Condolences, April 18, 2007

I am a mother with 3 sons, aged 19 to 24, in University. The horror of what happened at VT has touched me to the core.  My deepest heatfelt prayers are for you students and families in these darkest of days.  May you feel love and support through the many outstretched arms online.

April 18, 2007, 12:02pm • Winnipeg, Canada • #13847

I wrote this e-mail to my family in the States as soon as I red about the shootings. I can not hold my tears as I think of the parents,sisters and brothers, friends and family members of the victims. We who are not Americans are begging you all to reconsider the gun issue in US. I am an alumni of Univerity of Indianapolis and I love US but these events makes me feel afraid and not safe to visit again…
The e-mail I sent follows:

“Hello all!

What happened today at Virginia Tech for me is worse than any kind of terrorism..because it is not based on nothing! Not religion, not nationalism, not fanatism..just pure madness. I feel numbed by these news. It happened in Germany 1,5 years ago and in US quite often…
So bad news......

Love you all

John”

MAY YOU FIND PEACE AND STRENGTH TO SOMEHOW ACCEPT THIS MASSIVE LOSS IN A UNIVERSITY CAMPUS. ALL OF US HERE IN ATHENS, GREECE ARE SHOCKED AND WE PRAY FOR THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES.

JOHN GLYKOS

April 18, 2007, 12:02pm • ATHENS, ATTIKIS, GREECE • #13848

I am so sorry for what happened to your friends and teachers on Monday. I want you all to know you are some of the bravest people I have ever seen, and your commitment to healing and helping your fellow students is so inspiring. Please know my family and many of the people in the world are praying for you all. God bless you all and may the peace of our Lord see you thru this.

April 18, 2007, 12:02pm • Granite Falls MN, USA • #13849

We can not pretend that we know what you people are going through, we can only imagine. We will celebrate the lives of the departed and mourn their early departure. May God be with all of you.

April 18, 2007, 12:02pm • Carson City, Nevada • #13850

God Bless all of you at Virginia Tech! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.  And I hope over time you can all grieve together and find the light at the end of this ugly tunnel.

XO

April 18, 2007, 12:02pm • New York, NY • #13851

My thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty and families of Virginia Tech. May time heal the wounds created by such a horrible tragedy.

-MLW

April 18, 2007, 12:02pm • Wyomissing, PA • #13852

My family and I are so deeply saddened for all of your losses.  You all will be in our Prayers.

April 18, 2007, 12:02pm • Minneapolis, MN • #13853

Virgina Tech Students, Faculty and Families,

My heart and tears go out to you in the time of tragedy.  May God be with each and everyone of you.  Go to Him for strength and understanding.  You can’t make sense out of nonsense.  Its beyond human comprehension how somebody could do such a thing.  Proverbs 3:5-6

Cory Lintern

April 18, 2007, 12:02pm • Huntington Beach, California • #13854

We would like to say we are sorry for all of the tragic losses and send our dearest condolences to all of the friends and family members to those who were lost in such a horrible tragedy. May god bless all of you and we shall never forget them in our prayers. The Arrington’s from North Carolina.

April 18, 2007, 12:02pm • Waynesville, North Carolina. Haywood County • #13855

My youngest daughter was murdered as she slept in her home in the Commonwealth of Virginia on February 25, 1999 by a young man whose profile is almost identifcal to that of the troubled shooter at Virginia Tech. She had tried to get help without success. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and I hold each of you in my heart.  Please consider laying the foundation for the ‘Virginia Tech Law’ that will require observation and treatment of a person whose behavior demonstrates that they obviously need help. Senseless tragedy does not have to continue.  This horrible experience can bring about change with your help.  Laura Hawley-Jarvis

April 18, 2007, 12:03pm • Silver Spring, Md., USA • #13856

Virginia Tech you are in my thoughts and prayers. I have lost friends prematurely also. If there is anything I can do for anyone please let me know.
email: jenny.eric@yahoo.com
my thoughts are with you
Jenny K.

April 18, 2007, 12:03pm • Lawrence, Kansas • #13857

Virginia Tech,
I don’t know where to start.. my deepest condolences to the families and friend of the victims. As new information is released, I still can’t imagine what these students and staff went thru. Survivers, this has to be the most challenging part of your live to over come. Keep your head up, remember the good times you have had, spend time with friends and family, remember your friends that were killed, enjoy each day of life to the fullest potential. I don’t know anyone at Virginia Tech, however I feel that you are ALL my friends.. and wish I could be there to listen to you and supoort you thru this hard time. I am offering my ear and support to anyone that needs someone to listen or different to talk to. jonsyn1@hotmail.com

April 18, 2007, 12:03pm • Big Lake MN • #13858

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all this time of sorrow.
-The Vanegas-Cales Family

April 18, 2007, 12:03pm • Tampa, Fl • #13859

I am so incredibly saddened by such events. As an alumni, I saw on television the familiar drill field, Burress Hall, Norris Hall and remembered so fondly the great education and experiences I had while studying there.  My prayers are with the families of all of those affected by this tragedy.  My tears flow for my university and for those that have been part of the life of Virginia Tech.  I concur with many of my alumni - .....we are Virginia Tech.

