Condolences, April 19, 2007

There are truly no words that could ever be expressed enough to make the pain go away!  I’m a 26 year old wife & mother of 2 living in Charlottesville, VA & am still trying to cope with this tragedy.  I didn’t know any of the lost victims or the surviving ones, but I can truly say that just hearing their names & seeing their pictures makes me feel very close to them.  For 26 years, I’ve been raised to be a UVA fan & always looked forward to the Hokies vs. Cavalier footballs games & the “rival” that it would bring, but today & forever, I will always be a “Hokalier” & will never forget those families, friends & community that lost so much so suddenly & so wrongfully.  My heart goes out to each & everyone affected by this horrible tragedy & like everyone else has stated, my thoughts, prayers & respect are with you all in this time of sorrow.  May God Bless you all, here on earth as well as in the beautiful Heavens above.  Keep your heads up, Hokies, b/c you all are our future & a wonderful example for this nation!!

With Deepest Regards,

Genna Weakley-Flint

April 19, 2007, 1:32pm • Charlottesville, VA • #30832

Dear Students and Professors: Ours my best regards and condolences for everybody in Virginia Tech. We will you continued your spectacular and necesary labor in educational programs.Our family will continued prayers for you.

Gad bless you today, tomorrow and always.

Rose Mary and Jesus Rojas

April 19, 2007, 1:32pm • Miramar , Florida 33025 • #30833

I want to share my condolences to everyone at Virginia Tech.

April 19, 2007, 1:32pm • Agnieszka from Poland • #30834

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great sorrow! May you know that there are millions of people out there, state wide and world wide, that are praying for you and are greatly saddened that you have to be going through such a hardship.

Mollie Meyer
Duluth MN

April 19, 2007, 1:32pm • Duluth, MN USA • #30835

I am really sorry about this terrible tragedy and I hope that your familly and freinds can go on with your lives and that you can put aside this tragedy.

sincerly Danial fro williams prky

April 19, 2007, 1:32pm • Brampton • #30836

I know there are no words to lessen your sorrows but being a NY’er who lost dear friends on 9/11 I know it helped to know that millions of total strangers had us in their prayers. I’ve been to your campus for a football game years ago & it was one of the most beautiful areas of the US I’ve ever seen--It’s truly “God’s Country”. Take the time to mourn & stay close with your classmates & loved ones. The pain will lessen but the memories will always be with you. Remember them for what “they” would want for you--for you to do your very best. God Bless all of you.

April 19, 2007, 1:33pm • New York, NY • #30837

I am a Canadian and was in shock as I watched the events unfold on the morning news on Tuesday morning.  Please know that my heart, thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and the students and faculty of Virginia Tech. 

D. Frasser

April 19, 2007, 1:33pm • Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada • #30838

Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Virginia Tech victims, students, faculty, families, friends and to our Great Nation during these trying times.  Our wounds will heal and God will Bless us All! 

Lawrence and Tina Ditto

April 19, 2007, 1:33pm • St. Louis, MO • #30839

I am so very sorry about what happend. I- don’t have words to discribe how horible I feel for every one who was effected by this tradgety. I hope something like this never ever ever happen again.  Aaron, sinclair

April 19, 2007, 1:33pm • brampton ontario • #30840

I grieve for Virginia Tech & Blacksburg!  I wish you love, peace, compassion, solace, tenderness, and strength for the long road ahead.

With warm affection,
Marge Murray
(member of the Tech math faculty, 1983-2004)

April 19, 2007, 1:33pm • Iowa City, Iowa, USA • #30841

I AM SO HURT FOR ALL OF THE FAMILES THAT HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS TRAGIC . I PRAY THAT GOD BLESSES YOU ALL AND KEEPS YOU ALL IN HIS ARMS AND IS BESIDE YOU ALL DURING THIS TIME. I KNOW THE ONE QUESTION THAT I KEEP ASKING MYSLEF IS WHY ALL THE STUDENTS. THEY DID NOT DO ANYTHING TO HIM TO HAVE ALL THIS HURT ON THEIR FAMLIES AND FREINDS. I AM PRAYING FOR YOU ALL EVRYDAY AND NIGHT. GD BE WITH YOU ALL AND KEEP EVERYONE IN HIS ARMS THROUGH ALL OF THIS. IF YOU EVER HAVE A QUESTION THAT YOU CAN NOT FIND AN ANSWER. SIT DOWN ANYWHERE AND SAY A PRAYER. GOD ANSWERS EVEN WHEN YOU THINK THAT HE IS NOT LISTENING. HE IS ALWAYS THERE. HE WILL NEVER YOU LEAVE YOU FOR ANYTHING. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

April 19, 2007, 1:33pm • GREENVILLE,OHIO USA • #30842

First, I would like to send my condolences to everyone whose life that has been affected by this tragedy. 

