Condolences, April 18, 2007

Prayers for peace and healing at this painful time. Know that so many students and families keep you and your loved ones in our thoughts and prayers.

And I sincerely hope that Fawn is wrong in her opinion that these posts aren’t helping. We are reaching out in love. How can that not help?


April 18, 2007, 11:11am • Williamsburg, VA • #12897

Please know that you, the victims of this horrific tragedy, your families and your friends will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences go out to all who have been affected by this tragedy, whether directly or indirectly.

The academic community is often quite small, so as a professor of German, I knew that I might be acquainted with at least one of the faculty members in the German department. I am and my thoughts have been with you, my colleagues, in this difficult time. I grieve for the loss of Jamie Bishop and the students in his class. And I grieve with the families of the victims.

Sie haben mein herzlichstes Beileid.

Heide Crawford
Assistant Professor of German
University of Kansas

April 18, 2007, 11:11am • Lawrence, Kansas • #12898

Mi mas sincero pesame para todos los familiares afectados por tan devastador incidente.
Es el momento de apoyarnos mutuamente y demostrar nuestro verdadero espiritu HOKIE.
Reflexionemos, aprendamos y sigamos para adelante.
La comunidad de Virginia Tech se extiende mundialmente y dentro de nuestros corazones por siempre.

April 18, 2007, 11:11am • Panama, Rep. de Panama • #12899

My family would like to express to the students and faculty and families of Virginia Tech our deepest condolences. My heart and my prayers go out to all of you. God Bless and be with you.

Huan Nguyen, VA

April 18, 2007, 11:11am • Fairfax, VA • #12900

to all of the of the v.t students and to all of the staff. my family wanted to send all of u our prayers and to let all of you know that each and everyone of you are in our thoughts.and our prayers just know that all of your friends are looking down on each and everyone of you now .letting you know that they will always be with you every step of the way . and just know that one day you will get to see them again and that day will be the happyest day of everyone of your lives .  god bless each and everyone of you everyone of you that went to through this horrible ordeal .  my family will keep praying for each and everyone of you .i hope that each of you can get the help that each and everyone of you need good look and god bless all of you .from haley &my family .

April 18, 2007, 11:11am • aliquippa pa • #12901

Our love and prayers are with you and with all of us as we come to terms with this and try to heal.  For those of us that are decades and thousands of miles away from Tech, the pictures, the faces, the drill field, the lamp posts, the Hokie stone, brought back to how many of our roots are still in Blacksburg. 

We’ve heard concern that VPI will be defined by this event.  We need to take comfort in this:  Our community, both in Blacksburg and the Hokie Nation will be defined by what came in response to the event, not the event itself.  The courage, the grace, the compassion, the drawing together of the community, students, alumni, families, and the world in an overwhelming wave of simple human support.  That will be the legacy. These are the real defining characteristics of Virginia Tech.  We’re all Hokies this week.

God be with you and all of us. 

Chris Kaufman, VT 1980

April 18, 2007, 11:11am • Seattle, Washington • #12902

As I sit here and try to think of the perfect words to say..there aren’t any..My heart hurts deeply for the students the Professors and all the staff there but as a Parent my heart hurts so bad for the parents and siblings of those lost as well as for the Parents of those who will finish in Va Tech and for all the Parents ,like myself who have children in College now and find this senseless act of horror incredible. May there be peace in the hearts of all .God Please Help Us...We Need To Be Strong...I am a Parent of a Student at a University also.

Posted by: Patricia | April 17, 2007 5:41 PM

April 18, 2007, 11:11am • New Jersey,USA • #12903

My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you through this sad and heartbreaking time. Through prayer,family and friends you all can over come this traggic time in your life. Every morning and every night I have layed in bed thinking how you all must feel and my heart just aches for you. May God give you the courage and strength to overcome this, and remember the loved ones you lost for each and every precious moment you were able to share with them for there time here on earth.  Stay Strong VT!!!!

April 18, 2007, 11:11am • GA • #12904

God bless Nikki Giovanni.

Father of former Tech student

April 18, 2007, 11:11am • Charleston, WV • #12905

Virginians and people from all across the country rallied to espress their support and love to NY on 9/11, and today NY sends its love and prayers to the Virgina Tech community.


April 18, 2007, 11:11am • New York City • #12906

It’s not easy to deal with a loss of a loved one. What happened was not fair to anyone. My prayers go out to the familys and friends.

<3 Sabrina M.

