Condolences, April 19, 2007

As I sit here and try to put into words just how all Virginia Tech,students,families,those who were taken so tragically,the wounded.A nation grieves for you:Words fail me.Always remember that this horrible thing that happened was not of God.He is there with you holding you tight He will never let go.Tears are a language that God understands.shoulder Moms,Dads~ they had planned on seeing their loved ones go to a good college and then start their careers.The plans were to watch them grow and have families of their own.I am so heartbroken for you all.When I heard the news I thought,"Sweet Lord~not in our country~not our family."For that is what we are. Americans~and we are family.When one of us hurt, we all hurt.Just know that there is a whole nation who has you all in their hearts and on their minds.I pray that somehow, you will begin to heal.My heart aches for each of you.I think it is ashame that when something as tragic as this pulls us all together as a nation and a family when we should be doing that everyday.I am a Mom and my Husband is a Father.our hearts ache for you.Just know that you are always on our minds and forever in our prayers for as long as it takes.God Be With You All in this time of sadness.
Cindy Easley

April 19, 2007, 9:53pm • Lillian, Texas USA • #32887

We can only hope that the tears of the nation can wash away the grief of this unspeakable loss. Can we dare to believe that there are 32 more angels in heaven to watch over us? The pain of the loss of lives ended too soon, too tragically, is shared by ALL of us. May you find some small comfort in that.....
Liz Palumbo, Long Valley, New Jersey

April 19, 2007, 9:53pm • Long Valley, New Jersey • #32888

"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”

~Kahlil Gibran

May the joyful memories of your loved ones bring you peace.

April 19, 2007, 9:53pm • Brookfield, WI • #32889

My thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s and survivor’s families and friends.  Know that there is an entire Hokie community that extends far beyond Blacksburg, VA that is ready to help and support you.

VT Mom ‘06
Gainesville, VA

April 19, 2007, 9:53pm • #32890

May God bless you in this time of great sorrow.
I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and compassion from all over the world. There is good in this world. My family and church are praying for you all.

Liz S.

April 19, 2007, 9:53pm • Knoxville TN • #32891

Words cannot express the sorrow that friends and family are feeling right now for those that were lost.  Even those of us just sitting at home watching on the news are torn apart.  My deepest condolences to all those who knew the victims and especially to their families and the students throughout the world who must deal with such gripping realities.  Revelation 21:4 gives us comfort when it says, “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” If any of you readers would like to draw comfort from God’s word the Bible and learn more about the resurrection hope when you can see your dead loved ones again and no longer be in fear of these tragedies, please visit  Deepest condolences to all.

April 19, 2007, 9:53pm • Virginia Beach, VA • #32892

Dear School Community,

My condolences go out to all faculty, staff, parents, siblings, extended family, and students of your fine school. 

I am a college student myself, The final weeks of my semester don’t seem as significant as they felt just a few days ago. 

My thoughts are with you all, your spirit and courage are an inspiration.

Kathy L. Murray
New Mexico State University

April 19, 2007, 9:54pm • Las Cruces, NM • #32893

Nothing is harder than losing someone near and dear to you.  But friends can help the healing....please know you have friends all over the world who care.

Marjorie B.

April 19, 2007, 9:54pm • Alameda, California • #32894

May God be with each and every family that lost a loved one at Virg. Tech. My prayers will be with you.
Faye Tinder

April 19, 2007, 9:54pm • Elgin, Illinois • #32895

My wife Andrea (Rogers) and I were students at Virginia Tech in the 70s. She graduated and I transfered my credits to another institution. Both of us are proud and grateful hokies with a long family history of Tech students and graducates. We have been devastated and glued to the news this week, praying for all the victims, the families, and the entire Tech family. Our first year of marriage was spent there. Our hearts are there with you now. I wish I could be in two places at once to be a part of the healing. My prayers are. - Tom Sims (

April 19, 2007, 9:54pm • Clovis, California • #32896

You are in our thoughts and prayers. I hope you’ll have the stregth you need to get you through this hard time.

April 19, 2007, 9:54pm • San Antonio, Tx • #32897

God Bless Virginia. God Bless Virgina Tech. I am so sorry of your loss, may you all be strong for this tragedy. Even I’m not from america, I share my deepest condolences, and support VT. I’m from singapore, and I feel so sad when I heard VT tragedy. May God Bless Virginia Tech.

with love and cares,
Enrico Mulyadi

Raffles Design Institute Singapore

April 19, 2007, 9:54pm • Singapore • #32898

As I continue my college search I was horrified by this tragedy when I heard it.  But the bravery the Hokies have shown has given me a new hope.  God bless all of you

April 19, 2007, 9:55pm • Minnesota • #32899

To all Hokies,

This country and the whole world is with you in this tragic circumstances. You will overcome this, be strong! Like most Americans, I have been struglling to understand the events of April 16th. I found solace in articulating my thoughts and feelings into words, some of which are published at I urge you to do the same. Speak out, reach out, express yourself, and just plain hug someone. We are all hurting right now with you, and we want you to know that this nation cares for all of you!

