Condolences, April 19, 2007

My heart out to you all and I know most others are feeling the same thing. We all grieve for your lost classmates. Please stay strong and remember you’re not alone.

April 19, 2007, 10:02pm • Albany, New York • #32937

I truly am sorry for every single victim at Virginia Tech. It must be harsh for family and friends. I do not understand losing a loved one well but just hang in there. I don’t think anyone deserved this grief and pain.

April 19, 2007, 10:02pm • Kansas City Missouri • #32938

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay strong!

April 19, 2007, 10:02pm • West Chester, PA • #32939

To all of you and all of us who are hurting from the tragic events at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007:  We will overcome this and become better and stronger than ever before!  God Bless Virginia Tech and its students and faculty and staff!!

April 19, 2007, 10:02pm • Fairfax, VA • #32940

My husband and I want to send out or deepest condolences to all the families of the Tech students and the students themselves that lost someone in this tragedy. Noone knows why horrible things happen, but God gives us strength to make it through each day and we will be praying that you find that strength to carry on. Stand strong, stand together. We’re behind you, beside you every step of the way. Much love to all.
~Ashley and Matt

April 19, 2007, 10:02pm • Vinton, VA • #32941

My prayers and thoughts are with all the victims and everyone effected by this terrible tragedy. People all around the world are parying for you VT, stay strong and God bless!! - Stephanie

April 19, 2007, 10:02pm • Toms River, New Jersey • #32942

May GOD bless everyone in the wake of this horrid tragedy!  I pray that families and friends of those victims may find peace and meaning in this horrible aftermath that they are forced to deal with. Also, that those that must return to class this comming monday do so with a sense of safety and pride.  College students across America feel your pain and are keeping you all in our prayers!

Bre :)

April 19, 2007, 10:03pm • Omaha, NE • #32943

Hi Y’all,

We all live to become other people’s.........  Memories.....

GOD BLESS…

Alwayz,

J. Ilao

April 19, 2007, 10:03pm • Cerritos, California • #32944

as parents of three wonderful children and as citizens of this too much troubled world, we are deeply sad, angry, worried but unfortunately helpless,facing this terrible tragedy. no words can express what we would like to say to the parents of the dead children/students, and to the families of the professors who were killed during that black day.we are with you…

May their souls rest in peace.

Camelia and Cristian Lenart, and their children, Cristina, Alison and Andrew, Albany, N.Y.

April 19, 2007, 10:03pm • Albany, N.Y. • #32945

I am shocked and horrified. I am at a loss for words. I am praying for those souls who are no longer with us and for those who have lost their beloved ones. We know its a tough time for the VT community. Our prayers are with you.

Chaitali De

April 19, 2007, 10:03pm • Kolkata, India • #32946

HIE MMY NAME IS STEPHEN IM VERY SORRY FOR ANYONE WHO LOST SOMEONE THAT THEY LOVED IN THIS TRAGIDEY I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY IS THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET THIS AND THAT YOU WILL ALL BE IN MY PRAYERS AND I HOPE GOD WILL GIVE YOU COMFORT

April 19, 2007, 10:04pm • MISSISSIPPI • #32947

It is unimaginable that the beautiful VT campus has been gripped with such horror. Yet out of the depth of this heartache we see the candles of hope and renewal. Share your grief and reach out to each other so that goodness and kindness can overcome the darkness of hate and despair. Let your Hokie Spirit soar! God Bless You.

A Hokie Alum Mom

April 19, 2007, 10:04pm • Port Orange, FL • #32948

My husband graduated from the engineering school 1981.  I remember him mentioning Norris Hall so many times. We love VT and always will. God bless all those who are grieving for loved ones. I grieve with you too.

Go, Hokies.

Loretta Mullins

April 19, 2007, 10:04pm • Logan, West Virgina • #32949

To the Faculty, Families and Students of VT -

My heart is with you as a mother of two university students and as a professor.
May God hold you in the palm of his hand and close to his heart.

You are in my thoughts and prayers-

Patton

April 19, 2007, 10:04pm • St. Louis, Missouri • #32950

...IF YOU CAN MEET BOTH TRIUMPH AND DISASTER,
AND TREAT THOSE TWO IMPOSTERS JUST THE SAME;
IF YOU CAN BEAR TO HEAR THE WORDS YOU’VE SPOKEN,
TWISTED BY KNAVES TO MAKE A TRAP FOR FOOLS,
OR SEE THE THINGS YOU GAVE YOUR LIFE TO, BROKEN,
AND STOOP TO BUILD ‘EM UP WITH WORN OUT TOOLS…

(from Kipling’s “IF")

There will be a great deal of stooping and building in the months ahead for Virginia Tech, beginning with the battered souls of our friends.  I implore my fellow Hokies to prepare to begin building again as soon as you have the strength to.

