Condolences, April 18, 2007

We are very saddened by what has happened. Please know that we are praying for everyone.

April 18, 2007, 3:18pm • Ashburn, Va. • #16848

I am very sorry for all the losses at your school but just hang in there it will all work out and to the families and friends of all the victums I sincerley apollogize good luck to every one at Virginia Tech.

Chantel Farr

April 18, 2007, 3:18pm • Port Leyden NY • #16849




April 18, 2007, 3:18pm • BROOKLYN, NEW YORK • #16850

My heart goes out to family and friends of this horrifying act.  May God guide your loved ones home and comfort you through this difficult time.  I am an alumni of The University of Alabama.  The University of Alabama mourns with you.

Marcus Oakley
University of Alabama Alumni

April 18, 2007, 3:18pm • Dallas, TX, The United States of America • #16851

To all thoughs affected by Monday’s events my heart goes out to you. It is never easy to loose someone so close. But just remember that they are looking down on you everyday! Remember all the smiles and hugs for they will get you through the hard times to come. The pain is always in your heart but the love that you shared will over come it in time.

Genna Robertson, Harrisonburg, VA

April 18, 2007, 3:18pm • Harrisonburg, VA • #16852

Our family is deeply saddened with what happened with VA-Tech.  Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the victims’ families and to the faculty & students of the university.  Take care and God bless!  Go Hokies, you all will overcome!


April 18, 2007, 3:18pm • New York, NY • #16853

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this terrible tragedy.

May god bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 3:18pm • Sunderland,Tyne & Wear England • #16854

My heart breaks for everyone involved in this tragedy.  You are in my thought and prayers.  My years spent at Tech were some of the best of my life and I am truly saddened by the events that unfolded April 16th at my beloved university. 

We are Hokies and we stand by each other.  I know together we will make it through this difficult and painful time.  God bless the Hokie nation.

T. Abruzere
VT alum

April 18, 2007, 3:18pm • Orlando, FL • #16855

Sorry for you loss. I know what the devil meant for evil, God will turn to good for your great university. Remember that God is also sadden by the events and of the loss of life of his children. I know that god will turn this tragic event in to something special for Virginia Tech.
May God bless your students and staff. My prayers are with you. GO HOKIES!!!!!

April 18, 2007, 3:18pm • Lubbock Texas • #16856

My heart is heavy with grief for my extended Hokie family.  As a 1990 VT Alum as well as in the collective human experience, I am mourning the loss of our fallen Hokies.  Indeed, as Dr. Giovanni said, “We are Virginia Tech.” And we are all Hokies around the world today.  God bless.

April 18, 2007, 3:18pm • Charlotte, NC • #16857

Nos unimos a la facultad, amistades y familiares de todas las victimas de este horrible evento.  Lamentamos su irreparable perdida.

Familia Aviles-Alfaro, Northern Virginia

(if at all possible, please post this in Spanish)

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • Northern Virginia • #16858

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on the snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I an the gentle autumns rain.
When you awaken in the mornings hush, I am the swift uplifting rush -
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there; I did not die.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone so deeply affected and sadened by this uncomprehensible loss.

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • Heather - Denver, Colorado • #16859

My heart and thoughts are with the victims and those affected by this tragic event.

In love and light,
Marcella Fumei

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • Floby, Sweden • #16860

Even though we do not personally know you (victims famliy) we are all united as one family under GOD , we are all affected by this terrible loss in which you have experienced. Our thoughts and prayers for all of you consume us for we think of you often. There is comfort in Jesus and the promise of a better place with him.
Words cannot express how deeply saddened we as a nation are right now, but be comforted by the way we can come together in the face of tragedy.
May GOD Bless you ALL.

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • CHICAGO • #16861

My heart goes out to you and your loved ones during this extremely difficult time. As a native Virginian and alumni of sister school JMU, I have many fond memories of Tech, with this tragedy near to my heart.

