Condolences, April 20, 2007

My heart goes out to the families, faculty, students and staff of Virginia Tech. My prayers are with all of you. Reading about the victims, I realize the world has lost a great many bright and shining stars of the present and future.

April 20, 2007, 2:25pm • Exeter Township, Pennsylvania • #34110

To all associated with Virginia Tech:
You are in our thoughts and prayers each hour of every day.  We will not forget this incident or your pain.  We feel your anguish and pray that in time your pain and sorrow will lessen.

God Bless You,
Cheryl Gordon and Family
OSU Buckeyes

April 20, 2007, 2:25pm • Marysville, Ohio • #34111

I don’t know what to say, but even if I did, it would not come close to any sort of replacement for the losses that have occurred. However, as ugly as this event was, some beauty has come out of it. The beauty of coming together and the building of strength and community. With loss comes gain and I hope that we have gained knowledge, support, respect, and above all, love. The friends and families of the victims already know that the country is with them.  Death and hatred has no race, gender, color, or any other attribute...well...neither should love. Please stay strong and know that the deaths were not in vain.

~Kay, George Mason University

April 20, 2007, 2:25pm • Fairfax, VA, USA • #34112

I am sorry for the tragic events that accured on April 16th. My deepest sympathy to all that parished and to their families.

April 20, 2007, 2:26pm • Baltimore, Maryland • #34113

To the VT Students, Victim’s Family & Friends, and to the University, I want you to know that you are not alone in this, the entire Hokie Nation is with you! Stay strong and know that you are supported by your fellow members of the Hokie Nation and that you are in our thoughts & prayers, on our minds, and in our hearts!
April, Steve, & Taylor Shay
Jeremy & Kelly Reynolds
Kristy, Josh, Maddie, & Matt Ross
Pat Reynolds

April 20, 2007, 2:26pm • Danville, VA • #34114

Blacksburg prodived me the perfect childhood environment thanks in large part to Tech and its people.  The community was invigorating and diverse. As I mournfully read the names and stories of the victims, I am again reminded how wonderful a place Tech STILL is despite the horrors.  And it will become better!

D. Shaffer

April 20, 2007, 2:26pm • Indiana • #34115

To Virginia Tech, family & friends…

I am deeply saddened by the events of Monday.

It is likely very difficult to contemplate the future. I feel very strongly that the best way to honor the victims is to lead full and productive lives.  32 ,indeed 33, lives have been taken by mental illness. Moving forward & being all you can and want to be will be a lasting tribute to those you have lost.

May God Bless you and give you strength.

April 20, 2007, 2:26pm • Whitby, Ontario, Canada • #34116

We are deeply sadden by the loss of our Virginia Tech family members.  Our thoughts and prayers extend to the families of the victims.  We are also sadden by the long shadow this will cast on a great university.  Virginia Tech is a special place like no other.

95 Hokies - Steve & Andrea Horning

April 20, 2007, 2:27pm • Annapolis, MD • #34117

My heart gose out to the entire Virginia Tech community and the families of all victims.

“ Today We Are All Hokies!!”

April 20, 2007, 2:27pm • Aonka, MN • #34118

My son Jason is graduating from Virginia Tech in a few weeks, and my sister attended Tech many years ago. Our hearts are broken; I hope and pray for health and healing for the families & friends of the victims, and all Tech students, faculty & alumni. I have been so proud of all of you, and though I know you’re anxious to have the media be done and gone from your campus and your community, I appreciate having a glimpse of your strength and love over the last few days, even though I weep. God bless you.
Ellen Gardner, KC & John Deane

April 20, 2007, 2:27pm • Midlothian, Virginia • #34119

To every person who lost a sister, brother, mother, father, grandfather, son, daughter, friend or loved one on April 16th, my heart goes out to you. I understand what you are going through, my boyfriend lost his father to a tragic act of violence in April of 2004. I am so proud of your school and the unity you share amongst yourselves and with the rest of the world. You are amazing- You are Virginia Tech. I admire your ability to come together, grieve together and heal together. Godspeed to you Virginia Tech. May you know that we are praying for you in this time of sorrow and may you keep that spirit to find peace within.

