Condolences, April 18, 2007

To all of the students, faculty and family of VT, my family and I would like to express our condolences to all of you over this horrendous tragedy. Our prayers are with all of you and we know that with God’s help, you will get through this. It will take some time to heal, but I know, from what I have seen on tv, you are a very strong and close knit family there and you are going to continue on with your lives. Just remember that people from all over the world are praying for all of you and we are grieving with you. May God bless each and every one of you and keep you safe.

April 18, 2007, 9:53am • Shuqualak, MS • #11446

A toda la comunidad del Virgina Tech,

por este medio deseo expresar mis profundas condolencias ante los terribles hechos del pasado lunes. Como joven y como estudiante me siendo indignada de saber que en un centro donde se produce y difunde el conocimiento se haya presentado tal nivel de violencia.

Ruego por que pronto el consuelo llegue a las familias y amigos de las víctimas.

Atte. Griselda Saldaña Alvarado

April 18, 2007, 9:53am • Queretaro, Mexico • #11447

At Ohio State University today (4/18/07) at 3pm we will be taking a moment of silence for those lost in this horrible tragedy and the friends and family of the victims.  Please know that everyone is in our thoughts and prayers.  As an undergraduate student at OSU I am very empathetic towards the students at Virginia Tech, and I can only hope for the best for everyone who has been affected by this loss.

Jennifer Bailey

April 18, 2007, 9:53am • Columbus, OH • #11448

Our deepest condolences to all affected by this horrible tragedy at VT....our thoughts and prayers are with you...always, Emily Oxley and Eddie Kilburn

April 18, 2007, 9:53am • Perkinston, Mississippi • #11449

Virginia Tech Hokies,

I would like to offer my sincere condolences to everyone at Virginia Tech. You all will be forever in my heart, thoughts and prayers. Kent State University may be miles away from all of you but in our hearts and minds we are right next to you offering you our shoulders to lean on during these tuff times.

God bless all of you,
Marie Palumbo

April 18, 2007, 9:53am • Girard, Ohio • #11450

Dear students and staffs at VirginiaTech:

I am greatly saddened by the senseless and unfortunate massacre that occurred to your friends, fellow students and colleagues.  It takes time to heal and to move on.  May all those who are affected takes time to heal and move on with their lives.

Anthony Lam

April 18, 2007, 9:53am • Toronto, Ontario, Canada • #11451

I was shocked to hear about this tragedy and did not get to see anything on t.v..but the pictures in the papers say sad..what a heart goes out too all that have lost a loved one or friend even the injured my thoughts will be with them for a while..there are no words to describe words whatsoever..Möge der Tag kommen wo Leiden und Trauer sich wieder in Lachen und Fröhlichkeit umwandelt..  Julie

April 18, 2007, 9:53am • Lotte / Germany • #11452



April 18, 2007, 9:53am • ALHAMBRA, CALIFORNIA • #11453

My prayers go out to all of the victims, families, friends, and Virginia Tech students, alumni, and faculty. May you all find strength in each other and comfort knowing there are so many out there that are grieving for you and have you in their prayers.

April 18, 2007, 9:53am • Pittsburgh, PA • #11454

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this terrible time, all families, staff and every person affected by this.  A piece of America’s heart has been stolen. We will never be able to experience the future as we should have. 

Sue Bosman

April 18, 2007, 9:53am • Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin • #11455

I wish there were words to take this pain away. I wish there were words to make time go backward and change what happened. I wish peace, joy, and care were all we feel. My wishes and thoughts are centered on the people of Virginia Tech...the families and the friends...those who knew the lost...those who didn’t but are suffering nonetheless. While there is no way to escape the pain, know you are not alone and take some comfort in the support of your friends and families. alicia

April 18, 2007, 9:53am • Baltimore, MD • #11456

Our prayers go out to all of the family and friends of those affected by this event.. God bless all of you.

April 18, 2007, 9:53am • Bellmawr, New Jersey • #11457

My condolences go out to all those affected by this devestating tragedy.  No one can change what happened, but only grow stronger.  Those who lost lives will heal with time.  Those who were hurt will feel guitly and fortunante that they lived, but all will heal with time.  The WORLD is grieving with you, but we can never feel the pain and suffering that VT is feeling now.  God Bless

April 18, 2007, 9:54am • Pennsylvania • #11458

My family and I are so deeply saddened and horrified by the events on campus.  I pray for God to give you all strength and fill your hearts with hope to come out of this as a stronger people and community.  Our thoughts and condolences are with you. 

