Condolences, April 18, 2007

As an alumnus of the University, I am extremely sad and upset over the recent events on the campus.  I send my deepest regrets and prayers to the families of the victims and highest regards and hopes to the survivors and those still receiving medical treatment.

To the faculty, staff and student body, I am deeply sorry that you have to bear this burden.  You do not bear it alone.  The Hokie nation is greiving with you. 

Alanna (’00 & ‘05)

April 18, 2007, 12:41pm • Frederick, MD • #14547

I’m so shocked for this nonsense tragedy; I’ve experienced myself the death of people I loved and I can understand how strong is the pain. I pray for you all to have faith in God, I pray that God could be with you and help you in giving consolation and coming out from desperation as I’ve was helped too.
You are in my prayers every day.


April 18, 2007, 12:41pm • Milano - Italy • #14548

To your your enitre community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you and keep you in his loving arms and my the strength that we have seen from your community get you through this most difficult time. Even though we don’t know eachother and may never meet, you have friends that are sending much love and support your way no matter how far the distance is between.

Our deepest sympathy and love-
Tammy Horvat

April 18, 2007, 12:41pm • Wadsworth, Ohio • #14549

I just wanted to say that I do not go to Virginia Tech, but I feel so bad for you guys.  It reminded me of Columbine all over again.  BUT I know you will get through it just like they did.  If there is anything I could do I would do it, but I don’t know what to do.

From Pennsylvania

PS...If any of the students would like to IM me they are more than welcome to.
My email address is

April 18, 2007, 12:42pm • #14550

our family’s thoughts and prayers are with the familys and victims of mondays tradegy.  may god be with you and yours to help you with your saddeness.  just remember to trust in god and all things are possible.

April 18, 2007, 12:42pm • speedwell, Tn • #14551

My families prayers are with you all today , It saddens my heart to no end thinking of the pain and sorrow that has fell upon all involed.My deepest wish would be never for this to happen again,We all need to band together now and fight against the violence and hate.I pray that all of the lives taken on that dreadful day reach heaven and give us strength to rise above to help us see how to stop the violence.

B.Altman and Famliy

April 18, 2007, 12:42pm • baltimore , Md • #14552

My thoughts and prayers are with you through your time of grief.  Just know that in a small town on the oregon coast we feel your pain and share in it.  Although we do not know what you are going through we care.  President Bush said it so well the whole nation mourns.  God Bless all though it may not seem like it know time will pass and all though the memory will go on things will get back to normal.
The lord is with you all in this time of sadness and so are my thoughts and prayers!

April 18, 2007, 12:42pm • Tillamook, Oregon • #14553

Our Thoughts and Prays are with each and everyone.Please,know the World is grieving with you. Love one another and find peace in knowing others care. Be kind to yourself and the heeling will begin.
God Bless All of you.

April 18, 2007, 12:42pm • Davie, Florida • #14554

As an alum of VT (Class of 1983)I have swelled with pride many times in the past. The football successes, the recent basketball victories and every time I am back on campus.  All of that pales in comparison to what I have felt this week.  In this extreme time of grief the nation and the entire world has seen what a wonderful community the Hokie Nation is.  With out exception, I have been so proud of the young people who have been interviewed.  In this horrible time these students have been so level headed and caring, no one has lashed out in anger, not even a hint of self pity. I salute the current crop of Hokies!  I am praying the God will give what his Word calls “the peace that passes understanding” to all the families and friends of those who have been directly effected.

God bless the Hokie Nation.
Cline Hall

April 18, 2007, 12:42pm • Greenville, NC • #14555

Let’s Go Hokies, Let’s Go! Let’s Go Hokies, Let’s Go!
Let’s Go Hokies, Let’s Go

We are Virginia Tech!! We will Be Strong Together!!

April 18, 2007, 12:42pm • #14556

I was truely shocked to hear of the horrible events that took place April 16.  I am in Texas, but I still hurt with you as a community for your loss.  Our hearts as a nation go out to everyone not only directly involved, but to the Virginia Tech alumni as well.  I know this has affected many people.  Please know that you are in my prayers as you try and heal from this as well as those who are injured.

April 18, 2007, 12:42pm • Texas • #14557

My heart and prayers go out to all the students, family, and staff of Virginia Tech.  I watched with tears in my eyes the coverage on tv.  I am Canadian and my daughter attends CMU.  Canada is thinking of all of the hurt and sadness you must be feeling.  We are feeling it to. All our love from your neighbor

April 18, 2007, 12:42pm • Canada • #14558

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those lost, along with the entire Virginia Tech family.  We hope and pray for the speedy and healthy recovery of the woundeded, both in body and spirit.

