Condolences, April 19, 2007

Dear Virginia Tech community:

I had the honor to serve in Virginia Tech
from 1997 to 2000 as an assistant professor.

Although, I cannot claim to be a member of
VT alumni. I wish the state the following:

“Fight on Virginia Tech!!!!! Try and become
the best university on the full planet!!!!
That should be your answer!!!!”

April 19, 2007, 9:05am • Fairfax, VA • #28576

Dear Virginia Tech family,
I’m having trouble understanding this horrible tragedy. Please accept my thoughts and prayers as if you have known me for years. I heard once that a person should live their life so that there is standing room only at your funeral. The whole world will be standing. My husband and I will plant a memorial tree for those students and teachers lost at VT on that terrible Monday. It will be planted in Sublette, Illinois, town of 400, here in the midwest. God bless you all.
Elizabeth and Gary Magnuson

April 19, 2007, 9:05am • Sublette, Illinois • #28577

My thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s families and with those left behind.  There are no words to express the horror and deepest sadness felt throughout my country.

May God guide you all through this inconceivable pain and may you find strength from each other’s support.

God bless you all.

April 19, 2007, 9:05am • Anna, London, England • #28578

My thoughts and prayers are with ALL of you back in my “home” state of Virginia.  I am so very sorry and saddened for this terrible and tragic loss...this is a loss to all of us and we are crying with you.  The innocent will NEVER be forgotten.  Love to all.

April 19, 2007, 9:05am • Carr, Colorado • #28579

My thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with all the family and friends of those affected by this inconceivable act.  May you be strong, think about the good times you had and a hopeful future.

May God shower his comfort and blessings upon you.

April 19, 2007, 9:05am • Melbourne, Victoria, Australia • #28580

A normal day in the UK soon became an afternoon of sadness, shock and outrage

We pray for the families, friends, students, teachers and residents of the area and people of the US. We grieve with you and pray for you

God bless and as ever the UK stands side by side with the US

April 19, 2007, 9:05am • Cliff, Manchester UK • #28581

First...GOD BLESS THE SOULS THAT WERE LOST THAT DAY, AND GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU WHO ARE LEFT ON THIS EARTH TO DEAL WITH THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE OR FRIEND.  As a resident of WV, this strikes me so very close to home.  So many of our graduates are now students of Va Tech, and I, as so many others, had to make phone calls that morning to try to find out if our friends were safe.  I know the terror I felt, I can not imagine the terror and horror that all of you felt being THERE.  I pray that God conforts all of you, family and friends, and that you find the strength to go on.  Again God bless you!  You are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 19, 2007, 9:05am • Beckley WV • #28582

I’m writing from Italy and i’m so sorry and shocked about this tragedy. My prayers go to the victims’ families and friends and to the students survivors that they can exceed the schok a lot soon.
with much affection
loredana santillo

April 19, 2007, 9:05am • RIMINI, ITALIA • #28583

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.  I pray God’s loving arms to surround you during this most difficult time and give you comfort.

God’s love,
Debbie

April 19, 2007, 9:05am • Bristol,TN • #28584

i just wanna give my condolences to all of you that lost someone loved in this horrific event.  at a time like this everyone says “be strong” but all you want is to cry, do so if you feel like it, it helps.  people say time heals all wounds, it will take a some time before then, meanwhile there is prayer and remembering your loved ones at their best or not so best as long as you keep them close to you in your hearts, no one can take those memories away from you, find comfort in each other.  may you be blessed by your god.  my thoughts are with you.

April 19, 2007, 9:06am • miami, florida/usa • #28585

I give my thoughts and prayers out to all those that were killed and wounded on April 16th. please pray to. this is a time to be thankful for what we have.

Samara Fuentes

April 19, 2007, 9:06am • Tucker, GA • #28586

Words cannot express my innermost heartfelt feelings of sorrow and grief.  My heart has sunk but holds hope for tomorrow is a new day.  I truly feel the overpowering prayers from all over touching all at my university.

Trust in the Lord,

Jeremy Rountree
Class of 1997

April 19, 2007, 9:06am • Suffolk, Virginia • #28587

I am utterly devastated on knowing about what has happened to a group of people on this earth at VA Tech.

As a family man, I can understand the feelings of the bereaved family members.

Everybody are in my prayers and will be in my prayers till my last breath.

May God Bless you All, God Bless America

April 19, 2007, 9:06am • Hattiesburg, MS • #28588

On April 16, 2007 I watched in complete horror of what was happening at your university.  I am still in shock and horrified by this tragedy. These poor kids and their families.  My prayers and sympathy goes out to all of you and may God Bless you and keep you close to him.

