Condolences, April 20, 2007

Questions hang in the balance
sharply sliding from the heavens,
as those departed dear ones dance
past those Pearly Gates; yet it makes no sense.
‘twas for much later with destiny, their date -
a bus pulling up late, missed train
taxi, plane; many ways to cheat fate,
yet, they were hurried out of their pain
of earthly existence and its mounting promises
layers upon each of hope, guilt and celebration,
versus the calm oceans of love and kindness
in the only space known as the Lord’s nation;
they are, together, in happiness found
while we mere mortals, look up at them
and those questions that haunt, many profound
why? oh why?! did fate hurry so much with them?
Questions huddle together for warm company,
while we seekers shiver in silence of ignorance
mulling over the loss within our one family
from virtual worlds, together we stand in strong resilience.

April 20, 2007, 1:11pm • watertown, ma • #33507

Totally saddened and sickened by the events that happened on that most awful day.

Our prayers and thoughts are with all the students of Virginia Tech and with all the family and friends of the poors souls lost that day.

May you always walk in sunshine and God’s love around you flow, for the happiness you gave us, no one will ever know, it broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone, a part of us went with you, the day God called you home.

A million times we’ve cried.

If love could only have saved you.

You never would have died.

The Lord be with you

And May You Rest in Peace.

Marie, Sheila, Gerald & Anthony

April 20, 2007, 1:11pm • Greater Manchester. United Kingdom • #33508

Dear VT-family,

The VT-family is strong and will prevail, no question about that! But life doesn’t offer an option, it is not a choise of free will. The VT-family must be strong because life in the horrific situation where the VT-family is placed in, does not leave any other option left.

There is no doubt that the VT-family will prevail and overcome this, but I also realise that the VT-family has a difficult road ahead. Than you must relay on your inner strength and courage to pick up your lifes, overcome the pain, heal your wounds (as far as possible) and live your dreams in honourable remembrance of those who didn’t made it.

I’m deeply touched and impressed by the strength of the VT-family I witnessed in the international media. It must be difficult to deal with such an intense media attention while there is a huge humane trauma going on. I sincerely hope that everyone gets the opportunity and time to process this trauma and that the media will respect that.

I want to support the strength of the VT-family in this journey. That love may lighten your path!

The VT-family is in my thoughts on a daily basis! Hang in there! “Luctor et emergo!!!” (I wrestle and prevail.)

With deep respect and kind regards,

Ruben Kortenoeven

April 20, 2007, 1:11pm • Rotterdam, the Netherlands • #33509

I am horrified at the events at your university. I wish the media would back off and give you some privacy to grieve. I am praying for all the family and friend and the entire university. I hope that you can find some solace in knowing so many people are praying for you.

April 20, 2007, 1:11pm • Nashville, TN • #33510

To all my fellow Hokies, families of the victims and friends: no words can express the shock and sorrow of what has befallen us. I am studying abroad this semester in Mexico and the love and sympathy that I have received here demonstrates how many have been touched by this tragedy. For those in Blacksburg, know that the world is proudly watching the unity and solidarity shown by all Hokies and the Blacksburg community. I wish I could be there to mourn with my friends and fellow students but I will wear orange and maroon today in memory of 32 Hokies that never will again. I have never been more proud to be a Hokie and what VT stands for. Not only a top university or a great football team, but of a group of individuals that truly know the meaning of rising above… I send my love and my deepest sympathy to all those that lost a brother, daughter, spouse or friend…

~ Sarah A.

April 20, 2007, 1:11pm • Xalapa, Mexico/Blacksburg, Va • #33511


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 20, 2007, 1:11pm • woodstock, ga • #33512

resting in peace


April 20, 2007, 1:11pm • China,Beijing/Canada, Toronto • #33513

I’d like to send my sincere condolences to all affected by this situation. - K. Edwards

April 20, 2007, 1:11pm • Cambria Heights, NY • #33514

To the families of the 32 beautiful Hokies that were taken from us on Monday, thank you for sharing your loved ones and their dreams with us and our university.  They are Hokies forever and will never be forgotten.

“Our Father tests us often with suffering and sorrow.
He tests us not to punish us but to help us meet tomorrow.”
-Helen Steiner Rice

I pray that the incredible Hokie spirit that unites us all today, will help you meet each tomorrow.  We are here for you, with you, beside, tomorrow, always.

Allison Huber
VT ‘97

April 20, 2007, 1:11pm • Springfield, VA • #33515

All of us here in Oklahoma are keeping every student and every parent in our prayers.  Even though we were not there, we are mourning and praying right along with you.  We just want you to know that Oklahoma Cares!!  I believe we all have a little Hokie Spirit after Monday. Stay Strong.

