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. Louise

    As the sibling of a person who committed a heinous crime, I know how the family of this man feels. I have lived with shame because of my brother's crime; anger at my brother; pain for his victim and the victim's family; guilt for not knowing he was capeable of such a crime, for not seeing it an advance, for not stopping the unforseen.

    Those who judge the family of this man need to understand, the family did not commit the crime, but they forever, like the victims, and the victims' families will be in pain because of the actions of this man. They will live the rest of their lives filled with self doubt and what-ifs. They will hope for compassion and feel they deserve none because it was their family member who did this and they do not wish to belittle the pain of the victims and their families.

    My heart goes out to all of the victims and their families. This truly is a heartbreaking situation.

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

      Well said.

      January 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • California Gold

      Very well said.

      January 11, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kathleen

    I feel bad for them, not as bad as the victim's families, but still very sad for them. In another article the neighbor said that they couldn't stop crying. I can't imagine what I would do if this was my son. I am a student in psychology and I know very well about the gap between those who need mental health services and those who get it. There are many reasons why he may not of gotten any, but this should incite people into demanding more mental health coverage and help people understand the importance of knowing disturbing symptoms. Even more scary is the fact they he may not even meet any criterion of any disorders. Even psychologists, psychiatrists and researchers may never be able to understand why people do these things.

    My heart goes out to all of the morning families and hurt victims. I hope that you all make a full recovery and that the memories of those who died last forever in everyone's hearts.

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

    saying they don't understand why this happened is rude and unfeeling. they need to rethink this statement and come back with a heartfelt admission of sorrow and shame for what their son did while living at their house. when your child has no friends, is asked to not return to the community college until he is cleared by a mental health professional as being not a threat to others safety and buying guns instead of getting a job YOU MUST KNOW THERE IS A PROBLEM. yet oddly enough they still don't know why this happened. it happened because their son is crazy. they had plenty of warning. as this unravels it will become obvious this was not the all american family. it will turn out to be a family in crisis over and over again. all at the hands of the child they themselves were frightened of. the lives loughner took rests with the parents as well. denial leads to disaster. in this case it led to death for people who did nothing more than show up to participate in part of the american dream. loughner turned it into an infinite nightmare.
    for the victims and their families my heart goes out to you. for the lives lost godspeed good souls.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    If almost everyone believes he has some sort of mental illness, i dont see why the death penalty is an option of punishment.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Amanda

    Even if you are certain that someone can do harm, there is no way to force them to get help until they have done something that breaks the law. And we have the right to free speech in this country and we can say a lot of things as our opinion and no one can do anything about it until damage is done.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mike

    Their's times when parents can't be with their children 24 -7 . More likely it was pier pressure or he was brain washed from watching shows on the media networks . My heart goes out to the citizens who lost love ones in this horror. But my heart goes to the parents of killer.People makes decision and act alone on their actions which he kill inocent people.God blessed the ones who lost family members and God blessed the parents of Jerad Lee .

    January 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ernie

    It would appear to me that our country is out to self-destruct. A horrible crime happens & everyone whats to blame "everyone" except the criminal. Sure he had mental issues, but it appears he could control himself to plan & execute this crime; let the court try him & the rest try to comfort all the victims, including his parents.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • mellymel

      People who have severe bipolar with psychosis often come up big plans during bouts of mania. Once they are fixated, and on a mission, look out! They are driven like the machine to carry out their plans or agendas.

      January 11, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kt

    At the very least his parents should have taken him for a psychiatric assessment!

    January 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristen

      Exactly!

      January 11, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jon doe

    cmon people! wake up! if the family is isolating themselves as a whole, then chances r , they r all paranoid, so whos to say, they didnt all act together as a unit, only for him tot take the fall? think about it.... makes total sense.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Timothy

    This is all a horrible mistake. I knew Jared in high school and he wouldn't harm
    a flea. Always kind to animals, defended little kids against bullies, brought
    apples to the teachers, etc. etc. He was probably just showing off his new
    gun when it accidentally discharged, Terrible mistake ...

    January 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Humblopinions

    Very sad to read so many judgmental comments. You might want to give these parents the benefit of a doubt. You know nothing about them. You have no idea what they knew or didn't know–or what they may or may not have tried. Their lives will never be the same, and I bet you would not want to be in their shoes. Hindsight is always 20/20. I highly doubt they are suffering any less than all the other victims of this tragedy. In addition to their loss, they most likely feel an incredible amount of guilt–justified or not. For the parents' sake, I hope they, too, are getting some psychological help in dealing with this tragedy–including the option to at least temporarily move to an undisclosed location that gives them the privacy they need.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mellymel

    The thing that bothers me about parents is that they could have told Jared if you don't get/comply with treatment (meds, therapy) then we stop paying for the internet, cable tv, cell phone, snacks, soda, clothes, Ipod, books, a grand to buy a glock, etc. Jared likely would have come around to treatment pretty quick if they started taking a way the goodies.

    In psych wards young adults must comply with treatment if they want treats, like cigarettes, snacks, and diet coke.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Humblopinions

      ....or he would have shot them out of anger.......

      January 11, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. OjaiGuy

    It's not the parents fault, though they may feel it is. Accusing them of having blood on their hands is nonsense. It is his mental illness that is the root cause, not parents, politics or Palin.

    Just before the LEO was murdered in Ohio, there was an attack on a Sheriff's Deputy here in Ventura County. She answered a 911 hangup call, and was immediately attacked by a guy. She fought for her life and survived. Her attacker was also mentally ill, and this occorred at his parents home. He had attacked his parents, ripped the phone out of the wall. What was the argument they were having? That he needed help, that he was sick. Those parents had also done everything they could.

    I know a guy who is mentally ill, I even reported his behavior to the Mental Health professionals, along with Adult Protective Services. He was placed in a halfway house, in an area he was not familiar with. He ended up killing another young man who had been placed in the same home.

    The problem is a broken mental system, and lack of money to fix it.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jasmine

    Parents of an adult with mental illness don't have many rights. My sister has mental illness and was hurting herself. My mom even went to the doctor my sister was seeing to beg him to get her hospitalized. But, alas, since she was an adult the doctor refused. Ever since then my sister has gone on a down-ward spiral. After a while the family has no choice but to ignore it since they have no rights in the matter.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scott

    Sadly, it's not easy to get mental health help for people unless they show signs that they are a danger to others. The shooter was 22–well beyond the age that his parents could force him into any kind of treatment program.

    January 11, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
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