Condolences, April 20, 2007

Watching all the VirginiaTech family come together during this tragedy just speaks in volume that no matter what you do you will succeed. Please know that we all would like to take away your pain and sorrow. May God wrap his loving arms around you so that you may feel his presence and peace.

April 20, 2007, 3:42pm • From a Tarheel that loves you!! • #34715

I was shocked to hear about the tragedy that has occured at Virginia Tech this week. I still cannot believe that something this awful has happened to such a remarkable university. It is horrible, words can’t describe the anger and sadness we all feel.I want to honor the victims and share my prayer for all who are suffering over this ordeal. I am so saddened by this tragic and I will pray for all of you.

Syed Saqib Ali

April 20, 2007, 3:42pm • Karachi, Pakistan • #34716

My family and I, along with the world, have watched our television and cried along with all of the students realizing that the 16th of April will be a day that will never be forgotten in the State of Virginia.  Over the years, many of our relatives and friends have gone to Virginia Tech and their pride, loyaty and love for Virginia Tech was shone to everyone through their every day life. 

My family and I extend our heartfelt sympathy for the lost of so many precious souls, the recovery of the injured and the healing of each and every student and their families.  We will keep you in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. 

I am wearing my Hokie shirt as I write this, giving my small way of support to your college.  May God bless each of you with a forgiving heart and the strength to go on with your studies and your life.

I loved Matthew Gwaltney’s grandmother, Frances, dearly.  She was a wonderful teacher and friend.  My heart goes out to the Gwaltney Family.

Jane Young Bennett and family

April 20, 2007, 3:43pm • Chester, Virginia, USA • #34717

May the Lord give you strength and comfort in these difficult times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and forever.

April 20, 2007, 3:43pm • Fordyce, AR • #34718

I can only imagine the pain the families, and the VT community is feeling. Our hearts in Philadelphia are with you.

My prayers are with you as well.

May God Bless You All.

April 20, 2007, 3:43pm • Philadelphia, PA • #34719

To all V-Tech Students:
Like my fellow Americans that you’ve already heard from, I too am so saddened by your recent tragic events. But, if I could give you any kind of healthy tip, it would be the following:  Please DON’T let this one tragically mad, bitter person’s act(s) prevent you from experiencing & enjoying your own happiness!!
Again, may our good Lord be with you all for as long as you need him.

April 20, 2007, 3:43pm • Kenmore, NY, USA • #34720

As the mother of a Virginia Tech graduate who is now teaching and doing Research at the Eastern Shore campus, let me express my profound grief and sadness over this terrible tragedy. I have the most wonderful memories of VA Tech and the beautiful town of Blacksburg.  A peaceful town.  That evil would come to this school is something too hard to comprehend.  Those wonderful souls who were lost that day cannot be replaced.  I choose to believe they are with God.  I will pray for your healing.  The Nation is crying with you.  Doris Kuhar

April 20, 2007, 3:43pm • Baltimore, Maryland • #34721

I pray for everyone at VT for everyone has had a bad week. We all need to stay strong and hope that things will go on. All of VT are in my prayer. I can only wonder how this happened. I know how college campuses are not as secure as we would like them to be, that is why as students we need to be aware of what is going on on our Campuses..  GOD BLESS ALL

April 20, 2007, 3:43pm • Cincinnati, Ohio • #34722

Virginia Tech,

As a fellow student I am deeply saddened by this tragic loss of life at your university.  Know that I, as well as many others, are mourning alongside you, and praying that you would be drawn closer to the heart of God is this terribly difficult time, as He truly is the God of all comfort.  Allow yourselves to be comforted and sustained by Him through Jesus.  Take care of yourselves.  Hope in Him.

In Christ.


PS-I wore my orange and maroon today. :)

April 20, 2007, 3:43pm • Pittsburgh, PA • #34723

To the Virginia Tech community and the families of the victims:
Whenever I think of someone dying in this senseless, violent way, I am reminded of the words
of Catholic Bishop William K. Weigand, formerly of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, now bishop
of the Diocese of Sacramento, Calif. Bishop Weigand reflects on the last few minutes of a
victim’s life; the fear, the horror, the pain, the loss. “Then, at the very next minute they find
themselves sheltered in the loving arms of a merciful God, and there is joy.”

