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A Student’s Letter Home

by Bryan Schamus
April 20, 2007

To my loving family and friends:

We continue to heal in Blacksburg. I look at the calendar and I see it's only been four days. It feels like months.

The outreach has been tremendous, especially at the Newman Community, Tech's Catholic Campus Ministry. We got the word out that we were providing a sanctuary for the students to come hang out. Take a look at our website for everything we are currently offering. (www.catholic.org.vt.edu) We continue to receive food, drinks, priests, counselors and people in need all the time.

We have eight priests in residence right now and they take shifts to be in the house for whomever might need help. Some people come in and just need to watch a movie. Some need to talk to a priest. Others just need a big hug.

The Bishop of Richmond is traveling to Blacksburg to say Mass on Sunday.

The convocation on Tuesday was the most moving event I’ve seen, and might ever see, in my life. Put all politics and personal opinion aside, President Bush was in our basketball arena to be with the Hokie Nation. He spoke from the heart and brought tears to many. Governor Kaine was “right on" with his speech as well, as he described his experience with the Hokie Nation. The ceremony ended with a now famous poem from world renowned poet and English professor here at Tech, Nikki Giovanni. This was her poem:

We are Virginia Tech.

We are sad today, and we will be sad for quite a while. We are not moving on, we are embracing our mourning.

We are Virginia Tech.

We are strong enough to stand tall tearlessly, we are brave enough to bend to cry, and we are sad enough to know that we must laugh again.

We are Virginia Tech.

We do not understand this tragedy. We know we did nothing to deserve it, but neither does a child in Africa dying of AIDS, neither do the invisible children walking the night away to avoid being captured by the rogue army, neither does the baby elephant watching his community being devastated for ivory, neither does the Mexican child looking for fresh water, neither does the Appalachian infant killed in the middle of the night in his crib in the home his father built with his own hands being run over by a boulder because the land was destabilized. No one deserves a tragedy.

We are Virginia Tech.

The Hokie Nation embraces our own and reaches out with open heart and hands to those who offer their hearts and minds.

We are strong, and brave, and innocent, and unafraid. We are better than we think and not quite what we want to be.

We are alive to the imaginations and the possibilities. We will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears and through all our sadness.

We are the Hokies.

We will prevail.

We will prevail.

We will prevail.

We are Virginia Tech.

The crowd of 12,000, with 20,000 watching in the football stadium on the video screen, responded with resounding cheers and applause which led to the most spirit-filled "LET'S GO HOKIES" chant ever to fill Cassell Coliseum.

It was my first Hokie cheer ever. Since first coming to Tech, I've worked at every home football and basketball game in a "professional" capacity. I've never cheered with my fellow Hokies. I always dreamed about one day being able to cheer from the stands but I never wanted it to be like this. It was bittersweet. But I will always remember it. LET'S GO HOKIES!!!!!

We hug everyone we see. There is so much good happening here right now. But I would give anything to go to class - to listen, take notes, without a worry in the world.

My good friend Theresa lost one of her best friends in one of the classrooms in Norris Hall. I can't even imagine. When she walked out for the ceremony next to President Bush, I didn't even know what to think.

Today I was interviewed by "Religion and Ethics", a television show on PBS.

Check your local listings to see when it airs, as it is different everywhere. They also filmed me singing Dona Nobis Pacem with some of my Newman singers.

Never, not three years ago or three days ago, could I have imagined what 4/16/07 would bring us. But in the aftermath of this tragedy, I'm reminded of all the reasons why I love with this place with all my heart. There is no other place on the face of the earth that could have dealt with such a loss in the way we have. As I told PBS today, when we gathered on the drillfield with candles and chanted, "LET'S GO---HOKIES", that was our prayer. Our ecumenical prayer as a united Hokie Nation. Thank you Frank and Lisa McGrail for dragging me to Blacksburg three years ago. This is where I needed to be.

It will take many more days and months to heal. But I know all of you are praying and thinking of us. I apologize for not being able to return every phone call and e-mail, but please know that I read and listen to every one of them and they mean so, so much.

And I really hope that someday before I graduate, those of you that I'm writing to many miles away, can visit this campus and see what it's like without the world watching. Without the blood. Without the crime scene tape.

And without the sadness.

I am so proud to be a Hokie and I hope you are too. You all are Hokies. Wear your maroon and orange on Friday!

Please, please take a look at who this was sent to and send it on to others I may have forgotten, or to those who would enjoy reading it. It's 1:30 a.m. and I'm running on fumes, so I am bound to forget people.

Keep the e-mails and calls coming and, of course, your prayers. I love you all.

HOKIE HOKIE HOKIE HI
TECH TECH VPI
SOLAREX, SOLARAH
POLYTECH, VIRGINIA
RAY, RAH, VPI
TEAM TEAM TEAM

Peace and goodnight,
Bryan

Dear Readers and Hokies:
Thanks for your prayers and support. It's been a blessing to read them. But people are now using this disscussion to debate things that have no place here. I know the world is full of trouble, but I'm not credible enough to write about them. I wrote to my family about what was happening in my backyard and outside my windows. Then I was nice enough to share that with the world. And now some are taking advantage of that. I have asked Planet Blacksburg to remove the discussion board from this story.


Comments (461)


God Bless Each and Everyone of you.
You and the families are in my prayers.

Carol | April 20, 2007 3:06 PM

I would just like to say that each and everyone of you have been in my thoughts and prayers since this tragedy. Like they say only time can heal, and each person will heal at different times. But keep your faith. GOD BLESS YOU ALL..
LOVE
Kimberly Moseman

Kimberly K. Moseman | April 20, 2007 3:17 PM

God Bless each and everyone of the familes affected by this tragedy. The way the students have represented Virginia and Virgina Tech even in their moment of shock and grief shows why these students and the Hokie will overcome this unfortunate event.

Jeanette | April 20, 2007 3:20 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all there at VT. I have a son in college here in Tennessee and my heart is broken for the families and the community there. God Bless you all.

Phyllis | April 20, 2007 3:26 PM

I would like to say my prayers go out to the families who lost a loved one from this tragedy. It takes time to overcome something like this..May the 32 students rest in peace.

Barbara | April 20, 2007 3:26 PM

As a mother my heart breaks horribly for all the mothers that lost a child.

As an adult I am proud of how your community has come together and have shown love. I can feel the pride clear over here on the West Coast.

As your professor said "You will prevail", and you will, amen.

Shelley- | April 20, 2007 3:40 PM

May God be with you all as you mourn the loss of your family and friends. The sadness must be unbearable. I have 3 children and 7 grandchildren and a loving husband and I would be devastated without any one of them. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and keep the FAITH. He will sustain you through it. If He leads you to it He will lead you through it. April 20,2007

Faith S. | April 20, 2007 3:43 PM

My prayers are with all the victims friends and family. I think it's time for the media to stop and let Virgina Tech mourn in PEACE!!

Danielle | April 20, 2007 3:46 PM

Believe me when I say that all of the Gator Nation from the University of Florida and all their fans are shocked and saddened by your loss.

Now, I truly know what a "Hokie" is

Ginny C | April 20, 2007 3:57 PM

It is always so hard to say goodbye to those we have loved. Despite the presence of evil in this world, I know God's grace is sufficient to take all of us through this tragedy. As I listen to the stories of survival, I know there is still hope. As I watch your strength as Hokies, I know you will be victorious. Even though I am not there or have never visited VT, I feel and share your pain, I cry with you and reach out if only to hug you, hoping to take that horrible pain away if not that horrible day.
"People you do not know are praying for you!" President Bush said and he was ever so right.
In my thoughts day and night,
and in my prayers always:
Rosie.

Rosie | April 20, 2007 4:00 PM

Dona Nobis Pacem - Latin for Let there be peace. - BAs a former Catholic Bryan, and one who knows that song so very well, I pray that may there truly may be peace at the Campus of Virginia Tech - now and forever more. And may peace reign supreme over all fear, hate, and exhaustion for all of you there. We love you and are praying for you! God Bless! Aimee S. Tulsa, OK

Aimee | April 20, 2007 4:19 PM

VT,

you are so far away but we still grieve with you, i have never ment you but i will remeber you....

i cannot explain the hurt i felt when yours, mine and the nations tragedy was told. i hope and pray God will give you grace, peace and mercy and hope, VT you will come through with the whole nation walking right beside you.....

We out west remeber the precious victims and Cho's parents and friends...we belive in miracles of healing out in the west

GO HOKIES!

Faith Lorenz | April 20, 2007 4:20 PM

I Can not think of words to say, God Bless all. I do not know anyone at Vir. Tech. but my souls crys for all.

Yalondf a Stee;e | April 20, 2007 4:45 PM

May God Bless all of you and the families of all you lost.
We here in the Heartland stand with you in your time of greive.
From one family (CVUMC Emmaus family) to yours
DeColores

Ron | April 20, 2007 4:47 PM

God bless you all.

Tamika | April 20, 2007 4:48 PM

I've felt YOUR pain till this day.One of the reason's is because I am a student & It could have been any other school,college or university. What made tears run down my eyes was the words of one of the students who is no more.With the terrorist attack "I will study international relations so I can change the world" one of his friends recounted. What a great dream he had. May all the souls of the departed rest in perfect peace.

Mane | April 20, 2007 4:55 PM

We here in NY State are praying for you. I have children in college and feel for the parents and families who have lost their "bright stars". Peace and love to all of you!

Cindy | April 20, 2007 5:15 PM

Words can't even begin to ease the pain the Va Tech people are feeling. However reading your letter shows this Texas man that your strength should be a lesson for EVERY man and woman nationwide.As I watched the news on the sesnseless tragedy I couldn't help but think of my five children,what would I have done if they had been one of the victims? I can't say what my feelings would have been cause no parent ,unless they have lost a child,to senseless violence could EVER imagine their response,BUT,I would hope I would show the bravery,class,and ,faith ya'll have. Gig 'em Hokies! God bless and God speed.

Eddie | April 20, 2007 5:15 PM

I sat and held my daughter Monday evening, and whispered, "A lot of people lost their babies today."I, like so many others, do not have a child at Tech, but know others who do, or did in the past. The nearness of it, the unreal wrongness of it, colors life as we know it.
I am grateful for the children who were able to rejoin their families. The sadness that the rest of us feel for those not-so-fortunate souls, is universal. I am so proud of all of the fine spirits who join together today to proclaim "LET'S GO HOKIES!"

Vanessa | April 20, 2007 5:16 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with each and every Hokie. We have grieved with you. God bless you all.

Pat | April 20, 2007 5:16 PM

hi
you made me cry with your faith and words. I prayed for all the victims , families , and also for the killer. I feel very sorry for the killer's family who has to live their entire life with this unresolved guilt and anguish. let us all pray for peace and god's grace so no more monsters will ever emerge

usha | April 20, 2007 5:17 PM

I'm a parent of a 19 yr. old boy so I feel for the parents who lost their children but I also feel for Cho Seung-Hui who lost his soul. I pray for healing and forgiveness. Only God can give us the power to forgive those who hurt us, and only we can choose to receive His power to forgive. God Bless you all.

Brenda | April 20, 2007 5:18 PM

This is truly a world gone mad. I can only hope that each of you heals and finds that special place in your hearts for each of the victims and all of you go on to make a positive change in the way this world is run.
For the young man that is authoring this letter, I sincerely hope that make a difference. I can truly see you are on your way. Your compassion and eloquence bely your young age.
Good luck to all of you.. The world is at your side today..Go Hokies.

Hellen Newman | April 20, 2007 5:19 PM

On behalf of my entire family and all my friends I warm to send warm thoughts and plenty of hugs to all. Remember prayer changes things so don't forget to pray 1Thessalonians encourages us to "Pray Incessantly"

Erlene | April 20, 2007 5:20 PM

Know that you -- and all those grieving
at VT -- are very much in the thoughts and prayers today of all your fellow students and colleagues here at the University of Minnesota in Mpls/StPaul. Thank you sharing the poem by Nikki Giovanni; it brings a lump to one's
throat. May those departed rest in
peace and may VT continue to stand
tall.

Dennis H. | April 20, 2007 5:21 PM

please GOD bless our nation and all that grieve . especially the soules that were involved in this terrible tradgedy

frieda | April 20, 2007 5:22 PM

please GOD bless our nation and all that grieve . especially the soules that were involved in this terrible tradgedy

frieda | April 20, 2007 5:23 PM

May the love of God in His greatness give All who are hurt in this tragidy peace in this time.

Calif Dave | April 20, 2007 5:24 PM

As a minister or 62 years I have seen much sorrow and pain throughout the world. Words, of course, are inadequate except we know the God of peace can, really can, comfort in a time like this. My personal prayers and feelings go out to each one at VT. Great School, Great staff, and of course, great students, ALL!

God bless y'all

Rev Ken Douglas
AIM Evang for Africa & Evang for Home Missions USA

Rev Ken Douglas | April 20, 2007 5:25 PM

People will give advice, how to feel, how long it'll take, what you should do. I say - feel what you must, take the time you need, ask for help, always stay close to family and friends, cherish every moment and every opportunity. Nothing is guaranteed. GOD WILL NEVER GIVE YOU ANYTHING YOU CAN'T HANDLE. Every single one of us can change the world. My prayers and thoughts are with you all....

Ingrid | April 20, 2007 5:26 PM

I live and teach in Moses Lake, WA--the site of the nation's first school shooting at Frontier Middle School. We know your pain, Bryan. We know your fears. We know your loss. We know you'll survive. And we're all here for you. May God keep and protect VT and Blacksburg, amen.

Patrick | April 20, 2007 5:27 PM

We are so very heartbroken for all of you and we extend our love, prayers and condolences to all of you. My oldest is 19 and attends Metro College here in Colorado. I can only imagine what it must be like to lose sons, daughters, friends, sisters, brothers, teachers, spouses but I am in awe of how you are all pulling together to support each other. You are truly honoring those who lost their lives! They are looking down on you and smiling for the truly decent, respectful and supportive way you are all dealing with this.
Please know our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone there!
God Bless You All!

The Roth Family | April 20, 2007 5:28 PM

For those who passed at Virginia Tech:

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little - but no too long.

And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we shared,

Miss me - but let me go.

For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone.
It's all a part of the Master's plan,
A step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing deeds.

Miss me - But let me go.

- Unknown( If you know the author please cite them.)

Trish Stevens | April 20, 2007 5:28 PM

I am so sorry that your school had to take on such a horrific tragedy. I know it takes time to heal, so may the healing begin to soothe your pain and the love of God lift you up. I am a student at IU-Bloomington, IN., and I can't imagine this happenning here. My thoughts and prayers are with you Virginia Tech.
Caroline

Caroline | April 20, 2007 5:28 PM

May God bless all the students and staff of Virginia Tech that have been touched by this terrible event. My deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims. Best wishes during these difficult times.

Robert Banner | April 20, 2007 5:28 PM

Our Nation continues to be amazed by the HOKIES strenth and courage during a most tragic week.

Your maturity and selflessness is a constant reminder of how far our Country has drifted.

You have invited God back into a society that had previously had been void.

Your actions has shown a world that, With God all things are possible. And an AMERICA that can be united.

We salute your unconditional love, maturity and leadership in the wake of such horrific bloodshed.

You model the real AMERICA. We are proud to be called the Hokies.

WE ARE VIRGINA TECH!

WE ARE THE HOKIES!

WE WILL PREVAIL!

Strephen | April 20, 2007 5:29 PM

Bryan, thank you for taking the time to post your letter. Your words are lights in a dark, dark night. My most heartfelt prayers for everyone who must struggle through that night and I pray the Lord will help to heal their anguish. God bless you all.

Lizzie | April 20, 2007 5:31 PM

To all at Virginia Tech affected by this horrendous tragedy,

I am a civil engineer from Belo Horizonte, Brazil?s 3rd largest city.

I would like to present my feelings for the victims and remark that what made me confused about all this is that I just couldn?t understand why someone living and studying in one of the best universities in the world could be capable of suca an act.

I mean, every student would dream of attending college in America one day. This Korean man had lived with his family there since 1992 . . .America received them with open arms . . and then . . this.

GOD BLESS AMERICA
YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS.

Rubens Levy Francisco | April 20, 2007 5:34 PM

My prayers go out all at VT this tragedy saddens my heart may all 32 students rest in peace and those that were wounded I hope you get well soon and to all others that were afected GOD BLESS and take care......

Sawndra | April 20, 2007 5:34 PM

My heart is sadden by such a tragic loss of so many lives that did not have to happen.. My thoughts and prayers are with VT and All those that have been effected by such a loss.. I cry every time I see or hear anything about it.. Hold strong to family and friends, and let them know how much you love them..

Barry McLeod | April 20, 2007 5:37 PM

My family and I live in Canada, and it grieves us and I am sure all Canadians to see the pain of the students and their families from Virginia Tech. Our prayers are with all of you and God bless you in this terrible time of tragedy.

cheri | April 20, 2007 5:38 PM

May God be with each and every person effected by this horrible tragedy! Our prayers and thoughts are with you as you go through this.

Bobbi | April 20, 2007 5:39 PM

God bless to all the students and staff as well as the families of the victims. Our thoughts and prays are with all of you!

Tiffany Diehl | April 20, 2007 5:41 PM

May this prayer give comfort to all of you....

Prayer of Peace

Lord,
make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred,
let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be console as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving
that we receive;
it is in pardoning
that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying
that we are born to eternal life.

i cannot question Him for what had happened. i pray for all of you in this dark and difficult times.

May God guide and bless you always....


Mariz

Mariz | April 20, 2007 5:42 PM

My prayers go out to the families affected by this tragedy.May god bless all of you,You guys will be in my family prayers,A big hug out to all the mom's and dad's that had a lost one, and for those who where affected. GOD BLESS YOU.From my family out in sylmar Ca,

Maribel Orozco | April 20, 2007 5:42 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all and will continue to be. Wishing speedy recovery for those that are hospitalized. STAY STRONG God Bless!

Pamela Spikes | April 20, 2007 5:43 PM

I sit here in San Antonio, Texas not knowing anyone at Virginia Tech but filled with such sorrow for what's happened. I have a 19-year old daughter in college as well and cannot imagine anything like that happening. God will keep you strong and I will pray for all of you.

Emma Garcia | April 20, 2007 5:47 PM

Jesus said: "Blessed our those who mourn, for they will be comforted."
Matthew 5:4

The Nation weeps with you.

Barbara Dycus | April 20, 2007 5:48 PM

My prayers are for all the people of VT who lost a loved one or has gone through this terrible tragedy. I cant imagine what it would be to have this happen to my family. I do have a daughter here at Texas A&M Univ-Kingsville and I am blessed to have her safe. I want to say you all are in my daily prayers and God's faith will make you all strong and you will be okay. GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU ALL. Praying for you in Kingsville

Lupita P | April 20, 2007 5:51 PM

Trish Stevens - Thank you for the beautiful poem. May the friends and families of the victims find some comfort in those words.

annlei | April 20, 2007 5:51 PM

The news is so unbelievable. I pray for the family, friends and the Entire Virginia Tech University.
GOD BLESS.

Lily | April 20, 2007 5:54 PM

Time to move on. Innocent pple die in the middle east everyday and yet do we take time out of our days to grieve for them? Yea move on. Am I suppose to feel sorry?

Stacie | April 20, 2007 5:56 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and with the friends and families of the victims. Although I do not know anyone at Virginia Tech, my tears joined yours in this horrible tragedy. I have a daughter who is a freshman in college and I cannot even begin to imagine the sorrow of the families of the victims. Keep your faith in God. He will keep you strong. God bless you all.

Sally | April 20, 2007 5:57 PM

IN OUR PRAYERS AND IN OUR THOUGHTS FOREVER. MAY GOOD HELP YOU IN FINDING SOME PEACE AND CONTINUE THE EDUCATION THAT ALL OF YOU HAVE CHOOSEN. WE NEED GREAT LEADERS TO KEEP OUR NATION SAFE.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

Theresa Herrera | April 20, 2007 6:00 PM

Please know that the prayers of the entire Alma College (MI) community--current students and alumni--and of the Woodside Bible Church family are with you.

Go Hokies!

Melissa Weber | April 20, 2007 6:04 PM

Your writing has moved me so much that my tears keep on falling while I prayed for those who perished in this tragedy. (I don't easily weep). Please keep on praying to ask for God's protection against the real 'evil presence' and for God's grace to those feeling lonely ,outcast or marginalized in our midst.

Budianto Sudibjo | April 20, 2007 6:09 PM

may god wrap his loving arms around each & every one that this sad day has effected. i feel hes crying like everyone else that such an evil act of violence was brought down on so many innocent lives.

phyllis | April 20, 2007 6:10 PM

For the sake of the families of the victims, I would like to hear this student, or any student at Virginia Tech, to speak up the truth: Was Seung Hui Cho bullied and stigmatized and marginalized by any of the students or teachers at that school or not?

Bohdan Szejner | April 20, 2007 6:10 PM

Everyone's hearts are heavy right now. Know that people through out the nation and world are offering bouquets of prayers to all of the VT campus community. We may never fully know and understand why this may have happened the way it did. But find solace in all of our prayers.

No matter what our colors our, what our alma mater is....TODAY WE ARE ALL HOOKIES!!!

David Canales | April 20, 2007 6:12 PM

This is a time for sadness and a time for healing as well. Many will be missed but none will ever be forgotten. You are all in our toughts and prayers. May God grant all of you the comfort in knowing that you are not alone.

Arub A. Cook | April 20, 2007 6:15 PM

I cant even imagine what you are all going through,, I am so very sorry this terrible tragedy has happened..I cry for you all everyday, and Hope and Pray that you will someday be okay.. My thoughts and prayers are with you. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!

Sue V | April 20, 2007 6:21 PM

Everyday my children and I say a prayer for God to be "with those who need him the most." It has been a very difficult time for all. My youngest child is only six and cannot understand what is going on however I am 34 and I can say that I dont understand either. Peace be with you

Kayla M. Alexander | April 20, 2007 6:25 PM

Virginia Tech, family and friends of loved ones lost and all others across the Globe that are tragically touched by the events of 4/16/07 at VT my heart is heavy for your grief as I have also lost a young son at the age of 23. Your lives are forever changed due to the loss; however, you have a choice during the following days. You can be bitter with your grief or you can find a reason(s) to go on with your life and holding your loved ones in your heart and memory and make a difference in this world. The world needs forgiveness and love and I realize this is difficult to see during the primary stages of your grief; however it is the only way to survive this overwhelming loss and pain.

Grieve and cry when you need to and then push yourself to find beauty and love each day after your tragedy. It has been a year since I lost my precious Phil and I never thought I could get through this life without him; however today I am talking more about Phil's untimely death and letting go of my grief.

May God hold you close as you learn to live on this side without your loved ones.

