Condolences, April 19, 2007

To all of you who’ve been touched by this tragedy, you have been, and will continue to be in my heart and prayers.  You are a shining example of courage and character to our country and the world.

Tim Kretzer

April 19, 2007, 1:44pm • Proctorville, OH • #30982

We wrote this poem in memory of the fallen and in honor of all VA Tech students, staff and faculty.

I Will Not Go Quietly

For reasons I cannot comprehend, you stalked my innocence and peace.
You will not succeed. I will not go quietly.

For a day, a terrible day, you shook my world with horror, fear and grief.
You will not succeed. I will not go quietly.

For though you took from me my friends, my brothers, sisters, all.
You will not succeed. I will not go quietly.

For every hope and dream you stole, memories and love remain.
You will not succeed. I will not go quietly.

For though I cannot change your deeds, I will not bend my knee.
You will not succeed. I will not go quietly.

For I will not let your hate consume me. I will not let it win.
You will not succeed. I will not go quietly.

For what you did, I want to hate you and spit your name out of my mouth.
You will not succeed.  I will not go quietly.

For though it hurts, I will forgive - in time, with Grace from God.
You will not succeed.  I will not go quietly.

For I am part of a greater whole. I am as those now gone; a member of the family you never chose to know. We call ourselves Hokies, and we will not go quietly. You did not succeed.

April 19, 2007, 1:44pm • Suffolk, VA • #30983


April 19, 2007, 1:44pm • CHICAGO, IL • #30984

William and Mary is with you all right now.
For today we are all HOKIES.

April 19, 2007, 1:44pm • Williamsburg, Va • #30985

The Virginia Tech community goes beyond the borders of Blacksburg; it now extends all over the world. As VT staff in an off-campus office, I would like to express my deep sorrow and prayers for all affected by the tragedy of April 16th. It is true what has been said: we are a community and a family.

York County Extension

April 19, 2007, 1:44pm • Yorktown, VA • #30986

I am truly sorry for your loss and hope that each day will bring happiness back to your lives.  Always remember the kindness of everyone that touches your life and embrace the compassion that people do care.  Remember to LIVE, LOVE AND LAUGH each day and tell the loved that you love them too. 
Susan Jean

April 19, 2007, 1:44pm • Silver Spring, MD • #30987

I will never understand why it happened nor will I understand your pain. You ALL are in my thoughts and prayers! Stay strong and be with one another. 

David J. Gordon

April 19, 2007, 1:45pm • Conneaut Lake, PA • #30988

my family and i would like to say to everyone we pray for you.may god bless you and be with you.

April 19, 2007, 1:45pm • boone north carolina • #30989

I know it is hard for you as your friends and love ones transited from body to pure spirit. Because they are all eternal spirits their presents will always be with us. PEACE BE WITH YOU.

A Dedicated College Professor

April 19, 2007, 1:45pm • Lithonia, GA • #30990

I pray that our community will heal with the grace and courage that we have all shown these past few days. What happened does not make sense and is not fair but showing support and faith is all that we can do right now.
The outpouring of support by other schools and communities is something we can look to and draw strength from.

I pray for all students and families affected by Monday’s events. I pray that they can feel the love we have for the victims and the love we will continue to show. I pray that God touches each and every one of us during this time.

We are all Hokies.

with love - Meredith

April 19, 2007, 1:45pm • Richmond and Blacksburg, VA • #30991

I would like to send my prayer and love to the familiar of there lost one. I just want to say that God is still in controlled. He will be there when you need him in this time of rememberance. I pray that this will bring the people in American and all around the world together to help and love one another.

April 19, 2007, 1:45pm • Sparta Ga • #30992

It hard to know what to say in these sorts of situations. But one thing that I do know is that my thoughts and prayers are with everybody connected with the tragedy. May you find peace. x

April 19, 2007, 1:45pm • Leeds, UK • #30993

I cant begin to imagine what you are going through but I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

April 19, 2007, 1:45pm • Spring, TX • #30994

I am as international student here in canada, I am so sad that somebody could do something really brutal to innocent students. I don’t know what to say, just I want the god to give the victoms familly power to bear this incidents.

April 19, 2007, 1:45pm • saint john, NB, canada • #30995

My school, my family and my community all send their love and deepest condolences on the loss of your students, colleagues, friends and family.  Our prayers are with you all at the very sad time.

Loraine Lambert

April 19, 2007, 1:45pm • Pudsey, Leeds - England • #30996

I just wanted to let everyone know that you all have my greatest support and love and concern. Best wishes to everyone.

