Condolences, April 18, 2007

I pray for all those involved during this awful tragedy. Being a college senior and a mother, and knowing the struggles of just dealing with school itself, it breaks my heart to consider the amount of pain and struggle you all are dealing with now. Continue to hold dear to those around you and know that all of you are in my constant thoughts and prayers. I pray for all the family members and friends that have lost loved ones as well as the entire student body and state for the horrific events. To those in charge of the investigation, God speed and may you bring to light the answers that those involved so deeply seek. America loves you all.

April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • Stillwater, Oklahoma • #19049

My thoughts and prayers are with the families and all those affected by this terrible tragedy

April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • Massillon, Ohio • #19050

I have tried to write how I feel and it is nearly impossible. The love and sorrow I feel are overflowing in my heart, soul, and mind. May you find comfort in joy, love in prayer, and warmth in fellowship.

Bereavement in their death to feel
Whom We have never seen—
A Vital Kinsmanship import
Our Soul and theirs—between—

For Stranger—Strangers do not mourn—
There be Immortal friends
Whom Death see first—’tis news of this
That paralyze Ourselves—

Who, vital only to Our Thought—
Such Presence bear away
In dying—’tis as if Our Souls

By: Emily Dickinson

Bethany B.

April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • Westerville, OH • #19051

I know mine will be one of thousands that will write the students and teachers at vt and there is not much that i can do from here, but i would like to give a heart felt hug to all that needs it, a prayer to all that greive, a smile to all that need to.

April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • new brunswick canada • #19052

I do not know anyone at the school. However I do
know God, and He will not forget anyone of you, He loves all of the familes, and the young people
at school.  We lost a grand daughter a few years
back, and God was with us all the way. May all
of you be blessed and know God is with you.

A Friend in Christ

April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • San Antonio, Texas • #19053

I am not able to yet process what has happened to the Virginia Tech family. I am so unclear as to how this could happen anywhere but especially at a place that I know, respect and love. The young people killed and wounded, their families and friends are in my heart and prayers. Please rebuild on their memory.

April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • Martinsburg, WV • #19054


April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • simpsonville, south carolina • #19055

To all those at Virgina Tech,
My prayers and thought go out to you all at Virginia Tech, and those families affected. My heart literally aches for everyone at Virginia Tech. words cannot express our deep sorrow and grief for the victims, their families, and all who are suffering from this tragic event. My family wanted to share with you all that we grief with you.

Take care and know God is in control.

April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • Iron City, Tennessee • #19056

I share your grief & disbelief that so many beautiful people were lost in this dreadful deed.  Remember the good times.
Pat Singleton
Manchester, CT
Home of UCONN

April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • Manchester, CT • #19057

I’ve been following the news from The Netherlands where I live. I study at Groningen University and never would have thought something like this would happen on a university. I want to express my deepest sympathies for families and friends of those lost or hurt by the tragic events on April 16th, 2007 as well as to the students of VA Tech.

Steve Overmars
Groningen, The Netherlands.

April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • The Netherlands • #19058

I am so sorry that this happened.  I will never forget this day or any of the fallen. It is so tragic and so sad. May God help us all in our time of need.

April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • Blacksburg, VA • #19059


April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • garland,tx • #19060

Virginia Tech Nation,

As a Virginia Tech Alumni (1995), I sit in disbelief of the events that took place on Monday, April 16 2007.  Thirty-Three of my fellow brothers and sisters were slaughtered for no apparent reason; I can only express my deepest, heartfelt sympathies to the families, Virginia Tech Faculty and Staff as well as Blacksburg Community. 

God bless you all and may you be comforted in your strength. 

We are Virginia Tech, proud and strong and our colors will never run…

Tanya Rodriguez-Heffel
1995 B.A English

April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • Warrenton, Virginia • #19061


April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • HACIENDA HEIGHTS, CA. • #19062

Dear Staff, Students, and Faculty
As an academic I feel your loss echoing through the academic community, it was strange teaching and thinking of you all - please know you are in the thoughts of the students here at Ball State University
As a mother it echoes through my heart,
Dr. Adrienne Bliss
Ball State University

April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • Muncie, IN • #19063

I have seen and heard about tragedies in the past, but I don’t know why this one has struck me the most. I am here in Vancouver, Canada far away from the place of this incident, but it has made a significant impact on me for the last 3 days. My heart goes to the families of those who we have lost. My prays goes to those beautiful souls who are with us somewhere and can hear us.

