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

After the tragedy on April 16th, I was wondering if you could make a special page on this site dedicated to the victims, and post this poem for them. I posted it on the condolence page, but thought that making a special page on your website with this poem would be most appropriate. Thank you Deborah Sharpe

“We Remember Them”

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them. At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them. At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them. At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them. At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them. At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them. As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength, We remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart,
We remember them.
When we have joys we yearn to share,
We remember them.
When we have decisions that are difficult to make, We remember them
When we have achievements that are based on theirs, We remember them.

As long as we live, they too shall live, for they are a part of us, as we remember them.

April 18, 2007 • #35674

I wrote this poem for all the victims and students after this tragic moment.

Innocent Lives
Many Innocent lives were taken away
And all of this happened in one single day. The swirling mind of an angry man
He held all of their lives in the palm of his hand. Sitting around talking with friends
they had no idea today would be the end. Firing shots one after the other
Killed 32 people and then another.
Crying and screaming echoed through the halls. As everyone saw the blood on the walls.
The gunshots stop and the questions arise. Why did so many innocent people have to die? We pray for the people who lost their lives today We know God is with them and we will meet them again someday. For Virginia Tech By: Kaci Ozbun
4/17/2007 Were praying for everyone best wishes! God Bless

April 18, 2007 • #35675

To Families Students And Techers
i am sorry i am in your all Prayers i am showning my colors wear my Black Ribben on my hood sweat shirt And My Angel Pin yes I Do Have Two Friend Goes To Virginia Tech Jonathan Frey And Dawn Decker keep up The Good Spirits i am going to say GO HOKIES Your Biggest Fan Timmy Bentz
From Thurmont, Md. Yes Hang this up and shair it

April 18, 2007 • Thurmont, Md. • #35676

I am an Ecuadorian which graduated in 1.982 in EE, and I am very sad about Monday’s killings. Please receive all my support to the authorities, teachers and students. I am sure Va. Tech will come out of this very strong, even though it will take some time and the intense and passionate contribution of all its members.

God bless you all

Juan-Fernando
Class of 82

April 18, 2007 • #35677

Shattered Sanctuary

I am among the blessed Hokies. I am celebrating the safety of my daughter and her friends. I am thankful that the tragedy was not greater. I am grateful that the world is embracing my Hokies with love and compassion and proudly saying they are all “Hokies for the moment”. I am extremely proud of the poise, grace, and strength that the students, staff, and families of the Virginia Tech and Blacksburg community have shown to the world. Their courage humbles me.

I also sit here in stunned disbelief along with the rest of the world as I watch the news describe the “Massacre at Virginia Tech”. I watch with the fearful eyes of a mother whose “baby” is a junior engineering student at VT, who has classes in the rooms where the dreams of her peers were extinguished long before they had a chance to be set free. I watch with the mournful eyes of an alumnus who loves VT with sometimes an unhealthy passion.

I fight the urge to jump into my car and drive to Blacksburg to grab my daughter and hold her tight for fear of the uncertainties of our world. At the moment, she is much stronger than her mother. She feels safe there. She has the true perception that this could have happened anywhere. I am so very proud of her. She represents one of the thousands of strong Hokie spirits the world has observed through the eyes of the media. And I miss her.

Virginia Tech is one place in my world that has been a sanctuary. I had a semi-yearly pilgrimage with my children to picnic at the duck pond as we traveled to visit my parents in southwestern Virginia. I can do a timeline of both of my daughters’ lives based on photographs taken at the VT duck pond. These hold many happy memories. It was a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of life. It allowed me the freedom to watch my children run and play on land that was inviting and nurturing. A rolling land with rivers and streams and an innocence that has forever been altered. A land where these same rivers and streams now run with the tears of all of us crying for the families who will have to deal with this tragedy for years to come.

As a student there myself, I learned who I was as a young adult. I learned to problem solve. I learned to believe in others and myself. I learned that I needed to go into the world as a Hokie and represent my university with honor, dignity, and pride and use the wonderful educational opportunities a Virginia Tech education afforded me. I have tried hard to fulfill this quest in the years since my graduation, but the students and families that I have witnessed representing Virginia Tech these last two days reached these goals much faster than I.