Judy Baeza

Judy Baeza | April 20, 2007 6:29 PM

Know that the prayers and thoughts of the entire Winthrop University(Rock Hill SC) Eagles students, alumni, and faculty are with you as you search for peace and rest. May God be with you through this stressful time.

Kim | April 20, 2007 6:29 PM

May God hold close all from Virginia Tech who mourn and all those who remember the pain of losing someone, He is with us, close your eyes and feel the love of the Lord.

Debbi Bowes | April 20, 2007 6:32 PM

god bless and keep you all , you are all in my families daily prayers

brenda | April 20, 2007 6:32 PM

God bless all of you and may God heal your broken hearts! Although I have read and heard everything going on, I feel as though it was just a nightmare. God Bless you all!

Erica Sigala | April 20, 2007 6:33 PM

I live in Trinidad and I share your pain and grief in this difficult time. I have a son at a university in th US and my prayers are with the parents and families of those who are in sorrow and to all the students at Virginia Tech. God be with you

Sandra Sankar | April 20, 2007 6:33 PM

First let me start by saying my prayers and thoughts are with everyone involved with the tragedy at VT I'm truely sorry for your loss.Second to the comment written by Stacie,yes people are being killed everyday in the middle east and that is awful,but it's people and comments like you that is what's partially wrong with the world..people who have no feelings and heart for others,really this was not the place or time to voice your opinion,and I'm sorry you feel that way.

Julianne | April 20, 2007 6:33 PM

My thoughts and prayers have been with you all week. This is the first event all year that brought my entire class of fourth graders to complete silence. We all prayed and mourned for you today. God bless you and keep you.

Erin, UNC '06 | April 20, 2007 6:34 PM

As a student at California State University, Long Beach, let me tell you cannot imagine what you are going through..But nevertheless it has hit me hard because I am a college student and realize how you would have never imagined that...I pray for you and your peers, I especially pray for the families of those who were lost...May they rest in peace...

Please know that there are many students here who grieve with you, and have you in our thoughts.

Sincerely,

Jenny

Jenny | April 20, 2007 6:35 PM

May the Good Lord Bless the Souls of those Innocent Victims,and i want to praise the "Old Professor" who gave his life to save others.That is what i call love.Parents/Brothers/Sisters/ of those who died and those wounded, Jesus loves you all and i know you all love the Creator of the Universe anyway.Please forgive!Do not cry but remember that Death is inevitable,i know how you all feel.I have experienced two losses ,so i know!
People of the Countries of the World ,you should know this ,in America there is Love,Americans are the most giving people in the face of this earth.It is the greatest nation that really cares about others .I hated watching the kid's movie on Television(Cho, the KILLER) in his rantings about hate.People tried to reach out to him but he did not Open up to it.Although, now for those other people who come to America and exhibit hate it is time to show more Love to your Fellow man,your neigbour next door,a child you teach at school or anyone you come in contact with."Live and Let Live" and this world will trully be a better Place for all before the end of this world as everyone someday will also go back to the creator and give a full account while you were in this sweet Earth.
Hookies/VT/Everyone who lost someone in this world you are overcomers!
By the way incase you wonder i am not an American but i have received Love in America.
God Bless America!God Bless Students in all the Schools in the World and keep the Children safe they are the Future,God Bless all who read this too.Amen.

amaka | April 20, 2007 6:42 PM

May God bless each and everyone of you that have been so closely affected by the V Tech tragedy. Like so many others out there I cannot imagine what it would be like to have something like this happen to someone in my imediate family; However I feel that the victims are a part of my family as I have watched this unfold in the media and have felt many a tear stream down my cheek unable to stop them.
Hugs and prayers to all of you

Sheri L | April 20, 2007 6:45 PM

Our hearts and thoughts are with you.

You guys have endless support in Morgantown.

Stay strong.

WVU | April 20, 2007 6:46 PM

God, our Creator,
In the midth of this darkness, we come to you and read your Word:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;" In the midth of this all, "Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." .. BECAUSE "All things work together for GOOD to those who love God."

Coco | April 20, 2007 6:52 PM

My family and I feel the sadness and sorrow thats felt by anyone connected to this evil tragedy.We send our prayers and condolences to all the families.

M Hall | April 20, 2007 6:54 PM

I am not able to identify with the pain that you must feel at this moment. I can only imagine, but I do know that God has promised that His strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore when we are weak we can rest in Him, because only God knows how to heal a brokenheart. He draws to those with a broken heart. During this time grieve this lose but also allow gOD TO carry you through.

Lavette | April 20, 2007 6:56 PM

When I heard the news while driving, tears started to stream down my face.

Unimaginable and unspeakable--what is left is for us to imagine the future bright and peaceful for all of you. We are here in in the distance supporting you in your struggle to heal..may the road be meaningful and the future become brighter for you all.

Nancy Walper | April 20, 2007 6:56 PM

As parents of 3 daughters-all situated in educational settings, we grieve deeply in our hearts for the parents, families, and all those touched by this tragedy -- and truly our whole nation has been touched--our thoughts, prayers & deepest sympathy stretch out to you-God Bless You and out of all this, we pray that healing may come through Faith, Hope, and Love-and of course, the greatest of these is love...Thank you giving us this opportunity to share our thoughts..Cathy & George, NY state

Cathy & George | April 20, 2007 6:58 PM

You have had a nation beside you through all of this. You will continue to have a natuion behind you in the weeks and months ahead. There is no way to explain away what causes such destruction. What we can do is turn the destruction into something positive and I see that already. This tragedy has brought together an entire country to help all of you.

In God we will all find the answers and way. I pray for all of youo the survivors of this tragedy. I pray too for the Cho family as they too grieve and suffer as do all of you. They suffer possibly more even for it is through their own blood that this tragedy occured. Remember them as you remember the other families affected.

I want to share with you something my local Priest shared when my 17 year old son died very suddenly.

Before I formed you in the womb,
I knew you.
Before I brought you to birth I consecrated you. ~Jeremiah 1:5~

In Memory of the lives and innocence lost 4/16/2007. For all the families, friends and survivors.

Pam Richardson

Pam | April 20, 2007 7:01 PM

In EL Salvador we do not speak english, but we speak the universal language of human solidarity in the face of tragedy. In this land hit by civil war, floods and earthquakes we know of that. And in this central american land there is a general sense of lost for this tragedy in Virginia Tech. Today we speak the language of you, Hokies. We pray and mourn with you and at your side we ligthen our hearts with promises of a better tomorrow in peace.

Payín Imendia

Payín | April 20, 2007 7:02 PM

I may live in Florida but my heart is in Virginia, my home state. Va Tech has always been a part of me growing up and it was always Hoke Nation, Hokie Pride. Nestled in the lovely mountains of Virginia, as being held in a loving mother's arms--Va Tech. Grieve, mourn, remember with love, live and grow in your life. My prayer is for the peace of heart for everyone effected. One can never make sense of senseless. So sad. May everyone find peace. GO HOKIES!

Pam Fitzgerald | April 20, 2007 7:04 PM

Our greatest courage is shown in our darkest hours.
May God bless and keep you all encouraged and strong.
Keep shining stars!

Jourdan | April 20, 2007 7:06 PM

When we first heard of the tragedy at VT we found it very hard to believe. And as the reports kept coming we didn't want to believe that someone could do such horrible things.

But this world and with its many Lost Souls is not often a loving place. Evil stalked the campus of VT. But the reactions and Strength shown by the "Hokie Nation" is truly an example for the entire nation.

My prayers are with each and every one of the students, faculty and families affected.

But I can see good coming out of this: Your Faith, Your Love, Your Hope
reminds us all of our better selves.

God Bless You and Keep You!

Lee | April 20, 2007 7:15 PM

Thank You and others in the Virginia Tech community for reminding us OF THE EXTREME GOODNESS that exists in the world today. No, it is not a world gone mad, it was one person who was severely mentally ill. There are probably others like him, who have thankfully received help or for other reasons have not taken this type of action. No, the students did nothing to treat the killer in a way to make him feel the way he did. The way he felt was a result of his mental illness. We must work harder to provide intervention for these types of individuals. This is a tricky task, but one we MUST work hard to take on.

My heart and prayers go out to the VT students and families of the students and I'm inspired by their courage and spirit.

Chrissy | April 20, 2007 7:15 PM

My heart and prayers are with each of you as you heal.
May the Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and give thee peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

Kara | April 20, 2007 7:20 PM

May The Creator bless us all in this dark hour. May your faith in Him alleviate your pain and sorrow and provide you with comfort and strength during and after these troubling times.

1 To every thing there is a aseason, and a btime to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A atime to be born, and a time to bdie; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to alaugh; a time to bmourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to aget, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to arend, and a time to sew; a time to keep bsilence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to ahate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

CHYNA | April 20, 2007 7:22 PM

My thoughts & prayer are with all the parents, family, friends, professors, co-workers at Virginia Tech and Cho's family at this hearbreaking time, and it extends to all those worldwide who are suffering the loss of a loved one. Dona Nobis Pacem. May we each try to make peace happen thru our love and compassion. Mary

Mary | April 20, 2007 7:22 PM

my heart soul and tears goes out 2everyone effected and i say a special prayer 4 the family of the gunman b/c 4ver will they have 2 live wit the pain grief and sorror of knowing thier family member created the heartache and pain that rocked the hearts of all people and we dont live in a kind and 4giving world and i know people r gonna b cruel 2 them and i pray we all as a nation can learn and heal 2gether and start lovin and accepting people as just people imma black man and cant stop crying this is soo sad and it hurts i didnt know any of the victims but i feel as if apart of my heart has been torn out may god bless all of u and everybody in this world learn love

cedric d barnes | April 20, 2007 7:27 PM

In response to the comment below:
Time to move on. Innocent pple die in the middle east everyday and yet do we take time out of our days to grieve for them? Yea move on. Am I suppose to feel sorry?

Posted by Stacie | April 20, 2007 5:56 PM

Actually, I feel sorry for you, if you cannot and do not feel anything for these peoples loss. You should be so ashamed of yourself for even posting such a heartless comment. I pray the The God of ALL comfort will comfort these families whom have suffered such a great loss. I also pray for Stacie who made such a horrible, heartless comment.
David

David | April 20, 2007 7:28 PM

Never have I cried.
I once took it to heart,
Ironic huh?
Never have I cried.
I kept it in
Like I was told to do.
A solider can run through fields,
A solider can run past a friend,
but never have I cried.
I once cut down the last tree,
I chose to pick the last flower,
but never have I cried.
My nephew finally said my name,
I lost my first real love,
I've lost those that loved me first,
but never have I cried.
With happiness and sorrow,
In wonderment and understanding,
when I don't know the pain I caused,
or when I felt the pain myself,
never have I cried.
Every time I see the news,
When I see their tears,
trying to look forward,
and only seeing the past,
wanting to hold the hands
that cannot hold them back.
On another coast,
Someone you don't know,
will share the pain with you,
and maybe cry the most.

Eric M - Alameda CA | April 20, 2007 7:29 PM

To all of the peolpe acroos the world who have been affected by the VT massacure.

I'm nine years old and I just want to say I'm sorry for the loss of your family members and friends. You are in my prayers.

DARNESHA R. | April 20, 2007 7:31 PM

Long Island grieves and suffers your loss. I have learned of another shooting in Houston. Because of your experiences, lives in Houston were saved. God keep all of you safe.
P.s. What is a Hokie? I love it. I love your cheer.

Donna | April 20, 2007 7:40 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at Virginia Tech. You have impressed us with your faith and maturity throughout this last week and may you draw strength from one another in the coming days, weeks and months. Your lives will be changed forever but use it to move in a positive direction. Keep your faith. With love and support from New Hampshire.

Kim D. | April 20, 2007 7:41 PM

I just want you all to know you're in my thoughts and prayers. Please know the whole nation feels for you and we will never forget those wonderful people.

Violet M. | April 20, 2007 7:48 PM

As far as Puerto Rico the sadness has come. May God bless you all, and all of your relatives at this time of sorrow. You are in my prayers every night. Dont' give up!

Maria | April 20, 2007 7:51 PM

I just wanted to say that you all at Virgina Tech are in my prayers and I Love you all, Keep your heads up, And continue on with the Hokie Pride, Keep hope Alive and my god be with you. Terria

Terria Bryant | April 20, 2007 7:52 PM

My heart and prayers go out to all of you who are trobled at this time. To all students and teachers at Va.Tech, May God Bless you and keep you safe, keep praying, God answers all prayers, Will never put more on you than you can stand. KEEP PRAYING.

doris | April 20, 2007 7:54 PM

The whole world is with you, VT. Our hearts break and will mend in time with yours.

Nothing will be lost, not even the lesson, and least of all the memories of the innocents. You are all incredibly brave souls and God will watch over you. You give us all hope, faith, and courage. We are all so proud of you. During this time, we are all Hokies, a massive army behind you, and there is nothing to fear. Where one falls, many will carry him on their shoulders and continue.

The prayers for you are endless in every corner of the world.

Megan | April 20, 2007 7:56 PM

May God be with all that lost family and friends in this terrible tragedy. Alabama Grieves with you. We are a Nation I believe that prays for all that have lost thier lives and for the family of friends fighting for Peace. TO Stacie I pray for what ever issues you have that someone can reach out and help you May GOD touch you and give you mercy and peace as it is obvious that you need prayer.

Janet S | April 20, 2007 7:58 PM

How horrible this is I will pray for all the families,their world will never be the same because of one person.
In Illinois we pray for all of you

J West | April 20, 2007 8:00 PM

Utah grieves and prays for you.


You will prevail.

Koralyn | April 20, 2007 8:03 PM

I'm a freshmen at the University of Texas at Arlington and I want you to know that the Mavericks are praying for you guys. Virginia Tech has inspired us to join together as a community and live each day to our fullest. I personally am deeply touched by the strength of the families and friends who lost a loved one in all this. The intergrity of VT is amazing and will last forever. I pray for the victims, families, friends...and even every college student out there who is open to this kind of event occuring. I pray that God be with you and that you remain safe and proceed in life achieving your life goals.

I too will pray for Stacie because she needs to open her eyes. This is a horrific event which has touched a lot of people in more ways than one. That comment was heartless, yeah, and much more.

Apryl | April 20, 2007 8:08 PM

We,as a Christian nation, have opened doors to people from all over the world. The Cho family came here with a vision for a better life for themselves and their family. My pain, is so deep as a parent and a heart of Christ. The Lord say's..in scripture.."Deuteronomy 29:11..The secret things belong to the Lord." May we find strength and peace when we grieve for the family and friends of the many that were taken and the one's that remain behind. President Bush, is right, we are praying for all of you. All of our lives have changed since 911 and we never know what is next. The Love, Talent and Intellect from the teachers, to the students will continue, as the perserverance will prevail as never before!! May Our Almighty God, who is on his throne, as he was when it was happening, surround you with his love, angels and his promise to never leave you nor forsake you. Even in death he is with us. Take heart knowing that their last breath on earth was their first in heaven. Broken beyond belief and the pain is like a color you cannot describe for people who have never lost loved one. May God Bless you all and remember, Martin Luther King said.."He wanted to live a long life,but, was more concerned about doing the will of God! The next day he was gunned down! It is only when it is dark enough can we see the stars. We, including myself, will trust God, for what lies ahead for us and until we return home to him. Love from Chicago,Illinois

Toni G | April 20, 2007 8:09 PM

Many years ago I attended VT. I was a member of the original Marching Virginians in the fall of 1974. Although I moved on to finish my education at Penn State, I have never forgotten the Virginia Tech community - it has always been a part of me. My heart goes out to all who have been affected by this senseless tradgedy - students, family, friends and all across the nation. Despite it all, the one thing that has stood out has been the closeness of the VT community. It is still as strong as it was over 30 years ago and will continue to be 30 years from now. You are all in my prayers.

Jeff | April 20, 2007 8:11 PM

I SEND MY PRAYERS TO ALL OF YOU AT VIRGINIA TECH.FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE BEEN THRU AND I PRAY FOR ALL OF YOU EVERY DAY YOU WILL OVER COME THIS AND GO ON. GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU.

BRUCE HUFFMAN | April 20, 2007 8:14 PM

Last Monday night I really tried not to cry, but my emotions gave way to tears as I cried with the rest of our Nation for your loss...

For your friends and their families suffering loss, I pray for your peace and comfort, and for those spared, I pray for your emotional healing, strength, and hope for a fearless future.

...and as I write today, I continue to cry with you.

Darrell - Concord, CA | April 20, 2007 8:16 PM

I am a UT graduate 1964. This horrible scene brought back memories of the Tower shortly after my graduation. You are in my thoughts and prayers and wish you peace during this tragic time. You have shown strength and resilience to our nation and the world.

Mary Hansen | April 20, 2007 8:20 PM

My heart aches for all of you. Please remember the family of the killer. We will cry for all of you. God Bless and keep you and may his goodness shine upon you.

Gay | April 20, 2007 8:21 PM

I want to let each and everyone that this has touch the lives of tha My heart goes out to each and everyone of you. I know that God will show you all the way and he will keep you all close to him. I also want to let the Chos know that I pray for your family as well. I know that for eack child that was taken that day that their loves ones are in so much pain but I also know that the Chos have to be in more pain because it was their son and their brother that took the other 32 kids and that has got to be a very heavy load for them to handle. So I ask and pray that everyone to please pray for them as well. I did not know even one child that was taken that day but my heart is and will be heavy for a very long time for each and everyone of them. I know my God will take very good care of each and everyone of them. I pray for this country to see fit not to lay blame on the chos because they didnt do this to this country. They love this country because if it wasnt so they would not have came here. So lets all show them that we are one Nation under God and stand with them in their time of need as well. May God bless this world and every living thing in it. Thanks for the time to let you all know I have and always will have you and the kids in my heart

Ross David Starnes Jr | April 20, 2007 8:24 PM

I want you to know My thoughts and prayers are with you. I live in Indiana. When I heard the news I held all three of my children to me and cried. They are all old enough to understand. We sat in silence and prayed for each one of the families, friends, anyone affected by this. I moarn with you all each and everyday. I am very proud of you guys to. I believe you will help each other through this and some good will come of it. You are all brave and strong and please remmeber we will always be behind you. God bless each and everyone.

Angela Huffer | April 20, 2007 8:30 PM

To All Familes,staff,students,and friends: My heart and deep concerns and prayer is that God's precious arms be around all of you. As you grieve and search for answers. I know it hurts deeply and you feel so helpless and alone but believe me in time,you will feel and love again, and healng will come. My prayers are with you all that are suffering and sad with tears. And yes, angry>>> May we all learn how precious life,love,and great faith are, so much needed, to get through life. God Bless you all. God Bless America...As we pray for one another and love each other, even more.

barbara peterson | April 20, 2007 8:33 PM

I cannot begin to imagine the pain you all feel.
My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you.
You Will Prevail

Becky Lanter | April 20, 2007 8:34 PM

First off I want to say that my deepest condolences are with the families of Va Tech. I could not imagine the things that you are feeling. Just know that God is with you every step of the way. Much Love from the sister state.

Jaydee | April 20, 2007 8:39 PM

To those touched by this horrible incident - My family sends prayer for your families - Our lives are changed forever because of this tradgedy - only prayer & time can provide the ability to continue through life. May God be with you all.

Mrs.LLL | April 20, 2007 8:43 PM

Sometimes, things we don't entirely understand happen- they aren't for any apparent reason and they happen to people we often hold dear to our hearts. That is what happened at Virginia Tech. I'm so sorry for all the families and friends of those victims. Most of all, I am sorry for the world- these people had so much to offer to the world, and now we will never see the good and changes they could have given to us. The person responsible for this tradgedy has forever changed us. Though this is a sad time, please don't let these people have died in vain. From them, we must all learn that life is truly precious, and we must live as if every day is our last. We should all strive to make changes so that when we do leave this earth, it will be better than when we found it.

Fred Johnson | April 20, 2007 8:48 PM

I am heartbroken for all. There are no words to explain the loss that I feel even though I knew none personally. Everyone was a victim in this horrible act and I hope that all that survived can take this for what it has been and become stronger for it. All My Love and Prayers to All!!

Regina | April 20, 2007 8:49 PM

I don't know you in person but I know each one of you by heart.Even here in Mexico I feel your pain and sorrow.You will prevail for God is a Hokie and loves each one of you.Our prayers are with you."Tho' I walk in the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me..."You walked in the shadow and now the shadow of the Most High God heals your souls, hearts,bodies, and spirits...Be blessed!

annette | April 20, 2007 9:01 PM

I just finished chatting with my Dad back home in Cameroon (West-Central Africa). As a man of faith (he is a Seventh-day Adventist), I felt that international fatherhood agony as he did not want to accept that we couldn’t have an agreement in our campuses as the cosmopolitan Nation. He is praying for the Hokies’ families.

Manu Atangana | April 20, 2007 9:03 PM

To all the Virginia Tech family,

As the father and uncle of Tech graduates of the political science, architecture, computer science and early childhood education programs, and the friend and admirer of many of your graduates over the past forty years, I want you to know the great pride and joy I hold for you, and certainly I am not alone. You have shown the whole world this week, that even when things looked bleakest and dire, with the media bearing down mercilessly on you, you held up your collective heads, used your intelligence and grace, displayed the great educations you are gaining, and showed that Virginia Tech is a mighty fortress, not because of its dramatic stone architecture but because of its people.

While I mourn the irreplaceable loss of innocence -- a theft, actually -- and wonder what great leaps in science, art and letters might have been snuffed out by this act of madness, the greatest sense I feel now is pride. I am so proud of all of you. Professor Giovanni is absolutely right: We Are the Hokies. When East Carolina comes to town on September 1st to meet the Fighting Gobblers, I want to hear it again. And again!

In Washington DC where I work, I saw burnt orange and burgundy everywhere today, even in Congress and on the President's neck tie. I proudly flew my window flag on I-66, and wore my old, ragged, gray sweatshirt all day, the one with "VIRGINIA TECH" in burgundy boldly stitched across the chest. After this week I'll forever wear it in my heart.

John Bradley, Hokie Dad - Reston, VA | April 20, 2007 9:05 PM

This tragedy has touched me deeply and I have never set foot on "Hokie" ground. I have been involved with higher education as a student for 8 years and as a university administrator in development for nearly nine. This hit so close to home. It could have happened at the University of Florida (my graduate alma mater), Georgia State, or even Vanderbilt University, where I work now. How completely senseless and empty a tragedy! But, I believe that despite what someone may have intended for evil and harm, this horrible injustice can be a furtile field for growth, renewed joy, strength, unimaginable courage, and greatness beyond your present comprehension. All of these good things I pray for you...each and every one of you who has been so deeply wounded and scarred by this event. Go, Hokies! Arise again! Your country and so many across the globe are behind you.

Jane | April 20, 2007 9:05 PM

To all who have been affected by this tragedy, all over the world,but especially to vt.may God, the father, grant peace and love to all.Please pray for Stacie. she is one of the very lost.Northern mich. is with you all.

