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Students Using Facebook to Organize Vigils

by Tricia Sangalang
News Staff Writer
April 17, 2007

In addition to the convocation at Cassell Coliseum scheduled for Tuesday afternoon by the university, students across the country are organizing their own vigils to honor those involved in Monday’s shootings. For many of these students, Facebook is their main means of communicating the event or group to others.

“I sent out the group at about 6 p.m. (Monday) to 80-100 people. About 45-50 people actually attended,” freshman Thomas Lane said. “I’m impressed by the universities all over the country. Schools from all over have sent me things. There is even a JMU Facebook group for Tech, which is great.”

Lane created the event, “PY Prayer Vigil,” which took place in the downstairs lobby of Peddrew-Yates residence hall at 9 p.m. Monday.

“There was a lot of tears,” Lane said. “It was encouraging and sad at the same time. We bonded a lot and just wanted to send the message that we’re there for each other.”

A simple “vigil Virginia Tech” search will bring up a number of hits for groups or events created by students. Some are for candlelit gatherings at a public location, like War Memorial Chapel, or a personal reflection open to “everyone everywhere.”

A search conducted today would bring up many events encouraging students at any university to wear maroon and orange.

An event called “Remembrance Day” features a tagline stating, “Forget any and all college affiliations today. For we are all Hokies.”

Jose Torres, a student at New River Valley Community College who plans to attend Virginia Tech next semester, created an event called, “Student Gathering at the Drillfield.” Over 1,000 students were invited to attend, and 176 confirmed, to gather on the drillfield near War Memorial Chapel beginning at 8:30 p.m. Monday.

“We got together and made a big VT sign and tied it to a tree. Students came, talked to others, and signed. We want to show everyone we’re going to stick together,” Torres said. “We can go and see there are other people who share how we feel. I’ve had many people I don’t know come up to me and say, ‘thank you for making this event.’”

Just before midnight, Torres returned to his apartment to get more paper for the guest sign-in binder. He estimated over 200 people had attended by that point. The event was scheduled to continue until 2:30 this morning.

Students at the University of Virginia, in California, in Canada, in Denver, at the University of Florida, and Cabrini are among the many who have used Facebook as the main communication medium for vigils, moments of silences and just simple remembrances.

“I’m planning a vigil for this Friday at our ‘spirit rock.’ I remember when Columbine happened and I just felt it was needed to give support,” said Lauren Yono, advertising and public relations major at Michigan State University. “I spread the word through Facebook hoping hundreds of people will come. Facebook has become easier than e-mail and I felt it was the best way to contact people.”

Yono created a group entitled, “Spartans Memoralizing Virginia Tech Tragedy,” where, in the description, encouraged her fellow students that “it is of character to come together and show support for the Virginia Tech Hokies and all those suffering form such a tragic incident.”

Brandon Hayes, a sophomore and management major, is an admin for the event “Evening Vigil,” and is friends with the creator, Rebecca Spilman.

Students are encouraged to light a candle outside his or her room or window to remember those who have died. In the description, Spilman suggests participants should “ask (themselves) how many more will it take until we realize our generation needs to make a change.”

“I invited a few from my Facebook friends because you can communicate to a mass amount of people in a little amount of time,” Hayes said. “(Spilman) created the event because she is wonderful and cares about everyone. With it not having a location or a time, it shows that people should remember those affected all the time.”

In each event or group, the common theme is a sense of camaraderie, encouraging students everywhere to “come together” or to “rally behind the Hokies.”

In the wake of the tragic events, students have shown they want to “get to the next stage” as Torres said. “No one wants to be alone. We lost friends. We lost our Hokies. Many of us are afraid that it could have be us.”


Comments (96)


my heart goes out to everyone that goes VT i am sorry what happen. I am praying for you guys noone needs desvers to be killed or wounded. If there is anything I can do for you guys let me know. WE IN NORTH CARLIONA. WE ARE SORRY.

jana | April 17, 2007 12:32 PM

I am deeply sorry for all those that lost their lives at VT and will pray for them and their loved ones. My heart and sympathy goes out to every one at VT at this tragic time.

Sharon | April 17, 2007 1:22 PM

My condolences to you at this difficult time.
To those of you who did everything possible to save lives,God Bless You all!!
Christina
(Canada)

Christina | April 17, 2007 1:53 PM

I just want say that my prayers go out for the families of the victims and the VT community. Healing is next.

