Condolences, April 18, 2007

I would like to send my deepest sympathy to all of the families,faculty and students at Virginia Tech.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

April 18, 2007, 11:32am • Washington Court House Ohio • #13297

May we all focus on the victims and their families.  My thoughts and prayers are with them and the entire VT community.

April 18, 2007, 11:32am • Peachtree City, Georgia • #13298

I would like to express my deepest sympathy for all of the families and friends that are effected by such a tragedy as this. My heart goes out to each of you. We worry about our families in their everyday lives. Wrecks, illnesses, freeky accidents, but never have I worried about my own sitting in a college classroom. May God be with each and everyone of you. I will be praying for all of you. Sincerely, Linda Stidham

April 18, 2007, 11:32am • Taloga, Oklahoma • #13299

I’m in missouri and words can’t say how I feel about what has happen.It makes you think?And i’m carrying all of you right near my heart each and everyday that I walk on my campus to go to class.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Marquita jordan
University Of Centeral Missouri

April 18, 2007, 11:32am • warrensburg,missouri • #13300

My heart and prayers are going out to all of Virginia Tech who has lossed so many wonderful and loving people.As we move forward in the next days and weeks may we keep inmind that we are all Gods children and we need to reach out to everyone with mental illness and depression. Unfortunately this will continue to happen until we can get help for these people who are lost and depressed. I also feel the authorties need to intervene when given information on someone who is acting out in violence. May we all learn from this so this may never ever happen again. God Bless you all. Peace be with you, irene

April 18, 2007, 11:32am • Woodstock,Georgia • #13301

My most sincere and heartfelt condolences to every individual that has been directly impacted by this tragic event.  I send to everyone that has been effected by this horrible situation my positive energy and heartfelt prayers.  May God be with you and put you at peace.


April 18, 2007, 11:32am • Tampa, FL • #13302

Hey guys. My name is Zech Mercer and I am writing to you from Glendale Community College in Phoenix, Az. I just want to say that I feel your pain and sorrow over the tragedy of the event that occured Monday morning.  I would like to let you all know that all my thoughts, prayers, love and support are reaching out to all of you, both friends and familiy of the victims whose lives were claimed.  I just hope that the words of this unknown person living in a city so far away may provide whatever comfort and solace that anyone can get.  God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 11:32am • Glendale, Az • #13303

God bless you! last monday when I returned home I Knew about this horrible tragedy! I’m from Italy and I would like to express all my simpathy with the pain of the Virginia Tech students, families, faculty and teachers.
I’m praying for you every day, and I hope that one day you can find peace.
As Mr President Bush said at the memorial yesterday, “they were only in the wrong place at the wrong time”.
God bless you,

April 18, 2007, 11:32am • italy • #13304

"Father, we come to lift up the entire Virginia Tech community.  We pray for the souls of all the victims and their family and friends.  We ask You to please comfort all who mourn their deaths.  We pray for all those who were injured physically, emotionally and mentally.  Give their parents and family members the words to comfort their children.  We pray for the Blacksburg, VA community, we all are hurting, Father, and we need Your grace to get through this.  We also pray for the troubled young man Cho, who felt or did not know he could come to You and trust in Your grace to make whatever was wrong, right.  Lastly, we pray for all troubled souls out here in the world, who don’t know that You are just a prayer away and You are with us and will never leave us in the darkness of fears and doubts.
Father, have mercy on every soul lost on Monday, not just the innocent, but especially, the shooter.  He may not have felt care and love in this life, may he know the love and care of Jesus and Mary in the next.  Amen and Amen”

April 18, 2007, 11:32am • Fairfax, Virginia • #13305

My heart is in so much pain.  I will pray for all of the families and friends of those lost, as well as the entire VT community.  May God be with all of you during this unbelievably tragic time.

