Condolences, April 17, 2007

For Many People Another Storm in Their Life Is When They Loose a Loved One. -Kirk Franklin.

It’s True But He Also Said to Remember Those People With Songs That Celebrate their Life, Not Mourn their Loss. You Should Only Forget The People Who Caused This Awfull Thing. HE doesn’t deserve to be remembered.


April 18, 2007, 12:06am • Mexico City. • #2818

There is really nothing I can type here that expresses my feelings.  I didn’t go to VPI, instead, GMU in Fairfax.  However, today I saw all the flags at half mast.  I sat in my car, parked, looking up at the flags, and the biggest lump was in my throat. My eyes began to water.  The thoughts of the families of these young brilliant students whose lives were yanked from them before they could enjoy their rewards of studying and doing the correct things to prepare for a glorious life. Those parents, sisters, brothers, uncles and aunts--the pain they must feel is eclipsed only by the anger. The loss, the vacant space at the dinner table, the Christmases and Birthdays yet to come.  God, may their pain be eased by the thoughts and prayes of the world. There is no answer to the question, why?  Don’t waste your time trying to rationalize it.

To the students and alumni of that great institution, and the families, please know your tears are not alone.

Andy Delbridge

April 18, 2007, 12:06am • Richmond, VA • #2819

Please do not post this. My name is Carlos Jones and I have been making portraits for our fallen soldiers and donating them to the families for over four years. I have the resources to make 32 memorial portraits that are over 20x24 inches each and ship them to your university for remembrance and the upcoming memorials. Then perhaps passed on to the families. I could actually have them completed and shipped within a day or possibly two. Each portrait has a poem specially written for the students. These portraits have been very well recieved and have the students picture and their name on it. Any help in this endeavor would be greatly appreciated.

Carlos Jones

April 18, 2007, 12:06am • Hamilton, Ohio • #2820

The frequent tears in my eyes during the past 36 hours have of course come from the terrible tragedy, but more so from the pride of witnessing the strength, resolve and community of the Virginia Tech students, staff, administration and broader nation. I am proud to be a part of the Virginia Tech community and my pride is not diminished by the senseless act of an individual. Hokies everywhere grieve for you and with you while gathering strength to push forward and persevere. 

Alan McCormick, ‘91 and ‘93.

April 18, 2007, 12:06am • Missoula, MT • #2821

Dear Virginia Tech Community,

I just want you to know how much I am thinking about you, praying for you and offering many hugs and condolences as you go through this terrible time. You all have a big place in my heart.

Dodi Ann Durgin
Junior, Northern Illinois University (school of 25,000 as well)

April 18, 2007, 12:06am • DeKalb, IL USA • #2822

To the students, faculty, families and community of Virginia Tech, our hearts and prayers go out to each and every one of you.  There are no words that can ease your hearts and minds although I hope the knowledge of knowing people across the Nation are mourning with you helps in some way.  May God bless you all and help you through this time of loss and intense emotions.

Our Sincere Condolences,
Charlie and Amy

April 18, 2007, 12:06am • Prague, OK • #2823

I am a student of Texas Tech University and I can’t imagine what it would feel like to have this happen to members of my community and friends, I send all of my prayers to the fallen, healing, and emotionally scarred.  I pray for the souls of those lost. 


April 18, 2007, 12:06am • Lubbock, Texas • #2824

"May their smiles, and their dreams, light-up the earth from above...”

April 18, 2007, 12:07am • Athens, Ohio • #2825

I wish I could throw my arms around you all. I may have never met any of you or any of the tragic victims, but I feel as if I have lost family. The Hokie community extends to all your alumni, and we are thinking and praying for you all. May the Hokie spirit prevail and guide you through all your troubles.

Becky Deluca, ‘99

April 18, 2007, 12:07am • Eldersburg, MD • #2826

My prayers are with you, and may you find grace and comfort in yourself, family and god.  Please know that you are the future and it is how you respond under this stress that will be your story.  Stay strong.

Ismael Leal, TXA&M-Corpus Christi alumni 06

April 18, 2007, 12:07am • Corpus Christi, TX • #2827

No one’s death comes to pass without making some impression, and those close to the deceased inherit part of the liberated soul and become richer in their humanness.