I have no fear of Virginia Tech. My heart aches for the parents and children who are fleeing the Virginia Tech campus because of these last few days. I have had friends share stories of comments they have overheard parents saying to high school seniors during the last two days that include, “You are NOT going to THAT school”.

The danger lies not in the heart of Virginia Tech, but in the heart of disturbed individuals who walk among all of us. It is a sad reflection on where our society is today, but the courage of the students, staff, and community of Virginia Tech and Blacksburg has shown the world that these individuals are also the exceptions. The courageous, albeit broken, spirits of the families in mourning, have also conveyed to the world that we are a strong community. A HOKIE Nation.

A HOKIE Nation:..That term was used several times at the convocation on the Virginia Tech campus as well as the convocation I attended at the University of Richmond. This wonderful campus reached out to us and mourned with us. Many other campuses in the state and beyond have also extended a gracious fellowship and camaraderie that no sports event has ever evoked from students and alumni alike. As I was driving home, I reflected on the “Hokie Nation.”

We are always asked, “What IS a Hokie?” The events of the last two days have given the world the answer to this question. A Hokie is not a simple noun.

A Hokie is the RA with a promising future and unlimited potential, whose life was cut short as he rushed to assist a young woman on his floor.

A Hokie is a professor who escaped the Holocaust to then lay down his life to save the lives of others.

A Hokie is the group of students who worked together to use their feet against a door to keep their classmates from further harm.

A Hokie is a collage of faces of the students, staff, families, and community members who stood arm in arm on the drill field supporting one another with poise and grace, holding their candles high in memory of those lost and injured, as the world looked upon them with mournful eyes.

Like shards of broken glass pieced together to make a beautiful mosaic, we will come together to support those suffering and help them piece back their lives as best we can.

Sanctuaries are places to reflect, dream, and look to the future. Let us all lift up our lights and let the love of the world shine down upon all those in our Hokie Nation who have suffered this tragedy.

Let us all pray that Virginia Tech’s shattered sanctuary quickly regains its beauty as an educational sanctuary--a place to honor those who have tragically lost their lives to a senseless act from a disturbed young man. A place that will continue to produce the quality of character we witnessed in the actions of all those involved in the events of this past week. God Bless our Hokies, and all those in the extended community who have reached out with love in their hearts to help us try to heal. Keep them safe.

Dreama Keith Muller
Class of 1976

April 18, 2007 • #35678

This Email is a prayer chain for all the victims, family members, friends, 1st responders, and all other people that were affected today by the tragedy. Please sign this with your name and where you are from. Let’s try to get it filled up and I feel certain that it will reach the people that that have been affected :)

1. Bryan Hammons, Leitchfield, KY
2. Mandy Decker, Leitchfield, KY
3. Liz Bounds, Leitchfield, KY
4. Pam Willis, Clarkson, KY
5. Tonya Williams, Leitchfield, KY
6. Deanna Mudd, Leitchfield, KY
7. Karen Mudd, Leitchfield, KY
8. Michelle Simpson, Leitchfield, KY
9. Pam Decker, Leitchfield, KY
10. Teresa Childress, Leitchfield, KY
11. Molly Childress, Leitchfield, KY
12. Veronica Wieland, Leitchfield, KY
13. Joe Wieland, Leitchfield, Ky
14 Carl Brown, Caneyville, Ky
15. Mark Williams, Owensboro, Ky
16. Clark Legate, Madisonville, KY
17. Venus Legate, Madisonville, KY
18. PAUL SHAFFER Hanson,Ky
19. A.Jean Critchfield Hanson,Ky.

April 18, 2007 • #35679

I don’t know to whom I should send this so I would appreciate your forwarding it to the correct place. I’d like to extend my condolences for the tragedy the Virginia Tech community has experienced this week. Thoughts and prayers are extended to all there. Thank you. Marguerite Crum

April 19, 2007 • #35680

PLEASE PASS TO THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

Dear President Steger,

My wife and I are both professors. We are extremely impressed with the thoughtful, non-polemic, balanced and forward looking responses seen on TV from students, faculty and administration at VirginiaTech Something must be very right at your institution.

We send you our deepest sympathy and great respect.

