Condolences, April 19, 2007

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush,
Of quiet birds circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there. I did not die.

-Robert Hepburn

The victims of this incomprehensible tragedy will live on in the hearts of their friends, family, and all the people they touched throughout their lives.  Know that one day soon, instead of crying when you think of the loved ones you lost, that you will smile and remember the good times you shared with them. 

My soul aches for the entire Virginia Tech family in this dark time.  But Hokies ‘round the world be strong, the sun will shine again.

April 19, 2007, 8:34pm • kf, myrtle beach, sc • #32436

It is always painful to see young lives lost; especially in a tragedy such as this one. God gives and God takes away, and unfortunately he took away 32 innocent lives. Let Him comfort the families and loved ones of the victims and let their souls- including the one of the perpetrator rest in peace.
Raul Lara

April 19, 2007, 8:34pm • Riverside, CA • #32437

We are so very very sorry for the loss of all of your family and friends.All of our families heavey hearts thought’s and prayers go out to you.We will never forget that day 04/16/07.And always remember you are HOKIES!! And you are Virginia Tech you will Prevail!! GO HOKIES!!!!  Sincerely:With Love from all of our families.Heflin-Cline family April,David,Neil& Tim,Brittany Lancaster family Holly,Jason &Becky GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 19, 2007, 8:34pm • Gettysburg Pennsylvania • #32438

I Am HeartBroken To Hear What Happened At Virginia Tech! Just Watching It On The News Makes Me So Depressed! My Prayers Are With All The Families.

April 19, 2007, 8:34pm • Crystal Wilson, Glendora, Calif • #32439

My name is Noelia, I am 16 years old,I dont stop thinking about this tragedy,the victims,their families,and all those precious futures that are now lost.I pray for them and their families,that God can give them the strnght and guide them to get through this.
Since I was young I have always wanted to go continue my studies in the United States,and now I have decided to attend Virginia Tech,when the time comes,in memory of these students.
I pour my heart out to everyone in this difficult time,and send the students and the families all my love and prayers.
Noelia Elizabeth.

April 19, 2007, 8:34pm • Buenos Aires Argentina • #32440

Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to the family and friends of the Virginia Tech tragedy. You are in our thoughts and prayers today and always.

April 19, 2007, 8:35pm • Kim Hewitt and Matt Cooper, Ramsey, NJ and Pittsbu • #32441

I just want to let all the students, faculty and families know that I am thinking of them through this tragic time. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone. As a college student myself, I can’t even imagine how someone could do this. God Bless you all!!

April 19, 2007, 8:35pm • Tifton, GA • #32442

May God be with you all at VT as you mourn the loss and celebrate the lives of 32 outstanding individuals.

Jim

April 19, 2007, 8:35pm • Rutgers Alumni , NJ • #32443

My heart goes out to the entire community! They are all victims of this terrible tragedy. I was a member of the Littleton community at the time of the Columbine shooting and we all suffered tremendously. The Virginia Tech community will remain in my prayers.

April 19, 2007, 8:35pm • Huntington Beach, CA • #32444

May God Bless the entire Virginia Tech community and the nation as a whole.

April 19, 2007, 8:35pm • Fort Washington, MD • #32445

My brother has been a student of Virginia Tech for the last 3 years. He is part of the VT corp of cadets and I must say they rock. It has become a huge part of his life and in so became part of mine. The tragic events have hit so close to home for me thinking it could be my friends and my family. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of those who did lose those special people they loved and cared for. I pray that the tragedy that occured will never again take place and that the broken hearts of everyone across the world will heal. I know it will take time for my brother and I to recovery the pain we have felt and I’m sure many feel the same way. My thoughts and my prayers are with you all. Laurie

April 19, 2007, 8:35pm • King George VA • #32446

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone effected by this tragic event. May god be with you in this time of tragedy.

April 19, 2007, 8:35pm • Somerset, PA • #32447

It just blows my mind that a day could start out so great, but end so much worse.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of those at Virginia Tech.  Please remember that through all these hard times, you have an entire world behind you, wishing all the best.

