Condolences, April 20, 2007

As a VA Tech Alumnus (1977), I watched the news and the video of this tragedy, and heard the students speak of their personal loss. I was heartbroken for them, and so impressed by their heart, and courage. I wish them continued courage, and have faith that they will be the ones to make this world better, because of their loss AND in spite of it.

April 20, 2007, 1:26pm • Seattle, WA • #33658

Hi,

I am from the Stockport, England. I would like to send out my condolences to all the families and friends involved with this tragedy.

April 20, 2007, 1:26pm • Stockport, England • #33659

A poem for you at VT.  God bless and many prayers.

It was a cold, cold Monday morning.
The snow was falling from the sky.

I was listening to your laughter,
And watching the light in your eyes.

You had so much life left to live
And so much love left to give.

But God had other plans for you now.
He took you home to be with him.

Where do we go from here now? How do I face the years?
Where do we go from here now? Now I have to learn to face my fears.

I look up at the stars and I wonder
If you are smiling down on me?

I feel the wind a blowing.
Are you standing in the breeze?

I see the eagles soaring above me
Are you flying high in the sky?

God couldn’t have received a better angel
Than the one you are tonight.

I can’t go on from here now.  I need you by my side.
I can’t go on from here now.  It hurts to be alive.

A friend walked up to me today.
He shared a memory with me.

It made me laugh so hard
That I had tears running from my eyes.

He reminded me of all the good times
And told me not to cry.

You may not be where we can see you
But you are always by our side.

I will go on from here now.  I will fight for my life.
I will go on from here now because you will always be in my life.

April 20, 2007, 1:26pm • Sanford, NC USA • #33660

My heart aches for all the families and friends who lost loved ones, for the ones healing in and out of the hospital, and for the students and faculty who each has to live with that sad day.
I really wish that the world would learn from the students and faculty of the university..the spirit, the love, and the strength that yall are showing..totally amazing..GO HOKIES GO..SHINE ON!!!!
Karen Housel

April 20, 2007, 1:26pm • York,Pennsylvania • #33661

Our prayers are with you during these difficult moments!

God less you all!

April 20, 2007, 1:26pm • Bahamas • #33662

To the victims - Even though I didn’t know any of you personally, I can say that we love you all and miss you deeply. Right now there are 32 hokies in heaven looking down on us. I only hope we can prevent such senseless acts from happening in the future. God bless all of the families and friends. We will never forget, and most of all the Hokie Nation will be stronger than ever.

WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH
Lindsey Little

April 20, 2007, 1:26pm • Blacksburg • #33663

I along with my staff at Selma Funeral Home, in Selma, AL wanted to send our deepest sympathies to the families that have been affected in a way that few can imagine. We send our prayers for God to sustain each of you during this difficult time.
As you pray, please remember the family that has and will suffer the most; the family of the shooter. Pray that they will also find strength in God.

Karl Jones

April 20, 2007, 1:26pm • Selma, Alabama • #33664

To everyone in the Virginia Tech community:
What has happened is absolutely mind boggling. Just know that even though we are miles/hours away that we are praying for you and everyone around you. Stay strong and continue to grow as a community. You are in our prayers.

April 20, 2007, 1:27pm • Abilene, KS • #33665

We at Godwin High School send our deepest sympathies and most sincere thoughts and prayers to all of the Virginia Tech community during this time of horrific loss and severest grief. We keep you in our hearts and hope that in time you will find peace in your hearts!

Catherine Cooper

April 20, 2007, 1:27pm • Richmond, Virginia • #33666

So much promise......
So much waste.

A terrible tragedy

Anthony P. Judge

April 20, 2007, 1:27pm • East Grinstead, West Sussex, England • #33667

I share in the grief of all the Virginia Tech family and all the familes and friends of the victims of this tragedy.I am deeply saddened.

