Condolences, April 19, 2007

We were all shocked to hear this terrible news back at home. We’ve always been the ones to receive prayers from home; but since this tragic event, we’ve been the ones praying for everyone’s safety back at home. The victims of VT will always be in our hearts and our prayers. God bless.

April 19, 2007, 8:00pm • USMC Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan • #32236

God bless Virginia Tech. I am the mother of a 19 yr old daughter who took a year off before starting college here in Virginia. I can not begin to fathom the pain the VT students, victims, friends, and families are suffering.  Cry, grieve, remember.  But don’t let your anger rule you. 
You have shown such strength as a community and as individuals. You have inspired our nation. You have inspired me.  Live strong.  You will prevail.
~~ Never forget the 32 ~~

April 19, 2007, 8:00pm • Newport News Virginia • #32237

My husband and I send our prayers to the Virginia Tech family. It has been so impressive the way everyone have come together to support each other. Just remember.......WE WILL PREVAIL...WE ARE THE HOKIES......WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH.
Jerry and Barbara Holmes

April 19, 2007, 8:00pm • Lexington North Carolina USA • #32238

As the mother of two alumni, I share your grief and extend my sincere condolences and good wishes for recovery. God give you strength and understanding as you move through this experience. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

- Sarah

April 19, 2007, 8:00pm • Bristol, Virginia • #32239

It is in times like these we must have faith. Things may not get better today, maybe not tomorrow...but all in due time, we will prevail because WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH and it’s now more than ever that we must take pride in who we are. Keep faith and live with passion, because it is us survivors who have another day to live, another breath to breathe and we must carry on the legacy of those fallen.

April 19, 2007, 8:00pm • Encinitas, CA, USA...proud student of VT • #32240

As a VT alum, one of the greatest joys in my life came on the day I delivered my daughter, now a Junior, onto the Tech campus.  I entrusted her to Tech, knowing that she would gain not only the best academic credentials any school could offer, but also develop the sense of community that would provide her with the foundation to do whatever she wanted in life.  And now, in this time of immeasurable sadness and sorrow, it is with the greatest pride that I have watched her and her fellow students be embraced in the love and support of the entire Hokie Nation.  I have never been prouder of her or my fellow Hokies.  Thank you President Steger.  Thank you Hokies.

Tracey Shaffer Carey
VT ‘79

April 19, 2007, 8:01pm • Reston, Virginia • #32241

AS A RIVAL OF VT I AM A DEDICATED FSU FAN. MY HEART GOES OUT TO EVERYONE WHO LOST SOMEONE THEY CARE ABOUT AND TO THE PEOPLE THEMSELVES THAT LOST THEIR LIVES. WE ALL SUPPORT YOU ALL RIVALS OR NOT YOU WILL PREVAIL AND GET HOOKIE NATION UP AND RUNNING STRONG AGAIN! MY PRYERS ARE WITH EVERYONE THERE AND YOU HAVE SOMEONE THAT YOU CAN TALK TO ALL OVER THE WORLD AS THE WORLDS HEART IS REACHING OUT TO HELP YOU ALL! WITH LOVE AND CONCERN, MORGAN BATTLE

April 19, 2007, 8:01pm • PALM BEACH COUNTY FLORIDA • #32242

My prayers and condolences are with you in this time of unimaginable tragedy.  The community in which I live will be wearing maroon and orange on our upcoming traditionally “blue and white” weekend at Penn State University.  We all wish to offer you our hands and hearts in support.

April 19, 2007, 8:01pm • University Park, PA, USA • #32243

A todas las familias de las víctimas que estuvieron en el lugar equivocado en la hora equivocada, nuestras mas sinceras condolencias por los sueños que se les arrebataron por el cruel destino de una sociedad decadente de buenos principios.
Nuestros corazones unidos por su pronto alivio y con el deseo de que no se le recriminen estos hechos a los hermanos coreanos o demas extranjeros por estos hechos reprobables.
El resto del mundo estamos con ustedes.

