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Virginia Tech is Devastated by the Worst College School Shooting in U.S. History

by News Staff
Contributing Writer
April 16, 2007

Updates:

6:15pm A story from the press conference is being written now.

5:45pm The two people who were shot in West Ambler Johnston this morning, a male and a female, are deceased. The male's name was Ryan Clark.

5:10pm Ten agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are now on the Virginia Tech campus assisting with weapons identification. They are collecting shell casings and running some preliminary tests on scene. Once the weapon has been identified, they will begin an "urgent trace" to determine its origins - where it came from, to whom it was registered, and its history of ownership. All material will be sent to the ATF's national crime lab in Maryland. Former Assistant FBI Director Bill Gavin said if reports that the shooter chained the doors to Norris Hall are true, that is “definite proof of premeditation,” as is the number of magazines and rounds of ammunition he apparently had.

Families wishing to reunite with students are suggested to meet at the Inn at Virginia Tech. School officials are making plans for a convocation Tuesday at noon at Cassell Coliseum. From Fox News

4:50pm:Virginia Tech remains closed on Monday, April 16, 2007. Vehicular entrances to campus are severely restricted to essential personnel only. Additional security remains on campus as the investigation continues.

Counseling assistance for students in available at West Ambler Johnston and McComas Hall until 9 p.m. tonight. Students are encouraged to utilize these services. Counseling for faculty and staff is available at the Bowman Room in the Merriman Center (athletic complex). Student may also be together at the Old Dominion Ballroom at Squires Student Center.

The university will also close on Tuesday, April 17. Essential personal are to report for work. Classes will be canceled.

A public gathering will be held Tuesday, April 17 at Cassell Coliseum at 2 p.m. (a time change from the originally scheduled 10 a.m. gathering).

All students are urged to contact their parents as soon as possible to let them know individuals are safe.

Students, faculty, and staff who may have any information related to the incident at West Amber Johnston Hall and Norris Hall are encouraged to go to the Blacksburg Police Department to make statements, or call 540-231-TIPP (8477), or 231-6411

Parents with concerns are asked to call the Dean of Students Office at 540-231-3787.

Individuals injured in the two shootings have been taken to area hospitals.

3:48pm: The university's convocation for tomorrow at Cassell Coliseum is scheduled for 2pm, not noon as originally reported by local news. New article has been posted below.

2:52pm: President Bush is scheduled to speak on the shooting at 4:15pm, and a Virginia Tech press conference will follow at 4:30pm. The shooter was found in the basement of Norris Hall. Death toll is now reported to be 31, many students are receiving critical care.

2:03pm: The US Justice Department is reporting 32 fatalities in the shooting incident.

1:54pm: It is still unclear whether or not the gunman was shot or killed himself. According to MSNBC and student report interviews, he may have been searching for his girlfriend and her new boyfriend, but is unconfirmed. University officials are notifying victim's family. State Police are still investigating various crime scenes, and trying to identify all the victims

1:48pm: Derek O'dell, a sophomore biology major was in a classroom on the second floor of Norris Hall when the shooter came in and began to shoot. He let off a full round before leaving. O'dell was one of 10-15 people shot in the class, and was hit in his upper arm. According to O'dell, the shooter was an Asian male in his twenties wearing a maroon hat and a black coat.

1:43pm: Planet Blacksburg would like to request that people send any photos they have taken on campus during this incident to post on the site. Send pictures to k@vt.edu and please indicate if you would rather us not to post your name along with the photo.

1:03pm: President of the University, Charles Steger has released a statment here. State police said much of the carnage occurred in Norris Hall where classes were being held. The shooting took place in more than one classroom; Norris classrooms are moderately sized rooms, and is mainly the building used by the Engineering, Science and Mechanics departments, but other classes are also held there that are not apart of ESM FBI officers were also seen on campus. State, local, and campus police have been assisting with the incident. The White House is expected to give a response. The associated press is calling the incident the deadliest college shooting in US history.

12:56pm: Families wishing to reunite with students are suggested to meet at the Inn at Virginia Tech. The university is planning a convocation for tomorrow at noon at Cassell Coliseum for the university community to come together to begin to deal with the tragedy. Counseling is available in the Bowman Room in the Merriman Center (part of the athletic complex) for employees who seek assistance following today’s events. All faculty and staff have been released and asked to go home effective immediately. The university will open tomorrow at 8 a.m. but classes are canceled.

12:51pm: 1 person killed at initial shooting at 7:15 this morning at West Ambler Johnston, 20 additional killed at Norris Hall, and the remaining person dead is the shooter.

12:30pm: 22 confirmed dead, and 28 injured. Gunman is confirmed dead.

12:05pm: Two faculty members have confirmed more than ten ambulances have come and gone, which substantiates the unconfirmed reports that there are multiple I injuries. Said there are four patients en route to the New River Valley Medical Center, two are en route to Roanoke Memorial, and they received one earlier, which totals seven people and are sending additional ambulances. There are 8-30 injuries according to University Official and one confirmed fatality. Authorities believe they have apprehended the people involved in the incident. If the campus is evacuated, then police will do so one class at a time. An official said the incident may include among its victims, a female student, a dorm resident advisor, and perhaps a faculty member.

Virginia Tech, indeed the nation, has been stunned by the bloodiest day in the history of American higher education.

More than 20, as many as 31 by some reports, students and faculty died today when a shooter when on a rampage.

According to authorities, the shooter first struck at West Ambler Johnston, a dorm, and then moved across the scenic Drillfield that serves as the campus centerpiece and struck terror into the quietly stately Norris building and its classrooms on the second floor.

There the shooter conducted an unprecedented slaughter with at least one firearm just as morning classes were starting to get busy at 9:05 a.m.

Ruiqi Zhang, a computer engineering major, was in Norris 205. “I was sitting in class when we heard loud popping noises a couple rooms down...The teacher and a student went into the hallway and rushed back in and told everybody to get down. We put a table against the door and had a few students holding down the door. The gunman tried to shoulder his way in and when he saw that he couldn't, he put two shots through the door it was the scariest moment of my life...” said Zhang.

A building worker, Gene Cole who has worked for Virginia Tech for more than 20 years said that he caught sight of the shooter who was wearing a dark coat and a maroon hat and what he called “a black automatic handgun.”

Another worker, Pam Tickle, said she heard the shooting and took refuge with two other people in a lounge on the second floor. Tickle said she and the coworkers spent approximately two hours waiting in terror until police came and got them. “God was looking out for me,” said Tickle.


According to a source in University Relations one person has been taken into custody in relation to the shooting that has occurred on campus. University Relations said there were unconfirmed reports of a second arrest late in the morning.

A doctor at the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital confirmed that several victims were en route to the hospital for treatment late Monday morning. Some victims are being treated at a Montgomery County hospital, according to another source at the hospital.

The first shooting occurred at West Ambler Johnston early this morning. The campus has been closed and all classes cancelled. All students that were in class are being held there according to University Relations.

A junior student who lives on the sixth floor of East Ambler Johnston said there was a shooting on the fourth floor of West Ambler Johnston early this morning. Her friend informed her the elevators in the building were shut down, but she still attempted to go to class.

She was first informed of the shooting on her way to her 10 a.m. class. Students were walking away from Burruss Hall across the Drillfield and told her to turn around. “There are a lot of cops outside (AJ). Resident Advisors went around and told everyone to stay put,” Alicain Carlson said. “I’m scared out of my mind.”

Police sealed off the inner core of campus. They had swat teams positioned around campus, and there were flashing lights that included from State Police, Blacksburg PD, Mont Co sheriff’s dept, VT Police, and other available departments.

Virginia Tech administration has made repeated and frequent announcements on its public address system, telling students to stay in their classrooms and dorms.

State police are assisting the Virginia Tech Police Department, but VT Police were unable to be contacted for more information.

More information will be available as it is released.


Comments (681)


Unbelievable... Still in shock.

Andrew Mager | April 16, 2007 11:56 AM

Thanks for the updates. Keep them coming.

Tom Markiewicz | April 16, 2007 12:18 PM

best place for updates is here-- CNN, MSNBC behind. Keep the news coming!

AnnTatman | April 16, 2007 12:27 PM

Such an awful awful tragedy to happen at such a wonderful school and town. My thoughts and prayers are with all the students, faculty, staff and parents. From Greensboro, NC

Tina | April 16, 2007 1:01 PM

Chalk up another victory for 'Gun free zones.'

When will governments realize that stripping law abiding gun carrying citizens' ability to carry only makes them targets?

AJ in JAX | April 16, 2007 1:04 PM

AJ- this is no time for trumpeting gun rights. Try and have the decency to respect the lives lost in this tragedy, and not worry about being right or wrong on a complicated issue.

A-nony-muse | April 16, 2007 1:10 PM

please accept my heart felt sympathies on what has occurred at your university today. It's just too unbelievable for words.

San Francisco CA

eleanor lynne | April 16, 2007 1:15 PM

Well, AJ had to say it, because the gun banners are already saying that "this is why we need to take away guns from everyone."

Either way, this is a sad story.

b0b | April 16, 2007 1:15 PM

please accept my heart felt sympathies on what has occurred at your university today. It's just too unbelievable for words.

San Francisco CA

eleanor lynne | April 16, 2007 1:16 PM

I was a newspaper reporter on the day of the Columbine shootings; I still remember how the news almost made my physically ill (and it was one of the reasons I left journalism). I feel the same way today, even though I'm far away in northern Arizona. We live in violent times, and there are way too many guns out there. Simple as that.

clipper | April 16, 2007 1:21 PM

unbelievable!...while visiting VT art department from our high school, we were rushed into a basement and notified there was a gunman present on campus. We were thankful that college staff kept us out of harms way. Thank You!

art freaks! | April 16, 2007 1:25 PM

Thanks for the updates here. Graduated in 05 but know way too many people still there.

Nate Lambeth | April 16, 2007 1:27 PM

My deepest condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy. I lived on the 4th floor West AJ in '96-'97 while attending VT. I have nothing but wonderful memories. It is a bloody shame that something so horrific occurred at such an amazing place. You Hokies are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless.

gbird | April 16, 2007 1:29 PM

Everyone at VT and the community of Blacksburg has the thoughts and prayers of us at Berkeley.

I want to know something though. If the 1st shooting was happening at 7:15 or thereabouts, how was it that there were still killings going on almost 3 hours later? What the hell were the police and administration doing?

Tom Oster | April 16, 2007 1:29 PM

AJ- this is no time for trumpeting gun rights

---

Well those that want to ban guns have no problem using this, like has already begun, to accomplish their goal of total abolishment of the 2nd amendment.

Believe me I feel sorrow for those that were murdered and their families, but my passion for wanting law abiding people to carry guns anywhere stems from me wanting to see less of these massacres.

Politicians, and the like want, to ban guns for their political agendas.

AJ in JAX | April 16, 2007 1:33 PM

My condolences and deepest sympathies to everyone who is affected. I can't imagine what a scary time this must be for everyone on campus. I went to Tech from '96-'98 and lived in Lee.

Laura | April 16, 2007 1:34 PM

My heart is heavy this morning for my home state and all the affected kids and families from Richlands and Tazewell County.
From SF CA.

kda | April 16, 2007 1:34 PM

Hi Everyone,

I work for NowPublic which is an online news agency that uses citizen journalists to make the news. We've had some information come in on the shooting and are looking for more eyewitness accounts. Anyone can post the story or photos.

Please keep us up to date if at all possible.

Here's the url:

http://www.nowpublic.com/22_killed_in_virginia_tech_shooting

I hope all of you are well.
Best,
Victoria

Victoria Revay | April 16, 2007 1:35 PM

hey AJ, put down your jug of moonshine and re-read the 2nd Amendment. The right to bear arms was intended to arm *state militias*. I don't think Jefferson intended every yahoo to walk around with a Saturday Night Special.

clipper | April 16, 2007 1:36 PM

clipper, screw off please. You're more than welcome to take your second amendment interpretations elsewhere.

Nate Lambeth | April 16, 2007 1:39 PM

My deepest condolences go out to everyone touched by this devious act.

+1 to AJ in JAX ? decent citizens unhindered by the government and those that fear what they do not understand could have kept the number of victims a lot lower.

Steve I. in VA | April 16, 2007 1:39 PM

My deepest condolences go out to everyone touched by this devious act.

+1 to AJ in JAX ? decent citizens unhindered by the government and those that fear what they do not understand could have kept the number of victims a lot lower.

Steve I. in VA | April 16, 2007 1:40 PM

I'm getting shivers just following the story. I can't imagine what everyone at VT is going through. My deepest condolensces and sympathies to everyone at VT and their friends and family. - SF Bay Area

kent | April 16, 2007 1:40 PM

Prayers to the survivors and condolences to the friends and families of those who were killed.

Los Angeles California

Jack Bausman | April 16, 2007 1:41 PM

I am devastated by the shootings and loss of such vibrant lives.

LL | April 16, 2007 1:43 PM

clipper, You're wrong but I'm not going to get into it with you here.

Read here and learn.

http://www.guncite.com/gc2ndpur.html


I guess you can call me a yahoo, I've got a .45 on my hip right now.

AJ in JAX | April 16, 2007 1:43 PM

God, please be with the students at VT, their families, their friends, their professors, the alumni, the administration, the police forces at work, and all those affected by this tragedy. We cannot get our minds around what this means - both in the context of the university and in reference to the state and national governments. Help those making tough decisions make the right ones, and comfort those touched by this chaos. Help us place our trust and faith in you during this heartbreak.

Allie | April 16, 2007 1:44 PM

cute. you're a freaking barrel of laughs.

clipper | April 16, 2007 1:44 PM

The thoughts and prayers of those of us at Wayne State University are with the VT community.

LL | April 16, 2007 1:45 PM

My family prays for the VT family, past and present, with profound sorrow for what you have lost and deep appreciation for the painful days you face ahead as you bury, mourn and remember your innocent classmates, friends and children.

Buffer | April 16, 2007 1:47 PM

JMU is praying for you too.

Rebekah | April 16, 2007 1:47 PM

Let's put the 2d Amendment debate on hold for now, at least until the evening news shows please.

What I want to know, and what should be asked of everyone, perhaps particularly in light of the debate, is why were there killings still going on over a 2-3 hour period? What were the police and administration doing?

Tom Oster | April 16, 2007 1:49 PM

This is pure tragic. I hope the injured will be ok.

Martin | April 16, 2007 1:50 PM

Tom, clearly the response to the initial shooting took time in which the alleged gunman was able to move elsewhere.

Nate Lambeth | April 16, 2007 1:53 PM

Agree with Tom Oster, let not turn this into a 2nd amendment debate, save that for somewhere else please. Does anyone know where a list of the shot students can be found? I have a lot of friends up there and would like to know.

Raleigh Marshall | April 16, 2007 1:56 PM

No names published yet. In most cases next of kin have not yet been notified.

Nate Lambeth | April 16, 2007 2:01 PM

Terrible. Who was the shooter? Any ID on the source of those bomb threats? Any connection between them?

arch | April 16, 2007 2:03 PM

fox news has pictures of an asian in black coat in custody. Not jumping to conclusions but very interesting.

joey c | April 16, 2007 2:06 PM

I do believe this is relevant to this story and not just a overbroad 2nd amendment debate remark.

I wonder if this would have been different if HR1572 had passed?

http://www.roanoke.com/politics/wb/49915

Sad.

AJ in JAX | April 16, 2007 2:12 PM

Nate - the initial response may have taken time, but 2-3 hours? With probably thousands of students and faculty on campus? Some hard questions need to be asked about the initial response to this.

Tom Oster | April 16, 2007 2:12 PM

agree with AnnTatman's comment earlier; this is the best place for updates. good god, 32 dead?

clipper | April 16, 2007 2:12 PM

Tom - what questions do you ask? It takes 10 seconds to shoot someone and walk away; even if the police respond to the call in five minutes, there's no way they can lock down the entire campus and detain all the asian males on campus. If you can't find the guy you can't find him, I don't know what else you'd propose doing.

Nate Lambeth | April 16, 2007 2:14 PM

I was a newspaper reporter on the day of the Columbine shootings; I still remember how the news almost made my physically ill (and it was one of the reasons I left journalism). I feel the same way today, even though I'm far away in northern Arizona. We live in violent times, and there are way too many guns out there. Simple as that.

clipper | April 16, 2007 2:15 PM

@ joey c:

the shooter was shot by police. so I don't thing its the guy who is in custody...

Mo | April 16, 2007 2:15 PM

Nate - the initial response may have taken time, but 2-3 hours? With probably thousands of students and faculty on campus? Some hard questions need to be asked about the initial response to this.

Tom Oster | April 16, 2007 2:16 PM

Hi everyone.
Tragic, tragic, tragic. We, like many journalists and others searching for personal stories about the shooting would like to extend our sympathies to the Virginia Tech University community. We would like to talk to you. Please give our newsroom a call or email me if you'd like to talk to us about this very tragic incidient. We are currently doing interviews on our broadcast.
Thank you.

lvance@wusa9.com
202-895-5700

Lauren | April 16, 2007 2:17 PM

not sure why, but my very first post just showed up again. didn't intend to do that, not interested in any constitutional debate. there's a time and a place for everything. this isn't the time or the place.

clipper | April 16, 2007 2:19 PM

sorry, double post
Nate - first of all, there's reports that a lockdown of the campus was issued, and then rescinded.
Second of all, initial reports of shooting came in at about 8. There should have been a significant police presence starting as soon as possible. Classes should have been cancelled, the campus sealed off, and students and faculty told to stay indoors and away from public areas or classrooms.
Third - again, 2-3 hours!!! Most cities in CA where I'm from would have had a significant police presence at the site of any gunfire within 10-15 minutes, and that's just on the street and not on a campus with thousands of people around.

Tom Oster | April 16, 2007 2:20 PM

Tom - appreciate your comments but you and I know the same number of hard facts here which is somewhere around 0.

The campus is much bigger than your california street and I'll leave the Monday morning quarterbacking to the media talking heads.

Nate Lambeth | April 16, 2007 2:24 PM

My prayers are with everyone there.

Star P. | April 16, 2007 2:25 PM

I am hearing that 22 are dead and now I am hearing 32 are dead.

Is this a typo?

I also heard that one shooter shot people at two places three hours apart. I am wondering why he was not stopped after the first attack.

I also heard that the shooter was an Asian male.

Does anyone know if he was a Virginia Tech student?

I knew someone I went to Montgomery College - Rockville (Maryland) with who then went onto Virginia Tech.

H. Fraser Clayton | April 16, 2007 2:32 PM

I didn't know it was going on until 9:50am and thought it was safe to walk around. They had people at some of the doors but they didn't say anything to me. First thing I heard was the loud speaker come on and say there was a gunman on the loose. At which point I ran inside.... I can't imagine being suprised in a class room by someone walking in and just starting shooting.

Adam | April 16, 2007 2:33 PM

As other media have posted on this site, we in Chicago are looking to talk to anybody who knows of any witnesses or victims from Chicago or the Midwest, or know of any other Chicago-related connections to this tragedy. Email cfusco@suntimes.com or call 312.321.2552.

Chris Fusco | April 16, 2007 2:33 PM

As other media have posted on this site, we in Chicago are looking to talk to anybody who knows of any witnesses or victims from Chicago or the Midwest, or know of any other Chicago-related connections to this tragedy. Email cfusco@suntimes.com or call 312.321.2552.

Chris Fusco | April 16, 2007 2:35 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Star P. | April 16, 2007 2:37 PM

AP's last report counts 31 deadly victims.

Mo | April 16, 2007 2:37 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims... as well as anyone else who has been shaken up by this horrible tragedy. Both of my older brothers are Virginia Tech graduates and I have many friends who attended or currently attend school there... so this hits really close to home for me.

Durham, NC

Colleen | April 16, 2007 2:37 PM

My condolences to everyone at Virgina Tech and the town of Blacksburg. I graduated from the University of Florida just before Danny Rolling slaughtered five of my fellow students, and I know the dread and horror, the grief and confusion you must be feeling now, and will for a long time. Be kind to yourselves and to each other in the days ahead. And call you loved ones right now.

Debra M. | April 16, 2007 2:38 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims... as well as anyone else who has been shaken up by this horrible tragedy. Both of my older brothers are Virginia Tech graduates and I have many friends who attended or currently attend school there... so this hits really close to home for me.

Durham, NC

Colleen | April 16, 2007 2:39 PM

just refreshed several web pages and am seeing several different numbers of dead: 21 (sfgate.com), 29 (ESPN.com), 32 here. fyi, there were some very early posts from people in the Bay Area...that's because sfgate.com had a link to Planet Blacksburg. Props to them.

clipper | April 16, 2007 2:39 PM

just refreshed several web pages and am seeing several different numbers of dead: 21 (sfgate.com), 29 (ESPN.com), 32 here. fyi, there were some very early posts from people in the Bay Area...that's because sfgate.com had a link to Planet Blacksburg. Props to them.

clipper | April 16, 2007 2:40 PM

So how many of you little republicans still believe in the constitutional right to bear 9mm's?

B | April 16, 2007 2:47 PM

So how many of you little republicans still believe in the constitutional right to bear 9mm's?

B | April 16, 2007 2:49 PM

I do B! If one of those victims had one this could have been over as soon as it started.

Gork | April 16, 2007 2:50 PM

So how many of you little republicans still believe in the constitutional right to bear 9mm's?

B | April 16, 2007 2:50 PM

AJ, if that idiot hadn't been able to buy a gun (as per his stupid second ammendment rights), we wouldn't be having this conversation you idiot. Duh!!!!

Catherine | April 16, 2007 2:51 PM

seriously stop with the gun stuff right now..

Adam | April 16, 2007 2:51 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims... as well as anyone else who has been shaken up by this horrible tragedy. Both of my older brothers are Virginia Tech graduates and I have many friends who attended or currently attend school there... so this hits really close to home for me.

Durham, NC

Colleen | April 16, 2007 2:51 PM

AJ, if that idiot hadn't been able to buy a gun (as per his stupid second ammendment rights), we wouldn't be having this conversation you idiot. Duh!!!!

Catherine | April 16, 2007 2:52 PM

I do B! If one of those victims had one this would have ended almost as soon as it started.

Gork | April 16, 2007 2:52 PM

I am contacting you after seeing the reporting of these awful and heart-breaking events on the BBC in England, where I now live. (I'm a Radford U. alumni) To all involved, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

k tweedale | April 16, 2007 2:52 PM

In AJ's world, 32 single fatalities due to more widespread bearing of arms is somehow ok. I say both situations are terrible, and neither is likely to be avoided by gun control legislation, for or against.

A-nony-muse | April 16, 2007 2:52 PM

I am contacting you after seeing the reporting of these awful and heart-breaking events on the BBC in England, where I now live. (I'm a Radford U. alumni) To all involved, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

k tweedale | April 16, 2007 2:53 PM

AJ, if that idiot hadn't been able to buy a gun (as per his stupid second ammendment rights), we wouldn't be having this conversation you idiot. Duh!!!!

Catherine | April 16, 2007 2:53 PM

We are all praying for the students, faculty, staff, and families of Virginia Tech. I hope our country can come together to support you all and agree that there is something fundemental that needs to be addressed to stop these horrific events from happening again. I'm so sorry for your loss. --Brooklyn, NY

Lauren | April 16, 2007 2:53 PM

I am contacting you after seeing the reporting of these awful and heart-breaking events on the BBC in England, where I now live. (I'm a Radford U. alumni) To all involved, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

k tweedale | April 16, 2007 2:53 PM

seriously stop with the gun stuff right now..

Adam | April 16, 2007 2:53 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the staff, administration, students and families of the VT community. This has been a terrible, dark day in our history, but we will over come this! My best to all of you in the area!

M.W. | April 16, 2007 2:53 PM

We are all praying for the students, faculty, staff, and families of Virginia Tech. I hope our country can come together to support you all and agree that there is something fundemental that needs to be addressed to stop these horrific events from happening again. I'm so sorry for your loss. --Brooklyn, NY

Lauren | April 16, 2007 2:54 PM

As a tech Alumni, its hard to believe everything that has happened today. My thoughts and prayers are with the Blacksburg community.

Brad | April 16, 2007 2:54 PM

As a tech Alumni, its hard to believe everything that has happened today. My thoughts and prayers are with the Blacksburg community.

Brad | April 16, 2007 2:55 PM

We are all praying for the students, faculty, staff, and families of Virginia Tech. I hope our country can come together to support you all and agree that there is something fundemental that needs to be addressed to stop these horrific events from happening again. I'm so sorry for your loss. --Brooklyn, NY

Lauren | April 16, 2007 2:55 PM

I am so sorry. Peace be with all those involved.

liam | April 16, 2007 2:56 PM

In the midst of such tragedy, "Gork" still thinks fewer people would've died if there were MORE handguns.

