Condolences, April 19, 2007

To the Virginia Tech students, parents, and professors, I send my deepest symphathies.  Tears formed in my eyes while watching the events unfold at VT and I couldn’t help putting myself in your place - as grieving and shocked students, parents and families.  Losing friends and children in college is too deep a wound to bear, so I pray that the Lord may uphold you and bring good out of evil in the coming days.  I know He can.

April 19, 2007, 4:00pm • Seattle, Washington • #31885

im so so sorry for everyones loss i just want everyone to know that we here in miami florida are with everyone in va and our prayers will not be unanswered.  god be with all of u. silvia garcia

April 19, 2007, 4:00pm • miami, fl • #31886

we are really sorry about what happened,

To all of you,
our condolences

Estefania(22)

Buenos Aires, Argentina

April 19, 2007, 4:00pm • Buenos Aires Argentina • #31887

TO ALL STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS

I PRAY FOR TOU THE WARLD PRAYS FOR YOU
KEEP STONG KEEP ON INVENTING THE FUTURE
THROGH THE PAIN AND SUFFERING
MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

April 19, 2007, 4:00pm • BROOKLYN NY • #31888

My heart felt prayers to the family and friends. My love to all of you in your town/city and state.
May God bless us all with wisdom,forgiveness, and peace of mind.

The greastest assest: Faith
The most powerful force in life: Love

Pam W.

April 19, 2007, 4:00pm • Greenwood,Indiana • #31889

My prayers are with the families, friends, colleagues, and the public that is crying for lives too soon gone.  Please remember, God will never give you more than the heart and soul can’t stand.  Dios los bendiga a todos - God bless you all!!

April 19, 2007, 4:00pm • Boston • #31890

My prayers are with you all. May God watch over and comfort you. There is a place prepared for us all with God and one day we will all see each other again. GOD BLESS YOU!

April 19, 2007, 4:00pm • Mike Fancy Gap VA • #31891

May you all find peace and comfort with each passing day on the loss of your fellow classmates, family and friends and collegues.  Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Craig and Jodie Miller and Family

April 19, 2007, 4:01pm • Irvine, California (USA) • #31892

TO the Hookie Nation,

I find myself shaking my head in disbelief each time I think of this tragic day and the events that took place. My deepest condolences go out to all the Hookies you are in my heart and in my prayers I am with you in your pain I will be wearing orange and maroon tomorrow 4/20 in participation in Orange and Maroon Effect Day to honor those killed in the this tragic event. Be united, Be one, Stay Strong!

<3,Susana

GO HOOKIES!!

April 19, 2007, 4:01pm • Glendale, CA • #31893

I am deeply saddened by what has happened.My sympathy goes out to the families and the victims of this great tragedy.

April 19, 2007, 4:01pm • Canada • #31894

May God (most high, swt) hold all of us up and remove all sorrow, pain and feelings of helplessness. I pray that God (most high, swt) allows us to attain full knowledge of peace and prosperity, so that this knowledge would wrap around us like a warm secured blanket.

God willing, the parents of the shooters, the victims, and our society find peace within themselves, which ultimately can manifest peace in our world.

Peace (Salaam)

Ayanna LM

April 19, 2007, 4:01pm • Philadelphia, PA • #31895

A todos los padres, hermanos, esposos(as), hijos, compañeros, amigos y profesores que han perdido un ser querido y a los que pudieron despertar de tan espantosa pesadilla, quiero que sepan que nos duele tal y como si lo estuvieramos viviendo en carne propia.  Dios sabe el por qué, el cuando, el cómo y el dónde.  El está a tu lado ofreciéndote consuelo, fortaleza y fe. 

Filipenses 4:13 dice:  “Todo lo puedo en Cristo que me fortaleze.”

April 19, 2007, 4:01pm • Guaynabo, Puerto Rico • #31896

To all hurting, weeping, and left confused in this unfair act, our hearts and thought and prayers go out to you. May god lead you through this time of sorrow and bless you all.  Keep your heads up and your heart open to god.
Thought for South Carolina

April 19, 2007, 4:01pm • Piedmont, SC • #31897

There are no words to describe the loss, the anger, the pain…
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
May you all rest in peace.
I send my condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
God bless you all.

Tim B.