April 18, 2007, 12:03pm • SMG - Michigan • #13860

I am the mother of twin 18 years olds attending two different colleges. As a parent it hits you in the gut---My Kids are out there! You have rasied them from infants to young adults and in a horrible moment someone can selfisly wipe out all that the future held for them. Your pain must be unbearable. Our prayers are with you.

April 18, 2007, 12:03pm • united states • #13861

As a member of The University of Miami Family, I have always looked upon you as a foe in the field of athletic competition, one to defeat.  Even made fun of you crazy name. But as a member of a much larger family, the Family of Man, today in my heart I feel like a Hokie.
God Bless!
george

April 18, 2007, 12:03pm • Miami Lakes, FL • #13862

My heart goes out to all everyone subject to the horrific turn of events on April 16, 2007. As a mother and now a grandmother there is nothing more precious then watch you children make there way thru life becoming the person you known they always would be, it saddens me to think of parents who have lost so much.

To the student at V.T. you are brave souls, when you think of your friends who suffered from this tragic senseless act, know that heaven gates have open for them and they are now standing at the right hand of their father.

April 18, 2007, 12:03pm • Snohomish Washington • #13863

My brother attends VT and I can’t shake off the feeling that he could have been one of the victims. But as much as it is a relief that he wasn’t, I can’t help but feel that all the victims were my brothers and sisters.

I never knew any of you, but I miss you all. God be with your families and friends.

April 18, 2007, 12:03pm • Fairfax, VA • #13864

You will survive.  Those of us who have endured the violent deaths of relatives and loved ones are all deeply and emotionally connected to you at this time.  We can tell you that you will make it through - cling to good memories and lean on friends, family, and community.  You may feel alone with your thoughts but millions share them with you.

April 18, 2007, 12:03pm • Chevy Chase, Maryland • #13865

Hello I am from Tucson Az and I know what it is to lose someone. I am sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prays our with you all.

April 18, 2007, 12:03pm • Tucson Arizona United States • #13866

I can not believe what happend, I’m still in shock.  My condolences goes to the family of the victims and for the others that are still in the hospital trying to recover.  I think this is a huge sign for the University all over the coutry to revise the security in the University.  Have a stronger security for future students.  I’m a student at Strayer University in Arlington VA Campus and I have always felt secure just like many others in VA Tech.  I hope the we will have more security in all Universities.

April 18, 2007, 12:03pm • Gainesville, Virginia • #13867

God Bless All the Families and Students...I am so sorry for what has happened to each of you and to the families..I wish there was something I could say or do, but only God can give you peace and comfort right now...God Bless You All

April 18, 2007, 12:03pm • Waycross, Ga. • #13868

Dear Family, friends, Faculty and those affected by this event:
My first message was not sent to you all, therefore I’ll send another one because it is important for me to express my sincere condolences:
From all of University of Ottawa, we are deeply sorry for your losses and we are praying for family, friends, faculty that are going through this terrible time. May these times bring wisdom and perseverance in your lives and may the sunlight from heaven and beautiful memories ahead give you strength in future years. There is cruelty in the world, but there is also LOVE.

My love to you all,
Nathalie Paquette

April 18, 2007, 12:03pm • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada • #13869

Dear Families with lost loved one, and students frightened:

I deeply fell sorry for your losses and into depressed because of the trajedy. I express my sincere condolences to all the families students affected by this killing.

Counceling with phychologists is essential to recover along the road, no matter how strong you are.

The school police and authority did not do the right job after the first shooting at 7am or responded appropriately. Otherwise the trajedy could have been significantly minimized. The investigation of the response should be conducted by an independent investigator with a fair report. I do not buy the explanation given by the authority.

The loss is our nation’s loss. These young boys and girls should have been with us now with bright future if our nation can control the gun possession. If we all still agree with our gun culture, we have to live with these possible trajedies forever.

Let us pray to the LORD to comfort all of the families and students affected by this killing for now.

This may inspire us to act now to change our gun culture, little by little, for a better society with safe living environment. It may take generations to work our way to this goal.

April 18, 2007, 12:03pm • LA, CA • #13870

May you all find peace in the weeks and months to come.  It is truly heartbreaking to think of the tragedy that has befallen your community.  Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fightting some kind of battle. 