How sad.

B | April 16, 2007 2:57 PM

As a tech Alumni, its hard to believe everything that has happened today. My thoughts and prayers are with the Blacksburg community.

Brad | April 16, 2007 2:57 PM

Will you all stop with the gun stuff? I don't care what you think about it, and if you think it's somehow acceptable to use this tragedy to spout your naive personal politics, then you're just sick. Go somewhere else and argue about it.

Nate Lambeth | April 16, 2007 2:58 PM

Please stop with the amendment this and policy that stuff. Right now we need to be focusing on helping those who need it and offering support and comfort to those who will be needing it. This is neither the time nor place for a pro-gun vs anti-gun duel. Save it for the next election it can do no good here.

To the victims, families, and friends: our prayers are with you.

Michelle | April 16, 2007 2:58 PM

My heart is breaking. There are so many kids from my town of Va Beach that go to Tech that it is a very personal heartache. I've been praying for the families and the community of Blacksburg and I encourage all to do so. Please, put aside the politics and focus on peace, focus on prayers for those who have lost so deeply today. We all need to band together now to fight off this pure demonic force that has dropped into Virginia. God bless you all.

joeyhVB | April 16, 2007 2:58 PM

I am so sorry. Peace be with all those involved.

liam | April 16, 2007 2:58 PM

I am so sorry. Peace be with all those involved.

liam | April 16, 2007 2:59 PM

Please stop with the amendment this and policy that stuff. Right now we need to be focusing on helping those who need it and offering support and comfort to those who will be needing it. This is neither the time nor place for a pro-gun vs anti-gun duel. Save it for the next election it can do no good here.

To the victims, families, and friends: our prayers are with you.

Michelle | April 16, 2007 2:59 PM

our thoughts are with you all.

can one and all please stop with the gun talk.

Jamie D | April 16, 2007 2:59 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, families and staff of Virginia Tech. --Falls Church, VA

Mary | April 16, 2007 2:59 PM

I am so sorry for all the loss at this beautiful campus and great university. My daughter is at JMU and she says the campus has taken on a very sad atmosphere. I work in DC and everyone is stunned by the news. Why??? That is all we can think.

Christina Brown | April 16, 2007 2:59 PM

My heart is breaking. There are so many kids from my town of Va Beach that go to Tech that it is a very personal heartache. I've been praying for the families and the community of Blacksburg and I encourage all to do so. Please, put aside the politics and focus on peace, focus on prayers for those who have lost so deeply today. We all need to band together now to fight off this pure demonic force that has dropped into Virginia. God bless you all.

joeyhVB | April 16, 2007 2:59 PM

I am so sorry for all the loss at this beautiful campus and great university. My daughter is at JMU and she says the campus has taken on a very sad atmosphere. I work in DC and everyone is stunned by the news. Why??? That is all we can think.

Christina Brown | April 16, 2007 3:01 PM

I went to HS in Blacksburg; my dad retired as a professor a few years ago.

My heart goes out to all of those affected and touched by this tragedy. The town will never get over this, but will hopefully grow stronger.

P | April 16, 2007 3:02 PM

What does everyone think of the on-campus communications or lack there of? I am PISSED OFF!!! We never heard anything about AJ until the second shooting had already started...

CAsey | April 16, 2007 3:02 PM

Words can't describe how sadened I am to hear what happened.

My heart goes out to the families of lost loved ones.

I only wish there was a trained/armed security person to respond in kind to the shooter.

Enzo | April 16, 2007 3:04 PM

VT students, alumni, and faculty now have the opportunity to make a stand. You all have, through this unthinkable horror, the chance to make sense of guns.

Will you take it? Can you see through your grief and your loss long enough to decide, as a group, to put a stop to these entirely avoidable deaths?

People are dead.

People with friends and mothers and potential are dead. Nothing can bring them back. And there is ONE way to assure they did not die in vain.

Will you stand?

B | April 16, 2007 3:04 PM

My heart is breaking. There are so many kids from my town of Va Beach that go to Tech that it is a very personal heartache. I've been praying for the families and the community of Blacksburg and I encourage all to do so. Please, put aside the politics and focus on peace, focus on prayers for those who have lost so deeply today. We all need to band together now to fight off this pure demonic force that has dropped into Virginia. God bless you all.

joeyhVB | April 16, 2007 3:04 PM

sky news in uk and ireland have a witness on the phone saying the shooter shot an "R.A" and a girl who appeared to be his ex girlfriend and the R.A was dating her...another student in AJ said he never heard a shot, i think the gunman shot his ex and the R.A and left ,un challenged,thats how he got away into the second building. The first witness also said he was told it was 43 dead and 40 injured....my theory is he just got away after the first shooting and also whats an R.A ??

TomOC | April 16, 2007 3:06 PM

The Virginia Tech community is in my prayers during such an unthinkable tragedy. Know that many students here are praying for all those injured and the families of those who were killed this morning.

UNC Student | April 16, 2007 3:06 PM

Can anyone confirm if the hospital is requesting blood donations?

Bubby | April 16, 2007 3:06 PM

Guns are bad but if you are being fired upon wouldn't you want to have one to protect your loved ones. Maybe the answer is to equip all with guns. If someone shoots in a classroom or a bus or an office, open fire and shoot back.......sounds just as fair as this guy shooting up our kids.

clb | April 16, 2007 3:06 PM

R.A = Resident Assistant

CAsey | April 16, 2007 3:08 PM

Exactly this is the time and place to discuss weapon laws. Think about it...

D | April 16, 2007 3:08 PM

clb....

You wouldn't NEED one if some jacked up crazy gook didn't HAVE one.

Get it?

B | April 16, 2007 3:08 PM

R.A = Resident Assistant

CAsey | April 16, 2007 3:08 PM

R.A. = resident advisor. They are in charge of the hall they live on.

Adam | April 16, 2007 3:09 PM

To clarify the casualties, it was 22 dead at first, the other 28 were still alive but im assuming that the death toll is now 32 because 10 of those who were injured at the time have passed on. This is absolutely terrible, any information on the second person (if he exists?)

Raleigh Marshall | April 16, 2007 3:09 PM

"RA" stands for "resident assistant"; if i remember correctly from my college days, an RA is a student who monitors events in a dorm, deals with disputes within the dorm, etc.

clipper | April 16, 2007 3:10 PM

Guns are not bad. people are bad. someone wants to kill they can choose a gun, knife or even a car. get real people. guns don't kill, people do.

gork | April 16, 2007 3:10 PM

To clarify the casualties, it was 22 dead at first, the other 28 were still alive but im assuming that the death toll is now 32 because 10 of those who were injured at the time have passed on. This is absolutely terrible, any information on the second person (if he exists?)

Raleigh Marshall | April 16, 2007 3:10 PM

B. you statement just shows how lame you are..
let's talk politics on another day

CAsey | April 16, 2007 3:10 PM

"Anthony Della Calce, executive editor of Planet Blacksburg, a news Web site run by Virginia Tech students, discusses what things are like on campus in the wake of today's shooting."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2007/04/16/DI2007041600763.html?hpid=topnews

3:00pm

KD | April 16, 2007 3:10 PM

clb: whats first? The gun or the murder? Having more restrictive laws maybe don't save the 31, but will save the next 31.

D | April 16, 2007 3:10 PM

B - especially using language like that, you're really making an ass of yourself. Please spare us.

Nate Lambeth | April 16, 2007 3:11 PM

Oh, by all means - - no discussing the cause or the cure - - this is merely a time for heartfelt emoting-over-strangers and profound declarations of appreciation of tragedy.

By all means, carry on with the wailing and gnashing of teeth. It will make everyone feel so much more involved, and it requires no effort at all.

Eventually, though, the cause must be examined. That's where that voice in your head saying "HOW could this HAPPEN!?!?!" will eventually require you to go.

Sarge | April 16, 2007 3:11 PM

I just hope that people weren't being shot while the police with guns and bullet proof vests waited behind cover ("per procedure") like at Columbine--- I think if you're going to be a cop, you need to be brave enough to break policy and run toward the shots as soon as possible, not after some white shirt captain determines that its "okay". Don't get me wrong, I love cops and know some, including my best friend from high school--- But if you watch the Columbine news video, you see cops hunkered down instead of moving in on the shooters.

Va. Tim, now in NC | April 16, 2007 3:12 PM

"Anthony Della Calce, executive editor of Planet Blacksburg, a news Web site run by Virginia Tech students, discusses what things are like on campus in the wake of today's shooting."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2007/04/16/DI2007041600763.html?hpid=topnews

3:00pm

KD | April 16, 2007 3:12 PM

Gork...

You evil sucker of Satan's cock.

How many of these beutiful children would be dead if the guy had a switch blade?

Are you really this stupid? Or are you on the payroll of the NRA?

Guns kill people. How? They don't fire themselves. That's how. So shut up and crawl back up into Satan's prostate.

B | April 16, 2007 3:12 PM

In AJ's world, 32 single fatalities due to more widespread bearing of arms is somehow ok. I say both situations are terrible, and neither is likely to be avoided by gun control legislation, for or against.

A-nony-muse | April 16, 2007 3:12 PM

All of you are in thoughts and prayers!

Students from the University of Maryland

Maggie | April 16, 2007 3:12 PM

reports on sky news ireland from a student at VT say 43 ppl hav been killed and 40 injured.....he also said the gunman shot his exgirlfriend and her present b/f, an R.A which i dont know what that is !!! i think he escaped after this shooting and made his way to norris, another witness on sky news say he was 1 floor above the shooting and heard nothing !!! my theory is thats how he got to the second building !!!

Thomas O'Connor | April 16, 2007 3:13 PM

"Anthony Della Calce, executive editor of Planet Blacksburg, a news Web site run by Virginia Tech students, discusses what things are like on campus in the wake of today's shooting."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2007/04/16/DI2007041600763.html?hpid=topnews

3:00pm

KD | April 16, 2007 3:13 PM

"Anthony Della Calce, executive editor of Planet Blacksburg, a news Web site run by Virginia Tech students, discusses what things are like on campus in the wake of today's shooting."


@3:00pm

KD | April 16, 2007 3:13 PM

I don't think you want everyone to have a gun, but a trained professional nearby for quick response makes sense.

Enzo | April 16, 2007 3:14 PM

Please don't blame police or the response time. The fault lies on the shooter. No amount of training can prepare an institution like a college for an incident as violent and swift as this. The talking heads second-guessing the system in place have no idea of the logistics involved with creating a huge, yet safe environment. My thoughts are with the victims and their families.

AndyCop | April 16, 2007 3:14 PM

My heart goes out to everyone touched by this tragedy. It really shows how violence is so pervasive in our society. I hope we find a way to turn things around.

EK | April 16, 2007 3:14 PM

"Anthony Della Calce, executive editor of Planet Blacksburg, a news Web site run by Virginia Tech students, discusses what things are like on campus in the wake of today's shooting."


@3:00pm at Washington Post's web site

KD | April 16, 2007 3:14 PM

My prayers & thoughts are with those famileis that lost loved ones, but we must remember, guns DO NOT kill people, PEOPLE USING the guns, kill people.

LH | April 16, 2007 3:15 PM

Oh please Sarge. Who are you to declare these people are strangers to me? Do you know me? Do you know for sure that no one posting here is connected to this? Do you decide how we get to feel about this? Get over yourself and leave.

Nate Lambeth | April 16, 2007 3:15 PM

I just hope that people weren't being shot while the police with guns and bullet proof vests waited behind cover ("per procedure") like at Columbine--- I think if you're going to be a cop, you need to be brave enough to break policy and run toward the shots as soon as possible (like Dirty Harry), not after some white shirt captain determines that its "okay". Don't get me wrong, I love cops and know some, including my best friend from high school--- But if you watch the Columbine news video, you see cops hunkered down instead of moving in on the shooters.

Va. Tim, now in NC | April 16, 2007 3:17 PM

Sorry about the double post before, this site is starting to get bogged down.

I mis-spoke before, the total number of injuries/fatalities increased to 60 or 61, but we'll probably have to wait a little longer for a final word on that.

Guys... seriously, take your political soapbox somewhere else. There are a million ways to kill someone if your really determined to do so (as someone else mentioned before). People who use tragedy to further their political opinions are the lowest of the low.

Raleigh Marshall | April 16, 2007 3:17 PM

I am so shocked. Please accept our deepest sympathies from Berkeley, CA. You are in our thoughts and prayers...

John

jcat007 | April 16, 2007 3:17 PM

nate's right (even if he did tell me to screw off earlier...) everyone needs to refrain from racist/obscene remarks here. we just went through the don imus thing last week...

clipper | April 16, 2007 3:18 PM

In AJ's world, 32 single fatalities due to more widespread bearing of arms is somehow ok. I say both situations are terrible, and neither is likely to be avoided by gun control legislation, for or against.

A-nony-muse | April 16, 2007 3:19 PM

B obviously does not stand for beautiful. I ask you how many died on 9-11? They had box cutters...

Gork | April 16, 2007 3:20 PM

clipper - I apologize, nothing personal. This is just about the only source of info I have and it really pains me to see this devolve. Thanks for understanding.

Nate Lambeth | April 16, 2007 3:20 PM

Prayers go out to all the dead, the wounded, and their families, from Fairfax, VA.

Bob | April 16, 2007 3:21 PM

My prayers are with your entire campus. This news is just devastating.

Maxwell in KY | April 16, 2007 3:21 PM

Just wanted to pass along thoughts and prayers from SF CA to all of the folks out there in Virginia and their families. You have my deepest sympathy and support.

Tich | April 16, 2007 3:22 PM

I love how the gun lovers are positioning themselves as compassionate. Try again some other time.

And you keep arguing that guns DO kill people. That's astounding. As if that nutbag this morning never got out of bed. You think his handguns strolled across campus on their own?

"I'm not anti-gun. I'm what you'd call pro-knife. Because before you can kill someone with a knife, you have to have yourself a good foot race first....thereby promoting physical fitness." : Molly Ivins, RIP.

B | April 16, 2007 3:23 PM

We're all Hokies today.

--Maryland

Lisa | April 16, 2007 3:24 PM

Every day I walk past the scars in the concrete that remain from the shooting the University of Texas at Austin experienced in 1966. I'm so sorry that VT now has to bear the distinction of being the site of the worst campus shooting in American history. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, from Austin.

Austin, TX | April 16, 2007 3:24 PM

what a tragedy- my thoughts & prayers are with everyone on campus, families and b-burg community as a whole.

alum in SF | April 16, 2007 3:25 PM

this is so upsetting, my heart goes out to the families of the students effected

poroma | April 16, 2007 3:25 PM

The best kill of the day for those guns was when that guy put the last one in his mouth.... SAVING VIRGINIA TAXPAYER MONEY!!! THANKS..
U Suck B.... NRA ALL THE WAY!!!

B-Hater... | April 16, 2007 3:26 PM

god bless all the families and friends of the deceased. its truly a tragedy.

jay | April 16, 2007 3:27 PM

So very, very sad. More prayers for the families and the school from Silicon Valley.

And yes, we need more gun control.

lux | April 16, 2007 3:28 PM

For those of you making arguments on either side of the 2nd Ammendment issue -- please go play in traffic. This is way too soon after a horrific tragedy to have these debates. The audience here is trying to express their grief, shock, their sense of loss. Those of use that either attend VT or have attended VT aren't interested in disecting the political circumstances yet. There will be a time and place for those debates -- this ain't it.

Mike | April 16, 2007 3:28 PM

I'm just so sorry for everyone involved. I'm also sorry that others think this is the right place for debate and criticism. Things like this make it tougher to face sending our children out into the world.

T | April 16, 2007 3:29 PM

Hater...

As if there WAS or could ever be such a thing as a "best kill of the day".

You make me sad to be an American.

B | April 16, 2007 3:29 PM

For those of you making arguments on either side of the 2nd Ammendment issue -- please go play in traffic. This is way too soon after a horrific tragedy to have these debates. The audience here is trying to express their grief, shock, their sense of loss. Those of use that either attend VT or have attended VT aren't interested in disecting the political circumstances yet. There will be a time and place for those debates -- this ain't it.

Mike | April 16, 2007 3:30 PM

This is tragic and too upsetting for words. Thoughts, prayers, and condolences to all involved. May God have mercy on us all.

Ed R | April 16, 2007 3:31 PM

our heart goes out to everyone there. we share you pain.

--Princeton University

ben | April 16, 2007 3:32 PM

Do we know any names yet? I can't get through to anyone I know at Tech.
Tech was such a big dream of so many Herndon High School students, so many cracked down and studied hard to get into there. So many that I personally know. I don't care what any of you have to say about anything even related to the NRA, gun control, lack of gun control, or personal politics thereof. I just want to know that these people that I love so much are okay. Does anyone know where I can go to find out?

Shelly'03 | April 16, 2007 3:32 PM

Estoy muy conmocionado por lo sucedido esta mañana en su lugar de estudio. Soy estudiante de ingeniería en Chile y espero que Dios esté con los familiares y con la gente que necesitará recuperarse.

Dios les Bendiga. god bless VT

Cristian Jaramillo | April 16, 2007 3:32 PM

Laws that forbid the carrying of arms�disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes�Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

-- Thomas Jefferson, "Commonplace Book," 1774-1776,

pro 2 | April 16, 2007 3:32 PM

My heart goes out to the entire VT community. I just visited the VT campus 10 days ago with my teenager to show him what a great place it would be to attend college. He went to high school early this morning wearing a VT hoodie. My husband, my sister and two of my husband's brothers are VT alumni. We love your school and pray for all of you.

a mom in northern VA | April 16, 2007 3:34 PM

Laws that forbid the carrying of arms..disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes..Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.

-- Thomas Jefferson, "Commonplace Book," 1774-1776,

pro 2 | April 16, 2007 3:34 PM

Well, it's clear that there are enough people on either side of this gun-control issue who don't care a bit about the life that has been lost here today. Way to show the stupid side of humanity, guys!

Bob | April 16, 2007 3:35 PM

B.
You are just a SAD American.
You give all this "lovey" speech about the people.. yet you call the guy a "gook" and called the other guy "Evil sucker of Satan's Cock." you are a sad liberal hypocrite.

B-Hater... | April 16, 2007 3:35 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those at VT and their loved ones affected by this horrifying situation.

Brian I | April 16, 2007 3:36 PM

Since apparently one or two cranks want to jump in to the gun issue, I'll bite:
First, VT was legally a "gun-free" zone. Just back in January, the state legislature voted down a bill to allow students, staff or faculty with permits to carry on campus.
Second, it's apparent now that 2-3 hours passed in which the shooter was at large and killing people. Classes were in session and students and faculty were killed in them. While more information will come out, the facts as we have them now don't speak well of the competence of the police and administration in dealing with this situation.
Third, there are somewhere on the order of 200+ million guns in the United States. Whatever ideal measures one would propose, even if they were banned outright, there would be many millions of guns in circulation in this country for a very long time.

Tom Oster | April 16, 2007 3:36 PM

Shelly - They can't release names until everyone's families have been notified. In my case, I contacted the family of someone that I was concerned about and found out that he was OK. I figured getting directly with him would have been difficult, so I contacted someone who would have been the first call he made.

Mike | April 16, 2007 3:37 PM

My heart goes out to the entire VT community. I just visited the VT campus 10 days ago with my teenager to show him what a great place it would be to attend college. He went to high school early this morning wearing a VT hoodie. My husband, my sister and two of my husband's brothers are VT alumni. We love your school and pray for all of you.

a mom in northern VA | April 16, 2007 3:37 PM

No problem Nate. This hits really close to home for you, I'd probably react similarly if this happened at my alma mater. As I said in my first post, I was working as a reporter on the day of the Columbine tragedy. All the TVs in the newsroom were turned to the updates, you couldn't get away from it...and when they announced that 20 kids were dead, I literally had to leave the building. I just did the same thing now, at lunchtime. How do you explain the unexplainable?

clipper | April 16, 2007 3:37 PM

Solutions? How about teaching "Conflict Resolution" in K-12 & College? Unfortunately we only try to teach tolerance of other lifestyles and religions, while advertisers help us to be self-centered (all commericials are about what a better person you should be, so buy 'this' product, and you'll get the girl, job, friends, etc). Many movies and video games glorify violence and make us insensitive to death & hurting. So when a young man becomes troubled over over the girl that left him because he's too into himself to get to know her, he has NO skills with which to resolve his inner conflict, and resorts to violence. Can we please stop raising generations of self-centered ACLU inspired no-values children?

Va. Tim, now in NC | April 16, 2007 3:37 PM

Where is God in the midst of such a tragedy? Although He continues to listen to what we say to one another and observes how we judge others, more importantly, He provides a place of refuge for the souls of the dead, a source of comfort and hope to the friends and families of the victims, and forgiveness to us all. Thank God there's a God.

Bob | April 16, 2007 3:39 PM

I am so sorry for all of the innocent people that lost their lives today. Such a terrible tradegy. God Bless!!

Jenny | April 16, 2007 3:40 PM

, to our friends and neighbors at va tech and at blacksburg, although we have rivaled historically, we here in morgantown and at wvu send our heart felt sympathies, to all involved

d rowan | April 16, 2007 3:45 PM

We are praying for those lost and injured, for their families and friends. So many will be affected. Virginia has had it's share of tragedy. God's grace rain down on everyone in the days ahead.

Teresa Malmberg | April 16, 2007 3:45 PM

, to our friends and neighbors at va tech and at blacksburg, although we have rivaled historically, we here in morgantown and at wvu send our heart felt sympathies, to all involved

d rowan | April 16, 2007 3:45 PM

, to our friends and neighbors at va tech and at blacksburg, although we have rivaled historically, we here in morgantown and at wvu send our heart felt sympathies, to all involved

d rowan | April 16, 2007 3:46 PM

AJ in JAX So now you want students to be allowed to bring guns to school? What next guns on planes, How about letting in mates have guns in Jail? You are not a very bright individual are you?


---Well those that want to ban guns have no problem using this, like has already begun, to accomplish their goal of total abolishment of the 2nd amendment.

Believe me I feel sorrow for those that were murdered and their families, but my passion for wanting law abiding people to carry guns anywhere stems from me wanting to see less of these massacres.

Politicians, and the like want, to ban guns for their political agendas.

---

Scott | April 16, 2007 3:47 PM

To all the students, faculty, and parents at VT...please know that our tears and prayers are with you! What a sad day for such an amazing university. I lived in A.J. my freshman year, and can't imagine how scared students there and in Norris must have been. My heart just aches for the victims and everyone on campus. Hang in there as you all heal from this tragedy. VT will recover from this and go on to be a wiser, better place.

Kathy B.--1985 VT alum | April 16, 2007 3:47 PM

i tried asking this on the wash post site but i keep getting errors..

Is there any information as to whether or not the shooter was attempting to murder his girlfriend/ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend? The reason I ask is because it seems strange that the shooter brought a weapon and enough ammunition to shoot 60+ people with only two intended targets. I also heard a second person was arrested, any idea what his/her involvement was?

Raleigh Marshall | April 16, 2007 3:47 PM

My thoughts are with everbody involved. Here in the UK we are amazed that positive action is not taken about the freely availble firearms. We had 1 School shooting many years ago and we had laws changed to control the use and transport of firearms. Please question the meaning "the right to bear arms".

Ian | April 16, 2007 3:47 PM

To the people of VT... there simply are no words. What can a person ever say to you to give you some comfort? I can't claim to know what you are feeling. If I was there, and not 3,000 miles away, I would do all I could to give you a shoulder to cry on. For now, perhaps that is the single most appropriate thing for all of us to do....to hold you while you cry. All I can tell you, friends, is that many here in California are petitioning the Lord on your behalf. It may not seem like it, but believe me, God is there with you. And His heart is broken for you. Trust in Him. Lean on Him. He will never leave you, or forsake you. People of VT, you are loved. We weep with you.

Toben Barnum | April 16, 2007 3:47 PM

To all the students, faculty, and parents at VT...please know that our tears and prayers are with you! What a sad day for such an amazing university. I lived in A.J. my freshman year, and can't imagine how scared students there and in Norris must have been. My heart just aches for the victims and everyone on campus. Hang in there as you all heal from this tragedy. VT will recover from this and go on to be a wiser, better place.

Kathy B.--1985 VT alum | April 16, 2007 3:47 PM

To the people of VT... there simply are no words. What can a person ever say to you to give you some comfort? I can't claim to know what you are feeling. If I was there, and not 3,000 miles away, I would do all I could to give you a shoulder to cry on. For now, perhaps that is the single most appropriate thing for all of us to do....to hold you while you cry. All I can tell you, friends, is that many here in California are petitioning the Lord on your behalf. It may not seem like it, but believe me, God is there with you. And His heart is broken for you. Trust in Him. Lean on Him. He will never leave you, or forsake you. People of VT, you are loved. We weep with you.

