E-mail to VT Webmaster, April 16 - 26, 2007

I wanted to send a condolence note to all of you. I didn’t know what email to use or how to get a message to you. So I chose this avenue, I hope you will forgive me if I have chosen the wrong avenue to do this. My intentions are well meant.

My most heartfelt sympathies to your students, faculty and community. As stated today, words can not express how I/we as nation feel for your loss.

I am a mother of a college student who attends a small private college in Ohio (Mount Union College). I have another son who is a senior in high school who soon will be embarking on his college career. I immediately called my son at MUC and told him I loved him and to be careful. I myself had so many emotions pouring through my body that I can only imagine how you as a close nit family/community felt and feel.

Please know my family and our nation hold ALL of you in our thoughts and prayers. We are mourning with you. I pray for solace,peace and God’s love to embrace you.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Mary Jo Lyon and family

April 17, 2007 • #35285

May The Lord Jesus Christ be with you all at Virginia Tech. Please know that we in Southern California are praying for each and everyone in Blacksburg.

April 17, 2007 • #35286

We are so very sorry for your anguish and wish you well.

April 17, 2007 • #35287

Proud to be a Hokie!

April 17, 2007 • #35288

During this incredibly horrorific and emotional event, I am amazed at the professionalism and commitment the university maintained to provide current communications via the VT website. As a former manager of world wide intranet web site for a major U.S. corporation, I understand the challenge of crisis management when the event is distant (9/11) much less when it is just outside your own door. The overall Virginia Tech resolve, community love and dedication to the institution and its members has been remarkable to witness. Although I live in Oregon and have no ties whatsoever to Virginia or VT, I will for ever be a supporter and believer in the Hokie nation. God Bless VT and may this tragedy be turned to triumph in every way possible.

April 17, 2007 • #35289

I saw the convocation on tv a few minutes ago and I was touched by the sense of family, or ohana, as we call it in Hawaii,that the university displayed. My wife and I don’t know anyone there but we had tears in our eyes. Tears of course of sorrow and also tears of joy in seeing how your community came together. As the tv cameras scanned the people at the event, I saw a diverse ethnic background and really felt proud for you. Mahalo for what you have achieved there. Aloha, John.

April 17, 2007 • #35290

Dear staff and student body,
My heart breaks for you. I know that you must be in anguish over what happened yesterday. I just want to say that I am praying that the Spirit of Comfort will be poured out on each and all of you, and that one day soon you will be able to put this horrible tragedy behind you. I pray that God will send armies of angels to walk the halls and surround the outside of the campus and keep you all safe in the future. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

Very sincerely,
Linda Lee
Everett, Washington

April 17, 2007 • #35291

Lacking any other method, I am using this form to pass on my deepest condolences to the university and to the family and friends of the victims of your recent tragedy. We of the ACC community, and the community of the world mourn with you.

I urge you to provide a guestbook for those who would like to offer their condolences.

Vernon Peppers
Georgia Tech, ME 77

April 17, 2007 • #35292

My deepest condolences to the entire VT family during this tragic time. I recently lost my father to Alzheimers . He had the opportunity to live a long and productive life. The students and faculty who have died did not have the same opportunity. My heart breaks at the loss to your community.

April 17, 2007 • #35293

I’m a Canadian mother who has a son aged 21, in an undergraduate program (B. Physics) in a Quebec university. I’m an alumni of the University of Montreal where there was a shooting in 1989 (14 victims, more were injured I don’t recall how many). So believe me, I relate. I don’t know what else to say. I hope love, hope and life will prevail. This inflation of violence has to stop.

“Hatred will not be conquered by hatred. Hatred will be conquered by love.” Buddha

April 17, 2007 • #35294

In the face of the unspeakable, words fail to console. When struggling with the insensible, reason fails understanding. In facing this tragedy The Virgina Tech family will prevail.

My deepest and most heartfelt sympathies

All of you are in my thoughts and prayers Scott

April 17, 2007 • #35295

Let me wish you my condolences, and my prayers. No one can ee understand what living though somethig like this is like until it happens. I would like to dedicate a poem I wrote to the memories of all.

