Killer’s Sister Issues Apology “For My Brother’s Unspeakable Actions”by Planet Blacksburg Staff
April 20, 2007
The sister of the killer in the massacre at Virginia Tech Monday has issued an apology, distributed to the Associated Press Friday by a North Carolina lawyer representing the family.
“He has made the world weep. We are living a nightmare,” said the statement prepared by the killer’s sister, Sun-Kyung Cho.
The statement was issued Friday as mourners across the state of Virginia, indeed the world, wore orange and maroon for the Commonwealth’s official day of mourning, a day marked by pealing church bells and services honoring the fallen.
“We are humbled by this darkness. We feel hopeless, helpless and lost. This is someone that I grew up with and loved. Now I feel like I didn't know this person,” the sister said. “We have always been a close, peaceful and loving family. My brother was quiet and reserved, yet struggled to fit in. We never could have envisioned that he was capable of so much violence.”
As a symbolic statement, Planet Blacksburg has made an editorial decision not to publish the killer’s name. This decision is not an expression of hatred for the killer, but our refusal to give him what he desired in killing 32 Virginia Tech students and faculty Monday morning and wounding nearly dozen more people in a shooting rampage.
During a two-hour interlude in the shootings, the killer apparently mailed photographs and video of himself to NBC to garner publicity and dramatize his actions.
NBC’s airing of photographs and video Wednesday night served to further injure Virginia Tech’s grieving community. Wade Smith, a lawyer from Raleigh, N.C., gave the statement to the AP after the 23-year-old killer’s family contacted him. Both Smith and the family declined to answer questions.
“Our family is so very sorry for my brother's unspeakable actions. It is a terrible tragedy for all of us,” said Sun-Kyung Cho.
The sister is a 2004 Princeton University graduate now working as a contractor for the federal government. Her contract is with the State Department and her work reportedly involves handling American aid for Iraq.
“We pray for their families and loved ones who are experiencing so much excruciating grief. And we pray for those who were injured and for those whose lives are changed forever because of what they witnessed and experienced,” the killer’s sister said. “Each of these people had so much love, talent and gifts to offer, and their lives were cut short by a horrible and senseless act.”
The sister said the killer’s family will “do whatever we can to help authorities understand why these senseless acts happened. We have many unanswered questions as well.”
According to various press reports, the family remains in seclusion guarded by the Virginia State Police. ”