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The Wall: A Community in Grief

from News Staff
April 16, 2007
photography by Kevin Cupp
On the Drillfield

The old line is that journalism is the first draft of history. At Virginia Tech Monday, journalism became the first step in a community's long, bitter grieving process.

Forget all the stories, forget the media feeding frenzy, we at Virginia Tech face immense sorrow for our loss, for the senseless murder of our brothers and sisters. Monday brought the slaughter of innocents. Our innocents.

The sheer stupidity of it all will never make sense.

We are left with our anger and our grief. And a memory that will only burn deeper over the coming weeks.

In recognition of these heart-breaking circumstances, we at planetblacksburg.com offer the community a wall, a safe place to express whatever you feel in the aftermath of this unmitigated evil.

Please feel free to leave your comments below.


Comments (1363)


with my deepest sympathy from reno nevada. my prayers go to all involved.

heidi | April 17, 2007 1:59 AM

Praying God will comfort you and that you will find peace in the midst of this horrible storm.

Cathy | April 17, 2007 2:02 AM

to all affected, may we all remember this loss, this tragedy...hold you all in our hearts and bless you all with the strength to overcome this ...there are no words to describe this
God bless, keep believing and push on, love you all

stefani | April 17, 2007 2:03 AM

From all of us at St. Cloud State University, and all over Minnesota, you are all in our prayers. God bless everyone affected by this tragedy.

Jess | April 17, 2007 2:08 AM

We will stay strong...

Andrew Mager | April 17, 2007 2:09 AM

From my small community in Lake Oswego, Oregon, sending my deepest sympathy and prayers for your entire community and the families that are touched by this tradedy. May God hold you all in His tender, merciful hands this day and the coming days.

shawna | April 17, 2007 2:10 AM

From my small community in Lake Oswego, Oregon, sending my deepest sympathy and prayers for your entire community and the families that are touched by this tragedy. May God hold you all in His tender, merciful hands this day and the coming days.

shawna | April 17, 2007 2:11 AM

There are no words. Just tears. Mine along with yours.

Nancy | April 17, 2007 2:11 AM

As a professor, I cannot imagine facing such a tragedy, the senseless loss of bright and promising young people. I am praying for your community.

Stephanie | April 17, 2007 2:22 AM

From France, sharing your pain and sorrow on that dreadful day. May you stay unite and strong before that awful tragedy.

Bertrand | April 17, 2007 2:22 AM

From Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green Ohio...you and your campus are in all of our prayers. It is felt so far away, and I cannot even imagine what you are going through. Know that you are all being thought of.

Danielle | April 17, 2007 2:24 AM

SRU is praying for you!!

Kimmy | April 17, 2007 2:35 AM

France thinks about you. This is too horrible, not possible. I feel so so bad for you.

Vinvin | April 17, 2007 2:39 AM

hello i am 8 yr old and i see what happened and im in england and mummy was trying to make me feel better but i was sad and so was mummy. sorry for everyone who died. i pray to god for you and im sorry :(

CHLOE | April 17, 2007 2:40 AM

peace and healing begin for everyone, please, soon.... these are senseless murders and this is difficult to understand... God be with you all!

John Smith | April 17, 2007 3:02 AM

The VT community is large...it extends around the world. I share my sorrow and my prayers for all those in shock and grieving. - From an Alumnus in Tucson, AZ.

Nadya | April 17, 2007 3:03 AM

I grieve along with you on this horrible tragic event. This could have happened anywhere. All we can do now is support the students and families.

Brenda | April 17, 2007 3:19 AM

We students here at Nanjing Normal University in China grieve with you and pray for the victims and their families.

David | April 17, 2007 3:22 AM

Only Jesus Christ can heal deep, inexplicable wounds. I and my families prayers are with you and your families. You do not suffer alone, you do not grieve alone, reach out when it hurts. Loving arms are all around you.

TJ | April 17, 2007 3:22 AM

Condolences from south GA. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sally | April 17, 2007 3:26 AM

My heart and prayers go out to each and every Hokie and their families. Especially the ones affected by todays tragedy. You are in the hearts of South Texans.

Steven | April 17, 2007 3:35 AM

There are no words. May God bless your hearts with comfort and peace! This world gets darker everyday and the only hope is love and the love Christ places in our hearts! I wish we could say more, but there really are no words. we are praying for you all and the victims families. Stay strong!

Justin and Jessica granade | April 17, 2007 3:37 AM

From Alberta, Canada....our deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who has been touched by this horrific tragedy! We are hurting for you & holding you in our hearts. May God be with all of you during this very sad time & may He surround you with love & comfort always!

Marnie | April 17, 2007 3:41 AM

Our thoughts and prayers to all the students and their families from Redlands, CA. God Bless all of you.

Deborah | April 17, 2007 3:41 AM

From Angus, Scotland...This is shocking. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this terrible time. God Bless.

Donna | April 17, 2007 3:54 AM

My deepest sympathies to everyone. I�ve been watching the news here from Ireland and this is just terrible. My God, please do something about these freely available guns. Praying for all the unfortunate victims and their families.

Marcel Kahlow | April 17, 2007 3:57 AM

From the UK, No words can describe this terrible tragedy, but our prayers are with everyone involved

Nick (UK) | April 17, 2007 3:57 AM

From Palo Alto, CA, sending sympathy, thoughts and prayers to you all. There are no words...

Glennia | April 17, 2007 3:59 AM

From Germany, sending some moral support in these shocking and overwhelming times. It is a time to stay together as a community and prove your strength. My thoughts are with you.

Pamela | April 17, 2007 4:03 AM

Thinking of you, with deepest sympathy at your very sad & shocking time. Best wishes from North West England, UK.

Phil Crilly | April 17, 2007 4:10 AM

Im in Scotland and the terrible memories of Dunblane 11 years ago comes back to haunt us. My prayers are with you all at this sad time.

Nicola Forsyth | April 17, 2007 4:12 AM

From Australia, sending my love & support.

Kat | April 17, 2007 4:12 AM

Lord, please make this violence stop, my heart hurts too much.

mcc | April 17, 2007 4:18 AM

Prayers from a retired US professor in France.

S | April 17, 2007 4:20 AM

Condolences from Champaign, Ill. University of Illinois' chapter of the Chi Omega house held a candlelight vigil on campus for the victims. You can find out more about it at www.dailyillini.com.

Vincent | April 17, 2007 4:21 AM

All the way in New Zealand... Just let you know even though you're so far away, we're thinking of you. God will be righteous and just. May you find comfort in him. Praying for you.

Kat | April 17, 2007 4:21 AM

From Leeds, U.K...
Words cannot express the shock and heartfelt sympathy. My thoughts are with you all, your freinds and family.Thinking of you all during this tradegy, always in our hearts. God bless you.

Shane | April 17, 2007 4:22 AM

The President of the University of Washington wrote our University community a very heartfelt email expressing his sadness over your tragedy, which could just as easily taken place here in Seattle. There are millions of good people in the world sending their thoughts and love to you Hokies, coming from all directions to help drown out the actions of one senseless bad guy.

Katie | April 17, 2007 4:22 AM

From Paragould, AR---
Every year around March I wonder what the month of April is going to bring in regards to violence and mayhem; my hope is that it will be nothing....but to no avail. From Hitler's birthday, to Martin Luther King's assassination, to the OK City bombing, Columbine, etc.
I have came to loathe the month of April due to these horrific tragedies. NOW, THIS. My only insurance against such evil is God and His Son, Jesus Christ. May They be with all of you during your time of pain and anguish. God Bless

Janine Griggs | April 17, 2007 4:24 AM

From Berlin,Germany...May God bless everyone affected by this tragedy. I will pray for all the unfortunate victims and their families. Stay strong!

Susanne | April 17, 2007 4:27 AM

Condolences from Winona State University in Minnesota. Violence is always senseless and never the answer. I hope some good will come of this in the way of teaching young persons to choose love and friendship over hate and suspicion, bigotry, or racism. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we stand shoulder to shoulder with you at today's vigil.

Spencer | April 17, 2007 4:30 AM

From Los Angeles, California... I send my deepest sympathy to all personally affected by this senseless & unfair act against innocent hardworking professors and students...people just simply trying to teach, learn, and live good lives amidst this chaotic world. I grieve with you with great hope that a tragedy like this will never happen again.

Amy | April 17, 2007 4:32 AM

You are not alone in this time of tragedy. The prayers of so many are flowing your way, hopefully a stream of comfort as you find your way through this.
God bless you.

Martha | April 17, 2007 4:40 AM

I have been to Virginia Tech. for two years straight with my daughter for Honor Band. Words cannot express the heartfelt sympathy I send to you. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jewel | April 17, 2007 4:54 AM

It could have been my child in that classroom. Those poor, poor mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and friends. My deepest sympathy to all of you.

Sedulia | April 17, 2007 5:17 AM

Our prayers go out to the victims, their families, and the entire university community in the wake of this horrific tragedy. We are alumni (classes of '81 and '82) who still have ties to the university.

Mike and Betsye (Hunter) Robinette | April 17, 2007 5:18 AM

My goodness. God bless you all.

Siobhan, Derry, Ireland | April 17, 2007 5:31 AM

My heart and prayers are with all who have experienced this tragedy.

Michelle Jackson | April 17, 2007 5:49 AM

from Cardiff, Wales
My thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the terrible tragedy. Stay strong.

Chris | April 17, 2007 5:51 AM

As the mother of a college sophomore in NC, I am so saddened and shocked at what happened. It makes you realize how precious life is - it could have been my daughter. God bless all of the victims, their families, friends and the whole college community. You have been touched by evil, but Good will prevail. Keep each other close and keep the Lord in your hearts.

Gayle, Gaithersburg, MD | April 17, 2007 5:54 AM

From the Netherlands-Europe:
Horrific act! Unbelievable! May the good Lord be with you all in this dark hour. Be strong. Our deepest sympathy to all the families (of the) students and friends.
The world is watching.

Angel | April 17, 2007 5:55 AM

nobody should endure such a difficult moment
my deepest sympathy to all the family and friend's victims
i'll pray for you

Mag | April 17, 2007 6:01 AM

One tear falls into a river and flows to the sea, the whole world shares your sorrow. In a world that reason seems to be lost, you at VT have suffered more than anyone could imagine. This will leave a deep scar on all of your lives please allow yourselves to heal.These quotes & Messages will help you remember there is good in people too. Love to all of you from NH.

TAM | April 17, 2007 6:07 AM

We are shocked as the world watches another college tragedy. Deepest sympathy from your friends in the UK. We will always stand by our cousins in the USA.

Julian, United Kingdom | April 17, 2007 6:08 AM

My heart goes out to everyone at Virginia Tech.I cried yesterday for the families and friends and of course the ones that did not make it . I prayed lastnight for everyone involved.I am so sorry this happend.

Gina from Long Island Ny | April 17, 2007 6:12 AM

From us at UCLA, we will hold you in our hearts in the days to come

Abby | April 17, 2007 6:17 AM

I would like to pass on my prayers and thoughts to the affected in this tragedy. We in Australia are with you all in this sad moment. This incident reminds us how we should value life and take care of each other.
My prayers to the families caught up in this tragedy.

Sydney, Australia

Petar | April 17, 2007 6:26 AM

You have all my thoughts.

Ulrik Fristed, Denmark.

Ulrik Fristed | April 17, 2007 6:30 AM

We have two of our children in college and can just imagine the pain and heartache - our thoughts and prayers are with you all - please remember it is important to be there for each other in the coming days

Frank, Dublin Ireland | April 17, 2007 6:37 AM

My prayers and condolences go out to the entire VT community. May God lift all of you up and guide you through the days to come.

Yesterday the angels wept while thirty-two more were welcomed home.

Lisa T, Montgomery IL | April 17, 2007 6:40 AM

Our prayers for God's grace to surround and comfort those whose lives are inexplicably touched by this horrific tragedy.

ao | April 17, 2007 6:48 AM

We cannot express our feelings enough on how much we are sorry that this craziness and horrible act came to your town. Yesterday I cried for the parents, family and friends of the victims. Please know we here in Richmond are with you in prayers.

Debra P and family Richmond, VA | April 17, 2007 6:48 AM

This was a shocking and senseless attack in a good place of learning. My heart goes out to the parents and families of those precious lives lost.I hope that somehow some good will come out of this in the end. That the love and understanding of those left behind will be strong enough to wash away the evil of this day - forever.
God be with you all.
Gary Johnston - Seychelles Islands, Indian Ocean.

Gary Johnston | April 17, 2007 6:49 AM

My Heart goes out to all affected by this senseless tragedy.

Mark Mitchell,Vancouver Canada | April 17, 2007 6:50 AM

My thoughts are with all of you.

Nicole, Windsor Ontario, Canada | April 17, 2007 6:51 AM

sending our sympathy to virginia at this sad time our thoughts are with you all

paula ; london, uk | April 17, 2007 6:57 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Teri | April 17, 2007 6:58 AM

My spiritual energy and prayers go to each person who has experienced loss or trauma through this ill-fated event. Reach out to each other and remember that only we can solve the ills of a nation through understanding pathways, not violence and hate. May it pass quickly!

Bea | April 17, 2007 7:26 AM

We are thinking about you and praying for you in your time of need. Stay strong.

West Midlands,England

Richard Beale | April 17, 2007 7:27 AM

You are all in our hearts, and we hope you heal quickly from this horrible tragedy.

Dublin, Ireland

Ashley | April 17, 2007 7:39 AM

My thoughts are with all those in my adopted home.

Ut Prosim.

Mijbel
VT Class of 2004
Kuwait

Mijbel | April 17, 2007 7:39 AM

From Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, As a VT Alumni, My deepest condolences to all those who have suffered and wish you to know that all of here in the U.A.E. are praying for you.

Ahmed AlNaqbi | April 17, 2007 7:42 AM

My heart goes out to everyone at Virginia Tech and the surrounding community. This is such a horrible time and my family sends our prayers and well wishes. This day will never be forgotten nor will the innocent lives that were taken so tragically.

Dana, Charlotte N.C | April 17, 2007 7:42 AM

from Wiesbaden, Germany:
my thoughts are all with you

Axel | April 17, 2007 7:43 AM

From all of us at Florida Atlantic University, the deepest heartfelt condoleances. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Noemi | April 17, 2007 7:50 AM

My heart is breaking, my head is reeling, tears flow without warning. I pray for your comfort, some sense of understanding, though not necessarily acceptance. I don't think any of us should ever accept this kind of thing in our lives. Be strong, know that the entire world grieves with you.

Mrs. P. | April 17, 2007 7:53 AM

From your Virginia neighbors in the City of Petersburg Virginia we extend our hands, hugs and heartfelt prayers.

Carole S Matthews | April 17, 2007 7:54 AM

From France... we send you our deepest sympathy and warmest moral support.

C | April 17, 2007 7:54 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with all the students and faculty of Virginia Tech and to the family and friends affected around the world.

Amanda | April 17, 2007 7:55 AM

I would just like to give my most sincere condolences to all the families and friends who lost someone special in this most tragic of circumstance. When I heard it on the news here in England I was absolutely stunned along with the rest of country. You are all in our hearts and minds.

Landon Wainwright | April 17, 2007 7:58 AM

Atlanta, GA is in shock over this. Please except our prayers and condolences.

Ed Vining | April 17, 2007 7:58 AM

From my heart to your hearts. The VT community remains strong and supportive.

Beth
VT Class of 2004
Ellicott City, MD

Beth Franklin | April 17, 2007 7:59 AM

Expressions of shared grief from a Hokie in Fayetteville, NC. As we search for meaning let us embrace grief...let us embrace each other...let us find God ...let us find peace.

Kelvin | April 17, 2007 7:59 AM

For every college campus across this nation, April 16, 2007 has become your 9/11. There should be a nationwide alert system for every school in the country; grade schools, high schools and college campuses for terror situations such as this. As the mother of 2 college students, I send your campus my heartfelt condolences and prayers. Hold tight to one another and you will make it through this. God Bless!!

Marlene | April 17, 2007 8:06 AM

my thoughts and prayers are with all the families and students......

Ryan | April 17, 2007 8:07 AM

From Ontario, Canada.
Our hearts and prayers are with you.

Cathryn | April 17, 2007 8:08 AM

Many thoughts & prayers to everyone. May families & friends find some peace within each other. God bless from Pennsylvania

Rose | April 17, 2007 8:08 AM

from all of us at southeastern university in lakeland fl, we will be praying.....

country | April 17, 2007 8:09 AM

Everyone in England is thinking of you x

Sue | April 17, 2007 8:11 AM

From South Africa, we watched on CNN in horror and shock as this senseless violence erupted across our screens and into your lives...our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of those affected, and heartfelt wishes of strength and courage as you all try to pick up the shattered pieces of your lives.

Prakash | April 17, 2007 8:12 AM

I am heartbroken. I spent 10 years at Va tech as a student and running a band. This is a terrible tragedy, and I cannot imagine the pain this is causing to the residents of that town.
My deepest thoughts and prayers.

john fire | April 17, 2007 8:13 AM

I live and work in Northern Ireland. We have had many senseless, tragic killings here over the past 35 years. My sympathy and condolences to the friends and loved ones of the slaughtered. The capacity of the human psyche never ceases to baffle and perturb. I have had to acknowledge in the face of many horrific events that I too am capable of the noblest or basest action depending on the choices I make on my journey in life. Condolonces also to those who loved the 'shooter' and now have to also live with horrific consequences.

Matt | April 17, 2007 8:21 AM

From England, so sad, so sorry :(

Richard | April 17, 2007 8:21 AM

We are all Hokies today. We are crying with you at this senseless tragedy.
- Friends at Vanderbilt University

Meg | April 17, 2007 8:27 AM

Prayers, prayers and more prayers for all of you and your families.
My God hold you all in the palm of His Hand and keep you close through this unspeakable trauma.
There are no words able to express our sorrow and grief for all those killed.
I am the mother of 6 and this is so hard to comprehend. I worry about sending my children to school in this world of so much danger but God is still in control in the final outcome.
I will continue to pray for all.

Susie Kurtti
Ashland, OH

Susie Kurtti | April 17, 2007 8:30 AM

I am praying for all of you! But remember just stay strong and keep each other strong.

Misty | April 17, 2007 8:31 AM

West Virginia's with you! Godspeed.

Morgantown, WV

Lee Stocks | April 17, 2007 8:36 AM

My heart goes out to all the families and the students at Virginia Tech. From Toronto, Ontario Canada-we are thinking about you.

Roshan | April 17, 2007 8:37 AM

It is particularly hard to cope with such an immense and pointless act of violence when it robs us of the people we love. My heart goes out to those of you affected directly and indirectly by these terrible events.

Fi | April 17, 2007 8:39 AM

We are so very sorry for this terrible moment. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all for healing and dealing with the loss of those who were much loved by so many. Berry - Rochester, MN

Berry | April 17, 2007 8:45 AM

For awhile, we are all united in our grief for the tremendous loss you have suffered. To those who are hurting, please know that many are praying.

elsie parra | April 17, 2007 8:46 AM

We once visited your great institution to see an old college friend in the then nascient veterinary program. We loved the campus, town and the sorrounding area. As long time University of Miami fans, we have always admired your school in general as well as your sports programs, particularly the football team and Coach Beamer. As was said in another post, "We are all Hokies now". To all Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff and their families, and to the greater Blacksburg community, please accept our hearfelt condolences and sincerest wish that you will soon find comfort and peace.

Flora and Tim | April 17, 2007 8:47 AM

Today at 2:00 pm, the Virginia Tech community gathers together on their campus in Blacksburg to honor the memory of those tragically killed in yesterday's horrific violence and to comfort fellow students, colleagues, families and friends as they struggle with inconceivable grief and anguish.

At that hour, as an expression of respect and remembrance, the Connecticut State University System respectfully requests that students, faculty, and staff at Central, Eastern, Southern and Western Connecticut state universities pause briefly in our daily activities to observe a moment of silent reflection.

Although we are miles away in Connecticut, distance does not diminish the depth of our heartfelt sorrow for the people of Virginia Tech. The positive thoughts and, for those who choose, prayers, of our university community will hopefully serve to comfort each and every individual not only on this day, but through the difficult days ahead.

Lawrence D. McHugh, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Connecticut State University System
David Carter, Chancellor, Connecticut State University System
Jack Miller, President, Central Connecticut State University
Elsa Nunez, President, Eastern Connecticut State University
Cheryl Norton, President, Southern Connecticut State University
James Schmotter, President, Western Connecticut State University

Connecticut State University System | April 17, 2007 8:48 AM

From Northwest Ohio, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this terrible tragedy. Such a senseless loss! With God's help, you WILL get through it. Don't forget when you are in need to ask for HIS help. I guarantee you WILL get it! Bless you all. Julie

Julie | April 17, 2007 8:49 AM

My prayers and sympathy are with you. The system isn't broke; it didn't fail you. Life happens. Peace.

FawltyPawl | April 17, 2007 8:49 AM

My thoughts & prayers are with everyone at VA Tech.

Nova | April 17, 2007 8:51 AM

from Marburg Germany ...my deepest sympathie

Friedrich

Friedrich Paff | April 17, 2007 8:52 AM

From Buena Vista, VA-

There's nothing any of us can say that can express how we feel. Know that Parry McCluer High School and the town of Buena Vista is thinking of each and every one of the students, the families, the victims of yesterday's massacre.

It's been said before, but not nearly enough: today, every Virginian is a Hokie.

God bless.

Ellen MacInnis | April 17, 2007 8:53 AM

We pray that in the midst of this tragedy God's love and mercy will comfort you. He loves each of you and cries with you. And we do, too.
-Madison, Wisconsin

The Davis Family | April 17, 2007 8:54 AM

I am a grieving parent so I understand your pain. I feel for the students, parents, and siblings and their families.

I am so sorry for your loss. I understand this loss all to well. I will you peace and gentleness in your grief journey.

Sweet Dreams My Angel


Go to sleep my angel and dream
Of heavenly places and heavenly faces
You shall be missed, my angel but rest in peace
In this world you could easily get hurt
Don't fret my angel you are safe in God's arms
He will take care of you
And will always be with you
Mortal dreams of riches, but my angel
You are rich for eternal life
So sleep now angel you are full of love and beauty
We will all be with you soon
Sweet dreams my angel
When you wake up you'll know that
Your dreams have come true

Angie Watson

No child who has been loved and lost will ever be forgotten.

Kelly Stanczak
Delaney's mom
00-04

Kelly STanczak | April 17, 2007 8:57 AM

From Schenectady, NY - To all of the students and faculty that were wounded or killed, and the whole VA Tech community, my prayers are with you. God bless.

Nicole | April 17, 2007 8:57 AM

My thoughts and Prayers are with you all.

Mel from West Chester, PA

Mel | April 17, 2007 8:58 AM

My heart goes out to the friends and family of the ones that lost there life in the shooting monday april 16th... My prayers are with you all...This sad that we all know that things go on out there in this world...god bless you all.

The Italian Family | April 17, 2007 8:58 AM

Find strength in Jesus Christ! Only he can give you comfort. God bless you and your community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you from Lugoff, SC

Melvin Christopher | April 17, 2007 8:59 AM

With our deepest sympathy from China.

Jenny | April 17, 2007 9:00 AM

My thought & prayers are with all of you in Blacksburg as well as the friends and families of the many victims of this awful tragedy. Please know many grieve with you.

Wendi | April 17, 2007 9:01 AM

my prayers go out to all the students, families,& friends involved.. may you find the strength to get through...

Sad in plymouth,ma. | April 17, 2007 9:03 AM

From Cornwall, England. My thoughts are with you all at this terrible time.

Kathryn Jayes | April 17, 2007 9:04 AM

My prayers and thoughts are with everyone affected by this senseless act of violence. May you rest in piece.

Rob London | April 17, 2007 9:04 AM

From Greensboro, NC - I can't imagine the impact this tragedy is having in your community. I'm asking God to please bless you all.

Tina | April 17, 2007 9:05 AM

My deepest sympathy extends to all faculty, staff, student body, alumni, family and friends of the victims of this tragedy. Please know that you are being lifted in prayer, and may that somehow bring you comfort. God Bless.

Clara Orr | April 17, 2007 9:07 AM

The prayers of Hokies all around the world are with you during this difficult time.

JM | April 17, 2007 9:09 AM

From Cardiff University, Wales, UK;
Deepest condolences from our students and staff to yours. Rest in Peace.

Sadie, Cardiff | April 17, 2007 9:10 AM

Sening my deepest sympathy and wishing there was something that I could do to help. Attending VT was the best time of my life. I believe the Hokie nation is strong and will overcome this! Don't let this tragedy define us forever.

With love and prayers,
Laura Grapes
Class of '98
5th floor West AJ resident (1995-1996)

Laura | April 17, 2007 9:12 AM

My deepest sympathy to the victims of this horrible tragedy, both deceased and still fighting for their lives. I am appalled that the news networks have seized on the unnecessary twist that the school authorities should have notified the students sooner and they may have liability. When involved in a shocking incident that is just unfolding, it is impossible to think of all the things that "might" happen. I believe the authorities responded timely and accurately based on the information they had the time. It is easy to point the finger after the fact and I wonder how all these reporters, or anyone, would react in similar circumstances. After something like this, the reporters (and even politicians) rush in and in a feeding frenzy give false information and speculation. And the world watches like rubberneckers looking at a car accident. My heart goes out to the victims and their families and my prayers are with you.

Max | April 17, 2007 9:12 AM

There are no words that can express our heartfelt sorrow for all of Virginia Tech.
I would like to say that we do live in a world of free choice.And when a bad choice is made there are terrible conquences and people suffer.Please know that there is a loving God who does not fear pain but embraces it and His love shows through that.God Bless all of you and know that we are praying for you and thinking about you here in Worthington,Ohio.

Mrs.Brenda Ferko | April 17, 2007 9:13 AM

God Bless you all from Florida. Stand Strong Hokies!

Mark, Class of 87

Mark | April 17, 2007 9:16 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. As we watched this unfold on television we were in shock just like everyone else. I pray that God will touch the hearts of all involved and that he will help to heal us all. We will continue to lift you all up in prayer. God Bless you all. Louisa, Virginia

The Rogers Family | April 17, 2007 9:19 AM

My heart and soul goes out to the Hokie community, one of the finest schools in the ACC. Prayers are a must during these times of grief!

Collin | April 17, 2007 9:21 AM

From Canada who wishes you all my deepest sympathies. Please try to find "omarion" who posted a comment on fark.com asking everyone to "pray for me, please" at 11.40.25 am yesterday morning. I'd like to make sure she's alright as no one responded to her at all and I got worried that she was in danger and all alone somewhere on campus.

I'll check fark.com later to see if it's been updated.

Dianne | April 17, 2007 9:27 AM

From Canada who wishes you all my deepest sympathies. Please try to find "omarion" who posted a comment on fark.com asking everyone to "pray for me, please" at 11.40.25 am yesterday morning. I'd like to make sure she's alright as no one responded to her at all and I got worried that she was in danger and all alone somewhere on campus.

I'll check fark.com later to see if it's been updated.

Dianne | April 17, 2007 9:28 AM

Thoughts and prayers go out to you from SUNY Oswego in New York.

Brian | April 17, 2007 9:28 AM

There are no words to express the sadness, disbelief and anger I feel at the senseless act of horror that your community...and the world....has experienced.

My heart breaks for the beautiful young men and women who lost their lives...and I pray for their families' strength.

Linda Bloom in Pittsburgh, PA
Matt's Mom Forever

Linda Bloom | April 17, 2007 9:36 AM

We all here from westvirginia send you our love,thoughts and prayers,May god give you all peace at such a tragic time.Our hearts break for each and everyone of you.

jessixca | April 17, 2007 9:39 AM

When I saw the photo of Ryan Clark - the triple major - on CNN I could see the sparkle in his eyes.

The world will be worse off without bright kids like Ryan.

I can't imagine the pain the families must be enduring now. My sincerest condolences to you all.

kelly | April 17, 2007 9:40 AM

My heart goes out to all the people of Blacksburg and Virginia Tech from here in Beloit, Wi.

Jan | April 17, 2007 9:47 AM

A dark dark day in your lives and you community, don't let the weekness of one weigh you down. There's a new day and a time to grieve, but live on and live long with god's warmth in your hearts and souls. From Canada.

Mark | April 17, 2007 9:49 AM

God Bless you all. You will remain in our prayers.

Kim | April 17, 2007 9:51 AM

So many of my friends are there, I thank God that they all seem to be ok, my thoughts, prayers, and tears are with the friends and families of those who weren't so lucky.

Kelli | April 17, 2007 9:53 AM

My deepest sympathies to all involved and effected by thuis tragic event.

From a compassionate and deeply touched UK resident.

Emma | April 17, 2007 9:56 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Amy Meli
VT Class of 1998

Amy | April 17, 2007 9:57 AM

The whole world mourns with you, especially your friends to the north!

Trish | April 17, 2007 9:57 AM

Meine Gedanken und mein Mitgef�hl sind bei den Angeh�rigen. Ich bin geschockt!

Maik
Deutschland

Maik | April 17, 2007 10:02 AM

All Hokies around the world wish we could be in Blacksburg today.

Dave | April 17, 2007 10:02 AM

Thinking of all of you from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Kerri | April 17, 2007 10:03 AM

May all of the affected people in your community find a way to move past this horrible tragedy. I am from NYC, and I have an inkling of what you are going through. That lump of ice in your stomach will go away, but it will take time. The rest of the country is shuddering in horror and is keeping all of you in its thoughts and prayers. For what it's worth, we are all crying with you.

Becky B. | April 17, 2007 10:06 AM

God Bless you all. We are all praying for you.

Liz | April 17, 2007 10:08 AM

PRAY to God for his directions to the path of healing. Remember it will not happen overnight. This whole community & Virginia Tech family are in our prayers. For those of you who survived, you may have a million questions as to why..there are no answers. Just remember you are here for A Purpose !! Pray for an answer to that purpose. Cling tight to one another & pray often to get you through, to being able to cope with this tragady. This will never be forgotten, but you must trust in God to get you through the grieving & healing process. God Bless each and every person affected by this evil. (The Whole World) char in Alabama

char in Gadsden Alabama | April 17, 2007 10:09 AM

From Denver, Colorado. We share your grief, shock, and agony. May you all heal quickly, and may the world heal as well.

Flo | April 17, 2007 10:09 AM

PRAY to God for his directions to the path of healing. Remember it will not happen overnight. This whole community & Virginia Tech family are in our prayers. For those of you who survived, you may have a million questions as to why..there are no answers. Just remember you are here for A Purpose !! Pray for an answer to that purpose. Cling tight to one another & pray often to get you through, to being able to cope with this tragady. This will never be forgotten, but you must trust in God to get you through the grieving & healing process. God Bless each and every person affected by this evil. (The Whole World) char in Alabama

char in Gadsden Alabama | April 17, 2007 10:10 AM

PRAY to God for his directions to the path of healing. Remember it will not happen overnight. This whole community & Virginia Tech family are in our prayers. For those of you who survived, you may have a million questions as to why..there are no answers. Just remember you are here for A Purpose !! Pray for an answer to that purpose. Cling tight to one another & pray often to get you through, to being able to cope with this tragady. This will never be forgotten, but you must trust in God to get you through the grieving & healing process. God Bless each and every person affected by this evil. (The Whole World) char in Alabama

char in Gadsden Alabama | April 17, 2007 10:10 AM

From Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC: our thoughts and prayers are with all the students, staff, faculty, and families of Virginia Tech....we show our support in love and faith that as time passes the Hokies will continue to face the future with the strong reassurance that this country and our God stands behind them, we love you all!!!

Jess G. | April 17, 2007 10:10 AM

My thought ans prayers are with the families and students at this terrible time .
fom New Brunswick Canada

debbie Cassidy | April 17, 2007 10:14 AM

We are so very far away, but this effects, everyone in the world, our hearts are open to each and everyone of the students, and their community, our deepest sadness, love to you all from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Sharon | April 17, 2007 10:15 AM

We are so very far away, but this effects, everyone in the world, our hearts are open to each and everyone of the students, and their community, our deepest sadness, love to you all from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Sharon | April 17, 2007 10:15 AM

As I have previously posted my daughter is a former Hokie and I can only imagine the grief these poor families are going through. Virginia Tech is such a beautiful campus and for something of this magnitude to happen is just way pass unbelieavable.

Just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

We just have to love each other and stop the madness and violence.

JoAnne W Charlottesville | April 17, 2007 10:16 AM

Our family's thoughts and prayers are with the students, families and friends affected by this tragedy.

Mark, VT Class of 1996
Melissa, VT Class of 1995
Lindsey, Sarah and Ryan, Future VT Grads

Mark & Melissa | April 17, 2007 10:17 AM

I sit in silence and try to think of the right words to say...there is nothing...I am so sorry for the tragedy that has occured at your campus, a place you wish and hope to be safe, your home away from home! We are thinking of you and praying for you all in New Haven, CT. Lean on each other and GOD BLESS!

Jessica | April 17, 2007 10:17 AM

I wonder how someone could hate themselves so very much, that they feel the need to end their own life and the lives of 32 other (innocent) people?

May God be with you all in your time of sorrow.

From Edmonton, Alberta

Erin H. | April 17, 2007 10:24 AM

Words cannot describe this situation.
Your pain is with all of us.
You are in all of our thoughts.

Margo
Baton Rouge, LA

Margo | April 17, 2007 10:24 AM

I wonder how someone could hate themselves so very much, that they feel the need to end their own life and the lives of 32 other (innocent) people?

May God be with you all in your time of sorrow.

From Edmonton, Alberta

Erin H. | April 17, 2007 10:25 AM

I wonder how someone could hate themselves so very much, that they feel the need to end their own life and the lives of 32 other (innocent) people?

May God be with you all in your time of sorrow.

From Edmonton, Alberta

Erin H. | April 17, 2007 10:25 AM

My deepest sympathies from Canada..We have a strict gun control up here..perhaps this could go a long way in dealing with issues of anger..

mary wellwood | April 17, 2007 10:27 AM

Our heartfelt condolences from my family in Grimshaw, Alberta.

Marc | April 17, 2007 10:28 AM

Our prayers are with all in the VT and Blacksburg communities today. May God bless you and help you with comfort and healing each day to come. From Ontario, Canada.

Yvonne | April 17, 2007 10:28 AM

I pray that you are all able to come through this terrible tragedy and the families of the victims are in my thoughts and prayers, from Canada...God Bless...

Julia | April 17, 2007 10:29 AM

From Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

Our deepest sympathy.

�Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.� (George Iles)

Coleen | April 17, 2007 10:30 AM

From Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

Our deepest sympathy.

Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark. (George Iles)

Coleen | April 17, 2007 10:30 AM

From Frederick, MD- As a mother with a child in college, I cannot begin to express my deepest sorrow for the whole community of VT & Blacksburg. May you find strength from each other to heal from this terrible act. May God Bless all that have lost someone & all that are hurting. We will pray for all of you!

NC | April 17, 2007 10:30 AM

Deepest condolences from Chicago and the alumni of the Univ of Illinois.

Illini | April 17, 2007 10:31 AM

As a family with graduates from WFU and UNC, we express our deepest sympathy to the entire Va. Tech family. Please know that we will keep you in our hearts and prayers at this time and in the difficult days and months ahead.

NC ACC Family | April 17, 2007 10:33 AM

From a small town in the U.K

My thoughts are with you all at this tragic time.

Louise | April 17, 2007 10:34 AM

From a GMU student in Northern Virginia...praying for all of you and thanking God for those who survived... May God be with all the families and those experiencing loss.

Anonymous | April 17, 2007 10:35 AM

from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Our thoughts and prayers reach out to VT and the families and friends. God is there to comfort you in these unfathomable times.

Terri | April 17, 2007 10:36 AM

We are so sorry for your losses. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

The Keelers | April 17, 2007 10:36 AM

From a GMU student in Northern Virginia...praying for all of you and thanking God for those who survived... May God be with all the families and those experiencing loss.

Anonymous | April 17, 2007 10:36 AM

From the Netherlands.
It's so hard to even try to understand what happened, and why?? My deepest sympathies for the families, students and everybody else involved. May you find the help you need, from each other and from praying.

Vivian | April 17, 2007 10:36 AM

My prayers and love go out to the survivors of this awful tradgedy.

We should also pray for the investigators and officials dealing with the aftermath.

Jeremy | April 17, 2007 10:37 AM

Thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Stay strong during the wake of this tragedy. Peace to all from Minnesota.

Shannon | April 17, 2007 10:39 AM

From Columbus, GA: No words can heal the wounds that have been wrought on your hearts. Our prayers are with you in this time of grief. We pray for peace, grace, and strength for you.

Cindy | April 17, 2007 10:42 AM

Sending you my deepest sympathy from Peterborough, England.

You are in our thoughts, today, tomorrow, forever.

Nikki Cherry | April 17, 2007 10:45 AM

May God in his infinite mercy wipe your tears and comfort your grief. Cherish and share the good memories of those who are lost and keep them in your heart.

Jane | April 17, 2007 10:47 AM

From Rutgers University Law School, Newark NJ --

Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone, students, faculty, staff, families, the community, at Virginia Tech.

JG Russell | April 17, 2007 10:48 AM

We began praying for you when we first heard the news yesterday and will continue to do so. Please know that there are many, many prayers being said for you all. May you find strength in each other and the Lord in this most difficult time.

Megamooo | April 17, 2007 10:50 AM

I find it almost impossible to believe that a nightmare like this can occur anywhere. As an alum, I find it even harder to believe it could come to Blacksburg. My heart, prayers, and tears go out, to the victims, and to the survivors.

Chris | April 17, 2007 10:50 AM

I find it almost impossible to believe that a nightmare like this can occur anywhere. As an alum, I find it even harder to believe it could come to Blacksburg. My heart, prayers, and tears go out, to the victims, and to the survivors.

Chris | April 17, 2007 10:51 AM

Deepest heartfelt sympathy from Canada, to all of Virgina Tech at this terrible , tragic time. May you all find peace and get stronger from this senseless act. STRICTER GUN LAWS WOULD HAVE PREVENTED THIS!!

Debbie, Ontario, Canada | April 17, 2007 10:52 AM

From Boston, our hearts and thoughts are with you during this tragic time. Words can't express the sorrow we share with you now and in the days to come, while dealing with this senseless tragedy.

Please know the world is with you in our hearts and prayers.

Psych Central | April 17, 2007 10:52 AM

Deepest heartfelt sympathy from Canada, to all of Virgina Tech at this terrible , tragic time. May you all find peace and get stronger from this senseless act. STRICTER GUN LAWS WOULD HAVE PREVENTED THIS!!

Debbie, Ontario, Canada | April 17, 2007 10:53 AM

From Boston, our hearts and thoughts are with you during this tragic time. Words can't express the sorrow we share with you now and in the days to come, while dealing with this senseless tragedy.

Please know the world is with you in our hearts and prayers.

Psych Central | April 17, 2007 10:53 AM

MAY YOUR ANGER AND GRIEF BE TURNED INTO PEACE AND STRENGTH TO FIGHT AND MAKE IT KNOWN THAT YOU WILL NOT TAKE THIS LYING DOWN. MAY YOU FIND STRENGTH SO THAT THESE POOR INNOCENT SOULS WERE TAKEN IN VAIN! PRAYING FOR YOU IN MISSOURI!

LAURA | April 17, 2007 10:53 AM

No words can express my feelings of horror. Peace and understanding to all. Let's celebrate the bright side of the human character as evinced by the teachers defending their students against this nightmare.

Martin | April 17, 2007 10:53 AM

My heart breaks for and with you. May God help you all heal this most horrific wound!

Christina Philadelphia PA | April 17, 2007 10:53 AM

We are a high school in rural New Brunswick Canada(8 miles from the Maine U.S border. We would like to express our deepest sympathy, and our prayers will be with you.

woodstock high school | April 17, 2007 10:55 AM

My dad was a VPI grad from way back; he loved the school. One of the songs he used to sing to us when we were kids had this line: "Oh, Tech men, oh, Tech men, you know our hearts are with you."

I find myself saying this today:

Oh, Tech men and women, you know our hearts are with you.

Pam

pam | April 17, 2007 10:56 AM

My deepest sympathy to all the families. This is very tragic to hear this is continue's everyday threw out our place we call home. may god bless all the families. From Sarnia, ON Canada

Kitty | April 17, 2007 10:58 AM

We all share your grief...God Bless!

Adjoa, Ontario, Canada | April 17, 2007 10:58 AM

With disbelief and horror at what my wonderful town and university has encountered...my heart is stunned and I send my thoughts for healing out to everyone there. Love, a heartbroken alumni in Missouri.

Lauren | April 17, 2007 10:58 AM

Although miles away at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan my thoughts and prayers are with the Virginia Tech Families. May God give you strength during this time of sorrow.

Doris | April 17, 2007 10:58 AM

I pray for your safety and healing. God comfort you at this very difficult time.

Kim Pearson | April 17, 2007 10:59 AM

We grieve as if you are our own! Our hearts continue to break for you, the victims, families and friends of all those suffering as a result of this tragedy. Please know our prayers are continually with you at this difficult time. Our God knows your suffering and longs to minister to you through His only son Jesus, who, spoke these words to the multitude long ago "blessed are those who mourn; for they shall be comforted". As a mother of four, one a freshman at The University of Alabama, I cannot even begin to understand your suffering. I can only imagine... please remember you will all be in our prayers and on our hearts as your healing and letting go of the lives and loves you have lost. God bless you all...

Rhonda Monroe | April 17, 2007 11:00 AM

God bless all Hokies past, present, and future, and the families and friends who love them... as a VT alumnus, my heart is broken for this beautiful campus and the great community of people that inhabits it. I'll be planting a tree that turns maroon and orange in the fall as a small tribute to the victims of this terrible day. You're in my thoughts and prayers, always...

Kathy B. | April 17, 2007 11:00 AM

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions. (Shakespeare) Today we suffer an army of grief.

Marsha B | April 17, 2007 11:01 AM

I am so sad for you all. I hope that your sorrow is comforted by memories and each other. My deepest sympathies.

Tina | April 17, 2007 11:02 AM

From Brandon, Manitoba, Canada

To all affected by this horrific and senseless act of violence, you're in our thoughts and prayers. My sincere condolences.

Ken | April 17, 2007 11:02 AM

Your pain and loss are felt around the globe. Our heartfelt prayers are with you here on the campus of Ohio State University. May God be with you and comfort you in your grief.

Shelley | April 17, 2007 11:05 AM

As part of the University of Virginia community, we want to express our deepest sympathy and sorrow for the many lives that were lost and for all those that are suffering. May God continue to bless and keep you as we all come together in this time of tragedy.

Cindy & Case | April 17, 2007 11:06 AM

From Columbia Mo
Our hearts ache for you all, especially the victims and their families. We are praying for you and send out our love and sincere condolences. Please hear our cries oh, merciful God. Leslie

Leslie | April 17, 2007 11:07 AM

my thoughts and prayers to all of yu at Virginia Tech but moreso to all of us because ultimately we all have lost. each and everyone of us must take control of this and vow to end this senselessness. we all need to live together on this planet and learn to live in peace, harmony and understanding. we need to heal.

Blaise | April 17, 2007 11:16 AM

It is difficult to understand why these horrible things happened. Pray God would comfort the families which lost their love ones.

Irene | April 17, 2007 11:17 AM

Deepest sympathy from the UK

Steven | April 17, 2007 11:18 AM

My heart goes out to all at VT. God bless.