Derek K. Jones | April 17, 2007 2:10 PM

We send our deepest sympathy to all at Virginia Tech and to the families of the victims. Our prayers are with you all.

Elaine J. Best | April 17, 2007 2:33 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 2:37 PM

We are sorry for your deep loss, Universities around the U.S. weep for you. --Eastern Washington University

Heather Veeder | April 17, 2007 2:45 PM

Please don't impede our mourning with talk of stupid politics and stupid chain mail. Understand our need for some time to grief and leave your own junk out of these message boards, thank you.

Andy | April 17, 2007 3:00 PM

The prayers of me and my family are with all students, faculty, and your families. I also pray that all of you can pull together and aid each other in your grief. God Bless all of you!!!!!!

Sharon | April 17, 2007 3:13 PM

I am from Canada, British Columbia and I saw what had happened to your school. It is a tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this time.
Stay strong!!!!

Andrea | April 17, 2007 3:27 PM

Words cannot possibly convey our deep feelings of sympathy,sadness and shock at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all, at Virginia Tech and across your nation, as well as our own. Jocelyne Couture-Nowak and her family will be especially remembered in our prayers, as a fellow Canadian, ripped from life, in such a tragic and senseless way. God give you all strength to endure this trial and to heal of your hurts.

Stevie & Sharon, Mississauga, Canada | April 17, 2007 3:42 PM

Words cannot possibly convey our deep feelings of sympathy,sadness and shock at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all, at Virginia Tech and across your nation, as well as our own. Jocelyne Couture-Nowak and her family will be especially remembered in our prayers, as a fellow Canadian, ripped from life, in such a tragic and senseless way. God give you all strength to endure this trial and to heal of your hurts.

Stevie & Sharon, Mississauga, Canada | April 17, 2007 3:43 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad and tragic time. x

michelle London, England | April 17, 2007 4:02 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad and tragic time. x

Michelle, London, England | April 17, 2007 4:04 PM

We wanted to let all the students, faculty, and families know that you are all in our prayers. God is by all of you sides right now and always.

Kimberly, Michael, and Harley- SouthHill, Virginia | April 17, 2007 4:05 PM

We remember from our experience in Scotland when so many children died...... Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. God Bless you all.

Helen Barnes in England | April 17, 2007 4:08 PM

We remember from our experience in Scotland when so many children died...... Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. God Bless you all.

Helen Barnes in England | April 17, 2007 4:10 PM

We remember from our experience in Scotland when so many children died...... Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. God Bless you all.

Helen Barnes in England | April 17, 2007 4:10 PM

We remember from our experience in Scotland when so many children died...... Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. God Bless you all.

Helen Barnes in England | April 17, 2007 4:10 PM

our hearts go out to each and everyone of you- students, friends, family, faculty. You are all in our prayers and we wanted to let you all know that everyone in South Hill, Virginia is here for you ALL.

Kimberly, Michael, and Harley- SouthHill, Virginia | April 17, 2007 4:11 PM

We remember from our experience in Scotland when so many children died...... Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. God Bless you all.

Helen Barnes | April 17, 2007 4:11 PM

our hearts go out to each and everyone of you- students, friends, family, faculty. You are all in our prayers and we wanted to let you all know that everyone in South Hill, Virginia is here for you ALL.

Kimberly, Michael, and Harley- SouthHill, Virginia | April 17, 2007 4:11 PM

I have family and friends who attend VT. When I heard the news my heart dropped. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is affected by this horrific tradgedy.

Crystal Nixon | April 17, 2007 4:13 PM

Sending along some thoughts from Arizona...
Please - those of you using this space to 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 4:13 PM

In this time of despair, when all seems lost, I can only remind you that- this too shall pass.

My wishes and prayers are with you

Sonam Saxena, Harvard Business School, MA | April 17, 2007 4:17 PM

sorry to hear about your loses and i pray that god is with you all the way

luke | April 17, 2007 4:41 PM

r i p our heart here are with u all essex uk

natasha | April 17, 2007 4:45 PM

United in grief and shock at yesterday's tragedy. We are Praying for those who have lost their lives, the injured and their families and thinking of you all during this sad and painful time.

Andrew, Warrington, UK | April 17, 2007 4:48 PM

United in grief and shock at yesterday's tragedy. We are Praying for those who have lost their lives, the injured and their families and thinking of you all during this sad and painful time.

