Condolences, April 18, 2007

My family and I are deeply sorry for your loss and for this tragedy that has occurred.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you daily.  May God bless you all and give you the strength and peace that you will need to recover.  God Bless You, your family and VIRGINIA TECH.

Ray, Yvonne, Monica, Danny & Nicole.

April 18, 2007, 10:06am • Miami, Florida - USA • #11696

My deepest sympathy goes out to the families and friends of the victims of this terrible rampage that happened on Monday We can’t even imagine the pain you all are feeling this will be one of the worst days in world history that we will never forget our prayers are with you always

The Brewster Family

April 18, 2007, 10:06am • Youngstown,Ohio • #11697

To all the Families and Friends of those lost and wounded during this horrific tragedy, our prayers and condolences are with you.

May God continue to bless each of you, and encourage you during this difficult time. 

Praying for each of you,
Tim & Mandy

April 18, 2007, 10:07am • Baltimore, MD • #11698

I would like to express my deepest sorrow to all of you at Virginia Tech. God bless you all and the families!


April 18, 2007, 10:07am • from Germany • #11699

My heart goes out to the entire Virginia Tech community; the students, teachers, family and friends effected by this horrible tragedy. The way you guys have come to together as one is a true inspiration to all of us.  Stay strong, continue to lean on one another and know that “for today, we are all Hokies.”

Leah Davis
FSU ‘05

April 18, 2007, 10:07am • Tallahassee, Fl • #11700

I am very saddened to think that this has happened. I want to send thoughts and prayers to all affected by this tragedy, even my prayers for the killers parents. They must have horrible pain and aching hearts as well.

M. C. Shearon RN
Wetumpka, AL

April 18, 2007, 10:07am • Wetumpka AL • #11701

To the students and staff at Virginia Tech:

The high school community at Scotia-Glenville Senior High School in Scotia, New York sends its sincerest sympathy.

We are with you in this difficult time and are inspired by your unity, courage, and steadfast belief in one another! 

Many of us who have watched this tragedy unfold take great comfort in the individual and collective strength of the members of your community.

We are with you in thought and prayer.

Lynda J. Castronovo, Principal
on behalf of the students, faculty and staff of Scotia Glenville High School.

April 18, 2007, 10:07am • Scotia, New York • #11702

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been effected by this great tradegy.  God Bless

April 18, 2007, 10:07am • Arlington, Va. • #11703

We never know when tragedy will strike us or those we love.  But we cannot live our day-to-day lives in fear of what may happen.  My heart cries for the victims and their families and I can only hope that you will remember the happiness that they brought you, albeit briefly.  God bless and be with you during this difficult time.

Genelle Justin
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

April 18, 2007, 10:07am • North Chicago, Illinois • #11704

Hello Students and Teachers,

My dad was class of 64’ and growing up as a hokie it is hard ot see that this has happend.I just wanted to tell all of you guys my wife and family are praying for the family who were involved and who lost there loved ones. We love all of you guys. Try to stay strong it will take a very long time to get over this if not ever get over it. VT WE LOVE YOU!!!!!

Your Friends 4 ever,

Stuart & Jamie Thompson

April 18, 2007, 10:07am • Nsahville Tn • #11705

I would like to express my thoughts and prayers to all of the families and friends of those whom have lost loved ones and for those who have been injured......and were fortunate to have survived this devastating incident......
“May angels watch over you all and bring you peace somehow during this awful tragedy”

April 18, 2007, 10:07am • Dover-Foxcroft, ME • #11706

We are praying constantly for the entire Virginia Tech family.  As a proud alumni I can’t express the loss I feel for all the victims and their families.  We will continue to pray knowing that God is sufficient. 
May the love of Jesus be with you all.
In his name,
Barry (’78), Debbi, Amanda (starts at VT this fall), Jason, and Joshua

April 18, 2007, 10:07am • Forest, VA • #11707

I am a Virginia Tech Alumni as well as a Blacksburg native and no words can describe how I feel about what took place on Monday, April 16. I graduated in 2006 and have very fond memories of Blacksburg and my time at Virginia Tech. I am so sorry for all of the families that lost ones they love and for all those left with the horrific images of Monday, my own sister is one of those individuals left with memories, forever branded in her mind. But watching all of Blacksburg pull together has been comforting while I am so far away. Please take time to take care of yourselves and one another.

