Condolences, April 19, 2007

As a mother of four young adults that attend colleges, my heart breaks when I imagine the magnitude of suffering.  I want to encourage you, especially Zach Petkewicz, who acted with others preventing further bloodshed at the risk of their own, you did the best you could, thank you! This event was simply the senseless act of a ill-minded person. Pray to the Almighty; for His faithfulness is sure and His peace is complete and everlasting.

April 19, 2007, 10:26am • Fulton, Missouri USA • #29276

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of all these beautiful people.  It is heartbreaking to hear this awful story unravel before our eyes.  I want to let ye all know that ye are in my prayers and thoughts at this troubling time.  I hope ye remain to gain strength from each other and know that we are all thinking of ye here in Ireland.

God Bless,
Sarah Hoare.

April 19, 2007, 10:27am • Dublin, Ireland. • #29277

A student walked into my office at a community college the morning of April 17th wearing a maroon Virginia Tech sweatshirt.  When I asked the student what I could do for them, they said they needed help picking out classes to take that would transfer to Virginia Tech. I paused for a moment, speechless.  The student looked me square in the eye and said, “There isn’t anything that could happen down there that could keep me from going to that school.”

Blessed be the Hokies.  You are loved and supported.


Virginia Tech Class of 2004
Animal and Poultry Sciences
Food Science and Technology

April 19, 2007, 10:27am • Richmond, VA • #29278

I can’t put myself together thinking about all of you and this horrifying incidence. My heart and my prayers go out to all the families, students, and those involved directly or indirectly with this tragedy.

My deepest sympathy,

April 19, 2007, 10:28am • Mississauga, Ontario, Canada • #29279

As an alumna, I’m devastated to think that something so tragic could happen on our “sacred ground” in Blacksburg. My heart aches for every Hokie, especially those students and faculty on campus April 16th. I find solace from my fellow Hokies for their high level of integrity and the extreme loyalty and solidarity for OUR Virginia Tech. In time, we will prevail through this tragedy with a stronger faith in knowing that nothing can break the Hokie spirit.

Our hearts and prayers will always include the fellow Hokies lost on April 16th.

Barbara (’95) and Mark McCauley

April 19, 2007, 10:28am • Berryville, VA USA • #29280

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families of the victims as well as the survivors and their families.

- Clay we love you and you are in our prayers.

Scott and Allyson Fridley
Cleveland, Ohio

April 19, 2007, 10:28am • Cleveland, Ohio • #29281

I will keep all of you that have lost a loved one in my prayers, and I am very sorry. 


April 19, 2007, 10:28am • Mountain City, Tennessee • #29282




April 19, 2007, 10:28am • CUSHING, TX • #29283

It was very shocking and devestating to see what is happening there in Virginia! It was an unexpected incident and horribly taking many precious lives of many who are unreplaceable..We are sharing every moment you go through .. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you!

April 19, 2007, 10:28am • Dubai, United Arab Emirates • #29284

As a mother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend, my heart is breaking for those families that have lost a loved one in this absolute act of selfish anger!  The pain of this act will ripple through all of humanity like a pebble thrown in a lake, but we must have faith that calm will one day come again for all of us.  Those that have fallen are in the loving arms of their Creator where there is no more pain or fear, only peace!  Blessings to all!
Go Hokies!

Sue Hartfiel & Family

April 19, 2007, 10:29am • Stratford, Ontario, Canada • #29285

I just want all of you to know that you’re in my heart and in my prayers.  :(

Rupert C.

April 19, 2007, 10:29am • Los Angeles, CA • #29286

To those affected by the tragic events of April 16th at Virginia Tech:

There is nothing I can say to ease your pain and your sadness, but please know that one day you will find love in your heart, peace in your mind and healing in time. I cannot express how sorry I am to those families and friends who have lost loved ones. I am a Virginia native and VT takes on a new meaning for me as I’m sure it does for many. You Hokies are proud, you’re smart, you’re stong and you will perservere and I am proud of all of you. Please remember, the entire world is not behind you, but beside you. You are in so many thoughts and prayers and you are so loved. God Bless and Peace be with all of you.

April 19, 2007, 10:29am • Leesburg, Virginia • #29287

This is a tragedy that we all share. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims’ families and for the shooter’s family. We must all come together and know that God will help us heal.

Bum-Ki, Kim, and Collin Cho

April 19, 2007, 10:29am • Portage, Michigan • #29288

Dear people,I am a college student and know how tough it is to accept the fact that people of my age were shot and have died.I am so scared that I a not positive if I would stay alive or not or I might be shot dead any day.I feel sorry for the friends we all have lost though they had no fault.I wish th epeople who did this die a ridiculous death nad wish they freared from god.
Hope the students killed rest in peace.
Sweena Sarang
Northampton Community College

April 19, 2007, 10:30am • Easton ,PA • #29289

my prayers are with you all


April 19, 2007, 10:30am • Timmins, Ontario, Canada • #29290

May god bless you and your family. I am so sorry for this pain that people are having to deal with. I will keep you in my prays and be strong. May god bless you.

