

Brenda Billington

April 18, 2007, 10:37am • Colonial Beach, VA • #12268

Dear Virginia Tech,

I have been watching you here in Belgium and my heart beats with sorrow for you. I know the pain and anguish of loss and I wish you courage and hope for the pain to become livable. Life does continue, no matter how hard and even unfair. There is light, in you, you just have to open your eyes to see it.

My thoughts are with you,
Harriet (Brussels, Belgium)

April 18, 2007, 10:37am • Belgium • #12269

I pray for God’s peace, strength and comfort for every person who has lost a family member, friend or loved one, for the student body, staff and faculty and for the city of Blacksburg.  I have never been to VT, but my mind has been going back to my days in college and all of the hopes and plans you have for a successful future.  Words sometimes cannot convey the depth of how you feel, but please know that my heart breaks with each one of you and I am asking God to keep you all during this time and as the days go on. 

With sincere love and peace,

Tammy
Minneapolis, MN

April 18, 2007, 10:37am • Minneapolis, MN • #12270

Dear Va Tech Students and famlies,
My class and I were furious about the tradgic insident 2 days ago and we are foucousing about it EVERYDAY! We are sorry about all losses and hope everyone whom was hurt is recovered. I feel sad for everyone at this school including their famlies. I hope you have the best luck and we are all hoping for the best!

Sincerly,
Abby H.
4th grader at Cora Kelly School

April 18, 2007, 10:37am • Alexandria, VA • #12271

I pray that God will send you comfort and peace

Carolyn

April 18, 2007, 10:37am • Tenneessee • #12272

My heart goes with the students and faculty of VT. May faith and love guide you through this horroble time. They say time heals all wounds. This is not true but with time the paid does subside to a manageable level. I must also comend you for your strength as a community. While the rest of the world is watching, you are showing great courage and poise during a VERY dark hour.

Jason T

April 18, 2007, 10:37am • Henderson, Texas U.S.A. • #12273

My thought and prayers go out to each student, professor, alumni, and staff during this time. I cant even imgine what is going threw your minds. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Belcamp, MD • #12274

VT FAMILY..
As a mother preparing to send her son off to college this fall, fear and thoughts of keeping him at home raced through my mind. BUT after seeing the outpour of strength and union shown through your students and faculty I find comfort in knowing that he will leave my home and find a new family on campus. GOD BLESS YOU ALL, we are praying for you.
STAY STRONG, Maribel

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Thornton, Illinois • #12275

Our family in South Carolina has watched in horror and shock as this horrible nightmare unfolded.  We have been praying for you and the victims and their families and everyone associated with VT… This is just to let you know, that we are all here for you - you have our hugs and our love. 

DG Williford
Charles Williford
Jessica Ard 22 University of South Carolina
Katie Williford 21 College of Charleston
Read Williford 14

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Greer, SC • #12276

As a 2004 grad and 3 1/2 year resident and 1 1/2 year RA in West AJ, it breaks my heart that something so tragic had to happen at my beloved alma mater and residence hall.  I would have never thought that something this horrendous could happen in such a beautiful, tranquil and peaceful place as Blacksburg. 

To the families of those affected: I cannot imagine what you are going through.  I know that there are no words that can consol you right now, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

To my fellow Hokies: You have made me so proud.  You fill my heart with joy.  Continue to exemplify the Hokie spirit and out shine this terrible act.

I know that things are really hard right now, but we will rise above this tragedy to remain one of the best universities and towns that this country has to offer. 

Although I cannot be there in person, know that my heart is in Blacksburg.

We are Virginia Tech.

Heather “Whitlow” Sorgen ‘04

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Virginia Beach, VA • #12277

I mourn the loss of the 32 innocent lives as if they were my own family.  I graduated from the ChE department a few short months ago and I feel as if I have lost a part of my soul.  I will NEVER forget each person whose lives so tragically were cut short on Monday.  I am so proud to be a Hokie and I stand with you all as a brother.

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Lake Geneva, Wisconsin • #12278

Here at Old Dominion University we would like to express our deepest sympathy. Our thought and prayers are with you all at Virginia Tech. Our campus and every student here greives with you. You are Hokies, and you will prevail.

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Norfolk, Virginia • #12279

My wife and I would like to express our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and university.  Our heart and prayers go out to all of you for the pain and loss you have endured.  Know that you are not alone in this time of trial.  This sort of thing could have happened anywhere and God willing it won’t happen anywhere again.  We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

Aaron and Bethany

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Evansville, Indiana • #12280

We share your sadness and pain even though we cannot feel your sorrow.  Our thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with the students and faculty of VT, the family members and friends of the victims, and the entire community of Blacksburg.  May you find comfort and strength in knowing that the entire World mourns with you.

The Frey Family
(originally from Fairfax & Warrenton, VA)

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Mount Joy, Pennsylvania • #12281

I know you will hear from everyone around the world and it will be the same over and over, but please know that our arms are open to hold each and every one of you in your grief. If I could reach out and hold each of you I would, If I could make it all right I would, If I could help reverse the day I would. Stay close to your friends and families and look for those who may not have a family to grieve with or are alone. Reach out to each other and stay strong, I have been moved by all of your strengths on campus and the friendship that has been created will bond each of you.
God Bless all of your hearts, keep strong, grieve appropriately and don’t fight what God has given you, your faith.
Mary

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Traverse City, Michigan • #12282

We would like to share our thoughts and prayers to all families of victims as well as to the whole Virginia Tech and Blacksburg communities.
May the souls of the departed rest in eternal peace.

