Condolences, April 19, 2007

Our heartfelt condolences. We share the grief for the loss of innocence and the loss of unrealized dreams. May God lift you up and bring you comfort.

Joyce Boatright
North Harris College

April 19, 2007, 12:52pm • Houston, TX • #30379

VT Family,Friends,& Community,
We are so very sorry for your loss. The world has come together to send you are deepest thoughts,prayers and sympathy. May God comfort you and give you strength.

With Love,
Pierre, Linda, and family

April 19, 2007, 12:52pm • Montclair, California • #30380

I have never been as proud of anyone or anything, as I am of Virginia Tech’s camaraderie and hopeful spirit through the aftermath of such an unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to all who mourn for lost friends and family. I mourn with you.

- Emily, ‘05 VT Alum

April 19, 2007, 12:52pm • Boston, MA • #30381

As a college administrator and father of two daughters in college I can’t imagine the pain and loss you are all experiencing.
Here is a prayer that we use when we feel alone...I hope it comforts you in someway.

“MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”

- Thomas Merton, “Thoughts in Solitude”

May God Bless you—in all ways.
John - NJIT

April 19, 2007, 12:52pm • New Jersey • #30382

It is events like these that highlights the fact that the human race is one. Here in Jamaica we are grieving your great loss. Take courage that in the end good will overcome evil. God bless you. I have become a hookie by heart.
Ava

April 19, 2007, 12:52pm • Kingston Jamaica • #30383

All of my thoughts, prayers, and condolences goes out to the students, families of the students lost, and all involved with this terrible tragedy. You are not alone, the whole world shares my thoughts with you. God bless and stay strong!

Brian J Turgeon

April 19, 2007, 12:53pm • Chicopee, MA • #30384

my heart go’s out to all of you at viginia tech especially to those who lost their friends and loveones in this horrific tragedy,, god bless you all ,,, E.P. Guevara ,houston tx

April 19, 2007, 12:53pm • houston tx • #30385

The Saskatchewan Institute Acedemic School Of Technology would like to send are condolences to victims and the families of the shooting on Monday.We as students feel we are like family and are thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you.

SAIST Palliser Campus
Daryl Carter
Student

April 19, 2007, 12:53pm • Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan,Canada • #30386

You are continually in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you with the strength to carry on, and may you find peace in your hearts as these loved ones are remembered forever.

April 19, 2007, 12:53pm • Watkinsville and Athens, GA • #30387

A nation’s thoughts and prayers are with all of you.  Prayers for healing, strength, and unwavering faith.  God Bless America.

Emily, 27

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seamed with scars; martyrs have put on their coronation robes glittering with fire, and through their tears have the sorrowful first seen the gates of Heaven.” Edwin Hubbell Chapin

April 19, 2007, 12:53pm • Houston, TX • #30389

Be God bless the angels that were taken so young.  stay together prayer and know that the world is with all of you! stay together stay close

a mother of 3

April 19, 2007, 12:53pm • High Bridge New Jersey • #30390

God Bless all of the families and students directly impacted by this horrible incident.  May God grant you peace and comfort now and in the days to come.

April 19, 2007, 12:53pm • Mt. Pleasant, Michigan • #30391

I am so sorry for not only what you all have been through and will continue to cope with for a long time, but am ashamed and sorry that NBC has exposed to all of you the horrific video/pictures of that horrible person to just add ‘salt to your wounds’.  Please know that most of us are so sorry you have to be constantly exposed to this and I pray that this will not cause you more grief that you’re already going through.  My prayers are with all of you during this time (as are millions of other’s) and stay strong and always talk about your feelings and be with each other.  God Bless all of you...and again, I am sorry you have to be exposed to this horrible Media that is just hurting you more.

April 19, 2007, 12:53pm • Woodbury, New Jersey • #30392

my heart goes all out 4 yall andrea

April 19, 2007, 12:53pm • sc • #30393

Some believe Virginia Tech will be remembered by what took place on campus Monday, April 16, 2007. All HOKIES know different.

When you find a second home in a place so great, real, fun, loving, united, peaceful, safe, exciting, etc....you know that nothing BAD can ever re-write the GREATNESS of all you know. All HOKIES, past and present, know this greatness. We love this greatness and we cherish the fact that we have a part in this greatness.

