Condolences, April 19, 2007

The pride and heartfelt affection of your community in the face of such incomprehensible tragedy is an inspiration to the nation.  We grieve with you and mourn the loss of so many talented students and teachers.

April 19, 2007, 1:20am • Closter, New Jersey • #26372

Words can not express the sadness I feel for all of you.
My prayers are with every one

April 19, 2007, 1:20am • Ottawa On.Canada • #26373

The University of Central Florida sends its deepest condolences during this horrific time. We all share in hurt and sorrow! May god bless all of you in your time of need!!!

Today we are all Hokies!!

Stephanie

April 19, 2007, 1:20am • Orlando, FL • #26374

I have written the following poem in tribute of the fallen 32.  I hope it helps someone out there.

“From the Misery of One”

From the misery of one, thirty-two lives were mercilessly and needlessly ended
From the misery of one, the hopes, ambitions and dreams of thirty-two were unnecessarily denied
Thirty-two pieces of life’s mosaic were stolen from us, making life’s mural permanently incomplete
We will never get to experience the contributions and impact of the precious 32
The chain has been broken and is weakened by the lost links
A critical part of life’s body was cut off, leaving the rest of the body permanently disabled
There is no good reason to ever explain why this tragedy occurred
From the misery of one, a woeful life could not deal with reality
No opportunity to lend a hand or eased the agony of a troubled soul
Only the carnage of the innocent and defenseless minus the misery of one
But if you listen closely, the spirits of the departed can be heard
They are seated in heaven’s grandstand wearing the school’s letters, VT
Right next to the VT is a USA
They are cheering the rest of us on
Let’s not disappoint them

By John Nocifore
Long Beach, CA

April 19, 2007, 1:21am • Long Beach, CA • #26375

To the Virginia Tech Community:

Human disaster invariably brings out the best in people, after witnessing the worst. It draws us all closer, as we come together as a community and a country. We support one another, love one another, grieve with one another, and pray for one another. But most of all we respect one another and bond as people.
I, like all, have been angered and saddened by the violence I witnessed earlier this week. However, I hope that everyone comes to realize that the love and courage shown by so many during and since Monday greatly outweighs the hatred and cowardice shown by one individual.
God is not seen in evil, but in our response to it. He is seen in every laugh, every kiss, every hug, and, yes, every cry. He provides us with strength as we mourn and console each other. He provides us with hope and the desire, and often the ability, to create a better future for ourselves and for others through our determination and influence. No one appreciates or values this more than college students, as they strive for better futures every day. As a recent and proud college graduate, I would like to send my condolences to the families of all who were lost at Virginia Tech. I love you all.

Ray

April 19, 2007, 1:21am • Dumont, New Jersey • #26376

My deepest condolences to everybody ant VT, Faculty and families who lost their loved ones from the hands of Evil. But Good will always prevail, as well as Divine Justice.
We must keep united, building a better world in this ill world.

Mario

April 19, 2007, 1:21am • Bogota, Colombia • #26377

My condolences go out to the friends and family of the victims.  RIP

April 19, 2007, 1:21am • La Jolla, CA • #26378

My grandma died about 6 years ago, but I have no idea how any of you must feel.  I know that you are sad, and confused.  The world is praying for you. 
One loud voice kills many,
however,
makes way for many new little whispers to come into being.
Never give up, P.ray U.ntil S.omething H.appens, WWJD
Writing in a journal helps to grieve without worry.

MUCH LOVE
a heartfelt canadian high school student.

April 19, 2007, 1:21am • Canada • #26379

I was a student at Miami Dade Commuty College. 

we all here are very sad for what happened..our

prayers go out to all students and family

from Fla.......

April 19, 2007, 1:21am • Ocala, Florida • #26380

I cried alot of tears for all victims and families but…

The Lord has a reason for everything.

Let your pain, sorrow and hearts be calm knowing your loved ones are with Him and at peace.

