Condolences, April 20, 2007

My deepest sympathy goes out to the victims and their families. My heart and prayers have been with you since that fateful day. God will see all of us through this. Again God Bless you all.

Angela, Cierra and Mike Zugel

April 20, 2007, 1:58pm • Absarokee Montana • #33908

Just wanted to to leave a note to remind students, staff, parents, loved ones and friends, Those you have lost, gave you gifts of hope, peace,gentleness,joy and love. Do not let one persons actions take those things from you.

Remember, those you loved, loved to see you live life. Greive, cry..heal no one can take from you the gifts of joy and love you have been given,
Never give up

April 20, 2007, 1:58pm • Ironton,Ohio • #33909

My heart and thoughts go out to all of you.  You will all be in my prayers.

April 20, 2007, 1:58pm • Palo Alto, CA • #33910

Mine and my family’s prayers and thoughts are with you.

April 20, 2007, 1:58pm • Kansas • #33911

To the families who lost their loved ones on
4-16-07:

I’m speechless, and I know that nothing I say will bring the ones lost back. God is watching over you, he has something special in store for you and your family. It may seem as though he has betrayed you, but just know that he will always be with you.
He doesn’t do things without a reason, and I know you will learn something from this. You are going to need him now more than ever right now. My family, My church, My community, and my school are praying for you.

You have all my love!

--Aaryn M. Joseph

April 20, 2007, 1:58pm • Ashburn, Virginia • #33912

Me in USA and my parents in India deliver our heart felt condolences to the family of the victims and the Tech University Staff and Students.
It is a great tragedy hour that has been brought upon this University. But now the whole world is with the victims family and to morally support the University in all aspects.
May God bless the departed souls.
I wish all the Tech University students to respect and love each other fellow mates and live in harmony and peace. I wish you all achieve success in all the endeavors in your life.
With Luv,
Srinivasan Moorthy
Illinois

April 20, 2007, 1:58pm • Lake in the Hills, Illinois • #33913

May peace come into your hearts, joy will soon arrive, as a Hokie community you will be strong and survive. Remember times you shared, whether good or bad, right now is a time of sorrow, it’s alright to be sad. Your friends and fellow classmates have gone to a better place they won’t be forgotten as long as you share your memories and stories with others they will remain forever in your hearts.You ARE Virginia Tech, You ARE Strong, Hokie Fans everywhere are with you in spirit. God Bless You All.

April 20, 2007, 1:58pm • St. Mary's, WV/ formally Danville VA. • #33914

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you. Us Canadians feel your pain and we are with you all the way through dealing with this terrible event that has happened. We have no words to make the pain go away but want to be there for you when you need.

April 20, 2007, 1:58pm • Edmonton Alberta Canada • #33915

To everyone who lost someone in this crazy mess i am sorry and i understand how you feel i live in colorado and we have had something simular to what had happend to you and yet i am still hurting on the inside from it. My brother had died in the Columbine shooting a few years ago. God rest his soul but i mean the thing of it is is that you have to move on and you have to be strong not just for you but for who you lost. So my words of wisdom to you is just to make the best of your day and remember the times that you had with that person because they r in a better place now and they dont want you to suffer so give them what they want and smile sometime.

April 20, 2007, 1:59pm • Aurora, Colorado • #33916

Afternoon Virginia Tech!  I am a graduate from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  I know how tight a college campus can be, and after a tragedy like Monday, you will only become closer.  Oklahoma is keeping every student and every parent in our prayers.  We are proud to sport Burnt Orange and Maroon today.  After what unfolded on Monday, we all have Hokie Spirit in our blood.  Oklahoma is standing behind you and praying for you all.  The Oklahoma State Cowboys is backing the Virginia Tech Hokies!!  We love you guys.  Stay Strong!!!!

