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

I have attempted to send two letters of support to President Stegar and Chief Flinchum. The emails keep getting returned. Please express our heartfelt support to both of them for being role models of compassion and leadership during this tragic event. Please tell them most Americans support them whole heartedly.

Thank you.

April 18, 2007 • #35574

I just wanted to send my prayers and condolences to all those who were impacted by the senseless murders that occured at the university. May God bless you during this time.

April 18, 2007 • #35575

My thoughts and sympathies are with the campus and community of Virginia Tech. Remembering the victims and starting the healing process are top priorities.

April 18, 2007 • #35576

I am so sorry for your lost, our hearts go out to each and every family, we try to make sence out of what happened, but there is no sence, i live in canada, and this story is our news headline, and i’m sure all across the world, maybe this would stop or be less if there name is not said, telling us his name don’t make it any easier, call the Presedent or anyone who will listen, we are so sorry.. Bridget

April 18, 2007 • #35577

The staff and students at Scribner Middle School in New Albany, IN are thinking of your staff, students and families and

Wishing you peace. . .

April 18, 2007 • #35578

I am a University of Richmond graduate (1977) that is married to F. Patricia Hill of Blacksburg, Virginia. Born and rasied there, and a part of the community for her entire life, my wife has exposed me to the “Hokie Nation”.

Over the years, she has brought me to class reunions, weddings, funerals and sporting events (football) at Virginia Tech. I have come to love the community, the students, faculty, and alumni and have gained a deep appreciation for the bond that IS Virginia Tech. Blacksburg has, in fact, become my second home.

It is not surprising, or uncommon to those of us with any connection to Virgina Tech, how the students are reacting and how proud they are making the entire country in their actions during this profoundly difficult time. This IS the spirit of Virginia Tech. It is unwaivering, it is genuine and it will prevail.

The media seems to be surprised at the intense sense of community and uplifting loyalty the students are portraying when asked if they will return to school in Blacksburg. The message the students send is positive and heartfelt. All who know Virginia Tech understand this, those who don’t know will learn.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to all who are touched by this tragic event and they are in our prayers.

Our complete respect and appreciation goes out to the entire Hokie Nation for setting an example of how to face adversity and make the rest of us so proud. LETS GO...HOKIES!!!!!

Lester and Pat George
Richmond, VA

April 18, 2007 • Richmond, VA • #35579

Students, Faculty, and Grieving Parents;

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your terrible loss. As a teacher and as a parent of two college students of my own, I share your tremendous grief and what must be unbearable pain. Please know that all of you are in my prayers. May God bring healing on swift wings.

Carol Robinson
Instructor of English
New Albany, Indiana

April 18, 2007 • New Albany, Indiana • #35580

Our prayers and thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. May God be with you all and give you strength.

Anna Pratt
Special Education Assistant
West Grove Elementary School
Center Grove School Corporation
Greenwood Indiana

April 18, 2007 • Greenwood Indiana • #35581

I join with the thousands of others lifting in prayer your students, faculty, and the families of those who have lost loved ones in Monday’s tragic events. I know God will somehow use the crisis for His good among us all. My sincere condolences, J. Dianne Huddleston

April 18, 2007 • #35582

Hello to all students and staff,

I just wanted to write to all of you and let you know I am thinkng of you and my heart goes out to all of you. I am an ER nurse part-time and an Elementary school nurse. I have been glued to the internet and the TV since Monday morning. I can’t imagine what you all must be going through. I want to commend Zack for his composure on the air. I saw him on the “Today “ show and on CNN. I just wanted to hug him and hold him until the pain goes away. He looked so sad, but he was able to hold it together. His parents should be so proud of him. He was so “BRAVE” and quickthinkg! I hope he will get a chance to read this e-mail. Also you President, Charles Steger did a great job under such horrible circumstances. I cried throughout the whole convocation on Tues. Especially when you all did the “HOKIE” cheer. I didn’et even know what a Hokie was until yesterday. I learned about the Hokie stones that come in many colors including “orange and Maroon,used to build your beautiful campus and the hokie turkey… I hope all of your students get a chance to read this. My heart goes out to all of you. May God Bles You all!

