Condolences, April 20, 2007

We are so sorry for what has happened to all of you.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.  May God Bless all of you.

Kim, Mark and Will

April 20, 2007, 2:11pm • Suffolk, VA • #34009

To the current students at Virginia Tech:
I just want to let you know that the courage and strength and wisdom that you have shown in the face of unthinkable horror has been an inspiration to people around the world. I have never been more proud to be a Hokie.
To the victims and their families, I offer my deepest condolences. To the injurred and their families, I pray for a speedy recovery. To the student body, faculty, staff and alumni whose sense of security has been violated and whose happy memories of Blacksburg have been assaulted, I pray for strength and healing.
In the words of Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.”
In this time of shock, may the Holy Spirit sustain and strengthen you.
Robert Edwards, Hokie Class of ‘90 and ‘93

April 20, 2007, 2:11pm • Richmond, Virginia • #34010

To all the friends and families who have lost someone very close to them I give you all my condolences and that your all in my prayers. May God be with you all in your times of sorrow for he is with you.
Brian Skidmore

April 20, 2007, 2:12pm • St. Petersburg FL • #34011

Our deepest symphaties for this terrible tragedy.
We share yor loss as we lost a great,teacher, and hero.
As is traditional in Israel I say to you, “may they rest in peace and my you never know sorrow again.”
G-d Bless

April 20, 2007, 2:12pm • Tel Aviv, Israel • #34012

We, too have lost a child in the past, though not under nearly such horrific conditions.  We grieve for him again as we grieve for your losses.  Know that others share your pain, which is felt so acutely at this time.  May your many years of happy memories be a comfort to you now and always.

April 20, 2007, 2:12pm • Genseso, New York • #34013

I wish to extend my heartfelt sympathy to the students, faculty, staff and administration of Virginia Tech.  As a college administrator, I offer my support as you begin the healing process.  May God be with you.

Deborah A. Armstrong
Interim Vice President Administrative Services
Halifax Community College

April 20, 2007, 2:12pm • Weldon, North Carolina • #34014

As President of the Regent University Washington, DC Alumni Chapter (Christian) please accept our thoughts, love, and prayers of support during this time of great national tragedy.  You are not alone. 

As Christians we maintain our faith in God and look to the love of Jesus Christ for answers.  Christ gave his life to overcome the hate in this world.  We pray for healing hearts and for the love of God to comfort all who mourn.

Please pray for the brave first responders who wish that they could have stopped this from occurring. 

Today, April 20th, marks the 8th anniversary of the Columbine shootings.  We remember and pray for those families.

Finally, in the darkness of tragedy there is always a light of the human spirit that shines through.  On April 16, 2007, Holocost Memorial Day, Professor Liviu Librescu, a Holocost survivor, gave his life to save others.

I urge President Bush to award Professor Librescu the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM for the way he gave his life in service to those entrusted to him.

We pray that incidents like this will never happen again.  We share in this time of sorrow, remembrance, healing, and hope. 

Chuck Paris
President, DC Alumni Chapter
Regent University
www.regent.edu

April 20, 2007, 2:12pm • Alexandria, VA USA • #34015

Having a son at Virginis Tech.doing his post graduate work in chemistry I can only imagine the loss the families of the students and faculty are feeling. My thoughts and prayers go out to each and everyone.May God bless.

April 20, 2007, 2:12pm • Winthrop,Ma • #34016

God has promised us that he would put no more on any one person than they can handle.  I have no children at Virginia Tech but can’t stand some of the stories coming from the news, but can’t stand to leave the TV for fear that we will miss something important.  My entire family is praying for all those that lost loved ones and we are Praying for the students, staff, and families of those left to get through this and try to understand why, Just remember that God is with you all and he will guide you if you will just turn to him in these trying times.

April 20, 2007, 2:12pm • FallsMills, VA • #34017

Dear President Steger:

On behalf of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania community, I send to you and the Virginia Tech community IUP’s sincere and deep sympathies relative to the earlier tragic events at your campus. As a former employee of Virginia Tech in the late 1970’s, I was deeply moved by these unfortunate acts of violence.

From 1977 to 1979, I served as a media specialist at VT, and I appreciate the beauty of the campus, the strength of the University’s academic programs, and the quality and dedication of the faculty. Please know that the IUP community is remembering you and the Virginia Tech community in its prayers. On Tuesday, April 17th, the IUP community participated in a candlelight vigil to symbolize our sympathies and support for Virginia Tech.

