Condolences, April 18, 2007

This truly marks the sadest event that our campus has experienced.  I’m afraid there is not much a person can say but to extend his sincere condolences to the families of the victims, however weak those words may sound.  I hope that we will never ever experience such an anguish in our life times as we did in these past couple of days.  May those victims rest in peace.

T. Parniani
Electrical Engineering
VT 2002

April 18, 2007, 5:55pm • Vienna, VA • #19700

To the Families of Decedents, VA Tech Students, and VA Tech Faculty:

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this terrible time of’s not easy to read, but GOD had a plan for these 32 marvelous-young individuals..they are now angels in heaven...their spirits will work through their families and through all of us to better ourselves and mankind...Never stop praying and believing that one day we will re-unite with our lost loved ones in a place far greater than our human minds can comprehend…

in closing, my heart poors out rivers of tears since their families and friends can no longer see them, hug them, smell them, or just laugh with them, on the brighter side, these angels will only know love, peace, joy, & happiness

sadly though, no one, should have to bury their son or daughter…

For those that do believe, reach out to St. Michael the Archangel for spiritual guidance, always ask for his protection, because with his sword, he shows no mercy to evil....

May God Bless and Keep All of You Safe!

Lovingly, Carrie Ghergich

April 18, 2007, 5:55pm • New Orleans, LA • #19701

Our hearts and prayers are with the victims, their families, VA Tech students, administrators, faculty and staff at VA Tech!  Our deep sorrow cannot adequately be expressed in words.  God speed you comfort and healing.  Your strength in the face of this horrific tragedy is admirable.  We will continue to be fans and supporters of Va Tech.

April 18, 2007, 5:55pm • Spring Lake, NC, USA • #19702

I am the mother of a young man who will be going off to University this Sept. to pursue his dream of becoming a chemical engineer. I have raised a young man that is not only brilliant in his academics but is an accomplished hockey goaltender. The thought of someone walking in to a classroom and snuffing out the lives of these young brilliant minds devestates me. I have been watching the news coverage since this story broke and I am now seeing the faces of the mothers,fathers,sisters , brothers and friends left behind. Their faces will be etched in my mind for years to come. Their children’s lives sounding in many ways like my son’s life.You raise this child, you love them, guide them, help them through the years with homework,projects, class trips etc. etc..You celebrate their successes, Academic excellence, MVP’s, scholarships. Their dreams are our dreams and in one single second , this precious life is wiped out by a madman. I cannot imagine their grief. I am so,so sorry I send my heartfelt condolences to everyone at V.T. You are in my heart and prayers, Susan

April 18, 2007, 5:55pm • Ontario, Canada • #19703

Please accept my family’s deepest condolences. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the survivor’s and the victim’s families. May God be with you.

Christina Chroni

A brief candle; both ends burning
An endless mile; a bus wheel turning
A friend to share the lonesome times
A handshake and a sip of wine
So say it loud and let it ring
We are all a part of everything
The future, present and the past
Fly on proud bird
You’re free at last.
Charlie Daniels

April 18, 2007, 5:55pm • Greece • #19704

I pray for you all as I follow this story. I hope that all of you can find peace and closure within the days, months and years that follow.

April 18, 2007, 5:55pm • DePaul University Chicago, Illinois • #19705

AS I sit here and hold my own child my heart hurts for what these parents must be going through.  I would like to tell you that your child sits at gods side now in a world of peace, and I say that knowing that it brings no comfort at this time, but still know that and know that your children, friends, and students or in a better place than we have to live in.

God Bless,
Autumn Johnson

April 18, 2007, 5:55pm • Haughton, Louisiana • #19706

~ ~ Love is Stronger than Death ~ ~
Psalm 31:9 - Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief.
This tragedy has spread nationwide and has been almost surreal these past couple of days...How could such a tragedy happen in such a peaceful and beautiful town of Blacksburg Virginia. May God bless and keep each and all there while getting through this. There seems to be no words at this time...only tears and prayers. Peace ~ ~

April 18, 2007, 5:55pm • Marietta, Georgia • #19707

Dearest Hokie Families and Friends,

Please accept my deepest condolences on this tragedy. Tech has been a part of my life since I was a child. I hold a deep admiration for your school, and continue to do so. Please stay the strong Hokie community that you are, continue to show us your strength.  You will continue to be in my prayers.

