Condolences, April 19, 2007

An empty feeling entered my stomach when I heard of the tragedy at Virginia Tech. I offer my condolences to all of the students and the families of the victims. Stay strong.

April 19, 2007, 9:51am • Massachusetts • #29076

I can’t comprehend just how sad you must feel
For the loss of someone you love.
This sorrowful time must still feel unreal
And you’re looking for strength from above.

I hope, from my heart, that your pain will decrease,
That your spirit will gain strength again,
And I pray that your faith will create inner peace
And that God will send blessings--Amen.

April 19, 2007, 9:51am • Addis Abeba, Ethiopia • #29077

Dear Virginia Tech Family,
My heart goes out to all. Every father, mother, brother or sister of college students across the nation has been impacted by this tragic event. I pray for the families of these students who lost their lives. I have a daughter in college and this breaks my heart.

April 19, 2007, 9:51am • Jasper, Alabama • #29078

There’s really nothing one can say about something this horrible...except I am Sorry. God bless all of the families and friends of these victims.


April 19, 2007, 9:51am • New York City • #29079

May God bless the families and friends of the ones lost. I pray that you find strength and peace through this difficult time. I have lost my youngest daughter through an act of violence and I still cannot conceive of what you are going through. You and your families are always in my thoughts and prayers.


April 19, 2007, 9:51am • Lawrenceville, GA • #29080

There is no way to describe the ache in our hearts for all the family and friends from VT.  Our prayers go out to you.

C&D Wenk

April 19, 2007, 9:51am • Odenton, MD • #29081

I am so very sorry for the loss of your friends and loved ones, all such gifted, generous faculty who made such a difference in the time they were with us.

May their spirit inspire you to keep moving forward and live and love your lives to the fullest.

My heartfelt condolences,

Pamela Grimaud
Montreal, QC, Canada

April 19, 2007, 9:51am • Montreal, Canada • #29082

From all of us at The Uiversity of Georgia we are truly sorry for your lost. We care for you, we here for you and we support you. Go Hokies!!!

April 19, 2007, 9:51am • Athens Georgia • #29083

I am a 16 year old girl.  I watched the news and just feel so bad for all the people who were killed.  I am sorry for their family and friends and hope they get better.

Asia Hughes

April 19, 2007, 9:51am • Toledo, Ohio • #29084

On behalf of the African Student Association and American Marketing Association at the Sate University of New York, accept my deep and sincere condolence for this tragic and cold blooded murder of our fellow students. Let the Almighty Father rest their souls in eternal peace and guide their families.

April 19, 2007, 9:52am • Alfred, New York • #29085

To the Virginia Tech students, faculty, family and friends.

may the grace of the lord be with you all at this time of need. we extend our deepest condolences to all. an to let you know each an everyone of you are in our prayers. may god keep you in his lovin arm.and send comfort to help u through this tragedy

April 19, 2007, 9:52am • Williamson west virginia • #29086

The nations’ thoughts and prayers are with everyone that was affected by the senseless tradgedy that was April 16th. Although it makes no sense now, there is a plan for us all that cannot be seen. All of the souls lost that day are now fulfilling bigger duties than we can comprehend. The state of Wisconsin is behind you all and share your pain. On a personal note, I did not know anyone who was lost but even I can feel a sad spot in my heart that will only be healed with time. May time and patience be on your side during this terrible time. God will watch over you all, along with the nation! Take care of yourselves and may you have solice in your memories of those you loved and lost! Thinking of everyone,
Stephanie S.

April 19, 2007, 9:52am • Madison, Wisconsin • #29087

My Heart and prayers not only go out to the families, friends, and coworkers of Virginia Tech. But the whole nation whose also felt the shock, denial, and grief. We will never forget. May those who have passed on be remembered for all those happy memories and their smiles on their faces. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Ilona S.

April 19, 2007, 9:52am • Indiana State University -Terre Haute, Indiana • #29088

This is a sad day for our world.  I am so sorry for the parents and loved ones left behind.  My heart is breaking for them......the loss is so great!!