The Death of Innocence

As we walk through the silent halls of our schools which once were filled with childish laughter, love and enthusiasm for learning, what is it we hear? The laughter is gone replaced by tears, the love has slowly been replaced by hatred and fear. And the enthusiasm for knowledge no longer pervades these halls of learning. For death has shattered the hearts of many. It is death that roars loudly and the pain that silently calls out to us can not be shut out by covering our ears, or running out the door no more to return. For it is the death of innocence that cries out to us all and we can not shut it out by hiding, or running away; for it follows us wherever we go.

It is our children that are dying; stuck down at an early age, and with them die our hopes and dreams for the future. Yet it is not a natural death, this we could understand. This we could forgive. It is not books or projects our children carry with them to school; but the tools of Satin, drugs, guns and knives, and they thoughtlessly use them to take each others lives. As parents we live in fear and we cry out, “No more,” but our cries fall upon deaf ears for as we no longer hear them in these learned halls, they also do not hear us. The death and the fear has to stop but if tears and anger are not the answer, then what? It is prayer we need in our schools, cry out for the Father in heaven knows our every need, and He hears our pain. Our cries fall not upon deaf ears and only He can stop the death and violence in our schools and innocence and joy shall rise once more. We chose to leave Him outside the door now we must open those same doors wide and invite Him in once more, an!
d tell Satin, “You are not welcome hear anymore.”

Nadine M. Riggs

April 17, 2007 • #35296

Please post this where appropriate. Thank you!

My Thoughts From Montana:

My heart cries, through my eyes, down my cheeks for this loss So young, tender, barely yet leaving footprints into Gods earth The loss, the bloodshed, the soaring aches, my heart cries for you I extend my arms to you, reach out, touch them, they hold you up

Salt laden liquid flows in endless rivers for your pain, your sorrow My global miles from you, mean nothing if you knew my ache If my strength can console the ripping emotions within you Take all that I have, and cling to its support, love, and power

From my home to yours, my heart to yours, my tears drip with you None of you are alone, when we breath the same air, a breath at a time My prayer is that my oxygen will find you, and bring you peace May it console your anguish, ease your pain, and bring life’s beauty back to you, when the river of tears slow its surge.

God bless you............from a lady in Montana Sheila Lujan

April 17, 2007 • Bozeman Montana • #35297

I recognize all the demands that are being made of all of you at this tragic moment. The Virginia Tech community has my deepest sympathy. When time permits, I wonder if you might consider posting a video of Nikki Giovanni’s convocation remarks on the Virginia Tech website? Thank you.
Richard Owens, Los Angeles, CA

April 17, 2007 • Los Angeles, CA • #35298

Dear Sirs,

Not knowing where to send my heartfelt condolances for families, friends, students, colleagues, and anyone else involved over the tragic loss of precious lives to, I will try it this way, hoping that, when a proper chanel is available, you could extent my deepest sympathies.

Yesterday, the tragic shooting was all over the Dutch media, and I felt shocked by the immense sorrow you are all dealing with. Maybe being a teacher myself makes it all the more real that this could have happened anywhere, anytime, by and to anyone. This morning at the opening with my students we said a little prayer for you.

You are in my heart and thoughts.

Yours sincerely,
Ms. Ellen de Jong
Nijkerk, the Netherlands

April 17, 2007 • Nijkerk, the Netherlands • #35299

you need a page for visitors so send their comments and love and support to be set up on your site

April 17, 2007 • #35300

I just wanted to pass on my sympathy to the families and friends who are experiencing loss due to this senseless act. My prayers are with you all. May you be comforted in your grief by our loving heavenly Father. I have been impressed with your sense of community and the maturity of the students I have listened to on the TV coverage.

Blessings from North Carolina.

April 17, 2007 • North Carolina • #35301

I am the mother of a Hokie. While my son was not on campus at the time of this horrifying incidence, his pain is evident to me from very far away.

You see, my son is in the VT international studies Spring session in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland.

The students there are feeling the grief and pain as real as the grief of those who are on campus, except they are too far away to be with their parents and other loved ones.

One of the girls studying there lost one of her soriority sisters yesterday. They had a memorial service today in nearby Lugano. They are now having a candlelight vigil as it is nighttime there.

I think it would be a great story to interview some of the students who are studying abroad in Switzerland and other countries and to get their reactions.

They do not have access to TV, but thru their computers, they have kept up with the gruesome facts.

May God grant all of you peace and comfort during this terrible time. My heart goes out to all of you, especially those that lost friends and family.


