Condolences, April 18, 2007

I would like to send my condolences to the family and friends of everyone who lost someone in this horrible horrible tragedy. I would also like to take the time to tell everyone that has something to do with the University or this tragedy that they are in my prayers.

Jonathan Hatcher

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • Plainsboro, New Jersey, USA • #13797

Dear friends
we deeply shocking about the horrible man’s activities there by we indian left a great academicians . we pray for his soul may rest in universe and we pray others who apart and deeply during encounter and atleast this time be rectify why like this psychic are encouraged in their studies ? good learners and leaders we are expecting not like terrerist fellows. Kindly spread peace and brotherhood and sisterhood relationship qualities like our beloved Prof. Thiru.Loganathan we departed from our lifehood. India last one great genious and growing scientists. We pray all those who touches the feet of the Almighty and praying for resting
peace.

ur loving indians
vijayaraj.e

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • Ambur. Tamilnadu ,INDIA • #13798

I have seen your college perform on the athletic field and I was awed by the show of school pride and spirit.  It seems to me that your strength and ability to manage your sadness will come from that pride and spirit as well as the long and wonderful history of your college.  While I carry you in my thoughts and prayers, I also hold you up in strength and courage. You will prevail.

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • Fresno, CA • #13799

To all the family my school and I would like to say we are deeply sorry for you lose and our prayer’s are with You.

With Deepest Sorrow,
Lebanon High School

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • Lebanon, Virginia • #13800

I have no answers.  Does anyone?  May I humbly offer you a quote from “Ulysses” that has been invaluable to me during life’s dark days?

“Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which are are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield.”

My deepest condolences to you and my heart to yours,

Friend

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma • #13801

To all those who are suffering at this time I am deeply sorry for your pain. I am praying for your comfort and for your aching heart. One thing I’d like to share is that I know that families are forever. Even though this will be such a hard moment living without your loved one. I know that in the next life you will share such joy being with them forever and ever. One scripture I’d like to share is “ Be patient in thine afflictions, for thou shalt have many, but lo I am with thee, even till the end of thy days”. The Savior will never leave you a lone. He has felt your pain and through him he will comfort you and lift you up forever. We love you and will continue to pray for all of you at this time. May the Lord continue to bless you and comfort you.  Emily Cheshire

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • Roseville, California • #13802

My prayers and sympathy goes out to all the Students, Faculty, and their families.  This was a horrible tragedy.  Be strong and know that my prayers are with you.  It is great to see the community come together as 1.  Know that the whole world is with you in this time of need.

Amy

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • Shakopee, Minnesota • #13803

Another day and another sad massacre of innocent students sadly murdered while at university, no words payers or through will ever heal the pain everyone is now feeling all because of one mad student, we will never meet any of the thousands of students or visit the states, but we will always remember you

Many days months and years will pass but the pain of last Monday will always be in our minds forever, gone but never forgotten

Take care and god bless you all

Phil Christine and Jake Burke
Manchester
England

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • Manchester City Centre, Lancashire , England • #13804

First my family and I want to express our condolences and heartfelt sorrow to all involved in this tragedy, including the troubled young man’s family.  The lost of young lives is the saddest of events in the human family.  I have to point out here that this has happened to many times already with the same characteristics.  Loneliness, isolation, disturbing proyections, socially unnatural behavior and in this particular case even Hospital and medical intervention. Please, can we as a Society in whatever community, can prevent this sad, sad tragedy from happening again?  Have we all learned something here?  Our Country has been at War for 4 years,and we are all suffering its consecuences, even if we are not fully aware of it.  We are the ones left behind to “hold the Fort” and receive our deads..... We have to pay attention, we have to hear the cries for help.  We have to enforce the Help like we enforce the Law.  This is a cry from a mother’s heart that has seen to much suffering.  Can we ever learn to help one another?  To see the need of those around us who are begging for help?  Lord, please, have mercy for all of us.  Amen

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • Land o" Lakes, Fl. US • #13805

I just wanted to say how truly unbelievable this tragedy is. The loss of so many innocent lives is unforgivable and I cannot imagine how you are all feeling. The shock of this has touched so many people and the feeling of grief is undescribable, even if you are not in the same country.

