Parents of Tucson Shooter Release a Statement

Parents of Tucson Shooter Release a Statement
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 5:17pm

TUCSON, ARIZ.— The parents of the man behind the Tucson shooting rampage last Saturday has released a written statement Tuesday afternoon.

Two aides of Randy and Amy Loughner's son's public defender came out of the home and approached reporters and other members of the media, but did not go near the microphones. Instead, the two individuals passed out a written statement saying:

“This is a very difficult time for us. We ask the media ti respect our privacy. There are no words that can possibly express how we feel. We wish there were, so we could make you feel better. We don't understand why this happened. It may not make any difference, but we wish that we could change the heinous events of Saturday. We care deeply about the victims and their families. We are so very sorry for their loss. Thank you. The Loughner Family.”

Randy and Amy Loughner have not made a public appearance since their son was taken into custody. The Loughners also did not appear at their son's first court appearance on Monday.

Fourteen people were shot and wounded on Saturday, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Six others were killed, including a 9-year-old girl that was born on September 11, 2001 and was featured in “Faces of Hope,” a book about children born on the same date as the terrorist attacks.

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