Condolences, April 18, 2007

My heart goes out for the families and friends of the victims, as my heart is aching for the young students, who lost their young life for no reason, and the students who witnessed this horrible crime, may god be with you all, and get you through this.

Z.Khoury

April 18, 2007, 11:47am • Cincinnati, Oh • #13547

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims families and those recovering and all of VA Tech. May God wrap His loving arms around all of you and give you peace and comfort.

Vickie

April 18, 2007, 11:47am • Hopewell, VA • #13548

I know your hurting and the pain is undescribeable,SMILE.
Your mind is wandering and you fell helpless inside,SMILE.
I know that your angry,frustrated and don’t know what to do,SMILE.
For their loss is so devastating, without any warning, but their loving memory will live on in YOUR SMILE.
I know what it feels like to lose a child because I lost my first son. There are no words to explain your grief but I hope this poem makes you feel a liitle bit better.
Keeping you in my Prayers,
Portia’ Font

April 18, 2007, 11:47am • Johnson City, TN • #13549

I am a professor at Wheaton College. The day BEFORE your tragedy,I made a piece of photo-art on the theme of youth cut off in the bloom of life, analogized to frozen magnolia buds. Just a day later, these took on a new, painful meaning.

So I have posted a tribute in memoriam of felled students, to Flickr (the first image, see link below), which if there serve & share with those in your community who have been hurt by this tragedy, or with the community at large, I would be glad for my image to be made public, in any useful way, and can provide a larger resolution image, on request.

The titles: “Nobody Warned Me. My Siblings Died> I Struggle” were created THE DAY BEFORE your tragedy occurred, perhaps to offer some consolation.

My heart bleeds for all of you.

John Walford, Professor of Art History

<http://www.flickr.com/photos/walford/>
<walford@gmail.com>

April 18, 2007, 11:47am • Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, 60187, USA • #13550

There are no words to explain how saddened I am and the hurt that I am feeling from this tragedy that has happened and at your campus. Even though I am miles away, I feel the pain as if I were there. My deepest sympathy and my prayers go out to everyone it has affected. Take Care and All My Love

April 18, 2007, 11:47am • Deer Park, Texas • #13551

Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire campus of Virginia Tech.  Lives cut too short who had so much to give.  Your tragedy is our tragedy and we will mend together.  Forgiveness helps in healing. You will forever be in our hearts.

Bill & Jill Webster

April 18, 2007, 11:47am • Laguna Niguel, CA - USA • #13552

To All Students, Staff, Professors, Administrators

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of these gifted lives.  Please remember that you are not forgotten and may Jesus grant you His peace that passes ALL understanding.  He loves you and is holding you in His loving arms. We will never forget these gifted students, teachers, and professors who gave their lives.  “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

April 18, 2007, 11:47am • St. Louis, Missouri USA • #13553

The Hokie nation is in my paryers during this tragic time. This senseless act of violence is unimagiable for anyone to cope with. My heart goes out to the vitims familes as they cope with loss of their loved ones.Our nation mourns with them.

April 18, 2007, 11:47am • North Carolina • #13554

I am from Springfield, MA & I am so sorry to hear about your tradegy. My thoughts and prayers are with those whose survived this & with those you didn’t survive! God Bless everyone!
Lisa Fuller

April 18, 2007, 11:47am • Springfield, MA • #13555

My thoughts and prayers are with all those that were tragically killed and injured and their families.  The individual who did this must have been very sick.  May the support of friends, family, loved ones and those you don’t even know who are praying for you help you through this very difficult time.  Let us all prayer that this never happens again.

