Condolences, April 19, 2007

As the mother of four children, two in college and two in high school here in Northern Virginia, and a UVA alum and instructor, I want to express my deepest sympathy and heartfelt caring for all of the Hokies among us.  My children have many friends at Tech, and we pray that you all find comfort in knowing that you are firmly in the hearts and prayers of the world. 

I also want to credit the University for making wise decisions concerning the academic life of its students and faculty right now.  Clearly this time is for healing.

For now, we are all Hokies.  Hugs to all.

April 19, 2007, 8:58pm • Oak Hill, VA • #32587

The family and friends of the victims, as well as, the entire Virginia Tech community are in my thoughts and prayers.  May God bless and comfort you all.  May you all continue to find strength in Him.  Continue to show the nation your Hokie Strength. 

We are Virginia Tech.  We will prevail. . .

April 19, 2007, 8:58pm • Wytheville, VA • #32588

REMEMBER....
1) Remember their lives
2) Remember their spirit
3) Remember their smiles
4) Remember their laughter
5) Remember their hugs & kisses
6) Remember their essence
7) Remember their dreams
8) Remember their accomplishments
9) Remember their hopes
10)Remember their wishes
11)Remember their presence
12)Remember their warmth
13)Remember their favorite song
14)Remember their first steps
15)Remember their first words
16)Remember their first laugh
17)Remember their mothers & fathers that need our support
18)Remember their children that long for their touch
19)Remember their brothers & sisters who ache for their presence
20)Remember their family that can’t live without them
21)Remember their friends that try to make it without them
22)Remember their contributions to those in need
23)Remember their daily strive to achieve
24)Remember their quest for education
25)Remember their goals to educate
26)Remember their selfless acts of kindness
27)Remember their pride as true Hoakies
28)Remember their community which they served
29)Remember their achievements big and small
30)Remember their beliefs that kept them strong
31)Remember their hearts so full of love
32)REMEMBER 32 BEAUTIFUL LIVES

A.L. JONES

April 19, 2007, 8:58pm • Chicago, IL USA • #32589

At this deaply saddened time, our love with overcome.  The entire nation is grieving along with the Hokie Nation.  My absolute heartfelt condolences to all of the family and friends of the victims.  My prayers go out to the entire VT campus.  The Husker nation prays for you and will never forget.  Nebraska supports you all!!!!  Go Hokies!!!

April 19, 2007, 8:58pm • Lincoln, NE • #32590

Remember Hokies,

You earned getting into Virginia Tech. May you find the strength to prosper and honor the lives lost. Hang in there.

Sahand

April 19, 2007, 8:59pm • Clifton/Centreville, Virginia • #32591

To all the families I pray that you have peace one day. I am so sorry for your terrible loss. No parent should have to go through this. You are all in my prayers.
Amy Gross
Silver Spring Maryland

April 19, 2007, 8:59pm • Silver Spring Maryland • #32592

Please know that you are all in our thoughts and
prayers.  May God Bless each and everyone of you.
S. DiSalvo

April 19, 2007, 8:59pm • Bellbrook , OH USA • #32593

To all who lost a loved one on Monday, and to the victims that are in the hospital, and all of the faculty and students at VT,
May your hearts be comforted during this sad time by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this dark time at your university.  What happened on Monday has affected us all and you are not alone in this. So keep standing strong! Your actions this week have made up proud! Go Hokies!!!

April 19, 2007, 8:59pm • Alexandria, VA. • #32594

Today are hearts are heavy, are tears stream down, we pray for those who have lost so much…

As a parent of a VT freshman I can say with complete assurance that I have never been prouder to be a Hokie parent. Thank you to the University staff and the blacksburg police...you did your best. Today our entire nation are HOKIES.
Amy J.

April 19, 2007, 8:59pm • Woodbridge, VA • #32595

My heart sinks of the thought that someone could do such devasting things to students, professors; and the families and friends that have to move forward and go on after this.

My whole soul and spirit goes out to the entire campus, each family, and the community.

May God Bless each of you and make you stronger.

Jill E Keeney

April 19, 2007, 8:59pm • St James, Missouri • #32596

My heart breaks for the families and friends who lost a loved one in this tragedy.  Please remember though that the spirit, of each who was lost, will not and cannot be lost....as they will live on in loving memories.

