Condolences, April 18, 2007

As a “Hokie Family” in Cape May, NJ, we send sincere condolences to each and every family who lost loves ones in this horrific tragedy. To those who exeperienced the trauma first hand, our thoughts and prayers are with you for God’s healing hand. God Bless all.

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Cape May, NJ • #12296

Although or nation is spread across thousands of miles, we all have become closer these past few days. All of the students here at the University of Florida are keeping y’all in our prayers. We are all hoping that every student at Virgina Tech can come to peace with this tragic event. School pride is left without barriers today as all college students across the nation have become Hokies in their own right. I pray that you all remain united and continue to give your support to those families left without their loved ones. Just as in 9-11, We will never forget. God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Gainesville, FL • #12297

My thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost loved ones.

I believe there are angels among us. Sent down to us from God up above.

May your angels be over you in this time of sorrow. Let your angels surround you in safety, love, and peace during this tragic time.

Sincerely,
Deborah

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • Addison, TX • #12298

I would like to express my kindest regard and heartfelt condolences to the families of those who have passed away in this tragic incident.  My thoughts and prayers are with all the university community.  May God help you heal and send you the strength to console one other.

Dr. Dick Adauto, Professor
El Paso Community College

April 18, 2007, 10:38am • El Paso, Texas • #12299

When a tragedy like this happens what can one person offer to so many of those who have lost so much. Time alone can not heal these wounds. It takes encouragement, love, friendship, trust, and prayers. Never forget the way these people have affected our lives so that they may live on forever within us. Respect those who were lost by finding your inner strength and changing this world in a positive way. One kind act adds up each day. Let us all come together and be available to those who need us.

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • Bridgeport, WV • #12300

Dear Virginia Tech,
I’m sorry for all the things you have been through.  I feel sad too, for all the people you have lost.  He shouldn’t of done what he did.  But I’m happy for the VT staff and students who are still alive today.

Sincerely,
Emily Norris
4th Grade student
Cora Kelly School

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • Alexandria, VA • #12301

To the families, my deepest and heartfelt thoughts are with you, my prayers and blessings go out to you.

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • utica,ny • #12302

I was in the dorm fire in Cleveland, TN at Lee University in 1993 where some young men set the dorm on fire and attempted to kill all of the residents.  We were fortunate that no lives were lost that day but I still remember the chaos and watching my friends jumping out of windows at 2:00 in the morning on a cold November day.  This same type of evil was inflicted on your campus but with inconceivably devastating results.  I remember the president of our university, Dr. Paul Conn quoting a verse - Genesis 50:20 that says “Even though you planned evil against me, God planned good to come out of it.” I don’t know how God can make good come out of the evil that has been done by the free will of one enraged man, but that is my family’s prayer for your campus. May God richly bless your campus and turn this evil to good in the individual lives of everyone affected. 
With deep sorrow and great hope,
Anthony (32) Bethany (31) Mannah (10), Haven (7), Canaan (5), and Noble (3)

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • Atlanta, GA • #12303

In our sadness there is also great pride in our community and family - this is the most encouraging thing we’ve had this week.  May that pride and community give us all strength as we, the Hokie family, seek to heal and move forward.

I look forward to the day I can return to campus and pay my respects in person.  Until that day I remain with you all in spirit and in prayer.

Ryan Athearn
VT Biology 2001
West Hills, CA

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • West Hills, CA • #12304

Just wanna say my thoughts are with all the family and friends of the victims at this time. It must be such a difficult time but we are all thinking of you in England.
xxx

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • England • #12305

To all of you who have lost loved ones in this horrific event in Virginia Tech.
Although i have not yet met any of you, you are all in my thoughts. I am sorry that you did not get the chance to say bye to your friends/family and that you all had to witness such a devastating event.
Remember all the things that you have been taught by those you have lost and grow from the fact that you are honoured to have been part of their lives. Show respect to those who have lost their lives by using your lives to do great things!
I hope this site helps you all by giving you strength in knowing that people all over the world who you will probably never meet are sending you love and support and are thinking of you. You will never forget those loved ones or the events that have happened but i hope you all learn how to embrace your mourning, and be there for each other and especially for those who will soon be leaving hospital, thanks to fantastic hospital care, and help them through the horrific scenes they have been involved in.
The world will never forget these events or the beautiful people who have been taken from this world too early!!!
my thoughts are with you forever
Lisa
t.lily26@hotmail.co.uk

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • UK • #12306

I am so deeply saddened by the tradgedy at your school, and in your community. 

The thoughts and prayers of my family, and the rest of the world are with you in this time of sorrow.

