Condolences, April 20, 2007

I, too, work within a University setting who had students and faculty in session when this tradegy occurred.  We are one family and one heart and across this great nation we are all feeling your loss.

May God be with all the students, faculty and families of those who lost loved ones in this senseless tradegy.

April 20, 2007, 12:47pm • Buffalo, NY • #33306

God bless all of you and hope your family’s are together threw this sad event.  In our thought’s alway’s, The Crews Family

April 20, 2007, 12:47pm • Waverly,GA. U.S.A. • #33307

As sad as it was to hear of the tragic loss of life, how uplifting it was to see the Hokie student body assembled in candle light on the Drillfield! Let us all rededicate ourselves in memory of those who were taken from us.

Matt B. ‘84

April 20, 2007, 12:47pm • Los Angeles, CA • #33308

In the arms of the angel
fly away from here
from this dark cold hotel room
and the endlessness that you feel
you are pulled from the wreckage
of your silent reverie
you’re in the arms of the angel
may you find some comfort here
(Sarah McLaughlin, Angel)

May God bless each and every one of you, not just today but for eternity.
Those who we lost are in the presence of God and resting better than they ever have. May they now be thought of as your angel.

April 20, 2007, 12:47pm • Pompano Beach, FL/USA • #33309

It’s hard to comprehend and make sense of this tragedy but lets all ask for spiritual strength from the heavens above.  Lets allow the peace and love around us be the energy which carries us forth.  Do not allow the negative energy to change your heart.  Forgive so that you can move on.

Mila

April 20, 2007, 12:47pm • Washington, DC • #33310

My dear Virginia Tech Family, we all share the pain of this unbelievable tragedy.  Those of us that have graduated from Tech feel the kinship and connection with the current students, and we wish that we could somehow take away all of the feelings that you must be going through.  Know that you can lean on us, your older brothers and sisters—rest in our strength.  Take comfort in knowing that you are still in the most beautiful place in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  There is no where else in the world like Virginia Tech!  Take comfort in the fact that we will love you all and be there for you unconditionally.  The world has seen our true spirit through this tragedy, and all of you make us so proud!

We are all hurting, but we will become closer, stronger, more compassionate, and be filled with more love for our University and our Tech Family than we ever dreamed possible.

In the future, one of the most proud days of our lives as Alumni will still be that glorious Fall day when we drop off a son or daughter at that University that we love so much—Virginia Tech!

Mark M. Taylor, MD

April 20, 2007, 12:47pm • Big Stone Gap, VA • #33311

Here at San Juan College we share your grief. Please know many hearts and prayers are going out to your campus and all of the loved ones suffering from this loss.

April 20, 2007, 12:47pm • Farmington, NM • #33312

I just just want to give my condolences to all of the families who suffered from this horrific act. My thoughts and prays our with you and your family.

May god BLESS.

April 20, 2007, 12:47pm • Philadelphia, PA • #33313

I’m so sorry for the lost of your students i would never think this could of happen it just really shocked me but I’m just sending my condolences to all the family of the vitimes (please excuse my grammar)but i am so so so so so so so sorry i wish i could of did sumthing

April 20, 2007, 12:47pm • portsmouth virginia • #33314

Every breath we get comes from God.  Why does it take a tradegy to call God’s name? 

I pray that the souls of the victims reach God’s kingdom.  In the meantime, the ones left behind are confused and scared but they should continue to chant God’s name.  In the university, they should have an assembly each morning by saying a prayer that will help the ones left behind as well as the ones who left.

Everything is God.

