Condolences, April 20, 2007

My heart aches for all of you.  God Bless you and may you soon find the comfort and peace to carry you through the rest of life’s journey.  We have lost such gifted individuals.  My deepest sympathies to all the families & friends & those still recovering from their injuries.  You are all in our thoughts & prayers. Godspeed.

C. Myers

April 20, 2007, 3:17pm • Chesapeake, VA • #34515

For everyone that has lost a loved one or friend my heart, prayers and thoughts are with you. Please believe that time will help heal your heartache.

April 20, 2007, 3:17pm • Leesburg, VA • #34516

I cannot begin to express how effected I am by the shootings that happened this week, and I do not even live in Virginia or go to the college. I know I will not be able to understand what the students of the campus are going through but I know the sorrow is great. My heart and prayers go out to all of those that lost someone or are in some way affected by this tragedy. I wanted to let those people know that my prayers, along with the prayers of my youth group go out to everyone at Virginia Tech. God Bless.

April 20, 2007, 3:17pm • Queens, New York • #34517

Our hearts go out to all the families who lost their loved ones, the Injured, the Staff, and to the Students of VT.  You are and will remain in our thoughts and prayers over the coming weeks.  It will be hard but as “Hokies” you will overcome this tragedy.

A Life Long Hokies Fan

April 20, 2007, 3:17pm • West Virginia • #34518

Just thought I would let all of you know that you are in our prayers! We feel your pain all the way up to Northeast Indiana! God bless you all and may God help heal in your time of sadness!

April 20, 2007, 3:18pm • Topeka, Indiana • #34519

A Simple Prayer As We Mourn Our Loss

With snowflakes gently falling in the background, those we mourn were like colorful, innocent and Majestic Feathers blowing in the wind.  Suddenly, the wind stopped and with dignity, the Feathers calmly fell to their journey’s end.  Angels rushed and scooped up the Feathers one by one and gently carried them to their sanctuaries to rest from their labors, where peace and tranquility will have no end. 

Give us wisdom and strength to confront the challenges ahead and let us move swiftly to ensure that our universities, colleges and schools are made safer places.  Through this web of life and death, help us to diligently fight danger and violence throughout this world and in every corridor of our school settings.

Lord God, we open our hearts and minds to you this day and ask to let us be your sanctuaries, pure, holy, tried and true.  Let us love one another until that day when angels too, are dispatched to come carry us to our resting places.  This is our simple prayer uttered this “day of mourning.” with deep expressions of love and sympathy.

Bishop Warren A. Hemphill, Sr., PhD
CEO, IAOWAPRAISE

April 20, 2007, 3:18pm • Ft. Washington, MD • #34520

To the Virginia Tech Community,
I offer heartfelt sympathy for your loss, praise for your strength and prayers that you may heal.  sincerley, Lucianne Peck, Department of English, University of Rochester

April 20, 2007, 3:18pm • Rochester, NY • #34521

Only the passing of time will begin to heal the many emotions of those affected by this senseless tragedy. Do not search for understanding in this madness, but instead seek the love and comfort of your friends, families, communities and country as you begin to heal. Although many of us will never know the deep grief that you feel, please know that we stand beside you in support and solidarity during this tragic time. Your loss has become our loss and we grieve with you. The loss of your friends, family, students and staff will never be forgotten. Your courage and strength are remarkable - you will prevail. And even though your hearts are heavy, hold your heads high for those who have fallen as they live through you.

Jill
Clarkson University ‘03

April 20, 2007, 3:18pm • Alexandria Bay, NY • #34522

Our love and prayers are with you all!

April 20, 2007, 3:18pm • Kendallville, IN • #34523

I am deeply saddened by the shootings at VA TECH! I have lived in Virginia my entire life, and I have been felt something like this so close to home. My prayers are with you, your friends, and your family.

God bless you all. Stay Strong

April 20, 2007, 3:18pm • Virginia Beach, VA • #34524

Heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers to all students and faculty at VT.  We know that this could happen on any campus.  You are in our prayers.

April 20, 2007, 3:19pm • CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY BASEBALL TEAM, BUIES CREEK NOR • #34525

Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends families and students of the VT victims.This is really a sad even not to blacksburg alone but to the whole world.

April 20, 2007, 3:19pm • Olu .Nigerian • #34526

When I look at that list of victims it just breaks my heart. All of those young lives full of hopes and dreams, from all over the world. I myself am only 23 full of hopes and dreams, going to college. I only hope that those college students and career starters, like those victims, can help live out the hopes and dreams of the victims and their families.