I hope you can all find a way to heal your broken hearts and remember the victims and the happy times you shared.

Emma Godfrey
Nottingham, England.
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April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • Nottingham, England • #13806

My heart aches for the parents who have lost their precious children in this unbelievably horrendous and senseless act.  As a parent, I cannot begin to imagine the sense of loss and greif you must be feeling.  I hope your cherished memories of your children’s smiles will bring you some joy.

I wish you comfort and peace.

Helene Austin

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • Palmyra, Virginia • #13807

H ypostyle (pillar)
O f
C ourage
K nowledge
I ntelligence
E xcellence
S trength

GO HOCKIES!!!!!

may the lord bless all the souls of all the brave victims we will always remember you.

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • united kingdom london • #13808

We hold you all in our hearts, god bless you all x

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • kent, UK • #13809

"I’ll lend you for a little time a child of mine,” He said.
“For you to love the while he lives and mourn when he is dead,
“It may be six or seven years, or twenty-two or three,
“But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?

“He’ll bring his charms to gladden you, but should his stay be brief,
“You’ll have his lovely memories, as solace for your grief,
“I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return,
“But there are lessons taught down there I want this child to learn.

“I’ve looked the wide world over in my search for teachers true,
“And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes I have selected you.
“Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labor vain,
“Nor hate me when I come to call to take him back again?

I fancied that I heard them say: “Dear Lord, Thy will be done!
“For all the joy Thy child shall bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness; we’ll love him while we may,
And for happiness we’ve known forever grateful stay.

“But should the angels call for him much sooner than we’d planned,
“We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.”

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In our thoughts my family and I are with you all

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • Brummen, Netherlands • #13810

No words can express the deep sorrow and anger felt by so many of us around the world. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are finding there way to you all, across the miles.  We must all take a hard look at mental health in this country and start taking it serious! Lives could have been saved had someone, anyone taken the signs this young man had been exhibiting for what they were, a loud and distructive cry for help.  Its hard to imagine how anyone involved in this terrible incident will ever feel the sense of peace they once had, while attending college.  We must stop thinking about the social stigmata that protecting our students will have on the way colleges are perceived.  IT IS BETTER TO HAVE OUR STUDENT BODY ALIVE AND SAFE, then have a college with no metal detectors, no background checks, no mental health evaluations, and no one to step in and help when so many warning signs are displayed! God is watching you and embracing you all in your time of sadness, let us please learn that action is the answer, before this happens again. Peace and love to you all.

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • Flint, MI • #13811

My Heart Is So Heavy With Saddness.  You Are In My Thoughts And Prayers VT!

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • Maryland • #13812

I would like to express my most sincere condolences to everyone at the Virginia Tech campus and their family members.

Just know that you have “family” within the college communities across the United States.  We are all here for you and praying that God will be with you during this most devastating catastrophe.

And remember, when you can’t be strong for yourselves… we will try to be strong for you.

God Bless

Melanie
Wright State University
Dayton, Ohio

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • Dayton, Ohio • #13813

Dear Facuity and Student
Our pray and thought are with you.This affect so many people around the world wether there were their or not esically the hero that put their life first to pertect other May God bless their family and confont them in this stractic time
Ann T.

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • Chesterfield ,VA • #13814

This poem was written (not by me) many years ago when a high school friend died. Maybe it can help bring some peace to those who are suffering. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

I am in home in heaven at last
My time to quickly has come
I can see the Lord before me
To His wide spread arms I run
Though we might not be together
For it is our Fathers will
So do not grieve my loved one
For I love you dearly still

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • Toronto • #13815

I have several family members that live in Virginia. The Hokies are my brother’s favorite college team--so I feel somewhat connected to the university through him.
I want to offer my condolences and deepest sympathies to everyone touched by this senseless tragedy, epsecially the families of the victims. I applaud your strength and courage during such a dark time in your lives.

