Condolences, April 20, 2007

I want to send my love and support from Lynchburg to the community of Virginia Tech.  We here in Virginia are not just a Commonwealth, we are a community.  A community that has been devastated by what happened this week.  We will stand together and love each other through this ordeal because right now, we are all Hokies!  Please know that you have the support of millions not only in Virginia, but all over the world.  May God bless, heal, and restore Virginia Tech.  We love you!

Renika Sandifer

April 20, 2007, 1:37pm • Lynchburg, VA • #33758

My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of need. I didn’t personally know anyone who was killed, but am deeply sadded by the incident.

Billy Lonardo

April 20, 2007, 1:37pm • Smithfield, RI • #33759

As a former Radford University student, I spent many a time with friends in Radford and Blacksburg area alike.  I wish hope and healing to all those who remain after such a tragic event. 

From a Highlander to all Hokies…

April 20, 2007, 1:37pm • Woodbine, MD USA • #33760

TO ALL OF THE PARENTS,HUSBANDS, WIVES,SONS, DAUGHTERS AND FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF ALL OF THE SLAIN STUDENTS AND TEACHERS THERE ARE NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE HOW SORRY I AM FOR YOUR TERRIBLE LOSS. PLEASE KNOW THAT I HAVE YOU ALL IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND PLEASE KNOW THAT GOD HAS CHOSEN ALL OF THEM FOR HIS SPECIAL “HOKIE” ANGELS. YOU WILL NEVER FORGET THIS DAY BUT REMEMBER ALL THE GOOD MEMORIES THAT YOU HAVE IN YOUR HEARTS FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THESE SPECIAL PEOPLE.

TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
PAT

April 20, 2007, 1:37pm • SANDSTON, VA • #33761

I may have gone to school in Maryland, but today, I am a Hokie!

April 20, 2007, 1:37pm • Front Royal, VA • #33762

As a graduate from Tech in 1968 and resident of Blacksburg until 1971, I am deeply saddened by the loss of these members of our family. I still have ties to the region with my extended family who reside there. I plan to come “home” permanently in the very near future. Our departed family members will never be truly gone as long as we keep them in our hearts and memories.

Patrick Di Concilio

April 20, 2007, 1:37pm • West Chester, Ohio • #33763

i am so sorry to hear of all your loses my heart goes out to all the students and their familys my god be with you at this very very sad time.

April 20, 2007, 1:38pm • sam cottee in essex,united kingdom • #33764

God will bless, the families, the students, teachers, and all involved in this tragedy wilth His love and tenderness. The light of God will shine on VT University and the spirit of those lost will live and smile. We are Virginia Tech and we will prevail.

Bill, Melissa, and C. Patterson Wiles

April 20, 2007, 1:38pm • Trento, Florida • #33765

Deepest condolences to the entire Virginia Tech community,students,faculty, staff and alumni.  The way the Hokie Nation is handling this tragedy is an inspiring example of courage and caring to the entire world.

Christina

April 20, 2007, 1:38pm • Richmond, Virginia • #33766

My prayers go to all the families and victims of this tragic event. May God be with you through this time and always!

April 20, 2007, 1:38pm • Hampton, VA • #33767

God Bless. Rest in peace. You will be missed.

April 20, 2007, 1:38pm • Levittown, PA • #33768

Virgina Tech - Forever in our hearts.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
- Mike Daily & Jen Fennell
VT Alumni

April 20, 2007, 1:38pm • Virginia • #33769

As a mother, and a mother of a college student, I feel that you all my children.  I grieve with you and I want to hug you all, surround you all with my arms and hold you all for a very long time. 
My prayers are with you all.
Helene

April 20, 2007, 1:39pm • Silver Spring, MD • #33770

Work at North Carolina State University and we are all thinking of you and in shock as well. You are not alone as we are all here in Raleigh WEARING OUR MAROON & ORANGE....ALONG WITH A NOON TIME MOMENT OF SILENCE.  Originally from Long Island...and can feel for you.

Kerri

April 20, 2007, 1:39pm • Cary, NC (Formerly Long Island) • #33771

God is in our Soul
Through hard times, hatred has taken a toll on our soul.  The society cannot become the breeder for hate. We must overcome the broken roads to realize God is in us. We are walking angels with a purpose to live, and to learn from life experiences. Misleader by anger and evil we cannot do. Nevertheless, we must face life in a completely different manner. Wisdom has kept me informed on daily life’s problems. My mission is to just live and walk with God himself.

