I know what it feels like to be a family member of someone who commits a violent act. Unfortunately, this man has joined a club none of us wants membership in.
From the piece:
Peter Rodger, whose son Elliot shot and killed six people in Santa Barbara, Calif., last month, wrote the following open letter exclusively for ABC News. Rodger sat down with Barbara Walters for an interview that will air tonight at 10 p.m.
“It has been one month and three days since my son, Elliot, did the unthinkable. There has not been one conscious second that I haven’t been thinking about the pain and suffering he caused for so many. The ripple affect of his actions has spread to countless thousands. I mourn for the loss of the young women and young men whose lives he ended. I feel for the victims and their families more than for the loss of my own son.
“I do mourn for the lonely boy Elliot was, who disappeared because of a monster of an illness in him that none of us knew was so severe. I wish I could turn the clock back. There are so many ‘If only’s.’
“I tried my best to do my duty as a father, but obviously my best was not enough. My duty now is to do as much as I can to try and stop this from happening again. Too many lives are being lost. Law enforcement professionals, teachers and health workers on the frontlines of the mental health crisis bear too much of a burden. And countless families struggle in silence with the consequences of mental illness each day.”
Read the full piece here: http://abcnews.go.com/US/santa-barbara-shooters-fathers-open-letter-stop/story?id=24319895
Here’s another piece about it: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-peter-rodger-barbara-walters-isla-vista-interview-20140626-htmlstory.html