April 18, 2007, 12:00pm • Ft. Worth, Texas • #13816

I am praying for the whole Hokie Nation as we grieve.  I am a 2000 alumna from the College of Business whose closest friends and family are all tied to this university.  The Austin, TX Chapter of the Alumni Association is hosting a vigil in Old Settler’s Park to pray and mourn together.
Heather Adsit Walter

April 18, 2007, 12:01pm • Austin, TX • #13817

MUITO TRISTE QUE A VIOLENCIA NOS DIAS ATUAIS EM DIVERSOS PAISES NO MUNDO AINDA FAÇA TANTAS INOCENTES VÍTIMAS.
FICAMOS TODOS MUITO TRISTES AQUI NO BRASIL E JUNTAMO-NOS NA DOR AOS FAMILIARES QUE TIVERAM OS SEUS ENTES QUERIDOS VITIMADOS POR ESTA LAMENTAVEL TRAGÉDIA. QUE DEUS TENHA COMPAIXÃO DE TODOS.

April 18, 2007, 12:01pm • SAO PAULO, BRASIL • #13818

To all the families, friends, student body and facility:
I send deepest condolences to you for your tragic losses.  It saddens me as a person who works with persons who have a mental illness that this person would not accept help offered to him.  It is time to break the barrier of stigma that surrounds mental illness so that tradegies like this do not happen again.
God Bless you and keep you Virginia tech.

April 18, 2007, 12:01pm • Belleville, Ontario, Canada • #13819

In the middle of the tragedy that came upon the Virginia Tech campus, I am proud to be a Virginian.  I am even prouder to be the wife of a Hokie.  The grace that many have brought to the media over the past few days will help to erase the horrid images that we have seen and witnessed.  What a wonderful representation of this fine institution.  I wish you love, peace and understanding as each of you begin the (sometimes) long road to recovery and understanding.

April 18, 2007, 12:01pm • Richmond, Virginia • #13820

We all are shedding many tears because of Monday’s tragedy,
But soon I hope we all can open our hearts & smile because of these outstanding 32 individuals lived.

We can close our eyes & pray that they will come back
Or we can open our eyes & see,

Cherishing all the memories they have shared with everyone
& all the good they have done.

Our hears can be empty because we can’t see or touch them
Or we can be so full of the lovethey all have shared with everyone.

We all could turn our backs on tomorrow & keep living in yesterday
Or we can be happy for tomorrow because we had yesterday.

We can remember only that they are gone
Or we can cherish every minute spent with them,
Letting their love live on in our hearts.

We will cry & close our minds, be empty & turn our backs, for a while

However, we all can do as they would have wanted……
Smile, Open our Eyes, & Love one another,
Show Kindness, Forgive, Be Happy & Go On.

May God grant you all the wisdom, the courage, strength & fortitude to endure the days yet to come. Our prayers & heart felt condolences to each & every one of the you involved in the tragedy of Monday, 4/16/2007.  May you all be wrapped in the warmth & comfort of God’s love during this time of sorrow,

April 18, 2007, 12:01pm • FT KNOX, KY • #13821

In this terrible, terrible time, when we can’t really understand, when we look at the sky and wonder why? why? why?...with tears in our eyes, we can only pray and comfort each other.

Those that were taken away on that cold windy morning will forever live in our hearts…

April 18, 2007, 12:01pm • College Park, MD • #13822

To the Virginia Tech Family:

No words can convey the sorrow I feel at this moment.  I will be praying for you, knowing that difficult times lie ahead.

I know that it’s hard to trust God in situations like this.  But He is the only one that can help us get through this horrific time.