Sincerely,

Bill Bicknell, MD, MPH
Director, Lesotho Boston Health Alliance Professor of International Health & Family Medicine Boston University

“Sine amore jocisque nil est jucundum”

April 19, 2007 • #35681

In the 60’s or 70’s , there was a song entitled , “96 Tears” by ‘? and the Mysterians’. Perhaps, if these lyrics, or other lyrics by this group were researched, you would find the answer/s to some questions that are still enigmatic. I’ve been trying to reach your Campus Police, but to no avail. This just a thought. Thank you for your time.

A VA TECH ‘sister’.......D.L.Joyner

April 19, 2007 • #35682

Dear Virginia Tech webmaster:

My thoughts and prayers go out to your entire university family. Thank you for keeping up such an excellent website so even people far from your campus can get updates and feel we’re somehow connecting our hearts with yours.

My younger daughter is a senior in a university near my home in suburban Chicago, so I know how a parent sends their child to college to learn academics, enlarge their world, have fun, graduate and then enter the work force. Never could such evil enter the parents’ minds.

In the face of such evil, I’ve seen tremendous stories of bravery from professors and students. I’m especially touched by those people who gave their lives so that others would have a chance to escape.

My high school nephew in Baltimore is in Boy Scouts with the younger brother of one of your injured students, so across the miles, we feel connected to your university.

I only wish I could ease the pain all of your are enduring, but please know that I hold all of you in prayer every day. May God grant peace, comfort and healing to all of you.

Elena Jones,
Arlington Heights (Chicago) IL

April 19, 2007 • Arlington Heights (Chicago) IL • #35683

Hello
My Name is Stephan Klages, i live in Gottingen/Germany. I want to say that i’m very sad about the occurrences at your University. I would like to express my condolence to all mournings. I cannot understand such act of violence. I am in thoughts with mourning and cry with them. I apologize my for my english.

Best wishes
Stephan

April 19, 2007 • Gottingen/Germany • #35684

Dear Students, Faculty, and Family,

I felt compelled to offer you all my sincere condolences. Why anyone would want to do something like this is unfathomable. It simply makes no sense. I can’t imagine that God would want anyone to have to experience something like this. I wish there were something I could do to ease your pain, but I know not what. So I will keep you all in my prayers. I hope that one day you can find some sort of peace. May God bless you all.

Liz

April 19, 2007 • #35685

My heart aches for all of you. God Bless Nicole
O’fallon, Il

April 19, 2007 • O'fallon, Il • #35686

I express shock and grief over the killings at Virginia tech campus. I condemn those killings. Convey my condolences to the families of those dead and my wises for speedy recovery of injured.

Vasantha kumara

April 19, 2007 • #35687

Dear Webmaster,
My most heartfelt sympathies to the families and students and victims involved for the recent tragedy.

Sincerely,
James Foley
Kamiah, ID

April 19, 2007 • Kamiah, ID • #35688

we don’t know the future , but Now the world can see how you are inventing the Present.

what a shame Virginia Tech!!!

change! never is late.

We Love u America!

we praying for Virginia Tech.

April 19, 2007 • #35689

I just wanted to drop a quick note to commend you on the updates of this tragedy. Unlike many of the news stories I have read, you have very little “filler” and are clear and specific. Thank you and keep up the good work. The VT family is in the thoughts and prayers of my family, friends, church and co-workers.

Sincerely,

Rob Cohen
Charleston, SC

April 19, 2007 • Charleston, SC • #35690

hi everyone, we from the philippines are grieving for what had happened in your school, we therefore send our sympathy and prayers to the loved ones of the students and victims, we felt the sorrow and pain..Lift up all to God and May He will truly guide us and protect in all times..to the school administration, please continue support and upbringing the outstanding students that you have, the good Lord may lead you,.God Speed..

In Christ,
Dennis Ann

April 19, 2007 • #35692

I wish to send my heartfelt condolences
to each and every one of the students, faculty, friends and parents. I am a mother of 3 and grandmother of 4. All my children are grown, but are still my babies. My youngest is my son (19), in the Marines for 2 yrs. He also sends his reguards to everyone. God bless each and everyone.