Mike | April 17, 2007 11:19 AM

Condolences from Austin, Texas (where until yesterday, the worst school shooting had occurred back in 1966): I wanted to express how very, very sad I am about yesterday's tragedy at Virginia Tech. One can only imagine the devastation and helplessness felt by the family, friends, fellow students and really, the community at large over these events. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God hold you in His gentle hands until you can make it on your own again.

In deepest sympathy, Teresa

Teresa Jimenez | April 17, 2007 11:21 AM

You are in our thoughts. Stay strong for each other.

Duncan | April 17, 2007 11:21 AM

With deepest sympathy from Santiago, Chile. What a tragic and senseless loss of such promising lives; our hearts ache for you all.

Michaela Bruzzese | April 17, 2007 11:22 AM

I pray for all the families and friends who lost those they loved. Let us all pray! Have knowledge that God does hear.

glenna schnabel | April 17, 2007 11:22 AM

from wv, me and my mom and the world are grieving and praying for all who died and there families and friends. you are in our thoughts.

glenna emily allen | April 17, 2007 11:24 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you after such a terrible tragedy, With deepest sympathy from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Wayne Pearce | April 17, 2007 11:28 AM

I am deeply saddened by the events that has affected each of you. Your pain has spread to each of us. Philippians 4:13 tells us..."I have the strength to face all condtitions by the power that Christ gives to me."

Carolyn | April 17, 2007 11:28 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you after such a terrible tragedy, With deepest sympathy from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Wayne Pearce | April 17, 2007 11:28 AM

My god I can't stop crying everytime they find something new it's just more crying. I will just continue to pray and pray and pray for all of these people!

Lee | April 17, 2007 11:31 AM

Sincere condolences for all students, faculty and family at Virgina Tech. As a first year teacher, just out of college, I can't imagine what you're going through but my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kristin | April 17, 2007 11:31 AM

Sincere condolences for all students, faculty and family at Virgina Tech. As a first year teacher, just out of college, I can't imagine what you're going through but my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kristin | April 17, 2007 11:32 AM

Stay strong and brave - Keep your faith and feel the waves of love being sent to you from around the world - God Bless you all from Long Island

Jeanie | April 17, 2007 11:32 AM

Peace to all
I live in Nebraska
But today.....I'm a Hokie

Casey G | April 17, 2007 11:32 AM

The love we give and receive is all that matters and all that is remembered. Suffering disappears; love remains.

Take care all

Bill | April 17, 2007 11:33 AM

Philippians 4:13..."I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me." Pray hard. Your loss is tragic, your situation horribly unfair - innocent lives taken, and for what? May God our Father give you grace and peace.

CJ | April 17, 2007 11:33 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy.

Tracy | April 17, 2007 11:33 AM

This is utterly senseless and tragic. While we are far away from VT in terms of distance, please know that our heartfelt thoughts and condolences are with you and your families in this time of need. Victoria, BC (Canada)

Mike | April 17, 2007 11:35 AM

Stay strong and brave - Keep your faith and feel the waves of love being sent to you from around the world - God Bless you all from Long Island

Jeanie | April 17, 2007 11:36 AM

When bad stuff happens, I am usually one to make a joke. Not this time. This is just too sad.

Somehow, we have to figure out how a person can have so little empathy as to be able to murder innocents he doesn't even know. Is there some way to spot a psychopath like Cho before he snaps?

Jeff | April 17, 2007 11:36 AM

St. Louis grieves and prays with you at this time of senseless tragedy and idescribable loss.

"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." (II Cor. 4:8-9)

God Bless our Hokies.

Hannah | April 17, 2007 11:36 AM

From North Carolina - I grew up in Blacksburg, attended classes at Tech, was on staff for three years, and I have family member on staff there...it is so devastating to see your familiar, beloved hometown on national news involved in this horrendous, senseless act of violence. My prayers are with everyone at Virginia Tech and in Blacksburg.

Wanda Geske | April 17, 2007 11:37 AM

With deep sympathy from Seattle. I pray that the victims, their families and friends find peace after such a selfish and senseless act. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Kristen | April 17, 2007 11:38 AM

From Toronto, Ontario:

Thoughts and prayers are with my Hokie family in Blacksburg.

Sabrina
VT Class of 1999

Sabrina | April 17, 2007 11:39 AM

I am truly sorry for those directly affected by this unthinkable incident. I am quite speechless so can only express my sincere wishes that peace accompanies you all and that healing is the priority of the community.

Jake Williams | April 17, 2007 11:42 AM

I am terribly sorry for this tragic accident. All my thoughts and prayers are with everyone and their families in this time of grief.

Sidni | April 17, 2007 11:43 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy.

Tracy | April 17, 2007 11:44 AM

I wish that I knew of any words could could remove the pain, hurt, anger, fear, and anguish that everyone in the Virginia Tech community is feeling right now. I know of none. Such a senseless and heinous act only magnifies the emotions. Please know that people all over the world are praying for you and at some level grieving with you. God created us all, so we are all family. Unfortunately it oftentimes takes a tragedy such as this for us to remember that. May you find comfort in the loving embrace of your Heavenly Father.

Michael | April 17, 2007 11:45 AM

We will never understand why the good Lord does what he does...my heart breaks for this community, there is no words to express how sad I am for these families and friends of the victims, but I believe the Lord has everyone safe and at peace
May the Lord put his hands on this community

Rachel Testa- London Ontario, Canada

Rachel Testa | April 17, 2007 11:45 AM

From Liam in Gravesend, England

R.I.P to all those poor souls trying to gain an Education... May you & your families rest in peace!!!

We over in England have recently been named the devoloped worlds most violent nation & it should never be that way wherever you are... Unfortunatly even in the most peaceful of places(like Blacksburg) it seems senseless crime & violence are a way of life...

If there is a 2nd Gunman on the loose may you string the Scum up so he's swinging from a lamppost!!!!

From your cousins & friends over in England.

Liam | April 17, 2007 11:48 AM

My cousin was shot in the shooting but is ok. I pray that God will comfort everyone who lost a loved one through that unimaginable pain. And to all at VT.

Kristi | April 17, 2007 11:49 AM

Praying that God will bless each one of you affected by this terrible tragedy and bring peace to your hearts

Ann E. Rutledge | April 17, 2007 11:51 AM

I am sorry that you and your community has had to endure such a horrific loss ....the loss of so many promising lives has touched my heart and saddened my soul...Exanimo

Donna K. McCormick | April 17, 2007 11:52 AM

My heart goes out to the VA Tech community -- A needless and senseless tragedy-- Please stay strong-

Ram Tenkasi | April 17, 2007 11:53 AM

We will be praying for you VT. What you have gone through is something you will never forget.
* If Tears Could... If tears could build a stairway and memories were a lane, I would walk right up to heaven to bring you home again. No farewell words were spoken. No time to say good-bye. You were gone before I knew it, and only God knows why. My heart will always ache in sadness and tears will always flow.

God Bless -

Kristin - Near Philadelphia, PA

Kristin | April 17, 2007 11:53 AM

Sincere condolences and Our prayers from El Paso, Texas.
"Come to me, all you who are troubled and weighed down with care, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

Pati | April 17, 2007 11:53 AM

We will be praying for you VT. What you have gone through is something you will never forget.
* If Tears Could... If tears could build a stairway and memories were a lane, I would walk right up to heaven to bring you home again. No farewell words were spoken. No time to say good-bye. You were gone before I knew it, and only God knows why. My heart will always ache in sadness and tears will always flow.

God Bless -

Kristin - Near Philadelphia, PA

Kristin | April 17, 2007 11:53 AM

Hokie hearts all over the world are broken and heavy today. My husband and I spent many wonderful years as students at Tech and it is so hard to see such horrific events take place in such a beloved location. We have always felt that VT should get more national recognition because it is such a great and wonderful school, but this is not the way we wanted it to happen. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the students, faculty, staff, and families at this tragic time. We wish we could be there in person.

From Indiana,
Carol ('87-'90) &
Joe ('82-'89)

Carol | April 17, 2007 11:54 AM

My heart cries tears with your hearts.
May God be with us all.

Mary | April 17, 2007 11:54 AM

Hokie hearts all over the world are broken and heavy today. My husband and I spent many wonderful years as students at Tech and it is so hard to see such horrific events take place in such a beloved location. We have always felt that VT should get more national recognition because it is such a great and wonderful school, but this is not the way we wanted it to happen. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the students, faculty, staff, and families at this tragic time. We wish we could be there in person.

From Indiana,
Carol ('87-'90) &
Joe ('82-'89)

Carol | April 17, 2007 11:55 AM

To everyone effected, My sympathies are with you all.

To the media, the cops, and DHS and the Bush Administration.

Isn't it about time you people took homeland security seriously? Did any Emergency Alert System get used? If not why not? If EAS isn't used then why even have it anymore if you don't take security or emergencies seriously, then USE IT!

To everyone else, It's time to take
electronic voting failure seriously, and start holding this administration responsible, the poor reaction to this horrible tragedy isn't because of gun control, or lack of it, or even video games, it's because of a sick individual, and the people of the United States being screwed out of the right to vote, and have representation, and balance of powers.

phil | April 17, 2007 11:57 AM

We are all so very sorry this happened to you. Please be assured of our prayers for you all.

John | April 17, 2007 12:01 PM

Downingtown PA community sends their heartfelt sympathy to the families and friends of the entire Virginia Tech community

Carol | April 17, 2007 12:02 PM

Downingtown PA community sends their heartfelt sympathy to the families and friends of the entire Virginia Tech community

Carol | April 17, 2007 12:02 PM

from the uk our thoughts and prayers our with you at this time

paula | April 17, 2007 12:02 PM

With deepest sympathy from Illinois. I pray & will keep praying that the victims, families & friends find the peace they need & comfort that everyone is behind them in this time of need. You are all in our thoughts & prayers.

RJ | April 17, 2007 12:02 PM

To the families, friends and all others that have been hurt by this tragic senseless act, both in the United States and Canada (one Canadian Professor confirmed dead) you are in our prayers.

Ontario, Canada

Trish St.Denis | April 17, 2007 12:03 PM

With deepest sympathy from Illinois. I pray & will keep praying that the victims, families & friends find the peace they need & comfort that everyone is behind them in this time of need. You are all in our thoughts & prayers.

RJ | April 17, 2007 12:03 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you

Melody Michaud | April 17, 2007 12:06 PM

To those brutally slain in the search for enlightenment... may your lives not be forgotten or mourned, but celebrated and remembered. To those who have been touched by this tragedy, my deepest sympathies and know that the world is at your back. To those who are using this grotesque event as a platform from which to spew hatred and propaganda, you should be ashamed. May better times lie ahead for us all.

Patrick Allen | April 17, 2007 12:06 PM

Our prayers are with you all

Melody Michaud | April 17, 2007 12:07 PM

To those brutally slain in the search for enlightenment... may your lives not be forgotten or mourned, but celebrated and remembered. To those who have been touched by this tragedy, my deepest sympathies and know that the world is at your back. To those who are using this grotesque event as a platform from which to spew hatred and propaganda, you should be ashamed. May better times lie ahead for us all.

Patrick Allen - In KC | April 17, 2007 12:07 PM

One love. One heart.
Let's get together and feel alright.

BettysPaige@aol.com | April 17, 2007 12:07 PM

Love one another.

Let love for our fellow man fill our hearts until love is all we see.

God Bless you all, our prayers are with you.

Lydia Cornelll | April 17, 2007 12:09 PM

At this very sad time, the world grieves with you. May you be strong and find peace and comfort in the prayers being sent to you.

Maureen | April 17, 2007 12:10 PM

TO ALL INVOLVED YOU ARE ALL IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS INT HIS TRAGIC TIME. STICK TOGETHER TO HEEL THE WONDED. ALL MY LOVE AND PRAYERS.

LISA | April 17, 2007 12:13 PM

TO ALL INVOLVED YOU ARE ALL IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS INT HIS TRAGIC TIME. STICK TOGETHER TO HEEL THE WONDED. ALL MY LOVE AND PRAYERS.

LISA | April 17, 2007 12:13 PM

I can't seem to find the right words for something so insane. All we can do is pray and offer support. I've lived in Virginia all my life and we feel this pain and outrage here in Bedford County.

Catherine | April 17, 2007 12:14 PM

Dacusville,SC
Our hearts ache with you, our tears flow with you. May God give you peace today and in the days to come. We are all Hokies sharing your pain.

Russ | April 17, 2007 12:14 PM

Dacusville,SC
Our hearts ache with you, our tears flow with you. May God give you peace today and in the days to come. We are all Hokies sharing your pain.

Russ | April 17, 2007 12:14 PM

Jesus wept - and is weeping still. We wish God's peace and comfort to the families of everyone at Va. Tech: for those who have left you, for those who remain, for those parents grieving, for those whose heartbreak was to be the first on scene to witness what happened. Here in Rio de Janeiro, we know about sensless violence, especially shootings. Last month 700 crosses were placed on Copacabana beach to commemorate those precious lives taken this year alone. Let all join together in praying for an end to such violence - for God's peace to become a truth in this world, through OUR choice!
Our prayers are with you all at VT.

Christ Church, Rio de Janeiro | April 17, 2007 12:17 PM

this is just a wish for speedy relief from your grief and misery everyone here in our home sends their deepest sympathy. hopefully the hokie nation will recover from this disaster and go on for the students that were killed

mike | April 17, 2007 12:18 PM

Jesus wept - and is weeping still. We wish God's peace and comfort to the families of everyone at Va. Tech: for those who have left you, for those who remain, for those parents grieving, for those whose heartbreak was to be the first on scene to witness what happened. Here in Rio de Janeiro, we know about sensless violence, especially shootings. Last month 700 crosses were placed on Copacabana beach to commemorate those lives taken this year. Let all join together in praying for an end to such violence - for God's peace to become a truth in this world, through OUR choice!
Our prayers are with you all.

Christ Church, Rio de Janeiro | April 17, 2007 12:18 PM

We are mourning and praying for you. You will be in our thoughts. May God be with you and bless you with comfort. Utah is praying for you.

Kristi | April 17, 2007 12:19 PM

My deepest sympathy for all of you...This is just a sad thing to hear.. I hope everyone will stay calm and stay strong...
God bless you all..

Condolences all the way from Malaysia...

Natasya | April 17, 2007 12:19 PM

May those who we lost be always remembered in our hearts and mind, for there they will live forever.

Kevin | April 17, 2007 12:19 PM

Virginia Tech, you are not alone! This nation and others mourn your losses and are deeply saddened. Unfortunately I am afraid that we will never know the why in this case. We can only speculate. Having suffered our own personal loss of our second grandchild, only months ago who passed away a tiny child for no reason we understand your pain and our family crys with you! We are keeping those of you who lost loved ones and those who were injured in our thoughts and prayers. As the parents of 3 college age students and one with only 2 years left in high school, this tragedy hit home for us. Reach in and find your personal strength and let it carry each and every one of you through this! May God bless your school and your city as you try to make sense of it all. From Las Vegas, Nellis AFB to you all!
Kent & Johna Lindsay

Kent & Johna Lindsay Family | April 17, 2007 12:24 PM

'Love is stronger than death. . . .'
Giving thanks for the safety of my nephew, a student at VT, but grieving with those who have no such comfort--May the Lord have mercy on the souls of those now living in him, not least the tortured murderer.

Nancy | April 17, 2007 12:24 PM

Virginia Tech, you are not alone! This nation and others mourn your losses and are deeply saddened. Unfortunately I am afraid that we will never know the why in this case. We can only speculate. Having suffered our own personal loss of our second grandchild, only months ago who passed away a tiny child for no reason we understand your pain and our family crys with you! We are keeping those of you who lost loved ones and those who were injured in our thoughts and prayers. As the parents of 3 college age students and one with only 2 years left in high school, this tragedy hit home for us. Reach in and find your personal strength and let it carry each and every one of you through this! May God bless your school and your city as you try to make sense of it all. From Las Vegas, Nellis AFB to you all!
Kent & Johna Lindsay

Kent & Johna Lindsay Family | April 17, 2007 12:24 PM

In England, thinking of you and hoping that the world's sympathy will ease your grief

Paul | April 17, 2007 12:24 PM

from Monterrey, Mexico, my heart, my thoughts and my prayers to all the VTech community, families and friends in these sad moments.

gaby | April 17, 2007 12:25 PM

with deepest sympathy from dublin, ireland. we are horrified and deeply saddened by this unimaginable act. you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

mary | April 17, 2007 12:25 PM

I have no idea exactly how you feel. I have never experienced such a horrific event. However, I do know the pain of sudden loss and overwhelming fear. From this perspective, I can surely empathize. My prayers are for our healing, understanding, and forgiveness. God bless us everyone.

Toni S. | April 17, 2007 12:25 PM

I have no idea exactly how you feel. I have never experienced such a horrific event. However, I do know the pain of sudden loss and overwhelming fear. From this perspective, I can surely empathize. My prayers are for our healing, understanding, and forgiveness. God bless us everyone. Greensboro, NC

Toni S. | April 17, 2007 12:26 PM

Deepest Sympathy from Hendersonville North Carolina. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this tragic time.

Shannon | April 17, 2007 12:26 PM

God Bless You Hokies, God Bless You.

Dave D | April 17, 2007 12:27 PM

My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to all the VT community. God Bless you all during this difficult time

Linda | April 17, 2007 12:28 PM

Peace be with you all. The Hokie spirit cannot be broken. Not by Heaven or Hell. You are stronger than anyone or anything that would want to break you.

Hokie Dad | April 17, 2007 12:34 PM

So terrible. Absolutely terrible. For everyone affected by this, I only wish I could experience some of your pain so you wouldn't have to feel the full brunt of it. My deepest, deepest sympathy. Please stay strong.

Brendon | April 17, 2007 12:36 PM

So terrible. Absolutely terrible. For everyone affected by this, I only wish I could experience some of your pain so you wouldn't have to feel the full brunt of it. My deepest, deepest sympathy. Please stay strong.

Brendon | April 17, 2007 12:36 PM

From Rome, god bless you all, the whole world is praying for you

temple university | April 17, 2007 12:38 PM

from those at Fort Hood texas, may our hearts and prayers be with all of you

Justin | April 17, 2007 12:40 PM

Tragedy made them victims, but grace assures they live again. Our world will be less without them---yet their light will never dim.

Our hearts go out to all who grieve this loss so deeply.

Terri from Orange County, CA

Teresa Hampson | April 17, 2007 12:40 PM

all of the community affected by this tragedy are in my thoughts. words cannot express how you are all feeling right now, and I can only hope that one day, your pain lessens. all of the victims deserve rememberance, not just now, but forever onwards. I hope to remember them. my prayers are with you, as are the prayers of millions of others.

Meg | April 17, 2007 12:41 PM

Our hearts and prayers go out to you all
Louisville, Ky

Dawn Carosella | April 17, 2007 12:42 PM

there are no words that can ever make sense of the horror the VT community has experienced or take away the grief and anger. just know that our hearts and prayers are with you all. may you find God's peace in the midst of this tragedy. your Canadian friends grieve with you...(Medicine Hat, Alberta)

Paul | April 17, 2007 12:42 PM

all of the community affected by this tragedy are in my thoughts. words cannot express how you are all feeling right now, and I can only hope that one day, your pain lessens. all of the victims deserve rememberance, not just now, but forever onwards. I hope to remember them. my prayers are with you, as are the prayers of millions of others.

Meg | April 17, 2007 12:42 PM

there are no words that can ever make sense of the horror the VT community has experienced or take away the grief and anger. just know that our hearts and prayers are with you all. may you find God's peace in the midst of this tragedy. your Canadian friends grieve with you...(Medicine Hat, Alberta)

Paul | April 17, 2007 12:42 PM

Our hearts and prayers go out to you all
Louisville, Ky

Dawn Carosella | April 17, 2007 12:43 PM

From Rome, god bless you all and anyone affected, the whole world is thinking of you and shares in your grief

temple university | April 17, 2007 12:43 PM

As a graduate from VT, I have been struggling with a gamut of emotions from yesterday's events. I find myself glued to the Internet and TV to discover the latest developments. I cry one minute and not the next. I am not sure how I should feel or what I should say. I am finding it hard to work. But I do know that Hokies are a special group of people, a tight knit family, a community of kind individuals, and by coming together and supporting one another, we will overcome this tragedy. I extend my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to all of my fellow Hokies during this time of grief.

Maureen | April 17, 2007 12:43 PM

Our hearts and prayers go out to you all
Louisville, Ky

Dawn Carosella | April 17, 2007 12:43 PM

As a graduate from VT, I have been struggling with a gamut of emotions from yesterday's events. I find myself glued to the Internet and TV to discover the latest developments. I cry one minute and not the next. I am not sure how I should feel or what I should say. I am finding it hard to work. But I do know that Hokies are a special group of people, a tight knit family, a community of kind individuals, and by coming together and supporting one another, we will overcome this tragedy. I extend my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to all of my fellow Hokies during this time of grief.

Maureen | April 17, 2007 12:44 PM

To think, I graduated 2 years ago this spring... VT will always have a warm place in my heart. Prayers and thoughts go out to everyone there, and everyone everywhere affected by this.

Hokie Strength - Hokie Pride

D | April 17, 2007 12:45 PM

Our hearts and prayers go out to you all
Louisville, Ky

Dawn Carosella | April 17, 2007 12:45 PM

No words can describe what your community is going through. I am hurt and saddened by this tragedy you have experienced. May God be with you always. I will pray for you!

Grant in KC | April 17, 2007 12:48 PM

Caring...more than words can say...Sharing in your sorrow...Hoping faith and friendship give new strength for each tomorrow. You are in our thoughts...Richmond Hill, ON. Canada

Janet | April 17, 2007 12:49 PM

No words can describe what your community is going through. I am hurt and saddened by this tragedy you have experienced. May God be with you always. I will pray for you!

Grant in KC | April 17, 2007 12:49 PM

London, UK
God bless all of the victims, their families, friends and the whole VT college community.
Nida x x

Nida | April 17, 2007 12:51 PM

No words can describe what your community is going through. I am hurt and saddened by this tragedy you have experienced. May God be with you always. I will pray for you!

Grant in KC | April 17, 2007 12:51 PM

Sending you our deepest sympathy and our prayers, from a campus in Northern California.

Kathy | April 17, 2007 12:52 PM

a mothers heart is broken by another senselesss tragedy...God bless those affected and give them peace (Goshen, Indiana)

Rose | April 17, 2007 12:55 PM

It's not right; it's not fair. You are in my thoughts. Stay strong, Tech.

Bob in DC | April 17, 2007 12:58 PM

I watched with horror here in the UK, Please accept my most sincere condolences on the loss of all who lost sons, daughters, relatives & friends.

Carlo Marcello Worthing/UK

Carlo Marcello | April 17, 2007 12:58 PM

I watched with horror here in the UK, Please accept my most sincere condolences on the loss of all who lost sons, daughters, relatives & friends.

Carlo Marcello Worthing/UK

Carlo Marcello | April 17, 2007 1:03 PM

From Hartford MI

My thoughts and prayers are with you and the families of all the victims. May God give you the strenght to get through this.

Carol | April 17, 2007 1:03 PM

I wish I could hug each and every last one of you... last week I had decided I might go back for another diploma myself- I was in the middle of researching colleges yesterday when the news broke... it's just so sad and strange and unfathomable... I wish I could make things better for everyone involved....
(Alberta, Canada)

Jade | April 17, 2007 1:05 PM

god bless reema samaha and the other victims of this snesless act, our thoughts and prayers are with you

Billy | April 17, 2007 1:07 PM

To all the mourning families, to the whole academic community at Virginia Tech my deepest sympathy and words of heartfelt grief. Agnieszka Salska, Poland

Agnieszka Salska | April 17, 2007 1:08 PM

My prayers are with all of you, stay strong together you can get through this.

Angela and Chill Williams | April 17, 2007 1:08 PM

I always mention Virginia Tech in the classes that I teach because of your tremendous accomplishment in building your terascale supercomputer, System X.

It never dawned on me that such an excellent university as yours would be mired in an act of a mindless, disturbed man.

My deepest condolences to the Virginia Tech community.

Manila, Philippines | April 17, 2007 1:11 PM

Fron Vancouver, Canada our hearts and our prayers go out to you all!

DIANA | April 17, 2007 1:11 PM

I always mention Virginia Tech in the classes that I teach because of your tremendous accomplishment in building your terascale supercomputer, System X.

It never dawned on me that such an excellent university as yours would be mired in an act of a mindless, disturbed man.

My deepest condolences to the Virginia Tech community.

Manila, Philippines | April 17, 2007 1:12 PM

From Ghent, Belgium...
My thoughts and prayers are with you all, your friends and family. God bless you.

Maarten | April 17, 2007 1:14 PM

My brother graduated from Tech in 2003 and my best friend and husband both graduated in 2001....I went to JMU but spent every other weekend at Tech. We have all been watching the news in disbelief. My deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims. I am praying for you. Stay strong Hokies.

Jennifer Marshall | April 17, 2007 1:14 PM

I always mention Virginia Tech in the classes that I teach because of your tremendous accomplishment in building your terascale supercomputer, System X.

It never dawned on me that such an excellent university as yours would be mired in an act of a mindless, disturbed man.

My deepest condolences to the Virginia Tech community.

Manila, Philippines | April 17, 2007 1:15 PM

Life can make no sense, it can be completely, utterly unfair. It can also be beautiful. To that aim, I hope that through this tragedy the people in your community can come together and let people know how great those now departed were. Help each other and celebrate life as best you can. I sincerely wish you all the best in this terrible moment.

Michael Auchard | April 17, 2007 1:17 PM

Three generations of Hokies in my family...The Hokie Nation is strong and will survive this. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy.

Barbara, Memphis | April 17, 2007 1:18 PM

Even though I did not know anyone involved in 9-11 or Columbine, I remember the empty feeling in the pit of my stomach as dealt with this disregard for human life. So, even though I am 3000 miles away in Kamloops, British Columbia I feel the shock and numbness of this. I grieve and pray for those who have died and who have lost those dear to them. We are not garanteed our next breath.....don't wait to say "I love you" to those in your life. My heart breaks for those who had words left unsaid. May God direct you this day and comfort you in all your trials.

Sheri | April 17, 2007 1:18 PM

This is an absolutely horrible incident. You think it's safe when you send your children away to school, and now you find you cannot be safe ANYWHERE! This whole incident sends chills down my spine. My heart, prayers, and thoughts are with those who are affected by this tragedy. My what ever faith you carry bring you through these trying times.

--Royann
Waterbury, CT

Royann | April 17, 2007 1:22 PM

This is an absolutely horrible incident. You think it's safe when you send your children away to school, and now you find you cannot be safe ANYWHERE. This whole incident sends chills down my spine. My heart, prayers, and thoughts are with those who are affected by this tragedy. My what ever faith you carry bring you through these trying times.

--Royann
Waterbury, CT

Royann | April 17, 2007 1:22 PM

My prayers and condolences go out to everybody at VT, to all friends and families of the victims, and to the town of Blacksburg....so sorry for your losses..........

WHEN TOMORROW STARTS WITHOUT ME


When tomorrow starts without me,
and I'm not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes,
all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry,
the way you did today,
while thinking of the many things,
we didn't get to say.

I know how much you love me,
as much as I love you,
and each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me,
please try to understand,
that an Angel came and called my name,
and took me by the hand,
and said my place was ready,
in heaven far above,
and that I'd have to leave behind,
all those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away,
a tear fell from my eye,
for all life, I'd always thought,
I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for,
so much yet to do,
it seemed almost impossible,
that I was leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays,
the good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
and all the fun we had.

If I could relive yesterday,
just even for awhile,
I'd say goodbye and kiss you
and maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized,
that this could never be,
for emptiness and memories,
would take the place of me.

And when I thought of worldly things,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
my heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through heaven's gates,
I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me,
from His great golden throne,

He said, "This is eternity,
and all I've promised you".
Today for life on earth is past,
but here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow,
but today will always last,
and since each day's the same day,
there's no longing for the past.

But you have been so faithful,
so trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some things,
you knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven
and now at last you're free.
So won't you take my hand
and share my life with me?

So when tomorrow starts without me,
don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me,
I'm right here, in your heart.

Chantel Sharpe | April 17, 2007 1:23 PM

My prayers and condolences go out to everybody at VT, to all friends and families of the victims, and to the town of Blacksburg....so sorry for your losses..........

WHEN TOMORROW STARTS WITHOUT ME


When tomorrow starts without me,
and I'm not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes,
all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry,
the way you did today,
while thinking of the many things,
we didn't get to say.

I know how much you love me,
as much as I love you,
and each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me,
please try to understand,
that an Angel came and called my name,
and took me by the hand,
and said my place was ready,
in heaven far above,
and that I'd have to leave behind,
all those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away,
a tear fell from my eye,
for all life, I'd always thought,
I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for,
so much yet to do,
it seemed almost impossible,
that I was leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays,
the good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
and all the fun we had.

If I could relive yesterday,
just even for awhile,
I'd say goodbye and kiss you
and maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized,
that this could never be,
for emptiness and memories,
would take the place of me.

And when I thought of worldly things,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
my heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through heaven's gates,
I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me,
from His great golden throne,

He said, "This is eternity,
and all I've promised you".
Today for life on earth is past,
but here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow,
but today will always last,
and since each day's the same day,
there's no longing for the past.

But you have been so faithful,
so trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some things,
you knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven
and now at last you're free.
So won't you take my hand
and share my life with me?

So when tomorrow starts without me,
don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me,
I'm right here, in your heart.

Chantel Sharpe | April 17, 2007 1:23 PM

Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Preston | April 17, 2007 1:24 PM

My heart and prayers are with all who experienced this tragedy. This hurt me so much. May GOD give you all the strenght to get through this. This hurt me so much.

Nolvia Encinosa | April 17, 2007 1:33 PM

our sympathy to you in this time of great sorrow

from calgary, alberta canada

Tammy | April 17, 2007 1:33 PM

I received this beautiful prayer from the Edwards and I posted it on a circle of prayer created "For the Victims of Virginia Tech."

For those of you who want to share your thoughts and condoleances to the victims' families you can go to www.circleofprayer.org

The Edwards Family

We are simply heartbroken by the deaths and injuries suffered at Virginia Tech. We know what an unspeakable, life-changing moment this is for these families and how, in this moment, it is hard to feel anything but overwhelming grief, much less the love and support around you. But the love and support is there. We pray that these families, these students, and the entire Virginia Tech community know that they are being embraced by a nation. There is a Methodist hymn that gave us solace in such a moment as this, and we repeat its final verse here, in hopes it will help these families, as it helped us:

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing, in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

Our dearest wish is that this day could start again, with the promise of these young people alive. Knowing that cannot be, our prayer is for God?s grace and whatever measure of peace can be reached on this terrible day.


John and Elizabeth Edwards

Nathalie | April 17, 2007 1:38 PM

How can this keep happening? How resilient is our human condition that we can absorb yet another senseless act of violence so offensive? What becomes of us as these incidents continue to mount?

I am very saddened for the parents, siblings, loved ones and friends...so sorry. Just when you've reached that pinnacle in life where you've saved and schooled and mentored your child to reach the goal of attending college on the caliber of VT, and this in a nation where higher education becomes more and more elusive every year, tragedy of such cowardice befalls you...I am sorry.

The coward only wields a coward's might, where the honorable lost are a loss to us all.

I hope honor prevails. Be strong.

Garrett Evans | April 17, 2007 1:39 PM

How can this keep happening? How resilient is our human condition that we can absorb yet another senseless act of violence so offensive? What becomes of us as these incidents continue to mount?

I am very saddened for the parents, siblings, loved ones and friends...so sorry. Just when you've reached that pinnacle in life where you've saved and schooled and mentored your child to reach the goal of attending college on the caliber of VT, and this in a nation where higher education becomes more and more elusive every year, tragedy of such cowardice befalls you...I am sorry.

The coward only wields a coward's might, where the honorable lost are a loss to us all.

I hope honor prevails. Be strong.

Garrett Evans | April 17, 2007 1:41 PM

After the shock of yesterday, the tears finally fell today when I saw the picture of Ryan Clark. As a former Marching Virginian, I grieve as if I knew him...He was one of us...

God Bless VT

Joanna
Class of 1993
Maryland

Joanna | April 17, 2007 1:41 PM

How can this keep happening? How resilient is our human condition that we can absorb yet another senseless act of violence so offensive? What becomes of us as these incidents continue to mount?

I am very saddened for the parents, siblings, loved ones and friends...so sorry. Just when you've reached that pinnacle in life where you've saved and schooled and mentored your child to reach the goal of attending college on the caliber of VT, and this in a nation where higher education becomes more and more elusive every year, tragedy of such cowardice befalls you...I am sorry.

The coward only wields a coward's might, where the honorable lost are a loss to us all.

I hope honor prevails. Be strong.

Garrett Evans | April 17, 2007 1:41 PM

I cannot beleive that someone could do this to anyone. My deepest thoughts are with the victim's families and the wounded in Virginia. From Evansville, IN.

Stacy Hardin | April 17, 2007 1:42 PM

My prayers and thoughts go out to everyone affected by this horrible crime.

Melissa | April 17, 2007 1:44 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire VT community. I am so sorry for your loss and the horror/pain that you've gone through. My prayer now is that God give you the strength and courage to go on. Take comfort in each others words and support one another and God Bless.

Jodi | April 17, 2007 1:44 PM

My prayers and thoughts go out to everyone affected by this horrible crime.

Melissa | April 17, 2007 1:45 PM

My prayers and thoughts go out to everyone affected by this horrible crime.

Melissa | April 17, 2007 1:45 PM

My heart goes out to the Virgina Tech community. God bless you all.

Tracy | April 17, 2007 1:45 PM

Canadians as well as many students are in prayer with fellow students and our neighbours the United States. Mourning for those who lost their lives at Virginia Tech! <3 "Today we are all Hokies"

Linda | April 17, 2007 1:47 PM

Canadians as well as many students are in prayer with fellow students and our neighbours the United States. Mourning for those who lost their lives at Virginia Tech! <3 "Today we are all Hokies"

Georgian College, Orilli, Barrie, Owen Sound, Ontario Canada

Linda | April 17, 2007 1:48 PM

Now more than ever Hokies everywhere need to show their support of our wonderful school! Hokie Spirit will not be broken.
My deepest condolences to the individuals, family, and friends personally touched by this tragedy.

Erica | April 17, 2007 1:49 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.... remember:

God doesn't always still the storm, but He can calm the sailor.

The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live.

God bless you,

Karen, Ft. Collins Colorado

karen kingsley | April 17, 2007 1:49 PM

Words cannot express my sorrow for your loss. Lean on each other for strength and support. The whole country grieves with you.

Margo | April 17, 2007 1:51 PM

Canadians And Many College and Univeristy Students send their prayers and condolences for the terrible tradegy that struck Virginia Tech.

We mourn with you, and pray no one has to endure such a tradegy again at another college or university <3 <3

Georgian College - Barrie, Orillia, Owen Sound. Ontario, Canada

Georgian College | April 17, 2007 1:51 PM

From Marshfield, Massachusetts...

My heart aches for the students,faculty, and all of the Virginia Tech Families. My thoughts are with you.
With love & Peace

MaryAnn | April 17, 2007 1:53 PM

May all the goodness that radiates from these messages become palpable for you and give you the grace to transcend our culture of death. Please attempt to focus on the love, the life many of us are resolutely protecting. Continue to be human and soft despite these horrific abuses. Cry your deepest tears and know that the world holds you ever tighter...WE LOVE, WE LOVE

"BE Still and Know that I am God"

Alberta, Canada

Ingrid | April 17, 2007 1:53 PM

From Marshfield, Massachusetts...

My heart aches for the students,faculty, and all of the Virginia Tech Families. My thoughts are with you.
With love & Peace

MaryAnn | April 17, 2007 1:53 PM

Prayers sent from Ky to all affected by this tragedy.

Deb Webb | April 17, 2007 1:53 PM

thinking of all who have been touched by this terrible event.In scotland across the water we are thinking of you all

sonia alexander | April 17, 2007 1:55 PM

My heart aches for all of you.

Montana State U-Bozeman

Sue | April 17, 2007 1:56 PM

I remember being a senior in high school when the shootings in Columbine happened. I was a very scared student even though I was all the way across the country in California. Fortunately, a teacher provided a forum to discuss our thoughts and concerns the next day in class. Please, if you are a teacher, college professor or a parent discuss this tragic event with your kids/students. They may pretend to be unaffected but no one can ignore an event like this.

My prayers go out to the VT community. Stay strong.

Brenda | April 17, 2007 1:57 PM

May God give you all peace and strength during this difficult time. All of America mourns for your loss.

Scarlet | April 17, 2007 1:58 PM

To VT. Much Love and Best Wishes in such an aweful time.
Just the night before I acknowledged an event in history, a heinous act that I thought humanity had learned from - Holocaust Remembrance Day. When will humanity ever learn?
To every single last student on that campus ... honor your lives and futures with the memory of those who have been taken...

JR Graff, Pittsburgh PA | April 17, 2007 1:59 PM

To VT. Much Love and Best Wishes in such an aweful time.
Just the night before I acknowledged an event in history, a heinous act that I thought humanity had learned from - Holocaust Remembrance Day. When will humanity ever learn?
To every single last student on that campus ... honor your lives and futures with the memory of those who have been taken...

JR Graff, Pittsburgh PA | April 17, 2007 2:00 PM

To VT. Much Love and Best Wishes in such an aweful time.
Just the night before I acknowledged an event in history, a heinous act that I thought humanity had learned from - Holocaust Remembrance Day. When will humanity ever learn?
To every single last student on that campus ... honor your lives and futures with the memory of those who have been taken...

JR Graff, Pittsburgh PA | April 17, 2007 2:00 PM

To VT. Much Love and Best Wishes in such an aweful time.
Just the night before I acknowledged an event in history, a heinous act that I thought humanity had learned from - Holocaust Remembrance Day. When will humanity ever learn?
To every single last student on that campus ... honor your lives and futures with the memory of those who have been taken...

JR Graff, Pittsburgh PA | April 17, 2007 2:01 PM

To VT. Much Love and Best Wishes in such an aweful time.
Just the night before I acknowledged an event in history, a heinous act that I thought humanity had learned from - Holocaust Remembrance Day. When will humanity ever learn?
To every single last student on that campus ... honor your lives and futures with the memory of those who have been taken...

JR Graff, Pittsburgh PA | April 17, 2007 2:01 PM

We mourn the deceased as if they were are own. We offer our most deepest sympathies to this horrific tragedy. May God bless you all.

Condolences and prayers from China to all of the VT community past and present we are with you.

Mike - Hong Kong | April 17, 2007 2:02 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this heartwrenching time...please remember:

God doesn't always still the storm, but He can calm the sailor.

The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live.

God bless, Karen, Ft. Collins, Colorado

karen kingsley | April 17, 2007 2:05 PM

As the hours and days pass, my horror and sadness grow. My prayers are with the friends and families of those who lost their lives. They are also with all of you - survivors - because that is
who you are. Please find support to deal with this - you are not alone.

Katy | April 17, 2007 2:05 PM

The faculty, students, and staff at East Tennessee State University offer our deepest condolences to all those affected by this tragedy. Please know that the VT community is not alone in its grief, our thoughts and hearts are with you.
East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University | April 17, 2007 2:09 PM

Our deepest sympathy to all involved. You are in our thoughts and prayers. From your friends in Deal, Kent, England

Rayc | April 17, 2007 2:12 PM

Our deepest sympathy to all involved. You are in our thoughts and prayers. From your friends in Deal, Kent, England

Rayc | April 17, 2007 2:12 PM

Our condolences to you at this difficult time.
To those students, teachers and staff who did everything they could to save lives, God Bless You all!
Christina and family, Canada

Christina | April 17, 2007 2:12 PM

Our deepest sympathy to all involved. You are in our thoughts and prayers. From your friends in Deal, Kent, England

Rayc | April 17, 2007 2:13 PM

Our deepest sympathy to all involved. You are in our thoughts and prayers. From your friends in Deal, Kent, England

Rayc | April 17, 2007 2:13 PM

Condolences from Ghent university, Belgium. Our thoughts are with you.

LD | April 17, 2007 2:14 PM

Condolences from Ghent university, Belgium. Our thoughts are with you.

LD | April 17, 2007 2:15 PM

We are all Hokies in our hearts today. God bless your community, your students and your alumni.

Carrie, Florida State Alum | April 17, 2007 2:16 PM

Condolences from Ghent university, Belgium. Our thoughts are with you.

LD | April 17, 2007 2:18 PM

BRACE FOR IMPACT!

Anymouse | April 17, 2007 2:20 PM

MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU AT VT. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

LISA DIPONG | April 17, 2007 2:20 PM

Seriously guys, my thoughts and prayers are with all of y'all in VTECH

anonymous | April 17, 2007 2:21 PM

My prayers for the healing of all involved. To lose so many young people and those that dedicated their lives to learning... a true tragedy. My heart goes out to each and every one of you.

Valerie H. | April 17, 2007 2:23 PM

My prayers for the healing of all involved. To lose so many young people and those that dedicated their lives to learning... a true tragedy. My heart goes out to each and every one of you.

Valerie H. | April 17, 2007 2:24 PM

My prayers for the healing of all involved. To lose so many young people and those that dedicated their lives to learning... a true tragedy. My heart goes out to each and every one of you.

~Delaware

Valerie H. | April 17, 2007 2:27 PM

This is the hard part - Matthew 6:14-15, "In prayer, there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can't get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God's part." Even though there is deep unforgiving pain within your heart, you must forgive this murderer. Pray hard!! Pray for leadership within your school. Thank you for The Wall: an opportunity for others such as myself to share in your hurt.

CJ from NC | April 17, 2007 2:28 PM

My tears are with you, and may my prayers bring you strength.
Streamwood, IL

Elizabeth | April 17, 2007 2:28 PM

I am unable to imagine the level of pain and grief inflicted upon the families and friends of these victims, and to the entire community of Virginia Tech. I will pray for each and every one of you; Please know that there are those of us everywhere who really care and are grieving with you.
I offer my deepest sympathy, may God carry you through these indescribable times, and bless you and your families.

Michele Wadium | April 17, 2007 2:29 PM

what a tragedy.
god bless VT.

desislava | April 17, 2007 2:29 PM

How can this keep happening? How resilient is our human condition that we can absorb yet another senseless act of violence so offensive? What becomes of us as these incidents continue to mount?

I am very saddened for the parents, siblings, loved ones and friends...so sorry. Just when you've reached that pinnacle in life where you've saved and schooled and mentored your child to reach the goal of attending college on the caliber of VT, and this in a nation where higher education becomes more and more elusive every year, tragedy of such cowardice befalls you...I am sorry.

The coward only wields a coward's might, where the honorable lost are a loss to us all.

I hope honor prevails. Be strong.

Garrett Evans - Denver CO | April 17, 2007 2:30 PM

If we can never learn from humanity's mistakes of the past history is doomed to repeat them. My deepest sympathies to everyone involved. To those heroes student, teachers, and faculty you are a light in such a dark time! My thoughts are with you all-Dallas, Texas

Cali | April 17, 2007 2:31 PM

From a former Roanoker, long residing in NYC, everyone who knows my Virginia connection has offered condolences today. I pass them on to Blacksburg along with my own. The comparison to 9/11 is quite apt...senseless violence and the sudden death of the innocent simply living their daily lives.

J Miller | April 17, 2007 2:31 PM

The news has shocked the world. No words can describe what you are all going through. I am deeply saddened by the news. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Good bless you.

Carl, Jersey, United Kingdom

Carl Huelin, Jersey Channel Islands | April 17, 2007 2:35 PM

My thoughts go out to everyone on the VA Tech Campus. AS a walk to class today, its hard to imagine that tranquility shattered as it was on your campus. Stay strong and keep going forward.