April 19, 2007, 8:01pm • Tamaulipas, Mexico. • #32244

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.  We are having a candlelight vigil here in Lake Charles, La., tonight in honor of Virginia Tech.  GO Virginia Tech!!!!!!!!!

Joyce, Kay, and Tina Bennett

April 19, 2007, 8:01pm • Lake Charles, La. • #32245

hugss to all that lost some one there l am so sorry when hear of it kids sure be safe at school,s my heart go,s out to you all may god be with you all jeannie from canada toronto

April 19, 2007, 8:01pm • canada toronto • #32246

I always heard of Virginia Tech for its academics for there sports and never in a million years would i think someone as twisted as this guy was would bring any harm to this Institution of Learning. My prayers are with all 32 families and anyone else that attends this school. My God give you the strenght to go forward and give you courage to come out and succeed. Lets not forget the blood that was she on this April 16 and for the assailant may God forgive you for what you have done to this nation and to the human race.

April 19, 2007, 8:01pm • Nothern California • #32247

To all the students, families of the fallen and the Faculty of Virginia Tech:
Please accept my condolences in your time of grief. I am so sorry this had to happen to some of the most promising individuals this country has ever seen and to the most loved and respected instructors at VT.
I recently discovered I was “linked” to this incident. My son, Collin Sullivan, was a classmate to one of the victims, Dan O’Neil. Collin went through elementry school as well as High School in Lincoln, R.I. with Dan. They graduated in the same class, played Little League against each other and even skated in the same parks. Collin was more of an aquaintance then a close friend but he as well as I are feeling your pain.
Please don’t be afraid to talk and let others know how you feel. Hug and cry and remember the best of your friends and co-Hokies. They will be watching you and wishing you the best and encouraging you to be the best at what you do and will do in the future.
I’ve seen the Hokies play football on TV and have seen the spirit you guys exude. Don’t loose that. I know you won’t.
I wish you all the best in the future and may your healing process be successful.
Sincerely,
Ed Sullivan

April 19, 2007, 8:01pm • Bradenton, Florida, USA • #32248

To all the families and friends of the students and professors who were taken away from us, my thoughts and prayers are with you all durring this difficult time...May God Be With You All.

April 19, 2007, 8:02pm • Fresno, California/USA • #32249

Shocked, shocked, shocked,
no other words describe this senseless, totally unbelieveable tragedy what happened to the victims.
Get those weapons out of you country !!!
And for sure out of the reach of such psychopatics !

April 19, 2007, 8:02pm • Munich, Germany • #32250

I truly am sad, both for all those involved, and for all those of us affected by this senselessness. I can only hope that our country can come together and help ease the pain and suffering you all are experiencing. I was unable to look that person in the eye when his face keeps appearing all over the media. My 15 year old daughter can read about this but can not watch what is on the tv because it becomes much more realistic to her. Those images burn in the memory and are very hard to let go. As a mother, I can only imagine what the pain of losing a child must feel like. My thoughts have been with you.
It has been too long ago to remember being a student but I pray that your strength will lie in your unity. Hold on to each other. Its ok to cry. I know, I have cried for you. God Bless You.

April 19, 2007, 8:02pm • jean from va • #32251

As an Aluminums, I want to wish the students, family members, faculity and our world-wide family of Virginia Tech my sincere compassion for the tragic events.

I have felt a state of shock, frustration and grief during the last couple of days. I could wax endlessly about how college should be an idyllic time and a transition for students to the imposing world looming ahead.

Instead, I am left finding comfort in the thoughts and memories of the shared experiences I had with classmates. I have said “Thank You” over the years to as many of them as I can for the richness of those memories. Given the recent events, I am again telling all that I appreciate them very much.

I also want to express my sincere thanks, gratitude and support to all of the current faculity, staff and students in leading the University and our Country during this difficult time.

April 19, 2007, 8:02pm • Phoenix, AZ • #32252

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone. Losing a loved one is very hard no matter how old, but losing a child is the hardest. I know first hand because my son , who was 20, was killed last year. Words cannot really help at this time but let friends and family help and just give and receive a lot of hugs. Hugs help more than words themselves. I wish I could do more. May god bless you.  Cherish all the memories of your loved one because they will help you get through this tragidy. And remember whoever you are it is okay to cry.

