Condolences, April 19, 2007

My prayers go out to…
The families and friends of these victims.
My many friends who attend VT and are having to deal with this tragedy.
My brave dad, a civil engineering professor.
My mom and brothers, who are being affected in many ways.

I will always be proud to call Blacksburg, VA HOME!  God is good, all the time; all the time, God is good.

“Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge.  I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.  Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.” ~Psalm 57:1, 5

April 19, 2007, 1:13pm • Clemson, SC • #30632

You guys will be Bless every step of the way. May God be with you.

Jasmine Cooper

April 19, 2007, 1:13pm • Milwaukee • #30633

God is with you, even though tragedies like this don’t make sense, He will always be with you. My prayers are with each and every family that lost that special someone.

April 19, 2007, 1:13pm • Des Moines, IA • #30634

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When I and my colleagues heard of the tragedy, we wanted, as a group, to reach out to our fellow college professors and students. What follows is a compilation of of condolences from the Department of Student Success faculty at Kaplan University Online.

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As faculty members of Kaplan University we wish to convey our sincerest condolences on the losses at your University.  Our hearts ache for you all as we understand the special and unique relationships faculty and students share.  As part of that family, please know we are with you in thoughts and spirit.
~From Maggie M.

Virginia Tech University:
May the love that you have in your hearts heal the pain and fear that you are now facing.
With my greatest sorrow and strongest of prayers,
~From Rachelle P. & Family

As faculty members of Kaplan University we wish to convey our sincerest condolences on the losses at your University.  Our hearts ache for you all as we understand the special and unique relationships faculty and students share.  As part of that family, please know we are with you in thoughts, spirit, and prayer.
~From Shirley R.

April 19, 2007, 1:13pm • Kaplan U Online, USA • #30635

The events of 4-16-07 have been shocking and appalling.  Please know that our prayers are with and for the students, faculty, staff and their respective families during this time.  During my continuing education stays at VT, I have developed a great fondness for VT and feel that it is a part of me.

1 Thessalonians 4:13:
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

1 Corinthians 15:54-55:
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

FRANK OVERBY

April 19, 2007, 1:13pm • Benton, KY • #30636

My condolences go out to the entire University, the students, the victims, and their families. I will keep you all in my prayers. This is a sad day for all, and we all need to come together and remember the victims and what they stood for. Even though I do not know you, you all will have a special place in my heart.  College Student-Stephanie Sessions

April 19, 2007, 1:13pm • Charleston, South Carolina • #30637

GOD BLESS EVERYONE AND OUR DEEPEST PRAYERS FOR EVERYONE

April 19, 2007, 1:13pm • BOSTON,MASSACHUSETTS • #30638

To the Virginia Tech family, I need to express my deepest condolences on the horrifying events that entered your lives on April 16, 2007, it is a day that will never be forgotten.  It will be remembered for the tragedy as well as for the coming together of a community. My thaughts are with you all, God Bless,

April 19, 2007, 1:13pm • Canada • #30639

I am so sad to see the news on Internet.  We are praying for those who lost their lives, all of you will be remembered for ever .  and I pray for those families their friends and so on for not to be too sad .besides that i must condemn the murder for his shameless doing .

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April 19, 2007, 1:14pm • NanJing University of sci and tech CHINA • #30640

I pray for your strength to go on. I am deeply sorry for your losses.

April 19, 2007, 1:14pm • Clarksville, TN • #30641

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The Faculty and Staff at Kaplan University, would like to express or sincere condolences to Virginia Tech.  We will never forget this tragic event, and our thoughts and prayers are with you all during the healing process.
~from Althea A.

No one who was not at Virginia Tech on Monday morning can possibly fully understand the impact that this tragedy has had on your campus. However all of us who teach and care for our students feel the overwhelming surge of emotions and sadness that each of you must be feeling. Please know that all of our hearts and minds are with each of you as you heal and move forward day by day. May peace be with you all,
~From Martina S.

This tragedy has touched the hearts of all of us. Those of us who are educators, students, and close to the educational system hold a special blessing for those beloved individuals who lost their lives unexpectedly and so violently. We guide our students to be the best they can be. Those students and faculty at Virginia Tech are forever in the arms of the lord to guide them now. God Bless and may the angels lead the way.
~From Darlene P.

April 19, 2007, 1:14pm • Kaplan U Online, USA • #30642

Virgina Tech Family,

I wanted to share my heartfelt condolences for the tragic events of Monday, April 16th. As a high school teacher for 10 years, and a parent this was a particularly difficult moment. In particular to the parents of the victims, words will never express what I feel for your loss. I am truly sorry. 

