Condolences, April 19, 2007

Good bye Jarrett Lane.  You were lost far too soon, as you had so much to offer this world.  JPM

April 19, 2007, 7:33pm • Lititz, PA • #32035

I am so sorry an my heart an prayers go out to the familes, friends an students of VT Collage is sapose to be the happyest times of your lives an one person just took that all away. I will keep all of you in my heart an prayers an keep your head held high an an finish what you started an don’t let this one guy win again.
All My Love an Wishes
Larry

April 19, 2007, 7:33pm • Phoenix AZ • #32036

My condolences to families, friends, and all VT community. My thoughts and prayer are with all of you.

God Bless You All!

April 19, 2007, 7:33pm • Manhattan, New York • #32037

As the mother of a murdered child, I understand the path now being taken by too many here. One is too many. My heart hurts for the families of these young people and the staff members. My heart also hurts for the parents and family members of the young man who did this. They are, no doubt, hiding away from an unforgiving world. Please, reach out to them. They have lost a son. Their pain is just as intense as any other parent. Their pain is compounded by the actions of their son. May God bless and keep you all.

April 19, 2007, 7:33pm • BC, Canada • #32038

We’ll always remember
The horrible day
Where men and women were killed
By a man they saw everyday

He killed many people,
32 to be precise
We’re all sad that he did it
Because it wasn’t very nice

To all of those families
Whose children are gone,
We hope you’ll get better
And that you can carry on

Same to the students
Who have lost some of their peers,
We’re sorry for your losses
And we’re sorry for your tears

And lastly to the school
Who never planned this at all
We hope you can recover
And soon be able to stand tall.

GO VT HOKIES!!
By: Maggie Shaw 7th Grade Seneca Ridge Middle School, Sterling, VA

April 19, 2007, 7:33pm • Sterling, VA • #32039

Words can’t express what you have been through & words can not begin to help you in your journey as you deal with all that has happened.  Just know that you are in so many people’s thoughts & your courage to face each day is a testament to the power you have that will not be taken away.  Hang in there & take it day by day.

I promise that even though it seems like the most difficult thing in the world, one day you will find it easier to breath, & to get up, & even one day smile.  You will never forget but you find a way to go on. 

Take care.
Be strong.
From one survivor to so many others.

April 19, 2007, 7:33pm • Wilmington, NC • #32040

My heart goes out to the victims and their families during this time of tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone.

April 19, 2007, 7:33pm • Ringgold, VA • #32041

Please know that we are thinking of you at this very difficult time. Words cannot begin to explain how badly our family feels for all the innocent victims of this tragedy. You are in our prayers. Please try to stay strong.

April 19, 2007, 7:33pm • West Boylston, MA • #32042

You are in my thoughts and prayers, can’t imagine the grief you are going through. Please stay strong, you are an inspiration to so many.

April 19, 2007, 7:34pm • cincinnati,ohio • #32043

Our prayers and thoughts are for all members of the VT community.  We are all sharing your grief.  You seem to be a strong community.  God Bless you.

April 19, 2007, 7:34pm • Branford, CT • #32044

My heartfelt condolences go out to the families of the victims in this senseless tragedy. To pay respect to the victims and their families, I have not watched or read any of the recently released videos and writings nor do I ever plan to.

April 19, 2007, 7:34pm • Mansfield Ohio • #32045

You all are in the thoughts and prayers of so many...Prayer and time heals all things..Take the time you need...know that prayers are said everyday for all you.

April 19, 2007, 7:34pm • Connecticut • #32046

My name is Claudia, Im mexican. The whole week Ive done nothing but thinking and praying for everyonthere. Specially the victims and their families and friends. My deepest condolences. God bless you all.

April 19, 2007, 7:34pm • Mexico • #32047

I want to wish my sincere sympathy to all those affected in the VT tragedy.  I was just standing in my den watching pictures of the victims while Amazing Grace played in the background.  I think it was on ABC.  The thought of all those lives and their families pain overwhelmed me.  I was standing crying and my 4 year old asked me what was wrong.  I told her that Mommy was sad because all of those people had been hurt.  She looked at me and said “Mommy it’s ok to cry but all those people are fine. Jesus is taking care of them.  They are in heaven.  But you can still cry if you want to.” So to all the families and friends, know that it is ok to cry but also know that your loved ones are fine.
We will continue to pray for all of you.
Go Hokies!!
Heather Joyner, Hickory, NC
UNC-CH Graduate

April 19, 2007, 7:34pm • Hickory, NC • #32048

My family lives in Ft. Worth Tx, we would like to send our prayers to everyone who needs them.
Our boys are still in highschool, and elementary, but it still touches people from all over the world.
Take Care, Be Strong
God Bless
Christine Smithson
Texas

April 19, 2007, 7:34pm • Fort Worth Tx United States • #32049

May this world find the perfect peace of God, which passes all understanding. You are loved in New York and throughout the nation.

