Condolences, April 19, 2007

This for all the families of children who were apart of this horrific incident.  Be your heart not troubled.  Make a committment to strive to be your best everyday to prevent things like this from happening in our free society.  Your memorial should be to those who were injured and lost their lives is to carry on what they are not able to do-contribute their best to the world through the things learned at this institution. Do not be discouraged.  Do not let their lives be in vein-keep going and add goodness, peace, life and love to a world that is in turmoil now.

April 19, 2007, 9:24am • Cambridge, Maryland • #28776

To the students, family, friends & VT faculty. My deepest condolences to you.
My prayers are with you during this time.
Marines
(Buenos Aires - Argentina/ Montreal - Canada)

April 19, 2007, 9:24am • Montreal - Quebec - Canada • #28777

"keep your heads up… Stay strong!”
California with is with you!!!

April 19, 2007, 9:24am • california • #28778

Turning on the television on the afternoon of 16th April, left me feeling horrified and devistated for the people, students,and families of virginia. My heart goes out to all of the families and friends of those who died. Be strong!
El (university of Liverpool, United Kingdom)

April 19, 2007, 9:25am • United Kingdom • #28779

A message of condolence to all Virginia Tech students, faculty, and relatives

On behalf of all the members of the Ruhr University community, I would like to express our profound condolences and deepest sympathies to the students, faculty, staff, and families of Virginia Tech. We are all deeply saddened by the tragic events of April 16.
All of us in institutions of higher education are one in a moment like this. As institutions we are all committed to the promotion of learning, to the values of humanity, civility and nonviolence, and to mutual respect and concern for other people. We will continue advancing these values, and may they help see you through this tragedy.
Our thoughts will be with you and your community during the coming days of mourning.

Elmar W. Weiler
Rector
Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de

April 19, 2007, 9:25am • Bochum, Germany • #28780

With all the violence on TV in movies and video games that has escaleted in the past 10 years, why would anyone be suprised that it has now manifested itself? When you allow 10 -year olds to be inundated with such violence,what do you expect when they reach 18 years of age?
Riza Kaplangul

April 19, 2007, 9:25am • Toronto-Canada • #28781

This tragedy has affected us all...it’s not just a Hokie tragedy, or an American tragedy....it’s a tragedy that all of human-kind weeps over.  The world is with you in your time of sorry.  In your time of pain, please remember that you are not alone...for as of this moment in time, we are all Hokies....we all weep.

April 19, 2007, 9:25am • Charleston, SC, USA • #28782

Dear Va Tech family,

Although I do not know any of the victums or families directly, the tragedy has impacted my life. I am deeply saddened by the horror of it all.  I wish I could hug each one of you and give my deepest sympathy and my shoulder to cry on.  Please accept this note as a token of such deep sympathy for the pain you are enduring.

Karen Coyne,

April 19, 2007, 9:25am • Burgettstown pa • #28783

May God Bless you all and may He give you strength.  Praying for you in Wilmington, Delaware

April 19, 2007, 9:25am • wilmington ,DE • #28784

Hokies students, family & community: My deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with you and have been all week. I came to work in a fog after seeing a friend who is battling cancer, to hear about what was happening at VT. I’ve been heartbroken since then. It’s hard to wrap your mind around that kind of anger/rage/senseless violence/loss of innocent lives, especially after seeing someone who is FIGHTING for their life!! I just want you all to know, as a person, as a mom of kids who will be in college soon, as a fellow Virginian, you are not alone. Total strangers felt and feel your pain. We love you and we pray for you. I mourn for those killed and injured, and their friends and families, like they were my own. I hurt with the ones who survived, because sometimes that’s the worst part! May you be strong and take care of yourselves in his hard time. Your fellow Virginians and the rest of the world are with you in spirit. I won’t forget....

April 19, 2007, 9:25am • Sterling, VA • #28785

Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know how happy they are.  (An Eskimo Legend)

April 19, 2007, 9:25am • Springfield, VA • #28786

I am in tears as I read these condolences.  I just can’t believe our nation has suffered so much this past decade. So many lifes taken from us, but we move forward and learn. I just text my daughter once again to tell her how much I love her and that she is my world. My prayers are with the families of the victims. I can’t imagine the pain and anguish you are experiencing. You are told to pray, but you are to angry at GOD to pray, GOD understands. You have a nation praying for you and your loved one until you are ready to pray.

April 19, 2007, 9:26am • Fort Lauderdale, FL • #28787

Dear Virginia Tech community,
All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find the comfort and support you need during this time of immense grief and loss. God bless you all.

Sister Gayle, Campus Ministry, University of Saint Francis

April 19, 2007, 9:26am • Fort Wayne IN • #28788

I’d like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the friends and family members of the victims.  Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers....To the “Hokie community” time heals and as you struggle for answers to this senseless tragedy, be there for one another and stay strong.