April 19, 2007, 4:02pm • Almere, Netherlands • #31898

To the families and students at Va Tech:
You are in my prayers. May God Bless you. I will not forget you. My cousin goes to the school. I a thinking of you always. Karen Hunt

April 19, 2007, 4:02pm • Newport News, Va • #31899

I am very passionate about my school, Virginia Tech.  As most of you can see from the stories told by the people affected by this tragic event, I am not alone.  The Hokie Nation has always been about a wonderful group of people from a wonderful place who all come together for a common goal.  Although most of the time it is about athletics, the recent events have presented a new reason for the Hokie Nation to join together, and that is in support of the families and friends of the victims of the 04-16-07 shootings.  Together we are all Hokies, and I am confident that Virginia Tech and Blacksburg will once again be the great school and the great Town that I have always been so passionate about.

Keep up all the support, We are Virginia Tech, We will prevail....

Damian Brink ‘00

April 19, 2007, 4:02pm • West Palm Beach, Florida • #31900

You will be missed and never forgotten!

God Bless!

April 19, 2007, 4:02pm • Lisbon, Ct • #31901

As a university student at UNBC in Prince George, BC, Canada and a mother of 3, I want all to know at VaTech and their families that you are in my thoughts and prayers. i send my deepest sympathies to the Mothers and Fathers of all those that have been lost in this horrible tragedy; those that have been injuried and forever changed by this event. There are no words to express the sorrow you must be feeling but know that as you grieve your losses, the entire world grieves with you because it could have been our children,family members, friends that could have been taken from us so senselessly. A child is the gift that can really never be taken away because they are forever in your hearts and minds. the loss you are all feeling now, i hope will lessen in time because your loved one lives on in you and what rises from this tragedy.  UNBC flyes their flags at half mast for your loss, we all grieve with you.
Kandice, (millerk@unbc.ca)

April 19, 2007, 4:02pm • Prince George, BC, Canada • #31902

i am so sorry for all the famileys lose my prayers and thoughs r with you,be strong and let god share your lose walk with him and he will lessent the pain.god bless u all.charlotte

April 19, 2007, 4:02pm • hillsville VA • #31903

For the victims, the families and the friends.
We will miss you!
We will honor you!
We will deffend you!
We will pray for you!

We are a nation in morn.
We are a Nation of ONE not of many.
We are a Nation of LIFE not of death.
We are a HOKIE NATION!!!!!  LETS GO HOKIES!!

Forever in our hearts and prayers!  AMEN!

April 19, 2007, 4:02pm • Chesapeake VA • #31904

To all the hokie nation my hope and prayers are with you, may your teary eyes be dryed, your hardened hearts be softened, and your heavy souls be lifted by the power of are great savior Jesus. May gods speed be with your school and your the families.

Byron

“Ye ought to forgive one another,” and then makes it requisite when He says, “I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men.

April 19, 2007, 4:02pm • Beverly Hills, CA • #31905

May God grant each and every one of you the strength to come out of this tragedy.  Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. 

God Bless

Philippians 1:3

April 19, 2007, 4:02pm • Winchester, VA • #31906

We mourn with you and pray for all who have experienced such great loss. For the students of the 4th floor dorm, be proud of your immense caring for each other.  Stay strong VT, and remember who you are.

Erik Grobelny
Community Assistant
Rutgers University Residence Life

April 19, 2007, 4:02pm • New Brunswick, NJ • #31907

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at Virginia Tech and the families involved. This is so sad that so many people had to lose their lives. I wish everyone in this world could get along and treat people with respect so that these kinds of things don’t happen, but unfortunately these things do happen. There’s so much hate in the world today and it’s too bad that people can’t enjoy life while it last. Times like these makes a person think about how precious life is! God Bless All of you!
Danita Armstrong Student at Ivy Tech Community College

April 19, 2007, 4:03pm • Bloomington, IN • #31908

Hi, I’am Anna, from Italy and I don`t speak english.
Condolences to the families of the victims.
I`m sorry for what it has happened.
Good bye

April 19, 2007, 4:03pm • Naples, Italy • #31909

my prayers are for the families that have lost loved ones, their memories will remain forever, R.I.P.

