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Parents of Santa Barbara shooting victims break silence

Parents of Santa Barbara Shooting Victims Break Silence

The killings happened just over a month ago at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

That's when Elliot Rodger, seen here in a chilling online manifesto, took the lives of six people, including George Chen and David Wang.

The parents of the two young men broke their public silence in an interview with CBS, hoping their pain will prevent future attacks.

"We have love in our hearts, tears in our eyes, responsibility on our shoulders, and we hear the voices from our children from heaven."

In the interview the parents spoke of the agony of losing their sons too soon, the frustration of the media's focus on the killer instead of the victims and the need for parents across the country to pay greater attention to their children's mental health.

Johnny Chen, George's father, said "Their life was so short, so tragically taken. They're like flowers even before the blossom."

The parents said gun control can never be the only solution to stop shootings like this in the future. They said children can always find a different method to kill if parents do not help them overcome hatred.

BBC reports friends described David Wang and George Chen as passionate and considerate young men, both of whom had dreams of working in the field of computer science.

KNBC says Rodger's rampage started when he stabbed Wang, Chen and another student named Cheng Hong in Rodger's apartment complex.

​ Elliot Rodger's father has spoken publicly since the rampage, but Chen and Wang's parents told CBS they had yet to receive an apology. Peter Rodger did send the families letters of apology after CBS contacted him and talked about his son's attack in an interview with ABC set to air Friday.

​"There's no way I thought that this boy could hurt a flea. This is the most unbelievable thing Barbara, what I don't get is we didn't see this coming."

The victims' parents hope parents across the country will take a more active role in their children's mental health to prevent more violence.

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ch3n02junkie June 26 2014 at 3:18 PM

gun control isn't the answer... self control is

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blackhawk047 ch3n02junkie June 27 2014 at 10:53 AM

You're right. Guncontrol isn't the answer, BUT IT'S A START. Other countries don't have this. America leads the world in gun murders. We should be so proud.
Kind of hard to control mental illness in this country whe CRAZY PEOPLE ARE IN THE MAJORITY.

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petesch June 27 2014 at 8:41 AM

Your head line states "Parents of Santa Barbara shooting victims break silence" yet their children were stabbed to death. As long as the media wants this to be about gun control, the real problem will never be addressed. Menal health, mental health and mental health. These parents are so brave and you insult them and your readers with this headline. Heavy heart to all victims of crimes.

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Tutu petesch June 27 2014 at 10:02 AM

I did wonder if I was the only one that caught that. Where are the knife haters ontheri soap boxes? They should be next to the gun haters on theirs.

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jay love June 26 2014 at 3:56 PM

a side note about these gun buy-back schemes, they generally pay out 50 to 100 bucks no questions asked to whoever turns these antque guns into them. the criminal elements just love these buy-backs as it motivates them to go out and steal more guns from unsuspecting home owners, and they get traded to the cops so they can go out and get high once again! the few law abiding people that turn in usually give old beat up junker guns, some that don't even work and do not fit the profile of guns the media and gun haters say they want to rid the world of??

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coopdabomb June 27 2014 at 5:51 AM

The media is half the reason we keep seeing these

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Bruce Robinson June 27 2014 at 1:31 AM

These were NOT the parents of "shooting victims"...both of these young men were killed with a knife prior to the shootings. Of course the Liberal media has to keep the anti-gun spin headlining, even though it isn't correct. There are no "news media'' anymore, just a bunch of rags as bad as the National Enquirer for making stuff up to sell papers.

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pmcjim June 26 2014 at 3:38 PM

very sad that we have these mass killings so regularly. also sad that the hue and cry about knives "killing people" is missing. why don't we get some knife control legislation enacted to stop these murders. no more unregistered knives!!!

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jay love pmcjim June 26 2014 at 3:52 PM

well that just wouldn't fit into the anti-gun crowds agenda would it? they try as hard as they can to avoid mentioning in this video and article that two of the total were killed with knives by this savage idiot who was allowed to run wild by his knowing parents, whom supplied the fool with unlimited amounts of cash, luxury cars, housing, everything except what he needed, some disipline and possibly committed to a mental facility?

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almazstmp June 26 2014 at 4:08 PM

AOL is keep the old shootings in the news to inspire copycats. They also report single and double murder as mass shootings to feed public hysteria.

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jteasdale almazstmp June 27 2014 at 10:51 AM

If the parents had some sort of press conference, interview, or released a statement, AOL, CNN, FOX and others will report on it. It has nothing to do with some sinister plot to keep the story in the news.

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jay love June 26 2014 at 3:47 PM

I agree with the family here in that gun control is not the answer, mental health and watching YOUR own children and their well being are the answers in this and other school style killings! of course along with the story of the family AOL chooses to toss in a side bit showing all the old, broken and antique rifles that were turned in to police in the wake of this tragic killing. notice the pics of the guns, most are old single shot shotguns, .22 rifles and other broken antique guns generally turned in by the public at these gun buy-backs? also there is usually a fee paid by the cops, usually 50 bucks to motivate these buy-backs are generally considered to be of little help and failures by most of the experts who monitor them. they rarely yeild high powered, expensive, or semi-auto weapons that the anti-gunner crowd claims are the problem?

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redletter2008 June 26 2014 at 5:10 PM

Media coverage of these incidents is guided in large part by partisan political bias and leftist agendas with regards to restricting gun rights. It's as clear as that. If the victims can be exploited to maximize that goal, then they will get coverage. Obscene, but reality.

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mariagfc2 June 26 2014 at 4:47 PM

What Grace these parent's have who speak with wisdom through there tragedy! I send you all Love, Peace & Comfort to your souls. You are absolutely right about the issue of Mental Ilness in our children or just in our loved one's in general. It is so very important that ALL people educate themselves to this issue that is so real! It is no joke, It is real! The slightest concern or thought that anyone may have about an individual MUST pay attention. Parents! Cannot be too busy in there own lives & ignore there childrens lives! This young man was clear about how he felt & he voiced it! But..Did anyone step up to somehow provide the immediate care this young man desperately needed! Please, don't judge me & think that I am defending this young man! Negative! What he did was all wrong! Again..He was Mentally Ill..!! Unless we are educated or familiar with these Mental Ilness diagnosis, we are in danger & are not able to help those in need! Blessings to all the families! Pay Attention!

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