April 20, 2007, 1:27pm • Pocatello,Idaho,USA • #33668

We, the students and faculty of Northwood University have Virginia Tech in our thoughts and prayers.

April 20, 2007, 1:27pm • Midland, MI • #33669

I just wanted to say, through my heartbroken tears, how sad it is when a person is going to school to better their lives in being a productive member of American society, and then suddenly have either their lives,or livelihood taken away from them, whether it be at work, or any institution of higher learning. As I am still grieving over the loss of the VT students and staff. I know it will be hard for the surviving friends and families of those killed to go on, but I think the victim’s would want you to go on with your lives while remembering all the good experiences & times you had with your family members and co-workers who were so tradgiclly taken away in such a senseless way. I hope we all can learn to be for vigilant in being aware of our surroundings, and I hope that some people(such as school administrators) will take further steps to recognize and deal with those persons who act out irrationally, or who write about irrational things so this will NEVER happen again.

Again, my deepest sympathies to the families of the murder victims, and I wish all the best in the future for those surviving victims and their family members as they cope with the aftermath.

April 20, 2007, 1:27pm • Pittsburgh Pennsylvania USA • #33670

This is so heart breaking and i can hardly find words that decribe how sad i am. My love and heart goes out to the familys who lost a son, daughter or a parent. My heart is crying, you are all in my thoughts and heart.love always Anne Skov from Denmark

April 20, 2007, 1:27pm • Denmark Europe • #33671

My heart aches at the loss of so many shining stars.  My God be with every family member and friend who has suffered a loss of one of their own.

April 20, 2007, 1:27pm • Kenton, Ohio • #33672

My thoughts and prayers are with you. God will see you through this difficult time!

April 20, 2007, 1:27pm • Orem, Utah • #33673

I am speechless.  I dont know what to say.  My heart goes out to you, I can not even begin to imagine what you all are going through. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

April 20, 2007, 1:27pm • Grapevine, Arkansas • #33674

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time of mourning as we all struggle to make sense out of tragedy and chaos.  Know that college students from everywhere are mourning in solidarity with Virginia Tech. Love and Peace, Jenelle Dorner, Indiana University

April 20, 2007, 1:27pm • Bloomington, Indiana • #33675

I am so impressed with the way in which the entire university community has come together during this difficult time.  You should all be proud of the dignified way you have handled yourselves.  Despite being a U Richmond alum, It’s hard for me not to think of myself as a Hokie today.  Stay strong, Hokie nation.  We’re behind you.

April 20, 2007, 1:28pm • Gaithersburg, MD USA • #33676

God bless all the families and friends and even fellow school mates, whos loved ones may have passed on April 16, 2007...Its a horrible thing what the man did. I couldnt believe it when my boyfriend told me about it. It had me in complete shock. But be strong and hang in there.

All my love and support,
Kailin

April 20, 2007, 1:28pm • Portsmouth,Virginia • #33677

I feel very saddened by the recent events at the school. I know in time that you will come back stronger. My prayers are with the entire community

April 20, 2007, 1:28pm • Hamilton, Ontario Canada • #33678

My name is Kelly Nemeth from Kean University in New Jersey. I want to share my condolences with all of you. We organized a memorial vigil here on campus last night to remember all of you. I wish there was something more I could do for all of you in this time of need. I pray for you every night before I go to sleep. My thoughts and prayers will always be with you. I am a communication major and I wrote you this poem:

It Will Come

Please Cry, Please Mourn.
Hold nothing in.
Please be angry, please be sad.
This is how you will win.
You don’t need to be strong, you don’t need to be okay.
Embrace eachother and confide.
You can lean on another, you can talk about it.
It will come, from deep inside.
Your head will raise again, your eyes will dry.
it will come, it will take a while.
You will not be the same, but you will be better.
it will come, you will smile.

