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Va. AG office: Tech gunman bears burden

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RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia attorney general's office says a state Supreme Court ruling reversing a negligence finding against the state in the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech supports its contention that the gunman bears the burden of the killings.

A spokesman for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli responded Thursday after the justices reversed a March 2012 jury's verdict that the state was negligent in the deaths of two students who were among the 32 killed by Seung-Hui Cho (sung-wee joh).

While expressing sympathy for the families, spokesman Brian Gottstein said, "Cho was the lone person responsible for this tragedy." He also said neither Tech nor state officials were negligent.

The parents of two slain students who sued the state contended Tech waited too long to alert the campus of the first shootings.

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