Condolences, April 19, 2007

For the students, faculty and staff - may you find peace and comfort in each other and in God.  And in time, may you find healing. 

For the injured - may God heal not only your physical wounds but your emotional wounds as well.

For the families and friends of the victims - I am so sorry for your loss, and know that there are no words that will ever make this better.  Just know that there are millions of people around the world who are praying for you.  May God give you strength, comfort and someday, the ability to forgive.

April 19, 2007, 9:41pm • Feeding Hills, Massachusetts • #32837

As a student of Penn State, I just wanted to express my condolences and let you know that we are thinking of you and your families.  Hang in there; we’re all praying for you!  I am not currently at State as I am studying abroad in Australia, however, I know that campus is pulling for you and this weekend our traditional Blue and White game will be adorned with the colors Maroon and Orange.  Go Hokies!

April 19, 2007, 9:42pm • Sydney, Australia • #32838

People always ask me What is a HOKIE?? Well today and from now on I will tell them this…

A hokie is a creature that looks like a turkey on the outside, but the reality is a Hokie is anything but a turkey on the inside. See this Hokie creature is more than that, Its truely something special. This creature is famous for the incredible bravery it shows in the face of danger. While it may be considered a flaw in other species one advantage Hokies have is they are all made with a over sized heart. If a Hokie does have a fault it could be that a Hokie spends hours trying to understand things that dont make sense to anyone else. This creature is a friend to all, and surely when God created this creature he made them strong for a reason. A hokie will stand by another hokie no matter what and True Hokies will Never forget April 16, 2007!!!! Yes I am Hokie and I’m truely blessed to be one.God Bless Virginia Tech!!!

April 19, 2007, 9:42pm • Durham, NC • #32839

We have no connection to Virginia Tech whatsoever other than for years (since the days of Jim Drunkenmiller) we have admired the heart, fight, and spirit of your football team. This week we realized that the proud qualities of your football team, as great a team as it is, are a mere reflection of those same qualities in your President, faculty, and student body. Virginia is Hokieproud!

April 19, 2007, 9:42pm • South Hill, Virginia • #32840

I am very saddened. My Heart goes out to each and everyone of you. I wish I could be there to help you get through this. Everyone of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
You are the HOKIES! You make us proud of the way you have carried yourselves through this tragic event.
Take one day at a time, and talk to one another and know that there are thousands of us that will be here if you need us.
M. LaBelle

April 19, 2007, 9:42pm • Rutland, Vermont • #32841

My sorrow is real but is nothing compared to those of you who have a loved one, a friend or a classmate that had their lives stolen that awful day.  Not only were they victims of this crime; the friends and families left behind are victims as well.  You had something stolen that day and the thief was evil and sad.
They say time heals all things… I do believe this.  It will heal but will leave a scar on your hearts forever.  What can I say?  As a Christian I will tell you that God has a plan and sometimes we do not understand the why’s but we know He does.  As a mother I would say “Why?”
For what purpose did God take my child?”
So many emotions for you to bare but know you don’t have to carry them by yourselves. I wish I could find the right words to say other then I am so sorry this happened. 
I pray that you will find peace soon.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Rosemary T. Bennett

April 19, 2007, 9:43pm • Luray, VA • #32842

May GOD grant you peace and comfort in this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and there families.

April 19, 2007, 9:43pm • Gloucester VA • #32843

Peace and love to the VT community who are having to endure such tragedy.  The students are to be admired in showing their “Hokie” strength to get through such sadness.  May the future hold kinder and gentler acts for all of you.

Cindy

April 19, 2007, 9:43pm • Crofton, Maryland • #32844

I am a faculty member at UVA and want you to know that we are all stunned by this tragedy and feel your loss deeply.  We are one with Hokies everywhere mourning your loss.  I hope you have seen, heard, and feel the outpouring of support, love, and healing wishes for Va Tech and your community from ours here in Charlottesville.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and always.

April 19, 2007, 9:43pm • Charlottesville, VA • #32845

Hello, I live in Toronto Canada and have seen alot of death in my life. 

To the Families:
I am a grievance counsellor and I know the pain of going through the steps of grieving a loved one.  I urge you to seek counselling at this difficult time.  My prayers are with all of you.

To the Administration:
From all that I have seen and read, you did the best you could do with the information you had.  Very difficult decisions and you made them.  Seek counselling.  You may feel very confused and want to help the students and families, but you will be of no help if youre not ok yourself.

