Condolences, April 18, 2007

We are all Hokies now. My husband and I send our deepest sympathy and are lifting you up in prayer. We pray for your comfort and we honor your heroes of April 16, like the professor who turned to face the evil and saved lives. There are others we will hear about, we’re sure. We mourn those who lost their lives. Each life was precious. We salute their hopes and dreams unfulfilled. Our hearts ache with you today.
Ernest and June Siva

April 18, 2007, 10:54am • Banning, CA USA • #12597

I live in a Ky. town similar to Blacksburg (Bowling Green) and my heart just bleeds for you folks because I wonder how my little hamlet would handle such a tragedy. I have been following Hokie sports since the basketball days of Dale Solomon, who was a special player. The world is watching you and I know that the Hokie Nation will shine.

April 18, 2007, 10:54am • BG, Ky. • #12598

Our family would like to extend our deepest condolences to those who were affected by this tragic and inexplicable incident. I cannot even fathom the pain you all must be experiencing at this difficult time. The whole world shares your sorrow.

Yehji Lee

April 18, 2007, 10:55am • Seoul, Korea • #12599

To the Family of the fellow Veterinary Medicine Student and to the whole Virginia Tech Community, my deepest sympathy and wishes that this tragedy will be overcome with valor and unity.
Fernando Cruz Valdez

April 18, 2007, 10:55am • Fac. de Veterinaria Guatemala City • #12600

We are praying for you during this terrible time of profound loss and sorrow. We hope you find strength and hope to carry you all through this tragedy.

Barbara and Paul Blakeman

April 18, 2007, 10:55am • Hamilton, VA • #12601

To Faculty, Students and Families,
Our love and prayers go out to you all.  May God be with you now and always.  The Haverty Family

April 18, 2007, 10:55am • VIRGINIA BEACH, VA USA • #12602

My heart breaks and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this terrible incident. School is supposed to be a place of learning and students are supposed to feel safe. I am so sorry that this has happened and my family and I are praying for everyone at Virgina Tech.

Abby Meyer

April 18, 2007, 10:55am • West Des Moines, Iowa • #12603

So many lives...so full of promise.  One of these individuals might have cured cancer.  One might have devised a way for human kind to live in peace.  One might have discovered an alternative to our world’s dependence on petroleum.  One might have written a computer program to once and for all prove or disprove global warming. 

Instead, all of this promise, all of this potential, all of this wellspring of possibility has been ripped from the fabric of our collective future. 

It can never be replaced.

What a waste!  What a loss! What a tragedy!

God help us all...God bless your families and friends, your community and our country.

April 18, 2007, 10:55am • KPL-Boston MA • #12604

In our darkest moments the rays of light and hope shine thru the dearly departed and their lives cut so short and so senseless will stay a ray of light so that the darkness will fades thru that ray of light
prayers to all the families of the students who were affected directly
peace out
Jaime Rodriguez

April 18, 2007, 10:55am • San Antonio TX • #12605

Our deepest condolences to all those affected by this horrible tragedy. May God watch over and keep you close during this painful time. You are in our thoughts in prayers. This has hit close to home for us in Rhode Island. We keep in our prayers the friends and family of Dan O’Neil.

April 18, 2007, 10:55am • Pascoag, RI USA • #12606

If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it.  God Bless everyone who is going through this horrible tradgedy.  Keep your heart open and God will fill it with love.  Be strong for one and other and don’t forget that the whole world is there for you.

Bless you All

April 18, 2007, 10:55am • #12607

Va. Tech...your profound sadness extends beyond Blacksburg’s city limits.  Though we may have attended other universities, we are all Hokies today.  We citizens of the world join you, as much as we may, in grief, in remembrance, in solidarity, in these toughest of days.

April 18, 2007, 10:55am • Charlotte, NC • #12608

Dear Hokies,

I am so sorry for the tragedy that strucked your school. My prayers and hopes are with you. I know you can recover, soon.

marjexs

April 18, 2007, 10:55am • Manila, NCR, Philippines • #12609

There are no words for what has happened. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

I also want to share something with you so you know you’re not alone:

On Tuesday, the RIT flag was lowered to half staff in memory of the Virginia Tech victims. At noon, RIT’s Center for Religious Life held a special service in the Allen Chapel of the Interfaith Center . This was a time for the RIT community to pray, reflect, support the Virginia Tech community, and begin the healing process. The service concluded with the bells tolling for each victim.

