Condolences, April 17, 2007

I AM SOOOO SORRY FOR WHAT HAPPENED!! It’s a terrible tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers and condolences are with the families of the victims, friends, and the community of VT!! GO HOKIES!!


April 17, 2007, 10:56pm • Lehighton,PA • #1567

I don’t know what to say to ease your pain, but i will hold You close to my heart and keep you warm.  may God take Your hand and hold it tightly whenever you are sad.  May you grow strong together and know you are not alone.

Brenda in Newfoundland Canada

April 17, 2007, 10:56pm • Newfoundland Canada • #1568

What happened on April 16 was truly horrific and will never be forgotten.  My heart goes out to all the victims and their families and everyone else who was affected by this tragedy.  The Virginia Tech community is in my thoughts and prayers.

April 17, 2007, 10:56pm • Newport Beach, California • #1569

Please accept our families prayers and condolences to the victims and the victims families of this terrible tragic event.

Know that the world is with all of you in the time of loss and healing. Your losses are now our “ANGELS”.

God watch over all of you and I will pray for your healing and sorrow.

April 17, 2007, 10:56pm • Niles, Ohio • #1570

I am so proud to call myself a Hokie.  Virginia Tech is in my thoughts and prayers. ~Nicole S.

April 17, 2007, 10:56pm • Richmond, Virginia • #1571

God Bless All of them who had lost their lives, in truely unhuman act.

April 17, 2007, 10:56pm • U.S.A • #1572

To the community of Hokies all around the world.  I have never been to Virgina but I am compelled to tell you that my prayers are with all of you.  What an amazing community, you are amazing people.  May the spirit of the ones you loved and lost be with you forever and comfort you in this time of sorrow.  I can only hope that feel our prayers.
God Bless all of you.
Christin Keehbler

April 17, 2007, 10:56pm • Rye, NH • #1573

As a parent of 3 children, one of which is in college such as yourself, I lift up your hearts to God. Please call on him in your hour of need of answers, of hope, and of peace. May you find peace in your friends, your family but most of all your God.

God Bless all of you......
A mom in Tennessee

April 17, 2007, 10:56pm • Nashville, Tennessee • #1574

How things change. As a ‘71 grad & RA, the biggest challenge was keeping boys out of the girls dorms.  I was crushed to learn of the tragic events of 4/16.  I wish there were some magic words that could make a difference.  I share some favorite words from Robert Fulghum that I hope offers some comfort.

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge
That myth is more potent than history
That dreams are more powerful than facts
That hope always triumphs over experience
That laughter is the only cure for grief
And I believe that love is stronger than death.”
Robert Fulghum

Dave Blevins, ‘71

April 17, 2007, 10:56pm • Roanoke, VA • #1575

My wife and I send our love to all.  We are from Lynchburg, VA but live in Florida and wish we could be there to comfort you all.  You all are in our hearts.

Ken and Renee Marcy

April 17, 2007, 10:56pm • Minneola, FL • #1576

The Otey Street Meltdowners mourn with you.

April 17, 2007, 10:57pm • all over the USA • #1577

My thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected both directly and indirectly with yesterday’s tragedy my thoughts and prayers are with you.  I know that Virginia Tech, its students, alumni, professors, and supporters will come out stronger because of this.  Our Hokie Nation will not let these lives be lost in vain.

With Much Love,


April 17, 2007, 10:57pm • Plant City, Florida • #1578


April 17, 2007, 10:57pm • BECKLEY,WV • #1579

Dear Virginia Tech,

I know that there is nothing that anyone can say or do to take away the pain of what has happened, but I am so sorry and in the very least you guys should know that you’ve got an entire nation there for you.

Ashley Guild

April 17, 2007, 10:57pm • UNCW, Wilmington, NC • #1580

All of those who lost a loved one will be in my prayers. God bless you.

