E-mail to VT Webmaster, April 16 - 26, 2007

The President
Virginia Tech

Sir:
I am heartbroken to hear of the very sad and terrible news of the killing of innocent students and others at Virginia Tech. The news was shocking and unbelieveable. How can this happen? Who is going to tell the parents and brothers and sisters of the victims that their loved ones are no more? And why? Is the world gone so mad?
All I can do is to pray to Allah to bless the souls of the victims and give peace and patience to the families. My son, Zarak Ali Khan graduated from this alma mater in 2003, and I visited VT about the same time, so I can feel the sadness and the grief that has struck VT,the US and all of us,, even so far away in Pakistan. With you in this hour of grief.
Tahir Ali Khan
Bara Kahu, Islamabad, Pakistan

April 17, 2007 • Islamabad, Pakistan • #35035

We wish to send our heartfelt condolences to all the families and friends of people affected by the tradegy that happened on Monday 16th April. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.

The Hopper Family

April 17, 2007 • Rotherham England • #35036

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH VT IN THE TRAGIC EVENTS THAT UNFOLDED ON MONDAY. IT BREAKS MY HEART JUST TO THINK OF WHAT EVERYONE HAS TO GO THROUGH NOW. GOD WILL SEE YOU ALL THROUGH. I LIVE IN RALEIGH, NC AND THIS REALLY HAS AN IMPACT ON RALEIGH ALSO. WE ARE PRAYING FOR EVERYONE.

April 17, 2007 • #35037

Well, not too sure how to start, but i, as well as the rest of the world was shocked by the recent events that occurred at Vaginia Tech.

I’m sure you are getting many messages of sympathy, and will probably continue to do so. As a university student myself, i realise how this could happen anywhere these days.

Well,i hope you will pass on my condolancies to students, staff and reletives of those involved.

S. Lomax (England)

April 17, 2007 • England • #35038

We are from the United Kingdom and wanted to contact you all to send our love and our prayers to you all at this time. We also send our prayers to those who sadly have died and their familes and loved ones.

God Bless you all.

Jayne and Phil Moring

April 17, 2007 • Broughton Northamptonshire England • #35039

I JUST WANTED TO SEND AN E-MAIL TO LET YOU KNOW THAT SOMEONE IN NORTH MYRTLE BEACH IS PRAYING FOR ALL OF YOU. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL OF YOU.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL

April 17, 2007 • North Myrtle Beach • #35040

My prayers are with your campus, students, faculty and families. God Bless you all and comfort you at this time. We are with you in spirit.

April 17, 2007 • #35041

As a Virginian now living in Ohio, I want to express condolesences to all at Va. Tech. I’ve lived in Ohio for the past 17 years but for the 1st 41 years of my life, Virginia. I still consider myself as a Virginian so my heart aches for the Hokies.

I don’t know if you are setting up a special site for this but I hope you do

April 17, 2007 • #35042

I just want to commend the President of your University and the head of your security on the fine job they are doing in handling the press. No rush to judgment, no guesses on what happened, just a steady, calm and direct manner. When you have facts you will let everyone know, a very important point that many neglect to heed.

I have no one attending your institution, my children are grown, but I would not hesitate to send them to your school. I feel from your remarks that I would be sending them somewhere that someone was taking care of them the way I would, with concern and compassion. You have set a high standard during what I know has been a difficult time.

April 17, 2007 • #35043

First let me say that my prayers are with each of you on the Virginia Tech Campus. Much love to you all at this sad time. My family came to your campus in January for National Honors Band. My son Gabe Waters is a 8th grader at Grifton School, Grifton NC. We were so impressed with your school. He plans on going into Engineering and told me after he heard of all that is going on. “Mom that the school I am going to”. We have East Carolina here and he has been walking around with a VT hoodey on. He got up this morning for school and there was that hoodey. We care and this is a way of healing for “mom”. I sit here with tears in my eyes and want you all to know how great the hurt is in my heart also. I don’t even know you but...I CARE!!!! To all of you...God be with you,
Dana Waters

