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

I’m a 2nd grade teacher in Evansville, IN. VA is one of my favorite states. The beauty, history, and hospitality are hard to top ANYWHERE> Please know that you are in my prayers. The Bible tells us that the Lord will NOT give us more than we can bear. Hold each other close and keep your eyes on the Lord. God bless you!

April 17, 2007 • Evansville, IN • #35235

LOVE AND PRAYERS TO ALL OF YOU THERE FROM AN OLD WOMAN WHO SHARES YOUR GRIEF AND HORROR. PLEASE KNOW THAT THERE ARE LEGIONS OF US IN THIS GREAT SOMEWHERE THAT ARE CRYING WITH YOU AND PRAYING FOR YOU. FIND PEACE NOW SO THAT YOU CAN MOVE ON LATER.

April 17, 2007 • #35236

We just wanted to let your school know that are prayers are with the families and friends of those lives that were lost senselessly in yesterdays shootings. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with the whole Virginia Tech community.

Dina & Darrel Welch
Sonoma, CA

April 17, 2007 • Sonoma, CA • #35237

I want to send my condolences to all the students at Virginia Tech. I was going to watch a movie instead of the Convocation, However the overwhelming display of grief captured my heart. To see so many crying was a ocean of grief that reminds me of life’s experiences. I watched to the end and applauded Prof Nicki’s words. I feel very sad and also driven to be a better person. Cheryl Willburn
Lebanon, Oregon

April 17, 2007 • Lebanon, Oregon • #35238

As an aunt of a VT alum,I also grieve with ]you.However,there is a victim that has been forgotten in light of all that has taken place and that victim is the family of Cho. I’m sure that his mother did not rear him to be a mass murderer and that the sadness thathis parents feel is just as great as that of the parents of the other victims.Not only do they have to live with the knowledge that their son has murdered 32 people in cold blood,but that that disgrace and stigma will be with them always.

April 17, 2007 • #35239

I had to write and give a few words of sympathy to those who are suffering with this senseless tragedy. My heart goes out to everyone who has lost a love one and also to the parents of Cho Seung-Hui. May God give them all the strength to get through this and find a way past the hurt and anger. I pray for all of the faculty, students and their families, that they may one day be able to return to the happiness that they once knew. I hope that all that were affected by this, will find comfort in God and offer him all of their sufferings and worries, so that he can help them heal their hearts and give them the graces that they will need to forgive this terrible sin that was committed against them, that is when the real healing will begin. In my thoughts and prayers.
God Bless
Tina Wellman
Louisiana

April 17, 2007 • Louisiana • #35240

My wife and I would like to extend our depest condolances to your students and school. Go Hokies.
Jim and Adrianne Finn
South Carolina

April 17, 2007 • South Carolina • #35241

I would just like to extend my condolences to all the families. students, and faculty members at Virginia Tech. It is a very sad thing that happened, but as your poetry professor amply put it, YOU ARE VIRGINIA TECH ! you will get thru this and our prayers are with you.

April 17, 2007 • #35242

hi my name is steven bernard i am 34 yrs old. when i was 15 yrs old i was shot in school by a fellow classmate. i am lucky to be alive. i just wanted to say you are all in my prayers. i now travel throughout the country speaking about prevention of violence in schools and communities. i am truely an inspiration to all who see me speak. i am a motivational speaker and i believe everyone who hears my message will gain something out of it. i really would love to help anyone there who i can help. please contact me. i would really love the opurtunity to speak to many or individuals as i can. please write me back or please call.

god bless you all your in my prayers

April 17, 2007 • #35243

I was looking for a book of condolence.I would like to convey my sincere and deepest sympathy to everyone at virginia tech.I have watched your story from Brighton in England,and as shocking and sad as this unprovoked act of violence was,you have shown the world that you stand together in this tradgedy as a real community.Your loss is unimaginable.You have our prays.God bless every one of you.

April 17, 2007 • #35244

President Steger,

My name is Henry L. Davis, I was a student at Colorado State University, Pueblo, CO. I spent twelve and a half years in Law Enforcement in Colorado. I now live in South Jersey.

