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Seitan Worshipper: "Killer's family breaks silence"

Tough guy

Thanks to Seitan Worshipper for this find

I've been wondering all week, "Where the hell is the family? What's
their story?" Now they speak up:

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The family of Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho
told The Associated Press on Friday that they feel "hopeless,
helpless and lost," and "never could have envisioned that he was
capable of so much violence." "He has made the world weep. We are
living a nightmare," said a statement issued by Cho's sister, Sun-
Kyung Cho, on the family's behalf

This, however, jumped out at me:

"Our family is so very sorry for my brother's unspeakable actions. It
is a terrible tragedy for all of us," said Sun-Kyung Cho, a 2004
Princeton University graduate who works as a contractor for a State
Department office that oversees American aid for Iraq.

So, was Monday's horror planned somehow by elements of this Worst
Administration Ever (put yer tinfoil hats on), or was the tidbit
above just an unfortunate coincidence?

The family's whereabouts are unclear. But authorities said they are
under law enforcement protection.

The statement was issued during a statewide day of mourning for the
victims. Silence fell across the Virginia Tech campus at noon and
bells tolled in churches nationwide in memory of the victims.

"We are humbled by this darkness. We feel hopeless, helpless and
lost. This is someone that I grew up with and loved. Now I feel like
I didn't know this person," Cho's sister said. "We have always been a
close, peaceful and loving family. My brother was quiet and reserved,
yet struggled to fit in. We never could have envisioned that he was
capable of so much violence."

She said her family will cooperate fully with investigators and "do
whatever we can to help authorities understand why these senseless
acts happened. We have many unanswered questions as well."

Wendy Adams, whose niece, Leslie Sherman, was killed in the massacre,
said of the family's statement: "I'm not so generous to be able to
forgive him for what he did. But I do feel for the family. I do feel
sorry for them."

"I do believe they're living a nightmare," she added.

- posted by Seitan Worshipper