Condolences, April 18, 2007

As an alum, this makes me sad and heartsick for my beloved alma mater. I love VT and hope someday my two babies will go there. We must all be proud Hokies who will not let this scare us and hold us down.

To all the families who lost a dear child, my heart is with you. I cannot fathom the loss of a child for something so senseless as has happened. You are all in my thoughts.

Suzanne Honeycutt Moran,
Class of ‘97

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Greensboro, NC • #13647

I pray everyone affected by this horrible day will hold on to the wonderful memories they have of loved ones and friends that were lost....and that with time, these wonderful memories will give them the strength to carry on.

May God be with you all,
-Dan

April 18, 2007, 11:52am • Gainesville, FLA • #13648

I am a 51 year old full-time student in San Jose, CA.  My prayers are with all of you who have suffered such a horrible loss.  I pray that you may heal and once again believe in the goodness of people and the love we all have to give. God bless everyone.

April 18, 2007, 11:53am • San Jose, CA. • #13649

As a student of Martin Methodist College, I would like to express my sincere condolences fo this terrible tragedy that has struck the many lives of your staff, faculty, students and their families.

The effects that this sad event has caused are running around the world and touching the lives of millions of people. We all share a common sentiment of deep sorrow and emptiness for you. So many of us feel as if we had lost a close friend, a brother, a daughter right now and we are grieving with you.

As a native brazilian I learned to deal with tragedies early in life, and that has taught me to numb my sensibility. But at this moment I feel the pain that you feel and I begin to pray for you and for the families hit by this disaster. At turbulent times like this when we find no good reason or answers to our deepest feelings of emptiness and questionings that have to try to walk with our faith.

We continue praying for you and we genuinely hope that you can be strong and have faith on your journey forward.

Sincerely,

Francisco Jung and the community of Martin Methodist College

April 18, 2007, 11:53am • Pulaski, Tn and Porto Alegre, Brazil • #13650

Virginia Tech was my home for five years.  It is where I took my first independent steps.  It is where I became an adult.  It fills me with great sadness to know that a place that I hold so dear to my heart was the scene of such a violent act.  My heart and my prayers go out to the families and friends who experienced such great losses on April 16th.  I DO know that the Virginia Tech family is strong and our spirit will prevail and carry us through these emotionally trying hours.  May God watch over and comfort all of us.

April 18, 2007, 11:53am • Arlington, Virginia • #13651

May God have His healing hand on everyone affected by this terrible tragedy.  My prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.  May you soon feel peace and comfort and remember to lean on each other in your time of need.  Maybe if the troubled young man who carried out such a horrible act would have reached out to others...things would turned out much differently.  May God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 11:53am • Mount Vernon, Ohio • #13652

I came by today to see you..though I had to let you know..If I knew the last time that I held you was the last time I’d have held you I’d never let go..Though it’s kept me late nights wonderin’...lie in the dark just asking why..I’ve always been told..
You won’t be called home..until it’s your time

I guess Heaven was needing a hero..somebody just like you..Brave enough to stand up from what you believe..and follow it through..when I try to make it make sense in my mind..the only conclusion I come to..
Was Heaven was needing a hero......like you

I remember the last time I saw you..oh you held your head up proud..I laughed inside..when I saw how you were standing out in the crowd..you’re such a part of who I am..Now that part will just be void..no matter how much I need you now…

Heaven needed you more…

Cuz Heaven was needing a hero..Somebody just like you..Brave enough to stand up for what you believe..and follow it through..When I try to make it make sense in my mind..the only conclusion I come to..
Was Heaven was needing a hero...Like you…
Was Heaven was needing a hero...And that’s you…

Rest in Peace..the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy…

April 18, 2007, 11:53am • Mount Pleasant, MI • #13653

As I sit here and read everything said, it brings tears to my eyes yet again. I attend the Univeristy of Wyoming, a thousand miles away and an overwhelming saddness comes over me for all who lost. Words cannot bring anyone back, but I hope words can bring some sort of comfort. VT and all affected by this tradegy are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 11:53am • Laramie, WY • #13654

My deepest sympathies to everyone touched by this horrible crime.  Marilee Glover (’97 BS Horticulture)

April 18, 2007, 11:53am • Virginia Beach, VA • #13655

Our hearts ache along with yours in the loss of your fellow students and faculty members.  Our prayer are with you and we send our deepest condolences.
We watched the Convocation yesterday with many around the world and were so proud of the way you represented your community.
May precious memories help comfort you as you go through the difficult days ahead “God gave us memories that we may have roses in December” Please remember there are people around the world praying for you each minute of each day.
God Bless,
Kathy and Dave Mikulsky

April 18, 2007, 11:53am • Green Bay, WI. • #13656

my condolences are with all the families and friends who may have lost somebody close to them and all the students who have been affected by this tragedy. I can not begin to understand the pain you all must be going through so i would just like to say my prayers are with you all and i hope with the help and support of each other you can get through this difficult time.

