Austin Cloyd

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By editors |  April 18, 2007; 5:15 PM ET


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austin, you have left us but your memories will stay with us forever! Be in peace at your heavenly abode!

Posted by: shekhar | April 19, 2007 02:52 AM

Those were all beautiful lives, Everyone is special to his or her friends and families.. this loss...O God! how can they bear this loss... ? I don't have words to express my condolence.. I am sorry, I am sorry.. May God Help us.

Posted by: Syed Tanvir Munawar | April 19, 2007 09:08 AM

Those were all beautiful lives, Everyone is special to his or her friends and families.. this loss...O God! how can they bear this loss... ? I don't have words to express my condolence.. I am sorry, I am sorry.. May God Help us.

Posted by: Syed Tanvir Munawar | April 19, 2007 09:10 AM

Rest in Peace.

Posted by: A.Ball (Wheaton, Md) | April 19, 2007 10:17 AM

I am deeply sorry for your loss. My son died of a gunshot wound also, so I understand you confusion and shock. Please reach out to all that you can to help you get through this terrible time. My prayers are with you.

Posted by: Becky C | April 19, 2007 11:48 AM

I had handled the events of Monday fairly well ... until last night. While attending a candlelight service at my hometown church, just an hour and half away from Blacksburg, I saw a young girl sitting on the front row. This young girl had long, red curly hair with fair skin and a subtle grin constantly on her face. For some reason, throughout the service, I couldn't seem to keep my eyes off of her. She looked so content, and I began to cry. She reminded me of Austin. Not just any Austin, but the Austin that sat on the floor in the lifeguard room at McComas Pool, patiently waiting for her kids to come in for swim lessons. She just sat there, normally quiet, with a slight smile on her face. And when her kids came, they all flocked to her because they tended to be so excited about their lessons. She must have been a good teacher! Who wouldn't have wanted to learn from someone who seemed so content with life? As I sat in my church, I simply pictured Austin's flawless face with that small grin and twinkle in her eye. That face reminded me of a baby doll, so precious and perfect. And then I thought ... How can anything so precious not be in God's hands? So I calmed down, took a deep breath, and sighed, because I know she had hope and I should have that same hope for her. She's home, and that's what matters now. She's home!

Posted by: Hannah Joyce | April 19, 2007 11:57 AM

I am a mother of two girls. As I read this particular bio, I have to cry. I cannot even begin to imagine what you are going through. I can only hope and pray you remain strong in the Lord.

Posted by: Ann | April 19, 2007 02:09 PM

I am a mother of two girls. As I read this particular bio, I have to cry. I cannot even begin to imagine what you are going through. I can only hope and pray you remain strong in the Lord.

Posted by: Ann | April 19, 2007 02:12 PM

Do not allow hatred into your heart and the selfish goal of this senseless act will never be realized.

Rest in peace Austin.

Posted by: Dan | April 19, 2007 02:54 PM


Posted by: ANNETTE SCOTT | April 19, 2007 03:02 PM

I didn't know Austin at all but I know her aunt very well; she and her family are among my family's closest friends. When she talked to me late Monday afternoon, I could hear the fear in her voice and felt the pang of uncertainty. That night the message we got was that Austin was in a hospital, hurt but OK and the relief was almost palpable. When the awful, awful truth came to light on Tuesday I could feel the gut wrenching sorrow my friend feels for her niece, and perhaps moreso for her brother and sister-in-law. I feel it now as I write this note and think about not only my friend and her family but also my own children, wife and extended family. I think I can feel, but I can't comprehend what all of those families are going through. Like the Cloyds, whom I saw interviewed last night, I continue to believe in a loving God and pray those families will allow him to help them heal, as much as possible, over time.

Posted by: Stephen Robinson | April 19, 2007 05:00 PM

my deepest sympathy for all of these familys,my heart goes out to them,god bless you all.

Posted by: joey.w. | April 19, 2007 05:44 PM

What a sad thing. I have not seen the parents in many years, but when I did know them, I had the highest respect and admiration for them and i am certain that their daughter, who would have been about 8 or 9 when I last saw the family, was strongly in the same character. What a loss for this world. What a loss. What a loss.

Posted by: Edward L. Summers | April 19, 2007 06:28 PM

My own sister was affected by this terrible tragedy and my heart and prayers go out to all affected. Virginia Tech will always hold a special place in my heart. On Fri. night i, and many of my friends, will be attending a prayer hour dedicated to all who lost their lives and their families.
Much Love

Posted by: Rachel Grey | April 19, 2007 08:03 PM

My own sister was affected by this terrible tragedy. My heart and prayers go out to all involved. Virginia Tech will always hold a special place in my heart. My friends and I are attending a prayer hour this Friday dedicated to those who died in this shooting and their families.
Much Love.

Posted by: Rachel Grey | April 19, 2007 08:07 PM

My condolencen go out to the family who lost their love one!
May God continue to Bless
You!Remeber keep the faith and dont give up it's only a test!

