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My family and I live in Illinois. I have a 7th grade boy who recently wrote a poem for his Language Arts class. Since the poem was a ballad he had to choose a tragedy and he chose to write about what happened at Virginia Tech. When the tragedy struck, my son, parents, sister, and nephew were close to the area when traveling home from North Carolina. Here is the poem:
Snow is in the air
The sun was shining bright
Students didn’t have a care
Soon would go out the lights
Many students survived
And many lives forever changed
So many were killed
By just one man
So much blood spilled
Their lives over ran
Virginia Tech will never forget
The Hokies that were lost
With many regrets
To pay such a cost
I didn’t know if this would interest anyone or not. I am proud of my son for what he has written and we send our prayers to all at Virginia Tech.
Thoughts & prayers - Amy
April 25, 2007 • #35986
to all the students and faculty,
i send you my deepest and truest sympathy. i have too, lost my two best friends this year in a horrible accident. it’s very hard to coup with and all my friends and i can do is grieve. it doesn’t feel real and it really hurts to know that your friends are gone. honestly they are not. they are in your heart, looking down upon you, and guiding you through life. So many young have died in the past two years. None of us expect it to happen to us. believe me i never knew that i was going to lose two of my best friends, that they were going to die, and i’m sure you guys didn’t either. the times are going to be really rough and hard with out your friends and loved ones, i still grieve of losing my best friend of 7 years and i’m sure you will. i pray for all of the students and faculty members of virginia tech, and the family of the victims. i pray for all the vicitms. only god take the good, and he has choosen the best. they have earned there wings and now it’s time for them to fly. they’ll shine down on you dear friends. i give you all my truest and deepest sympathy, becuase i know how you all feel. my family sends there prayers and so does my best friends.
if anyone needs someone to talk to or needs advice or anything at all, just contact me
R.I.P. VIRGINIA TECH ANGELS
April 25, 2007 • #35987
I grieve for all at your campus. I have been particularly impressed at the reaction to these most unfotunate events by everyone on your campus, students and faculty alike. Generally, I am not given to expressions of emotion but today I was. I read an online article that Katelynn Johnson placed a stone (among the others for the victims) for the gunman in the incident. When I read this I was actually reduced to tears for I realized that everyone involved that day was a victim. We need to do better as a society and Katelynn Johnson’s courageous action let me see that. Thank’s to the VT community for your composure and grace in face of unbelievable grief. I am moved beyond words. Vajra Visuddhithada
April 25, 2007 • #35988
I wanted to let you and the campus know that Virginia Tech has been in my prayers and the prayers of many in the Pocono Mountains of PA.
My organization, “Run Over Depression,” is participating in the Pocono Marathon on May 6th and we are running in honor of the lives lost at VT - in particular Jeremy Herbstritt, who ran in Pocono Marathon last year.
The participants from Team ROD and our supporters will all be wearing maroon and orange ribbons on race day. Here is the press release that was e-mailed to the local media in Pennsylvania:
JIM SHOOPACK / RUN OVER DEPRESSION
“Marathon (and Distance) Running for Mental Health Awareness since 2005”
April 26, 2007
POCONO MARATHON ANNOUNCED AS FIRST MARATHON OF 2007 SEASON FOR “RUN OVER DEPRESSION”
Second distance run of 2007 to showcase all-time high of four marathon participants running for the causes of the organization and in memory of the 33 students and professors who died at Virginia Tech
Run Over Depression is proud to announce that four runners will be taking part in the second annual Pocono Marathon this May 6th to help promote the causes of the organization—in particular those of helping to put “a face on the name” of mental illness, in particular depression; and to also remove the stigma behind mental illness.
Jim Shoopack and Kelly Fitzgerald, both veteran distance runners for the organization, as well as mother and daughter team Garyl and Meredith Violi, will be involved in this year’s venture. All four participants reside in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
This year, the participants of Run Over Depression will be running Pocono Marathon as a special memorial tribute to the 33 students and professors from Virginia Tech University who were killed on April 16th; and in particular Jeremy Michael Herbstritt, a Bellefonte, Pennsylvania native who ran in Pocono Marathon last year. All Run Over Depression participants and supporters will be wearing a maroon ribbon on their race-day shirt to demonstrate the organization’s solidarity with Virginia Tech.
“I recently found out that Jeremy and I shared many common traits,” noted Run Over Depression founder Jim Shoopack. “We shared a passion for running—in fact, we both participated in Pocono Marathon last year. Jeremy was a member of the Knights of Columbus (a Catholic men’s fraternal organization)—as am I; and we both shared a passion for learning. As a result, in talking with some of the organization’s other members, we felt very strongly in running this marathon in Jeremy’s memory—as well as the memory of all 33 who were killed.”
