Believing that Satan had taken control of their son, an exorcism was planned by the parents of the Virginia Tech killer before the young man went on his murderous rampage, The ENQUIRER has learned.

But after a clergyman prepared the exorcism ceremony, mass murderer Seung-Hui Cho refused to go ahead with it.

The 23-year-old later shot and killed 32 fellow students and teachers at Virginia Tech before killing himself last April 16 in the worst murder spree in U.S. history.

In an exclusive interview with The ENQUIRER, Pastor Dong Cheol Lee divulged: “There was a demonic power inside him, and he was in need of spiritual healing.

“I have helped many people like him before. There was a girl just like Cho who I managed to heal. My only regret is that I couldn’t help save Seung-Hui.”

Cho’s father Sung-tae and mother Hyang-In sought help from pastor Lee after a neighbor, who belonged to Lee’s church, put them in touch with him.

“The neighbor brought Seung-Hui to our church,” pastor Lee told The ENQUIRER.

“He was in a terrible way. He couldn’t talk and could not even look me in the eye. I knew this came through a demonic power in him.

“I knew he was emotionally scarred, that he had earlier been diagnosed with psychological problems. But if a person becomes possessed by the devil when they are already in this state, then they can show great power.

“They stand in the forefront of evil deeds and bring filth to what is holy. It is not a simple spiritual problem, but they are also caught by the evil spirit.”

Pastor Lee, a Presbyterian who officiates at the One Mind Church in Woodbridge, Va., prepared to use a traditional exorcism ritual, following guidelines set by the Vatican. It includes prayers, the sprinkling of holy water, the laying of hands on the possessed and making the sign of the cross.

Pick up this week’s issue of The ENQUIRER for more details!