Condolences, April 20, 2007

Thinking and praying for you all during this time of unspeakable grief and sadness.  May the memories of your loved ones help you find strength during your times of need.
With deep sadness,
Jennifer Lee Jensen

April 20, 2007, 12:26pm • North Kingstown, RI • #33105

I pray for the comfort of the families affected by this atrocity. May they find peace and solace, as well as forgiveness in their hearts. I am sorry such a horrible thing has happened to them.

April 20, 2007, 12:26pm • Kirksville, Missouri (Truman State University) • #33106

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the VA Tech faculty and staff during this difficult time…
Being a cousin to college graduate Brandon Gore… and a fond friend of a current faculty member Kellyn Norman...I cannot imagine the horror felt by all that day.  Stay strong for each other “Hokies"…
Love & Sympathy
Donna Olinger

April 20, 2007, 12:26pm • Warrenton , VA Fauquier County • #33107

Dear students, teachers, and families of Virginia Tech,

I want to express my sadness and shock for this tragedy and extend my deepest sympathies to you all. I urge you not to give in to anger and despair, but to go on with hope that the world can be better and it is up to each one of us to make it better.

April 20, 2007, 12:26pm • Goode, VA • #33108

"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” - Colossians 3:15 NIV - Today the color of these clothes are maroon and orange.  May we all learn from the Hope that the Hokie Nation has showed us during this time of terrible tragedy.

April 20, 2007, 12:26pm • The Mays Family Luray, Virginia • #33109

My heart breaks again for the parents who lost their Princes & Princesses during this most tragic event.  Having lost my own 15 year old daughter, Robin 4 1/2 years ago - I understand a parents anguish.  My prayers are with each and every one of you and I’ve asked God to have Robin show them around heaven and show them all the cool stuff.  Until that great and glorious day when we will be reunited with them… we press on - One day at a time.  I pray that you find some comfort in knowing that an entire nation - in fact, many nations - are mourning your indescribable loss… with you.

The Lord bless you and keep you…

Brian Hamilton

April 20, 2007, 12:26pm • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada • #33110

My thoughts are prayers are with you all.

April 20, 2007, 12:26pm • Texas • #33111

I am a native of Spotsylvania, VA living in Tucson, AZ now.  When I heard of the horrible senseless act on Monday I was in shock and still am.  I did not go to VA Tech but had friends who did and have friends whose children have or are attending there now. All I can say is my thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone in the VA Tech community.  Although I did not attend VA Tech but being from VA I feel I am part of your community.  My heart grieves with you and for you.  May God bless each of you with His love, grace, and peace.

“Trust HIS Heart”

By Eddie Carswell and Babbie Mason

All things work for our good though sometimes we can’t see how they could.

Struggles that break our hearts in two sometimes blind us to the truth.

Our Father knows what’s best for us.

His ways are not our own; So when your pathway grows dim and you just can’t see Him, remember:  you’re never alone.

God is too wise to be mistaken, God is too good to be unkind;

So when you don’t understand, when you don’t see His plan, when you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.

God bless you all and give you peace.

Elizabeth Trent

Go Hokies! Go!

April 20, 2007, 12:26pm • Tucson, AZ • #33112

Our prayers are with all of the Families at this time of Sorrow.

From our Families to Yours,God bless you.

April 20, 2007, 12:27pm • Clearwater Florida • #33113

My husband, brother and many friends are Virginia Tech graduates, so this tragedy is near and dear to my heart. My prayers go out to the victims’ families. I hope you can find comfort and strength in your faith and through the faith of those who are praying for you.

To the community of VA Tech, the town of Blacksburg, the faculty and staff may God Bless and protect you.

April 20, 2007, 12:27pm • Vienna, VA • #33114

Sending our deepest sympathies and condolences to the students, staff and families at Virginia Tech.  We are wearing your colors today in memory of those who died in this senseless tragedy!  God Bless.

The Behen Family

April 20, 2007, 12:27pm • The Woodlands, TX • #33115

Our prayers are with you. We pray for the all the families that were affected by this tragic event. This could have happened at any other college campus and we are sorry that it happened to yours. May God bless you all.

