Condolences, April 20, 2007

We want to share our heartfelt condolences to everyone at Virginia Tech and all those that were lost on that dreadful day.  As a parent of an incoming Freshman we feel as though we are already a part of the Virginia Tech Family.  We are proud that our daughter has chosen VT and look forward to officially joining the Hokies this fall.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.  God Bless.

New Hokies from Orange County, NY

April 20, 2007, 2:31pm • Sugar Loaf, NY • #34160

I’m sorry about this acident.
I’m a korean.
I sad.

April 20, 2007, 2:31pm • pusan/korea • #34161

Though I didn’t know anyone from the school personally, I can’t stop thinking about the students, faculty, and parents and friends of those at Virginia Tech. Our nation stands behind you and prays along with you.

~To live in hearts we leave behind
Is not to die.

Crissy

April 20, 2007, 2:32pm • Auburn Hills, Michigan • #34162

We are lifting prayers up to heaven for the Hoakie community.  The entire nation mourns with you. 

--The Lowing Family

April 20, 2007, 2:32pm • McHenry, Illinois • #34163

I don’t know how to say how sorry I am for this tragedy.I am a student from Croatia (Europe) and english isn’t my language. They don’t teach you in school how to talk in this moments. I just want to say that I’m shocked and speachless for what happens to you.I’m really sorry, and my prayers are with you. I hope you will have the force to go on with your studies and life, and I hope nothing like this will ever happen anyvere in the world again.We students all over the world are with you.

April 20, 2007, 2:32pm • Croatia • #34164

As fellow Hokies our family mourns with you. May God’s peace be upon all you who lost loved ones. We are praying for you. Though we no longer live in Blacksburg, our hearts are always there, especially now.

April 20, 2007, 2:32pm • Mebane, North Carolina • #34165

PEACE BE WITH YOU ALL

April 20, 2007, 2:32pm • Maryland • #34166

My heart and prayers go out to each and every one of you.

When you hear an Angel softly whisper to you,
In the light of the day, or the darkness of the night.
When you feel the presence of an Angel caress you,
And see their beautiful wings spread in graceful
flight.

When something inside you just makes you smile.
Or you feel a warmth suddenly wash over your heart.
When your dreams are beautiful and include an Angel,
As you lay with your head on your pillow, in the dark.

When you’re alone, and everything is quiet around you,

Yet you can hear the sweetest lullaby being sung.
When waking up in the morning, any troubles feel
lighter,
From speaking with an Angel, before a new day has
begun.

Then you know I am the Angel who you can feel and
hear;
Your special Angel from Heaven who will always be so
near.
I’m no longer able to be here in body, but I’m with
you everyday,
As my loving heart, my soul, and my spirit,
will never be far away.

Author Unknown

April 20, 2007, 2:32pm • Ontario Canada • #34167

My prayers are with the entire University family, that you will find strength and comfort as you grieve.  As a college administrator and a parent, my thoughts are full of concern for the students, that you may not become embittered by this experience, and for the faculty and staff of the University who must struggle with their own grief as they strive to help the students.  May the good Lord keep you all, with comfort and love,
Kayte Aspray, Associate Academic Dean, Northwood University,

April 20, 2007, 2:32pm • Midland, MIchigan • #34168

I can’t watch the news anymore so I send you my thoughts and prayers this way.  Be in peace.

April 20, 2007, 2:33pm • Tucson, AZ • #34169

HOKIE NATION,
We would like to express our deepest condolences to the entire Hokie Family. We will wear our Orange and Maroon with great pride this evening as we take the field to work our games. We are praying for all of you!!! KEEP THE FAITH!!!

Brent Fountain, Cliff Exley, Brian Lane, George Howard, Carl Davis
Guantanamo Bay Cuba Softball Umpires

April 20, 2007, 2:33pm • Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Cuba • #34170

I am sorry about your tragedy and I wish everyone the best!

