The family's whereabouts are unclear. But authorities said they are under law enforcement protection. - CNN
A South Korean Foreign Ministry official said on Friday that the parents and sister of Cho Seung-Hui are under police "protection".
The official cited a South Korean consul in the United States as saying that the parents of Cho Seung-Hui and his sister were under police custody.
"From the beginning, he wouldn't answer me," Kim Yang-soon, Cho's great aunt, said in an interview with Associated Press Television News on Thursday. "[He] didn't talk. Normally sons and mothers talk. There was none of that for them. He was very cold."
"When they went to the United States, they told them it was autism," said Kim, 85, adding that the family had constant worries about Cho.
Cho's uncle gave a similar account, but said there were no early indications that the South Korean student who killed 32 people and himself at Virginia Tech University in the U.S. had serious problems. The uncle asked to be identified only by his last name, Kim.
Cho "didn't talk much when he was young. He was very quiet, but he didn't display any peculiarities to suggest he may have problems," Kim told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Thursday. "We were concerned about him being too quiet and encouraged him to talk more."
Other media sources have reported that Cho Seung-Hui suffered from autism, however this contradicts Dr. William Massello who said there was nothing unusual about Cho's autopsy. He said there was nothing that would have hinted at any psychological problems that might have led him to commit the worst shooting massacre in modern U.S. history.
Oddly enough Cho Seung-Hui's uncle Kim claimed not to recognize his nephew when his picture appeared on television.
"I am devastated," Kim said between heavy sighs. "I don't know what I can tell the victims' families and the U.S. citizens. I sincerely apologize ... as a family member."
"They had trouble making ends meet in Korea. The book store they had didn't turn much profit," Kim said.
He said his sister -Cho's mother- occasionally called around holidays, but never mentioned having any problems with her son.
"She said the children were studying well. She didn't seem worried about her children at all," Kim said. "She just talked about how hard she had to work to make a living, to support the children."
Shockingly Cho's uncle said he has been unable to contact his sister, Cho's mother, since the day of the massacre.