Condolences, April 18, 2007

Dear Hokies:

The Lord is near to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. I hope this verse will bring comfort to all those who are hurting from this terrible tragedy. I graduated from Tech in 1985
and I am praying for you.

Rhonda VT 85’

April 18, 2007, 11:27am • Hurt, VA • #13197

To all our Hokies, present past and beyond
Especially those who weren’t with us too long
Life is the most precious thing you can lose
While you were here the fun was never ending
Laugh a minute was only beginning
HOKIES! My brothers, this one’s for you

Ever get the feeling you can’t go on?
Just remember whose team it is that you’re on,
You’ve got friends with you till the end!
If you’re ever in a tough situation
We’ll be there with no hesitation
Brotherhood’s our rule we cannot bend

When you’re feeling too close to the bottom
You know who it is you can count on
Someone will pick you up again
We can conquer anything together
All of us are bonded forever
If you die we die that’s the way it is

To all my friends, present past and beyond
To all those who weren’t with us too long
Life is the most precious thing you can lose
While you were here the fun was never ending
Laugh a minute was only the beginning
HOKIES! my brothers, this one’s for you

April 18, 2007, 11:27am • #13198

I know it seem hard sometimes but,
Remember one thing. Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it gets, stick your chest out ,keep your head up, and handle it. We will get through this.

Go Hokie Nation!!!!

April 18, 2007, 11:27am • boston,ma • #13199

On behalf of the McGraw family in Winchester Virginia, and an alumnist of Virginia Tech, I send my deepest condolences to the Hokie Proud.  To those who have lost a loved one, and to those who currently attend the university, I can tell you that we consider you part of our family.  You are in our thoughts and our prayers every day.  I have cried for you, will mourn with you, and then will watch as you show your strength to the world. We are all so very proud…

April 18, 2007, 11:27am • Winchester, VA • #13200

My co-worker and I stood with disbelief as we watched the horror unfold on-line.  Words cannot begin to express my sorrow for all of the victims and their families.  I have no doubt God welcomed his children home with arms wide with utter compassion and love.  They are in His arms now free from the devastation the worlds can bring.  Know that each of you are in my prayers as well as many who will not write in.  We are all sad for this unexplained heartbreak.  We love all of you.  Christine Smith-Winters and family

April 18, 2007, 11:27am • Sumter, SC • #13201

This week has been one that many Hokies wish they could erase but know we must never forget.

I am confident we can persevere through this tragedy. Hokies are a resilient people and we have the strength and character to bond together. We will always remember the members of our Hokie family we lost on 4/16 and memorialize their tragic sacrifice. For those families suffering with the loss of a child or best friend I send my deepest heartfelt thoughts and prayers.

~Jon
Class of ‘03

I am even more Hokie proud here in our darkest hour.

April 18, 2007, 11:27am • Carlisle, PA • #13202

May the blessings of love be upon you
May its peace abide with you
May its essence illuminate your heart
Now and forever more .
Out thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Family - Castillo

April 18, 2007, 11:27am • Anaheim, California • #13203

My deepest condolences for everyone affected by this horrible tragedy.
So many young people died monday April16,2007.
So Far away from me,but i feel it so close.

I hope everyone find the currage to carry this horrible tragedy.

God Bless you all!

“Their Gone forever,But so Close in my Mind!”

From a Dutch Girl named Lieke.

April 18, 2007, 11:27am • The Netherlands • #13204

There are no words that I can think of to even come close to sayin to talk about this tragedy. I am so sorry for your loss and know that Florida State University and its students are here for you always.

April 18, 2007, 11:27am • Tallahassee, FL • #13205

My son and I wish to express our heartfelt sympathy at this tragic loss of life.  Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.  May you find strength in whatever religion you embrace, in the love of your family, and in the number of people who share your sorrow.

Debbie and David Sprague

April 18, 2007, 11:27am • Burke, VA, USA • #13206

Our deepest condolences go out to you all. You are in our hearts & prayers.  Shane & Kelly Bates

April 18, 2007, 11:27am • Woodbridge, VA • #13207

I was just wanting to say that I am praying for all of you. I hope and pray taht my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ surrounds all of you with His love and I also pray that those of you who are without God will yurn your hearts over to Him. 

Josh Hess

April 18, 2007, 11:27am • Honaker, VA. USA • #13208

Dear Friends at Virginia Tech,

On behalf of the Ohio State Alumni Club of Charlotte, NC I want to extend our deepest sympathy to the Virginia Tech family. 