I would like to send my thoughts and prayers to you, your faculty and staff, and to especially the students and their families. I wish all well in your healing time.

Henry L. Davis

April 17, 2007 • #35245

I wish to express my complete sadness for the events that shattered the serenity of your lives yesterday. I wish I were there to give you each a hug. May the deep sadness of these days pass and the Grace you showed follow and comfort you always. Sincerely,
H.M. Dublin

April 17, 2007 • #35246

Pass along my thoughts and prayers to the College, the Students, and the parents.

It affects us all the way out here in California.

April 17, 2007 • California • #35247

My family and myself send our condulences to all the students, staff, and faculity. The events of yesterday are terrible, and hard to believe. Words can not express the sorry the entire world is feeling.

Christine Bowser and Family

April 17, 2007 • #35248

Thank You for allowing the Convocation to be aired in stream. It was for the World our first step in healing. Jim Higgins
Seattle, WA

April 17, 2007 • Seattle, WA • #35249

To Parents, Faculty and Students:

My heart aches for each one of you. Injured or not, you all suffer and I suffer with you. I cannot imagine the horror which took place yesterday.

According to the Apostle Paul in the Bible, we are told and know that “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory”. May you turn to God the Father and Christ the Son at this time. May you band together and find solace in the company of each other.

I wish I could say things will be alright tomorrow, but it is going to take countless tomorrows for life to gain a semblence of what it was for you. HOKIES ARE STRONG!!!

May God Bless You,
Mrs. Jeanie Hutton
Vienna, West Virginia

April 17, 2007 • Vienna, West Virginia • #35250

My heart and prayers go out to you in this time of healing and i wish that your unique sense of community and campus can return to the great way it once was.As a Canadian,i feel there are no borders between us or world wide when we look to our heavenly father in prayer.I live in Halifax Nova Scotia Canada and i just found out that a former resident of a town near me was killed in the shootings at Virginia Tech.My tears over what has happened fall from my face as i write this letter to you.Again,i wish to express my sincere sorrow for what has happened. Scott R.A Lawson

April 17, 2007 • #35251

We did not know where to send our condolences but wanted you to know our thoughts and prayers are with students, staff and families of the Virginia Tech victims.

May God heal your hearts and community.

HUGS,
Charles and Karen Peckham and family,
Hartland, N.B. Canada

April 17, 2007 • Hartland, N.B. Canada • #35252

I wish to send my condolences to the family of Virginia Tech.

It is my prayer that you be sustained during this time of grief and forever.

God Bless,

Susan
Vancouver, B.C.
Canada

April 17, 2007 • Vancouver, B.C. Canada • #35253

Could you PLEASE set up a site so we can send condolances and well-wishes to everyone?

I was employed at PSU when the shooting occurred on Old Main Lawn just a block from my building in Chemical Engineering. I still remember the terror of that day, although compared to the pain and carnage caused at VT it was pretty small.

However, loss of life is NEVER small, and I want to encourage your students, faculty, staff, and administration to hold each other up in prayer and remember those who gave their lives so selflessly to save others as this horrible incident was unfolding.

We can feel very sad for Cho’s family, as well as for Cho himself. Somehow the larger community failed to reach him and bring him into the feeling of oneness with the rest of you. We can learn from this horrible incident,watch for warning signs, and how to reach out to these individuals who inflict so much pain on those around them.

I’ve watched Fox News almost non-stop since I saw the breaking news. My prayers and well wishes go out to everyone, and I know how hard it was for the administration and police to make the decisions they made. It is always easy to look back with hind sight—we can make perfect decisions. I truly believe everyone involved, from President Steger through law enforcement and students, did the best they could amid terror and unforgettable actions from Cho. There will be questions, but most of us realize you all did what you COULD—and many of you survived.

God bless you all at Virginia Tech! God bless the families who have lost loved ones, and receive into His loving arms the ones who have passed over.

Barbara L. Abbott

April 17, 2007 • #35254

Will a memorial fund be set up so maybe a placque, sign or something to remeember the people who are lost to their families and friend forever? I am not rich but I could afford to contribute. Or maybe it should be just forgotten, NO! Remember them in some way, please.

