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

Dear Friends,

You have my deepest sympathy—and empathy. We are bound together in a special way, you and I, for I am a survivor of the August 1, 1966 massacre at the University of Texas; I was twenty years old then. There are several insights I want to offer to all of you:

There is no time limit on grieving:
To this day I remember the people who suffered and/or died as I pass the spots where they lay. To this day, I cry on the anniversary and pray for the families and victims.

Community will be your salvation:
Treasure your family and friends, share with them, and savor each moment you have. This horrible tragedy can, and eventually will, be a gateway to a more refined gratitude and purpose for living.

Depression and guilt are normal responses to a very abnormal event:
You have options which were never offered in Texas—counseling, many memorial services, and a compassionate university staff. Take the opportunity to use them for your welfare and recovery.

Tourists will drive you crazy.
For weeks after Charles Whitman shot so many people, we students were accosted by people who had driven many miles out of their way to stare at the bloody spots on the South Mall and ask if we had been present. In later years, I realized that these people most likely were trying to come to terms with their own sense of the tragedy. But my response would still be the same: Politely and firmly decline to answer—unless the catharsis would benefit you.

Your life will continue to get better if you let it.
Like Job, we all must come to the reckoning that evil and death come to the good and the bad alike. Life happens, and some of it will be tragic and cruel.
Each of us has the choice of going beyond the moment to become a wiser and stronger person. THERE IS light beyond darkness, life beyond death, joy beyond tragedy. Hold that concept in faith as you are able—things will be better.

Above all, let all of us who care about you and your friends and colleagues love you: in our prayers and meditations, in our hearts, and in our minds. You are a magnificent example of courage and faith, each of you, and many, many people throughout the world hold you in love, admiration, and the faith that you will overcome the horrors of April 16, 2007. We believe that God blesses each of you and each of the murdered students and faculty.

In friendship and love,
Lynn Goodman-Strauss

April 20, 2007 • #35831

REFLECTIONS and CANDLELIGHT

The nation and beyond learned
Our beautiful campus was
Under siege.
Two lives had been taken.
The interlude of quiet suddenly erupted
Into greater carnage.
Innocent students and instructors alike
Were struck down,
Their full potential left unanswered.
Through courage, strength and sacrifice
Other lives were saved.

These sacred halls of higher learning
Will cradle the memories.
A stalwart face to the future will prove The “Hokie” spirit cannot
Be lost.
The goal will be to take up the reins.
The taken lives of classmates, friends
And instructors,
Will become the banner for lifetimes,
Yet to come.

For now, we share our grief
In quiet moments,
Finding strength and solace among
The sea of candlelight,
our faith will sustain us.
Zoa Lykins

April 20, 2007 • #35832

The Virginia Tech College Tragedy of April 2007

Tragedy, where does it lead, Oh Lord,
As death seems to surmount and defy all sense? It costs more than the intelligence we can afford.
We question and sigh and grieve and ask, “Why?”

The answers seem to come so slowly,
As we pick through the belongings and debris, Of those whose head and knee became lowly, In the face of the coming death they tried to flee!

We must climb out of that pit of moral decay, And not be contaminated by its refuse and degradation, Looking higher and beyond ourselves to a better way. Finding the truth that explains more, what in part we now see.

Varied challenges, thought mountains, to overcome, Because we feel riddled with confusion and pain, And promise ourselves to the loss we’ll not succumb; Seeing that safety for a few was but yards away.

You sustain oh Lord, as you see the date; the hour, While we shake our heads in wonder and almost unbelief; But find in the end we must yield to your higher power, Letting go of our grip and finding comfort in your wise relief.

“It is finished” is what our blessed Saviour said, As all crime and betrayal and abandonment were addressed, When He hung on the cross and for us died and bled. At the time we could conceive no good from this.

So shall it be when awfulness enters into our midst And finds its date in the annuals of our history texts; And awaits its final prognosis of usefulness with Christ’s “fix,” Spoken by the lives whose memory let His time and healing resolve it.

