Virginia Tech’s top officials will meet families of those who died April 16, 2007, only once, on Sunday afternoon, despite concerns by families there would not be enough time for questions, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The university had agreed to open-ended sessions with victims and families as part of a settlement this summer. But Tech has refused repeated requests by families of the dead to schedule additional days or to let them sit in with the injured and their families when they are briefed Saturday.
The meeting for families of the deceased is set to start Sunday at 2 p.m. in Blacksburg. Several families of the deceased fear the late start means questions and discussion will be cut short. “From the very beginning we had deadlines jammed down our throats,” said Marian Hammaren, whose only daughter, Caitlin, a 19-year-old sophomore, was killed. “Just answer our questions. If I’m just going to meet two people who are going to say, ‘I’m not going to say this, we can’t say that,’ then don’t waste my time. Have some consideration.”