Condolences, April 20, 2007

My son is a senior at VT. He is is OK physically but will never forget what has happened at the school which has been the ‘best part of his life’.....
I am deeply saddened by the events of this week. It is truly hard to believe. I pray for every victim, family member, friend, neighbor, professor, and classmate.
I do wish that this will bring something good to life. Not sure what, but… someday we will all be at peace.

Proud to be a Hokie parent!!
Jon, I love you.

Virginia Tech - “and you shall have the protection of all the angels in heaven ...” (4.16.07 - forever)

-Leann DuPont

April 20, 2007, 3:54pm • Reston, VA • #34817

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone. May each of you find strength and hope to make it through the coming weeks.  God Bless you all.
The Lehman Family

April 20, 2007, 3:54pm • Charlottesville, VA • #34818

my deepest sympathy go out to the VT. students.I can`t imagine what happened? and why happened?..my god bless our world.And to Walled Mohamed I send this words to him where he is
27 - (To the righteous soul will be said:) O (thou) soul, in (complete) rest and satisfaction!
28 - Come back thou to thy Lord, well pleased (thyself), and well pleasing unto Him!
29 - Enter thou, then, among my Devotees!
30 - Yea, enter thou My Heaven!

April 20, 2007, 3:54pm • egypt, zagazig • #34819

My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. I pray to God that he gives everyone of you the strength to get through this.
For the families of lost loved ones, Please know my heart and prayers are with each and everyone of you also. I will continue to pray that we all find peace. Please take care of one another and God Bless each and everyone of you. I send a big hug to all those in need of comfort.

April 20, 2007, 3:54pm • Concord, NH • #34820

We are a group of Korean churches in the southern California region who wish to extend our most sincere condolences to you, the families of the victims of the campus tragedy.  Last night we had a service held in lieu of the shooting.  The verse that was preached on was Isaiah 40:1

“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.”

We are truly sorry for the losses you have had to endure because of a young man who had lost his way.  We are truly sorry that nobody listened to him and a tragedy was not prevented. 
In the past days, there has been a sense of shame and mourning for us here in the Korean Christian community.  We mourn with you because of the senseless killing and we mourn with you because of this frightful reminder of human depravity.
As our community here in Los Angeles moves forward, we will not soon forget this tragedy.  As we raise our children and talk to our young men and women, this dreadful affair will be in the fore front of our minds.  It will be a reminder to listen to our children and give love to our community.  Indeed, we will not forget… We offer our condolences and our prayers to you. 

With warm regards,

Joon-Hun Kim
President of Midwest Pastor’s Association

April 20, 2007, 3:54pm • Los Angeles, CA USA • #34821

We are all victimized by this nonsense; even the survivors outside your country and around the world.

I hurt, you hurt, we all hurt only because we care and we value life.

Hope seems like such an esoteric concept, however we have no alternatives.

Brian McCusker

April 20, 2007, 3:54pm • Thompson, Mb. Canada • #34822

I wish that I could be there to comfort each and every one of you. Since I can’t, I will continue to pray for all of you.  God’s arms are certainly big enough to embrace you all. He knows all of your hearts and knows every need.
Hold on tight to one another.

April 20, 2007, 3:54pm • Culpeper, VA • #34823

To all Faculty, Students and Families of Virginia Tech, our deepest sympathies go out to each and every one of you. We were saddened by this tragic event but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers!! We will always be thinking about you and we hope that as time goes by, each day may get a little easier. Your community has such great Hokie Spirit and that will help you get through this time of need. May God Bless You!

Love,
Tom and Marcia Nicholson (college students at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)

April 20, 2007, 3:54pm • Appleton, WI • #34824

My heart goes out to all the friends and family of those who have lost a loved one as well as for those who have survived the ordeal.  May you all have lots of love and comfort during your healing process.

