Condolences, April 20, 2007

my condolences, thoughts and prayers goes to virginia tech students, professors and family members that lost thier love ones mothers sisters daughters etc…

April 20, 2007, 1:16pm • drexel hill Pa united states • #33557

Please know the world weeps with you in your time of loss.  Our hearts ache for the loss of so many innocent lives.  May God Bless you all.  Lori

April 20, 2007, 1:16pm • Harrogate, England • #33558

I am a proud Hokie and have never been more proud to be a Hokie then I am right now.  The way the students, staff, and loved ones of the fallen are handling themselves in the media and in general is something to be commended.  The “Let’s Go Hokies” cheer at the end of a sad day was something that shows the world...We will never forget, but we will move on and be stronger.

April 20, 2007, 1:16pm • Bluffton, South Carolina • #33559

I am a VCU Grad.  I know it has been said before but, I would like to express my thoughts and prayers to all VT Students, faculty, and families of the victims.

The one thing that should happen to the families who had a son or daughter die on campus is to zero all debt owed to the school.  I hope someone sees this opinion and acts on it.  I know the good people of VT can make it happen.

April 20, 2007, 1:16pm • Richmond, Virginia • #33560

My heart is with all of you. Keep taking care of each other, and stay strong. I will continue to pray for you. God bless you all!

April 20, 2007, 1:16pm • loganville, Georgia • #33561

R.I.P.

Jae

April 20, 2007, 1:17pm • Newport nes va • #33562

We sorry a lot of all the victims. God stay with all of you. And remember that God is our support, faith and omfort.
God Bless all of You.

April 20, 2007, 1:17pm • Puerto Rico • #33563

Virginia Tech,

My sincere condolences to you AND the deceased student/faculty families. I was deeply saddened by this senseless tragedy that you have endured. I wish I had the power to move back the clock and change the course of history. I have deep rage for the cause. I share your loss and grief.

God works in mysterious ways. However, I know this is tough to remember at this time. Hopefully, you will let time heal because you nor I can change anything. Pray for healing. Remember the fallen and the good times you had with them.

God Bless you all!

Mark Phelps

April 20, 2007, 1:17pm • Plano, TX • #33564

To the staff, teachers, students of VT and the parents, friends and loved ones of those that have been placed in Gods loving arms on April 16th, we send our condolences, love, thoughts and prayers.  To the studends and staff that have been hospitalized from this tragidy, we send our love and prayers for your recovery.  Words cannot replace the loved ones that you have lost so tragically, but knowing that each and every one of you are loved and being prayed for will help you in your healing process.  May God hold each and every one of you in his loving arms and pick you up when you are feeling down. 

We love you and cherish each of you.

Much love and many, many prayers from Texas.

May God Bless each and every one of you.
The Hastings/Breaux families

April 20, 2007, 1:17pm • Katy, Texas, USA • #33565

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

April 20, 2007, 1:17pm • Pulaski, TN • #33566

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of those precious young people on the verge of their goal oriented lives.  And the professor who survived the holocast is such a great loss.  Keep in mind the whole world is praying for you, and will continue to do so for many many months to come.  May you find comfort in each other and remember better days.

April 20, 2007, 1:17pm • Green Valley, AZ • #33567

Dear Parents of Victims, Friends, students and Professors..... I have been watching this horrible drama unfold and I can only begin to imagine what you may feel.  I will keep you all in my prayers and would like all of you to remember that there are so many good people in this world who are with you at this moment.  May God bless you and help you in healing.

Ann P.  - English Teacher

April 20, 2007, 1:17pm • Carrara, Italy • #33568

I really believe in the sediment “HOKIE 4 LIFE”.  I am deeply affected by what happened there even though I’ve been away from my hometown and my school for 13 years.  It will always be home for me and my family and I know that it will be great again.  Hokies are strong.

April 20, 2007, 1:17pm • Jen in Baltimore • #33569

My heart goes out to each and every person that has been destroyed by this tragedy,,,things like this shows us how we should reach out and be closer to not only to our family but also to those who are around us ever day.....not only because they are your friend but also to the ones that every one thinks their to good to talk to because they dont have what they do ......

April 20, 2007, 1:18pm • bruno west virginia • #33571

Dear VT community . My prayers are with you and the victims famalies during this trying time . I am a Maryland Terrapin fan and had reason to be on your campus several years ago . Though the Hokies destroyed Maryland that day in a football game the entire community made me feel very welcome despite my Maryland colors . I was impressed with the civilty of all the VT community and I am saddened by theses events . God Bless you all .

April 20, 2007, 1:18pm • Ron , Mt Airy Maryland • #33572

My friends, family as well as myself send our condolences and deepest sympathies to all the families and friends whose lives have been forever changed due to this tragedy. We hope that all those who passed rest in peace and know they will forever be in all of our hearts.