A Travel Song
Know you the journey that I take?
Know you the voyage that I make?
The joy of it one’s heart could break.

No jot of time have I to spare,
Nor will to loiter anywhere,
So eager am I to be there.

For that the way is hard and long,
for that gray fears upon it throng,
I set my journey to a song.

And it grows wondrous happy so.
Singing I hurry on for oh!
It is to God, to God, I go.
The late Holy Cross Sister M. Madeleva

Peace to all,
Barbara Stinson Lee

April 20, 2007, 3:43pm • Salt Lake City • #34724

To the Tech community, you should know that the heart of the whole world goes out to you.  I was in Paris, France on Monday when I heard the news.  The tragedy made international headlines, and I heard condolences from multiple French citizens who wanted, like us, to understand why and how this kind of misfortune can happen in the U.S.

A special message to those who were in foreign language classes, continue your language studies and know that your welfare is of international concern.  Your appreciation of non-U.S. cultures will serve you well, so keep an open mind.  Good guys and bad guys come in all nationalities, and people across the globe who don’t even know you personally or understand what “Hokie Pride” means are praying for you and mourning with you today.

April 20, 2007, 3:43pm • Glen Allen, VA USA • #34725

You all are such a wonderful community! I hope you know how special you are to Virginia. Please know that my family is saying prayers for you all, the victims, families and friends.

April 20, 2007, 3:44pm • Midlothian, VA • #34726

To my beloved Civil Engineering Department.  I am so sorry for what you have had to endure this week.  Please know that you are in my prayers.

I am so sorry for the losses that we have suffered.  Dr. Loganathan was one of the finest people I have ever met and I am so fortunate that I can look back with good memories to the classes I had with him and the friendship we
maintained afterwards.

God Bless Dr. Loganathan and the fallen students of the Civil Engineering Department

April 20, 2007, 3:44pm • Salem, Virginia • #34727

From one Aggie mom to all you Hokie moms, our prayers are with you.

April 20, 2007, 3:44pm • Combine, Texas • #34728

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all Virginia Tech Students and their families. This has been such a tragedy. Just know that our thoughts and prayers are with you ALL!!!!!!!
David, Dolly, & James Ratcliff

April 20, 2007, 3:44pm • Bluefield, West Virginia---Mercer County • #34729

My thoughts and prayers are with you Virginia Tech---the students, the professors, and the staff.  God bless.

April 20, 2007, 3:44pm • University of Southern Mississippi • #34730

No one can take away the pain and suffering of those affected by this terrible event.  However, please know that there are so many who care and are praying for peace and love to surround you and give you comfort at this time.

We are the VA Tech Hokies!

Richard Molenaar (Engineering ‘71)
& Family

April 20, 2007, 3:44pm • Oak Ridge, TN • #34731

I just want to let each and every victim’s family and friends and classmates know you are all in our prayers. This was such a tragedy and will never be forgotten. Each of the victim’s were just beautiful from the outside and I know were more beautiful on the inside. They all looked so forward to life and waiting for the moment to start their careers or graduate into whatever field they had entered. VT is a great school and did everything possible to protect these children. The saddest part of all is that noone every took this man’s mental problems to heart and now look what has happened. With his background, he should have never been allowed on this campus. This could have happened any where and scary but true is we are probably going to see more and more of it until the United States puts a stop to it. Noone is to beat up or blame but the person who did it. Now just be there for each other and continue to love and support each and every victim’s families. We love you all and you all did a great job raising these beautiful persons. My heart goes out to all of the families, VT faculty, staff, and students. My prayers are with you also and the world. God Bless each of you.

April 20, 2007, 3:44pm • Emily, Gretna, VA • #34732

My heart goes out to everyone affected by the tragedy.  Today, everyone at my school in London, England wore either a maroon or orange shirt in honor of and to support the Virginia Tech community.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


- Dana Reilly

April 20, 2007, 3:44pm • London • #34733

Our family sends our heartfelt sorrow to each and every family that this horriable thing that affects each one of them in one way or another.Our thoughts & prayers are with you, and I know God will give you the strength you will need to get you all through this. May God Bless each of you.

