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

i’m sorry for what all of VA. Tech is going through. i don’t know what can help at a time like this, but i’m compelled to at least offer my sympathies
frank vandewghe
park city utah

April 17, 2007 • park city utah • #35485

Our prayers and hearts are with you, VT

April 17, 2007 • #35486

I tried the condolinces page but I had no lucky leaving a messages there so whom ever gets this message, can you please let everyone involved in this tragedy my thoughts, tears,heart and prayers go out to all of you, thanks, adele

April 17, 2007 • #35487

There are no words in the English language to properly express my thoughts. Please know that my prayers, heart, and thoughts are with each and everyone of you. May God and the love of all the good people in this world help you through this tragedy and in the future.

April 17, 2007 • #35488

To all the teachers, students, families & friends of your lost ones,

It’s with extreme sadness that I send you my condolences concerning that horrible massacre. You are all in my prayers & my family’s prayers. Knowing that united, you will have the strength to get through this.

It takes a lot of courage for all your families & friends but remember, we are with you in our hearts & our souls.

Montreal, Quebec

April 17, 2007 • Montreal, Quebec • #35489

My family and I wish to expresses our condolences. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Through the compassion of others, may you all begin your path of healing.

April 17, 2007 • #35490

our hearts go out to the school and the victims and thier families back in brooklyn new yorki hope the pprofessor that baracaded the door for his kids that survived the holecaust is memorialized in the campus statue i would like to know when the memorial statue will be erected and any info its a sad time for the contry and the nation depest regrets im sorry for evryone involved frank calautti brooklyn new york the strength and support of the nation and of world is with you all

April 17, 2007 • #35491

I just wanted to let you all know that my heart goes out to you and you are in my prayers.

April 17, 2007 • #35492

I want you to know that my family will be praying for the hole VIRGINIA TECH students there . We are feel so sad for the students that lots friends. We have daughter going to a college so we now how it feels . And she in her last year of college. But she won’t graduating till DEC. So our prayers go out to you all there.

April 17, 2007 • #35493

Please forgive me for putting this here, as I don’t really know where else to send this. I just wanted to say that I feel pain in my heart, and cannot imagine the pain you all are going through. Please except my deepest heart felt condolences, to the family’s, the students, and to the staff.


April 17, 2007 • #35494

My wife and I wanted to tell you that we are thinking and praying for everyone involved in this terrible tradgedy. Please stay strong and never let the faith in our Lord Jesus waiver. We pray for strength and healing for EVERYONE involved. Sincerely with respect,Tom and Elizabeth Hanson

April 17, 2007 • #35495

I tried to post on your condolences page. I am an employee at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. I wanted to express my sadness and condolences and support to the students, faculty and other employees of your campus.

We are all with you during this tragic time and I hope that something can be learned from this experience. None of us are exempt from this type of terrible event. It is something that could never be forseen but affects all of us when it happens. Not sure what else to say except that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Scott Nelson
HVAC Supervisor
Facilities Management
University of MD

April 17, 2007 • #35496

I am so Sorry for the recent events. It is not business as usuall.

I have a niece a Jr, and a nephew a freshman. With you. I trust in your care.

For sure, we have to teach our students the world is not a safe one. They have to have street smarts, as well as book smarts.

You did the best you could, with what you had to work with..(Just like Moms, or Parents) no handbook.....

April 17, 2007 • #35497

I spent 4 wonderful years at Tech while dating my husband-to-be. (I attended James Madison.) I loved your campus then and still do. My heart is broken over the recent events on campus.

As I watched the convocation today, I was incredibly touched by Nikki Giovanni’s remarks. I am sure all of you at Tech are overwhelmed just taking care of one another right now. But, I am writing to request that at some future point you post a transcript of Dr. Giovanni’s remarks on your website. I would like to save her remarks, as well as mail them to other Hokies who may have missed the telecast. I realize there is an audio link of her remarks online, but I was hoping to get a printed copy, as well.

Please know are hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you. Tonight we are all Hokies.