April 19, 2007, 8:02pm • Gloversville,NY • #32253

Dear Hokies,
Our nation prays for all of you. For your loss is our loss as a nation. As I see the pictures and hear the stories of the fallen, I am deeply saddened by the loss of such promising individuals. We must celebrate their lives.. Celebrate the joy they brought to so many people while they were here. Celebrate for their many accomplishments. Celebrate their goodness.. I pray for peace in all of your hearts.. God Bless!! Brenda

April 19, 2007, 8:02pm • Kansas City, Mo. • #32254

I can’t begin to express the sadness and disbelief we are feeling, with that being said we can’t even imagine what the Virginia Tech community is going through. You have been in our prayers every night and may God bless you.
Our sincerest condolences,
Jason & Shelby

April 19, 2007, 8:03pm • Bridgeport, MI • #32255

I am an Old Dominion University Monarch, but a native of the New River Valley.  I grew up in the shadow of Virginia Tech.  Although ODU is my alma mater, a piece of my heart has always been with Virginia Tech as my “hometown university”.  In this time of tragedy, I lay aside the ODU Monarch, because in this time, we are all Hokies.  Our hearts, prayers, and thoughts are with you.  This Friday, April 20, I will proudly wear maroon and orange, as Virginia Tech has requested. 

I am confident that Virginia Tech, in time, will rise again.  It will rise to carry on.  It will rise to remember, and never forget.  Most of all, it will rise to honor the fallen.  To quote to recent film about another college tragedy, “We Are Marshall”: 

“This is our past.  We cannot forget that.  This is your opportunity to rise from these ashes.” “When that day comes, that’s when we’ll honor them.”

April 19, 2007, 8:03pm • St. Louis, Missouri • #32256

I am a student at LaGuardia Community College and a parent of 2 children in their 20’s.  I know that there is nothing I can say to make this any easier for all of you, but I wanted you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.  This was a horrible tragedy and my heart goes out to all of you in your time of grief.  At LaGuardia, we will be honoring the memory of the victims by wearing orange and maroon tomorrow at the school.

April 19, 2007, 8:03pm • Long Island City, NY • #32257

I am a native of Virginia Beach, Va. I was shocked at what happened. I can’t imagine the feeling these wonderful people are experiencing at this time. It is awful!!!!!The healing will come. God promises that to us. Do not loose your faith. Va Tech Hokies will survive....

April 19, 2007, 8:03pm • Riverdale, Georgia..United States of America • #32258

To everyone
To my friends at Virginia Tech and especially to the victims and families and friends of the victims, my heart goes out to you.

I live in Florida, but I’m a native of Virginia and I feel so sad about what happened. I have many friends that are VT alumni, and You know, you always hear about these things, and you feel badly, but when it hits your home, it just hurts so much worse.

Everyone in Florida is thinking of you all too. I live near Gainesville and the University where they have been celebrating the NCAA championship, but this takes precedence, and they really do care about all of you.

We are all Hokies..... I will continue to think of you and pray for you.... and I can only hope they quit showing the video and pics of that guy, so that you all won’t have to deal with that anymore…

Sincerely,
A Virginian

April 19, 2007, 8:03pm • Ocala, Florida USA • #32259

When i heard about the incident on april 16th i was with a few of my friends and we all broke down crying as we watched the news. This isnt something to be taken lightly. I convinced my school to have a moment of silence for the people lost and i started a group on facebook about it. Within an hour i had over 100 members. I am so sorry and the hearts of my friends and i are with you.

April 19, 2007, 8:03pm • Grand Rapids • #32260

I am very sorry to all the families and students that were involved in the shooting.  This is a horrible things for any family to deal with.  Time heals all wounds and life will go on but never forget those that were involved when you are living your day to day lives.  For all that were involved you are in the worlds thoughts and prayers.  Every day they will be in our hearts and minds and there will be an extra kiss for all of our children everyday in memory of those who were hurt or lost their lives. 

