Condolences, April 20, 2007

For all those whose lives have been changed by this senseless tragedy, I will never forget you.  We can not take your pain away, we can not begin to help you understand why, but we can keep you in our thoughts.  You are not alone and although I personally knew none of those affected, some how I feel like I knew you all. There are no lines to cross, religious beliefs to express, no distinctions among us - we are people - we care - we feel - we all grieve.  We will never forget.

April 20, 2007, 1:43pm • Richmond, Va • #33808

My thoughts and prayers are with all who are affected by this tragedy.  It breaks my heart to think what they are going through.  You will forever be in our hearts and will never be forgotten.  God bless all of you, and may you find comfort in this time of unimaginable sorrow.

April 20, 2007, 1:44pm • Columbus, Ohio • #33809

As proud Tech alumni, we were shocked and horrified by the terror there on Monday.  To see our wonderful Tech community violated in that way was just painful beyond words.  We grieve for the families who have been affected by this tragedy.

We have also been so proud of the University and the students over this past week.  One madman does not represent Virginia Tech; what you all have done together this week is the essence of the Tech I remember—the coming together, the hugging, the supporting, the understanding, the refusal to give in, the defiance to go on and excel.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time and as you begin to put the pieces back together.  Do not let the madman win.  Do not be overcome by evil; overcome evil with good.  Let’s go Hokies!

April 20, 2007, 1:44pm • Laurel, MD • #33810

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hokie Nation from all of us down here in the Gator Nation of Gainesville. May God be with you and comfort all of us in this time of sorrow for the students and professors. GO HOKIES!

April 20, 2007, 1:44pm • Lake City, Florida • #33811

You are all in our thoughts-take care.  We are so sorry that you had to experience this.

April 20, 2007, 1:44pm • Cincinnati, OH • #33812

While I can not even begin to express my sorrow and condolences to all of those effected by Monday’s tragedy, I hope you can seek refuge, peace, and support not only from within yourself, but from others around you and in particular the Hokie community, which is a wonderfully strong and cohesive community.  To quote from another condolence message posted today - Stay strong, Stay Proud, Stay together!  Go Hokies!  You are in my (and many, many others) thoughts and prayers.

Barbara - 1993 VT Graduate

April 20, 2007, 1:45pm • Alexandria, VA • #33813

I have just chanted Nam Myoho Renge Kyo for each of the deceased victims as well as for the perpetrator of this unbelievable act.  I don’t know how anyone stands this much grief but I share it with you in the small way that I can understand.  When I did gongyo this morning I worn gold and maroon even though they are not my colors - today they are.

April 20, 2007, 1:45pm • Sacramento, CA • #33814

I am the sister of a Hokie and this tragedy has hit very hard.  I offer my sincerest condolences to the entire VT community and my deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims of this tragedy.  We are all Hokies today…
Yvonne G
ODU 2000

April 20, 2007, 1:45pm • Norfolk, VA • #33815

I send my condolences to all families of the victims, to friends of them, to the university of Virginia Tech and to all USA. In this sad week and time i share with you all the pain and sadness of my heart. In this days im from Virginia.

Bruno Santos Ribeiro

April 20, 2007, 1:45pm • Portugal • #33816

We are teenagers in school right now. All around us, kids are wearing the famous Virginia Tech colors, even UVA fans.

All of the students, friends, family and loves ones who have been affected dearily by this tragic event are in my prayers. It saddens me things like this happen to us. We had a moment of silence at lunch today and we thought about the tragedy.

We were shocked to come home and find about this tragedy. To everyone who was affected by this, you’re in our thoughts.

-RP and AH

April 20, 2007, 1:46pm • Richmond, Virginia • #33817

to all of those greeving, please understand that seung hui cho’s family is greeving for their loss as well as the loss of every person he took with him. he was a victim too. please find it in your heart to forgive him.

April 20, 2007, 1:46pm • savannah,ga. usa • #33818

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the virginia tech community during this difficult time. I think alot of people in my community included myself are still in shock over all of this. Be strong and stick together!