Sincerly,
Sol

April 18, 2007, 12:01pm • New York, NY • #13823

words are not enough to express the way we are feeling at the moment....Tragedy like that touches all of us even if we are far away.You have our deepest sympathy and are in our prayers. Your memories will stay with us forever..

Cindy ,seychelles

April 18, 2007, 12:01pm • Seychelles • #13824

Ut prosim.  That I may serve.  The Hokie community has shown to the world the unique sense of unity and service Virginia Tech fosters.

May comfort be found in Christ, the giver and sustainer of all things.

VT English 1993

April 18, 2007, 12:01pm • Texas • #13825

Virginia Tech, Bastion of Higher learning and Safe Haven of young minds.
Blacksburg, Serene, safe haven to people of all cultures.
Virginia, my home.
There truly are no words to sooth the pain felt by all Hokies, near and far.  Only time will soften the tattered and torn day of April 16. May God hold all those affected by this tragedy.

Gina McKenzie Polich
Virginia Tech ‘85

April 18, 2007, 12:01pm • Richmond, VA • #13826

NUESTRAS SINCERAS CONDOLENCIAS PARA TODOS AQUELLOS QUE SUFREN ESTA TRISTEZA. QUE EL SEÑOR LOS ILUMINE Y LES OTORGUE LA PACIENCIA NECESARIA EN ESTOS MOMENTOS. A AQUELLOS QUE YA NO SE ENCUETRAN CON NOSOTROS, QUE EL SEÑOR LOS TENGA JUNTO A ÉL.

G. MANZANO

April 18, 2007, 12:01pm • MERIDA, YUCATAN, MEXICO. • #13827

"The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26

Our prayers are with you all!
Dan, Karla and Ainsley Feeney

April 18, 2007, 12:01pm • Memphis, TN • #13828

This really hit home for me.  I didn’t go to Virginia Tech, but I am a proud Virginian and a son of a teacher.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of the students and faculty members through this difficult time.

Wayne Ellis

April 18, 2007, 12:01pm • Highland Springs, VA • #13829

My heart just hurts for these families who has lost loved ones.  As a Christian, even I do not understand why these things happen, but that is where our faith in Jesus Christ comes in. Each of them were here for a reason and obviously touched so many lives, they even touched mine and I did not know them personally. My hugs and prayers to each of you who have lost loves ones and I pray that God will hold you tightly, comfort you and give you peace.  Laura

April 18, 2007, 12:01pm • Baton Rouge, Louisiana • #13830

As YOU start to heal, YOU will restore! As YOU start to mend YOU will recover! As HOKIES.... YOU are strong! YOU are enduring, YOU are unyielding, YOU are resilient. When someone ask me what is a HOKIE , I can only describe a HOKIE as as individual that is:

H-armonious
O-ptimistic
K-indhearted
I-ngenious
E-nduring
TODAY AND FOREVER WE WILL ALL BE HOKIES!!!!!
You make me proud to be a VIRGINIAN AND A HOKIE.!!!

April 18, 2007, 12:01pm • Richmond, VA • #13831

This was completely shocking to hear about and to see. It is such a tradgedy when someone takes the life of another. The Johnson family would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to everyone at VT and their families. We are thinking of you all…

April 18, 2007, 12:01pm • Grand Rapids, Michigan • #13832

My heart goes out to all the students and faculty. May GOD BLESS each and everyone of you.
No one should ever have to endure this much pain and suffering.

April 18, 2007, 12:01pm • Warren, Ohio • #13833

I am a parent to 3 college students.  I cannot begin to imagine the pain the students,parents, and staff are feeling… Our hearts are torn by what has happened to VT - Please accept our sympathy and prayers for your healing......

The Weaver Family

April 18, 2007, 12:01pm • Irmo, SC • #13834

Dear virginai tech hokie organization WE WOULD LIKE TO SEND OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE DEAD . WE HOPE EVERYTHING EILL BE OKAY ARE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL OF YOU. oN THIS DAy of mourning and weeping the valley of the tears. don’t they will be in a better place. sincerely yours, jamaica bautista encarnacion& shelly mack. ps please post this message please from the fremont unified school district fremont,ca 94538. fremont young adult program school.