April 20, 2007, 2:33pm • Tampa, FL • #34171

On April 16, 2007, myself, along with tens of thousands of Hokie’s Lives were forever changed. It is unquestionably difficult to fully realize the overwhelming magnitude of this event, even more difficult being a student, or as many of us feel; a part of a very close-knit family here at Virginia Tech. As Dr. Hicks stated at the convocation, we will recover one day, but WE WILL NEVER FORGET. As a Hokie who lost two friends and a dear professor I say to all those who may read this that You are not alone but it is through Community and Unity that we can and WE WILL overcome this tragic day in all of our lives. As Professor Giovanni said; “...WE WILL PREVAIL...”. This is TRUE to the last word. As a student body, as a faculy, as human beings we WILL prevail and not give up...BECAUSE WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH…

April 20, 2007, 2:33pm • Blacksburg, Virginia • #34172

As a student of Strayer University, my thoughts and prayers, as well as those of all at Strayer University, go out to the Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff and community during this trying time in all of your lives.  The lives of these victims shined brightly while they were with us.  They are regrettably gone from us now, but will never be forgotten.  Heaven will be more brilliant because of their presence there.

Today we are all Hokies!

John McClure
Strayer University Senior
North Raleigh, N.C.

April 20, 2007, 2:33pm • North Raleigh, N.C. • #34173

May God comfort and hold the families of the victims in his loving arms.  Please know that we are praying for healing and protectoin for the entire Virginia Tech community.

April 20, 2007, 2:33pm • MCL Chesterfield, Va • #34174

TO THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS:

Words really cannot express how sad this tragedy is and how people all over the world have been shocked and saddened by it.

Everyone’s heart is filled with sympathy for the loss of so many young lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims, as well as with the entire Virginia Tech community.

All we could offer is a prayer that God may grant comfort and healing to everyone touched by this horrible tragedy.

We hope that this phrase from Psalm 23 would bring comfort and healing; “ Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”.

With Our Deepest Sympathy:

Shinhan Bank New York Branch

April 20, 2007, 2:33pm • NYC, NY • #34175

Our thoughts and prayers go out to each and everyone of you who have been affected by this horrible tragedy. My god bless and keep you.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on the snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn’s 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 star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.

May God be with everyone at this time

The Kenny Family

April 20, 2007, 2:33pm • Arlington Heights, IL • #34176

I send my deepest heartfelt thoughts and prayers to everyone who was involved with this tragedy one way or the other. God bless you.

April 20, 2007, 2:33pm • fairfax,VA • #34177

In loving memory, may all of them rest in peace…

April 20, 2007, 2:33pm • Norma Kalacas, Delano, CA • #34178

I wish I knew what to say to comfort you but I can not find the right words.  I can tell you that my heart breaks for all of you…whether you lost family, friends or teachers. Listening to the bells toll today on the TV I felt as if I were right there with you.  Please reach out to those around you and let them help you through this difficult time. I wish I could reach out and give you a hug if only to comfort you for a moment.  My prayers are with you all.  God Bless all of you.

April 20, 2007, 2:34pm • Newark, Ohio • #34179

May your heads be held high and your hearts and spirits be lifted. Struggles, tragedies, and valleys in the path we walk on throughtout our lives not only make us fall but make us stronger as a person as we pick ourselves up and know that we will prevail. We are never alone as we pick ourselves up and move forward, helping hands are everywhere… family, friends, etc. My thoughts, prayers, and helping hands are with all that have been affected by the sensless act of one.

April 20, 2007, 2:34pm • Lisa C. Fortney in Magnolia, Delaware • #34180

To our Virginia Tech family:
We all have been affected by this terrible tragedy, and our hearts and prayers go out to each and everyone. You have all shown great strength and courage, and my hope is that will carry you through all the pain.  All will be remembered forever.

April 20, 2007, 2:34pm • Manassas, Virginia • #34181

My heart and prayers are with the VA Tech community during this time of sorrow.

Your tears do not compromise your strength.

April 20, 2007, 2:34pm • Rockville, Md. • #34182

I felt the sadness when I had to ring the doorbell and say: “We regret to inform you” re. the fallen in Viet Nam.  That sadness returned to me with full force, and with many tears, upon hearing of your tragedy.  May the peace of God surround your school in this time of great sadness.  With Love and Many Prayers, LCDR Ken Hyatt, Chaplain Corps, United States Navy (Retired)

April 20, 2007, 2:34pm • Grantsburg Wisconsin, USA • #34183

We grieve with you and offer our deepest condolences. This terrible loss of life is absolutely incomprehensible. We have a child in college; the pain must be so incredibly raw for the parents, families, and friends of these young people and professors. It’s hard to imagine how they cope with their loss right now.

