Condolences, April 20, 2007

Dear Hokie’s,

I am one of countless number of people who felt our hearts ripped from our bodies watching this horrible tragedy unfold. Words alone cannot explain the pain I feel for all the Virginia Tech Community but especially for the students and faculty who were directly affected by this. In the past few days I have been amazed as to the strength I feel coming from all of you. The healing process will take along time but I am confident that it will happen. I will continue to pray for all of you.

God Bless all of you,

Mark Kreucher & Family

April 20, 2007, 1:04pm • Homewood, IL. • #33457

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims involved. We pray that God gives you the strenght and will you need during this time of sorrow. You are not alone, the world mourns with you!
May God Bless you!

April 20, 2007, 1:04pm • The Whelans- Fredericksburg, VA • #33458

God Bless you all!  You are in our thoughts, prayers and our hearts.  Your Hokie pride and school spirit and your love of your school and each other, along with God...will carry you through.  You will prevail!

April 20, 2007, 1:04pm • Kannapolis, NC • #33459

The City of Monroe, WA, a city approximately 25 miles northeast of Seattle had a minute of prayer and reflection to honor those lost during Monday’s tragedy.  My sister, Julie Galloway-Walter, is an alumni of VT and shared the information about your spirit day.  All employees are wearing VT pendants today to support the VT community as you morn the loss of loved ones, friends, teachers, colleagues, and community members.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sincerely,
Kate Galloway-Tourtellot

April 20, 2007, 1:04pm • Monroe, WA • #33460

Today is 8 years since the Columbine tragedy, and we mourn for that, as well as for the tragedy that has happened this week. Prayers are always with you.

Today, I wear my home-made t-shirt to my small Texas highschool and remember those in pain.

April 20, 2007, 1:05pm • Texas • #33461

All are in prayers; I cannot fathom the sorrow and heartbreak of this; As a parent of a child who I almost lost several years ago; My wish is that you all continue on because you have strength from all of us; GO HOKIES!

April 20, 2007, 1:05pm • dAYTON, HIO • #33462

My heart goes out to all who have been touched by these recent events.  I have children in college and cannot imagine what you are feeling.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 20, 2007, 1:05pm • Yarmouth, MA • #33463

In late ‘70s I visited CAUS as I considered a possible Professorial position move.  Although my decision tok me elsewhere, I was deeply impressed with the spirit and quality of CAUS and the VT family of faculty and students.

When I followed the Tradegy it brought back all the respect and warm feelings I experienced.  Those that were lost to humanity would no doubt want you all to continue the mission of your university in all ways.  My sincere empathy and respect is with you.

Sidney D. Stotesbury, PhD (Retired Professor of Architecture, KSU)

April 20, 2007, 1:05pm • Hattiesburg, MS 39401 • #33464

To the entire Virginia Tech community;

For the last week all I have wanted to do is find some way to comfort you in your time of unimaginable grief.  And for the last week I could not think of anything that could even begin to help.  You all have been in my prayers.

I’m afraid I have never had the honor of visiting your campus, but the tragic events this week hit very close to my heart.

When I heard Nikki Giovanni’s poem at the convocation, and especially when I heard you all erupt together with a round of “Let’s go Hokies!”, I again thought back to the strength I gained from my college family following the September 11th attacks.

Families come together to support each other in times of great sorrow.  Just as the Virginia Tech family bands together, I think I speak for the entire Purdue family when I say you are not alone, we grieve with you.

Please remember that you are not alone as you struggle to begin to heal the scars Monday’s events caused you.  Perhaps our two teams may soon meet on the football field or the basketball court and I will finally have a chance to meet some of you.

Kathleen A.
Purdue Boilermaker, and Hokie in spirit.

April 20, 2007, 1:05pm • Cedar Rapids, IA • #33465

Europe is with you and thinks about all of you, be strong!
Love from Berlin -
Julien

April 20, 2007, 1:05pm • Germany • #33466

The images will be part of us forever.  The Hokie Nation will continue to be great.  Virginia Tech will continue to produce strong, intellegent, accomplished members of society.  May God bless the Hokies now and forever.

April 20, 2007, 1:05pm • Winchester, Virginia • #33467

Dr. Loganathan, you will be dearly missed. You have been an inspiration to me and my family as you have been my professor and my uncle’s professor some 15+ years ago. I have never learned so much in one class as I did in you measurements class. Although it was tough and early, your bright personality that you brought to class every morning made the class interesting and bearable. My condolences go out to your dearest friends, family, and students. The invaluable information that you taught me will never be forgotten. Thank you, for everything you have done for us students.

