Condolences, April 20, 2007

To all those affected by this tragedy,
My heart goes out to your lose. As a parent of two college students, I cannot imagine the pain you feel, nor would I want to. As a former student at VT I cannot imagine the horror you saw and felt that monday morning, nor would I want to. I am 30 years removed from this peaceful community. To think that I once lived where such a terrible thing happened. To think that I was once taught and learned where such a terrible thing happened. I could never, ever understand why these things happen. Pointless. Senseless.I have no magic words to lessen the pain. No magic words to dry the tears.But I will always remember that monday morning. And I will always carry a piece of that sorrow with me.

R.T.

April 20, 2007, 1:22pm • Chantilly, Va • #33608

I was very sad to hear about what happened on Monday.  Also very scared.  Many of the people I graduated from high school with go to Tech.  All the victims and the entire Tech family are in my thoughts and prayers.  We will make it through.

Lindsay Newhouse

April 20, 2007, 1:22pm • Yorktown, VA • #33609

To the Families,
My heart is breaking for each of you.  I wish I could tell you face to face how terribly sorry I and my family are for each of you.  You are in our prayers, hearts and thoughts.  Our Catholic Church, St. John Neumann’s in Reston, VA had a mass Wednesday night for you and your loved ones.  As a Catholic, I believe that all of God’s angels, all of the saints, Jesus, Mary and God himself are mourning and crying right along side with you.  God bless each one of you and may God bless and watch over every student, faculty member and staff at VA-Tech.
Roberta Metzner and family

April 20, 2007, 1:22pm • Oak Hill, VA USA • #33610

We will Remember. -Scott Ware

April 20, 2007, 1:22pm • Charlotte, NC • #33611

My thoughts and prayers are with all families and friends of the victims at Virginia Tech.  Stay strong.

April 20, 2007, 1:22pm • Greensboro, NC • #33612

My family and I wish to send our deepest condolences to the victims, survivors, and their families.  This continuing act of violence makes us realize how vulnerable each and everyone of us are on a daily basis.  May God bless you with peace and the ability to move forward.

Joy Stanley

April 20, 2007, 1:22pm • Rosedale, VA • #33613

My heartfelt sympathy to all students, staff, and faculty.  In unity is strength, and my hope is that you find strength in each other and some hope knowing how many people care about you now and have you in thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely,
Emma Deem
Academic Adviser
Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana

April 20, 2007, 1:22pm • New Orleans, Louisiana • #33614

Words cannot replace loved ones, they can’t heal the pain and grief you are going through, but they can let you know you are in the thoughts and prayers of people around the world.

The scenes from the vigil you held were moving beyond words. It reinforced the belief that the goodness in people will overcome any atrocity, no matter how malevolent, forced upon it.

The Students and Staff at Virginia Tech have shown amazing resolve and courage under the most dire circumstances. 

May Peace be with you all.

April 20, 2007, 1:22pm • United Kingdom • #33615

Each and every one of you will remain in my prayers and heart eternally.  May God give you the strength to deal with your losses ...
God Bless You Always ...

April 20, 2007, 1:22pm • Bedminster, New Jersey • #33616

You are all in my thoughts and prayers.  Gpod Bless!!  Most of all keep the hokie spirit going!!!

April 20, 2007, 1:22pm • Baltimore, Maryland • #33617

I pray over the psychological trauma this event has caused the Virginia Tech community and the victims families. For this to be something that is extremely hard to accept; may your process of healing begin.

Truly yours

Jewelz

April 20, 2007, 1:22pm • Union, New Jersey • #33618

Our family grieves with yours and our hearts are heavy in the wake of your tragic suffering and for the loss of so many that you loved.  We are praying for the families, the student body and the Virginia Tech community.  Our prayers are that you will all be stronger, one day at a time, and that your smiles will one day return blessed with the fond memories of those you have lost.  May God give you comfort and peace.