Diane

April 19, 2007, 9:06am • Mays Landin,g, NJ • #28589

To all of the bright & beautiful students and faculty of the entire Virgina Tech family I want to offer my deepest, heartfelt condolences & love to all of you and to the victims and their families. None of these bright students that fell victim to this heinous madman will ever be forgotten; our hearts break for all who were forever taken on this terrible day.  So much promise in each and everyone of them; please carry on with your studies and pursuits and do them justice. Continue to be strong for eachother and keep up that wonderful school spirit! Virginia Tech is an awesome school and for those of you who worked hard all your lives have the privelge to go there. You all will transcend this tradegy and be stronger still and will go on to do great things! You will always remain in our hearts, thoughts & prayers.

April 19, 2007, 9:06am • Gelnside, PA • #28590

As a single mother of two, I am deeply moved by this tragedy. From my family to all of you, our deepest sympathy. Please know everyone in our lives is sharing in your grief. Many eyes swell discussing the event, unfortunately we can only go forward. 
Jane, Ashley and Jonathan

April 19, 2007, 9:06am • Lehigh Valley, PA • #28591

I must say… that there is something special about the students and the community of Virginia Tech.

I was watching the Convocation Ceremony yesterday. After all was said and done… after all the speakers had finished recounting such an unconscionable event… in the midst of the grieving process for thousands of students, families, faculty…

and to the millions across the world as witnesses…

11,000 people inside Cassell Coliseum stood and chanted “Let’s Go Hokies!"…

My eyes welled up…

It was unlike anything I had seen before… and I will remember it forever!

I am proud to be a Hokie!

Let’s go Hokies!

- Danny Olmes, 2000

April 19, 2007, 9:07am • Reston, Virginia • #28592

The sorrow that you faced most people will never know. Being a college student the shooting at Va. Tech affected me in a way I never thought possible. I know it will take time to heal and many of you will always hurt because of what has happened, but I hope that in each other you find comfort and strength. I also hope you know you have a whole country behind you, praying for you all. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

May the deceased live on in each and every one of your hearts. May they be examples of how precious life is and may all of us be examples of the great people they were.

God Bless Va. Tech

April 19, 2007, 9:07am • Mt. Pleasant, MI • #28593

I was saddened to hear of the tragic deaths of your students and professors.  I have been employed with Ivy Tech Community College for 22 years.  Your loss has made me realize just how much my college community means to me regardless of our individual differences.  We should cherish each day.

My heart goes out to each of you at Virginia Tech, as well as the family of Cho Seung-Hui.  We at Ivy Tech Community College, Southeastern Indiana, continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.  God give you strength!

April 19, 2007, 9:07am • Madison, Indiana • #28594

We are the Hokies.

We will prevail.

We will prevail.

We will prevail.

We are Virginia Tech.

Hokies live together, stay together, die together.

rmchris7@verizon.net

Christina Riotto

April 19, 2007, 9:07am • Jamison, PA • #28595

i didnt know any of the victims that had their life tragicly taken away from them becuase of this monster, but i can asure you that even in wisconsin people are thinking of you and we are very saddened over this loss and we will always remember you.

from kyle

April 19, 2007, 9:07am • Wisconsin • #28596

first, my prayers go out to the families of lives lost as well as the surviving victims from mondays tragedy. We have family members who attend Va.Tech and while we are glad for their safety we also suffer with you in this tragedy.
my love and prayers go out to all the students ,and families sincerely
the baggett family

April 19, 2007, 9:07am • chesapeake va • #28597

My heart goes out to everyone at VT. To all the students and faculty lost, living and injured I send you my prayers; to all their friends and family having to somehow deal with the terrible aftermath I pray you find strength and courage and support.

Katie

April 19, 2007, 9:07am • England • #28598

I AM A 2 YEAR COLLEGE STUDENT AT NORTHER COLLEGE IN KIRKLAND LAKE ONT IN CANADA. MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU ALL AS YOU GO THROUGH THIS TIME OF SADNESS.  I AM THNKING OF ALL YOU STUDENTS AND STAFF WHO HAVE BEEN IN THIS TRAGIDY. STAND STONG WITH ONE AND OTHER BECASUE AS A SCHOOL YOU ALL ARE STRONG.

JESSICA VILLEMAIRE KIRKLAND LAKE ONT
NORTHERN COLLEGE STUDENT

April 19, 2007, 9:08am • Kirkland Lake, Ont, Canada • #28599

My heart goes out to all the families and
friends of those who were taken away or injured.
I’m posting a poem that has helped me in the past.

DON’T GRIEVE FOR ME, FOR I AM FREE,
I FOLLOW THE PATH GOD LAID FOR ME.

I COULD NOT STAY ANOTHER DAY,
TO LAUGH, TO LIVE, TO WORK OR PLAY.
I’VE FOUND MY PEACE, I’M ON MY WAY,
GOD’S GRACE IS MINE, I DO SO PRAY.

