Condolences, April 18, 2007

My heart goes out to everyone involved in this tragedy. I am a student my self at a university miles away, but we understand your grief. We love you and we offer hope in this time of sorrow. God will bring you through. Though we may not know why we know they are in a better place.

OLLUSA Student

April 18, 2007, 12:05pm • San Antonio, Texas • #13897

My heart goes out to all of you.
Although I do not live in VA-Blacksburg is one of my favorite places to visit. My parents have a cottage in the VA mtns-and I (along with my folks) have grown to adore VA.
We are in mourning along with you. I will wear your school colors on Friday to honor your friends that have died in this tragedy. Granted-come football season-I’m back in Crimson Tide red-but for now and always-your school and your spirit will be in my heart.
I pray that peace will enter all of our hearts. I pray that our country will heal from this. Most importantly, I pray that all of you will heal from this. Don’t forget to take advantage of counseling in order to heal. Talking about this can help your healing process. I know this for a fact.
Much love to all of you

April 18, 2007, 12:05pm • Greenville, SC • #13898

My Heart and Prayers are with all effected by this tragic event. There are no words to express the pain, grief and sadness that is being felt all over the world by this senseless act.
Our community here is very effected by this as we all know someone who has gone, planned to go, or is going to VTech. 
This really hit home for me as I am also a college student. I am well aware of lockdowns from my children’s school but I had never ONCE thought about something like this happening at my college (LFCC). 
We hope and pray that some good will come from all this sadness. We will continue to keep Blacksburg and all the people effected in our prayers. God bless and keep you all in this tragic, tragic time.
Stephanie
Front Royal, VA

April 18, 2007, 12:05pm • Front Royal, VA • #13899

My heart, prayers and thoughts are with all of those who have been affected by this tragic event.

April 18, 2007, 12:05pm • Hamilton, Ontario, Canada • #13900

AT THIS MOMENT OF PAIN AND SADNESS I HOPE THAT ALL THE COMMUNITY OF THE VIRGINIA TECH FINDS PEACE AND MY CONDOLENCES TO THEY LOST A FRIEND OR BROTHER..

ALEX NOGUERA

STUDENT BIOLOGY FES IZTACALA

April 18, 2007, 12:05pm • MEXICO CITY • #13901

FOOTPRINTS
One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonged to him, and the other to the LORD.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it. LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you would walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me. The LORD replied, “My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.

April 18, 2007, 12:05pm • Bardonia, NY - USA • #13902

My name is John I am 10 years old. I love Vt it’s my favorite college football team. When I grow up I want to play football for VT. I am very sad that someone woukd do such a horrible thing. My thoughts & prayers are with the whole school campus & their families, & the staff.
May God give you the strength that you need to make it through.
My heart is with you all at VT.
HOKIES ARE STILL #1.
I love you all.
John Albright

April 18, 2007, 12:05pm • TomsBrook, Va • #13903

This is a horrible thing to have happen anywhere, but knowing that it happened at a place my family knows and loves makes it so much harder.  Stay strong; VT is too great a school to be defined by one horrible, tragic day.  We won’t ever forget what happened, but we will still always consider VT to be a wonderful, strong, vibrant community.

-Michelle Griggs

April 18, 2007, 12:05pm • Woodbridge, VA • #13904

From Andorra, Europe I am expressing my deepest condolences to all the victims and their families at Virginia High Tech. Looking at the faces of innocent young people that had to give their lives makes me very sad and mad. I am asking myself: What makes someone do something like this? And: Do politicians not learn from these gun massacres? How can President Bush defend his philosophy about the right to posses a weapon? I and millions of others condemn these politics.
Peace and Love

April 18, 2007, 12:05pm • Andorra • #13905

I’m from the Netherlands, I’m 15 years old, and I want to condole everyone. Especially the old I think 75-old Romanian, who had survived the Holocaust and saved many lives by shutting the door. Unfortunately, he died. May he be in heavens.