Scotty | April 20, 2007 9:10 PM

The pride, compassion, and faith expressed by the VT community is rare in today's world. The sadness of this senseless act permeates our lives.
I am a professor at a New York college and as I walked down the hallway on Tuesday, I took extra time to observe the students innocently going about their day-- talking on their cellphones, laughing, studying--some napping on the benches. The realization that your campus could be our campus, your students could be my students, your child could be my child--was overhwelming. When I started my psychology class I opened a discussion about the tragedy. The students were saddened, frightened but expressed their admiration of the VT community. May God comfort you and give you peace. Thank you for being such an inspiration to the world.

Pamela | April 20, 2007 9:11 PM

Bryan, when ever you get around to reading this response...

I am so proud to be your dad.
I am so proud to be a Hokie Papa.
I am so proud of all the Hokie Students and staff.

With all that has been lost this week, there has been much gained.

My heart aches for those families that have lost a loved one and my thoughts and prayers are with them every minute of every day since this tragedy.

I love you son....

PHP! GO HOKIES!

Hokie Papa | April 20, 2007 9:12 PM

For all the years to come I will view VT with a new found admiration for the way the people closed ranks and propped up each other. VT has taught us a good lesson - reaching out to others. Thank you for showing us the very best in the very worst of times.
May God Bless everyone at VT.

Bill | April 20, 2007 9:14 PM

I will pray for everyone of you "without ceasing", continue to be united and strong for one another in love.

kim | April 20, 2007 9:14 PM

Lord this is ah sad day for all of us. So many young sisters and brothers died. I am sending my heart felt grievences out to all families and friends. In this day and age the Devil is so busy and he used a innocent child to do that evil work. We're living in the last days and the Bible has to be fullfilled.I want to say to all the families and friends who lost ah loved one...Please keep the faith and be stronge until Jesus comes again.

pennie | April 20, 2007 9:14 PM

I am a student at the Univ of Michigan. Walking through campus today I saw a homemade banner that someone hung out their dorm window. It read simply - "Wolverines Love Hokies"

Hearts and thoughts are with you....

Brenda | April 20, 2007 9:17 PM

It is a moment, not hours, that change our lives. In an instant life as you knew it changed and can never ever be free of that moment again. What can we take from this unspeakable and unimaginable horror? To perhaps teach our little ones to have respect and kindness for humanity... to have empathy for others... our tears fall "like raindrops in a still pond..." collecting in a vast sea of sorrow...

Was it indeed a lack of empathy which took hold of his mind and sent him into a dark and twisted madness - transformed him into a mass murderer... would he have otherwise? We cannot know... let us show his family compassion and empathy... thier pain is one we cannot begin to imagine. I hope with all of my heart that we find it in our collective hearts to remember them... and to the families of those now gone from us- if the hearts of this world could bring them back, know that they would be with you now... I hope all the thoughts and prayers reach you and help to heal you in the moments and months and years to come...

carol | April 20, 2007 9:23 PM

TOO ALL PARENTS
I TOO LOST A SON 10 YEARS AGO ,YOU ARE ALL IN MY PRAYERS THE FAMILY OF THE SHOOTER YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS ALSO ,YOU HAVE SUFFERED A GREAT LOSS ALSO
MAY GOD BLESS

LINDA | April 20, 2007 9:29 PM

There is pain all over the world and we must not be de-sensitized to this fact. Every death not just the recent ones should bring us pain for when we no longer feel the suffering of others... no matter the creed or race... then it is time to worry for all humanity.

Eric | April 20, 2007 9:32 PM

remember God is a healer is not slack in his promise. please rely on the Holly Sprit to comfort. We are praying for your strenght. [aman]

brenda wright | April 20, 2007 9:38 PM

this is the day that the lord has made let us rejoyce and be glad he did.my prayers are with you .god will heal your wound day by day.have a bless recovery

heather | April 20, 2007 9:39 PM

FLAWLESS.... If you are looking for a friend. Who has no flaw nor fault,You might as well call off your search And bring it to a halt. There is no place on planet Earth Who's perfect to a "T". And if we're honest with ourselves Our own faults we might see. So if you have a FRIEND or TWO ,We take Folks as they ARE, And they may do the same for us, although not up to par. This could be why we get along with others day by day, We've comr to know all folks have flaws And love them anyway..... GOD BLESS VT students ,families, teachers, friends, .... GOD please help kids in school to treat each other equal , as well as teachers families , friends this should of never have happened did this child have any friends or was he made fun of all his life this happens to much in our schools starting day 1 they start school... i hope this opens peoples eyes ...

Dena | April 20, 2007 9:40 PM

My heart and prayers are with the families who have lost their loved ones,Please stay strong and keep youre faith to help you overcome this tragedy.

Teresa | April 20, 2007 9:40 PM

I live in Canada, yet I was deeply affected by the events at V.T. And I can see that others from all parts of the world have also been deeply affected.

It seems this week, that we have all become Hoakies!

You are Virginia Tech.. YOU WILL PREVAIL!

Tara | April 20, 2007 9:47 PM

My Thoughts and prayers are with you all at VT.
May you turn to God for confort.

Marie | April 20, 2007 9:48 PM

Dear family and friends at VT,
thank you for the great strength and resolve you have shown over the last 5 days. Your pride and determination make me pause and consider what great citizens and great people you are. I salute you and hope to cross paths with you sometime in the near future.
j

John C. Williams | April 20, 2007 9:49 PM

I live in Texas and I would like to express my most sincere condolences to all the families who have lost a loved one. I too am a college student and travel 100 miles from home to go to class. God Bless each and every one of you who was affected by this terrible tragedy.

Alicia Ramirez | April 20, 2007 10:00 PM

L just manted the students at V.T my family has everyone in our pray the family who lost someone on Monday.We hope the students in the hospital are doing good. From The Williams Faily

Olivia Williams | April 20, 2007 10:02 PM

Life will never be the same for those who have lost their love ones in this terrible tragedy and it also touched the hearts of many others, despite they may not know anyone from VT. May we be able learn something good out of this tragedy, cherish those we love and be more concern about those around us! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at VT.

Helen | April 20, 2007 10:08 PM

Even though you are all on the opposite side of the country from me, I just wanted to tell all involved in this tragedy that you are all in our thoughts. Your tragedy has given us a gift, yet another reminder to cherish our loved ones for as long as we have them and never take a day for granted. I don't have much to give back to you, but I give you my tears, I give you my prayers, and I give you my hope that someday this world will be a world of love and peace, where senseless, cruel things no longer have to happen. I also want to reach out to the Cho family. I know this indeed must be a nightmare for you all and I hope you know you are all in my prayers as well.

-Amy, Southern California

Amy | April 20, 2007 10:13 PM

Our prayers are with you all, I know it is a terrible time and it doesn't seem like it will get any better, but it will in time. You will begin to heel, but you will never forget.

Gloria | April 20, 2007 10:13 PM

there is unending sorrow and pain when a parent buries a child -- as a mother of two boys, I feel your pain and your sorrow! I pray for your peace, comfort, and God's blessings in your time of sorrow.

mila | April 20, 2007 10:15 PM

As so many have written already. Here in Ny, We All pary daily for you and remeber your loved one's as well. I proudly wear my homemade Orange VT Pinand no matter how many stares I may get, and even though I may be the only one to wear it .I PROUDLY display it as a Honorable Tribute to those who have been lost, But NEVER Forgotten.I'm sure your hearts were with us w hen we had our tragic monments as well. I am proud to be a NY-Hokie spirited person.
And, Yes .. I will visit Vt campus in the fall, to see the true beauty that is there and all around. And, alsdo to see the true beauty of All, The people of Blacksburg and Vt.
Gos Bless you All always. I love you All like family. Your Communtiy tightness is truly an inspiration to us all.

Vinny | April 20, 2007 10:23 PM

MAY YOU FIND COMFORT IN THE RESURRECTED HOPE OF OUR LORD JESUS I STAND WITH YOU IN YOUR TIME OF SORROW

RIA | April 20, 2007 10:28 PM

Tho I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me. You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies,and Your right hand will save me. Psalms 138; 7 May god be with you in your time of sorrow. This goes to Stacie, In this country, we stand united in sorrow and pain at senseless violence done to our fellow man all over the world. I have relatives in Iraq, and my heart bleeds with them every day. My heart bled at 911, and my heart bleeds for the men and women killed in Iraq, and let's not forget Oklahoma. I could go on and on. My heart goes out to the Hokies in their time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers should be with them and if you don't have any feelings for them, then you are very unAmerican and need a reality check. To All Hokies everywhere, God Be With You, Pat

Pat In Ohio | April 20, 2007 10:28 PM

Your letter to home Bryan was beautiful. I am a mother who lost both of her sons in tragic accidents. I feel so sad for all the families involved and all the students and faculty at VT
My heart aches for you all. Just know that as the bells rang all over Kansas and the rest of the nation today we all stood in silence and thought about you all, with hope, and of peace. You are in our hearts as you are around the rest of the world.

Janis from Kansas | April 20, 2007 10:32 PM

MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND GIVE EACH FAMILY PEACE AND COMFORT IN TIME OF SORROW!!!MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU !!!

mickey b caudill | April 20, 2007 10:34 PM

I want all of you to know,family,teaching staff,friends of the victims.That you are all in my thoughts and prayers that this most tragic time. But you will all prevail and good will come to you.As I sat watching that horrible day I thought of only my own children who are both in Jr.High and who was to say it couldn't have been there school.And for those parents to not know if it was there child or not who was a victim.I just don't know how that feels. And I hope and pray I never have too,but I surely didn't want it to happen to them or any of you.But hopefully you can get past the pain in time and you can all get back to a normalcy.But have faith in your lord and know that he will heal all sorrows,and he will get you through all of this.He is a powerful man and only he knows the answers.I pray for all of you and want you to know that those victims will be in good memories and those are what you need to get you through this.And I am so glad that the survivors are getting through this ordeal as well and I will continue to pray for there strength.They are truly survivors and it was there will that got them this far.God Bless VT!

Stacey | April 20, 2007 10:35 PM

Too bad... VPI went from being a decent large-sized state school known for its engineers to "that school where all those people were shot".

Pity.

Adam | April 20, 2007 10:36 PM

All of VT has shown the nation how to stand tall in the very worst of times. How proud we are to be HOKIES, even if we did not attend school there. You spirit is admirable, and yes, even though it seems hopeless at times, VA TECH WIIL PREVAIL!!! May God wrap His loving arms around Blacksburg and the entire VT family and give them peace!

Sue | April 20, 2007 10:36 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.There comes a point in your life when you relize who really matters,who never did, and who never will.Send this to the ones that matters the most,I just did. Love and peace.

Michelle

Michelle | April 20, 2007 10:39 PM

I just want to say to the students and faculty at VT, my prayers are with you!! I am a student in high school graduating next month, and if there is one thing that I have learned from this it would be to live each day as if it were your last, don't take anything for granted! May God richly bless each and one of you and stay God Strong!!!!

Jeffrey Leedy | April 20, 2007 10:44 PM

WOW! I just finished reading all the comments posted and say a heartfelt "amen" and add a personal insight regarding Stacie. Perhaps her comment came across as cold and heartless, but perhaps, also, she has had pain pierce her heart by cruel death or treatment rendered her or someone she loves...we really cannot/should not "cast the first stone". There are many private heartaches that never go public, thus the blessing of having multitudes pray for those in solitary sorrow is not theirs and when they weep alone the strength and solace that comes "in numbers" is not theirs either. I feel deeply [even KNOW because of sacred experience] that God is mindful of all His children and, as stated so beautifully by so many, He will help us through anything if we will but draw near unto Him in faithfulness. My prayers go up to Him in behalf of all who grieve and all who seek His powerful and beautiful balm.

linda | April 20, 2007 10:45 PM

My heart aches with you, but I trust my prayers lift you up before the L-rd Almighty. I have several former students who are Virginia Tech graduates, and some are currently students there. Although I am not a Virginia Tech grad, I have a special fondness in my heart for what Virginia Tech has meant to my students.

This Bama nation member knows that Bama stands with you.

May the L-rd watch over you, your coming and going, now and forever more.

Rebecca K. Wetzel | April 20, 2007 10:45 PM

May God Bless each and every one of you at VT, God does not put on you more than you can stand. Pray.... He will listen. God Bless all of you.

Donna | April 20, 2007 10:56 PM

It is well with you, May the Lord comfort you and protect you always, uplift you and give you hope and peace that is beyond your understanding. My the Lord of Glory see you through your academic pursuits, may He give you favour in every aspect of your lives. It is well with you, your families, school, professors...the Prince of Peace Lord Jesus will see you through. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Amen...I love you all and i am with you in all this.

Nyasha | April 20, 2007 10:57 PM

In this time of grief and agony our hearts go out to all of you including the gunman who perpetrated this horrible tragedy since he was one lost soul! But in GODS eyes He loves us ALL and He wanted better things and had loftier goals for all of those whom HE took from us and our hearts and prayers are with you across the "GOLDEN POND" here in Honolulu HAWAII where we sometimes think we are left out of the WORLDS eye and focus! But we too GRIEVE terribly deep for all of you families torn apart by this horrible tragedy and we comfort you in your sorrows and want you all to know we are here for you and we want you to come experience the true beauty that the ISLANDS can bring you in comfort and solace and please each and every one of you feel free to come to HAWAII and be my guest and I will show you some raw beauty UNIMAGINABLE with an OPEN HEART and with my heart in my hands to give each and every single one of you - we will do our best to bring peace and aid and comfort to those who mourn and we are with you today and every day throughout this heinous and senseless act in our times- - and we will never leave your side since we too know the difficulty and tragedies of senseless acts such as PEARL HARBOR and we will NEVER forget as well!
ALOHA and GOD BLESS from someone who truly CARES for all mankind - THE WORLD CHAMPION TRICK SPINCASTER /REALTOR --RICK PIVA

Rick Piva | April 20, 2007 11:01 PM

Our "Ohana" from Maui all send our love & prayers to everyone who has been affected by this unspeakable tragedy!What we do know for sure is the our "God in Heaven" sees all of our hurts, pains, & his spirit is with you to comfort you. People says that time heals, well all we know is that only "GOD" heals! We send our love, aloha, & support to all of the families, friends, school, State of Virginan from our special Island we call Maui. Aloha & Pumehana!!

The Kamaka Ohana | April 20, 2007 11:01 PM

In the confusion of trajedy remember
When you can't trace His steps
Trust His Heart
He has not left you alone
God Bless you

Al Silva | April 20, 2007 11:10 PM

The healing will be slow,the scars of life will last forever,VT will get through this painful time!!

Dennis Ryan | April 20, 2007 11:11 PM

Everytime a Bell Rings, it means a angel got his or her wings.... GOD BLESS VT><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><

dena | April 20, 2007 11:12 PM

PEACE, LOVE, and HOPE to all of those affected by this terrible tragedy. Stay strong, keep the faith -- you have the world's prayers coming your way!

Cindy | April 20, 2007 11:15 PM

On behalf of every one at the Hollins University Campus, we stand with you in this time of loss. Please know our thoughts and our prayers go out to you! May God Bless you and heal the Hokie spirit! May peace be with you all!
LET'S GO HOKIE'S!!!!
Love and Peace to all!!!!
WIZZY

WIZZY | April 20, 2007 11:16 PM

Even in our small town of Exeter, Ca., we feel the sorrow of the events that happened on April 16. Our prayers go out to each and every person to whom this has directly effected and to all the people of the World who are greiving with you.

My husband and I will be wearing Maroon and Orange tonight at work to show our support and hopefully to remind a few extra people to add you to their prayers.
Thank you for the courage and strength that you have shown in this horrible time.

Stay strong but remember, it's okay to lean on a shoulder if you need to. There are many people out there willing to provide that shoulder.

God Bless you all.

Shanna Rhea-Robison

Shanna Rhea-Robison | April 20, 2007 11:18 PM

may each and everyone find peace in their lives again.

terry | April 20, 2007 11:21 PM

Peace will come again in time....our thoughts and prayers are will all of you...and we are now all Hokies beside you and behind you.

Peace be with you...

Tina

Tina | April 20, 2007 11:26 PM

the courage and faith that is pouring out of the Hokie NAtion right now is something to behold. stay strong. believe that love does exist in a world where hatred can sometimes take the front seat. i celebrate the lives lost and truly mourn the gap that their deaths will surely bring to those close to them, and those whom they have never met. you are all in my prayers. god bless to all.

kathy | April 20, 2007 11:27 PM

As a mother of a Virginia college student and a full time student myself, I cannot begin to understand what you are going through. Our hearts and hope are with you as you/we heal from this tragedy. Tonight and every night, we pray. Peace and love to you all

Elizabeth Matthews Jones | April 20, 2007 11:28 PM

we need to bring god back in our school in our office he cant help us if we keep push him out

bm | April 20, 2007 11:29 PM

MY FAMILY AND I SEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO ALL OF YOU AT VT AND THE FAMILIES WHO HAS LOST THEIR LOVED ONES.YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS. MAY GOD HELP YOU THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME.WE ALSO PRAY FOR CHO' S FAMILY AND PRAY THEY CAN FIND PEACE ALSO.LIKE SO MANY OTHERS HAVE SAID, I DONT KNOW YOU BUT I TO CRIED WITH YOU AND SHARE YOUR GRIEF.YOU ARE A REMARKABLE GROUP OF PEOPLE AND I ADORE THE WAY YOU HAVE STOOD STRONG. YOU HAVE TAUGHT THE WORLD A GREAT LESSON. BE PROUD.. EVERYONE HERE IN MARSHALL, MO.WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR YOU ALL!!! MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU ALWAYS.

CARLA | April 20, 2007 11:30 PM

The world grieves with you and lifts you up to God. May He grant peace and comofort to all the friends and relatives and living victims who are now mourning. May He also give grace to the families of the killer as they are not to be blamed and I am certain feels nothing but underserved guilt. May He keep them in the palm of His hand and bring healing to all involved.
The Lord Bless You and Keep You ....he Lord Make His Face To Shine Upon You and Give You Peace (and healing)..

Natalie S, Jamaica W.I. | April 20, 2007 11:34 PM

From my heart as a mom, as a teacher, as a human being. I am so sorry.

Pamela | April 20, 2007 11:38 PM

My heart goes out to all those affected by this tragedy. To Cho's family, God be with you. You are in my thoughts and prayers also. We will all move on, but will never forget. With so much senseless violence in this world, we should not let it hardened our hearts that we do not feel any compassion. Take Care and God Bless.

pam | April 20, 2007 11:42 PM

God brings us together in all that happens so that we can grow spritually. my love and prayers are with all of you. please be forgiving , because He forgives us all "always". PEACE BE WITH YOU ALWAYS.

soyla | April 20, 2007 11:44 PM

The spirit of VT has been so incredibly resilient during this tragedy. VT already has prevailed. God bless you all.

Jenny | April 20, 2007 11:44 PM

"Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word." No one can mend a broken heart but Jesus. No one can heal but Jesus. His heart aches even more than the families and friends of those left behind. That is why He can comfort like no one else can and He can give peace that passes ALL understanding. His Word tells us to trust in Him with all of our heart and lean not unto our own understanding but in all our ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct our paths. I hope you find comfort in His Word and know that even though on earth we will never understand what caused this tragedy one day in heaven we will know. Much love and compassion from our family to you all.

Peggy Springs | April 20, 2007 11:52 PM

As a mother, I cry along with you and send each and everyone of the victims and the people who have to share their thoughts a hug to endure..
As a citizen and a United States Marine, I thank all of the warm comments from those outside our country. Every life has a reason, every sacrifice a story of the testament of our great nation. So will these victims' stories be heard to show the freedom we shall endure despite those who would cast doubt and cause more rules and more laws...
As a parent of a high school student and a defender of our Constitution, we have a freedom that will always at some point be taken advantage, yet prevail. It is during these sacrifices that we thank those who come before us and those who are victims because we would never understand a true free nation without strife.
Thank the police officer, thank the teacher, thank the lawyer, thank the judge, thank the miltary man or woman... for every cross thought we have of our precious country, there are thousands who have fought for the very freedom we have today.

Semper Fidelis to All,
Heather

Heather | April 20, 2007 11:55 PM

TO THE STUDENTS OF VTECH...GOD BLESS YOU ALL, MY HEART IS FILLED WITH SADDNESS AND MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOURS AND YOU WILL PREVAIL THIS TRAGEDY

J Biskupski | April 20, 2007 11:59 PM

I am so sorry that part of the education of our nation's students will need to include what to do when confronted with an armed terrorist. School and college should be a time to enjoy being able to learn from and about others without fearing for their safety.

I pray that part of the lesson learned from this and other school violence is that emotional and mental health of students should be made a priority. Diagnosis and services for those experiencing depression and alienation should be increased so that they are easily and confidentially available. As a retired teacher, I can say that many in the various fields of education could name students, as early as elementary school, who have the potential to commit violence and who will probably not get the help they need because of lack of resources.

I pray for the families and friends of the victims, that God will make His presence known to them and guide them through this difficult time. May the memories of these people live on in ways we can't yet know.

Kathy | April 20, 2007 11:59 PM

My heart aches for all the families that lost loved ones that day. I have lost 5 loved ones in the past 2 years. It's hard but believe me God will get you all through it. If not for God I would be a mess. I will pray for all of you and the families. I still pray for all the Columbine families. Stacie, I will pray for you too because it's hard to believe there is a person that don't feel sorrow for all involved in our Great U.S.of A. Keep the Faith! To Cho's Family God Bless You. God be with and watch over them all. I will be praying....Kathy Clark in California

Kathy Clark | April 21, 2007 12:07 AM

Tonight I read the words of love and condolences and felt them deep in my heart. My uncle just died last night and we are grieving for a loving and kind man. All these messages mean even more to me and I want to send our prayers and love out to all the families and the Cho family as well. Just because we don't list the names of each soul lost, please don't feel that they are not cherished. They are in every way possible. We will remember you daily in our prayers.

Karen | April 21, 2007 12:08 AM

May God Bless you. You are all in my prayers. Continue the unity VT and you shall prevail. From our family in Kissimmee, FL

Maira | April 21, 2007 12:10 AM

Our thoughts and prayers go out too all of Virginia Tech staff,students and their famlies.May God embrace you in his arms and comfort all off you. Also the Cho family for they were innocent bystanders.We will continue too pray for all of you and the world,remember that their is always somebody out there that will listen no matter how big the problem is, "trust in God for he is there waitng too listen too us,he will not give us more then we can bear"God Bless you and God Bless America!!!

irma | April 21, 2007 12:13 AM

Where does God go when he can't go to school? His wrath at our rejection of the holy word seems evident. The crumbs of life that we now afford him are simply not enough.
My tears and prayers are certainly with the people of Blacksburg, with Virginia Tech, with the victims, with the victims' families....

