Condolences, April 18, 2007


April 18, 2007, 5:24pm • SAN DIEGO....CA.. • #19149

Faculty,Staff and Students

I grieve for those in this tragic that happen on this campus. My heart goes out to everyone and there family.

April 18, 2007, 5:24pm • Ralph Ramirez, Charleston, South Carolina • #19150


April 18, 2007, 5:24pm • PULASKI, TN USA • #19151


April 18, 2007, 5:24pm • HOWELL, NEW JERSEY • #19152

My deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to all friends and families of the victims of this evil act. May God be with each and every moment of this trying time. Remember, even in times like these God still strengthens us. God Bless Virginia Tech and America

Wong Family

April 18, 2007, 5:24pm • Severn, MD • #19153

As a paramedic responder to the Univ. of Iowa campus shootings in 1991 and father of a college freshman (who’s campus had a bomb threat today), I can only say that you are not alone...we are all standing by your side holding you up. Time does help heal, but you never forget. Try not to waste energy trying to make sense of this...there is none to be made. Instead, hold each other...and live life. The living must carry on...on behalf of those who were lost. That is the way they would have wanted it. Our prayers are with you. EMTP196

April 18, 2007, 5:24pm • Iowa City, Iowa • #19154

Dearest faculty and students-- we are truly sorry for your great loss.  We were very saddened on hearing of this great tragedy.  We wish there was something more we could do for you. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers and we hope God will bless all of you and keep you safe and give you the strength to get through this tragedy.  Please take care of each other and bounce back soon. 
GO HOKIES!!!!!!!!!!
God Bless
Henry, Debbie, Jessica Z.

April 18, 2007, 5:24pm • Niagara Falls, NY • #19155

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of need.

April 18, 2007, 5:24pm • Bethesda, MD • #19156

To all who lost a life may they rest in peace and to family, friends, neighbors and everyone else who feels the pain of this horrible event stay strong and may God Bless you.

Trae Stratton

April 18, 2007, 5:24pm • Richmond, Va • #19157

I am so sorry for the loss of your fellow co-workers, friends, peers, etc.  My prayers are with all of you.

Lisa A. Jones
Master of Arts Candidate, Roosevelt University

April 18, 2007, 5:24pm • Arlington Hts, IL • #19159

I am deeply saddened by this tragic and senseless event. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you. Professor Librescu: You gave your life so that others could live. You will be remembered for your courage and selflessness in the face of evil. Godspeed, Professor.

April 18, 2007, 5:24pm • Toronto, ON, Canada • #19158

To all the family members and friends who lost loved ones-our student body here at UConn gives you our deepest condolences.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • Storrs, CT • #19160

To the Students, Faculty, and Staff,

My heart grieves for you.  I, along with most of you, am still in shock over the unthinkable events that occurred last Monday.  Seeing the headline “Massacre at Virginia Tech” plastered on every newscast is a stark contrast to the quiet and peaceful University, nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains, that I remember from my days there some 25 years ago.  I, along with millions of people around the world, am praying that GOD will comfort you and give you strength to recover from this dreadful event.  I firmly believe that, even in this dark moment, GOD is in control, and that we will arise from this tragedy stronger than ever.  After all, WE ARE .... VIRGINIA TECH !

Barry VT ‘83

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • Ringgold, GA • #19161

I hope, through every shread of my being, that the Virginia Tech family can ever recover. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • Oshkosh, WI; United States of America • #19162

May God be with you and give strength, hope, and courage. I grieve for the lost loved ones, and may the gunman rest in Hell. And the My thoughts and prayers are with you forever and throughout the way of life. I will gide you and you all will be in my heart!! May the surviovors live on a great life of courage and dreams!! I am shocked at this tragic accident and hope this will never happen agin!! May God, Lord and Jeusus rest with the loved ones and the strong survivors live on!!! Have hope and love with you!! I will remember the lost loved ones forever!!!

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • Katy, Texas • #19163

To the VT community:  I will never forget the heroism of those who gave their lives to save others.  That someone who saw the worst of human nature during the Holocaust could nonetheless put himself in harm’s way to protect others testifies to the quality of the community you are so fortunate to have.  Please try to remember the best about those who were lost, and so prove the poet’s words:  “Unable are the Loved to die.”

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • Chicago, IL • #19164

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We hope you can find some peace after such an unnecessary and tragic event. The world is looking on in horror at what has happened, and I hope I hope your government starts to take some notice about the availability of gun in the U.S. - this did not need to happen…

All our stength, love and compassion is with you at this time - stay strong and fight through this…

Scott J Staniforth, UK

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom • #19165

To the Student Body, Faculty & Staff of Virginia Tech:

As a proud alumnus of our great institution, I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to all the victims, their families & friends, during this most difficult time.  As I watch the events from a distance, and hear about from my sister (a sophmore who is representing our family @ Tech), I cannot begin to express the emotions that I am feeling over the course of the last few days.  But I can say that I have never been more proud to be a Hokie, and the strong, selfless, caring face that Virginia Tech is showing the world right now is so moving.  There is a saying that you learn the true character of a person (or an instution) during times of crisis.  Virginia Tech has never looked better!!!  I am so proud of all of you!  God Bless.....and GO HOKIES!

