Condolences, April 19, 2007

As parents of kids in college and as kids of the same ages our hearts go out to each and every person touched by this unthinkable tragedy. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Keep the faith.
The Perkins/Knight Families

April 19, 2007, 8:50am • Fishers, Indiana • #28425

Here in southern West Virginia, we have all felt the pain of our neighbors.  We cheer the Hokies on at athletic events, our children have field trips on your campus and we all know someone who is a student or graduate of your wonderful university.  This tragedy has broken my heart for all 33 victims and the loved ones left behind to pick up the pieces. 

My hope is that policies for treating the mentally ill will change and allow a blessing to come from this horror. 

Please know we grieve with you and offer our love and strength to all of you. 

~The Belcher Family

April 19, 2007, 8:50am • Bluefield, WV • #28426

i feel deeply sorry for the who lost there live and sorry for the ones wounded

April 19, 2007, 8:50am • germany • #28427

Support us together in this tragicly events, we are with you (montreal city) / supportons nous ensemble dans cet évenement tragique. La ville de MOntréal est avec vous dans ces moments pénibles.

April 19, 2007, 8:50am • Montreal, Québec Canada • #28428

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who were affect by this tragic event. May God be with you as you grieve and recover from this. We want you to know that the whole country is feeling your pain and are here to support you through all of this.

Chris and Michelle Earley

April 19, 2007, 8:50am • Mechanicsburg, PA • #28429

It saddens me a human being could have so much anger and hatred towards another human being without regards to their life or future possibilities. I have a daughter who is currently a junior in college. I can not imagine such an event to occur and take her life just as she begins to enter her future goals. I pray for the families that lost their child, brother, sister, or any other relatives. I pray for the family whose child cause so much turmoil. God bless this nation and provide us hope that love will heal and conquer all.

April 19, 2007, 8:50am • Davnille, VA • #28430

I want you to know that you are all very strong people. Now is the time to gather together and be there for each other. I am very sorry for your loss, I cant imagine what you are all going through. Do know that you are all in everyone’s prayers!
Love,Hope,and Prayers

April 19, 2007, 8:50am • Pearl, Ms/USA • #28431

hold each other close....we are all praying for you.

April 19, 2007, 8:50am • ontario canada • #28432

Having been in higher education for over 36 years, and a two time graduate of VA Tech, I cannot think about what has happened to the students and faculty of this great university without tears coming to my eyes.  My hearfelt condolences and prayers to out to all of those who have been affected by this senseless act of violence.  May God be with you all.

April 19, 2007, 8:50am • Danville, VA USA • #28433

Keep your eyes on the Lord, and know that there is a wonderful life to come.  We love you all and are praying for your strength.  - With Love, Andrew and Tina -

April 19, 2007, 8:50am • Austin TX • #28434

To all Faculty and Staff and to the families most touched by this tragedy, accept our heartfelt sorrow and our continued prayers for healing.

April 19, 2007, 8:50am • Erie, PA • #28435

During this unexplicably act of inhumane behavior the only thing to do is stick tigether and try to get through; religion has always been a good support in these type of situations. I feel deeply sorry for those in pain. My most sincere condolences or the families of those gone.

Sergio Montero

April 19, 2007, 8:51am • Corpus Christi, Texas US • #28436

What to say?  Our deepest condolences go out to everyone at Virginia Tech.  This is a tragedy of outmost proportions and words can’t take the pain away.  But do remember that no mater how near you are or if we must communicate from afar Hokie pride will be in our souls and each and every one of you will be in our hearts and prayers!