I am planning to attend Virginia Tech this summer and felt I was lucky to hopefully get the opportunity to be a Hokie.  After seeing the students, staff, and faculty at Virginia Tech and the community come together after this horrific tragedy, I feel even more honored to potentially be a part of the Hokie family.

April 19, 2007, 1:33pm • #30843

My heart goes out to all students, staff, and family members affected by the VT tradegy. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

God is watching over~

Melanie J.

April 19, 2007, 1:33pm • Bethlehem, PA • #30844

No words can take the hurt the pain the losses everyone had to go through. No words can bring back the students and teachers that had to loss their lives that day. You are in our thoughts and prayers. To the families that lost loved ones to the friends who lost friends to the school that had to go through this I give my condolences to you all.Those that lost their lives did not deserve to die. I can’t imagine the pain the hurt the loss. You have my prayers and my thoughts.

April 19, 2007, 1:33pm • Humansville Missouri USA • #30845

The world grieves with you and prays for your strength and comfort in this time of need. Don’t let this tragedy ruin you--that’s what he wanted to do to you. Instead, celebrate the times and friendships that you were blessed to share in, even if the time was cut too short.

Amy Authement

April 19, 2007, 1:33pm • Nicholls State University Thibodaux, Louisiana • #30846

To my fellow Hokies in Blackburg and throughout the world, know that our prayers and condolences go out to you and your families.

Belinda ‘96, husband Dennis and 2 future Hokies

April 19, 2007, 1:33pm • Reva, VA • #30847

Great tragedy has come to you, and you are meeting it with the best that is in your country, with courage and concern for others because you are America. That is who you are.

With our deepest love and sorrow, we pray for you!

From your Canadian brothers and sisters!

April 19, 2007, 1:33pm • Alberta, Canada • #30848

My God bless the souls of the innocent and wrap their families and friends in a blanket of love and hope.

April 19, 2007, 1:33pm • Canada • #30849

Please accept my deepest heartfelt condolences on this terrible tragedy.

April 19, 2007, 1:33pm • Kingsville, TX • #30850

I grew up in Roanoke and while I did not go to Tech, it has always been a very important part of my life.  I have spent countless Saturdays during the Fall attending football games. Visited many friends at VT throughout the years.  I’ve always been amazed by the beauty of the campus and the kindness of its people. 
To be completely honest, nothing I can remember has affected me as much as this.  A tragic event hitting so close to home, while I am so far away, has torn me apart. Normally I do not break down and cry. Normally my emotions are not on the surface. Normally I just move on.  Not this time.  This time it is too tragic, too terrible, and too incomprehensible to just move on.
But I will, but we all will.  My heart goes out to all those effected. The families of the victims, their friends, all the students, the staff, the guman’s family, all members of the Hokie Nation, and everyone watching world wide This is a terrible event no one can comprehend.  To the entire Hokie Nation, lift your head up, wear your colors with pride, and remember that we will move forward.
Hokie Hokie Hokie High
Tech Tech VPI.

April 19, 2007, 1:34pm • Valparaiso, IN • #30851

My thoughts and prayers are with each and every person effect by this terrible tragedy.  Losses like these wondeful people will never be forgotten.  All my love and hope through the coming days. i attend St. Scholastica Academy and we keep all Virginia Tech students, staff, community, and friends in our thoughts and prayers each day.

April 19, 2007, 1:34pm • Chicago, IL • #30852

Dear Hokies:

I send my sincerest condolences.  As a recently graduated CEE Hokie, I am deeply hurt and wish I could be there with you.  I chose to become part of VT’s grad program for the welcoming and warm people as well as the esteemed research.  Though we have suffered and lost, we will not forget our friends and colleagues, the people that make VT strong.  My thoughts are constantly with you,

Lauren Z

April 19, 2007, 1:34pm • Cranford, NJ • #30853

I am so sorry you are going through this. God Bless you all.  Please recover!

