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Witnesses Recall Memories of Norris Hall Shootings

by Omar Maglalang and Tricia Sangalang
News Staff Writers
April 16, 2007

A typical morning in Norris Hall is pretty quiet for the housekeepers who work there. Most classes do not start until 9 a.m., and various classes from German to Engineering are held there every day.

But on this one day in April, when wind gusts roared like a snowstorm in January, a gunman shattered the quiet nature of the quaint building, which like many at Virginia Tech is constructed with the distinctive “Hokie Stone.”

Ruiqi Zhang, a junior computer engineering major, experienced the incident first hand in his class on the second floor of Norris.

“A student rushed in and told everybody to get down,” said Zhang. “We put a table against the door and when the gunman tried to shoulder his way in and when he saw that he couldn’t, he put two shots through the door.

“It was the scariest moment of my life.”

Pam Tickle, who works as a housekeeper in Norris, was moving through another quiet, easy morning at her post in the second floor of Norris when a little after 9:30 a.m., she heard numerous gunshots coming from the hallway.

“We weren’t quite sure what happened at first,” said Tickle. “We didn’t hear anybody screaming, but we heard lots of shots.”

Gene Cole, a building worker from the Pulaski County community of Belspring, had heard the shots and was on his way to look for Tickle, when he came around a corner on the second floor of Norris and saw a body on the floor.

“Across the hall, I caught sight of the shooter, and he loaded his gun at me,” said Cole. “I ran down the steps to get out of the there.”

Cole, who has worked for more than 20 years at Virginia Tech, saw bloodied hallways and also a hint of what the suspect looked like. Cole noted that the man had a hat on and was wielding a black automatic handgun.

Meanwhile, Tickle and several Virginia Tech students had rushed to the student lounge on the second floor, locked the door, and waited for police officers to evacuate them.

Their wait would last almost two hours, an anxiety-filled two hours.

“We peeked out the door one time, but more shots were fired,” said Tickle. “We stayed in there not knowing what happened. When we heard police out in the hallway after 11, we let them in. They body searched us, and led us away to evacuate from the building.”

Tickle did feel a sense of relief when a little after 10 a.m., she heard an announcer on the radio who said, “Shooter’s down!”

Police led Tickle and students in the lounge to Randolph Hall, behind Norris, after the gunman was pronounced dead, and they stayed there until police cleared the area.

“I thank God because he was watching me today,” said Tickle.

Tickle has worked for about three years as a housekeeper in Norris. She said she enjoyed the hustle and bustle of students and professors there. She particularly liked the quiet atmosphere and the neat look of the hallways.

By mid-afternoon, however, yellow caution tape lined the entire perimeter of Norris and the academic buildings around it.

By afternoon, the building was Virginia Tech’s own ground zero of sorrow, the bed of yellow tulips in front of the building tossed in the stiff wind, as evidence technicians and other officers came and went from a building that will surely live in infamy. An abandoned red backpack sat next to the entrance and bicycles were also left in a rack nearby, signs of the quiet, carefree student life so terribly shattered.

That student routine and quiet atmosphere was now obliterated as police cars, ambulances, SWAT teams, and investigators mulled about the crime scene.

The stern faces of the evidence collection team and other huddled-up officers in their bulletproof vests seemed stunned at the sight of what had happened in Norris.

Officers gathered outside of the academic building to deal with the particulars of the crime scene while others stood to guard the perimeter with shotguns.

Nick Pheil, an accounting and information systems major, had an exam on the third floor of Norris in the morning. He finished and on his way back to his residence he noticed police officers everywhere. Like many Tech students, he watched and listened as the news worsened by the minute.

“I’m in a state of shock,” said Pheil later. “It seemed low-key and contained earlier when they reported one dead, several wounded, but things escalated very quickly when the numbers shot to 17 and then 22 dead. I’m still in a state of shock.”

On one of the chilliest days ever on record this month in Blacksburg, the site of Norris Hall will be remembered for the sight of yellow tape lined around its perimeter, blowing in the cold wind, a wind that will break hearts for as long as hearts can be broken.


Comments (368)


Thank you, young journalists for your intimate and informative posts during this time of terrible confusion and grief. We have you in our hearts.

Kate X | April 16, 2007 4:52 PM

Great coverage. You do a fine job of covering a terrible situation with "heart." Keep up the good work. I am glad I found Planet Blacksburg...

Patty | April 16, 2007 5:38 PM

Thank you for the inside look to this terrible tragedy.

michelle | April 16, 2007 5:49 PM

Nice job, Planet Blacksburg. It's comforting to read some news coverage about this horrific event from a couple of our own hokies. May God Bless

Kalyn | April 16, 2007 6:00 PM

My heart and my prayers go out to all of you!

Chris | April 16, 2007 6:02 PM

What is the shooter's name?

Blomberg | April 16, 2007 6:19 PM

God bless all of you on this blackest of days...
We in the UK are thinking of you all -
from Essex, England

Chris | April 16, 2007 6:33 PM

My prayers go out to Hokie nation and to the Blacksburg community.

Jose | April 16, 2007 6:38 PM

My thoughts and prayers to all of you - I can't even imagine what you are going through. It is all beyond belief.

Maria | April 16, 2007 6:52 PM

My husband and I send our prayers and condolences to everyone at Virginia Tech. May hope and healing begin soon, and peace prevail.

It is relieving to have young bloggers on scene providing information that the mainstream media cannot. Thank you.

Steve & Karen
Fairbanks, Alaska

northofdenali | April 16, 2007 6:54 PM

My heart is breaking for all my neighbors in Blacksburg and on techs campus My prayers are for all of us here

kathy | April 16, 2007 7:03 PM

I live in Chicago and have been glued to the news all day. A local station mentioned the wonderful coversage on your site. My heart goes out to you all. Keep up the good reporting job!

Laura | April 16, 2007 7:04 PM

You are all in my thoughts and prayers!

Janice | April 16, 2007 7:05 PM

This has sent a shock around the world for all of us with children at school and how some people have a total disreguard to our precious life. It brings back the Dumblane massacre. I pray for you all tonight. Come together and talk , be strong and take it one day at a time.

Gillian from England | April 16, 2007 7:08 PM

I feel very sorry for those parents who lost their love ones that's really a sad thing

Sabrina Cassetana | April 16, 2007 7:08 PM

You are all in our hearts and thoughts today.

JG Russell | April 16, 2007 7:11 PM

Condolences from Canada.

Allie | April 16, 2007 7:13 PM

Hi,

I am a portuguese journalist and we are covering the incidente at VT. This is a nice site, I specialy like this report.

I wonder if you or anyone who is reading this coment has a video or a photo of the moments lived this moornig in VT.

If so please contact me to: pdias@mediacapital.pt

Thank you,

Pedro Sales Dias

Pedro Sales Dias | April 16, 2007 7:32 PM

All of Virginia Tech and Blacksburg are in my prayers

michelle from madison,nc | April 16, 2007 7:34 PM

jmu is sending its prayers to our family at tech. much love for you guys.

Rebekah | April 16, 2007 7:37 PM

how sad very tragic

jericho | April 16, 2007 7:49 PM

laura spaventa its good that ur alright we've all been watching you on tv and looking for you online cya

joe spaventa | April 16, 2007 8:25 PM

My prayers and support are with you guys.

Lino from Caracas Venezuela

Lino from Venezuela | April 16, 2007 8:35 PM

My heart goes out to the families that lost their loved ones today and my prayers to the ones that are hurt. I am the mother of and only child in college, I am totally devastated by this.

Idania | April 16, 2007 8:54 PM

Please know that my thoughts are with you. I have a kid in college at Rutgers university and thought how this could just happen anywhere. Please know that we are thinking of you

Janice Lester | April 16, 2007 8:58 PM

My heart is breaking for the families of those who had their lives taken away so tragically.

Debbie Halley from Romeoville, Illinois

Debbie Halley | April 16, 2007 8:59 PM

My heart breaks for all of you... there will be prayers going up for you here in Missouri...

Mindy in Cape Girardeau, MO | April 16, 2007 9:17 PM

I lived in West AJ floor 4 for 3 years. I love the VT campus and am so sad this happened to such a peaceful place. You are in our prayers. I join you in heartbreak. Somehow please pick up and don't let evil take over the life there.

Jacqui | April 16, 2007 9:21 PM

God Bless from Texas

Marcia | April 16, 2007 9:38 PM

This was a terrible tragedy to happen to so many good people. What kind of person could really do this? But, I appreciate all you have done to inform people. I will be praying for everyone at this fine university and for their families.

Anonymous | April 16, 2007 9:40 PM

i`m very Sory for all your all your losses my thought and prayers are with all of you.

DaveIn Winnipeg,Canada | April 16, 2007 9:40 PM

This was a terrible tragedy to happen to so many good people. What kind of person could really do this? But, I appreciate all you have done to inform people. I will be praying for everyone at this fine university and for their families.

Anonymous | April 16, 2007 9:40 PM

I just wanted to say thank you for posting this insight on the tragedy in Blacksburg today. You are all in my thoughts and prayers, and know everyone is there with you in spirit.

Bianca | April 16, 2007 9:41 PM

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I cannot imagine what it is like going through such a traumatic experience.

Jan in Mississippi | April 16, 2007 9:42 PM

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I cannot imagine what it is like going through such a traumatic experience.

Jan in Mississippi | April 16, 2007 9:43 PM

My heart goes out to you, my fellow Hoke's. Remembering the lovely spring days, walking the campus, from here to there, it is hard to believe that a tragedy such as this has occurred. I use to skate the steps right at the entrance to Norris Hall, back in the day. I will Pray for and remember the people that lost their lives today, but I will also remember the good times. In time, if you try, the good times will come back. My prayers go out to the victims and the families (I wish I could give you all hugs). And a speedy recovery to all of those that were injured in any way today. God Bless.

Eric Sherrell | April 16, 2007 9:43 PM

Thank you for your account of this pointless atrocity. I cant imagine the pain you are all going through. Condolence's from British Columbia.

James | April 16, 2007 9:43 PM

I said a prayer today for the entire Virginia Tech community. It broke my heart to hear the news and my wish is that God will comfort the families of the victims and give peace to the students, faculty and staff who remain on the campus. I have yet to speak with my Hokie alumni friends or family but know that this must being weighing just as heavily on their minds and hearts. My sympathy from NC...

Courtney | April 16, 2007 9:43 PM

God Bless all of you that had to experience such a tragedy. You will prevail, stay strong you are in America's hearts.

Nina | April 16, 2007 9:43 PM

My prayers are with all of you on Planet Blacksburg. A UVA parent

Barbara | April 16, 2007 9:44 PM

i lived in west pritchard right next to west AJ my freshman year and also had a few classes in norris...even 3000 miles away and more than 10 years removed from blacksburg, i am shaken by this. there are no words to express my sympathy and sadness. all of you that were affected by this are in my thoughts.

bill, san diego | April 16, 2007 9:48 PM

First, I just want to add my condolences along with all those who have posted before me. Blessed be all those who suffered loss today.