Courtney | April 17, 2007 2:35 PM

i want to express my condolences to the families involved and all of you at vtech. i'm shocked and so is switzerland. god bless the victims and all the students and officials, may he give you the power to go through these very, very difficult times.

Reto | April 17, 2007 2:38 PM

i want to express my condolences to the families involved and all of you at vtech. i'm shocked and so is switzerland. god bless the victims and all the students and officials, may he give you the power to go through these very, very difficult times. Zurich, Switzerland

Reto | April 17, 2007 2:39 PM

There are no words that can ever be appropriate or that fully express the depth of sadness at this moment in time. Please know that one more heart is weeping and praying for the parents and VT community.

Notre Dame, IN

R. M. McMahon, | April 17, 2007 2:40 PM

I want to send out my deepest sympathy for all of the families and friends who have been forever changed after this horrific tragedy. I live in Calgary, Alberta - Canada

God Bless you all...

Lesley Scheible | April 17, 2007 2:44 PM

Please accept my deepest condolences for your enormous loss.

Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Serena | April 17, 2007 2:47 PM

My deepest sympathy from Paulding Ohio.My prayers and thoughts are with you all during this time of grief and sorrow. May God bless each and everyone.

Pam Bauer | April 17, 2007 2:51 PM

http://ucf.facebook.com/event.php?eid=2329405796

Candlelight Vigil for Virginia Tech
To show solidarity and strength
UCF
Information
Event Info Name: Candlelight Vigil for Virginia Tech
Tagline: To show solidarity and strength
Host: UCF students
Type: Causes - Rally
Time and Place Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Time: 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: UCF Campus - Fountain
City/Town: Orlando, FL

Description
What happened at Virginia Tech today was a horrible tragedy and we, as part of the collegiate community, need to show our solidarity with them.

"Forget any and all college affiliations today. For today, we are all Hokies."

Bring your candles and your thoughts and prayers, this is just a time for everyone to come together and mourn this horrible event.

Invite all your friends to this event, anyone can invite people using the links on the right.

UCF | April 17, 2007 2:52 PM

My deepest sympathy from Paulding Ohio.My prayers and thoughts are with you all during this time of grief and sorrow. May God bless each and everyone.

Pam Bauer | April 17, 2007 2:52 PM

http://ucf.facebook.com/event.php?eid=2329405796

Candlelight Vigil for Virginia Tech
To show solidarity and strength
UCF
Information
Event Info Name: Candlelight Vigil for Virginia Tech
Tagline: To show solidarity and strength
Host: UCF students
Type: Causes - Rally
Time and Place Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Time: 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: UCF Campus - Fountain
City/Town: Orlando, FL

Description
What happened at Virginia Tech today was a horrible tragedy and we, as part of the collegiate community, need to show our solidarity with them.

"Forget any and all college affiliations today. For today, we are all Hokies."

Bring your candles and your thoughts and prayers, this is just a time for everyone to come together and mourn this horrible event.

Invite all your friends to this event, anyone can invite people using the links on the right.

UCF | April 17, 2007 2:54 PM

May you take comfort knowing that people from all nations and countries are asking the Creator to bless you and bring you peace in your time of sorrow. For each of you we pray that you find the inner strength to make it through this very difficult time.

May the Great Spirit bless you and bring you comfort in your time of sorrow.

In friendship: The students, staff and faculty at Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal College, Sisseton, South Dakota.

Crystal Owen | April 17, 2007 2:55 PM

Our prayers and thoughts are with you from Ohio, As I sit in class my heart is filled with sorrow and fear, this could happen anywhere at any college

erica | April 17, 2007 2:57 PM

My thoughts are with all family, friends, peers, and staff at VTech.

Keep your heads up!!

Laurentian University Student, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Amber | April 17, 2007 2:58 PM

http://ucf.facebook.com/event.php?eid=2329405796

Candlelight Vigil for Virginia Tech
To show solidarity and strength
UCF
Information
Event Info Name: Candlelight Vigil for Virginia Tech
Tagline: To show solidarity and strength
Host: UCF students
Type: Causes - Rally
Time and Place Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Time: 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: UCF Campus - Fountain
City/Town: Orlando, FL

Description
What happened at Virginia Tech today was a horrible tragedy and we, as part of the collegiate community, need to show our solidarity with them.

"Forget any and all college affiliations today. For today, we are all Hokies."

Bring your candles and your thoughts and prayers, this is just a time for everyone to come together and mourn this horrible event.

Invite all your friends to this event, anyone can invite people using the links on the right.

UCF | April 17, 2007 3:02 PM

Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. so sad, we just gave our kids an extra hug today before they went to school. God Bless you.

The Newman family | April 17, 2007 3:02 PM

From Oklahoma City, site of the 4/19/95 Murrah Federal Building Bombing where 168 souls lost their lives...May the Creator hold you in the palm of his hand and comfort you in this time of sorrow.

Sheila Tillery | April 17, 2007 3:04 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the friend and families of those who was lost or injured in this horrific tragedy...

Kimberly | April 17, 2007 3:05 PM

From northeast Ohio

... may He hold them each in the palm of His hand

The Baldwin Family | April 17, 2007 3:05 PM

I am a resident of Pakistan in 12th grade, studying in the American School of Islamabad. I was deeply saddened and shocked by this tragedy. We Pakistani brothers and sisters are with Virginia Tech in this tragedy. May God bless those young departed souls. We share your grief.

Bilal Basit Abbasi | April 17, 2007 3:06 PM

Much love from the Washington Huskies, who are here wishing we could do more.

Meg | April 17, 2007 3:06 PM

Much love from the Washington Huskies, who are here wishing we could do more.

Meg | April 17, 2007 3:06 PM

May the foot prints in the sand be one with the burden of your grief carried by Our Father. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Karen | April 17, 2007 3:07 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the students and faculty and also the friends and families of those who were lost or injured in this horrible tragedy....

Kimberly Obregon | April 17, 2007 3:08 PM

I have no idea what to say that might comfort and strengthen you. Everytime I see this on the news, I cry and mourn with you. So much heartache and sorrow for nothing. It's all so pointless...so much violence and hate in such a beautiful world. These students and faculty had so much going for them. They were the ones that would make this world a better place. Heatfelt condolences go out from a nation in greif and shock.

My dear husband is a 21-year-old Engineering student here in Sacramento, CA. When he got home last night, I didn't want to let him go. It was important to me that he realize how much he is loved. Life is so beautiful, but so short.

I pray those who were witnesses will be able to receive any counseling that they need.

Go HOKIES!

Sarah K | April 17, 2007 3:09 PM

From Winchester VA with love.

It feels like a tidal wave right now. Nothing will take away the overwhelming pain inside. It will hurt for a long time. But the waves will eventually become less big, and further apart. You will one day be able to breath again.

I ache for those who have died, including the one who did this. I ache for the families and friends who are left with gaping wounds in their souls. I ache for the men and women of law enforcement who have to work through the tragedy, and I ache for a nation who in its youth has allowed its youth to be taken down in such a way. Please, someone, for the love of God and all that is pure, put the right to live above the right to own a gun.

Susanna | April 17, 2007 3:09 PM

May the foot prints in the sand be one with the burden of your grief carried by Our Father. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Karen | April 17, 2007 3:09 PM

From Winchester VA with love.

It feels like a tidal wave right now. Nothing will take away the overwhelming pain inside. It will hurt for a long time. But the waves will eventually become less big, and further apart. You will one day be able to breath again.

I ache for those who have died, including the one who did this. I ache for the families and friends who are left with gaping wounds in their souls. I ache for the men and women of law enforcement who have to work through the tragedy, and I ache for a nation who in its youth has allowed its youth to be taken down in such a way. Please, someone, for the love of God and all that is pure, put the right to live above the right to own a gun.

Susanna | April 17, 2007 3:10 PM

From everyone at RU to all of those directly affected at Virginia Tech, we're here for you.

Hoki, Hoki, Hoki, Hy
Techs, Techs, V.P.I.
Sola-Rex, Sola-Rah
Polytechs Vir-gin-ia
Rae, Ri, V.P.I

Preston | April 17, 2007 3:11 PM

"Love shall conquer all."

We are all one - in our pain and other feelings. We are even one with he who caused these events. Do not let anger overtake you. Feel your grief - as long as it takes. But feel it for what it is - grief. Do not internatlize it as destructive anger. Remember you, too, may have felt a point & place in your life, where you were afraid & overwhelmed, out of touch with God/Allah/Universal love, in such pain & anguish you didn't know how to cope or function, and you forgot about all the rest of the world.

I cry & hurt from yesterday's events. And let us remember the strength and power of love - to heal these wounds, and prevent such future wounds. Let us remember our power, which comes from Divine Love, to lift up ourselves and others.

TN Alumni couple | April 17, 2007 3:11 PM

From everyone at RU to all of those directly affected at Virginia Tech, we're here for you.

Hoki, Hoki, Hoki, Hy
Techs, Techs, V.P.I.
Sola-Rex, Sola-Rah
Polytechs Vir-gin-ia
Rae, Ri, V.P.I

Preston | April 17, 2007 3:11 PM

I cannot find any words that would make this experience easier for you but yet I find myself moved to the point where I feel a need to reach out to you. My heart and my prayers are with all who have been affected by this tragedy, please know that even though you may feel alone you are not alone - this page is testament to that. Please take care and look after each other, let yourselves grieve for your losses and let yourselves be supported by those who love and care for you. Be kind to each other at a time of fear, anger and grief.

Lynne, Northern Ireland | April 17, 2007 3:11 PM

May our Heavenly Father hold each and every one of you during this time. Our prayers are with all of you. My heart, as many people around the world aches for you. Find strenth in our savior, Jesus Christ. God Bless.

The Bombard family, Florida | April 17, 2007 3:13 PM

condolences from Ghent university, Belgium. Our thoughts are with you.

LD | April 17, 2007 3:14 PM

My heart goes out to all those who have lost family members and friends due to this senseless act of violence at your University. May you find peace in your heart through the support of your friends, family and the world. My thoughts are with you and you are not alone during this time of greif, the world is there with you.

Cheyenne Covington | April 17, 2007 3:15 PM

Please accept my deepest condolences for your enormous loss.

Be strong.

S Corraini | April 17, 2007 3:16 PM

My condolences are with all the family and friends of the deceased this is a horrible dreadful event and i pray it will never happen again - stay strong

Rehana | April 17, 2007 3:17 PM

I am a Mom of a college student in N.C. My thoughts, prayers, and love go out to each of you. Remember that - God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.-Psalm 46:1 KJV For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee,Fear not; I will help thee. -Isaiah 41;13 KJV

Carolyn | April 17, 2007 3:17 PM

My condolences are with all the family and friends of the deceased this is a horrible dreadful event and i pray it will never happen again - stay strong

Rehana | April 17, 2007 3:18 PM

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

A Student from Purdue University | April 17, 2007 3:20 PM

From Mohegan Lake, NY
Words just can't express my profound sadness at the loss of so many of our best and brightest, particularly at such a wonderful time in their lives.

To family and friends of the victims, especially their parents: We all cry with you and hope you can find peace in time. Be proud of all of their accomplishments, no doubt there were many.

To all VT students: I pray that your collective strength will triumph over this awful nightmare. DON'T let the work of a madman become the defining feature of your beautiful university. BE STRONG ! We are all with you.

Ellen | April 17, 2007 3:20 PM

I am a Mom of a college student in N.C. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. -Psalm 46;1 KJV

Carolyn Lancaster | April 17, 2007 3:21 PM

Praying for you. Especially for my friends there at VT.

Amy | April 17, 2007 3:21 PM

From the Walt Disney World Cast, our prayers are with all the hokies and their families. God Bless You All.

Terri | April 17, 2007 3:22 PM

Your loss in this tragic, senseless act is felt around the world, and in my community, Hagerstown Maryland. Our prayers are with all of you.

Tom | April 17, 2007 3:23 PM

My deerest condoleances to all the students and relatives at Virginia Tech from Belgium.

Kurt Carette | April 17, 2007 3:24 PM

My deepest sympathy for the families and other students of VA Tech. My prayers will be with you all.

Kathy Rodriguez, Romney WV | April 17, 2007 3:24 PM

From Los Angeles, CA - we are all thinking of you and feeling deeply for you.

Mike | April 17, 2007 3:24 PM

My deepest sympathy for the families and other students of VA Tech. My prayers will be with you all.

Kathy Rodriguez, Romney WV | April 17, 2007 3:25 PM

My deepest sympathy for the families and other students of VA Tech. My prayers will be with you all.

Kathy Rodriguez, Romney WV | April 17, 2007 3:25 PM

My deepest sympathy for the families and other students of VA Tech. My prayers will be with you all.

Kathy Rodriguez, Romney WV | April 17, 2007 3:26 PM

My prayers are with you all. God bless from London, England

Colette | April 17, 2007 3:29 PM

My deepest thoughts and love are with you all at his horrible time. London is thinking of you.

Claire Mills | April 17, 2007 3:30 PM

Here in PA we are saddened and angered by the reprehensible acts of the shooter against innocent people. This violence and horrific carnage must stop. Our prayers go out to everyone involved. May God have mercy on the shooters soul.

rphawk | April 17, 2007 3:30 PM

We in Massachusetts have lost one of our own in this senseless tragedy. We offer our sympathy, caring and prayers to all of you at VT, and especially to the families and friends of those who are no longer with you.

The media has tried hard to place blame. It's easy to ask, in hindsight, why something was or wasn't done. Don't take your focus off the real issue. This violence was undeserved, and leaves us with a shocking tragedy. "Shoulda, coulda, woulda" doesn't help. Just support and comfort those who need comforting. Our hearts go out to all of you.

Linda | April 17, 2007 3:31 PM

May God have mercy on the shooters soul. My condolences to veryone that has been affected. This is horrible and unjust. I hope everyone will be able to continue on.

rphawk | April 17, 2007 3:32 PM

May God have mercy on the shooters soul. My condolences to veryone that has been affected. This is horrible and unjust. I hope everyone will be able to continue on.

rphawk | April 17, 2007 3:32 PM

Our hearts go out to all of you at VT. We in Massachusetts have also lost one of our own there. We offer our prayers and sympathy to students, faculty and all associated with the school, and the town. We especially offer our sorrow and sympathy to the families and friends of those who were lost.

Our hearts are with you.

Linda | April 17, 2007 3:35 PM

My heart goes out to each and every one of you at VT. Ever since I first heard yesterday morning of this tragdey, you have been on my mind, in my thoughts & in my prayers. god Bless You All.

Karen | April 17, 2007 3:36 PM

My heart goes out to each and every one of you at VT. Ever since I first heard yesterday morning of this tragdey, you have been on my mind, in my thoughts & in my prayers. god Bless You All.

Karen | April 17, 2007 3:36 PM

I am deeply saddened by this tragedy. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you all and help you get through this terrible time.

Laura Rosamond from Jonesboro, AR | April 17, 2007 3:38 PM

It a time of serious concern; the innocent are destroyed. My heart goes out to all those whose life are from us lost. The promise of tomorrow and the significant potential supports of our future are no more. We do pray for your sweet passage and may you find peace.

Jamaal As-Salaam | April 17, 2007 3:39 PM

I am so, so sorry and so, so saddened for this tragedy and the fact of all the suffering it has created for y'all. May you know that we all share in this grief. Virginia Tech has always beeen my favorite University. I used to visit my friends there every time I drove north from North Carolina to NYC and back. Then I just started to go to visit my friends (they taught at the University) because I felt so welcomed in Blacksburg. I spent allot of time just talking with students and other teachers on campus when my friends were working. I have never felt so welcomed, anywhere. I even gave serious thought to moving there. I would sit in on classes my friend would teach in Norris Hall...So I feel deep sorrow that this place and its people, so close to my heart, have been violated. Just remember that in response to the deep outpooring of sorrow, grief and agony over Lazarus' death that Jesus wept. Jesus wept!! The son of God was that moved by human suffering that he too wept at the death of his best friend and especially over the suffering he saw in those that loved lazarus too. So may you know that Jesus weeps now just as he did then for all the pain and grief you are going through. And I weep too. -Graham.

Graham G. Hawks | April 17, 2007 3:40 PM

It a time of serious concern; the innocent are destroyed. My heart goes out to all those whose life are from us lost. The promise of tomorrow and the significant potential supports of our future are no more. We do pray for your sweet passage and may you find peace.

Jamaal As-Salaam | April 17, 2007 3:41 PM

It a time of serious concern; the innocent are destroyed. My heart goes out to all those whose life are from us lost. The promise of tomorrow and the significant potential supports of our future are no more. We do pray for your sweet passage and may you find peace.

Jamaal As-Salaam | April 17, 2007 3:43 PM

For those who weep, may God comfort you as He weeps too. (Jesus wept at his friend's tomb.) For those who are angry, God did not have anything to do with this but is angry too. (Jesus was angry at the selfish sin of those around him.) Evil men choose to do evil things. We must choose not to be evil.

Dorothy Mae | April 17, 2007 3:45 PM

May God reach down from heaven above and touch your hearts that they might heal. May he put his arms around you and hold you tight that you will find comfort and security. May he lift you up that you shall find peace and be able to live again. I can not begin to express the pain that I feel in my heart knowing what you are all going through. I can only trust that God will show his love unto you and will be there to wipe away the tears.

trisha from virginia | April 17, 2007 3:45 PM

For those who weep, may God comfort you as He weeps too. (Jesus wept at his friend's tomb.) For those who are angry, God did not have anything to do with this but is angry too. (Jesus was angry at the selfish sin of those around him.) Evil men choose to do evil things. We must choose not to be evil.

Dorothy Mae | April 17, 2007 3:46 PM

Words are not enough to express my deepest sympathy to VT students & families. My prayers are with you all now, and in the days to come when the true horror of this terrible event hits home. May you all find comfort in each other and in knowing how much the rest of the world cares. Peace be with you.

Terry N. | April 17, 2007 3:46 PM

It a time of serious concern; the innocent are destroyed. My heart goes out to all those whose life are from us lost. The promise of tomorrow and the significant potential supports of our future are no more. We do pray for your sweet passage and may you find peace.

Jamaal As-Salaam | April 17, 2007 3:46 PM

For those who weep, may God comfort you as He weeps too. (Jesus wept at his friend's tomb.) For those who are angry, God did not have anything to do with this but is angry too. (Jesus was angry at the selfish sin of those around him.) Evil men choose to do evil things. We must choose not to be evil.

Dorothy Mae | April 17, 2007 3:47 PM

It doesn't seem enough to say that the victims, along with their family and friends are in my prayers... It doesn't seem enough to hold a vigil and mourn.

It will only be enough when horrible tragedies like this never happen again.

I will be praying for the victims, their families and friends. And I will be praying that this nation be effected for longer than this story is a headliner. And that we finally learn a lesson that goes beyond the next few weeks and every year on the anniversary of this day.

In this nation's college community we need to take a stand against violence, for our own security, for tolerance, for obedience and humanity.

My truest, deepest condolences.

"Forget any and all college affiliations today. For today, we are all Hokies."

---- SUNY CORTLAND, NEW YORK

Sara G | April 17, 2007 3:49 PM

My heart goes out to all of you for your lose. I hope you find comfort in the love of all who care and feel your lose with you! God Bless

Norm S. | April 17, 2007 3:49 PM

My heart and soul is overflowing with grief for the horrendous violence you've all suffered, but that same heart and soul is full of love for all of you, and hope that that unconditional love will in some small way help to heal your grievous wounds.

Janelle | April 17, 2007 3:50 PM

God will take care of the innocent victims.

Karl (Leeds,England) | April 17, 2007 3:50 PM

the streets of heaven is full of angels after this awful tragedy our thoughts are with you and your families

chris sykes england | April 17, 2007 3:51 PM

My heart goes out to all of you for your lose. I hope you find comfort in the love of all who care and feel your lose with you! God Bless

Norm S. | April 17, 2007 3:51 PM

to everyone and anyone involved in the hokie virginia tech community I pray for you. thank you all for being so brave, for telling your stories, for standing up to that gunman that took so many innocent precious lives yesterday morning. may you stay strong, carry your heads high, miay your wounds heal fast and make you stronger but may we never forget wut this man took from us. he took lives that had so much more living to do and they will never ever be forgotten. 4-16-07 we will never forget the massacre at virginia tech....the hokies will live and be strong forever! go hokies!!!! god bless you virginia tech and anyone in the community impacted. the world had you in our thoughts and prayers.

amber,larry,and Correy
from salisbury,maryland

amber | April 17, 2007 3:51 PM

to everyone and anyone involved in the hokie virginia tech community I pray for you. thank you all for being so brave, for telling your stories, for standing up to that gunman that took so many innocent precious lives yesterday morning. may you stay strong, carry your heads high, miay your wounds heal fast and make you stronger but may we never forget wut this man took from us. he took lives that had so much more living to do and they will never ever be forgotten. 4-16-07 we will never forget the massacre at virginia tech....the hokies will live and be strong forever! go hokies!!!! god bless you virginia tech and anyone in the community impacted. the world had you in our thoughts and prayers.

amber,larry,and Correy
from salisbury,maryland

amber | April 17, 2007 3:52 PM

We got your back...UMASS DARTMOUTH

RAY | April 17, 2007 3:52 PM

My heart goes out to all of you for your lose. I hope you find comfort in the love of all who care and feel your lose with you! God Bless

Norm S. | April 17, 2007 3:53 PM

My heart goes out to all of you for your lose. I hope you find comfort in the love of all who care and feel your lose with you! God Bless

Norm S. | April 17, 2007 3:53 PM

To the student community at Virginia Tech, what has happened is shocking, tragic and it is sickening that things like this can take place in our society, how will things ever be the same ? All over the world people are thinking and praying for the victims and their friends and families. How can you get over the loss of all of these people ? Nothing will ever compensate their lives, let them live on through those that loved them.

Chettina - From the UK | April 17, 2007 3:53 PM

My heart and soul is overflowing with grief for the horrendous violence you've all suffered, but that same heart and soul is full of love for all of you, and hope that that unconditional love will in some small way help to heal your grievous wounds.

Janelle | April 17, 2007 3:53 PM

From a small community called Mount Hope in NB Canada I want to say I am so sorry for your loss of so many young people. My heart aches for the famililies of the victims, who lost their lives in the shooting on your university campus. I sincerely hope the injured get well soon. It is so sad that our educational instutitions are no longer a safe place to be.

Maude A. McSorley | April 17, 2007 3:54 PM

just wanted to send out deepest sympathies ... just wanted to send a big hug to all of you

Arlington, Virginia

Amy & Brian | April 17, 2007 3:54 PM

To the student community at Virginia Tech, what has happened is shocking, tragic and it is sickening that things like this can take place in our society, how will things ever be the same ? All over the world people are thinking and praying for the victims and their friends and families. How can you get over the loss of all of these people ? Nothing will ever compensate their lives, let them live on through those that loved them.

Chettina - From the UK | April 17, 2007 3:54 PM

From a small community called Mount Hope in NB Canada I want to say I am so sorry for your loss of so many fine people. My heart aches for the famililies of the victims, who lost their lives in the shooting on your university campus. I sincerely hope the injured get well soon. It is so sad that our educational instutitions are no longer a safe place to be.

Maude A. McSorley | April 17, 2007 3:55 PM

I am deeply saddened by this tragedy. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you all and help you get through this terrible time.

Laura Rosamond from Jonesboro, AR | April 17, 2007 3:55 PM

From a small community in Massachusetts, our deepest sympathy goes out to all of the victims, their families & friends. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Amanda | April 17, 2007 3:56 PM

There is no sense in all of this, we is england share your grief,....Be strong!

Linda | April 17, 2007 3:56 PM

From a small community in Massachusetts, our deepest sympathy goes out to all of the victims, their families & friends. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Amanda | April 17, 2007 3:56 PM

I still can't believe how tragic this all is. My prayers and blessings for everyone affected and intertwined. This Texan in London is thinking of y'all. It's crazy that something like this can happen in our 21st century...

Justine | April 17, 2007 3:56 PM

For The Children

In silence, the sound of children�s laughter echo in the empty halls
Become the tears on concrete walls

Young lives taken in anger�s midst
Transform into a dance of guns and hatred�s tryst

Does the devil walk among us?
Who can the children trust?

On humbled bended knee, we ask God why?
In silence of the moment, we cry �
For the children lost.


Teresa
Copyright:April 16, 2007

teresa | April 17, 2007 3:57 PM

To the student community at Virginia Tech, what has happened is shocking, tragic and it is sickening that things like this can take place in our society, how will things ever be the same ? All over the world people are thinking of you and praying for the victims and their friends and families. How can you get over the loss of all of these people ? Nothing will ever compensate their lives, let them live on through those that loved them.

Chettina - From the UK | April 17, 2007 3:57 PM

To all of those affected by this tragedy, our hearts and thoughts are with you. In the hope that you can come together as one to support each other during this difficult time.

Cora and CW - in London | April 17, 2007 3:58 PM

My love, thoughts and prayers are with all the victims' families, the injured & their families, all the faculty and students at Virginia Tech and the whole VT community. This terrible tragedy hasn't just affected Virginia and America, many tears have been cried all over the world, including here in Britain. God - I ask that you bless all of the Virginia Tech community - please help comfort them at this most terrible of times. God bless you all.

Sarah, Cambridge (England)

Sarah | April 17, 2007 3:58 PM

To the student community at Virginia Tech, what has happened is shocking, tragic and it is sickening that things like this can take place in our society, how will things ever be the same ? All over the world people are thinking of you and praying for the victims and their friends and families. How can you get over the loss of all of these people ? Nothing will ever compensate their lives, let them live on through those that loved them.

Chettina - From the UK | April 17, 2007 3:58 PM

I still can't believe how tragic this all is. My prayers and blessings for everyone affected and intertwined. This Texan in London is thinking of y'all. It's crazy that something like this can happen in our 21st century...

Justine | April 17, 2007 3:58 PM

To the student community at Virginia Tech, what has happened is shocking, tragic and it is sickening that things like this can take place in our society, how will things ever be the same ? All over the world people are thinking of you and praying for the victims and their friends and families. How can you get over the loss of all of these people ? Nothing will ever compensate their lives, let them live on through those that loved them.

Chettina - From the UK | April 17, 2007 3:59 PM

From a small community in Massachusetts, our deepest sympathy goes out to all of the victims, their families & friends. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Amanda | April 17, 2007 3:59 PM

From a small community in Massachusetts, our deepest sympathy goes out to all of the victims, their families & friends. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Amanda | April 17, 2007 4:00 PM

My heart has been broken once again by this tragedy. I can not begin to express the sorrow that I feel knowing what you are all going through. I can only pray that God will reach down from heaven above and touch each of you. I pray that he will wrap his arms around you that you may find comfort, peace and security in him. That he will show his love unto you, that he will wipe away the tears that your hearts may heal. That he will take your hands and lead you that you may live again. God bless you all!

trisha | April 17, 2007 4:01 PM

My deepest sympathies to all at this time and to let you know my thoughts are with you all.

God Bless
Andrew (from Durham, UK)

Andrew Glass | April 17, 2007 4:02 PM

My deepest sympathies to all at this time and to let you know my thoughts are with you all.

God Bless
Andrew (from Durham, UK)

Andrew Glass | April 17, 2007 4:02 PM

For The Children

In silence, the sound of children?s laughter echo in the empty halls
Become the tears on concrete walls

Young lives taken in anger?s midst
Transform into a dance of guns and hatred?s tryst

Does the devil walk among us?
Who can the children trust?

On humbled bended knee, we ask God why?
In silence of the moment, we cry ?
For the children lost.


Teresa
Copyright:April 16, 2007

teresa | April 17, 2007 4:02 PM

Prayers, love and sympathy...from New Jersey

Tom Hackett | April 17, 2007 4:03 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Virginia Tech community. I pray for the victims: professors, students and their families. I pray God's comfort and peace for the friends and families affected by this tragic event. I pray for God's peace that passeth all understanding on everyone that is hurting and grieving at this time. Know that you will be in my daily prayers.

Janie Vergara Hodgin | April 17, 2007 4:07 PM

In thought and prayer... our deepest sympathies.

Sherri | April 17, 2007 4:08 PM

I would like to offer my deepest condolences to all students at Virginia Tech. What a senseless loss of life. Even thought I am living here in the UK, my prays and thoughts are with you all.

Be strong, remember you are the future of your country and let your Voices be heard as to how America looks ahead and ensures another tragedy like this never happens again.

God bless you all, Raymond (UK)

Raymond | April 17, 2007 4:08 PM

I would like to offer my deepest condolences to all students at Virginia Tech. What a senseless loss of life. Even thought I am living here in the UK, my prays and thoughts are with you all.

Be strong, remember you are the future of your country and let your Voices be heard as to how America looks ahead and ensures another tragedy like this never happens again.

God bless you all, Raymond (UK)

Raymond | April 17, 2007 4:08 PM

I would like to offer my deepest condolences to all students at Virginia Tech. What a senseless loss of life. Even thought I am living here in the UK, my prays and thoughts are with you all.

Be strong, remember you are the future of your country and let your Voices be heard as to how America looks ahead and ensures another tragedy like this never happens again.

God bless you all, Raymond(UK)

Raymond | April 17, 2007 4:09 PM

I want everyone to know that everyone around the world is thinking of you guys at this time. You have our Prayers from Scotland as we have gone through this too.
I feel the pain of those who have lost loved ones.
Take care of each other.

Victoria from Scotland, UK | April 17, 2007 4:11 PM

I would like to offer my deepest condolences to all students at Virginia Tech. What a senseless loss of life. Even thought I am living here in the UK, my prays and thoughts are with you all.

Be strong, remember you are the future of your country and let your Voices be heard as to how America looks ahead and ensures another tragedy like this never happens again.

God bless you all, Raymond(UK)

Raymond | April 17, 2007 4:11 PM

I can't possibly express how sorry I feel about what happened. So I just would like to offer my sincere condolences.

I will never understand why a country, a nation, allows it's citizens to own deadly weapons...

Stephan

Stephan | April 17, 2007 4:13 PM

From Motherwell Scotland :- You are in our thoughts, God bless you all

Jimmie Waugh | April 17, 2007 4:18 PM

Know and be comforted that you are being lifted up and prayed for this very minute. Be at peace, VT.

Shannon | April 17, 2007 4:23 PM

I just want to offer my deepest sympathy to the many victims of this tragedy. To the families of the dead and injured and to the people of your great nation. May you find comfort and strength. Love, adrian (UK)

adrian | April 17, 2007 4:23 PM

I just want to offer my deepest sympathy to the many victims of this tragedy. To the families of the dead and injured and to the people of your great nation. May you find comfort and strength. Love, adrian (UK)

adrian | April 17, 2007 4:24 PM

Know and be comforted that you are being lifted up and prayed for this very minute. Be at peace, VT.

Shannon | April 17, 2007 4:25 PM

I just want to offer my deepest sympathy to the many victims of this tragedy. To the families of the dead and injured and to the people of your great nation. May you find comfort and strength. Love, adrian (UK)

adrian | April 17, 2007 4:25 PM

our hearts go out to all of the families and friends of this horrible tragedy. there is no formula or easy words to handle such a deep unforgettable loss.
our prayers and thoughts are with each of you.

Wendy & Vince | April 17, 2007 4:25 PM

Know and be comforted that you are being lifted up and prayed for this very minute. Be at peace, VT.

Shannon | April 17, 2007 4:26 PM

Questions of why all this happened will keep unfolding reasons to explain the senseless. Today, we all mourn this tragedy, hoping that this never happens again, praying for all of our Gods to give us strength to keep us moving forward. We trust that eventually only Good will persevere, we sense it deep in our intuitions. My thoughts are with you VT, unite for strength, believe in a better tomorrow where love will reign.
Embrace each other with love.

From University of Houston in Clear Lake, Houston, Texas.

Mauricio Monari | April 17, 2007 4:26 PM

I just want to offer my deepest sympathy to the many victims of this tragedy. To the families of the dead and injured and to the people of your great nation. May you find comfort and strength. Love, adrian (UK)

adrian | April 17, 2007 4:26 PM

I guess HEAVENS population grew by 32 & HELL by 1 on April 16 2007.

Wrexham N.Wales UK

Mike | April 17, 2007 4:27 PM

I just want to offer my deepest sympathy to the many victims of this tragedy. To the families of the dead and injured and to the people of your great nation. May you find comfort and strength. Love, adrian (UK)

adrian | April 17, 2007 4:27 PM

Questions of why all this happened will keep unfolding reasons to explain the senseless. Today, we all mourn this tragedy, hoping that this never happens again, praying for all of our Gods to give us strength to keep us moving forward. We trust that eventually only Good will persevere, we sense it deep in our intuitions. My thoughts are with you VT, unite for strength, believe in a better tomorrow where love will reign.
Embrace each other with love.

From University of Houston in Clear Lake, Houston, Texas.

Mauricio Monari | April 17, 2007 4:27 PM

I just want to offer my deepest sympathy to the many victims of this tragedy. To the families of the dead and injured and to the people of your great nation. May you find comfort and strength. Love, adrian (UK)

adrian | April 17, 2007 4:28 PM

May God Be with each and everyone of you in this time of loss, Alot of us here in West Union, WV are just heartbroken that something this terrible could happen. May God comfort all of you

Juanita Turner | April 17, 2007 4:28 PM

I just want to offer my deepest sympathy to the many victims of this tragedy. To the families of the dead and injured and to the people of your great nation. May you find comfort and strength. Love, adrian (UK)

adrian | April 17, 2007 4:29 PM

I guess HEAVENS population grew by 32 & HELL by 1 on April 16 2007.

You are not alone!

Wrexham N.Wales UK

Mike | April 17, 2007 4:29 PM

May God Be with each and everyone of you in this time of loss, Alot of us here in West Union, WV are just heartbroken that something this terrible could happen. May God comfort all of you

Juanita Turner | April 17, 2007 4:29 PM

I send love and support to all students, staff, families and friends and your community which reels at this terrible shock. Thoughts too, for the family of the shooter, the poor soul who fired the shots this time.

As you stand in vigil tonight, know that each of you has a hundred hundred grieving human beings at your shoulder to support you. Not just tonight, but through the difficult times to come.

May you be strong in the days ahead, and find support when you reach out for it.

Louie, UK

louie | April 17, 2007 4:30 PM

I send love and support to all students, staff, families and friends and your community which reels at this terrible shock. Thoughts too, for the family of the shooter, the poor soul who fired the shots this time.

As you stand in vigil tonight, know that each of you has a hundred hundred grieving human beings at your shoulder to support you. Not just tonight, but through the difficult times to come.

May you be strong in the days ahead, and find support when you reach out for it.

Louie, UK

louie | April 17, 2007 4:30 PM

As a former resident of Blacksburg I find it unbelievable that such a tragedy could befall the peaceful town. My deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims, the staff and students of Virginia Tech and to all of you in the community. My Hokie heart is with you all. Blessings.

Melissa J. Muller | April 17, 2007 4:31 PM

I guess HEAVENS population grew by 32 & HELL by 1 on April 16 2007.

You are not alone!

Wrexham N.Wales UK

Mike | April 17, 2007 4:31 PM

From Rome, Italy my deepest condolences to all the people, friends and families, struck by this horrible tragedy. My heart is there with you guys. Peace

Antonio | April 17, 2007 4:31 PM

I guess HEAVENS population grew by 32 & HELL by 1 on April 16 2007.

You are not alone!

Wrexham N.Wales UK

Mike | April 17, 2007 4:32 PM

James 1:19 "Everyone should be quick to lisen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires." I am hopeful that those of you that have used cries of racism and hatred will growth in wisdom. There is a tremendous loss of life; support is needed; not thoughts of destruction.

CJ of NC | April 17, 2007 4:32 PM

From Bochum, Germany...
My deepest sympathy to all the families of the victims. I couldn't stop thinking about this overwhelming tragedy for the whole day today and have been coming to it again and again. We are moving to US and my son will be a student there in several years - God save me and all the other parents in the world to experience anything like this. Let it be the LAST such deed in the history of HUMANITY!!!
My heart stays with those families that lost their members in VT. I wish I could mitigate their pain... I wish there was a time machine available...

Georgian woman Lela | April 17, 2007 4:32 PM

I guess HEAVENS population grew by 32 & HELL by 1 on April 16 2007.

You are not alone!

Wrexham N.Wales UK

Mike | April 17, 2007 4:33 PM

From Rome, Italy my deepest condolences go to all the people, friends and families, struck by this horrible tragedy. My heart is there with you guys. Peace

Antonio | April 17, 2007 4:33 PM

From Rome, Italy my deepest condolences go to all the people, friends and families, struck by this horrible tragedy. My heart is there with you guys. Peace

Antonio | April 17, 2007 4:33 PM

A terrible loss to your community, the world feels your pain and stands with you. Des, London.

Des, London. | April 17, 2007 4:34 PM

As a former resident of Blacksburg I find it unbelievable that such a tragedy could befall the peaceful town. My deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims, the staff and students of Virginia Tech and to all of you in the community. My Hokie heart is with you all. Blessings.

Melissa J. Muller | April 17, 2007 4:34 PM

A terrible loss to your community, the world feels your pain and stands with you. Des, London.

Des, London. | April 17, 2007 4:34 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 4:36 PM

People say theyre sorry,
And they mean it from the heart,
But to understand your heartache,
They couldnt even start,
To have a loss like you have had,
Is too much to understand,
We see it and we feel for you,
But its only secondhand,
Youre the ones who are suffering,
And were the ones who care,
But if theres anything we can do,
Call us, well be there.

Stephanie | April 17, 2007 4:37 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

sandi | April 17, 2007 4:40 PM

People say theyre sorry,
And they mean it from the heart,
But to understand your heartache,
They couldnt even start,
To have a loss like you have had,
Is too much to understand,
We see it and we feel for you,
But its only secondhand,
Youre the ones who are suffering,
And were the ones who care,
But if theres anything we can do,
Call us, well be there.

Stephanie | April 17, 2007 4:41 PM

Bless you all at this most difficult time. Prayers are being said for you here in the UK.

Kev Barry | April 17, 2007 4:45 PM

Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania is praying for you.

Steve | April 17, 2007 4:46 PM

Sending along some thoughts from Arizona...
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. It is comforting to hear the stories of heroes and protectors. It is comforting to hear about students and teachers looking out for one another regardless of race or religious belief. The bloodshed was red. It was the same color for all involved. We as a world should remember that and not place blame on a race, religion or specific group of people. We must look to healing these wounds and bond together as a human race to get over this. 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 some responsibility in this... in some way, even by association, as is natural. I am not blaming them in the least... it must be heartbreaking for them. 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... including this family.

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.

With sincere sorrow and prayers.
God Bless,
Betsy

Betsy | April 17, 2007 4:46 PM

God bless everyone....It brings me to tears thinking of what it must be like to lose a loved one....So much promise.

Greg | April 17, 2007 4:47 PM

I wish there was something more we could all do besides stand back in horror and watch this sad story unfold. Know that the world loves you all; families, survivors and victims alike. Our thoughts are prayers will be with you always.

Sara | April 17, 2007 4:48 PM

god bless you all, my prayers are with everyone affected my this horribly tragedy.

cortney from GA | April 17, 2007 4:48 PM

From Amherst, Wisconsin:

I wish to offer my prayers & deepest sympathies to the families of the victims, the students, the staff, the emergency services personnel and your entire community. Many many hearts world wide are lifting each of you up in prayer. We are all saddened by this senseless tragedy. May God be with each and every one of you in the coming days.

Maggie McGuire | April 17, 2007 4:48 PM

My thoughts and Prayers are with the families and friends of all involved. From Edinburgh, Scotland

Kieran | April 17, 2007 4:48 PM

From the UK and where I come from which is Oldham, near Manchester I just wanted to say how much we send our thoughts and condolences to the families, friends and survivors of this terrible tragedy. "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them". From Sheron Donaldson

Sheron Donaldson | April 17, 2007 4:48 PM

From Colorado, my entire family's thoughts and prayers are with you all at this awful time. I cannot even begin to understand this..so many young promising lives. God bless you all.

Kate | April 17, 2007 4:49 PM

god bless everyone affected by this horrible tragedy. my prayers are with you all.

Cortney from GA | April 17, 2007 4:49 PM

I wish there was something more we could all do besides stand back in horror and watch this sad story unfold. Know that the world loves you all; families, survivors and victims alike. Our thoughts are prayers will be with you always.

Sara | April 17, 2007 4:50 PM

god bless everyone affected by this horrible tragedy. my prayers are with you all.

Cortney from GA | April 17, 2007 4:50 PM

god bless everyone affected by this horrible tragedy. my prayers are with you all.

Cortney from GA | April 17, 2007 4:50 PM

From the UK and where I come from which is Oldham, near Manchester I just wanted to say how much we send our thoughts and condolences to the families, friends and survivors of this terrible tragedy. "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them". From Sheron Donaldson

Sheron Donaldson | April 17, 2007 4:51 PM

With two sons of our own away at university, we can only imagine the grief and sorrow parents, students and faculty must be facing today. There are no words, only to let you know you are in our thoughts and may you find comfort in friends and family.
The Alvarez Family.
Ogdensburg, New York

The Alvarez Family | April 17, 2007 4:51 PM

While grief and horror are at the forefront of our collective consciousness, the pain swirling in Blackburg is palpable across the world. Know you are surrounding by a global village of people who love and care about you. May you know peace soon.

DMR-Tucson | April 17, 2007 4:52 PM

As a Tech graduate, and father of a college freshman who chose another school, I find it hard to comprehend this happening in the small town that I remember from my college days. My son went to HS with two of the dead. How do I explain to him that the world was never like this before for me and my brother when we were at Tech? How do I suggest Tech to his younger brother? I, like many engineering students, took classes in Norris. My graduate committee chair's office was in Norris. Now, that building has a whole new meaning to many people around the world.

College is supposed to be a fun, free time of learning, expanding your boundaries and horizons, and of transitioning from students to adults. Not a time of death, sadness, tragedy, and incomprehension.

My heart goes out to the victims, their families, and to all the Tech community affected by this senseless act. And I ready the notes on this "wall" and appreciate the sentiments. I don't think I've felt like this since 9/11....

God Bless VT.

-Rob
MS/ESM 1984
BS/ME 1982
Tiger Eye 80-82

Rob | April 17, 2007 4:52 PM

my heart goes out to the family and friends of the students lost by this senseless violence. the nation has lost some of our most valuable resource's. do not let hate grow in your heart. pass on love to all people, and you will gain in the long run. neutron "tuna guys" black rock city

k.a. nemeth | April 17, 2007 4:53 PM

My heart aches for you in Huntington Beach, CA! I pray for the souls who have fallen and for strength to those who remain. You will not be forgotten. Peace be with you.

Carrol | April 17, 2007 4:53 PM

Prayers from Houston, TX. All of you are in our thoughts.

Katy | April 17, 2007 4:54 PM

Thinking of you all during this dark and painful time. Our prayers are with you and the families of all those involved in this terrible event. Be strong and support each other.

Andrew from England | April 17, 2007 4:54 PM

our deepest sympathies from chicago. we're all with you

dave | April 17, 2007 4:55 PM

Our thoughts are with you all, from a small English village.

Seth | April 17, 2007 4:56 PM

While grief and horror are at the forefront of our collective consciousness, the pain swirling in Blackburg is palpable across the world. Know you are surrounded by a global village of people who love and care about you. May you know peace soon.