To the students:
I pray to God that the violence in all our communities stop.  The gangs and drugs and fighting.  It will be difficult to put this horror behind you, but in time you will.  Seek counselling.  It’s not weak to do so, it will help you get through.  To go what you’ve gone through is nothing less than horrendous.  Talk it out as much as you can. Your emotions will be running very high for awhile and its very hard to deal with.  You are too young to have witnessed this terrible crime. So yell, scream, cry, but get it out.  My prayers are with all of you and your families.

With deep respect......Colleen

April 19, 2007, 9:44pm • Toronto, Ontario, Canada • #32846

That was shocking when my parents told me what has happened and I heard the news...I really dont know what to say,but as a student in the other part of the World,please accept my condolences and I wish you all patient..I know its so hard to go back to uni and dont see your dear friends but their memories will last forever...I wish them rest in peace and Im truly sorry for all of you and their families…

April 19, 2007, 9:44pm • Sydney,Australia • #32847

The thought and prayers of the nation are with all of you and your families. God bless

April 19, 2007, 9:44pm • Sebring, Ohio • #32848

To All Hokies and All In Mourning Across Our Nation,

You will forever be in our thoughts and prayers. Be strong and know that God is with you. Know that through the love and support of your wonderful university, you will pull together to prevail, even in this time of unbearable grief. Let the power of love you feel within your school and your homes help lift you up. May God grant you peace and hope.

April 19, 2007, 9:44pm • Cleveland, Oh • #32849

You will never be forgotten Brothers and Sisters of the Hokie Nation.  May your souls rest in peace and your families and friends hearts heal gently. 

Jack Huffman 04’

April 19, 2007, 9:45pm • Avon, Co • #32850

Deepest condelences to the families who lost their loved ones.  We wish them to be strong…

April 19, 2007, 9:45pm • Key West • #32851

I am a mother of a college student.  I think about her all the time when she is away from home.  She also has friends who attend VT.  There are not enough words to express how saddend and sorry I am for your loss.  Please know that you and your families of the lost are in my heart, thoughts and prayers..and that your Higher Power will be with you always.
Sincerlry,
Kim Chapman

April 19, 2007, 9:45pm • Wayside, NJ • #32852

To VT and all those who love you...you are in my thoughts and prayers daily. To the students...College is supposed to be the times of all times as it was for me. The joys, the sorrows, the discoveries, the relationships, so much hope put into this moment in time for you. I am sorry that this has to be a moment in time for you. My prayer is you gain from it and never let in stunt who you are meant to be today and tomorrow. Thank you to the faculty who love a college campus and all that it represents...I believe there is no greater place to be! And for all of us who are parents who entrust our children to you thank you for all you do. Thank you to those who lost their lives saving our children and teaching our children. To the resident assistant staff, I was an RA too. And I know that in all the training you do, never do you think this tragedy would become a part of you.  Stay strong...your residents love you and need you. I know what it is like to be the first line of defense, joy, hope, strength, discipline, safety and security, big brother/sister, and most of all friend to your residents. It is worth it all. My prayers for peace and strength to your family.
D. P. Allen

April 19, 2007, 9:45pm • Cartersville, GA • #32853

We all wish for something to do or say that will comfort you.  The only thing I know to do right now is pray, for you all and your great school and all the families.  Please know that we in Mountaineer country care about you more than you will ever know.  God Bless.

April 19, 2007, 9:45pm • Morgantown, WV • #32854

With deepest sympathy,

April 19, 2007, 9:45pm • Fairfax VA • #32855

You are in our prayers, constantly in our thoughts.
God bless and be with you all

April 19, 2007, 9:45pm • Emmaus, PA • #32856

As a VT Alum, I am deeply saddened by the tragedy on campus.  The events of this week are horrific & tragic no matter where they happen, but for me this is personal - VT is a place I still think of as “Home” despite having graduated 16 years ago.  My thoughts are with all of you as you try to mend.

April 19, 2007, 9:46pm • Gaithersburg, MD • #32857

God Bless everyone involved in this horrible tragedy. You’re in the thoughts and prayers of everyone in this nation and around the world. Stay strong.

-Elizabeth-

April 19, 2007, 9:46pm • Ohio • #32858

GOD BLESS VIRGINIA TECH.

GO HOOKIES!!!!!!!!

Northern Virginia Community College.