April 20, 2007, 12:48pm • Lawrenceville, NJ • #33315

To all current and past students, faculty, friends and family of Virginia Tech - words cannot express the complete sorrow and pain I feel for you - may this experience somehow bring everyone even closer, may the Lord Jesus Christ wrap his loving arms around your loved ones as they enter his Kingdom, and may He also walk with you every day until you join them all again someday.  My most sincere condolences to all - Sincerely, Mary Elizabeth Cole

April 20, 2007, 12:48pm • Colonial Heights Virginia • #33316

Be strong you are not alone, we are all with
you, if not physically, in our prayers and
thoughts.  My heart goes out to all students at
VT and their families.  God grant you Peace

April 20, 2007, 12:48pm • Irvine, CA • #33317

As a UVA fan for life I have always been “anti-hokie”. Now, however, that is a thing of the past. This was not just a tragedy for VA Tech, it was a tragedy for all of us. I cannot begin to convey the depth of my sympathy to all the victims, families, and friends who have suffered at the hands of this madman. Please just know that you are all in our thoughts, hearts, and prayers. We are all Hokies now.

April 20, 2007, 12:48pm • Pulaski, Va. • #33318

I am saddened by this tragedy @ Virginia Tech.  My prayers and thoughts go out to the whole entire Virginia Tech community.

April 20, 2007, 12:48pm • Michigan • #33319

I just wanted to offer my condolences over the attacks on april 16,2007.  May God be with you all. My heart goes out to everybody.

April 20, 2007, 12:48pm • Rural Retreat, VA • #33320

My heart goes out to the families at this time…

God bless you all to get back your strength…

Condolences from Brazil…

Eder C.

April 20, 2007, 12:48pm • Eder - São Paulo, Brazil • #33321

Dear Virgina Tech University,

We are sorry for the profound loss of beloved students and faculty members.  You are all in our prayers.

Tragedy is never welcomed in this world. We felt compelled as a student body and faculty to send our condolences. To God be the glory for it is his strength that will help all to heal.
Milwaukee Spectrum School for Girls

April 20, 2007, 12:48pm • Milwaukee, Wisconsin • #33322

My thoughts and prayers go out to each and every victim of this tragedy.  May God bless the families and give you strength to recover from this event.  Not even words can explain the condolences that I wish to offer nevertheless, stay strong, positive, and focused because there are brighter days to come....

Takenya Jones
Tulane School of Social Work

April 20, 2007, 12:48pm • New Orleans, Louisiana • #33323

my thoughts and prayers are with the Hokie nation! I can not even begin to imagine the pain that you are feeling. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

Keep your head to the sky!

April 20, 2007, 12:49pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #33324

Wanted to share how this event has made a 12 year old think!! Following is a small poem that my son wrote for VA tech

Gunshot…….

Loud sound
People on the ground
People screaming
Now thinking of it with meaning

A man gone mad
Millions of people sad
Families in hand
Disappearing into the sand

A school by morning
A massacre by evening
We will remember this tragic event

Hokies, strong enough to keep their spirits up
Hokies, sentimental enough to cry for their fallen friends

We will live to fight another day,
The only line we have to say is

“Go Hokies”

In honour of all the people killed in the Virginia tech massacre

By Aditya Komanduri

April 20, 2007, 12:49pm • Sterling , Virginia • #33325

I am so sorry that this terrible event happened. All of the families are in our prayers. Justice will prevail. Even though we don’t know any of you we as a country have been drawn closer because of this and we for one are here for those in need. God Bless you and your loved ones. They are in Heaven now.

April 20, 2007, 12:49pm • Owensboro,KY • #33326

As a mother of a college Freshman, I was so shocked to hear about this tradegy.  My first concern was for a VT freshman that I have known since she was 5.  Once it was confirmed that Erin thankfully was unharmed my emotions took over and I grieved along with all of you.  My heart is still heavy for all of you.  To the families and friend of the victims, I will keep you in my prayers.  Remember the pain will get easier with time but these victims will never be forgotten.  God bless the Hokies!

April 20, 2007, 12:49pm • Jacksonville, Fl • #33327

There is not much I can say that hasn’t already been said. Just wanted to add that there are more prayers for everyone who’s been affected by this week’s events.

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

April 20, 2007, 12:49pm • Dayton, Ohio • #33328

I just cant understand…

God bless u Hokies

April 20, 2007, 12:49pm • Sulz am Neckar, Germany • #33329

As a wife, mother of high school and college age children, a daughter of Holocaust survivors, I send my deepest sympathy. May you all heal and find comfort from those around you.