April 20, 2007, 1:59pm • Edmond, Oklahoma • #33917

You are HOKIES so therefor you are STRONG!!!
You are in our thoughts and our prayers. Those of us in Oklahoma Pray that you find comfort and strength in OUR HEAVENLY FATHER. You are our brothers and sisters so we feel your hurts and feel your pain. You are STRONG because you are HOKIES!!!

Nile and Bobbie Wheat

April 20, 2007, 1:59pm • Tulsa, Oklahoma • #33918

The entire Va Tech community is in my thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time. I will continue to pray that God will be with each individual person as they struggle to heal from this horrible tragedy. GO HOKIES!!

April 20, 2007, 1:59pm • Staunton, Va • #33919

My wife and I are both Tech alums, class of 2000.  Although we live in Minnesota, we will never forget the spirit of Tech.  It remains forever with us.  The way students, staff and faculty have come together in the aftermath of the tragic events on Monday is making us very proud to be Hokies.  You have handled yourselves remarkably well this whole week.  You have shown the world that Hokies are united with class, strength and dignity.  You have demonstrated that we are a campus and a community that will not be defined by one act of violence, and that we refuse to live in fear.  Though we will never forget our fallen Hokies, I am certain that we will emerge from this even stronger than before as we move forward together.  We want you to know that the hearts and minds of Hokies all over the world are with you.

April 20, 2007, 1:59pm • St. Paul, MN • #33920

My name is Robin Mooneyham and I am from Arlington Texas, I cannot fathom what the parents of the fallen students are going through. I have a 7 yr old sister who is in the second grade, while watching the news unravel about this tragedy, she asked a great question. “ What would I do if I was in the girls bathroom?” Both my mother and I told her that if it was impossible for her to get to her classroom to stay where she was, to go into one of the stalls , lock the door and stand on the toilet so that her feet would not be seen. We asked the teacher the next day regarding this question and she told us that before she lock any door that she must make sure all students are present, and if not she was to go after them. There is no pedictament that something like this would happen, it is never expected. My heart goes out to all those who lost thier lives. God bless all of you and your families.

April 20, 2007, 1:59pm • arlington texas • #33921

To those who suffer, and to those who console the bereaved, I send love and prayer. Keep supporting each other and know that there are those who constantly keep all those touched by this nightmare in their thoughts.

Stephanie Efflandt

April 20, 2007, 2:00pm • Grapevine, Texas • #33922

Our daughter had just decided to accept an admission offer from VT for the Fall 2007 semester when this horrible tragedy occurred. After witnessing the way the students and VT community acted as one to support each other, we are sure that she made the right decision. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. May you find strength in you memories…

Rick and Adrienne Ordung

April 20, 2007, 2:00pm • Lancaster, MA • #33923

Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard and is working so hard to put together this web site and communicate with the rest of the world while your world is reeling with suffering.  You are truly serving the memory of your fellow students and faculty in the best possible way by going on with life in a self-affirming way and using your talents to continue to contribute to the world instead of giving in to suffering.  You are wonderful examples of strength in the face of incomprehensible suffering.

Kathy Nader
Sacramento, CA

April 20, 2007, 2:00pm • Sacramento, CA • #33924

As a Virginia Tech graduate, I share a deep mourning with all involved.  Some of the best years of my life were on that campus.  I am praying for all of you; victims, families and friends.  Find strength in God.  May God heal us all.

April 20, 2007, 2:00pm • Raleigh, NC • #33925

THERE IS HOPE IN EVERYTHING.  IF YOU LOOK AT THE LOVE AND SUPPORT SHOWN AROUND THE GLOBE FOR THE SADDNESS YOU HAVE ALL EXPERIENCED, THERE IS THE GOOD.  THE OVERWHELMING EMOTIONAL FEELINGS WILL SLOWLY GIVE WAY TO THE OVERWHELMING FEELINS OF LOVE THAT WE ALL SEND TO YOU.  CONTINUE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER AND LOVE EACH OTHER AND TRUST IN GOD.

