Condolences, April 19, 2007

Words can hardly convey the depth of sorrow we feel for the loss of your children, family members, and friends.  Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.  Phyllis Sparks

April 19, 2007, 8:08pm • Glendale, Arizona • #32286

To the families, friends, faculty and administrators at Virginia Tech, across the country and Blacksburg community-

My deepest condolences and prayers are with you;
Knowing that this dark moment will somehow bear light.

May peace and blessings be with you.

April 19, 2007, 8:09pm • Woodbridge, VA • #32287

We are thinking of the victims, the families, the students...everyone who is touched by this very, very tragic event.  We are praying for you! We send you our love and with our extended arms worldwide please feel our unified embrace. You will continue to be in our thoughts and daily prayers.  Kate

April 19, 2007, 8:09pm • Mobile Alabama • #32288

My heart goes out to all the families and friends of the victims of this tragic action.  My prayers go out to all of you as well and also all the friends and families of those injured.  May God help you through this journey to recovery.

Devin Piercy
Virginia Commonwealth University

April 19, 2007, 8:09pm • South Hill, Va • #32289

Thirty Two Lives lost, what impact could they have made in the future, The World now knows of the horror that took place at VT .
I PRAY THAT THE SOULS OF THOSE LOST FIND PEASE
and that the Families gain comfort in that they are not alone in their time sorrow.
All of us at WILKES UNIVERSITY send condolences
to the studient body.

April 19, 2007, 8:10pm • WILKES-BARE,PENNSYLVANIA • #32290

Give all of us the strength to remember that life is so very fragile.
We are all vulnerable and we will all at some point in our lives, fall.
We will all fall.
We must carry this in our hearts, that what we have is special.
That it can be taken from us, and that when it is taken from us, we will be tested.
We will be tested to our very souls.
We will now all be tested.
It is these time’s, it is this pain, that allows us to look inside ourselves.

God Bless
DMI-University of Michigan ‘05
Go Blue
And
GO HOKIES!

April 19, 2007, 8:10pm • Long Beach, CA • #32291

we are very sorry for what happend im a 12 year old and now i have realized how are world could be so cruel. just by seeing the names of those who have died it makes me want to cry. we will be praying for every one.

-Veronica Felix

April 19, 2007, 8:10pm • Azusa,CA • #32292

On behalf of all the students at Franciscan University of Steubenville (Steubenville, OH), I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the victims of this tragic event.  No one ever knows why these things happen.  But God has a plan for all of us and these individuals were meant to do bigger and better things.  Know that each and every one of you are in our thoughts and prayers.  God Bless the Hokies!

Renee
Franciscan University Alum ‘07

April 19, 2007, 8:10pm • Steubenville, Ohio • #32293

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families and friends of the victims, as well as the entire student body of Virginia Tech.

April 19, 2007, 8:10pm • Grand Rapids, Michigan • #32294

Feeling the warmth of the sunshine on my face and taking in the beautiful surrounding scenery of Virginia Tech, and breathing in the fresh mountain air while feeling the energy of learning, the inspiration of professors, the freshness of the young people around me.  These have always been my thoughts of my days in Blacksburg in the late 70’s and early 80’s…
My heart is sore and my eyes still covered with a veil of tears...As am a parent of a college aged daughter, and an alumnus, I send my prayers, thoughts, compassion, and Love.  I am so so sorry that this happened. I will hold all Hokies in my heart in a much deeper place, still beautiful, but now, stronger with even more unity, may God be with all the people who have suffered during this sad and senseless event, and may we all regain strength and Love and breathe the air of Virginia Tech in with hope. C. Dorr Paullin

April 19, 2007, 8:10pm • Richmond, VA • #32295

I’ve never been more proud of being part of something, than I was of being a Hokie.

Today, a woman looked at my sweatshirt and said “Oh, I can’t stand to look at your shirt; it makes me so sick.” She meant it to be caring, sensitive to recent events, but I’ve never felt so angry. 

I’m angry. I’m angry with cameras violating my campus, my sanctuary. I’m angry with people who think they know me, my school, my way of life because they saw it on TV. I’m angry with people who judge what decisions were made. And of course, I’m angry and disgusted with someone who would take life so effortlessly.

I’m angry, but I am confident.  I am confident that in the same way we are defined by Virginia Tech, we define what Virginia Tech is. We define the Hokies through our school of business, our engineers, our liberal arts, our research, our volunteering, our clubs, and yes, our football. I am confident that long after the cameras are gone and the pressure has relented, we will be there—together, united, and stronger than ever. We have lost, and we suffer, but we grow. We will not endure such violation of our House without taking from it some sense of self. Our identity is undiminished; our faith in one another – in our school – unwavering.

April 19, 2007, 8:10pm • Fairfax, VA • #32296

I am from Oklahoma City, my son wrote this poem after the bombing, it helps me everyday.