Ut Prosim

-Brian Laverty

April 19, 2007, 10:04pm • Herndon, Va. • #32951

"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 Almighty God” Anonymous

I am by birth, marriage and almost on my mother’s side so. Virginia Tech Hokies take the words of Professor Giovanni to heart. You are VIRGINIA Tech.  Take the love and care that pours out to you from all around the world and draw strength from it.  Love and remember the victims; seek out to help the pain of the friends who struggle.  Remember that all grieve in each their own way, and that it is never too soon to laugh again. 

You are VIRGINIA Tech and the world is with you.

Melinda Mc.

April 19, 2007, 10:04pm • Aldie, Virginia • #32952

In Memorium

You touch our hearts in many ways; you lift our spirits with a gentle gaze. Your benevolent eyes glow with eternal love, a soothing light from heaven above. Your radiant smiles are nascent sun rays, piercing the clouds and brightening our days. The warmth of your hand and the sound of your voice rejuvenates our souls and makes us rejoice. You have the gift of eminent grace; God blessed you with an angel’s face.

April 19, 2007, 10:06pm • Staunton, Virginia, USA • #32953

Hello my name is Axie i live in southern arizona. i go to buena high school. i first heard about what happened there from my mother i was on my way home with one of my friends when i got a text message from my mom saying that when i got home i had to watch the news. I am not the one you would ever catch watching the news but after my mom told me that there was another school shooting she caught my attention. she told me that there were 32 people killed including the shooter killed in Virginia Tech Collage and i was shocked.. i personally don’t like to hear or read about that kind of stuff cause i am very soft hearted and stuff like that devastates me. but she said i need to sit down and watch it cause its stuff like that is very important to know about and from that moment on i have been watching the news to find out how everything goes. i am terribly sorry about what has happened to you all, and i know that u all are as devastated or more upset about it than i but i just want to send my prayers and hope to help the ones who have lost their friends family or loved ones in this horrible murder. i am terribly sorry and i pray that u all find the hope to recover from this horrible experience.
yours truly

Axie Morgan

April 19, 2007, 10:06pm • Sierra Vista Arizona USA • #32954

I would like to send my prayers out to all the families that had a lost and all the students. Be strong and may God be with you.

April 19, 2007, 10:07pm • Walterboro, South Carolina • #32955

Although I am a Fordham and Maryland alum, I absolutely love VT because I am a Hokie Dad.  There are no words to describe how sorry I feel about this senseless tragedy. 

As a former first responder (firefighter), I feel that under the circumstances the Administration and the Tech Police did an excellent job in responding to the events of April 16.  I know how difficult it is to make split-second decisions while trying to piece-meal together information from various sources, separate fact from fiction while constantly communicating with various entities – ALL IN REAL TIME.  To those who have never been responsible for the safety of a large number of people while trying to perform the above-mentioned tasks, I ask that you stay silent on this issue and do some good by praying for the victims and their families.

Nothing can stop VT from continuing to be a great university and produce such excellent graduates.  It is not surprising that such a wonderful institution has Ut Prosim (Latin for “That I May Serve") as its motto.

Next time I see “my Hokie,” who is serving on a U.S. Navy submarine, I will hug him just a little bit tighter.  God bless the victims and their loved ones.

GO HOKIES!!!

Tom Gardner

April 19, 2007, 10:07pm • Lawrenceville, Georgia • #32956

Hokie Students, Alumni, Faculty and Staff, Our hearts have been broken but our spirit stands strong and will never be conquered.  We too shall rise and overcome all obstacles, celebrate the lives of those we’ve lost and the sense of serenity that we all know as Blacksburg.  Many of us left our families for what we thought was an academic education and instead received an education in devotion, love and compansion within the Hokie family.

April 19, 2007, 10:07pm • Richmond, VA • #32957

In the wake of this tragedy, it is inspiring to witness the hokie nation show the world the love and loyalty we all have to our beloved alma mater.

It is equally inspiring to witness the compassiona and support shown by this great nation.

I have always been proud to be a hokie, and now, I am even more proud.  God bless the 32 and their families.  “Hoki, Hoki, Hoki, Hy. Techs, Techs, V.P.I. VT for life!”

Roderick Jimenez c/o ‘94

April 19, 2007, 10:07pm • Orlando, Fl • #32958

Meu nome é Anna Karoline e sou do Brasil,escrevo em meu idioma para transmitir que indignação não tem limites.
As pessoas se apegam a si e esquecem do próximo, tratam a vida humana como lixo e não querem saber o que acontece depois. “We are one”.
Meus sentimentos aos familiares, meus sentimentos a todos.

April 19, 2007, 10:08pm • BH, MG - Brasil • #32959

In the wake of this outrageous and senseless atrocity, the VT community - and especially the victims and their families and friends - are in the thoughts and prayers of decent people everywhere.  God bless. 