April 19, 2007, 9:52am • Mocksville. NC USA • #29089

Dear friends, families, faculty and all of the Hokie community,
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this tragic time and we hope and pray that in the days and months to come that God gives each and everyone of you the strength to go forward with your lives.  Each of you must rely on God for interstrength to continue and know that you’re in everyone’s thoughts and remember the good times with all of the victims of this tragic event.  God Bless!!!!  Randy and Wanda

April 19, 2007, 9:52am • Lerona, WV 25971 • #29090

My four years at VT were among the best years of my life.  Now, 37 years later, when I return to campus I instantly recall those days and feel like I’m 22 again.  How sad that the today’s students will have the horror of this situation marring their VT experience. My prayers go out to the young people and teachers who have had their futures tragically stolen, their families, and the entire VT community students.

M Zelaska
VT Class of ‘70

April 19, 2007, 9:52am • Woodbridge, VA • #29091

"What the heart has once owned ... it shall never lose.” HENRY WARD BEECHER

When someone we love dies, God hides a smile in every memory, and hope in every tear that falls.

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes.” REVELATION 21:4

Some memories are so precious that they are wrapped in love and stored safely in our hearts forever.  Hoping the memories you treasure will comfort you now.

With heartfelt sympathy,
Charlie, Mary and Chaz Pratt

April 19, 2007, 9:52am • Groton, Connecticut • #29092

Words are so inadequate for the loss these families have experienced.  Love and prayers will sustain you through the days.  Turn to God for peace and comfort, it will come eventually.
God Bless!

April 19, 2007, 9:52am • Odessa, TX • #29093

For those of you mourning… I have always found great comfort in this poem when I have lost loved ones in my life.  I am not sure of the author, but it is most assuredly not my work.  My heart goes out to all of you.  I am not a Hokie, I live in VA with my fiance who is stationed in Norfolk and this area has suffered the loss with you.  We mourn with you and we pray for you, but remember in the words of Martina McBride, “God is great, but sometimes life and good and when I pray it doesn’t always turn out like I think it should, do it anyway....” Good luck in the days, weeks and months ahead…

Here is the poem…

Do Not Stand By My Grave And Weep

“Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow;
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.”

A poem with these lyrics was penned by Mary Frye
in 1936, and a second with versus 1 and 2 altered was penned by Wilbur
Skeels in 1996.

April 19, 2007, 9:52am • Newport News, VA • #29094

you all are in my payers as you all try to cope with this tragic event.

James Wright III

April 19, 2007, 9:53am • Richmomd ,Va • #29095

I am a college student at New Paltz University in New York.  As a member of the college community this is a devistating blow to me.  My deepest sympathies are extended to the families and friends of the students and professors who had their lives taken away from them in this outrageous tragedy.  I am in the process of becoming a resident of Virginia in hopes to attend Law School there.  I look foward to being a pillar of any community in this wonderful state and although the delusions of a mentally disturbed maniac have disrupted so many lives forever I believe we can all become stronger and more aware to strengthen our futures.  I view the photos of all those beautiful people I did not know but I cry and feel sorrow for my peers.  Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with all of you in your time of need.
Joseph Dzwill

April 19, 2007, 9:53am • Poughkeepsie, NY • #29096

I was getting ready to pick my children up from school when I turned cnn on before I left to see what was going on in the world for the day.  I couldn’t believe my eye’s....I just sat there in awe not believing what I was seeing.  My family lives in Roanoke, Va. and I just had a sister graduate from Radford University last May which is only 15 min.  away from Virginia Tech.  I don’t understand how any human being can have so much hatred to want to hurt so many other’s in a senseless act of violence.  My deepest thoughts of sympathy are with all of you as well as my prayers. I can’t begin to imagine what any of you or your families went through that day it was just a horrible thing. And reading some of the other condolences you all know the whole world is thinking of you. May God be with all of you and guide you through this difficult time.  Stay strong and stay proud and united.

Wendy Knisely

April 19, 2007, 9:53am • Northwood, Ohio • #29097

To Everyone at VA Tech,

We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss and disaster that has happened there.  We would like to give our condolences to everyone that lost a relative, or some dear to them.  May They All Rest I Peace and May Their Memory Be Eternal.

With Deepest Sympathies To All!!