God Bless all the students, faculty, family and friends of the victims. God Bless the Virginia Tech community.

There are no words to express how sad, how senseless of an act this was. I keep everyone at Virginia Tech, all the family and friends of the victims, in my prayers. May God be with you all, and I pray that at the end of what seems like a long tunnel, there is the light of hope at the end. Hope is never lost.

God Bless the students and faculty- as a college student myself, I can not begin to imagine what you all have been through.

God Bless the Family, Friends of the victime- as I know there are no words to make these wounds any less painful, I simply can hope that you find comfort in the fact that the VT community and the nation has you in our prayers. God Bless you all, may the light of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you, and help ease your pain.

Roy B.- Age 21,

April 18, 2007, 12:07am • Louisville, Kentucky • #2828

The students and families of Virginia Tech are in the thoughts and prayers of myself, the rest of America, and the rest of the world.  May God help and bless you in such a difficult time.  Even as a graduate of Penn State, Michigan, and WVU, I must say, “Go Hokies.” You ARE...VT.

April 18, 2007, 12:07am • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania • #2829

I am only able to watch these tragic events on television. It is so hard to see these things happen but to be in the middle of all of this must be heart wrenching. I am so sorry for your horrific loss and my heart goes out to you all.

“Unable are the loved to die.  For love is immortality.” ~Emily Dickinson

xx Stella Riley

April 18, 2007, 12:07am • Lancashire, England • #2830

To the students, families, friends - we will keep you and your loved ones in our prayers.

April 18, 2007, 12:07am • New Orleans, Louisiana • #2831

We send our condolences to everyone at Virginia Tech.  We share our love and prayers with the entire community.  We know that you will all keep standing together in this time of sorrow, and we will never forget the lessons that you have all taught us about unity and acceptance.  God bless you all.

The Keller Family
Summit, New Jersey

April 18, 2007, 12:07am • Summit, New Jersey • #2832

To all of the students, faculty & families,

My family, friends & I are deeply saddened by this horrible tragedy. We share your tears & your heartache. Please know that each of you, your families & friends are in our thoughts & prayers every second of everyday.
May God Bless each one of you & fill your hearts with comfort & peace.

Sara Rhudy & family

April 18, 2007, 12:07am • Creswell, Oregon, USA • #2833

I pray that God will give us the strength and courage to be there for those who need us right now; to be able to comfort those we love and do not know; and to help the Virginia Tech community rebuild stronger and stand taller than ever before. All my love is sent to Blackburg and those who are grieving.

April 18, 2007, 12:07am • Harrisonburg, Va • #2834

To VA Tech and all involved in the horrific nightmare that took place yesterday:

As a mother, I cry for your lost children.
As a wife, I cry for the loss of your spouse.
As a parent, i cry for the parents of the shooter.
As an American, i cry for the thought that this could happen in America.
As a human being, i cry when you cry.

Your country is crying with you. May God bless you all. You are in our prayers.

A mom, a wife, a parent, an American, a human being.

April 18, 2007, 12:07am • Virginia, MN • #2835

Love from University of Delaware. Our thoughts are with you.

April 18, 2007, 12:07am • Newark, DE, USA • #2836

April 17, 2007

An open letter to the students, faculty, and families of Virginia Tech

My name is Kate Severson and I live on Vashon Island in Washington State.  Seattle is not far, a ferry ride takes me there.  Puget Sound both connects and separates the city and these woods.

It is from the green of spring that I write.  Life is evident all around.  And at your school, in your hearts, death is close.  Forgive me if my words are out of place in your time of grief.  As I write I know it is as much for me as it is for you.

Mostly I want to say that I am thinking of you and holding you in my heart.  I watch all around as our world comes undone with violence.  I wonder what is wrong.  There is no good explanation.  One thing is certain; we are a traumatized people...all over the world.  If there is any hope it is in the capacity to heal and bring healing.  And it is connection that sustains us.