I am proud of the unity and strength Hookies are demonstrating (as they always do).  The world is sharing in your grief and pain and we support you as we all begin the road to healing.

With much love,

Patricia Delk

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • Baltimore-Washington Metro Area • #16862

I really can’t believe what did happen! it is a tremendous tragedy! Let us pray for the victims! that they will find peace in beautiful heaven! that they will live further in our hearts and genarations! My compassion for family, friends and all the people who has sorrow!

V. Witteveen

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • The Netherlands • #16863

My deepest sympathy to all the families and friends who lost a special and loved person in such a horrible way.

Even though I live on another continent, far away from the scene of this tragedy, it deeply touched me. I don’t know why. The daily news are full of shocking pictures and reports and it doesn’t have such an effect on me like the tragedy that took place at Virginia Tech.

I don’t know what to say. I don’t know how to help.

But I think the Bible, God’s Word, can.
God gives us hope. Hope to see all our loved ones we lost again. And we can read the promise:
“And he will wipe out eery tear
from their eyes, and death will
be no more, neither will mourning
nor outcry nor pain be anymore.
The former things have passed away.”
(Revelation 21:4)

If it were possible I would send my hugs per mail to all the families whose hearts were broken on Monday.
So, I can only say: We think of you! You’re not alone!

Julia (17)

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • Austria • #16864

To all at VT:
I know the pain of having someone taken from you so suddenly, without warning-I lost my husband on 9/11.  The numbness,pain and despair are something I will never forget.  Surround yourself with love and remember we are all praying for you. In time, may you find peace within yourself.
All of my love and thoughts and prayers…

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • Farmngdale,NJ • #16865

i’m eleventh grade at a school in california and when i heard what had happened my heart dropped. My heart goes out to the ones who have lost a loved one but i want you all to know that i am thinking of you and i wish i could do more. There is a light at the end of every tunnel.

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • martinez, california, USA • #16866

Ours condelences to all of students, families and persons of Virginia Tech from Barcelona.

Will never forgot this.

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • Catalonia • #16867

All of us here in Fairfax County are thinking of you.

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • Fairfax, VA • #16868

I am a parent of a 25 year old daughter.  She is my only child.  I can not even imagine what these families are going through. I do know that I feel the pain and anger also.  This whole world does. I am very sorry to hear that this had to happen. Let alone on one of our college campuses. I know that this does not bring these inicent people back but what ever the campus police or the comunity does it hopefully will better this campus and comunity.

Paula Nichting

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • Marysville, Ohio USA • #16869

I am keeping everyone affected by this tragedy in my prayers.  May God Bless you and watch over you and protect you from future horrific events.

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • Wilmington, DE • #16870

We just want to give our condolences to the families of the victim in VA.  This was a horrible and unforgettable event and it will never be forgotten along with the victims.  We will be praying for everyone involved with this tragedy.  God Bless.  The Holbrook Family

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • Memphis, TN - USA • #16871

I am shocked and can only think of one word: WHY?

My thoughts go out to everyone who lost their loved ones..

In my thoughts I am with you..

All my love..


April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • Utrecht, Netherlands • #16872

My prayers are with you and your families. I am so heartened by this horrible tradegy. That day will be instilled in our hearts forever. My heart reaches out to yall. I am so sorry again. You have all of my condolences. May God watch over and care for you. May he hold the victims close to his heart. Your tears are shared throughout the world.

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • Fairhope, AL • #16873

Dearest All,

I don’t know any of you or your families but I wanted to share my deepest condolences to all of you during this very sad time.

To all the victims families- I am deeply horrified by this tragedy and will never understand as to how people can be so selfish as to take the lives of others without ever knowing them. I wish a full and successful recovery to all those injured in this tragic event.

To all the students- You all should be so proud of yourselves as each one of you is heroic in your own way. To those that stood up and defended I commend you for your strength and courage. To those that provided comfort to others in their time of need, I praise you for your kindness and most of all to those that were wounded but fought till the end, I admire your drive to never give up.