April 19, 2007, 7:34pm • New York • #32050

I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the families, friends and community affected by this tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers are with you, always.

I’m currently a graduate student studying hydrology at UC Berkeley.  I was greatly saddened to learn that some of those who passed were also civil engineers studying hydrology.  With these who passed, I share a common bond, but with all those who passed, we share a common bond through academics, scholarship, the desire to seek knowledge, but most importantly a common humanity.

I was an undergraduate engineering student at McGill University during the University of Montréal École Polytechnique massacre in December, 1989 where 13 female engineering students and a female administrator were senselessly killed through a similar act.  I recall everyone in my dormitory watching events as they occurred, but silently sharing sorrow, anger, and despair. I thought I would never have to relive such an event until this week.

Please know that the thoughts and prayers of the nation and the world are with you during this challenging time. May God be with all of you.

Today, we are all Hokies!!

Kayyum Mansoor

April 19, 2007, 7:34pm • Livermore, California, USA • #32051

Sending every thought and prayer to all of those affected by this senseless tragedy. May the innocent lives of those lost rest in peace. And all my deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the families, friends, and everyone at Virginia Tech.

April 19, 2007, 7:34pm • Lake Worth, Florida • #32052

We share your sorrow but also hope to learn from your strength. Thru all of this I hope many people from your family realize the strength you have shown, individually and as a group of Hokies, is hopefully what will be remembered. One mans actions does not define a situation.

On a lighter note, my sons school, here in NJ is having Virginia Tech day in support of the Hokies. It is hard to understand for a nine year old, but at least I hope they are learning a sense of community and compassion. The hokies have allowed that to be the message.

April 19, 2007, 7:34pm • Galloway Township, NJ • #32053

My whole town, province, and country are all completely shocked with what has happened. I am so sorry to all of the student, and familes of these students and my prayers are with you always. With deepest sympathy, Pamila (Grade 11 student)

April 19, 2007, 7:34pm • Stratford, Ontaio, Canada • #32054

I JUST WOULD LIKE TO SAY I AM SO SO SO SORRY TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE KILLED ON THAT HORRIBLE DAY. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL THE FAMILIES AND THOSE WHO ARE STILL IN THE HOSPITAL FIGHTING. BE STRONG..  MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALL. I DIDNT KNOW ANYONE FROM THERE BUT I HAVE CRIED THE PAST 3 DAYS EVERYTIME I SEE IT ON THE TV..

April 19, 2007, 7:35pm • SOUTH LEBANON, OHIO • #32055

To all the parents of the victims, the staff at VT, and students, know that everyone here at Cuyahoga Community College are praying for you and sharing our condolences.

April 19, 2007, 7:35pm • Parma, Ohio • #32056

Although I know no one from VT, I am a college student from Saint Louis and I have been praying for all the families and victims of this horrible tragedy.  As I sit in class since this tragedy, I have a difficult time understanding the purpose and senselessness of this tragedy and how many precious, innocent lives were lost.  You have my deepest sympathy as well as my thoughts and prayers.  Stay Strong.

April 19, 2007, 7:35pm • Saint Louis, Missouri • #32057

My deepest, deepest condolences to the Virginia Tech family of students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni.  As a graduate of William and Mary, a sister school, my heart goes out to all of you. 

Many Koreans fear a backlash in America.  I hope that the fear is unjustified.  It’s inevitable that some in our nation will emphasize the ethnicity of the attacker, but I believe that the majority of us no longer judge people by the color of their skin.  Even though what happened is terrible beyond words, one can see that Virginia Tech is an American institution that reflects the multi-ethnic tapestry of our beautiful nation.  Plus, one can see how we, as a nation, come together to comfort and to heal our wounds.

Ut Prosim!