Please be strong, and seek comfort from eachother, and seek out the help that you need to get through this.

I wish there was more that I could do for the families and students affected by this horror.

Please accept my prayers, and thoughts to you all as you are in my heart and prayers always.

God Bless you all.

Dana Gibson

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • Coon Rapids, MN USA • #12307

Suddenly the hatred and the senseless evilness struck your lives in the cruellest way, in only 15 minutes they destroyed dreams and illusions constructed in a whole life, plunging parents, friends and lovers in the worst pain that a person can feel: a life was snatched from them without any reason. The world was deprived of a Bohemian, of a poet, of a genius, of a president, etc. But most than that, the world was deprived of a life.

And to all the close people of these angels that now God has whit him, only I can express my deeper sorrow and say to them that after weeping for the death of their dear beings, you should begin to celebrate the life that they had, learn of them, of the small things that they did in the little time that they lived in this world, If you do that I can promise you that of one way or other you have them with you. My thoughts and my affection are with you.

Ivan Camacho

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • Cochabamba, Bolivia • #12308

My heart goes out to all those affected by this tragedy. May the Lord Jesus Christ bring comfort and healing to you at this difficult time. Here is a poem I found on the internet that I hope will touch peoples hearts.

Derek Roberts
Orlando, Fl

DON’T GIVE UP!

Terrible sins come and go
But God will always love you so
Put your trust in Jesus Christ
And you will live a wonderful life

When things are at a terrible height
Don’t give up without a fight
God will be there to hold your hand
And carry you across all lands

Lay down your life at the feet of the Lord
And you will feel as if you’ve soared
Let the Holy Spirit flow through you
And you’ll live a life completely new
- A life of beauty and of grace
And a bright new life you will face

~Amanda O’Connor~

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • Orlando Fl • #12309

We will never forget you.  I pray that you all will look over us from the heavens.  You will always be a part of the Hokie Nation! God bless.

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • Mike, VT '04 • #12310

You are in my thoughts and in my prayers.

Prof. Steve McDonald
Lipscomb University

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • Nashville, TN • #12311

May God bless all families involved in these tragic events.  You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. Again may God bless you in this time of such great sorrow.

Tara

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • Glennie, Mi, USA • #12312

"Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord.” This responsorial psalm was echoed throughout the world that morning, and so may it resound in the hearts of all those who are suffering and in need at this moment in the Virginia Tech family.  May you all be blessed and find comfort in the God who is our refuge and our strength.  In the God who loves the world so much, may the Virginia Tech family know his everlasting love; may you all feel his embrace; and may the people that were lost that morning find refuge in God’s eternal peace.

Deacon Patrick Toole
Diocese of Charlotte

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • McLean, VA • #12313

We are so sorry for this horrible horrible tragedy. My heart cries out for each and everyone one of you. I have asked God, why this had to happen, all I come up with is that the devil is alive,and a very busy person but God was there helping the survivors get out, and keeping so many from getting hurt.I cry everytime I see a victims face on tv, it just overwhelms me. My heart goes out to all of you, and even the shooter. May God and all of you in time forgive this person. Forgiveness is a part of the healing process. Seek God and he will show you how. May God bless all of you and keep you safe and I pray this doesnt affect you for the rest of your lives. Our deepest sympathies go out to you.

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • Kankakee, IL • #12314

To the families and friends who have lost loved ones at VT, my deepest sympathy…
I have been touched by the sadness I witnessed in the media coverage, as I watch the families, students, and staff begin to cope with the emotional turmoil, and the daily realization of this tradgety. Continue to pull together and tell those whom you hold dear that you love them.
I pray that the Lord God will lift you up daily, and comfort you all now and in the days ahead.

Stefanie C.

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • Detroit, Michigan • #12315

In our thoughts we are with you, and wish all the students and their families great strength to deal with this terrible tragedy. We pray for you all!
Fam. H. Thewissen

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • Vaals, The Netherlands • #12316

We are with you all. You, Your families and Your friends. You are not alone, we all grieve and pray with you. Be strong and we will hold You up. John G, Family, Friends and co-workers. Claremore/Tulsa,Oklahoma

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • Claremore, Oklahoma • #12317

From my family to the VT family!

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this hard time. We all shed tears of sorrow, and cannot pretend to understand what you are going through and how you feel. I will continue to pray for you all and wish you all good comfort.

Remember that your families and friends are nowANGELS, and God will be there for you!

May there souls Rest In Peace!