My very best regards,

Sandra Kronick
Knoxville, TN

April 17, 2007 • Knoxville, TN • #35498

We extend our deepest sympathy to your student body at Virginia Tech, and your faculity. To the people that lost a son, daugther, brother, sister, and husband, wife, family memeber, friend in this tragedy on April 16th, 2007, it was very sad to have watch this unfold over the TV, over the radio, listen to the crys, the announcements of the names, the heroes, the one Professor; how he stood in front of his door to his classroom, to protect his students, I pray for his family so much, it will take a very long time for them to ever possibly forget this aweful day of many days ahead of saddness, and what fear, craziness, lost, and terrible terrior this day has brought to many of us once again, in a school/college. Each of you will have a memory of someone you knew that has died on April 16th, 2007, and you’ll not forget them, please keep praying for them as well. May God Bless you all.!
We are from a very small town in Garrett, Indiana; thought’s and Prayer’s are with each of you.
Mary Rose And David Lee Kimmel

April 17, 2007 • #35499

To whom it may concern,

My wife and I have both wept as we have watched and heard of the awful events that came your way. May God richly bless and each and every family and every person affected in this horrible situation. I have been in such traumatic and hostile situation myself and I know first hand the devastation that it causes. Our hope and love go out to every one of you. My prayers will continue for those who mourn and have suffered a loss.

James and Lisa

April 17, 2007 • #35500

My prayers are with you and the entire Hokie nation.Please hold your head up high and know that people all over the world are grieving for your loss.May God be with you and comfort you.

Kind Regards,

Auburn University

April 17, 2007 • Auburn,Alabama • #35501

I am a parent of three sons who are all Ohio State graduates. Two of them are engineers. Usually, I bleed scarlet and gray; but today, I bled maroon and orange. Usually, I am a Buckeye; but today, I am a Hokie. Usually, I cheer OH-IO; but today, it was WE ARE HOKIES. I wore maroon and orange today in your honor. We are all in this together. I am deeply, deeply saddened, and I know God is holding you all in His hands. May God bless you all.

With Sincere Sympathy,
Cathy Pedersen

April 17, 2007 • #35502

I just want to express how sad I am to what happened to the staff and students. Words cannot adequately convey my heartfelt condolences. I live in Hawaii but have friends in Roanoke. Please allow the Lord to gently hold you all in His arms and wipe away your tears. Hawaii moarns with you. Me Kealoha Pumehana!

April 17, 2007 • #35503

As a University of Tennessee graduate; my family and myslef have bee completely ripped asunder by what happened yesterday. I am half Hokie now.
My prayers are with you and I’m asking God to give comfort to the friends and relatives of the teachers and students slain and wounded. My family’s heart is with you and my University’s heart as well.

April 17, 2007 • #35504

My name is Sharice and I am a junior at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. I don’t know who this letter will go to, but I just wanted to send a letter of support from myself as well as many other students in my area. You there at Virginia Tech are in our prayers and thoughts, and you are not alone. Just wanted to send a support letter to let you know that thousands and thousands of people up in the midwest are thinking and praying for you all. May God bless you and comfort you in this difficult time.

April 17, 2007 • St. Paul, Minnesota • #35505

I hope this message reaches someone- I just wanted to say greetings from Canada. We send send our condolences. I thought that the words of one of your great American poets would be helpful to someone.

This Too Shall Pass
If I can endure for this minute
Whatever is happening to me,
No matter how heavy my heart is
Or how dark the moment may be-

If I can remain calm and quiet
With all the world crashing about me,
Secure in the knowledge God loves me
When everyone else seems to doubt me-

If I can but keep on believing
What I know in my heart to be true,
That darkness will fade with the morning And that this will pass away, too-

Then nothing in life can defeat me
For as long as this knowledge remains
I can suffer whatever is happening
For I know God will break all of the chains

That are binding me tight in the darkness And trying to fill me with fear-
For there is no night without dawning
And I know that my morning is near.

...Helen Steiner Rice

April 17, 2007 • #35506

Although I know none of you, my heart is broken over the recent tragedy all experienced.

Please know I am keeping ALL OF YOU in my thoughts and prayers.

God just needed some really special angels, and now He has some.

God bless each one and all the friends and family left behind. May He give you comfort, peace, and much strength to prevail in this time of sadness and need.

Thank you for allowing me to say this.

Diane Bowlet
Van Buren, AR.

