Ryan Clark

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Our heart and prayers go out to the families of those that lost love one and were injured during this tragic time in our community. Please know that you are not going through this alone.

Posted by: Donna Barnes and Family | April 18, 2007 04:03 PM

My sincere sympathy to the families of the slain victims at VT. My heart cries for each victim but God is alive and He will not forsake his people. He can heal all sorrow and pain. I will continue to pray for VT family, staff, students and the VT community.

Posted by: J. Brown | April 18, 2007 05:44 PM

It is a pity that good,warm and loving people like Ryan left us....God be with you, dude! And God bless the World (not only the U.S.A.)

Posted by: Jon Ugarte | April 18, 2007 06:12 PM

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: C. Young (Washington, DC) | April 18, 2007 06:57 PM

After watching TV all day Monday, hearing over and over '32 killed' (I can't count the killer)...the horror we all felt cannot be described. I live in Florida, and my neighbor's son attends VT. I was unsettled until I heard later that night that his son was unharmed. The next day on one of the websites I was checking constantly, Ryan Clark's face smiled back at me. He was the first victim pictured. It was only then that I realized it wasn't just 32 dead....it was one life at a time. Ryan's beauty, vibrancy, and friendliness came right through to me. He must have been some kind of human being. I feel such sorrow for all of the families and friends of students and teachers who lost their lives to the sickest of madmen. But it's the moment I saw that first face that I think I'll always remember. Tuesday night, when I connected with my neighbor again he told me that his son only knew one of the victims...he was in the band with Ryan Clark.

Posted by: Lea Hoffman | April 18, 2007 10:13 PM

To the family of Ryan Clark there is no hurt or sorrow that GOD can't heal so just pray and remeber that you love him but GOD loved him first and let his memory live on and inspire others to be like him, weeping only indures for a night but joy in the morning. All of my prayers goes out to the family and my deepest sympathy.

Posted by: ALLISON AND RONALD CLARK AND FAMILY | April 19, 2007 01:23 AM

"My heart goes out to all of the victims families. Because that tragic day many lost a Mother, A Father, Brother, Wife,Husband, a daughter, a son and Sister. It saddens me that all the victims were all either pursuing degrees or just starting out and had such bright futures ahead of them and in an instant their dreams suddenly turned into memories. I pray for the families that even in the mist of tragedy such as this God is still in control and he will never forsake or leave his people. He will bring comfort and peace. Living in this world of uncertainty God is still with us. And looking out over the world and seeing such pain and sorrow as this I to look now that we are indeed living in perilous times. God Bless

Posted by: Latasha Burns | April 19, 2007 02:08 AM

You will be surely missed tradegy might have struck but the memory you left will linger on in our hearts and minds forever, May god find a way to heal your family and friends you will be surely missed.

Posted by: James A. Glover | April 19, 2007 07:08 AM

My symapthy goes out to all the victims and family members of those victims in the Virginia Tech. shooting. May God bless you all and my prayers are with you. This does not only hurt the family members of the victims but the whole world together.

Posted by: Marline V. | April 19, 2007 10:08 AM

Rest in Peace dear Ryan..

Posted by: A.Ball (Wheaton, Md) | April 19, 2007 10:16 AM

Ryan, your life was not in vain; you will be an inspiration to many. Those who love you will be reunited with you again. Rest in peace.

Posted by: Lee Passacreta | April 19, 2007 12:22 PM

Dear Family,
You have my deepest condolences in the passing of Ryan. My prayers are with you that God comfort and heal at this tragic time. May memories of happy times and God's love comfort you now. My brother worked in same building (West AJ ??) in 2003.

Posted by: D Calloway | April 19, 2007 12:24 PM

No words can express the pain I feel for the innocent lives that have been lost. These were people who were going to make a difference in our world who were doing something postive when they were taken away. I hurt for the families may God bless all of you. I cry for this world we live in.

Posted by: Leon | April 19, 2007 01:26 PM

WE are praying for the family and also that God will take care of you and all he wanted to said to Ryan is to say well done my good and faithful son whom I am well please. God bless you

Posted by: Minster Bessie White) Felton | April 19, 2007 02:37 PM

Although you die very early before all the world would experience all your warmth and love, you still made your mark... you memories live on.
See you in Heaven with our LORD.