April 17, 2007 • #35044

I am very sorry to hear of what happend to your college community! I am a past student that stayed on campus at another college in Virginia and you just never think something like this could happend! My prayers are with all students, staff, and faculty at Virginia Tech as well as the families and friends. To all students at Virginia Tech, I say lean on each other for support and continue to strive for success. God Bless

April 17, 2007 • #35045

I am the mother of a student at GA Tech. I cannot begin to understand and feel the sorrow and pain that the entire VA Tech family must be going through. My heart felt condolences go out to the entire VA tech family in this tragic time.

Sincerely,

Angela Barnard
GA TEch student mother

April 17, 2007 • #35046

My heart and prayers go out to all those affected by the senseless murders which occurred yesterday at your campus. I especially pray for the parents, families and friends of the students and faculty, who were injured and who died. I pray that God holds them all in His hands and comforts them. Our world is inundated with hate. We all have to pray for peace and to be peacemakers to overcome. God bless you all. Maureen James

April 17, 2007 • #35047

I wanted to take this opportunity to express my sincere sympathy to the Virginia Tech family. You have been through a terrible ordeal. Your loss is great. But I know that the University and all of the students, faculty and staff will survive this horrible nightmare and emerge stronger because of it. My thoughts are with you.

Second, I want to lend my support to President Steger and Police Chief Flinchum. I watched the press conference last night and was appalled by the feeding frenzy the reporters applied to both of these fine men. In the face of uninformed and often callous questioning, I felt that both gentlemen refused to give into the desire of the press for a sensational story. Instead, these men stayed with making only those statements they could firmly support with facts and endured repeated attempts by all of the press representatives to secure a “scoop” of some scrap of new information. The question about how aloof and unaffected President Steger and Chief Flinchum appeared in the face of this nightmare was particularly cruel. It was obvious to me that both men care greatly for the University and the students.

Lastly, it is easy to second guess when a tragedy of this magnutitude happens. In my opinion there was no reason for Uuiversity officials and security personnel to suspect that the initial incident was anything more that an isolated, domestic event. Certainly when similar events happen in cities or towns, the police do not lock down the whole city or town for one event. It sounded to me like the University took the proper steps: secure the building, inform the residents of the building to remain in their rooms; and investigsate the crime. Communicating to 9000 resident students and 17000 commuting students plus 10000 staff during the morning commuting hours is a challenging task.

I am sure that as more of the facts, and not just speculation, is revealed about the incidents at VT that reason will prevail and the decisions made by the University were in fact the best that could be made with the information available at the time. The student population is scared and shocked right now. Their backlash response is understandable. My wish would be for the University to be forthright with sharing the facts with the campus community as they are confirmed and not jump to wild conclusions or release unsubstaniated information just to satisfy the press. The “press”, once again, has shown it’s true colors: get the sensational story before anyone else can and don’t worry if the story is factual at all - just get the story!

President Steger, Chief Flinchum, you have my support and my respect for what you both endured last night at the hands of the press and for the way you are handling this terrible tragedy.

Be strong - and do things the right way - the truth will never hurt you.

Lloyd Weyl

April 17, 2007 • Holly Springs, NC • #35048

Please accept my deepest sympathy with the horrific massacre that resulted in so many lives lost and injuries at your university. The first song that I heard this morning was “Morning has Broken” by Cat Stevens and it made me cry. And I had to admit that I was glad that a new day had broken. My thoughts and prayers all with you all, as is all of America and the rest of the world. Joline Godden

April 17, 2007 • Dryden, ON Canada • #35049

My name is Alexander G Farrugia, and I write from the island of Malta in Europe.

Just to tell you that you are all in our prayers at this difficult time. May those who perished rest in peace, and may God grant comfort to the survivors, the victim’s families and all the faculty members.