April 17, 2007 • Van Buren, AR • #35507

Dearest Students and Faculty:
It would seem any words of sympathy have already been said. However, we want you to know there are many people in this world that have been knocked to their knees upon hearing the tragedy at your University. We have shed tears, lit candles for all of you and prayed often for your healing. No matter where you go in our town and surrounding towns, this tragedy is all people are talking about. People cry and are in total disbelief as we are sure all of you are. You, young people are our future. We pray that you will go on with your studies and future plans in the names of your lost students and faculty members. Do not let this influence your goals. Go forward, with pride and confidence. We are so ready to be of help if we can. You need but write. Our email address is.
God Bless each of you and yours.
Tony and Bea Zahn

April 17, 2007 • #35508

My heart goes out to everyone and have you in my thoughts and prayers. Here is a poem I wrote a week ago, hope it will minister to those in need. God Bless!

My Life.....
If I could just find my place,
In this world, which has no face.
Odd it seems, to be a traveler
Along a journey, full of grace.

My heart is humble, my ways are meek
You will some how remember me…
When times pass by, you will recall my voice in this setting.

Memories of these times are etched in glass. Monitored by a heart, whose wounds are flasked.

I wonder how I could leave a mark,
More to you, than riches or fame.

To a life of love, an eternal flame
Devotion of one, but the world won’t gain. Gentle winds, whisp me by Into angels wings, I will fly.

April 17, 2007 • #35509





April 17, 2007 • #35510

To everyone at VA Tech and the family and friends of the victims,

I am grieved over your loss and your pain and suffering. My sense of sorrow for all of you is intensely deep.

May the Holy Spirit comfort you during your time of grief. Father, may your presence be felt as never before by those who are suffering from this tragedy. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.

April 17, 2007 • #35511

i’m from Germany and i feel so sorry with you all. My prayers and thoughts are with the families of the victims and friends. My Condolences,
Alexander Schnapper
Germany, Tubingen

April 17, 2007 • Germany, Tubingen • #35512

To the families, faculty & students of Virginia Tech:

We share in your grief during these last two days and you are assured of our prayers during this time. We know what it is to lose a son and a brother as my son, Dale, age 28 died ten years ago. We also are praying every day for those students who are in the hospital and see how God is moving in this regard. May our God keep all of you in His Hand. Love and prayers, Joyce Tucker and son Troy
Addison, Illinois

April 17, 2007 • Addison, Illinois • #35513

I was unable to log into your memorial website so I hope it isn’t to inappropriate to use this site. After watching all the tragic news footage of the past few days , my wife and I would just like to send our heatfelt condolences to the University, the students, the parents, the staff and faculty members during this difficult time. No matter how Horrific this event may be, i’m sure through your great history and the future yet to come, all of you will someday overcome this tragedy. Our sincere love and prayers are sent to you during this painful time. May God bless you all. John & Sandy Westfall Wellington, Ohio

April 17, 2007 • Wellington, Ohio • #35514

Please pass on my deepest prayers and heart felt simpathy to all faculty, students and parents, from this very heart broken grandmother in Colorado. My tears fall with yours. God be with you all.

April 17, 2007 • #35515

I would like to say how sorry I am and that we are praying for all the students and the lives that were lost. I just have a small poem that I wrote. I didn’t know who else to send it to.

A Day of Mourning
They gathered together to find peace and tranquility, Bless them Dear Lord, and give them the strength to face this awlful tragedy.

Our prayer’s are with all of you even though we don’t know who you are, but in a tragedy like this, we are one nation under God.

When you are feeling discouraged and your heart is broke into,You are not alone, because I know God is with all of you.

Someday when the pain has lessened, remember that your friends and loved ones are always in your heart, think of all the good times, and you will never be apart.

May God Bless VA Tech
Jamie Thornbury-Pikeville,ky 41501

April 17, 2007 • Pikeville,ky • #35516

I hope that this will somehow get to those at VT. I just wanted to say how deeply saddened I am over what has happened. I didn’t know of any other way to send an email. I want you all to know that I have been praying for you all since I heard of the tragedy yesterday. I cry for the families and friends of those lost in this horrible loss of life. I pray for GOD to be with you all to comfort, bless and cover you all with his love and guidance. I just pray that you will all be ok. I know the sudden loss of a loved one seems like it will never heal, I lost my beautiful brother to suicide, the pain is so impossible once you are finally aware. Please know that although the time is long and your heart hurts so badly that it sometimes feels like it will never heal, there will come a day when you will again feel normal. I promise. Just never forget those who have pas!
sed, talk to them in your prayers. May GOD love and bless and cover you all in this time of mourning.

