Condolences, April 19, 2007

I just want to send my deepest condolences & sympathies to all the students, faculty, administraters. But most of all I want to send my most heartfelt condolences to the wounded, and the families/friends of those killed.  Please know that you are not alone and many all across the country (such as myself) are praying for you and keeping you in their thoughts.  God Bless you all and may your strenth carry you forward. Go Hokies and remain strong.

April 19, 2007, 9:29am • Phila, PA USA • #28826

I continue to keep u in my prayers all the time. Just don’t lose faith and God will pull you through.

April 19, 2007, 9:29am • Clyo, Georgia • #28827

Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. 

~Author Unknown

All our prayers and thoughts are with you.

April 19, 2007, 9:29am • Belchertown, Ma • #28828

My thoughts and prayers go out to Hokie nation.  May God bless us all.  We are a strong unit and we can overcome this great tragedy.  GO HOKIES !!
Christy & Dakota

April 19, 2007, 9:30am • Christiansburg,VA • #28829

To all at VT remember & focus on the goals brought with you when you started school or teaching these young people. While you are all truly victims, do not let that define who you are. I hope you can find comfort in each other.

To the VT Admin I think any criticism of your conduct is based on hindsight. Knowing what you knew before...there is nothing else you could’ve done.

To the victims I am so sorry for your loss. As a father of 7, I can’t imagine your pain. You were strong enough to raise a child outstanding enough to attend VT or you were strong enough to support a loved one who taught there...you are strong enough to make it through.

To the S. Korean /Asian communities I hope the world remembers that this was one person’s bad choice…not a race.

To Cho’s family I would just say that I am sorry for your loss as well. THIS IS NOT YOUR FAULT!  I hope people in your community & around the world remember that & include you in the mourning & healing process. The best we can do is teach our children right/wrong...they have the right & the obligation to choose which path to follow...no matter who they are, where they are from, what the social status is, or what country they are from.

May God Bless VT!

T. Banneck/Family

April 19, 2007, 9:30am • #28830

The sadness is too deep for words. As a teacher and a parent, I am very concerned about the root causes for school violence. I pray that our country will one day spend money to make every school weapon free so that all children are safe from harm.

Jay C

April 19, 2007, 9:30am • Sturgeon Bay WI • #28831

I grew up in VA. So for something like this to happan in “my own backyard” it hits a special place in my heart. I want to just give my prayers to the families and friends that have lost someone or something. To all the Hokies I want you to remember to keep your heads high and brave. Lets not think about what could have happaned or how we could have prevented it. That is irrelevant. No one can predict something like this.

God Bless you all,

Karen Wright

April 19, 2007, 9:30am • Martinsburg, WV • #28832

As more and more comes out in the news about the shooting I cry for you.  I cry out to God and ask why, why did this have to happen.  My prayers are with you through this time of grieving.

April 19, 2007, 9:30am • LaVista NE • #28833

My prayers are with the families of the student that were killed on monday. My heart is broken over this sad and senseless tragedy. My prayers are with wounded student and all the Virginia tech student that were affected by this tragedy. Know that you are not alone in your grief.

April 19, 2007, 9:30am • welland ontario Canada • #28834

There are no words that any of us can say that will help you heal, only god and time can do that. Know that what has happened to you leaves everyone sharing in your pain and sorrow. Take time to tell your family and friends how much you love and cherish them.  Go forward knowing that you have the strength and support of the world with you.  God bless each and every one of you and your families.

April 19, 2007, 9:30am • Ottawa, Ontario Canada • #28835

My deepest condolences to the families and friends involved in the tragedy at Virginia Tech.  My heart goes out to you and my prayers are with you.  I have an image in my mind of God’s arms wrapped around you like a blanket to hold you close and bring you comfort during this time. 

Love,
Lisa

April 19, 2007, 9:30am • #28836

Meme de l’autre coté de l’atlantique en france on pense a vous...Nous sommes de tout coeur avec vous soyez fort dans ces moments de douleur.
Il n y a pas de mots pour exprimer ce que je ressent....Let’s go hockies

un étudiant francais

April 19, 2007, 9:30am • france • #28837

Dear Families, Friends, and all Hokies,

Me and my family have all of you in our thoughts,hearts and prayers.  May God bless you and keep you.

Always in our hearts,
Timmy, Melissa, and Family

April 19, 2007, 9:30am • Radford, Va • #28838

May your sorrow be comforted
May your wounds be healed
May your future be glorious!!!

