Condolences, April 18, 2007

Dear Students, Faculty, Family and Friends of Virginia Tech,

As a current Junior at Roger Williams University, there will not be a day in my college life, that I do not step into a classroom and think of this unspeakable tragedy.  So many amazing, talented, thoughtful and wonderful students and faculty were lost that day, not only to VT, but also to the world. The students and faculty killed, made the courageous decision to pursue higher education to benefit society and themselves, and no one has the right to take that away from anyone. I pray, hope and wish for the best for everyone affected, including every college student in the world. Sadly, we are reminded that this world we live in, as beautiful and bountiful as it is, can be a harsh one. I also think that it’s important that we remember the brave students and faculty that tried, in some cases to the death, to protect their fellow colleagues from this killer. Lastly, I hope that all VT students can return to the classroom someday, that all children who lost a parent can find forgiveness and acceptance, and that every young person in the world, continues to pursue their dreams of higher education. God Bless.

Kerensa Gallaway

April 18, 2007, 4:41pm • Bristol, RI / Somers, CT • #18348

I have written and edited my message five times.  I can’t find the words.  My heart breaks for each and every one of you.  God bless and keep each of you.  Know that you are truly loved, even by strangers.

Sue Mateya

April 18, 2007, 4:42pm • Pittsburgh, PA USA • #18349

I cry for the loss of life and what the VT students will not become.  Their futures will no longer impact our lives. And for that I am truly sorry. May God give each and everyone of you at VT the strength to carry on.  I will continue to pray for us all.

April 18, 2007, 4:42pm • Wendy Gross, Suitland Maryland • #18350

May God bless each and every Hockie that was affected by this tragedy.
I send my condoleces out to you each every one of you and your family.
I say there shouldn’t just be a Virginia moment of silence, I think it should be nationwide.
God bless,

April 18, 2007, 4:42pm • Tyler,Texas, USA • #18351

Dear faculty and students,

I grieve with you guys at this time of hard times. I want you to now that all our prayers are with you. I hope that you guys can move on and keepet together you guys will need each other. Don’t let the media get you guys down you guys are a very strong school and you guys will sooner or later move on. God will be with you guys always and we will keep every singal victim and there familys in our prayers as well. If you guys need anything don’t forget you have a friend to count on. My E-Mail addres is cazares drop me some lines if any student or faculty needs to talk to a friend or sombody just to lising to you.

Much Love and Respect to all
Sincerly your friend,
Nora Cazares

April 18, 2007, 4:42pm • Tucson AZ • #18352

Fellow Hokies of past, present and future to come. I am so deeply proud of you for finding pride and fortitude as we all grieve over the loss of such profound individuals who touched so many lives. My heart goes to all those who have lost a friend or family member. You will not be forgotten.
VT ME Class 2002

April 18, 2007, 4:42pm • washington, dc • #18353

My thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty and staff of Virginia Tech and the Blacksburg community.  Please know that people all over the world are thinking about you, and grieving with you, every moment of the day. 


April 18, 2007, 4:42pm • New Holland, PA, USA • #18354

Father, right now we acknowledge You & we acknowledge Your presence &
Your sovereignty.  Father we lift up Virginia Tech & the people affected
by the evil that has taken place on the campus.  We pray that Your
Spirit be with them.  We pray that Your loving arms be wrapped around
them & comfort them in this tragic time.  We pray for families,
neighbors, & friends.  We pray for staff, professors, & administrators.
God, we pray for people.  We pray for humanity.  We pray that this event
will not cause people to turn from You but it will cause a nation to run
to You like they have never run before.  We pray for increased faith.
We pray for spiritual growth.  We pray for Christian fellowship &
salvation of souls.  We pray that your hand will move mightily over
Blacksburg, VA & over this nation.  Touch souls right now & comfort
broken hearts.  Forgive us for our sins Father.  In Your Son Jesus
Christ name we pray.  Amen.

Sandra Bell
Loyola University of Chicago
Campus Safety Department

April 18, 2007, 4:42pm • Chicago, Ill • #18355

so sorry about what has happened.may god be with you and i pray for you all.carl.

April 18, 2007, 4:42pm • england • #18356

Dear students and facilty,

I am so very sorry for all the events that have happend on Monday April 16, 2007. I can only think of the sorrow you all are feeling and how scared you all most be. I will pray and think of all the people hurt.
I will pray for you all,
The Madigan,Postma,and Rushing families.