Greg B.

April 19, 2007, 10:08pm • Barrie, Ontario, Canada • #32960

My heart and soul bleeds for all of you at VT. Just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and I have utmost faith in your strength amongst each other to not only survive this, but triumph over this sad battle, and best it. You are not alone. God Bless all of you! Annette Tenisci

April 19, 2007, 10:08pm • Lehighton, PA • #32961

Dear Students, Staff, Friends and Family,
Our family mourns with you and lifts you in our prayers. Today we are all Hokie’s and we will never forget the tragedy you have experienced. May God’s blessing, favor, comfort, peace, gentleness, goodness and love be with you all.
With deepest sympathy,
Gregg,Aida, Lauren, Leslie & Matt Deason

April 19, 2007, 10:08pm • Clermont Florida • #32962

I cried when I heard the news.My Prayers go out to the Faculty,Parent’s,Student’s & everyone in Blacksburg.Go Hokies..Elizabeth T

April 19, 2007, 10:08pm • Tampa Fl. • #32963

My deepest condolences for the family and friends affected by this tragic event. I am a Virginian native as well as a Hokie fan. May God Bless you all, for you all will be in my heart and prayers.

Peggy Billie

April 19, 2007, 10:09pm • Richmond, Virginia • #32964

We are deeply saddened—grieving with you all. May God give the families, friends, and University community the grace they will need for healing. We have never been prouder to be a part of the Virginia Tech family!

We join you in prayer…
Bob (VT Class of 73) and Sheila (VT Class of 74)

April 19, 2007, 10:09pm • Clemson, South Carolina • #32965

As an American, a Virginian and a Hokie, we all share in this tragedy. Our collective prayers and sympathies are extended to the families and friends that have suffered so on this faithful day. May God continue to bless the families, students and the University.

In time we will heal, and as proud Hokies, “We will prevail”.

Steve Mumma, ‘82

April 19, 2007, 10:09pm • Gainesville, Virginia • #32966

I still cannot believe such tragedy could happen. It has effected everyone including myself. my prayers and condolences go out to the families of the deceased.

- luke

April 19, 2007, 10:09pm • new zealand • #32967

To all of the students and staff at Virgina Tech. I don’t think there is anything I can say that can even describe the events of 16 April 2007. This is a day that will never be forgotten and is burned in our minds forever. My heart goes out to the families of the victims May God be with you through these hardest times. I have gone through similar events so I know what emotions are going through the survivors minds. I ask that each and every person talk with someone regarding the events that unfolded. I didn’t go to any counselors so I punished myself longer than I would have had I spoke with someone right when the tragedy struck. I will keep VT in my prayers in hopes that everyone can lead the most productive lives from here on out. God Bless You All.

Matt W.

April 19, 2007, 10:09pm • Sierra Vista. AZ USA • #32968

This tragedy is beyond words, and it’s horrifying to be going through it.  These types of things change us, but never forget how you feel now, for your feelings at this moment must be remembered to help prevent this in the future as we teach our kids the values in life.  Although you’re going through a hard time, your friends, family and community are there to support you.  New Yorkers still remember how it feels when a psycho takes away the people you care about.  But you must always have hope in the future.  I will pray for you all.

April 19, 2007, 10:09pm • Long Island, NY, USA • #32969

*Reema Samaha*
She was a beautiful dancer and She was gorgeous*
*unique, talented, and irreplaceable
“She was so sweet, such a nice and lively young girl”
Rest In Peace..***Reema Samaha***Forever In Our Hearts*We will always love and remember Our prayers
*FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS............WE LOVE YOU REEMA*__________We Remember All Our prayers

Aziz Fain

April 19, 2007, 10:09pm • Taif . Saudi Arebia • #32970

On behalf of my class and I, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Sincerely,
NKnott
Canada

April 19, 2007, 10:09pm • Canada • #32971

My condolences and sympathy go out to the victims and their families and the university staff.

Enclosed are some poems for luck and hope.  I hope all the goals and dreams of the current students come true and the memory and spirit of the victims will live in our hearts spirit and memory.

Sincerely,
Russell Landau

Best of Luck On Your Goals

I am sure you will accomplish the many goals you set out to achieve.
You are a determined smart and independent individual that is fair and compassionate.
You are outgoing and get along well with others.
Even though life throws us curves, you will stay on course and bring sunshine to others even when the rain clouds are storming.
I wish you the best in all you do.

A Guide A Teacher

Motivates by assisting and teaching others to be their best.
Educating today’s youth to be tomorrow’s leaders.
Has words of wisdom.
Like a sailor on a voyage.
Through the calm and stormy days,
You’ll be the guiding light.
Has dedication that exceeds expectations.
Like spring each day is a new beginning.