I offer you my best wishes and encouragement as you lead your University through a tragic period in its history. I am confident that your excellent University will survive and overcome this unfortunate incident.

Wishing you God’s speed,

Tony Atwater

President

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

April 20, 2007, 2:12pm • Indiana, Pennsylvania • #34018

My thoughts are with your loved ones during this difficult time of loss.

April 20, 2007, 2:12pm • Reseda, CA • #34019

I just want you to know that you are all in my prayers.  I also want to comment that all of the students that I have seen on tv are very articulate, mature, polite and proud individuals.  Virginia Tech should be so proud of these children and how their actions and words reflect the school.  They are wise and strong in many ways.

Julia

April 20, 2007, 2:12pm • Springfield IL • #34020

i’m so sorry for your lostes. i just wanted to tell you guys i’m sorry and all of you guys will be in my prayers.

April 20, 2007, 2:13pm • Battle Ground, Wa • #34021

My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone
of you and your families. May God Bless you all and keep you safe.

April 20, 2007, 2:13pm • Baddeck, Nova Scotia, Canada • #34022

4Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.

Matt(5:4)

April 20, 2007, 2:13pm • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta • #34023

Hi my name is David, and I would like to comment on this matter. I would like for everyone to read John 10:10 for “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly”. I pray that we keep our faith strong, and try not to allow Satan to keep us down. Stay strong VT…

April 20, 2007, 2:13pm • Brooklyn, NY • #34024

En este momento de dolor, no hay fronteras. Todos
lloramos con ustedes. Nuestro corazon, pensamientos y oraciones estan los acompanan. Que Dios les de fortaleza.

April 20, 2007, 2:13pm • Juticalpa, Honduras • #34025

Words cannot express my heartfelt sympathy.  Everyone affected by this tragedy are in my prayers.  God bless you all.
DEB Plano, TX

April 20, 2007, 2:13pm • Plano, TX • #34026

Im from Puerto Rico and like, its far away from virginia but who said prayers couldnt reach distance? Were praying for you all. Theres something called Faith, people talk about it but doesnt know what it is. For me, for much of us, is the feeling that tomorow it will be alright. Because we believe. Love you all. <3

Gabe.

April 20, 2007, 2:13pm • San Juan Puerto rico • #34027

To All members of the VT family and surrounding Communities..as a mother of a recent VT grad, Dec 06,I send my heart felt sympathy and compassion for you all.. in my area, we experienced the Nickle Mine Tragedy in the Amish Community, and I know how difficult this time is for all of you. Knowing your area and all the wonderful people that my son went to school with,lived with and interacted with, I know you wil get past these terrible days. Also know that you are not alone, there are people out there that you can reach out to and they will be there !
Know also that God is walking with you and find comfort in your religions.
“ MAY HE RAISE THEM UP ON EAGLES WINGS AND HOLD THEM IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND “

April 20, 2007, 2:13pm • LANCASTER COUNTY, PA USA • #34028

I am in so much pain to sit and watch what happend on that terrible day.  I have visited VT and I know what a beautiful and close family it is. I want to let the families of those innocent families that you are in my prayers and thoughts. God Bless!

April 20, 2007, 2:13pm • Haysi, VA • #34029

our hearts are with you in your time of need...I prayer that you find peace even amidst the tragedy you are forced to bear

April 20, 2007, 2:13pm • Chicago, IL • #34030

To: The all of the Hokie families and Community.

Although I do not know anyone who was at VT, during this tragic time; I can assure you that 4/16/07 will NEVER be forgotten. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong!
Melissa Keller

April 20, 2007, 2:13pm • Pasadena, Maryland • #34031

VT Community-
i want to share my deepest condolences to all those who have been affected by this horrible tragedy.  i pray that these senseless acts will cease one day and these painful times will no longer exist.  i personally did not know anyone involved, but the hurt is felt just the same. i have a brother attending college right now, and the news at VT was heart wrenching and it just leaves you asking “why”? i pray that these days to come will pass with the least amount of pain possible. the memory of those lost will live on through all those who knew them.  stay strong and may God help you through this very difficult time!  E.W.

