Condolences, April 18, 2007


April 18, 2007, 5:09am • Oklahoma • #7139

To all at Virginia Tech,

I just wanted to share my condolences with the families and friends of those lost and hope that you can all move on from this terrible tragedy.

The thoughts of many people in the UK and I’m sure the world are with you.


April 18, 2007, 5:09am • UK • #7140

Virginia Tech,
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

George Retelas
Graduate Student
San Jose State University

April 18, 2007, 5:09am • San Jose, California • #7141

May the souls of the people who lost their lives rest in peace.

April 18, 2007, 5:10am • India • #7142

It’s a very sad day for the world and for you in the U.S.A. Take Care and look after each other at this time. Here in the U.k. we are thinking of you all.

April 18, 2007, 5:10am • U.K • #7143

This is a terrible tragedy not only for the VT community but for the country and the world. Tragic because so many young, promising lives as well as the lives of people passing on their knowledge to this young generation are ended in such a senseless, barbaric way. Now all that can be done is to move forward, never forgetting the ones lost and dedicating ourselves to a brighter future in remembrance of those who are lost to us and to those who survived but will be scarred for life

Vikas Kumar,
VSM Software

April 18, 2007, 5:10am • Bangalore, India • #7144

My deepest condolences from an italian engineering student.

April 18, 2007, 5:11am • Gela, Italy • #7145

by Michael Josephson
used with permission of the author

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten
will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations
and jealousies will finally disappear.
So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.


April 18, 2007, 5:11am • CALIFORNIA • #7146

I think this knot only has shocked the USA but all over the world. All Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the victims. Also wishing that those hurt will have a quick recovery. Lets hope people all over the world learn this lesson but this shouldn’t of happened.

Anna Vokes

April 18, 2007, 5:11am • West Midlands UK • #7147

Condolences, prayers, thoughts, for family and friends.

I’m far from you guys, but prayers as no borders…


April 18, 2007, 5:11am • Paris, France • #7148

I have been following the story by watching CNN. My heart truly goes out to the families of the victims of those killed in this tragedy. Many in the state of Hawaii are praying for all the grief that the families and friends are experiencing.

April 18, 2007, 5:11am • Hawaii • #7149

i am so sorry to of heard of what had happend, and my most sincere thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
paul. x

April 18, 2007, 5:11am • united kingdom • #7150

It won’t matter where you came from
or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.
It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter?
How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought
but what you built, not what you got but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success
but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned
but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity,
compassion, courage, or sacrifice
that enriched, empowered or encouraged others
to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence
but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew,
but how many will feel a lasting loss when your gone.

What will matter is not your memories
but the memories that live in those who loved you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered,
by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.
It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.

download as a PDF

� 2003 Josephson Institute of Ethics

April 18, 2007, 5:11am • CALIFORNIA • #7151

Although I am a HKUST(hong Kong University of Science and Technology) graduate at 2001,I am not the alumni of VT.But,some of my ex-professors are working in VT NOW.They are peace and not the victims of this tragedy.

I also feel great sorrow and I don’t know what can I help the VT.

But,here,some verses of bibles,I want to give to all VT People,even to the one who are not Christian yet:

“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD."(Psalm 27:13-14)

“Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge."(Psalm 46:8-11)

I pray that the peace of Lord and healings be with the whole campus.Especially,the parents of the victims.


2001 BS in Physics at HKUST

April 18, 2007, 5:11am • Hong Kong • #7152

Believe me when I say this tragedy has shocked the world! My heart goes out to everyone at Virginia Tech, especially to families and friends in mourning, and hope you all find peace.

Hokies be strong, be brave and look after each other in this difficult time.

Becky Eastwood-Smith

April 18, 2007, 5:11am • Bradford, United Kingdom • #7153

My thoughts and Prayers are with all the Family and Friends of the victims of this horrible tragedy, I am stunned as I am sure all of you are, there are really no words I can say to help you except you now have 31 Angels watching over you and that I believe they are all together in Heaven, I hope you can find some small comfort in this. God Bless You, Stephanie Hill

April 18, 2007, 5:11am • tampa, fl • #7154

To all students parents friends
my sincere condolences to all who lost a loved one and to the students that got hurt i will pray for a recovery soon . but please dont let this stop you form doing what you wanted to do
i know it will take time and remember your frieds can always help you you are not alone .God will watch over you all my prayers go out to all of you. may God give u strenght guidence and patience to get over this ordeal .
mrs hofman

April 18, 2007, 5:12am • terneuzen netherlands • #7155

Death is not the end. The tree of life is growing where the spirit never dies. And the bright light of salvation shines in dark and empty skies. God bless the victims and families. Be strong. Dont let the bastard win.