My love and prayers to you all.

Trish Kile
Corona, CA

April 17, 2007 • Corona, CA • #35517

Hello; I just want to let all the victims and their families know that even as far away as Saskatchewan, Canada our hearts are with the families and friends of the victims. I wish to send an email to let you all know we are thinking about you and our hearts hurt for you. Be strong for the survivors of this horrible incident especially for the injured and the friends left behind. We love you and we pray for peace,comfort and healing for all of you!

Take care, be strong;

Paul and Andrea Werrell

April 17, 2007 • #35518

Since I live in California, I am unable to physically share my condolences for the great losses. So I decided to do it as best as I could digitally.

God’s blessings be with you all.


April 17, 2007 • #35691

I have been mourning the loss of those precious lives in the shooting. I wrote an original song for the victims and families. I would be honored if you linked to it. I think it really says what people need to hear.


Tom Cellie

April 17, 2007 • #35698

Here is a link to a one page comic story written about a man who loses his fiancee on September 11th. The story is about coping with loss, and perhaps it might offer some form of comfort to your students. The story, titled ‘Life Goes On’ was originally published in Volunteer Magazine. You have permission to use it however is to the best benefit.
My deepest sympathy,
Rob Holcomb

April 17, 2007 • #35704

Pray for those impacted by the tragic events at Virginia Tech

April 17, 2007 • #35713

I create a song for the Virginia Tech University, the students and their families. I hope that they can find hope and strength to continue forward. My family and I are praying.

My name is Victor Fuentes and I hope that everyone may find every resource of hope and strength.

I wrote a poem, “Life Is Life” you can find it at .com, just type my full name in the search engine.

I title the song, “Life Goes On” you will find it at two places, they are:

God Bless America!

April 17, 2007 • #35734

To whom it may concern:
Good Afternoon to you all
In the “piece” that i had sent you recently titled “Angels are watching over you” I made a huge mistake by forgetting to put that my brother was diagnosed “Schizophrenia” on the very bottom of the letter that says 10+years. I do apologize for that awkaward situation. Please add that on there if you plan to share it with your loved ones. sincerely
Samon Abebe

April 17, 2007 • Atlanta,GA • #35748

Dear colleagues,

All of us at the University of Prishtina, in Kosovo, are deeply saddened by the horrific event that happened at Virginia Tech. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and all the students and university staff in Blacksburg.

I would like to let you know that the students of the University of Prishtina, in Kosova, have expressed their deepest condolences and support for the families of the victims by lightening candles in front of University of Prishtina campus. Attached you will find four pictures I took tonight (April 19, 2007).

Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time of loss.

Sincerely yours,

Artan Muhaxhiri
University of Prishtina
Kosova Europe

April 17, 2007 • University of Prishtina Kosova • #35761

I do not know if this was received by VT but it is beautiful and memorable for one of your heroes. Steve Liberman
----- Original Message -----
Subject: Fwd: A Must read…

I wrote this poem today about Mr. Liviu Librescu, who survived the holocaust and saved the lives of 8 or 9 students at Virginia Tech on Monday and died from gunshot wounds. I read it at our synagogue this evening and the Rabbi suggested I distribute it to as many places as I could. I wanted to send you all direct copies and I hope it touches you like it touched me as I wrote it. Thanks. Phil

My Stand
A Tribute to Liviu Librescu
By Philip C. Selz

In the darkest times we’ve seen, I was sent into the camps
As I smelled the stench of burning flesh, I knew my kin were gone
Survival was my only thought, I knew I must come through
But I didn’t know the reason that my living must go on

And when the war had ended, liberation finally came
And I grew to be a man and shortly after took a wife
And we raised our kids in Israel and we did the best we could
And we lived for those who died and worked to make a useful life

Then a teaching job came to me in America one day
And I thought that building new young minds was destiny for me
So I traveled to Virginia and I made a brand new start
And I taught engineering in this homeland of the free

Now I hear the hallways screaming as shots are fired there
And I hear the terror in the screams and understand their plight
So I bar the door from danger and I tell my students “Run!”
And as the bullets breach the door I know that I must fight

And in these final moments as my life is seeping out
I think back over 60 years and finally understand
My own salvation now makes sense as children flee and live
I was saved that day to save this day, I’ve finally made my stand.