With Love Anthony....

April 20, 2007, 1:18pm • New York, USA • #33573

Dear faculty and students of Virginia Tech. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Such wonderful people are gone from this earth. It is scarcely too much to grasp.

We send our heartfelt sympathy and prayers.

Sincerely,
Hiland High School German students

April 20, 2007, 1:18pm • Berlin, Ohio • #33574

As a native of Blacksburg, VA and a graduate of Virginia Tech (Class of 97 and 99), I send out my condolences, thoughts and prayers to all those who have lost love ones, who are attending currently and all alumni. We will prevail from this tragedy. Remember the Hokie Spirit and support all those affected that may be close to you.

I want to say a special thank you to the president of the Denver Alumni Chapter for providing a gathering place at the Bethany Luthern Church. I would encourgae all alumni to get involved with their local chapter.

April Johnson-Webster

April 20, 2007, 1:18pm • Denver, CO • #33575

I HAD TO GO AWAY
by
Kimberly Ann Kerek
Sorrento, La.
I had to go away.
I’m sorry you couldn’t come with me.
But on earth is where you shall stay.
Please do not be sad.
Instead laugh and be glad.
I’m in a beautiful place, such a beautiful place.
I know you wont see me for a while.
But you will hear from me.
I will be the wind that will chill you on a hot summer day.
I will be the sun that will warm you when it’s cold.
Listen to the birds sing, I will be saying “I love you” in their song.
I know you can’t touch me.
But you will feel me.
Because I will be inside of you giving you life on the days you feel like you can’t go on anymore.
Please I beg of you, go on, live your life as I lived mine.
Always remember we will be together again.
I will be patiently waiting for you on that day.
When you will join me in this beautiful place.
Until then may God bless you with his almighty grace.
________________________________________

April 20, 2007, 1:18pm • SORRENTO,LA • #33576

I pray for the friends,family and victims who were placed into this unthinkable act of crime.Just keep the faith that love prevails.Hugs out to you all. Deidra

April 20, 2007, 1:18pm • Dade City, Florida • #33577

I would like to say how deeply sorry for the families and freinds who lost loved ones in this tragedy. This year, I lost a very close friend, whom I loved and cared for deeply so I realize that my words cannot take away the pain as other’s words have not taken away my pain. One thing that I can say however, is grieve. Grieve in your own way and grieve in your own time - but GRIEVE. That is important. With time the hurt and inescapable feelings of utter loss will subside, but will never go away - and that is okay. Many people will wonder when you will get over it - I don’t believe that anyone “gets over” losing a loved one and I do not believe that we should have to. I do believe however, that we must keep the memories of those we love alive by remembering all the wonderful things that they did to make us smile, to make us laugh and even to make us shake our heads in wonder. I took time off, I took time out and I grieved. I just wanted to share that with you so that you know that many are going through similar experiences and you may find comfort in reaching out to them. Also, my family who live in Freetown, Sierra Leone are keeping you in their prayers.
Fredanna

April 20, 2007, 1:18pm • Carbondale, Illinois • #33578

Such a tragic event is heart-breaking and I’m struggling to come to terms with it. I cannot stop tears running down my cheeks as I behold the beautiful, courageous, loving and happy faces of those precious lives taken away.

I mourn with bereaved families, with Virginia Tech community and all those around the world saddened by that unimaginable evil. April 16 also marks a dark day in my life, but let’s know that what we seem not to understand while on this side of Heaven, farther along we’ll understand.

All Rwandans mourn with you.

Cheer up my brothers, cheer up my sisters and know that God loves you and that Jesus saves!

William Mudahemuka
Dundee, UK

April 20, 2007, 1:19pm • Dundee/ United Kingdom • #33579

stay strong and god bless!!!

April 20, 2007, 1:19pm • akron,oh 44314 • #33580

I hope VT’s healing is speedy, your community united, and your sorrow lifted in time. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Orange and maroon forever!

April 20, 2007, 1:19pm • White Bear Lake, MN • #33581

To the entire Virginia Tech community you are in my thoughts and prayers as you deal with this horrible tradgedy.  Today and forever more we will all be Hokies.

April 20, 2007, 1:19pm • Salisbury, Maryland, United States • #33582

To all of you,
My family prays for you so that you may continue to live with faith and hope for life. That your hurt will be eased by time. That you will go on to follow your dreams and make the world a better place. I am a mother of two first graders, I know tradgedy can happen anywhere or any time.I want them to be educated by teachers and in schools, because teachers can offer more than what I can. So I will let them go and I hold on to faith to carry them safely where ever they go, especially to school.
Take care and know the world is thinking of you all.
Ruby Gross

April 20, 2007, 1:19pm • Evansville Indiana USA • #33583

During these very dark, troubling times, one must hold on to faith, strength and the belief that you’re not alone. The world is mourning with you.
May each step you take, lead you to a brighter tomorrow and a lighter heart!
God Bless each and everyone of you,
Rose and family

April 20, 2007, 1:19pm • Toronto, Ontario, Canada • #33584

The Hokie Nation is minus 32. Our Hokie Family will always miss and never forget the victims of 4/16.