April 20, 2007, 1:05pm • Blacksburg, VA • #33468

No person is ever truly alone.
Those who live no more,
Whom we loved,
Echo still within our thoughts,
Our words, our hearts.
And what they did
And who they were
Becomes a part of all that we are,
Forever. -Richard Fife-

Our thoughts and prayers are with your during your time of need.
Sincerely,
Gina Houlemard and Greg Epperson

April 20, 2007, 1:05pm • Burbank, California • #33469

GodBlessVT!!! 
Continue to pray for us. That may bring some peace.

April 20, 2007, 1:06pm • Christiansburg, VA • #33470

I work at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, TN in the Advising Center.  I was born and raised in Alexandria, Va.  I feel the Virginia blood in me flow proudly as I have watched with deep emotion the events of this past week.  I’m proud to be a Virginian and very, very proud of the students and faculty at
Virginia Tech.  You’ve shown yourselves with dugnity and honor through the greatest challenge most of you will ever endure.  God Bless you all and God smile down on Virginia Tech.  Cyndy Atteberry

April 20, 2007, 1:06pm • Gallatin, Tennessee 37066 • #33471

By deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the Virginia Tech Family. Although I am far away, it seems like that this horrible event has hit close to home. The post events that have taken place on the campus has been very heart warming.

Respectfully Submitted,
Jeff Hagan

April 20, 2007, 1:06pm • Owensboro, Kentucky • #33472

I wanted to wish everyone at VT the bestest of luck I am so sorry about what happened I wish more could be done but so may lifes have been taken there is nothing we can do about that but to keep praying and going on with are every day life when someone has a problem and needs help. HELP them.

with love
Stephanie Small
I am a 8th grader at woodrow willson middle

April 20, 2007, 1:06pm • Roanoke, VA • #33473

HEAVENLY FATHER, THANK YOU FOR SPARING THE LIVES OF THE VT FAMILY AND WELCOME INTO HEAVEN THE SOULS OF THE VT STUDENTS AND FACULTY MURDERED ON APRIL 16, 2007.  WE ASK THAT FORGIVENESS MAY ONE DAY ENTER THE HEARTS OF THE GRIEF STRICKEN VT COMMUNITY, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS ACROSS OUR GREAT NATION. WE PRAY FOR OUR NATION, WE ASK YOUR HELP AND GUIDANCE FOR OUR LEADERS THAT WE NEVER EXPERIENCE A TRAGEDY SUCH AS THIS EVER AGAIN.  SHOW MERCY ON THOSE LEFT HERE ON EARTH TO BEAR THIS HORRIBLE GRIEF.WE WILL NOT FORGET THEM. AMEN
LOU CREIGHTON, A MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER WHO SHED A TEAR FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR CHILDREN AND THEIR MENTORS.

April 20, 2007, 1:06pm • BEL AIR, MARYLAND • #33474

..I don’t believe in any religion, but in this tragedy I can’t help saying “God bless”. 

God bless you all and rest in peace.

And to all the victim’s families,
I am deeply sorry and sadden by your losses.

Nuri

April 20, 2007, 1:06pm • Pa-ju city, South Korea • #33475

With my sincerely condolences to all victems in this tragedy. I hope you can get better from the time being and please let all unhappy things goes, all people are support in the world! Your Truly, Patrick, wishes from Macau SAR, China.

April 20, 2007, 1:06pm • Macau SAR, China • #33476

My prayers go to the Victims families, friends and classmates. I pray that God watch over you and guide you and keep you strong day in and day out. To all the victims, May you rest in peace your job here on earth is now done. I love you all.

April 20, 2007, 1:06pm • Oneida, Tennessee • #33477

I cannot overemphasize the influence that VT had on me and my family growing up in a small rural town (Shawsville) in Virginia. My mother even met my father while he was a cadet in the corps at VPI. So, in a sense, I would not even be here without VT. I too chose to go to VT to study animal science. I spent 5 years there. VT then came back into our lives when we moved from Detroit, MI back to Virginia in 2001. I was looking for work and the first place I found it was back at VT. I taught English as a 2nd language in the cont. ed. dept. until my growing translation business made that impossible. I taught many of the wonderful foreign students at VT. My husband, Ingo, also attended Va. Tech before completing his master’s degree at Radford University.
Ingo and I want to offer all the families, friends, and others affected our deepest, most sincere condolences. Knowing the school as well as I do, I can say that while things will never be the same and we will never forget, the Hokies will come back from this stronger than ever!
Written by Sonya (Gardner) Gerisch (Class of 88) on behalf of Ingo Gerisch (former student from Germany), Randy Gardner (class of 62), Phyllis Morelli (Blacksburg native), and our entire family.

