Condolences, April 18, 2007

May God bless you and keep you all.

With much love and sympathy,

April 18, 2007, 2:05pm • NY, USA • #15897

We are truely sorry for all of your losses and just can not imagine what all of you are going through right now. Just know that we are all thinking of you and you are all in our hearts and in our prayers. God bless all of you.
DeLong Elementary School
Tacoma, Washington

April 18, 2007, 2:05pm • Tacoma, Washington • #15898

April 16, 2007

To look at the date it doesn’t seem that it should carry such importance with it....but something happened that day.  Something that made it feel like the world stopped turning, for some of us the world was completely knocked off its axis and may seem never to be set right again.  The world was wounded that day for we are all VT.  The wound is deep and profound, so much so as that those directly affected may not feel the ability rise up from the deep darkness of this wound.  I pray that you take strength from all our prayers and avenge this senseless loss of life by fulfilling your dreams the same dreams shared by lost classmates and educators of VT.  To improve and impact your world through learning.  May your grief be short and may laughter come to your lips once again. 
“Say not in grief that they are no more,
but say in thankfulness that they were.
Death is not the extinguishing of a light,
but the putting out of a lamp
because the dawn has to come” Tagore

Monica Vieyra-Sandgren BA, MA

April 18, 2007, 2:05pm • Long Beach, California USA. • #15899

I am a staff member at the University of New Orleans.  I have been deeply saddened by the terrbile shooting that occurred on your campus.  My prayers go out to all the families of the victims, fellow students, faculty and staff at VT and friends.  Stay strong in your beliefs and know that all of us at the Univesity of New Orleans are thinking of you.

April 18, 2007, 2:05pm • New Orleans, Louisana • #15900

May God be with you and comfort you all.  Please know that the entire nation grieves with you and that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

S. Duncan

April 18, 2007, 2:05pm • Front Royal, VA • #15901

I am so sorry to hear about the tragedy that took place on the V.T campus on Monday. When I think of my college years, I have such fond and happy memories. I am sadded that these students happy memories will be overshaddowed by this mad mans senseless act. May all the families and students as well as faculty members find strength in the memories of those who lost thier lives. God Bless You All!!!

April 18, 2007, 2:05pm • Cape Cod, Massachusetts • #15902

Dear Students and Faculty and Families,

As a former student of this wonderful University, I feel deeply connected to this tradgedy as I lived in WAJ many years ago and had multiple classes in Norris just in the last couple years.  I feel just as lucky as anyone else that wasn’t in the building that day.  I feel your pain.  It feels like I have lost a friend or a member of my family.  I continue to pray for your courage and the strength to help you heal your wounds.  This is your darkest day but you have shown the world how strong you already are.

May God Bless you all.

Bryan Smith ‘00 and ‘06

April 18, 2007, 2:06pm • Richmond, VA • #15903

Dear VA Tech Community,

For the families, students, staff and community who lost so much in these last few days...our hearts, prayers, love and support go out to each and everyone affected by this tragedy.  I saw this recently and was touched by the message.  I hope it may touch you as well.

“Rather than mourn the absence of the flame,
let us celebrate how brightly it glowed.”

For those whose flames that were extinguished far too soon, may the lives you touched carry on your torch!

May God bless all of you and bring you comfort and love in this hour of need.

Karen Cox - Avila University, Kansas City, MO

April 18, 2007, 2:06pm • Kansas City, MO • #15904

My thoughts and prayers are with all the students and friends and families of the victims. Reading/watching the news really breaks my heart and makes me cry but I am amazed to see how strong all the students and families are. That strenght will help you all heal. The victims will never be forgotten and will always be remembered as wonderful people.


April 18, 2007, 2:06pm • Fairfax, VA US • #15905

It is difficult to drive by the campus, at the University of Kansas, without remembering what has happened to you at Virginia Tech. To think that this too could happen here makes Us mourn for your loss even more. Our family is so very sorry for all of you.  The Roger Rapp Family

April 18, 2007, 2:06pm • Lawrence, Kansas USA • #15906

My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to all the students and facally at this horrific time
having many friends whose children have attended TEch--and love it so much--it has really hit home
such a waste of lives
during this time I’m so impressed with the maturity of the students interview by the media and how everyone has come together

may God bless you all

April 18, 2007, 2:06pm • woodbrige,Va • #15907


April 18, 2007, 2:06pm • RICHLANDS, NC. • #15908

My deepest condolences to family & friends of Virginia Tech. Know that we share the pain & sorrow that you are all going through right now. May you feel comfort & peace in this time of need. Just 7 months ago we lived through the shootings at Dawson in Montreal as my son’s girlfriend goes there as well as a couple of friends teach there too. When we hear of other shootings we pull in a quick breath & say O, Lord no.Take comfort in all the prayers that are being said for your loved ones & how this tradgedy brings community & the world together united as one.