Secondly, I saw Laura Spaventa on TV and she mentioned this site. As a fellow journalist, I want to commend you all at PlanetBlacksburg for the great reporting you have done today. Keep up the solid work.

Peace and Love from Atlanta.

joshua | April 16, 2007 9:51 PM

my heart goes out to all of you there at va. tech on this sad and senseless day..my thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you...hang in there and GOD will take care of all of you...

wendy t. | April 16, 2007 9:51 PM

my heart goes out to all of you there at va. tech on this sad and senseless day..my thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you...hang in there and GOD will take care of all of you...

wendy t. | April 16, 2007 9:51 PM

First, I just want to add my condolences along with all those who have posted before me. Blessed be all those who suffered loss today.

Secondly, I saw Laura Spaventa on TV and she mentioned this site. As a fellow journalist, I want to commend you all at PlanetBlacksburg for the great reporting you have done today. Keep up the solid work.

Peace and Love from Atlanta.

joshua | April 16, 2007 9:51 PM

I can not even begin to imagine what you all are going through. you all are in my thoughts and prayers. University of Kentucky morns with you.

Ally | April 16, 2007 9:51 PM

I can not even begin to imagine what you all are going through. you all are in my thoughts and prayers. University of Kentucky morns with you.

Ally | April 16, 2007 9:52 PM

my heart goes out to all of you there at va. tech on this sad and senseless day..my thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you...hang in there and GOD will take care of all of you...

wendy t. | April 16, 2007 9:52 PM

Condolences from Colorado

Alice Tully-Hall | April 16, 2007 9:52 PM

my heart goes out to all of you there at va. tech on this sad and senseless day..my thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you...hang in there and GOD will take care of all of you...

wendy t. | April 16, 2007 9:53 PM

The students, faculty and alumni from the Southeastern Conference have the Hokie nation in our thoughts and prayers. God speed with your healing!

John | April 16, 2007 9:53 PM

We just wanted to let you know,you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Barry and Angie in Cumberland,MD | April 16, 2007 9:53 PM

So sorry to hear of this tragic event that took place on your campus. I work at our local high school and thought, My God, this can happen anywhere. Bless you all. These are troubled times.

Ann from Ithaca, NY | April 16, 2007 9:53 PM

My heart is breaking for all those victims and their families. Prayers & condolences to all.
cj from Manchester,MD

cj Stiles | April 16, 2007 9:54 PM

One of my sisters is a Hokie...Take care of yourselves.

hugs from Kentucky

Cathy | April 16, 2007 9:55 PM

One of my sisters is a Hokie...Take care of yourselves.

hugs from Kentucky

Cathy | April 16, 2007 9:56 PM

My thoughts & prayers are with you during this tragic time, may the time spent with your friends, family and coworkers help you with the healing process. I have 2 daughters attending college and as a parent my heart goes out to all of you. Peace

Wendy, NJ | April 16, 2007 9:57 PM

One of my sisters is a Hokie...Take care of yourselves.

hugs from Kentucky

Cathy | April 16, 2007 9:57 PM

One of my sisters is a Hokie...Take care of yourselves.

hugs from Kentucky

Cathy | April 16, 2007 9:58 PM

My thoughts & prayers are with you during this tragic time, may the time spent with your friends, family and coworkers help you with the healing process. I have 2 daughters attending college and as a parent my heart goes out to all of you. Peace

Wendy, NJ | April 16, 2007 9:58 PM

May God be with you.

William | April 16, 2007 9:59 PM

May God be with you.

William | April 16, 2007 10:00 PM

My prayers are with you, your families, and your community. Know that you are not grieving alone our nation and the rest of the world is grieving with you and praying for you. May GOD give you peace during this time of great sorrow and confusion. Your innocent will not be forgotten. My heart is heavy with sadness for all of you. GOD bless all of you.

crystal, Auburn,PA | April 16, 2007 10:05 PM

JMU is praying for all of our friends in the VT community

Matt | April 16, 2007 10:06 PM

This tragic event touches everyone, and especially those of us in Austin, Texas, where our beloved Univ. of Texas tower still carries bad memories. I appreciate your work on this site. You are all in our prayers.

Daphne | April 16, 2007 10:07 PM

I am deeply saddened by the events at your great school, VT. As a parent of 3 college students my heart cries for the families that have lost their precious children. At times like this there are no answers. Let God or your higher power into your lives. The grieving and the healing must take place. Love & Peace to all.

Marcus- California | April 16, 2007 10:09 PM

Do you have news about the possibillity of 2 different shooters, one at the dorm and one Norris Hall?

Kim from Norway | April 16, 2007 10:09 PM

Save your prayers, they don't work. Nobody's listening. Do something that does: donate blood; send condolences; educate and love your kids and listen to them when they have problems.

Frank | April 16, 2007 10:10 PM

Thoughts and prayers with all of the Hokie nation from all of us here in Morgantown. Stay safe down there.

Derek, WV | April 16, 2007 10:11 PM

My thoughts and prayers are sent to everyone at va tech and to all the families who have been affected by these senseless shootings. May God's love be with you all

Ros, Australia | April 16, 2007 10:14 PM

My thoughts and prayers are sent to everyone at va tech and to all the families who have been affected by these senseless shootings. May God's love be with you all

Ros, Australia | April 16, 2007 10:14 PM

May God have mercy on those lost in this senseless tragedy... grieve and console those around you. Then go out and celebrate the that were lost - live life to the fullest, love like there is no tomorrow

Kevin | April 16, 2007 10:14 PM

My prayers go out to all affected. I am a professor in Canada. Our campuses should be safe homes for our students.

Greg | April 16, 2007 10:16 PM

My prayers go out to all affected. I am a professor in Canada. Our campuses need to be safe homes for our students.

Greg | April 16, 2007 10:17 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

Donna Brown, Arkansas | April 16, 2007 10:18 PM

Rivalry aside, I send all Hokies best wishes and condolences to the family members of those who have passed on.

Shanee | April 16, 2007 10:22 PM

Praying God's strength and grace for you in this time.

nikki | April 16, 2007 10:25 PM

Prayers of support for your campus, your friends, your families, the greater VT "family" and thanks for keeping the world informed.
Lori and Jim
Virginia Beach, VA

Lori and Jim | April 16, 2007 10:28 PM

God bless all of you touched by this horrible event, our hearts and prayers are pounding like drums in the distance calling those souls in need of a place far away from the tragedy, let yourself go during this awful time by letting our pounding hearts and prayers carry you through, we are there for you in this sad, very sad time.

David in Chicago | April 16, 2007 10:29 PM

Prayers of support for your campus, your friends, your families, the greater VT "family" and thanks for keeping the world informed.
Lori and Jim
Virginia Beach, VA

Lori and Jim | April 16, 2007 10:29 PM

Prayers of support for your campus, your friends, your families, the greater VT "family" and thanks for keeping the world informed.
Lori and Jim
Virginia Beach, VA

Lori and Jim | April 16, 2007 10:29 PM

A senseless deed! It looks like someone goofed in informing students to be on the alert. No hindsight required here. A shooting is a shooting. Precautionary measures would have saved lives, even if it later turned out unneccesary. Maybe, dorm leaders need to alert students under their care by mass sms to be alert.

Anthony Morris | April 16, 2007 10:31 PM

Sending out prayers for everyone affected by this nonsensical tragedy. Schools should be safe places of learning, not mass casualty sites.

May peace and grace come to you all.

themexcellentone in Texas | April 16, 2007 10:31 PM

A senseless deed! It looks like someone goofed in informing students to be on the alert. No hindsight required here. A shooting is a shooting. Precautionary measures would have saved lives, even if it later turned out unneccesary. Maybe, dorm leaders need to alert students under their care by mass sms to be alert.

Anthony Morris | April 16, 2007 10:32 PM

A senseless deed! It looks like someone goofed in informing students to be on the alert. No hindsight required here. A shooting is a shooting. Precautionary measures would have saved lives, even if it later turned out unneccesary. Maybe, dorm leaders need to alert students under their care by mass sms to be alert.

Anthony Morris | April 16, 2007 10:33 PM

I was a freshman at Florida State when the Rollings murder's happend at nearby UF in Gainesville. The news today brought back chilling memories of that early fall week in '89 and to the sniper terror here in Northern VA from a few years ago.

Together, you will get beyond this. Hold on together and love your fellow man. My thoughts are with all of you tonight.

Andrew | April 16, 2007 10:34 PM

God bless all of you touched by this horrible event, our hearts and prayers are pounding like drums in the distance calling those souls in need of a place far away from the tragedy, let yourself go during this awful time by letting our pounding hearts and prayers carry you through, we are there for you in this sad, very sad time.

David in Chicagoland | April 16, 2007 10:35 PM

My heart is with everyone at Tech.

Stacy, B.Arch. '95

Stacy | April 16, 2007 10:36 PM

My heart is with everyone at Tech.

Stacy, B.Arch. '95

Stacy | April 16, 2007 10:38 PM

Hold tightly to one another in the days ahead. Know that an entire nation and world is grieving with you, and praying for you to feel peace again soon. Your grace and courage is an inspiration.

friends in Seattle | April 16, 2007 10:39 PM

Hold tightly to one another in the days ahead. Know that an entire nation and world is grieving with you, and praying for you to feel peace again soon. Your grace and courage is an inspiration.

friends in Seattle | April 16, 2007 10:39 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this horrible time. Tragedies like this should never happen.

Clayton, NC | April 16, 2007 10:43 PM

Good job on your coverage. I heard of this site from a CNN interview with one of the students involved with the "Planet." The country mourns for your fellow students, instructors and families. Prayers from New Mexico

Jo Galvan | April 16, 2007 10:44 PM

My prayers and thoughts are with victims and the families of this horrific event. I cannot begin to imagine the grief. God Bless

Anthony | April 16, 2007 10:45 PM

I'm so proud of all of you at V.T. and of your strength, and of all the info you up date us with. My heart felt prayers and condolences to all the nation, and everyone at V.T. with family and friends at V.T. FOR THIS HORRIFIC MASSACRE But peace will prevail...

stacey F. | April 16, 2007 10:47 PM

I am very saddened about the tragedy at VT. I attend a small college and tomorrow I am planning to meet with the dean to discuss our emergency plans. I hope that by this horrible massacre that the other schools and colleges in the world heighten their emergency plans.

My condolences! god bless!

Crystal, NY | April 16, 2007 10:48 PM

Our thoughts are with you - Seattle

rick | April 16, 2007 10:48 PM

Never suffer the chaos of a challenged journey. Accept the flowing serenity and healing that comes from healthy and positive energy. My heart and thoughts are with all of you. Much sympathy here from Colorado Springs, CO.