Blessings,The Riggs Family

April 20, 2007, 3:44pm • Portsmouth, VA. • #34734

My prayers and thoughts are with the families of the victims..everytime I see everyones pictures and hear their stories my heart breaks over and over again.

April 20, 2007, 3:44pm • Stafford, VA • #34735

May we all come to peace and acceptance of this horrible tragedy in time.  For every one who reads these words:

Let us all commit one act of goodness done in the memory and honor of one of the victims. 


April 20, 2007, 3:45pm • Wilmington, DE • #34736

My heart goes out to everyone at Virginia Tech and the families of those who lost loved ones.  My prayers are with you and for you.

Nancy Foreman
Canadian University College Alumna

April 20, 2007, 3:45pm • Lacombe, Alberta, Canada • #34737

I will keep all the families in my prayers,praying that they will heal and hope it made those families stronger.

April 20, 2007, 3:45pm • Bessemer City • #34738

I am sorry for everyone that was lost that horrible day! My Fiance’s brother lost his girlfriend. So we know how each of you feels! We will all get thru with the help of prayer,love, and faith.

April 20, 2007, 3:45pm • Arkansas/Oklahoma • #34739

Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of the families, friends, and loved ones of the Virginia Tech tragedy.  God bless you and give you strength through this very sad time.

Randy and Dee Hendrix

April 20, 2007, 3:45pm • Alexandria, VA • #34740

To the families by birth and by love at Virginia Tech,
Each of you is on a first name basis with 32 of God’s angels.  May the photo albums in your hearts bring you comfort.  May God’s peace and grace sustain you. 

Karen Caffee

April 20, 2007, 3:46pm • Los Angeles, California • #34741

You are all in our thoughts and prayers.  The families, students, friends and loved ones must remember that God will take care of you.  Stay strong, take care of yourselves and succeed in life, in honor of the professors and classmates who were innocent victims on April 9th, 2007.  We will remember them.  We will also remember the strength of the entire VT community.  May God Bless You All.

Virginia Wilson

April 20, 2007, 3:46pm • Kansas City, Missouri • #34742

I’d like to take a moment to send out my deepest, heartfelt sympathy to the families of all of the victims of this week’s incident.  May God work in all of the lives of the family members and friends left behind.

Pamela Snyder

April 20, 2007, 3:46pm • Rocky Mount, VA • #34743

my family is so sorry—my dad is a grand hokie angel in heaven and I believe that the hokie club there have great big loving arms.

April 20, 2007, 3:46pm • franklin va usa • #34744

I Am deeply sorry for all the losses in Virginia Tech.
I will have every student in my prayers.
And i know this is a very sadding event and i hope for everyone to feel better and i know one day we will all see these people in heaven. (:
With love,

April 20, 2007, 3:46pm • Richmond,Virginia • #34745

To my Hokie Family,

We have joined together this week in our deepest sorrow, and we will never forget those 32 beautiful lives lost.  I am praying for all of the families and friends of the victims and all of those affected by this devastating event.  We will get through this!  As Nikki said, “We will prevail, WE ARE VIRGINIA TECH!”

- Whitney Anderson (VT ‘99)

April 20, 2007, 3:46pm • Salem, Virginia • #34746

Portland, ME shares your grief.  We mourn as a are in our thoughts.

April 20, 2007, 3:46pm • Portland, ME • #34747

Like everyone else, I am deeply saddened by the recent events at Virginia Tech.  My heart goes out to the victims, their families and the entire Hokie Nation who is in a state of mourning.

Kathryn & Brad Eberhart
VT Classes of 1996 & 1997

April 20, 2007, 3:47pm • Baltimore, MD • #34748

I would like to express my condolences to the families and friends of the victims.  I pray that God brings comfort and healing to your hearts and souls.

April 20, 2007, 3:47pm • Rochester, NY • #34749

Heartfelt condolences from a teacher from the “Old World”. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you when school resumes here as well on Monday 23rd.  Keep the learning flame burning through the pain and heartache.  They shall not have died in vain.