Andrew, Warrington, UK | April 17, 2007 4:50 PM

People say they�re sorry,
And they mean it from the heart,
But to understand your heartache,
They couldn�t even start,
To have a loss like you have had,
Is too much to understand,
We see it and we feel for you,
But it�s only secondhand,
You�re the ones who are suffering,
And we�re the ones who care,
But if there�s anything we can do,
Call us, we�ll be there.

Stephanie | April 17, 2007 4:50 PM

I'm very sorry to hear what happened,my thoughts and heart goes out to all those who went to school and lost their lives,We as Americans need to learn from this and wake up to how we should respect life and the others around us.I am so sorry this had to happen.Let God be with you.

Di Earle Brigham | April 17, 2007 4:52 PM

My prayers and and heart go out to everyone there in Blacksburg. Just know that there are people out there praying for ya'll and praying that God will make things better with time and praying that hate won't overcome what has happened. PRAYERS FROM SOUTH FL.

Carly | April 17, 2007 4:52 PM

People say they�re sorry,
And they mean it from the heart,
But to understand your heartache,
They couldn�t even start,
To have a loss like you have had,
Is too much to understand,
We see it and we feel for you,
But it�s only secondhand,
You�re the ones who are suffering,
And we�re the ones who care,
But if there�s anything we can do,
Call us, we�ll be there.

Stephanie | April 17, 2007 4:55 PM

My prayers, thoughts and heart go out to all those at Virginia Tech and may God help all those whom are suffering and grieving. Such tragedies should never happen, but they always seem to. Do not let hate overcome everything that has happened. April 16 will live in all of our memories forever, but God will help us all get through the hard times.

Jean, Rapid City, SD | April 17, 2007 4:58 PM

My prayers, thoughts and heart go out to all those at Virginia Tech and may God help all those whom are suffering and grieving. Such tragedies should never happen, but they always seem to. Do not let hate overcome everything that has happened. April 16 will live in all of our memories forever, but God will help us all get through the hard times.

Jean, Rapid City, SD | April 17, 2007 4:58 PM

My prayers, thoughts and heart go out to all those at Virginia Tech and may God help all those whom are suffering and grieving. Such tragedies should never happen, but they always seem to. Do not let hate overcome everything that has happened. April 16 will live in all of our memories forever, but God will help us all get through the hard times.

Jean, Rapid City, SD | April 17, 2007 4:59 PM

From an alumni who's first job was in Norris Hall, my deepest sympathies. This is a very sad day for me.

PJ | April 17, 2007 5:06 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at VT at this time of sorrow. Please know that people everywhere are thinking of you at this sad, sad time.

Dale Radak, Saline, MI | April 17, 2007 5:14 PM

From us north of the border we send our love and sympathies to the families and fellow students. I'm sure campuses around the world are grieving with you. May we all find the strength to honour their passing with the respect and grace they deserve.
In solidarity,

Brad Andrews, Trent University, ON | April 17, 2007 5:24 PM

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jacquie, Chico State University, CA | April 17, 2007 5:32 PM

our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time,from denton,manchester,england uk

dorinda clegg | April 17, 2007 5:32 PM

I am so grieved to hear of Va.Tech shooting.I am from Grundy,Va. Went to school there where the law school is now.There was a shooting there not too long ago.It is very hard when it is the school you go to.Hang in there all you students and God bless all of you.People all over the world are praying in your behalf.

Jeanne Ooten Haynes | April 17, 2007 5:54 PM

P.S. We are all pulling for Va. Tech!!!!!!!!!

Jeanne Ooten Haynes-Defiance,Oh | April 17, 2007 5:59 PM

United with our American friends in our prayers and deepest sympathy. Such a tragic loss of so many innocent lives. May God watch over Virginia USA, bring comfort to all the suffering and griefing families. With love from Colchester England United Kingdom.

Viscount Stuart Allen | April 17, 2007 6:07 PM

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Brett Caldwell | April 17, 2007 6:07 PM

United with our American friends in our prayers and deepest sympathy. Such a tragic loss of so many innocent lives. May God watch over Virginia USA, bring comfort to all the suffering and griefing families. With love from Colchester England United Kingdom.