April 17, 2007 • #35255

My heart is breaking. Please know you are all, the entire VT staff and students, in my prayers.

May God comfort you in your time of need.

Mrs. Sandra Bennett
Las Vegas, NV

April 17, 2007 • Las Vegas, NV • #35256

God BLESS YOU ALL!
Hello my name is Zackery Noel and i am from P.A. I AM 14 and I have herd over the days the tragity that happened here at Virginia Tech and i am very sorry for the loss! My school and I are praying for the victims at the university and the killer that everyone lives in peace and can grow from this. God says all things happen for a reason and i guess this is just a hard one to understand but I hope all the students and other schools can learn from this to help keep students safe! I think this will just make every closer in friends and helps everyone relise how fragual life is and to always live life to the fullest. God as blessed Virginia Tech in so many ways and just always remeber this and i will and my school will keep everyone at vrigina tech and the community of virginia tech and they will be in are prayers and everyone elses! GOG BLESS VIRGINA TECH!!
Your Friend in prayer and great love-
zack noel

April 17, 2007 • #35257

Dear Webmaster;

First let me say how sad I am about your lost at your university.

I was wondering if VA Tech was going to setup a site on your webpage so that people could send messages to your school in regards to your lost. That way the students, staff and family of the lost would know that we are here to support them through our prayers and our thougths.

April 17, 2007 • #35258

Please accept our deepest sympathy for your lost.We feel your pain.

April 17, 2007 • #35259

Dear Sir/ Madam

I am e mailing you( from the UK) as I hope my e mail will not get lost in the zillions that the University will no doubt be receiving. Like most sane people, I was appalled at what has happened, but I wanted to suggest an immediate short term solution to the notification of students in the event of a problem. Would it not be possible to install all over campus, WW2 type air raid sirens like we had in the UK in WW2”, The sound travels far and wide, and the students would be aware pretty quickly. Separate arrangements would need to be made for deaf students, but I think it would be an inexpensive solution that could be linked to one switch that would set them off all over campus. I heard your principal say it took a while to alert students via e mail/text. This is just an idea I wanted to put forward. It might be suitable in all US Universities Would you be so kind as to acknowledge recept. Yours in sympathy

Bernard Wiggins

Rookcross Farm
Rookcross lane
West Grinstead
West Sussex
UK

April 17, 2007 • West Sussex UK • #35260

Hello, i am not sending this in to try and apply to your school. I think you know why i am sending this email, im sure you recieve thousands a day at least i would hope so. I would like to say that i am greatly sorry for the tragic event that has occured on campus yesterday. My heart goes out to allt he students and their families. I live all the way down here in Fl, and i am touched by this event. I read about this last night and was horrified, i couldn’t believe it. I have cried today just looking up more information about this terrible act. The details that were used in the paper were so terrible i could barely read it. I would like to say all in all i am very sorry and cant imagine the feelings going through your students right now. thank you.

April 17, 2007 • #35261

Please put up a web page that all of us “outsiders” can sign to send our thoughts and prayers to the Hokie community at this difficult time.

Robin Fralick
Mary Washington University (formerly MWC)class of ‘76

April 17, 2007 • #35262

I CAN ONLY SAY HOW SAD I FEEL OVER WHAT HAS HAPPENED. I DO NOT KNOW ANY OF YOU, BUT I CRY WITH YOU AND HAVE THIS EMPTY FEELING IN MY HEART. JUST KNOW IN TIME WE ALL OVER COME TIMES LIKE THESE, WE LEARN TO LIVE WITH THE LOSSES, BUT THE PEOPLE ALWAYS ARE IN OUR HEARTS. YOU ALL ARE STRONG AND SEEM LIKE YOU WILL HELP EACHOTHER THROUGH THIS, EVEN THE STRONGEST OF PEOPLE CRY IT MAKES US STRONGER. YOU ARE ALL IN MY FAMILES THOUGHTS AND PAYERS, I WILL BE LIGHTING A CANDLE IN MY HOME IN CT. AND SAYING A PRAYER FOR YOU ALL, AND FOR THE FAMILES WHO LOST A LOVE ONE. STAY STRONG FOR EACH OTHER.
PEACE AND LOVE TO YOU ALL NOW AND IN THE DAYS TO COME. ROSE GUILBAULT

April 17, 2007 • #35263

I am a Univ. of Louisville fan and am looking forward to many years with our new arch-rival. However, today I am a Hookey like everone else. I can’t watch the TV without tearing up. There are no words I can say, except PEACE to all there.