Alexander G Farrugia B.Ed
Malta
Europe

April 17, 2007 • Malta • #35050

I am a student at Kean University in Union NJ. My prayers go out to all at the University and anyone who may read this e-mail. This could have happened on any college campus and I am deeply sadened by the news of this. I always feel safe on campus and this is a reminder of the world we live in. My prayers go out to all family, friends and staff.

Derrick Edmundson

April 17, 2007 • #35051

All of our hopes and prayers our with you. As a graduate of a VA college with many friends that went to Tech I can’t imagine the grief and shock you have experienced. I have always held VA Tech in the highest regard and I know you will come through this. I was in the Seattle airport yesterday watching this unfold and I kept telling people the VA Tech is a great place and will continue to be a great place.

God bless.

April 17, 2007 • #35052

My heart, positive thoughts and prayers go out to students, teachers, parents, anyone who is directly affected by this horrible recent tragedy of methodical shootings and killings. Your losses are our losses. Its such a shame that we cant care enough, as humans, about one another. Help each other, listen to each other ... love, dont hate! Heart to heart, Nancy Lenz, a caring parent

April 17, 2007 • #35053

Sad tidings:
Although I am a lady of 63 with very little college training; it is with deep sadness that I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to the survivors and loved ones of lost family members. My heart is filled with such sadness that something of this magnitude could still happen in our country today. My heartfelt prayers go out to all of you at Virginia Tech and those who were most affected by this terrible tragedy. May God bless each and every one of you. In Jesus name…

Mary McLuckie

April 17, 2007 • #35054

my family here in tillsonburg, ontario, canada wish to express our deepest sympathy in regards to the horrible slaying of the students,the injured, the faculty,your whole community.....what a tragety… I also have child attending a university here in canada,after yesterdays news I found myself having to call her ,.this tragedy could happen anywhere any time . again my deepest sympathy to students their families friends and the community....

all are in our prayers
mary ,andy ,
cassandra and brooke
balazs

April 17, 2007 • Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada • #35055

To those lost, unborn, and unmade. Our hearts bleed. This too shall pass.

patrick shipley

April 17, 2007 • Richmond Va • #35056

MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU ALL AND FAMILIES AND FRIENDS.I AM PRAYING FOR EVERYONE. GOD HAS TO BE FIRST. WE HAVE TO PUT THIS IN HIS HANDS TO BRING COMFORT TO ALL INVOLVED. HE IS THE ALMIGHTY AND THAT IS WHY WE ALL BETTER BE READY FOR HIM WHEN WE LEAVE THIS EARTH, WITHOUT HIM WE WOULD NOT HAVE HAD THE OPPURTUNITY TO EVEN HAVE A LIFE ON EARTH.WE ALSO GOT TO REMEMBER THOUGH THE DEVIL IS AT WORK AND WE MUST STAND AGAINST THE DEVIL AND LOOK FOR FAITH, TRUST AND OUR ETERNAL LIVES THRU GOD HIMSELF.WHAT CAN WE SAY WHEN WE FEEL ABANDONED BY GOD?WHATEVER WE FEEL ON EARTH, WHETHER IT BE JOY, SORROW,PEACE, OR ANGUISH, WE WILL FIND COMFORT AND STRENGTH THRU OUR NATIONS HOLY BIBLE AND THRU GOD.PSALMS 68:19 PRAISE BE THE LORD, TO OUR GOD OUR SAVIOR WHO DAILY BEARS OUR BURDENS.OUR GOD IS A GOD WHO SAVES, FROM OUR SOVEREIGN LORD COMES ESCAPE FROM DEATH.GOD KNOWS THE BEGINING AND ALSO THE END.TAKE CARE !
AND PEACE BESTOW UPON YOU ALL. WITH DEEPEST SYMPATHY,
TONYA KELLY

April 17, 2007 • #35057

teach at Santana High School. So sorry. many students will be hurt the rest of their lives. if you need help please get it. my son was here during the shooting, upon hearing about the problem at VT he fell apart. that was about 7 years ago. All of you are in our prayers. god bless you

April 17, 2007 • #35058

From New Hampshire, We share in your sorrow and mourne your loss. Leo

April 17, 2007 • New Hampshire • #35059

We live in Monroe Mi. we are sending our prayers and sympthy to all involved. Yes, as I heard on TV this a.m. that GOD is there amoung all of you.May you all contine to receive his love and strenght in all this.. As we pray for all students /families/everyone involved.