I hope you all hold your head up high as proud parents, as proud students as you are all true hero’s in my eyes that came together in unity.

No race, culture, language, color and sex has been unaffected by this tragedy you have all touched the lives of many.

God Bless

Aanchal Gandhi

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • New York, NY • #16874

I am shocked and so truly saddened that something like this could happen to beloved members of our proud Hokie nation. My prayers are with the victims’ families and friends and will continue to be as we all mourn this tragic event.

Danielle C. Warthen
VT Class of 01 and 04

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • Madison, Wisconsin • #16875

Our deepest condolences to all the families of the dead and injured students and teachers.  Please know we are praying for you.

How does a parent let a child go out into a world were being in wrong place at the wrong time can end a life so quickly?

There is no greater pain than never seeing your child again.

God bless you all.

Cellucci Family Canada

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • Toronto, Ontairo Canada • #16876

My tears could not stop as I sliently read the shocking news. I am from London and i could feel the pain every second. My prayers are with everyones families.

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • UK • #16877

I am deeply sorry for each and every person who lost a loved one in this tragic shooting.  I know what it is like to lose a loved one, because I lost my mother, father and brother within a three year period.  It is ok to get mad and cry, let your feelings out and grieve very loudly.  At first, I felt like it was the “twilight zone”, and that my whole world was turned upside down.  But in time, you know that they are in a much better place.  By us continuing on with our lives, that is how they live on...through us.  I keep a card that was written by Maya Angelou and it reads… “In the face of such uncertainty believe in these two things:  You are stronger than you think, and you are not alone”.  Live on strong, as that is what your loved ones would have wanted;I am sure of that.  God bless each and every one of you.

My deepest sympathy...Marianne - Phoenix, Arizona

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • Phonenix, Arizona • #16878

To all of you in the Virginia Tech community, our prayers and love go out to all. Our prayers are that during this time of great sorrow, the God of all comfort will give you peace and give each one a special touch. This time is one of the most difficult times anyone can experience. Our Lord Jesus Christ has promised to never leave us or forsake us. While the Lord wepts about this horrible event, He will continue to share His mercy and grace with each one.

From all of us at Freedom Christian Church, God bless each of you.

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • Mt. Orab, Ohio, USA • #16879

My Family and I would like to express our heart felt condolences to all invovled in this tragedy. May God grant you peace and comfort in your time of loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless You All.

Love In Christ
The Astbury Family

April 18, 2007, 3:19pm • Saginaw,MI • #16880

May God bless each of you in this time of such great pain. I am a mother who has lost a child and I know all the things that people say are the last things you want to hear. Just get by each day at a time. That is all that you can do right now. Please know that people all over the world are praying for you and everyone touched by this. God bless you all!

April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • Festus, Missouri • #16881

My thoughts and prayers are with those who were involved.

April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • Bayonne, NJ • #16882

Willing deceased rest~
Hope that the people will no longer feel pain alive and such incidents will not happen again~

Wu Jiannan

April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • Guangzhou, China • #16883

All of my thoughts and prayers go out to the people and families affected by this tragedy, and remember, that the world is standing by you and thinking of you during this painful time.

God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • Blackburn, Lancashire, United Kingdom • #16884

Being that my boyfriend, my better half, is a Hokie himself...when I heard the news of the events my heart sank.  Thankfully he was safe and sound in his dorm room at the time of the event. I actually had just left on Sunday from Blacksburg, I LOVE the campus, and I LOVE the people! I am not a Virginia Tech student, but I AM a Hokie at heart!  I am so deeply saddened by the lives that were stolen.  I wanted each and every family of each victim to know that my heart goes out to you and your children will not be forgotten.  I did not know them, but we all love them dearly.  You are all in my prayers and I know that these times of grief, anger and sorrow will be enduring but you’ve got the entire nation on your side! I Love you All dearly! May God Bless You All!

