Condolences, April 18, 2007

Chers Confères ,
C’est avec beaucoup de peines et de tristesses que je vous envoie cette message de soutien pour toutes les familles qui traversent ces moments difficiles et tous les étudiants de VirginiaTech .
I’m poor in english so I prefer to write in french. Sorry if you don’t understand french.
Sincerement .
Alex from Paris.

April 18, 2007, 12:08pm • France • #13947

I am sadden by the events that took place at your school. May all of you go through the healing process together and find peace within yourselves. Time will heal . I speak from experience.May you all be surrounded with the blessings of our Lord !!!
God Bless You All!!
Sincerely , Diane Smith

April 18, 2007, 12:08pm • Fort Collins , Colorado • #13948

I’m stunned and overwhelmed by what has happened. So many lives lost over a senseless degrading act to human life . I can’t even begin to comprehend your pain and sorrow. However, I do want all the families of the victims and injured to know that my prayers and thoughts are with you at all times.  This is a time we need to united and find comfort in each other no matter the race or religious believes.  We need each other. We need to find the strength to over come this tragic event that has stolen precious lives that has touched so many around the world.  I know deep in my heart that some good would come out of this. (Gun Control laws that protect all)
In memory of all those who loss their lives, we will never forget you. Your memory will live on!

From across the Atlantic ocean,

Your friends from Puerto Rico

April 18, 2007, 12:08pm • Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico • #13949

President Bush was correct yesterday in saying that countless who you do not know are continuing to pray for you...Below, a Native American Hopi Prayer to help guide you and know that you are never truly alone...nor are those we love truly ever gone:
Native American (Hopi) Prayer

I give you this one thought to keep --
I am with you still—I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift, uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone --
I am with you still—in each new dawn.

A.M.K.

April 18, 2007, 12:09pm • Portland, ME • #13950

As a Penn State student I am sure I speak for most ,if not all, Nittany Lions in expressing our sincere condolences and sympathy to the families, friends, and classmates of your fellow Hokies that have passed in this tragedy. This weekend at the Blue and White game at Penn State, instead of the blue and white colors of Penn State, Beaver Stadium will be filled with maroon and orange.

April 18, 2007, 12:09pm • Harrisburg, PA USA • #13951

As graduates of Texas A&M University and as students during the bonfire collapse in 1999, we are sympathetic to the emotions you are feeling during this dark time.  During our time of need, we were touched by the outpouring of support from across the State, the Nation, and the World, but nothing meant more than to hear and read the thoughts and prayers coming in from fellow college students across the country.  With that in mind, we would like to offer our most heartfelt condolences to the Hokie Community.  Our prayer for you is that one day you’ll be able to reflect on the events that rocked your campus on April 16th and remember not the grisly images depicted by the media, but rather the overwhelming sense of pride and community you will undoubtedly experience while attending your vigils and memorial services.  Our prayer is that, in the wake of this unspeakable tragedy, you will realize a level of Hokie pride and strength you have never felt before, and that you will carry that sense of pride and strength with you throughout your lives.  Be proud, be strong, and through these actions your fellow classmates and teachers will forever be remembered.

With our deepest sympathy,
Mandy and Brady, Texas Aggies 1999 and 2000

April 18, 2007, 12:09pm • Albuquerque, NM • #13952

I will never again consider Tech anything but a sister university.  What has happened to you is beyond comprehension.  Everyone here at UVa will keep Tech in our hearts and prayers.  Be brave, patient and remember that you are not alone.  We grieve with you but will be here for support.

Jean Varner
University of Virginia

April 18, 2007, 12:09pm • Charlottesville, VA • #13953

My family would like to express our deepest condolences to the families, staff, and those personally affected by this horrific tragedy.  In prayer, my hope is that your loved ones will be forever remembered, and that the Virginia Tech community will continue to embrace their strong beliefs of community, diversity and family.  May God’s spirit be with you all.