April 20, 2007, 1:39pm • Indian Trail, NC • #33772

There are no words to alleviate your pain and sorrow.  The very least that I can do is to let you know, not a day has gone by without thinking of you all.  Through the hard times, know there are friends out there for you.  Through the sadness, know there are people who weep for you.  Through the hurt, know there are people out there who wait the triumphant return of the great Virgina Tech.  I can only wish, over time, you all will find the peace, love and happiness you all truly deserve.

April 20, 2007, 1:39pm • Washington, DC • #33773

Hi. My name is Stacy and I live in San Antonio, Texas. I was very shocked and saddened to hear of this senseless tragedy.

Although I cannot imagine losing a child who is an adult, I have lost an infant; so I do know the pain that comes from the loss of a child. Even the faculty members are someone’s children.

I was visiting this site earlier in the week and saw that today, Friday, April 20, was to be a day to wear the school colors of maroon and orange. I want to let each of you know that I am wearing an orange shirt today, in memory of each of those you lost, and in support of the Virginia Tech family.

May God grant each of you peace.

April 20, 2007, 1:39pm • San Antonio, Texas • #33774

As Virginia Tech graduates my husband and I pray for all those affected by this tragedy.  Time will heal and Hokies will be strong.

April 20, 2007, 1:40pm • Alexandrai, VA • #33775

That the Peace and the Love of God stay with all of you.  Keep the Faith and Trust In God, because when He came in Glory all of us can see our families and friends.  Remember what he say in his word: “The person that trust in Me, although he was death, he will live”. Trust in this promised.God Bless all of You.

Your Friends,
Adventist Church of the Seventh Day

April 20, 2007, 1:40pm • Puerto Rico • #33776

This is such a terrible loss. All victims and their families are in my thoughts. My best friend is a freshman there and Monday was the scariest day of my life. I can only hope that this will never happen again. VT I’m truly sorry for your loss. Stay strong!

April 20, 2007, 1:40pm • Mechanicsville, VA • #33777

When this news reached me, I was shocked, appalled, saddened. How could someone become so desperate? Would it have been prevented if someone would have talked to him? Al it would have taken, was just two words… my condolonces.

Stephane Lambert

April 20, 2007, 1:40pm • Antwerp, Belgium • #33778

I cannot express enough my grief, concern, and empathy for those who have lost loved ones.  I share my condolences with all of you.  You’ll all be in my prayers. 
Caring mother of a college student

April 20, 2007, 1:40pm • Sun Prairie WI • #33779

Prayers, blessings, tears, and confidence in the beauty that cannot be destroyed of those who were taken from us too soon… and for the pain that washes over VT and Blacksburg and every hokie everywhere… We are Virgnia Tech… We know that in this home of some of the best and brightest minds, the warmest hearts, you will find a way to show the world how to walk through this and let it lead all of us to valuable insight and action which will make a difference in our nation, in our world. Blessings, blessings, blessings on families, friends, students, staff as you wrestle with tragedy and search for hope and healing.
A Hokie spouse and former support staff member in Holden (1979-80) married to an “old” hokie (Metallurgy ‘77; Masters in Materials Science 1980) and mom to a Dec 2006 GeoTech Masters grad who will marry another GeoTech Hokie this summer.

April 20, 2007, 1:40pm • Beaverton, OR • #33780

Hello,

MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO EVERYONE AND THEIR FAMILY. I AM VERY HEARTTBROKEN OVER THIS MASSACRE. MY FAMILY AND I WILL DEFINITELY KEEP YOU ALL IN OUR PRAYERS.

LOVE ALWAYS,

ERIC AND LACHANTE’ J

April 20, 2007, 1:40pm • Matteson, IL • #33781

My prayers and thoughts are with those families who lost loved ones. May God be with you and help you make it through these rough times…
Stevi Hanjani

April 20, 2007, 1:40pm • Scottsbluff, Nebraska • #33782

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Emilie

April 20, 2007, 1:41pm • Guyane Française • #33783

May the God of all comfort sustain and heal you in the days to come.  May the precious lives of those lost be remembered and cherished as we, the Hokie family, go on to make the world a better and brighter place.