Megan/University of Virginia’s College at Wise

April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • Virginia • #16885

We are so sad and sorry for what you are enduring.  Please be assured that you do not grieve alone.  God Bless you all.  David, Lee and Liam.

April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • Westminster West, VT • #16886

My name is Pam, and I am a resident of Ohio, I would like to express mine and my family’s deepest,deepest,sympathys to the Virginia Tech students and faculty, and the families of the victims of this horrible tradgedy. We have been praying and mourning for all of you and will continue to support you in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless and hold all of you in his hand.

April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • #16887

Fellow Hokies,

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.  Over the past few days you have shown the world what it truly means to be a Hokie, and I am proud to be a part of that family.  Together we will get through this tragedy, and together we will help unify and strengthen the Hokie Nation more than ever before.  Let’s Go Hokies!

Brent Tanner
VT Class of ‘06

April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • Chesterfield, Virginia • #16888

The Mayor of the City of Niagara Falls, New York in conjunction with our Canadian friends and the Illumination Board will be lighting the Falls either this Friday or this Sunday in memorial to all those who lost their life in the massacre at Virginia Tech.  The Falls will be lit in the University’s colors of crimson and orange.  A prayer service is also being arranged for this memorial.  May God bless each one of you.

April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • Niagara Falls, New York, USA • #16889

My thoughts and prayers are with all of those who are all suffering from this tragic event. Time will heal our hearts.

April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • Cincinnati, Ohio • #16890

I would like to recognize Liviu Librescu for having the tremendous courage to sacrifice his life for the lives of his students. His selflessness enabled those students to survive this horrific tragedy. It’s clear that he truly cared for his students and in my opinion, he is a hero. Rest in peace Liviu, as well as the rest of the victims of this senseless crime.


April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • Missouri, USA • #16891

My family’s hearts and prayers are with all of you at this most tragic time..The Calway-Kavanagh’s.

April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • Toronto, Ontario, Canada • #16892

My thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to you guys. I’m sorry for the ones that lost loved ones, and friends. The whole nation is praying for you guys. You are a strong community, and will make it through. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!

Jessica Polic

April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • Edinburg, IL • #16893

It is hard to watch everything that has happened and not be able to do anything about it.  Please know that the family members of the victims as well as everyone at Virginia Tech are in my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • Dodge City, Kansas • #16894

On 4/16 I could not believe what I was seeing.  The place where my wife and I spent the best times of our lives together was ripped open.

I was overwhelmed with two emotions, at first I felt sorrow.  I want to express my heart felt sorrow to the friends and families of all of those affected by this travesty.  My prayers are with you and your loved ones will always have a special place in my heart. I never thought that I would see the Hokie Bird cry, but he was weeping on that day.

What surprised me though was the next emotion that I felt and that was pride:

I am proud of the student body.  They already have begun to show that even such an unthinkable act, could not stop or even slow down the Hokie Spirit.  I watched several of the news channels and student after student that was interviewed showed what it meant to be a Hokie even in the face of such horror.

I am proud of how the university handled and is handling the situation.  President Steger and his staff showed competence, dignity and empathy at a level that cannot be compared.

I am proud of the university family at large and how we have circled the wagons to protect our own.

I am proud to be a HOKIE. 

Jason Gagnon ‘93 and ‘96

April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • Vancouver, WA • #16895

i JUST WANT TO send out my prayers to the university and all the families!  I just want you to know that you will be on my mind all this year! 
i WILL ASK GOD TO UPLIFT you in prayer!

GOd bless you!
Marquis a. garner

April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • Menomonee falls wi 53051 • #16896

What strength your community has shown over the last few days during this tragedy. I work with college students and St. Louis, MO and they are extremely shaken from the events. Please continue to be strong and reach out to us when you need it! Our country will embrace you!


April 18, 2007, 3:20pm • St. Louis, Missouri • #16897