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Shooting Reminiscent Of Paducah Incident

PADUCAH, Ky.- The Virginia Tech University shooting Monday brought back haunting memories of another school shooting to Sabrina Steger.

Her daughter, Kaycee Steger died in the shooting in Paducah, Ky., almost 10 years ago.

Michael Carneal, 14, opened fire at Heath High School, killing three students.

On Dec. 1, 1997, Kaycee Steger and dozens others gathered for group prayer shortly before the school day began.

Police said Michael entered the school and started shooting.

Just like Monday's massacre at Virginia Tech, authorities did not determine a motive for the shooting, which claimed many lives.

"They will never know why. I don't know why. Even though Kaycee's killer is still alive, he's never given me a reason why," Steger said. "But even if he had, it wouldn't be good enough."

For Steger, the latest school shooting was another reminder of what happened to her daughter years ago.

"When you shoot someone, they really don't get up. You can't hit the replay button and start the game over again," she said.

Steger said it will take time before students and parents of the victims at Virginia Tech University can move past their tragedy.

Carneal was sentenced to life in prison. He won't be eligible for parole until he's 40.

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