April 18, 2007, 5:55pm • Winchester, VA • #19708

To all of you, students, teachers and administrative personnal, police officers, first-aid workers, nurses, doctors and people from Blacksburg

[I’m a French speaking person so please forget my mistakes in English...]

I want to tell you that I was completely shocked by the tragedy that hit you.  I, as for most of you I can imagine, can’t understand this kind of anger and violence !

I know that I can’t do something really useful, but I hope that my message will help to convince you that A LOT of people are thinking about you and pray for the victims and their family, even in a forward town as Québec City can be.

My deapest thougts are with you.

Liliane Auger
Québec City, Province of Québec, Canada

April 18, 2007, 5:55pm • Québec City, Province of Québec, Canada • #19709

i am an alumni from Radford University 15 mins from VT. and i have shared many long nites on the campus. I never really felt home until i got to college, and alot of others feel the same.  We cannot b consumed by fear, we must ressurect the safe enviornment that we can learn and love in for current and future students. It’s a beautiful and warming campus and i know they will rally together to take care of the campus family they have created. Our hearts are with you guys and you are never far from our prayers

April 18, 2007, 5:55pm • newport news va • #19710

I have always had a special place in my heart for Virginia Tech. I was not fortunate enough to attend VT but have loved the school regardless. My heart has been breaking since Monday morning because of this tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with the wounded and with the families of the victims. I pray that God keeps Virginia Tech in His loving arms and that nothing like this will ever happen again.

April 18, 2007, 5:55pm • Roanoke, VA • #19711

Dear Members of Virginia Tech Community,
Please know that you are not alone in this. Yesterday, my school held a large prayer service with 33 candles symbolizing the loss of life. I personally am praying for all of you as you try to make sense of this tradgedy. God Bless You!

-Carly Ham

April 18, 2007, 5:55pm • Arvada, Colorado • #19712

Les enviamos nuestras mas sentidas condolencias por este tragico e inexplicable acontecimiento. Los estudiantes Colombianos los acompañamos con nuestras oraciones.


Ana Milena y Alonso

April 18, 2007, 5:55pm • Valdivia - Chile • #19713

May all Rest in Peace, may your spirits be in eternal glory. I’m so sorry that your lives were ripped away in such a horrific act…

This is all still surreal to me, I just can’t believe that such a thing could happen...I have all this mixed feelings of sorrow, anger, and deep sadness. 

May your families and friends find the strength within to survive this loss. My biggest condolences to all the families who have suffered this huge loss…

Erika Monroy, California State University, Long Beach

April 18, 2007, 5:55pm • Los Angeles, CA • #19714

I would like to give my condolences to those who lost their children, and spouses to this terrible action was done on monday. I also want to wish those who were injured a speedy recovery. I know what its like to lose a child and my heart goes out to all of you.
Your in my prayers and thoughts and i know that in time god will heal all your hearts.

April 18, 2007, 5:56pm • Batavia, Ohio • #19715

MY deepest sympathy goes to all the families and Students .
Sylvia Evans

April 18, 2007, 5:56pm • Germantown , MD . • #19716

Dear facutly, staff, students, and community, I am shocked, sad and devastated for your loss.  I am an alumna of Roanoke College and felt the strong connection our two campuses share.  I now live in Germany.  We are holding a memorial ceremony on Friday for you and all of you.  Please know we are praying for all of you. God bless you.  Cristina Brescia Michta

April 18, 2007, 5:56pm • Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany • #19717

We graduated from Virginia Tech, and it was and is still such special part of our lives. The sadness we feel over this is overwhelming.

We are grieving with you and you are in our thoughts and prayers. 