Posted by: Ernest G. Frank | April 19, 2007 02:37 PM

A hero on Earth, is a guardian angel in heaven! I offer my prayers and sorry to your loved ones but honor you for the courage and bravery you enacted in the heat of the moment. You are no different than the heroes who ran towards the burning buildings on 9/11 as you came to the aid of a fellow classmate and human being. I never knew you but my heart fills with sadness that such a man has been stolen from us at a time in this world where he is ever-so needed. You and your family remain in my thoughts and I hope you are ushered into the Kingdom of Heaven like the hero you truly are. God Bless and just know that though your physical presence is no longer here, your spirit will live on forever in the lives you have affected...including my own

Posted by: Adam | April 19, 2007 04:11 PM

I am praying for your family in this time of sorrow. Ryan was a hero.
May God be with you and bless you with inner peace and grace

Posted by: Diane | April 19, 2007 04:26 PM

Dear Clarke family,
Our deepest sympathy is extended on the loss of your loved one. During his short time here on earth, Ryan made a lasting impact on those with whom he came in contact as well as with people like myself who never actually met him. Rryan is now at peace and safe with the Lord. May God bless and keep your family in his loving care. Our prayers are with you.

Posted by: Margaret Collins | April 19, 2007 04:39 PM

This young man lived a full life for his young age. Many people live to be 90 and have never accomplished what he did. I thank the Lord that he had such a great life.

Posted by: Janicea | April 19, 2007 06:33 PM

My hearts goes out to the family members that lost their love one. I will keep you in my pray may god bless you and give strenght to go on. M y heart ache for everyone at VT.

Posted by: linda | April 19, 2007 07:08 PM

To the family of Ryan C. Clark and those who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy...May you find comfort knowing that your loved ones are at peace. Although their time was short please know that the world was blessed for the little time we had them. Please find peace in knowing that so many pray for all of you and all the families affected. God will watch over you.

Posted by: Zarina Echavarria | April 19, 2007 07:51 PM


Posted by: JACQUELINE JAMISON | April 19, 2007 07:59 PM

May God be with the family of this fine young man and the others. You will stay in my thoughts and prayers. may god bless.

Posted by: JANICE TUCKER | April 19, 2007 08:08 PM

Every reference made to Bryan in newspapers and on TV have acknowledged a marvelous person. You did your duty to help a fellow dorm student. Your memory will remain an inspiration always. Such a fine person lost. My deepest sympathy to Bryan's family.

Posted by: Cynthia Chappelka | April 19, 2007 08:32 PM

To the Clark family I will like to send my prayers to this family and may God continue to Bless You!

Posted by: Erica | April 19, 2007 08:52 PM

Please know that you are not alone people including myself all over the U.S. are thinking of you and praying for you. May God Bless You & Comfort You in the difficult time.

Posted by: Shaniqe La France | April 19, 2007 08:52 PM

Keep a Level head even when times like this because GOD has everything in control and I know for a fact that he will be with your family and help you through this tragedy. GOD BLESS

Posted by: SIRMARIO HAMILTON | April 19, 2007 09:02 PM

Keep a Level head even when times like this because GOD has everything in control and I know for a fact that he will be with your family and help you through this tragedy. GOD BLESS

Posted by: SIRMARIO HAMILTON | April 19, 2007 09:20 PM

I truly feel terrible, my heart and prayers go out to everyone at Virginia Tech, may go bless you all and help you to get through this horrible ordeal.

Posted by: Nicole Hearn | April 19, 2007 10:15 PM

Ryan you are in God's care. I did not know you but
from what i have read about you, it's clear that you are a remarkable person. God bless you, i pray for you and your family, may they find strength in knowing that you are in Heaven.

Posted by: M Haynes | April 19, 2007 10:57 PM

To Ryan's Family: You can write him name upon a tree and a lumberjack will come along and cut it down, write his name in the sand by the ocean and the tide will wash it away, but when he wrote his name on the hearts of men it will always be remembered. His assigement is over.

