Condolences, April 20, 2007

Dearest mourners of VTU.  I wanted to take a moment to share with you that I recently lost my best friend to an act of senseless violence.  My feelings are somewhat mutual, although a loss like this I have never known and have never felt. 

My thoughts and prayers go out to each of you individually and collectively.  I am so very sorry for any loss of hope in humanity you may feel and wish a restoration to each of you in knowing that there is still much love and sympathy out there.

Know that all over the world you are in our thoughts and through great tragedy there is always triumph. 

One Love. 
Carrie Driskill

April 20, 2007, 3:11pm • Denver, CO • #34465

From your sister university in Athens, GA-the University of Georgia, the Athens community grieves with you at the loss of so many bright stars from Virginia’s horizon.
My thoughts and prayers are with you as you now begin the process of remembering those lost and taking from their time here the knowledge and impact to make tomorrow something they would be proud of.

Blake Odom

April 20, 2007, 3:11pm • Athens, GA • #34466

I would like 2 send my condolences 2 the whole Virginia Tech.Just remember god luvs u all and would not put more on u than u can bare.

April 20, 2007, 3:11pm • Washington,D.C. • #34467

My sympathy and condolences to all the familles and victims and my love and support to all the students who have lived through this.

Seeing the beautiful campus of Va Tech in the news brings back fond memories of my years there. I refuse to allow this tragedy to change that.

Joseph Mansy
Chemistry 1974

April 20, 2007, 3:11pm • Tavernier FL • #34468

As an alumnus of Radford College, class of ‘68, I have many happy memories of good times at Virginia Tech.  I am devastated by this tragedy, and offer my prayers and condolences to the families and friends of those who were injured and those who lost their lives on April 16, 2007.  Know that your strength and human spirit shine as an example for us all of us.  Be strong, Hokies!  You will prevail.

SB

April 20, 2007, 3:11pm • Hampton, Virginia • #34469

I do not live in Virginia, nor did I ever attend Virginia Tech. But, I still am deeply saddened by what happened. My thoughts and prayers will continue to go out to everyone affected by this tragedy. I offer you all strength and hope to carry with you each day.
With sympathy,
K. Fletcher

April 20, 2007, 3:11pm • Stevenson, AL • #34470

May we always remember that Good is stronger than evil. Good builds on what is good and the result is always greater good.

The good that is done on a daily basis is so integrated into the fabric of our lives and our world that they often go unnoticed by us.
While an isolated act of evil may appear and may seem to be remarkable. Evil is inherently weak. It cannot build on Good and Good will never build on evil.

May we always try to do some good in our day. All the days of our lives.
So that the good acts of many may simply overwhelm the world with good.

Jesus is Lord.

April 20, 2007, 3:12pm • Spokane, WA. , U.S.A. • #34471

My son was murdered by a terrorist bomb, in 2005. Our family has been able to move through this because of the love of so many people and mostly because of our faith in Jesus. May God’s love hold you and love you all through this grieving time. Precious are all of our children. They live on and someday, we will see them again. Many blessings to each of your families.

Carol Young
threeloaves@yahoo.com

April 20, 2007, 3:12pm • USA • #34472

I am wearing maroon today, to honor all Hokies. I have no connection to VT, other than the connection we all have, as compassionate and caring human beings. Words fall short of conveying the sorrow we feel at the loss of such exceptional people. However, words are all we have. May all affected by this tragedy gather strength from the love and support these messages send. May God bless you.
Denise

April 20, 2007, 3:12pm • Elmhurst IL • #34473

I can only say that my heart goes out to everyone at Virginia Tech. I can’t imangine how horrific this was to everyone. I will have a son starting college this fall and have already had anxiety over it. I know that these things don’t happen everyday, but they do happen way to often. I pray that you all find peace in days to come. Tragedy is always hard to bare, but we all pull through somehow. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

April 20, 2007, 3:12pm • Glencoe, Minnesota • #34474

I know no one at Virginia Tech, nor do I need to.
I feel today the same way I felt after 9/11. Just total sadness for everyone who has been affected by this event. Please know that people are praying for you and really are feeling your pain. I wear Orange and maroon in your honor.
:*(
Your entire community and campus has shown what great strength you have.

April 20, 2007, 3:12pm • New York, NY • #34475

I never got the chance to attend Va Tech but I’ve lived 8 miles from the campus since the early 80’s. This has hit all of us in this area very hard and we all are here to help if it is ever needed. We are in shock and crying but it will get better. Stay Strong Hokies!!!!