Marla W. Sarokhanian

P.S. By the way my son was one of the contributing editors to the school paper last year. He absolutely adores VT and is a senior there.

April 17, 2007 • #35302

Could you please add a section to your website for people to write their condolences to the students, faculty, staff and students?

April 17, 2007 • #35303

I would just like to pass on my deepest sympathy to all those affected by the recent tradgic events.

My thoughts are with you all..

Take care

United Kingdom

April 17, 2007 • Kent United Kingdom • #35304

Sadness and grief, that will never cease, only seek some relief in the belief that their is a light in which they will be pass to never ending peace. Even though we wish to hate, he who put them on the path to the afterlife. These Children in our eyes, just starting out in life, looking for knowledge, only to die for no reason, and leave the rest to reason,we all need to learn the most hard lesson in life; no one is promised tomorrow. For those left behind cry with disbelief with loss and grief. Just remember their lives, and learn from them, love is stronger then hate. God Bless those children taken so soon.

April 17, 2007 • #35305

Praying for your school. You are in my thoughts.

Please create a place for others to post well wishes and prayers for your school on your website.

I am not a part of your school, just a college student in Las Vegas Nevada whose heart is broken for your tragic loss.

Trista Hermann
CCSN student
Las Vegas, NV

April 17, 2007 • Las Vegas, NV • #35306

As the parents of a Tech graduate and the grandparents of a Tech sophomore, Nicholas Tatalovich, we were, as were most of the world, saddened by the events of 4/16. But more importantly we want to congratulate the Tech staff for such a beautiful and moving convocation service on 4/17. Academic institutions are not usually prepared for such media events on short notice but your staff did a first class job under difficult circumstances.
Our congratulations on a sad job well done

April 17, 2007 • #35307

Our Virginia Tech Angels Our Virginia Tech Angels

With all the horror that has happened at Virginia Tech, I wrote the above poem. I did not know where to send it so I hope I selected the appropriate place. God Bless Each Of You. You are in my prayers.

God Bless You,

April 17, 2007 • #35308

I just wanted you to know that I am thinking of everyone there, what happened yesterday was just aweful.... may God keep you all close through this trying time.

God Bless,
Robin C. Murray
North Carolina

April 17, 2007 • North Carolina • #35309

From London UK My thoughts are with you all after the terrible events of yesterday. God Bless all the Students and Staff. AND ALL THOSE FAMILYS THAT LOST LOVE ONES.

April 17, 2007 • London UK • #35310

I did not know where to send this email. I don’t think I know anyone that goes or went to Virginia Tech. May God Bless each and every one of the Students, Faculty, Staff, Friends and Fmaily.

Jill Gross - Kentwood(Grand Rapids), MI

April 17, 2007 • Kentwood(Grand Rapids), MI • #35311

I just want you all to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

April 17, 2007 • #35312

I apologize if I’m sending this to the wrong email address.

I just wanted all of you at the University to know that everyone is in our thoughts and prayers.

May their memory be eternal.........

Thank you for your time.

Midge Zagaris (Modesto, California)

April 17, 2007 • Modesto, California • #35313

I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those touched by the tragedy which occurred on the campus of Virginia Tech.

Ruud Strik
(the Netherlands)

April 17, 2007 • the Netherlands • #35314

We, here on the central coast of California, are grieving with you. May I ask that I have a copy of the sharing of Nikki Giovani from the service today. It was a most meaningful and touching ceremony, especially all that Nikki said!

Thank you, Jeanne

April 17, 2007 • #35315

To all University students and personnel,

There are no words to comfort all of you at this terrible time. But we would like you to know that people all over the world are in deep shock together with you and we would like to know that we wish all at VT a lot of strenght in overcoming these hartbreaking times. Our thoughts go out especially to all the families and friends of the victims, may G-d give them strenght and comfort.

Avi, Tania, Meron, Shira and Matan
Heerlen, The Netherlands

April 17, 2007 • The Netherlands • #35316

My deepest sympathy and thoughts are with any and everyone who has been affected by this horrible trajedy. Please rise above and show the world that we are a nation of forgivness and class. I commend each and every person for showing the world that Virginia Tech is a class above! As a mother, my heart goes out to every individual who has lost someone in this incident. My love, prayers and thoughts are with Virgina Tech, the Faculty, the Doctor’s, the EMT’s, the Police, most importantly the Students and Families. THIS TOO SHALL PASS!