Deepest regards,
Matt Dougherty

April 19, 2007, 1:14pm • Sarasota, Florida • #30643

We got to stop this violent behavior and turn to god for our answer. God bless the victims

April 19, 2007, 1:14pm • panorama city,ca, usa • #30644

I want to say I am sorry and hope that these words comfort you in some way. I wish I could take control of everything that has happened and make it go away.  My heart aches for each and every one that was affected by this tragedy and I can only hope that one day you will heal. My 11 year old daughter said to me yesterday “Mommy are we safe in our classrooms?” and I just started to cry.

April 19, 2007, 1:14pm • Effort, Pa • #30645

Tragedy of this magnitude cannot be grasped. As a Hokie (1991), I am deeply saddened by these events, yet I am lifted by the spirit and determination of my fellow Hokies worldwide, and the all those who are at hand to serve witness.

John Nicolay, Ph.D.

April 19, 2007, 1:14pm • Culpeper, Virginia • #30646

I can’t even begin to express how saddened I was by this tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who are affected by this tragedy.

I would also like to express my support for President Steger and the VT Police, the Blacksburg police, and all hospitals and emergency response systems. Without your bravery and support that tragic day could have been worse. So thank you. Thanks to all of you.

April 19, 2007, 1:14pm • Midlothian, Virginia • #30647

I spent almost my whole life in Blacksburg and many years at Virginia Tech as both student and employee. I’m now in Pittsburgh, but my heart is in Blacksburg. My thoughts are with the dead, the wounded, the traumatized, their families, friends, all the people of Blacksburg, and all Hokies everywhere.

I could only watch the convocation and candlelight vigil ceremony from afar; I wish I could have been there in body, but know that I was with you all in spirit and still am. This weekend I’ll be coming back to the home we all love.

Love forever to Blacksburg and Virginia Tech.

April 19, 2007, 1:14pm • hometown Blacksburg, new town Pittsburgh • #30648

Dear Professors,

I wanted to extend to you my deep condolences in the wake of this horrific tragedy.  I had the privileged of being one of your students in my undergraduate career and hold those experiences and lessons learned in the ESM department very dear to me.  I am very proud to be part of the ESM family and want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.  God bless you all.

- 2004 Engineering Science & Mechanics Graduate

Charles B. Rosseau IV

“The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes nor between parties either but right through the human heart.”
Alexandr Solzhenitzyn, Russian novelist and historian (b. 1918)

April 19, 2007, 1:14pm • Stuart, Florida • #30649

TO ALL THE STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND STAFF OF THE VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES.  OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.  WE RECENTLY MOVED FROM VIRGINIA TO FLORIDA, AND WERE SO SADDEN BY THIS NEWS.  STAY UNITED HOKIES!

ANNE & BILL

April 19, 2007, 1:14pm • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA • #30650

33 people died on Monday. 32 died viciously. Without warning. My heart aches and feels hollow for those 32 people. I know what the Hokie Nation is like. United. Loyal. The Hokies have come together during their darkest hour and continue to show their loyal and united spirit. It is exactly what they should be doing and I expected nothing less from them. Continue to lean on one another and show love and compassion.

Jessica - George Mason University Alum and Honorary Hokie

April 19, 2007, 1:14pm • Richmond, VA • #30651

I can’t even believe this horrible tragedy. As a friend of a friend of Ryan Clark and someone who didn’t even know him, I now feel like I did. Why must the good die young? I express all my sympathy to the victims’ family and friends. In the words of Nikki Giovanni: “We will prevail, we will prevail. We are Virginia Tech.”

a Hokie fan and supporter

April 19, 2007, 1:14pm • Charlottesville, VA USA • #30652

Hokies and Virginia Tech Community:
Peace and Love be with you, My love and Peace I give you. J.C.
In times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me speaking words of wisdom. Let it be, Let it be, Let it be.
When the people are hurting she will lift us to her. Let it be, let it be.
Peace, Love and forgiveness be in your heart.
Let it be Love you know now.

April 19, 2007, 1:14pm • Richland, Washington, USA • #30653

Dearest Hokies,
We send our deepest condolences and prayers to all of the students, faculty and staff that have experienced this horrific tragedy. May you find peace in knowing that you are not alone in this. There is a whole nation and world behind you and praying for you. May God continue to give you peace and comfort in the days ahead…

Love,
The Carreon Family

April 19, 2007, 1:14pm • San Antonio Texas • #30654

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Take solace in that fact that each precious life lost has left an indelible mark on the world, and each lived a life worth living.
~From Alicia R.

