Call to reopen Virginia Tech shootings investigation

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The relatives of the victims of the 2007 mass shootings at Virginia Tech are asking for Governor Tim Kaine to reopen a state review.

They say the move is necessary in light of the recent discovery of the gunmen's missing mental health records.

Andrew Goddard's son survived after being shot four times during the mass campus shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007. The gunman killed 32 people, then himself. Two years later, Goddard and other relatives of victims are calling on the governor for help.

"We're asking the governor to reconvene the panel or a portion of the panel to look at information that's come to light since the panel report was completed," said Andrew Goddard.

Last week the missing mental health records of the gunman, Seung Hui Cho, were discovered at the home of the former director of the university's counseling center. Goddard says what's in those records could drastically change what's outlined in the report assembled by the review panel and that it would make the report more accurate.

"Perhaps there are new recommendations to add on, perhaps there are not. Perhaps they'll say this amplifies something we already saw but like I said the outcome is the document. If we get a better document at the end of it that would be well worth the effort," said Andrew.

Governor Kaine says getting that 2007 review panel back together is problematic. Members were volunteers. The panel report will be amended to account for the disappearance of the gunman's medical records.

"What we've always wanted for closure is to know that we've looked in every corner and turned over every stone," said Andrew.

Andrew Goddard says he and other family members will make the same request to the next elected governor of the commonwealth if Kaine declines their request to reconvene the review panel.

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