Parents of Santa Barbara shooting victims break silence

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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."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 31: Surrendered rifles and shotguns are stacked in bins at a gun buyback event that was announced by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in the wake of a killing spree at University of California, Santa Barbara that left six students dead, on May 31, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. People can exchange their firearms with no questions asked at four Los Angles-area locations for Ralphs supermarket gift cards ranging from $100 to $200 per weapon. The buyback program first took place in Los Angles in 2009 as part of the Gang Reduction and Youth Development program to reduce the number of guns on the streets. The last buyback resulted in more than 1,500 firearms being turned in. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
20/20 - Barbara Walters interviews Peter Rodger, the father of Elliot Rodger, the 22 year old who killed six people, injured 13, and then took his own life near the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara last month. The interview will air on a special edition of '20/20' airing Friday, June 27, 10 pm ET, as well as across all of the ABC News platforms. The interview took place 6/22 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images)
Some of the chalk messages have faded but others remain at a makeshift memorial outside the IV Deli Mart in Isla Vista, California. UCSB student Christopher Michaels-Martinez was gunned down here in a shooting rampage by Elliot Rodger. Not One More.
ISLA VISTA, CA - MAY 27: Students mourn at a public memorial service on the Day of Mourning and Reflection for the victims of a killing spree at University of California, Santa Barbara on May 27, 2014 in Isla Vista, California. Elliot Rodger killed six college students at the start of Memorial Day weekend and wounded seven other people, stabbing three then shooting and running people down in his BMW near UCSB before shooting himself in the head as he drove. Police officers found three legally-purchased guns registered to him inside the vehicle. Prior to the murders, Rodger posted YouTube videos declaring his intention to annihilate the girls who rejected him sexually and others in retaliation for his remaining a virgin at age 22. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES , CA - MAY 26: A students places a candle as students of UCSB and UCLA mourn at a candlelight vigil at UCLA for the victims of a killing rampage over the weekend near UCSB on May 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. According to reports, 22 year old Elliot Rodger, son of assistant director of the Hunger Games, Peter Rodger, began his mass killing near the University of California, Santa Barbara by stabbing three people to death in an apartment. He then went on to shooting and running down people while driving his BMW until crashing with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Officers found three legally-purchased guns registered to him inside the vehicle. Prior to the murders, Rodger posted YouTube videos declaring his intention to annihilate the girls who rejected him sexually and others in retaliation for his remaining a virgin at age 22. Seven people died, including Rodger, and seven others were wounded. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
A woman places a candle in front of IV Deli Mart, where par of Friday night's mass shooting took place by a drive-by shooter, on Saturday, May 24, 2014, in the beach community of Isla Vista, Calif. Sheriff's officials say Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
LOS ANGELES , CA - MAY 26: Students of UCSB and UCLA mourn at a candlelight vigil at UCLA for the victims of a killing rampage over the weekend near UCSB on May 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. According to reports, 22 year old Elliot Rodger, son of assistant director of the Hunger Games, Peter Rodger, began his mass killing near the University of California, Santa Barbara by stabbing three people to death in an apartment. He then went on to shooting and running down people while driving his BMW until crashing with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Officers found three legally-purchased guns registered to him inside the vehicle. Prior to the murders, Rodger posted YouTube videos declaring his intention to annihilate the girls who rejected him sexually and others in retaliation for his remaining a virgin at age 22. Seven people died, including Rodger, and seven others were wounded. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Happy memories of Christopher Michaels-Martinez placed outside the entrance to IV Deli Mart in Isla Vista, California. The UCSB student was gunned down and killed in a shooting rage by Elliot Rodger.
A student stops to view the makeshift memorial in front of the IV Deli Mart in Isla Vista, California, where UCSB student Christopher Michaels-Martinez was shot and killed by Elliot Rodger, police say.
A student bicycles past a makeshift memorial in front of IV Deli Mart in Isla Vista, California. On May 23, 2014, Elliot Rodger went on a killing spree and shot and killed UC Santa Barbara student Christopher Michaels-Martinez at this site.
ISLA VISTA, CA - MAY 27: A student writes chalk messages on a memorial wall for slain students on the Day of Mourning and Reflection for the victims of a killing spree at University of California, Santa Barbara on May 27, 2014 in Isla Vista, California. Elliot Rodger killed six college students at the start of Memorial Day weekend and wounded seven other people, stabbing three then shooting and running people down in his BMW near UCSB before shooting himself in the head as he drove. Police officers found three legally-purchased guns registered to him inside the vehicle. Prior to the murders, Rodger posted YouTube videos declaring his intention to annihilate the girls who rejected him sexually and others in retaliation for his remaining a virgin at age 22. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
ISLA VISTA, CA - MAY 27: Richard Martinez, father of slain Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, speaks at a public memorial service on the Day of Mourning and Reflection for the victims of a killing spree at University of California, Santa Barbara on May 27, 2014 in Isla Vista, California. Elliot Rodger killed six college students at the start of Memorial Day weekend and wounded seven other people, stabbing three then shooting and running people down in his BMW near UCSB before shooting himself in the head as he drove. Police officers found three legally-purchased guns registered to him inside the vehicle. Prior to the murders, Rodger posted YouTube videos declaring his intention to annihilate the girls who rejected him sexually and others in retaliation for his remaining a virgin at age 22. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
FILE -- In this May 27, 2014 file photo State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, who represents the community of Isla Vista where six young people were slain by Elliot Rodger, calls for a moment of silence in their memory, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. In the wake of Roger's shooting spree, Jackson has introduced legislation that would require law enforcement to check state firearms records as part of routine welfare checks, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)
Jose Cardoso pays his respects at a makeshift memorial in front of the IV Deli Mart, where part of Friday night's mass shooting took place by a drive-by shooter Sunday, May 25, 2014, in the Isla Vista area near Goleta, Calif. Sheriff's officials said Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
LOS ANGELES , CA - MAY 26: 1,000 origami paper cranes made by UCLA students as a gesture of peace are placed on steps where students of UCSB and UCLA mourned at a candlelight vigil at UCLA for the victims of a killing rampage over the weekend near UCSB on May 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. According to reports, 22 year old Elliot Rodger, son of assistant director of the Hunger Games, Peter Rodger, began his mass killing near the University of California, Santa Barbara by stabbing three people to death in an apartment. He then went on to shooting and running down people while driving his BMW until crashing with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Officers found three legally-purchased guns registered to him inside the vehicle. Prior to the murders, Rodger posted YouTube videos declaring his intention to annihilate the girls who rejected him sexually and others in retaliation for his remaining a virgin at age 22. Seven people died, including Rodger, and seven others were wounded. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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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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