April 17, 2007 • #35931

to all at the VT from the U. of Las Palmas, Canary Islands/Spain

To all of our academic colleagues, students, families and friends of the Virginia Tech:

I for one would like to take the voice of all of our colleagues at the Fisheries Research Group, University of Las Palmas (Canary Islands, Spain) to say that we share your grief. We feel the attack of the vicious killer was on us all. Today, we ALL belong to the Virginia Tech.

We pray for the victims and let you know that although we may be far away physically, we are near with our thoughts and support.

W/best wishes to all from Canary Islands,

Aldo P. Solari (fisheries biologist)

April 17, 2007 • Canary Islands/Spain • #35944

VT - In Our Prayers-Tribute Candle

If tears could build a stairway,
and memories a lane.
I would walk right up to heaven
and bring you back again.

No farewell words were spoken,
No time to say “Goodbye”.
You were gone before I knew it,
and only God knows why.

My heart still aches with sadness,
and secret tears still flow.
What it meant to love you-
No one can ever know.

But now I know you want me
to mourn for you no more;
To remember all the happy times,
life still has much in store.

Since you’ll never be forgotten,
I pledge to you today-
A hollowed place within my heart
is where you’ll always stay.

We pray for the ones who passed
for they will be missed.

We pray for the families who have lost
to regain courage and strength.

We pray for the survivors
for their faith shall grow stronger.

We pray for the school administration
through this time of need.

We pray for the officials
for their help and contributions.

Pray for EVERYONE at Virginia Tech

Pass this candle for love, support, and prayers.

April 17, 2007 • #35984

I am saddened by what has happened. I find it difficult to watch the news regarding that day. I am at a loss to tell my daughter what has happened to my hometown when she reads it in her History book when she gets older. I am grief stricken for all those around this great and proud community I once shared. I am a native of Blacksburg and lived there the first 15 years of my life- Born and Raised! I was born a Gobbler and raised to be a Hokie!! I love Blacksburg. My heart will never abandon that town. Although now in Northern Kentucky, my heart is there with all of you!

Alvin Quiogue Union, KY

April 17, 2007 • Union, KY • #35985

Sincere sympathy to the Virginia Tech Community. My prayers are with all of you.

April 18, 2007 • #35519

Dear Hokies,

Somewhere in the Bible, it says grief is good. However, we must go on. This tragedy is tough, but you know, you well know that a Hokie is even 100 times tougher.

A pastor named Mark Kielar speaking of the Tsunami disaster in Asia said that God may have allowed it to happen but as they (your love ones) were taken, maybe for them to leave this sinful world and not to sin anymore on earth, therefore maybe securing themselves places right next to our Lord Jesus Christ.

The way they died is not fair. However we are still judge by God by our deeds in this world. Grieve but rejoice as you know the good deeds of what your love ones had done when they were with you. Remember our Lord Jesus suffered to pay for our sins. That is the reason it is called Good Friday. Suffering is painful but never forever. Look in the future behind the dark clouds for it will be there.

As September 11 and Columbine had shown, we, A God-fearing nation are with you, we will prevail over evil.

God Bless Virginia Tech.

Mike and Claudia

April 18, 2007 • #35520

Good Evening,

I am writing from the cruise ship Pride of Aloha in the Hawaiian Islands. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families of the lost students.

The attached sunset is for all the students and their families on this stormy day as our hearts are heavy with this senseless loss.

Jim Annicelli
Safety Manager
Pride of Aloha

April 18, 2007 • Hawaiian Islands • #35521

For all the Victimized Students and Teachers and their families. God be with You. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

April 18, 2007 • #35522

As i sit here in disbeleif of what happened, a tear rolls down my face, I couldn`t imagine what everyone is feeling, It`s like 9/11 all over,as all of you greive the world greives with you, god be with you, Jerry

April 18, 2007 • #35523