April 19, 2007 • #35693

Hello,

I have never attended your College as I live in New York City. Nor do I know any of your students, faculty members and such. It is a very odd feeling that never have experienced before. As if I was going through the pain of mourning again myself. Last few days I could not find myself at all. Been going from room to room in my house. Every edge, every corner looking for comfort.

Glued to the media TV, Internet and any other possible means. Both as this was unfolding and the aftermath. This has stretched me thin. Also in being able to comprehend this act. It is just not within my rather large reasoning ability to do so. The extent of this, the depth of it. All of those students were very young and had futures in view. This act, act which can not described. Probably an English equivalent word just does not exist.

It is my hope that he and those lives he took with him. Are under Gods guidance now and out of harms way. We know now some new details through police reports and media. But that is only part of his face. We may never find out to complete this picture.

This bothers me on a more higher extent as well. Because this might create fear of those that do not speak much. Labeling them all Psychopaths. It is not true at all from those that speak little or keep to themselves. Most of these individuals are bright and would never commit such a senseless hurtful act. That would cause pain and suffering for those that are left behind. So, people should not be discriminated in the future based on amount of words they use. Because a person can be shy and be just like the outgoing person next door.

It is just unfortunate that this individual had few characteristics of someone in a shell. It is in this case not just about being in a shell but this young man had a much deeper rooted problem.

Anyway,

It is my hopes that Virginia Tech is able to get past this point to continue being functional. The idea here is never to forget but not become trapped. Also that the whole Nation gets through this soon as possible. Because this pain inflicted was not just to select few but every living American. Including myself but I am finally slowly coming to terms. What happened was a very severe tragedy. But life can not stop for everyone. We need to all live on to the number of years we were given.

- Mike

April 19, 2007 • New York City • #35694

Dear Webmaster,

I write you from the oversea Switzerland. After days hearing about the tragedy that happened in the University, i wanted to do something special for the victims and their familyes.

I decided to open a virtual candle group
God bless you all now and in the future.

My sincere greetings and my best warm hugs.

Enzo

Enzo Algisi
Information Communication Technology
CH-6595 Riazzino - Switzerland

April 19, 2007 • Riazzino - Switzerland • #35695

Dear Administrator,

I wish to extend my most sincere condolences to the victims, their family, friends and members of the staff of Virginia Tech. There had been quite a number of school shooting incidents in the U.S. for some reason I was kept glued to the TV as I switched between Fox and CNN news to keep up to date of what was going on for the past couple of days. I’m very saddened by the incident,yet very touched by how the school really pull itself together through this very difficult time. I am a Christian from Singapore and the part that really touched me most was the first night of vigil where a group of students held each other, holding candles as they sang “I could sing of your love forever.....” I could not help as tears rolled down my cheeks. My heart goes out to all of you. I could not understand how these girls could still be in a praising mode as they go through such a tragic time I’m sure God will let me know. By watching the media I understand the school’s administration as well !
as the police were being scrutinized, criticised for how ‘badly’ matters were handled. Personally from my point of view I think no one is to be blamed. Plus I am sure if a lock down was necessary after the first 2 shootings the police would have ordered it. I am sure no one wanted this to happen and some things(humanly speaking) are really out of our control. At this moment in time I can only pray that things move forward as the healing process continue to go on in each of these precious lives. I will also pray that there will be no legal action taken against the school that things will work out for good.

God Bless!
E.Carter

April 19, 2007 • #35696

Virginia Tech Chaplain

22nd April 2007

Dear Virginia Tech Chaplain,

From Beslan to Lockerbie to New York

From the book of Ruth

Where does a nation like Israel come from ? In an age of difficulty and a generation of indifference this nation had stood the test of time. It is not big like its neighbours or of the law like those in the northern hemisphere or built on economics like the West or socialism of the East. It has authority and understanding that come from its law that all are as some in their constitution ensure are created equal under God with the right to defend themselves, the standard of good for we all know evil sufficient to each day, and that holiness is a right not a priviledge, it is a necessity for those who would live the law given to Moses which does not fail and is a light from their land even to the gentiles.

From the book of Ruth it says

Blessed be he of the Lord who has not forsaken his kindness to the living and the dead

Ruth was the mother of Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of David the one who after Saul would be leader of Israel.