April 20, 2007, 2:13pm • new york • #34032

In Sadness...I write to express my deepest sympathy to those, whose lives were lost in this senseless tragedy, to the families of the loved ones who perished, and who now have to endure the future without them, and to those students left behind who lost friends. I wish you strength to carry on!  My thoughts, prayers and heart go out to each and every one.  God Bless.  Sincerely, Kim

April 20, 2007, 2:14pm • Kennewick, Washington • #34033

I am deeply saddened by the tragic event that has caused such great loses to your campus.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of the families, students, staff and faculty at Virginia Tech.  My heart goes out to all of you.

April 20, 2007, 2:14pm • Riverside, CA • #34034

My prayers and thoughts are with each and every one of you.

April 20, 2007, 2:14pm • Bobbie Middlebrooke, Brea, California • #34035

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone on campus, all the families and also President Steger. Put your faith and trust in the Lord and he will see us all through this. In Christ name~ Jason, Tracy & Cassidy

April 20, 2007, 2:14pm • Radford, VA • #34036

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18

May Christ’s peace rest on your campus,students,faculty,families, and anyone else affected by this tragic incident.  Please know that we are praying for you and that our hearts go out to all of you.  Stay strong, Hokies. You will get through this. In Christ’s love, Joann

April 20, 2007, 2:15pm • Fresno,California • #34037

To all of the people whose lives have been touched by this event, particularly the parents of the students who are gone.  May God cradle you in his arms and bring you comfort.  May the knowledge that we all are praying for you and care about each of you bring you some joy.  Remember that your children were one of God’s many blessings to you, and he is with you even now.

April 20, 2007, 2:15pm • Fairfax, Virginia • #34038

South Africa stands with the Hokies.

Rest in peace to all those who were lost. Love and prayers to those who lost loved ones and friends.

Stay strong.

April 20, 2007, 2:15pm • Mossel Bay, South Africa • #34039

Today I am a part of the Maroon and Orange Effect for the first time.

I do so in support and honor of my fellow Virginians and members of the Hokie Nation. 

I may not cheer for you on the athletic fields, but today I cheer for all of you and send many thoughts and prayers as your healing process begins.

I salute the VT Administration and the Blackburg & Virginia authorities for working with dignity and grace under such pressure and stress.

Today I am proud to be a Viriginian and to be a part of the Hokie Nation.

Hollie
a Richmond transplant in Atlanta

April 20, 2007, 2:15pm • Atlanta,GA • #34040

We, parents of the University of Virgina Mens Swimming student athletes, grieve along with you for your great loss, your children, friends, and loved ones, are a great loss to our whole Nation.  We pray that GOD and his Holy Spirit your comforter, will comfort you now and in the years to come. WE WILL REMEMBER them as they were, BEAUTIFUL, TALENTED, INTELLIGENT, GIVING, LOVING, WONDERFUL, GIFTED HONORABLE people , with great gifts to contribute to the world.

April 20, 2007, 2:15pm • El Paso, Texas • #34041

Thank you all at Virginia Tech for showing and sharing with the U.S. and the entire world your spirit, hope, love, and humanity.  Your strength and determination to persevere and to help others do the same is remarkable!  In this time of tragedy, Virginia Tech stands tall, with Hokie pride for any and all to witness.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers.  There is no doubt that you will all survive and dedicate some of your life’s work in remembrance of those whose lives were lost.  You are all truly remarkable people!  God bless!

April 20, 2007, 2:15pm • Lewiston, ME • #34042

I just wanted to let everyone know that your in our thoughts & prayers and have been since Monday.
You have our deepest sympathy. We just couldn’t believe such a cruel thing that has happened there but we are praying for each and everyone of you & the families along with hte staff that has suffered a lost. I pray for strength for each one of you. May God bless you in the healing time.
Today we are all wearing the VT colors with great PRIDE.
HOKIES RULE:
God Bless;
Harry & Tammy Albright

April 20, 2007, 2:15pm • TomsBrook, Va • #34043

i just want to let everyone that i feel very bad for what happended to everyone that was involved in the tradegy of this crime.

April 20, 2007, 2:15pm • randolph new jersey • #34044

My prayers and thoughts are with the whole of Virginia Tech and anyone connected in the community- may God’s love surround you all and help you through this time of pain and mourning and help you all to heal.