Valeri Konoski

April 18, 2007 • #35583

I’m an australian trying to immigrate to the United States and as such have great sympathy for those who are both involved in this terrible event and those left behind to carry on thier memories. My heart goes out to the familes and my prayers to those left behind friends family and staff alike. In time life will continue on and those memories will make the university a tighter family than you were all before.

C Fraser Dothan, AL

April 18, 2007 • Dothan, AL • #35584

Dear webmaster please send this to the president and the students. My name is Kaitlin Kelley. I am 11 years old. I live in Mobile AL. I have never been in a shooting. But I have lost a loved one before. Its hard at first. But you need to remember that they are in heaven with God. You will see them again. You need to remember that God is with you. As long as you remember that God will protect you. Sometimes when I am sad I sing a song about God. It always makes me feel better because I know God is with me. I know he will never leave me. You just need to keep the faith and know God is with you.

April 18, 2007 • #35585

When I first saw the news at Noon on the 16th, I thought that a movie shoot was going on at Tech. When the people at Applebees said that it was for real, my thoughts were, “It can’t happen in Vitrginia, not here. It couldn’t happen at Tech, not there. it couldn’t happen in Blacksburg, a small university town.” I live in Bedford, Va., been living here for 2-3 years. I’m slowly becoming a Hokie fan, though I’m a true-blue Cav fan. I’ve been going to Bedford CVCC for a year. Alot of my teachers and student friends are connected to Tech in some form or another. We deeply feel for y’all. You are CVCCers. We are Hokies. “We are all one, Thomas, all one"(saying from the movie Gods and Generals).

April 18, 2007 • #35586

Praying for you guys!!

April 18, 2007 • #35587


April 18, 2007 • PUERTO RICO • #35588

My thoughts and prayers are with Virginia Tech, the parents of students lost, and our country. May we all put our intelligence and resources to use in preventing such a horrific tragety from ever happening again.

April 18, 2007 • #35589

Just to let all of you know that your tears are shared. Even at work, my international customers are sending condolences. I hope that you do not mind that I share this one with you:

Dear Pam,

In the name of my family,and I think that in the name of my entire country,I want to express you and all the people from Scale Watcher,our condolences for the sorrow you are suffering as American Citizens,for what happened at the Virginia University


Ricardo Barteau

This customer is in Chile. His country moans with us.

April 18, 2007 • #35590

I think this went thru, but then I did get an error. I just want to make sure you did receive my thoughts. Thank you for allowing us to share!

As a Hokie Alum, I am so disgusted, horrified and deeply saddened by the tragedy which happened at Virginia Tech. My thoughts and prayers are with all fellow Hokies along with their family and friends as well as my old, small town of Blacksburg. This is where I did spend a good 4.5 yrs of my life and I was so grateful for being in a small town where I would have never in a million years thought anything like this would or could ever happen. I am still just in utter most shock and my heart, love and prayers go out to all families of victims! I am continuously praying for all! I love Virginia Tech and what it has been able to offer me. I love being a Hokie and am extremely proud of my Hokie Spirit. I am a Hokie and will always be one! May God Bless you all! Go Hokies!

With Love,
Kelly Correa-Brady
Class of 2003

I currently reside in Charlottesville, VA

April 18, 2007 • Charlottesville, VA • #35591

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort....

April 18, 2007 • #35592

I am from El Salvador, and live there and I just want to say I am deeply sorry for the horrific tragedy you just went through.

Be brave!!

Jose Paredes
Industrial Engineer

April 18, 2007 • El Salvador • #35593

As a mother, my heart hurts for all those mothers who experienced their worst nightmare...they are in my thoughts constantly. for the students...I am so sorry that this has happened to you..I want to tell you that VT will not be defined by a lone gunman, but by the spirit, bravery and love that has been shown to the world by the student body & the faculty. You are wonderful, my condolences to you all..everyone I know is praying for you...we love you all...please take care...get help, stay connected
PS....I never heard of HOKIES before, I will never forget it now, but because of YOU, not the coward that took away such precious lives from you.