April 20, 2007, 12:27pm • West Chester • #33116

I am so sorry. I pray for all of you and wish you
peace in your recovery.  It will be hard but know that we all pray with you as a nation. I support the goals of peace and scholarship--may your futures be filled with dreams and goals and the love of your family and friends.
With greatest sympathy and hope for the future.

Ellen Barrow
Assistant Professor
Georgia Perimeter College
Clarkston, GA

April 20, 2007, 12:27pm • Clarkston, Georgia • #33117

I admire the strength you are all showing, especially with the signing of the petitions for the President, Campus police, and State police.. I hope in the days to come, each one will be easier for all of you to adjust to what happened on April 16th.  You are the Hokies!

April 20, 2007, 12:27pm • Columbia, Missouri, USA • #33118

Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to all of you!
Nobody pays attention to the signs until it’s too late---and senseless tragedy happens.
Nothing can bring loved ones back, but memories are something nobody can take away, not even with violence!
You are all in our hearts and minds during this difficult time--may your love keep you strong!
Cathy

April 20, 2007, 12:27pm • Bridgeville, PA • #33119

On behalf of Delaware Tech, I would like to say that we are behind you all the way. And wish you the best in everything you do. We love ya!!

April 20, 2007, 12:27pm • Georgetown, DE, USA • #33120

My heart is so sad and the tears come. I send you all my prayers and loving thoughts to help you to heal and to be strong. Virginia Tech is a truely wonderful school filled with remarkable students and facilty. Hold tight to each other and continue to share your strong bonds and love together.  My daughter graduated from UVA.  I know what wonderful, generous loving people live in Virginia and will help you all through this for years to come.  Linda Pierson

April 20, 2007, 12:27pm • New Jersey • #33121

The Faculty and Staff here at University of Central Oklahoma have Virgina Tech in our prayers and our thoughts. For today, we are the Hokies here at UCO. We love you and will never forget. God Bless! Cassey Howard

April 20, 2007, 12:27pm • Edmond, Oklahoma • #33122

Take strength from the Hokie Stones that surround you. Like these stones that have weathered adversity and withstood the tests of time, so too can you weather this test of your strength. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Thomas Gosnell MBA ‘83 and PhD ‘87

April 20, 2007, 12:27pm • Stillwater, OK • #33123

With all hearts and minds as one, we pray that the precious grace and everlasting mercy of our lord and Savior Jesus Christ will send to all that have been affected by this, “The Comfortor” to rest, rule, and abide within each and everyone of you. To bring into your hearts an inner peace to remember that God is still God and that he is still in control of the situation. “Now unto him who is able to do exceeding and abundantly above all that we may ask or even think, we pray your strenght in God throughout the difficult time.

April 20, 2007, 12:27pm • United Power House of Faith • #33124

God bless all of the victims and their family and friends.
-brittany lewis

April 20, 2007, 12:27pm • pocomoke, city maryland • #33125

Just wanted to share my deepest sympathies for the victims and their families on this tragic occasion. I can only imagine how incredibly painful this experience has been for all those involved. Makes you wonder what kind of place this world is turning into when such a senseless act of violence and others like this continue to happen. As a university student myself, I can imagine how terrifying it must be for such an occurrence and my heart goes out to everyone touched by this event. I only live in a tiny corner of this world but I assure each and every one of you that everyone around the world is feeling your pain.

April 20, 2007, 12:27pm • St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada • #33126

My heart breaks for all of you!  Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers!  Be strong, be patient, be kind...God Bless those who lost their lives, those who were injured, the families and friends, and all of the Hokies at VT!
Peace be with you!
Wendy Mott

April 20, 2007, 12:28pm • Newark, NY, USA • #33127

Please accept our deepest condolences to the Virginia Tech University, staff, students, victims and their families. Our thoughts and prayers will remain with all of you.