“It is so very important to remove the stigma behind mental illness,” Shoopack continued. “This is obvious with what has occurred at Virginia Tech, and I hope and pray that other atrocities similar to what has taken place in Blacksburg, VA can be avoided. This can only happen when our society becomes educated about the symptoms of mental illness and shows support to our family and friends who may demonstrate these symptoms, to get ‘positive help’—such as counseling/talk therapy and prescription anti-depressants, if needed.”
The Pocono Marathon begins at 8am at Clear Run Elementary School in Tobyhanna, PA. The course will take runners from Route 940 through Mount Pocono, to Route 191 through the towns of Paradise Valley, Henryville and Analomink, before finishing up at Ross-Stulgaitis Stadium on the campus of Stroudsburg High School.
Run Over Depression is asking that any donations that would have been made to the organization, to please be sent instead to: Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund
University Development (0336)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
The funds raised through the “Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund” are used to cover expenses (with relation to the killings that took place on April 16th) including but not limited to: assistance to victims and their families; grief counseling; memorials; communication expenses; and comfort expenses.
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I would appreciate it if you would pass this along to the appropriate people. Thank you so much and may God bless you!! You’re in our thoughts and prayers, Virginia Tech!!
April 25, 2007 • Pocono Mountains of PA • #35989
Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your fellow faculty and students during this difficult time.
Lynn Green, Marketing
Hippie Chick Twang Records
April 25, 2007 • Nashville, TN • #35990
Dear Virginia Tech,
I first wanted to say that I didn’t hear much about what has gone on in the recent weeks. I also wanted to at least try to at least get this message to as many of your students/employees as I can. I did see a piece on the history channel and it was very dear to my illbegotten heart. I dont have a lot of time to watch current events around our country because I work 50-60 hours a week. I am 23 yeaars old and am a bartender at bennigans. I live in Colorado springs, Colorado and live about an hour and a half away from Columbine, Colorado. I wanted tell you a little bit about myself and why I needed to send this message. I am sure you all have alot lot of hurt and anguish right now and I for you as well.
The day that the Columbine tradegy happened I was at home skipping high school and my mother called me in tears. I was never good at school because it was so repetative to me. I always felt like the information was to basic. I had kept begging my mother to go to college but she said I was too young and we never had enough money. She had thought that I had gone to that school and she had thought, if you remeber the caption, that I was the one that was wounded jumping out of the window. i was not that person. In turn I watched with every waking moment as much as I could. I remeber sitting on my couch with my whole family watching the local news coverage and crying, even my own father which I had never seen cry in eighteen years.
The point I am trying to make is that I want to help as much as I can. I have recently left my apartments so that I can raise money for the parents/spouces. I will be sending my love and prayers along with a monthly check for parents/spouces. As far down as I can reach I love you all. I know you all would like to forget that this has happened but take it and use it. You all wil strenghten as a school and as a team to promote strength in learning. I commemerate you all for the strength you have held. Show the world what you are made of. GO HOKIES
April 25, 2007 • Colorado springs, Colorado • #35991
This message is for Dr Steger, I have been unable to obtain his e-mail address and if this could be forwarded to him, it would be appreciated.
First, let me say that the decisions and actions taken by you, your staff, the students and other support personnel during the unfolding of events on April 16th are above reproach. Those persons that are so quick to “Monday Morning Quarterbacking” should have to be faced with making the heart wrenching decisions that were being made at that time and subsequently they should face the immediate response by the media of “they should have done???”. Our world and lives would be much better served if we could limit the access by the news media to events such as those on April 16th. It serves little purpose for such uncontrolled exposure and publishing of the sensationalism and half-truths, which perpetuate more sensationalism and half-truths as each of us add our own sensationalism to the story.
The events of April 16th were tragic, and should not have happened, but, those things have happened since time began and will continue until time ends, we will never be able to stop them. With that being said, maybe we can learn something that will lessen the probability of future events. I hope that the Tech Commission members will be charged with limiting the discussion of the progress of their findings to only the need-to-know persons and not on an individual basis discuss their progress with anyone else. It would be another tragedy to pick up the Roanoke paper and read some headlines that “according to unnamed sources, said”, “Dr. Steger or the chief of police should have -------”.
I am 65 years young and have never in my life seen the rallying around any event as has been demonstrated towards the Virginia Tech community. It surely is heart warming to see so much compassion.
Again, let me emphasise that the decisions made during the unfolding of events on April 16th by all persons, except one, were the right decisions and anyone that disagrees was not there. The other thing that comes to mind is that you, your staff and other support personnel could carry this burden with you all your lives, because you will always second guess your actions. I hope that does not happen because you did nothing wrong but make decisions with the best information that you had at the time.