Adrienne Allen (VT 98) & Andrew Boyd (VT 94)

April 18, 2007, 5:56pm • Pleasanton, CA • #19718

I just would like to send my deepest condolences to everyone one who was inpacted by what happen on april 16th. My thoughts and prayers are with all who are grieving.,lisa

April 18, 2007, 5:56pm • southfield,mi • #19719

Desde España nos unimos al dolor de la familia americana. Nuestro mas sentido pesame y un fuerte abrazo en estos duros momentos

April 18, 2007, 5:56pm • Santander, Spain • #19720

We pray for God’s blessings to all.  Now is the time to turn to Him for strength and to know that He will help you through this sorrowful time.

April 18, 2007, 5:56pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #19721

Medellin, Colombia.
Abril 18 del 2007.
Reciban todos Uds.mis mas sinceras condolencias por este hecho tan tragico que enluta hoy a la comunidad de Virginia Tech, lo mismo que a las familias de los que alli murieron. Solo ruego al Señor Todo Poderoso les de consuelo y resignacion en estos momentos de tristesa y angustia.
Jaime Alvarez O.

April 18, 2007, 5:56pm • Medellin, Colombia • #19722

I Wanted to say that that everbody who works at virginia tech,the students,and the families that lost their children on that day.Are in my prayers God Bless All Of you Sincerly, Claire.

April 18, 2007, 5:56pm • Westminster MD, • #19723

To all those at V-Tech affected by the tragedies that transpired on Monday, it is my pray that the peace of God be with you all!! Remember to remember the past but strive for the future. Get up and rebuild all of your lives and keep pressing forward. I know it will be hard sometimes but when you body gets tired let your heart do the rest!!

April 18, 2007, 5:56pm • Baltimore, MD • #19724

Today we are all hokies. We all truly feel your pain and the whole world is praying for you! You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

-Ashley T.

April 18, 2007, 5:56pm • Fredericksburg, Virginia USA • #19725

I was amazed at how completely this tragedy affected me. I was not in Blacksburg, I did not know anyone who was hurt in the tragedy, but yet I felt this total loss of safety and security that Im sure was felt all over campus. All who have been on the VT campus know how free it feels to be able to stand anywhere on campus and see the beautiful mountains surrounding us, smell the sweet mountain air, and feel completely safe in the serenity of mother earth. On April 16th, it felt like the mountains crumbled around me- around all of us. 
But also I felt this complete sense of pride- Hokies are tough, and we can get through this.  Hokies past, present and future know that Virginia Tech is a tight knit community- we all hugged each other a little closer that day and were reminded of how incredibly special the VT bond really is. I am so proud to be a Hokie. I am so proud of the strength and determination that the students have to keep their heads up and keep going, because all those who died would have wanted it that way. 

God Bless Virginia Tech, and all of those who have and will cross her campus.  She is a symbol of strength and beauty, and no amount of rage or hatred can change that. 

Kate Jennings Ray, Class of 2003

April 18, 2007, 5:56pm • Richmond, VA • #19726

So sad to see so many nice decent looking young people murdered in such a pointless terrible way.

April 18, 2007, 5:57pm • Mallorca, Spain • #19727

I feel for the one’s that have lost their family members and friends to this selfish act.  Also feel for the family of the young man who did this horrfic act they too need prayers and answers to why he did this and maybe they know why but in all everyone needs prayers no matter what.

April 18, 2007, 5:57pm • Idaho Nez Perce County • #19728

I have loved this university all of my life and this tragedy has hit me very hard, as well as my Hokie family and Hokie friends. I cannot imagine the immense pain and sorrow the victims families and friends are feeling. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this terrible event. God Bless.

And I quote…

“We are Virginia Tech...We WILL prevail”

April 18, 2007, 5:57pm • Midlothian, VA • #19729

To all students, faculty, family members and friends of VT,

Our prayers and thoughts are with you as you grieve an unimaginable loss. My God bless you and friends and family comfort you.

