Condolences, April 18, 2007

I would like to give all my sympathy to all the families and friends that may have lost a loved one. You are in my thoughts and prayers.  God be with you

April 18, 2007, 11:57am • Edgar, WI USA • #13747

Dear All,

I am a junior at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  In recent years, we have suffered the loss of two great individuals as a result of senseless violence.  I remember when I heard the news that the members of our community were taken from us, and how shattered our campus was.  I can’t imagine how all of you must be feeling, but I know from my experiences that you will get through this.  I pray for all of you, and I know that Tech will be back stronger than ever.

Sincerely,
Scott Wham

April 18, 2007, 11:57am • Baltimore, Maryland • #13748

Just like most of the nation, I was so broken when I heard of the tragic events that took place on that memorable day of April 16. We mourned as you mourned, and we prayed that God would bring you through this and comfort your hearts right now. No explanation is ever offered as to why things happen the way it so often does, but we must trust that God knows what’s best for us and that He will never place upon us more than we are able to bear. The scar will remain as evidence to this event, but rest assured, the wound will someday heal. We will be able to move on, never forgetting the victims of this tragedy, but living our lives in a way more meaningful and touched by the precious lives of those that were lost on that day. May God bless each family, friend, students of VA Tech, and all who are going through a loss at this time. Remember, you will smile again. Be patient.

April 18, 2007, 11:57am • Newport News, VA • #13749

Psalm 23
1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

May GOD Bless all the families who lost a loved one, including the Hui family, as they are grieving too.  You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Only God will bring you comfort!

Mendez Family

April 18, 2007, 11:57am • Ft. Worth, TX USA • #13750

Our hearts go out to you, you are in our prayers. What a sad day!

Moe & Tammy

April 18, 2007, 11:57am • Fayetteville, NC • #13751

It is hard to comprehend what happened at Virginia Tech. on Monday. So many innocent people have lost their lives and their loved ones. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the friends, families and the student body at Virginia Tech.  May God bless you all and may he protect each and every one of you and your loved ones.

Daniela M. Vinals
University of Miami

April 18, 2007, 11:57am • Miami, FL • #13752

This was a tragic incident that should never ever happen at any campus. We feel deeply grieved and sad. As a VT alumni i feel terrible thinking what transpired on campus that day. We pray for all the families and friends of the victims and all those who are affected by this tragedy. May God give all of us strength to struggle with this huge loss and pain.
Amar Sasture and Family

April 18, 2007, 11:57am • Blacksburg, VA • #13753

im very sorry 2 here wat has happened it is so sad. my thoughts r with every1 who has been affected by this massercure xx

April 18, 2007, 11:57am • totton • #13754

My deepest sympathy is extended to the Virginia Tech community. As someone who attended college in southwest Virginia and later taught at a college I know the bonds that tie you all together. May that unity give you strength in the difficult days ahead.

April 18, 2007, 11:57am • Columbia ,Maryland • #13755

Dear All at Virginia Tech:

My sincere condolences on the terrible tragedy last Monday.  Know that you are not alone.  I salute you and your spirit of coming together.

Working in an academic environment at Indiana University Northwest, it is frightening to think that it could have happened here or anywhere.

Anne Koehler

April 18, 2007, 11:57am • Burns Harbor, Indiana USA • #13756

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy.  As an Alum I am, and always will be proud to be a Virginia Tech Hokie

Meghan Collins ‘04

April 18, 2007, 11:57am • Atlanta, GA • #13757

I want to extend my condolences to all the students, teachers and families. My thoughts and prayers are with you, with the hospitalized students and for those who now are angels and heroes.
Prayer:
Lord, as we mourn the sudden death of our brothers and sisters, comfort us with the great power if your love, and strengthen us in our faith that they are with you for ever.
All powerful Father, God of mercy, look kindly on those who suffer due to this horrible tragedy. Ease their burden and make their faith strong, that they may always have confidence and trust in your fatherly care.
Father of mercy, you always answer your people in their suffering. We thank you for your kindness and ask you to free us from evil, that we may serve you in happiness all our days.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

God Bless You,

Delia Cesar
deliacesar_4@hotmail.com
Nicaragua

April 18, 2007, 11:57am • Managua, Nicaragua • #13758

Staff, students, and family of the Virginia Tech Community,

We commit you to the Lord in prayer. Please know that He can be the greatest source of strength and comfort to you during this time of tradegy.