April 20, 2007, 1:07pm • Christiansburg, VA • #33478

No one except yourselves can understand how you feel.  You have lost loved ones in your life.  You might know that they can not come back in your life, but even though they are physically are gone their spirits will live on.  In your hearts and souls their legacy will live on forever.
I know what it is like to see a tragedy.  I was with an old friend of mine at a 7/11 Store when a drunk driver hit an SUV.  My friend was in front of me in the line at the cash register when it happened.  I saw a guy fly through the air and hit the ground. We went outside and we saw the drunk driver in the car, dead.  I pulled my friend away and walked him home.  I went to my friend’s house and found out that when he was two years old, his dad was driving them from somewhere and got killed by a drunk driver.  He was traumatized by the incident and was never the same.
People have their own bad experiences, but when stuff like this happens it is devastating to all who are involved and a lot of the time it is devastating to people who are not directly involved.  I just wanted you to know that there are people out there in the world who care about you at this sad time.
Sincerely,
Jordan Kelly Cambridge
Junior at Howenstine High Magnet School

April 20, 2007, 1:07pm • Tucson, Arizona • #33479

I was shocked to hear about the tragedy that has occured at Virginia Tech this week. I still cannot believe that something this awful has happened to such a remarkable university. It is horrible, words can’t describe the anger and sadness we all feel. The deaths seem so needless. All the families and friends of the victims will be in my prayers, and it is my hope that the students at Tech who experienced these events will pull together and create a stronger community. All the survivors need our support. I know the students will only grow stronger because of this, and that Hokie spirit will be kept alive. Goodness will prevail over evil.

We will never forget those who have passed away or the good they have brought into our lives. May they rest in peace.
God bless Virginia Tech!

~Christine B.
George Mason University

April 20, 2007, 1:07pm • Burke, Virginia • #33480

May it comfort you to know that all over this country we share the pain and shock of this horrific tragedy. My heartfelt condolences to all the Virginia Tech Community.

April 20, 2007, 1:07pm • Irvine, California • #33481

To the Hokie Nation,

Please know and feel the warmth of our prayers and wishes. With a heavy heart and tear soaked cheeks, we feel your grief even at a distance.

Through your strength and example of support and love you have let us all know what makes the Hokie heart so amazing. You are bruised but not broken.

You are in our hearts and prayers,
The faculty, staff and students of Frostproof Middle Senior High School in Frostproof Florida

April 20, 2007, 1:07pm • Frostproof, Florida • #33482

My thoughts and prayers go out to the survivors and to the family and friends of those lost in this brutal attack. I cannot begin to imagine your pain, but I keep you in my thoughts.

April 20, 2007, 1:07pm • Menomonie, WI • #33483

My heart goes out to you, all on your campus and your families. I pray for God’s grace and comfort in the weeks and months ahead… and for a divine touch! I am so sorry you ever had to experience such a senseless tragedy!!! GOD BLESS YOU!!! AnnMarie

April 20, 2007, 1:08pm • Atlanta, GA • #33484

Our prayers to all of the families for their deep loss and tragedy. Also, to those who were wounded.  Truly, this loss runs so deep and affects the entire country right to our core.  Truly, may some window be opened to affect change so these lives lost will never be forgotten and stand for turning a corner that brings help to the mentally ill and their families, schools, communities in getting them help. 

April 20, 2007, 1:08pm • Leesburg, VA • #33485

I cry with you all these innocent victims…
A sweet embrace… Chiara

April 20, 2007, 1:08pm • Bologna, Italy • #33486

My prayers go out to everyone at Virginia Tech and all those affected by this tragic ordeal. I hope that someday people will realize that hurting people in such a way is not the way to solve their problems. I proudly wore my orange and maroon to student teaching today and handed out ribbons to my eighth graders who were just as eager to show their support.

Via con Dios,
Nicole Koenig

April 20, 2007, 1:08pm • Cleveland, Ohio • #33487

God Bless all that have been affected by this tragedy.  Hokies will continue to be strong - Go Hokies Go!

The Elliott Family

Winchester, Virginia

April 20, 2007, 1:08pm • Winchester, Virginia • #33488

Rochester is praying for Virginia Tech, as is the rest of the nation and world.  Peace be with you all.