DMR-Tucson | April 17, 2007 4:57 PM

From Green River Wyoming, all family and friends, students of VT will be in my heart and in my daily prayers. Please be humble and seek help. You need to overcome this terrible terrible tradegy.

Jessica | April 17, 2007 4:57 PM

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again. May GOD bless and keep you. With deepest sympathy from south Texas and AGGIELAND!

Rope | April 17, 2007 4:57 PM

With two sons of our own away at university, we can only imagine the grief and sorrow facing parents, students, and faculty today. There are no words, only to let you know you are in our thoughts and may you find comfort in friend and family.
The Alvarez Family
Ogdensburg, New York

The Alvarez Family | April 17, 2007 5:00 PM

Praying for the families and friends who have forever been changed by this senseless act. Our thoughts are with you at this painful time

LouAnn & Greg | April 17, 2007 5:00 PM

I live in Tennessee but last night all I could do was sit and mourn for all of the families that are at a loss.
You are all very brave. Just watching you on tv and how you've handled the situation makes me proud you were there to help these poor souls. May God bless and strengthen you all in the upcoming days.

Heather | April 17, 2007 5:02 PM

From the small town of Buena Vista, Va. We all are Hokies today. You are in our thoughts and prayers. To the parents of the slain children and the families everywhere that are affected by this sensless tragedy we will pray for your healing. We've been there, just remember "Heaven got a angel who once belonged to you." God Bless you all.

mary | April 17, 2007 5:04 PM


With deepest sympathy to fine upstanding Americans.

Sincerely,
Fargo
Fargo ND

Fargo | April 17, 2007 5:06 PM

You are all in my toughts and prayers. You have our deepest sympathy. I cant even imagine this horrible ordeal, be strong and all pull together. Now is not a time of blaming but pulling together. God Bless nancy

Nancy | April 17, 2007 5:06 PM

May God give you all the willpower to move forward during this time of sorrow. We wil pray for all the Hokie Nation to carry on. All the state of Texas extends it's deepest sympathy.

teddy | April 17, 2007 5:07 PM

We send our deepest sympathy to the families in relation to this tragedy, we'll never understand why some people do things like this, it just doesn't make sense.

Fiona GL, UK | April 17, 2007 5:07 PM

My husband and I were following the news coverage here in England well into the night. We were engulfed with grief, shock, horror and disbelief as we were watching the events slowly unfold on telly. Up until now, we still can not fathom what happened. Our prayers are with you all and we send our deepest sympathies especially to the people who lost their loved ones at Virginia Tech. We pray you will soon experience God's healing power and that the survivors will get past this horrible experience.

May we all live life to the full from this day on and live like there is no tomorrow. Let's try living our lives with 'joie de vivre' (joy of living) and share this with others every chance we get. I know this is hard to do at the moment, especially after this incident, but I firmly believe that goodness conquers every evil. This tragic event, should, more than ever, reinforce this in each one of us. Life is very fragile and unpredictable, may we all have the chance to love all we love and show and express this love to them in this lifetime.

Vivian Nicolas-Wilkinson | April 17, 2007 5:07 PM

What an absolute and complete tragedy. Words cannot express our sympathy over your loss. Commiserations from NZ.

Su & Richard | April 17, 2007 5:08 PM


With deepest sympathy to fine, upstanding Americans.

Sincerely
Fargo, ND

Doug | April 17, 2007 5:08 PM

My husband and I were following the news coverage here in England well into the night. We were engulfed with grief, shock, horror and disbelief as we were watching the events slowly unfold on telly. Up until now, we still can not fathom what happened. Our prayers are with you all and we send our deepest sympathies especially to the people who lost their loved ones at Virginia Tech. We pray you will soon experience God's healing power and that the survivors will get past this horrible experience.

May we all live life to the full from this day on and live like there is no tomorrow. Let's try living our lives with 'joie de vivre' (joy of living) and share this with others every chance we get. I know this is hard to do at the moment, especially after this incident, but I firmly believe that goodness conquers every evil. This tragic event, should, more than ever, reinforce this in each one of us. Life is very fragile and unpredictable, may we all have the chance to love all we love and show and express this love to them in this lifetime.

Vivian Nicolas-Wilkinson | April 17, 2007 5:09 PM

thinking of all the victims, their friends and their family.

such a tragedy should never happen..

only a coward would do something so stupid..

bexi | April 17, 2007 5:09 PM

Deepest sympathies and sincerest condolonces from Scotland. There are no words to express what you must all be going through. Much strength and love to everyone affected.

Ruth-Scotland | April 17, 2007 5:09 PM

Our hearts and prayers go out to all affected by this tragedy. From Orange, Ca. we extend our most heartfelt sympathy. God bless you all.

Kathi Clough | April 17, 2007 5:09 PM

I am so sorry you suffered this evil. My prayers have been with you constantly. I hope that you remember, you do not "move on" from this but you make it a part of your being. You are now survivors and while most never want to be a survivor, take comfort in knowing you are never alone.

Jennifer | April 17, 2007 5:11 PM

The Texas Aggies share your grief, and today, we are all Hokies. May God be with you...


In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
we remember them.

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
we remember them.

In the opening of buds in the rebirth of spring,
we remember them.

In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
we remember them.

In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
we remember them.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength,
we remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart,
we remember them.

When we have joy we yearn to share,
we remember them.

So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them.


ECHO TAPS
Late Monday, Texas A&M students honored the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting by playing Echo Taps on the Quad.

PRAYER VIGIL
A&M students will assemble at 9 p.m. Tuesday at Academic Plaza to honor victims of the tragedy.

Anonymous | April 17, 2007 5:15 PM

For all of you there in Virginia......please know that you are in the thoughts of the entire world.

Jay | April 17, 2007 5:15 PM

I am in Canada, and it seems that this tragedy has touched the hearts, and minds of everyone...everywhere.

This has been a truly devastating event... and my thoughts and prayers are with all affected by this. Stay strong.

Much love.

Bernadette | April 17, 2007 5:16 PM

Sending you deepest condolences from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga...you will remain in our thoughts and prayers. Today our campus was one of three across the nation that was rattled by bomb threats, which served as a painful reminder of yesterday's tragic events. May you all find peace and comfort.

Chad Finnell | April 17, 2007 5:17 PM

I will lift you up in my daily prayers. May the gifts of the Holy Spirt be with each of you.Remember that you are never alone. To the families and friends of each victim God will carry you when you fell as you can not to on. May peace be with you.

Kelly, Mississippi | April 17, 2007 5:17 PM

From Chile, I am 17 and abroad...
I dont know what to say but am wondering if there is anything I (or anyone) could do to help besides pray...

What are we going to do to prevent this from happening again? When I asked my older brother what he thought, he said he is suprised this doesnt happen more often. There are lots of crazy people in the world. Please let me know if you can answer this because it is hard not to lose hope when something so horrible like this happens. What God are we praying to who allows such events to take place? I never seem to be able to answer that one.

Jocelyn | April 17, 2007 5:17 PM

You are in my thoughts and prayers; my heart goes out to you.

Pamela - Wiltshire England | April 17, 2007 5:18 PM

From Yukon, OKlahoma. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.

Cheryl | April 17, 2007 5:20 PM

I can't say anything thats going to ease your pain. My tears themselves can't replace yours. The murders that occured were horrendous, your losses are not even measurable. Please know you are in my prayers. I pray that those who lost a son or daughter find comfort through the grieving process. For those who lost a brother or sister i pray you find comfort in those around you. For those who lost friends, cousins, fellow students.. to the entire community and university you're in my thoughts, my heart and my prayers every minute since this terrible event took place. Our President was right when he declared a day of sadness. I am so devestatingly sorry that your sadness can't be eased in one day. (Roselle IL)

Kristy | April 17, 2007 5:21 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with all of VT, May God bless all.
-Houston,TX (UH)

Edith | April 17, 2007 5:21 PM

Reading this wall, you can see that not just me, or the country is mourning along with you, but the entire world. All my love goes out to you guys. This is an enormous loss and had/will have a great impact on everyone who has been touched by it. I wish there was something else I could say to make this easier or better for you all, but all I can leave you with is my love and support. Remember you are truly in the thoughts of millions upon millions of people praying for you, and hurting along with you. Stay strong you guys...I am SO sorry for your losses.

Chelsea F. | April 17, 2007 5:25 PM

I just want to offer my deepest sympathy to the many victims of this tragedy. To the families of the dead and injured and to the people of your great nation. May you find comfort and strength. Love, adrian (UK)

adrian | April 17, 2007 5:26 PM

I will continue to pray for the victims, their loved ones, and all those suffering during this difficult time. I am close by in WV and it is still unbelievable that this tragedy actually happened. You all have my sympathy and my prayers.

Desiree | April 17, 2007 5:26 PM

Sending you our deepest sympathy and our prayers, from a University of Minnesota.

Mohammed | April 17, 2007 5:27 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone touched by this horrible tragedy.

Kathy | April 17, 2007 5:27 PM

you are all in our thoughts and preys.god bless.from denton,manchester,england x

dorinda clegg | April 17, 2007 5:28 PM

I cannot even begin to comprehend the horror, sadness, and loss you are all going though with this horrendous act of dis-regard for human life. My heart hurts for all of you, for the innocent victims, family, friends, and the whole community. I work at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX and can tell you that the Aggie Community is saddened by this tragedy. We can only pray that this never happens again anywhere.

Our prayers, thoughts,and sympathies are with everyone in the Virginia Coummunity.

College Station, TX

Linda | April 17, 2007 5:28 PM

My prayers go out to everyone at Virginia Tech and the surrounding community. I continue to pray for the parents, brothers, sisters, family, and friends of those that lost their lives on such a tragic day. God Bless You

Brandon Baugh | April 17, 2007 5:32 PM

I watched the news unfold here in the UK, and I am truly devastated and no one should ever have to go through this. My heart goes out to each and every one of you, and words can not comfort your pain and suffering... but my prayers are with you and your loved ones. Stay strong, and may God bless you all.

Aswini | April 17, 2007 5:33 PM

We would like to offer our deepest sympathy, we can only imagine the pain that families and friends are feeling at this awful time. God Bless

Kevin &Christina Mair /Scotland | April 17, 2007 5:37 PM

My prayers, thoughts, and sympathies go out to everyone in the Virginia Community. God Bless You

Jessica | April 17, 2007 5:39 PM

I have been reading through these posts since yesterday and did not think I would post but I just feel that I want to be a tiny part of the healing process for those who need it. I just wanted to let anyone know who may read this that I personally feel sadness for everyone involved, to some degree that includes the shooter. He was sick and needed help. Please take the time to extend a helping hand to someone who needs it, this is a crazy world we live in and the next shooter is brewing among us.

Dee from Atlanta | April 17, 2007 5:40 PM

The state of Missouri mourns with you. God bless you all. You and your families are in all of our thoughts and prayers.

Leslie | April 17, 2007 5:45 PM

Keeping you and yours in my heart, thoughts and prayers...time heals but the heart never forgets.

Andie/Tulsa, OK | April 17, 2007 5:46 PM

My heart and prayers go out to all of you in the Virgina Tech community. All of you students, your families and all the faculty and administrators of the school. Nobody should have to go through this. God bless all of you

AJ | April 17, 2007 5:46 PM

My heart goes out to all. I am devasted at the horror at which you have gone through. I pray for your community and families. Stay strong and may God bless you all.

Corale | April 17, 2007 5:46 PM

My deepest sympathies and sincerest condolonces to all affected by this senseless act of violence.

Stop the Madness!!!!

Calgary, Alberta Canada

Jacquie | April 17, 2007 5:46 PM

Please head the words today from the covocation - take care of yourselves, Hokies. Your fallen classmates would want you to go on and honor them. I know there is not much I can do or say to ease your pain but I wish I could.

Ann Tatman '77 | April 17, 2007 5:47 PM

Today is a day of reflection, a day to examine our leaders and tell them that before we put so much effort in solving other's nation problems we must solve ours first. As parents we dedicated our lives to encourage our kids to go to college. We think they are safe there, we think that's the right thing to do. I want to know in this moment of frustation what's the right thing to do. How such a disturb person that already was reported as a person with problems so easily bought no one but two guns. My prayers are with the families their loved ones are gone. I am a mother that only have one child. He is a college student away from his family and country today I really would not know what to do if something like that would happened to him I believe my life would have no meaning no more. Please God give confort to those parents that maybe they will find no more meaning in their life give then the strengh and answer to their questions and don't leave their site.

Idania | April 17, 2007 5:51 PM

I was terribly saddened to hear of the tragedy at Virginia Tech. May God's grace be a source of comfort to all that have been affected by this senseless crime. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kim | April 17, 2007 5:52 PM

I guess the population of HEAVEN`S gone up by 32 & HELL by 1.

You are not alone!

Wrexham N.Wales UK

Mike | April 17, 2007 5:52 PM

I was terribly saddened to hear of the tragedy at Virginia Tech. May God be a source of comfort to all that have been affected by this senseless crime. You are in my thoughts and prayers and Vtech just kicked in hard. I mean really hard.

MHenderson | April 17, 2007 5:55 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to all that were affected by this horrific and senseless tragedy. How the university, students and faculty handled themselves throughout the unfolding events has made me even prouder to be a Hokie! We are Virginia Tech, we will prevail.

Bruce | April 17, 2007 5:55 PM

My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the Virginia Tech/Blacksburg community. May love, peace and caring grow from this tragedy.

Jen Miller | April 17, 2007 5:56 PM

That's it, I'm officially outta here. Making fun of the Vtech massacre is going TOO FAR.

But it's just Ebaumsworld, right? It's just a joke, right? Well see how funny and clever it all is if your family gets killed tomorrow and a bunch of assholes decide to laugh about it on the internet.

It's been a long two years... Farewell and f*** you anonymous.

Eric Bauman | April 17, 2007 5:58 PM

Please do take the time and whatever care is appropriate to care for yourselves. VT students and the university experienced unspeakable trauma, both individually and as a college community. Sincere condolences to the families of the victims, and to all affected by this loss.

Carla Morris | April 17, 2007 5:59 PM

I feel nothing for those that lost anyone in this massacar, in fact i luagh at it ~desu

Anonymous | April 17, 2007 6:02 PM

my heart is with all of the victims, their famillies, and their friends. i live in italy now and i heard about this only today in the grocery store, im so sorry. stand together and support eachother, tragedies like this can never be understood. love to all

alex | April 17, 2007 6:03 PM

we are all devastated in glasgow, scotland at this terrible tragedy,our thoughts & prayers are with u all.just brought back all the memories that happend here in dumblane,when similair thing happed at childrens primary school.wish there was more we could do for those that are grieving.god bless all off you.

from glasgow SCOTLAND | April 17, 2007 6:04 PM

My deepest sympathy to families and friends. May God be with you at this time.

Em | April 17, 2007 6:12 PM

From the University of Houston in Victora, Texas our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at Virginia Tech and the town of Blacksburg. It is a horrendous and devastating ordeal that you have had to suffer through and I just pray that you are able to find some sort of peace and comfort through the support of friends and family. You have the support of the entire nation during this time of unspeakable grief. May God bless you and keep you.

Terri | April 17, 2007 6:13 PM

Life is eternal; and love is immortal;
and death is only a horizon; and a horizon
is nothing save the limit of our sight.
�Rossiter Worthington Raymond

May those slain live on in the hearts and memories of friends and family. The nation shares in your sorrow and loss.

JC- Birmingham, AL | April 17, 2007 6:20 PM

From everyone at Minnesota State University, Mankato... we are all feeling for you, and praying for you. Tragedies like this are unbearable.. May God be with you all. F.R.O.G. (Fully Rely On God)

Andrea | April 17, 2007 6:21 PM

The entire nation grieves with you...

Dee | April 17, 2007 6:21 PM

My thoughts and prayers to everybody affected by this terrible tragedy. :(

Elizabeth | April 17, 2007 6:23 PM

this is to comfort VT not act like Ebaums is acting... whats the deal??!?

andrea | April 17, 2007 6:27 PM

My apologies for the insensitive jerks who think this terrible tragedy is funny and have to make crude and rude remarks on here.

I cannot imagine what the students, faculty, families and friends are going through at VT. My thoughts and prayers are with you students, faculty and community. Look to God for your strength.
Janet

Janet | April 17, 2007 6:27 PM

I am sending my deepest sympathies to all at VT. I am praying that God will comfort you, hold you in His loving arms, and console you. I will aske my chuch to hold all of you up in prayer. God Bless all at Virginia Tech.

Tom Konanz | April 17, 2007 6:30 PM

My apologies for the insensitive jerks who think this terrible tragedy is funny and have to make crude and rude remarks on here.

I cannot imagine what the students, faculty, families and friends are going through at VT. My thoughts and prayers are with you students, faculty and community. Look to God for your strength.
Janet

Janet | April 17, 2007 6:30 PM

God will comfort you, hold you in His loving arms, and console you. I will ASKE my CHUCH to hold all of you up in prayer. God Bless all at Vagina Tech.

Mot Znanok | April 17, 2007 6:31 PM

I bet it isn't even Ebaums...
It's just some unintelligent wimp trying to be funny by spamming.

asd | April 17, 2007 6:33 PM

I apologize for the insensitive jerks who think the tragedy at VT is funny and have to post rude and crude remarks on here.

I am so sorry for this senseless loss at VT and in the community. Heartfelt condolences go out to the students, faculty, and families who have been affected by this tragedy. I pray for God's peace for all of you.
Janet

Janet | April 17, 2007 6:36 PM

can you please just stop, there is no need for this spamming. if you are so unhappy with your life do something about it, dont ruin other peoples lives.

b | April 17, 2007 6:37 PM

4chan.org is the perpetrator

Let's take action to close down that website immediately.

Peace

4chan.org is the perpetrator | April 17, 2007 6:41 PM

Like many of you expressing your kind sympathy, I pray for the innocent victims and send you my strength and deepest sympathy for family, friends, staff, professors, and strangers who are touched by this senseless tragedy.

No reason can justify for the wrongful deaths. We all must continue to learn to love more and hate less within ourself and among each other. It's hard to embrace those individuals who are troubled but we as a society have in some way contributed (without knowing)over period of time to the madness. Parents, family, friends, colleagues...we must help these individuals in advance and not talk about how disturbing the individual is after the facts. We see the warning signs yet we're just ignorant, too busy, or in denial that it's our responsibility to take action.

My prayers for Virginia Tech community and may the souls of the victims rest in peace and their loved ones and the community continue t stay strong thru the healing process.

Vina | April 17, 2007 6:41 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone grieving as a result of this senseless tragedy. To the selfless heroes that helped saved lives that might have been taken, I commend your bravery. Even though I have been overcome with sadness watching this tragedy unfold, it is uplifting to see the brave and compassionate VT students caring for one another.

Stephanie | April 17, 2007 6:46 PM

you are just an idiot.... my spelling was wrong?? you spelt spelled wrong.. .wow your dumb.. get your pleasure out of something else other than other people's sorrows... wow that is lame.. must feel great being hated by everyone in this world, huh?

b | April 17, 2007 6:50 PM

My apologies for the insensitive jerks who think this terrible tragedy is funny and have to make crude and rude remarks on here.

I cannot imagine what the students, faculty, families and friends are going through at VT. My thoughts and prayers are with you students, faculty and community. Look to God for your strength.
Janet

Janet | April 17, 2007 6:51 PM

you'd be suprised how nice the hate really is.

M.Henderson | April 17, 2007 6:52 PM

Spelled was spelt wrong yes. It was intentional. It's called "irony". Apparently it's to complex a concept for your narrow mind to comprehend

Failget | April 17, 2007 6:53 PM

Hokies don't respond to ignorance.
Our thoughts are with those in need.

Kelly | April 17, 2007 6:54 PM

First of all my heart and prayers go out to all of the deceased, their family and friends and to all of the VA Tech community. You all have shown tremendous unity and character in midst of such a tragic event.

Secondly, to the poster B, I am surprised that you of all people are criticizing the very ignorant person who is spamming since some of your earlier posts included the same inflamatory remarks.

Again, my deepest sympathies.

B-Gone | April 17, 2007 6:54 PM

There but for the grace of God go all of us. Please accept my condolences for your loss.

Richard, Minneapolis MN

Richard Fish | April 17, 2007 6:56 PM

"Whatever Gods dream about man may be,it seems certain it cannot come true unless man cooperates"

-Stella Terrin Man

One person decided not to cooperate and to take as many as he could ,in his failure to fight the good fight of faith.Instead he chose to listen to his inner demons and take lives,including his own.This can only be described as a dastardly act of complete and utter disrespect for life.

We are now left with 32 reasons to reflect on and piece together the events leading up to the final act,which we all regret.32 promising lives,including those of the lecturers that died,snuffed out in an instant;destroying completely and utterly the dreams these young people had for their lives.

It is incredible and deeply tragic for the families of the bereaved, who my heartfelt sympathies go out to,to deal with and count the cost of the events of the last 24 hours and the gaping wound left in their lives and in ours, as we all come from one Breath.

Yes! and as hard as it is to accept, someone has to take responsibility as there are an unprecedented amount of unanswered questions that come out of this. I don?t want to use this opportunity to do some ?Bush ? bashing,but,the sad truth is that the gun laws need to be addressed, as America cant cloak it`s gun problems anymore.The world is waking up to the fact that there are some serious issues to be addressed related to gun crime on American soil,the seat of the civilized modern world.

If one has to look at the psychological health and profile of the perpertrator of this crime,you will note that the signs of a disturbed mind were apparent.Lecturers were concerned about the guys creative writing and asked him to get help in dealing with things.These gatekeepers in the education sector should pay more careful attention to such students who display anti social behaviour and act swiftly to prevent further such acts.There must be more effective ways to profile students psychologically and continuely assess their mental health to ascertain whether they are of the demographic that are able to tip the scales of reason, logic and rationale and lash out at their peers and society,as we so graphically noted this week.

The University president is also accountable in the decision he took in NOT evacuating the college after knowing full well that two people were shot in the first shooting.He put academics before lives in the decision to barricade the students in classes and allow lessons to continue behind locked doors.Little did he realise that bullets can go through doors and result in a further mass slaughter.His first priority was to EVACUATE the entire campus and not think about the disruption to classes and water down the seriousness of a gunman on the loose.If you ask me,and soon people will be inclined to think this as well,is that his neck should be on the block for this as well,and not hide behind his academic belt.He made a poor decision that costed lives.

The Montgomery Police added to the comedy of errors that unfolded.How in Gods good name could they not isolate the killer in the two hour window period they had between the first and second carnage sessions.The first rule in policing is to protect the lives of the innocent,and in this instance that was clearly overruled in favour of sniffing out an armed and dangerous deranged gunman whilst lessons were allowed to continue.I personally think that they consulted with the college president and took a joint decision Not to disrupt classes whilst looking for the Killer.Another amazing fact is that with all the police present on the campus,the killer made his away across campus to Norris hall and continue on his rampage unhindered.
They we`rnt doing anyone any favours by parading around the campus with their M16 rifles after 32 people were dead.

I stand with the people of America on this and demand answers to these questions.You know we trust these academics with our childrens lives and expect them to make good decisions on behalf of the parents that are away from their children .We depend on the Police to protect life and know their job as they are trained to think on their feet in situations that endanger lives. Clearly ,both have failed in this instance and heads should roll,because the excessive death toll could have been easily minimised if the correct basic decisions were taken to protect life.

Copyright Quinton Padayachee South Africa

Quinton Padayachee | April 17, 2007 6:56 PM

My heart and prayers go out to all the victims and their families. I am schocked that something like this has happened and deeply saddned.I know that God has a reason for everything and that it is suppose to be for the good, It's times like this when I feel so confused and I just don't understand how He could let something like this happen.
From Cathy in Buffalo,MO.

Cathy | April 17, 2007 6:57 PM

No one is talking about the "Ismail Ax" fact.. I mean no one. No TV, little print. I just watched the whole press conference and not one, not one, reporter asked about it. They asked about everything from soup to nuts (down to the class scheduling going forward) but not one query about Ismail AX. Am I nuts? The man had Ismail Ax written in red on his arm. Is that not deserving of some investigation or question?
They keep saying he talked to no one, that he was a loner and hung with no one but but but but he killed his girlfiend? But he was always alone.............
But back to Ismail? Is it not more than curious? And if it is why no questions?

Anna Collins | April 17, 2007 7:02 PM

We all stand by your side...

Rockland, MA
Ron Morse

Ron Morse | April 17, 2007 7:04 PM

hope everyone gets over this tragedy,here r some people who unfortunetly were killed .ryan ,reema.

karen | April 17, 2007 7:08 PM

From a UMiami alumn... I'm shedding tears and sending prayers to you. I have a sister who's currently a junior at FIU and it could have just as easily been her. My thoughts with the students and families.

Rosy | April 17, 2007 7:12 PM

As a Muslim I'd like to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the American people

Munir Ahmed | April 17, 2007 7:12 PM

The first thing I have to say is addressed to those of you who do not post your name with your sick messages--You really need some serious psychological help and I shall pray that Our Heavenly Father leads you to it. You have got too much free time on your hands--do something constructive --GET A JOB!!!!

I, like the rest of the country, just can't make any sense of this tragedy. Our Loving Father in Heaven does not send bad things to His children. But what He does do is give us the strength to get through horrible times like this. My thoughts and my prayers are with all of the families of the faculty and students who were taken from us. My prayers and thoughts are also with you, the students and the faculty who must begin the long and painful process of healing. And, knowing most people will not feel the same way, my heart and prayers are also with the family of the shooter. What a terrible thing they have to live with all the rest of their days.

Those people with loving hearts will reach out to one another in times like these but those who do not know love, can't and will never experience the joys and comfort of that love---HOW SAD FOR THEM. I thank God there are more of us then there are of them.

I did not post my email address but I think you can understand why, given some of the posts placed here.

Mary Ann (Happy Granny) Long Island, NY | April 17, 2007 7:23 PM

Whatever Gods dream about man may be,it seems certain it cannot come true unless man cooperates"

-Stella Terrin Man

One person decided not to cooperate and to take as many as he could ,in his failure to fight the good fight of faith.Instead he chose to listen to his inner demons and take lives,including his own.This can only be described as a dastardly act of complete and utter disrespect for life.

We are now left with 32 reasons to reflect on and piece together the events leading up to the final act,which we all regret.32 promising lives,including those of the lecturers that died,snuffed out in an instant;Now this is a story all about how my
Life got flipped turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there
I'll tell you how I become the prince of a town called Bel-Air

In West Philadelphia born and raised
On the playground is where I spent most of my days
Chillin' out, maxin', relaxin', all cool
And all shootin' some b-ball outside of the school
When a couple of guys they were up to no good
Started makin' trouble in my neighborhood
I got in one little fight and my mom got scared
And said, "You're movin' with your auntie and uncle in Bel-Air."

I whistled for a cab and when it came near
The license plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirror
If anything I could say that this cab was rare
But I thought, "Nah, forget it. Yo home to Bel-Air!"

I pulled up to a house about 7 or 8
And I yelled to the cabby yo home smell ya later
Looked at my kingdom I was finally there
To sit on my throne as the prince of Bel-Air.

copyright: Will Smith

M.Henderson | April 17, 2007 7:25 PM

From the tri-cities of Washington state.

So sad
So heinous
So inexplicable

My heart goes out to all of the students, faculty, staff, families, and friends of Va Tech. Yesterday was a horrendous day that will live in our memories forever.

May God bless you all.

Rich H | April 17, 2007 7:26 PM

Our prayers are with the families.

Steve | April 17, 2007 7:27 PM

From Canandaigua, NY..Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Amanda | April 17, 2007 7:27 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone connected with the tragic events at Virginia Tech-'there but for the grace go I'! Our daughter is in Texas for her sandwich year.Geraldine & Bob Antrim Northern Ireland God Bless you all.

Geraldine Telford | April 17, 2007 7:28 PM

I want to share my feelings about this tragedy. I know that the whole country is shocked by what happened yesterday and that their sympathy goes out to all who were directly affected by this, but it is hard for those who are not Hokies to understand how devastating this is for us. Even though I graduated back in 1979, I spent 4 years of my life on that campus and through two of my children, another 6 years. It affects us because our memories of a wonderful time in our lives have been tarnished. What was and still is a beautiful campus is now linked with the worst mass shooting in the history of the country. Because of one person's inability to deal with life, all of the alumni, current students and future students will be affected by this. I wanted to let those who are grieving know they are not alone. We understand! So, grieve and take comfort in the fact that all Hokies grieve with you.

Becky Morningstar | April 17, 2007 7:29 PM

I just wanted you all to know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
What a loss Virginia Tech has taken. God Bless you all. My heart goes out to all of you and i would love to hug each and everyone of you. Each time I see one of you tell your story to the reporters I just want to give you a hug for the bravery you have. You are all truly my heroes.

Martha Thompson | April 17, 2007 7:31 PM

God bless all of the families of the injured and those who were slain. May he easy your suffering and give you peace during these difficult times. My family�s prayers are with you all. Steve in Nashville TN

Steve and Matthew Probst | April 17, 2007 7:33 PM

Its bittersweet that such a senseless tragedy is turning strangers into friends. Take comfort in your neighbor's arms, because we are all grieving. Our family sends our aloha to all involved. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May we all cherish our loved ones more and be friendlier to others.

Kehaulani | April 17, 2007 7:37 PM

I'm so sorry and am crying with you.
Love and prayers from Kingsport, Tennessee

Victoria Heinz | April 17, 2007 7:37 PM

I am so sorry for your enormous loss. I don't understand why such horrible things happen. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

Terri Novotny | April 17, 2007 7:37 PM

Everyone at Asbury College is praying for the Virgina Tech community. God be with you all.

Asbury College | April 17, 2007 7:37 PM

I have no flowery words to take away your tears
No simple cure to allay any fears
There is nothing can be done to ever make this wrong right
I have no magic clock to ease you through your long lonely night
The only thing I can send you are my thoughts and my prayers
And the sure certain knowledge, that someone else cares

A mother from Scotland | April 17, 2007 7:39 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ours tears flow and our hearts are heavy even though Michigan is far away from Virginia. Just know everyone cares. May God Bless you all.

Ed & Shirley Schreiber | April 17, 2007 7:39 PM

My heart breaks for you. I pray for comfort. I just don't understand...

Melissa | April 17, 2007 7:40 PM

To all studnets, faculity, and families of VT. my heart and soul are with you.....be well!

matt | April 17, 2007 7:43 PM

Bereavement in their death to feel
Whom We have never seen
A Vital Kinsmanship import
Our Soul and theirs; between
For Stranger,
Strangers do not mourn
There be Immortal friends
Whom Death see first,
'tis news of this
That paralyze Ourselves

Who, vital only to Our Thought
Such Presence bear away
In dying
'tis as if Our Souls
Absconded, suddenly-

Emily Dickinson

Marta from Sydney Australia | April 17, 2007 7:45 PM

I want to send out my deepest sympathy to all at Virginia Tech. Not all of us had to experience such a tragity but we all feel it. You are in so many people's prayers!!

Maggie Johnson | April 17, 2007 7:46 PM

I am from Bicknell, Indiana and I am about 15 miles away from my Junior College Alma-Mater (Vincennes University). Even here in Indiana, we have have people who are mourning with you in Virginia. We will put you in our prayers.

Today a Trailblazer has become, by choice, a Hokie. God Bless Virginia Tech. And let's make sure that history (or the future) never forgets 4-16.

Kenneth Phillips
Vincennes University
Class of 1998

Kenneth Phillips | April 17, 2007 7:46 PM

I am from San Francisco and am so sorry and grieve for your losses and for those injured.

Joe E | April 17, 2007 7:48 PM

My heart aches with yours. Grieving and healing are such long and tiring processes. Know we are traveling and crying with you through this tragedy. From a mom in California...

Peggy | April 17, 2007 7:52 PM

Be strong; continue with your lives. You survived for reasons you may not even realize now. Take this incident and use it in a positive direction as you move through YOUR life.

Carole | April 17, 2007 7:54 PM

I am a high school teacher with 2 kids away at Texas A&M...my prayers to all the parents and students involved in this horrible event.

Steve Cherry | April 17, 2007 8:02 PM

From all of us that attend the University of Kansas, may I speak on there behalf, we keep everyone in the Blacksburg community near in our hearts and minds as well. We cannot imagine the pain, but we can see the unity. Stay strong VTech.

Morgan | April 17, 2007 8:04 PM

Although no words can fill the loss in your heart, the fear in your minds, I want you all to know that my prayers are with you. More importantly, know that if you reach out for Jesus, he will comfort and guide you.

Patti from Altoona, WI | April 17, 2007 8:11 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. I have two small children who are getting ready to start school and cannot imagine the pain of the parents. My heart goes out to all of you who lost a loved one.

God Bless
Tiffany, Toledo, OH

Tiffany Runion | April 17, 2007 8:19 PM

I am so very PROUD of VA Tech and my community that surrounds them. I live in Christiansburg,VA..about 15 minutes from Blacksburg. This campus is truly a family and I have no dounts that they will survive this tragedy and grow stronger from it.
I love you VA TECH!!

Tammy | April 17, 2007 8:23 PM

To the students - if the whole Va Tech community (Alumni, Parents, Fans, etc.) could intwine our arms and hold you close right now, we would do it. How brave each of you are and how proud we are of you right now. You have conducted yourselves with such grace and dignity through this tragedy. It just shows what a great college Va Tech is and will always be.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the students, staff and parents. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to those who lost a loved one. How brave each one must have been. May God comfort you and protect you in this time of sorrow.

To those in the hospital - may you recover quickly so that you can be at home with family and loved ones soon.

We are very proud to say we live in the Commonwealth of Virginia. How this state has joined together is outstanding. To hear a student from UVA is urging every college across the nation to wear orange and maroon in remembrance is fantastic. I know Tech would do the same for them!

I remember when 9/11 happened everyone drove with their headlights on in remembrance of the victims and events that took place. I have noticed alot of drivers doing this again these past two days.

May God comfort and lift us up during this tragic event that has happened within our Va Tech family. May we find peace and understanding through all of this. Protect the kids and show them that in good time they can go on and continue with their lives.

God Bless!

"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted" Matt 5:4

Holly | April 17, 2007 8:26 PM

My prayers and thoughts are with you. Stand strong VT with Gods arms around you.

Kathie | April 17, 2007 8:27 PM

Deepest sympathy and sincerest prayers to all of the Virginia Tech community!
May you find comfort as only God can give you at this time of unfathomable tragedy. Although I am miles away in Ventura California, your pain is felt deeply.

R. L. Holmes | April 17, 2007 8:31 PM

From this Buckeye alum and all other Buckeyes, we extend our thoughts and prayers.

Leslie | April 17, 2007 8:32 PM

My heart goes out to the innocent students and professors who lost their lives to such tragedy. My condolences goes out to the families as well at this grieving time.

Cynthia G. | April 17, 2007 8:33 PM

I just want everyone to know that we are thinking about everyone here in Northern Lower Michigan.

Darcy | April 17, 2007 8:34 PM

RIP Ryan 'Stack' Clark

I've known of him for this past year, but just last Wednesday actually formally met him. We were talking at the couches in Squires where music majors and those involved in music usually hang out in between classes. I could tell he was a very nice guy. I remember I said something, who knows what, but he laughed and lightly punched my arm. To think this guy I was just laughing with last week is gone...is just unthinkable...unbelievable. I may have not known him for long, but I will miss him. I've missed out on the chance to get to know him better. Actually, now that I think about it, I have been able to get to know him better...through everyone talking about what an incredible guy he was. He didn't deserve this, no one did.

Ryan, you will be missed. We know you're in a better place, and that is comforting.

We are Virginia Tech, and we will prevail.

Taylor White | April 17, 2007 8:42 PM

I am truely touched by the strong sense of unity amount the students of VT during this very difficult time.
My parents(back in China) and i send our thoughts and condolences to all the grieving families and friends.
May your loved ones rest in peace.

June Gao, Luton,UK | April 17, 2007 8:44 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this terrible tragedy and may God Bless you.

Amy | April 17, 2007 8:52 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families, students, & everyone else that has lost someone in this tragedy. Godspeed to the students lost. "Praise You In This Storm" by Casting Crowns.

Tim & Lori Gordy | April 17, 2007 8:52 PM

We are with you.
-Anne
VT Class of 1990

Anne | April 17, 2007 8:53 PM

Loosing a loved one is not easy, my prayers are with all the families and friends who are experiencing this painfull feeling, may God Bless you all and for all of you in VT all my love and peace is sent in this message
Peace
Martha
Mea, Arizona

Martha | April 17, 2007 8:54 PM

Just devastating...My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hokie community. It really puts everything in perspective when something like this happens.

Mark | April 17, 2007 8:54 PM

From my classroom at Warren County High School in McMinnville, TN where today I locked my classroom door and felt the heavy weight of the horrific event that fell upon your beloved Virginia Tech yesterday. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this horrible time. God bless you all.

Courtney | April 17, 2007 8:55 PM

I live in a small town in WV just 30 minutes from VT and no matter how close or how far we feel the sorrow. I would like to express my condolences to the family and friends of those we lost. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Dale Connors | April 17, 2007 9:00 PM

My grandaughters life long best friend-Julia Pryde, an amazing young woman-is among those who perished in this living hell.
We hold her and all those in the Hokie Community who are grieving- deep in our hearts and will keep them forever in our prayers.

Liz | April 17, 2007 9:01 PM

Prayers and thoughts of peace upon you. You make us proud, all students at V-Tech. Bless you all.

Stephanie | April 17, 2007 9:04 PM

my family and I send out prayers to all the family's.We pray that god send his comforter to bring peace during this heartbreaking time.GOD BLESS YOU. Peace and love from Roanoke Va and STATEN ISLAND NEW YORK

darlene jeffrey | April 17, 2007 9:06 PM

Our community flags here in Emmett, Idaho are at half-mast again for great loss. In February we lost 5 school children aged 12 to 15 in a horrible accident, the flags flew low. Too, we grieve for your community, we feel your pain of loss, we share your feeling, again: www.meagantylerkyle.com.

Boyd Jensen | April 17, 2007 9:07 PM

our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire hokie family from toledo ohio

steve | April 17, 2007 9:10 PM

My Heart goes out to all the Parents and Students . These horrific Murders have the whole world crieing out in Dispair.
God help you all and help to let the healing begin.
My deepest and most sincere Sympathy to the whole comunity

Sincerely
Petra
Louisiana

Petra Linden | April 17, 2007 9:15 PM

We feel for you as you grieve. Here in Salt Lake City in Feb a lone gunman killed people in a shopping mall. One of the victims was a neighbor. "Close to home" resonates strongly with us. God bless you all. May you find the unfathomable strength tradgedies unfathomably provide us.

MERLE AND MICHAEL | April 17, 2007 9:21 PM

we are thinking of you here in utah. we send our prayers, and wish we could do more.

Lisa | April 17, 2007 9:21 PM

My deepest sympathy for all involved. I am so inspired by the VT students and staff who have shown such strength, grace and courage during this tragic event. To reiterate what another poster said, "You make us proud."

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He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget, falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.
-Aeschylus
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I hope that those beautiful people did not die in vain. I hope that we will all learn something from this, and by carefully examining what lead up to this tragedy, we will be able to prevent something like this from happening again.

Meredith | April 17, 2007 9:25 PM

This is the day where one set of footprints are embeded in the sand. Let it be known that GOD hears your pleas and is carrying you through it all. My heart cries out for yous! God bless!!

From nichole in southbend indiana | April 17, 2007 9:29 PM

Prayers and thoughts from Annapolis. Once a hokie, always a hokie - class of 1993.

Pam | April 17, 2007 9:30 PM

May God Bless the HOKIES

Frank | April 17, 2007 9:32 PM

Words could never express the deep heartache associated with this senseless tragedy. Prayers that God will be with you and wrap you all in his loving arms are the only thing I have to offer.

Linda Jordan Conway SC | April 17, 2007 9:34 PM

Our prayers are with you all.May God give the families and all of you strength and courage in the days ahead.

Wendy | April 17, 2007 9:37 PM

My condolences to all the families impacted by this terrible tragedy. Watching the coverage these past two days, I have been so impressed by the students showing such strength and composure while having to endure this nightmare. I am so proud to be a Hokie - today and always.

I'm praying for you

Trish | April 17, 2007 9:39 PM

To the families and friends, may you find strength in this time of sorrow...my heart and soul goes out to each and every one of you.

Katie | April 17, 2007 9:42 PM

Know that the world mourns with you.

The monthly All-staff neeting at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore was opened today by our President with expressions of the grief and shock we all feel over the unspeakable tragedy suffered by the Virginia Tech community.

You are all in our hearts and prayers.

Maryland Zoo Staff | April 17, 2007 9:48 PM

May God be with all of you at this horrific time. May you feel the love & support from all..and my the Hokie Nation live on!

Kelly L | April 17, 2007 9:49 PM

From the over 80,000 community members at the University of Minnesota: There are simply no words we can offer to ease your suffering. We are all thinking of you, and we wish everyone in your community eventual peace and healing.

University of Minnesota Students | April 17, 2007 9:52 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. I know it will be a long time for you to heal but stay strong and go forward with your lives.

linda a | April 17, 2007 9:57 PM

Peace to all who perished so tragically yesterday and blessings to the surviving families of these innocent victims.
What is happening to our society and what can we do to turn it around?

gam (north idaho) | April 17, 2007 10:04 PM

There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
~Authors Unknown

There are truly no words I can say to help those grieving. Please know that many, many families across the country and around the world have connected and shared love in the last 30 hours.

Carol Ann | April 17, 2007 10:05 PM

We are touched at the compassion and genuine goodness streaming in from people all over the world to the small town of Blacksburg, VA.

It's heartwarming to read the prayers and well wishes being given to the family and friends of the many innocent victims. Please know that we are all beginning the healing process with you.

Together, let's try to recognize the obvious signs from neighbors and people that we come in contact with each day. It's only "after these tragedies" we see the warning signs from these troubled souls. This confused young man had signs known to many for some time. Although recognized, they went ignored.

We will never forget this senseless act and we need to work together to create a more peaceful globe. Blacksburg, together stay strong and let the healing begin.

H - Humble
O - One
K - Kindness
I - Initiative
E - Everyone
S - Safe

Julie & Family
Las Vegas, NV

Julie & Family | April 17, 2007 10:09 PM

I'm from Iowa and want to let all of the families and friends of the victims know that our thoughts and prayers are with them now and in the difficult days ahead.

Holli | April 17, 2007 10:13 PM

We want to reach out to the students, faculty and family of VT. God bless all of you. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. We can only hope that the words of others can be of some comfort to you during this difficult time. Stay strong! From your friends in Harrisburg, PA.

Lorraine, Dave, Rob, Fish and Gary | April 17, 2007 10:16 PM

I am praying for the families who have lost. May there be comfort somehow, someway for you and yours.

Darren Palmer | April 17, 2007 10:25 PM

to all of you, please know that our thought and prayers are with you at this time. may God wrap his loveing arms around you.my he help you find some way to understand all of this. may God be with all

susan | April 17, 2007 10:32 PM

Know that you never stand alone in any trial or suffering, nor will you be permitted to be allowed to suffer more than you can bear. My prayers are with you all,...those who have gone, and those who remain,...to carry on.

abby_n | April 17, 2007 10:35 PM

I wish I could hug everyone involved in Mondays horrific tragedy. If I could change anything that happened I would, I believe much of our world would take away the pain and sorrow.
I wanted anyone reading this to know that my heart is aching for all students and families in the Blacksburg area. Please stay strong and know you are in so many hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Heather Graham | April 17, 2007 10:51 PM

Your tears reverberate throughout this country. Psalm 139 portrays a God that "searches and knows us. He 'hems us in'-behind and before, and has laid His hand on us. His Spirit accompanies us everywhere." May you 'know' the presence of the Living God in the coming days. May His tender mercies and kindness bolster the hope that is within you. In Jesus' name.

gay lynn | April 17, 2007 10:52 PM

To all of the students, faculty, their families and friends; and to all the members of the VT community:
You are all in our prayers. May God Bless All of You. When a community (small or large) suffers a tragedy such as this, it is felt around the nation, and hopefully around the world. To the survivors: stay strong and know you are heros. To the departed, you will live on forever and will be missed, even by those who didn't have the honor of knowing you. To the family of the person(s) responsible for this senseless tragedy: You are in our prayers as well. So many, even those not diretly involved have an immense amount of healing to go through. We pray that it happens with the swiftness of all of God's love and grace. From your friends in NYC.