April 19, 2007, 9:46pm • chantilly, virginia • #32859

My tears continue to flow as I think of all of the mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers who will never again see that special smile or wrap their arms around the one that means so much to them.  My heart aches for each of you.  I pray that peace and amazing grace may find you as those smiles and hugs become treasured memories in your hearts. 

the mother of a UVA at Wise Student

April 19, 2007, 9:46pm • Troutville, VA • #32860

Our deepest sympathy to all of you during such a tragic time in your lives. May the memories of your loved ones and the prayers of a nation in mourning with you give you the love,comfort,and support to continue on the path that God has chosen for you.

April 19, 2007, 9:46pm • Goshen, NY • #32861

We, as retired teachers, have been most impressed with the students at VA Tech and their maturity when interviewed by the news media.  It’s possible that adults could not handle what these young people are going through at the present, and yet---these college students have and with dignity.
We will probably never understand in our life time why something like this massacre occurred and why so many innocent people lost their lives.
We ask God to bless you all and help you through this horrible ordeal.
R/L Hill

April 19, 2007, 9:48pm • Westminster, MD • #32862

So sorry for your lost and wish the world peace.

April 19, 2007, 9:48pm • nanyang, henan,P. R. China • #32863

I just printed out the mayors wish for friday at noon to honor and remember the victims of this sad loss for Virginia Tech, the state and the world. He ordered a state wide moment of silance on 4-20 and I wanted my daughter to take this print out to her school and see if they can do the same. We live in De , not Virginia, but this is a loss for our country, not just a state or a school. These bright people could have made a real differance in the world , but they were taken from us. Its so sad, such a loss, and we all feel for the parents , siblings and those closest too these students and teachers who lost their lives; God bless !
Michelle ,Ray and children

April 19, 2007, 9:48pm • Seaford De • #32864

Our continual prayers to all of you...from Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati here in southwest Ohio.

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you...Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

April 19, 2007, 9:48pm • Cincinnati, Ohio • #32865

My family and I are deeply saddened by this event as I am sure millions of people are. We have two college students in our family. We would like to send you all our deepest sympathy, as well as prayers to try to help your community to cope and heal. It will take alot of time and effort. Please take care of yourselves and know that people are out here and care very much.
Sincerely,
The Guy family

April 19, 2007, 9:49pm • Ashley Falls, MA • #32866

Our thoughts are with you.

Terry Crain
John A. Logan College

April 19, 2007, 9:49pm • Carterville, Illinois • #32867

Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with all of you today.  Our daily book of prayers had this for April 16th, sounds like it was expressly written for that day.  May you find comfort in this prayer.....

Cast down imaginations and every high and lofty thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.  Don’t let your mind be taken captive by the enemy. Instead, lead every thought and purpose away into the obedience of Christ.  Decide to be a blessing to everyone you meet today. Forgive anyone who has hurt you, and leave unresolved circumstances in God’s hands. Don’t use today to relive yesterday. Say, “I am moving forward today, in Jesus’ name.”

April 19, 2007, 9:49pm • Austin, TX • #32868

I have lost a lot in my life but not nearly anything as bad as what you all have suffered.  I just want you all to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all right now.

Mark

April 19, 2007, 9:49pm • Hartford CT • #32869

Please accept or deepest sympathies. Our prayers and love are being sent to you all. Kylie

April 19, 2007, 9:50pm • Australia • #32870

I am really sorry what happened.... I think all the countries are shocked with it… You are in our prayers… condelences

April 19, 2007, 9:50pm • Viña del Mar, Chile • #32871

To all of you in the hokie nation, we here in eastern ohio wish the shooting victims, a speedy recovery,and to those that lost loved ones, you have our deepest sympathy. This was a totally senseless act that none of us will ever forget. TO all of you the best of luck.

April 19, 2007, 9:50pm • martins ferry, ohio belmont • #32872

I don’t know anyone from VTech, but my eyes are red and dry from the tears flowing down. The personal comments from family and friends on the CNN website tribute were very stirring. May you all rest in peace. My deepest condolenses to the families and those wish those injured a speedy and full recovery. God bless VTech. - eastboca.