- from all the Patel family

April 18, 2007, 11:53am • United Kingdom • #13657

May God be with you all, and carry us through this tragic time…

April 18, 2007, 11:53am • Chattanooga TN • #13658

TO ALL AT VT GOD BLESS EACH ONE OF YOU I DON,T KNOW ANYONE THEIR BUT MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHT,S ARE WITH EACH ONE OF YOU AND TO ALL OF THE FAMILY,S THAT LOST A CHILD MY PRAYERS GOES OUT TO EACH AND EVERYONE OFYOU AND ALSO TO ALL OF THE STAFF AND EVERYONE AT VT MY HEART GOES OUT TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU GOD LOVES EVERY ONE OF YOU .MY BEEPEST REGARDS. FROM THE HARVEY FAMILY

April 18, 2007, 11:53am • PENNSYLVANIA • #13659

I’m still speechless about the tragic events that have happened at your school. The best thing a fellow student can do is keep you in their prayers, which you can bet I, and millions of other students around the world will be doing. Stay strong VT, and may God bless you, and all of the families involved.

-Mark B.  Great Lakes Christian College

April 18, 2007, 11:53am • Lansing, MI • #13660

To The VA Tech community,
My condolences go out to you all.  My wife and I have recently lost a loved one to brain cancer with in the last month and we still will not know the feelings you are feeling of this sudden tragedy. You are all in our prayers and thoughts. There is strength in numbers and as a whole, we will prevail and overcome.

Bruce, Janet, Matt, Zack

April 18, 2007, 11:53am • Jacksonville, FL • #13661

I can’t believe what has happened it’s really shocked me and my family here in England.

Serious Questions need answering as to the events which prevailed, and I hope America place a ban on Guns, Something seriously needs to be done about this.

My thoughts are with all the friends and families who lost 32 truly magnificent and courageous people who for no reason had their lives cut short by a monster.

Rest In peace and I hope Cho Seung-hui Burns in hell for the pain and suffering he has caused to everyone involved.

April 18, 2007, 11:53am • England UK • #13662

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

This incident has reached our world.  Only praying that “God’s Greatness reaches all of us”,
I will continue to pray for all of you. I have been following the stories and find strength in the students that have been interviewed.  You are the examples of LOVE FOR THE WORLD.  Thank you for that.  You are true crusaders!!!

Hugs from Sedona, Arizona

April 18, 2007, 11:53am • Sedona AZ • #13663

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the entire Virginia Tech community over the tragic event of this week.  I am sure we will never get OVER the heartache of this event, but the promise of God is that we can get THROUGH this time with His help (Isaiah 43:2-3).  My prayer is that we would know the Lord as “the God of all comfort” at this difficult time.

Danny Harris
VT 1980

April 18, 2007, 11:53am • Little Rock, AR • #13664

Im currently in Iraq..dont know what kind of pain and anger the victims of the innocent lives that were taken in this devastating event.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends/classmates, faculty and staff of Virginia Tech University. 

May God watch over your university for the coming days and beyond to get past this horrific event. 

SPC ZDAWCZYK AARON

April 18, 2007, 11:53am • Bowling Green, Ohio • #13665

I am so sorry for the entire community. I’m sorry for the families of the victims. My heart and tears and prayers go out to you.

April 18, 2007, 11:53am • Kissimmee, FL • #13666

My deepest prayers goes to all affected in Virginia Tech. This news has travelled world-wide and we are all praying for peace in Virginia Tech.

May their souls rest in peace.

Neil Bhatia

April 18, 2007, 11:53am • Dubai - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES • #13667

I graduated from Virginia Tech many years ago, but I have always remained a proud Hokie.  Today I stand in deepest grief with all Hokies everywhere who love the school and what it stands for.  Beyond the horror of the event, I see the pride and honor and decency in the current student body that shows the world what it means to be a Hokie.  I extend my deepest sympathy to all who have been touched by this tragedy.  May God bless you and send you peace.

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Statesboro, Georgia • #13668

ALL OF U GUYS WILL BE IN MY HEART FOREVER. I PRAY THAT U ALL REST IN PEACE AND FOR THE ONES THAT ARE STILL WITH US PLEASE KNOW THAT AS LONG AS U ALWAYS REMEMBER THE FALLEN ONES THEY WILL FOREVER BY IN UR HEART. GOD BLESS.

JEN

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • ROANOKE VA. USA • #13669

As a Portuguese/English teacher, in Portugal, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims, friends, teachers and all V.T employees.
Remember this: those we love never die...they just start the last trip earlier…
Be strong and move forward. It’s the best way to honor those who left you so soon…
May all the victims of this insane act rest in peace.