Kristine Schmidt
Federal Way, WA.

April 17, 2007 • Federal Way, WA • #35317


I’m not an Alumni from VT. I was shocked by what happened at VT. I watched the Convocation this afternoon, and was really moved by some of the speeches. Is it possible a Podcast of the Convocation be posted on the University’s website?

My thoughts and sorrow with the victims of the families.

Jun Yu

April 17, 2007 • #35318

An Open Letter to: “All of the Students of Virginia Tech.”

As I watched and read about the disastrous ravaging by one individual on the campus of Virginia Tech I was most strikingly impressed by the decorum by any student that was interviewed by the world wide press. The Outstanding reasoning brought to the forefront by these students while a newscaster would be trying to incessantly place enragement in place of or reason was my moment of Monumental Pride in our young people in this day in time.

All of the Students of Virginia Tech should be congratulated in this time of extraordinary disaster! I would hope that our country could live up to their example of citizenship, camaraderie and maturity seldom seen today and that is so very special in these modern times.

I was so moved by what I have seen and so very impressed with the Student Body and the staff at V.T. in this sad day in our history. To me the school prevailed in such an admirable and extraordinary way that I had to just write about it.

I am very unaccustomed to writing or speaking in public but I just had to write this to you in hope that it makes some sense and is taken as written, from just an older gent in his 60s with two grown sons that I sent to collage, to a very enlightened and mature College community.

I have always said that if I saw a TV camera crew anywhere in my path I would go out of my way to avoid contact as they are so convoluted in their approach to telling a story without sensationalizing & distorting it. I rarely read, watch or believe any of what I see any longer from our media. The Media will do anything just to get a story. If there isn’t a story or enough blood and guts they always are more than willing to make one up. They do more to divide us than to unite us in most every way.

All my Sincere Hopes for a better tomorrow and my thoughts & prayers are with you in these difficult times.

Very Humbly,

Mendel (Del) Kahan
KAS Consultants
West Hills

April 17, 2007 • #35319

My name is Alison and I live in Leicester in England UK. I have just been watching the ceremony on CNN and I feel compelled to write to you.My heartfelt sympathies go to the families of those who have lost loved ones in the tragedies of yesterday. I also commend your university students and staff for their incredible spirit. This was highlighted by all the speakers and could be clearly seen by us watching and listening.My son is curently studying at the university of London and I could not imagine how I as a mum would feel if this kind of tragedy had affected me directly however, even though you are thousands of miles away I wanted the ‘Virginia Tech Fanmily’ to know that my prayers, the prayers of my family and my Church are with you at this time and will continue to be in the days to come. Please accept our condolences and love.

May God Bless you all

Alison Hadley

April 17, 2007 • Leicester in England UK • #35320

My note is to let you know that my heart go out to each and everyone at Virginia Tech. I wish that I could hold you all in my arms to comfort you, but I’m not big enough to do that. That’s for God, who is the biggest comforter of mankind/humankind.

We must remember that prophecy has predicted that in thwes “last days,” man’s heart would fail him. It has been wistnessed through the years, man has become more inhumane towards life and the value of life. The heart has become extremely wicked and deceitful.

My comfort I leave with all of you; students,parents faculty and administrative staff,search the scriptures, because they express the true meaning of the heart of man: “The Center of Feelings.”

Here are a few to ponder for comfort:

Matt 5:8 blessed are the pure in heart
Heb 10:22 draw near with a pure heart
2Thess 3:5 LORD direct my heart
2Peter 1:19 star arise in my heart
Job 23:16 God maketh my heart soft

You will find in scripture also the reason why that young man did what he dd. Scripture also tell us that:

Prov. Deceit is in the heart
Gen. 8:21 imagination of man’s heart
IKings 1`5:3 his heart was not perfect
You will find other scripture in the Concordance.

Peace be unto you and to all you choose to share this note with.

May God be with you always.

Harriet Douglas

April 17, 2007 • #35321

I would like to say im sorry about what happen… my family thoughts and prayers is out to yall… and if there’s anything yall need anything please contact me on my email address

April 17, 2007 • #35322

This song is my way of helping those through these hard times. I wrote it for a dear friend who passed away tragically and it helped me and her family through the tragedy.

