Devastation at Virginia Tech

On Monday morning, U.S. history was forever changed, when a 23-year-old student committed the deadliest shooting on American soil.

On the Virginia Tech college campus, 33 students were shot dead by Cho Seung-Hui, a South Korean native, studying English with a student visa. Police in Blacksburg, Va. have concluded that Seung-Hui was responsible for the two shootings on campus; first in a college dorm, and then in classrooms nearly two hours later. After the massacre ended, the gunman took his own life.

President Bush said the "nation is shocked and saddened" by the shootings, and the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives both held a moment of silence. READ MORE

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"I am a former student at Virginia Tech, and I am still stunned at what has happened at my alma mater. I, like so many others, come to identify myself with my school, and even though I still live within an hour of Tech it feels so personal so much closer. I was in 1997 when I decided to go there and I am today after all of this madness." — Rick (Meadowview, VA)

"I am deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy. I can't even imagine how the victims' families will ever be able to cope with this. I don't think this should happen to anyone, anywhere. Is the freedom to own a gun worth so many innocent lives?" — Guilherme

"I just would of course like to send my condolences to all whom is suffering from the events at Virginia Tech. But I especially would like to remind are country that the family of the person responsible for this is in need of prayer and support as well. They not only have lost a loved one but also have to live with the fact that their loved one did this awful thing." — DTB

"My deep condolences for the rampage that shocked every one of us. As I am reflecting on this issue, it seems that this is more a social problem of America than a security problem. Family and social values have to be reformed so that not many individuals are left behind. Society should become more inter-woven. Rather than thrusting a gun in everyone's hand, removing the guns from most hands is the best solution. Violence will perpetuate only violence." — Prakash.

"First of all, I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of all those affected by this horrible and despicable act. We can no longer as a nation pretend that we don't know why evil is afoot and taking hold. Our young people continue to be killed by senseless violence and our government is powerless in protecting them, it's time that our government allowed us to protect ourselves by allowing prayer back into our classrooms throughout our nation." — Geraldo (Taylor, MI)

"Please include the family of Cho Seung-Hui in your prayers. No one can even imagine what torment these people are enduring at this time. Not only are they grieving the loss of their son, but will be carrying the unimaginable burden of knowing that it was their son who was responsible for so much heartbreak." — Barrie

"I'm deeply saddened and angry over the massacre at VA Tech. I spent the night reassuring my 5-year-old son that this wasn't going to happen to him at his school. The thing is that there aren't any guarantees that your children will be safe at school or anywhere else for that matter. I am afraid that these incidents are going to become more and more common. This is not the way I want my children to remember their childhoods by tragedies like 9/11, Columbine, and now VA-Tech. Let us once and for all pull together as a nation and solve these problems and make our county safe once again. All my prayers go out to the victims and there families." — B.L. Montana)

"Our prayers are with the families and loved ones of those killed and injured. Also, we are praying for those who survived to make a full recovery, both physically and mentally." — Glenn

"The massacre that occurred at VT was devastating. As a VT alum, I can no longer sit and watch the news coverage of the horror that occurred at my beloved school. VT was a place of safety, learning, friendship, love and family. The horrible and selfish massacre by Cho Seung-Hui devastated families, teachers, students and alumni, and it will affect generations to come." — Naomi (Class of 2002)

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims of this horrific tragedy. May the Lord bring comfort to them and to the VA Tech community. Today, we are all Hokies!" — Lawrence (Millersville University)

"I will never meet any of the families and students affected by this terrible tragedy, but my heart and prayers go out to them. May God be with you as you work to reconstruct your lives and start over. The impact of this tragedy has reached not only the college community and the Blacksburg community, but has reached across the nation. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you as time passes." — Brandy (Washington, KS)

"My prayer is for you all, that you will stand strong in your beliefs and know that so much of the world is embracing you and your pain. We are all in pain for you. There is sickness and evil in this world, but there is also goodness and that is where you are called upon to go forward and help make this world a better place, reach out to others and begin the process of healing." — Connie (Waco, TX)

"We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the victims, families and students at Virginia Tech. Our prayers and love are with you all." — Patricia and Family (Inverness, Scotland)

"My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone at Virginia Tech and especially to those that have been injured and the families of the deceased. This is a very difficult time for you all and for those of us who are watching from afar. Stick together through this and remain strong; I know that you will all heal in time! God bless." — Kristine (New London, CT)

"I am deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy. My heart goes out in love and sympathy to all the families that lost loved ones." — Rossy (New York)

"My heart goes out to all the families and friends of the people that were killed. How someone could do this I will never understand. I wish there was more I could do to help." — Kathy (mother of college age daughter in San Diego, CA)

"My heart and prayers go out to the families who lost their shining lights yesterday. To all the VT students, I pray for your strength and your ability to heal from such a traumatic event." — LaVon (Midlothian, VA)

