Condolences, April 19, 2007

Isaiah 40:30-31

Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

May the Lord bless you and keep you in His loving care.

Josh

April 19, 2007, 3:10pm • Little Rock, Arkansas • #31483

At this time of sorrow, may these truths sustain you… Your loved one will always be as close as a memory and the God of all comfort is always as close as a prayer.

May God give you the strength and courage you all need to surpass this tragedy. Everyone from VT is in our prayers. God bless you all.

The Madueno Family

April 19, 2007, 3:10pm • San Juan, Puerto Rico • #31484

God Bless all the families and friends who have lost their loved ones in this recent horrific massacre. My condolences go out to all at Virginia Tech. Everyone was hurt by this and
4-16-07 will be remembered forever. In memory of the victims of 4-16-07.

April 19, 2007, 3:10pm • San Benito, Texas, U.S • #31485

As a fellow Educator, Christian and Loyal Hokie, I am truely saddened by the actions that have taken place. I have been a proud Hokie for years, and the actions of one will never change my views of such a wonderful place.  My prayers have been with the family and friends of each casualty, the administration of Virginia Tech, and and with the entire Hokie nation. 

May God Bless each of us in this time of sorrow, and may he comfort those who have lost loved ones.

Mark T. Bailey (proud Virginia Tech Alumni)

April 19, 2007, 3:10pm • Lunenburg, Virginia • #31486

Here we at Culver-Stockton College are thinking of your school.  We share in your grievance and wish you the best in this upcoming time.  Just know that what has happened has affected those here at C-SC and we support you.

Jamie Kenzler, Senior
Culver-Stockton College
Sigma Kappa Alumni

April 19, 2007, 3:10pm • Canton, Missouri • #31487

God bless you all as you travel this journey in your lives. 

Greg and Melea Brett

April 19, 2007, 3:10pm • Palmetto, GA, USA • #31488

As an instructor at D.C.C. in New York, I was deeply saddened by the tragedy suffered at Virginia Tech.  On behalf of myself, my students, and the rest of our DCC community, we send our deepest condolences to the victims, their families, the students, and the faculty at Virginia Tech.  May you find some comfort in knowing that we all share in your grief and loss.  The memories of your sons, daughters, classmates, friends, roommates, students, professors, and colleagues shall rise above this horrible tragedy.  In the days and months to come, may you all find the strength to continue the great traditions and academia of Virginia Tech! 

Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Ms. Melissa Renée Benjamin
Dutchess Community College
Department of Mathematics, Physical and Computer Sciences

April 19, 2007, 3:10pm • Wappingers Falls, New York • #31489

I want to express my deep sorrow for the students and families affected by this horrible tragedy.
My prayers will always be with you.

Samantha

April 19, 2007, 3:11pm • West Milford, NJ • #31490

To the families that lost precious loved ones, our prayers and thoughts go with each and every one of you. God bless.

Bob and Ann Gadd
Corpus Christi, TX

April 19, 2007, 3:11pm • Corpus Christi, TX • #31491

"O God of spirits and of all flesh, Who has trampled down Death and overthrown the Devil, and given life unto Your world, give, we beseech You, eternal rest to the souls of Your departed servants, in a place of brightness, in a place of verdure, in a place of repose, from whence all pain, sorrow, and sighing, have fled away.

Pardon, we beseech You, every transgression which may have been committed, whether by word or deed or thought. For there is no man who lives and does not commit a sin. You only are without sin, Your righteousness is everlasting, and Your word is the Truth.

For You are the Resurrection, and the Life, and the repose of Your departed servants, O Christ our God, and unto You we ascribe glory, together with eternal the Father, and Your Most Holy, and Good, and Life-giving Spirit, now and forever, and for ages to come.” Amen

“May our gracious and merciful Lord, who rose from the dead, Christ, our True God, through the intercessions of His Holy Mother and of all the Saints, establish the souls of His departed servants in the mansions of the righteous; give rest in the bosom of Abraham, and number his soul among the just, and have mercy upon us and save us”.

April 19, 2007, 3:11pm • Chicago, IL • #31492

Thinking of those lost and those left behind words cannot express my sadness......find strength in eachother and the precious memories you have of those taken from you........

Debra
Middlesex
United kingdom

April 19, 2007, 3:11pm • United Kingdom • #31493

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Virginia Tech community.  There are no words to describe the horror of this day, but may God give you strength to get through.