One person cannot take away GREATNESS. They just remind the world ANYTHING can happen ANYWHERE. Even at the best University in the world. This does not make Virginia Tech a bad place. It is GREAT and always will be great. It just shows that we had a person who wanted to share the GREATNESS and NEVER found it.

If you have never experienced the greatness of being a HOKIE, then of course you will remember Tech for 4/16/07. You have nothing else to remember it by.

With that said....THANK GOD I AM A HOKIE!!!!

Our thoughts and prayers are with our fallen HOKIES and their families.  You will forever be remembered.

April 19, 2007, 12:53pm • The Walsh Family-Amelia, VA • #30394

Thank you, students of Virginia Tech, for demonstrating to America and the world, all the very best of humanity.  Your courage, poise, self-less behavior, sensitivity and concern for others, competence, wisdom, and articulate and eloquent expressions in the midst of this horrific tragedy were truly inspired and inspiring.  All the good in the world stands with you in grief and support and in awe of your stunning humanity. Our hearts go out to each and every one of you.  John Phillips

April 19, 2007, 12:53pm • Arlington, Virginia • #30395

This is a time when we, as Americans, as families, as parents and everthing else wipe away our grudges and realize that everone who has played a role in our lives is worth a smile and perhaps a telephone call if too much time has gone by between old friends and family members.  My thoughts, prayers and blessings go to everyone at VaTech. The lost individuals will be a legacy to a new world.

One parent of one student.

April 19, 2007, 12:53pm • san francisco, california • #30396

It is with a sense of continuing sadness that I write this message to express our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Virginia Tech community at this time of great loss.  We join with citizens around the world to offer our thoughts and prayers in support of all the students, faculty, staff, families, and the entire campus community.

In the aftermath of this tragedy, Governor Blunt has reminded us that “we are all more conscious of the need to reevaluate our individual and collective approaches to ensuring safe collegiate environments across Missouri.” Lincoln University is reviewing safety plans and communication protocols, and is taking appropriate steps to maintain a safe and secure environment. 

I am requesting that the campus observes a minute of silence, wherever you are, at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 19th (today), and that we join with other campuses around the nation in wearing maroon and orange on Friday, April 20th in observance of “Hokie Hope,” an alumni-led declaration of a national “Orange and Maroon Effect” day.

It is my sincere hope that we continue to reach out to others as we work together to provide a safe and supportive environment in which to learn and grow.

April 19, 2007, 12:54pm • Lincoln University of Missouri • #30397

To all the students, faculty and staff at Virginia Tech University.

May the God of all mercy, grace, and comfort, comfort you at this time as you experience the loss of loved ones and friends.

My prayer is that God will hold each of you up and sustain you at this time and may His presence be very real to you as well.

Blessings in Christ,

Rev. Robert H. Fritch, B.S., M.A.R.

Biola University ‘81
Liberty University ‘92

April 19, 2007, 12:54pm • Glendale, AZ • #30398

You are in my thoughts and prayers during this horrible time.

April 19, 2007, 12:54pm • Chatham, VA • #30399

Prayers and thoughts to all those who lost family members, friends, professors and co-workers. The up coming days and weeks will be hard. Try to help each other when you see people down or need help dealing with this tragedy. I will be praying for you all and I will be wearing Maroon and Orange tomorrow in honor of those who have died.

April 19, 2007, 12:54pm • monica from sicklerville nj • #30400

I can’t even begin to imagine the horror that was that day.  My heart aches.  Everyone thinks that something like this could never happen, not at my school, and how do you prepare for something like that?  You don’t.  Never can.  Everyone wants an answer of , why?  Sadly, we may never know.  The only thing we can do now is prevent.  Society and the media have got to change.  The entertainment and video gaming industry have got to start seeing that they do play a hand in shaping the morals of kids these days.  Yes, it should start with the parents, but it needs to be a joint effort. 
To everyone that says that the students should have taken that guy down and rushed him or something just shut up.  You don’t know the situation they were in.  Students are not trained like the military to handle high stress situations.  They are students, there to learn, not worry about hostage situations.
To all students, faculty, and Hokie comunity, remember what you have, celebrate the lives of the victims, celebrate your lives, support each other, don’t let this one day in life ruin the years you have to come.  Stay strong and remember you have local support as well as support from all around America.  With all my love,

Jimmie Seivers

April 19, 2007, 12:54pm • Winston Salem, NC • #30401

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.  You will rise above.

