Condolences, April 18, 2007

You all are in me and my family’s hearts and prayers.  To the victims, their families and friends, as well as all surviving students at Virginia Tech as well as the community, we hold you deep in our thoughts.  The sadness and grief is felt even here in Indiana.  Remember you have the entire nation with you during this time.

April 18, 2007, 11:02am • Anderson, Indiana • #12747

Our thoughts, but especially our prayers, are with the entire Virginia Tech community, from the students and their families, to the faculty/staff and the community.

April 18, 2007, 11:02am • Cincinnati, OH • #12748

Not one of the victims deserved to be a part of this tragic day. May God be with the survivors and the families of those who died. This is a horrible time and you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Our condolences,
The Leary Family: Tim(48), Dede(45), Erin(23), Angela(20) & Jennifer(17)

April 18, 2007, 11:03am • Bethalto, Illinois • #12749

Our hearts and prayers go to you, your families and loved ones dealing with this terrible tragedy. It has hit home for many of us watching the events unfold~ to see the pain and the strength you are all trying to find, and a search for all of the questions that will never be answered. May you find your faith in whatever God you believe in, and may you find comfort in family and friends and form new friendships as time passes on. The Kelly Family

April 18, 2007, 11:03am • Melrose, MA USA • #12750

I am deeply sadden by your loss, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
John M Gibbs

April 18, 2007, 11:03am • Milwaukee, Wisconsin • #12751

You are all in my thoughts and prayers, and you have my sincere condolences.

Love, Light and Peace,

Jack Fennell.

April 18, 2007, 11:03am • University of Limerick, Limerick City, Ireland. • #12752

To MY Virginia Tech Family,
To all the families who have lost loved ones, our hearts cry.  To the entire student body, professors, administrators, staff, the Blacksburg community and all the “Hokies” throughout the world, we ask “Why?”.  Virginia Tech is, and will always be a very special place.  - Our hearts are so sad.  - “May the Lord bless and keep you.  May He make His face to shine upon you.  May He hold you in the palms of His hands and give you Peace.” - Rise up in unity!  Once a “Hokie”, Always a “Hokie”!!! - Love and Prayers to all of Virginia Tech.
Liz Jones Ciccone ‘79
Essex Fells, New Jersey

April 18, 2007, 11:03am • Essex Fells, New Jersey • #12753

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims as well as with the shooter’s family.  As a member of the Hokie Nation, I am grieved by the fact that this is how most of the nation and world will remember our great university instead of all the positive things that have come from this great institution.

Meridith (Webb) Saunders
BS MGT ‘00

April 18, 2007, 11:03am • Cedar Bluff, VA • #12754

Dear VT Students and Faculty,

My heart grieves for you and the families of the victims. Living in Virginia for 5 years, it is hard to imagine that something like this would ever take place. I have friends on your campus and am glad that they are alright, but am saddened to think that a student would inflict pain and suffering on other classmates and teachers. I don’t know what I would do if this ever happened to my campus and what I would do if my friends were killed I would hope my campus comes together as a closer family as you guys did on April 16th. You are in my prayers. Let’s Go Hokies!!!

Sincerely,
Sarah B.
Bowling Green State University, Ohio

April 18, 2007, 11:03am • Richmond Hill, GA U.S.A. • #12755

To All VT students, families, teachers and community;
I am at a loss for words as to how this tragedy has made me feel. You are all in my thoughts and prayers endlessly at this time. I cannot imagine how you must feel, but my heart truly hurts for you. Please know that God is your strength now and always. I have been watching the television since this happened and want you to know that I can see how very strong you all are at this time and as a community you will overcome this. God bless you all.
Peace be with you, Mrs. Lisa Conrad

April 18, 2007, 11:03am • Kankakee, Illinois • #12756

I am so sorry for your tragedy. My condolences to everyone at Virginia Tech and their families. This is a disaster and a tragedy and words are failing how sorry I am and how sad I am for everyone. My thoughts and prayers and heart is all with Virginia Tech. This is devastating.

