Condolences, April 18, 2007

My heart goes out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones.  And to those who have been injured.  May you find strength in God in this time of tragedy.  I can’t even imagine the heartache and grief you all must be going through.  I can only offer my condolences.  I wish there were more I could do. 
You all are in my thoughts and prayers everyday.

April 18, 2007, 10:12am • Mt. Vernon, Ohio • #11796

I said a prayer for you today, and know God must have heard. I felt the answer in my heart although he spoke not a word.
I didn’t ask for wealth or fame, (I knew you wouldn’t mind). I asked him to send treasures of a far more lasting kind.
I asked that He be near you at the start of this new day; to grant you comfort and blessings and friends to share your pain.
I asked for comfort for you in all things great and small. But it was for His loving care I prayed the most of all!

Kentucky State Council Knights of Columbus
Dannie Harris State Deputy

April 18, 2007, 10:12am • Big Clfity Kentucky • #11797

Virginia Tech Staff & Students:

It is impossible to understand a tragedy of this size and scope. Please know that your sorrow is shared by caring people in this country and all around the world. May God bless all of you as you struggle to recover.

April 18, 2007, 10:12am • Kettering, Ohio • #11798

My thoughts and prayers are with the Virginia Tech community and the families and friends of the victims at this sad and painful time.  Although we are rivals in the athletics arena, we are all brothers and sisters united in our shock and sorrow.  May peace be with you always.  Let’s Go Hokies!!

- A Clemson Tiger

April 18, 2007, 10:12am • Savannah, Georgia • #11799

I shirley living in miami fl would like to share my condolences to all the families and friends during this tragic moment. I will remember all of you in my prayers may the Lord give strenght and energy to the years come and hopefully will show each and every one of you the way to find hapiness again

God bless

April 18, 2007, 10:12am • miami,Florida • #11800

May God bless and keep the ones that had there lifes taken.Most will never understand how sick one has to be to do such a thing but, I hope we all learn and grow from this.The Victims will not be forgotten.Everytime I send my kids off to school I will remember what happen at VT and make sure I give them that one extra hug and kiss.In a time like this you never want to forgive the person who did this and took so many lifes in just a blink of an eye but, its him who has to answer, I am sure he knew the answers when he took life into his own hands.VT best wishes and grow from this, learn from this and may god bless each and everyone of you you now have 32 Angel’s looking over you all.

April 18, 2007, 10:12am • Saginaw,Michigan • #11801

My thoughts and prayers continue to be with all of those effected by this terrible tragedy. May we never forget what has happened so that we always honor those who lost their lives. -LBG

April 18, 2007, 10:12am • Ferrum, VA • #11802

As im becoming a student im realize that i need to be there for people in need. I now how it is to lose someone close. I lost 2 family memebers and a really close friend in 1 week period. God is there for everyone and he puts tradegy in our lives for a reason. When we realize that everything is going to be alright we also know that God is the one that pulls us all thru. Romans 5:3-5 says that he puts struggles in our lives to produce perserverience and that produces character and that produces hope which lacks nothing in the Holy Sprit
So our prayers and thought are with you

April 18, 2007, 10:12am • Oshkosh, Wisconsin • #11803

I would like to highlight the memories of those who unfortunately aren’t with us anymore, Those who will never be with us again . Thirty three souls fell asleep too many years early. I am sorrowed and submerged by a deep sadness. In this day we lost fellow brothers , Pray for them, pray for this world, because it is one that can only move forward, in even in such darkness. Forget tears and cherish instead, cherish all of the moments that you spent with them, it is not because they are gone, that they will not be forgotten.

Puisse Dieu les acceuillir en son eternel jardin ....

Max Desmarais et Alex Vachon
Montréal, Québec, Canada

April 18, 2007, 10:12am • Montréal, Québec, Canada • #11804

My deepest sympathies are with the entire family of Virginia Tech.  Words cannot express the horrific loss and terrible grief that you are experiencing.  Please know that the entire country is praying for you and grieving with you at this terrible time.

God Bless.

Andrea Spaulding
Class of 2007
University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy

April 18, 2007, 10:12am • Cincinnati, OH • #11805

From a Military Family to the Hokies Family:

May God Bless and comfort each and everyone of you affected by the tradegy.  May he help heal broken hearts and those who have been injured.  We have been praying for you all since this all begin, I just hope thats enough.  To those who lost your lives, Im sorry that innocent people had to die, and keep looking down on those who loved you!  You will never be forgotten!

