Condolences, April 19, 2007

I was watching this story unfold throughout the morning on tv and I could not believe what I was seeing. This is a horrible tragedy for our whole nation. We are wounded but we will survive.
Everyone at VT has my sincere condolences, to the many families of those who lost their lives and to the survivors. You have my deepest sympathy. May God Bless each and every one of you.
“God Sends His Love on Angel’s Wings”

April 19, 2007, 8:41pm • Chillicothe, Ohio • #32486

To everyone affected by Mondays events,
our condolences from around the world are deeply expressed, I know nothing anyone says or does can take away the pain and fear of the trajedy but our thoughts and prayers are with all of you
I’m very sorry

Sabryna D.

April 19, 2007, 8:41pm • Pleasanton, Ca • #32487

I wish to express my condolences to the families who lost a loved one in the tragedy at VT. I looked at the photos and read the bios posted on the internet. I read each with a tear in my eyes and a heavy heart. So much was taken away on that fateful day. The value of all the lives lost cannot be measured. Young and old fell that day on a proud campus. I send my love and prayers to all Hokies. May God sustain you in your grief, strengthen you in your healing.  Pastor Bob S.

April 19, 2007, 8:41pm • Dover, Delaware • #32488

Hugs, prayers, and sympathy to all Tech students,families faculty and staff. We are Hokies to the core, but never more than these last few days and the days ahesd. You are on our minds and in our hearts and we will keep you there. Carolyn and John Huzzard

April 19, 2007, 8:42pm • Fairfax Station VA USA • #32489

I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the families,friends,all student’s and administration at Virginia Tech.All my coworkers,neighbors,friends and family here in Marion,Va. and all our neighboring communities thoughts and prayers are with you all.May God ease the pain in your hearts and remember,Hokies are forever!
Rixie Greer

April 19, 2007, 8:42pm • Marion,Virginia • #32490

To the Hokie Nation,

my deepest condolences go out to everyone who has been struck by this horrific tragedy.  i cannot even fathom what the entire VT family had and continues to have to go through.

forget not that you have arms around you, true hearts upon which to rest, and tender sympathies for which to draw consolation for the past, comfort for the present and hope for the future…

it is these times, that you will allow your entire Hokie family to grow even stronger than it was just a few days ago…

April 19, 2007, 8:42pm • seattle, wa • #32491

I am so sorry for everyone’s loss.  It is just as shocking and horrifying as 9-11.  My prayers are with you for I too knew people at VA Tech.

April 19, 2007, 8:42pm • Dallas,Tx • #32492

There was a sad scene on the tv the other many unneccessary lives lost in such an enormous tragedy. Australia is thinking of you all.

April 19, 2007, 8:42pm • Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. • #32493

Dear Professor Giovanni,
Please allow me to intrude upon your grief to say thank you for your message of inspiration delivered at the Convocation.  Of all the speakers, including our President, you did more to lift up our students, our country and our world…more than you will ever know.  May God continue to bless you, strengthen and comfort you as you light the way for our VT Family.

Arlene Gentile
Mother of a VT alum from Pittsburgh, PA

April 19, 2007, 8:42pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #32494

I am both shocked and horrified by this terrible tragedy. These students and faculty members were inncoent people who lost their lives for no reason. I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the families of all who’s lives were tragically cut short. My heart goes out to you and even though I was not closely connected to anyone involved in this senseless tragedy, I am a Virginia native and I have been deeply affected by this.
I am also a college student and a UVA fan, but no matter which college team I am a fan of, “We are all Hokies, we share your spirit, and no matter what we will prevail!!!”
My prayers and thoughts are with you the families and students of Virginia Tech. May God bless you as you begin to heal.

April 19, 2007, 8:43pm • Danville, Virginia • #32495

My heart crys for you all, I am so very sorry this happened. Please know that there are so many praying for you, stand strong.  God Bless VT.


April 19, 2007, 8:43pm • Corpus Christi, Texas • #32496

I’m from China. I was so shocked to hear this.
This is so sad.

Don’t know what to say

God bless.

April 19, 2007, 8:43pm • China • #32497

We express our deepest condolences to the family of victims and meditate the souls of victims lay in peace.

Our Shinna World sincerely pray that the souls forgive our world and enjoy another life in another life form in this world or others.

God be with you.

