Condolences, April 20, 2007

To the entire HOKIE family, our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you!

God Bless.

The Henley Family

April 20, 2007, 3:23pm • Bumpass, Virginia • #34565

I PRAY FOR ALL OF YOU..GOD BLESS THE FAMILY OF THE LOST…

April 20, 2007, 3:23pm • YONKERS, NY • #34566

May God give you all patience during these hard times. Our prayers are with you.

April 20, 2007, 3:23pm • Concord, CA • #34567

My thoughts and prayers are with the families that lost a loved one in this tragedy. So many young lives were taken. Peace be with you, and
God Bless

April 20, 2007, 3:24pm • Jacksonville,Florida • #34568

my thoughts and prayers are with all of you jeannette newcomb

April 20, 2007, 3:24pm • roanoke virginia • #34569

Through all this pain it will be your beautiful memories of your loved ones that will sustain you all in your darkess hours,peace,love, & joy to be with all of you.We will never forget this horror, we will carry on in their place with extreme courage.Time does help to heal.Don’t let the pure evil of ‘one’destoy the vision for so many.Carry on.....peacefully Valerie in N.Y.

April 20, 2007, 3:24pm • New York • #34570

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.  To the family, friends, loved ones, and all those associated with this horrific experience, my prayer is that the grace and peace of God will provide you the comfort that is needed in this time - DEM

April 20, 2007, 3:24pm • Richmond, Virginia • #34571

Dear Hokies,

My thoughts go out to you in this time of bereavement. All Virginians share your sorrow.

We know you will overcome this tragedy and will grow stronger as individuals, as a university and as a community. We stand ready to help in any way you need.

I believe in the power of love and forgiveness, that these forces can travel beyond this world, this time, to hold those who died and heal those who have been injured physically and emotionally. I believe the grace and spiritual love of all who have gone before will be with you, to ease your pain and sorrow. It is up to us to celebrate life as richly and fully as possible, to honor the fallen with our good works, our loving thoughts and our heartfelt prayers.

Nothing is ever truly lost that is cherished and remembered. Together, we join with you in remembering, keeping alive the spirit of those who lost their lives. Together, we will find forgiveness for such senseless acts of destruction and make this world a better place because they lived.

Jan Reeves
VCU School of Social Work

April 20, 2007, 3:24pm • Herndon, Virginia Fairfax County • #34572

May God bless you all. We may never understand, but we will grow stronger and recover from the senseless act of violence.

April 20, 2007, 3:24pm • Nashville, TN • #34573

Hello.  My name is Jennifer Waldherr.  I live in Waukesha, WI with my three teens, Mallory, Nicole and Matthew.  We wanted to let you all know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers.  We know how difficult it is to loose the ones you love and are dear to, and we grieve with you.  We hope and pray that all of you will find the peace to heal you, that the sun may shine again upon you.

April 20, 2007, 3:25pm • Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA • #34574

From Mrs. Blevins’ 4th grade class, Meadowview Elementary School, Meadowview, Virginia:

I am so sorry for what happened. I will pray for the students who lost their friends and families.(Isaac)

I hope you will get better over time because I feel your pain.  I hope your loved ones will touch your heart to show they are with you always. (Katie)

I am very sorry for the losses, and I pray for you. (Adrianna)

We are sorry.  MES loves you. (Devan)

May God bless you with a loving heart and ease your pain. (Joshua)

I am very sorry for what happened to all of you.  God bless you. (Dylan)

Don’t forget we are all praying for you. (Hailey)

I am praying for you. (Kevin)

God bless you all. (Austin)

I am sorry for your loss.  God bless you all. (Isaac)

God bless the people involved in the VT massacre. (Griffin)

I hope all your pain will be torn up over time. (Alaura)

I hope you feel better and have hope. (Kaitlyn)

I am praying for all of you. (Danielle)

I am very sorry for what happened.  God bless you all. (Dustin)

All of you will continue to be in my prayers.  Thank you for allowing a place for my class to share their thoughts.  Gloria Blevins

April 20, 2007, 3:25pm • Meadowview, Virginia • #34575

You are not alone. We are our ‘brother’s keeper’
so we all share in your loss and sorrow.
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Aloha ke akua.

