Parents seek to sue VaTech chief for ’07 massacre
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The parents of two Virginia Tech students who successfully sued the state for the deaths of their daughters in a 2007 campus massacre now want to hold the university’s president accountable for failing to alert students and faculty of the first shootings on campus.
Attorneys for the parents are asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling that dismissed President Charles W. Steger from their wrongful death lawsuit.
A jury in March found the state negligent in the deaths of Erin N. Peterson and Julia K. Pryde and awarded their families $4 million each. A judge in June upheld the negligence finding but reduced the jury’s award to $100,000 for each family, the highest amount allowed under a cap on damages against the state.
The women were among 32 faculty and students killed on April 16, 2007, on Tech’s Blacksburg campus, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Student gunman Seung-Hui Cho killed himself after the slaughter.