Condolences, April 19, 2007

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!

Natalie

April 19, 2007, 8:01am • Munich, Germany • #28025

We may not know you - but you are in our prayers.  How brave and strong you Hokies are.  I would love for my child to be a part of the Hokie pride one day!  God Bless you all!

The Karkota-Reeves family

April 19, 2007, 8:02am • NYC, NY USA • #28026

I may be distant, but I’m really sorry for this people and this families. Rest in Peace, and you won’t be forget.

April 19, 2007, 8:02am • Argentina • #28027

You are all in our thoughts and prayers while you go through this trying time.  In my eyes every student teacher and campus employee is a hero in his or her own right.  Try to be strong and know that you are in our hearts and prays.

-Amber W.

April 19, 2007, 8:02am • Oklahoma City, OK • #28028

God Bless all of you as you have gone through such tragedy.  May all of you have the strength to go on and fulfill your dreams.  May all those who have lost their lives rest in peace.  Our family’s thought are with you.

Annette

April 19, 2007, 8:02am • Snellville, Georgia • #28029

I just want to let everyone know you are all constantly in my prayers. My heart just breaks for everyone affected by this horrible act, and I just pray that you will turn to God for comfort in this horrible time. Not much can make it better right now, but just know that God is there and that people all over this country and all over the world are thinking about you and praying for you. May God comfort you and may you feel His undying love.
“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and save those who are crushed in spirit” Psalm 34:17-18

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strenthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” Isaiah 41:10

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

April 19, 2007, 8:02am • Jacksonville, FL • #28030

To all the victims of Virginia Tech - we will never forget you. 

To all their families and friends, please let the knowledge that the entire world is sharing in your grief help you in this extraordinarily difficult time. 

What an awful, cruel, senseless loss of young and beautiful lives.  And to the professor who sacrificed his life for his students - you are the definition of a hero.

April 19, 2007, 8:02am • Australia • #28031

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and with the entire Virginia Tech community. May God comfort you and give you peace.
Curtis & Jean Schneider

April 19, 2007, 8:02am • Roanoke • #28032

My thoughts and prayers are with VT community during this most difficult time.  My heart goes out to all affected by this tragic event.  Jackie G.

April 19, 2007, 8:02am • Beavercreek, OH • #28033

Words cant express the profound sadness the entire country feels for the victims and their loved ones in light of this terrible tragedy. I can only hope that you draw strength from your faith and the prayers of millions of people who are with you in spirit.
God Bless you all....
Sue

April 19, 2007, 8:02am • Syracuse Ny • #28034

I am sure that you all are receiving messages of sympathy and support, of which this is one.  I am so sorry for the loss of life and injuries sustained.  My thoughts are with all who died or were wounded, including their families and friends.  I trust VT will be strengthened by this and that future students and staff will strive to commemorate this event with their achievements, both individually and collectively.

April 19, 2007, 8:03am • Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK • #28035

As a 2005 graduate of Radford University with a fiance who graduated in 2005 from VT I visited the campus many times, such a beautiful place and one that I always felt safe on. 

To those affected by this tragedy my thoughts and prayers go out to you.

April 19, 2007, 8:03am • Slatington, PA • #28036

God Bless and keep you. Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, familes, and staff.
W. Cornell & family

April 19, 2007, 8:03am • Cincinnati, Ohio • #28037

Our family has everyone of the families in our prayers God Bless you all

April 19, 2007, 8:03am • Lexington,Indiana • #28038

"Dear Lord, bless the families of the ones who have been murdered.  Comfort them and lift them up.  Help them to cope with this tragedy.  Help the students who attend Virginia Tech University.  Bless them and comfort them.  Help them to feel safe and to concentrate on their studies.

Help people to consider You right now.  Let us turn to You for healing.  Thank you for being faithful and good.  Thank you for giving us eternal life in Heaven, when we repent and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation.  Thank you for the promise of Heaven and eternal life with no more tears or suffering.

Help the teachers and administrators at Virginia Tech.  Let them consider You and give their students a faith-oriented response to this tragedy.  Help them to feel safe and to give the students loving, God-centered counsel.

Praise You for being bigger than our problems.  Help us to trust in You, Lord.  Be glorified through this tragedy and bring more people to You.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Edy Saputra

April 19, 2007, 8:03am • Medan, North Sumatera - Indonesia • #28039

From the very bottom of my heart, I am so sorry for the many lives that were taken so abruptly from this world.  My prayers go out to the many families and friends that lost a loved one.  May God’s abundance love and mercy rest in the heart and soul of everyone affected by the VA Tech tragedy.  May we all, not just as a country, but as a nation, continue to come together in the coming days, weeks, months and years and pray for peace, love and respect for one another.

April 19, 2007, 8:03am • Fort Washington, Maryland • #28040

We live so far away from VT.
But we understand all of your sadness.
Stay strong and pray for them, they’re always in our memories.

