Condolences, April 18, 2007

OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO EACH AND EVERYONE AT THE CAMPUS. WE HAVE BEEN PRAYING EACH DAY EVERY HR EVERY SECOND FOR EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU. TO THE VICTIMS AND FAMILY MEMBERS FRIENDS EVERYONE WE WILL KEEP YOU ALL IN OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS EACH DAY, WE LIVE IN SALEM, VA AND WE FEEL LIKE WE ARE ALL FAMILY AND THAT WE HAVE ALL LOST LOVED ONES AND WE ARE HERE FOR YOU ALL EACH DAY.  GOD BLESS AND WE ARE HOKIES, TOGETHER WE WILL ALL GET THROUGH THIS ONE DAY AT A TIME AND WE CAN HELP EACH OTHER THROUGH THIS NO ONE IS ALONE.

April 18, 2007, 11:50am • TLH, SALEM, VA • #13597

Il n’y a pas des mots pour exprimer une tel horreur. Mes pensées sont avec tous ceux qui souffrent.

April 18, 2007, 11:50am • José, Lausanne/Suisse • #13598

May our thought’s & Prayer’s be with you during this sad & horrific time. God Bless You ALL and
your loved ones.

M. Moore
T. Keel
Personal Home Care

April 18, 2007, 11:50am • Lansing Mi • #13599

**May Angels Lead You In**

He may have taken 32 lives, but he did NOT take the spirit of the Hokies.  Stay strong, guys.  May the Lord bless you and keep you.  Remember their smiles, their laughter, their happiness.

r.i.p

With Love,

The Roos/Pennypacker Family

April 18, 2007, 11:50am • West Chester, PA; New Castle, DE; Orlando, FL • #13600

Dear Hokies,

Our deepest sympathies go out to the entire VA Tech family. So many people have been impacted by this senseless, horrific event. I am sure closure will be hard to find, but I pray that God will help you find peace in your heart.

We are miles apart, but we stand as one. We love you all and we’ll continue to pray and support you.

Michelle
University of Virginia

April 18, 2007, 11:50am • Charlottesville, VA • #13601

I can not think of anything as horrendous as losing the love of your life...your child.  My heart is breaking for all of you effected by this senseless tragedy. 

To the students:
“I have heard your prayer and plea you have made before me… My eyes and my heart will always be there.” -1 Kings 9:3

May God bless you all.  Karen Lamphere

April 18, 2007, 11:50am • Cream Ridge, NJ • #13602

Dear Virginia Tech Students

In these times of sadness, I send you my deepest condolences. You will be in my prayers. God bless you.

Pablo R. Bordon

April 18, 2007, 11:51am • Cordoba, Argentina • #13603

to all those that are in mourning, you are not alone! VT is in the state where i live. this tradgedy hit a lot closer to home than 9/11 or the columbine shootings. although i may not be a student or know anyone who is, you and all of your families are in my thoughts and prayers. it amazes me how anyone can take advantage of our freedom in this country. but, sad to say, people do and this is just one of many tradgedies that are an outcome. i am the sister of a military man and the fiance of a deputy. i worry constantly through the day until i know they are safe. i cant imagine sending my child to a school where i would expect them to be safe and something like this happens. no one saw it coming and i doubt there was anything that could have been done. but in this sad time, i want you all to know that we will overcome this. i know it wont be easy but with the help and prayers of friends, loves ones, and even strangers, we will overcome! god bless all those in mourning at this very moment and please remember that you all are in my thoughts and prayers along with every student, soldier, officer, and firefighter in america!
~JAS~

April 18, 2007, 11:51am • smithfield, va • #13604

There are no words that can convey the sadness of this.
My prayers, may God hold you close during this painful time.

Kate Perry

April 18, 2007, 11:51am • NJ, USA • #13605

The writer of Ecclesiastes has said, “There is time and season for every event under Heaven. There is a time weep and a time to mourn.”
And I would say for you who are family and friends that this is a time for mourning…
You have lost a love one - and it hurts…
Please…do not deny your feelings - grieve long and grieve full. God made us so that we can have a relationship with Him and with one another…
And when that relationship is lost we feel pain.
Grieve what is lost. Grieve honestly. Grieve lovingly. Grieve patiently, until the cup is emptied. For when you grieve healing takes place.
Even in the midst of death - if we believe in Him, He will never leave us or forsake us.
He who faced death himself - and conquered it - will never leave us. God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 11:51am • Baltimore, Maryland (VT Class of 1983) • #13606

I want to send my heartfelt condolences to the whole virginia tech community. i am so sorry for your losses on this tragic day in america. To nikki giovani for her uplifting speech at the convocation yesteday, you touched my heart with your conviction and you will prevail because you have faith. god bless you all and remember all of us will have you in our prayers.  julie

April 18, 2007, 11:51am • blythe ca • #13607

I cannot help crying when I think about this news. It is the saddest moment in my life. I cannot imagine the life of the 33 families in the future. What I can do is pray for them, hope that they can live through this.