Mary Hughes

April 20, 2007, 2:15pm • Caernarfon, North Wales, UK • #34045

Dear Dr. Charles W. Steger, Virginia Tech Faculty, and Students,

On behalf of the Southwest Local School District Board of Education, faculty and students, I wish to express our sincere condolences to the Virginia Tech community.  Please know that your tragedy has touched our hearts.  We offer our thoughts and prayers of support as you move forward. 

Sincerely,
Daniel M. Lawler
Superintendent
Southwest Local School District

April 20, 2007, 2:16pm • Harrison, Ohio • #34046

May the world wrap a blanket of safety around the VT students. May I hold the hands of their worried loved ones to give them strength.  My prayer is to guide the students everywhere back into a peaceful, safe existance.  My tears flow and my strength wants to keep each of you safe, secure and wash away even the slightest fears you may have now. You are the worlds future and we need each and everyone of you to smile and find joy again.  My condolences to all.  God Bless our children.

April 20, 2007, 2:16pm • Auburn Hills, Michigan • #34047

I pray that God will be your comforter and send you peace in the time of your storm.

R.Hairston

April 20, 2007, 2:16pm • Martinsville, VA • #34048

Even though I do not know anyone at Virginia Tech, I feel as a nation, we are all suffering with the loss of these beautiful children who would have been productive American citizens.
My sympathy goes out to all the families that lost loved ones and to the Virginia Tech family as well.  My prayers are with you, and because I felt the need to do something, no matter how small, I printed the Hokie ribbon to wear today.
God bless all of you and give you peace.
KKB

April 20, 2007, 2:16pm • Pryor, Oklahoma • #34049

My heart goes out to the VT community.  I have a 21 year old son in away at college and I can’t imagine the pain you all must be going through. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

God Bless.

Corinna Mayse

April 20, 2007, 2:16pm • Towaco, New Jersey • #34050

We want each one of you to know how much we are praying for you during this most difficult time.  Our community has pulled together to show our support. You can’t find any orange or maroon ribbon in town as we all bought it to make ribbons and hair bows. 

Vic, Cathy, Victoria, and Andrew Farish

April 20, 2007, 2:16pm • Leesburg, VA • #34051

To the family, friends and all those in the Virginia Tech community.  It is difficult to hold back the tears when I write this.  My family and I share our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of you.  We, the nation, are here for you.  We don’t know you, but we do love you.  Words can’t even begin to express how truly sorry we are for your loss.  Our prayers and thoughts are with you.  Have faith in God’s strength and love. 

Mark and Laurina Schmuck & Maria Brasil

April 20, 2007, 2:16pm • Fremont, CA USA • #34052

This is a huge tragedy in our society and around the world today. And when i sit and think about it i know someone who attends virgina tech and thankfully he is safe but it makes me think why are people doing this and why the people that did columbine did what they did. What is running through there heads that makes them want to kill so many people. Why would people in our world want to look up to people that want to do something that is such a tradgey. I know that i would not want to look up to someone like that. All of you can make it though this with God and i know that it is going to be hard no matter what someone tries to say. At a time like this you just need support from your frineds and family. And now parents out there are scared to send there childern off to college and they just need to relaize that something like this can happen anywhere not just at VT. I will be leaving for college in the summer of 2008 and knowing that something like this can happen scares me. And just remember you are all in my prayers. Thanks, Chelsea

April 20, 2007, 2:16pm • Snow Shoe, Pennsylvaina • #34053

The world is a sadder place today without your loved ones in it, but a better place for having been blessed with them.  Our most profound sympathy and prayers are with your families during this time.  The world grieves with you.

April 20, 2007, 2:16pm • Moon Township, PA • #34054

God Bless you all.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers.  I work in higher education and can’t imagine the loss, pain and emotional distress this has caused.  My heart to you all, may God bless

Amy

April 20, 2007, 2:16pm • Lynchburg, VA • #34055

I don’t know what else to say except I am so sorry for the loss so many have suffered. I can’t even begin to wrap my head around such senseless violence. My thoughts are with all of you in this time. Know you are not alone.

April 20, 2007, 2:17pm • Springfield, Virginia • #34056

To the victim’s families and friends and the staff of Virginia Tech - Our prayers are with you. God Bless You.

April 20, 2007, 2:17pm • Wytheville, Virginia • #34057

I am so sorry about this great tragedy,I can feel the pain of the victims’ families, students of VT and American people,willing to bear the sorrow with you.God bless this great country.

April 20, 2007, 2:17pm • Shanghai,China • #34058