Angela & Chet Jankie & Family, in Bx, NY | April 17, 2007 11:01 PM

As an alumnus from VT (BS ACCT 1985),
my thoughts and prayers are with all of you in Blacksburg and those who lost loved ones from the senseless tragedy that happened Monday.

My 4 years at VT were the best of my life. It is a WONDERFUL place to get your education and experience everything that college life has to offer.

GO HOKIES! You can rise above this!

BOB STEWART Orlando, FL

Bob Stewart | April 17, 2007 11:02 PM

Being a Hokie is greater than this tragedy can destroy. The impact to the students, faculty, staff, and alumni can deny. I had classes at Norris Hall, friends that lived in AJ Hall. 12 years after my graduation, it still hit hard. Va Tech is a strong institution, the loyalty, the tradition, the sense of family. We are Hokies and we will not bow to this act of senseless rage and violence.

Doug Bryson
Class of 1995

Doug Bryson | April 17, 2007 11:03 PM

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. As it quiets down in the upcoming weeks, please remember to take care of yourself and each other. Do not stop asking for help as we will always be here to extend a hand. You have become our nation's children now and we will make sure that you all will prevail. Deepest sympathy in PA

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."-From a headstone in Ireland

Laura | April 17, 2007 11:12 PM

I cannot begin to express my sorrow for the tragic loss. My prayers and best wishes are with you all. May you find peace and comfort and healing in time.

Words are little comfort, I know, but you are not alone. The nation mourns with you. Lean on God and each other. Don't expect too much of yourselves too soon. You need time to heal.

"Courage does not always roar. It can be a quiet voice at the end of the day saying 'I will try again tomorrow' ".
author unknown

I'm an alum of the Univ of TN. We are with you.

Julie C. | April 17, 2007 11:12 PM

I WANT TO TAKE THIS TIME TO REMEMBER A SPECIAL FRIEND OF MINES WHOM I LOST FROM THE V.A. TECH SHOOTING, HIS NAME
Daniel Perez, who at was shot in his French Class. He was 21 and from Peru. a Junior who was studing International Relations. This is a very hard moment for his mom, dad, and family in peru, but. At the same time it is hard for me to accept the fact that I'd lost another special friend.
PLEASE, keep his family and mines in your prayers. AND everyone else who lost a loved one you are in my prayers as well.

JOE MANZANO | April 17, 2007 11:13 PM

As the spring break MC/DJ at Louies Backyard on S.Padre Island I have had the real pleasure of meeting many students from VT over the years. I just met some a few weeks ago. Good people, fun people. Young people with so much promise. I have visited the campus and it is beautiful. Today and for the forseeable future I'm feeling a lot of sadness and spring break seems so distant. My thoughts, prayers and heartfelt good wishes go out to all at VT, your families and friends,the victims and survivors,and past, present and future Hokies. Stay strong. Be there for each other. You are in everyone's thoughts.

Michael "Michael T" Templer
Hollywood, Florida

Michael Templer | April 17, 2007 11:27 PM

From Taurnaga In NZ no words can descibe how tragic this is. Lean on each other and help each other pass through this tragic time.. My heart goes out to all the freinds and family that have lost someone... Bless you all

Ash | April 17, 2007 11:28 PM

Take your pain and sorrow to the Lord. James 5:15.. "and the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up." Your loved ones will never be far from you. You're right Piglet, If we don't stick together we will certainly be lost indeed" .... Winnie the Pooh GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU AND KEEP YOU IN HIS CARE

CJ in NC | April 17, 2007 11:43 PM

I pray for peace and a sense of hope for all that are touched by this tragedy. May everyone be given an extra measure of calmness.

Hummie | April 17, 2007 11:56 PM

My thoughts go out to all of you in this incredibly painful time. Let us all remember to reach out to each other every day, every minute. Peace.

Gwynne | April 17, 2007 11:56 PM

From a Grandmother in Derbyshire, England.
My tears fell for you all as I followed this tragedy on Fox News here in England.
To all families,friends,students & colleagues of the VT victims,my Prayers are for you all. Please accept my deepest Sympathy for the tragic loss of so many in your midst.
May God Bless You as you struggle to understand & attempt to come to terms with such a great tragedy.
With Deepest Sympathy & Heartfelt Prayers.

Rissi T | April 17, 2007 11:59 PM

My heart goes out to you who are in the Virginia Tech community. You are in my prayers. We at the University of Utah are with you.

Doug | April 18, 2007 12:08 AM

our thoughts and prayers are with the entire VTech community & families. we include you in our daily prayers. May the Holy Spirit guide, renew and send forth peace upon each students, staff, buildings and the whole entire 2600 acres. I'm saddened by this tragic news. My heart aches and i cry every time I see the grieving faces of the students. My nephew is a very new alumni and I felt a strong connection to your school. love to you all.

Mimi | April 18, 2007 12:09 AM

My Heart is Sadden, and my mind is full of pain , wonder and grief for everyone a VT, Not to mention those who have lost someone in this horriable tragedy. I cant even begin to put my finger on how this must have stop the lives of these people. I know everyone of you are in my prayers, and its sad at a time like this we all depend on god to help us through this, however "god" has been taken out of our schools and darken the hearts of our young. This kind of thing didnt happen 20 years ago when School Had "In god we trust" or "one nation under GOD" in its daily or weekly routine. If we take out everything that means peace, kindness, love, and compassion, nothing is left, but anger, fustrations, and hate! I am feared for any future america might have due to the lack of the ability of our american citizens. Us citizens have no rights, NRA says we have a "right to bare arms" However our children dont that the "right to live", where have we went wrong? When did the right to purchase something out weight the right to be safe, and secure from something as simple as school. I realize the "gun" issue does go a lil further then legal purchasing of them, however drugs can be illegally purchased and we havent made them legal just cause you can get them illegally, so why is it our children, innocent CHILDREN's life are being taken from them without a choice. 33 people died Monday due to someome's else hate, illness, or failure! its hard for me as a mother not to have hate in my heart right now, what gives government officals the right to take our children's life so lightly? How would they feel if it was one of their children who has past now in the VT tragedy? I can guaruntee that it would be a bigger political problem then we have ever seen. We are AMERICA, remember our colors dont run, and at times like this we need to mold those colors together to form one bright, brillant color and let the enemys know we will not accept this violence anymore, and we will not allow our innocent children to be taken from us, without a fight! ..... "Land of the Free, home of the brave".. that phrase used to mean we was free to feel how we wanted to feel, and the bravest of brave made that happen.. what does it mean now?

Frani | April 18, 2007 12:10 AM

Canada exstends it sorrow and pain in this time of healing.My heart goes out to all that have been afected by this tradgedy.I know its not much but i will say a pray for those who where taken too soon and for those going through the process of healing.

Valere Ecker | April 18, 2007 12:15 AM

You all are in our thoughts and prayers in this time tragedy.(spokane, WA)

James | April 18, 2007 12:17 AM

Our prayers and sympathy go out to all of you devastated by this terrible act. Stay strong!

Chuckrr | April 18, 2007 12:21 AM

I live in a small town in Wyoming, less than 3000 people. Our Hearts way heavy and our flags fly half staff. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and their families, and all of the people of the State of Virginia. Take Care & God Bless you all.

Pat Pringle | April 18, 2007 12:21 AM

It's sad to see what happened ... I pray for the soul of those that suffered and those that are suffering in this moment. May the lord have all of the affected in his glory and give us all peace and strength to continue.
May the all-mighty give us the wisdom to prevent these events to go on.
Faith friends is our salvation and of those that have fallen.

Anaka | April 18, 2007 12:22 AM

Part of me wishes I could be there in person to comfort each one of you who has been devastated by this. But you have eachother and the whole town of Blacksburg to lean on. So I'll content myself with holding you in my thoughts and prayers instead.

Christy from Kansas

Christy | April 18, 2007 12:29 AM

My heart goes out to the friends and family of those who were hurt and especially to those who lost loved ones and friends. You are all in my prayers.

Robin D | April 18, 2007 12:36 AM

I'm supposed to be a writer. Says so in the Minor slot on my record.

I don't have words for you. 'I'm sorry' isn't enough, 'deeply saddened' has been said too much.

The best I can do is to ask you to hold hard. Hold what you believe, hold each other, hold on to us. I know we weren't there, but we are now, by thoughts and prayers.

In perpetuum, ave atque vale.

Always, hail and farewell.

J Green | April 18, 2007 12:47 AM

With our deepest sympathy from Judi, Jake and Austin in Surrey, British Columbia. Our prayers go to all involved.

Judi Reid | April 18, 2007 12:54 AM

Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathies reach out to everyone at Virginia Tech. Stay strong for one another in the days ahead, your inner strength will prevail.

From Halifax Nova Scotia

Michelle | April 18, 2007 12:58 AM

"you're in the arms of the angel may you find some comfort there" - Sarah McLachlan

Doug | April 18, 2007 1:08 AM

As a Virginian in school in North Carolina, I have many friends that attend school at Tech, and this hits really close to home. I can't imagine what it would be like if I had experienced the same thing on my campus... I am still struck with disbelief, frustration and sadness everytime I see a new news report. I have no words that could really do any of you at VT any justice, but just know that everyone, everywhere has you all in their hearts and thoughts, UNC Wilmington especially. We love you all, and time will eventually heal your hearts. Keep up your spirits up and just know that the entire world is here for you, we're all hokies right now.

Kat | April 18, 2007 1:13 AM

From Portland, Oregon. We may seem far away, but as I attended classes this morning at Portland State University, I did not feel removed from this tragedy.

I plead that we not fan the flames of hatred and intolerance in the aftermath. Humankind's only real strength is in trying to remain whole, loving people even when anger fills us.

May comfort come to everyone involved, and may the dead, whom we all mourn deeply, rest in peace.

Bethy | April 18, 2007 1:17 AM

My heart goes out to everyone involved in this tragedy. I am deeply saddened and hope that the community at VT continues to heal in the days to come. Two years ago I was offered a teaching position at Virginia Tech along with a close friend of mine; he is now a professor there and was not far from Norris Hall on Monday. Fortunately he was not hurt. May we never forget the dedicated faculty and gifted students who lost their lives this week. May the injured recover from their wounds, both physical and emotional, aided by the love and strength of the university community.
Let us also keep in mind that this tragedy centers on one person's longtime, deep pain, for Cho also belonged to this exceptional place. He was one of so many young people today who find themselves too overwhelmed by emotional problems to reach out for help. May we follow the example of the Amish community in Pennsylvania not long ago, and find it in our hearts to forgive him for turning to violence. I pray for his soul, and for his family at this terrible time, along with the families of all the victims.
And I also pray that America will finally, finally come to terms with the truth that without the handgun, such things would not happen. Period! It is far too easy to acquire semi-automatic weapons and ammunition in the US. These are not suited for anything else but killing. In the absence of more effective controls, they remain a constant temptation for a disturbed mind to turn personal suffering into collective tragedy.

Francesca Rogier | April 18, 2007 1:19 AM

I just wanted to send my condolences to all of those who have lost someone in this tragedy. I have no direct relation to anyone who even went to Virgina Tech. However those I've met in passing were always kind and genuine. My prayers go out to all at the university during this time

Steve | April 18, 2007 1:20 AM

Nothing can change the memories of the dew sparkling on the grass of the Drillfield while walking to class, the last rays of the sun setting into the mountains behind Cowgill Hall, or the still of the night sky between the pillars of the War Memorial.

There is still a place in my mind that 16 April 2007 cannot reach.

Thinking of you all...

Peace.

Dave Hampton, B. Arch, 1995
Chicago, IL

Dave Hampton | April 18, 2007 1:21 AM

May God comfort the grieving families in this time of need.
Too many lives cut short by this awful tragedy.
My heart goes out to America at this very difficult time, God bless you.

nick | April 18, 2007 1:24 AM

From Bountiful, Utah: I just wanted to say that my thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was affected by this terrible incident. May God be with you at this time.

Lori | April 18, 2007 1:27 AM

From Monmouth, OR and the Western Oregon University campus: our hearts and our thoughts are with you. We will never forget.

Allison | April 18, 2007 1:32 AM

From Phoenix, AZ...I am so sorry...

Ali Borzomati | April 18, 2007 1:37 AM

Our prayers are with the families that suffered such a senseless act. You are our best and brightest and our future. Stay strong. While driving I heard the Hokie fight song on the radio and could not stop the dears.
George in Florida

George | April 18, 2007 1:42 AM

Suffering makes us stronger if we let it. Everything happens for a reason. We just have to take the time to look for it. The pain will not go away but hopefully the goodness and promise of those who died will prevail.

Maybe this incredibly sad event will be the catalyst to save others. No blame is necessary. Just a concentration on making changes for the better in memory of these ordinary and yet extraordinary people. We should all work together to achieve safe campuses for every student everywhere. The unity of the people at VT is our prime example.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in your anguish and struggles to understand. May you be healed.

From a Texas Christian University/University of North Texas alumna

Elly | April 18, 2007 1:46 AM

From Dallas, Texas, thoughts, prayers, and wishes for the best in the future go out to all Hokies nationwide. The Lone-Star State grieves with you.

Zack Scott | April 18, 2007 2:01 AM

From AUSTRALIA our hearts and prayers go out to you . We are truly horrified at this obscene waste of 32 lives , Stay strong

Helen | April 18, 2007 2:06 AM

From Indonesia,
I heard the news from CNN here in Jakarta, it was a very terrible and shocking news. Until today I still dont understand why this tragedy can happen.
I sent my deepest condolences for all the people in Virgina Tech.
My prayers go out for you.
God Bless You...

Devi | April 18, 2007 2:08 AM

There really are no words ... just tears. Thoughts & prayers to the entire Virginia Tech community. You will overcome.

From Texas,

Monica V.

Monica Velasquez | April 18, 2007 2:15 AM

We need to love one another...
FAITH, HOPE and LOVE, the greatest of these is LOVE.
We have so many differences and we fight with each other over such meaningless things yet when tragedy strikes we all come together and those differences all disappear. VA TECH you are in my prayers, OUR NATION you are in my prayers, especially those of you who have lost a loved one too soon, you are in my prayers. We are all brothers and sisters LOVE will heal the wounds...

Frances in Upland, Ca. | April 18, 2007 2:18 AM

Mein tiefstes Mitgef�hl all denen die unter diesem Wahnsinn leiden m�ssen...

Tegro | April 18, 2007 2:24 AM

From here in Victoria, Canada we are all thinking about you and hoping and praying that you can somehow get through the next minute and the next hour and the next day. We are intently watching the media coverage simply to acknowledge and embrace the lives of your loved ones. Our deepest, deepest sympathy in you losses.

Christine | April 18, 2007 2:28 AM

This is so terrible. I can't stop filling up whilst reading the news and the various accounts of what happened. I am not linked with VT or its victims in any way but I am so sorry for what has happened, that we as a world society can breed such monsters who are willing to take even 1 life, let alone 32.. I just cannot comprehend it. You are in my thoughts VT, I hope you can move forward from this pain with strength and determination so that your lives can once again go back to normal.

Caroline in Hong Kong | April 18, 2007 2:28 AM

my heart goes out to you at virginia tech,me and my friends from england have been stunned by this event,we feel grief and sorrow and cannot understand why?we wish you love and strength at this terrible time and hope time heals your hurt..

john | April 18, 2007 2:32 AM

from West Yorkshire in England,our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time, and may god give you all the strenght you need,god bless you all

steve | April 18, 2007 2:51 AM

I am so deeply sorry for the terror and sorrow you have dealt with at Virginia Tech. We had a similar nightmare here in Salt Lake City recently at a shopping mall called Trolley Square. Not as many lives were lost, thank the Lord, but we understand the fear and trauma and senseless killing that took place. Each precious life taken is so heartbreaking and so wrong. I am so sorry for this terrible event in your lives and pray for your healing and courage to go on. Deepest sympathy to all who are hurting.

Sheree | April 18, 2007 3:04 AM

So very sad for such senseless loss of life, but proud to see students so loyal to the univ. itself. Your applications will soar next year because of the way you have conducted yourselves--a sign of a committed student group loyal and committed to V-Tech, its community, and its future.

Also want to commend the English teacher, Lucinda Roy, for spotting a troubled student and trying, really trying, to reach out and do something to help. She can know that she saw something, warned her department and others, and took it as far as she was allowed -- may her spirit soar always with V-tech.

laura in D.C. | April 18, 2007 3:10 AM

Its been 2 days and its still "Surreal"

I can't imagine your pain

My prayers are with you

Steve S in Frederick, MD | April 18, 2007 3:13 AM

I feel so bad for those poor kids at VT. What a horrible thing to have to go through, in what should be the best years of your life. Every time I see a picture of a VT student on the news, I just want to cry for them. I am an American living in England, and I just wanted to let the students and people of Blacksburg know that the English folks here are shocked and saddened by this and are thinking about you. Be strong, Hokies. May the Lord comfort you and put your hearts at ease.

Krist | April 18, 2007 3:15 AM

The people of Blacksburg are showing the world how strong and dedicated they are. You are all in my thoughts, prayers, and heart at this hugely trying time. I hope one day your hearts and souls will mend.

Although I am far away from Blacksburg, I hope that my thoughts and prayers find their way across the miles to all of you.

Nadine - Vancouver Canada | April 18, 2007 3:27 AM

From Dublin Ireland. Everybody is shocked about what happened. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time

Tracey | April 18, 2007 3:36 AM

Such senseless and cold acts are never understood. What breaks the hearts of people around the world is how amazing the community of Virginia Tech, and the state of Virginia are and how someone could cause so much pain to such an institution. I have cried at the loss of life and the broken lives left behind, but the students and faculty at Virginia Tech made it through that day, and God will be there to make sure they make it through all the days thereafter. Much love and prayers from Nebraska

Melissa | April 18, 2007 3:48 AM

From Sturminster newton Dorset England.
Are thoughts go out to all of you at this sad time.My prayers are with all

jeanette R | April 18, 2007 3:48 AM

The Bulldawg nation at UGA sends their support and love.
Y'all take care

Zimdars | April 18, 2007 3:51 AM

My prayers are with you all.
Now is a time for saying goodbye, praying for those who have left us and dealing with personal feelings.

Let those who want to lay blame, take revenge and make political gain from the these tragic events, wait awhile and ask themselves if they are doing right.

God of Mercy, extend your hand to those that need and deserve it. Comfort those who need and deserve it and give wisdom and guidance to those who need and deserve it.

Mark - Leeds - West Yorkshire - England | April 18, 2007 3:57 AM

My prayers are with you all.
Now is a time for saying goodbye, praying for those who have left us and dealing with personal feelings.

Let those who want to lay blame, take revenge and make political gain from the these tragic events, wait awhile and ask themselves if they are doing right.

God of Mercy, extend your hand to those that need and deserve it. Comfort those who need and deserve it and give wisdom and guidance to those who need and deserve it.

Mark - Leeds - West Yorkshire - England | April 18, 2007 3:57 AM

From the otherside of the pond England "LOVE"

Adrian | April 18, 2007 3:59 AM

From Shanghai.

We cry along with you and we are mourning for all that have lost their lives. We send all of our love and wish we could do more.

Zhou | April 18, 2007 4:01 AM

Jackie, Scotland-stay strong

Jackie Deighton | April 18, 2007 4:29 AM

We are all in disbelief and shock. How could anyone cause such grief and pain? How could anyone commit such a heinous crime cutting such promising lives short? We all grieve for their loss and pray that those left will heal. God bless you all.

Anna | April 18, 2007 4:29 AM

Me indigna que hayan muerto tantos inocentes. Se podrian haber evitado 30 victimas si se hubiese alertado a los estudiantes y profesores.
Pero las armas de fuego no pueden ser prohibidas si se conceden reglamentariamente.
Rezaré por las victimas y sus familias y seres queridos. Escribo desde Madrid (España-Spain).

Jesus Gozalo | April 18, 2007 4:33 AM

when will events like this stop? This is part of a bigger problem, which is the nature of American society. When will America wake up? I hope lessons are learned from this sad event.

I thought America was on high alert? One man with a gun went so long shooting everything in sight and it took that long to stop him?

In this so called war on terror by George Bush I hate to see what the damage would be if enemies of America were to be running around shooting. ( and if there was more then one)

May those that were innocent , rest in peace.

mark | April 18, 2007 4:35 AM

Our deepest thoughts and wishes are with you at this sad time. To all the families and friends who have lost a loved one we send all our love and hope to you all. We hope a lesson has been learnt by this tragedy.

From Wales, UK

Michelle Jones | April 18, 2007 4:38 AM

Me indigna que hayan muerto tantos inocentes. Se podrian haber evitado 30 victimas si se hubiese alertado a los estudiantes y profesores.
Pero las armas de fuego no pueden ser prohibidas si se conceden reglamentariamente.
Rezaré por las victimas y sus familias y seres queridos. Escribo desde Madrid (España-Spain).

Jesus Gozalo | April 18, 2007 4:40 AM

Me indigna que hayan muerto tantos inocentes. Se podrian haber evitado 30 victimas si se hubiese alertado a los estudiantes y profesores.
Pero las armas de fuego no pueden ser prohibidas si se conceden reglamentariamente.
Rezaré por las victimas y sus familias y seres queridos. Escribo desde Madrid (España-Spain).

Jesus Gozalo | April 18, 2007 4:44 AM

Condolences from Madrid, Spain...so many hopeful young lives gone so quickly...our thoughts and prayers are with you all...

Helen | April 18, 2007 5:02 AM

a deeply, deeply sad incident.
all thoughts, best wishes and prayers to all those affected by this.

yours sincerely,

ed sheeran

ed sheeran | April 18, 2007 5:14 AM

From Portugal, we reach out our arms and guarantee as much support as are hearts can achieve. We are by your side.

Miana | April 18, 2007 5:15 AM

For those whose lives were taken before their time
you leave a "Legacy of Precious Memories" for us to cherish .....
for every VT student i feel your sorrow and shock...
i am praying for you to feel comforted and safe again.......

Jodi Lennerth | April 18, 2007 5:17 AM

there are no words to say how sorry I am for the loss of so many precious lives. thinking of You and sending warm love, Ana and many other friends from Croatia

Ana | April 18, 2007 5:19 AM

from Manila,Philippines our deepest condolences to family and friends of VT.. we're one in this let's give LOVE and Peace

maridell dela cruz | April 18, 2007 5:24 AM

Please know that your are in the thoughts, prayers and hearts of Canadians.

Joanna | April 18, 2007 5:25 AM

WHY?

tcannabellarose | April 18, 2007 5:28 AM

My heart goes out to all the victims of this tragedy. I cant believe this has happened, its so sick that someone could do this to people who have done nothing but tried to make the best of life. As soon as reports came out I sat at my desk at work crying as I couldnt believe this could happen. I am so sorry for those who have lost loved ones and close ones. My prayers go out to you.

Gemma - Oxford | April 18, 2007 5:38 AM

Please know that the whole World mourns with you.The investigations, interviews etc will end in time , and as impossible as it seems right now the grief ,pain & horror of these last couple of days will in time fade a little too. Extending hugs & Prayers from Canada Bless us all.

Sandy Hagan | April 18, 2007 5:39 AM

From the UK
Deeply saddened by your ordeal but impressed by the way the students are giving comfort to each other.
Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Rona | April 18, 2007 6:12 AM

Thoughts and prayers that you may find peace.

MCH, Ft. Thomas, KY | April 18, 2007 6:12 AM

This is a terrible tragedy and the hearts of everybody in England goes out to the parents of those children who sadly lost their lives.
But please remember that they are now with god and he will take them under his wing and care for them.

From Mick in Walton, Peterborough

Mick Howes | April 18, 2007 6:14 AM

From Thorold, Ontario Canada

I am thinking of you and praying for your healing as you face what will probably be the toughest time you will ever have to face. No person should ever have to experience what you all have.

For those you have lost, be comforted in the knowledge that they were in your lives and forever they will remain a part of you.

Lesley Bergen | April 18, 2007 6:23 AM

Praying for all those who lost someone they knew.

May the bonds of unity formed here not become broken.

Samuel | April 18, 2007 6:33 AM

I never knew any of the victims or anyone at Virgina Tech, but the recent events touched me in away i can't describe. I've shed tears not only for the innocent victims who's lives were cut short, but also tears for the surviours who have to go on with out one or more of there friends today. I want you all to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers today and everyday.

"FRIENDS ARE LIKE ANGELS ... YOU DON'T HAVE TO SEE THEM, TO KNOW THEY ARE THERE".

God Bless You all

Angie, From Creswell, Nottinghamshire, UK | April 18, 2007 6:35 AM

From Roscommon, Ireland,
Love and prayers for everybody involved in this senseless Tragedy,

Rita | April 18, 2007 6:44 AM

all our thoughts are with you students, friends, mothers & fathers. the british people share your grief and anger.

wendy steggles | April 18, 2007 6:47 AM

I am so very sorry. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Judy | April 18, 2007 7:02 AM

May the love that surrounds you at this time be a source of comfort during this difficult time. North Carolina mourns with you.

Jo Smith | April 18, 2007 7:12 AM

Our thoughts & prayers go out to everyone at VT, all of the friends & families. My prayers even go out to the family of the gunman- i'm sure they are just as upset and confused as everyone else is- asking themselves "why would he do such a horrible thing'. peace be with you all- Godspeed for the victims that are still in the hospital, thank God they survived. Because it sounds like he tried to kill so many more.

Lynn | April 18, 2007 7:36 AM

WHY?
All those that have been loved and lost will never be forgotten.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
from Clair, Cornwall UK.

clair morris | April 18, 2007 7:38 AM

My Prayers are for those that were deeply effected by the cruel acts of violence.And for those who should learn by these acts of violence and not to ever let it happen again.May God have mercy on your soul.

Gary | April 18, 2007 7:49 AM

This song has been written by Tom Flannery of Scranton, PA and is I think very appropriate:

Blacksburg

Laying there...playing dead
whole lotta nothing....running through my head
left home with all these hopes and dreams
now there's only whimpering and screams
in Blacksburg
in Blacksburg
today I lost my soul
in Blacksburg

This ain't supposed to happen here
folks will make that very clear
once they wash the blood away
and try to convince us all to stay
in Blacksburg
in Blacksburg
today I lost my soul
in Blacksburg

All I got is what I know
and here is where I learned to grow
learned to hate and learned to love
where I was pushed and learned to shove
in Blacksburg
in Blacksburg
today I lost my soul
in Blacksburg

seems a waste of time asking why
32 others had to die
when I open my eyes I start to cry
Question, condemn.....then crucify

Too soon to count up all the cost
too soon to find all that's been lost
I wish Dr Phil would leave us be
he'll never know just what we see
in Blacksburg
in Blacksburg
today I lost my soul
in Blacksburg

So burn your candles and hit your knees
ask for it and you shall receive
your daily bread and reasons galore
why he takes more and more
in Blacksburg
in Blacksburg
today I lost my soul
in Blacksburg

seems a waste of time asking why
32 others had to die
when I open my eyes I start to cry
Question, condemn.....then crucify

Laying there...playing dead
whole lotta nothing....running through my head
left home with all these hopes and dreams
now there's only whimpering and screams
in Blacksburg
in Blacksburg
today I lost my soul
in Blacksburg

http://www.songaweek.com/metatraffic/track.asp?r=http://www.songaweek.com/mp3s/04192007_blacksburg.MP3

Tom Flannery
anthracite@rocketmail.com

Bill Wright | April 18, 2007 7:57 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy. Canadians are mourning with you.

Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Erin

Erin | April 18, 2007 8:00 AM

May strength and peace be with you in this time of extreme loss and sadness.

Sincere condolences to all those involved and affected by this horrible tragedy.

Prayers and hugs from Canada

Jess | April 18, 2007 8:01 AM

On behalf of the population of Canada and Pakistan i would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the victims families and the community. May God Bless you all.

You can shed tears that she is gone,
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her only that she is gone,
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what she'd want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

Take Care, Bye

Iffat Raja | April 18, 2007 8:05 AM

My and my family's prayers are being lifted up daily on behalf of the 33 families and others affected by Monday's shootings. We who comprise Hokie Nation will come through this; may we look to God for strength.

Kendall King | April 18, 2007 8:11 AM

our hearts in this little town of Tavares,Fl go out to all of you, your families and friends for the loss. your in my prayers and on my mind=Pete

Lake County Police Charities Inc | April 18, 2007 8:14 AM

My deepest sympathy goes out to families that lost their loved ones and my heart goes out to the survivors because they have to deal with the unanswered questions and pain of their loss. I hope you all can find faith in God and know he is there for you, even though it may not seem like it now-he is.Living in kentucky and in a small community and having kids of my own-it touches home for me---my prayers are with all of you-and it will tale time but anyone who wants to talk can email me and i will listen! please take care

nay | April 18, 2007 8:19 AM

from Nova Scotia Canada, our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this terrible tragedy. may you all drawl strength from one another during this terrible time, May God bless you all

Sharon | April 18, 2007 8:25 AM

You have a long, difficult journey ahead of you as you struggle to move past this horrific event. May you find the necessary strength and reassuring comfort to get you through it.

Kaz-Sydney, Australia | April 18, 2007 8:30 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. - Laura, England.

Laura | April 18, 2007 8:33 AM

From the UK I wanted to say our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

natasha | April 18, 2007 8:35 AM

I am so very sorry for the tragedy that happened there at your fine institution. God will get you all through this in time. Please don't lose faith.
God Bless you all.

Bobbi | April 18, 2007 8:36 AM

You are all in our thoughts... just be there for each other..

Alison o' Callaghan | April 18, 2007 8:43 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the "Hokie Nation". Wish there was more I could do.

Faye | April 18, 2007 8:49 AM

our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time keep the happy memories in your hearts.

susan burns | April 18, 2007 8:56 AM

I feel so very sad for all those lives lost in a blink of an eye, rest in peace. Rosie England

rosie montgomery | April 18, 2007 8:57 AM

Prayers, prayers and more prayers; God hears the prayers of his people. 2 Chronicles 7:14 As Blacksburg mourns, so does the country, the world; and indeed the Creator knows the pain and suffering. There are prayers from all over the world focused on love and healing for those in sadness and grief.

scott -class of '79 | April 18, 2007 9:08 AM

This morning is a very sad morning, thinking about all that has happened yesterday at Virginia Tech. We all hope that these kinds of things would never happen, but it does. I sit here in my office looking out my window wondering, will something as horrific as that happen here at my university? You wonder what would ever make a person snap that much that he or she couldn't talk to someone before and try to figure out why they have thoughts in their minds to do such a thing. And in the back of your mind you wonder your escape plan, and what you would do in a situation like this. Then you have to think about why we are here on this earth and what lessons we are supposed to be learning from this experience. All I have to say is that I am so greatful for what I believe in and my religious background. I am thankful that there is a reason why things happen and that one day we will know why. I am thankful that I know that we will be joined once again with our loved ones, and that if we live worthly and stay focused on what we want we will be together forever. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those mourning a loved one at this time, also to those of us who don't know anyone personally at VT, because we are all apart of this tragic event.

Bri | April 18, 2007 9:23 AM

My deepest heartfelt sympathies goes to everyone, parents, families and friends and children of the Hokie community. Sorry don't know what more to say x

Carole, Scotland | April 18, 2007 9:32 AM

I cant stop thinking about the horrors of Monday and how scared you felt going through it and how heartbroken you are now. This story has touched everyone across the world and we all grieve with you. My deepest sympathies go out to those that have lost a love one and to those that have departed this world may they rest in peace. Keep their memories alive. Hugs to all that are weeping.
Claire, Dublin, Ireland

Claire E | April 18, 2007 9:39 AM

Condolences from the Staff and Directors of Tial Technologies, South Africa.

Tial | April 18, 2007 9:40 AM

My prayers are with you and the families of all the victims. May God be with you and all of us in these troubled times. Tomorrow is not promised to no one, so please live your life according, tell your family and friends you love them daily, don't wait for this type of tragedy to let someone know you love them. God bless each of you.

Rachel | April 18, 2007 9:42 AM

We grieve for you in silence,
And try so not to show,
But what it meant to lose you,
You will never know.
You could wish no-one farewell,
Or even say goodbye,
You were gone before we knew it,
And only god knows why.

A golden heart stopped beating,
A gentle person rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.
If stairs were made of heartache,
By adding teardrops too,
I'd be a staircase to heaven,
And climb each day to you.

Claire E | April 18, 2007 9:45 AM

From the University of Toledo and the whole state of Ohio... Please wrap yourself in God's arms knowing that your school and students are all safe in the Father's arms. And that one day, you will meet again. Revelation 21:4---And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Lesa R. | April 18, 2007 9:50 AM

GOLDEN HEARTS LAY BROKEN,PERFECT SOULS LAID TO REST, REMEMBER ALL YOU LOVED ONES, GOD ONLY TAKES THE BEST!!!! MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AS IS MY LOVE. NIKKI,POOLE DORSET,ENGLAND

NIKKI SWATRIDGE | April 18, 2007 9:56 AM

deepest simpathy and love goes out to all its a terrible tragidy that has happened blessed be everyone that is suffering

Kay Buckingham | April 18, 2007 9:59 AM

Praying for all involved and touched by this tragic event - no one can know what you're going through - you students are too young to have to face such tragedy, but it will make you stronger - in perspective, all other problems are small - I am just so thankful my boys are alive and healthy - no matter what they put me through emotionally - I still have them - love to you all

Cindy | April 18, 2007 10:06 AM

I have always said that the four years I spent at VT were the best of my life. For those of you who have gone there, you understand. For those of you who didn't, I can't begin to explain the spirit of the Hokie nation but I believe you are learning all about it. I thank all of you for the support you have shown us. As many have said, we will prevail. We are Virginia Tech. We will never forget.

Susan T. Biesecker | April 18, 2007 10:13 AM

Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy go out to your entire Virginia Tech community. May those you lost, Rest in Peace.

Bill and Carol | April 18, 2007 10:13 AM

Stay strong. My prayers go out to all of you at Virginia tech.

Karly | April 18, 2007 10:18 AM

I am a married man of 2 children here in the UK and on behalf of my family I want to say how sorry we here are to hear about the terrible things that have happened.

Steve Malam | April 18, 2007 10:26 AM

From London, United Kingdom - Deepest condolences to the families and friends who have lost loved one's. This is shocking, I hope that a lesson can be learnt from this. God bless.

Joanna | April 18, 2007 10:27 AM

As a parent of a sophomore hokie my heart is greatly saddened on this day. My prayers go out to the families and friends who lost thier loved ones and the Hokie community. May all of you know that God is with each of you in your healing.

Jackie Gregory | April 18, 2007 10:35 AM

From South Bend, IN - Our thoughts and prayers are with you. From personal experience I can tell you that tragic deaths leave the survivors feeling empty, angry and helpless always asking the question - "why". Sometimes there are no answers. Nothing heals the loss but time does lessen the pain. Trust in your faith. I hope you all find comfort in the Lord, family and friends.

Jennifer | April 18, 2007 10:43 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 10:46 AM

My heart aches and is empty. My tears roll down my cheeks for all that lost their lives. My deepest and sincere condolences. Remember, God will always be with you to help you along your way.

Jeralyn | April 18, 2007 10:48 AM

Now do they know what the people of Baghdad feel?

Carlos Aguilera L�pez | April 18, 2007 10:58 AM

My heartfelt condolences to all the affected families involved in this tragic event. Family & Friends.. Love.. and Time are great healers..embrace them all now.. God Bless

Eric Clark (England) | April 18, 2007 11:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers to all involved in this terrible tragedy

julie - aberdeen, scotland | April 18, 2007 11:03 AM

From New Brunswick, Canada--you are in our thoughts and prayers.

It is my hope that this will prompt a serious examination of the US's gun laws.

Annapurna | April 18, 2007 11:18 AM

my tears and heartache are with you all. as an alumnus from jmu, vt was a place i visited many times during my own education. our college years should never have to be remembered as a battle ground, but as a place we find ourselves, our lifelong friends and start the chapters of our careers. im sorry that this day will overshadow most experiences for students at vt. but through the human spirit, good will seep and comfort all with new friendships, a fresh sight of the community there is on a college campus. we are all brothers and sisters, we are family and we won't let another fall due to this tragedy. stay strong, talk to each other, cry till you can't cry any more and then find out what you can do to help the next person.

beth | April 18, 2007 11:20 AM

Our prayers and deepest sympathy are with all the families ,students ,friends and staff of Virginia Tech.. May God rest these innocent souls in Peace..
God Bless, From Jounieh, Lebanon

Karen---Jounieh, Lebanon | April 18, 2007 11:20 AM

I am so sad about your tragic losses - so many young lives lost. My thoughts and blessings are with you all.

Elizabeth - England UK | April 18, 2007 11:20 AM

April 16th 2007, an important day in modern American History. An important day in every Hokie, who are, who were part of Virginia Tech. It is really sad to see 32 innocent people being killed by some crazy freak. I hope and pray for strength to family and friends of every victim of this incident.
Hasn't America learnt anything from the past? Just the day before this incident, I saw the movie Bowling of Coulombine. The movie is about the shooting that occured in Coulombine in 1999 where 13 students were killed by 2 primary school students. I think, its easier to buy a gun than to buy a cell phone in this country. Is this freedom? People live with fear, fear from their own loved ones, fear from their own friends, fear of going to school, fear of having a cup of coffee by the window. Is this freedom?Whom does one blame for a situation like this; lifestyle or the country's laws?

Being, an international student, I think I can make a good comparision of the life here in US to the life back home. Yes, US is land of oppurtunities, is where freedom is. But, as the saying goes too much of anything can be bad. Its good to have freedom, but its sweet only when we have a boundary only when we have laws that define and contain this freedom. One must be free to do what one wants to do but there must be laws that defy the wants. Its only human to want.
Hope America wakes up atleast now before its too late.....
Go Hokies...

Bindu | April 18, 2007 11:27 AM

As a Mother of a college aged son, the events at VT terrify me. As a human being, my anger at the 33rd "victim" feels like hate. But as a Christian who MUST believe in order to survive in this world, I send out my prayers to the families and friends of all that have a loss to endure. Rest in the knowledge they are now safe, happy, and that you will see them again. Probably small comfort now, but my words are true. Pray and keep praying as the rest of us will. God is nearer to you now than ever.

Cassie | April 18, 2007 11:27 AM

Words are not enough, Sorrow is all there is. Thoughts and Prayers go out to each and everyone effected by this horrible tragedy..

Colleen | April 18, 2007 11:30 AM

Loving condolences to everybody affected by this tragedy and all senseless bloodshed. The world is mourning with you.

Ann F. in Chicago, IL | April 18, 2007 11:32 AM

From NW Wyoming, our prayers and thoughts go to all of you. And ALL of us in the U.S.

Lauren | April 18, 2007 11:32 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with all the families involved with this sensless and unneessary tragedy.Please know you are not alone for a whole nation mourns with you.Even though they paseed before they should have,know they are in a better place,where Gods love stays with them and that too will help you get through this.Stay strong and be there for each other,you'de be suprised of what you offer another,how much it may truely help them.Again,my prayers and toughts and deepest sympathy. Betty in West Virginia

Betty | April 18, 2007 11:34 AM

From Utah our prayers are will you all. I cant even imagine how that must have been. May God bless you all in this need of comfort!

Heidi K | April 18, 2007 11:37 AM

Unthinkable loss. I'm so sorry for all of our pain and for our country's deep wounds. I pray some positive change can come from this horrific crime.

Ellie | April 18, 2007 11:40 AM

Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. The nation grieves with you!

Nettie Priet | April 18, 2007 11:43 AM

There are no words or enough tears to express the sadness and grief felt for all those innocent lives and families affected by Monday's events!!! God bless them all!!!!!!!!

gay | April 18, 2007 11:44 AM

Out of tragedy comes love and support to those who are in anguish,we stand by and offer our heartfelt sadness, and pray for all of you.

Gerty | April 18, 2007 11:45 AM

God bless all the students, faculty and Blacksburg community--deeepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims.

Barbara Belcher, Falls Mills VA | April 18, 2007 12:01 PM

From Sault Ste.Marie,a small city in northern Ontario,Canada: I send my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences.I can't even begin to imagine what you are going through but may it help you to know millions around the world are holding you all in our prayers and in our thoughts. We grieve the loss of so many of our young.

Karen | April 18, 2007 12:01 PM

Since Monday my thoughts have been consumed with this tragedy. I pray for each and every person involved & those affected by this senseless act. My heart goes out to the families of the victims. I think of you all the time.

Jill Rae | April 18, 2007 12:13 PM

The University of Delaware is praying for everyone at Virginia Tech...our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims...God Bless all of you

Kaitlin | April 18, 2007 12:16 PM

My heart goes out to everyone at Va Tech, their families, friends, classmates and the community. To the victims, may God hold you forever in his embrace.

Angelina (Smith) McCauley | April 18, 2007 12:21 PM

PSC of WVU prays for everyone at VT and all of their loved ones. It is astonishing to me what has happened. I read about it in middle schools and high schools but never thought adult, college, students would be weary to such a thing. Almost all of us are there from our own chosing and because we have a "good head on our shoulders" and know well enough to go to college. I guess the key there is "Almost all of us". Good luck to everyone there and the thoughts and prayers of America are with you.

Pam | April 18, 2007 12:24 PM

Asking the Holy Spirit to give all of you an extra measure of His comfort.

Margaret | April 18, 2007 12:26 PM

As a friend of VT students and a past resident of Virginia, this tragedy hits me hard. As soon as I heard about it, I spent a good part of the day calling to check on those I know and love at VT. I am fortunate, but grieve for those who were not as fortunate. My heart goes out to those who's loved one's have passed. Life for us will still go on, but the lives of those who missed will always be remembered.

Jessica, Austin TX | April 18, 2007 12:26 PM

My heart goes out to all the VT families and friends. We heard that one of my daughter's HS classmates here in Richmond was injured but is in stable condition. May everyone be given the strength and the faith to get through the painful process of healing in the months and years to come.

Karla | April 18, 2007 12:28 PM

our loss is deep. the students and professors who died had the whole world at their fingertips. now they rest in god's hand.
Love to the HOKIE community forever in our hearts and prayers.
Michele Paluchak

michele paluchak | April 18, 2007 12:32 PM

To all the VT community my deepest heartfelt condolences. Even if we dont notice it, this past monday, everyone of us around the world lost something. To all the families and friends of the victims remember what Rev. Martin Luther King said "...Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree...". Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you all.

Alberto (Mexico City) | April 18, 2007 12:34 PM

UMBC has been sadden by this senseless act of violence at VT. Our prayers are with you as you go through this time of grief and healing.

Carol | April 18, 2007 12:37 PM

To all the students and their families you are in our prayers.

Eileen Wilkinson | April 18, 2007 12:37 PM

What a tragic loss, all those shining young people. To the families and students, know that we are thinking of you here in London and, I'm sure, all over the world too.