IN GOD WE TRUST

Sharon | April 21, 2007 12:16 AM

time will make all people stronger.Take everything one day at time.Forgiveness is a easy word to say but we must do our best to live it. Because if we don't anger and hate will only turn us into bitter people. God be with all the families.

Debbie/Canada | April 21, 2007 12:16 AM

in the time of trouble the lord will comfort you. my heart goes out to you all and i will be praying for you. Be strong

rosemarie walcott | April 21, 2007 12:16 AM

I am a mother of a child in college. My thought's and prayers go out to all students,parents,family,friends, and staff of all schools. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and forever !

Tracy | April 21, 2007 12:24 AM

... And now this is the time for all of us in every field of business and thought to keeping peace in whole of the life without any doubt. And now this is the time for people, politicians and students from around the world for working on keep the peace around the world without any extra word. And now this is the time for keeping in mind this event and others like this: Baslan Massacre, Russia Theatre, Columbine school massacre and ... for making a future without WAR and PEACE with believe on Humanism and love.

Mahmoud | April 21, 2007 12:29 AM

Lord, I pray that your grace will abound and be sufficient in this time of grieving. Because of the devil'sinfluence people do evil things.Comfort during this time of tribulation like only you can, I pray that your rod and staff will comfort and that you are with the families. Lord i pray that your spirit will guide, help, sustain and keep. Amen

Victoria | April 21, 2007 12:33 AM

all in michigan grieve with all of you. i pray for peace for all of you and your loved ones and pray for all the beautiful young lives that were tragiclly taken and so quickly. i can't imagine all your pain but will never forget to remember all of you now and always in my prayers. keep your faith and you will prevain god will always heal and listen to each of you. god bless each of you.

diane lyle | April 21, 2007 12:34 AM

I just want yall to know that we are praying for you all as there is no answers for this tragedy. God BLESS YOU ALL.

darlene | April 21, 2007 12:37 AM

From here in Somerset,Pennsylvania home of Flight 93 and the miners all of our thoughts and prayers are with you and the families of Virginia Tech. I was so impressed to see how all of V T pulled together and the maturity of the students. You have pulled together and shown what community and love are. May God's love surround you and give you the strength and courage you need to face the days ahead

Sue | April 21, 2007 12:39 AM

My heart aches for all the families that lost loved ones that day. God bless you all

clara | April 21, 2007 12:45 AM

All my hopes and prayers for the cycle of violence, inflicted on so many innocent beings, to come to an end. Mankind will continue to evolve, though the journey is a long one. To all survivors of the VT massacre: I've seen death and loss in my own life in recent years. I gain some small comfort knowing I do not grieve alone. Nor do you grieve alone. My thoughts are with you, your families, your pets, and your souls.

Scott Gurstein | April 21, 2007 12:47 AM

We,in India,recall the proud Statue of Liberty, embodying the Spirit of America, welcoming the world to participate in the growth of a free market World Economy.
We are pained at the betrayal of this trust.We pray that in these moments of pain,God Will Comfort you."As a mother comforts her son, so I Will Comfort you."(Isaiah 66.13).denis khan

denis | April 21, 2007 12:50 AM

having lost a close loved one i hurt so bad for all of you. Parents I can't imagine the pain. Families,spouses, children please remember all the prayers and thoughts you are in. God Bless. God loves you as do I.

rhoge | April 21, 2007 12:50 AM

From a mom of a Civil Engineering graduate student at CAL/UC Berkeley, my love and prayers go out to you Hokies, and your families. God bless you all and keep you safe. Find your strength to stand tall and be there for one another. Such a terrible, tragic event. The entire nation mourns with you. Love from California, Marilyn J.

MJ | April 21, 2007 12:51 AM

We dont know why God allows these things to happen, but I know that with God leading the way, The Hokie Nation will rise again and be stronger than ever. On behalf of the entire Tarheel Nation, we want you all to know that we stand beside you in this. God Bless each and every one of you. We love and support you. HOKIES WILL RISE AGAIN!

Wayne | April 21, 2007 12:54 AM

we are all are praying for u god bless u all

tammy | April 21, 2007 12:54 AM

Trust in the Lord forever,
for in the Lord God
You have an everlasting rock.
Isaiah 26:4

He the Lord God is with each of us in our hour of need.

Vicky | April 21, 2007 12:57 AM

The other night on one of the news shows, the anchor asked a young lady, "what is a Hokie ?" Her response was "I am a Hokie." Her strength,devotion, and dedication was so inspiring. What an amazing support group you all must with that type attitude. She is an inspiration to us all, and although I am not a member of the "Hokie family,", she cetainly represented it well. I hope the infuence of all the people lost and all that have supported you, will live on in you forever. And when someone asks,"What is a Hokie?", I hope you respond, "I am a Hokie." May God bless and keep you all. Donna/Delaware

donna houston | April 21, 2007 12:58 AM

I can not say that I know how all of you families feel or what you all are going through at this time of sadness but I can say that I am really truly sorry and my thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you always and forever, May God Bless each and every one of You!!!!!!!!!!!

Sommer Staggs | April 21, 2007 1:00 AM

The other night on one of the news shows, the anchor asked a young lady, "what is a Hokie ?" Her response was "I am a Hokie." Her strength,devotion, and dedication was so inspiring. What an amazing support group you all must with that type attitude. She is an inspiration to us all, and although I am not a member of the "Hokie family,", she cetainly represented it well. I hope the infuence of all the people lost and all that have supported you, will live on in you forever. And when someone asks,"What is a Hokie?", I hope you respond, "I am a Hokie." May God bless and keep you all. Donna/Delaware

donna houston | April 21, 2007 1:01 AM

To all the families and friends who have experienced a tragedy beyond comprehension my heart aches. I lost my daughter, Christine, at 16. She attended Del Oro High in Loomis, Ca , we had lost another 16 year old just 2 days earlier so I know, on a much smaller scale, how this affects a school and a community. After 8 years it still seems like yesterday … Students take care of each other, Parents stay close to your children. In time you will all learn how to put this away in your heart and live life. Your loved ones are still with you and always will be….

Colleen Elder | April 21, 2007 1:07 AM

May each of you find peace and comfort, guidance and strength. This tragedy, demographically, is far away but seems so close. The nation mourns with you. God Bless each and every one of you. You are in our prayers. STAY STRONG, STAY PROUD

TRACY H. | April 21, 2007 1:13 AM

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of the departed souls. Remember they are now up in Heaven with our Loving & Everlasting Father .. He is our Healer, our Comforter, He is the One, there is NOTHING to big for Him. My prayers go out to those who survived and wounded may they have a speedy recovery, for He is the Great Physician. May He comfort and provide guidence to Cho's family and friends; may there be peace between Cho's family/friends and the rest of the community. VT u are not alone, the world stands with you and comfort you. Just know that you are not alone and you will get through this. Shut off the media and do what you need to do to get through this. We love you and we're proud of you. God bless you always.

Lav | April 21, 2007 1:19 AM

Today, I wore maroon to remember and honor and proclaimed to all.."Today we are all Hokies". I could not help but notice the silent wearing of maroon and/or orange in Greenville Texas where the locals school colors are red. God blessings be unto all families, friends, students and faculty of VT!

Gene Baldwin | April 21, 2007 1:24 AM

As we sat in the memorial service at Randolph Macon today with a sea of maroon & orange in the church...This hymn was performed.....Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I?m happy,
I sing because I?m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

?Let not your heart be troubled,? His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

As the Chaplain read the names of the victims in our prayers....We are ALL Virginia Tech. May God Bless you all and fill you with the strength you all need to heal.

Lisa-Ashland Virginia | April 21, 2007 1:24 AM

All of this is very sad. But I think action should be taken quickly. Shootings are getting out of hand and if this isn't an argument for gun control, I don't know what it is.

Steve Payne | April 21, 2007 1:33 AM

My family is praying for each one of the families at VT that was in this terrible tragedy. We have a son getting ready to go to college and it is a little scary after all this. We send our love to all of you at VT. We had family to go to VT and our thoughts are with them. Our hearts and prayers are with all of you at VT. You will prevail!!!! STAY STRONG!!!! GO HOKIES!!!

Robert & Stephanie Berkhead | April 21, 2007 1:38 AM

I cannot say I know how you feel but each and everyone of you are in my Thoughts and Prayers. May God keep each of you in his loving embrace. Time will heal but time will be different for each of you. GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY THIS ACT OF VIOLENCE ON OTHER HUMAN BEINGS.

donna rawline(rogers) | April 21, 2007 1:49 AM

WHY OH WHY OH WHY? Here I am a 70 Year old American living in Australia since 1971 with my childhood sweetheart wife who I met in 1954 and married in 1958.We have five grown children and six growing up grand-children all healthy and happy and WHY,WHY,WHY have I been crying and in TEARS for DAYS ?
WE ARE ALL THE LOSERS AND ARE IN THIS TOGETHER. Why is the WORLD IMPLODING and EXPLODING AT THE SAME TIME ?
These Worlwide Terrible Tragedies most often befall the INNOCENT,YOUNG ADULTS,FAMILIES AND,OF COURSE THE FAMILIES of the BEFALLEN & the PERPETRATORS of these EVIL actions.
THE WORLD has always had NATURAL CALAMITIES & EVILS ACTIONS,yet,they seem to be increasing in occurence WORLDWIDE.
WHY OH WHY ARE are WE, as a RACE OF HUMANS, do we continue to be unable to handle CHOICE when we are able to CHOOSE?
Just WHAT caused this young man to do such a HEINOUS ACT in such a WANTON MANNER? Individually and Collectively,we must ponder the cause of all HORRIBLE ACTS against others.
Is it the person himself/herself who is incapable of interacting with others in SOCIETY or is 'SOCIETY' and it's ingredients a problem that some people are NOT CAPABLE of handling.
I FEEL that I HAVE LOST a CHILD or GRAND-CHILD.
COULD I have DONE MORE in my 30 YEARS as a TEACHER,COUNSELLOR and PSYCHOLOGIST?
Can EACH and ALL of US try just a little MORE to EXPRESS OUR LOVE to ANOTHER,of course in a sensible manner,like a SMILE,a KIND WORD,a simple GIFT like a LEAVE or a FLOWER or are all these THOUGHTS ridiculous,especially for a MAN of 70 in his WANING years.
Jesus practised Common Sense.He said such things as "FOLLOW ME" ,THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL BUT THE WORKERS ARE FEW","UNLESS THY REMAIN AS A CHILD,THY WILL NEVER ENTER THE KINGDOM OF THE LORD" etc.
He,at times,appeared disgusted with the inability of some people to understand the message and said "OBEY THE COMMANDMENTS". When this didn't work,he would say: "LOVE ONE ANOTHER,LOVE ON ANOTHER". We should always Love One Another,but again-It Is Our Choice To Make.JESUS LOVES ALL OF US AND UNDERSTANDS WHY ALL THESE TERRIBLE ACTS CONNTINUE TO OCCUR AND AFFECT THE INNOCENT. THE INNOCENT COULD WELL NOW BE EXPERIENCING ETERNAL (not Temporal)LIFE. They could be influencing my sending this note to EACH of YOU All of YOU as WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.
MAY GOD BLESS EACH AND ALL OF YOU and GUIDE OUR WAY TO MEET WITH OUR LOVED ONES.Arnold

Arnold | April 21, 2007 1:55 AM

I think this horrible event could have been prevented if the rich would give back to the poor and there wasn't such a big gap in this country between the rich and the poor. Bush should pass a raise in the minimum wage. The best thing to do in situations like this, is to learn a lesson. The shooter said he was angered by rich kids. Perhaps this shows that when people like Bush and Cheney hoard money and keep taking money from the Walmart executives to keep the minimum wage down, just so the rich and get richer and the poor can't get out of poverty. If we all lived in a world where there wasn't such a huge gap in pay rates, we wouldn't have to have these horrible events. I hope that he only shot people that voted for that idiot Bush. I don't have pitty for anyone that would vote for that rich liar. I hope everyone sees the horrors of this event and refuse to vote Republican in the next election. Vote Democrat and bring our troops home. People complain about innocent rich kids getting killed, yet this many die in Iraq every week, so where is there sympathy? They don't get any because they didn't go to college? I hate how Bush tried to use this event for political gain. Bush has no Shame!!!

Thomas | April 21, 2007 2:02 AM

My heart goes out to all those who have lost a child in the mindless violence unleashed at VT. I pray God to give all the necessary fortitude to all to bear this targedy. May this be last time such a tragedy occurs anywhere in the world.

Krishnamurthy | April 21, 2007 2:05 AM

May we learn to take time to say hi to that person who we may not even know. May we take time to include that new person in our class or workplace or neighborhood so they feel someone cares. You never know what is going on in a person's life and just that hello or smile could make all the difference in that person's day and life.

Bonny | April 21, 2007 2:06 AM

As a mother of a freshman in college in Milwaukee, I mourne with you for the loss that can never be replaced. This tragedy could happen anywhere. We are all citizens of this modern world and must take the good with the bad. I am not blaming MODERIZATION, just the fact that it is there. Especially the instant media available to all. That puts this focus/idea/thought into the minds of the unstable. We have to let our young fly free, but it gets harder and harder to allow them their freedom when we just want to hold them tight to us and keep them safe.
God Bless and wishes for a fast recovery of peace of mind to those family, friends and fellow students and co-workers of the victims.
Ruby

RUBY BUSKE | April 21, 2007 2:12 AM

my prayers are with all of you and your family and your wonderfull school.As time pasts it will get a little easier to go throught the days ahead with a smile and less tears.for i to have lost family.my dad,my husband and my brother.when your load starts to get a little heavy just lean a little to the left and put your head on God shoulder and and he will help you all the way,when your tears start to come,let them come,let them roll down your face,and you will feel his touch as he wipe them away.May God bless and keep each and every one of you.Your in my prays and in my heart.your not along God and the nation and the world are with you.

toni | April 21, 2007 2:12 AM

You are all in my prayers and thoughts. May God bless you and keep you. Much love from a Southern California resident.

Helena Lu | April 21, 2007 2:15 AM

To each and every person at VTech my prayers are going out to you. My heart aches for the suffering you have endured, but your strength and faith will see you thru this horrible tragedy. May God give each of you the peace that you all need to heal and prevail. To all the Families who lost their innocent babies, I weep for you. Theres no reasoning behind this evil, but God will heal your pain and one day will fill the emptiness you all are feeling. You all have shown great strength and love under the worst circumstance, and please know the world is behind you and you all shall overcome. May God Bless every one of you.

Mary Ann Castro - California | April 21, 2007 2:43 AM

ITS SO HARD TO BELIEVE IT BUT GOD IS A MAN WHO HAS FORGIVVEN US SEVERAL TIMES , WE MIGHT BE FAR FROM YOUR COUNTRY BUT OUR HEARTS ARE MOURNING AND GRIEVING WITH YOU, WE WILL CONTINUE PRAYING FOR THE BELOVED FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST THEIR BELOVED ONES

DOREEN | April 21, 2007 2:53 AM

My sympathy to all affected by this tragedy. I especially want to appeal to all not to go after the family of this poor sick individual. It is not their fault what he chose to do. It was his choice and his family should not be punished for his tragic mistake. I pray for all affected by this and know it must be hard on all 33 families and all their friends. Show the world that America is better than taking their grief and anger out on this poor bereaved family. May God be with all of America.

Carole F.

Carole F | April 21, 2007 2:55 AM

I feel so sorry for all of those at virginia tech.And for their families. At first this was just a news story for me. Then about the third day ,I cried. I lit candles and prayed.

Angela | April 21, 2007 2:58 AM

The sympathy of the nation and the world is with everyone affected by the tragedy at Virginia Tech; but all involved must take pride in their miraculous display of grace under pressure, integrity, honor, and comraderie. It has often been said that it takes a tragedy to remind us of what is truly important in life.....Our Faith, Our Family, Our Values, and Our Sense of Self. While the enormity of this tragedy can not be diminished; it is inspiring to see the strength of the young people of Virginia Tech who refuse to let the acts of an obviously troubled soul destroy what they and those before them worked so hard to maintain - The Spirit of the Hokie Nation WILL prevail!

The "Heart of Texas" opens for all families touched by this tragedy. As Americans of all faiths, colors, and origins; may we recognize a "lesson learned" - and begin to unite as one to rebuild the strength of our collective Nation.

May the blessings of your individual God be with you all. May you find strength in your Faith and in each other.

Jan | April 21, 2007 3:01 AM

I may be thousand of miles from Virginia but my heart goes to all the victims,especially to their families and loved ones. I pray that they may have the courage to face the tragedy that befell them as well as the wisdom to accept the truth. I know that it is not easy to understand what couldn't be explained and to accept what is not expected. Even TIME, the great healer of wounds would probably find it hard to erase the painful memories that this tragedy brought to countless of hearts. But at the same time, I cannot also hate the gunman as he is also a victim. How can one hate his family who would probably live the rest of their lives in pain and horrors of what a loved one has done. This prompted me to reflect:is this the price that a family has to pay for living in a country that was totally different from their culture and tradition,just to look for a greener pasture? If people would only be contented with what they have and realized that the happiness they are looking for is in their own garden, perhaps tragedies like this one could have been prevented.If the Cho family have only stayed in South Korea...but these are only wishful thinking now. Probably this tragedy serves as a reminder to Asian families who are planning to relocate to a foreign country-think if this is where you and your children will belong. It may shatter the very core of your beings. Material things is not everything.

Grace C. Reoperez | April 21, 2007 3:08 AM

May GOD THE FATHER and our LORD JESUS CHRIST touch each person affected by this (both intimately, and as so many of us-from a distace,) with the peace that passes all understanding and can only come from above especially at such a tragic and sad time as this.

Wendy B | April 21, 2007 3:19 AM

I JUST WANTTED TO LET ALL OF YA'LL KNOW AT VT THAT THE WHOLE STATE OF TEXAS IS BEHIND YA'LL TO LEND A HAND OR TO HELP THE HEALING. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO TO THE 28,000 STUDENT AND FAMILIES. AS A MOTHER OF THREE BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN IT IS HARD TO FEEL HOW THE MOTHERS THAT LOST A CHILD CAN FEEL. THATS WHY WE ARE GIVEN THE POWER CARRY ON NO MATTER WHAT COMES OUR WAY.WE TRUELY ARE "ONE NATION UNDER GOD". ON 4-17-07 MY FAMILY AND I WHERE ON VACATION IN KENTUCKY AND SAT AND WATCHED THE HORRIBLE EVENT UNFOLD. THE LITTLE TOWN OF MONTICELLO,KENTUCKY HAD EVERY TV ON THE NEWS NO MATTER WHERE WE WERE.THE FLAGS FLYING AT HALF MASS, THE CHURCH BELLS RINGING, TALK OF THE LOCALS,LITTLE OLD LADIES HAVING A LOOK OF PAIN AND TEARS IN THIER EYES. IT WAS A LONG 12 AND 1/2 TRIP HOME TRYING TO EXPLAIN TO OUR 7 YEAR OLD WHY STUFF LIKE THIS HAPPENS. I MUST SAY SHE UNDERSTOOD MORE THEN WE THOUGHT.SHE HAD TEARS IN HER EYES AS THEY TALKED ABOUT IT ON THE RADIO. SHE ASKED "MOMMY ARE THE ONES THAT DIED WITH GOD",TEARS FEELED MY EYES AS I ANSWERED "YES THEY ARE IN A BETTER PLACE NOW". MAY GOD HELP YA'LL TO HEAL. "GOD BLESS" THE LAUTERBACHS IN PRINCETON,TEXAS

Nicole | April 21, 2007 3:23 AM

I don't have kids but I feel all your parents pain. my prayers goes to all of you. May you go back to your school with peace of mind knowing a lot of people is praying for your safe return. I never been to Virginia and I do like to visit it one day to pay tribute to all the 32 victims and the gunman. I believe he too is a vicitm.

pmtakehana | April 21, 2007 3:29 AM

I hold you all in my heart, my mind, and in my prayers.

Rachel | April 21, 2007 3:40 AM

Though I live miles away, and don't know any of you who may be going through this tragedy, my heart goes out to all of you. Though, I feel as though the word tragedy isn't enough to describe all that you must be going through. I admire you all for the strength and unity you show in the face of all of this.
Here, in Japan where I live, tragedies aren't as scarce as we'd like them to be.
But even so, I hope that you will remember that, no matter what, someone will always care about you.
I also hope that, even if you can't quite erase the hate for the one who caused all this, that you won't carry that hate all the time, and that you'll remember to live and to love.
With much love, Louise

Louise Zheng | April 21, 2007 3:42 AM

Despite this evil tragedy, good will prevail and be victorious. Hokies you will prevail!!!! God and his guardian angels are watching over us every moment.
We pray for each one of you who's lost a family member or a friend and for the entire Vir Tech community coz' each life is precious, each life a gift from God worth celebrating. May we all realize the true purpose of our human birth and may no lives be wasted cut short in this ghastly manner.

God Bless You All Hokies with only the best always.

Archana | April 21, 2007 3:51 AM

Sometimes things happen and we have absolutey no control. We feel helpless..Upon hearing this tragedy my heart was broken for the victims and families. I felt helpless and wanted to do something...

So I was inspired to write a song crying out in hope against the evil in this world. I dedicate it to the victim's families and friends....

It is called "Sons and Daughters" you can hear it here...feel free to download.

http://www.myspace.com/theshanehulseytake

God Bless...Shane

ShaneHulsey | April 21, 2007 3:52 AM

Sometimes things happen and we have absolutey no control. We feel helpless..Upon hearing this tragedy my heart was broken for the victims and families. I felt helpless and wanted to do something...

So I was inspired to write a song crying out in hope against the evil in this world. I dedicate it to the victim's families and friends....

It is called "Sons and Daughters" you can hear it here...feel free to download.

http://www.myspace.com/theshanehulseytake

God Bless...Shane

ShaneHulsey | April 21, 2007 3:56 AM

Even though I did not know any of the victims who were involved in Monday's shooting,I feel like I have known them all my life.With a story attached to each victim's picture,my heart goes out to each and every one of them.And most of the victims were kids.Eighteen,nineteen,twenty years old and it's very tragic to see their lives cut so short.
I ask the people who post comments on here to also pray for the shooter's family.They are going through a loss and a lot of confusion too.They ask themselves a thousand questions a day just like the students and fauculty at Va. Tech.
Nobody knows why this happened but,the sad reality is that it can happen anywhere.It can happen at any college,a major retail store,a freind's house.Anywhere.
To the people of Va. Tech-I know it's going to be a long process but you will prevail.And for the people whose lives were lost,I ask you to keep their memory alive.God Bless each and everyone of you.You will prevail.Go Hokies.