April 18, 2007, 11:51am • State College, PA • #13608

I am very sorry to all this families which are suffering for this horrible event.

Big hugs.

April 18, 2007, 11:51am • Seattle, WA USA • #13609

Estoy muy dolida por estos sucesos. Lamento profundamente la pérdida de tantas vidas inocentes y espero que la resignación llegue pronto a las familias y amigos de quienes ya no están en este mundo.

Que Dios les bendiga

April 18, 2007, 11:51am • Hermosillo, Mexico • #13610

In My Prayers
By: Terri McPherson 2002

As you make your way through a fog of tears, a landslide of heartache and multiple fears, I’ll remember you in my prayers.

While God holds you safe in the palm of His hand and sends His angels to help you stand, I’ll remember you in my prayers.

Each minute you long for peace and rest, courageously fighting this willful test, I’ll remember you in my prayers.

When a ray of hope pierces the night and your faith is renewed by the heavenly sight, I’ll drop to my knees and thank the Lord for the grace of prayer and your spirit restored.

Friends in Las Vegas, NV

April 18, 2007, 11:51am • Las Vegas, NV, USA • #13611

SHOCKING! MY GOD YOU NEVER DREAM THAT THIS TYPE OF THING COULD HAPPEN SO CLOSE TO HOME. MY FAMILY AND I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE OUR PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILYS THAT HAVE LOST LOVED ONES AND FAMILYS THAT ARE TRYING TO HOLD ON TO THE LOVED ONES THAT WERE INJURED. WE ARE ALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THIS COUNTRY, MAY ALLAH BLESS US ALL!!!!

THE ARAM AND SHAKIB FAMILY!!!
GAINESVILLE, VA

April 18, 2007, 11:51am • GAINESVILLE, VA • #13612

To all those affected by this evil act,
There are no words we could express that could ease your pain;just know that God loves each and every one of you and so does America.Each one of you are in our thoughts and prayers and in our hearts.May you have all the support and love you need in this time of sorrow and in the healing process to follow.God Bless you all!

Scarlett H

April 18, 2007, 11:51am • Boaz,Alabama • #13613

Hokie community,
My heart and prayers are with the whole Hokie nation.  Know that the world is praying for you.  May GOD bless and keep you all.

Traci Nelson

April 18, 2007, 11:51am • Chesapeake, VA • #13614

so sorry
I know that you probably think this word means nothing right now but it is the only word that sometimes can be a reassurance. I having been praying for all the victims hurt and effected by this evil and heart less man and I wil continue to do so.
“it is not whats happens in our life that makes us who we are but how we handle”
you will remain in my thoughts and prayers

April 18, 2007, 11:51am • st.louis ,Mo 63118 • #13615

I find myself without words, only thoughts and prayers for the entire community and all those affected by this terrible tragedy. May God Bless you all during this trying time.

April 18, 2007, 11:51am • Richmond, KY • #13616

To the Virginia Tech Community:

You are in my heart and in my prayers.  The tragedy that you are enduring will forever be etched in my head but the one thing that will stand before that is the beauty and awe of the 20,000 candles I saw on TV last night during your vigil.  To me that, along with the victims, is what should be remembered most about your community.  As a graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio I know the love for one’s school, community, faculty, and friends.  And I see that overwhelming feeling coming out through the grief, the suffering, and the heart ache and to me it shows your true spirit and amazing bond.  I for one now call myself a BGSU a falcon and a Hokie.  Godspeed.

Mike Kennedy
mike11ken@hotmail.com

April 18, 2007, 11:51am • Lakewood, OH USA • #13617

I loved all of Nikki Giovanni’s Convocation address, but the line that stuck with me most was this: “We are strong enough to stand tall tearlessly, we are brave enough to bend to cry, and we are sad enough to know that we must laugh again.”
I am not sure how our Hokie Nation will get to that last part ... but I know we will get there together.

April 18, 2007, 11:51am • Angela Watts, VT 1996 • #13618

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the families, friends, co-workers, etc. whose lives have been changed forever by this tragedy.  To those that left us so suddenly, “Till we meet again, at Jesus’ feet.” and to those that are left behind, I hope you find peace in your heart and comfort in your soul.  Know that the world mourns with you.
Carol

April 18, 2007, 11:51am • Marianna, FL • #13619

Words can not express how our country is feeling over the shocking events that happened on April 16. Our thoughts and prays are with all of you. God Bless You all.