The Vernon Family

April 18, 2007, 12:09pm • Lancaster, California • #13954

I am truly, deeply saddened by the events of April 16th. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims families and friends of this horrific event. May God be with you in your time of sorrow.

Beth Robistow

April 18, 2007, 12:09pm • Burlington, NC • #13955

Words cannot truly express the pain I feel when I hear and see the latest details of this tragedy.  My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the entire student/faculty/family body at Va Tech. 

I was so moved by the convocation yesterday, and was so impressed with your ability to stand together.  Time can never heal these wounds.  However, I know that you will take this tragedy and turn it into something righteous some day.

God Bless you all!

April 18, 2007, 12:09pm • Toms River, NJ • #13956

Words fail.  My heartfelt condolences to all of you; you are all victims in this tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 12:09pm • Greensboro, NC • #13957

To the families, students and facility at VT:

My deepest sympathies. May you find peace and comfort during these difficult times. Remember even though those you loved so dear no longer with you in body they well forever be with you in spirit. “De corde totaliter Et ex mente tota, Sum presentialiter Absens in remota.” “With all my heart, and all my soul, I am with you. Though I am far away.”
Peace be with you now and always:
Sue Penix

April 18, 2007, 12:09pm • Reisterstown, Maryland • #13958

From Mexico, I want to express my condolences to all members of the Community, although an act like this affects all students around the world, because the life of these brothers was taken unjustly.
I don’t believe that the death of any person be in vain, and I hope that this event teach all people in the world that we are Brothers and we have to prevent this things to happen, we have to stand together always together.
Thank you

SLS

April 18, 2007, 12:09pm • Monterrey, NL, México • #13959

Virginia Tech,
This tragedy is heart breaking for everyone.  As I drove home I listened to all the horrible things that happened there and it just give me chills!!  Millions of sorrow fill people will write from all over the world in here, sending prayers and love.  The shame is that it even happened in the first place. But hopefully our eyes will open so we can prevent this from happening ever again! Just know that me and my family are truly sorry for all of your loses.  You are all in our constant prayers.
The Knopp Family

April 18, 2007, 12:09pm • Chambersburg, PA • #13960

We are truly sorry regarding this horrific event. My son Austin will be starting university this fall in PA or TX. I guess I truly feel that when we took prayer out of schools and God out of schools it was a terrible mistake.  When students like this gunmen attend our campus there is an absence of the direction or impact that having a true representation of prayer and God can have on an individual such as cho. I only wonder if having this positive influence could have impacted his life and turned him in a better direction. Our institutions in this nation were mainly founded by ministers intending for our young people to be well educated about their discipline as well as the things of God. My prayer is that we go back to our roots. Do not be ashamed of God but acknowledge him as the one who has given us wisdom and knowledge. Maybe things would take a turn for the positive and situations like this would be prevented. May the Lord comfort each of the parents, brothers, and sisters and friends of these precious your people and instructors. They will be truly missed.

April 18, 2007, 12:09pm • Pensacola Florida • #13961

To all those who were effected by the recent tragedy. My heart and prayers go out to all of you. As an educator I can not even begin to understand nor fanthom what I would do at that moment. Remember to rely on your higher power! He will get you throught this. To those families of those lost...may your memories of your loved one be happy, memorable and forever clear in your heart.
Tiphani Slone & Family, Charlotte, NC

April 18, 2007, 12:09pm • Charlotte, North Carolina • #13962

My heart aches for the parents, friends, and families of those lost.  Your entire community is in my thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 12:09pm • San Antonio, Texas • #13963

During this crisis on your campus you have exhibited extraordinary courage and compassion.  Draw from each other’s strength and faith.  Know that the thoughts and prayers of millions of people are with you.  Time will ease the pain, but never the memory.

April 18, 2007, 12:09pm • Lazbuddie, TX • #13964

Hello. My name is Roger and I’m hundreds of miles away from VT in Southeastern Indiana. I live in a small community where we are all shocked by this disaster. Please know that all around the world, in small communities like my own, and big cities, we ALL have you in our thoughts a prayers.