April 20, 2007, 1:46pm • Indianapolis, IN • #33819

Please remember that you are not alone in this.  May God give you the strength to move forward and share the memories of your friends and family now walking with Jesus.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

April 20, 2007, 1:46pm • Cincinnati, OH • #33820

We will not forget you xxx

April 20, 2007, 1:46pm • UK • #33821

My deepest sympthy goes to everyone that has lost a precious loved one in this tradegy and for the ones that are recovering in the hospital.  My prayers are with each and everyone of you.  God Bless

April 20, 2007, 1:46pm • Virginia Beach, VA • #33822

I send my sincerest condolences to ALL that were effected by the horrific tradegy at Virginia Tech. I pray...for the souls that were taken & for those who lost someone. I hope that your hearts will heal soon!
~Jessi

April 20, 2007, 1:46pm • Columbia, Maryland • #33823

You are all in our thoughts and prayers!  God Bless all the victims and their families!

April 20, 2007, 1:46pm • Marietta, Georgia • #33824

My thoughts and prayers are with you from Toledo, OH.  Stay strong in the Lord and trust in Him.  Live every day like its your last.  Our hearts our touched all over the world.

April 20, 2007, 1:46pm • Toledo, OH • #33825

After you have dealt with this horrible event, move on with your life. Finish college, continue to set goals for yourself, and, most of all ... BE HAPPY!

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 20, 2007, 1:46pm • Hopkins, Minnesota • #33826

I just want to say how sad I am that you have had to go through this.  I will be praying for you, everyone that either attends or works at the school and all families that were affected by this terrible thing.  This nation loves you and cares about you.

Cindy

April 20, 2007, 1:46pm • Columbia, South Carolina • #33827

My heart sank as I read the words, “Tragedy at Va. Tech.” As an alumni, I thought I was reading a misprint. In my mind I was thinking, “nothing like that could happen at our school.” I remember living in West AJ and marching in the band.  Those were supposed to be the happiest moments. We thought we were always so safe.  As the day went on, the nightmare became more real.  We were surrounded with horrific images that feel like they will never leave our minds. Such tragedy to bear, but in the midst of it all, the HOKIES stood strong and bonded together. I am proud to be a HOKIE and all of you should be, too.  In such a time of sorrow ,you are strong! You have been so couragious and I applaud you. 

To the families and friends who lost loved ones:  Isaiah 40:29 says, “He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increases strength.” May the Lord bless you and give you strength in this time and always.

Heather

April 20, 2007, 1:46pm • Virginia • #33828

Dear Parents, friends, Va Tech community,

My heart goes out to each and every one of you. I can not imagine the grief and loss you are feeling. I have two daughters and can not imagine losing them before I leave this world. Each and every one of the victims was just trying to make a better life for themselves and our world. I hope we can learn from this tragedy and prevent it from happening again.

You are in my prayers
Gene Usner, LCSW

April 20, 2007, 1:46pm • Jacksonville Florida • #33829

I don’t have to know any of the victims to know that all of them, from the youngest to the oldest, were really special people-- not only to their family and friends, but to themselves. I can’t imagine that any of them, except for the killer himself, wanted to leave his/her life behind Monday morning, without even an opportunity to say “goodbye”, tie up loose ends, and enjoy the last cup of coffee, last movie, last hug. I despise this man and any other person who could think to take this away from anyone. The pain he caused is unbearable to consider, to them and the people they left behind. I can’t stay enough about all of you, who are so amazing to stay strong and get through this. xoxoxoxo

April 20, 2007, 1:47pm • Samantha, Boston, MA • #33830

I’m so sorry that this has happened i cant imagine what it must have been like to experience something so horrible. My heart and my prayers are with you students. And to the parents as a soon to be mom i cant imagine what you are going through thinking how it could have been your child, if your children will ever be ok, if they will ever feel safe again. And to those who have lost children, friends, or family i know nothing any one will say will bring your loved ones back but know there are millions of people out there who are praying for you!!!

April 20, 2007, 1:47pm • Nederland, Texas • #33831

My prayers and thoughts are with the Virgina Tech Community. I have dedicated my professional life to college students by working in higher education, yet I cannot imagine what this shocking tragedy has done to your campus.  It won’t be a short road or an easy road to recover any sense of normalcy, but please know that there are people like me everywhere who will think about all of you daily. And if any moment in time seems to difficult to overcome, I can only hope that knowing we are praying for you will help lift you up when it is most needed.

April 20, 2007, 1:47pm • Boston, MA • #33832

Tears on our hands

The sun was slowly sinking,
there was still a glow.

Slow music was playing;
there was a report on the radio.

We’re looking out the glass,
through our pain in the window.

We are a Nation.
Our heads hung,
so low.

