Condolences, April 19, 2007

I would like to send my warmest condolences to all the families that lost loved ones.  We never know what the master has in store for us, but we must understand that he makes no mistakes.  I will keep you all and the entire Hokie nation in my prayers.  My self and my fellow Clemson Tigers will look forward to hosting and honoring you when you come to visit us in the coming year.  May we all celebrate the lives that those who were lost lived and honor their memories.  For at this time we are ALL HOKIES!

AN CU ‘02

April 19, 2007, 9:12pm • Athens, Georgia • #32687

I too share in the grief for all the victims of April 16th including the perpetrator. Here in Australia nearly 11 yrs ago we had a similar massacre in a beautiful tourist spot. I remember only too well the grief and disbelief I felt then and this has only served to remind me how fleeting is our life here on earth.
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference.
Thy will not mine be done.

April 19, 2007, 9:12pm • Gunnedah. NSW. AUSTRALIA • #32688

Hey ! don’t remember, that not too long ago about 90 % of Americans did not want to use any German products ?
Why being so upset about Cho Seung-Hui’s remarks about the kids all having a Mercedes ?

April 19, 2007, 9:13pm • Henk, The Netherlands • #32689

GO HOKIES!!!
GO HOKIES!!!
GO HOKIES!!!

My thoughts an prayers are with the families whos children died.

Yasir

April 19, 2007, 9:13pm • USA • #32690

Chris B.
First of all I would like to say to the ENTIRE hokie community in Blacksburg i give to you my deepest deepest condolences and I wish we could all turn back time and reverse this most senseless of crimes. I love all of hokie nation and I pray that this terrorist attack never happens again. All who has lost a loved one is in my prayers forever. The sad part in all of this is that we have all lost brilliant , genius, wonderful human beings and it bothers me that this moron had to take away suck precious gifts of society. With that said I love you all and GOD BLESS VIRGINIA TECH UNIVERSITY!!!!!!!!!! For anyone thats in virginia beach, chesapeake, hampton, newport news, portsmouth and elsewhere in Virginia, this friday april 20th at mount trashmore in virginia beach they will be holding a vigil for Virginia tech and it is asked that everyone wear maroon and gold. 6:30 p.m.
Memorial ceremony. Sponsored by Tidewater Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, Mount Trashmore, 310 Edwin Drive, Virginia Beach. www.tidewaterhokies.com for a map.

April 19, 2007, 9:13pm • virginia beach virginia • #32691

As a VT alum, my heart aches for all of those affected by this tragedy.  As we all mourn for the losses of such precious lives please let us remember Virginia Tech’s motto: Ut Prosim, That I May Serve and do something to honor those who have passed away.

April 19, 2007, 9:13pm • Alexandria, VA • #32692

May God be with each of you during these difficult times. Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. Take solace in that great hymn of the church “We’ll Understand It Better, Bye and Bye.”

Dr. & Mrs. Alfred O. Taylor, Jr.

April 19, 2007, 9:13pm • Arlington. Virginia • #32693

As a 1986 Tech graduate currently in the Philippines on business, I would like to express condolences to all affected by this tragedy. 

In Asia during this tragedy, I wish to share a portion of my letter to the Philippine Star:

“With (an Asian) named as the shooter, I wish to ensure all Pinoy’s, and indeed all Asians, that Virginia Tech will continue to welcome talented students from the Philippines and around the world.  Once a new student arrives on campus...they are welcomed as one of us – part of a ..proud line of tradition, community and fellowship.”

To quote professor Giovanni; “We are the Hokies.  We will Prevail… We are Virginia Tech.”

I encourage all Hokie Nation members throughout Asia to reach out and assure all current and future Hokies, from Korea to Hong Kong, Manila to Singapore - when you are a Hokie, it is for life.  Together we will stand, grieve and recover, while never forgetting.  Blacksburg will always be a welcoming home

Thanks to all who have provided me and other Hokies away from home with support. God Bless you and Va Tech. 

Rod Goins
Concord, NC
Currently in Manila.

April 19, 2007, 9:13pm • Manila Philippines • #32694

Fellow Hokies,

I am deeply saddened by the horrific events of 16 April.  My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims.

But I am also very proud of the way you, the survivors, have come together as a family to deal with this tragedy and its aftermath.  You are strong and resilient.  As you struggle to cope with the range of emotions you have experienced and will experience, continue to draw strength and comfort from each other and from us, your alumni family.

