RICHMOND, Va. (WREX) — The Virginia Supreme Court has reversed a wrongful death verdict against the state related to the 2007 deaths of 32 students and staff members at Virginia Tech.
Montgomery County jurors returned the verdict in March 2012, saying the state was negligent in the deaths of two students during the mass shooting on the Blacksburg campus. Jurors had initially awarded the families of the two students $4 million each, but that award was reduced to the state cap of $100,000 each by a judge.
In a decision Thursday, the Virginia Supreme Court justices argued the state of Virginia was not responsible for warning students of the potential acts of the gunman that day. Seung-Hui Cho shot two students in a dormitory before killing 30 more people and himself. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history.
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