Lots of love!

V. Modi

April 19, 2007, 9:55pm • Charlotte, NC • #32900

Hokie Hope!

A tragedy struck Blacksburg and
The whole world felt its pain.
Thirty-three lives ended way too soon,
Their memories remain.

Saddened students questioned why this evil
Took away their friend.
Answers lay beyond each gasping grasp,
Just blowing in the wind.

Vigils brought light to the dark, as
Hokie heroes were revealed.
Sounds stood still as “Taps” rang through the night;
While many prayed and kneeled.

Tears and hugs connected all and,
Courage triumphed over fear.
All resolved that Hokie Nation would,
Not fail to persevere.

Arms now locked in solemn unity,
Maroon and orange on all.
Devastation did not win this time.
We took a higher call.

Strengthened now from what we’ve all been through,
With hearts joined we will cope.
Passing time will heal our wounds; we’re
Hokie Nation, Hokie Hope!

Don Douglas, ‘68
Proud to be a Hokie!

April 19, 2007, 9:55pm • Williamsburg, VA • #32901

I cannot even begin to imagine the pain you are enduring.  I am a Mother and my children are my greatest treasure.  Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with the families, the friends, the students at VT and the faculty.  Please know that you all should be profoundly proud of the accomplishments of each one of the victims.  The families, students and faculty were so very fortunate to have had the opportunity to love and to know them.  I know you will always cherish their memory.

God bless you all.


April 19, 2007, 9:55pm • Phoenix, Arizona • #32902

Please know that we Oklahomans, who experienced tragedy 12 years ago today, are keeping the VT community in our hearts and in our prayers.

April 19, 2007, 9:55pm • Norman, OK • #32903

In these most perilous times at Virginia Tech University,DO NOT FEEL THAT YOU WALK ALONE. What happened in your otherwise peaceful and amicable community has deeply touched me and my family. As your everlasting supporters........
The Roberts

April 19, 2007, 9:55pm • North Augusta, S.C. • #32904

I just have no words to describe what I’m feeling, I’m colombian, and I live in Bogota, however I felt saddly about people who died on mondays’ morning and I want to express my condolences to the virginia state, to the relatives that are crying their victims and the others students in the university that have lost 32 friends of them.

I feel grieved, because that violence is not aceptable anywhere,less in a university.

keep going, Virginia Tech.

Efren Mauricio Barajas

April 19, 2007, 9:56pm • Colombia • #32905

To the families & friends of all the victims,
I pray for peace and (at a later time) forgiveness.  For the students and teachers know that there is a whole nation mourning with you, & praying for you.  We will be praying for you and may God bless you all.  Thank you to the victims that gave their lives to protect and aid others. 
God bless,

April 19, 2007, 9:56pm • Plymouth, IN • #32906

My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who were lost and all others affected by this terrible event.  I can not even begin to imagine what you all must be going through right now.  These innocent people will be missed deeply, even by those whom they had never met.  Our world will never be the same again without those 32 people in it.  Just know that our nation is with you, mourning the loss of these great people.  I speak for all of Kalamazoo, MI when I say that all of these people will be missed greatly and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.  They will never be forgotten.  God Bless you all and God Bless Viginia Tech.

Eric T.

April 19, 2007, 9:56pm • Kalamazoo, MI • #32907

Im sorry for your lost my heart and prayers go out to all of the families that have lost love ones at Virginia Tech.

April 19, 2007, 9:56pm • Houston, TX, United States • #32908

May God bless those that have been touched by this tragedy, and may He walk with you, to help you down the road of recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, and with the students and faculty of Virginia Tech. Remember, you are not alone; your country stands behind you, and mourns the loss of these wonderful people as well. I pray that time will help mend your wounds, and that you can find comfort and strength through God. I send my love and condolences to you all, and may God bless you.

- K.B.C

April 19, 2007, 9:56pm • Kentucky • #32909

I am a Penn State graduate with two sons- one graduated from Texas Christian University last year and one will graduate from University of Colorado next year. Today in our hearts we are Hokies. God bless the students, faculty, staff, family and friends of Virginia Tech. You WILL get through this and will stand together proudly for ever.
Carol S.