The Great Equation

The Great Equation is not addition, subtraction, division or multiplication, it is
about a nation that is divided by races.  What has our world come to?
We blame our problems on calculation, persuasion when we can’t find elation
in the relation of a nation because of races.  We must learn to respect the colored
and uncolored faces of our nation.  This is an invitation to learn about the great
equation of our nation
.
It is a mystery that will be found out.  African Americans, Asian
Americans, Caucasian Americans, Mexican Americans, all Americans colored and
uncolored faces make the equation.

Black, white, yellow, and tan colors don’t matter, let’s join hands to respect and
love our fellow man.  For we cannot hate the people of the nation that make the
equation of a living nation.

Langston Hughes, Mia Angelo, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickerson, these are all great poets from different races.  The colored and uncolored faces of a nation
that needs reconciliation to become part of the.......Great Equation

Anthony L Bender aka Blakely age 15
Oklahoma City Ok

April 19, 2007, 8:11pm • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma • #32297

TO ALL VA TECH STUDENTS STAFF AND FAMILY MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU.MAY GOD HELP YOU ALL THROUGH THIS TRAGEDY...GOD BLESS YOU ALL…

VICKIE

April 19, 2007, 8:11pm • NORFOLK, VA. • #32298

I Will Like to Send all My love and Support to the families of the victims. i will keep these families in my prayers. God Bless All and i wish these families the best of luck!

McKeisha Chiverton

April 19, 2007, 8:11pm • Dorchester, MA • #32299

To the members of the Virginia Tech community and all effected by this tragedy -

We can not share with you enough condolences to heal your pain and nothing anyone says will bring your loved one(s) back, nor will it take away the pain that this tragic event has caused for you.

But we can tell you that we overwhelmingly support you and hope that you can grow through this dark time while coming out of it a strong individual. The country is surrounding you with thought, prayers and love during this time.

Much love.

April 19, 2007, 8:11pm • Bonney Lake, WA • #32300

Praying for your school, faculty, students and families.  I am a Teacher’s Aide at an elem. school here in SC. We are wearing your school colors tomorrow.
Cathy Calamas

April 19, 2007, 8:11pm • Columbia, SC • #32301

Thoughts and sincere sentiments come from Minnesota. None of us can begin to imagine the undeserving horror at your campus. Before this sad day, our schools competed and we chose our sides. Someday we’ll resume our rivalry, but for now our campuses are all united to provide the support for you at Virginia Tech. God Bless all of you.

April 19, 2007, 8:12pm • Minnesota • #32302

Like so many others this week, I have been unable to turn away from the TV.  The images from your campus community are haunting.  Yet, I see a strength in the faces of the students.  I am praying for all of you and for all of the families of such promising young people, taken way too soon.  My prayers extend to those faculty members, also.  Being a teacher, I share a connection with them.  May God bless you all and may He bestow peace upon you.

Bette

April 19, 2007, 8:12pm • Haverhill, MA • #32303

Cry and prayer for Mr. Partahi Mamora Halomoan Lumbantoruan, my former roommate.

Wu M.

April 19, 2007, 8:12pm • Blacksburg, VA • #32304

My heart goes out to you and your loved ones.  It’s good we have in ourselves and all people when we can help each other in need and to spread the love and goodness to each other.
God bless you.
All the best. I’m on a mission to see the global brand FUTURE to benefit all people and all countries .
KGA
founder /president
www.futurevisionaries.com

April 19, 2007, 8:12pm • Bismarck ND ,US • #32305

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Virginia Tech community.
Barb

April 19, 2007, 8:12pm • Charleston, WV • #32306

As a parent of two college students, I can only image the pain, grief and heartache the family members are going through.  When I first heard of this horrendous tragedy my first reaction was to contact them to make sure that they were safe.  It is a sad world that we live in today.  My prayers go out to each and every victim and victims families.  My prayers are also with those that survived.

April 19, 2007, 8:12pm • Sever, MD • #32307

Dear Friends,

I would like to convey my deepest sympathies to you for the loss of so many beloved members of your Virginia Tech Family.  I work at Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts and am extremely saddened by this senseless act.  I’ll contiue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.  Stay Strong Hokies. 

Julie Murteira
Stonehill Skyhawk

April 19, 2007, 8:12pm • North Easton, Massachusetts • #32308

I can hardly find the adequate words to express my sympathy to the families of the victims, to the wounded and to the entire Virginia Tech family.  Please know that the prayers of myself and my family are with you and I hope that they provide some comfort in this difficult time.

