Condolences, April 18, 2007

I’m currently a senior at the University of Missouri and we had a memorial service today.  I hope everyone will stay strong and that the people injured will be able to go home soon.  The families and students are in my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 1:45am • Columbia, MO • #4981

Shock, sadness, and heartache are the bond America now shares with you.  Our prayers are for your entire community.  As an administrator in a private school, my school is praying for you.  As a mom of college students, I am praying and loving you.
God bless.  Connie Morton

April 18, 2007, 1:45am • Henderson, NV • #4982

Go forth unafraid!

April 18, 2007, 1:45am • New York, NY • #4983

God brings light from darkness, goodness from evil. College students joined toegether in prayer throughout the nation yesterday and today...Our hearts to heaven- for the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen

Casey

April 18, 2007, 1:45am • Blacksburg, Virginia • #4984

To all at Virginia Tech,
I’m greatly sorry for your losses. Know that you are in the hearts and minds of all at UW-Madison. Today, we are all Hokies.
-John S.

April 18, 2007, 1:45am • Madison, WI • #4985

OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH EVERYONE.

April 18, 2007, 1:45am • HUDSON, NH • #4986

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at VT and with everyone this tragedy has effected.

April 18, 2007, 1:45am • Chicago, Illinois • #4987

Forever in my thoughts, forever in my prayers.

Hokies - forever.

- Bharath V Iyer
Class ‘05

April 18, 2007, 1:45am • Virginia, USA • #4988

We cannot understand what you have been through but we can try to share in your sorrow and to hope that you will find peace as one day becomes another and weeks put distance between you and the horror. If there is any good in this, as in any bad thing, it is in knowing that there are people who care, and in knowing that there were people who stepped up and saved lives, even at the cost of their own, an act of courage and love, that challenges the rest of us to honor them in our own lives, with our own deeds.

Peace be with you--David Duffy

April 18, 2007, 1:45am • Kailua, Hawaii • #4989

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families during this very trying time. I am saddened by your loss.. Nichole Thiel

April 18, 2007, 1:45am • Umatilla, OR • #4990

May every candle lit at VT, every site in the Internet, every prayer in any language and every tear represent a good memory about the dear ones that have fallen. May the answers come within the right time for each one of you, and bring with them the clarity needed to carry on. How unfair is this? No father should have to burry his son. Why they have to go in the best time of their lives?

I just think that our biggest mistake might be to let our minds think that they are very far from here, when they’re actually living in the same place they always did: inside our hearts.

My deepest prayers for all of you,

Thiago Taffo

April 18, 2007, 1:46am • Brazil • #4991

To everyone at Virginia Tech

The country is mourning this horrible tragedy.  There are really no words that can make this seem better or ok.  Just know that we are thinking of the victims and their families, the students and teachers, everyone at Virginia Tech is in our prayers.

April 18, 2007, 1:46am • Tracy, California • #4992

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at VT May you be able to find the strength you need to get through this. I am deeply sorry for your losses, they were taken to soon, but they are now your angels in heaven watching over all of you. Stay strong. Take Care and God Bless

Yvette

April 18, 2007, 1:46am • San Antonio, Texas USA • #4993

In time of need we should come together so we can overcome any obstacle.
I can only imagine what the VT family is going thru,but i’m shocked,sad,speachless and hurting inside.
My thoughts go out to the whole VT family,the people who lost loved ones,friends and family.
I say thank you to the heroes who saved lives,even though it costed some them their own,they will be with God,Allah or who/what ever they believe in.
I hope that the survivers can pick up their lives,i know it will take time,but together we must come,to make things easier for all who suffer.
Together is the keyword.
No matter who or where you are,what you believe in or not believe in.No matter your race,origins,religion,rich or poor,together we stand,divided we fall.
We should come together,as a community,a nation,a continent and as a world.These are the moments where we should say:
“We are all people,we all have feelings.We will not let fear run our lives.We will not judge others because of one person!We will remember the past,but embrace the future.”

VT 4-16-07 forever in our hearts.

April 18, 2007, 1:46am • Lex Vick, Los Angeles, CA • #4994

To Virginia Tech Family
My heart aches for your losses and the unspeakable experience you have had to face.  Yet, when approached by media, all of you have been articulate, calm and gracious.  You are remarkable individuals and an amazing community.  You will be in my thoughts and prayers for the days and months to come.