April 18, 2007 • #35594

My thoughts and prayers are with all associated with your fine university. May God lighten your burden and strengthen your resolve to continue bigger and better.

God bless all Hokies.

April 18, 2007 • #35595

Everyone, I am on several e-mail lists that include musicians from around the world. Lots of them have sent condolences and are sending prayers from everywhere from Australia to Germany, the UK, and all across the U.S. Some of them have even suggested or written songs & poems too. Yesterday I briefly described what it was like to be at the convocation to them, and this morning I got this message from an e-mail friend in Louisiana:

Subject: Re: [CP] Convocation at Va. Tech

“Hi Kathie,

You described this very well. I watched every moment of the convocation today. I noticed that Pres. Steger got more applause than Pres. Bush. I cried when the students cheered after Nikki Giovanni spoke. Yes, all could be proud. I was especially impressed with the strength shown by the VP of the students. I am unsure of her complete title.

When I first heard of the horrible news, I prayed for all involved. When Pete said he would play hymns last eve, I played hymns. The first was Sweet Hour of Prayer. Even hymns don’t have enough words to express the words to describe such indescribably needless death, injury and pain. Tonight I attended a dinner for volunteers of our local hospice, which I have just joined. I had been asked to bring my ‘harp as I hope to play for hospice patients in the near future. I had planned to play Amazing Grace at the dinner, and played it in honor of the deceased victims. I guess I am telling you all of this, in order to let you know that there are so many of us who care deeply.

Our thoughts, concerns and prayers are with you and everyone involved. I think the grief of all of this will be so far reaching, that it is unimaginable.
Thank you for sharing your first hand experiences with us.”

April 18, 2007 • #35596

Our prayers are with you.

April 18, 2007 • #35597

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April 18, 2007 • #35598

Tears of sorrow, with hopes for healing of tomorrow Each breathe of life, aches with pain
Not wanting to say goobye, not in this way Forever your names will be eched into our hearts and mind Yesterday is gone, but your names will live on We will not forget you when the sun rest into the mountains We may never know why, on this day
That God has ushered you away
We will move on, we will be strong
Your names, your legacy we will carry on 4/16 a day the whole world will not forget For we lost a brother, sister,son, daughter, dad. mother a friend 4/16 a day that has shaken us
So with each tear that falls
We know you are safe now, in His arms
We know that you are looking down
We know that in time
We will see you again
Until that day, we see each other again face to face
I know you will be watching over me
Each day forward from here on out
You are beside me I hold no doubt
You have touched so many lives
In so many ways
You are loved, you are missed
Until that day comes
When I see you again
goodbye my friend

April 18, 2007 • #35599

God bless you all. All of VT will be in our prayers.

April 18, 2007 • #35600

What a Great job you are doing!
May God Bless you for your works!
Betsy Bailey Barnes
Jackwson, TN

April 18, 2007 • Jackwson, TN • #35601

I used to be a former graduate student at CSULB, would like to send my sempathy and my condolences thru your web site to the families who lost their loved ones in this horrible tragedy.

My heart goes out for those students who lost their lives not in streets but in an institution.

M.Mitch Aksoy

April 18, 2007 • #35602

I just want to extend my sincere sympathy and condolances to the VT family. Althogh I live in Indiana, my sister lives in Roanoke and three of her kids attended Tech., so I definitely feel some attachment. My heart goes out to you all, and you are in my prayers. Sincerely,
Jo Ellen Bernstein

April 18, 2007 • #35603

I’ve pasted a little note expressing my feelings on Hope.

A Campus of Hope

After the tragic events that took place a few days ago I returned back to the Campus for my first day back to class

I can’t help but look at the Campus different now, As I walk on the dark rough stones
I’m reminded of the sadness and death that took place here

Through the years time will heal and the rough stones will take on a new look, Beautiful flowers will cover the dark rough stones that held so many sad souls Birds will sing their hearts out for all to hear Students will laugh and the Campus will be full of life again

Bringing hope to those individuals who may or may not of Thought they had something to live for. For it is “A Campus of Hope”!

