Condolences, April 19, 2007

I am heartbroken and want to express by sympathy to the family and friends of those killed or injured.  I don’t think Tech and Blacksburg will ever be the same - it will be even BETTER!  I’ve never been so proud to be a Hokie!  Keep the spirit.

Debbie K.

April 19, 2007, 10:42am • Richmond, Virginia • #29426

I mourn with all of you, even though I don’t know any of you or your friends & families. I hope that thru your own strength and with the help of those friends and families, you all find the courage to learn to live with this heinous experience.

Be strong, love each other and know that an entire nation is keeping you in their thoughts.

April 19, 2007, 10:42am • New England • #29427

Dear Families and Friends,

I pray for all those who are grieving your loved ones.  I pray that the Lord gives you all the strength and courage to face this sad and tragedy moment of pain. 

Pleae seek the Lord for comfort and strength and I assure you that you will get it.  May the Lord keep you all safe and strong....I know will be hard but stay strong with the Lord and you will find all the comfort that no one can possibly give you in a moment like this.

Bless you all..

Dominick and Diane

April 19, 2007, 10:42am • Arizona • #29428

When I read the news from the newspaper, I cried.
My dear, be tough.Everyone stand by you.
Let the tears from us wash away sadness and pain.
Let the time cure the wound.

May the good Lord bless and keep you.Whenever you feel pain, let’s pray.Seek for help from our God.

April 19, 2007, 10:42am • Hong Kong • #29430

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

-Maya Angelou

April 19, 2007, 10:42am • Chicago, IL • #29429

Dearest Hokies and friends,

We will always remember you in our thoughts and prayers.

Heong and Esther Ng

April 19, 2007, 10:42am • Sydney, New South Wales, Australia • #29431

Staff and students at Borders College, Scotland in the United Kingdom, cannot have failed to be saddened and shocked by the recent tragic loss of life in the Virginia Tech USA.

We at Borders College send our heartfelt condolences to our fellow students and staff who have been affected by the recent senseless tragedy in America.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been touched by this atrocity.

April 19, 2007, 10:42am • Scotland • #29432

My heart goes out to those lost and the families and friends who now experience emptiness. Where there was terror and ache is now calm and peace. I hope that each and every one of you are able to find strength in each other in this slow and painful process as we all must re-evaluate how life must be appreciated.. in every way possible.

Take care of yourselves and god bless everyone at VT! 

Jeff Weaver

April 19, 2007, 10:42am • Washington DC • #29433

My heart goes out to those families and Friends of the Victims. The shock and Horror of what happened has sent shockwaves around the world. My heart also goes out the student and staff of Virgina Tech, who have to go on with life after the events of what happened.

Caroline and Laura

April 19, 2007, 10:42am • Athlone, Co Westmeath, Ireland, • #29434

Everyone really needs to wake up! Life is too short.. And the tragedy on April 16, 2007 is just to prove that.. So many lives were cut short. And for no specific reason.. Innocent lives were just taken.. That goes to prove that there are people who dont care about anything.. And as people, we really need to stick together.. Love eachotha and just be there for one another.. My heart goes out to all of those victims, and the family and friends.. I will keep you in my prayers..
~R.I.P. V.T. faculty, staff, & students who were lost~

*Ashley E*

April 19, 2007, 10:42am • Spotsy, VA • #29435

Branches in the wind
Still standing here together
One more storm to weather
We’ll get through it yet
So we’re gathered here
Holding on to each other
To let go of another one we won’t forget

Now as we say goodbye
To one of our own
We may be lonely
But we’re not alone
Though the leaves will fall
And the tears will flow
May it always comfort us to know
The family tree will always grow

Father down to son, mother to daughter
Thicker than water, we are made of this
From the Earth we rise
To the Earth returning
We’ll keep a candle burning
For the ones we’ll miss

And when we say goodbye
To one of our own
We may be lonely
But we’re not alone
Though the leaves will fall
And the tears will flow
May it always comfort us to know
The family tree will always grow
It’s stronger than the wind can blow
The family tree will always grow