JSQuigley

April 18, 2007, 1:46am • Massachusetts, USA • #4995

As a teacher I was horrified and dismayed at the events on Virginia Tech. It breaks my heart that a man who survived Hitlers Holocaust should be cut down by a lone screwed up man and that so many young and hopefull lifes should be taken senselessly away. I hope that Liviu Librescu’s family can take some heart in the fact that he died to save others.

You should be very proud of each other as students, you have been forced into the media’s attention and you have shown yourselves to be a community of togetherness and strength, one that is there for each other and came together in a unimaginable situation to save each other.

Stay strong and be proud, that one man can never take away the strength and pride that Virginia Tech has.

shell xx
God bless you all, the world is thinking and praying for you.

April 18, 2007, 1:46am • England, United Kindom • #4996

All those who have come to pursue their dreams have been shattered, but lets strive and make sure that this incident does not happen again.May all the departed souls rest in peace.

Krishnan K.V

April 18, 2007, 1:46am • India • #4997

To Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff and the family members and friends of those lost in this tragedy. My heart and my prayers go out to all of you. I cannot imagine what you must be going through right now. I pray that you will not only feel that you are in God’s hands, but that you are also in His arms.

April 18, 2007, 1:46am • Spokane Washington U.S.A. • #4998

I am currently a student at Roosevelt Universtiy in Chicago, IL. With profound sadness, my prayers go out to you and your families.

William Schorie

April 18, 2007, 1:46am • Chicago,IL • #4999

To Students and Faculty of Virginia Tech, dear Hokies,

I am so sorry for all your grief and sorrow. The loss of these beautiful human beings, promising students, dedicated teachers, wonderful individuals each with their own stories, all lost in a moment.  It is unbelievable.  It is inconceivable so much horror could invade the class room, the dorm room, the university and for this I gieve for you all. All university student bodies and campuses have been violated by the act of one sad individual. We have all lost our innocence in an act of madness, and now we come together to join you at this hour of lead, to hold your hand, offer sympathy, extend love and thoughts.

Sincerest condolences. Tears. Hope. Comfort.

AMR

April 18, 2007, 1:46am • Salt River Pima Indian Reservation, Arizona • #5000

To all those involved in the April 16 events at Virginia Tech University,
The tragic event that occured at your campus has deeply touched the lives of many. April 16 was a day marked by a horrible act, and understandably, much pain has occured as a result of that horrendous act. All of you need to know that you’re not alone, however. Your pain is shared with many. May God bless you, and help you to recover speedily when necessary.

April 18, 2007, 1:46am • El Reno, Oklahoma • #5001

“Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.” ~Elie Wiesel~

my thoughts, my actions, my future thoughts, and my future actions are with those who suffered the loss of life, love, and/or innocence on this day.  my pride in this great state to pull together as a community in times such as these will always remain. 

best wishes from the university of richmond.

April 18, 2007, 1:46am • richmond, va • #5002

PRESIDENT BUSH SAID THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS THINKING OF YOU .. SO IS CANADA OUR HEARTS AND PRAYS GO OUT TO YOU..BUT YOU ARE AMERICANS YOU GOT THROUGH KATRINA, 911 AND OTHER HORRIFIC SCHOOL SHOOTINGS YOU WILL SURVIVE BECAUSE YOU ARE AMERICANS GOD BE WITH YOU LOVE LIL SIS CANADA

April 18, 2007, 1:46am • ATHABASCA ALBERTA CANADA • #5003

To all the students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community of Virginia Tech,

Please know that our nation is mourning with you. You are in the prayers of literally millions. We may not know you personally, we may be thousands of miles away, but we are with you in your time of grief.

April 18, 2007, 1:46am • Orange County, California • #5004

As a Teaching Assistant and a recent graduate,I understand the emotion and the shock the academic community at Virginia Tech is experiencing.It is very tragic to see some promising or prolific lives tragically shortened.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers,my deepest condoleances to the families.

Patience and you will prevail.

Monica

April 18, 2007, 1:46am • Brasov,Romania • #5005

To the families: this is quite possibly the hardest thing you will ever face. You are constantly in my prayers.
Forgive, but do not forget.
Virginia Tech Forever.

April 18, 2007, 1:46am • Los Angeles, CA • #5006

My prayers and condolences to all those that were affected by this unfortunate incident especially to all family members and friends of the victims. To all those that were wounded, I hope that you’ll have a speedy recovery. And to all the lives that were lost on that day, may they rest in peace.