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Bedale, United Kingdom • #13620

I have known personal tragedy & to see it unfold for so many at one time, breaks my heart. In all the pain, we can take comfort that so many of us across the world - want to support each other. This poem has been my comfort, although the authorship is often disputed:

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Take Care - With Deepest Sympathy and Love
Dawn Brown
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Calgary, Alberta, Canada • #13621

The Virginia tech community is in my thoughts and prayers.  I have been so moved by the young adults interviewed on tv; their strength and compassion.  I am so sorry this happened, you are not alone.

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Sparta, Kentucky • #13622

To All Students, Faculty, Family and Friends,

I am a graduate student at WVU just a few hours away.  when I recently heard of the horrible tragedy my heart sank for all of you.  Very recently, I lost a family member, so I can understand your pain.....I can pass along all the advice I have received in the past 11 days........put all your faith in God, stay strong, stick together stronger than you ever have before, cry whenever you feel it necessary, and don’t be afraid to seek outside help.

My heart goes out to you and all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Christa, a fellow struggling student

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Bellaire, Ohio • #13623

words cant even explain the pain that i feel for all those affected by the horrible events that happened on the 16th. You are all in my prayers and i send my condolences to all the families who lost their loved ones. A friend of mine attends your school and my heart felt like it was crushed when i even heard of what had happened. i am glad to know that he is ok but i am devistated to know that everyone wasnt as lucky. may god bless you all.

with all my love,
Bridget

Fairleigh Dickinson University
Teaneck NJ

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • teaneck nj • #13624

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the students, staff, and especially the families of all the shooting victims of this senseless tragedy.  May God Bless the souls of those who have been lost, and give comfort to those who mourn and are healing.

Doug O.

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Minnesota • #13625

I would like to offer my condolences and prayers to the victims of the horrific and senseless act of violence.  There are no words that can be offered to easy the pain that the victims and famlies are suffering but know that all of your are in our prayers.

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Pittsburgh PA, USA • #13626

Our thoughts and prayers are with each student, member of the faculty, and family member during this terrible time.  God Bless each of you. The thoughts and prayers of our nation are with you. Right now we are all Hokies..!!!

Gary & Kathy Pardue

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Tishomingo, Mississippi • #13627

April 17, 2007

Dear Students, Faculty, Family and Friends of the Virginia Tech Community:

The staff and volunteers of The Connecticut Hospice wish to extend our very deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by the recent tragic events. 
We recognize the inability of language to articulate the pain of such tremendous loss.  Please know that we are with you in our hearts and in our prayers.
Through our work we are privileged to serve as companions to many who are walking the path of grief and loss. We have been awed and uplifted by the ability of the human spirit to reach out in compassion and hope. 
May the love and caring of others bring you healing and peace.

Elaine Piotroski
On behalf of:
The Connecticut Hospice
100 Double Beach Road
Branford, CT 06404

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Branford, CT • #13628

My heart goes out to all the families and students at Virginia Tech. It is painful to even write about this tragedy because the pain is felt as if I knew all of you.  God will give us all of the strength to go on because life must go on. My prayers are with all of you. Lets us celebrate the lives of our dear brothers and sisters and work at trying to prevent such event from happening in the future.

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Gernantown, Maryland • #13629

As a college student this has shocked my world. College is supposed to be a safe place for boys and girls to grow into men and women. My heart goes out to all the Virginia Tech students. I hope and pray that following this tragedy the community and the nation will be able to continue enjoying valuable educational opportunities and campus life. The thoughts and prayers of my university are with you all.
Whatever you ask for in Prayer with faith you will receive.
Matthew 21:22

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Boston, MA • #13630

God bless all of you at VT!!
Dr. Rebecca Petersen
Professor of Criminology

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Kennesaw, Georgia • #13631

My heart and prayers are with every person who has been affected by the tradegy that has occured.  As a college student in the United States, the events of Monday really hit home.  I pray often for the families and the students of Virgina Tech.  This is a horrible time and yet they have so much pride.  God works in mysterious ways. May the lord be with you, and help you deal with this tradegy.

Christi Marsh

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Battle Creek, MI • #13632

We will continously send the most positive vibrations your way through meditation, and hope that it reaches your souls through this tragedy. 
Most sincerely,
Lynn Tracey
Portland, OR

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Portland, OR • #13633

my deepest condolences to everyone at VT.

Through this tragidy we learn how we are all connected to one another.  If one of us is sick, we get the consequence in anyway.
Let’s take care of one another.

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • London • #13634

I am deeply saddened about what has happened at VT.  I will pray for the victims and their families, and I send my deepest condolences to everyone affected by this.  Please know that the world is thinking of each and every one of you and you will all be in our thoughts and prayers. I know how how strong the Hokies bond is… Virginia Tech is a truly beautiful place. 
God bless

Erica

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • New York City, NY • #13635

My deepest condolences go to all the families and friends of the victims in this tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. I send this message from a student majoring Admin. of Justice at West Hills Community College - Lemoore.