Just as the seed of wheat becomes planted in the ground, And new life springs forth in spite of little rain. We must wait and see what our grief so profound, Brings forth when we subscribe to God’s higher ways!

By: Donna Sacherich

4-17-2007

Isaiah 55; I Corinthians 15; John 12: 20-26

April 20, 2007 • #35833

i just wanted to say that my prayers are with the family and friends of all who were hurt from this tragedy. we will overcome this and become stronger. god bless you all

April 20, 2007 • #35834

Dear Friends & Family,

Like millions of television viewers around the world, we watched in horrified fascination as the tragic events unfolded yesterday in Blacksburg, Virginia. Even now we are still overcome by a blend of anger, disbelief, shock, and grief at the unfathomable loss of innocent young lives so full of promise.

As Hokie parents, our hearts go out in sympathy to the families and friends of all the victims of this violent outrage. We join all those who mourn this irretrievable loss in prayers for mercy and comfort from a loving God. Yes, we are proud parents of a Virginia Tech alumnus. Our daughter Samantha (BS Bio ‘01) studied there for four years. Dell and I still look back with joy at our yearly Easter weekend trip to Virginia Tech for the traditional get-together for the families of Filipino-American students.

The Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg VA is a beautiful place, especially in April. On one end of this drill field is the Chapel which is flanked by several massive stone pylons, a Monument to the memory of Virginia Tech’s sons who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the nation’s wars. It is dedicated to those who gave their all; yet it is designed to inspire the living, especially the Virginia Tech graduates of the future. Sadly, yesterday’s tragedy will mean that the University will have to put up another Memorial to honor the dead.

With loving thoughts and prayers,

Tony & Dell Amor
Charlotte, North Carolina

April 20, 2007 • Charlotte, North Carolina • #35835

Dear VT Students and Families

My(our)prayers are with you and you also have our love and support YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

You will make it and you will have great futures !!

From your FAMILY IN WISCONSIN
Raul

April 20, 2007 • WISCONSIN • #35836

I was at a university a hundred miles or so from the University of Texas campus at Austin, Texas when the UT sniper, Charles Whitman, began firing from the tower in 1969. That was during the violence filled ‘60’s, but I was still so horrified at the young lives taken and at the senseless violence of the shooter. I still think back to that day.

History, it seems, is destined to repeat itself. I think of your young victims, the professors and their families and grieve for them. Please accept my condolences for all of the pain and the heartbreak.

Carlton Guidry

April 20, 2007 • #35837

Hi,

I have been trying to post to the website but do not see any form to do so. Please post this message for me if possible.

Best Regards,

I have been shocked and horrified to learn of this tragedy. The media stories are shocking but alas the loss cannot be replaced. My prayers are with all the victims’ families and words cannot describe my feelings. My fond memories of the campus and indeed Norris Hall are many and it will take time for them to heal after this horrific violation.

I pray that everyone takes this opportunity to be with their loved ones and think about little things in life which we take so easily for granted. I am sure VT will come out stronger than ever in the wake of this tragedy.

God Bless!

Muhammad Nizamuddin
Graduate Bradley Department of Electrical Engineering, December 2002
Old Bridge, NJ

//uhammad /li

~:o:~ Life without obsession is like a word without meaning ~:o:~

April 20, 2007 • Old Bridge, NJ • #35838

I want to share my condolences for the families, friends, classmates, and teachers, of the students and staff that were killed. I offer my heartfelt prayers and support for everyone affected. May the peace of God be with you always. Rich : Graduate of W. A. C. C. (now penn tech) 1974. Pa

April 20, 2007 • #35839

May it help to know that people through out the world share your sorrow.  Your are in our continued thoughts and prayers.