April 17, 2007, 10:57pm • Britich Columbia, Canada. • #1581

My husband and I are sending our deepest sympathy and our condolences. I know someone who has died and I am praying for everyone at VT and you are all in my thoughts as well! I am very sorry that sucha tragic thing had to happen. God Bless you all. Lisa

April 17, 2007, 10:57pm • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania • #1582

I hope that some of the students who survived read this and it helps start the healing.

I was a student at Texas A&M University when Bonfire fell and 12 students were killed.  Your tragedy is even greater than ours was.  But, I can relate to your pain. 

Even if you knew none of the students involved, it still hurts.  It hurts because you are a part of a family that is your school. 

This event has opened wounds that I thought had healed for me.  I am again having feelings of loss and pain.  I am praying for all of you daily!

I know that awful feeling you have.  It is sadness, fear, and loss of innocence. 

But, you must carry on.  You must make the best of every day and challenge yourself to live your life to the fullest.  And enjoy every minute that your classmates will never have.  Get married, have children, and begin careers.  And, every time something momentous in your life occurs, remember that you are doing it for those you lost.

April 17, 2007, 10:57pm • Member of the Class of '02 Texas A&M University. • #1583

To the community of Va Tech:  I am so deeply sorry for your losses… there simply aren’t words.

As you begin to heal, please take time to reflect on how to make your university feel less anonymous.  Of course hindsignt is 20/20, but this should serve as a reminder that every human needs love and attention regardless of whether they want it or ask for it.  Seung Cho really needed friends to look at for him as his mental health clearly deteriorated.

April 17, 2007, 10:57pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #1584

I was an Engineeting Student at Polytechnique of Montreal on December 6, 1989. Forteen women were killed in our Campus, our second home. After 17 years, that day it is still warm in my heart and even more today.

Go see friends, talk, cry but don’t stay alone in your apartment. Live the moment. The most positive impact was that the 1989 event tied the whole campus very tightly : student, professors, staff members all united. The years after saw records of participants in student comitees and community event participation.

Be sure that the 10 000 students in Montreal in 1989 are WITH you. You will probably discover another way of seeing our fragile life…

Martin Langlois

April 17, 2007, 10:57pm • Montreal, Quebec, Canada • #1585

Please view this site...It is a wonderful and comforting song and video, by “Casting Crowns”
May God Bless you and give you comfort and peace that passes all understanding.

April 17, 2007, 10:57pm • Jackson, TN • #1586

As a professor at another technology institute, I feel a special sense of loss.  I did not know any of the victims, but they were faculty and students, just like those of us here. Tragedy can occur anywhere.  It is no one’s fault except for the one who committed the act. Hind sight is always 20/20.  There will be time to determine better ways to try to prevent future tragedies.  I hope the nation will let VT grieve before the finger pointing begins.  You are all in my prayers.

April 17, 2007, 10:57pm • Rochester Institute of Technology • #1587

My thoughts are with all those affected by this tragedy. I hope we can all bond together, and mourn and celebrate lives of those lost. God is there to take care of them. Tears are coming down even in New York. May you all rest in peace. VA Tech always be in my heart and prayers. Go Hokies!

April 17, 2007, 10:57pm • Bronx, NY • #1588

To all of the families and friends who have been victimized by this are not forgotten, you are not alone.  You and your loved ones reside in our hearts and are in our thoughts and prayers.

April 17, 2007, 10:57pm • West Newton, Pennsylvania • #1589

As I sit here at my desk, I think about how their day started just like mine.  We all woke up, dressed, went to class.  I am deeply, deeply sorry that this routine will not happen for them again.  But remember this: A new routine has started for them in eternal glory.  They are in a better place.  My prayers go to all the families.

April 17, 2007, 10:57pm • Houston, Texas • #1590

Our closest friends have a daughter at VT. We thank God she is safe.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. No one can know what you are feeling, but know that today and for many days to come, we are a nation of Hokies.