Posted by: Patricia Smith | April 19, 2007 11:14 PM

Ryan C. Clark's Family
Stay strong, fight to make sure no other person has to die in such a horrible tragic way. Ryan, give your family the fight they need to get thru this terrible time.
Ham. Ontario

Posted by: | April 19, 2007 11:41 PM

i feel so sorrrrrrryyyy......

Posted by: brown sugar | April 20, 2007 08:38 AM

Ryan was the very first hero of the tragic day. When he heard the cries, screams, shots, or whatever sound that meant something was terribly wrong, he rushed to help.

Ryan, Since no one else mentioned that, Ryan, I will. Your family, and the entire world should be so very proud of you for not just being an outstanding student (and I mean "outstanding" because your bio reads like a role model for the ages) but an outstanding human being as well.
peace and rest, Ryan.

Posted by: A J | April 20, 2007 09:08 AM

even though someone took your life you will always be remember for the person you were .you smile brightens my day .i will continue to pray for your family their most troublesome time

Posted by: shanae myrick | April 20, 2007 09:51 AM

you will be missed god bless your family and your soul

Posted by: shanae myrick | April 20, 2007 09:53 AM

you will be missed god bless your family and your soul

Posted by: shanae myrick | April 20, 2007 09:54 AM

Mydear son, you died in the interest of others. you are a indeed, a hero; Not only that, a martyr also. it is my fervent prayer that our Father in Heaven will receive your soul into his Kingdom and heal the sorrows and wounds of all your loved ones, especially, your parents and twin Brother.
May you rest in Peace.

Posted by: Mary T. Ghana, W/A | April 20, 2007 09:55 AM

My sympathy and prayers goes to all the families, friends, schoolmates and loved ones of the victims. I mourn with them and the world at large. It is not easy to take it as it is, but the good Lord who, is the healer of all wounds and comforter of the afflicted will take full control of our sorrows. My request to all people especially famillies of the victms, is to pray for forgiveness of sin for the poor soul of the killer;Cho.

Posted by: Mary T. | April 20, 2007 10:12 AM

I would like to send my deepest sympathies for the family and friends. May you be strong at this time of sorrow and may you keep the memory close to your heart always, accompanied with a smile through the tears...


Time, a second
Time, a minute
Time, an hour
Time, a day
Time, a week
Time, a month
Time, a year
One step at a time, into this darkness
One step at a time, into this unknown madness

By Kylli


Posted by: Kylli | April 20, 2007 11:21 AM

To all those who lost love ones, my sympathy goes out to you and I will continue to pray for those who lost their life and also for that gunman. God knows best and he will take care of you family and frieds.

Posted by: M. Thomas | April 20, 2007 12:29 PM

Immediately you're an hero. You did not run and hide instead you try to safe someone. Deepest sympathy to families and friends.may his soul rest in peace.

Posted by: Melese | April 20, 2007 12:42 PM

My sympathy goes out to the family of Ryan! He has left this bad and cruel world to become an ANGEL in HEAVEN; rejoicing and graduating like he planned to do here earth. Remember, that GOD will always be there when you are crying, and GOD does not put more or you than you can bear. Even though I do not know him, but in reading his bio, it really bought tears to my eyes. He was talented and yes a "Brainiac" but God is not letting that talent and knowledge go away. Be STRONG and I am continuing to keep the family in my prayers and All the victims of Virginia Tech. May GOD BE WITH YOU!! MAY HIS PEACE BE WITH YOU!

Posted by: Kenesha Hargrave | April 20, 2007 12:45 PM


Posted by: F.A. PROCTOR | April 20, 2007 01:27 PM

To Ryans parents: Truly your son was a great child - just the thought that he's was such a brilliant young man makes all the difference in the world God will finish taking care of him.

Posted by: Barbara | April 20, 2007 02:08 PM

To the Family of Ryan. I have watched as many have across this Nation and am moved by this tragic event. You should be proud of the accomplishments of this young man and equally that he was the first hero placing himself in harm's way. There is a no more noble sacrifice. May you find comfort in your memories of him and find the strength to carry on as it is imagined he might have wanted. God's Blessings.