We were truly devestated to watch as this tragedy unfolded at VT.  It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we wish you our condolences.  May you find strength in one another and all those around you who care about you deeply.  We are grieving for you and with you; you will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Stacie Davis, Vice President
The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Charlotte, NC

April 18, 2007, 11:27am • Charlotte, NC • #13209

Our prayers are with you all

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • Temple Hills, Maryland • #13210

I just wanna say I’m so sorry and I’d like to express my deepest condolences to the families.We’ll pray for them here in Spain.God bless all those people who aren’t here now but will be remembered forever.God bless their families too.And God bless that brave teacher who was saved from an holocaust one day to save the others’ lives now.I hope the others students from VT will be given strength and courage to go on.

Marina Olivares (Spain)

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • Spain • #13211

I am sad for the poor survivors of the gun-violence, however, I was not surprised or shcoked that it happened.  I remember the Montreal Massacre on December 6th, 1989, and the Dunblaine, Scotland massacre of children by gun as well. Montreal had a gun-violence killing last too at Dawson College, and back in the 90’s, Concordia University in Montreal also had a gun-violence killing.

Please do honour to the innocent murdered at your campus and promote gun-control, otherwise, in referring to America as the leader in world gun violence, the adage “He who lives by the gun, dies by the gun”, will continue to be the norm.

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • Toronto, Ontario, Canada • #13212

On April 16th, a tragic thing happened that everyone will remember. As a senior in high school, im looking for colleges to apply and vtech was one of my choices.my prayers go out to all the victims that were involved in this tragedy. this opened the eyes to alot of people and just remember everyone may not of been then but we all went through it and may god bless u and your families.
Nicole Wilson

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • virginia beach, va • #13213

Words cannot express the sorrow that we share with all of you following these events. We pray that God will give you the strength to make it through these times. The media my try and point fingers or change the focus of recent events, but our thoughts are with you all, and we wish you the best.

Matt and Stephany Olson

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • Bakersfield, CA • #13214

I just wanted to tell you all how much everyone has been deeply touched and wounded by the events that happened on Monday. Please know that the nation cries with you, hugs with you and prays with you. We are with you every moment and every step of the way. Please accept my condolences to the victims, the families of the victims and everyone at VT who has been affected. God bless you and keep you.

Amanda

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • Cincinnati, OH • #13215

Pax.
May you find peace.

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • CO • #13216

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May you find strength, hope, and peace during this difficult time. 

-LPA

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • Wilmington, NC • #13217

What a sorrowful, heart-breaking week for our nation. My thoughts and prayers go out to the VT community and our future generations.

Psalm 46: 1-2
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea

Isaiah 40: 28-31
Do u know? Have u not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
--Isaiah 41:10

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • Washington DC • #13218

WE NEED TO CONTINUALLY PRAY THAT THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN!!!!THE ANGELS CANNOT DO THEIR JOB WITHOUT PEOPLE PRAYING.

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • CLEVELAND, OHIO • #13219

Dear all Virgina Tech falcuty, staff and students their familes and the emergency responders
my heartfelt sympathies and condolences are for you.  My thoughts are with you and my Prayers are for you.  I am so very sorry.  Words can not convey how sorry I am.  Hokie Spirit will Prevail! 
With many thoughts, Prayers and much support
Everett

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • San Diego Ca • #13220

We never understand when some tragic thing like this happens, why someone is so tortured and tormented to do such a horrible act, but we here in Missouri, want to tell you how sad we are, I can’t even find the words, that I feel deep down in my heart, so much pain, I’m a Great Grandfather, in Missouri, of course a Mizzou Tiger fan all my Life, But now I feel like a HOKIE, Your in our Thoughts And Prayers, May God Be with You, Joe Tom Collins & Family

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • West Plains Mo • #13221

As a 1999 Hokie alum, and former resident of West AJ, my heart aches along with all of you Tech students, faculty, staff, families, and friends.  It is still unbelievable that such a tragedy has occured within our Hokie family.  Virginia Tech is a big part of my life, and I pray for the families and friends of the victims.  I know that Tech is strong and will withstand these hard times, and will become a stronger community and family in spite of this.
God Bless,
Karen Harrington

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • Midlothian, Virginia • #13222

My deepest sorrow and special condolonces to the VTech families whose childrens and staff was lost in this unfortunate tradegy.  My heart goes out to all the studens and staff who w/o no cause had to live this horror.  May you find comfort that the world you are in their prayers.

Never loose your faith

G.Lindsay

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • New York, NY • #13223

I would like to express deepest regret and sympathy to those affected by the tragedy at VirginiaTech. My heart goes out to the families and friends of those who have passed, those who have been wounded, and those who have fallen victim to such a senseless and horrible tragedy. Keep your heads high VT!