April 19, 2007, 8:12pm • Mount Olive, Alabama • #32309

May you find some peace through all this tradgedy.  God bless each and every one of you. Many people across the Globe are sending prayers of love and healing to all those who are mourning.
May you find some comfort in the treasured memories of those lost loved ones.
Heartfelt sympathy and loving prayers sent to you from AZ

April 19, 2007, 8:12pm • GIlbert, AZ • #32310

To the Students, Faculty, Parents of our beloved Tech,
Please know that each and every one of you are in our thoughts and continuous prayers. No words can ever begin to express the pain that the nation has felt, and I can’t imagine even for a second being on the frontline of this tragedy.  May God Bless you all.  We are with you.  Go Hokies!!

April 19, 2007, 8:12pm • Gloucester, VA • #32311

I am a mother. I have two children.  One beautiful daughter who is attending the same univeristy I work for and one son who died at the age of 23. I know your terrible pain, shock, gut wrenching sorrow. I am so sorry for every one concerned. This has affected all of us. My heart goes out to all of you. God Bless You....
Linda

April 19, 2007, 8:12pm • New York • #32312

As a staff member of a California university I was shocked and saddened by what happened on Monday.  I will pray for the families and loved ones of those that lost their lives and also for the recovery of the students that suffered injuries in this most heinous attack.

April 19, 2007, 8:13pm • Fresno, CA • #32313

I send my love and support..God Bless all..you will be in my prayers!

April 19, 2007, 8:13pm • Dorchester, MA • #32314

I listen along with the Nation and indeed the world as the tragedy unfolds in Virginia. There are no words in my head or heart to adequately convey feelings over this horrific, tragic and inexplicable loss of life. As a mother and grandmother I personally offer up my prayers for and deepest condolences and sympathies to the families and friends of all the victims. When speaking with my son’s wife in Virginia, she told me “...there isn’t a family here who hasn’t been touched in some way...either being related to or knowing a victim of this horrible tragedy…” My granddaughter has a friend who was wounded; my son works with a man who’s daughter (a VTU student) lost two friends; my grandson graduated high school with one of the victims...it goes on and on and on…. We can only pray that out of this there will one day come some ongoing good...but for now we can only share in your sadness as parents and as Americans....to always remember them in our hearts....and repeat with you the chant that identifies and unifies you as a school, as scholars and colleagues forever...Go Hokies!

April 19, 2007, 8:13pm • Weaverville CA • #32315

My Sisters and I heard about the tragedy we are really sorry for all the people who died during this tragedy.Our school will be support this for you we
will be praying for you and the people that died....

April 19, 2007, 8:13pm • houston ,texas, • #32316

May you find comfort and support from each other to see you through this terrible tradgedy. Do not let others question what you did, or what you should have done. Hind sight makes everyone an expert. This is an incredibly difficult time for all involved. We should be focusing on and sending our thoughts and prayers to them.

Thoughts and prayers are sent to you from Maine.

April 19, 2007, 8:13pm • Rockport, Maine • #32317

To all the parents who have lost a child
My son was a freshman at VT in 2001 but his life ended November 21, 2001 in a car accident.  As a parent who has lost a child, I know some of what you are going through.  I have been praying for all of you since Monday.  The hole in your heart will always be there, but life will get bearable again some day - never the same, but bearable.  Eventually, the good memories will suppress the bad ones.  Pray each morning for strength to make it through the day.  Give thanks each night that you made it through another day.  This helps me and I hope it will offer some comfort to you.

Ruth

April 19, 2007, 8:14pm • Roanoke, VA • #32318

It would be impossible to say anything that could help you at this time but I hope you can find comfort in the fact that everyone around the world is thinking of you and wish we could take away your pain. Stay together, be there for eachother and live a great life full of hope and dreams for yourselves and for those who no longer have that opportunity. One day at a time......my thoughts and prayers are with you every day.
Nicole Bruce

April 19, 2007, 8:14pm • Toronto, Ontario Canada • #32319

Words cannot express the grief, disbelief and outrage I’m experiencing. I suppose all I can say is I’m so terribly sorry for what has happened and I pray for comfort and healing for everyone touched by this enormous tragedy. May the souls of your departed students rest in peace and may light perpetual shine upon them.

April 19, 2007, 8:14pm • Fort Worth, TX • #32320

If Tears could build a stairway
and memories were a lane,
I would walk right up to Heaven
And bring you back again.

No Farewell words were spoken
No time to say Good-Bye,
You were gone before I knew it
And only God knows why.

My heart still aches in sadness,
And secret tears still flow,
What it ment to lose you,
No one will ever know.

But now I know you want me
To mourn for you no more,
To remember all the happy times
Life still has much in store.

Since you’ll never be forgotten,
I pledge to you today
A hallowed place with my heart
Is where you’ll always stay.

Unknown

April 19, 2007, 8:15pm • Mills River, NC • #32321

Mis condolencias a toda la comunidad universitaria y sus familiares. 

Es importante la oracion en este y en todo momento.