April 18, 2007, 11:03am • Alexandria, Virginia • #12757

Just adding my thoughts and prayers for all of the families affected by this tragedy.  May God’s love give you peace.

April 18, 2007, 11:03am • Albany, NY • #12758

To family and friend of VT,

I am a US Marine currently serving a tour of duty in Iraq, it saddens and breaks my heart to hear of this tragedy at home. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Its hurts to know that as a service member I can not protect my own people at home. As I tell Marines and Sailors here God is in control. We do not know when or where our lives will end but we must be ready. I know it is difficult, but God never gives us more than we can handle. When it is our time to be called home we go and God has his reasons for taking us from this world. May God bless you all and may he put his healing arms around the state of Virgina and Virgina Tech. I am an A&M Aggie, but today I say go Hookies!! Long live your tradtions and pride. Go Orange and Maroon.

Semper Fi,

Lcpl Bonnie E. Tisdale

McAllen, Tx
Currently Camp Al Taqqadum Iraq

April 18, 2007, 11:03am • Mcallen Tx • #12759

Senselessness.

It is a word too often lately seen in our news, regarding our recent tragedy.

But how many other, more positive, ways does this same word thread through our lives?

What is the sense in a kind smile to a stranger?
Where is there sense in our sharing laughter in idle walks with friends?
Why is there any sense in teaching passionately or learning abstractions?

Henry Lee was in my Calculus I class, in the fall of 2006, room 200 of Norris Hall.  He was an excellent student and a great guy.  Sometimes he would walk out of class with me, but more often with a couple of friends; in either case, there were almost always smiles, laughter and cheer.  There is so much sense in remembering time spent in just these ways.

It is easy to write wonderful things about Henry, he was just that way.  I will miss him, but I know there are others that will miss him much more.

God Please Bless Henry and his family; and God please bless all our other suffering families, friends, students, and staff.

With Love and Respect,
Randy Cone
Graduate Student, Mathematics
Virginia Tech

April 18, 2007, 11:03am • Blacksburg, VA • #12760

VT STUDENTS, PARENTS, FACULTY & STAFF-

My deepest sympathy goes out to each and every one of you in this difficult and trying time. Remember the smiles, laughter and good times as these will help as time goes by.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

May GOD keep a watch over you.

April 18, 2007, 11:03am • Indiantown, FL • #12761

i dont know what would make someone want to take the lives of many great young people? we will continue praying for all the familys that lost their childs life! this poor, sick man will rot for what he has done.God bless!  the ritter’s

April 18, 2007, 11:03am • winchester,va • #12762

Dear All:
From the Florida State “Seminole Nation,” I wish to express my heartfelt sympathy to the many people affected by this horrendous act of violence. We are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.  For act such as this to occur anywhere is shocking, for it to happen at your institution and the city of Blacksburg is beyond belief.
We at FSU are all now Hokies!  Peace.
Daryl McLaughlin

April 18, 2007, 11:03am • Tallahassee, Fla. • #12763

Bosnian and Herzegovina Islamic Center New York
18-02 Astoria Boulevard Astoria NY 11102
Tel/fax 718-545-4980

In the Name of God

We are shocked and deeply touched by happenings in Virginia Tech University.
Our community and its members pray to God for young lives taken.

Parents and families of VT students who lost their lives have our condolences. 

Bosnia and Herzegovina Muslim Community of New York City.

April 18, 2007, 11:03am • New York,NY • #12764

To all Hokies-

Today… we ALL are Hokies.

You are all in the hearts and minds of Americans everywhere and people all over the world. There is still good in this world. Don’t lose sight of that. Hold on to those dear to you and remember the precious gift that life is.

Your school president did everything he could to protect you all. No one would have ever thought that the horrible crime at AJ would carry over to another location. There is no one to blame at this point. Now is a time for healing and rememberance and to plan for our futures in every way possible.

Keep your head up, hearts open and minds on the future knowing that your friends and loved ones will NOT be forgotten!