May you all find peace.


April 18, 2007, 12:42pm • Iowa City, IA • #14559


April 18, 2007, 12:42pm • VIRGINIA BEACH VIRGINIA. • #14560

I just everyone to know that my prayers are with each and everyone of you at the college and to all of the families and friends of the people who lost loved ones. You do not know me and I do not know any of you, but I do thank about all of you eveyday and pray for everyone every night. May god be with you and with the families of the ones who lost loved ones keep the faith and he will guide you through this. A day of slice and a day of prayer. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

Just a Mother from Missouri thanking and praying for you all!!!!!

April 18, 2007, 12:42pm • Unionville, Mo • #14561

This is a sad week in the USA.  I’m very very sorry what all the families have to go thru, and all the students.  I have never been thru anthing like this but I’m sure that it is very scarry for everyone at Virginia Tech. 

Stand proud of your school and show the nation that you can get thru this big sad week at your school.  You are the HOKIES and stand proud of what you are.

To all the families that have lost a loved one I send you my families condolences to you.  I’m very very sorry this had to end the life of your loved one.

The York Family,

April 18, 2007, 12:42pm • Portland, Oregon USA • #14562

Thoughts and prayers to all the friends and Families of Virginia Tech. May god bless you all!!!




April 18, 2007, 12:42pm • Roanoke, Virginia • #14563

In light of the terrible and horrific act that took place on April 16th please reflect on the families and everyone involved. To often we do not value as to what we have and accomplished in life until an incident like this takes place and affects everyone of us. Even though we hear about violence on a day to day basis it is still hard sometimes to “grasp” the idea that anyone would take the initiative to do something as to what happened. For those that you love and care for or even those that you do not talk to on a regular basis make the effort to say “Thank You” for being a part of your life. May God bless you all.

David M. Tucker

April 18, 2007, 12:42pm • Orlando, Florida • #14564

I was shocked and grieved to hear about this, and everyone at VT is in my thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 12:42pm • UK • #14565

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the faculty, students, and families of Virigina Tech.My husband is a professor at a local university and we understand first hand how students and faculty become a family. You spend everyday with each other and know everyone on a personal level. To lose them tragically and senselessly is not fair.

Please stay strong- although difficult to watch on tv, it brings me comfort to see all the great stories of heroism and what each victim’s personality was like. It is comforting to see pictures, hear from friends and families, learn about each victims’ passion in life. All of them were loved greatly and their memories will never be forgotten.

Please know the rest of the country (and world) is greiving with you for your loss and we wish everyone our thoughts.


April 18, 2007, 12:42pm • Belchertown, MA • #14566

Im Namen der Schülerschaft der Gesamtschule Gummersbach - Derschlag möchten wir unser tiefes Mitgefühl und unsere Solidarität mit den Angehörigen der Opfer und den Studenten bekräftigen.

Wir möchten Ihnen allen Gotteskraft und Mut mit auf den Weg geben.

Ihre deutschen Mitschüler und Mitschülerinnen

Im Auftrag die Schülersprecher der
Städtischen Gesamtschule Gummersbach - Derschlag

April 18, 2007, 12:43pm • Gummersbach,NRW - Germany • #14567

Dear all,

My deepest condolences for everyone affected by this unthinkable tragedy. My prayers are with you all.

PS:I am sorry I can not use english to well. I am a Chinese overseas student in Japan.

April 18, 2007, 12:43pm • Kawasaki,Japan. • #14568

I thougth that this world is to small for not being able to know what happpens in other half of the earth...but too large to really feel & share the pain & grief! Actually, I know that I was wrong thinking that way when coming to this page and read all your messages.
I would like to send my deep condolences & prayers to our friends and their families!


April 18, 2007, 12:43pm • Vietnam • #14569

Virginia Tech family:
I was profoundly affected by your loss on April 16th.  Seeing the faces, reading the names of those lost is so difficult.  My sympathy & prayers go out to all of you.  To those injured, may you heal of body & mind.  The Hokie community is a strong loving group, stand together & help all to heal.  Calm & peace will return to your place.  Hug each other, love your brothers & sisters.  The world is grieving with all of the families affected.

Finally, the sad end to such a troubled young man.  There were signs, it seems of his sad mental illness.  Those that tried to reach out to him in friendship, those that tried to get him the professional help he desparately needed.  To them - don’t ever stop trying to help another human that seems to be troubled.  He has a family that is in a grieving process also.  They not only are grieving his death but the numbers of the rest lost that day.  Take the father & mother into your prayers.  Offer them up for strength through this almost impossible time for them.  Forgiveness will be a long process but something that is essential for the long term healing.

