The parents of the man who opened fire on the Chabad of Poway, killing one person and injuring three more, have broken their silence.
“Our sadness pales in comparison to the grief and anguish our son has caused for so many innocent people,” the Earnest family wrote. “To our great shame, he is now part of the history of evil that has been perpetrated on Jewish people for centuries.”
The Earnests said their 19-year-old son, John T. Earnest, was raised in a family that rejected hate and taught love. “How our son was attracted to such darkness is a terrifying mystery to us,” they added.
The statement was released Monday by the family’s attorney at the Klinedinst law firm. In it, Earnest’s relatives said they are cooperating with investigators. They also asked for privacy.
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