My thoughts are with you,
Kelly Marie Nemeth

April 20, 2007, 1:28pm • Union, New Jersey • #33679

To the Great Hokie Nation;

On this Day of Mourning, I share one of my poems with you all.  I dedicate this poem to the 32 innocent victims, their families and to ALL the great extended Hokie Nation.  Healing will be a long process, but my hopes and prayers are with everyone affected by this senseless tragedy that befell VT.  May the Creator bless the great Hokie Nation!  YOU WILL PREVAIL!!!

ACCEPTANCE
by Cathy A. Wierman

Accept this present challenge in your life.
Surrender to it, and understand that it has
a reason for being here.
Truly believe that life encourages us
to be strong through these challenges.
It nourishes the soul, and gives voice
to fragile dreams.
It helps us learn to endure the rough times,
and perservere through the uncertain times.
This challenge will be your greatest teacher,
and the lessons learned will be priceless
as you move through and beyond it!

In the spirit of Hokie Hope,
Cathy A. Wierman

April 20, 2007, 1:28pm • Lansdale, PA • #33680

May God bless you and keep you strong through this horrible time in your University’s history. Never forget those who died that horrible day and always remember that life is short - no matter what the day brings, live your life. All faculty, staff, and students are in our thoughts and prayers. Be strong, stay strong. Go Virginia Tech!

April 20, 2007, 1:28pm • Sandgap, Kentucky • #33681

My heart hurts for you, the people of Virginia Tech.  We in Oklahoma experienced a similar pain 12 years ago.  Know that your loved ones will never be forgotten, not by you, not by our nation.  The pain you feel will dull a bit with time, but only if you choose for it to.  Feel your pain, then find a way through it. If you don’t, evil wins.  Don’t let that happen.

Today, all Okies are Hokies.
from Jacki in Oklahoma

April 20, 2007, 1:28pm • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma • #33682

i can’t believe it.. it’s so horrible!
my thoughts go out to the families and the dead students..
i make my a-levels now, and i can’t believe, that people who have the same age as me are killed with no reason..
why? why did he do this ???
i’m really sad..

god bless you all!
may that happens never again!!!

Imke Kuhn

April 20, 2007, 1:28pm • Marl, Germany • #33683

I would do anything to take away the pain i can only imagine people are feeling, no one deserves what these people went through. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, Stay Strong.

April 20, 2007, 1:28pm • NY • #33684

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS WHO LOST A LOVED ONE ON THIS TERRIBLE DAY. MAY GOD BLESS YOU. BONNIE, ERNIE AND ERIC THOMAS.

April 20, 2007, 1:28pm • RIVERVIEW,FLA • #33685

Watching the student survivors and mourners this week gives me great hope for our future; may this hope grant you the peace to move forward.

April 20, 2007, 1:28pm • Overland Park Kansas • #33686

I was not a student at VT but share in the nation’s heart felt sympathy for the victims of this tragedy. God will heal the broken hearts and restore the hope that have been shattered. Be strong and stay encouraged!

April 20, 2007, 1:29pm • Glen Allen VA- Sherika Jones • #33687

My thoughts and prayers are with those that have perished and their families and friends and all Virginia Tech students.

This, truly, is the equivalent of a September 11th for engineering students everywhere and will be forever remembered.

Monty Johns
Class of 2010
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Virginia

April 20, 2007, 1:29pm • Charlottesville, VA • #33688

My son is a recent graduate of VT so I also grew to love this beautiful campus and all it has to offer thru visiting him.  I am so sad for everyone who is suffering because of this senseless tragedy and pray everyone will find the strength within themselves to go on with life.  It is important to honor the victims and all the people they touched.  VT is a wonderful college and it will survive.