Kimberly and Stephen Fielding
Cory Bird

April 18, 2007, 5:57pm • Lakewood, CA • #19730

It is with tremendous grief and empathy that we express our condolences.  There shall never be an excuse for this senseless tragedy but we can all rest assured that God holds us in His hands.  Our prayers are with each and every family, each and every friend that was directly affected and the Virginia Tech community/family. WE WILL STAND TOGETHER AS THE FAMILY THAT OUR NATION IS AND BELIEVE IN GOD’S WORD THAT HE WILL CARRY US THROUGH. Godspeed be with us ALL as we heal and remember.

William, Jr., Trease and William Hinton III

April 18, 2007, 5:57pm • Denver, CO • #19731

There are no words to describe our sorrow and grief. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, and to the entire Virgnia Tech community. Please know that all of you will continue to be in our prayers during this most diifcult time.

The Hooks Family

April 18, 2007, 5:57pm • Calabasas, Ca. • #19732

Very sorry what happen when I first heard it on th news I started to cry even thought I didnt know those people but I still felt there pain and this is something that they will remember for the rest of there life some people lost friends some family and some both I would just like for those famlies to know that im praying for you its going to be Tiffany

April 18, 2007, 5:57pm • dallas • #19733

I was so horrified by the events.  There is no way that I can express my sorrow, but I do wish to convey my condolences to the families and friends of whose who died.  I am praying for them and for the injured and their families.

I have cried so much, but after watching the university cheer at the end of the memorial services yesterday I was so uplifted by the faith and spirit of the students, the families, and staff.  I was encouraged by the strength the community of VT has displayed.  The world grieves with you but cannot help by admire the heroism that was displayed by staff and students.
I will continue to pray for all of you.

Also, as a member of the St. Francis Episcopal Church of Temple, Texas and a member of the Daughters of the King (a prayer and service order of the Episcopal/Anglican Communion), I want you to know that our chapter is also praying for you.

Brothers and sisters, I want you to know that your sorrow will ebb over time.  Please remember that Jesus died and that he rose again.  So, because of him, God will raise with Jesus those who have died.

In His Name & For His Sake,
Barbara Lockwood

April 18, 2007, 5:57pm • Temple, TX • #19734

Our hearts and our prayers go out to all who lost loved ones on April 16...we are a fellow Hokie family and we hope that you feel all the love and prayers that surround you now.

Your VT extended family

April 18, 2007, 5:57pm • Warrenton, VA • #19735

My family is originally from Roanoke, and we now live south of Richmond.  Va Tech has always held a special place in our hearts.  We celebrate your accomplishments, and we share your sorrows.  I can find no words to express my sorrow and grief after the tragedy of April 16th.  My brother attended Tech and my niece and nephew are both graduates of Tech.  My daughter, who is now 15, would very much like to attend school there.  She started kindergarten with a backpack that was purchased for her by my niece at the bookstore that reads, “Next Stop - Virginia Tech”.  Nothing would make me more proud than to have her live out her dream.  Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of the victims’ families, their friends, the entire student body, the administration and the Blacksburg community.  The Hokie Nation is strong and proud, and we want you to know that we are very proud of the dignity that you have shown since this tragedy.  You are not alone as the entire world grieves with you.  May God Bless each of us and help us to heal! 

Vicki Keith

April 18, 2007, 5:57pm • Sutherland, VA • #19736

We think of you, we mourn with you, we pray for you. God bless all of the VA Tech community. Being a fellow student at George Mason I can only imagine the horror.  Please be strong and remember that the world loves you as you are in all of our prayers. I am so terribly sorry for your losses.

April 18, 2007, 5:57pm • Woodbridge, VA • #19737

Dear VT Family, our hearts and prayers reach out to you in the aftermath of this trajedy.  This was not one of the lessons parents expected their children to learn by attending college!  We pray that the families who have most directly been touched by this senseless act receive special comfort from the Lord of Life, Light and Love.  Sincerest condolences from the Morin-Nolda Family.

April 18, 2007, 5:57pm • Cabot, Arkansas • #19738

It is heartbreaking when you hear that something like this has happened. There are no words to explain the sorrow. I would like to send my most sincere support to the families affected and let them know that the world is feeling their pain. You are not alone. God bless!


April 18, 2007, 5:57pm • Dublin • #19739

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Virginia Tech family at this difficult time.

