Condolences, April 20, 2007

We, Brazilians, are deeply sorry about the unspeakable losses in your university due to such a cruel tragedy.  Some of your Brazilian students related to us how glad they are for studying at Virginia Tech and how miserable they feel about their beloved colleagues and professors who passed away.  We do pray for you and hope you keep on working and studying in memory of all those who are not there with you anymore.  My sympathies to the families and friends. Robertson Frizero Barros

April 20, 2007, 12:31pm • Porto Alegre, Brazil • #33156

HOKIES, YOU CONTINUE TO BE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND HAVE BEEN SINCE THIS TRAGEDY UNFOLDED.  CONTINUE TO OVERCOME UNSPEAKABLE EVIL WITH GOOD.  I KNOW THE ANGELS WERE BUSY THAT DAY ESCORTING HOKIES ALL THE WAY HOME. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BE WITH YOU AND COMFORT YOUR HEARTS.

LINDA BRACY OKULEY, A HOKIE MOM—TODAY A “HOKIE”

April 20, 2007, 12:31pm • CHESAPEAKE, VIRGINIA USA • #33157

You are ALL in my thoughts and prayers.
Suzette Pretty

April 20, 2007, 12:31pm • Chatham, Ontario, Canada • #33158

Words cannot express how sorry I am for everyone at VT.  Try to find peace in knowing that we are all behind you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Pat

April 20, 2007, 12:31pm • Clemmons,NC • #33159

To the family, friends, and students may the Lord continue to strenghthen each and everyone of you. Know now that you are NOT nor will you ever be ALONE in such a time as this.
We really need to pray for peace in our world, because things are just starting to spin totally out of control.

We need to pray that the Lord step in and turn things around immediately..because the enemy is running rampant in so many ways right now.

Father, please help and protect our people. Hear me, O God, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy. Psalm 64:1 NIV

April 20, 2007, 12:31pm • Ypsilanti, Michigan • #33160

As a graduate of VA Tech I am PROUD to say I am a Hokie.  This is not only because of the diploma I display on my wall, but because of the people who represent this place of learning, living, and loving.  May nothing but good prevail from this tragedy and everyone find in their hearts, the Hokie Hope.  Prayers and love to all our Hokie families.

Jena Holt, M.A. Ed.
School Counselor/Virginia Tech Alumni

April 20, 2007, 12:31pm • Roanoke, VA • #33161

to all you people out there that are greifing my prayers are with you and the students that lost their friends and to the parents that lost you childern and to the familys of the professors to everybody at virgina tech my prayers and my familys prayers are with you. sign a student of southern fulton high school victoria tritle.

April 20, 2007, 12:31pm • warfordsburg pa • #33162

I am so saddened by this week’s events. You should all be having the times of your lives, not dealing with something of this magnitude. Even though I live in Mississippi and graduated from
MSU, I have on Hokie Orange today. I will continue to pray for the students still at VT and for the families of those who were taken on Monday.
K.W.

April 20, 2007, 12:31pm • West Point, MS • #33163

As parents of a 2005 VT graduate, we wish to express our deepest sympathy to the students and their families, the faculty, staff and adminstration of VT.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all during this very difficult time.

RayeCarol Cavender 2005
Drs. Dotty and Ray Cavender

April 20, 2007, 12:31pm • Auburn, Alabama • #33164

May the God of the Universe hold us all in his loving and merciful hands, comforting us individually and collectively.  I am so greatful that I was granted the opportunity to attend and graduate from Virginia Tech and to be a part of such an amazing, talented and gifted community.  Blessings to all of us.

April 20, 2007, 12:31pm • Lake Forest, CA • #33165

Dear God,

Bring healing and peace to all those affectd. Be with the gunman’s family and friends, who must be so confused and hurt. And dear God, reveal your Truth to a lost world that so desperately needs you.

April 20, 2007, 12:32pm • Decorah, Iowa • #33166

We are praying for you here in New York, may God Bless you and keep you and may He send his Holy Spirit to comfort you in your time of need. We do not know the thoughts of God or why things occur, but we should ask questions so that He can help us understand and help us to grow in Him and be consoled knowing that He is in control.

God Bless

Chantal

April 20, 2007, 12:32pm • Brooklyn, NY • #33167

My heart and prayers go out to everyone that has been affected by this terrible tragedy. Words will never be able to describe your pain and sorrow. There have been many tears shed for your family members from people they have never meet before. Your family members will be remembered by everyone.

