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. Nina

    The parents may not have had the social skills to recognize the son's aberrant behavior. They sound like a family disconnected from society in general. Hard to pass judgement when we know so little about them. But: nature vs. nurture must come into play in some way.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mellymel

      It could have been a case of the fruit not falling too far from the tree. They could have been somewhere on the mental health spectrum themselves, since it's often genetic. Sad to think the whole family needed help. No winners in this.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bobby Lee Griswald

    It's silly to point fingers at anyone but this single sick individual.

    Many times this has played out over time, Charles J. Guiteau, a mentally disturbed government office seeker, shot (killed) Garfield on July 2, 1881, John Wilkes Boothe (killed) Lincoln, McKinley (killed) was shot two times by anarchist Leon Czolgosz , Lee Harvey Oswald (killed) Kennedy,Andrew Jackson (attempt) Richard Lawrence, two attemps on (attempt) Gerald Ford, Regan (attempt) John Hinckley, Jr.

    Are you saying that FOX News incited John Wilkes Boothe? Also butting blame on loose gun control in AZ is lame, if guns were not available he would have just blown himself up or chased people around with a knife!

    No one is to blame except one sick individual... period.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Crissy

    At the end of day, parents can only do so much. No matter how much you'll be there for your child, it's his choice, his call..on what he wants to do with his life.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. T. Wells

    It makes me sick everyone whining about gun laws when it is the punishments that are the problem. People would be more afraid of a greater punishment than the slap on the wrist penalties now. Someone like this I would GUILLOTINE , off with his head. Give me a pit with oil & gas drop the offenders in and burn them.
    Forget all the soft whining about their rights, they become forfeit when you are this guilty, there can be no mistake, don't wait & make taxpayers support these beings for years on end. These jails are the biggest draw on state budgets there are.
    This is not barbaric it is PUNISHMENT, you must pay for your crimes not laugh at society because it has grown tooooo soft!

    January 11, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • DYBO

      A lot of money could be saved by out sourcing these prisoners to third world country prisons. A lot of criminals might have second thought if they know they won't be in a posh US prison.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      I agree with how you feel about this subject, but rather than killing them, I'd force them into medical and product research as lifelong test subjects to replace lab animals.

      No pain, no gain.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Paul

    The parents bear some responsibility. How could they not notice he is crazy. THe american way is that children cannot be spoken to after they are 18 years. I have never seen a culture where the parents always says he/she is over 18 so I cannot say anything to them.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Alan Gary

    Americans do not care about their children.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shim

      Geez...there are sure are some moronic comments being made here...

      January 11, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • P. K.

      Dear Alan Gary...
      We Americans do care for our children.
      We love our children. Boiled.

      January 12, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. farquar

    This story should be deleted. What the parents think or feel is of no importance at this time, they can be sorry once the case is settled.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Colin

    This kid seemed to be some sort of LaRouchian madman. Makes you wonder why hangings are no longer carried out at dawn.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jessica B.

    It amazes me that anyone could even put the blame on the family. Throw the blame where it's deserved, at the 22 grown man that arrived that day with the gun.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Greg Cary

    Americans do not give advise to their children after they are 18 years old. The children do not listen to their parents. Other cultures children listen to their parents not matter how old they are and they are usually more successful then the whites who do not care about their children

    January 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Wide-sweeping statements that have no basis in fact are fun to post on the internet.

      Have a cookie.

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

    It is easy to blame the parents, but we do not have a complete story here. One of my adopted children has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals since she was 10. She has had various outpatient and inpatient therapies and been treated with an array of medicines for the past ten years. She is now 17 and still displays volitle and at times violent behaviors. She continues therapy, but we are always on "pins and needles". The treatments have been provided by some of the top professionals in the country. My point is you can seek help, but it does not always work.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • BaltoPaul

      You can seek help. It might work. It might not work. You should try.

      Even if you fail, at least they won't be able to pass a background check and buy a gun and shoot a bunch of people.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    It is true that the average citizen is not a mental health expert. I believe from what has been reported that he did not grow up in a loving environment or an environment that would help him with his development. I’m not making an excuse for what he has done but I am saying it is a parent’s responsibility to raise your child to be able to safely live in society. That is job #1 as a parent. I believe it is nearly impossible to play with your child, spend time with your child, help your child, raise that child in a loving environment teaching your child right from wrong and one day they have a sincere hatred of society and shoot a bunch of people. Hatred isn’t an innate feeling. Cost isn’t an issue, you refinance your home to get your child better. You take a job that most people don’t want to take to get your child help. And it is society he is mad at, as those bullets were aimless towards anyone in the area. The feelings his parents have today are a result of what has harbored in that family for a long time. The fact is there are a lot of people that shouldn’t have children. These people are incapable of raising a child in the right way. People that have visited the house report that their household was cold and unwelcoming. Is that how your home is described?

    January 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jo

    byrd, I have the same problem with my sister. People who have no clue love to play know-it-all armchair psychologists. The parent probably did know something was wrong, but do people really think they thought something would really happen o this extent? That's absurd. To blame the parents is just irresponsible, unlike the mental health facilities that would not help him in the first place.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cog In The Wheel

    Sure, we (society) should do everything we can to help people with mental illness. However, living in an open society such as ours does come with risks. Short of locking up everyone who's ever exhibited anti-social behavior, there is no way to totally prevent tragedies like this. Let's not let fear rule our lives. I do not want to be subjected to patdowns at every corner.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Eric

    Thank you Mr. and Ms. Loughner. You're feeling this tragedy differently than most are. I'm sure you're devastated for your son, too. That's not an excuse for him - he'll have to pay the consequences for his actions - but he's still your son. Please try to ignore those who post here who are too emotional or simply too limited to understand you're not to blame for what your son did. We don't always see erratic behavior in someone we see every day and whose manners we become accustomed to. And, as some on here forget, even if you do see erratic behavior the law doesn't give you many tools to deal with it. You can't lock someone up for being irrational or talking craziness. If it did, these threads would dry up pretty fast.

    May God help you both and the rest of you family get through this.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
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