Condolences, April 18, 2007

On behalf of all New Orleanians and especially those who were helped by VT volunteers, we send our heartfelt sympathy to everyone who has suffered behind this stupid and needless act.  You will always be in our prayers.

April 18, 2007, 11:24am • New Orleans, Louisiana • #13147

I’m so sorry this happened, for all the families and friends who may have lost a love one or is waiting for a love one to heal you have my deepest prayer.

To change can be a wonderful prospect, though often it’s met with resistance; the transformation begins with us and will take a lot of persistence. 2 Samuel 3-5, Luke 14:25-35.

Yvonne

April 18, 2007, 11:24am • Waldorf, Maryland • #13148

My deepest sympathies and condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Rhonda

April 18, 2007, 11:25am • Salt Lake City, Utah • #13149

In this time of random acts of violence, we all need to practice more random acts of kindness.

April 18, 2007, 11:25am • Minnesota • #13150

I heard about this tragedy in the news this morning and I just cannot explain how shocked and grieved I am. Although I am half a world away, I know that the victims are just young people like myself, that this could have happened on me, or any of my friends and family.
It is such hardwork for parents to bring up a child, I know how terrible it must be to lose the one onto whom you have poured all your love and hopes without any warning at all.
Please keep in mind that you are not alone! People from all around the world are with you.
May God grant you the strength to live through the hard times.

April 18, 2007, 11:25am • Hong Kong • #13151

It’s sad that we have to deal with such a great loss. I can’t explain the sorrow I feel for all those who were affected from this tragedy. My heart goes out to the family and friends of those lost or injured. May God be with you and your family in your time of need..

April 18, 2007, 11:25am • Jersey City, NJ • #13152

My prayers go out to all the families afected by this tragady. I cant imagine what all those people are going through.I can only hope for the best for them and to keep their heads up and to look forward,because things well get better...because they have to.
i know it.

GO V-TECH!!

April 18, 2007, 11:25am • Houston,Texas • #13153

To the parents of the children that were murdered in such a senseless, heinous act, may God grant you peace. Having two small children, all we can feel is profound sadness for your loss. Your lives have been forever changed. Parents should never have to bury their children. Everyone in this country is grieving with you.

The Gorman Family

April 18, 2007, 11:25am • Ashburn, Virginia • #13154

This is such a sad sad event, a complete tradegy, my thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the shootings, no one should ever have to go through the hurt and pain, I pray for each and every one of you, Erica,

April 18, 2007, 11:25am • Galway, Ireland • #13155

My prayers go out to all of the parents who lost a child in the shootings.  As a mother I could never imagine losing a child.  May God bless and watch over all of the victims of this tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 11:25am • Chester, PA • #13156

Words cannot express how much sorrow we feel for all of Va Tech and their families. Our family will pray for all of you in your time of mourning and healing.

God Bless you.
Marty

April 18, 2007, 11:25am • Georgia, USA • #13157

I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.

April 18, 2007, 11:25am • PRINCETON. IL • #13158

Dear all who read this,
My condolences and prayers are with each and every one who has been affected and haunted by this unbelieveable trajedy.  All who were killed and injured in this have been blessed with loving family and friends and although their lives have been cut short, they live on in each and every one of us.  I will say a prayer each and every night that peace and healing come to all of us.
Sincerely,
Patty

April 18, 2007, 11:25am • Dayton, Oh • #13159

As a parent, as well as a friend of a VT alum who is very close to me, I feel your pain and the overwhelming sadness of this senseless tragedy. May God grant you all the strength to move forward, and may He hold your slain brothers and sisters near to His heart. I love you all.

Jim McGrath

April 18, 2007, 11:25am • Hamburg, NJ • #13160

To all Virginia Tech staff and students and families

Our condolences to all of you. We are feeling the hurt with you. We pray that God may give you peace and understanding and may He dry your tears.
You are in our prayers.

Dalene Potgieter (South-Africa)

April 18, 2007, 11:25am • South-Africa • #13161

To the families and friends of the victims of this tragedy; you will be in my prayers. May God be with you!

