New Media Producer: Rachel Beavin
The disturbing video and writings of Virginia Tech student Cho Seung-Hui have given authorities some marginal information and insight into the 23-year-old. But the release of the video has also caused concern on the school campus.
The disturbing pictures, and last words of Cho Seung-Hui have sparked emotions, and at times outrage on the Virginia Tech campus and across the country. VT student Joanna Lundquist says, "I think it would have been more respectful if they had just shown a couple of pictures, but not the video of him."
The images have provided few new leads for investigators. NBC is limiting the amount of material used on air, and issued a statement Thursday which reads, in part:
The pain suffered by the Virginia tech community and indeed the entire country is immeasurable. We did not rush the material onto air, but instead consulted with local authorities, who have since publicly acknowledged our appropriate handling of the matter.
NBC News President Steve Capus says, "We all wanted to know why and I'm not sure we'll ever fully understand why this happened but I do think this is as close as we'll come to having a glimpse inside the mind of a killer."
VT student Chris Geruso says, "I think there is a time and place where it should have been released, but I jut dont think that time is right now." Because for the Virginia Tech community they are more than just pictures and words, the images put a face to the terror.