April 20, 2007, 3:55pm • Ashburn, VA • #34825

Senator W. Fulbright’s idea was to build up a world of tolerance, mutual understanding - and even better - friendship; instead of animosity. If one lifts these ideas on a bigger scale, how can anyone see a reason in killing another person in an amok run like this. No one who bears Senator Fulbight’s ideas and spirit in his own character can see any sense in this tragedy.

Members and Board of the German Fulbright Alumni Association convey their sympathies to the families of Professor Jamie Bishop (Fulbright scholar to Christian-Albrechts University at Kiel, Germany), Professor Liviu Librescu and all those who suffered from the Virginia Tech killings. In such a time of bereavement, it might be comforting to feel that one is not alone and that people all over the world also sympathize with these families.

Our most sincere condolences especially to Stefanie Hofer

On behalf of the board

Uwe Koch
President
Fulbright Alumni e.V.
German Fulbright Association

April 20, 2007, 3:55pm • Germany • #34826

I want to express my condolences to the families and friends of the Hokies that were killed.  The healing will take a long time and understanding may never come.  Be encouraged by the millions of people who are praying for you around the world.  Continue to celebrate the lives of your loved ones and promote what was best about them to others.  As senseless as their deaths were, I’m sure each of them would want something positive to come from this.  I hope that all who mourn will cherish the life and loved ones you have now.  I urge you to look at yourselves and make sure that you are prepared for how short this life can be.  Make sure your relationships are the best they can be.  Invest in other people and in enterprises that will last forever and make the most contributions to the world.  I pray that some good will come from this as many learn to lean on God and each other to sustain them through all crises.  May God bless our Hokie Family in the midst of this awful tragedy.

Rik Johnsson
Class of ‘89

April 20, 2007, 3:55pm • Sykesville, MD • #34827

VT has and will always remain in our hearts as the best University and community that this country has to offer.  My wife and I are ‘01 grads and our daughters will hopefully one day join us as grads.  This tragedy will never be forgotten but it will strengthen the VT family in way that will make this country proud.  Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that is hurting and beginning to heal.

Craig, Kathy, Amanda and her soon to be Little Sister

April 20, 2007, 3:55pm • Surry, VA • #34828

Thoughts and prayers go out to the people at VA Tech.

April 20, 2007, 3:55pm • Las Cruces, New Mexico • #34829

To the families of the victims, and to current VT students:
You will be in the prayers of fellow Hokies like myself for all time. Our hope is that you will find comfort in the memories of your loved ones and friends, as well as in the memories of their times at VT. They were Hokies because they were the brightest and the best the world has to offer, as students and teachers. Virginia Tech will no doubt recover because of the many fine Hokie alumni and faculty,present and future, - that we can only hope will be just like them. God Bless you and your families.
B Tully, ‘76 CE

April 20, 2007, 3:55pm • Davenport, FL • #34830

My name is Anna Blake and my 14 year old daughter wrote a poem trying to get a grasp on these tragic events. The poem reads

They were unaware of any danger,
To few of them was he a stranger.
Twisted and weird as some would say,
They knew not what he planned that day.
In he came with incredible stealth,
Taking the lives of others and then himself.
On this day heroes were named,
For the death of others he was blamed.

Simply hours past dawn,
Once here now gone,
Just like that 33 lives were taken,
Oh I wish, I wish we were mistaken,
Sadness striking like a storm,
Thousands by thousands do they mourn.

May this never again occur,
Please nothing like the Virginia Massacre.

Taylor Blake 14 years old

April 20, 2007, 3:56pm • INdiantown, Flordia • #34831

Words cannot express the deep sadness the nation and the world feel for what happened at this university. I cannot even come close to expressing the sorrow I feel. I only hope that something good can come from this, that the people personally affected by this tragedy will use this tragedy to become stronger and more determined to succeed in all they wish to do in life. Do not let this monster get his way. Do not let him win. You will succeed!!! We love you all-kim

April 20, 2007, 3:56pm • rochester, minnesota • #34832

Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have been affected by this tragedy and we will keep you and your loved ones in our hearts.