Toben Barnum | April 16, 2007 3:48 PM

to our friends at neighbors at tech and in blacksburgh, we send our sympathies and prayers,from morgantown and wvu

d rowan | April 16, 2007 3:49 PM

To the people of VT... there simply are no words. What can a person ever say to you to give you some comfort? I can't claim to know what you are feeling. If I was there, and not 3,000 miles away, I would do all I could to give you a shoulder to cry on. For now, perhaps that is the single most appropriate thing for all of us to do....to hold you while you cry. All I can tell you, friends, is that many here in California are petitioning the Lord on your behalf. It may not seem like it, but believe me, God is there with you. And His heart is broken for you. Trust in Him. Lean on Him. He will never leave you, or forsake you. People of VT, you are loved. We weep with you.

Toben Barnum | April 16, 2007 3:49 PM

Our whole campus is in shock and grief for your loss. We are praying for all of you and for the families of the victims. From Winthrop University, Rock Hill SC

Jo | April 16, 2007 3:50 PM

Raliegh, I've heard the same bits of info, that this was some kind of jilted-lover situation. And I'm wondering the same thing, why so much ammo if there were only two intended victims.

clipper | April 16, 2007 3:51 PM

Our whole campus is in shock and grief for your loss. We are praying for all of you and for the families of the victims. From Winthrop University, Rock Hill SC

Jo | April 16, 2007 3:52 PM

First I heard this was about 4pm UK time when there were just 1 dead (one too many, sadly). Then later on I heard that 21, then 29 then 32 were dead. Whenever I hear of this sort of thing, I feel shocked and upset that people could just walk into a building and start shooting.

I hope none of the injurd succumb to their injuries (if you are one of their friends, please give them lots of support and be strong for them) and I hope that your university and your community recover soon.

The students of the University of Central Lancashire are thinking of you all tonight.

To those who are talking politics, take it elsewhere, please. That discussion should wait until the families and friends of the deceased have grieved.

Stephen | April 16, 2007 3:52 PM

I was a newspaper reporter on the day of the Columbine shootings; I still remember how the news almost made my physically ill (and it was one of the reasons I left journalism). I feel the same way today, even though I'm far away in northern Arizona. We live in violent times, and there are way too many guns out there. Simple as that.

clipper | April 16, 2007 3:53 PM

First I heard this was about 4pm UK time when there were just 1 dead (one too many, sadly). Then later on I heard that 21, then 29 then 32 were dead. Whenever I hear of this sort of thing, I feel shocked and upset that people could just walk into a building and start shooting.

I hope none of the injurd succumb to their injuries (if you are one of their friends, please give them lots of support and be strong for them) and I hope that your university and your community recover soon.

The students of the University of Central Lancashire are thinking of you all tonight.

To those who are talking politics, take it elsewhere, please. That discussion should wait until the families and friends of the deceased have grieved.

Stephen | April 16, 2007 3:54 PM

To the people of VT... you are loved. Please know that someone in California is petitioning God on your behalf. Our hearts are broken. We weep with you.

Toben Barnum | April 16, 2007 3:54 PM

I'm so saddened to hear this shocking news, my prayers are with everyone at the university, especially the victims and their families and friends. I'm sure I speak for the rest of the UK.

Helen Flanagan (uk) | April 16, 2007 3:54 PM

Thoughts and condolences from the UK to all those involved or affected by these horrific events

From the UK | April 16, 2007 3:54 PM

My heart goes to all the families of those involved. Also my prayers are to those who had to live this terrible tragedy. God is watching over those who are wounded. Be brave

Becky | April 16, 2007 3:55 PM

My heart goes to all the families of those involved. Also my prayers are to those who had to live this terrible tragedy. God is watching over those who are wounded. Be brave

Becky | April 16, 2007 3:55 PM

my thoughts are with the families of the victims what a pointless waste of lives truely tragic

Lindsey Ray | April 16, 2007 3:55 PM

I'm so saddened to hear this shocking news, my prayers are with everyone at the university, especially the victims and their families and friends. I'm sure I speak for the rest of the UK.

Helen Flanagan (uk) | April 16, 2007 3:56 PM

my thoughts are with the families of the victims what a pointless waste of lives truely tragic

Lindsey Ray | April 16, 2007 3:56 PM

Thoughts and condolences from the UK to all those involved or affected by these horrific events

From the UK | April 16, 2007 3:56 PM

I'm so saddened to hear this shocking news, my prayers are with everyone at the university, especially the victims and their families and friends. I'm sure I speak for the rest of the UK.

Helen Flanagan (uk) | April 16, 2007 3:57 PM

Mike: Thank you. Unfortunately I have already tried that with little to no luck.
Everyone else: (specifically B and B-hater) Hatred and anger are what caused this, do you really want to be the ones to perpetuate it, or do you want to be the ones to help stop it? Instead of compromise and compassion a lot of the posts I've seen on here are about proving who is in the right. Well, for your information, everyone here is in the right b/c everyone here believes they are in the right and nothing you or I can say can help to persuade them away from destructive views. However, we can teach people to be constructive instead of destructive and proactive instead of reactive and that will stop more killings than any gun law ever could. It is not the law necessarily that needs healed, it's the people.

shelly'03 | April 16, 2007 3:57 PM

Mike: Thank you. Unfortunately I have already tried that with little to no luck.
Everyone else: (specifically B and B-hater) Hatred and anger are what caused this, do you really want to be the ones to perpetuate it, or do you want to be the ones to help stop it? Instead of compromise and compassion a lot of the posts I've seen on here are about proving who is in the right. Well, for your information, everyone here is in the right b/c everyone here believes they are in the right and nothing you or I can say can help to persuade them away from destructive views. However, we can teach people to be constructive instead of destructive and proactive instead of reactive and that will stop more killings than any gun law ever could. It is not the law necessarily that needs healed, it's the people.

shelly'03 | April 16, 2007 3:57 PM

I'm so saddened to hear this shocking news, my prayers are with everyone at the university, especially the victims and their families and friends. I'm sure I speak for the rest of the UK.

Helen Flanagan (uk) | April 16, 2007 3:58 PM

Watching the news on bbc, here in England, UK.I'm shocked to believe something like this could happen.Thoughts go out to all the people affected by this shocking incident.

Jake

Gloucester, England

*Btw, taking guns won't stop the violence, it is illegal here to own a gun, yet South and East london is the most violent part of any city in Europe.*

Jake Kennedy | April 16, 2007 3:58 PM

All hearts are breaking. The sadness is ovewhelming and the loss of life is beyone all comprehensive. For those of you talking politics, please get off your soap boxes and get on your knees and pray for this tragic loss not just to VA but to the world. Many bright lights were taken from us. My thoghts and prayers to the families. We feel your pain in Western, Massachusetts.

Susan | April 16, 2007 3:58 PM

Watching the news on bbc, here in England, UK.I'm shocked to believe something like this could happen.Thoughts go out to all the people affected by this shocking incident.

Jake

Gloucester, England

*Btw, taking guns won't stop the violence, it is illegal here to own a gun, yet South and East london is the most violent part of any city in Europe.*

Jake Kennedy | April 16, 2007 3:58 PM

my prayers are with you all ,an awful time for you ,my niece jenny leising is in your college and im so greatful to say that she is safe.i just hope that you can all give each other the comfort you will all desperatly need now cora haines. brighton england.

cora haines | April 16, 2007 3:59 PM

I'm so saddened to hear this shocking news, my prayers are with everyone at the university, especially the victims and their families and friends. I'm sure I speak for the rest of the UK.

Helen Flanagan (uk) | April 16, 2007 3:59 PM

Sorry to hear this most awful news. I'm in the UK watching this on the BBC news that is covering this most tradgic event non stop. My prayers are with all those conected with the tech.

MJF | April 16, 2007 3:59 PM

Watching the news on bbc, here in England, UK.I'm shocked to believe something like this could happen.Thoughts go out to all the people affected by this shocking incident.

Jake

Gloucester, England

*Btw, taking guns won't stop the violence, it is illegal here to own a gun, yet South and East london is the most violent part of any city in Europe.*

Jake Kennedy | April 16, 2007 3:59 PM

Sorry to hear this most awful news. I'm in the UK watching this on the BBC news that is covering this most tradgic event non stop. My prayers are with all those conected with the tech.

MJF | April 16, 2007 4:00 PM

my prayers are with you all ,an awful time for you ,my niece jenny leising is in your college and im so greatful to say that she is safe.i just hope that you can all give each other the comfort you will all desperatly need now cora haines. brighton england.

cora haines | April 16, 2007 4:00 PM

Our family's thoughts and prayers are with you tonight - remember the inportant thing is to be there for each other in the days to come.

Frank, Dublin Ireland | April 16, 2007 4:00 PM

unfortunatly this now seems comman place in the states.hope every ones doin ok

martin u.k | April 16, 2007 4:01 PM

Our family's thoughts and prayers are with you tonight - remember the inportant thing is to be there for each other in the days to come.

Frank, Dublin Ireland | April 16, 2007 4:01 PM

unfortunatly this now seems comman place in the states.hope every ones doin ok

martin u.k | April 16, 2007 4:02 PM

Our family's thoughts and prayers are with you tonight - remember the inportant thing is to be there for each other in the days to come.

Frank, Dublin Ireland | April 16, 2007 4:02 PM

This tragedy makes me heartsick. As a Hokie Mom, I am praying for the whole VT community. Please use these events to strengthen you and draw you closer together.

Kathy | April 16, 2007 4:03 PM

godblessvtech.wordpress.com

I set up a blog hoping for people to communicate on the wearabouts of students/professors/etc/ at VT. If you are looking for someone or know where someone is, and know they are ok, go ahead and post on the blog.

Hope it helps

virginiatechhokierock | April 16, 2007 4:03 PM

A sad and tragic day once again. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims (god rest their souls) and the injured.

Jim Durkan - Hammersmith, London, UK | April 16, 2007 4:03 PM

i jus hurd an interview on sky news in the u.k. from sum1 who goes 2 ur college and was asked a qu about this soft of thing only goin on in the u.s. and wud lyk 2 say not every 1 thinks this is true and that we are thinking off u x

stuart | April 16, 2007 4:04 PM

A sad and tragic day once again. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims (god rest their souls) and the injured.

Jim Durkan - Hammersmith, London, UK | April 16, 2007 4:04 PM

sorry to hear what has happened over there in US .
What sort of person can take all those lives so quickly ? !!
Hope you all get through this .

jay | April 16, 2007 4:05 PM

Oh my god...I'm from northern VA, half the people here have kids that go to VT, everything's in absolute panic...Oh my god...I don't know if there's words for this. This is just...unimaginable.

(It's incredible to see such support here, though. From all around the world, even...you guys are incredible.)

I'm just...I don't know what to say.

Juliet | April 16, 2007 4:05 PM

My thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time.

David, UK | April 16, 2007 4:06 PM

I am so sorry this happened to you folks. God Bless You. My prayers are with everyone at VT and the families of the students across the nation.

Hilary Hartman | April 16, 2007 4:06 PM

Such a terrible thing. So sorry for everyone. Help each other as much as you can.

mary folger keefer | April 16, 2007 4:06 PM

Oh my god...I'm from northern VA, half the people here have kids that go to VT, everything's in absolute panic...Oh my god...I don't know if there's words for this. This is just...unimaginable.

(It's incredible to see such support here, though. From all around the world, even...you guys are just...wow.)

Juliet | April 16, 2007 4:06 PM

I am so sorry to hear the news from my adoptive state of Va ,My wife and I spent 10 years in your lovely state in the 1990s ,and then returned to Ireland ,it is such a senseless waste of young peoples lives ,we send our prayers to all the good people of the US And especially right now to Virginians

Gerard Francis Doorley | April 16, 2007 4:07 PM

My heart goes out to everybody affected by this tragedy.

Virginia Tech is a great school and will continue to be so.

Like an earlier poster said, We are all Hokies today.

Barbara | April 16, 2007 4:07 PM

I am so sorry to hear the news from my adoptive state of Va ,My wife and I spent 10 years in your lovely state in the 1990s ,and then returned to Ireland ,it is such a senseless waste of young peoples lives ,we send our prayers to all the good people of the US And especially right now to Virginians

Gerard Francis Doorley | April 16, 2007 4:07 PM

Our family is absolutely devasted by this terrible tragedy our hearts and our sincere and deepest sympathy go to all those people who are going through hell at this time.

Exemplo-Ducemus.

Ron Hutchinson | April 16, 2007 4:09 PM

My thought and Prayers go out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones Today :-(

Hannah | April 16, 2007 4:09 PM

I am so sad to hear that someone could do this - my prayers go out to the students and families involved.

Diane O | April 16, 2007 4:10 PM

My condolences to all those who have experienced a loss... Peace be with you at this difficult time - God bless

Marina Dublin, Ireland | April 16, 2007 4:11 PM

I`m from the U.K
And just heard about this .....31 DEAD. I think.. and i`m sure most of my country men/women will agree that this is a sad day for your College and America!
My thoughts are with all the families who have lost someone close and the students who watched the terror unfold.


I must ask "why do people need to own guns"??

lee | April 16, 2007 4:12 PM

While not a student at VTech, I am having a visceral reaction to this atrocity. Indiscriminate violence of this magnitude affects everyone involved for the rest of their lives; events such as this remind us of the fragility of the fraternity of humanity. Its certainly easy to lose hope in that humanity, and much much harder to rebuild the shattered expectations of a human community.

My heart goes out to everyone who was affected by this, no matter where they are. Peace be upon you all.

Robert William Caverly | April 16, 2007 4:13 PM

I`m from the U.K
And just heard about this .....31 DEAD. I think.. and i`m sure most of my country men/women will agree that this is a sad day for your College and America!
My thoughts are with all the families who have lost someone close and the students who watched the terror unfold.


I must ask "why do people need to own guns"??

lee | April 16, 2007 4:14 PM

While not a student at VTech, I am having a visceral reaction to this atrocity. Indiscriminate violence of this magnitude affects everyone involved for the rest of their lives; events such as this remind us of the fragility of the fraternity of humanity. Its certainly easy to lose hope in that humanity, and much much harder to rebuild the shattered expectations of a human community.

My heart goes out to everyone who was affected by this, no matter where they are. Peace be upon you all.

Robert William Caverly | April 16, 2007 4:14 PM

While not a student at VTech, I am having a visceral reaction to this atrocity. Indiscriminate violence of this magnitude affects everyone involved for the rest of their lives; events such as this remind us of the fragility of the fraternity of humanity. Its certainly easy to lose hope in that humanity, and much much harder to rebuild the shattered expectations of a human community.

My heart goes out to everyone who was affected by this, no matter where they are. Peace be upon you all.

Robert William Caverly | April 16, 2007 4:15 PM

godblessvtech.wordpress.com

Visit here to help make sure friends/family are ok at VT.

Can be used for overall communication as well.

godblessVT | April 16, 2007 4:15 PM

we're following this developing story from UMass Boston with growing horror. . .our thoughts are with you. . .for what it's worth, your site is doing a great service with this on-the-spot coverage. . .keep it up. . .

Jason Pramas | April 16, 2007 4:15 PM

So, why is it we need automatic weapons? What we need to ask is, do want want a return to the frontier, or to advance our civilization? Should we all have to carry guns because we live in fear of the other guy? Guns don't kill, but it doesn't take much to push an "ordinary" person over the edge, and a moment of rage becomes a family's tragedy, and a gun only makes it easier. We've had the warnings and chance to prevent this kind of thing, that's what makes me so sad. My prayers and sympathies go to those families that lost children today. Just sign me "Vietnam Era" vet.

Dave in Raleigh | April 16, 2007 4:16 PM

we're following this developing story from UMass Boston with growing horror. . .our thoughts are with you. . .for what it's worth, your site is doing a great service with this on-the-spot coverage. . .keep it up. . .

Jason Pramas | April 16, 2007 4:16 PM

we're following this developing story from UMass Boston with growing horror. . .our thoughts are with you. . .for what it's worth, your site is doing a great service with this on-the-spot coverage. . .keep it up. . .

Jason Pramas | April 16, 2007 4:17 PM

Long association with Virginia Tech. Shocked at the news. Thoughts and prayers for all families and friends who have lost their loved ones today. May a strong collegiate spirit give you succour in this difficult time.

Prof. Ian Buick, Arisaig, Scotland

Prof. Ian Buick | April 16, 2007 4:17 PM

Long association with Virginia Tech. Shocked at the news. Thoughts and prayers for all families and friends who have lost their loved ones today. May a strong collegiate spirit give you succour in this difficult time.

Prof. Ian Buick, Arisaig, Scotland

Prof. Ian Buick | April 16, 2007 4:19 PM

While not a student at VTech, I am having a visceral reaction to this atrocity. Indiscriminate violence of this magnitude affects everyone involved for the rest of their lives; events such as this remind us of the fragility of the fraternity of humanity. Its certainly easy to lose hope in that humanity, and much much harder to rebuild the shattered expectations of a human community.

My heart goes out to everyone who was affected by this, no matter where they are. Peace be upon you all.

Robert William Caverly | April 16, 2007 4:19 PM

So, why is it we need automatic weapons? What we need to ask is, do want want a return to the frontier, or to advance our civilization? Should we all have to carry guns because we live in fear of the other guy? Guns don't kill, but it doesn't take much to push an "ordinary" person over the edge, and a moment of rage becomes a family's tragedy, and a gun only makes it easier. We've had the warnings and chance to prevent this kind of thing, that's what makes me so sad. My prayers and sympathies go to those families that lost children today. Just sign me "Vietnam Era" vet.

Dave in Raleigh | April 16, 2007 4:19 PM

My heart goes out to you all, and a am praying for you. God Bless You All.

Ron Norton (UK)

Ron Norton | April 16, 2007 4:19 PM

Thanks for all the prayers please keep prayong for us. As someone stated we are all Hokies today. As Hokies United we will be able to work through this horrific tragedy

Brian Whitesell Planet Blacksburg writer | April 16, 2007 4:20 PM

i am a 1999 graduate of vt and i am utterly devestated by this news. my thoughts go out to the students, families and all those affected by this monumental tragedy.

candice, san francisco | April 16, 2007 4:20 PM

While not a student at VTech, I am having a visceral reaction to this atrocity. Indiscriminate violence of this magnitude affects everyone involved for the rest of their lives; events such as this remind us of the fragility of the fraternity of humanity. Its certainly easy to lose hope in that humanity, and much much harder to rebuild the shattered expectations of a human community.

My heart goes out to everyone who was affected by this, no matter where they are. Peace be upon you all.

Robert William Caverly | April 16, 2007 4:20 PM

Such a tragedy occured today, my heart goes out to all those affected across the pond. May the innocent victims rest in peace now.

Guns were made illegal in the UK 10 years ago, we do not have this problem.

Bombs are not legal and sometimes kill less than a single man with a gun. People are not allowed to walk around with bombs, so why let them walk around with a weapon that has a capacity to cause so much destruction??

Matt, In Manchester England | April 16, 2007 4:21 PM

Long association with Virginia Tech. Shocked at the news. Thoughts and prayers for all families and friends who have lost their loved ones today. May a strong collegiate spirit give you succour in this difficult time.

Prof. Ian Buick, Arisaig, Scotland

Prof. Ian Buick | April 16, 2007 4:21 PM

i am a 1999 graduate of vt and i am utterly devestated by this news. my thoughts go out to the students, families and all those affected by this monumental tragedy.

candice, san francisco | April 16, 2007 4:21 PM

i am a 1999 graduate of vt and i am utterly devestated by this news. my thoughts go out to the students, families and all those affected by this monumental tragedy.

candice, san francisco | April 16, 2007 4:23 PM

May prayers are with all of you in Blackburg. I wish you all the support of one another and the support of God and his holiness

Kathy | April 16, 2007 4:23 PM

Thanks for all the prayers please keep prayong for us. As someone stated we are all Hokies today. As Hokies United we will be able to work through this horrific tragedy

Brian Whitesell Planet Blacksburg writer | April 16, 2007 4:23 PM

Thanks for all the prayers please keep prayong for us. As someone stated we are all Hokies today. As Hokies United we will be able to work through this horrific tragedy

Brian Whitesell Planet Blacksburg writer | April 16, 2007 4:24 PM

This situation needs our prayers not our judgments. Peace to those who lost their lives and to their families in their hours of need. Treat those in grief and shock with Rescue Remedy (Bach) and grief counseling please. Pray for everyone involved for healing.

PK | April 16, 2007 4:24 PM

Such a tragedy occured today, my heart goes out to all those affected across the pond. May the innocent victims rest in peace now.

Guns were made illegal in the UK 10 years ago, we do not have this problem.

Bombs are not legal and sometimes kill less than a single man with a gun. People are not allowed to walk around with bombs, so why let them walk around with a weapon that has a capacity to cause so much destruction??

Matt, In Manchester England | April 16, 2007 4:25 PM

This situation needs our prayers not our judgments. Peace to those who lost their lives and to their families in their hours of need. Treat those in grief and shock with Rescue Remedy (Bach) and grief counseling please. Pray for everyone involved for healing.

PK | April 16, 2007 4:26 PM

Our thoughts and Prayers are with the grieving VT community. Praying to God to bring peace to the departed souls and speady recovery to the injured ones.
- North Dakota State University

bison | April 16, 2007 4:27 PM

Our thoughts and Prayers are with the grieving VT community. Praying to God to bring peace to the departed souls and speady recovery to the injured ones.
- North Dakota State University

bison | April 16, 2007 4:28 PM

godblessvtech.wordpress.com

Visit here to help make sure friends/family are ok at VT.

Can be used for overall communication as well.

godblessVT | April 16, 2007 4:29 PM

Our thoughts and Prayers are with the grieving VT community. Praying to God to bring peace to the departed souls and speady recovery to the injured ones.
- North Dakota State University

bison | April 16, 2007 4:29 PM

I just want to send my deepest sympathies.
to all the families and friends of the deceased and injured victims, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

no-one except the cops should be allowed guns...no-one

concerned south african

JHR | April 16, 2007 4:33 PM

So, why is it we need automatic weapons? What we need to ask is, do want want a return to the frontier, or to advance our civilization? Should we all have to carry guns because we live in fear of the other guy? Guns don't kill, but it doesn't take much to push an "ordinary" person over the edge, and a moment of rage becomes a family's tragedy, and a gun only makes it easier. We've had the warnings and chance to prevent this kind of thing, that's what makes me so sad. My prayers and sympathies go to those families that lost children today. Just sign me "Vietnam Era" vet.

Dave in Raleigh | April 16, 2007 4:33 PM

I,m in shock,and totally devastated by the horrific events of the tragedy that has unfolded before us today. This tragedy will have lasting effects on everyone,for years to come.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Donna Daley Pennsylvania | April 16, 2007 4:34 PM

I just want to send my deepest sympathies.
to all the families and friends of the decease and injured victims you are in my thoughts and prayers.

no-one except the cops should be allowed guns...no-one

concerned south african

JHR | April 16, 2007 4:34 PM

To a few UK commenters - OK, we get it: There are no guns in England and no one ever gets killed. Please feel free to move on, this is not the place.

Nate Lambeth | April 16, 2007 4:35 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out out to families and friends who have been injured. God Bless you all.

Steven A. Laudani (Richmond, Va) | April 16, 2007 4:36 PM

Guns don't kill people. If someone wanted to be evil, they could have done it with or without a gun.

It has do with people's characters. Things like this are not what God wants to happen, but not all people are paying attention to what God wants.

My heartfelt sympathy to all victims and their families.

Juli Eddleman | April 16, 2007 4:36 PM

I mourn the losses of the victims and their familys and friends.
We have a terrible gun problem in this country , and remember everytime a good responsible person buys a gun , 2 angry , bitter , and mentally unstable people buy 2.

Pizza Boy | April 16, 2007 4:36 PM

prayers for you all from here in scotland. we had a school shooting at Dunblane, i named my daughter after one of the victims and the horror just never goes. may you all find peace and respite. god bless.

katiejane | April 16, 2007 4:37 PM

Guns don't kill people. If someone wanted to be evil, they could have done it with or without a gun.

It has do with people's characters. Things like this are not what God wants to happen, but not all people are paying attention to what God wants.

My heartfelt sympathy to all victims and their families.

Juli Eddleman | April 16, 2007 4:37 PM

My heart and prayers go out to all in Blacksburg and all of the families and friends of students who attend or attended Va Tech. Please know that people all across the world are concerned and grieving. I wish everyone peace and healing.

