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

Just a quick note from Nebraska letting you all know you are in our thoughts and prayers!

April 16, 2007 • Nebraska • #34985

Our prayer’s are with all of you-the families and friends of those who have made their way to Heaven today-and to those who are wounded. To those who came to help and will suffer trauma in the aftermath, we pray for you also. There are no words that can make any of this better, ever-just the power of prayer.

April 16, 2007 • #34986

dear staff, students and parents of Virgina Tech. My name is frank Parish i am a student at Butte Community College in Chico, california.

I was so saddened by the events on your campus today that I can not sit here and not do some thing. I send you my love and I share your sorrow. Tomrrow I will spend the day organizing a vigil for those who lost their lives today.

God bless you in your hour of sorrow

April 16, 2007 • Chico, California • #34987

I just want you all to know that our thought and prayers are with you all. I am so sorry for the event that has happened to you all today. Something like this affects us all. Me and my family and church will be praying for everyone at VT today, and in the days to come. May God be with you all.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Stephanie Wetherington
School of Social Work Student
East Carolina University
North Carolina

April 16, 2007 • North Carolina • #34988

I am so heart-broken for all of you.

Having been through a situation like this with my daughter (we were at Dawson College in Montreal, she was shot twice) I felt that I had to let your families know that we are so very, very sorry for the saddness you are going through. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


April 16, 2007 • #34989

I am praying for Virginia Tech, your students and faculty. May the God of peace and love comfort you all during this tragedy. Roger Harris
Crest High School
Shelby NC

April 16, 2007 • Shelby NC • #34990

I am so very sorry to hear of the terrible tragedy that has recently taken place at your university… Our hearts go out to you from here in the UK in your pain and loss. As one TV correspondent put it: one wonders what demons drove that young man to commit such a terrible atrocity.
I can only commend you all (students, staff, and your famillies and friends) to God’s loving care and pray that He will be very close to you in your grief and suffering, and sustain you somehow through each day. May He heal your broken hearts and hold you in His everlasting arms..and give you “His peace that surpasses all understanding”. With love and condolences from
Gaynor Urum

April 16, 2007 • #34991

I am writing to you from Australia.
I heard the news about the shooting at your Blacksburg campus and wish to offer my condolences. My ex-fiance is a Virginian native and he has attended classes there in the past. When I was in the U.S last, in August 2006, he took me on a tour of your Blacksburg campus. This is so close to my heart and my thoughts and prayers are with your staff, students and families of those who have lost their lives in this tragedy! Australia seldom has tragedies like this and we as a nation are deeply shocked and sympathetic to these hard times ahead for your school. Wishing you all the best,
Ms Laureli Anne Dickson,
Perth, Western Australia, Australia

April 16, 2007 • Perth, Western Australia, Australia • #34992

To all the staff and students at the University.

I want to express my deepest sadness at the events of today, Monday 16th April 2007.

Please know people are thinking of you at this time. It is times such as this that make me realise how inadequate words are at expressing the the sense loss and pain you must be feeling.

Yours is a generation of hope for the future and we are all the lesser for your loss. I hope you can all dig deep and find the strength to come back from this awful experience and go on into the future.

Your sincerely,

Karl Hayden
Dublin, Ireland.

April 16, 2007 • Dublin, Ireland • #34993

My heart goes out to the University. I have seen your beautiful campus on the Internet and will convery to my students tommorrow just how spread out it is and how difficult it must have been to respond to such a tragedy. On behalf of many in California our prayers are with you and your campus. I pray the Lord will bring a great healing and unification to the campus, Sincerely,

Marty Fosberg

April 16, 2007 • California • #34994

I have two children at VT. We love the school. They are receiving an excellent education there. We feel the media is trying to create controversy where there is none. The situation today was not your typical college scenerio. The VT campus is not a police state with camaras and people checking in and out. Anyone who knows college students know that some get up at 7 but others might sleep in until 11 or 12! There is no way on earth you could control the movements of 26thousand young people. Please keep doing the great job you are doing there in Blacksburg and know that many parents are supporting you entirely. My kids, a freshman and senior(who was on her way to a 10:00 class at Norris) are devasted but also already talking about going forward to the healing process. They want Tech known for how great a school it is and not for the site of a violent crime. That could have happened anywhere and should not reflect on Tech in a negative way. Hang in there VT. We love you and are keeping all of you, students, faculty, employees, and the President, in our prayers.

