VT families ask Gov. Kaine for added review of April 16th shootings

By Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (NBC12) - Governor Kaine once again speaking with Virginia Tech families checking on where we are two and a half years after the shootings.

This is the second of three meetings promised by the Governor.

Kaine describes it as two and a half hours of candid discussion and while family members say the meeting was productive, the task of getting answers to their ongoing questions and concerns is not yet complete.

Two and a half years later, despite the progress the Commonwealth touts, the day Seung-Hui Cho opened fire at Norris Hall is still fresh in the mind's of the victims and family members left behind.

"I still break down. I still cry over the loss of life. I still sit and think there by the grace of God go," said one student victim's mother Lori Haas.

Haas' daughter Emily was shot at Norris Hall but survived.

She and other family members are still trying to understand the most recent developments of how the counseling center's doctor was able to take Cho's mental health records home.

"Its very difficult for me to believe in the immediate weeks and months after the tragedy when everyone was looking for Cho's records, did a light bulb not go off in Dr. Miller's head?"she said.

The Governor told the thirty three victims and family members gathered for the closed meeting at the capitol, a Commonwealth's attorney does not think Doctor Robert Miller committed a crime.

"Obviously that caused a bit of dismay," said Gov. Kaine. "The fact that the records had been found, although I think the family members were glad that they had been found and they'd had the ability to see what's in them."

Moving forward, Kaine and the families' focus remains on a complete and accurate report of the tragic events of April 16th, 2007.

While family members want to reconvene the panel, the Governor says he cannot call back volunteers and will rely on the original company contracted for any corrections.

"They want to make sure it's accurate," he said. "They made that very plain and I want the same thing. We might have some different ideas about how to accomplish that."

The Governor is expected to hold one more of these discussions with the Tech families before leaving office.

A spokesperson tells us that meeting should take place sometime near the end of Kaine's term, probably in December.

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