April 20, 2007, 3:47pm • Great Britain • #34750

There is no way we can right this tragic wrong, but we can be a part of a process to heal our young people everywhere. We MUST be aware of those around us and their need for human interaction and acceptance. No person should ever feel so alone that they choose such a horrible end and take so many innocent lives with them. We can honor those lost by remembering them with joy and for all they achieved in their lives. Those contributions should far outweigh the last achievement of one tortured soul. We must remember and preserve the light, not the brief moment of darkness. We can only move forward by letting go of the madness so it won’t weigh us down. We pray and mourn with all of you left to piece together your lives and wish you peace in your hearts. God Bless!

April 20, 2007, 3:47pm • Julie Obermiller, Barker NY • #34751

You are all in our thoughts and prayers.  I will never forget the sadness you have endured.  We are keeping each and every VT student in our prayers.  All of the victims of the incident were true gifts from God.

God Bless You All.
The Clark Family

April 20, 2007, 3:47pm • Conroe, Texas, USA • #34752

I’ve often heard Holocaust survivors say they wondered why they had survived when others did not.  Already I hear survivors of this tragedy wondering the same thing.  I believe Professor Librescu survived for more than one reason.  I believe he survived for a life well lived, a life full of lives he touched.  But, if survivors are destined to have just one special purpose, Professor Librescu’s passing is a demonstration that you might not know until the moment of your death what that purpose might be.  I don’t know what his final thoughts were, but his final actions will be in the thoughts of generations to come as the students he saved, and their children, and their children’s children, and the rest of us, remember.

April 20, 2007, 3:47pm • Class of 1980 Hampton, VA • #34753

Today in Roanoke we are a sea of orange and maroon.  Our hearts are filled with sorrow and yet hope is slowly coming back.  Day by day we will be stronger.  God, Faith, family and friends will see us through this.  Stay strong Hokies and God Bless.

-- Leslie

April 20, 2007, 3:47pm • Roanoke, Virginia • #34754

Our thoughts and prayers are with you...May God bless and keep all of you throughout this terrible time. The Hokies will prevail!!

rachel, adam,and lily collins with much love to Brian Collins....Area Coordinator/Drillfield

April 20, 2007, 3:47pm • Wilmington, OH USA • #34755

deer v tech iam very sorry and sad iam a unc fan and when iheard about this iwas very sad myprayers is with every body v tech is a great place to learn and to sing and to have alot of friends from brian deer

April 20, 2007, 3:47pm • cary north carolina • #34756

hi i would just like to say i am sorry for what you are all going through and and can’t even fathom how a person could do such a thing all of us here in Easton Maryland wish you all hope and love and are praying for you

With great love,
David Bowen,Sarah Spicher,and Brianna Butler

April 20, 2007, 3:47pm • Easton Maryland, USA • #34757

God bless you all.
Jean and Bill Crawford
Salem, Virginia

April 20, 2007, 3:48pm • • #34758

I have shed tears with you my friends at Va Tech.  May God bless you and keep you.

April 20, 2007, 3:48pm • Willmar, Minnesota • #34759

God Bless all of you at Virginia Tech, families and friends of the loved ones lost.  My heart is aching for all of you here at Penn State.  Your loved ones will never be forgotten and will live on in your memories.  Keep them close to your heart.

Michele L.

April 20, 2007, 3:48pm • University Park, PA • #34760

All of my prayers are with the students of Virginia Tech, the victims and their families. God bless

April 20, 2007, 3:48pm • Orlando, Florida • #34761

i hope God is with you all. i am praying… stay strong, and God Bless You.

The Kurzhals family

April 20, 2007, 3:48pm • St.david AZ • #34762

I was shocked and deeply saddened by what occurred on Monday.  Though words surely cannot express the many different emotions you feel right now, know that many hearts, among my own, go out to you in this time of mourning.  The victims, their friends and family, the students, faculty/staff, police officers, doctors, and all affected are in my thoughts and prayers.

May the Lord wrap His loving arms around you and fill your hearts with comfort and peace.

April 20, 2007, 3:49pm • Sterling, Virginia • #34763

Dear families, students and faculty,
You are all in our hearts and prayers. Please know that there is an outpouring of support for you here in our nation’s capital. The streets are flooded with people proudly wearing maroon and orange. We are all wearing Hokie colors to symbolize our support and hope we have for all of you. Your camaraderie and strength has been an inspiration to us all. I have never been so proud to be a Hokie.
God Bless you.

April 20, 2007, 3:49pm • Washington, DC • #34764