April 19, 2007, 8:59pm • Virginia • #32597

My husband and I were so saddened to think of all the good people and families impacted by this tragedy.  News coverage never does justice to the secret hearts and kind minds trying to make sense out of such grief.  May we all look to Divine healing as we forgive and cherrish those close to us, moving forward with resolve to choose the higher road that leads to peace and understanding.
We are including you in our daily prayers and hope there will be unity of care amoung you.
Rosemary Barfuss

April 19, 2007, 8:59pm • Booise, ID • #32598

My daughter and I took a final tour of the campus on the afternoon of April 13th before deciding to finalize the admissions documents.  We could feel the high spirit through the student admissions and campus tour guides and in interactions of the guides with their friends on campus.

We were shocked with the news on Monday, and I left work to spend time with her.  We had a very quiet and close conversation and I said that the University needs strong spirits to help them out at this most difficult time to which my daughter stroked an invisible “1” in the air above her head to say with conviction: “that’s me.”

We’re coming...we’re Hokies.

April 19, 2007, 9:00pm • Ashburn, Virginia • #32599

May God keep each of you and your families in the palm of his hand. You have special angel watching over you. Our prayers are with you all.

April 19, 2007, 9:00pm • Chesapeake, VA • #32600

As parents of a Demon Deacon we feel that we became your parents on April 16th. We have mourned for you. We have grieved for you and we have prayed for you. You are not alone. A Nation stands with you.

April 19, 2007, 9:00pm • Ellicott City, MD • #32601

My heart goes out to all the family and friends of the victims. I’m an Australian and miles away from Virginia Tech but it is still such a horrific event- you can feel its influence even here. I know that this will be lost amongst all the other condolences, but all the same, I have to share my sympathies. I’m not a very religious person but may God guide you through what you must be feeling.

April 19, 2007, 9:00pm • Brisbane, Queensland, Australia • #32602

As the friend of a Nurse Administrator murdered at the hand of a madman at the University of Arizona in 2002, I am reminded of the pain and hopelessness I once felt. Be strong, young students, remember your loved ones are safe in the arms of the Lord.

Life is brief, but love is strong.

Robert and Linda Kumet

April 19, 2007, 9:00pm • Tucson, Arizona • #32603

i know that i didn’t know any of the victims from the school, but i am deeply sadened and shocked at the horror that has come upon the school. i would like to send my deepest sympathy to all of the familys and friends that have lost a loved one on that dreadful day. R.I.P. we will never forget those that lost their lives on that day.
delila ward

April 19, 2007, 9:01pm • Port Clinton, OH • #32604

May God Bless all those impacted by this horrific tradegy. My prayers and love are with the entire campus of VT and with all those who suffered such uncomprehensible loss.

With Love and Respect,
Jesse Lambert

April 19, 2007, 9:01pm • St. Amant, Louisiana • #32605

I am deeply sadden to hear such tragedy, my deepest condolence to the Virginia Tech Family and Friends.  Be strong and may you find strength and comfort in each other and heal from loss of the loved ones.

April 19, 2007, 9:01pm • Alhambra, CA • #32606

I am the mother of two college female students. I simply cannot fathom the horror the victims and their families have experienced.  My heart and prayers go out to all of those whom this tragedy has affected.  From Columbine to Virginia Tech, a mother has to wonder just how safe are her children when they’re supposed to be in a safe, education-oriented facility.  Please remember that the country grieves with you.  You will never be forgotten.  Corrine G.

April 19, 2007, 9:01pm • Holyoke, Massachusetts • #32607

I can not imagine the pain and suffering all the families and friends of the victims must be going through.  Know you all are in my thoughts and prayers.  My heart goes out to you all.  May the void in your life at this time be filled with blessings from the Lord.  May God Bless you all.

April 19, 2007, 9:02pm • Kingwood, Texas • #32608

This tradgedy has taken the whole country by surprise. Never will I forget what happened on April 16, 2007. I grieve for the students and faculty that lost their lives, and I pray for their families. I am also praying for Cho and his family. Maybe if he hadn’t been picked on, this wouldn’t have happened, but we will never be for sure. All I can say is that if I could have done something, I would have.
God Bless Virginia Tech!!

April 19, 2007, 9:02pm • Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, USA • #32609

I have never seen Virginia Tech in person, but this tragic event has brought me closer than ever. I share the sadness, emptiness and feel the tremendous loss deep in my heart. I only know the victims from the pictures, but those alone have told me wonderful stories that I will never forget. I want to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of the victims, friends and all those who were affected, one way or another. I know now that it has affected me somehow and hopefully overcoming this will make us a stronger person. This event has changed my life forever.

Effendy Lim
University of California, Irvine
Class of ‘05

April 19, 2007, 9:02pm • Rowland Heights, California • #32610

one may think that this whole country is mourning but the truth is that the whole world is. I am from India and am saddened by the death of both professor Loganathanan and Minal Panchal. I dont know them but they seem like they were nice, wonderful people. I am also saddened by the thought that something like this had to happen.It is very tragic and my prayers go out to all those that have died, the families, friends and entire faculty members of virginia tech. Stay strong.