KEEP THE FAITH

April 20, 2007, 3:19pm • Natick, MA • #34527

I am very sorry for this tragical event. I pray for all the students like me.
I am with you
Veronica

April 20, 2007, 3:19pm • Ravenna Italy • #34528

God Bless Virginia Tech and the families and friends of those who have suffered such great loss.
The Hokie nation will be stronger and the world will see what it is to be a Hokie.
Go Hokies!

April 20, 2007, 3:19pm • Pensacola, Florida • #34529

We in America and around the world all share in the tragic losses of your family and friends.  THere is little we can do now but to hold you up in our prayers and let you know our thoughts are there with you. The loved ones have gone on to a place where nothing or noone can hurt them again. They will live on in your hearts and memories.

April 20, 2007, 3:19pm • Alma, Mi USA • #34530

Blessings on everyone affected by the events of past days.  This blessing is for everyone, not only the victims, but the roommates, faculty members, staff, and so on. 

The entire nation and the world are thinking of you at this time and wish only the best for speedy recoveries of physical injuries as well as mental anguish. 

Together, we can overcome those in this world who do not wish us well.  Cynthia R. Middleton

April 20, 2007, 3:19pm • North Little Rock, AR, USA • #34531

As a newly accepted student to VT, I would like to offer my condolences and prayers at this sad time.  May God bless you and give you peace.

April 20, 2007, 3:19pm • Chesterfield, VA • #34532

My heartfelt prayers to everyone in Virginia right now.  The outpouring of support is amazing.  Just hearing the capicity crowd in the basketball arena as well as the thousands more in the football stadium yelling “Let’s go Hokies” was surreal.  You have the strength to keep it moving.  Shine on!

-C.J.

April 20, 2007, 3:20pm • Portland, OR • #34533

Our hearts share in your sorrow...We are keeping you close in thought and prayer during this saddest of times and wishing you moments of comfort and peace.  God Bless.

Lori & Dave Balcom

April 20, 2007, 3:20pm • Binghamton, New York • #34534

My DEEPEST condolences to the Virginia Tech Family.  YOu are not alone in your grieving. The whole world stands with you. Let is pray for all the Souls lost, even the shooter, for we should never let one of our own get so down they feel an act like this is their only outlet. As the old African Proverb goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” We need to look out for each other.

April 20, 2007, 3:20pm • New York, New York • #34535

my thoughts and prayers are with each and every parent and family member that lost a child or loved one on 4-16-07.  May god forever bless and keep you in his loving care!

April 20, 2007, 3:20pm • WA, DC • #34536

We lived in VaBch during my husband’s last tour in the military, during that time we became “Hokies at Heart”.  Those hearts along with our prayers and tears go out to all of the victims and their families.  Try to find peace in knowing that your loved ones are in a safe and happy place now and that you will see them again. 

Paul & Pam Moran

April 20, 2007, 3:20pm • Jacksonville, Florida / Virgina Beach, Virginia • #34537

Siento mucho esta gran tragedia. Sé que no hay consuelo para los afligidos. Pero lo único que se puede tener es resignación y acopiar fuerzas. Sed fuertes.
Espero que esta horrible tragedia no haya sido fabricada en algun laboratorio de experimentos psicológicos y que no provengan de los famosos Proyectos MK-ULTRA de la CIA. La oligarquia que detenta el poder en Estados Unidos quiere implantar una tiranía y es necesario desarmar al pueblo, y crear una histeria general contra las armas. Hay que estar alertas. La tiranía de unos pocos contra el pueblo es el objetivo de esta gente, eliminar la democracia y las libertades.
Reciban mis condolencias y que ni Waco Texas, ni Columbine, ni Oklahoma City, ni lo de la comunidad Amish, ni el World Trade Center, , ni Virginia Tech se repitan jamás. Que Dios los bendiga.

April 20, 2007, 3:20pm • Cliffside Park, New Jersey. USA • #34538

I am so sorry for the tragedy that has befallen Virginia Tech.  Schools are symbols of hope for our futures; they are pillars of knowledge and truth.  When someone tries to rip that from us, it is shocking and sad. 

We must band together in trying times, and realize that as long as we keep on hoping, keep on trying, things WILL get better.  We MUST stand strong together, and help to rebuild the kind of world that people can live in peacefully and in togetherness.

Please remember that there are people all around the country that are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.  You are not alone in your grief.  May God bless you and keep you in His embrace.