Tammy | April 16, 2007 10:51 PM

My thoughts and prayer to the victims and their families. I cannot imagine the grief you are going through. To all the VA Tech family, we are thinking of you all here in New York. God Bless

Anthony | April 16, 2007 10:51 PM

My thoughts and prayer to the victims and their families. I cannot imagine the grief you are going through. To all the VA Tech family, we are thinking of you all here in New York. God Bless

Anthony | April 16, 2007 10:51 PM

My thoughts and prayer to the victims and their families. I cannot imagine the grief you are going through. To all the VA Tech family, we are thinking of you all here in New York. God Bless

Anthony | April 16, 2007 10:52 PM

Never suffer the chaos of a challenged journey. Accept the flowing serenity and healing that comes from healthy and positive energy. My heart and thoughts are with all of you. Much sympathy here from Colorado Springs, CO.

Tammy | April 16, 2007 10:52 PM

Thoughts and prayers go out from Richboro,Pa, just outside Philadelphia. Laura Spaventa keep up the great work,and may God Bless everyone.

Michelle | April 16, 2007 10:52 PM

My thoughts and prayer to the victims and their families. I cannot imagine the grief you are going through. To all the VA Tech family, we are thinking of you all here in New York. God Bless

Anthony | April 16, 2007 10:52 PM

Thoughts and prayers go out from Richboro,Pa, just outside Philadelphia. Laura Spaventa keep up the great work,and may God Bless everyone.

Michelle | April 16, 2007 10:53 PM

All of you and your families are in my prayers....

Prayers from Arkansas | April 16, 2007 10:53 PM

All of you and your families are in my prayers.....

Love from Arkansas | April 16, 2007 10:55 PM

Not the kind of news college journalists want to report. My sincerest condolences to all who lost a loved one. Be brave all of you young people at Virginia Tech and keep the faith. Thoughts & prayers for all of you.

nicoletta | April 16, 2007 10:56 PM

As a VT fan and a neighbor (@ Concord U. just barely an hour away) I am devestated at the loss of life.
I have a few friends there I have not heard from and am hanging on to hear anything at all...

My thoughts are with every Hokie, parent, friend, and family member.

"Today we are all Hokies"

BGillespie | April 16, 2007 10:57 PM

Condolences from Michigan

Kathi | April 16, 2007 10:57 PM

Unfortunately, the title of "deadliest school shooting in modern history" is not one to be proud of. Being a Columbine H.S. graduate, it is no pleasure to pass on that title. Best wishes to everyone, my thoughts are with you and the families and friends of those that lost loved ones.

Robin | April 16, 2007 10:59 PM

The deepest condolences to the entire VT community on behalf of the UofMichigan. We share your sorrow.

Pavan P | April 16, 2007 11:00 PM

We are thinking of you all in South Carolina.

Lana | April 16, 2007 11:00 PM

our hearts are crying with you here in oklahoma.

gabe | April 16, 2007 11:02 PM

There are no words to express how I feel. Only tears for the families and friends of those who lost the people they love. May you find peace and strength and healing.

Debi - Canton OH | April 16, 2007 11:06 PM

As a college instructor, I am saddened to hear of yet another violent act occuring on our nation's school campuses. I can't wrap my mind around the absurdity of it, but my heart goes out to all the staff, faculty, students and parents affected by this tragedy. Let's hope that one day we can find an end such senseless and abhorrent violence. Thank you for your reporting. The nation's heart is with you.

Elli | April 16, 2007 11:07 PM

Our condolences to all of you and the entire VT family. Aren't we to learn from the past?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gang_Lu

Hawkeye | April 16, 2007 11:07 PM

All of the faculty, students, family, friends and those of the victims are in my mind and heart.

michelle | April 16, 2007 11:08 PM

my prayers and thoughts go out to the students and families of those who were killed and injured god bless!!!

lauren | April 16, 2007 11:10 PM

My heart is broken for the entire Hokie nation and especially the families of those lost. The only comfort is the knowledge that we will rise up again as proud Hokies. May God continue to bless and keep you in His loving care.

Anthony G | April 16, 2007 11:12 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending condolences and hugs from the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Wilkins Family | April 16, 2007 11:13 PM

I am deeply saddened by these events. My heart goes out to all the injured and the lost. May God bless and watch over you in your time of sadness.

Robert Wardecker | April 16, 2007 11:14 PM

May God watch over you- students at indiana university in south bend

Robert | April 16, 2007 11:17 PM

I pray for all of you in VTech. I feel your pain and sadden to see many deads. From Vientian, Laos.

Paol Yang | April 16, 2007 11:18 PM

Beautifully and written with great sensitivity. Thank you for your thoughtful article.

I, too, am glad I found Planet Blacksburg.

Very best wishes to the entire community.

Sharon | April 16, 2007 11:18 PM

From The University of Florida, all those at Virginia Tech are in our hearts and prayers. May the victims of this tragedy rest in peace.

Nathan Burgess | April 16, 2007 11:20 PM

From The University of Florida, all those at Virginia Tech are in our hearts and prayers. May the victims of this tragedy rest in peace.

Nathan Burgess | April 16, 2007 11:21 PM

May God wash away the horror from these good people. My sincere condolence is with you. Better day will come tomorrow for all of us. From Shanghai, China.

Amado YousengMeng | April 16, 2007 11:23 PM

This day I will remember for a long time. It is amazing that this happened at such a peaceful place in America and I wish all that were affected the best. Everyone from Lake Zurich, IL hopes that the victims and their family and friends are grieving healthily.

John | April 16, 2007 11:23 PM

The thoughts and prayers of everyone throughout America are with each of you.
America will not forget 4-16-07. A truly devastating day. My prayers are with you all.

Betty | April 16, 2007 11:24 PM

My deepest condolences from Pennsylvania.

Ron Kutztown University | April 16, 2007 11:25 PM

Our hearts are breaking for your loss and sorrow. Please take care of yourselves and eachother. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. With sympathy in PA

Laura | April 16, 2007 11:28 PM

I cannot begin to imagine what you young people are going through; alumni prayers are with you all in this terrible time of tragedy.

Dave VT Class of 89 | April 16, 2007 11:29 PM

What a terrible thing to happen!! My thoughts and prayers to your community. From perth Australia

Jay | April 16, 2007 11:38 PM

From York university, Toronto, Canada

May god help you heal and get through this devastating tragedy and may the victims rest in peace

Esma | April 16, 2007 11:42 PM

Quote:
"All violence is the result of people tricking themselves into believing that their pain derives from other people and that consequently those people deserve to be punished."
-Marshall Rosenberg
I just want to say that my heart goes out to all the families of the victims. None of the victims deserved what happened to them today. I know you are all suffering from today's horrific events and my family and I will continue to pray for you all.

Ashley from Los Angeles | April 16, 2007 11:46 PM

Sincere condolence for your loss and your pain from Austin Texas, where another young man once took so many lives from the UT Austin tower. For those who worked on the campus and for students, the event haunted the survivors. Take time to remember and honor your dead. And honor yourselves, for what you were before this event marked your lives. As people learned in Austin, there is no explanation for such an event, no amount of information will satisfy the heart. We know a great deal about Charles Whitman and what may have led to his mass shootings at UT Austin. What is known resolves nothing. There was fear and dread associated with the UT tower for decades. First, it was a reminder of the shootings. Later, it became a magnet for suicides. It is too early to do anything but wait for news and mourn, but the building where the largest number of students were killed should be taken down and a memorial and open ground should be in its place. I know that everyone I work with at UT will speak of nothing this week but the events on your campus and our own memories of the day Charles Whitman took rifles to the top of our tower.

clairwil | April 16, 2007 11:47 PM

We are horrified at this terrible act. All of us who remain here on Earth must live each day as if it matters, as if it were our last day, and make sure we do good things. Only we can help repair the world; our fallen friends cannot.

SJ | April 16, 2007 11:50 PM

God bless the beautifull people that left our world today. May God bless them and love them forever.

Ken | April 16, 2007 11:51 PM

I am terribly saddened by this tradegy. i have been glued to the television all day and just cant control my emotions. my thoughts and prayers are with all Virginia Tech students faculty and parents. God Bless.

cindy | April 16, 2007 11:51 PM

My heart breaks for you all, I am so sorry this had to happen at all... Thoughts and Prayers from Saint Francis University in PA

Track247 | April 16, 2007 11:54 PM

Kansas is thinking of you all. Sorry very sorry.

Shelley | April 16, 2007 11:58 PM

Great reporting! You all handled this with professionalism and heart. My thoughts and prayers to all in the Hokie nation.

Mona - college teacher in California

mona | April 17, 2007 12:06 AM

We at UVa mourn and cry with you. We pray for your peace and comfort now and know you will prevail.

Kay from Charlottesville | April 17, 2007 12:06 AM

Our prayers and hearts go out to you all. We so very sorry. Such a tragic event.

Glen | April 17, 2007 12:07 AM

It's hard to know how one individual can be involved to bring restoration and peace to a situation as grave as this.

Know that all of us here at UVa are mourning with you but are coming together to usher in healing and a sense of peace.

Thank you for your solid reporting. My prayers and heart are with you.

Esther | April 17, 2007 12:11 AM

As a Virginia native, I am so saddened by today's events. My heart goes out to you all -- you are my brothers and sisters. Deepest condolences from Carson City, Nevada.

Ellen Chilton | April 17, 2007 12:13 AM

I live in philadelphia PA, we wish you the best in getting over this ball-less act. God is with you and for what is worth, we are too.

Mark | April 17, 2007 12:16 AM

I live in Philadelphia PA, We feel for you guys in this ball-less act. God is with you and for what is worth, we are too. Some times little cracks lead to heavy floods, with rebuilding comes love and union. God bless you guys, I am not a bible thumper, just moved and wish you guys luck.

Mark | April 17, 2007 12:19 AM

wow..i really cant believe that this tragedy took place..it makes me think it can happen anywhere.....all i can say is that i give my deepest condolences to families that were hurt from this tragedy and you all will be in my prayers.

Mandy from LDO, TX | April 17, 2007 12:20 AM

I just want to say that I have followed the story all day and am sending my thoughts and prayers out to all of the family, friends and loved ones of all of those impacted by today's tragic events. Thoughts and prayers from Pittsburgh Pa

Kaela | April 17, 2007 12:20 AM

I'm so sorry this happened to y'all. Take care of each other and know that all of us in this country and beyond have you in our hearts.

A Mom | April 17, 2007 12:36 AM

I just wanted to say that my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Blacksburg and friends and family everywhere. I am deeply saddened by todays tragic events and my heart goes out to all of the victims friends and families. Richmond, Va

Natalia | April 17, 2007 12:37 AM

Our hearts go out to the Virginia Tech community. What a terrible tragedy. We commend you for this informative and caring website. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

- Jay, Gayle and Samantha
Boca Raton, FL

Gayle, Jay and Samantha | April 17, 2007 12:38 AM

as a student at Clarion University of Pennsylvania me and me friends want to send our condolences to the victims and their families and friends. we have you guys in our prayers

steve tarr | April 17, 2007 12:39 AM

Everyone at the University of Arkansas is praying for th e family members, students, and everyone else that has been effected by todays terrible events. Stay strong and God bless.