Kevin Finley | April 21, 2007 4:02 AM

god bless you all Va Tech. I will keep pray for you all and family and freinds.

joyce smith | April 21, 2007 4:23 AM

I speak for all UCLA Bruins and Californians...our thoughts and prayers go out to all who suffered from this horrible tragedy...be assured that there will always be light at the end of the tunnel..GOD BLESS to all of you!!!

GO HOKIES!!!! I will FOREVER root for your team even if/when playing against the bruins.

Ed | April 21, 2007 4:25 AM

I am an American living abroad and I want to express my deep sympathy for the people most affected by this event. I cried at several points watching the news footage, for example the interview with that young man who barricaded a door from the inside, saving several lives. His modest heroism serves as a beautiful and memorable example of what a human being is capable of.

I also want to say that, while Cho's actions are obviously his fault, they are also the product of American culture, which accords such a privileged place to violence. I think it's safe to say that he never would have evolved into the monster he became had his family remained in Korea. And I wouldn't lay the blame for this on any political party. The Republicans resist any attempt to limit the availability of guns, while the Democrats defend the wide and growing presence of violence in all media, almost as if violent images were the only ones worthy of being disseminated. I hope that this tragedy results in a serious national discussion about what we can all do to promote a more peaceful society and world.

Ben | April 21, 2007 4:36 AM

Please, let us all try to remember a family who came to the U.S. with the same hopes and dreams we all have for our children. As we walk through our day-to-day lives, let us walk in God's peace and reach out to those who may be lost and simply in need of a friend who cares enough to bring love to anothers' heart. Remember the parents and family of this young man who was so crippled by pain. Extend a loving hand or hug, for they, too, have lost.

Brenda | April 21, 2007 4:36 AM

I was the victim of a violent crime in 1990 and I know what some of the students are going through. Please seek the help people are offering you. It may take some of you years to recover from this, but you will be stronger than before. I pray for all the families of the lost students, including the family of the shooter. They are suffering the loss of a child and having to deal with the fact that their loved one caused all of this pain.

Sheila | April 21, 2007 4:59 AM

You have made me cry tonight. Not only tears of sadness for all the tragedy that remains but tears of joy from the massive community support. I am relieved that you are a "united Hokie Nation."
Peace and Love to all,
Betsy

Betsy | April 21, 2007 5:36 AM

Let us pray for the survivors, the lost victims, the families of the victims, and the Virginia Tech University community. Let God's peace and love reach out to them and let the process of healing continue and actualize soon.

George Bradford Patterson II | April 21, 2007 5:39 AM

I have no words to express my deep sympathy and sorrow for the people affected by this event. My son was supposed to join this college for Ms (aeroneutical engineering), last minute he changed his mind joined flying.All expectaions of parents and children----cut short. May god give strength to all and esply to cho's family, to bear the pain. If the availability of gun was not there, such a disaster would never have happened. Ambily

ambily | April 21, 2007 5:43 AM

Besides those whom I mentioned in the previous message, let us also pray for the family of the shooter since they feel hopeless, helpless, lost, and devastated by this terrible tragedy, even overwhelmed by it.

George Bradford Patterson II | April 21, 2007 5:46 AM

I have no words to express my deep sympathy and sorrow for the people affected by this event. My son was supposed to join this college for Ms (aeroneutical engineering), last minute he changed his mind joined flying.All expectaions of parents and children----cut short. May god give strength to all and esply to cho's family, to bear the pain. If the availability of gun was not there, such a disaster would never have happened. Ambily

ambily | April 21, 2007 5:46 AM

I'm sorry, but all this "Hokie" stuff is, well, *hokie*. Webster's definition:>> corny and contrived, fake and melodramatic, insincerely emotional <<. I mean, I certainly don't want to bust on VT students at an awful time like this, but if I 'd been on campus for almost 4 years and had "Go Hokies! Go Hokies! Go Hokies!" incessantly ringing in my ears from John and Jane All-American, I'd be going a little batty myself. I'm sure I wouldn't go completely out of my skull as Cho did, but my mind would surely be silently shouting "Lord let me outta here!"... I'm sorry, trying to find deep meaning and solace in being "a Hokie" is not going to work. It's an invented culture without the true deep roots needed to balance out the deep violence done to you. Yes, it's cute and "fun" for those who are into it, but it also smacks of the Tyranny of the Group-- the sort of thing that really bothers kids who don't happen to be all bubbly and social as modern American youth culture demands... American kids need to calm down, learn a wiser and more international outlook, and give a genuine welcome to kids whose focus is not on the social scene, and foreign kids who can't easily join all the rah-rah stuff... I mourn each and every young man and woman whose promising life was cut off by this sad, isolated, tortured person. But please rethink your cliqueish "hokie" stuff and try to build a deeper, calmer, less giddily social, more welcoming community. And of course the same goes for all campuses throughout the country, as nearly all of them have a hokie-equivalent. .. Sorry, I don't enjoy criticizing-- but we need to take an honest look at the aspects of our culture that so many find so alienating, and it turns out that the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed campus culture, in both college and high-school, is one of the first things that needs changing.

Jim Leeds, NJ, USA | April 21, 2007 6:11 AM

Your tragedy, your loss, your aching and your tears are being felt and shared with you from all over the world. I write to you, tonight, from Oak Park, California. My heart is heavy and my deepest sympathies and prayers go out to every family who lost a loved one ... to all of the courageous "Hokies" who now have to live each day, trying to overcome the tragedy you've just endured, to those still fighting for their lives in hospital beds and to Cho's family, who must be living a nightmare, as well. Not only have they lost a loved one ... they must live each day, living the reality that it was their loved one whose illness allowed him to take the lives of so many others. I pray that each and every soul who was taken from us by a bullet, including Cho himself ... rest in peace.
I am of the Jewish faith, and we have a prayer called "Misheberach" that is said in synagogue every Friday evening at services. This prayer is said for anyone who needs physical and/or emotional healing, and during this prayer, we ... the congregants ... one by one ... say aloud the name of somebody we know that needs healing of some type. I have been saying the "Misheberach" in my home, every night before bed since the Virginia Tech tragedy occurred, asking for healing for each and every one of you, and for those whose families must learn to live without their loved one. I have chosen to continue to do so, each night, thru the remainder of the year, until next April 16th. As an American, as a single mother for 19 years, who has one 21 year old daughter in college that I love more than anything, and as a human being ... I want to do my part in helping you heal. G-d is listening to all of our prayers ... and I know you have prayers being said by millions of us who you don't know and who you'll probably never meet. It could have been my child ... it could have been many people's children. I send you positive thoughts, always ... and along with my prayer for you each night, I ask that G-d give you the strength, the will and the ability to forgive a tragic act, due to illness ... that you so much need, at this time. A part of my heart, along with my love is being sent to each and every one of you. ~Marlene

Marlene | April 21, 2007 6:27 AM

So many questions unanswered, so many tears have fallen, so many lives have been lost.........When my son died 7 years ago, I thought I could not go on. I knew in my heart that God did not cause his death~I knew HE cried as well for his death was too soon too. The Lord also cried when He welcome all your loved ones home. In time you will realize that you are a survivor in many ways. You will become stronger than you thought possible. We all mourn your loss. America once again has fallen to its knees in prayer asking a God to give comfort to each one who suffers. For all the families, including the one who caused this grief, I pray that God will walk with you to strengthen you through out your lives.

Diane from PA | April 21, 2007 6:29 AM

Please accepts my condolences Hokie Nation to a loss so overwhelming....you will prevail....I am with you...in spirit and always jim/philly

james w smith | April 21, 2007 6:33 AM

God bless the Deads...

Jimmy Dudu Johnson | April 21, 2007 6:48 AM

I grieve for the families who have lost their "shining stars" because I also have "shining stars" and I cannot even imagine the depth of their grief and pain. I also grieve for Cho's family and cannot imagine the depth of their grief and pain.

Jodi | April 21, 2007 6:58 AM

We are sad too about the tragedy in virginia tech.Espesially when i saw in the news that there are 33 victims and one of them is from Indonesia.Again we are very sorry for the tragedy.

Kania Laksmi Pratiwi | April 21, 2007 6:59 AM

There are no words to express my concern and sorrow. I pray. Now persons must work so that this will never happen again. God gave us intellect and free will to do His work here. Who will this person or persons be?

Sandra J. Collier | April 21, 2007 7:04 AM

To Bryan and everyone at VT -- our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. What a horrible tragedy you have suffered through. Please know that the entire nation mourns with you. Today in Nevada we were all Hokies -- there was maroon and orange everywhere. At the University of Nevada (Reno) the Wolfpack became Hokies and so did all the local high schools. We are all so affected by this and we will not forget.
And yes YOU WILL PREVAIL. Thank you for writing and posting your letter. It gives so many of us an actual person who we can offer our condolences to, and someone with whom we can share our grief. And your professor put it beautifully --

We are the Hokies.

We will prevail.

We will prevail.

We will prevail.

We are Virginia Tech.

Cathy St. Peter | April 21, 2007 7:24 AM

Violent episodes like this has become more & more common and they get more & more attention as the worst ever. Sick minds then try to top it, wanting to be the next record breaker. I mourn the loss of friendliness in neighborhoods, comaraderie in schools,and mutual respect between professionals. Having lived so long, I remember a time when friends were shared and even the weird 'loner' was taken in by a group of well meaning classmates. Now, we are all too busy to bother w/ each others' troubles. I do not blame anyone else for this tragedy but the gunman (he alone made this decision; altho we do not know the actual state of his sanity), but I mourn the loss of a nurturing social order I once knew...I know that the loss of a child is an unfathomable grief. What can we do & say really? Like the mother of Jesus, the apostle John, & Mary Magdalene, sometimes all we can do is stand at the foot of the cross and weep. I know that prayers are always w/ families of the victims. I add my prayers also; but when I heard of this tragedy, the first thing that came to my mind were the parents of this troubled boy who killed so many. Being of Asian descent myself, I thought, this is going to kill them. We must pray for them also.In my children's school, the principal has wisely put in place a program called, "Random Acts of Kindness." I am proud to say that my youngest has received an award for being helpful to classmates, despite his own difficulties w/ cognitive problems. It makes a mother proud. How about this program in every school and every workplace?

cynthia | April 21, 2007 7:33 AM

My prayers are with the entire Hokie family - past, present and future. My only child will start VA Tech in the fall, and everything will be fine because she will be a HOKIE! There isn't anything better! Gold bless all of you.

Cheryl | April 21, 2007 7:48 AM

When I first heard the news, I was in shock. I am attending college here in Maryland and to think this happen so close to home. My heart, soul and prayers extend to VT, families, friends and the whole community. I feel like I have become a Hokie through this ordeal. I went to work yesterday wearing the Hokie colors in remembrance those who are no longer with us, those who are still hospitalized, the families of the victims, the family of the gunman, VT and all those who are associated to this somehow. I just want you to know many of us in Maryland feel for you and are here for you.

Shar of Glen Burnie, Maryland

Shar of Maryland | April 21, 2007 8:13 AM

I am deeply sorry for the loss of everyone. I pray and grieve for all the families that have lost there children. I have a nephew who has many friends at VT and I spoke with him and they are all ok. I will always remember my many visits to Union West Virginia to visit my family. Wow, what kindness we felt from each and every person that we came in contact with. While sitting on our porch of the cabin we rented everyone that drove passed they all waved. It was amazing!!!! It is not that way in New Jersey. With the kindness, love and prayers from your state alone, you will all prevail. I have prayed and cried for each and everyone of you. I am a Mom of two and how good it felt to hug each of them. I also pray for Cho's family as well, they to must be going thru hell... It was not there fault!!! There is only one person to blame for this and it is not the staff or the police dept. It is Cho's and Cho's alone!!! He chose to create what happened. Hang in there Hokies because what I have seen from TV and News you are one big giant family and your support for one another amazes me. Keep doing what your doing and remember to keep with the lord as he too will be there for you. MAY GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU!!!!
Sincerely

Kimberly A. Volpe

Kimberly Volpe | April 21, 2007 8:21 AM

I pray for all to hate the sin, but love the sinner. In God we trust.

Susan Denike | April 21, 2007 8:54 AM

You have my sympathy, do not let this senseless tragedy kill your spirit and pride for your school. My heart goes out to all the victims and may good bless all you you in the coming days as you bury love ones and friends. God Bless

Renee Hand | April 21, 2007 8:58 AM

I visited VaTech when my niece was studying there in late 90s. The place was so beautiful and serene that I never thought that such a tragedy could take place there. I pray GOD to give you Hokies the strength and courage to tide over this tragedy.

Eswar, P | April 21, 2007 9:15 AM

Some talk the talk and others profess to walk the walk; yet, the Virginia Tech community and all of Hokie Nation imbues what it means to know.

My heart fills with love when I think of the spirit of Tech. Most of all, my spirit is overwhelmed as I see great folks living the words and love of God.

Paulo

Paul | April 21, 2007 9:18 AM

My heart is heavy,very heavy I thought I would never feel this sad and fear again. First we had 9/11 who thought something like that would happen again. We became strong, all though still weak at heart. But, 4/16 young adults learning there crafts to rebuild what we lost back then. I heart and my prayers are for all VT. But, special prayer I will begin to have is for the 32 that died...I am humble and full of grief. But as the your professor, Niki Giovanni..we will preval, we will preval

Linda | April 21, 2007 9:24 AM

I have three daughters one of whom is a senior at LA Tech in Ruston, La. I cannot imagine that happening here but anything is possible. Your spirit and faith are amazing. God will be there for all. My heart goes out to all students, faculty and extended families of VT. I feel Cho's family may suffer most of all. May God bless and keep everyone touched by this tragedy. GO HOKIES!!!!!!!

Rose | April 21, 2007 9:29 AM

We are with you in this time of need for each and every Hokie there. May God be with you at all times

Anita and Donald Turner | April 21, 2007 9:29 AM

As a parent of college age children I cannot imagine the horror of Monday.I have prayed continuously for the parents, the students, the rescue people and all who witnessed or were a part of that day. It is my responsibility to read and honor as much as I can about the lives of these young adults lost to such a tragedy. As a prayerful person, I cannot even begin to imagine finding where God fits in...only holding on desparately to the knowledge that I know He is still there. May God be with you all...Rose

Rose Strohmaier | April 21, 2007 9:36 AM

My husband, my 6 year old son, and I hold every single one of you in our hearts and prayers...Many unanswered questions that may never be answered...May the precious memories that each of you hold keep these VA Tech angels flying in heart, spirit and soul....This whole nation grieves for each and every one of you, look up at the sky and smile, knowing that they are in paradise and smiling back down, god bless and we love you all..

The Richards Family | April 21, 2007 9:37 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victims at Virginia Tech. I stand united with you as your journey to find peace begins.

Tracey | April 21, 2007 9:45 AM

Never could any of us begin to understand the deep dark place that Cho's soul had to be in to do such an unthinkable act of violence.I did not go to Tech although my company does alot of things with and for Tech.I am a fellow Virginian and I grieve for you as my own family.We are proud of all of you and you will grow stronger from this tragedy and Tech will keep going strong!I have to believe that all of our lost ones are in the safe embrace of God now and forever more.I think they know the ones that loved them will have to grieve but I'm sure they will look forward to the day the ones that love them all can smile and feel happiness again too.I can't help but feel sad because I fear that even in death Cho's soul will still be in that place of darkness that drove him so mad. My heart goes out to his family.I'm sure they loved him as we all love our children and could never have imagined him to be capable of doing this horrible thing.A thing they will be burdened with for the rest of their time here on earth.Be kind and brave!

Becky | April 21, 2007 10:01 AM

man what can I say I have to much to say I hope what I do say make all of you fill better I know exactly how yall fill just know god took them for a reason just pray and believe in god thru your grief I fill so sad that this had to happen I know now better than I knew before that I have to live life for today and not for tommorow my prayers will be with the victoms family friends and all of the virginia tech students and the blacksburg area and again it could have happen to anyone so we all just need to pray for better blessing to come I mourn with you all but I still lift my god up high god bless and love yall be safe and let not this tragic make you weak let it make you stonger. love always quanisha

quanisha | April 21, 2007 10:01 AM

VT Hokies,

My heart has felt torn with grief for all of you and what you've gone through. My heart aches for those parents who have been robbed of ever holding their child again in their arms, as well as,the wife and child who will never see their husband or parent again. This has been a horrific week for you and for us across this great nation.
But God gives us comfort and the grace to get through difficult times. I pray he will strengthen you more and more each day.
I'm proud of each and every one of you. You have dealt with this tragedy with grace and dignity. God bless you!

Blanca in Iowa | April 21, 2007 10:09 AM

I am soooo sorry for the loss of so many wonderful people. They will be missed and always loved. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone.

Deepest sympathies,
Cathryn
NYC, NY

Cathryn Compton | April 21, 2007 10:12 AM

I sat and watched in horror and then again in the aftermath as Virginia Tech students spoke on tv . I was amazed by the grace of these students after such a horrific event. They should be applauded for their Spirit and for their love and compassion.
I cried with them as they told of their experience at the hands of the gunman. It takes alot of courage and willpower for anyone to be able to deal with something of this magnitude and I just applaud everyone of Virginia Tech students . My prayers go out to those whose lives have been changed forever and to the students for standing up and being the strong , caring individuals that they are ...God Bless You All

Debbie | April 21, 2007 10:16 AM

My family, friends and I have all been shocked and saddened by the terrible events at Virginia Tech. Many of our family and friends have attended Virginia Tech or lived in Blacksburg, Va. We pray for the families and friends of the victms, the staff of Virginia Tech and the Cho family. We are extremely proud of the example set by The Virginia Tech community. You have shown us the meaning of loyalty, friendship and faith. This terrible event has brought our world together in prayer. We shall continue to pray for these families and friends so that they may find peace in the memories of the victims. It is important to remember that, as in the poem by Nikki Giovanni, there are many innocent people lost everyday and we should remember theme as well. These events will bring that into a different perspective and we will obviously identify more with others after having been touched by this tragedy so close to us. The loss of people in the Middle East is remembered by us everyday. Some people choose to put themselves in harm's way for their country and know the danger's they face. It is especially tragic when someone is lost and does not chose to be in such danger. It is especially sad Stacie. Also, Cho was reached out to many times by students, professors and received treatment voluntarily for his mental state, but his scars ran too deep. If this was strictly a mental illness or a result of being outcast in his youth, we may never know. We should open out to each other and not allow such behavior between our children and friends. Schools should take this behavior among kids more seriously. Being "picked on and bullied" was something alot of us received as kids, but we don't react to it and justify violence as a response. Not if we are mentally well. As these victim's chose to enrich their lives and excel in their acedemics, they were truly innocent. We all come together as a member of the HOKIE FAMILY to support you.

GO HOKIES!!

YOU HAVE AND WILL CONTINUE TO PREVAIL!!!!

Debbie, neighbor of Blacksburg | April 21, 2007 10:18 AM

From as far as Australia, we feel the pain and anguish that you are going through right now. You are a strong nation and you get through these things and build upon them to strengthen America. Please know that each and everyone of you are in our thoughts and prayers. It is because you are so strong that you will get through this, but of course there will be many sad times that will seem difficult to get past. To all the students, their mums and dads, teachers, professors, families of each, we here in Australia stand tall for you in what you have been through as we know that you will get through this. We are so sorry that this has happened and even here in Australia, we are in disbelief and as well there are a lot of people here asking why? and How? May God bless you and look down upon you for strength and encouragement.

The Davis Family | April 21, 2007 10:23 AM

Words can't express my sadness at the loss of so many young lives just as they were beginning their lives. My heart goes out to the families of the students as well as to the teachers families.

Nancy Pierce | April 21, 2007 10:24 AM

I am very sorry for the massacre...our teachers refuse to talk about it in my high school, and no one knows why. I asked our teacher for U.S. History and he said, "It may make the students of Asian decent feel bad or unworthy." I totally disagree. So now, in honor of the victims who are being smothered in the light of Political Correctness, I talk about it, honoring the dead, the alive, and shaming the killers. I am very sorry, and may God bless you all.

Haylie | April 21, 2007 10:25 AM

I've been reading the comments posted & collectively there are wonderful words & support. I also see support for Cho's family. I feel very bad for them. I was in Denver when Columbine happened & people were very bitter towards Eric & Dylan's parents. I wonder how they managed through the years. I'm happy Cho's family is getting support. VT can be very proud of their community. God bless all.

Angelina | April 21, 2007 10:29 AM

My heartfelt condolences to each and every family. Especially to the Cho Family who is going through the worst nightmare.
My prayers also go to Seung-Hui Cho who had suffered so much, according to his video recordings and writings, I am sure (my own perception and opinion). I am so sure that he had been bullied by many and that stayed engraved in his mind till the day he passed away.
It is indeed very sad that he took it out on innocent people.. I pray that his soul be at peace now.
God giveth, God taketh... for a reason.
Please forgive him and pray for those who had bullied him in any way throughout his life in America, because I also believe like a few others here, that had he stayed in Korea, he would be a better person.
God Bless You All...Peace!!

Sandra | April 21, 2007 10:49 AM

My heartfelt condolences to each and every family. Especially to the Cho Family who is going through the worst nightmare.
My prayers also go to Seung-Hui Cho who had suffered so much, according to his video recordings and writings, I am sure (my own perception and opinion). I am so sure that he had been bullied by many and that stayed engraved in his mind till the day he passed away.
It is indeed very sad that he took it out on innocent people.. I pray that his soul be at peace now.
God giveth, God taketh... for a reason.
Please forgive him and pray for those who had bullied him in any way throughout his life in America, because I also believe like a few others here, that had he stayed in Korea, he would be a better person.
God Bless You All...Peace!!
===Malaysia is just as shocked!!!===

Sandra | April 21, 2007 10:51 AM

My heartfelt condolences to each and every family. Especially to the Cho Family who is going through the worst nightmare.
My prayers also go to Seung-Hui Cho who had suffered so much, according to his video recordings and writings, I am sure (my own perception and opinion). I am so sure that he had been bullied by many and that stayed engraved in his mind till the day he passed away.
It is indeed very sad that he took it out on innocent people.. I pray that his soul be at peace now.
God giveth, God taketh... for a reason.
Please forgive him and pray for those who had bullied him in any way throughout his life in America, because I also believe like a few others here, that had he stayed in Korea, he would be a better person.
God Bless You All...Peace!!
===Malaysia is just as shocked!!!===

Sandra | April 21, 2007 10:51 AM

What on earth is a hookie?

observer | April 21, 2007 10:54 AM

I pray for god's grace and peace to all. The mothers who have an ache in their heart that can never be calmed, the fathers that morn as only a father can. The grandparents, aunts, uncle's brothers and sister, my prayer is that you find comfort and peace. To the students at VT, may your lives go on, but you use this tragic moment in your lives to rise above for all you have lost. God be with you, my heart is.

Robin Brannam | April 21, 2007 11:01 AM

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that you find comfort in the lord and that along with each other, you will one day rise again.