Emily Bohr

April 18, 2007, 10:07am • Alexandria, Virginia • #11708

Dear students and faculty at Virginia Tech,

I would like to express my deepest sorrows and condolences to all of you at Virginia Tech. I am a senior at the University of Miami and I want you to know we are all shocked and saddened by this tragedy and you are in our thoughts and prayers. I know that just like the Canes you are a strong community and you will pull through this.

God Bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 10:07am • Maria Nicole Ponto, Miami, FL. • #11709

To The Family & friends,

Our Sorrow and condolences are with you all from the people of Brasil.

April 18, 2007, 10:07am • Salvador da Bahia, Brasil • #11710

To My Hokie Family:

I first want to express my deepest sympathies to all the familes and friends that lost loved ones on Monday. It has taken me 2 days to even begin to understand as to why this tragic event has happened. I have been gone form Blackburg for 10 years now, but my heart is with each and everyone of you at this moment. We are one big family and it is very important to remember that. Together we will rise form this unthinkable event and be a stronger Hokie Family.
May God Bless each and everyone of you and give you the strength to persevere!

Chad Coyne (’97)

April 18, 2007, 10:07am • Atlanta,GA • #11711

Students, families and Virginia Tech, you are all in my prayers. God bless you all!

April 18, 2007, 10:07am • Argentina • #11712

My husband and I would love to send our deepest and most heartfelt sorrows to all the families and friends over this terrible and unthinkable act. I believe that we are a nation at morning as I cannot understand how everyone in the USA is not touch by this sad event in our history. Our deepest love and condolences to all the loved ones lost. May the God or High Power of your choice bless all in their moment of darkness. May the light and love of your God shine again! May the love and peace of a nation come together as one! Peace and love too all from Maggie & James Casey

April 18, 2007, 10:08am • Mount Pleasant, PA USA • #11713

I really shocked and horrified with this tragedy.
I could never imagine that this could be happen again after columbine.

The Netherlands and I want to extend our deepest condolences for the loss of each and every soul.

May God be with you during this time and after it!!

April 18, 2007, 10:08am • The Netherlands (Holland) • #11714

You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this terrible time.


April 18, 2007, 10:08am • West Babylon (Long Island), New York • #11715

I cannot come to imagine the hurt and anger going through everyone at VT these past few days and I am sure that it is going to take a while to start to heal! I am so sorry for all the friends, family, and peers that were killed on Monday! It has to be hard to think that college is supposed to be the one place that we can all feel safe, and now that has been ruined! Our prayers and hopes are with all of you that are in mourning! This horrible tragedy has really affected the whole nation! We are going to be praying every day and minute we can for your whole community! North Ga College and State Univ. will be holding a candlelight vigil Weds, 4.18.07 for all those lost and hurt Monday! God rest those souls and help everyone heal!

Chase and Amber

April 18, 2007, 10:08am • Dahlonega, GA • #11716

Dear Virginia Tech Family,
I pray that God is able to touch your lives and bring you through this tragedy. Just call on him and he will lead you. I pray for strength, understanding and courage for you to overcome and to be blessed to do great things in this life that has been given to us. Because with each day comes new hope.
Warm prayers,

April 18, 2007, 10:08am • Oklahoma City, OK USA • #11717

Our sincere condolences to all the families and friends of the victims of the shooting.  Here in Scotland, 11 years ago, the Dunblane Massacre took place when a maniac gunned down 16 small children and their teacher.  What a terrible world we live in!

Barbara MacDonald and family

April 18, 2007, 10:08am • Balfron, Scotland • #11718

In Memory...©

As we sit down here to learn
I pray to God it’s not my turn
If someone should come to take our lives
Will anyone hear the screams and cries
So many lives so shortly lived
I wonder to myself “just what gives?”
As time goes by some wounds may heal
But the scars we carry are all too real
The time has come to make a change
To stop the tragedies that seem so strange
A mother, a father, a daughter, a son
In the end who’s really won
To take a life and maybe your own
Some the reasons are really unknown
So when my time on earth here is done
I pray its not at the end of a gun

I wrote this poem in memory of all the innocent victims that have been killed or wounded in the tragedies that have struck our schools and colleges in the recent years.  Most recently the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy.