The Nolfi Family

April 20, 2007, 12:28pm • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania • #33128

My names Ashley and I’m a current senior at Smithfield High School, which is also the school that Nicole White and Matt Webster graduated from. Everyone here is mourning the death of Nicole. And although her life wasn’t spared on Monday, Matt’s was and we can just be greatful for that. I just wanted to share my condolences to the people that lost their loved ones. Whether they be friends, family, or teachers. Everyone at Virginia Tech is in our thoughts and prayers, and nobody will ever forget the lives that were taken in that drastic day. I also wanted to say with pride, that our school took part in the 12 p.m. moment of silence and the ringing of the bells to honor all the students and teachers of VT. And as everyone has said.."Today, We Are All Hokies.” And Monday, April 16 will never be forgotten. <3

April 20, 2007, 12:28pm • Smithfield, VA • #33129

I am so sorry for what happened to you guys there. If I could be there to help you start to heal I would be on the first flight there. I know that what happened was tragic and my thoughts and prayers go out to you all. We here at Illinois Central College are all here for you.

April 20, 2007, 12:28pm • peoria, Illinois • #33130

Our prayers and thoughts are with all the families and students at VT.  Praying for peace and comfort!

Mom of 6 in MD

April 20, 2007, 12:28pm • Gaithersburg, MD • #33131

i just wanted you all to know that my prayers are with you....my thoughts are with you ...and my heart is with you every minute....god bless you all....az

April 20, 2007, 12:28pm • west point ,ms • #33132

To the families and friends of the victims, our sincerest condolences for your losses.  To the rest of the student body and faculty, I’d like to express my admiration of your incredible strength and courage.  Your conduct at the convocation ... I will keep that memory with me for the rest of my life.  That was truly “our finest hour.” God bless you all.

April 20, 2007, 12:29pm • Fredericksburg, VA • #33133

Our sincerest condolences to the families & victims of this horrific tragedy.  Although I cannot imagine what you are all going through, I feel for you each individually.  I hope that you can take comfort in knowing that the person responsible for taking all these lives will be punished by a greater being than any of us, and that the one’s we’ve lost are in a better place. 

We hold each of you in our prayers. God bless.

JR & Kelly Vega
Port St. Lucie, FL

April 20, 2007, 12:29pm • Port St. Lucie, FL • #33134

May God Bless the victims, families, students and community of VA Tech. As a native Virginian and UVA graduate, I say with the up most pride, we are all Hokies now. We will unite and become stronger than ever. Our friends and colleagues may be gone in body but will live on in spirit with each one of us. We will never forget.

Marcie A. McFarland

April 20, 2007, 12:29pm • • #33135

I pray that through out this tragic circumstance, that all of you are blessed with the love that all of us can give,the hope that all of us can share, and the understanding that all of us need to help you and show you that we all want the “hokies” to be stronger than ever.
And as a result of this,all of us will be blessed with Gods pure love and grace now and forever.
GO HOKIES, WE LOVE YOU ALL.

April 20, 2007, 12:29pm • mooresville,north carloina • #33136

i feel the pain for the family members that lost their own kids in the tradegy and that i will have my heart o n the ones that survive and the ones that got killed, so r.i.p.

April 20, 2007, 12:29pm • sunnyale,ca • #33137

As a college student and the daughter of two Virginia Tech graduates I was shocked and deeply saddened by the events of April 16th.  Please accept my condolences and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Emma

April 20, 2007, 12:29pm • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign • #33138

The radiology staff at Dartmouth Hichcock Medical Center sends thoughts and prayers for your peace and recovery. Today was Virginia Tech Day in our department as we wore your colors in solemn support. We have been touched by the images of your family spirit of love. What a wonderful example to the world as you share the great stories of your friends and loved ones.

May God bless you and send you peace,

Lin Polen MS, CRA, RT(R)
Administrative Director of Radiology

April 20, 2007, 12:29pm • Lebanon, New Hampshire • #33139

God Bless the entire Hokie Nation.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.

April 20, 2007, 12:29pm • Alexandria, VA • #33141

God bless the Hokies.. hearing and seeing the Hokie Band on the internet this morning brought me to tears.  Hold your heads high, you are showing this country and the world how pride and determination to persevere in very difficult times is ALWAYS the right and noble thing to do.