April 17, 2007 • #35264

Dear VTU community via webmaster,
Your website is great but I couldn’t figure out who to send this to. I apologize for the inconvenience of asking you to forward this to the correct receiver. Thank you.
Please accept my condolences along with thoughts and prayers for those lost. I grieve and pray with those who lost a loved one. We still remember those lost in previous horrific happenings of such ilk. I just heard on our Canadian news station that Jocelyne Couture Nowak was a Montrealer and that brought back the memory of the night that 14 young women were killed at the Ecole Polytechnique and just last year at this time a shooter killed one and injured others at Dawson College also in Montreal. God help you and know that you are not alone in your suffering.
Take care and God bless you all in your journey towards healing. My thoughts and prayers,
Debbi Howard
Calgary AB

April 17, 2007 • Calgary AB • #35265

My sister, Connie and I would like to add our voice to the many that VT has heard over the last 24 hours since the senseless killings on your campus.

TO THE STUDENTS AND FACULTY AND COMMUNITY OF VT:

TALK about what happened; it is a very important part of getting through what has happened; DON’T hold anything back, don’t expect the grief and sadness to go away soon; it won’t go away easily, but give yourself time to feel everything you feel. All of it is natural part of the griving process.

LET THE TEARS HAPPEN NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE! There are many things that will remind you of the people you have lost; no one in your community will fault you for tears. Don’t let anyone tell you when it’s time to move on! Grief is a very individual thing, it may take some people longer than others to move through this.

YOU WILL NEVER BE THE SAME—You will never “get over” this; but with time and faith and your community with you, you will get through this unbelievable time of sadness, shock and disbelief.

TRY to forgive the perpetrator of the violence. He is someone’s child; his family is as horrified at what he did as the rest of us are. While no one will ever be able to make any sense of what happened, know that the worst thing to do for those of you who died and were wounded is for the rest of the community to hold a grudge. Those who died are with Our Lord and feel no pain and are once again safe.

I know the above because I lived through my sister being killed in an auto by a stranger who wasn’t paying attention. There are times when I miss her so profoundly that I find myself crying without knowing it.

BE KIND; DO SOMETHING FOR A STRANGER IN MEMORY OF THOSE YOU LOST; THE LORD IS WITH YOU, HE WAS WITH THOSE YOU LOST THE MOMENT THEY WERE WOUNDED AND IS SHELTERING THOSE WHO DIED THE MOMENT THE BREATH LEFT THEIR BODIES.

THE UNBELIEABLE COURAGE AND COMPOSURE YOUR FELLOW STUDENTS SHOWED THE WORLD YESTERDAY IS A BECON OF LIGHT FOR THE REST OF US. TAKE YOUR EDUCATIONS AND YOUR FALLEN MEMBERS WITH YOU ALWAYS AND CHANGE THE WORLD!

April 17, 2007 • #35266

I don’t have a question, I just wanted to extend condolences for the horrific tragedy that occurred yesterday. I’m praying for and thinking of all the victims and their families and friends. What a horrible thing to happen. I hope everyone is able to heal from it. Minnesota is thinking of you...!

April 17, 2007 • #35267

Your opening page memorial is fabulous. Could you consider a link where people who want to email their condolences to the VT community can do so? Might make the grieving students and administration feel good to know that millions of people are keeping VT in their thoughts and prayers.

I was never familiar with your school. But after watching the poise and decency of your students, administration and general community, I am asking our high school junior son to put VT on his list of colleges to explore. What an exemplary body of individuals! This is what higher education should look like.