April 20, 2007, 3:25pm • Kaneohe. Hi • #34576

What can I say except I am profoundly saddened over this tragedy.  I will continue to pray for the souls of the dead, the wounded, and their families and friends.  Healing takes time, let us be patient.

A Stranger

April 20, 2007, 3:25pm • Glenwood, NY, USA • #34577

To all students of Virginia Tech:

I can only offer my condolences but still, I wish all of you to know that my wife and I applaud your courage, fortitude and strength.  May all of you find the strength to “carry on.” You have our admiration and our prayers.

Jerry & Nena O’Connor

April 20, 2007, 3:25pm • Las Cruces, New Mexico • #34578

To the Entire Virginia Tech Family:

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all.

To the family members: please know that although we did not have the honor of knowing your loved ones, we are praying for them, and as we gather snippets of the full, rich lives that they led, we continue to mourn with you.  We are so impressed with what we learn about them, and we can tell that,to a person, they were people of tremendous gifts: full of love, knowledge, intelligence, grace, tremendous courage, and a true desire to improve the lives of those around them.  And although their light has been extinquished far too soon, we are certain that this world was a better place for their presence among us.  May the love you share, and your memories bring you a measure of peace in the difficult time ahead.

With our deepest condolences,
The Plasmati Family

April 20, 2007, 3:25pm • Foxborough, Massachusetts • #34579

My husband and I offer our deepest sympathy for each one that has been affected by this tragic event.  Hold on to your love ones and Praise God for every thing you have. 
May god bless us and wrap his loving arms around us as we go through your grieving period, and may our heavy hearts not turn to hate.

God Bless All,
The Cornwell Family

April 20, 2007, 3:26pm • CHANTILLY, VIRGINIA • #34580

As our family reflects on the events of April 16, 2007, it is a reminder to us all the life is very precious. We can not begin to understand the loss each family and friend has suffered. We may only begin to recognize the importance of saying, “I love you, drive careful, have a good day, I am proud of you....,” as important messages that must be shared with those with whom we interact with and care deeply for… A simple and kind word may be the cultivating factor in breathing positive life experiences. Our deepest sympathies for those who have lost a loved one: a friend, a sister, a brother, a son, a daughter, a husband, a wife, a girlfriend or a boyfriend. You are all in our prayers. GODSPEED!

April 20, 2007, 3:26pm • Greensboro, MD • #34581

Wow! Where do you start with something of this nature. My heart aches for each of those involved whether it be the ones that got shot or the ones that had to witness such terrible acts. Each and every one of those will be in my prayers and will NEVER be forgotten.

April 20, 2007, 3:26pm • Cynthia Martinsville VA • #34582

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all of you.  May God wrap each of you in his loving arms.  As we wear your colors today we are all HOKIES and what an honor.  Stay strong.

April 20, 2007, 3:26pm • Accokeek, MD • #34583

My prayers are with you all.  I can only imagine the pain and anguish you must be going through.  May you find strength in the love, friendship, and kindness of others.
Nancy

April 20, 2007, 3:26pm • Baltimore, MD • #34584

As a alum of West Virginia University, I’ve always viewed Virginia Tech as a friendly sports rival, especially in football. Because of the proximity of Blacksburg to southern West Virginia, there were families who were often split in their allegiance between the two schools and when game day came in either Morgantown or Blacksburg, school spirit ran deep in gold and blue or maroon and orange. When Tech moved from the Big East to the ACC and dropped the Mountaineers from the football schedule, I was so disappointed that the bond between the two campuses forged through sports was ending. Now today, though, with the devastating events of April 16, that bond is renewed and today we Mountaineers are all Hokies.  I’m wearing orange to honor the Virginia Tech community and in memory of those who lost their lives on Monday. Our prayers continue for you all.
--Janet Shaffron, BSJ, WVU,1969

April 20, 2007, 3:26pm • Harwood, Maryland • #34585

It is with great sadness that I share my condolences with the families and friends of the victims of the campus shootings.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers.  It is my hope that you will soon have some quiet time to heal and remember the fond memories of your loved ones.