April 18, 2007, 12:01pm • FREMONT, cALIOFRNIA • #13835

To all the Hokies and their families,

I extend my heartfelt condolences to everyone. I hope that God gives you all the strength to cope with this great tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

I left VTech 2 years ago and feel connected to the greif that you all are feeling.

I will join you all in praying for those that have passed away as well as those who continue to suffer.
May God be with you.
Ameen
Saulat Khan

April 18, 2007, 12:01pm • Pakistan • #13836

I’m from Brazil and have been following this horrible tragedy. My heart is so overwhelmed with sadness for this sorrowful news.

I send my prayers and deepest condolences for all the family who have lost their loved ones, the students, the staff and everybody involved. My payers for a loving God to ease the pain.

My prayers for a more peacefull world.

I’m so sorry.

R.M.

April 18, 2007, 12:01pm • Fortaleza, Ce - Brasil • #13837

In sorrow and sympathy for the VT community…

Megan
University of Illinois - Champaign

April 18, 2007, 12:02pm • Illinois • #13838

To the Virgian Tech Community:

May God Bless you all!

RB—Miami, Florida

April 18, 2007, 12:02pm • Miami, Florida • #13839

My wife and I live in Sacramento, California and have a son who is a student at UCLA and another son who will be a college student next year. Though we are 3000 miles away, we are proud to say that, like you, We Are Hokies!

April 18, 2007, 12:02pm • Sacramento, CA • #13840

No words can express what has occured and what you are all going through. Please know that you are not alone. The entire world has felt your pain/loss. May God bless you in healing your pain.
Sara - Student in Albany, New York

April 18, 2007, 12:02pm • Albany, New York - USA • #13841

Our prayers are with you as you struggle with this tragedy.  On April 16, 2007 one individual chose to engage in acts of brutality and violence however, the stories of numerous actions of other students, faculty, and staff of Virginia Tech who chose to engage in acts of bravery, courage, and love are still being told. This is a day in which one individual’s actions led to infamy but many other individual’s actions brought honor to their school, their community, and their families. 

Those individuals will be remembered.

Michael D. Crandall
Son of Bruce P. Crandall
Medal of Honor Recipient 2007

April 18, 2007, 12:02pm • State College, PA • #13842

My family would like to send our deepest condolences to the entire Blacksburg community, as well as the family and friends of each person who has been affected by this tragic act. You all are in our prayers.  May you find peace and comfort during this time.

Rise up....not to go on without them...but instead to go on knowing that they will always be with you.

Life is so fragile. Every person who was lost will remain in our memories and hearts forever.

April 18, 2007, 12:02pm • Marietta, Georgia • #13843

My roots go back to the early 1600’s in Montgomery County. My mother’s generation was among the first to start moving away. I spent my youth in the C’burg/B’burg area. It’s totally unimaginable that something like this has happened there. As a VA native, this is something that has gone beyond just the campus, the town, the county...it has reached the world and wrenched all our hearts. Prayers are with you, as well as with the shooter’s family.
A Bishop Ancestor

April 18, 2007, 12:02pm • Canaan Maine • #13844

My thoughts and prayers are with all the families and students of VT.  My God grant peace to all of you at this time.

April 18, 2007, 12:02pm • Lenoir, NC • #13845

As with most everyone. I am shocked and appalled by the events that occured at your fine University. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who were lost and for the speedy recovery of those who were injured. We admire the courage, the strength and the resolve of the Virginia Tech students, faculty and alumni have shown over the past 2 days. I am not an Alumni of VT, but today all of America is in some way an alumni because we are all united in grief, in prayer, and in the hope that this will never happen again anywhere.
May God bless all of you and keep you safe.
(((XXXII)))

April 18, 2007, 12:02pm • Miami, FLA • #13846