Looking up, tears were welling.
The feelings began to flow.

From our eyes they were descending,
tears on our hands.

~ Keith Wingate ~

April 20, 2007, 1:47pm • Elisabethtown, Penna. USA • #33833

people for all the world are with u

god bless them

rodolfo

April 20, 2007, 1:47pm • mexico • #33834

Our thoughts, prayers and love are with all of you. Stay strong and God bless.
The Delaney Family

April 20, 2007, 1:47pm • Glen Allen, Virginia • #33835

i am a UVA alum, but this week my heart bleeds maroon and gold, never as i thought this could happen, it did. my deepest condolences goes out to all Hokie Nation, and the families.
you will never be forgotten.

April 20, 2007, 1:47pm • bealeton va • #33836

VT story
The people that got shot in the VT bloodbath, I pray they will go to heaven. I think I know where the shooter is going.I pray you have a good life in heaven. You will see your family members when they get to heaven. Your college will recover. Because you are the Hokies! I, Zachary will pray for your families that lost you. I had tears in my eyes when I heard about the bloodbath. I’m an avid Texas Tech fan. I hope to go there for college.I’m leaving Texas Tech for the Hokies! The bravery of the people that risked their lives to save people was amazing. Like, the young man and some other classmates that put something in front of the door. The shooter opened the door 6 inches, but they slammed the door shut. He fired 2 shots , but he did not hit anyone. I will pray for the Hokies every night. You will recover!
GO HOKIES!
Zachary 10 years old from Texas

April 20, 2007, 1:47pm • Wichita Falls, Texas • #33837

I am so sorry for the families and loved ones of those affected by this horrific tragedy. The world feels your sorrows. You are not alone. God bless you America.

Love Sarah Farrow

April 20, 2007, 1:47pm • North Bay, Ontario, Canada • #33838

No matter where we graduate or have graduated from....We are all, and will forever remain....Hokies!

Kari Singley

April 20, 2007, 1:48pm • Newpor Beach, CA • #33839

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and friends of the students and faculty lost in this senseless act of violence. We cannot begin to imagine the pain of your loss.

From all of us at the Field Disease Investigation Unit, College of Veterinary Medicine @ Washington State University.

April 20, 2007, 1:48pm • Pullman , WA • #33840

AS WE SIT AND WATCH WHAT THE WORLD IS COMING TO WE WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND HOW EVIL CAN TAKE OVER SUCH GOOD. THEY SAY AS TIME GOES BY PAIN WILL HEAL. THOUGH THAT’S NOT THE CASE WE JUST LEARN HOW TO DEAL. THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS WORLD THAT CAN REPLACE SUCH A GREAT LOSS. WE HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS’ BUT NOT ENOUGH ANSWERS. WE ARE LOSING SO MANY GOOD PEOPLE TO EVIL. THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH WORDS TO COMFORT YOUR LOSS. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU. YOU WILL ALWAYS REMAIN IN ARE HEARTS AND ARE PRAYERS.

April 20, 2007, 1:48pm • NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA • #33841

I am a parent of a current VT student and wanted each of you to know you are being rememembered in thought and prayer through this terrible ordeal. For those who lost loved ones, my deepest sympathy.  For those injured, my prayers for recovery. For those who must go on without their loved ones, colleagues,and friends, my prayers for healing and unity.
My thoughts are with you!

April 20, 2007, 1:48pm • Fries, VA • #33842

As a parent whose children attend University, my heart goes out to those parents who lost their children at this most cherished time of their family lives.  No words can describe what must be in their hearts or minds at this time.  I will pray that the Lord guides them through this event and that they find happiness that Christ welcomes all children into his arms.  May God bless the victims, their families and the friends.

CG Nichols

April 20, 2007, 1:48pm • New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada • #33843

Saying goodbye to our children, parents, friends and their future with us...the loss and sadness is beyond what we ever want to feel.

We say goodbye. We say hello. You will each be remembered for who you are. 

Remembering the caring of those in the VT campus community helps keep us hopeful. Knowing that they band together, along with us all, to focus on healing and clear thinking.

Strength to all those that know you—a sense of connection, caring about others and feeling that what we do matters. That is what we will remember about each of YOU.

~ Gini

April 20, 2007, 1:48pm • Tracy California • #33844

My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with the Virginia Tech community and families of all victims.