Chris Bobbitt... Fay, Arkansas | April 17, 2007 12:39 AM

My heart goes out to everyone at Virginia Tech. We in Asheville are with you in your time of sorrow.

Lindsey in Asheville, NC | April 17, 2007 12:40 AM

Today we lost a piece of the Hokie Nation. Tomorrow the entire Nation will never forget what it means to be a Hokie. We are Family, we must stay strong.

Edward J Carey | April 17, 2007 12:40 AM

We are keeping everyone involved in this tragedy in our thoughts and prayers. Much love from Wilmington, NC.

Matt | April 17, 2007 12:41 AM

Everyone at the University of Arkansas is praying for th e family members, students, and everyone else that has been effected by todays terrible events. Stay strong and God bless.

Chris Bobbitt... Fay, Arkansas | April 17, 2007 12:41 AM

hearts are with the brave people who had to deal with this sad day

IU bloomington | April 17, 2007 12:42 AM

Everyone at the University of Arkansas is praying for th e family members, students, and everyone else that has been effected by todays terrible events. Stay strong and God bless.

Chris Bobbitt... Fay, Arkansas | April 17, 2007 12:42 AM

Absolutely shocked and saddened to see and hear about the events. My condolences for your lost and fallen. Its not right that a person should be able to wipe out so many precious and incredibly gifted lives in a few minutes. Its just not fair. I have and will continue to pray for strength and justice and mercy and grace.

Dave from San Carlos, CA | April 17, 2007 12:42 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy. From all the news coverage today, I see that the community is very strong, and will prevail. May God bless all of you and the families of the victims. Prayers from Copperas Cove TX

Suzie | April 17, 2007 12:42 AM

Absolutely shocked and saddened to see and hear about the events. My condolences for your lost and fallen. Its not right that a person should be able to wipe out so many precious and incredibly gifted lives in a few minutes. Its just not fair. I have and will continue to pray for strength and justice and mercy and grace.

Dave from San Carlos, CA | April 17, 2007 12:42 AM

Everyone at the University of Arkansas is praying for th e family members, students, and everyone else that has been effected by todays terrible events. Stay strong and God bless.

Chris Bobbitt... Fay, Arkansas | April 17, 2007 12:43 AM

Absolutely shocked and saddened to see and hear about the events. My condolences for your lost and fallen. Its not right that a person should be able to wipe out so many precious and incredibly gifted lives in a few minutes. Its just not fair. I have and will continue to pray for strength and justice and mercy and grace.

Dave from San Carlos, CA | April 17, 2007 12:43 AM

Words fail. Our hearts cry for the unfathomable losses. Mothers and Fathers, Sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts and uncles, best friends, teachers. We pray for you to find comfort.

Suse | April 17, 2007 12:46 AM

Thank you for the informative website. In Davenport, Iowa we are all praying for all the people who have been affected by this horrible tragedy. Hopefully in the days ahead it will get easier to deal with the hurt and bad memories. So you all will be in my prayers for some time to come. God bless you all. I am so so sorry for the losses of life.

Tena | April 17, 2007 12:46 AM

Prayer should have never left our schools!!!!!

len olbes | April 17, 2007 12:49 AM

As a Hokie alum, I cannot begin to express the intense sorrow I feel after today's tragic events. My one comfort is in my undying faith in the strength, unity, and undying spirit of the entire Hokie Nation.

God bless.

Jamie Cassey | April 17, 2007 12:51 AM

Today, God wept. We do live in a very broken world. Peace and prayers from a Liberty University friend.

Don Harlan | April 17, 2007 12:55 AM

Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you, VT, from Marquette University in Milwaukee.

emili | April 17, 2007 12:56 AM

Thought's and prayers from Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan.

Jessica | April 17, 2007 12:58 AM

My prayers are with you!! No one should have to go through this.

Lacey from Napa, CA

Lacey | April 17, 2007 12:58 AM

I'm a parent of a college freshman. I called my daughter in upstate New York just to hear her voice today. I am so very sorry. Am praying for you all.

Beverly Hills, California

Merril | April 17, 2007 12:59 AM

I hope everyone will be ok, my thoughts go out to everyone there

Nathan H | April 17, 2007 1:00 AM

May God be with the students, staff, professors at Viginia Tech and parents of the victims during this difficult moments. Prayers from Ont, Canada.

Karen | April 17, 2007 1:04 AM

My prayers are with VT and the Blacksburg community. May God bless you. Phoenix, AZ

Latisha | April 17, 2007 1:05 AM

its been extremely tough watching footage of all the chaos at a place that gave me such fond memories. stay strong HOKIES and God bless. my prayers are with all of you.

Josh L | April 17, 2007 1:05 AM

May Gods peace find all of you,may you find comfort and rest in his bossom.

Pamela | April 17, 2007 1:08 AM

This loss, this tragedy, the insanity of it all, nothing making sense of so much anger turning to murder and this aftermath of this turning into a day that will never be forgotten by so many. Blessings to all the family and friends surrounding this painful event in time. I am from Minnesota,and I am still in a state of anxiety and mourning, my heart goes out. As I try to to express my feelings, I am so overwhelmed all I can add now is Blessings to All!

LORETTA Marie SODERBERG | April 17, 2007 1:14 AM

As a sibling of a former Hokie and a future VT student at the Hampton Roads Extension Campus in VA Beach, my hearts go out to the Blacksburg community tonight. Words cannot convey my deepest sympathy to all and their families. God Bless You All.
In strength and love,
Kim - VA Beach, VA

Kim | April 17, 2007 1:18 AM

What a horrible tragedy to befall your campus! I work at a public university and have a special place in my heart for college students, whose energy and presence make my job something to look forward to every day. Know that your school's staff members are there for you and lean on them during the weeks to come. In the meantime, I will be praying for you, your families and your campus community for the strength to endure your trials.

A Kentucky friend | April 17, 2007 1:22 AM

Your media class's reporting of today's massive violence speaks volumes about your inner strength. I pray that the VT campus staff, students and families will continue to draw from such courage to sustain each of you through this terrible time.

John from McAllen, TX | April 17, 2007 1:24 AM

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

Edwards Family | April 17, 2007 1:33 AM

my thoughts and prayers go out to all of Hokie nation tonight. god bless the fallen and their families.

bryan in los angeles

bryan wynbrandt | April 17, 2007 1:41 AM

my thoughts and prayers go out to all of Hokie nation tonight. god bless the fallen and their families.

bryan in los angeles

bryan wynbrandt | April 17, 2007 1:41 AM

Our hearts are heavy here in Lewisburg WV Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone.So sad......

Renee Berry Fogus | April 17, 2007 1:46 AM

No event has made me as sad as the horrific news of the killings at VT. I have a son at UVA and can't imagine the pain and horror the parents and friends of those killed are having to endure. May God be with you all. May the shooter burn in Hell.

John Simmons | April 17, 2007 1:47 AM

Please know that everyone at the University of Southern California has you in our thoughts and prayers.

Be strong--a nation mourns with you.

God bless.

Trojan Family | April 17, 2007 1:47 AM

from a fellow student in another state:
to all of you at Virginia Tech--my deepest and most sincere sympathy and concern goes out to you--may God grant you peace and comfort--all across the country we mourn for your loss--you are in our hearts and minds and prayers

c clifton | April 17, 2007 1:47 AM

I am deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy. I wish to extend my deepest condolence to the families and friends of the victims and pray for their lives as well.

God Bless to everyone and stay strong!

Tina
Philippines

tina | April 17, 2007 1:47 AM

I am in shock, I am so sorry, and our thoughts are with you from Los Angeles.

Todd | April 17, 2007 1:48 AM

Love to you all from an alumna in the Badger State. May you find peace and healing.

hokie in WI | April 17, 2007 1:50 AM

Ut Prosim "That I May Serve"

Years ago many of us came together to assist the university forward. We need to come together in this tragic event to be a stonger community, caring university family and ongoing support to find peace and hope!

Please ask yourself how you can help serve! Great job to Planet Blacksburg!

Tom Sr & Jr- Class '55 '90 | April 17, 2007 1:55 AM

As fellow parents, we are devastated by this news here in California. Our deepest condolences on your terrible loss. Take one day at a time, you are not alone.

Clara | April 17, 2007 1:59 AM

My deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved families of this senseless act of atrocity. I join the whole world in mourning for your loved ones and may you find solace in God's heart. My thoughts and prayers to you all as I offer my minute of silence for the next 9 days in memory to all of my brothers and sisters in Christ who have perished from this tragic incident. God bless you all!


Concerned bro from Tuguegarao City

JD | April 17, 2007 2:01 AM

our prayers are with vt right now.

brandon | April 17, 2007 2:02 AM

Whenever I see pictures of the Virginia Tech campus or even one of the official Virginia Tech logos, i'm always flooded with some of the happiest memories of my life. I remember my time in Blacksburg fondly and will always love the place. Today however, while I watched the news, I felt very strange. The first few shots of the campus that I know and love didn't evoke any emotion, not happy, not sad. That all changed though when I saw the official Virginia Tech logo across the screen announcing the massacre of over 30 people. Suddenly seeing Virginia Tech written on the screen brought a tragic wave of sadness and the realization that when people see that logo from now on, they aren't going to have the beautiful and happy memories of Virginia Tech and Blacksburg that I have. For one person to be able to shatter the tranquil, happy image that I have of Virginia Tech is not fair. Everyone now knows of Virginia Tech and Blacksburg for our tragedy, but I still know it as one of the greatest places on Earth. I hope that one day everyone will realize that as well.

Ed Merritt - Austin, TX '02 | April 17, 2007 2:02 AM

I was in junior high when Charles Witmore sniped students in '66. I am Vietnam war era,saw some violent campus demonstrations before I shipped out, and yet this truly moved me. It pains me to my core, to know that Young, often idealistic students, and the families/wounded,from V.T.I. will bear this suffering and memories, for years to come. My God's Grace and healing come to you, in time.

Well.. Lee | April 17, 2007 2:04 AM

May God bless and comfort the victims, their families and friends, during this horrific tragedy now and always forever more.

Steve | April 17, 2007 2:07 AM

My heart is hurting for everyone today. God bless.

DJ in Canada | April 17, 2007 2:10 AM

We love you

Daddy | April 17, 2007 2:11 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who was affected by this tragic event, but especially to the victims families. Hopefully we all can learn from this horrible event and put more secure measures in place to prevent this from ever happening again. Take care and God Bless you all.