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Emporia State University
Emporia, KS

April 20, 2007 • Emporia, KS • #35840

Please add this to your online sharing of grief and condolences:

I have been filled with heartbreak and tears this week for all of you at Virginia Tech and for us as human beings. I weep as a mother of a college student. I weep as someone who worked on the 105th floor of World Trade One until March 2001 and could have been among the 200+ colleagues I had worked with. The awareness and images will keep coming into your minds. We all have different ways of dealing with them. I let them flow in and stayed with them until they left to return again until they subsided and became part of me. Others tried to focus on tomorrow., “move on.” Still others plunged into whatever they had to do each day so they would not have time to remember. Whatever works. The grief is searing, even if you had only smiled at someone once in passing. Or just knew about them personally. Or didn’t even know anyone.

What helped me most was to remember that what we think is solid is just spinning atoms that are themselves spinning electrons made up of tinier energy forms and that we are the light. Our bodies may simply be temporary conduits that our spirits use while we are in this form.

But I look at the empty seats surrounded by the people of Virginia Tech and all I can do today, from New York City, is weep with you.

Tita

April 20, 2007 • New York City • #35841

Hi. I have no affiliation with your University. In fact, I’ve only ever met one person who went there. Although I believe in God, I’m not an overly religious person, so to say I prayed on Monday would be a lie. I’m a Maryland fan, so to say I root for the Hokies would also be a lie. I do remember Ace Custis though, and his ace tattoo. Anyway, I just want to say that we are with you. Please remain strong.

April 20, 2007 • #35842

I am a mother of a sophomore from Virginia Beach, Va that is safe and has been home with me for two days. I have enclosed an inspirational thought for the students returning on Monday. He has shared with his father and I all the grieving that happened on Monday evening and Tuesday. I needed to express my feelings of the tragedy and I’ve focused on the healing and the kids getting back to class on Monday. My son read it and wanted me to pass it on to Tech.

Va Tech has always had a special place in my heart. I graduated from Radford College in 1974 and VPI was a big part of my college life. It will always be my sister school. Thank you for all you’ve done the last couple of days to help our kids during this horrible experience.

Sincerely,
Linda Rowland

A Thought for New Beginnings:

Hokies, you and I now share a common anniversary, April 23.  It is the beginning of my 25th year of marriage and for you, the beginning of putting the pieces back together of your interrupted lives.  The grieving period is over and we raise our hearts and prayers to those we’ve lost. You will not forget them and they will always be apart of your journey.  You need to move forward celebrating life so their deaths are not in vain.  Remember their strength when times are tough and you will meet any challenge head on.

You have not lost the “32”. They will always be with you in your heart. You will carry them where ever you go.  We are all stronger because of their sacrifice.  My charge to you is continue on in your journey.  Continue reaching out caring and loving each other.  Remember, you are never alone as you are a Hokie and we are family. You will never forget the “32”.  And you will survive!

April 20, 2007 • #35843

I would like to extend my sincere condolences on the loss of your students and faculty members. I can’t help but to weep for those who tried to make a difference in the community. I would like to send something to the victims’ families and I was wondering if I could send it in c/o Virginia Tech. May Jehovah strengthen you to endure all the “mayhem” surrounding your “quiet” community and pray for those who trangress against you. Jesus taught his followers to “pray” for yourself, your neighbors, and your enemies. He also told what would take place near the end of this wicked system of things (Please read Matthew Ch. 5)(2 Tim. 3:1-5).

Again, my deepest sympathy goes out to each and everyone of you.

Ps. 83:18; Rev. 21:1-4; John 3:16.

April 20, 2007 • #35844

I am not a Tech grad. However, my brother graduated from Tech, I grew up in Roanoke and now work for Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern, Inc. - Architects and Engineers in Virginia Beach, VA. - which has many Tech grads in their employment. I have been following the VT website all week and have been extremely impressed with the layout and photos you have chosen to display. I keep the website open as much as I can at work. My sympathy to all affected by Monday’s tragedy. Thanks for the dignified way you have chosen to display Tech’s website. Please pass this along to the President. The Hokie Nation is something to be truly proud of. I was at a local store today to buy a Tech tshirt. I wrote a check but did n for ID. The man behind me who I believe was also buying Tech tshirts paid for mine. That is the Hokie spirit.