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Viseu - Portugal • #13670

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.  May we all stand together in strength to remember those lost and remember that unity is a greater strength than any one person.

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Salem, MA USA • #13671

To all the families and friends who lost someone dear to them, I am TRULY sorry and saddened by what happened.  It makes you think how short this life here on earth can be. But as long as we life each day like it’s our last, that’s all we can do.  God said that we’re not promised tomorrow and to live life to its fullest.  I believe that’s what everyone did that night before.  They have all touched my life in a way that no one will ever know.  I pray everyday for the strength that will get you through this terrible time.  Time will pass, and days will go on, but always remember their smiles and laughs! That will stay with you always!!
GOD BLESS!!
Ashley<><

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Big Spring TX 79720 • #13672

My thoughts have been consumed with questions of why these terrible things happen to good people and what the world will be missing without them here.  I am a college student and have tried to imagine what they must have been going through in those classrooms but I can’t.  I can’t even imagine what the families and friends of the victims are going through but I want them to know the world is thinking of them and praying for them now.  It makes me so sad and angry thinking about what happened to those innocent people, I just hope the families stay strong and remember their loved ones for how beautiful and wonderful they were.  We also need to learn from this tragedy and become more involved in keeping others safe.  Don’t be afraid to come forward when you feel something is wrong, you never know what someone is capable of.  Again my thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends that have lost their loved ones. 
Laura - MI

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Lansing, MI • #13673

It is impossible to imagine. You go to class Monday morning dreading a quiz or handing in an unfinished assignment. Looking forward to lunch with friends. Maybe wings at PK’s as the evening ends. All of this taken from you in an instant. Feel blessed if you see the morning light. More so if you see the evenings sights. Do not take life for granted. Cherish every moment. It is a gift.

VT was my life for over 35 years. I do not know any of the victims or their families – yet they are family. We are forever Hokies. There are no words to describe this tragedy and there are no words to describe the sadness that I feel. My prayers go out for the victims and their family.

I believe that those who suffer the greatest loss will realize the greatest victories.

GO HOKIES!!!

Hal
Class of ‘72
Retiree of ‘04

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Pensacola, FL • #13674

Indeed it’s a saddest tragedy, my thoughts and prayers are with VT community and families affected by this heartbreaking event.

My special deepest feelings are with Late MS. Meenal Panchal, my fellow Indian who shot dead during this rampage. I wish her family and friends an early emotional and spiritual recovery from this grave loss.

May dead soul rest in peace.

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Abhijit Deshpande, Boston-Pune • #13675

pray for all the family’s that lost somebody in monday’s shooting i cant belive that some one would do this

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Garland, Tx ,USA • #13676

I dont know what can be said that already hasnt...May God give you the strength to heal and get through this...Its a terrible tragedy. God bless you all...HOKIE PRIDE!!

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • charlotte, NC • #13677

My family and I would like to extend our condolences to the Virginia Tech Community. Our prayers are with all of you. We share your tears and grief.

Rita and Martin Turner

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Reedville, Virginia • #13678

My family and I want to extend our deepest condolences for the loss of each and every soul that has been so horribly affected by this unthinkable tragedy. I want you to know that you are all in our prayers and we will continue to pray for each and every family member and friend that has been affected.

May God be with all of you during this time

Please know that this Country is praying for all of you.

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Springfield Mo • #13679

My heart breaks for you!

JUST....TRY TO CONTINUE.....

Jessica & Nicholas

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Miami, Florida • #13680

My heart goes out to all of you!  Having had 2 children who were once in college and are now out, I can’t even imagine the pain the parents are going through.  And the college professors that were killed trying to protect the students.  And all the students who lived through the terror.  Please reach out to all who love you and let them help you through this.  You will get through this together.  Holding it in will only make the pain worse.  This was all so senseless.  I pray that God will hold all of you in his arms and try to ease the pain.  Hugs from a Mom in Cincinnati.

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Cincinnati, Ohio USA • #13681

One of many thoughts that came to my mind when I heard this tragedy was, “how are these innocent young survivors ever going to get past this trauma?” I then learned how resilient this college community is and how close these young hearts are together. I’m amazed and I have all the confidence in the world that these young students will make a better future for my 13 year old son when he becomes a college student. Thank you for your bravery. Thank you for your compassion. Thank you for opening the eyes of people around the world. Thank you for insuring a better future for my son. We will never forget. We must never forget.
To all educators on earth: Let’s listen to our kids, our most precious commodity for our future. Let’s give our time and love to each and every child we encounter.
God be with us all!
The Schmidt Family

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Spring Green, WI • #13682

I would like to offer my sincere condolences to all the families, students and faculty affected by the tragic events of April 16th.  As a proud and faithful Virginia Tech alum, I was incredibly saddened by the shocking and horrific news.  Your courage, compassion and community support are truly inspirational.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Woodbridge, VA • #13683

I have been shocked and overwhelmed about the tragedy at VT. I pray for the families who have suffered loss, for those that have been injured and for Hokie family. May you be comforted to know that our love and prayers surround you now and in the future. May you find peace. There is always something good that comes from something bad, I hate that order but it is true. I am not sure what it will be from this tragedy, but we will help you find it. The sun will come up again. We all will rise above this and be stronger than ever. 