Ruth was a foreigner to Israel, she said to Boaz before he was her husband, Why have I found favour in your eyes that you should take notice of me since I am a foreigner ? And Boaz answered and said to her It has been fully reported to me all that you have done for your mother in law since the death of your husband and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth and have come to a people whom you did not knkow before. The Lord repay your work and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel under whose wings you have come for refuge.

Some say Give me your poor your huddled masses, here is God saying under his wings there is refuge.

The geneology of Boaz could also be traced, of the lineage of Abraham and through the records of the hebrews that the one born of David would be called He who saves, the name above all other names, the one who would save all peoples from sin, if they would choose, if repentance and the living of the law of Moses which is the most accurate of tradition and does not fail were to be worked out each day in charity for one another, in long suffering and in understanding to depart from evil, with wisdom to fear God who alone is good as the standard the plumbline by which men live.

The plumbline is the standard, unwavering, not even a gyroscope can match it for accuracy or a mathematical machine duplicate its measurement, it is unwavering, the standard by which builders build.

Like the sundial that for Joshua God kept still and for a person whose life was to end he turned back some degrees what is impossible for man is possible for God. It is not if it could be done but is it necessary. The enemies of Israel would have come back in greater numbers if they had been allowed to escape in darkness so God retained the light. To turn the sundial forward was thought too easy by man as time can easily be wasted, just accelerated but to turn the sundial back would prove that God is who he says so the man Hezekiah at the word of Isaiah had the sundial turned back ten degrees, these two events combined amount to a missing day. To God a thousand years is as a day and a day as a thousand years, the passing of the seasons is to us permanent that we could tell the passing of time and not waste it but God knowing all that man would do knows those who would do as the law says and those who no matter what would turn against him and hate his statutes also.

To those who would live the law of Moses and accept the holy one of God through whom only we can come to God to this person it is life for life is to know God and the holy one who lives. To those who esteem might is right, wealth is all, education without impropriety a charity for people, that man lives by bread alone instead of by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God perish.

The exact understanding of this is as Satan said in the Garden of Eden You shall not surely die, but though partly true because God did not kill Adam immediately we know that the place spoken of in hebrew as Sheol or the grave has the judgement of where the worm does not die and the fire is not quenched, where man separated from God by his own choice by his actions and by his words ends.

The same hebrew words are used for everlasting life and the eternal separation from God who alone is good. Those who hate his laws and his commands go where they would choose away from these but those who live them have life, even abundant life, charity joy peace longsuffering kindness goodness faithfulness gentleness and self control. Against such there is no law.

Yours sincerely,

Philip Miller

Newton Abbot Devon England

April 19, 2007 • Newton Abbot Devon England • #35697

My condolences, thoughts, and prayers for peace and healing are with you.

April 19, 2007 • #35699

Comfort For Those Who Mourn

So many people see in death nothing but a cruel separation from loved ones. Even good and religious people make that sad mistake.

In death there is certainly the very real pain and sorry of physical separation. But it is equally true that our loved ones remain with us. They do not just go off into some dark and distant place. They simply continue into eternal life. We do not see them because we are still in the darkness of this world. But their spiritual eyes, filled with the light of heaven, are always watching us as they wait for the day when we shall share their perfect joy. We are born for heaven and we end this life of tears to begin our life of endless happiness.

I have often reflected upon this beautiful truth and found it the greatest and surest comfort in time of mourning. A firm faith in the real and continual presence of our loved ones has brought the conviction and consolation that death has not destroyed them, nor carried them away. Rather it has given them life? A life with power to know fully and to love perfectly. With this new life and new power our loved ones are always present to us, knowing and loving us more than ever before.

The tears that dampen our eyes in times of mourning are tears of homesickness, tears of longing for our loved ones. But it is we who are away from home, not they! Death has been for them a doorway to an eternal home. They are still with us, lovingly and tenderly waiting for the day when we, too, will enter the doorway of our eternal home. It is such a mistake to see death as separation and nothing more. For us who believe, death is preparation for eternal union with those we love, in the peace and joy of heaven.

A Word of Consolation

If a tiny baby could think, it would be afraid of birth. To leave the only world it has known would seem a kind of death. But immediately after birth the child would find itself in loving arms, showered with affection and cared for at every moment. Surely the baby would say, “I was foolish to doubt God’s Plan for me. This is a beautiful life”.