God Bless.

April 20, 2007, 3:26pm • Dassel, MN USA • #34586

Words cannot express how profoundly sad I feel. My prayers go out to all of the victim’s families, and to Hokies everywhere who share in this terrible grief. We cannot allow this awful incident to overshadow all the things that make Virginia Tech a very special place in our hearts.

Sally Ramey
Class of ‘85

April 20, 2007, 3:26pm • • #34587

Our thoughts at Progress Energy are with the families and friends of the victims and students.  Please know we all share your pain caused by this senseless tragedy.

April 20, 2007, 3:26pm • Raleigh North Carolina • #34588

Mes condolences aux élèves survivants et les familles des élèves massacrés dans la classe de français de Madame Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, professeur de français de Virginia Tech, et à son mari et ses filles.  Vous ne vouliez qu’à créer un monde plus proche avec vos études, mais mais la violence est aveugle à ce qui est de bon.  On continue vos travaux commencés, dans nos classes de langues étrangères partout dans le monde.
Ruth Willis, professeur de français K-12

April 20, 2007, 3:27pm • Front Royal, Virginia • #34589

I send Love to VT families. I send the Holy Spirit, Jesus and God’s love to you to guide, strenghten, encourage,and love on you and make you strong in God’s power.
Where does faith begin? God has given Faith as our servant to work for us. Don’t ever give it a day off. Faith starts as a seed, when its watered, it becomes greater. Luke17 Its impossible offences will come., but very bad to him through whom they come. It better for him to have a millstone hanged around his neck and cast to the sea. If a person tresspass against, and they repent, rebuke him ( discuss with him) and forgive him. If he does it 7 times a day and apologies, forgive him.
Stop the strife every evil work is loosed. Forgive when its your fault and when not. The disciples said Lord increase our faith. They didn’t want the millstone and cast to sea. Mark 4 What shall is Kingdom of God or what can we compare it to? Like a grain of a mustard seed. When sown is less than all seeds in the earth. It grows up and become greater. YOU GET THE WORD RIGHT, AND LOVE PART (I C 13, EP. JOHN)GET FAITH heb 11, Ga5v6 FAITH OVERCOMES THE WORLD. FAITH WORKS BY LOVE, HOW? IT WILL GROW UP AND BECOME GREATER.
HE LOVES YOU ALL.

April 20, 2007, 3:27pm • Israel • #34590

To the Virginia Tech Family:

Our prayers continue to be with you.

As you begin the long journey towards healing, please remember to seek the support and help that you need, for as long as you need it. Just remember that one of the best places to get support is from each other.  It is clear that in the midst of this colossol tragedy, the one bright light that emerged from the media’s lens was the character and integrity of your VT family.  Everyone, particularly the students, handled themselves with such grace and courage--you should all be extremely proud of what you showed to the world.  Watching these young men and women support each other, while showing appropriate grief and honoring the victims, was a remarkable sight and a lesson to all.  Indeed, in your darkest time, these students may lead Virgina Tech to its finest hour.

With our deepest condolences,
The Plasmati Family

April 20, 2007, 3:27pm • Foxborough, Massachusetts • #34591

Our heart, thoughts and prayers are with everyone at your campus and those affected off it.  We are all Hokies this week.