Peace, love and blessings to all,

Ellen B. Allen

April 17, 2007 • #35268

I am a student at West Texas A&M University, Canyon Texas. My heart hurts because of your loss. My condolences to the families and your university. This event is beyon tragic. I just wanted someone to that students around the nation feel your pain and pray for your healing.

April 17, 2007 • Canyon Texas • #35269

May God bless you and keep you during this horrific time. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you.

April 17, 2007 • #35270

My name is Ouida Mounts and I live in Jacksonville Floida. I am writing to you because I don’t know who to send this too. I would like to say how sorry we all are about the tragey that occured yesterday on your campus. My husband and I have been praying for you all and we want you to know that everyone in our nation is here to support and help you in any way we can.

Sincerely,

Ouida, Jeff & Caleb Mounts

PS. Please forward this so that students and faculty know that we are all thinking about them.

Thank you

April 17, 2007 • Jacksonville Florida • #35271

Im sencenly sorry for the tragidy that happened yesterday our thoughts and prayers are withs yous people and so is canada here we canadian feel really bad on what happened on tv yesterday there

April 17, 2007 • #35272

i wanted to let everyone at va tech i send my prayers and thoughts with those who lost love ones yesterday and i also want to send my sencere condollences to each of you im very heartbroken and angery and very hurt my dad is high school teacher i woory about him everyday i feel yourpain and i mourn with you all today wish i could comfort you and cry with you and do what i can to make things better this was not neccasry what he did and it was very uncalled for and seceless my thoughts to out to all the familes and love ones god bless you and ill pry for you all love penny

April 17, 2007 • #35273

Dear Sir/Madam:
The Rector, Wardens, Vestry, and Congregation of Christ Episcopal Church, East Orange, New Jersey, extend deepest sympathy and very sincere condolences to the entire Student Body, Faculty and Staff, at Virginia Tech. We grieve with you all at this senseless tragedy and pray for the comfort and consolation of all those who have lost loved ones and for the speedy recovery of those who are injured. May God bless you with his heavenly peace at this sad time. Sincerely,
Fr. William Guthrie+
Rector/Pastor, Christ Church
East Orange, New Jersey, USA

April 17, 2007 • East Orange, New Jersey • #35274

Having friends and family members as graduates of Va. Tech we have many emotional connections to the university.

Our hearts are broken and our tears are flowing.

What a horrific event to befall such a wonderful institution and its people.

We question if we as a people are losing our humanity.

All we can do is fall back on the strength of our Gracious GOD and let Him carry this burden.
With sincere condolences, Robert&Nancy Hodges

April 17, 2007 • #35275

I am ZiQue “theAltituDe”,an independent musician,from Tucson Az....I wish you all the very best.My thoughts and prayers go out to you.God Bess You.If I can help in any way(my music,etc.), please let me know...Take care…
Sincerely,ZiQue

April 17, 2007 • Tucson Az • #35276

I wish you all strength I am also a student, working on two majors at Bogota Colombia. And nevertheless that i live in a very complicated country, i am always happy to know that at the University -Javeriana-, is some peace and none threats around, so that i can develop myself towards the wisdom that I want to earn. Knowing that, i felt myself deeply shocked hearing what was happening around you guys at The Claustrum. I think of you and hope that you all will keep on doing ok and do not let the evil prevail upon the good. What happened to you like many acts that happen in my country was one of cowardice, and worse because you were studying and not ready to respond to such an overwhelming disaster. So you may give each other strength and know that if you let yourself get touched by the fear of that weak act, then you would be all doing what he wanted to make you all live insecure. I wish you all to keep on doing right and i wish you the best for your recovery. ^)

