Condolences, April 17, 2007

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims and with all those at Virgina Tech. This tragedy will forever be in our minds. God Bless all of you.

Robert and Cynthia Lewis

April 17, 2007, 11:40pm • Hampton, NJ • #2318

My thoughts and deepest condolences are with everyone at Virginia Tech. :(

April 17, 2007, 11:40pm • New Zealand • #2319

I am saddened & shocked by the terrible events onApr.16/07.Although i do not know anyone at your campus,i am a parent of 6 children and cannot imagine the pain of the parents who have lost one of their children in this tragic event.May the Virginia Tech family experience comfort & healing from GOD & His Son Jesus Christ.In the words of one of your staff this afternoon - We are Hokies.
May GOD bless each one & may you be a blessing to one another.

Jim & Rosemarie Metz

Meadow Lake,SK.


April 17, 2007, 11:40pm • #2320

We are profoundly sorry for the horror visited upon your families and your community.  Our hope is that you are able to draw strength from each other and be comforted by all who are reaching out to you.  Your dignity has already shown to all the world the resilience and spirit that will always reside in your school.

With deepest condolences,
Michael & Kathy

April 17, 2007, 11:40pm • San Diego, California • #2321

My thoughts and condolences go out to all the families involved in this incident. Particular regards to the family of Dr. Loganathan who was a true inspiration and role model for many water resources engineers from Virginia Tech.  He his truly a good soul who will be missed at VaTech -MattM

April 17, 2007, 11:40pm • San Diego, CA • #2322

The mood today has been somber, amidst my friends, colleagues, peers, family...This has been a tragedy of unspeakable means. We read about the promising students,kids now young adults now that will never be, that could have been our future leaders...we as a nation, as a world, have truly lost so much promise in such a short time. Thoughts, tears, prayers, love go out to you, the survivors, in that somewhere amongst one of you there could be the answer to ending this kind of senseless tragedy. God bless you and keep you all in the palm of His hands.

April 17, 2007, 11:40pm • Richland, Washington • #2323

No words can express the sadness the world feels for this tragic event.  May the Goddess bring you strength to grieve, remember and move forward.  May She bring strength the families and friends who lost loved ones.  May She give you all the strength to heal.

M Malosh

April 17, 2007, 11:40pm • Avoca, PA • #2324

Praying this prayer for all who have suffered through this tradegy.
God’s Everlasting Love
Romans 9: 37-39
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors though him who loves us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor pricipalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, not any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
With deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this sensless act of violence. Praying that God will give all the strength to endure what is to come.
Hal, Melinda, Autumn, Alyssa and Mary Burr
Madison County, Virginia

April 17, 2007, 11:40pm • Etlan, Virginia -USA • #2325

In New York, we have felt the shock and devastation of the loss of so many loved ones. Lives left shattered and future memories that will never be. We pray for you, your families and your community. The human spirit is strong and hope will once again return. Those who are gone have made their mark on your lives. Their smile, their laugh, their kindness, their friendship have become part of you. Carry it with you proudly as you remember them.
God Bless.

April 17, 2007, 11:40pm • Hicksville, New York • #2326

Dear All,

At Radford University, I’m able to start to finish from 1981 my B.S. from RU. In 2006, I took one independent study class at home & I went to summer school & took two classes. RU is letting me finish my last two classes at home this spring in Northern Virginia. Tech’s graduation on 5/12/2007 is just a week after RU’s. The current tragedy makes our graduations bittersweet, but I finally still very much look forward to my graduation at RU on 5/5/2007.

While at RU the first time, I used to go over to Virginia Tech to square dance with the Tech Trompers college square dance club on Sundays &/or going dancing with them out of town on Saturday nights. I also finally started dating some Tromper girls. So, I have good memories of Trompers. Socializing with the Tech Trompers got me through some tough times I was having while at RU in the late 70’s & early 80’s.

I’m sad & heartbroken about the tragedy over at my sister school to RU (Virginia Tech). I send my hopes, prayers, & condolences for the Virginia Tech community, parents & family, friends, & alumni. Hal T. Miller.

April 17, 2007, 11:40pm • Alexandria, VA • #2327

What do you really say to a tragedy like this that effects every parent in the world? May God guide all of us through this time of shock and make us all more aware to see the signs because they always seem to show up after the fact. God Bless everyone touched by this situtation and plese continue the prayers for the Families, Students and Friends.