April 19, 2007, 9:26am • Amherst, OH USA • #28789

H-ope is our salvation, not
O-nly at times that
K-ick us down and
I-nstill is us sadness, it is
E-ternal
Say it…
NOW…
Say it…
LOUD…
I am..
HOKIE PROUD!

April 19, 2007, 9:26am • A proud HOKIE mom, Altavista, VA • #28790

My thoughts and prayers go out not only to the families but to the entire community.

Jim

April 19, 2007, 9:26am • White Plains, NY • #28791

I feel very sad and hurt for all of those family’s who lost there husbands, friends, and love ones who cared about them so much and i also feel that there had been something for them to do in order for them to not let this happen to those students and teachers farther more i really wishes all of the family and friends good well and stay strong because your husband and children are looking down on you from heaven

April 19, 2007, 9:26am • Indianapolis, Indiana • #28792

At a time when the world seems to be in total chaos, God is still in control. Though we may not understand why, there is peace in knowing He is still in control. As we grieve over the lives ended, we must realize that we are still here for a purpose. It is time to fulfill that purpose with no more excuses. We owe it to God to manifest His calling on our lives. Tell all around you now and forever how you feel about them. Don’t take a minute for granted. Die doing what you were created to do. Live doing what you were created to do. If you don’t know, ask God. He will show you.

Letitia & Anthony

April 19, 2007, 9:26am • Asheville, NC • #28793

I am the mother of 4 grown sons and my heart goes out to the families who lost their loved ones in this terrible tragedy. Please know that you are in the hearts and prayers of parents across the country. Be proud that your sons and daughters were such fine people. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Robin Johnson

April 19, 2007, 9:27am • Fryeburg, ME • #28794

I’ve never been to VA Tech...and I don’t know anyone personally affected by this tragedy, but everytime I read something about this horrible crime, I can’t help but cry. I think it’s because it’s so sad that these innocent people had to die at the hands of what seems to be a deeply troubled person. I think it’s because it could have been anyone, anywhere, even me. I can’t imagine what the families of these people are going through, but I hope that they know that all of America is with them at this time, from coast to coast regardless of skin color, race, or ethnicity. May God bless and keep you strong.

April 19, 2007, 9:27am • New York City • #28795

April 16 was a very sad day that will live in the memories of many for a long time. I have watched live or caught up on all of the news stories and being a student myself I feel connected in someway to the victims. I am praying for you and I hope you yourselves are praying. Something this big will take time to get past and some of you may never truly move comepletely on. Take as much time as you need to grieve don’t short yourself.
Don’t forget that people all around the world are greiving with you and praying for you.
A Fairview High School Junior

April 19, 2007, 9:27am • Fairview PA • #28796

As members of The Hokie Nation, my collective families would like to share with everyone the heart felt anguish that resides in us. Our roots go back to 1960 and continue today as former and hopefully future Hokies in our families will remember that day. May God be with us all as we mourn, reflect and heal from this terrible tragedy.

Hokies, unite and stay strong!

Tom, Sr 1965
Harry-1970
David, Sr-1967
David, Jr-1988

April 19, 2007, 9:27am • Buchanan, VA and Anderson, IN • #28797

I think all the word is scandalized and shocked. Nobody can understand what happened.
OUr Thoughts are with you. Be strong.
Condolences from France.

Yann J

April 19, 2007, 9:27am • PARIS / FRANCE • #28798

I had the opportunity to visit and stay on your campus in June 1998 to attend the wedding of my brother and sister in law. My sister in law grew up in Blacksburg and her father was a professor at VTech. I was struck by the beauty of the campus and the overwhelming sense of community and pride in the surrounding area. I send my heartfelt sympathies and love to all those that mourn a loss from Monday’s tragedy and know that the “Hokie” spirit will rise even stronger than before. Gods Blessing to all.

April 19, 2007, 9:27am • Jackson, NJ USA • #28799

Dedicated to the victims of the VT Massacre:
By: Dillon Presto, Age 13

Life is given so easily
But is taken away with even more ease,
So was this demonstrated yesterday at VT
By people who murder and do as they please.

Jesus died for us and cried:
“Forgive them, Father! For they now not what they do!”
I, for one, believe this to be true
But then, why do we do as we do?

Is it because Satan would possess us
To kill 33 of God’s children?
Or does it live in our blood, run through our veins?
Why do our fellow men laugh at our pain?