Thank you and God Bless (Namaste)
Xolie Morra

April 17, 2007 • #35323

I was just watching the president and people of virginia tech speaking, and listening to the stories they were sharing. They had a moment of silence, and I had one in my home by myself with them. For me the best way to express myself when I am feeling anything..could be happy, could be sad, I could be excited, I could be bored....is to write a poem. Its not very good. I wrote it in 10 minutes.. as I do with most of my poems. I just thought that maybe this could make you think a little about life. Seriously.. Our generation has lived through 2 of the most monumental experiences America has had to deal with. Of course 9/11… and Now this, which is the deadliest shooting in modern history. So sad.

My alarm clock went off as a warning,

Who would have known that later today, I would be in mourning.

I took a shower and grabbed my things,

Brushed my hair and put on my rings.

It is spring, but not a sunny day.

God new not to make today that way.

Instead it is dark with flurries falling from the sky.

Must have been Gods way of letting out his cry.

Bang bang of a gun is what I hear.

Now I have let out my own tear.

I am afraid, I am walking to class all alone.

Suddenly from a far I hear a loud moan.

I see cops carrying people out of the door.

When I awoke this morning I did not know what was in store.

I just hope that the shooter does not see me.

I am over here praying and hiding behind this tree.

I here one last shot, the gunman is dead.

He had killed 32 others and put a gun to his own head.

I can’t wait to call my mom and tell her that I am okay,

and to think that I was running very late today.

I should have been in the same class where these people had been killed.

Just them two extra minutes of cleaning up that coffee I had spilled.

Those two minutes had saved my life,

Now I will be able to one day be someones mother and a wife.

What a terribly horiffic day,

Now, I will fold my hands together again, and pray.

-Christy Lyle

April 17, 2007 • #35324



April 17, 2007 • Conroe, Texas • #35325

My name is Karie. I live in Syracuse New York. I was not sure where to send this to so I hope that this gets to everyone there. I would like to let the students and the staff know that I am Praying for you. My deepest sympany goes out to your entire campus and community. We here in Syracuse will have you all in our hearts!!!! God Bless You!!!

Karie Weir

April 17, 2007 • #35326


April 17, 2007 • Woodworth, Louisiana • #35327

First, i am so very sorry for the unfortunate tragedy that has occured,I send everyone my deepest sympathies. I want to help in some way,I would like to offer a magic & Illusion show to raise money for ALL victoms and families. every cent will go to them.
I can do this at the place of your choice in your town.I will cover my own travel expences i do not want you paying for anything.

Feel free to contact me ANY TIME!

David Bryan

April 17, 2007 • #35328

I would like to relay my sincerest apologies to all that have been a victim of such a tragedy.

Please let all the students, faculty, staff, and the victims families know that we are praying for them. We pray for recovery and for healing.

My deepest sympathies with all of you.

April 17, 2007 • #35329

I am sure your email system is being flooded right now, but I just want to extend my deepest condolences to you. I am an undergrad at wollongong university in Australia,and also a mom who lost her only child last year, so I know what grief the parents are going through right now. I feel so helpless in the face of such a tragedy, but felt like I needed to do something. I guess all i can do is send this email and pray for everyone affected. My heart goes out to you all.

April 17, 2007 • #35330


April 17, 2007 • #35331

as a fellow companion, in a spiritual sensse i prayer the Father of all mercies and the God of all commfort bring love, peace and embrace every one of you at Virginia Tech at this time of of overelhelming grief and loss. Words are inadquate, arms of love and listening in silence as you mourn perhaps unable to control your emotions probably stunned and overcome with shock at this aweful reality, know my love and prayers are wiith you and will remain so thorough and beyond these present time of unrelenting brokenness and heartache.

in the name of love

Christ’s peace be upon you and with you
always and forever more

david Lynn Reedy

April 17, 2007 • #35332

I just wanted to let everyone at Virginia Tech that we here in Canada are in shock and grieve for you. I know that it is easy to say, but please know that it is heart felt. I have been watching the news and found that the support you have on campus for each other will help you get through the next fews days and months ahead. I am saying prayers for all directly and indirectly involved with this terrible action of one person.

Please take care of yourself and you all are in my prayers.


April 17, 2007 • #35333

Please accept and relay my condolences to the faculty and staff on their loss of two colleagues and an R.A.

I have no connection to VT, except I am a retired teacher from Missouri, now living in North Carolina.

Mary Jo Kohunsky

April 17, 2007 • North Carolina • #35334