With heavy hearts,
The Healy Family
Conyers, GA

April 18, 2007, 12:03pm • Conyers, GA • #13871

To the Students, Families, Staff, and Friends of VTech, I pray the Lord heals all wounds, wipes all tears, and comforts every person that grieves. May His angels stay with you and may you be drawn to Him, as only He has the answers and love you seek. May this time remind us all that we do not know when we will leave this earth, so we should love as much as we can, share as much as we can, and be thankful for every breath and moment we have with the people we love. May you all be made stronger and wiser, and may your capacity to love grow richer. When we believe that each life is in God’s hands, we know that no one can die in vain. When you don’t know what else to do, call on God and He will answer. May peace make its home in the hearts and minds of VTECH. Amen.  Angel

April 18, 2007, 12:03pm • Washington, DC • #13872

I did not lose a family member or friend in the tragic happenings that occured on April 16th, but I will still be forever changed.  My heart and prayers go out to all of the friends, family members, students and colleagues of those lost at VT.

April 18, 2007, 12:04pm • Columbus, OH • #13873

To you all my condolences.  I can’t even begin to imagine the pain you are all going through at this time.  I wish that I could take the pain away.  My thoughts and prayers are with you always here in Missouri..  God Bless you all…

Always, Amy Vanscoy

April 18, 2007, 12:04pm • Belton, Missouri • #13874

In such terrible events such as this, it is fear that separates us, but Paul’s words remind us that we are not alone.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come nor powers,
nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love God in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39

Let us hold onto Christ and each other.

The secret to getting through a tragedy is to remember, that no one does it alone!  My prayers and thoughts are with each of you!

-Amber Woodard

April 18, 2007, 12:04pm • Decatur, GA • #13875

My heart is heavy with your pain, I just viewed a video online that may help. www.theinterviewwithgod.com
God Bless you all

April 18, 2007, 12:04pm • Hillsville,VA • #13876

The prayers of myself, my friends, my family, and my community are with all of you. What happened should never have occured.

The hole left behind in hearts, will never, can never be filled. But we can not give in to rage, anger and hate. To do so, we become as bad as those who do such horrid things. Never forget them, their names, their faces, no matter how they were taken from us. Rather then lashing out, reach out, in THEIR names, in THEIR memories, and let us try to heal this world of ours, so that one day, there will be no more horrors such as this one that occured, or 9-11, or the holocaust, so that one day, there will be no terrorists, no mail bombs, no children killing other children.

If we can, In THEIR Names, THEIR memories, reach out to everyone, everywhere, no matter race, sex, religion, rich or poor, nationality, or beliefs, perhaps, we can make this a world at peace, a world, filled with love. In this way, their senseless deaths will be given some sort of meaning, and our hearts and world, can heal.

In the rising of the sun, and in it’s setting,
We Remember Them.

Let us also honor them by trying to make this world a better place for ALL, so that no one will suffer this pain, this horror again.

April 18, 2007, 12:04pm • Pahrump, Nevada • #13877

I would like to offer you our deepest condolences at what is a truly shocking event. I had to try and explain to my children what this man had done. They found it hard to believe and will remeber this for years to come. I truly hope that one day the sun will shine for you again and that your pain will lessen as the yrs go by. Scotland is thinking about you.

all our love
lisa(27) craig (28) courtney (9) ebony(6)
xxxx

April 18, 2007, 12:04pm • fife, scotland • #13878

My thoughts and prayers are with all who have suffered this wrenching loss in your community.

Your grace during this tragedy is remarkable and heroic. I hope that it continues to light your path to peace.

April 18, 2007, 12:04pm • New Hampshire • #13879

I can not begin to express how deeply saddened this country is by this tragic event. My daughter had a soccer teammate die on the field and she was very distraught. I can only imagine what you are going thru. God bless you all and know we are all praying for you.

April 18, 2007, 12:04pm • Hoffman Estates, Illinois • #13880

Dear students, faculty, and family members of Virginia Tech,

You have my deepest sorrow for the horrifying tragedy that has taken place at your school. When I heard, I was frightened. It could have happened at any school. I attend Appalachian State University and I could not believe the horrible news once I heard. I cannot imagine what you are going through, but I will offer this piece of advice.
Whatever you do, allow God to lead you through this. If you place your trust in Him, I assure you that you will overcome this. There may be crime in the world, but I also know that there is good in the world. If we all put our trust in God, the good will overcome the bad. Remember to pray for the boy who is responsible as well as his family. Also keep the families and friends of the lost loved ones in your prayers. Always remember, “For with God, NOTHING will be impossible.” Luke 1"37. He will get us through. My love and prayers are with you always.
Maggie Morehead

April 18, 2007, 12:04pm • Mooresboro, NC • #13881

Please accept my condolences and prayers for the shocking and horrendous act of violence in your school. May you find consolation and comfort in knowing that all of us are grieving and praying for you and your families.May God save our troubled world.
Love and prayers.
FE

April 18, 2007, 12:04pm • Washington, DC • #13882

My deepest condolences go out to all.