-K

April 19, 2007, 3:11pm • St Louis Missouri • #31494

This unsepeakable event has touched me deeply.  it is a great tragedy for our nation, Virginia Tech and those who knew and loved the victims.  As a New Yorker who witnessed the senseless loss of life on September 11, I grieve with you and offer sincere condolences to the loved ones of the victims and all of you at Virginia Tech.

JoAnn

April 19, 2007, 3:12pm • New York • #31495

There are no words that can help or heal at a time like this.  My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those lost or injured.  Please know that those not with us anymore are somewhere peaceful and safe now.  God is with you and know that the nation is praying you find the strength you need to get through this. I am so sorry.

S.K.

April 19, 2007, 3:12pm • Minneapolis, MN • #31496

To the Hokie community, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. I am a UVA Alumni, but tomorrow (4/20) we will all be Hokies.

Melissa (Burroughs) Messick CLAS 1990

April 19, 2007, 3:12pm • Warrenton, Virginia • #31497

Please accept my thoughts and prayers for the horrific act that all of you endured there. May God bless and comfort each and every soul at Va. Tech and the families and friends affected by this tragedy. May God also give you all the strength, courage, and the support that you need to continue on in your lives....Charlotte, NC. mourns with you!!

Steven Childress

April 19, 2007, 3:12pm • charlotte, nc • #31498

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends whose lives were so quickly changed on this tragic day in April.  My 8 year old son is an loves VT, he woke up this morning and said mommy I still want to go to school at Virginia Tech, is that okay?  Absolutely it’s okay.  We are praying for you daily and you will be in our hearts always.

The Akers Family

April 19, 2007, 3:12pm • Chesapeake, Virginia • #31499

i am truly grieving for the families and friends of the victims. i am believing for their healing and restored sense of safety on their campus and in the world. my prayer is for you all to grow closer to the Lord during this trying time and not further away. God’s hand is the safest place we can ever reside in. pray a prayer of salvation today if you have not already. pray “Heavenly Father who art in Heaven, hollowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, for thine is the Kingdom, and the Glory, and the Honor. Forever. Amen”

Tiff Frazier

April 19, 2007, 3:12pm • Natchitoches, La, USA • #31500

Im so sorry, here in Ireland we are praying for you all. We are praying for your family and friends and fellow classmates, and those who had to witness that dreadful day. Rest in pease angels…

Charlotte, Ireland x

April 19, 2007, 3:12pm • Co.Clare, Ireland • #31501

My prayers are with all of you. Our entire country, who feel this loss.  As a mother, who is about to send her son off to college, I am scared to death!  But we must go on.  The future of our society took a big hit with the loss of these who were studying to make their contribution.  Others will now have to step in and fill the void that is left, by these precious people, in the service of our great nation.  I pray that the strength of God will be upon those grieving and upon those whose mission it is to be our future.

With heart felt sympathy,

Dana

April 19, 2007, 3:12pm • Georgia, USA • #31502

My deepest condolences.
This simply broke my heart.

Anne.

April 19, 2007, 3:12pm • The Netherlands • #31503

The magnitude of your great loss stuns me!  There is weeping along with you in Texas.  It is only through faith in a soverign God, bigger and wiser than ourselves, that we begin to make sense of or at least accept what has happened.  May He keep you and console you in your grief. I pray for the healing of your spirits and the soon return of your joy!

April 19, 2007, 3:13pm • Houston, Texas • #31504

words can not express the sympathy and condolensces i wish to offer you.  Such tragedies should never have to be felt by anyone.  You are in my prayers and my thoughts continuously throughout the day.  As a college student i do not think i could be as strong as you all have been.  My words are not much, but i do want to let you know that we are all thinking of you and praying for you.

a.b.

April 19, 2007, 3:13pm • Louisiana • #31505

I do not think there are any words that can express my condolences, thoughts and prayers for the family and friends that have been affected by this horrific event.

May you always cherish and remember the special times you were able to enjoy with your loved one.

My thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy.

April 19, 2007, 3:13pm • Canada • #31506

My prayers are with the students, faculty and community of Virginia Tech.  I pray that God would continue to comfort and heal those who have in any way suffered a loss.  Know that your loss is America’s loss and we mourn with you all.