April 18, 2007, 2:06pm • Hudson,Qubec,Canada • #15909

I am the type that normally hear something and just go on with my day. Not saying that it does not affect me but for some reason this has struck a cord in my. At night i pray for the victims and the gunman’s family. I am sure that is the last thing people want to do. I am sure they are at lost words as anybody else.
Please know my thoughts and prayer are with the ones we lost today and their family. Having lost a family member recently, I can’t comprenhend how a person can just go…
Please blessed those are gone today, blessed those who are affected by this nightmare.

April 18, 2007, 2:06pm • boston, ma • #15910

I work at a university in Florida.  Our student body had held candlelight memorials for the victims and families.  My heart goes out to the entire VT community and to the families of the victims.  You are our brothers and sisters!


April 18, 2007, 2:06pm • Orlando, Florida • #15911

To Students, Faculty, Families:
As a parent of a child getting ready to attend college, I can not begin to understand the pain and loss. Just know that there is a sea of tears for all and endless prayers for strength and acceptance of a senseless act!
The Downey Family

April 18, 2007, 2:06pm • Bethel, CT • #15912

I am so very sorry about the tragedy that occured at Virginia Tech on Monday.

It is my understanding that both teachers and roomates attempted to intervene in this deeply disturbed young man’s life prior to his rampage. The did not know about the events to come but tried to assist someone who they thought was in need. This is so impressive and speaks volumes about those involved.

I wish I could write something that adequately expresses my feelings.  All I can say is that I am very sorry.  My heart goes out to all who were lost, to all those who loved them and to anyone who has been touched in any way ,large or small, by this horrible event.

I am grieving with you.

May God Bless you all and give you peace.

April 18, 2007, 2:06pm • Liz, Toronto, Canada • #15913

To the students, faculty, alumni, and friends of Virginia Tech,

Please accept my sincere condolences for your profound loss. I am so sorry. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 2:06pm • Clarksville, TN • #15914

The families of Tech-- you are in the prayers and thoughts of my family.

I know you will see it typed out, hand written and told to you many times over...but we care about you guys and we are here for you.  I live 20 mins from Va Tech.  I have a daughter in another University.  It could have been @ her school.

I am so sorry that you have to go through this.  You don’t have to go it alone, I think you all know that.

God is there with you right now, lean on him.  Trust in him.  He will give you strength, far more than we can offer you.

I wish peace for your mind.  Healing for your bodies.  Wisdom for the choices you make tomorrow.

April 18, 2007, 2:06pm • Pulaski, Virginia (USA) • #15915

My heart and my prayers go out to everyone affected by this senseless massarce.  Just remember those who passed on are always in our memories and in our hearts.  I will hold each and every one of their memories in my heart forever

Kimberly A. Nazaro

April 18, 2007, 2:06pm • Lynbrook, Long Island, New York • #15916

My God bless the families of those who died, and may he be with all the students and staff, helping them to deal with their sorrow.
I pray that VT will move ahead and go forth , since I believe that this is what those who died would have you to do.

April 18, 2007, 2:06pm • Oakland , Ca. USA • #15917

Ouf niece, Stefanie Horner, is a senior at Virginia Tech and we are so saddened about this latest tragedy and are keeping all of the families in our thoughts & prayers in the days ahead...May God bless each of these families and help them find comfort in their hours of need…
The Edwards Family

April 18, 2007, 2:06pm • Utica, New York • #15918

Sending love and support to you.  I am so sorry for the loss of such wonderful people.  I wish there was a way to help ease the pain.

Sandra Elliott

April 18, 2007, 2:06pm • Jonesboro, Arkansas • #15919

As I read and watch the reports of this horrific event not only my eyes, but my heart weeps for the friends, families, collegues, and communities who have lost.  As a college student I can only hope and pray that my school does not ever see what your school has. Please know that the community of Southern Illinois University has you in our hearts.  God bless!