Mississippi State University Alum ‘04

April 19, 2007, 12:54pm • #30402

Hopi Prayer
“Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on the ripened grain.
I am the gentle Autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry:
I am not there, I did not die.”
-author unknown

April 19, 2007, 12:54pm • United States of America • #30403

I am a Tech graduate and a Blacksburg resident.  The worldwide outpouring of sympathy and support over our tragedy is nothing short of overwhelming.

One writer wrote:
After Hurricane Katrina, we saw tears and pain.  We sent food, clothes and money and hoped it might alleviate just a little suffering.

But what can we do for you, Virginia Tech? 

We do have a small favor to ask.  Please tell the media to go home.  They needed to do their job by telling the world what a horrible thing happened here.  But their work is over. We don’t need to see the killer’s sick tape again.  We don’t need to see Tech officals second-guessed.  They are good people, talented and professional.  They love our university with the intensity most people can only feel for their children and would have done anything to protect it and its students and faculty. 

So write an e-mail to CNN and ask them to go home.  Or send them a message by turning off the TV and going for a walk with your child, tell him or her how precious he or she is. Our community needs to heal.

Thank you to all who care about us.
Michael

April 19, 2007, 12:54pm • Blacksburg, VA • #30404

At this tragic time I want to say that all the families that lost loved ones are in my prayers. The world won’t stand this much longer. It can’t! God is returning and we will all be taken to a better place. May God be with you all!

April 19, 2007, 12:54pm • Lenoir, North Carolina • #30405

I am so sorry for what you have had to endure.  My heart breaks for the families of the victims.  You are in my prayers and thoughts. 

Julie D.

April 19, 2007, 12:55pm • Illinois • #30406

For all those who lost their lives - Eternal rest grant unto them, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.

For the families, friends, and VT Community - You are all in my prayers.

Cris

April 19, 2007, 12:55pm • Annandale, VA • #30407

To all the families, friends, loved ones, students and proffesors: know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. My heart breaks to hear of the news. No one deserves this, but know that your loved ones are in a better place, they feel no more pain and they are watching over you. Lots of love and prayers your way from students at the University of Arizona.

April 19, 2007, 12:55pm • Tucson, AZ • #30408

My heart bleeds for everyone involved.  Of course, I bleed maroon and orange—I AM a Hokie.  Graduate of 1991, VT is part of the thread that has woven me into the person I am today.  For that, I am with each of you --suffering, tearful, saddened to the core.  But my prayers are going up to help the world heal from this tragedy.  WE ARE THE HOKIES, together we will survive and support the families of those lost.  I also want to thank those across the nation and world for supporting Virginia Tech.  It really is a place beyond compare.  My love, Sherri

April 19, 2007, 12:55pm • Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas • #30409

May they be with God and share his everlasting love. I pray for the victims and the families.
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I think it’s great that people are indicating that they are keeping those in the Virginia Tech Massacre in their thoughts and prayers.

However, this is a wake-up call for all of us to realize how stressful university can be and what it could lead some students to. I hope everyone will take the time to think if there are any students, whom you think are lonely and stressed out. Think of how you can make them feel appreciated.

I definitely can think of a few students in my class who give the impression that they are having a very difficult and stressful time at school, and may need someone to talk to, or just chill with.

My hope is for all of us to think of others as ourselves, and bring light into everyone you know around you.

All humans are united in one need- that need is love.

April 19, 2007, 12:55pm • Toronto, Ontario, Canada • #30410

I am in a state of bewilderment. I cannot understand how one person could do this to so many young and innocent people. I am so very sorry that any family has to go through this terrible loss. I must also say I send my condolences to the parents of this troubled child. No one must forget that they are going through a loss much worse...I know I could not live with myself if my child had done such a thing…

April 19, 2007, 12:55pm • london, ontario, canada • #30411

I’m so sorry that this happen. Each and everyone of you guys are in my prayers, my mind and in my heart.  May God Bless you and your families.

April 19, 2007, 12:55pm • Houston, Texas • #30412

For all the victims from 16/4/07, all the world are shocked by this sick tradgedy you will never be forgotten by friends or family. For the students who were injured we wish you all a speedy recovery.