God Bless You All!!!

May your strength and love give hope to all who are trying to heal and who will never forget 4-16-07!!

April 20, 2007, 12:32pm • Cocoa, Florida • #33168

I do deeply regret that the 416 event happened in our world. I hope that similar incidents will not recur. Here, in silent tribute to those who made sacrifices, and I wish the peaceful world will achieve as soon as possible.

April 20, 2007, 12:32pm • Beijing, China • #33169

Words seem so empty but I am sorry for all the pain the families and friends of the victims are going through.  I cannot begin to imagine.  Thoughts and prayers are with everyone and may you find peace in your lives soon.  All your memories will sustain you and now you all have angels looking out for you.

April 20, 2007, 12:32pm • San Diego, CA • #33170

My prayers go to the lost students, faculty, their familes and loved ones, and the VT community.  The spirits of these people will always been remembered.  The sadness of this tragic event is overwelming and it will lessen in time.  We as a nation have the strength and will to survive and this university community will do the same.  God Bless You All.

April 20, 2007, 12:32pm • Brentwood, TN • #33171

As a parent and The College of New Jersey Alumni, my family and I are deeply saddened by the tragic events at VT on April 16, 2007.  We pray that these offerings of kind words will in some way ease the sorrow of those who lost loved ones, knowing that you are in our thoughts.

April 20, 2007, 12:33pm • Princeton, NJ USA • #33172

What words can speak the sadness and loss that we feel.

Our prayers are with every one at VT and their families.

April 20, 2007, 12:33pm • Albuquerque, NM • #33173

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this very difficult time.

For those of you who knew Ryan Clark, you may know he was a key volunteer at a Civitan summer camp for developmentally disabled children and adults.

40,000 volunteer Civitan service club members around the world are grieving with you and honouring the memory of Ryan, a very special young man who touched the lives of so many.

Debbie and Family
Ottawa Canada

April 20, 2007, 12:33pm • Ottawa, ON Canada • #33174

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Virginia Tech family and community.  You have shown us an amzing strength that will continue to be with you as you heal and recover.  Please take care of yourselves and each other.
Tom Walter

April 20, 2007, 12:33pm • Annandale, VA • #33175

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire community during this time.  Things happen in life for a reason.  I pray for a stronger unity and peace to follow.  May you all be blessed by newfound angels.

Humanities, Government and Modern Languages Department
Sinclair Community College

April 20, 2007, 12:33pm • Dayton, Ohio • #33176

My deepest condolences go out to the friends and families of those whom lives were taken away so suddenly on Monday. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to all. May God be by your side and give you the strength to carry on. I am very sorry for what happened and deeply saddened by the disrespect for human lives. God be with you always.

April 20, 2007, 12:33pm • Brunswick, Ohio • #33177

We are wearing your school colors at work today and are praying for all of you as you try to recover from this tragic and senseless event.  God Bless you all.  From the employees of the Behavivoral Health Care Unit at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

April 20, 2007, 12:33pm • Salt Lake City, Utah • #33178

My heart goes out to all the victims and their families and friends. Also to everyone outside of the circle who has been affected by this terrible tragedy. I did not know any of the victims of the shooting but I have spent hours upon hours watching the news, feeling pain, and crying with you all. I feel the utmost deepest sympathy inside of myself for VA Tech and I will pray for your recovery. I admire the strength in your community and it touches me deeply to see your pride in your school overcome what you were all put through on April 16th.

Deepest Love And Sympathy
A.C. of Lebanon

April 20, 2007, 12:34pm • Lebanon, VA USA • #33179

I just want to send my thoughts and prayers to all of the families effected of this tragic event.  This terrible event has touched the heart of everyone in America and I cry for each and every life that has been lost at VT. God Bless you all!

April 20, 2007, 12:34pm • Spotsylvania, VA • #33180

Just to say that its sad to see where things can lead to. A condolence from Medellin, Colombia, South America. Knowledge must prevail!

April 20, 2007, 12:34pm • Medellin, Antiquia, Colombia • #33181

FOR THE HOKIE FAMILIES
From our families to yours we send our deepest condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find the strength you need. Remember to rise above from the love and pride you have inside. All will be missed and loved, but not forgotten.
To those who have fallen we will all miss and love you. For now it’s not goodbye for the lord we have us meet again on the other side of heavens gate. See you again soon.
WE LOVE YOU!!