April 20, 2007, 3:27pm • wichita falls, tx • #34592

hello my name is sherice Bethel. my thoughts and prayers goes out to all the famlies. may god bless the famlies that lost there love ones.  may god be with those famlies that lost there love ones every day.  keep god in your heart every day.  my thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 20, 2007, 3:27pm • COlorado Springs, Colorado • #34593

To all the Faculty, Staff, Students and Their Families and Friends at/of Virginia Tech,
My family and I want you to know that you are all in our Thoughts and Prayers at this sad time. We wish there was a way to take away the pain and sadness you are feeling.We Love you All and May God Bless You Always.
Sherri, Jeff & Matt Flanary
Barbara Ellsworth and Kelly Ellsworth

April 20, 2007, 3:27pm • Church Hill, TN USA • #34594

I came into work this morning wearing a maroon suit and orange sleeveless turtle neck and WOW ... I don’t think I’ve felt closer to anything in my life!! I’m so saddened by what has happened. A devastating blow. The deep sorrow is just unexplainable. We will continue to walk beside you in thought and prayer in hopes that together we can heal.  God speed VT .. the Hokies will prevail and you all are just the greatest!!

April 20, 2007, 3:27pm • Cape Coral, Florida • #34595

God bless each and every one of you through this tragic event. 

Daniels Family

April 20, 2007, 3:28pm • Orwigsburg PA • #34596

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the VT family during this difficult time.  Life is precious and all too often too short.  For those families that lost loved ones, remember all the great memories, the times laughter was shared and try to turn your tears into smiles.  Just remember you now have a very special guardian angel watching down over you.

April 20, 2007, 3:28pm • Strathroy, Ontario Canada • #34597

Everyone from VT is in our prayers at Sacred Heart School.  Stay strong, positive, and keep your heads up.  The victims have met with God, and are in a better place.  We love you all.
God Bless

April 20, 2007, 3:28pm • Morrilton, AR. • #34598

i am glad this is finally settling down i feel thisshould never have happened nor should it be allowed to happen again 2 of my friends and co-workers were killed in this tragety my friends and fellow locals feel the same way and hope to share in my support of the tragety

April 20, 2007, 3:28pm • blacksburg virginia us • #34599

MAY GOD BLESS AND COMFORT THE VIRGINIA TECH FAMILY.  WE WILL BE WEARING RIBBONS OF ORANGE AND MAROON TO REMEMBER THE VICTIMS OF THIS TRAGEDY.  OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO YOU.  WE WILL BE PRAYING FOR ALL.  REMEMBER, WITH FAITH GOD HEALS ALL!! STAY STRONG V TECH!!!
THE LOPEZ FAMILY.

April 20, 2007, 3:28pm • MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA • #34600

From an Anglican priest, a retired Army NCO, and a graduate of Augusta College (Augusta State University now,) and Erskine Theological Seminary, Due West, S. C., and his wife, a graduate of Washington University, St. Louis, MO.
Our hearts go out to you. Your deceased and your still injured classmates and faculty members, and their families will be remembered at the altar at Holy Eucharist Sunday; especially the Cadet who was on a track to serve his Country as a Commissioned Offier in the Army or other Armed Force.
The Rev. Canon and Mrs. Owen Loftus
Traditional Protestant Episcopal Church
Epiphany Anglican Seminary

April 20, 2007, 3:28pm • Augusta, GA • #34601

It feels so inadequate to say, but we am so sorry this has happened.  We are praying to God that He be with you and bless you as you try to move forward.  We know your grief will not soon go away, but remember that God does not give us more than we can bear.
Be strong in the Lord.

The Kinsers - Dennis, Karen and Nathan
Houston, TX

April 20, 2007, 3:28pm • Houston, TX • #34602

It is my heartfelt desire to share my condolences with the family and friends of the students and faculty that lost their lives on Monday. It is my prayer that you will not lose faith but cling to God at this very difficult time.

Lucy Seboek

April 20, 2007, 3:28pm • Lake Forest, California • #34603

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

In our society there is a word for the loss of a spouse (one becomes a widower or widow) and a word for the loss of a parent ( one becomes an orphan). These are all great and painful losses to our world and lives.  But there is no word to describe the loss of a child.  It is inconceivable.  Children are our future, our dreams and our world.

Our world and future has suffered a great loss.

You will always be in our thoughts and prayers

April 20, 2007, 3:29pm • Buffalo, NY • #34604

You are in our prayers and thoughts. So senseless!
We hope all find peace.