April 20, 2007, 1:08pm • Rochester, NY • #33489

As a Hokie who has graduated and is no longer in Blacksburg, I hope that you all know how much I am thinking of you.  I have never been more proud to be a part of the Hokie nation.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

April 20, 2007, 1:09pm • Charleston, SC • #33490

today, i honor your school and specifically a fellow sorority sister, caitlin hammaren. my prayers are with you all.

April 20, 2007, 1:09pm • st. louis, missouri • #33491

To all at VT,
As parents of a current VT student, we are saddened at the loss you all have suffered. We are impressed with the courage & support you have shown each other. The entire world has seen that VT is truly a family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
The Beilman Family

April 20, 2007, 1:09pm • Port Jefferson Station, NY • #33492

Dear victims and their families,
My heart and prayers go out to each and everyone of you.  Words can not express the remorse I feel for you.  Stay strong, that’s what your family members that have passed would want.  I know it will be hard but try to think that now they are in a better and safer place and that you will be reunited once again in the most glorious places of all.  I pray that you find healing and peace in time.  God Bless

April 20, 2007, 1:09pm • Carlisle, Pa • #33493

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, students and staff of Virginia Tech. We are a Hokie Family and we know what a wonderful school Tech is. Tech will come back stronger than ever and the Hokie spirit will live on. God Bless you all

April 20, 2007, 1:09pm • Virginia Beach Va. • #33494

Please pass on my families condolences to the Hokie families.  Each of you will be in our thoughts and prayers

Mike, Keighley & Josh Zimmerman

April 20, 2007, 1:10pm • St Louis MO • #33495

Our thoughts are with the families, friends, students and staff at Virginia Tech and the surrounding community.

All Mountanineers will be praying for you.

April 20, 2007, 1:10pm • Fairmont, West Virginia • #33496

My heart and prayers go out those familes and affected by this tragic shooting. It is a very sad and tragic time. But things happen and life must go on.  Maybe it took this deadly massacare to occur for schools,parents, and students to keep their eyes wide open. Life is short, so live everyday like its your last.

April 20, 2007, 1:10pm • Dacula, georgia • #33497

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.  ~Alison Tugwell <><

April 20, 2007, 1:10pm • Monroe, Louisiana • #33498

Please accept our heartfelt condolences and prayers.  We think of you all at this horrible time.  As easy as it might be to do, please do not give into hate.  Stand by each other.

April 20, 2007, 1:10pm • Calgary, Canada • #33499

I was deeply saddened by the events of the week, but have been profoundly encouraged by the spirit with which you all have embraced and dealt with this tragedy.  Although the tragedy of this event is beyond measure, the faculty, students, and greater Virgina Tech community have come together and displayed a strength beyond measure.  I know of your spirit and that of the victims through only watching this story unfold in the media, but I hope that you will continue to celebrate the truly remarkable lives of those who were lost and carry their spirit and determination with you as you move forward.  My thoughts, prayers, and sympathies are with each and every one of you. 

Many blessings to all,

J. Stilley

April 20, 2007, 1:10pm • Loranger, LA • #33500

I am a Virginia native.  My thoughts and prayers are with the Hokies, as well as, my home state.  May the peace of the Lord be with you.

April 20, 2007, 1:10pm • North Carolina • #33501

My love and prayers go out to all the Virginia Tech students, faculty and staff as well as family members of the victims. In this time of great need we all must stay together and trust that God will heal our pain. May you all stay strong and know that the whole world is united with you all.
Berenice Hernandez

April 20, 2007, 1:10pm • Rialto, California • #33502

At times like this we are truly “One Nation Under God”.  As you mourn the horrific loss of friends and loved ones, the nation mourns besideyou.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

April 20, 2007, 1:11pm • Texas City, Texas • #33503

We are so sorry to hear of your loss.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families of the victims and the students and faculty. God Bless you all.

Michael and Laura

April 20, 2007, 1:11pm • Roanoke, TX • #33504

On behalf of my entire family...I would like to send my deepest sympathies to your college “family”..and all the families and friends of the fallen.  You are all in our thoughts and we pray that Jesus comfort you and be your guide through your difficult journey to carry on with your lives.  We are Florida Gators...but today...we will be HOKIES!
Sincerely, Jackie

April 20, 2007, 1:11pm • Bradenton, Florida • #33505

You are all in my prayers and thoughts.  May God be with each one of you.

April 20, 2007, 1:11pm • Crouse NC • #33506