Posted by: | April 20, 2007 02:23 PM

WOW..Ryan is a true hero for stopping and helping another student and trying to save there life instead of his own..he didnt run when the police or other staff members told him to he stopped and help and innocent person who got shot...and he tryed to save her!! this guy had no reason to do what he did but ryan sounds like a really cool kid and didnt desirve this nether did the 32 other innocent people!!..my prayers are out to the familys and friendsd of the ones lost and that they should stay strong..and my prayers also go out to ryans family!...stayy strong!

Posted by: J.M.D | April 20, 2007 04:13 PM

What an inspiring young man. My prayers go out to Ryan's (and other victims') family and friends. To this incredible soul I'd say, "...mount your wings Ryan and take your rightful place among the heavenly Angels."

Posted by: Nate A. | April 20, 2007 04:39 PM

Dearest Ryan:
I didn't know you but already I miss you...
I am saddened we were not able to continue enjoying that feeling of warmth radiating from that smile or the compassion for others that must have filled your spirit and danced in your eyes.

Dearest Ryan:
I didn't know you but already I miss you...
A bright and talented young man, ready to embrace the world and all of her ups and downs. Your friends and family speak of you with admiration and pride...

Dearest Ryan:
After reading about you and looking at your picture - I too can see the twinkle in your eye and I too can feel the warmth of your smile and I too can see how bright and talented you are and I too speak of you with admiration and pride...

Dearest Ryan:
I know you...and I already miss you.

To the Clark Family:
What do you say to a grieving family?...

Posted by: Jamia | April 20, 2007 05:18 PM

Four of my children are in Nigerian Universities and they also face similar threats due to attacks from campus cults and off-campus muggers and rapists. They shootings in Virginia Tech. makes me wonder whether we are protecting our youths adequately. My heartfelt sympathy goes to the traumatised undergraduates and the families of the slain students.

Posted by: Ekpo Nta, Esq. | April 20, 2007 05:27 PM

My prayers and thoughts are with the family of Ryan. I did not kmow him, but he sounds like such a wonderful young man, filled with potential and with a lifetime of promise ahead of him. May God be with you in your time of need.

Posted by: Amanda | April 20, 2007 06:53 PM

We in America, lost a real American story in that was in progress.
May the Clark family find comfort in Ryan's success.

Posted by: Douglas Culbreth | April 20, 2007 09:08 PM

To the family:
Although, I have never meant your son he seem to be a wonderful person with a spririt that will last forever. I pray that you gain strength from God to carry you through this trying time. Continue to lean on the Lord.

Posted by: Tracy Jones | April 20, 2007 10:45 PM

My heart goes out to the family of Ryan clark and my prayers are with eveyone at VT I ask god to comfort your hearts and your minds and bring peace over this family and others that are going through in our fathers name I pray in jesus name amen each and everyone of yall god bless

Posted by: praying mom | April 20, 2007 10:54 PM

I pass your house every day and night comming and going to work and cry. I pray for your family to heal. God bless you and all of the victims with his imortal love

Posted by: Andrew Allen | April 21, 2007 01:21 AM

my heart goes out to you the family, and friends of Mr. Clark. May God wrap his loving arms around you in your time of need. i pray that you all will have/find the strengh to go on. because i know that would be the right thing to do.

Posted by: simonetta hall-moore | April 21, 2007 01:26 AM

America has lost some of its brightest they will be sadly missed.
I know this may sound trivia to some, but it’s true “Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal” Jeremiah 31:13 say “I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.”

I am praying for all the victims, their families, the killer and his family.
We all need to pray for peace, understanding, compassion and that man will turn back to God. We must do what 1 Thessalonians 5:17 admonishes us to do "Pray without ceasing."

Posted by: Frankie | April 21, 2007 06:32 AM

My heart goes out to the family and friends of these beautiful people. I cannot imagine the grief and devastation they are going through. May God grant them comfort and solace at this unimaginable terrible time. My heart is heavy for them.