God bless and be with all of you going through this event, and remember that the USA and the world is praying for you guys.

April 18, 2007, 12:09pm • Lexington, IN • #13965

Words seem so inadequate at this time, but time heals all wounds.  There is a time and a season for all things and we must remember that the joy of the Lord IS our strength.  The family, friends, faculty, staff, and the entire community are in my prayers for strength and healing.

April 18, 2007, 12:10pm • Benton, Louisiana • #13966

Yesterday I lit candles for all you for us for the world. What is going on with our humanity? I still believe in the good of people but… the question’s keep bubbling up...still no answers have come to mind yet.
So instead I offer up my heart to all of you from out here in Marin County, CA. I offer up my motherly love…
My home (especially the fridge) is a hangout in between college classes-tho very far away, Please feel a big hug and lots and lots of love from this Mama. You are all safely in my kitchen, on your cells, laughing out loud and wrapped in the safety of a mother’s warm embrace. You will laugh again while hang’n on the fridge door. In time we will all begin to heal.
Love from a Mom and many many Moms and Dads all over the world.
XXXOOO
gina

If I could take all of your broken heartas into my kitchen and feed you

April 18, 2007, 12:10pm • Marin Co. Californial • #13967

My thoughts and prayer are with you. Nothing can change what happend, but we can all learn and heal together from this tragady.

April 18, 2007, 12:10pm • Warrenton VA • #13968

My heart goes out to all of you involved in this horrific act of violence. Remember who you are, You are Hokies! Stay together and you all will get through this. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!

April 18, 2007, 12:10pm • Cape May Court House, New Jersey • #13969

I pray for all the parents having to deal with this horrible incedent.

April 18, 2007, 12:10pm • bismarck,Arkansas • #13970

UT PROSIM..."that we may serve.” Let us NEVER FORGET or take this for granted.

Prof. Librescu epitomizes UT PROSIM.  I love Hokie Nation...Hokie World.  I’m praying and taking a moment of silence for the victims, families, friends, and caregivers.  Thanks!!!

ESM graduate 1994

Proverbs 3:5-6 “lean not on your own understanding”...one day He will reveal it all to us.

April 18, 2007, 12:10pm • Greenwood, Indiana • #13971

VT STUDENTS & STAFF,
How dismayed this tragic,needless event has touched not only America… but the world! For a split moment is took me back to the days of 9/11, and the pain and sorrow I felt for those victims as well. I have sent dozens of emails out praying for understanding and healing for your school. May God Fully Bless YOUR CAMPUS and bring a peace like no other to VT!

~Paige~

April 18, 2007, 12:10pm • Birmingham, AL • #13972

It is so terribly sad when one person visits upon others such tremendous pain, grief, sorrow and wonder.  We may never truly understand what compels a person to such madness, but, I am so sorry for it.  What I know we can take solace in is the fact that, in these horrendous moments, we are not alone.  We have God, we have each other, we have our faith.  My heart is broken and my tears are shed, and while I know that we will heal, but not forget, I pray we may forgive.  God bless.

April 18, 2007, 12:10pm • Kansas City, Missouri, United States • #13973

I hold the Virginia Tech community in my prayers and thoughts.  I am sending out messages of peace, harmony and unity into our vast universe so that we can heal as a whole.  I admire your courage, tenacity, and love. It is through these behaviors that our souls will slowly mend.
With much peace, Sandy Wagner

April 18, 2007, 12:10pm • Hummelstown, PA • #13974

There are many things that we don’t and sometimes can’t understand. Life is cruel at times. I am well aquainted with grief and pain. I have learned that these things made me who I am. Christ has healed my broken heart. Again, life is cruel at times. Let Christ, through this make us all better people. It is a hard road for all. “If the mountain was smooth, we couldn’t climb it”! -Preacher