Things happen in life, some good, some the other, but one thing for sure, they make us who we are - stronger, closer, ONE.

Let the lives of those so painfully taken away from us bring us together as ONE. We as a nation need to love one another and become ONE.

“He knows when you are hurt inside
He even feels your pain
All alone and so far from the world
You wonder are your cries in vain
You don’t see how this will ever mend and heal
With a heart that is torn and shattered
Although no your way, you’ll be alright
Cause He’s right there”

SLS

April 18, 2007, 12:04pm • Brooklyn, NY • #13883

As a fellow ACC Mom, I know how deeply this impacted me sitting in my home more than 1000 miles away. But I cannot begin to feel or understand the profound grief, shock, anger… you are experiencing.  I pray for each VT student, staff and family member but especially for Cho’s family.  They’ve lost a son too.

Psalm 34:18. “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Isaiah 41:10. “Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”

Psalm 23:4. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

April 18, 2007, 12:04pm • Texas • #13884

Dear Virginia Tech Family,

Please know that this tragedy will not define you.You will get through this.The nation is behind you and many people around the world are praying for you.
You are a very brave and courageous community.
May God Bless each and everyone of you.

Katherine

April 18, 2007, 12:04pm • Dallas, TX USA • #13885

As a graduate of Virginia Tech in 2005, I am incredibly saddened by the events that occurred on campus.

However, I take great pride in how the Virginia Tech community has come together to deal with this tragedy and show just how strong the Hokie community is.

April 18, 2007, 12:04pm • New York, NY • #13886

To all of those, who have lost a son or a daughter, be asure that they will rest in heaven, right to the side of our lord.
As a father who knows what it feels like to have a daughter far away, learning life and building character at college, I am so sorry that such a tragedy could have ever happened.

God bless you all. 

Manuel A. Malo

April 18, 2007, 12:04pm • Quito, Ecuador South America • #13887

I can’t imagine what you are all going through and I know that words cannot bring back the people you loved.

I guess I just wanted to let you know that you are all in my thoughts and I hope in time that your hearts can begin to heal and you can find a way to remember the people you loved.

Emma Godfrey
xx

April 18, 2007, 12:04pm • Nottingham, England • #13888

i always feel saddend in times like this, however Virginia is my homestate so it hits a little closer to home. literally! I dont know anyone who attends this school but i just want everyone there to know that each and everyone of you are in so many peoples prayers. I personaly am so sorry for what you all are going through and i just hope that your pain will ease quickly and that each of your lives will move foward and be back to normal as much as it can get, much love to you guys! CHERYL FLYNN, ...GO HOKIES!!!=)

April 18, 2007, 12:04pm • LOUDOUND COUNTY , VA • #13889

As a graduate of VT from 1996, it’s so horrific to see the campus I love devastated by such a massacre. I’m so proud of the students and staff that stand strong in the face of this terror and work together to mend the hearts that have broken. Tech will NOT be remembered as “the place where all the people died” but instead as the University that survived and thrived despite the pain. My thoughts are with you all and I wish I could be there to help support you all in person.

Much Love,
Beth Reed
English and Theatre Arts, 1996

April 18, 2007, 12:04pm • Tampa, FL • #13890

May God bless the friends and families of the victims. May he also bless all the students at VA Tech.I pray that the broken spirits be mended soon.

April 18, 2007, 12:04pm • Columbia, MD • #13891

I pray that all of the freinds and families if the victims be able to keep that persons spirit alive throgh them.

April 18, 2007, 12:04pm • Cuba,NY,United States • #13892

Our heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with members of the Virginia Tech family.  We cannot imagine the sorrow you are experiencing.  We only pray that time will ease the pain and sorrow you feel.

April 18, 2007, 12:04pm • Newark, NJ • #13893

It is with a very sad heart that I write this message...........but I do hope that the strength and comfort you draw upon from your friends and families help you through this very difficult time.  We never understand why something like this happens in life but please know that our hearts and love are with you in your time of sorrow. May God give you love to forgive those who have taken so many from you.

April 18, 2007, 12:05pm • dallas, texas • #13894

I am deeply saddened and shocked by this horrible tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the students, faculty, and the families of the victims. GOD BLESS VIRGINIA TECH!  Rudy!

April 18, 2007, 12:05pm • Miami, Florida • #13895

Our prayers go out to all that are involved with this sick occuring of events that transpired on your campus. We think of all who have suffered great agony since the occurence and pray for some type of closure.

Our deepest regrets
Drlik Family

April 18, 2007, 12:05pm • Canton, Ohio • #13896