“Deep unspeakable suffering
may well be called a baptism,
a regeneration,
the initiation into a new state.”
George Eliot

Tar Heels, Gamecocks, and Rams
On 4-16-07 we all became HOKIES

April 19, 2007, 9:30am • Chesterfield, VA. • #28839

My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you all during this tragic time.  I’ve heard it said that now we are all Hokies, and that’s so true.  As an employee of a college, this hits close to home even though I personally knew no one directly affected.  But that being said, we are ALL affected.  Stay strong.

April 19, 2007, 9:30am • Gettysburg, PA • #28840

To everyone affected by this tragedy, I send my profound condolences.  Let’s never forget these lives that were cut short.  My husband is a graduate of Va Tech and we all send our sympathy and love to each of you affected by this event.  There are many, many people lifting you, your families, your college community, and the community of Blacksburg up in prayer.  May our prayers help to sustain you and help make some sense of this.
In sympathy and prayers,
Carolyn

April 19, 2007, 9:30am • Charlottesville, Virginia • #28841

You are in our prayers.  The courage,honor,compassion the Virginia Tech. community has shown the world is remarkable.  We are so proud of you in this terrible time.  You are showing the world that good is more powerful than evil.  May God bless you all.  Jill

April 19, 2007, 9:30am • Rochester, NY • #28842

ODU Monarchs send their thoughts and prayers out to all VT Hokies. Today we are all HOKIES.

April 19, 2007, 9:31am • Virginia Beach, VA • #28843

Our heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, and to all that have felt sorrow in there hearts from this tragedy.

May God’s Blessing reach us all.

The Pratsi Family

April 19, 2007, 9:31am • Virginia Beach, VA • #28844

RE:  NBC showing pictures and video of killer
We live in Austin and my husband and I graduated from VA Tech in 1978.  Our son is attending next year as a Chemical Engineering major. We were just there a few months ago and have a picture of my son and husband taken under his 78 mechanical engineering composite.
One can not think of how things could get much worse, but NBC showed the nation and the Hokies how. It appears that ethics and money once again part. All I can say is that there is no justifiable reason (like reporting news the viewer need to know.)It was crass commercial exploitation. 
His killer face will always be embedded in head.  I wish there is some way those pictures could be erased because I know the grief they cause the family, friends and victims of the shooter.
How dare NBC violate us again. I will pray for healing.
Carol Morter

April 19, 2007, 9:31am • Austin, TX • #28845

My name is Kimberly J. Parker I am a 4th grade teacher at Gloster Elementary in Gloster, Mississippi.  This tragedy was unimaginable. Basically, I am lost for words.  Sorry for all of the lost lives.  However, the empowerment of prayer and grace will lead the bereaved families and the Virginia Tech family to a better tomorrow.  Above all, remember to thank God for the time that the individuals were blessed with. 
Sincerely,
The Jackson and Parker family

April 19, 2007, 9:31am • Centreville, Mississippi • #28846

Dearly and beloved
I would like to give my condolences to all who have lost someone in this horrorfull day and the passing days.I want to tell all the families that has lost one of their children with this tragedy and their friends that no matter what keep faith and know that god is their with you no matter what. Keep praying and be their for eachother no matter what.

My love and prayer go to all.
Kelly t.

April 19, 2007, 9:31am • Alexandria, Va • #28847

Dear friends of Virginia Tech,

All our condolences from Spain, more exactly from Salamanca University community,you are in our hearts and minds. In these difficult moments we are Viginia Tech.

Blessings you
Carlos Morales Diego (Computer Science engineering student)

April 19, 2007, 9:31am • Salamanca,Spain • #28848

May God bless all of those who have affected by this horrific tragedy.  May you be comforted by the thoughts and prayers from around the world. 
Much Love and Many Prayers
May we all stand strong together!
A proud Army Wife

April 19, 2007, 9:31am • United States of America • #28849

I dont know anyone here personally but i would like to extend my condolences to the families and friends of the victims. I know that they are now in the good hands of our Lord. I give out my prayers not only for those who have departed but also i pray for God to give those they left here enough strength to surpass all of these.and i know that with God’s help you will..

April 19, 2007, 9:31am • Manila Philippines • #28850

When VT joined the ACC, I don’t think any school in the conference was happier than Clemson. In VT we gained a brother we’d never had: a land-grant institution with a military heritage and a focus on engineering and science, tucked away in the mountains, strongly supported by a small town, a fanatical football following. Clemson and VT were natural partners. Even before VT joined the ACC I considered them one of my favorite “other” schools. Even now, I consider it a friendly rivalry and root for VT as often as I can.

As our universities are so similar, the Clemson family has acutely felt the pain and sorrow of the tragedy at VT. It has affected us almost as if it happened on our own campus. We grieve for, and alongside, our brother institution. We pray for the students, the faculty and staff, and the families. Our hearts break for the victims. Our tears fall freely for our comrades at VT.