God Bless and know your loved.! and being prayed for; Family from Monroe,Mi.
Dave and Joyce Hayford

April 17, 2007 • Monroe Mi. • #35060

I don’t know you, you don’t know me, I don’t have family or friends who attend Va. Tech. I am praying for each and everyone of you and for those who have paid the ultimate price and their families.

Be at Peace and may your Higher Power in whatever way you believe, grant you mercy, healing, strength and may you lean on your families and friends.

You are in the thoughts of so many.

April 17, 2007 • #35061

I just want to take this time to say that my heart and prayers goes out to the students and faculty at Virginia Tech. Don’t let the media get to you,continue to be strong and continue to be the best college in the state of Virginia. I and my family love you with all of our hearts.

with love,
David McCarty

April 17, 2007 • Meadows of Dan,Virginia • #35062

My Prayers are with you, In this most horrible of times. And pray you all can overcome this trying time God Bless you All

April 17, 2007 • #35063

You are all in my prayers. May God heal your campus and show you his comfort.

April 17, 2007 • #35064

I JUSTED WANTED TO EXPRESS MY CONDOLENCES TO THE STAFF, STUDENTS AND FAMILIES THAT IS DEALING WITH THIS TRAGIC EXPERIENCE. MY BLESSINGS GO OUT TO THE VIRGINIA TECH FAMILY AND MY GOD BE WITH YOU AND GIVE YOU STRENGTH TO COPE IN THE COMING DAYS. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.

SINCERELY,

RENITA MYLES
ISTA INSURANCE TRUST

April 17, 2007 • #35065

Condolences from our school system to your campus family

April 17, 2007 • #35066

Hopefully the University will respect the magnitude of this event, and will cancel the Spring Football game scheduled for Saturday April 21st. I think it would be unfortunate for Frank Beamer and his staff to go on with this unnecessary sporting event out of respect for those who lost family members. Pat Saunders
Class of 1987

April 17, 2007 • #35067

Excellent job on information/services related to the tragedy. My heart goes out to the Va Tech community and especially public affairs personnel.

Peace and Good,

Janet Gianopoulos, News Services
Siena College
Loudonville, NY

April 17, 2007 • Loudonville, NY • #35068

Dear Virginia Tech Family,

My thoughts and prays are with you today and your families. I will never understand the madness that goes on in today’s society, but want you to know that I will pray for all that have fallen and who are still dealing with the grief and sorrow. It is not easy to let your children go to college, leave the nest as they say, but it is a must for them to grow, so with our current state it makes it harder for everyone who is a parent. I have two daughters at College in Pennsylvania and it breaks my heart to think of the families of this horrific tragedy. With sincere hope for a better understanding I will will keep you and your families in my prays.

Warm Regards
Cathy Lauria

April 17, 2007 • #35069

Just wanted to send my condolenses to the faculity, students and their families. May God bless you all and hopefully you will find a way to deal with this tragedy.

April 17, 2007 • #35070

Words will never convey how this country is now feeling. I am so very sorry. Our children should always be safe at school. As a mother of 3, and Aunt to 4 college students, one in VA, I am just so heartbroken for the families that are all affected by this. I will pray for everyone, and hope that our prayers are heard, even from Massachusetts. Also, We will pray for the family of the accused. They certainly did not ask for any of this to follow them now forever.

God Bless VA Tech

April 17, 2007 • #35071

I wasn’t sure how to get this message to the VT community.