April 16, 2007 • #34995

On behalf of New Hope Baptist Church in Gulfport, Ms., let me extend our sincerest condolences to the administration, staff, faculty, student body, families and community associated with the University. We can only imagine your suffering. Please know of our prayers for you in these days and the days ahead. Though miles separate us, we stand with you in hope. Sincerely,
Dr. Durwood Broughton

April 16, 2007 • Gulfport, Ms. • #34996

This is truly a sad day in this country, as our hearts go out to all the families and friends of the victims at Virgina Tech.

We share your pain and your grief and will forever keep you in our prayers. Please know that you will never be alone, as “your angels” will always be by your side.

With Motherly Love,
Liz Bishop-Goldsmith
Mothers Against Guns, Inc.

April 16, 2007 • #34997

Just wanted to convey my condolences to everyone at Virginia Tech..It’s such a shame they had to endure this tragedy. Everyone is in our prayers. God bless you all in your time of need.

April 16, 2007 • #34998

In memory of the students who were killed, I wish to offer my condolences. Please see the link below. My heart and thoughts and those of my and friends in Austin, TX go out to all of you. Suzanne R. Tarlow Centre Class of 201

April 16, 2007 • Austin, TX • #34999

I would like to offer this poem in tribute to those we lost on this terrible day. The semester was fresh and new again. Revitalized, we all returned to learn from the best admin. We were seekers all, of knowledge and truth and a better life. We were cutting those success keys at an in state or out of state price. When in a moment our morning was shattered by the sounds of shots and life blood splatter. Our eagerness to learn was soon turned to terror.We pay tribute to the precious life that was lost. We were journeying on the same path in search of a purpose our purpose not expecting to have to pay such a cost. May all that have endured this horrible day continue to seek for more. For those who follow us must surely see that no matter what comes to slow or stop us our resolve toward success will not take a detour.

April 16, 2007 • #35000

grief and hope…

It’s been a stressful day, my niece was getting ready for class in Virginia Tech this morning when the gun man first opened fire in her dorm, thank God her life was spared and she is still with us today. My Mom called late this morning to break the news, I have had a lump in my throat all day holding back the tears. There was a lock down in the school and no one could leave, they didn’t know if there was a second gun man 22 people died when I got the call. This afternoon I held my composure for work, while raining inside with tears. This evening I cringed, sickened with a broken hearted stomach, learned 33 lives were taken today including the gun man.

I don’t understand how anyone could hurt, harm or take life away from anyone. Time and life is so precious. I have learned through my own past traumatic experience how to live with grace inside each day. We never know if tomorrow will bring the gift of a new day. I can’t promise a future or a guarantee I can follow up with commitments, but I can share my dreams and share in hope to return and become a part of future projections. after all isn’t hope what dreams and passions are made of ?

I care for everyone in my life, I am grateful for what we can share. The moments of time are slow, time limits in how we can share of ourselves, the mind is vast and fast and can imagine more than time allots for.

My day is coming to an end, I feel so sad inside, I want to cry so hard but I don’t know how to let the tears flow. I sit at the keyboard to express my thanks, thank you for being in my life and being a part of the richness we share in our learning experiences.

Deep pains of sorrow and anguish pour from my heart for the all families suffering from this tragedy. I grieve from the gut with a scream louder than my voice can carry. Empathy floods inside my blood in hopes we can learn to bond our strength to persevere, find the intelligence to problem solve troubles, bestow in faith for the betterment of humankind. I reach out in labor, in hopes one day our heart felt hands will join together to work on expanding the common goal of making a difference in the world.

Charity and Peace, Karen Rudiger

April 16, 2007 • #35001

My name is Russell Tanner. Im from California. But like most of the country, Im shocked at what happened today. Its a terrible crisis. I know there are a lot of people who are grieving and need comfort. Im came across this article today. If there is some way for you to send it to a few other people, maybe it could find its way into the hands of someone who really needs it right now. Heres the link: Thanks a lot.—Russell Tanner

April 16, 2007 • #35002

I was stunned, saddened and horrified at what happened at the campus. I am an employee at Centra Health here in Lynchburg and would like to know if there is anything I or the organization can do to help. Please E-mail me if there is anything we can do. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and also to the students who now have to deal with this tragedy.

April 16, 2007 • Lynchburg • #35003

On behalf of the people of New - York and our governor , the honorable Elliot Spitzer , please accept our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences for the loss of your students ! Your in our thoughts and prayers !

April 16, 2007 • New York • #35004


This was a tragic day for all of us. Many of us alumni were glued to the news of the events wondering what would happen next and if who we knew were safe.

Is there a way you could provide us with a blogspot so alumni around the world could type in a message to the current VT community?