April 19, 2007, 1:45pm • Madisonville, Kentucky • #30997

Tears and warm hugs from Bedford [England] to all the bereaved families and friends…

Our prayers are with you - God Bless you and sustain you in these awful times


April 19, 2007, 1:45pm • Bedford, England • #30998

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone during this difficult time.  I wish there was something more that I could do.....

April 19, 2007, 1:45pm • Feeding Hills, MA USA • #30999

I hope you find the strenght to cope through this very tough time.

We feel the pain of your loss.

With much love and kindness we will pray for you.

April 19, 2007, 1:45pm • Pennsylvainia • #31000


April 19, 2007, 1:45pm • MANASSAS, VA • #31001

I wish to share my condolences to all the VT community and especially to those who lost a loved one during this terrible act. My God be with you all.

The Maldonado Family

April 19, 2007, 1:45pm • Clermont, FL • #31002

Please accept my heartfelt condolences at this time of terrible tragedy. I cannot imagine what everyone is going through. Senseless acts are so hard to understand.
May God be with you all and give you comfort in your time of trial.
God bless you.

Mary Stalnaker

April 19, 2007, 1:45pm • Boyce, VA • #31003

Draw near to HIM and HE will draw near to you!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

April 19, 2007, 1:45pm • La Quinta, CA • #31004

Zach Petkewicz especially deserves an honorary degree from Virginia Tech for his resourcefulness in organizing the effort to secure the classroom door in Norris Hall and for his humility in the aftermath!
The Rev. Thomas L. Mc Clellan

April 19, 2007, 1:45pm • Philadelphia, PA • #31005

I am deeply sorry for the recent events that have taken place. My prayers and thought have only been with you this entire week. I cannot stop putting myself in your shoes and thinking about how it would feel if it happened closer to home for me. I couldnt imaging your pain and loss. When i read about what happened chills run throughout my entire body and tears build up behind my eyes. I am so sorry.

April 19, 2007, 1:45pm • sayreville, NJ • #31006

Dear Hokies,
It’s impossible to know exactly what to say, but my deepest thoughts and prayers are with the
entire VT community. Be strong and keep on striving forward.People all across the world are behind you. Seek God in the darkness-Isaiah 55:6.
Let’s Go! Ho kies !!!

April 19, 2007, 1:45pm • Ronceverte, WV • #31007


I did not go to Tech, but I have spent so much time there that I feel as though I did. Dating, parties, special events, and sports have called me to Blacksburg on so many occasions in the past. Knowing so many students, past and present, really gives me a connection to this school that binds me with all the others that are in the same place I am in.

You are all in my mind, my heart, and my prayers. I wish you all to be in the strongest character, as I know you are. You have all represented yourselves and your school in the most spirited and eloquent way possible, and above all, my respect is given to you all.

Thomas Bryant

April 19, 2007, 1:46pm • Forest, VA • #31008

My name is Cat Ayre and I am in Greenville, South Carolina.
I have been watching the news all week—and feel for all of you.  I have cried several times… and struggled with the information I have read and held on to.
I publish a sports newsletter and have put in a memorium page, dedicated to those affected.
I am a former disaster worker and college student—I understand both sides.. though not to this extent.  I do know how it feels to lose a loved one through tragedy..... the pain, the anger.... and appreciation of the memories.....

just know my thoughts are there........and I am sending info to whoever needs it/wants it…

April 19, 2007, 1:46pm • Greenville, South Carolina • #31010

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Virginia Tech community.

April 19, 2007, 1:46pm • New Carlisle, Indiana • #31011

My thoughts and prayers go out to students, parents, faculty and anyone else who has been affected by this tragedy.  Your loved ones will not be forgotten.

April 19, 2007, 1:46pm • Apple Valley, MN • #31012

Our prayers and thoughts are with the families of the victims and the Virginia Tech community. 

May God bless and watch over you in your time of sorrow.

April 19, 2007, 1:46pm • Beckley, WV • #31013

My heartfelt condolenses to those families and friends of the victims of this horrible event.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all and may God lead you out of this dark time and into brighter and better times.

April 19, 2007, 1:46pm • Shippensburg University Alumni • #31014

My Name is Timothy J Ferguson and my son is Jonathan Andrew Ferguson and is a student in the Animal & Poultry Science program. I am so thankful that he is alive and my heart goes out to all of the victims and there families. The heart and spirit of Virginia tech will never die as long as there are hokies. I will be praying for Virginia Tech each to heal and get stronger.
Thank you,
Timothy J Ferguson

April 19, 2007, 1:46pm • Lebanon, VA Russell • #31015

Virginia Tech is my BELOVED alma mater, I cannot express my deep sorrow for the loss of my fellow Hokies and the violation of VT’s innocence. At the same time tears roll in my eyes when i see Prof Giovanni’s speech.