April 20, 2007, 1:29pm • Mohnton PA • #33689

Words, nor tears can express the sadness we feel for the senseless loss of lives on the VT campus. Please know that your families and friends are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Rapps

April 20, 2007, 1:29pm • Baltimore, MD. USA • #33690

Gone are the faces we loved so dear.
Silent are the voices we loved to hear
Too far away for sight or speech, but not too far for thought to reach
Sweet to remember those who once were here
And who, though absent, are just as dear

Our thoughts and prayers our with you at this terrible time.
The Joan Family

April 20, 2007, 1:29pm • Hale, MI • #33691

To the Virginia Tech families and students. You will always be in our hearts and in our prayers.Stay Strong

April 20, 2007, 1:29pm • Ashburn, Va • #33692

As parents of a VT Alumuns (2004), our prayers are not only with the victims’ family but with everyone at VT.  For 5 years our lives were entwined with our son as he was attending VT and we too became a part of the Hokie tradition.  As we watched in horror the events of April 16th our hearts were shattering.  For those of us who know our Lord and Savior, we know that those who belong to him are cradled in his loving arms right now.  Knowing this does not fill the void, but we know that God holds us all in the palm of his hand and one day we shall all be joined together again.  We will continue to lift everyone of Virginia Tech up to the Lord in prayer and may you grow stonger as a whole.  God bless.  Jamey and Donna O’Hanlon

April 20, 2007, 1:29pm • East Brady, PA • #33693

im am sooo very sorry about what happened on April 16th. I offer my prayers to all the families and friends of the victims of this tragic event......one love

April 20, 2007, 1:29pm • Franklin, Va • #33694

God has kept me here for a reason. I survived because He has a plan for me. All my bad relationships, the consequences, the hard times, the sad times, the death of my loved ones, the back stabbing from my friends, the negative thoughts, or the lack of support; I made it because I am blessed! I release and let go of all past hurts, misunderstandings and grudges because I am abundantly blessed! I recognize them as the illusions they are, and sent from the enemy to kill my spirit, steal my joy, and destroy my faith; For God is all there is. All else is a lie! Now give yourself a hug, wipe your tears away and walk in victory! I love you, but more appropriately God loves you Best! Be blessed and know that you are the one with the spirit of the living God! And may the Lord keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other.

Genesis 31:49

April 20, 2007, 1:30pm • Virginia Beach, Virginia • #33695

On 4-16-07 we the alumni, students and professors of Virginia Tech showed the world how a nation comes together. GO HOKIES. WE WILL PREVAIL!

Cliv
Class of ‘88

April 20, 2007, 1:30pm • Blacksburg • #33696

To all of those involved in handling the tragedy on your campus, but especially to President Steger, I want to express my admiration for the way you have handled all the questions from the media.  At times it seems the media has lost any sense of compassion for you and seeks only to have the latest story.  I can’t imagine the heaviness of your heart each time you have to step to the podium and speak.  My heart and prayers go out to you.
Sincerely,
Karen Goss

April 20, 2007, 1:30pm • Oklahoma City, OK • #33697

I write to you all as a survivor and witness to the horrors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York.  I worked on the 84th floor of WTC 2 and knew over 100 people who perished tragically on that fateful day in 2001. (61 from my company alone.) It was the worst. Surreal.  Unimaginable. Why am I still alive?  Words????  There are none. I NEVER thought I would be the same again.  But…
I must tell you all, you really will survive and you will all one day laugh again.  Sounds strange doesn’t it?  That you feel bad if you want to laugh???
Please know that there are people out here in this crazy, mixed up, beautiful world of ours who truly care about you.  I am so deeply touched and sorry for what has happened at Virginia Tech.  I know.  I wish you all strength and peace. I wish you well.

Bill Gorra

April 20, 2007, 1:30pm • Breezy Point, New York • #33698

To the grieving families of Virginia Tech,

My heart goes out to you. I lost my wife due to senseless gun violence in 2004 and I know from my own personal experience that there is nothing that can be said to take away the pain and grief that all of you are feeling now. Only God and time can do that. God knows the pain you are in and He does care. He knows what you are feeling and going through because He has “been there - done that” with His Son, Jesus. Give your pain and grief to Him and He will comfort you. You will never forget your loved ones nor the grief and I believe that is as it should be because that is a living testament to the love that was given and shared. However, if you share your pain with God, He will help you by giving you ways to process it and cope with it.