Kelly L. Jackson
Rochester Institute of Tech. Alumni 1999

April 18, 2007, 10:55am • Ogdensburg, NY • #12610

I just wanted to say that I am sorry.  As a recent university grad, I can’t imagine a tragedy of this magnitude on a campus.  Every student loves their school and takes pride in their college.  I’m sorry that this had to be a part of everyone’s university experience at Virginia Tech.  We are watching from Canada and I would just like to express my condolences to all who were directly or indirectly affected. 

I know that all of you contain the courage to rise again from these ashes.  We are all praying for you.

April 18, 2007, 10:55am • Amanda- Ontario, Canada • #12611

There are no words to reflect my sorrow.  May you forever shine on in the hearts of men.

God Bless Virginia Tech and all those touched by this tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 10:55am • Scotland • #12612

The students at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary have continued to pray for all individuals whose lives changed on April 16. Know that other students across America and the world are grieving and continually lifting up your names in prayer. May God be an important component in the restoration of each individual.

In our hearts and prayers,

Jeff Audirsch and other Students of NOBTS

April 18, 2007, 10:55am • New Orleans, LA • #12613

Dear Virgina Tech,
I feel bad that some people died.  I don’t like it when people die.
Like when my grandma died I felt really bad. I hope you feel better and happy.

Sincerely,
Samuel Zelaya
4th Grade
Cora Kelly School

April 18, 2007, 10:55am • Alexandria, VA • #12614

Our love, sorrow, and sympathy are with you in Tennessee.  We have embraced our children and our community in the unneccessary tragedy of violence that has touched you.  May God give Virginia Tech and those effected, the strength and guidiance through this troubled time.

God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 10:56am • Hendersonville, Tennessee • #12615

Dear Virginia Tech Hokies,
I am currently a college student here in Louisiana and I just wanted to say that my heart and prayers goes out to all of the Hokies there. Words can not express how sorry I am for the tragedy that took place on April 16th. I have visited your wonderful campus and community once a few years ago and fell in love with everything there. I will lift you all up to the Lord and that He will comfort you all in this time of sadness and pain.
God Bless you all
Go Hokies
Bethany

April 18, 2007, 10:56am • Bonita, Louisiana • #12616

I am a recent Grad of a college and I just wanted to extend my whole hearted condolences for your loses. Your pain is felt across the wolrd.  We have to ban together in these times. Remember God never gives us anything we can not handle.  He is alwasy with us. We have to depend on him and look to him for guidance and support.  My he bless you and everbody.

April 18, 2007, 10:56am • Newton, New Jersey • #12617

The world stopped today
A world full of love and hate
A world full of happiness and sorrow
A world full of good people and bad

The world stopped today
Hearts were opened
Eyes filled with tears
Souls filled with sorrow

The world stopped today
And looked to a small town
A town most had never heard of
A peaceful town full of maroon and orange

The world stopped today
And saw a community in grief
Trying to piece together what one tore apart
25000 grieving as one

The world stopped today
Trying to make sense out of senselessness
Will we ever be whole?
Will we ever be safe?

The world stopped today
And all grieved the loss of sleepy town in the valley
Hokie nation will survive
Hokie nation will live on
And the world will start again that day

Never forget where you were on April 16, 2007.
Never forget

April 18, 2007, 10:56am • Mark Moran Gardner, KS • #12618

My deepest condolonce for the family and everyone who attend this university. Receive all our prayers and thoughts from Perú.
God bless you all!!
Julia Lima Perú

April 18, 2007, 10:56am • Lima/ Perú • #12619

We have been praying for everyone affected by this sorrowful event. God bless you all.

From the Holy Bible:

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4 (NIV)

Here is a poem we found:

I Did Not Die
by Melinda Sue Pacho

Do not stand at my grave and forever weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and forever cry.
I am not there. I did not die.

We pray you find peace.
Roberta Jereb & Rodolfo Rendon

April 18, 2007, 10:56am • Lansing, MI • #12620

I’m writing this from heaven, here I dwell with God above. Here there’s no more tears or sadness, just eternal love.  Do not be unhappy just beacause I’m out of sight, Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.

That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through, God picked me up and hugged me and said I welcome you.  It’s good to have you here with me you’ll be missed now that you’re gone the believers in your family will be here later on.

And to my many friends, trust God know what’s best, I’m still not far away from you, I’m just behind the crest.  There are many rocky roads ahead and many hills to climb, but together we can do it by taking one day at at time.

