Condolences, April 18, 2007

I cried so much while I was reading this news. I want to send my heartfelt condolences to all ppl who affected, and prayers to all the families and friends of them.

May God give you and the rest of your families’ members the trength and the courage to bear this irreparable lost. I pray for the walvation of the departed souls.

Rest in Peace.

Phuong.

April 18, 2007, 10:49am • Vietnam. • #12496

To all the students and staff of Virginia Tech, my heart goes out to you all during this very trying time. I can’t even begin to express the sadness in all of our hearts over what has happened, at this moment in time we are all with you and we are all Hokies! I pray for the victims, that their souls are able to find peace in the hands of G-D, as well as I pray for the families of the victims that lost love ones, especially the parent’s, parents should never have to bury a child, but I hope you are all able to find comfort in the memories of your beautiful children and know that they are still with you in your hearts forever. A student at your college said yesterday that Virginia Tech shouldn’t be definded by this one act of violence but rather by what wonderful, amazing individuals such as all of you attend the college, and the strengh that you all have displayed and will continue to do so. Please remain strong and know that G-d as well as this whole nation are with you, hold your heads up high on Monday when you return to class, for that is what your classmates who lost their lives on April 16 would have wanted!!

Stay strong and love and blessings to you all!!! You’ll be in my heart forever!!

April 18, 2007, 10:49am • New York • #12497

I am so deeply sadden by the tragedy of students, faculty & staff, families, and community at large.  We all hurt.  But, please know that GOD our LORD and SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST, will take care of each and everyone’s sorrow in HIS own way and in HIS own time.  HE WAS, IS, and WILL be there when we called on HIM.  Please trust HIM fully. 

Love & prayers. 
Pat Bethea

April 18, 2007, 10:49am • Anderson, SC • #12498

My deepest condolences go out to students, friends, family and alumni of Virginia Tech.  May you rise from this tragedy with more strength and courage than ever.  The Virginia Tech community has grown across the country, and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

~ U of Iowa Alumni

April 18, 2007, 10:49am • Manheim, PA • #12499

Please be assured that we are praying for everyone.  You may not sense it right now, but God is with you.  We are praying for your healing and the grieving friends and family!

God bless all of you

John and Linda Sullivan

April 18, 2007, 10:49am • Dayton, Ohio • #12500

To the Hokie Nation and all of those affected by our recent anomaly. Evil reigned but for a fleeting moment and then was cast down and impeached by the true Hokie spirit. 

“Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t heal.”

Salute,
Mr. Gerald M. Millner

April 18, 2007, 10:49am • Blacksburg, Virginia • #12501

Hi.  I am a student at Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas.  I just wanted to say how sorry I am about the shootings at your campus.  Emails have been sent out at our campus and we are all praying for you and your families.  There was even a prayer service for you.  God is good to us and He will bring comfort and strength through this.  Once again, I am so sorry.  I am praying for you.
Ami G.

April 18, 2007, 10:49am • Dallas, Texas • #12502

My first thought on Monday - What can I do? How can I help?  Why couldn’t I have been there to stnad beside my fellow Hokies?
I wish I could find a way to convey the depths of my sympathy for our lost loved ones.
To our Campus and Blacksburg Police:  you are in my thoughts and prayers.  It is so easy to sling blame after the horror, but my heart aches for what you must be feeling and going through.
To every victim’s family and friends, I truly wish that I could do something to ease your pain.  I promise to keep looking for a way. 
We are Hokies.  We are Virginia Tech.  We will heal, but we will NEVER forget.
Julia VT 99

April 18, 2007, 10:49am • Virginia Beach, VA • #12503

I want to say how deeply sorry and hurt I am about this whole mess! I was born and raised in Virginia and I live in California now, so this is hitting me badly. I can’t believe someone would take innocent peoples lives! All these people were teachers and most of all, students trying to futher thier education. It’s nice to know there are people who still want to make something out of their lives and what did they get for it? A jeolous person who couldn’t handle it! I want you all to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I guess we can stay strong and know that there is one less CRIMINAL on the streets!!!! To all the victims, may you rest in peace and know that you are loved and will never be forgotten!

April 18, 2007, 10:49am • Southern California • #12504

My deepest sympathy goes out to the students, faculty, family, and friends of Virginia Tech. There is no way to express the sorrow the entire nation and world is feeling at this time. You all will be in our prayers and may we hope this senseless violence will come to an end so no more of our children will be so unwillingly taken from us. May God bless us every one so we may heal in this time of loss.

