Mother could receive state aid

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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.

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Letitie Clark, the mother of slain student Ryan Clark, is in talks with Virginia over aid.  Special
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Letitie Clark, the mother of slain student Ryan Clark, is in talks with Virginia over aid.

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.

Reach Preston Sparks at (706) 823-3338 or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com.

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truetolife
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truetolife 03/26/08 - 03:09 am
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Surley money cannot replace

Surley money cannot replace those live's that was lost or even those that was injured, however it will help.

nightcop
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nightcop 03/26/08 - 06:30 am
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why exactly does she need to

why exactly does she need to receive $$ from this? was she receiving $$ from her son prior to the shooting? i doubt it! what a joke.

janet58
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janet58 03/26/08 - 06:41 am
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IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!!!!

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!!!! (er, and race, too, obviously) but STILL, it's all about the money!!!

janet58
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janet58 03/26/08 - 06:43 am
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... caveat... where in the

... caveat...

where in the article does it say anything about "state aid"??

janet58
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janet58 03/26/08 - 06:45 am
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This is a PRIME example of

This is a PRIME example of why I left Augusta, GA.....

nerthus
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nerthus 03/26/08 - 07:02 am
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Virginia Tech is a state

Virginia Tech is a state school therefore the money would come from the state thus state aid.
I believe security was very lax and that is why so many students were killed

kai@reasontostand.org
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kai@reasontostand.org 03/26/08 - 07:03 am
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I want to know what the state

I want to know what the state is guilty of to make it want to simply "pay off" the victims? Is this a silent acknowledgment that the "gun free" schools we pride ourselves in are really simply shooting ranges for anyone who has a particularly bad day? Or, is this yet another example of how life isn't as priceless as we would like to believe. Whatever the case is, apparently a VT student's life is only worth $100k...

stillamazed
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stillamazed 03/26/08 - 07:17 am
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It says state aid in the

It says state aid in the headline.....money can't bring back their loved ones but perhaps it will help with expenses that are left for burials, student loans etc.

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WHATDIDIDO 03/26/08 - 07:30 am
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What in the hell does race

What in the hell does race have to do with this one? Some of you idiots will make a racial incident out of anything. And nightcop you need to go see the Department Therapist, you need help. Bottom line it's not your money.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/26/08 - 07:38 am
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My first impression was "why

My first impression was "why does the families need to be paid, this was just an unexpected tragedy" but after reading 5:00smwhr comments I had to rethink the issue. Although no amount of money can ever replace loosing a love one, it can help with the unexpected expenses such as travel, funeral, burial, etc...

teachingthemasses
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teachingthemasses 03/26/08 - 07:49 am
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The families need the money

The families need the money to cover funeral expenses and possibly counseling for the tragedy that has occured in their lives. This is not something you just get over.

devonae
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devonae 03/26/08 - 07:54 am
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Have any of you thought that

Have any of you thought that Ms. Clark may have gone into debt to pay for her son's burial!?!?!?! Even a pauper's funeral is expensive these days!!! Did she have loans out there that was funding his education? nightcop, you obvisouly need to change professions! your night job is robbing you of the sleep that you need to think straight!

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Nothing else to say 03/26/08 - 07:58 am
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Families do need the money

Families do need the money for funerals expenses, their travel, etc. If the students were transported to the hospital or morgue there was a charge for that also. Yes, this was a horrible accident but the STATE or SCHOOL (same thing since it's a public university) is offering to help with the families' added expenses because they felt it was the right thing to do.
Nothing can bring these young people back and no amount of money can soothe the families' heartache. I read the money was only going to be offered if ALL families agreed to accept this offer. Now what's the chance of that???

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tellmehow 03/26/08 - 08:12 am
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What I want to know is, if

What I want to know is, if money was offered to relatives of all 32 victims, but was not offer to Ms. Clark (the mother) then who was the money offered to?

shivas
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shivas 03/26/08 - 08:19 am
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The findings of the probe of

The findings of the probe of the incident was that the school failed to protect the students once the incident was reported. Remember, he went all the way to the other side of campus and killed others. There was virtually no response from VT campus police or administration. Lives could have been saved with an immediate lock-down. The state of Virginia is offering this payment for their failure, and this greiving mother should not be made to feel like she's a charlatan for accepting. But then again if this was a white mother everyone on this site would be offering her support.

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YESWECAN 03/26/08 - 08:33 am
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i agree with shivas

i agree with shivas

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3572 03/26/08 - 08:34 am
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Janet58 are you talking about

Janet58 are you talking about the comments ?