Love Rikisha, Alaia, Sherry and Stacy

April 19, 2007, 10:30am • Phoenix, Arizona • #29291

Sorry for your losses, I am very sorry for what happened, even over here in england the tradgedy still hits hard.
Take it easy and look after yourselfs.
Matt Walmsley

April 19, 2007, 10:30am • Preston, England • #29292

The power of God shine on the University,students,staff and family of those lost. Coast to Coast we are all united and are family of god, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Flordia will show support on April 20th by wearing Orange and Maroon to show love!!

April 19, 2007, 10:30am • Homestead, Florida • #29293

I am so sorry that kind of thing had to happen to Wa Tech. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Keep in mind that God is with you and he will bring you all through this.
Love each and every one of you

April 19, 2007, 10:31am • Kingsport Tenn • #29294

Our hearts are grieving with yours.  From a distance we watch and pray for you.  This tragedy was meant for evil, but you have already shown that you will make it right and good.  May the God of peace and comfort Who causes us all to triumph be your source of strength and resolve in the days to come.  This can become your finest hour.  By the proxy of our compassion, We are all Hokies now!  Ut Prosim…

The Beal Family

April 19, 2007, 10:31am • Granada Hills, CA. • #29295

Please accept our deepest sympathy in this sad time. What has happened is a horrific tradgedy and we just want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

April 19, 2007, 10:31am • Love from Alabama, the Samford family • #29296


Words cannot convey the pain in my heart that each one of you had to go through during this.  The key words here are go through. Time will dim this pain, but this will be in your memories.  You are VT and as you have shined in the past, you will be a beacon for the world top see.  God bless each of you in your trials and keep that wonderful Hokie spirit alive. 


A new Hokie spirit from Texas Cheryl

April 19, 2007, 10:31am • Lufkin TX • #29297

To Virginia Tech Hokies and their families, I am deeply sadden by this horrific event.  Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.  May you all find peace soon.

Kathy Dupree
Randolph-Macon Woman’s College

April 19, 2007, 10:32am • Lynchburg, Virginia • #29298

I lived in Virginia for over three years.  I met many Tech alumni while I was there, and the one thing I will never forget is the loyalty and love that each had for their school.  It’s something that I have never really seen anywhere else.  It’s beyond sad that it took the tragic events on Monday to show this loyalty and love to the world.  I offer my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of all those affected.  We are all here for you and stay strong.

April 19, 2007, 10:32am • Milwaukee, WI, formerly Richmond and Alexandria, V • #29299

May God continue to bless all of the victim’s families. In their time of bereavement, I pray that they receive strength and that God shows each one favor.

To those students who will continue their educational journey at VA Tech-Stay in prayer and stay focused. God Speed to each of you!

I also pray that the young man’s family also receive strength and God’s favor as they too have suffered a loss.

Peace and Blessings from Texas!

April 19, 2007, 10:32am • San Antonio, Texas • #29300

We here at Wvu-Tech Admissions offer our condolences to those who have been affected in this tragedy.  Now is not the time to place blame but to love.

April 19, 2007, 10:32am • Montgomery WV • #29301

Words can’t express the sadness I feel for the victims and their families.

You are in my prayers.

Lisa Dennis

April 19, 2007, 10:32am • Haddam,Ct. • #29302

My heart goes out to all that are affected by this tragedy. I pray for all those who died and those who are dealing with the loses. Texas Woman’s Universiy in Denton, Texas is praying for you.

April 19, 2007, 10:32am • Denton, Texas • #29303

My heartfelt prayers go to all who have had to experience this horrible tragedy.  My heart is heavy for all of you.  May God hold you in the palm of his hand at this moment.
Jeanette Rogers

April 19, 2007, 10:32am • Lancaster, PA • #29304

i send my condolences to all of the families who have lost some one, when we all know they shouldn’t have. my thoughts and prayers have been for you, all of you, and they will continue to be. just keep your head up, and pray. RIP all the those little angels that are up in heaven now.


April 19, 2007, 10:32am • Portsmouth, VA • #29305

To All at Virginia Tech,

My Name is Ian Jack, I am a British Serviceman who has served with American Forces all over the world. I am from Wales in the UK and want to pass on my Family and I’s heartfelt condolences to all affected at the Tech, including those not directly involved. May god look down on you all and keep you safe in the coming Months. The whole of Britain Mourns with you

April 19, 2007, 10:32am • Great Britain • #29306

My prayers are always with all the victims and their family. God bless you all.

April 19, 2007, 10:32am • Wuhan/China • #29307

On April 16th brilliant minds were senselessly snuffed out.  Future scientists, researchers, and leaders that would have made our world a better place were taken in a horrific act of violence.  Our heartfelt sympathies, thoughts, tears and prayers are will all the families who loved lost ones and also those who have been affected by this unimaginable tragedy.  May you know that your loved ones will forever live in your hearts, minds, thoughts and prayers.

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am in the softly falling snow.
I am in the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am in 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

God bless.