Very truly yours,
Robert DeNiro

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • #13224

I am so sorry for the loss and devistation suffered at your campus, As a parent I sit in aww, unable to comprehend how this could happen, and realizing this could have easily happened to my child. This nation mourns with you, you are not alone. I pray for you all, I and pray that God will wrap his arms around your community, keep you safe, and give you the stength to go on and start to heal from this tragedy. I pray that he will keep our schools and our children safe and I pray that the violence will stop, too many innocent souls are being lost. STAY STRONG HOKIES.........STAY STRONG!! 
Love and Prayers,
Marki Mayle

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • Stephens City , Virginia • #13225

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. May God bless you.

Maureen
VT 1997

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • Fairfax, VA • #13226

Our prayers and sympathy are with each of the family members of those killed and or wounded at Vtech. We especially pray for the parents of Mr Cho Hui, We feel thier pain as well. May God’s mighty arms be around all those affect by this senseless tragedy and may Our Lord give them all peace!  Ramona Jimenez and Family

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • Woodhaven, NY • #13227

Monday, as I checked with other local “Hokie Parents,” I would also call my son to see if he knew about someone local or any of the victims. Our conversations were brief and good-byes often hurried, as we had to get back to reassuring friends and relatives that everyone we knew was safe. After one dropped call, Aaron immediately called back to make sure to he had said good-bye. I said that I was about to lose him again. He just kept reiterating that he wanted to make sure that he said good-bye and that he loved me.  That’s when it hit me: these young adults reacted to the tragedy by not only needing to communicate to their friends and family that they were safe, but recognizing how precious each encounter is with loved ones, no matter how brief. Each point of contact, call, message or email had to be acknowledged as special. It wasn’t “I’m okay, you’re okay, and too;” rather, “I’m alive today and glad that you are in my life. Thank you for caring.” Too often, older adults accuse the younger generations of not acknowledging their mortality. This is NOT the case with the students at Virginia Tech. The massacre of their classmates made them realize each connection they have with another person may be the last, so make it count.

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • Lewisburg, WV • #13228

My deepest sympathies to the families of the victims of this horrible event. Our youth group will keep you in our prayers. We are praying for you and share in your time of grief. May the Spirit of God give you peace, rest, and restore joy back into your hearts. You Are Virginia Tech and We Are United!

In Christ,
Pastor Marcus Denetdale

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • Farmington, NM • #13229

The people of the United States of America are strong. Millions are standing with you as you summon up the courage and strength to continue on your educational journey.

Are prayers are for and with the families who have lost loved ones in this very tragedy.
Around the world people you will never know are praying for you. God Bless Virginia Tech.

--Michael Ellison-Lewis and Family

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • San Bernardino, California • #13230

Dear Family of Virginia Tech,

My heartfelt condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with you.  I have watched the news non-stop and grieve for our beautiful Virginia Tech.  We will come out of this stronger than ever.

Love and Blessings to you,
Janet, Class of 1977

April 18, 2007, 11:28am • New Albany, IN • #13231

My prayers and condolences are with everyone that has been affected by this terrible tragedy. Your community will come together to help each other through this terrible event that everyone will always remember and we will never forget the one’s who’s lives were taken as well as the one’s who gave their lives in protecting those who were around them, collogues, friends, professors, fellow classmates.

April 18, 2007, 11:29am • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma • #13232

All my support to the victims! France also mourn your tragedy. Hoping it´s the last one. Peace

Sincerly

Guillaume

April 18, 2007, 11:29am • nancy, FRANCE • #13233

I want to extend my deepest sympathies, before 4/16/07 I had never heard of a Hokie, today though they are all that is on my mind and in my prayers.  There are no words to express the sympathy that I feel for the students, faculty and familes of Virginia Tech.  As I watch the news coverage I feel a small amount of peace as I watch all these people come together to mourn and heal.  It reminds me of 9/11 when the nation came together to mourn and heal.  Many newscasts express some sort of amazement at the immense feeling of community at VT.  I don’t I would not expected any less, the young college aged people of America are a resilient, brave, and compassionate and the students of VT are a reflection of that, they have become the example of those qualities over the last few days and my hope is that in time VT will not be rememebered for the tragedy that occurred on 4/16/07 but for the courage and sense of community that its students showed the world.  I also grieve for the loss of lives and pray that in time their sacrifice will not go unnoticed and that America will do better by those whose futures we rely on.