Brian Robinson, Class of ‘73

April 19, 2007, 9:14pm • Centreville, VA • #32695

To the Virginia Tech family, words can not express my sorrow for the loss of life on April 16th. I commend you all for coming together and showing your support for one another and for your school following the events on that tragic day. May we all find peace. God bless you all.

Sherry

April 19, 2007, 9:14pm • Huntsville, Alabama • #32696

No words can describe the way i felt after hearing what happened. This tragedy will never be forgotten. 
We will prevail over this. Our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased, the injured and all the students and family’s.

April 19, 2007, 9:14pm • Virginia • #32697

As a resident of Virginia and a student at James Madison University, this tragedy has hit so frighteningly close to home. However, I’m glad to say that everyone here at JMU has been showing their support for VT. Virginia Tech is a fantastic school and it’s such a shame that something so horrible happened at such a great place. I’m so thankful that my friends at the school are safe, but at the same time my heart goes out to every single person who has been affected by these tragedy and it is so painful to think about the people whose lives were unneccesarily cut short. I give my best wishes and support to all of the Hokies and their families.

April 19, 2007, 9:14pm • Harrisonburg, Virginia • #32698

As a student, I was deeply shocked when I heard about the VT shootings, but what has shocked me most since then has been the incredible turnout of people who have been willing to comment or do something to show how much they care. This alone has completely shattered any doubts that I have had about the people and culture of this country. God Bless America. God Bless VT. God Bless all of you who have shown how much you care.

April 19, 2007, 9:14pm • North Carolina • #32699

As a nation we mourn with you. In such a short time innocence and security were lost. Our world seems so much darker, however hope lies in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the God of all comfort. HE alone can heal your wounds. Jesus has the ability to comfort your soul and bring you peace that surpasses all understanding. Turn to Him and trust that He will not forsake you.
Love and prayers always,
Nichole S.

April 19, 2007, 9:14pm • Springfield Gardens, NY • #32700

I graduated from VT in May 2005, I have never missed VT, Blacksburg, or my life at Tech as much as I have this past week.  My thoughts and prayers are with the victims families and friends.  Nobody deserves to be feeling so much pain.

April 19, 2007, 9:15pm • Ashburn, VA • #32701

My prayers are added to the hundreds of thousands of others who ask for your comfort and that you feel the love of the Lord and all the love sent to you from the world of caring people.
I have lost 2 children and have some idea of your anguish. Turn to your God and know you are loved.

April 19, 2007, 9:15pm • New Albany, Indiana USA • #32702

My heartfelt condolences goes out to all the families friends and coworkers of the Virginia Tech tragedy. For those still in the hospital I pray for a speedy and complete recovery.

April 19, 2007, 9:15pm • Santa Clara, Ca USA • #32703

May God look over each and everyone of you and grant you the protection and healing that is needed. We will always keep you in our hearts and prayers.

April 19, 2007, 9:15pm • Lexington Park, Md • #32704

My name is Millisa, and I live in Tennessee. Just wanted to let you know that you all have my thoughts and prayers during this time. May the God bless you all.

Psalm 23
1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

April 19, 2007, 9:16pm • Crossville, TN • #32705

Hello VT, What happened at your school is so unbelievable, it breaks my heart knowing that someone would do this. You have so many people supporting you, not only the VT community, or the state of Virginia but states all over and Country and other various Countries. I am a student at Penn State University and we have had memorial services and cards and we are not done there, different events are going on to raise money. I think that a program called e2campus.com should be at every school. I recently learned of this. Its a system that your school has that holds your cell phone and anytime there is any sort or emergency, you will receive a text on your phone. I hope more schools will invest in this program. Again Myself and Penn state university have all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Stay Strong!

April 19, 2007, 9:16pm • Pennsylvania - <3MG- • #32706

As a parent of a college student in Washington State, I cannot imagine what you and your parents are going through.  May God heal your broken hearts and replace the pain with memories of your friends and loved ones. We are crying and mourning with you.

Tanya

April 19, 2007, 9:16pm • Castle Rock, Washington • #32707

I am so sorry for the tragedy that took place

Please stay strong

April 19, 2007, 9:16pm • New London CT • #32708

May everyone affected by this tragedy find comfort and strength in Christ and each other.--Lisa W.

April 19, 2007, 9:16pm • Anderson, SC • #32709

We embrace you as family and pray for the solace of your souls.

Lisa N.

April 19, 2007, 9:17pm • Naperville, IL • #32710

You are not alone but craddled in the love, prayers, and support of the world. May each of you effected by this devastating loss draw strength from love and the healing hands that are on you. As has been sung - love is the only house big enough for all the pain in the world. This intense period of pain too shall pass. Praying that peace may be with you.