-Audrey Lim

April 18, 2007, 1:46am • KL, Malaysia • #5007

I wish to say to all of you that no words can be expressed by me to all of you for your pain. I think all of you are heroes, all of you have great survivor instincts and I am much impress by the maturity and respectfulness you display. Those who died are without saying heroes. Sometimes you don’t know how you will leave this world; sometimes it’s normal and sometimes it’s not so normal....this is one of those times. Believe me when I say, you will survive this and you will be much stronger. Don’t let it consume you and don’t let it take away your young yest for life.

One more thing, don’t get caught up in the blame festival that will occur when the dust settles. We are all human beings and security did exactly what they should have done. Sometimes there are no answers. Should have, would have, could have doesn’t bring peace or bring back the dead.

lol and peace of mind to you all.

April 18, 2007, 1:46am • Rancho Cucamonga, CA • #5008

I have never really known why bad thinga happen to good people, but God is our Supreme Ruler and after we all pass through this life, the answers will be revealed. May God bless us all in these very dark and sad days when our hearts and our souls have been gravely wounded.

~GB Jones
Iditarod Musher in Alaska

April 18, 2007, 1:47am • Knik, Alaska • #5009

i don’t know anybody that was injured or killed from this, but everytime i see it on the news i start to cry because it’s just beyond me how somebody can do something so horrible. if they’re unhappy it’s one thing if the asshole wanted to kill himself but there was NO REASON to take down 33 other people; that’s more than double columbine. 33 TOTALLY innocent people. And also the ones in the hospital right now. What a tragedy and I hope the families and firends of victims are doing alright.

April 18, 2007, 1:47am • Smithtown, New York, Long Island • #5010

The whole world has stopped and is grieving with Virginia Tech. Ya’ll are in our hearts and prayers.

It’s amazing how people can come together in an instant, at VCU you see Hokie pride around every corner...where it might have not been so easy to see before. We are here and we are here for you… Much love and prayers to everyone at VT...to the families, friends, students, and staff… This day will not be forgotten. It has opened the eyes of many, including myself. I’m holding out my hands to ya’ll… <3

Love always, Rach “Huddles”

April 18, 2007, 1:47am • Richmond, VA • #5011

Please know how much I care and feel about all of you.  Your pain permeates the alleged border between Canada and the US.  As a human being, I share your loss-- though by no means at the level of horror you’ve all endured and will continue to.  As a news anchor, I am trying to tell this story with as much compassion and gravity such a horrible tragedy deserves. May the days to come be manageable and the love of those near and afar ease your profound loss.

April 18, 2007, 1:47am • Vancouver, BC Canada • #5012

i just want to say i am so sorry and can only imagine the pain all of the family and friends are going through, i myself have two sons ages 18 and 20 and can only imagine your pain. my prayers are with each and every one of you !!  god bless you all !!

April 18, 2007, 1:47am • mechanicsville • #5013

Words cannot describe the grief that we as a nation are feeling as a result of this senseless tragedy. I extend my heart, prayers and deepest of condolences to those who lost their lives. For the students, families and friends I can only wish you the strength and courage to carry on. This day has been marked as a sad day in our history. Please find comfort in knowing that the names and lives of those lost will never be forgotten. You are in my thoughts and prayers. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!

April 18, 2007, 1:47am • Olivia Bays, Indianapolis, In. • #5014

God may bless their soul in rest and peace.Its time for America to ban the weapons.

April 18, 2007, 1:47am • Houston,Texas • #5015

My heart goes out to everyone of the Virginia Tech community, family and friends of the victims.
May you find strenght in prayer and may God bless you.
Charlotte

April 18, 2007, 1:47am • Amsterdam, The Netherlands • #5016

My heart goes to the family of the victims. May god be with you and be strong. Steve D

April 18, 2007, 1:47am • Arizona • #5017

Any of us who has felt the terrible pain of grief understands your heartbreak. This is a very sad momment in time, but time will move forward and healing of spirit will begin to take hold.  You must believe this to be true, I know that it is. 
May God bless you and keep you safe in the days, months, years to come.

April 18, 2007, 1:47am • Canyon Lake, California USA • #5018

Dear Virginia Tech Family,
My thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow. I cannot begin to imagine the toll this tragedy will take on everyone, but the nation grieves with you and everyone is here for you. Loving prayers are being sent your way.

Sincerely,
Lara Villamar

April 18, 2007, 1:47am • Boca Raton, FL • #5019

Me siento muy apenado por esta terrible tragedia, y aun mas al saber que un puertoriqueño tambien esta en la lista de las personas que murieron.