April 20, 2007, 3:20pm • Collinsville, IL • #34539

All of us in the Bulldawg nation are praying for you. You are Vrginia Tech We are all Hokies.

April 20, 2007, 3:20pm • Dacula Georgia • #34540

Like so many others my heart goes out to each and everyone of you.  You will be in our thoughts forever.

April 20, 2007, 3:21pm • Lovettsville, Virginia • #34541

I want to express my deepest sympathy for everyone who was affected by this tragedy. We observed a moment of silence at our workplace today, which was introduced by the son of an employee, a student at Virginia Tech who returned home to be with his family. I’m sure everyone has been touched personally in some way by this senseless event. I will continue to keep members of the Virginia Tech community and all affected by it in my prayers. Stay strong.

April 20, 2007, 3:21pm • New Jersey • #34542

To the people of VT my sincere condolences goes out to everyone effect this day reminded me of 9/11 and I will never forget. I have a daughter would is to graduate early and VT was or is a school she had / or has on her list, please young people never stop becoming the best through out the sorrows

April 20, 2007, 3:21pm • Ashburn, Virginia, USA • #34543

I am so sorry this horrible thing has happened. We have been crying and praying everyday for all of you and for all of the famlies.

April 20, 2007, 3:21pm • Melbourne, Florida • #34544

I only attended VT for one semmester in 2003.  The moment you step on campus you feel welcome and instantly become a Hokie. Once you have become a Hokie you can never change.  My heart aches every day.  I long to return to campus.  I wish I were there now to offer my support.  Trust in God and with the strength we can only receive from Him we will all move on from this.  The support that VT students, staff, and faculty have shown the world this week is priceless.  Do not loose your bond with everyone else on that campus.  Greet everyone you pass everyday with a smile and fill yourselves with joy that flows over to those you encounter.  This will help everyone heal and you never know what tomorrow will bring.

God bless all of you and everyone around this country and around the world that has become a victim of this.

April 20, 2007, 3:21pm • Dover, PA • #34545

When I read and saw what had happened I had almost felt like giving up on people. Just how could one person do such terrible things? Then I started reading people’s heartfelt condolences from all over the world and it really did remind me that there are so many good, kind and caring people in this world and one person shouldn’t take that away from us. I guess I’m trying to say don’t carry hatred in your heart and let it eat at you, no good can come from that.

My thoughts are with everyone, always.

Kate

April 20, 2007, 3:21pm • London, England, UK • #34546

Our thoughts and prayers are with you - our Virginia Tech family. While no words can express the sadness in our hearts, we offer our condolences to the friends and loved ones of the victims of this horrific tragedy and the entire Hokie Nation.  We are all Hokies!

With Sincere Sympathy
Montgomery County Employees

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April 20, 2007, 3:21pm • Montgomery County, VA • #34547

There are no words to describe how sorry I’m that this senseless tragedy occurred. My deepest sympathies for all the victims, the victims families and Virginia Tech as a whole. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers today, tomorrow and every April 16th from now until.....

April 20, 2007, 3:21pm • Raleigh. North Carolina • #34548

To the Virginia Tech community,
First I have to say that you are all in my prayers and I pray that you will feel God’s comforting arms around you as you go through this time of grieving. Even though life for most of you will never be the same, know that the sun will continue to shine and even though things may not look very bright now, the clouds will clear and the sun will shine again. Even though the pain and the tears will come they will stop and you will move on. I just pray that you all have the courage to live your lives as normally as possible, becuase that is what everyone would have wanted.

God Bless,
Mary Beth Hicks

April 20, 2007, 3:22pm • Mount Vernon, Illinois • #34549

God Bless each and everyone of you and your families.
You are all Angels now watching over your loved ones.
We are all so very sorry for you.

April 20, 2007, 3:22pm • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada • #34550

It seems crazy to try and make sense of this, doesn’t it? In searching for sense, we indicate that any of this has reason, has logic behind it.
What I hope for all students at Virginia Tech, for all of their families, for the United States, and for humanity is that we are able to look within ourselves and see that the combined potential good in all of us greatly surpasses the combined bad in some of us. We are a people scorned, but let us not be vengeful. In looking backwards we see nothing as it is a time of darkness. Let us look forward into the light. Let us let what is, what was, and what could be, be our sutaining notion right now. Remember that in blood and tears we are given proof of our connectedness and humanness. Although we can not pick up the fallen, let us stand tall in their honour.

We all share this, our shoulders are yours.