Chris R. from Provost, Alberta, Canada | April 17, 2007 2:16 AM

I write from Boston, but people everywhere are grieving for those who lost their lives or their loved ones in this terrible tragedy. The whole world shares your loss. May your spirits be upheld by the love and prayers of so many, many people.

collegemom | April 17, 2007 2:28 AM

I write from Boston, but people everywhere are grieving for those who lost their lives or their loved ones in this terrible tragedy. The whole world shares your loss. May your spirits be upheld by the love and prayers of so many, many people.

collegemom | April 17, 2007 2:29 AM

You are in my prayers and had asked Heavenly Father for a Special Blessings to comfort you and bless you especially at this time of sorrow and mourning. As I watched Vt on the news about this horrific day, I was also saddened and can't help but cry. My hearts and sympathy goes out with you. I care for all of you. Please be safe.

Lydze | April 17, 2007 2:33 AM

Condolences to the victims, families and friends. Great reporting...joey, LI, NY

Joey Tabaco | April 17, 2007 2:34 AM

As with other attacks on university campuses, what is lost here is not just human life, but the very idea of university culture as a place where people are at their freest to think, express themselves, and be. As a university lecturer in British Columbia, I send my sympathy and condolences for the pain and chaos Virginia Tech's students and the families of those who lost their children today have suffered.

David from Canada | April 17, 2007 2:39 AM

God Bless you all. I heard about this site from your CNN interview.

Stacy from the Bay Area, California | April 17, 2007 2:51 AM

We have two young men, one daughter, and one niece who have graduated from VT. We are all devasted. Please let's don't let evil take over. We can all take a lesson from the Amish and forgive the shooter and live our lives to the fullest - in honor of those we lost. Our love to you all!

Cheryl Sherrell | April 17, 2007 2:56 AM

All the facts will eventually emerge from all this, but I am starting to believe that a few heads should roll, including those of the pres of VT and Flinchum. Getting it so wrong with what happened in the dorm was an inaffordable luxury and does not have an excuse; the phlegmatic responses about a person of interest and excuses at press conference yesterday were thoroughly unconvincing. My heart goes out to family members, classmates, and colleagues of those who died, and hopefully they will receive more satisfactory answers today. Not just VT or UT, but all academic communities across our land have suffered loss over what happened today.

David from Houston | April 17, 2007 2:56 AM

All my tears and sympathy for all the students in VA Tech. Hold on to this life and may God bless you all especially the lost souls. From Dubai UAE.

Shella | April 17, 2007 3:06 AM

My heart goes out to you all for what you have gone through. -Fred, Burbank California

Fred Herrman | April 17, 2007 3:07 AM

My thoughts are with you all and deepest condolences to the friends and family that this tragic event has affected

JD | April 17, 2007 3:16 AM

Nothing we say will make the pain easier, but know that we care and that our prayers are with the Virginia Tech family right now!

Rhonda from Houston | April 17, 2007 3:27 AM

My name is cody i attend Arizona State University and i just want u all to know that we are all praying for u, may god be with all the victims family...it is a sad sad time for the U.S.A.

Cody Ezell | April 17, 2007 3:33 AM


our prayers are with vt right now

Marty | April 17, 2007 3:39 AM

Our hearts and prayers from Bluefield WV
go our to our hokie neighbors

mike hayes | April 17, 2007 3:41 AM

may god somehow ease the pain and suffering. VT is in our prayers tonight from mountianeer country

mike hayes | April 17, 2007 3:45 AM

All of our condolences and suffering is with you in this hard time. -Joe in Canada

Joe | April 17, 2007 3:50 AM

Please know the world mourns for all of the tears and broken hearts at VT. We watch on TV & want to help, but how? I suppose we just hope you know you are thought of with such sorrow & love and we hope that you will all eventually be able to take small steps forward. So many are in the arms of Angels tonight. God Bless! L.A., CA

Jami | April 17, 2007 4:00 AM

My thoughts go out to everyone who have been affected by this terrible tragedy in Blacksburg, Va. We will mourn those who were lost and may god grant you the strength to get through this horrible tragedy. God bless you. Los Angeles,CA

Chris | April 17, 2007 4:26 AM

I have found myself crying, as I watched the coverage of your pain, and if by crying I can share a little of your pain, I will. Christine, Vancouver, British Columbia

Christine Taggart | April 17, 2007 4:29 AM

Hi,
I just saw Brendan and Laura on CNN over here in Australia and they said they were posting to this web site whilst things developed. Hats off to you for keeping information flowing in a professional way in trying times. All the best and condolenses to those affected by the tradgedy.

cheers

Ross Nelson, Canberra, Australia

Ross Nelson (Australia) | April 17, 2007 5:29 AM

When will we rise up and say enough is enough. Gun crime is out of control. I'm sick and sickened by the images of children fleeing from a man with a gun. Gun culture is killing us. The founding fathers could never have envisaged what would become of their right to bear arms. We are a modern democratic state and our european friends look on with disbelief at what happens here with regards to guns. How can any right thinking person believe itsa okay to sell or buy semi automatic weapons to civilians who live in towns and cities. The only folk who need a gun are vetinarians and farmers. This wont be the last i'm sure.

Martyn | April 17, 2007 5:30 AM

We are watching in Australia and are devastated that this tragedy has struck. Our prayers are with everyone who has been effected by this, especially those who have lost thier loved ones in this cruel and senseless tragedy.

Helen | April 17, 2007 5:34 AM

My thoughts and condolences go to everyone who have been affected by this mindlessness. I simply cannot understand why or how. I wish I could help somehow. The thoughts of the Irish people are with you in this hour of need.

Eoghan (Dublin, Ireland) | April 17, 2007 5:44 AM

deepest condolenses to all the students and families from Belgium.
Something is wrong with our society people...we need to meditate on all these shootings

nooka | April 17, 2007 5:46 AM

God bless to you all,
my thoughts are with you all and the familys of the victims...

Laura in liverpool uk. | April 17, 2007 5:58 AM

Our condolences to the families of the victims

Duong Thao | April 17, 2007 6:01 AM

My heart goes out to all of you. The families and friends of the people that were lost and to the people at Virginia Tech who survived this tragedy. I also want to thank the people who commented here from other countries. Its nice to be reminded that we all share this planet and even in the midst of this tragedy show unity and love for one another across the globe.

Sue ( Coeur d'alene, ID.) | April 17, 2007 6:04 AM

I came to your website this morning, after a sleepness/restless night. Our own daughter is a college sophomore in NC, and this tragedy could have happened on her campus. I heard about your website on CNN yesterday afternoon, and wanted to come online and read things from the student's perspectives. Keep up the good work under these most difficult times. God bless you all and may the healing now begin.

Gayle, Gaithersburg, MD | April 17, 2007 6:06 AM

We're thinking of you all in Blacksburg and our condolences for all who suffered a great loss.
Bless you.
Gabi from Hanau, Hessen, Germany

Gabi from Germany | April 17, 2007 6:17 AM

my deeapest condolences my heart gose out to you all ***

nichola | April 17, 2007 6:28 AM

Our condolences from Singapore to the families of the victims.

Hoon | April 17, 2007 6:31 AM

shocking i think now something should be done about guns and security on collage and schools, with love hugs and kissis nichola

nichola from england | April 17, 2007 6:33 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with all the students and staff.
There just aren't any words that must be able to describe what you are all feeling right now.
I have been glued to the tv since yesterday afternoon,it is so so sad. Please know you are all in my thoughts across the pond

xxx

Kayli from england | April 17, 2007 6:41 AM

I feel so sad for you.
Wa are with you.

Vinvin from Paris, France | April 17, 2007 6:43 AM

keep your heads up and stay strong.

the thoughts and prayers of the gamecocks go out to the victims, their families, and friends.

Steve

steve from Japan | April 17, 2007 6:49 AM

We hope everybody on Campus will get over this tragic event.
Maybe this could all be prevented if the Gunn Sales in the US would be stopped.
At this time it's so easy to get guns, every nutcase can get one.

Good luck dealing with this !

Best Regards,

Paul Schrijvers
Ulft, The Netherlands

Paul Schrijvers | April 17, 2007 7:05 AM

Heartfelt condolences from Berlin, Germany. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Gene Ruebsamen | April 17, 2007 7:35 AM

GOD SPEED VIRGINIA TECH and the Blacksburg community!!

Lynn... Satellite Beach, Florida

Lynn | April 17, 2007 7:45 AM

Go mbeannai Dia sibh. Our thoughts are with you from Ireland.

Aoife | April 17, 2007 7:48 AM

Sincere Condolences from Munich, Germany.
We are shocked about what happened and are very sorry for those who lost their children and loved ones.
Best regards

Daniela | April 17, 2007 7:50 AM

assbag!

grompus | April 17, 2007 7:51 AM

This is a terrible tragedy. What is stunning now is the media rush to condemn the university for "reacting too slowly." How ridiculous. We don't lock down a 5 mile radius in DC or Detroit or NY everytime there is a domestic shooting. Neither should VT be faulted for letting normal activities continue when there was no reason to believe anything larger was possible. We need to come together to defend the university. Good luck Blacksburg.

Friend of VT | April 17, 2007 7:52 AM

I was part of class of '79 and WUVT. Keep up the news coverage. I've prayed, I've cried, I ask God for forgiveness and healing in the Blacksburg community. Tha pain is shared around the country and world.

scott birdwell | April 17, 2007 7:55 AM

Gerard Baker, London Times Commentary

By the desensitising standards of routine American gun violence, yesterday's shootings at Virginia Tech university were shocking only in their scale. Over more than 20 years, Americans have got grimly used to a ritual that plays out on the cable news every few months. The initial news is sketchy, reports of shots fired at a campus or in a schoolyard. Then, the first confused images of students running terrified from classrooms, black-clothed Swat teams gingerly pressing into doorways; the press conference in which some dazed school principal or university president mutters the first incomplete details, with casualty estimates and emergency phone numbers for worried relatives to call.

Finally, as the horror gradually dawns in its fullness, someone finds some photograph of the gunman, pulled from a high-school yearbook or holiday. Sometimes he is a fresh-faced, American-as-apple-pie-looking young man who friends say would never harm an insect. Other times, in that first image, the brooding face is already a sad window into a soul that is well on the way to its ultimate destination of murderous and suicidal mayhem.

It's so familiar you could write the script yourself. Only the names change... Jonesboro, Columbine, Lancaster County and now Virginia Tech. And the numbers.

Yesterday's death toll of more than 30 handed Virginia Tech, a proud college with a strong academic record and a famous sporting pedigree, the unwanted title of worst shooting in US history. There is something slightly unsettling about the way news reporters seize on these landmarks with the kind of statistical excitement with which you would announce a new sporting record. You can't blame them. It is the only thing that really distinguishes one of these events from another in the public's mind.

