March 28, 2012
The parents of two Virginia Tech students killed in the 2007 campus massacre are seeking $4 million in damages in their successful wrongful death lawsuit against the state.
Jurors ruled for the families on March 14 after they agreed the state was negligent when Tech officials delayed alerting the Blacksburg campus of the first two shootings by a gunman who ultimately killed 32 and himself.
The jury awarded each family $4 million but the state asked the trial judge to enforce a $100,000 cap on claims against the state.
The parents' attorney, Robert T. Hall, is seeking $2 million per family from the state's risk management plan, which covers state workers for damages related to their official actions as state employees.
State attorneys said the cap should stay in place.
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