At least we know that God will be
With us, through the good times and the bad
And we should not judge our fellow man
While we are still breathing, we should be glad

For there will come a day when the Son of Man shall come,and there shall be
No more weeping, no more crying,
No more sin, no more dying
For there will be eternal happiness
With our Creator…

April 19, 2007, 9:27am • Lexington, SC • #28800

we here in london are reading/watching all the unfortunate events that have unfolded over the past few day,with great sorrow for all the pupils that were taken too soon for all their parents and family and friends
but most of all for virginia tech as a whole community
how will you ever be able to forget this tragedy
our prayers and thoughts are with you all
at this very sad time

April 19, 2007, 9:27am • kilburn,london/united kingdom • #28801

Though not a student of Virginia Tech I am the daugher of a 1957 graduate from this great and home away from home institution.  My dad majored in engineering, I have a nephew currently attending Tech and is a resident of Harper Hall living on the same floor as the disturbed student who has forever changed the lives of the Hokie families.  We may be broken but we are not destroyed.  If anything this will make the Hokie family stronger and welcome new Hokies with warm and loving arms.  God Bless the staff, students, family members and all those beautiful angels that have shared the wonders of their lives with all the teachers and students having the privilege of being surrounded by them; whether they knew these angels were around them or not.
Deborah Lawson

April 19, 2007, 9:27am • Norton, Virginia • #28802

WE ARE HOKIES.  WE WILL PREVAIL.  WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH!!!

April 19, 2007, 9:28am • Blacksburg, Virginia • #28803

I am so sorry for your losses.I will pray for the ones that lost their lives.I can’t say I know how you feel because I don’t know what its like to lose someone like this,but I do know it hurts really bad:( In my head I still can’t belive this happened.I will give hope for the ones that don’t know.
Sara Burgess

April 19, 2007, 9:28am • Concord VA. • #28804

Dear Virginia Tech Students, Parents, Staff and Faculty:  My condolences on your loss.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.  Remember God Loves you and those who are now gone.  Remember you can live victoriously, even though your fellow students and faculty are gone.

May God Bless You all and bring healing to your hearts.

Richard Melville
Midland, Texas.
graduate of Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
radioa@quik.com
4-18-07

April 19, 2007, 9:28am • Midland, Texas • #28805

I’ll be praying for all of you!!! God Bless you…

Kat

April 19, 2007, 9:28am • Atlanta, Georgia • #28806

Dear Faculty,Staff and Students,
We send our deepest condolences to all. We are a career/techical highschool and certainly understand the tremendous emotions that surround
the tragic event this week. Please know that we had a moment of silence for the slain students and staff. Also we have our flag at half
mast. God Bless !  Jerry Mifsud
Principal,CentralTech H.S.

April 19, 2007, 9:28am • Erie, Pa. • #28807

This is truely a sad time for everyone.  I want to extend my deepest sympathy and prayers to the entire Hokie community.  This situation hits close to home being a ‘98 graduate of VA Tech, and having 2 brothers who still attend.  May god bless each and everyone one of you, and give you the strength to get through this difficult time.  We are Hokies! 

Nicole V.

April 19, 2007, 9:28am • Richmond Va • #28808

My heart is heavy and my tears are many for the pain that one very disturbed individual has brought upon not only Hokie Nation, but our entire nation and the world. I am headed to Blacksburg today from my home in Maryland to be with and support all who mourn. May the strength and peace of God uphold us all as we unite to support one another and seek healing. We are deeply moved by the expression of love and support from so many, but none more than our President Bush, our Governor, and the most unlikely friend of all, the wonderful people of UVa. Wahoos - thank you from the deepest part of my heart. I beleive I speak for all of Hokie nation.

We shall stand strong as Hokies and endure this tragedy, not allowing one who is ill to make us all sick. Rather let this motivate us to seek out and pursue the lost, the lonely, and the sad and show them love so that through this tragedy many more can be abated. Our call now is to love more than we have ever loved before, and may the Lord give us the strength to do that even when it seems impossible. he can and He will.  - Pastor Will Armstrong, Education ‘94

April 19, 2007, 9:28am • Gaithersburg, MD • #28809

Philippians 4:13 --- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.

If that said VT will stand again stronger than before!!!! My prayers are truly with everyone

April 19, 2007, 9:28am • douglasville ga • #28810

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the Hokie family at this time.  As a Maryland graduate I feel a bond to VTech not only through the ACC, but through the numerous track meets I’ve run on your campus and countless friends who went there.  This is something I can’t wrap my head around, but I truly hope that in time we all are at least able to move on.  Able to overcome. Able to understand.  Stay strong...and God Bless...!!

April 19, 2007, 9:28am • D. Bugg - Richmond, VA • #28811

To all in Blacksburg:
God bless you!  You are all so strong, and everyone around the world is thinking of you.  You are Americans--you’ll overcome this.  My heart goes out to you during this time of grief and mourning.

E.W.