Posted by: Erica | April 19, 2007 09:05 PM

May almighty God wrap his/her loving arms around you during your time of grief. May Austin be surrounded by God's love as she resides in heaven this day.

My sincere and deepest sympathy on the loss of your beautiful, vibrant daughter.

Posted by: Paula | April 19, 2007 09:24 PM

I wish you live forever in paradise.

Posted by: David | April 19, 2007 10:04 PM

My prayers are with all of the victims and thier families.Be strong

Posted by: | April 19, 2007 11:48 PM

Best wishes and support to all the Cloyd family in this time of need. It was extremely sad to see the familiar face of Professor Bryan Cloyd on Australian television. All his colleagues worldwide were shocked by these events. Austin will be sorely missed, a wonderful young lady taken too early from a loving home.

Posted by: Professor Neil Fargher | April 20, 2007 12:41 AM

Austin, the world is not so brilliant without you in it. peace

Posted by: another VA TECH dad | April 20, 2007 01:06 AM

When my youngest son died in a drowning tragedy...a friend e-mailed me these words. Her name was Dee from Michigan.

My question was...What does one do? (about loss)

Dee/Suzie had this reply:

The first thing you do is to put your faith in God.

Second: That we all go thru these ups and downs in our lives. Sometimes there is more downs that ups...but remember, God never gives us anymore than he thinks we could handle.

Third is sometimes that we have to distance ourselves from some ot the people in our lives. They are the insensitive one's that don't have the same beliefs that we do and they tend to drag us down to their level....making us forget about the things we believe in

Fourth is oone of the most important...Never forget what a wonderful person you are. Think of all the good qualities that you possess...All the things that you have done to make a difference in other peoples lives.

Fifth...Remember that when we finally make it through tough only makes us stronger. Everything we go through in our lives is part of making us who we are.

No matter how bad things seem to be at times...we all have to stand up and face the situation. We change the things we can and remember each lesson from the things we can't. Turning a deaf ear to them does not make them go away.

I'm not sure, Gary, if this was the answer you were looking for, this is the one that came to me. I hope maybe it helped.

If you ever need to chat please send me an e-mail and we can arrange to talk. Take Care! Remember to always keep faith in God as well as in yourself.

Huggs and Kisses,


Contributor's Note: Suzie/Dee loved Monet, red roses, blues and loved to dance. She was a very great help to me after the passing of my youngest son. Shortly after this, I never heard from Dee again and I miss those communications..about 50 or more helpful e-mails. It was probably because of me she stopped. I don't think she wanted me to believe in her kindness too much.

Posted by: Gary Schlueter | April 20, 2007 03:21 AM

To the family of Austin Cloyd, i will pray for ur soul and i know ur happy now with God.. My condolences to u and to all the victims.

Posted by: Jennilyn P. Gacus | April 20, 2007 03:23 AM


Posted by: Phyle R | April 20, 2007 05:39 AM

I'm so sorry...She's really an angel...May God be with u, Austin.

Posted by: Mandy | April 20, 2007 05:54 AM

At a STAND (Students Taking Action Now: Darfur) conference in Atlanta last February, two schools from VA attended: Norfolk State (my school) and Va. Tech. Unfortunately, word has come that two of the students, whom I had the pleasure to collaborate with in Atlanta, have been reported dead among the shooting victims. This puts a sadder spin on an already sad story. Their mere presence at that conference shows that they were concerned and engaged young people who cared about their legacy as citizens of the world.

That is why I will be working to carry out the ideas that Austin and Daniel had at our meeting during the coming year including getting all the VA STAND chapters together under one united name.

And I will be thinking of them from now on, knowing that we have lost strong soldiers in the fight for peace and justice for NO REASON, so I must now do the work of three.

Maybe you can help? Donate money. Or time. Write a letter to your representatives. Know that these kids cared about people on the other side of the world who know about violence EVERY DAY, and were willing to fight against that injustice as college students at Virginia Tech.

May only peace come from their legacy.


Posted by: Katrina Field | April 20, 2007 09:05 AM

As I sit on another campus, a long distance from Virginia tech, getting ready to teach an accounting class, I open an e-mail from the American Accounting Association letting members know that the daughter of one of their members was one of those lost so tragically on April 16. I want to send my condolences to Austin's family - with my heartfelt hope that the pain they are feeling will soon become a memory and that the love for their daughter will override the sadness. May God bless all of those people who have been directly impacted by the tragedy due to the loss of a loved one.

Posted by: Patti | April 20, 2007 09:46 AM

I would like to offer my condolences to all of the family members, friends and the entire Virginia Tech community of the victims. As a mother and a human being, my heart truly aches for your loss. I pray your strength in our GOD.

