Monday, April 16, 2007

Dear God, We Offer Our Profound Sympathy...

Virginia Tech Campus Reels From Shooting That Leaves at Least 32 Dead
By Liza Porteus

Students and faculty at Virginia Tech University were in shock Monday after a gunman shot and killed at least 32 people and injured 21 during the most deadly shooting spree in U.S. history.

Federal law enforcement officials told FOX News that the 32 dead includes the shooter. Police at the campus in Blacksburg, Va., said there was only one shooter responsible for the two shootings, which occurred about two hours apart from each other.


But there are still many questions left unanswered, including who the shooter was, whether he was a student, why no one saw or stopped him in between shootings, and why he decided to launch the killing spree.

"The university was struck today with a tragedy of monumental proportions," Virginia Tech President Charles Steger said during a press conference shortly after noon. "The university is shocked and horrified that this would befall our campus ... I cannot begin to convey my own personal sense of loss over this senselessness of such an incomprehensible and heinous act."

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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,266374,00.html

33 Comments:

Blogger VerityINK said...

I am sobbing.... I'll be off awhile...

12:53 PM  
Anonymous bobcat said...

Dear God, Donal, what in the hell is going on??????????

1:07 PM  
Anonymous cassie said...

Oh God, Donal, what happened?

1:19 PM  
Anonymous cassie said...

Oh God, Donal, what happened?

1:19 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Cassie, I don't know, dear God, I don't know.

1:24 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

I want to die. I absolutely want to die.

1:25 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

My heart is broken. It absolutely broken.

1:26 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

I'm sorry... I don't mean to have a meltdown here...

1:28 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

I spoke to AoW, she live nearby, her power was out so I called to tell her. Some students of hers now attend, so you can imagine how she is feeling! Anyway, for myself, the first question that crossed my mind was, "Is this a mohammadin?"
The second was, why didn't the students mob him? How many could he shoot if 10-15 guys rushed him? Have we so emasculated our young people, so that they can no longer ACT? Are they sheeple?
Anyway, AoW said that there is one of the largest mohammadin enclaves in the country nearby, AND there is a huge shooting range that is under federal investigation for hiding assault weapons. And the D.C, snipers could probably have hidden out there.
Why aren't these people being sent back to their points of origin?
Why are we allowing this sort of traitorous enclave ALLOWED to remain?

tmw

1:33 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

I have asked for prayers for the people victimized by this evil at my site!

tmw

1:33 PM  
Anonymous z said...

this is what, five miles, North of CHRISTIANSBURG? Maybe that's nothing. I don't know. What about the bomb scares this school had a few weeks ago, from what I hear? Why have they locked down all the schools in the area and the towns if this is a digruntled paramour situation?

Why did they mention his Asian name very early on and show him in handcuffs behind his back, on his belly, straining...and for hours haven't shown that clip again in their footage and they haven't mentioned his name yet again? why why why?

Let's just pray hard for the parents of these kids...imagine sending your child to college, paying for it, and 31 are dead and 20 more injured. imagine.

"you will come to the grave in full vigor, like sheaves gathered in season" Job

may God bless their souls and may their parents be wise enough to seek Him.

I know, I'm not usually a Bible quoter.....couldn't help it. z

1:43 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Plese do, ZinLA--the Bible and God are ALWAYS welcome here!

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Les Ismore said...

My best friends son goes to Virginia Tech. Thankfully he is okay but he is grieved as we all are, for his fellow students and a friend who was wounded.
Pray for the students, their families and friends.

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TMW and all others --

It may come as a shock to you but we allowed into our country since 9/11 400.000 Muslims .

If only one percent of them are terrorists our goose is cooked .

I like to send every Muslim out of here together with the state department .

And today is HOLOCAUST DAY .

batya

2:34 PM  
Blogger Eyes said...

Have you seen the 1 minute video, shot by Jamal Albarghouti??? I'm thinking it's got something to do with the jihadists... but we'll see.... This guy was obviously well trained to kill since we've heard of so many dead, and I haven't heard a peep about the number injured. If there's a high % dead, then it's someone who knows what he's doing.

They have to have some photos on security cameras.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous z said...

les, I'm so happy your friend's son is fine. WHat a relief. I wish him well....They're already talking about healing counselors, but i think your friend's kid has it right....grieve first. Let's get America back to feeling pain, it's healthy and reminds us of the depth of the terrible loss.

Like Dennis Prager said this morning, upon hearing the school was talking about HEALING within 2 hours of the atrocity, "please, folks...when I die, wait more than hour before you start healing".

I wish your friend's family peace and that they allow themselves to rejoice in their own son's health even while they do grieve for the injured and dead.

A day like this is undoing, even for those of us who don't know anyone personally involved. awful.

z

2:37 PM  
Anonymous z said...

eyes..the really WEIRD thing is that they showed the perp on the ground, handcuffed...and now they're saying they don't know if he committed suicide. WHAT? he was in custody, alive, when my friend said she saw him on TV early today...!! They also mentioned his name very soon after it was over and are now saying there's no ID so they don't have a name.

something's very fishy.

