Condolences, April 19, 2007

My family and I have not ceased to think and pray for all of those involved. May God bless you all in your sorrow and pain. We also pray for strength, peace and hope to fill your hearts and lives. God Bless Virgina Tech!!!
E. Leetch

April 19, 2007, 7:39pm • Peoria, Arizona • #32085

Please accept of sympathy on your losses.  My three children are still young but have also decided on what they want to do with their lives.  I know they will all be going to college and I hope that Virginia Tech is one that they consider.  I now see what a college family really is.  We are all HOKIES!!!!!!!!!

April 19, 2007, 7:39pm • Menominee, MI • #32086

May we all find the strength to go on, having the memory and presence of those we lost, forever in our hearts.  Let’s put all our positive energy in finding support and love amongst the sadness.

April 19, 2007, 7:39pm • Vivian, FL • #32087

To All of You at Virginia Tech, You have all been in my thoughts and I send you my deepest sympathy. Please know that there are many out there who care and we offer our love and support.  There are no strangers when a tragedy like this happens.
C Keane

April 19, 2007, 7:39pm • Duluth, Minnesota • #32088

Words seem as if they could never be enough.  But know that my thoughts and prayers will forever be with the student body of Virginia Tech and the friends and families of the victims.  I hope that you find hope and peace in this time of sorrow.

April 19, 2007, 7:39pm • Boston, MA • #32089

My name is Casondra Spitzley. I attend Ferris State University and am an RA. I want all the families to know that they’re in our prayers and hearts. I want the family of the RA who passed on to know that I truely admire him. I dont know what I would do if I was put in the situation he was that day. My heart and the hearts of many of my fellow students here at ferris goes out to the friends, family, students and loved ones of Virginia Tech. Let God be with you through this hard time.

April 19, 2007, 7:39pm • Big Rapids, Michigan • #32090

We never knew any of these people in our lives,Now we will never forget them. God bless them all.and a quick recovery to all that were wounded.  from my family in N H ,to all of you at V.T. Peace.

April 19, 2007, 7:39pm • Dover N H. 03820 U.S.A. • #32091

To all of the students,faculty,staff, and families of Virginia Tech........

I’m a student at the University of North Florida. I watched this tragedy unfold Monday morning from when there was 1 victim to the final 33. I am shocked and saddened. My thoughts, prayers, and hopes are with you all. Our lives are forever changed. Stay strong and proud...you are the Hokies!!

April 19, 2007, 7:40pm • Jacksonville, FL • #32092

Manifiesto mis condolencias para los parientes de las víctimas, para la comunidad universitaria afectada por este hecho. Ojalá estos sucesos tan inútiles como incomprensibles no se repitieran nunca en ningún lugar del planeta.

April 19, 2007, 7:40pm • Edith Febles, República Dominicana • #32093

There are absolutely no words that could express the shock and disbelief that we are feeling as a result of this unspeakable, selfless act of a very disturbed young man.  So many innocent lives, so many lives changed in a way that they will never forget.  Please know that the entire nation is praying for you.  You are in my thoughts & prayers.  Only God can help the healing.  My prayer is that he will comfort all the families that are in so much needless pain. 

Many prayers from Charleston, WV
Shirley

April 19, 2007, 7:40pm • Charleston, WV • #32094

I may be far away and I have no connection to Virginia Tech.  I am a mother, mother of a college student and a human.  My thoughts go out to all those who have lost and suffered. It breaks my heart to think of this senseless act.  Please know that many grieve with you and wish you all the best.

Sara

April 19, 2007, 7:40pm • Garden Grove, CA • #32095

OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH EACH AND EVERY FAMILY.  THE RUSSELLO FAMILY

April 19, 2007, 7:40pm • BOYNTON BEACH FLORIDA • #32096

Our family is in such grief over this tragedy.  We are only a few hours from Blacksburg and felt like the Virginia Tech campus was part of our home.  I did not attend Tech, but I did take my Praxis teaching exam on that campus.  How this could happen to such a close knit campus is still unimaginable.  We pray for the families who have lost loved ones way too soon.  May God hold each member of the VT family and the extended families close and allow the memories to fill your hearts.  God Bless You.

April 19, 2007, 7:40pm • Tazewell, VA • #32097

May God bless all the families, friends, and the whole Virginia Tech community. May God give everyone involved, all those concerened and touched by this tradegy the grace and stregnth to be able to heal and live thir life with love and hope. I pray for all the victims that they are in paradise and are now living in the heavens with God and the angels. I continue to pray and support all of Hokie nation.