Mabel
mabs79@yahoo.com.au

April 19, 2007, 1:21am • Sydney, Australia • #26381

I hope you can find peace in prayer and strength in one another at this time, because there are no words....you all are in the prayers and hearts of the students at Southeast Missouri State University

April 19, 2007, 1:21am • cape girardeau, missouri • #26382

My prayers and thoughts are with the families that has lost a love one and I would like to share this with you and I would also like to say the parents of the boy that did this and to everyone else
We can not blame his parents and I would just like to say that my prayers also goes to them as well
MAY GOD BLESS AND TAKE CARE OF ALL OF YOU. There is to much hate in this world to keep it going

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
(Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die! 

MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU ALL SAFE
Lena Rutherford
Charleston West Virginia

April 19, 2007, 1:22am • Charleston West Virginia • #26383

I will pray for all of you who are hurt in so many ways by this. May God be with you all and comfort you. I am so sorry for your loss.

April 19, 2007, 1:22am • WA • #26384

I cannot begin to imagine the pain and sorrow that you all must feel given this tragedy. I share in your grief and hope that each of you can find the strength to overcome this ordeal. The experience of coming face to face with such an evil act will no doubt remain with you forever. However with the support of your friends and family you will pull through.

The nation grieves with you and no matter where you go support will never be far from your reach.

Prior to this event I was planning on transferring to VAtech to continue my engineering education. I still believe in this school and the top notch education it offers, and will attend despite these unfortunate events. And I will be proud to call myself a Hokie.

April 19, 2007, 1:22am • Woodbridge, VA • #26385

To all affected by this tragic event -

May God mend your broken heart and give you rest of peace.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present not the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God, that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~ Romans 8:38, 39

Daniel Sahilu

April 19, 2007, 1:22am • Baltimroe, MD • #26386

I am really sorry to heard that, may god bless you guys!

Jason

April 19, 2007, 1:22am • Beijing/China • #26387

Dear Loved Ones,

My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the lost. Time will only heal the wounds, but love with never leave us for the ones that are left behind. God Bless and I Love Virginia Tech.

Nancy Roberts

April 19, 2007, 1:22am • Sparks/Reno, Nevada • #26388

My thoughts and prayers go out to all in the community

April 19, 2007, 1:22am • Hudson, Fl • #26389

My thoughts are with the victims and their families, as well as those who have ever called Virginia Tech home.

Many around the country and world watched these events unfold with shock and horror.  As an alumnus, it is that much harder to watch; I lived all four years on campus in East AJ and had the majority of my classes in nearby McBryde.

I’m also deeply moved by the way everyone has come together to show the strength of the Hokie community; to show the pride that Virginia Tech has always been known for.  I’m very proud to say that I am an alumnus of this fine institution of higher education.

My thoughts and prayers are with those who have survived this ordeal, the families of those who have lost loved ones and for everyone who has had the good fortune to walk the halls and grounds of the Virginia Tech campus.

April 19, 2007, 1:22am • Centreville, VA • #26390

Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you; please know the entire country mourns for your loss. Words alone cannot ease your suffering, but we pray that the strength of the Virginia Tech Community, which is now 300 million strong, can, in time, help you heal. God Bless all of you.

April 19, 2007, 1:23am • Massachusetts • #26391

As as Seminole, I hold true to the fact you as Hokies will come through this tragedy on your feet and ready to conquer the world again.  I hold true that the college experience is one that is cherished and valued as the greatest time in your life. Don’t let this hold you back. The 32 that died and the others wounded would not want you to let that Hokie Spirit die.  Hokie, Hokie, Hokie-hi.

Jerrel Early

April 19, 2007, 1:23am • Huntsville, AL • #26392

The nation is mourning with you, you are not alone in this. We will continue to pray for your strength to get through this. Don’t forget to look for God’s help through your tears. Continue to be strong and don’t forget those who have fallen.

April 19, 2007, 1:23am • Ridgeway, VA • #26393

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL
WE MOURN FOR THE LIVES LOST

MEL & TANYA APONTE

April 19, 2007, 1:23am • WESTCHESTER NY • #26394

Dear students, faculty, and extended Hokie family:

As a Virginian, a Mary Baldwin alumna, and a friend to your school, I am unspeakably heartbroken for you all.  How you will go forward, I do not fathom.  I only know that, somehow, with grace and dignity, you will. Please trust that more people’s love is yours than you can ever know.