Shinna World

April 19, 2007, 8:43pm • Seoul • #32498

As I sit here and think of some unique words to offer, I am saddened and quiet. To the families and close ones of those we have lost, my deepest thoughts and my loudest prayers are with you all. To Virginia Tech, continue to stand tall. The Nation is keeping you close to it’s heart. We will not forget and will live for those that were lost. God bless you all.


April 19, 2007, 8:44pm • Dallas, GA • #32499

Dear hokies,
I want to let you that the togetherness of your college communitty at this tragic time makes me proud to be a part of this generation of college students/graduates. You have shown the whole world that your university communitty will not be brought down, but be stronger because of this horrific tradgedy. My prayers and condolences go out to all of the families as well as the students of VT. You should all be proud of yourselves.
Sam N

April 19, 2007, 8:44pm • Bridgeport CT • #32500

To the entire VT community, family and friends of those who died and were wounded, I want to express a hearthful and deepest sympathy.  I do not know any one at Vt but I as the well as the country mourn your losses.  You need to put your faith in our Lord for he will get us all through this terrible time.
They will forever be in my prayers and thoughts.  God Bless you and stay strong, you all have a caring and loving community.


April 19, 2007, 8:44pm • Rehoboth, Massachusetts • #32501

I encourage you to bind yourselves in God’s light. You are the hope and promise of a better tomorrow. Because of this, I encourage you as friends to shed light when there’s no light and provide warmth when there is coldness. Tomorrow has blessings waiting patiently for each of you. God bless!

April 19, 2007, 8:44pm • Atlanta, Georgia • #32502

To all of Virginia Tech,
This is a horrible time in your history, and in the history of the United States. Know that you have not only the United States pulling for you, but you have other counries behind you as well. May you find the strength, the love, encouragement, and hope you need in the coming days. May you find comfort and rest in the arms of the savior, and in your friends and family.
Bowling Green State University is behind you and is praying and hoping for you.
May God Bless and Keep You Always In His Arms,
And May He Hold and Keep The Souls Of Those Lost,


April 19, 2007, 8:44pm • Bowling Green, Ohio • #32503

As a parent of six children I can only imagine the grief of the parents on losing their beloved children, spouses and friends.  All of West Michigan grieves with these parents.  The most inspiring thing I have witnessed via News stories is the amazing spirit and love of the Hokies.  I hope my children are fortunate to attend their one day.  I have been deeply touched by all of you down at VT.
Michigan loves the “Hokies”

With love Laurie Cotto-GR michigan

April 19, 2007, 8:44pm • Grand Rapids Michigan • #32504

As a Mom of a VT alumni, Brett Montague, 2006, I’m saddened by this tragedy and hope that Hokie Hope does prevail. My sympathies go out to all of the families and students at VaTech. It’s a great place and my confidence is in the strength that the Hokies have shown and continue to show.

April 19, 2007, 8:44pm • Glenside,PA • #32505

I am mindful of you always in my prayers, continually praying unto God the Father in the name of his Holy Child, Jesus, that he, through his infinite goodness and grace, will keep you through the endurance of faith on his name to the end.

April 19, 2007, 8:44pm • Front Royal, Virginia • #32506

We sorry for your loss and our prayers go out to all that are involved,
-Members of Pleasant Volunteer Fire Dept,Warren PA
GO Hokies!!!!

April 19, 2007, 8:44pm • Pennsylvania • #32507

Virginia Tech, all the students, and all the parents my thoughts and prays are with you.  I am a student at Emerson College and this tragedy has greatly impacted my heart and thoughts along with all of Emerson College.  Good Luck.

April 19, 2007, 8:45pm • Massachusetts • #32508

Stay strong even in this time of pain. You are the Hokies and we all love you and the world is behind you in support and prayer. You are Virginia Tech!


April 19, 2007, 8:45pm • Leesburg, Virginia • #32509

I try to think of words, but none are adequate. What I can do is promise to love my son better (he is 23 and graduating this year from NCSU), to look to the world think of what the world missed by the loss of these lovely and fine people, and then each day, try and do something extra, that is good in the world even if a small something, with them in mind so in a small way they are kept always with us.

April 19, 2007, 8:45pm • Winston Salem, NC • #32510

We are devastated for all of the students and faculty at Virginia Tech. Our hearts are broken, and we especially grieve for the families of the victims. Please know that you are, and will be forever in our hearts and prayers.  Keep the faith, and may you find comfort in the love of each other and your families. The world is embracing you at this most difficult time.