April 18, 2007, 11:33am • IL • #13306

To all Virginia Tech Students, Faculty and Families,

I am sorry about the lost of your Friends,Teachers, Son, and Daughters that lost their inocent lifes to this horrorified event. Ya’ll are in my thoughts and prayers.And to the ones that are injured ya’ll are in my thoughts and prayers too. May God Bless Ya’ll.

Kendra Johnson

April 18, 2007, 11:33am • Newnan, GA • #13307

Our deepest condolences to all of you. We are praying for you that God comfort and bless each of you through this horrible time.

Diane S.

April 18, 2007, 11:33am • Studio City, CA • #13308

From, I’m sure from all the Alumni of the University of Tennessee, We say keep yours heads up and remain proud. While we all mourn for your losses and injuries, remember “You are Virginia Tech and you will Prevail..........May God bless you all. T. A. Barr

April 18, 2007, 11:33am • Chattanooga, Tennessee • #13309

Tragedy! My condolences to all who were involved


April 18, 2007, 11:33am • Mesa, Arizona • #13310

I graduated from Virginia Tech in May of 2001. Tech was always a fun place and a SAFE haven for me; it was my second home. I was devasated and angry after hearing the news of Monday’s attacks. I never thought anything like that could happen at our school, our home.

My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to the victims, their families, the survivors, and the students attending Tech.

I know it is safe to say on behalf of myself and all Virginia Tech Alumni, we wish you all the best in getting through this terrible time.

To Hokies all around the world...Once a Hokie, Always a Hokie - We ARE Virginia Tech!

April 18, 2007, 11:33am • Gainesville, VA • #13311

The unthinkable acts cannot be undone, but the pain and sorrow in our hearts can be withdrawn.  The power of prayer is our only tool, one that never dulls. The fear and shock is unimaginable for those touched by this ungodly act. Around the globe, we are thinking of you all.  The victims will never be forgotten and those who seek evil shall reap evil.

Love and prayer,
Abby Fiebiger
Milwaukee, WI

April 18, 2007, 11:33am • Milwaukee, WI • #13312

Dear Virginia Tech Hokies Family and Virginia Tech Community: May God bless you all during these most difficult times ! Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Families who lost loved ones,Faculty, Staff, Students, and the entire Hokies community.
All our love and forever continuing prayers !
The Guadagnino Family
Easton, Pennsylvania USA

We are forwarding our favorite poem

April 18, 2007, 11:33am • Easton, Pennsylvania U.S.A • #13313

Dear ALl,

My prayers and thoughts with you may god bless all of you and keep you strong

April 18, 2007, 11:33am • Stanton, Nebraska • #13314

I can’t even imagine the pain that everyone is experiencing at this time.  I am an outsider and it has pained me to where I am speechless.  It is unimaginable as to how somebody can be sick enough to do this.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers.  May each of you find some comfort in the memories you have of all the victims of this heinous act.

April 18, 2007, 11:33am • Norfolk, Massachusetts • #13315

To all Hokies,
We are all strong and need to stick together and help each other get through this.  To all the family and friends who lost loved ones I am so very sorry for that.  May God be with you and help you through this hard time.

Ryan Overbay

April 18, 2007, 11:33am • Abingdon, Virginia • #13316

The world was shocked, all of us traumatized by the events at VT. I woke up and my roommate here at Purdue told me the news and I wondered, “Are the people I know okay? Was there someone I knew that did not make it?” Being from Maryland, it felt like this was really close to me. I felt sorrow and grief over this tragedy.  I am praying for all of those affected and keep hope, the world is better than this and all us students will try to make that happen.


April 18, 2007, 11:33am • West Lafayette IN • #13317

A day of Sorrow
A day of Sadness
A day of Silence
A day of Submission

A very, very hard day for all at VT
I am petrified and ask for ALLAH Almighty’s forgiveness
My deepest condolences for the families and friends of victims

April 18, 2007, 11:33am • Muhammad Ali - Islamabad, Pakistan • #13318

-My deepest sympathy to:
the teachers, students, and family members of Virg. Tech. May the strength of God be with all of us during these hard times. In Michael Joncas song “On Eagles Wings”, puts it best that God will guide us........
And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His Hand.
-God Bless-

April 18, 2007, 11:33am • With prays from: Greendale. WI • #13319

I cannot even begin to express my sadness for the victims and their families. My heart really goes out to each and everyone of you at Va Tech. The healing has only just started and I know it will take a long time to even get back to where you all were. Keep your heads up!