Viscount Stuart Allen | April 17, 2007 6:07 PM

My wife and I are huge Tech fans. We both feel deeply saddened by this and feel that we have lost a part of our family even though we are not alumni. We come to Blacksburg for 5 or more football games a year and love the town of Blacksburg. Our prayers are with everyone up there and hope that the pain goes away soon.

Brett Caldwell- Marion, NC | April 17, 2007 6:15 PM

United with our American friends in our prayers and deepest sympathy. Such a tragic loss of so many innocent lives. May God watch over Virginia USA, bring comfort to all the suffering and griefing families. With love from Colchester, England, United Kingdom.

Viscount Stuart Allen, Colchester England UK | April 17, 2007 6:18 PM

I was deeply moved by the heinous and dark act that has befallen your University.I want to express my heartfelt condolences to all staff and students, especially to the families of the bereaved. I watched the memorial that was held this afternoon from my home in the UK and was heartened at the end when all came together in that 'community spirit' that was mention through out the memorial. To all please look after yourself s and seek the love and assurances from those you love. God bless you all.

Robert Foley | April 17, 2007 6:20 PM

You are remembered in my prayers.As a student in Ireland,My condolences to you on your loss.God Bless.

Robert | April 17, 2007 6:39 PM

May you find the strength to get through each coming day
My thoughts and prayers are with you all

Lin, Scotland | April 17, 2007 6:56 PM

god bless all of you. you are all in out prayers. we hope for the best.

Becky | April 17, 2007 7:11 PM

condolences to all families that were affected in the massacre and to all of their friends you are in our prayers mercy college melbourne australia

caterina | April 17, 2007 7:13 PM

God Bless you all. Our prayers with you...hang in there guys
(UGA)

Katia | April 17, 2007 7:19 PM

From the bottom of my heart , I wish I could turn back time ! I will pray for all , am thinking of you all , Oceans of Love and Light to all . Nancy Somers .NZ.

Nancy Somers | April 17, 2007 7:38 PM

Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to all the students and families affected by this senseless act of violence. Our prayers go out to all.

Gary & Melanie Hoitinga | April 17, 2007 7:54 PM

As a mother of a VT alumni, I feel for all the parents out there. Remember God is with you and always will be. I can't say I know how you feel because I have not lost a child, but I do know with Gods help you will get through this. God Bless each of you.

Jan from Roanoke, VA

Jan | April 17, 2007 8:00 PM

Our hearts and prayers go out to your friends and families. (So. Miss)

"Today, we are all Hokies"

Greg | April 17, 2007 8:12 PM

GOD BLEES YOU AND YOUR FAMILYS OUR PRAYER ARE WITH YOU

cecil phipps | April 17, 2007 9:08 PM

To the students @ VA Tech, please know that you have the thoughts & prayers of people all over this country. Keep your faith and let your feelings be known.

kathy smith | April 17, 2007 9:27 PM

My heart is broken over this sad tragedy.Word cannot express what I feel. My prayers are with the family of those students who were killed the wounded and all the student at Virginia tech.I am so very sorry.

annette huneault | April 17, 2007 9:29 PM

My heart goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
We in Ottawa, Ontario are thinking of you, your friends and family. May God heal all wounds.

Manal | April 17, 2007 9:54 PM

I am praying for all who were involved...the families, the ones who were killed, and the wounded. This event is unbelievable...God Bless all Hokies!
(North Carolina)

Morgan | April 17, 2007 10:16 PM

My heart is breaking for all of you at Virginia Tech. This was a horrible thing and I never will forget yesterday for as long as I live. Words really can't convey how I feel, I sit and cry watching the news, friends say "stop watching," however, I feel I need to honor all of the victims with my tears and prayers. May God Bless You All.

Diane Hollifield-Tucson, Arizona | April 17, 2007 10:44 PM

Florida State University's president sent out a condolence today. I would like to share it with you. "President Wetherell's message on the Virginia Tech tragedy

"On behalf of every member of the Florida State University family, I extend my support and deepest sympathy to Virginia Tech and to all of the families affected. We are shocked and deeply saddened at this terrible tragedy, which reaches all of us in higher education. Such an attack is especially cruel when it robs talented young people of a promising future." If you want to know more of what he said it can be found on Florida State's homepage. http://fsu.edu/indexBOFStory.html?lead.larbalestier.vt.statement

Another thing I would like to share is a FSU student set up a candlelight vigil for April 18th at 8pm on facebook. Here's the link. http://fsu.facebook.com/event.php?eid=2354651779

Now I would like to send my condolences to the family, friends, and the VT community of everyone involved. You will all stay in my thoughts and prayers.