Terri Archuleta

April 19, 2007, 1:34pm • Colorado Springs, CO • #30854

To the VT community --- you are ALL in our thoughts and prayers.  It is a difficult time but your strength and unity will help you get through this terrible event.  Since Monday, we are all Hokies ... and we will forever hold VT in our hearts. 

Myra Smith

April 19, 2007, 1:34pm • Newport News, VA • #30855

How do you stop thinking thoughts too awful to feel?
How do you stop realizing the pain that’s all too real?
How do you stop hearing one voice still howling from the grave?
How do you stop hearing voiceless victims dying to be saved?

Oh, Love, rain down on your people and wash the hate away,
Love, we need your refreshing shower for those who’ve gone astray,
Love will heal the hearts of those who are feeling rejected,
Love will touch the hearts of those who are feeling neglected.

But what is the answer for those with questions in their minds?
Most of us would answer, “It’s just the sign of the times.”
“What?” When it looks like evil is having free reign,
Is Paul right when he said, “To live is Christ and to die is gain?”

Evil needs to know that we will not tolerate his power,
Each time he raises his evil head, we will raise ours,
We will unite in love, in hope, in trust and in victory,
We will unite in prayer, in faith, in power and in unity.

No weapon that is formed against us will ever succeed,
For God will comfort the hearts of those who are in need,
He will avenge the innocent blood and each teardrop of pain,
He will avenge, for those who died did not die in vain.

Aretha Abrams

April 19, 2007, 1:34pm • Cincinnati, Ohio • #30856

Hokie Hope Forever!!!

God Bless,

The Jenkins Family

April 19, 2007, 1:34pm • Fairfax, VA • #30857

I and my wife will be standing with you and the families of the victims. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. My condolences, goes out to
all the students, teachers, and parents of the victims. I will stand in prayer and will honor
their memories. My God be with you all.
Harel Lawrence
Junior @ Missouri Southern State University

April 19, 2007, 1:34pm • Lamar, Mo. • #30858

Even tho we are living on the west coast, my family has felt the deep sorrow and pain from the loss of these wonderful people. Our prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.They will never be forgotten!! God Bless you all,
The Bill Family

April 19, 2007, 1:34pm • Yorba Linda , California • #30859

May the Lord give to you at this time and for always:  His Peace in your soul, His Presence in your heart and His Power in your life.  No words can express what you all are feeling at this time. Our prayers are with you all.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2Corinthians 13:14

The Domenella Family

April 19, 2007, 1:34pm • Bradenton, FL USA • #30860

"Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change - this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.”
---Bruce Barton

May the victims of April 16th, their families, their freinds, and this nation of which Virginia Tech is a part join together, mourn together, and progress together.  We lift you in our prayers and our thoughts. May you find the strength you need the solace you deserve.

The Parks Family

April 19, 2007, 1:34pm • Fort Lauderdale, Florida • #30861

To the victims and their families, I send my deepest sympathies and prayers. May you find strength and peace in this time of sorrow.

To those still hospitalized, I wish a quick recovery. You and your families are not alone.

To all students, I have never been more proud to say that I am a Virginia Tech alum. Your composure, eloquence, and resolve demonstrated since this horrific tragedy provides an example for all of the Virginia Tech family to follow, whether in Blacksburg or beyond. It escapes me to express the comfort and healing that you have provided me over these difficult days. All I can say is thank you.

We are Virginia Tech!!

Lance
CAUS ‘94

April 19, 2007, 1:34pm • Catonsville, MD • #30862

We are a small private college in Bakersfield, California with about 400 students.  Our school name is Maric College, but today, as we join in a moment of silence and prayer, we are all Virgina Tech Hokies in our hearts.  We want you to know that you have our prayers and support for all of the people who were impacted by this tragic event.  Our motto is Students First and we will hold the VT students first in our thoughts and prayers today.

John Kolacinski, MA
Executive Director

April 19, 2007, 1:34pm • Bakersfield, California • #30863

I don’t know where to begin or really what to say. Everyone at VT, as well as family members, are in my thoughts and prayers. Daily. My heart goes out to family, friends, as well as classmates. God Bless!!

April 19, 2007, 1:34pm • Clinton,Iowa • #30864

Nothing can say how the friends and families and the school board feels or the horrible thing they had to go through. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 19, 2007, 1:34pm • #30865

im very sorry about your loss.

April 19, 2007, 1:34pm • brampton,ontario/canada • #30866

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

Today, we are all Hokies.

