Condolences, April 17, 2007

For as many tears that I have had today, just as an alumni, so many more are being shed by the family and friends of my Hokie Heros.  I am thinking of you, and praying for you.  We are a Hokie Nation and I believe our spirit will help us get through this horrible, horrible event.  Go Hokies!!!!
Michele Paganin Class of ‘93

April 17, 2007, 10:13pm • Sterling, VA • #1116

All my love and prayers go out to everyone effect by this horrible tragedy. Something that could never have thought to happened took place yesterday. Words can not describe how everyone around the world is feeling about this matter. I, myself a college student, getting through my first year, the whole matter really hit home and makes realize that we have to aware of our suroundings and to not take everything for granted. Its hard to believe that something like this happened and that it could happen anytime. It hurts, once again my deepest condolences go out to the families of everyone effected and everyone that is associated with Virginia Tech. “Today we are all hokies!!”

Keshla Esquilin

April 17, 2007, 10:13pm • Columbus, Georgia • #1117

God, grant me comfort, that I may comfort others.
Grant me strength, that I might strengthen others.
Grant me courage, that I might encourage others.

May God bless each and every one of you. You are forever more etched in our hearts and minds.

Thom Eden 85
Aimee Eden 86

April 17, 2007, 10:13pm • Ashburn, VA • #1118

I do not know you or live near you but I cry and mourn with you.  I pray for you the kind of peace that only God can give.  Hebrews 13:20-21.  Todd Blair

April 17, 2007, 10:13pm • Fort Worth, Texas • #1119

To the VT students, families, and faculty everyone of you are in my families thoughts and prayers as you go through this horrible tragedy. I have sat in front of my television since yesterday trying to keep the tears from rolling down my face. The whole nation has been impacted by this senseless and cowardly act. Please keep in mind that your friends and family are now in a safer more peaceful place. God Bless everyone of you! I may be an Oklahoma Sooner, but I would be proud to be a Hokie!

April 17, 2007, 10:13pm • Stringtown, Oklahoma • #1120

My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find peace and love soon. Take comfort in the fact that you are loved by many. May God be with you always.

Emily W.

April 17, 2007, 10:14pm • Mesa, Arizona • #1121

Dear Virginia Tech Family,
We in Oklahoma can truly empathize with your pain.  One of my students, from an extremely poor family gave me a penny donation, for the childrens’ section, of the Oklahoma City Memorial. It was all he had.  Whatever memorial you devise, to celebrate the lives lost and hurt, will be a place or rememberance and a place of healing, for all.
God bless and keep you.  You are loved.

April 17, 2007, 10:14pm • Norman, Oklahoma • #1122

I send my sad heart to families at Virginia Tech. When I heard the news, I was sad and sick. We have to stop this senseless killings.

April 17, 2007, 10:14pm • Wyandotte,Mich • #1123

Our prayers & love are with you!!!

April 17, 2007, 10:14pm • Mexico City • #1124

Northwestern State University College of Nursing extends our students condolences to the Virginia Tech family our thoughts and prays are with you.

April 17, 2007, 10:14pm • Shreveport, Louisiana • #1125

I commiserate with the Virginia Tech community after this terrible tragedy. My condolences to the family, friends, and community of those lost.

Peace and strength be with you.

April 17, 2007, 10:14pm • New York, NY • #1126

Our thoughts and prayers from the depths our hearts and souls are with all the family and friends of those lost on April 16.  While we have lost so many here, I hope those who have lost loved ones will be able to find comfort in knowing that Heaven has received so many beautiful souls.

Stephanie Bare

April 17, 2007, 10:14pm • Paoli, Pennsylvania • #1127

My God, what does one say? This was more than wrong and we grieve as one today. All our thoughts and prayers are with you, your families, and your university. God Bless you all.

May we all seek to not foist blame but to learn and change that which we can to ensure this never happens again.

