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‘We Don’t Understand Why This Happened’: Loughners Release Statement About Son

Randy and Amy Loughner are the parents of Jared Loughner, the alleged assailant in this weekend’s tragic shooting. News reports have already surfaced regarding the “devastation” they feel over the alleged actions of their son, and today some expected the parents to make a statement for the media assembled outside their home. Instead, they released a statement about their son:

The statement was simple request for privacy and admission that they are struggling to comprehend these tragic events:

“This is a very difficult time for us. We ask that the media to respect our privacy. There are no words that can possibly express how we feel. We wish that there were so that we could make you feel better. We don’t understand why this happened. It may not make any difference, but we wish that we could change the heinous events. We care very deeply about the victims and their families. We are very sorry for their loss.”

Reports of the Loughner’s struggles with this tragedy have been bubbling up in the news media for the last day. Writing for NPR.org, Mark Memmott reported earlier that Jared Loughner’s parents were having a difficult time:

Some details are beginning to come out about Randy and Amy Loughner, parents of the 22-year-old Tucson man who has been charged in the attack that left six people dead and 14 wounded — including the person who police say was the gunman’s primary target, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).

ABC News says a “portrait of isolation” emerges in conversations about the Loughners with their neighbors, who “painted a picture of a single-child home that was intensely private and increasingly insular and standoffish as Jared Loughner grew older.”

CNN’s Susan Candiotti reported read the Loughner’s statement; video of that report is below (courtesy of CNN):

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