April 19, 2007, 9:02pm • India • #32611

My family would like to let everyone at V-Tech to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts go out to each of the families who lost someone that day.Our prayers are with you also. No one can explain why things like this have to happen. Just remember God is with you and he will never leave you. God Bless You All.

April 19, 2007, 9:02pm • OKlahoma • #32612

Godspeed.

April 19, 2007, 9:02pm • Rock Island, IL • #32613

I cannot even to begin to express how truely sorry I am for everyone who was involved in this terrible tragedy.  I just wanted to tell everyone at Virginia Tech that we here at Michigan State University have you in our prayers.  From East Lansing to Blacksburg, we will come together and pray for those lost in this horrific tragedy.  The Spartans are here for the Hokies and today we put aside our college affiliations and become one.  We are all Hokies!

Jen

April 19, 2007, 9:02pm • East Lansing, Michigan • #32614

I send my condolences to your familes,friends,and your school.I’m sadden by this tradgey. But god is with you at the whole time. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. God bless all of you....

April 19, 2007, 9:03pm • Norfolk, Virginia • #32615

I’m a mother of five and I can’t imagine what the parent’s of these victims are going through even what the rest of the families may be going through.All I would like to say is be strong and seek GOD! He is the only thing that can help you through this right now. I know they say time heals everything but GOD brings peace and comfort in those darkest hours. I know it’s hard to seek him when a tragedy like this happens but he is always there. Be strong and I and many others will be praying for you in this time of need. May God Bless you all.
GOD BLESS KIM AND FAMILY.......

April 19, 2007, 9:03pm • Holyoke, Mass • #32616

God is with us. Our nations thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 19, 2007, 9:03pm • Louisville Kentucky • #32617

My prayers and thoughts are with the survivors, family of the victims, students and the entire community of Blacksburg. God Bless you all

April 19, 2007, 9:03pm • Mountain View, Ca. • #32618

As a parent of a college student that is very far away from me I can’t imagine something like this happening my prayers are with all of the families and friends of the students and profressors at the university may god bless you all!!!  Cindy S

April 19, 2007, 9:03pm • Connersville indiana • #32619

My heart is broken for all those friends and families who are mourning the loss of their loved one. The world prays for you as we mourn the precious lives lost in this immeasurable and senseless tragedy.

To all those grieving, may you find peace and comfort in the memories of your lost loved ones, and in those around you. May God’s love envelop you and give you strength, peace, and hope.

April 19, 2007, 9:03pm • Alexandria, VA • #32620

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.  Know that the entire world is grieving with you, and you are not alone in this painful process that you all have to go through. Not only today, but tomorrow and the days to come you will remain in our prayers. God Bless!

April 19, 2007, 9:03pm • Murfreesboro, TN • #32621

I like everyone else am deeply saddened at the loss of so many beautiful people. The questions being asked of the “how” was he able to get a gun should really be, why was he able to stay at the school after being seen by a judge for stalking 2 women and other in appropriate acts? Anyone can get a gun-if not legally, illegally. We need to do something about the protection we give to people WE need to be protected from!Please lets work to get the laws changed!

April 19, 2007, 9:04pm • Fresno, CA • #32622

My heart goes out to all the grieving friends and family members.  I hold you in my prayers.  And to the students on campus, stay strong and focused on your promising futures.

April 19, 2007, 9:04pm • Miami, FL • #32623

Yet another bewildering, unbearable tragedy unfolded before us this week.

Everyone lost was a mother’s child.  Most were just starting out on what should have been a long and rewarding life.

My heart goes out to everyone caught up in this truly horrific event.

When I just heard that all those who perished would be given their Graduate Degrees posthumously, I wept buckets - it was actually the sweetest thing amid all the pain. 

Please know, all at Virginia Tech, that there are people all over the world sending you their love and support.

April 19, 2007, 9:04pm • Scotland, UK • #32624

I am a HOKIE
I belong to the HOKIE NATION
I have pride in my HOKIE heritage
I weep for my fallen HOKIE family
“We Shall revail”
God bless Virginia TEch

ML ChE ‘55

April 19, 2007, 9:04pm • Wallingford, PA • #32625

I am deeply sorry for what has happened to all of you in VT. May GOD bless you all and drown away all your sorrows. My heart and all my prayers got out to the victims families and may GOD alway give you all the strength to go on.