April 17, 2007, 10:57pm • Salisbury, MD • #1591

As I try to gather my thoughts to convey my deep sense of sorrows at this tragedy but the only thing I can conjure up are my tears…

April 17, 2007, 10:57pm • Silver Spring, Maryland • #1592

I am truly saddened to see such a horrific event occur on a college campus. Being a college student myself at a large University, I see myself in the shoes of those affected.

My prayers and condolences go out to the family of those affected. I wish the family and friends of those affected the best possible condolences.

April 17, 2007, 10:58pm • Houston, TX • #1593

I don’t know any of the victims who died in this senseless act of violence, but I feel compelled to say something.  My deepest condolences go out to the families of the victims and to the entire Virginia Tech community.  May God bless your hearts and the souls of your loved ones that were lost.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


April 17, 2007, 10:58pm • New York, NY • #1594

Virginia Tech is constantly in my thoughts and prayers, stay strong hokies.  My deepest condolences to the families who are suffering.

God bless VT

Ali Summers

April 17, 2007, 10:58pm • Fairfax Station, VA • #1595

I am a student at William Jewell College in Liberty.  We have cried and prayed along with you. May God wrap each and every one of you in his powerful arms.  You have been wronged in such a horrible way.  But know that many want to do right by you all, we want to be the collective shoulder you will need to lean on.  We want to be your prayer warriors, on bended knee as often as possible, praying for God’s grace to fall fully on you.  God bless.  We love you. 
With Much Love and Prayes,

April 17, 2007, 10:58pm • .Blue Springs, Mo • #1596

Thoughts and prayers from the University of Missouri are with Virginia Tech Hokies everywhere.

April 17, 2007, 10:58pm • Columbia, Missouri • #1597

your strength during this difficult time is uplifting.  our thoughts and prayers are with you.  go hokies!

kate macaluso

April 17, 2007, 10:58pm • new york, ny • #1598

Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.  Matthew 5:4

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  Proverbs 3:5

April 17, 2007, 10:58pm • Bristol, Va Angelina Beals • #1599

To everyone at Virginia Tech, to the families and friends of those who were lost, and to the wounded in body and spirit:  Our hearts are with you, our tears flow with yours.  Our embrace surrounds you now, with so much love.  I pray fervently that your sorrow will be eased by the many outpourings of love that we want so much to give to you.
Many Blessings to you all,
Julia Nelson

April 17, 2007, 10:58pm • Greenville, North Carolina • #1600

Dear Virginia Tech Students:

Even though Virginia is far away from home (Houston, TX) and I am only one more person in this world, I, pray for all of you. For all the ones that can give the rest of us the honor to walk by your side, but specially I pray for the ones that can not do it anymore. For them and their families, God bless your souls and care your hearts.

Dios los bendiga

Karla Villarreal

April 17, 2007, 10:58pm • Houston, TX and Mexico • #1601

My son and I experienced “Hokie” hospitality the past two summers at the Logos Youth Conference held on your beautiful campus.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole VT family in this time of deep and tragic loss. May God hold you all in the palms of His loving and mighty hands.

Carolyn Johnson
1st Presbyterian Church
Bethlehem, PA

April 17, 2007, 10:58pm • Easton, PA • #1602

May God provide some healing and strength for this community and may all our prayers be heard for these young men and women we have lost yesterday. My condolences to these families accross the world.

April 17, 2007, 10:59pm • Panama City, Panama • #1603

My thoughts and prayers go out to the mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, sister and brothers of these victims.  Such a horrible tragedy but we shall all overcome.  God Bless You All.  Angela Schutz

April 17, 2007, 10:59pm • Toivola, MI • #1604

Please accept my sincerest condolences to the families and friends of those who have passed on.  April 16th is not a good day for me either, it was one year ago my brother Dale passed away.  No words can ease the pain of loss, but loss is for the living, the dead are in a far far better place.  They wait for us to join them… Remember them with honor, Remember them with dignity, Remember them with love…

April 17, 2007, 10:59pm • Eustis, Fla • #1605

"The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arises from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to him alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost”.  ~Arthur Schopenhauer

To those who lost family and friends… my thoughts are with you.