Mike C.
“Hark the Dale”
Class of 1998, The College of William and Mary

April 19, 2007, 7:35pm • Washington, D.C. • #32058

I work for Marietta College and we are grieving with you.  My heart goes out to all of you and I send up my prayers to those who died.  May God look after them and their families.  Tomorrow we will wear orange and maroon and keep you in our hearts.
Debbie Stodberg

April 19, 2007, 7:35pm • Marietta, OH • #32059

Sorry for your loss.
I found the photo’s of the gunman to be very disturbing, it was almost like he pictured himself as some action star, he was dressed like tom cruise from mission impossible in one photo.
what a waste.
carey rayburn

April 19, 2007, 7:35pm • birmingham alabama • #32060

I do not know anyone personally who attended Virginia Tech nor anyone who goes there now, but I was greatly saddened to hear of such a tragedy in a town that was so peaceful and safe.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Go Hokies!

April 19, 2007, 7:35pm • Aberdeen, MD • #32061

As I sit watching from many miles away the horrific events from monday and the news that follows I want to let the friends and familiy of the victims at Virginia Tech and for all the students that you are in my prayers. Althought the answer to the question “why?” may not be able to be answered just know that everyone is here to support your in your time of pain and sorry. You may forgive, you may never forget but God will give you ALL strength to prevail and stride forward in life.

April 19, 2007, 7:36pm • Fargo, North Dakota • #32062

I do not have any friends or family at VT.  However that does not stop me from keeping you and your families in my prayers.  God and the angels are watching over each and every one of you.

April 19, 2007, 7:36pm • Hampton, VA • #32063

My thoughts and Prayers are with all the students and familes at Virginia Tech.
May you find some comfort in each other during this diffuclt time.

Holly Brant

April 19, 2007, 7:36pm • Fresno • #32064

THE WORLD HAS TO START LIVING IN THE WAY OUR LORD HAS ALWAYS WANTED US TO.LOOKING OUT FOR ALL MANKIND NO MATTER WHAT RACE RELIGION OR COUNTRY WE ARE FROM.MAY GOD’S LIGHT SHINE ON THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA TECH THE MEMBERS OF THE FAMILIES STUDENTS AND FACUTLY.THANKYOU FOR SHOWING US COURAGE,STRENGTH,AND LOVE IN THESE MOST DARKEST TIMES GOD BLESS YOU ALL.LOVE ONE ANOTHER THE WAY GOD INTENDED.

April 19, 2007, 7:37pm • DOWD FAMILY LINDENHURST NEW YORK • #32065

i work for the london ambulance service and have dealt with many feelings you are going through.be strong and supportive of each other and lights at ends of tunnels can be reached.32 big sympathys plus many more to all at VT.xx

April 19, 2007, 7:37pm • london,ENGLAND. • #32066

Our hearts and prayers are with you all during this time of tragedy.  We know at this time you have heavy hearts but we hope in time you can feel the love that the world is sending your way.  God Bless You All.....The Hochreiter Family

April 19, 2007, 7:37pm • Mount Holly, NJ USA • #32067

My heart goes out to all the families and friends of the victims of this horrible tragedy.  As a graduate of VT, I am proud to be a part of the Hokie community and the immense spirit that is the support in this time of grief and will carry VT and its students and faculty forward in the recovery process.

April 19, 2007, 7:37pm • Carmel, Indiana • #32068

My thoughts and prayers are with all who have been effected by this tragedy. I hope this brings us together to build safer communities and peace. Sincerely, Heidi Shaw

April 19, 2007, 7:37pm • venice, CA USA • #32069

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at VT.  While I went to a rival school (Univ. of MD) we are all members of the same collegiate community no matter what the school is.

April 19, 2007, 7:37pm • Laurel, MD • #32070

The majority of us
lead quiet, unheralded lives
as we pass through this world.
There will most likely be
no ticker-tape parades for us,
no monuments created in our honor.
But that does not lessen our possible impact,
for there are scores of people
waiting for someone just like us
to come along;
people who will appreciate our compassion,
our unique talents.
Someone who will live a happier life
merely because we took the time
to share what we had to give.
Too often we underestimate
the power of a touch,
a smile,
a kind word
a listening ear,
an honest compliment,
or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have a potential
to turn a life around.
It’s overwhelming to consider
the continuous opportunities there are
to make our love felt.
~ Leo Buscaglia

Each and everyone of you are in my thoughts and prayers.  There is now 32 beautiful angels watching over us all.

Stay Strong Hokies… Stay Strong

April 19, 2007, 7:37pm • West Deptford, New Jersey • #32071

My thougts and prayers are with you , your family, and your school. This was a horrible thing that happened May GoD bess you all.  Each and everyone of you that had to endure this horible act from a very selfish person.  I hope that the Lord will pull you all through this.