If it is a crazed muslim, I'm thinking our feds'll be checking with CAIR to make sure they can announce it in a SENSITIVE way, huh? (oh, brother)

2:40 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Please, please Les Ismore... take my hand please, my heart is broken...

2:55 PM  
Blogger Eyes said...

"Like Dennis Prager said this morning, upon hearing the school was talking about HEALING within 2 hours of the atrocity, "please, folks...when I die, wait more than hour before you start healing".

AMEN!

I did see the 'asian' handcuffed, but then thought maybe it was an innocent. Possibly someone else practiced a little vigilantism.... Just speculating...

Donal, you have a tender heart:>) God bless you....
God bless the bereaved families...
God bless America...
God curse the son of satan who perpetrated this evil act!!!!!

3:21 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Batya-Of course!
les-I'm very glad your friend's son is physically alright, it will take some time for the emotional and mental healing. Eyes All Around said that a CNN analyst probably hit it on the head, it's at my site. First post.
I'm just appalled and shocked myself, a little angry and a lot sad. So many young people with life ahead of them, cut off or wounded, it's just not right!

tmw

6:01 PM  
Blogger Russet Shadows said...

I was at the University of Florida when the Danny Rollins murders occurred. Though they weren't mass murders, everyone on campus was scared out of their minds, because we were all sitting ducks. The entire student body was defenseless -- no guns, no knives over a certain length, nothing. I know how the kids feel.

My prayers are with you.

6:08 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

My heart is broken.

6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

G-d help the families of these kids. What a HORRIBLE crime!

Morgan

7:04 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Dear God, I am destroyed.

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donal

We live in terrible times.
We must be strong .
We cannot allow our enemies to win by destroying us .

Please see yourself as a soldier in the war on terror and evil .

We need every soldier we can get .
We need to wtrie and fight and tell the truth and uncover lies -
If we will not do it who will .

So Donal -
Jump into your uniforms and FIGHT .

WE ARE NOT IN THE WHITE FLAGS BUSINESS.

And that goes for everyone here too.

LOVE YOU



batya

8:31 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Batya-Morning! I told her to jump into her armor, and put her shield up and draw her sword! It is war, in the Heavenlies even more than here!
And I truly believe our government has been struck proud and insane! That sense of, "If we can find a way to MAKE them like us we will be safe!" Insanity!
They hate us because that's what they do, HATE! We need to accept that fact and deal with it!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

4:55 AM  
Blogger beakerkin said...

Many of you know about my past in 93 and on 9-11. The point is not to try and understand evil or rationalize it, but to understand it is there.

No doubt the student is a foreigner
so we will be spared the far left culture of violence bit. If this turns out to be a rejected lover we need to talk about life. All of us experience rejection in life and sometimes betrayal. This is not
a pleasant part of life, but it is part of our existence.

Maybe there is something wrong in a system where self esteem is everything. There are times you get screwed. Yet there is something more human about those of us who pick themselves up in the aftermath.

Do not try to understand evil. It is there, but often in the face of great evil sometimes many of us are inspired to great good and become larger than we normally are.

You may now resume slumber

5:51 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Silly Beak, we never sleep here!

6:58 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

TMW Said: "Anyway, for myself, the first question that crossed my mind was, "Is this a mohammadin?"
The second was, why didn't the students mob him? How many could he shoot if 10-15 guys rushed him? Have we so emasculated our young people, so that they can no longer ACT? Are they sheeple?
"

Those were my first thoughts as well.

Better to die fighting than to wait to be shot like a lame dog!

Horrible, just beyond words!

10:01 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Brookie, you're a gal after my own heart. We'd beat the shit out of 'em, wouldn't we?

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'April is the cruelest month''... Dear God, what is happening in this world? So many young lives destroyed, so many parents who will face a lifetime of heartache... words can't describe the sorrow I feel...May God watch over the souls of these children and may He bless and comfort their surviving loved ones... J'Mac.

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donal, my dear friend, I know this is heart breaking, the enormity of this is beyond words and no one with a heart couldn't have it broken in the face of such a tragedy. But your heart is by far the biggest, kindest, most loving heart that I've ever known, in fact, that all of us you've come to know you and love you have ever known so it would follow that such a loving heart would be broken. Shed your tears my friend, weep for those who have been lost and then face tomorrow with hope, with the love in your heart that God gave you to give, to your Paul, to your sister and to all those to whom you have bought so much joy, friendship, help, hope and love, for I firmly believe God put you on this Earth to be just that;an enduring symbol of all that is good and pure, and all that is love. J'Mac.

3:39 PM  
Anonymous z said...

BEAK, something just occurred to me; if we don't teach people to grieve and we rush to healing, how the heck do we expect young people to handle difficulties in life? No, most of them don't kill because of it, but I"m not sure I"m not on to something here.

They're HEALING already at VTECH, God forbid. They need to FEEL and learn how BAD feels, even if it means (GASP!) they might have anger for the perpetrator, which I also think might be a feeling we want to bring back into our lexicon. ANGER GRIEF, the left's shrinks have us skipping the unpleasant and jumping right into "healing!"....stupid. Healing's great, after a month of feeling REALLY badly, and letting that pain out and getting through it.

9:38 AM  

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