April 17, 2007, 10:14pm • Arcadia, CA • #1128

To be quite honest with you, the thoughts and feelings resonating throughout my entire body, mind and soul are far too much to put into a paragraph or two. But I will say this. My heartfelt condolences go out to those that have lost a friend, relative, or loving companion during this whole horrible event. But I think what gets to me the most, is the love, dedication, fight, strength and pride of a University that has been through a monumental, horrific day in history. The worst of its kind. I am not a Hokie, but I feel close to each and every one of you. And maybe because my girlfriend is VT alumni, I feel even closer to you. I visited Virginia Tech once for the Homecoming football game this past October. I understood how proud people felt to be Hokies. Now, I understand even better the warmth and pride of the people, past and present, old and young, at a beautiful University snuggled deep within the Blue Ridge Mountains. I only wish I could be more a part of what so many consider, a second family. If for one day I could choose to be a Hokie, it would be this very day. My love goes out to all of those affected by this tragedy and I assure you, my heart will be with all of you. God Bless.

April 17, 2007, 10:14pm • Pompton Lakes/Franklin Park, NJ • #1129

I offer my condolences and remember you in my prayers.

As a resident of Montreal and a Concordia University Alumnus (Class of ‘93), I have a keen understanding of what your community is going through.

You will prevail.

God bless.

April 17, 2007, 10:14pm • Montreal, Quebec, Canada • #1130

We are a HOKIE family and today we join with all HOKIES to share our prayers, our grief and our promise for the future.  For those on campus and those families of victims we especially pray for your comfort and for the peace of our Lord.  The response from Blacksburg has been uplifting and again makes us feel the pride of being VA TECH. GO HOKIES!!!

April 17, 2007, 10:14pm • LaFayette, Georgia • #1131

Our Thoughts and Prayers to the families, friends and students.

Gone, BUT not forgotten.

Wishes for a speedy recovery to those injuried.

The Country stands with you all!
God Bless You!!!

April 17, 2007, 10:14pm • Riverdale, MD • #1132

I feel a lot of what has passed with students and professors of virginia tech.  But that God of the conformity to you and to all the families of them you kill of this tragedy that has passed.  Although this finds past not to stop because the continuous life and itself that continuous leaving in you a great pain in its hearts of each people that integrate this great university families.  This has saddened me the deeper of my heart.  Continue advance and not to look at back neither to catch impulse.

April 17, 2007, 10:14pm • Dominican Republic. ElĂ­as Santiago. • #1133

As a mother of a son in college I want to express my deepest sympathy to the families and friends of this horrible tragedy.  I have been to Blacksburg and Virginia Tech, have a good friend who works there, and it as a wonderful school.  I know you all will join together for healing and comfort.  I only wish I could be there to help in anyway I could.

Patty Oneppo

April 17, 2007, 10:14pm • catawba Sc usa • #1134

I really dont know what to say. You are all in my thoughts. And I wish you all the love and support you need. Peace be with you.

April 17, 2007, 10:14pm • Lexington, Virginia • #1135

We alumni have lost the innocence of our days at Tech of years ago,

The students have lost the innocence of the promise of their future

And once again, the nation has lost its innocence and faces the harsh reality of what our civiliation has become.

Oklahoma City April 19th
Columbine April 20th
Blacksburg April 16th

What does the future hold for any of us?

Gary Cates
Class of 78
Civil Engineering

April 17, 2007, 10:14pm • West Chester, Ohio • #1136

You all are definitely in our prayers. Remember Worry about Nothing...Pray about EVERYTHING. I pray for your healing.

April 17, 2007, 10:14pm • Memphis, Tennessee • #1137

As we are all sick and saddened by this random horrific massacre that baffled us all,whether we lost someone (to those who did, im so very sorry)and to those who didnt (im still so very sorry) but just to think if anyone died it still hurts, they had so much more of their life to live, its sad to see the young lives end so quickly its almost impossible to believe.
Dearest Recovery to everyone.

April 17, 2007, 10:14pm • Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania • #1138

May God bless and keep all of you. You will be in my prayers. VIRGINIA TECH FOREVER.

April 17, 2007, 10:14pm • NEVADA CITY,CA. • #1139

Our hearts are heavy for everyone at Virginia Tech.  May God Bless each and every one now and forever.