April 19, 2007, 8:35pm • Ft. Lauderdale, FL • #32448

I am so sorry for what has happened. My heart and prayers are with all of you!

I made this to show my support…

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April 19, 2007, 8:35pm • Bremerton, WA • #32449

My heart goes out to everyone at VT.I am sadden and hurting for all the lives that were lost and to the ones that were hurt and had to see this happen before them.To all the families that have suffered, I wish I could put my arms around you and tell you that it will be ok. Know that it will be ok one day and that your loved ones are smiling down on you right now.It’s sad that it brings people together in a time like this but I hope it gives you comfort that people care and are thinking of you.May all of you at VT be safe and get through this together.I am praying for all.God bless you all. Autumn Thompson

April 19, 2007, 8:36pm • Martinsburg, WV • #32450

Our hearts break with the VA Tech family. The souls of those lost soar - their spirits will live in the memories of those who loved them and inspire those who’s lives they touched.  Those of us who only know them by their names and faces will forever be changed by their loss and the tragedy of the event that took them too soon.  God Bless you all!

April 19, 2007, 8:36pm • Elk Grove, CA • #32451

My thoughts and prayers are definitly with the friends and family of the loved ones lost in this tragedy. May God continue to watch over them as they are now in a better place.

Charisma White

April 19, 2007, 8:36pm • Fredericksburg, Va • #32452

I was deeply sad to hear what happen at Virginia Tech on monday. I just want to say that your not alone during this sad time a me and many of my friends from Johnson & wales university are behind you with thoughts and pryers for the whole Virginia Tech family,and the family who loss love ones. During this hard and sad time.

Steven Daddazio

April 19, 2007, 8:36pm • providence, RI • #32453

I WAS BORN A TARHEEL, BUT ON APRIL 16TH I BECAME A HOKIE. FROM EVERYONE HERE IN NORTH CAROLINA, YOU ARE ALL IN OUR HEARTS, OUR THOUGHTS AND OUR PRAYERS. GOD BLESS YOU ALL! 

DONALD GODFREY AND ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS

April 19, 2007, 8:36pm • SANFORD, NORTH CAROLINA • #32454

As a Hokie Mom and Wife, I send love and prayers to all the students, faculty, staff and their families. Karen C.

April 19, 2007, 8:36pm • Roanoke, VA • #32455

My deepest sympathies to the families of the victims. As a mother, my heart bleeds for them. For the survivors, be strong for each other, and know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of the world. I am so sorry.
Teresa

April 19, 2007, 8:36pm • Montreal, Canada • #32456

God Bless each and everyone of the families and friends in this most tragic time.

April 19, 2007, 8:37pm • washington pa • #32457

I am a Hokie who is fortunate enough to possess both a Bachelor’s, as well as a Master’s degree, from Virginia Tech. My heart is breaking for the victims, their families and friends, and all the Tech alumni. Who could have ever thought that an event of this magnitude would ever happen in our quiet Blacksburg? And yet, I have never been prouder of my university than I have been this past week, as I watched those brave young students continiously speak of the Hokie Nation, Hokie pride, and their love for Virginia Tech. As the whole world watched, they displayed courage, pride, dignity and a sense of community in spite of this senseless tragedy. Never again will anyone have to ask the question “What is a Hokie?”, because this week, they saw it for themselves. As a University, we will get through this together, because as Nicki Giovanni said, “We ARE Virginia Tech!”
Gretchen, Class of 1978

April 19, 2007, 8:37pm • Nokesville, Virginia • #32458

I Pray that the Lord gives all your Families the strength and will to continue to pull through your hard times, Take time to remember all the good times you had with your love ones and they’ll continue to be by your sides in spirit and mind....
God Bless you all~

April 19, 2007, 8:37pm • Honolulu, Hawaii • #32459

I am a VT grad and the parent of a VT student who lost a friend on 4/16.  I am stunned and profoundly sad at what has occurred at my beautiful, wonderful school.  My heart is broken for the students and especially for the families of those who died.  I’m so grateful that my daughter wasn’t physically harmed, but I can’t help think but for fate what could have been, and I hug her longer and stronger.  Love each other - show it and say it, we don’t know when we may not be able to - that’s what’s really important.
Stephanie ‘85

