PORTSMOUTH, Va. - A jury on Wednesday found Virginia Tech negligent in the 2007 massacre at the university by being slow to issue a campus warning as the shooting spree unfolded, and recommended that the families of two slain students be awarded $4 million each.
The families of students Julia Pryde and Erin Peterson brought the wrongful death lawsuit against the state university. They were among 32 people were killed before the gunman, Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho, committed suicide.
Jurors in Christiansburg, Virginia, determined that university officials should have been quicker to issue a campus warning after two students were killed by gunfire in a residence hall on the morning of April 16, 2007.
Soon after the university notified the campus that a shooting had occurred, a student gunman continued his more than two-hour rampage in a classroom building elsewhere on the campus.
Jurors awarded $4 million each to the families of Pryde and Peterson.