Melinda Flynn | April 21, 2007 11:01 AM

I pray for all the famllies who lost their kids , i can feel the pain they are going through their hearts and lives. may god give them strength to recover from this tragedy.

rasha | April 21, 2007 11:19 AM

May GOD be with you. Some time we just can't understand why things happen.
Our world is changing, but may we never forget to look up.Our prayers are with you in Alabama.

MS. RYKER | April 21, 2007 11:24 AM

Bryan, your school and family have such wonderful reasons to be proud of your open letter. It shows the kind of character of students who are attending VT.

None of us truly understand what your going through. Yes I've experienced every parents greatest fear... having to bury your child. But it's not the same. It was not at the hands of a young gunman who was so alienated from life and seriously mentally ill.

Did he fear graduation? He barely function in the academic world, did he realize he couldn't face the adult workforce? We'll never know.

Satan lashes out on the world and God provides people strength to not only endure but CHANGE IT. It's how we react, what we do with this pain, sorrow and sadness. If we make an effort to be kinder to our fellow man. Help that outcast person by being a friend, keep trying to include rather than exclude.

Grief is an individual journey. There will be times you think life is ok, everything is going great then BAMM... it feels like DAY 1 all over again. You'll make gains forward and backwards. Know the hurtles are temporary. Surround yourself with good friends who will not judge but let you move through the process.

One thing we've learn - the HOLE IN YOUR HEART is always there, there is NO HEALING. TIME allows you to COPE and make CHOICES for your NEW LIFE. Filling that hole with wonderful, happy memories definitely eases the LOSS. It will be so much harder for the families of all the victims including The Cho's.

EVERYONE CHANGES, none of you will ever be the same. Just be conscience of the decisions you make. We chose to honor her LIFE rather than mourn her death. Our daughter was definitely "All About LIVING TO The Fullest". I will bet most, if not all the victims were too! Maybe that is the legacy of all of the survivors to "EXCEL AND LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST". I hope you and all the VT community will continue to shine your Pride and Love for Humanity.

Elaine | April 21, 2007 11:44 AM

Bryon,
I just wanted to say that all of you there at VT are in my thought's and prayer's. Especially the families of all the victims. This was a TRUE TRAGEDY for all of us here on earth. I also wanted to say that I pray the hardest for the Cho family, that they may turn to God for the answers they need right now. How horrible that as far as we come in all other area's Mental Illness is still not a subject that is discussed nor understood. I pray that one day in the very near future , when teachers see a student in need, they will step outside the box and contact the parents of that student.
I pray also that all the Survivor's of thst horrible day will turn to God for healing. Go Hokies!!!!! You are all special and loved in so many way's.
Michelle

Michelle | April 21, 2007 11:45 AM

From across the miles, I am so sorry for your losses. I'm praying for you.

"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.

He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

(Psalm 23)

Blessings,

Natalie Sey
Limassol Town, Cyprus (Mediterranean region)

Natalie Sey | April 21, 2007 11:48 AM

I just wanted to extend my deepest sympathy and sorrows to all of those near and far that have lost a loved one, a family member a friend, a classmate a teacher. To all those which is most of us who have no connection to va tech now feel a connection with you all because we all acrosss the world share in your grief. May god bless all your souls and be with you at this time of need. May we never forgot those who lives were selfishly taken. They now soar above in heaven guiding down on the world. He may have taken their lives but their spirt and pride is with you all and us all over the world. God bless your souls

Stephanie Ankner | April 21, 2007 11:50 AM

I am a mother myself and can not imagine the grief that the parents of the students of VT are feeling. You think you are doing the right thing for your children by giving them a college education and never in your wildest thoughts imagine that something like this could happen. It makes us all wonder where we can obtain a safe place. I grieve for all the students and familes that have lost their loved ones, I pray for the stdents that have gone on to prepare a place for us. We will see them again, they are at peace and now are in their safe place. May God bless each and everyone of the students, families, friends and surviors of this terrible act of stupidity. Time heals all wounds but love for the departed continues to grow. Rest in peace dear ones, VT will never forget you.

Joan Becker | April 21, 2007 11:54 AM

A nation cries with you and prays for you VT students, your lost friends and educators and their families. Please know that there is such sorrow felt for this senseless horror. God bless you all and mah He hold you in the palm of His hands.

Dottie and Don, New Hampshire | April 21, 2007 11:55 AM

I have lived in Va my whole life and there is no other place I would wont to be. my prayers and love go to all. Its a sad thing when you have eo explain all this to a 9 year old and get why mommie did this have to happen and you dont really have a answer to give only that we must keep eveyone in our prayers and yes our family does wear VT COLORS WITH PRIDE:

Amy snead | April 21, 2007 12:05 PM

i feel sorry for the families that lost loved ones,and also for the ones who had to watch this go down. my heart feels the sorrow for the hole collage. ill keep u guys in my prayers and thoughts.

christina strawder | April 21, 2007 12:06 PM

God Bless all of VT!! Wisconsinites are thinking of all you, victims, families and the whole Hokie family!
Go Hokies!!!

Cathie | April 21, 2007 12:08 PM

I can't find any words to express my sadness about this tragedy, but my heart is filled with love and admiration for your bravery. Please know that you at Virginia Tech will be in all of our daily prayers.

Adelfa | April 21, 2007 12:09 PM

VT:
My heart and my prayers go out to all of
you and the families. You have been an
inspiration to all of us around the world.

Carrie Freeman | April 21, 2007 12:10 PM

A horrific tragedy to bring many together. We are a United Nation, it just takes something like this to bring us closer. I join all in prayer for you and your fellow classmates and each and every victim and their families. GO HOKIES!!

Annette | April 21, 2007 12:12 PM

I have been praying and grieving over all the wonderful beautiful lives that were crushed this week, as well as those who will live with this horrific event in their minds and hearts forever. Then my mind and heart wanders to the poor, sick soul who caused all of this. How could one person hurt so much to do this? How can we, as a nation, community, world, help these folks to overcome this anger and grief without the loss of life.
We need to make mental health a priority as is breast cancer, heart disease, and many other issues so that no one is ever left in the pain and agony that this one soul felt compelled to spew upon the VT campus and hurt so many.

My prayers and heart goes out to all the victims, their families, as well as to the shooter and his family.
May God bless all.

Marye | April 21, 2007 12:23 PM

Our hearts go out to each and everyone of you, you are so young to have gone through such a horrific ordeal. This event has left our hearts and souls a little wounded. We send you our love and prayers God bless each and every one.

Ray and Judi Dalton | April 21, 2007 12:23 PM

I just wanted you to know that my heart is broken for you at Virginia Tech.I am a mother of 3 and a grandmother of 8.I will keep you in my prayers and just know that God will comfort your hearts and He will be with you all the way.God bless you and your friends and families.

Margaret | April 21, 2007 12:29 PM

I'm an American living in Saudi Arabia. I'm sorry that you witnessed the madness of evil. May God provide you all the right people to comfort you. Peace be upon you.

Stella | April 21, 2007 12:30 PM

VT families,

I am a father of three from the West Coast. Sometimes I ponder how I would feel if I were to loose one of them and I would break down in tears. I can't even imagine the pain and sufferring you are going through right now, how you would face tomorrow, next week or even next year. We parents and our kids offer our prayers for you every night, and may I offer this verse from the book of Ecclesiastes 3:

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a tie to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

God Bless.

Vincent | April 21, 2007 12:35 PM

Right now we our down on our knees. But as we struggle, we will gain strength, and from our strength we will attain greatness...

Dave Smith | April 21, 2007 12:35 PM

As I read your letter tears of sadness flowed for all of you. My prayers are with you!! At the same time it gave me a sense of pride, pride that rarely is seen these days.
May God keep you strong and help you heal!!! Good will prevail. Go Hokies!!
From Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico

Laura Montes Reynés | April 21, 2007 12:36 PM

To all Hokies, remember:
God will not take us to it, that He does not bring us through it. God bless and comfort all of you. May you feel his comfort and presence is my prayer. The sun will come up again tomorrow and life will go on. May you have beautiful memories of your friends and loved ones to carry with you. God bless and touch each one of you.

Theresa | April 21, 2007 12:36 PM

When I heard the news of what had happened, I left class and went home and held my daughter and thanked the Lord that she is too young to understand what is going on. I cried as I watched the news reports. I pray for every family who's worlds have been shattered by this horrible tragedy. Now, every time I take my daughter to daycare, every time I go to class, and every time my husband goes to work, I pray that God will see each of us safely through our day. From the students at Arkansas Tech, our hearts go out to you. May God hold you close and comfort you in your time of need.

Jaime Nelson | April 21, 2007 12:36 PM

My sincere prayers are with the staff and students. I am also praying for the family of Cho as they may be feeling alone and lost at this time. I can only feel the pain they are going through.

I pray at this time that Jehovah God will grant peace to all who are hurting in this time of pain.

Carlene H, Jamaica West Indies | April 21, 2007 12:44 PM

To all of you @ V Tech, my husband and I send much love and prayers. We have sent children to college in the past and have always worried about their safety. This nightmare goes to show everyone that no place is really safe and we should all live each day to the fullest and be happy for each day because it is a gift. God bless all of you and your families. Paula and Clark Burnett Tamarac Florida

Paula | April 21, 2007 12:53 PM

As a fellow Hokie and now mother I would like to send my condolences to all the victims and their families. All I could do was sit in disbelief and horror as I watched this on TV. This place I used to walk, live, and breathe, I can't believe this happened to the Hokies. I am proud to say I am a Hokie and will always be. I would love one day if my own daughter said, I want to be a Hokie just like you mom. I would gladly send her. Keep your head up VT. WE WILL PREVAIL. WE ARE VA TECH!

Melissa | April 21, 2007 12:56 PM

Reading brief profiles in The Boston Globe of all the students killed earlier this week, I was struck by how well I knew all of these kids. This one was "a little goofy, but brilliant," another hoped to save the wrold's environment; she was a basketball star, he toted a guitar back to his old school. These people were your kid brother, your earnest, loving sister, the nephew you loved, and called last week who never thought anything like this could ever happen, the kid you'll never see again.

Yes, you are Virginia Tech. But this week America is Hokie Nation, and we have lost too many of our own.

Mike | April 21, 2007 12:56 PM

My sincere prayers are with all the staff, students and family. My heart goes out to you all but I know we serve a living and loving God and He does not make mistakes. He reaches down from Heaven and picks the best! God bless you all! And to God be the glory!

Maxine | April 21, 2007 12:58 PM

May the good lord bless you all at Vt. I am a mother of 3 kids from sri lanka.I feel the grief very much as a mother ,as a friend and as a human being.Nobody in this world is not deserve to have this kind of untimely deaths.But we should understand that there are plans for each one of us from above.Our prayers are with all at VT and their loved ones.God is living inside our hearts. may the Good Lord Bless you each and every one of you to go ahead with you lives.
Peace be upon with you always.
May your hearts filled with love not hatered.
remember that whole world is with you guys at VT.
We Love you.

shermila fernando | April 21, 2007 1:01 PM

Dear all at Virginia Tech,just wanted to re-assure you guys that you are not alone during this time of mourning.our thoughts and prayers are with the whole of VT and everyone who lost their loved ones on that fateful day.Dr. Sharief.

Dr.Sharief | April 21, 2007 1:02 PM

May God bless our fellow Hokies who died, those injured and their families and loved ones and our Hokie Nation. Go Hokies! Member, VT Class of '71.

Jeff Gupton | April 21, 2007 1:03 PM

God Bless you guys.
Ya'll are in our prayers here in Texas.
My heart goes out to everyone of you.
May you all prevail.
We send our love.

Ashley | April 21, 2007 1:05 PM

every since the tragedy i have had a pain in my stomach that just won't go away i know that every one will overcome this situation, this is the most horrifying thing that could happen to anyone and i am so sorry, i have been researching what may have caused someone to react in this way, and personally i feel that this is something that has a lot to do with the mental health problem we have in this country and the services that they provide and how they turn people away when they are asking and pleading for help, we all need to come together to change and or improve the system. i know you children are our future and you all are very strong kids so lets make a difference, but in the meantime keep you heads up and good luck!

Tanya Burkes | April 21, 2007 1:12 PM

My prayers are with everyone who was injured and killed. With those who lost someone close to them. I respect all of you! Ecspecially the students who are returning after this horrible tragedy. You all are heros in my eyes.

Be strong and God bless.

Jess | April 21, 2007 1:13 PM

My family and I are so sorry for the horrible tragedy that VA.TECH is experiencing. You will all endure...the pain is surreal, I as a mother of 2 cannot imagine the horrific news of losing a child. That has got to be the worst feeling in one's heart and soul. My prayers go out to you all and in time, God will heal. May you never forget the amazing persons who parished. With all our love and prayers, from Columbus, Ohio to Virginia.

Michelle C Perez | April 21, 2007 1:13 PM

To all VT Hookies: Be courageous. Be strong. This too will pass ... as the good book states.

Just a thought: I am afraid that our universities may be microcosm of our Political Correctness at large. While the liberals preach that intolerance is the worst kind of evil, I think we have gone overboard that we tolerate everything, even evil. The 32 victims may just as well have been victims of our extreme tolerance. Ergo:
Don't be afraid to tell him "He's rude." if he refuses to acknowledge friendly greetings from colleagues.
Don't be afraid to press charges if he stalks and harasses you. Don't be afraid to expell or suspend him for his abusive and abnoxious behavior in class.
Don't be afraid to tell the truth tactfully.
The academe is an ideal world, but once you are in the real world ... you get FIRED! Just thinking out loud.

May the Lord be with VT Hokies always!

Carol | April 21, 2007 1:13 PM

My prayers are with everyone who was injured and killed. With those who lost someone close to them. I respect all of you! Ecspecially the students who are returning after this horrible tragedy. You all are heros in my eyes.

Be strong and God bless.

Jess | April 21, 2007 1:14 PM

What do you say during a time like this? We feel deeply saddened about what happened. We are praying for you here in California. God Bless you!

The Corbin Family | April 21, 2007 1:18 PM

God bless you all. God bless all of us to live in a time when the unspeakable happens. We will never be able to understand. We were not meant to understand this. That just reverberates what we read in the Bible when it says we are not of this world. This is not our home. Now is the time for faith.

America grieves with you and embraces you.

We survived the Oklahoma City bombing of the Alred P. Murrah building 12 years ago. And it hurts just as much today as ever. You are loved.

Michale | April 21, 2007 1:19 PM

My heart is aching to remember the grieve of all of the victims' families-included the Chos.

I am crying together with you VT, I am crying together with you America. Many people in Indonesia are crying together with you, too.

I thank Jesus to see such a wonderful testimony of love showed by all of you. I am proud of you! Though you are going through such a tragedy, trust HIM that HE never forsake you. The tragedy brings people to love and pray for you more and more; it is wonderful!

Thank you for being a great testimony to this world of what love is.
To all the students and families, and even to Chos, keep moving forward; God loves you.

Let us who are saddened by this tragedy do the best we can to avoid this happens again. Let us be a blessing to one another!

Dame

Dame Simanjuntak | April 21, 2007 1:32 PM

Our prayers and thoughts are with you all, your friends and loved ones are not gone they are still in your hearts, and just waiting for you on the other side god bless you all from from all of us here in Georgia

Diana Barnes | April 21, 2007 1:33 PM

May the Peace and Love that only God can bring be nested in your hearts.

Sandra | April 21, 2007 1:39 PM

I am also a mother that has lost a step-son 3 years ago that I dearly love and my heart aches for all of you, your families, and your friends. I just wanted to let all of you know that I have been and will keep praying for you. It is wonderful to see how each and every one of you have been there for one another with love, compassion, care and strength, you truly are an insperation to me. I have been and will continue to pray for all of you. May God bless you and give you comfort as you try and heal from this horrible tragety.
With sincere love......
Tobi

Tobi Baysinger | April 21, 2007 1:39 PM

Never mind I am writing this mail thousands of miles away in India...the pain which is felt here is no way less than what is being felt over there. Nothing in this world can ever justify what has happened over there and nothing in this world can change what has happened. In this moment of sadness, all I can say is I am praying for each and everyone who is undergoing this terrible pain of losing their dear ones. May God be with u and give everyone the strength to cope with this tragedy. God Bless!

Radhika Kini | April 21, 2007 1:52 PM

Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ,
The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, Blessed be His Holy name. In this time of grief and pain, let us look to the Almighty one who, in His infinite wisdom knows the hour when we will depart this earth. Hard though it may be, let us grieve not as hopeless but as people with faith who look to His return and to that great getting up morning when we will all again unite with our loved ones who have gone before us. Yes, it is very, very hard to understand and accept this terrible, unfortunatee act, and I sob uncontrollably, but am forced to remind myself and encourage you to do the same. God know all things best and I pray that you will all look to Him and ask for added strength at this time. May God continue to keep you all. Peace,love, and prayers always.
Daliah A.

Daliah A. | April 21, 2007 1:53 PM

Thought I am miles away from your campus I ache and my heart goes out to all of you and your families and college family. My heartfelt prayers are with you all daily.

Lois fm MO | April 21, 2007 1:54 PM

Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ,
The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, Blessed be His Holy name. In this time of grief and pain, let us look to the Almighty one who, in His infinite wisdom knows the hour when we will depart this earth. Hard though it may be, let us grieve not as hopeless but as people with faith who look to His return and to that great getting up morning when we will all again unite with our loved ones who have gone before us. Yes, it is very, very hard to understand and accept this terrible, unfortunatee act, and I sob uncontrollably, but am forced to remind myself and encourage you to do the same. God know all things best and I pray that you will all look to Him and ask for added strength at this time. May God continue to keep you all. Peace,love, and prayers always.
Daliah A.

Daliah A. | April 21, 2007 1:55 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God hold you in his arms and comfort you. You are all so strong. Memories of your loved ones will remain in your heart forever, treasure them. You have shown the world how loving and caring for each other is the answer.
Tragedies like this should never happen but you have displayed the most courageous compassion for each other. You are Hokies!
We are with you in spirit. God bless you all.

Audessa Polta | April 21, 2007 2:03 PM

Distance may separate us but our American Hearts bind us and we feel your sorrow. Our prayers continue for you and as it would appear your Hokie spirit is enough have you endure your tragic loss.

Ara Dimas | April 21, 2007 2:05 PM

My heart goes out to each and every student, family member, VT employees, and friends.
Stay strong and stick together.
Make a difference, out of this. Change bullying into something less hurtful.
A simple smile goes along way!
Lets also keep a open mind and keep Cho's family in our thoughts and prayers. I know its early, but they did not do this horrible thing, someone they loved did and im sure they would have did what they could to have stopped him.
Two hateful acts dont make a right! I hope all can keep that in there thoughts.
God bless all VT family!

Patty | April 21, 2007 2:09 PM

Just a short note - thoughts & prayers to ALL VT Students & Faculty for your loss - I have a grandaughter at a Univ.
in IL & I can only imagine the loss of her. God will heal your sorrow & will be at your side during this tragic thing. I also will pray for Stacie who was very unemotional & no feeling for people who were hurting. May God
bless you & all who grieve! You will be on our prayer list at our Church this Sunday. Love & Hugs to all!!!
JOAN

Joan Herron | April 21, 2007 2:12 PM

Humanity cannot understand why things like this occur... We may never understand. What we must do now is seek the light of God, and work towards rebuilding care and solace. God bless all who were affected by this incident.

Peace be with you all.

Amelia | April 21, 2007 2:13 PM

im so truly sorry to hear of such a great an tragic loss of such young an innocent lives my heart goes out to all the familys an students god bless you in ya time of grief

theresa west | April 21, 2007 2:30 PM

Dear VT community,
i could not stop tears running down my face when i heard about what happened at VT, we are praying for you all here in South Africa, that God may draw you all to Himself at this time of pain and loss. Our sencere condolences.

Jasmine | April 21, 2007 2:34 PM

My thoughts and heartfelt sympathies go to all who lost a loved one in this tragic incident, including the parents of Cho. Although I live in faraway Rio, as a mother of four children, i feel the sense of loss and sadness over this tragedy. Only God can heal and comfort and guide us through this valley of darkness. Praying for u and sharing in your grieve...V Tech. GO HOKIES!!!
God Bless America

Amy Khoo | April 21, 2007 2:35 PM

god bless all the vt students an faculty there familys in such a tragic loss of innocent lives bless the cho family to they didnt no such a horrible monster there son was to do such a tragic thing to innocent lives as he did god bless

mark martinez | April 21, 2007 2:40 PM

GOD IS STILL GOOD. My prayers for all who has been affected by the tremendous tragedy and for our Nation. I can't express my deepest cry for all, Love will continue to HEAL, that has always proven TRUE. GOD BLESS ALL.

Terry Holloway | April 21, 2007 2:40 PM

I grieve with all of you and celebrate with all of you......Virginia Tech is a Class Act!

Josi, Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada | April 21, 2007 2:43 PM

We feel your grieve. We cry with you. Americans and the world pray for you all. We will never forget but in time the pain and grieve will subside. God be with each of you.
D.J.M. and F.E.B
Lisbon, Ohio

donna malmsberry | April 21, 2007 2:46 PM

truly sorry to hear of such a tragic thing that happened to vt students an faculty my family an i send our deepest sympathies to every one god bless all yous

robyn hunter | April 21, 2007 2:47 PM

There is an immense amount of pain in this world. But also goodwill and love. I read all your prayers.
John Donne, the Rennaisance poet reflects:
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind...

We also remember the Amish, and reflect that "nature abhors a vacuum." In order to push out fear we need to replace it with faith and love. Forgiveness frees us. I pray that something good will come out of this--May we really see and care for the immigrant. We were all immigrants at one time. Youth face many pressures, but the immigrant youth even more so. Perhaps we can each care more. Even while mourning, it would be wonderfully healing to see VT embrace the Chos. (Much as the Amish responded to their tragedy).
--With compassion from Calgary, Alberta, Western Canada.

Madeline Johnson | April 21, 2007 3:00 PM

My hart goes out to everyone that lost a loved one and to all of the students and faculty of Virginia Tech that had to witness this tragity that day. May God be with you all and bless all of you.....

Barbara Harris | April 21, 2007 3:03 PM

I am a law enforcement Investigator and I am miles away and hear the news daily about this tragic happening. My heart and feelings go out to everyone at Virginia Tech., to the students who knew the victims, the defendant, the faculty, the law enforcement officials, investigators, administrators, paramedics, ambulance attendants, fire department personnel responding, paramedics, hospital emergency room personnel, doctors, pastors, families of those lost,the family of Cho,all who might be involved in trying to piece together what happened, why it happened, and what sparked this in Cho. Every one involved needs the leadership, the guiding hand of God, the direction to go and solve the many mysteries of this tragic affair, the faith to move one step at a time, and the knowledge to do what needs to be done to put it all to rest when the time is right. May God lay his guiding hand on each one of you, may He give you comfort in what you have ahead of you and then allow you to deal with the outcome. Prayers at our agency here in Texas are offered up for your comfort and healing.

