Virginia Supreme Court overturns verdict in wrongful death suit against Virginia Tech

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The Virginia Supreme Court has overturned a jury verdict in the wrongful-death suit filed against the state by the families of two students who were killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre.

In a decision released Thursday, the justices wrote that ‘‘there was no duty for the Commonwealth to warn students about the potential for criminal acts’’ by student-gunman Seung-Hui Cho.

Jurors in Montgomery County Circuit Court ruled last year that the state was negligent in the deaths of Julia Pryde and Erin Peterson, two of the 32 people killed by Cho on the Blacksburg campus. The jury panel awarded the parents of Pryde and Peterson $4 million each, although the amount was later reduced to $100,000 per family.

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