W.P.

April 20, 2007, 3:12pm • Elliston, Va • #34476

I am so sorry for the unfair loss…Our hearts, prayers, and thought are with all the families who lost their loved ones.  May you find comfort in God’s love and he will guide you through this difficult time.

April 20, 2007, 3:12pm • San Diego, California • #34477

A Poem of Loss

Missing laughter, sunsets and sunrises
The giggles and hugs and looks of familiarity
Graduations, weddings, babies,
Empty holidays, aching loneliness
Who knew her like I did?

“I know how you feel,” - no you couldn’t - and shouldn’t
Interminable nights, giving rise to longer days
Mysterious rings of a telephone, but nobody is there
The scent of perfume, baby powder, clean hair
Who knew her like I did?

Reminiscing alone - loses so much
Keeping the voices in my ears, memories fade over time
How do you live in the past and yet move on?
Empty smiles so not to scare others away
Who knew her like I did?

How do you erase the hate and focus on the love?
You are what you think, but my thoughts aren’t pure
The pangs of awakening in the night knowing something isn’t there
The gift of long life - but it seems even longer
Who knew her like I did?

April 20, 2007, 3:12pm • Ft. Lauderdale, Florida • #34478

Your breavory is felt nation wide. Keep your heads high and keep moving foward. This has effected us all in many different ways. Be strong.

April 20, 2007, 3:12pm • Woodstock, Illinois • #34479

TO the Families and Students at VT:
As an International Student, studying here in the U.S. I couldn’t imagine, me or my family enduring the pain that you are currently suffering right now.  Please know that you are in my prayers.  May you find peace and serenity in knowing that God’s grace and love can bring clarity and calm to all.

Bernie J.

April 20, 2007, 3:12pm • Ohio/Bahamas • #34480

United we stand . . . Virginina Tech Hokies are a wonderful united family.  Our family is keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers for those lost, injured and just hurt by this needless tragic event.

April 20, 2007, 3:12pm • Spotsylvania, VA • #34481

I´m so sorry for this terrible loss, you ar all in my prayers, God bless you and your loved ones.

From Argentina, Andrea Pisani.

April 20, 2007, 3:12pm • Buenos Aires, Argentina • #34482

As an alumnus and continuing supporter of Virginia Tech, I cannot find words to describe my feelings as I went through this week. My thoughts, sympathies and prayers go out to the families of the victims along with my sincere hope that they may someday find peace.

In the midst of the turmoil, I was also heartened by the images of the entire Hokie Nation and the world coming together to show our support. I believe Professor Giovanni summed it up with her uplifting words. She is right: “We will prevail…We are the Hokies! We are Virginia Tech!!”

May God bless the victims and their loved ones.

Jim Sullivan
Class of ‘73

April 20, 2007, 3:12pm • Columbus, Ohio • #34483

In hard times, the warmest souls come forth to soften the hearts of humanity.  We remember the fallen, and pray for their families and friends.  The world will watch now for a minute...and hopefully be effected forver.  God Bless you all.
AB

April 20, 2007, 3:13pm • Niceville, Florida • #34484

I still can’t believe this happened it reminds me so much about columbine it makes me cry at night thinking what was going through the victims mids that very second it happened I pray for the vt victims and families who were hurt in this im sadened by what went on that day i had woken up the very same minute it happened i remember it all too well it’s like something in the back of my mind told me to watch the news when i turned it on cnn it was like a nightmare i kept on telling myself this wasnt going on but in reality it was so here we are today Me and my family and whole community Pray for you guys at vt there are signs everywhere about here Im sorry about it and you are in my prayers

GOD BLESS YOU HOKIES THE USA IS THINKING OF YOU

April 20, 2007, 3:13pm • Columbia,TN • #34485

On this day of Hookie Pride our family (class of 1974 and class of 2000) offer our prayers to all of the families who have suffered such a devastating loss this week.  We know there are no words that can fill the hole in your hearts.  We hope that the outpouring of grief and support from around the world will give you some small measure of comfort in the days and months to come.

