RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Attorney General Jason Miyares says his office has begun an external review of the events of Nov. 13 at the University of Virginia.

On Thursday, UVA leaders sent a letter to Miyares asking him to appoint a special counsel to conduct an independent review of the response to the shooting.

“The University of Virginia community remains in a state of shock and mourning after three members of our community were killed and another two were seriously wounded on Nov. 13. In the wake of that tragedy, our top priority has been offering students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni the support and resources they need as they continue to grieve and process this terrible tragedy,” wrote UVA President Jim Ryan. “The University’s leadership and the Board of Visitors agree that the best way forward is a rigorous external review conducted by a special counsel appointed by the Virginia Attorney General.” 

Under state law, the Attorney General’s Office can appoint a special counsel to serve state agencies in certain circumstances.

In this case, UVA is asking for counsel with enough expertise and resources to review the university’s actions before, during and after the shooting.

Ryan first spoke of asking for such a review in a video he posted on Wednesday night, in which he also announced the university would be holding a memorial service for the three slain football players on Saturday afternoon.

The letter requesting the external review is below: