According to media reports the parents of Cho Seung-Hui, the Virginia Tech serial killer, were "hospitalised" allegedly due to shock. Apparently their sons actions were completely unexpected and shocked them so strongly that it was necessary for them to be brought into medical care.
Several reports in Korean media claimed that they had attempted suicide, however this is not the case. The Korean media was acting on rumours spread through Korean media sources.
The Korea Herald, quoting Radio Korea in Los Angeles, reported that Cho's father tried to slash his wrists. They also reported that his mother had swallowed a toxic drug.
It is highly suspicious that Cho Seung-Hui's parents were hospitalised following the massacre and shock is hardly an ample explanation. Though it was indeed a shocking event the rest of Cho Seung-Hui's family did not display the same suprise as his parents. After watching the video of him posing with weapons his furious grandfather said, "Son of a bitch. It served him right that he died with his victims."
Indeed it does sound like justice that Cho Seung-Hui died the day of his massacre. However can we be certain that Cho was the only individual involved? Police initially reported that there was a second gunman on campus but shortly after Cho's death they withdrew those claims. If there is another gunman loose then his capture is obviously imperative.
But surely it must be considered suspicious that the parents of the most brutal gunman in American history should be swept away, evading the reach of the inquisitive press.