South Koreans have expressed their shock and sorrow that one of theirs carried out the deadliest campus shooting in US history.
Seoul’s President Roh Moo-hyun has expressed his condolences to the victims, their families and the American people.
“Together with the Korean public, I would like to express my deepest sympathies and utter shock at this tragic event at Virginia Tech. We hope Americans can overcome this deep sorrow and soon find peace of mind,” the South Korean president said.
High-level officials in Seoul held emergency meetings to try to reduce the backlash on their countrymen in the US.
There are around 100,000 South Korean students in the States, which has a large ethnic Korean community.
South Korea itself is no stranger to attacks of this kind. In 1982, an off-duty policeman killed 57 people on a drunken rampage before committing suicide.