Kimberly Lapsley

April 19, 2007, 1:23am • Harrisonburg, VA • #26395

I can’t imagine the terror and pain VT has and is feeling.  As a college student myself, this tragedy really hits home.  It’s so hard to understand why things like this happen, and I’m reminded of the emotions I experienced on September 11th.  Every one of the victims of this tragedy seems to have been an upstanding person, and it is so upsetting to see those lives taken.  I can’t imagine how difficult this must be for the students, faculty, and staff at VT, and I feel so terrible for the victims’ families.  I only hope they can find some sense of comfort.  I’ll keep you all in my thoughts and in my prayers.  Please know that people across the country are thinking about you.

April 19, 2007, 1:23am • Decorah, IA • #26396

The virginia tech shootings was shock to the world,and i feel deeply sadness about that.I know all you guys are so strong that you can face all badly situation and overcome it.As a chinese,i will be stand with you guys.
God Bless You!
River,He

April 19, 2007, 1:23am • Taishan,Canton,China • #26397

There are no words adequate to express my sorrow for your pain and loss in the face of this heartbreaking tragedy.  Know that the whole country and much of the world grieves with and for you, and that many prayers are with you all.

April 19, 2007, 1:23am • chagrin falls, ohio • #26398

MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE SO MANY PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR LOVE ONES.

April 19, 2007, 1:23am • VICTORVILLE,CA USA • #26399

Virginia Tech Community, I share my deepest condolences with everyone effected by this tragedy.  I am praying for each and every single one of you.  May god bless you and your wonderful community.

“For Today, We Are All Hokies.”

April 19, 2007, 1:24am • Rindge, New Hampshire • #26400

My heart goes out to the Virginia Tech Community and to the loved ones of the persons who were killed or injured in this profoundly tragic and senseless attack. I want to express my deepest sympathy and concern for all who have been affected by this horrific attack. My son, who is 18, has already written a letter to his Congressman because he and his peers are so deeply concerned about what happened and about how to prevent it from happening again. I have been so impressed by the young people at Virginia Tech, as well as the faculty and the president of your university . You all are a wonderful group of people! There are just no words that are adequate. Please know that people care deeply.
Julianne

April 19, 2007, 1:24am • Leawood, Kansas • #26401

May choirs of angels sing thee to thy rest.  Alleluia.  Come now and receive riches and crowns which are prepared for you!  Alleluia.

Requiem aeternam, et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Blessings upon the survivors, their families, and all of the VT community all over the world.  We are all Hokies now.

K.D.

April 19, 2007, 1:24am • Greenville, South Carolina • #26402

Bless you, sweet parents.  This is not suppose to happen.  I’m so sorry for what you all are going through...and the families and loved ones too.  But for a parent to lose a child....and like this....it is unheard of.  I am so sorry for you all. 
Love, na

April 19, 2007, 1:24am • Centreville, VA • #26403

VT is only a few hours away from UT and what happened on your campus could have easily happened here in Knoxville.  But it didn’t.  It happened to you and I know there are no words to ease your pain.  However, I hope it is some comfort to know that people you never met are praying for you and asking God to heal you both physically and mentally.  Know that UT’s Orange will now have a little bit of Maroon with it.  Right now we are all Hokies and we share your pain.

April 19, 2007, 1:24am • Knoxville, TN • #26404

I cannot begin to comprehend the pain the family and friends of the victims of Virginia Tech are going through. I pray that God will comfort you through this time of grief. Please know that everyone at Auburn University have all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

April 19, 2007, 1:24am • Auburn, Alabama • #26405

I am very sorry for your losses and wish you all the best. God Bless!

April 19, 2007, 1:24am • sylmar ,ca. • #26406

to the staff & especially the students at vt. we
send our deepest condolences. May God give you and
your families the strenght to get through this
horrible tragedy. From the state of LA. and all
across the nation our prayers are with you.
KDaly

April 19, 2007, 1:25am • Lafayette,LA. • #26407

The Dash Poem

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end

He noted that first came her date of her birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth

For it matters not how much we own;
The cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read
With your life’s actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?