April 19, 2007, 9:17pm • San Diego, CA • #32711

On behalf of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority, I would like to offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families, students, faculty, and administration of Virginia Tech.  Our hearts are heavy with sorrow as we know this tragedy will forever impact your community. 

While we are saddened by this great tragedy, we know that the strength, courage and perseverance of your Hokie community will guide you through this difficult time.  We wish you peace as you continue on the path to healing.

With great sadness,
Lara Cegala-Williams
Director of Collegiate Chapters
Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority

April 19, 2007, 9:17pm • Liberty Township, OH • #32712

Our heart and prayer are with you VT
Be strong and show every one that we’re one big family thay always stick togather.We’ll heal and rise from this event.
Sathon Vijarnwannaluk
VT aiumni 2002

April 19, 2007, 9:17pm • Bangkok, THailand • #32713

My heart is with you
My prayers are with you
I share your grief
The son of a friend is currently a freshman at VT, while I rejoice that he is safe, I cry for the tragedy you’ve had to face
My son is a graduate of VT, I cried when his reserve unit was sent to Iraq, now I cry for you in Virginia
I am proud of your courage, your coming together to provide support for each other
My heart is with you
My prayers are with you
I share your grief
You are indeed VIRGINIA TECH

April 19, 2007, 9:17pm • Emporia, Virginia, USA • #32714

I would like to first say I am a truck driver for KLLM Transport Services, out of Jackson, MS. I drove past Blacksburg that horrible day at 10:30am. I seen all the cops, and ambulances going south on I-81. I didnt think much of it....until I turned on the tv and seen the shocking news. I kept watching and listening to fox on xm radio all day and I still listening to it. My heart crys for the young people, and the great teachers who lost theirs lives that day. I would like to shed a tear for the families, loved ones, and the caring students. My heart, prayers, and thoughts will be with all of you. May this world become peace one day.

Caring truck Drive,
Jason Coe

April 19, 2007, 9:17pm • Stamford, NY • #32715

The Hokie nation will stand together as one. Please know our hearts and prayers are with you.

April 19, 2007, 9:18pm • Martinsville VA • #32716

My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy goes out to the entire Va. Tech family. I have a son at Texas A&M and something of this magnitude shocks everyone, especially parents with kids away in college. My mere words cannot express the sorrow I feel. Every story I hear about the students taken from this world makes me want to cry. God Bless you all and God Bless our children, our future. You are all in my prayers.
Stand Tall, Stay Strong!

April 19, 2007, 9:18pm • Garland, Texas USA • #32717

It takes one.
One person to take everything away from us. One person to take our safety, sense of community, and hope away in one moment......
But it also takes one to grab the hand of a stranger in need, and help that person through the most trying time of their life. To the community of Blacksburg, VA and to the student body and faculty at Virgina Tech I am extending my hand to you. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families. May God Bless You All!

April 19, 2007, 9:18pm • Massillon, Ohio • #32718

“Life’s Crazy Zoo”

My heart goes out
to the families & friends…
of the VA Tech Massacre.
I pray you can make amends.

Amends with the mad man
that caused all this.
Peace with your loss –
though far from bliss.

God knew it would happen…
happen this way.
I’m sure he shed many a tear
on that dark day.

Signing up for classes
the semester before.
Having no idea
what was to wash ashore.

Now we untangle
a tangled life.
Tolerating the signs
of his internal strife.

Until you get to Heaven –
allow his/her spirit to live within you.
We don’t have all the answers
in life’s crazy zoo.

Paddle on, paddle on
to a new dawn.
Take time to grieve
& please still believe…

God loves you…
this message He did send.
Rest assured –
you will see them again.

Written by:
Andrew D. Everstine
April 19th, 2007

April 19, 2007, 9:18pm • Springfield, VA • #32719

We have always admired the Hokies and respected the spirit and passion of your athletic teams.
Now in this time of grieving and reflection on the horrible act that took so many bright and shining lives,we again have the utmost admiration for the way you have rallied together as a family at the university. May God bless you and shower you with strength to overcome this most difficult tragedy. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Roger & Ruby

April 19, 2007, 9:18pm • Chilhowie,VA • #32720

Three days ago, Virginia Tech was yet another educational institution for me, a father of two college students. I live in Massachusetts and today the incident strikes me as though my own children had been involved in this incident. My heart goes out to the friends and families of all those who died in this barbaric incident. What a waste of life, that too of a group of innocent, elite human beings! Let us all join hands in combating this culture of gun violence in society and in seats of learning such as Virginia Tech.