Please know that college kids around the world are praying with you- and wishing you the peace to heal.

Shannon M.

April 20, 2007, 2:27pm • Louisville, KY • #34120

you are in our thoughts an prayers today an always our hearts go out to you forever mr & mrs paul senssale

April 20, 2007, 2:27pm • revere mass 02151 • #34121

I would like to share my condolences and prayers for the victims and everyone affected by this horrible act.

I am a Senior at the University at Albany and this tragedy struck us full force. Being a University of comparable size we here at UAlbany felt like this could have happened anywhere this could have been us. UAlbany is keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers, the the senseless acts on Monday know no bonds we are all in this together as a nation and as fellow college students; we are here for you.

I personally have a Professor here at UAlbany who is from Blacksburg, VA and attended Virgina Tech. as an undergrad. This Professor was devastated this week and had a very hard time carrying on with class. It just further points out that when tragedy strikes no one is safe from its terrible grip. Again my prayers and thoughts are with you all.

I would also like to include a quote I found recently which I hope can inspire you all to pull together and solider forward in the memory of those lost.

“The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning"-Ivy Backer Priest

April 20, 2007, 2:27pm • Albany, NY • #34122

To every student, parent, faculty and staff member at VT:
May our loving God ease your pain, sorrow and grief as only he can. People are praying for each of you. You are not alone.

April 20, 2007, 2:27pm • Princeton WV • #34123

May prayers be with you during this unsettling time. Godspeed to those whose life was cut short by this tragedic event.

April 20, 2007, 2:27pm • Rensselaer, Indiana • #34124

You are strong, you are family, you will prevail!My prayers are for you and your families and for all who have endured loss. Stay true to yourselves as Hokies, your strength has made the world proud!

Greg

April 20, 2007, 2:27pm • Portland, Oregon • #34125

My blood ran cold when I heard about the slaughter that happened on 16 April at Virginia Tech.

The massacre of these mostly young individuals as they start out on the road to independence - together with their tutors as they are helped on that road - is tragic and my heart goes out to each and every one of their families and friends.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

April 20, 2007, 2:27pm • Karen Stewart, Doncaster, England, GB • #34126

To my dear fellow Hokies,

You are in my heart, thoughts and prayers. I cannot express how sad I am about what happened. My heart reaches out to each of you affected in this tragedy. As I fight back tears, my heart swells. Each of you has shown such strength and bravery. I have never been more proud to belong to such a fantastic family. Continue to stay strong and be there for each other. Just know that you are never alone. GO HOKIES!

Diana Karczmarczyk
Former RA of West AJ
Class of 1998

April 20, 2007, 2:27pm • Woodbridge, VA • #34127

In thought of the VT students as a member of the worldwide mining engineering family.

The risk associated with mining and the number of accidents and fatalities in the operations is still too high, however there is a large share of bad luck. To die by a anthropogenic holocaust in the peaceful environment of a university is witless and barbarous.

I believe in Saint Barbara to help us to shelter future students from brute force.

Reik Winkel

RWTH Aachen University,
Alumni of European Mining Course EMC

April 20, 2007, 2:28pm • Aachen, Germany • #34128

Stay Strong Hokies.
You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.

April 20, 2007, 2:28pm • Norton, Virginia • #34129

I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who suffered through this tragic tragic incident.  May your loved ones forever rest in peace.  To those who suffered and survived this merciless act, I pray you have a speedy recovery.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart to those very brave individuals who sacrificed their lives to save some lives.  May the Virginia Tech community, and the citizens of Blacksburg find strength and peace as they stand united.  The nation and many around the world grieves with you.  Mother of a Virginia Tech Alumni.  Lena Pajewska

April 20, 2007, 2:28pm • Grasonville MD USA • #34130

Though I’m not a graduate of VaTech, I am a Virginian from Montgomery County, the mother, mother-in-law, aunt, and sister to eight proud Hokies. To those who were directly impacted by this tragedy, I cannot and will never know the pain you feel, but I stand with you in your grief. May you someday find peace and the pain become bearable. Stand proud, Hokies! 