For the Christian, passing through death is really a birth into a new and better world. Those who are left behind should not grieve as if there were no hope. Life is changed, not taken away. Our dear ones live on, in a world beautiful beyond anything we can imagine. With Jesus and Mary they await the day when they will welcome us with joy.

Do not grieve too much, they say to us. We are living and are still with you.

For those who have been faithful, O Lord, life is not ended, but merely changed; and when this earthly abode dissolves, an eternal dwelling place awaits them in heaven.

Preface, Mass for Christian Burial
From the Roman Sacramentary

April 19, 2007 • #35700

I just want to say that my prayers and thoughts go out to everyone. I wish there was something more to say or do. I feel for everyone. May God Bless each and everyone that was involved.

Sincerely,
Lewis Tester
Johnson City Medical Center

April 19, 2007 • Johnson City • #35701

Just an expression of my sorrow to all at vt.

April 19, 2007 • #35702

I find myself in tears thinking of the pain the parents and VT students & faculty are going through.

May it help and confort you to know so many people you have never meet are praying for all of you.

LETS GO HOKIES LETS GO

Laura Coleman
University of Miami Fan

April 19, 2007 • #35703

Hi,

There is an audio file i’d like to send you of a tribute song that i have put together. If you are interested, please send me an email address to send it to. On behalf of everyone here at Inner Banks Media, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 19, 2007 • #35705

I read my Bible daily. Part of today’s reading was Psalm 10. I immediately thought of your school and the tragedy it is going through.

“Why. O Lord , do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devices. He boasts of the cravings of his heart;
he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord. In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. His ways are always properous;
he haughty and your laws are far from him; he sneers at all his enemies.
He says to himself, “Nothing will shake me; I’ll be happy and never have trouble.”
His mouth is full of curses and lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue.
He lies in wait near the villages;
from ambush he murders the innocent,
watching in secret for his victims.
He lies in wait like a lion in cover;
he lies in wait to catch the helpless;
he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net. His victims are crushed, they collapse;
they fall under his strength.
He says to himself, “God has forgotten;
he covers his face and never sees.”

Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
do not forget the helpless.
Why does the wicked man revile God?
Why does he say to himself,
“He won’t call me to account”?
But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand.
The victim commits himself to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless.
Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; call him to account for his wickedness
that would not be found out.

The Lord is King for ever and ever;
the nations will perish from his land.
You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.

April 19, 2007 • #35706

I am 1998 graduate of Hampton University and I just wanted you(VT) to know that my heart goes out to you and that I will continue to pray for strength and healing during this time.

April 19, 2007 • #35707

I was very saddened by the tragedy your school has faced. Very sad for the victims of their families also. I am upset about how the young man, Mr. Cho did not get the help he needed. 

April 19, 2007 • #35708

I am a retired Senior Citizen living in Indiana. Although I do not anyone personally at your university, I just wanted to send my prayers and deepest regrets. I can only guess the amount or suffering and grief that is encompassing your university. As you know, the whole nation griefs with you and with all the victoms families. May God Bless all of you. Sincerely,
The Edwards Family

April 19, 2007 • Indiana • #35709

i am student from al-qasmi academy :
i console you the innocent students that you have lost them last days,

God’s mercy on them

April 19, 2007 • #35710

I represent a FREE Community Information Resource in Mexico for the International Community at

Effective today in my website I join the global mourning over the tragedy that Virginia Tech and Higher Education in the U. S. and the entire world must endure.

I am a retired U. S. Embassy employee, former United Nations Consultant. My site may serve the interests of colleges, universities with exchange programs in Mexico.

In these difficult times, please accept my sympathy, moral support.

S i n c e r e l y ,

Mario Gonzalez-Roman
Columnist
Honorary Securityt Director at

April 19, 2007 • #35711

Thought you might be able to use this. My thoughts and prayers, as well as those of millions of other, are with you all. Angelica Willoughby

April 19, 2007 • #35712

I wrote this poem this morning and want you all to know the the world is with you in this time of sadness. I am a post grad student at EMU in michigan and I had to write this poem in honor of the our fallen brothers and sisters in academia. If possible please hsare it with your college and may god bless and keep the families of this tragic event. Your freind from Michigan O Watson

NEW-POSTED: 4/19/2007

VT

THE PATH OF EXCELLENCE CUT SHORT!