April 20, 2007, 2:01pm • TIMBERVILLE, VA • #33926

My prayers and thoughts are with the families of those that were lost and the entire Virginia Tech community. The days that follow will be painful and full of sorrow but they will also be filled with the loving memories of those lost and the strength that has already been shown by the Virginia Tech family. Please know that I will help by providing strength through remembrance and striving to show my love for those around me.

April 20, 2007, 2:01pm • Richmond, VA • #33927

Can money buy the success one desires,
Can it fan the flame of our soul’s fires
Can another person bleed for ones sake,
Can a whole nation grieve for one mans mistake

Can a darkness surround and take away breath,
Can a child grow in a world of death
Could the drowning sorrows of societies sight,
Bring forth someone of power and might

Can a bullet be stopped by the heart,
Can life after death really be the start
Could our world mistake our days,
Could this life be nothing but endless haze

Can a picture painted become a wrong,
Is there pain in tears from a song
Has laughter and love disappeared in air,
Has there been good, or was it never there

It seems for ages that evil has won,
So many lives have been taken and undone
One mans discontent has become our own,
Our world has forgotten the meaning of alone

But alone we are not and we must stay strong,
There is too much a stake to quit this far along
May our voices be heard to the eastern sea,
This is our country, land of Liberty

To the souls of those who have left our time,
We will remember the day that you shined
The bullet stopped the heart from living,
It can never stop the love that keeps on giving.

Curtis Z

April 20, 2007, 2:01pm • Klamath Falls, Oregon • #33928

I just wanted to let all of the students and faculty, friends and family, and anyone who shares the pain, my prayers go out to each and everyone of you. I wish there was more I could do to help, but in a situation like this there is really nothing. I am showing my support today
4-20-2007, I got a bulletin on my myspace that said to where Orange and maroon, I have it on.
So sorry for your losses, and God Bless all of you!
Janice Orcutt

April 20, 2007, 2:01pm • Clermont, Florida • #33929

I want to extend my profound thoughts, sympathies, prayers & support to the Students/Families/Professors/Staff and VT & Blacksburg community who are directly or indirectly affected by this sad & horrific incident. Also the VT Alumni at Qualcomm in San Diego, California shares the same thoughts.

Arif Ehsan
VT Alum

April 20, 2007, 2:01pm • San Diego CA 92126 • #33930

All of our Prayers are with each family and friend of those lost. Godspeed to each of you.

April 20, 2007, 2:01pm • Ashland, Kentucky---Morehead St. Ashland Campus • #33931

I have 2 sons who graduated from VT and even attended a class with Craig in Norris hall. My prayers go out to the parents of the victims, I pray for you often. I attended UVA, but am a hugh VT fan and will always be a big supported. God be with the parents, your children are already with their Lord.
Walt thompson

April 20, 2007, 2:01pm • Charlottesville, VA USA • #33932

May God bless you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Continue to heal and remember that God loves each of you. deeanne

April 20, 2007, 2:02pm • lagrange,geogia • #33933

The horror of the sad events of April 16 are eclipsed only by the wonderful, brave and articulate Hokies who have shown us that a great University can nuture and provide the kind of citizens America truly needs for the future. My heart is with you all.
greg haight

April 20, 2007, 2:02pm • Vienna Virginia • #33934

My heart goes out to the families of those killed and injured.  Words can not express my sorrow.  But the spirit of Va Tech will prevail in its students, academic staff, and alumni and we will all grow from this tragedy.

April 20, 2007, 2:02pm • Virginia Beach, VA • #33935

Today, we are ALL Hokies, and our Wolpack & Tarheel hearts bleed Burgundy & Orange. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the VA Tech Families, from the Students, Faculty and their families to the Custodial Workers, Grounds Crews & Cooks, that this incomprehensible tragedy has affected. May you all find the comfort and strength from those of us around you, from the ACC to the Pack 10 and that you will rise up together above all of this and PREVAIL!  GOD BLESS THE HOKIES AND MAY HE BE WITH YOU TODAY AND ALWAYS.