Get Well Soon…

God Bless America

April 19, 2007, 12:55pm • Manchester, England • #30413

MY LOVE,MY SPIRIT, MY HEART, MY FAITH, AND SOUL BLEEDS WITH YOU! TO THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS WHO LOST THE ONES THEY LOVED AND CARED ABOUT I GRIEVE WITH YOU! MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. TAKE CARE!
LOVE, MISTY CRISS

April 19, 2007, 12:55pm • ELKHART, IN 46514 • #30414

I have exactly no idea how I can put my pain and sorrow into words.  My small child and I visit the campus frequently to meet with friends and attend events.  As we walked along those beautiful buildings, the lovely grasses.. she and I would look with such awe at the students.  Very person that we saw, that face full of exhilaration and expectation in life.  All of those faces were such heros of hope and expectation to me and my daughter.  And to think that one or many of them is gone is just so deeply painful to me as an incomprehensible and unnecessary lose.

To all please accept our sincerest condolances.

April 19, 2007, 12:55pm • South Boston, Virginia, USA • #30415

My heart and prayers go out to each and everyone one of you effected by this tragedy.  This has really hit close to him since I have a son in college also.  May God guide you through this very difficult time.
Michelle K

April 19, 2007, 12:55pm • Killingworth, CT • #30416

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims familes, friends and community.  With strength comes healing - let the enormous amount of love, compassion and support of others carry you through this terrible time.

Rhonda

April 19, 2007, 12:55pm • Albuquerque, NM • #30417

my heart go out to the people who dies it not right what happen god bless them and to anyone that is hurt my this god will help help you with this.

April 19, 2007, 12:55pm • Arlington,tx • #30418

As a 1980 grad in Civil Engineering, I have never been more proud of my university, its administrators, faculty and students.  My thoughts and especially my prayers are with all affected.  May God give each of you an extra portion of his grace.

I love Virginia Tech.  You asked for none of this, but you are showing the world the true meaning of love, compassion and grace.

May God continue to bless Virginia Tech and the VT family.

April 19, 2007, 12:55pm • Dallas, Texas • #30419

There are some lessons that we should never have to learn.  You are all in my thoughts.

Dominic

April 19, 2007, 12:56pm • London. UK • #30420

God Bless!!!

April 19, 2007, 12:56pm • Bristol • #30421

There aren’t any words that can describe the sadness I feel inside right now for all of the many families and people affected by this tragedy.  My heart and prayers are with you.  May God bring you comfort during this time.  ~Karyl~

April 19, 2007, 12:56pm • Anchorage, Alaska • #30422

The Virginia Tech community is in my deepest thoughts and prayers. May God bless each and every one of you and give you the strength, comfort, and peace that you need at this very time. May God be with all of you, including friends and family of the victims of this terrible tragedy. May God help us all to heal, but to never forget.

God Bless.

April 19, 2007, 12:56pm • Concord, North Carolina • #30423

My prayers are with all the families and friends that lost a loved on April 16th, 2007. May all the victims rest in peace. God Bless Everyone.

Amber P.

April 19, 2007, 12:56pm • Kearney, NE. • #30424

In Brunswick county we all are in deep prayer to families who lost their loved ones we all go through times in life when we deal with tragedies like this and yes we know that all of these students were just trying to better their lives but remember they are all being sent to a better place we love you and god blesssssss !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 19, 2007, 12:56pm • lawrenceville virginia United states • #30425

sorry for the your pain, and i will pray for all of the fallen students that lost there lifes that day.

god bless you guys.
from: marcus

April 19, 2007, 12:56pm • houston tx • #30426

I am deeply saddened by this horrifying event and I’d like to express my most heartfelt condolences to all of the families and friends of the lost loved ones.  You’ve been in my thoughts these days and I hope that your spirit can see you through this.

NTN

April 19, 2007, 12:56pm • Miami, FL • #30427

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, and grieve along with you in the wake of this senseless tragedy.  We cannot begin to imagine how it feels to lose a loved one is such a terrible way, but our sorrow expresses our sympathy for all the families and friends of the loved ones lost.

sincerely, Maza family - Paul, Jennifer, Ben, Luke

April 19, 2007, 12:56pm • Freeville, NY USA • #30428

My heart goes out to all the families that have lost loved ones. All of Virginia Tech is in my thoughts and prayers.

April 19, 2007, 12:56pm • Hilton Head Island, Sc • #30429