April 20, 2007, 3:22pm • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada • #34551

the thought of it all is so unbelievable and heart rentching. give praise to who is still with u on earth and never forget all of the great and simple memories of the ones u have lost. know that they are in abetter place now and anyone from the other side would want u to live life and enjoy every minute. i give to u my prayers and a helping hand for good things to come in the future. there is a god!

April 20, 2007, 3:22pm • calgary,alberta,canada. • #34552

May the road rise with you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God keep you in the hollow of His hand.

All the victims and their families are in the thoughts and prayers of the nation!

April 20, 2007, 3:22pm • Manchester, NH • #34553

my thoughts and prayers are with all you jeannette newcomb

April 20, 2007, 3:22pm • roanoke virginia • #34554

Dearest Hokie Family,

I want to first begin by saying I have never been more honored to be a Hokie. Your strength, bravery and unity following these horrific events truly is inspiring. I graduated in May of 2006 from VT and I like the rest of the nation could never have imagined such a heartbreaking, shocking and senseless event to take place at one of this country’s finest universities.  My heart is with each and everyone of you from the VT community.  You will be in my thoughts and prayers everyday. Stay strong. We will make it through this. I love you all and God Bless.

Jimmy Steele

April 20, 2007, 3:22pm • Mount Laurel, New Jersey • #34555

As I wear the colors of our school I feel the strength that has bound Hokies together for all of these years.  My tears of sorrow have turned to tears of such strength.  Rely on faith, family & friends and you will feel this as well.  My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone that is affected by this tragedy.

April 20, 2007, 3:23pm • Mechanicsville, VA • #34556

To the University, town, and people we love so much we offer our love, condolences, and tears.  We graduated last May and moved to another place but our hearts are still grieving with yours and we wear the Hokie colors here in our new home.  We loved being a part of the “Hokie Nation” and we continue to send our prayers, thoughts, and hopes of healing to those who lost loved ones and the innocence of such a beautiful, peaceful place.  We are grateful for the inspiration many have given in their desire to forgive and move forward in celebration of the lives of those who were taken.  We pray that the world will follow that example.  God bless all of those who are grieving and in pain...you are in our prayers.

With much love,
The Grigg Family

April 20, 2007, 3:23pm • Nashville, TN • #34557

I am praying for all of you. You have suffered such a tragic loss and your lives are forever changed. May God grant you strength, comfort and hope as you recover. I pray that He will send you comforters, listeners and friends. Today we are all Hokies. We love you and grieve with you.
Liz J.

April 20, 2007, 3:23pm • Santa Rosa, CA • #34558

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those lost in this tragedy and to everyone on the VT campus.  Stay strong, take care of each other, and know that you are not alone in your pain.  We are all here for you.

“Today, we are all Hokies.”

April 20, 2007, 3:23pm • Clemson, South Carolina • #34559

My prayer is with you and the entire VA Tech family.

It is a prayer of faith that in time, a spirit of hope will infiltrate your hearts and minds. I hope for a blessing of peace that will sustain you in your time of need.

There is hope for a brighter day just around the corner of your vision. Please know that I share your lost.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding,” Prov. 3:5

April 20, 2007, 3:23pm • Weldon, NC • #34560

Isaiah 43:  1-5

“But now, this is what the Lord says-

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name, you are mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

And when you plass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze,

For I am the Lord your God”

Ecclesiastes 3:4

“There is a time to weep, there is a time to laugh, a time to mourn, a time to dance.”

Psalm 34:18

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.”

Lamentations 3:22-26; 31-32

For the Lord does not abandon anyone forever. Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion according to the greatness of his unfailing love.”

April 20, 2007, 3:23pm • Burke, VA • #34561

Love may not be an expedient healer, but it is the only true one.

As a member of the global community that seeks to support all those who lost family, friends, and beloved faculty to this tragedy, as well as a member of a campus community, my sympathy and wishes of healing go out to all those who suffer.  May you all be able to make peace with Monday’s events in some way and feel the thoughts and prayers of love, understanding, and comfort being sent to you.

We stand together now with hands outstretched and fingers intertwined.  May peace and love be with all of you.

--Margaret Bertram
Hall director and wellness coordinator, Lawrence University

April 20, 2007, 3:23pm • Appleton, WI, USA • #34562

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone.
Meredith Kesling

April 20, 2007, 3:23pm • Spotsylvania, VA • #34563

our thoughts are prayers are with you all.

April 20, 2007, 3:23pm • Redwood city, california • #34564