April 20, 2007, 12:49pm • San Diego,CA. • #33330

Thoughts and prayers form all over the community, the country and the world, go out to the families , friends, and for the beautiful minds lost in this tradedy . May they be remembered with loving, warm and happy memories.

Roanoke virginia
val

April 20, 2007, 12:49pm • roanoke, firginia • #33331

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the students and staff at VT and all who were involved (paramedics, police, etc.), especially with the friends and family of the victims. 
God Bless You

April 20, 2007, 12:49pm • Alpha, IL • #33332

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Alex Dixon, Hokie Class of ‘97

April 20, 2007, 12:49pm • Roanoke, Virginia • #33333

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God minister to each of you in your brokeness. May God strenghthen each of you to greater heights.
I’m trying to Praise the Lord through this terrible tragedy & loss of your love ones & your friends, just as you are I’m sure.

April 20, 2007, 12:49pm • Waycross, Ga. • #33334

To echo what so many other have already shared...Today, WE ARE ALL HOKIES. Please know that my son, a junior at Clemson University and his fellow classmates are wearing their VT colors. The same for my daughter’s high school in Simpsonville, SC and friends and co-workers of my husband and me in Greenville, SC. We share your pain and pray for you daily in our homes and churches. May God bless you and hold you close in His arms.
Psalms 23
Kathy Holtzclaw

April 20, 2007, 12:50pm • Greenville, SC • #33335

May the friends and family of the victims of this horrific event find strength knowing their loved ones all lived good lives, knew who they were and what they stood for. My heart goes out to you all a million times over and over again.

Natalie, Junior at East Carolina University

April 20, 2007, 12:50pm • Greenville, NC • #33336

I would like to pass along my sorrow for all the families and victims and pray that all the injuried in the hospital have a full recovery. Your country is here for you. GO HOKIES

April 20, 2007, 12:50pm • Ballston Spa,NY,USA • #33337

As a VT alumni, no words can express the horror and shock I felt on Monday.  My heartfelt sympathies go out to each and every one of you. Please know that you will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. 

Even through this time of terror and despair, the VT community will bond together as a family.  Through love, caring and support VT will PREVAIL!!!  GO HOKIES!!!! 

God bless you one and all!

Jennifer Teyral

April 20, 2007, 12:50pm • York, PA • #33338

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers!

Psalm 34:14
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Psalm 34:18
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit

Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

~ A friend at the Department of Animal Science, The University of Tennessee

April 20, 2007, 12:50pm • Knoxville, Tennessee • #33339

In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
we remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter
we remember them.

In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,
we remember them.
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
we remember them.

In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
we remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength,
we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart,
we remember them.

When we have joys we yearn to share,
we remember them.
So long as we live, they too shall live,
for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them.

--From the Texas A&M University Aggie Bonfire Memorial

April 20, 2007, 12:50pm • College Station, Texas • #33340

To the Virginia Tech community,

My heart is saddened by what happened earlier this week.  I pray for the ones who prematurely left us, for the ones who survived and for the friends and family who have been affected. 

Put your faith in God and stay strong.  You will get through this.

~Today we are all Hokies~

Sean Ellis

April 20, 2007, 12:50pm • Marietta, Georgia • #33341

I would like to share my deepest sorrow to all of those at Virginia Tech. We all share a common bonds as human beings, and we all have suffered from the recent events.

Darren Cannon
University of Wyoming

April 20, 2007, 12:51pm • Laramie, WY • #33342

There is no way to express the deep feeling of sorrow that we feel at the loss of so many with so much promise for our future and our society. We love you through our prayers for peace now and in the days ahead.