Tara | April 16, 2007 4:38 PM

prayers for you all from here in scotland. we had a school shooting at Dunblane, i named my daughter after one of the victims and the horror just never goes. may you all find peace and respite. god bless.

katiejane | April 16, 2007 4:38 PM

I'm seeing so many posts about the right to or not to bear arms and amendment rights. Please people, STOP! Innocent lives were taken today. Many were friends, many were family. We all feel for everyone's loss. Lets not bring politics into this. This was a choice of a certain individual who was having relationship problems and decided to take it out on everyone on campus. It would be the same if he had a knife and started stabbing people. JUST LET THE GUN THING GO! Give your story to your politician and let him handle it. As for now, just let it be and let the VT and VA community and commonwealth grieve without this stupid belittling arguements.

Michelle | April 16, 2007 4:38 PM

My heart and prayers go out to all in Blacksburg and all of the families and friends of students who attend or attended Va Tech. Please know that people all across the world are concerned and grieving. I wish everyone peace and healing.

Tara | April 16, 2007 4:39 PM

prayers for you all from here in scotland. we had a school shooting at Dunblane, i named my daughter after one of the victims and the horror just never goes. may you all find peace and respite. god bless.

katiejane | April 16, 2007 4:39 PM

I'm seeing so many posts about the right to or not to bear arms and amendment rights. Please people, STOP! Innocent lives were taken today. Many were friends, many were family. We all feel for everyone's loss. Lets not bring politics into this. This was a choice of a certain individual who was having relationship problems and decided to take it out on everyone on campus. It would be the same if he had a knife and started stabbing people. JUST LET THE GUN THING GO! Give your story to your politician and let him handle it. As for now, just let it be and let the VT and VA community and commonwealth grieve without these stupid belittling arguements.

Michelle | April 16, 2007 4:40 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at VT. I cannot begin to imagine the horror that has happened.

My feelings mirror those of Matt in Manchester England. As much as I know that a lot of American people will not agree with me I believe that guns do not belong in everyday life.

May those who lost their lives rest in peace and may those who were injured soon heal.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Lesley, Nottinghamshire, England

Lesley | April 16, 2007 4:41 PM

Perhaps the only way to fight and prevent these evils from happening is to invest our lives with tremendous kindness. The ripple effect that Robert F. Kennedy once spoke of our actions, if most of our actions were acts of kindness, maybe then acts of horror could not germinate. We are all Hokies
today- no human tragedy is foreign.

Mark, Seattle | April 16, 2007 4:44 PM

I graduated from Tech in 98, and I'm at a loss for words trying to make sense of all this. I'm struggling to understand how something like this could happen in the small, quiet town I spent so many good years in. My heart goes out to all those affected by this tragedy.

Brian in SF - VT '98 | April 16, 2007 4:47 PM

Everyone around the country is thinking and worrying about loved ones in Blacksburg. I work for The Oklahoman, a newspaper in Oklahoma City, and we are trying to find Oklahomans who now live in Blacksburg. If you or someone you know is from Oklahoma, please contact me. phone: (405) 475-3206

Bryan Dean | April 16, 2007 4:48 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the students and their families. A day like this should never happen, it is beyond all reasoning, and understanding. There are no words to really convey the tragedy an sorrow of this day.

Malynda | April 16, 2007 4:48 PM

I am a Hokie..... I live in Nebraska. but I am a Hokie today..

liam | April 16, 2007 4:48 PM

As former grad student, whose kids were born in Blacksburg (Montgomery Regional), I feel that Va TECH was somewhat lost soul of US. Peacefull, sincere, in synch with nature, full of wonderfull people. For those that do not know, people there didn't lock their house doors, or their cars. Retired professors used to sell fruit on a local green market. If you would ask someone for anything, reponse would be so cordial like you asked your own grandma. That heart and soul of the lost time is hit hard. My kids, now high school student bound to some top college always root for Hokies, that spirit came into them with birth. Can't believe this horror is possible, of all places, in Blacksburg.

OnceHokieAlwaysHokie | April 16, 2007 4:49 PM

Heart felt sympathy to the family and friends of those who lost their lives today in such awful circumstances. Our thoughts in the UK are with you all.
Ali - Manchester, England

ali | April 16, 2007 4:51 PM

To all the people who have lost loved ones this morning; just know that they are at peace now. There is no way anyone can know what you are going through and all the loss you feel. I question how much impact anybody's words can have in comforting you. There are no words that can possibly matter. I will say this though; find peace within each other. It really is the only way. May the angels be with each and everyone effected. My love and prayers go out to you all.

33 now dead... God, will it ever stop?

MiMi | April 16, 2007 4:53 PM

My prayers are with everyone effected in any way by this tragedy.

Joe in L.A. | April 16, 2007 4:56 PM

More than just thinking.
More than just worrying.
We are praying for all the students and families.

It is sometimes after a storm that the sun shines the brightest.

Jeff | April 16, 2007 4:57 PM

More than just thinking.
More than just worrying.
We are praying for all the students and families.

It is sometimes after a storm that the sun shines the brightest.

Jeff | April 16, 2007 4:58 PM

my school was shut down for the day due to a stabbing/homicide that took place 3 miles away. why was the school still open if there were 2 murders IN THE DORMS?!?!

our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Florida | April 16, 2007 4:59 PM

My prayers and thought are with the students, faculty, friends and families involved in this horrific massacre!! GOD BLESS THE WORLD!

TexasTech07 | April 16, 2007 5:01 PM

Why is it only in extreme acts of hatred we all come together as one? Despite the differences in our race, colour and religion we are here today, united, to show our sadness. It just surprises me that only in these circumstances can we have sense to forget our differences and grieve together.

MiMi | April 16, 2007 5:05 PM

my thoughts are with everyone affected at this time...such a tragedy

Suzanne - Kildare, Ireland

Suzanne | April 16, 2007 5:09 PM

My prays go out to all the students, faculty and first responders involved in this horrible day...

Patty - Long Island, NY | April 16, 2007 5:12 PM

Condolences to you all from New Jersey. Be strong for each other.

Bob G | April 16, 2007 5:16 PM

So shocked and horrified to hear of today's events.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Beth in Texas | April 16, 2007 5:20 PM

To the family and friends of lost and those injured. You are in my prayers. I lived in OKC when the bombing happened and that took me months to heal from.

Kimberly | April 16, 2007 5:22 PM

Heart felt sympathy and prayers go out to the family and community of VT. Remembrance of our own community tragedy at Thurston High School not to many years ago.

Gloria | April 16, 2007 5:22 PM

Heart felt sympathy and prayers go to families and the community of VT. Such tragedy hits close to home and remembrances of our own at Thurston High School in Springfield, OR.

Gloria--Oregon | April 16, 2007 5:24 PM

Heart felt sympathy and prayers go to families and the community of VT. Such tragedy hits close to home and remembrances of our own at Thurston High School in Springfield, OR.

Gloria In Oregon | April 16, 2007 5:25 PM

If the police at 5:30 P.M. are still not connecting the two shooting incidents does that mean there is a shooter still loose or on campus? What type of weapons and ammunition was the gunman that is dead using to have such a high kill statistic? How devastating that this could happen anywhere in the United States of America. There is no way to get your mind and senses around this terrible massacre.

Julie | April 16, 2007 5:31 PM

Thoughts and prayers are with the community of VT.

Sue | April 16, 2007 5:47 PM

I've had VT running through my thoughts & prayers since I first heard news on the radio @ 10 AM (central time zone) this morning. I have a few friends that go to school there. PlanetBlacksburg.com has definitely had the best updates as details have unfolded.

Natalie in Minnesota | April 16, 2007 5:57 PM

In our thoughts and prayers .. everyone at VT and nationwide on school campuses. You are loved, supported, and thought of during this and the difficult times ahead. Sheri W, Las Vegas, NV

Sheri | April 16, 2007 6:13 PM

just want to say how sorry i am to hear of this tragedy. And send my condolences to all involved.

Will (uk) | April 16, 2007 6:16 PM

Been watching the news on Sky and im just completely shocked. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Alison, Glasgow, Scotland

Alison | April 16, 2007 6:27 PM

you've got support and prayers from FSU. my heartfelt thoughts go out to you all. god bless.

Annie A | April 16, 2007 6:28 PM

Deepest condolences for my brothers and sisters in the engineering profession from the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University.

Prof. KNS | April 16, 2007 6:32 PM

what is a terrorist? one who creates terror. This was nothing short of terrorism. this morning, ironically, I received a worldwide terrorist watch warning from the US Dept. of State (i work in South Asia so get up to date warnings). I thought to myself, I have lived and worked in South Asia years and years, traveled in the middle east,in southeast asia, many places I have been "warned" not to travel or to travel while taking great precautions because of potential "terrorism". I have yet to experience any of the so called "terror" that our government tries to work us into a frenzy about, the fear of the great "OTHER", the unknown dangerous terrorists from "OVER THERE". And then, 33 people die from a homegrown shooter. With a gun purchased legally, most likely, in the USA, in our own backyard. Now where is the REAL TERROR? The last big terrorist attack that occured in another part of the world? London, a year ago, 50 killed. Terror can occur anywhere. Evil is everywhere. Let's not forget that as we mourn these victims.

I pray for the souls of all the innocent victims and for their families to find peace in this time of great loss.

maggie | April 16, 2007 6:36 PM

I am so sad about the happenings at VT today. My heart is sad for all families and friends of students lost. As a teacher in Vermont I am aware daily about school safety. Those poor kids never had a chance.
If this is a domesetic issue please once again never say it won't ever happen. It did and it continues to happen. We lost a wonderful teacher
in Essex Vt. on the first day of school
2006 over an angry man who's girl friend broke up with him. The teacher just happened to be in the wrong place.
Innocent. Do what ever you can to stop violence in your own lives. Pray

Sheila | April 16, 2007 6:38 PM

I can't express how shocked and horrified I was when I heard of this tragedy.
My heart goes out to all those affected. And my heartfelt sympathy to the families and friends of the victims.
BC, Canada

Jackie | April 16, 2007 6:43 PM

To our Hokie rivals to the south we are saddened to hear of the tragedy on campus today. No matter how much fun you poke at WV, my beloved state, I send my deepest sympathy to the campus and families of VT and Blacksburg.

Pat | April 16, 2007 6:45 PM

Does anyone know anything about the background of the shooter
We are getting no information about who he was
Student???

Marty | April 16, 2007 6:54 PM

As proud Hokie parents we will grieve with all of you as you face this epic tragedy. While no one should have to face such horror at a young age, we are sure that Hokies will make good come from this horrendous evil. You will endure much pain in the coming days. Others will pray and help you to endure the burden. Be strong and find purpose in this tragedy.

John and Pat Coffren | April 16, 2007 6:56 PM

If you really want to live in a country where safety means always having a gun in your hand and never daring to sit with your back to the saloon doors, then yes, by all means, make sure everybody has a gun. Because the only way your personal gun protects you from lunatics like this is if you have it in your hands with the safety off every minute of the day. (And he'll still probably just shoot you in the back.)

The statistics are obvious: America's crazies are simply better armed than Britain's crazies, and that means they're deadlier. The NRA can spin this like it does every other gun massacre, but they know what they've done. They know the blood on their hands.

God bless the survivors, and have mercy on our homicidal nation.

Mark | April 16, 2007 7:01 PM

If you really want to live in a country where safety means always having a gun in your hand and never daring to sit with your back to the saloon doors, then yes, by all means, make sure everybody has a gun. Because the only way your personal gun protects you from lunatics like this is if you have it in your hands with the safety off every minute of the day. (And he'll still probably just shoot you in the back.)

The statistics are obvious: America's crazies are simply better armed than Britain's crazies, and that means they're deadlier. The NRA can spin this like it does every other gun massacre, but they know what they've done. They know the blood on their hands.

God bless the survivors, and have mercy on our homicidal nation.

Mark | April 16, 2007 7:02 PM

I can't put into words how terrible I feel about the tragedy that has taken place on your campus. I attend the University of Michigan...Just know that you are in our hearts and in our prayers. The University of Michigan is here to support all those in need.

Mark Krhovsky | April 16, 2007 7:03 PM

Condolences from all your friends in Richmond at VCU, No one should have to endure such a tragedy.
My sincerest of thoughts are with the VT community as you work through these next few painful weeks. I just hope that somewhere there is a silver lining to this gray cloud that has engulfed my fellow students, maybe we as a society of academics can learn something that will prevent this from repeating itself.

M in Richmond | April 16, 2007 7:03 PM

So sorry to hear what's happened there today, my thoughts are with all of you.

Alan Dudeney, Brighton, Sussex, UK

Alan Dudeney | April 16, 2007 7:08 PM

MARK,
Blaming the NRA makes about as much sense as blaming all Asians

marty | April 16, 2007 7:09 PM

In the next few days, we will hear more and more about the students who were killed today--including the shooter. There is so much emotional distress in the world. As I mourn as a human being for the students who lost their lives today and their families. I also pray for the family of the deeply troubled young many who committed these murdeers. My prayers and thoughts go out to all the families and friends of the victims of today's horrible event.

cheryl | April 16, 2007 7:11 PM

I want to send condolences to all affected by this tragedy.
Try to stay strong.

L in New Orleans | April 16, 2007 7:13 PM

Congratulations, Mark, for you efforts to ensure that while the police have no obligation to protect the individual, its illegal for individuals to protect themselves. 32 bodies. That's an impressive score that you and your ilk racked up today. I'm sure that you will gleefully use it to further your homicidal agenda.

Spencer | April 16, 2007 7:18 PM

Our deepest condolences to the victims and their family members........so so sad....

Student from Purdue University | April 16, 2007 7:18 PM

Sending my condolences and prayers to all.This is very verysad to hear..
Angel Wallace Stone , Lacrosse,VA

Angel Stone | April 16, 2007 7:19 PM

On behalf of students at the University of South Florida, I would like to send condolences and express the sadness upon hearing this horrific news. ~Students of USF.

Student at USF | April 16, 2007 7:23 PM

Tomorrow, When I walk into class for my final day of college... I will be praying for all that you guys have lost becuase it could have been anyone of us.. at any university. I could only imagine how devastated the families are and how confused they must feel. As a college student, as a friend My condolences go out to all the VT Hokies, families and Friends.

Kyeshia Robinson | April 16, 2007 7:26 PM

My prediction: The VT President Charles Steger will step down & Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum will resign. There was absolutely NO excuse not to call for an immediate lockdown. 30 other people died because they ASSUMED that a person who had just murdered 2 people had left the campus! If the gunman were in handcuffs, then fine, don't lockdown the campus...other than that, they should have used any and all resources to protect and hunt that killer down. All those students & faculty members were slaughtered based on an assumption and that is unforgivable and INEXCUSABLE!

Rick | April 16, 2007 7:27 PM

Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone at Viginia Tech...

Student from Wake Forest University | April 16, 2007 7:28 PM

Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone at Viginia Tech...

Student from Wake Forest University | April 16, 2007 7:29 PM

The NRA is not responsible for the death caused today. The fact is that guns are BANNED on college campuses like ours, and that RESPONSIBLE gun owners (the majority) could have at least halved the death toll or reduced it. Police cannot be everywhere at all times. Until you can ensure that no guns are produced anywhere in the world you cannot have effective gun control. How well has drug prohibition worked? Prohibition only allows the black market to meet the demand (who are then ONLY criminals). It would be wonderful to live in a world without guns but we cannot un-invent them. I do not mean to bring politics into this but unfortunately it is inseperable as to why this happened, and how it can be prevented.
Peace to all who lost friends and family in the tragedy today, they will not be forgotten

bburg resident | April 16, 2007 7:29 PM

I think that the press should give more information about the murder.33 people died because of that.If the killer was not dead I would put him in prison.I would like to go to VT after I finsh High school this year!I wish all of the families the best and I will keep ya`ll in my prayers!

Jordan | April 16, 2007 7:31 PM

I live here in Blacksburg and this tragedy has hurt my heart. I know many people that work at tech and that are students.My prayers go out to all my neighbors.

I also heard that we are now known as "Bloody Blacksburg"...
That makes me sad :(

Kathy | April 16, 2007 7:32 PM

I'm sorry for your losses. Good work on the stories.

arizona journalist | April 16, 2007 7:32 PM

Om behalf of the computer science department at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, I would like to express the sadness that everyone is feeling here in Cambridge and would like to send condolences to the families of the victims. May they RIP.

Rafil Jari | April 16, 2007 7:33 PM

My thoughts and prayers goes to the Virginia Tech Students and Family, and the faculty of this painful tragedy. God bless you all!

Meghan Rowland | April 16, 2007 7:33 PM

We cannot believe this happened "here".
It could happen anywhere, and that is the scary part actually.
Sympathy and prayers are in so many hearts.

Carolyn Nelson | April 16, 2007 7:33 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this incredibly difficult time.

ANR- Syracuse NY | April 16, 2007 7:35 PM

My thoughts and prayers goes to the Virginia Tech Students and Family, and the faculty of this painful tragedy. God bless you all!

from Brazil

Wagner | April 16, 2007 7:42 PM

Condolences to the friends and family members of everyone involved at Tech today. You are in our thoughts and prayes at ODU.

MS in Va Beach | April 16, 2007 7:47 PM

Dublin, Ireland - My Heart goes out to you guys, I wish you all the best! You deserve better....my heart is with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PAULY D

Paul Devlin | April 16, 2007 7:47 PM

God bless all the families

Lauren | April 16, 2007 7:49 PM

Prayers and thoughts go out to all families and fellow students and staff. God Bless all of those in Blacksburg helping through this loss.

Barb from ( Pitt ) University of Pittsburgh | April 16, 2007 7:53 PM

Tom O - You seem deadset on blaming the police for this. You don't cancel classes when there is a love-triangle shooting, even if it is on campus. you keep asking about the 2 to 3 hours... are you really claiming his was actively killing people for three straight hours before the police did anything?

Secondly, anyone who is claiming the police should go running in with their guns drawn to stop what is going on, does not know anything about policing, other than what is seen in the movies. It is not like that in real life at all.

Lobo | April 16, 2007 8:01 PM

Our hearts are with the students at Virginia Tech, from Westminster Maryland. Stay strong.

Crys | April 16, 2007 8:04 PM

Thoughts and prayers from the Tar Heel nation. This can indeed happen anywhere in our modern society. Let's all be more thankful tomorrow for what we have. What a senseless waste...

Robbie Kane | April 16, 2007 8:04 PM

Those of us from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte keep those of you in Blacksburg in our hearts. May God be with everyone of you and the families of the victims.

Andrew | April 16, 2007 8:09 PM

Your neighbors here at JMU stand with you in this time of pain and questioning. We will be praying for the school and everyone there. Romans 14:7-9...read and may it bring a sense of comfort.

Paul | April 16, 2007 8:21 PM

Just watned to let y'all know that you're doing a great job keeping up with the story. From one member of a student-run news publication to another, I'm sure that this has been difficult - but keep up the great work!

Amy - Kennesaw, Ga | April 16, 2007 8:22 PM

I think it would be a good idea if everyone remembered what usually happens after a shooting. Unfortunately, most areas are not notified nor are areas closed down. We do not pay enough in our taxes to defend ourselves well enough. It's also sad that our police force is afraid to get agressive during these situations out of fear of being sued. Sued for aggressively getting in there and killing the murderer. There are shootings everyday. The first only involved 2 people. Not too big of a number nor anything that would have made the news as it has. There were probabably 25 others shootings today and they probably didn't warn everyone in the area or lock those areas down wither. We really need to spend out $$$ here. Healthcare, Teachers and police should be our priorities.

joyce | April 16, 2007 8:34 PM

God bless you all.

Jodi | April 16, 2007 8:47 PM

This tragedy has affected people all around the world, the students and families of VT are in our thoughts and Prayers.

Student at University of Oregon

Kel | April 16, 2007 9:09 PM

To everyone that lost love ones and and friends i just want to let u know that everything will be alright. And i will keep u in my hearts and prays and may God bless u all.

maria | April 16, 2007 9:16 PM

Let this not be a time of blame placement or person for voicing political concerns, let this be a time to mourn, to have the parents, family, and friend of all victims and all affected by this tragidy close to our hearts and deep in our thoughts.
My deepest thoughts and prayers!!

Rhiannon M | April 16, 2007 9:41 PM

To you knucleheads who choose to take this time to voice your pro gun / anti gun positions. Lousy timing!!! Don't you recognize that PEOPLE DIED TODAY !!! It's high time that we as a nation get back to prayer, and holding our so called elected officials to stand up for right and calling wrong...WRONG!!! What has happened to AMERICA???

Ed R. | April 16, 2007 9:43 PM

My family is praying for you all and your families tonight.

Connie | April 16, 2007 9:43 PM

As I sit here with my 16 month old grandaughter, it makes me very fearful for what may be ahead of her in this world out of control. My deepest sympathies to your University.

Melvin W Gates | April 16, 2007 9:43 PM

As I sit here with my 16 month old grandaughter, it makes me very fearful for what may be ahead of her in this world out of control. My deepest sympathies to your University.

Melvin W Gates | April 16, 2007 9:44 PM

My condolences to the families,faculty,friends of those lost. God shed some light on us today sparing the lives he did.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Atoka,Tennessee
Cathy C.

Cathy- Atoka Tennessee | April 16, 2007 9:44 PM

The thought and prayer of all people are with you this day, may the lord give you the strength to deal with this horror and the will to carry on. God bless you all.

Jim | April 16, 2007 9:45 PM

As I sit here with my 16 month old grandaughter, it makes me very fearful for what may be ahead of her in this world out of control. My deepest sympathies to your University.

Melvin W Gates | April 16, 2007 9:46 PM

To our sister school... love and prayers to the VT community from RU. We will persevere. Take comfort in each other and the Lord.

RU GRAD 95 | April 16, 2007 9:47 PM

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

Love,
Your friends in Oklahoma

Shana Craig | April 16, 2007 9:47 PM

As I sit here with my 16 month old grandaughter, it makes me very fearful for what may be ahead of her in this world out of control. My deepest sympathies to your University.

Melvin W Gates | April 16, 2007 9:47 PM

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

Love,
Your friends in Oklahoma

Shana Craig | April 16, 2007 9:48 PM

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

Love,
Your friends in Oklahoma City

Shana Craig | April 16, 2007 9:48 PM

Our family's thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty, staff and families of VT

Mickey | April 16, 2007 9:55 PM

I'm so sorry for everyone who commented here--already suffering enough from this nightmarish news--that we all had to read AJ's hateful comments. Any event as shocking and horrific as this must be viewed as an opportunity for positive change. And I hope voters never forget the boundless horrors that can continue to happen wihtout gun control. Stay strong, VA Tech.

AD in CA | April 16, 2007 9:55 PM

Our family's thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty, staff and families of VT

Mickey | April 16, 2007 9:57 PM

Our family's thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty, staff and families of VT

Mickey | April 16, 2007 9:57 PM

Our family's thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty, staff and families of VT

Mickey | April 16, 2007 9:59 PM

I am praying for your whole community tonight--those who have died, those who are grieving, those who are physically injured, those who are emotionally traumatized, those just trying to make sense of it all, students, faculty, staff, police, medical personnel, people trying to get word to family and friends, people waiting to hear news from people unaccounted for, your neighbors in the surrounding towns, I am praying for everyone. This is so sad and senseless and awful and heartbreaking. Hold on to each other, lean on each other, comfort and console one another. People all over the country and all over the world are praying for you tonight.

Leslie | April 16, 2007 9:59 PM

My families thoughts are with everyone at VT.

Nick in St. Louis

Nick | April 16, 2007 10:01 PM

I am so sorry about what happened! My Thoughts and Prayers are for Everyone at this School.

Kristi | April 16, 2007 10:01 PM

The entire island of Puerto Rico mourns for your loss. As if it isn't bad enough that our sons and daughters are dying on a daily basis in Iraq....but in Blacksburg, VA, senseless murders are not supposed to happen! Having two kids in college in the States, I'm scared shitless! When will the violence stop? Everyone in our little corner of the Caribbean stands in solidarity and grieves alongside the students, faculty and families who lost their loved ones on this fateful and tragic day.

A friend in Puerto Rico | April 16, 2007 10:02 PM

I am praying for your whole community tonight--those who have died, those who are grieving, those who are physically injured, those who are emotionally traumatized, students, faculty, staff, police, medical personnel, counselors, people trying to get word to family and friends, people waiting to hear news from people unaccounted for, your neighbors in the surrounding towns, people attending vigils, people huddled in rooms just trying to make sense of it all--I am praying for everyone. This is so sad and senseless and awful and heartbreaking. Hold on to each other, lean on each other, comfort and console one another. People all over the country and all over the world are praying for you tonight.