April 18, 2007, 11:47am • Indiana • #13556

Although not directly affiliated with VT (a Radford University alum) I have the fondest memories from VT and Blacksburg. Today, I, as many around the WORLD, am saddened and deeply affected by the senseless loss of LIFE. I am also very upset for a number of reasons… but mostly because I always held Blacksburg (and surrounding areas) as my second home away from home. I have fond memories from the international student fairs, the gatherings with friends and faculty, and of course, the casual parties that brought me together with so many extraordinary individuals. I hope that this will never happen again anywhere...Universities (and of course Virginia Tech) are sanctuaries of freedom, liberty, and pursuit of knowledge. My deepest sympathies to all those affected and especially the parents of those killed.
Sincerely,

Yannis Mavropoulos

April 18, 2007, 11:47am • Boston, MA, USA • #13557

Words cannot express how I feel but the sadness in my face says it all. My thoughts are with the bereaved families, friends of those deceased and to you all who are trying to come to terms with this horrific tragedy.

I find this poem helpful when people die
(words slightly changed)and hope you do too in time.

Do not stand by our grave and weep,
We’re not there, We do not sleep.
We’re a thousand winds that blow,
We’re the diamond glint on snow.
We’re the sunlight on ripened grain,
We’re the gentle Autumn rain.
When you awake in the morning hush,
We’re the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
We’re the soft starshine at night.
Do not stand by our graves and cry,
We’re not there, We did not die.

(((hugs))) to you all and take care. From Clare xx

April 18, 2007, 11:47am • Lincolnshire, UK • #13558

Amsterdam, 18th April 2007

An answer to the question why will not be found. So many promissing lifes have come to an end. We pray that God will provide the strength to all that are effected by this horrible event. Our harts weep for you that you are part of such a tragedy.

Lilian Thijs

April 18, 2007, 11:47am • Amsterdam (The Netherlands) • #13559

Pray for the people who were gone...they are innoccent…
Pray for him who suffered for his enmity…
Pray for all the one living who suffering for enmity…
Pray for the peace of the world.

Dear friend, do u know?
u are strong enough to accept the sadness reality,
u will have them in memory,
u will move on and cherish the coming life.

Love & Peace
yours,
Amy Wang

April 18, 2007, 11:47am • Guangzhou/China • #13560

I’m still shocked. Va Tech is my alma mata. My heart goes out to you, Va Tech family.

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 34:18

Love,
Sonia

April 18, 2007, 11:48am • Leesburg, VA • #13561

Our nation is truly mourning the loss of some of our best and brightess not to mention bravest. I offer my sincere condolences to the Virginia Tech community, you are not suffering alone. Cha Cha

April 18, 2007, 11:48am • Norfolk, VA • #13562

To all the staff,families,and students of VT, My heart overflows with sadnes and shock over this horrific crime that was commited against all of you. Please know that the world mourns with each and eveyone of you. Take comfort with the people you love and find safety in their arms. Life is so precious and we can never take a single moment for granted. We must live our lives to the fullest because in an instance it can be taken away. Please know our Lord is with you all. Take comfort in his arms. Tell everyone around you just how special they are to you and always tell them you love them,for come today or tommorow we may not have the chance. Again, my thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. May God bless all of you,comfort you and keep you safe. Melissa from RI

April 18, 2007, 11:48am • West Warwick RI • #13563

To the Families of the Victims, Students & Staff of Virginia Tech - my heart grieves with you, and my prayers are for you in this time of mourning.

I know that nothing can possibly console you, but do know that the people of the World are <i>literally</i> hurting with you.

“<b>Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted</b>.” (<i>Matthew 5:4)

My love & condolences,

Kevin

April 18, 2007, 11:48am • Sydney, Australia • #13564

Please know you are not alone, your grief has touch us all here in Canada. I just can’t stop crying when I think of the nightmare that has fallen on your community. Every one here has been touched by this and I hope you fine some small comforted with the knowledge that we are all praying for you. 
As a parent with a son attending school in Aston, PA, I needed to reach out to you all with this electronic hug. God bless you all and help you heal.
You all are in my prayers.
Jeanette Jacobs

April 18, 2007, 11:48am • Innisfil, Ontario, Canada • #13565

It was caused by one person but too many person got sad.Many people felt painful and sorrow. I can’t express the sorrow. our prayers contact with god. our prayers get to the victims and familys. I hope that our heart reach to the VT
Whole world all people pray for victims.
god bless you and with us

Bang

April 18, 2007, 11:48am • Seoul, South Korea • #13566

This is to all the people who are having a hard time. I am shocked with what happen, and I want my heart to be out to all of you. I understand the greif you guys are going through and want all the families and friends to know that I have empathy for them. I come from New York, a high school student at East Side Community High school.