Jeannie Lumley (A concerned Parent)

April 17, 2007, 11:40pm • Saint Louis, Missouri • #2328

I don’t even know how to express the heartache that I feel right now.  Being from Beckley, WV only makes the pain that much more acute.  I’ll never make sense of what happened yesterday. 

All I can say is that I offer my thoughts and my prayers.  Hokies are resilient.  I have no doubt that you will heal and emerge from this tragedy stronger than ever.  I also know that you will never forget, and neither will I.  I pray that God offer you a more complete comfort than mine.

-a Hokie

April 17, 2007, 11:40pm • Chicago, IL • #2329

our prayers are with you in this time of mourning..god bless you all. canada mourns for you in virginia. sonya mac donald

April 17, 2007, 11:40pm • nova scotia canada • #2330

to all those affected by this tragedy,
The world is mourning with you my thoughts prayers and condolences are with you all, but its great to see the spirit you have through this tragedy. God bless you all. Kylie Moloney

April 17, 2007, 11:40pm • brisbane, Australia • #2331

The Virginia Tech community has lost 32 special people but Heaven gained 32 special people who will forever be HOKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • Waukesha,WI • #2332

Dear Virginia Tech Students and Faculty,

My heart aches for all of you.  I have prayed all day for everyone involved.  I pray now that god carry you all through this tragedy, and help lift your mind and spirits.  May you all find someone to confide in and be strong for each other.

God Bless


April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • Eagle, WI • #2333

My family and I offer our deepest sympathy to the families, students, staff and community on the deep loss you have suffered. Our prayers are with you all.

April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • Winnipeg, Manitoba. Canada • #2334

To Virginia Tech Hokies, Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you in this time of grief and sadness.
Words can not express how this tragic event has forever changed all of us.
I pray that you all find comfort in each other in this time of sorrow.
May God Bless You All----Stay Strong Hokies

The Howdyshell Family
Cathy, Wayne, & Trey

April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • Fredericksburg (Spotsylvania County), VA • #2335

My heart and prayers go with everyone involved in one way or another with this tragedy.  We are all together in this hour of mourning and sorrow, as we have lost one of our own as well.

April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • Puerto Rico • #2336

I am a graduate student at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and am writing to offer my deepest sympathies to the students, faculty and staff at Virginia Tech, particularly to the families of the victims. The effects of this tragegy are far reaching and widespread and will effect each and every one of us in colleges and universities everywhere. Please know that you are in our prayers and thoughts here at Wright State and we are thinking of you. May you be filled the grace and comfort that only God can bring.
Francesca L. Rubino
MPA Program
Wright State University

April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • Dayton, OH • #2337

Try To Praise The Mutilated World

Adam Zagajewski

Try to praise the mutilated world.
Remember June’s long days,
and wild strawberries, drops of wine, the dew.
The nettles that methodically overgrow
the abandoned homesteads of exiles.
You must praise the mutilated world.
You watched the stylish yachts and ships;
one of them had a long trip ahead of it,
while salty oblivion awaited others.
You’ve seen the refugees heading nowhere,
you’ve heard the executioners sing joyfully.
You should praise the mutilated world.
Remember the moments when we were together
in a white room and the curtain fluttered.
Return in thought to the concert where music flared.
You gathered acorns in the park in autumn
and leaves eddied over the earth’s scars.
Praise the mutilated world
and the grey feather a thrush lost,
and the gentle light that strays and vanishes
and returns.

Translated by Renata Gorczynski

My prayers and condolences go out to everyone affected by this horrible tragedy.

April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • Buffalo, New York • #2338

It’s hard to think that this type of stuff can happen in America of all places. All I can say is that I am sorry for all the losses that have taken place, and that I will keep all of you in my prayers. I just looked at the victim list and was saddened that so many died. Please just stay strong and know the Lord will help and guide you through this terrible event. My deepest sypathy

Michael Oaks
Barstow, CA

April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • Barstow, CA • #2339

We’re all Hokies today
God Bless.

April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • Charleston, IL • #2340

My prayers are with everyone effected by this terrible tragedy.