April 17, 2007, 10:59pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #1606

Our daughter will graduate in May from Virginia Tech.  Her senior year of high school was affected by the DC sniper as were many of her classmates at Tech.  Now this tragedy will affect her for years to come.  As she tries to cope with the loss of one of her KKG sisters to this senseless violence along with all her other sisters and the KKG nation, she posted on her away message the following: “32 of our friends are now in heaven trying to explain what a Hokie is”.  After seeing so much media coverage and the way the people on campus are handling themselves, most folks now know what a Hokie is.

We love the Hokie Nation and all who are, were, and will be a part of it.  GO HOKIES!!

Don and Suzie Leake

April 17, 2007, 10:59pm • Fredericksburg, VA • #1607

From a student at Georgia Southern University, Your campus, students, families, and friends are in mine and our University’s prayers. May God’s love touch you and may a peace that passes understanding come to you in this terribly hard time.

April 17, 2007, 10:59pm • Statesboro, Ga. • #1608

As Hokies United, may we all remember the University motto: Ut Prosim - That I May Serve. All my thoughts and prayers are with the entire Virginia Tech community. May we heal and learn from these events, growing stronger because of them. For all Hokies who will pass through the doors of Virginia Tech in the coming years, know that this Hokie Nation is a proud tradition of excellence, a community of kindred spirits, and a lifelong link to the past and the future - Hokies United, Virginia Tech Forever, always Ut Prosim. Peace and healing to all.

April 17, 2007, 10:59pm • Lynchburg, Virginia • #1609

To My Virginia Tech Family,

I am deeply saddened by the events which occurred this week.  I am praying for us all to make it though this tragedy and I am confident that we will find strength in each other.

My condolences to all those who lost a friend, family member and a fellow HOKIE.

Class ‘94

April 17, 2007, 10:59pm • Tulsa, OK • #1610

My family is so sad for all of you at Virginia Tech.  Words could never be enough, but maybe knowing there are people out there who are thinking of you as you try to cope will bring some comfort.  I cannot imagine what you are going through at this time, but know that my family and I are praying for everyone affected by this horrific tragedy.

With love and prayers,
Colleen & Dave Zurawski & family

April 17, 2007, 10:59pm • Brownstown, MI USA • #1611

My condolences to everyone who had to experience this tragedy.
Strength to you all and blessings

April 17, 2007, 10:59pm • AR • #1612

This afternoon, my university observed a moment of silence for the students and faculty who were so senselessly murdered on your campus yesterday. As I moved through my day today, I thought of the tremendous loss of current and future scholars, leaders, daughters, sons, friends. My thoughts and prayers, as well as those of my colleagues, go out to all of you right now. May you all find the love, support, and comfort you need.

Karen Whyte
University of Cincinnati

April 17, 2007, 11:00pm • Cincinnati, Ohio • #1613

Our thoughts are with each family during this tragic time.  We also want to acknowledge each student that endured such an event.  This event has affected each and every one of us in world.  As parents our hearts go out to each and every parent as this is a horrific tragedy to experience.  Please keep in mind that God will get you through this very difficult time and remember that we all are praying for each and everyone of you.
Hal & Patricia Harris

April 17, 2007, 11:00pm • Rochester, Minnesota • #1614

As a mother of 2 young adults (19 & 22)...I can’t imagine what all of the families & friends of the victims of this tragedy must be feeling.....know that God is with all of you, even though it is hard to see his plan in all of this, but he will see you through...I wish all of you the strength & the courage to carry on as I am sure those that are now gone would all want you to do...& the main thing to remember for all of to be sure to take care of yourselves...Kristi

April 17, 2007, 11:00pm • Butte, Montana...USA • #1615

God Bless so many young lives taken May God guide you to Haven

April 17, 2007, 11:00pm • Brisbane, Australia • #1616