Carlyn W.

April 19, 2007, 8:45pm • Pompton Plains, New Jersey • #32511

I am a Tech Alum and this has hit me hard. I am so proud of the students interviewed on TV. They have been so poised and articulate in the interviews shown on TV. May God bless all who have been affected by this tragedy.

Susan ‘81

April 19, 2007, 8:45pm • Cumming, GA USA • #32512

To the entire VT community, family and friends of those who died and were wounded,I want to express a hearthful and deepest sympathy.  I do not know any one at Vt but I as the well as the country mourn your losses.  You need to put your faith in our Lord for he will get us all through this terrible time.
They will forever be in my prayers and thoughts.  God Bless you and stay strong, you all have a caring and loving community.


April 19, 2007, 8:45pm • Rehoboth, Massachusetts • #32513

To the VATech students, staff and the entire community........The entire world is grieving for you and praying that you feel the loving arms of God wrapped around you.  Three and a half days have passed since this horrific tragedy has hit your campus and 32,000 people have expressed their prayers and love to each and every one of you on this website alone. There is not a corner of this Earth that is not touched by your tragedy.  As a mother of two Virginia college students I weep for you as I do my own.  Never give up as we will never forget this day.  Go forward with your dreams what ever they may be - but most importantly - Go forward as a Hokie!!!  May you feel our continued prayers as you try to understand this horrible event you have endured.  May God continue to bless you each and every day!

April 19, 2007, 8:45pm • Chesterfield, VA • #32514

I want to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to you all ....This was a tragic event and my thoughts are with all who were affected by it.

April 19, 2007, 8:46pm • Lorton, Virginia • #32515

All of the families of the victims are in my family’s thoughts and prayers. Our hearts go out to all of you. May God bring peace to you all!

April 19, 2007, 8:46pm • wood river, il • #32516

We are so sad.  This was a horrible event.  Our hearts and well wishes are sent to all who were touched by this terrible event.

The Siegel Family

April 19, 2007, 8:46pm • Atlanta, GA • #32517

As the news of this tragedy spread, my first thought was “innocence lost”.  The words to a Dan Fogelberg song came to mind and I have taken some liberty to adapt them:

We’ll have a toast to innocence
We’ll have a toast to now
We’ll try to reach beyond the emptiness
But no one knows quite how

To all the families and friends of loved ones,
students, faculty and staff of Virginia Tech know many grieve beside you and wish you strength, love and peace.

April 19, 2007, 8:46pm • Bethlehem Twp., NJ • #32518

On behalf of Clark College School of Nursing in Vancouver, Wa I would like to say you are all in our hearts and prayers.  We have thought about you daily and have all been proufoundly affected by your tradgedy.  You have our support!

Katie R.
Nursing Student, Clark College

April 19, 2007, 8:47pm • Vancouver, Wa • #32519

My thoughts and prayers goes to all those out there supporting Virginia Tech. I am a huge hokie fan and have family that attend and soon will be going there in the fall. This is a major impact and will not be forgotten. We ARE Virginia Tech and we will go forward with these people in our heart and soul.

VT needs to pull together as one to carry the strength

God Bless

April 19, 2007, 8:47pm • Centreville, Va • #32520

My thoughts and prayers are with those at VA Tech.  Everyone around the world is thinking of you.

April 19, 2007, 8:47pm • Hackettstown, NJ • #32521

I will be praying for all of you.  Please don’t scapegoat the Korean American community.  They are grieving as all of you are.

April 19, 2007, 8:47pm • Glen Burnie, MD • #32522

My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who so tragically lost their lives. To the students and staff of Virginia Tech,though you will never forget, with God’s blessing may you start to heal.

Janice K.

April 19, 2007, 8:47pm • Scarborough, Ontario Canada • #32523

I lived the first 26 years of my life as a Virginian, most of it spent breathing the very mountain air that hovers over the VT campus.  I never did take a class there, yet I am one of you. 

Central Texas [Austin] has been my residency since 2000, but home is and always will be SW Virginia; and the “home team” is still the Hokies.

