Condolences, April 20, 2007

To Everyone at Virginia Tech - God bless you all. I hope that in time you will find peace and acceptance.

April 20, 2007, 2:38pm • Port St. Lucie, Florida • #34210

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at VT. I know that you guys will be able to pull through this horrible time. Sometimes the rainbow just takes a little longer to shine through, but it will. Let us never forget 4.16.07.

Darci Faye
Northern Maine

April 20, 2007, 2:38pm • Caribou, Maine • #34211

Words at not enough but they are all we have.
God bless VT. Your light still shines in the darkness.
Today, we are all Hokies…

Janet Sorensen

April 20, 2007, 2:38pm • Little Rock, AR • #34212

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students body, I am writing from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to express my condolences. Myself and my staff have been praying for you. Please make sure that you share my prayers with each one of the families victimized. We will continue to be with you in prayer. The Congolese people, my church and my family are praying for you. May God bless you! Congressman Kalembe Vano Kiboko from the Congo

April 20, 2007, 2:38pm • Democratic Republic of the Congo • #34213

This week our country once again became borderless.  Every state became Virginia.  Every school became Virginia Tech.  Every teacher taught the students at VT.  Every parent had a child at VT.  We grieve with you as fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, classmates, colleagues.  This Sunday I will stand in spirit with the pastors who in their pulpits and at gravesides will be ministering God’s truth and character to the grieving and the disillusioned, to those who have suffered incredible and sudden loss. Our congregation will be reaching out in some way, through prayer and written encouragement, to these precious families.  You all have already shown us incredible strength of spirit.  May our prayers in Jesus’ name help to sustain that strength for the days ahead.

April 20, 2007, 2:38pm • Medford, Oregon • #34214

From William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa...our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

April 20, 2007, 2:38pm • Oskaloosa, IA • #34215

Words don’t come easy at a time like this ... my family and I send our deepest condolences as we ask for God’s grace and mercy to sustain you.  I cannot begin to imagine your pain; however, as I read the bio of each student and faculty member whose life was taken I can only imagine how rich your lives were by knowing them.  Thank you for your courage to share your grief so publicly, and for sharing a tiny glimpse of the life of your loved one.

April 20, 2007, 2:38pm • Detroit, Michigan • #34216

As an alumnus of Virginia Tech (1970) I was particularly saddened by the tragic events of last Monday. Today I was watching the moment of silence on TV and there was old Burrus Hall with all the people gathered around the makeshift memorial in front of it. It reminded me that Burrus Hall is still there nearly 40 years after I attended Virginia Tech and it will still be standing for years to come, now even more as a symbol of the strength of the Hokie Nation. I encourage all current students, and future students, not to let this tragedy get them down and return to Virginia Tech to complete their studies. Tech is a great and prestigious institution and we cannot let these events degrade from that in any way. I hope all the students, faculty, administration, and alumni will continue to stand strong as a memorial to those who were so tragically taken away from all of us. My heart and prayers go out to all of those affected.

Dan Verbonitz
Carefree, Arizona

April 20, 2007, 2:38pm • Carefree, Arizona • #34217

Please be conforted in knowing that a group of employees from St. John’s Pain Management Center in Springfield, Missouri are praying for you.  The victims families, your school campus, and those touched by this extreme tragedy are on our hearts and minds.  We made orange and maroon VT’s and have them displayed at our work stations.

April 20, 2007, 2:38pm • Springfield, Missouri • #34218

Although we are miles apart, our hearts ache for your sadness, grief, and frustration. We will never forget, and we will continue to keep you in our hearts and prayers. May your creator offer your peace, comfort and strength in these unimaginable times. To the victims, you are missed and loved, and your memories will never be forgotten......

April 20, 2007, 2:39pm • Tuskegee Univ., AL • #34219

I feel very sad for what happened. I was an intern in the university for the 2005 Summer and knowing this tragedy happened in the same place I used to be during that time has certainly shocked me. I hope that after this the University becomes stronger and does not leave its legacy of excellence. Virginia Tech is still one of my preferred universities to do a possible degree in Master’s in Civil Engineering.

April 20, 2007, 2:39pm • Fort Myers, Florida • #34220

As a former hokie of the class of 2002, my deepest and most sincere condolences go out to all hokies, past, present and future, and the families that are affected by this tragedy.  Today, as I work up in New York, I wear orange to show my Hokie pride and love for Virginia Tech. We will overcome, and we will prevail...because we are VT!
-Erin Thomas

April 20, 2007, 2:39pm • Huntington, NY • #34221

God bless all of the victims and their families.  There is not enough space here to put all the words I want to say, so I will just say how sorry I am for all the lives cut so senselessly short.


April 20, 2007, 2:39pm • Kennesaw GA • #34222

My thoughts and prayers are with ya’ll.  May God watch over each and every one of you and your families.

Shari Ledbetter

April 20, 2007, 2:39pm • Oneonta, Al • #34223

To all students and teachers at Virginia Tech you and your families are in my thoughts in prayers.
Eastern Randolph High School, Freshman

April 20, 2007, 2:39pm • Ramseur,NC • #34224

To the entire Virginia Tech Hokie family, I send my heartfelt condolences.  You have truly lost some remarkable young men & women & giving, loving professors.
As a Louisiana resident who has lived thru 2 recent devastating hurricanes, I want to thank you for your help, volunteerism, and encouragement during our trying times.  It was sincerely appreciated.
I hope that we can now give some kind words & thoughts back to your campus and community.  We are all hurting with you.

April 20, 2007, 2:39pm • Baton Rouge, La. • #34225

My thoughts and prayers go to the families, friends, students and teachers of this horrendous tragedy.  Sadly, no words can take the pain away, but people from around the world share your grief.  I pray that more stories of each of the victims will continue to be told to inspire us and remind us to live each day to the fullest.
With deepest sympathy,
Marcy Todd

April 20, 2007, 2:39pm • Champaign, IL • #34226

As a Mom of a VT sophomore, I am so deeply proud of all the students and faculty for the enormous courage and strength and unity they have shown the world this week.  I know they will overcome and they will remember and they will prevail. 

My heart aches for all the families who lost a loved one and I pray they will find comfort in God’s arms.

April 20, 2007, 2:39pm • Fairfax County, VA • #34227

I hate that this happened to such brilliant people and a wonderful university. Be proud of how you have come together through this tragic event! We are praying for each and every one of you! May God bless you and be with you always!
Kristy Webb

April 20, 2007, 2:39pm • Cedar Bluff, VA • #34228

To the Virginia Tech community -

Surely it must be of some comfort to see all the messages here from around the country and the world. I am an alumni and also a civil engineering major of a school that I’ve learned has a lot in common with VTech… Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.  We are Aggies, just as you are Hokies.  Our Aggie family has experienced a tragic loss (Bonfire collapse of 1999 took 12 from our family).  Although it was not due to someone’s intentional hatred, it was still a painful time for our university and alumni family.  The pain WILL ease over time.  At some point in the future, I’m sure a permanent memorial will be erected - that will become a very special place on your campus.  I hope to visit it someday.

God bless each and every person affected by this - His grace IS sufficient to bring you through this.

Love & Prayers -
and as we say in Aggieland, Gig ‘em…
G. Urso ‘94

April 20, 2007, 2:40pm • College Station, Texas • #34229

May peace and love be with you in this time of great sorrow.

Janet Smith (born and raised in Richmond, Va)

April 20, 2007, 2:40pm • Dallas Tx • #34230

I wish to convey my sympathy to the victims and the families. I will keep you in my prayers.

Jerri Carroll
Gordon College Nursing Student
Class of 2007
Barnesville, Ga

April 20, 2007, 2:40pm • Forsyth, Ga • #34231

I am saddened by these violences that’s been happening for the last decade in our schools. I’m also a father but my daughter is in the Philippines finishing her college degree, I cannot say that my country is safe and the situation is different from your country because the works of the devil do not choose places, he strikes anywhere, anytime when given a chance. Please be assured that I am with you grieving for your lost too, i will pray for the repose of the souls of my brothers and sisters. May God bless the family of the victims who are left only with good memories of their deceased children. May peace reign in your hearts.

Derek of San Diego CA

April 20, 2007, 2:40pm • San Diego, CA - USA • #34232

I’m out here in Las Vegas - where I’ve never met any of the students or faculty from Virginia Tech but I’ll be wearing a “VT” baseball cap I purchased yesterday for the next three days.  I’m a 49-year old woman and I never wear caps - but I’m doing it to honor the memory of the victims of this senseless rampage and show my support for the survivors. 

Funny thing - when I saw the pictures of Norris Hall and Burris Hall it took me back to when I was in college. There was similar architecture of the college buildings where I went to school and I suddenly realized how horrific it would’ve been if something like that had happened during my college days. 

My heart goes out to everyone affiliated with VT: students, faculty, parents and the community.

April 20, 2007, 2:40pm • Las Vegas, NV USA • #34233

"Shall I tell you what I find beautiful about you, humans?  You are at your very best when things are at their very worst.” -Starman (movie, 1984).  May the families and friends --and everyone touched by this tragedy-- find strength in love and the goodness of humankind. 
-Proud Hokie, Class of ‘98

April 20, 2007, 2:40pm • Rockville, Maryland • #34234

I can not begin to explain how deep my sympathy runs for the Virginia Tech Family. I offer so much prayer for all! My niece’s fiance attends school here and he, luckly, did not have classes on Monday. There is no amount of emotion that I can give you, that can express how much grief I feel for everyone. Please hold God close to your heart and believe that we will get through this tragic time. May God bless everyone who lost someone, or knew someone, or was affected by this unspeakable, unbearable, crime. My prayers will be with you daily.

April 20, 2007, 2:40pm • Colonial Heights Virginia • #34235

When i heard the news from my friend who goes to VT..I was alittle shocked..but now..i begin to realize how serious it is..i am sad..and i will pray for all the people there~

April 20, 2007, 2:40pm • Watsonville/ CA • #34236

I am the parent of 2 college students, with many friends that are VT parents, students & alumni.  All I can say is there are simply no words that can express the sorrow.  VWC ‘86

April 20, 2007, 2:41pm • Chesapeake VA • #34237

As the Mom of a Hokie alumnus, I just want to say how very sorry I am to hear of these senseless, tragic killings. My deepest sympathies to the friends and families of the victims and to the whole Virginia Tech Family. As a VT Mom, I am very proud of the strength, dignity and grace the Hokies have all shown in these dark days. I know brighter days will come and I will pray for them. Know that Moms and Dads and Friends everywhere--even ones you don’t even know you have--are holding you in their hearts.

April 20, 2007, 2:41pm • Reston, VA • #34238

As a student from UTA, our school reaches out to you in your time of need. Today we wear your colors in remembrance of those lost. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

-Stephanie H.

April 20, 2007, 2:41pm • Arlington, Texas • #34239

Our middle school came together this morning in memory of all those who lost their lives on Monday.  The students wore their Maroon and Orange and sat for a group picture for the newspaper.  Cold chills ran over me as the student body started up a Hokie’s chant.  All of us feel the loss of the students and faculty at Tech.  Our prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims.  It is a time for forgiveness and a time to heal.  Tech is so much a part of the Southwestern Virginia communities, we all feel the loss deeply.

April 20, 2007, 2:41pm • Rural Retreat, VA • #34240

Elie Wiesel:
I have learned two lessons in my life: first, there are no sufficient literary, psychological, or historical answers to human tragedy, only moral ones. Second, just as despair can come to one another only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.

-give each other hope.

April 20, 2007, 2:41pm • chicago, illinois • #34241

My simple words cannot express the sadness that I feel over the deaths of so many people.

When someone we love dies we are sent on a journey untravelled by others. Our grief is unique…

May all who have suffered loss be soothed and supported by others.

April 20, 2007, 2:41pm • Spruce Grove, Alberta Canada • #34242

A needless waste of beautiful lives.
The state of New Hampshire mourns with you.

April 20, 2007, 2:42pm • Sandown, New Hampshire • #34244

Dear Family and Friends of VT:

I have been following this story very closely. I have read the profiles of your loved ones. I have looked at their photographs and felt as if I knew them personally. I have wept alone, hundreds of miles away from Blacksburg, for the suffering of all involved.