April 20, 2007, 1:22pm • Buffalo, New York • #33619

My condolences to all Hokies. I hope you will take comfort from these words at Revelation 21:3,4.

“With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

Member of the Class of ‘99

April 20, 2007, 1:22pm • Accomac, Virginia • #33620

I can only imagine… My heart goes out to the victims, their families, the survivors of this tragic event.  God Bless.

April 20, 2007, 1:23pm • Sterling, VA Loudoun County • #33621

I am a 50+ year graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, but these days I have felt like an alumnus of Virginia Tech---such has been the connection I have felt to the tragic event that has taken place there.  We stand with you.  We mourn with you.  We kneel with you.

Rev. John Winn
New Orleans, LA

April 20, 2007, 1:23pm • New Orleans, LA • #33622

My prayers are with everyone affected from the tragedy. I know VT is and will be remembered for greater things than this trying time. Please stay strong as myself and so many others are behind you for moving forward. God Bless

Jessica Swecker

April 20, 2007, 1:23pm • Newport News, VA • #33623

Thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. From someone who used to live in Virginia.

April 20, 2007, 1:23pm • united kingdom • #33624

here is a poem to help bring comfort during this trying time.

HELLO FROM HEAVEN

as i sit today and think of your life and love
i am reminded of the many mountains you helped me move.
you left this world in a hurry
but i know there is no need to worry,
for you are in a far better place
because you had won this long and trying race.
when i see the beauty of a child’s smile
i know we’ll only be apart a little while.
when i see a gleam in another’s eye
i know it is a glimpse of you passing by.
in the moonlight of winter when i see the glistening snow
i know from heaven you are saying hello.
in the stillness and quietness of the night
i can hear you gently whisper “don’t worry,i am alright.”
when i see the twinkle of the brightest star
i know that from me you are not far.
when in spring i see the green,green grass
i know my sorrow for you will pass.
when i smell the sweetness of a rose
i can hear your words of wisdom that in my spirit flows.
when on my face i feel the coolness of the rain
i know that for you there is no more pain.

Linda Terry

April 20, 2007, 1:23pm • Ridgeway,SC • #33625

I promise that your loss will bring the VT community together in a way that will astonish you.  I have also had the unfortunate experience of losing a college friend. Share your wonderful memories often, and your friends will continue to live forever.  I have faith that all of you will support one another through this extrememly difficult time, and although you may not be able to see beyond tragedy now, good things will reveal themselves in time.

Peace and love to you all!

April 20, 2007, 1:23pm • Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois • #33626

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you, but especially for the victims and their families. As parents who lost a child long ago, we really feel for you and know what a difficult road you will have to travel. We will hold in our hearts the dead, the wounded and the whole VT community.
We are in awe of the VT students and staff, your eloquence, ability to share yourselves to the world, and most of all, your determination to work together to heal.
L&K

April 20, 2007, 1:23pm • Washington, DC • #33627

Hearing…
Disbelieving…
Watching…
Crying…
Praying…
Remembering…
Rallying…
Carrying on…

Always Remembering…

April 20, 2007, 1:23pm • Wise, Virginia • #33628

Hokies,

On behalf of my family, I wish you all of the strength and support you need in your time of grief.  Despite the horror of the events that happened on your campus, have faith that each and every one of you will overcome these hard times.  Always remember that you are a part of one of the finest universities in the world and there are family members, friends, and alumni everywhere who support you and care about you.  Stay strong and continue the tradition of being a Hokie...for yourselves and the remainder of your time at Tech and for the generations of Hokies to come.  My brother graduated from Tech last year, and in honor of Hokie Hope day and all of you, I proudly wear the VT hat that he bought for me.