But we are Hokies ..we are STRONG before and we will be even STRONGER now and no coward can shake our resolve and our might.

April 19, 2007, 1:46pm • Ashburn, VA • #31016

Please know that the country is grieving with you. We are all so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you, that you might find peace.

April 19, 2007, 1:46pm • Parma, Ohio • #31017

there are no words that can give much comfort when faced with senseless acts of hatred. I just pray that through this students and faculty become stronger and more together. Honor those that we lost by striving to not let the gunman have what he wanted. More love, courage, and rememberence then fear and hatred.
thier lives were ended too soon

April 19, 2007, 1:46pm • california • #31018

i want to express my deep feelings to all the students and those families who lost a dear being.

the violence is not the solution…
Rodrigo Gomez

April 19, 2007, 1:46pm • Chile • #31019

To the families, staff and student body of Virginia Tech, Please except my and my fellow students of The College of New Jersey our heartfelt condolences on your terrible loss. In the difficult weeks that follow please remember that you are not alone. Students and citizens around the entire country stand beside and pray with you.
David W. Smith
The College of New Jersey

April 19, 2007, 1:46pm • Trenton N.J. • #31020

I am so sorry for your loss. Be strong!

April 19, 2007, 1:46pm • Charlottesville, Va. USA • #31021

My deepest condolences extend to all of those both directly and indirectly affected by this tragedy. So much life being lost in a misguided assault is truly a catastrophe. These academics had so much to give to the world and it is a great shame that their potential will now never be realised. Even though I am thousands of miles away in Ireland the shock of hearing this news has deeply affected myself and my fellow classmates here at university. May you find peace and calm in your hearts after this devastation.

Miss O’Brien

April 19, 2007, 1:46pm • Ireland • #31022

My heart and my thoughts are all with you!!  I’m so proud of this college for with everything that you have been through you are still standing on top and you all will make it through this tough, very tough black and blank hole.  My prayers are with everyone, the staff, the students and the victims.  You will get through this and I will be thinking about every single one of you as Virginia Tech will still be on top. 
Go Hokies!!!  Go VT!!!!  Keep it a goin!!!

April 19, 2007, 1:46pm • Mount Jackson, Virginia, United States of America • #31023

This is such a tragedy and it really makes you stop and think that this could happen anywhere. I am so sorry for all of your losses. Stay strong.

<3 Steph <3

April 19, 2007, 1:46pm • Pennsylvania • #31024

Dear students, faculty, administrators, staff and their families at Virginia Tech,

Words can not express the pain and sorrow our nation share with all of you at Virginia Tech. I can’t even imagine what you must be going through right now. May you find strength and comfort in God, the memories of each of those who parished, and in knowing that a whole nation is praying for you. 

With deepest simpathy,

Sissy Shephard and family.

April 19, 2007, 1:46pm • #31025


April 19, 2007, 1:47pm • ATLANTA, GA • #31026

Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences for those of you suffering from this tragedy. You have a beautiful campus and an unbending spirit. This event will only make that stronger.

Anne & Travis

April 19, 2007, 1:47pm • San Diego, CA • #31027

Although we may be rivals in sports, we are all one under God’s heaven.  Our prayers and love are with you all as VT begins the healing process.  Know that the West Virginia Mountaineers will be here if you need us.  We care very deeply for our fallen brothers and sister, and we offered up our own candlelight vigil service on Wed. April 18th.  We will continue to pray and be mindful of how precious our lives truly are.


April 19, 2007, 1:47pm • Morgantown, West Virginia • #31028

Our thoughts and prayer are with you, and rest assured the entire Country is one “Hokie Nation”!

The Basselgia Family

April 19, 2007, 1:47pm • Lebanon, Pa. U.S.A. (Hokie Nation) • #31029

Esprimo le mie piĆ¹ sentite condoglianze per una tragedia che non ha confini.
Ho guardato i sorrisi spensierati delle mie figlie di 1 e 3 anni e ho pensato al dolore che stanno vivendo i familiari delle vittime a cui sono immensamente vicino. Abbiate coraggio.

April 19, 2007, 1:47pm • Parma, Italy • #31030

My husband and I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. It is one of the most peaceful places on Earth. Our hearts are so heavy right now for the students, parents,& staff of VA TECH.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!! May God Bless you and comfort you!

April 19, 2007, 1:47pm • Goldsboro, North Carolina • #31031

My thoughts and prayers goes out to everyone who has lost their lives and to those who survives them. Keep your head up and continue to live life like the way they would’ve want you to.God bless VIRGINIA TECH!!!!!!!!!!!

Emil Jackson

April 19, 2007, 1:47pm • Chicago,IL • #31032