Melanie Georgiou | April 18, 2007 12:40 PM

As a parent of a college student, I would never think of anything like this occuring. I send out to all who have been effected by this tragedy my heart, prayers, sympathy, know that I am thinking of you and wish all the best.

Marla G | April 18, 2007 12:57 PM

My expression of great sorrow to the family, loved ones & community of Blacksburg, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Gayle (a mother)
Schenectady, New York

Gayle | April 18, 2007 12:59 PM

My heart Felt sympathy goes to the entire Virgina Tech university's campus the Students as well as the familys who lost friends and loved one's i also wanna send my prayers and letting you know im thinking of you and wishing nothing but the best and to those who have been effected by this tragedy your not alone... I'm from the University of Notre dame and i just wanted to send my love and prayers to everyone at Virgina tech.

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From all at Winthrop University in SC, we are truly sorry for everything that has happened at your school. We are praying for everyone who was touched by this unfortunate event. God is with you. We love you Hokies...

Ashley W | April 18, 2007 1:09 PM

Thoughts and prayers from Clemson University.

John P. Hicks | April 18, 2007 1:28 PM

Hokies Forever. My deepest sympathy goes to all the families and friends. Hokie ?04

Katie Mason | April 18, 2007 1:30 PM

Hokies Forever. My deepest sympathy goes to all the families and friends. Hokie 04

Katie Mason | April 18, 2007 1:31 PM

Sending prayers and love from California.

Debbie | April 18, 2007 1:33 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families, friends, colleagues and fellow students of Virginia Tech. I know the spirit and determination of the Hokies will prevail in this trying time. Please take strength and comfort in knowing the nation grieves with you.

Ann | April 18, 2007 1:38 PM

Prayers and thoughts of peace upon you. You make us proud, all students at V-Tech. Bless you all.

Stephanie | April 18, 2007 1:40 PM

We here in Utah are deeply saddened by the happenings of yesterday. Our prayers, love and sympathies are with all of you involved in this tradgedy.

S. Hansen | April 18, 2007 1:41 PM

To all the victims and their family & Friends, along with the students,staff at VTech, my prayers are with you. May peace & love be with you. from an alum of RIT '04

Dawana | April 18, 2007 1:43 PM

I am really shocked about wht happened to you in virginia.i enclose u in my prayers and I hope u find a way to feel better again.

Michaela(Germany) | April 18, 2007 1:50 PM

Absolutely unbelievable news.May everyone affected by this senseless act-be strong and know the world is hurting.Always in the prayers of kind loving people.Maybe the next physco person who hates the world-will have enough brains to just shoot himself and let others live.For the politicians- you need to rethink gun control laws and homeland security.They both failed these young people and their families-HORRIBLY.Bless all the students,parents and faculty-from Sault.Ste.Marie-Ontario,Canada. a wee northern city on the michigan border.

Laurie C | April 18, 2007 2:05 PM

My thoughts and prayers and tears go to the victims and survivors.

peggy | April 18, 2007 2:06 PM

On Monday, every Hokie lost something and someone. We are family and those who love Virginia Tech all feel as if they lost a brother, sister, wife, husband, mother, or father. Only time will help to make the pain a little less in our hearts, but our Hokie family will never forget the price these 32 people paid on Monday.

Our great University and Alumni needs to rally around the current students and faculty as they will need support and people to lean on during this trying time.

May the families of those lost remember the good times and be comforted with those thoughts. God Bless All of You and God Bless The Hokie Nation!

Andy Hayes | April 18, 2007 2:09 PM

May God Bless and comfort those affected by this senseless tragedy. I know it will take time to heal, but try and forgive. He was a sick individual that took his anger and sickness out on innocent people. You can't change the past. Don't keep hate in your heart or you will never heal. Remember what Christ said when he was being crusified, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do"
God Bless you all and I wish you well.

Doug Heiner | April 18, 2007 2:23 PM

My sincerest sympathies and condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Rhonda
Salt Lake City, Utah

Rhonda | April 18, 2007 2:24 PM

From a Virginia Beach mother -- hugs being sent to all at VT who are in need of them. My thoughts are with all of you.

Cathy | April 18, 2007 2:28 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and survivors! May god bless everyone! I'll keep you in my prayers.
Schenectady NY

REBECCA | April 18, 2007 2:29 PM

Our hearts go out to all that have lost family and friends in this terrible tragedy. We also acknowledge everyone on the campus and in the community even if they didn't see anything. May God bless you all and may you have the assurance that those that have been taken are now in His loving care.

Shirley & Dave Jellins | April 18, 2007 2:31 PM

To the parents of the victims- Parents of students everywhere are living your grief and sadness. God bless you and give you strength.

Mom J (Wisconsin) | April 18, 2007 2:33 PM

How does someone express to all of you at the Virginia Tech community in words their deepest sympathies and let you know that prayers are with you, your families and friends.

Just doesn't seem enough, does it!!!

You are all in our thoughts and prayers all around the world.

Godspeed,

Linda from Montreal, Canada

Linda | April 18, 2007 2:34 PM

My family and I wish to express our sincere sympathy to everybody who has suffered. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sue (United Kingdom)

Sue Walsh | April 18, 2007 2:36 PM

I live in the United Kingdom and we are horrified by what we have seen on the news, we wish to send our condolences to all the families and friends affected by this terrible tradegy.

sharon Reeves | April 18, 2007 2:40 PM

you are all in our thoughts. we greive with you. May the Lord be with you all

Steve jores | April 18, 2007 2:47 PM

No words can express my deepest sympathy. My heart goes out to all the victims and their families.

Cinthya | April 18, 2007 2:59 PM

I can't say any word that can it help you in this terrible moment. When in my Country i knew that it happened in your city, only i pray for the people died and your Families. I hope this word can be help in this moment. From Santiago, Chile.

Jose Salinas | April 18, 2007 3:03 PM

Condolences from Phoenix, Az. I hope you all pull through this.

The Squad | April 18, 2007 3:05 PM

From an instructor at a Community College in Santa Rosa California. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bev

Bev | April 18, 2007 3:05 PM

Our family is deeply moved and many tears and prayers have been shed for all of you. Many people all over mourn with you at this time in your lives. We are from Richmond, Va and many students from our schools choose Tech as their college. Our most heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you. We also have a son that goes to another college. We all join you in grieving, remembering, and moving forward. Go Hokies!

Debbie, Earl, and Chris | April 18, 2007 3:06 PM

My heartfelt condolences go out to all the victims (God rest their souls) families and friends. May the injured make a speedy recovery. Time does heal.

Jim Durkan - Hammersmith, London, UK | April 18, 2007 3:08 PM

Our hearts go out to all the victims, their families and everyone at V.T.

Ron and MarVan Keppler | April 18, 2007 3:09 PM

Our hearts go out to all the victims, their families and everyone at V.T.

Ron and Mar van keppler | April 18, 2007 3:10 PM

To all Hokies, God Bless you! Like you, our colors include orange, (Univ. of Tennessee). Please just know that your orange is our orange as is your tears and pain. You all are in our thoughts and prayers everyday. We will never forget you. LOVE to you all, Godspeed! VOLS LOVE HOKIES!

Adam & Angie | April 18, 2007 3:12 PM

Yesterday afternoon around 3.00 pm est, I posted a message offering my condolences and asking anyone if they could locate a gal named "omarion" who pleaded for people to pray for her.

I can't locate my message anywhere today and am still wondering if there was a victim named "omarion" and what became of her. It's important that I find out as I've been thinking about her all night and today.

It's possible that my message was deleted because I have an unusual email address and someone may have been offended by it. I'd hate to think that some of the messages are subject to censorship.

So, if anyone knows "omarion" who probably text messaged during the event, could someone please reply here with the results so I can rest a little easier.

Again, may I offer my deepest sympathies to the students, alumni and families of the decreased. I wish that when they touched the hand of God that they will rest easier and realize that to have left the world behind, they now find they're in a better place.

Dianne from Caledon, Ontario Canada | April 18, 2007 3:35 PM

We are thinking of you all at this terrible time. We only hope that there will be light at the end of this very dark tunnel.

Sally - Holyhead, North Wales | April 18, 2007 3:51 PM

a true blue carolina fan, is now apart of the hoke nations. all prays for you in your time of need. we are all praying that good will come of all this horror. god bless all of you, may his light shine on you

darrell | April 18, 2007 3:54 PM

My heart breaks with the new of this horrific and senseless tragedy. May God bless you all!

I cannot help but wonder where were the people that should have been supervising this gentleman with such known bizarre behavior and writings which apparently had been of long standing.

jan wagoner | April 18, 2007 3:57 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at VT and the surrounding community from Wyoming

Tara | April 18, 2007 3:59 PM

Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the victims and families. May you over come what has happened in your innocent lives. May God bless you all.
Pittsburgh, PA

Bob & Chris Hoag | April 18, 2007 4:00 PM

We Here in Utah Pray for those you lost. We Pray for those of you that got hurt. And We pray for your family's That have to deal with the passing of those Killed.I my self know you can't bring them back. they would want you to remember them and live your life and keep them in you heart.I do not know any one at VT But was sad when i heard about it.Us That don't even know you got Still are sad and upset too. Are love and caring goes out to you. sorry for the untimely losses. But we will think and pray for you all take care best wishes to all And sorry for your loss and pain.

Craig | April 18, 2007 4:01 PM

Wishing that you all can move forward after such a horrific event. I have watched the news and I must say, you are an amazing bunch of people, the students I have seen interviewed are so strong and proud of their school. Best Wishes to all of you. Peace to you all.
Kincardine Ontario Canada

Melissa | April 18, 2007 4:02 PM

I just wanted to send my condolonces from Missouri. We are thinking and praying for all of you, may God keep you all in his care.

Kerry Harman | April 18, 2007 4:06 PM

From Belgium, my condolences. My heart goes out to you all.

Heleen | April 18, 2007 4:07 PM

My fellow Hokies - it has been 19 years since I graduated from Tech. In those years I have never been so proud to be a graduate of VPI. Your poise, pride and desire to serve is shining through. God bless you all. Lee Anne - 1989 Virgia Tech Homecoming Queen

Lee Anne | April 18, 2007 4:15 PM

From the Iron Order Motorcycle Club and from me personally, I wish to express my utmost sympathy for all of the victims, their loved ones, and to all effected by this mindless tragedy. I hope that God will hold a special place for all victim souls entering his kingdom. Carl Janisch

Carl Janisch | April 18, 2007 4:30 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of the Hokies family. You have great poise and pride. You will come back better then ever. May God bless and keep all of you.

Virginia - From Utah | April 18, 2007 4:30 PM

From Bountiful, Utah, May the Lord bless you and strengthen you at this time of your trials and tribulations. Know that many pray for your well being.

Dianne Shepherd | April 18, 2007 4:38 PM

my family were all shocked at the events that happened at virginia tech god bless to you all and to the teachers and students that died.

malachy conway | April 18, 2007 4:41 PM

As a mother of college students, my heart and prayers go out to all the individuals and families of those who were lost, injured, and traumatized in this horrendous act of violence. May God bless all of you.

Diane G. | April 18, 2007 4:41 PM

To all Hokies be strong, I am praying for you...VT is the College that I plan to attend... the strength that this school has shown is amazing!...God Bless you all!
From Charlotte, North Carolina

Morgan | April 18, 2007 4:43 PM

My heart is so deeply saddened by your terrible ordeal - in a way I've never felt before. You don't know me, but I just wanted to convey my deepest sympathy. Please know that prayers, mine and millions others, are being said at this very moment for all of you. May the God of Peace wrap His arms around all of you and give you comfort as only He knows how. Run to Him - He cares and weeps with you. God bless you all.

Cindy | April 18, 2007 4:43 PM

To all Hokies be strong, I am praying for you...the strength that this school has shown is amazing!...God Bless you all!
From Charlotte, North Carolina

Morgan | April 18, 2007 4:44 PM

""I thought I saw your face today, in the sparkle of the morning sun. And then I heard the angel say, "Their work on earth is done."

I thought I heard your voice today, then laugh your hearty laugh. And then I heard the angel say, "There's peace dear one at last."

I thought I felt your touch today, in the breeze that rustled by. And then I heard the angel say, "The spirit never dies."

I thought I saw my broken heart, in the crescent of the moon. And then I heard the angel say, "The Lord is coming soon."

I thought that you had left me, for the stars so far above. And then I heard the angel say, "They left you with their love."

I thought that I would miss you so, and never find my way. And then I heard the angel say, "They're with you every day." "The sun, the wind, the moon, the stars, will forever be around, reminding you of the love you shared, and the peace they've finally found.""

Poem by Bobbi Davis

Linda from Canada | April 18, 2007 4:48 PM

My love and prayers to all of you, with hope that God lifts and begins the healing of the broken hearts of the VT family. You are forever in my prayers and in my heart.

Carol R | April 18, 2007 4:49 PM

my heart and prayers be with you stay strong rik. uk

rik collins | April 18, 2007 4:54 PM

My prayers are with you all.

Candice | April 18, 2007 4:58 PM

You are all in our hearts and on our minds. God Bless.

Nancy C Fecca
Sewell, NJ.

Nancy C Fecca | April 18, 2007 5:02 PM

This tragedy really sucks and I'm so sorry for all those who have lost someone. Please know my prayers are with you and that this will never be forgot.

Jessica in Utah

Jessica | April 18, 2007 5:11 PM

Mein tiefstes Mitgef�hl f�r alle die an diesem schrecklichen Tag ein geliebeten Menschen verloren haben!

God bless you all!

Herzlichste Gr�sse aus Deutschland,
Bettina

Bettina | April 18, 2007 5:19 PM

May your souls rest in peace
May you all find the strength to face each coming day
My thoughts and prayers are with you

Lin, Scotland | April 18, 2007 5:21 PM

all of canada mourns for you in your time of grief god will guide you through this dark event god bless all of you

peterjust | April 18, 2007 5:28 PM

I know how you all must feel. I just hope and pray that you will make it through this senseless tragedy.

Tiffani Young | April 18, 2007 5:44 PM

im sorry to hear about this tragedy lets hope mr bush takes heed of this and outlaws firearms it seems so easy to get a firearm in america just like buying alcohol in a shop over the counter with i.d.Im sure im right in saying all of us here in the uk pray for the victims and there families and all people who have lost a friend my thoughts are with you all god bless

ricky (uk) | April 18, 2007 5:44 PM

My heart brakes for all of you. I feel your pain, every time another shooting occurs memories resurface. As I myself have lived through the pain of a murder in the family. You will never know the answers. Please do find comfort in one another. Always talk to get through your gried. As I know all to well another tradegy can occur if you keep things inside. It has been 28 years since the senceless loss of my brother and sister in law. The pain is still real. You will always remember, but, find comfort in one another and prayer to move on with your lives.
We as a nation fell your grief and have all of you in our hearts and prayers.
May GOd Bless you all.
Rochester Indiana

laurie | April 18, 2007 5:45 PM

praying for all the families of the student who were killed monday. also for the wounded student and all the Virginia tech student and teachers.Know that you are not alone in your grief.

annette huneault | April 18, 2007 5:52 PM

my prayers go out to all of you . may God help you to get through the days and weeks ahead. may God bless you all.

brenda | April 18, 2007 5:54 PM

My family and I are praying for all of you. God bless you.

Cindy | April 18, 2007 5:54 PM

I'm 13 years old, and I live in a small town in Utah.
My heart goes out to all of you at Virginia Tech and also to the families of the victims.
I can't help but wonder if we could have saved those who died at Norris Hall if the police would have gotten the word during the 2 hour waiting period.
We can't change the past, but hopefully we will learn from the mistakes and if this ever happens again, anywhere, we will know what to do to keep America's students safe.

I send all my love. To each and everyone of you.
Stay Strong!

COURTNEY<3

Courtney | April 18, 2007 5:56 PM

My prayers are with you ! Your college community is inspiring !! Please post the contents of Cho's writings and notes as they come available....for us interested psychologists..

May the angels surround, protect, guide and comfort you all !! blessings, aum

Dr. Aumakua Ra | April 18, 2007 6:03 PM

Please know that the thoughts and prayers of millions and millions of people are with you during this awful time.

May God give you strength.

Sara | April 18, 2007 6:06 PM

May you find strength in these times of sorrow.

Angela | April 18, 2007 6:39 PM

We in WV are mourning with you as is all of our nation over such a tragedy. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to you. May God give each of you a sence of peace and comfort that only his love and understanding can provide for you. Stay strong as a community and lean on those who offer you support. Love in Christ.

Karen Bryan | April 18, 2007 6:41 PM

My heart goes to Virgina Tech!! I am very sory to the whole campus..

Dave Provost | April 18, 2007 6:44 PM

To the community of Blacksburg and to all of those affected by this tragedy from myself in Michigan , my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this time.

Anneke | April 18, 2007 6:50 PM

My family is thinking and praying for all of you (student, parents, staff, etc.) so that you can regain strength, trust, and a sense of normalcy.

Leigh | April 18, 2007 7:01 PM

it was racism i believe those people was picking at him-there was racism cause in mississippi college there is segragation there white sit and talk with whites and blacks sit and talk with blacks also asians sits with asians plus gays society was arrested demostrating by mississippi college -great racism in the state ,poor folks are looked down here,seem satantanic worshippers caused him to do cho cause luke windalm did it cause of the craft cult-this is nuts the police was there they did not use bullet proof vests to get cho while he was killing folks and making a video and papers maybe the skull and bone cult or some cult caused this but racism is the cause /imus radio host see what he did now this.maybe he was a muslim extrists ?

master v | April 18, 2007 7:05 PM

Your in our thoughts and prayers.

Students from Fanshawe, Canada.

Mel | April 18, 2007 7:30 PM

My deepest condolances to the families and friends of thoe who were lost in this terrible tradgedy.

Gareth | April 18, 2007 7:51 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all constantly through this most horrible tragedy. It's just unimaginable what you must be going through. Please don't give up. Stay strong. You are not alone. Many are with you.

Dutson Family | April 18, 2007 7:53 PM

My deepest condolances go to the families and friends of those who were lost in ths terrible tradgedy.

Gary | April 18, 2007 7:54 PM

May God bless you all and hold you in his arms. May your love ones soar with the angels. My heart goes out to each and everyone of you.

Peggy....Salt Lake City, Utah

peggy leland | April 18, 2007 7:57 PM

To all of the victims and their families, god bless you. Also, to those who had to experience this tragedy, I hope you recover soon. All of Canada is giving their prayers to you.Try to forget what has happened, and live life to its fullest. Remember that everyone is here for you, so god bless. <33333

Lianna | April 18, 2007 7:58 PM

Our hearts and prayers go out to you all at VT, Be strong and remember your loved ones and all the good times you had with them. Do something positive in memory of your loved ones and don't let this sick loser win!We are praying for all of you. Stay Strong! Riverton Utah

The Borders | April 18, 2007 8:00 PM

MY NEPHEW WAS KILLED IN A AUTO ACCIDENT 10 YEARS AGO LAST MONTH. OUR FAMILY FOUND COMFORT IN GODS ARMS. IT WAS THE HARDEST THING WE HAVE EVER WENT THROUGH.I DONT KNOW HOW WE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN THROUGH IT WITHOUT GOD AND OUR FAMILY.A FRIEND OF OUR FAMILY TOLD US THEN THAT SHE PRAYED AND ASKED GOD WHY? HIS REPLY TO HER WAS ... I AM TAKING MY CHILDREN HOME 1 AT A TIME OR IN GROUPS. MAY GOD BLESS ALL WHO WAS HURT IN ANY WAY FROM THIS TRAGEDY.

BRENDA DELOACH | April 18, 2007 8:05 PM

I find myself crying constantly at every news/radio broadcast not only from disbelief of this tradgedy, but because of the unconditional love and fellowship that the entire VT community displays as well as the rest of the world. I feel your pain and suffering and I mourn your losses. My prayers are with all of you and I thank you for sharing your prayers and well wishes with me. God Bless VT and America.

Lisa | April 18, 2007 8:07 PM

May God Bless everyone.

Gloria | April 18, 2007 8:15 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to all who were affected by this tragedy. May God comfort you each and every day.

Susan - Waynesboro, VA. | April 18, 2007 8:20 PM

From WV...our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and survivors.

Phillips family | April 18, 2007 8:28 PM

May God be with you all during this horrible time. Having a sister that made it through this awful event makes you realize how close to home this can hit. The families and vicitims are all in my prayers. Be there for each other, hold each other, love each other and you will get through this. It may not feel like it right now but you will all be stronger after this. This person was a coward and just plain evil. This was not the University's fault, not the president of the University's fault and not the police's fault. The fault falls on the one person that was so much of a coward that he took his own life. Do not try to find answers. There are no answers when someone is pure evil. Pray to God and just be there for each other. We ARE all Hokies now...you are all in our thoughts, prayers and hearts! Hang in there! We love you all.

G | April 18, 2007 8:39 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to all who were affected by this tragedy. West Virginia University held a candle light vigil last night as well in honor of everyone affected by this. The Mountaineers are behind the Hokies. Once big rivals, we stand together with you in this time of need. God bless you all.

Mike Bradley | April 18, 2007 8:40 PM

Thoughts and prayers to all the families, students, faculty, and friends of those lost. May God be with you all and may he bless you and your loved ones. You're in all our prayers.

jj | April 18, 2007 8:48 PM

My heart goes out to all involved in this major tragedy. My deepest sympathy and prayers are with those who lost their loved ones. Thanks to the students who were heroes and protected other students. You are a hero.

Kaija P | April 18, 2007 9:27 PM

My heart goes out to all involved in this major tragedy. My deepest sympathy and prayers are with those who lost their loved ones. May God be with you. Thank you to those students who tried to protect others before yourselves. You are the nations heroes.

Kaija - Utah | April 18, 2007 9:31 PM

trust god he will guide you this darkness

peter | April 18, 2007 9:35 PM

May God be with each and every person that has been touched by this tragic event. I know there are millions of people around the world that feel the same way I do, that this was a horrible tragedy that should never have happened. I know that it may not feel like it, but just remember that God is always with us in our hardest times in life. May God Bless All of You!!!

Amanda | April 18, 2007 9:49 PM

From a little church thrift shop in Clarksville, Delaware - God be with you in this time of loss and pain. We also mourn because we have lost some of our finest - our prayers are with you.

Garnet Fowler | April 18, 2007 9:50 PM

I was a student at Radford from 1985-1989, but had friends at Tech, and even all these years later, it breaks my heart to hear this horrible news. Please know that I am praying for you here in Oak City, UT.

Renae Woolsey | April 18, 2007 10:32 PM

My deepest sympathy goes out to all the families of the faculty and students involved in this horrific incident. My prayers are with all of those who have lost a loved one. Although we may never understand this, just remember they are in a better place and you shall meet again. God Bless!

Stacy S. | April 18, 2007 10:47 PM

As a soon to be WVU alum, I think I can say that the collective WVU community has you in their thoughts and prayers. Your quiet dignity, grace and indomitable spirit during this tragic time have not gone unnoticed by the world. The senseless acts of a coward and loser will not defeat you, will not break you for as those of us who played you know, Hokies never surrender. God bless you all!

Know that you have friends in Morgantown. Mountaineer Nation is behind you and beside you all the way during this tragic time. There is no "us" or "them", for today we are all Hokies.

F. Thomas aka navi8EER | April 18, 2007 11:16 PM

Thoughts and Prayers From Keezletown Va.
Stay Strong Hokies

Brad Mitchell | April 18, 2007 11:45 PM

I lift my eyes up to the mountains, Where does my help come from? My help comes from You-Maker of heaven, Creator of the earth. Oh, how I need You, Lord, You are my only hope. So I will wait for You to come and rescue me, Come and give me life. My prayers are with all the students and teachers at Virginia Tech.

Sharon Justice | April 18, 2007 11:53 PM

God Bless everyone dealing with this senseless tragedy. One cowardly loser can not change the school I love so much. VT has shown great resilience and continues to make me proud to be an alumnus. Activists need to back off during this period of grief. VT 94, 98 Ashburn, VA

Christopher | April 18, 2007 11:56 PM

I cannot begin to imagine the grief and horror that everyone is experiencing. My deepest sympathy goes out to each and every person that had to endure this horrible day. My prayers are with you. May something like this never happen again.

stephanie | April 18, 2007 11:57 PM

i am so incredibly sorry for everyone at VT. i'm thinking of you all the time and praying for you, and many others at UConn are as well.

... resilience...

erin | April 19, 2007 12:20 AM

My heart goes out to all who are feeling pain,rage, and responsability. We cannot change what has happened, but we can learn from it and never forget. Hold your loved ones a little closer and a little longer. Live life one day at a time. We may never understand why this happened, but knowing so many people are praying for each and every one of you might ease the burden just a little. God Bless.

Jennie | April 19, 2007 12:28 AM

Dans se moment tragique, nous sommes tous Hokies
- Sadaqat, Montreal

Sadaqat | April 19, 2007 12:36 AM

As prayers arrive from around the States and World know mine are included for all victims and yes - survivors too . Also sending prayers to the many families and friends left behind .
Be Blessed Today and Always .
Southern Illinois
Near SIU-C

Larry Olmsted | April 19, 2007 1:42 AM

May God touch your heart with his healing hand through your time of need. All of this little community is thinking of you in your dark hour.

Beata Donahue | April 19, 2007 2:00 AM

I am just so saddened.

john wiseheart Czech Republic | April 19, 2007 2:38 AM

Hokies be proud of the way you handled yourselves! You are the opitomy of what America is and should be. I've been to Blacksburg a few times and every time I've been there it feels like home. Y'all are great. And I know you will get through this. This will not be the identifying factor for your school and community. God be with you.

Rob Posey | April 19, 2007 2:41 AM

My deepest sympathy goes out to all the families of the faculty and students involved in this horrific incident. My prayers are with all of those who have lost a loved one. It always breaks my heart when something like this happens

Gerry Gwynn
Maidenhead
England

gerry.gwynn | April 19, 2007 4:34 AM

Hurting with you in El Paso,TX. I helped my father (my hero) pass to the next world 10 months ago from cancer. You will be hurt, confused,angry, cry, question your faith and maybe feel guilty (there's always something to feel guilty about, let that go). All of these emotions are just part of the greiving process. Don't ask why because there will NEVER be a good enough answer. I once had a client tell me "If you understood why there is such evil, you would be just like them." This helps me cope with stories like yours. Stand tall, steady and proud whenever possible. Hold onto whomever or whatever helps ease the pain. The pain can be overwhelming, so hang on, as they say "it gets better with time." At first I hated those words and never thought I'd be saying them to anyone, but there you go, it does get better. Love to ALL of you!!

Ellen | April 19, 2007 4:45 AM

my deepest sympathy to you all. the world is with you at this darkest hour.

amanda. wirral england | April 19, 2007 5:08 AM

Please know that someone from Burlington, NC has your enitre campus community, victims and parents in her thoughts and prayers.

Kelly | April 19, 2007 6:27 AM

Breaks me�

Today..
As I hear ppl arnd me say�
Tht wat happened on tht fateful day..
Is bad no doubt� but dats just destiny�s way,..
Of taking all the ppl it has to� away�
Something inside me breaks� my heart� my soul�
I cannot with surety say�
Im filled wid a huge dismay�

I cannot work�
This thing keeps haunting�
As if something inside me is wanting�
To be set free.. to shout�
To tell every1 arnd me� to scream aloud..
That this was not wat destiny wanted�

But this is what we have turned the world into�
We give the kids a childhood of damnation�
Of shouts.. of humiliation�
Their li�l minds cannot fully comprehend�
Wats goin on they jst cannot understand..
And as the time passes�
As their li�l minds start growing..
All they want is revenge�
But how?? not really knowing�.
They just want an answer�
they want to know why�
Why were they abused??
Why cudnt anyone hear them cry??

They were small an� innocent�
Did not realize�
That all that they went thru�
Was not destiny in disguise,,,
It was the ppl�
Ppl who they trusted�
Ppl� who had their faith busted�

So now they feel..
The time has come� and their wounds will heal�
There was a time when they were the innocent�
And ppl stained their souls�


Now they have the power�
The time has come�
When the innocent will die�
when they will be squashed like a rotten plum..
their hatred� the frustration..
turns into a nitemare�

when once more�
the innocent.. r the ones bearing the wrath� the roar..

who is to blame??
The one who killed?
Or the ones who died??

It's you�
you who gave the psycho the childhood in w/c he grew..

I wish every1 in this world cud understand..
Its we.. its in our hands..
To shape the future..
To build a beautiful mind�
Grow gems in ure family�
Let their souls be kind..

Don�t give them a childhood of abuse�
It�ll come back to you one day�
and u�ll repent..
u�ll resent..
and u�ll wish u cud make an amend�

u�ll never b able 2 4give urself�
for killing the innocent..
the ones u killed now..
and also the one�
whose soul you wounded back then�

Khy | April 19, 2007 7:04 AM

our thoughts and prayers are with everyone touched by this senseless tragedy. may God give you strength for the days ahead.

linda

linda durham | April 19, 2007 7:52 AM

Thoughts and Prayers go out to everyone around the world affected by this tragedy. Hokies, we love you guys. Keep your chin up and be strong.

Brandon - Shenandoah Valley of VA

Brandon | April 19, 2007 8:49 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very tragic time, godbless.

christina doherty | April 19, 2007 8:51 AM

The thought of what was faced was absoultely horrific. I am saddened by the careless and senseless acts of one and how it will effect many lives. My thoughts are with all the families going through this. Schenectady, NY

Cristine | April 19, 2007 8:52 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very tragic time, godbless.

christina doherty | April 19, 2007 8:52 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with the Virginia Tech community.This tragedy has affected the world, and we will never forget.God bless you all.

Amy - Midlands, UK | April 19, 2007 8:53 AM

Our deepest sympathies go out to the Hokie nation. Pull together and stand strong, and may you find healing in that strength.

God Bless.
Lisa

Lisa Martineau | April 19, 2007 9:08 AM

To the families & friends of those whoes lives wre taken . All of you Are in our thoughts today & every day . I hope God will give all of you piece . This is being sent with love from Mishawaka ,Indiana. Michael & cheryl Bowker

Michael & Cheryl Bowker | April 19, 2007 9:19 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this horrible tragedy. May you find the strength to have hope, faith and peace in your life. God Bless to you all. Love, the Lynch Family

The Lynch Family | April 19, 2007 9:24 AM

From the shores of a peaceful Adirondack lake my sympathies
go out to each and every one of you.

Ma Boo | April 19, 2007 9:47 AM

From the UK, we are with you. Xxx

Helen | April 19, 2007 9:53 AM

Our prayers are with you.May God Bless each and everyone of you.

Ginette Chatham,Ontario | April 19, 2007 10:29 AM

I live in the UK, and I cannot imagine something to terrible and tragic happening at my own university campus. It is so hard to comprehend what must have been going on inside this young mans head for him to do what he did, but further acts like this can be prevented. If you have a flat mate who's quiet, or a guy on your course who cries, or even a child who gets frustrated, please, give them a hug, post a note under their door with your cell number on or an inspirational poem on. Communication and understanding will help others feel less outcast, let people talk about their problems and let everybody in this world feel accepted.

Peace to everyone.

Rose | April 19, 2007 10:39 AM

This is so shocking and sad. My heart goes out to all involved.

kim | April 19, 2007 10:40 AM

From Boston, MA: My thoughts and prayers are with you! Be gentle with each other - the world is standing with you!

Teresa | April 19, 2007 10:51 AM

This one act of an individual's hate will never drown out the flood of love, comfort and compassion that surrounds the friends and families of those involved. Love is always here.

Sending prayers of strength, comfort and love.

Kim | April 19, 2007 10:53 AM

one voice to say sorry, one tear to show the sorrow, one heart to share the burden and one shoulder to lean on.
That ONE is the rest of humanity.....know that we are with you
if not in body...truly in spirit.

Look after each other
May you each find the comfort you need at this dreadful time.

with love from England x

julie | April 19, 2007 11:05 AM

May God bless and keep each one of you. Our love and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. Be strong do not let this senseless act of voilence rule your life, remember the fallen keep their spirits alive and let all other things go, God only gives us what we can handle. VT is just the place that and handle, heal and turn this tradegy into something positive.

Brenda | April 19, 2007 11:18 AM

God bless all the victims and their families. Our prayers are with you from Modena, Italy.

MARTHA | April 19, 2007 11:21 AM

MAY OUR LORD BLESS YOUR HEARTS,DURING THIS HORRIFIC TRAGEDY.OUR PRAYER`S ARE WITH YOU ALL!!!!!

LORRAIME MICK MOLLICONE& FAMILY | April 19, 2007 11:31 AM

Dear students and people of Blacksburg,

First off, I send you my deep sympathy during this painful time for you and for all well-intentioned people around the world.

But on a better note, I'd like to suggest that you could be the ones to help turn this tragic event into something positive for the future. Don't you think it's time for us all to do something to reduce the senseless escalation of firearm violence in the U.S.?

The second amendment of the U.S. constitution talks about the right to bear arms, but it does not specify the right to fire them and hurt or kill other people.

A middle ground can be found to allow arms ownership while imposing stricter penalties for abuse of this privilege.

Now that you have the attention of the world, I appeal to you to be a catalyst for helping change and modernize gun laws to suit the circumstances of contemporary society.

This might mean asking gun owners to keep their guns at home and on specially designated firing ranges. This might mean imposing strict penalties for those who carry and fire guns unlawfully. But anything that could help avoid repeating the tragedies that have happened in your town and in countless other places in our country would be worth it.

Our country's attitudes and laws on guns were born of the necessity of populations in regions such as yours to defend themselves. But you, more than most of us, bear testimony to how much these laws are outdated. You, who are some of the bright minds and future leaders of our country, please consider joining an effort to revise the current laws for the benefit of all of us. I know I and many others will.

Thanks for hearing this appeal.


Tony Jeffris
Brasilia, Brazil

Bear Arms, Don't Fire Them! | April 19, 2007 11:35 AM

My deepest sympathy from Cologne, Germany. Mr. Bush, please do something about gun laws in your country !

Till Sattler | April 19, 2007 11:47 AM


To every politician who reads this blog: We, America have a cancer of mental illness. Despite treatment it reoccurs with ugly regularity and crippling ferocity. The cancer cells feed on a nutrient that sane people find bitter and toxic. We must provide an infrastructure for detecting and acting against this cancer. You have the ability to focus our discussion on tangible means of action. In the name of the innocent dead and injured please find a way to step up and bring the force of mental professionals to bear on this cancer so that our communities can say to themselves; we did everything possible to identify this cancer, and remove it.

To my fellow citizens: We are a commonwealth, we are responsible for paying attention to the dangers that confront our community. If someone makes it clear that they are not a member of our community, understand that they may mean that in the most prejudicial manner, do not turn your back on them. Recrimination and regret is a terrible aftermath to tragedy. Act while you can, or be prepared to live with it.

To the religious: God ain't in this, it is OUR fight.

To evil: OK, you got our attention, but we are not going to take it. Love, Hope, and Brotherhood bind us. Hate can not live in our community. Be gone.

Just Bob | April 19, 2007 12:07 PM

Such a senseless act of violence. May God bless all of you and be with you during this dreadful time of loss and mourning. Stay strong. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Gabi, Jakarta (Indonesia) | April 19, 2007 12:18 PM

The deepest of sympathy from all of us in Enumclaw, Buckey and Bonney Lake Washington.

Words cannot discribe how tragic this must be for you students in Virginia right now.
May all the victims of this devistating shooting rest in peace for all eternity.
My heart and prayers go out to them, their families and friends.

You wont ever be forgotten!
Stay Strong Virginia Tech.

Kerry | April 19, 2007 12:27 PM

My heart and prayers go out to the families that suffered losses in this tragic but unfortunate event. I will always love VT and the Hokies around the world lend their support during this very difficult time. Just another alumnus from Santa Rosa, CA.

Brian | April 19, 2007 12:33 PM

God has a large tear running down His face & Satan is giving a "thumbs-up" for this horrific, evil-filled deed. May God help us all & give comfort to those families & friends who are affected by this.

Judy | April 19, 2007 1:23 PM

From 1992 alum - I am sick that the security I enjoyed as a student has been violated for my young VT colleagues. We alum are with you, stay strong.

Lisa | April 19, 2007 1:26 PM

My deepest sympathies for you loss. We are all Hokies in spirit and we will prevail!

lometa | April 19, 2007 1:31 PM

I'm so far removed from home at a time when I feel as if my friends need me. Graduating and moving on was the hardest thing I've ever dealt with in my life before Monday, now its helping lift others up while I grieve.

I miss you guys, and you are constantly on my mind.

Chris McCollough | April 19, 2007 1:47 PM

Hokies are teaching the world what love and life truly mean. Thank you for sharing your stories and your emotions. I will continue to pray for your students, your campus, your families and your community. Your stength and love shines through every story I have read and seen on different media stations. Please speak out, seek consolation from friends and family members, and PLEASE know you are NOT alone. God Bless the Hokies!!

Heather | April 19, 2007 1:48 PM

Be Strong don't let one change the life of many more than he already has. We are praying for your school and community.

Vicki | April 19, 2007 2:18 PM

You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
~SUNY Cortland Red Dragons

SUNY Cortland | April 19, 2007 2:28 PM

For Jocelyn, who wrote:

From Chile, I am 17 and abroad...
I dont know what to say but am wondering if there is anything I (or anyone) could do to help besides pray...

What are we going to do to prevent this from happening again? When I asked my older brother what he thought, he said he is suprised this doesnt happen more often. There are lots of crazy people in the world. Please let me know if you can answer this because it is hard not to lose hope when something so horrible like this happens. What God are we praying to who allows such events to take place? I never seem to be able to answer that one.

Posted by Jocelyn | April 17, 2007 5:17 PM

There is hope Jocelyn. There is something we can each do. In fact a few:

We can treat each other as we would like to be treated: with kindness, and with dignity and respect.

We can also remain sensitive, while looking honestly at our world and what we are doing to each other on so many levels. Don't become hard to the plight of others or close your eyes to their suffering.

Students everywhere need to recognize the harm they cause when they denigrate others. Draw the line somewhere, for yourself and your friends.

When a friend or acquaintance is expressing difficulty in coping, or makes any kind of threat to harm themselves or others, encourage them to get help and/or tell someone who can help them.

Finally, don't become de-sensitized to the violence. Walk away from movies and videos that show too much violence or better yet boycott them. Support social programs for the dis-enfranchised and poor, and support gun control.

I know there is hope, no matter what God you pray to, because there is goodness and sensibility in this world. Just be a part of it, and encourage others to be a part as well.

I believe good can come from evil. I know because I experienced this kind of evil 32 years when a fellow student went on a shooting spree at my high school in Brampton, Ontario, killing a student, a teacher and himself, and injuring a dozen others. So much innocence was lost that day, but for me and for many others, we became better people because of it.

Daphne, Toronto Canada | April 19, 2007 2:30 PM

To each and everyone at Virginia Tech our hearts go out to you all. We are praying for each one of you and hope that God will continue to hold you in his hand. May you continue to strive for excellents and understanding during this very sad period in time. We have cried with all of you and will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Go with God and may he continue to Bless Virginia Tech Hookies.
Bill, Kim, and Kelley
Thompson
From Lexington, NC

Kelley Thompson | April 19, 2007 2:34 PM

All VT students, faculty, families, community members, and alumni are in my thoughts and hearts. to all you guys from chicago, Ellesse

Ellesse Teller | April 19, 2007 2:53 PM

i'm not an alumni but my little brother and many many friends are. please know that condolences are coming your way from paris, france. you are all in my prayers.

shannon | April 19, 2007 3:16 PM

Your laws on guns and your educational system, which divides students between "winners" and "losers", caused this tragedy. It is time to review both.
My sincere regards to all those involved.
Barbara, S�o Paulo, Brazil

barbara | April 19, 2007 3:44 PM

All those effected by this senseless tragedy are in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with each and every one of you.

Angel - Texas

Angel | April 19, 2007 4:10 PM

God Bless the VT Community. Stay strong.

brenda | April 19, 2007 4:15 PM

The sadness and shock of these killings will not be forgotten. Although we live in a violent world, when innocent bright human beings get slain and there lives cut very short, it transcends our daily lives in a heartwrenching, tearful manner and we realize how chaotic and unpredictable all our lives are. We cannot stop all the violence that surrounds us, but if we as a society can learn from this tragedy, then maybe lives will be saved in the future. Virginia Tech students and the community can move-on, with each passing sunrise and sunset, those who lost there lives will be laid to rest, but there memories will be kept alive, and there deaths will be a reminder that living is a challenge we sometimes take for granted. We can still strive for a better world if we are willing to try. At the very least, do it for those whose shining light has been extinguished far too soon.

Alan Sveda | April 19, 2007 5:04 PM

Quebec, Canada - My heart is still bleeding for you all. Be strong. The world shares your pain and you are in our thoughts.

chris | April 19, 2007 5:12 PM

sorry for all the people that died or lost any friends or family. its hard to tell how sorry i am for all of the people that died.

they will never be forgoten in this world. <333

Rachel | April 19, 2007 5:26 PM

From one college student to another, may God bring you peace and the strength to press on after this horrific tragedy. Stay focused on your goals and don't let people like this scare you away from pursuing them. To think that this could happen anywhere, anytime... The shooter may seem to be getting all the attention, but it is you who everyone is thinking of and praying for. From the campuses of NWACC & UofA (Razorbacks), God Bless all of you...

Matt Fischer | April 19, 2007 5:33 PM

My heart is hurting for all of you. This makes me very sad and upset. May God bless you and give you the strength and courage to get through these difficult times of loss and sorrow.

Amy - Austin, Tx

Amy | April 19, 2007 5:37 PM

all my prayers go out to the 33 people that died and for the family and friends. its hard to tell you how sad i feel.

the people that died will not be forgoten in this world or the next.

Rachel | April 19, 2007 5:54 PM

all my prayers go out to the 33 people that died and for the family and friends. its hard to tell you how sad i feel.

the people that died will not be forgoten in this world or the next.

Rachel | April 19, 2007 5:54 PM

From Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I am terribly saddened by this tragedy, but I know through God's love you will persevere and overcome ad in turn be strounger.

God Bless.

Lacy | April 19, 2007 6:03 PM

From Florida:
My deepest sympathy to all the families, friends, students, and alumni who are affected by this tragedy. May all these victims never be forgotten!

Christiane | April 19, 2007 6:09 PM

From Charleston,SC:
My heart goes out to all the victims, their families and friends. This tragedy will change all of our lives and touch our hearts forever. GOD BLESS ALL!

alex | April 19, 2007 7:04 PM

Our deepest prayers and thoughts from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. We are all with you.

Derek S | April 19, 2007 7:24 PM

Our deepest prayers and thoughts from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. We are all with you.

Derek S | April 19, 2007 7:24 PM

You have my deepest sympathies. I pray that you find the strength to carry on. I can not imagine the hatred, anger, and fear that you must be feeling. You are in our thoughts here at the University of Oklahoma. Today is the 12 year anniversary of the Murrah building bombing. I remember how terrible that time was for me and I am so very sorry that anyone else has to endure such a horrific event.

Bob | April 19, 2007 7:30 PM

What has happened at your university has moved our campus in so many ways. "May the god who loves us all, hold you in the palm of his hand."-Irish proverb. Our most sincere prayers are with your university and the families of the victoms.

Tiffany, UNLV | April 19, 2007 7:34 PM

Our hearts go out to all of the Hokie Nation during this tragedy. VT is a wonderful community and a shining example of great academics. You are always in our thoughts as you grieve and the healing begins. Stay strong and always look to the future as one.