Puerto Rico se une en una sola voz para pedirle a Dios que sane a los heridos, que de consuelo y fortaleza a los familiares y amigos de las victimas, y sobre todo que su amor brinde la paz que tanto necesitamos.

“Dios bendiga a todas estas personas que con tanto esfuerzo se sacrifican dia a dia por ser mejores seres humanos y por crear un mundo mejor. Dios bendiga a VT y a todos los Hokies!!”

Joel Green

April 18, 2007, 1:47am • Barranquitas, Puerto Rico • #5020

The victims will remember, the country will remember, the world will remember.

April 18, 2007, 1:47am • kitchener ontario canada • #5021

I am a Mom and a teacher in Oregon.  So far away but I am right there with you all.  I am praying and trying very hard to find a way to explain this to my children that are college bound one day.  Know that I am proud of you as an American but also as a Mom.  I will pray for emotional and physical healing for all that need it and that the healing will come quickly.  God Bless each of you.  I mean every one of you. Love, Mrs. Pursley

April 18, 2007, 1:47am • Gresham, Oregon • #5022

To the VA Tech stdents, staff and families,

My heart and prayers go out to each of you. We in Okahoma know the feeling of loss.  On Friday I will be proud to wear the colors of VA Tech.  The weekend of April 29 Oklahoma City honors those we lost with the 7th Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.  Somewhere between now and that weekend I will find a T-Shirt or two and will wear them to honor those you have lost. 

God Bless and hold on to each other and never ever forget those taken from you.  The memories will help the sad times and you will get through this.  Again, my prayers are with you.

Vesta McKinney-Moore

April 18, 2007, 1:47am • Oklahoma City, OK • #5023

My family and I would like to say that we are praying for the souls of the victims. We are sorry for your lose. Send our condolences to their families.

April 18, 2007, 1:47am • DOD Wiesbaden, Germany • #5024

My heart and my thoughts go out to all the families, students, all that were affected by this terrible, senseless act. We are a nation in mourning. But we are a strong nation united together to help you all through this.

April 18, 2007, 1:48am • Raleigh, N.C., USA • #5025

As an alumni I truly have known this slice of heaven known as VPI.  Through the eyes of an imature undergrad I always knew how special Tech was, but never took its gift to its fullest potential.  Well, as I matured in life and took on a career, Tech continues to give.  It lifts me with the foundation that will never cave. Now the world knows how special and unique Tech is as an institution that provides the foundation for young lives.  You can see the awe in the eyes of all the media reporting on the pristine and special campus community.  What so precious that was taken will not be forgotten.  It is through these tragic and meaningless deaths that the rest of the world see the strength of Virginia Tech’s campus.  God Bless these wonderful people who gave so much to bring their talents to Tech.  God Bless their families who have to give so much.  God Bless Virginia Tech as a gift to the world.  A gift that can give more now the world has seen such strength in the midst of such tragedy.  Please know you are all in my prayers, spoken outloud, and tears streaming down my face.  God Bless you.

April 18, 2007, 1:48am • Chapel Hill, NC • #5026

You are in our thoughts in Kuwait. We have been glued to the T.V. and sent condolences to our local embassy. My family and I just wanted to let you know we were thinking about you and we miss home even more now. Best of luck through this hard time!

April 18, 2007, 1:48am • Kuwait City, Kuwait • #5027

As a graduate of Tech (’88) I have fond memories of my time in Blacksburg.  I am deeply saddened at the senseless loss of life and hope that somehow the families and friends of the victims will be able to find some sort of peace and comfort as they confront this tragedy. 

I also wish for the current students of Tech that they may in time recover from this and be able to enjoy their remaining time at Tech.  I also hope that they will not let this sick individual rob them of this time in their lives and that they will be able to look back on their time at Tech with fond memories, not just memories of this disaster.

T. Blazer

April 18, 2007, 1:48am • San Diego, CA • #5028

I am so sorry. My heart and prayers go out to each and every one of you and your families. Stay strong.

S. Koopman

April 18, 2007, 1:48am • Winnetka, CA • #5029

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed
he was walking along the beach with the LORD.

Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene he noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand: one belonging
to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.

He noticed that many times along the path of
his life there was only one set of footprints.

He also noticed that it happened at the very
lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he
questioned the LORD about it:

“LORD, you said that once I decided to follow
you, you’d walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life,
there is only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why when
I needed you most you would leave me.”

The LORD replied:

“My son, my precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you.”

written by Mary Stevenson

April 18, 2007, 1:48am • North brunswick, NJ • #5030