FROM THE FAMILIES OF
LOUISIANA BULLDOGS
CLOPTON HAWKS
BOWLING GREEN BOBCATS

April 20, 2007, 12:34pm • Louisiana, Mo • #33182

There are not enough words in any language to express the many feelings that have been stirred.  The pain that each friend and family member is having to endure can only be imagined.  Do what it takes to heal.  Thoughts and prayers with you all.

April 20, 2007, 12:34pm • Bermuda • #33183

My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

April 20, 2007, 12:35pm • Staunton, Virginia • #33184

May god bless all of those who were lost their families and the Virginia Tech community.You are in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless!

April 20, 2007, 12:35pm • Cranston, Rhode Island • #33185

I am a 2006 Alum of VT, currently living in St. Mary’s County, MD.  While I was not physically in Blacksburg on Monday, my heart has been there before during and after the tragic events that unfolded.  I am SO extremely proud of my Hokie family—current students, faculty, alumni and the local community.  My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families and friends of those who were taken away and those who were injured both physically and mentally. 

GO HOKIES.

April 20, 2007, 12:35pm • Lexington Park, MD (Blacksburg, VA at heart) • #33186

Dear My VT Family,

My heart has been breaking all week. It is so hard to imagine this happening at VT – a special place in my life and heart that was always fun and full of life, and wonderful memories. I’m just devastated, but as evident by the current students and alumni Hokie spirit - we will prevail.

Our prayers and thoughts are with the entire VT community and families who have experienced such tragic loss.

Sincerely,

Kristin Metz Mentz
VT Class of 1993

April 20, 2007, 12:35pm • Columbia, MD • #33187

As an Alumnus (Marketing Management, 1995) of Virginia Tech this tragedy hits extremely close to home for me. I have had a hard time understanding how such an evil and awful thing could happen to a place that I love so much. You always think that nothing like this will ever happen to you, your family, your home, or your school, and then it does. My heart, my thoughts, my prayers go out to the family of the victims, to the University, to Blacksburg, Virginia, and to all my fellow HOKIES everywhere.

Everyone is a HOKIE this week and shall be welcomed with open arms into the HOKIE Nation!

April 20, 2007, 12:35pm • Mike Culpepper from Burke, Va. • #33188

It is so hard to express our feelings for you all--so today we wear your burgundy colors and continue to pray for all of the families, the faculty, the friends, the community of Virginia Tech. We can only hope that each and every one of us in this beautiful Nation will become stronger and learn from this day and never let it happen again. Our hearts go out to you all. Build on your good thoughts, keep the beautiful smiles in your mind--forget the news headlines.

April 20, 2007, 12:35pm • Houston (Katy), Texas • #33189

God bless you and God help you in your loss.

April 20, 2007, 12:35pm • El Dorado Hills, CA • #33190

My prayers and thoughts are with you. I was very sad and shocked at this terrible tragedy. May God be with all of you as you begin to heal from your grief and Loss. My prayers are with the families of the students and teachers , as well as with the ones who Lost friends.
May All of you find comfort in each other and know that you are in our prayers.
God Bless You, Karen.

April 20, 2007, 12:35pm • Cudahy, Wisconsin • #33191

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims of this senseless tragedy.  To the students, faculty and staff of VT, stay strong and continue to remember those that were lost.  We are all Hokies in spirit…

April 20, 2007, 12:35pm • Frederick, MD. • #33192

My wife and I are natives of southwest Virginia, having grown up about 40 miles down I-81 from Blacksburg. My wife graduated from Va Tech. I want to tell the VT community that I am so proud of the way you have handled this terrible tragedy. Blacksburg is a very special place, with very special people, and you could not have done a better job of dealing with this situation.

The students who have spoken to the media have shown the resilience that I expected. VT officials have acted with dignity and grace. State, local, and campus police, and medical personnel, have made me even prouder than before to say that I am from southwest Virginia. 

To the students: You have had one of the best periods of your life interrupted by this tragedy. I know you are strong enough to handle this crisis, and to return to your studies even more determined to complete your education at Va Tech, which will help you throughout life. We are so sorry for the losses you have experienced. Be strong, and may God bless you.

To those who have lost loved ones, I cannot imagine what you are going through. I can only say that I’m sorry and that I pray for God to comfort you. I hope that the support of so many will help you in some way.