Wishes offered that the words of comfort posted on this site will remind you that you are not alone. There are many around the world who want to encourage you and provide support. 

Our deepest sympathy to the injured and the family and friends of those wounded. The Lord be with you all.

April 18, 2007, 11:57am • Arizona • #13759

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. It is great to see the whole Hokie nation coming together in this time of need.

“When I am afraid,
I will trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
What can mortal man do to me?
All day long they twist my words;
they are always plotting to harm me.
They conspire, they lurk,
they watch my steps,
eager to take my life.
On no account let them escape;
in your anger, O God, bring down the nations.
Record my lament;
list my tears on your scroll
are they not in your record?
Then my enemies will turn back
when I call for help.
By this I will know that God is for me.
In God, whose word I praise,
in the LORD, whose word I praise-
in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?”
-Song by Michael Bouchard

We will get through this together. We are Hokies.

Nick T

April 18, 2007, 11:57am • Fredericksburg, VA • #13760

To all the students and families at VT.  Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved ones and friends.  I have a cousin who is a student at VT and I know what his family is going through and I can not imagine what the families who lost loved ones or friends are going through.  I can only hope that god will grant you strength and peace at this time.  Please know that many people across the country are grieving with each and everyone of you.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours

April 18, 2007, 11:57am • pennsylvania • #13761

i would like to send my heart out to all the families and friends that lost in this tragic incident.  Everyone i know have been sending prayers, and there are more to come.

Jason Boblit

April 18, 2007, 11:57am • Stoughton, WI • #13762

My sincere condolences to all involved in this senseless tradegy. My hope is that the pain will eventually stop, your questions will be answered, and your lives will go on with rememberence of those who past too soon. My thought and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

April 18, 2007, 11:58am • Milwaukee, WI • #13763

Many of us here in St. Vincent are glued to the television screens. This tragedy touchs all human spirits everywhere. I am praying for God’s comfort, healing and peace upon the families that mourn. There is one answer if you ask why this has happend - the enemy’s mission is to steal, destroy and kill the human spirit. May all the citizens of the world at this let God be their guide in this overwhelming time.

Akeila Jack-Page

April 18, 2007, 11:58am • A tiny Caribbean Island, St. Vincent • #13764

To all the students, professors, and families at Virginia Tech, my co-workers and I wish to express our heartfelt condolences on the events of Monday morning.

Our prayers and thoughts are with you all, as you mourn and begin to pick up the pieces.

With all our sympathy:

Gail, Nicole, Tiffany, and Samantha

April 18, 2007, 11:58am • Clinton Township, Michigan • #13765

To the VT community, family and friends:

Please accept the deepest sympathy from Chinese students in UK. My friends and I are praying for all of you and wishing you will overcome soon. Although living in different places, we all share the same love and the love can cure all the hurts!

Ye Wang

April 18, 2007, 11:58am • Aston University , Birmingham, UK • #13766

Dear VT Community:
Sending my thoughts and prayers to families and friends who are working through this incredible grieving losses.  I know how painful it is to lose students to suicide let alone such a massacre.  I will also pray for the healing of the campus.  It sounds like you have really come together.  There are so many struggles yet to come…with triggers of thoughts that will come out in many different emotional, behavioral, and cognitive ways.  You will need lots of counselors for a long time to come with all the post-traumatic stress responses.  I again pray for the healing of all in coping with such a horrific loss.  You know these students who passed will be in your hearts forever.
Peace be with you…Ann Klamer (once a director of Residence Life)

April 18, 2007, 11:58am • Minnetonka, Minnesota • #13767

To all of the students, family, faculty, and staff of Virginia Tech,
I am praying for strength during this most difficult time for all of you associated with the university.