April 18, 2007, 11:48am • New York, NY • #13567

My grandfather, Don Garst, is a retired professor there. I have been a Hokie since before I really knew what college was all about. I am from Wichita, KS. My heart completely sank when I heard the news about VT. How could anything like this happen to such a wonderful community and university!! You are all in my thoughts and prayers, and I will be hanging my VT flag outside half staff in honor of all the Hokies there in blacksburg. God be with all of you, may you find peace and know we are all praying and thinking about you daily.

Forever Hokie,
Lindsay

April 18, 2007, 11:48am • Haysville, KS • #13568

All our love and strength to all
at Virginia Tech and to the surrounding community at this devastating and horrific time x

April 18, 2007, 11:48am • Dublin, Ireland • #13569

I am truly saddened by the events that have taken place and I continue to pray for all of you; students, faculty, friends and family… all of those involved in this horrible tragedy. Even here in Florida the effects are felt. God Bless you all and I pray that you all may soon find peace.
- Jessica Hatcher

April 18, 2007, 11:48am • Florida • #13570

May God bless all of you in this time of need.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Best wishes,
Jenn and Russ Batsch

April 18, 2007, 11:48am • Landing, NJ • #13571

Peace in Times of Chaos...Poem
http://poetry-emotion.com/Hearts_Reverent_Emotions/peacechapel.html
Quiet times with Blessings
Within Your sacred walls
Heart of God our Spirit
Touched by love for all

Through our times of sorrow
Reflections every day
Hope for new tomorrow
For this each day we pray

Hands are joined together
Hearts will now unite
Keep our loved ones gathered
Always in Your Sight

Each day a road is taken
We hope that You are there
Embarking on our journey
Our love with You we share

Fill us with compassion
Let us know this peace
For we are but Your children
Who constantly repeat

Father Up In Heaven
Protect us through this time
Guide us with your Blessings
For every hill we climb.

~ Francine Pucillo ~
©Copyright March 27, 2003

May they Rest in Peace.....
Mercedes

April 18, 2007, 11:48am • Pennsylvania,, PA • #13572

I am a friend of Prof. Edward Falco. My family and I send our deepest condolences to everyone in the Virginia Tech family.- The Haggerty Family

April 18, 2007, 11:48am • Catskill, NY • #13573

muy impresionado y afligido por el suceso ocurrido en su universidad, mi mas profundo respeto a familiares y amigos de todos los fallecidos y heridos, y que esto nos haga pensar un poco que debemos mejorar este mundo para ser todos un poco mejores
Un fuerte abrazo

April 18, 2007, 11:48am • Madrid, Spain • #13574

As a fellow college student in England, I simply cannot imagine the pain and sorrow you are all going through.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. May you find strength from one another and your families.

Slowly, time will start to heal the pain.

Megan Tierney

April 18, 2007, 11:48am • Cambridge, UK • #13575

To all the families of VT, my heart and prayers go out to you all.  I’ve lost loved ones, but never in this way.  I can’t imagine your pain, but I do know that if you trust in God he can help.

T Morman

April 18, 2007, 11:48am • Tyler, Texas, USA • #13576

As a recent alumni from VT this tragedy is truly shocking and surreal. I could never imagine something so dark happening in Blacksburg.

Once a Hokie. Always a Hokie.

My thoughts and prayers are with ALL of my Hokie family.