April 18, 2007, 10:12am • Kentucky • #11806

My family and I wish to express to you our condolences and sorrow during your time of loss. I am a parent with a child in college and it could of been him. May God bless and comfort you during this time

April 18, 2007, 10:12am • beckly WV • #11807

our prayers go out to all those affected,
greg, michael and heather

April 18, 2007, 10:12am • marstons mills, ma, usa • #11808

Chers étudiants, chères étudiantes, cher vous tous ...
C’est avec émotion, tristesse et douleur que je vous fais parvenir mes condoléances pour cette tragédie qui vous frappe.

Ici, à Montréal, Canada, nous avons connu cette grande souffrance au moins à deux reprises et il s’agissait de jeunes et moins jeunes personnes tout comme vous.

Mes prières sont pour vous et vos proches. 
Que Dieu vous protège chers amis !  Puissiez-vous continuer dans la vie avec paix et sérénité.

April 18, 2007, 10:12am • Montréal, Canada • #11809

I have erased and started this message three times not knowing what exactly to say. My heart goes out to all who experienced this tragedy. Please know that you ALL are in America’s hearts and prayers. May God protect, lead and guide you in your time of sorrow.

Darlene and Amanda
Lincolnton NC

April 18, 2007, 10:13am • Lincolnton NC • #11810

32 angels were taken home on Monday April 16, 2007. They are where God needs them. As a young adult recently left college, I can not imagine what these young heros faced. My brother is away at college right now and my heart bleeds with the thought of losing him. My prayers are with you all at this time and your memory will never fade. Every night this week, I will light a candle at my home to remember those lost and celebrate the memory of these angels.

-Erica Tolan

April 18, 2007, 10:13am • Charleston, SC • #11811

We can never feel, know, or understand how you as a community do at VT, but we can share our condolences and prayers for all of you, your family and friends.  To hear that the entire nation and world are standing right behind you might be repetitve, but so true.  Stay strong, Hokies, and God Bless.

Christine and Kevin Pasinski

April 18, 2007, 10:13am • Meriden, CT • #11812

My family and myself would like to express our deepest condolences to each and every family afected for this terrible tragedy.

Our heart and our prayers go out to all of you.

Anayra, Daniel, Reinaldo (Colmenares Family)

Latinamerican comunity in Canada.

April 18, 2007, 10:13am • Brampton, Ontario- Canada • #11813

from our family to yours, we share in your grief,we share in your pain,we also share in your belief that god will heal these wounds as we comfort one another. may god bless and keep you all at this tragic time and always.  god-speed virginia tech… we are hokies > the Fowlers

April 18, 2007, 10:13am • kingsport, tn • #11814

"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. (John 14: 16-20, Holy Bible)

In this tragedy, let us remember, that Jesus Christ, and Him alone, is the God of all peace. Seek peace and refuge in His name. Call upon Him and He will answer. Let this cause us to sober our hearts and minds that we all must face death one day. Have you confessed Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? For that is the ONLY WAY that we a assured ETERNAL LIFE. May that Jesus Christ be the comforter of the partents, reletives, friends, teachers and collegues of those who were wounded or lost. My continual prayers are with the entire Virginia Tech Family. God Bless you.

April 18, 2007, 10:13am • Florida, United States • #11815

Dear Hokies,

Nothing could possibly describe the pain and sorrow your feeling.  Nothing can be said to take it all away.  The one thing we can all rely on is the faith that god heals.  In the coming weeks, things will slowly start to slow down, and you will see life change somewhat back to normal, but we will never forget.

May those who perrished rest in peace, and may all of us where affected tell their stories. We will never forget.

I’m not a hokie, but We are all hokies now…

April 18, 2007, 10:13am • Atlanta, Georgia • #11816

I wish there were words that I could speak that would somehow ease your pain.  Trust me, for I speak from experience, as time goes on, it does get a bit easier.  May God be with you all.

April 18, 2007, 10:13am • harbor springs, michigan • #11817

I want to send my condolences, thoughts, and prayers to all VA TECH students and all citizens in Blacksburg. First Columbine, September 11, Hurricane Katrina, and now VA TECH. How could such a terrible thing happen? We can’t blame ourselves for this tragedy.  It could happen anywhere regardless of the city or state.  We all should let out our cries, emotions,and feelings because if we don’t, it will tear us apart on the inside. Just know that you all have people praying for you all over the country and most of all, live today like there would be no tomorrow.