There’s a comforting thought at the close of the day, When I’m weary and lonely and sad, That sort of grips hold of my heart and bids it be merry and glad.  It gets in my soul and it drives out the blues, and finally thrills through and through.  It is just a sweet memory that chants the refrain:  I’m glad I touch shoulders with you!  Did you know you were brave, did you know you were strong:  Did you know there was one leaning hard?  Did you know that I waited and listened and prayed, and was cheered by your simplest word?  Did you know that I longed for that smile on your face, For the sound of your voice ringing true?  Did you know I grew stronger and better because I had merely touched shoulders with you?

April 18, 2007, 9:54am • Peterstown, West Virginia • #11459

As a mother of two young children I was shocked by this tragedy.  Please know that your grief is shared by many around the world.  May you find comfort in God.  Godbless.

Tsehai and family.

April 18, 2007, 9:54am • East Lansing, Michigan • #11460

To All faculty and Students of Virginia Tech,

I would like to send my deepest condolences for the lost of those innocent victims of this tragic incident. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the victims. I will continue to pray for the Virginia Tech family. May God Bless Everyone Affected

Nikesha Herbin senior @ Shaw University

April 18, 2007, 9:54am • Raleigh, NC • #11461

To all the families and everyone connected to Virginia Tech,
God Bless and be brave, you all will come through this very difficult time, stronger and closer to one another.

April 18, 2007, 9:54am • Inverclyde, Scotland, United Kingdom • #11462

Our prayers and thoughts are with everyone affected by this horrific tragety.

April 18, 2007, 9:54am • Thayer,Ks • #11463

Good morning to all VT students, faculty, administration, parents, families, & friends:
As you can see from the other comments on this website, the World is deeply saddened & horrified by the events that occurred on Monday. I cannot begin to express how I feel, as I am overwhelmed with various emotions, as I’m sure all of you are as well. As difficult of a situation that this is, I hope that you all are able to find strength & comfort in each other and in Him (our Lord). Reach out to each other and hold tight. I think of you all MANY times during the day & I pray for you. Cherish the memories of the loved ones lost and keep them close to your heart.

With the absolute deepest heart-felt sympathy,
Dawn Davis

April 18, 2007, 9:54am • North East, MD (USA) • #11464

My family and I are praying for you.  You have all demonstrated incredible courage.  To the students: each of you is a candle shining through this current darkness; the lives you lead will be an ongoing tribute to the ones who have fallen.  We hold you in our hearts.

Most sincerely,

Terri, Daniel (age 12), and Matt (age 10).

April 18, 2007, 9:54am • Maumee, Ohio • #11465

Words cannot express the sorrow felt across the world for your loss.  In these troubled times we live in, it is hard to understand why and how something like this could happen.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

April 18, 2007, 9:54am • Jackson, NJ • #11466

My family and I would like to express our condolences to everyone involved in this horrible tradgedy.  Va Tech has a strong place in my heart considering it is why I have everything in my life today. VT gave me a husband, which in turn gave me two wonderful children (samantha 3, sylas 1), TRUE friends, good/bad/learning experiences, and of course two educations. Despite this horrible even Va Tech will always have a special place in my heart and in our family.

Merrell’s (’00 & ‘01)

April 18, 2007, 9:54am • Galena, Maryland • #11467

Dear All,
My family and I would like to share our condolences, thoughts, and prayers with you and the world. This country would never forget of this tragedy, but I pray it makes us stronger. God Bless all.
Much love,
The La Monica Family

April 18, 2007, 9:54am • Passaic, NJ USA • #11468

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragity. I pray for all those dealing with what happened and hope nothing like this ever happens again.

April 18, 2007, 9:54am • Cartersville, GA. • #11469

Kentucky is praying with all of America for the students and faculty lost in such a horrible way. Stay together, stay strong and keep living everyday for those who were lost. Remember them always. God bless.

April 18, 2007, 9:54am • Olympia, Kentucky • #11470

To all VT students and teachers our thoughts and prays are with you at this very difficult time. Remember you are never alone, God is always with you. The Miller Family.