April 18, 2007, 5:12am • Pennsylvania, USA • #7156

To all the victims, families and friends

May all the loved ones rest at peace and may God be with them.
The sadness and loss of your loved ones has been felt all around the world. Our thoughts are with each and everyone of you at this very tragic time.

From the deep south of the world


April 18, 2007, 5:12am • Invercargill, New Zealand • #7157

All my thoughts and prayers are with the Va Tech
Hokies’ family, friends, classmates and all faculty members. Keep faith and God Bless.

April 18, 2007, 5:12am • Havelock, NC • #7158

This has brought back memories of the Dunblane Massacre over here in Scotland and i’m sure everyone here is thinking of you.

My condolances to all involved in this terrible tragedy.

Peter Macdonald

April 18, 2007, 5:12am • Edinburgh, Scotland • #7159

Myself and my family would like to send our condolences from the UK.  We have been watching in absolute horror at what you have been going through.
We were hugely impressed by all and the sense of community on the Campus.  I am sure that will carry you through this terrible time.
Our thoughts are with the families and friends of all the people who had their lifes taken and everyone on the campus.
Sharon Kenny

April 18, 2007, 5:12am • England • #7160

dear virginia tech students, staff and family

I was sad to hear about this terrible tragedy that took away 32 innocent people in a blink of an eye. i share my coldences, and prayers to all the students and families who lost a loved one on that tragic day. All of London is thinking of you, and give our deepest sympathies. may god protect you all and give you strength to move on.

Esra Ali
22yrs old

April 18, 2007, 5:12am • UK - London • #7161

May God protect and comfort the Virginia Tech community in this time of great sadness. We share in your grief and we will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 5:12am • Johannesburg, South Africa • #7162

When something like this happens we all become brothers & sisters & our hearts ache over such sinselessness. As we mourn the Death of those who were lost; WE PRAY. We turn GOD, and ask why, we stand strong in our faith, & believe there’s a reason. At over 2000 miles away, & I’m as affected by it, as those who were there on it’s doorstep. At 48 my heart is breaking, this is not the America I was promised as a boy. It’s as though we’ve lost our direction, our identity. I’m deeply saddened by this, & my prayers go to all the victims families. Nothing will bring them back, so the road for those left behind will be long, hard, & sometimes lonely. Seek comfort in knowing that there are those like me who will not let you walk alone. Stay strong in your faith, & know that someday you will be reunited with your loved one, for GOD holds them gently in his arms. A Professor who survived the Nazi Holocaust named Liviu Librescu found his reason for being, as he held the door so his students could escape. GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN TO LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR A FRIEND. Remember fondly those who are gone, and never let their memories die for a part of them lives on in you. In Humble Silence; WE PRAY! P.B.

April 18, 2007, 5:12am • San Jacinto, CA. • #7163

just to let the familys of the victims know that my thoughts and prayers and love is with you all. to loose your loved ones in such a terrible shocking and disgusting way is an outrage. i hope you may all find peace stay strong and know that peoples thoughts are with you all from around the world. with all my love vicky xx

April 18, 2007, 5:12am • ongar, essex, england • #7164

God Bless everyone at VT!!  My tears, along with a lot of other will be shed for the Americans that lost their lives in an act of violence.  My heart and prayers are with everyone across America and world wide that have been touched by this tragedy!!

April 18, 2007, 5:12am • Dayton, Ohio • #7165

mein Name ist Tobias, ich bin deutscher Auszubildender, und ich möchte nur kurz mein Mitgefühl ausdrücken für Eltern, Verwandte, Kollegen und Freunde der Verstorbenen.

tragt die Erinnerungen weiter und macht weiter! Ihr habt die Solidarität vieler Menschen auch in Deutschland!


April 18, 2007, 5:13am • Saarbrücken, Germany • #7166

I am USA Citizen living and working abroad in Amman, Jordan. on the behalf of the employees of MenusSoft Company , Amman Jordan, I send our condolences to the University of Virginia Tech and its brave students and staff. We are saddened by what has happened. We will pray for all the victims and their families. May God rest their souls in peace.

Naser Hdieb
VP Development @ MenusSoft LLC

April 18, 2007, 5:13am • Amman Jordan • #7167

My thoughts are with all students at Virginia Tech and with all who have lost persons they loved. You can be sure that me and all my friends here at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) are with you. All of us are deeply shocked and we hope that you will have the strength to cope with what happened. We just want you to know that you are not alone!! Our prayers and condolences to all students and their families.

April 18, 2007, 5:13am • Duisburg, Germany • #7168

As is everyone else in our great nation, I am mourning the loss of those innocent souls whose lives were taken so tragically.  My prayers go out to all the families who have been deeply affected by these senseless deaths.  My prayers go out to all of you and may you find peace in our Lord.  Our tears are as one…

April 18, 2007, 5:13am • Alamogordo NM • #7169

God bless everyone at Virginia Tech and my prayers and thoughts are with you.