“Heaven is a beautiful place to be, full of beautiful people having a beautiful time!----David Brandt Berg

April 19, 2007, 7:40pm • Orange, CT, USA • #32098

This morning in our Evidence class at UC Berkeley Boalt law school, our Professor called upon us to “be brave” as we go forward in our lives.  She used the example of the Holocaust survivor professor who saved many lives at your school… this is to say-- you are ALREADY an inspiration to the rest of the country. 

I hope that you can continue to be brave for those around you, your families and friends who need your strength so very much.  We hope you know that our campus community is thinking of you constantly and sending you support from the other side of the nation.

JLS

April 19, 2007, 7:40pm • Berkeley, CA • #32099

Words seem empty, meaningless…
I will pray.

April 19, 2007, 7:40pm • Boise, ID • #32100

We wish your sorrow to be brief then the memories of your friends and colleagues embrace you in warmth and comfort. We will embrace our loved ones in your honor and in honor of those who fell.  God bless you Virginia Tech ~

your friends at Oregon State University,
Corvallis Oregon

April 19, 2007, 7:41pm • Corvallis Oregon • #32101

I am a teacher and a mother of two boys.  As I look at all the beautiful faces of those lost on Monday, my heart breaks. The fear of these types of events is so real, but we must be strong and trust in God to be with us.
In the words of my six-year-old, “Lord, be with those collegers in heaven and help them have a good time. And be with the other collegers and keep them safe. Amen”
God be with all of you affected by this terrible tragedy. May you all feel God’s grace and love surround you.
Kim McCluer

April 19, 2007, 7:41pm • Aledo, Texas • #32102

We are deeply saddened, sickened, and frightened over this tragedy. We will not presume to understand the heartache and emptiness you feel; we are so very sorry for your losses. We pray to the Gods that you will one day find even a hint of solace. Uniquely innocent, promising, brilliant, vibrant lives, lost in a moment of sheer iniquity. Never to be replaced, never to be forgotten; forever loved. They are all in the best of company now, with so many heroic and innocent who were lost before them. Excruciatingly missed; however painstakingly difficult it may be to comprehend at this most dreadful time, they are in a better place and will one day be reunited with their loved ones for eternity. May peace be with you. 

With most heartfelt condolences,
The Liner Family
Ryan P. Liner (Grad Student, Syracuse University)
Bridgid C. Liner
Rex P. Liner

April 19, 2007, 7:41pm • New Orleans, LA USA • #32103

I came to you through the Greyhound Health and Information Network.  I’ve dedicated my life to helping these animals and have been shocked by the recent events at your campus.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the students and faculty of Virginia Tech as well as their families and friends.  If more people could learn compassion, forgiveness and unconditional love from our many animal companions, this world would be a much nicer place.  God bless you all.

April 19, 2007, 7:41pm • Wayland, MI • #32104

I would just like to say that my thoughts and prayers are with all who are suffering.
This is just to let you know we are thinking of you from across the atlantic, BLESS YOU ALL xxx
I pray the victims are at peace x

April 19, 2007, 7:41pm • Roehampton, London, UK • #32105

To all victims of this tragedy:

You are in our thoughts and prayers...The entire nation stands with you.  Stay strong.

April 19, 2007, 7:41pm • Louisville, KY • #32106

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I’m so sorry that you have to go through such a terrible thing.

April 19, 2007, 7:42pm • London, ON, Canada • #32107

To All of the Virginia Tech Family,
The beautiful souls lost, represent all the good
in humanity.
We weep with you for all your losses.
GO HOKIES!

UMD parent.

April 19, 2007, 7:42pm • Sandwich. MA • #32108

As one of the members of the Jewish organization who prepares Jews for burial, it was an honor and a privilege to perform the proper Jewish rituals on Professor Liviu Librescu and dress him in shrouds for burial.

He was a REAL hero! You should be proud of him!

May god be with ALL of you - no matter what faith - through this hard time, and may he give you the strength to continue.

Amen!

April 19, 2007, 7:42pm • Brooklyn, NY • #32109

Tuesday, the sound of those 1000’s of young voices cracking, while trying so hard to be strong, was honestly almost more than I could take.
I love Virginia Tech and Blacksburg.
I grew up there.
Where ever I go in this world and in this life...Blacksburg is my home.
I’ve never in my life been so simultaneously heart-broken, and so overwhelmingly proud!

April 19, 2007, 7:42pm • Dover, Delaware • #32110

My heart goes out to all of those who have been affected by this tremendous tragedy.  I can only imagine the overwhelming pain that you are suffering.  You are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

April 19, 2007, 7:42pm • NC • #32111

I am a middle school student in New York, and I have read the newspaper every day about this tragedy. As shocking as this was to everyone in the nation, the students there probably saw something coming. My school’s flag in front is at half staff for you guys, and I will pray for all of you each and every night and day. I understand that a thousand condolences will never bring back your friends and classmates, but think of all your losses as your fallen friends telling you to be strong. “In this pain there will be something to make us stronger.” -Rev Run

-Caitlin O.