April 18, 2007, 11:58am • Orange Park, Florida • #13768

I may be a WAHOO fan, but this week I am a Hokie. This is the most shocking and horrible thing. I feel your pain and sadness. It’s so hard to believe something this tragic can be so close to home. It’s like a nightmare that we all are waiting to wake up from. Virginia Tech will remain in my thoughts and prayers. GOD bless each and every one of you.
*Mary*

April 18, 2007, 11:58am • Lynchburg, Va • #13769

I just want to add my condolences to those at Tech so horribly affected by the actions of one individual on 4/16.  My prayers go out to you all in the holy name of Jesus Christ, the loving son of a loving God.  I know He will be with you and guide you if you will only turn to Him for such.  I’m still looking forward to coming to the campus next year to celebrate my 50th anniversary of graduating from that great school.
Jim B.

April 18, 2007, 11:58am • Seaford, DE • #13770

What can one say that has not been already said? One can not even imagine the pain and anguish that the families and friends of those whose lives were so cruelly taken away from them. I now live in south western Ireland and can tell you that we all feel your pain and anguish. One can not imagine this kind of an atrocity taking place especially in a place of learning. So many lives changed so tragically forever at a time when these people were looking so positively to leaving their footprint on this great planet of ours.

God bless you all. Our thoughts and hearts go out to their families.

George Vladisavljevic
Skibbereen, Ireland

April 18, 2007, 11:58am • Skibbereen, Ireland • #13771

Today and yesterday and all the tomorrows, we are all Hokies.  I hold each of you in my heart--and God is holding you in His hands. There is no sense to this, but we must come together and stop the violence. My prayers, wishes and sincere condolences go out to all of you and all of yours.  May we grow stronger and greater together.  God Bless you.  I am so very sorry.

Peace-Anne Jacques

April 18, 2007, 11:58am • Jacksonville Beach, Florida • #13772

Fellow Hokies-
As I sit here at my office, I am finding it hard to move through the day.  My thoughts go back to the 5 years I spent in Blacksburg earning 2 degrees and the beauty of the campus.  I was drawn to Tech for the very reason that we are going to get through this tragedy together...there might be 26,000 students, but we have always been a very small family.  You never knew you were on such a big campus.  I studied with friends in West AJ and had 3 classes over the years in Norris. 
Yesterday, I was at a local high school for a career fair.  When I asked one of the teens what they wanted to study and had they applied to colleges.  She told me that she was going to study civil engineering and she had been accepted to VT but wasn’t sure she would go there now. She got to witness my Hokie Pride!  I told her of the close knit campus, the wonderful people she would meet, how I had no problem with security there and my parents were over 8 hours away. This could have happened at any campus!  Seniors, don’t change your mind about Tech.  This was a random incident and you truly will regret missing an awesome experience in Blacksburg if you choose to stay away because of this tragedy. 

Stacey
VT Alum, ‘97, ‘99

April 18, 2007, 11:58am • Preston, MD • #13773

I would like to commend you for your dignity in this, which I witnessed watching yesterday’s Convocation and last night’s vigil.

Bless your beautiful hearts and your grieving souls.  What Nikki Giovanni wrote and read yesterday at the Convocation, I think is worthy of framing for your dorm walls, where you could refer to it often.

My very best.
Susan Moore
writer

April 18, 2007, 11:58am • Clayton GA USA • #13774

I think the best we can do is hold the people we care about close to us whenever we have the chance.  It’s sad that we don’t remember that until times like these.  The Hokies are in our thoughts and our prayers.  We are Virginia Tech.

April 18, 2007, 11:58am • The University of Virginia • #13775

Va Tech sponsored a project of Hope for the victims of Katrina--one tiny example of what the people of Virginia already know about one of the most precious gems of our state. The core message of this great university has been:  Give-- to others who are in need; Learn-- so that you can help make the world a better place; Protect-- the earth we live on and the innocents that live upon it.