April 19, 2007, 8:37pm • Sedley, Virginia • #32460

I am deeply saddened and horrified by this outrageous tragedy .I want to express my deepest sympathies and condolences to all of you for your loss.I am from china,you know that the entire world grieves with you .
May God bless and keep the souls of the lost. And may His love touch all those who suffer and grieve.
cuiyinhu

April 19, 2007, 8:37pm • China • #32461

TO THE VIRGINIA TECH FAMILY,I WOULD LIKE TO SEND MY PRAYERS TO THE ENTIRE FAMILY,I TOO HAVE A SON IN HIS THIRD YEAR IN COLLEGE AND WE TALK ON A REGULAR BASIS,IT IS SUCH A SHAME THAT WE CAN’T EVEN SEND OUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL TO GET A EDUCATION AND TO BECOME SOMEBODY,I HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO ABSORB ALL OF THIS YET BUT I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU ALL KNOW THAT OTHERS CARE VERY MUCH! MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU ALL AND KEEP YOU.

April 19, 2007, 8:37pm • EUCLID OHIO • #32462

There are not words to describe the pain you must feel and there are not always answers to the questions you might have. Just stay strong and stay together, time will help you through.

God bless the hokie nation and all the families who have lost someone.

The world mourns with you.

AW Turnersville NJ

April 19, 2007, 8:37pm • Turnersville NJ • #32463

I am so sorry for the lost of loved ones and for the tragic that struck. I couldn’t believe it when I heard that there was a student shooting his classmates and that 32people were killed. That is so awful that sum1 would do that. But my thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of the loved ones they lost.

April 19, 2007, 8:37pm • Charleston,WV • #32464

sorry for lost for family i am sad want i saw on tv rebecca reep

April 19, 2007, 8:37pm • ocala fl usa • #32465

Professor Liviu Librescu- a true hero/martyr. Thank you for giving your life so your students could live. Rest in Peace

Pat- El Paso Community College

April 19, 2007, 8:38pm • El Paso, Texas • #32466

The Officers and Crew of the USS Ronald Reagan would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the friends and families of this terrible tragedy.  We are moved by the strength of your students and faculty and we will continue to pray for all of you.

April 19, 2007, 8:38pm • Underway in the Pacific Ocean • #32467

So proud to be a Hokie!
We will prevail!

Stan Dawson
B.Arch ‘66

April 19, 2007, 8:38pm • Kilmarnock, Virginia • #32468

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.

Staci

April 19, 2007, 8:39pm • Logan, Utah • #32469

I pray for the families and all those affected by this terrible tragedy.

My condolecens goes to every single person who perish with the loss of his loved one!…

On the other hand.. don’t forget there are also everyday-VTech situation in the other part of the world, Iraq and Somalia to mention some.
And I was wondering if Cho was a muslim.. what will the FBI, CIA and all news midai whould have made of it…

I was ashamed and surprised when he call the name Jesus!

Wow.. what an enemy within!…
As God created man.. let his soul rest in peace with all the other

Amen

April 19, 2007, 8:39pm • France • #32470

Our prayers are with you. May God keep you in his arms. They have become our angels. May their wings open and keep us safe. GOD BLESS YOU.
Robin,John & Allen W.(VWC)

April 19, 2007, 8:39pm • Rochelle,Va. • #32471

To all the students, parents, faculty and staff:

I am deeply sorry for the lost that you have experienced as a result of this tragic event.  Mere words cannot express how I feel and I can only imagine how you fell.  Just know that my prayers are with you all.

Sincerely,
S. Christopher
A fellow college educator, S

April 19, 2007, 8:39pm • Eden, MD • #32472

God Bless Vriginia Tech. I just dont know how something like this could happen. I am from Lynchburg Va. I am a huge VUA fan.I went out and bought a VT shirt and coat and I plan on wearing it to show my support! My Thoughts and Prayers are with you all.