The images of these faces- some of our country’s very best-have humbled me. Over and over, I thought about the lives wasted. Then it occurred to me - these lives weren’t wasted. Far from it.  These lives inspired and loved, touched and taught, assisted and nursed. These lives were passionate, engaged, and meaningful. These lives were not wasted- they were just shorter than we would have wanted them to be. Their deaths were violently tragic, but they were also important because now the entire world knows about these 32 people. The world can now be inspired by their passions; inspired by their love; inspired by their faith. We can humbly move forward, in the honor of these people – some of our country’s very best.

Celebrate the lives!
-Kristen in Pittsburgh

Also, I would like to send my prayers to my cousin, Bobby, who is a grad student at VT and who was on campus during the massacre.

April 20, 2007, 2:42pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #34245

All involved in education are horrified by this terrible tragedy.  Please know that the VT family are held in prayer by many throughout the country.  The clouds are dark now, but the sun will shine again.  Have faith and hope.

Robert and Janet Scala

April 20, 2007, 2:42pm • Tucson, Arizona • #34246

We are a Virginia Tech Family and we are so very heartbroken and at the same time so very proud.  Heartbroken for the loss of these wonderful people and the grief their families suffer.  Proud of Faculty, Staff, Police Department, Blacksburg community and the Students.  We are Virginia Tech...YOU are Virginia Tech and yes, we all will prevail.  God Bless you!

April 20, 2007, 2:42pm • Wilmington, NC • #34247

I would like to express my sympathies to all of the families affected by the Virginia Tech tragedy. My deepest condolences to the Nowak family. Having known Mrs. Nowak personally, she has always inspired me to continue to study French as I progressed in my high school years.

To Sylvie, keep your mother in your prayers. She is in a better place now. 

Austin Cloyd from BHS. Our french class will always remember you.

-Ban Wang
from Blacksburg High School

April 20, 2007, 2:42pm • Blacksburg, VA • #34248

No words could ever begin to express my sadness for all of you.  These types of things should not happen to decent, innocent, hard-working people.  But it did and the strength all of you have exhibited is absolutely remarkable.  The families of the victims that have been willing to share the stories of their loved ones, the injured willing to share their experiences, the brave soles on the Viriginia Tech campus that have stayed to fight through their grief and those that could not stay out of extreme sadness, anger or fear are all remarkable individuals.  Hopefully they will take this tragedy and spread words of kindness and hope, not hate and anger.  Maybe then we can all learn how to stop this from ever happening. 

And a special note to the police departments and the Virginia Tech administration, there are many that are second guessing the decisions you made on Monday.  No amount of training could EVER prepare people to deal with what you were presented with that awful day.  So to have to defend yourselves in the face of extraordinary circumstances for have had to deal with is completely unfair.  There are many folks out here who support your decisions.

You all are in our prayers and thoughts.

April 20, 2007, 2:42pm • Minnetonka, MN • #34249

Dear God,
We lift our voices to you in prayer for those 32 dear souls departed from us, for their families, and for all those affected by the horrific events that have happened at Virginia Tech on Monday, April 16, 2007.  Keep all those people in your tender care.  Help all in the healing of their bodies, of their hearts and of their souls.  Help us all come to an understanding of all that has happened so that we may move forward in our lives.  Let us not forget those gone but help us honor and remember those precious lives lost.  Help us to celebrate their incredible spirits by carrying forward their goals and dreams in hopes of creating a better world in the future.  To the cadets of the Air Force ROTC - as a mother of a young service man getting ready to go off to war my sincere condolences on your loss of your fellow cadet.  You are prepared to give your life on a battlefield but never expected to lose one on your college campus.  Please take comfort in knowing the the United States Armed Forces are praying for you in your time of need.  Keep the faith.  Keep walking tall with pride and the knowledge of the greater cause that you are all committed to.

April 20, 2007, 2:42pm • Jefferson City, Missouri • #34250

May these words inspire you as you need them during your life’s journey.