April 18, 2007 • #35604

The terrible tragedy at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University has shocked the whole world. Let me, on behalf of IUFRO, express my great sorrow at the death of so many students and teachers at our Blacksburg member institution. We share the deep grief of the families who have lost their loved ones and sincerely wish them comfort and strength in these hard times.

Dr. Peter MAYER
Executive Director
International Union of Forest Research Organizations IUFRO Headquarters
Hauptstrasse 7
A-1140 Vienna-Hadersdorf

April 18, 2007 • #35605

Hello All,

It has been several years since I saw most of you, but my thoughts have often gone back to you all and to your generosity and kindness during my sabbatical year there.

It is of small consolation, I am sure, but I just wanted you to know that I am very sorry to hear of the terrible tragedy on your campus

L. Scott Mills, Professor
Wildlife Biology Program
College of Forestry and Conservation
University of Montana
Missoula, MT

April 18, 2007 • Missoula, MT • #35606

We are the proud parents of two Tech graduates. We offer the school and the administration our total support. The news media are like vultures and we discount most of what they report, so should you. Our hearts are with the families and students. God bless you all.

April 18, 2007 • #35607

Watching this tradgedy and the students at Virginia Tech just amazes me. I have often wondered what our country will face in the future and how the upcoming generation will handle it. I can only tell you if Virginia Tech is a well representation of the generation to take care of us we are in very, very good hands.

God Bless you all, you personally, your friends, family, and all that come in contact with you. Our hearts and prayers are with you.

April 18, 2007 • #35608

Dear VT,

I am grieved and is shaken by awful news concerning the massacre in Virginia Tech university. To me hardly was believed that such tragedy could take place. I express hope that a management of VT and the government will accept adequate measures that the terrible tragedy has not repeated never. My deep condolences native and close lost.

Inga Titova

April 18, 2007 • Russia • #35609

I am so very sorry about the trajedy that occurred at your wonderful university. My thoughts and prayers are with all students and their families and especially with those who were injured or lost their lives. Please know that millions of people in this country are thinking about you often.

Take care.

April 18, 2007 • #35610

Dear sir,
I was so shocked to hear what happened yesterday. During my university time we had very strong bond between among our colleagues. So I can feel how much you are suffering now. But be strong: we all are with you to share the pain. Please convey my condolence to those who affected Lal- Sri Lanka

April 18, 2007 • #35611

To All Hokies,

Please accept our deepest heartfelt condolences on this terrible tragedy. We sympathize with the students, faculty, and surrounding community as they grieve at the senseless loss of innocent lives.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of them.

May you find solace from knowing that we are with you.

With Sympathy,
The Ahmad Family
Sugar Land, Texas

April 18, 2007 • Sugar Land, Texas • #35612

We were stunned and saddened to learn of the shooting and deaths on the Virginia Tech campus. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone, especially those who were killed or injured.

April 18, 2007 • #35613

I, like everyone else, am shocked and saddened by the events at Tech. I am proud of the way the university and the university community comported themselves through this tragedy. It certainly was a “class act”, demonstrating the strength and comfort derived from the school’s sense of community. I was especially gratified by how well the students interviewed by the media spoke, and how they, for the most part, avoided getting caught up in the blame game.

Everyone is to be congratulated. The event will identify Tech and may have some negative dimensions, but my impression is that the university’s response during and after the event will more than compensate for any stigma. Bad people do bad things, those things can not be totally prevented, But difficult times define people and institutions of value, and Tech did an excellent job in a time of chaos.

My hat is off to all involved.

Bill Stuart

April 18, 2007 • #35614

Please pass this on to the appropriate people. I frankly never heard of Virginia Tech until a few years ago when it won a major football (?) championship. As you can see, I am not much of a sports fan either. But I did think that any school that could voluntarily give itself the nickname “Hokies” must be all right. And I do know that the reputation of VT in academic terms has increased notably in the past few years.

