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Ex-Virginia Tech Students Indicted in Girl's Murder

Trials in disturbing case set for March next year

(Newser) - Two former Virginia Tech students were indicted by a grand jury Tuesday in one of the year's most shocking murder cases. David Eisenhauer and Natalie Keepers, both 19, are accused of plotting to kill 13-year-old Nicole Lovell and could be sentenced to life in prison without parole when their... More »

Victim's Mom: Daughter Met Virginia Tech Student Online

'It was some off-the-wall site I never heard of'

(Newser) - The mother of a Blacksburg, Va., seventh-grader whose body was found Saturday some 100 miles from home says her daughter knew the Virginia Tech student charged in her killing. Tammy Weeks says police told her 13-year-old Nicole Lovell met David Eisenhauer, 18, several weeks ago online. "That’s all... More »

2 College Students Charged in Missing Girl's Murder

Liver transplant recipient Nichole Lovell, 13, found on North Carolina roadside

(Newser) - A 13-year-old girl who went missing from her home in Blacksburg, Va., early Wednesday was found dead on a North Carolina roadside late Saturday, and authorities quickly added a first-degree murder charge for the 18-year-old Virginia Tech freshman already charged in her abduction, reports NBC News . Police also arrested Maryland... More »

Virginia Tech Student Falls From Cruise Ship

Video shows 21-year-old male falling in the Bahamas

(Newser) - "We extend our heartfelt sympathy and concern for the family and loved ones of our missing guest." That's the sad statement from Carnival Cruise officials following the news that a Virginia Tech student fell from one of its ships early Sunday. The unnamed 21-year-old male was confirmed... More »

Court Voids Wrongful Death Verdict in Va. Tech Case

Justices say state couldn't have predicted mass shooting

(Newser) - Virginia's Supreme Court today reversed a jury's wrongful death verdict against the state stemming from the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting massacre, saying that the state had no duty to warn students of the potential acts of the case's lone gunman, who initially shot two in a dormitory.... More »

Metallica Makes PSA Video in Hunt for Fan's Killer

Band asks for police tips after 2009 Virginia killing

(Newser) - Metallica has made a public service video as part of a publicity blitz to try to catch a man wanted in the death of a Virginia Tech student who disappeared after one of the band's concerts. Composite sketches of the suspect will be featured at bus shelters and on... More »

Virginia Tech Found Negligent in 2007 Rampage

School waited too long to send out warnings, says jury

(Newser) - Virginia Tech was found legally negligent by a jury today in a lawsuit stemming from the 2007 school shooting that killed 33 people. The issue at stake was whether the university improperly delayed sending out warnings after the first two murders were discovered in a dorm, reports AP . Campus police... More »

Police ID Virginia Tech Gunman

Ross Truett Ashley, 22, attended nearby Radford University

(Newser) - A dean's list student who killed a Virginia Tech police officer had no ties to the university and did not know the patrolman, authorities said yesterday without offering a motive for a crime spree that spanned two days and ended in suicide. Ross Truett Ashley, 22, first drew authorities'... More »

Virginia Tech Shooter Changed Clothes to Escape

But another trooper spotted him in a parking lot

(Newser) - Virginia Tech officials shed a few more details on yesterday's murder-suicide but still aren't speculating about a motive. The man who shot officer Deriek Crouse remains publicly unidentified, but police say he wasn't a student or affiliated with the school. He reportedly walked up to Crouse's... More »

Virginia Tech Victim a Vet, Dad of 5

More details emerge on campus shootings

(Newser) - Deriek W. Crouse, the police officer killed yesterday during a traffic stop on the Virginia Tech campus, was a 39-year-old Army veteran and father of five. He and the suspected shooter, who was apparently found dead nearby, were shot with the same handgun, police confirmed today. The suspect is believed... More »

Virginia Tech Lockdown Over; Shooter Believed Dead

It looks like a murder-suicide

(Newser) - Virginia Tech has lifted its lockdown after today's fatal shootings that left two people dead and says the community is safe. Police confirmed little but said to "read between the lines" about speculation of a murder-suicide, reports the Roanoke Times . Based on that comment and more details from... More »

Gunman Kills 2 at Virginia Tech

One victim is a police officer shot during traffic stop

(Newser) - A gunman killed a police officer and another person after a traffic stop today on the campus of Virginia Tech, and students and faculty were told to stay inside university buildings as police searched for the suspect. The school said a police officer pulled someone over for a traffic stop... More »

Virginia Tech Lifts Alert

Campus back to business after report of gunman

(Newser) - Virginia Tech has lifted a security alert after police found no trace of a reported gunman, reports the Richmond Times Dispatch . The campus in Blacksburg canceled classes after children visiting for a day camp told police they thought they saw a man with a handgun. University officials issued an alert... More »

Virginia Tech Appeals $55K Shooting Rampage Fine

AG Cuccinelli calls Dept. of Education's findings 'absolutely appalling'

(Newser) - Just shy of one month after it was slapped with $55,000 in federal fines for waiting too long to notify that campus during the 2007 shooting rampage, Virginia Tech has filed an appeal. State AG Kenneth Cuccinelli yesterday called the Department of Education's findings "absolutely appalling,"... More »

Virginia Tech Fined $55K Over Shooting Rampage

Feds say officials did a poor job alerting campus to 2007 shooter

(Newser) - The Education Department has fined Virginia Tech the maximum allowable amount—$55,000—over how it handled the 2007 shooting rampage that left 33 people dead, reports the Richmond Times Dispatch . Federal officials say the university didn't warn the campus quickly enough: The school learned that two students had been... More »

Va. Tech Could Lose Millions Over Shooting Response

Feds say school failed to issue 'timely' warning

(Newser) - The feds delivered a harsh rebuke to Virginia Tech yesterday, saying the school failed to issue a "timely" warning about a campus gunman in 2007 who eventually killed 32 people and himself, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch . As a result, the school could lose nearly $100 million in student financial... More »

Students Fight University for Right to Pack Guns

Gun groups back Colorado activists battling firearm ban

(Newser) - A Colorado State University campus determined to stop shooting rampages by banning guns is meeting angry opposition from students who are determined to protect their right to pack firearms. Many claim that armed citizens are the best hope of stopping violence, according to T-shirts sprouting on the Fort Collins campus.... More »

Virginia Student's Body Found

Skeletal remains discovered in field

(Newser) - Virginia police believe skeletal remains discovered by a farmer in a Charlottesville field are those of a Virginia Tech student who disappeared last October after attending a Metallica concert. Education major Morgan Harrington, 20, was the subject of repeated fruitless searches. "I looked down and saw what looked like... More »

School Suspends 1st-Grader for Cub Scout Eating Utensils

Zero-tolerance weapons policies sometimes ridiculous, say critics

(Newser) - A first grader was suspended for 45 days from school for bringing a Cub Scout combined knife-fork-spoon utensil to class, triggering an uproar among parents. Zachary Christie, 6, was booted because his Newark school has a zero-tolerance policy on knives. Horrifying episodes like the Columbine and Virginia Tech shootings have... More »

Va. Tech Couple Shot Dead in Forest

Campground killing apparently random

(Newser) - Two Virginia Tech students have been found murdered in a campground near the school, bringing fresh horror to a campus already rocked by tragedy, the Roanoke Times reports. Police have found no murder weapon, motive or suspect. They believe an attacker shot the sophomore couple in a "random act... More »

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