George, Essa, and Ishak Akel and Family

April 19, 2007, 9:53am • Little Rock, Arkansas • #29098

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone at Virginia Tech.  We can not begin to imagine what everyone there must be going through.  We have two sons who are Juniors in High School and one of them has intentions of applying to Virginia Tech.  What happened Monday has not changed his mind.  God Bless each and every one of you as you go through what must be the most difficult time in your lives.

Bannon & Mitchell Family

April 19, 2007, 9:53am • Kingsville, Maryland • #29099


April 19, 2007, 9:53am • ISLE OF WIGHT ENGLAND • #29100

I have no connection to VT; but, I have a connection to the world.  I have experienced the loss of a child too soon and without reason and my heart goes out to VT’s parents-those who must live with this tragedy for the rest of their days and those who are spared. 
Find the strength through prayer and faith.

April 19, 2007, 9:53am • Bedford, New Hampshire • #29101

I professori e gli studenti del Liceo Secintifico “Guglielmo Oberdan” di Trieste, partecipano commossi al tremendo lutto che ha colpito la Virginia Tech e sono vicini ai parenti delle vittime.

Liceo Scientifico “G. Oberdan” - Trieste (Italy)

April 19, 2007, 9:53am • Trieste - Italy • #29102

As a mom, as a college instructor, as a former Virginia resident, as an ACC basketball fan, as a person whose life was made fuller and happier by college experience.....I stand with you, I pray for you, I grieve with you.

April 19, 2007, 9:53am • Baltimore, Maryland • #29103

There can never be enough words to say that will make your situation any better. I am truely sorry about what happened.  I know it is hard and will be hard to deal with this for the rest of your life. My thoughts and prayers will be with you always. I know none of you know me but if anyone just needs to talk or if you need anything please email me anytime. I will try my best to help you in any way I can. My names Again I am truely sorry for your losses.

April 19, 2007, 9:53am • Axtell, KS • #29104

I work on a university campus and I just can’t imagine the emotion on your campus and in your community.

To say “You’re in my prayers”, just doesn’t seem to be enough somehow.  However, you are in my prayers that God’s love, Christ’s compassion, and the Holy Spirit’s healing will rain down on all of you.

In the words of the Reverend Billy Graham-
“Christ calls us to follow Him, regardless of the cost, and He has never promised that our path will always be smooth.  I have chosen Christ not because He takes away my pain but because He gives me strength to cope with the pain and in the long range to realize victory over it.”

In Him Who First Loved Us,
Shirley Luscinski

April 19, 2007, 9:53am • Murfreesboro, Tennessee • #29105

We here at William and Mary are thinking and praying for you Hokies. I, personally, want to wish you hope, peace, and security for the upcoming days. We will never forget and are deeply saddened by what has happen to your campus. VA Tech did not deserve such a tragic, needless situation. However, keep your heads up and smile at the memories you had with your former classmates. May God (or your specific higher being) be with and bless you for the rest of the semester. I am sorry for what you have suffered but I pray that you will be able to still live your life to the fullest. Hokies, you are in our hearts in Williamsburg!! Pamela

April 19, 2007, 9:54am • Williamsburg, VA • #29106

I pray for the students, faculty, and families affected by the shootings at Virginia Tech at this sorrowful time. I pray that God will give them the strength to move forward. None of us can understand such tragedy, but I know God has taken your loved ones to Heaven and you will be reunited again someday in a much better place.

April 19, 2007, 9:54am • Norwich, Ohio • #29107

My prayers goes out to all of the families, students, friends, and supporters. You are all forever in my prayers and heart.

~With Love,

Allisa Keeling

April 19, 2007, 9:54am • Norfolk, VA 23509 • #29108

We wish to convey our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the families of the victims of this horrible and senseless crime, to the student body and faculty.
May the Lord strenghthen you all.

Tela American School
Students and Faculty

April 19, 2007, 9:54am • Honduras • #29109

To the families of the students that were taken away from them and the staff and students at VTech, I would like to offer my condolences.  I know if I were in your situation I would be confused and not know what to do.  I hope that things will get better.

Alashia Davis
Robinson Jr. High

April 19, 2007, 9:54am • Toledo, Ohio • #29110

To everybody at Virginia Tech,
We would like to express our sincere and heartfelt condolences for everybody that lost their lives on Monday. And our thoughts and well wishes go out to the survivors, families, friends and everybody at Virginia Tech.
It is such a senseless tragedy but in the end you will pull through this and be even stronger. Terror can never win!