Jessica Andrews and Ethan (6)

April 18, 2007, 10:49am • Union City, TN • #12505

To all the familys who have lost loved ones.Iam very saddened about this horrible and cruel insident. Iam so sorry, my prays go out to all of the familys in this very sad time.  Remember you are in the hearts of everyone!!!!

May each day get better as time passes!!!
Christin

April 18, 2007, 10:49am • PA • #12506

Dear Students,Staff,Parents & Friends,

I am a retired Fire Captain,FDNY who lost 70 “brothers” that infamous day. My heart goes out to all who will be touched by this heinous,cowardly act.You are a truly strong and close knit group who will need each other during this extremely difficult time.Healing will take time, but will happen.

God Bless You All,

Samuel Vazquez Jr., (Ret). Captain,FDNY

April 18, 2007, 10:49am • unknown • #12507

My deepest sympathies go out to all who lost loved ones and to those who were injured.  I cannot begin to imagine your grief but my thoughts are with you.. Your community has suffered a great and unjustified loss but time is the greatest healer - little comfort to you at the moment but I have no other words that would bring you any relief from your pain.  I wish I could say more—I am so sorry ---- Jenni from Lincolnshire UK.

April 18, 2007, 10:49am • Lincolnshire UK • #12508

Our Deepest Condolences from Orange County California goes out to everyone affected by this horrible tragedy. Our prayers go out to all the families and Freinds of the innocent victims of VT. May god be with you all at this moment and forever. God Bless you!

The Flores Family

April 18, 2007, 10:49am • Orange County California • #12509

May God be with the students, faculty and staff Of VT and the town of Blacksburg as you come to grips with this tragedy.  Heaven has just received a armful of angels that will forever be watching over us all.  Our prayers will be with you always.
GOD bless you all.
Tom, Barbara and Heather

April 18, 2007, 10:49am • Columbia, SC • #12510

I just want to take this moment to raise you all up in prayer.  Everyone at Virgina Tech our prayers and thoughts are with you.  No one can explain why or how or the reason behind it but the person who did it.  Please remember not only to keep the victims families in prayer but also the individual who committed this act.  Everyone is a human being...no matter what they do they will be judged for their actions.  It is our job to bond together and to love each other and to pray for each other and most of all stay strong for each other.  God bless you all you and again my prayers and thoughts are with you.

April 18, 2007, 10:50am • Chesapeake Beach, MD • #12511

My thoughts and prayers are for all of you affected by this horrible tragedy and to let you know that people all over the world are praying for you in this time of deep sorrow.

The Brewer Family

April 18, 2007, 10:50am • Rhome,Tx • #12512

I find myself shedding tears now and then when I think of your heartache.  My husband and I have 3 college students living away, I cannot imagine waking one morning to the news of losing them. I pray that God’s holy grace is with you in the coming days, weeks and months. -The Sullivan Family

April 18, 2007, 10:50am • Duluth, MN • #12513

me and my family were shcoked with this horoble tragedy and we give our deepest condolences to mother and father that lost their children

Bilal Salhab

April 18, 2007, 10:50am • #12514

To all those whose loved ones have lost their lives I am so sorry.  My prayers and thoughts are with you in this time of grief. 

I know that the pain seems all consuming but great is the human spirit and you will get through this.  Take one day at a time and live in all of their memories and the essence of what their lives stood for. 

Let their hookie spirit of determination shine through you.

SK

April 18, 2007, 10:50am • Trinidad • #12515

Dear American friends,

my name is Alessandro, 35, I write from Rome, Italy.
I am a Professor at the University of Venice.
We are all shocked here for the tragedy of the Virginia Tech, a tragedy for the entire U.S.
Today I have asked my students a minute of silence to remember and honor all the victims and their families. We all hope that the value and the memories of the victims and the thoughts from all over the world could help you in overcoming this terrible moment, making all of you stronger. I think that the best way to remember and honor the victims is going on and building the future also in their name, without never forgetting their sacrifice.
Could the world be a better place....

April 18, 2007, 10:50am • Rome, Italy • #12516

My deepest sympathy to all at VT, students,Faculty, and all their families, I cannot begin to imagine the heartache you must feel at this terrible moment, but you will heal from this in time and grow stronger day by day, all those lost will be sadly missed, may god be with you all xxx

David Walters

April 18, 2007, 10:50am • Manchester,England,UK • #12517

My heart is broken for the victims,family, friends and the entire Virginia Tech community. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 10:50am • Richmond, Va. • #12518

Indeed, I am very sad that a place and spirit I love so much was struck in such a manner Monday. I only hope that the friends and family of the victims and even the perpetrator can recover from their loss and greif, and that someday something good will come of this horrible event.