Our hearts are broken for the unimaginable terror unleashed on 4-16-07.  Yet our spirits are lifted by the extrordinary courage and faith shown by the people of Virginia Tech.  I am afraid this, in all likelyhood, will not be the last great tragedy of this generation.  But the actions of these brave people will become a shining example to light the way through the darkness for generations to come.

Thank you, and God Bless You, VT.
The Morris Family

April 18, 2007, 11:58am • New Kent, Virginia • #13776

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. For the families of this tragedy we are so sorry. For the students and faculty we pray for you to have strength in the days ahead. Our hearts go out to you all.

April 18, 2007, 11:58am • Nashville, TN • #13777

My prayers are with The Families of the lost and the Students and Staff at VT. May god give you all the courage to move on

April 18, 2007, 11:59am • Winchester, VA • #13778

Virginia students and faculty:
my heart goes out to the families who have lost a daughter, son,husband etc. My heart is heavy for all those who are greiving. I pray that all the students can carry on with their studies. And I pray that someone watches over them as they all head home in a few weeks. God Bless
Kathy Sue

April 18, 2007, 11:59am • Canada • #13779

I just wanted to send my thoughts and prayers to everyone involved in this terrible event. I lost my younger brother about six months ago, so I know what families are going through during this time of loss. My heart goes out to you.

Like many fellow Virginians, I am in shock and awe that something this terrible could happen in such a small-town community. I have many friends and family members that graduated from Tech, so I know just how close-knit and caring the students are. Also, knowing this, I know that the Hokies have the strength to prevail.

Aimie P.

April 18, 2007, 11:59am • Midlothian, VA • #13780

I’m a student here in Virginia and have always associated myself with Virginia Tech and when I heard of this, my heart literally broke.  VT has always been a nice school that I’ve admired over the years not just for their football team but also because of the students, faculty, and the surrounding community of Blacksburg, VA.  And it’s sad to know that next year when I walk by Ambler Johnston and Norris Hall to get to football, I’ll know that that’s where the deadliest shootings happened.  My heart goes out to those who are or have ever been associated with Virginia Tech.  WE WILL ALWAYS STAND STRONG.

April 18, 2007, 11:59am • Lynchburg, VA • #13781

Violence can take lives, but it cannot take love.
I feel sorry for all the families with their loss. But life is going on no matter how painful the past is. Holding the grief, we will learn to be strong.

with the deepest condolence
wen

April 18, 2007, 11:59am • China • #13782

Please don’t let a tragic event like this break a bond. This is a time where we all need to come together and hold eachother up. We need to all link with one another and show everyone that though this is a very hard time for us we can and will get through it with our heads up high. There have been way to many tradgities within the past few years and in the end all it has been doing is tearing this country apart and that it why this time we need to reunite together and not let it stray us farther away from eachother again. Because if it does then the purpose of the devistating event was made. And that is not what the ones that we’ve lost and love want. They want us to stick together and put an end to letting the bad guy always win for once and for all and they will help guide us through the course!! Help us not have to worry about where the next tradgic case is going to start.Now lets all come together and become the UNTIED STATES as our country is called!!! Our love is with all of you at VTech.

April 18, 2007, 11:59am • Schenectady NY • #13783

I CAN’T FIND NO WORDS TO EXPRESS MY SYMPATHY TOWARDS THE PARENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS OF EVERYONE INVOLVE IN THIS TRAGIC SITUATION.  IT MUST BE HARD BUT REMEMBER LIFE CONTINUES AND THEY SHOULD ALL BE IN HEAVEN NOW… THOUGH THEY WILL ALWAYS LIVE IN YOUR HEARTS… SO SMILE AND THINK THEY WILL BE WATCHING YOU FROM UP ABOVE…

MY SINCERE SYMPATHY…

SUSY ESCALANTE
TUJUNGA, CA (USA)

April 18, 2007, 11:59am • TUJUNGA, CA USA • #13784

To join with the all those who have expressed and felt deep sorrow for you all, that my prayers, thoughts and love reach out to each of you...brothers and sisters...who have lost their loved ones. May God bless and comfort you today and always and one day reunite you with your loved ones.