April 18, 2007, 10:08am • New London, CT • #11719

My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, the families and all of the student, faculty and staff at Virginia Tech. I am a 19-year old University of Louisiana at Lafayette student and I was shocked to learn about the shootings. It makes you think about life and how we need to take it for granted. This could have happened anywhere, including my university campus. It just makes you think how lucky someone really is. For the remainder of the week, I am calling myself a Hokie. LET’S GO HOKIES!


April 18, 2007, 10:08am • Lafayette, Louisiana • #11720

Like others, I am shocked and saddened by these horrific injuries and losses of life. My prayers are with those who are in the hospital right now, and my deepest sympathy goes out to those who have lost loved ones. While we have witnessed here some of the most reprehensible human behavior in the attacker, the outpouring of grief and love in the aftermath reminds me of the incredible beauty and goodness humans are capable of. It also reminds me of what I appreciate most about Virginia Tech--the strong unity of our community, the intelligence, articulateness, and grace of students, and the devotion and courage of our faculty and staff. 
Denise (VT ‘93)

April 18, 2007, 10:08am • Durham, NC • #11721

On monday April 16, 2007 I sitting at work on stand by when a co-worker shared the news, that there was a shooting in progress. I am a school safty agent in New York so automatically I jumped up ready to respond only to find out that it was in another state. Well at that moment my heart cried because at that moment there was no way for me to help. On that day an angry soul walked in and brought hell to your school and for that I am deeply sorry, truely sorry that 32 beautiful souls were stolen by a madman. I am praying that god blesses all of you that lost a daughter, a son, a wife, a husband, or a friend on that dark day with peace and strength. On behalf of my family and my extended work family (NYPD-SCHOOL SAFTY DIVISION) we send our deepest and warmest condolences.

Sincerely, I.A.

April 18, 2007, 10:08am • Brooklyn , New York • #11722

My husband and I are proud Hokies, class of 1982.  Our fond memories of campus life have been irrevocably changed by the events of April 16, but I know that this will only make the Tech “family” stronger.  We wish that we could have been there for the Convocation and the Candlelight Vigil, but please know that we are there in our hearts and spirits and praying for all of you - students, faculty and parents.

Mark and Cindy (Marshall) McVey

April 18, 2007, 10:08am • Midlothian, VA • #11723

I am amazed at the courage and composure exhibited by the students of Virginia Tech. In interview after interview the students have conducted themselves with the highest levels of maturity. My son and daughter-in-law are Tech alumni and were in fact married on the campus. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the victims and you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

The Crawfords

April 18, 2007, 10:08am • Olney, Maryland • #11724

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those that trespass against us,
Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil,
For thine is the kingdom,the power,and the glory forever

“Keep praying,for prayer is the key to peace”

April 18, 2007, 10:08am • Upper Marlboro, MD • #11725

We will not forget the massacre on April 16, 2007 at Virginia Tech! I will never forget.

April 18, 2007, 10:08am • Missoula, MT • #11726

My prayers go out to the victims the survivors the students, faculty and everyone involved in this awful day.

I could never imagine how such a crime could happen to such innocent people who are trying to better themselves and as a student i say this My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone involved..

Virginia Tech get strong and you wil survive Love you,


April 18, 2007, 10:08am • phoenix, Arizona • #11727

I am at a loss to describe the sorrow we all feel for the tragedies of April 16.  Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

--James Buckingham, Jr. (W&M ‘02)

April 18, 2007, 10:08am • Williamsburg, VA • #11728

As parents of a recent VT graduate, our hearts are filled with tears and sorrow from this tragic event and for those who lost their peers and cherished loved ones. Please accept our deepest sympathy to the Hokie community. At the same time, we are filled with pride watching the students, faculty, administration, parents and community face the nation during this horrific time. We have no doubt VT will continue to rise proudly & spiritedly from the ashes of this devastation. It is an honor to be parents of a Hokie alum. Our thoughts will continue to be with you during the healing process.
The Balenske Family

April 18, 2007, 10:08am • Annapolis, MD • #11729

33 people dead, lost, and gone, but still rembered .....You might have been saddened fromt he events, or glad of the evens but at the end the death of 33 will always will be rembered

April 18, 2007, 10:08am • IL • #11730

Me and My family express our deepest condolence on this horrific event. Our hearts reach out to the families, friends.