With Heartfelt Regards,
Kevin Thompson & Rusty Cahill
Norfolk,VA

April 20, 2007, 2:02pm • Norfolk, Virginia • #33936

As a student at Morehead State University, I am deeply saddened by what has happened. My heart goes out to the students, faculty and families who lost their loved ones in this tragic event. I pray that God will be with each and everyone of you and will lay his healing hands upon you. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

SG
Morehead State University

April 20, 2007, 2:02pm • • #33937

Watching such resolve and dignity in the Virginia Tech community in the face of tragedy has made me deeply proud and honored to call myself a Hokie. Please know that the thoughts and prayers of myself, my friends, and my family are with everyone in the Virginia Tech family, especially those who are suffering the loss of someone close.

Andrew Mandeville
Class ‘05

April 20, 2007, 2:02pm • Cumberland, RI • #33938

To anyone effected by the event at Virginia Tech, my prayers and tears are with you. I pray that you will feel God’s comforting arms around you and that God will give you strength. I also pray that your remembrance of your loved ones is a time of joyous reflection on their incredible, inspiring lives. All of us at Berry College in Rome, Georgia are thinking and praying for you. - Elizabeth

April 20, 2007, 2:03pm • Douglasville, GA • #33939

I have been watching this tradgedy FOr days On the news and I get sadder and sadder each time...My Thoughts and prayers go out to every student at v tech...Ad to the families who lost there loved one My prayers are with all of u And I can not even begin to imagine what u guys are going through.To the all the surviviors and the people still int he hospital get well soon...And know that the world world mourns for each and every one of you

April 20, 2007, 2:03pm • Fenton,Mi • #33940

As parents of a Tech alumna, today we wear our Hokie colors with pride and we share a simple phrase from her web page.......VIRGINIA TECH.4.LIFE. God bless the victims and their families and the entire Tech community.

April 20, 2007, 2:03pm • Somers, CT • #33941

We at University of Texas at Arlington express our
sympathy to our colleagues at VT.

Our prayers are with you.

Lynda

April 20, 2007, 2:03pm • Arlington, TX • #33942

I would like to thank the lord that Mrs. Surber’s daughter Linday Surber is alright and everyone else that went to Tech when the massacre went on.

April 20, 2007, 2:03pm • Chilhowie, VA • #33943

My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of anyone whose lives were changed by this horrifying event. My daughter is currently in 7th grade but has said for years now that she would like to attend Virginia Tech.

I pray we will draw strength from this experience to continue living and not allow the lives lost during this tragedy to go in vain. As parent we must become active in your children’s lives, know what they are doing and and how they are feeling so we can prevent tragedies like this in the future. There has to be a way to give the next generation the ability to live their lives without fear.

Sincerely, Cheryl Landreth

April 20, 2007, 2:03pm • Churchville, Maryland • #33944

No words can possibly express the shock, sadness and grief the parents, students and friends are experiencing at this time.

My thoughts and prayers go out to each and everyone of you during this tragic time.  May God hold each and every one of you in his hands, at this time and show you someway, somehow, to make sense of all this.

God Bless you all

April 20, 2007, 2:03pm • Winter Park, Florida • #33945

I would like to say how sorry I am for all of the families that has suffered a loss of a loved one.  I’m in the United States Navy and stationed in Hawaii currently deployed overseas in the fight againts terrisom currently in Africa(but still a country boy from Troutville).  I just had gotten off work when myself and my fellow shipmates recieved word.  As a ture Hokies fan it was a very hard to understand something like this could happen to such a great place in a small town.  I wish everyone the best and all of you will be in my prayers.
Eric

April 20, 2007, 2:03pm • Kaneohe, Hawaii, (Troutville, Va) • #33946

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family members and close friends of those who lost their lives at Va. Tech. this past Monday. As a mother and teacher I can’t even imagine the pain all involved are experiencing. May God give you strength and may you always cherish the memories of those you loved so dearly.