Month Of May Poem

May is for birds.
May is for flowers.
May is for blue skies.
May is for the green grass,
That is soft and ticklish on my feet.

April 19, 2007, 10:09pm • Lancaster, PA USA • #32972

My son is a high school junior who has proudly worn his VT t-shirt and drank from his VT mug for the past couple of years.  I hope that he will one day be a Hokie.  My prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy.  The following is for those who grieve the loss of a loved one or friend.

I give you this
one thought to keep-
I am with you still
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 rain.

When you awaken
in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars
that shine at night.

Do not think of me as gone-
I am with you still
in each new dawn.

-A Native American Prayer

May God bless you and keep you.

Semper fidelis,
A Marine Mom

April 19, 2007, 10:10pm • Nokesville, VA • #32973

From around the world the HOKIE NATION is united.  I pray for all that this has affected.  My tears have come and gone and come back like everyone else.  This is such a tragic tail for VT.  Now we know that it is not something we did, but maybe something we should have recognized.  In any event, we will all learn from this.  Everyone, not just us HOKIES, need to be strong, be observant, and be helpful to all.  I see our HOKIE NATION standing strong everywhere I look and the support from others is overwhelming.  Let’s just remember the words from such a wonderful service, “We Are Virginia Tech, We Are Virginia Tech, We are Virginia Tech”!

April 19, 2007, 10:10pm • (Yorktown) Grafton, VA • #32974

May god be with everyone who has been affected. My heart and deepest thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Steph

April 19, 2007, 10:10pm • Edmonton, AB Canada • #32975

I had close friends at VT 43 years ago and cherish the time I lived in Virginia, so I felt a special closeness to your state and school.  I wish to send condolences to the parents, friends, and loved ones of those who were killed and injured in this tragedy.
You are in my prayers, Sharon Stockton

April 19, 2007, 10:10pm • Oklahoma City, OK • #32976

I’m currently a student at Florida State University but am a Virginia native. Having been to the Virginia Tech campus several times and knowing many current students and alumni from your institution, I’ve felt the reprocussions of this event immensly. I hope you all know how much support there is for the entire Virginia Tech community all over the world. I wil continue to pray for all of you and offer my condolences. God bless.

-Kristin N.

April 19, 2007, 10:10pm • Tallahassee, FL • #32977

My prayers for the victims and families

April 19, 2007, 10:10pm • Victoria, TX • #32978

We are so sorry for the students who attend Virginia Tech;as well as the families,and friends of the students and faculty who lost their lives on the campus this week.  All of our lives will be forever changed by this horrible and senseless event. We wish to tell you that you are in our prayers.

April 19, 2007, 10:11pm • Tega Cay, South Carolina USA • #32979

I was deeply saddened when i learned of what happened at virginia tech, i couldn’t pull myself away from the t.v. because i couldn’t believe what i was witnessing. Since that monday morning every morning on my way to work i pray for those lives lost and for their families and loved ones who are in pain. I lost my mom when i was very young, so i ask her to take care of them and for those parents who have lost their child, she will take good care of them. I pray that as time goes by their hearts will heal and be at peace. I may not of known anyone who was lost that day, but what i know for sure is that i will never forget those who lost their lives that day, they will always have a place in my heart and prayers.  victoria

April 19, 2007, 10:11pm • new york new york • #32980

My prayers are with the families and extended family of VT.  I don’t claim to know what you all are experiences, but I do know that God is real and He will keep you in the mist of it all.  My deepest sorrow to all. 

God Bless. 

Tonya

April 19, 2007, 10:11pm • Florida • #32981

Deepest condolences to the families & friends of victims in the tragic event at VT. Our prayers go out to you, be strong and have faith. Your in our hearts & prayers!!

April 19, 2007, 10:11pm • Wallingford, Connecticut • #32982

We are all thinking of you here in Dublin, Ireland. Our thoughts are not only with the families of the victims whom we pray for but with the survivors, whom we pray to god find the peace and strenght within their souls to carry on.

Dave

April 19, 2007, 10:11pm • Dublin, Ireland • #32983

Virginia Tech,
I am deeply sorry for your loss.  May God Bless
all of you.  I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.  Berta

April 19, 2007, 10:11pm • Scottsville, KY • #32984

My prayers are with all the victims families such tragedy is devastating to the world as a whole. As a college student we don’t necessarily think that something like this would ever occur now I clearly see anything is possible.

April 19, 2007, 10:12pm • Indiana • #32985

My thoughts and prayers go out to each and everyone affected by the mindless horrific acts that occurred in our country on April 16, 2007. The faces of those we lost will never be forgotten! May God guide you through this most difficult time in your lives.  Keep the faith alive!

April 19, 2007, 10:12pm • Jamestown, NY • #32986