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vanessap 03/26/08 - 08:55 am
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Janet58 what does race have

Janet58 what does race have to do with it? It was kids and adults from every ethnic group that was killed so what is your point. I sit up and read these comments all the time and it amazes me how many bigots are still in America. I can say for me I'm glad you left Augusta and I feel for the people in the city you live in. I have a child and I would be devasted to lose her, you have no idea of this ladies pain or the pain of the other families. If the state chose to compenstate them then what does it have to do with you. I didn't see in this article where they asked you for a dime. Try getting a life or just not posting any comment.

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tellmehow 03/26/08 - 08:58 am
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It is coming to the point

It is coming to the point that every public place in America must have security. If they don't have security, or adequate security and a nut decides to kill people then they should be sued. Heck, even if a nut doesn't kill people then they should be sued anyway as they are putting us at risk by not having security. Regardless that you never know where a nuts will strike. And who determines what is adequate security? Especially for a place that is as spread out college campuses covering acres and having multiple buildings and thousands of people. How many guards do you need per building, per student? How long does it take for all these guuards, who are spread out over this entire campus to get to each of the buildings? How little time does it take to fire a gun and leave? While guards are responding to one building who is supposed to protect other buildings? Who really expects this to happen to a place? So when you go to the library make sure they have security. So when you go to a public resturant make sure they have security. After all prior to VT the worst mass killing was at a Luby's resturant in Killeen TX. (I was right across the street from Luby's that day).

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nh1956 03/26/08 - 09:02 am
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Why do people think that

Why do people think that whnever a trajedy such as this happens that the state owes them something. You can get shot on the street. Who are you going to get money from then?

nightcop
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nightcop 03/26/08 - 09:39 am
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they are only offering 100k

they are only offering 100k which everyone is saying is not enough. this is one of the many issues that make this country what it is today. GREEDY and SPOILED!
people sue anyone for anything...and WIN.

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jackfruitpaper833 03/26/08 - 09:43 am
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Lord Help us... I think they

Lord Help us... I think they are going to give every family involved in this horrible incident funds, she is not the only one. I don't even think she ask for any money. Nightcop (if you are a real cop), I hope the next major COP horrible incident in Augusta doesn't involve you.

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jack 03/26/08 - 09:51 am
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According to the news on the

According to the news on the radio yesterday, the University/state are offering these familieas a measley $100,000 provided they sign a statment that they wont sue. Little wonder they feel it is a slap in the face. The school was completely at fault for not locking down when the shooting began and should have to pay dearly for those kid's lives.

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TakeAstand 03/26/08 - 09:53 am
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About a month ago there was

About a month ago there was an article saying the families already got 208,000 from a fund of 8.5 million from 21,000 contributors. Was it wrong? Tellmehow, the way its written it does look a lil funny but, it didnt say she wasn't offered the money, it says she wasn't the one who talked to the AP.

tellmehow
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tellmehow 03/26/08 - 10:40 am
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People across America are

People across America are facing tragedies every day. Who are they supposed to sue? And if you really think sueing is the answer and solves all the problems then check out what happened to this lady. Do you really want to keep shopping at Wal-Mart. Seems to me that the executives in Bentonville Ark should watch their backs for a few nuts after this one. This is terrible. http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/25/walmart.insurance.battle/index.html

tellmehow
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tellmehow 03/26/08 - 10:45 am
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Wasn't there a fund set up

Wasn't there a fund set up locally here at one of the banks for people to contribute to for this young man? What happened to that?

walk_american
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walk_american 03/26/08 - 11:08 am
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Yes there was a fund set up

Yes there was a fund set up through Georgia Bank and Trust. VT also started a Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund that was also to be used in part for assistance for the families.

nightcop
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nightcop 03/26/08 - 11:58 am
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good plan Jack! where do you

good plan Jack! where do you think the "school" gets it's money from exactly? people like you and me moron!

nightcop
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nightcop 03/26/08 - 11:59 am
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jackfruitpaper833 - and if it

jackfruitpaper833 - and if it does? then what? going to sue?

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americafirst 03/26/08 - 12:29 pm
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The school was completely at

The school was completely at fault? You must be kidding. Let me be the bearer of bad news. If some nut wants to open fire in some crowded locale, there is little or nothing anyone can do to prevent it. Further the incident was first reported as a domestic incident and within minutes the boyfriend of the first girl that was shot was in cutody. They had no reason to believe they had some nut running loose on campus. I also fail to see how "locking down" would have prevented more deaths on a large campus. The only one at fault here is the nut who did this. But unfortunately, the Gov't, the police, etc. are always blamed instead of the real perpetrator.

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