Twenty-three year old Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people on the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, before taking his own life.
Seung-Hui Cho was a senior at Virginia Tech, majoring in English. He was born in South Korea in 1984 and became a permanent U.S. resident in 1992.
December 13, 2005 - Cho is ordered by a judge to seek outpatient care after making suicidal remarks to his roommates. He is evaluated at Carilion-St. Alban's mental health facility.
February 9, 2007 - Cho picks up a Walther P-22 pistol he purchased online on February 2 from an out-of-state dealer at JND Pawn shop in Blacksburg, across the street from Virginia Tech.
March 2007 - Cho purchases a 9mm Glock pistol and 50 rounds of ammunition from Roanoke Firearms for $571.
April 16, 2007 -
7:15 am - Police are notified in a 911 call that there are at least two shooting victims at West Ambler Johnston Hall, a four-story coed dormitory on campus that houses approximately 895 students.
9:01 am - Cho mails a package containing video, photographs and writings to NBC News in New York City. NBC doesn't receive it until two days later due to an incorrect address on the package.
9:26 am - The school sends out an email statement that a shooting took place at West Ambler Johnston Hall earlier that morning.
9:45 am - 911 calls report a second round of shootings in classrooms at Norris Hall, the engineering science and mechanics building. At least 32 students and faculty are killed.
9:50 am - "Please stay put." A second email notifies students that a gunman is loose on campus.
9:55 am - University officials send a third message about the second shooting via e-mail and text messages to students.
10:16 am - Classes are canceled.
10:53 am - Students receive an email about Norris Hall shooting, with the subject line, "Second shooting reported: police have one gunman in custody."
12:42 pm - VT President Charles Steger issues a statement that people are being released from campus buildings and that counseling centers are being set up. He announces that classes are canceled again for the next day.
April 17, 2007 - Virginia Tech Police announce that they "have been able to confirm the identity of the gunman at Norris Hall. That person is Seung-Hui Cho. He was a 23-year-old South Korean here in the U.S. as a resident alien."
April 18, 2007 - NBC News announces that they have received a package containing pictures and written material which they believe to be from Cho, sent between the two shootings.
August 15, 2007 - It is announced that the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, funded by private donations, will donate $180,000 to the families of each of the 32 victims. Those injured will receive $40,000 to $90,000, depending on the severity of the injuries, and a waiver of tuition and fees if applicable.
March 24, 2008 - The state proposes a settlement to the families related to the shooting. In it, $100,000 is offered to representatives of each of the 32 people killed and another $800,000 is reserved to those injured, with a $100,000 maximum. Expenses not covered by insurance such as medical, psychological, and psychiatric care for surviving victims and all immediate families are also covered.
April 10, 2008 - Governor Kaine announces that a "substantial majority" of the families related to the shootings have agreed to the $11 million settlement offered by the state. It isn't clear how many families have not accepted the deal. The settlement will pay survivors' medical costs for life and compensate families who lost loved ones. By accepting the settlement, the families give up their right to sue the university, state, and local government in the future. Neither the attorneys representing the families nor the governor would discuss the exact terms until final papers are drawn.
June 17, 2008 - A judge approves the $11 million settlement offered by the state to some of the victims and families of those killed in the shooting rampage. Families of 24 of the 32 killed, as well as 18 who were injured are included in the settlement.
April 10, 2009 - Norris Hall re-opens. The 4,300-square-foot area will house the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, which relocated to the building.
December 9, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Education releases a report charging that Virginia Tech failed to notify students in a "timely manner," as prescribed by the Clery Act.
March 14, 2012 - A jury awards $4 million each to two victims' families who sued the state for wrongful death. The jury finds Virginia Tech failed to notify students early enough following the discovery of two shooting victims at West Ambler Johnston dormitory. The families of Erin Peterson and Julia Pryde argued that had officials notified students and staff earlier of the shooting, lives might have been spared. The Peterson and Pryde families did not accept a portion of an $11 million settlement between the state and the families of victims, opting instead to sue for wrongful death. The amount is later reduced to $100,000 per family.