To the VT family: I cannot officially speak for the Clemson family but I am confident we all have you in our prayers and thoughts. We are all Hokies today. I always bleed orange, but this week I bleed a little bit of maroon as well.

April 19, 2007, 9:31am • Summerville, SC • #28851

You are all in my thoughts and prayers.  God Bless you all. - Melissa P. class of ‘89

April 19, 2007, 9:31am • Pittsboro, NC • #28852

As a graduate of Virginia Tech, I am still in shock and disbelief over what has happened in Blacksburg.  My heart goes out to the victims’ families and friends, and to everyone there struggling with this tragedy.

The VT community will overcome this.  It may not be tomorrow, and it may not be next week.  But the Hokie Nation will persevere.

Please know that you have friends around the country and around the world who are keeping all of you in their thoughts and prayers.

God bless.

April 19, 2007, 9:31am • Charlotte, NC • #28853

Classmates and Professors,
We will always remember you.  Thank you so much for your unforgettable contributions to our everyday lives.

Professor Loganathan, I will continue to learn from your for the rest of my life.

My prayers are with the friends and family you’ve all left behind.

Forever and always, proud to be a Hokie.

April 19, 2007, 9:31am • Blacksburg, VA • #28854

Ever since the tragic events of Monday I have been praying for all those touched by the horror of that day.  Today, I sat and looked at each of the victims and my heart filled with love and compassion for all their families and friends,and for all those who knew them.  I pray that love and light surround each one of you and help heal the grief you are now experiencing.

April 19, 2007, 9:31am • Sharon, MA • #28855

To all of the families of the lives lost,

This weekend will be the 4 month anniversaries of the tragic lose of my little brother, David.  From my experience I will say, you MUST find joy in your memories and DO NOT keep your sadness inside.  Find comfort with your family.  It will be better for everyone one of you. May peace be with the entire nation as we mourn.

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always to your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His Hand.

In memoriam of David Warenecki, 2/28/85 – 12/21/06

April 19, 2007, 9:31am • Philadelphia, PA USA • #28856

Our hearts and prayers are with you.  It is our duty to always remember so they are never forgotten.  Our memories will show us the way forward.

April 19, 2007, 9:32am • Richmond, Va. • #28857

I moved to western Virginia in 2001.  Until this week, I didn’t understand why people in this area loved the Hokies so much.  The amount of love and support people are showing is tremendous.  The community has become a litteral sea of orange and maroon, with everyone wearing Tech colors.  Ribbons are being worn, flags are at half mast.  You can feel the love people have for Tech.  It’s incredible.  I truely feel like I am a part of something huge here.  I may have gone to school in Florida (USF) and Boston (Northeastern), and on paper I am a Bull and a Huskie, but in my heart, I am a Hokie.  Thank you to everyone around the world for your love and support.  Please keep the families of the victims in your prayers as they cope with their loss. God bless the Hokies.  God bless Virginia Tech.
-B Morgan-

April 19, 2007, 9:32am • Clifton Forge, VA • #28858

My deepest condolences to all of those affected by this tragedy. God Bless all of you. A special Thank You and God Bless to Nikki Giovanni. That was the most inspiring poem I have ever heard.

April 19, 2007, 9:32am • Poquosn, Virginia • #28859

It’s ok, It’s alright
We’re going to get you out of this fight
Hang on, hold tight
Everything’s going to be alright
We’re all thinking of you tonight.
With Love from us all
Mr Harris’ 3rd grade class
Suwannee Elementary school

April 19, 2007, 9:32am • Live Oak Fl • #28860

As I would travel from PA to the south for my own schooling, I always noticed the incredible amount of proud Hokies along the way, meeting some of the friendliest at rest stops and gas stations, so proud to display the VT name & genuine love for their school- so many more than any other institution, at times I wished I was one.  The continued spirit and strength of your tight-knit community proves the world still has a chance to overcome anything...My heart goes out to all those who have been affected by this tragic event.  Through tragedy comes greater strength...Stay Strong Hokies!

April 19, 2007, 9:32am • Bloomsburg, PA • #28861

C’est avec peine que j’ai appris la terrible nouvelle qui a touché Virginia Tech. Je m’associe à votre douleur et vous adressent à tous mes très sincères condoléances, ainsi que mes affectueuses pensées.

April 19, 2007, 9:32am • France • #28862

You and your loved ones are in our hearts and in our prayers.