April 20, 2007, 1:23pm • Orange County, California • #33629

MY CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO ALL OF THE VICTIMS FAMILIES.MY TOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL OF THE STUDENTS AND STAFF AT VT.THIS IS SUCH A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY. MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN A VT FOOTBALL FAN FOR SOME YEARS NOW AND WE ARE TERRIBLY UPSET ABOUT THIS. EVERYONE WILL BE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR A LONG TIME.
SINCERLY,
PATTY G

April 20, 2007, 1:24pm • PHILA,PA • #33630

My fellow Hokies,
All week I have been approached by others asking me if I am okay.  They are asking me this because I am an alumnus.  From all the support, you would think that someone in my family pasted away.  Then I started to think about it and I did lose over 30 family members April 16th.  God bless the Hokies and lets continue to show the world how big and strong our family is.

Robert N.
VT ‘03

April 20, 2007, 1:24pm • Richmond, VA • #33631

As both a current Ph.D. student and a future university professor I empathize with you all after the tragic events that occurred on April 16.  The courage you have shown has been very inspirational.  I want to you know that you do not stand alone.  Here at Clemson, as well as other universities across the nation and across the world we stand with you in solidarity.  Your losses will never be forgotten.

April 20, 2007, 1:24pm • Clemson, South Carolina • #33632

To the amazing Hokie Community, please know that you are in our hearts now and always. We know that our pain and tears are only a small reflection of the grief you feel, but know, too that your incredible courage and spirit have been the finest testament to the strength of character that has been your gift to us.  You cannot begin to know how your beautiful spirit and grace has inspired us all.  We are all Hokies today, and we love you.

April 20, 2007, 1:24pm • Haynesville, LA • #33633

As parents of a sophmore at Virginia Tech, we want to express our deepest sympathy to the famalies of the precious lives that were lost Monday.  Our prayers will continue for all of you, and the student body and facility at Tech, forever! Mark and Gretta Doering

April 20, 2007, 1:24pm • Winchester, Virginia • #33634

You are not alone.  The nation shares your grief and sorrow.  I attend a local community college and your colors are everywhere.  God Bless

April 20, 2007, 1:24pm • Scotrun, Pa. • #33635

God Bless.  RM

April 20, 2007, 1:24pm • Scotland, UK • #33636

my heart warm prayers go out to you in the midst of the tragedy that you have suffered this past week our church is praying for you all and may the Lord bring peace and healing over the loss of a loved one ,friend ,and teacher may the Lord watch over you all and as you start up College classes on April 23,2007 may the Lord protect you with angels around the campuses and from class to class in the name of Jesus amen
pastor joann Flanigan

April 20, 2007, 1:24pm • lacona new york 13083 • #33637

Just as the state of Virginia has come together, so has the nation, as a whole. Please know that we all mourn with all of the friends and families of everyone affected by this tragic event. You all are in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers.

With my deepest sympathy,
Karen Deimeke

April 20, 2007, 1:24pm • St. Charles, Missouri • #33638

I just want to say that my family and me give our condolences to all of you and your families. This is a tragedy that hit a lot of people and we will continue to pray that something like this doesn’t happen again.

April 20, 2007, 1:24pm • puyallup, washington • #33639

I feel a great sadeness.  I don’t know anyone who was hurt or killed but I still feel sad.  Maybe it was the fact it was people my age who died or I know people who go to Virginia Tech.  But today I am wearing a Virginia Tech Tee shirt and proud of it.  I have not stop praying since this happen.  I hope every one is watching us from Heaven.

Katharine Bush, age 19

April 20, 2007, 1:24pm • Alexandria, Va • #33640

A Day we should all NEVER FORGET

A Day we should all learn something from.

A Day that chenged people’s lives forever

TRUST IN

LEAN ON

Your loved ones are with God in Heaven.

On the higher side of life.

My prayers are with you all

A

London

x

April 20, 2007, 1:24pm • London, uk • #33641

May we all be carried forward by the spirt of the 32.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families as they mourn and slowly beign to heal.  The strenght and unity of the Virgina Tech community will rise above this tradegy and define Virgina Tech for the world.  The spirit of the 32 will be with us always.  Ut Prosim.