You’re Friends at Villa Julie College!
Denste@mail.vjc.edu

April 19, 2007, 8:51am • Baltimore, Maryland • #28438

My prayers go out to everyone and their families.  Words cannot fullfill the anger and sorrow that has over come us. Take it one step at a time, day by day.
-Debra Hernandez

April 19, 2007, 8:51am • Philaelphia, PA • #28439

Even though I am far away I can feel and share your sorrow. Over here in England we are following the events closely. I send my deepest sympathy to you all. My family are saddened by the darkness that has clouded over your once happy university. How someone can be overcome with such evil to commit such a terrible crime is something which I cant begin to comprehend. You are all in my thoughts. God Bless you all.
Love Nathalie, Newcastle, England

April 19, 2007, 8:51am • UK • #28440

My family has always felt Tech was “our” school, even here in Roanoke, and I have a son still planning to one day attend school there.We are all so saddened by what has happened. Its still not real and I keep waiting for it to really sink in, but it still feels like Im going to wake up any moment. For the families who have lost their precious children I cant even begin to imagine their pain. Please know that a nation and a world is praying for all of you. We are ALL HOKIES!!

April 19, 2007, 8:51am • Roanoke, VA • #28441

I’m so sorry for your terrible loss. I can not understand how someone could do such a horrible thing. Even though we live here at the other side of the world. We’re in shock too!!! Hope those wunderfull people who have lost their lives will rest in peace.

xxxMxxx

April 19, 2007, 8:51am • Maldegem, Belgium • #28442

Not too long ago I was searching the internet and came across a website giving full details on the Columbine shooting. It took me about an hour and a half to read it all, and after reading it I was deeply saddened, and then this happens.

I am in total shock and dismay by what Cho did to those 32 innocent people. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims.

April 19, 2007, 8:51am • Pennsville, NJ • #28443

I plan to attend Virginia Tech next year and I am so Proud to be a HOKIE! My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone down at VT! Along with my cousin that goes there. Mel your my angel! I love you all! God Bless and Take care!

JF

April 19, 2007, 8:51am • charlottesville, Virginia • #28444

Being parents of 12 children, we can only imagine the pain the parents of these students and families are going through.  May God bless each of them during this time and may you receive His peace that surpasses all understanding.  You are in our prayers.  God bless all of you.

Mike & Ann

April 19, 2007, 8:51am • Scottsville, Virginia • #28445

i work at a nursing home and when i was in the room caring for the resident i heard what happened on the TV. I couldnt do anything else but sit down on the end of the bed and watch this horrible thing. my thoughts and prayers are with every single family memeber, friend, lover, etc that knew the sweet hearts that were taken away from them. may everyone of you find the courage to go on with your lives. love and respect to all of you… ChristyMarie

April 19, 2007, 8:51am • Louisville Ohio • #28446

May G-D give you all strength....
Broken hearts are everywhere.

April 19, 2007, 8:52am • Northbrook, Illinois • #28447

You all are in my thoughts and prayers.May God be with you.
Haley

April 19, 2007, 8:52am • Eidson, TN • #28448

God bless all those families that are suffering a great pain now....

April 19, 2007, 8:52am • Philippines • #28449

Dear Virginia tech students ,
I am so shocked that the shooting had to happen.I want to say sorry.Can you E-Mail me back.My E-Mail adress is Mark Sharpe @ honesdale.com

Sincerely,
Jesse Sharpe of the sixth grade

April 19, 2007, 8:52am • Honesdale,PA,US • #28450

Let all the VT students know the whole world is chnating, “go Hokies.”

April 19, 2007, 8:52am • Norwood, Massachusetts, USA • #28451

My family would like to send our deepest condolences to the Firginia Tech families and friends. We are praying for you to find peace and acceptance.
We have been so impressed with the students over the past few days. Under extrememe pressure they have dealt with everything with maturity and calmness. Each one we saw interviewed was articulate and a credit to your university. Virginia Tech obviously has an extraordinary group of students.
The other thing which impressed us was the attempts on the parts of so many people at Virginia Tech -faculty and students - to reach out to the disturbed person who was responsible for the carnage. It is apparent that no matter how people tried to help him it was impossible to prevent what he did.
We will keep you all in our prayers.