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Hayward, CA • #12283

I am a student at the University of Notre Dame.  I went down to our grotto yesterday to light a candle in prayer and remembrance for the Virginia Tech community.  As I walked up the grotto I saw that it was a ablaze with hundreds of candles lit by other Notre Dame students in prayer, and saw that there were small notes with intentions for the families of the victims and the students. The grotto had never looked so holy and beautiful, even as it represented unspoken volumes of grief and sorrow.  I thought the students at Virginia Tech should know that they are all in the hearts and prayers of the Notre Dame students as they mourn this great tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • notre dame, indiana • #12284

I would like to send my thoughts and prayers to the students, faculty, and families rocked by the horrendous acts of one individual.  I am confident, though, from what I have seen already, Virginia Tech will stand tall once again.  In the words of a prolific poet, “Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it gets, stick your chest out,
Keep your head up, and handle it”. 
Jamal Y.

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Austin,TX • #12285

Words cannot begin to express my sincere and heart felt sorrow for the loss of lives at VA Tech on April 18th.  My prayers and thoughts go to all who lost a loved one, a friend, a classmate, a student etc.  Always remember the good times with the one you have lost, they are our most cherished memories.  May God help you through these trying times.  Let this nation join together in mourning and pray for a brighter furture.

Sincerely,

Shireen Lorenzo

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Carnegie, PA • #12286

Dear VA Tech Students,
I am very sorry for the students that died. I hope the students that are injured get better. I am a fourth grade student from corakelly.Famlies of the children who died just keep the smile on your face.I hope you all are happy in gods way.

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • alexandria,VA • #12287

I am so saddened by the loss that occured on April 16th.  The individuals were taken away from this earth too soon.  My deepest prayers go out to all of the families and friends who have lost a love one during this tragic time in U.S History. We must all stick together to get through this unspeakable time.
With deepest sympathy,
Staci VanConey

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Indianapolis, IN • #12288

My son graduated from VT in 2003. From the first day he walked on campus and from this time forward our hearts belong to VT. It is the greatest place in the world where people from all walks of life come together as a family.  I did not attend VT but because my son attended there my heart goes out to all those involved. I am so heartbroken by all of this.  I can not even imagine what those involved are going thru.  All families of victims, students, faculty and those affected by this tragedy are in our prayers and thoughts. May God give you comfort in the days ahead that only he can give. God Bless, Darlis Farmer
LETS GO HOKIES!!

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Warrensville, NC • #12289

My family abd I offer our condolances to the vitims,families,students,staff,anyone who is affected by this tragic event.May angels guide you and show the way to the healing proccess.I know there’s not much to be said to make the pain go away just know that the whole world is feeling this in some sort of way.We are crying and praying with you.
With Deepest Sympathy,
MeLissa Grady
Victoria Grady
Robert Gainey
Duncan Hornsby
Ramona Hornsby
Trisha Hornsby

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Swansea,South Carolina • #12290

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of those who lost their life in Monday’s tragedy. God Bless

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Jefferson City, TN • #12291

I would just like to take this time to offer sincere condolences from my family and I, to all of you.  This was a horrible tragedy and I pray for the families of the fallen and injured.  I also pray for everyone else involved.  Please know that your pain is shared by the world and you will get through this eventually.  Take care to all at VT and families at thier homes.  God Bless.

Ryan Fordyce

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada • #12292

I cannot express my grief for your losses. It was a horrible horrible tragedy that I will never forget. I go to FAU and me and my friends from there would like to send our condolsences and prayers. I wish I could do more, but my hugs and kisses go out to all of you. Everyday you are all in my prayers and thoughts.
God Bless
Love,
Lena

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Boca Raton, Florida • #12293

From Chile, in the other end of the world, the scientific and academic community interested in Biomechanics, Ergonomics and Human Factors, suffers the loss of Prof. Dr Kevin Granata, outstanding investigator of global stature.

We send our condolences to all the families, friends and colleagues affected by this horrible and irrational tragedy.

We join to Virginia Tech, and we make our its mourning.

Dr. Miguel Acevedo
President, Chilean Ergonomics Society

Desde Chile, en el otro extremo del mundo, la comunidad científica y académica interesada en la Biomecánica y la Ergonomía lamenta la pérdida del Dr. Kevin Granata, destacado investigador de talla global.

Igualmente enviamos nuestro pésame a todas las familias, amigos y colegas afectados por esta horrible e irracional tragedia.

Nos unimos a Virginia Tech, y hacemos nuestro su dolor.

Dr. Miguel Acevedo
Presidente, Sociedad Chilena de Ergonomía

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Santiago, Chile • #12294

To all at Virgina Tech,

You are in my thoughts and prayers this is an event that will forever change our country and are world. You are all hero’s in my mind. I am a college student and the bravery that was shown at your school is remarkable. Keep your spirits strong and keep the memory of those lost alive.

God Bless!

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • St. Louis, Missouri • #12295