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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)

(Newser) – 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.

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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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