From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy.  I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.
Psalm 61:2-4
It is so hard to understand the times of today and the actions of man. We pray that you find comfort in the knowledge that the human lives lost are soaring with the angels and are at the side of the Master.
~From Mrs. Marsha B. and Family - Steven, Grant and Tyler

April 19, 2007, 1:15pm • Kaplan U Online, USA • #30655

There are no words that I can offer to soothe your pain, but know that you are in my prayers. May God be with you and heal your heart in due time. As unfortaunate as this occurence was...please use this as a reminder of how precious life is.

God Bless…

April 19, 2007, 1:15pm • Detroit, Michigan • #30656

Our deepest sympathy to the parents, families, staff and student body of Virginia Tech. My husband and myself grieve with you.  We also see and admire the strength and closeness of Virginia Tech, and we will never forget your stand in the face of this tragedy. This is your gift and living memorial to the fallen at Virginia Tech.
God Bless You All...You will never stand alone…

Ian and Carolyn Brown Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

April 19, 2007, 1:15pm • #30657

My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the family, VT students, Faculty.

We have to be strong and pray to GOD for his help.
Only he can bring us together and see the furture.
And ask why this had to happen.

Natasha Young, Pearisburg,VA

April 19, 2007, 1:15pm • pearisburg ,VA • #30658

Every victim, family friend, student, community member is in our prayers and thoughts daily.  May God be with you in this horrible time.  Yuo will prevail.  Best Wishes.  Utah is praying for you.

April 19, 2007, 1:15pm • St. George, Utah • #30659

Dear Hokies,
I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you in your deep grieving. I go to school at North Harris Com. College and in my late 40’s and know the amount of grief and heartache you are going through. Please do not hesiate to get help if you are having trouble.
Belinda

April 19, 2007, 1:15pm • Houston, Tx • #30660

We want to send our condolences to all the students, families and facutly that lost their lives on Monday. God has taken all these beautiful people with him as ANGELS. We know words don’t seem like they work but keep the faith, stay strong and you will get through this time. Our prayers and our thoughts are with you all. May God Bless you. 

The Schwartz Family

April 19, 2007, 1:15pm • Beaver, Pa • #30661

From Philadelphia, I extend my prayers to every family.  Jesus loves you and he cares.

April 19, 2007, 1:15pm • Philadelphia, PA • #30662

All the victims and their families are in my prayers and thoughts.....I too have lost a son to gunfire at the age of 21, know that some do really “understand” your shock, denial, emense grief....its going to be a long life journey, but as a survior “YOu” will survive..somehow u do, I promise! For all the survior families, lean on each other, and live fo reach other! Great big angel Hugs, Tammy P.

April 19, 2007, 1:16pm • MI/ USA • #30663

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I’ve dreamed many dreams that never came true,
If tomorrow starts without me,
And I’m not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things,
We didn’t get to say.
I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you’ll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name,
And took me by the hand,
And said my place was ready,
In heaven far above,
And that I’d have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away,
A tear fell from my eye
For all my life, I’d always thought,
I didn’t want to die.
I had so much to live for,
So much left yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.
Excerpt from author David M Romano
~From Teresa K.

April 19, 2007, 1:17pm • Kaplan U Online, USA • #30664

Shock can be the only word used in a situation such as this, but even that understates the aftermath. My feelings go out to the families of the victims, please accept my deepest and sincerest condolonces.

Regardingly, Martin

April 19, 2007, 1:17pm • Manchester, United Kingdom • #30665

A comment that I hope comforts those who have loss loved ones…

From the poet Wordsworth:

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!2

May all who have been affected be comforted,

The Floridian

April 19, 2007, 1:17pm • Orlando, FL • #30666

My name is Marcia Colon and I’m writing from Windermere, Fl. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims and to all the students at Virginia Tech...May God bless you all.

April 19, 2007, 1:18pm • Windermere, Fl. • #30667

We wish to extend our deepest and hearfelt sympathy to the families and friends who lost loved ones in this tragic event. We grieve with you and the Virginia Tech community.
“May memories of your loved ones become sweet songs in your hearts.”
God bless you all.
Manny B. and The Rhythm Nights

April 19, 2007, 1:19pm • Chicago, IL • #30668

My heart and thoughts go out to all those affected by this senseless and heart-breaking tragedy. To those who have lost loved ones, I am so sorry for your loss. To those who were injured, I wish you a speedy recovery. Remember to give a hug, an “I love you” whenever possible because life is too precious to take for granted.