Sudarat Sakiya
Natthinee Sakiya

April 19, 2007, 8:03am • Khon Kaen, Thailand • #28041

Les estoy enviando mis mayores sentidos pesames a los familiares de las victimas, descansen en paz y eleven las plegarias para que los guias de esa nacion se den cuenta de una vez y por toda que se deben prohibir las armas de fuego en todo los EEUU que sean ejemplo al mundo de promover la no violencia, prohibir el sensacionalismo y la agresividad en los medios, promover la paz , la armonia y las relaciones humanas. Que dios los bendigue.

April 19, 2007, 8:03am • LA Habana Cuba • #28042

My thoughts love and prayers go out to all of you in this terrible tragedy.  Blessings to all.

April 19, 2007, 8:04am • Palm Bay, FL USA • #28043

This is a tragety that will always be remembered as one of the darkest time in the States, and the world .  Love your friends, families, and everyone around you when there is still time. My prayers are with the those who have lost there beloved schoolmates, friends, and families.

God bless us all.

David C

April 19, 2007, 8:04am • Toronto, Ontario Canada • #28044

My heart goes out to each & every one of those that are part of the Virginia Tech community, the lives lost and their families will remain in my prayers ~ always.  To see the strength of the students come together and embrace one another at such a tragic time is awe-inspiring ~ build on that as you begin to heal & go forward.  Again, my deepest sympathies ~ God Bless.

dee.

April 19, 2007, 8:04am • New York • #28045

To all the Hokies at Virginia Tech, here in Virginia, and worldwide our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families.  If strength is in numbers then Hokie Nation is the most amazing display of Strength and Endurance. 

With Love,
The Ervin Family

April 19, 2007, 8:04am • Evington, VA • #28046

It didnt really hit me until i went outside to lower the flag to half-mass, To Virginia Tech, my thoughts and prayers go out to you, though it seems to hard to understand, and impossible to move on, your country is behind you, everyone from fla. to cali. on April 16th 2007 Everyone in America became a Hokie. We will never Forget.

Josh D. Fratello

April 19, 2007, 8:04am • Etters, PA • #28047

My thoughts and prayers goes out to VT, the community, family and friends of the loved ones lost in this great tragedy. I am from West Virginia and our state suffered a tragedy back in the 70’s when the entire Marshall University football team was killed in an airplane crash. Our state has a feeling of what your all going through. I graduated from WVU (West VIrginia University) and remember the spirited rivalry we had with VT, now the Mountaineers of WVU and Thundering Herd of Marshall stand behind you in this time of need, and the entire state of WV will keep you all in our hearts. Today we are VT!!! God bless you all.

Mike Bradley

April 19, 2007, 8:04am • Charleston, West Virginia • #28048

i AM VERY SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF ALL THE PEOPLE AT V.T UNI AND MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU I JUST HOPE NOTHING LIKE THIS EVER HAPPENS AGAIN. I SEND MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY WHO LOST THIER LOVED ONES BUT REMEMBER THEY STILL LIVE ON IN YOUR HEARTS!!!!!!!!!

April 19, 2007, 8:04am • ENGLAND (NOTTINGHAM) • #28049

To All the Faculty, Staff, Students & Families~
My heart aches for everyone that was involved,
Being from Virginia my heart aches even more!
Godspeed to the recovering victims.May God be
with each and every one of you and embrace
you all in his arms.
God bless the Hokies!

Mechele Perkins

April 19, 2007, 8:04am • Seven Mile Ford, VA • #28050

I hope we can all pray for all the wounded and our angles before we go to bed tonight. Stay Strong Hokies. This will bring new adventures and we will find a new stronger person within yourself, when this is all the sudden over and done with.  Ashley Korn
Student

April 19, 2007, 8:04am • Virginia • #28051

You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

April 19, 2007, 8:05am • Texas • #28052

very shocked and saddened to hear of this dreadful news. my thoughts and prayers are with everyone.
Chris - Northern Ireland x

April 19, 2007, 8:05am • northern ireland • #28053

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, friends and the staff of Virginia Tech during this tragic time.

David and Jennifer

April 19, 2007, 8:05am • Stafford, VA • #28054

Once I worked past the horror, the grief, the anger, and the fear, what finally emerged was admiration for the courage, compassion, and loyalty of the students and staff at Virginia Tech. You will emerge from this nightmare stronger than ever. May God keep all of you in his loving care. You are in my prayers.

April 19, 2007, 8:05am • Pennsylvania • #28055

God bless you all during this time of sorrow… Our family will continue to pray for all of you.
My God heal all the broken hearts and spirits.

Love & Prayers,

The Day family

April 19, 2007, 8:05am • Pikeville, Kentucky • #28056

This such an awful thing to have happened my prays and thought are with famielie and friend of the victim.