Judy Barnhart

April 18, 2007, 12:43pm • San Jose, CA USA • #14570

In our thoughts and prayers.  G. Smith

April 18, 2007, 12:43pm • Lynchburg, VA • #14571

As a mother of two students at WVU I cannot begin to comprehend what the students and parents are going through.  My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. The fear of these situations happening is all to real.  I pray for all of you that you will find peace.  Please do not let this destroy the rest of your lives.If you do then the shooter has won again.  Faye

April 18, 2007, 12:43pm • Colliers WV Brooke • #14572

To all students at VA Tech and to all the family and friends of the victims of this awful tragedy, my thoughts and prayers are with you all! We here in South Carolina (The Clemson University area) send our deepest condolences to you. Lay your sorrows at the foot of the cross, God will comfort you in this time. God Bless!

We are praying for you!

April 18, 2007, 12:43pm • Easley, South Carolina • #14573

I was in shock and awe when I turned on the news on Monday. Ifelt so bad for everyone and all of the families. It especially struck me hard because I am first time mom and I couldn’t imagine losing my son with no expectation of it. We held a candle light vigil the same time you did yesterday. On behalf of the city of Knoxville, TN and my family I just want you to know our thought and prayers go to the families of the victims and may the victims rest in peace! We are all Hokies!

April 18, 2007, 12:43pm • Knoxville, TN • #14574

My family would like to express our deepest condolences to all of you in this tragic time.  May God be with you.  Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you.

April 18, 2007, 12:43pm • Chesterfield, VA • #14575


April 18, 2007, 12:43pm • gettysburg pa 17325 • #14576

My family and I offer our sincerest condolences and prayers during this very difficult time.  Know that you are not alone during this time.

April 18, 2007, 12:43pm • The Anderson's Raleigh, NC • #14577

To the Virginia Tech faithful,

I am quite confident that there are no words that will, or possibly could, adequately serve to offer you the comfort and solace you so richly deserve in these dark times.  As I’ve watched your tragedy unfold, I am most struck by the overwhelming sense that the world is somehow a lesser place, for it is now robbed of the potential of what could have been.  The stories presented about your lost loved ones have truly touched me and I consider myself lucky to know that people like your friends and family did, for at least a brief and shining moment, exist on this earth at one time. 

You ARE the Hokies, and we ARE with you.

My sincerest condolences,
Whitney Bond

April 18, 2007, 12:43pm • Chicago • #14578

I can not begin to imagine the pain and loss that many are feeling. My hearts and prayers go out to everyone that has been effected by this tragedy. In times like these, you feel so helpless. My prayers are with each and every one of you!

April 18, 2007, 12:43pm • Yorktown, New York • #14579

I can’t tell you how upset and saddened the recent tragic event at VT has made me. I myself am a college student at the State University College of New York at Oneonta and I would never think that anything like this would happen at a college. I have been praying everyday for the victims and their families as well as all of the students at VT. Tragic events like this should make all of us join together and try to elimate another situation like this. My thoughts and prayers will continue to stay with the VT community, only time can heal these wounds.

April 18, 2007, 12:43pm • Oneonta, New York • #14580

Dear Virginia Tech,

I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. It’s a hard pill to swallow but, you have to ask GOD for the strength to move on and to forgive… I know that it’s hard at times but with GOD all things are possible. Don’t give the devil any place in your heart. There is a season for all things.

God Bless to you all

April 18, 2007, 12:43pm • St. Louis, MO • #14581

My family and I would like to share our condolences to all the families and students involved with this horrific loss.  These days in April are truely the most dangerous of any week in the year.  I pull this from Oklahoma City, a month after my wedding day.  Waco, and Columbine.  I am sorry to add your name to this list of tragedy. 
I see how strong your college is and I know that your strength will pull you through this time with admired community efforts.  You inspire all.

Dustan, Lecy, Kirstan, and Chase Crelly

April 18, 2007, 12:43pm • Littleton, Co. • #14582

My heart goes out to all the families, students, faculty and staff at Virginia Tech. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. I am deeply saddened by what has happened on your campus, and I hope that each of you will find a way to persevere in spite of this tragedy, and continue to believe in a future filled with hope and promise. Know that there are still many good things in the world, despite the violence that occurs too frequently these days. Please take care of yourselves - and each other.

April 18, 2007, 12:43pm • Appleton, WI • #14583

All Hokies share in the pain and tragedy of this incident.  My families thoughts and prayers are with the entire Hokie Nation as we deal with this effect.  There will be better days!  Thanks to President Steger and all the police and law enforcement officers serving at Tech during this time.