Tom Dickens
Houston, TX

April 20, 2007, 12:35pm • Houston, TX • #33193

Dear Father,
Words seem so far from what we really feel right now. Hearts are filled with sadness and heaviness over the great loss of such beautiful, promising lives. The pain felt within these families and the VA Tech community is beyond description.  We ask for strength and restored peace.  Dear Lord, please bless these families with your continuing comfort and bless Virginia Tech students, staff and administration.

April 20, 2007, 12:36pm • Winchester, VA • #33194

MY CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO ALL THE PARENTS, FRIENDS AND FAMILIES THAT LOST LOVED ONES IN THIS HORRIBLE TRAGEDY.MINE AND MY FAMILIES PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL MAY GOD KEEP WATCH OVER YOU IN THIS TIME.GOD BLESS YOU ALL! TIMI C.

April 20, 2007, 12:36pm • GRANITE CITY, IL • #33195

Words cannot express the loss Virginia Tech experienced this week.  My heart and prayers go out to each and everyone during the difficult days ahead.  May your university and community continue to remain strong in the days, weeks and months ahead.

April 20, 2007, 12:36pm • Stratham, NH • #33196

My thoughts and prayers
are with you Virginia Tech.

Graduate Student
The University of Georgia

April 20, 2007, 12:36pm • Athens, GA • #33197

May God give you strength at this time.  Remember your friends with love.  Our deepest sympathies to the friends and families.
Rebecca & Imogene Adkins

April 20, 2007, 12:36pm • Bristol, VA • #33198

From the Welfare Service at the University of Leicester, UK

We were shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic events at Virgina Tech this week.  Our hearts go out to the bereaved and to students and staff.

April 20, 2007, 12:36pm • Leicester, UK • #33199

It is not our job and our place to ask God why this happened.  Even though I know we all want to; we need to stand strong and know that God is with us now.  He hears every cry and every bit of sorrow.  The Devil tried to defeat you, but you have shown him, you will not yield.  God gave you VICTORY; you have stood together as undivided, as one community.  You have proclaimed you all are still standing and you still hold the Hoakies spirit and pride.  Continue to stand together, continue to call on God!  God has a plan for each and every one of you.  Carry out his plan.  I continue to pray for your strength and courage as you deal with this tragedy.  As a nation, we have come together and we can say the Devil is defeated.  You have the support of the entire world.  If you feel like you can’t go on, know that you have someone there supporting you, encouraging you, and helping you all along the way.  May God continue to be with you.  LET’S GO HOAKIES!!!!

April 20, 2007, 12:36pm • Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC • #33200

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of all those lost.
The Hammond/Malone Family

April 20, 2007, 12:37pm • Lake Oswego, OR • #33201

Though I did not attend Virginia Tech, I was raised as a Hokie by my parents, who are Virginia Tech alumni. I attended Radford University and spent a great deal of time on the Virginia Tech campus, as well as in Blacksburg. It is an area that I have come to love. I consider it my second home. My husband (who is a Virginia Tech graduate) and I extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the entire Virginia Tech family. May God be with you, your families, your friends and the victims of this horrific tragedy.

Cara and Ryan Wainwright

April 20, 2007, 12:37pm • Hampton, Virginia • #33202

There are so many things that have been left unsaid and undone by these young people that I feel as though I have had my own world turned upside down.  My prayers go out to all of the families that are directely affected.  God Bless you all.  Miles

April 20, 2007, 12:37pm • Omaha, NE • #33203

I’m from Brazil, This is a difficult moment, but I believe that it’s a isolated case and All the Students from Virginia Tech will change this situation. 

You’re the best. 

We are praying ! 
God is with us ! 

Fábio Pinto

April 20, 2007, 12:37pm • São Paulo, BRAZIL • #33204

I will give you a rose…
A red rose to paint everything…
A rose to every tears to be consoled…
And a rose to be able to love you…
I will give you a rose…
A white rose like you would be my bride…
A white rose that will be useful to forget…
every little sorrow…

Ti regalerò una rosa…
Una rosa rossa per dipingere ogni cosa…
Una rosa rossa per ogni tua lacrima da consolare…
E una rosa per poterti amare…
Ti regalerò una rosa…
Una rosa bianca come fossi la mia sposa…
Una rosa bianca che ti serva per dimenticare…
Ogni piccolo dolore…

I admit it...it has more sense in italian...but i think that even it has been written for other reasons it make sense in these senseless moments...however,it is the choir of a song by Simone Cristicchi…

April 20, 2007, 12:37pm • Italy • #33205