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Va. Tech official defends actions during killings
Virginia Tech official explains delay in alerting students during 2007 massacre
By The Associated Press

CHRISTIANSBURG, Virginia (AP) ' A Virginia Tech official is defending the delay in alerting students to the shootings of two students that began the 2007 massacre at the university, saying officials did the best they could.

Robert M. Byers is the executive director of government relations at Virginia Tech. He testified Wednesday at the civil trial brought by the parents of two students among the 32 killed in the attack by a lone gunman.

Virginia Tech police thought the first two victims died in a domestic violence incident and said they didn't think the rest of the campus was at risk.

Byers said university leaders were heeding the advice of campus police in delaying an announcement because they wanted to avoid panic and notify the two victims' parents.

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