April 20, 2007, 12:29pm • McKinney, Texas • #33142

My family & I extend our most deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims.  Our prayers are with all of you during this terrible tragedy.  May God give you the strength to get through this and allow the healing to begin.  Rich & Carrie Merritt & family

April 20, 2007, 12:29pm • Baltimore, Maryland • #33143

My family would like to express our deepest sympathy to the Virginia Tech community.  My daughter graduated from Virginia Tech 3 years ago, and we lived in the New River Valley until 1998.  We just wanted to let you know that we know the Virginia Tech community will overcome, and those lost will live in our hearts forever.

Kris Long, Tyler and Wayne

April 20, 2007, 12:29pm • Kalispell, Montana • #33144

It has all been said already, but let us reiterate our sincere sympathies to the families, friends and collegues of the “children of the future” whose lives were taken so suddenly.  It is so overwhelming to we seniors to watch this and not be able to help.  God Bless All of You.

The Porter Family

April 20, 2007, 12:30pm • Laughlin, Nevada • #33145

Thoughts and prayers to all who have been touched by the recent events. As a parent of a college bound student I pray for her safety while she lives on campus. I implore people who may be having struggles to seek help before another tragic event happens.  College campuses have excellent people who can help.  God bless all who were killed or injred.

April 20, 2007, 12:30pm • Springfield, MA • #33146

There are no words adequate to convey the sorrow that we feel due to the tragic events at Virginia Tech.  Please know that people all over the world and most especially at Texas A & M University are praying for each one of you as you begin to go forward from this point.  Gig ‘em Hokies!

April 20, 2007, 12:30pm • Texas A & M University, College Station, TX • #33147

May God bless each member of all the families as well as the University members in this tragedy.  Our prayers are with you and the family of the young man that committed the killings.

April 20, 2007, 12:30pm • New Castle, Indiana • #33148

My Prayers and thoughts are with all of you who Lost Loved Ones , Family , freinds, Teachers . This was a Horrific act. No words can truly express how I feel. May you heal both Physically and Emotionally. As a Mother I can’t imagine the pain that you are all going thru. Know that People all over have you in their prayers. Here in South Florida there have been Memorials at both Colleges and also our Flags are at half Mast. My heart breaks for all .

Ms. Blair A. Miller

April 20, 2007, 12:30pm • Delray Beach, Florida • #33149

May God rest their souls in Peace!  Such a great tragedy. I will remember them as I do the victims at Columbine in my prayers.  Janet

April 20, 2007, 12:30pm • Masonville, Colorado • #33150

our thoughts and prayers. there are no words to explain my deepest sympathy.

April 20, 2007, 12:30pm • Brownsville, TX • #33151

i praying for the family and staff god will see you this i a, hokies fan let go hokies

April 20, 2007, 12:30pm • roanoke va • #33152

Thank you Hokies for reminding us of the best of humanity on a day on which we saw the worst.  Thank you Sean Clark for sacrificing your own life to try to save one of your residents.  Thank you Liviu Lebrescu for protecting your students at the ultimate cost to yourself and your family.  Thank you Nikki Giovanni for a speech that moved everyone who heard it and for helping to keep your students strong enough to recover.  Thank you to all of the brave, beautiful, brilliant students we’ve watched endure and respond with such strength.  And deepest condolences to all of the families who lost such extraordinary, gifted, beautiful sons, daughters and loved ones.  Know that many of us will remember their names, their faces, their lives and will mourn their loss with you.

April 20, 2007, 12:30pm • Silver Spring, Maryland • #33153

As the Mother of a Hokie, I wish to put my arms around each of you. You are part of my family and I hold you all in my heart.  I wear my Maroon and Orange with Great Pride and support.  May God Bless each and everyone of you.

April 20, 2007, 12:31pm • Seaville, NJ • #33154

My thoughts and prayers are with the families and the victims of the Virginia Tech Shooting.

April 20, 2007, 12:31pm • Georgetown , Delaware , USA • #33155