Sincerely and with Great Respect
May God Guide You Daily
April 25, 2007 • #35992
On behalf of the Burlingame Campus of the Allen County Community Collge, I want to express the sorrow felt by the faculty and staff here in Kansas. We pray for your pain to be lightened. I personally believe the students and staff that were lost should be awarded Honorary Degrees for their sacrifice. Thank you and god bless.
April 25, 2007 • Kansas • #35993
Responsibility, where does it start and with whom does it stop ? Deut. 32-39 (of God) See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. (again of God) Proverbs 16-4 The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. (A better day!) Acts 3-19 thru 21 and 21 reads: “(whom the heven must receive until the times of restitution of all things,(i.e.people as Christ was call a “Holy Thing” before he was born), which God hat spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began...So, Press on Hokies and may God bless us all to remember Christ is KING and him only...amen
April 25, 2007 • #35994
First of all I would to like condole with all the families, Its a big news here in the philippines.I offer my prayers for the all victims of the incident.
April 25, 2007 • philippines • #35995
I am writing on behalf of the Berkley Middle School’s Student Council in Berkley, Massachusetts. I am the co-advisor of the student council and one of our members came up with an idea to make a “banner of support” for everyone at Vriginia Tech. I found this to be a wonderful, heartfelt idea and went ahead with it. We have lots of signatures and heartfelt comments to share with all at Virginia Tech. What address and to who’s attention do we mail this banner to? I look forward to and appreciate your response. Thank you,
Co-Advisor Student Council
Berkley Middle School
Berkley, Ma. 02779
April 25, 2007 • Berkley, Ma. • #35996
Congratulations for the new website!
The photos are amazing and the webcam has brought good images from Drillfield. Despite the tragedy, VT is a great university and a woderful family! I am proud to be part of this family for a few months, but it will be an unforgettable experience. May God allows me be back to Blacksburg!
Sincerely greetings from Brazil!!!
Go ahead, Hokies!!!
April 25, 2007 • Brazil • #35997
I was very touched by the tribute video. Virginia Tech, and the families who lost loved ones are in my family’s prayers, as well as those who were injured. Sincerely,
April 25, 2007 • #35998
I don’t know who will read this. I don’t even know if it will get read. I just have to pass along a dream I had. I actually had a dream that there was a giant statue of the Hokie bird with a tear falling from it’s eye holding a book with the engraved names of the victims. Around the statue was flowers in a circle surrounding the base. The flowers were there to always be a tribute to the students. In the dream I had this was a very beautiful site. Like I said, I don’t know if anyone will read this. If someone does, please pass this vision on. My name is Lisa and I live in the Chicago suburbs. I don’t know any of the victims or probably anyone who goes to your college, but still my heart and prayers goes out to the family and friends of the lost.
April 25, 2007 • #35999
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. Respectfully,
April 25, 2007 • #36000
I want to express my deepest sympathy to all of the students, faculties and their familes during this time of tragedy. All school shootings are horrific but this one hits a little closer to home. I am not a Virginia Tech graduate but I was born and raised in Blacksburg and most of my family still lives in the Blacksburg, Christiansburg area. I was employed by Tech for several years. Although I no longer live in Virginia, Virginia Tech will always hold a special place in my heart and I will continue to keep everyone there in my thoughts and prayers God Bless!
April 26, 2007 • #34914
My deepest prayers are with your school and students.It is ashame that you can not go and enjoy school and also get a good education in the process,And then what, have to worry about this terrible thing happening. Again my prayers are with viginia tech and their families.
April 26, 2007 • #34919
My sincerest condolences and sympathy in regards to the tragedy which occurred this morning on your campus at Virginia Tech. My heart goes out to the students , faculty , family and friends who have suffered losses in todays unfortunate activities. God Bless all the innocent victims
April 26, 2007 • #34920
Just wanted to say my prayers are with the VA Tech students and staff, and their families after this horrible shooting.
A Virginia Tech Mom
April 26, 2007 • #34909
sorry for all of those involved in the terrific tragedy today on your peaceful campus
we are here in Saint Louis MO and we hope that you are and remain strong and we pray for those lost and hurt
April 26, 2007 • Saint Louis MO • #34910
I wish you all the best for this time. I only heard here in Australia of this horrific time for Virginia Tech. I sincerely wish all the best for the living. How terrible the news is. I am watching the news here in Australia at 6.20am and hoping you all recover. I feel very sad about this.
April 26, 2007 • Sydney, Australia • #34911
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Virginia Tech Family. God Bless all of you at the university.
April 26, 2007 • #34912
I and my families and my neighbors here in TOPSHAM, Maine are praying for all that have family, friends and staff of VT have gone through. May G-d guide you all through this senseless and very tragic sistuation and allow you to understand how to move on. With all our love and concerns from Maine, G-d bless you all. Jeff Deletetsky and family and friends.