April 20, 2007 • Virginia Beach, VA • #35845

This is a poem My 14 year old daughter wrote trying to come to grips with what has happened.Our hearts and prayers go out to every one.

God bless,
Anna and Taylor Blake
Indiantown,Flordia

They were unaware of any danger,
To a few of them was he a stranger.
Twisted and weird as some would say,
They knew not what he planned that day.
In he cam with incredible stealth,
Taking the lives of others and then himself. On this day heroes were named,
For the death of others he was blamed.

Simply hours past dawn,
Once here now gone,
Just like that 33 lives were taken,
Oh. I wish, I wish we were mistaken,
Sadness striking like a storm,
Thousand by thousands do they mourn.

May this never again occur,
Please nothing like the Virginia massacre.

Written by: Taylor Blake
Indiantown, FL
Age 14

April 20, 2007 • Indiantown,Flordia • #35846

Please share my heart felt saddness for the loss of so many beautiful young adults. There are no words that convey my sorrow over that most tragic day. The lovely people who have left us and their grieving families are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so very sorry for the loss of your loved ones. Rather than viewing the offender all over the news media, I would appreciate learning about the students; their life stories are important to me.

April 20, 2007 • #35847

I’m sure the university will already be doing so, though I wanted to share a thought-just in case- of making the classrooms into memorial rooms. Rooms laced with pitures, archives, and as an everlasting memorial and tribute to those whose life were snuffed out untimely.

Sincerely,
Malka Nussbaum

April 20, 2007 • #35848

To all students, teachers, and couselors,

Thank you for your courage, your devotion to your school, your family and your god.

My god’s grace and blessings follow you during the rest of this school year and for the rest of your lives.

In Jesus Name.

April 20, 2007 • #35849

President of Virginia Tech:

My sympathy and respect reaches out to the Virgina Tech community and to those parents, friends and family of those affected by this tragedy. As a parent, we like to think and believe that universities have a safe and nurturing environment. I’m confident that your community will recover from this event and will be a stronger place.

Until then, we mourn with your loss.

Respectfully,
John Nocella
Stoneham, MA

April 20, 2007 • Stoneham, MA • #35850

Dear Sir,
Firstly may I pass my and my family from here in the UK our heart fely sorrow of what has taken place this last week. I would like to ask in a way of surporting you here in the UK I would like to ask is there any way I could obtain a sweat shirt from VT? I think that it is important that what has happened should be brought to the whole world and hope that this sort of thing will never happen again. Again from the Malam family we are so sorry,

Yours Truly
Mr S Malam

April 20, 2007 • #35851

To the Virginia Tech Community:
Words cannot express how saddened we are about the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech that has touched your community so deeply. Your loss is great, and we can only imagine the pain and sadness families and friends of the victims are going through now.

As you move through the difficult days and weeks ahead, we want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. The attached photo is our way of sending you a show of support and strength from Select Health of South Carolina. Please accept our condolences and our hopes for your healing and renewal.

With sincere sympathy,

Select Health of South Carolina, Inc.
Charleston, SC

April 20, 2007 • Charleston, SC • #35852

Hello,

my name is Jens Groser, i’m 25 and i am from Chemnitz,Germany!

I don’t have enough english words to say how big my feeling is for all of you, after this tragedy! I send you all the best wishes for the future!

I hope that your life will become normal as possible and you will all have a great future.

We also have in Germany a tragedy like this ( Erfurt/4.26.02/16 victims) and i can tell you that the feelings in Germany are with you!

Bye and God bless you all!
Jens

April 20, 2007 • Chemnitz,Germany • #35853

Dear Hokies:

Tonight my stepson’s elementary choir group sang the National Anthem at the Chattanooga Lookouts game. Jayden & I wore our VT colors to send a message of support. I was stopped by several people who wanted to say something, even if they didn’t know how to formulate the words; others who yearned for answers, which we may never have.

