Family of accused Arizona shooter expresses sorrow over 'heinous' events
January 11th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Family of accused Arizona shooter expresses sorrow over 'heinous' events

The family of Jared Lee Loughner issued a statement Tuesday regarding Saturday's shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona.

"There are no words that can possibly express how we feel. We wish that there were so we could make you feel better. We don't understand why this happened," the family said in statement handed to members of the media keeping watch outside the family's Tucson home.

"It may not make any difference but we wish that we could change the heinous events of Saturday. We care very deeply about the victims and their families we are so very sorry for their loss."

Loughner, 22, is accused of opening fire Saturday morning at an constituents meeting held by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords outside a Tucson Safeway.

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  1. Philip

    @Sandra B....SCHIZOPHRENINIA is caused by a mother who didn't quit smoking, drinking, and/or drugging while pregnant. The Government knows this and Big-Pharma knows this, yet ciggarette's are still legal, and big-pharma profits from dangerous drugs prescribed by their pushers who claim to be able to help with what they themselves had a hand in causing. Do some research for yourself and find this is true.

    January 11, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    @Kay...ALZHEIMERS is mad cow disease in disguise. We have plenty of examples of mad cow in other animals. In Elk and deer it's called 'chronic wasteing disorder'. Where are the human species examples of mad cow disease? They are at the Alzheimer's clinic. Tainted red-meat causes "Alzheimers". 3% of the red meat at any meat-counter selling sterroid and horomone fattened cattle beef is tainted. (Wal-Mart ONLY sells red meat processed w/steroids and hormones, for example) Research this for yourself and know it's true. (here in Colorado, we used to have huge domestic Elk ranches. Mad-cow disease devistated these herds to the point it is illegal for us to export Elk meat. We have just as many Alzheimer's patients as we do elk w/Lchronic waste disorder...aka mad cow.

    January 11, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Even before Congress made it legal for the meat and dairy industry to legally use steroids and hormones processing these foods, there were greedy ranchers and farmers drugging livestock to make them bigger and producing more milk. "Alzheimers" cases were few. After Congress made this greedy practice legal in 1994 (without asking US about it) "alzheimer's" cases skyrocketed. Our children became fatter, our girls started menstruating earlier, and our boy's started growing teats. "ALZHEIMERS" is mad cow disease in disguise, and is caused by meat tainted with drugs. (note that the Meat and Dairy Farmers Association contributes to Congressmen more and more evey year)

    January 11, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    I HAVE GIVEN YOU ALL A VERITABLE PLETHORA OF KEYWORDS TO INVESTIGATE THIS FOR YOURSELF. Use them wisely. And STOP doing to your kids what the greedy dairy and cattle corporations have been doing to you, namely drugging these children with the likes of ritalin and Prozac combined with a steady diet of video violence...or you kid could be the next Arizona lohner.

    January 11, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    @M&m's...guess you are the only one that did't go investigating. And I always thought coroners dealt with dead people. Coroner sends living people to psych units? Learn something new every day. I hope the day I need a coroner is the day I die. (either way even...he he)

    January 12, 2011 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. Timothy Takemoto

    Isn't there something rather unusual about the wording of this note from the family?

    "There are no words that can possibly express how we feel. *We wish that there were so we could make you feel better. *"

    "*It may not make any difference but* we wish that we could change the heinous events of Saturday. "

    The counter-factuals in both seem particularly uncessessary.

    January 12, 2011 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. lynnjohnson12

    yeah it is true most of us can save money on our car insurance by making few simple changes look line for "Clearance Auto Insurance" you will be amazed.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mia

    Yes, I agree parents can only do so much..and we cannot blame the parents for this horrible event, BUT we can blame them for not getting their son some help after receiving alerts from school and such!! If they are unable to prove that they have taken him to see somebody or tested, they are responsible for not getting their son the help he so desperatly needed for a long time!!

    January 12, 2011 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. USA

    How truly horrible for this family. No one thinks or wants to think of their child being a danger to society or a mass murderer. I can't imagine the guilt this family must be feeling. Not only did this young man destroy the lives of the people he murdered and wounded, he also destroyed the lives and hearts of his family. Very sad.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Boston guy

    Sometimes these things are impossible to predict. Being odd doesn't guarantee someone is a potential murderer. I know first hand what this does to families. I have a brother-in-law on death row for killing five people. It happened 15 years ago and his mom hasn't drawn a sober breath since.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
    • P. K.

      15 years on death row. Rather ridiculous, isn't it? 15 years of breathing. Eating. Sleeping. Dreaming. Living. Well, 'existing'.

      Perhaps he is 'feeling' his attorney will get that stay after all?

      If so, do you think it will help to gain his mother's sobriety?

      January 12, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Rob H

    There will always be people with mental health problems. Trying to recognise and treat that is important but very very far from 100% possible. You then have the choice of whether to make it trivially simple for citizens to access deadly weapons. The fact a country with the apparent intelligence of the USA hasn't yet figured out the right answer to this yet in spite of the repeated attocities is embarassing.

    January 12, 2011 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. big AL

    @Dorkus are you for real or you just commenting without thinking? This Congressman was a Moderate and not a Liberal. She is Pro-Second Amendment and Americans have the Right & Not a Privilege to protect themselves against enemies.

    January 12, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. big AL

    @tekstep1 I don't recall slavery is a part of this subject. In case you only read and comment on CNN, as conceal carry permits went up, crime has decreased and by no accident! Criminals are finding that attacking someone that might be armed might cause them harm or death. So that ID theft and other electronic crimes are up, got it! I and others are realists and don't live in a fantasy world.
    Right on 99sparky!

    January 12, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
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