Judge approves Virginia Tech settlement

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June 18, 2008

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia judge has approved an $11 million settlement with most of the families of victims in last year's Virginia Tech slayings.

The settlement approved Tuesday is expected to help avoid a court battle over whether anyone but the gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, was to blame for the 32 deaths.

The settlement will pay 24 families. Four families agreed to the settlement, but were not prepared to appear before the judge. Four other families did not participate. Two have filed notices of lawsuits, and two did not file claims.

The settlement also covers 18 people injured, but their cases did not require court approval.

Cho killed two students in a dormitory and another 25 students and five faculty members in a classroom building before killing himself.

(Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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