Condolences, April 18, 2007

The Society of Legal Professionals (SLP) of Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota is honoring the memories of the victims by dedicating our blood drive tomorrow, Thursday, April 19, 2007 to the victims of the tragic campus shootings.  We hope to honor their lives by providing a service that gives life to its recipients.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.  Sincerely, MacKenzie Bertsch, SLP President and Ann Vidoloff, SLP Advisor.

April 18, 2007, 3:39pm • Aberdeen, South Dakota • #17248

The sadness is heavy and my tears are welled as I write this seemingly insignificant granule of shared grief and condolence knowing that nothing can bring back the innocents who were senselessly killed while bettering their lives and their environment. As a father of two girls 17 & 24, it slams home their value as our beloved kids, yet also as “at-risk” members of the dangerous society in which we live. Our prayers for everyone affected by this shameful tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 3:40pm • JSC Ocala, FL • #17249

My prayers and thoughts go out to everyone at Virginia Tech and thier Families.  My children attend two different universities and I know those universities are grieving with you. 
God Bless you and stay strong

April 18, 2007, 3:40pm • Oreland, PA • #17250

This tragedy has shocked the entire world, and has touched me in such an astronomical way.  I think of the victims and their families, and I can only hope that they stay strong in such a horrific time. My loving thoughts are with all of you. Deepest sympathies from the University of FLorida.

Kim Ecker

“If I turn into another
Dig me up from under what is covering
The better part of me
Sing this song
Remind me that we’ll always have each other
When everything else is gone”

April 18, 2007, 3:40pm • Gainesville, FL • #17251

To the VT Family-

As a parent of an upcoming senior in high school looking forward to embracing the college life both academically and socially, my heart aches knowing there are mean persons in the world.  We must not let such individuals dictate our journey in life.  Be lifted in God’s name and we all will overcome this act of hatred.  Stay in prayer and be faithful to the heavenly father above.  I love everyone and I am excited that I will send my daughter off to college to brighten her horizons whether it is at VT or another university of her choice, I will not live in fear, I will not let the devil have victory from this cruel selfish act. 

Rebuke the devil, he is a liar!  I pray that each and every family touched by this act will overcome!

Mother of two beautiful daughters, 5 and 16 years old

April 18, 2007, 3:40pm • Washington, DC • #17252

Just wanted to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to all of those who have lost a loved one, or a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 3:40pm • Holloman AFB, NM • #17253

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.  My cousin, who is employed at VT, sent us an email regarding Hokie Hope.  This Friday, we will all proudly be Hokies in support of all the victims and survivors at Virginia Tech.
Laurie, David, Michael and Alex Sandway

April 18, 2007, 3:40pm • Binghamton, NY • #17254

President Bush was so correct when he said that people who do not personally know any of you are praying for you.  I am praying for all of you and your families. There are no words, only prayers.
Judi Bennett

April 18, 2007, 3:40pm • Bradford, PA • #17255

I like many others are deeply saddened by this tragic event.  My thoughts and prayers are with all hokies.

April 18, 2007, 3:40pm • Virginia • #17256

Although we will never understand everything here on earth, may you rest in the knowledge that God is still in control of all things.  He loves and cares for all of you at VT.  Remember that everyone around the world is lifting your names up in prayer to Him daily!  My condolences go out to all of you!  May you come back even stronger!

April 18, 2007, 3:40pm • Greenville, SC • #17257

I heard about this tragedy and could not tear myself away from CNN the past few nights.  I keep questioning how someone could do such a cold blooded thing.  My thoughts and prayers are with all the families and students of VT.  God Bless America and God bless all affected in the VT shootings.


April 18, 2007, 3:40pm • Kirksville Missouri- USA • #17258

This hateful act was deeply saddening to me and I hope everyone connected to this incident finds some way to move on. I am angry at the fact our president chooses to use this event as a showboat to create an image that he cares about life being wasted. 35 people were killed in Iraq this morning directly caused by his actions, and 1000’s of others there; do not let Bush use you. Gun control has NOTHING to do with why this man did what he did. If anything, his record of harasing woman, and that he was obviously mentally deranged should have stopped him from be able to purchase a weapon. There are 10s of 1000s of gun owners in this country that have never shot anyone, don’t let this become another 9-11 fear frenzy where Bush and his cooperate string pullers can remove more of our rights. This was an isolated incident and you all should be able to get your education in stride knowing your safe, and I hope this will cause the administration of all schools take a closer look at violent statements and behavior displayed by their students.

April 18, 2007, 3:41pm • Maui, Hawaii, USA • #17259

I don’t know the pain you are feeling and words may not be able to make you feel better, but please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.  I wish there is something we could do for you.  Maybe one day we can understand why this happened.  Please tell those in your hearts you love them everyday.