My heart and thoughts go out to all friends and family of the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy and to all Hokies out there.

Peace be with you.
Shannon (BSE, 1998)

April 18, 2007, 10:50am • Virginia Beach, VA • #12519

My heart is breaking for the pain and suffering everyone at Virginia Tech has had to endure this week.  Please know that your extended Hokie family is praying for you. 

T. Armstrong
Class of ‘95

April 18, 2007, 10:50am • Winston-Salem, NC • #12520

Our Hearts are with you all at this tragic time
=( x

April 18, 2007, 10:50am • UK • #12521

My heart goes out to everyone affected by this act of violence.Everyone is in our thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 10:50am • Statesville,nc • #12522

Our deepest sympathy and condolence goes to all the families and friends of all the victims and to the entire Virginia Tech community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

The dark today leads into light tomorrow;
There is no endless joy,
...and yet no endless sorrow.

:( Gutterdammurung + PinoyPSP community

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • NSW Australia • #12523

To All VT students and Alumni:

The shock of this senseless tragedy has deeply touched many in this world.  As Governor Kaine said yesterday, your strength and unity that you have displayed have been remarkable and inspiring.  I still get chills when I see the recording of the student body chanting “Lets go Hokies.” Please build off of this spirit and move forward.  My prayers and thoughts are with you in for your recovery.

James Comer (University of Mary Washington)

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • Mechanicsville, VA • #12525

There are no words that can make sense of what is senseless by definition. But I have observed - certainly long before this horrible incident - the pride and spirit of community that Virginia Tech alumni and students share. That’s part of what makes this so tragic - is that the pain runs like a shockwave through the Hokie Nation. But what allows the pain to flow is already showing its promise for the healing of all those impacted by the horror of Monday’s tragedy. It is a beautiful thing to see the students and alumni coming together to provide support in these darkest of days - and gives us all confidence that the VT community will only be made stronger as a result. My sincere condolences to all those that have been impacted by these events.

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • Leesburg, Virginia • #12526

My family and I would like to extend our deepest condolenses for the loss of each person in this terrible, unthinkable tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers will be with all that have been affected in this terrible act.

Dave & Alison Kingdon

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • Belleville, Ontario. Canada • #12527

I am from Bicknell, Indiana and I am about 15 miles away from my Junior College Alma-Mater (Vincennes University). Even here in Indiana, we have have people who are mourning with you in Virginia. We will put you in our prayers.

Today a Trailblazer has become, by choice, a Hokie. God Bless Virginia Tech. And let’s make sure that history (or the future) never forgets 4-16.

Kenneth Phillips
Vincennes University
Class of 1998

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • Bicknell, Indiana • #12528

We are very saddened to hear about the horrific event at Virginia Tech.  We send our heartfelt sympathy to all the families and friends who lost someone so dear to them.  Our heart aches for all who is affected by this tragedy.  You will remain in our thoughts and prayers.  May God continue to give you strength during this difficult time.

The Ponkka family

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • Huntingtown, Maryland • #12529

My family and I just wanted to let you all know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Just remember the good times you had with those who are gone and remember to love and respect the one who are still here because you never know what tomorrow may bring.

The Kenner Family

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • Forest Heights Maryland • #12530

From Linda at the University of Kansas - May God keep all of you in the palm of his hand. 

My husband and I will be praying for all involved!

May God Watch over you today and always!

A Jayhawker, Linda Bruce

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • LAWRENCE, KS, USA • #12531

Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you. 
The Brittons

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • Charlottesville VA • #12532

To All VA Tech Students, Families and Faculty,

Please know that you are all in our prayers.  Remember that God says “That which does not break us makes us Stronger”.  Right now the heartache is so unreal that nothing America can say or do will make it better but now that you are all in our thoughts.

May God Bless you and keep you.

Staci

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • Waynesboro, VA • #12533

I’m so sorry for your losses and hope time can heal some of your heartache. 
Keeping you in my thoughts,
KG

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • Silver Spring, MD • #12534

The news of this tragedy simply broke my heart and my family continues to pray for the victims and their families.  The students, faculty and alumni are some of the kindest and most generous people I know. As a Wake Forest University Alumni, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to the entire community and may God bless all of those involved.

Steve F.

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • King, NC • #12535

As I sit with my 13yr.old daughter asking why, I have no words to say, but this world is full of angry people. I tell her if you want to do something pray for those affected by this tragedy. Our prayers and condolences go out to the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy.