April 18, 2007, 11:11am • Jacksonville, FL (student of FCCJ) • #12907

Words cannot begin to express the sorrow I feel for all of the hundreds of people directly affected by this senseless tragedy. Upon hearing the horrible news I called my children who are scattered around the world just so I could hear their voices. Take time every day to tell our friends and family that we love them because we never know what tomorrow brings. May you all find some comfort in knowing that so many are praying for you, thinking of you , and wishing we could do more.  Take care - Debbie

April 18, 2007, 11:11am • Deerfield, NH • #12908

My thoughts go out to you all! Germany is feeling with you!


April 18, 2007, 11:11am • Germany • #12909

May God give each of you the strength to get through this most difficult time.

God blesses those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Matthew 5:4

April 18, 2007, 11:11am • Boone, NC • #12910

Dear Virginia Tech,
I am sorry about what happened our class is helping by sending you a card.  Also I am praying for you.

Daisha Epps
4th Grade
Cora Kelly

April 18, 2007, 11:12am • Alexandria,VA • #12911

The following is the bedtime prayer of Four Year old Ellie Richards:
“Dear Jesus, I pray that you would comfort the families of the children who were dead.  I wish that you would surround their mothers and fathers houses with your angels.  I wish that they would all be saved by you.  I wish that satan was already defeated.  Amen.”
submitted by Ellie’s Gramps - A True HOKIE.

April 18, 2007, 11:12am • Canfield, Ohio • #12912

May God grant you strength and comfort during this terrible time. 

Know that millions are “with” you and offer you their deepest condolences.

Your friends and loved ones are now at peace and are looking upon you, even now, smiling and showering you with their love from above.

I pray that your grief diminishes to a tolerable level and that all affected by this tragedy will be able to continue on with the grace and dignity they’ve already shown.

God bless.

Juanita Westberg

April 18, 2007, 11:12am • Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A. • #12913

My dear Virginia Tech friends, My heart just breaks for you all.  I pray that the gestures you receive from those of us all over the country come as some comfort to you.  As a native Virginian, I have swelled with pride at the love, grace and resilience displayed by the VT students, alumni, administration, faculty and staff during this horrific series of events.  May the community you have created serve as a place of solice for you as your healing begins.  With love and many prayers, Audrey Dodson.

April 18, 2007, 11:12am • Greenville, SC • #12914

I can not believe that a human being can commit such a horrific deed, that he can ripe those students and teachers out of life.
I hope that all of his victims find peace in heaven and that they guide there loved ones through this huge pain they feel.

Be blessed!!!!

Shannon McDonald


April 18, 2007, 11:12am • Nieuwegein, The Netherlands • #12915

I wanted to send my condolences to each and everyone at Virginia Tech. You guys are in my prayer. If I could mend each of your hearts I would do it!!! God will comfort you all and my family & I will continue to pray for you.

Peace & Grace,

Kelly Cox & Family

April 18, 2007, 11:12am • Philadelphia Pa • #12916

I would like to express my sincere sorrow to the VT family for the events which occurred on Monday, April 16, in the loss of 33 fellow Hokies.  Yes, 33 Hokies died that day even though one did not feel that sense of belonging to your family.  My thoughts and prayers are with all the 33 families who lost loved ones.  And especially to the family who not only must deal with the loss of a son but the pain of knowing he caused the loss of 32 sons and daughters of other families.  I pray that as you begin to work through your pain, sadness and anger, you can find it in your hearts to forgive. It is only in forgiveness you will truly be able to heal.

In Christian love for you all ...

April 18, 2007, 11:12am • Newport News, VA • #12917

Dear Virginia Tech Families,
My deepest sympathy to the community of Virginia Tech.  May God bless each and everyone in your community.

April 18, 2007, 11:12am • NYC • #12918

As the rest of the country mourns with you, we watch in wonder and amazement… your strength, your courage, your unity. You are Virginia Tech!

April 18, 2007, 11:12am • The Minard Family Montana City, Montana • #12919

Dear All,
I’m very very very very very very very very sorry sorry sorry sorry sorry sorry sorry sorry!!!!!!
I wish you the very very very very very best in the future and to keep your heads up, way up!!Just stay in school and never give up (hope.)

April 18, 2007, 11:12am • New Mexico • #12920

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time. Please take care of yourselves.
Deb Rountree M.Ed

April 18, 2007, 11:12am • Maine • #12921

My heart goes out to the entire VT community and the families of those who became the tragic victims of this senseless act. This incident felt particularly creepy to me because I happened to be in Iowa City, IA in 1991 when a gunman entered the physics building and gunned down several students and faculty members and went to an administration building and killed several more people—including a dean and himself. The one lone survivor of that incident is now paralyzed from the neck down…

Your institution is an inspiration to so many people all over the world, and all of you—faculty, students, staff, administration and parents are such a shining example of courage and grace in the face of such adversity.