Alexander Green

April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • NYC, NY • #2341

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Virginia Tech community.
Remain Burgundy and Orange

(Forever a Hokie)

April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • Spokane, WA • #2342


April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • irvine, ca • #2343

I honestly don’t know what to say. I feel your sadness but cannot know what you really feel. My prayers are to each person related to this sad, sad, act of violence. God bless you all.

April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • Port Orchard, Washington USA • #2344

To Everyone At Virginia Tech:
You are all in my prayers and May God comfort all of you--especially the families and friends of the victims. I feel it so deeply in my heart for all of you, even though I don’t know you. We don’t have the answers to why these type of things happen--but someday maybe we will. Just remember, seek out the help and compassion of friends, family, and anyone that you know who cares.
Please read 2nd Cor:3-4. God will help comfort you.
I love all of you, and you will constantly be in my prayers. Go Hokies!!The Lord will strenghten all of you!!
God Bless and Love,
Beth A. Mukensturm-Malik

April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • Adrian, Michigan • #2345

To everyone who needs the support of the world right now.  I know that it is hard to deal with these awful conditions but hope that someday you can find forgiveness for the disturbed young man who did this.  Just remember he has a family that has lost alot at this time as well. I hope all can cope and i am very sorry for all of your loss.  My love and prayers are with you now and forever.

April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • Poway, Ca • #2346

Dear Virginia Tech:

I just want you all to know that nobody knows the sorrow and pain you are feeling right now but God is in control and he’s goin to bring all of you thru these trouble times. I am praying day and night for your school and families and just everyone.. I hope and pray for your school and a healing upon it....Remember that God is in has the say so and don’t give up..............

Natasha Abraham
South Carolina State University

April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • Orangeburg, S.C. • #2347

My deepest sympathy goes out for the relatives and friends of the victims of Virginia Tech.  Although I personally don’t know anyone from there, as a parent, I can feel the pain of the grieving mothers of the victims.  And I can understand their feeling of sorrow and emptiness from losing someone they love dearly and care about.  They’re probably asking “why?” I know I did when my parents died…

Let me just say that we can all take comfort in knowing that our love ones are now in a better place.  A place where there is no pain, no hatred, no jealousy and no anger.  A place of utmost peace and tranquility with God… And therefore, who are we to ask the question “why?”

May the souls of the dearly departed professors and students of Virginia Tech rest in peace and a speedy recovery for those injured in this horrific tragedy. 

God Bless…

April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • Toronto, Ontario, Canada • #2348

to those in mourning, may God be with you, stand strong and stand together.  As one we are weak but together we are strong.  Be there for each other and you can make it through this terrible tragedy

maddie burkemper

April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • Manchester, MO • #2349

Our prayers go to your community.

There is no greater loss than that of a child, parent or friend - you are in the prayers of this nation. May you take time to heal for your loss..

Stay strong and be there to support each other..

April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • Beaverton, OR • #2350

I pray to Allah to bestow his mercy on the souls of those who have perished to this tragedy and to give their families the strength they need to get them thru these difficult times.

Muhammad Hudhud

April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • Frederick, MD • #2351

Hilgartner, Fr. Rick B.
Sent: Tue 4/17/2007 10:39 AM
 TODAY AT 2 PM we will gather as a University community for a brief time of prayer at the Peace Plaza.  After few remarks and a brief prayer, we will observe moments of silence and 33 tolls of the Chapel bell—one for each of the victims of yesterday’s tragedy. 
We remember in particular Reena Samaha, cousin of Karine Posbic (Class of 2007).
As we continue to watch the unfolding of the tragic events at Virginia Tech, let us join together in prayer for those who grieve the loss of friends, classmates, and family members, those who suffered injuries, those who are providing care and support, and the entire community at Virginia Tech.  Many members of our community have direct connections to Virginia Tech—former classmates, friends from home, or former colleagues.  Here at the Mount, let us be mindful of one another as we reflect and pray. 
We remember those who lost their lives in today’s senseless acts of violence.  Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light upon them.  May they rest in peace.  Amen.

 God’s peace,

 Fr. Rick Hilgartner

Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry
Mount St. Mary’s University
16300 Old Emmitsburg Road
Emmitsburg , MD  21727

April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • Bowie, Maryland • #2352

Proud to be a Hokie forever.  We will all meet up again in heaven.  We love you all so much.