April 19, 2007, 1:19pm • South San Francisco, CA • #30669

I was shaking…
Just cannot believe such a horrible thing happens on the campus…
Bless for all of the people who were killed and injuries in the accident…
Everything will be right…
You are all in our prayers…

Pray for you…

April 19, 2007, 1:19pm • Chengdu,China • #30670

This is a great tragedy. So many people with all their lives before them...with so much they could have done… with so many dreams… so many sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, friends - all gone in a senseless, unbelievable burst of hatred. God bless their souls and give strength to their dears to live through it… Mourning with you. Max Korenkov

April 19, 2007, 1:19pm • Moscow, Russia • #30671

Hi, im so sad about the bad things that has happened over there.So im wrighting this to help with your sadness. I hope you havent lost any friends if so im very sorry. im sending this message to you to make some one happy and we are sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!

From,
S.F.

April 19, 2007, 1:19pm • Rustburg Va • #30672

My prayers are with all of you.

Pat

April 19, 2007, 1:20pm • Brandywine, Maryland • #30673

My deepest sympathy to all families that lost a loved one .Our hearts go out to everyone. From Castaneda Family in the Rio Grande Valley

April 19, 2007, 1:20pm • Mercedes Texas 78570 • #30674

Writing from the UK - I am so sorry. I cannot begin to imagine what the parents are going through.

Please please please campaign for a down grade on the availability of guns. This would not have happened in England. Please don’t let it happen again in the USA.

April 19, 2007, 1:20pm • United Kingdom • #30675

What a terrible loss of life, and for what cause.
They say that time heals all wounds but it’s gonna take a lot of time to heal this one.

My sympathy goes out to all you students at VT and the family’s and friends of those who lost their life in this tragedy.

Hokie’s always overcome.

Eddy Westermolen

April 19, 2007, 1:20pm • Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands • #30676

Though words bring no relief to the broken hearts of the families and friends of Monday’s victims, I want to say how deeply sorry I am for this tragedy.  You will all remain in my thoughts and prayers. 

“May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May the Lord lift His countenance upon you and give you peace.”

Beverly H. Suess

April 19, 2007, 1:20pm • Amory, Mississippi • #30677

Tomorrow, Friday, April 20, was the day my husband and I had planned to bring our daughter, a junior in high school, to visit the VT campus and engineering department. We can’t express enough how our hearts go out to all of you!!! Watching how the students, parents and faculty have come together in this unbelievable time of horror and sadness just shows the world what it takes to heal and continue to live, just as we know all the victims would want you to.  After the appropriate time, our family is very excited to still come and see what it will take to become a part of the VT family. Our prayers are with all of you.  The Sutton Family

April 19, 2007, 1:20pm • Charlotte, NC • #30678

"Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy”

On behalf of the Lindenwood University Psi Chi Chapter, our thoughts and sympathy are with all the student body, faculty, friends, and families of those lost.

Lindenwood University
Psi Chi Chapter

April 19, 2007, 1:20pm • St. Charles, MO • #30679

I wish to add my deepest condolences to the survivors and families of the victims. I would like to suggest that the administration award honorary posthumous degrees to those student victims and honorary doctorates to the faculty victims. We join with the community to pray that this horrible disaster never again happen anywhere.
Philip Murphy

April 19, 2007, 1:21pm • Williamsburg, VA • #30680

My heart aches for all of the victims and their families.  My God comfort you during this horrible time in your lives.  Your loved ones are in the loving arms of God.  Whether this is the appropriate place to voice my opionion on this matter or not, I feel I must do so.  There was almost a three hour gap between the first and second shooting.  Why wasn’t the entire campus either locked down or dismissed when everyone knew the killer of the first shooting was at large?  Classes were dismissed last August when there was a prison escapee in the area of VT with no solid proof that he was anywhere on campus.  Why was closed then and not closed when 2 bodies were discovered??  I am very upset about this as I truly believe that the second shooting would not have occured at least not in this magnitude.  Poor handling by VT police and surrounding law enforcement agnecies.

May the victims of this tragedy find eternal peace in paradise.

April 19, 2007, 1:21pm • West Bloomfield, Michigan • #30681