Va. Tech Massacre At Center Of 2 Court Appeals

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The state moved Thursday to reverse a wrongful death verdict in the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech while the parents of two students killed want the university's president to stand trial for failing to alert the campus when the first gunshots rang out.

The separate appeals were filed in the state Supreme Court within 24 hours of each other.

A jury in March found the state negligent in the deaths of Erin N. Peterson and Julia K. Pryde and awarded their families $4 million each. A judge in June upheld the negligence finding but reduced the jury's award to $100,000 for each family, the highest amount allowed under a cap on damages against the state.

The women were among 32 faculty and students killed on April 16, 2007, on Tech's Blacksburg campus. Student gunman Seung-Hui Cho also killed himself in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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