April 19, 2007, 7:43pm • Hicks., L.I., New York • #32112

We are very sorry to hear of the losses at Viginia Tech. We are praying for each and every family. Please, know that people around this country and aroung the world are praying and loving each of you. God bless each of you and Good luck in all that you do.

Rachelle A. Sparks

April 19, 2007, 7:43pm • Findlay, Ohio • #32113

Requiem for 32 Trees

A shady, shifting breeze
Sifts
Brush Mountain of graded
Oaks and beeches, maples, pines
And whining seeks in simple cries
The reasons and the whys,
The desperate pleas and sighing
Fears that there can be no answer,
No crying shame, no naming,
No blame,
Nothing but horror at the pain
That has given our suffering such a refrain
Of heartless, hopeless, pointless grief,
Beyond knowledge and beyond belief.

When we plant trees, give them birth,
Little do we imagine them being chopped down,
Dropped silently upon the earth,
Branches stiff, leaves softly weeping
As their spirit flees
Upon that same mountain breeze
Which gave them life and hope and skill,
And still drifts about our open hearts
In starts and stiff imaginings,
Memories
Of when their vigor shone,
Their limbs grasped the sunlight air
And stared with gasping wonder at
Hymns bright in dawning flair.

Oh, let that breeze ring my leaves
And wet my crown with singing tears,
Then let it wipe them off once more,
Softly, encore,
Retaining all my memories,
Remaining hopes, now craved,
As we console to cope and bury,
Bear their joy and gloried tears
Within our souls and budding stems,
And bravely live their years for them
In gently spreading requiem.

Tim Lewis

April 19, 2007, 7:43pm • Virginia • #32114

I have come to know VT through the eyes of my boyfriend and his family. I never went to Tech, but over the last few years I have made numerous trips there. What a great place it is and a welcoming place. I wish all the best to the students, faculty, alumni, and the VT family as a whole. You are in my thought and prayers, and I know you will bounce back from this great tradegy stronger than ever. The entire nation is with all the Hokies! Alison

April 19, 2007, 7:43pm • Centreville, VA • #32115

I am so sorry for all of your precious losses. This is such a tragedy, may God bless each and every one of you with love, courage, and strength to go on despite the worst of adversities. My heart breaks for you, and just know that we care, and you are not alone.

April 19, 2007, 7:43pm • PA • #32116

My heart goes out to ALL the families that lost their loved ones on Monday. From the oldest to the youngest noone deserves to enter the promise land in such an awful way. I would also like to say that my heart goes to the family of Cho Seoung-Hui for there were so many warning signs and nothing was done to help thier son cope with his internal demons, had one person stoped and took a minute to think this kid truely does need HELP we WOULD NOT BE HERE ON THIS SAD DAY MOURNING THE LIFE OF 32 INNOCENT VICTIMS AND THE COUNTLESS OTHERS THAT WERE HURT NOT ONLY PHYSICALLY BUT ALSO EMOTIONALLY. My hearts and prayers go out to everyone.

April 19, 2007, 7:43pm • Rolla, Missouri • #32117

To the WHOLE Virginia Tech community… my deepest thoughts and prayers are with you all.. your determination and togetherness are ALREADY inspiring a lot of us, and A LOT of us will be looking to help you in the future..

and remember, darkness will NEVER outshine the light.. 

my greatest wishes to you all…

God bless..

Evan Bolster

April 19, 2007, 7:43pm • Berea, KY • #32118

Thank you for listing the names of all of the persons who were killed by the shooter.  I appreciate being able to take the time to look at each name and ponder each loss.  My heart goes out to all of the other victims, the family, friends, fellow students and teachers.  Seek each other for comfort and know that many of us, unseen, reach out our hands.

April 19, 2007, 7:44pm • Eagle, IDaho • #32119

Your loss brings heartache to all.  My thought are with all of you in your time of need.

“Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.”

Robert Francis Kennedy (U.S. attorney general and adviser, 1925-1968)

Go Hokie’s!!!

Peace,
Colin

April 19, 2007, 7:44pm • Chandler, AZ • #32120

Words cannot describe the shocking news of the Virginia Tech students.  This is the time for all of us to become closer and to love one another. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims families and friends.  May all of you find peace and closure.