April 19, 2007, 8:52am • Richfield, Ohio • #28452

My deepest sympathy to all the members of the Hokie Family.  Especially those who lost someone of had someone injured.  Although I am not a Hokie I have many friends who are and I am a big Hokie sports fan.  While I may not be entitled and it may be too soon to talk about a memorial, I would like to share my thoughts before I loose them.  I would suggest a memorial designed like a compass.  The four points of the compass would be granite pillars in orange.  The 32 victims would be represented by 32 auburn colored granite pillars equally dispersed between the points of the compass thus equaling the 360 degrees of the compass.  This would surround a reflecting pool.  The four points of the compass would represent that those who died came from not only around the country but the world.  Each of the 32 pillars would have an image of the victim and a brief bio.  The reflecting pool who give those who visit a chance to reflect on the individuals, their lives and contributions and the events which happened at VT.

Sincerely
Carl

April 19, 2007, 8:52am • Fairfax, Va • #28453

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time of sadness. I am still reeling from what happened, and though I may be living all the way across the country, the effects are nationwide. Stay strong, and know there are so many people that are thinking of all of you.

April 19, 2007, 8:52am • Portland, OR • #28454

My thoughts and tears and prayers go out to you and the lost souls that are near to you. I feel as all the people who have left there condolences for you on these pages. I can’t say enough that your hurt will mend and that something good comes from everything bad. Keep smiling!

Sincerely,
Cathy from Ohio

April 19, 2007, 8:52am • Springfield, OH • #28455

On behalf of WVU Mountaineer fans across the nation, I wish to express my sincere condolences to our extended Hokie family.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times.  God Bless each and every one of you.

April 19, 2007, 8:52am • Manassas, VA • #28456

I have been saddened by this terrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. When words just are not enough, when it’s hard to understand why....Find strength in those that care. May you find peace and comfort!

April 19, 2007, 8:53am • Gastonia, North Carolina • #28457

All my thoughts and prayers going out to all Students at VT. I’m a 23 year old boy from germany and it shocked me as i heart about this tragedy. keep the victims in our mind and they will never be forgotten.May GOD send out all his love and strongness to you. you should know that germany is with u in this sad and hard time.  Go on and dont stop thinking about our friends u have lost. they live right in our mind.  Christopher von Minden

April 19, 2007, 8:53am • Neustadt am Rbge. ,GERMANY • #28458

As an incoming freshman offered admission to VT, I am proud to say that I will become part of such a prideful institution, and I am more proud to say that I am a Hokie. My thoughts and prayers are with all the Virginia Tech parents and students. We will always remember.

Andrea Woods

April 19, 2007, 8:53am • Spotsylvania, Virginia • #28459

My heart aches for these families, this campus, their friends and the entire country.  May God be with you and bring you peace in this difficult time.

April 19, 2007, 8:53am • Oil City, Pennsylvania • #28460

"I can’t believe what happen!  It breaks my heart to know that students who had a planned future, is now over.  I am sending all of my blessings to all of those students and professors, their famlies and friends, And may GOD be with you all. R.I.P

Maria Torres 21

April 19, 2007, 8:53am • North Carolina • #28461

For all of them… My heart and my mind are filled with pain… Never forget…

Amelie

April 19, 2007, 8:53am • Paris - France • #28462

You are all in my prayers. I cant imagine the pain you are all going through. God be with you.

~tara~

April 19, 2007, 8:53am • Tennessee • #28463

Keith Siravo
I feel bad for what happened to your students, friends, and other teachers that were shot by the Asian who shot them.  If he was just going to shot himself, he should’ve just shot himself not the other people.

Joe Moye
To the family and staff of VTech sorry for this tragic incident that happened the way it happened.  My prayers are with you and I just wish it didn’t happen at all and everybody was safe.

Marquis Garland
Hello I am a 14 year old boy.  I am sorry for your deep tragedy.  Just know that everyone here in Toledo, Ohio are praying for you at VTech.

Asia Hughes
I’m a 16 year old girl.  I watched the news and just felt so bad for all those people that were killed.  I hope the family and friends get better.

Alashia Davis
To the families of the students that were taken away from them, the staff, and students at VTech, I would like to offer my condolences.  I know if I were in your situation, I would be confused and not know what to do.  I hope that things will get better.