April 20, 2007, 3:13pm • Springfield VA • #34486

My God, my God what a tragic event!  You are in my prays.  There was nothing that could have been done to avoid this tragedy; however, it will bring great character to all of those that have suffered through it.  The pain may hurt now and it may never go away but hopefully it will give each and every person the power to fight and live another day through this horrible tragedy.  God will be with you and I would just like to leave this same reminder with those who may have doubts as to how they will ever overcome this tragedy…

April 20, 2007, 3:13pm • Owings Mills, Maryland • #34487

Even though I now reside in Egypt, I am still a hokie and will always be even in the light of these tough times. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you in Blacksburg, those who lost ones they love and to all of my fellow hokies all over the world.  We became a family when we all lived and studied together in Blacksburg and we are no less strong now that we are scattered all over the world. --Dr. Katherine L. Hall

April 20, 2007, 3:13pm • Cairo, Egypt • #34488

Since that ill fated morning, my thoughts and prayers have been with VT. My words can never express what my heart feels for the students and faculty. All I can say is May God help us all through these trying times. May God bless you all.  Gloria D

April 20, 2007, 3:13pm • North Tonawanda New York • #34489

I am very sorry for your losses.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 20, 2007, 3:13pm • San Diego, CA • #34490

Never allow one event in your lives prevent you from achieving your goals.

Our thoughts are with you all.

April 20, 2007, 3:13pm • Sussex England • #34491

I am terribly sorry for your tragedy at Virginia Tech.  My support and prayers go out to everyone and especially the ones who lost loved ones.  May God watch over each and everyone of you and comfort you in this time of need.

April 20, 2007, 3:13pm • Paintsville, KY • #34492

We loved them all and will miss them all, even though we didn’t know them. We pray for the families and friends, even though we don’t know you. May God give you strength to carry you through this.

April 20, 2007, 3:13pm • Cape Coral, FL, USA • #34493

I pray that the Virginia Tech community will find peace and comfort during this time of sorrow.  May God be with you.

Brandy

April 20, 2007, 3:13pm • Rising Sun, MD • #34494

I pray to God to give lot of affection to the kids that reached him on Monday.My prayers will always be there to all the victims families.

April 20, 2007, 3:13pm • Richmond,VA • #34495

Dear Virginia Tech,
My heart has been aching all week.  The miles between us does not help me understand why I feel this way only makes me more confused.  I know I will always remember this week as one of the hardest in my life because understanding and meaning seem lost to me.  But I do know that Ill make it through and I do know that Virginia Tech will make it through.  The strength I have seen is nothing short of admirable and amazing.  It leads to me believe that while my heart aches it will heal and I hope to share that day with everyone very soon,
Jordan
Georgetown University

April 20, 2007, 3:13pm • Washington DC • #34496

In your time of loss, please remember…

Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.

This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,

“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”

The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”

April 20, 2007, 3:14pm • Owings Mills, Maryland • #34497

I just want to offer my SINCEREST CONDOLENCES for all the vicitims, including the shooter, and the family and friends they have left behind. It says a lot about us as a Society, and our Humanity when we continue to marginalize our brothers and sisters to the exent they feel they have no outlet except causing chaos and pain for others.  We should pray for all the Souls lost.

April 20, 2007, 3:14pm • New York, New York • #34498

My heart and prayers go out to the families left behind and to all that are suffering during this time, may you find strength in God. Myself and my 2 kids ages 11,8 pray for you nightly when we say there bedtime prayers.  No one knows how you are suffering but know that people care and are praying for you all.  May your lives continue to stive and you find peace with knowing all the ones lost are watching over you.  May the injured heal and continue with their education.  God Bless You All, My heart is saddened by your loss.  Brenda Medley Eubanks,30,

April 20, 2007, 3:14pm • Gaffney, SC USA • #34499

It is with a heavy heart that I express my sincere condolences to the families, colleagues, and friends of the victims of the Virginia Tech University tragedy.  It is my prayer that the University family and community’s spirits will be uplifted, and strengthened as the healing process begins.

April 20, 2007, 3:14pm • Washington, DC • #34500

I am deeply sadden by what has happened and my heart goes out to the family of the victims. I will keep you in my prayers and hope that you find peace. Stay encouraged.

April 20, 2007, 3:15pm • Alameda, CA • #34501

My thoughts and prayers to all the family and friends of this tragedy. 

Jessica

April 20, 2007, 3:15pm • Seattle, WA • #34502

As an academic from the UK I was shocked and saddened by what happened on your campus.  Having watched your Convocation I was impressed by the strength of your students and faculty.  Through your pain and determination I am sure VT will once again be a powerful force for development, reflection and intellectual enquiry in the international academic world.  My thoughts and hopes for the future are with you all.