When you are walking down the street, and you have me on your mind.  I’m walking in your footsteps, only half a step behind.  When you feel that gentle breeze or the wind upon your face, that’s me giving you a great big hug or just a soft embrace.  When it’s time for you to go from that body to be free, remember you’re not going, you’re coming here with me.

I will always love you, from this land way up above.

Author:  Unknown

April 18, 2007, 10:56am • Glen Burnie, Maryland • #12621

May the peace of the Lord rest on the hearts of those families who lost their loved ones on 04/16/07. It is not going to be easy, your pain of loss will hurt so bad, but find comfort in the knowledge that they are all in a much, much, more better place than this earth.
My thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences to you all.

Mathilda Paul-Winrow

April 18, 2007, 10:56am • Cherry Hill, NJ • #12622

I am from China and also a member of VT community. I always consider Blacksburg as my second hometown. When my friend told me about it by phone, I thought it was a mistake. But when I was confirmed by the news on internet and TV, I couldn’t hold my tears. I am sorry I could not find words utterly describing my feelings and sorrows. My deepest condolence goes to all victim families. We all are there for you.  PEACE!

April 18, 2007, 10:56am • China • #12623

There is no words to say how I feel. I wish that I could come down and give you all a hug!

MAY GOD BE WITH YOU

Ken

April 18, 2007, 10:56am • Pittsburgh Pa • #12624

My deepest condolences for Monday’s senseless tragedy.  Words cannot express the pain & sorrow that I feel for everyone affected by this.  My prayer & thoughts are with you all.  May God bring you the courage & strenght you all need in order to get through this. 

From Rina Cappuccio, Philip Cappuccio & Peter Cappuccio, Montreal

April 18, 2007, 10:56am • CANADA • #12625

To the family and friends that have lost people they love and care about, my thoughts and prayers are with you.. I’m sorry it happened may God be with you in your time of need..

Nikkie Lambert, 15 -Oak Hill High School

April 18, 2007, 10:56am • Oak Hill, West Viriginia • #12626

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Virginia Tech community and their families in this time of sadness. We can’t know why some things happen… but we can know that love and beautiful memories outlast the pain and grief. The teachers and students lost had an important impact on so many lives. Use this time to make yourselves stronger, and to better yourselves in their memory.
Peace and Love,
Dawn, Tom, Megan, and Alex

April 18, 2007, 10:56am • Buffalo, NY • #12627

My deepest condolenceses to everyone at VT and the families of lost loved ones. I am a teacher and can only imagine the horrific feelings one must be feeling after something like this. I pray that you can all get past this somehow and return to somewhat normal lives. Remember to keep loved ones in your hearts.

April 18, 2007, 10:56am • Morganville, NJ • #12628

My grandfather studied at VA Tech many years ago. My Mom, age 91 now, was a student there when as a female student, only a few professor’s daughters attended. My brother was a student at Tech as well. We grieve today, along with all Virginians, who have been touched by this tradgedy. Our prayers are for steady recovery and strength to our beloved VPI.

Eve Yancey Lipoff
Sarah Lanford Yancey Thomas(class of 193?)

April 18, 2007, 10:56am • Gainesville, FL • #12629

We would like to give our sincere condolences on your loss.We cannot even imagine what a difficult time this is for all of you.May God give you the strength to get you through this trying time.

God bless you all,
Pamela Atherton & Michael Ivey
Altamonte Springs,Fl

April 18, 2007, 10:56am • Florida • #12630

To the familes and friends that are having to cope with this tragedy,my thoughts are prayers are with all of you. May God be with every one of you!

15, Caitlin Bowles

April 18, 2007, 10:56am • Oak Hill,West Virginia • #12631

We want to express our sincerest condolences to the Virginia Tech Family and community. We have everyone affected by this tradgedy in our thoughts and prayers.  Hang in there.........
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
Matt, Whitney and Blake Bowles 04/18/2007

April 18, 2007, 10:56am • Roanoke, Virginia • #12632

My thoughts and prayers go out to each and everyone of you. 

Lori Smith

April 18, 2007, 10:56am • Muncie, Indiana • #12633

I feel the deepest sympathy for all the victims and their families of this horrible event but mostly I’d like to say I graduated from high school with Caitlin Hammaren and I send my condolences to her family and close friends.  She was a wonderful, nice person, very smart and determined and would end up being someone in life.  She, as well as the rest of the VA Tech victims, did not deserve this.  Hopefully there will be some sort of closure for the families of the victims and for the rest of the student population of VA Tech.