April 18, 2007, 9:54am • Winston, Oregon USA • #11471

I just want to say that I am deeply sorry that this had to happen to the hokie nation. I have lived around Virginia Tech my whole life and I one day will be a student there myself, i hope. I currently work at The Inn at Virginia Tech and I am still having a hard time believing that this has happend in the place i always have known to be so quite and safe. This horrible tragedy has hit me hard for I have lost a friend in this horrible tragedy. I just would like to say that my thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this horrible tragedy and that I know that us hokies can pull through a hard time such as what we are facing right now, it may not be easy but we are a tight community and I believe that in time we will all get through this horrible time.
R.I.P Jarrett Lane- you will be greatly missed.

April 18, 2007, 9:54am • Radford, Va • #11472

I am so sorry for your loss up there. All of the flags here at Reinhardt College are at half staff for you. The whole country and the whole world is remembering you today and every day of this week. May God give you the strength to go on with life to the best of your ability. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you. Never forget that God can help you get through anything!

From the Childers and Cagle Family,
Travis (39), Kim (40), Drew (20), Seth (15), Flossie (74), Doyle (68), and Susan (57).

April 18, 2007, 9:54am • Waleska, Georgia • #11473

My children and I would like to extend our sympathy to all of the families and friends that lost loved ones in this tragedy.  It’s a sad world when our children aren’t even safe at school.  I hope that some good will come out of this—so that we can better protect other children and hopefully nobody else will have to deal with the pain and sorrow like so many of you.  I’m sure that’s a legacy that your loved ones would like to leave behind in their memory.  I think the following saying is a fitting tribute to your loved ones.  “The light of a distant star continues to reach the earth long after the star itself is gone.  In the same way, the light and love your loved ones gave will continue to shine in many hearts.” God Bless!!

April 18, 2007, 9:54am • Barb Lakeville, MN • #11474

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims, their families, friends and anyone else who’s lives they touched.

No words can take away the pain that you all must feel, but please know that there are many people in this country as well as around the world that are praying for you all.

With love,
The Dolan Family

April 18, 2007, 9:54am • Delray Beach, Florida • #11475

My son John and I express our deepest sympathies to all concerned in this horrible event.  In the god of my understandings world there are no negatives and I pray that somethings good comes out this, in hopes that all concerned can receive the comfort they need.  You are in our hearts and prayers.

Cathy Rooney

April 18, 2007, 9:54am • BrownsMills, NJ • #11476

I am so sorry for all those families that lost a loved one in this terrible tragedy.  I pray that things will one day be better in the world so that noone will have to have their family taken from them anymore.  Please know that you have the support of the country with you, and that you want nothing more than your loved one back.  Again I am so sorry.  You are all in my hopes and prayers, even though I don’t know any of you.

April 18, 2007, 9:55am • West Palm Beach, Florida, US • #11477

Dear Virginia Tech Family:

We are praying and remembering you during this difficult and dark time. Keep the candle burning, embrace each other, and be determined to be a community that will be even closer than it was before. Today, we will be wearing VT colored ribbons, holding candle vigils and prayer meetings. We love you and trust that god will draw Himself close to you and heal your hearts.

Frostburg State University

April 18, 2007, 9:55am • Frostburg, Maryland, USA • #11478

While I was a student at VT, I knew that I was immersed in a close-knit community, but it was only after leaving that I truly understood how unique is the bond that Hokies share.  Since Monday, I have spoken with many of the friends (extended family) that I met at VT.  We all just wanted to contact each other and reaffirm that connection.  To be a Hokie isn’t just a fan or an alumnus or any other simple label.  It is a spirit.  It is an identity.  It is to be a thread in a beautifully woven (and durable!) fabric.  That fabric is often a banner that we wave proudly in celebration.  It can be a sail to move us ahead to other places.  It sometimes serves as a parachute or a safety net when we have taken great leaps.  Right now, I pray that it is a blanket that keeps us safely, warmly huddled together during this time of healing.  A Hokie Nation is behind you in prayer and enduring support. 
-Cara, Class of ‘00

April 18, 2007, 9:55am • Harrisonburg, VA • #11479

I want to express my heartfelt condolences to all at Virginia Tech.  I am deeply saddened by this outrageous act of violence.  My prayers are with everyone at the school and to all of their families.  God will be with you!!