Dick Rodgers | April 21, 2007 3:04 PM

I read through these postings and ask myself why does it take an horrendous act to bring out all the beauty inside people? We are all beautiful every day, just as those students and professors were who died so needlessly. And see how it took this horrendous act for people to finally express a sympathy for the tortured Cho. Is it too much to expect the world to be made any better by this latest outrage? As a former English professor myself, all week long all I could do was picture my own many, many college students in the faces and accomplishments of those we have lost. I know what it is like to love students as your own children as those professors did. I empathize so deeply with the teachers and students in those classrooms at the moment the horror was unleashed that my empathy is like a physical pain. To be cut down in the act of teaching, learning, and growing, engaged in what, as far as I am concerned,is almost the highest good a human can be engaged in and the thing that actually makes us all human, is an unspeakable outrage. And as a mother myself, I physically hurt for the families of those lost. But what can any of us do but extend sympathy and weep and wonder why? As so many others have said, instead of isolating ourselves inside our own wall of private feelings, perhaps we should try to express the beauty that is in all of us as human beings more regularly, so that it touches all those around us and forms a web of interlacing love every day, not just now, or on 9/11, or after the Oklahoma City bombing, or the Columbine shootings, or watching the horror of the death counts from Iraq. Always, every day, in any little way, love. We might just catch some troubled souls in that web, and maybe that is the way to prevent tragedies like this from happening so regularly.

Claire | April 21, 2007 3:07 PM

I read through these postings and ask myself why does it take an horrendous act to bring out all the beauty inside people? We are all beautiful every day, just as those students and professors were who died so needlessly. And see how it took this horrendous act for people to finally express a sympathy for the tortured Cho. Is it too much to expect the world to be made any better by this latest outrage? As a former English professor myself, all week long all I could do was picture my own many, many college students in the faces and accomplishments of those we have lost. I know what it is like to love students as your own children as those professors did. I empathize so deeply with the teachers and students in those classrooms at the moment the horror was unleashed that my empathy is like a physical pain. To be cut down in the act of teaching, learning, and growing, engaged in what, as far as I am concerned,is almost the highest good a human can be engaged in and the thing that actually makes us all human, is an unspeakable outrage. And as a mother myself, I physically hurt for the families of those lost. But what can any of us do but extend sympathy and weep and wonder why? As so many others have said, instead of isolating ourselves inside our own wall of private feelings, perhaps we should try to express the beauty that is in all of us as human beings more regularly, so that it touches all those around us and forms a web of interlacing love every day, not just now, or on 9/11, or after the Oklahoma City bombing, or the Columbine shootings, or watching the horror of the death counts from Iraq. Always, every day, in any little way, love. We might just catch some troubled souls in that web, and maybe that is the way to prevent tragedies like this from happening so regularly.

Claire | April 21, 2007 3:08 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless.

Christi Baird | April 21, 2007 3:12 PM

Your letter is beautiful. Through the sadness and pain it is good that you are able to find hope and humanity. My prayers are with you and all the people affected by this tragedy. God Bless you all ...

Tracey | April 21, 2007 3:12 PM

I don't know what a hokie really is , but i guarentee you i am one now. i live in ga. okefenokee swamp and we are having a wildfire that is 4.5 miles wide and 11 miles long it is destroying everything here almost but pray for us as we pray for you too. It is wonderful to see the word of God here so many times praise the lord, he is still the one. take him to bed with you, take him to class with you, take him to eat with you, he is mourning too. the word tells us that he is where our comfort lies, so go into god's word and i know it will comfort you. read john 3:16 every day and that is the reason, that we live and die. death is no stranger and grief is not far behind, we all see destruction but man its alot harder when it hits home like you have been hit. i wish , i wish, i wish that we were like computers that had a rewind on it and we could rewind the hard parts of our lives, but we can't so hang in there, ga ..is with you..and this old woman in ga. is with you. god bless..diane

diane | April 21, 2007 3:13 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims and their families. I will continue to pray for them. I hope that the media backs off and stops showing the tape and pics.

Lorri | April 21, 2007 3:28 PM

forgiveness is a virtue as well as a healing balm. through all the feelings of anger, helplessness, bitterness and hate, we must also find it in our hearts to forgive. forgiveness brings healing and peace. let us all pray for the victims of all ranodm and not-so-random acts of violence (yes, stacie, also for those in the middle east and elsewhere). but most of all, let us all come to terms with God as we will all face our own day of reckoning. may He find us without spot or blemish. god bless you.

debbie camacho | April 21, 2007 3:32 PM

VT student's, staff, families, and friends, you are all in thought. I don't fully understand the lesson involved with this horrific act of violence. I do hope and lift my voice for a speedy healing for all of America. I am honored that we have so many young student's showing true love, compassion, maturity for all the nation to see. You have set a standard to all people of the world in dealing with this tragic event. Love is the greatest gift of all, although you had your lives turned upside down, you still stand proud and your hearts are bigger than anything I have ever seen. Thank you for reminded us of unconditional love for one another. As we pray for one another, let us always remember the souls who chose to come here and do their part, this including Cho. You wonder how can he be forgiven, this will be a hard thing to do but you will. You have already found it in your heart to make peace around you. Follow your dreams and those that are no longer here for they will be working with you beyond the other veil. I no longer need to ask " what is a Hokie", for I see it in each one of you. You are all an inspiration to a world full of challenges. May God keep you and hold you in his everlasting light and may 10,000 Angels be by your side.

In Gods Love and Light,
Shawnda

Shawnda-Ohio | April 21, 2007 3:34 PM

I meant to say above, that I hope the media backs off and stops showing the tape/video of the murderer and his pics.

Lorri | April 21, 2007 3:36 PM

I am so sorry to see the tradegy VT is going through now. Everyone there in my prayers. Be strong.

Tammy | April 21, 2007 3:40 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this tragedy. When I experienced a great loss in my life, I received this from a friend. It helps me to deal on my darkest days: "Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy."

Jane | April 21, 2007 4:02 PM

I only live 45 miles from Va Tech and we all feel the loss her in Wytheville. Hold your heads high Hokies, you will prevail. God Bless us all, and forgive the callous people that left political statements on here.
Gary White

Gary White | April 21, 2007 4:03 PM

You are in my heart, my thoughts, and my prayers. I pray for peace, compassion, and fear-free lives for all.

Anna - Southern California | April 21, 2007 4:14 PM

a man born of a woman is here only a few days, and they are full of trouble, BUT The Lord our God in Jesus name will deliver you, and see you through, remember TOUGH TIMES DON'T LAST, BUT TOUGH PEOPLE DO. HAVE FAITH< AND DO NOT DOUBT. THE ANSWER FOR MAN IS NOT FOUND IN MAN. PRAYERS BEYOND COMPREHENSION ARE BEING MADE ON EVERYONES BEHALF.

d.w. | April 21, 2007 4:22 PM

To the families of the 33 people who died at VT on Monday. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Somethimes we don't understand why God allows things to happen, but He always knows best. May His love and mercy be with you at this trying time. I know Cho,s family needs extra prayer because they not only lost a son, they have the extra burden of knowing their son was the cause of all the other lives being lost. May God bless each and everyone effected by this tegic loss. May you each fill the loving arms of God conforting you.

Elma | April 21, 2007 4:25 PM

Our prayers are with everyone at VT.Let's also remember Cho and his family,in what they are going through.The 32 lives that were lost on monday are up in heaven looking down at Virginia Tech and are very proud of VT.
Cho was also a child of God,even with the horrible thing he did.The devil had him on his side.Let's all PRAY to show the devil he isn't going to win this battle.
Keep up the good spirit and may God keep everyone safe.Pray for Peace throughout the world.
Everyone in MO are Proud of the Students of VT.
Pray for Peace in the World

Gertie | April 21, 2007 4:31 PM

It takes a little darkness for us to see the stars, and a whole lifetime to reach them. Don't give up. God is always in your corner at a time like this and so is my family, and the rest of the world.God bless everyone at vt.

Boyd W. Pleasant & Family | April 21, 2007 4:40 PM

I am going to my sister-in-laws funeral today, here in Washington state. When I am there, I am sure that I will feel as though I am also at the funeral of the many who lost their lives that day. I will pray for them and all of the families, friends, students, and staff of Virginia Tech.

Kellie | April 21, 2007 4:42 PM

that is massed up i dont go there but i fell so soory for you

janell | April 21, 2007 5:34 PM

i lost my collegemate on 2004 during a car accident.. eventhough its not the same situation that you have in VT, i know how it feel when we lost someone that we love and care.. may God bless everyone in this world..aminn..
Ummi Ainul Hafizah

Ummi Ainul Ali | April 21, 2007 5:40 PM

By your invitation to hear from us outside of VT's community, my sorrow for VT's community's loss drops into the hands and hearts of all who feel sorrow and sadness from the warmth, light, and promise of people now gone from VT and our world.

I am proud and admire`your community for coming together and for the courage and heorism of the victims to let others escape.

VT's wonderful band who played for the wounded at the hospital showed us one way to reclaim life and heartbeats from such tragedy. Using what we have to make life better, to bring a time of light and a smile in the midst of such deep loss. To know what has happened and yet to act in the face of its power to dismember our hearts and minds, to blare our songs and music, our poems and embraces and sharing, is to reclaim our lives, our futures and in a small measure, the meaningfulness of the wonderful lives loss.

In our world that is not always connected, please know there are those of us you have never met or seen and could not physcially describe, who care that you come forth from this with a large sense of community in our humanity and support for you and your futures --students of VT!

May our spoken and written feelings of support bring comfort to you in these difficult times and strengthen you in your days and years ahead. I keep you in my prayers as well as ask what can we as society do. Both, I feel, needs to be done to honor you and those now gone.

My prayers are with you,
Adrianne

Adrianne | April 21, 2007 5:42 PM

My heart breaks for all of those who have lost friends, children, spouses in this horrific tragedy at VT. And those of you who were hurt by the murderer must still heal and move on to a new day. Remember that God will place his healing and loving hands on all of you and though it seems as though it could not be possible, time will heal all wounds. Just rest your burdens on Him. You all will remain in my heart and in my prayers.

Sharyn | April 21, 2007 5:45 PM

From the blue and gold at WVU..to the green and white of Marshall.. your brothers and sisters in WV are maroon and orange today!... God Bless and Keep You All...

Bob in WV | April 21, 2007 5:54 PM

Today, every American is a Hokie.
God bless you all.

Susan | April 21, 2007 5:54 PM

From the blue and gold at WVU..to the green and white of Marshall.. your brothers and sisters in WV are maroon and orange today!... God Bless and Keep You All...

Bob in WV | April 21, 2007 5:55 PM

VT is in our prayers here in Elko, NV.
The strength of the VT community is inspirational.

Dave Ziolkowski | April 21, 2007 5:55 PM

Bryan you are an amazing young man. Not only do you grieve for those who died in this tragic event but you are able to embrace the pain of all those in the world who suffer needless tragedy. Yet one group that has been completely overlooked, the children of Iraq. They suffer this every day of the week. They've lost fathers, mothers, siblings, arms, legs, and lives. Many of them are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress just as so many of our troops are experiancing. So while we mourn for the innocent lives lost here let us also remember the innocent lives over there who live in the daily horror of a war they did not ask for nor deserved.

Amita | April 21, 2007 5:56 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy. I am a mother with one son. VA has some great colleges and great sports rivalries exist between the schools. From VCU, UVA, James Madison, and George Mason I want you to know we support you and are saddened by this tragedy. TODAY WE ARE ALL HOKIES! I know life goes on and these are difficult times but with time we will heal. I lift you up in my prayers.

Debbie | April 21, 2007 6:00 PM

Our hearts go out to all Hokies! Know that you and all the victims and their families are in our thoughts and prayers.
May the God of Peace bless you with healing and peace!

Pat & Joan | April 21, 2007 6:04 PM

hi I just want to say that god has everything under control. God Bless you all. Our only hope is god so why not go to him! it's hard but in jesus christ our savior we'll find the heailing for this terrible tragedy.

cindy from PR | April 21, 2007 6:04 PM

You are in our thoughts and prayers! God Bless you ALL!!!

Melanie in Radford, VA | April 21, 2007 6:10 PM

I just would like everyone to know that you all our in our thoughts and prayers. We here in Oklahoma have known tragedy and only time will heal. It has been 12 years and we all are still in disbelieve over this. Our country is in turmoil and we need to be aware of everything around us. We mourn with you all.

Jennifer | April 21, 2007 6:10 PM

I am so saddened by this senseless tagedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to all families and students involved.
The Lord will provide comfort and strength for all.
You are all in my prayers daily and I know that with God's grace you will overcome this and have the strength, courage and peace to move on.

Toni From MD | April 21, 2007 6:16 PM

To all VT families and friends. I have a son going to college in the fall. I pray every day for nothing like this to happen ever,but it does.I'm sorry for your loss.

kathleen proto | April 21, 2007 6:17 PM

To the families of the students of that tragic day at V.T my heart and prayers go out to each and every one of you, I hope with all my heart that you will find peace as time goes by, they will never be forgotten their names are forever in our hearts and prayers.

God Bless all of you and keep the faith close to your heart.

margaret | April 21, 2007 6:20 PM

Dear Brian i wept for all the students who lost their lives on that fateful day, Affliction will not rise up again in your school by GOD S DIVINE GRACE.

GRACE CHUKWURAH(NIG) | April 21, 2007 6:22 PM

My heart gose out to all including Stacie . God for give her because she to in some why must be grieving and love one from the hate overseas but he choose to go,these chidren of VT didn't they where taken in a God loving nation and a time least expected .Bryan your words touched my heart and so did your dad's. maybe someone can reach out to Stacie like the country is for VT cause only pain could make her be so careless so I pray for all of you, I cannot believe anyone could ever forget any death that was cause by anyones hands,only God knows why we have to go through times like these.We morn any lose but no more can we take the pain away then we can say I know how you feel. I lost family members through hatefulness to but God showed me the way to forgive as we must for the ungliness and mean painful words or we'll all end up like Cho ourselves .God bless you all my prayers and love gose out to you. And I can only pray we all one day can enbrace each one of the 32 That had to go so carelessly and hatefully . Brayn you are a man to look up to I only hope my grandsons can be as brave when they grow to be your age.You have seen way to much pain for such a young man but God is with you for I see the love he put in your heart at this time.My prayers will be longer every nigth for our fellow VT family now that we are Honkies at heart LOVE THEM HONKIES
BLESS YOU LOVE DEBBIE FROM TEXAS

DEBBIE | April 21, 2007 6:25 PM

Hokie pride has touched us all. God bless everyone involved and everyone effected by this great tragedy. U are all in our thoughts, with love from Canada.

Sara | April 21, 2007 6:43 PM

Remember that light overcomes darkness. I am the sister of a mentally ill person who, given some different circumstances, might have become Cho. He is at times tormented and while the tragedy is evil, there was illness involved, distortion, inability, tremendous pain in the student who lived among you. I can't imagine what it would be like to go to college for you all to have fun as well as learn and then to be so brutalized. Let guilt go and tell everyone. Trying to control the past is trying to control the future, which we can't. You will watch out for each other and care more than ever unless you let yourselves be overwhelmed with guilt. Be proud, be loving to yourselves and each other. I don't believe this was in any way God's will -- but we're not puppets and so God allows us to choose. The Psalms talk so much about evil seeming to prevail and it's OK to be angry about it! Overcome evil with good -- darkness with light -- sing together, laugh together, play together, study together, remember the good times and know there will be more. The world's heart is with you -- and God cries with you -- God lost a son to violence, as well, but not forever. I don't believe the losses will be forever, either, that we will find each other again one day in an infinitely better place. Thanks for communicating with us and letting us do something for you and ourselves, as miniscule at that may seem! Events like this leave everyone feeling powerless -- but there is strength in being together.

Bonnie | April 21, 2007 6:46 PM

We all here in Bulldawg country wish to send our deepest sympathies. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Turn your eyes upon Jesus and he will give you peace. Love to all from Athens, Georgia (UGA)

suzanne | April 21, 2007 6:46 PM

Brian, I hope the words of hope are helping you through this difficult time. Who would ever imagine something like this could happen in the quiet town of Blacksburg? UVA, ODU, W & M, VCU, JMU,GM, U of R, and Radford are here for you. I think the cartoon at this site really captured the way we feel and they way we come together in a time of need. http://www.lansingcartoons.com/
I respect VA Tech's decision not to make any type of memorial or tribute products at this time. Please continue to show support for Virginia Tech by donating to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund. God bless you and you family. Be strong.

Debbie | April 21, 2007 6:52 PM

I am truly saddened by this tragedy, but somehow through my tears I am uplifted by the spirit of the "HOKIES" from VT. My prayers are with you.

Take Care and God Bless you all.

Roberta | April 21, 2007 6:53 PM

To each and everyone at V Tech and to the Parents of loved ones involved in this tragedy,

We mourn with you, we weep with you,we feel your pain and suffering.
We want you to know that we as a nation are grieving with you. Please know that you are loved and that others care about all of you as you try to cope with this tragedy.
I as a Grandmother worry about my grandchildren everyday since our world has changed so much. I remember the days when you could sleep with just the screen door closed. Now you are fearful with doors locked and bolted. It is so frustrating that we have come to this point. How can we as a nation change so that our children do not suffer from tragedies like this at your school?

With love,
S Butler

S. Butler | April 21, 2007 6:53 PM

You guys are awesome for dealing with this terrible tragedy the way you are. My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one touched by this incident and hope that even though you'll never forget, you can find some way to take something so wrong and use it to make some part of the world better, the result of your trials at VA Tech! Bless you all!! Love From Arkansas!!!
Penny

Penny Brown | April 21, 2007 6:54 PM

Our hearts go out to you and your families,God bless you all and give you faith and strength to keep you strong.
we are praying for you here in North Carolina. Go Hokies!

Gloria | April 21, 2007 6:59 PM

God Bless all of you. Praying for you in this sad time. Stay strong, keep the faith, hang in there. God is faithful and will keep all strong in this time of grief. Hugs and prayers.

Doug B. | April 21, 2007 7:01 PM

May God Bless You.
Love to all from Texas.

Anita | April 21, 2007 7:01 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you VA. Tech, as you mourn the loss of a daughter,son, brother, sister, nephew, niece, granddaughter,and grandson and best friend. I am saddened to the bottom of my heart,when I heard what happened I didn't want to believe it. Then and only then on Tuesday's convocation did I realize that it trully happened.I shed tears for those who lost their lives. Like the professor who survived the holcust, who gave his life for his students. What love hath a man then to lay down his life for another. May God grant you peace & strength, as your mourn the loss of your friends and family members. Bryan your letter touched my heart. May God give us healing and strength forever more.
Sincerely,
Karen D from Oregon

Karen D | April 21, 2007 7:11 PM

My heart breaks for each and every one of the victims and their families.

May you somehow find peace.

Marge | April 21, 2007 7:12 PM

As a Michigan State Spartan.. I want the Virginia Tech community to know that we are thinking about and praying for all of you! You have our support and prayers and we are very sorry for what happened to you and your family.
Spartans support Hokies 4 ever!

Linda | April 21, 2007 7:13 PM

TO ALL OF VT STUDENTS AND FAMILY.
I AM SORRY FOR WHAT HAPPEN. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU NOW AND FOREVER. WE ALL ARE PRAYING FOR YOU. I HAVE A SON. AND IT HURTS ME VERY MUCH TO HEAR GREAT PEOPLE GET KILLED. ITS JUST NOT FAIR. WE LOVE YOU ALL. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
AMANDA

amanda | April 21, 2007 7:13 PM

You are all being watched over and cared for by the HEALER of our hearts, our minds, our souls, and our Nation...He is the Father of all life,the Lover of all cHis children, the provider of all needs. He will carefully comfort all who grieve, yet we need to seek Him NOW, while He may be found. Yet, Every day we have the choice, to seek self and our own gratification(our own pleasures) or we may seek Him, and make it our goal to be well-pleasing to Him !
I believe that among our youth today, in America and throughout the world, the the Lord Jesus is awakening us to live with passion, purpose and His Peace and His Love! We will ignite ...for our love and patience for men, women and children is far too small, but let Him replace it with greater faith, then look out - for Great and Many New things will happen. A powerful awakening will come and then more Great Light and Love will amazingly overcome darkness. We need the Holy Sprit's flame and fire to keep real JOY flowing, and overflowing like the VT family (youth) are showing in these recent days. I am a confident and optimistic Christian counselor who speaks with and prays over many mentally ill and depressed individuals every day. But Jesus knows, (what a Friend) our sorrows and will continue to heal and bless...Humble our selves under God's mighty Hand. HE will lift us up! We Pray and interceed and that He will bless the needs that you have, please remember that it is still spring and so many will abundantly flourish, even through the floods of grief. JESUS loves you all so much, and so do I.

CRAIG ELAM | April 21, 2007 7:17 PM

"May God hold you in the palm of His hand..." Peace to everyone involved at Virginia Tech. The nation watches with sorrow, wishing it could ease your pain. Don't let the tragedy you experienced define you--let the strength you're all displaying now be your defining characteristic. Don't let ONE DAY of evil prevail.

Karen | April 21, 2007 7:20 PM

May God put his loving arm's around each and everyone of you affected by this sensless waste of Human Life,
My Heart goes out to You All....
We Shall all meet in a Better Place and be better for our Losses in the end.

God Bless...

Lisa R Smith

(Central Florida) U.S.A.

Lisa Smith | April 21, 2007 7:55 PM

To All at VT,
Many prayers and rememberance from Defiance Ohio....may the hand of the good Lord watch over the survivors and guide you through the rest of the days while His loving arms cradles the ones that have lost their lives.

Christine | April 21, 2007 8:00 PM

The VT staff, faculty, and students are in my prayers. VT for me and my family is the greatest place on Earth(and I am not a grad!) I have cried with all of you. My emotions are so raw over all of this!. Thank you for your sweet letter and for showing the world how great the HOKIES really are!

May GOD be with you all!

Teresa Fisher | April 21, 2007 8:13 PM

GOD WILL HEAL IN TIME BUT ON 4-16-2007 WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. MAY GOD BE WITH ALL OF THE FAMLIES. HOKIES HOKIES

ERMA | April 21, 2007 8:15 PM

Your tragedy, VT, will not be soon forgotten. Through the tears and sadness and fears and disbelief, you have stood tall and honorable, and made us all feel a special part of the Hokie Nation. Your students and teachers whose dreams and talents and mutual caring were lost so prematurely on that fateful morning will inspire others to finish their accomplishments. For the darkness cannot not hide from the light of learning and wisdom. May God grant all of you who mourn the peace and understanding that time itself will bring.