A Proud Parent

April 20, 2007, 1:41pm • Goodlettsville, TN • #33784

To all you students at Virginia Tech,

All our thoughts are with you in these troubled times, and we hope you seek the comfort of each other during this hellish period, as a teacher I felt a great gaping pain from the first moment I heard this, pain that will not recede, pain for all of you who look to each other and to your teachers and leaders for words to express what has happened. Words that have to be uttered by all of us, we cannot cover this up with popular chants or team slogans..this needs a greater understanding and a greater depth of thought than we realise.

No more killings....no more guns...stand up politicians and take your responsibility...stand up and put an end to this misery that we face year in year out...stand up and speak

May all of your Gods go with you...may you have the strength and understanding to look to a bright future and a safe future for you and your children..

April 20, 2007, 1:41pm • Eindhoven, The Netherlands • #33785

Dear Virginia Tech community,
My fourth graders and I have been praying for you daily after the tragedy that occurred on your campus earlier this week.  This noon we stopped our activities for a minute to pray for all of you.  One student named Lizzy wrote this verse for all of you:

If you lost a loved one, friend, or neighbor
Here’s some advice they’d want you to savor,
The someone you loved or someone you knew
Would want you to hear this too,
That person is gone from this planet, Earth,
It was God’s plan since the person’s birth
But remember they’re up in heaven, high above
Sending to you their wishes and love,
So don’t be too sad
And definitely not glad
For the person that you lost
Loves you at any cost,
They’re shining down on you
And someday you will join them too!

Mrs. Masselink and the 4A class at Whitinsville Christian School in Whitinsvillle, MA

April 20, 2007, 1:41pm • Whitinsville, MA • #33786

Let us remember today the tragedy that befell us yesterday so that tomorrow we may again smile.

April 20, 2007, 1:41pm • Wise, VA • #33787

My thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt condolences go out to all those affected by this terrible tragedy.  God bless you all and help you through this most difficult time!

April 20, 2007, 1:41pm • Rex, GA USA • #33788

My brother is a Tech alum and to this day he remains best friends with some of his fellow hokies.  It seems like Tech has a uniquely, close-knit community and that’s something they should be very proud of.  I’m proud that today I could feel a part of that very special team. 

God bless all the victims, their families, their friends, and the hokie nation.  The world mourns with you.

April 20, 2007, 1:41pm • Fairfax, VA • #33789

We pray that God may share His grace with you, His comfort, and His love.  You are in our thoughts and in our hearts.

April 20, 2007, 1:42pm • Tallahassee, FL • #33790

MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU AT THIS TIME.  THERE ARE NO WORDS THAT CAN DESCRIBE THE SORROW THAT IS FELT FOR ALL OF YOU.

April 20, 2007, 1:42pm • EASTON PA 18042 USA • #33791

I pray the Almighty God will heal and give you all the strength you need to console each other. Be strong, we are all Hokies now and always remember we are all in this together.

April 20, 2007, 1:42pm • Greenbelt . MD • #33792

All of the victims of of this horrible tradgity will be remember and live on threw our hearts and our memories.

I am so sorry to all the families and friends of these poor students.They will remain in all of our prayers.

Page Montgomery

April 20, 2007, 1:42pm • Susanville Ca. • #33793

My heart is with each and everyone of you. I can’t even begin to know what you are going thru but I know with God you and our nation will make it thru this. I have a daughter in another college and it really hit me hard. I had to talk with her as soon as I heard. It is the time to reach out to God, family and freinds. I will keep you all in my prayers.

April 20, 2007, 1:42pm • Sanford, North Carolina • #33794

The thoughts and prayers of all our students are with you in what is a very tragic time for you all. Our countries stand united in war, in politics, and in mourning.

We pray for you in this terrible time.

Yours always,
the 1600 students at St Bartholomews School, United Kingdom.

April 20, 2007, 1:42pm • Newbury, Berkshire, United Kingdom • #33795

Too Quickly Gone

But in a moment
They are gone,
Before we even know
The gifts they bring
Into our world -
The lessons they bestow.

And only once they’ve left
We learn
What their loss has cost -
The gifts they carried
Inside their souls,
To us forever lost.

-BRW

We can never fathom the loss to all humanity of these bright young promising souls, and what they might have accomplished for all mankind. But their dreams and gifts will live on with those who knew and loved them; and, their vision will continue to inspire.

April 20, 2007, 1:42pm • Dallas, Texas • #33796

At the rising of the sun and at its going down,
We remember them.