April 26, 2007 • TOPSHAM, Maine • #34913
We wish to convey our deepest condolences for all who are involved in this tragedy. The parents, the university, and the faculty. As we watched the news and the questions that were asked of you we felt the news media were asking questions that no one could have all of the answers to. You all handled it with so much patience and integrity. May our Creator give you all the comfort that is needed at this time.
April 26, 2007 • #34929
We will all pray for you tonight.
April 26, 2007 • #34915
My thoughts and prayers are with the parents, students and faculty of Virginia Tech. during this very difficult time.
April 26, 2007 • #34930
I didn’t know where else to write this note of condolences to your campus students and faculty and staff. This is such a tragic event you are all going through today. Our hearts go out to you all in prayer. We pray that God will give you all, as well as the families who have lost their child, husband,or wife, strength and grace to get through the days ahead. We have a 21 year old daughter who is a student at Taylor University. It was just a year ago they had their tragedy as well, with losing 4 students and one staff member in a tragic van/semi accident. Just know we will be praying for you all.
With our love and prayers,
Keith and Marsha Wittebols
Grand Rapids, MI
April 26, 2007 • Grand Rapids, MI • #34931
We are Americans who live in Sydney, Australia and watch FOX news DOWN here religiously. We were shocked to see the news last night when one person had sadly been killed. Waking up to 33 perished is just unimagineable. The entire VT community is in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. I am not sure that this is the best place to email, but I thought that it couldn’t hurt. Words cannot convey the sadness in our hearts for the losses you all have experiencd. With our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers, The Spadotto Family
April 26, 2007 • Sydney, Australia • #34928
We are sending this to express our profound sympathy on the devastating shooting which occurred today, Monday, April 16, 2007.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Martha and Frank Barry
April 26, 2007 • #34922
My thoughts and prayers are with the Hokie School Community. If you need additional support with grief counseling, you may contact me at the above email address.
This incident has touched so many educational communities. We are with you in love, support, and prayer.
The DC Public School System, particularly Theodore Roosevelt SHS, offers our support and prayers.
April 26, 2007 • Washington, DC • #34923
OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.
IF THERE’S ANYTHING ELSE WE CAN DO,
LET US KNOW.
Woodbourne, New York
April 26, 2007 • Woodbourne, New York • #34921
Just know that others are shocked and saddened by the tragedy today (4/16/7) and our prayers are with you all.
April 26, 2007 • West Chester, Pennsylvania • #34932
I could not find an e-mail address for President Steger, so please forward this.
I am a stay at home mom in Arizona watching the live press confrence of the shootings this morning. My heart goes out to you and the families who lost loved ones. I believe President Steger that your staff handeled the situation the best that you could. I felt the press was being hard on you and your staff. You seem like a good and caring man. What a horrible traggedy today. My prayers are with you all.
April 26, 2007 • Arizona • #34924
Please do not erase this message but send it to President Steger. I used to work at a Christian College as an Enrollment Director:
April 16, 2007
Dear President Steger:
My heart is saddend and shocked by this senseless tragedy in our nation. Tammy and I send our thoughts and prayers to you and the entire student body. There is an old but good song called,
“Holiness Unto The Lord.” Maybe during your memorial service the student body can sing it.
Warmly through Christ,
Rev. Mark & Tammy Weyrauch
April 26, 2007 • Oxford, New York • #34925
My thoughts and prayers are with your university at this difficult time.
April 26, 2007 • the Netherlands • #34926
Looking on your website gave me a sence of a great place where students will love to learn, live and spend some wonderfull years.
I am so so sorry about the incident that happened today. I really hope you will all stick together and get through this.
From the Netherlands sending you prayers
April 26, 2007 • #34927
sorry to hear what today, your in our PRAYERS
April 26, 2007 • #34916
I did not know where to leave this message so I chose this one. I would like to send my condolences to the families of the students and others that lost their life today in the terriable events that took place. As a mother of a 21yr. old and an 18 yr. old my heart aches for the parents of these young people. May god bless you all and you are in my prayers. A mother in Florida...............
April 26, 2007 • Florida • #34917
As a parent of a 1991 gratuate I wish to express my deepest sympathy.Nancy Lopus ,a Pamplin gratuate, as well as VT itself ,now is a teacher of business with a masters degree of education.She knows this could happen in any school including her high school at any time in this climate. Your campus is so large it is my observation that the students are isolated ,as they are in all large schools. This is just the way it is.Stand TALL VT.Nancy Lopus class of 91 and her family pray for all at our beloved VT!!!!!!!!!!!
April 26, 2007 • #34918
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