April 20, 2007, 3:56pm • Toronto, Ontario, Canada • #34833

You all are in my thoughts Bless all of you that have been affected in this tragety!!!! GO HOKIES GO!!!!!!!!!

April 20, 2007, 3:56pm • Staunton, Virginia • #34834

This is such a sad time and so hard to imagine that this sort of thing has happened.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of the families and their loved ones who have been effected by this tragedy. 
Lauren

April 20, 2007, 3:56pm • Baltimore, Maryland • #34835

Although I am not a “real” or “true” Hokie, since I do not attend Virginia Tech, I guess I would consider myself a Hokie at Heart!  God Bless all of you Hokies!

April 20, 2007, 3:56pm • McKeesport, PA, USA • #34836

As a former Hokie I wanted to say that I have never been more proud to be a graduate of Virginia Tech. It is such a special place and I am saddened to see this happen to a place that I love with all my heart. The students and faculty have shown the world that the VT community is strong, resilient, and loving. I am so proud of everyone there and want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 20, 2007, 3:56pm • Boston, MA • #34837

May God bless and keep you strong.

April 20, 2007, 3:56pm • West Haven, Connecticut • #34838

My name is Oswaldo Neto and I’m from Brazil. During all this week my heart is crying since what heppened in Virginia Tech. As the rest of the world my prayers are with you all.

April 20, 2007, 3:56pm • São Paulo, SP - Brazil • #34839

I send my prayers to the victims, their families, and the whole community of Virginia Tech. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

April 20, 2007, 3:57pm • Osaka, Japan • #34840

May the warm memories of your dear one…
soothe you in this difficult time
and help you be at peace
my prayers are with you

Vivian

April 20, 2007, 3:57pm • Herndon, VA • #34841

To all VT students, faculty and staff,

I will always have a place in my heart for the maroon and orange.  This Maryland Terrapin is now a fan of the Hokies.  The tragedy has affected everyone, even those of us out here on the west coast.  Keep strong and live life to the fullest. 

T. Mishra

April 20, 2007, 3:58pm • Oakland, CA • #34842

"Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me
Let There Be Peace on Earth
The peace that was meant to be
With God as our Father
Brothers all are we
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony

Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now
With every step I take
Let this be my solemn vow;
To take each moment and live
Each moment in peace eternally
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.”

My thoughts and prayeers go out to all of you!

Sincerely,

Sara McHale

April 20, 2007, 3:58pm • Needham, MA USA • #34843

Our hearts are open and mourning the profound loss.  May you continue to achieve greatness and thrive as a community, as one.

Emily Vincent

April 20, 2007, 3:58pm • Oakland, CA • #34844

May we embrace the lives of the Hokie victims.  May we never forget, the Virginia Tech Hokies.

-Jules

April 20, 2007, 3:58pm • Manassas, VA • #34845

Our thoughts & prayers go out to everyone at VT. Your strength & support for each other have shown the world we can pull together during this tragedy. We have shared an album of our support in this attached link. http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8EbOWjJyzZttk¬ag=1
The Window Place Family

April 20, 2007, 3:58pm • Fairfax, VA • #34846

I am only 12 years old, but every time I see the pictures and see the story I cry. I pray every night for them. Think of it this way the will gradulate still in Gods college. I heard on the news today that it was national yellow and burgandy day. I wore them proud but sad. May god bless the familys of the killed and the wounded. Because that day be with them forever. Also it will be with us. God Bless all who is reading this and please pray for the people that were there that day. Also I have never been to Virgina, or seen it. But now I know it will even more buetiful then before because those 32 people are helping and praying for the world for them to be more safe. One more thing you may not know how much you impact in someones life. But it will make a difference.
God Bless You.
Jen