Sue Gonzales,family, and friends
Godfrey, IL

April 18, 2007, 9:55am • Godfrey, IL • #11480

To all Virginia Tech Students, Faculty and Families
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this terrible tragedy.  Our heart goes out to you all.
Sincerest Condolences

Tim,Shelia and Dylan Belk

April 18, 2007, 9:55am • Jacksonville, Alabama • #11481

Our heartfelt sympathy goes to all affected by this tragedy. We mourn with you, and we pray that God give you comfort and strength. You will get through this and you will be remembered not because of the vast of this tragedy but because of your bravery, heroism and shining Hokie spirit.

Thousand miles away… we pray for you.

Keep on going Hokies.

April 18, 2007, 9:55am • Manila, Philippines • #11482

My family would like to express to your community our deepest condolences.  We are very sory for this tragedy

God bless you all!!!

Pedro, Angel & Mariela Urdaneta
From Venezuela

April 18, 2007, 9:55am • Caracas, Venezuela • #11483

Your pain and loss is felt by millions as if we were all family.  I feel as though we are.
This could have happened to any of us and affects all of us. 
You are in so many prayers, please know this.

April 18, 2007, 9:55am • Winston-Salem, NC • #11484

We will never understand why this tragedy happened but I know that VA-TECH will prevail for you are the Hokies, as we all are at this time. May God bless each and everyone of you and give you the strength to cope with this.With all my thoughts, prayers and love.

April 18, 2007, 9:55am • Prospect, VA • #11485

My heartfelt sympathy and many prayers to all who have been affected by this horrible event.

You are in our prayers across the world!

Peace and courage to all!

Bonnie Engelkes

April 18, 2007, 9:55am • Grundy Center, Iowa • #11486

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims families and friends.  Speedy recoveries to the injured.  My heart aches for VT and our nation.

Joe Staley ‘94

April 18, 2007, 9:55am • Fairfax, VA USA • #11487

"We will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears and through all our sadness.”
-Nikki Giovanni

I am deeply saddened by what has happened. I cannot explain and I cannot understand.

But, I know…

We will survive. We will stand up. We will be the future.

Hope and aspirations,

- Sarav Bhatia (Hometown Bombay, India)

April 18, 2007, 9:55am • Roanoke, VA • #11488

Know that God is real, Jesus is the Christ, and you shall overcome all through them. What happened is tragic and will leave scars forever, never the less we must forgive and reach out to all victims, that includes Cho Seung-Hui’s family. The motto states, “that I may serve.” Do that. Only when you are in the service of your fellow man are you in the service of your God.
I offer my humble prayers in the name of Christ, and hope that we human beings can forgive him…

April 18, 2007, 9:55am • Gloucester, VA • #11489

My family and I would like to express our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims. We love you!

April 18, 2007, 9:55am • Minneapolis, mn • #11490

I am so saddened to hear of such tradegy.  I am praying for you all, and hope you find rest, and peace in the comfort of God’s arms.

April 18, 2007, 9:55am • St. Paul, Minnesota • #11491

To the VT community

“Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room. Whatever we were to each other, we still are.  Call me by my old familar name. Speak to me in the same easy way you always have. Laugh as we always laughed at the littly jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it always was. There is absolute unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of your mind because I am out of your sight?  I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well. Nothing is past.  Nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before-only better.  Infinitely happier. We will be one together forever.” I am praying for the whole VT community.  My deapest Sympathy.

Sasha Schlee
Charleston Southern University

April 18, 2007, 9:55am • Charleston SC • #11492

Me & My family want to share our Condolences this was one of the saddest thing that has happen to this nation since 9/11 it has touched us in A WAY we will never for get my heart goes out to all the familys and friends whom lost lives threw this alland the kids lefted to deal with the after math it was so uncalled for :-(
Here in Ga the town where I live just last week a 15 year old goes into a local school with a bomb strapped to him holding kids and teaches hosage until he was talked into let every every one go before some one got hurt good news is he did let them all go and no one was hurt but would have been one & the same type thing here in a small roual town in Georgia They take GOD out of our schools and it is being replaced with GUNS and Bombs we need our nation to Please i bet you all PUT GOD BACK INTO THE SCHOOLS we can not do it alone in the homes god bless from a mom of 4 in Ga

April 18, 2007, 9:56am • Nicholason GA • #11493

Our thoughts & prayers go out to everyone in the Va. Tech community....May God send his blessing to all students, families, & staff in this time of sorrow…
Larry & Edie Page

April 18, 2007, 9:56am • Poquoson, Virginia • #11494

my deepest sympathy to the families and the students of the victims of this terrible rampage

April 18, 2007, 9:56am • youngstown, ohio • #11495