April 19, 2007, 7:37pm • Pinal County Arizona • #32072

To the entire Hokie community, students, staff, parent’s I am so sorry for your loss, you have my deepest sympathies. I can’t explain why bad things happen to such amazing people, or why we have evil in this world, but what I do pray and hope for is strengh, strengh that you all will find in one another. I hope you are able to find some comfort in your memories of your loved ones, and please, please always remember to be strong, for that is what all those amazing students and teachers who lost their lives would have wanted!! I pray for the families, the parents who lost a child, the wives who lost a husband or the husbands who lost a wife, and for all the friends who lost friends, I pray that you are able to find a way to cope with all this pain!! I am just so saddened by this, but remember Virginia Tech is not and will not be defined by this one act of violence, but by the strengh of the community who has truly shown the true act of bravery and seflessness!!! I wish you all nothing but love and blessings and remember to hold your head up high when you return to classes on Monday and be strong, GOD is with you all!!

Lianne Aponte

April 19, 2007, 7:37pm • New York • #32073

My family and my acondolences and prayers are with all the families of the victims of this unthinkable act.  As an educator, I join my collegues in honoring the heroic acts of the teachers who tried to help their students avoid this horror.  We need to act together as a country to protect our children by educating students against hate and to recognize (earlier on) the children (of any age) who are in crisis.
God Bless all involved.
christinaemt

April 19, 2007, 7:37pm • Selden, NY, USA • #32074

Distance is nothing where love abides. From far away Melbourne in Australia comes this condolence. So many lives wasted in this manner saddens one gravely.Our love prayers and sympathy go to the families of the dead, the entire VT community and the whole nation. May the Lord comfort you and enable us all find His greater purpose thru’ this terrible tragedy.

April 19, 2007, 7:38pm • Melbourne, Australia • #32075

I am deeply saddened by the events on 4/16/07.  I am praying for all of you daily.  Please know that you are not alone in your grief. People in my little mountain town, have been praying for you too.  be strong, and support your fellow Hokies.

My deepest sympathy.
Cindy Peel

April 19, 2007, 7:38pm • Gallup, New Mexico • #32076

We are so saddened by the tragedy that has struck one of our own institutions of higher learning in the Commonwealth.  Words cannot adequately express our sorrow, but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, the VA Tech commuunity, Blacksburg and Virginia as a whole. As alums of William and Mary, we may at times be rivals...but now, that point is trivial and irrelevant.  We are all proud Virginians...and today, we are all Virginia Tech.  GO HOKIES!

The Gaston Family
Dave, Susan, John and Henry

April 19, 2007, 7:38pm • Newport News, VA • #32077

I remember all the GOOD times we had there a Tech...To have something happen there is so hard to understand..Our hearts go out to all those who were affected by this great tragedy....GO Hokies !!!....W. T. Moore..1957

April 19, 2007, 7:38pm • street,md • #32078

Just remember to live for the ones you have lost, to dedicate all that you wish to them, and to know they will always be with you in your heart and in your mind.

April 19, 2007, 7:38pm • Floral Park, NY • #32079

I’m french and I want to let you know we are sad about that.I can’t explain what I feel,this tragedy touch many people and me of first.for the familly and friends I pray so that never again a similar drama reproduces,my heart and my thoughts are with you.
sorry for my english.

virginie (no it’s not a joke it’s my name)

April 19, 2007, 7:38pm • france • #32080

Although currently in Colorado, I am from Virginia and it will always be my home.  All Hokies and their families are in my thoughts and prayers.  Blacksburg is one of the strongest communities I’ve ever known, and I know you will pull through.  Turn to each other for support and stay strong.  All my best, Lyndsey

April 19, 2007, 7:38pm • Colorado Springs, CO • #32081

May the peace of God overcome your sorrow and lift you up in His everlasting arms.  Rely on Him to carry you when you no longer have the strength to go it on your own.  Stand strong.

April 19, 2007, 7:39pm • Warrenton, Virginia • #32082

Aloha,
We would like to express our sincere condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. May god be with you!
Luis, Malia, and Emma

April 19, 2007, 7:39pm • Honolulu (Waikele), Hawaii • #32083

My heartfelt sympathies to the families and friends of all those lost in this tragedy.  All over the world, people are with you now in thought and prayer.

Laureen de Leeuw
UVa graduate - 1981

April 19, 2007, 7:39pm • Orlando, Florida • #32084