Condolences, April 19, 2007

Hello.
I want to sent my condolences for all the families, only i wnat to say that we are praying for you. God bless your lifes.

April 19, 2007, 9:14am • Mexico City • #28676

Please pass on to the Virginia Tech faculty, staff and students my deepest condolences. I start to cry when I read the news, thinking of how many people’s lives will be affected for so long by this tragedy. As a former English teacher (master’s from Tech in secondary education), I can only too well imagine all of the “what ifs” those professors and staff members are dealing with. I am sure everyone at Tech did the best they could. I hope the Tech community can move on, without blame and fear, but with courage and a steady focus on how we can reduce such risks in the future.

This could have happened anywhere, and real solutions must reach far beyond campus security. My husband and I plan to speak to our middle-school-aged children, as we often do, about reaching out to others with a kind word or smile and working against violence. The responsibility belongs to all of us to recognize and deal with this dangerous anger, isolation and despair that could be growing anywhere.

I would be proud if my son continues in his plan to study mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech one day.

Our prayers are with all of you.

Barb Ruppert

April 19, 2007, 9:14am • Emmitsburg, MD • #28677

To all who have lost and who are in pain. I am deeply saddened by your loss and by your pain. My heart goes out to all of you.  I have never really turned to the bible for answers, however in the wake of such a tragedy people do mysterious things that really wake them up...I know that this is not an answer and it certainly does not make the pain less severe, but I hope it helps to bring some peace and hope to your hearts even if for only a moment.

The burdens laid upon us were so great and so heavy that we gave up all hope of staying alive, we felt that the death sentence had been passed on us. But this happened so that we should rely not on ourselves, but only on God, who raises the dead.
From such terrible dangers of death he saved us and we will save us and we have placed our hope in him that he will save us again, and you help us by means of our prayers for us. So it will be that the many prayers for us will be answered and God will bless us and many will raise their voice to him in thanksgiving for us.
Help us in our troubles so that we are able to help others who have all kinds of troubles.
Corinthians 2:3-11

God bless all of you..
Our hearts and prayers are with you.

Lisa

April 19, 2007, 9:15am • Nazareth, Pa • #28678

As an Asian student,I feel dismal for this tradegy.
Show our love to the world.
Life is valuable.
Pray for all the souls......

April 19, 2007, 9:15am • Singapore • #28679

my thoughts are with those many familys that have been affected with this terrible tragedy and may god be with you all and see you through this tragic time from now and forever. mick

April 19, 2007, 9:15am • oswaldtwistle england • #28680

My thoughts and prayers go out to EACH of you. Our hearts our heavy for you all. May God bless each of you and may he help you be strong to make it through the heeling and get through this all. We are so sorry for your losses and each of you will be in our thoughts and prayers as you search for the will and strength to make it through these tough days ahead. To all 32 (RIP) To those heeling, may your recovery be quick, we will be praying for you.

April 19, 2007, 9:15am • McDonough, Ga • #28681

My prayers are with the families of these victims and all of the faculty and students at Virginia Tech. This is an incident beyond tragedy, and it has shocked and saddened people across the world. May you know that God is not absent during this time and that He is still working to bring about good, even from this depth of this darkness (Romans 8:28). You are in our prayers.

April 19, 2007, 9:15am • Shelby: Louisville, Kentucky • #28682

Nobody can fully understand the hurt and shock your college is going through. We can only try. I have watched the news interviews with all the students from your campus. The maturity shown by these wonderful young adults can never be matched. They have shown maturity beyond their years. These are the hands our world will be proudly left in.

Grieve in your own way and time. But know we are all thinking of you.

April 19, 2007, 9:15am • Massachusetts • #28683

Please accept my condolences. I am a college student in Tennessee and I would like to share part of an e-mail our Dean sent us,… “As Ernest Hemingway reminded us with the title of his book, taken from a poem by John Donne: “Any man’s death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind; therefore, never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

Many good thoughts and prayers for everyone. You are not alone.

April 19, 2007, 9:15am • Clarksville, TN • #28684

My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you. Nobody can explain how something so horrific can happen and nobody ever thinks it will happen to them or a family member. So sad…

I hope in the coming days you find peace and comfort with family and friends.