Proverbs 3: 5-6

ESM graduate 1994

April 17, 2007, 11:41pm • Greenwood, Indiana • #2353

To the Virgina Tech Students, Faculty, and Staff:
My sincere condolences to all those my heart goes out to all those who have been effected by this tragedy. My heart especially goes out to those who have lost friends, roommates, classmates, and my condolences sincere goes out to those families who have lost sons, daughters, sisters, brothers cousins, neices, and newphews across the country. From John 16:33 (kjv) “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world yE shall tribulations: but of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Let’s overcome the World together!

Mr. Fortune Reid, Jr.

April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • Newark, NJ • #2354

I knew none of the victims… but i can’t help but cry and feel so much sorrow, for the familes and friends, that have to carry on. God bless you all… there is no answers for this.. i hope and pray for peace to fill you all....and give you wings to rise above the pain.


April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • NYC,Ny • #2355

Please know that the entire country is praying for you and holding you in their hearts.  Virginia Tech is showing such courage and character tonight.  You must be very proud.  To the extent possible, we are all Hokies tonight.  May God hold you close.

April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • Altoona, PA • #2356

To the entire VT community, please know that we are praying for you all.  We are crying for you all - with you all.  Someplace that seems so far away, or like just another football team to watch on TV, now seems so close to us here in this tiny town in northwest Iowa.  Our highschool of only 100 or so kids lost two classmates from the senior class last year, one being our son.  To know the grief all the parents, relatives, classmates are going through . . . no words can describe, but our hearts know too well . . . How much more magnified for all of you!  Hold on to each other as you set out on this journey you never asked to go on. We won’t stop praying! Laurie

April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • Aurelia, Iowa • #2357

This is truly tragic. I am praying that the victims rest in peace, and that all of you find comfort and support in God and in each other. There is little anyone can say to comfort at a time like this besides “hold strong"…


April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • Miami, FL • #2358

My thoughts, and Prayers go out to all of the Families, and Students at Virginia. Tech. for the pain, and suffering you are experiencing after this horrible tradgedy. God Bless you all.
Jack C.

April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • Boonsboro, Maryland • #2359

”...he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5
Through the power of His love,we are given the courage and the hope to carry on. May He give you strength and hope to meet each day. God bless you and be with you in your time of sorrow.
Cynethia Fisher & Family

April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • Temple Hills, Maryland • #2360

Dear Virgina Tech family:

Mere words cannot express the sadness & grief we all are feeling as a result of this senseless tragedy. Take comfort in knowing your loved ones are in a better place-and that their pain and suffering are no more. We will pray that the Lord who is in complete control of everything will grant you peace, hope, and strength during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!


adam ramiz

April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • maldives • #2361

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims as well as the entire VA Tech community.  Go Hokies!!

April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • Connecticut • #2362

My deepest condolences and prayers go to all the families, students and staff.  VT was my home for over 6 years! There are no words that could ever make sense of such a horrific event.  Just know once a Hokie always a Hokie and our strength and support is what defines us best.  I am proud of the way the community and campus has come together in this time of need.  I would be there with you all in a second if I could, crying with you! May God be with you all. 

Two time VT alum, (1998 & 2005) Carrie Poff, DVM

April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • NY • #2363

To Everyone at Virginia Tech, Families, friends, innocent victims,you are in our hearts and our prayers, This senseless act has no reason. May God Bless You all and try to be strong.

The Donovan Family

April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • Queens, New York • #2364

My family and i would like to send our deepest sympathy to all of you at Va Tech know that you all are in our prayers and that you all will come through this the whole world is there with you in spirit and prayers God Bless each and everyone of you

April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • Pittsburgh Pa • #2365

I’m so very sorry for your many losses this week. What a dark and difficult time for all of you affected by this tragedy. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of mourning. God be with you now and always. In time may he bring you healing and peace.
My sincere condolences,

April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • Mililani, HI • #2366

Dear Virginia Tech Community,
It is difficult to know what to say at a time like this. Our family is shocked and outraged at the behavior of this very sick individual. We are deeply sorry for all the lives lost and will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers - hoping that with time, healing and comfort will find you.

All the best,
Helen Robison

April 17, 2007, 11:42pm • Valdosta, GA • #2367