April 19, 2007, 3:13pm • Chandler, AZ • #31507

Our thoughts and prayers are with the University and Blacksburg communities, with their families, and the family of Chou. Despite the sorrow and anguish, may we all find some way to grow. Margaret

April 19, 2007, 3:13pm • Newtonville, NY • #31508

We are sending our most heartfelt condolences to all of the families, students and faculty of this great school.  Our family toured your beautiful campus just two weeks ago with our 17 year old son who was “very impressed” by what he heard and saw that day.  We were all struck by the friendliness and helpfulness of many young students and former students we met on our visit.  A local shop owner who graduated in the 70’s told us that most of the small businesses were started by people who graduated from Tech and didn’t want to leave Blacksburg.  We spoke with a young student from New York who shared her love of the school with us.  My daughter insisted on buying a VT sweatshirt and coincidentally wore it to school on April 16th.  She is only 11 and was concerned that it had been “bad luck” for her to have chosen that day to wear her newly, beloved sweatshirt.  I hope I was able to assure her that bad things don’t happen because of what a person is wearing.  She will wear her Virginia Tech sweatshirt again tomorrow with pride and in rememberance of the 32 special people you lost this week.  With love and deepest sympathy,
The Frakes Family

April 19, 2007, 3:13pm • Alexandria, VA • #31509

Words cannot describe the sadness we feel.  May God Bless you all.

Jon Campbell

April 19, 2007, 3:13pm • Carolina Beach, North Carolina • #31510

I wrote this poem for all of you.

Today, I Am A Hokie
April 20th, 2007

I never attended Virginia Tech
But just out of respect

Today, I am a Hokie

I have never even visited their campus
But for all those students and parents

Today, I am a Hokie

Today the orange and maroon I wear
Is to show them that I care

So today, I am a Hokie

Today all the rivalry is put aside
For all those students and professors who died

For that reason, today I am a Hokie

Never forget you are all in our prayers
And today we wear your colors to show you we care

This terrible tragedy we will never forget

So yes, today for all of you we are Hokies

Written by:  Donna Singleton

April 19, 2007, 3:13pm • Ashland, VA • #31511

Your school, your students, your faculty, your community, and your world has brought to this Christian’s heart a new and powerful hope for America! We are in a time of great controversy and pain, and all I’ve seen of you in this tragedy is the power that American’s have and will always have, the power the grieve, the power to overcome, and the power to become stronger by our experience! God has blessed you all by proving, in this time of war, that we are American’s, we are from different religions, ethnicities, races, socio-economice groups, and we will prevail!

April 19, 2007, 3:13pm • San Diego, CA • #31512

There are no works of mine that would help at this time, so I thought those of another may be fitting :-

Life is like froth and bubbles
Two things stand like stone
Kindness in another’s troubles
Courage in our own

We over the water are thinking of you at this time

Kevin and family
England

April 19, 2007, 3:13pm • England • #31513

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

April 19, 2007, 3:13pm • Nashville, TN • #31514

I dont know what to say only that we are shocked.i pray for all of ye and we are thinkinng of ye all,
Ellen,xxx

April 19, 2007, 3:14pm • Limerick, Ireland • #31515

Our deepest sympathies to the VT Community and the families and friends of those lost in this senseless act. May God bless you all and give you strength to carry you through this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 19, 2007, 3:14pm • Boston, MA • #31516

We would like to send our deepest condolences to those who lost their lives @ VTech and their families. Your names will never be forgotten, and the lives you touched will forever be in their hearts. God Bless All of You.

The Camarillo Family

April 19, 2007, 3:14pm • Chicago, IL • #31517

Dear Students of Virginia Tech, Faculty, friends and families of those that are grieving… People ARE thinking of ALL of you across the NATION. I sit with tears and a hurting heart for all of you. You are all in MY thoughts and prayers. I don’t know any of you -but I pray for healing, and strength for all of you to go on. God Bless all of you.
You are on my heart everyday…

With Love,
Janis L.
Temecula, California USA
Janisdps@aol.com - If anyone needs a friend…

April 19, 2007, 3:14pm • CA • #31518

TO:  the entire Virginia Tech community

FROM:  Rabbi Susan Laemmle, Dean of Religious Life, University of Southern California; on behalf of President Steven B. Sample, Provost C.L. Max Nikias, and the entire Trojan Family

We at USC are shocked and pained by Monday’s terrible events.  The attack on a sister academic community affects us in a special way.  Whatever sense of dwelling on an oasis of rationality we have carried into the 21st century has been compromised by the sound of bullets, screams and tears.

Where shall we turn at such a time?  To one another, to the leaders of our academic community, and for some of us, to God.  Clearly, we need to reaffirm our commitment to reasoned discourse, to building a civil society, and to relating to one another in a caring manner.

At today’s memorial service, President Sample will offer a tribute to those whose lives were lost, and will lead us in reflection and in solidarity with them.  Those present will be invited to light memorial candles. 