April 19, 2007, 10:42am • #29436

My prayers and thoughts are with all of thsoe affected by this senseless tragedy. Keep your eyes on what is true and disregard the media sensationalisation of this horrific event.

love and prayers, erin

April 19, 2007, 10:42am • Omaha, NE • #29437

Que Deus abençõe todas as vitimas dessa fatalidade…

Maurício

April 19, 2007, 10:42am • BRAZIL • #29438

Although, I only lived and worked and attended graduate classes in Blacksburg for only a year, I was completely stunned and saddened by the senseless tragedy.  My memories of Blacksburg and Virginia Tech are of peace, beauty, serenity and community.  I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the familes and friends of those lost.
Janice

April 19, 2007, 10:42am • Austin, Texas • #29439

We have been in such deep sorrow this week.  God bless and care for all of you.  Our son will joining you in the fall.  We look forward to him joining such a strong, courageous group of people.  May God bless all of you.

April 19, 2007, 10:42am • Cape Cod • #29440

I am truely sorry for what has happened there at Virginia Tech. My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to all the families that lost either their son,daughter,mother,father, and spouse in the horrible shooting. God Bless Each and Everyone at Virginia Tech..

- Ashley Coverdale

April 19, 2007, 10:43am • Pulaski,Virginia • #29441

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the Virginia Tech community. It’s hard to find the words to express what sadness we feel over such a senseless tragedy. We will pray for healing and strength as time goes on. God Bless you all.

April 19, 2007, 10:43am • Alexandria, Virginia • #29442

WE ARE ALL HOKIES TODAY!!!!!  Please remember that it is in our darkest hour which we must still have faith.

April 19, 2007, 10:43am • Tuscaloosa, AL • #29443

I would like to pass on my deep felt condolences to all affected by the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech. May god be with the famillies, friends, and fellow students of all the victims, my heart goes out to you all.

Babz

April 19, 2007, 10:43am • Dumfries, Scotland • #29444

I am a graduate of Central Michigan University, class of 1990.  I cannot fathom what you families are going through, as I remember my college years like they were as recent as yesterday.  No difference; great school, good people, and a wonderful experience as we all should have the honor of further education.

May the lord watch over you, and know that people that you have no ties to personally are indeed with you spiritually.

I personally am so saddened by your loss, and grieve alongside you all.

Peace be with you.

Brian

April 19, 2007, 10:43am • Birmingham, Michigan- United States Of America • #29445

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sadness. There are brighter days ahead. stay strong. MGB Huskers for Hokies.

April 19, 2007, 10:43am • Rushville, Ne • #29446

Far away from all this horror, I read and cry, because I feel sad. Things like this should not happen, but they do. And even if there were a billion chances to have prevented this, this… -there are no words for this- he would have taken the billion-and-one occassion to do this, because you can not stop a mad man. So don’t ever blame yourself for what has happened. It was not possible to stop this man from doing this. All I can hope for and wish for is that you will all find the love and peace again, even if there is a hole in your heart for losing all those people, those precious gifts in our lives. If I were there, I would support you and give a shoulder to cry on. But I am not, so by this, I am showing you my support and love to remember the lost and to forget about the rest. Remembering your loved ones, that’s all that matters right now.

April 19, 2007, 10:43am • The Netherlands • #29447

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.

Writer-Unknown

Rob, Ben, and I pray for you all and offer our condolences at this hard time.  Remember the good times, keep your heads up, and stay strong.

Melissa Carter

April 19, 2007, 10:43am • St. Louis, MO; United States • #29448

For those who have loved and lost,
I pray for your healing,
I pray for your strength,
And I hope that one day - not today, not tomorrow - but one day,
You can once again find peace and happiness in your lives.

To the entire Virginia Tech Community,
Your endurance and bravery amazes us all. 
We will never forget you.
We will never forget them.