As a teacher at the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School in Richmond, Va, a Virginia native, and a UVa. alum, I simply wanted to extend my heartfelt sympathy and support for the VT community. You are each in our hearts and prayers. Many future blessings to our Hokie brothers and sisters!

Kimberly Crow

April 17, 2007 • #35072

I just wanted to express my sincerest sympathy to you and your students. My son is a student at Radford so this has hit pretty close to home. Although I cannot help physically, I would just like you to know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Hopefully with God’s help thei too shall pass and make you stronger and closer. With deepest sympathy and love, Marie Margiotti

April 17, 2007 • #35073

Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me. Ps 86:6-7

God bless you all and grant you peace.

April 17, 2007 • #35074

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

-Teacher from Indiana

April 17, 2007 • #35075

Webmaster,
Please forward this as appropriate.
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To the students and faculty of Virginia Tech,

I wish to express my most sincere condolences for your tragic loss. I know that nothing I can say will resolve anything, but time and your own inner strength will heal these terrible wounds. I wish you comfort and peace.

Steve Elliott
Lenexa, Kansas

P.S.: Although I’m an MU alum, I’ll be a Hokie from now on.

April 17, 2007 • #35076

Please accept my prayers as a means of support and strength as you deal with this tragedy.

Lisa M. Koester
Educational Diagnostician
Posey County Special Services

April 17, 2007 • Mt. Vernon, IN • #35077

Please accept our deepest sympathy and prayers for your loss. No words can express the sorrow we feel. Please know everyone there is in our thoughts and prayers. Holding you all in the Healing and Loving Light of God. May you find comfort, healing and peace in knowing you are not alone.

April 17, 2007 • #35078

Just wanted everyone to know at the University how shocked and sad we are about yesterday’s massacare of so many vibrant and innocent lives. I had the opportunity a few months ago to meet some of the VT football team when I was in Roanoke on business, and they were such wonderful young men. Our hearts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their sons and daughters during this horrific act of violence, and they are also with the administration of VT. We know this is a very difficult time and all we can do is mourn with you and the families and keep you in our prayers and thoughts and I assure you this Tar Heel family will. God Bless!!!

The Longo Family

April 17, 2007 • Hampstead, NC • #35079

To all the students, Proffesors and staff of Virgina Tech,

My name is Inken I am from Germany and I am studying international business. I just wanted to let you know that me and probably many other students in Germany are with you during this very hard time. Most of us do not know what it feels like to loose friends through such a bad tragedy but we are still all very shocked. There is nothing to suggest to make the pain heal faster it will take a long time but I trust that this will put you all together and that you will get the strength to deal with the situation. You all need each other now and you should hold together,try not to blame each other and think about the future. I have lost a friend trough a bombing and I did not wanted to wake up the next day - but I did and I did again the day after - and again and again, what I try to say is that life will go on and that it is different but it is not over - not for you...!!!

In deepest sorrow. God bless you all.
Warm regards Inken

April 17, 2007 • Germany • #35080

I am very saddened as all of you are. I am praying for your campus of students & teachers as well as the parents of those who lost loved ones. May God’s presence protect you especially from those who will always second guess. You all did your best in such a horrific situation & that is all anyone can ever ask for or hope for!

April 17, 2007 • #35081

I don’t have a question but I have a comment. I heard about the latest tragedy on the campus. I want to the students of Virginia Tech to know that they are in thoughts and prayers. I am sorry for the loss of so many lives.

May God Bless Virginia Tech!

Thank you.

April 17, 2007 • #35082

I just want to send my condolences to all of you.. I’m a mother of 4 children and I reside in Denver, Colo.. This really hits home for me since I live so close to Columbine and the mere fact I have children in school...My deepest sympathies I have shed tears right along with you as I watch the news reports...Is there a donation area where we can send our donations?

April 17, 2007 • Denver, Colo. • #35083

I live in Las Vegas, NV. The lastest news reports are horrific. My heart and prayers go out to the students who were killed or injured and to the families involved. n

April 17, 2007 • Las Vegas, NV • #35084