IF PARTING HAS LEFT A VOID,
THEN FILL IT WITH REMEMBERED JOY;
A FRIENDSHIP SHARED, A LAUGH, A KISS,
AH, YES, THESE THINGS I TOO WILL MISS.

BUT BE NOT BURDENED WITH TIMES OF SORROW,
I WISH YOU THE SUNSHINE OF TOMORROW.
MY LIFE’S BEEN FULL, I SAVORED MUCH,
GOOD FRIENDS, GOOD TIMES, A LOVED ONE’S TOUCH.

PERHAPS MY TIME SEEMED ALL TOO BRIEF,
DON’T LENGHTEN IT NOW WITH UNDUE GRIEF.
LIFT UP YOUR HEARTS AND SHARE WITH ME,
GOD WANTS ME NOW, HE SET ME FREE.

Lyn Parks

April 19, 2007, 9:08am • Dover .Pa Usa • #28600

All of the familes will be remembered in prayer.

God Bless America

April 19, 2007, 9:08am • Puerto Rico • #28601

May God help you all through this difficult time. You all are in my prayers and thoughts.

To all that have perished in this tragedy, god has you under his wing, he will take care of you all!

Brandy
University of Toledo

April 19, 2007, 9:08am • Toledo, OH • #28602

Words cannot heal the pain that many of our Hokie family members are enduring.  Our prayers are with all of the families, students, faculty, and staff members of VT.  Blacksburg was our home for more than 6 years, and in many ways, it still is.  Hokie Pride does not fade and, in the words of Dr. Nikki Giovanni, “We will prevail.”

Kirk(’97 English), Kristin(’96 Psychology), Zach, and Luke

April 19, 2007, 9:08am • Leesburg, VA • #28603

I am praying for all of you at this difficult time.  I ask God daily to bring you peace. 

God Bless Always,
Cheri

April 19, 2007, 9:08am • Cincinnati, OH • #28604

My thoughts and prayers are will all of you.  These senseless murders should never have happened!  Hopefully people around the world will be more pro-active in recognizing insane people and force them to seek treatment. My heart goes out to the all the family and friends of these victims. My son is in college and I cannot even imagine this happening to him and us. It was an unspeakable act by an insane person.  I feel for his family to have to live with this embarrassment and guilt for the rest of their lives....

April 19, 2007, 9:08am • Houston, Texas U.S.A • #28605

From the bottom of my heart, I extend my sorrow, sympathy, and love. I am praying for all the families and think about you every minute. May your loved ones rest in eternal peace.

mari

April 19, 2007, 9:08am • Moore, OK • #28606

To everyone affected by what has happened, my love is with you. The hole world are thinking of you all at this terrible time Aishling

April 19, 2007, 9:09am • Dublin, Ireland • #28607

My family and I want to extend our deepest sympathy to all the families, friends, staff and alumni of VA Tech.  This was a horrible tragedy and as time passes you will once again be able to smile when thinking of your loved one.

God Bless All of You!

The Eaton Family

April 19, 2007, 9:09am • Amissville, VA • #28608

The Trojans are praying for you, Hokies. Fight on.
We love you, the University of Southern California

April 19, 2007, 9:09am • Los Angeles, CA • #28609

im shocked and devastated by whats happened at Virginia Tech. Luckily I live in a country where there are no guns and i just cant find words to express the hurt and horror you must be going through. im not a religious person, but may God be with you all at this terrible time.
Andrew

April 19, 2007, 9:09am • Wales, United Kingdom • #28610

My thoughts are with you all, especially to the family and friends of the victimes. I’m shocked for what happened; I cannot believe that a human being can become so evil and crazy and may be able to kill so many young, innocent people. May God bless you all,

Isabelle De NObele, Brussels Belgium

(I’m sorry for my english).

April 19, 2007, 9:09am • Brussels, Belgium • #28611

To everyone at Virginia Tech, I would like to let you all know that you are in my prayers everyday.  It was terrible what happened at your school, but as with any tragedy that our country has endured, you will survive and become stronger.  Keep the faith in God, pray to him constantly for guidance, and remember you have people all over the world that wish we could take the pain away for you.  God is our cornerstone and strength.  He never gives us more than we can handle.  Know that the people who died in this tragedy are in heaven looking down on all of you and acting as your guardian angels.  Please try to find forgiveness for the man who committed this terrible act and remember his family is suffering also.  May God help you through this difficult time.

