Loughner Family: 'We Don't Understand Why This Happened'

By Garance Franke-Ruta

Randy and Amy Loughner have released a statement about the carnage allegedly wrought by their son, Jared Lee Loughner.

The text:

"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."

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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/01/loughner-family-we-dont-understand-why-this-happened/69351/