With a sad heart,

Brian McPeters
CEE Class of 2002

April 18, 2007, 12:44pm • Midlothian, Virginia • #14584

All our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, the students, alumni, faculty, and staff of Virginia Tech.  This senseless tragedy only serves to remind us not only of the fragility of human life but also the strength of the human spirit.  We are part of the extended family of the Hokie Nation, and we know you will prevail.  Go with God Hokies!

The Bowman Family Wednesday, April 18, 2007

April 18, 2007, 12:44pm • Hampton, Virginia • #14585

I can’t imagine what you are going through right now, but I know God does and he’s always there to comfort you. 

You are in my thoughts and prayers - that somehow good will triumph over evil… that some answers will come out of the confusion and questions… that your bonds with friends and family will be made stronger than ever… and that you will know the love of God that reaches beyond our pain.


April 18, 2007, 12:44pm • Portland, OR • #14586

Our family wishes to extend its most deepest and heartfelt sorrow to the VT family,& surrounding communities.  We live in NJ so close to The World Trade Center attacks and we grieve for you as you did for us as families and as a nation.  Our prayers are with everyone through these darkest hours, may god bless all of you.

April 18, 2007, 12:44pm • Wall Township, New Jersey • #14587

My condolences to the families, friends, colleagues of those whose lives were taken on April 16, 2007.  You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Marie Foster Gnage
West Virginia University at Parkersburg

April 18, 2007, 12:44pm • Parkersburg, WV • #14588

Dear Friends,

Although worlds apart, we all share in your sadness.  There is grief and despair beyond belief about the tragedy that occured at Virginia Tech, a place you all call home.  I am confident that in rallying together, you will overcome this massacre.  Though it is hard, I ask that you put aside the pain and anger.  These feelings can only bring more sorrow into your lives.  Instead I ask that you celebrate those that you lost, and never forget them.  Remember the precious time spent with the departed, and realize how lucky you are that students so special could enter your life and touch your hearts.  Hold steadfast to your motto “Ut Proism,” that you may serve your departed friends by emerging from this horror a stronger, more resilent campus than ever.

From Pennsylvania,
Love, Prayers, and HONOR

April 18, 2007, 12:44pm • Davidsville, Pennsylvania • #14589

My prayers and deepest sorrow goes out to the families and the entire school. This has affected everyone. I am a high school teacher, and my students have been talking about the situation.  We all care and feel your sorrow. Jeanette Galvan and the students of Hebbronville High School

April 18, 2007, 12:44pm • Hebbronville, Texas • #14590

The students, faculty, alumni and fans of the University of Alabama are wanting all of VT to know that we are thinking of you and have you in our prayers.

God bless you all and students don’t deserve to have to go through this mess and all American citizens should be mourning your losses.

April 18, 2007, 12:44pm • Birmingham, Alabama • #14591

To the VT and Blacksburg Community,
First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with every single one of you. We will never be able to comprehend the pain that yall have been feeling, but know that we are here to help, pray, and think about you and with you.

We may never be able to understand why this happened, but you all are strong, and the Hokie spirit will help you get through this difficult time. Call people that you haven’t called in years. Write letters to your parents and family. We love you all, and will always be thinking of you.

Amy Burgener
Villanova University

April 18, 2007, 12:44pm • Villanova, PA • #14592

My daughter graduated from Virginia Tech last year in May.  With her 4 years stay and our visits to the school, VT has been part of our lives and will ever be.  We are proud to be a Hokie parent.  My husband, daughter and I were so deeply saddened and can’t help but cry.  Our hearts go to the families who lost their loved ones.  The whole VT community are in our thoughts and prayers.
Leila and Dan Bernandino

April 18, 2007, 12:44pm • Chesapeake, Virginia • #14593

I am so deeply sorry for the event that took place you guys will always be in my prayer keep one thing in mind what ever happen God had it plan it’s not that he was not present at the moment but he had his purpose why that took place they way it did my condolences go to all of family and friends may God be with you throu your moment of sorrow

April 18, 2007, 12:44pm • Margate, FL, USA • #14594

Hokies one and all;
I share a special connection with you’re school because i almost attended it. Now i am at Buffalo State College here in Buffalo. My heart is heavy and its truly sad because it seems as business as normal up here. I pray that you’re commuity stays strong and united for the rest of the Collegiate community is with you in your prayers.

John Dom

April 18, 2007, 12:44pm • Buffalo, NY USA • #14595

I can not begin to express my deepest sorrow for all of the families involved in this horrific event.  I pray that God will give everyone the strength to carry on.  We can not begin to understand why things like this happen.  God be with you all.


April 18, 2007, 12:44pm • Colonial Heights, VA • #14597