April 19, 2007, 9:50pm • Boca Raton, Florida • #32873

We’ve started a simple thread on our message board and it looks great.  People have made avatars and sigs with simple signs of respect and sadness to the folks of Virginia Tech.  Also many members have left their feelings within

From the Husker family to the Hokies

To see what others have said> http://www.huskerboard.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=15773

April 19, 2007, 9:50pm • Omaha, Nebraska • #32874

To say my thoughts and prayers are with you all seems like so little, but all I can offer you now.  I have cried with you this week and my heart has broken to see so many VT students and faculty whose talented and wonderful lives have been cut so senselessly short.  I think that everyone that has attended a Virginia state school has felt a little bit like a Hokie this week and been so proud to see you unwavering pride and spirit.  Please know that you are in my thoughts every step of the way.
A William & Mary Tribe alum

April 19, 2007, 9:50pm • Ashburm, VA • #32875

To be a Virginian either by Birth, Marriage, Adoption, or even on one’s Mother’s side, is an Introduction to any State in the Union,
a Passport to any Foreign Country, and a Benediction from Above.........Anonymous

To paraphrase the preceding:
To be a Hokie either by allegience,tradition, the pursuit of excellence, or the feeling of our common pain tragically brings us together as one institution, one people, one nation.  God bless those who fell, those who mourn them and those who tried and are trying, with all their heart, to make something so very wrong right.

As Professor Giovanni so eloquently stated: “We will prevail.  We are Virginia Tech.”
gt

April 19, 2007, 9:51pm • Burke, Virginia USA • #32876

my thoughts and prayers go out to the facilty and students of virginia tech and to the victims familys even though i live in Texas we are all hokies

April 19, 2007, 9:51pm • Hurst TX • #32877

As a proud Hokie alum, I humbly offer my prayers for all of the students, professors, instructors, and their families who were victims of this awful trajedy.  Please know an entire nation and indeed world is thinking of you and the University.

God bless you all, and Go Hokies!

John Yost

BS, Chemistry, Class of 1993

April 19, 2007, 9:51pm • New Market, MD • #32878

WE ARE EXTREMLY SORRY FOR ALL THE SUDDEN DEADTHS THAT OCCURE IN THE VIRGINIA TECH, I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS, AND I AM SURE THE GOD WILL BRING HARMONY TO YOU. GOD BLESS YOU.

SINCERELY HILDA BENITEZ AND CHILDREN.

I BEGG GOD THAT THIS TRAGEDY WON’T REOCCURE.
I HOPE ALL STUDENTS THINK ABOUT THE PEACE IN THE WORLD.

April 19, 2007, 9:52pm • DALLAS, TEXAS • #32879

What I have seen over the past several days has made me love the school I left over 30 yerars ago even more. I have seen a community that seems strong and compassionate and eager to help, unafraid to grieve and bind the wounds and pray and continue living. Our thoughts are with you all.

April 19, 2007, 9:52pm • Williamsburg, VA • #32880

I´m really sad about what happen last weak.
May God bless you.
Fernando 27
Argentina

April 19, 2007, 9:52pm • Buenos Aires • #32881

To all the students, staff, and parents, and family members our prayers and thoughts are with you all...I am a parent of a college student and I was crying with you all..May God Bless you all and help you all through these tragic times...We all feel your pain and we will continue to pray for you all..like the song The Prayer by Andrea Borcelli and Celion Dion goes..."I pray that you will be alright...and help us to be fine....in times that we dont know...we pray you find your light and hold it to your heart and that you all will be safe...God Bless You All

April 19, 2007, 9:52pm • New York • #32882

I am horrified and so sad - my thoughts go out to all the parents who have lost a child - I am deeply sorry

April 19, 2007, 9:52pm • Paris • #32883

Dear Everyone at Virginia Tech, their families, the injured, and the decesed,
GOD BLESS YOU. I can not imagine all the pain and suffering that surrounds you campus.I also want to send my love to the students, the families, the siblings, the friends, the injured, and the ones who have passed on. God bless you all, and I hope that we can get through this together, as a nation, as a community, as a state, as unknown friends.
Lots of love,
a mourner, and friend

April 19, 2007, 9:52pm • Alexandria, Virginia USA • #32884

My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims, their families, and the VT family.  As a member of the Aggie family, I was there in 1999 when Bonfire fell.  While that incident is in no comparison to your grief, our family went through the trial and loss of our fellow students.  I know how it feels to have the world watch you cry.  I can only hope you are comforted by knowing the world cries with you.

Gig ‘em Hokies!
Texas Aggie ‘01

April 19, 2007, 9:52pm • Houston, TX • #32885

I have never been to your campus and I do not have any personal connections to your school, but my every thought and prayer are with everyone at the campus.  My most heartfelt and sincere sympathies are extended to the students hurt and to the families of the students and faculty members who lost their lives.  God bless you all.

Ray L. VanSickle

April 19, 2007, 9:52pm • Uniontown, Pennsylvania • #32886