I was shocked at the horrific events that took place on Monday.  My shock of Monday changed by Tuesday to a kind of melancholy I have not felt in years.  And through all of the sadness, I believe HokieNation is rising to the occasion and that in the end, we will prevail.  We will triumph over the pain and sufferings of this week.  This loss will strengthen us and unite us as never before.

I am praying for you all as I mourn as one of you,

God Bless America – God Bless Virginia Tech.

April 19, 2007, 8:47pm • Manor [Austin], TX • #32524

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of need.
D&L Reynolds

April 19, 2007, 8:47pm • Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada • #32525

Your pain is being felt by everyone across the nation.  My heart and prayers are with each and every family.  Hold the memories of your loved one close to your heart and live each day as they would want you to ...  God bless you.

April 19, 2007, 8:47pm • Mont Vernon, NH • #32526


After the shots stopped ringing and the screams calmed down,
America realized terror struck this sleepy little town.
And as our hearts sank with grief and sorrow,
We realized some may never see tomorrow.
Everyone saw the pictures, many people cried,
We all suddenly got a sense of Hokie pride.
Millions watched in awe, many frantically dialed,
Checking on loved ones, as the number of fatalities piled.
Some looked for answers, others looked to God,
Falling to their knees, some right there on blood stained sod.
I am certain we will not forget, but life will go on,
And for Virginia Tech, there will be a new dawn.
So lets all root for those Hokies, if only for a short time,
Let them know we’re behind them on this new obstacle they’ll climb.
So let’s go Hokies, hold that bird up for all to see,
Through this fight, united, we’ll march to victory.

Steve Ruhd

April 19, 2007, 8:47pm • woodstock Ga • #32527

I am an alumnus of the University of Iowa, Class of 1966.  In 1991, a disgruntled grad student shot and killed 3 people on our campus.  One was a university Dean, one a professor and the third another grad student.  I have two nieces who are VT grads as well.  There is great evil in this world but greater love, and I hope and pray you in the VT community can feel and sense the love from all over our Nation.  As you recover, remember that recovery must be taken a day at a time.  Eventually, from this horrible event you will be strengthened in ways you cannot now foresee.  God bless all of you.

Paul S. Kendall

April 19, 2007, 8:47pm • Arlington, Texas • #32528

as parents of three wonderful children and as citizens of this too much troubled world, we are deeply sad, angry, worried but unfortunately helpless,facing this terrible tragedy. no words can express what we would like to say to the parents of the dead children/students, and to the families of the professors who were killed during that black day.

May their souls rest in peace.

Camelia and Cristian Lenart, and their children, Cristina, Alison and Andrew, Albany, N.Y.

April 19, 2007, 8:47pm • Albany, N.Y. • #32529

Go Hokie Nation.  From my entire family, may God Bless You and keep you all.  Everyone in the entire Hokie Nation is hurting.  My condolances and deepest sympathies to all the families and friends of all the victims.  We are all hurting now.  But, we will overcome.  To everyone on campus, everyone in the entire Hokie Nation is so proud of all of you .  Your demeanor and courage in this horriffic time is so courageous.  Keep shining through this terrible and you have all of our prayers.  God Bless Virginia Tech.

Jesse R.

April 19, 2007, 8:47pm • Boones Mill, VA • #32530

I am so sad by what happened at Virginia Tech. It is such an awful situation.  My heart and my prayers go out to every student and every family member of those who are hurting.  Time will heal but we will never forget.  All my love and support for everyone. God bless all and prayers always.

Stacey New Jersey

April 19, 2007, 8:48pm • #32531

I pray for all the families that lost someone that day. It broke my heart to see and read about that day. God Bless

April 19, 2007, 8:48pm • Girard, Pennsylvania, United States • #32532

My sincere condolences to all the families who have lost someone.  My prayers for strength, and peace may not be much, but that is all I can offer right now.  We may not understand now, but God has a purpose with all of this. I am so sorry.

April 19, 2007, 8:48pm • Puerto Rico • #32533

I spent every day at Norris Hall for a couple of years in the mid-1980s as a grad student.  I was in those class rooms.  It hurts to think what happened there. 

We will prevail, we are Virginia Tech.

April 19, 2007, 8:48pm • Louisville, KY • #32534

This overwhelming tragedy has affected the entire world. Lives cut short, utterly senseless and unexplainable......our thoughts and prayers will be with you forever.
neVer forgeT

April 19, 2007, 8:48pm • Poquoson, Virginia • #32535