April 18, 2007, 11:59am • Provo, UT USA • #13785

Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers are with Virginia Tech family. There are no words to describe what you are going through and dealing with right now. May God give you the strength to get through the grief and pain and to be able to start the healing in the coming days, weeks, and months. Please know that you are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 11:59am • Texas • #13786

Alabama Crimson Tide has VT in our thoughts and prayers. God Speed

April 18, 2007, 11:59am • Pensacola, Florida • #13787

May God grant Peace to all & comfort students, staff, friends, families, & the nation.  May this never happen again, to anyone, anywhere. May your school gain strength in your fellow unity.

-Kim

April 18, 2007, 11:59am • Cape Coral, FL • #13788

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and always. God bless all of you at VT

April 18, 2007, 11:59am • Levittown Pennsylvania • #13789

From Venezuela, sending my more sincere condolences and as university student I become attached to the pain that today feels VT’s community, remembering that God always accompanies us and in these moments it he does not leave us.
From the sky I know that your companions will protect them… My prayers for all you; and that the causer of this terrible moment achieves to receive the piety and the pardon of our lord!.

Mariángel Peña

April 18, 2007, 11:59am • Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela • #13790

Dear Parents, Students, and Faculty of VT ...

We know you are hurting.  As parents of 4 college-aged kids we can only try to imagine your loss.  It is overwhelming.  Please know that you are going to be in our thoughts and prayers for a very long time.  You may never get OVER this painful tragedy, but God will see you THROUGH it. There are brighter and more hopeful days ahead.
Do not give up your faith in Him.  He obviously allows evil, but He is NOT the author of it.  This time of suffering can be used for some sort of good in our lives IF we turn to God for comfort.  He is there with you.  And, He has promised to never leave or forsake you. You are welcome to contact us if you have questions or prayer requests.  (We will not argue or debate those with opposing beliefs.  We are simply here to offer our prayers and Christian comfort). 

In His Love,
Adrien & Debbie Neely
www.GraceMountainMinistries.com

April 18, 2007, 11:59am • Atlanta, GA • #13791

You are not alone
and there are millions of people praying for you.
nobody is alone
we are here and grieving with you
and together we all will get through this tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 11:59am • Omaha Ne • #13792

As a recent graduate and lifelong Hokie, I will always love Virginia Tech and Blacksburg. And everyone alumni and student I know is so proud to be a Hokie. It’s just so sad that so many innocent and good people were lost. My love goes out to the family and friends of the victims.

It’ll take time for this to pass and I know Virginia Tech will forever be associated with this event. But I’ll always have the best memories of my school and in time people will remember it for how great it really is. This is the time when Tech and Blacksburg will stand strong and be the caring and tight knit community that we all love. Go Hokies.

-Brad S.

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • Roanoke, VA • #13793

May the God of peace comfort the broken hearts with his everlasting joy.It is an horrible and painful incident that goes beyond belief how love for one another is decaying.we humbly wish to extend our heartmost sympathies to weeping families and friends. At the same time we pray for quick recovery for the emotionally and physically hurting. May you find solace and peace that passes all understanding in the giver of life the everlastng prince of peace.
Paskalia,and Douglas J. Ngero

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • Little Elm, TX • #13794

hello i would love to SHARE my Condolences to those who lost so many loved ones friends and Family members… many of my friends are creating a Remembernce profile on a website…

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • New Jersey • #13795

My family and I would like to express our deepest sorrow and most sincere condolences for all those students, teachers and families that have lost so much in Monday’s tragic attack.

We would like to offer an idea we believe will bring some comfort to the families of the students during this terrible ordeal. We think the university should provide Diplomas to the families of the students that lost their lives, as a tribute to their academic achievements and dreams at the university.

We are not sure who to contact about our idea, so we thought to post it here in hopes that someone can pass our idea on to someone that can make it happen.

Thank you for listening. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families. God Bless!

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • Washington, DC, USA • #13796