Carolyn Doss Chenoweth

April 20, 2007, 2:28pm • Richmond, VA • #34131

O mundo está com vocês!!!
Paz
Amor
Fé....
Sempre
***
The world is with you
Peace
Love
Feith…
Ever
***

April 20, 2007, 2:28pm • Palmas, Tocantins, Brazil • #34132

We have all been deeply saddened by the recent events on your campus.  Please know that our campus community here at Southern Illinois University Carbondale has been thinking of you and praying for you.  God bless you all.

April 20, 2007, 2:28pm • Carbondale, IL • #34133

I lived the first 26 years of my life as a Virginian, most of it spent breathing the very mountain air that hovers over the VT campus.  I never enrolled at VPI, but I am one of you.

Central Texas has been my residency since 2000, but home is and always will be SW Virginia and my “home team” is still the Hokies.

I was shocked at the horrific events that took place on Monday.  My shock of Monday changed by Tuesday to a kind of melancholy I have not felt in years. 

Let us reflect upon the bright lives that were taken from us too early and let us vow not to take for granted the life our Creator has given each one of us and the responsibility He has given us with each breath of life.  Let us pause this day in remembrance and declare that our mission is indeed “Ut Prosim”.  For living a life of service to others is one of the many ways that these precious lives taken from us this week will not be in vain.

I am praying for you and I mourn as one of you,

God Bless America – God Bless Virginia Tech. 

Michael Prillaman,

F.C.H.S. ‘92, Rocky Mount, VA
Shenandoah University ‘96, Winchester, VA

Forever a Hokie

April 20, 2007, 2:28pm • Austin, TX • #34134

On behalf of myself, my baby daughter Grace, and my husband Craig, we send you our prayers.  You and your loved ones are in our hearts.  Look towards the heavens, and you will see a luminous star for each beautiful soul that was taken way too early; remember, they are watching over you now.  God bless all of you.

With warmest regards,
Victoria Lefever
Coconino Community College

April 20, 2007, 2:28pm • Flagstaff, Arizona • #34135

May God comfort your hearts as only he can. Take solace in knowing your loved ones left their mark on the nations heart. I will never forget Ryan’s smile.

God bless Virginia Tech

April 20, 2007, 2:28pm • Chicago Illinois • #34136

My thoughts and prayers go out to all that has suffered loss of their loved ones. Virginia Tech is a powerful community that will rise above this terrible tragedy. I have seen what the power of union can do....

April 20, 2007, 2:28pm • Hurt, VA • #34137

I don’t know anyone that was a part of this horrible event, but I do know that my thoughts and prayers are with all those who have suffered during this difficult time.  We grieve with you all and hope that peace is not too far away.

April 20, 2007, 2:29pm • San Jose, CA • #34138

"Today, we are all Hokies.”

As I look unto my colleagues, I know that no truer words could have been spoken. We [the Nation], no matter what background, are with you wearing maroon and orange, and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

You are not alone.

K.D.Ringel-Kane

April 20, 2007, 2:29pm • Columbia, Maryland • #34139

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragedy. The good Lord will help us all through this terrible tragedy. May God be with you always. God Bless.