“Let us all pray and wish for peace for the ones we have lost and let us all protect, love and hold on to the ones we still have around us”.


April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • Vancouver, Canada • #19064

My heart is filled with much saddness for all of you at V.T.
I hope & pray for whatever Faith you may believe in that it will give you strength & comfort.

(Wife & Mom)

April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • Greenfield, Ma • #19065

VT Community,

Please know that you are being lifted up in prayer at this moment all across this nation.  As a senior at an instiution in Alabama your terror strikes me knowing that such events could have easily of occured on my campus, and I am praying for your strength and healing. It is my prayer that you will seek comfort in each other, your families, and your faith.  May God comfort and heal you in this time of need.

J. Sandefur

April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • Birmingham, Alabama • #19066

Although I may never know you, my heart grieves for you and your families. I offer you my deepest sympathy, thoughts, and prayers. I would like to live by the thought that heroes are born from tragedy. In light of what has occured I hope that we all can remember the heroes that have to live through this heinous act as well as those who had their lives taken well before their time.

Please know that we as Americans are here for you in your time of need! We love you, Hokies!

God Bless,
Sara Glasgow

April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • Kentland, IN • #19067

As a Nicaraguan and as an alumni from Eastern Mennonite University (Va), I share my grief with the family of the victims, and I pray that the Lord will comfort each one of them and give them peace.

April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • Managua, Nicaragua • #19068

We watched in sorrow, as the events of April 16th unfolded on the evening news. Please know that others around the world are praying for all of those that are suffering as a result of this tragedy.
L. Mychan & family

April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • Saskatoon, SK Canada • #19069

Our thoughts and our prayers are with all of you at VT as you try to overcome your grief and your sadness. May the memories of the wonderful students and faculty members that were killed rise above the horror of this act. 

The Walsh Family

April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • Massachusetts • #19070

I’m deeply sorrowed over the recent tragic events that have taken place at the Virgina Tech campus. Being a mother, I can only somewhat imagine the depths of grief that the victim’s parents are consumed with at this time and my heart goes out to them as well as all the family, friends, and survivors that have been touched personally by this awful tragedy. My prayers are with you all at this time.

April 18, 2007, 5:19pm • Houston, TX • #19071

To all of Virginia Tech Community:
I pray for each one of you to find peace in such a terrible tragedy and I pray that you find comfort in the Lord, and now that He can get you through the unimaginable, He is a strong God, and His powers are limitless.... As a graduate from U.T. Austin I hope that one day your campus will be a place that you will soon see with VT pride and tradition, as our has become, My deepest sympathy to all
From San Angelo, Texas
Laura Hernandez

April 18, 2007, 5:20pm • San Angelo, Texas • #19072

Dear Students, Student Families, Faculty and Administrators:  You are in my thoughts and prayers; I am so very sorry for your losses.  Even though I am a Wake Forest grad, I have become a Hokie fan in the last few years, because you are a wonderful school with an infectious spirit.  Words of sympathy seem so inadequate, but I pray you will all be able to receive that peace that passes all understanding, and that God will hold you in his comforting arms.  Much love to every one of you.  Ann Fulton

April 18, 2007, 5:20pm • Raleigh, North Carolina • #19073

To the entire HOKIE NATION my heart cries for you as you travel thru this valley.  I know words don’t begin to lessen your loss, but please know I am now and will continue to be there for you in the days and months ahead.

Lisa Bradford
UVA, 1989

April 18, 2007, 5:20pm • Roanoke, VA • #19074

I have been watching this tradegy unfold since monday.. My thoughts and prayers are with the all the students, facilty and family of those affected by this horrible act.  May you find strength in eachother and don’t let that coward break your spirit.  Love to all of you..

April 18, 2007, 5:20pm • Farmington Hills, MI • #19075

my prayers are with you all.  be with each other to sustain, and comfort through the sadness....