April 18, 2007, 12:10pm • North Carolina • #13975

Those walls and structures of Norris Hall may have been built long ago, but on the 16th day of April, 2007 a new foundation was set with the names and souls of those students and faculty who perished or were injured. That foundation will consist of those who contributed to the university and those who came to the institution to better their lives and future with an education from one of the best schools in America. Those names will forever be embedded through the halls at Norris from the echoes that it cries and the brisk campus winds that whispers the names of the two students at Ambler Johnston Hall. That new foundation and day will be remembered forever. The campus and Norris Hall will go on to stand strong, time will move on, but these scars may never heal. That day will never leave our minds.
From HOOS to Hokies
From our nation to yours
Orange and maroon is what our heart pours.
One heart, one body, and one nation, may that cold dark day of 4/16/2007 be warmed with love, lit with prayers, and never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones that were devastated from this tragedy.

Our deepest condolences,
One Big Cav Family

April 18, 2007, 12:10pm • Stuarts Draft, Va • #13976

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 perseverence 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, 12:10pm • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada • #13977

Being a paramedic I have seen many people pass, my condolences go to all that were involved in this tragic incident.  Remember not to hate, but to love and be there for each other, and that you are never alone, god is with you during this time as so is the nation.

god bless, MMK,

April 18, 2007, 12:10pm • arlington, va • #13978

My family & I send our condolences to everyone effected by this horrible event.
Our prayers go out to each and every student, family of students & their friends in hope someday you can move forward. We’ll never forget this day and we share in your lost.

God Bless,
Chevy

April 18, 2007, 12:10pm • #13979

I just want to let all who were affected by the shooting on April 16th that my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends who lost someone.
May God Bless You All

Mrs. Lisa Benner

April 18, 2007, 12:10pm • Mifflin PA • #13980

I am a Hokie living overseas in Barcelona, Spain. The pain is felt around the world. I have never been more proud to be a Virginia Tech Hokie. VT is such a wonderful university and I am sorry the world had to find out in this way.

The Hokie spirit will carry us all through this tragedy. My families thoughts and prayers are with all the students and families affected by this horific event. Wear your colors proudly. I am.

We are Virginia Tech.

April 18, 2007, 12:10pm • Barcleona, Spain • #13981

Our hearts break with you, and our eyes cry for you. We watched in horror, and asked ourselves why. We held vigils to honor those lost, and to pray for all of you who survived. Know that our sympathies are with you, and we will never forget this tragedy. Go Hokies!!!!!

SUNY ALBANY GREAT DANES

April 18, 2007, 12:10pm • Albany, NY • #13982

I know not what would possess a man to commit the horrible acts perpetrated against your school and community on monday.  I do know however that here in houston, 1400 miles away, as well as in the rest of the country and even the world, we all were affected and wish to express and extend our deepest sorrows, thoughts, and prayers to you.

I spent 4 years of my life, and majority of my highschool years in northern virginia and have many a friend and colleague that are students or alumni of Virginia Tech and I was deeply saddened as was everyone else about this event. I can tell you that even here in Texas we all feel and grieve, for and with you.  You are all in our prayers.

T. Cuellar

April 18, 2007, 12:10pm • Houston, TX • #13983

I am truly saddened by the recent events and want you all to know I am thinking of you,your families and friends and praying for you.

A librarian in Florida.

April 18, 2007, 12:10pm • Florida • #13984

To all Virginia Tech Hokies… current students, faculty, alumni and families and friends of those who lost their lives so tragically - even though I am not a VT Hokie, but an Elon Phoenix, I somehow feel the pain that you are feeling.  My thoughts and prayers are with you during this unimaginable and difficult time.  I pray that you will hold each other close with love and support and always recognize that the people in your life are what’s most important.  May God always bless each and every one of you! Lean on God, he promises to carry you in times of need…

April 18, 2007, 12:10pm • Glen Allen, VA • #13985

As a mother with a daughter attending Indiana University Bloomington, I watch this horror unfold with profound grief. I will hold my daughter a little longer and a little tighter from this day forward.
Please know our family has you in prayer.

