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Old 12-13-2007, 07:53 AM
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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OMAHA, Neb. - The mother of the teenage gunman who killed eight people at a busy shopping mall earlier this month apologized Thursday for her son's crime and said she did her best raising him.

"I'm sorry. I'm sorry," Maribel Rodriguez told ABC's "Good Morning America" when asked what she would say to the victims' families. "I'm deeply devastated with you."

Her son, Robert Hawkins, 19, fired more than 30 rounds inside a mall department store Dec. 5, striking 11 people. Six died where they fell, one died on the way to a hospital and another died at a hospital. Three other people were wounded, two seriously.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071213/ap_on_re_us/mall_shooting;_ylt=AkYrKkoM.3Wwc7u5GiBhJBhH2ocA (broken link)
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Old 12-13-2007, 08:43 AM
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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I feel really sorry for her. I really feel sorry for each person who was involved.

Some people are just troubled like that - a time bomb ready to blow. And it's sad.
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Old 12-13-2007, 08:52 AM
Location: In the sunshine on a ship with a plank
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I do too. When things like this happen, we sometimes forget that the family of the initiator is suffering worse than everyone else because not only did they lose their loved one, but it's human nature to carry guilt for the actions of our children. I'm sure they have so many what ifs and if onlys running through their minds.

They are innocent victims too.

This brings to mind the incident at Virginia Tech earlier this year. The students set up a memorial in the square with a large rock to commemorate each victim. And they included a rock for the young man who did the shooting. I was so touched by the objectivity of the kids and the compassion they showed by including him in their memorial. I happen to know a student there who helped with that memorial and the students made the decision to include him.
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:00 AM
Location: Texas
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I also feel sorry for the parents of these young men who have done this (including the parents of the one that did the church shootings.) They have lost their own child and in such a dishonorable, horribly devastating way to compound the grief. They need our prayers as well as the victim's families.
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:57 AM
Location: New York
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I can't even begin to comprehend what it would be like to have your child do something like that and then trying to deal with it after the fact. My heart breaks for families on both sides of the fence. They are all in my prayers!
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