Julie Retzinger

April 18, 2007, 5:20pm • Lake Bluff , Illinois • #19076

I just want you all to know that i have you in my prayers as well as millions of people out there. no one can explain how this came about. all we need to need now is find away to comfort those affected by this horrible incident.this could happen any where and anytime. may the souls of those lost rest in peace and may God strengthen the families, friends, relatives, classmates, coworkers..etc of those that lost their loved one. You are all in my prayers.
God Bless

Joy Agbonhese

April 18, 2007, 5:20pm • Indianapolis, IN • #19077

My thoughts and prayers are with you.


April 18, 2007, 5:20pm • Atlanta, GA • #19078

Rest in the sweetest peace, to all of the victims of this horrible event. I pray to God that the Virginia Tech community is able to get through this terrible tragedy. My heart goes out to all the families and friends. And although I did not know any of the victims personally, many people from my town attend the school. I was shocked to see all of the news reports of what happened. I’m sorry for the loss and I grieve with all of you.

RIP Mike Pohle of Raritan Township New Jersey. We will miss you greatly.

Brittany B.

April 18, 2007, 5:20pm • Raritan Township New Jersey • #19079

Peace and love to everyone at VA Tech and to all victims of senseless violence all over the world. —The Fergusons

April 18, 2007, 5:20pm • Spartanburg, SC • #19080

Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to all of you. To those who lost family, friends and classmates, and also to the family and friends of the young man that killed all these people and then himself. May God bless you all and bring you through this terrible time.
The Todtz Family

April 18, 2007, 5:20pm • Davenport, Iowa • #19081

I just want to say on behalf of the entire Boston University community, we pray for you and Terrier Nation stands behind you with condolences and full support.

-Jimmy Ng

April 18, 2007, 5:20pm • Boston University, Boston MA • #19082

My heart goes out to all who have lost friends and family in this tragedy.  Know there are others like me around the world who grieve with you.  You all have my deepest sympathy during this difficult time.

S. Edwards

April 18, 2007, 5:20pm • Los Angeles, CA • #19083

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Virginia Tech community, and especially with the faculty and students and their families.

Peter Merkle, Ph.D.
Civil/Environmental Engineering
Class of ‘95

April 18, 2007, 5:20pm • Albuquerque, NM • #19084

Keep your heads held high, your hopes and dreams alive, and know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many, many people.

April 18, 2007, 5:20pm • Natchitoches, Louisiana • #19085

Peace, comfort and hope to all Hokies.

April 18, 2007, 5:20pm • Lexington, NC • #19086

Eu e minha familia sentimos muito o trágico incidente que ocorreu…
Força para todos da escola,estudantes,professores,diretores,empregados…
e que Deus esteja com vocês nesse momento…

Pedro Paulo

April 18, 2007, 5:20pm • Campos,Rio de Janeiro,Brazil • #19087

My heart is with you all. I am sending lots of light, courage and inspiration for the days to come.
I am from Maryland and am a Shenandoah University Alumnae. Actually, my girfriend’s daughter lost a roomate at this horrible event. There is no reasonable explanation of things occurred and there will not be one. Just the support of family and friends will help to soothe the pain.

Marta Marks
Montgomery Village, MD.

April 18, 2007, 5:20pm • Montgomery Village, MD • #19088

VT.  May God bring great recovery to each one of your lives.  As the World watches you on TV we continue to be encouraged as you talk about your friends and your Professors.  I am encouraged because when I see you on TV I see HOPE for America.  America needs HOPE!  I am praying that God will give each student and family of the deceased a peace that passes all understanding.  Please do not let the media lead you astray from the what’s important, YOUR GRIEVING and YOUR RECOVERY!

God Bless Virginia Tech.

April 18, 2007, 5:20pm • Muskogee, OK • #19089

Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the Virginia Tech faculty, staff and students.  I have lots of friends who have graduated from VA Tech and they have had nothing but wonderful memories there.  May God bless each and every one of you and give you all the strength and courage in this time of sorrow.