And now . . . my son Kevin is currently a junior at Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, MD. After the “grace under pressure” that the VT students, faculty, and administration, and the town of Blacksburg and the Montgomery Hospital have shown the past few days--and having just learned that the editor of the school paper is Bobby Bowman, the son of my cousin Bill Bowman--I am now very interested in learning more about VT as a place for Kevin to go.

The spirit of the school, much more than just the usual “school spirit,” is wonderful, a thing for all the rest of us to behold. The concern the kids and their teachers, including such real heroes as Dr. Livescu, have shown for each other, and Nikki Giovanni’s pep talk (what else can you call it?) and the students’ response at the end of the somber but magnificent convocation Tuesday--I can’t imagine a better university atmosphere for a young man to experience as he enters the adult world.

It goes without saying, but I will say it, that we are all extremely saddened by what happened at your school. And my family and all Americans are equally proud of how the VT community has handled itself in its hour of extreme grief. I could not help thinking of September 11, especially for VT itself. You have made the rest of the country proud of you and your values. Good luck and God be with you.

Patrick W. Murphy

April 18, 2007 • #35615

My prayers and thoughts are with the families and friends who lost a loved one this week. My heart was filled with compassion as I remembered my personal experience of losing my brother and holding my dad in my arms as he wept asking why. In my daily meditations you will be remembered. Jane Bloom

April 18, 2007 • #35616

I want te send my deepest regrets on the shooting on your campus. News went around the world.
I hope this is, after Colombine in the recent past, a sign that the free selling of weapons in America is not at all a good idea… I wish all students a lot of strength.
Kind regards,
Tine Mus
Antwerp, BELGIUM, Europe.

April 18, 2007 • Antwerp, BELGIUM • #35617

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. It is hard to imagine what you must be going through right now. Please know that God is good and He will be there for you if you ask for His help. Something like this makes us all realize that we are never really safe in our land of the free and home of the brave. God bless you. Donna Krieger, Teacher, Slate Run School New Albany, Indiana

April 18, 2007 • New Albany, Indiana • #35618

Please accept our sincere condolences to all your staff and family members and friends. We were horrified by this senseless tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

April 18, 2007 • Montreal, Quebec, Canada • #35619

To all student body and faculty we just want to convey our deepest sympathies to all; such a devastating tragety. I Trudy am from Petersburgh Va. and this has effected me emotionally even though I have not lived there for over 40 yrs. I do however still have family in your area; as well as a cousin in Administration in the school system there. We feel your pain and even though we are a nobody in your vast world We want you ALL to know you and the families of the fallen are in our thoughts and prayers. Yours Truley,
Trudy and David Willis
Oakland City, In.

April 18, 2007 • Oakland City, In • #35620

I wanted to send an encouragement for all the families and children that were affected in the killings. I wrote a poem for you all. It’s called HOPE.

I am sorry for your sorrow,
But there is always a better tomorrow.

Your skies might be gray,
It is not there to stay.

God with His victorious right hand,
Will come to heal his land.

Jesus will come down from the sky,
So never again will another die.

My prayers are with you all.
Marcia Johnson

April 18, 2007 • #35621

Dear friends
I would like to send my condolences to all the members of your colledge on the tragic events that have just happened. my wife and I made friends with
a couple from Viginia some time ago I do hope that they are ok. If you find he is on your staff could you please give him my E-mail address We have trying to get back in touch
Once again please accept our deepest simpathy for your tragic loss of life LINDA & DEREK ROWE

April 18, 2007 • #35622

Condolescences to everyone directly or indirectly connected to loss of those who were killed on April 16, 2007. Your loss is great, and our prayers are with you daily. Be Strong and of a Good Courage, because this soon will pass and somehow we will understand it by and by. The residents here in the State of Georgia stand in solidarity with you as you go through the pain and sorrow. We love and appreciate you. United you will stand, and shall Overcome this through love and forgiveness. Surround one another with tender loving care. I bid you peace, love and success.

April 18, 2007 • #35623