Mark Moran
VT BSME, Class of ‘95

April 20, 2007, 1:24pm • Denver, Colorado • #33642

I am so, so sorry. I will be praying continuously for everyone directly affected at VT; as is everyone around the World. Ryder & I are wearing orange today in memory of the victims. Also, I plan on ordering a VT shirt in memory of the victims. Maybe you could have VT Tech shirts made with their names on the back. Proceeds could go to a scholarship, or something positive out of such a tragedy. God speed.

April 20, 2007, 1:24pm • Wayne City, Illinois USA • #33643

May god hold you in his hands while your hearts heal after this undescribable tragedy that has hit this country! Pain is pain, no matter what your skin color, religion, etc… be a friend to all, as we all must heal!!

God Bless!!
Patti Stevens

April 20, 2007, 1:25pm • Buffalo Minnesota • #33644

My family’s thoughts and prayers are w/ all the families.  God Bless.

Comer Family

April 20, 2007, 1:25pm • Bristol, VA • #33645

Se el dolor que produce una pérdida de esa manera. Envio mis sinceras condolencias a todos ustedes.
Margarita Ramírez

April 20, 2007, 1:25pm • México, D.F. • #33646

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims. Please know that you are not alone and the entire world is with each and everyone of you. God bless.

April 20, 2007, 1:25pm • Partlow, Va • #33647

Dear Virgina Tech Students and Staff,

I am sorry for you loss.  I am praying for you. You are in my thoughts.  Hope you can get through this and your lives return to normal when you return to school monday.

theresa Anders

April 20, 2007, 1:25pm • Lancaster, Ohio • #33648

My family is praying for everyone affected by this tragedy.  We trust God’s glory will shine through this dark time.  Our love goes out to you and know that peace will come.

In Christ,
Tiffany Griggs

April 20, 2007, 1:25pm • Concord, North Carolina • #33649

My thoughts and prayers are with all those who were affected by this horrible tragedy.  May God be with you in your time of sorrow.

April 20, 2007, 1:25pm • Staunton, VA • #33650

I am a student at the University of Mississippi. Please know that my heart goes out to each of you on campus and that I am praying for you all. Through God’s amazing grace, VT will prevail!!

April 20, 2007, 1:26pm • Amory, MS • #33651

God bless the victims,and famely’s

April 20, 2007, 1:26pm • Idskenhuizen (Amsterdam holland) • #33652

I just wanted to say that the students at Virginia University have should incredible strength. What an incredible family you have..
Best wishes to all involved.

April 20, 2007, 1:26pm • Battle Creek, Michigan, 49015 • #33653

God be with the victims’ families, with the staff and student body of Va Tech.
We pray for you all.

April 20, 2007, 1:26pm • Fairfax, VA • #33654

Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty at Virginia Tech and the victims families.
God bless all of you.

The officers and members of the;
Athens Township Volunteer Fire Company

April 20, 2007, 1:26pm • Athens Township Pennsylvania • #33655

We offer our sympathy and support to all of those who have passed away and for those who have been injured ,as well as to their families. The students and faculty have sufferred so very much. Please know that people everywhere in the Washington,D.C. and surrounding areas of Virginia mourn your loss.

We are wearing your school colors today to show our support. May God be with you all.

Dr. James Ditaranto and staff
ASHBURN MEDICAL CENTER
ASHBURN, VA

April 20, 2007, 1:26pm • ASHBURN, VA • #33656

Just a note from the Uk to say how much of a shock it was to see the events on April 16th.
i wish to send my deepest sympathies to all the families and friends of those who died. we are still in shock over here and just can not understand WHY!.
These guys were just preparing for their futures which were so savagely taken away.
Please try to remember the best times with your loved ones so that you can get through this.

lots of love and peace from Jaz

United Kingdom

April 20, 2007, 1:26pm • • #33657