Sincerely,
KW

April 18, 2007, 11:03am • Florida • #12765

Like all other college students around the country, I am thinking of and praying for the entire Virginia Tech community at Blacksburg and around the world. I wish, as the days progress, that we may all find solace, comfort, and peace in each other and in God. But until that day comes, rest assured that we Americans are all Hokies.

Brian C. Chao
Dartmouth College

April 18, 2007, 11:04am • Hanover, N.H., and Millbrae, Calif. • #12766

As a graduate of Longwood College, not from from Va Tech, I spent many a weekend in Blacksburg rooting for the hokies football team.  I am now rooting harder than ever for ALL THE HOKIES...I know so many and know how strong they are.  You will prevail and you will be stronger than ever before. 

Kristin Jewell, 02 Longwood University

April 18, 2007, 11:04am • Atlanta, GA • #12767

With deep grief and hope for your return to some semblance of normalcy.

tony g

April 18, 2007, 11:04am • texas • #12768

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone.  We ARE Virginia Tech!

The DuBose Family

April 18, 2007, 11:04am • Poquoson, VA • #12769

I read about the tragedy when i read the newspaper on tuesday, i hope that all those affected by the tragedy can pick themselves up and move on with life, mourn as we should, but life must still go on. 
I send my deepest condolences to the families and friends of all the 32 victims of this tragedy. Amen.

April 18, 2007, 11:04am • Singapore • #12770

On behalf of all of the league bowlers at Parkway Lanes in Dauphin, Manitoba, in memory of those who have died in this tragedy, we will hold a moment of silence at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon as an expression of our deepest sympathy.

April 18, 2007, 11:04am • DAUPHIN, MANITOBA, CANADA • #12771

To All:

My family and I would like to express our deepest deepest condolescenes to all of the victims and their families, we are praying for you.  And to each and every student, staff, faculty member at Virginia Tech we are deeply sorry.  You are all in our hearts, thoughts and prayers!  May God watch over all of you! Peace and Love to all!

Love,

Bob, Fran, Jaclyn, Patrick Allgier

April 18, 2007, 11:04am • Farmingdale, New York • #12772

Dearest Hokie community,
May you find comfort in the collective prayers, support and love from all America and the world.  Virginia Tech officials and the police department, I feel, have acted with considerable aplomb.  Heroism from students, professors, staff, police, emergency responders, doctors and nurses will be an eternal icon for Virginia Tech.  I am a Clemson University graduate but I am, now, also a Hokie.  At this time we are all Hokies.

April 18, 2007, 11:04am • South Carolina • #12773

May God bless all the victims and their families and everyone else at VT. You are all in my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 11:04am • Snyder, TX • #12774

May God Continue to Bless Everyone At Virgina Tech University during this time of sorrow and pain.  Now is the time to reflect on how we as the human race can find peace and be forgiving for those who need our help.  Instead of blaming the killer, we should blame ourselves for not trying to help him, he left all the warning signs. We did not pay attention.  My prayers are with you.

J. Perez
Mission, Texas

April 18, 2007, 11:04am • Mission, Texas • #12775

To the Virginia Tech family:
You ALL are my heros.  I would break if I was in this situation.  The way you all have come together, how brave you are, how tall you are standing.  How you aren’t letting this tradgedy keep you down.  During the ceremony when you chanted, “Hokies, Hokies”.  Tears were welling in my eyes.  That was beautiful.  It gave me chills.  It’s great how you all have come together and stared in the face of evil. 
God be with you, keep you close and watch over you.  I don’t know any of you and wasn’t effected personally but I wish there was something I could do to comfort and help you...all of you.  I feel helpless because I am so far away.  Please know that I may be a stranger but I am keeping you in my heart, thoughts, and prayers.

Sincerely,
M.M.S.

April 18, 2007, 11:04am • Hanover Park, IL • #12776

I feel sorry for what happened on April 16th 2007.I feel sorry because more than 60 people got hurt for no reason.I hope you feel better soon.