The names of those who died will be listed in the program and read aloud during the service.

May your fine university and ours be protected and spared further violence.  And may we be strengthened in creating a more peaceful world.

April 19, 2007, 3:14pm • Los Angeles, California • #31519

God Bless each and every person/loved one that was involved in this terrible situation.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

April 19, 2007, 3:14pm • Centerville, GA • #31520

To all the Virginia Tech community,
I pray God will wrap His loving arms around you and provide you comfort and peace.  This was the work of Satan himself.  Turn to the Lord.  He will give you the strength and courage to get through this.
Terry

April 19, 2007, 3:14pm • Lexington, KY • #31521

A tragedy that shocked the world.
The victims were unfairly punished, they will get justice were they are now.
Stay strong, the future heals.

-JEP

April 19, 2007, 3:14pm • Norway, Europe • #31522

my prayers and condolences go out to everyone in virginia tech who have lost students and faculty members be strong for God has not abandened you. he is your healer and friend don’t abandone him don’t blame him. he is not to blame I pray that God bless you and may God touch and heal your hearts and may his peace be showered upon you. our prayers extend to you from F.I.U U.M and miami dade college you will always be in our prayers and you will not be forgotton.

April 19, 2007, 3:15pm • miami,fl usa • #31523

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.  As the nation and the world grieves with you please take comfort in knowing that you are not alone.

April 19, 2007, 3:15pm • Montgomery Village, MD • #31524

Southwestern University would like to share its condolences with the Virginia Tech Community. We share a connection with the university through Dr. Zenobia Hikes, who is vice president for student affairs at Virginia Tech. Dr. Hikes visited Southwestern in 2001 and later helped us conceptualize a student exchange program that has been funded by the Mellon Foundation. It is our hope that “Engaged Diversity” projects such as this will help bridge gaps between persons from different backgrounds--gaps that sometimes result in fatal consequences.

April 19, 2007, 3:15pm • Georgetown, Texas • #31525

My heart goes out to each and every one of the families n friends who are suffering because of an evil...( can’t exactly say it but i’m sure you guys can fill in the blank for me)...coward!
Remember god only takes in the best ones and all 32 that were innocently killed were taken for a reason, god knew that they will make great angels because each and everyone of them are so special, and remember they’re not gone...they’re all around you in every way and always will be. keep strong and hold on to your famillies tight because they are the glue that holds everything together!
eleri, north wales, United kingdom

April 19, 2007, 3:15pm • Anglesey, United kingdom • #31526

To the Virginia Tech Family,

May God be with you during this terrible and tragic time. Keep the faith and lean on those around you for support and love.

Today, we are all Hokies.

-Alisha

April 19, 2007, 3:15pm • Edinburg, TX • #31527

I justed wanted to say that my prayers go out to the whole “Tech Family”. I also would like to say my prayers go out to Cho’s family they are victims of this crime also. They too must feel the sorrow that we all share. I also wanted to say that the first step in healing is to forgive, I know that will be so very hard to do but if Cho can be forgiven then satan’s job was not victories. Cho as we know was a sick person and I believe that satan had his hands on this young mans heart and mind but if people could find a way to forgive him for the crime’s he commited satan’s job was successful. Again my prayers are with you all.

April 19, 2007, 3:15pm • Suffolk, VA • #31528

So many around the world share your pain and mourn with you.  May all VT students, families, staff and faculty find strength and peace in the days ahead.

April 19, 2007, 3:15pm • Toledo, Ohio • #31529

It’s hard to imagine how difficult a time this is for those affected by the horrific act of violence that took plact Monday morning, but I hope that you can take some comfort knowing that so many are thinking and praying for you.

April 19, 2007, 3:16pm • Indian Trail, NC • #31530

We are so very, truly heartbroken that such an abominable event has occurred at Virginia Tech. Every single one a senseless death. Our thoughts, prayers, tears and hopes go out to everyone that has been affected by this.

May God bless and protect all of you,
Andreas, Pamela & Udo Roberto Voss

April 19, 2007, 3:16pm • Cologne, Germany • #31531

TO EVERYONE AT THIS WOUNDERFUL SCHOOL MY PRAYS ARE WITH YOU AND EVERYONE HERE I THINK AND PRAY EVERY NIGHT FOR SOME ANSWERS TO THE CRAZY PERSON WHO DID THIS TO YOUR SCHOOL

Ellen Saevey

April 19, 2007, 3:16pm • REYNOLDSVILLE,PA,UNITEDSTATES • #31532