“Una lagrima se evapora pero una oración por mi va al cielo”

April 19, 2007, 8:15pm • San Juan, Puerto Rico • #32322

My prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this tragic event. I applaud Va Tech and Blacksburg for showing what “community” is all about and how special each and everyone of them is. I applaud the President of Va Tech and the Chief of Police for making Va Tech the safe environment all students have been accustomed to and no one could have suspected such a horrific act could ever take place there. My son attended Va Tech and always felt safe and secure as a student. It was a rewarding experience for him that he would never trade.
After the healing, I am sure Va Tech will again strive to be a very safe, secure and an enriching experience for any one.
I am praying for everyone and hope all can heal. The victims and survivors will never be forgotten.

April 19, 2007, 8:15pm • Mechanicsville, Va. • #32323

I spent more than half my life in Virginia, long enough ago to still think of your school as VPI.
I’m a student at Stetson University College of Law in Tampa Bay, Florida.
I want you to know your sadness is felt here.  Our campus will remember you on Friday, April 20th.  Our American Flag is lowered to honor those you lost.
My prayers have been and will continue to be with you.  I know that a loving God will bring comfort and healing and peace.
Be Blessed.
C. A. Ransone
Candidate for Juris Doctor
May 2007

April 19, 2007, 8:15pm • Plant City, Florida, USA • #32324

There are no words to console a loved one for the absence of a life.  All precious.  My heart greaves for you.  I have read each of there names and there all too short stories.  Please know that your loss is felt and prayed for.  God Bless
Leah Rial

April 19, 2007, 8:15pm • Los Angeles, CA • #32325

No words are enough to express the sorrow.  My love, thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of the students and families at VT. Hokie Pride :) WD ‘01

April 19, 2007, 8:15pm • Downingtown, PA • #32326

My husband and I would like to offer our deepest sympathy for everyone at VA Tech.
May it bring some comfort to know that people you will probably never meet are thinking of you and praying for you.  You will all continue to be in our thoughts. 
From Boston, Mass

April 19, 2007, 8:16pm • Boston, MA USA • #32327

I was shocked and saddened by the tragedy that happened on your campus on April 16 2007. So Many young lives lost for no real reason. God needed ANGELS and so he took them all home to him. May those remaining, feel God helping them to get thru this terrible time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

April 19, 2007, 8:16pm • Cressona, Pa • #32328

To all the students, faculty and members of their
families:
I am so, so sorry about your tragedy. I was
horrified when I watched the news.
My heart goes out to all ad do my prayers.
Be strong and carry on for those lost and
their families.
God Bless all of you.

April 19, 2007, 8:17pm • Beaverton Oregon USA • #32329

Hey guys at VT,
I am a freshman in high school. The reason I say this is to just give you a glimpse of how much everyone is hurting with you guys. What happened Monday was completly unexpected. Tomorrw, I will be wearing Hokie colors to show my support.

I know how much you guys are hurting. But, remember, God always works for the good of those who love Him. ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’ Romans 8:28

Even though it’s hard, we are all here for you. Every single person across this nation and even in other countries are praying. God does answer prayer. He will give us all strength. Love you guys so much.

WE ARE HOKIES!!!!!!!

In Christ,
Miranda

April 19, 2007, 8:17pm • Danville, VA. • #32330

I was shocked just hearing the news, I cant even imagine what it was like for those who were actully there.My school wants everyone to dress in VT colors, orange and maroon, and we are having at miday a moment of remeberance.I hope someday you will recover from this tragedy but I know you will always keep this moment deep in your memorie and I just want you to know, my friends, family and I feel sorry for you.

April 19, 2007, 8:17pm • Fredericksburg, Virgina • #32331

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families and friends of the people who were taken from you in the Virginia Tech shooting. It is hard to believe that something like this could happen in Virginia. The people of So Bo, VA are going to be remembering with you on Friday while we wear the VT colors. Someone, also, put up ribbons with the colors on everything that could be seen.
Jennifer Nichols

April 19, 2007, 8:17pm • South Boston, VA • #32332

You are all in my prayers!

April 19, 2007, 8:17pm • Bluefield , VA • #32333

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and all of the Virginia Tech community as they deal with their loss.  I know that you will never forget this tragic event, but I hope that time will allow your memories of good times to overshadow the bad.  God bless all of you.

Carol

April 19, 2007, 8:17pm • Meadowview, Virginia • #32334

To Hokie Nation,
I still can’t believe what happened on that tragic Monday morning in mid-April.
To the 32 amazing people that lost their lives that day....I can’t imagine what you went through in those classrooms at Norris Hall. You will not be forgotten.
From Happy Valley to Blacksburg, VA....please know that the Penn State family supports you during these trying times.
I will be wearing maroon and orange at the PSU spring football game this Saturday.
-CL

April 19, 2007, 8:17pm • State College, PA • #32335