April 19, 2007, 9:19pm • Norwood, MA • #32721

Take care of yourselves, so you may take care of each other. Stand strong and in unity. The HOKIES WILL PREVAIL through a great grief, with a great love, for each other! Randy O.

April 19, 2007, 9:19pm • Boones Mill, Va. • #32722

God Bless and Keep You all.  My heart aches along with the rest of the world for you all and your VT community. I pray for peace and healing come quickly to you.

April 19, 2007, 9:19pm • Chesapeake VA • #32723

Our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you as you begin to cope with this great tragedy.  Please know you are not alone. 

We send you our love.

April 19, 2007, 9:19pm • Chevy Chase, Maryland • #32724

To our friends at VA Tech - Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers every minute of every day since Monday and this will continue for days, months and years to come. This is a time for friends and family to come together for comfort and strength but know that you are being uplifted in prayer all across this world by complete strangers in the hopes that it will offer a glimmer of comfort and peace to you. I am unable to imagine the pain the family and friends are feeling but in time this pain will ease and the wonderful memories of those lost will live on forever in each and everyone of you. All across this world...WE ARE HOKIES!!!!

April 19, 2007, 9:20pm • Suffolk, VA • #32725

i am keeping y’all in my prayers and i am thinking about you every single second of the day. on Friday i will be wearing your colors and i will be passing out some maroon and orange ribbons. Go Hokies!!!

April 19, 2007, 9:20pm • Hampton, New Hampshire • #32726

I am deeply sorry for the victims familys and the Virginia Tech Community. We are sending our thoughts and prayers from Tampa,Florida! Hang in there! Support one another and again deeply sorry for that day April 16, 2007. Go Virginia Tech!!!

April 19, 2007, 9:20pm • Tampa,Florida USA • #32727

Life is truly a fragile thing. It is when things like this happen then we begin to realise that life is just like a twig.

No words can begin to make the pain disappear but to the families and friends of the victims, the deepest condolences from a fellow human being.

M Khairi

April 19, 2007, 9:20pm • NTU, Singapore • #32728

We are thinking and praying for all of you in Minnesota.  God bless.

April 19, 2007, 9:20pm • Mankato, Minnesota • #32729

My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to the victims, families and friends of the tragedy. God bless all of you. <3

Lindsay

April 19, 2007, 9:21pm • New Hope, Pennsylvania • #32730

My prayers and condolences go to the families and friends of those who were lost. This comes from the heart of Fightin’ Irish country. May God be with you and bless you all…

April 19, 2007, 9:21pm • Elkhart,IN • #32731

From the early days when Jamestown was founded until now, Virginians have had to overcome hardships ,misfortunes, sickness, and death. But Virginians have always made it. With our faith. God has a plan for all of us and God will always bless us. Va Tech is and always will be the heart of a Virginian. Strength, Unity, and Faith. GO Hokies!!!
May god bless every one of us.

April 19, 2007, 9:21pm • Virginia Beach, VA • #32732

I’m deeply saddened by the tragedy occurred in VT. My heart goes to all the victims in this tragedy. Wish a speedy recovery to all the injuried people.
Cindy Sun

April 19, 2007, 9:21pm • Shaanxi, China • #32733

My prayers and thoughts are with all the victims and with their families...this was a horrible tragedy that should have never happened.. i wish their was something i could do for the families because i can only begin to imagine how they feel!! but yall are in my prayers and i will continue to pray for you!! love amy

April 19, 2007, 9:21pm • York, South Carolina • #32734

May you all find peace and comfort with each passing day on the loss of your fellow classmates, family, friends and collegues.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I lost my brother in a car accident in 1974.  He was 21 and I keep him in my heart every day.  I would like to share a poem with everyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one.

WHEN I MUST LEAVE YOU

When I must leave you
for a little while,
Please go on bravely
with a gallant smile
And for my sake and in my name,
Live on and do all things the same-
Spend not your life in empty days,
But fill each waking hour
in useful ways-
Reach out your hand
in comfort and in cheer
And I in turn will comfort you and hold you near.

Helen Steiner Rice

Glynda

April 19, 2007, 9:21pm • King, North Carolina • #32735

Im a long time VT fan. When I heard the new s Ialmost fell to my knees HOKIES WILL OVER COME The families are in our hearts and prayers

April 19, 2007, 9:21pm • Roanoke,Virginia • #32736