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Canadian Shooting Suspect’s Mother: I’m Crying for Victims, Not Him

The Canadian shooting suspect has been identified by several news outlets as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, and today his mother, Susan Bibeau, has spoken out in an interview, expressing her tearful thoughts about her son’s actions and the victims of that terrible shooting.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Bibeau says, “If I’m crying it’s for the people. Not for my son.” She offered her condolences to the victims’ families and said, “Can you ever explain something like this? We are sorry.”

In a separate email she and her husband put out, both of them ask for the media to respect their privacy and to again express their condolences. Here it is in full:

Hi, I am writing this note on behalf of my husband and myself. No words can express the sadness we are feeling at this time. We are so sad that a man lost his life. He has lost everything and he leaves behind a family that must feel nothing but pain and sorrow. We send our deepest condolences to them although words seem pretty useless. We are both crying for them. We also wish to apologize for all the pain, fright and chaos he created. We have no explanation to offer. I am mad at our son, I don’t understand and part of me wants to hate him at this time. You write that our son was vulnerable, we don’t know, we (he) was lost and did not fit in. I his mother spoke with him last week over lunch, I had not seen him for over five years before that. So I have very little insight to offer. We don’t wish to be part of any media circus, we don’t think it will add anything to the conversation. Please respect our privacy although many may not feel we deserve any … Once again we are so sorry.

Susan Bibeau and Bulgasem Zehaf

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