God Bless.
April 18,07

April 18, 2007, 12:11pm • Indianapolis, Indiana • #13986

As a mother my heart goes out to the parents of the students who passed away on monday, as wel as the parents of the students still in the hospital. As a wife my heart also goes out to the wives and husbands of the teachers and staff who also lost their lives on monday. To those who are survivors, our memories of these fallen loved ones, friends and aquaintences will long outlast the pain we all feel. Sadness is a part of this horrific event but as time goes on the sadness will turn in to determination of all to stop events like this to happen.
Take it one day at a time, one hug at a time. You all with support with make it.

April 18, 2007, 12:11pm • Alberta Canada • #13987

As a staff member at The University of Alabama, I offer my condolences to all Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends.  We are grieving with you in Tuscaloosa. We are praying for you to have courage during this difficult time of sorrow.  On behalf of Crimson Tide fans everywhere, “We are Virginia Tech!”

April 18, 2007, 12:11pm • Tuscaloosa, Alabama • #13988

I am very sorry for the horrific tragety that took place on the VT campus. My thoughts and prays are with all the students and faculty. Stay Strong and God bless.

Ashton
Midwestern State University, Graduate Student

April 18, 2007, 12:11pm • Wichita Falls, Texas • #13989

Hopefully, these many expressions of sympathy online will somehow comfort those most hurt by this horrific event… It’s my personal hope that the families of Virginia Tech will begin their healing and will know that so many others share their sadness.

Mary

April 18, 2007, 12:11pm • Ohio • #13990

My heartfelt condolences go out to the Virginia Tech community and the families who have lost their loved ones. Being an educator, I cannot imagine the terrible grief you all must be feeling. My heart aches for each one of you. You will be in our thoughts, stay stong.

April 18, 2007, 12:11pm • Phoenix, AZ • #13991

To those who are suffering. May the God of Heaven and Earth strengthen you and make His face to shine upon you all today. May the healing begin in your hearts and lives and may God restore to you everything that the enemy has taken. We lift you up in prayer, we mourn with you, and we embrace you. May God pull you up close and embrace you with his love as you heal.
Love in Christ
Dana Hill
Sardis, Alabama

April 18, 2007, 12:11pm • Sardis Ciry, Alabama United States • #13992

The Lucky Horse Saloon would like to send our prayers out to everyone at VT. We love you all and praying for all students, staff, and loved ones. www.luckyhorse.i8.com

April 18, 2007, 12:11pm • Whitmire, SC USA • #13993

I am so upset as to what happened on Monday. Being from Maryland and having cousins that attend VA Tech, I was so afraid. These peoples souls will forever be inbedded in all of our hearts. They did not die in vain. God Bless everyone at VA Tech and the families of the victims. It will be a long road to recovery, but they would want us to go on and fight things like this and never forget.

Angie J.

April 18, 2007, 12:11pm • Morganza, Maryland • #13994

This is truly a sad time for everyone in the whole world. Pray for all of those affected by this horrible tragedy. People far away from you are all praying for you.

Catharine Yang

April 18, 2007, 12:11pm • Singapore • #13995

To you all, students, faculty, friends, family,

there are no words which can express or touch what has happened. There is no way for the world to put into words the shock, the care, and the hope it holds for you all within our hearts, our souls.

Just know that we cry with you, we want answers with you, we want understanding with you, we want peace with you. Just know that you are not fogotten, you are not left unacknowledged. Know that the world has had it’s heart touched, compassion and human truths reach out to you durring an unexplainable and inhuman moment.

Know as you band together, as you allow each other’s strength to keep you standing, that our stength, we who are so far away, stands behind you all to fuel you even more.

We all are here with you.

April 18, 2007, 12:11pm • Waterville, ME USA • #13996