"I wish to give you my deepest sympathy! What a shock. My heart goes out to each victim and their families. My thoughts and memories of Blacksburg, Va. will never be the same. My family and I moved to Blacksburg 20 years ago and that is where most of my memories lay. Some of my brothers and sister still live there, as well as friends. God protect and guide you from this day forward!" — Denise (Dayton, OH)

"I am a 1969 graduate of Tech. Both of my children are Tech graduates as well as many friends. This story has filled my heart with the full range of negative emotions: shock, anger, sadness, sorrow, etc. This was the action of one very sick person not the action of a university community. I feel very strongly that the Tech administration did everything possible considering the circumstances. How does anyone prepare themselves for the unimaginable? Dr. Steger and Mr. Finchum deserve our thanks and admiration, not our condemnation and second-guessing. I am proud to be a Hokie and this tragedy will not change that in the least." — Gilbert

"Words cannot express the sadness felt by my family and many of my co-workers and friends as news of this tragedy spread. May God bless all those affected by this event, and know that God's arms are around you to help you through this most difficult of times." — Tracy (Hamilton, OH)

"Your pain and sorrow is felt all across the world. Know that our thoughts, prayers and love is with you all. We might be separated by land and water but we are United by Love. We are here for you. Keep your head held high in memory of all those who needlessly lost their lives. Lost but NEVER forgotten." — Primary School Teacher (Glasgow, Scotland, UK)

"I've spent the last day horrified, watching the news, saying over and over that this isn't supposed to happen here. I don't have the words to explain how I feel. I've seen countless people on the various news channels pointing fingers at President Steger and the Tech police department, but at the end of the day, the only one responsible is the shooter — not his peers, not his parents and not his college. Please remember those who have been wounded forever in all of this. Stop telling people how it should have been done differently and tell us how we're supposed to go forward from here." — Jennifer (Blacksburg, VA)

"I want to present my deepest condolences to all of Virginia Tech University; to all who lost friends and love ones in the terrible massacre at your great university. Although my friends and I at the American University of Sharjah don't have any friends at your university, we feel very sad for what happened to the students there. We feel that it's our duty as university students to be together at bad times. We feel that we need each other and we must stand together in front of tragic incidents. So, please inform the rest of the students at Virginia Tech that our hearts are with them and we hope that days can recover what victims' families and friends are feeling right now." — Eslam (Student, American University of Sharjah)

"Before I moved to Australia eight months ago, I spent my life as a veterinarian on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and made several visits to the vet school at Virginia Tech to visit friends and colleagues and I awoke this morning to the heart breaking news of the horror experienced by my friends so close to home. Being so far away, I feel helpless that I can only send all my hopes and prayers to my friends and their families for everything they must be going through. Sometimes there are things we can never explain beyond sharing our pain and sorrows. To all my friends in Blacksburg... I, my nation of America I call home, everyone I know here in Australia, and the entire world will always share your sorrow and anger for what has happened to humanity on this day." — Matthew

"My son is an engineering student at Virginia Tech. With less than three weeks remaining, I believe that the school should be closed for the remainder of this semester, and final grades issued for this term. This will allow students time to recover and not have to deal with final exams with this disaster on their minds." — John (Winchester, VA)

"I think the school officials have done the best they could. It's easy to look back and point out mistakes but I believe they did the best they could with the information that was available to them at the time." — Julie

"The president of VA Tech should NOT be fired. It's time people stop looking for someone other than the criminal to blame things on. Not one of these students or parents could have done anything any differently and to think it's the president's fault is just stupid. The same goes for the chief of police. As a parent, I'd be happy the rest of the 25,000 students were safe!" — Ginny (Machias, ME)

"My sincere condolences to all on this terrible tragedy. My boys are the same ages as many of the students, and I can't imagine what the parents are going through. Life in general is enough for parents to worry about these days." — Karen (Gloucestershire)

"I am a 1995 graduate of Virginia Tech, who happened to live in the fourth floor of West AJ (Ambler Johnson) and attend classes in Norris Hall. I think I am still in disbelief. I mourn for the students, I mourn for the community, and I mourn for the University as if I were still a part of the campus. This event will define the school forever … but as angry and saddened as I am, I am not ready to place the blame on the University administration at this time. It was a random, senseless act of violence that I truly feel could have happened anywhere, and honestly may not have been preventable." — Merin (1995, Biochemistry)

"I am a graduate ('78) of VT, I live five miles from campus, my wife works on campus. I see no reason and nothing is gained by second guessing the actions of the campus police and administration. I know none of them personally, but I see their work daily and they are of the highest professional level. Many people thought they over reacted to the two bomb threats so they work daily under the cloud of being second-guessed by citizens and the media. They deserve our respect and praise!" — Edgar (Blacksburg, VA)