Today we are all hokies.

FSU | April 17, 2007 10:55 PM

Such a needless waste of precious lives and potential. My heart breaks for those of you left to make sense of this senseless tragedy. Love to the survivors and families.

Carolyn Hirsch | April 17, 2007 11:18 PM

There is something confusing here. Apparently the arrested someone - see the photo at the link below - who is this man??

http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/IMAGES/arrestedman.jpg

kk | April 17, 2007 11:55 PM

i am so very sorry about what has happened to your friends and colleagues at the hands of someone else.It is a tragic event that has robbed families and society of beautiful people who will im sure be sorely missed.please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time and that in time you will be able to focus on remember your friends and colleagues for who they were.take care.the world is thinking of you at this time! x

heidi mccallum in germany | April 18, 2007 2:02 AM

PEACE...what more can i say, everyone here has said, what everybody in the world is thinking. A whole world is in mourning, thoughts and prayers, are being sent to you all. Friends, family and faculty, My deepest sympathy. PEACE

steven montembeault (canada) | April 18, 2007 2:25 AM

I just wanted to say how sorry we are about all the lives lost in such a terrible way. Please know our prayers are with you here, and may God bless you all at this sad time, and may he also see you through it to the other side.

Kerry Harman | April 18, 2007 2:30 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with all that are affected. may your god be with you all at this deeply saddening time.

Kevin | April 18, 2007 2:53 AM

This is a very , very sad few days for America! May god be with all of you ! Please avoid politics. Bush nor the university could have prevented this. The only one to blame is the madman himself. I wish all of you the best ! Knowone will ever forget the loss incurred on that day!

Bryan Dall | April 18, 2007 3:03 AM

I would just like to offer my sincere condolences at this time & my thoughts are with all the victims their families, friends & everybody at Virginia Tech you are all in my prayers

Ann Dobson | April 18, 2007 5:12 AM

Words cannot begin to take away your pain, may you find comfort in knowing that you are not alone, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Fran, Michigan | April 18, 2007 5:18 AM

I live in Oxford in England and I have been so shocked by what has happened. So many young innocent lives have been taken and for what? I still am trying to work out why someone would do something like this. Ending peoples lives before they have begun. Even though I did not attend V.T it has still touched me deeply.My prayers go out to all the families and friends of those lost.

Gemma | April 18, 2007 5:33 AM

I just want to say i am deeply sorry for all the pain all of you are experienceing, its such a black day and i was horrified when i heaard of the events. it has deeply moved me and myself and my friends in here in ireland wish you all the best and hope you all overcome this tragedy and manage to get on with your lives.

shane | April 18, 2007 6:01 AM

God Bless the Va. Tech family.

Dennis | April 18, 2007 7:57 AM

i am deeply saddened by these tragic events,i hope you all keep strong and carry on with your studies.amanda. england.

amanda | April 18, 2007 8:52 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to all in this senseless tragedy. May god bless

Neil (Canada) | April 18, 2007 9:35 AM

I LIVE IN POOLE ENGLAND AND HAVE 4 CHILDREN. TO EVERY MUM,DAD,BROTHER,SISTER,AUNTIES,UNCLES,COUSINS,GRANDPARENTS AND FRIENDS, IAM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSSES,MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU ALL ,I WISH I COULD HELP TO EASE YOUR PAIN AND GRIEF,THE WORLD IS GRIEVING WITH YOU!YOUR ANGELS WILL BE LOOKED AFTER IN HEAVEN.AND MAY CHO ROT IN HELL!! THINKING OF YOU ALL WITH MUCH LOVE. NIKKI X X X

nikki swatridge | April 18, 2007 9:48 AM

Your angels will sleep,
Watch you grow,
And find their way,
In a new world.
One free of this pain,
This tragedy, this life,
Be held by the hope,
Their spirit still remains.