Posted by: Jo Outen | April 20, 2007 09:56 AM

even though you were just starting your life you touch so many hearts with you smile god bless

Posted by: shanae myrick | April 20, 2007 09:58 AM

We remember a fiery, young, athletic child who
lived in Austin, TX and was a dear friend to my
youngest daughter. What a beautiful young lady
she became.....why do we lose the good ones! She was obviously working to make the world better.
Austin, we'll miss you.

Posted by: Patti and Jessee Ericson | April 20, 2007 11:39 AM

While reading about Austin Cloyd, I was greatly perplexed and upset that God allowed her and others to die so tragically at the hands of an evil killer. Yet, after reflection, I realized that God allows people to make choices between good and evil. And I was reminded that no one knows for certain how long they have to live on this earth. I was much inspired by Austin's story, how in her short life of just 18 years, her life blazed brightly and she made a difference for good in the lives of many people. I don't know why God allowed this tragedy to happen, but I do feel sure that on April 16, at heaven's door, God greeted her with words of well done for having lived a life so well. My prayer now is that God will comfort Austin's family and friends, as she is sorely missed.

Posted by: Murphy Smith | April 20, 2007 01:52 PM

The day God called you home our world filled with sadness so profound that it can't be expressed with words. Our hearts filled with emptiness and our minds with strange anxiety that won't go away. We know that the anxiety is God, ending something and starting something new for you and for us, but right now we are unable to see his plan through our pain. Our hearts are growing stronger through our tears. Now, your life is our life in so many ways that we live in the joy of your influence. We will miss you deeply and pray that you hear the words & thoughts we send to you daily, and that you feel the love that is stronger now then ever before. So now we wait, holding our breath until God brings us together hoping that then we'll be able to breathe again.
We will miss you; if only we could have just one more day.

Posted by: Traci Young from Silver Spring Maryland | April 20, 2007 02:17 PM

Dear Austin, I never met you, but I'm weeping over the worlds loss of you. My maiden name is Cloyd and I hold you as I would my beloved granddaughter. My dad was John W. Cloyd and he was originally from St. Louis.
To your parents I send my deepest respect and concern and love. See you in heaven.

Posted by: Kit Cloyd Mount | April 20, 2007 02:32 PM

I taught art to Austin while she was in elementary school. I am shocked and saddened by the news. I will always have fond memories of the little red head with the bright smile. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry.
Love, Sharon Preston

Posted by: Sharon Preston | April 20, 2007 03:57 PM

I just came back from Michael Pohle's parents house in Flemington, NJ. He too was a victim who had such a great life ahead of him. Please accept my condolences with the loss of your daughter. Our hearts are with you and all of the families. The Silvis family, Flemington, NJ

Posted by: Rose Silvis | April 20, 2007 04:51 PM

I am deeply saddened for the loss of this beautiful, special young woman. May God watch over her parents and may she sing with the choir of angels forver.

Posted by: Edmond G Bertrand | April 21, 2007 01:22 AM

I would like to offer my condolences to all who were affected on this tragic day. I woke up to what was supposed to be a most wonderful day that morning along with my husband who stayed home from work so that we could spend the day together for our 26th wedding anniversary and when we turned the tv on it was to this tradgedy and we watched in horror as this story was unfolding. God bless all of you who were affected in this and we will keep you in our hearts and our prayers. You are loved.

Posted by: Sherri Shamhart | April 21, 2007 01:08 PM

Beautiful Austin. You and all the Hokies will stay in my heart. For your families, everyone shares your pain. It's everybody's loss. May god be with you.

Posted by: aisha sherbiny | April 22, 2007 10:00 AM

im so sorry for your loss, may god bless all of you, my prayers are with you, this world has been robbed of such great beauty and great leaders, god bless you

Posted by: kim | April 22, 2007 05:04 PM

I come on this site to offer my deepest condolences to the family of Austin. She was so loved by her family and friends! Please do not let her untimely death be in vain. I am glad she is with hert heavenly father.

Posted by: Sandy | April 22, 2007 05:57 PM

I cant imagine how Virginia tech is feeling i am sorry 2 all that have lost a loved one austin sounded a very bright beautiful lady my hearts go out to the family and to the other 31 people who lost someobody its only when u hear abnout this u relise how important life is i will never tak eanything 4 granted as you never know when its your time.

Posted by: Hamza | April 23, 2007 12:04 PM

im sima a girl from iran.aldough my english isnt so good and im so far from u but im so so sad of this tragedy.i crynig every night for these sinlees person and specialy this nice girl with her beautiful smile. ithink austin u and ur sinless friends are now inside the god and never r i our hearts an so sorry because cant do any thing but i pray for their souls and beleave that u austin and all of your friends are in a good place now the best place in the heaven- sima 25 a girl from iran

Posted by: sima | April 26, 2007 01:59 AM

i would like to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to all those who died in this tragic massacre. my God fill your lives with peace and love.
God Bless

Posted by: shawna fraser | May 24, 2007 02:12 AM

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