Christopher Bond
Roehampton University London

April 20, 2007, 3:15pm • London, United Kingdom • #34503

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. I am saddened that one person could cause such havic and sadness. So many innocent souls were lost. I do not know any of the victims personally, but to have such a loss is tragic. It is felt all across the US and I have shed tears for you all. Know that there is so many people who are there in spitit with you, even though we cannot be there physically. Know that there are people who would not nothing more than just hold a hand, give a hug, rub a back, shed tears with you knowing that just that little comfort might ease the pain in your hearts, if only for a second. The worst is over, now just healing, remembrance of those lost and what we can gain. My thoughts and prayers again, are with you, I am truly sorry for your loss.
Bonnie Marano

April 20, 2007, 3:15pm • Federal Way, WA • #34504

To All Students,Staff and Familys,

Our hearts are greiving and our prayers are with you all. Our family hopes that as time passes your pain will lessen. Also just keep in mind that we will all be together again one day in the kingdom of heaven, with no pain,violents or anything else unpleasent.

Gods Love surround you all.

The Keach Family

April 20, 2007, 3:15pm • Wisconsin • #34505

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Hokie family.  We are deeply saddend by this tragedy.  God Bless the victims and their families.
The Delfinis Family

April 20, 2007, 3:16pm • Toms River, NJ • #34506

I was sadened to hear the families of the victims were disturbed by the media showing of the gunmans final communications. I can understand this.

But, I hope they understand he gets NO glory in it. We hear his rantings and know we are listening to a madman! We see his picture and know we are looking evil in the face. No glory.

If he thought his life on earth was difficult, it is nothing compared to the hell he is in now, and will remain in for eternity.

The victims are angels in heaven...forever.

April 20, 2007, 3:16pm • Delray Beach, FL • #34507

Today my colleagues at Georgetown University are dressed in orange and maroon in honor of our fallen Hokies.  As I wear my favorite Va Tech sweatshirt, I share the pain with my VT family and friends.  I try not to focus on “why” but focus on the strength needed to begin the healing process.  My condolences and prayers go out to the entire VT family especially those who loss loved ones. 

Remember, nothing will break a Hokie’s spirit.  GO HOKIES!

Charlene
Class of 88

April 20, 2007, 3:16pm • Maryland • #34508

Our thoughts & prayers are with you all..
God Bless

April 20, 2007, 3:16pm • Manassas, VA • #34509

GOD SPEED TO THE LOST BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN 32, AND TO THOSE WOUNDED. VIRGINIA TECH STUDENTS, FACULITY, FAMILY, FRIENDS AND COMMUNITY ARE IN OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS. WE DIDN’T KNOW EACH OTHER, BUT WE MORN YOUR LOSS, AND SMILE AT HAPPY PICTURES OF LOVED ONES IN BETTER TIMES. EVERYONE THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL PERSON, ALWAYS KNOW THAT AND STAY STRONG. YOU TRULY ARE AMONG HEROS. LIVE GREATLY IN THIER HONOR, THEY WILL FOREVER BE IN YOUR HEARTS AND OURS. GOD SPEED 32. HOKIE PRIDE.
PEACE AND LOVE
RAEMIE & CHRISTOPHER BOWNE’

April 20, 2007, 3:16pm • SULLIVAN, INDIANA • #34510

God bless all the victims and their famillies. God bless all of you.

April 20, 2007, 3:16pm • China • #34511

Our prayers are with all of you.  God will give you all the strength to go forward.  Time will help to ease the pain, but we shall never forget.  God bless you all.

April 20, 2007, 3:16pm • Las Vegas Nevada • #34512

My family and I wish to offer our deepest sympathy to all who lost a loved one during this horrific tragedy. May you always cherish the memories of your lost family and friends and find peace again in your hearts. Remember, you never have to say good-bye to someone in your heart for they will be with you always.

Love & Peace MaryAnn, David, Olivia Vendt & Haley Smith

April 20, 2007, 3:16pm • Virginia Beach, Virginia • #34513

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and the entire Virginia Tech family.  May you find peace and strength as you heal.

Once a Hokie, always a Hokie - I grieve with you.

Shannon D.

April 20, 2007, 3:17pm • Reisterstown, Maryland • #34514