April 18, 2007, 11:29am • Spring Hill, FL • #13234

My thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty and family of the victims.  May you be lifted up in prayer.

M.D.

April 18, 2007, 11:29am • Florence, Al. • #13235

Pentru Familia Librescu condoleante. Cu tristete am aflat de moarte profesorului Liviu Librescu dar actul sau de eroism aduce lumina in aceasta lume plina de umbre. Sper ca amintirea lui sa ramana in inima noastra ca un exemplu de curaj in a infrunta o soarta aproape imposibila. Dar a depasit toate obstacolele:Holocaust,Comunism, Teroare cu sufletul curat si acum se odihneste in rai acolo unde ii este locul.

Este un exemplu pe care toti ar trebui sa-l urmam.

April 18, 2007, 11:29am • Iasi,Romania-Boston,MA • #13236

i have been to the campus several times...and i saw what a wonderful, vibrant place it was. I had though about going to VT before but now i think more than ever this has cemented my decision to attend VT because of the close nit family like atmosphere held within the campus. I had freidns who went there and i was worried for them. i can not imagine the horror and sadness that must be undertaken by the loved ones of those who have passed. my prayers are with all of you.

Casey Steele
Honaker High Class of 06’

April 18, 2007, 11:29am • Virginia • #13237

I would like to tell you all that I am sooo sorry I am to those families that lost loved ones. I am praying for you every day and every time you cross my mind. I pray that God will give you peace and comfort in your time of sorrow. May God be with ALL of you and keep you in His arms of love and peace and comfort. This has touched this nation and the world in an undescribable heartbreak. The whole world cried the day that VT lost it’s precious jewels. May God be with you all. I will continue to pray and cry with you. GO HOKIES!!!! WE LOVE YOU VIRGINIA TECH!!!!!!!!

Christina Montgomery

April 18, 2007, 11:29am • Hampton, VA...USA • #13238

To everyone at Virginia Tech, the students, faculty, staff, and administration, and their families,

My family and I offer our prayers and condolences in this time of grief.  Our hearts go out to everyone on that campus and across the world who lost someone on Monday, be them family, friend, or co-worker.

Hilary, Robin, Bailey, and Jakob Hartman

April 18, 2007, 11:29am • Richmond, Kentucky • #13239

The whole world is saddened by this terrible event but we will prevail. These senseless acts only bring us together even stronger as a nation. We will continue to pray for all who was directly and indirectly impacted by this tragic piece of history. We will remember. We will NEVER forget. We will hold a piece of each of the victims in our hearts forever.

Sean & Kristin Kennedy

April 18, 2007, 11:29am • Portsmouth, Virginia U.S.A • #13240

Most sincere condolences from Ohio! We are all Hokies today!
God Bless!

Asian American Association
Miami University --Oxford

April 18, 2007, 11:29am • U.S.A • #13241

My condelences to the family’s, friends and those who are afflicted by this drama.
May god be with you.

Fam. de Klerk

April 18, 2007, 11:29am • Rotterdam, The Netherlands • #13242

Our deepest condolences go to all victims of this terrible tragedy, their families, and students and staff members of Virginia Tech.  May God eases all your pain, wipes away your tears, and grants you peaceful minds.  Wish all the brave and beautiful souls rest in peace.

Clarice Eki and Family

April 18, 2007, 11:29am • Hong Kong • #13243

Even though I graduated back in 2001 from Virginia Tech, it seems like yesterday when I walked across the drillfield and breathe true happiness in the air.  My deepest sympathy and condolescense for the family’s victims where I know they shared that true happiness of being in Virginia Tech as I did a few years ago.  I feel much sadness for this senseless acts and I can’t imagine what the families of the victims are going through.  I wish you truly peace and love...soon, very soon.
A los compadres latinos que descansen en paz y mis condoloencias para su padres.

April 18, 2007, 11:29am • Gaithersburg, MD USA • #13244

I am deeply affected anytime a group of innocent people are killed.  It is extremely upsetting when we are killing the people in this country trying to better themselves.  We live in a country where we seem to want to kill the successful and mute great minds.  I am immensely apologetic to everyone affected.  This is something we all need to stand up and tell the world we will not accept this anymore.  My heart is with everyone.

April 18, 2007, 11:29am • Columbus, Oh • #13245

Pour vous, petites ames dans le ciel, disparues trop tot, victimes de ce que personne n’ose imaginer, petite ames qui laissez des familles éplorées , vous plein de promesses et d’avenir ,vous qui vous en êtes allées....de France , des larmes et une incompréhension Pourquoi? 

I cry for you.......

April 18, 2007, 11:29am • France • #13246