Best wishes,
Shirley

April 19, 2007, 9:16am • Lexington Park, MD • #28685

I wish to express my condolences to all of the parents, relatives, and friends of the victims. I am a mother of an only child, a beautiful 14 year old daughter. I can not imagine the intense grief, confusion, and unbearable sadness that all of the parents of the victims are experiencing right now.  I pray for all of the parents, friends, relatives, and the community.  This special group of young people, and the teachers who died with them, will all have a special place next to God, forever.

April 19, 2007, 9:16am • Westerville, Ohio • #28686

There is nothing I could add that you, the students and faculty, of Virginia Tech have not already heard. I am not an educated man, but I do have the experience of 50 years of living. You will carry the 33 with you all of your lives. Where you choose to carry them is up to you. You may choose to carry them in your attitude and be bitter and accrimonious in your outlook. You may choose to carry them in your mind, making yourself a victim, free to underachieve and fail. You may choose to carry them in your heart, glad that you knew them and living your life to the fullest. as for myself, when I am confronted by moral choices, I will remember Liviu Librescu and his door. Here stood Librescu, giving all, without compromise. How can I do less? May God give you His peace and be with you.

April 19, 2007, 9:16am • Newport News, Va • #28687

I still can not comprehend how close to home this is,I grew up only 2 hours from Blacksburg and my sister attends Radford University not 15 minutes from the VT campus. We also have several friends who attend VT and live in Blacksburg. Know that you are always in my prayers and that God is always there to comfort you.

Heather

April 19, 2007, 9:16am • Kingsport, TN • #28688

I can barely watch the news or read about this without crying.  Anger is not the word I feel about the animal who caused so much grief.  I will continue to pray for the victims, families, friends and anyone else who has been touched by this situation.  I am so sorry for your loss.

April 19, 2007, 9:16am • Monroe, Michigan • #28689

"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
We are praying for all of the VT families during this difficult time.

April 19, 2007, 9:16am • Franklin County, VA • #28690

May God keep you strong! The whole world is watching and sharing your suffering.

April 19, 2007, 9:16am • Canada, Romania • #28691

This is awful...and very painful for all.  I know that it is so easy to ask, “Why would God let that happen?” But sometimes there are just questions that cannot be answered.  All I know is that I serve a loving God who loves people with an unconditional love...and I pray that all may recognize that.  I pray that each person would allow God’s love to surround them and that they would find rest in him...may we all stay strong through this...my heart goes out to all the families of the lost ones, the injured ones, and to all the people that go to tech, were friends with these people, and my heart goes out to this country...I’m praying hard!

April 19, 2007, 9:16am • Leesburg, VA • #28692

You don’t know me and you never know me. Since we live so far, in different countries and now in different worlds.

I didn’t know you but I will remeber you as angels for the rest of my life since I believe God chose you as Hokie Angels in Heaven.

What you should know is that not only I, but also people all over the world think so. And we will accompany your families overcoming the difficult time.

God Bless you all!

Flora Zeng

April 19, 2007, 9:16am • China • #28693

although i am here in the philippines and i am a filipino i would like to extend my deepest condolonces to the family of the victims of the virginia tech massacre. in behalf of my fellow filiinos, i pray that god grant the victims eternal peace and comfort for the families they left behind.

sincerely,
JOHN PAUL RODRIGUEZ
STA. QUITERIA CALOOCAN CITY
PHILIPPINES

April 19, 2007, 9:16am • PHILIPPINES • #28694

Words can never really express the sadness one feels when the loss of life of this magnitude has occurred - 32 people… are no longer with us. My Sincerest Condolences to Virginia Tech and Family.

Sincerely,
James Philip Pegg

April 19, 2007, 9:16am • Nacogdoches, Texas • #28695

Dear friends and families of the victims,
My heart goes out to you all and you will be in my prayers.  I realize that this is a horrible event that happened and I also realize that there was nothing for anyone of us to do to stop it.  These kinds of things happen and no one knows why.  We should all think back to all the good memories that we shared with the victims and pray for them.

April 19, 2007, 9:16am • Charlotte Amalie, USVI • #28696

I cannot help but tear up every time I hear or read about this abhorrent incident.  My thoughts are with all the loved ones, family, friends… I will not mention god’s will. As an agnostic bordering atheist, I never felt that things of this sort occur because of god’s greater plan.  What kind of supreme being would plan to have good, innocent human beings suffer in so many ways?  I want no part of that, but commend those of you with faith--use your religion or whatever tools you have at your disposal during this time of sorrow to heal yourself as much as possible.  Peace be with you all.