The sympathies, thoughts and prayers of the entire world are with you all!

April 18, 2007, 11:12am • Temple, TX • #12923

My deepest condolences go to all that were involved in this tragic event.  My thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost loves ones, and with the professors and students.

Brandy Allard

April 18, 2007, 11:12am • Collinsville, Illinois • #12922

Our family is a proud Tech Alumni family. We’ve had 2 generations of graduates from this awesome institution! My father in law graduated in 1965, myself in 1997, my husband in 1998, his brother in 2000 and my sister in law in 1999.  We grieve with those who lost loved ones, teachers, mentors, family and friends! We will continue to pray for healing for all those affected.  We hope also that someday our daughter will want to attend and graduate from Tech, that would be a proud momment for us! God bless you all! 
Erik, Jenn & Brook (5 1/2 years old) Jellum

April 18, 2007, 11:12am • Dayton, Virginia • #12924

Today, I grieve for my VT

I grieve for the institution that nourished my intellect, that fostered my creativity, that made me a better fuller person

I grieve for the beauty and innocence that has been compromised

I grieve for the maroon and orange that is now spattered with red

I grieve for young, talented lives cut short and for families and friends who must experience this personal loss

I grieve for faculty and students and staff who survived tragedy, and must face its blunt force

I grieve for a sleepy community of coffee shops and bars and book stores who face the dark waters they must find the faith to cross

I grieve for an American family who must not only suffer the loss of a son, but also endure the knowledge of his final choices

I grieve for a great nation who must preserve “Liberty and Justice for All” in spite of evil deeds

I grieve for my VT

But this is not the end
This grief shall pass
We will feel the sun again

We are not yet what we shall be

And we will rise
We will overcome
We will excel

We are VT

M. Todd Null
VT Alum

April 18, 2007, 11:12am • Roanoke, VA • #12925

This tragedy reminds us of the paradox of human nature. Humans are capable of horrible things, but humans are capable of enormous acts of love. Not just now, but every day, be the counterpart of evil. Every day, to every one, be kind and uplifting. My soul yearns for goodness to prevail over evil and am reminded of Christ’s commandment to love one another. This is what the human spirit needs the most.

April 18, 2007, 11:12am • Washington, D.C. • #12926

I’m so sorry for the loss all of these young and talented people. My heart goes out to all of their family and friends.
God bless you.
Tammy Irons

April 18, 2007, 11:12am • Portland, Oregon • #12927

My family and I would like to express our sympathy to all of the people effected in the April 16th tragedy.  As a mother, I cannot begin to say how sorry I am for the parents of the victims. I had a son that was stillborn, and you should NEVER have to see your children pass before you do.  The victims families and all of the VT students are in our thoughts and prayers.
With deepest sympathy,
The Boone Family

April 18, 2007, 11:12am • Camden, SC • #12928

I live in Ontario,Canada and when I heard about what happened, I was shocked and saddened.  My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the victims of this senseless tragedy, their relatives and friends, to the University community and to all Americans.  Please know that you are not alone in your pain and grief.  God Bless America!!!!!  from, Cathy G.

April 18, 2007, 11:13am • Waubaushene, Ontario - CANADA • #12929

My deepest condolences to all the families of the deceased in this tragedy. I saw Reema Samaha dancing with the other lebanese on Sunday, during the Street Fair. She was smilling all the time…

May God give you strength and peace,

Ana Martins

April 18, 2007, 11:13am • Blacksburg, VA • #12930

Though we are thousands of miles away from you my family and I feel like we are there with you feeling the pain and shock.God bless you all and we pray that these young people will not have their lives and dreams ruined by this terrible act.

April 18, 2007, 11:13am • Birmingham, England • #12931

Virginia Tech has endured an unimaginable event, and the resulting grief and pain simply cannot be explained or measured.  Oh behalf of the administration, faculty, students and alumni of Louisiana Tech University, we offer our deepest sympathy.

The college experience is for most students the happiest, most memorable time of their lives.  For Virginia Tech students, it has become a shadow of grim reminders of horror, fear and pain.  Our hope and prayer is that time will heal the wounds of the body and the heart.

The greatness of this university is seen even in these dark days.  The leadership, the response of the students and faculty, and the compassion of a stunned nation have been inspiring.  The nation has embraced this campus, and the Hokie spirit can be felt across America.

God bless Virginia Tech.