Leslie | April 16, 2007 10:02 PM

The entire island of Puerto Rico mourns for your loss. As if it isn't bad enough that our sons and daughters are dying on a daily basis in Iraq....but in Blacksburg, VA, senseless murders are not supposed to happen! Having two kids in college in the States, I'm scared shitless! When will the violence stop? Everyone in our little corner of the Caribbean stands in solidarity and grieves alongside the students, faculty and families who lost their loved ones on this fateful and tragic day.

A friend in Puerto Rico | April 16, 2007 10:02 PM

The entire island of Puerto Rico mourns for your loss. As if it isn't bad enough that our sons and daughters are dying on a daily basis in Iraq....but in Blacksburg, VA, senseless murders are not supposed to happen! Having two kids in college in the States, I'm scared shitless! When will the violence stop? Everyone in our little corner of the Caribbean stands in solidarity and grieves alongside the students, faculty and families who lost their loved ones on this fateful and tragic day.

A friend in Puerto Rico | April 16, 2007 10:03 PM

I am so sorry about what happened! My Thoughts and Prayers are for Everyone at this School.

Kristi | April 16, 2007 10:03 PM

I am praying for your whole community tonight--those who have died, those who are grieving, those who are physically injured, those who are emotionally traumatized, students, faculty, staff, police, medical personnel, counselors, people trying to get word to family and friends, people waiting to hear news from people unaccounted for, your neighbors in the surrounding towns, people attending vigils, people huddled in rooms just trying to make sense of it all--I am praying for everyone. This is so sad and senseless and awful and heartbreaking. Hold on to each other, lean on each other, comfort and console one another. People all over the country and all over the world are praying for you tonight.

Leslie | April 16, 2007 10:03 PM

I am so sorry about what happened! My Thoughts and Prayers are for Everyone at this School.

Kristi | April 16, 2007 10:04 PM

This is so incredibly horrendous -- you are not supposed to know this kind of tragedy. It is everything we as parents work so hard to protect you from. My daughter is in college, too, so I can't stop thinking of the parents who will receive a phone call. I also think about those among you who have lost a friend. My heart breaks for you all. God bless.

Ginny Devine | April 16, 2007 10:05 PM

I'm on deployment and heard the shocking news. My heart goes out to all VA Tech students involved in the tragedy, their friends, families effected and Alumnas. Keep your head up Hokies...I'm saying a prayer for you all. God Bless

Steve S. | April 16, 2007 10:07 PM

Such a horrible tragedy. My Prayer goes out to all.

Mashula | April 16, 2007 10:08 PM

My prayers and thoughts are with you all as you process this tragedy. God bless you. A UVA parent

Barbara | April 16, 2007 10:09 PM

California aches for all of you

Steven | April 16, 2007 10:09 PM

did they release the name of the shooter?

my prayers go out for you guys

dave | April 16, 2007 10:12 PM

did they release the name of the shooter?

my prayers go out for you guys

dave | April 16, 2007 10:12 PM

As a student at UNLV in Las Vegas, NV, there was a universal solemn alertness on campus today. We are all feeling the ripple effects of this tragedy. Our heartfelt condolences are with the Virginia Tech University community. Not only has this has changed the landscape of educational institutions forever but the very fabric of America itself.

Susan | April 16, 2007 10:13 PM

I am praying for your whole community tonight--those who have died, those who are grieving, those who are physically injured, those who are emotionally traumatized, students, faculty, staff, police, medical personnel, counselors, people trying to get word to family and friends, people waiting to hear news from people unaccounted for, your neighbors in the surrounding towns, people attending vigils, people huddled in rooms just trying to make sense of it all--I am praying for everyone. This is so sad and senseless and awful and heartbreaking. Hold on to each other, lean on each other, comfort and console one another. People all over the country and all over the world are praying for you tonight.

Leslie | April 16, 2007 10:21 PM

We will never be able to rationalize the irrational. Our prayers are with all of the students, faculty, those injured, and especially those who lost family members today. May God comfort and bless you all!!

Kevin
Lexington, NC

Kevin Hudson | April 16, 2007 10:21 PM

God bless.
Sue, Brisbane, Australia

Sue | April 16, 2007 10:23 PM

God bless.
Sue, Brisbane, Australia

Sue | April 16, 2007 10:24 PM

From all your friends here at the University of Calgary (UofC) here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada we would like to extent our deepest sympathies and our hearts go out to all the students at Virginia Tech. This was a senseless tragedy, one that should never have taken place. Remember to talk to one another, please don't let these feelings build up inside. Find someone and talk about this tragedy. You will forever have friends here in Canada, we as students thought and talked a lot today about what happened. We mourn the loss with you although we were not students there, as students we should always band together and hopefully one day we can stop violence in schools, school should be a place to learn, not to hurt. Take care of yourselves and each other and remember, if you need anything students across the world are here for you.

Nichole
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nichole | April 16, 2007 10:25 PM

Peace & healing to you all.

Minnesota | April 16, 2007 10:28 PM

The student reporting coming from Tech today has been outstanding. I am tremendously impressed.

God bless all of you,

A graduate j-student

Jean | April 16, 2007 10:28 PM

Peace & healing to you all.

Minnesota | April 16, 2007 10:29 PM

The student reporting coming from Tech today has been outstanding. I am tremendously impressed.

God bless all of you,

A graduate j-student

Jean | April 16, 2007 10:29 PM

The student reporting coming from Tech today has been outstanding. I am tremendously impressed.

God bless all of you,

A graduate j-student

Jean | April 16, 2007 10:29 PM

I haven't stopped crying for those dead and injured, and for all your families and friends, all the students and faculty - this has to be horribly hard for you all. May hope and peace enter your hearts.

Karen from Alaska

Karen L. Matthews | April 16, 2007 10:31 PM

The city of Montreal, Canada grieves with you, Virginia Tech at this horrific time. The pain you feel now reminds us of how we felt 7 months ago from the shooting at Dawson College when a crazed gunman stormed the school (my ex-school) with a semi-automatic and other guns. A beautiful young woman named Anastasia was shot and killed, and many others were seriously hurt. We will never forget and are forever changed. We pray for all the victims of Virginia Tech. Know that we stand by you during these dark, dark hours. May God provide you with comfort.

AG
Montréal, Canada

Alexandra | April 16, 2007 10:31 PM

TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL THINE HEART AND LEAN NOT TO THINE OWN UNDERSTANDING. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU

ALEXIS IN RICHMOND | April 16, 2007 10:32 PM

Hokies, you are in my thoughts. May you find peace. The country is watching and we are so proud of you. Stay strong.

JW | April 16, 2007 10:33 PM

All here at UW Madison send their thoughts and prayers to everyone at Virginia Tech. The Badger Nation is saddened today by this horrible, senseless tragedy.

MJ from Madison, WI | April 16, 2007 10:33 PM

The city of Montreal, Canada grieves with you, Virginia Tech at this horrific time. The pain you feel now reminds us of how we felt 7 months ago from the shooting at Dawson College when a crazed gunman stormed the school (my ex-school) with a semi-automatic and other guns. A beautiful young woman named Anastasia was shot and killed, and many others were seriously hurt. We will never forget and are forever changed. We pray for all the victims of Virginia Tech. Know that we stand by you during these dark, dark hours. May God comfort you.

AG
Montréal, Canada

Alexandra | April 16, 2007 10:33 PM

THIS SHOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED!
MY THOUGHT AND PRAYERS GO TO ALL!
GOD BLESS!

ANITA ELLISON | April 16, 2007 10:33 PM

THIS SHOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED!
MY THOUGHT AND PRAYERS GO TO ALL!
GOD BLESS!

ANITA ELLISON | April 16, 2007 10:33 PM

Hokies, you are in my thoughts. May you find peace. The country is watching and we are so proud of you. Stay strong.

JW from vcu | April 16, 2007 10:34 PM

April 16, 2007 will never be forgotten. RIP to all the victims. This horrific massacre has effected students all over the world. I hope the nation can learn from this and try to prevent future tragedies. I don't know anyone at VT and this has hit me hard. I can't even begin to think what the people involved are going through but you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jeffrey Price | April 16, 2007 10:34 PM

ANITA FROM CHICAGO,ILLINOIS
GOD BLESS ALL!

ANITA ELLISON | April 16, 2007 10:35 PM

The city of Montreal, Canada grieves with you, Virginia Tech at this horrific time. The pain you feel now reminds us of how we felt 7 months ago from the shooting at Dawson College when a crazed gunman stormed the school (my ex-school) with a semi-automatic and other guns. A beautiful young woman named Anastasia was shot and killed, and many others were seriously hurt. We will never forget and are forever changed. We pray for all the victims of Virginia Tech. Know that we stand by you during these dark, dark hours. May God comfort you.

AG
Montréal, Canada

Alexandra | April 16, 2007 10:35 PM

April 16, 2007 will never be forgotten. RIP to all the victims. This horrific massacre has effected students all over the world. I hope the nation can learn from this and try to prevent future tragedies. I don't know anyone at VT and this has hit me hard. I can't even begin to think what the people involved are going through but you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jeffrey Price | April 16, 2007 10:37 PM

(((((VT))))))Healing thoughts and strong comfort to all of you during this tragic time...
From Keene, NH

robbster | April 16, 2007 10:38 PM

My heart and prayers go out to the Virginia Tech community. From an LSU grad.

David Harrison | April 16, 2007 10:38 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the parents who lost a child today and everyone who lost a loved one. All Virginians stand with you in your heartbreaking loss and pain.
Eric, Charlottesville, Va.

Eric | April 16, 2007 10:38 PM

This Tarheel house prays for our friends and great ACC competitors on this most awful and sad of days. We are all Hokies today, and hurting. May God comfort and bless your community this day and in the tough days ahead. And thanks to PB for keeping us close to you all this day.
The Elliotts in Winston-Salem

Elliott Family | April 16, 2007 10:38 PM

This Tarheel house prays for our friends and great ACC competitors on this most awful and sad of days. We are all Hokies today, and hurting. May God comfort and bless your community this day and in the tough days ahead. And thanks to PB for keeping us close to you all this day.
The Elliotts in Winston-Salem

Elliott Family | April 16, 2007 10:39 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the parents who lost a child today and everyone who lost a loved one. All Virginians stand with you in your heartbreaking loss and pain.
Eric, Charlottesville, Va.

Eric | April 16, 2007 10:39 PM

Praying God's peace, strength, and grace for you...

nikki from iowa | April 16, 2007 10:43 PM

I can't even imagine what everyone at VT is going through right now. But my thoughts and prayers are with everyone, and their loved ones.

Ian, Arlington, VA

Ian | April 16, 2007 10:48 PM

my heart goes out to all of those people who have been touched by this tragic event...to ryan clark rest in peace and to the others who have died and their families....stay strong and you are in my thoughts and prayers

Kate | April 16, 2007 10:51 PM

my heart goes out to all of those people who have been touched by this tragic event...to ryan clark rest in peace and to the others who have died and their families....stay strong and you are in my thoughts and prayers

Kate | April 16, 2007 10:51 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, but esp. the parents, husbands, wives, and children of those killed. The entire nation mourns with you.

Jill Peterson
Oklahoma State University Alum

Jill | April 16, 2007 10:54 PM

Please accept our condolences to the entire VT Hokie family and especially the families and friends of the innocent victims. nh

Norm Hammer | April 16, 2007 10:57 PM

As the Elliot Family stated earlier...we are all Hokies today. My heart and my thoughts are with everyone at Virginia Tech and their friends and family.

- from a Seminole fan.

Traci | April 16, 2007 11:02 PM

gun control must be put into place, there must be very stricked rules with having possesion of a firearm.. I wish these things wouldnt happend but with the way gun laws are these days its hard to prevent such terrible acts of violence.. we must push congress to inforce better laws, more restrictions immediately.

Brendan Wolfe | April 16, 2007 11:03 PM

gun control must be put into place, there must be very stricked rules with having possesion of a firearm.. I wish these things wouldnt happend but with the way gun laws are these days its hard to prevent such terrible acts of violence.. we must push congress to inforce better laws, more restrictions immediately.

Brendan Wolfe | April 16, 2007 11:04 PM

Sending my thoughts and prayers from Tallahassee, FL & FSU. It's incredibly heart-wrenching to see something like this happen on a campus where you're supposed to feel safe.

fizz | April 16, 2007 11:10 PM

Friends from The University of Arizona mourn your loss and feel your pain.

Adams in AZ | April 16, 2007 11:12 PM

May God watch over us all tonight as we pray for our fellow Hokies.

Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, Hy.
Techs, Techs, V.P.I.

Jae In | April 16, 2007 11:14 PM

As a VT alumnus, I'm saddened to hear that our Hokie Family has suffered such an irreplaceable loss. My prayers and thoughts go out to not only the fallen students and their family but also to all of the VT family. One thing that will never be taken away from us is our comradery. Peace & Blessings.

Danita | April 16, 2007 11:20 PM

I am deeply sorry for everyone who attends Virginia Tech. My thoughts and prayers are with students, faculty, and families of everyone.
-Ole Miss Student Body

leslie | April 16, 2007 11:25 PM

I'm on almost the other side of the U.S. in Las Vegas - spent 6 years in Williamsburg and a friend of mine was GM at the local hotel -- thinking about all of you - be patient - be kind - be proud and be heard! God Bless all of you!

Renee' Tribble | April 16, 2007 11:33 PM

I'm on almost the other side of the U.S. in Las Vegas - spent 6 years in Williamsburg and a friend of mine was GM at the local hotel -- thinking about all of you - be patient - be kind - be proud and be heard! God Bless all of you!

Renee' Tribble | April 16, 2007 11:33 PM

The news media is reporting that the first violence on campus was in 1966, where one student sniper killed people. Have they forgotten Kent State where the police and National Guard were doing the shooting and students died in protest of Viet Nam. Several comments here mentioned the second ammendment. More importantly, how did the first ammendment go so wrong. Our youth and middle aged population have become desentisized to the violence that we hear about daily. Should the press show us every visual of a crime scene? In this time of sorrow, lets not try to fix blame, but greive our losses.To the students of VT, millions of tears are being shed for all of you tonight.

gloria | April 16, 2007 11:36 PM

Many people today are upset with good reason to do so. Things like this should not be happening in a place of higher education in the most powerful country in the world. These are all valid arguments, gun control is absolutely the issue at hand. Obviously this campus's security is to be questioned.
But today we should grieve, many beautiful souls were lost today...the gunman has a special place in hell.

from many states away my heart goes out. Iam fearful for our future college students, and sad that they will not walk on a peaceful university campus.

Los Angeles, California

Royalty | April 16, 2007 11:37 PM

Seems like the school violence keeps getting worse and worse. I feel terrible for the friends and families of loved ones lost. my prayers go out to the vicitms and to the campus of Virginia Tech.

Jessica from ASU | April 16, 2007 11:45 PM

God Bless you kids down there.

WB | April 16, 2007 11:46 PM

This didn't just happen in VA or in B'burg. This happened all over the world. Yes, guns don't kill, people do.....and prayer is great for feeling bad, but the West was not won on prayer. Everyone had a gun and they used it to their best ability. Had someone been armed and able to take out the crazy guy shooting our kids, this could have been less of a horrendous thing. We cannot depend on the police to be everywhere and we cannot trust the government to totally protect us....we need to take control of situations as they happen. Think of the people on the PA plane during 9/11 that was heading for the Capital or the White House. "Let's roll" became a motto that we all wished we could have been a part of. We need to protect ourselves. I don't own a gun but wish I did. I'm afraid to shoot a gun, but wish I wasn't. We live in a very scary and dangerous time. Guns are going to be here forever and we might as well embrace the situation and start shooting!!!! This really sucks.
Love and Peace was a motto I used to throw around back in the day, but there just aint any left.
God Bless us all.

clb | April 16, 2007 11:48 PM

Between us we've attended 7 colleges and sympathize when a college campus is terrorized.
Our prayers go to everyone associated with this tragedy. God bless.

John & Kathy | April 16, 2007 11:48 PM

From the staff, faculty, and students at Gardner-Webb University, we cry with you tonight, and will be praying with you and for you tomorrow in our chapel service

Brad Evans | April 16, 2007 11:49 PM

From the staff, faculty, and students at Gardner-Webb University, we cry with you tonight, and will be praying with you and for you tomorrow in our chapel service

Brad Evans | April 16, 2007 11:49 PM

Here I sit crying, trying to make sense of this. I am so sorry for all the victims and their friends and families. God Bless you all. I only wish I had more answers that questions as to how this could happen.
Lake Elsinore, California

Lyn | April 16, 2007 11:51 PM

The thoughts and prayers of all of us here at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego are with the students, faculty, and family of Virginia Tech today and through this time of sorrow. We will not abandon our fellow students. Be strong and courageous - the Lord is with you.

Amber | April 16, 2007 11:53 PM

My prayers are with the VA Tech community and especially the people who have yet to learn that they have lost a loved oned to such a senseless crime. I can't imagine how difficult that will be for them and my heart goes out to them. May God bless them in their anguish.

B | April 16, 2007 11:53 PM

There are no words to express what you all are feeling tonight. Please know that you are being flooded with concerns and prayers. Depend on each other and your faith. As stated earlier, we are all Hokies tonight. I think that was the best way to let you know much we care.

Marsha in VA | April 17, 2007 12:05 AM

I have watched with shock and sadness the coverage all day of the tragic that you have suffered. Know that people in West Virginia have all of you in our thoughts and prayers. I have always said of our two states - that we were once "one." May God give you the strength to get through this difficult time. Words can not express the shock and sadness.

Susan | April 17, 2007 12:08 AM

Our thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences to those of you at VT and your families, from friends at the University of Essex, UK.

G | April 17, 2007 12:11 AM

All of America is praying with you tonight. We are with you in spirit.

Joseph from Austin | April 17, 2007 12:14 AM

I work at the University of San Diego. All day, the staff and student workers here at Copley Library kept a vigil as we watched the horrific events unfold on your campus. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay strong.

Lise Bretton | April 17, 2007 12:17 AM

I was totally shocked about today's events. The sadness that this will bring to all the families, friends and loved ones of the ones who have sadly departed is just unbelievable. One stupid idiot person whom has caused so much heartache and sadness for all these people. To the students left behind, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Give yourselves time to grieve, my thoughts are with each and everyone of you.

Kerry | April 17, 2007 12:19 AM

I am a student of the University of Illinois at Chicago. While I cannot fully envelope the feel of the events that have occured today, I feel the pain and fear that comes with it. It could just as easily been my university. My heart goes out to all at Virginia Tech, especially to those who have lost their lives and their friends and families. They'll be in my thoughts.

Kristin from Chicago | April 17, 2007 12:23 AM

Our hearts and prayers go out to all that have suffered from this utterly sad event. We are so sorry.

B In regards to your previous posting (your last posting not notwistandign) includes hostile and hateful language which is not only uncalled for but inapproiate. You call yourself an American, a true American does not spew utter nonsense in the midst of such a tragic event.

University of Texas | April 17, 2007 12:24 AM

Did anyone think that this could be a terrorist attack? You have recent bomb threats, a foreign man unrelated to the university from Shanghai; a country which has Al Qaeda ties....I don;t think that the two incidents that occurred today are related.

Ms P | April 17, 2007 12:35 AM

Just wanted to drop by and offer my condolences. I think I speak for all of Sooner Nation when I say we're all Hokies in Norman today.

OklahomaSooner | April 17, 2007 12:38 AM

This is a sick and terrible thing that happened, where is the moral of these people that do this crap. I don't know where anyone would find an to justify such a sickening act, and its a complete shame for something like this to happen not only for the families and friends of the people killed but also for our country as a whole. We are the worlds most powerful nation what kind of example is being set if we have jerks like this committing such horrific things. I am so very sorry for the families and the students that have gone through this. May God Bless You All

Jordan Gentes from Mesa,AZ | April 17, 2007 12:40 AM

First of all, I pray for for everyone at VT (from the St. Louis, MO area). I cried. I had to stop watching the news reports. The following helped me express my feelings when I buried my 21-year-old friend:

"If tears could build a stairway,
and memories a lane.
I'd walk right up to heaven,
and bring you home again."

I offered the above in case someone is having trouble putting their feelings into words.

Shawn Collins | April 17, 2007 12:41 AM

Where was God today? One near victim states "God was looking out for me." Does that mean God was not looking out for the other 32 victims? What have we done as a society to prevent these tragedies from occurring again and again?

Anon. | April 17, 2007 12:44 AM

May we all find a healing path to travel in the aftermath of this national tragedy.

Monica | April 17, 2007 12:46 AM

Warmest thoughts and sincerest condolences on behalf of the UMASS-Amherst community to all Virginia Tech students and families. May god be with you through these difficult times. Our hearts go out to you as we pray for you and those whose lives were so brutally and selfishly taken.

Arash Hashemi | April 17, 2007 12:47 AM

It's an incredibly sad day for Virginia Tech. I'm a Hokie now living in Los Angeles and I lived in West AJ in the 80s. I was just on campus last month for the Black Student Reunion and to see pictures of SWAT team members on campus is surreal.

Vonda | April 17, 2007 12:48 AM

We would like everyone at Virgina Tech to know that Seattle University is praying for them. We cant imagine what you are going through and know that Seattle U is thinking of you all.

Keely Bowman | April 17, 2007 12:50 AM

I am deeply sorry for your sorrow. MY prayers are with you and your family and friends and also for the shooters family.

University of Kansas | April 17, 2007 12:51 AM

Deepest sympathies from all of here in north texas. This is such a tragic event and i hope this teaches the rest of us that we can never feel like things like this will never happen at our school. I feel so weird going to class tomorrow knowing that yall are suffering..its just weird tmrw should be a day of grieving and tribute to the lives lost. I just feel it is appropiate that every college campus hold some type of vigil or memorial. It just feels so wrong that this is going on in a place you should always feel safe at. once again i am so sorry this is happening to yall up in virginia. =[

UNT student | April 17, 2007 12:58 AM

I'm an alum of Roanoke College. I watched today's events in the disconnected sense of experiencing your situation through others' words, yet with the added dimension of my familiarity with the surroundings. Surreal. Horrifying. Terror.

I'm numb. All I can do is offer you all of my thoughts and prayers, all of my strength, and all of the love in my heart. May you all heal from this senseless act of horror that shattered your peaceful lives.

Paz.

laura | April 17, 2007 12:58 AM

Deepest sympathies and prayers all the way from Australia, I have been following all the new's such horror. Thoughts are first with the families pray God be with you all during this all.

LV Sydney Australia

Sydney Australia | April 17, 2007 12:59 AM

I first heard the news on the radio in the early afternoon, however it wasn't until I turned on the tv a little later that I realized the extent of the situation. As I watched the events replayed from earlier that morning on tv and the videos captured by students and all the media coverage I was shocked and horrified at what I was seeing and what was going on. And the fatalities seemed to keep rising. I am still in shock and disbelief at how something like this could have happened, how a shooting of this magnitude took place. And still I as do many I'm sure have questions as to why?, what was the motive in shooting and killing innocent students and people and again how this happned. However, before these questions can be answered and an investigation can be undergone it is necessary to first grieve and mourn the lives lost in this horrific tragedy. I extend my sincere condolences to the families, friends, the virginia tech community, and all others affected by this tragedy. my thoughts and prayers our with you.

Dara | April 17, 2007 1:02 AM

People die everyday, tragically, by a fellow human being. It's been happening long before the gun was invented and will, unfortunately, continue to happen. It's human nature. That's life people! Sexually transmitted and always fatal.

life | April 17, 2007 1:03 AM

On behalf of all the students of Pennsylvania State University:
VT- you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We are deeply sadden for all of those involved. We will never forget this horrible incident. May all of those involved in anyway be blessed and comforted in such an awful time. It is truly an unfathomable act. We are with you 100%. We may be Nittany Lions forever but today, we are all Hokies.

on a personal note: may the person or people responsible for robbing the earth of these beautiful young minds and destroying lives of tons of people burn in hell for all eternity. there is no excuse for such a hellacious act.

nittanylion4life | April 17, 2007 1:07 AM

My heart is sadden that this could even happen. I don't know these people but all I could do is ask why this happened & then cry. My thoughts & prayers are with the families & friends. May God see you thru your time of need.
Know that you all are not alone, we are here with you in thoughts & prayers
God Bless
Tonya

Tonya Hiser-Hall | April 17, 2007 1:08 AM

I find it difficult to explain my feelings at the moment for the tragic loss of life that has occurred. Being a college student, I feel that this tragedy has effected me deeply. I fear the ease to which this same type of event could occur at my university, I fear the loss of life and way of life. When Columbine happened, I was a freshman in high school. I felt the pain in my heart from those events, I saw it on the faces of my fellow students. I also felt the change within my school, the overwhelming fear that a Columbine type event could happen again. Fear of being killed within my own school, a place where I was meant to feel secure, no one should feel such pain and fear. I again have this feeling. What is it going to take to tell our universities that more needs to be done to secure our safety, better checks need to be put in place to prevent or at least respond in such a manner to make the loss of life less than what it could possibly have been. No life should be viewed as expendable. I feel so much hurt for those who have been effected by today's tragedy, for I am hurting too. My heart goes to all those who have unfortunately lost their lives, for it should never have happened, but their presence will always be remembered and revered. My heart goes to their families and friends who have a long, hard road ahead of them. And my heart goes out to all students, no matter what grade you're in, stand proud for who you are, stand proud for your school and stand up for your rights and what you believe in. And finally, my heart goes out to every parent of a student, you do your best to watch over us, never doubt that you are great. Though I did not know those who passed, I hurt for you, I miss you and I love you. Sleep well in peace.