April 19, 2007, 9:16am • Seminole County, Florida • #28697

Our deepest sympathies to the families of VT.
May God bless you all
The Pickett family

April 19, 2007, 9:16am • Waterbury,CT • #28698

I just wanted to say that my prayers go out to each and every person affected by this terrible tragedy.  I understand the pain of loss, as my sister was brutally murdered 9 years ago. You have a long hard road ahead of you, and some days you won’t think you’ll be able to make it, but take it one step at a time… one minute at a time. And please know that there are millions of people praying for you and have you in their thoughts.  God bless you all.

April 19, 2007, 9:16am • Elkton, MD • #28699

Please accept my condolences on your terrible loss.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 19, 2007, 9:17am • Prince Frederick, MD • #28700

Our family is sending prayers, love, and empathy to all who has been impacted by this tragedy. There are just not enough actions or words to express how helpless so many of us feel right now. Only time will help ease your pain. God be with each and everyone that so need His undying love at this time. We can only hope that knowing people all over the world are praying for you is of some comfort. We hope you can feel our arms reaching out to give you a hug and the warm calming feeling that real hugs bring.

April 19, 2007, 9:17am • Warsaw, Virginia/USA • #28701

It’s so unfortunate that we lost our brothers and sisters with whom we are meant to work and make the worl a better place to live. My prayer is that God strengthens the relatives of the deceased and helps the remaining stundents in the university to heal from the trauma very fast.

Betty Bagire Waiswa
DPAM Student
UMI, KAMPALA.
bnamutebi@gmail.com

April 19, 2007, 9:17am • Kampala, Uganda • #28702

To the “Hokie” Family:  Stay Strong!!  God will carry you through this tough time.  Brighter days are ahead.  You are in my thoughts and prayers!!

To the families of the victims:  Your children were beautiful & brave people!  They will always be remembered in our hearts and minds as wonderful children of God!!

April 19, 2007, 9:17am • Winchester, VA • #28703

I did not know any of the victims of this tragedy and when this horrific event took place on April 16,2007, I felt like If I had lost a child of my own.  Our prayers and condolences are with the Virginia Tech Community and their families. 

Javier

April 19, 2007, 9:17am • Tampa,Florida • #28704

Words can’t even begin express my sadness for what happened this week. May you find strength and courage in each other to carry on and remember those that were lost in this tragic event.  You are in our deepest thoughts and prayers.

Peace and love,
Hillary – Penn State Alumni 2000 and mother of two

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.

At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.

At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring , We remember them.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.

At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength, We remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart, We remember them.

When we have joys we yearn to share, We remember them.

When we have decisions that are difficult to make, We remember them

When we have achievements that are based on theirs , We remember them.

As long as we live, they too shall live, for they are a part of us, as we remember them

Unknown Author

April 19, 2007, 9:17am • Gettysburg, PA • #28705

I am also a college student and have to say that since I heard of this tragedy the way I live my life day to day has changed I kiss my daughter goodbye everyday now before I walk out the door,it is a shame that things like this have to happen in order for us to come together and appriciate life because we realize it could have been us. To all the students and faculty of Virgina Tech, we are all here with you to support and comfort you.I would also like to send out my condolences to families and friends of those who have lost someone or have been affected by this, all I can say is put yourself in God’s hands and he will heal your aching heart.

April 19, 2007, 9:17am • Linden, New Jersey • #28706

Students and Staff,

May the peace of God be with you to provide comfort during this time of condolences.  As a student at Grand Canyon University please know that everyone here is praying for your University family.

Dorothy Allen

April 19, 2007, 9:18am • US • #28707

My Thought and prayers are with the family and friends of the virginia tech students that lost their lifes on that sad day. May God Bless You. You Will Never be Forgotten

April 19, 2007, 9:18am • Elkins,West Virginia • #28708

Sending love and prayers from Illinois.  I am a Radford grad and my brother is a VT grad.  It is so sad that something so tragic has happend to such a beautiful campus in a beautiful part of Virginia.  Virginia Tech is a very special place with very special people.  May the Hokies rise up and with out forgetting become more than this moment. May God Bless you all.

Praying - Heidi

April 19, 2007, 9:18am • Normal, Illinois • #28709

Hokie nation..you are strong..i pray for all your families. i share in your pain and sorrow and together we wil get through this.