April 19, 2007, 4:04pm • england • #31910

To the Grieving Community and Families of VTU:

I want to express my deepest sympathies and condolences to all of you for your loss. Our whole nation and world lost a group of extraordinary individuals on Monday morning. Your loss is our loss, and we all mourn and grieve with you and for you. We grieve for ourselves, as we will now never know the gifts that we will miss out on because these people no longer grace our world with thier presence. The only answer to the pain and violence of this world is love and forgiveness - not more violence. I embrace you in prayer and hope, and believe with you and for you for healing, and forgiveness to reign supreme in your lives at this difficult time. As your Lutheran minister said - don’t give way to the seductive forces of hate - but give way to love - for with love, peace and joy will be sure to follow. You will continue to be in the thoughts and prayers of a grieving nation - and in my own thoughts and prayers as well. Sincerely yours in Christ. Aimee S. (II Corinthians 1:2-4)

April 19, 2007, 4:05pm • Tulsa, OK • #31912

My deepest condolences for the family n friends affected by this tragic event. great minded people brought down before there time. god bless every single one of them!

April 19, 2007, 4:05pm • Glasgow, Scotland • #31911

May God’s peace and comfort guide all affected by this tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers go out to each of you. May you look to God for strength and comfort. 

John H.

April 19, 2007, 4:05pm • Arlington, Virginia • #31913

I am a Virginia native and Hokie fan.I am deeply shocked and hurt by what has happened.My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families of the victims.I am PROUD of the way the students,fans and all that make up the HOKIE NATION have reacted with unity,support and love.I am personally upset with CNN for showing this persons pictures and videos 4 times in 2 min. after saying they were LIMITING the use of these…
HOKIE SPIRIT WILL RISE ABOVE......

Steve S.

April 19, 2007, 4:05pm • Fort Wayne, Indiana • #31914

To all the students, staff and parents who were unjustly affected by this tragedy, please know that my family and I are thinking of you all.  You are not alone and know that you have a country who want to wrap you all up in hugs and comfort.  You’ll be in our prayers.

Cathleen W.

April 19, 2007, 4:05pm • Lancaster, PA • #31915

Our prayers and thoughts are with the survivors, family of the victims, students and the entire community of Blacksburg...This was indeed a horrible act and through GOD you all will make it through..........GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!

April 19, 2007, 4:06pm • Dallas, Texas • #31916

God Bless Virginia Tech.  Students across the country are mourning for you.  Wherever we are from, whatever school we attend, we are all affected by this outrageous tragedy.  College kids are college kids.  Skipping class, staying up all night before a test, having fun with friends.  Let us never again take these things, though seemingly monotonous or ordinary, for granted.
As this tragedy hit home it occurred to many of us that it could have been any campus.  Any school.  Any one of us. 
Our generation.  We mourn with you.
May God forever bless Virginia Tech.

April 19, 2007, 4:07pm • Tampa, FL • #31917

As the parent of a Virginia Tech alumnus, I am deeply saddened and horrified by this terrible tragedy.  It is impossible to say anything that might alleviate the suffering and horror this has brought upon the victims, their families, their friends, the entire VA Tech community.  All my prayers, thoughts, sympathies are with all of these people. 
To the families and friends of those who died, please find a way to go on and know that they would be proud of you in doing so - Always with them deep in your hearts.  Live your lives at least partially for them - achieve your dreams as they would have done.  Find strength in knowing they will be with you always.  May God Bless you all and help you all through this devastating event.

April 19, 2007, 4:07pm • Whiting, Maine • #31918

I have always chosen to root for your rival, UVa.  Yesterday, I went out and bought a VT shirt and I plan on wearing it to show my support:-) I am still shocked that this has happened so close to home.  I am so sorry for your loss and I will be praying for all of you. 
Mary C.

April 19, 2007, 4:08pm • Stuarts Draft, VA • #31919

May God be with all those that lay dead in this terrible event...My prayers are there for each one of them...we shall never forget them...Amen!!!

April 19, 2007, 7:09pm • Leesburg, VA • #31920

to the families and friends of those who’s lives were tragically cut short My thoughts and prayers are with you now.

April 19, 2007, 7:09pm • Greenville, NC • #31921

To all my Hokie brothers and sisters, we will persevere and overcome this unbelievable tragedy.  The Hokie family is a strong and compassionate one.  Lean on one another to get through this dark vicious storm.  Despite the clouds that hang over the Hokie nation, the sun will always shine on Va Tech, my home away from home.

To the families and friends of those lost, to students and faculty, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. 

Mike S, VT ‘94

April 19, 2007, 7:10pm • Santa Monica, CA • #31922

I pray for all of you. From the Husker Dad of Nebraska to the entire Virginia Tech community.