April 18, 2007, 11:33am • Bonnie Fabula, Newport News VA • #13320

"Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.....” John 5:28,29

The resurrection will restore your loved ones to you.

April 18, 2007, 11:34am • Ft. Lauderdale,Florida • #13321

To the entire Hokie family--you are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. May you find comfort in the memories of your loved wons and each other.  God bless you all.

April 18, 2007, 11:34am • Melrose, MA • #13322

I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t begin to express how sad I am for you. You are in my thought’s and prayer’s. May God Bless You.
Mrs. Kathleen VanSlyke

April 18, 2007, 11:34am • Warsaw, New York, USA • #13323

I, like the rest of the world, have been keeping up with the news about this horrible tragedy.  My sincerest thoughts and prayers are with all the families who have lost the most precious. 

S. Haleem

April 18, 2007, 11:34am • Chicago, Illinois • #13324

I feel an overwhelming sadness for the entire Virginia Tech community, especially the victims and their families.  Virginia Tech is a great school that has had a profoundly positive impact on my life.  Times like these test our character, and I know the people of Virginia Tech will face this challenge head-on and make something positive from all of this.

Class of 1989

April 18, 2007, 11:34am • Leesburg, Virginia • #13325

Hokie Nation...Be proud...Stand Strong...Cry...Laugh...Smile...Be yourself...Realize love is every where.  Your heart hurts, your anger real...but you will stand will come a will survive. 

God Bless you...may all of you become closer and our prayers are for you, with you and most of all because of your strength.

April 18, 2007, 11:34am • Buckhannon, WV • #13326

The shock and sadness is overwhelming.
A senseless tragedy to be sure.

Please know that not only are Hokie Alum thinking and praying for you - the entire world stopped to mourn and to cry out. 

A Kappa sorority sister lost her life among the countless others and that draws me near to want to help. 

May you use our strength and support to get you throught this terrible time.

We are the Hokies - and we WILL prevail.  Prof. Giovanni gave us our marching orders - we WILL PREVAIL!!


KellyAnne O’Reilly Ward - VT Class of 1992

April 18, 2007, 11:34am • Culpeper, VA USA • #13327

After spending 6 years of life in Blacksburg, I still dream about moving back there - even now.  Seeing everyone pull together from far & wide, and after viewing the candle light vigil on television last night has filled my heart with love; the whole Drill Field being illuminated in light, the candle light flickering, reflecting memories of everyone lost and those left behind was truly breathtaking.  May God Bless the Orange and Maroon - my prayers are with you all.

CJ McGrath
Hokie alumni ‘02
English & Horticulture Dept’s.

April 18, 2007, 11:34am • Auburn, AL • #13328

Please know the world over morns the loss of these bright, wonderful and innocent people that lost their lives in such a senseless act.
Please know and feel our warmth and nderstanding as you make way to the other side of this awful nightmare.
With constant love and thoughts
The Russell Family/ Titusville Florida

April 18, 2007, 11:34am • titusville, florida • #13329

I hope you are touched by the hand of God. My thoughts are with you.

April 18, 2007, 11:34am • Bad Axe, MI USA • #13330

Please realize that thousands of alumni like myself and millions of others around the world are praying for all of you, asking God to give you comfort and strength beyond your comprehension, and to bring you so close to your fellow students, faith, friends, and family, that you may look back on these days with not only profound grief, but with the consolation of a community who surrounded you with love and compassion.