The Administration, Faculty, Students and Alumni
Louisiana Tech University

April 18, 2007, 11:13am • Ruston, LA • #12932

Cleveland State University supports you in your prayers and sorrows.  Peace.
Jen C. - student

April 18, 2007, 11:13am • Cleveland, Ohio, USA • #12933

Being the mother of a daughter who was murdered 4 yrs ago my heart truly breaks for all who have now the nightmare of going on without their loved one, life will never again be the same, the road you must travel now is long and hard, but I promise with time, love & support you will get through this, the tears will never stop all together but they do lessen with time, the sunshine does come back maybe not as bright, but with time it does and your precious memories of your angel will replace the memories of how horrible they died..Keeping you in my prayers, God’s Blessings & Many Hugs, Chris MelsMom forever & a year

April 18, 2007, 11:13am • Stark City, Missouri • #12934

To all family and friends of the victims,
There are no words that will heal your hearts in a loss.  I hope that we can all learn from this and grow.  This tragedy took the lives of all these beautiful people that were out in the world changing things for the better. I will pray for you, and pray that you find strength in your time of sorrow.

~I found this quote and wanted to share it:
When tomorrow starts without me, try to understand.  An angel came and called my name,
then took me by the hand.

Lindsay Wilbanks

April 18, 2007, 11:13am • Canton, Georgia • #12935

To all V.T students and faculty,

I know you have heard this many of times and nothing will make the hurt, pain, and terror you went through go away, but, I wanted to let you know. I am praying for all of you. Right now I hope you can call on god to help you deal with this.

He is right there waiting for you. I am deeply, deeply heartbroke for you. I can’t even begin to imagine all that is going through your head. May god be with you.


April 18, 2007, 11:13am • Jackson,MI • #12936

My love,thoughts,prayers,& condolences go out to all victims,families,students & staff that were deeply affected by this unspeakable tragedy.God is truly taking care of those who were lost.They will never be forgotten.In this difficult time in our country,we are ALL family.We are All Hoakies!  N.W.

April 18, 2007, 11:13am • Chicago,IL • #12937

It’s amazing to see the strength and unity that you all possess during this difficult time.  May God guide bring you comfort and guidance.

Dave Steele

April 18, 2007, 11:13am • Minneapolis, Minnesota • #12938

My deepest sympathy to all of the victims and their families. I can’t imagine what it would be like to go through anything like this. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.


April 18, 2007, 11:13am • Anchorage, AK • #12939

My family and I extend our deepest sympathy to all of the Virginia Tech community.  We are deeply saddened by these events and pray that you find peace and comfort knowing others care.

Gwyn & Ray Thorpe

April 18, 2007, 11:13am • St. Louis, MO • #12940

par ce texte que j ecris je tiens a temoigner de mes sinceres condoleances aux familles proches et amis des victimes et soutiens tous les etudiants a continuer malgres les incidents.On est tous avec vous alors courage ...
un etudiant

April 18, 2007, 11:13am • saint etienne, france • #12941

Virginia Tech family, I believe I can safely say that the hurt you are experiencing at this time, all of us around the world now too are hurting.  The Word of God says, “Your life is like a vapor”.  We know as we see it, it is here then it is gone.  But what we do with the time we are here is the most important factor.  We will continue to pray that each one will realize God is waiting for you to lean on and rest in Him.  Also, we will keep the gunman and his family in our prayers.  I am sure his family like us is having a hard time coping with what has happened.  Remember grieving is a process.  We must go through that process before we are able to move on to the next phase of life.  Continue to stand strong and united. Then you will be able to draw strenght from one another.

With Sympathy,
Joyce Woods

April 18, 2007, 11:13am • Hampton, VA • #12942

When senseless tragedy happens in your own backyard, it almost seem surreal.  I pinch myself and reach out to say you are not alone in your mourning, Virignia Tech.  I am a mother of four teenagers and a Junior in San Jose State University.

With our heartfelt condolences,
Janet Groza and family

April 18, 2007, 11:13am • Pleasanton, California • #12943

To the students, faculty, administration, and families of Virginia Tech,
My heartfelt sorrow and deepest condolences are with you all during this tragic time. Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many across the country and the world, as we empathize with you during the most difficult of days. Continue to have the strength and courage to make it through this moment and the next. May God bless you all.

Much Love and Many Prayers,

Kate Posavad
Ohio University
Class of 2007

April 18, 2007, 11:13am • Athens, OH • #12944

We are all Hokies. You are not alone.

April 18, 2007, 11:13am • vienna, Virginia • #12945

~YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Reach up and take His nail-scarred hand. He knows what your are going through. He’s been there. He will dry your tears~

April 18, 2007, 11:13am • Hamilton, Ohio • #12946