M.Shaffer

April 19, 2007, 8:03pm • Uniontown, PA • #32261

My prayers are with the familys and loved ones of those who lost there lives,and those that where forever scared by this attack. my depest condolences go out to you.

April 19, 2007, 8:03pm • Cabot ,AR • #32262

forever in my thoughts&prayers<3

April 19, 2007, 8:03pm • Ossining, NY • #32263

Im at a lost for words. I will say that i am very sorry for the pain that everyone is going through. Hokie’s nation will get through this. you all be strong and keep your head up. Your friends wouldnt want you to stay sad for long. SMILE. and know that they are watching over you. To God be the Glory.

April 19, 2007, 8:04pm • Rockville, Maryland • #32264

My family and I would like to offer our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to everyone touched by this senseless act.  We weep for all the parents,sisters,brothers,grandparents,cousins,aunts and uncles,classmates,collegues,and friends who lost someone.  Please know that you all are in the nation’s prayers.  God Bless.

April 19, 2007, 8:04pm • Chesapeake, Virginia • #32265

The members and friends of ACPA extend our heartfelt thoughts and sympathies to the entire student body, faculty and staff of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in the loss of lives on the campus in Blacksburg, Virginia.

In memory of those who have died and those who are suffering at Virginia Tech University

“The dark today leads into light tomorrow;
There is no endless joy,
And
Yet no endless sorrow.”
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

April 19, 2007, 8:04pm • Washington, D.C. • #32266

My family & I wish to express our deepest sorrows for the friends & family of these beautiful people.  A song I was thinking about today is Michael W. Smith’s FRIENDS. How true it is that..."we’ll keep you close as always.. “ though it’s hard to let you go in the Father’s hands we know, a lifetime’s not to long to live as friends” I pray to God that your sorrows are lessened & know they are in his hands where there is no fear or suffering.

April 19, 2007, 8:04pm • parkersburg, w.v. • #32267

I’m really sorry. i new Daniel Alejandro Perez i loved him. :( i miss you ill never forget you. Im sorry for all the losses.

Anthony B.
Clinton Iowa
ILL MISS YOU

April 19, 2007, 8:05pm • clinton iowa us • #32268

As a Radford University alumni, I have spent a lot of time on Virginia Tech’s beautiful campus.  Many of my friends are Hokies.  I am heartbroken over these events and mourn with you during this very difficult time. I know that Virginia Tech WILL prevail.  God bless.  - Kristy

April 19, 2007, 8:05pm • South Carolina • #32269

May God be with you during this difficult time.

April 19, 2007, 8:06pm • Ft. Lauderdale, FL • #32270

We Are The Hokie Nation and we Stand with you! 

ALWAYS!!!

May Gods Peace Rest Upon You…

Wilmington College Student

April 19, 2007, 8:06pm • Wilmington, Ohio • #32271

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this terrible tragedy. My heart goes out to all the loved ones of each and every victim. God bless you all.

April 19, 2007, 8:06pm • Warrenton, VA/ Athens, GA • #32272

As a future student, I will honor the lives lost by choosing to continue my education at Virginia Tech and not let this tragedy affect my college decision. May God be with you all. My prays and those of us here in Jacksonville go out to all of you.

April 19, 2007, 8:06pm • Jacksonville, Florida • #32273

I’m an engineer, entrepreneur, and writer. The engineer cannot solve this. The entrepreneur cannot invent a new past. Only the writer in me can offer any measure of solace. I wrote this at VA Tech, many years ago, and I HOPE it serves well now.

HOPE

Into the night goes the watchman’s stare,
Seeking that which is not there.
Pools of darkness return his gaze,
But something is forming in the haze.

Higher still the watchman peers,
Hoping to catch a fleeting glimpse or glare.
Something moves in the gloomy dark,
Dread creeps in and makes its mark.

Suddenly a distant lamp shines bright,
And the cloaking darkness flees the light.
With that the watchman breathes a sigh,
The moon rises steady and the glow grows nigh.

