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Here is some background on thisthe April 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, one ofdeadliest mass shooting in US history.

Seung-Hui Cho, 23, killed 32 people on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, before taking his own life.


Seung Hui Chohe was a senior at Virginia Tech majoring in English. He was born in South Korea in 1984 and became a permanent resident of the United States in 1992.


December 13, 2005 -A judge orders Cho to seek outpatient treatment after contemplating the suicide of his roommates. He will be at Carilion-St. Alban Psychiatric Center.

February 9, 2007 -Cho picks up a Walther P-22 pistol he bought online on February 2 from a foreign dealer at the JND pawn shop in Blacksburg, across from Virginia Tech.

March 2007 -Cho buys a Glock 9mm pistol and 50 rounds of ammunition from Roanoke Firearms for $571.

April 16, 2007 -(Events are listed on local ET)
7:15 a.m. - Police are notified of this in a 911 callat least two shooting victimsat West Ambler Johnston Hall, a four-story on-campus residence hall that houses approximately 895 students.

9:01 am - Cho sends a package containing videos, photos and articles to NBC News in New York. NBC received it two days later due to a wrong address on the package.

9:26 a.m. m: The school sends out an email statement that a shooting occurred that morning at West Ambler Johnston Hall.

9:45 a.m. - Calls to 911 report a second round of classroom shootings in Norris Hall, the Mechanical and Engineering building. At least 32 students and teachers die.


9:50 am - "Please stay where you are" A second email notifies students that a shooting has occurred on campus.

9:55 a.m. m. - University officials email and text students about second shooting.

10:16 am - Classes are cancelled.

10:53 am - Students receive an email about the Norris Hall shooting with the subject "Second shooting reported: Police have shooter in custody."

12:42 p.m. m.: VT President Charles Steger issues statement that people will be released from campus buildings and counseling centers will be established. He announces that classes will be canceled for the next day.

April 17, 2007 -Virginia Tech police say they "have been able to confirm the identity of the shooter at Norris Hall." That person is Seung Hui Cho. He was a 23-year-old South Korean resident here in the United States."

18. April 2007 -NBC News announces that they received a package containing pictures and written material that they believe came from Cho, which was mailed between the two shootings.

August 15, 2007 -It is announced that the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, funded by private donations, will donate $180,000 to the families of each of the 32 victims. Those injured will receive between $40,000 and $90,000, depending on the severity of the injuries, and tuition and fee waivers, if applicable.

March 24, 2008 -The state is proposing a settlement to the families related to the shooting. In it, $100,000 is offered to the representatives of each of the 32 people killed and an additional $800,000 is reserved for the injured, with a maximum of $100,000. Expenses not covered by insurance, such as medical, psychological, and psychiatric care for surviving victims and their immediate families, are also covered.

April 10, 2008 -Governor Tim Kaineannounces that a "substantial majority" of families linked to the shootings have approved the $11 million settlement offered by the state. It is not clear how many families did not accept the deal. The settlement will cover lifetime medical costs for survivors and compensate families who have lost loved ones. By accepting the settlement, the families give up their future right to sue the university, the state and the municipalities. Neither the lawyers representing the families nor the governor will discuss the exact terms until the final documents are drawn up.

17. June 2008 -A judge approves the $11 million settlement the state has offered to some victims and families of those killed in the shootings. The families of 24 of the 32 dead and 18 injured are included in the agreement.

April 10, 2009 -Norris Hall reopens. The 4,300-square-meter plot will house the Center for the Study of Peace and Violence Prevention, which has moved into the building.

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December 9, 2010 -The US Department of Education publishes a report that Virginia Tech failed to give students "timely notice" as required by the Clery Act.

March 14, 2012 -A jury awards $4 million each to the families of two victims who have sued the state for wrongful death. The jury finds that Virginia Tech failed to notify students early enough after two shooting victims were discovered in the West Ambler Johnston dormitory. The families of Erin Peterson and Julia Pryde argued that lives could have been saved if officials had informed students and staff about the shooting earlier. The Peterson and Pryde families did not accept part of an $11 million settlement between the state and the families of the victims, choosing instead to sue for wrongful death. The amount is subsequently reduced to $100,000 per family.