Kara

April 18, 2007, 11:48am • Warrenton, VA • #13577

I wanted to give my condolences to the victims and families of this tragic event.I myself being a college student could never imagine something so tragic happening. I wanted to give my condolences to the fellow students and friends of the victims. I myself take my college courses online so I really don’t know what it is like to be a student on campus, but I can imagine what it must of been like.

I will keep you all in my prayers.

Pamela W.
Student at Mount Wachusett College
Gardner, Ma.

April 18, 2007, 11:49am • Fitchburg, Ma • #13578

Lord, please grant peace to the families, friends,classmates, Virginians, and to all of America and help all find solace in the belief that our friends who died on April 16th are in a better place.

April 18, 2007, 11:49am • North Canton, OHIO • #13579

I would like to first of all express my deepest and sincerest sympathy and condolences to the entire Virginia Tech family and community. There are no “right” words to describe or to comfort all of us as a nation for what occurred on 4-16-07. For yesterday the nation as a whole was a “Hokie”. As the healing process progresses and we learn and discover all the facts, signs of normalcy will slowly return. Will VT ever be the same? Obviously of course not, but with God’s help, remembering and honoring those who have perished and with time VT can and will recover.
While watching the convocation and at the end when the chanting “Let’s Go Hokies” I found myself chanting along with you.  May God Bless & Protect the entire Virginia Tech family and community!!

Scott Hills

April 18, 2007, 11:49am • Woodstock, IL • #13580

ALTHOUGH WE DID NOT KNOW THE VICTIMS PERSONALLY, WE STILL MOURN THE LOSS.
BJW

April 18, 2007, 11:49am • ROCKAWAY, NJ • #13581

Please know that our family shares your pain deeply, your community and ours are forever linked in tragedy.  The cuts are deep, the loss tremendous.  We never truly leave that pain behind, we speak from experience.  But it evenutally lessens.  When it comes, it reminds us of what we have lost and their memories come flooding back.  This is good.  These were our friends, the lifeblood of our community, our future, and we need to remember, the pain helps us do just that.  Our prayers and sympathy and warm thoughts go out to all of you.  We send love and compassion along with them.

God Bless
Frank & Lynda McCormick

April 18, 2007, 11:49am • Montreal, QC. Canada • #13582

My heart breaks when I think of the overwhelming grief you all must be feeling. I cant say how sorry I am that this awful thing happened or how many times a day I think of all of the people effected by this. Just know that you are all in my prayers and may God carry you through this terrible time.

April 18, 2007, 11:49am • Big Stone Gap Virginia • #13583

i have watched thise many times and have felt all your guys pain.i hope and wish all of you recover from the horrible tradgedy that has occured monday.much blessings.

love, og SIFER from dat cali state......currently in kansas.

April 18, 2007, 11:49am • baxter springs kansas • #13584

To the students, the families, the staff, the faculty, and all those affected by this horrific tragedy:

There is really no way to express the grief and sadness that I feel for each of you. As a Resident Life professional, I am deeply moved by the RA who has lost his life as a result of simply doing his job; there is no way we can prepare or train our student staff for these kinds of events, and it is admirable that he responded as he did, and so tragic that he lost his life for just doing his job.

VT has been changed- there is a mark upon the community that will not fade anytime soon. The work of repair, of healing, of community building now begins, and I wish all the strength, courage, hope, and comfort I can to each and every one of you. You will rebuild. You will remember the lives lost, the contributions they made to your community, and VT will still continue to be an exemplar institution.

I pray for those lost, their families, and for the work of rebuilding that begins. You are all strong- may you each find comfort and solace in the days and years ahead.