(Dedicated to the wonderful seekers of knowledge at VIRGINIA TECH who had there lives cut short.)

The world is so full of potential and change, and we must understand that evil will have its day.

(UNFORTUNATELY)

Just how could the path of great excellence meet such dire fates, where the path of great madness would destroy potential so great?

No one goes to college to undue society, but the seekers go for greater knowledge to one day make all society more free!

Great men and woman who went to class that sad day with all of their great strivings none of them deserved what they got that sad day.

Great men and great woman disciplined themselves long ago and they all took an oath of discipline to better themselves and to grow, but the path of great madness always lurks next to great promise and great fire is an attempt to extinguish great excellence by the hand that refuses to do his own best.

Now 33 people lye dead because 1 man had great inner pain, he had hate and had anger and brought great shame to his own name!

Now the mothers who loved their own children have this eternal scare in their hearts!

We all are evolving as humans and are finally understanding that HATE has no place in a world where great LOVE must expand to its greatest estate!

(LOVE HEALS AND HATE DESTROYS)

So I ask that the world will do what ever they can to help the victims parents to not hate but to in love over come this man which sealed their own children’s fate!

We as a sane world must adopt these families and give excellences its chance to fulfill its great potential in all of the rest of our living hands by being greater people ourselves in remembrance of the faithful dead!

What we can also do to make this tragedy erase is to serve the world and the worlds families by making the greatest excellence the worlds only choice!

So to the slain V.T students and their parents at VIRGINIA TECH, who won’t get to graduate this year because of these awful events, we may have never known who your names or faces were if it were not for this horrible tragedy but you are now made eternally great in the worlds minds!

FOR YOU HAVE GRADUATED INTO THE WORLDS HEARTS AND MINDS FOR YOU AND NOT HIM, ARE NOW THE WORLDS MARTYRS OF EXCELLENCE AND GREATNESS!

FOR THAT WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU AND NEVER FORGET YOU!!!

POEM By Otis Watson III

P.S. If there are any spelling errors please forgive me as I was in a rush to start my day when I wrote it.

April 19, 2007 • #35714

Hello, I’ve been keeping up with the latest news on your “tradgedy” I cant express enough my sorrows of this outrageous circumstance! Like others have “noticed” It’s waaay too much/too close to the (Columbine situation!)I’m sending my “utmost” condolences to ALL family memebers of ALL the victims! I can only hope/wish I could DO more!

Sincerely, Miss “K” Graham,
Of Chicago,illinois& All my friends & neighbors here in Chicago!

April 19, 2007 • Chicago,illinois • #35715

To the Administration, Faculty and the Students of Virgina Polytechnical and State University:

This message is behalf of the staff and the board of directors of Capstone Health Plan, located in Flagstaff, AZ.

We wish to express our deepest sympathy to all of those impacted by the recent tragedy. We have been impressed by your students, their articulate manner, their moral base and their will to overcome this tremendous intrusion into their lives.

We offer our prayers to those lost, to all of you who will persevere in the pursuit of good and to the positive contributions that are inherent to your purpose. Please know that our thoughts are with each of you as you now recover and move forward.

Respectfully,
Ron Preston, C.E.O.
Capstone Health Plan

April 19, 2007 • Flagstaff, AZ • #35716

Dear, Dear Friends at VT;
My daughter goes to school at Fresno State (CA). I wanted to send as much love to you as I could. The tragedy really touched our family.

There is a little surf spot in La Jolla that I will always remember as VT’s spot. I will forerver call it Hokie Point. It is one of the most beautiful spots on the Cal Coast. Please know that there are so many of us here in So Cal sending our love and prayers to all! I am so sorry for your loss and the tragedy. I wish this tome could even come close to healing your loss.

All my love and prayers from a Bruin (UCLA) and Ant Eater (UCI). Support and Love to you all! Go Hokie Pride!

Devin E. Hurst

April 19, 2007 • #35717

Please know that love and prayers are with each and every one of you as you pull your lives back together.

