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Virginia killer's records found

Cho Seung-Hui
Cho Seung-Hui shot dead 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007

The mental health records of Cho Seung-hui have been found, two years after he massacred 32 people at Virginia Tech in the United States.

The file was discovered, in the possession of a former employee of the Tech's counselling centre, by legal teams of some of the victims' families.

The medical treatment of 23-year-old Cho, who committed suicide, has become a major issue in the investigation.

The file's contents have not yet been released.

The news of the discovery emerged in an e-mail sent to the families of the victims by the Virginia Governor Tim Kaine.

He said the file, reportedly removed from the university's Cook Counseling Center a year before the shootings, had been handed over to the state police.

He pledged to support efforts to get the contents released to family members and the public.

Concerns over treatment

An investigation was underway, he said, to find out how the file was removed from the centre in the first place.

Cho, a South Korean student, targeted students and staff during his rampage at the college in Blacksburg, Virginia, on 16 April 2007. As police moved in, he committed suicide.

Much of the investigation has centred on the events of the day, and how the police, and the staff at Virginia Tech, reacted to the unfolding events.

But some survivors, and families of the victims, say they are more concerned about the treatment Cho received at the Cook Counseling Center.

While most of the survivors and relatives of the victims accepted an $11m (£6.6m) settlement from the state in April 2008, two families earlier this year took out a civil suit against the state, the school and its counselling centre.

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