Magee Family

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • Brownsville Oregon • #12536

April 16th 2007 the world ALL became HOKIE’S and we ALL shout out loud and clear “ WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH,WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH,WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH”

This poem was written by my Mother and I wish to share it with all of you all of the Virginia Tech family.She wrote it when she was in 6th grade(1926).It was and essay on life,she choosed to do it as a poem.I know that there are no words that can make sense of this tragedy, but perhaps in some way it can help to give you some peace.

Life is a book in volumes three ~
the past, the present, the yet to be.
The first is finished and laid away.
The second we’re reading day by day.
The third and last in the volumes three
Lies hidden from sight.
God’s keeping the key.
Lucille V. Russell
(nee Hayes - @CR)

God be with you ,
Shirley Russell

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • Cleveland, Ohio • #12537

Expreso mi voz de solidaridad y apoyo moral en este momento tan dificil para todos los afectados y comunidad universitaria en general.No hay justificación, ni palabras para esto.Sólo Dios nos puede ayudar a sobrellevar esta tragedia.
Fernando Valencia

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • Cali, Colombia • #12538

I wrote this for all of you!

I did not know you,
We have never even met,
But it is a day I will never forget.
Because of this we are torn,
And for you this country mourns.
Our flags fly at half staff,
for professors and students
of Engineering, German, French and Math.
None of us know just what to say,
But for your family and friends we all Pray.
You are now in heaven where you belong,
for Virginia Tech we must all be strong.

Brittany Harper

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • Pikeville, NC • #12539

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God hold you close and keep you. Mary Berlin, MD

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • Berlin, Maryland • #12540

I cant begin how to say my deepest feelings i really feel bad for you and i want you to know that i will put every one of you in my prayers and keep you in my mind it takes a lot of courage to be able to move on after something like that happens to your loved ones ill keep you in my thoughts and prayers

your friend Gene Lesher

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • Oak Hill,West Virginia • #12541

As we watched your convocation we felt your grief.  As we watched you stand and chant “we are Hokies,” we felt your courage.  Although you are shocked and your hearts are broken – your spirits are not.  The entire world is mourning with you, praying for you, supporting you.  The entire world is watching you….”Let your light so shine among men…”

Our condolences go out to the entire Virginia Tech community and especially to the families of the victims.

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • Marion, NY • #12542

We are heartbroken, but know that the Hokie spirit will help the healing process.  God bless all students, faculty, staff, the police and emergency departments and most importantly, the victims’ families.  Charles Steger has our full support and prayers.

Graduates of the Class of ‘95

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • Stafford, VA • #12543

I am a graduate of VT and I extend my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to my fellow Hokies during this time of grief. I have been struggling with a gamut of emotions from Monday’s events, as we all are. But, Hokies are a special group of people...a tight knit family...a community of kind individuals. By coming together and supporting one another, we will all overcome this terrible tragedy. God bless you.

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • Fairfax, VA • #12544

In our efforts to remember the dead, let us also remember those who survived this tragic event, whose lives have been seriously impacted by the actions of a madman. We pray not only for peace for the souls of the departed, but for those who must live on with this shadow on their memory, that they may find strength, courage, faith, and hope, wherever they can. I have faith that the Blacksburg community will come together to help one another.

What is to be feared is letting this act spawn more hatred. We must all strive in this troubled time to remember that responding to hate with hate, no matter how tempting, only causes pain for everyone. Only love and compassion can help repair the damage that has been done-in the sense than anything can be repaired- and the world wishes that love and compassion to all of you in Blacksburg.

You are foremost in my prayers.

-Alice

April 18, 2007, 10:51am • Virginia, USA • #12545

While I was never a student at Virginia Tech, as a fellow student and human being, I am deeply saddened by the horrible events that unfolded on the campus.  My thoughts are with the victims, their families, the students, and the professors of Virginia Tech as they mourn the tragedy and begin to heal.  By pursuing their education or leading others in that pursuit, those students and professors were trying to enrich their lives and the lives of the people in the world around them.  Perhaps one of them could have found the cure for cancer, or created peace in the Middle East.  Unfortunately, we will never know. 
I am amazed at the strenth and courage of the students of Virginia Tech and other campuses around the country.  It is truly a time for us all to come together to support each other.  I only wish I could do more.

Erin Sylvester
Graduate Student, American University
University of Maryland, 2005
es2000a@american.edu

April 18, 2007, 10:52am • Maryland, USA • #12546