Misty Hodges

April 20, 2007, 2:29pm • Glade Hill, Va • #34140

God Bless You. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.  Derry Area School District Derry, PA

April 20, 2007, 2:29pm • Derry, PA • #34141

My Prayers go out to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives on the most tragic day in history, as I see it. May they rest in peace. To my fellow Muslim brother, Waleed Mohamed Shaalan, who was among those who died, I pray for him and that Allah blesses him and his family. May Allah make it easy on his family. A small prayer for him: O Allah! This man is Your abd, son of Your abd. He has come to You, and You are the best resting place O Allah! We know nothing about him except what is good and You know more about him than we O Allah! If he was one who did good, increase his good deeds If he was one who did evil, then forgive him/her O Allah! Place him near You in the highest of positions And be a guardian for his family forever Bestow Your mercy, O the most Merciful of those who show mercy. Allahu Akabar ...Indeed we are from Allah and indeed to Him we will return. Virginia Tech you are in my heart and prayers to all those who were killed and wounded and to all the familes. God Bless! May God give them all a place in heaven.

April 20, 2007, 2:29pm • Revere, MA • #34142

I give my deepest sympathy for the familys and friends of the victims. Also for them selves, no one asked for this to happen. Sertainly no one wanted this to happen. To try to prvent this from happen again I ask that when a person sees another stand out from the crowd go up to them introduse your selves and ask if they would like to be friends, don’t pick on them and make them feel left out. Most of the time it’s the loners who act out in anger.
I will always remember the hookies that died for everyone who servived. The day this happened was my birthday. Now it’s a birthday I will always remember. And when my child is older i will tell him what a wonderful school and togetherness the Hookies have.

April 20, 2007, 2:30pm • Farmington, New York/ U.S.A. • #34143

Condolences to all family members and survivors of this tragic event. Peace be with you and keep your faith strong.
C.E. Palmer & Family

April 20, 2007, 2:30pm • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania USA • #34144

To Everyone at VT,
You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Keep your heads up high and I hope that in time that it can only get better.

Courtney

April 20, 2007, 2:30pm • Columbia, Md • #34145

Our hearts and prayers go out to you all!!!! May God be with you all during this time and as you move forward.

Ms. Dowtin’s Class
2nd Grade
Bethesda Elementary

April 20, 2007, 2:30pm • Durham, NC • #34146

Biggest Hug - EVER
To: each & every one of you
From: no one you know and everyone you know.

Americans all over the country are crying with you. 
I’m just another mourner who has been so saddened by the unfathomable loss of precious youth that was laid on your doorstep.
I didn’t know how else to reach out to you and say I’m sorry. 
I need you to know that you are in so many prayers and hearts today. 

When the dark clouds roll away, look for that ray of warmth and hope.
It will be your fellow Hokies - for they will surely shine.

Today I’m a Hokie - in my Heart,
Susan from South Jersey

April 20, 2007, 2:30pm • Glassboro, NJ • #34147

Dear friends,

The Laurel United Methodist Church in Iowa is with each one of you during this time of trial.  Words will never express what we feel. 

During this time of confusion, disbelief, despair, and pain I am inviting each one of you to pray for the families that have lost their loved ones on
your campus.  No counseling will really help, but Jesus.
This is a time for us to pray for healing.
Please pray with me:

O heavenly Father, I have come before you with our sisters and
brothers-------------- overwhelmed with grief and pain----tearfully seeking
your healing love.

Here are our sisters and brothers, who are anxious, lonely, and
frightened-- uncertain even how to pray.

Please do not pass them by, Lord Jesus!

Please send the light of your redeeming grace upon them.  Welcome them back
into the arms of your loving embrace.  Comfort them in their grief and heal
their infirmities; lead them in your way of Love.  By the power of the Holy
Spirit we pray.  Amen.  (Adapted by Pastor Kiboko from Jerry P. Haas’ work)

Thank you for praying for this nation.

Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko ( Pastor of Luarel UMC in Laurel, Iowa)

April 20, 2007, 2:30pm • Laurel, Iowa • #34148

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Virginia Tech Community. 
We wear your colors proudly today.
You will forever be in our hearts.