Sincerly,
Torey Stockton
4th Grade
Cora Kelly School

April 18, 2007, 11:04am • Alexandria V.A. • #12777

We cannot mend your broken hearts...we can only hold you in ours.

In peace.

April 18, 2007, 11:05am • Brooklyn, NY • #12778

We are all grieving with you.  Being from this part of the state, we all have a little bit of Hokie pride in our hearts.  Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers through this challenging time. 

“So for today, forget any and all of your college affiliations, for today we are ALL Hokies”

Much love from RU!!

Samantha, RU ‘06 ‘08

April 18, 2007, 11:05am • Radford, VA • #12779

I am a college student at Kent State University.
And I am so proud to see my generation handle this situation with such courage. We have gone through so much as a nation in our short lifetimes together. I applaud every one of those students who have spent long hours with the media, not really getting a chance to grasp their reality. Not being able to reflect in peace, or get the much needed sleep they deserve. Those students have really been our eyes and ears as they illustrate the story of April 16th, 2007 for the world. They consist of heroes, video reporters, and storytellers.
As a college student,you have to sort of trust your neighbor and believe that you are safe. You have to look at your campus police officer and know they’re prepared to protect you. You have to be cautious. Never could I imagine what VA Tech survivors and families are going through. This event forever plagues us with a question that will never be answered. One can only hope that this event will be the last. My prayers are with Virginia Tech, their community, and my friends that have been affected by this loss.

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it"- Helen Keller

-Lauren Richards
KSU ‘08

April 18, 2007, 11:05am • Chagrin Falls, Ohio • #12780

Dear Virginia Tech Family (that is to include all affected by this tragedy),

Our family has prayed and will continue to pray for each and everyone of you. God is with you and will guide you.

Always remember that when you feel you can no longer go on God will carry you.

Much love and prayer!
The Hall Family

April 18, 2007, 11:05am • Brush Creek, TN • #12781

I find myself unable to comprehend your pain and grief.  I can see that you all will prevail TOGETHER.  You are not alone, we are grieving with you and praying for you ALL.  Seek comfort in your faith and your family/friends.

With Deepest Symapthy
Vicki, Scott, Morgan and Ryan McFetters
Nashville, TN (formerly of Roanoke, Va)

April 18, 2007, 11:05am • Nashvillle, TN • #12782

The Tragic Shooting in VT
I ask every one that reads this prayer to say for the Victimes & Thare Familey,s
Abba,Father,
I look to you this day
with joy in my heart and praise on my lips.
I want to saver every moment to celebrate this gift of life.
May I always see your hand at work in the details of each day,
and may I never forget what a blessing it is to experience the wonder of your creation
Amen
I licke to say .I hope the Familys in this Tragic los get all the help.thay need.I know what it like to have a Tragic in the Family.The pane is very hard.Thare a lot of unancerd qustions with the Tragic los of youn men & weman.I hope this helps sum one that has lost a love one of a good freind.I light a night light for all that have lost sum one.I say God Bless You all in VT.MICHAEL

April 18, 2007, 11:05am • IRELAND • #12783

My deepest sympathy for all those lost loved ones on that tragic day April 16,2007.
I can truly understand your pain and grief due that I witness and experience 9/11 personal since I was then a student a Pace Univeristy, NY, NY for my freshman year of college. To those surviors and self-less heroes my heart goes out to you, eventhough now it may seem unreal what happen “time will this wound”, believe me it will.
God Bless to all!!!
Maria,24, Long Island Univeristy, Brooklyn, NY

April 18, 2007, 11:05am • Staten Island, NY, USA • #12784

I would like to express my deepest condolences to the students, faculty and staff of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia and to the families of the victims of the tragedy that took place on April 16.
DFS

April 18, 2007, 11:05am • winnipeg canada • #12785

Being a part-time college student at Mercer County Community College in Trenton, NJ, I can’t imagine witnessing such a horrific event, or being one of the unfortunates lost!!!  My prayers are with the survivors and all the families of those lost, I know the lost are in Heaven shining down on all of you, keep the good memories alive!!!!  Godspeed!!! 

