Family of Virginia Tech shooter offers its condolences

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The family of the man authorities say shot and killed a Virginia Tech police officer has offered condolences and prayers to the slain officer's family.

In an unsigned statement faxed Sunday to The Associated Press, the family of 22-year-old Ross Truett Ashley also requested that their privacy be respected.

Investigators say Ashley walked up to police officer Deriek Crouse on Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus and fatally shot him. Ashley was found a short time later, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"The Ashley family would like to offer their condolences to the family of Officer Crouse," the statement said. "Officer Crouse and his family are in their prayers."

The family also said there would be no additional statements. The Spotsylvania County family had not made a public statement since the deadly shooting Thursday.

The statement also said the family appreciates the support and prayers they have received.

Virginia State Police investigators are attempting to determine a motive for what appears to be an unprovoked attack.

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