April 18, 2007, 3:41pm • Manassas, VA • #17260

Dear Virginia Tech,

Our hearts go out to you at this most difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Know that we wrap you in our arms, and in our hearts. We hope that you can feel our support now and forever.
We love the Hokies!
The Fucci Family

April 18, 2007, 3:41pm • Bardonia, New York • #17261

We were all shocked and saddened to hear this horrible news about this
massive tragedy happened at your university.

All our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the families at Virginia Tech during this difficult time.


April 18, 2007, 3:41pm • Basel / Switzerland • #17262

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims and their loved ones. I will be wearing VT colors in your support.

April 18, 2007, 3:41pm • Charlotte, NC • #17263

We’re hanging on every word to know why this has happened. You are in our deepest thoughts and prayers. With tearful hearts here in Newton, Kansas God Bless You All

April 18, 2007, 3:41pm • Newton, Kansas • #17264

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the VA Tech community. Special prayers go out to the families and friends of those hurt physically and emotionally by this tragic event. Please remember to prayer for the young man who did such an unspeakable thing. He must have been in tremendous pain and his family needs our support in this sad time as well.

I am proud to say I am a Hokie!

Kathy Ungemach Perrett Class of 79’

April 18, 2007, 3:41pm • South Riding, VA 20152 • #17265

To My Hokie Family:

I called Blacksburg my home for almost six years.  I attended Virginia Tech from 1999-2003, but lived there for almost two years after graduation while I attended graduate school at Radford University.  Virginia Tech still holds a special part of my heart.  Being a student at Virginia Tech was the best experience of my life. I still go back to every football game!  I hope that if you are considering attending Virginia Tech that you will still go b/c I would hate for one individual to take away what could be the happiest time of your life.  The Virginia Tech Community is such an amazing group of people and I am so happy that I can call myself a Hokie.  May God Bless everyone affected by this terrible tragedy.  You are in my thoughts and prayers. 

April 18, 2007, 3:41pm • Richmond, Virginia • #17266

All my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and with the friends and family who lost a loving one.

We will stay together and hope that this will never happen again.

April 18, 2007, 3:41pm • Vienna/Austria • #17267

vt will be in mine and my familys thoughts and prayers and every thing will be ok and in a few weeks things will go back to the way it was just remember you all are in my thoughts and prayers

Jonathan Powell
Bradford High School
Class of “2009”

if some of you would like to talk about it you can e-mail me at

April 18, 2007, 3:41pm • Bradford TN 38316 • #17268

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss and grief. Although many of us may not truly understand what you are going through without having been through it directly, we know that God understands and is carrying you all through this time. May he give you the strength to endure, to forgive, and to heal.

God Bless,

April 18, 2007, 3:41pm • Houston, TX • #17269

As a father of a Virginia Tech freshman, I just want to express my heartfelt sympathy for all innocent victims and their families. We love this campus and all that have ties to VT. I have changed my homepage on 360 to show my support and love for this great University and all the students, faculty and staff. I have walked this campus many times with my daughter and our family over the past year and I can tell everyone, it is a beautiful peaceful place with so many good kind people. You can see some pics I have taken on my visits to VT this past year and pics from recent events on my page. My daughter is in a dorm less than 300 feet from the first shootings at Ambler Johnson. Thank goodness she stayed in her dorm at Slusher Tower and never came out. I am heartbroken over the lose our Hokie Families have suffered. I pay my deepest respects to all students, faculty, staff and alumni.  Thank you all for letting me say my peace. Dave

Here is a link to my page...please stop by and show your Hokie pride.

April 18, 2007, 3:41pm • Stanhope, New Jersey, USA • #17270

I graduated from Virginia Tech December 2004.  I was in utter shock when I first heard that there had been a shooting on campus, and my shock turned to deep sadness as I learned the severity.  It hurts me to see the place I spent 3 1/2 years of my life loving, learning, and growing going through such horror and it strikes me to my core.  I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the families and friends of those lost and otherwise affected by this tragedy.  I also want to commend my fellow hokies for standing tall in the face of all this and coming across to the world as a tremendously proud and stable community.  I live in Massachusetts now, and people at my work have commented and praised the Hokies for being so great and the fact that very little faith in the university and Blacksburg has been shaken. 

Once a hokie, always a hokie....

April 18, 2007, 3:41pm • Lowell, MA • #17271

It is horrible what happened. Nothing can change that or the loss that the whole world has endured. WE NEED TO CHANGE GUN LAWS SO THAT THIS DOENST HAPPEN AGAIN.