Ron & Jean

April 20, 2007, 3:29pm • Bensalem, Pa USA • #34605

When the pain gets so bad that you can’t move know that we all are with you. We love you all. We pray with you and for you. We’ll stand with you always.

April 20, 2007, 3:29pm • • #34606

I pray that God is watching over the victim’s families and friends of the victims I share my sympathy and love to all of you

April 20, 2007, 3:29pm • El Cajon, California 92020 • #34607

To the Virginia Tech Family: The strength and love in your community is a beacon of light for communities around this nation and the World. I pray that you can take some comfort in knowing that the Auburn family is praying for you. I do believe that sometimes our creator seeks angels from this Earth. I believe he found them in Blacksburg, Virginia. Auburn University students, faculty, and staff will be wearing orange & maroon April 20th to show our support for the Virginia Tech family. We may be Auburn Tigers tomorrow, but for now we are all HOKIES. May God Bless all of you during this trying time.

April 20, 2007, 3:30pm • Auburn University, AL • #34608

To the victims, family members, students, faculty/staff and alumni of Virginia Tech. My deepest sympathy to all those affected by the terrible tragedy. I keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. As a Hokie Alum, these events have brought sadness to my heart. However, I am also filled with an overwhelming sense of pride, as I watch the VT community pull together in support and strength during this sorrowful time. “We will prevail..we are Virginia Tech”.

Sydney, Class of ‘97

April 20, 2007, 3:30pm • Fort Worth, TX • #34609

Our prayers and hopes are with you all.  May God bless you and console you with peace and neverending love.  -bt, class of ‘85

April 20, 2007, 3:30pm • Williamsburg, VA • #34610

TO ALL FAMILIES AND STUDENTS...MAY GOD KEEP YOU STRONG AND ME AND MY FAMILY WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR YOU.

I AM WEARING YOUR COLORS PROUD TODAY!

CHRISTINA JONES AND THE JONESEZ

April 20, 2007, 3:30pm • VIRGINIA BEACH, VA • #34611

To all the staff and students and family and friends and the community of Virginia Tech. I am Tamara D. Belcher, a student graduating in the May 5, Commencement Exercises at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, TN with an A.A.S. Degree of General Business Administration.
I wanted to extended my heart felt sympathy to all of you there. You are in my thoughts and my prayers every single day.
I struggled for sixteen years to get my degree, facing many struggles, raising kids, and never giving up on my dream. However, I have decided that you should know this wasn’t in vein. For when I walk in the commencement on May 5, at ten a.m. I will also take them with me in my heart. When I shake their hand, for my Degree, I will honor them in my memory, and walk for them as well. I may not have the same Degree, but I have the same dream. I will reach out for the Degree, and in my heart, I will know through the memory I carry with me, I will touch their dreams as well, on that day. They will also graduate in my heart, with me!

So, be strong, I will continue to pray for you all! We will prevail! We are Vol State!

You will prevail as well. You are Virginia Tech!

Goodby, and may god bless you all!

April 20, 2007, 3:30pm • Gallatin, Tennessee, United States • #34612

I just want you as the Hokie family to know that you have my deepest condolences and sympathy throughout this incredibly difficult time. I will continue to keep you forever in my heart and always in my prayers. I know just from the few times I have been on campus myself, that Virginia Tech is not really a just a school, it is much more like a family and a community. I will always remember that about Virginia Tech. Stay strong, after all, you are Virginia Tech.  GO HOKIES!!!!!

All of my love and prayers,
Amanda H.

April 20, 2007, 3:30pm • Chester, VA • #34613

My heart is heavy with pain for all the victims and their families. No one would ever have thought such tragedy can come to an idyllic and wonderful place like VT. My prayers go out to all you Hokies and the VT family. God may give you strength to get through this.
Irmtraud Cowell

April 20, 2007, 3:30pm • Knoxville, Tennessee (originally from Stuttgart Ge • #34614