April 20, 2007, 1:12pm • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma • #33516

Know that people from around the globe who love Virginia Tech and the families who have suffered such a tragic loss, are lifting you up in loving prayer. As our family read the 32 biographies it’s evident that each person has already accomplished great things. They will never be forgotten. Let us also remember those who survived as they will need our continued support, prayers, love and understanding.

God bless all of you.

April 20, 2007, 1:12pm • Owensboro, KY • #33517

So stand in the rain
Stand your ground
Stand up when it’s all crashing down
You stand through the pain
You won’t drown
And one day
What’s lost can be found
You stand in the rain
--- Superchic(k)

My heart and my prayers go out to the families, students, faculty, and communitiy who are mourning and figuring out how to get through each day. As you are grieving and as you begin to heal, know that you will always be supported and loved by so many throughout the Hokie nation. Watching the Virgina Tech community come together and stand strong despite the immense pain and sorrow we are all experiencing, and as a VT alumna, I cannot even begin to express how proud I am to be a Hokie, and never more so than now. 

We are the Hokies.
We will prevail.

We will prevail.
We are Virginia Tech.
--- Nikki Giovanni

April 20, 2007, 1:12pm • Centreville, VA • #33518

God Bless you all. My son is in the Aero Space engineering program at Ms.State,so this hits really close to home for me. All our hearts and prayes go out to you all. I know their is nothing I can say to make the pain go away, just remember that we are all thinking of and praying for you.  Kristen,Justin,Jordan,Gabrielle & Caleb

April 20, 2007, 1:12pm • Ocean Springs, Ms. • #33519

You all are a shining example of strength, love and community.  The world will not forget this tragic event and those that it has effected.

April 20, 2007, 1:12pm • Hampton, Virginia • #33520

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Hokie Nation.  God Bless all Hokies.

April 20, 2007, 1:12pm • Palm Harbor, Florida (Michgan State alum) • #33521

To the Community of Virginia Tech- By now you know how many of us, from all over the US and the world, have the desire to reach out and somehow embrace you and help to comfort you. Even though I am sure you have received many messages of support, we feel the need to add our voices to those already received. My husband and I live just outside New York City and on September 11, 2001 we learned not only how vulnerable we all are; but also how interconnected we all are, as people reached out to us in the aftermath. You are all in our continuing thoughts and prayers. You have a strong internal community and will draw strength from that. Do not hesitate to draw on the strength of the larger community when you need or want it. May God bless you all and bring you comfort and peace.  Sharon Moseson and Martin Krossel

April 20, 2007, 1:12pm • Mamaroneck, New York • #33522

Like so many others in this country and all over the world, I’d like the students and faculty at V-Tech and all of their friends and family to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.  We grieve with you over the senseless loss of your loved ones.  Although we will never get to know and love them like you do, the comments and stories you’ve shared with the media helps us all know the special people they truly were and just how much they will be missed!  God bless you all. 

- Pat M.

April 20, 2007, 1:13pm • Lee's Summit, MO • #33523

To all those at Virginia Tech- please know the nation mourns with you.

I am wearing my maroon today in support of you.  With love from Mountaineer Nation.

April 20, 2007, 1:13pm • Charleston, West Virginia • #33524

May God bless Virginia Tech and all those hurt by this tragedy.

If one spends any amount of time on the Virginia Tech campus it is hard to ignore the pride, passion and love that its’ students, present or former, have for the place that they once called home.  It’s a feeling as strong as the Hokie stone that constructs the campus itself.  Though this week it may have received a crack it will never crumble.  This is something all Hokies know and will never forget and we are all Hokies now.

April 20, 2007, 1:13pm • Shrewsbury, MA • #33525

Our thoughts and prayers and with the entire Virginia Tech family throughout the world. God bless you all.

Tha Campbell Family

April 20, 2007, 1:13pm • Pineville, NC • #33526

And God Said

I said, “God, I hurt.”

And God said, “I know.”

I said, “God, I am depressed.”

And God said, “That’s why I gave you sunshine.”

I said, “God, I cry a lot.”

And God said, “That’s why I gave you tears.”

I said, “God, life’s too hard.”

And God said, “That’s why I gave you loved ones.”

I said, “God, I son died.”

And God said, “I lost my only son.”

I said, “God, it is such a loss.”

And God said, “I watched my son nailed to a cross.”

I said, “God, your son lives.”

And God said, “So does your son.”

I said, “God, where are they now.”

And God said, “Mine is on my right, and yours is in the light.”

I said, “God, I hurt.”

And God said, “I know.”

I cannot even begin to imagine what each of you must be going through.  I hope that God reaches down and touches each of you in your time of grief and offers you some comfort.  May you be blessed with his love and knowing that he was blessed with 32 angels on April 16, 2007.  What a place heaven must be now.  Gives a new meaning to Hokie Heaven, doesn’t it?