God Bless Virginia Tech.

wout

April 18, 2007, 12:06pm • Baarn, Utrecht, The Netherlands • #13906

I feel so useless in front the horror which touch you. Let me just say that all over the world, young people like me pray for the friends you have lost.
I am sharing your loss et hope god will help you to move on this tragedy.
Sorry for my englidh
I think about all of you

Faustine, France, Paris

April 18, 2007, 12:06pm • Paris, France • #13907

I am so very saddened by your loss.  I find myself thinking of how heartbroken all the families of these victims must be suffering - and I include them as well as those that have lost their lives in my prayers.  All the victims sound like wonderful people, and my heart grieves with yours.  Please know the world cries with you, and our prayers are coming to you to give you strength and hope to go on.  God Bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 12:06pm • Massapequa, New York • #13908

You will rise again. You will be better than you were. We will all be better than we were.

Colleen Kamin

April 18, 2007, 12:06pm • Chicago, IL • #13909

I just want to express our deep sadness and condolences for all of your losses.  May God be with you and hold you all in his hands at this time of need.  God Bless all the families and friends and victims.

De Ann Freel

April 18, 2007, 12:06pm • Nevada, IA • #13910

Troubled by the grief you must be feeling, I pray that the innocent victims be with God & there may be peace in your hearts.

Jamie Banola

April 18, 2007, 12:06pm • Berkeley, CA • #13911

a time to lose, and a time to seek

-Ecclesiastes

April 18, 2007, 12:06pm • China • #13912

Even I am physically very far away from Virginia Tech, being professor at University of Tromso in Northern Norway, I deeply share your grief and sorrow of what happened on your campus on last Tuesday. It was not only a tragedy for VT, but for the whole world and not least the world of campuses around the globe. Let us do our best to keep our campuses as open minded spaces for peace, thoughts, curiosity and love, so much needed in this world today.

April 18, 2007, 12:06pm • Tromso, Norway • #13913

I have been watching the news as much as I can and last night I could not sleep.  I understand death/grief and have experienced the pain, but by no means to this degree.  Virginia Tech, you are not alone.  The world is praying you. My sincere condolences. 
Your KY Neighbor

April 18, 2007, 12:06pm • Barbourville, KY • #13914

I was simply flabergasted and I have NO clue of how to share my condolenses in any other way than to say GOD BLESS VT! and this has definatily shaken the entire country this is Definatly a Broken Hallelujah. To all families I am sorry for your loss and I know I cant exactily feel your pain but I can say that what ever you are feeling please take this message as a sign of people trying to feel your pain.

Mo

April 18, 2007, 12:06pm • Derby, Kansas • #13915

Having spent the better part of the last 10 years in University, I can only imagine how difficult is must be for all of you Hokies. Your school pride and emotions will be tested to the fullest during this difficult time. My heart and prayers goes out to all the families and individuals who have been touched by the events of this week. My fellow country men and women share your grief and sadness. God bless all of you, and have courage on your journey forward. Your spirit as a collective will not be diminished, everyone knows this.

J.D Boutin

April 18, 2007, 12:06pm • Ottawa, Canada • #13916

While no words can express what occured that heart wrenching day of April 16th, 2007. However, with the loss of words comes the hope of a better day. While those lost are no longer phsically here, they are still guiding everyone through this horrible time. I hope that the families, friends, and everyone affected by this tragedy will some how, some day, be able to find the silver lining in the far off clouds. My hopes and prayers are with you always.

Tracey
Lyman Hall Graduating Class of 2007

traceysab@snet.net

April 18, 2007, 12:07pm • Wallingford, Connecticut • #13917

My thoughts are with you all. Blacksburg is a wonderful community and I am sure you all will remain strong. Virginia Tech has and will remain a fantastic school. As a fellow student, I share in the horror and sadness of what has happened.

April 18, 2007, 12:07pm • Huntington, WV • #13918

Our thoughts are with the families
The tragic events of April 16th,2007 may cause many to have Post-traumatic Stress.... Please see my blog for more info on how to cope with PTSD
http://360.yahoo.com/lee_j_capps

April 18, 2007, 12:07pm • Tupleo, MS USA • #13919

Why?

April 18, 2007, 12:07pm • Ireland • #13920

I am writing to convey my deepest sorrow to the students, staff and the families and friends of victims.

Sincerest condolences,
Mart Enn Koppel
Technology and Innovation Center at
Tallinn University of Technology

April 18, 2007, 12:07pm • Tallinn, Estonia • #13921

my prayers and the condolences of millions of others accross our great nation are with the families of the April 16th massacre at VT.  Wish everyone a blessed time through these hardships and may our country mourn for the innocent lives that were taken upon that day.