Sincerely,
Keiko Suwa
Dept of Resident Life, Univ. of Maryland, College Park

April 18, 2007, 11:49am • College Park, Maryland USA • #13585

Words cannot adequately express how I feel at this moment. My condolences go out to every one of you, especially those who lost a loved one to this horrific event. You are not alone in your pain, it has reverberated through each and every community in the USA. We pray with you, we cry with you, we stand just as shocked as you that something like this could occur. My God speed the healing process for you all, and may this tragedy bring about some changes that will help us all in the future. Many Blessings...Many Prayers!
The Barone Family

April 18, 2007, 11:49am • DuPont, WA • #13586

I am a student at Florida State.  I cant even begin to imagine the hurt, pain, and sorrow that the Hokie nation is experiencing right now.  We all here at Florida State mourn with you and have you in our prayers.

April 18, 2007, 11:49am • Tallahassee, Florida • #13587

Days like the ones we have seen latly have shown that you can be here today and die the next. 33 people went to work or school monday and will never come home. They will never see their loved ones on this earth again. Cherish what you have now and live without regrets. Love and do good. make the world better. Dont try to justify what happend monday because there is no way you can. The man was disturbed and there was most likly no rhyme or reason to it. dont try and and find reason in the past but find a way to make tomarrow better.

Ben Brightman

April 18, 2007, 11:49am • Christiansburg, Virginia • #13588

My deepest condolences and sympathy goes to the parents and families of this horible tragedy victims. I just want to tell you that we are all affected by what happened on monday. Eventhough i live thousands of miles away from virginia, you are in our thoughts and prayers. I wish that you heal soon from this tragedy and move on your life. One more thing i would like to say is that government should do something about guns that lead to such massacre.

Hamad Alhajri

April 18, 2007, 11:50am • Logan,UT • #13589

To All of the Family, Friends and Students at Virginia Tech -

It is with great sadness that the nation and the world mourns your loss. We ask that God help to heal your pain and suffering.  God Bless!!

P.D.

April 18, 2007, 11:50am • Bayonne,NJ • #13590

Our most sincere condolences goes out to the entire school and community.  We cannot begin to imagine the pain and terror you have all suffered. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Vince and Shanna Galbraith

April 18, 2007, 11:50am • London, Ontario Canada • #13591

Deat VT community:
My family and I send our thoughts and prayers during this most tragic time.  Please be strong in your faith...its what gets most of through these tragic times.  The world is thinking of you now and praying for you!
God Bless Everyone…
The Nicely Family,
Woodbridge, VA

April 18, 2007, 11:50am • Woodbridge, VA • #13592

Although no words can help the pain and suffering that is being felt by the families and friends of the victims of this senseless tragedy, I want to offer my sincere condolences and prayers.  As a college student myself, I can not imagine the thoughts that fill the minds of the students at Virginia Tech.  You are all in my thoughts and my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 11:50am • Glenside, Pennsylvania • #13593

My heart goes out to all the families and friends that have suffered as a result of what happend.  What happened was truely awful and outragous and my thoughts are with those mourning the students and teachers who were killed.

April 18, 2007, 11:50am • England • #13594

As Virginia Tech alumni, we cannot adequately express our shock and sorrow regarding this tragedy.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their family and friends, the students, faculty, staff and everyone in the Virginia Tech community.  The students have made us especially proud.  Their response to the events of this week, and their on-camera interviews have been inspiring.  We’ve always known what it means to be a Hokie - now the world does, too.

God Bless All of You.

Dr. Ann-Marie Gunteski Hamblin (’84)
Steven W. Hamblin (’83)
Fincastle, Virginia

April 18, 2007, 11:50am • Fincastle Virginia • #13595

What happened the mourning of April 16 was so horrible that words can’t describe my feelings at this moment. I was taking a Calculus class in my college when in the hallway I heard other students talking about the tragedy. Then I watched the TV and I realized the magnitude of this horror.

As a college student I felt touched for these sad terrible events, I put myself in the place of the victims and their families and immediately start to cry. My family and I want to express our condolences to the families that lost loves ones in this tragedy, and to all the students and professors of Virginia Tech. Our prayers are with you.

God Bless You

Yisel V. & Family

PD: Please, forgive my English. It is my second language.

April 18, 2007, 11:50am • Miami, Florida • #13596