As I write these words to you I am aware that I am asking you all to work for the rest of us...don’t shut down, close your hearts, live in fear.  Show us a new way…

From here, which is not so far from there,

Kate Severson

April 18, 2007, 12:07am • Vashon Island, Washington • #2837

To All of you,
I do not know what to say; none of us do. Please know that so many people want to help. We all want to share your pain. While we know that no one will ever understand what you feel right know, please know that we are here to do whatever you need. When you are ready, ask, and we’ll come running.

April 18, 2007, 12:07am • Sewanee, TN • #2838

As a college student at IUPUI in Indianapolis, IN, this tragedy has certainly shocked and made me re-think some things in my life. You all are amazing for pulling together like you have and allowing yourselves to grieve together. I pray for everyone who has lost someone or has been injured themselves. God Bless You and your families. We have planned a campus-wide prayer on Thursday at Noon.

April 18, 2007, 12:07am • Indianapolis, IN • #2839

Convey my deepest condolescences to all the victims and their kins. Pray for all of you.

Enli Luo from Shanghai, China

April 18, 2007, 12:07am • China • #2840

Dear Virginia Tech Family,

Please accept my deepest condolences. Times like these make each of us take a look around and realize how precious life is. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

May the Lord Bless you and keep you. May He cause His face to shine upon you and grant you peace--especially in this time.


April 18, 2007, 12:07am • Oklahoma City, OK • #2841

God bless to you................................
We Love Each Other Dont’we

April 18, 2007, 12:07am • GreenWhich, Manhatten NewYork USA • #2842

There are no words, our hearts ache for you. Keep looking up!  Peggy Barrett

April 18, 2007, 12:07am • Nottingham, Maryland • #2843

May my dearest thoughts reach your heart VTech. May my humble words carry my deepest love to all of you who are suffering. May peace and joy soon flood and wash away your blooded grounds VTech.

April 18, 2007, 12:07am • Atlanta, GA, USA • #2844

I can only imagine what the families and survivors are going through right now. We are all keeping VT in our thoughts and prayers; know that the country is supporting all of you! This is a time when we should all unite and try to get through this together. I pray for Cho Seung-Hui as well. I know he’s where he belongs now but he is also a victim. Something was obviously going wrong in his life in order for him to do something this horrific.
May God Bless all of you.
Go Hokies!

April 18, 2007, 12:08am • Indiana • #2845

I can’t express how deeply saddened I am that this horrific tragedy happened.  I believe we are all effected in different ways.  I can’t imagine what the families and friends are going through at this time.  May you find strength and healing in whatever you believe in.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Renae Toney

April 18, 2007, 12:08am • Little River, SC • #2846

My thoughts and prayers are with all the families and students in this time of sorrow.May God Bless each and one of you.

April 18, 2007, 12:08am • Columbia,SC • #2847

Virginia Tech Students and Staff
My prayers go out to you during this time of senseless tragedy. I can only imagine what you and the families of those who dies are going through. But I will say this… if anyone wants to see the true meaning of togetherness, faith and courage...than look no further than VA Tech. God bless all of you.

Go Hokies!!
Petty Officer First Class David Martinez
U.S. Navy

April 18, 2007, 12:08am • Columbus, Ohio • #2848

John 16:33 - “These things I have spoken to you that in ME you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
-Jesus Christ

Our hearts go out to the families, friends, and loved ones who are suffering today, our prayers are with you and that you may find joy and peace knowing that Jesus cares for you. Won’t you cast all your cares upon HIM, HE died so that we could live in perfect peace for eternity.

With love,
The Engwalls
:) <3

April 18, 2007, 12:08am • Reno, Nv • #2849

Fuerza. Fuerza para superar este difícil momento.

Reflexionemos acerca de la sociedad actual y de cómo podemos mejorarla.

April 18, 2007, 12:08am • Chile • #2850

Although not a student at Virginia Tech, on behalf of my Grandmother and myself, we wanted to extend our prayers and deepest sympathies to all those affected by this heinous act.  We pray that you find comfort and solace in knowing you are not alone in this difficult time.  Go Hokies.