Kristin | April 17, 2007 1:09 AM

Deepest sympathies from UVA

bret | April 17, 2007 1:11 AM

I'm a WVU grad, and though we've had our rivalry over the years, the loss of oh so many souls in such a senseless way knows no divide and hurts deeply the same way across all schools, all boundaries. Your school, your students, faculty, staff and all their families are in all our prayers and thoughts tonight.
May you find solace and comfort in the arms of your burgeoning group of friends and family tonight.

Christine | April 17, 2007 1:12 AM

Hey, Anon.
God was there today or there would have been more deaths. Just because you don't think so, God was with all 62 people deceased or alive. Just remember the "Footprints" poem and hopefully you will see things differently. I know I do now. I questioned where God was and how he could let this happen, but after much thought and prayer, I realized that God was there in each persons darkest hour of need. God bless to all.

Cathrine Howard | April 17, 2007 1:12 AM

My cousin and father of 2 was on campus during this massacre...I am so thankful he is safe at home now. We are keeping you all in our prayers. God Bless...

Sandy... | April 17, 2007 1:15 AM

My deepest regrets go out to your school and the families and friends who lost some very special people today. I can�t believe this has happened and I hope this time we learn something. I go to Colorado University at Boulder and I couldn�t imagine something like this happening, but it could and I really don�t feel safe going to school after this. Again my deepest regrets go out to your school. Peace and Love.

Jarrus | April 17, 2007 1:20 AM

Can someone out there comment more on the fact that there IS an asian guy detained wearing a black coat shown on several news channel? Any comments???

lazyboy | April 17, 2007 1:24 AM

The "How?", "Why?" and especially "Why HIM or HER!!!??" questions will haunt and linger. Answers will not be satisfactory. Pain will be pervasive and seemingly eternal. But please believe: Hope will return. Somehow, some way,
God will make sense of this senseless rampage in this life, or in the next. They did not die in vain. Their lives counted!

Lee | April 17, 2007 1:26 AM

We are praying for everyone involved. May God keep you guys in close quarters.

The University of North Alabama | April 17, 2007 1:27 AM

My heart and prayers go out to all the Hokies, someone I love dearly attends VT and thankfully she is safe. I can only pray that the college does everything it can to make all the students feel safe again after this tragedy, obviously some changes need to be made. Stand Strong Hokies!!!

Terri | April 17, 2007 1:28 AM

Imagine that this is just an ordinary day in Iraq - shocked? mildly. Surprised ? not at all considering the culture that spawned this behavior -

andy P | April 17, 2007 1:32 AM

All the members of your school community are in the hearts and prayers of the country and the world tonight. We share your sorrow.

collegemom | April 17, 2007 1:33 AM

The country grieves tonight for the loss of lives at Virginia Tech. The senseless acts of an individual have once again caused this wonderful nation immense pain and sorrow. Healing from such a tragedy will take time, but in time we will heal. I just pray that in the process of healing that we do not forget. I hope that the nation will take notice and learn from this latest nightmare and perhaps Virginia Tech and the city of Blacksburg will be the last to join a list of cities and schools that we all wish never existed in the first place.

Austin,TX; Kent,OH; Paducah,KY; Nickel Mines,PA; Littleton,CO; Moses Lake,WA; Bethel,AK; Pearl,MS; Jonesboro,AR; Edinboro,PA; Lake Worth,FL; Springfield,OR; Santee,CA; Gary,IN; Red Lion,PA; Cold Spring,MN; Red Lake,MN; Jacksboro,TN; Bailey,CO; Cazenovia,WS; Blacksburg,VA

While this list is not a complete list, it is a very real reminder that this problem cannot be allowed to continue, the list is much too long, the number of victims much too great. As a nation it is right to mourn, but as a nation we must strive to make Blacksburg, Virginia and Virginia Tech the last entries on the list.

Russell | April 17, 2007 1:35 AM

First of all, I sent my prays to whom passed away, to whom are close to the innocents, and to whom are feeling the horror of terror.

I hope that The State of Virginia will change the necessary laws. According to New York Times, In the State of Virgina,

There are NO requirement of having a Licence or any other such restriction for BUYING A GUN, DOES THIS MAKE SENSE?
There is even NO restriction even buying a gun per month...

I hope that until they change to laws, there will be no more disasters such as this in Virginia

Orkun | April 17, 2007 1:42 AM

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire VT family and to the families of the victims. May you all find the inner strength to heal from this tragedy. God bless you all.

Steve from Fairfax and Abu Dhabi | April 17, 2007 1:47 AM

As a college student parent, counselor by profession, Univ. of Texas grad who remembers, and who sees your shock and turmoil and loss... let me first say how tremendously sorry I am for each of your lossses -- and the trauma that will remain with you and your school and community. I shudder at the thought of you students who were told to run across the 'drill field' -- not knowing if that was a safe option. A former R.A., I am concerned with VT giving the awesome responsibility to these students to inform other students, since they had a speaker system which could have been used instead, knowing a killer might stil have been in the dorm. I don't fault the administration -- but I hope better and safer systems will be put in place all across our nation which somehow prevents these occurrences, allowing our college studnets to enjoy the college experience we, as parents, intend our children to have on college campuses.

Lastly, let me urge each of you to seek professional help should the shock you currently are experiencing not subside within a short period of time -- or if you experience nightmares, recurring negative thoughts,unexplained fears, etc., please please go to your college counselors and seek assistance. Hopefully your campus will provide counseling services to any who feel they need it.

God bless each of you.

Janna Findley Harris, Ed.S. | April 17, 2007 1:47 AM

I'm an alum from Univ of MI, a physical therapist and a mom. I am SO SORRY for all that your campus has dealt with today. My oldest daughter will be a junior in high school this year and I could have never fathomed anything like this as she approaches her college years. Our family's prayers are with all of you...

With a new amputee, physical therapists teach them to desensitize their residual limb to prepare them for a prostethic leg. Society has been desensitized to the sanctity of LIFE through music and movies. It made me sick to my stomach to watch the commercials for Anthony Hopkins new movie, "Fracture," between these news updates, with the trailer promoting Anthony's "perfect crime." If we don't get a grip on anger management along with the nasty images and precalculated murders that are depicted in "Fracture," "Grindhouse," "Slow Burn," "Disturbia," "The Reaping," "Perfect Stranger" and "Hannibal Rising," etc., etc. (in movie theaters today), and to the HEART of folks, respecting LIFE won't mean anything and this horrific violence will be played out on news stories rather than Hollywood-produced movies. Teaching folks to appropriately deal with anger/hurt/offense is NOT a legislative matter. Violence stops when hearts are changed.

M | April 17, 2007 1:58 AM

You are in our thoughts and prayers in Tucson, AZ as well

scott | April 17, 2007 2:00 AM

To all of you who are suffering, my prayers are with you. To all of you who are using this tragedy to make a point, how about waiting a while? To debate the pros and cons is to be insensitive. Let's rally behind the victims, and help them move on. Then, when the time is right, we can dissect this tragedy and make some changes. Until then, peace to you all. Our human spirit is strong enough to move through the grief we are all feeling.

Darrell Standring (SF, CA) | April 17, 2007 2:02 AM

gone are the days that never really were
gone is the freedom we thought we had, for sure
gone is the innocence of a full blown childhood
gone is the Eden in the flower of our youth

our grief is beyond words.

billy | April 17, 2007 2:04 AM

As a journalist from another country (Canada), I feel as if I am invading your personal space during a time of grief. Please forgive me for that, but we also want to try to make some sense of this awful tragedy. If any of the Virginia Tech students or others from the Blacksburg area would be interested in contacting me, I would very much appreciate it. We would especially like to delve into the debate waged by some on this forum regarding guns: was it a good decision to ban guns on campus (and in other public spaces) or would this(and similar slaughters) have been prevented, if other students had guns?
My name is Alex Shprintsen, I work for the CBC Television, and we're here in Virginia. My cell phone number is 416-432-1374, while my e-mail address is: alex_shprintsen@cbc.ca
Thank you in advance.

Alex | April 17, 2007 2:05 AM

Not long ago i remember being at home and an incident like this happening 80 Miles away in Montreal Quebec at Dawson College and the Heart felt sadness that shivers threw you for friends and families of these people who were killed or injured just creeps me right out. I in Ontario Canada wish to send all my thoughts and prayers to the families, friends and students at VT who loss someone threw this Terrible Act. Our gun laws are quite strong in Canada but in the end in any given day its sad that something like this could occur. Be strong and get threw this together.

MikeG | April 17, 2007 2:11 AM

I'm confident that I speak for everyone here in Illinois when I say our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know you're on a different side of the country, and I know we may not know you, but we do grieve alongside you. God bless.

Dani | April 17, 2007 2:13 AM

I simply cannot fathom what has happened today. There is no excuse for this. I do not care what the gunmans "reason" was because there is none. I cannot imagine the terrible loss of family and friends. I cried for the students and their families and I hope in time everyone will heal..How can our country prevent this from happening?

Debbie | April 17, 2007 2:17 AM

This comes from South Africa. Our hearts are broken with yours. This is such a terrible tragedy.
I'm a journalist who has covered conflict and I have to tell you that these things happen so fast. I am sure among the students and staff who died or were injured some had weapons, but it happened too fast - and thank God no-one drew other arms more could have died in cross fire. A world with guns is an unsafe world.
This is going to scar many for the rest of their lives, we send you love and hopes for your rapid healing.

Jade | April 17, 2007 2:17 AM

This is a terrible tragedy and our sympathies go out to all those involved in such sensless, horrific violence.

Dave, London

Dave, London, England | April 17, 2007 2:32 AM

As a result of the tragic events on the Virginia Tech campus, the Virginia Tech Alumni Association - Richmond Chapter and the Richmond Hokie Club will be holding a Memorial Service on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30pm at the University of Richmond Chapel. PLEASE JOIN US TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR OUR UNIVERSITY!!!

There will also be an urgent Virginia Tech alumni meeting on Tuesday, April 17, 6:00pm at the Virginia Tech Richmond Center located at 2810 N. Parham Road Suite 300 (3rd Floor) in Room 306. We are asking for ALL alumni to attend this meeting.

Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers to all the families affected by this horrific tragedy.

Visit www.richmondhokies.org or call the Richmond Hokies 24-hour Hotline at (804)257-0788 for the latest information.

Richmond Hokies | April 17, 2007 2:35 AM

I'm a college student in Indiana, and I just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking about you all. I wept for you today.

Tommy | April 17, 2007 2:40 AM

My Condolences are sent to you all

Michael | April 17, 2007 2:45 AM

My heart is broken for the victims, I am still in shock about this. I don't understand why or how people can do things like this. It's just sickening.

There's been a brief prayer request posted at http://www.the-daily-blessing.com for the VT students and their families. I'm praying and hurting for you guys.

Scott | April 17, 2007 2:54 AM

I am a Junior in college at a large public state school as well. It broke my heart when I logged online this afternoon and saw this as a big headline. It really made me think about how that could happen anywhere. On my campus, very much like VA Tech, the buildings are so spread out and the entire campus is so large, I can only imagine how hard it was to deal with that situation and have little or no information about what was going on. I would say that MOST college students do not get up in the morning and check their e-mail before heading to class; Most people are getting up and rushing around. So for the VA Tech administration to heavily depend on email to communicate with the students about a life-threatening situation is obviously a problem, and something for all college campuses to think about. Regardless, this time is for mourning for all the people who lost their lives today. To everyone who lost someone they loved, you are in my prayers. To all the young innocent individuals who are no longer with us, you are missed and loved. Unlike high schools which are generally all in one building, most state schools have multiple "colleges" in different buildings all over campus. There are so many entrances to each building, and there is no one patrolling each entrance making sure the right people are leaving/entering the building. I have never once walked around campus ever thinking something like this could happen. It's sad that there are so many evils, and so many vicious people in this world that you have to be wary of. I guess the only way to conquer the bad in this world is to be a good person individually and hope that someone is watching out for us in times of need.

Kadie | April 17, 2007 3:00 AM

We are struggling here in Blacksburg tonight, but we will not keep our heads down.

Andrew Mager | April 17, 2007 3:11 AM

to all the people involved, espeially the survivors from the classroom and the hall- i hope ur wound of sorrow will heal with time... And i pray for all of u in virginia tec...

Kripa Soni | April 17, 2007 3:22 AM

I was a high school student during Columbine. Today I run a residence hall and work at a university. My heart and mind is with you all. Peace be with you all. You will be remembered.

thinkingaboutvt | April 17, 2007 3:32 AM

My prayers and thoughts are with you all in your time of grief and healing.

Mary
Sacramento, CA

Mary | April 17, 2007 3:44 AM

I saw this sad news in JPN..
I lost a word..
I just can pray for the victims and the sorrow of friends& families will be healed even if only slightly...

KELLY | April 17, 2007 3:48 AM

To all the students and faculty members of VT,
Our heartfelt condolences and prayers are with you and your families. I am struggling to understand how someone has so little disregard for life? And why do these shooting incidents only happen in America?

mushroomina | April 17, 2007 4:07 AM

our heartfelt condolences go out to the families of all the victims,at this terrible time.

from manchester UK

gary campbell | April 17, 2007 4:12 AM

PLEASE....Someone on campus has to know Julia Pryde..Is she okay??

Shauna (NJ) | April 17, 2007 5:02 AM

Our deepest, heartfelt sympathies from my and my family. Gob bless you all. Stay strong, and draw strenght from each other to get through this.

Frank Donelan Jr | April 17, 2007 5:03 AM

Deepest condolences from Australia, a truly tragic day for your beautiful University.

Tim | April 17, 2007 5:27 AM

A guy with a gun invades somebody elses space, orders everybody around
for a while and then kills them -

Where on earth did he get his influences from?

serious searcher | April 17, 2007 5:29 AM

Just saw this site mentioned on CNN here in Australia. Excellent social reporting. All the best and many condolences to those caught up in the tragedy.

Ross Nelson, Canberra, Australia

Ross Nelson | April 17, 2007 5:35 AM

to serious searcher... just look at the google ads below this comment box and you tell me

sophie | April 17, 2007 5:35 AM

peace is a hard thing to come by in era we live in.hearts out to all.

christian k | April 17, 2007 5:39 AM

My deepest sympathy to the families who have lost their loved ones.
Allen - UK

Allen | April 17, 2007 5:42 AM

Deepest condolences to relatives of victims of this unbelievable massacre. It is shocking tragedy, act of senseless terror against all the people.
Dmitry, Moscow, Russia

Dmitry | April 17, 2007 6:41 AM

To the family who lost their loved ones,i pray that God will be with you at this time of sorrows and that you will remember to mourn like believers.have my sympathy.prayers from Sierra Leone

ISHA KAMARA | April 17, 2007 7:12 AM

Deepest sympathies, what a sad, sad day, all those young lives just wasted so trafically. Praying and thinking of all the families of those killed and injured families affected

Claire (UK) | April 17, 2007 7:21 AM

Students of the Institute of Public Administration and Management- Sierra Leone are saying a silent prayer for the deceased and their families.May God continue to strengthen you in this time of weakness.WE ARE MOURNING WITH YOU.

ISHA KAMARA | April 17, 2007 7:24 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families of those killed, all survivors and their families and all who know or love them. Never went to Tech but have visited the campus many times.

Phillip Kelley Jr. | April 17, 2007 7:46 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the people affected by this tragedy. No one or no object is to blame except for the person that committed this atrocity.

Austin | April 17, 2007 7:49 AM

Some of us "dillybrains" would prefer to defend ourselves rather than cower and wait for rescue.

Gloria | April 17, 2007 8:12 AM

No one recalls Kent State in all of this. VT is a great school and this is a tragic event. Be careful of hindsight. It isn't always 20/20. The blame rest squarely on the shooter. It is too easy to place blame elsewhere while we grieve.

Zipper | April 17, 2007 8:39 AM

I know that words really can't comfort the friends & families of the people involved in this horrific tragedy

It might be hard to believe in god at times like this also but my prayers are with you all.

Sam, Warwick England | April 17, 2007 8:51 AM

Steven Todd Lee i don't understand how you could say such terrible things, it's not like the only people affected by this are white Americans. I know you might be angry but that's no need to be racist.

Sam, Warwick England | April 17, 2007 8:55 AM

Excuse me, but the country you inhabit was invaded and stolen from the rightful native owners. Everyone with even a small portion of functional brain knows THAT, except you poor yank dillybrains!!! Think that country belongs to you? - No, you set a precendence in stolen and occupied 'Americas' and now others are probably just following suit. So THERE!!!

What if you yanks were to try REALLY hard and be REALLY fair and honest - Give back the land to the original and now disenfranchised indigenous people.

PS: without availability of guns psychopaths / sociopaths / disturbed youth / etc will perhaps still kill, but they wont be in such a position to kill SO MANY so quickly. Grow a brain yank!!!

goddessence | April 17, 2007 9:01 AM

goddessence, shut up. Just shut up. Smart people with brains were killed yesterday. Wrap your brain around that before you tell others to grow a brain.

goawaygoddessence | April 17, 2007 9:11 AM

Either way the dude would have gotten hold of a gun if he wanted to. Legal or illegal. Nomatter what. Its the murderer there is something wrong with. Guns dont solve problems.

Patrik | April 17, 2007 9:18 AM

Are you guys really serious right now...please tell me that ya'll aren't about to start an arguement when people have lost their lives here. Please tell me that I'm not reading this right now. How ignorant and insensitive to take this time to voice your opinions which is just that...your opinions. The fact is people have lost their lives. Different cultures...black, white, asian, jew, protestant, catholic...but in the end they were all people and they have families that are grieving their lost. How about we continue to pray about that. And pray for their strenght in God. This is just embrassing to see people behave like this in the light of this tragedy.

VCOM09 | April 17, 2007 9:24 AM

I agree with VCOM09, this is no time for debate. As the father of an Auburn Univ. student I can barely imagine what the parents of the slain students must be feeling. I will keep everyone at VT in my prayers.

Auburn Dad | April 17, 2007 9:42 AM

I grew up in Blacksburg. It is my hometown. My dad went there, my brother, my sisters, I did for awhile...I didn't want to be in such a big institution. I am of course horrified. I wish there weren't so many repeat posts on this site. I wish there weren't any haters. I wonder if the shooter was a mind control victim...why Norris? Why anyone else? Confusing. Why are there reports of an Asian male in custody, and then reports of a single shooter who took his own life? These are contradictory...I am sorry for all in the 'burg, I guess it will never be the same.

jim | April 17, 2007 9:45 AM

I am so sorry for the friends and families of the 32 victims of yesterday's tragic event at Virginia Tech. The only reason that so many people we killed was that we in the US that gun ownership is a right under the constitution. Why are there so many ignorant people in the so called "advanced" society? Those who believe that the second amendment, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed", infers personal rights to bear arms have a distorted view of reality. "...the matter of personal or individual self-defense, whether from wild animals or modern-day predators, does not fall within, nor is it dependent on, the Second Amendment rubric. Nothing in the history, construction, or interpretation of the Amendment applies or infers such a protection. Rather, legal protection for personal self-defense arises from the British common law tradition and modern criminal law; not from constitutional law." Guns are the only reason that so many good people died yesterday...the only reason. I can't imagine that that evil man would have been able to hurt so many people if had a knife or a baseball bat. Guns make it so easy. It is exactly the time to raise the issue...once and for all; we need to abandon this distorted interpretation of our constitution. The civilized world is looking at us today as persons who think that the only way we have to solve our issues is to spill blood. We need to love and protect our children and take those evil machines away.

God bless Virginia Tech…we all morn for those who lost love ones.

JoS | April 17, 2007 9:49 AM

May God be with you all.

jamesccopeland | April 17, 2007 9:50 AM

My condolences from the UK to all affected by this tragedy, but now isn't the time for hindsight, all efforts should be put into the grieving, those most affected by this, and discovering how and why.

David - England | April 17, 2007 9:53 AM

What happened at VT is truly tragic. Bring our brothers and sisters home from Iraq. The world is spinning out of control.

No Guns | April 17, 2007 9:56 AM

Whoever Steven Todd Lee is, his stupidity is the metaphor for the mass murdering US in recent and past wars. And for Bloody Blackburn. The biggest war is to come: fight intolerant assholes.

I am mourning with the victims' families and friends.

Patrick | April 17, 2007 10:00 AM

The comments made by STEVEN TODD LEE, who is nothing more than a zit on the ass of mankind, are evidence of the mindless bigotry the pervades both our country and the rest of the world. It's scary that gnorant people like him can walk into a stre in Virginia and walk out with a handgun. Perhaps his parents were cousins. He should go rent and view a copy of "A Raisin in the Sun" and put down his copy of Mein Kampf!

Robert McCloskey | April 17, 2007 10:06 AM

i'm still in shock about this whole thing. i can only hope that everything will be properly resolved, and that ppl won't go off subject by complaining about Iraq, which really has NOTHING to do with this.
What do gun rights matter right now?
yes, the bullets in the guns are what physically killed these poor people, but behind the bullets are intent and human will. What truly killed these souls are sheer human intent and willpower.
My prayers are with everyone.

Yummy_Foods | April 17, 2007 10:06 AM

This is not a gun issue.

Why is it that a shooting automatically causes people to focus on the gun in the shooting, and not the person who carried out the crime?

Who was he? We know his name, but not much else at this point. Why did he do it? More directly, what series of events in his life led him to believe that this was an acceptable course of action?

It wasn't the gun in his hand, but the intent in his head that carried out this terrible tragedy.

Chris | April 17, 2007 10:09 AM

To the students, families and staff of VT:

My heartfelt sympathies to all of you. What sickens me is that you had no way to protect yourselves from this psycho other than quick wits, wooden doors, and tables. Hopefully, the healing process will begin today with the convocation. Like I just heard on the news, the students are banding together to show the rest of us and the world that they are a bright light in the midst of so much darkness-way to go...take care.

Gary in Dayton Ohio | April 17, 2007 10:15 AM

my mother and I had a long conversation about that last night.
I can't understand the sick person that was so twisted to do this for attention or to make some demented point that only he understands.
I wonder if he had parents?
If that was my boy, i'd probably kill myself, knowing that i had failed so badly as a parent and mentor.

Yummy_Foods | April 17, 2007 10:23 AM

Please forgive the typos in my message concerning hate monger Steven Todd Lee: Corrected to "ignorant" and "store". Unlike the moronic Lee, I can spell. At this tragic time, it is sad that Planet Blacksburg is populated by comments like those of the moronic Mr. Lee!

Robert McCloskey | April 17, 2007 10:31 AM

Thanks to Planet Blacksburg for removing Steven Todd Lee's bigoted tirade. This is a time for healing and understanding at VT and throughout the world. Everyone on the planet is a Hokie today!

Robert McCloskey | April 17, 2007 10:38 AM

The "gun or the egg" dilemma: which came first? If it's the man behind the gun we should get rid of men. But maybe it's easier to get rid of guns that nobody needs except this Steven Adolf Lee guy.

Patrick | April 17, 2007 10:40 AM

The community is in my prayers and let us remember the souls of the dead.Here in Ireland, people mourn your loss.God Bless

Robert | April 17, 2007 10:45 AM

The community is in my prayers and let us remember the souls of the dead.Here in Ireland, people mourn your loss.God Bless

Robert | April 17, 2007 10:46 AM

THY KINGDOM COME AND LET THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH

LaMont | April 17, 2007 10:51 AM

Trust in God. You are in our thoughts. Two of our staff were over interviewing VT students for software jobs only last week. Such a shame about this. Our condolences go out to their families.

workfresh | April 17, 2007 10:55 AM

Although I grieve at the great loss of life at VTU, I must admit to being relieved that those I know at VTU are safe. It was great to see Allison and Sia being interviewed on the local news last night. Nate is also okay.

