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State: Cap damages in Va. Tech negligence suit
State: Hold damages at $100,000 each for families of 2 Virginia Tech students slain April '07
By The Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ' Virginia is asking a judge to abide by a $100,000 cap on damages in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the parents of two Virginia Tech students who were among 33 killed during a rampage on the Blacksburg campus nearly five years ago.

Attorneys for the parents have asked the court to award each family $2 million despite a state cap on damages.

In a filing this week, the state said the court would be acting "without jurisdiction and commit clear, reversible error" if it bypassed the cap.

Jurors in Christiansburg concluded last month that the state was negligent when it delayed alerting the campus of the first two shootings in April 2007. They were the first in a mass shooting that was the deadliest in modern U.S. history.

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