Sharon Flathen and Rita Wait

April 18, 2007, 12:08am • Surrey, BC, Canada • #2851

Entire Virginia Tech Community:

May God bless each and every one of your beautiful souls. This was a senseless act and a terrible national tragedy. I have been truly inspired by the composure and dignity that you all have demonstrated in the face of this mayhem.

Deepest Well Wishes and Heartfelt Prayers,


April 18, 2007, 12:08am • Queens, New York • #2852

I share the grief and my condolences are with the families of those who suffered this terrible loss. Such a loss cannot be recuperated easily but life does not stop here. We all have to stand together and show how brave we all are.

April 18, 2007, 12:08am • Delhi, India • #2853

I feel bad for everyone, including the shooter and his family.  My condolences.

April 18, 2007, 12:08am • Brooklyn, NY • #2854

To the families, friends, students and facilities my prayers and love goes out to you all.

My words cannot begin to ease your pain, but loving memories and time will heal your hearts.

Take time to mourn, take time to be anger, take time to be, and most of all take time to let your hearts and mind heal.

I pray that you all reach out to friends and family for support and comfort. God be with you all.

Sonia Ffrench-Pitts

April 18, 2007, 12:08am • North Hollywood, CA • #2855

My heart goes out to all of you that are affected by this terrible tradgedy.My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you all

Rene G Canas

April 18, 2007, 12:08am • Centreville,Va • #2856

Stay strong Virginia Tech. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dustin (USI)

April 18, 2007, 12:08am • Evansville, IN • #2857

Virginia Tech Family,

To those we know, and to those we’ve just met; our hearts are broken, and our tears wet.

The Lord is with all who call on Him.

Jay Fitz

April 18, 2007, 12:08am • Glassboro, NJ • #2858

To all of the students, families, and friends of anyone at virginia tech who has lost a loved one, please dont give up hope on our community and university. This is a wonderful place and this tragedy has shocked and hurt us all. The worst thing we can do now is start to point fingers and ruin what makes this place great. We are all one big family and to do so would be a dishonor to our fallen brothers and sisters. We are all hokies and we are all in an unimaginable amount of pain right now.

April 18, 2007, 12:08am • Blacksburg Virginia • #2859

It is very unfortunate that this has happened. Things happen for a reason and God has a plan for all of us.  Maybe the victims were needed in a better place and that is why God called them home.  My prayers are with all of VT as well as the victims and their families.  God bless.

April 18, 2007, 12:08am • Columbia, MO • #2860

Today we are all HOKIES

April 18, 2007, 12:08am • Morgantown, WV • #2861

Deseo que Dios acompañe a estos seres en la eternidad y les dé paz a sus familias. Envío mis oraciones desde Colombia.

I wish that God to be with these killed people in the eternity, and he gives peace for their families. I send them my prayers from Colombia.

April 18, 2007, 12:08am • Bogotá, Cund. Colombia • #2862

I feel so much sadness and grief for your tragedy there at VT.  It brought tears to my eyes as I found it on the front page of my browser as I pulled it up. I was in total disbelief, shocked, then numb.  I am deeply sorry for this senseless act of violence that has happened in your community.  My thoughts and my prayers are with you, my friends, as you grieve your way thru and God gives you all the strength within yourselves and with each other so that you can grieve it and get thru it.  God bless all of you, your families and your beloved lost ones.  May they rest in peace.

Andrea Quenneville
Redmond, Washington

April 18, 2007, 12:08am • Redmond, WA • #2863

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your community as you work to come to terms with this tragedy. May God bless you and keep you in this difficult time. Go Hokies!

God Bless-

April 18, 2007, 12:08am • Michigan • #2864

As a school secretary in Colorado, I remember the Columbine shootings vividly. I send you love and prayers for healing this terrible hurt. Words are so inadequate to express such deep feelings.


April 18, 2007, 12:08am • Aurora, Colorado • #2865

My thoughts and prayers go out to Virginia Tech students & families.

The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God.


April 18, 2007, 12:09am • boston,ma • #2866

My condolences and prayers goes to families and friends who lost their loved ones, god bless yah all

April 18, 2007, 12:09am • minneapolis, MN • #2867