With anxious hands he works the gate,
Praying silent that it would not be too late.
For if the clouds return from distant land,
The darkness may swallow the bobbing brand.

He must decide before the time is past,
To watch the light or descend at last?
For if he stays atop the wall,
He may miss the arrival’s entrance call.

If he climbs down to the greeting,
Eyes and lamp will loose their meeting.
Both are chances each with merit,
And decide he must and with that bear it.

Kingsley Montgomery, VA Tech Class of 1991

April 19, 2007, 8:06pm • Orlando, FL • #32274

As one whose family, friends, and co-workers are members of the Hokie Nation,I dedicate this short poem entitled “There Are No Words:”

“There Are No Words”
There are no words that will justly explain,
why evil finds friends in man’s actions profane.
There are no words that can thusly restrain, volleys triggered by hate, thoughts rife with disdain.
But there are words that soothe suffering and pain;they’re words that dry tears, that renew like spring rain.
In soft spoken prayers extolling the slain, hearts murmur the sounds of our loving refrain.
Ellen F. M. Posner (April 19, 2007)
In loving memory of those tragically lost to the Hokie Nation on April 16, 2007

April 19, 2007, 8:06pm • Fairfax Station, Virginia • #32275

We cannot imagine the pain, the loss and the physical suffering you are all going through.  We, like the rest of the world watched in horror on Monday.  Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to be for the weeks and months ahead.  God speed in your healing--of mind, body and spirit!!

April 19, 2007, 8:06pm • Omaha, NE • #32276

TO ALL THE FAMILIES WHO LOST A LOVED ONE AND TO ALL OF THOSE WHO WENT THROUGH SUCH A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU...GOD BLESS

April 19, 2007, 8:06pm • NORFOLK, VA. • #32277

ALl of our thoughts and prayer are with the Va Tech family; families of victims, students, faculty, friends. We, as Clemson Univ alum, fans, students are “solid orange” every friday but tomorrow, we are all Hokies.  God bless you all.

April 19, 2007, 8:06pm • Greenville, SC • #32278

For you all:

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone.
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He is Dead.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

-W.H. Auden

April 19, 2007, 8:06pm • Baltimore, Maryland • #32279

This tradegy that occured at Virginia was unfourtunate. Yesterday me and my firends all bought Virginia Tech clothing and wore it to school. Today everyone was wearing one too. My heart goes out to the poor families affected. I pray that nothing like this happens again

April 19, 2007, 8:07pm • Royal Palm Beach, Florida • #32280

respeo el dolor de todos uno nunca save lo que a uno le puede pasar dioa nos da la vida y en un momento no las quita no ay mas que reccicnacion mi sentido pesame a todos

April 19, 2007, 8:07pm • brooklyn ny • #32281

Words can not express how I feel about what has happen over the last couple of days.  As a parent I could not imagine what the parents and students are going through at this time.  Please know that my heart and prayers are with each and everyone you.

April 19, 2007, 8:07pm • Bowie, MD • #32282

My deepest sympathy goes out to the victims family, friends, and Virginia Tech Ohana.  Your loss is shared by many, even as far as here in Hawaii. I want to send out my prayers and aloha to the whole Virginia Tech ohana.  God bless you and help you to move through this tragedy.

Aloha and deepest sympathy.  Kalei C.

April 19, 2007, 8:07pm • Hilo, Hawaii • #32283

1 school; 1 town; 1 state; 1 country; 1 world; My prayers and condolences go out to everyone that has been affected by this horrible event.  May you find some comfort in knowing that there are many of us, standing as 1, to show you our support. 

Garvin Whitfield II

April 19, 2007, 8:07pm • Scotch Plains, NJ • #32284

My heart goes out to all the students, faculty, and families affected by this terrible tragedy.  My brother is a VT alum and I have always thought very highly of the Hokie community.  Please know that my class of 5th graders and myself are praying for you daily.

April 19, 2007, 8:07pm • Brooklawn, NJ • #32285