Linda & Guy

April 19, 2007, 9:32am • Memphis, Tennessee • #28863

I would like for everyone affected by this horrible tragedy to know that my heart and soul goes out to you.  I will continue to pray for everyone.

With heart felt prayers,
Khadiyjah Robinson

April 19, 2007, 9:32am • Irvington, New Jersey • #28864

Virginia Tech, its family of students and faculty have been the collective source of many of my most enriching experiences.  My heart was broken when I learned of Monday’s events, and the loss that has been served upon the world in depriving us of the contributions of those wonderful, talented people.  This week, I have drawn great solace in seeing the news footage of the campus, bulwarked as it is by mountains and stone.  It remains a safe and special place, hallowed now by those whose spirits and legacy will demand that we not allow tragedy to long dwell there.

Stand strong, shoulder to shoulder and, in time, together we all will find the strength to vanquish the hurt, though the scars on our hearts may never fully disappear.

Chris Jones

April 19, 2007, 9:32am • Raleigh, North Carolina • #28865

My prayers are with all the familys and students whom which this tragedy has effected. My heart goes out to all of you. Keep faith, God bless you.

April 19, 2007, 9:32am • Lodnon, UK. • #28866

I would just like everyone that was affected by this terrible tragedy to know that they are in our thoughts as they try to come to terms with this awful, unexplained & most of all unnecessary loss of young life.
In a world full of crime and danger something like this happens in a place that is so full of love and freindship…
It just doesn’t make sense and probably never will.
May God be with you always,
the young students will be remembered as they were and still remain… young and hopeful,
as should we all…

Please know that you are all in my thoughts,

Claudia anne x x x

April 19, 2007, 9:32am • Co. Kildare , Ireland • #28867

My prayers and that of my family and church community go out to all the people effected by this tragedy. May Gods peace be place in your minds, hearts and souls.

God bless VT
Thomas

April 19, 2007, 9:32am • New Zealand • #28868

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, May your love of each other help you through this troubled time.
Go Hokies!

April 19, 2007, 9:32am • Chicago, IL • #28869

My family and I are proud members of “Hokie Nation” and grieve and mourn over the losses that Tech has faced during this tragic event.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to each family member, the students, the faculty, and the entire Blacksburg community.  Lean on each other for support because we are blessed to be a tight close-knit group.  As always we wear and display our colors to show our support and you will indeed remain in our hearts.  We ARE Virginia Tech!

April 19, 2007, 9:32am • Struart, VA • #28870

Tears keep falling.
Lets us remember to always celebrate the spirit and exceptional lives of those we have lost in this unspeakable tradegy - and to hold them and their families in our thoughts and prayers for all the days to come.
May God keep them in the safety and love only he can provide.

The Averills,
Toronto, Canada

April 19, 2007, 9:33am • Toronto Canada • #28871

We are very sorry for the situation you encountered.

I hope and pray that professionals in the field of Pyschology and Mental Illness including lawmakers take a serious look at how the state of VA and perhaps how the whole country handles this illness.  This is a serious concern and a growing problem.  The number of people with mental illness is enourmous.  We need to pour money into research and planning on how to handle this illness.  We can’t let innocent people lose their lives as a result of this. 

Our prayers are with all the families at V-Tech!

April 19, 2007, 9:33am • Fairfax VA • #28872

I read of a man who stood to speak, at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on this tombstone from beginning to the end. 

He noted that the first came his date of birth and spoke the following with tears.  But he said what mattered most of all, was the dash in between those years

For the dash represents all the time he spent alive on earth And how only those who loved him know what that little line is worth

For it matters not how much we own; the cars, the house, the cash, what matters most is how we live and love and how we spend our dash…
So think about this long and hard.  Are there things you’d like to change? 

For you never know how much time is left, that can still be rearranged.  If we could just slow down enough, to consider what is true and real.  And always try to understand the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger, and show appreciation more, and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.  If we treat each other with respect, and more often wear a smile… Remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.  So, when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash would you be proud of the things they say and how your spent your dash?

April 19, 2007, 9:33am • Richmond, Virginia • #28873

My thoughts and prayers are with the students, teachers, and the victims family members of those are now in heavan.

Melissa

April 19, 2007, 9:33am • Battle Creek ,MI USA • #28874

I can’t put into words how the people affected by this tragedy must be feeling.  All i know is that this tragedy as all others will pass, but will most definitely not be forgotten, and with God’s love and awesome powers, VT will be back to its’ normal routine; and now, with the realization of heroes that will never be forgotten.

HERO-
1.A man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.

2.A person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or idea.

What a perfect way to describe the heroes we have seen emerge throughout this tragedy.

April 19, 2007, 9:33am • Troy,MI • #28875