As I watched the convocation today, I held my son a little bit closer. I examined his every curve in his face and memorized that moment as he slept peacefully in my arms. For that moment, I knew he was safe. I cannot imagine what you must be going thru right now; I cannot even begin to fathom. I pray that you may find solace in knowing, you are not alone, Blacksburg. Even in Chattanooga, TN we have shed tears for you, and grieve for you, and pray you will feel the power and draw strength in knowing you are being thought of at this very moment by people you don’t even know.

Tonight as I lay down to sleep—I pray that you may, one day, find peace within yourself, the strength to stand strong, and the courage to move forward with the un-jaded curiosity of a child…

Chattanooga, TN sends peace & support to all HOKIES. Rachel

April 20, 2007 • Chattanooga, TN • #35854

To VT family:

Just to let you know that my work family in southeastern NC is supporting you.  We are all honorary Hokies today. Our love and prayers are with the Hokie Nation and the Blacksburg community. UT PROSIM.

Carol Carter
Wallace, North Carolina
Hokie Mom of Cadet J. Heath Carter
1st Battallion, Charlie Company

April 20, 2007 • Wallace, North Carolina • #35855

Please....Keep this going!!!!

Please join me in a prayer for the victims, families. friends and the students of Va Tech. I hope this prayer makes it’s way to some of the friends and families of Va Tech. to let them know they are in our thoughts and prayers. PLEASE PASS THIS PRAYER ON.

DEAR LORD,

WE WOULD LIKE TO SEND OUR PRAYERS OUT TO ALL THOSE EFFECTED IN THIS TRAGEDY AT VA TECH.

LORD, WE KNOW THROUGH YOUR WORDS THAT THOSE WHO GRIEVE OR MOURN WILL BE
COMFORTED AND THOSE WHO ARE HURT OR SICK MAY BE HEALED.

LORD, WE PRAY THAT YOU COMFORT THOSE WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES IN THIS
TRAGEDY AND TO HEAL THOSE INJURED.
WE ASK ALSO THAT YOU HEAL THE HEART AND SOULS OF ALL AFFECTED BY THIS.

LORD,
HELP OUR COUNTRY,
IT’S LEADER
AND IT’S CITIZENS

TO FIND THE WISDOM, STRENGTH AND COURAGE TO KNOW AND TO DO WHAT WE NEED TO
PREVENT SUCH A TRAGEDY FROM HAPPENING AGAIN.
HELP US LORD TO REMEMBER THAT
LIFE IS VERY SHORT
AND TO USE THE TIME WE HAVE
TO LET OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY KNOW HOW MUCH WE DO LOVE AND APPRECIATE
THEM.
LET THIS REMIND US TO BE KIND TO OTHERS,
TO COMFORT OTHERS
TO TREAT OTHERS AS WE WOULD WANT TO BE TREATED
TO GIVE TO THOSE IN NEED
AND TO FORGIVE AS WE WOULD WISH TO BE FORGIVEN.
MAY WE REMEMBER THAT ABOVE ALL YOU ARE THE WAY AND THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.

IN JESUS NAME,

AMEN.

April 20, 2007 • #35856

I never went to collage. I don’t think I know anyone there, but the course of events you have all had to endure this week are sad and troubling. Please know that even though I don’t know you—my heart goes out to you and the families of the ones you have lost. Your in my prayers.

April 20, 2007 • #35857

When I visited your campus in the early 1990’s while my daughter was a graduate student there, I was impressed with the school. However, what I have seen over the last week has been more than impressive. The spirit and courage and CHARACTER displayed by everyone involved has been just phenomenal. The president of the student body is an absolutely amazing young man! I SO admired how he turned the tables on every media person who tried to engage him in some sort of negativity about how things were handled. He is absolutely right—the nation should be honoring those who lost their lives and give no publicity to this VERY sick young man who became obsessed with evil.
I hope you will pass on my words of admiration to the college president, police chief and particularly the young man who is president of the student body. My apologies for not having all those names at hand. I must say I am very pleased that one of my children has had the honor and privilege of being a part of this university—I’m sure the kind of character and spirit displayed this week has been created over a long period of time. Hang on to it—it is precious! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Doris Meehan
Windham, Maine

April 20, 2007 • Windham, Maine • #35858

My heart and prayers are with all of you, staff and especially students. In difficult times like this the best thing we can do is pray and have faith. If we pray with faith the Lord will give us the strenght and peace that we need. God Bless you all!