I have a nurse friend who recently died of a shooting tragedy… I am certain she is attending to all of your friends right now.

Let your grief come and work through it, keep your faith - you are never alone.

Take care.

April 19, 2007 • #35718

My prayers are with you all. Nothing could have prepared us for this unexplained event. Please remember that GOD is always in control. Be blessed!

April 19, 2007 • quebec canada • #35719

in HONOR of, in memory of, the prof Librescu tztz"l [ may the righteous be remembered for a blessing

and also my father also a child holocaust survivor

thank you

and my most profound condolences to all

meir

laval quebec canada

April 19, 2007 • quebec canada • #35720

I am a Minister from New York who since what has happened has prayed for those who were lost, those who survived and for the families and friends of those who died.

I want to extend to the students the chance to send emails to me requesting prayer for themself, their families and or for the friends they lost.

Please who ever you are that takes care of the site pass this on for me, and I wish to thank you for your help and my prayers continue for all at Virginia Tech.

Sincerely,

The Reverend George Sinzer
Minister
Universal Life Church
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

April 19, 2007 • Wappingers Falls, NY • #35721

Hello, I live in Tennessee, I am 21, and resently out of the Airforce. I work at Dell in Nashville, and live in Murfreesboro, TN. I have been following the events and I feel such outrage that someone could do this to so many innocent people. It really started to bother me today at work, after reading more about the package NBC recieved. I wish there was an outlet that I could get some of these feelings of mine off my chest, because i hate that this happened. I started thinking today, that we should probably go ahead and start thinking of a way to build a memorial for the 32 lives that were taken! I will keep everyone in the state in my prayers!

Wilson!

April 19, 2007 • Murfreesboro, TN • #35722

I’m a teacher and baseball coach down here in Houston ISD. I just want to say how sorry I am and wish there was something I could do. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire campus and their family and friends.I teach 7th grade science and as always, we discuss current events. My class wanted me to email someone there and tell you that my 5th period science class is thinking of ya’ll! I thought it was kind of cool that they wanted me to do this. Anyway, maybe this can be out out there so your campus can read it as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with ya’ll!

April 19, 2007 • #35723

I am truly saddened by this tragedy at Virginia Tech. I certainly pray for the victims’ family members, and the entire university family. Pray will certainly get you through this greiving period!!!! Believe that Virginia Tech will survive this tragedy and learn from it, as should the entire world.

P.S. Whatever people show you what they are, believe them!!!!!!!

April 19, 2007 • #35724

Hello. My name is Chris Black and I’m emailing from Pennsylvania today. While I have never attended Virginia Tech, in light of the horrible tragedy that has happened I was wondering what I could do to help. We must turn this negative into some sort of positive (at least that is the hope). While I am sure it is possible that you have had many requests in this regard and quite probable that you have had similar suggestions already, I was thinking that Virginia Tech could set up scholarships in each of the victims names or possibly a large scholarship that blankets the tragedy. Generally, I would presume 32 smaller scholarships would be most beneficial thus allowing some financial assistance to touch more lives and also to serve as a reminder of those that lost their lives in the wake of this horrible event. I apologize for sending this to a general email, however, at this point I am not aware to whom this email should be directed. I hope I can be of some assistance or u!
se in this matter, although I must confess I have no experience at fundraising or the like.

Sincerely,

Chris Black

April 19, 2007 • Pennsylvania • #35725

I am very sorry for what happened on your campus. We are praying for all of you victims, survivors, and everybody over there.

Please do not forget to reach out to the shooter family, even though he did what he did, I guess they are also in pain and despair.

May God Bless you all!

April 19, 2007 • #35726

I just wanted to say that it is a sad thing to see that another man can come on to campus and destroy those Hokies lives. There was nothing that anyone could really do other than what was already done. My heart goes out to all of your students and faculty members. I also wanted to say that it is a terrible thing that some people around this world can go out and copy cat these horrible issues that Cho has done to your whole college. It is great to see that your students have come together and helped each other through out this tragedy. Remember the memories of those that were among you and keep helping each other like you have been. You are all in my prays and may God bless everyone of you through out these days of mourning.

April 19, 2007 • #35727