Five years ago today, tragedy struck in Virginia, reverberating around the nation and the world. A single gunman opened fire at two different locations on the Virginia Tech campus, killing 32 people and wounding 25 others. Almost unprecedented in its scope and horror, the shooting left the campus in deep mourning.
A student at Virginia Tech holds up a candle with Burruss Hall in the background during the candlelight vigil on the Virginia Tech campus, Tuesday, April 17, 2007, in Blacksburg, Va., in honor the victims of the April 16, shootings on Virginia Tech's campus. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Christina O'Connor)
The rest of the nation mourned with them. Legacy.com provided a Guest Book for all victims, as well as individual Guest Books for each of the victims, and we saw a massive outpouring of condolences and support from near and far. Combined, the Guest Books have received more than 50,000 entries.
Today is a day when we remember the lives lost on April 16, 2007. We'd like to do so by sharing the words of just a few of the thousands who stopped to express their condolences in the Guest Books that day.
As a '06 Virginia Tech graduate, I cannot fathom the events that occurred there today. The rather beautiful, tranquil campus will never be the same. To all of the students, teachers and families, my deepest sympathies go to you. Hokies are a proud people who overcome, even in the wake of disaster. Pray and remember all those who were lost and injured on this dark day.
~ Joe Eichorn, Charlotte, North Carolina
I lift up the family, friends, students and faculty in prayer as this will be a very difficult process. May your strengthen come from your loves ones and God.
~ Callene Reese, Orlando, Florida
As bereaved parents ourselves, we know only too well the pain you are suffering and how hard the future will be for all the parents as they try to learn how to live without their precious child(ren). The entire country mourns with you. We wish you peace, and gentler days. May God comfort you in this time.
~ Leigh & Todd Moss, Covington, Georgia
To: My home state of Virginia
From: Tampa, Florida
My heart and tears go out to all.. my prayers to all the families and all that are suffering.. my candles are lit.. God please, please help all the kids, and there families thru this.. SPECIAL HUGS TO ALL
~ gina hayes, Norfolk, Virginia
My profound condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of those slain today. My prayers are with you today and in the days to come. Our tears mingle with yours.
~ Heather Hay, Ottawa, Ontario
I was saddened of the news this morning, so many people affected, this truly is a catastrophic event. In a place that should never see violence like this, In a place where there are so many young bright people trying to better their world as well as ours, my thoughts and prayers go out to the students, staff, and familys of everyone affected by the events of today. I hope you find comfort in the warmth of your family and friends.
~ Tod Nuetzman, Queen Creek, Arizona
I'm a Virginia Tech student from Hickory, NC, and it is just impossible to put into words what we are going through right now. Please keep our campus in your thoughts and prayers.
~ Jennings Bray, Blacksburg, Virginia
The Virginia Tech community continues to mourn, five years later. As today brings painful memories to past and current students, faculty and staff, we wish them peace and healing.
Sophomore Kenneth Erisman holds a candle as he pays his respects at a makeshift memorial at Drill field on the Virginia Tech campus Wednesday, April 18, 2007 in Blacksburg, Va. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Written by Linnea Crowther