April 18, 2007, 4:42pm • Clifton Spring, New York • #18357

My name is Tori Wright and I am only thirteen years of age. On Monday I didn’t think of this as a big deal, but when I got home i started watching the news. This was a horrific event. when 9/11 occured i was only in the second grade so it didn’t effect me as much as this does. When i saw the news i cried. This terrible occurance has brought me great sadness, but we will get through this tough time. The whole United States of America. We will stand strong because we are the HOKIES! We will work to prevent this from ever happening again because we are the HOKIES! We will shed our tears, but the people who knew and cared about the victims will cherish the time they had to spend with them. We will be sad, but tomorrow is a new day and we will get through this. beacuse WE ARE THE HOKIES!!!

April 18, 2007, 4:42pm • Danville, Virginia, USA • #18358

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “We acquire the strength we have overcome.”
My family and I pray that you are able to find the strength to carry on your lives in the midst of this time of pain.

The Greens

April 18, 2007, 4:42pm • San Diego, CA • #18359

Get well soon

April 18, 2007, 4:42pm • Killeen Tx • #18360

I am praying for the families and friends of those students and faculty lost on April 16th.  I pray that the families and friends will cope and deal with the situation of loosing their loved one.  God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 4:42pm • North Carolina • #18361

There really are no words that can comfort or ease the pain that you are currently experiencing.  Time is the only healer of your sadness and disbelief, but know that you are not alone and that the world grieves with you.  This is truly a trajedy of huge proportions and though I didn’t personally know anyone involved in the incident my heart goes out to all those that have been affected by this incident.  The victims their families, friends and classmates are all in my thoughts and prayers.  The way everyone has rallied together as a united University determined to remain strong is awe inspiring.  God Bless you!

Heather Carpenter

April 18, 2007, 4:43pm • Portsmouth, VA • #18362

Students, Staff, Faculty, Family Members, and Friends:

My prayers and thoughts are with you!  For this to happen at any institution of learning my heart grieves for you.  I agree with others, I pray this is the last time we see a tragic event that happened at any school, church, hospital, in this World.  Keep your heads held high, keep acheiving your dreams, your goals, and stay on your paths that you have started or have been on.  God is with you my brothers and sisters.

D. Franklin

April 18, 2007, 4:43pm • Evansville, WI • #18363

As a friend to many VT, Hokie Alumni, my thought and prayers go out to all the faculty, students, and families that have been affected.  My you continue to gain strength, the hope and courage as the days go by.  My best wishes are with everyone and my prayers are with everyone. 

M. Cero - Penn State Alumni
Alpha Chi Sigma, Nu Chapter

April 18, 2007, 4:43pm • Elizabeth, NJ • #18364

There are no words to fully express the grief and sympathy I feel for your loss.

Linda Rawlings

April 18, 2007, 4:43pm • Frederick, MD 21701 • #18365

Arizona State University is thinking about you.

April 18, 2007, 4:43pm • Tempe, Arizona • #18366

To those in the Virginia Tech Community:  Know that while the world is aching for you and the pain you feel, the world is also feeling the TREMENDOUS warmth and power of your community, which is of immeasurable strength.  All indirectly and directly affected are in my thoughts every minute…

Karen Jensen, JMU Alumni

April 18, 2007, 4:43pm • Richmond, VA • #18367

To all of those effected by the trajedy,

I grieve for you all and I wish their were more that I could do besides grieve. But in times like these, grieve is all we can do. Grieve for the lost and grieve for the families who were truly hurt by Monday’s tragedy. I am so sorry for you all and I do hope for the very best in the future. Just remember that together, those who were taken, will live on forever through you all.

Dave Rodrigues

April 18, 2007, 4:43pm • Bloomfield, NJ • #18368

Dear Virginia tech Community,

We are so deeply saddened by the traumatic events that have happened to your family, friends and fellow students.  Please know that you are not alone.  There are so many people across the country that are thinking of all of you and wishing there was something we could do to take away your pain.  We were amazed to see the outpouring of love and support from the entire nation. In such a horrific situation, we were so awed at the courage of some of the students.  Thinking of others lives rather than their own, what a brave act you’ve done for your fellow students.  Virginia Tech should be so proud of themselves.  We will continue to pray for you and know that God is walking right beside you all.  You are not alone.