April 19, 2007, 9:56pm • Hanover,PA • #32910

As a father of 3 Hokie grads, I feel the pain and suffering of all the Hokies.  I have shed many tears this week but I also know we will go on.  I am very proud of the students.  they have shown their strength and love to the world.

May God Bless all of the victims and their families, the students and the entire Hokie family.

Lou L

April 19, 2007, 9:56pm • Wilmington, DE • #32911


April 19, 2007, 9:56pm • FLINT, MI • #32912

My thoughts and prayers are with all touched by this tragedy.  Many innocent souls were lost and many innocent souls were hurt.  We can only look to become stronger through our adversity.

I only wish I could do more to help the survivors and families of the fallen.  God be with you all!

April 19, 2007, 9:57pm • Waterloo, Iowa • #32913

To those who suffered from the tragedy that occurred at Virginia Tech, I just want to express my deepest sympathies. I can not even imagine what you are going through. However, I do know that to lose a loved one unexpectedly is one of the hardest things to have to go through. Just know that you are not alone. Many people around the world, including myself keep you in their prayers.

April 19, 2007, 9:57pm • Phoenixville, PA • #32914


April 19, 2007, 9:58pm • MINERAL, VIRGINIA • #32915

My deepest condolences to family and friends…
May you know that we celebrate you, your kids, their friends, the families.

The brightest, the best.  I have two kids of my own, they aren’t as successful as yours.  They are upset about your loss. I hope you take comfort in that.

I hope it provides comfort to know that everyone is thinking of you and your kids during this time.

All the best to you and your families.  I wish to extend special respect to the teachers and their families.  They were very brave also.

May all the family’s always know that you don’t walk alone.  Everyone is thinking of you and will pray for you.

With Love,


April 19, 2007, 9:58pm • Rockville, MD • #32916

To the Students,Faculty, Staff and Community of Virginia Tech,
My heart cries for each of you at this time of such terrible tragedy and pain. I have never been a student of VT, but since Monday - I feel I have become a “Hokie” - just as countless people all over the world feel. I have been fortunate to have been associated with others who have graduated from VT and have come to know of their intense loyalty to their school - and now I have come to understand that loyalty. I hope that you do not let your emotions bring into your life a permanent spirit of fear or anger. Let your emotional energy drive you to speak and act in love toward one another as you grieve and then to let your school motto “That I May Serve” continue to be your guiding principle. At some point, you must focus on “not what has been”, but “what can be”. Someday, you may be able to think about 4-16-07 as “a day when something terribly happened in my life, but that event, on that day, has made me a stronger, more compassionate human being.” My prayer for all of you is a better tomorrow and a
brighter future - with God all things are possible.

April 19, 2007, 9:58pm • Elkton, VA • #32917

We are so sorry for everyone. What a terrible tragedy. We send our prayers and sympathy to the families, friends and fellow students of every victim. We mourn with you.  God bless all and may he stand by your side.

The Petrishens

April 19, 2007, 9:58pm • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada • #32918

I’m so sorry to hear this.  It is so disturbing to hear how so many innocent people lost their lives.  My prayers go out to all people affected by this horrible tragedy.  God Bless!!

April 19, 2007, 9:58pm • Phoenix, AZ • #32919

Although I have no family connection to the university, like so many others, I feel a connection in spirit.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time.  I applaud the bravery of all of you to face this tragedy in the way that you are facing it.  I agree, we are all Hokies!


April 19, 2007, 9:59pm • Citronelle, Alabama, USA • #32920

My heart goes out to all the lives lost as well as their families and friends and everyone affected by this.  I will proudly be wearing the Hokie colors tomorrow in support of this tragedy.  ONE LOVE<3 -Amber Becerra

April 19, 2007, 9:59pm • Lakehurst, NJ • #32921

I can’t speak for Korean-Americans that I don’t know, but this particular Korean-American:

is outraged.  is in mourning.  grieves for you.  supports you.  prays for you.  and will always remember, although I did not know them myself, the courage, the promise, and the beauty of those 32 lives that were stolen from us that morning. 

May their cherished memories comfort you.  They are separated from you only temporarily, and it will be a great and joyous reunion with them, someday.

I have never been to Blacksburg, but in a way, we are all—and always will be—Hokies. 

God bless you and keep you.