April 20, 2007, 1:13pm • Salem, VA • #33527

I am deeply saddened by the loss of life that has resulted from this attack. Each and every one of the fallen had so much promise.

My prayer is that our Lord Jesus Christ may comfort the families and friends of these good folk.

“But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.” Psalm 59:16.


April 20, 2007, 1:13pm • Great Falls, VA • #33528

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Hokie nation as you deal with the tragic events of April 16th.  May God bless you and comfort you.

April 20, 2007, 1:13pm • Huntsville, AL • #33529

I cannot imagine what the parents, students, and those close to the victums are feeling.  They are continually in my thoughts and prayers.

The conduct of the students, alumni, and Tech supporters make me even prouder to be a Tech graduate.

April 20, 2007, 1:13pm • Franklin, VA • #33530

Words cannot express how deeply saddened we are by this tragedy.  Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Ryan, Jen, and Jake Forman

April 20, 2007, 1:13pm • Germantown, Maryland • #33531

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that flow
I am the sunlight on my own grave

I am a gentle autumn rain
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight

do not stand at my grave and cry
do not stand at my grave and cry
do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there I did not die

I am not there I did not die

-author Lizzie West “The Prayer”

April 20, 2007, 1:13pm • Lewisburg, West Virginia • #33532

I wanted to send this to you as you grieve for your loved ones and your friends. Words cannot replace them or tell the depth of my sympathy so it stands alone as I keep you in my prayers. Kathy Eselhorst

The Early Morning Light

In the early morning light,
You see sadness of this day,
And hold memories of my angel....
how when my angel flew away.

No one can comprehend
the sadness this day brings....
No laughter can be heard;
Not even one bird sings.

For the angel of our life,
received wings made of gold;
Brought happiness to Heaven,
Left an emptiness here untold.

So in the early morning light,
I just try to find a way…
to see clearly why my angel....
took golden wings & flew away!

Yes, in the early morning light,
I can still feel my angel’s touch.
And will always remember that
my angel loves me so much!

With Love,
Copyright 1999 Kaye Des’Ormeaux

April 20, 2007, 1:13pm • Lawrenceville, GA • #33533

Dear Family members, Virginia Tech staff and students,
Please know my deepest condolances and prayers are with each of you.  I do not know you but in faith I want you to know that you are in my prayers and thoughts daily and will be for many days to come.  Please help the injured of this senseless act to recover quickly and the campus of VT to over come this in time. God bless you and be with you always.
Nancy K.

April 20, 2007, 1:13pm • Southbury, Connecticut USA • #33534

My deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims of Monday’s tragedy. I share the tears of the Virginia Tech community.  I also share your hope that this tragedy will not dominate the future but that it will lead to a greater solidarity for all of us in the promotion of human values.
Dr. John Barry Ryan, Professor Emeritus, Manhattan College.

April 20, 2007, 1:13pm • Bronx, New York • #33535

Our condolences to the victims’ families. We are truely sadden by the tragic event. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hokies.

Thao, Tam, Vivian & Lilian

April 20, 2007, 1:14pm • Oak Park, California • #33536

On behalf of the physicians, staff and administration of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital we offer our condolences to the Virginia Tech Family.  Today at noon a memorial mass was said in honor of those who died from the Virginia Tech family.  May God’s comfort and strength uphold you in this tragic time.

April 20, 2007, 1:14pm • St. Elizabeth's Hospital Belleville, Illinois • #33537

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.  Col. 1:9

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  Ps. 34:18

Please accept our condolences, Virginia Tech, our new friends made thru tragedy. The world gasped in horror at the terrible event that has taken your dear friends. We pray that you will receive love, peace and strength.


April 20, 2007, 1:14pm • Charlotte, NC • #33538

As a former Virginian and a mother of Ga. Tech. students/alumni, our whole family is very saddened by this tragedy.  My husband & I graduated from NC State, but if we had continued to live in Virginia, I have no doubt we would have gone to Va. Tech.  Our brother-in-law is a professor on campus also, so this hit very close to home.  My uncle & several cousins graduated from there.  We wish you all peace & God’s love at this time. 
Sherry Cannon Rouse

April 20, 2007, 1:14pm • Lawrenceville, Ga. • #33539

As a college student myself, it is hard to fatham something of this magnitude happening on a college campus.  Sometimes we all think we are immune to this and it shows that we are not.  I want you, as an institution of higher education, to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.  I also know that it takes a strong community to recover from something of this sort and I am sure you will continue to move forward.  My thoughts and prayers are with your, as is the rest of my university, here in Davenport, Iowa. (St. Ambrose University)

April 20, 2007, 1:14pm • Davenport, IA • #33540

My prayers, my thoughts,and my heart is with the victims’families,the injured and all the VT community. I have been so impressed by the courage and spirit I have seen in the media by the students. My hope is that you will find the will to go on and peace in your souls once more.
May God Bless you all.