J. Lusin, ‘99

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #19166

when i think about the terrible events from monday, i can barely hold back the tears but 1 song written by steven curtis chapman comes 2 mind: this is not at all how we thought it wuz supposed 2 be; we had so many plans for you we had so many dreams;but now youve gone away & left us with the memory of your smile; and nothing we can say and nothing we can do can take away the pain, the pain of losing you; but we can cry with hope, we can say goodbye with hope, cause we know our goodbye is not the end, and we can grieve with hope cause we believe with hope theres a place where we ll see your face again

im praying for you every minute


April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • christiansburg • #19167

I am sad for the victims of the murders, you have all my condolence.

Good bless

David Seguin

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • Paris France • #19168

I send my condolences. I am so sorry that something like this has happened to your community.I just don’t understand why people kill people, why we have to go through so much pain and your pain is felt all around the world.I wish I could be there to embrace you all, to share the pain ,to cry with you and grieve with you.Plant seeds of love and not anger or hate.Forgive.

We love you

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • Melbourne, Australia • #19169

May the LORD grant unto all of Virginia Tech and all of those whose hearts are breaking around the world the comfort and wisdom to know that although we are unsure of our next steps, the LORD will guide us and HIS WILL will be done. We pray that the LORD will especially uplift the bereaved family members in their time of sorrow. The LORD’s grace and peace be upon us all… Rai, Kristina, and Kadri Lewis

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • Dallas, TX • #19170

There are no cards that are so poetic, no roses
that are so fragrant that they dismiss the tingling sensations of brokenness that come upon us when we see our expectations cave in.

From: Family, Friends and Associates of
Daily Bread Express

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • Temple Hillls, MD • #19171

My heart goes out to those whom are suffering and grieving the losses of their friends and family. My prayers, and the prayers of everyone in my home are with everyone affected by this horrific act. The world is praying and greiving for you all
God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • Canada • #19172

To the VT family,
We sincerely want to express our deepest sorrow regarding the tragedy. Our hearts and prayers go out to you. Stay strong.

The Wilkerson Family

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • Richmond, VA USA • #19173

God Bless all of you! I just want all of you to know that my prayers are with you all.  I have a daughter in college and a son in middle and this could have happen anywhere.  We as parent send our children to school and we all await their arrival from school each and everday.  I pray that we do something to stop this for happening again. God please look after the rest of our children, no parent should have to go through this, no parent.

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • Westfield, In • #19174

This is not the way I wanted Virginia to be spotlighted in the world in the 400th year anniversary of the beginning of this great Country!  I remember the tranquil mountains and valleys of Southwestern Virginia with fondness, and it hurts me to think of that tranquility disrupted by so much hurt, pain, and destruction, so needless!  We can never make any sense of it, and it CAN happen anywhere, anytime.  Hold on to each other and be kind to each other.  Know that each of the family members, students and faculty are in the thoughts of the nation.

M C Sawyer
Radford College ‘76

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • Yuma, Arizona • #19175

As a recent graduate of the University of New Mexico, I am horrified (like everyone else) by what has happened at VT.  How many of us wake up, go to our classes, and expect anything like this could ever happen to us?

I just can’t imagine the fear these victims must have felt that morning.  I can’t even bring myself to think about it.

Please know that everybody is heartbroken over what has happend.  This incident could have happened at any of our colleges and universities.

I am praying for all of you ... the victims, the friends and families, the VT students, staff and community. 

My God bless each and every one of you.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • Albuquerque, New Mexico • #19176

From my family to the entire VT Tech family, our deepest sympathy goes to those who lost loved ones and pray for the full recovery of those who were injured.

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • Middletown, NY • #19177

There is a song from the Soundtrack of City of Angels...I grieve.  That describes how I daughter attends VA Tech and the fright that overtook me on Monday was horrifying.  Yes, Thank God she is alright but not 3 of her friends.  I am her mother and a “HOKIE” and I reach out to all of my fellow Hokie family members as well as a grieving nation in expression of my sincerest heartfelt sympathy, prayers and they are in my thoughts and heart.

Iris R. Diaz

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • Summerville, South Carolina • #19178

My heart and prayers are with those at Virginia Tech. May you find comfort during this difficult time.

Nate Houk
University of Southern California

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • Los Angeles, CA • #19179

Reading through the VT sources it is clear there is strength all over your campus - May your strength continue to flourish in these dark days of trajedy.  For us across the nation, it is the time for mourning, respect, and sympathy.  Your pain is vibrating in all of us.  Here, where I sit, down the street from another school tragedy, I can’t help but to also harbor much anger, but I need to stifle that rage for now, let the respect for your pain rule this day.  Be strong VT.

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • Littleton, CO • #19180

Dear Virginia Tech,

I am deeply sorry and heartbroken that this tragedy had happen. I will be praying the students and the parents of the victims. May God give you the courage and the strength and hope. All is not lost. Thank you. May the Lord bless

God bless,

Johnathan William Royal

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • Washington DC • #19181



April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • PHILO,OHIO • #19182

Stay strong. we love you.