April 19, 2007, 1:34pm • Indianapolis, IN • #30867

Please know that so many around the commonwealth are praying and thinking of you all. I pray that God will deliver comfort and solace in the days and nights ahead.  From this Hampden Sydney College allumni, God Speed Hokie Nation.

April 19, 2007, 1:34pm • Halifax, VA • #30868

I have to continue this because of the lenght of the email allowed my brother mentally ill and a recluse non violent is 46 and I am 58 and he has been mentally ill reclusive for 31 years I wrote the one about Oprah and help for others and want the victims to be remembered and to be remembered by helping the mentally ill so this will never happen again.I live across the country from Virginia.I urge everyone mentally ill to get help and for people not to ridicule the people the shooter did not have to die neither did the lovely victims we cannot push this under the rug we all are humans living in this world some tormented like my brother but non violent he lives with a shame complex so bad that he does not show his face. his life is hell and I pray for the lovely victims that help for the mentally ill in their names will help us all.Please Oprah with your audience come forward I am so scared of my depression.

April 19, 2007, 1:35pm • wASHINGTON • #30869

No words can be expressed that will take away your pain,just know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers and we greive with you. May God be with you all and guide you through this tragedy.

Dori

April 19, 2007, 1:35pm • San Antonio, Texas • #30870

The family, friends, and loved ones of those who were killed are in my thoughts.  Virginia Tech Community, I send you my support and sympathy.

Sincerely,
C.F.P.

April 19, 2007, 1:35pm • Kingsport, Tennessee USA • #30871

I didn’t know any of the victims personally but it doesn’t matter.  As a mother, my heart aches for all of the parents.  May God send His comfort and peace to you in this time.

Leslie Green

April 19, 2007, 1:35pm • Lanham, MD, USA • #30872

My sincere sympathy to families that lost a college child through this.  My thoughts and prayers are with you, I lost a child at the age of 4 and you never really recover from losing a child.  For the ones that are injured, I’m praying that you will have a full recovery in no time.  Now for the college, my prayers are with you as you sort out the pieces and get the students back in control again!! How sad this was for the whole country!!! Why???

April 19, 2007, 1:35pm • Worthington, MN. Nobles • #30873

I was emailed a photo of your vigil service and it affected me profoundly.
In such a dark moment, there present were thousands of people—bearers of light—blanketing the campus in a glow of love.
May the light that you shared to comfort each other that night lift the campus of Virginia Tech forever out of this darkness.
Students, teachers, campus staff and alumni—you are all in my deepest prayers.
Peace be with you.

April 19, 2007, 1:35pm • Upstate NY • #30874

As a soldier in the military we grow accustom to tragedy but this is a tragedy of such a profound nature. It is sad that society and the desire to be accepted has such devistating ramifications!!! My condolences to all the families and friends as well as students of TEch!

April 19, 2007, 1:35pm • Kentucky • #30875

I can’t even fathom how, or why, this has happened but I want the Tech community to know that as a UVa alumnus and Virginia resident, my heart is breaking with yours and I’m sure I join many other current and former UVa students when I say…

HOOS for HOKIES!!!

We are here for you and pray that your great school and student body will overcome!

Crystal Bennett

April 19, 2007, 1:35pm • Chesapeake, VA • #30876

I’m a maintenence man from Houston, Texas with a wife and two daughters. I can’t begin to know or imagine what the friends and family members are going though right know. Alls I know is that this is definetly without a doubt a huge tragedy and these people will be in my family’s prayers and thoughts.

God Bless ya’ll.

April 19, 2007, 1:35pm • Houston, Texas • #30877

Dear Friends:
I would like to extend my most sincere condolences
to the entire University community and especially
the victims. You have the prayers and love of the
entire nation, and others around the world. May God Bless You Always.  Jane

April 19, 2007, 1:35pm • Fort Smith, Arkansas • #30878

I hope you people the best and am so sorry that this all happed. If that was me i would know how you feel but sorry.  Wish you the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 19, 2007, 1:35pm • Brampton Ontario Canada • #30879

God bless them all!

April 19, 2007, 1:35pm • Norway • #30880

Everyone in your community is in my thoughts and prayers. May you find solace in the wake of these tragedies. May you also begin to heal and remember those that we have lost for their contributions.

The Inoue Family

April 19, 2007, 1:35pm • Renton, WA • #30881