April 19, 2007, 9:18am • Centerville,VA • #28710

The heartache I feel for the event that unfolded on Monday, April 16 that claimed the lives of too many words cannot express. To all the students, teachers and faculty at VT my prayers have been non stop since I became aware of the tragedy. May God be able to ease the pain that is felt by all of you and all of the country by this senseless ordeal.

April 19, 2007, 9:18am • Somerset, Pennsylvania • #28711

We grieve with you over the loss of lives at your school. We pray for the souls of those who were killed. We pray for the recovery of those who were physically injured. We pray for the emotional health of those who were witnesses. And we pray for the strength of all who were present on campus that day.

April 19, 2007, 9:18am • St. Louis, MO • #28712

The tragic events earlier this week on the normally idyllic campus of Virginia Tech remind us once again that life is brief, fragile and precious.

- Cronin B. Vining
Virginia Tech class of 1978

April 19, 2007, 9:18am • Auburn, AL • #28713

We are sorry for the tragedy. We are praying for the survivors and the families of the deceased.
Please POST a list of every single victim because we are noticing in all the news web pages that about six of them have not been identified yet or for some reason the list of victims is incomplete and all the victims families deserve their family member to be honored. God be with you.

April 19, 2007, 9:18am • Bryan,Texas • #28714

Our condolences to the victims and their families and relatives of the massacre at VT.
What a senseless death.

God bless you

Jürgen,Kristina and Sandy

April 19, 2007, 9:18am • Leipzig, Germany • #28715

It is with tremendous sorry and grief that I read about the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech. I have spent many happy years on this beautiful campus, and many days of learning in Norris Hall. Dr. G.V. Loganathan taught me two undergraduate hydraulics classes, and he is one of the kindest, most gentle people that I know. I was particular grief-stricken to learn of his death. I cannot even imagine how the students, faculty and staff are able to cope with a travesty of this proportion.

I hope and pray that the spirit and place of Virginia Tech will heal, and once again become a place of learning and discovery. In the meantime, know that there is strong Hokie spirit here in Charlotte, and we share this burden alongside of you.

Joe Robinson
BSCE 1985
MSENE 1989

April 19, 2007, 9:18am • Matthews, North Carolina • #28716

I want to extend my condolences and prayers for everyone at VT during this most difficult experience.  It’s our faith that will get us all thru this - as a mom of 3 college age children (two of whom are serving our country in the US Navy) i can’t imagine the sorrow you all feel.  Know that you are all in our hearts.

April 19, 2007, 9:19am • Minneapolis, Minnesota • #28717

My condolences to Virginia Tech, families and friends from the north, south, east, and west. You all are in my prayers. 

God’s Love Comforts.

April 19, 2007, 9:19am • Fort Washington, MD • #28718

My God’s love embrace the victims and families of this unspeakable tragedy. 

May the spirit of the Hokies grow stronger as we remember and never forget.

My prayers are with you

God bless you all from a WVU Mountaineer

Jerry Schenkel

April 19, 2007, 9:19am • Roanoke, VA • #28719

My son and I visited the Tech campus Monday, April 9th, one week previous to the tragedy.  This has had a profound affect on me, knowing I was just on campus and, possibly, could have come across students or faculty that were shot.  Va Tech is an excellent school and my son still plans on attending VT in the fall of 2008.  His Dad is an alumnus and we are part of the Hokie Nation.  Go Hokies!  May God comfort the families and students.

April 19, 2007, 9:19am • Lynchburg, Virginia • #28720

such a terrible tragedy can only shakes the entire world. I can assure that the pain you are feeling in this moment is felt everywhere around the world, and I wish you all strengh and courage to heal from thoses terrible wounds.

Frederic.

April 19, 2007, 9:19am • Evry, France. • #28721

As a mother of young adults who are working hard at University my heart broke when I heard what happened at your school.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 19, 2007, 9:19am • Whitby, Canada • #28722

To the community of Virginia Tech, you are in our prayers and thoughts.  I have shed tears for the one unrighteously taken from us and those that survived and I know God will deliver strength and endurance.
Although I am not on campus to comfort you but in spirit my family and I are with you forevermore.  God Bless
Kevin A. Chinn & Family

April 19, 2007, 9:19am • Roslindale, Mass • #28723

God be with allalphareta

April 19, 2007, 9:20am • cummig gagive23 • #28724

Just wanted you all to know that my heart goes out to the family and friends of those killed. My family and I are praying for you all daily.

April 19, 2007, 9:20am • Louisiana, USA • #28725