April 19, 2007, 7:10pm • Bellevue Nebraska • #31923

I am a Hokie Mom.  My son graduated from VT in 1989.  I’m so proud of Virginia Tech and it’s students.  My heart goes out to all of you.  My prayers are with you.  Go Hokies!

April 19, 2007, 7:11pm • Bristol, VA • #31924

WHY???

inspired by the tragic events of April 16,2007

Mothers and fathers
are crying
because their babies have died
and we will never
really know
why

nothing makes sense anymore
the world is just not safe anymore

Friends have been taken
brothers and sisters stolen
they are gone
so many people
lost so much this day
and noone knows Why?

I don’t understand
I just cannot comprehend
why did it happen
Why? Why? Why?

Won’t someone please tell me Why?

Elizabeth Yvonne Hall

April 19, 2007, 7:12pm • VIctoria, BC Canada • #31925

MY 6th Grade Daughter wrote this today-
I thought I would share this…

The Garden
By Kelsey Parker

There once was a college
That was overjoyed with smiling faces.
The students were like flowers,
Of different beautiful, bright colors.

In the month of April,
Students are ready to bloom.
Until the spring sunshine drifted away…
But quickly came back, as fright.

Bang! Bang! Bang!
Save yourself! Save yourself!
Bang! Bang! Bang!
Let out your terrified screams!

The scattering of people
All over the campus grounds.
Like mice trying to escape from a cat.
Then coming to a sudden stop.

Many precious lives were lost,
That did not even deserve to be.
Families and friends with broken hearts.
People who you don’t know
Are praying for you.

It is times like these
When so many, so many flowers
Of different, beautiful, bright colors,
Come together as one garden.

April 19, 2007, 7:12pm • Cary, NC • #31926

I can’t not imagine the horror and pain that many of you have experienced in the past week.  My heart goes out to you.  With love and prayers you will be thought of each day and will never be forgotten. I am so sorry for all the people who were lost on that day and for their families my prayers are with all of you.

April 19, 2007, 7:12pm • Fishers, IN • #31927

In amongst the rings of confusion
Silencing the thought powers one by one
It seems all so incredible
Our own ability to confuse - to sacrifice
To enlighten like a Shakespearian play
We foolish and happily hold on to sanity

While all around the pushing
And prodding of our feelings
The twisting and turning of our hearts
Displaying an almost indefinable strength
Of purpose - a reason
Where no reasons seems to exist

Yet, as in a vision, a voice transcending
All our imagination, jewel of life
Guiding light heralding a joyous new dawn
Clear and gifted time
Divine Nature - Super Nature
The supreme gift of knowledge and space
In this cacophony of life

Peace will Come

Reach for the starlight
Reach when it calls you
You, you are the reason
If you want
You are the answer in the end

So, again, a change, it comes
Our world desires a way
Touch a child, who’s lost, afraid,
It lifts you to true emotion
True feelings, be the light
All that is good in this life
Is good, good is good

Oh everlasting dream, Oh future come alive
To witness comes that time
I just can’t help but believe in life,
All in all I just can’t help but believe there is a way
For us to give, A way for us to live
A way for us, A way for us

April 19, 2007, 7:12pm • Shelby Township, MI USA • #31928

May God bless the families and friends of those so tragically lost.  Their loss is our nation’s loss and we share your grief and pain. May you all prevail somehow, some way, some day.

April 19, 2007, 7:12pm • Escondido, CA • #31929

Deep sadness for all the students and teachers of Virginia Tech. that lost their lives My prayers are with the families May the loving arms of American surround you with comfort

April 19, 2007, 7:12pm • Grand Rapids, Michigan • #31930

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF AT VT. YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS. GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU ALL SAFE.

THE RUIZ, FAMILY

April 19, 2007, 7:13pm • RIALTO, CA • #31931

LIving through almost losing a family member in 9-11, I am so sorry that Virginis Tech had to endure this.

May God help all of you to heal.  My family prays for you all to start healing.

April 19, 2007, 7:13pm • San Antonio, Texas • #31932

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Lift your heart up to God and he will help you heal. You are Virginia Tech and You Will Prevail! God Bless You All!

April 19, 2007, 7:13pm • Wichita, KS • #31933

Profound and sincere condolences from Hollywood Florida. Be strong and know that millions of Americans are thinking of your school, this horrible tragedy and wish you all strength to overcome this and heal as best you can. God bless the Virginia Tech community and all of those whose lives you touch.

April 19, 2007, 7:14pm • Hollywood, Florida USA • #31934