April 19, 2007, 9:09am • Chapin, SC • #28612

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, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador

April 19, 2007, 9:09am • Canada • #28613

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the family, friends, students and staff of VT for the unspeakable tragedy that you have suffered.  This has been such a horrible time for you and I hope that you will find comfort knowing that many people are praying for you.  Although this tragedy has been unfairly and horribly thrust upon you, I believe that you are a very strong community and with love and support for each other and God’s love and guidance you will get through this.  No mad man can destroy your spirts, your goodness and your love for each other.  Please take care of yourselves and each other and do not forget to tell those close to you how much you love them and how much they mean to you.  Together you can make it.

April 19, 2007, 9:09am • Glenmoore, PA • #28614

I wish I was in a position to do more but I can pray for the school, families and friends.  It is overwhelming.  We need to deal with hate in this world--in movies, music, books, tv, etc. because this is the effect it has.

April 19, 2007, 9:09am • Texas • #28615

To the families and friends of all the innocent victims of this mindless evil act. I am from Belfast (Northern Ireland) and have watched the past days events unfold on television.  I just want to let you all know how sorry I am for your loss.  And may God be with you at this awful heartrenching time. 

God Bless

Gail McCullagh gogogail2001@hotmail.com

April 19, 2007, 9:09am • Belfast Northern Ireland • #28616

I am a mother of 2 adult graduated students. I myself am a graduate student attending a college very similiar to Virginia Tech. my heart goes out to all of the students, professors, ancillary workers, parents and townspeople.  This tragic incident is incomphrensible. All of us on college campuss’ or have children in schools send their heartfelt sympathy to those suffering in grief. No one can forget this horrid act but one must also understand that the young boy who caused all this heartache is full of heartache himself. He too has a family who is suffering a loss and shame so great others maynot understand. This boy should have been under psychiatric treatment, clearlyl he was psychotic. 
Please God grant the students and loved ones of those who have died at Virgina Tech. the strength and will to carry on. To keep their dear friends names alive and to find the strength they need to bond together and come through this stronger and with the grace of God.  God Bless all.

April 19, 2007, 9:10am • Cleveland, ohio • #28617

To the Virginia Tech family, I just wanted to let you know that you all are in my thoughts & prayers. In 1990, the Florida Gator family went through the horror of the Gainesville murders, so I empathize with you. I can’t begin to tell you how sorry I am that you have to experience so much pain. I am a Florida Gator...but on 4.16.07, we all became HOKIES. God bless.
Sheila Kara

April 19, 2007, 9:10am • Nashville, TN • #28618

I want to hold each one in a safe embrace, to wipe away the tears and take away the pain. And in it’s place give comfort and peace.  I pray that our Lord brings this to each of you during this difficult sorrow.

Felicia Mozzillo

April 19, 2007, 9:10am • Merritt Island, Florida • #28619

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone touched and the lives forever changed by the events of this week at VT. I have been amazed by the out-pouring of hope and concern for the victims that have been affected by this tragedy; perhaps this will help those in need live through this event for the days and years ahead.  Please pray for our nation and pray that all of us, from our leaders in government to the person on the street, that we will continue to work towards making the world and our country a place of peace.

April 19, 2007, 9:10am • Chesapeake, VA • #28620

Everyday and forever you will be prayed for and most importantly you will always be remembered.

April 19, 2007, 9:10am • Stratford, CT • #28621

I am very sorry for all the people who knows someone who got killed. I hope all the people at was hurt gets better real soon. My church is going to be saying alot of pray for Va. Tech. I am sorry for the people who lost there teachers.

Seth Fullbright

April 19, 2007, 9:10am • Candler, NC • #28622

I am so sorry this has happen. To all of the loved ones, friends, family and the world. Words cannot describe what may be going through your head, but my thoughts & prayers are with you. GOD BLESS!
Keep love in our hearts & mind, leave hate in the dictionary.
-Sara

April 19, 2007, 9:10am • Sarasota, FL USA • #28623

It is with great sorrow that I write this note expressing my condolences to all the families affected by this tragedy.  I decided to attend Virginia Tech in 1988 because of its beautiful campus and the friendliest students.  West A.J. was my home from 1988-90 during my first two years at Virginia Tech.  Seeing the maps of the campus and the convocation at Cassell Coliseum brought back happy memories for me, since my life with three young children has not permitted a visit in many years.

My husband and I are so sorry that the current students’ experiences will be marred by this awful event.  I hope and pray for strength in “overcoming this evil with good,” as President Bush stated.  And, I would be proud for my sons to one day attend the fine institution of Virginia Tech.

May peace be with us all,

Bernie (’92) and Lilia (’92) Dietz, and Max, Andrew and Thomas.

April 19, 2007, 9:10am • Glen Allen, VA • #28624

In the aftermath of the tragedy of April 16th, please know that the prayers of myself and my family are with everyone affected.  It saddens me to think that those that were taken so young will never have to opportunity to live a long, healthy and fulfilling life. God bless you all.

April 19, 2007, 9:10am • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania • #28625