April 20, 2007, 2:03pm • Baltimore, MD USA • #33947

I have no doubt that God will lay his hands upon all those who hurt. These deaths were unnecessary and painful. My prayers are with you all.

April 20, 2007, 2:03pm • Norfolk, VA • #33948

As a graduate of higher education, I fell for your
loss and this huge tragedy.  We are all connected
in this world and we all live as one.  Your pain is my pain.  I do truly feel for the victims, and their family’s, and anybody who is involved in higher learning throughout the world. I do hope that you can move on from this tragedy and hope that something positive can come from this.  When ever I see the colours of orange and maroon, I will think of you and your fine institution.
C.B.

April 20, 2007, 2:03pm • Alberta, Canada • #33949

My full condolences i send out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones in these horrific events.  No one should have to deal with such pain and tragedy.  Coming from California, i am not able to be there to witness the sorrow of the event, but my heart does go out to each and every student, faculty member and family member who has lost or has had a loved one injured in these horrific events.  I wish those who have passed on love, courage, honor, and to let them know that they will never be forgotten, and love god, because he will be there for you. 
with sympathy to all those who suffered the tragic events of april 16th, 2007,
my heart goes out to you.
you are true heroes, and we all love you!
Jenjoshstars

April 20, 2007, 2:03pm • Winnipeg Canada • #33950

As parents of a Virginia Tech Graduate Student, we have seen his pride in the school from the first day he arrived.  Now we all feel like Hokies in spirit and thoughts.  Our prayers and thoughts go to the families of those lost in such a terrible event, especially Jeremy Herbstritt, my son’s friend.  May you all find comfort in the many expressions of sympathy expressed in these pages.  We are all Hokies now and the Hokie spirit will prevail.  May God bless all of you.

Jeff and Mary Stanton

April 20, 2007, 2:03pm • Romulus, New York • #33951

I’m wearing maroon and orange today, hoping that this small gesture will honor each and every person who died so senselessly on Monday. Please know that I’m praying for you. I have no idea what you are all going through; I only know that God is there for you. Many have mentioned God here and rightly so, He is a loving God. Please lean on Him - trust Him.

April 20, 2007, 2:04pm • Sullivan IL • #33952

I WANT TO SAY TO THOSE THAT HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE IN THIS TRAGEDY..YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS. TO THE OTHER STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND STAFF YOU ARE ALSO IN MY PRAYERS AS WELL AS THOSE WOUNDED. I PRAY THAT THE VIRGINIA TECH COMMUNITY DOESN’T HAVE TO RELIVE THIS OR ANYONE ONE ELSE THAT WALKS ON GODS GREEN EARTH. YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS, PRAYERS, AND HEART.
VIRGINIA.

April 20, 2007, 2:04pm • CHICAGO, IL • #33953

May the Lord God Almighty comfort you and soothe your pain!

In Christ,

Alberto Royo
Senior Academic Advisor
College of Business
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

April 20, 2007, 2:04pm • Corpus Christi, Texas • #33954

I WILL KEEP YOU ALL IN MY PRAYERS AND PRAY THE FAMILIES WHO LOST A LOVED ONE AND PRAY TO GOD THAT HE WILL KEEP THEM SAFE AND ALL OF YOU WILL BE FOREVER MISSED.

KENEISHA

April 20, 2007, 2:04pm • NEW ORLEANS • #33955

I watch the news all the time know...i feal so sorry that you all have to go through this...i wish you all the best of luck...and drop out because of it stay strong and graduate so you all can become what you want to be…
//:keshia://

April 20, 2007, 2:05pm • Brstol VA • #33956

This message comes to VA Tech from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. From our university to yours, we share in your grief, pain and sorrow.  Each person affected by this tragedy is in our prayers constantly. All across the country, today, tomorrow and the next day, until the sadness fades - We are all Hokies. We will help you keep the spirit alive. God bless you Virginia Tech.

April 20, 2007, 2:05pm • Ruston, Louisiana • #33957