And the truth is that only an optimist would imagine Virginia Tech will hold the new record for very long. Surely in a year or two the news networks will be replaying the same footage from another college, with only the numbers different.

Perhaps of all the elements of American exceptionalism? Those factors, positive or negative, that make the US such a different country, politically, socially, culturally, from the rest of the civilised world? It is the gun culture that foreigners find so hard to understand.

The country's religiosity, so at odds with the rest of the developed world these days; its economic system which seems to tolerate vast disparities of income; even all those strange sports Americans enjoy? All of these can at least be understood by the rest of us, even if not shared.

But why, we ask, do Americans continue to tolerate gun laws and a culture that seems to condemn thousands of innocents to death every year, when presumably, tougher restrictions, such as those in force in European countries, could at least reduce the number?

The truth is, not all Americans do oppose such measures. The US of course, is a vast, federal nation, with different laws and cultures in different states. In Virginia, scene of yesterday's shootings, they passed a law a few years ago that did indeed restrict gun purchases? To a maximum of one per week. In the neighbouring District of Columbia, on the other hand, the law bans the possession of all guns.

DC's draconian measure highlights one reason tighter gun control is difficult in the US. The federal courts recently ruled that the ban violates Americans? right to bear arms, as protected by the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

But the constitutional question is not, in fact, settled. The final legal status of gun control rests at least in part on the composition of the Supreme Court and can, and has, changed, over the years.

Those on the Left like to think that the reason guns remain so available lies with the famed power of the National Rifle Association, the body that promotes the interest of gun owners. The NRA is deemed to be so influential that it can force members of congress or state representatives to support permissive gun laws, for fear of losing the association's useful financial support at election time.

But this is overblown. The NRA is certainly a powerful body but cannot on its own outweigh the views of millions of ordinary Americans.

The simple truth is that Americans themselves remain unwilling to take drastic measures to restrict gun availability. This is rooted deep in the American belief in individual freedom and a powerful suspicion of government. Americans are deeply leery of efforts by government to restrict the freedom to defend themselves. A sizeable minority, perhaps a majority, believe the risk that criminals will perpetrate events such as yesterday's is a painful but necessary price to pay to protect that freedom.

The sheer scale of the carnage yesterday may after all make the Blacksburg killings truly unique in American history. That will doubtless lead to more self-examination and perhaps calls for new restrictions on firearms. But it won?t change America's deep-rooted and sometimes lethal commitment to its own freedoms.

The International View | April 17, 2007 7:58 AM

My condolences to the family and friends of all those touched by yesterday's violence. As a Hokie alum, I feel such sadness that memories of such a beautiful campus and wonderful people are blurred by this senseless tragedy. In time, the pain will fade and VT will be remembered for the great school it is.

It hurts tremendously to know that there are such hateful people out there as the the guy who did all of this. At the same time, all of the love and prayers captured on this forum and others from our rival schools and from across the world shows that there is still so much good out there.

As for those so wanting to play "what if" and find blame, remember there was no way to predict what would have happened. Had a warning gone out and students locked down, maybe lives would have been saved. But yet, maybe the Norris scene would have just been moved to one of the dorms and even more students hurt. Hindsight is 20-20.

For now, let us be there for all the students and their families. Be strong Hokie Nation -- we need to lean on each other.

patricia | April 17, 2007 7:58 AM

This is just heart breaking, my condolences to eveyone.

Kuwait

Heema | April 17, 2007 8:05 AM

God Bless, thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Take care,
Bob.... Celbridge,Ireland

Bob, Ireland. | April 17, 2007 8:15 AM

Myself and my family send our prayers to the entire student body of VA Tech and although it may seem difficult now, don't let the actions of one fool break up what seems to be a very close knit community down there at Blacksburg.

Philadelphia, PA

Chris Hattal | April 17, 2007 8:20 AM

My codolences goes out to the family members who lost a love one on yersteday shooting. I will keep you in my prayers. Love, Peace and Happienss.

adrienne | April 17, 2007 8:35 AM

everyone of ya'll at v.t. and all who passed are in mine and everyone elses prayers down here in DeFuniak Springs, Fl. i stayed up till almost one oclock watching different news channels and just thought of what i would do if this happened in out little town. ya'll are all remembered, and are all being prayed for. :] r.i.p to those who passed :[

ericadawne | April 17, 2007 8:46 AM

That was a heart felt article. God bless you and all that is effected by this horrid act.

Mary | April 17, 2007 8:57 AM

Condolences from Germany

Arne, Germany - Hamburg | April 17, 2007 8:58 AM

I just wanted to say that you are in the hearts and minds of people all over the world. I live in Montreal, where we've had our fair share of killing sprees in our colleges and universities. My heart goes out to all of you, the victims, the families and all of the students.
I only learnt of the tragedy on our local news this morning. That's how I found your site. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Gary, from Montreal.
p.s. I think it stinks that reporters are posting comments with offers like vultures in the sky.

Gary | April 17, 2007 9:04 AM

Condolences from the Campus of the Technical University Karlsruhe, Germany.
We are all so sad about what happened to you.

Horst Neuschl | April 17, 2007 9:06 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 9:28 AM

We carry all of you in our hearts and in our prayers. God bless.
Janice
Ponce, Puerto Rico

Janice | April 17, 2007 9:30 AM

We carry all of you in our hearts and in our prayers. God bless
Janice
Ponce, Puerto Rico

Janice | April 17, 2007 9:30 AM

Thank you for your sharing of such a terrible moment.

My prayers are with you all...

Jonathan
Malta.

Jonathan | April 17, 2007 9:39 AM

My little sis is set to graduate from VT in just a few weeks and I hope she's able to look back on her time at VT and have fond memories. It's just a shame how one idiots decision can ruin so many lives.

God Bless
Chris from Philly

Chris | April 17, 2007 9:42 AM

I used to use the facilities at VT when i worked at a local summer camp over there, i'm devastated for all the students and the residents of blacksburg.

Jen | April 17, 2007 9:51 AM

Our prayers are with all the famlies and friends of all those involved in this tragedy, may the peace of the Lord be with all of you.
Just as prohibition didn't stop drinking, gun control is not the answer. Faith, family, the love of God and one another is the only way to prevent such horror.

David Kerridge | April 17, 2007 9:51 AM

Condolences from Rhode Island. We are shocked and saddened by this senseless tragedy. Be strong. Keep up the great reporting.

Stan | April 17, 2007 9:54 AM

Condolences from Canada

Amanda From-Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada | April 17, 2007 10:15 AM

Condolences from Canada

Amanda From-Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada | April 17, 2007 10:17 AM

No matter what part of the world you are in, this senseless act affects us all. I send my condolences to the victims and the community of VT. Prayers are with you all.

Tanya from Nova Scotia | April 17, 2007 10:19 AM

My deepest sympathies to the Virginia Tech community. Such senseless tragedy - especially involving young people at a place of learning and peace - is heartbreaking. You are in our prayers here and may God bless you as you try to cope with this. Bob & company...Jersey City, NJ

bob | April 17, 2007 10:20 AM

My deepest sympathies to the Virginia Tech community. Such senseless tragedy - especially involving young people at a place of learning and peace - is heartbreaking. You are in our prayers here and may God bless you as you try to cope with this. Bob & company...Jersey City, NJ

bob | April 17, 2007 10:20 AM

It's really too bad that VT decided to supercede Virginia's gun laws.

An armed citizenry could have put an end to Cho Seung-Hui early on in this tragedy. Instead the students were left as defenseless sheep on the way to slaughter - praying that other people with guns would save them.

Paul C. | April 17, 2007 10:22 AM

Condolences from Germany. You are all in our hearts and our minds.

Maik, Germany | April 17, 2007 10:27 AM

I am deeply saddened by this act of pure evil. I grieve with you. I look forward to the day when your school and community have recovered from this rip in the fabric of decency, and can move on. Until then, my thoughts are with you.

Brian, Marin County, CA | April 17, 2007 10:36 AM

I am deeply saddened by this act of pure evil. I grieve with you. I look forward to the day when your school and community have recovered from this rip in the fabric of decency, and can move on. Until then, my thoughts are with you.

Brian, Marin County, CA | April 17, 2007 10:36 AM

I am deeply saddened by this act of pure evil. I grieve with you. I look forward to the day when your school and community have recovered from this rip in the fabric of decency, and can move on. Until then, my thoughts are with you.

Brian, Marin County, CA | April 17, 2007 10:37 AM

please accept our Condolences from the UK our thoughts and prayers are with you in these tragic days.

karan kinnish | April 17, 2007 10:42 AM

Our most sincere condolences from Ontario, Canada

M. Morgan | April 17, 2007 10:59 AM

I would like to add my condolences to all of these others. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We, in Canada grieve with you.

Kathie, BC Can ada | April 17, 2007 11:11 AM

I read the shooters name is Cho Seung-hui, 23. That he came here in 1999 from South Korea. Is this accurate information? Thank you.

Tina | April 17, 2007 11:16 AM

My heart and prayers go out to the loved ones, friends and students of Virginia Tech.

Tanya | April 17, 2007 11:16 AM

Condolenses from Connecticut. So sorry for your losses. No one should have to suffer as the surviving families and friends are suffering today and will for the rest of their lives. Truly an unforgettable event. I commend you on your great reporting.
Let me reply to Steven Lee - That's not the way to go about it, Steve.
1. Pay attention to your Gun Laws
2. Be aware of what's going on around you.
3. I hate to sound corny, but....
Spread love not war.

Bev | April 17, 2007 11:27 AM

So good to hear you kids being so strong on TV. The kids in Iraq are your age, experiencing similar things. You don't have to fall apart to express genuine sympathy.

John | April 17, 2007 11:36 AM

Why? Will we ever know? What, if anything, can we, as individuals, do to prevent such events?

Paisley | April 17, 2007 11:43 AM

My deepest condolences for all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.

Angela, Massachusetts | April 17, 2007 11:44 AM

My thoughts and prayers to Virginia Tech. God Bless to all of us.

Carmen | April 17, 2007 11:46 AM

My thoughts and prayers to Virginia Tech. God Bless to all of us.
Los Angeles, CA

Carmen | April 17, 2007 11:47 AM

My deepest condolences go out to the Virginia Tech community...you are all in our thoughts and prayers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Melissa | April 17, 2007 11:49 AM

My deepest condolences go out to the Virginia Tech community...you are all in our thoughts and prayers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Melissa | April 17, 2007 11:49 AM

My heart is breaking for all the families and students who have been affected by such a senseless act of violence. Many of friends are Hoakies,as is my brother. We went through a lot trying to find him yesterday. Thankfully he is okay.I cant even begin to imagine how the families of victims must be feeling. Stay strong VT!! Our Thoughts and prayers go out to you all . May God Bless and begin the healing!
Gainesville,VA

Maryia | April 17, 2007 11:50 AM

Those murdered should have fought back. They would have won and fewer would have died. Like Columbine, this incident illustrates waiting for the police to rescue you is a self imposed death sentence. When evil comes, forget the police. YOU fight evil.