April 18, 2007, 10:13am • Keyerra Cannon(17) Roanoke, Alabama • #11818

To the students, staff, faculty, families and other members of the Virginia Tech family - I lift each of you up in prayer and ask that you experience God’s perfect healing of heart, mind and spirit as you struggle to come to grips with this tragedy. I work on a large university campus and can only imagine how the fabric of your lives were changed in an instant. People are in prayer for you - take heart!
Debbie Garthwait
Champaign, IL

April 18, 2007, 10:13am • Champaign, IL • #11819

Your university students, staff and families of the killed students and staff are in our thoughts and prayers forever. 
We admire your faith and courage during this awful tradedy.

April 18, 2007, 10:13am • Boone, NC • #11820

To the Virginia Tech Community,

Our family is saddened by the recent events. Our thoughts and prayers go to all those who have lost family and friends in this senseless act.

May God Bless you.

The Kennedy Family

April 18, 2007, 10:13am • Parkland FL • #11821

I am profoundly affected by both the tragic events and the outpouring of love and support shown by the VT community.

Please know that I’m not affiliated officially to VT. After the last couple of days, I feel a sense of attachment and pain.

Godspeed in everyone’s recovery

April 18, 2007, 10:13am • St. Louis, MO • #11822

I did not attend VT nor do I have VT friends.  However, this event has deeply saddened me.  A situation like this could occur in any college campus or quite frankly anywhere.  On behalf of my family and I, I would like to express my deepest condolences to all those who lost a loved one and to the entire VT community.  I can’t even start to imagine the pain you all must be going through but I hope that time and faith will heal your pain…

University of Hartford
Class of 2004

April 18, 2007, 10:13am • New York, NY • #11823

My family and I would like to express our deepest sympathy with the families and friends that lost loved ones.  We are keeping you in our prayers and our hearts as you continue to progress through this time.  May God Bless You!

VT Alumni ‘05
A. Alvaranga

April 18, 2007, 10:13am • Chesapeake, VA • #11824

To all the students, family, and faculty of virginia tech, I want you to know that the whole country is praying for you and your family members you have lost. Words cannot describe the pain you must be going through at this time. Just know that “God” is a loving and caring “God”, and he will give you all strength in the coming days, months and years. May God Bless each and everyone of you at Virginia Tech!

God Bless,
Deborah Ragland

April 18, 2007, 10:13am • Gum Spring, VA • #11825

My daughter is a Junior at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. Their school colors are also orange and maroon.  I want you to know that the entire student body is wearing orange and maroon ribbons in memory of your loss. 

Our prayers go out to your entire community and family.
Musa Bovee

April 18, 2007, 10:13am • Athens, PA • #11826

I was at work when i heard of the horrible events that took place in my home state. The feeling of personal loss i felt for every family effected by April 16th will never go away. During this time of grieving and healing through the power of prayer may we all remember the good times and never forger.

April 18, 2007, 10:13am • Clearwater, Florida • #11827

Yesterday as I was going to school, Florida International University had a message for all the victims. Just know that many universities are praying for the Virginia Tech family. As a college student my heart goes out to all those that lost their life in this tragedy. My payers and thoughts are with the families of all the victims and with the community of Virginia Tech University. I also pray for those recovering in the hospital.

April 18, 2007, 10:13am • Miami, Fl. • #11828

My prayers are with all of those Hokies that are in deep mourning. May the word of GOD comfort you as HE carries you through the storm.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. Prov.3:5


April 18, 2007, 10:14am • Eden, NC • #11829

To the many people that have been affected by this horrible tragedy I would like you to know that my family sends our thoughts and prayers to all of you during this very difficult time.  May God bless you.

April 18, 2007, 10:14am • Tewksbury, MA • #11830

Hokie, Hokie, Hokie High, Tech, Tech, VPI!
Sola-Rex, Sola-Rah, Pol-y-tech, VIR-GIN-I-A!
Ray, Rah, team, Team, TEAM!

Love and Prayers from an Old Hokie,

Mike Jones
Arts & Sciences
Class of ‘84

April 18, 2007, 10:14am • Raleigh, NC • #11831

Dear students,professors,families of VT community,
i am living and working so far away in ulaanbaatar,mongolia i wish i were closer to hug each and every one of you. i feel so badly about the shootings.i know no one at VT but i feel like i do all have my deepest deepest sympathy. xxxxjayne byer-

April 18, 2007, 10:14am • ulaanbaatar,mongolia • #11832

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Pam & Dan Benigno, D.J. & Taylor Walker.

