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Jury Rules Va. Tech Negligent in Massacre

March 14, 2012  | 

A jury found Virginia Tech negligent on Wednesday for delaying to alert its campus community about a gunman during the 2007 massacre that left 33 people dead.

A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of two students who were killed in the April 16, 2007 shooting claimed that if the university had acted more quickly in alerting the campus about the first two victims, lives could have been spared, the Associated Press reports. The jury deliberated for 3.5 hours before siding with the parents.

The jury awarded each of the families $4 million. The state immediately filed a motion to reduce the award, which is required by state law to be capped at $100,000.

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