April 19, 2007, 7:44pm • Sacramento, California • #32121

I visited your website yesterday and the picture of the grief stricken students broke my heart.  I so badly wish that I was able to reach out a hug to them.  I have five children and never have thought of fearing sending them away to college because of violence such as this.....until now.  You are in my families thoughts and prayers.  Pray hard and trust in God, he will wrap His loving arms of comfort around you.  God bless each and everyone of you and know that ALL of you will be in our hearts forever.

Megan DeBord

April 19, 2007, 7:44pm • Wilmington, Ohio USA • #32122

We remember you with every beat of our breaking hearts. We reach out to try and bring you comfort, though we know it is too much for anyone to bear. We pray for peace. We pray for light. We pray for love and mercy. We are the Seminoles of Florida State, but today we are Hokies too.

April 19, 2007, 7:44pm • Tallahassee, Florida • #32123

The Towanda United Methodist Church need to express our heartfelt sorrow to the President, faculty, staff, students and family members during this time of tragic loss. The world sheds many tears because so many gifted lives were cut short in this tragic event. We pray that God will comfort, strengthen, and heal. Our deepest sympathy is with you.

April 19, 2007, 7:44pm • Towanda, Kansas. • #32124

Our whole family mourns with the VT family. We hold you up to God who heals all perfectly.

Regina S.

April 19, 2007, 7:44pm • Houston, TX • #32125

I am praying for the families affected. May the Lord comfort each person affected.

April 19, 2007, 7:44pm • Lethbridge, AB, CANADA • #32126

On behalf of the trustees, faculty, students, and staff of Colegio San Patricio, I would like to express our deepest sorrow for your loss.  May the Lord God comfort you in every possible way. 

We are keeping you in our thoughts.
Mario césar Gonzalez gomez
Saint patrick School of Mexico

April 19, 2007, 7:44pm • Monterrey, Nuevo León, México • #32127

I never attended Virgina Tech, but I am from a rural area that has seen many of our residents attend your university as part of your agricultural studies program. However, I had the pleasure of attending the Future Farmers of America, Virginia State Convention twice in the late 70’s which was held on the Virginia Tech campus. May be this is why I feel such a close relationship to your university. I too feel totally devistated as a result of this unspeakable incident. I will forever pray for your student body and staff. May God be with you.

April 19, 2007, 7:45pm • Ruther Glen, Va. • #32128

We want you to know that all of you, students, alumni, faculty, and families are in our prayers.  We are a strong nation and we know that you will not let this horrible act bring you down.  Stay strong and know that you have the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people behind you.  Just as I know you were there for us after Hurricane Katrina, know that we are here for you in your time of need.

April 19, 2007, 7:45pm • Ocean Springs, Mississippi (Gulf Coast) • #32129

I understand this is a hard time for everyone now and I want every one to know that you are in the prayers of people all over our great country and all over the world. We love you and are praying for each and every one of you

April 19, 2007, 7:45pm • Powell Wy • #32130

My heart dropped when i saw this on tv. I can only imagine the pain that the familys that lost people are going threw and wish there were somthing i could do to relieve the pain. i really feel bad for the students that were trapped in with this physco and had to see all of this. I am sure they are and will be mentally scarred for the rest of their lives and we need to worry and get them all the help they need.  tim in pa.

April 19, 2007, 7:45pm • Carmichaels Pa. • #32131

He Did

The great Israeli, the great Professor Liviu Librescu did,
Working one minute, knowing the next, he waited not, he did.
When a matter of hell was on them with shot and fire,
When the shooting started, the loathing, evil desire,
When the children of Virginia, freedom land screamed,
And were cruelly taken, the teacher quickly deemed,
Not in my class!  You cannot have a single one for,
You must go through me and I am strong, vile hate!
Do you hear me now!  Leave my place, take no more!
I spit in your face!  Not one shall you add to your slate.

The professor did what none but the bravest, I bid,
And only the strongest, God-filled can do.  He did.
Of those very few among us like he, the truly tall.
He taught them well then kicked that fearsome wall,
Was a shield, helping them flee man’s darkest fall.
He went down plainly knowing his life was o’er.
He is a hero.  He is that but far, faraway more,
God bless the great professor.  God forever bless him. 
God bless his children, his wife… his life.  I’chaim! 
He’s surely with God now.  He’s done with me and you.
Kaddish… Pray to God for a best man, the man Librescu.

April 19, 2007, 7:45pm • Jonesborough, Tennessee • #32132

with sincere sympathy
in your time of sorrow

it’s difficult to put into words how much they meant to their families i’d like to send my sympathy to their families.
a high school student

April 19, 2007, 7:45pm • sunchang, KOREA • #32133

God bless you all.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 19, 2007, 7:45pm • Harrison, Arkansas • #32134