April 20, 2007, 2:35pm • Wyckoff, New Jersey • #34184

My deepest symphathy to the Virginia Tech. students,faculty,staff and families of the victims. May always feel God’s loving grace and mercy.

Jeanette T. Jeanjacques

April 20, 2007, 2:35pm • New Orleans, LA • #34185

Please know that people all over the world are thinking of you and praying for the VT family.

April 20, 2007, 2:35pm • Troy, NC • #34186

I am praying for and thinking of all you guys almost all the time.

Bess Rickman

April 20, 2007, 2:35pm • Asheville, NC • #34187

Hokies, you have truly shown us all that it is in our darkest hours that our humanity shines its brightest.  Hold on tightly to each other… say the loving thing that yesterday you would have held back… continue to show the world that while your hearts may be broken, your spirits are soaring.  - MKN

April 20, 2007, 2:35pm • Titusville, Pennsylvania • #34188

I am proud of all the students that were interviewed during the week.  To a person, they were articulate, intelligent, and as under control as one could be.  There is a thread sewn into all Hokies both present and past and it connects us all.  We all hurt as one, but we will all heal as one. 

-Brian, ‘93

April 20, 2007, 2:35pm • Scotch Plains, New Jersey • #34189

To all that has been effected by this tragic event. Our family thoughts and prayers are with the families that this tragic event has touched. May God Bless You all and our prayers are with you. Never forget those that have parished as God now will keep them safe within in his kingdom

The Posluszny Family

April 20, 2007, 2:35pm • Baltimore, Maryland • #34190

And if I go, while you’re still here....

Know that I live on, vibrating to a different measure, behind a thin veil you cannot see through.

You will not see me, so you must have faith.
I wait the time when we can soar together again, both aware of each other.

Until then, live your life to its fullest.
And when you need me, just whisper my name in your heart.
And I will be there.

April 20, 2007, 2:35pm • Medellin, Colombia • #34191

The Hokie Family,
As Virginians we want to express our heartfelt condolences to all of you!! You are in our thoughts and prayers. Even though we can’t be present, we are there in spirit. Hokie Nation will live on forever!!!

Brent, Tammy, Krisna & Kortney Fountain

April 20, 2007, 2:35pm • San Antonio Texas and Guantanamo Bay Cuba • #34192

May the families take comfort in the memories of those lost and may those going forward have the strength to continue the honorable traditions of a great institution.

April 20, 2007, 2:36pm • New Albany, Ohio • #34193

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families of those lost in this terrible tragedy.

We include these beautiful souls in our prayers.

May you find comfort in knowing they are all loved and will always be remebered for the wonders of the legacy they leave behind.

Sincerely,

The Rosario-Sousa Family

April 20, 2007, 2:36pm • Kirkland, Washignton • #34194

May God Bless Virginia Tech, the victims, their family members and friends. Go Hokies!

April 20, 2007, 2:36pm • Charleston, SC USA • #34195

Your losses have been terribly devastating.  Be there for one another today and as time passes.  You are in our thoughts. 

JH and TH
from Suffolk Law and URI

April 20, 2007, 2:36pm • Rhode Island, USA • #34196

I AM A RESIDENT OF ROANOKE VA. AND I HAVE BEEN A HOKIE FAN FOR SOME TIME. TODAY MYSELF AND FAMILY ARE JOINING IN AND WEARING PROUDLY OUR ORANGE AND MAROON. I HAVE ALSO HAD TO ENDURE THE PAIN OF LOOSING SOMEONE TO A VIOLENT EPISODE AND I CAN SAY THAT IN TIME AND THERE IS NO LIMIT ON THE TIME , BUT THE DEEP WOUNDS WILL HEAL AND THE SUN WILL SHINE IN YOUR LIFE AGAIN. MY MOTHER WAS SHOT AND KILLED AND SUDDENLY LIFE AS YOU KNOW IT CAHNGES. I HAD TO LET GO OF THE BITTERNESS AND FORGIVE JUST SO I COULD MOVE FORWARD. OUR DAUGHTER IS IN SCHOOL AND I HAVE GAINED SOMETHING BY THIS. I CALL HER MORE AND I TELL HER I LOVE HER. THEY SAY OUT OF THE BAD THERE COMES GOOD AND WE ARE PRAYING FOR ALL THE VICTIMS. WE ARE AWARE THERE ARE MANY VICTIMS WETHER DIRECTLY INVOLVED OR AFAR WATCHING THINGS UNFOLD. PSALMS (27) HAS BEEN HELPFUL FOR US. MAY YOU FIND YOUR LIGHT AND HEALING IN TIME. WE ARE THINKING OF YOU. ROANOKE HAS SO MANY VT COLORS YOU SHOULD SEE THE LOVE. WALMART IS SO EMPTY OF IT’S VT ITEMS. SEE THERE IS ALOT OF GOOD GOING ON.  MAY GOD TOUCH YOU AND BE WITH YOU ALWAYS.  TINA AND FAMILY XXOO!