I can think of nothing defined as “good” to come out of this tragedy.  If there is one drop of solace to be found in our ocean of sorrow it is the Hokie Spirit-as strong in our collective sadness as it is jubilant in our collective triumphs.

As media, boards and commissions dissect this event, it is up to The Hokie Nation to ensure that the victims, our Hokie sisters and brothers, remain cherished and remembered throughout.

My thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family of the students and faculty lost.

John Willcox

April 20, 2007, 1:19pm • Virginia Beach • #33585

My daughter and I keep all of you in our prayers each day. You will not be forgotten…

Cheryl

April 20, 2007, 1:19pm • Sterling, VA USA • #33586

Today my co-workers (who are not Tech grads) are wearing whatever orange and maroon clothing they could find in their closets.  Some even dressed their children in Tech’s honor.  We are all praying for our Hokies today and will continue to do do so.

April 20, 2007, 1:19pm • Baltimore, Maryland • #33587

I just wanted to say something...anything because the depth of the darkness that the university has been through cannot be measured.

Yet the light that was hidden is beginning to re-emerge, and the friendships and goodwill have only begun to show the strength of the good people at Va. Tech.

Daily I have been reminded of how many good people that there are in the world when I see the reports about the sacrifices and heroism of the day; when I see friends on TV talking about how they rent videos for their friends who are still recoverying.

Va. Tech will recover, it will be stronger, and the survivors will go on to live lives that will show the world that good can come out of evil.

My thoughts and prayers are with those still mourning their losses. My God assuage your grief.

Peace and love from Texas

April 20, 2007, 1:19pm • San Antonio, TX • #33588

Condolences from Brazil.
We’ve known about this terrible tragedy and we want to send some hope and love for the families, students and all North Americans.
Peace!

April 20, 2007, 1:19pm • MaceiĆ³, Alagoas, BRAZIL • #33589

Not much can be said to console or heal at this time.
Time heals everything, so the saying goes but it will take just that. TIME
The nation and the world share in your loss.
The Hokies will prevail.

April 20, 2007, 1:19pm • Hendersonville, Tn. 37075 • #33590

I hope you all find the strength and courage to continue your educations at VA Tech. I really can’t express how deeply this all has affected me. And I can’t even begin to understand how it has affected all of you. Just know we are all(i.e.-the nation and the world) thinking of you guys and those who have fallen. CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATIONS!!!!!!!! If you stop because of this then you have let HIM(I refuse to even use his name!) win! And that is something that, as Americans and ESPECIALLY HOKIES, cannot be allowed. I may not know you all, but know you are ALL in our thoughts and prayers!!!!!!!!!!!! WE LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!!! HANG IN THERE!!!!!!!! IT’S WHAT HOKIES DO!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 20, 2007, 1:20pm • Martinsville, VA • #33591

My heartfelt condolences go out to all the students, faculty, alumni, and families effected by this terrible tragedy.  Virginia Tech is a resiliant family and will continue to Invent the Future.

God Bless You All.

April 20, 2007, 1:20pm • Norfolk, Virginia, USA • #33592

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families as well as the Virginia Tech community.  I know one thing for sure, anyone I have ever known who atteneded VA Tech continues to show their passion for that school. It appears to have a wonderful sense of school spirit and community. May the healing process begin and God bless you all.

April 20, 2007, 1:20pm • Fairfax, VA • #33593

I was at the University of Iowa on Nov. 1, 1991 when a similar event happened there so I can relate to the emotions that those at VT are feeling.  I wish the members of the community at VT and around the world the best in dealing with this tragedy.

April 20, 2007, 1:21pm • Ithaca, NY • #33594

The thoughts and prayers of the world are with the families of the victims and everyone associated with Virigina Tech. Even after a tragedy of this magnitude occurs, we must remain confident that this is still the greatest nation on Earth.  While we grieve, we still hold our heads high.

Let’s go Hokies!

April 20, 2007, 1:21pm • Winston-Salem, NC • #33595

VT Family:

My thoughts and prayers are with you as I wear Maroon and White today.  I will continue to pray for healing and peace for all affected by this event. 

-Ramona Curtis

April 20, 2007, 1:21pm • Waco, Texas • #33596

To all of the Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, alumni, and fans I want to extend my deepest regards and sympathy to you as you try to comprehend this horrific tragedy.  Just know that the rest of the nation and world is mourning with you and praying for you.  I am also extending special prayers to the families and friends of those who lost their lives.  They were all heros.  From the land of the Bayou Bengals,Geaux Hokies!