Noreen Novonglosky, MCCC Paralegal Major

April 18, 2007, 11:05am • Trenton, NJ • #12786

We are really sad because -as John Donne stated-"any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind”.  God help us all to stop violence, any kind of it. Our prayers go to all innocent victims, their families and friends.
Maria Herrera

April 18, 2007, 11:05am • Izcalli, Estado de México, México. • #12787

My Soul finds rest in God alone;
My salvation comes from Him.
He alone is my rock and salvation;
He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
Psalm 62:1-2

May the peace and love of Our Lord Jesus Christ comfort you in this time of unbearable loss and sadness.

Arlene Dabrowski

April 18, 2007, 11:05am • Sagamore Hills, Ohio • #12788

The Belgium is also with you!

April 18, 2007, 11:05am • Brussels • #12789

My thoughts and prayers are with all of those who lost family and friends at Virginia Tech. I don’t think the word “tragedy” can even begin to describe the incomprehensible loss of life that occurred on Monday. A tragedy is a car accident...or the suicide of a loved one...I don’t think that the words on our lips can describe the loss that we all felt around the nationand around the world. So senseless… As a mother I can’t imagine the pain that the mothers and fathers feel...and as a sister, I can’t imagine the loss of my lifelong friend. I hope that you can begin healing. Remember that God is with you always, especially in these times of sorrow. May peace be with you all.

Katrina, Ian, and Danika Kincade

April 18, 2007, 11:05am • Portsmouth, VA • #12790

Our love and tears and feeling of helplessness goes out to everyone at VT. You are in our hearts and in our prayers. The Chesnutt Cox family

April 18, 2007, 11:05am • Seattle, WA, USA • #12791

Hello i live in Albany, Oregon i am so shocked about this i just can’t believe someone could go crazy like that...Iam hopping evrything goes well..I watch the news and thas how i knew about it...i was so scared to go to work on Monday…
NO school deserves something like this...I think you guys youlld have been warned when he did the first shoothing....i am so SAD i just can’t believe this...I also wanted to atten the Universaty next year…
My Condolences to all of you.....

April 18, 2007, 11:05am • Albany,Oregon 97322 • #12792

"Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.”

You will be missed and remembered.

April 18, 2007, 11:05am • Hickory, NC • #12793

As a mother, they were ALL my children....
As a father, they were ALL Ed’s children too…
We are Hokies by association and share everyone’s deep sorrow…
We look for the moment in time when you can celebrate their living....and not curse their deaths..
And send a hug to encircle you with love....

Ed and Chris Gerulat

April 18, 2007, 11:05am • Village of Lakewood, IL • #12794

My family and I would like to express the shock and horror at the news which reached us in the Highlands of Scotland yesterday morning.  Your sanctuary of learning has been violated and the shock-waves will be felt for some of you for ever.  We know what such an evil act does to a community which is merely striving to be the best it can be.  You need to close ranks for now, and share your sadness, loss and love with each other - to “get the best hugs you can”, wherever they are.  You will be able to move forward again, but you don’t need to right now - you just need to help each other.  We know this - we have shared in the atrocity of young lives being cut-down in their prime when many children and their teacher died at Dunblane - it shook Scotland and the United Kingdom to the core.  We never thought we would believe in anything again - but we have, and we do!  You will also!

Take care of each other.

With love, peace, and hope

Carol Huggan and family

April 18, 2007, 11:05am • NAIRN, The Highlands of Scotland • #12795

All that our family can do is pray for all of you that are involved in this matter.  God does things for a reason, though we may not know down here on earth, one day we will know.  The families, friends, colleagues and to all who is effected by this, to the USA we pray for you.  We need to PRAY for the safety and healing for everyone in this country....Gods speed to all

April 18, 2007, 11:05am • New Port Richey, Florida • #12796