April 19, 2007, 10:33am • ocean city, maryland • #29308

Hi this is cortney and i am from Mitchell, South Dakota. I dont know anyone who goes to the VT. But what i have seen has really bugged me and made me realize what the real world is like. I still go to highschool and if something like that happened here i think that we might know what to do but i am not sure. My condolences, thought, and prayers go out to the families that have lost kids or professiors or husband or dads. I pray for the best for every Family. Everyone of the studens and professiors will always be in my heart every though i never knew anyone. Thanks love Cortney My prayers are with every family

April 19, 2007, 10:33am • Mitchell SD • #29309

I share the deep sadness that this tragedy has done to everyone; my best wishes to all of you, and hope God help us in this difficult times. In God I trust this never happens again; no one deserves this pain.
My prayers are in memory for those colleges lost and their relatives, may God be with you.
I know that all my campus think the same way as I do.
Arturo Castillo Galván
LCPF 289116
ITESM campus Monterrey

April 19, 2007, 10:33am • Monterrey, Nuevo Leon; México • #29310

sorry for all the thoughts and prayers are there for you…

Eddy Wong

April 19, 2007, 10:33am • Twentynine Palms,CA • #29311

Je viens de Suisse et je suis particulièrement touchée par ce drame qui est arrivé dans cette université.

Je pense très fort aux familles et amis des victimes ainsi qu’à tous les autres étudients qui ont vécu cette tragédie et qui n’oublieront jamais ce fameux jour.

C’est malheureux mais j’espère que ce drame fera réfléchir certaines personnes sur le fait que de dialoguer, de communiquer avec les autres est peut-être plus la solution que de tuer des innocents pour après se donner la mort.

Toutes mes sincères condoléances et courage aux familles, amis et survivants de cette tragédie....


April 19, 2007, 10:33am • 1700 Fribourg - Suisse • #29312

Dear VT,
Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
The Jones Family

April 19, 2007, 10:33am • Fort Mohave, AZ • #29313

This is michael Sutherly and i’m in the 8th grade and i’m really sorry that happend to you all and it should’nt of happend to anyone

April 19, 2007, 10:33am • Harrisonburg,VA • #29314

God bless all the victims and there families and all the students at VT. May you all find a way to continue on in the face of this terrible tragedy.  The Osbornes

April 19, 2007, 10:34am • Crumpler N.C. • #29315

Thoughts and prayers - may your lives not be defined by this tragedy.

April 19, 2007, 10:34am • Villefranche sur mer, France • #29316

Our hearts are crying for your community today. Please remember that with god, family and friends our community will recover from this great loss and tragedy. Our prayers are with you all.


April 19, 2007, 10:34am • Courtland, Virginia • #29317

Dear Families, Friends, and Students and all Virginia Hokies,

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time of need! May god Bless you and watch over you.

With Love
The Lister Family

April 19, 2007, 10:34am • Burke va • #29318

To all the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, husbands, wives, children, fiances, extended families, friends and faculty of those that lost a dear loved one, I especially pray for you as you work together to find peace, healing, support, love and guidance during this unexpected loss.  My heart goes out to all of you having also experienced the tragic loss of a college aged loved one at such a young age.  Myself and all my family from Roanoke, VA; Dothan, AL; Birmingham, AL; Abbeville, AL; San Francisco, CA; Hoschton, GA; Braselton, GA and Marietta, GA all pray that you find peace, faith and love in God’s healing arms.

With much love and prayer!

April 19, 2007, 10:34am • Marietta, GA • #29319

I wrote this song to honor those victims of the shooting. For all those in pain and disbelief, this song tries to send a message of healing.

You are all in my prayers

Evan Mack

April 19, 2007, 10:34am • Cincinnati, Ohio • #29320

Dear Virginia Tech,

We are devastated and sorry to hear about the loses that you have had. We know this week may not be the best, but we hope that this has made you stronger and not weaker. We know that you have lost many loved ones and family, but they are in a safer place now. They will always be remembered in Kermit, Texas. Please accept our condolences and prayers. We are with you for anything you are challenged with.

Kermit Junior High seventh graders

April 19, 2007, 10:34am • Kermit, Texas • #29321

Our prayers are with the families during this time of tragedy. Remember, God does hear your prayers.

Jewell and Renee

April 19, 2007, 10:34am • kansas city, kansas • #29322

To my fellow Hokies,

It is so difficult to understand this tragedy.  May your faith give you strength. May memories of happier days give you peace.  From this tragedy, Hokie spirit will rise even stronger.

Charles Rhodes
Class of 1970

April 19, 2007, 10:34am • Santa Rosa, CA • #29323

Dear Grieving Families of Shooting Victims:

I have 3 children, all of whom have gone to college and I cannot imagine being told that one of them was killed due to an unstable student.  My sympathy goes out to all of you, and hopefully your pain and grief will ease with time.  Just try to remember the good times you shared with your child.  They are all with God now and they will be protected from any further harm.  Linda G.

April 19, 2007, 10:35am • Philadelphia, PA • #29324

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who were effected at VT.  We grieve with you and we will help you heal.  You have support from all over the world and we will not soon forget.  May God bless all of you.

April 19, 2007, 10:35am • Pensacola, Florida • #29325