April 18, 2007, 2:06pm • Carbondale, IL • #15920

Words cannot describe the agony and pain that each of you are feeling right now. It is my prayer and hope that through this tragedy that you all can join together as one and strengthen your ties not only as a school, but also as a nation. Just keep your faith and trust in God, and you will find comfort.
Jonathan Fletcher

April 18, 2007, 2:06pm • Ruther Glen, Virginia • #15921

I live in liberal soft on crime NYC where gun control is very tough yet many people get killed with guns all the time .
if a few students had guns that day they could have sent that dangerous person to hell where he belongs.
if you outlaw guns then what about someone with a car loaded with explosives who could easily kill many more people.
who has the courage to respond to this

April 18, 2007, 2:07pm • NYC • #15922

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I am deeply saddened by this tragedy. I am grieving right along with you all. I have been praying and will continue to pray for the victim’s friends, and families. I hope that you may all stay strong and know that you have a whole nation standing behind you through all of this. God Bless You!

April 18, 2007, 2:07pm • Sparta, Mo USA • #15923

When I heard the news all I could think about is how this could have happened. I was overwelmed to hear from my friends at VT that they were ok but, that night I cried myself to sleep for the ones who were not spared. My heart goes out to all the victims and their families and friends. God Bless you all for staying together and being each others biggest support system. GOD BLESS THE HOKIES!

Jacqueline Caito

April 18, 2007, 2:07pm • Culpeper, Virginia • #15924

My heart breaks for the families of all of the victims. Please know that all of us- whether we went to Virginia Tech or not, whether we have known violence in our own lives or not- are thinking about you and praying for you.

To all in the Virginia Tech community, we mourn with you.

Peace be with you.

April 18, 2007, 2:07pm • Potomac, MD • #15925

i cannot begin to understand, but my heart is breaking for all the families affected by this tragedy.  how much hope has been lost and how much compassion and forgiveness to be learned. 
we can forgive, we will never forget.  we will live again, we will learn again.  my prayers, thoughts, love and hope.

April 18, 2007, 2:07pm • fairless hills, pa • #15926

The Clemson Tigers will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Our Graduate website ( says “Today we are all Hokies,” and it’s true. We wish you peace and healing.

April 18, 2007, 2:07pm • Clemson, South Carolina • #15927

My prayers go out to everyone at Virginia Tech. There is nothing that anyone can say that will take away the pain and sadness of this unnecessary tragedy. As a student, I know how we go off to college with hopes and dreams, never thinking that such a horrific event can happen to us. I think I speak for all of my fellow students here at Boston University when I say that we stand by our friends at Virginia Tech during your time of mourning. May those who passed away be met with open arms in heaven, and May God bless all of you who will go on to remember them in your lives.

Nikki Ortiz

April 18, 2007, 2:07pm • Boston, MA • #15928

My Biggest Sympathy goes out to the families on all of the lost.What a tragedy,My Thoughts and Prayers to Virginia tech,hope for rest to keep strong,This day will never be forgotten…

April 18, 2007, 2:07pm • Queens,NY • #15929

From Ottwaw, Canada, my deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends who have lost loved and to the entire Viginia Tech students and staff.  In Nov 2006, I lost someone to tragic circumstances and deeply feel for you all.  Time will help to heal your heart but, even time will never let you forget. Prayers to you all from Ottawa, Canada.

April 18, 2007, 2:07pm • Ottawa, Canada • #15930

No words could ever communicate the sadness of this weeks events.  Thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends who have lost their loved ones on Monday. Now is a time to be strong and to pray for healing.  May God comfort you all in your time of need.

April 18, 2007, 2:07pm • Kim Estep, Moutn Jackson, Virginia • #15931

Please don’t think that you are alone.

Laforge Mylène

April 18, 2007, 2:07pm • Sangatte France • #15932

My family and I would like to let the families of the students and facilty who were lost in this terrible tragedy. That you are all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless and Keep everyone of you.

April 18, 2007, 2:07pm • Neosho Mo • #15933

To Everyone at Virgina Tech,

I know no words can stop the pain that you are all feeling right now, but I just wanted to write to tell you how sorry I am that you lost dear friends, family members, and teachers.  I am so sorry that you all had to go through what you went through. 

I can not even imagine going through what you all did, but don’t worry, even if it doesn’t seem it now, you all will get through this.

You are in our prayers and thoughts and those who you have lost will never be forgotten.