Reynaldo Atkinson

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Lemoore, CA USA • #13636

To all those affected by this tragic event, my prayers go out to you.  I can not say I know how you feel, only that it pains me that anyone would have to suffer the way you are.  May God help you through this difficult time and help you cope with the losses.  Prayers from Kansas.

Duncan

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Ellinwood, KS • #13637

I am a parent to a soon to be freshman in college and a native of NC.My entire family wishes to extend our heartfelt sympathy to all students,family members,staff and friends,in this time of great loss.To the fallen,you were all heroes.My youngest son is 18 and keeps up with VA Tech basketball,he was in shock that such a thing could happen in the United States.Our young men and women are fighting a war in Iraq,but I believe we are also fighting a war,at home.I want to commend all the students we have seen on televsion and how you spoke and the class you showed.Blame is not a part of healing,its a natural human instict,but gets us no where.Students lift your heart and hands to God,let him help you thru this pain and fear and give you all the strength to return to VA Tech with pride and honor.And never forget those that might not know any of you,feel your pain and will keep each of you in our prayers.Much success and love in rebuilding the security of VA Tech.The Thomas Family

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Charlotte North Carolina • #13638

The prayers and most heartfelt condolences from the staff and students at the University of South Florida are with you all.  Grief and the will to survive unites us as a world at this time, and our hearts ache for you!  May peace come to us all.

K. La Mar

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Tampa, Florida, UNITED States of America • #13639

Dear Virginia Tech Hokies,

My heart goes out to all of you during this time of mourning. As a graduate of Virginia Tech, I feel this loss right along with you.

May time heal your hearts and bring some peace.

Holly- VT Class of 1997

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Virginia • #13640

Dear Hokie family

My condolences! I can’t imagine what all of you, especially the friends and families of the victims are going through. But I am praying for you, and in the arms of God you will get through this.  By only watching you on TV I can see that you are a proud and close-knit community, and that you will carry one another through this.

Carlien

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Port Elizabeth, South Africa • #13641

Dear Friends,
My Heart and soul are with you. It’s hard to stand by as those you love are ripped away from you. My dearest friend Katy died two weeks ago, she was 19, the most beautiful,loving girl in this world. She like your friends, siblings, and children, lit up the world with their bright, beautiful smiles and zest for life. It’s the worst feeling to lose a loved one, so young, when all they have before them are dreams and a world they plan to change with goodness,love and talent. The worst part is the violence, to know that they, as my friend, who was in a terrible accident, were frightned at their last moments, my only releif is knowing that when God gave his only Son for us, he conquered the “Sting of Death”, and I know our friends are pain free and never will they feel scared again.your spirit moves me, the only way through this pain we feel is to be embraced by others who loved the ones that are gone as you do. I live far away from where my friend passed away and wasn’t able to mourn with our friends, it’s hard to do alone, but take comfort and know that you are all with us in prayer and thoughts, all around the world we hurt for you and we heal for you. God Bless you and Keep you.
Love your friend,
Micaela

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Mesa, Arizona • #13642

To the Tech community:

There’s not much we can say except that we are sorry for your losses.  We know you’ll make it through these hard times.  You all are in our thoughts.

With our deepest sympathy,

Ms. Short’s 7/8th grade Resource class

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Staunton, Virginia • #13643

From the Seaside of Canada, I send my deepest sympathy to those that lost dear loved ones, the injured, and those traumatized by this tragedy. I find comfort in the resurrection promised in the Bible:

“Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which
all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, . . .”
(John 5:28-29a)

“He (Jesus) said these things, and after this he said to them: “Laz´a•rus our friend has gone to rest, but I am journeying there to awaken him from sleep.”. . . 23 Jesus said to her: “Your brother will rise.” 24 Martha said to him: “I know he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her: “I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life;”
(John 11:11, 23-25)

“And he (Jehovah God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
(Revelation 21:4)

~~~ The Bible shows there is hope even in the face of death. Keeping everyone affected by this tragedy in my heartfelt prayers.

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • By-the-Sea, New Brunswick, Canada • #13644

To All At VT - My son was trying to decide between VT and several other schools.  As this tragdey unfolded before us, we watched with pain in our hearts and tears in our eyes, my son turned to me and said,"Look at how those kids have come together and have made a community out of this incident.  This is where I want to go to college.” Our families prayers and thoughts are with all of you.  God Bless each and everyone of at VT.  A soon to be Hookie Mom, Debbi Rowan

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Midlothian, Virginia • #13645

Wanting the Hokie nation to know that you are not alone.  The world stands beside you and is holding you up with our thoughts and prayers. Your strength and courage during all of this madness is truly inspiring.

With the deepest sadness,

Rebecca Raibley Bryden

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Weston, MA • #13646