(Blacksburg, VA) Cho Seung-Hui, 23, a senior studying English, has been identified as the shooter in a rampage that left 33 people dead on the campus of Virginia Tech.
The body of Cho Seung-Hui was found among the 31 dead found in an engineering hall.
Police identified Cho, a South Korean native and a resident alien who lived in Centerville, Va., as the shooter by linking the fingerprints at the scene to those on his immigration documents. Cho entered the country through Detroit with his family in 1992, at the age of eight.
The Washington Post reports that the parents of Cho Seung-Hui live in Fairfax County, VA, just outside of Alexandria, Va, and that he was a graduate of Westfield High School in Fairfax.
Cho Seung-Hui bought his first gun - a 9mm semiautomatic pistol - on March 13. He purchased his second weapon, a 22 mm pistol, within the last week, according to law enforcement officials.
Under Virginia law, legal permanent resident aliens may purchase firearms in the state. Resident aliens, however, are required to provide additional identification to prove they are residents of the state of Virginia.
The Associated Press reports that the creative writing of Cho Seung-Hui was "so disturbing that he was referred to the school's counseling service." Cho may also have been taking medication for depression, and acquaintances observed that he was becoming increasingly violent and erratic.
The note that Cho Seung-Hui left in his dorm contained angry rantings against "rich kids," "debauchery" and "deceitful charlatans" on the Virginia Tech campus.
Law enforcement sources told the Washington Post that Cho died with the words "Ismail Ax" scrawled in red ink on one of his arms, but that they did not know what the words meant.
Now we know the "who," but we are still struggling with the "why."