April 19, 2007, 9:28am • Oxford, Ohio, U.S.A. • #28812

As parents of a VT student, our thoughts and prayers are with the entire VT community, the families of the victims, the students, faculty, staff and also the family of the one responsible.  God bless you all.

KC and Kim Lewis

April 19, 2007, 9:28am • Tazewell VA • #28813

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at Virginia Tech!

April 19, 2007, 9:29am • Adele Mowery, Drakes Branch VA • #28814

This was a terrible and unfortunate situation of which an individual’s self greed caused an out-pour of tears and grief. Please know that all of you including: victims, families of victims, friends of vitims, and everyone at Virginia Tech are closely prayed for.

Nick S.

April 19, 2007, 9:29am • Wakefield, RI • #28815

My God Bless Each of you and your Families.

April 19, 2007, 9:29am • Poughkeepsie, NY • #28816

I am not a part of V.T but my condolences got out to all family, staff, and others associated with your tragic lost. It’s something that should of never happened and hopefully will never happen again. Stay strong and May peace be with you.God Bless you all!

April 19, 2007, 9:29am • Pottstown, Pennsylvania • #28817

my cousin died in this tragerdy. i never knew her that much but it is a sad time for my whole family. i think wjat the guy did was really bad and i think that i will never be better. i am sorry for the other familys and i hope they will get better in there of need.

April 19, 2007, 9:29am • ont • #28818

My family and I extend our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims, the wounded, the survivors, and to all Hokies. 

The entire country stands with you.  We are all deeply wounded and hurt by this unspeakable tragedy. 

We really respect and admire the way the Hokies have supported each other during this tragedy. 

God Bless.

April 19, 2007, 9:29am • Oak Hill, Virginia • #28819

Eternal:  A love poem for the living and the dead

we walk in the land of the dead,
but there is a land where the dead walk.

we walk in the paths of so much grief,
grief flowers the earth like rain.

i do not know you, it is true,
but i want to think i love you.

i do not worship you, it is true,
but still i write songs for the dead.

no one is alone, even in the obscurity of shadows.
love stretches across the darkness, embracing all things.

no one is alone, for love has great hands without boundaries
blurring distinction to unite us all in solemn brother and sisterhood.

no one is alone, even though we cannot always see one another.
i wrote these words for you, that they may find you in the night.

Love and Light,
Denise

April 19, 2007, 9:29am • Hiwassee, VA • #28820

All of us here at UNC are praying for the victims, their families, and the entire Virginia Tech community. This awful tragedy will never be forgotten. We may be Tarheels, but we are also Hokies, and we are here to share in your sorrow.

God Bless Virginia Tech

April 19, 2007, 9:29am • Chapel Hill, NC • #28821

I posted my condolences several minutes ago, then continued on to read comments left by others.  I am so touched to see not only the amount of comments, or the prayers, or the pain, but that this is not just a tragedy suffered by VA, or even the US.  People from around the world are praying for you.  Peru, Brazil, London, Mexico, so many in Canada… Hokie pride has extended its self around the world.  May you feel the compassion and prayers and support coming to you from around the WORLD!!

April 19, 2007, 9:29am • Beckley WV • #28822

I am horrified and indeed devastated that something like this has happened.  Fifteen years ago when I started my own journey at VA Tech, I was given a torch to lead my way to personal and professional growth and happiness.  With now a Bachelors and Masters degree from the school, I hold this torch even higher but now this flame means much more.  My endeavors for continued success and happiness will now be multiplied by 32 as I share a piece of every forthcoming accomplishment with my fellow Hokies who could not complete their own.

April 19, 2007, 9:29am • Arlington, VA • #28823

I went to a small school in the New River Valley called Radford.  It was funny how every weekend I went to a place called Blacksburg.  Over the years, Blacksburg and the New River Valley grew on me.  It remains one of my favorite places in Virginia.

I am not a Hokie by education but by family.  My wife attended Virginia Tech and played with the Marching Virginians.  My sister in law and her husband are also Hokies and are still an integral part of the Hokie community.

I am just as proud of Virginia Tech as if my ring said Tech and not Radford.  I think this has been harder on me than my wife and for reasons I can’t fathom.  I must say though, that I am PROUD to be a HOKIE!

Monday‚Äôs events were tragic.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the family members and friends who lost loved ones.  However, I am encouraged by the strength I am seeing from the Hokie community.  We will prevail, we are HOKIES!  God bless you all!

April 19, 2007, 9:29am • Chesapeake, VA • #28824

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families, friends and students that have lost thier loved ones.  The news of this horrific act has shocked us all across the border.  Know that we share in your sorrow and pain! May you all find peace, courage and faith.  We continue to pray for peace so that our children can live in a world without fear.  God Bless You!! 
your canadian friends,
Don & Anna,

April 19, 2007, 9:29am • Toronto, Ontario, Canada • #28825