April 18, 2007, 5:25pm • New Jersey • #19183

Although I am not a Hokie, I am heartbroken.  The events which occurred on your campus this week are devestating to this nation.  Please know that we join you in our prayers for the lives lost and those left behind.  We lift you up to God- may you find peace and hope in His arms.

April 18, 2007, 5:26pm • Dallas, Texas • #19184

May God bless the families and friends who were involved in this horrible tragedy.  We as Americans share your sorrow.

April 18, 2007, 5:26pm • Charleston, SC • #19185

My heart goes out to all the victims family and friends. I went to school with both Erin and Reema and they were both great girls! They will all be truly missed and forever remembered!
To all those in pain, I am praying for you,

Spend all your time waiting for that second chance.
For a break that would make it ‘ok’.
Theres always some reason to not feel not good enough and its hard at the end of the day.
I need some distraction. Oh, beautiful release. Memories seep through my veins.
Let me be empty…oh weightless and maybe, we’ll find some peace tonight…

In the arms of the angel

Fly away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room
And the endlessness that you feel.
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie.
You’re in the arms of an angle, may you find some comfort here.

April 18, 2007, 5:26pm • Centreville, Virginia • #19186

To all of the families and friends of the victims- may you be able, in time, to remember all of the goodness in the world, and the happiness that your loved ones brought to you.
With sympathy, Betsy

April 18, 2007, 5:26pm • Flourtown, PA • #19187

My heart aches for you all, especially to the families of the people lost in such a senseless act of violence. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 5:26pm • Austin, Texas • #19188

President Bush summed it up well when he said “Even those who don’t know you are praying
for you”.  God Bless each and every person affected by this tradegy.....we will all continue
to pray that time will heal your broken hearts.

April 18, 2007, 5:26pm • Denton, Texas • #19189

VT is an excellent school filled with great people and a wonderful spirit and Blacksburg is a beautiful place.  My heart aches that such a tragedy fell upon you.  I pray for all who lost their lives and for those who grieve.  My heart goes out to you.

Eric Schuch
VT ‘04

April 18, 2007, 5:26pm • Buffalo, NY • #19190

To all concerned Wish to offer my prayers from all the people from the state of Indiana that were born in Virgina.

April 18, 2007, 5:26pm • Student from Indiana • #19191

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Trust in the Lord and he will give each of you the strength to face each day.

May God Bless!

April 18, 2007, 5:26pm • Douglas, GA • #19192

May God’s peace give you comfort in this time of trajedy. I’m thinking of you and and praying for you.

God Bless,

April 18, 2007, 5:26pm • Norman, OK • #19193

Virginia Tech

I know there is not any thing that we can say or do that will take all of this pain away. I know that everyone is grieving with you. There is a song that I cling to and I would like to share it with you today. It is called Love Them Like Jesus from Casting Crowns. Therefore, what I am going to do for you today is love you like Jesus and lift each and every one of you up to him.

I’m a student at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. I wish to express mine, my family’s, and some of my classmates’ deepest condolences for your losses.

Here is a prayer on the cd that is after the song that says, “Father, God if you’re here right now, we have friends and family going through a storm in their life. Father, just remind us there is not one time that they have slipped your mind. You are an awesome sovereign holy daddy. You love them more than we do. Father, all we need to do is to love them like Jesus. In your name we pray. Amen”

If there is anyone that just needs someone to listen to you. You can email me and I will listen. My name is Stephanie Wilkinson and my email address is

I will try to post the lyrics to the song on a separate post.

-Stephanie Wilkinson

April 18, 2007, 5:26pm • San Marcos, Texas, USA • #19194

The entire VT community is in my thoughts and prayers. As a parent of four lovely children I feel and share the grief of every parent. I have watched and cried along with everyone there. My family has prayed and cried together for the entire VT commmunity. May Gad keep you in his care.

The Walker Family

April 18, 2007, 5:26pm • Old Fields, WV • #19195

My friend and I, both alumni of Tech (’85) commented that we feel as if all of this is happening to “our kids” and our home.  We cannot begin to comprehend the grief the campus community is feeling nor the despair of the parents realizing their child will never come home again. As trite as it sounds, it is true that you all are in our hearts.  There is a bond that connects Hokies that is beyond understanding - know that any of us would offer assistance in any way.  We love you all! L.Taylor and G.Polich

April 18, 2007, 5:26pm • Danville, VA and Richmond, VA • #19196

My family would like to give our condolences to all the students and families who have been trying to get past this tragic event. Keep your heads up and we are praying for you.

Rios family

April 18, 2007, 5:26pm • Washington • #19197

As a college student myself, I saw footage of last night’s candlelight vigil on the VT campus and want to say how amazing it is to see the student community coming together after this tragedy.  Hold on to each other, stay united, and I have no doubt your campus will bounce back 100 percent.

My prayers are with all of you and with all who knew and loved those who were to suddenly taken.  God bless each of you and Virginia Tech.

at the University of Iowa

April 18, 2007, 5:26pm • Iowa City, Iowa • #19198