April 20, 2007 • #35859

I didn’t think that my friend’s college freshman son would mind my sharing this with you. He is from VA, but goes to school in NC.

Subject: I Sit Here and Wonder....

Hey mom I wrote this poem last night and posted it on facebook which is kinda like myspace for college student. I posted it at 2 am and it already has over 35 comments all of them good. Everyone that has read it and commented it has nothing but praise. I thought that you might like to read it. Let me know what you think.

I Sit here and Wonder.

As I watch TV
I sit here and wonder
what could drive a person to do this
thirty three people dead.

People just like me
going to class just like any normal day. What did they do
To deserve this fate.

I sit here and wonder
what was going through his head
on that fateful day.
What did the world do to him
To anger him so bad.
How could life be so bad to want to do this to others who he hardly knew.

I sit here and wonder about
Those kids getting up and getting dressed going to class expecting this to be just like Friday But today is different
A man walks in
no one knows him

He stands their emotionless
as he shoots so many people.
What anger drive a person to this.

I sit here and wonder
How it felt to be their and see people dying all around you
friends and classmates
Powerless to stop the carnage.

I sit here and wonder what I would have done Had it been in my class
In my school
With my friends
Just trying to live our life’s.

What would I have done.
Would I do as those brave students did and get up and barricade the door
useing their body’s to save
Saving who knows how many lives.

Or the professor
A man who has seen so many horrors in his life. Blocking the door.
Giving his life for the students he loved. giving them time to flee
Such selfless acts lost in the horror of that day.

Or like so many would
I have lay thier motionless
Bleeding and crying out for help.
To shocked to do anything.

I sit here and wonder.
What were the last thoughts of those kids As they lay their
bleeding, dying
cry’s for help ringing out all around.
As more shots rain down.

I sit here and wonder
How God could let this happen
I am told he has a plan
but how could this be it.

Yet I cross myself and hit my knee’s
who are we to question him.
Now is not a time to question faith
but to embrace it.

I pray to God that he help those in need To give them guidance.
To bring them hope.
To show them that better days lie ahead.

I am told that I don’t go to school their how can I care so much
I watch the news and wonder how you cant care. I say what if this was us.
Wouldn’t you want others to care.

I am a complete stranger.
I have never meet these people.
Yet I feel deeply
For those living
For those hurt
For those gone forever.

I feel great sorrow
For all those who have lost someone
A friend.
A child.
Yet I am a complete stranger on the outside looking in.

I sit here and wonder.
What tomorrow holds for me.
What if tomorrow is the end for me
My life gone, over just like that
in an instant.

It is now
that I realize
that life is not something to take for granted, It can all be over just like that.
That I need to live a better life
and cherish what I have been given
Be grateful for the friends that I have
for you never know
what tommorrow holds.

I will always remember
what happened that day
and swear that I will life my life
to its fullest everyday.
It is the least I can do
to remember those kids
that lost thier lives
on that fateful day.

April 20, 2007 • #35860

Attached are two images from a tree planting ceremony the VDOT Salem District employees held today at noon. Also attached is an image of a message displayed on message boards across the state at noon today.

April 20, 2007 • #35861

Those of us at ODU just wanted to share and show our support for the VT community. Attached is a picture of the Cafe 1201 staff at ODU that we wanted to share with you. Today, we are all Hokies. Our prayers and thoughts are with the VT community.