October 31, 2013 -The Virginia Supreme Court vacates a jury's verdict in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought against the state by the families of two of the victims, saying that "the Commonwealth was under no obligation to warn students of possible criminal activity." by Seung Hui Cho.

21 January 2014 -WhatCourt denies motion by Pryde and Peterson familiesto reconsider your decision.

April 2014 -Virginia Tech is paying fines to the Department of Education totaling $32,500 for violating the Clery Act, a law that requires colleges and universities to timely report campus safety information.

The victims

West Ambler Johnston Hall (Residencia)
ryan clark, 22, Martinez, Georgia
- Senior, English, Biology and Psychology
- Assistant resident on campus, also in the Marching Virginians college band
- Known by friends as "the stack".

Emily Jane Hilscher, 19, Woodville, Virginia
- Freshmen, Animal and Poultry Sciences

Norris Hall (Department of Buildings/Classrooms)
Ross Alameddine, 20, Saugus, Massachusetts
- Second year, English
- He died in a French class.

dr. Christopher "Jamie" Obispo, 35, Pine Mountain, Georgia
- Teacher of Foreign Languages ​​and Literatures (German)

Brian Bluhm, 25, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
- Graduate student, civil engineering

austin cloyd, 18, Blacksburg, Virginia
- Second grade, international studies and French

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Jocelyn Couture-Nowak, 49 years old, born in Montreal, Canada
- Teacher, French

Daniel Alejandro Perez Cueva, 21, Woodbridge, Virginia, originally from Peru
- Junior, International Studies
- He died in French class.

Dr. kevin granata, 46, Toledo, Ohio
- Professor, Engineering and Mechanics

mate gwaltney,24, Chesterfield, Virginia
- Graduate student, civil and environmental engineering.

Caitlin Hammer, 19, Westtown, New York
- Sophomore, International Studies and French

Jeremy Herbstritt, 27, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
- Graduate student, civil engineering.

raquel hill, 18, Richmond, Virginia
- novice biology

lane hock, 22, Strait, Virginia
- Superior, Civil Engineering

Matt LaPorte, 20, Dumont, NJ
- Second grade, political science

henry lee, 20, Roanoke, Virginia
- In the second year of study, computer engineering.

Dr. Liviu Librescu, 75, from Romania
- Professor, Engineering and Mechanics
- A Romanian Holocaust survivor

DR. GV Loganathan, 51 years old, born in Chennai, India
- Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Since 1981 at VA Tech

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Partahi Mamora Halomoan Lumbantoruan, 34, Indonesia
- PhD student, civil engineering

lauren mccain, 20, Hampton, Virginia
- Freshers, International Studies

Daniel O´Neil, 22, Lafayette, Rhode Island
- Graduate student, environmental engineering.

Juan Ramon Ortiz-Ortiz, 26, San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Graduate student, civil engineering.

Minal Panchal, 26, Mumbai, India
- Graduate student, architecture.

erin Petersen, 18, Centreville, Virginia
- Freshers, International Studies
- He died in a French class.

Michael Pohle, 23, Flemington, NJ
- Senior, Biological Sciences

Julia Pride, 23, Middletown, Nueva Jersey
- PhD student, biosystems engineering

Mary Karen Lee, 19, Annandale, Virginia
- Freshman, Interdisciplinary Studies

Reema Joseph Samaha, 18, Centreville, Virginia
- First year student, Universitätsstudium
– He went to the same high school as Cho

Waleed Mohamed Shaalan, 32, Zagazig, Egypt
- PhD student, civil engineering

Leslie G Sherman, 20 years old, Springfield, Virginia
- Junior, history and international relations

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max turner, 22, Vienna, Virginia
- Higher, chemical engineering

nicole regina white, 20, Smithfield, Virginia
- Second grade, international studies


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