April 17, 2007 • Bogota Colombia • #35277

My deepest sympathy goes out to each and everyone who is mourning for a family member, or friend, and teacher’s.
I myself being a Christian Woman am very distressed over what has happened. I have prayed to Our Heavenly Father, and OUR loving SON JESUS CHRIST!! In hopes that we can all understand and comprehend what has happened here. OUR Brother JESUS CHRIST has prophecied(in the Book of Revalations), that we would see earthquakes under the sea’s. We would also witness senseless killing,wars,contentions, and much more. We all must turn to JESUS CHRIST!! Pray to him that we can live in an enviroment where there is NO DEVIL to TEMPT us to do such TRAGIC and SENSELESS Killings. I for one am working on… how important my life is… I try to count for every second, every minute, every hour, every day, every week, and every month, and every year that I am still alive. I THANK OUR HEAVENLY FATHER each and everyday, that I have yet another day to BLESS HIM & JESUS CHRIST for another day I AM HERE ON EARTH!! Be ASSURED that OUR HEAVENLY FATHER & JESUS CHRIST are taking WELL CARE OF YOUR LOVED O!
NE, YOUR FRIEND, OR A TEACHER. Be THANKFUL that each and everyone who has passed on, DID NOT SUFFER ANY PAIN AT THE TIME. GOD & JESUS CHRIST works in MYSTERIOS WAYS!! And that is one thing we ALL must remember is that GOD does NOT want and of us to SUFFER !!!! Like the Doctor’s,President Bush, Teacher’s, and Clergymen have said… WE ALL MUST COME TOGETHER AND BE CLOSER AND “LOVE” EACH OTHER.

Deepest Regards
Sandra Kiernan
Hinsdale, NY

April 17, 2007 • Hinsdale, NY • #35278

Dear Sirs

I have learned about the dreadfull massacre that hit your institution today. Please let me express my deepest condolences and sympathies with the victims, their relatives and fellow students/teachers.

Yours faithfully
Flemming knudsen

Ps. I’ve been to Virginia several times on business and, i once visited Virginia Tech.

April 17, 2007 • #35279

I wasn’t sure what other avenue to use to express my sincere condolences to the students at V Tech and the family members of the victims who suffered in this horrific incident. I want the University and the families to know that I am praying along with my husband, church members and family & friends that the Lord brings healing and comfort to all involved and to us as a nation. I live in Chicago, IL and to hear of this on the news and in the newspapers brought me to tears. The thought of the precious, promising lives that were lost is devastating and upsetting! We’ve lost future doctors, lawyers, mothers, fathers, husbands, wives and not to mention, world leaders. I am so saddened by the events that took place at your University and I will be praying everyday that the Lord delivers strength and comfort to the students, faculty and families. I am also prayin!
g for the family of the young man who caused this tragedy as they are suffering as well. I hope that this message reaches your facility in good faith and comfort. Please remember that healing is a day to day process and no time period can be put on when you heal. May God Bless you all.

April 17, 2007 • Chicago, IL • #35280

I just want to say thanks for the terrific job you have done with the Virginia Tech website during this difficult time. It is very well done, and is continually up to date. I appreciate that, as an alumna trying to keep up on events from a distance. Thanks also for having the convocation online this afternoon. My prayers are with the Virginia Tech and Blacksburg communities.

April 17, 2007 • #35281

My deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the students and faculty of this fine university as you cope with such a sorrowing tragedy.

God be with you and among you.

Sincerely,

Mary E. Petty
Wyandotte, Michigan

April 17, 2007 • Wyandotte, Michigan • #35282

I didn’t know where to write, so I’m sending this in hope that it will reach those for whom this is intended. I wish to express my heartfelt sympathy to all those who have been directly and indirectly affected by this senseless act. We send our children out into the world and hope they will be safe, but who can protect them from a madman intent on harming them.

I will continue to pray for the dead and their families and loved ones, as well as those who were wounded. I will pray for their speedy recovery, in body and spirit. I will pray also for the family of the man who caused all this grief and pain. How awful for them.

Let the students grieve, cry, get angry, place blame, whatever it takes to get them through. All of you there have been truly an inspiration .

April 17, 2007 • #35283

I want to give to my but deep pain to the community of Virginia tech by so horrible tragedy, I feel very hit , and also feel pain by the victims, I also am student, and she never wanted that she thus passed something in Santiago of Chile of where I am. I reiterate my affection to the families and to all the North American community, I want that they know that in Chile also one loves the North American town to them.

April 17, 2007 • #35284