April 18, 2007, 3:41pm • Washington, D.C. • #17272

My deepest sympathies to all of you. I am praying you will have the strength to go on with your lives after having had to witness such a horrific, senseless act.
K. Calderon

April 18, 2007, 3:41pm • Monterey, CA • #17273

I want to extend my most sincere heartfelt sorrow for the family and friends of all the victims. As an alumni, I think the students are doing an amazing job at showing how incredibly strong the community at Virginia Tech is. I am proud to be HOKIE.
My prayers are with the entire Virginia Tech Family.

Brooke Choate, 2003 VT Graduate

April 18, 2007, 3:41pm • Arlington, VA • #17274

A Prayer for Virginia Tech

Beloved Hosts of Heaven, benevolent and merciful
Send your blessings of comfort and peace
Embrace us in your love
Heal us with your Heavenly Light
Cast from our souls fear and doubt
That we may stand as living testament
Of your compassion
And of our own strength as Children of God
Bless those who have departed to be bright stars above
As a eternal reminders of Life Eternal
That we may gaze upon them
Quiet our hearts
And transform our cries
From tears of sorrow to tears of joy
Knowing that in Heaven’s dictionary
There are no such words as “Goodbye” or “Farewell”
Only “Bless you” and “Welcome home”

-Chantel Lysette-

April 18, 2007, 3:41pm • Utica, MI USA • #17275

My toughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the lost souls from Monday’s senseless and cruel act.  I attended the great university in the mid 1970’s and was heartbroken at the turn of events that transpired there.  I stayed up and cried while watching the replay of the memorial service last night on CSPAN. The Hokie nation, our great country and the world will heal together.  We will prevail, we will be stronger, we are VIRGINIA TECH!

April 18, 2007, 3:41pm • LaGrange, Ga - M. C. Holbrook, Jr • #17276

My thoughts and prayers to each and everyone at VT, I’m so sorry for your loss.  I was so shocked when I first heard about the incident, I called my child, who is attending Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, to make sure he was okay and nothing was happening there.  It just scared the living daylights out of me, and I’m still afraid, for our Country and our children.

God Bless you all.

S. O.

April 18, 2007, 3:42pm • Philadelphia, PA • #17277

To the victims parents: There will never be enough tears shed for your lose. Time will not lessen the pain, it will just be different.
But most important: to Cho’s parents: We should of, we could of, is not important. My tears and prayers are for both of you. Your burden is gigantic. Where we lost a daughter or son, you lost a son and all that followed him. Courage and may all us good folks embrace you.
Mrs Joseph

April 18, 2007, 3:42pm • Canada • #17278

"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 34:18

You are in my thoughts and prayers.


April 18, 2007, 3:42pm • ECU, Greenville, NC • #17279

We are all struggling to understand how such tragedy can happen.. I know you at VT struggle evn more than us.  Know that our prayers are with you; we think of you and hope the best for everyone.

April 18, 2007, 3:42pm • New London, PA • #17280

When I lost my grandad last year the words of the following verse helped me through the heartache, I hope that in some small way they can do the same for the friends and families of the lost:

Memories are the loveliest things,
They last from day to day,
They can’t wear out,
They don’t get lost,
And can’t be given away.

I pray that the good Lord God gives us ALL the wisdom to appreciate what we have before the need to mourn its loss.

P.Strettle - Lancashire,England.

April 18, 2007, 3:42pm • Lancashire, England • #17281

I know this may be a hard way to look at this, but please understand that everything happens for a reason. To find the “reason” in this tragedy is impossible, but it’s somewhere out there. Know that all friends and family members of each and every victim is in all of our hearts everywhere around the world. I thank the police officers and medical staff, as well as those unsung heroes, for doing everything they could during this time of sorrow. Much love to all of you!

April 18, 2007, 3:42pm • Ashley , North Carolina • #17282

I am deeply upset with the events that occured on April 16th. Innocent lives lost for such a tragic and unspeakable monumental event. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who is and will be in the near future traumatized by the loss of a loved one. It will take time to overcome but it will be conqured. Keep your head up and the worst will soon diminish into hope. I watched the convocation yesterday at home and even though I never went to Va Tech I was proud to see that through the darkness your school still prevailed with the chant of your school mascot.

April 18, 2007, 3:42pm • Phillipsburg, New Jersey • #17283

As a high school teacher of 35 years, I have had to face the loss of a number of my students.  Never have I had to face the circumstances that the parents, loved ones, and fellow students of those whose lives were extinguished in one savage act.  I say to the student body at VT and all those associated with the school to create a living memorial in the years to come.  Know that you would be less for not knowing those students, that you were blessed by those relationships, that the best of what you have of them means more, does more, than that worst of what you are feeling right now.  You have an obligation to those students who lost their lives.  They only got to live part of the dream that was their lives.  You are challenged to that the part of them that lives in each of you and allow them to live out the rest of their dream through what you do, for the rest of the lives that are given to you.  Celebrate their lives by letting the essence of each of them dwell in each of you and let it shine as they would have shone.  Keep them forever alive in your hearts and in what you do.