April 18, 2007, 12:07pm • Kings Mountain, NC • #13922

Like any other kind of love, friendship can be lost within our lives due to neglect or anger or, sometimes, simply circumstances. However it is lost, we often lose a part of ourselves that can never quite be recovered.
My thoughts and prayers to all friends and families
-Sarah

April 18, 2007, 12:07pm • Los Angeles, CA • #13923

To the VT family-
My heart goes out to you, but know that every one of you are in my prayers.  May God be your strength, comforter and healer!  Lean on Him and he will draw you close and near.  My prayers are with you!!  God bless all of you as you begin to heal.

April 18, 2007, 12:07pm • Covington, OH • #13924

My deepest condolences and most heartfelt prayers to those affected by the Virginia Tech Tragedy.  It is simply beyond words.

Kathy

April 18, 2007, 12:07pm • Ocala, Fla USA • #13925

I deeply share my condolences about the tragedy happened at VT campus.. it’s so hard for me to understand why it happen.. what makes a man does such a horrible thing to do… and what makes me upset more that the killings done by an asian like me… and what’s make me even more upset is that this guy bought the weapons legally..!? What’s wrong with US law system enabling a mentally sick young man purchasing a weapon that can be use for killings???? I stand behind all those the innocent victims and their families and relatives.... The bottom line is : 
IT MUST NOT HAPPEN AGAIN IN ALL SCHOOLS IN ALL OVER THE WORLD..!!!!!!

April 18, 2007, 12:07pm • Cilegon, Indonesia • #13926

“I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life, but that great consciousness of life.” - Jack Kerouac

Thinking of VT in Chicago ...

- L

April 18, 2007, 12:07pm • Chicago, IL, United States • #13927

I have never experienced the loss, through violent death, of a loved one or friend ... yet; but my tears come freely for the pain and grief of everyone touched so suddenly by this tragedy. My prayers contain two pleas. First, that the messages from this web site and other sources will give some measure of comfort to those directly and indirectly bereaved whether the association is through victim or perpetrator.  Secondly, as we all reach out in question or anger to the Universe for answers, that we will find a clearer picture of what mercy is all about.  Oh please be comforted!  Please be blessed!  My prayers will continue.

April 18, 2007, 12:07pm • Ashton, Idaho, USA • #13928

I`m sitting here wathing the news about the shoutings. In these terrible times words just seems emty..But I would just like to say that many people all over the world are sending their thoughts and prayers. We grief with all of you,this is just terrible..I have no other words.

Hanne from Norway

April 18, 2007, 12:07pm • Tromso,Norway • #13929

To families and friends who have to go through such pain,

I truly am so sorry for your loss. I may only be in eighth grade but i know what it’s like to lose somebody and it’s the worst when it happens like this. So many of these victims were 19 or 20 and i believe that is way to oung to die, they could have been able to have a great life but now won’t get the chance to. Alot of the victims were only a month away from graduating, and then to have your life taken away in such a horrible way is just wrong. I really honestly am very sorry for you. My family and I will be sure to keep you in our prayers.

My condolences,
Katie.

April 18, 2007, 12:07pm • smithfield, pennsylvania, united states • #13930

To Students, Staff and Families of victims,

My heart truly goes out to you ALL, It’s such a shame this had to happen to you. I hope and pray that each of you will get through this tragedy and remember the lord just added a few more angels on his team. Bless you all.

Patrina L.

April 18, 2007, 12:07pm • Washington, DC • #13931

This is truly a sad time for everyone in this country. I know i can speak for my friends and family when i say you are in our thoughts and prayers.........Just remember, that we are all here for you!!!!

God Bless

April 18, 2007, 12:08pm • bolingbrook il • #13932

What more can be said other than our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Kristen Shackelford
Upland, CA

April 18, 2007, 12:08pm • Upland, CA • #13933

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. The entire nation has a little bit of Hokie in their hearts now. May you find strength to get through this.

