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. Robert

    How about thinking about those hurt by this incident rather than feeding on the game of "pin the tail on the donkey"?
    Lets keep focused on the issues and not try to solve the problem by creating more problems.
    You can't legislate to prevent stupidity or ignorance. All we can do is deal with just what happened.
    If you think taking guns away will solve the problem, you will be wrong. The problem was the killer who we can deal with in a wise manner and according to Law.
    I regret that the media is so willing to use emotions to gain ratings. Shame on the media.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Michele

    This tragic event has spurred conversation on the lack of civility and respect of some to those who disagree with their point of view. I hope it also creates more awareness of mental illness and the lack of treatment currently available. I grieve for the Loughners as well as the other victims. We need more avenues of treatment for the Jared Loughners of the world, including long term committals. I'm certain there are other ticking time bombs roaming our streets.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Randy Harris

    My prayers go to this grieving family as well as ALL those affected by this tragedy. May the god of each persons understanding, bring comfort and healing to each~!
    Randy in Birmingham, AL

    January 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • michigan

      Well said!

      January 11, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jaye

    It is easy to stand in judgement and point fingers. We don't know what these parents struggled with in regards to their son, what help they may or may not have tried to do with getting their son help. As pointed out by others once he turned 18 there wasn't much the parents could if he himself was not willing. Some of you are just showing your own ignorance by placing the blame on the parents. They weren't the ones up there pulling the trigger Saturday.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. whitenebula

    He is a grown man – his family doesn't NEED to make a statement.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cat

    clearly a murderer. if not now it would have been later.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anni

    As parents we like to think that our children will never do anything we can't fix. The simple fact is that unless our children, regardless of their age, tell us exactly what is going on in their minds, we can't know. All the laws, all the common sense in the world won't put the sort of fail-safe mechanisms into place that might have stopped Jared. I am so sorry for the huge and terrible losses that everyone here has suffered, and certainly Jared's family is no exception. Their grief is epic and their sorrow profound, of course it is and I'm so very sorry for their losses too.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dave s

    So often the mental illlness is caused by drugs like marijuana , what drugs did this guy use ? I grew up with ex pinkfloyd member sydbarrett as my neighbour & he was as mad as they get yet the authority's did nothing to deal with him, this is a story that's repeated too often. Politicians need the balls to write laws to deal with the mentally I'll to prevent attacks on people. Cannabis causes severe mental problems it must be illegal everywhere & dealers need to get the death penalty.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkFromTexas

      Please explain the millions of users of marijuana who are not mentally ill. For this record, I am NOT a marijuana user. I would agree that a person who is predisposed to mental illness increases their risk for developing a mental illness if they use substances, but to say that marijuana causes mental illness is spurious.

      January 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • ajw

      Are you that stupid? Marijuana does not cause mental illnesses, it is safer than tobacco. Get your facts right.

      January 11, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ken Pasco

    I agree with IBON4IT. Even if they realized that he was troubled and they approached him to seek professional help and they would pay for it, he could turn them down and that would be it. The problem in this country is the guns, where any maniac can walk into a store and buy a gun to commit murder. Thank you, oh so powerful gun lobby, for giving weak minded individuals the power to kill whenever they feel like it.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kim

    Did he still live at home with his parent and there was no warning signs or help offered. If there are other families that can learn from this incident and get help for there unstable relatives before they do something like this man. There has to be a level of responsibilty and intervention from the famlies of these unstable individuals.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • California Gold

      That sounds good, but it's not that easy.

      January 11, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandra B

      Agree. It sounds right, but it doesn't work that way in real life. Anyone with a logical brain would think what you and many others are saying...but it doesn't work that way.

      January 11, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. California Gold

    It's not illegal to be crazy. It's not until someone breaks the law can they be arrested. It was no secret the fellow is troubled and set off a lot of red flags, but it wasn't until Saturday's events that he could be arrested. His parents are sickened like everyone else, but they are not guilty. When does all the vitriolic rhetoric end?

    January 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Common Sense

    Anyone see "Little Children" - reminds me of the mother in that movie? (Mother to a child molester).

    You hated her son, but you felt so sorry for the mom.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Name*Steviewings

    Guns guns guns too easy,thank God for gun laws in England,cos there are just as many f'ups here but very few guns. I am very sorry for the parents of ALL involved

    January 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jon doe

    if the parents didnt know, and he lived with them, my first question would be.... maybe they did know, and the fact that they isolated themselves from society, shows that maybe they r all very paranoid , the family i mean... schizophrenia can be genetically transferred ... so whos to say they didnt know, and werent in on it as a family? it all seems too weird to me, that, that could happen and no one in the house knew, lol... im sorry that just sounds moronic... thank god im in canada, where the only people who have access to glocks r police, thank god!

    January 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JustOneMoreThing

    I'm boycotting Safeway.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
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