Pastor: Killer Possessed by 'Demonic Power'

Cho's mother sought spiritual healing as son deteriorated
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2007 9:44 PM CDT
Pastor: Killer Possessed by 'Demonic Power'
This undated black-and-white photo provided by the Fairfax County, Va. Public Schools shows Cho Seung-Hui, who police have identified as the gunman suspected of carrying out the Virginia Tech massacre. (AP Photo/Fairfax County, Va. Public Schools)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The mother of Seung Hui Cho sought spiritual healing for her angry, troubled son, the Washington Post reports in an examination of the Virginia Tech shooter's mental state. The head pastor of the One Mind Church in Woodbridge, Virginia, said his church was approached last summer to help deliver the young man from "demonic power."

Members of the congregation met with Cho and his mother, said the Rev. Dong Cheol Lee, minister of the Presbyterian congregation. "His problem needed to be solved by spiritual power," said Lee. "That's why she came to our church—because we were helping several people like him." But Cho had to return to college before any intervention took place.  (Read more Seung-Hui Cho stories.)

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