Virginia Settles with 21 Families of Va. Tech Tragedy Victims

RICHMOND, Va. – Twenty-one families of the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings have agreed to a tentative settlement with the state of Virginia. The settlement is reportedly for $11 million.

So far, 40 families of Virginia Tech tragedy victims have filed claims against the state, and the agreement reached April 10 accounts for a little more than half of those families. Others have until April 16 – the anniversary of the massacre – to file.

Governor Timothy M. Kaine issued the following statement regarding the settlement with the families and victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy:

“On April 16, 2007, an unthinkable tragedy took place on the campus of Virginia Tech.  For several months the victims and victims’ families, their counsel, Virginia Tech, and officials of the Commonwealth have worked with serious commitment and diligence toward a reasonable resolution and response to the legitimate needs, interests and concerns arising out of that horrific event.

“A proposal for resolution has now been accepted by a substantial majority of the victims and victims’ families.  At this time, details will remain confidential as the parties move forward to finalize and formalize their agreement.  There will be no further announcement or discussion of this matter until that has been accomplished.  Ultimately, the agreements will be public.”

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