Found: Missing Mental Health Records of Va. Tech Shooter

Files had been removed from university clinic illegally
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2009 11:42 AM CDT
Found: Missing Mental Health Records of Va. Tech Shooter
South Korean Christians stage a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting massacre, near the US Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, April 25, 2007.   (AP Photo)

The mental health records of the gunman behind the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre have been found in the home of a former director of the university’s clinic, reports the AP. Seung-Hui Cho’s records were illegally taken from the clinic more than a year before the attack, says a memo from Gov. Tim Kaine’s legal counsel. Police are investigating.

Kaine expressed disappointment that the records had remained missing until a lawsuit by victims’ families prompted their discovery. The delay sparks questions over the state's investigation. “Deception comes to my mind,” says the mother of a student injured in Cho's rampage. “It gives me the impression: ‘What else are they hiding?’” The state intends to release the records soon. (Read more Seung-Hui Cho stories.)

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