Elizabeth jones

April 19, 2007, 8:05am • coedpoeth, north wales, uk • #28057

Nikki Giovanni’s convocation remarks were nothing short of Divine.My sorrow,is Hokie sorrow.My tears,are Hokie tears.My prayers,Hokie prayers.Although i never was,i am now a Hokie too.God,country,and the world are with all of you.

April 19, 2007, 8:05am • MT,New York • #28058

All my sincere condolences to all the family victims. My God give you the patience and the strenght to carry on. It’s a big lost and I hope that our support will make it a little bit easier to bear.

God Bless !

Mus’

April 19, 2007, 8:05am • Casablanca, Morocco • #28059

This is a timely reminder that people need to look out for others, no one should ever be a loner or left out of groups. Step out of your comfort zone and lower yourself to include all people in your daily life, even if you don’t really get on, be kind, humble your self, don’t be proud.
You are all in our thoughts and prays in Australia, we share and know your pain.
All of this was caused by a piece of metal....and proud people not being friends with someone who really needed your friendship.
Alistair Chapman

April 19, 2007, 8:05am • Melbourne, Victoria, Australia • #28060

Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
My deepest condolences to the victims and their families.

April 19, 2007, 8:06am • Newtown, Pennsylvania • #28061

My heart goes out to everyone effected by this tragedy. I ask God that He gives you all rust and strenght.
May God bless and help you all

Janneke from The Netherlands

April 19, 2007, 8:06am • The Netherlands • #28062

my prayers go out to the ppl of vtech and there families and friends .on this tragedy and sad time. we will get through this and my heart is there for all of you

April 19, 2007, 8:06am • Cold Lake,Alberta,Canada • #28063

May the light of God’s love shine on all who have lost people in this terrible tragedy. May lessons be learned in the classroom and out of it, may the peace of Christ come to you all, the people of Ireland feel your grief with you.

April 19, 2007, 8:06am • Cork, Ireland • #28064

My heart goes out to the entire faculty, staff and students of VT, most especially to the families of the victims. From one student to many others, we stand united knowing that this too will only make us stronger.  From a fellow ACC school, know that we are thinking about you. FSU to Virginia Tech, you and your families are in our hearts and prayers. 
In these times, we are all Hokies! God Bless!

The Hooley Family
Tallahassee, Florida

April 19, 2007, 8:06am • Tallahassee, Florida USA • #28065

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this horrible tragedy.Stay strong.

April 19, 2007, 8:06am • Macomb Township, MI • #28066

one world, one love. The world will remember. may they rest in peace.

April 19, 2007, 8:07am • United Kingdom • #28067

Your loss is our loss
Even though we are thousands of miles away the people of Liverpool feel for you
God bless you all
David

April 19, 2007, 8:07am • Liverpool, England • #28068

stay storng and believe
crying will not bring them back keep them in your heart and they will live on!!!!!!

amie

April 19, 2007, 8:07am • N.Y • #28069

To all the people at Virginia Tech:
My deepest, deepest condolance in the lost of their friends, teachers, classmates and family.

God Bless!

Nashreen

April 19, 2007, 8:07am • The Netherlands • #28070

You all are in my families thoughts and prayers.  May God watch over each and every one of you to give you comfort on your journey to healing mentally and physically.

April 19, 2007, 8:08am • Woodsboro, Maryalnd • #28071

As a member of the Hokie Nation, it’s so difficult to watch these images on TV of a campus that’s so familiar.  To see buildings where we’ve lived and attended classes become the center of such an awful crime scene is almost too much to fathom. 

On the other hand, it is so very inspiring and uplifting to see the VT community come together in such a way.  As Hokies, we wouldn’t accept anything less, but it has inspired the country and the world to rally around us as well. 

We all are thinking of all of you on the Tech campus and in Blacksburg and all of the victims and their families.  Heaven has 32 new angels.

Hokie Love,
The Norris Family
norrishokies@verizon.net

April 19, 2007, 8:08am • Glen Allen, Virginia • #28072

I want you to know how very sorry I am that this happened; as much for the loss of life, of these wonderful young adults, as for the cross the survivors will bear the rest of their lives. Especially the parents, my heart goes out to them, as they and their loved one’s siblings will suffer the worst; I know from experiance! A song that went through my head, when my son died, was by Smokie Robinson: “Take a good look at my face, You’ll see my smile looks out of place, look closer cause it’s easy to trace, the tracks of my tears”. God bless you all.

April 19, 2007, 8:08am • Broken Arrow, Oklahoma • #28073

Our family wishes to express our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the families of the victims, students and faculty and all staff members at Virginia Tech. The loss of such precious individuals is beyond our comprehension. We pray that God will sustain each and every person affected by this situation and that somehow and in someway his peace and presence will be felt. God bless and keep all of the families, friends and Virginia Tech community.

Dave & Jean DeWaters

April 19, 2007, 8:09am • Kalamazoo, Michigan • #28074