Mother could receive state aid

The mother of a Columbia County man slain in April's shooting massacre at Virginia Tech University has been in discussions with Virginia officials concerning a potential offer of monetary and other assistance, her attorney said Tuesday.

 

Attorney Ben Allen said "nothing has been put in concrete" but said there has been ongoing dialogue between state officials and victims' family members, including Letitie Clark, the mother of Ryan Clark, 22.

Mr. Clark was one of the first killed in the April 16 shootings, in which 32 others, including the gunman, died.

"The state realizes it has a responsibility, and it wants to do the right thing," Mr. Allen said.

On Monday, the Associated Press reported a relative of a Virginia Tech shooting victim had said the state had offered families of the 32 killed $100,000 each in an attempt to avoid lawsuits. Mr. Allen said that relative wasn't Ms. Clark, adding that there is no pending lawsuit.

Mr. Allen said part of the discussion involves trying to bring some closure for victims' family members.

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