April 20, 2007, 3:58pm • Allison Park ,PA • #34847

My heart aches - every time i think about what happened on 4/16/07, tears well up in my eyes. I think of my daughter, just six months old. To lose her would be unbearable. The world seems so cruel. But then as I see the faces of those beautiful souls we lost and read their stories, I realize that their lives were so rich, their time here on Earth, however brief, was not in vain, that to know any of them would have been a blessing. Their spirits will live on in our hearts, even those of us who didnt know them personally. May God bless the family and friends of the victims, and bring swift recovery to Virginia Tech. -K.M.Bernard

April 20, 2007, 3:58pm • Maynard, MA • #34848

Let every day be a blessed day for your loved one VT are in heaven reigning with Jesus we are out of here any second or if later it will be a time where God’s power is poured out like never before for love to his children all over this earth.I pray youall take Gods strength as you study and read his word and let him help you. My family we send the love of God. He is love. Read the letters he wrote to the church. Don’t let enemy put evil thoughts and dreams in your mind. Rebuke the negative thoughts. God kcm.org get things that root out fear.

Love you all
In prayer all day, Pull on God’s love get closer to him , he’s a person.

April 20, 2007, 3:58pm • dallas, tx • #34849

Our community like all others around the country and the world share in your greif.  We cannot even begin to imagine the terrible loss that the Virginia Tech family is feeling but please know that our prayers are with you during this time. During periods of tragedy and loss we want to ask the question of why and what we should be asking is how -how these wonderful people lived their lives and how we respond to the tragedy. You have shown great courage to the rest of us. God Bless Virginia Tech and all those who suffer in her loss.

Kelly Walker

April 20, 2007, 3:58pm • Baton Rouge, Louisiana • #34850

I would like offer my deepest condolences to the families and victims of this tragedy. Since Monday, i’ve thought of nothing but this and i’ve cried along with all of you while watching the details of this massacre unfold. I just graduated from Temple University, and i picture myself in all of your shoes. There is nothing that i could say that would change the way it feels to have a piece of your heart ripped out, however, as hard as it may be...life goes on. Breathe in and out, and it will get easier to look past this - in the days, weeks, months and years ahead. With all my heart...you are in my thoughts!
Jamie Brill.

April 20, 2007, 3:58pm • Philadelphia, PA • #34851

We pray for those who have been taken too soon.
We pray for those whose are left;
Those who greive, who mourn,
Who cry out though unbearable sadness and pain.
We pray for time to heal;
We pray for the community of hope that arises from the chaos;
For the strength we all have within us
To touch
To share
To cry
To comfort
To heal
To uplift
To live again.

Peace,
Anne and Jim DeVaughn

April 20, 2007, 3:58pm • Burke, VA • #34852

And God Said

I said, “God, I hurt.”
And God said, “I know.”
I said, “God, I am depressed.”
And God said, “That’s why I gave you sunshine.”
I said, “God, I cry a lot.”
And God said, “That’s why I gave you tears.”
I said, “God, life’s too hard.”
And God said, “That’s why I gave you loved ones.”
I said, “God, my son died.”
And God said, “I lost my only son.”
I said, “God, it is such a loss.”
And God said, “I watched my son nailed to a cross.”
I said, “God, your son lives.”
And God said, “So does your son.”
I said, “God, where are they now.”
And God said, “Mine is on my right, and yours is in the light.”
I said, “God, I hurt.”
And God said, “I know.”

April 20, 2007, 3:58pm • Salem, VA • #34853

Monday morning April 16 started as any other morning, until I received the call from my daughter who is a student at VT. Her call started like this; “Mom, I am OK, but put on the news.”
My heart goes out to all families who lost a loved one.  My heart goes out to all the students who were wounded, my heart goes out to all those with heavy hearts.  But we must remember what Nikki Giovanni said “We are Virginia Tech, we did nothing to deserve it........We are the hokies, we will prevail, we will prevail, we will prevail, we are Virginia Tech