God Bless Virginia Tech

The Dangells

April 18, 2007, 4:43pm • New Jersey • #18369

My thoughts and prayers go out to the students, staff, and parents of Virginia Tech… The world is praying for you…

Kyle Bilot
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

April 18, 2007, 4:43pm • Milwaukee, WI • #18370

My connection to Virginia Tech is through my fiance Pete.  He is a recent alumni of the university.  When he introduced me to the school I immediately fell in love with it.  Just as I admire his strength through this rough time, I am amazed at the strength of all the students, the faculty, and the community.  Please know that you have our sincerest sympathies during this hard time.  You and your families are in our prayers.

April 18, 2007, 4:43pm • Rye, NY • #18371

I wish to offer my condolences to the families that lost someone in this most awful tradegy.  I cry when I watch the news and the horror stories.  My heart goes out to those of you who witnessed it, that will be a sight & sounds that will be hard to forget. You all have shown your strenghts & I know in my heart God will help you overcome the memories of this frightfull day. Just remember the great memories of the friends & family that was lost.  They are looking down upon you saying “I’m okay now too!” With all my love to you Hokies!  Good luck & God Bless all of you!

April 18, 2007, 4:44pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #18372

This incident has deeply moved me. I think the lives of people in VT are touched for ever - ams for those who nearly escaped death - their memories of this incident will haunt hem every day. It is a shame and pity that the targets were chosen at random. It brought back vivid memories of the sniper in Washington DC. This has definitely reaffirmed my faith in GOD the almighty and I glad to just be alive.

Naren Kodali

April 18, 2007, 4:44pm • Fairfax, VA • #18373

To the Virginia Tech Family,

You need time...time to ease some of the hurt, provide some forgiveness, and allow you to remember all the good things about those that were lost.

As long as you hold them in your hearts they will never really be gone.  Just til you meet again…

Gary and Mike

April 18, 2007, 4:44pm • Ruther Glen, VA... • #18374

La noticia me ha conmocionado, debido a que no es justo que personas mueran, cuando tienen un futuro por delante; expreso mi mas sentido pesame a todas las personas que perdieron a sus seres queridos y espero que tengan sana y pronto recuperacion.  May God be with you...always...couse we are.


April 18, 2007, 4:44pm • Guatemala • #18375

Dear Brothers & Sisters of Virgina Tech,

We share in your pain, your loss, we know these are restless days and nights. However we the Skinner Family of Dallas, Texas share healing thoughts and prayers that our Lord Jesus Christ will start the healing. We know the hurt will never go away. But the comfort I send is that you know we stand in spirtit and body along with you. Don’t be afraid to dream and have comfort in a brighter tomorrow. It will take time but we are here and you will overcome, because you have the Victory! Go Hokies!

Skinner Family - Dallas, Texas 75007

April 18, 2007, 4:44pm • Dallas, Texas • #18376

I pray that you all will allow the love of Jesus to fill your souls, and give you peace in your time of suffering. God heals all wounds, so look to Him for your comfort. He is always faithful.

April 18, 2007, 4:44pm • Medford, OR • #18377

Prayers and wishes go out to all that have been affected by this tragedy. We are Hokies and we will not let this defeat us.

April 18, 2007, 4:44pm • Falls Church, VA • #18378

Dear Faculty, Students and Families of Virginia Tech,

I cannot imagine the pain your community has felt over the past few days. I am truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. 


Heather-Lynne Wilson

April 18, 2007, 4:44pm • St. Louis, MO • #18379

My hope is that your community will come together and find peace and healing.  It is unfortunate that something like this has occured on your campus.  Our hearts are with you.

J Williams

April 18, 2007, 4:44pm • Reed City, MI • #18380

My heart,condolences,thoughts and prayers go out to everyone at Virginia Tech. May God Bless you all.
Monica Nunez Quintero

April 18, 2007, 4:44pm • Plainview,Texas USA • #18381

Please know that we all shed tears and grieve for your pain during this time of tragedy.
May you be wrapped in the love of knowing that
as a nation we share your loss.
Sherry & family in Iowa.

April 18, 2007, 4:44pm • Dubuque, Iowa • #18382

I say to all of the surviving victims, may God be with you and watch over you, may you have the courage to move forward. And to the victims family our prayers, our heartfelt thoughts, our loving care and our arms are wrapped around you so that you may not go alone, God Bless all of you.
With our Love from California

April 18, 2007, 4:44pm • Auburn, California • #18383

I am just in ah!! I am having such a hard time getting it together after this horrible tradegy. I want to tell the families and friends of the victims, nothing can ever be said to take the pain away, so remembering one day at a time and your higher power will get you through this God Bless my prayers are with you all.