I'm thinking of everyone involved, trying to get my head round it. But there won't ever be an explanation that satisfies. There are no real words to make anyone feel better, but there is hope. Penny from Portsmouth in the UK xxx

Penny Houghton | April 18, 2007 10:41 AM

THE GATE OF THE YEAR

And i said to the man who stoodat thegate of the yeaar:
"Give me a light, that I may tread safely into th unknown."
And he replied:
"Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way."
So, I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And he led me towards the hills and the breaking of the say in the lone East,
So, heart, be still:
What need our little life,
our human life, th know,
If God hath comprehension?
In all the dizzy strife
Of things both high and low
God hideth His intention.

M. Louise Haskins

Darlene | April 18, 2007 11:32 AM

From Winthrop University in South Carolina..We send our deepest sympathy and will continue to pray for all of you at Virginia Tech. Love you all and God bless.

-Ashley, Senior at Winthrop University

Ashley W | April 18, 2007 12:59 PM

I'm really sorry... my thoughts and prayers are with u all.

nabila | April 18, 2007 1:18 PM

***
As a WWII veteran, I have seen many horrible things...this tragedy is right there at the top of the list as one of the worst. I am so sorry for everyone involved. Praying for you,

Bruce LaRose, Ft. Collins, Colorado
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karen | April 18, 2007 2:49 PM

Our deepest prayers and thoughts are with the Virginia Tech students. As a member of the USC Trojan family, I could not imagine a more devastating tragedy. We have all been deeply hurt by this tragedy, and want VT students to know that campuses across the nation have you in our hearts and support you. As Trojans we can identify with your close-knit community, and you have inspired us in time of sadness. Several students and I have organized candlelight vigils for every night this week. We light 32 candles in memory of those fallen hokies, and set up a memorial for students to observe pictures and write messages. We have coordinated with VT alumni all over California to help raise money for the victims, and make sure students know how much we support you. God bless, you will pull through this.

Libby Dahl | April 18, 2007 4:35 PM

Don't let it take an event like this to pull us together. Live each day to its fullest. Instead of wasting time watching some mind-numbing television program, take a friend on a walk. Instead of spending countless hours surfing the internet, play with your kids. Instead of putting in those overtime hours at work, gather friends and family for a prayer group. Don't let loved ones leave this earth without telling them how you feel. Show your love and share your time. We are not promised tomorrow.

May God bless and keep you. We pray for you in Missouri.

Kenny Wyss, Missouri | April 18, 2007 6:01 PM

I just want to let the students and staff at Vigina Tech know that their grief and shock are felt world wide, and my thougths and prayers are with you all. I can only imagine the pain, and sorrow you all feel. We will never have an answer as to why this tragedy took place, it is the question we all ask ourselves over and over. I keep my faith that one day we will no longer have to suffer through such violent actions. WE IN CANADA PRAY FOR ALL OF YOU...

Tracey | April 18, 2007 6:51 PM

My heart aches for you all, keep close and give lots of hugs. I am a mother who has lost both her children ages 13 and 25 to tragic accidents. I want you all to keep strong and keep talking to each other
Janis in Kansas

Janis | April 18, 2007 9:13 PM

Hold each other and share your feelings, it's the only way to heal. Don't hold it inside and be there for each and every one who needs a hug and a prayer. The young people at your school have made us proud Virginians!

Donna Hayes, Virginia

Donna Lane | April 20, 2007 11:42 AM

Hold each other and share your feelings, it's the only way to heal. Don't hold it inside and be there for each and every one who needs a hug and a prayer. The young people at your school have made us proud Virginians!

Donna Hayes, Virginia

Donna Lane | April 20, 2007 11:42 AM

The University should be very proud of the way they are handling the situation. As parents, we are extremely grateful for the updates and information that they have made available to us. My son will return to VT on Sunday with a positive attitude and a willingness to help others. Faith in God is the answer.

Joanne and Tom Lane | April 20, 2007 3:35 PM

all our thoughts are with u in this time of sadness.

craig bain | April 21, 2007 3:35 PM

all our thoughts are with u in this time of sadness.

craig bain | April 21, 2007 3:35 PM

My family and I continue to weep with you, and for you.
We pray for your healing and strength. We pray for your courage to get through the remainder of the school year and to get through your exams.
We especially pray for those families who lost a loved one last Monday.
God bless EVERYONE at Virginia Tech.
Katherine Bowden

Katherine Bowden | April 23, 2007 2:46 PM

Sending you the very deepest sympathy.

Nancy Somers of PA | May 1, 2007 10:25 PM