I was shocked
just how deep
my sadness was
until I stepped
over it.

We wish you all the best in the days and weeks to come and will continue to think of you.

Always and forever in our thoughts and hearts
Angie, Maurice, Dylan & Caitlin La Brie

April 19, 2007, 9:54am • Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada • #29111

“Little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide, and though we cannot see you, you are always by our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.”

The nation is greiving with you, VA.  May I offer my deepest condolences to the friends and families of all the victims, may you overcrome your great sadness.

April 19, 2007, 9:54am • Indianapolis, Indiana • #29112


April 19, 2007, 9:54am • EVANSVILLE ,INDIANA /U.S.A • #29113

Our sincerest condolences go out to everyone in Hokie Nation! our thoughts and prayers are with you in hopes you will have the strenght together as one team to heal from this horrific tragedy!


April 19, 2007, 9:54am • Boston, ma • #29114

The family and friends of VT philosophy professor William FitzPatrick express our profound sadness and condolences to the VT community and to all those who lost their loved ones in this terrible event.
Most sincerely,
Kathleen FitzPatrick and Henry Cretella
Anne and Bill FitzPatrick
Taylor Briggs
Nathan Briggs

April 19, 2007, 9:54am • Pittsford, New York, USA • #29115

No words are sufficient to express our sadness and shock for your losses. So much pain and suffering will be hard to overcome, but you have the Hokie spirit. Be strong for the survivors and families of the victims. Be strong for your fellow students and faculty. But mostly, be strong for yourself, and know that you have many hearts and minds loving you and thinking of you from all over the world.

Darby Dickerson

April 19, 2007, 9:54am • Fort Pierce, FL.... formerly of Manassas and Fairf • #29116

May you take comfort in the memories of your loved ones and know that the nation grieves with all of you. God bless.

April 19, 2007, 9:54am • Orlando, Florida • #29117

My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this profound time of tragedy.  As a Radford University graduate, I understand what it is to be in such a small town community “where nothing happens,” but I can assure you, no one will ever forget what happened there this week.  God bless you all. 

~Stephanie Saunders

April 19, 2007, 9:54am • Norfolk, Virginia, USA • #29118

My prayers are going out to the families who lost loved ones, to the friends of the lost loved ones, and to the entire community of VT. Just remember that God never puts more on you than you can bair. In every bad there is good. Just look to the hills from which cometh your help, all your help cometh from the Lord. May God bless you and be with you.
*May God Bless You*
Chasity K. Rudd

April 19, 2007, 9:54am • Hollister, NC • #29119

we are so sorry to here of all your losses the man that did this was so wrong!! no one will ever understand your pain or grief but support is always there

April 19, 2007, 9:54am • springport MI United States • #29120

I am so saddened by this tragic event. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Hokies will never be forgotten.


April 19, 2007, 9:54am • Spring Grove, PA • #29121

This ‘Westfield High School’ family wants you to know our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims, families, friends, VT students and faculty members who were impacted by this horrible tragedy.  May God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you during this time of great sorrow and help carry you through the trying days ahead.

April 19, 2007, 9:55am • Centreville, VA • #29122

Deepest condolences and we feel for all the victims and there families. We want you all to know that people around the world are thinking of you and are also in shock of what happened at your university.

michael & alexandrina Rutges

April 19, 2007, 9:55am • Amsterdam, Netherlands • #29123

I do not even know where to begin, words just fail me right now.  I drove down to VT to pick up my son and one of his friends, so thankful that they were both all right, and yet grieving for the parents, family members and friends of the students and faculty who were victoms of this tragic event.  My thoughts, my heart, my prayers…

April 19, 2007, 9:55am • Havre de Grace, Maryland • #29124

The Nicole C. Mullen song “call on Jesus” further down explains it right. Stick by the creator in this hard time. I know no one in Virginia but this story has really hit me. I’ve spent the last two days reading as much as I can about the developments. I’m praying for everyone; victims, parents, and teachers. God bless the hoakies!

April 19, 2007, 9:55am • Jacksonville, Fl • #29125