April 19, 2007, 1:25am • ALMichaels -Houston, TX/USA • #26408

In My Prayers

As you make your way
through a fog of tears,
a landslide of heartache
and multiple fears,

I’ll remember you
in my prayers.

While God holds you safe
in the palm of His hand
and sends His angels
to help you stand,

I’ll remember you
in my prayers.

Each minute you long
for peace and rest,
courageously fighting
this willful test,

I’ll remember you
in my prayers.

When a ray of hope
pierces the night
and your faith is renewed
by the heavenly sight,

I’ll drop to my knees
and thank the Lord
for the grace of prayer
and your spirit restored.

Teresa
Lexington VA

April 19, 2007, 1:25am • Lexington Va • #26409

As a former Hokie living in NE Ohio, I am shocked and stunned at the tragic events. You all are in my thoughts an prayers. We will be stronger after this, we are all Hokies.

S.N. Uniontown, OH

April 19, 2007, 1:25am • Uniontown, OH USA • #26410

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that was apart of this tradegy. I am so very sorry for the families that have lost a loved one, and to those who were hurt. I am so sorry this has happened, and I wish you all well in the days to come. God Bless Virginia Tech.

Sarah Frystak

April 19, 2007, 1:26am • Hoffman Estates, Illinois • #26411

All I can say is how difficult it is to not well up when reflecting on what the students, faculty, staff of VT, and the families and friends of the wounded and deceased have and will face in the future.  I can barely get through a thought without being overwhelmed by compassion for all of you as well as the anguish many of you may feel.  My thoughts are with you.
Rick.

April 19, 2007, 1:26am • Birmingham, AL • #26412

As a native Virginian, I am saddened and shocked by what happened on Monday. I did not know any of the victims but as I sit and read their stories they’re not professors and students so much as loving people who were all cared about very much. My heart goes out to their families, friends, colleagues and classmates. The senseless act that cut their lives short will not be forgotten; let’s make sure the legacies of these victims is not either.

April 19, 2007, 1:26am • Los Angeles, CA • #26413

To Virginia Tech Students,

My deepest sympathy for what you have endured.  I am sorry that you have all been forced to grow up much faster then you needed to.  Please stay strong, stay proud, and stay Hokies.

April 19, 2007, 1:26am • Los Angeles, Calif • #26414

Please everyone who stops by to pay there respects, take a look at this!  I in no way care if anyone reads the journal entry, I hope you will, but at least share and display this with as many as possible! 
http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/53520001/

My thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost loved ones that morning and to those who survived this tragedy!  Hold on and go on to be stronger than ever before to make this world a better place!

April 19, 2007, 1:26am • Syndey, Nova Scotia, Canada • #26415

It warms my heart to see the outpouring of support from around the world. It is a small blessing that amongst this tragedy so many have come together to offer prayer and support. I pray that this offers some small comfort and safety. I am deeply sorry for the loss of your loved ones.

In the face of such violence a secondary loss is often that of safety in that we are no longer safe in the places which are essential to our lives. I hope that in moments such as that, times of fearful memories, you will find peace in knowing that throughout the world we are praying.

love and peace.

April 19, 2007, 1:26am • Calgary, Alberta, Canada • #26416

My heart goes out to all the victims, the families and friends of the victims. 

May god bless all of you and help you all through this.

April 19, 2007, 1:27am • Switzerland • #26417

The tragedies of the losses people experience without explanations has always been a question that hurts the hearts of people who care for the people they love. The prayers that have been lifted to God by many to bring hope and strength to make it through this time that seems only dark and heavy will be worked by the act of faith behind the prayers given. Blesses and prayers.....

brian

April 19, 2007, 1:27am • centralia, illinois • #26418

Students, Staff, Families and Friends,

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. There is always a light in the darkness. I am a proud Mustang from the University of Western Ontario, but today we are all Hokies. May god be with you during this troubling time.

April 19, 2007, 1:27am • London, Ontario • #26419

The senseless loss of 33 young students at the brightest times of their lives is a tragic loss for their families.  May they all rest in peace.

April 19, 2007, 1:27am • San Francisco • #26420

my prayers are with you....my heart aches for all of you in VT, parents, students, and the whole community and state.

April 19, 2007, 1:27am • Bigfork, Montana • #26421