RG

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Middelburg NL • #13162

We are heavy hearted for the families, the staff and the students of Virginia Tech. There is no way of even imagining what all of you are going through. There are no words that will take away your pain right now, only know that God is with you all, and even though it doesnt seem like it, he was with you on that day, keeping many more from the shooters deadly bullet. I also have to say a prayer for the family of the young man that did this all. May God be with them also, so that one day, they can hold their head up again.

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Bradley Illinois • #13163

My family’s prayers are with everyone touched by this tragic event. With that said. I have never been more proud of young people in America as I have been watching all of you students on the news. Your parents and your teachers should be very proud. Continue to be strong through the tears and the pain. And God bless

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Summerfield, Florida. USA • #13164

I pray that God gives you strength and courage to get through each day.  I can’t even imagine what you must be going through.  God Bless each and every person affected by this tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Valparaiso, IN • #13165

To all the Hoakies, friends & families of the victims of this sorrowful event ... My deepest condolences to all of you. I can’t even imagine the loss that you all have suffered, may God give you courage to pass through these difficult times. Hope you find peace & solace in the coming days. You all are in the thoughts & prayers of mine and the millions around the world who grieve along with you.
May all the souls lost in this tragic event, rest in peace.
Praful Gupta

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Atlanta, GA • #13166

May all the souls rest in peace in Heaven. May their families and friends could overcome this difficult time for losing the ones their love.

Maybe this terrible horror can arouse the consciousness about the safety of the campus as well as the community.

Express my deepest condolences to all the lives lost in this horrible tragedy.

Express my greatest respect to Prof. Liviu Librescu.

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • BUPT, Beijing, China • #13167

I send all my love and deepest sympathy.

‘’God looked around his Garden and found an empty place.
He then looked down upon his earth and saw your loving face.
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
His Garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best.
As the days come and go and the world moves on,
I know you’re still here, you’ll never be gone.
On the night the Angel came and
took your hand,
We cried as you left for an unknown land.
But Heaven rejoiced as you came into
sight,
For your soul was a diamond, shining so bright! ‘’

Deepu Prabhakaran,University of Portsmouth,UK.

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Portsmouth,United Kingdom • #13168

To the staff, students, family and community of Virginia tech, I would like to express my deepest sympathies. May you somehow find peace in this time of deep sadness, loss and pain.

Nicole Borthwick & Michael Subasic, and our families

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Victoria, British Columbia, Canada • #13169

I am a college teacher at various colleges, and I can not express what I am feeling right now. I feel so sad for everyone affected by this tragedy and my heart goes out to everyone. Know that the college students and faculty members around my area (the Northeast) are thinking about you and wrapping our arms around you and sharing in your grief. Words can not express the sadness I am feeling for you all.

God bless,
Nance

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • #13170

You have my prairs

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Indiana state un iversity student • #13171

May God bring healing and peace to all the victims’ families and VA Tech community. May this song bring peace to all the people who are affected by this tragic event.

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

To all the Hokies, I am proud of you for the unity you showed the world. My prayers go to all of you.

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Hong Kong • #13172

Western Carolina University Athletics is so very saddened by the recent Virginia Tech tragedy. We have graciously traded our purple and gold in for maroon and orange in honor of the Hokie family, and we hope our support can somewhat dry the tears that fall and bring solace to the hearts that ache.
Hokies, your community reaches far, and our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you move through this terrible and undeserving event.

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • The 'Whee (Cullowhee), NC • #13173

To all the students and families of the Virginia Tech community:

As a VT Alum, the recent events deeply sadden me beyond what words can describe.  My deepest sympathies go out to the entire VT family that extends around the world.  Please know that you are not alone in the grief you are experiencing during this extraordinarily difficult time.  Everyone is in my thoughts and prayers.