"I am a graduate, and my grandson a first year student at VT. The President should resign, and the police chief fired. My community is widespread and rural and we all know what to do in any emergency." — Ron (retired college professor)

"I graduated from Virginia Tech two years ago and was an Industrial and Systems Engineering Student. The department's headquarters are on the second Floor of Norris hall and many of my classes were in the 200-series bloc of classrooms in that hallway. I can vividly imagine that mere kid chaining those doors, walking those halls and murdering those students and professors ... and it absolutely horrifies me. I'm scared to come into work tomorrow because many of the interviews I have read were from ISE students that were there, meaning they were probably in ISE classes, which were probably being taught by my old ISE professors who helped mold me personally and professionally. I'm sick to my stomach to think that those people won't be going home to their families." — John

"As a graduate student about to receive my second degree at Virginia Tech, I am shocked and stunned at the negative feedback concerning the tragedy today. As both a student and an employee of the school, I know that there was no way to handle this situation better and I find it disgraceful that parents would request the firing of our president or anyone else involved. The students here support the university and I have received countless emails all day and was stopped from leaving my apartment by police. This town handled the tragedy with amazing grace." — Anonymous

"I would like to offer my sympathy and condolences to the families of those students and faculty that were brutally and senselessly killed or injured in the shootings. And I would like to briefly comment on the fact that there appears to have been a needless delay in taking the appropriate action when responding and handling this type of situation." — Robert (retired police officer, and graduate on the FBI National Academy)

"My daughter and son-in-law both graduated from VT recently. I am an administrator at the University of Central Arkansas University and can only guess your sorrow. My heart is with your students, your faculty and your staff. There are no words for loss." — David (University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR)

"My heart goes out to all the families of the victims of this senseless act perpetrated by Cho Seung-Hui. I cannot even imagine the pain you are feeling right now. I wish my best to you and your families as you cope with your loss. To the injured students and their families i wish you the best and a speedy recovery. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time." — Meghan

"I want to thank those around the country and world for their support through these troubling times. I am a student at Virginia Tech and like all of my fellow colleagues I am in a complete state of shock for what has happened here today. Even through the mourning I can say that today, like any other day, I am proud to be a part of this Hokie family. Let me repeat my thanks and appreciation of those concerned. My thoughts and prayers go out to those of my friends and peers that are suffering right now." — Drew

"First and foremost, I would like to extend my deepest sadness and condolences to all of those effected by the unfolding events at VA Tech. I feel as though I should be doing something to help, but I just don't know what I could do or say that would help. It is tragic that so many lives were taken, and that so many other lives will be affected. The only thing we can do as a nation is provide our support. I am deeply saddened by this event and will remember the day for the rest of my life. School is supposed to be a safe-haven, a sanctuary of sorts, and in the passing years school has become a place no safer than any other." — Brittany (Binghamton, NY)

"I would like to express my condolences to the victims of this senseless tragedy. The true dangers to civilization and humanity are illustrated by this event with stark clarity. While we are a nation whose self-discipline alone has kept our children and loved ones safe from the atrocities of barbarism in great measure, we are also vulnerable to that same evil that exists in the hearts of those whom despondently cast that discipline aside. We can never fully protect ourselves from spontaneous acts of violence, nor should we blame anyone save the attacker. If we want to truly honor the innocent who have fallen, then we should cast a memorial to their sacrifice." — Brian

"When I heard and saw the events unfolding of the students at Virginia Tech, I had the same sick feeling I have for my son who served one term in Iraq and is now going to be deployed for a second time in June. The fear of not being able to know what is happening is so familiar. I can understand the feelings of the parents, family members and friends not knowing what has happened to their son, daughter, sister, brother or friend. It is so similar to what I fear every day when I don't hear from my son for days at a time." — Mary

"No words can describe the horror I felt as I woke early yesterday afternoon to find that more than 30 people had been gunned down in, what I feel, is an aimless act of violence. As I sat on my couch, thinking of the families and what terror they must going through, I was stuck with a sense of terror as to how I, as an EMT, firefighter and 9-11 dispatcher, would have to react in such a situation. No doubt that those present did their jobs, and with the valor that the public has come to expect. As my heart and prayers goes out to the individual families and students involved, I would like to extend the same to the police, fire officials, EMS workers, and 9-11 dispatchers that had to deal with such a tragedy." — James (Maxwelton, WV)

"My daughter Natalie attends Virginia Tech and was in one of the other campus dormitories when the shootings occurred. I read the news reports this morning that some parents are already demanding the immediate firings of University President Charles Steger and Virginia Tech Campus Police Chief Flinchum. This type of hysterical response serves no good purpose. We asked Natalie last night if she had any misgivings about staying on at Virginia Tech. She told us that she had none; absolutely no thought of transferring out. She said no one she knew so far had expressed any desire to leave. That's how positive her experience has been. I think you're going to see this community do an impressive job managing this catastrophe." — Peter