A Hokie Mom two times over

April 20, 2007, 3:58pm • Murray Hill, NJ • #34854

To all the families who was affected by the tragic events at VT. My heart goes out to each family who suffered a lost of a family member, whether it was a child, father, mother, sister,or brother. I can identify with the mothers and fathers who lost their children to violence on that tragic day.  This day will be forever bedded in your heart, but remember tears endures for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.  There will not be a day that goes by that you will not reflect back on the time God allowed you to spend with the love ones you have lost. But take comfort in knowing that it will get easier as time goes on.  Then one day you will all meet again in that great getting up morning when we all go to meet the Lord.  This is written with love to all that was affected. 
Myrtle Blanding-Haynes

April 20, 2007, 3:58pm • Richmond, Virginia • #34855

My thoughts, prayers and support go to all the families, students and facutly at VT. I am proud to call myself a part of the Tech family and Hokie Nation. I am a third generation Hokie, a 1997 graduate and I married a Hokie too.  Blacksburg and VT will always be home to my husband and I and to see the horrible things that happened there this week has broken my heart. Words like “tragedy” were never supposed to be associated with Virginia Tech. But while my heart is broken, my spirit and Hokie spirit is not. We will get through this. We will prevail. Long live Hokie Nation!

April 20, 2007, 3:58pm • Richmond, VA • #34856

I was a Tech student on two occasions - as a freshman and as a doctoral student and graduate. My very deepest condolences. I love you all. May we all find comfort and peace.
Jim Cumbo, PhD ‘81

April 20, 2007, 3:59pm • Bristol, VA, USA • #34857

My heart is with all of the people of Virginia Tech.

April 20, 2007, 3:59pm • Cornelius, NC • #34858

Words cannot express the heartfelt sorrow at what happened at Virginia Tech.  As I send my deepest condolescence to you all who mourn at the loss of your beloved ones,
I pray the Lord heal all the wounded hearts.

Jung Joo, South Korea

April 20, 2007, 3:59pm • Seoul, Korea • #34859

Virginia Tech,

Our prayers are with you all during this sad time.

May the families be comforted to know that their loved ones are now in a better place, where there is no crime, violence, or hate.  Those that were so tragically lost are now guardian angels.

The great state of Texas supports VT.

April 20, 2007, 3:59pm • Conroe, Texas • #34860

My heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with all of you, as they have been since Monday. Senseless tradegy this is.........you should be able to go to school without worrying of this type of horrific actions occuring. God Bless You All..

April 20, 2007, 3:59pm • Canada • #34861

When someone we love passes away,
We ache, but we go on;
Our dear departed would want us to heal,
After they are gone.

Grief is a normal way to mend
The anguish and pain in our hearts;
We need time to remember and time to mourn,
Before the recovery starts.

Let’s draw together to recuperate,
As we go throught this period of sorrow;
Let’s help each other, with tender care
To find a brighter tomorrow--By Joanna Fuchs

My condolences are with all the families and they will be in my prayers. The spirit that you all display shows me faith that we will all be able to overcome this period of deepened sorrow.

Ami

April 20, 2007, 3:59pm • Lawrenceville, NJ • #34862

God is with you all
He loves you and we are praying for you all.
VT love on God

April 20, 2007, 3:59pm • Gary ,In • #34863

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those lost on the 16th April.
The May family

April 20, 2007, 3:59pm • Derby England • #34864

We are alumni of Virginia Tech and former Marching Virginians. We are profoundly devastated by all that has occurred. Virginia Tech and Blacksburg are home to us. We know many people who currently live work and go to school along with alumni from our time and almost all were personally affected by the tragedy in some manner. Our thoughts are in Blacksburg and are prayers are for all Hokies.

Christy and Jason Leicht 1998

April 20, 2007, 4:00pm • Woodbridge, VA • #34865

My heart and condolences go out to everyone touched by this tragedy. SMH

April 20, 2007, 4:00pm • Phoenix, Arizona • #34866