M. Roco

April 18, 2007, 5:21pm • Lake Elsinore, CA • #19090

To the Virigin Tech community,

I am so sorry for the tragedy that occured on your campus. I am an undergraduate student at DePaul University in Chicago and can not imagine the terror of what happened in your classrooms and dorms. If students can be murdered in class, where are you safe? A university should be a place of achievement and betterment for the human race, not a site for bloodshed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Maya Piergies
DePaul University

April 18, 2007, 5:21pm • Chicago, IL • #19091

Our prayers go out to all Virginia Tech students and their families.

The Spice Family

April 18, 2007, 5:21pm • Ludlow, MA • #19092

You are all so strong.  Students, parents, faculty, and administrators.  God Bless you all, and may you find the strength to unite as a school and as a family.  Our prayers here in the Northeast are with you all.

April 18, 2007, 5:21pm • Southwick, Massachusetts • #19093

~Love is Stronger Than Death~The The


Me & my friend were walking
In the cold light of mourning.
Tears may blind the eyes but the soul is not deceived
In this world even winter ain’t what it seems.

Here come the blue skies here comes springtime.
When the rivers run high & the tears run dry.
When everything that dies.
Shall rise.

Lovelovelove is stronger than death.
Lovelovelove is stronger than death.

In our lives we hunger for those we cannot touch.
All the thoughts unuttered & all the feelings unexpressed
Play upon our hearts like the mist upon our breath.
But, awoken by grief, our spirits speak
How could you believe that the life within the seed
That grew arms that reached
And a heart that beat.
And lips that smiled
And eyes that cried.
Could ever die?

Here come the blue skies here comes springtime.
When the rivers run high & the tears run dry.
When everything that dies.
Shall rise.

Lovelovelove is stronger than death.
Lovelovelove is stronger than death.

Shall rise. shall rise.
Shall rise. shall rise.

-These lyrics sustained me in my own walks down death’s path. May the people impacted in this terrible loss be able to feel this in their own ways and times.

Sharon Smigelski Williams

April 18, 2007, 5:21pm • Westland, MI, USA • #19094

Dear family and staff members of Virgina Tech. I am Also in greive with you. I often use music to share my feelings and the best song I think of at this time is Casting Crowns Praise you in This Storm. Please listen to this. I will also offer a pray tonight 04/18/2007 with my youth group.

April 18, 2007, 5:21pm • Lehigh Acres, Usa • #19095

My deepest condolences,

I felt this tragedy in My HEART when we got news of what had happened at Virgina Tech.I felt first hand what you are feeling right now this very moment.My sister passed away in a senseless act in 1996,and today has you feel your pain and hurt I feel it with you.Tonight me,my wife and children will light 32 candles and remember-thats what my 6yr old Isaiah said we should do and thats what we will do. Are PRAYERS are with all of you and the familys that lost a loved one, someone special,a friend ,co-worker,husband,
roomate,a child.You will be remembered and missed.


Psalms 23 - GARZA FAMILY

April 18, 2007, 5:21pm • Grand Prairie , Texas • #19096

To The Students and Faculty Of Virginia Tech,

My deepest and heartfelt condolences go out to those who lost a family memeber,friend,significant other in this great tragedy, I know its hard to understand why this happened but what you have to remember is the memory of those who have lost their lives and cherish the moments you shared with them,remember that they are in a better place and walking beside our lord for they will always be remembered

p.s, I saw one of the most disturbing situations on t.v.,as chris one of the contestant paid tribute to those who lost their lives at Virginia Tech simon rolled his eyes with disrespect I think this was wrong and he should be fired for that, the producers and simon said that simon was talking to paula abdul when the incident happened, I know public damage control and this flat out lie that they have said is so full of b.s and damage control, I emplore all of you to write to the producers of american idol an ask to have simon fired!!!I Know I Will!!!

April 18, 2007, 5:21pm • John, Chicago,IL • #19097

This senseless tragedy has touched me all the way from Australia and I would like to offer my sincere condolences to everyone affected by this nightmare.
The way that everyone has come together to support eachother during this time is truly amazing!!
Much love from Australia.

April 18, 2007, 5:21pm • Melbourne, Australia • #19098