Ronya Edwards
Marketing Program Manager
Monarch Dining / Auxiliary Services
Old Dominion University

April 20, 2007 • #35862

I am sure you’re being swamped w/mail.Our church just wanted to let you know your entire community is in our thoughts and most important our prays.We are extremely proud of your young student body that has shown dignity, respect and a will to survive and overcome this tradegy.God bless you all and know we will continue to lift you and everyone concerned ( including the shooter’s family) up in pray.This can’t be easy on anyone;just remember with GOD you can face everything!
New Hope Fellowship
Port Republic,NJ

April 20, 2007 • Port Republic,NJ • #35863

I know this is probably not the avenue to do this; however, I wanted some way to convey my family’s grief in the wake of what happened this week.

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you.

I believe we are a country of mostly caring people, and even though I am in Arizona, know that there are people who really care across this world.

I once heard this said at a friend’s son’s funeral and I believe it to be so. . .

God does not TAKE people, he RECEIVES them.

With heartfelt sympathy,
Joyce Losby
Glendale, Arizona

April 20, 2007 • Glendale, Arizona • #35864

At the saddest of times, I’m proud to be a Hokie Dad.

KJK Falls Church, VA

April 20, 2007 • Falls Church, VA • #35865

Please know that you and all are in our thoughts and prayers. May God’s embrace your students, teachers and faculty. Liz Taylor and family

April 20, 2007 • #35866

Hello!
I just would like to express my deepest sympathy to the families of the lost victims and my thoughts and prayers are with them always. I will light candles in church and at home also and offer my thoughts and prayers for all the lost lives. I deeply feel very sad to have heard the news on television, radio and have read newspapers here in New York.
Sincerely,
Louis Basso
Long Island, NY

April 20, 2007 • Long Island, NY • #35867

I wanted to send my deepest sympathy to all who have suffered from this tradegy. I went through the Pearl High School Shooting and it is difficult to get over and carry on. Keep God in your heart and keep your family and friends around you. My heart goes out to everyone there. God Bless You All.

April 20, 2007 • #35868

My sincerest compassion is with you guys. For some reason, though you might not see it now, maybe ever, it happened for a reason. Things have strange ways of working out. Find the strength to carry on. This can do nothing but bring you closer to each other. Remember, the people you pass daily might feel just as hopeless as you...lean on each other for support. You will be in my thoughts for a very very long time. Please let me know if and when a memorial or victims’ fund will be setup. I don’t have a lot to give, but I want to contribute whatever I might can to help you heal and find peace.

David M. Phillips
Administrative Assistant
Magellan Health Services

April 20, 2007 • #35869

I am just writing to thank the person who placed a 33rd stone of memorial for Cho. I know that this was not an easy decision, but I also know that the family of him is having a hard time with all of this too, and they need to be remembered too. God Bless and my prayers are with you all! Shalom be upon you and may HIS strength be with each and everyone in the days ahead!

April 20, 2007 • #35870

Hello family,

I have shared the sadness. We are family because we belong to the human race. Persons connect when this type of tragedy happens. Our emotions are touched. Our love for mankind is released. I can’t begin to know the pain and suffering but I do know how to touch God.

My prayer is that God’s love come through and bring healing to everyone. God bless the Hokies!!

April 20, 2007 • #35871

To the Family, students and faculty members at Virginai Tech. This isn’t eloquent though I wish it were, but it comes from the heart.

It’s difficult for me to hold back the tears, broken-hearted by the tragic loss of 32 wonderful young men and women.

I feel my life has been indirectly impacted. I’m experiencing the same feeling of loss that I felt during the aftermath of 9/11.

I didn’t know any of them though I whish I had. But I do know that each and every one of them was very special. Each one had a great personality; people gravitated towards them. Each one had something positive to offer. Each one was very bright and gifted.
Each one was put on this earth to make a difference.

I would have been very proud and honored to know any one of them. I know they wont be forgotten. And I hope the university remembers them all in the future by granting scholarships in their names; in their major field of study.