With great sympathy and an aching heart,

A Fairfax County and UVA Alum

April 19, 2007, 10:43am • Bethesda, MD • #29449

Dear Family and friends to whom all that were lost ALL OF AVON GROVE STUDENTS send there condolences to you all and hopoe that all that were wounded we hope that you get well soon.

Love,

All of Avon Grove students
exspecially Katy, Chelsea, Cody and Shawn

April 19, 2007, 10:43am • West Grove PA • #29450

As a proud alumni of VT I just want to say that i am utterly heartbroken by what happened. I had the best 4 years of my life at VT and it just breaks my heart that the students who are there today will never be able to say that their time at VT was the best time of their lives.

I am so proud of my school, the students, faculty and staff. I am proud to be a Hokie and I will never forget April 16, 2007.

Debbie C. - Class of 1999, Communications/Poly Sci

April 19, 2007, 10:43am • Baltimore, MD • #29451

We just wanted to send condolences to all those who have lost loved ones at VT. I hope everyone bonds together as they have been and continues being supportive of each other. Each day things will become a little easier, however don’t EVER forget those who were lost in this senseless tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

April 19, 2007, 10:43am • Ft Lauderdale, Florida • #29452

With Deepest Symathy From Ths Scholey Family

April 19, 2007, 10:43am • Great Britain • #29453

Dear Family and Friends,
Our hearts go out to all of those who have suffered greatly as a result of this tragedy. We pray for you daily and believe God is alive and with us all through this hard time. May you feel his comfort and love and remember that you are not alone.
With lots of love
Peavy Family
Tampa, Fl

April 19, 2007, 10:44am • Tampa, Fl • #29454

I am so sorry for your losses.

April 19, 2007, 10:44am • Abbeville, SC • #29455

I ‘d like to express my Condolences to all the families and friends that lost someone in the April 16th tragedy.
Young life brutally taken away from their families, friends, I do share your pain and sorrow.
Bert B. 25

April 19, 2007, 10:44am • Wevelgem, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium • #29456

As alumni, we are devastated and want each and every Hokie to know that we are here, to mourn, to listen, and to protect you and the university as we recover and stabalize from this tragic event that has struck our campus.

Don’t lose your hope, don’t forget the wonderful experiences you had with your friends at VT, honor our friends lost by continuing to fight for their recognition.

As alumni, it is our responsibility to build positive awareness for our university. Let the world know, this one troubled person will not destroy our family, our home, and our school.

Our hearts and prayers are with all of you.

April 19, 2007, 10:44am • #29457

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and to all students and faculty at VT.

May God grant everyone the strength to heal and get passed this horrific act that you’ve been put through.

Sincerely,
Melva Rodriguez and Joe Arebalo.

April 19, 2007, 10:44am • Alice, Texas • #29458

Deepest condolences.
Please ensure the names of those lost are remembered longer than any other.

April 19, 2007, 10:44am • Lodon. England • #29459

My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to you with this horrific trajedy,
I AM SORRY tears can only fill my eyes.
I love you my brother and sisters.
God will provide his love and comfort allyou have to do is reach out to him.
My sincere condolences to you and your family for your loss of your loved one

April 19, 2007, 10:44am • PHiladelphia, PA • #29460

Our Hearts and prayers go out to all of you.
my husband is from virginia a floyed boy.
my condolences for the teachers and staff and the students that were affected by this,
I pray for all of you.

Elvin and Becky Vest

April 19, 2007, 10:44am • Richlands ,NC • #29461

Dear All,
Sometimes words cannot express what happen. There will be many memories for what happened. No matter what they went through they could end up going through it again, Sadness to the family and to all.

From J and C with much sorrow.

April 19, 2007, 10:44am • Newberry, SC • #29462

All of the students from South Central High School hold VT and the family of loved ones in our hearts & prayers.  Everday in classrooms we watch CNN and discuss our thoughts and griefs for everyone that has had to suffer. Please know that you are not alone. America cares very deeply.