April 18, 2007, 11:34am • Alabama • #13331

My heart is with you all in Blacksburg. It isn’t fair that parents and brothers and sisters and friends woke up on Monday morning, not knowing how that day would end. It’s not fair for the mothers and fathers who lost their children, it’s not fair for the brothers and sisters who lost they’re second half, it’s not fair for the friends who lost their best friends. It’s not fair and life’s not fair, so I ask you to

Live life as if you’ll die tomorrow.
Say it like you’ll never get the chance again.
Dream it, no matter what people think.
See the beauty in the little things.
Smile like the day will never end.
Laugh until your stomach hurts.
Cry until your face turns purple.
Never forget ... but always remember.
If you love them, say it, as often as possible.
Hug like you mean it.
Be thankful for the things you have.
Be kind as if it were your profession.
Find your inspirations, for they’re life’s hidden treasures.
Breath like it’s your last breath.
Live by only your heart.
Hold onto hope and never lose it.
Hold onto faith, and always believe in it.
Make your own path in life, let fate and destiny be your guide.
I hope you remember these words.

~Love and Prayers always with you~
Mallory Welch

April 18, 2007, 11:34am • Nokesville, Virginia • #13332

As the mother of a current VT sr. Mech. Eng. student, I am a part of the VT family.  You are all in my prayers.  I wrote the following poem to condense my feelings and share your grief.

Not Lessons Such as These

Few words describe the horror that
occurred at Tech that day.
Last vestiges of innocence
brutally stripped away.
Great halls reserved for learning, but
not lessons such as these.
Sweet college years now bloodied with
horrific memories.
Lives and hopes and dreams cut short;
never to be reclaimed.
Questions with no answers, and
airwaves filled with blame.
The winds of spring blew mightily
upon that fateful day.
The swirling flurries turned to tears
as mourners wept and prayed.

May our loving God hold each of you in the palm of His hand.
Susanne Bunch
Amherst, VA

April 18, 2007, 11:34am • Amherst, VA • #13333

Truly shocking.

I may be several thousand miles away from your college but I understand the grief you all must be feeling, especially the friends and family of those killed by this horrible man.

April 18, 2007, 11:34am • United Kingdom • #13334

I have been like many around the world clued to my tv trying to think of why someone could do such a horrible thing. My thoughts and prayers go out to all that were affected by this. I pray that God will reach out and comfort you as you try and put the pieces together. Ginny

April 18, 2007, 11:34am • Tennessee • #13335

To all the administration, faculty, students and families of Virginia Tech -

We want to extend our heartfelt sorrow to everyone at VT. As my family watched and listened to the horiffic events that took place on April 16 on your campus, we couldn’t and still can’t believe what everyone is going and will go through in the days to come.  We know as time goes by a healing process will begin. For those of you who lossed loved ones and friends, keep them alive in your hearts forever.  God Bless.

The Bower Family
Hudson, Massachusetts

April 18, 2007, 11:34am • Hudson, MA • #13336

To everyone affected by the sensless, tragic shootings of 4/16/07~ May you find some peace in the days and weeks to come.  Losing someone you love unexpectidley, is one of the hardest things life has to bear.  Be paitent with yourselves, and continue to have faith.  No words can describe the pain you feel, and that is okay.  It is okay to mourn and be angry.  Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.  Please take care of yourselves, and get help if you need it…
~Kelly and Mike Murphy

April 18, 2007, 11:34am • Myrtle Beach, SC USA • #13337

Dear Students, Faculty, Family and Friends of the Virginia Tech Community:

The staff and volunteers of Connecticut Hospice wish to extend our very deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by the recent tragic events. 
We recognize the inability of language to articulate the pain of such tremendous loss.  Please know that we are with you in our hearts and in our prayers.
Through our work we are privileged to serve as companions to many who are walking the path of grief and loss. We have been awed and uplifted by the ability of the human spirit to reach out in compassion and hope. 
May the love and caring of others bring you healing and peace.