At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.

At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring,
We remember them.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer,
We remember them.

At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn,
We remember them.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as 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.

When we have decisions that are difficult to make,
We remember them

When we have achievements that are based on theirs,
We remember them.

As long as we live, they too shall live,
for they are a part of us, as we remember them.

My deepest sympathy to all the families and friends.  You are all in our hearts everywhere.  Bless you all !!!

Monique Mercier

April 20, 2007, 1:42pm • Montreal, Quebec, Canada • #33797

I would just like to say that I am so sorry to all the families, friends and staff of the lost loved ones. You are all in my thoughts and prays. May God Bless You All!!

April 20, 2007, 1:42pm • Georgetown, South Carolina • #33798

All the families and friends of the victims are in my prayers. My brother graduated from VT so the school has always been part of my family. The events of this week are unbelievable and very hard to grasp. I knew one of the victims because she worked with me and this week has been difficult. I cant even imagine what the rest of you are going through. Please know that I am thinking about you and none of you are alone. The whole country is behind you because Today, We are All Hokies.

April 20, 2007, 1:42pm • Kingsport, TN • #33799

To all of my fellow Hokies,

This has been a week of great sadness and tragedy for the entire world.  We have lost 32 shining examples of the Virginia Tech spirit.  After witnessing the great strength of our “Hokie Nation”, especially ALL of the current students and faculty in Blacksburg, perhaps we can grow a few more people into the family that share this character.  It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that I am so very proud to be a Hokie, and witness all of Hokies truly live the motto - That I May Serve.  Continue to serve one another, and don’t be afraid to ask for, and offer support to any in the time of need.

A Hokie for Life!

Ut Prosim
Kirk D. Matthews
Class of ‘97 – ChE

April 20, 2007, 1:42pm • Winchester, VA - USA • #33800

I am struggling trying to find words that might bring some sort of comfort to you all during this time.
Please know that my family and I are praying for you all.
We will never forget this horrible tragedy. And the wonderful people who died as a result.

April 20, 2007, 1:42pm • Raymore, Mo • #33801

Our hearts go out to all the family and friends of those who died on that tragic day at Virginia Tech. We keep you in our prayers and thoughts. May the love and strength of God be with you all.
Chaplain Susan Turley
Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto, CA

April 20, 2007, 1:43pm • Palo Alto, CA • #33802

May God continue to bless all affected by this horrific tragedy. We grieve as a nation with you.
I pray for your strength, faith, and will to press on during this time and many years to come. May the presence of God give your heart peace.

Latrice Farley

April 20, 2007, 1:43pm • Chesterfield, VA • #33803

Dear Virginia Tech Students, Teachers, Family, and Extended Families,

I am so sad about the events that occurred on April 16.  What does bring peace is knowing that VT has extended family around the world who cares.

I wish for peace in your community and around the world.  May we all find the strength to deal with this and forgive.

Risa Blair

April 20, 2007, 1:43pm • Fort Lauderdale, Florida • #33804

it is a very sad week for all that are on the campus of VT. living here in the northern part of VA makes it really close to us. My prayers go out to all that have lose a part of their family this week and as well as all of those who have been hurt. For all the rest of us can only hope and pray that you may feel God’s grace shine down on you in your tim eof need.

April 20, 2007, 1:43pm • Stafford, VA • #33805

My deepest sympathies to all of those people who have lost loved ones in this senseless tradgedy. My heart breaks for each and everyone of you. I cannot understand such evil and sickness, but I do embrace love, just as Jesus did as he walked the walk to Calvery many years ago. And because of that deep and abiding love, I believe in his restorative power to bring life from death and hope out of complete despair. I pray that his life sustain and keep you during this time and that he bind up and heal your broken hearts. Amen. Rita K.

April 20, 2007, 1:43pm • Egg Harbor City, NJ • #33806

As Boston College alumni we are members of the ACC family as are you Hokies.  I wish to send to the Hokie family my condolences and those of the Boston College alumni of Southwest Florida.  Be assured that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We wish you well as you pick up the pieces and move on with your lives. I have a personal philosophy that has served me well throughout the years and I want to empart it to all of you at VT. “Life goes on and I go with it!”

I hope you will adopt this philosohy as you make your place in our world. Good luck and God speed.

Dotti Lee King
Boston College ‘62

April 20, 2007, 1:43pm • Estero, Florida • #33807