April 20, 2007, 1:14pm • Vero Beach, FL • #33541

For the staff, students, families and the whole Hokie Nation.  You are all in my thoughts and prayers!  This is such a tragic event and it will take time but we will make it through.  Stay Strong and Proud! 
The Sampsons

April 20, 2007, 1:15pm • Salem, VA • #33542

My prayers and thoughts to all.
May you find strength in each other.
God Bless...Kat

April 20, 2007, 1:15pm • Greenwich CT • #33543

Today at noon, the high school I work at in Richmond, VA, observed a moment of silence.  I was in the cafeteria, and after the principal announced the time, a sea of maroon and orange was silent.  Not a murmur, not a whisper from any of the more than 100 freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior students.  As a 1992 VT grad, I was proud of these students who understood the importance of the moment and who joined all the Hokies in quietly remembering and paying tribute to those who lost their lives on Monday as well as to those who are left behind with the memories.  My heart resides in Blacksburg. “We are Va. Tech.” Laura

April 20, 2007, 1:15pm • Richmond, VA • #33544

Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.  You all are in my prayers.  Love,Carol

April 20, 2007, 1:15pm • Dallas, Texas • #33545

To my fellow Hokies:

I take comfort in knowing that the spirit of this wonderful university will never be broken.  Please hold those lost in your hearts.  Let their spirit live within you and let them live on in everything you do.  Give them pride and show them strength.  GO HOKIES!!!

April 20, 2007, 1:15pm • Arlington, VA • #33546

In late ‘70s I visited CAUS as I considered a possible Professorial position move.  Although my decision took me elsewhere, I was deeply impressed with the spirit and quality of CAUS and the VT family of faculty and students.

When I followed the Tradegy it brought back all the respect and warm feelings I experienced.  Those that were lost to humanity would no doubt want you all to continue the mission of your university in all ways.  My sincere empathy and respect is with you.

Sidney D. Stotesbury, PhD (Retired Professor of Architecture, KSU)

April 20, 2007, 1:15pm • Hattiesburg, MS 39401 • #33547

My condolences, in the name of the librarians of Brazil and in the name of Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ).

April 20, 2007, 1:15pm • Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil • #33548

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and families of Virginia Tech.  It’s sad that this is what we’re having to worry about when we send our children to school.  God Bless You All.

April 20, 2007, 1:15pm • Pilot Mtn. North Carolina, US • #33549

God Bless all of YOU!  Our thoughts and prayers will always be with all of you.  Please keep strong and be there for eachother.


April 20, 2007, 1:15pm • Pacifica, California • #33550

I send all my prayers and condolences to VT.  God bless and please know that the country mourns with all of you.  We just held a memorial here at our college and our prayers will continue.

April 20, 2007, 1:15pm • Fairfield, CT • #33551

Having a stepdaughter who graduated from VT and being a previous employee of a county extension office, which is as the name implies, an extension of VT research, I was exposed to alot of young people in 4-H, one of them being Emily Hilscher. The world mourns the loss of these future leaders.  We need some sort of gun control as well as health care reform; allowing those w/ no insurance or money to still get the treatment they need.  I don’t know Mr. Cho’s circumstances, but he was a very sick man and should not have been in amongst society. The taunting, bullying, etc has to be dealt w/ in a serious manner.  His life (in his mind) must have been horrible. God bless those who are affected by this tragedy.  The world mourns with you.

April 20, 2007, 1:15pm • Charlottesville, VA • #33552

Our thoughts and prayers are with those that have lost their lives and those that have survived.  Peace be with all of the VA Tech family.

With sad regards,

The Rules
Gary (Thomas Dale ‘82’), Heather, and Matthew James(Born 4-11-07)

April 20, 2007, 1:15pm • Chester, VA • #33553

To the Hokie Nation of Virginia Tech from a family in Louisville, KY.  We are so terribly sorry!  We continue to love you and pray for you.  Be strong and courageous!  Love each other and even give a hand out to those whom nobody loves.  May the peace of Christ be with you now and always.
The Clements Family
(son also a graduate of Manual HS where Mr. Bluhm graduated from)

April 20, 2007, 1:16pm • Louisville, KY/USA • #33554

I pray for all the victims in this horrible tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers are with them and their family and friends.  I also pray for the person who did this horrible thing.

April 20, 2007, 1:16pm • Mesa, AZ • #33555

My deepest condolences to the families of the victoms, all the students, facalty and staff for the tragety.  Please know that God is a Hokie too and has warmly received these brave souls.

Jay Crane
Class of 1971

April 20, 2007, 1:16pm • Livingston, TX • #33556