Bob Pinkerton

April 18, 2007, 3:42pm • Weeping Water, NE • #17284

First i want to say i am so sorry for what has happend. I pray the whole virginiaTech comunity. We are all suporting you in this time in need. Today me and a couple of other students at my school were all dressed up for our suport. In these hard times we are all a HOKIE. All will be remembered from this, let it not be for how they left but for how they will be remembered, by the way each and averyone of them had something so special that know one could ever change.  The question WHY has been asked over and over again. That question may never be answered but the strength to pull through this will only bring the hokie nation closer togather. United We Stand A HOKIE Nation.

April 18, 2007, 3:42pm • Richmong,Virginia U.S • #17285

All of my prayers and thoughts go out to the families effected by this tragedy and the campus of Virginia Tech as a whole. I hope you can all come out strong from this crisis. My heart goes out to all of you.

April 18, 2007, 3:42pm • Connecticut • #17286

I am the band director at a small college in Northern Minnesota - we send our thoughts and prayers and will dedicate the piece “Compassion” to your college community in a concert Nov 24th. Our hearts ache with your sorrow.- The College of St. Scholastica Concert Band - M Connelly, director

April 18, 2007, 3:42pm • Duluth, MN • #17287

I live on the other side of the country. But the news of so many promising lives cut short deeply affected me. I have two young children of my own. 

I imagine my kids grown up and in college, ready to take on the World. The thought of something as tragic as this happening to them is something I can’t even begin to fathom.

My heart goes out to the mothers and fathers who are suffering a level of pain I cannot even begin to fathom. You are in our hearts and minds.

Todd A.

April 18, 2007, 3:42pm • Los Angeles, CA • #17288

We lit our Hokie candle tonight.  Usually reserved to bring good luck during football games, it will burn brightly in our home every night in memory of the precious lives lost in this most senseless of tragedies.  There will come a time when the candle burns out, but the warmth and the light and the memory of what it stood for will never be forgotten.  As with those we have lost, their warmth and light will live on forever.  May God give the families of the victims the strength to deal with their devastation.  Our hearts and prayers are with you all.  The Hartman Family (Ryan, Class of 2002)

April 18, 2007, 3:42pm • Poquoson, Virginia • #17289

Our family has been watching all the media coverage in horror and would like to offer our condolences to all of the Virginia Tech family.  I am so impressed with the students that have been on tv.  I can only pray that my two young sons are as humble, kind and thoughtful of others when they grow up.  God Bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 3:42pm • Manchester, PA • #17290

my thought and prays are with you at this time. this could have easily happen at my school.i know youl would be in support of us at this time if we were iin you shoes. look at that on the new my heart just broke, i felt so much pain. just know you are in all of our thought and prays. at easternshore community college.

April 18, 2007, 3:42pm • eastville V.a • #17291

words can’t express the grief we feel for VT and the students and families effected by this horrific tragedy.. please know that you are in millions of prayers and thoughts, so many are grieving with you.. you’re not alone.
you are supported, loved, and I firmly believe VT will be restored, and those who lost their lives will have an impact on millions of people..

April 18, 2007, 3:42pm • Houston, Texas • #17292

I never attended Virginia Tech, but spent some of the best times of my young life visiting my friends who did.  I was always amazed by the intelligence and kindness of the people I met in and around Blacksburg, and the sheer beauty of the area and campus.  The current student body is a prime example of this in how they’ve handle this horrible tragedy. God Bless you all and our fallen brothers and sisters.

Jonathan Eilers

April 18, 2007, 3:42pm • Chicago, IL • #17293

To all Students, Faculty, and Staff of VT,

I justed wanted to let you all know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, in your time of need.  May GOD Bless You all as you all try to move on and continue on in your daily lives, with school, and with your family. 

T. Brady

April 18, 2007, 3:42pm • Greenville, NC • #17294

My prayers go out to all the families whose lives were changed because of the VT shooting.

You guys are true fighters, and will get through these hard times.

April 18, 2007, 3:43pm • Cleveland, Ohio • #17295

Dear Hokies,

I just wanted to let you know that you are in the hearts and minds of all of us here in Tallahassee. We know that we cannot do more than offer support, but we know you will recover from this stronger than ever. We wish you well and hope you will call on us if need be.

Florida State University ‘09

April 18, 2007, 3:43pm • Tallahassee, FL • #17296

My prayers and deepest sympathies go out to families, friends, and loved ones of the victims.
The way VT, students, or anyone that was interviewed of this tradegy handled themselves with pride or composer under such circumstances.
My prayers also go out to the wounded, and survivors of this tradegy.
God Bless


April 18, 2007, 3:43pm • Tigard, oregon 97224 • #17297