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Va. Tech families settle, AP says

Lawyers for families of 21 of the Virginia Tech shooting victims said today they have agreed to an $11 million settlement with the Commonwealth of Virginia, according to an AP account in The Roanoke Times and other newspapers.

At least 20 families earlier filed notice with the state that they might sue. Published accounts of the settlement talks said settlement was contingent on a waiver of that right.

The $11 million figure includes attorneys’ fees and a fund for charities.

In October, the families and surviving victims received payments ranging from $11,500 to $208,000 from the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, which will remain open for contributions to scholarships for five years.

Next Wednesday, April 16, is the first anniversary of the attack by deranged student Seung-Hui Cho.

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