April 17, 2007, 10:14pm • Kingsburg, CA • #1140

The Virginia Tech community is in my thoughts and prayers and my heart goes out to the friends and families of the victims. May God hold you all in the palm of His hand. ~Kimberly

April 17, 2007, 10:15pm • New Jersey • #1142

I cannot imagine the pain that the families are going through that lost these students-but I do know what it’s like to loose someone you love, and the pain is unbearable. My heart goes out to everyone at VT-may you all be able to get through this together with love and spiritual guidance helping you along the way. New Mexico sends many Blessings.

April 17, 2007, 10:15pm • Albuquerque, NM • #1143

Dear VT family:

We wish to remain optimistic and hopeful for a speedy recovery and healing from this tragedy. Our prayers are with you. Please know that we are all in mourning but hopeful that parents, students and faculty will come through this stronger and with more love for life than ever before. Bless you.

The Correa-Larkin Family

April 17, 2007, 10:15pm • Astoria, New York City • #1144

As students in post-secondary institutions we are all connected. We make many sacrifices in order to reach our goals. Many impediments may arise along the way, but we shall not let them sway our determination. Please do not let fear or sadness take you down, but rather, as students, we should take this event and learn from it.

Consider all students from all over the globe send their condolences, as well as encouragement in this time of hardship.

“Our greatest glory is not from never falling
but in rising everytime we fall.”

April 17, 2007, 10:15pm • University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada • #1145

To the students and teachers at Virginia Tech and their families,

My deepest condolences for your loss.  I am in such shock, sadness and disbelief at the tragedy of what has occurred.  I can only imagine the horror and loss that you feel. 

As I read and learn more about each of the victims, it saddens me that such wonderful lives were cut so short and in such a tragic manner. 

Please know that there are so many good hearted people throughout the world that are praying for you all—that you may find strength and comfort during this difficult time.  Your loved ones will never be forgotten.

I simply can not comprehend how someone could do something this terrible and evil.  I hope and pray that this world will come together to find more peace rather than hatred.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.  May God bless you and help you through your sadness.

Christina Rae

April 17, 2007, 10:15pm • Westchester, NY, USA • #1146

May God bless you and comfort you during this time.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Scott Family

April 17, 2007, 10:15pm • Kansas City • #1147

I can not express the feelings that went through me when I watched news reports of what was going on at VT. I can not even fathom how the families (both blood and school) are feeling at this devastating loss. It is truly a sad occurence that no one will ever really know why it happened. My heart and prayers goes out to all of you. I am truly and deeply sorry you have to go through this. But just remember you are not alone. You have a whole country behind you. Love and prayers to all. Amy D.

April 17, 2007, 10:15pm • Charlotte, North Carolina • #1148

My heart breaks over such a tragic loss, so many young people. Today, I shared with students on our campus an escape plan if this event should ever darken our doors. May the presence of The Holy Spirit comfort you and ease your pain. Your campus will be in my prayers
Love and God Bless
Pattie A Robinson
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, KY

April 17, 2007, 10:15pm • Elizabethtown, KY • #1149

Dear Family and Friends of Virginia Tech,
I was raised in Newport News and graduated from Newport News High School. I have always considered the beautiful Commonwealth my home. I was shocked and saddened by this horrible tragedy and want to express my condolences to you all. Someone today called this an American Tragedy. And so it is, and so it affects us all.
Christine Wilson Starkman

April 17, 2007, 10:15pm • Granada Hills, California • #1150

To the wonderful community that is Virginia Tech,
My family and myself would like to offer our greatest sympathy, along with our thoughts and prayers. Please know we will continue to pray for your safety and your continued healing in the days and weeks to come. All though it has been hard, you have continued to show your love for each other and your pride for your school, classmates and professors even in the face of this horrific tragedy.  That along with your faith, and the prayers of many, many more will hopefully help you get through this and go on with your lifes all though we know it has changed forever. We hope only the best for your immediate families, and your extended VT family. May God Bless you all and keep you strong!

Cheryl Mize
Danny Mize Sr. &
Danny Mize Jr.

April 17, 2007, 10:15pm • Bassett, Va. • #1151

To the students, staff, faculty and their families,

Our thoughts, prayers and hearts are with you during this terrible tragedy.  Please know that you are not alone.  People from every corner of the country are deeply saddened and stand with you.