God Bless Virginia Tech.
Britt

April 19, 2007, 10:44am • Farina, Illinois • #29463

Me and my co workers are very speechless and what has happened to you we cant even explain it, but we wanted to let you guys know that we have you in our prayers and that God will bless each and everyone of you, take care.
Wachovia Girls in TX

April 19, 2007, 10:44am • dallas, tx • #29464

Couldn’t find the words to say so I placed these two of my photos online in remembrance:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rockyroad/462405102/
and
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rockyroad/462403302/

God Bless You!

April 19, 2007, 10:44am • Durham, North Carolina, USA • #29466

Words can not express the profound sorrow I felt when news of this horrific tragedy broke.  Please know that the thoughts and prayers of thounds of Christians are with you all in this awful time.  Take comfort in the Lord as He will comfort and guide you.  Remember to give your anger and hurt to God so that you may heal your heart and soul.  Also know that you are never alone, though there are thoudands of miles between you and I, my thoughts and prayers are with all who are affected by this tragedy.  God Bless you all.

April 19, 2007, 10:45am • Gilbert, AZ • #29465

Dearest Virginia Tech family and friends,

The world cries with you all.  Please keep your heads up and keep your spirit alive.  We will always remember the love and compassion that those lost had in life and will continue to bring after death.  Be safe and always remember that memories keep those we love alive forever.

Best wishes to a more hopeful tomorrow,
the Eckersleys

April 19, 2007, 10:45am • Bayville, NJ • #29467

As Nikki Giovanni stated, we don’t understand this tragedy, but we will prevail. So many thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We will never forget them, even those who did not know them. Let’s live for the victims and their families!

Katherine & Jeff

April 19, 2007, 10:45am • Blacksburg, VA • #29468

Words cannot express our sadness at the loss that occurred.  Know that our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Tech family.  May you find comfort in knowing how many people share your grief.  Allow those who love and care for you to help carry your burdens.

April 19, 2007, 10:45am • Ashburn, VA • #29469

Dear Virginia Tech students, Alumni, and families of the tragic events of this week, My heart is broken for all of you.
Life is a precious thing and must be valued more deeply.Evil in our world is something that we can not comprehend, and yet it is a daily occurance, much of which goes unnoticed. But in this type of event the whole world is opened up to how evil can encompass our lives. Now the pieces of grief, and remembrance and healing and Love must be put back together.
Let us all work toward Loving one another, and reaching out to those around us who are shouting out for Help… “ To offer Help, is to offer Hope”.The young man who did all of this had no Hope left at all.. how sad.. Evil last’s for a day, but Love lasts forever.
God Bless you all and keep you under his wing’s… sincerely, Robin Johnson and family

April 19, 2007, 10:45am • Portland, Oregon, USA • #29470

I hope and pray that God touches each and every person who is grieving. We had a special prayer at church last night and will continue to keep you in our prayers. Words can not express the sorrow that we all feel for all the families. God Bless.

April 19, 2007, 10:45am • Beckley, West Virginia • #29471

I am so sorry that you all are going through this time of pain. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Dorland Family

April 19, 2007, 10:45am • Missouri Valley, IA • #29472

To the Virginia Tech family.  We through out the country mourn with you the loss of your friends and family.  May you be given the strength to endure the days ahead. Our loving thoughts and prayers will be with you.  God bless.
Tom and Julie

April 19, 2007, 10:45am • Alexandria, Ky • #29474

"Character is not made in a crisis; it is only exhibited.” --Robert Freeman

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thank you, Virginia Tech students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and community
for exhibiting such a strong sense of nobility and strength at this time of great sorrow. 
The world is watching with such grief, yet also with such respect for a wonderful group of people bravely dealing with a horrific tragedy.

Go Hokies!  For today, perhaps, we are all Hokies.

Sincerely,
Janis Carper Snider

April 19, 2007, 10:45am • Fredericksburg, VA • #29475

I wrote a poem quite a few years back...I re-read it yesterday...and I hope this helps with the grieving and helps someone get through this difficult time…

It is too long to post here...but here is a link to it.

http://joshob.livejournal.com/4462.html

April 19, 2007, 10:45am • Puyallup, WA • #29476