April 20, 2007, 2:30pm • Woodbridge, VA • #34149

Hello, I am a student at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and as I look through the different condolences listed on this site, I see the love that is required to recover from such tragic events like this. I can only imagine how hard it must be to handle the anger and sadness that the Virginia Tech family must feel after this ordeal as well as those around the world. I ask my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to bless all those people who have left condolences and to bless the families that are dealing with a lot of sadness and pain. I pray right now for love and patience to be brought unto everyone!

April 20, 2007, 2:31pm • Greensboro, NC United States • #34150

My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the friends, family, and community of VA TECH. May God Bless those who’s lives were tragically taken and to those they left behind. May Peace be with you soon.
Mary Green and Family

April 20, 2007, 2:31pm • Chesapeake, VA • #34151

With great sadness I followed the news the last couple of days and the terrifying and heartbreaking stories that were told have followed me since. I wish I could give you all the strenght and hope you need so desperatly at this moment.
I don’t feel like these words I’ve just written are enough to express my compassion and support but I just wanted to let you know you’re in my thoughts.

All my love,

Patty T.

April 20, 2007, 2:31pm • Woudenberg, The Netherlands • #34152

May you rest in peace.
(R.I.P. Henh <3)

April 20, 2007, 2:31pm • roanoke, va • #34153

Members of the Albany Medical College HOKIE Family met in memory of those who lost their lives and loved ones at VT. God Bless.

April 20, 2007, 2:31pm • Albany, NY 12203 • #34154

"The Rose Beyond the Wall”

Near shady wall a rose once grew,
Budded and blossomed in God’s free light,
Watered and fed by morning dew,
Shedding its sweetness day and night.

As it grew and blossomed fair and tall,
Slowly rising to loftier height,
It came to a crevice in the wall
Through which there shone a beam of light.

Onward it crept with added strength
With never a thought of fear or pride,
It followed the light through the crevice’s length
And unfolded itself on the other side.

The light, the dew, the broadening view
Were found the same as they were before,
And it lost itself in beauties new,
Breathing its fragrance more and more.

Shall claim of death cause us to grieve
And make our courage faint and fall?
Nay! Let us faith and hope receive—
The rose still grows beyond the wall,

Scattering fragrance far and wide
Just as it did in days of yore,
Just as it did on the other side,
Just as it will forevermore.

- A. L. Frink

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who lost their lives on Monday, those that were injured, their families and friends, and the entire Virginia Tech community.

April 20, 2007, 2:31pm • Sumerduck, Virginia • #34155

I imagine that there are no words that can truly comfort you during this time.  Please know however, that God knows what you are going through and he is the ultimate healer and comforter.  Turn to him for strength now and in the future, as the memories of this tragedy will not soon fade away.  Know that we are praying for peace to overcome the lives of each person weathering this storm.  May all the families and friends of these innocent victimes also turn to their loved ones for comfort and support during this trying time.  God bless.

April 20, 2007, 2:31pm • Canonsburg, PA • #34156

I am so sorry for the tragic losses the Virginia Tech community suffered, extending my deepest sympathies to you all. We’re all praying for you. I wish we could do more.

April 20, 2007, 2:31pm • Virginia Beach, VA • #34157

As an alumnus from Charlotte, NC, my heart is with the victims, their families and friends and the rest of my Hokie family. I’ll be in B’burg tomorrow to show my love and support and there’s not another place I’d rather be. Peace to all.

April 20, 2007, 2:31pm • Charlotte, NC • #34158

I am not a Hokie, but a human hurt by the events that happened, I have 5 children and can not imagine the pain all of you are going through. I have lost a loved one due to anothers choice. Its sad and all I can do is think about the souls lost and the ones who wittness the deaths all around them, its very scary to think that there are people out there willing to just take a weapon and destroy lives not just the victims but the world...i am cring for you and will remember the beautiful souls that left us way to early. thank you,
Angie Kirkhorn

April 20, 2007, 2:31pm • Gloucester, Va • #34159