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Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech Shooting Trial

March 15, 2012 by staff 

Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech Shooting Trial, Jurors debated for three-and-a-half hours before determining that university officials at Virginia Tech were negligent for waiting to warn students about a gunman on campus during the 2007 shooting.

Families of the victims of the massacre, which left 33 people- including shooter Seung-Hui Cho dead- argued that the university should pay in the wrongful death lawsuit.

The jury agreed, deeming that the university must pay $4million specifically to both of the families of Julia Pryde and Erin Paterson, who worked tirelessly for years to prove their case.

That sum will be reduced dramatically, as Virginia law states that such an award must be capped at $100,000 per victim, but the verdict is a testament to the strength of their case.

The lawsuit was the last pending litigation over the mass shootings and it’s not clear if any additional lawsuits will be filed. The state is expected to appeal the verdict, as it did a separate fine handed down by federal education officials.

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