Neel | April 17, 2007 11:51 AM

My heart is breaking for all the families and students who have been affected by such a senseless act of violence. Many of friends are Hoakies,as is my brother. We went through a lot trying to find him yesterday. Thankfully he is okay.I cant even begin to imagine how the families of victims must be feeling. Stay strong VT!! Our Thoughts and prayers go out to you all . May God Bless and begin the healing!

Maryia-Gainesville,VA | April 17, 2007 11:51 AM

Those murdered should have fought back. They would have won and fewer would have died. Like Columbine, this incident illustrates waiting for the police to rescue you is a self imposed death sentence. When evil comes, forget the police. YOU fight evil.

Neel | April 17, 2007 11:51 AM

As an '85 IE Hokie Alum, myself and my fellow alumni are devastated at the events that transpired at our beloved alma mater. My condolences go out to the all those affected by this tragedy. VA Tech will always be remembered as my safe and happy place - some of the best memories of my life. I am angry that other students, parents, family have been robbed of the opportunity to have those same memories, that same experience. Instead, this selfish tragic act will forever mar peoples lives, our memories of a beautiful peaceful campus, and our school's reputation.

I am so saddened that people are now blaming the university for this tragedy. Let's put the blame where it belongs - on the back on one deranged sad individual with murder on his mind. When a suicide bomber can enter the Green Zone in Iraq and then blow himself up in the Parliament building - probably the most secure building in the world - we should realize that no one can predict what a homicidal maniac will do.

Right now we're still all grieving for the students and faculty and their families who were affected by these events. I hope that the strong Hokie family will come together for however long it takes to allow VA Tech to heal.

Sheryl | April 17, 2007 12:00 PM

My prayers are for the families involved and the staff in dealing with the aftermath of this horrible situation. During this time reflect on your current life and how you are living it and whom you are living it for! Redeem your days that are given to you, each is very special and take every opportunity to say I love you to those you care for! Reflect on eternity and where you would spend it if you died today? Heaven or Hell? Confessing and Believing that Jesus Christ died on the cross as a payment for all of Our sins and that He is the Lord of Your Life is the only way to know it will be in Heaven (Romans 10:9-10). Redeem this opportunity you have right now in the midst of this turmoil to secure eternity for Yourself and others, don't put it off! You don't know what tomorrow will bring! God Bless you all!

Tim, Rio Grande OH | April 17, 2007 12:03 PM

Beautiful, truthful writing.

May the power of love heal. May the destructive power of hate pass you by.

Becky | April 17, 2007 12:03 PM

Condolences & prayers from Orange County, California. God Bless you.

Mary-Elizabeth | April 17, 2007 12:09 PM

I grieve with you. From a former Hokie.
http://asap.ap.org/stories/1378374.s

Andrew | April 17, 2007 12:11 PM

God Bless you young beautiful children. Stand strong, stand together UNITE!! Be there for one another and and together you will get through this. One town, One school, thousands together to make ONE

Jennifer Rulon | April 17, 2007 12:11 PM

Please accept my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you all; as well as the greater VT family. I've been to Blacksburg many times in the summer for a lazy day inner tubing on the New River with friends that were students; what a horrible contrast to such a normally peaceful and serene place. I'm not a particularly religious person, but for what its worth, I've found that in times when you are trying make sense of a senseless act, placing your faith in God are where solace and answers can be found; reach out.
Michael Adams (Charlotte, NC)

Mike Adams | April 17, 2007 12:14 PM

Please accept my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you all; as well as the greater VT family. I've been to Blacksburg many times in the summer for a lazy day inner tubing on the New River with friends that were students; what a horrible contrast to such a normally peaceful and serene place. I'm not a particularly religious person, but for what its worth, I've found that in times when you are trying make sense of a senseless act, placing your faith in God are where solace and answers can be found; reach out.
Michael Adams (Charlotte, NC)

Mike Adams | April 17, 2007 12:15 PM

I live about 35 minutes from campus. This has certainly hit home for everyone. God bless you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Chandra

1HokieFan | April 17, 2007 12:18 PM

Those of us in Montana have been glued to the news since this horrible story broke. We stand with Virginia and grieve with Hokies, wherever you are. Today, we are Hokies, too.

Emma | April 17, 2007 12:23 PM

As, a mom, my heart is so broken for these children and their families. My peace be with you at this time.

I hope and pray that the people who monitor this website will please turn in the name of Mr. Steven Lee and try to find this person before someone else is hurt.

Karen | April 17, 2007 12:28 PM

my heart goes out to the students and families of Virginia Tech, the more I hear about this terrible tragedy the more my thoughts and prayers are with the hokies, thank you for sharing your stories and giving us an inside look at such a senseless act. prayers and sympathy go out to Virginia Tech as you continue to grieve from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Tx.

jennifer | April 17, 2007 12:28 PM

This is such a tragic event. I still find it so difficult to believe. It's a mixture of feelings, like sadness and angry. How can a preson do such monstruos thing. my hearts goes out to all the persons affected by this tragedy. Romina from Albania

Romina | April 17, 2007 12:53 PM

Our Penn State family grieves with you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

merelee | April 17, 2007 12:58 PM

Our hearts go out to you in this terrible time of loss. I can't even fathom what it is like for those parents to have lost a child, wives that lost husbands, and kids who lost their dad...this is truly awful. I still can't believe it. Prayers to you all and your families from UVA and UVA Hospital, Charlene at UVA

Charlene | April 17, 2007 1:05 PM

Our hearts go out to you in this terrible time of loss. I can't even fathom what it is like for those parents to have lost a child, wives that lost husbands, and kids who lost their dad...this is truly awful. I still can't believe it. Prayers to you all and your families from UVA and UVA Hospital, Charlene at UVA

Charlene | April 17, 2007 1:06 PM

Our hearts go out to you in this terrible time of loss. I can't even fathom what it is like for those parents to have lost a child, wives that lost husbands, and kids who lost their dad...this is truly awful. I still can't believe it. Prayers to you all and your families from UVA and UVA Hospital, Charlene at UVA

Charlene | April 17, 2007 1:07 PM

Our hearts go out to you in this terrible time of loss. I can't even fathom what it is like for those parents to have lost a child, wives that lost husbands, and kids who lost their dad...this is truly awful. I still can't believe it. Prayers to you all and your families from UVA and UVA Hospital, Charlene at UVA

Charlene | April 17, 2007 1:08 PM

Know that we love you and are praying for you all.

Cydney, - Roanoke, VA

Cydney | April 17, 2007 1:24 PM

Maganda ang pagkakalathala at pagkakasulat ng inyong mga manunulat lalo na't maselan ang mga pangyayaring kalilipas lang.

Nakikiramay kaming mga Pilipino sa inyong komunidad. Sumalangit nawa ang mga kaluluwa ng mga lumipas.

Deepest condolences from the Philippines.

Maynila | April 17, 2007 1:27 PM

Thank you for this article, for your bravery and for reaching out to the world with your words and honesty. We are truly devastated with such a loss and no words can bring back the precious lives lost. My sincere condolences to all affected.

May we keep ALL those affected by this tragedy in our prayers and thoughts. This is something that touches lives around the world. Please remember the victim's families and friends in your prayers, and don't forget the shooter's family - as they are victims in this madness, just as are the people who met bullets. This senseless act dishonored the shooter's family and they surely feel responsible in this... in some way, even by association, as is natural. Please help them know that they can be comforted in the kindness that is truly at the root of all humanity. Please show compassion on ALL involved.

I'd ask reporters and newspeople to respect the privacy and mourning periods for all relatives and friends of those lost. They need time to heal in quiet sorrow and time to reflect back on the wonderful lives that were lived by all those lost.

To all those injured and surviving this tragedy, do not feel guilty by being alive, just feel grateful that you have your life to live to its fullest and to honor those brave heroes around you who rendered aid at the darkest of moments. You survived to be able to go on, to hold precious the life that has been given you and to stand as strength and examples for others.

Wishing all heartfelt prayers and peace at this very difficult time.
Please know that those of us in Arizona are praying for your healing and comfort.
We pray that you go forward in faith, as prayers DO work. There IS someone listening and there IS a purpose to this life.
God Bless,
Betsy

Betsy | April 17, 2007 1:54 PM

We are all in shock at SF State. Our thoughts are with Virginia Tech.

paul | April 17, 2007 2:43 PM

Condolences from Texas..my heart breaks for all those who lost a friend or loved one in this horrible tragedy..my thoughts and prayers are with you...

Kimberly Obregon | April 17, 2007 2:59 PM

The Hawkeye Nation grieves with you brothers and sisters. You are in our prayers. Be strong.

Fred | April 17, 2007 3:03 PM

Everyone in DC is lifting you up and praying very hard for you all. May God grant you peace and comfort.

Shannon | April 17, 2007 4:15 PM

God Bless from Baltimore.

Beth | April 17, 2007 4:15 PM

We are thinking of you all in Charlotte, NC. Our prayers are thoughts are with you.

Courtney | April 17, 2007 4:32 PM

I get goosebumps from reading news and watching the news in CNN, I can't even think about how the students and the neighborhood of VT are coping with this horrific situation. May the victims soul rest in peace. My prayers are for all VT students and victims.

Tina | April 17, 2007 4:39 PM

this is very sad and tragic avent i heard this on the news and 1 man lost his life for a hole class of students and i am quite upset about this :,<

William | April 17, 2007 4:48 PM

this is very sad and tragic avent i heard this on the news and 1 man lost his life for a hole class of students and i am quite upset about this :,<

William | April 17, 2007 4:49 PM

this is very sad and tragic avent i heard this on the news and 1 man lost his life for a hole class of students and i am quite upset about this :,<

William | April 17, 2007 4:49 PM

You're in the minds and prayers of the people here at Mary Baldwin, too- may you be comforted in a time of grief, and may you have the strength to persevere.

Alice | April 17, 2007 4:55 PM

my heart goes out to all the familys that have lost there loved ones, from the uk ive been watching the news and this it a shame that this had to take place amoungst innocent people

jay e | April 17, 2007 5:50 PM

Such a waste of precious life. Bucknell mourns with you.

jay | April 17, 2007 6:26 PM

I am so sad for all of you that had to go through that sad sad day !!! But what gets me is :WHY WHY did he have the 2hours after the first shooting!!! After Colmbine did they (police ) promise they would come in straigt away !!!!!! How come he was not shot staight away I and Im sure others think the same way!!!The police and goverment NEED to have a much better response dont you think ? if anyone wants to chat to me please do at : (allifly68@yahoo.com.au) I would love to chat about this, as it is not right, and it will happen again sadly , but if we could at least come up with some ideas on what can be done to stop said: gunman in his or her tracks then all these inocent lifes are not all in vain !!!!!dont you think? I look forward to some replys Oceans of Light and Love to all. Nancy Somers Newzealand.