April 18, 2007, 10:14am • South Glens Falls, NY • #11833

I just want to say how sorry I am that something like this could happen to innocent people.  My heart and prayers are with everyone at VT.

Sean M.

April 18, 2007, 10:14am • Ashburn, VA • #11834

My heart goes out to the Virginia Tech families and the residents of Blacksburg.  I know how awful I feel for this loss, I cannot imagine your pain.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Teresa Hague
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

April 18, 2007, 10:14am • Crewe, VA • #11835

Dear VT students and Families

I want to give our condolences to you all,you have all been through the worst tradedy,please hug eachother,make an effert to be with those you care about and love,you will never be forgotten,and we are all here to lend an ear if anyone needs someone to talk to...GOD BLESS YOU ALL...From Shannon Baden and family ( a 35 year old mother of 6)

April 18, 2007, 10:14am • saint helen,michigan • #11836

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other...”
- Mother Theresa

As Hokies we have all remembered that we belong to each other. Grace and peace to all the victims and their families and friends, and to the entire Virginia Tech family. - Jorie Schmidt Class of ‘04

April 18, 2007, 10:14am • Leesburg Virginia • #11837

I am filled with sadness.Want all off you to know that people in Norway,Europe,is thinking of you.

April 18, 2007, 10:14am • Norway • #11838

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We are all Hokies today. God Bless!


April 18, 2007, 10:14am • Hamilton, VA • #11839

On behalf of myself, a BYU graduate, and of my country: SPAIN, I send our deepest sympathy and regret for your pain and loss, which has been in part made our pain and loss as well.  Spain has followed in shock what has happened, and I have relived my times at Brigham Young University, thinking of how it must have been had it ocurred to me during my stay there.  My prayers and my countrie’s prayers go your are all in our minds and in our hearts!

Fernando Kemmitzer

April 18, 2007, 10:14am • Madrid, Spain • #11840

We express our heartfelt sympathies for everyone affected by this tragedy.  Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow, and you will find comfort in God’s embrace. 

The Drumgold Family

April 18, 2007, 10:14am • Fort Washington, Maryland • #11841

This poem was read at my grandmother’s funeral and really, really touched me. I wanted to share this with anyone involved in the tragic event that unfolded on April 16th, 2007, who lost their friends, family members, professors, whatever their situation may be. I hope this poem touches you the way it did me. God bless you all at Virginia Tech.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers.



I said, “God, I hurt.”
And God said, “I know.”

I said, “God, I cry a lot.”
And God said, “That is why I gave you tears.”

I said, “God, I am so depressed.”
And God said, “That is why I gave you Sunshine.”

I said, “God, life is so hard.”
And God said, “That is why I gave you loved ones.”

I said, “God, my loved one died.”
And God said, “So did mine.”

I said, “God, it is such a loss.”
And God said, “I saw mine nailed to a cross.”

I said, “God, but your loved one lives.”
And God said, “So does yours.”

I said, “God, where are they now?”
And God said, “Mine is on My right and yours is in the Light.”

I said, “God, it hurts.”
And God said, “I know.”


May God bless you all,

Jason M. Wilson

April 18, 2007, 10:14am • Orlando, Florida • #11842

From Wichita, Kansas you are in our prayers!
Melissa, Jack, Kathy, Andrew, Alexa, and Jamin

April 18, 2007, 10:14am • Wichita, Ks • #11843

I have worked for over thirty years in a college setting, and the loss of one student is a tragedy.  The loss on April 16 of so many young people with bright futures and their professors, who were helping to shape that future, is hard to accept as reality, just as the events of 9/11 continue to seem impossible.  The entire campus community of Smith College mourns with the Virginia Tech community. I send my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those whose lives were taken this week.

Linda Muehlig
Smith College Museum of Art

April 18, 2007, 10:14am • Northampton, MA • #11844

My daughter and I are in shock over this horrible terrible tragedy that has happened.  Heroism has been shown, honor fully commendable and sadness has been overwhelming.

For the families grieving loved ones lost, our thoughts and prayers are with you ... For the families sitting in hospitals hoping their loved one will be ok, our thoughts and prayers are with you ...  And finally for the families whose children/teachers that are unharm, a lesson learned to tell and show your family how much you mean to them each and every day.

With sadness we remain,
Glackin family

April 18, 2007, 10:14am • Philadelphia, PA • #11845