Jim and Laure Colonno | April 19, 2007 7:34 PM

I grew up in Bluefield and will always be a HOKIE!!!!
My thoughts and prayers are with you all, from Daytona Beach.

dave | April 19, 2007 7:52 PM

From West Chester, Pa.: Our hearts break for all of you. May you eventually find healing, strength, and peace. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we will be wearing orange and maroon tomorrow.

Dianne and Tom Walsh | April 19, 2007 7:58 PM

Virginia raises great people. Read all these lines of thoughts and love from people all over the US and the world. HOKIES are everywhere and where ever we are our hearts unite as one around the globe. VT remember this; WE ARE ALL WITH YOU....our arms stretch many many miles to comfort you, and to those you have lost, they now look over you too, to keep you safe everyday!!!!

dave | April 19, 2007 8:01 PM

i have never been to virgina but for all the people that i know have told me its a great place and when i heard about this horrible happing it just made me think what a shame to hurt inisint people that had no clue what was going on

so to all that were involed my prayers are with you!

Danielle | April 19, 2007 8:11 PM

It Took a while to get to the bottom of this list, but at last...Our thoughts and prayers to all of you touched by this senseless act of insanity. You have reacted WELL, so maturely,so calmly to such catastrophy. I just want you to know I care. So many people truly care! I am from Tifton, Georgia, I have three children who went through college,and Iam with you now in prayer, and in love. Hang in there! You all are a tremendous group of people. With God's help, you will prevail!!!

Barbara Lastinger, Tifton, Ga.

Barbara Lastinger | April 19, 2007 8:20 PM

All of my condolences to all the people left at a loss to the Virginnia Tech Massacre. Australia is thinking about all of you.. No words can describe the pain or make it better but what else can one do..Were thinking about you..
Chins up.

Natalie | April 19, 2007 9:13 PM

to all the people involved i wish you my prayers and hope that it will never happen to anyone else no matter where or when no one should go thhrough such a thing i am very sorry for all that were killed and to their loved ones the same also i cant say how it feels because i dont know but i can imagine how the loved ones feel to loose somone close to you so in my prayers you will be.

whitney | April 19, 2007 9:40 PM

The thoughts and prayers of me and my family are with each and every person affected by this senseless tragedy. May you all be granted strength in this time of sorrow. Your loved ones will never be forgotten.

Maria | April 19, 2007 10:15 PM

Prayers to you from Heath High School in West Paducah, KY. We do know what you are going through and stand with you, unseen

Paula | April 19, 2007 10:33 PM

Deepest sympathies from Great Meadows, NJ. May God bless you, comfort you and provide you with the strength to persevere through these difficult times.

The Vincello Family | April 19, 2007 10:41 PM

From Fort Wayne, IN. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you from the beginning of this unimaginable act. We will continue to pray for each and every person that has been effected escpecially the victims that lost their lives. GOD is with you and will continue to wrap his loving arms around you. GOD BLESS THE HOKIES. You will triumph from this tragedy.

The Langston Family | April 19, 2007 10:54 PM

Our deepest sympathies to you from the people of N.J. We are sorry for your loss, and want you to know you'll Never be alone, and we'll always be with you in Spirit!!!

Ricky | April 19, 2007 11:03 PM

I extend my sincere condolences to the families & friends of all those who lost their lives in this despicable act of violence. My thoughts & prayers go out to those who are recovering from their injuries, and their families, and everyone who has been affected by this tragedy. My family & all of my community are praying for you.

Mary Beth, Manitoba, Canada | April 19, 2007 11:23 PM

Prayer from Emory University:
We will never forget our peers in Virginia. When my cousin, only 30-years-old, died a few months ago, Granny told me that she didn�t know if her tears would ever stop falling. They still haven�t. Some wounds never really heal.
But the days keep moving and eventually, we begin to walk slowly out of tragedy. My prayer is for the families of Virginia Tech�s fallen. But it is also for the coming days when our community and our society will try to understand this tragedy.
This is my prayer:
I pray for a blanket of comfort to rest on the campus of Virginia Tech, right now. I pray that the families and relatives of those 32 students find a shred of divine warmth, sooner rather than later.
I pray that as an Emory community, we meditate, pray, hope or impart our most compassionate thoughts to our peers in Virginia.
I pray that ensuing news coverage is balanced and seeks to inform rather than inflame; that it looks for meaning, rather than blame.
I pray that as an Emory community, we see through the mist of sensationalism and fear, and stand as a voice of reason for the greater good of all.
I see my generation as one capable of unprecedented kindness and love. I pray that as an Emory community, we continue to lead our generation with ethics and compassion.
Tuesday night, at an Emory candlelight vigil, a South Korean student stood up and said he was afraid. He was afraid that the shooter at Virginia Tech was going to ruin things for all South Korean students studying in America. Perhaps he was thinking about the backlash towards Muslim students after Sept. 11.
But Virginia Tech does not need to become an example of a culture clash. As educated people, we are taught to see the foolishness of generalization and false-attribution.
I pray that nobody on this campus feels afraid because of what they look like, or because of the hometown they left to come study at Emory. We must find the courage to unite against the unfounded stereotyping used by some in the aftermath of Sept. 11.
I pray that as an Emory community we embrace the groups whom others would denigrate and through our actions and words, show them they are always safe here.I pray that love and respect permeate this campus to a degree that makes violence impossible.
I pray that anyone on this campus who feels alone, upset, or ostracized, experiences only compassion and love from this day on. We should all be taking care of each other. No Emory student should ever be allowed to be a loner.
We are more than students and collectively, we are part of living, breathing whole. The person with few friends feels just as much as the person with countless friends. And we are all capable of feeling like nobody cares about us. We cannot let this isolation happen on our campus.
Tragedies can show us that we are all responsible for one another. I pray that as an Emory community, we take responsibility for one another, now more than ever before.

Drew Harbur | April 19, 2007 11:29 PM

May God be with you all. We will all meet again, soon. Be not afraid for He is risen.

David Tongay | April 19, 2007 11:39 PM

To the families who suffered loss or hurt of their loved ones, I pray for renewal of your hope, and strength to move forward. With sincerest condolences from Los Altos, California.

katherine | April 20, 2007 12:23 AM

My condolences from LSU.
Time heals all wounds, unfortunately scars remain.
Everyone at LSU and around the nation are praying for you.
We love you all and will see you this fall for the football game.
Until then,
God Bless

Sarah | April 20, 2007 12:29 AM

May the angels carry these 32 innocent people to the bossom of our Lord. Eternal rest grant unto you.

Mary- Torrance, CA | April 20, 2007 12:42 AM

OH.. WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN? I DID NOT TAKE THE PLEASURE IN KNOWING ANY OF YOU, BUT I WISH I HAD. THIS WAS SENSELESS AND IT SHOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED. TO ALL AFFECTED BY THIS, I WANT TO EXTEND MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES. MAY YOU ALL REST PEACEFULLY IN GOD'S LOVING ARMS THROUGHOUT ETERNITY. YOU ARE FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS. GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN. NEVER. AND TO THE ONES WHO ARE FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES, WE ARE PRAYING THAT ALL WILL BE OKAY. GOD BLESS EVERY VICTIM, FAMILY AND FRIEND AFFECTED BY THIS. AMANDA, FAMILY,& FRIENDS

AMANDA OPPELT | April 20, 2007 12:49 AM

My prayers have been with the Virgina Tech Family since the beginning and will continue. My deepest heartfelt sympathy is extended to the families who lost loved ones. May God give you all peace, soon! From a University of Houston Graduate Student--Ingrid

Ingrid Montgomery | April 20, 2007 2:05 AM

Just wanted to say you are all in our prayers and will always be on our minds in Amarillo Tx, in the aftermath of this horrible tragedy.

Michael Green | April 20, 2007 3:39 AM

From Germany...
all our thoughts and tears are floating across the ocean, uniting us with the Hokie- Community, as we mourn the innocents death.

Virginia Tech might be covered by the official media-
but your resources are far more important, as it is the soul and heart of VT, speaking to us through this Site!

My heartfelt condolonces go out to each and every one of you Hokies.
This tragedy is not only sensless but most of all shocking.
As time moves forward, the shattered hearts might stay aside and wonder...

I hope that your wonderful Community, which I was glad to visit in 1999, stays as caring, loving and respecting towards each others needs as it has always been.

Since days, there are flickr.com memorials and condolences towards the Hokie- Nation, which you might find helpful to cope.

Feel embraced by your European University- colleagues and be assured, we are ONE Hokie- Nation these days.

Praying-
Laura

Laura | April 20, 2007 5:26 AM

Such light and promise from such beautiful people...our best and brightest. Wtih overwhelming tears we hold you all in our hears. From Lafayette, Colorado.

Kristin Shewfelt | April 20, 2007 8:36 AM

Go! Hokies Go!
We shine brightest when things seem darkest!

Bob and Margaret Gilbert Class of '88 and '89 | April 20, 2007 9:19 AM

From Australia: Our prayers, thoughts and sympathies are with you all at VT community

Eve | April 20, 2007 9:39 AM

My heart goes out to all the family and friends who lost a loved one. I hope it comforts you to know that you have many friends here in Canada who were devastated over this senseless tragedy and we are praying with you.

Karen | April 20, 2007 9:53 AM

From New York City: My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jill | April 20, 2007 10:05 AM

To the victims and their families, and ALL of Virginia Tech:
You are in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are yours. Stay strong.

Meagan Schroeder (Class of '03) | April 20, 2007 10:05 AM

As the mother of a student at VA Tech, I have been overwhelmed by feelings of deep gratitude for the safety of my daughter and filled with sadness for the parents of the children who were killed on Monday. The simple act of buying apples reduced me to tears on Tuesday when I found myself searching though the rows of apples for my daughter�s favorite kind even though she is still at school. Thinking of our children is such an unconscious part of our being and doing that I was struck with thought of grieving parents doing everyday things like buying apples and then realizing that with their child gone, the brand of apple no longer mattered.

My thoughts and prayers go out to each family. It is all too sad for words.

Elizabeth ( Miranda's Mom)

Elizabeth Harper | April 20, 2007 10:18 AM

weeping ... just cannot stop weeping today

Tom | April 20, 2007 10:30 AM

From Australia - God Bless You all and may we all find strength deep inside to help everyone get through this terrible tragedy. Keep strong. The world is with you. God Bless and Keep You all Safe. x x x x x

Michelle | April 20, 2007 10:31 AM

We're flying our "Hokie" car flag and banner here in Port Charlotte, Florida.
Former Roanoker's we have been life long VT fans. Our hearts break for you. May you find strength in your grief. Our most deepest sympathies and loving prayers to you all.

Debbie & Rick Sexton | April 20, 2007 10:52 AM

My deepest condolences. Our prayers are with you at Fordham University in NYC.

Charles Kolenik | April 20, 2007 10:53 AM

There are no words to adequately express the sorrow we all feel. My daughter is a tech graduate as well as a current graduate student, both she and my son are employees of VT. As a parent I weep tears of relief that my own children are safe and at the same time I shed tears of sorrow for the victims and their parents and families as well as the VT "family" as a whole.
Today we are all Hokies and will get through this dark time together and tomorrow the sun will shine and we will find peace together!!

Barbara Sorensen-Jetters | April 20, 2007 10:56 AM

Everyone IS Virginia Tech this week. Our thoughts and prayers are with you from here in Iowa.

Beverly | April 20, 2007 11:22 AM

When I heard about this horrific tragedy I was SHOCKED!.I will keep the VT community in my prayers!.May God Be with the VT students and victims' families!.GOD BLESS VT!!.<3

Keyanna | April 20, 2007 11:29 AM

This incident hurt many and i want all of THE VT population to keep God and your lives. YEs I kno that u wont forget about it ... No one will. But Kepp ur heads up and kno that billions of people our prayer for you.. Luv everyone and GOD BLESS!!!!!!

Jazmine | April 20, 2007 11:32 AM

Virginia Tech students have shown the world the meaning of courage, community, and compassion. He was one; you are many, and you are the hope of the world.

In your honor I will do my best to remember, every minute of every day, that each human encounter offers us the chance to help heal the world, or add to its pain.

Heaven bless and protect you all.

Kathy | April 20, 2007 11:38 AM

You are all in my families hearts..My deepest sympathies..

KIm Salandanan | April 20, 2007 12:10 PM

You are all in my families hearts..My deepest sympathies..

KIm Salandanan | April 20, 2007 12:11 PM

You are all in my families hearts..My deepest sympathies..

KIm Salandanan | April 20, 2007 12:11 PM

To all the students and Staff of Virginia tech I want you all to know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers everyday! What happened to you was horrible and should have never happened. But what hurts us only makes us stronger. And you have shown the nation how strong you truly are. Keep your head and tomorrow will dawn a new and better horizon. God Bless you and Stay strong!

Erin from Dayton Ohio

Erin Pack | April 20, 2007 12:20 PM

to those who lost friends and loved ones: let�s remember and honor them, the way we know they would like and let�s pray for the crazy minds and lost souls, that caused all this pain

pedro a m s david | April 20, 2007 12:30 PM

To all those affected by this cowardly & senseless act, you are in my thoughts & prayers. Hopefully, somehow, someway, Cho will get his just due. My condolensces to all those hurt by this sick act of violence.

Rich K | April 20, 2007 1:07 PM

Keeping all the students and families of Virginia Tech in prayers at this difficult time.

Joanne | April 20, 2007 1:41 PM

As a UVA grad with two brothers, a sister, a brother-in-law and numerous friends who attended Tech, I want to express my sincere condolences to the universal Hokie Nation. I have many special memories of times spent on your wonderful campus and still feel shocked and saddened by Monday's tragic events. May God comfort your pain and loss.

Michael Grant | April 20, 2007 2:21 PM

From Spain, my sincere condolences and deepest heartfelt sympathy to all those affected by this heartwrenching, senseless tragedy. In many ways, it has left all of us emotionally scarred, struggling to understand a world in which these things can happen. Until we become better at loving and comforting each and every person hungering for happiness, would more stringent gun control not prevent these terrible losses?
May the world's outpouring of compassion somehow help you in speeding the healing.

Susan | April 20, 2007 2:30 PM

Thoughts and prayers are with you from a fellow Virginian now living in Texas. I spent many weekends visiting my friends in Blacksburg when I was in college many years ago. This has affected me very deeply especially now that my own children are in college.
It is such a tragedy. Such a waste of so many precious lives.

Jane | April 20, 2007 2:49 PM

I am so sorry for the hurt that this tragedy has brought to all involved. There is so much sympathy and love being expressed by individuals near and far. I can only hope that this will show that there are still kind and compassionate people in this world in which we live. My heart goes out to you and I will keep each of you in my prayers.

Jackie B. | April 20, 2007 3:01 PM

I am so terribly sorry that you have to go through this. I pray that God encompasses you with His love and helps all to heal.

Janice K. | April 20, 2007 3:21 PM

I am so terribly sorry that you have to go through this. I pray that God encompasses you with His love and helps all to heal.

Janice K. | April 20, 2007 3:21 PM

From the doctoral students and all of the members of Cornell University, I rejoice in the beauty of the lives of the 32 innocent victims and their families and friends and cry with them in their sorrow. The events of April 16th remind us all of the fragility of goodness. Blacksburg could have been Ithaca and that compounds the sense of loss in two of the safest spaces for learning on the planet. You are not alone: a nation and the world share in our grief.

Alexei | April 20, 2007 4:19 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who lost someone special. R.I.P. to all those lost in this horrible tragedy.

Daniel Ballou | April 20, 2007 4:22 PM

I'm sorry for your loss. Hope you recover. God bless:)

Shaunie | April 20, 2007 4:43 PM

sorry for the thing that happened to your school. hope eberything gets better.

Chantelle C. | April 20, 2007 4:46 PM

I am so sorry for the loss of Virginia Tech. My thoughts are with the families and friends who lost their loved ones. God bless <3

Chandler | April 20, 2007 4:49 PM

i can't express my condolences enough i words and i am very sorry for all the loved ones that died....

Karley Ichihara | April 20, 2007 4:51 PM

I'm sorry for the tragedy that happened recently.God Bless all of you.

Kimberly | April 20, 2007 4:58 PM

I am so sorry for your lost of friends and teachers. I offer my condolences to you in my prayers. God Bless!!!

Niki | April 20, 2007 5:00 PM

first my prayers and thougts are sent to anyone who is greiving through this horrible nightmare. I have lost 5 friends in the past 2 years but to lose a daughter or son i know would be unbearable. when i think of this many songs come to mind. one being a prayer

CAN YOU HEAR THE PRAYER OF THE CHILDREN,
ON BENDED KNEE,
IN THE SHADOW OF AN UNKNOWN ROOM.

EMPTY EYES WITH NO MORE TEARS TO CRY,
TURNING HEAVENWARD TOWARDS THE LIGHT.


CRYING JESUS HELP ME TO FEEL THE LOVE AGAIN,
IN MY OWN LAND,
FOR WHEN UNKNOWN ROADS LEAD AWAY FROM HOME,
GIVE ME LOVING ARMS,
AWAY FROM HARM.

CAN YOU HEAR THE PRAYER OF THE CHILDREN.

ALL OF GODS CHILDREN WILL CONTINUE TO BE IN PRAYER FOR ALL THE VICTIMS. WE ARE ALL CRYING FOR JESUS TO HELP. AND I KNOW EVERY ONE OF THOSE PRAYERS WILL BE ANSWERED. I KNOW THIS HAS TOUCHED SO MANY LIVES AND THERE WILL BE MANY STORIES TOLD. JUST REMEMBER GOD IS IN CONTROL AND HE FEELS OUR PAIN AND LOVES US ALL AS HIS CHILDREN.

stacey | April 20, 2007 5:01 PM

Tarheel born and bred but today I proudly wear the maroon and orange as today with the rest of the world I am a Hokie. Please know that you are held in our thoughts and prayers. May peace fill you, love surround you and may we all take the opportunity granted us today and everyday to share our light and love with the world.

Janet | April 20, 2007 5:02 PM

I'm sorry to hear of your tragic loss...I hope that the support of your friends and family help you through this sad time. God Bless!!

Kayla | April 20, 2007 5:04 PM

I offer my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the poeple lost in the shooting.

drew | April 20, 2007 5:06 PM

sorry for the loss of your loved ones. hope everything will be alright. god bless

heather | April 20, 2007 5:10 PM

I know how it feels to lose a loved one, its really hard and you never want to go through it again. Dont let it keep you down. God Bless.

Tyler | April 20, 2007 5:13 PM

I know how it feels to lose a loved one, its really hard and you never want to go through it again. Dont let it keep you down. God Bless.

Tyler | April 20, 2007 5:14 PM

Sorry about what happened on April 16. i hope you will know that they are going to be okay.

Shanelle | April 20, 2007 5:17 PM

Sorry about what happened on April 16. i hope you will know that they are going to be okay.

Shanelle | April 20, 2007 5:17 PM

i am deeply sorry for the pain that the whole student body of Virginia Tech University had to go through.my thoughts and prayers go out to all.hokies pride live on.

Travis | April 20, 2007 5:21 PM

My condolences to the families,friends, staff members and the town of Blacksburg, Va. What a shame all these lives where taken. It was senseless.
May God Bless You, one and all.

Diane | April 20, 2007 5:23 PM

I may not feel the pain that you are going through but I sympathize through the tragedy that you have went through. I will pray for you at Vt and I will never forget what your community has lost during that tragedy. YOu have my prayers and hopes that you guys will recover and never forget the lost you suffered.

Kendrick Go | April 20, 2007 5:26 PM

i am sorry for what happened at your school. sorry for those studentswho lost their lives trying to get out and to the professer who lost his life trying to save them.

jon | April 20, 2007 5:29 PM

I am so sorry for what happened.I think that it was unfair that those people lossed their lives that day.I will pray for all of you.

Jalen | April 20, 2007 5:33 PM

My condolences to the families, the friends, staff members, and the whole community of Blacksburg. It was a senseless act.My prayers go out to you all. May God Bless You All as you grieve. Diane From Apex, NC

Diane | April 20, 2007 5:39 PM

I am so very sorry for what has happened to you and your school. I sympathyze for you and your lost loved ones. They truly did not deserve what that gunman did to them. It was not your fault that your family and friends were lost that day, it was the gunman's. I feel for you and know for myself what it is like to lose a loved one. However, your loved one have not been forgotten. They are now in heaven the God, watching over you all. May God bless you, that he will help you for this tragic incident.

Dylan | April 20, 2007 5:39 PM

Stay strong and comfort one another. VT is in my thoughts and prayers.

Suzie K | April 20, 2007 5:39 PM

I am sorry for what happened at your school. I hpoe nothing like this ever happens againat your school. I am praying for those who lost their lives. May god watch over you all.

Chris | April 20, 2007 5:44 PM

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with everyone out at VT and the families.

Santa Clara, California

The Micle Family | April 20, 2007 5:45 PM

im like super duper sorry for the unfortunate event that had occured. just know that lots of people are trying to help make this as a better situation. n just know that you will always be remembered.

zoe | April 20, 2007 5:48 PM

I'm sorry that this tragic event happened, & I'm sorry that all those innocent lives were lost.

This event affected many people, including myself. Those people whose lives were taken that day will always be in my heart. I will always remember them.

Just remember that they are in a happy place in heaven, & that they are watching over you. Take care & God bless.

Mae | April 20, 2007 5:53 PM

I am very sorry for what had happen at Virgina Tech. God bless you all.

matthew hee | April 20, 2007 6:01 PM

When I first set foot on Tech's campus during my Senior year of high school I knew that I'd found somewhere special. To this day it is the one place that I truly call "home". The strength of the students, faculty, and staff this week make me prouder than ever to be a Hokie. Stay strong, we will not let this define us.

John Sharpe - class of '91

John Sharpe | April 20, 2007 6:24 PM

To all of those who have lost friends, brothers, sisters, children, classmates, and teachers, my deepest sympathies and heartfelt sorrow go out to you. This has been a terrible week of grieving for all of us. May the Hokie spirit live on and grow stronger through this experience. God bless Blacksburg and the special place it holds in all Hokie hearts!

Anthony Copper
VT Class of 2000
Greenville, SC

Anthony | April 20, 2007 6:34 PM

I cannot begin to imagine the pain and suffering everyone at VT and their community must feel right now. My heartfelt condolences go out to everyone and their families. This is such a tragedy! We hold you all in our hearts and we pray everyday for everyone who has lossed someone. We are all standing by you, and we hope that each and everyone of you can find the strenth and the courage to continue through life and be the best you can be. Again, we are so sorry for everyone's loss. You are in our hearts and in our prayers. God Bless you all!

Stephanie | April 20, 2007 6:43 PM

No words can express the amount of saddness. No picture can frame all the emotions. No one will ever be able to embody all that is needed to be said, felt, changed. My heart is with you at this time, filled with the wonder that I see as a group you unite as one to overcome this sensless tragic event. You will survive and thrive, after all you are children of God. God bless you and hold you close.

Cyndi DeMore | April 20, 2007 6:46 PM

On TV this week I've watched the expressions on your faces, heard your words, watched you console one another. I've seen photo's of those who died. Remember that your family and friends are in a wonderful place surrounded by the love of Jesus. May your faith in him help you through this period of time. Nothing can take away the memories in your heart. Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 - there is a time for everything. Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. Love lives. Don't let this tragedy destroy yours. I could hug each of you, and weep with you. I feel immensely sad, but then I see the smiles on the photos and know these were happy people in the prime of their lives. God Bless each of you.

CJ in NC | April 20, 2007 7:54 PM

I offer my condolences... this has been very tragic and sad.
To all families and friends of victims, Va. Tech students,all that are concerned, be strong!

Ifyani | April 20, 2007 8:04 PM

All the parents of college kids all over the world share the grief felt by the families of VT. Our arms ache, too, for the sons and daughters who will never come home. With prayers from Maryland.

JB | April 20, 2007 9:13 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and those who were injured. Let's not forget to pray for the police, fire dept and rescue squads that responded. Only God will get us through this. Today we are all Hokies.

Stacie | April 20, 2007 9:45 PM

I think of you all every day of this week. I want you know that Quebecors feel concerned about what you pass through. Vous avez toute ma sympathie.
Lucie Dubois, Verdun (Qu�bec) CANADA

Lucie Dubois | April 20, 2007 9:50 PM

to San4135 - your comments are very disturbing. I hope you realize the magnitude of your comments and seek professional help. On the other hand, maybe you are simply nothing more than a thrill seeker on a platform during this time of sorrow. You need to fall on your knees and pray. Ask for forgivness and guidance. Your comments have insulted the friends and families of those killed. Have you no remorse? May God have mercy upon your soul.

CJ in NC | April 20, 2007 11:31 PM

I wish to express my sympathy to all of the victim's families and friends who are experiencing unimaginable grief. There will never will be enough answers to explain such senseless loss of lives. We also should think of Cho's family in their time of grief and anguish as they are tormented by the knowledge that their family member committed this horrific crime.

I will pray for you all just as many others across the world are doing also. God Bless!

Angela Murray | April 21, 2007 12:16 AM

My sinceresty sympathies to all that have perished in this tragic event. My heart and prayers goes out to all of the families and friends of the victims and to everyone at Virginia Tech. God bless.

David-Bejing | April 21, 2007 1:56 AM

From all of us here in NC, to all of you, The Tarheel Nation Proudly stands with you through this time of sorrow and grief. We shed tears right along beside you, and will continue to hold your hands. Now is the time to trust in Jesus, for he is the one that heals all wounds with time.He will be with you always, never to forsake you. Today we The Tarheel Nation trade our Carolina Blue for Hokie Maroon. When you look inside your hearts and souls, you will find that your Hokie Spirit is Alive and Well, and you, The Hokie Nation WILL RISE AGAIN! God Bless You All.

Wayne | April 21, 2007 2:10 AM

Ok, this is what we have to do: we have to establish an Alienation Scale, from 1 to 100. If a person is a 1 they are perfectly in stride, in tune with mainstream American culture. They dream the American dream, love football and baseball, have blindingly white, straight teeth, never miss "American Idol", and all that. A 100 is total alienation. A 100 sneers inwardly, bares his spiritual canines, at the sight of a bunch of laughing, upwardly mobile young rah-rah Americans. He wants to spit whenever he hears somebody launching into "Oh say can you see by the dawn's early light". Yes, he thinks 9/11 was kinda cool and secretly hopes the Islamofascists manage to do something even worse... Now, a number 1 on the Alienation Scale is a little sickening. That degree of conformity is strangely disturbing and will probably lead to a lousy, empty life. But they are certainly no threat. A number 25 is just about right. This is a person who uses his/her critical capacities and will most likely apply that intelligence to improving the structure and tone of society, or at least his/her little corner of it... Then we come to the people in the 90s. Cho was maybe a 98. If you cross the path of someone in the 90s, it's hard to say what you should do. If this country didn't have such a woefully poor social services system, the obvious thing would be to try to get this person "professional help". But we all know deep inside that current-day psychiatry is a crock. The "therapy" and medications it offers are primitive and almost purely ineffective. So what then? The only answer is to remove that person. Just how I can't say at the moment. But in the wake of Oklahoma City, Columbine and Virginia Tech, it's clear that people off to the extreme side of the Alienation Scale need to be immediately neutralized. Think it over.

Jim Leeds, NJ, USA | April 21, 2007 3:08 AM

I am so deeply saddened by your loss and wanted to express my heartfelt condolences. Thirty-two precious lives were cut short by one senseless, violent act. The world is a darker place without them. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, including Cho's family who must be living a complete nightmare knowing it was their own flesh and blood who did this. I would not want to be them.

May God bless and comfort you during this difficult time - the whole world mourns with you.

Jill - Foothill Ranch, CA | April 21, 2007 4:41 AM

i whould liek to pay my respect to all thouse who died i am truley sorry for the people had died over in the U.S.A i am from eglad the uk soo seen it all over the NEWS i am 13 years of age and get all of this and i just wonted to pay my respect and all soo say i am sorry to the people who are alive who have lost the love ones or ther friend thats all love allways

leanne | April 21, 2007 5:03 AM

from northern ireland sending my love

susan | April 21, 2007 5:46 AM

May God grant you the peace that only He can and may time ease your pain. To all touched by this terrible act, please know that the world mourns with you

Ann - Florida | April 21, 2007 7:19 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I hope you find comfort and see the light at the end of this dark tunnel in time.
<3

Natasha - University College Cork, Ireland | April 21, 2007 9:13 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Please know that time does ease all pain. We will never forget but we will start to heal mentally and physically with time. This is truly one of the sadest times in my life. This does not make sense and never will no matter how much we may try to find answers. There are none. Some things in life are just not meant to be understood but do make us stronger through forgiveness and healing. Love to all the VT families. My heart truly does hurt for you and all that you are going through.

Marsha, Wytheville Virginia | April 21, 2007 9:59 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families, friends, alumni and victims of this terrible act of violence. God has your loved ones wrapped in His arms, and they are all looking down on each and every one of you. You will prevail. You will get through this. You are Hokies. We are all Hokies.

God Bless...You are in the worlds prayers forever and always

Cat Spahn | April 21, 2007 10:09 AM

I just want to say to all of you "be strong and hold your heads high" i know its not easy going through what you all did, losing friends and teachers is not easy at all but i want VIRGINIA TECH to know that i am thinking about you all everyday and that i will continue to pray for each and everyone of you. I did not go to Virginia Tech i feel like you guys need all the love and support and prayers you need.. may god bless you all

Monica Hall | April 21, 2007 10:51 AM

In thinking about the often overused cliche of "they are in a better place" I realized it WAS true, but for a different reason...That "place" IS BETTER NOW, better than before, because of all the new souls, bright lights, recently added from Virginia Tech.
You are all in our prayers.

jack and robin ryan | April 21, 2007 12:17 PM

To those who lost their lives while pursuing their dreams, you were taken away from us too soon. May you rest in peace and forever live in our hearts. You will never be forgotten. God Bless the families and friends of the nation's victims. May time and patience heal your wounds.
Alpha Gam Love and Mine....from this day forward, we are all Hookies.

Michelle -- Santa Fe NM | April 21, 2007 12:28 PM

First of all, my deepest sympathys go out to you in everything that you're dealing with. There is no way i can imaine how much pain you are in. Secondly, God bless you, god bless in you in this time of shock, pain, and anger. He will lead you through this if you let him. Thirdly, I am supporting you from Indiana. I will continnue to wear my "VA" button, as well as pray for you all. Lastly, i hope that we can all learn somethting positive from this truly horrific tragedy. Stay strong in faith,love, each other, and God.-Annie, 13

Annie | April 21, 2007 1:42 PM

Our hearts have been broken watching you grieve the loss of your friends. I wish there was something to say to make this better, but we all know there isn't. Your love of your school and your pride in that school came through to everyone who was watching. I pray that you don't lose that love and pride and that your anguish doesn't turn bitter. VT is a fine school and you should continue to be proud of the school and all of its students. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you in the coming weeks and months as you continue to recover from this unspeakable act. ....I am with you, be not dismayed....Isaiah 41:10.

Sandra and Kenneth Williams | April 21, 2007 2:00 PM

I grieve with you. My sympathy is with you also. My tears are with you. Nothing can explain this horrible tragedy.

Angela R | April 21, 2007 3:03 PM

From Northwest Ohio, I send my heartfelt sympathy to the friends, family and to the entire community of Virginia Tech that was affected by this tragic event. I pray that with time the wounds begin to heal and you all find peace.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Beth

Beth | April 21, 2007 3:07 PM

"If you're going through hell, keep going." - Winston Churchill

You will get through this. The thoughts and prayers of the world are with you.

"The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief." - William Shakespeare

With love from New York . . . God bless you.

Jessica - NY, USA | April 21, 2007 3:48 PM

from all the students here at Biola University in California, we grieve and are broken for all the lives that were taken and we pray for healing and comfort during this painful time for all the families and friends of the victims. The Lord mourns and grieves with you. May he comfort and strengthen you during this time.

kelsi | April 21, 2007 3:58 PM

I JUST DO NOT UNDERSTAND... WHILE WE ARE VICITMISED BY THE SENSELESS SHOOTING OF 33 INNOCENT PEOPLE, WHY DO WE NOW HAVE TO BE VICTIMISED YET AGAIN BY REPEATED PHOTO'S OF THE GUNMAN..???
IS THAT REAL JOURNALISM OR JUST A SENSATIONAL NEWS STORY THAT WILL SELL THE PAPER? CAN YOU NOW LEAVE THE FAMILIES AND STUDENTS AT V.T. ALONE TO DEAL WITH THIS & WHY IS THE MEDIA ALLOWED TO CAPITALISE ON SOMEONE ELSES MISFORTUNE, AND MAKE MONEY DOING SO?
TO THOSE WHO LOST SOMEONE NEAR AND DEAR, I APOLOGISE FOR SUCH ATTACK ON YOUR PERSONAL AND PRIVATE LIVES...KEEP THE MOMORIES STRONG...

TO THE COMMUNITY OF V.T., WHO LOST FRIENDS FAMILY, AND LOVED ONES...JESUS LOVES THEM VERY MUCH AND LOVES YOU TOO.. DO NOT FORGET THAT..I KNOW IT IS GOING TO BE HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT IN TIME, YOU WILL SEE..JESUS IS THE SAME...YESTERDAAY,TODAY AND FOREVER!!
LOVE,HUGZ, AND BLESSINGS OF HEALING AND FAITH FROM DEEP SOUTH TEXAS..

TamB | April 21, 2007 4:11 PM

I JUST DO NOT UNDERSTAND... WHILE WE ARE VICITMISED BY THE SENSELESS SHOOTING OF 33 INNOCENT PEOPLE, WHY DO WE NOW HAVE TO BE VICTIMISED YET AGAIN BY REPEATED PHOTO'S OF THE GUNMAN..???
IS THAT REAL JOURNALISM OR JUST A SENSATIONAL NEWS STORY THAT WILL SELL THE PAPER? CAN YOU NOW LEAVE THE FAMILIES AND STUDENTS AT V.T. ALONE TO DEAL WITH THIS? WHY IS THE MEDIA ALLOWED TO CAPITALISE ON SOMEONE ELSES MISFORTUNE, AND MAKE MONEY DOING SO?

TO THE COMMUNITY OF V.T., WHO LOST FRIENDS FAMILY, AND LOVED ONES...JESUS LOVES THEM VERY MUCH AND LOVES YOU TOO.. DO NOT FORGET THAT..I KNOW IT IS GOING TO BE HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT IN TIME, YOU WILL SEE..JESUS IS THE SAME...YESTERDAAY,TODAY AND FOREVER!!

TamB | April 21, 2007 4:15 PM

I am touched by the e-mails coming from around the world, my son is a VT sophmore and was there that day, it strikes a very personal note knowing he saw what happened and a feeling that will never go away that he could have been one of them. It is not an experience nor memory that I wish anyone to carry.

Rick | April 21, 2007 4:27 PM

Many of us at the University of Maryland Baltimore County wore our Hokie maroon and orange yesterday; all of us feel your sadness and have faith in your resilience. One tiny plus to all this horror is that your fine institution is being showcased for the nation. We are proud to be honorary Hokies.

Nancy of Columbia, Maryland | April 21, 2007 4:38 PM

Tears and prayers and a wish for strength from God to all the students, families, and community and everyone else affected and touched by this tragic event. May you have the ability to heal and move forward from this.

Tina | April 21, 2007 4:43 PM

my thoughts are with you all during this hard time. remember that we're all here for you.

drew olanoff | April 21, 2007 5:12 PM

MAY GOD EASE THE PAIN FOR ALL AFFECTED.

Ruth Krasner | April 21, 2007 5:32 PM

"It only hurts for a little while. So they tell me, so they say..."

Dennis Daggs | April 21, 2007 5:41 PM

From all the students at Plattsburgh State Univ. and Clinton Community College here in plattsburgh New York we send our prayers and thoughts to all the VT community and to all the families.

All The Students AT PSU AND CCC | April 21, 2007 5:41 PM

As a mother of two sons, with one away in college, I want to express my deepest sympathy not only to all Hokies around the globe but especially to the mothers who now have to bury their children. I grieve with you and pray to the virgin Mary, Mother of God, that she will help you find peace on earth.

I am so sorry for all your losses.

DAK | April 21, 2007 5:44 PM

From an American living in Singapore, words can not express how deeply saddened I am by this horrific ordeal. Every time I read a story about it I have to cry for the victims and their families. While I've never been against the right to own guns before, after living in Singapore for 5 years where guns are banned I'm starting to wonder... To all of you living in the midst of this nightmare, I pray for God to one day give you hope again.

mfs | April 21, 2007 5:54 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to you all affected by this immense tragedy.

Are hearts go out to you all.

Matt Campbell | April 21, 2007 5:56 PM

Surrond Me With Your Light

Surrond me with your light, Jesus, and penetrate the very depths of my being with that light. Let there remain no areas of darkness in me or in my family members,but transform our whole being with the healing light of your love. Open me completately to receive your love, Jesus. Thank you for being our family healer and my personal healer.

Valerie Bosworth | April 21, 2007 6:44 PM

Surrond Me With Your Light

Surrond me with your light, Jesus, and penetrate the very depths of my being with that light. Let there remain no areas of darkness in me or in my family members,but transform our whole being with the healing light of your love. Open me completately to receive your love, Jesus. Thank you for being our family healer and my personal healer.

Valerie Bosworth | April 21, 2007 6:46 PM

HokieNation is strong and will survive 4/16/07. There is no greater University. Go Hokies!

David Holthaus | April 21, 2007 6:55 PM

So horrible.

ben | April 21, 2007 6:56 PM

I know exactly what all of you have been going through;before,during and after this terrible tragedy. As a Dawson College 2nd year student, I never expected that my school would be targeted by a mad man "Kimveer Gill." the morning i got up and ready for school, for me it was just another day at "the offic." The usual day that involves stressing bout school work, making classes, and studying for mid-terms. I NEVER could have anticipated any of it, and you CAN'T do anything about it, or blame yourselves for anything. Denial set in for me after the reality struck me, and it will for you too. Thoughts will run through your head playing over and over "if i can go back, i'd jump the shooter, or attacke him." and i did think about this a lot. Through the last 6 months, i have been feeling better emotionally and psychologically through talking about it with my teachers, and peers. the WORST thing to do is keep all your thoughts, and emotions bottled up inside. TALK to ppl, it's all apart of the healing process. After the tragedy at Vtech, I never thought I'd be so affected by it, but I am. I have a emotional connection with the incident as I lived through it myself. It's something that I'll/you'll have to live with the rest of your life. Whether you were there at the time, or not, everyone is affected differently. AGAIN if traumatic psychologists' are on scene and offering coping sessions, TAKE them. It's the best decission i ever made.
Now is the time to be close with your family, and friends, and to mourn the losses. but don't blame yourself for any of this. There's really nothin gyou can do in the heat of the moment.
One thing i'll never forget is when Kimveer entered the middle atrium, and shots were fired, no one panicked as we all thought it was a prop gun or something. When ppl began to get hit, reality struck in, and that very moment ppl i didnt even know, everyone was helping each other. EVERYONE became on "power" an emotional drive..the drive to survive, its very overpowering, and hard to explain. Like when the moment hits you and ur in a situation of life and death, the adrenaline, and just that feeling is very strong.
I appologize if i am goin into detail of what happened at my school, liek i said it just feels right to tlk about it..
thank you all for your time, god bless and stay strong. With love,

Anthony Dowhan

Anthony Dowhan | April 21, 2007 7:36 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with all affected by this tragedy.

Christina | April 21, 2007 7:53 PM

May the Lord bless all those affected by this horrible event. My heart is broken and I mourn for the losses of so many bright lives.

Michael Moriarty | April 21, 2007 9:03 PM

I cry every time I think of the candle-light memorial and the moment of silence at blacksburg. Move forward. Work for peace.

ckarat | April 21, 2007 9:45 PM

No tengo palabras para expresar el horror que me produce este lamentable hecho.
Mis condolecias para las familias de los estudiantes absurdamente asesinados.
Chile

Jose Henriquez | April 21, 2007 10:11 PM

this is for san4135 who posted at 6:50 p.m. You have added nothing new since this same posting yesterday evening at 11 p.m. Since that posting has disappeared it is my feverent hope that you are being censored. No one in their right mind would think such thoughts much less post them. You have your 15 min. of fame. Be considerate san4135. I hope you never have to walk in their footsteps. I will say again to you... pray hard! Ask for forgiveness or you will not be forgiven by our Lord Jesus Christ. Soften your heart so that you may find beauty. I pray for you and hope that your life isn't as miserable as you want us to believe. Smile - Jesus loves you too.

CJ in NC | April 21, 2007 11:31 PM

All The Way From Hawaii..I Send My Deepest Heartfelt prayers to the victims and Vtech community..May G od Bless You All And Keep You Safe...

Melissa | April 21, 2007 11:53 PM

I think it is terrible and I too as a university student from University of Western Ontario do mourn over the horrific losses. My heart goes out to all of you and especially the professors who tried to help Cho. His way of becoming a coward was killing himself.

Bryan Muzylowsky | April 21, 2007 11:56 PM

I think it is terrible and I too as a university student from University of Western Ontario do mourn over the horrific losses. My heart goes out to all of you and especially the professors who tried to help Cho. His way of becoming a coward was killing himself.

Bryan Muzylowsky | April 21, 2007 11:56 PM

What a tragic event? Canada is mourning with you over the loss of a beautiful french teacher. God Bless Rest well Prof. Librescu. What a hero?

Bryan Muzylowsky | April 21, 2007 11:59 PM

To the victims: I looked at every one of your pictures, ready every one of your bios. Such sweet faces, such aspirations, such bravery. Rest peacefully. To the families of the victims: Know that your loved ones are thought of, prayed for and that you are as well. To the shooter: I'm sorry for your pain, the pain that drove you to evil actions. We will try to forgive, but can never forget. The gift we will take from you is a lesson, one that teaches us to tolerate, to care and to help when we can. Your victims gave their lives for this lesson. I hope that it doesn't go unlearned.

Rachael | April 22, 2007 12:00 AM

I'm so so sorry.

Donna R | April 22, 2007 1:16 AM

I wish I could say something profound. Be strong and don't try to make sense of this tragedy. It happened and you must keep going. It breaks my heart that you all no longer have a sense of security. Talk when you need to, be quiet when you want to, but always embrace your family and friends. We admire your courage and grieve for you loses. I cannot begin the explain how sad I am for the victims families. My thoughts and prayers to everyone.

Beth | April 22, 2007 1:17 AM

i, along with the rest of you nation, grieve for your indescribeable loss. I just wanted to send all of you affected by the virigina tragedy some special prayers. may you find comfort in knowing that you are in my prayers, and that one day you will see your loved ones in heaven. May god bless you always!!
-with much love
jackie from texas

jackie | April 22, 2007 1:35 AM

Ceci est une trag�die horrible qui peut ou n'a pas pu �tre �vitable. Il n'y a pas de fa�on pour �tre s�re. De ma compr�hension, il y avait des tentatives pour obtenir Cho-Seung Hui l'aide professionnelle qu'il a eu besoin de, mais parfois il n'y a pas assez que l'un peut faire pour arr�ter un tel �v�nement horrible d'avoir lieu. Je prie pour ceux qui sont affect� par cette �preuve et prie qu'ils trouvent la force et le courage pour obtenir par ceci. Mes sympathies les plus profondes aux familles et les amis des �tudiants innocents. Nous sommes avec vous tout ici � Paris.