The thoughts and prayers of central Pennsylvania are with those injured, and our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the families of those who were so suddenly and senselessly taken. May God hold them in the palm of his hand.

sauerkraut | April 17, 2007 11:12 AM

CNN is reporting that 18 y.o freshman Erin Peterson is confirmed among the deceased. May God bless her soul and console her family at this time of great saddness.

:-(

Sauerkraut | April 17, 2007 11:15 AM

My heart goes out to all the victims and thier families.

Amanda M | April 17, 2007 11:35 AM

I was shocked and hurt and totally dumbfounded to see what one individual can do to a community. It is so heart-breaking that my words do not know how to form. I am so sorry that the students had to go through a terrible tragedy as this one. The loss is unexplanable and senseless.
I will continue to remember all of you in my prayers, the victims, the injured, the friends, the students, the families, the faculty & for the community. May your healing be of some comfort and know that God does love each and everyone of you and will help your through this ordeal.
All of my best for healing and peace and comfort.

Lisa - Northwood, Ohio | April 17, 2007 11:53 AM

My condolences go out to the family, friends and community of Virginia Tech. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Ontario, Canada

Trish St.Denis | April 17, 2007 11:57 AM

There is no reason for this tragedy.Survellience cameras should have been installed???

Frank | April 17, 2007 11:59 AM

So sorry to hear of such tragedy which will affect many emotionally & physically.. Families of the deceased & injured, keep the strength in this time of pain & sorrow.

Marie - Arizona | April 17, 2007 12:00 PM

no matter what you do you will never get guns of the streets you will only create a black market,i think thay should be more concerned for the security of the schools and collages peace out love nic

nichola ,,,england | April 17, 2007 12:08 PM

Just want to send our thouhts and prayers out to all at VaTech. Stay strong, and take care.

Mitch Trellis | April 17, 2007 12:12 PM

Hi man,

I'm a 20 year-old French student living in Dijon, France, and I would like to tell you how shocked I am concerning what happened on the campus. I felt the same way when I first heard of Columbine, Colorado, and I would like to tell you that even though we are not even close to the scene, we're close to you and my feelings go to the families who lost their relatives as well.
Of course you'll never forget what happened, but remember that everything which doesn't kill you makes you stronger and I hope your pain gets less terrible as you know the whole world is supporting you and the others.

Keep it up, and take care of yourself.

~Thomas

Thomas | April 17, 2007 12:13 PM

I have heard ...

the shooter was an American born Asian male.

the shooter was a foreign exchange student from China

the shooter was a foreign student from South Korea.

Which is it?

And what is the motive?

What were the links from the shooting at the West Ambler Johnston dorm and the shooting at Norris Hall?

I heard that there were two shooters and two differnt motives for the violence.

Then I heard, no same shooter, same shootings just two hours apart.

Well, if that's the case, where was he for the intervening two hours?

Why wasn't he stopped after the first shooting?

H. Fraser Clayton | April 17, 2007 12:16 PM

I have heard ...

the shooter was an American born Asian male.

the shooter was a foreign exchange student from China

the shooter was a foreign student from South Korea.

Which is it?

And what is the motive?

What were the links from the shooting at the West Ambler Johnston dorm and the shooting at Norris Hall?

I heard that there were two shooters and two differnt motives for the violence.

Then I heard, no same shooter, same shootings just two hours apart.

Well, if that's the case, where was he for the intervening two hours?

Why wasn't he stopped after the first shooting?

H. Fraser Clayton | April 17, 2007 12:18 PM

Born and bred in Virginia and holding a MEd from VaTech and having lived in Blacksburg for 7 years, I feel such hurt, such sadness. As the mother of a 20 and 24 year old children, I cannot imagine the post traumatic stress that everyone at VT and in Blacksburg will need to heal. In fact, I think many students all over the world are traumatized. Please, encourage anyone that you know who seems unable to deal with this to get help. It is so important.
My sympathy to those whose lives were stolen and to those wounded and fleeing for their lives. My sympathy to everyone on the VT campus and to the people of Blackburg.
I embrace you all in my heart and I think the world is trying to embrace you.
Hang tough, Gobblers....Hokie, Hokie, Hokie High...
Peace be with you all.
phyllis, atherton, california

phyllis | April 17, 2007 12:21 PM

My heart and prayers go out to the students, faculty and their loved ones at this time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers and I pray that those who have lost loved ones will know they are being thought of. This traged has shocked us all.

My love is sent to you all on campus.

Sandi Student at Beal College & EMCC, Maine.

Sandi | April 17, 2007 12:44 PM

My heart and prayers go out to the students, faculty and their loved ones at this time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers and I pray that those who have lost loved ones will know they are being thought of. This traged has shocked us all.

My love is sent to you all on campus.

Sandi Student at Beal College & EMCC, Maine.

Sandi | April 17, 2007 12:45 PM

My heart and prayers go out to the students, faculty and their loved ones at this time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers and I pray that those who have lost loved ones will know they are being thought of at this time.

My love is sent to you all on campus.

Sandi Student at Beal College & EMCC, Maine

Sandi | April 17, 2007 12:48 PM

Our sincerest sympathies from China. We are mourning your loss of this senseless tragedy. Our hearts go out to each and everyone of you.

Mike | April 17, 2007 12:51 PM

Our sincerest sympathies from China. We are mourning your loss of this senseless tragedy. Our hearts go out to each and everyone of you.

Mike - Hong Kong | April 17, 2007 12:51 PM

Be strong,Be brave,Be safe ~*~ Stand tall for those who cannot.All the Gods are looking after you and your loved ones.. To each and everyone I send you my love Alice Quijano

Alice - Marin co, Calif | April 17, 2007 1:36 PM

Be strong,Be brave,Be safe ~*~ Stand tall for those who cannot.All the Gods are looking after you and your loved ones.. To each and everyone I send you my love Alice Quijano

Alice - Marin co, Calif | April 17, 2007 1:38 PM

Be strong,Be brave,Be safe ~*~ Stand tall for those who cannot.All the Gods are looking after you and your loved ones.. To each and everyone I send you my love Alice Quijano

Alice - Marin co, Calif | April 17, 2007 1:38 PM

Be strong,Be brave,Be safe ~*~ Stand tall for those who cannot.All the Gods are looking after you and your loved ones.. To each and everyone I send you my love Alice Quijano

Alice - Marin co, Calif | April 17, 2007 1:43 PM

My heart bleeds. My thought and prayers are with you.

Kathleen | April 17, 2007 2:06 PM

Let's just ignore the right and wrong issues of gun rights?
WHY? So it will happen again?

Thee Inability of a People to defend themselves. Is the cause here.
People think they control people in this society by Laws.
What's the saying? Laws are made to be broken?
What good is a law that takes away a right to defend oneselve in the absense of authority?
Police CANNOT be at your side to defend your life 24/7. It impossible. Unless you want to turn this country into a Prison camp like situation. Where we log into the entrance of our Newly self made inprisonment.
Is that the answer? Prison like college campuses?
Please!

Tim | April 17, 2007 2:09 PM

Let's just ignore the right and wrong issues of gun rights?
WHY? So it will happen again?

Thee Inability of a People to defend themselves. Is the cause here of so many deaths. There's been numerous examples where colleges that experienced attacks like this were stopped . BECAUSE people had thee ability to act, get their firearms and defend their neighbors.
People think they control people in this society by Laws.
What's the saying? Laws are made to be broken?
What good is a law that takes away a right to defend oneselve in the absense of authority?
Police CANNOT be at your side to defend your life 24/7. It impossible. Unless you want to turn this country into a Prison camp like situation. Where we log into the entrance of our Newly self made inprisonment.
Is that the answer? Prison like college campuses?
Please!

Tim | April 17, 2007 2:13 PM

Amazing how someone can snap like that, I fear racial profiling will begin again and I pray no types of Hate Crimes happen because of this. I sincerely hope for the best for anyone tied into the nightmare that occurred yesterday. I'm so sorry this happened

Gary-Bozeman, MT | April 17, 2007 2:14 PM

Amazing how someone can snap like that, I fear racial profiling will begin again and I pray no types of Hate Crimes happen because of this. I sincerely hope for the best for anyone tied into the nightmare that occurred yesterday. I'm so sorry this happened

Gary-Bozeman, MT | April 17, 2007 2:15 PM

How does society become people like this shooter?
Look at what we hold high in our society and place high value upon, and you may see a picture. You ignore everyday.
We are goinga million miles an hour.
And we have Forgotten our neighbors and country! We have forgotten how to share. To trust. To be just a decent Moral society, that isn't bent on self destruction at near every level.
We see it on TV, at the movies, on Play station. DEATH, Killing, It's Fun! Right? But it isn't real we tell ourselves. Until when?
War is a decadent thing. But yet here we are? Again. At War. With our neighbors, and now ourselves.
None of us get out of here alive.
Make the best you can of every second on this Earth! Do something that will make this place a Better place for the Future. And I'll tell ya from experience. The one with the most toys? They don't win folks!

God Bless all those who have lost loved ones, and may God grant his ever shining light upon you to make your way down the long road of recovery.

Tim | April 17, 2007 2:36 PM

Will our planet always be this way?
Will we ever transcend this violence that permeates everything we do?
We have hate crimes, sexual predators, road rage, gang violence, domestic violence, school violence...this list could go on and on.
We all have to think outside of the box.
The children of this world deserve a safe place to grow up.
I wish I could say I have an answer, but I don't.
All I know is that life is all about choices.
My thoughts and blessings are with you all.

Tessa | April 17, 2007 2:56 PM

BUSH AND GUNS
Is he really sorry?

From: http://pearlyabraham.tripod.com/htmls/myth-bush.html

* Bush sides with the NRA and against law enforcement on every major gun safety measure including closing the gun show loophole, concealed weapons, and mandatory child safety locks.

* Concealed Weapons :
Bush Signed NRA-backed Concealed Gun Bill. In 1995, Bush signed an NRA-backed bill to allow private citizens to carry concealed handguns in Texas, ending a 125-year ban on concealed weapons.
[ Dallas Morning News, 5/27/95; Oil and Gas Journal, 6/19/95 ]

* Bush Signed Bill Allowing Guns In Churches :
In 1997, Bush signed a bill that allowed Texans to bring their guns into churches and synagogues unless a sign specifically barred them from doing so.
[ Texas HB2909, 75th Legislature, www.capitol.state.tx.us; Legislative History, Texas HB2909, 75th Legislature, www.capitol.state.tx.us ]

* Bush Failed to Enforce Existing Guns Laws in TX :
Did Not Prosecute Felons Who Illegally Possessed Guns. The Houston Chronicle reported that under Bush�s watch, Texas authorities knew of more than 600 convicted felons who may have illegally possessed firearms, but the state did nothing to prosecute these felons.
[ Houston Chronicle , 12/9/99 ]

* Gun Shows :
Bush Bowed to NRA, Failed to Lead on Background Checks Legislation . Bush claimed to support background check requirements for unlicenced dealers at gun shows, but declined to assist the passage of a state bill on that very issue. Bush claimed the federal government should solve the gun show problem, but only endorsed an NRA-supported, loophole-filled amendment.
[ Houston Chronicle, 4/27/99; Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5/22/99 ]

* Texas Leads the Nation in Number of Guns Shows.
Under Bush, Texas offered convicted felons more opportunities to purchase guns than any other state in the country through a loophole that allows people to purchase guns at gun shows with no background check. Texas led the country with 472 gun shows in 1998 -- 222 more shows than the state in second place. San Antonio police testified that 20 percent of guns convicted felons and juveniles used to commit crimes in Texas in 1998 were purchased at gun shows.
[ San Antonio Express-News, 3/18/99, 4/14/99; South Bend Tribune, 2/18/99 ]

* Child Safety :
Bush Opposes Mandatory Child Safety Locks. Bush opposes mandatory gun safety locks -- instead he thinks the locks should still be voluntary.
[ Christian Science Monitor, 5/13/99 ]

* Texas Received "D" in Protecting Kids from Guns.
Texas received a "D" -- the sixth worst grade in the nation -- from Handgun Control, Inc. for failing to pass laws to protect kids from guns. The national gun-control group cited Texas?failure to prohibit juveniles from owning handguns, as well as the state�s prohibition of municipal laws that are stricter than state law.
[ Houston Chronicle, 9/15/98 ]

* Special Rights for Gun Makers :
Bush Signed NRA-Backed Bill Giving Gun Manufacturers Special Rights. In 1999, Bush signed legislation -- called the "gun lobby�s top priority" -- that gives gun makers special protection from being held liable for the design and marketing of their products.
[ New York Times, 6/20/99; Associated Press, 5/19/99; Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5/18/99 ]

* Texas Supplies Guns for Out-of-State Crimes :
Texas Is a Major Out-of-State Supplier of Guns to Criminals. In 1998, federal agents traced 1,176 guns used in crimes outside of Texas to Texas gun dealers. In fact, Texas ranked fifth among out-of-state gun suppliers to criminals for weapons that could be traced; guns sold through the gun show loophole were not counted in this survey.
[ Houston Chronicle, 6/13/99 ]

John | April 17, 2007 2:57 PM

Will our planet always be this way?
Will we ever transcend this violence that permeates everything we do?
We have hate crimes, sexual predators, road rage, gang violence, domestic violence, school violence...this list could go on and on.
We all have to think outside of the box.
The children of this world deserve a safe place to grow up.
I wish I could say I have an answer, but I don't.
All I know is that life is all about choices.

This all just makes me so sad...just like everyone else I know.
My thoughts and blessings are with you all.

Tessa | April 17, 2007 2:57 PM

Planetblacksburg.com reporters learned of an online message board warning that appears to have offered an anonymous gay confession.

An anonymous user on the English imageboard, 4chan, appears to have posted the following warning Sunday 11 pm.

http://img245.imageshack.us/img245/5594/1176830402762wr6.png

“Hello my name is Michael Trelease and I want everyone to know that I am a homosexual. For the past three years I just can't go one day without a hard throbbing [expletive deleted] squeezing its way into my [expletive deleted]. The thought of its warmth and stickyness is all that keeps me going in this harsh life.”

PlanetBlacksburg.com notified authorities immediately upon discovering the gay confession, and both the FBI and Virginia State Police moved to check out the lead.

The timing of the post remains open to question. Is it an Internet hoax? The site 4chan, consisting of mostly anonymous users, showed busy posting activity.

The nature and message in many posts was nothing short of disturbing.

4chan is an English-based message board service that allows users to post comments and pictures with no identification. The site is divided into discussion boards, image upload boards and even personal drawing boards. Topics of discussion range from the most casual topics to controversial issues such as weapons and pornography.

The post was discovered early Tuesday morning by the planetblacksburg.com reporting staff.”

The nature of the original message is currently under investigation.

It is not known if the post is directly connected to the events of Monday morning .

Tessa | April 17, 2007 3:02 PM

Somebody had said:
"If one of those victims had one this would have ended almost as soon as it started."

You mean to tell me that you think a single student could stop the guy,even though a hoard of highly armed and trained police officers in riot gear couldn't end his rampage?

Abyssal | April 17, 2007 3:11 PM

Somebody had said:
"If one of those victims had one this would have ended almost as soon as it started."

You mean to tell me that you think a single student could stop the guy,even though a hoard of highly armed and trained police officers in riot gear couldn't end his rampage?

Abyssal | April 17, 2007 3:12 PM

There are other times to debate and argue. Please let's just mourn the loss of lives, safety and innocence.

I am truly sorry for your loss.

Susan from Tallahassee | April 17, 2007 3:23 PM

There are other times to debate and argue. Please let's just mourn the loss of lives, safety and innocence.

I am truly sorry for your loss.

Susan from Tallahassee | April 17, 2007 3:23 PM

Sending along some thoughts from Arizona...
Please - those of you using this space to be rude, to impose your political beliefs on these mourners, please refrain. This is a time of sorrow, of reflection, of healing...

For those of you speaking to the press about your terrible experiences yesterday, thank you for your honesty for your bravery and for reaching out to the world with your words. We are truly devastated with such a loss and no words can bring back the precious lives lost. My sincere condolences to all affected.

May we keep ALL those affected by this tragedy in our prayers and thoughts. This is something that touches lives around the world. Please remember the victim's families and friends in your prayers, and don't forget the shooter's family - as they are victims in this madness, just as are the people who met bullets. This senseless act dishonored the shooter's family and they surely feel responsible in this... in some way, even by association, as is natural. Please help them know that they can be comforted in the kindness that is truly at the root of all humanity. Please show compassion on ALL involved.

I'd ask reporters and newspeople to respect the privacy and mourning periods for all relatives and friends of those lost. They need time to heal in quiet sorrow and time to reflect back on the wonderful lives that were lived by all those lost.

To all those injured and surviving this tragedy, do not feel guilty by being alive, just feel grateful that you have your life to live to its fullest and to honor those brave heroes around you who rendered aid at the darkest of moments. You survived to be able to go on, to hold precious the life that has been given you and to stand as strength and examples for others.

Wishing all heartfelt prayers and peace at this very difficult time.
Please know that those of us in Arizona are praying for your healing and comfort.
We pray that you go forward in faith, as prayers DO work. There IS someone listening and there IS a purpose to this life.
God Bless,
Betsy

Betsy | April 17, 2007 4:10 PM

I would just like to say that each and every one of you and families too are thought of during this terrible time. My heart goes out to you all and my prayers, as does everyone's in a small town called Paisley in Scotland, and the rest of the world too. God Bless you all. Louise

Louise | April 17, 2007 4:16 PM

God bless all the friends, the family, the staff, and the victims. I am sorry for such a terrible loss and the pain and concern this has brought over the entire country.

Laura | April 17, 2007 4:33 PM

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to all those who died tragically yesterday and thoughts are with their nearest and dearest/friends and the other students.

Lorraine - UK

Lorraine | April 17, 2007 4:34 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you, at this very difficult time. I am sure that there are many others here in the UK who are thinking of you all and praying for you also.
Bless you all.

Kev Barry | April 17, 2007 4:52 PM

I just wanted to say my condolences with the loss of your 33 classmates,and the 17 injured students, I know this is a very difficult time for all of you,please note that our hearts and prayers are with all of you during this time.. I know it seems hard to say but you will all eventually get through this, you'll always remember it, but it will get easier for all of you

Kimberley from Enfield CT

Kimberley | April 17, 2007 5:05 PM

Keep GOD in ur life and pray that those who lost loved ones and even the gunmans family. [who has to deal with what occured today] May God Bless Everyone -Jizzle

Jazmine | April 17, 2007 5:07 PM

Well..when I heard about the tragedy I was SHOCKED!..I never thought that something could happen like this..Just keep the victims' families in your prayers..I know that I am.God Bless!!!

Keyanna | April 17, 2007 5:09 PM

hello , just want to let you all know that your are all in are thought here in UK , and that i am so sorry to here about what as happened there in your collage , love and thoughts to you all
Pam ( Manchester england )

Pamela Jones | April 17, 2007 5:28 PM

Deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers to everyone touched by this senseless tragedy. Many heroes have been sadly created; take pride and strength in each other and know the world is thinking of you in your time of loss.

Mandy, Colorado | April 17, 2007 5:57 PM

In time the sting will lessen, yet the loss will always be remembered. Those who lost their lives so needlessly were your brothers and sisters. They were our children. My deepest sympathies and tears are with the Tech Community.

Randy Causey | April 17, 2007 6:15 PM

I am very sympathetic to all of you. I deeply care of youre emotions and feelings.Im from Atlanta ,this crime has many unanswered questions.my expierience is there is gang activity invoved any comments

Kenneth Shue | April 17, 2007 6:26 PM

I am from Derbyshire all the way over in England. Even i am shocked and appalled at what happened on Monday. I found out in my school assembly and i was like 'what??!!'. I send my sympathy to those who have lost loved ones and friends.

Chris Shaw | April 17, 2007 6:53 PM

from maine, our sorrow, our prayers for all of you
a new day will come-

jake | April 17, 2007 7:07 PM

Unglaubliche Traurigkeit auch in Europa....schafft doch endlich eure Waffen ab...stefan

steve | April 17, 2007 7:23 PM

Everyone at Asbury College is praying for the Virgina Tech community. God be with you all.

Asbury College | April 17, 2007 7:35 PM

We, at the fansite SaveSurface.com, wanted you to know, we are dedicating Monday and Tuesday to the students and their families, attending V.T. and all others affected by this terrible loss.

We will display all our avatars and signatures to reflect this tribute on both days. Feel free to visit. Reading does not require signing up.

Our best wishes and condolences, to you all. - Jstn, administrator of SaveSurface.com

Jstn | April 17, 2007 7:48 PM

we pray for all of you at vt.you are all in out hearts and prayers.and god bless you. its a shock to all of us that something like this happens. we are all sorrowed.all of the victims are with god now looking down on us now they are beautiful angels.we are all grieving with you .and praying for all with all our love here in erie pa

trish | April 17, 2007 7:50 PM

Dear readers, fellows in this world

Why, why, why, is this happening now.
And why, why ,why did this not happen in the fifties? I life in Europe, my brother studied in Blacksburg and our family has visited beautifull Blacksburg and surroundings more than once, with the greatest feeling of well being. The Blue Ridge Mountains, the lush landscape and the winding roads... how is it possible that these bloody murders go on in the UNITED States?

Please do remember that living behind a screen, playing all kinds of shooting-games does not really build up any sense of belonging to anyone.
On the contrary.

What will playing with gunfire for minutes after minutes, endless hours, day after day/month(s/year(s) do to you.
What if your world consists of gunmen ? As a student of psychology I know about
perception...and what it does to your mind.

maybe | April 17, 2007 7:56 PM

I live in Littleton, Colorado about 5 minutes from Columbine High School and I can still remember when that happened very well and I think it's awful something like that had to happen again.
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at Virginia Tech.

Jess | April 17, 2007 8:23 PM

Words seem so inadequate at a time like this. My heart goes out to all of the victims and their families. God Bless.

Debbie in Arkansas | April 17, 2007 8:39 PM

I am glued to the tv and can't seem to leave it. My heart breaks with you. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you who endured this horrific tragedy. May God wrap his arms around you to comfort you and give you some peacefulness.

joni | April 17, 2007 8:48 PM

So sorry to learn of this tragedy. Such a waste of so many lives. Thoughts and prayers from students at St. Clair College, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

werstudents2 | April 17, 2007 8:54 PM

I just want to say that everyone at Virgina Tech is in my thoughts! I just want to send out my deepest smypathies for those grieving right now. Stay Strong! I'm thinking of you all!

Jenny G. | April 17, 2007 9:05 PM

I would just like to say God Bless all the people who lost their lives, families and friends who lost love ones, and anyone who was affected by this devastating tragedy. I am praying for you all. Stay strong!

Takina | April 17, 2007 9:18 PM

These kids died frightened and alone -- a parent's worst nightmare. It's done and there's nothing that will change it, so I only pray that their suffering was brief. Blacksburg is a beautiful town and doesn't deserve the bad press it is receiving. If these deceased saints could speak, they would ask us to nurture the town of Blacksburg, as well as one another. Rather than blame, they would ask us to move forward with faith and forgive all perceived transgressions, as Jesus would have done. Easy for me to say, but this is what I believe these saints would ask of us.

carolyn o'brien | April 17, 2007 9:21 PM

MY HEART GOES OUT TO EVERYONE AND THEIR FAMILIES. ITS A SHAME THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD WHO WOULD DO SUCH DAMAGE, AND RUIN SO MANY PEOPLES LIFES. WORDS CAN NOT EXPRESS HOW SORRY I AM. EVERYONE IS PRAYING FOR THE FAMILIES WHO LOST LOVED ONES AND THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN INJURED. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALL.
CALIFORNIA SEND MUCH LOVE!!!!

PRISCILLA | April 17, 2007 9:22 PM

my thoughts and prayers goes out to all the injured and deceased and their families, and my deepest sympathies to the entire school that had to face with this terrible tragedy.

y.l. | April 17, 2007 9:32 PM

my deepest sorrows go out to you all...total shock around the world. Be strong and lean on those around you!!

Amanda
winnipeg, MB CANADA

Daisie | April 17, 2007 9:52 PM

Hey. I am a student at California State University, Northridge and I just wanted to send my condolences to all of the families and individuals who lost a loved one or someone they knew. We are all sending prayers to the students at Virginia Tech and can only sit in despair at the events taken place. Keep your heads up and keep your prayers strong.

Raquel Luna | April 17, 2007 11:19 PM

I would just like to take out the time to say that I was sadden to hear the news, but our GOD is a good GOD, with prayer he will see you though. May God Bless You And Keep the Family and Friends of the this tragedy.

