Cho left South Korea with his family in 1992 to seek a better life in the United States, Kim said. The family never visited their homeland, and Kim said he did not recognize his nephew when his picture appeared on television as the shooter.
"I am devastated," he 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."
Cho's parents have receiving official protection since the shooting, South Korea's ambassador to Washington said today.
"We've confirmed that the parents are being safely protected by U.S. investigative authorities," Ambassador Lee Tae-sik told MBC Radio.
Lee said U.S. authorities declined to say where the parents were "because they move from place to place everyday."
The parents had been working at a dry cleaners in suburban Washington.
In South Korea, they ran a small book store in Seoul, Kim said. The family lived in a two-room apartment no larger than 430 square feet.
"They had trouble making ends meet in Korea. The book store they had didn't turn much profit," the uncle said.
SOURCE: Chron.com: 20 APRIL 2007: Va. Tech shooter did not talk much as a child, relatives say
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