Nick | April 22, 2007 1:48 AM

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

James L. | April 22, 2007 1:52 AM

Regardless of your religious affiliation, if you have been to Blacksburg in the past few days, and seen the outpouring of love, you would see the existence of higher spirits. You say there is no comfort? We have endured so much, but limitless comfort is the theme of this town right now. Come down to Blacksburg and see it for yourself James.

Andrew M. | April 22, 2007 2:08 AM

The evil that was done and allowed to be done should not be an excuse to punish the law abiding gun owners. When I was a child of 10 I restrained a boy to the principal after hurt a ten year old female classmate with a pencil. This offender was removed from the public school. Have the rules changed to accept bad behavior of racial or challenged classes? I say, it is a priviledge to attend college not a right. Find all abusers and expell them as I did at 10 years old.

Stephan Mackenzie | April 22, 2007 4:28 AM

My previous note failed to express my deep disturbance and feelings for all that lost their loved ones. I am a college student and have been most of my life in CE programs. I read all the entries here and find the one that states love of human or humanism very important. Writing this loss off to god is silly. A disturbed mind based his deed on god's will, such as the leaders of Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan who vandalise and molest women and stone people to death.

Stephan Mackenzie | April 22, 2007 4:57 AM

I hope for a time when the students of VT are no longer plagued by the memory of this pitiful, harrowing event. You have my sincere condolences. Create something beautiful from this, please. Stay strong.

In loving kindness,

Brian

Portland, OR

Brian | April 22, 2007 5:12 AM

PENN STATE IS PRAYING FOR YOU ALL.... TODAY WE ARE HOKIES.

ASHLEY W. | April 22, 2007 7:58 AM

my heart goes out to each and everyone who's lost a child,sister,brother,mother,father,aunt,uncle,e.t.c. i lost a child 4 yrs ago and yes i know and understand that things happen for a reason. i'm sorry for everyone's loss. y'all are in my prayers and please keep in mind they are safe now and watching down on everyone.

colleen | April 22, 2007 8:16 AM

We would like to express our deepest sympathy to all the students, families and faculty of Virginia Tech.
May God give you the strength to heal during this time of tragedy.

The Hokie spirit cannot be broken!

Jack & Cheryl Fraley | April 22, 2007 8:44 AM

ojala q encuentren a ese asesino y se pudra en la carcel.mi mas centido de pesame chao.

celso andrade | April 22, 2007 9:15 AM

- Heartfelt sympathy & prayers -
- We never will forget -

Andrea E | April 22, 2007 10:10 AM

To those who have lost friends and loved ones I send my deepest sympathies. And want each of you to know your in my families prayers!

Tammy Middleton | April 22, 2007 11:00 AM

On behalf of all of the Prayer Force at the Fellowship of Christian Drivers, our prayers and deepest sympathies are with the the VT families and friends affected.

John Goins | April 22, 2007 11:05 AM

James,
May God bless you and keep you. As for me, I have contempt for your know-it-all assumption and the accompanying arrogance. You are free to have your beliefs, yet it is absolutely despicable of you to choose this forum to air them. And to post them on each of our comment boards here is absolutely uncalled for.
I don't care much for religions that proselytize inappropriately. You are one of those. Yours is a religion of the ego.
Fortunately, your voice is drowned out here by the thousands of others expressing sympathy and support for the young people at our university.

God bless you and keep you.


Roland Lazenby

Roland Lazenby | April 22, 2007 12:25 PM

I can only echo Mr. Lazenby's comment to James. I disagree with James because I believe there is a God. Don't you realize that when you wake each morning it's because of God? Look all around you and thank our Lord for his goodness. Jesus knows what you're thinking and he loves you. Read John 21:24-31; in fact, just read the Bible.

CJ in NC | April 22, 2007 2:18 PM

From another university town in Arizona, I am expressing my deepest sympathy for the lives that were lost last week. The entire community of Virginia Tech and Blacksburg is in my prayers.

Lisa D | April 22, 2007 4:26 PM

From one University student to another- My thoughts and prayers are with all of you (and your families). You Hokies are tough! You can and will get through this. Continuing to think of you.

CW at Mary Wash | April 22, 2007 4:42 PM

God bless you all.
God help us all.

Diane Myers | April 22, 2007 4:51 PM

My heart goes out to each and every student, family member, administrator, staff, law enforcement, and first responders whose lives were touched by this tragedy. May God bless you!! Go HOKIES!!

Mitch Williams | April 22, 2007 4:54 PM

To the Students, Faculty Family and Friends of VT;
My heart is full for you, and your loss. Please, let me say that I would not wish this dispicable act on anyone. God, please grant you all the time, and care for healing, and may the Lord watch over you all. To those who are with the angels now, please watch over those left behind, wrap them in your love, and new angel wings, and whisper to them that they are to move on, live life the way it is suppose to be lived, with honor and dignity.
Blessings on you all...

Sheila-Marie Brown | April 22, 2007 5:20 PM

To the Students, Faculty Family and Friends of VT;
My heart is full for you, and your loss. Please, let me say that I would not wish this dispicable act on anyone. God, please grant you all the time, and care for healing, and may the Lord watch over you all. To those who are with the angels now, please watch over those left behind, wrap them in your love, and new angel wings, and whisper to them that they are to move on, live life the way it is suppose to be lived, with honor and dignity.
Blessings on you all...

Sheila-Marie Brown | April 22, 2007 5:21 PM

As a teacher and a mother I simply can not even imagine the sadness you must feel. When I heard the terrifying news as I stood in my classroom in front of my students, time stood still. What ifs began to cross my mind.

My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to all of you-family, friends, community.

Kim | April 22, 2007 5:39 PM

:(((((((((((

Dima | April 22, 2007 5:41 PM

Our deepest sympathy to all the survivors of this horrible tragedy. Love to the beloved dead and to those who must go on without them. Love to the injured who must find the strength to heal and live.
Let us all find a way to create a more peaceful, loving and just world. In memory of your community I vow to take on this work even more stridently. Blessings, Falcon

Falcon | April 22, 2007 5:54 PM

Please know that so many of us feel your sadness and grief. I attended Radford U. in the mid-70's and worked for the city of Blacksburg in the late 70's. I remember so many good things about Tech.. the sense of community despite its size (even then the campus was getting bigger by the year). Know that the spirits and life-energies of your , friends and mentors are still among you. Use their strengthto move forward. Remeber to pray for the young man who did this - hard as it might be to do. He was so deeply troubled. All of you are in my true and fervent prayers today and for many days to come.
All of us in Florida send love and wishes for healing to you.

Janice Papas | April 22, 2007 6:25 PM

"One night a man had a dream. He dreamed He was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from His life. For each scene He noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One belonging to Him and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of His life flashed before Him, He looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of His life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of His life.

This really bothered Him and He questioned the LORD about it. LORD you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.

The LORD replied, my precious, precious child, I Love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."

Carolyn Carty, 1963

I hope this brings you comfort during your time of incredible sorrow.

Anita | April 22, 2007 6:51 PM

"One night a man had a dream. He dreamed He was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from His life. For each scene He noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One belonging to Him and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of His life flashed before Him, He looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of His life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of His life.

This really bothered Him and He questioned the LORD about it. LORD you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.

The LORD replied, my precious, precious child, I Love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."

Carolyn Carty, 1963

I hope this brings you comfort during your time of incredible sorrow.

Anita | April 22, 2007 6:53 PM

Thank you for showing the world that there is still good in people.Iam very sorry for your loss,but as it has been said God works in mysterious ways.Maybe there is someone out there,ho will find a way to help sick people to get help so this does not happen again.withh love mary.

Mary | April 22, 2007 6:54 PM

I have a son in college and I cannot even begin to imagine the feelings of the families who have lost their children in this horrible tragedy that we as a nation are feeling. My thoughts and prayers go out to each and every family member, as well as each and every friend that has lost a loved one. May god be with you.

Sherrie Smalls | April 22, 2007 7:46 PM

my god be with each and every family

mack | April 22, 2007 7:59 PM

we from Toronto, Canada grieve along with our American friends Such a sad loss but continue to be strong.

Cheryl | April 22, 2007 8:13 PM

From CA, our thoughts and prayers go out to every parent who lost a child, every child who lost a parent, every brother and sister who lost a sibling, everyone who lost a friend, and to a community which has lost its innocence. May you find hope in the midst of sorrow, and comfort in the midst of your affliction.

Melissa | April 22, 2007 8:14 PM

My heart and sympathy go out to each of you. Your compassion and strength is the best lesson we can all take from this. Thank you for reminding us what true human compassion is. God be with you all.

Lori | April 22, 2007 8:16 PM

i don't understand how something like this could have happened. i just don't comprehend. i hope everyone knows and remembers. as long as you grieve, there are still people who love you and will comfort you, who care and who pray.

susan | April 22, 2007 8:23 PM

Our hearts and prayers are with you all...we have 3 little boys....and everyday you have been in our thoughts...we have cried with you...and draw strength from you...God Bless All Of You...

Robert and Sharon Hoffman | April 22, 2007 9:14 PM

I love in an alomost peaceful country far away from VT, Malaysia where having access to firearms to locals such as myself is impossible. Despite me not having set foot on US land, i feel my hear aching for all the pain and suffering felt by all of you. It would take a lot of time and your loved ones for this to go away....but it will.Time does heal.Until then, may our prayers be with all of you.SAY NO TO GUNS!

Shankitha Kuhan | April 22, 2007 9:34 PM

Please know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers....we will pray for strength for all as Monday approaches....Bless All....Janet & Doug, Indiana

Janet & Doug | April 22, 2007 10:05 PM

..eternal rest grant unto their souls O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them...may they rest in peace..

Cheryl | April 22, 2007 10:44 PM

...eternal rest grant unto their souls O Lord and let Pertpetual Light shine upon them, may they rest in peace..

cheryl | April 22, 2007 10:51 PM

...eternal rest grant unto their souls O Lord and let Perpetual Light shine upon them, may they rest in peace..

cheryl | April 22, 2007 10:51 PM

My prayers go out to all.

MVCC student, IL

Sarah | April 22, 2007 11:02 PM

Out of Great Adversity comes Greatness.

Believing that through all this God will give you the strength (Phil 4:13) you need.

Barbie | April 22, 2007 11:50 PM

I'm so sorry this horrible tragedy has happened. You all are doing good by getting back into the groove of things & although it will take time....your wounds will heal. Just remember your all in our hearts & prayers! Nice website ya got here!! (o; I've been going here for updates more than cnn!!

Wendy from Kentucky | April 23, 2007 12:18 AM

Let's Go Hokies!!! Stay strong VT, you will make it through this tragedy.

Anne | April 23, 2007 12:39 AM

You all are in my thoughts and prayers. This was a very bad tragedy but you all will get through it. It will take sometime. May God Bless You All.

Renee from Spring Hill Florida | April 23, 2007 1:38 AM

To Roland Lazenby-- First off, I posted my message on both boards only because I made an error in posting to the first one. As you can see, I began with the words "I read this Wall...". But the other board wasn't the Wall (I had two browser tabs open at the time and entered my comment into the wrong one).

Honestly, I'm quite taken aback by the vitriol of your reply. Did I really deserve that? Yes, to my great regret I am an atheist (I would much rather be a believer). Am I to understand from you that atheists should never show their faces or words in public? Really no other conclusion can be drawn from your words. You say "I have contempt for your know-it-all assumption and the accompanying arrogance." What is "know-it-all" about my post? That I say there is no God? And all the hundreds here who say there is a God, are they know-it-alls? Apparently you don't think so, and yet the two statements are the two sides of a coin. And where is the arrogance in my post? I can only think that the arrogance lies in my speaking my beliefs at all.

You say "You are free to have your beliefs, yet it is absolutely despicable of you to choose this forum to air them." I'm very much at a loss to see why stating my beliefs in this forum is objectionable, never mind "despicable". Can an atheist not wish people well by the light of his beliefs just as hundreds of believers are doing here? I mean, really-- this Wall is about 800-1, believers-to-non-believers. But I guess you can only deal with 800-0.

The "religion of ego" comment makes no sense to me. It's not a religion, and if my ego had anything to do with it I would be trumping myself up as this magnificent immortal being as you believers do.

Finally, you say "Fortunately, your voice is drowned out here by the thousands of others expressing sympathy and support for the young people at our university." But I did express sympathy and support for your students. I wrote, "My hope is that people gain the strength to deal with life and death honestly." Your problem is that you just hate the kind of sympathy and support that an atheist can give. Really, as a leader of students in an academic institution I would have expected far greater tolerance of differing viewpoints than you have shown.

To CJ in NC-- I've read the Bible many times, cover to cover. I'm disapointed that you say you "echo Mr. Lazenby's comment", given how hate-filled it was. Surely we can both agree that love is the great answer to everything from war to the violence at VT. In that case, you should not be echoing comments that show the opposite of love.

James L. | April 23, 2007 2:12 AM

From St.Louis, Missouri, God Bless and Comfort each and everyone of you, my prayers go out for everyone touched by this tragedy.

Julie krbec | April 23, 2007 2:25 AM

From the United Arab Emirates and all of the American expats, our hearts ache with grief and we mourn with you for the great lives that were lost and for those that are still healing from this awful tragic day. Be strong and find peace. Even during the darkest time... with great strength triumph will prevail.

Dianne Hess | April 23, 2007 2:30 AM

I JUST WANT TO SEND LOVE AND BIG HUGS AND PRAYS TO ALL OF YOU....AMERICA IS REMEMBERING YOU AT THIS VERY HARD TIME. WE JOIN HANDS AND HEARTS WITH YOU ALL.
GOD BLESS...
SHERRY, MN USA

SHERRY | April 23, 2007 3:53 AM

Des de Catalunya treballem per que mai m�s hi hagi m�s nous "virginia"

Eugeni | April 23, 2007 3:57 AM

Virgina Tech i draw inspiration at your courage, strength and resilience to move forward in the face of unspeakable tragedy. God bless you all and may you soon find closure. Anton, India.

Anton Decruse | April 23, 2007 4:45 AM

I pray for peace each day.
Peace & Joy by God's grace.
I will be praying for each of you at Virginia Tech to find His peace & joy by His grace as you return to school.

Vicky | April 23, 2007 8:50 AM

As a mother and a friend, my heart goes out to those who lost someone and I pray that you can somehow find the strength to go on with a postive outlook. Know that your loved ones were wonderful and a gift and cling to the memories you had of them. Your best tribute to them is a life well lived. This Penn State Nittany Lion now has a Hokie riding on her back to give him a rest.

Laurie Foster | April 23, 2007 9:13 AM

As an non-Hokie, I have always recognized the VT community as a very tight, unified, proud family. I am deeply sorry for this event, but if there is any community that can recover and teach our nation a lesson in grace and healing- it's you VT. The world loves and cares for you.

MB | April 23, 2007 9:16 AM

On Monday of last week, our whole nation seemed to stop, utterly speechless and sickened by murderous rampage at Virginia Tech. The hearts of at least 26,000 sets of parents raced in agony, and at least 33 had their worst fears become living nightmares. Even the most mature college kids were introduced to a reality that no amount of violent videogames or horror movies could have ever prepared them.


The shocking violence and total disregard for human life revolted us all. None of us could adequately understand how a young person could have become so sadistic as to massacre dozens of innocent human beings so chillingly one-by-one. The reality of his savagery brought us all undeniably before the mystery of evil and left us with the type of questions that even the best forensic psychiatrists or FBI profilers are incompetent satisfactorily to answer.


The dark and foreboding cloud that emanated from Blacksburg and hovered like a pall over the nation was finally pierced after two days by a flicker of light coming from Washington, DC. For those who long have appreciated the precious value of every human life, who have fought for decades to eliminate the barbaric slaughter of fellow human beings and the dehumanization that makes it possible, who have stood before the mystery of evil and courageously opposed one of evil�s most conspicuous and hideous trophies, it was a partial answer to at least thirty-four years of constant prayer.


The timing of the U.S. Supreme Court�s April 18 decision upholding the constitutionality of a ban on partial birth abortion was providential. There are, after all, no coincidences in God. At the very time when our nation was united in mourning the senseless massacre of innocent young people and in the undeniably obvious recognition that no one ever has the freedom to choose to kill others, the grisly reality of abortion bequeathed to us by Blackmun was juxtaposed to the gruesome scenes of Blacksburg.


At the 1993 National Prayer Breakfast, Mother Teresa boldly and prophetically reminded President and Mrs. Clinton and the cadre of political leaders of both parties assembled around them of the cornerstone of the culture of death. �If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?� No matter how much a nation tries to conceal the reality of abortion behind euphemisms of �rights� and �choice� and �freedom,� the lessons, she said, are unmistakable and disastrous. �Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching the people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want.�


Last Wednesday�s Gonzales vs. Carhart decision was one small but significant step in a long staircase leading us out of the dungeon of the culture of death. It�s significant because for the first time a particular abortion technique was outlawed by the legislative branch and upheld by the judiciary; it�s small because only the technique was banned, not the abortion itself.


It is now illegal to half-deliver an unborn child, intentionally pierce the child�s skull with scissors and suction out the child�s brain, but it is still quite legal, as the opinion states, to kill the same child by ripping him or her into 14 or 15 pieces inside the womb and taking out the pieces one by one. The decision is akin to saying that you can�t kill somebody with a gun, but you can with a knife; it hasn�t prohibited the killing.


A woman can still have an abortion during all nine months of pregnancy for any reason tied to her health, and since pregnancy has physiological and psychological effects on a woman�s health, the mere fact that she doesn�t want to be pregnant remains sufficient legal justification to end her child�s life.


But there are at least ten reasons why the Supreme Court�s decision has given pro-lifers reasons for hope.


First, it explicitly declares that the �state, from the inception of the pregnancy, maintains its own regulatory interest in protecting the life of the fetus that may become a child.�


Second, it affirms that �ethical and moral concerns� at issue in the practice of abortion may �justify a special prohibition.�


Third, it evokes �the reality of the love between a mother and a child� that ought to be involved in all decisions about a child. This leads, it says, to a �respect for human life.�


Fourth, it stops using language that anaesthetizes our consciences. Not only does it repeatedly use terms like �unborn child,� �baby,� and �human life� to refer to the one who is aborted, but it also describes in graphic detail what a woman chooses when she chooses to have an abortion.


Fifth, it advocates general support for laws that require women to be informed of what occurs in an abortion before they consent to it.


Sixth, it introduces into evidence the post-abortion trauma that many women who make the tragic choice to abort their child experience. �Some women come to regret their choice to abort the infant life they once created and sustained,� it states forthrightly, footnoting the personal testimony of Sandra Cano, who is the famous �Doe� of the infamous 1973 Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decision.


Seventh, it pokes a hole in �health of the mother� exception for abortion, saying that that cannot become unlimited or �tantamount to allowing a doctor to choose the abortion method he or she prefers.�


Eighth, it praises a public �dialogue� about abortion, such as occurred in Congress prior to the 2003 passing of the Partial Birth Abortion Act. This is in marked and humble contrast to the hubris of the 1992 Casey decision on abortion, which sought to end all such dialogue.


Ninth, it doesn�t reaffirm the Court�s abortion precedents, but merely �assumes� them for the point of the opinion.


Tenth, it lays the ground work for overturning other types of abortions, as Justice Ginsburg objected in her screeching dissent. As she says, other abortion techniques are �in some respects as brutal, if not more� than partial birth abortion.

As we look back in future years to what was undeniably one of the most horrible weeks in the history of our nation, we hope and pray that we will also see in it the beginning of a long ascent toward a culture not only in which barbaric acts against innocent human beings are uncustomary and unthinkable, but in which all human life is respected and cherished.

LG | April 23, 2007 9:31 AM

From New Philadelphia, OH.
The passing of time will take some of the edge off your pain and sorrow. Grief takes time to heal. Keep hugging each other. Keep supporting each other by 'just being there'. We are praying for you in this difficult time. We pray for God to strengthen you and to give you the courage to go forth.

Kathleen | April 23, 2007 9:36 AM

WONDER OF LIFE

Children are the most wholesome part of the race, the sweetest, tor they are freshest from the hand of God, Whimsical, ingenious, mischievous, they fill the world with hou and good humor. We adults live a life of apprehension fense against their terrifying energy; a life of hard work to live up to their great expectations. We put them to bed with a sense of relief-and greet them in the morning with delight and anticipation. We envy them the freshness of adventure and the discovery of ilfe. In all these ways, children add to the wonder of being alive. In all these ways, they help to keep us young.
HERBERT HOOVER

Darlene J | April 23, 2007 11:15 AM

I just want say that you have my respect and admiration on how you have handled this terrible situation. You have shown the true American spirit on how you all have coped with the aftermath of the shooting. The only advice I could give you is love each other, hug one another and lift the victims of the shooting up to God and honor their memory so they'll never be forgotten. We won't forget you or them. You are in our prayers and we honor you. God Bless and the heartland will continue to pray for your healing.
Love you, Rhonda in Kansas

Rhonda | April 23, 2007 11:22 AM

For those of you offering condolences to our students, God bless you. I met with my students today, and your words and the sheer numbers of you taking the time to send wishes lifted them up at a low time.
Please refrain from politicizing this site. It is a memorial site. When you politicize it with your private agenda, be it abortion, gun control, whatever, you violate our mourning students all over again. If you have respect for human life, as you claim, then respect these students' lives and take your agenda elsewhere.
There are many appropriate forums for speaking out on issues. This is not one of them.

Sincerely,

Roland Lazenby

Roland Lazenby | April 23, 2007 12:05 PM

My husband and I here in Troy, NY are so very sorry beyond our ability to express it. God bless you all. Our hearts ache for you that remain and for the families of those taken away from us.

C J Marbley | April 23, 2007 12:16 PM

I am so very very sorry for your loss
Virginia Tech. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours at this time of need. Even in CT we are having prayer viguals and keeping candles lite for everyone that has passed away. Please know we may never ever know why this tragedy occurred - our only way to deal with it is to hope and pray that it never happens again. Is that wishful thinking, I hope not. But if is is - then may it last forever.
Blessed Be
Annie Gray

Annie Gray | April 23, 2007 12:38 PM

I am proud of VT and the strength of the students. You are all inspirations to the rest of the world. I know that the wounds are still fresh but you have made the effort to move forward. My heart goes out to all of you. May God hold your hands in the following months and give you the peace your hearts and souls deserve. We are all Hokies! You will prevail.

God bless the Hokie nation!
Dawn Cordano

Dawn Cordano | April 23, 2007 1:44 PM

My heart is aching with you,
Stand tall in your grace and sorrow,
Sending prayers and peace....

"Say a prayer for the human race, let your prayers go drifting into space...." jackson browne

Deb | April 23, 2007 1:45 PM

I am so saddened by this tragic event, my heart goes out to all of you. things like this should never happen, not ever, not anywhere. I am proud to see how you all are hanging in together and uniting in such dark times.. I am sorry for your loss, and may God help you find peace and give you the strenght to move on, but never forget those who are not longer with us.

teresa adrianzen | April 23, 2007 2:28 PM

�I guess when your heart gets broken you sort of start to see cracks in everything. I'm convinced that tragedy wants to harden us and our mission is never to let it.�
Stay strong Hokies! WE WILL PREVAIL! My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the entire Virginia Tech community... God Bless!

Colleen | April 23, 2007 2:29 PM

I love you Va Tech and as a narcotics agent and fan I am so sorry for everything that has happened and you will always be in my prayers and thoughts. I pray for the victims and their families and know we will stay united and remain Hokies!!!

Chad | April 23, 2007 2:40 PM

I feel so sorry and I know it takes awile to heal from such a tragity like that


from 11 year old

andrew | April 23, 2007 4:21 PM

i hope this never happens again

Ben trunko | April 23, 2007 4:22 PM

I feel sad for all who lost family at the Virginia Tech shooting.

nico | April 23, 2007 4:24 PM

I FEEL REALLY BAD ABOUT WUT HAPPEND IN THE INSEDENT.

Cieara | April 23, 2007 4:26 PM

thats terrible I hope nothing like that happens to me, though I don't know whats gonna happen im only twelve, I'l pray for everyone at virginia tech and hope nothing else happens to anyone near virginia tech ever again.

max | April 23, 2007 4:27 PM

I'M SORRY 4 ALL OF YOU THAT R IN PAIN

NIKKI | April 23, 2007 4:29 PM

I feel so sad for all families who have lost some one in this terrible shooting.The kid Cho Hung must have some problems or some familey problems.I also hope this never happens agian.

Snowflake | April 23, 2007 4:33 PM

James L., I would not have used your phrasing in your original post even if my feelings are quite similar to yours. It was a little too up in the face for a time like this. But I also find these hundreds upon hundreds of... let's say, rather stock expressions of pious horror and sympathy to be... less than inspiring. And this Lazenby fellow's attack upon you was just egregious. If that is the kind of reception given non-standard viewpoints and personalities down there on Virginia campuses, we don't need to look far for the factor that may have pushed Cho's problems the last few inches over the brink. Lazenby found you "despicable". Even being made to feel despised for 4 years still doesn't excuse Cho's sick rampage, yet it becomes slightly more fathomable... In closing, I extend my condolences in particular to the families of those killed. My thoughts and best wishes are strongly with you. I also greatly hope VT as a whole comes through this dark time, to possibly emerge on the other side even better and friendlier to students of all kinds.

Jack Chenoweth, Albany, NY | April 23, 2007 4:40 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families, friends, and the entire Virginia Tech community. You will always remain in my hearts. We are all Hokies today!!!

Kim | April 23, 2007 4:46 PM

when i am gone release me let me go
i have so many things to see and do
do not tie my memorys with tears
we had so many wonderful years
but greive for me if you must
then your greive will be comforted by trust
so hold me and talk to me until i no longer see,
if you need me call and i will come
just because you cant see me ill be there
just listen with your heart not your ears
for when you travel this road alone
ill be there with a smile and say
WELCOME HOME

I think to be mean is human but to repeat evil is devilish so i hope people take this tragedy into mind, That pain it has brong can hurt more lives then when you first intended

Fear not death, for the sooner the death, the less time we wait to become immortal.

Samantha Lobato | April 23, 2007 4:46 PM

I will say a prayer for all of the victims and their familys. I am so sad that this all happened. It was a very tragic event and I dont know why he would kill all those inocent people who didnt deserve to die.
My heart is so heavy with tears for all of those nice people whose time it was not. It is sad that those we love must leave us before we have time to create good memorys. We will always love and remember those with whom we cherish and love. Do not grieve on me forever, because you must move on, but do not forget me for I shall always be there by your side to guide you when times are rough and be your Gardening Angel. Fear not death; for the sooner that we die, the longer we shall be immortal. Remember my words and pass on this goodness.

Audria | April 23, 2007 4:51 PM

Please accept my heartfelt condolonces to all students, faculty, and staff of Virginia Tech, and your families in the loss of your loved ones. This is going to take a while to heal, but with the help of the almighty God, you will prevail...we are continuing and always will keep you and our thoughts and prayers!

Kendall Brown (Conway, SC) | April 23, 2007 5:45 PM

As a college student myself I want to offer my prayers to everyone affected by this tragedy. I attend Texas A&M in Commerce, Tx and just wanted to let the Hokies know that our campus will be honoring them during our choir concert on April 24. We will be dedicating the first set of this concert to them and a copy of our program will be set to the VA Tech choir director. We are usually Lions but this past week we were Hokies and will continue to do so. Our entire campus has been praying for our college peers will continue in the days and weeks to come. May God Bless You!

Krystal Teale | April 23, 2007 6:13 PM

The courage, poise, steely resolve and compassion exhibited by the Vtech community over the last 1 week has been outstanding and I hope the students, faculty and others can get back to relative normalcy soon. All the very best for everyone out there. And great job by the Planet Blacksburg team.

Mallik Chaganti | April 23, 2007 6:29 PM

The cause of this tragedy is the administration of VT and the federal officers. It never should have been allowed to occur for 2 hours straight.

It is very sad, from now on everyone is a hokie.

Truth | April 23, 2007 7:24 PM

The students and faculty and administration made all Hokies and Virginians around the world feel very proud of the way ya'll have dealt with
this undeserved tragedy.All Delawareans
are praying for you and your families.May God bless each of you and protect you for the rest of your lives.
As the world looked on and as we wept with you,your strength,courage and love for each other comforted us.We thank you for showing the world that it will be in good hands with ya'll in charge.
You made us feel proud to be called
HOKIES and VIRGINIANS!
GO HOKIES!

HOWARD GUTHRIE | April 23, 2007 7:24 PM


Hokie Angels...looking out for allof us down here. GO HOKIES!!!

Love Jackie -Los Angeles "Ill never forget you"

Jackie O | April 23, 2007 8:32 PM

Time will heal all wounds, the world will never forget the innocent that were lost a week ago. Our hearts and prayers are with all of you. Stay strong, and be comforted in knowing that you have 32 angels in heaven watching over you.

Love and Support from Canada

Manal | April 23, 2007 9:20 PM

Hokie Nation has united yet again...there is NO COMPARISON in the country. We will PREVAIL!!!
GO HOKIES!!

David Holthaus | April 23, 2007 9:41 PM

We are here in Alaska and we are praying for you.

JEROME JACOBSON | April 23, 2007 11:29 PM

My deepest and sincere sympathies to all the VA Tech community. 1 More year and hopefully I will be an official Hokie, one more year!

Omar Ramirez | April 24, 2007 12:23 AM

I cannot begin to understand how horrible it must be;news reports do not convey emotions very well.I will never forget all those young people,however,and I am praying daily for God to touch each family with the comfort and peace they need.

Sherry Preston | April 24, 2007 5:14 AM

Wish the world will be peace forever, no war, no pain.

Will Smith | April 24, 2007 5:16 AM

Rest in Peace

From U.S Army in South Korea

Ji H. Hong | April 24, 2007 6:51 AM

I am so sad for the Hokie Nation.
The rest of the country stands beside and behind you as you recover from your loss. You will prevail.

Rhonda Turner | April 24, 2007 9:48 AM

Yesterday we had a candlelight Vigil at UAB for the Hokies of Vtech. There were some personal stories that were really touching. I wish the Hokie Nation the personal strength to cope with this tragedy...

Rajiv Menon | April 24, 2007 10:24 AM

Humans can choose to do good or evil - God be with u all.

Faroe Island'er


ps.
Think it was wrong of the media to show the video etc. sent by the murderer - that is exactly what he wanted, and now other sick people probably will do simular thngs arround the world, to get the spotlight

Alfredo | April 24, 2007 11:39 AM

Humans can choose to do good or evil - God be with u all.

Faroe Island'er


ps.
Think it was wrong of the media to show the video etc. sent by the murderer - that is exactly what he wanted, and now other sick people probably will do simular thngs arround the world, to get the spotlight

Alfredo | April 24, 2007 11:42 AM

Humans can choose to do good or evil - God be with u all.

Faroe Island'er


ps.
Think it was wrong of the media to show the video etc. sent by the murderer - that is exactly what he wanted, and now other sick people probably will do simular thngs arround the world, to get the spotlight

Alfredo Simowich | April 24, 2007 11:46 AM

Hokie fans in North Carolina are praying for you. Stay strong and Hokie proud!

Martha | April 24, 2007 12:53 PM

James L.,

One of our student writers was so upset by your comments that he requested we shut down a comment board that had registered hundreds of kind thoughts. I am dealing with many hurting students right now. They need your good wishes. They do not need your harsh, personal views of the universe.
Whether it's gun control, abortion, religious proselytyzing, those things don't belong here. We have a population of young students who are emotionally fragile.
There are all kinds of places to express and debate your personal beliefs. This is not the time; this is not the place.
What's wrong with simply wishing them well and moving on?
Need you make such statements as if you really know something?
At this difficult moment, these young people can do without your self-aggrandizement.

Sincerely,


Roland Lazenby

Roland Lazenby | April 24, 2007 12:54 PM

I want to send my deepest sympathy to all families and friends who lost or have a wounede loved one lets pray and get it together there will be much brighter days ahead

LaRashia Jones (Flint MI) | April 24, 2007 1:30 PM

I want to send my deepest sympathy to all families and friends who lost or have a victim loved one lets pray and get it together there will be much brighter days ahead

LaRashia Jones (Flint MI) | April 24, 2007 1:31 PM

As someone who lives nearby I say god bless you all we think of you daily and prayers are with you we are all HOKIES now our lives will never be the same continue the stride and be strong

Duane Honaker | April 24, 2007 2:02 PM

There are no words that could heal the pain that not only the victim's families are feeling but what the world as well.
My condolences to the victim's families. Stay strong! You will see the light at the end of the tunnel...

Jessica Samper - NJ | April 24, 2007 2:07 PM

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS COME TODAY FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD,WE ARE ALL AS MOTHERS, FATHERS,BROTHERS AND SISTERS FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS PRAYING WITH U MOURNING WITH U,THIS COULD OF BEEN ANYONE OF OURS - WE FEEL THE PAIN ALSO,MAY THE LORD JESUS CHRIST GIVE U STRENGTH,LEAN ON THE LORD HE WILL CARRY U THROUGH -GOD BLESS EACH OF U

DREMA FROM TEXAS | April 24, 2007 3:22 PM

I�m with you guys.

Denise Curry
Lima, Peru

Denise Curry | April 24, 2007 8:07 PM

God Bless you we are praying for you'
Santa Rosa, CA

all | April 25, 2007 1:17 AM

During a time of such tragedy, it takes my breath away to see the strength, love and resilience on the faces of all Hokies. God continue to bless you all in your time of grief and know that the world grieves with you.

Natalie | April 25, 2007 1:33 PM

Our hearts go out to each victim's family and to the survivors. The current students - keep the faith and success is in your future.
Nellie, North Carolina

Nellie Chamblee | April 25, 2007 2:04 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Several of the young people were from the Northern Virginia area so it has really made an impact on all of us. Virginia Tech will be stronger and will survive.

Member of GMU Community | April 25, 2007 2:08 PM

You continue to shine like a lighthouse in a storm. Grace and Peace to each of you.

CJ in NC | April 25, 2007 5:01 PM

To each survivor, our hearts and prayers go out to you and your families.

paula carter | April 25, 2007 6:33 PM

Thankyou Prof. Giovanni
I was holding my breath for what seemed an eternity..I couldn't breathe when I heard about the tragedy..then you spoke..and I was lifted.
I am so glad you are there with the students..
Love Jackie Ono from Los Angeles

jackie | April 25, 2007 9:09 PM

LG - you show a profound disrespect for life and a greedy, grasping need to exploit other people's pain that is typical of those who live to destroy other people's rights. I hope you are not too megalomaniacal to realize that your 'cause' was ill-served by your selfishness. You and other ghouls, please batten elsewhere.

Kathy | April 26, 2007 1:32 AM

Sleepy boys and girls ,a sweet dream!

jack | April 26, 2007 3:23 AM

对受害者表示深切哀悼,希望VT今后更美好~!~!

Li Xing Nanchang China | April 26, 2007 5:46 AM

wish all of us have a sweet dream!

zhongmin,xu | April 26, 2007 5:47 AM

From china,my deepest condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy ,and to VT

kys | April 26, 2007 6:20 AM

Our prayers are with you guys

Jason Lisko | April 26, 2007 9:56 AM

Remember the ones you lost. Cherish the ones you have. Long live my Hokies.

Asif | April 26, 2007 12:44 PM

My heartfelt prayers are sent to the students, faculty and to the families and friends of those lost in such a horrific act. Know that God is with you and will supply the necessary strength to face the coming days, weeks and months; know that your loved ones are with God and are smiling down on you now; know that the tears will slow down and that you will again smile spontaneously and find joy in life. Finally, please know that people all over the world are supporting you in your grief and are praying for you and encouraging you as you continue with your lives.

Billie | April 26, 2007 10:10 PM

Thank you, Americans, you are teaching all the people around the world what is the true meaning of CONDONE. My prayer will always be here for all the victims.

Julian | April 26, 2007 10:57 PM

In my creative writing class, we were asked to construct what was called an "up down poem;" and due to the recent events I chose to write about Virginia Tech. My teacher told me about this site and asked me to post it -- so here it is...

Vengeance in the hearts of all,
Inexperienced with such agonizing pain;
Rigorously trying to heal,
Growing strong with everyday
Irreplaceable memories never forgotten
Nor used to weigh one down;
All together, we are strong.

Teaching all that, yes, it can happen to us
Educating ignorant minds of pain, and how to overcome;
Creating undying faith, sadly, we are learning from a big mistake,
Holding life at hand, finally aware that it can not be taken for granted

Grasping grievers unsteady touch,
together, we overcome
"Today, we are all Hokies."

Kay Baker | April 27, 2007 10:16 AM

I am a Hokie mom in Alabama and I have been heartbroken this last week and a half. Please know that there are lots of thoughts and prayers for you coming from the Heart of Dixie. Many people have commented on the class, maturity, and intelligence of you students. I commend you and your journalism through this horrific time.

Kathy | April 27, 2007 8:31 PM

It sounds like a story,But it happened,I am so sad ,for you ,for the all lovely people who lost their life that they should't lost!!!!

Xiehongzegg | April 28, 2007 7:52 AM

Our prayers are with you. From NB Canada

Charlotte | April 28, 2007 10:23 AM

Condolences from Jakarta, Indonesia. My heart goes out to each victim's family and to the survivors. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

solomon | April 28, 2007 1:07 PM

Let's forget this story.we are all fell sad ,just let everything goes and begin the new life.we are praying for you

Joe Wang | April 28, 2007 9:37 PM

At this moment, I share your grief, But I hope you will forgive the murderer.No Forgiveness, No Future

yq Huang | April 29, 2007 4:23 AM

even living in china ,but when i hear such a sad news,i felt very sadness,i hope 33people can live in the hevean happy ,mercy is no limted ,love is no limited ,god bless everyone .

jacky wen | April 29, 2007 5:29 AM

Quem de n�s poder�, um dia, explicar a invisibilidade que nos assola? E a dor comum n�o vai embora... enquanto a �gua do rio faz a curva, mansamente, nosso mundo se evapora! � hora de comungarmos da mesma terra.

Eduardo Aparecido Ambrozeto | April 29, 2007 11:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in Montana. We are crying with you and believing for healing for you.

B Perry | April 29, 2007 2:13 PM

Virginia Tech,
You are in our thoughts and prayers at Staunton River High School. GO HOKIES !!!!!!!! We know that y'all will pull through this as one !!!!!!!!

Our thoughts abd prayers are with you always!!!!

Sincerley,
Tayler

Tayler Burley | April 29, 2007 3:15 PM

to all directly or indirectly affected
by this tragedy. just know that everyone thinks of you and hopes that
you heal phsically and emotionally
intact. we all wish you well and pray
for you
lol,
granny706

lauralee | April 29, 2007 9:47 PM

to all directly or indirectly affected
by this tragedy. just know that everyone thinks of you and hopes that
you heal phsically and emotionally
intact. we all wish you well and pray
for you
lol,
granny706

lauralee | April 29, 2007 9:48 PM

Forget this story !let everything goes and begin the new life!My prayer will always be here for all the victims!

fashionwindow | April 29, 2007 10:17 PM

My prayers are with the students and families affected directly and indirectly by this madman's actions. The American Spirit is strong, God bless you Virginia Tech. Don't lose faith~

Michelle T | April 30, 2007 12:19 AM

I am so proud of the one who first placed that 33rd stone ... and to overwhelming support that act has received from the student body.

I remember seeing the response of the Amish last year, and hoping that the students of Tech would find the grace and mercy to respond in a similar way.

You have, and again, I am so proud of you all.

jeff | April 30, 2007 9:56 AM

May God bless America.

He Hao | April 30, 2007 11:10 AM

We're thinking of and praying for all of you. No words can express the sorrow we feel for your community. May God's grace be with you all.

Erin | April 30, 2007 11:35 AM

今天我受到了一次心灵的洗礼,
美国人民用自己的行动为全世界人民上了生动的一课.这一课叫做宽恕,宽恕那些伤害过自己的人.
我想这也基督的精神.
感谢美国,感谢美国人.
愿上帝的爱包围你们,让你们坚强��

&#20309;&#28009; | April 30, 2007 12:13 PM

My deepest condolences... time will help you smile again, but you will never forget.

Go Hokies
xoxo

Alex from Montreal, Canada

Alexandra | May 1, 2007 12:14 AM

From the University of Northern Iowa, we are praying for you still!

Leah | May 1, 2007 12:40 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in Southern Michigan. May God heal your hearts.

Terri | May 1, 2007 11:57 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in Southern Michigan. May God heal your hearts.

Terri | May 1, 2007 11:57 AM

We miss you guys. That morning means a lot to me. I didnt have class in Norris that day but I was still there with you. We will always miss you guys.

Lee Hawkins | May 2, 2007 10:26 AM

from kenya to all those affected directly or indirectly by this tragedy may the almighty give you the strenth to come through it my heartfelt condolences goes out to you all

albert | May 2, 2007 12:49 PM

I can't stop thinking about all this. I wish I could - I try to think about something else, but my mind keeps going back, like a wheel into ruts in the road. I want more information, but I know that there won't be answers in it. I want to know what made him snap, but I know that we will never really discover that. I want someone or something to blame, but the list is too long and too short to have any meaning. It was everyone. It was just him.

Angela | May 2, 2007 2:01 PM

Two weeks and two days....does time truly heal? I pray that it does, for all citizens of Hokie Nation. My dad went to UVA and we fiercely rooted for the Cavaliers whenever they played the Hokies, in whatever sport, but your grace and courage in the face of unspeakable horror will forever make me a Hokie fan. God bless you all, especially those of you who graduate and move out into the world. Take with you the love and support of all of us who continue to hold you in our hearts.

Randy B | May 2, 2007 3:49 PM

I graduated from Tech in 84 and it was devestating to me. I have especially grieved for the parents of the students. To me it is probably worse to lose a child who is just on the brink of leading their own life. I pray for the students and faculty that will have to return to classes. It will be very hard, but I believe Tech will not let this one act remain a wound forever.

Dave | May 3, 2007 10:20 AM

I never knew any of the victims or anyone at Virgina Tech, but the recent events touched me in away i can't describe. I've shed tears not only for the innocent victims who's lives were cut short, but also tears for the surviours who have to go on with out one or more of there friends today. I want you all to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers today and everyday.

"FRIENDS ARE LIKE ANGELS ... YOU DON'T HAVE TO SEE THEM, TO KNOW THEY ARE THERE".

God Bless You all

If anyone at Virginia Tech needs a friend,then please feel free to contact me at :- angelabutterfield@hotmail.co.uk

Angie, Creswell - UK | May 5, 2007 10:35 AM

Hokie Hope

Daniel | May 6, 2007 7:32 PM

God Bless You All!!

Susanna, Cologne - Germany | May 8, 2007 4:43 PM

From all of us here at MCAS New River, We pray that your future will be the brightest and your path will be as smooth as possible. Our porayers are with you all. GO HOKIES!!!

J Costa | May 15, 2007 9:21 AM

I will carry what happened that day with me forever, but I will always be proud to be a hokie.

heather | May 30, 2007 6:55 AM

My best friend just died. Feeling what I do for the loss of one life, I can't imagine what you must feel for an event like this. It was wonderful for me to be able to read these comments.

T B | June 5, 2007 2:19 AM

God bless the families of the victims.

Vasilios Emmanuel Glimidakis | August 6, 2007 1:28 PM

VT is strong! We will never forget!

Elliot- Bakersfield, CA | August 29, 2007 1:58 AM

god bless vt students!!

james | December 14, 2007 12:38 AM

Regardless of what those two clowns wore at Halloween, remember that the Penn State community remembers and does not forget. The Nittany Lion forever stands next to the Hokies of VTU.

Merry Christmas to you alls.

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