Posted by: Rita Johnson | April 21, 2007 08:42 AM

My heart goes out to the family of Ryan. He will be missed. May god bless you during this trying time.

Posted by: Regina Smith | April 21, 2007 10:54 AM

I do not know where to start except saying deeply sorry for the families who lost their children in a place suppose to be the safest place in this world. I am deeply sorry for the victims and their families. That monday was the most sadness for my life becuase I can imagine how those students and instructors died. Sorry

Posted by: Mohamed | April 21, 2007 11:40 AM

May God provide strengh and peace during this trying & difficult time.

Posted by: | April 21, 2007 02:40 PM

God Bless you ryan!!! The world was blessed to have had you for a while..Your father beckoned for you to go to your real home and be where you truly belong ,amongst Angels.

God Bless

Posted by: The Dimanche Family | April 21, 2007 08:56 PM

It is amazing that God has taken someone so beautiful, so caring, so wonderful and so loving from us and from this place that so much needs people like Ryan around.

My Moms once told me that God sometimes gets jealous and wants people like Ryan with "Him." The best we can do is to try to continue the work that Ryan has started and to model his positive persona.

May his family and friends be comforted by love, awesome love.

Posted by: Fige Bornu, Chairman, Positive African Image Institute, Los Angeles, CA | April 21, 2007 09:29 PM

dear MR> and MRS Clark , i did not know Rylan, but my prayers and condolences, go way out to you. i hope the Lord gives you a little pease. i am a mother of 4 grown children and 7 grandchildren, four of the grandchildren will be going 2 college in the next few years. i could not even image what you as a mother and father are going through. MY LOVE AND PRAYERS GO OUT TOO ALL OF YOUR FAMILY> GOD BLESS >

Posted by: gloria beauford | April 22, 2007 12:05 PM

Hi my name is gina and i from texas when i heard of this that was going on all i could do was pray that everyone would be ok but when i heard even worst news i dropped to my knees in tears i am sorry what the people had to go through and i am sorry for those that lost somebody.

Posted by: gina | April 22, 2007 04:24 PM

God will reveal someday the answers to the question(s)...............WHY???

peace to the Clark family and all of us (for this impacts the nation)..Thanks to Ms. Giovanni..................hotep

Posted by: jd (clark) lyons-walker-spigner (california) | April 22, 2007 11:11 PM

Continue to follow in God footsteps and he will lead you on. Jesus is the answer for the world today, Above Him there is no other, Jesus is the way. May God forever bless the entire family in Jesus name.

Posted by: Tonie R. Godbolt | April 22, 2007 11:54 PM

The Bible says to train up our children in the way they should go and when they are old they shall not depart from it. From all that I have heard about Ryan, it is obvious that the spirit of God was exemplified in his actions towards mankind. It is with undescribable grief that I extend to you and all those who had losses or injury- prayers for stength and comfort. We believe in God though we cannot ever understand how long we must bear the good and evil side by side. I weep with you, his sweet family in Georgia and his VT family. We are all family and have lost the joys of what his future on earth would have been. May you find comfort in your beliefs-in God, in the Word and the Spirit and the memories of your beautiful son. Our children are "on loan" to us. You obviously were blessed to have him and he, to have such a wonderful family. God be with us all.
I will pray for all of you with every remembrance of him and the VT family. Grieving in Illinois

Posted by: Patricia Spinello Smith | April 23, 2007 04:56 PM

Its soo sad to see that someone so loved and cherished by all hs gone on. I don't know him but it saddens me to see how people have lost respect for lie and take innocent lives. I pray that God would console and comfort Ryans family and friends. Take this and use it to fight the enemy because he comes to destroy but with God we shall and do have the victory. Again I am sincerel sorry for the loss of a great man and friend. Let the memories of all the good things he's done live on and be a light to those that remain.