April 18, 2007, 5:13am • Fiona, East kilbride, Scotland. • #7170

hi,my family and i live in N.Ireland,we were so upset and shocked by what has happend to you,i have children and cant even imagine what you all are going through...i know its not much to say but please take comfort in that our thoughts and prayers are with you all,and with each passing day may this tragedy fade a little in your thoughts....godbless,wendy haren and family XXX

April 18, 2007, 5:13am • enniskillen,co fermanagh,n.ireland • #7171

My heart is broken as I see the lives of so
many young people destroyed and forever changed.
We pray for the families and know that God will
give them peace and understanding.  As a Virginian
born woman, my condolences can not express the
sadness that we are all feeling.  Time will heal
but we will never forget…

Sue Santolla-Rocha

April 18, 2007, 5:13am • tampa fl • #7172

Dear VT Hokies,

I am shocked & saddened by the tragedy.I know it from TV and online news here.

I sincerely wish it won’t happen anymore in anywhere. Everyone,be strong and God bless you all!

Big hug from H.K.

Denise Yan

April 18, 2007, 5:13am • Hong Kong • #7173

My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

April 18, 2007, 5:13am • Red Deer, Alberta, Canada • #7174

Dear all,
my deepest deepest condolences to everyone affected by this horrible tragedy. no words would ever describe how we feel about it.
I am thinking about the victims during this difficult time and sending my heartfelt sympathy to their families; my prayers are with all of you.

Holding you in my thoughts,

Ahmad Ameen

April 18, 2007, 5:13am • Jordan • #7175

Dear American Students,

also here in Germany we´re very shocked and you are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God help you to forget this terrible day and give you strength to go on!

The best wishes from Germany!

April 18, 2007, 5:13am • Germany, Cologne • #7176

God Bless You All

April 18, 2007, 5:13am • Warsaw, Poland • #7177

It was with terrible shock we watched the events unfold. As has been said by many others we are also parents of young adults and college students.
This act was senseless and has no justifiable cause.

To place blame on the administration for failures simply is not appropriate or prudent. Does anyone really believe that if the administration could have predicted such a series of events they would have not acted? We do not.

May God protect and comfort those who mourn and may God embrace those who have perished.

With deepest respect

Susan and Warren Federgreen

April 18, 2007, 5:14am • Jensen Beach, Floirda USA • #7178

Dear VT community,

My condolences. My heart goes out for you. Be strong.

People in Israel are reading the news and praying for you.

A common phrase that is said out in Israel on such terrific occasions is: “Should you never experience sorrow again.”

April 18, 2007, 5:14am • Jerusalem, Israel • #7179

The world is in sorrow. We are Norwegian students, and we cry!
You are in your hearts.

April 18, 2007, 5:14am • Norway, Oslo • #7180

My prayers for heavenly powers to heal the surviors, families, and friends to carry on with life on earth.  Eternal peace be with the victims!!  God Bless, janet

April 18, 2007, 5:14am • indonesia • #7181

I don’t know how to express my condolences and sorrow. It’s a huge shock for me. I believe thing will be fine. To all VTs,God is with you forever.

April 18, 2007, 5:14am • Xi'an/Lincoln China/Nebraska, US • #7182

One night a man had a dream.
He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord.

Scenes from his life flashed across the sky
and he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
one belonging to him and the other to the Lord
When the last scene of his life had flashed before him, he recalled that at the lowest and saddest times of his life there was only one set of footprints.

Dismayed, he asked, “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way.I don’t understand why, when I needed you most,you would leave me.”

The Lord replied, “My precious child.
I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering when you saw only one set of footprints…

That was when I carried you.”


April 18, 2007, 5:14am • Belfast, Ireland • #7183

Dear Virginia tech students and professors,
My heart felt condolences to those who have lost thier loved ones. I pray that the Lord Jesus Chirst will give you all the strength and courage to walk in this path of trauma. Peace be with you all.

with Love,
Abishek Joseph

April 18, 2007, 5:14am • India • #7184

It’s so unfair…
They were so full of life and passion.

It’s about time this country controls guns and starts talking about peace and justice.

Guy Pelletier

April 18, 2007, 5:14am • Québec CANADA • #7185

My thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost someone they love, and anyone who was there during the shooting.

April 18, 2007, 5:15am • Utrecht, The Netherlands • #7186

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims and their families.  We may share your grief, but we will never know the magnitude of your loss.  Please accept our most sincere hopes for recovery to the individuals whose lives this shattered, and to the community whose foundation it shook.

Brian Brolin & Margaret Faulkner

April 18, 2007, 5:15am • Lakewood, NJ - USA • #7187

To you, students, teachers, and families of the victims of Virginia Tech ... Know that all country is praying for you. God bless you.


April 18, 2007, 5:15am • Nice, FRANCE • #7188