Hopefully this poem bears meaning and comfort:

SUGAR IN THE SEA
by: Samantha Newark

And they too were lifted up
As the promise always said

And the labels that belonged
Are laid to rest and gone

And what happened in the glistening
Was the gentle sweet relief

Now brilliant tiny stars
On the gentle midnight reef

And thoughts and rememberances
Like fire all a glow

Now imprints for our hearts to hold
Of them that had to go

No solitude, or singleness
No searching for the calm

No tears and labors emptiness
No hatred to disarm

Desire and all restlessness
Now sugar in the sea

And so, my friend, we wait behind
Till we can be so free

Tom A | April 21, 2007 8:17 PM

My heart and prayers go out to all that was affected by this horrible tragedy.

"God Bless"

Judy | April 21, 2007 8:19 PM

To all the parents who lost a child:

My heart aches for you in your indescribable sadness and loss. May God help you to someday find meaning in your loss and acceptance of His will. I will pray for you to find comfort.

Kathleen | April 21, 2007 8:34 PM

We were very saddened by the massacre at V. T. Our child has been wanted to go to your beautiful university since 6th grade. She is now a freshman in high school. She is still determined to attend your school and we as parents will happily support her decision. May the good Lord give you all peace, strenght, and courage. You will prevail.

Angela T. | April 21, 2007 8:37 PM

I look at my 1 year old son every day and think about how fast life goes by. It seems like yesterday that I was pregnant! After all that has happened at VT, I think about how he will be in college one day---it will seem like tomorrow. I fear for him, for this crazy crazy world we live in. I am sooo sorry for all you have been through and as a mother, I feel deep aching pain for the families who have lost their babies. It is unthinkable, unexplainable and unexcusable! Our thoughts are with all of you.
Take care,
Tara

Tara | April 21, 2007 8:38 PM

To Stacie, who posted at 5:16 pm:

Yes, we should be sad and sorry for all the injustice and evil in the world. Don't let anger poison your mind like the shooter did.

Kathy | April 21, 2007 8:38 PM

May God be with all of you and your families.You are all in our prayers.

Rich | April 21, 2007 8:48 PM

I just wanted to let all of you know that the loyal Razorback fans in the Natural State of Arkansas are grieving with you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. As I have heard several times this week, right now, we are all Hokies!! May the peace of God that passes all understanding guard your hearts and your minds as you try to heal from this horrible tragedy. God bless you all.

Tracy | April 21, 2007 8:56 PM

My prayers are with all of you at VA TECH!!

Heather | April 21, 2007 8:58 PM

My Dad turns 90 tomorrow, he is a Hokie, he graduated 66 years ago. My Mom is a Hokie, My Brother, Niece, and my daughter, who was born there in my senior year are all Hokies and today, tomorrow, next month and in years to come we will be Hokies along with millions of others who are keeping you in their prayers. God Bless the Hokie Nation. With Love, Janey Smith

Janey Smith | April 21, 2007 9:03 PM

I am a 1972 graduate of VT, and I have always been proud of that fact. But, I have been the most proud this past week, as I see what fine young men and women are now students and how strong and mature they have carried these days. There will be good that comes from this tragedy. It is already happening. I see more unity, love, forgiveness and perspective of what is truly important in our lives. Now, the world will never have to ask what a Hokie is...this generation has redefined it by their actions this week! Go Hokies!!!

Jerry | April 21, 2007 9:09 PM

A tremendous letter to read and it is just as inspiring as the professor's "We Will Prevail" poem. I have been a Hokie fan for many years and used to spend time on campus visiting my high school classmates. I was even accepted to go there but did not. I wish I had because now I think I would be a better person. I know more about VT today than I ever have. In recent days, I have seen strength, love and respect in every level of this school from the students to the highest ranking administrator. The strength comes from Hokie Pride. All of you have portrayed what it is to be a Hokie and the entire nation (and world) has seen this pride and all find it absolutely amazing. I grieve for the families of the ones lost as I know I would be devastated if it was one of my children. But, I know they are in a much better place, and THEY are now the guardian angels of VT. They will shield and protect the students, the teachers and the school. VT will rise to being the university of choice because of the unfailing Hokie pride, strong values and most of all, love and respect for one another.
I am proud to be a Hokie, a Virginian, and an American. God bless all of you; you are in our thoughts and prayers. Let's Go, Hokies!

Beverly (Suffolk, VA) | April 21, 2007 9:31 PM

To all at VA Tech, I remember when I heard what happened to the students at the University at VA Tech i stood there numb and began to cry and pray for all the Angels that the Lord needed by his side. Too many to even imagine so fast. My Prayers are with all of you at VA, and my heart hurts so deeply for the families and friends of the Angels taken,remember always that the Angels are watching over us now and forever.Amen

Minnie Baxter & family | April 21, 2007 9:36 PM

In the name of god, the most merciful and the most compassionate

The very first murder to happen in history is Cane killing his brother Abel. It is the very first time that a man has allowed himself to take another man's life. Every time a murder is committed, Cane shares in the burden of sin. It is scary to think that since Mondays trajedy, other schools are recieving threats, one was even from a parent, because the school would not allow his son to go home without a doctor's note. It is apalling and it shows the consequences of people not being God conscious. I would like to remind people of the following verses from the quran:
" And who ever takes another's life except it be as a punishment for murder it is as if he has killed all of man kind and who ever saves a man's life, it is as if he has saved all of mankind"
we see from this verse that the weight of murder is heavy on the bad deeds scale. Also this verse regarding the day of judgement, when we will all be given a book of our deeds " And the one who will be given his book in his right hand, he will be in a happy dwelling (ie heaven) and whoever will be brought his book in his left hand, then his dwelling will be hiya. And how do you know what hiya is? a scorching fire"
Do we not all wish to reside eternally in paradise?
The following verse answers the purpose of creation
" And i have not created man or jinn except to worship me"
If you ever wondered "why am i here?"
the primary purpose of your life is to worship God. We do not know if we will live long enough to realize our dreams whether it be becoming a doctor, an engineer or whatever else it may be, for we plan and God plans on top of us, but if we worship God, then we leave life having performed the mission that we were placed on this planet for in the first place and may God forgive our sins and shortcomings.
Hala

hala | April 21, 2007 9:36 PM

I have been so impressed as I have read all of these emails sent from all across America and from some of you students. I have never been to VT, but I can tell from this week that it is a wonderful place, with outstanding students and facility.
Psalm 30:5 says" Weeping may endure for a night, but JOY comes in the morning."
May God Bless each of you who have lost a loved one and heal those of you who have been injured. Remember: TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG. America is an awesome place and God is Real. May God heal your hurts and pain. Hug your friends many times, and spread love everywhere.
My prayers are with you from Sugar Land, Texas. Gail

Gail | April 21, 2007 9:38 PM

It was a sad day. There are lots of sad things happening in the world all around us too. I think perhaps that is what Stacie meant (maybe just phrased it badly). I know we are all busy working and living our lives, but there are other issues in the world that need our support too. Support Vtech. Support children that need clean drinking water. Support the war on AIDs. Support women in Africa that are struggling to learn feed a family and keep them from harm. Support the innocent women and children in Iraq. Support our soldiers and support our own orphans. Our own starving and homeless. We are a very priviledged nation, we should count our blessings and pass them on. I try to keep everyone in my prayers everynight, everyone and anyone in pain or that needs help.
Make only love, for that is what you are. <3 and blessings.

everyone | April 21, 2007 9:44 PM

I would like to add to my above letter what constitutes an act of worship. Anything that God asks you to do and you do constitutes an act of worship. Even a smile is an act of charity that we get rewarded for.
Anything that God asks us to stay away from and we avoid for his sake, is an act of worship.
regards, hala

hala | April 21, 2007 9:46 PM

As parents of one son finishing up his freshmen year of college in TN and one son preparing to begin his first year of college our hearts break for each of you that has lost a son, daughter, mother, father, sister, brother & friend. We have cried along with you and our hearts have been broken by all that you have gone. Your spirit and your strength is amazing! Our thoughts and our prayers are with you! May God Bless Each of YOU!!

Tina & Dan | April 21, 2007 9:59 PM

our prayers are with you all( FROM ONTARIO,CANADA) I know it is a terrible time and it doesn't seem like it will get any better, but it will in time. You will begin to heel, but you will never forget.I cannot begin to imagine the pain you all feel.so may the healing begin to soothe your pain and the love of God lift you up.I just wanted to say that you all at Virgina Tech are in our prayers , Keep your heads up, And continue on with the Hokie Pride, Keep hope Alive and my god be with you.

louise | April 21, 2007 10:02 PM

Our thoughts are with you all. Know that prayers are with you to keep you strong.

Marie | April 21, 2007 10:10 PM

As a mother of three,I worry,I think about this tragedy.I think about if this is happening now,the fights,war,killings,what will it be like for these years to come?My deepest condolences to every family member out there that is mourning.God Bess you all.I pray.

Holly | April 21, 2007 10:12 PM

After all the grief and the pain, let us always remember that what happened goes beyond being a Hokie Nation, being American or whatever citizenship.

What happened pierces through the very core of the human soul, regardless of creed, of color.

Deep in our minds we may ask why it happened. But it is also beyond us, mortals, to fathom the reason why such incident happened.

And after we have grieved and cried, let us not cease praying.

And let us stop asking why. Let us have the attitude of "let go and let God".

Let us have full trust and faith that God will take charge.

Only then shall complete healing take place.

maridith requina | April 21, 2007 10:13 PM

May God be with all of the families who lost loved ones. All the students who lost friends, classmates and teachers. Also bless the family of the one who did this because they are suffering at the shock of what their loved one did. Their lives will never be the same either. This University has shown strength by pulling together to help one another. Pat

Pat | April 21, 2007 10:25 PM

May God be with all of the families who lost loved ones. All the students who lost friends, classmates and teachers. Also bless the family of the one who did this because they are suffering at the shock of what their loved one did. Their lives will never be the same either. This University has shown strength by pulling together to help one another. Pat

Pat | April 21, 2007 10:25 PM

Pray for peace people everywhere...VT is at the top of my family's prayer list.

Lisa | April 21, 2007 10:27 PM

Our hearts are sad and we grieve with you. We are grandparents of three HOKIES graduates and we know they too are heartbroken that this happened. We will be in prayer for all the families of those young students and teachers as well as each and every student who Must go on to greater heights of education. Let this be your goal, to be ever watchful of those around you who may need someone to talk to, to be a friend to one another and to always remember once a HOKIE, always a HOKIE. We are PROUD TO BE HOKIE GRANDPARENTS AS WELL. Stay strong in the Lord. God Bless you all. LOVE FROM GEORGIA

MomMom | April 21, 2007 10:28 PM

I just wanted to say my thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives have been touched by this terrible tragedy. I hope God gives you the courage to deal with your pain and grief.

Kim Webb | April 21, 2007 10:31 PM

upon hearing of such tragic events in colleges as well as high schools,I must point out that events like this is reason for me not sending my disabled daughter to school.Its sad that you cant feel safe enough to let your child,that can never learn atleast be able to interact because of such understandable things. I continue to think of all affected and hope that one day we can all open our hearts and not have to worry about such nonsence. Let christ in your hearts and he will continue to heal all affected and heal all that feel rejected in such a way that they feel this horrific act is their only way out.

carla | April 21, 2007 10:37 PM

may god bless all the victims but i have a question too. if this would have been done by a muslim or a middle eastern guy what would had it been called? terrorism, right?

megan | April 21, 2007 10:40 PM

May God be with all of the families who lost loved ones, all the students who lost friends and classmates. Be with the teachers. Also bless the family of the one who did this.Their lives will never be the same . Not one person with family or friends close to this tragedy will ever be the same, but one must go on. Your College has shown great strength by pulling together to help one another. Put your trust and faith in God. May He be with each and everyone of you and help you through this.

Mary | April 21, 2007 10:56 PM

I speak on behalf of UNC Greensboro when I say I am truly saddened by what you all have been forced to experience. Talk about having to grow up fast...you guys were faced with situations that aged-adults wouldn't themselves know how to handle. I commend you on your perseverance and I pray nightly for the victims, friends, families, etc. affected by this tragedy. I now know the true valor of the Hokie spirit, and I, like many others, will carry it with me throughout life.

Katie | April 21, 2007 10:57 PM

My thoughts and pryers are with the grieving parents, family, fellow students, faculty etc. having to endure a loss or such great magnitude. However, please find solace in the fact that others also share your pain and grief and hope that time would serve not only as a wonderful healer but also a true forgiver. Let us not forget to also to keep the parents and family of the shooter in mind in their loss also.
Greetings from Montreal, Canada.

yvonne sam | April 21, 2007 11:00 PM

Prayers are going out to you all at VA Tech from Carlsbad, California!!

...be alert and always keep on praying...Ephesians 6:18

Winona | April 21, 2007 11:01 PM

Dear Lord, Please send your Holy Spirit to those in dire need of your Love and Peace, and grant them the calming influence only You can provide. Help us all to find our way, In Jesus' name we pray,
Amen

Vanessa | April 21, 2007 11:02 PM

It is equally sad that while the wound is not even beginning to heal, someone already brings more divisiveness by asking what if the gunman is of a certain religion or country of origin.
Can such question be deferred to a later time with all due respect to the families of Virginia Tech shooting victims?

Dung Anh Le | April 21, 2007 11:04 PM

Words can never express how sorry I am for your loss. As a mother, I can't imagine a loss such as this. On April 17th, a day after the tragedy; I sent my children a text message while they were at school, it went like this. Yesterday, 32 people woke up not knowing that they would pass on and never got the chance to say I love you to their parents, friends or family. So I wanted you to know that I love you. My one son came home from school and said "mom, I love you and you made me cry" as he gave me a hug. I feel so much sorrow for all of you who can't hug your friend or parent or child. I want you to know that we pray for you daily that you may allow God in to help you in your time of grief. May he hold your heavy heart in his hand. God Bless you! Providence never fails!! Believe in him. Tammy from Greenwood, Indiana

tammy pryor | April 21, 2007 11:11 PM

To: Viriginia Tech Hokies, students, parents of the students who were lost,teachers,sisters/brothers and Grandparents,
I will keep you in my prays and God Bless all of you. Sunday I light a candle in memory of the students that were lost. Wendy Lange-Minnesota

Wendy Lange | April 21, 2007 11:13 PM

I grieve for you and I grieve with you, may you all find the strength to see you through,in the coming days, weeks, months, when this story begins to fade, may we all realize that this tragedy was caused by someone with a mental illness and that his world was alot different than ours, he lived with a painful heart and a painful mind. May all the departed RIP!

jodi | April 21, 2007 11:21 PM

Thanks to all who posted their sympathies for VT. I live in Blacksburg, 2 miles from Tech. This is a small community that has suffered a great loss. My friend died in Norris Hall monday. I will never again hear his laugh, or see him cramming for a test. We were always laughing about he is a hokie and I am a hurricane. Watching the annual VT vs. Miami game will never be the same. I will miss him greatly.
To all who think this is some thing that we "just need to get over." Think about losing your friend and the things that you will never again do or say or anything. Then you maybe you can say something about this horrific incident.

God Be With The Families, the Surviviors, The Victims.

God Bless Jarrett Lane and His Family.

Let's Go Hokies
Kalina

Kalina | April 21, 2007 11:28 PM

no words can really say what a mother,father,brother or sister,aunt uncle, grandparents a friend a loved one

nobodey | April 21, 2007 11:32 PM

There have been several school shootings in the last few years, but you never think it would be near your hometown. I live less than a hour from VA Tech, so it has affected not only my family, but everyone in Smyth County, VA. A member of my church was in Norris Hall the morning of the shooting, but thank GOD he was not hurt. I know people who had gone there, and it saddens my heart to think someone could do something like this. As a mother of two I can feel for all the parents who lost their child. I did not go to VA Tech, but I did go to college at Virginia Intermont in Bristol, VA, and it scares me to think how this could of happen there as well. My heart goes out to all the victims of the shootings and to Cho's parents as well. May GOD be with you. We all have to remember one thing

WE ARE VA TECH

WE ARE THE HOKIES

Micaela | April 21, 2007 11:33 PM

When you say 'Why?' look toward the sky, and pray for Peace on Earth.

Barb | April 21, 2007 11:36 PM

I am so sorry that this has happened.
I know that you, the students at Tech have showed me that good does prevail and rises above evil. I am so touched that students also placed a rock for Cho. I would like to think that I am that good, that I would rise above evil, but I don't know.

Frances | April 21, 2007 11:46 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone there in VA and at VT. I live in Missouri and nothing like that has happened here, so far and I thank GOD. I have 2 small children and would be devistated if anything happened to them.

Linda | April 21, 2007 11:47 PM

It was a sad, sad day, not just for VT but for the entire nation. My prayers went out to all of you immediately, for the victims, their family, friends, acquaintances, fellow students and yes, to the Cho family too. May they be kept from harm as I am sure they are going to meet so much hatred for what their son, brother, grandson, family member has done. This tragedy was televised worldwide (my entire family is from Germany) and while I believe the world had a right to know, I hope and pray that the media will now leave the remaining students and faculty at VT to mourn their losses and to go on with their lifes without the constant interference of the press. They don't need reminder, for I am sure, that day will for ever remain in their hearts and burnt into their minds. Please, give them the space and peace they need to pick up their lifes. My prayers will remain with you and I wish I could be there to hold everyone of you close to me and try to comfort you; however, I know for certain that all the help you need is right where you are at. Among your fellow students, friends and family. May God be with you and may you find the peace you so desperately need in the aftermath of that tragedy. Sincerely, Birgit

Birgit | April 21, 2007 11:53 PM

Monday morning I was sitting outside enjoying the gorgeous weather in South Florida. It was breezy and a little cool. I had heard about the shooting but at the time the death count was still two. I watched the birds feeding on the lake & then looked up at the crystal clear, deepest blue sky. I saw two flocks of large white birds flying higher than I've ever seen. They were floating and gliding in circles, just gliding on the wind drafts that seemed to twirl them around in a slow dance. There were two separate groups and one lone bird flying and gliding apart from the rest. I watched them until they were far,far away, still floating on the wind's back.

I went back inside & heard later that the death count was in the 20's.
All I can think is WHY? Please God, why did this happen?

Maria | April 22, 2007 12:02 AM

I read this Wall and shake my head. With all respect (and I do mean sincere respect), more than 9 of 10 of you are talking about things you know nothing about. And you offer these fantasies to these students, telling them to draw the solace and strength to go on from these basically imaginary entities. Folks, I dearly, dearly wish it wasn't so, but there is no God and all your prayers are carried on the air for a few feet and dissipate and achieve nothing. Or if you pray silently, there is a certain electrochemical signature in the brain that signifies a praying person-- and it begins and ends there, in the brain. This is a colossal, cold universe of particles and waves and emptiness. There are no spirits, and for all their amazing genius, your Abraham and Moses and Jesus and Mohammad were deluded... Don't offer these grieving students fantastic empty spiritual false comforts and promises. There is no comfort. Cho shot and they are gone. Their organic spark of life was extinguished by this madman and all that is left is their mass, to fall back into the ocean of elements (mostly carbon and hydrogen) from which we all arose. My hope is that people gain the strength to deal with life and death honestly. Stop leaning on these spirit stories. It's time for us all to grow up and face the absurd loneliness of existence together. Perhaps that kind of honest, clear-eyed camaraderie can bring us a measure of real comfort.

James L. | April 22, 2007 12:06 AM

I would like to response to Stacy's comment:
Stacy,
I feel sorry that this is how you feel about such a terribe tragedy. Yes, people are dying in other countries, but these killings is nothing like the ones in other countries. These killings were senseless acts that should of never happened in the first place. If you have lost a friend like the way they have, then you will understand the pain they are going through. When you can let GOD in your heart,then you can be able change you way of thinking. There is no getting over something like this. They may be able to move on with their lives, but they will be able to get over it. Please have a heart and some compassion during their time of need.

caela cregger, marion, va

caela | April 22, 2007 12:10 AM

Not without hope we suffer and we mourn.
William Wordsworth(1770-1850), British poet

My heart just aches for all the loved ones of those taken from us on Monday. My prayers have gone out for all those personally touched by this and I was reminded of the last lines from the "Footprints" poem that state: "The Lord replied, my precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."

The Lord is there for you now... in small groups holding hands, in large groups aglow by candlelight, in times of prayer, alone in silence, and in worship songs like Dona Nobis Pacem. He was there for them as he took their hands and led them to a better place. He will use friends and family as instruments of comfort and peace for months and years to come. Having helped a dear friend through a similar tragedy almost 20 years ago, I know the vital role a supportive community serves during this journey of grief. The images of the VT community embracing one another in such an inspiring way at this tragic time gives us hope for the future. My prayer for all of us comes from the Celine Dion-Andrea Bocelli song called "The Prayer":
"I pray you'll be our eyes, and watch us where we go.
And help us to be wise in times when we don't know
Let this be our prayer, when we lose our way
Lead us to the place, guide us with your grace
To a place where we'll be safe"

Karen M. | April 22, 2007 12:10 AM

My prayers and thoughts are with you all at VT, as I watched the news with tears in my eyes and a broken hearth, I saw so much love shared by the students theat I know you all will get through this in time, It will be hard but know you are never alone God is with you as is the world and our prayers will never stop. Go Hoggies dee

dee ramos | April 22, 2007 12:12 AM

My heart bleeds for all the 32 who were taken from us to soon... My thoughts and prayers are with all the family and friends left behind.May God bless and keep you all... Diane,NC

Diane Jackson | April 22, 2007 12:18 AM

Writing from California. You guys are in our thoughts and prayers. Be strong. God Bless.

John | April 22, 2007 12:23 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone there at VT and the families who have lost loved ones. My husband is a big VT fan and when I told him what happened there Monday he could not believe it. I have four small children and it makes me scared to know this could happen to one of them. May God bless and keep you all.

GO HOKIES!!!!!!!

cheryl | April 22, 2007 12:24 AM

i am so sorry for the tradegy at VT,and for the lost of the students,friends,staffs,and family

you all will be in my hart

stephanie lund | April 22, 2007 12:34 AM

When I first heard of the shooting, I wanted to call my two kids that are in college also. The need to hear their voice was so strong. And we are in Nebraska. Bless you and keep you strong. Cornhuskers pray for you Hokies too.

ann | April 22, 2007 12:37 AM

Be strong and know that they are with God. Be strong and know that God is with you. You are all in my prayers.
From Indiana: Go Hokies!

Kristie | April 22, 2007 12:43 AM

I want to express my sympathy to all at VT, and the surrounding community. God be with you; as you continue to heal. I have cried with you and for you. As time goes on the grief may subside, but those affected with never be forgotten.

Many thoughts and prayers sent to you from Maine

Go Hokies

Kim

Kimberly Leonard | April 22, 2007 12:44 AM