I have walked all alone, on these streets I call home
Streets of hope, streets of fear
Through the sidewalk cracks time disappears
I was lost, on my knees on the eve of defeat
As I choked back the tears
There’s a silent scream no one could hear
So far away from everything you know is true
Something inside that makes you do what you got to do
Ring them bells, ring them loud
Let them ring hear and now
Just reach out and ring the BELLS of FREEDOM
When your world’s crashing down
Like you’ve lost every round
Stand your ground and ring the BELLS of FREEDOM

Up the steps of the church
Through the fields and the dirt
In the dark I have seen
That the sun still shines for the one who believes
So far away
So full of doubt and needing proof
Just close your eyes and hear the sounds INSIDE of YOU
Ring them bells, ring them loud
Let’em ring here and now
Just reach out and ring the BELLS of FREEDOM
Yeah,m when your sorld comes crashing down
Like you’ve lost every round
Stand your ground and ring the BELLS of FREEDOM
Ring them bells, ring them loud
Let’em ring here and now
Just reach out and ring the BELLS of FREEDOM

God bless you.

April 20, 2007, 2:43pm • Ann Arbor, MI USA • #34251

I would like to send my prayers out to the families & friends of the victims & survivors. We all don’t know how lucky we are to be blessed with life, that we can wake up and see another day. I wished there was a way that I could bring comfort to your hearts and take away the heart-ache and pain that you’re experiencing at a time like this. To all of the tech campus, please keep your heads up, stay strong, and remember one thing, god is with you at all times.

God Bless You All,
“ Lets go hokies, Let’s go!

April 20, 2007, 2:43pm • Roanoke, VA • #34252

God bless you all.  You remain in our thoughts and prayers.

April 20, 2007, 2:43pm • Marshall, Michigan • #34253

This tragedy has made an enormous impact on our state and our nation. It is hard to put into words how this affected those of us from Virginia and those of us who went to or currently attend other schools in Virginia. I am a JMU grad with many, many friends who are graduates of VA Tech.  I feel an incredible solidarity with the students of VA Tech and feel deeply that this could have happened anywhere.  I hope that you all heal quickly and that VA Tech once again becomes known for amazing academics, athletics, and community spirit.

Today statues and structures at Mason, JMU, UVA, Longwood, and other schools are dressed in maroon and orange.

Peace to you all,
Melinda Conner

April 20, 2007, 2:43pm • Burke, VA • #34254

my thoughts are with you all and i pray that God will strengthen you and keep you.
Rebecca Simpson

April 20, 2007, 2:43pm • Magherafelt,Co.Londonderry,N.Ireland • #34255

To the families of the victims,
I’m deeply sorry for your loss. Words cannot begin to describe what this feels like. I lost a friend that day, too. Just stay strong. May they rest in peace, we’ll see them again.

R.I.P Henry Lee; You’ll NEVER be forgotten.

April 20, 2007, 2:43pm • • #34256

I am a BA graduate in Scotland. I would like to send my condolences to the victims families and their accomplices. I can never understand what motivates people to cause such tragedies on innocent people…
May God rest the souls of the innocent victims and God bless the families, friends, fellow students and accomplices that are directly affected.

Many thanks
Anne Marie

April 20, 2007, 2:43pm • Scotland • #34257

I can’t express how saddened I am at the loss of such a promising group of people. If this tragedy hadn’t happened, I can’t help but believe that the people who were killed would have made differences in our world!

God Bless those who stive to move forward, and those who are helping others cope.

Stay strong and remember:
Those lost will be remembered, their memory preserved, never to be lost to the sands of time.

Yet again we must proclaim: We Will Never Forget!

April 20, 2007, 2:43pm • Boca Raton, Florida • #34258

Words can’t discribe all the sadness that I feel. I look at my own beautiful children and I just want to hold them tight. My love and thoughts go out to all the parents who have lost their beautiful children. My love and thoughts go out to every student at Virginia Tech, you are our strong future

April 20, 2007, 2:43pm • Creedmoor, NC • #34259

Dear Students, Faculty , Staff and Families of Virginia Tech,

Please know that the thoughts and prayers of America, and the world, are with you today and throught out this tragedy. 

As you mourn the loss of loved ones, and begin to heal, please remember all of the good that has come, and will come, from this situation.  Hopefully it will provide some comfort to you during the time you remember your loved ones.


April 20, 2007, 2:44pm • Long Beach, CA • #34260