God Bless
Tyler

April 19, 2007, 8:40pm • Lynchburg Va • #32473

Virginia Tech Community, Your Families and Friends,

Our family would like to extend our deepest sympathy for your loss and our daily prayers for your healing.  As a mother and a teacher, it breaks my heart to watch what you must endure.  Please know we will continue to keep you in our prayers for the days, weeks, and months ahead.
Believe.
Hope.
Dream.
God Bless You!
The Jones Family

April 19, 2007, 8:40pm • West Haven, Connecticut • #32474

My sincerest condolences.  Your loved ones will never be forgotten.  God bless.

Kevin M.

April 19, 2007, 8:40pm • Kensington, MD • #32475

I cannot begin to imagine the pain and grief the family members and friends of the victims are experiencing.  Reading through the biographies breaks my heart—each victim was an angel here and is now one in heaven.  Stay strong Hokies-- you are in my thoughts and prayers.  God bless you!

April 19, 2007, 8:40pm • Martinsburg, WV • #32476

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at Virginia Tech as we struggle to grasp why and how this happened. Please remember the love being sent your way from around the world.

April 19, 2007, 8:40pm • Hamilton, Ontario, Canada • #32477

To the Viginia Tech family;

We too know the “horror of hate”. Today,as we honor the 12th anniversary of the OKC Bombing, we also have now included the “VT family” in our prayers of peace. Joann Balfour

April 19, 2007, 8:40pm • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma • #32478

May we all reach out to one another remembering lives lost but never forgotten.  Do not let a day pass without giving thanks.  Our hearts are heavy at this time.  May we learn something from this tragedy about ourselves.

April 19, 2007, 8:40pm • Fullerton, California • #32479

To those who have suffered the loss of a loved one;
To those who were injured;
To those who witnessed;
To those students and faculty and families of VT;
You are all in my prayers, the prayers of my church, and the prayers of this nation.
May God grant you strength and courage for the days, weeks and months ahead.
They will not be forgotten.
“Th Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
In Christ,
Kaye B.

April 19, 2007, 8:41pm • Milford, DE • #32480

O our God!  These are Thy servants and the sons and daughters of Thy servants who hath believed in Thee.  Thou art, verily, of those who show mercy the most merciful.

Deal with them, O Thou Who forgivest the sins of men and women and concealest their faults, as beseemeth the heaven of Thy bounty and the ocean of Thy grace.  Grant them admission within the precincts of Thy transcendent mercy that was before the foundation of earth and heaven.  There is no God but Thee, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Generous.

April 19, 2007, 8:41pm • Louisville, KY • #32481

My prayers and condolences go out to all the familys and friends that lost someone. God is with all of you durning this hard time The ones that were lost are now and always will be remembered and consider heros to the whole nation. My prayers go out the faculty and students at the VT. God Bless

April 19, 2007, 8:41pm • Lake Worth, FL • #32482

Dear Virginia Tech Family,

We are the proud family of a VT alum.  It is with heartfelt sadness that we send our condolences to all of you. 

It is with much pride that we witness the sense of community, strength, friendship, grace and love that you have shown each other and the world during this unspeakable tragedy.

It is what drew our son, Michael, to Virginia Tech.  It is what keeps all of us and now the world...forever connected and part of the VT Family.

All of you will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers…
WE WILL SURVIVE...WE WILL OVERCOME...WE ARE THE HOKIES...WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH!

God Bless and keep you in His merciful grace and care,
The Gentile Family - from Harrison City, PA

April 19, 2007, 8:41pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #32483

We were so saddened to hear of the tragedy at Virgina Tech. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Virginia Tech students, families, friends and the community. God Bless you all. May you feel God’s presence during this diffcult time. From: Rick and Trish T

April 19, 2007, 8:41pm • Willard, Ohio • #32484

My fellow Hokies,

My heart has been broken by the horrible events on campus. I’ll be wearing orange and maroon tomorrow in Warsaw, Poland at the American Embassy.

Hokies worldwide feel the horror and pain.

We love you! We shall prevail! We are Virginia Tech!

Angela Palazzolo (IS/PSCI 1995)
Past-President
National Capital Region Chapter
Virginia Tech Alumni Association

April 19, 2007, 8:41pm • Poland • #32485