Adrian Armstrong
I am a 6th grade student at Nathan Hale elementary.  I am 12 years old.  I felt so sorry about the people that got hurt.

April 19, 2007, 8:53am • Toledo, Ohio • #28464

I am praying for all the victims and everyone involved with this tragedy.  May God continue to Bless you and give you strength.

April 19, 2007, 8:53am • Leticia from Grosse Ile, MI • #28465

My condolences goes out to the families of that lost a love one in this sad time at VT.  My prayers go to the students and the families that they may grow stronger and be there for one another.

April 19, 2007, 8:53am • Louisville, Georgia • #28466

To all the students, staff, and families of Va Tech.  I have no words to express the depth of my sorrow.  The entire world mourns with you.  May God bless us all and help us find the strenght to get beond the tragedy that occured 4/16/07 on the campus of Va. Tech.  GO HOKIES, be strong

April 19, 2007, 8:53am • Richmond, Virginia • #28467

The Virginia Tech family is in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.  Our only child chose to attend VT over other choices closer to home.  VT became his home away from home.  We visited the campus over 20 times, not once regretting his decision to attend VT.  Our son was a member of the Corps of Cadets, now serving in Iraq as is our daughter-in-law now serving overseas as well.  We have nothing but beautiful wonderful memories of the university having made life long friends.  We are all saddened by this tragic event but God walks with you all and will guide you through.  We know our Son would have chosen to stay with his Buds and fellow Hokies if he were there now because you/they are always in the best memory places of our hearts - once a Hokie, always a HOKIE.  Our hearts and prayers follow those who choose to return to their families to grieve privately.  Hopefully the media will be responsible enough to show the world what we all know about the great school VT is & concentrate on the thousands of beautiful young people and staff there & not the one sad individual who did this evil event.  May God Bless - Hokies will rise above it all, that’s who we are and this is the UNITED State of America.

April 19, 2007, 8:53am • Greenwood, IN United States of America • #28468

I am a May ‘06 Virginia Tech graduate and still visit campus every couple weeks.  This hardship has been shocking and draining, yet I have never felt more like a Hokie these past few days.  I did not know any victims personally, but grieve as if they were family.  This tragedy has truly stabbed at the heart of the Virginia Tech community, but it is this heart we share that can never be broken.

Eric

April 19, 2007, 8:53am • Charlottesville, VA • #28469

It is a very sad day that happened on April 16, 2007. Our family gives our greatest sympathy for the families of the victims. May someday we will all get over this senseless tragedy.. God Bless you all.

April 19, 2007, 8:53am • Springfield, Ga. • #28470

To the families of the victims and the students and staff of VT, you are in all of our thoughts and prayers.Our compassion is with you all. Our hearts go out to everyone in the “Hokie” community.They may be gone.But they will never be forgotten..
Richard & Donna Wiggs

April 19, 2007, 8:53am • Parkton,NC • #28471

I am a mother of four, two of which are of college age. I can only imagine the pain and anguish that the family friends and classmates are feeling. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. God bless you all and know that your sorrow is shared by the nation.

April 19, 2007, 8:54am • Danielsville, Georgia/ USA • #28472

I just want to tell everyone that my prayers are with them.  My younger brother is a student there at Virginia Tech.  He is ok he was in class at the time of this terrible incident.  I want you to know that I am extremely touched how you have all come together.  I am praying for everyone and it will be a hard thing to overcome but I know that we all will.  LOVE STRENGTH HOPE And FAITH will bring us support.

April 19, 2007, 8:54am • Winchester Va • #28473

In times such as these, borders disappear...it is not simply Virginia Tech that is affected, or the U.S.  It is everyone.  Each and every one of us is touched when acts of senseless violence and cruelty shock us awake to such moments.

May all who are affected by this terrible tragedy find comfort in each other and in the strength of community that you all seem to have at VT.

W. Shawn Bursey

April 19, 2007, 8:54am • St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador - Canada • #28474

My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Cheryl

April 19, 2007, 8:54am • Phenix City, AL • #28475