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. Jack

    you bozos should have been better parents.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. (oni

    Paint it how you want he shout point blank into the head of Congresswoman Gifford.the blame falls on all Americans because we want to look the other way and blame someone else .

    January 11, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dorkus

    There, they apologized, let's move on. Isn't that what we are supposed to do when someone apologizes, no matter what they did? All is forgiven, right? After all, it was a Liberal Democrat who was the intended target, right? Just move on, it's over, he failed and his parents apologized for him not getting the job done.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. somuchfor

    Every murderer has parents somewhere. The crimes of sons and daughters aren't necessarily the crimes of the parents.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jacqueline Williams

    This just breaks my heart because the young man is sick and it is not his parents fault at all.

    I have 1 child diagnosed with schizophrenia and my 24 year old is showing signs. I tried to intervene by admitting her for evaluation but I was told that there is nothing they could do until she endangers herself or others.
    It's hell living with the pain of mental illness in which I have myself. The shame, the blame, the neglect by society that wants you to just go away. Who will speak up for the mentally ill in this country. This young man was clearly mentally unstable. My grandmother was mentally ill and therefore she passed the illness to myself and my children.

    This does not have a damn thing to do with politics people it's about disturbed youth with no hope or escape from the hell from within their everyday lives dealing with schizophrenia and mental illness is hell do you hear me HELL.
    I know I live with it everyday. I'm not ashamed or afraid to speak out for this young man and my prayers goes out to the victims of the horrific crime that he committed. We as a society is the blame for neglecting the mentally ill
    Who wants to labeled as crazy and dangerous. I'm sure that young man cried out for help in many ways but he just did not know how to get help for himself. God bless us all in America
    I am African American not a Republican and yes I voted for Obama but to blame this on Republicans is absurd.

    Jacqueline Williams

    January 11, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Matt

    I don't think the parents are at fault. I think they knew there son had issues and in the past probably tried to help him. At the end of the day, you can't force somebody to get help, they need to want help. This young man was innocent of serious crime, and it's not like his parents could keep him in a cage. I think that they were trying to help him get better and manage his anger but that he snapped and decided to commit the worst. Really, there's not much these parents could have done, and that's why they feel so horrible. Nobody should blame the parents because nobody making a comment here has walked in there shoes.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Matt

    Correction: before this incident, this young man was innocent, and its not like the parents could have kept him in a cage.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. raberyleti

    White folk and their guns.....they are so crazy.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • P. K.

      Black folks with their knives. Do they like to cut flesh?

      January 12, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. Pat

    The parents didn't know why this happened? How about when he was kicked out his community college because the school deemed him a threat to himself or others?

    My god, read the signs. Your child is a lunatic and you did NOTHING about it. The parents should be held accountable as well! So many red flags and they didn't do anything what so ever!

    January 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kim

    The picture of this guy clearly show he is not all there he looks creepy with that strange smirk on his face hes not attractive weird looking.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Matt

    Everybody here is stating an opinion, I don't think its fact...obviously!

    January 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Francesca Keep Knowles

    Sorry to go off subject, but I'd like to thank the following real contributors to this discussion.
    Of more than 300 comments posted here, only 6 people felt a responsibility to speak in their own names instead of anonymously.
    Greg Cary, Mike Devon, Bobby Lee Griswald, Alan Gary, Mike Mazzla, and Anthony Sharp
    Thankyou, each of you. If I missed anybody, thanks to you, too.
    This could be the start of something big!

    Francesca Keep Knowles

    January 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Stephen O'Neal

    Perhaps the best outcome of any discussion in this arena is to heal – those wounded and also those tragedies still latent in the hearts of our times. For this young man now, we find that justice is the measure of our earthly affairs balancing our physical sensibilities in a world of individuals, to which we charge him responsibility. Forgiveness, naturally not to be confused with excusal, is on the other hand, an expression of our capacity to view such balances between individuals as unified, the result of individual acts as also a shared experience and responsibility. As was said, 'no man is an island.' And so we revisit the ages-old dilemma of perfecting a society, where we might be free and safe in the same context. But every attempt for a sterile, perfected society has ironically resulted in genocide, where the authority of the State approaches the absolute, always the creation of mens' minds, devoid of spirit. If we now make laws, at the convenience of the State, to disenfranchise the individual in speech, defence, and a certain right to public idiosyncracy of behaviour, do we not, in equal measure, remove the individual's responsibility in any trial of his acts, ultimately reducing him, in effect, to principles of justice applied to livestock? Gun control and rounding up the mentally aberrant will only serve as a preamble to another Reich, with safety a temporary delusion. But what do we do, that we should become released from our fears of these days of mankind? To not live in fear in the first place! Those who sat near this young man could, instead, have cared for he who was troubled, recognizing an opportunity to treat him as a person rather than a unit of behaviour, and a threat to their precious conveniences. Would I be wrong to say that we are in this world – this plane of experience – to discover each other by breaking our barriers? Where do we draw the line that we should fail to have the courage to show love to one so lost as to reject it at first? Is mankind now so preoccupied that our personal goals and fears blind us to each other? Earthly justice binds the hands of the body, but the invisible crime remains – the connection between such horrible acts, and our failure as friends to care enough in the interval of psychic precognition – that opportunity to love – we are so often turning a blind eye to, in the seemingly plainer moments of our lives.

    Indeed, our government is out of control – a parade of lies now sustained by the temporary momentum of comfortable self-delusion by its middle-class, and by slight-of-hand in high treason – but neither violence nor submissive patronage to a soon-demonstrable New World Order are acceptable. Can we perhaps attempt to heal the wounds of this terrible day by remembering that each smile we offer, and kindness to those seemingly undeserving, may be the only real path to a graceful civilization, whose peace is not won by the lobotamy of all that makes us human?

    January 11, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Erik

    I'm not sure how we can determine (as so may people have) if the parents are partially to blame or not. Maybe they did see the signs of mental instability in their son and tried to get help... or maybe they did but chose to quietly ignore it... or maybe they truly didn't notice anything. I think the better debate at this point is the accessibilty to and availability of resources for people with mental instabilities. Just my two cents.

    January 11, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. maria

    To all the viewers, cops can place a section 12, if they feel is needed to get an emergency pshych evaluation done theY often choose not too is alot of paper work..learn to advocate for psychiatric services. In your area

    January 11, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
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