April 18, 2007, 5:57pm • Laurel, MD • #19740

Dear Students,Faculty, and Families,

I wanted to share my deepest condolences to all of you who have suffered and will continue to deal with the aftermath of all that has occurred.

I particularly wanted to wish the families of the victims my sympathies.  I hope that you will continue to rely on God’s love (if you so believe), each other’s love, and the love given by friends and the community to help keep you upright in this time of great heartache.

God Bless,

Albert Song

April 18, 2007, 5:57pm • Rockville, MD • #19741

Dear Faculty and Students of Virginia Tech, and their families; It is a sad day for many of us as we think of all that has been lost and how much so many lives have changed in the course of but a few hours. I am saddened that we have to be afraid for our children and our families, but I am comforted by the bravery and unselfishness that many had in the face of what had to be one of the most horrific moments in their lives.  So many people risked their life to save the lives of others.  The professor there at Virginia Tech that shielded the door with his body so that the lives of his students could be spared.  That, to me, is so heroic; that is what keeps me going, that there are people, in the face of tragedy, who give so much of themselves; it makes us realize these special people who touch our lives have honored us by gracing us with even but a small part of their being.  We will most likely never know why all of this came about; however, we do know that in the midst of tragedy, the heroes shine above it all, their love of mankind rises above all else, and the memories of our loved ones we will forever hold dear and close.  Our good wishes are with you all and I pray we each can hold another up in this horrible time.  Denise

April 18, 2007, 5:57pm • Colorado Springs, CO • #19742

Students, Faculty, and Staff at Virginia Tech,
It is with a heavy heart that I write this and as a graduating Senior from California State University Northridge who dreams of teaching at the collegiate level one day, I send my thoughts and prayers to you all. I cannot imagine what you are trying to cope with, but please rest in knowing that our nation is standing by your side. As I view the pictures and information of those we lost that day, I shudder with pain, and can only hope that we can all come back stronger from this. We are here for you to lean on, you will have our prayers, and best wishes for as long as you want them. Bless you all. Lots of love is being sent your way.

April 18, 2007, 5:58pm • Burbank, California • #19743

I came home and cried. I asked why just like many other people in the world. I am an adult student at a public university and this could have been me. I pray that your God is there to comfort all of you in this time of loss. Tears and pain may become less in time, but these momments in time will reamin forever in all of our lives. I will lift all of you up in prayer. I am a Hokie today!

Renee Mack

April 18, 2007, 5:58pm • Edmond, OK • #19744

As a former college student, an employee of a major university and a mother, stunned does not being to convey how I felt listening to the events as they unfolded.  We must all remember to hold those that we love very close and not forget, my prayes and thoughts go out to all families, facutly, staff and most importanly the students whom all had this most horrific day etched in their minds forever.

Christina M. Burke

April 18, 2007, 5:58pm • Costa Mesa, California • #19745

Words scarcely can express the grief, shock, and sadness I feel.  Each report, each picture brings to light someone it would have been an honor to know.  How tragic that so many will only know these bright and shining stars after they have been swept from our sky.  May their legacies never dim. My heart goes out to the victims; the families of the victims; those who were injured; the faculty, staff and students of Virginia Tech; and the Blacksburg community.

Pattie McCord

April 18, 2007, 5:58pm • Columbia, Maryland • #19746

Dear Virginia Tech,

We are so sorry about your loss.  I can’t possibly imagine the grief this has caused for all of you.  The collective human spirit is stronger than any single person and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Ehlers family

April 18, 2007, 5:58pm • Park City, Utah • #19747

To the Faculty, Students and Families touched by this dreadful event:
All around the world prayers are going out to you.  Please add mine.  May they sustain you and help you.  God Bless.  Sincerely, Yvonne, Toronto, Canada

April 18, 2007, 5:58pm • Toronto, Ont. Canada • #19748

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families who lost their loved ones. Our school will be wearing the Hokie colors on Friday to show our love and support. Virginia is for Lovers. We love ya’ll.

God Bless,

April 18, 2007, 5:58pm • Goochland, Virginia • #19749