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Virginia Tech Suit Continues Monday

Delayed campus-wide alert at issue



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    The day before the first anniversary of the worst school shooting in U.S. history, student Kelly Baccus grieved at a memorial of 32 granite blocks representing each of the people killed by Cho Seung-Hui at Virginia Tech on April 15, 2008.

    Virginia Tech parents hoping to hear an apology for the actions of university officials for the campus killings nearly five years ago didn't get one last week at a wrongful death trial.

    The question of official accountability, however, still remains for jurors to decide.

    The state begins its presentation on Monday when the trial begins its second week. Its list of witnesses tops 50.

    Attorneys for the families of two students killed in the campus rampage are each seeking $100,000, but they say their primary interest is to hold Tech officials accountable for their actions on April 16, 2007.

    University officials testified they acted with the best information they had when they delayed issuing a campus-wide alert of the first two shootings at a dormitory. Thirty more killings followed.