Va. Tech, Columbine similarities seen

April 20, 2007 at 7:33 AM
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LITTLETON, Colo., April 20 (UPI) -- Friends of the victims of the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado see similarities in this week's bloodbath at Virginia Tech.

Friday marked the eighth anniversary of the Columbine slayings in Littleton, Colo., where students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold gunned down 12 classmates and a teacher before killing themselves.

Four days after student Cho Seung-hui killed 32 people at Virginia Tech and his ranting video was released, families and friends of Columbine victims said the two tragedies are similar, USA Today reported.

"He (Cho) behaved the same, talked the same, did the menacing poses," said Brooks Brown, 26, once a friend of Harris whom the killer threatened a year before the attack. "It shows he has really internalized a lot of the pain, similar to Eric and Dylan."

In both cases, the shooters left photos of themselves dressed in dark clothing in menacing poses, brandishing weapons and letters blaming society for turning them into loners.

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