Suzana Muller

April 16, 2007 • #35005

Both my husband and I are devastated to learn of the horrific tradgedy at your University. We are thinking of all of you and are praying for each of you. Please know that we are deeply saddened and hold you up in our prayers.

My husband graduated from Mississippi State University and we live in the town where MSU is located. We have no doubt that our University as a whole is praying for you too.

Sincerely and God Bless,
Dr. Jack and Pennye Hollister
Starkville, Mississippi

April 16, 2007 • Starkville, Mississippi • #35006

I would like to offer condolences from myself, my wife Bonnie and my son Joshua to all the parents, students and faculty of Virginia tech.

Canadians have you in their hearts.

May God Bless you all.

Mr.D Vosdingh

April 16, 2007 • #35007

To All,

From Malaysia, I feel so sad by the mass killing at your university and sincerely I condamn such action.

I would like to send my condolance to all of the families of the casualties involved and I hope that you all could face this situation calmly and I wish the best for the authority to solve the matter accordingly.

Forgive me as my english is not good.

I wish you all be unite and may have a safer learining environment in the future. May God bless you all. This day will be remembered.


Azman Ismail.(Practitioner)
University Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia France Institute,
Bangi, Selangor,
Kuala Lumpur,

April 16, 2007 • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia • #35008

On behalf of all of canada i send my deepest sympathies and condolences, we well hold a moment of silence at a local hockey game for your fallen friends and fellow classmates, keep your heads up and your sticks on the ice. Our prayers are with you.

April 16, 2007 • #35009

Our prayers are with you in this heart quenching tragedy from Scott County, Indiana to all of you at Virginia Tech. Our hearts ache for those lost and their families as well as each and every VT student and faculty who will never forget this horrible event. With love and prayers, Mandi

April 16, 2007 • Scott County, Indiana • #35010

Would you consider setting up a page where people could leave messages of condolence to the students, parents and staff? I would like to have a means to convey my concern for all of you, but don’t know how to proceed.

Las Vegas, NV

April 16, 2007 • Las Vegas, NV • #35011

Has anything been established to send sympathy cards to the victoms families?

This would be a huge way for people to convey how they feel about the situation.

I am one of them.

April 16, 2007 • #35012

To the victims of the shootings that took place on your campus:

I am from San Diego, California, and I heard about the tragedy that took place this morning on your campus.

My stepdaughter was a victim of a similar incident at her High School March 22, 2001. She was not injured, but the shooter was around a corner from her at one point. I think it will stay forever etched in her mind. It is something that no one ever fully recovers from. (See the URL below).


After hearing about what happened on the news, I wanted to email you and express my deepest and most sincere condolences to all of the victims, their families and friends. There are no words that myself - or anyone - can say, that will heal the damage that has been done to so many people today on your campus. Nevertheless, I wanted to tell all of you how sorry I am that you had to go through this horrific nightmare.

I am praying for all of you to heal and recover as soon as possible.


Mrs. Veronica Forston

April 16, 2007 • San Diego, California • #35013

Along with everyone else in the united states watching this tragedy unfold, my heart goes out to all students and staff as you embark on this road to recovery. Nothing will be harder to deal with, than the loss of everyone who’s life was taken. Every single one of you are in my prays, and are in my thoughts as you try to make sense of something so tragic. God bless you all, we are all pulling for you.

Love always,

April 16, 2007 • #35014

May I suggest that you create a forum for your students to discuss the tradegy that occurred yesterday at your university.

Perhaps you may be able to receive some clues to the disposition of the mass murderer and what prompted his actions. Monitor all entries.

Also this would provide your students with a medium that they would be able to openly discuss what happened and they may be able to seek comfort from the public and each other.

Each student that was unfortunetly killed may be honoured in their own personal section. Perhpas you can also offer support services for those who require greif councilling.

Personally I wish to offer my sincere condolences to the families and friends of the students whom were killed today.

I hope that you will seriously consider this suggestion, as I feel that it would aid in the invesigation, in addition to comforting those who need it the most, the families and friends of those whom were killed.

Barbara Gruber
Orillia Ontario

April 16, 2007 • Orillia Ontario • #35015

We wish to express our deepest condolences to the families who have lost loved ones in this tragedy, as well as to the students and facilty of Virginia Tech.


Brenda Crooks and family
South Africa

April 16, 2007 • Johannesburg South Africa • #35016

You are all in my thoughts and prayers

April 17, 2007 • #35017

my prayers are with you all.