April 19, 2007, 9:05pm • Burnay, B.C. , Canada • #32626

Shine through and rise up Hokies! You have the support of the world in the palm of your hand. You make us proud.
jason

proud to be native VA

April 19, 2007, 9:05pm • Atlanta,GA • #32627

My condolences go out to all those who were hurt in this tragedy, I may not attend or will be attending VT, but my heart goes out to all those affected.

May the Hokie Spirit rise and overcome any burden.

-Steven B.

April 19, 2007, 9:05pm • South Hill, VA • #32628

As I watched clips of Mondays events on a Tuesday news program, I noticed my 6 yr old son watching as well.  The heroic efforts of police, school officials and Emergency Workers, students and staff supporting each other in their anguish, and friends and family of these 32 beautiful people, lovingly describing them to us.  Seeing my tears, he came to me and said “Mom, I bet God is so proud of the people at that school.  If we all love each other like they do, maybe shooters and wars will learn to love too.” At that moment, I felt a such a sense of pride in all of you.  Thank You all for the wonderful example you have set for my son and the rest of this troubled world.  We continue to pray for you all, the souls of the victims, the injured and the traumatized.  All our love and sympathy to you.

April 19, 2007, 9:05pm • Hoisington, Kansas • #32629

I am 13. I live in Chesterfield, Virginia. I am a huge UVA fan but i have been wearing my mom’s VT sweatshirt to show my support for the good cause. I pray for all the people who died in this tragedy. And I pray for the families who lost a loved one in this Tragedy.

-Alexis J.

April 19, 2007, 9:05pm • Chesterfield, Virginia • #32630

To the Students/Staff/Faculty & Families of VT victims; Our prayers are with you all and always remember those encouraging words spoken by Professor Nikki Giovanni “The Hokie Nation embraces our own and reaches out with open heart and hands to those who offer their hearts and minds. We are strong, and brave, and innocent, and unafraid. We are better than we think and not quite what we want to be. We are alive to the imaginations and the possibilities. We will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears and through all our sadness.  We will united with the VT Family this Friday 4/20 and wear “Orange and Maroon Effect” to support those families of those who were lost. God Bless you and keep you.

April 19, 2007, 9:05pm • Oakland, California • #32631

In this moment the only thing I can say is that I’m deeply sorry for those who lived that horrible tragedy and in this moment We should pray and give our best thoughts for those who aren’t here with us anymore…

April 19, 2007, 9:06pm • Venezuela • #32632

Today, We Are All Hokies

In the bright April morning
without warning to us all,
A few thousand lives were shattered
and we watched 32 people fall.
And a billion souls felt empty,
and flags will at half-mast fly
In memory of the innocent
who didn’t have to die.
We’ve lost brothers, sisters, cousins.
We’ve lost family and friends.
Bu we’ve made the choice
not to forget their lives and tragic ends.
Though we’ve had our share
of troubles we have put them all aside
As a nation grieves we find ourselves
defending them with pride.
We’re a nation of survivors,
with one heart we share a tear.
But we live to serve the memory,
not giving into fear.
Though he tries to take security
with the things he’s done and said,
All his acts of inhumanity
bring unity instead.
So we stand here as a family.
One heart, one soul, one voice.
We are challenged by this moment
and united here by choice.
[Adapted from “Nation of Suvivors” by Jack Foshee Jr.]

I would like to give my deepest and sincerest condolences to the the University, families, and students at Va Tech.

Our Hearts Are With You Hokies

Ocean Lakes High School

April 19, 2007, 9:06pm • Virginia Beach • #32633

I am so sorry for your loss.  I can’t begin to imagine your pain.
May God give you the strength to move on.  May he hold you in his arms

God Bless

April 19, 2007, 9:06pm • Acworth, Georgia • #32634

So glad to find this Website....it is a way of feeling close to each and everyone of you.  Helplessness is what so many Americans are feeling at this time.....we want so much to help you, to console you, to wrap our arms around you....FEEL AMERICA & THE WORLD DOING ALL OF THE ABOVE AND MORE.  On Monday morning each and every heart in our country missed at least one beat.  We sat rivited to news reports and were numb at what we saw and heard.
Each of you, the students, faculty, family & friends of Virgina Tech..
THE HOKIES ...showed us all what a close family truly exists on this beautiful Blacksburg Campus.  I pray this horrific incident will only bring each of you closer together and that VT will be a becon of light to all of us.  Thank you for the light you have already shown.  Know that each of you is loved.  The Lassalle Family

April 19, 2007, 9:06pm • Poplarville, Mississippi • #32635

Sorry for your loss, Virginia Tech.  The world shares the deepest sorrow with you all.  Stay strong and may God bless you all at Virginia Tech.

April 19, 2007, 9:06pm • New York, NY • #32636