Nancy Somers | April 17, 2007 7:19 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the students especially... One student on TV said he felt embarrassed that now VT has the reputation for having the largest massacre. Please, keep in mind also though what the governor said at the Convocation -- that the Spirit of Virginia Tech after the incident showed itself throughout the world on TV... Let this spirit be the greater reputation for which VT becomes known. There was a lone, distured gunman; this was not a cult or group to continue to be afraid of. Continue to support each other, and like the professor who tried, report your worries of potentially troubled students to your instructors and authorities... this vigilance, and your spirit and support of each other will continue to make VT a safe place to learn.

Barb in Ohio | April 17, 2007 8:26 PM

Hi,

Just to let you guys know we support you from acroos the pond in England, this incident is very disturbing!. My heart goes out to all the people involved. I realy hope the you guys can move on.

Troy ( England )

Troy Turner | April 17, 2007 8:56 PM

I am proud of all of you who have put there anger, fear, sadness and any other emotions to writing, drawing, and talking.
My heart goes out to the families, friends, and students who are all involved.
We never think it would happen again and our hearts sadden for you and this will not be forgotten. Keep hold of each other and share all the feelings and not be afraid of showing your emotions help each other through this. It will not go away but will lessen.
I only wish I could help. Peace be with you. Anne

Anne | April 17, 2007 9:35 PM

My deepest sympathy for those suffering in the aftermath of this insanity.

My wife died in December as the result of an anti-American murder attempt in Mexico. A US university campus should not have such worries.

We have allowed a gun culture to permit crazies to obtain automatic weapons. The negligence of the University and police is obvious but no one should have to make decisions on an American college campus with the thought that a student will murder a mass of his fellows.

The proliferation of weapons has to be stopped.

Howard Dratch | April 17, 2007 9:41 PM

Thank you and congratulations for the exceptional work you all are doing with Planet Blacksburg. I'm so impressed with your ability to provide timely, articulate reporting during this terrible time. Your collective skill and spirit are a credit to Virginia Tech. Go,Hokies!
God bless you all.

collegemom | April 17, 2007 11:27 PM

Speaking on behalf of my fellow citizens in the great state of Montana; God be with these families and give them strength.
What a senseless tragedy.

Christopher John Richardson | April 18, 2007 12:11 AM

My heart fell when I heard the news. Germany's thoughts and love are with you. The articals are wonderfully written, and informative. I hope politicians will finally re-think their stance on the outdated line in the bill of rights. and make gun ownership harder to attain, with an age limit, and manditory training, as here in Germany, which takes 2 years. I am sad it will take an incident as this to open eyes, and shame on those leaders who fight against gun controll.

Lance | April 18, 2007 1:44 AM

I am a 23 year old college student in Dublin ireland and it sickens and deeply upsets me to what you guys are having to go through i cant even imagine, my thoughts and prayers are with you all xxx

G | April 18, 2007 4:25 AM

you'll be in my prayers

twit | April 18, 2007 5:20 AM

The Winthrop Eagles are praying for you all during this tragic time.

-Ashley, Winthrop University, SC

Ashley W | April 18, 2007 1:04 PM

Please know that my family is holding the entire VT community in our prayers. We know that our ever-loving Father-Mother-God is with you during this difficult time. May you feel the peace that passes all human understanding!

Greg | April 18, 2007 1:39 PM

did the shooter ride his bicycle there?
if so did he lock it up?
just wondering if he really was suicidal or wanted a quick getaway (to where I don't now)

Good luck and please go on with your lives. They are so precious now.

Sam | April 18, 2007 2:38 PM

a message of hope to those mourning,

remember in your grief that there is something bigger a plan and a purpose for this terrible tragedy, don't ask me what that i don't know. remember this whole nation groans because of the sin of one mans sin, infact the whole world does. death came from adam just as the Bible states "sin entered the world through one man and death by sin and so death was passed down to all nations" but remember God is always with you to comfort and to guide you you may ask why would a loving God make such terrible things happen?, God doesnt make these terrible things happen satan does
this whole nation is mourning with you, and i myself pray daily for you and all the others mourning may God bless you and keep you
he has a plan don't ever doubt that he does have a plan and a unique purpose for this tragedy
think about it he loves each student at VT and everyone in the whole world for that matter SO much he came down from heaven to die so that we might live all we have to do is beleive the Bible state "for God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whosoever beleives in him should not perish but have everlasting life" and "but God commendeth his love towards us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us" but remember theres not much time for as you can see you never know what a day might bring and the Bible also states "for the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life" and "man is appointed once to die but after that the judgment" are you ready to face God?????

and always remember that the Bible also states in Romans 8: 28 "for all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose"

i am keeping you in my prayers
God bless this nation and all it's inhabitants
Em

Em | April 18, 2007 4:07 PM

God bless ALL of you at VT, and for all the ones that did not make it..god bless the families, my prayers are with
ALL...
Georgia

Jan | April 18, 2007 4:28 PM

Stay strong, Hokies....

Nick | April 18, 2007 4:33 PM

Hello Va. Tech Family Members, My thoughts and prayers are with each one of you. My question to someone, anyone, is how are the two student's doing (one young woman, one young man) who are seen being carried out of the building by Police officials. A visual makes everything so real. I have three sons and a daughter in law who graduated from Va. Tech. I am so sorry for the pain and horror everyone now has to deal with.

Kate Tippett-Bowles | April 18, 2007 5:28 PM

I am so sorry to hear of this tragedy. You are surrounded by the thoughts and prayers of many. I lost a 22 year old son 5 years ago, and I know how very hard it is to accept and adjust to such sudden loss. Norris Hall was named for one of my grandfather's older brothers. It's sad to think that this is how it will always be remembered now. Care for each other in Blacksburg, help each other in passing through this sad time.

Elizabeth | April 18, 2007 9:19 PM

I feel that I have never been so affected by a national tragedy before, this feels so close to home. I also have never seen such bravery and heart in such a situation, my deepest condolences. I wish everyone at Vriginia Tech the best of luck on the road to recovery, although you may never recover completely, you all will always be Virginia Tech and know as the school that greatly supported each other in time of such tremendous grief. The nation's prayers and thoughts are with you

Caroline C | April 18, 2007 9:58 PM

Hoping and praying for those who were not as fortunet as others to have better lives in their next one. May lord Buddha be with you, always.


Varat, 18, ABAC university, Bangkok, Thailand

Varat K. | April 19, 2007 2:36 PM

I am a student at East Tennessee State University. I first want to thank all of the people involved in this web-site. I haven't been able to watch all of the news coverage about this tragic event. By coming to this site,I know I am getting true accounts and updates on what happened.

I cannot even begin to imagine what all of you are going through at this moment. My heart goes out to all of those affected by this tragedy. I hope that the "world" around us begins to realize just how easy it is for this to occur and that things will begin to change to make it harder for a person or people to do something like this again.

All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Be Strong and May God Be With All Of You During This Tragedy!!

Pam | April 20, 2007 3:10 AM

GOD HELP US PLEASE!! THE END IS TRULY NEAR!!

TIFFANI | April 20, 2007 3:03 PM

My Players are most definitely with you!

Keana G. | April 20, 2007 5:53 PM


Condolences from Norway. You are all in our hearts and our minds.

I've been thinking about you ever since this terrible day, and I will keep on thinking about you. Maybe you will find hope again, some day.

Gitte from Norway | April 22, 2007 6:12 PM

As a Hokie alum, I was shocked and saddened to hear news reports of surreal violence on the morning of 4-16. Such an unspeakable tragedy in places so familiar to me... It seemed unbelievable but was all too real.

My heart goes out to the families and friends of those who died, and to all of you who grieve. In a time of such pain and sorrow, you have shown the world what it means to be a Hokie - strong, resilient, dignified and proud - good people helping one another to walk through tragedy. I am so proud to be a Hokie!! May God bless and comfort each of you.

Beth | April 22, 2007 8:38 PM

God be with each of you as you begin a new week after an unspeakable tragedy. Philippians 4:13 " Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am." Grace and peace to you from God our Father. Smile. You are loved.

CJ in NC | April 22, 2007 9:29 PM

God Bless all of you....You are loved with an everlasting love! I haven't been able to go one day without crying for what you are all enduring. Please know we are thinking about you and our prayers are enveloping you!

Debbie | April 22, 2007 10:38 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 12:13 AM

Aside from everyone sending condolances, I'd like to invite everyone to my blog to solve this crime. There are anomalies that need to be looked at here.

http://vtechhoax.blogspot.com/

Phil | April 23, 2007 10:13 AM

My prayers and thoughts are with the victims' families and friends and the whole VT community affected by this terrible tragedy. You will always be in my hearts. I may not have gone to VT but I feel like a Hokie today!!!

Kim | April 23, 2007 12:51 PM

In the name of many, many people here in Austria/Europe I´ll say to you all in VT that our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you!
Maggie

Maggie | April 23, 2007 1:42 PM

I am really sorry

Brandon McIntosh | April 23, 2007 4:22 PM

President Bush, the idiot says "schools shouldn't be a battlefield" but it is president Bush's fault cause if he put gun control for America, this wouldn't of happened. Thank god i live in Canada where
there is gun control because very few school shootings happen. I would hate to go to school in America, cause some crazy kid might come to school and just shoot everybody. And hey Virginia if i were your government i would put control on. K thanks for reading this, i am just a 10 year old kid. seriously.

Tyson | April 23, 2007 5:33 PM

God blesses USA!

zhang | April 24, 2007 11:49 AM

our heart and my prayers go out to all of your family and friends! umiiyak si ako..

berna | April 24, 2007 2:22 PM

In reply to Tyson: I agree w/ u Tyson...George W. Bush is an idiot! When "Mr. Chimp" said,
" school's shouldn't be a battlefield"...I said,
" yeah the supposedly WMD (weapons.mass.destruction.) filled middle east shouldn't be a battlefield either!"
I mean come on stupid monkey like what the heck are we in the Middle East for? I have the answer for every1 in three letters...O-I-L-

And I am truly sorry for n-e-1 who lost sum 1 in the virginia shooting...praying for you...

lea from CA | April 25, 2007 2:51 PM

As an expression of shared sorrow, and support, I�d like to share a couple of new, royalty-free songs of support I wrote and recorded for families and friends of Virginia Tech massacre victims:

Today, In Virginia
Dr BLT�s One Man �Banned�
Words and music by Bruce L. Thiessen, aka Dr. BLT Dr BLT �2007
http://www.drblt.net/music/TinV.mp3

Virginia�s Tears
Dr BLT�s One Man �Banned�
Words and music by Dr BLT �2007
http://www.drblt.net/music/VT.mp3

Bruce L. Thiessen, Ph.D, aka Dr BLT
University Instructor
Singer/songwriter/psychologist

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