April 18, 2007, 10:08am • Louisville, KY, USA • #11731

We can never know how you feel at this time, but we cry for you. I pray your life is full of love for you and you share your love for humanity. I pray for peace for you and your families the remainder of your lives. May God Bless and keep you and your families from this day forward. My sincere condolences for all the Virginia Tech Students, Administrators, and Families.

Joy Daviduk

April 18, 2007, 10:08am • Washington, Pennsylvania • #11732

I would like to offer my deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to the students, faculty, family and emergency responders affected by this horrible tragedy.  Everyone is in my thoughts and prayers.  I pray that God’s grace will be your comfort and that He will help comfort you during your darkest time of grief and sorrow. 

In Christ,
Jennifer M.

April 18, 2007, 10:09am • Dallas, TX • #11733

As a VT Alumni, I am truly saddened by these tragic events.  I will never understand how these things could have happened on a campus and in a town in which I once felt so safe.  My heart goes out to those who were affected by these horrible events.

April 18, 2007, 10:09am • Sedley, VA • #11734

I had forgotten to sign my name to my recently sent condolence from Memphis, Tennessee.  It included the Phillippians 4:13 scripture. Please connect my name to that condolence.

Peggy McClure and Family

April 18, 2007, 10:09am • #11735

Although I cannot take away the pain and sorrow of the tragedy of your campus, please know that I am praying for you as you grieve this time of great loss and as you begin to heal.  God is a loving God and He will walk with you.  I pray that you will find healing through Him.

April 18, 2007, 10:09am • New Orleans, Louisiana • #11736

I want to express my deep sorrow, it’s an extreme sad thing. 
Loving God make them rest and peace, Amen.

Gao Min

April 18, 2007, 10:09am • China • #11737

Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,

he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD

HOPE Homeschool Group
in Northern Davidson County

April 18, 2007, 10:09am • Lexington, North Carolina • #11738

We are Virginia Tech, we are the Hokies.  We will prevail, we will overcome, and we will rise above the call of duty.  Ut Prosim.  The culture of Virginia Tech and us Hokies is very difficult to explain, it’s just in our soul – I hope this tragedy does not change that culture.  To our fallen Hokies, we will forever have you in our memories, yet we will NEVER forget. 

I am very proud of my fellow Hokies in Blacksburg.  You are showing your courage, your unity as one Hokie Nation, an example to the world the leadership you all posses. 

My thoughts and prayers are with you all,

Mike Kikuta
Class of 2002 & 2003

April 18, 2007, 10:09am • Baltimore, MD • #11739

My thoughts and prayers are with victims families and the whole Virginia Tech community. God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 10:09am • Frisco, TX • #11740

My deepest sympathy as you deal with this tragedy.  May it lead to offsetting good.  I am just an ordinary American that watches a lot of CNN.  I am totally impressed by the spririt of your faculty and students.  Our entire nation needs some Hokie spririt and please tell us more about it in the future when that is appropriate.

April 18, 2007, 10:09am • Pawleys Island, South Carolina • #11741

You will all be remembered in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May you all find the peace and love you need to heal from this devastating day.
kc & family

April 18, 2007, 10:09am • Fairfax, VT • #11742

My heart is so heavy, I cannot even begin to tell you how deeply saddened and shocked I am with this tragedy. My prayers go out to the families and friends.  You’ll always be in my heart.  I too am mourning with you in your grief and I even feel anger, that our children are not even safe in our schools. God help us all. May God bless all of you and I pray He will comfort you and you will feel His presence in this hour of need.  With heart felt sympathy, D. Green

April 18, 2007, 10:09am • Illinois, USA • #11743

The Snyder and Quammen Families of Fairfax County Virginia (with alumni and students of VT) want all the families of victims and those in hospital recovering from injuries all of our prayers. Masses and prayers have been said and will continue.  As a graduate of VT and a legacy parent, I was extremely proud of the students interviewed by the media over the past two days. They all have shown compassion, maturity and amazing sensitivity while speaking about these terrible events.  I am grateful to know that these people will become our future leaders. May God give you all strength.

April 18, 2007, 10:09am • Fairfax, VA. • #11744

"I believe that man will not merely endure. He will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance” -William Faulkner-

May God touch and bless you Virgina Tech!

April 18, 2007, 10:09am • Mountain Brook, Alabama • #11745