-Maria - Class of 2003

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Ashburn, VA • #13174

I will never understand why or how these things happen. But God does. And he has the perfect plan. I hope that we will all look back on our lives and remember that no matter who we are, or how strong and healthy we are, death can still find us. The only assurance we can have is knowing that if it does, we can go to a better place, if we will live for Jesus Christ. I will be praying for everyone in that community. I am so sorry that this has happened to you all. I cannot even imagine. I cry watching it on tv, not even knowing any of these people. Your hearts must be breaking in two. I wish no one ever had to feel such pain. But remember, Jesus can and will help you if you seek him. He will comfort you in your time of need. I hope this will bring you closer to Him and not push you away. We cannot go back and change things, but we can live right so that we can see them again… God Bless You All!!  My prayers will be with you.

Candace L.

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Harlan, Ky • #13175

It’s such a sad thing that people had to die… For what?… It’s not fair..but, what is fair in this world??
My sincere condolences
Mihaela

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Bucharest, Romania • #13176

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FROM THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY IN CHICAGO AND WE MOURN WITH FAMILIES AND FRIEND OF THOSE WHO DIED AN TO SAY THAT GOD IS ALL YOUR HEARTS TO KEEP STRONG IN THIS TRAGEDY I SEND MY BEST WISHES TO ALL STUDENTS OF VIRGINIA TECH GOD BLESS YOU ALL

SINCERELY

JORGE ORNELAS

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • CHICAGO ILLINOIS • #13177

To the Virginia Tech Community:

From the bottom of our hearts here in the Philippines, we convey our sincerest condolences and offer our prayers to those who lost their loved ones in this unfortunate incident. There is just no sense in this violence and the senseless deaths of the students and faculty members. I do not condemn the identified gunman; it may be difficult to forgive him at this point but justice lies in the hands of our Creator. I condemn though the fact that he has access to such weapons of violence and the ease in opportunity of doing such violent acts.

I know that your community has more than this dark day to be remembered. This too shall pass. Let us all remember the lives lived by those who passed away. 

Forgiveness at this point of sadness, confusion and shock may be distant but sooner it should dawn upon your community that it will be one of steps in moving on. Although i don’t know anyone who goes to school their, i am deeply saddened by what happened. We are one with you in grieving for those whom you lost. May God grant all of you the strength to move on, the wisdom to understand and the courage to take that step towards healing.

My thoughts and prayers to the Virginia Tech community.

Zaldy

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Makati City, Philippines • #13178

Courage at this senseless violence! God bless you.
Vaclav Bouda
Member of the faculty of the Czech Technical University in Prague.

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Prague, The Czech Republic • #13179

In the past 48 hours, my husband and I have hardly had a moment where we have not thought about this tragedy at your University. Our hearts and our prayers are with the victims families and with all of the students, professors and VT employees that this has affected. Though niether of us have ever set foot on your campus, we still consider you our family as fellow Americans and we send you all of our love and support, always.
The Englands

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Los Alamtios, CA, USA • #13180

Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

God bless you all at Virginia Tech.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kim Kulczynski
Baltimore, MD

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • #13181

To everyone at Virgina Tech and their families,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God keep you in his loving hands in this time of sorrow.

Sincerely,
The Moore Family

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Springfield, Ohio • #13182

Dear Virginia Tech,

I work at The University of Texas at Dallas and I am so, so sad about the horrific, senseless shootings at your University. UTD has two stories regarding it on their homesite and our Student Union and Library have memorials for us to sign for you. I made a memorial for my office door. Below is a poem that I used and still use to get through unbelievable pain:

Holding

In the bitter waves of woe
Beaten and tossed about
By the sullen winds that blow
From the desolate shores of doubt
Where the anchors that faith has cast
Are dragging in the gale
I am quietly holding on
To the things that cannot fail.

Bless you and hold on as best you can. Grief comes in many waves and each one is okay to ride.

Carla Raymond

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Richardson, Texas • #13183

All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Although this event was horrific, many colleges and universities here in Ontario are now responding to the tragedy by starting to plan how they could respond quickly and most effectively to try to prevent such a tragic loss of life. From this tragedy some future lives will hopefully now be saved.
Dorothy Ontario

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Hamilton, Ontario Canada • #13184

I would like to express my deepest saddeness for the tragedy that happened at Virginia Tech. This terrible actions made think vary seriously about our children when they are out at school. My hearts and prayers go out to the students and faculty and families of Virginia Tech. I know exactly how everyone feels right now, similar situations happen on daily bases to our children in West Bank and Gaza by Israili’s solders.We are also mourning Your loss and feel Your grief. I only pray that no one human will ever be put in your shoes ever again.