The Cochran Family

April 17, 2007, 10:15pm • Polson, MT. • #1152

To everyone who has lost a friend or loved-one,my thoughts and prayers are with you,and to all who have seen and felt the shock and sadness as I have,may you all find peace through helping those who feel so lost during this trying time.  I have a son and daughter myself and I can’t even begin to comprehend what all of you must be facing now.  Please accept my deepest sympthy,and remember that though you may feel all alone,look around,for you are not alone,millions of people everywhere are sending special prayers for all of you to find some kind peace as you walk through one day at a time.  All my love and prayers are with you.


April 17, 2007, 10:16pm • Saint Marys,WV • #1153

From our family to yours!
We’re praying for you!

The Family of Velma Bailey

April 17, 2007, 10:16pm • Tyler, Texas • #1154

My Condloinces go out to the parents facuilty & staff of virginia tech may you all find peace & happness during this tradgic time......MAY GOD BLESS YOU!
-Eric Sincere

April 17, 2007, 10:16pm • Elk Grove, CA, USA • #1155

Our hearts go out to all of you, escape to family and friends in this terrible time.  It was a cowardly and selfish act, and the best revenge will be to live life well.  We will pray for all of you that your pain will be lessened and you will stay strong.  Remember that they were beautiful. 
Warren Cella and family

April 17, 2007, 10:16pm • Thunder Bay, ON, Canada • #1156

Virginia Tech is still my home and tried to vandalize and destabilize. I share the same pain and grief that everybody is sharing. God may give us strength and courage to handle this situation and go back to our normal life.

April 17, 2007, 10:16pm • Bangalore, India • #1157

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire VT community.  Your lives have all been touched by an unthinkable tragedy.  College should be life-changing, but never in this way.  The families and friends of the fallen, as well as the survivors are forever scarred.  There are no words to express my sorrow at the losses you are all facing.  Remember that as you mourn and struggle to understand, the entire nation stands with you.  May you all find peace in the coming months as you grieve.

April 17, 2007, 10:16pm • Hanover, MA • #1158

I have always been proud of being a Hokie, but I have never been so proud as I am today.  Throughout the tragedy, the Virginia Tech students have show grace, dignity and compassion.  I hope that the world defines us not by the actions of one, but rather the spirit of the whole community.

Wendy Delmolino
BS Computer Science
Class of 1989

April 17, 2007, 10:16pm • #1159

From the wife of a Virginia Tech alumni and a huge Hokie fan I extend my condolences and offer mine and my family’s prayers to all of you involved in such a traumatic event. I just don’t understand how something like this could happen. Please stay strong and know you have support all around you.

God Bless,
Trish Wallace

April 17, 2007, 10:16pm • Bristol, VA • #1160

My heart and much prayers goes out to the family and friends that were lost!! May God be with you all!!!  Sincerely, Keyrah

April 17, 2007, 10:16pm • Baltimore,MD • #1161

There’s not much more to say other then the fact that I am SO sorry. I am extremely disappointed in the actions of others, and don’t understand how people can be so cruel.

So many things in life are extremely unfair, and this is at the top of the list. You all will forever be in my thoughts… always.

Be strong. I cannot imagine being in the position you all have been put it.

Kristen Vogt

April 17, 2007, 10:16pm • Slatington, PA, USA • #1162

Good bless you.

April 17, 2007, 10:16pm • Houston, TX, USA • #1163

I can only imagine what you all are going through.  This could’ve happened at my university; this could’ve happened in my classroom; those victims could’ve been my friends.  I’m truly sorry and deeply saddened.  I wish you all peace and comfort amidst this time of tragedy.  All of you are in my thoughts.

April 17, 2007, 10:16pm • Belton, Missouri, USA • #1164

My condolences to the families of the victims, and my thoughts and prayers go to each and every person at Virginia Tech. The whole world is mourning these terrible loses with you.

April 17, 2007, 10:16pm • San Juan, Puerto Rico • #1165

I express my deepest Condolences. I myself am a former HOKIE, and being hundreds of miles away, I felt like I was right there on campus. I pray for all the victims, the families and my fellow Hokies.
We will pull through this together, and we will unite as one to support one another.

April 17, 2007, 10:17pm • Newark, DEL • #1166