April 18, 2007, 10:56am • middletown, new york • #12634

I am humbly sharing my condolences to all the victims of the tragic campus shootings in Virginia Tech and to their families and friends. My heart is filled with deep sorrow for the many skilled students who have been victims of the circumstances of a troubled student. A future had been lost and I am one with their families in this time of grief and pain. My prayers are sent to each and one of you who have been witnesses of this tragic event and I am asking everyone to pray as well.Let us all hold hands in these times.Let us share the message of hope beyond grief and a bright future within a dark present.

To the families,friends and the administrative staff of Virginia Tech,my family prays and shares in your grievances.

Let us all hold hands as we venture into another journey ahead.

April 18, 2007, 10:56am • Bacolod City,Philippines • #12635

From UT, our condolences go out to the entire Virginia Tech community.

April 18, 2007, 10:57am • Knoxville, TN • #12636

My heart breaks for you.

April 18, 2007, 10:57am • Albuquerque, NM • #12637

We cannot even begin to imagine your loss. A campus is a community unto itself, and it is there you will find your strength. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

Jennifer Barone

April 18, 2007, 10:57am • University of Windsor, Windsor, Canada • #12638

To the Staff and students of Virginia Tech:

Please accept my deepest condolences for your losses and know that the nation has come together to support you and comfort you in your time of tragic disbelief.

The time for debate and solutions should come at an appropriate time but for now, embrace each other, tell those close to you that you love them and know that ALL of us are here to support and comfort you in any way that we can.

Jeff Garlick

April 18, 2007, 10:57am • Portage, MI • #12639

deep condolences to all students of the VT, the staff and especially to the families of the victims.
may they rest in peace.

April 18, 2007, 10:57am • Chemnitz , Germany • #12640

Dear VT Victims:
In this time of sorrow, I pray you find comfort in one another; daring to feel joy in communion when joy seems so wrong in the presence of such senseless hate and violence. I beg of you to not hate, for in doing so you lose an innocence, your goodwill towards your fellow man. We’ve already lost enough innocence to last us a lifetime - Hold on to what’s left. And lastly, while you will heal (And you will, even though it seems unlikely),while you will come together, and while you will forgive, I bid you to not forget. Do not disgrace the memory of those lost by letting them get lost in the ether, victims twice over by our apathy, but rather remember them as they were, and as they could have been.
“Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
-Deepest Sympathies,
Constance Woody
Davie Police Department
Davie, FL

April 18, 2007, 10:57am • Davie, FL • #12641

For the past two days, I have been glued to the coverage of this horrific event. There are no words to ease the pain. Although I have no connection to the university, I have seen and felt the the immense power of the Hokie spirit. I have been filled with emotion and saddness, but seeing the passion of the hokie nation during closing remarks was a powerful reminder that even in the darkest times there is still love. God Bless you all and may you all heal they way you need to.
Today I am not defined by race or religion, Today I am a Hokie in spirit.

Shammah Bermudez

April 18, 2007, 10:57am • #12642

To the families,friends,and staff my prayers go out for healing through this tough time. Please believe me that it is in God’s hands and he always shows up. I will keep praying and i want to send my love to you all. Stay strong and continue to pray.  Lee

April 18, 2007, 10:57am • Charlotte,NC • #12643

We can not begin to express the sorrow and heartache we feel for everyone personally touched by this unspeakable tragedy.  If our little Southwest VA town has a home college, it’s VaTech.  So many Clintwood High School alumni are VaTech alumni also.  Our daugher received her Masters from your wonderful instituion.  We are so very proud of her.  She is heartbroken.  She is a Hokie through and through.  Class of 2004!

As each of you start the healing process, which will most likely last a lifetime, please know that God is still on the throne and received your loved ones with open arms.

Romans 8:28

Beverly & Jerry Creger

April 18, 2007, 10:57am • Clintwood, VA • #12644

To all the families and students and staff of the Virginia Tech.

My heartfelt condolences and I pray God gives you all the strength to carry on and make sense out of this tragedy.......What is the world coming to.

God bless you all

Rose Adams
Zambia

April 18, 2007, 10:57am • Lusaka, Zambia • #12645

Desde España queremos expresar nuestro más sincero pésame a todas las personas afectadas por esta terrible tragedia y sumarnos a su dolor.
Mucho ánimo y fuerza para poder afrontar los días venideros. Un abrazo muy fuerte a todos

Abraham

April 18, 2007, 10:57am • Santander-España • #12646