Friends

April 20, 2007, 12:51pm • Wernersville, PA, USA • #33343

My thoughts and prayers go to all of you at Virginia Tech. As a parent, I can’t imagine the grief upon losing a “child”, especially like this. To us parents, our sons and daughters are always our “children”, no matter what their age.As I watch the television coverage regarding all of you I’m amazed at the group spirit and at how tough you all seem to be there. Time will heal you all, so that you can continue living. BUT, you will never forget, and the nation will never forget what has happened there. My best to all of you. Stephanie Corte

April 20, 2007, 12:51pm • Westborough, MA • #33344

My prayers are with you.The hokie community is so strong I admire all of you.My love and my tears and prayers hopefuly will ad in the healing process not only for you but also for the nation that weeps for the innocent. Mental illness is terrible ‘ but help is out there. I love you all and wish for health and emotional healing. You are strong and I take my hat off to you. God Bless you !. Iris

April 20, 2007, 12:51pm • Cleveland Ohio • #33345

My heart goes out to all of you - especially to those of you who lost family members.  May you find comfort and rest in the Lord Jesus Christ.

April 20, 2007, 12:51pm • Missouri • #33346

I just want all of you to know that my heart goes out to each and every one of you.  Stay strong and keep going forward in your life.  Jesse Duplantis said something one time on TV that has stuck with me.  He said “your pain is inevitable but misery is optional” I hope all of you help each other, remember people grieve in different ways. God Bless each of you. I hope you feel God’s presence because he is with you at this very moment.

April 20, 2007, 12:51pm • Norman, Oklahoma • #33347

My family and I would like you to know all of you are in our prayers.

April 20, 2007, 12:51pm • Louisa, Virginia • #33348

To the VT family,
My family and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies on the loss of your friends, teachers and family members.  As teachers ourselves, my husband and I were touched by the depth of love and strength shown in your community.  Have faith, stay close and know there are millions of people praying for your continued strength and healing. 
All our love!
The Becks (Tim, Val & Molly)

April 20, 2007, 12:51pm • Macon, Georgia • #33349

I just want to say that I am deeply saddened by this tragedy. All of my thoughts and prayers go out to each and every person affected by this. As a mother and a wife, I can only imagine how painful it is to lose a child, spouse, friend or loved one in a such a sudden and uncalled for way. Please do not turn from God, he will take care of each person who lost their life and he will be our comfort in this time of need. Bristol, TN is with you in heart and mind. May God Bless each of you and in time you will heal from this. Ask God for guidance and comfort and he will provide that for you. Again, I am deeply sorry for your loses and you are all in my heart, thoughts and prayers each day.
Judith Edwards, Bristol TN

April 20, 2007, 12:51pm • Bristol TN • #33350

My thoughts and prayers are with every victim, their families and friends and the spirit that is Virginia Tech. Hokies will live on and the love and compassion that is the Hokie spirit will help each of you through this difficult time.

My heart goes out to you,
Holly

April 20, 2007, 12:51pm • Lake Tahoe, Nv. • #33351

What if…
With permission of family there were bracelets made with the names of the fallen on them.
And they were given freely to the people of VT…
And to the public with a donation asked to cover cost of manufacture…
And to wear one was to be a legacy of the person whose name you wear…
That every day, you did one kind thing, one good thing in their name so that they might live forever?

Just a thought tossed out in the wind.

Kia

April 20, 2007, 12:51pm • • #33352

As a teacher of seniors in high school, as a parent of a 16 year old, as an American, I am shocked and saddened.  May God grant all of you strength and peace as you grieve.  You are not alone and your loved ones will not be forgotten.

April 20, 2007, 12:51pm • Versailles, Indiana • #33353

it was a shock to all the world, i couldnt imagine such thing , how can some one at least imagine doing such thing i cant think horror movies would even think of doing this, form the day i heard about it i coundnt go to school stayed crying all day long. when ever i hear about it from some one i start crying again .... i offer my condolences to all family and friends of the people who may rest in peace these im really sorry , i am an american living in palestine i would love to help in doing any thing , i really wish this tragedy never happens again ....

April 20, 2007, 12:51pm • palestine • #33354

All of you are in my thoughts and prayers through this time of mourning. May God bless you.

With Love,
Erica Matthews

April 20, 2007, 12:51pm • NC • #33355