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State may appeal verdict in Va. Tech case

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. - The state is giving strong signals that it will appeal a jury’s decision that Virginia Tech officials were negligent in their actions leading up to the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

The verdict in the wrongful death lawsuit is the latest of three decisions that have faulted the university for its actions on April 16, 2007, when it hesitated in letting students know of a gunman who ultimately fatally shot 32 people on campus before killing himself.

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Jurors sided with the parents of two students slain in the massacre - Julia Pryde and Erin Peterson - that officials should have known the campus was at risk without a gunman in custody.

The parents said the botched response led to the deaths of their daughters.

Virginia Tech spokesman Mark Owczarski said after the verdict that the school would review the case with the attorney general’s office before deciding on any further options.

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