April 18, 2007, 12:08pm • Spartanburg, SC • #13934

I was so proud to be an American yesterday as I watched the service unfold at VirginiaTech. When Americans gather we see diversity in our faces, our religous beliefs and even our politics yet we are still all Americans and proud of it. Our differences make us all the stronger. Together we can get through this. It was a beautiful event to honor those that were lost to us here on earth. Peace be with you in Blacksburg.

April 18, 2007, 12:08pm • Oklahoma City OK USA • #13935

My prayers are with all of the staff, student body, and to all the parents of the fallen angels. I could never imagine having to go through something like this. Keep your heads up
Everyone believes in you

April 18, 2007, 12:08pm • burlington, nj • #13936

As a mother of a college student, I cannot imagine the grief that the students and families are going through right now.  I offer my prayers for those that have lost loved ones.  I share a moment in time of silence for all of you.  May god be with you.

Tracy Huber
Cincinnati, Ohio

April 18, 2007, 12:08pm • Cincinnati, OH • #13937

To your family we are praying for you all that you find the hope and love to go on, to you who have gone on we will all remember you all and hope and pray that you are all in a better place . May god be with you
Peggy Albany NY

April 18, 2007, 12:08pm • Albany New York • #13938

Last night at a candlelight vigil on the campus of JMU, when the students began chanting for the Hokies, I have never been more proud to participate in that chant.  It showed that there’s a camraderie between Virginia students, and I’m honored to be a part of that camraderie.  You all are Virginia Tech.  You’re proud and strong, and it is that strength that will get you through these trying times.  Always remember that Dukes support Hokies, and will continue to suppport Hokies.

~Katherine

April 18, 2007, 12:08pm • Harrisonburg, VA • #13939

I hope that we all, especially the victims families can find a sense of peace at this tragic time. Although I am hundreds of miles away, I feel contaminated with sadness that deepens my heart. We as a people must pray for God to heal our land. We need to turn from our wicked ways and trust that God is the healer of all things. God Bless

April 18, 2007, 12:08pm • Milwaukee, Wisconsin • #13940

Words cannot describe the profound sadness being felt by everyone around the world - we humbly offer our prayers and condolences to all! My daughter attends GVSU in Michigan and a candle light vigil was held in honor of all those who lost their lives in this tragedy at VT!! Please know that you are in our prayers and thoughts!! Do not ALLOW the tragic actions of one student to result in even the smallest loss in your school spirit and love for each other. You will overcome – You will persevere – You will be strong – You will continue to shine!!! God bless you all!!

April 18, 2007, 12:08pm • Zeeland, MI • #13941

We are thinking of you during this terrible time and our hearts and prayers go out to you. We are Hokies...whether you are a current student or alumni, there is a special spirit that takes hold of you once you attend Va Tech. That is the Hokie spirit and it never leaves you.

Laura and Richard Moorer (Class of 97 and 98)

April 18, 2007, 12:08pm • Rockville, Maryland • #13942

May I add my heartfelt sorrow and condolences to all the family, friends and staff at Virginia Tech who have lost loved ones in this tragic event.  If my tears could help alleviate some of the pain, please know that they are there.
A speedy recovery to those who have been wounded both physically and emotionally.

I pray that somehow G-d will give you all the strength, courage and peace during this very difficult time.

To all the students, faculty, personnel…
loving thoughts and good wishes go your way.
Fran

April 18, 2007, 12:08pm • Scottsdale, AZ • #13943

As an alum of Virginia Tech, I am deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy. It is difficult to imagine the grief of those who lost children, family, and friends, but hold them and the wider Virginia Tech community in prayer.

May God’s comforting spirit and healing grace be with you all.

Rebecca Wood, PhD/1998

April 18, 2007, 12:08pm • Escondido, CA • #13944

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

May the peace, comfort, grace, and love of our God, Jesus Christ, be with you all.

Larry Hannif-Ali
Class of 2004

April 18, 2007, 12:08pm • Vienna VA, 22181 • #13945

My deepest condolences to your campus and community.  Please know that the rest of your country mourns with you.  Hold your chins high and onto each other, and as at the service yesterday, remember you are Virgina Tech!

Corinthians 13:13 - So these three things remain: faith, hope, and love. But the best one of these is love.

Sommer

April 18, 2007, 12:08pm • Hosuton, Texas • #13946