Arthur Whang

April 19, 2007, 9:59pm • Los Angeles, CA • #32922

Monday April 16th became a very sad day for many many people around the world. I am shocked, sad, outraged and angry at what has happened.
I cannot stop thinking about this tragedy. My heart is aching and I am so so sad...I cannot imagine what the families and friends of the victims are going through right now. I am so so sorry for your loss and I extend my deepest sympathy and condolensces to you and the entire VT community.

April 19, 2007, 9:59pm • Newport Beach, CA • #32923

I am grieved and sorry that this tragedy has occured.  All i can say is that you are all in my thoughts and my prayers..I pray for better days and a healing to you all..God bless

April 19, 2007, 9:59pm • council bluffs, Iowa • #32924

I share your tears and your pain, your sadness, anger and hurt.  I wonder why, and how this could happen.  My heart breaks for the parents, brothers, sisters, family and friends.

I see you all stand tall, and I am proud of you.  I am moved by your resolve.  You are in my heart and prayers.

April 19, 2007, 9:59pm • Richmond, VA, USA • #32925

My thoughts and prayers go out to all that have been affected by this senseless act.  My heart has been heavy all week with grief.  I can’t even begin to imagine what it must feel like to have lost a loved one.  I can only offer my sincerest condolences.  The Hokie Nation is strong and we will fight back!!  As a Va Tech Alumni, I couldn’t be more proud to wear the Orange and Maroon colors on Friday April 20th.  I only hope that time will heal!!  Go Hokies!!

Class of ‘90

April 19, 2007, 9:59pm • Annapolis, MD • #32926

Words can not begin to express how deeply saddened I am by Monday’s events.  I know that there is not much that I can do during this time except to support the VT community through my thoughts and prayers.  At my office today we began collecting donations for the VT memorial fund in exchange for maroon and orange ribbons that we are proudly wearing and tomorrow we are holding our own moment of silence along with the rest of the state.  I am also proud to say that my alma mater, Sweet Briar College, has also been showing its’ support in a variety of ways.  Please know that you are not alone- there is a whole nation standing behind you, supporting you in this terribly tough time.

April 19, 2007, 10:00pm • Virginia Beach, VA • #32927

I would first of all like to give my condolences and prayers to the families of all the victims in the tragedy that occured on April 16, 2007.  I hope you are able to remember those fallen while also being able to cope and celebrate the lives they lived.  Such a senseless crime!!!
Shannon H

April 19, 2007, 10:00pm • Calgary, Alberta, Canada • #32928

I have been following this tragic incident of monumental proportion since monday. I express my deepest sympathy to all affected families, friends, love ones, and the Hokie Community as a whole. Since then, I have included in my daily prayers: a prayer for the repose of the souls of all the victims, the speedy recovery of the wounded,a prayer for the families of the deceased to be given strength and courage in dealing with their loss,and prayer for the Hokie Community, to overcome their loss and grief,and extreme traumatic experience. - Dolly I.M.

April 19, 2007, 10:01pm • Toronto Ontario Canada • #32929

you are not alone in your grief,the world griefs with you as well.god bless

April 19, 2007, 10:01pm • chilliwack bc canada • #32930

Sans Dieu Rien

April 19, 2007, 10:01pm • NC • #32931

Be strong Hokies.

God is on your side.

We can’t even believe to imagine your loss.

Bless all of you and your families as you grieve and move on with your lives.

April 19, 2007, 10:01pm • Winston-Salem, NC • #32932

Though I do not personally know anyone involved in Monday’s tragedy, I pay tribute to those who lost their lives.  I have read through many tributes and have learned just how amazing the 32 people lost were in life.  I cry with you and celebrate their lives with you.  May all of you find the strength for the difficult task ahead: to move forward without hatred and anger.

I also extend a compassionate hand to the family of Cho Seung-Hui for the great adversity they face due to the actions of their son and brother.  May they find light and a positive way to move forward; and may the rest of the country extend a compassionate hand to them as well.

April 19, 2007, 10:01pm • Scottsdale, Arizona • #32933

There is a deep, inexpressable, sadness within my heart.  I weep with you.  Va Tech is a great institution, and its greatness will be evidenced by the character of its faculty, staff, supporters, and most of all, its students, in the coming months.  Your university family and community of Blacksburg will be in our prayers.

Jim Patton

April 19, 2007, 10:01pm • Bynum, Texas • #32934

o brasil está com vcs.

April 19, 2007, 10:02pm • Brasil • #32935

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone during this tragic event.  As I watched the televised events I knew a part of me was still in Blacksburg.  And always will be.  Let us never forget April 16th and the 32 lives lost.  You will never be forgotten.

M Blagmon
Class of 2001

April 19, 2007, 10:02pm • Chance, VA • #32936