Khaled

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Ramallah, Palestine. • #13185

In your time of incredible sadness and loss, I would like to pass on my sincere condolences.

Here in australia we have been touched by similiar tragedy (Port Arthur), and I can only pray and hope that the same steps are taken to help and ensure that it cannot happen again.

Irrespective, I will always remember the awful loss at VT on april 16, 2007 to honor them and the lives taken too soon.

Steve Moore.

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • melbourne, australia • #13186

Dearest Hokie’s
What a moving tribute in seeing you all stand and, together hearing you, proclaim your mascots name.  It was a thunderous sound coarsing, positively, through VT.  In my mind, you were taking back your campus and keeping the focus on your fallen classmates.  I’m confident they are proud of your spirit.  Proud of your representation of their spirit.  Proud of being a Hokie!  God Bless you all in your steady climb back to stronger days.  This grandmas prayers are with you along with ALL prayers from around the world.  Love you, GIGI

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Rialto, CA . . USA • #13187

I can’t express my sadness for the families, friends, and the entire community of Virginia Tech. I’d just like to say that my family and I are all praying for each and every one of you. Hoping that you will see brighter days soon. I can’t begin to understand the terror and the fear that you all went through on Monday. My deepest sympathy, and utmost sincerity go out to you, as well as my ongoing prayer. I used to be a member for a hotline, for crisis. If anyone would like to contact me to talk or to rant, I’ll listen, and you’re more than welcome to do so. ul_chick2006@yahoo.com

With love in God,
-C-

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Ohio • #13188

I do not know why these things happen. I know God knows your grief and hears your prayers. This is hard to undertand now, but just remember all things work together to the good for those that love the Lord. We may not know you personally but we love you and will be praying for you.

Rita in Georgia

April 18, 2007, 11:26am • Dalton GA • #13189

My prayers, thoughts, and warm embraces are with the Virginia Tech families. I share in your losses and pray for your strength and healing.

S. Ross, RN

April 18, 2007, 11:27am • Columbia, MD • #13190

I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to Virginia Tech community. I cann’t imagine your pain but at least hope to share the sorrow. World would never be the same again without the lives of those innocent individuals we lost in this tragedy. My heart and prayers are with you Hokies.

RT

April 18, 2007, 11:27am • Auburn, AL • #13191

To the students, staff, and family members of Virginia Tech;
There are no words that can be said that could minimize the grief you feel by the events that unfolded earlier this week. I can only offer my thoughts and prayers and deepest condolences for the innocence that was lost. Do not let this tragedy define you, rather take the memories of those who will no longer be with us and use their memory to impact the world. Although they have gone to another place, their memories can live through your actions. God Bless each and every one of you.

The Hostetter Family

April 18, 2007, 11:27am • Lancaster, PA • #13192

I’m a Buckeye born and educated, but I feel like Hokie this week.  The faces are too similar to those of my classmates and neighbors 20 years ago.  I pray that the peace of God, that passes all understanding, will rest upon the Virginia Tech families and the community.

April 18, 2007, 11:27am • Sunbury Ohio USA • #13193

Sending love, hugs and prayers to all of you.  Take advantage of all the resources and help available to you!

Bethanne

April 18, 2007, 11:27am • NJ • #13194

God Bless VT! May the grace of God comfort everyone and know that being angry is normal. This terror event has stirred many thoughts and fears,but know that the World is with you and we will find out the whole story.
Emilie age 23

April 18, 2007, 11:27am • Florida • #13195

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this horrible series of events.  Through time healing will occur but the images will remain a lifetime.  What people outside of VT need to know is that at times of crisis, no one rallies around each other more than a Hokie.  The school, students, staff, and alumni will rise even stronger than before.  I am even prouder to say that I am a Hokie now than ever before.

Steve Joyner ‘89
Jacksonville, Florida

April 18, 2007, 11:27am • Jacksonville, Florida • #13196