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • G.G from Yeadon, PA • #12318

We want to express our sincerest condolences to everyone affected by the horrific tragedies that happened at Virginia Tech College. No-one will ever understand why something like this has happened. You are all in our thoughts, prayers, and hearts.
From our family to yours,
The Auths
Chris,Tina,Morgan,Katie,and Laci

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • Albemarle County,Virginia • #12319

Our deepest condolences for everyone involved or affected by this henious tradgedy that happened on that very sad day.

Our thoughts, wishes and prayers are with all the friends and especially the families who lost loved ones and to all who were fortunate to survived.

God be with you all!!!!

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • Queensland, Australia • #12320

I wanted to share this Poem with everyone who is suffering after this tragedy. May God be with you all and give you comfort.

“God Promised me a rainbow. He promised one to you. A rainbow made of love, forgiveness through and through. He gave to us, this rainbow-so glorious to see-by giving up His only Son-out of Love for you and me. In return for God’s rainbow, there are things He asks of us. Speak only good and helpful-words-not those which are corrupt. Don’t be arrogant and quick tempered. Live wisely and be fair. Live a devout and disciplined life-and your rainbow will be there. Live a life that’s full and rich, but stay within God’s rules. Remember you’re accountable, for all you say and do. The Spirit of God lives within you, and guides you day and night. Aspire to live as Christ taught us. Trust that the Spirit is right. When you are sad and crying, and life seems full of dread. “God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” One of God’s biggest promises, in the rainbow of His glory-is forgiving us of our sins, if we tell Him we are sorry. And the biggest of God’s promises, when we live with Christ within, is that life is all eternal-because he washed away our sins.”

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • Baraga, Michigan • #12321

I would like to share my deepest sympathies to all involved in this terrible incident. It is so unfortunate that this has been a part of your college experience. But I am so confident that all at VT will take there time in mourning and eventually return to life as normal as Im sure all who lost there lives would want you to.

Tahlor

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • Mount Joy, PA • #12322

May God bless and be with each and every person who has been affected by this horrible tragedy.  May you all know that the thoughts, prayers and support extend far beyond VA. God bless America!

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • Maine • #12323

Although I go to New River, 20 minutes down the road, this shock of this instance struck me with such a force, I can’t imagine what any of you directly related are going through.  May God be with you during these times and help you find your way to happiness once again.  I love you all deeply whether I have or have not met you.

April 18, 2007, 10:39am • Christiansburg, Virginia • #12324

I am so sorry for what has happened.  I cannot imagine the pain that everyone must be going through.  I am praying that God is with you all and that he provides the strength to heal and remember those whose lives were lost.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Erin Stambaugh

April 18, 2007, 10:40am • West Chester, PA • #12325

Dear Virginia Tech:

I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were lost or injured in this tragedy.  You are all in my prayers. Please know the nation is standing by you in your time of need and sorrow. As a nation we will come together to see that you recover from such a hard loss. Stay strong Virginia Tech, God is with you.

April 18, 2007, 10:40am • Owensboro, KY • #12326

Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with the VT community during this most difficult time.  We pray that you will be consoled and find strength in each other and the in the love and prayers that many of us offer at this time.

Gail and Art Long, and Family

April 18, 2007, 10:40am • Sandy, Utah • #12327

I would like to extend to the family and friends who lost a loved one at VT my sincerest condolences - know that you are not alone - that a nation mourns with you and that you are in our prayers and thoughts always.  Jackie Price

April 18, 2007, 10:40am • Orange Park, FL • #12328

my heart is with each and every person that has lost someone.  you’ll be in my prayers.  <3

April 18, 2007, 10:40am • FROSTBURG, MD • #12329

Words cannot express just how much my heart aches for those affected by this horrific tragedy. As an upcoming Freshman at Virginia Tech, I want everyone who was affected by this tragic incidence to know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers always. I hope that God will ease your pain and help to heal your wounds.
We are all Hokies, and we will get through this together.

God Bless you all.
Ally Foster

April 18, 2007, 10:40am • Martinsville,VA • #12330

Prior to the 16th of April, 2007, I knew nothing of those whose lives were lost or forever changed in a matter of moments.  And while I still know little more than a name or a small paragraph that I read of these people, I find such a profound sense of grief within myself, as though we all are bearing some of the weight that the families, friends, and especially the survivors will carry for the rest of their lives.

It seems almost insulting to try to summarize a person’s life, love, talents, and overall being in a few sentences, and even more appalling to attempt to do so for such a large group. I may have missed my opportunity to meet those whose lives have been taken from them, but I am certain that they will live on vicariously through the words of others as their stories and memories carry on for years to come. It’s the unfortunate best that can be done, to pay honor to their lives as they lived them.