Taralyn
Radford University Alumni
1990

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Strasburg, VA • #13684

Mason’s Green and Gold grieves with you.
diane coppage, BA ‘02, MA ‘06
George Mason University

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Fairfax, Virginia • #13685

I can’t even begin to express how sadened I am about the events that took place at VT.  It was such a senseless act on innocent lives and I wish it could have been prevented.

My heart and condolences go out to all the families affected by this tragic event.  I can’t imagine what you’re going through, but just know that you have millions of people to lean on!  We will never forget those whom have fallen.  To the students and faculty of VT; R.I.P

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Johnson City, TN • #13686

There are not enough words and not enough tears to express what so many people feel for all of you.  I’m sending my first child (who has friends at VT) to college 400 miles from home in the Fall; and cannot imagine as a parent, getting the call that so many received on Monday.  The world stopped for all of us as we watched in horror.  I wish this world was so different...that as parents we could promise safety, and happiness and preservation of innocence to our kids.  All we can do is tell our family and friends that we love them every chance we get, and put the rest in God’s hands.  You will remain in my prayers and the prayers of my family.  Know that in spite of this evil; that the upwelling of love, prayer and support for you all is evidence of goodness that remains and cannot be extinguished.  You have the arms of the entire country; and by evidence of the international posts here, the good people of the world; surrounding you.
Monica P.

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • PA • #13687

May God Bless you all, and give you strength. May His Love bring you comfort. You are not alone in your grief. The world weeps for and with you. God help us all.
Love, Diane

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Philadelphia, PA • #13688

I share your horror, sorrow and pain at the senseless loss of human life at its springtime. May we be of comfort to each other, and may Almighty God bring courage, healing and peace to the families, facultty, staff and students of Virginia Tech. 

Eternal Rest Grant unto them, O Lord, and Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon them. 

Archbishop Phillip Zimmerman, RSJ
The Reformed Catholic Church

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Columbus, Ohio • #13689

To all the Hokies and their friends and families who have lost loved ones, I can only offer my sincerest condolences. I wish I could (or anyone could) offer answers in addition to that. But I think that some deeds are so senseless that the answers we so want to hear so badly just can’t be found. And it’s those deeds that are the most tragic and heartbreaking.

You’ve all shown enormous amounts of unity and strength through this ordeal, and I admire that (as do many others throughout the world). Please continue to support those who need it, and remember to care for yourselves as well.

You’re all in my thoughts.

Heather

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Florida, USA • #13690

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims families and everyone else who had to endure such an awful day. I wish the people who were wounded a speedy recovery. Remember that you are all in our hearts. These are the times when the human spirit shows its true meaning..

May God Bless You and grant you the strength to move forward…

Todd Hildebrand

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Tampa, Forida • #13691

My deepest condolences to the students, staff, family and friends of Virginia Tech.  The world shares in your grief and wishes you peace as you work thru your grief.

jeri lynn

April 18, 2007, 11:54am • Tigard, OR • #13692

Our deepest condolences to everyone affected by this horrific tragedy. There are no words to describe what happened at Virginia Tech on Monday April 16th 2007. We pray that you all will be strong and have faith in God and that he will get you through this tragedy. Life will go on but memories are never forgotten.

April 18, 2007, 11:55am • Toronto Ontario Canada • #13693

My prayers and condolences to everyone at Virginia Tech. May God’s peace be with you all.

K. Shanahan
University of Nebraska

April 18, 2007, 11:55am • Lincoln, NE USA • #13694

To the students of Virginia Tech I want to express my deepest condolescences to all of you. You have shown such grace under pressure to the entire nation under very horrible circumstances. you will get through this it will just take one day at a time. My prayers and thoughts will always be with you.

Diana Romero

April 18, 2007, 11:55am • Topeka , Ks • #13695

We are Americans we are strong. VT was an American College campus and one thing Americans know is tragedy and how important it is to come together in unity. I am so proud of the VT campus and how everyone is responding. Truly amazing. Today should be a day of healing. Today should be a day of grief. I lost a good friend who was very much like a younger sister to me, and she and the victims are what we should be concentrating on. The lives of the victims, memories of the wonderful individuals whose lives were taken away too soon. We as a nation should be pulled together to support the families and friends of those who died so tragically.

RIP AUSI. You will be missed.

Rebekah
sororitysoldier@gmail.com

April 18, 2007, 11:55am • USA • #13696