Elaine Piotroski
On behalf of:
The Connecticut Hospice
100 Double Beach Road
Branford, CT 06404

April 18, 2007, 11:34am • Branford, Connecticut • #13338

It was with great sadness that we heard the news of the campus shootings.  We wish to express our sincerest condolences to the families, students, staff, and the surronding community.

Damian and Mary Ellen Gilbert

April 18, 2007, 11:34am • Calgary, Canada • #13339

I am very sad at this type of act by this student. 

My condolences to all family and friends.

I know that I do not live in USA but I felt the pain that have been left after this brutal act.


April 18, 2007, 11:34am • Guyana • #13340

I would like to offer my deepest condolences.  As a student of a recent school shooting in Pennsylvania Duquesne University I can only in a small way imagine the pain and sorrow that you all are going through.  I know that right now you are wondering how you will overcome such a horrible tragedy and how on earth you will begin to heal, but as time heals all wounds, you will not forget but you will rise above. May God bless you all in your time of need and heal your heavy hearts.

April 18, 2007, 11:34am • Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania. United States • #13341

Dear Families and Friends of the Lost,
To the families affected by this tragedy I pray that you find the strength to carry on and to remember you babies are in a better place now. I know as a mother of three young sons I worry about sending them off to school when things like this happen. But when you send them out that door all you can do is pray that they will be safe and return home to you. To the friends please help those families affected by this event and keep the memories of your friends alive. The whole world is shocked by what has happened in your community. We pray that those students that survived the attack will continue thier educations and not be fearful of going back to school. Those of you who are fearful just remember you did nothing to provoke this act, and it could have happened to any school around our nation. Please remember you are all in our thoughts and prays. Just continue to be strong and I promise you will make it through.

All our love,
The Colburn Family
Houston, Texas

April 18, 2007, 11:34am • Houston, Texas • #13342

As I sat and watched the event’s unfold, my eye’s could tell you of the story being told. I,m not one really for prayer, but pray I did. So to all the family and friends of VT I dedicate all my deepest condolences.

April 18, 2007, 11:35am • Calgary, Alberta, Canada • #13343

Dearest Students & Families,
There are no words that will make this horrible tragedy any less hurtfull. With Gods love, Time will heal your pain and the wonderful memories of the lost will come through.

Out of the ashes a Phoenix will arise! That may be you, a strong influence towards safety for all of our schools. Hold on, a better day is coming. YOU WILL PREVAIL.

The prayers of the whole world are with you now.

The Seckman Family

April 18, 2007, 11:35am • Greeneville, Tennessee, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA • #13344

I write from Calgary, Alberta, Canada to convey the deep sadness and sorrow we feel personally and for all who are affected by this senseless tragedy.  As a parent, I can only imagine the pain and horror of the victims’ families and can only offer my sincere and heartfelt sympathy to them.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers.  May God’s strength carry you.
Judge S. Van de Veen

April 18, 2007, 11:35am • Calgary, Alberta, Canada • #13345

Dear Fellow Hokies;

I look at the images on the TV and internet and I see the place that I once loved, laughed and learned.  It greatly saddens me to think that this place where I so lived could be so marred by violence and tragedy.  I watched the Convocation and was uplifted by the words of the speakers, the sea of orange and maroon and the eruption of positive emotion.  I think of each the students there now that were but being born when I walked the drill field, studied in Davidson Hall and worked out in the War Memorial gym and pool.  You are stewards of our University as once I was.  I have seen you carrying on the Hokie traditions and I am proud of the way you have conducted yourself throughout this ordeal.  My heart is heavy and my eyes tear frequently when I think of you and your loss.  Still my greatest emotion is that of pride and love for something that is so much bigger than the 2,600 acres atop that high plain between the Blue Ridge and Allegany Mountains.  The character, the resilience and the compassion that comprise calling one self a Hokie has been displayed to the world via the most favorable light shinning through such unimaginable darkest.

Wm Joseph Layman, Jr. PhD
Baton Rouge, LA
Chemistry ‘90

April 18, 2007, 11:35am • Baton Rouge, LA • #13346