From far below the absolute bottom of my heart, I offer my complete sympathies to all of those left behind - the survivors, families, friends, police and rescuers, and the rest of the Virginia Tech community.

And to those who went away that chilly morning, stick together until we all meet again.

~ Daniel P. Brown

April 18, 2007, 10:40am • Olyphant, Pennsylvania (United States of America) • #12331

To everyone affected by this awful tragedy ALL my thoughts are prayers are you with each and everyone of you..My heart breaks when I think about the 32 innocent lives that were lost due to this violent incident. May God give you all the strength to pull together in this time of need to stand strong and rebuild the community as it once was. God Bless each and everyone of you…

April 18, 2007, 10:40am • Lexington, Ky • #12332

My deepest sympathy and prayers to everyone directly impacted by this tragedy.  The response to this incident halfway across the country, by those with no ties to the university, has been outstanding.  My initial fear was that this incident would overshadow everything that Virginia Tech has come to stand for, but the response by students and the associated media coverage has shown the world why we are such a great university.  Hang in there.

Jason G, Class of 1998

April 18, 2007, 10:40am • Houston, TX • #12333

I just want to let you know that all of my thoughts are to all of the people who are affected by this horrible incident..
Love from Christer - Norway

“Love Don’t Let Me Go”

April 18, 2007, 10:40am • Oslo, Norway • #12334

I can not begin to share how sorry we all are for the loss of life at Tech on Monday. My love for the university runs very deep and I am so proud of how the Hokie Nation has come together to show the pride and love for each other. Our fallen comrades will never be forgotten. To those who are hurting...you are not alone, and never will be. Remember..."We are Va Tech!”

Once a Hokie, Always a Hokie!

Dave Abernathy (1986)

April 18, 2007, 10:40am • Columbia, Md • #12335

I want to share my condolences to all of the Virginia Tech community and all of those suffering from this tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.  I am also praying and thinking of the family of the young man involved.  I work on a college campus and know the atmosphere of friendship and family and how everyone is touched in some way by this.

God be with all of you.

P

April 18, 2007, 10:40am • Pittsbrugh, PA • #12336

Words can not express the sorrow of this nation.  May God be with you in this time of sorrow.  All 33 victims and their families.  A sad ending to so much young life.  so many hopes and dreams for the future ended.

April 18, 2007, 10:40am • Nebraska • #12337

My husband and I share our thoughts and prayers with all of the VT community.  My husband graduated from VT in 2006, and we are both very closely tied to the student body still.  We share many great memories there, football games, and my husband even proposed to me on campus!  This will not change our spirit… the VT community will only come out of this stronger and more united than they were before!  You all remain in our prayers… for your outstanding bravery and for you undying spirit… we pray for you now and always.  Remember the good Lord never gives you more than you can handle.

April 18, 2007, 10:40am • Dayton, OH • #12338

I don’t believe that there are words that exist that can ever make sense out of this senseless tragedy. All I can do is offer all of you my deepest sympathies, good thoughts, and wishes for peace. All of you are in my heart.

April 18, 2007, 10:40am • Cincinnati, OH • #12339

Words can not express the sorrow we all feel.  My prayers are with you as well as my tears. Reach out to Almighty God for His strength.

April 18, 2007, 10:40am • Colfax, Ca • #12340

To all those affected by the tragedy at VT,
My deepest sorrows and sympathies are with you. Anger, frustration, confusion, sadness and even hatred are emotions that tend to surface and stagnate at times such as this. But it will be courage, righteousness, strength and love that prevail over all.
Please, please hang in there and stay strong.

“Today, we are all hokies.”

-Brittany B.

April 18, 2007, 10:40am • Baltimore, MD • #12341

My heart goes out to all affected by the tragedy on April 16th. I cry my heart out but I am sure God will watch over all!!!! May the victims souls rest in peace

April 18, 2007, 10:40am • United Kingdom • #12342

I just wanted to take a moment to express how truly sorry I am for the loss of loved ones on this past Monday. There is healing after a tragedy like this. Just keep God first and remember that he will bring you through. Myself and the students from USC-Upstate are expressing our deepest sympathy.

April 18, 2007, 10:40am • Spartanburg, SC • #12343

que gacho batos, ese guey estaba bien loco

April 18, 2007, 10:40am • México • #12344

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the families and friends of the victims of this horrible tragedy and I offer my most sincere condolences. No one should have to endure such a horrible loss. My heart also aches for my fellow Hokie Nation. I hope we all may help each other through these times of suffering and remember what it means to be a part of the Virginia Tech family.

April 18, 2007, 10:41am • Warrenton, VA • #12345