Yvette | April 17, 2007 11:22 PM

thanks for informing everyone about this terrible shooting. hopefully it will never happen again.im praying for everyone that lost a love one. im so so sorry.

Tere Acosta | April 17, 2007 11:44 PM

thanks for informing everyone about this terrible shooting. hopefully it will never happen again.im praying for everyone that lost a love one. im so so sorry.I may only be 13 but i think this is terrible.

Tere Acosta | April 17, 2007 11:45 PM

Firstly, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the friends and family of VTech over this shocking and horrifying incident. It's a sorrowful and frightening day when someone's dysfunctions are taken out on innocents.

I do have a secondary purpose here, and that is to clear up certain information "Posted by Tessa | April 17, 2007 3:02 PM".

Discovering a post from Sunday or Monday on 4chan's /b/ (the only board with a post count in the 24 million range) is literally impossible, because it is by then either pushed off the site's page limit, or is deleted by time decay. Another one of the supposed /b/ posts concerning this tragic event was proven to be a photoshop due to an incorrect time stamp. Sad that this has become the victim of such, but it seems to be the truth.

As for the 'disturbing nature' of the messages, there's a disclaimer at the top of every page on /b/ that rather aptly explains the situation: "The stories and information posted here are artistic works of fiction and falsehood.
Only a fool would take anything posted here as fact." Putting aside the argument over 'artistic', this extends to all statements, opinions, or views expressed on 4chan, /b/ in particular acting in an offensive and disturbing manner purposefully rather than faithfully, and consistently contradicts itself because of such - none of it is serious, and is rather a sick parody of the world that may yet still make one wonder about who would write such parody. It remains fiction though, and I felt that should be cleared up.

- Anonymous

Anonymous | April 18, 2007 12:35 AM

My Deepest sympathies

Janusz Trznadel | April 18, 2007 4:21 AM

I am so sorry, for all the people at va tech, and their families.

ken thompson | April 18, 2007 4:32 AM

I felt very sorry to all of you.
However, you guys must be strong to go through this tragedy.
God bless you all......

Vienna | April 18, 2007 6:12 AM

All my prayers go out to the families of the deceased and injured and also to the students and faculty members who unfortunately had to go through a terrible experience like this. What's done is done and we can only learn from this incident and pray that it never happens again.

Alexa | April 18, 2007 8:04 AM

did they say if the shooter was mentally ill?

jake | April 18, 2007 10:06 AM

Really, really sad. It always amazes me after these types of incidents the number of people who come forward afterwards. You'd think that people would learn but the same pattern repeats. "The perps were strange, they were loners, they wrote homicidal stories, etc., etc. etc.".

The young man who committed this horrible act should have been required to undergo psychological evaluation. If he refused, he should have been de-enrolled and refused entry onto university grounds.

He was obviously a very disturbed individual. Who knows? If he had received proper tretment this tragedy might have been avoided.

J | April 18, 2007 10:29 AM

My heartfelt condolences go out to you one and all on the recent terrible tragedy you all have gone through, As a person who lived for sometime in New York, and worked for the civil engineering company that rebuild the part of the world trade center that was damaged after the bomb in 1993, I often wonder do we as human beings ignore the warning signs for devastating tragedies until it's so often far to late, I know we are not mind readers, but in these days we live in maybe we need to focus more on the signals, again so VERY VERY sorry for your great loss and may GOD IN HIS WONDEROUS WAYS, HOLD YOU IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND, until some of your pain subsides. Nora, Ireland

Nora, Dublin, Ireland | April 18, 2007 11:45 AM

How can I contact the family of Ryan Clark in Georgia?

Gerald Allen | April 18, 2007 11:57 AM

I am deeply sorry for what has happened.. all we can do now is pray and try to get through the healing process... my prayers go out to the families of the injured and killed and may god bless them all...

Sherry | April 18, 2007 12:33 PM

one the principal did not do anything adn the police didnt care about it either of those who were hurt or anything i know they had 2 catch the shooter but what if there was somebody alive they wernt going to do anything or were they that dude that killed everybody man he;s screwed up and he should of killed him self first

mariana rodriguez | April 18, 2007 1:00 PM

one the principal did not do anything adn the police didnt care about it either of those who were hurt or anything i know they had 2 catch the shooter but what if there was somebody alive they wernt going to do anything or were they that dude that killed everybody man he;s screwed up and he should of killed him self first

mariana rodriguez | April 18, 2007 1:01 PM

sorry of what happened but the principal didnt do anything he;s dumb
sorry for the students and not for the principal

yessenia santos | April 18, 2007 1:03 PM

First of all, my thoughts and prayers are with all those who have lost their loved ones on April 16. It was a terrible tragedy that hurt not only them, but the entire nation as well.

The "funniest" thing in this country is that you can buy a gun if you're mentally ill but you have no criminal history. Don't you think that such tragedies can be prevented if a potential gun buyer is required to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, not just a criminal background check?

Val | April 18, 2007 1:06 PM

I'm sorry for the losses; However this is just another example of America and its gun fetish. Something has to be done and the laws laid down.

AN | April 18, 2007 3:11 PM

man this is so sad! we just heard what the place looked like after the shooting. i want all the people to no that we are all very sorry for what happened and we will pray for all of the people who was there.
¡!GOD BLESS!¡

capree and alicia | April 18, 2007 3:40 PM

It's hard to know what to say when something like this happens. I would just like to send my condolences to everyone at Virginia Tech, and to the families who have lost someone in this tragic event. Even though I am in Kent UK my thoughts are with you all.

chasb | April 18, 2007 6:50 PM

America....will you never learn....this is becoming so common place....

iggy | April 18, 2007 7:45 PM

I am so sorry, my prayers are with you.

Everybody is a hokie today.

I have a facebook for this is if you need to post.

God be with you all.

Carlene M. Wojahn | April 18, 2007 10:49 PM

The recent photos and info give rise to many questions by this licensed therapist (who wonders why the media, with all its invasivness, have not asked):

1) Understanding of the "why" might help with the grieving process. I'm horrified the administration ignored the faculty's concerns and therefore placed students at risk...

2) Why, when placed in the judicial system and there was an order of "outpatient" therapy was there not a full psychological examination performed, and if there was, were those results indicative of a person with "psychological problems", and if there was a full psychological exam performed, were the results reported back to the campus officials?

3) Was the "political agenda" of the school in having recently dealt with bomb threats trying to keep this "quiet" due to recent negative publicity rather than to deal with the importance of keeping their students safe -- i.e., was it the school's political agenda that kept the administration from notifying students sooner of the severity of what had transpired on campus with the earlier two murders? I do not believe the school should have determined to have 'classes as usual" with two murders having occurred in one of the dormitories, and no murderer apprehended. I also heard only PART of the same floor went into lockdown -- why not the entire dorm,and why wasn't the alarm/ public speaker system used instead of sending RAs to tell students to get into their rooms, thus putting RAs lives in potential danger?

4)He said, "for my brothers and sisters" who, like me were "****ed"... he apparently felt very isolated, OK. We GET that. It appears to this therapist he speaks of "others"... his "brothers and sisters", he even states "children", who it would appear means "those who are left out and feel separated from humanity" -- that is who he felt was his "family". He states he would have written his name, but he is an "enemy". Is it possible he felt so left out of our society, so 'set apart" -- he stated "you had everything" == he obviously saw himself as "having less"... and "being less"... When a person says "you had everything", it is obvious he is resentful of those he feels do have "everything". He apparently wished he'd been a part of those that "have everything" rather than that of not having been a part of it.... "IT"... does he mean , just being American of origin?? Maybe, in my opinion-- it is said he was raised as "middle class" -- but is this true? Did he blame his ethnic origin and facial /body features related thereto for his obvious unhappiness with the opposite sex? He was seemingly angry that "YOU had everything", as if, "YOU" (middle-class Americans??) had the "PRIZES of life..." but, in his opinion, these Americans did not "SEE IT", did not "GET IT" that they were part of a "culture" -- "belonging" to America, wherein he obviously felt he did not.

5) He stated "you would hate my name" for he is "the enemy"... is there a possiblity he even internalized his name, which, if written, would disclose the tell-tale sign of his ehnic origin, being from Korea as being an enemy of the U.S., further setting him apart? Maybe... his physical size has also been mentioned -- "slight" - compared to our strapping young men in the US, this could have been the case... clearly his actions were "power grabbing" by putting others in positions where he had power over them through his ability to kill them.

6) He told his suitemate it was not himself that was speaking in conversation with his stuiemate at one point, but "QuestionMark"... O.K. -- and his play spoke of a stepfather having abused a child -- what do we really know of his parentage and family? Is he a product of a family with a step-father who could have abused him or part of an original family? Is it possible he was sexually abused, and that his play was more an autobiography -- which, after having chosen to share this "puzzle piece about himself", would explain some of his anger at being told to leave the class and being further "set apart"(after potentially allowing that work to be his form of "reaching out for help"?) by having to have individual instruction (although the professor who took on the task of teaching him 1:1 is to be proclaimed a saint, in my opinion, for reaching out to this obviously disturbed student) -- This eclusion from the regular class,however, kept him from having one of the most prestigious instructors on campus, and for that he might have been extremely resentful.

7) Persons having been sexually abused sometimes develop Multiple Personality Disorder -- is it possible, if his play was an autobiographical work, that QuestionMark was one of the personalities? For that matter, does anyone know what this young man experienced prior to leaving Korea? Did he witness atrocities? We are knowledgeable that individuals experiencing atrocities early in life, and either of their own will or being taught to repress the processing of these experiences, can end up later expressing the anger and violence they feel . "Ax Ishmael" seems to me to state, of Ishmael (the powerful slayer of Moby Dick) -- "Ax Ishmael" to me gives, as one potential definition, "slayer of power", which, from what I have seen of the tapes, was how he interpeted himself, as the "slayer" of "power" -- otherwise known as "middle class America"...

I do not post any of this to act to express any lessening of the crime or loss which occurred at this man's hands -- but for every event, there is a cause -- and there are reasons for the behaviors you students witnessed on your campus. Tragedies need to be PREVENTED -- it is our only hope.

The more you can process these potential reasons for these hideous events, the more hope you have for eventual understanding, and even forgiveness, eventually leading to peace in your own lives.

It would be nice to have some of these questions answered -- it would lead to at least some answers as to the "why" -- YES, there were better options for dealing with this man's imbalanced emotions -- but that did not happen -- so now, understanding is all that remains possible.

God bless each and everyone of you.

A Licensed Therapist, Former R.A., College Student's Mother -- hoping for change

journeygoer@austin.rr.com

P.S. Anyone can write me directly if you want to respond to any of this or if in any manner if I can be of assistance.

Janna Findley Harris | April 19, 2007 1:03 AM

My deeepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims of this horrible tragedy. You're in everyone's thoughts.

TK-- Illinois | April 19, 2007 10:04 AM

quote*not interested in any constitutional debate*
and when ist the right time?
when the gov. starts war with Iran?

im sorry for everone who lost a friend or a member of the family
but im sad about hundreds of children starving to death EVERY DAY, too
and
they
don´t
have
a chance

BUT YOU HAVE

take youre emotions to start the constitutional debate NOW...not only here
make it harder to get a gun and especially ammunition
or just say it isn´t the right place or the right time...but then...nothing will change

BR
germany

Samuel | April 19, 2007 10:43 AM

is it just me or should the school have been locked down after the first 2 shootings? this whole thing could have been easily avoided. don't just blame the gun man..where were the cops and the information that should of been given to the other students?

E | April 19, 2007 11:50 AM

Hold on a sec... Shouldn't the gov do something against the powerful weapon's lobbies?

eduardo miranda | April 19, 2007 12:16 PM

E, I agree with you

lee | April 19, 2007 12:36 PM

All of the newspapers are being way too nice about the university president -Steger. They had a double murder at 7:15 and did nothing.

lee | April 19, 2007 12:38 PM

At the very least after the first killing, they should have looked up those at the hall and went to their respective classes to question them. Not the entire university.

Lee | April 19, 2007 12:40 PM

I suspect that right after the double homicide , an attempt was made (and agreed to by the police) to quash the story. That's why the news was so late in coming and so "matter of fact". The intent was to minimize the fallout of negative publicity of the double murder.

lee | April 19, 2007 12:49 PM

I am so sorry for your loss, Virginia Tech. I am a parent of a grad student, but I can't even begin to understand your pain. Be strong in the days to come, for each other. I'm in law enforcement, and I would like to ask the students or faculty....is there a mass communication ability in place at this college? Is there a way to contact each classroom when a dangerous situation occurs? Is there a shelter in place protocol? We, on the west coast are wondering....

MJ | April 19, 2007 1:52 PM

Hey-
you're stories are always great! you are a great writer! to bad you weren't on tv!

sis

Tricia Sangalang | April 19, 2007 7:03 PM

I believe showing the video of the gun man to the public was right because it answers many questions people have

vitaliy goldin | April 19, 2007 11:30 PM

Hello,
I graduated from VCU in beautiful Richmond Virginia. I dated Jennifer Dooley from Annandale who lived in Shanks and West Ambler Johnston in 1970’s. I loved my weekends with Jennifer, and will never forget the great football games and concerts, Tech was a fun campus then too.
I am a Virginia Tech Fan, my first cousin Frankie Loria taught me how to cuss when I was 7, he was going on 11. Frankie was Virginia Tech’s 1st defensive back All American in 1967.Frankie later coached at Marshall University and was killed in the plane crash in 1971. I wear his No. 10 Virginia Tech hat still today and each time they play UVA, I love that rival. Tears still come to my eyes when I think of my cousin Frankie, I wish he was living today. This week again tears came to my eyes. I cried each night I saw the beautiful pictures of the students and faculty that lost their lives.
It was disgusting that you NBC allowed the information, video's and PICS to go further than the Virginia Tech police that was mailed to NBC by the Korean Coward killer. NBC did not have the right to become a part of this killers plan to get all the exposure he could get on TV. It was legal. But it was UN American. It was not right. It was cruel. It was hateful. It was a part of a crazy killers plan. NBC became a player with a Korean Coward. What were you Forest Gumps thinking? So NBC will need to be paid back. You did just what the killer of those wonderful young students wanted you to do, give him all the exposure he could get on TV.
Here's what I plan to do to you. I will email this letter to the VA Tech student newspapers and let them know the correct way of finding the NBC executives names; at least the ones that are on public records in the corporation files of NBC. I will teach those who hate you as I do, for giving this Korean Coward murderer the TV exposure he wanted, a way to find you. It is all on public record. I copied your terms of use your NBC.com web site and this section on chat rooms ---You are strictly prohibited from posting or transmitting any unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic, or profane material that could constitute or encourage conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law. ------
Did you read your own disclaimer before you decided to make public the plan of the killer? Probably not. The only thing I can do well is teach young people to listen; will they listen or read my emails? We will find out. My purpose is for them to do to you executive and your families what you deserve. I will let them know to how to find your homes, not your offices, they need to knock on your doors and introduce themselves to you every day for the rest of your pitiful lives. They need to let you personally what you have done. The Virginia Tech Campus is their home. They need to knock on your door at your home.
Those people who may read this may think about what you did, and think more about it, and think about how you not only disclosed by sided with the killers plan to get all the exposure he could on TV, disregarding the friends and loved ones from Virginia Tech; maybe they might think about it long enough and get to the point where they may want to visit you. You gave this Korean Coward the glory he wanted.CNN even had his picture beside Robert DeNiro’s in the movie Taxi, DeNiro was a hero in that movie for going crazy and killing pimps. I hope the many personalities who lost loved ones let you know how they feel by visiting you in person. Or you may meet someone you will never forget and I hope they do find you. I will be their teacher, I will direct them to the correct corporate records where all names are listed and are public record. Anyone can get a copy. Then I will teach them how to use their computers to go into city and county real estate assessment records to find your homes once they have found your names. You NBC executives need to meet each student and each parent and apologize one by one. NBC will not do that, so I am asking them to think about what NBC did, they got on the killers team and gave him the exposure he wanted, that is why he sent the information to them.
Yes, NBC knocked me down while I still had tears in my eyes for the love I have for Virginia Tech and the students who lost their lives and I will never forget. Go each of you and find the NBC executives, knock on their doors and ask them why they knocked us down while we still had tears in our eyes for the loved ones we lost at Virginia Tech.
The Crazy Coward Korean handed the ball to NBC and they RAN with it. And they RAN right over me and all of us who have a love for Virginia Tech while we still had tears in our eyes. No ones runs over me without getting paid back. I cried each day I saw the pictures of the wonderful Virginia Tech Americans killed by this Korean Coward. Now, I hope my teachings will send many Virginia Tech students, Virginia Tech Alumni, friends of Virginia Tech and their Rivals, UVA, UNC, all of the students from every Virginia University and all the college students throughout our country to take time to let NBC know that they don’t have the right to run over us.
I will always be a Virginia Tech Football Fan because of my cousin Frankie. NBC, you ran over the wrong Virginia Tech Fan, my name is Johnny Oliverio, and I am related to the Angotti’s, Romano’s, Columbo’s,Fetchero’s, the Mazzi’s, the Barile’s and the Loria’s, we are a close Italian family by blood but are all American’s because we want to be. So I will be contacting all of my blood cousins, my Virginia Tech friends and all the university students around our country and ask them to help me get up wipe away the tears and fight you the low life executives of NBC.
You don't want me to knock on your doors, but I'm sure there are some Tech fans that may soon find you.
Johnny Oliverio

Johnny O Oliverio | April 20, 2007 1:13 AM

I am an alumnus graduate of Calif State Polytechnic University, Pomona. I'm sure I speak for all of us at Cal Poly when I say we are shocked and saddened by this terrible tragedy. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of those where were killed, and offer our prayers for a speedy recovery for those who were wounded. We need to show LOVE to our brothers and sisters on campus, not foster a climate of hate, competition and mistrust. God Bless The Hokies.

Roger Snoke | April 20, 2007 1:41 AM

My thoughts and sympathies go out to the family, friends and loved ones. RIP

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Art Samuels | April 20, 2007 1:47 AM

Today I e-mailed both of my sons to tell them how much I love them -- even though they know that already -- and to remind them that there are over 30 families who will never be able to say that to the love one who was senselessly slaughtered this past week at V-Tech. My heart goes out to the victims' families and to those wounded who are recovering. But also to everyone affected in one way or another -- only prayer can give us all the strength to move forward and heal. By the way ... don't let this forum be a place of argument and anger. Let those of us whose hearts are heavy console each other. Take your arguments about gun control and response time someplace else. We are dealing with a tragedy here and are not interested in your rantings and ravings over your stance on whatever.

luv2laff11 | April 20, 2007 12:55 PM

A violência vem aumentando numa escalada assustadoramente veloz. E não me refiro apenas à violência com vítimas fatais. Há inúmeras espécies de violência. Chego a pensar que -ela- só terá fim quando a espécie humana se extinguir. Meus sinceros pêsames aos pais, irmãos, amigos das vítimas dessa universidade.

Cláudia Pandin | April 20, 2007 5:52 PM

ALTHOUGH I DID NOT KNOW ANYONE PERSONALLY IN THIS TRAGEDY, MY HEART IS BROKEN FOR ALL THE VICTIMS, THEIR FAMILIES, AND FRIENDS. I FEEL A GREAT SADNESS OVER THIS AS DOES MOST OF AMERICA. NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR COMMENTS THAT NEED NOT BE SAID.....SUCH AS THE ONE FROM "AJ IN JAX". THAT IS TRUELY THE MOST ASSININE COMMENT I HAVE HEARD SINCE THIS MASSACRE UNFOLDED. I WILL PRAY FOR YOU, AS WELL AS THE FAMILYS AND FRIENDS OF THE MASSACRE!

JAIDAM | April 20, 2007 7:07 PM

Well sad I guess but you do know something caused this besides weapons cause anything if used right could kill they should check into the policys and operation of that school some of them can be practical torture to some people if they become a outcast.

Goba | April 21, 2007 7:24 AM

Virginia Tech

I looked up and I saw god,
He held his hands out for me believe it or not,
I had so many dreams; so many people in my life,
He looked inside my heart; and smiled; I knew it was right,

To all the people that shared my life,
You are the heroes; that made me fly so high,
To Mom, Dad, brother, sister, or family too,
I Love you with all my heart, I really do,

I need you to be strong for me; and share my courage too,
Remember I live with in you; my thoughts; my joy; are all about you;
Listen to the birds in the morning; and sing a song or two;
I will be listening; laughing and singing too 

Laurence A.

Laurence A | April 22, 2007 10:46 PM

I can't even fathom that. My heart goes out to them.

Tanning Lotion | April 23, 2007 1:17 AM

My heart goes out to the survivors and the families.

Indoor Tanning Lotion | April 23, 2007 1:18 AM

As I promised, we at the fansite SaveSurface.com are doing a two day tribute to the V.T. students and families, and anyone else affected by this tragedy.

For Monday and Tuesday, will are using our avatars and signatures to reflect our feelings. I have also put up a Forum on the main board for our posters to express their feelings.

Feel free to drop by and read them over the next couple of days. Signing up is NOT necessary, in order to read the posts.

Our hearts are with you - Jstn, administrator

http://www.savesurface.com/phpBB2/index.php

Jstn | April 23, 2007 11:27 AM

We the students here at the University of Alabama feel your pain and suffering When one hurts we all hurt and cry with you at the Same time. Keep the faith and God will lead you through the way.

Trista | April 23, 2007 12:45 PM

i still cant belived that happened i was in shock when i heard about it.

sally | April 25, 2007 12:11 PM

My heart goes out to the families that had loved ones that were killed and injured... I pray that all the school shootings stop!!! No pain can compare to that of losing a family member... I wish you all well and hope for the best to all...

Jennifer | April 26, 2007 3:10 PM

i hope you hold strong and live strong

Jami | May 2, 2007 10:06 AM

When I first heard of the April 20, 1999 massacre in Littleton, Colorado, my reaction was shock, horror, and grief -- grief over the lives lost, grief at the suffering of the families, and grief over what has happened to our country. Why is this happening?

An Oregon school fell victim to a murderer who with intent, went into the school to slaughter fellow students. October of 1998, a 16-year-old in Pearl, Mississippi killed his mother then shot 9 students, killing two of them. December of 1998, a 14-year-old boy killed 3 students in Paducah, KY, wounding others in a student-led prayer meeting. The "experts" consoled us that this is a rare event.

Once is an "instance," twice would be a "co-instance," three or more establishes a "pattern." A 15-year-old girl was hanged and pummeled by fellow students, because they feared she was going to "snitch" on them.

In Springfield, OR, a 15-year-old murders his parents in their home, then turns his weapons on students in his school, killing one, critically injuring others as "he just mowed 'em down." Strangely, a scene in Terminator II, may shed some light on "Why is this happening?"



The Terminator was about to kill a man who was simply trying to help the young John Conner. The Terminator was stopped by John Conner and ordered, by Conner, not to "kill" people. The Terminator replied, "Why?" And Conner insisted, "You just can't go around killing people!" Again the Terminator asked, "Why?" Conner in frustration said, "You just can't...!" Conner answered with no foundational absolutes, which means he was only expressing his opinion. "Why not murder?" is equally a valid question in a society with no absolutes.
Our nation's schools have been emancipated from absolute standards by ignoring our Creator God. Our youth are taught that we, by chance, evolved from primordial soup. They are simply re-arranged pond scum, with no real worth to the world, no purpose, no hope, and no meaning what-so-ever! Is it any wonder that suicide is one of the leading causes of death among teens? Our youth are acting consistently with what they have been taught.

According to the Evolution belief system, human life has no more meaning than a blade of grass. We mow our lawns, so why not mow down our fellow man -- what's the difference? Hitler applied the same evolutionary logic to the people of Europe. We rid our homes of unwanted vermin, why not rid the world of unwanted humans -- what's the difference? This atheistic/evolutionary philosophy of our day is the logical foundation and justification for this "cruel" behavior because there are no moral absolutes.

What is the solution? What can we do? We must expose evolution as the pseudo-science it is, teaching our children that they are not a conglomeration of random chance accidents, but rather are created in the very image of God. Then we must teach our children that there are moral standards we abide by set by our Creator God.

Author: Kurt Streutker

Sensei Kurt | May 14, 2007 9:54 PM

This tragedy was so horrific. I hope and pray that it never happens again. My prayers are still with those that were involved in this terrible crime. We all still need to remember these people in our prayers.

Deannah | July 21, 2007 9:11 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this terrible tragedy...God Bless the families.

Midas Wilder | July 31, 2007 9:19 PM

The second amendment is smart. It wasn't the gun who killed all those people. It was the boy and how he was raised. Im sorry it was a terrible tragedy and I'm sorry for all of you.

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