May God Bless and Keep All those at Virginia Tech and Ryans Family

Posted by: | April 23, 2007 05:09 PM

One week ago today, the Clark family was changed for ever.From all the good things I read and hear about Ryan I know God needed him in heaven. My heart goes out to Ryan's family. He will be missed but we shall see him again.
In Christ
Brigett Lomax

Posted by: Brigett Lomax | April 23, 2007 09:24 PM

perhaps strength doesn't reside in having never been broken ....but in the courage required to grow strong in the broken places

Posted by: | April 24, 2007 11:42 PM

Ryan is definately one of the lucky ones. I know his friends and family don't feel that way but he gets to be with Jesus and this earth offers nothing but pain and sorrow. This is satan's world and I know the Lord has him in his arms right now!

Posted by: | April 26, 2007 01:09 AM

This kind and caring and loving man is now our ANGEL in Heaven. God called him home to watch over us. I grieve and have cried constantly for him and his family and friends, and all the other angels. Their life on Earth is gone, but they have eternity and everlasting life with our Father, and will be our angels forever. I am so blessed to have such beautiful Angels. I need them, we all do.

Posted by: Shari Weaver | April 26, 2007 05:14 AM

May God bless
And keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you

May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb every road
And may you stay forever young

May you grow up to be courageous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the light surrounding you

May you always be gracious
Stand upright and be strong
And may you stay
Stay forever young

Forever young
Forever young
May you stay forever young

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
With the winds changing shift

May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
And may you stay

Forever young
Forever young
Stay forever young
Stay forever young

Stay forever young
Forever young
Forever young

Stay forever young

Posted by: | April 26, 2007 11:39 AM

GOD does not make any mistakes he took for Ryan for an reson that man himself will never understand. God bless you Ryan! your happy in Heaven with God. RIP!

Posted by: SONIA HICKS | April 26, 2007 02:50 PM

To Ryan's family. Even though I have never met Ryan I can't seem to get his image out of my mind! He seemed like a very nice and caring youn man! I am very saddened by this loss and the loss of all of the other victims. I hope that his family will find some sort of peace in the near future, and know that he will be missed, even by those who didn't even know him!! God bless you!

Posted by: Lakeisha Cottle-Monk | April 26, 2007 11:01 PM

God Bless you Ryan!! You touched so many lives of people who knew as well as those who did not. Keep smiling down on us from HEAVEN!!

Posted by: Kim Fountain | April 28, 2007 04:27 PM

We hear a lot about the "Virginia Tech Massacre". The media repeat "32 victims". But only reading this article made me really sad...

Posted by: Aleks | May 3, 2007 03:03 PM

God Bless The Family of Ryan Clark and all Families of Those Who Lost Their Dear Ones.

Posted by: | May 5, 2007 10:09 PM

OMG...This guy was so nice. He seem so sweet and innocent.He was so popular and giving. He had alot of friends and was an outgoing indivitual. Its sad to c this cause all of my life i here and c african amricans hanging aroung dropping out AND NOY DOING ANYTHING WITH THERE LIFE AND HERE GOES THIS INTELLIGENT AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN wanting to do something with his lif. About to graduate and make a good living and this had to happen...I am devestaded and to be honest there is no words to descibe how i feel...God bless him and his family...i luv yall...

Posted by: corenne | May 23, 2007 11:20 PM

OMG...This guy was so nice. He seem so sweet and innocent.He was so popular and giving. He had alot of friends and was an outgoing indivitual. Its sad to c this cause all of my life i here and c african amricans hanging aroung dropping out AND NOY DOING ANYTHING WITH THERE LIFE AND HERE GOES THIS INTELLIGENT AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN wanting to do something with his lif. About to graduate and make a good living and this had to happen...I am devestaded and to be honest there is no words to descibe how i feel...God bless him and his family...i luv yall...

Posted by: corenne | May 23, 2007 11:20 PM

Ryan, I didn't know about you until you were taken away. Now,"our" world wil be lonier. I work with the Epilepsy Foundation - National Office, and I just read in our magazine that for eight years, you were a counselor at our Georgia affiliate's Camp Big Heart. I can't begin to imagine what the camping experience will be, this year. Thank you for reaching out to others - I know you will be missed.

Posted by: Carolyn Johnson | May 24, 2007 09:33 AM

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