To their family and friends, please don’t dwell on the loss. Instead, celebrate the wonderful life and times you had with them.

Thank you,
Rich Grabowski

April 20, 2007 • #35872

Dear Folks,

I created and sent this praryer around to family and friends, and wanted to send it also to those who are so deeply affected by this tragedy.

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Dear God in Heaven,

We pray that Your Spirit be with the families, neighbors, and friends of all who were harmed, in body and spirit, at Virginia Tech, and elsewhere. We pray that Your loving arms be wrapped around them and comfort them in this tragic time.

We pray even for the family and friends of the person who’s mind was turned to evil, even as we have seen the forgiveness of other’s who suffered, who forgave the shooter.

We pray that leadership will act with honesty and integrity in searching for answers.

We pray that no one’s hands and hearts turn to hate and violence in retaliation.

We pray for all who are in positions to see, that they have the strength and guidance to know when a troubled person needs intervention, so that this terrible day will not happen again.

We pray for not only peace, but peaceful hearts, Dear Lord our God. Amen.

April 20, 2007 • #35873

I am so very sorry about what has happened. I can not find the words. I can barely imaging the feelings. I was a combat trained P.A. with the Marines and saw many young people killed and wounded. I am praying for the wounded and the familys of those lost. I would like to honour your school here in Michigan. One way would be to purchase a VT baseball cap and wear it here. Is that posible?

Sincerely,
Dennis L. Case, P.A., LHD
Sumner, Mi

April 20, 2007 • Sumner, Mi • #35874

Mr. President,

I don’t know if you will see this or not. However, I felt it important to put my thoughts on paper. I am an ‘93 alumni of VA Tech.  I just wanted to say I understand why the first shooting was handled in the manner that it was handled and my support and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

April 20, 2007 • #35875

To Whom it may concern

I am a resident of Ancaster Ontario Canada. I Would just like to send my sympathy and condolences to everyone down at Virgina Tech. My heart goes out to you and all the families that hve lost a loved one. The tragady that has struck your university kind of hit close to home. My wife is a clinical tutor with the school of nursing up here at MACMASTER UNIVERSITY here in Hamiton Ontario,I also have many friends that work at MACMASTER. None of the victims deseved to die the way they did. The healing process will now begin and one day the sun will again rise on VIRGINA TECH. Again my condolences go out to you.

Thank you
MARK HAYCOCK

April 20, 2007 • Ancaster Ontario Canada • #35876

Please post this message.
To Virginia Tech University

It is with horror, disbelief, much sorrow and a lot of questions in our minds that we all heard and later saw on our TV screens about this senseless and terrible massacre in Virginia Tech. We are far away from you, we didn’t know any of these young scholars who got killed in such a terrible way by one of their school mates, but we wanted to let you know how profoundly moved and touched we all are here. Our sympathy to those who lost a father, a friend, a teacher, a son or a daughter, our sympathy to your school and to those who now suffer so much.

Monica y Juan Kohn
Quito, Ecuador
South America.

April 20, 2007 • Quito, Ecuador • #35877

I am a student at Mclennan Community College in Waco, TX, and want to extend my deepest condolences to all families, students for your losses. I am so sorry for your tremendous losses. You are in my prayers, thoughts and on my mind. God bless you as He sees you through these tough times.

April 20, 2007 • #35878

Let me send my heart felt sympathies to the families of the victims of the massacre. I am a college student in Maine at the University of Maine at Augusta. We are holding a moment of silence on my campus in Augusta, Maine on Monday, April 23rd, 2007 at noon; to honor the lives that were lost and to remember those who are left behind.
Again my thoughts and prayers are with all of the survivors.
Thank you,
Sincerely,
Sue Wood

April 20, 2007 • #35879

We have watched with shock the tragedy that unfolded on your campus. Our thoughts and prayers are with your staff, your faculty and your students.

Charlie Tipton
Worship Pastor
Covenant Bible Church
Lincolnton, NC

April 20, 2007 • Lincolnton, NC • #35880