All our love, The Pugliese, Coyle, and Pettignano families

April 18, 2007, 2:07pm • NY • #15934

I am numb. I am a 1977 Va Tech alum, as are my brother, my ex-husband, my brothers and sisters in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews as well as many of my friends and their children. I met my husband at Tech and in 1978 we were married in the Tech chapel. I lived in West Ambler Johnston, one floor above where the shootings took place. I had classes in Norris Hall. My whole family are avid fans of the Hokie sports teams.

Two of my nieces were on campus Monday during this terrible tragedy; I thank God they are safe.

My heart goes out to the victims, their families and friends, the students, faculty and the whole Tech community. I’m praying for you all.

Ann Williamson Horansky
B.A. English ‘77
Roanoke, VA

April 18, 2007, 2:07pm • Roanoke, VA • #15935

When an event like this happens, it breaks our collective hearts.  Many have died, and many, many more are suffering, at Virginia Tech, around the country, around the world.

Though I attended another school, imagining hiding from gunfire in the halls of my old University is terrifying and surreal.  Yet all we can do is to look at it, and try to understand it and why it happened.  Why this kid, so lonely and angry, felt the need to do this to people he didn’t even know.  I want to know as much as possible about him, to put myself in his place, so that I can understand what led to this horrible event, and in the process learn something that can save the next Cho Seung-Hui before it comes to this.

I’m heartbroken, because I could have known any one of the kids and professors who died, as I could have known the one responsible.  We all know someone who seems lonely, few friends, not comfortable around people.  While very, very few people lose hope and develop such anger to the point where Cho Seung-Hui did, a lot of people in this world hurt, and if we take the time to try and understand them and their situation, we might be able to help them escape their loneliness and their sorrow.

My heart is with Virginia Tech right now.

April 18, 2007, 2:07pm • New York, NY • #15936

i am so sorry to hear this i live in england and it has touched the world so much god be with you and the victims rest in peace we are all thinking off you

April 18, 2007, 2:07pm • nottinghamshire • #15937

When I first heard, I was totaly shocked at the number of victims and the senselesness of the tragedy.

Today I am overwhelmed at the sorrow and the loss.  It is no longer 32 lives but it’s Caitlyn and Austin and faces and families and futures snuffed out.  I am an Augustana College alumni but on April 16 we all became members of the Virgina Tech community as we mourn and pray with you.

April 18, 2007, 2:08pm • Chicago, IL • #15938

As a fellow ACC alum (FSU), I send my thoughts and prayers to your Hokie family.

April 18, 2007, 2:08pm • Northern Virginia • #15939

32 lives, 32 Sons and Daughters… So many of our young, so much talent and potential lost forever. How is it possible that the very liberties we are willing to die for are actually killing us? 

It is all so senseless.  Words can not descibe the sorrow that the we feel for everyone that is touched by this tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 2:08pm • Longwood, Florida • #15940

My utmost sympathies to the students, families and friends who have to endure this atrocity.  Best of luck to you all through the remainder of the school year and after. 


April 18, 2007, 2:08pm • Virginia • #15941

How sad that some of the brightest and the best of your young people have gone-those who are left
live well and carry them in your hearts.
Love from the U.K.
June and Jack Haswell

April 18, 2007, 2:08pm • United Kingdom • #15942

And God shall make thy body pure, and give thee knowledge to endure
This ghost-life’s piercing phantom-pain, and bring thee out to Life again.

James Elroy Flecker

April 18, 2007, 2:08pm • Connecticut • #15943

Our thoughts, prayers and hearts are with all of VT and the community...we are Virginia Tech. We will prevail.

April 18, 2007, 2:08pm • Reston, Virginia • #15944

Godspeed and goodwill to each of you as you process, heal, and walk foward, gently.  What an awful ordeal--find grace in one another and know that prayers and warmth are sent your way.  Solace comes in many forms--be good to yourselves.

April 18, 2007, 2:08pm • Kent, WA • #15945

I am a senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the events that took place at Virginia Tech are beyond comprehension. I lived in Colorado during Columbine and have since become friends with many who were there that day and the thing that is needed the most now is comfort and healing. You wont really ever be able to get over something like this, but over time it will come to hurt less. My prayers and thoughts are with the families, friends and communities that were affected by the events at Virginia Tech.

April 18, 2007, 2:08pm • T. Enright, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO • #15946