April 20, 2007, 2:36pm • ROANOKE COUNTY VA. • #34197

I knew GV Loganathan when I started as a graduate student in Civil Engineering Department Winter 1982.  He was kind enough to share his apartment for 4 months till I found alternate housing.  My memories of him were his neatness, organizational skills, pleasing demeanor, and hard work.  He is a self made man and all the success he achieved in life were through his hardwork.  The last time I met him was about 4 years ago when our families got together for lunch. Through the love and affection of the VT community, I hope his family navigate this tragedy.

Daivamani Sivasailam, MS (1984)

April 20, 2007, 2:36pm • Ellicott City, MD • #34198

Today, my school (Kansas Wesleyan University) held a prayer ceremony in honor of Virginia Tech, the victims, and their families.  Our hearts and prayers are with you.  Your strength through this trying time is truly inspirational.  God bless.

April 20, 2007, 2:37pm • Salina, Kansas • #34199

Always,I have been so glad that my graduation from college was an engineeing degree from Virginia Tech many moons ago in 1961.

Over these past terrible days--my entire family
has never been more proud of our Tech students, faculty, staff and the rest of the Hokie nation.
We also have been comforting by the prayers and thoughts from people throughout the world.
As Nikki said we will prevail.God Bless.

April 20, 2007, 2:37pm • DeanBlake and his family-Frankfort,KY • #34200

Just remember everyone who we lost for all the good times they had, and all the smiles they put on people’s faces.

April 20, 2007, 2:37pm • Hopkinton, MA • #34201

My heart goes out to the families that just lost their beautiful children.For I know very well the pain that they shall walk in for the rest of their lives.I lost my beloved son Danny Watson Jr and his childhood sweetheart Dawn Thorton whom he had know for 20 years in a double homicide on April 25 2004.Just like these beautiful children ours only wanted to have peace and happiness in their lives but someone else didnt like it.We miss our babies so much.The only way you will get through anything like this is only through the Grace and walk with Father God.I have prayed for you all every day.Gloria Watson

April 20, 2007, 2:37pm • St Joseph Mo • #34202

My thoughts and prayers are with each and every member of the Va Tech family. May God watch over you and give you strength.

Linda Schermer

April 20, 2007, 2:37pm • Atkins, Va. • #34203

I shed tears with you - mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers - for the stolen lives of your loved ones.  I’m the mother of two young adults, a son and a daughter.  If I was never to see one of my children again, my soul would ache forever.  Your angels are watching over you now.  They’re forever blessed . . . .

April 20, 2007, 2:37pm • Harrisonburg, Virginia/Rockingham County • #34204

The prayers and thoughts of our campus community are with all of you during this most difficult of times.

James S. Netherton, President
Carson-Newman College

April 20, 2007, 2:38pm • Jefferson City, TN • #34205

Hi my name is Jamal Kalim Johnson I want to say my prays are with the family’s of the victims and the VT community. God bless

April 20, 2007, 2:38pm • Mesa,AZ • #34206

I don’t know the words to write to take away the pain of your loss, but I’m sending as much love and hope your way as I can.  Virginia Tech will always hold a special place in my heart.

Rachel

April 20, 2007, 2:38pm • Boise, Idaho • #34207

You will Never Walk Alone-From Israel

April 20, 2007, 2:38pm • Israel • #34208

My heart and prayers are with you at VT.  I can not imagine how the students are coping at this time but know that they have a strong tie to one another and will come together stronger than ever.  My prayers for the families of the ones who have died I can not even imagine what it would be like....but know that my prayers are with you every day to find peace ...

April 20, 2007, 2:38pm • Gallatin, TN • #34209