God Bless,
Shannon Scott Rider

April 20, 2007, 1:21pm • Monroe, LA • #33597

A Poem Dedicated to all the students at Virginia Tech:

THAT DAY
April 16, 2007
A Day to Never be Forgotten…
by Amy E. Ferris


When you awoke that Monday morning
You thought a normal way
Little did you know how your life would change
A little later on that day.....

A campus filled with tears
Everything in disarray
How could it happen here you asked
How could things go wrong that day......

We were all watching with you that morning
As your hearts filled with dismay
None of us believed
What had happened that day.....

32 remarkable lives
All now gone astray
It’s amazing what they would have been
If it wasnt for that day......

Many families lost loved ones
Many friends were taken away
Oh God can you please tell us
How to move past that day.....

Many things bound you together
As you stood there and prayed
Most of all you were HOKIES and
That was enough to make u stand tall & proud
together on that day.....

We all felt your pain and
We just wanted to say
We all proudly became HOKIES
If only for that day.....

April 20, 2007, 1:21pm • Roanoke, Virginia 24012 • #33598

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of sadness. Having a son of 24 ourselves I know the heartbreak and grief that all the parents,families and friends must be going through. 
God Rest their Souls and may they Rest in Peace, Amen.

April 20, 2007, 1:21pm • England • #33599

I am truly sorrow for the loss of life at Virginia Tech.  There are no words to express my sadness everytime I see and family member on TV that has lost someone.  I personally am praying for all the families of those that died and those that were injured during this horrific crime. My prayers are with all of staff, students and families.  God Bless you all!

April 20, 2007, 1:21pm • Charlotte, NC • #33600

I am angry and hurt that such a thing has happened to these students, staff, parents and our nation.  When first reading this on the web earlier in the week, it did not seem real. The ripple from this devastation will be felt for many years to come.  I know that many people are affected by this tragedy, but to you parents who must now face the hardest thing in life you will ever face, peace be with you.  As a parent who has had to watch a child go before their time, please remember that you must go on for the others in your life.  You will want to give up, but please do not give up your faith in God.  Love, Faith and Healing sent to all of you.........

April 20, 2007, 1:21pm • Crawfordville, Florida • #33601

The OBX Hokie Club would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families, the students and faculty, and to the Hokie Nation. We ARE Virginia Tech and the spirit will survive.

Don and Carol Davis

April 20, 2007, 1:21pm • Kitty Hawk, NC • #33602

Our prayers are with all those who were victims and their families of this terrible, terrible tradgedy. We certainly can’t understand how one individual could be so lost and no one was able to help him.  We ask God to give all these families, your university community, the town of Blacksburg, and our nation a healing that such a tradgedy would never happen again.  God bless each and every one of you.  Kay & Dave

April 20, 2007, 1:21pm • Harrisville, PA • #33603

My heart goes out to all the victims’ familiies and the entire Virginia Tech Community.  Remember to keep the faith, put all your trust in the Lord and He will sustain you throughout this sorrowful time. My prayer is that you will find the strength to forgive just as the Lord our God has also forgiven us, and that your precious memories of your loved ones will forever comfort you and give you peace.

May the Lord bless and keep you in His tender loving care,

Deborah Sims Winstead
simswinstead@yahoo.com

April 20, 2007, 1:21pm • Norristown, Pennsylvania • #33604

Dear VT Students and families,
My prayers and thoughts are with each and everyone of you today.  I am a college student and a parent of a college student, I share your pain in many ways.  May the lord comfort and be with you as you go through the stages of grief.  God bless each and everyone of you!

April 20, 2007, 1:22pm • Blue Hill Nebraska • #33605

I want you to know I am praying for your friends and family.

I am deeply saddened by what has happened, and do not know how I would be able to handle a tragedy such as this, if it had happened at my university.

I am also sorry to hear that the Westboro Baptist Church is protesting the funerals; I feel that their presence is an atrocity to what has occurred.

Again, I am sorry for the losses of such promising young people (my peers). If you need someone to talk to, you can message me on facebook (Brandon Baker, Kentucky ‘09).

April 20, 2007, 1:22pm • Lexington, KY • #33606

I’m grieving like so many others.  I’d like to share my condolences for the departed and well wishes for the survivors.  While I can not know the devastation of your pain, know that so many people share your pain, no matter time or distance.

I’ve always considered myself a Hokie, as I spent 3 years of my life there before joining our Armed Forces.  I am now established in the business world, but this incident has given me a new goal.  I will become an official Hokie alumnus in my lifetime.

Scott, Class of…

April 20, 2007, 1:22pm • Ashtabula, OH • #33607