April 17, 2007 • #35018

We wish we did not have to send this message, but the events of April 16, 2007 compel us to do so. We are life-long Miami Hurricane fans and eagerly await the yearly clash of rivals during football season. These horrible events remind us how unimportant the things that we cherish so dearly are.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the VT family in what must be an overwhelming experience. The only words we can think of to express our true sincerity are “GO Hokies!”.

Please do all you can to rise above the pain and loss in order to remain the strong and proud institution you are.

April 17, 2007 • #35019

Dear Sirs,

I read with tremendous sadness, shock and horror about the massacre at the Tech yesterday and, although there are no words that can help the victims and their families, their friends, the community etc. I would like to offer my sincere condolences and sympathy to all concerned.

This is a tragedy beyond human comprehension.

Paul Simmons

April 17, 2007 • #35020

Please know that your school,each of your students and the families are in our thoughts and prayers.

April 17, 2007 • #35021

Our hearts and prayers pour out to all of you during this time, as does our support in your efforts. Many students and alumni and fans of Tech have adopted several “logos” for additions to their Myspace and websites online in a show of solidarity, support, and prayers for the victims, for yourselves, and for the students.

God bless you all, and stay strong!
Warmest regards-

Mr. Talley Griffith
Stuart, VA

April 17, 2007 • Stuart, VA • #35022

Please be aware of the many people in Israel who share in your grief over yesterday’s shocking, senseless bloodshed on your campus. Our deep sympathy goes to the families, friends and to the Virginia Tech management and staff. May heaven give you strength to sustain the pain and find comfort. Sincerely
Ya’acov Dovev

April 17, 2007 • #35023

i am very schocked to read the newslines...... we are all very sad and we feel with you.........

may god bless everyone and hope to forgive the person who did such a bad mistake in his life...........

god bless you

regards from germany
fares ayar

April 17, 2007 • #35024

I am truly sorry for the extreme amount of loss you are facing as a result of the shooting rampage yesterday.

Your community, your families, and campus are very much in my prayers. I trust God will be an ever-present (tangible) help in this time of need.


Kelly A. Fuller, M.A., California

April 17, 2007 • California • #35025

We extend to you our deepest condolences. You are in our hearts and prayers throughout.

Sandra and Greg Carleton
Ottawa, Ontario Canada

April 17, 2007 • Ottawa, Ontario Canada • #35026

You have my deepest sympathy about the problems you all must bear. With the news media and people calling for people to step down without even knowing all the facts is just wrong. If I were a parent of one of those students I’d probably be upset that they weren’t all notified about what was going on… those people should offer a better plan if they’ve got one!

You’ll all be in my prayers.

Barb Farley
Delta OH

April 17, 2007 • Delta OH • #35027

I just would like to send my thoughts and prayers to those families and friends who lost there loved ones.. This is a great tragedy for all

April 17, 2007 • #35028

I just wanted to take this opportunity to express our deepest sympathies to everyone at the university and to the families of those who lost their lives on campus. We have been watching in horror as this tragedy unfolded and our hearts are very heavy for all that you are suffering. Please know that each and every one of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

April 17, 2007 • #35029

Just sending my wishes and thoughts to the campus and university at this time

Daniel Vandenberg

April 17, 2007 • New Zealand • #35030

My deepest sympathies to the Virginia Tech community. A former Virginian, I knew many people who attended VT, and I considered Blacksburg to be a place free from such horrors.

Prayers of healing and peace to all Hokies and their friends.


April 17, 2007 • Morristown, NJ • #35031

As a student at St.Lawrence College in Cornwall,Ontario, Canada and a mother and grand-mother of 8, my heart is with each and everyone of you. God keep you and I will be praying for you your classmates. Sincerly,
Sandra Ellis

April 17, 2007 • #35032

My family and I just want to express our heartfelt condolences and our love, support, prayers and hope for all of you there and your families, faculty and student body.

I have two children who attend Marshall University here in Huntington so as a mother, my heart is breaking for all the parents of the students who died and are wounded and I want them to know we care.

Thank you so much for taking the time during your grief and mourning to address my question. I appreciate it very much.

Please know that all of you are in our thoughts, prayers and hearts and the country is united in our support for all of you.

God bless & keep you all,
Kathy Stevens & family
Huntington, West Virginia

April 17, 2007 • Huntington, West Virginia • #35033

To All Staff and Faculty,

I’m deeply sadened by the catastrophic tragedy that occurred on your campus. My deepest condolences go out to your staff, faculty, and students. I will pray for the family members whom have lost their loved ones. I will also be praying that God would heal the students whom were injured.

Mitchell Sliwinski

April 17, 2007 • #35034