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Wrongful death trial in Va. Tech killings goes to jury

Wrongful death trial in Va. Tech killings goes to jury

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. — Jurors have begun deliberations in a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the 2007 mass killings at Virginia Tech.

The jury of seven was given the case Wednesday after hearing testimony over seven days in a Christiansburg courtroom.

They will decide whether the decision of Virginia Tech officials to delay alerting students and faculty of the first shootings on campus allowed gunman Seung-Hui Cho to go on and kill 30 more. Attorneys for the school have said administrators properly heeded the advice of police, who concluded the shootings were no threat to the wider campus.

The families of two students killed on April 16, 2007, filed the negligence lawsuit contending their daughters and other students might have escaped Cho’s carnage if they had been warned of the earlier shootings. Each is seeking $100,000 in damages.

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