April 20, 2007, 1:48pm • Redwood Shores, California • #33845

So much promise, so much good, so many gifts, all lost in the passions of a few hours.  Your nation suffers with you and mourns not only the loss of what might have been, but also the tragic finale of what was.  Courage, VT family, courage ... and let us all hope that somewhere, someday, the kind of broken spirit that brought this tragedy can be healed so that such anguish never again stalks our land.

April 20, 2007, 1:48pm • Tampa, Florida • #33846

We are deeply sadden of the tragedy that took place on Monday. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the victims, families, friends, and to everyone at VT. May GOD be with you all at this time and everyday of your life. May GOD comfort you, guide you, and bless you all.
Love,
The Leopin Family

April 20, 2007, 1:48pm • Morganton, NC • #33847

As a former Hokie, my heart aches for all affected by this tragedy.  May you all find peace in God’s grace.  You are all in our prayers.

April 20, 2007, 1:48pm • Huntersville, NC • #33848

I give my condolences to all of the family who has lost a child, friend, and a teacher in this tragedy. May god be with you and every thing will get a little better day by day.Keep your head up and dont give up on life because that person will always be with you.

April 20, 2007, 1:48pm • Franklin, Virginia • #33849

I was born in raised in VA with my family tree extending to Roanoke, Bedford, Franklin County and Marion, VA.  My prayers are with the community of southwest VA that I will always be a part of.  I may live in Florida, but I will always be a Virginian. May you come through this stronger than before.  Hokies forever!! This tragedy will not break the spirits of my fellow virginians.  We were the first settlers, the pioneers, the strongest. We will survive. anne Doyle-Jones,

April 20, 2007, 1:49pm • clearwater fl usa • #33850

My heart goes out to the students, families and faculty of Virginia Tech.  May you be embraced in Gods loving arms to hold and heal you through this difficult time that we all share in with you.  May you find courage and strength in the outpouring of love from all of us over this great country.  I pray for each of the victims, each of the students and all faculty that they will be able to prevail through this senseless tragedy.  You have shown the country the unique unity that the Virginia Tech Family has.  May you all know the love and support that not only I, but the whole country is sending your way.

April 20, 2007, 1:49pm • Lynda, Erie, PA • #33851

The entire world has been a witness to this great tragedy and we grieve with you. My deepest condolences go out to the Virginia Tech Community. Your strength and unity has been truly inpsiring and your loved ones, now with God, will not be forgotten.

“The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”

God Bless,
Shrutti Jadhav

April 20, 2007, 1:49pm • Scranton, PA • #33852

To all the students, families, teachers, alumni and HOKIE staff; may God bless you and keep you near to his heart. You have all shown the grace, poise and strength of true HOKIES. I have never been more proud to be a Virginia Tech alumnus than I have been this week. While I proudly declare myself a Hokie and display my school spirit as often as I can, I find special meaning in telling people I am a Hokie today. To drive to work in a sea of maroon and orange lifted my heart. To see coworkers clad in my school colors brought tears to my eyes. The Northern VA community truly is opening its collective arms to our Hokie Nation and I for one appreciate the hug. LET’S GO HOKIES!!! Peyton Jensen Class of 97

April 20, 2007, 1:49pm • Chantilly, VA • #33853

This is such a sad time - please know that our hearts and thoughts go out to you, your familes, and the families of those who have died.  I am in awe of the courage, dignity and caring the Virginia Tech community has shown throughout this time.  - Grace

April 20, 2007, 1:49pm • Falls Church, Virginia • #33854

Dear VT Family,
Your grief is mine, and you will forever be in my prayers.  My admiration for the manner in which both students and faculty/administrators have handled this sorrowful event knows no bounds.  May God bless you all, and comfort you in the days ahead.

Joyce Imhof
The Ohio State University - Class of 1949

April 20, 2007, 1:49pm • Hiram, Ohio • #33855

To all the students, faculty, and families:
I am truly sorry for your loss.  My prayers are with you.  God does not give us more than we can handle.  And even though it may seem difficult right now, time will heal.  God Bless you all.

April 20, 2007, 1:49pm • Philadelphia, PA • #33856

I pray that God watches over you and helps you through these terrible days.  The world will be different because of the lives lost on Monday. We’ve all been cheated; those amazing young people and their professors were taken before they could fulfill their potential.

April 20, 2007, 1:50pm • Fishersville, VA • #33857