October 31, 2013 - The Supreme Court of Virginia overturns the jury verdict in a wrongful death suit filed against the state by the families of two of the victims, that "there was no duty of the Commonwealth to warn students about the potential for criminal acts" by Seung-Hui Cho.
January 21, 2014 - The court denies a request by the Pryde and Peterson families to reconsider its ruling.
April 2014 - Virginia Tech pays fines totaling $32,500 to the Dept. of Education for violation of the Clery Act, a law requiring colleges and universities to provide timely notification of campus safety information.
West Ambler Johnston Hall (dorm)
Ryan Clark, 22, Martinez, Georgia
- Senior, English and Biology
- Resident Assistant on campus, also in the Marching Virginians college band.
- Known as "the Stack" to friends.
Emily Jane Hilscher, 19, Woodville, Virginia
- Freshman, Animal and Poultry Sciences, Equine Science
Norris Hall (dept. bldg/classrooms)
Ross Alameddine, 20, Saugus, Massachusetts
- Sophomore, English
- Died in a French class
Dr. Christopher "Jamie" Bishop, 35, Pine Mountain, Georgia
- Instructor, Foreign Languages and Literatures (German)
Brian Bluhm, 25, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
- Graduate Student, Civil Engineering
Austin Cloyd (female), 18, Blacksburg, Virginia
- Freshman, International Studies and French
Jocelyn Couture-Nowak, 49, born in Montreal, Canada
- Instructor, French
Daniel Alejandro Perez Cueva, 21, Woodbridge, Virginia, originally from Peru
- Junior, International Studies
- Killed in French class
Dr. Kevin Granata, 46, Toledo, Ohio
- Professor, Engineering Science & Mechanics
- Head of the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department
Matt Gwaltney, 24, Chesterfield, Virginia
- Graduate Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Caitlin Hammaren, 19, Westtown, New York
- Sophomore, International Studies and French
Jeremy Herbstritt, 27, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
- Graduate student, Civil Engineering
Rachael Hill, 18, Richmond, Virginia
- Freshman, Biology
Jarrett Lane, 22, Narrows, Virginia
- Senior, Civil Engineering
Matt La Porte, 20, Dumont, New Jersey
- Political Science and French
Henry Lee, 20, Roanoke, Virginia
- Freshman, Computer Engineering
Dr. Liviu Librescu, 75, from Romania
- Professor, Engineering Science and Mechanics
- A Romanian Holocaust survivor
Dr. G V Loganathan, 51, born in Chennai, India
- Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering.
- Had been at VA Tech since 1982.
Partahi Mamora Halomoan Lumbantoruan, 34, Indonesia
- Doctoral student in civil engineering.
Lauren McCain, 20, Hampton, Virginia
- International Studies
Daniel O'Neil, 22, Lafayette, Rhode Island
- Grad student in civil engineering.
Juan Ramon Ortiz, 26, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
- Grad student in civil engineering
Minal Panchal (female), 26, Mumbai, India.
- Grad student in architecture
Erin Peterson, 18, Centreville, Virginia
- Died in a French class.
Michael Pohle, 23, Flemington, New Jersey
- Senior, Biological Sciences
Julia Pryde, 23, Middletown, New Jersey
- Biological Systems Engineering
Mary Karen Read, 19, Annandale, Virginia
- Freshman, Interdisciplinary Studies and Elementary Education
Reema Joseph Samaha, 18, Centreville, Virginia
- Freshman, studying urban planning with a minor in international relations
- Went to the same high school as Cho
Waleed Mohammed Shaalan, 32, Zagazig, Egypt
- Doctoral student in civil engineering.
Leslie G. Sherman (female), 20, Springfield, Virginia
- Sophomore, History and International Studies
Maxine Turner, 22, Vienna, Virginia
- Senior, Chemical Engineering
Nicole Regina White, 20, Carrollton, Virginia
- Junior, International Studies and German.