C. Porter

April 18, 2007, 4:44pm • Cambridge, Ohio • #18384

I am a first year college student in a small town in Alberta, Canada and I can honestly say that my college and entire town was devestated by this tradgedy.  I am very sorry for your loss of friends, family memembers and loved ones in general.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.  Keep faith and time will make the pain more bearable.  Best wishes and sincerest sympathies.

April 18, 2007, 4:44pm • Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada • #18385

As a fairly recent college graduate and fellow Virginian I share your grief and sorrow. I grew up only 2 hours away from VT and have many friends who have attended Virginia Tech. To have something so tragic happen in my own backyard is so surreal and hurts so much. As I heard a teacher from VT state this morning, the holes that have been left in all of you (the family and friends of the victims) have also been left in me and many others all around the nation and world. Please know that I am praying for you all.God be with you and give you comfort during your time of healing! You are loved and not alone!!

S. Mullins-Rose

April 18, 2007, 4:44pm • Glen Allen, VA , USA • #18386

I want to take this time to let you know that we are all thinking of you and that the courage that the students and staff members are showing is remarkable. I can honestly say I know what you are going through and all I can say is that stay strong togetther and we can make it through this. Our thoughts are with you all along.

Harpreet K. G.

April 18, 2007, 4:45pm • Montreal, Canada (Dawson College) • #18387

Dear Students and Teachers, My condolences are with you and your school community, as well as the families of the victoms. This was a tradgic incident and when I heard, I felt sad, for those who were involved in it. I am just a normal middle school student in Ohio, but I can fully imagine the grief and the pain you are going through.The school community and the families of the victoms are in my thoughts and prayers.

Linda N.

April 18, 2007, 4:45pm • Ohio • #18388

To the Students and Faculty of Virginia Tech,

My sincerest condolenses on the tragic loss shared by you all and by our country.  32 brilliant flames have been put out and the world is a little less bright.  The thoughts and prayers of the world are with you.

Peace to you all,
The Mancini Family

April 18, 2007, 4:45pm • St. Charles Iowa • #18389

We extend our sympathy to the families and loved ones of the victims and feel sorrow for this terrible loss.  As students, we see this as an undeserving end for these young people with bright futures.  We yearn for safety in all schools and pray that the Virginia Tech community can maintain hope in such a sad time.
With sincere condolence,
The Students of Sacred Heart Nativity School

April 18, 2007, 4:45pm • San Jose, CA • #18390

That God is with all the families Virginia Tech.

Fernando Mauro

April 18, 2007, 4:45pm • Sao jose dos Campos, SP, Brasil • #18391

Although I was not directly impacted by this tragedy(I lost no friends or family)my heart is deeply saddened. As the mother of 2 I sit and wonder what kind of world are we living in where we cannot send our children to school and have them be safe?
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

The Brown Family

April 18, 2007, 4:45pm • Norwalk, Ohio • #18392

My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Virginia Tech community.  I can only begin in imagine how this has effected you all.  Being 2 hours away, the pain has hit hard at JMU.  My heart goes out to you in hopes of never forgetting what happened on 4-16-07.  The Hokie pride is very apparent on campus here at JMU, and I feel apart of the Virginia Tech community.  You will get through this because YOU ARE VIRGINIA TECH!  My prayers and thoughts are with you- A Hokie at Heart

April 18, 2007, 4:45pm • James Madison University, Virginia • #18393

Canada and the world mourns with you. May your memories be sweet, your thoughts be positive, and your pain be eased by all those supporting you in your grief. Bless those we lost, bless those left behind.

Maegon and Michael

April 18, 2007, 4:45pm • Peterborough, Ontario, Canada • #18394

To everyone at Virginia Tech.,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time in your lives.  May you find peace and comfort in God’s strength.  Turn to him.  He’s always there! May God be with you and keep you.

God Bless,

April 18, 2007, 4:45pm • Spearfish, SD • #18395

Gone - But.. Not-Gone… They will never be forgotton!! Go Hokies - GO… Face the Team & Win!! Proud Student from 89… :) Love Ya Man!

April 18, 2007, 4:45pm • Vancouver, BC • #18396

Godspeed to all those effected by this tragedy.

L.J. Wheeler

April 18, 2007, 4:45pm • Mannford, OK (USA) • #18397