May God bless you and keep you in the days, weeks and years to come, now and for all eternity.

Doug Bristow

April 20, 2007, 1:30pm • Saint Louis, Missouri • #33699

Bahamas Prison Services Nassau Bahamas, sends our depest condolences to the entire V-Tech Family. Our prayers continue each day for all bereaved.

April 20, 2007, 1:30pm • Bahamas • #33700

Please accept my condolences, it seems we need to work more to understand the world of ours, but we should keep on working hard and recovering from this tragedy. I do believe in the saying:
“We should challenge the present to shape the future”

Dr. Osama A. Abaza

April 20, 2007, 1:30pm • Nablus, West bank, Palestine • #33701

To the entire Hokie Nation:
My family and I wish to express our deepest most heart felt condolences. There are no words to express the pain of this tragic loss that this been so profoundly felt by our country and the world. The hole that has been left by such a senceless act is felt by all, even those who didn’t have any direct ties to VT. My heart is heavy with grief for all who lost a friend, a child, a teacher, and for those who by the grace of God survived this tragedy but will be forever scared by the insanity that befell the Hokie Nation on that cold April morning. Our prayers will remain with you and we will never forget you.
Sincerely,
The Ashe Family
Hampton, Va

April 20, 2007, 1:30pm • Hampton, Va • #33702

Mis condelencias para las familias y Virginia Tech.
Espero su corazon sane pronto y a las victimas siempre las tendremos en nuestro corazon.

Que dios los bendiga y protega.

Sinceramente,
Marisol Lopez
UCR

April 20, 2007, 1:31pm • Riverside,CA, • #33703

My thoughts and prayers are with each and every family that is suffering from such tradegy.  I have cried numerous times throughtout all the news and programs that have aired information about this.  I am so sorry to everyone involved.  We need to all focus on the victims in this matter to take the focus off such a horrible person that ruined so many lives of such great people.  We need to focus on their lives and their families and not the ruthless person that he was.

April 20, 2007, 1:31pm • Hector, Minnesota • #33704

Words cannot begin to express the pain that I have right now. Virginia Tech made me the man that I am today. My thoughts, prayers, and wishes from myself and the University of San Diego are with you. I’m sorry that I can’t be there right now to grieve with you. We are hurt, we are on bent knees, but I know that we will never waver. The HOKIE NATION will rise from this tragedy and will be stronger than ever. God bless you. God bless us. God bless Virginia Tech. Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, Hi! Tech Tech VPI!

Todd Washington
VT Class of ‘97
Football ‘94-’97

April 20, 2007, 1:31pm • San Diego, CA • #33705

To all effected by the tragedy at VT this past Monday, my deepest sympathy and heart felt prayers go out to each and every one of you. What took place still seems so unimaginable. I remember the day of Columbine and thought, “wow, what is happening with todays youth in this world?” Now, several years later, to witness this again and on a larger scale, it still seems unbelievable. I have not been personally effected by either tragedy, but it hurts never the less. I do have family in VA. Luckily they are older and out of college. I do have a cousin who is like my little sister, about to graduate from a local college here in MA. I simply can’t imagine how I would be if something were to happen to her. These should have been those young students happiest days and their days to shine. May their lives not have been taken in vain and may they each leave on their own personal legacey for others to hold on to. I wish you all the best. In time you will heal, but you’ll never forget...and neither will the rest of the country. God bless you all.

April 20, 2007, 1:31pm • Medfield, MA • #33706

Dear VT students and faculty,
It was a tragic experience all of you had suffered. I just want you to know that all of you are in my prayers.

April 20, 2007, 1:31pm • Trevor VanHoozier Chilhowie,Virginia 24319 • #33707