Seung-Hui Cho, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Seung-Hui Cho

South Korean mass murderer; perpetrator of the Virginia Tech massacre

Date of Birth: 18-Jan-1984

Place of Birth: Seoul, South Korea

Date of Death: 16-Apr-2007

Profession: student, spree killer, mass murderer

Nationality: South Korea

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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About Seung-Hui Cho

  • Seung-Hui Cho (Korean: ???, properly Cho Seung-Hui; January 18, 1984 – April 16, 2007) was a Korean American immigrant who perpetrated the Virginia Tech shooting, killing 32 people and wounding 17 others with two semi-automatic pistols on April 16, 2007, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, making it the deadliest school shooting in American history.
  • An additional six people were injured jumping from windows to escape.
  • Cho was a senior-level undergraduate student at the university and committed suicide after police breached the doors of Norris Hall, where most of the shooting had taken place.
  • His body is buried in Fairfax, Virginia. Born in South Korea, Cho was eight years old when he immigrated to the United States with his family.
  • He became a U.S.
  • permanent resident as a South Korean national. In middle school, he was diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder with selective mutism, as well as major depressive disorder.
  • After his diagnosis, he began receiving treatment and continued to receive therapy and special education support until his junior year of high school.
  • During Cho's last two years at Virginia Tech, several instances of his abnormal behavior, as well as plays and other writings he submitted containing references to violence, caused concern among teachers and classmates. In the aftermath of the shootings, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine convened a panel consisting of various officials and experts to investigate and examine the response and handling of issues related to the shootings.
  • The panel released its final report in August 2007, devoting more than 30 pages to detailing Cho's troubled history.
  • In the report, the panel criticized the failure of the educators and mental health professionals who came into contact with Cho during his college years to notice his deteriorating condition and help him.
  • The panel also criticized misinterpretations of privacy laws and gaps in Virginia's mental health system and gun laws.
  • In addition, the panel faulted Virginia Tech administrators in particular for failing to take immediate action after the first shootings.
  • Nevertheless, the report did acknowledge that Cho must still be held primarily responsible for not seeking assistance.

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